31/07/2014 - DICK WAGNER R.I.P.

One of rock’s most renowned guitarists, Dick Wagner, died this morning (July 30). He was 71. He is known for his work with Alice Cooper and Lou Reed.

The news was announced via his website, which read, “It is with a heavy heart and great sorrow we have to let you know that Dick Wagner has left this world. Dick had a huge heart, which is perhaps why it gave him so much trouble, it was simply too full of love, of music and life. His creativity and passion will live on forever in the legacy he has left for us, in his music and his words. We have so much of him to celebrate. Dick was prolific not only in the tangible realm of what we can see and hear but in the boundless energy of his spirit, which will never die. He was a fighter, but in the end his body couldn’t keep up with his spirit, and so he lays to rest. Dick said in 2013, ‘Love is in the air. Breathe deep.’ Take Dick’s advice into your own hearts, and notice all of the beauty in the world, even when it seems cruel and unfair.”

According to the Detroit Free Press, he died of respiratory failure while in intensive care. Earlier this month it was revealed that he had developed a lung infection while in the hospital following surgery to unblock an artery.




31/07/2014 - PLANT VS PAGE...?

Robert Plant says that he is "disappointed and baffled" by Jimmy Page's recent remarks regarding Plant's on-again, off-again interest in a LED ZEPPELIN reunion.

In May, Page, who was promoting the deluxe reissues of the first three ZEPPELIN albums, finally came out and blamed Plant for being the bandmember thwarting any hopes of a ZEPPELIN reunion tour. During a lengthily interview with The New York TimesPage said, "I was told last year that Robert Plant said he is doing nothing in 2014, and what do the other two guys think? Well, he knows what the other guys think. Everyone would love to play more concerts for the band. He's just playing games, and I'm fed up with it, to be honest with you. I don't sing, so I can't do much about it. It just looks so unlikely, doesn't it?"

Plant, who last month urged Page to "go to sleep and have a good rest," found himself confronted with the subject once again while speaking to Uncut magazine.

"I feel for [Page]," Plant said. "He knows he's got the headlines if he wants them. But I don't know what he's trying to do. So I feel slightly disappointed and baffled."

Plant went on to claim that he was interested in collaborating with Page again but in a slightly different format. "A couple of years ago I said, 'If you've got anything acoustic, let me know," he said. "I'll give it a whirl. It was hands across the water. He just walked away. But we couldn't do anything proper. The weight of expectation is too great."


31/07/2014 - PAUL STANLEY: KISS WILL CARRY ON WITHOUT ORIGINAL MEMBERS

During a brand new interview with The WeekenderKISS guitarist/vocalist Paul Stanley once again spoke about the possibility of the band one day carrying on without any original members.

"I know KISS won't end," Stanley said. "The question is, 'How long will I be a part of it, or Gene [SimmonsKISS bassist/vocalist] be a part if it?' I really don't know. As long as we can.

"It's hard work, but it's incredibly rewarding and fulfilling.


31/07/2014 - FROM QUEENSRYCHE TO...OPERATION: MINDCRIME

The long-running saga for the name rights between Geoff Tate and Queensryche appears to have taken its final, albeit logical, step. Tate revealed today (July 30) that, beginning in September, the band he now fronts will be known as ‘Operation: Mindcrime.’

 




31/07/2014 - METAL ALL-STARS ARE BACK
After a succesful tour of Europe Metal All-Stars return with new lineup including Greek guitarist Gus G! So, Zakk Wylde (Black Label Society), James Labrie (Dream Theater), Geoff Tate (formerly of Queensryche), Joey Belladonna (Anthrax), Dave Ellefson (Megadeth), Chuck Billy (Testament), Ross The Boss (Ex-Manowar), Carmine Appice (Vanilla Fudge, Rod Stewart), Cronos(Venom), Vinny Appice (Dio, Black Sabbath), Blasko (Ozzy Osborne), Kobra Paige (Kobra And The Lotus) and Gus will be touring playing a 2-hour show featuring songs from every star's career. The idea and the management of this project belongs to Gabe Reed Productions. Here are the confirmed dates so far:

11/28/14 Bochum, Germany – Ruhrkongress
11/29/14 Leipzig, Germany – Haus Auensee
11/30/14 Berlin, Germany – Huxley’s Neue Welt
12/1/14 Zurich, Switzerland – X-Tra
12/3/14 Vienna, Austria – Outdoor @ Arena
12/6/14 Prague, Czech Republic – Forum Karlin
12/7/14 Warsaw, Poland – Progresja
12/10/14 Copenhagen, Denmark – Vega
12/11/14 Kial, Germany - Max
12/12/14 Tilburg, Netherlands – 013
12/14/14 Paris, France - Bataclan
12/16/14 London, UK – O2 Brixton Academy
 
 

30/07/2014 - WAS BRIAN JONES MURDERED...?

In his 1994 book ‘Brian Jones: Who Killed Christopher Robin?,’ writer Terry Rawlings asserted that the mysterious circumstances surrounding the Rolling Stones co-founder’s death were a cover-up for murder — and he’s renewed those allegations in a recently released updated edition.

MOJO spoke with Rawlings for a cover story about the reissued book, and he doesn’t mince words in the interview, flatly stating that Jones “was definitely murdered and there was a cover-up.” Aware that some have questioned his findings, Rawlings added, “It’s not a crackpot theory; it’s what happened.”

Jones — who’d been fired from the Rolling Stones a few weeks before — drowned in his pool on July 3, 1969, following an evening during which he played host to a group of guests that included a contractor named Frank Thorogood. In the original edition of ‘Who Killed Christopher Robin?,’ Rawlings pointed the finger at Thorogood, saying that tensions between Jones and his employee turned violent during a shared swim. Allegedly, Thorogood confessed to the deed on his deathbed in 1993, telling the band’s former road manager Tom Keylock, “It was me that did Brian. I just finally snapped.”




30/07/2014 - TOOL SINGER WELCOMES BABY DAUGHTER

While it might not be the new album that Tool fans have been patiently awaiting, the band’s lead singer took to the web today to announce a different — and let’s face it, far more special — kind of arrival.

As Loudwire first reported, Maynard James Keenan shared a photo of his just-born baby girl Lei Li Agostina Maria on his band Puscifer’s official Instagram account today. In the caption it is noted that she made her worldwide debut on Friday, July 25 at 7:19PM, weighing in at 7 pounds and 19 inches.


30/07/2014 - CHRIS CORNELL'S STALKER ARRESTED

Another of Chris Cornell‘s stalkers is off the street. Tampa resident Jessica Leigh Robbins was arrested on July 25 for making threats to the Soundgarden frontman and his family, according to TampaBay.com.

Back in February, a Seattle woman was charged with sending death threats to the singer via Twitter. Cornell has reportedly been receiving such threats since at least 2004, when his wife was pregnant with the couple’s second child.




29/07/2014 - EX-MANOWAR DRUMMER HOSPITALIZED

Kenny Rhino Earl admitted for cardiac episode at Health First Palm Bay Hospital. We don't have any updates yet but Jack Starr has posted this message on facebook: Please pray for Kenny RHINO Earl that he make a speedy and 100 percent recovery,WE LOVE YOU KENNY


29/07/2014 - SIXX A.M. CONFIRMS RELEASE DATE

SIXX: A.M., the band featuring MÖTLEY CRÜE bassist Nikki Sixx alongside guitarist DJ Ashba and vocalist James Michael, will release its third album on October 7. A video for the CD's first single, "Gotta Get It Right", was filmed in mid-June.

 



29/07/2014 - AMY LEE WELCOMES FIRST CHILD

EVANESCENCE singer Amy Lee welcomed her first child, a son named Jack Lion, last Thursday, July 24.

 



28/07/2014 - NEW DOCUMENTARY ABOUT DEEP PURPLE

This comes straight from Deep Purple Overseas: Deep Purple Mark 3 - A new documentary is in the works, as a follow up to the Made In Japan piece, focusing on the period 1973-1975. Topics will be examined utilising newly discovered paperwork and documents that makes for an even more incredible story than history has already told us…... Stay tuned for a late 2014 release!

 


28/07/2014 - TED NUGENT BANNED IN WASHINGTON

Following last week’s decision by an Idaho casino to cancel a Ted Nugent concert, another venue has done the same. The Emerald Queen Casino in Tacoma, WA has removed his Aug. 2-3 shows from their calendar.

“The first amendment gives people the right to free speech,” Lawrence W. LaPointe of the Puyallup Tribe, which runs the casino, said. “But I think racism is intolerable and not acceptable here. We’ve been getting lots of complaints from the community and other organizations. I don’t want to take away his right to say what he wants to say, but we don’t need it here.”




28/07/2014 - TROUBLE TO PLAY SPECIAL SHOW IN ATHENS, GREECE

28/07/2014 - WHO IS INTRODUCING KISS?
The classic KISS pre-show introduction was a bit different last Saturday, July 26th, as Joe Elliott was the announcer! KISS and Def Leppard are touring the States together and it looks that they are having a good time together! "You wanted the best, you got the best", check out the video below...
 
 

27/07/2014 - AFTER THE WAVE FESTIVAL
Λίγες μέρες μετα τα καλοκαιρινά φεστιβάλ αλλά και τα κύματα της θάλασσας, και λίγες μέρες πριν ανοίξουν τα σχολεία, metal και alternative μπάντες από την Αθήνα αλλά και οι σατιρικές μπάντες Sonata Antartika και Ανώριμοι μαζεύονται για το πρώτο ‘’AFTER THE WAVE’’ FESTIVAL που θα γίνει 5 και 6 Σεπτεμβρίου στο AN CLUB στα Εξάρχεια.
 
Τη Παρασκευή στις 5 Σεπτεμβρίου έχουμε τη μέταλ πλευρά του festival όπου θα εμφανιστούν live οι

Sacred Valley Tales

Sink The Surface

Sensorium Abyss

Domination

Sonata Antartika

Anorimoi

ticket:6e

supported by :SAE INSTITUTE (https://www.facebook.com/SAEATHENS?fref=ts)
TOP MAN (http://www.topman.gr/)
MD STUDIOS (https://www.facebook.com/mdstudioGR?fref=ts)

Ενώ το Σάββατο στις 6 Σεπτεμβρίου θα δούμε τους πιο alternative μέταλ μουσικούς που έχει βγάλει η πόλη μας να μας παρουσιάζουν όλοι το δικο τους υλικό. Ανερχόμενα σχήματα που δεν εχουν να ζηλέψουν τίποτα από μεγάλα ονόματα του εξωτερικού. Οι μπάντες που θα ανέβουν στη σκηνή του Αn είναι :

''Indigo Kid

Underjoyed

Bombing The Avenue

Project Zeroed

No Entry''

ticket:5e

Supported by:
SAE INSTITUTE (https://www.facebook.com/SAEATHENS?fref=ts)
TOP MAN (http://www.topman.gr/)
UNCLE CHRONI'S TATTOO (https://www.facebook.com/UncleChronisTattoo)
SOFITA STUDIOS (https://www.facebook.com/sofitastudios?fref=ts)
 

 

26/07/2014 - KINGDRAGON WILL PLAY ON HRH AOR 3
Greeks Kingdragon announced they are confirmed for HRH AOR 3 Festival which will take place on 12-15 March in Hafan Y Mor, Northern Wales. They will play with Night Ranger, FM, Heat, Dare, The Poodlles, Starz, Romeo’s Daughter, Houston, Vega, Eclipse, White Widdow, Casablanca, Crazy Lixx, while they will hit the stage on March 13th.
 
 

25/07/2014 - PAT TORPEY DIAGNOSED WITH PARKINSON'S DISEASE

MR. BIG drummer Pat Torpey has been diagnosed with Parkinson's disease and will be unable to perform all of his normal drumming duties on the band's upcoming world tour in support of the group's new album, "...The Stories We Could Tell".

"I've been dealing with Parkinson's symptoms for the past couple of years and only recently received a confirmed diagnosis as symptoms worsened," Torpey said. "I intend to fight the disease with same intensity and tenacity that I drum and live my life by and will continue recording and performing, as always, to the best of my ability."


25/07/2014 - JOEY VERA FACES HEALTH ISSUES

FATES WARNING and ARMORED SAINT bassist Joey Vera has posted the following message on his Facebook page:

"So, I'm not looking for ANY sympathy or well wishes here, but wanted to share this in hopes of any similar experiences.

"First off, I realize there are FAR worse situations for some of us in every part of the world and this little sitch of mine is but a small wart on the universal being.

"A year ago I was snorkeling on vacation and upon exiting the ocean, I sprained the tendons in my right rotator cuff (shoulder). In September, I went through four weeks of physical therapy and then did two tours with FATES WARNING. This past January, the pain came back in a big way. This led to two MRIs and thankfully they ruled out a tear. But after doing the two tours, a gig in January, played on a record in February and another tour with FATES in April, it was ruled I acquired frozen shoulder. By May, I lost most of my range of motion and was in severe pain. I'd gotten two cortisone shots right in the joint (fun) but all it did was dissolve my muscles in the area.

"So, since then, I've been in therapy twice a week and have to stretch and ice daily.

"Happy to report I've gotten about 90% motion back and the pain is tolerable for the most part.

"I know this will take some time but has anyone had this problem? Show me some light, please.

"I haven't been able to play bass for three months, but picked it up this week. Felt good.

"No sympathy but share if you dare."




25/07/2014 - NEW NAPALM DEATH RECORD IN THE WORKS

British/American grindcore pioneers NAPALM DEATH have begun tracking guitars for their follow-up to 2012's "Utilitarian" at Parlour Studios in Kettering, England with producer Russ Russell. An early 2015 release via Century Media Records is expected.

 



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