PhilCollenheadshot400 Greg Prato of Bravewords spoke with Def Leppard guitarist Phil Collen about his new blues project, Delta Deep, and Def Leppard’s next album. Excerpts from interview appear below.

BraveWords: Let’s discuss Delta Deep.

Phil Collen: It’s me and Debbi Blackwell-Cook, who is a 60-year-old black woman, who’s got this great soul voice. It’s somewhere between Aretha Franklin and Tina Turner…a Chaka Khan kind of power voice. She’s my wife’s godmother, so she has sung at our wedding and has been singing since she was two years old in her church – gospel and soul and everything. We would sit around the house and just goof off, and before you know it, we had people going, ‘What is this you guys are doing?’ Initially, it was just Motown stuff. And they’d say, ‘Where can we buy this?’ So we started writing songs. When we got Robert DeLeo from STP and Forrest Robinson on drums – who played with everyone, from TLC to India.Arie, and the Crusaders – it sounded like Rage Against The Machine does blues or something. It had this different kind of energy. We hadn’t really planned it that way, but we tracked all these elements of black music – from where it started from slavery to gospel music, blues, soul, jazz, rock, the whole gamut. Just an expression of all that. I think you hear all these elements coming out in the music. We were blown away by the direction it took, really.”

BraveWords: Are there plans for Delta Deep to play live?

Phil Collen: Yes,…we’ve been rehearsing. I was actually on tour with Def Leppard, and I got home on Sunday from Scandinavia, and the next day, I was rehearsing with Delta Deep. We’re waiting to do a tour, as well – we have to fit that in with all the scheduling, but we’ll make that happen.

BraveWords: And you also have an upcoming autobiography, Adrenalized: Life, Def Leppard and Beyond.

Phil Collen: It’s not finished yet, so we’re working on that. It’s me from 0 to 57, and all the bits in between, really.

BraveWords: What is the status of the upcoming Def Leppard studio album?

Phil Collen: It is finished. We need to mix and master it, and it should be out in October. It’s called Def Leppard.

BraveWords: Who is the producer?

Phil Collen: Us, with Ronan McHugh – who’s done our last four or five albums. He’s our sound engineer, so he’s got it all down.

BraveWords: Is it comparable to any previous Def Leppard albums?

Phil Collen: I think it’s the best thing we’ve done since Hysteria. Every song is different – we only went in to record an EP, and came out with twelve songs. It’s actually going to be fourteen on the record. And they vary. Some songs have got the biggest guitars that we’ve ever done – just smack-you-in-the-face-loud-rock-songs. And other songs sound like they should be top-40. And we’ve done everything at separate times – we did two weeks initially, and then another month in May last year, and then we finished off this winter, in January/February. It was a great way of doing it – there was no real pressure, there was no record company executive, and the fans weren’t really expecting anything. So it was really down to us – like in the old days, when the Stones could go, ‘OK, we’re going to go record Brown Sugar and Wild Horses at Muscle Shoals,’ and just went in to record it because they’d written the songs. It was done for all the right reasons, I think, as opposed to the contrived version of things that we’ve unfortunately gotten into over the years – I’m talking about everyone in the industry.

BraveWords: I read a while back that Def Leppard was going to do another residency in Las Vegas, and do the Pyromania album in its entirety. Are there any plans to still do that?

Phil Collen: We keep getting a slot, if you like, but it keeps getting changed – something comes up, and it’s like, in this case, we have to go to Japan or England. Hopefully, we’ll get it sometime next year. There’s only so many slots. But we’d love to do that though.

Read more at Bravewords.

To read more about about Delta Deep, and to listen to a snippet of Bang The Lid, please click here.





Viviancampbell-306 Def Leppard guitarist Vivian Campbell, who has been recovering from cancer treatment, has checked in with the following update:

“I’m saddened by the fact that my cancer has returned. However, I’m beyond consolation that its return will prevent me from being able to do my job for a while. I’m still working on a schedule of treatment with my doctors, but I will see you all very soon.

My apologies.”

Trixter guitarist Steve Brown confirmed to our own Eddie Trunk that he would be filling in for Campbell.

Brown previously filled in for Vivian Campbell when the band performed the pre-game show at the first of last year’s three NFL International Series games on Sunday, September 28th at Wembley Stadium, when the Oakland Raiders host the Miami Dolphins.

[Ed’s note (aka Dana’s note): We here at send Vivian Campbell positive thoughts and wishes for a speedy and complete recovery.]

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sammyhagar400pix In response to a recent interview that guitarist Eddie Van Halen gave to Billboard magazine, in which he criticized former Van Halen bassist Michael Anthony, singer Sammy Hagar spoke out in Anthony’s defense. Watch his response below.

After parting ways with Van Halen, Anthony has continued to work with Hagar, most currently with the band The Circle, that also includes drummer Jason Bonham and guitarist Vic Johnson.


joesatriani640 Greg Prato of Songfacts spoke with guitarist Joe Satriani. Excerpts from the interview appear below.

Songfacts: Let’s discuss Shockwave Supernova.

Joe Satriani: It’s got 15 songs on it, which makes it long. [Laughs] Longer than most. I was very happy to get the green light from the guys at Legacy to be able to tell the full story of Shockwave Supernova to the fans. I explained to them, it was going to take 15 songs to do it. It’s a concept album that the audience doesn’t really need to know about – in terms of the concept.

It was a writing/composing/production device that allowed me to pull in lots of songs that I had been writing and used to support a story about a perceived alter-ego of mine, who calls himself “Shockwave Supernova.” He is the overt electric rock guitar player on stage, and he goes through so many changes over the course of the album – reflecting on his life – which leads, eventually, to him realizing that he needs to turn into something better. So he’s got to morph himself into a better version.

It all started with the end of the tour in Singapore, when I was walking out on stage, trying to remind myself not to play with my teeth anymore. And then, a few moments later, there I was, on my knees, playing with my teeth! I was like, “Who is this person who does this?”

It turned into a daydream that turned into a real idea for an album, which was that guy is “Shockwave Supernova,” who I’ve been using to bring myself out of my normal shell, when I’ve got to go public. And it was really a lot to write about. So that’s it in a very long, large nutshell, the story of the record.

Songfacts: I was taken by some of the song titles on the album (On Peregrine Wings, Butterfly and Zebra, Is There No Heaven, etc.). I assume they fit into the storyline of the album?

Satriani: For me it does, but as I said before, it was so important that the album could be accessible in any form – in little bits, song by song, side one, side two, re-sequenced by the fans however they like. There is no narrative that anybody has to follow. But each of the songs in my twisted view relate to this character as he remembers his whole career, and the crazy moments, the desperate moments, the wonderful moments, the moments that were just fun. They all relate to that story.

Songfacts: How much of an influence would you say Jimi Hendrix is still on your playing, and can you think of some songs that were directly influenced by Hendrix?

Satriani: Oh, so much. The thing that I really constantly remember from Jimi’s playing was he had a way of being different song to song. He just would not hit you over the head with this same guitar sound, over and over again. He would have something different. And then his playing would be different. Like on one song, he could play fast and fluid, and then on the next, it sounded like he was struggling to play slow. And one song, his guitar would be spacey, and the other song it would be clear and played right in your face with nothing special added to it. And I loved that. Just being a fan of putting on a record and listening to it all the way through, by the time you got to the end, you’d go, “Wow. I’ve got to hear that again. That had so many different sides to it.” And what you were really hearing was all the different sides of his musicianship.

I constantly remind myself that it’s OK in this day and age where people really do like to homogenize and compact and promote one idea and hit you over the head with it, Jimi’s era really allowed for him to be much more creative with a guitar. And I’m using “the same one” – I’ve got the same six strings on it, and there’s no reason to do the same thing over and over again.

This record certainly bears witness to the fact that I was influenced by his creativity and creating many different guitar sounds, and that’s what we did with this record: We allowed so many different guitar sounds to be the hallmark of each song. We didn’t worry about trying to promote “Joe Satriani the guitar player.” It’s really about the music.

Read more at Songfacts.

To listen to On Peregrine Wings, click here, and to read more about Shockwave Supernova, please go to this location.



eddievh400 Chuck Klosterman of Billboard spoke with iconic guitarist Eddie Van Halen. Highlights from the feature article appear below.

Eddie Van Halen does not listen to music. “I don’t listen to anything.” He does not listen to any music he isn’t actively making. The guitarist maintains that the last album he purchased was Peter Gabriel’s So, when it came out in 1986. He’s not familiar with the work of Radiohead, Metallica or Guns N’ Roses. He appears to know only one Ozzy Osbourne song Randy Rhoads played on, and it’s Crazy Train. He scarcely listened to Pantera, even though he spoke at the funeral of the group’s guitarist and placed the axe from Van Halen II inside the man’s casket. He doesn’t listen to the radio in his car, much to the annoyance of his wife (“I prefer the sound of the motor,” he says). He sheepishly admits he never even listened to most of the bands that opened for Van Halen and worries, “Does that make me an asshole?” Sometimes he listens to Yo-Yo Ma, because he loves the sound of the cello. But even that is rare.

“It’s an odd thing, but I’ve been this way my whole life,” he continues. “I couldn’t make a contemporary record if I wanted to, because I don’t know what contemporary music sounds like.”

As a high school student, he was obsessed with Eric Clapton and mildly interested in Black Sabbath and Deep Purple. That’s pretty much the extent of his investment as a consumer. He can intuitively learn almost any song he hears and works on his own music every day.

…. Van Halen is about to embark on a 40-plus-date North American tour. He will be joined by his drummer brother, Alex (whom he loves), his bassist son (whom he loves) and vocalist Roth (with whom he has no relationship whatsoever).

“He does not want to be my friend,” Van Halen says, seemingly bemused. “How can I put this: Roth’s perception of himself is different than who he is in reality. We’re not in our 20s anymore. We’re in our 60s. Act like you’re 60. I stopped coloring my hair, because I know I’m not going to be young again.”

Eddie would love to make another Van Halen album, but that plan has obstructions. “It’s hard, because there are four people in this band, and three of us like rock’n’roll. And one of us likes dance music,” he says. “And that used to kind of work, but now Dave doesn’t want to come to the table.” That said, Van Halen still seems more magnanimous to Roth than he does toward Hagar and Anthony. He swears he has no hatred for anyone, but his grudges run deep…

…While directing the ultimate California party band, Eddie Van Halen took little pleasure from partying. Drugs and booze were simply intertwined with a relatively hermetic lifestyle. In fact, most rumors about Van Halen’s drinking adopt an unusually dark tone, most notably a passage from Hagar’s 2011 autobiography Red: My Uncensored Life in Rock that portrays Eddie as a violent, booze-addled vampire, living inside a garbage house resembling the mansion from Grey Gardens.

“I was an alcoholic, and I needed alcohol to function,” he says now. For years, he awoke every morning with dry heaves. “I started drinking and smoking when I was 12. I got drunk before I’d show up to high school. My ninth grade science teacher, he could smell the alcohol, and he told me, ‘Don’t drink anything you can’t see through.’ And I was like, ‘So, vodka?’ And he said yeah. Which was great, because that was my drink…I’m not blaming my father at all, but he was an alcoholic, too. So in our household, it was normal. But it never affected his work, although I guess it didn’t affect my work, either. Around 2004, I suppose I became a very angry drunk. But [the stuff in Hagar’s book] was definitely embellished. That’s him painting a picture of something that never happened.”

Not surprisingly, Hagar stands behind his book’s depiction. “There is what Eddie says and there is the truth,” he says. “I’m happy to see that he’s healthy, sober and playing music again.”..

..[Also] he’s adamant that his son is a better bass player than the exiled [Michael] Anthony, almost to the point of overkill.

“Every note Mike ever played, I had to show him how to play,” Van Halen claims. “Before we’d go on tour, he’d come over with a video camera and I’d have to show him how to play all the parts.” He doesn’t even credit Anthony for his harmonic backing vocals, which fans classify as an integral part of the group’s signature. “Mike’s voice is like a piccolo trumpet. But he’s not a singer. He just has a range from hell,” he says. “Mike was just born with a very high voice. I have more soul as a singer than he does. And you know, people always talk about Mike’s voice on Van Halen songs, but that’s a blend of Mike’s voice and my voice. It’s not just him.” (Anthony’s rebuttal to these accusations is diplomatic: “I am proud to say that my bass playing and vocals helped create our sound. I’ve always chosen to take the high road and stay out of the never-ending mudslinging, because I believe that it ultimately ends up hurting the Van Halen fans.”)

The reasons Van Halen split with Anthony in 2006 are predictably complex — it involves Anthony’s relationship with Hagar, his lack of contribution to the songwriting process and the fact that he did not phone when Eddie developed cancer (or when Eddie and Alex’s mother died). But that conflict feeds into a larger question that’s more complicated: Why does Eddie Van Halen so often work with people he doesn’t seem to like?

…Because he feels obligated to do so.

“I think it’s now built into people’s DNA, that it just won’t be Van Halen if it’s not Roth’s voice,” he says. “This conversation brings me back to being in Pasadena Community College with Alex, where all these strict jazz guys would call us musical prostitutes, because we would be gigging at rock clubs every night and then stumbling into class the next day. But there is an element of music that is for the people. You make music for people. Otherwise, just play in your closet. And how do you reach the most people? By giving them the band that they know. To do it any other way would be selfish.”

Read more at Billboard.



Slayer - 2015 The final track listing for Repentless, Slayer’s first new album in six years, due out 9/11/15 (Nuclear Blast), is announced today, and the album is now available for pre-order through Slayer’s Facebook.

Repentless track listing:

1. Delusions Of Saviour
2. Repentless
3. Take Control
4. Vices
5. Cast The First Stone
6. When The Stillness Comes
7. Chasing Death
8. Implode
9. Piano Wire
10. Atrocity Vendor
11. You Against You
12. Pride In Prejudice

Repentless, the album’s title track, goes on sale digitally virtually everywhere today (Amazon, iTunes, Google) – or log onto Slayer’s Facebook for more info. The “Repentless Visualizer” clip can be seen below.

Slayer’s Repentless will be available in a wide array of formats, as detailed below:

* Limited CD + Blu-ray digipak (includes Blu-ray of “Slayer Live at Wacken 2014″ and the “Making of Repentless” documentary)
* Limited CD + DVD digipak (includes DVD of “Slayer Live at Wacken 2014″ and the “Making of Repentless” documentary)
* Strictly limited 12-inch sized Box (includes CD + Blu-ray digipak, DVD, exclusive Repentless 12-inch picture vinyl, “Slayer Live at Wacken 2014″ CD, 12-inch photo card, 12-inch fold-out poster)
* CD jewel case
* Vinyl in gatefold (audio mastered for vinyl)
* Digital (all digital platforms)
* Limited edition “Metal Eagle Edition” (available by clicking here)

Slayer will tour extensively to support the release of the album, and will headline this summer’s Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival that begins July 26th in San Diego, CA. Dates are below.


26 Sleep Train Amphitheatre, San Diego, CA
27 San Manuel Amphitheatre, San Bernardino, CA
28 Shoreline Amphitheatre, Mountain View, CA
30 White River Amphitheatre, Seattle, WA


1 Ford Idaho Center, Boise, ID
3 Ak-Chin Pavillion, Phoenix, AZ
4 Isleta Amphitheatre, Albuquerque, NM
5 Red Rocks Amphitheatre, Denver, CO
7 Harrah’s Council Bluffs, Council Bluffs, IA
8 Eagles Ballroom, Milwaukee, WI
10 Klipsch Music Theatre, Indianapolis, IN
11 DTE Energy Amphitheatre, Detroit, MI
12 First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre, Chicago, IL
15 TD Echo Beach, Toronto, ON CANADA
17 Susquehanna Bank Arts Center, Camden, NJ
18 First Niagara Bank Amphitheater, Pittsburgh, PA
19 Xfinity Theatre, Hartford, CT
21 PNC Bank Arts Center, Holmdel, NJ
22 Erie Insurance Arena, Erie, PA
24 Jiffy Lube Live, Bristow, VA
25 Xfinity Center, Boston, MA
26 Nikon Theatre at Jones Beach, Wantagh, NY
28 Orange Peel, Asheville, NC*
29 Aaron’s Amphitheatre at Lakewood, Atlanta, GA
31 Alamo City Music Hall, San Antonio, TX


1 Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, Houston, TX
2 Gexa Energy Pavilion, Dallas, TX



AliceCoopertophat Alice Cooper has rattled the cages of the establishment with his hard-rocking music and theatrical stagecraft for nearly five decades. Since his 1969 debut, Cooper has sold more than 50 million albums, headlined sold-out tours, influenced countless artists, and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2011. Because there is no rest for the wicked, Cooper will hit the road this summer for a massive North American tour with Mötley Crüe.

Rhino has the perfect soundtrack to haunt your nightmares with a new 15-CD boxed set that includes all of the albums that Cooper recorded with Warner Bros. Records, The Studio Albums 1969-1983 will be available on July 31st. The set will also be available digitally.

The set is presented in a clamshell box and includes 15 albums: Pretties For You (1969), Easy Action (1970), Love It To Death (1971), Killer (1971), School’s Out (1972), Billion Dollar Babies (1973), Muscle Of Love (1973), Welcome To My Nightmare (1975), Alice Cooper Goes To Hell (1976), Lace And Whiskey (1977), From The Inside (1978), Flush The Fashion (1980), Special Forces (1981), Zipper Catches Skin (1982), and DaDa (1983).

Alice Cooper along with guitarists Glen Buxton and Michael Bruce, bassist Dennis Dunaway and drummer Neal Smith recorded seven albums together, including four consecutive platinum records that culminated with the number one album Billion Dollar Babies in 1973. This line-up generated indelible hard rock classics like I’m Eighteen, School’s Out, Elected, Hello Hooray, and No More Mr. Nice Guy.

After releasing the platinum-certified Alice Cooper’s Greatest Hits in 1974, Cooper launched a successful solo career in 1975 with Welcome To My Nightmare. The concept album about a child’s nightmares peaked at number five on the charts, was certified platinum, and featured the hit ballad Only Women Bleed.

Over the next eight years, Cooper recorded seven more solo albums for Warner Bros. Among the many highlights from that period are the ballad I Never Cry, the Top Ten smash You And Me from Lace And Whiskey, How You Gonna See Me Now off of From The Inside , and Clones (We’re All) from Flush the Fashion.

The Studio Albums 1969-1983

-Pretties For You (1969)
-Easy Action (1970)
-Love It To Death (1971)
-Killer (1971)
-School’s Out (1972)
-Billion Dollar Babies (1973)
-Muscle Of Love (1973)
-Welcome To My Nightmare (1975)
-Alice Cooper Goes To Hell (1976)
-Lace And Whiskey (1977)
-From The Inside (1978)
-Flush The Fusion (1980)
-Special Forces (1981)
-Zipper Catches Skin (1982)
-DaDa (1983)

Alice Cooper on Tour


24 Tacoma, WA Tacoma Dome
25 Paso Robles, CA California Mid-State Fair
26 Billings, MT Rimrock Auto Arena at MetraPark
28 Boise, ID Taco Bell Arena
29 Salt Lake City, UT Energy Solutions Arena


1 Sturgis, SD Sturgis Buffalo Chip
3 Winnipeg, Canada MBMTS Centre
5 St Paul, MN Xcel Energy Center
7 Milwaukee, WI BMO Harris Pavilion
8 Chicago, IL Allstate Arena
9 Detroit, MI The Palace Of Auburn Hills
11 Hershey, PA Giant Center
12 Brooklyn, NY Barclay’s Center
14 Philadelphia, PA Wells Fargo Center
15 Worcester, MA DCU Center
16 Uncasville, CT Mohegan Sun
18 Cleveland, OH Quicken Loans Arena
19 Cincinnati, OH U.S. Bank Arena
20 Indianapolis, IN Bankers Life Fieldhouse
22 Toronto, ON, Canada Air Canada Centre
23 Ottawa, ON, Canada Canadian Tire Centre
24 Montreal, QC, Canada Bell Centre
26 Baltimore, MD Royal Farms ArenaB
28 Raleigh, NC PNC Arena
29 Charlotte, NC Time Warner Cable Arena
30 Atlanta, GA Philips Arena


1 Jacksonville, FL Florida Theatre
2 Miami, FL American Airlines Arena
4 New Orleans, LA Smoothie King Center
5 Houston, TX Toyota Center
6 San Antonio, TX Alamodome


5 Hidalgo, TX State Farm Arena
7 Dallas, TX American Airlines Center
8 North Little Rock, AR Verizon Arena
10 Evansville, IN The Ford Center
11 Lexington, KY Rupp Arena
13 Grand Rapids, MI Van Andel Arena
14 Buffalo, NY First Niagara Center
16 Bridgeport, CT Webster Bank Arena
17 Manchester, NH Verizon Wireless Arena
18 Bangor, ME Cross Insurance Center
22 Moncton, NB, Canada The Centre @ Casino New Brunswick


2 Newcastle, UK Metro Radio Arena
3 Manchester, UK Manchester Arena
4 Birmingham, UK Genting Arena
6 London, UK Wembley SSE Arena
8 Stuttgart, Germany Schleyerhalle
10 Milan Italy Forum
13 Munich, Germany Zenith
14 Dusseldorf, Germany ISS Dome


4 Lincoln, NE Pinnacle Bank Arena
7 Sioux Falls, SD Denny Sanford Premier Center
8 Grand Forks, ND Alerus Center
10 Saskatoon, SA SaskTel Centre
12 Edmonton, AB Rexall Place
13 Calgary, AB Scotiabank Saddledome
15 Portland, OR Moda Center
19 Phoenix, AZ US Airways Center
20 San Diego CA Viejas Center
22 Anaheim, CA Honda Center



DEF LEPvegaslive600 Def Leppard’s inaugural fan cruise, Hysteria on the High Seas, a unique, four-day, four-night voyage out of Miami next January 21st-25th, 2016 aboard the MSC Divina, goes June 18th.

One of the greatest rock bands of all time, Def Leppard, will sail with their fans aboard the MSC Divina for the entire cruise, as “Hysteria on the High Seas visits Grand Bahama Island and the private island paradise of Half Moon Cay, Bahamas. Two payment plans are available for cabins aboard the full-ship charter, which are priced starting at $899 USD per person for double-occupancy cabins, and $600 USD per person for quad rooms (government fees, taxes, and gratuities not included). For booking and more information, visit

This exclusive cruise is a fantasy camp for enthusiasts of Def Leppard, with non-stop entertainment, activities and fun. While this cruise is about all things Def Leppard, the “Hysteria” continues with some of the great names from the 80’s and beyond, with an initial lineup that includes: Tom Keifer; Last in Line; Eric Martin (Mr. Big); Ritchie Kotzen; Kip Winger; Eddie Trunk and Luc Carl with more to come. In addition, passengers sailing aboard the cruise will received complimentary admission to an exclusive pre-cruise event on Wednesday, January 20th in Miami, FL, featuring special guest artists and more (details TBA).

Def Leppard’s “Hysteria On The Seas” fan cruise will include:

Complimentary admission to the Def Leppard Cruise Pre-Party on January 20 (Details TBA)
Stops at two exciting ports of call, Grand Bahama Island and private island oasis, Half Moon Cay.
Def Leppard Theater Performance
Def Leppard Storytellers Performance and Q&A
Def Leppard’s Vivian Campbell in Last in Line Performance
Eddie Trunk’s Def Leppard, Behind the Music
Daily performances from support artists on four stages throughout the ship
Support Artist Storyteller Performances
Support Artist Meet & Greets/Photo Ops, Jams and Q&A Sessions
Special Events, Theme Nights and much more
Additional Def Leppard events to be announced



IRON MAIDEN ft Lauderdale 2010 Iron Maiden will reportedly release their 16th album The Book Of Souls on September 4th worldwide – and it’s their first-ever double-length studio release.

The released was delayed after frontman Bruce Dickinson was diagnosed with cancer earlier this year – but he got the all-clear last month.

The follow-up to 2010’s The Final Frontier was recorded in France last year with producer Kevin Shirley. Artwork comes from Mark Wilkinson.

Dickinson says, “We recorded it at Guillame Tell Studios in Paris, where we’d done the Brave New World album in 2000, so the studio holds special memories for all of us. We were delighted to discover the same magical vibe is still alive and very much kicking there. By the time we’d finished we all agreed that each track was such an integral part of the whole body of work that if it needed to be a double album, then double it was going to be.”

Bassist Steve Harris adds, “We approached this album in a different way to how we’ve recorded previously. A lot of the songs were actually written while we were there in the studio. We rehearsed and recorded them straight away while they were still fresh – and I think that immediacy really shows. They have almost a live feel to them, I think. I’m very proud of The Book Of Souls. We all are, and we can’t wait for our fans to hear it when we take it out on the road next year.”

The album will be available in standard 2CD, deluxe hardbound 2CD, heavyweight triple-vinyl, standard and hi-res audio. Tour details will be confirmed in due course. Harris hits the road with solo band British Lion in July.

The Book Of Souls tracklist:

Disc 1:

If Eternity Should Fail (Dickinson) 8:28
Speed Of Light (Smith/ Dickinson) 5:01
The Great Unknown (Smith/ Harris) 6:37
The Red And The Black (Harris) 13:33
When The River Runs Deep (Smith/ Harris) 5:52
The Book Of Souls (Gers/ Harris) 10:27

Disc 2:

Death Or Glory (Smith/ Dickinson) 5:13
Shadows Of The Valley (Gers/ Harris) 7:32
Tears Of A Clown (Smith/ Harris) 4:59
The Man Of Sorrows (Murray/ Harris) 6:28
Empire Of The Clouds (Dickinson) 18:01

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ronniejamesdiomemorialposter2015-640 Scott Essman of Visionary Cinema reports:

To the naked eye, Ronnie James Dio (1942-2010) might have been offhandedly slight of stature, but musically and otherwise, he was most assuredly a mountain of a man, both onstage and off. His thundering operatic voice soared across almost 40 years of songs in numerous prominent bands, but his kindness of spirit might be even more highly regarded than his artistic talent by those who knew him.

This month, the music community gathered for the fifth anniversary of Dio’s passing, to pay tribute not only to the singer’s massive musical successes, but equally if not more so to his benevolent character. Surely, the man is most known as the lead singer and frontman for seminal bands including Rainbow in the mid-1970s, Black Sabbath in the early-1980s, and his own band Dio in the 1980s and beyond. However, countless music insiders point to Dio’s unswerving devotion to his many bandmates, friends, fans, and those in need with whom he came across.

At Forest Lawn Cemetery in the Hollywood Hills, music historian and TV show host Eddie Trunk presided over a ceremony that brought together Dio’s family and extended musical family, in addition to his many admirers and followers, all of whom sang his praises as being a truly considerate person on equal footing with his appreciable vocal and songwriting skills. “I think that it sells Ronnie short when people call him a great metal singer,” Trunk said an hour before the ceremony proper. “I think he was a great singer across the board when you listen to all the range in the music that he made. What’s most amazing about him is his consistency, right up to the very end.”

When Dio passed of stomach cancer on May 16th, 2010, Trunk was asked to host the first memorial at that time, with efforts since then going towards Dio’s Stand Up and Shout Cancer Fund. “Obviously that was tough because we had just lost him,” Trunk said on a cloudy Saturday in front of a sizable Dio museum gallery. “Now, five years later, Wendy [Dio, Ronnie’s widow] said she wants this to be a bit more celebratory, remember him in the stories, and have a little fun with it. Obviously, we’re still mourning him, but I think people that come to this, and the people who are here, will realize the magnitude of the loss but also realize the great memories that we still have.”

Upon the ceremony’s closing [this year], the aforementioned Wendy Dio simply and succinctly summarized the impact that her late husband has had on an entire industry. “Listen to Ronnie James Dio because he’s the greatest singer and songwriter,” she advised her husband’s many devotees. “If you are a young musician, be true to yourself; do what your heart wants you to do. Don’t listen to other people. Do what’s in your heart.”

Read the entire article, with reflections by drummer Vinny Appice, guitarist Craig Goldy, guitarist Chris Broderick (Megadeth) and guitarist David “Rock” Feinstein (The Rods), here.