Music, videos, trivia, stories, books, gigs and news. Here you´ll find stuff on the great bands from the 70s and 80s!

Sunday, June 30, 2013

Summer vacation


I´m gonna slow down the blog in July. Be sure to visit the facebook page for updates, gems and great music.

I´ll be back in August!

Monday, June 24, 2013

Iron Maiden: See-Rock Festival (June 21) Footage Posted Online


Fan-filmed video footage of Iron Maiden's June 21 concert at at the See-Rock festival in Graz, Austria, can be seen below.

The band's setlist was s follows:

01. Moonchild
02. Can I Play With Madness
03. The Prisoner
04. 2 Minutes To Midnight
05. Afraid To Shoot Strangers
06. The Trooper
07. The Number Of The Beast
08. Phantom Of The Opera
09. Run To The Hills
10. Wasted Years
11. Seventh Son Of A Seventh Son
12. The Clairvoyant
13. Fear Of The Dark
14. Iron Maiden

Encore:

15. Aces High
16. The Evil That Men Do
17. Running Free




Saturday, June 22, 2013

Alice Cooper: Entire New Hampshire Concert (June 20) Goes Online


Quality fan-filmed video footage of Alice Cooper's entire June 20 concert at Bank Of New Hampshire Pavilion At Meadowbrook in Gilford, New Hampshire can be seen below.

Cooper and Marilyn Manson have teamed up for "Masters Of Madness" through June 28. Following recent pairings of Alice with Rob Zombie and then Rob Zombie with Manson, this combination of Alice Cooper and Marilyn Manson has been long awaited by fans of both artists.






Friday, June 21, 2013

The Mezmerist: Featuring Bill Ward Coming In September


The Mezmerist is one of the most mysterious US metal releases of all time. Nobody even knows who The Mezmerist is, and to even find an original LP was a chore because the band held on to a lot of the pressing. Originally there was only 500 copies made back in 1985, today those copies have gone for extremely high prices on eBay.

With this re-issue, scheduled for September 3rd via Shadow Kingdom Records, this is basically the first time anyone who knew about this lost gem made contact with the band. The label got lucky finding the mastermind behind the group, Thomas Mezmercardo. Since contacting him, they ended up taking an additional five years to put this release out properly and with all of the parties and work involved. Speaking of all parties involved, one of the most interesting things about this release is that Bill Ward of Black Sabbath did in fact play drums on this release. He played on the first four tracks on the first EP.

The circumstances surrounding the events back then are somewhat of a mystery, even to this day. Thomas sits down and tells the story of how all of this came together on the DVD portion of the release. This is not just any old over-hyped cult release. This is the definition of the perfect lost gem in '80s heavy metal history. It’s too hard to exactly pinpoint what this sounds like, but if you have to label it, call it psychedelic heavy metal. Close to Led Zeppelin, Cirith Ungol and Mercyful Fate, the release is a double EP - released as a full-length album.

1st EP circa 1983
'The Forsaken'
'Dead Ones Cry No More'
'Arabian Nights'
'Victim Of Environmental Change'

2nd EP circa 1985
'Kingdom Of The Dead'
'No Family, No Friends' 


'The Jam Song'

Steven Tyler To Record Solo Album


Steven Tyler has revealed to RollingStone.com that he will begin work on his debut solo album in early 2014.

"Joe has done, like, four solo albums,"Steven said. "I never have, though with lyrics and arrangements and so forth a lot of Aerosmith albums are just fine for me. It's cathartic. But I had a lot of fun doing '(It) Feels So Good'. I wrote that with Marti Frederiksen.

"I've got this itch in me to do a solo record, and that's what I'm gonna do next. I've got some great people that want to get involved in it.

"It's early on right now, but that's the itch I got. I got that itch to do something that's a lot different than 
Aerosmith.  Aerosmith s never been better, but we did that album. This last album was an Aerosmith all-for-one-and-one-for-all. But my heart is in stuff like that weirder, off-the-cuff stuff that I'm not sure Aerosmith would like.

"I'm into electronica - I was when I used to listen to Stockhausen in '65. So there's just a lot of stuff - good, weird fucking music that I want to get off my chest. The band will be playing, and we're going to China and Singapore. It's gonna open up a whole new world for 
Aerosmith  So Aerosmith will always be around, but I got this itch and I know how to scratch it."

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Black Sabbath´s Future "Depends on Tony", Says Ozzy Osbourne


Andrew Perry of The Telegraph recently conducted an interview with Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi and Geezer Butler. A couple of excerpts from the Osbourne portion of the chat follow below.

On the chart success of Black Sabbath's new album, "13":

Ozzy: "I knew it was a fucking good album, but when somebody just told me it's gone top in fifty countries - I didn't know there were fifty countries, and I'm number one in all of them! I'm just devastated."

On why 
Black Sabbath's initial attempt to record together around again eleven years ago failed:

Ozzy: "[It was because of] my ego - I was riding on this fucking cloud of being television's new megastar for five minutes. I was doing well on my own, so it took me a while to get that balanced out in my head. I mean, it's not Ozzy Osbourne and 
Black Sabbath  It's fucking Black Sabbath  It's different from me doing my own thing."

On whether the touring cycle for "13" will mark the end of 
Black Sabbath:

Ozzy: "It depends on Tony. At the moment, we're doing so many weeks on the road, then he has to go back for more treatment [after being diagnosed with lymphoma]. He's had chemo and radiotherapy, and now he's on a thing to boost his immune system. I really hope it's gone for good. I'm sure it has. But you never know with that stuff."

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Motörhead: "Aftershock"; New Album Coming In September


Motörhead has set "Aftershock" as the title of its new album, tentatively due in September. The follow-up to 2010's "The Wörld Is Yours" was recorded at Maple Sound Studios in Santa Ana, California with longtime producer Cameron Webb and will feature 13 songs, including "Dust And Glass", "Knife", "Going To Mexico", "Lost Woman Blues","Death Machine" and "Heartbreaker".

In other news, it was revealed in the latest issue of U.K.'s Classic Rock Magazine that Lemmy recently had a defibrillator fitted - an operation to put a device in his chest to help his heart beat normally - after experiencing "heart problems".

Phil Campbell was interviewed on Monday, June 17, prior to his band's performance at this year's Metal Hammer Golden Gods, which was held at London, England's Indigo2. Check out the chat below.

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Aerosmith: Entire Stone Music Festival (april 20) Show Goes Online


Fan-filmed video footage of Aerosmith's entire April 20 concert as one of the headliners of the Stone Music Festival at the ANZ Stadium in Sydney, Australia can be seen below.

Setlist

01. Draw the Line
02. Love in an Elevator
03. Jaded
O4. Oh Yeah
05. Cryin'
06. Livin' on the Edge
07. Last Child
08. Rag Doll
09. Stop Messin' Around
10. I Don't Want to Miss a Thing
11. No More No More
12. What It Takes
13. Come Together
14. Dude (Looks Like a Lady)
15. Mother Popcorn/Walk This Way
16. Dream On
17. Sweet Emotion

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Black Sabbath 13 Live Event Streaming


Black Sabbath will mark the release of "13" with a special live event the day of the album's release in the US (June 11th). Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi and Geezer Butler will participate in the Black Sabbath Town Hall via Google+ Hangout streamed live on YouTube and Google+ and broadcast live on Ozzy's Boneyard on SiriusXM at 7:00 p.m. ET. 

Ozzy and Geezer will appear from the live event at Angel Orensanz Foundation For Contemporary Art, with Tony Iommi beaming in from Birmingham, England, while drummer Brad Wilk and Ozzy's son Jack Osbourne (who directed the clips to launch the album) will join live face-to-face via Google+ Hangout from Los Angeles.

Monday, June 10, 2013

Van Halen: Entire Sydney April 20 Show Posted Online; Stone Music Festival


Van Halen played its first concert of 2013 as one of the headliners of the Stone Music Festival on April 20 at the ANZ Stadium in Sydney, Australia. 
Fan-filmed video footage of the entire concert can be seen below:


Setlist:
01. Unchained
02. Runnin' with the Devil
03. She's The Woman
04. Romeo Delight
05. Tattoo
06. Everybody Wants Some!!
07. Somebody Get Me A Doctor
08. China Town
09. (Oh) Pretty Woman
10. Drum Solo
11. You Really Got Me
12. Dance the Night Away
13. I'll Wait
14. Hot For Teacher
15. Beautiful Girls
16. Ice Cream Man
17. Panama
18. Guitar Solo
19. Aint' Talkin' 'Bout Love
20. Jump

Black Sabbath: Tony Iommi, Geezer Butler, Ozzy Osbourne Talks "13" In New Video Interview


NME TV has posted a new video interview with Tony Iommi, Ozzy Osbourne and Geezer Butler in which they discuss the making of their new album, "13". Check it out below: 


Sunday, June 9, 2013

Jon Lord: Unseen Clip of "Lazy" Surfaces; Deluxe Photo Book In The Works


In honour of what would have been his 72nd birthday today (June 9th), the website for late keyboard legend Jon Lord has posted an exclusive and previously unseen clip of Jon rehearsing 'Lazy' with Doogie White and the DCRS in Essen, Germany on November 15, 2010:




In other news, Jon’s family and management are planning a deluxe photo book to celebrate Jon’s life.

The site explains: "It will contain lots of previously unseen photographs and come with a recording of Jon’s unreleased choral work From Darkness Into Light.

To accompany the photos, the editors are assembling anecdotes, quotes or reflections that people may have on Jon.

If there’s a story, a quote or a joke he told, anything that you would be happy to see printed in the book and attributed to you – it can be one line or two pages, whatever feels right – please send it to book@JonLord.org.

If you have a photo that you would like to share as well, this would also be gratefully received."

Metallica: Performs Entire 'Kill 'Em All' Album During Surprise Afternoon Set At Orion


Metallica played its 1983 debut album, "Kill 'Em All", from beginning to end during a surprise performance at the band's Orion Music + More festival at Belle Isle in Detroit, Michigan.

After word got around that a group called Dehaan (presumably a nod to actor Dane DeHaan, who stars in Metallica's upcoming IMAX 3D movie,"Metallica Through The Never") was set to play the event's Vans Damage Inc. stage at 4:30 p.m., the Metallica members themselves came on and reeled off songs from "Kill 'Em All" one by one, including such classics as "Hit The Lights", "Seek And Destroy" and "No Remorse".

The band's setlist was as follows:

01. Hit The Lights
02. The Four Horsemen
03. Motorbreath
04. Jump In The Fire
05. (Anesthesia) Pulling Teeth
06. Whiplash
07. Phantom Lord
08. No Remorse
09. Seek And Destroy
10. Metal Militia






Saturday, June 8, 2013

Black Sabbath: Live In Sydney (April 27); Full Show Posted Online


Black Sabbath´s April 27 show in Sydney has surfaced. The set includes the two new songs "God Is Dead?" and "End of the Beginning".

Set list:

01 - War Pigs
02 - Into The Void
03 - Under The Sun/Every Day Comes and Goes
04 - Snowblind
05 - Electric Funeral
06 - Black Sabbath
07 - Behind The Wall of Sleep
08 - N.I.B.
09 - End Of The Beginning
10 - Fairies Wear Boots
11 - Symptom Of The Universe
12 - Drum Solo
13 - Iron Man
14 - God Is Dead?
15 - Dirty Women
16 - Children Of The Grave

Encore:

17 - Paranoid


Whitesnake: Quality Fan-Filmed Video Footage Of HiRock FestivalPerformance Available


Quality fan-filmed video footage of Whitesnake's June 2 performance at the HiRock Festival in Loreley Freilichtbühne, Germany can be seen below.

Regarding Whitesnake's upcoming touring plans, the band's mainman and lead singer David Coverdale recently told the Coventry Telegraph, "I absolutely love being at home with my family, so it has to be something exciting to get me out of my house. I enjoy performing, but the travelling sucks on ice. I am treated very nicely when I'm on the road these days, but if you could beam me to Birmingham or wherever, I would love it."

"Cemetary Gates: Saints & Survivors Of The Heavy-Metal Scene"; New Book Feat. Dio, Ozzy, Slash, Bon Scott, Lemmy, Cliff Burton + + +


Set for release this month via Plexus Publishing is the book "Cemetary Gates: Saints & Survivors Of The Heavy-Metal Scene" by Mick O'Shea.

A description of the illustrated paperback reads as follows: "Between genius and madness, this world and the next, there's nothing but the faintest flicker of a pulse and the cemetery gates.

"Packed with as many egos as one book can hold, 'Cemetery Gates' is the read that takes you inside the minds of the most twisted icons of heavy metal."

Featured artists:

* Ronnie James Dio
* Bon Scott
* John Bonham
* Peter Steele
* Cliff Burton
* "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott
* Paul Gray
* Layne Staley
* Jimmy "The Rev" Sullivan
* Lemmy Kilmister
* Ozzy Osbourne
* Nikki Sixx
* Dave Mustaine
* Axl Rose
* Trent Reznor
* Slash
* Marilyn Manson
* Varg Vikernes
* Corey Taylor

Whatever their deadly sin - be it lust, greed, abuse of winged creatures or murder most foul - these prodigiously talented hellraisers have all come dangerously close to the edge. Tragically, not all of them have returned. Between tragic saint and raucous survivor, the line remains perilously thin.

"People ask me how I'm still alive and I don't know what to say", Ozzy once shrugged. "Cemetery Gates" provides the heaviest answer you'll find this side of heaven.

Thursday, June 6, 2013

Black Sabbath: BBC Radio 1's Rock Show (June 3) Interview Posted Online


The June 3rd edition of BBC Radio 1's Rock Show with Daniel P. Carter is available below. The Black Sabbath special features interviews with Sabbath members Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi and Geezer Butler, discussing their new album, "13":

Alice Cooper: "Super Duper Alice Cooper"; Documentary To Premiere On Toronto Int. Film Festival


"Super Duper Alice Cooper", the upcoming documentary about the shock rocker's evolution from preacher's son to superstardom, is currently being screened for programmers at the Toronto International Film Festival. The 97-minute retrospective on Alice Cooper is the latest release from Canadian documentarians Sam Dunn and Scot McFadyen of production company Banger Films ("Metal: A Headbangers Journey", "Rush: Beyond The Lighted Stage") and writer/director Reginald Harkema.

Official "Super Duper Alice Cooper" description: "Preacher's son Vincent Furnier struck fear into the hearts of parents as Alice Cooper, the ultimate rock star of the bizarre. From his advent as frontman for a group from Phoenix in the Sixties, to the notorious celebrity and decadence in the Seventies, to the comeback as glam metal godfather in the Eighties, we watch as Alice and Vincent battle for each other’s souls. This is a young Frankenstein who created a monster, lost control of it, and conquered it before it killed him. Alice Cooper is portrayed as a reflection of his fans' unease about the era and an escape from their generational malaise. His struggle revolved around living up to these expectations and being true to himself."


In a 2012 interview with Spinner.com, Dunn stated about the Cooper documentary, "We know Alice through various projects that we've done," he said. "We interviewed Alice for 'Headbanger's Journey'. He's also featured pretty prominently in two episodes of [the new groundbreaking documentary series] 'Metal Evolution', both in [the] Shock Rock and Early Metal U.S. [episodes]. He's a pretty fascinating character, who has been through a lot in his life. He's one of those musicians that maybe he hasn't had a hit in a long time, but everyone knows who Alice Cooper is because of his influence on pop culture and the big songs he had in the '70s. . . We're in the early stages of telling the story of his career. We're probably going to focus in on his early years up to his comeback in the '80s. We're exploring a different stylist approach with this film. It won't be talking heads; it's going to be more of an archival and animated journey through his career. He's such a rich visual artist, it makes so much sense to try and do it in a different way. I think we're just a little bit sick of doing talking head interviews, to be honest [laughs], after doing 300 of them for 'Metal Evolution'. So it's really the story of Alice's career from the '60s right up to the '80s and everything he went through - the ups and the downs, battles with alcoholism, being raised in a Christian family, rebelling against that but then coming back to faith later in his career, and moving from town to town, and trying to find his place."

Monday, June 3, 2013

Accept: "Acceptology"; Documentary In The Making



With the making of new music on the horizon and their busy schedule, Accept is eager to share even more of themselves with their loyal following by announcing the making of the first official Accept documentary. The film will feature footage from the humble beginnings as a garage band in their German home town of Solingen in the late '70s, their '80s "Balls To The Wall" "glory days," and all the way up their most successful reincarnation with powerhouse vocalist Mark Tornillo.




Accept invites everybody who has ever crossed paths with the band to head over to their official Facebook page to submit pictures, letters, recordings, videos, films, memorabilia, stories, simply anything and everything Accept  The band invites producers, music industry professionals, promoters, writers, photographers, families, friends, and other musicians whether you've stayed connected with or only passed through the doors to participate - including a special invitation to (our former frontman) Udo and all the musicians who have been performing Accept songs for more than 30 years.

If you were deeply touched by whatever 
Accept was and is, you are invited to contribute to the archives which will be used for the long-awaited and forthcoming Accept documentary.

Many have had their lives influenced and changed and enriched by 
Accept  including Lasse in Sweden, for instance, who owns the largest Accept memorabilia collection on the planet.

"These are our heroes and we owe them the recognition and a place in 
Accept s documented history," says Hoffmann.

Helming the project will be former drummer Stefan Kaufmann. Under his command (as an expert of 
Accept s history) and along side the band, he will whip the project into shape in order to capture the legacy for all. Baltes adds: "This is not the story of one musician or their 'personal success'; it is ultimately about a band from Germany who defined and inspired more than one music genre."

Fans can submit their material via the 
Accept Facebook page, including posting on the Accept Facebook wall all or by sending a Facebook message or by e-mailing the band at: acceptology@gmail.com.

The band is is looking for: live photos, stories of meeting the band, fan gatherings, tattoos, ticket stubs, ads (print/audio/video), artwork, collectibles, various merchandise, t-shirts, denim jackets, magazine covers, magazine articles and so much more.

Sunday, June 2, 2013

KISS: Unveils New Stage Show In Sweden; Videos, Photos, Set List Posted


KISS unveiled their brand new stage show earlier tonight (Saturday, June 1) at the opening concert the European leg of their"Monster" world tour in Stockholm, Sweden.

Set List:

Psycho Circus
Shout It Out Loud
Let Me Go, Rock 'N' Roll
I Love It Loud
Hell or Hallelujah
War Machine (Gene breathes fire)
Heaven's on Fire
Deuce
Say Yeah
Shock Me (Only first verse)
Outta This World (Tommy and Eric Jam)
Gene's Bass Solo (Gene spits blood and flies)
God of Thunder
Lick It Up
Love Gun (Paul flies out to the crowd)
Rock and Roll All Nite

Encore:
Detroit Rock City
I Was Made for Lovin' You
Black Diamond

Outro - (God Gave Rock And Roll To You)









Saturday, June 1, 2013

Black Sabbath: "End of the Beginning" Premiered On Chilean Radio; Stream Available


The studio version of the new Black Sabbath song "End Of The Beginning" from their upcoming album "13" was premiered on Friday, May 31, on the Chilean radio station Futuro 88.9 FM and can now be streamed on the radio station's web site. The band performed the track on the season finale of "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation" on May 15 onCBS-TV. And YES it´s a killer song!