THE METAL GOD, ROB HALFORD, DISCUSSES HIS LOVE OF MICHAEL BUBLE AND PAVAROTTI

robhalford400 Elisabeth Vincentelli of the New York Post spoke with the ever charming Judas Priest frontman, Rob Halford. Excerpts from the interview appear below.

NY Post: You’re not afraid to talk about your love for Michael Bublé.

Rob Halford: Even though I’m a metal singer, the fact that I’ve been able to appreciate other types of performers has probably paid dividends.

When I listen to Michael Bublé, it’s exciting, it’s inspiring. I feel the same way with Michael Feinstein or Ryan Adams. I’m drawn to singers who have something different to say vocally, and Adele would be in there. I saw [Barbra] Streisand in Phoenix and that was mind-blowing. Her voice is just so pure.

NY Post: You’re definitely thinking outside of the metal box.

Rob Halford: I’ve also always had a passion for some types of opera — I’ve got a massive Pavarotti collection. I sing Nessun Dorma when I warm up backstage.

NY Post: Is Priest ever going to put out the tracks you guys did in ’88 with producers Stock Aitken Waterman, of Kylie Minogue and Rick Astley fame?

Rob Halford: I personally would love to release them, but there’s a different consensus within the band. Our rendition of [the Stylistics’] You Are Everything is just beautiful — it’s an ’80s megarock ballad, with big drums, big vocals, sweeping strings.

People are a lot more open-minded now, whereas in those days it could have created a bit of push-back, maybe even some damage to our reputation.

NY Post: Yet from Day 1, you’ve pushed the boundaries in your stage visuals, with all that leather and chains.

Rob Halford: The outfit I used to wear for our first three or four songs was like carrying one of those huge military backpacks! I had to have an operation on my spine a year ago.

My new outfits are just as visually strong but they’re about a quarter of the weight — we’ve reduced the tonnage of the studs [chuckles]. I’ve been in London working on them with Ray Brown. I look a bit like the Tin Man from The Wizard of Oz on the new tour.

Read more at the New York Post.

source: nypost.com

AC/DC RELEASE TRACK LIST FOR “ROCK OR BUST,” ALBUM AVAILABLE FOR PRE-ORDER

ac:dc400-2 AC/DC have released the track listing for their forthcoming album, Rock Or Bust, out on December 2nd. See it below.

Rock or Bust track list.

1. Rock or Bust
2. Play Ball (To listen to this song, click the name)
3. Rock The Blues Away
4. Miss Adventure
5. Dogs of War
6. Got Some Rock & Roll Thunder
7. Hard Times
8. Baptism By Fire
9. Rock the House
10. Sweet Candy
11. Emission Control

CD and LP versions of Rock or Bust are packaged in a limited 3D animated cover. All digital pre-orders of Rock or Bust come with an instant download of Play Ball.

Click the following links to order:

CD
LP
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DEF LEPPARD POST CLIP OF NFL PERFORMANCE FEATURING TRIXTER’S STEVE BROWN, WATCH IT HERE

stevebrownoftrixter As previously reported, Trixter’s Steve Brown is the temporary replacement guitarist for Vivian Campbell while he recovers from cancer treatments.

Brown’s debut appearance with band too place on September 28th when Def Leppard played Wembley Stadium during the NFL’s Dolphins/Raiders game. See the performance below.

Campbell recently posted the following message at the band’s official website:

“As many of you know, I’ve been scheduled to start a stem cell transplant and as soon as I got home from tour I began the necessary tests and preparations. I’ll be admitted to hospital soon for all the yucky bits, so in the meantime I’m headed to Target to stock up on cozy pajamas, fresh underwear, and a sackful of car-porn.

Unfortunately, this means that I won’t be able to perform with the band on the upcoming NFL broadcast on Sept. 28th, nor will I be able to do the shows scheduled for Oct/Nov.

While I can’t say that I’m looking forward to the process ahead, I’m very much looking forward to what I feel will be a most successful outcome. Next year will be very busy for Def Leppard with a new album and a world tour, and frankly, I don’t think they would sound as loud without me, so I have no intention of letting the team down!

See you all (with hair!) in 2015. – Viv”

source: defleppard.com

AC/DC STREAM “PLAY BALL” ONLINE, SINGLE AVAILABLE FOR DOWNLOAD

ac:dc400 AC/DC have posted their new single Play Ball online for streaming. Listen to it below.

Play Ball is the first single to be released from the band’s forthcoming album, Rock Or Bust due December 2nd. To download the single at iTunes, click here.

Rock or Bust is the first AC/DC album in the band’s 41 year history without founding member Malcolm Young on the recordings. It has been revealed recently that Young is suffering from dementia.

AC/DC will undertake a world tour in support of Rock or Bust in 2015. Stevie Young, nephew of founding members Angus and Malcolm Young, plays rhythm guitar on the album and will accompany the band on tour.

FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH TO LIVE STREAM CONCERT THIS SATURDAY (10/11) IN PARTNERSHIP WITH YAHOO/LIVE NATION

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Tune-in this Saturday (10/11) at 9:45 p.m. ET/6:45 p.m. PT to watch global rock heavyweights Five Finger Death Punch (5FDP) perform LIVE from The Arena at Gwinnett Center, in Duluth, GA. 5FDP has teamed up with Yahoo and Live Nation to live-stream Saturday’s show, one stop on the band’s current North American co-headlining tour with Volbeat which kicked-off October 24 and has already sold out many of the run’s dates.

Click here to watch the live stream.

Fans will also have the freedom to stream the concert wherever they are through Yahoo Screen iOS, Android, mobile Web, desktop, and Smart TV platforms including Apple TV, Roku, and Xbox 360. This is one of 365 concerts to stream over a 12-month period on the Live Nation Channel on Yahoo Screen.

For more information on 5FDP, visit fivefingerdeathpunch.com, 5fdp4Vets.com, Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

For all tour dates, please visit fivefingerdeathpunch.com/tour/.

PICTURES OF EDDIE AND JOE PERRY FROM THE GUITARIST’S N.Y. BOOK SIGNING POSTED ONLINE

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RATED X, FEATURING VOCALIST JOE LYNN TURNER, DRUMMER CARMINE APPICE, BASSIST TONY FRANKLIN AND GUITARIST KARL COCHRAN RELEASES FIRST VIDEO, “THIS IS WHO I AM”

carmineappiceandjoelynnturnerband400 Frontiers Music Srl, the Italian-based label known for embracing new music from legendary Rock artists, has released the first video by its newest acclaimed band: Rated X featuring vocalist Joe Lynn Turner (Rainbow, Deep Purple), Drummer Carmine Appice (Vanilla Fudge, Cactus, Ozzy Osbourne, Rod Stewart, Blue Murder, King Kobra and others), Bassist Tony Franklin (The Firm, Jimmy Page, Paul Rodgers, David Gilmour, Blue Murder, and Whitesnake and guitarist Karl Cochran (Joe Lynn Turner, Ace Frehley). Entitled This Is Who I Am, the song is taken from the band’s self-titled debut set for release in the EU on November 7th and in North America on November 10th. Listen below.

Fans who pre-order the album on iTunes here will receive an instant download of the song or it can be purchased as a digital single.

Rated X was formed at the suggestion of, and under the guidance of Frontiers’ President Serafino Perugino. Frontiers in-house
producer, Alessandro del Vecchio, not only handled studio production, but added keyboards on several tracks. Pat Regan (Mr. Big, Deep Purple, Gotthard, Kiss, Doro) mixed the album.

The band’s debut album, entitled Rated X, features all new songs built upon a classic Hard Rock foundation, with a distinctly contemporary edge. This Is Who I Am, with its solid bottom, soaring guitar riffs driven by Turner’s compelling vocals, is sure to please hard rock fans around the world.

Says Joe Lynn Turner, “It’s about a personal experience of mine and I think it relates to everyone. We all want to shine as individuals. Too many people were judging me and telling me how to look and how to act; basically it’s about rebellion.”

“It has a really cool groove,” says Carmine Appice. “I love the hook and I love what it is saying.” Much of the album was recorded in different cities, using current recording technology, however, it never strays from a solid band sound.

“The songs will stand by themselves,” says Karl Cochran.” They are strong songs.”

Adds Tony Franklin about the project, “There is a lot of talent in this band and we respect each other. Some of us in this band have known each other for 20 to 30 years. So, it didn’t feel like something that had just been put together randomly. It feels real.”

Watch an electronic press kit about the band below.

Rated X track list:

1. Get Back My Crown
2. This Is Who I Am
3. Fire And Ice
4. I Don’t Cry No More
5. Lhasa
6. Devil In Disguise
7. You Are The Music
8. Peace Of Mind
9. Maybe Tonight
10. On The Way To Paradise
11. Our Love Is Not Over
12. Stranger In Us All

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SIXX: AM ANNOUNCE APRIL 2015 TOUR DATES

sixxam400 Sixx: AM, the band featuring Motley Crue bassist Nikki Sixx, guitarist DJ Ashba (Guns N’ Roses) and singer James Michael, have announced a tour in support of their new album, Modern Vintage.

Stops for Sixx:A.M. include San Francisco, Los Angeles, Dallas, Toronto and New York with presales and onsales launching this week. Members of Sixx:A.M. said special guest Apocalyptica would join them on the road.

“Fans have been asking for years ‘When is Sixx:A.M. gonna tour?’ and we’ve finally announced our first headline tour,” bassist Sixx said. “We can’t wait to play these songs live and put on a rock extravaganza for our fans. We’re excited to announce that we’re bringing along Apocalyptica as special guest because we are fans of their music and think this is going to be an amazing night of music from beginning to end.”

The headlining adventure isn’t the only first for Sixx:A.M. The band will participate in a Reddit AMA at 10 a.m. PDT Wednesday and will conduct an in-store signing when members appear at Best Buy in Burbank at 7 p.m. that evening. The band also launched their online webstore.

“For three records now we have been envisioning what a Sixx:A.M. headlining tour would look and feel like,” singer Michael said. “We are so excited to finally be bringing these songs to life.”

Debuting at Number one on the iTunes Rock Chart, Modern Vintage has unleashed its first single onto a rock-luvin’ world. Gotta Get It Right is currently working its way up the radio charts.

Adam Arnkoff, senior VP of Touring at 10th Street Entertainment, the company that manages Sixx:A.M., hinted that more excursions will follow.

“The band is eager to give back to all the fans who have supported them and their first headline tour ever is the best way possible,” Arnkoff told Pollstar. “This time around, we are only able to hit select major markets, but this will serve as a taste of what is to come down the road.”

Sixx: AM tour dates:

Here are the dates:

April 8 – San Francisco, Calif., The Regency Ballroom
April 10 – Las Vegas, Nev., The Joint @ Hard Rock Hotel / Casino
April 11 – Los Angeles, Calif., Club Nokia
April 13 – Denver, Colo., Ogden Theatre
April 14 – Kansas City, Mo., Arvest Bank Theatre At The Midland
April 16 – Houston, Texas, Warehouse Live
April 17 – Dallas, Texas, The Bomb Factory
April 19 – Minneapolis, Minn., Mill City Nights
April 20 – Chicago, Ill., Vic Theatre
April 21 – Royal Oak, Mich., Royal Oak Music Theatre
April 23 – Toronto, Ontario, Phoenix Concert Theatre
April 24 – Sayreville, N.J., Starland Ballroom
April 25 – Worcester, Mass., The Palladium
April 27 – New York, N.Y., Best Buy Theater
April 28 – Philadelphia, Pa., Electric Factory
April 29 – Silver Spring, Md., The Fillmore Silver Spring

An AMEX presale begins today (October 8th at 10 a.m. and runs until October 9th at 10 p.m. Local presales launch October 9th at 10 a.m. and conclude October 10th at 10 a.m. General onsales start October 10th and 11th at 10 a.m. All times local.

For more information please visit Sixx:AM on the web:

official website
Facebook
Twitter

additional source: pollstar.com

GUITARIST JOE PERRY DISCUSSES HIS NEW BOOK, HIS FAVORITE AEROSMITH ALBUM AND HIS FAVORITE OPENING ACT

joeperry400 Justin Tedaldi of the Examiner spoke with Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry. Excerpts from the interview appear below.

Examiner: You’re the third member of Aerosmith to date to put out an autobiography. What are your thoughts about your book compared with the official 1997 Aerosmith oral history Walk This Way, as well as the other ones written by your bandmates, if you’ve read them?

Joe Perry: I did read them, and obviously [for Walk This Way], we all took part in that. It was kind of focused mostly on anecdotes that had been touched on in interviews, things like that. The thing about that particular book is that the writer [Stephen Davis] went around and asked us all about certain instances and certain events, and everybody’s point of view. Everybody’s got a different story about their perceptions of how things went down, so he wanted to get everybody’s take on some of the different events, and again, it was a while ago, you know? A lot’s gone on since then.

Also, that book was pretty jaded in the respect that our manager at the time [Tim Collins] had made a deal with the writer, and said, “If you want to talk to the guys in the band, I have to see the book first. I have to be able to see it before any of the guys see it,” and we didn’t know any of that. When we found that out, that added to a rather long list of what was growing of reasons why we ended up firing him, because he was taking control over things that he had no business taking control over. And the writer of the book figured, “If I’m going to have access to the band, maybe I should play ball here.” Anyway, it was right at the end of the book, just before it was finished, that we fired him, and that’s why the last chapter kind of gives a reason why we fired him, but really, the whole thing was kind of disjointed. We couldn’t go back to rewrite the book. As we were re-reading the final thing, we were going, “Wait a second, how come this guy isn’t in there? How come that story isn’t in there? How come this isn’t in there?” It was almost like the manager knew he was going to get fired, or knew he was losing control over the band, and it was kind of his swan song, so he wanted to come out of it looking like the messiah that saved the band and all that stuff.

There was some truth to that—in the beginning, he was really instrumental in helping the band come together and start on the road to success, but then he started to lose it, and he was a control freak and he started to get into our private lives. And a lot of that stuff was never talked about and never written about, and that was one of the things that I wanted to get across in the book. I spent a lot of time in [my] book talking about that, and what was going on behind the scenes during the Get a Grip years and the Nine Lives years, and that period where we were having such success, but also the struggle that was going on. By then we were middle-aged men with family and kids and lives outside of the band, and this guy was still trying to keep us in this kind of cocoon. It was really a hard time, so there’s a lot of detail in the book about that.

Anyway, [Walk This Way] is what it is; I mean, it’s kind of fluff to me. And then, [Aerosmith drummer] Joey [Kramer]’s book was almost like a self-help book, you know? He went through a nervous breakdown and wanted to talk about it, and that was his take. And of course, [Aerosmith vocalist] Steven [Tyler]’s book was just Steven’s book. I don’t know if you’d call it an autobiography, but it was kind of a window into the way the guy acts and thinks, you know? It is what it is. But I really wanted to explore my reasons for having stuck with it, and the work that it took to keep it together all these years; why I left [Aerosmith] for five years. It actually starts with a question: How I ended up here. I didn’t grow up with music in my life, except for what was on the radio. I was kind of a slow starter when it comes to that—it certainly wasn’t what I had planned; it certainly wasn’t what my parents had planned.

That’s the difference between the books. I just wanted to lay out some of the trials and tribulations that we all faced to keep the band together, and behind the scenes. It just never got talked about, you know? The early stories, obviously I talk about that…we couldn’t leave any of that stuff out of there. But it kind shows a little bit more of the dynamic between the other guys in the band, but mostly Steven and I, and then of course we get into the later years. Really the front half of the band, or the side that people saw on stage or read in interviews, we talk about all the machinations, all the stuff that went on behind the scenes, and I wanted to get that out there. Again, to show people just how hard it is too keep a band together for this long, and that’s what it’s about.

Examiner: For the Aerosmith album Rocks, obviously the title of your book is derived from that. Is it your favorite Aerosmith album?

Joe Perry: Yeah. I think that as far as Aerosmith goes, it was one of the peaks of our learning how to be studio musicians and write new material in the studio. Up until then, we were just learning how to be recording artists, and there was a big difference between getting out and playing songs that you’ve played for months and years and just recording them in the studio, and it’s another thing to go in with a couple of riffs and come out of there with an album like Rocks. The other thing is, that’s one record that I know that I came up with the title, so it seemed appropriate to call the book that.

It seemed to make sense to call the book that, because it was definitely a, like I said, a high point in our creative lives, you know? We set the bar pretty high for ourselves for the next record, and it was kind of tough to follow it up. But we’re still learning how to use the studio, and anyway, it was really an important record for us.

Examiner: [Regarding] the groups that opened for you, which one was the best that Aerosmith would open for?

Joe Perry: Oh, God. You know, it’s probably the first time [with KISS] that really blew my mind the most. Back then, everybody really did their thing on stage, you know? You made records, sometimes somebody would do something in the press, but it really came down to how well you played on stage and what kind of performance you gave the audience, and how the audience liked you. As good as friends you might be offstage, it was always kind of a competitive thing. And we didn’t know them very well, we didn’t know them at all at that point. We just saw these guys with some makeup on, and they had some really rudimentary production—the drum riser went up in the air and things like that, but they were still wearing just tight jeans and leather jackets and little choreography and some explosives, but really basic stuff. And their first couple of records, you know, songs off those records, and they blew the audience away.

We went out there and got a nice, polite hand, and when they went out there, the audience went nuts. And we were still trying to make it and trying make an impression, and it was like, Jesus, what do we have to do now? Do we have to go out there wearing spacesuits? We considered ourselves serious players, you know? Really studied the blues and the whole thing, and these guys were going out there playing. They had good rock songs, great rock songs, but they also had this whole production thing that just developed into an amazing whole thing—they really broke some new ground. The first time we saw them, we saw the beginnings of that, and it was kind of frustrating. Anyway, that gig really stands out in my mind, because like I said, the audience went crazy for them, and I’m not even sure if they had been signed and their record was out at that point.

Examiner: Which group was your favorite that’s opened for Aerosmith?

Jo Perry: AC/DC….Without a doubt. Guns N’ Roses was really good, but they were kind of—I could see them as being more of an extension of the kind of style of rock and roll that we were doing, but AC/DC had taken it and boiled it down to the real basic, no-questions-asked hard rock, and when Bon Scott got out there and started singing, you believed every word he said. And they were a bunch of little guys from Australia who had this incredibly huge sound and you just knew that they were going to be at the top of the charts in a really short time. I used to go down and watch them play all the time. I mean, they were incredible. And I still thing they’re one of the best bands in the world.

Read more at the Examiner.

Perry’s autobiography, Rock: My Life In and Out of Aerosmith is being released today (October 7th). Perry is also launching a book tour beginning today at Barnes & Noble Union Square in Manhattan, hosted by our very own Eddie Trunk at 7PM. View the rest of Perry’s book tour dates below.

10/8 Ridgewood, NJ Bookends @ 7:00PM
10/9 Boston, MA Brookline Booksmith at The Coolidge Theatre @ 6:00PM
10/10 Boston, MA Guitar Center on Boylston Street @ 6:00PM
10/11 Framingham, MA The Paper Store @ 2:00PM
10/13 Chicago, IL The Standard Club @ 11:30AM
10/13 Chicago, IL Guitar Center in Arlington Heights @ 3:00PM
10/14 Cleveland, OH The Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame @ 12:00PM
10/15 Los Angeles, CA Barnes & Noble at The Grove @ 7:00PM
10/16 San Francisco, CA Guitar Center on Van Ness Avenue @ 6:00PM
10/17 San Francisco, CA Book Passage at The San Francisco Ferry Building @ 6:00PM
10/18 Phoenix, AZ Changing Hands Bookstore @ 6:00PM
10/19 Phoenix, AZ Guitar Center in Scottsdale @ 2:00PM
10/20 Los Angeles, CA Book Soup @ 7:00PM

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KING DIAMOND TO RELEASE “DREAMS OF HORROR” ON NOVEMBER 11TH

King Diamond A 2 CD collection of King Diamond songs, newly enhanced into ultimate editions by King Diamond and Andy LaRocque themselves, will be released by Metal Blade Records next month.

King Diamond’s Dreams of Horror is the only “best of” album covering the band’s entire career. King Diamond and Andy LaRocque meticulously mastered and enhanced these 23 songs into the ultimate editions, chosen by the band from both the Roadrunner and Metal Blade catalogs.

Dreams of Horror will be available on November 11th. Listen to The Puppet Master from disc 2 of Dreams of Horror and pre-order a copy now at metalblade.com/kingdiamond.

In other news, King Diamond vinyl has been made available throughout 2014. Currently, vinyl versions of Them, Abigail, The Eye, Fatal Portrait, and The Puppet Master are available now on the Metal Blade webshop. Conspiracy and In Concert will be coming this January! Copies of the vinyl are available now here.

King Diamond w/ Jess and the Ancient Ones:

10/11 Atlanta, GA Center Stage
10/13 Silver Spring, MD The Fillmore
10/14 New York, NY Best Buy Theatre
10/16 Worcester, MA Palladium
10/17 Montreal, QC Olympia
10/18 Toronto, ON The Sound Academy
10/19 Pittsburgh, PA Stage AE
10/21 Chicago, IL The Vic Theatre
10/22 St. Louis, MO The Pageant
10/24 Denver, CO Paramount Theatre
10/26 Salt Lake City, UT The Complex
10/28 Seattle, WA The Moore Theatre
10/30 San Francisco, CA The Warfield
10/31 Los Angeles, CA The Wiltern
11/01 Las Vegas, NV House of Blues
11/03 Tucson, AZ Rialto Theatre
11/05 Houston, TX House of Blues
11/06 Dallas, TX House of Blues
Fun Fun Fun Fest
11/7-8 Austin, TX Auditorium Shores

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