SLAYER, KING DIAMOND, HELLYEAH AND OTHERS JOIN UP FOR THE 2015 ROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINK MAYHEM FESTIVAL

slayer2013lineup_lo Slayer, King Diamond, Hellyeah, The Devil Wears Prada, Whitechapel, Thy Art Is Murder, Jungle Rot, Sister Sin, Sworn In, Shattered Sun, Feed Her To The Sharks, Code Orange, Kissing Candice make up the bill for the 2015 Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival. Tickets On Sale Beginning Friday April 17th, 2015 at 10:00am Local Time. General admission festival and lawn tickets are only $19.99 including all fees for the first 72 Hours of onsale.

The world’s biggest heavy music touring festival, the Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival enters its eighth year with another fantastic heavy metal and hard rock line-up, featuring 13 bands performing on the Rockstar Energy Drink main stage and the Victory Records Stage.

The Rockstar Energy Drink main stage will feature some of the most ground-breaking heavy bands of all time, spanning the originating years of heavy metal to today! The main stage will feature five-time-nominated, two-time Grammy winning legends Slayer as headliner, as well as additional performances from King Diamond, Hellyeah, and The Devil Wears Prada. The Victory Records Stage will feature headliner Whitechapel as well as Thy Art Is Murder, Jungle Rot, Sister Sin, Sworn In, Shattered Sun, Feed Her To The Sharks, Code Orange and Kissing Candice.

Kerry King, guitarist of Rockstar Energy Drink main satge headliners Slayer states, “I don’t know if third time will be a charm, but it will definitely be hellish! Slayer and King Diamond on stage for the first time together in the States- NEVER has Mayhem been more evil. DON’T F–KIN’ MISS IT.”

Rockstar Energy Drink main stage performer and heavy metal hellion King Diamond states, “This is going to be one hot and hellish summer! Slayer and King Diamond on the same stage – it does not get more devilish than this! We will be putting on a one hour set with the full King Diamond stage production. As for a set list, I’m not gonna reveal that here, but it will be built around Dreams of Horror. The Puppet Master will be there with Grandma, and we will even go as far back in time as to 1777 (hint). You’re all in for one hell of a show if you come to this Sabbath!”

“It has been eight years and it feels like it started just yesterday. We are so excited about this year’s lineup and having the mighty Slayer back in support of a new album. In addition, the first time for King Diamond and Hellyeah will be awesome, as well as The Devil Wears Prada’s first time on the Main Stage. The Victory Stage has amazing bands and will play throughout the day. Heavy music is thriving in America and we are excited to be a part of it,” state John Reese and Kevin Lyman, Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival producers.

Tickets for the Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival go on sale beginning April 17th at 10:00am local time. Please note – Houston, TX tickets go on sale on April 24th at 10:00am local time. General Admission Festival and Lawn Tickets are only $19.99 including all fees for the first 72 hours of onsale (while supplies last).

The festival will kick off on June 26th at Sleep Train Amphitheater in San Diego, CA and ends at Gexa Energy Amphitheater in Dallas, TX on August 2nd. See below for all confirmed tour dates.

2015 Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival dates:

6/26 – San Diego, CA @ Sleep Train Amphitheater
6/27 – San Bernardino, CA @ San Manuel Amphitheater
6/28 – Mountain View, CA @ Shoreline Amphitheater
6/30 – Auburn, WA (Seattle) @ White River Amphitheater

7/1 – Boise, ID @ Idaho Center Amphitheater
7/3 – Phoenix, AZ @ Ak-Chin Amphitheater
7/4 – Albuquerque, NM @ Isleta Amphitheater
7/5 – Denver, CO @ Red Rocks
7/7 – Council Bluffs, IA @ Harrah’s Council Bluffs
7/8 – Milwaukee, WI @ Eagles Ballroom
7/10 – Noblesville, IN (Indianapolis) @ Kilpsch Amphitheater
7/11 – Clarkston, MI (Detroit) @ DTE Energy Amphitheater
7/12 – Tinley Park, IL (Chicago) @ First Midwest Bank Amphitheater
7/15 – Toronto, ON @ Molson Canadian Amphitheatre
7/17 – Camden, NJ (Philadelphia) @ Susquehanna Bank Arts Center
7/18 – Burgettstown, PA (Pittsburgh) @ First Niagara Pavilion
7/19 – Hartford, CT @ Xfinity Theatre
7/21 – Holmdel, NJ @ PNC Bank Arts Center
7/22 – Gilford, NH @ Meadowbrook (Bank of NH Pavilion)
7/24 – Bristow, VA @ Jiffy Lube Live
7/25 – Boston, MA @ Xfinity Center
7/26 – Wantagh, NY @ Nikon at Jones Beach
7/29 – Atlanta, GA @ Aaron’s Amphitheater at Lakewood
7/31 – San Antonio, TX @ Whitewater Amphitheatre

8/1 – Houston, TX @ Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
8/2 – Dallas, TX @ Gexa Energy Amphitheater

* Lineups in each city may vary.

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TWISTED SISTER FRONTMAN DEE SNIDER IS ANGRY ABOUT DRUMMER A.J.PERO’S DEATH, SAYS “HE DIDN’T HAVE TO DIE”

deesnider400 Mike Tuttle of WebProNewse reports:

Dee Snider of Twisted Sister is angry. And you should know why.

A.J. Pero, drummer and original member of Twisted Sister died of a heart attack, Dee Snider took the loss very hard. He was on vacation, and flew back home to deal with the loss.

When approached at the airport as he landed the day after Pero’s death, Dee Snider told reporters:

“I’m coming home to sad news. My drummer died of a heart attack yesterday. He had a massive heart attack in his sleep, and we lost him. First member of the band to die. You don’t [replace him]. I mean, will we continue to play? Probably, for his family, ’cause his family will benefit from us playing, financially. But of the all five original members of Twisted Sister, he’s the first one we lost.”

Since that statement, an autopsy told the tale of A.J. Pero’s underlying health problems. Dee Snider is now angry that Pero has left behind a family that needs to be cared for when he did not need to leave this world so soon.

“I just gotta say, people ask me how I feel about A.J.’s passing, and quite honestly I’m going through a real period of anger right now about it. He’s a great guy, and I loved him dearly. But he had a history of heart disease, his family did. His father died in his early 60’s of heart disease. And A.J. never had himself checked out. And when they did the autopsy, he had 95% blockage on his aortas, advanced heart disease. And he didn’t have to die. And I feel it’s like basically irresponsible behavior on his part. He had two ex-wives, an ex-girlfriend of 19 years. He had four kids he left behind. You know, you have a responsibility as a parent, as an adult to get yourself checked out. So people, please, get yourself checked out. There’s no reason for people to die of heart disease in this day and age.”

Twisted Sister was already talking about calling it quits after 40 years. But they had planned on going out with a bang, with all five original members still on board. Now they have a replacement drummer filling A.J Pero’s drum throne.

EDDIE’S INTERVIEW WITH THIN LIZZY GUITARIST SCOTT GORHAM DISCUSSING THE BAND’S LIVE ALBUM, “THIN LIZZY-STILL DANGEROUS,” POSTED ONLINE

thinlizzystilldangerous640 23Drumhead recently posted on old interview that Eddie had conducted with Thin Lizzy/Black Star Riders guitarist Scott Gorham on youtube.

They were discussing the 2009 Thin Lizzy release, Thin Lizzy – Still Dangerous, which was a live album recorded at the Tower Theater in Philadelphia in 1977. Listen to the interview below.

In related Scott Gorham news, Black Star Riders recently announced some tour dates for April, to see the itinerary, and four videos from the band, please click here.

ACCEPT ANNOUNCE NEW GUITARIST AND DRUMMER, POST VIDEO FOR “FALL OF THE EMPIRE” ONLINE

acceptblindrage640 Accept have announced a new guitarist and drummer, ending months of speculation, they are Uwe Lulis on guitar and Christopher Williams on drums. German guitarist Uwe is best known for his work with Rebellion and Grave Digger and American drummer Christopher has worked with many bands and artists including Kid Rock, Lee Greenwood, and Peter Stroud.

Watch a video for Fall Of The Empire below.

Accept will be starting their tour on April 18th in Chihuahua, Mexico and currently winding down on December 12th in Geiselwind, Germany. Thus far no North American dates have been announced.

BABYMETAL SIGNS WITH RAL/SONY MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT, DEBUT SELF-TITLED ALBUM TO BE RE-RELEASED IN THE U.S.

babymetal640 Babymetal–the Japan-based all-girl-fronted “Kawaii Metal” (mix of J-Pop Idol and Heavy Metal) group–has signed with RAL/Sony Music Entertainment for the U.S. release of their 2014 critically acclaimed self-titled debut album. The album’s re-release will feature two bonus tracks (cover art and tracklisting below) and be available digitally on Tuesday, May 12th and physically on Tuesday, June 16th.

Says Bill Richards, VP of Marketing at RAL/Sony Music Entertainment, “After witnessing the band’s sold-out New York show, we knew we wanted to be involved. The core metal fans and metal press seem to get Babymetal, which shows how the language of music transcends boundaries. They hit all the entertainment buttons and are really fun to watch.”

Since forming in 2010, Babymetal–the young trio of 17-year-old Su-Metal (Vocal, Dance) and 15-year-olds Yuimetal (Scream, Dance)and Moametal (Scream, Dance), backed by a four-piece band packing a heavy metal arsenal–have already achieved two major debut singles: Ijime, Dame, Zetta! and Megistune, both of which ranked in the Top 10 Oricon Chart in Japan. Their first studio album Babymetal also earned the #1 spot on Japan’s album chart and Billboard’s World Album Chart The official live music video for their debut album’s lead single Gimme Chocolate!! has garnered over 24.5 million views on YouTube. Watch it below. Now the band will re-release their chart-topping debut album via RAL/Sony Music Entertainment.

Babymetal Death track listing:

Megitsune
Gimme Chocolate!!
line!
Akatsuki
Doki Doki ☆ Morning
Onedari Daisakusen
Song 4
Uki Uki ★ Midnight
Catch me if you can
Rondo of Nightmare
Head Bangeeeeerrrrr!!!!!
Ijime, Dame, Zettai

*Road of Resistance
*Gimme Chocolate!!-(Live at O2 Academy Brixton, London)

*Bonus tracks

Babymetal’s The Dark Knights Begin world tour 2015 dates here:

5/9 Circo Volador Mexico City, Mexico
5/12 Danforth Music Hall Toronto, Canada
5/14 House of Blues Chicago, IL
5/16 Rock of the Range Columbus, OH
5/29 Rockavaria Munich, Germany
5/30 Roc Im Revier Gelsenkirchen, Germany

6/1 La Laiterie Strasbourg, France
6/3 X-Tra Zurich, Switzerland
6/5 Estragon Club Bologna, Italy
6/6 Rock In Vienna Vienna, Austria
6/21 Makuhari Messe Chiba, Japan

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MEGADETH USE PLEDGEMUSIC CAMPAIGN FOR THEIR NEW ALBUM

DaveMustaine400 Megadeth have launched a PledgeMusic campaign for their upcoming 15th album.

The band are in the studio working on the follow-up to 2013’s Super Collider – and are giving those who pre-order the album through their Megadeth have launched a PledgeMusic page access to bonus content and exclusive bundle packs.

A statement on the page reads, “Megadeth has entered the studio to begin recording their 15th album and the band wants to bring you along for the ride.

For the first time, Megadeth is going to bring you into the process. No matter what you order, you will get access to a variety of behind-the-scenes content such as photos and videos from the writing and recording sessions. You’ll get full access to the process in real time.”

Along with digital and CD versions of the album, Megadeth are also offering incentives including t-shirts, vinyl pressings, a signed Dave Mustaine book, autographed drumsticks, handwritten lyric sheets, a songwriting session with Mustaine, guitar lessons, and a day in the studio with the band.

Earlier this week, Mustaine revealed that 15 songs had been written for the as-yet-untitled album.

Their lineup was recently completed after months of speculation, with guitarist Kiko Loureiro and Lamb Of God’s Chris Adler joining mainman Dave Mustaine and bassist David Ellefson after the recent departure of bandmembers Chris Broderick and Shawn Drover.

source: classicrock.teamrock.com

RONNIE JAMES DIO PHOTO BOOK UPDATED AND RERELEASED FOR THE 5TH ANNIVERSARY OF HIS PASSING

diodevilhorns400 A photo book box set celebrating the life of rock icon Ronnie James Dio has been released.

Rufus Stone originally published the Ronnie James Dio Photo Biography in 2011, created by his official photographer and friend PG Brunelli.

Now the company have launched an “upgrade” to the first print run titled Ronnie James Dio Unseen to mark the 5th anniversary of his death. The vocalist died on May 16th, 2010, from gastric cancer.

The new book contains previously unseen images of the singer and is available in two limited-edition volumes.

Version One is aimed at those who already own the previous release. It comes in LP-sized packaging with silver embossed Dio logo, a copy of the new book, a hand-numbered print drawn by tattoo artist Bob Tyrrell and a t-shirt with the same image. There’s also space in the box for the 2011 book to slip into.

Version Two contains everything found in Version One along with the original book.

Both volumes are available to order from Rufus Stone’s official webstore.

A series of events have been lined up to commemorate the late singer’s life on the anniversary of his death to raise cash for cancer charities.

source: classicrock.teamrock.com

CRITICS CLAIM ROCK N’ ROLL HALL OF FAME VOTING COMMITTEE IS “TOO MALE, TOO WHITE, TOO RICH”

ROCKNROLLHalof fame640 Rob Tannenbaum of Billboard reports:

When the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame nominating committee meets in New York every September, they nibble on sushi and Carnegie Deli sandwiches, and decide which artists to place on that year’s election ballot. The committee members — successful musicians, record executives, writers and historians — remain cordial even when they disagree, with one exception: the annual arguments that raged about KISS.

Whenever KISS was mentioned, “there were fireworks,” says one attendee. Several people in the room recall hearing the phrase “over my dead body.” Some on the committee see membership in the Rock Hall as the ultimate stamp of credibility; they viewed KISS, a popular and crass band, not with skepticism, but with disgust. Dave Marsh, an author and committee member, said KISS embodies “music at its most mercantile and shallow.” Then Tom Morello, from Rage Against the Machine, joined the committee as part of an effort to make it younger and more diverse (he’s African-American). At his first meeting, in 2013, he launched into what one witness calls “a rant” in praise of KISS. He persuaded the committee to nominate the band, and a few months later, welcomed KISS into the Hall of Fame.

…Because there’s little transparency in the [voting] process, conspiracy theories abound, especially ones that portray [Jan] Wenner as a puppet master. The Hall of Fame Foundation’s two staff members work in the offices of Wenner Media, and the foundation pays rent to Wenner Media for the space it uses. “Jann has completely taken over,” says a disillusioned committee member, pointing to Wenner’s influence on board membership and foundation employees. “He doesn’t try to rig anything, but it’s the Jann Wenner show.” Though Wenner is not on the nominating committee, it is stacked with current and former Rolling Stone writers and editors, which perpetuates the magazine’s vision of rock’s Great Works. “I understand the basis of [the conspiracy theories],” says Wenner, “but I don’t care about the speculation. After doing this for 30 years, nobody’s ever found any credible charge of chicanery or undue influence.”

..The committee has often been justly criticized for being homogenous — “too old, too male, too white, too rich,” says a former member. There are six women and seven people of color among the 41 members. In the last decade, “we’ve made a conscious effort to diversify it,” says Wenner. In 2006, several stalwarts were dethroned: “I was fired for being too old. That’s what I was told,” says one. (Wenner counters that anyone who was kicked off “wasn’t being useful.”) Younger members have been added, including Morello, 50, and The Roots drummer Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson, 44.

Morello’s successful advocacy for KISS shows how influential new members have been. In his first year, Questlove pushed pop act Hall & Oates onto the ballot, after others had tried and failed; “he worked the room like Frank Underwood works Congress,” one member says. And yet, the source adds, the balance of power is still with the elders: “Like anything boomer-centric, people are going to hold on to it as if their lives depend on it. You’ll have to pry the Hall of Fame from their cold, dead fingers.”

..Gene Simmons of KISS sums up the frequent criticism that the Hall neglects hard-rock and prog-rock bands. “Patti Smith is in before Deep Purple?” he exclaims. “Talking Heads, but not Yes? It started as a great idea, but it has become a sham.”

Read the entire piece at Billboard.

source: billboard.com

TESLA’S FRANK HANNON ON VAN HALEN’S NEW LIVE CD, “FOR THOSE WHO WANT PERFECT VOCALS, BUY A ONE DIRECTION LIVE ALBUM”

frankhannon-vh640 Tesla guitarist Frank Hannon has posted the following thoughts on his official website about Van Halen’s new live album, Live At The Tokyo Dome:

“Ok, after all the flames have settled down from people burning up David Lee Roth’s vocals on Jimmy Kimmel, here’s my thoughts on the new Van Halen: Live At The Tokyo Dome CD.

If you are a fan of truly “LIVE” albums as I am and have stated, this album rules! Just to hear Eddie’s guitar tones on Romeo’s Delight, Beautiful Girls, Women in Love alone is worth the $16. As for Dave, well he’s included a 6 page book with lyrics to read the words he don’t sing..and to hear him tell of the spotlight operator in Ice Cream Man is priceless, not to mention all the Japanese BS he rambles.

I thoroughly enjoyed listening to this CD while driving my 17 yr old to school this morning remembering hearing VH when I was his age and loving it!!!

For those of us who anxiously waited in line at Tower Records to get VHII, Women and Children First, and Fair Warning…this album will tickle your fancy…for those who want perfect vocals, buy a One Direction live album!!!”

Hannon currently has some live shows scheduled in support of his latest solo album, World Peace. See the dates below.

Apr 18 Monsters of Rock Cruise Miami, FL
May 16 Red Hawk Casino Placerville, CA
May 21 Black Oak Casino Tuolumne City, CA
May 22 Cesar Chavez Plaza Park Sacramento, CA
Jun 6 Thunder Valley Casino Resort Lincoln, CA

“THAT METAL SHOW” RETURNS WITH KERRY KING, LZZY HALE AND ZAKK WYLDE

Thatmetalshowlogo Episode 8 of season 14 of VH1 Classic’s centerpiece in original programming That Metal Show is the heaviest show of the season as Kerry King of Slayer returns. Kerry sits down with hosts Eddie Trunk, Don Jamieson, and Jim Florentine to discuss the upcoming Slayer album, getting the rust off for the upcoming summer tour, and even reveals some information about material for another record exclusively on the show.

The second guest on the episode welcomes Lzzy Hale of Halestorm to the set for the first time. Lzzy appeared on the show last season via the Metal Modem and talks about the new Halestorm album. They recorded the new album in a church in Nashville all playing together live, something they have never done before.

The episode features the debut of Zakk Wylde from Black Label Society as the guest musician. Zakk has been asked to perform on “That Metal Show” every season and finally in season 14, he obliged. Zakk wowed the crowd with playing abilities while showcasing his new custom audio equipment, Wylde Audio. In a first for the show, Zakk played out the final segment of the show with an extended off-the-cuff solo arrangement.

One of the episode highlights comes in the “Stump The Trunk” segment this week. The audience questions Eddie again, but this time also comes under fire with questions from Zakk himself, Joe Hottinger from Halestorm, and even Ed’s own mother gets a stump in. Take It Or Leave It returns this week with the hosts debating the recent announcement of Skid Row’s new singer and they offer up their favorite new releases in the Pick Of The Week. The TMS Top 5 looks at the Top 5 Zakk Wylde Songs and tracks like Miracle Man, No More Tears, In This River, and Stillborn all find their way in to the discussion.

Fans can watch all previous episodes, exclusive bonus clips and the new That After Show segment at ThatMetalShow.VH1.com and on the new VH1 app.

Audience tickets for upcoming tapings are now available via Gotham Casting at gothamcasting.com/gothamrsvp/.

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