23/07/2014 - A NEW U2 ALBUM IN 2014...?

U2‘s on-again, off-again album appears to be on again for 2014. “The U2 comeback is very much on for this year,” a source now tells the Sun via NME. “The new album will drop before the end of the year, most likely in November.”

 




23/07/2014 - VIVA PYROMANIA...NOT BEFORE NOVEMBER 2015

DEF LEPPARD singer Joe Elliott has revealed that the band's "Viva! Pyromania" residency in Las Vegas, which was originally expected to take place at the end of 2014, will now not become a reality until November 2015.



23/07/2014 - JOHN 5 COLLABORATES WITH DAVID LEE ROTH

Former MARILYN MANSON and current ROB ZOMBIE guitarist John 5 (real name: John William Lowery) has recorded an "incredible" new album with VAN HALEN singer David Lee Roth which the axeman hopes will see the light of day in the not-too-distant future.

 



23/07/2014 - DOOMOCRACY SIGNED WITH STEEL GALLERY RECORDS
DOOMOCRACY signed with STEEL GALLERY RECORDS

Release date: September 29th, 2014
 
DOOMOCRACY from Heraklion city (island of Crete, Greece), deliver Doom Metal at its best. Amazing riffing, fantastic lead guitar parts, pounding rhythm section and one of the most brilliant voices you can hear around. Eight original compositions representing the band's pure talent and magnificent songwriting. Fans of Solitude Aeturnus, Candlemass, Memento Mori and Veni Domine, should not miss this one.

Produced by: Daniel Bergstrand (Meshuggah, In Flames, Dimmu Borgir and Evergrey).
Mastered by: Peter In De Betou (Morgana Lefay, Memento Mori, Entombed).
Artwork by: Piotr Szafraniec.
 


22/07/2014 - LARS AND HIS COCAINE ADDICTION

In a recent interview with U.K.'s MirrorMETALLICA drummer Lars Ulrich once again credited the group's healthy diet and lifestyle for its longevity, insisting all his bandmates eat well and try to live balanced lives when they’re not on the road.

Lars, who runs on the treadmill every morning for 30 minutes and claims to "live and breathe hummus," said: "We tend to eat a lot of chicken, turkey, fish and salad — I've some hereditary cholesterol issues, so I don't eat meat from four-legged animals.

"Alcohol is now something that is associated with the end of the day, once all the work is done. If I have anything to drink at home, it's maybe only once every week or two, and it's always after the kids have gone to sleep — I don't like to drink around them."

Ulrich also revealed that quit his cocaine habit ten years ago, thanks, in part, to his good friend Noel Gallagher (OASIS).

"In the early days, I'd always get drunk way faster than the other guys," Lars said. "I realized that if there was a little bit of cocaine involved I could stay up longer, instead of ending up face down in the corner passed out three hours before the party ended. I loved the social elements of cocaine. I loved the danger of it. Then about 10 years ago, I read an interview with Noel Gallagher, in which he said, 'I just stopped doing cocaine.' I thought that was really cool: it felt so fresh, so honest, so pure — I love that side of him. I've never had an addictive personality, so I woke up one day and said: 'enough.'"



22/07/2014 - DUSTY HILL TO UNDERGO SURGERY

ZZ Top have been forced to delay the start of their summer tour. Earlier today (July 21), it was revealed that bassist Dusty Hill will have to undergo surgery.

According to a press release, a routine examination discovered two kidney stones. Hill’s doctor advised him that they should be removed as soon as possible. The surgery will take place at an undisclosed date later this week. He is expected to make a full recovery after two weeks of rest.




22/07/2014 - TIM ALEXANDER UNDERGOES SUCCESSFULL SURGERY

After suffering a heart attack last week, Tim Alexander, the drummer for Primus and Puscifer, has successfully undergone open heart surgery.

“Tim Alexander Is Out of Surgery,” Primus wrote on their Facebook page this afternoon (July 21). “The Mighty Tim “Herb” Alexander has pulled through surgery, the blockage from his heart has been removed with no complications and all signs point to a glorious and speedy recovery.”




22/07/2014 - BURNING STARR'S 1989' "ORANGE ALBUM" TO BE REISSUED VIA SKOL RECORDS

JACK STARR'S BURNING STARR: First Ever Official CD Reissue Of The Same Titled Studio Album From 1989 To Be Reissued In September

First official CD reissue of the same titled JACK STARR'S BURNING STARR studio album from 1989 (so called "Orange Album"), will be released by Skol Records on September 12, 2014. The album has been remastered from the original studio tapes, and includes all 13 tracks from that recording session, for the first time ever. Package will include thick booklet, and brand new exclusive artwork painted by Alexander Von Wieding (MANILLA ROAD, CLOVEN HOOF, RAZOR etc.). First 500 copies will be available as Double Disc Edition (2CD), incl. complete live album recorded at the legendary KEEP IT TRUE FESTIVAL in Germany (mixed and mastered by Tarek Maghary of MAJESTY), with some of the best JACK STARR'S BURNING STARR songs in live versions, performed by the current BURNING STARR line up feat. musicians known from VIRGIN STEELE, MANOWAR, JOE LYNN TURNER BAND and CRYSTAL VIPER.

Jack Starr's BURNING STARR, is an American Power Metal band formed in 1985 by the ex VIRGIN STEELE member and guitar wizard Jack Starr. After doing 4 classic albums in the '80s: "Rock The American Way" (1985) "No Turning Back!" (1986), "Blaze Of Glory" (1987) and "Jack Starr's Burning Starr" (same titled, so called "orange album" from 1989), the band returned with a new line up feat. Jack Starr (guitar), Ned Meloni (bass guitar, ex JOE LYNN TURNER band, ex DEVIL CHILDE and PHANTOM LORD), Kenny Rhino Earl (drums, ex MANOWAR) and Todd Michael Hall (vocals, also in RIOT V), and released the well received comeback album titled "Defiance" in 2009. Two years later the band established their position on the market as of one of the best US Power Metal acts with their next studio album, titled "Land Of The Dead". BURNING STARR concert lineup is completed by rhythm guitarist Marta Gabriel, frontwoman of the Polish Heavy Metal act CRYSTAL VIPER.

 

Jack Starr's BURNING STARR is currently working on a brand new studio album titled "Stand Your Ground", scheduled for release in early 2015, and announced short European Tour:
12-09-2014 - Club Circolo Colony, Brescia, Italy
13-09-2014 - Swordbrothers Festival, Germany
14-09-2014 - An Club, Athens, Greece
15-09-2014 - Thesaloniki, Greece
 

 


21/07/2014 - 2015...THE YEAR OF THE SCORPION(S)!
The legendary Scorpions are hard at work preparing the details of the 50th anniversary of the band's formation in 2015. Most specifically, there will be a new album that will feature many unreleased songs from the 80s plus some newly written recordings. In addition, a documentary called "Forever and A Day" will also see the light of day. This was supposed to be entitled "Big City Nights" but the title is now "Forever And A Day". Looking forward and with great anticipation the new year. We thank the Greek Fan Club of Scorpions, The Greek Sting, for the info. 

21/07/2014 - SABATON LIVE IN ATHENS, GREECE

21/07/2014 - ALL SHADES OF BLUES IN ATHENS

21/07/2014 - NEWS FROM THE SILENT RAGE
“Dear friends,

Just one month before the recording of our –temporarily untitled- debut album and two months before the show with Grave Digger at Kyttaro Live Stage, we have some great news we’d like to share with you all.

After our split with our guitarist, Laertis Toskas, we decided to work with False Coda mastermind, guitarist Vassilis Milios, to record our album and also playing our following show. We are more than glad with this collaboration, since we’ve played with False Coda in the past, and we knew Vassilis. If you are not familiar with the band, you better check their debut album “Closer To The Edge” which was released from Steel Gallery Records.
When the recording of our new album is over, and after we play the show with Grave Digger, we will mutually decide what we will do with Vassilis in the future.
All the best,
The Silent Rage”
 
 
 
 

20/07/2014 - PRIMUS DRUMMER SUFFERS HEART ATTACK

Drummer Tim Alexander, who has played with PRIMUSPUSCIFER and A PERFECT CIRCLE, has suffered a heart attack and will undergo open heart-surgery in a couple of days.

Alexander, 49, originally left PRIMUS in 1996 and played sporadically with the band in the early 2000s in addition to being involved with various other groups, including LAUNDRYA PERFECT CIRCLEPUSCIFER and a solo project. Before he rejoined the Les Claypool-led PRIMUS in 2013, he played on several of the band's albums, including 1991's "Sailing The Seas Of Cheese" and 1993's "Pork Soda".


20/07/2014 - HAL PATINO FIRED

Bassist Hal Patino has been relieved of his duties with KING DIAMOND "for reasons very similar to why he was fired from the band in 1990," according to the group's frontman and namesake, Danish heavy metal singer King DiamondKing adds: "This will have NO negative impact on our upcoming shows whatsoever. On the contrary."

 



19/07/2014 - RICHIE SAMBORA: I AM NOT RETURNING TO BON JOVI

Richie Sambora spoke in length in a recent interview of his about the possibility of him returning to Bon Jovi. Here’s the excerpt:

 

Q: Your ex-boss stated that you won’t be playing with the band anytime soon. Is there even still a future with Bon Jovi?
RS: I don’t think so. I was in that band for 30 years. That’s a damn long time. I missed most of my life. I worked myself to death in that band. The last tour alone was 18 months. I was always there for them. I wrote almost all of the songs and produced the records. And guess how many of my guitar parts finally made it on the records? Be honest, how many guitar solos are on the recent albums? Not many. I didn’t have much of a family life either. There comes a time when you ask yourself: Is it even worth it? Who am I? I was like a robot; everyday I did everything for that band. And I kept having to put up with the same old shit…

 

 

Q: You sound angry…
RS: As a musician it wasn’t fun anymore. I wasn’t happy. When I had the choice between happiness and money, I chose happiness. I already have enough money.

 

 

Q: How do you feel about Phil X playing your songs? 
RS: Honestly, I have no clue about what’s going on in Bon Jovi these days. I’m sure he’s a nice guy, no doubt. And as far as I know, he’s a decent studio musician in L.A. But: Can a session musician replace Keith Richards in The Rolling Stones?
Q: Absolutely not! Unthinkable!
RS: Exactly! (laughs)

 


19/07/2014 - JOHN GARCIA: NO REUNION WITH KYUSS LIVE

John Garcia (Vista Chino, Kyuss) recently spoke with Chris Karadimitris of Noisefull.com, who asked the stoner rock legend... "There is this question you're maybe damned to answer every time about Kyuss. There are some of us that never had the chance to see Kyuss performing live and we'd like to have this chance. Could you see it ever happening?"

Garcia responds,  "No!... You know, never say never, but I'll tell you that. I'm going to be playing some Kyuss when I come over. I'm going to play some songs that even Kyuss never played when we were together. I'm going to be playing some Slo Burn songs when I come over and of course I'm going to be playing my solo record. Me doing these Kyuss songs and the band that I have playing the music with incredible love and respect it's as close as you'll get to seeing Kyuss."


18/07/2014 - ELTON JOHN IS NOT RETIRING

Is Elton John ready to call it quits? After saying he was done on Tuesday (July 15), he has apparently backtracked on his words only one day later.

ABC News Radio says that, while performing at the Festival de Carcassone in France, John told the crowd, “No more shows, no more music, no more songs.” He said that he was going to spend the rest of his time with his family, which is comprised of his partner David Furnish, and their two children, Zachary (3) and Elijah (18 months). However, a brief call to his representative set the record straight.

“He’s not retiring,” she said. The U.K. tabloid the Mirror also quoted his spokesman as saying, “Elton was only joking.”


18/07/2014 - ERIC CLAPTON’S FUTURE PLANS

Eric Clapton isn’t backing away from talk of retiring from the road, though he has studio time booked for what will become his next album. The only question there is whether the guitarist will complete a second tribute project to his friend JJ Cale, or set about recording all-new material.

He may, in fact, do both. The problem, however, is that original songs don’t come as easy these days. “I’m just lazy,” Clapton tells Rolling Stone. “When I get to ‘What am I going to do for that bit?,’ I stop and turn on the TV. I’m easily distracted. What I’ve done a lot is written songs, then forgotten them. I put them down as a voice memo, on my phone, then I lose the memo.”


18/07/2014 - NEW DVD FROM ZZ TOP
The most famous bearder men on the planet, ZZ Top, will release a new DVD-Bluray filmed during their last year’s performance at the “Montreux Jazz Festival”, where they became a quintet for the first time in their carrer. In order to pay a tribute to the festival’s heart and soul, Claud Nobs, who passed away in January 2013 Mike Flanigin on hammond, and Van Wilks on guitar joined them on stage. Here’s what is included on “Live In Motreux 2013”:

‘Got Me Under Pressure’
‘Waitin’ For The Bus’
‘Jesus Just Left Chicago’
‘Gimme All Your Lovin’’
‘Pincushion’
‘I Gotsta Get Paid’
‘Flyin’ High’
‘Kiko’
‘I Loved the Woman’
‘Foxey Lady’
‘My Head’s in Mississippi’
‘Chartreuse’
‘Sharp Dressed Man’
‘Legs’
‘Tube Snake Boogie’
‘La Grange’
‘Tush’
 

17/07/2014 - JUDAS PRIEST'S FIRST EVER TOP TEN BILLBOARD POSITION
Judas Priest got to the highest first week chart position of their career with their recent 17th studio album “Redeemer Of Souls” at No.6 having sold 30.000 copies. Below you can examine the chart numbers of other Judas Priest albums on the first week of their release in the States. Note that the criteria, which is the number of albums sold, are lower every year. For instance, “Nostradamus”, which was released in 2008 although it sold 42.000 copies got to No.11, while “Angel Of Retribution” sold 58.000 in 2005 and reached to No.13…
The following are the peak U.S. chart positions for the Judas Priest back catalog:

#6 - "Redeemer Of Souls" (2014)
#11 - "Nostradamus" (2008)
#13 - "Angel Of Retribution" (2005)
#165 - "Demolition" (2001)
#82 - "Jugulator" (1997)
#155 - "Metalworks" (1993)
#26 - "Painkiller" (1990)
#31 - "Ram It Down" (1988)
#38 - "Priest Live" (1987)
#17 - "Turbo" (1986)
#18 - "Defenders Of The Faith" (1984)
#17 - "Screaming For Vengeance" (1982)
#39 - "Point Of Entry" (1981)
#34 - "British Steel" (1980)
#70 - "Unleashed In The East" (1979)
#128 - "Hell Bent For Leather" (1978)
#178 - "Stained Class" (1978)
 
 

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