ANTHRAX IS IN THE STUDIO

Anthrax - 2011 Monday, December 15, 2014 — Anthrax, along with producer Jay Ruston, is currently in a Los Angeles studio recording the follow up to their 2011 Grammy-nominated, critically-acclaimed album, Worship Music.

The band – Charlie Benante/drums, Frank Bello/bass, Joey Belladonna/vocals, Scott Ian/guitars and Jon Donais/guitars – has been writing and demo’ing new songs over the past few months and plans to record well into January. The as yet untitled album, the band’s eleventh full studio collection, is set for a 2015 release (Megaforce Records).

This video clip below was filmed the first day of recording.

BASSIST BOB DAISLEY SHARES HIS CURRENT CORRESPONDENCE WITH CLASSIC ROCK MAGAZINE

BobDaisley400 As previously reported, iconic bassist Bob Daisely (Ozzy Osbourne, Rainbow, Black Sabbath, Gary Moore, Uriah Heep) had written an open letter, via his Facebook page, to Classic Rock stating that an award presented to Ozzy Osbourne for his record Blizzard of Ozz disrespected former band members Randy Rhoads, Lee Kerslake and Daisley, himself, by not properly acknowledging their contributions to the album.

Daisley shares his current correspondence with Classic Rock below.

“To Classic Rock’s ‘editor’, Mrs. Llewellyn: In response to your recent article, why didn’t you have the courtesy and honesty to include my reply to Classic Rock? Here it is again:

Classic Rock: Thanks for your response, I had no desire to ‘cross swords’ with anyone, I just needed to vent my frustration and disapproval of how things were handled. I understand that not all members of bands receive an award each for an album, and thanks for giving specific examples. I also understand that budgets don’t allow for people to be flown around the globe to attend award ceremonies. Yes, I saw that Ozzy mentioned Randy, which he often does, but if an award was made for Randy as well, why wasn’t it presented publicly and ceremoniously to the Rhoads family members? The award, which was in fact in bubble wrap, was given to Kelle and Kathy on their way out, it was Kelle who put it in a paper bag. Kelle told me that the way that they were slipped the award was, in his own words, ‘like a drug deal’. As you must be aware, Lee Kerslake and I have been repeatedly omitted from acknowledgement and recognition for our considerable part in the ‘Blizzard of Ozz’ album, so when Ozzy is filmed being honoured and acknowledged, Randy’s award is given ‘on the sly’, and Kerslake and I are ‘left out’ yet again, perhaps you can understand the frustration and added insult to injury that it causes. Maybe it would’ve been a nice gesture to mention the four band members this time, instead of just two, and stretch to giving all four band members an award, instead of just two. Thanks, Bob Daisley.

No, I’m not ‘irate’, as CR put it, I was, however, astounded at the lack of respect shown in regard to 3/4 of the band The Blizzard of Ozz. Yes, it was a month after the CR awards that I made my first statement, no one at CR had the courtesy to inform me that the album that I co-wrote, played on and co-produced had even been given an award; I found out from Kelle Rhoads, Randy’s brother, who wasn’t too impressed with the way that they were ‘presented’ with Randy’s award, which is obvious in your photo of them – empty tables and people clearing up while a woman looks on with her hand on her hip; every picture tells a story, don’t it?

So it was Ozzy who invited the Rhoads family to the ceremony? If CR had an award made for Randy, why wasn’t it CR that invited them? No, ‘Bob didn’t have a go at the Osbournes’, as CR stated, with your ‘what Bob does best’ remark, I was ‘having a go’ at the way that the ceremony was handled by Classic Rock, I even added, ‘I don’t begrudge Ozzy receiving his award’. What is it that CR ‘does best’?…

You selectively chose statements from my fans that were anti-Sharon, instead of any of the hundreds of supportive comments that didn’t even mention her, and then you posted my ‘thank you’ to fans instead of my response to CR. How manipulative and deceitful, that sort of sensationalist ‘journalism’ is devoid of anything to do with the album that was being awarded. You chose to attack me rather than acknowledge my response to CR and deal with the issue, and many of the fans didn’t like that. Blizzard of Ozz fans are passionate about the music and musicians on both albums, consequently Sharon is not a popular figure amongst them, she made her own reputation, and it has nothing to do with her gender, but everything to do with her actions. I didn’t even mention her.
So Sharon complimented one of your journalists on their T-shirt, well golly gosh, yes, that puts her up there with Gandhi and Mother Theresa, that must’ve been life changing for them.
There was a time when Classic Rock employed good journalists, those who used their knowledge of the history of Rock to write in-depth articles about music and musicians. It now seems that Classic Rock, a once great magazine, is in danger of turning into what would more appropriately be named ‘Classic Crock’. Now go and powder your nose CR, the brown is showing through.

Bob Daisley.”

WANT TO GO TO EUROPE IN THE SPRING? AC/DC ANNOUNCE 2015 EUROPEAN TOUR DATES

ac:dc10:17:2014-640 AC/DC just announced the first string of 2015 touring dates, but for now, they all European stops.

These new dates come in support of the band’s latest album, Rock or Bust which debuted in the Top five of the U.S. album charts after its December 2nd release.

AC/DC Rock or Bust World Tour dates:

May:

5: Arnhem, Holland – Gelredome
8: Nuremberg, Germany – Zeppelinfeld
10: Dresden, Germany – Ostragehege
14: Zeltweg, Austria – Red Bull Race Track
16: Hockenheim, Germany – Hockenheimring
19: Munich, Germany – Olympia Stadium
23: Paris, France – Stade de France
29: Barcelona, Spain – Estadio Olympic
31: Madrid, Spain – Estadio Vicente Calderon

June:

19: Cologne, Germany – Jahnwiesen
21: Hannover, Germany – Messe
25: Berlin, Germany – Olympia Stadium
28: Glasgow, Scotland – Hampden Park

July:

1: Dublin, Ireland – Aviva Stadium
4: London, England – Wembley Stadium
9: Imola, Italy – Autodromo
12: Gelsenkirchen, Germany – Veltins Arena
15: Roskilde, Denmark – Roskilde Festival Site
17: Oslo, Norway – Valle Hovin
19: Stockholm, Sweden – Friends Arena
22: Hameenlinna, Finland – Open Air Park
25: Warsaw, Poland – National Stadium

additional source: ultimateclassicrock.com [Ed’s note: Thank you to David S. who insisted I post these dates ;)]

FEATURE ARTICLE EXTOLS THE VIRTUES OF UFO

UFObandsitting400pix Joel Reese of The Concourse writes:

Let’s try something here. Here’s a song called Hot and Ready, by the band UFO. Give it a listen.

If this doesn’t rock your ass off—if you’re thinking, “Ehhh, maybe, I’m not sure”—then go back to nursing your IPA and nodding along to the Mountain Goats or Sam Smith or whoever. I can’t help you. But if you have the correct opinion—if you wonder, “Holy shit, that is an amazing solo, and it’s just the opening riff? Who is that?”—then you have uncovered one of rock ‘n’ roll’s greatest secrets.

In the annals of rock history, tucked way behind your Zeppelins and Floyds, just trailing your Big Stars and Thin Lizzys, but just ahead of your Raspberries and Budgies, there resides a band that only die-hards and full-on music geeks seem to truly appreciate (or even know): UFO.

At the height of their mid-’70s heyday, this hard-living, ass-kicking, spandex-wearing quintet rocked like few have dared to rock, even if few dared to rock alongside them. They boasted a haughty, combative frontman with great pipes; a hedonistic, polka-dot-pants-wearing bass player who made Keith Richards look like Debby Boone; and simply one of the best hard-rock guitarists of all time. They should have ruled the era when the amps were loud, the Camaros fast, the mullets magnificent and unironic. UFO put out five good-to-brilliant studio records that stand toe-to-toe with any of the great albums of that era; then, in 1979, they released their masterpiece, Strangers in the Night, a powerful, punishing live album with the visceral impact of a Jack Lambert clothesline tackle.

“The album is incredible, absolutely incendiary,” says former Rage Against the Machine guitarist Tom Morello, now a solo artist who records as the Nightwatchman. “It captures a great band at the height of their powers…I don’t weep for UFO, They made some really great records, and their live album is one of the greatest albums of all time. No one can take those points off the board.”

Eddie Trunk, the nationally syndicated DJ and host of VH1’s That Metal Show, concurs “Strangers in the Night is pretty much my favorite album of all time. And by all accounts it really is live, making it even more amazing.”

But these cock-rockers flew too close to the sun. Right now, 35 years after their epochal live record, UFO are getting set to put out a new album (A Conspiracy of Stars, their 22nd studio release) that most likely won’t be downloaded (or even pirated) by the millions (or even the hundred-thousands) when it’s released in March. And yet they soldier on, dutifully playing smaller clubs and mid-day festival slots and the occasional ribfest, with their awesome past unjustly consigned to the dustbin. UFO are your favorite hard-rock band’s favorite hard-rock band, but they command recognition from almost no one else. Which is wrong. Because UFO in their prime were awesome, and the story of how they got there is even … awesomer.

Read entire story at The Concourse.

source: theconcourse.deadspin.com

AEROSMITH GUITARIST JOE PERRY PREMIERES VIDEO FOR “RUN RUN RUDOLPH”

joeperry400 Crank up the holidays with Joe Perry’s all-new rendition of a Christmas gem, Run Run Rudolph. Today (12/11), Perry has partnered with Billboard.com to exclusively premiere the video for the track from his new EP Joe Perry’s Merry Christmas. The video features performance footage of Perry interspersed with scenes of kids joyously celebrating Christmas with instruments as their gifts.

Watch the video below:

The four-song EP Joe Perry’s Merry Christmas marks the first-ever collection of holiday songs by Perry. He brings his signature fiery guitar riffs to four of his favorite Christmas tunes: White Christmas, Silent Night, Santa Claus Is Back In Town and “Run Run Rudolph, the latter song with Johnny Depp on rhythm guitar. The EP is available now at Unison’s website and iTunes.

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HELLYEAH RETURNS TO THE ROAD WITH “BLOOD FOR BLOOD 2015 TOUR” WITH DEVOUR THE DAY AND LIKE A STORM

HellYeahtourposter400 After a hugely successful US arena run with Volbeat and labelmates Five Finger Death Punch and Nothing More, Hellyeah will head back to those markets for a triumphant headline run, with special guests Devour The Day and Like A Stoem in tow. The band celebrates their first-ever Top 10 radio single Moth, and its companion video which has nearly reached 1.5 million views and can be seen below.

The band is excited for this headline run “After supporting some great bands for nearly all of 2014, we are excited about being a headliner and bringing you nearly all the music off Blood For Blood live,” says Vinnie Paul. “We can’t wait to see you guys and destroy!!! Cheers, hellions!” Devour The Day bassist Joey “Chicago” Walser adds, “I feel more excited about this tour than any other previous. These are great cities filled with great people. We are honestly so ready to reconnect with our music family.”

Hellyeah’s Blood For Blood is a welcome return to form. It leaves a mark, thanks to songs like the Sangre Por Sangre (Blood For Blood) and Demons In The Dirt. Then there is moodier, more contemplative fare like the current hit radio single, Moth which connects on an emotional, cellular level. “Hellyeah lock and load their most crushing and catchy salvo yet with Blood For Blood. Its unmitigated, unbridled, and unique energy makes for one of the best heavy records of 2014 and the band’s definitive offering to date. It will leave you bloody and smiling,” says Rick Florino of Artist Direct.

Devour The Day was one of music’s biggest Cinderella stories of 2013. Good Man, the first single from their self-produced Time & Pressure debut album (released May 7th, 2013), reached the Top 10 on the “Active Rock” chart and Top 15 on the “Mainstream Rock Tracks” chart. Devour The Day was one of the Top 40 most spun artists of 2013 at Active Rock stations nationwide. They’ve toured with In this Moment, Butcher Babies, Three Days Grace, Sevendust, and shared the festival stage with, Rob Zombie, All that Remains. The latest single release, Respect, reached the Top 20 on Mediabase’s “Active Rock” chart last September.

Check out hellyeahband.com/tour for tickets, VIP packages and further information beginning Thursday, December 11th.

Hellyeah with Devour The Day and Like A Storm dates:

February:

6 Las Vegas NV Brooklyn Bowl
7 Reno NV Knitting Factory Concert House
8 Sacramento CA Ace Of Spades
10 Spokane WA Knitting Factory Concert House
11 Boise ID Knitting Factory Concert House
13 Salt Lake City UT The Complex-Grand Room
14 Denver CO Summit Music Hall
15 Wichita KS The Cotilion
17 Kansas City MO Arvest Bank Theatre @ The Midland
18 Lincoln NE The Bourbon Theatre
20 Columbia MO Blue Note
21 Sioux City IA Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
22 Minneapolis MN Mill City Nights
24 Flint MI The Machine Shop
25 Fort Wayne IN Piere’s
27 Philadelphia PA The Trocadero Theatre
28 Uncaseville CT Mohegan Sun Wolf Den

March:

1 Sayreville NJ Starland Ballroom
3 Baltimoee MD Rams Head
4 Knoxville TN The Concourse @ The International
6 Wilmington NC Ziggy’s By The Sea
7 Charlotte NC Amos’ Southend
8 Atlanta GA Centerstage

LED ZEPPELIN GUITARIST JIMMY PAGE SPEAKS HIS MIND IN HIS LATEST INTERVIEW

jimmypage400 A grumpy Jimmy Page has taken aim at everyone from Ginger Baker to Robert Plant in a bad-tempered interview, reports Classic Rock.

The Led Zeppelin guitarist was speaking about the recent reissues when he snapped at questions about his former bandmate and Cream drummer Ginger Baker.

And he refused to answer questions about his work with David Coverdale, his supposed fascination with the occult and his alleged drug-fuelled past.

However, he spoke warmly about the genius of late Zeppelin drummer John Bonham and the impact Elvis Presley had on his life.

Page tells GQ he was disappointed by Ginger Baker’s comments about Bonham in the documentary Beware Of Mr Baker.

He says, “That’s an interesting film, because of the way the film starts. Doesn’t it start with Ginger hitting the director with a cane? I was a bit disappointed by that. His criticism was that Bonham didn’t swing. I was like, ‘Oh, Ginger. That’s the only thing that’s undeniable about Bonham.’ I thought that was stupid. That was a really silly thing of him to say.”

Asked about Robert Plant’s steadfast refusal to entertain a Zeppelin reunion, Page says, “Sometimes I raise my eyebrows at the things he says, but that’s all I can say about it. I don’t make a point to read what he says about Zeppelin. But people will read me things he has said, and I will usually say, ‘Are you sure you’re quoting him correctly?’ It’s always a little surprising. But I can’t answer for him. I have a respect for the work of everyone in the band. I can’t be dismissive of the work we did together. I sort of know what he’s doing. But I don’t fully understand it.”

As for the questions about drugs, the occult, his insecurities and the Coverdale/Page album, Page says he may one day reveal all in an autobiography – but for now he refuses to be drawn on those issues.

On Bonham, Page says, “I was very keen on making the most of John Bonham’s drum sound, because he was such a technician in terms of tuning his drums for projection. You don’t want a microphone right in front of the drum kit. Sonically, distance makes depth. So employing that ambience was very important, because drums are acoustic instruments. The only time John Bonham ever got to be John Bonham was when he was in Led Zeppelin. You know, he plays on some Paul McCartney solo tracks. But you’d never know it was him, because of the way it was recorded. It’s all closed down.”

Explaining his need for privacy, Page says he was fascinated by Elvis but never felt the need to know anything about his private life. He says, “I don’t know what other people need to know, really. I don’t see the necessity of that, and I’m not going to start now. What’s important about Elvis was that he changed absolutely everything for youth and that he came in right under the radar. But that’s all I need to know about his life.”

Page recently hinted at a solo tour that could take place next year and see him perform music from throughout his career. He also spoke of his admiration for young British two-piece Royal Blood.

additional source: classicrock.teamrock.com

REMASTERED EXPANDED VERSION OF JUDAS PRIEST’S CLASSIC “DEFENDERS OF THE FAITH” ALBUM ANNOUNCED

judaspriestdeendersera600 Coming off an era which saw several Judas Priest albums that have gone down as some of the greatest in the entire history of heavy metal (namely, 1980’s British Steel and 1982’s Screaming for Vengeance), the band from Birmingham knew that their next release had to “deliver the goods,” to cement their standing as the leaders of metal. And deliver they did, with their platinum-certified 1984 release, Defenders of the Faith, which spawned such headbanging classics as Freewheel Burning, Jawbreaker, The Sentinel, Some Heads Are Gonna Roll, and Love Bites.

And on March 10th, 2015, a newly expanded three-CD version of the album will be unleashed via Columbia/Legacy, which includes the original ten-track album remastered by producer Tom Allom, and a complete live recording from the Defenders tour, recorded at the Long Beach Arena in California, on May 5th, 1984.

The 21-track concert (split up over two discs) perfectly balances the then-new material from the group’s ninth studio offering overall, including such classics as Metal Gods, Breaking the Law, Sinner, Electric Eye, The Green Manalishi (With the Two-Pronged Crown), Victim of Changes, and You’ve Got Another Thing Coming, among many others.

As the band states in the liner notes to the reissue, “It’s 30 years since we released ‘Defenders of the Faith’ – we’re very proud to say it has become a classic that’s beloved by Priest fans throughout the world”

Judas Priest continues to “defend the faith” to this day, as the group recently issued their seventeenth studio album, Redeemer of Souls, which sees the band’s popularity amongst metalheads remain as strong as ever, as it debuted higher than any other previous Priest release (at #6 on the Billboard 200). And on the group’s current tour, quite a few classics from ‘Defenders’ are being performed for the first time in years.

And soon, fans will get a chance to re-experience vintage Judas Priest, with the Defenders of the Faith reissue.

CD1: Defenders of the Faith‘ Re-Mastered

1. Freewheel Burning
2. Jawbreaker
3. Rock Hard Ride Free
4. The Sentinel
5. Love Bites
6. Eat Me Alive
7. Some Heads Are Gonna Roll
8. Night Comes Down
9. Heavy Duty
10. Defenders of the Faith

CD2: Live at Long Beach Arena, California 5th May 1984

1. Love Bites
2. Jawbreaker
3. Grinder
4. Metal Gods
5. Breaking the Law
6. Sinner
7. Desert Plains
8. Some Heads Are Gonna Roll
9. The Sentinel
10. Rock Hard Ride Free

CD3: Live at Long Beach Arena, California 5th May 1984

1. Night Comes Down
2. The Hellion
3. Electric Eye
4. Heavy Duty
5. Defenders of the Faith
6. Freewheel Burning
7. Victim of Changes
8. The Green Manalishi (With the Two-Pronged Crown)
9. Living After Midnight
10. Hell Bent For Leather
11. You’ve Got Another Thing Coming

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METALLICA’S JAMES HETFIELD DISCUSSES OVERCOMING FEAR AND BEING A ROLE MODEL

jameshetfield400 Metallica frontman and Road Recovery supporter James Hetfield discusses growing up with and overcoming his fear of responsibility and how that has played a part in his recovery from drug addiction. Hetfield also shares his views on what it means to be a role model and what he tells young people when they ask him for advice. Watch the video below.

Metallica have just been nominated for a GRAMMY award for Best Music Film last year’s 3D film Through The Never.

REVOLUTION SAINTS, FEATURING DOUG ALDRICH, JACK BLADES AND DEEN CASTRONOVO, RELEASE VIDEO FOR “TURN BACK TIME” FROM THEIR SELF-TITLED DEBUT DUE FEBRUARY 24TH

dougaldrich,jackblades640 Three icons of rock music are combining their talents for the creation of one of the most anticipated new projects of 2015. Revolution Saints is the newest power trio to arrive on the scene and features guitar skills by Doug Aldrich (Whitesnake), bass and co-lead vocals by Jack Blades (Night Ranger, Damn Yankees, Shaw/Blades) and drums and lead vocals by Deen Castronovo (Journey, Bad English). The band has just released the video for the song Turn Back Time from their self-titled debut that is being released in North America on February 24th via Frontiers Music SRL. Watch it below.

From the opening notes of Back On My Trail to the piano outro on the album-closer In The Name Of The Father (Fernando’s Song), it is clear Revolution Saints is a musical force to be reckoned with. Songs Locked Out Of Paradise, Dream On and Here Forever showcase the diversity that permeates throughout the entire album. Deen’s band mates from Journey also make an appearance on the album with guitarist Neal Schon showing up on Way To The Sun and vocalist Arnel Pineda singing on You’re Not Alone. The album’s 80’s vibe is reminiscent of some of the biggest hard rock tracks of the day, but with a modern feel, backed by top-level musicianship. The album is available for pre-order at Amazon in standard CD and deluxe edition with bonus DVD. Fans who order the album digitally via iTunes will receive an automatic download of Turn Back Time.

“It’s a fun record. It’s not safe. It is a musician’s record,” states Castronovo.

Revolution Saints have released an EPK discussing the new project that can be seen below.

The track listing for Revolution Saints is:

Back On My Trail
Turn Back Time
You’re Not Alone (Feat. Arnel Pineda)
Locked Out Of Paradise
Way To The Sun (Feat. Neal Schon)
Dream On
Don’t Walk Away
Here Forever
Strangers To This Life
Better World
How To Mend A Broken Heart
In The Name Of The Father (Fernando’s Song

Visit the Revolution Saints at facebook.com/RevolutionSaints.

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