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rex book thumbOn March 12, 2013 Da Capo Press will release OFFICIAL TRUTH 101 PROOF – THE INSIDE STORY OF PANTERA, written by Pantera bassist Rex Brown, along with Mark Eglington. Rex, who now plays along side Vinny Appice in Kill Devil Hill, joined Pantera in 1982 at the age of 17, after meeting Dimebag Darrell while both attended high school together.


The book offers shocking insight into one of the most influential and enduringly popular bands in heavy metal history. Rex’s memoir is the definitive account of life inside Pantera, which succeeded against all odds and released a series of fiercely uncompromising platinum albums, including #1 albums Vulgar Display of Power and Far Beyond Driven, but ultimately ended in tragedy when iconic lead guitarist Darrell “Dimebag” Abbot was murdered on stage by a deranged fan.


According to Brown, “This is what went down, from my point of view. If you read it, everything should be clear, at least from where I was sittin’!” He continues, “I’ve simply tried to shed some perspective and insight onto my life so far, and the many beautiful people that have surrounded it. With all the trials and tribulations, sacrifices and tragedy, I’m very grateful for even having a chance to put a smile on the fan’s faces. That’s what it all boils down to after all.”


OFFICIAL TRUTH 101 PROOF – THE INSIDE STORY OF PANTERA will be officially released on March 12, but is available for pre-order NOW at Amazon! CLICK HERE TO PRE-ORDER YOUR COPY!

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rtrCOLUMBUS, OH: America’s premier destination rock festival Rock On The Range–which has expanded to three days this year–will hit hard with performances from some of rock’s biggest names. The 2013 line-up features Soundgarden, Alice In Chains, Smashing Pumpkins, Korn, Bush, Stone Sour, Three Days Grace, Papa Roach, Cheap Trick, Bullet For My Valentine, Volbeat, Lamb Of God, Skillet, A Day To Remember, Buckcherry, Halestorm, Hollywood Undead, All That Remains, Device (with David Draiman), Steel Panther, Sevendust, Sick Puppies, Asking Alexandria, Pop Evil, In Flames, Clutch, In This Moment, Black Veil Brides, The Sword, Ghost, Motionless In White, Red, Deuce, Middle Class Rut, Big Wreck, Oleander, Otherwise, Red Line Chemistry, Young Guns, Thousand Foot Krutch, Mindset Evolution, Tracer, Beware Of Darkness, Heaven’s Basement, American Fangs, Love And Death, Gemini Syndrome, and more.

“We’re really looking forward to returning to Rock On The Range with a batch of brand new killer Alice tunes to play for everyone!” says Jerry Cantrell, Alice In Chains.

“Head is back!!,” says Korn’s Jonathan Davis. “Rock On The Range is going to start it all off!! Get ready, we are going to hit it hard!!”

“Bush are thrilled to be playing Rock On The Range with such great bands,” says Bush’s Gavin Rosdale. “We look forward to seeing you all out there.”

“This massive lineup has scratched our seven-year itch!” says Gary Spivack, co-executive producer of the event for Right Arm Entertainment. “Getting Soundgarden for their first Ohio play in two decades and having seminal acts Alice In Chains, Korn, Volbeat and Papa Roach return along with bands new to ROTR that include Smashing Pumpkins and Bush, and everything in between–the spectrum of rock n roll is covered…three days of constant energy. Rock On The Range is truly where rock lives.”

Now in its seventh year, ROTR will again take place at Columbus Crew Stadium in Columbus, OH on Friday, May 17, Saturday, May 18 and Sunday, May 19, 2013. With the addition of a full slate of artists performing on Friday, festival organizers are also adding a series of additional enhancements for ROTR 2013, including the new ROTR Comedy Tent.

“Our goal with ROTR is to constantly create new and interesting ways to expand the event and give even more value to our fans,” comments Joe Litvag, co-executive producer of the event for AEG Live. “In 2013, we’ve added a comedy tent within the site that will be curated by The Funny Bone comedy club. Having a slate of incredible, up-and-coming comedians to riff on the rock experience will be a great change of pace for the weekend. The site layout is also changing dramatically in 2013 to create better event flow, to add more interactive fan activity to the festival, and to allow even more people to experience the higher caliber of talent on the second stage this year.”

As a special limited offer, pre-sale weekend tickets startat a low price of $89.50 (plus fees), for Stadium GA tickets only, from Wednesday, January 30 through Thursday, January 31 at 10pm EST. Additionally, a limited number of Stadium GA “4-ticket packs” are also available for $299–a savings of nearly 25%–beginning on Wednesday, January 30, while supplies last.

Pre-sale tickets are available at Tickets go on-sale to the general public Friday, February 1 at 10am ET. Rock On The Range is again offering premiere VIP Packages, Hotel and Ticket Bundles and Camping packages. Details and prices for VIP, Hotel, and Camping packagesare online at Visit the website,, and for the most up-to-date information.

“Rock On The Range strives to deliver an outstanding lineup for an affordable price and this year is no different” said Ryan Smith, General Manager of Crew Stadium, co-executive producer of Rock On The Range. “With the creation of the special $89 pre-sale ticket and 4-pack bundle, rock fans can see over 40 of their favorite bands for an unprecedented value.”

Presented by Right Arm Entertainment, AEG LIVE and Crew Stadium, Rock On The Range is a multi-stage music and lifestyle event featuring a potent lineup of bands on three stages and is proud to be sponsored by Monster Energy, Jägermeister, f.y.e., and U.S. Army. The nationally renowned festival, centrally located in the heart of the country, has annually drawn weekend crowds in excess of 70,000 since its inception in 2007.



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Tom-Morello-Steven-Van-ZandtTom Morello may not be rocking with Rage Against the Machine at the moment, but the guitarist has found another tour that will keep him occupied. Morello has agreed to play in Bruce Springsteen‘s band for their upcoming Australian tour while regular guitarist Steven Van Zandt (above, right) takes a break to shoot episodes of his television series ‘Lilyhammer.’

The admiration between Tom Morello and Bruce Springsteen has been there for years, and the guitar great has frequently joined Springsteen for performances of ‘The Ghost of Tom Joad,’ a song that both ‘The Boss’ and Rage have recorded as part of their catalogs.

In addition, Morello turned up on multiple recordings on Springsteen’s most recent album, ‘Wrecking Ball.’ The RATM axeman has also signed on to perform at the 2013 MusiCares benefit tribute saluting Springsteen next month in Los Angeles.

For those wondering, Morello will perform on shows between March 14-31, with multi-night stops in Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne and Macedon along the way. Little Steven is expected to resume his guitar duties with Springsteen’s band beginning Apr. 29 in Oslo, Norway.

Source:  Loudwire

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89Anthrax has just made available a taste of the band’s upcoming EP Anthems, due out March 19 (Megaforce).  “Anthem,” the band’s cover of the classic Rush song, can be heard here.

In addition to the EP’s cover art, each of the cover songs will have its own special artwork, each one based on the tracks’ original album cover art, but subtly “reimagined” by Anthrax’s Charlie Benante and artist Stephen Thompson.


The eight-track Anthems EP pays tribute to the classic songs by some of Anthrax’s favorite bands from the 1970s.  In addition to Rush’s “Anthem,” the track listing includes Thin Lizzy’s “Jailbreak,” “TNT” by AC/DC, Boston’s “Smokin’,” “Big Eyes” by Cheap Trick, Journey’s “Keep on Runnin,” as well as the album version and a special remix of Anthrax’s “Crawl” from the band’s critically-acclaimed 2011 album Worship Music.


Anthems was produced by Anthrax, Jay Ruston and Rob Caggiano, and recorded for the most part throughout 2012 literally all over the world:  at Benante’s home studio, in Ruston’s New York studio, on the band’s tour bus while on last summer’s Mayhem Tour, in hotel rooms, and backstage at their Berlin show last December.


Anthems EP Cover Art:

Anthems Final Cover
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Metallica: Seek & Destroy

Def Leppard: Fooling

Quiet Riot: Metal Health

Slash: Standing In The Sun

Judas Priest: Sinner (Live)

Accept: Restless & Wild

S.U.N.: Burned

Ozzy: Mr Crowley (Live)

Slayer: Seasons In The Abyss

Rainbow: Kill The King

Jason Newsted: Soldiered

Motorhead: Chase Is Better Than The Catch (Live)

Overkill: Rotten To The Core

Riot: Swords & Tequila

BLS: Overlord

Megadeth: In My Darkest Hour

Zebra: One More Chance

Aerosmith: Seasons Of Wither

Black Sabbath: Children Of The Sea (Live)

Black Sabbath: Snowblind

Thin Lizzy: Still In Love With You (Live)

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robcaggiano400Former Anthrax guitarist Rob Caggiano hasn’t wasted any time whatsoever with his recent decision to leave the band and dedicate his career to production. In fact, Caggiano has entered the studio with Danish rockers Volbeat to twiddle the knobs on their fifth studio album, which is titled ‘Outlaw Gentlemen & Shady Ladies’ and due this spring.

“We’re back in the studio, this time breaking some of our old habits and this sometimes means leaving our comfort zone,” reveals Volbeat frontman Michael Poulsen. “We are recording in a new environment, producing with a new set up breaking new sonic ground and it’s exciting! Together with our long time collaborator Jacob Hansen we also have the honor of having producer Rob Caggiano on board in the producer’s seat. Expect lots of surprises and some of our most rocking heavy songs to date. We feel more than ever that we are taking the Volbeat sound to another level without changing what we’re all about. Can’t wait for it to get out there!”

Caggiano shocked the metal world two weeks ago when he announced his departure from Anthrax, but his producing resume includes work with Anthrax, Bleeding Through and the Damned Things among others,

Volbeat’s ‘Outlaw Gentlemen & Shady Ladies’ will be the follow-up to their 2010 album ‘Beyond Hell / Above Heaven,’ which yielded the chart-topper ‘A Warrior’s Call’ and the current hit ‘ Heaven Nor Hell.’

Volbeat will visit North America once again for a comprehensive tour with Danko Jones beginning in Dallas on March 6 and concluding in Philadelphia on April 11.

source:  Graham “Gruhamed” Hartmann for Loudwire

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