JUDAS PRIEST GUITARIST GLENN TIPTION TELLS EDDIE TRUNK, “I DON’T BELIEVE IN LIFE WITHOUT METAL”

glenntipton400 Judas Priest guitarist Glenn Tipton was a guest on Eddie’s Sirius/XM’s Trunk Nation radio show on October 27th. Highlights from the interview appear below and has been transcribed exclusively for EddieTrunk.com.

Discussing the legacy of Defenders Of The Faith, which is celebrating its 30 anniversary:

“I think with the success of Screaming For Vengeance, you look at our other albums and you tend to think that perhaps they didn’t reach the market screaming. But in retrospect, a lot of people came back and said, Ram It Down was a great album, Defenders was a great album. Everyone of our albums, I think has some gems on there. The album itself might not be the strongest of all the Priest albums, but its got good songs to offer. A good example is Point Of Entry. I know people weren’t sure about that album when it first came out but it’s got Hot Rockin’ on there, its got Solar Angels and its got Desert Plains. So, if we didn’t experiment a little bit, we wouldn’t have those Priest classics. So, it’s all about trying to push the borders and boundaries further apart and that’s what we have always tried to do.”

Speaking about Turbo being very experimental at the time when it was released in 1986:

“Yes, Turbo, again, was experimental which is what we love to do and we brought in synth guitars. People didn’t exactly condemn us for that, but they didn’t quite understand what we were trying to do at that time. Not everybody, but some people sort of said, ‘Oh, we’re not sure about the synth guitars.’ But then, of course, other people started to use them. When you hear us play Turbo [Lover], even now, and we’re playing it in the set at the moment, it’s one of the strongest songs in the set and everyone sings along with it. So, you’ve got to keep on experimenting and trying different things and going down different paths. But…the songs will always have the character of Judas Priest and that’s the most important thing.”

Talking about Rob Halford’s voice still being strong after all these years:

“It’s amazing….Rob couldn’t be singing better. I don’t know how he does it, really. He’s not a youngster anymore, but he can still hit those high notes. His voice is as strong as ever. But working with him on the album [Redeemer Of Souls], I noticed how strong his voice still is, it’s phenomenal how his voice has held up throughout the years. He’s in tremendous form.”

On where the next generation of iconic, great classic bands will come from:

“I think probably naturally evolution will solve that problem. There’s a lot of great bands out there. I do believe that everything goes in circles and I see a return to that classic style of metal. I think everybody..branches off, they experiment and they try different paths to go down and that’s great offshoots of metal. Even if you go back to Punk, Death Metal or Black Metal, it’s just people experimenting, but it usually finds its way back to the mainstream of what is [classic] heavy metal. Actually, there are some very talented musicians out there and great bands. I think maybe some of them have yet to find themselves and it does take some time to do that sometimes. But, I am sure that void will be filled…I don’t believe in life without metal.”

Answering whether or not he saw K.K. Downing’s recent comments wishing the band luck:

“No, I didn’t no….[But], that’s really nice. It’s really nice of him.”

Discussing what he will do if and when the band ever decides to retire:

Glenn: “I like to travel a lot. I am also a home[body]. I love the country life. I like the countryside. I like animals. I’ve got lots of interests. I even make and crash model airplanes…I’ve got a few weird interests Eddie.”

Eddie: “Wait, you make airplanes and then crash them??”

Glenn: “Well, I’m trying to fly them and then crash them….model helicopters. I am not a successful pilot, I’m afraid. They don’t usually last many seconds. Hours of work for seconds of destruction. There’s a good title for the next Priest album….”

LYNCH MOB TO RELEASE “SUN RED SUN” EP ON DECEMBER 9TH

georgelynch400 On December 9th, Lynch Mob will release the Sun Red Sun EP through Rat Pak Records. The CD was written and recorded by the same lineup as the Sound Mountain Sessions EP: George Lynch on guitar, Oni Logan on vocals, Robbie Crane on bass and Scot Coogan on drums.

Sun Red Sun once again highlights the unique pairing of Logan and Lynch, showcasing their ever-evolving songwriting abilities. Mixed and mastered by Chris “The Wizard” Collier, it offers up straight-forward rockers like Believers Of The Day and Play The Game, as well as more groove-oriented cuts like Erotika and Subliminal Dream. The CD also features a dynamic Lynch guitar solo track called Black Waters as well as an acoustic ballad called Sun Red Sun, which is a tribute to late Badlands singer Ray Gillen, who died on December 3rd, 1993 of AIDS-related complications. The release also features a cover of Bad Company’s Burnin’ Sky and includes four remastered bonus tracks from the original “Sound Mountain Sessions” EP: Slow Drag, World Of Chance, City Of Freedom and Sucka.

Lynch Mob’s last release was the Unplugged: Live From Sugarhill StudiosEP, which came out in March 2013.

Watch a video teaser for Sun Red Sun below.

For more information about this release, please visit ratpakrecordsamerica.com/lynch-mob.

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OUR OWN EDDIE TRUNK DISCUSSES PODCASTING, U2’S FREE ALBUM, THE “IS ROCK DEAD?” CONTROVERSY AND NEW BANDS THAT HE LIKES

eddieoverkilltshirt400 Juan Hernandez of the Dateline Downtown spoke with Eddie. Highlights from the interview appear below.

DD: You are one of the few personalities that have been in the radio business for over 30 years, alongside Howard Stern and Opie & Anthony. Did you ever think that doing a podcast would help bring in a bigger audience, knowing that you had helped build your own audience for the past three decades?

ET: I resisted a podcast for a long time just because I thought it would be redundant with two radio shows a week that I do. But, the company I am with, Podcast One, really sold me on the idea and fans kept asking. What I liked is that it was free, worldwide and on demand whenever you wanted it. The one downside of so many great radio things I have done over the decades is that unless you caught it over the air (or someone posts it on YouTube) it has a short shelf life. Podcast are archived so many last and grow as people discover them. That is exactly what has happened and the response has been great so far from iTunes and Podcast One.

DD: Living in the digital age, what are your thoughts on how U2 released their latest album Song of Innocence for free on iTunes? For anybody that has an iTunes account, the album was already pre-loaded onto their mobile devices, and was widely criticized.

ET: I love physical format. CDs are still my favorite way to get music. I also grew up working in a record store and miss them greatly. I know things chance and evolve but it sucks how free and disposable music seems to be now. U2 reinforced that with what they did. I get it was a huge marketing thing, but it sucks that a band that could have sold a rock album reinforced the idea paying for music is not a priority.

DD: You recently addressed a comment that KISS Bassist Gene Simmons made stating that “Rock is Dead,” and made it very clear that rock is not dead. Given the state that the music industry is in terms of album sales, touring cycles and the rise internet streaming, do you feel that rock will once again come back to mainstream audiences like it had been in the 1980s? Is social media an important tool now more than ever?

ET: I have no idea what the future holds for rock. But it is not dead. It is not as big as other genres of music but rarely has it been. I am very encouraged by the new bands out there right now with a focus on great riffs and vocals. Hope one breaks through. But the mega rock bands will always draw. AC/DC tours and everyone will still go. The question is when those bands end who fills the void?

DD: What are your plans for the remainder of 2014, going into 2015?

ET: I’m coming off my busiest travel summer ever. So, hopefully, wind down a little toward the end of the year outside of some scattered appearances. I will keep up with my radio shows and podcasts and then start looking at booking TMS end of the year for when we start up in 2015. I also want to develop something new for TV if I get a chance. I will always do TMS as long as VH1 wants to, but need to do more and have many opportunities. Just need the [right} partner to make it happen. Every day is a new adventure so that’s always cool. Never know what will pop up.

DD: Houston has grown into a very diverse city over the past couple of years. Any new bands or new music that you can recommend to our fellow Houstonians that you are currently listening or have listened to?

ET: Farmikos is my favorite new band. It features Joe Holmes who was with Ozzy. Also love this new band called Kyng. Those are two good new things I like.

Read Eddie’s entire interview with Dateline Downtown by clicking here.

source: datelinedowntown.com

ROB ZOMBIE’S “GREAT AMERICAN NIGHTMARE” CONCERT HIGHLIGHTS TO AIR ON HOWARD STERN’S SIRIUS/XM “HOWARD 101″ CHANNEL HALLOWEEN NIGHT

robzombie400 Highlights from Rob Zombie’s two performances at his Great American Nightmare Halloween attraction will be heard Halloween night–Friday, October 31–from 9:00-10:00 PM Eastern Time on Howard Stern’s SiriusXM channel Howard 101.

The concerts were recorded at the September 19th opening night for Rob Zombie’s Great American Nightmare in Scottsdale, Arizona and the September 26th opening night in Villa Park, Illinois.

Both Great American Nightmare locations will be open October 30th and 31st, and November 1st for those that would like to experience the ultimate Halloween horror event firsthand.

Great American Nightmare features attractions based on Zombie’s own horror films.

At West World Of Scottsdale in Scottsdale, AZ, patrons take a sensory-deprived journey through The Lords Of Salem in total darkness before witnessing the debut of Captain Spaulding’s Clown School In 3D and The Devil’s Rejects.

The Odeum Expo in Villa Park, IL, near Chicago features The Lords Of Salem in total black out, The Haunted World Of El Superbeasto 3D, and Haunt Of 1,000 Corpses – first seen at the inaugural Great American Nightmare in Pomona, CA in 2013.

The fully immersive haunted house experience at both Rob Zombie’s Great American Nightmare locations include the Bloody Boulevard with freak shows, musical entertainment–including Street Drum Corps’ renowned Blood Drums (Scottsdale) and Prime Evil Percussion (Villa Park)–roaming characters, themed food and beverages, games and vendors each night.

Tickets for Rob Zombie’s Great American Nightmare are on sale now at GreatAmericanNightmare.com with prices starting at $25. A limited number of VIP packages are also available for purchase at GreatAmericanNightmare.com. All VIP packages include a commemorative t-shirt and quicker access to the haunted attractions than general admission.

KISS’ PAUL STANLEY DISCUSSES THE BAND’S LAS VEGAS RESIDENCY AND THE BAND CONTINUING WITH OTHER MUSICIANS

paulstanley400 Robin Leach of the Las Vegas Sun spoke with KISS frontman Paul Stanley. Excerpts from the interview appear below.

Las Vegas Sun:….it’s the first time you’re playing a residency at the Hard Rock, but why is it the icing on the cake?

Stanley: Well because it’s new territory for us, and what KISS has always been about is going against the grain and really doing things in our time and when it feels right for us. There was a time where quite honestly everyone thought of Las Vegas as an elephant burial ground.

It was the more glittery branch in Missouri for some people, but it’s so unique. There was also a time where the best food you could get was a $1.99 prime rib. Now if I want a great meal, I go to Las Vegas. You can’t get a comparable meal in Los Angeles to what you can get in Las Vegas.

Everything has changed so much, and it’s always seemed like a perfect fit for us to be in Las Vegas, but for a lot of reasons, it just wasn’t meant to be. Now the planets have lined up, and everything is as it should be, and we will come in and do what we do.

We are doing a KISS show in Las Vegas, we are not doing a Las Vegas show with KISS. We are a rock and roll band, and we will do what we do — better than any band at this point.

Las Vegas Sun: Are you changing the tour show?

Stanley: Completely different stage. At this point, our influence is so widespread that virtually any rock band you go see live is doing the KISS show. The only thing they can never be is KISS. Anybody with money can buy pyro, can buy lasers, but you can never be us. So for us to come into Las Vegas, we’ll set a different level honestly.

It’s an amazing thing for us to be able to go into a smaller venue and not downsize. Usually going into a smaller venue means doing a smaller show, but because this show isn’t portable and because this show is a permanent installation, we can do things that we couldn’t when you have to break the show down every night.

Las Vegas Sun: In terms of rock and roll, Motley Crue is calling it quits on its current world tour. Are you saying KISS will not call it quits and go on maybe with other musicians?

Stanley: Oh, totally; absolutely. We are unlike any other band. We are closer to an army. We are closer to a sports team. I’m not foolish enough to think that I’m the only person to do what I do. The Yankees continued without Babe Ruth. Time marches on, and if you’re part of a movement or part of a commitment to a cause, then when you’re time is done … look, if you fall in battle, someone picks up your gun and runs.

Somebody has to carry the flag, and that’s what KISS is about. KISS is about a lifestyle and self-empowerment and going against the odds and believing in yourself. I guess enjoying the fruits of hard work. That’s not singular to me. People who said that was not possible in terms of KISS are already 50 percent wrong. The lineup is now 40 years on, and two of the members are not the original members, but they are far better at this point than the original members.

Read more at the Las Vegas Sun.

source: lvsun.com

METALLICA TO PLAY A WEEK LONG RESIDENCY ON “THE LATE LATE SHOW WITH CRAIG FERGUSON”

Metallica2010pic2400pix Ryan Gajewski of the Hollywood Reporter reports:

Metallica have scheduled a weeklong residency on the Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson in November, with the band confirming the news on Twitter.

“We’ll be playing on @LateLateShowCBS for an entire week starting Monday, November 17th! #LateLateShow,” the band posted on October 29th.
The performances help mark the 10th-anniversary reissue of the Metallica documentary Some Kind of Monster, which will be available on November 24th as a digital release and on Blu-ray.

The band’s residency comes as Ferguson is nearing the end of his late-night CBS run. He took over from Craig Kilborn as host of the show in January 2005, and his final episode is set to air on a yet-to-be-announced date in December. James Corden will grab the reins in March 2015.
Booking musical acts for weeklong stints has become somewhat trendy for late-night shows, as the Foo Fighters had such a gig on the Late Show with David Letterman earlier this month.

source: hollywoodreporter.com

GUITAR CENTER AND DIRECTV FEATURE ICONIC GUITARIST SLASH IN ORIGINAL TWO-PART DOCUMENTARY AND LIVE CONCERT EVENT

Slashandcompany Guitar Center and DirectTV announced a two-part documentary and live concert event examining the life and music of Grammy Award-winning guitarist Slash. With a world tour on the horizon and his new album World On Fire debuting in the top ten and garnering worldwide critical acclaim, the iconic guitarist remains one of the leading influences in music.

In a 90-minute live concert event – Slash Featuring Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators Live from the Sunset Strip –viewers get a front row seat to Slash’s recent show at one of Hollywood’s most iconic venues, The Roxy, as part of Guitar Center’s 50th Anniversary celebration. Filmed in stunning 4k and 5.1 surround sound, the special features songs from SLASH’s recently released album World on Fire as well as classic Guns’N’Roses and Velvet Revolver hits. The concert brings a rock legend back to the stages where his career began: The Sunset Strip.

The concert special leads into a 90-minute documentary directed by Martyn Atkins that takes viewers into the studio with the rock legend, combining new and archival footage with interviews from the artists and colleagues that influenced his incredible career. Tracing the rock icon’s incredible journey, SLASH Raised on the Sunset Strip covers his childhood in both England and California’s Laurel Canyon, his discovery of the guitar and arrival on the Sunset Strip, his meteoric rise with Guns’N’Roses, the evolution of Velvet Revolver, Slash’s solo career and his current band featuring Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators.

Slash speaks in intricate detail about his drive and approach to the craft, successes, challenges, influences and collaborations with multiple artists. Interviews with rock legends including Dave Grohl, Alice Cooper, Joe Perry, Nikki Six, Duff McKagan, Steven Alder, Matt Sorum, Jerry Cantrell, Lemmy, Dave Mustaine, Marc Canter, Alan Niven, SLASH’s wife Perla Hudson and more reveal the stories of how it all came to be and, more importantly, where he’s heading.

Watch the trailer below.

Air Date Schedule:

November 7th at 9pm Slash Featuring Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators Live from the Sunset Strip
November 13th at 10pm Slash Raised on the Sunset Strip

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JOE PERRY’S “ROCKS: MY LIFE IN AND OUT OF AEROSMITH” SITS IN THE TOP TEN OF THE NY TIMES BESTSELLER LIST FOR INITIAL TWO WEEKS

joeperry400 Since its October 7th release, Joe Perry’s Rocks: My Life In and Out of Aerosmith (Simon & Schuster) has spent its initial two weeks on the prestigious New York Times bestseller list. Rocks entered the charts at #8 and remained in the Top Ten (#10) in week two. In the book, Perry shares–with total candor and without apology–what life is like as the lead guitarist and co-head writer of Aerosmith.

Perry has been in high demand, completing a cross-country book tour with multiple nights in New York, his Boston hometown (three in-stores), Chicago, San Francisco, Phoenix, Los Angeles and a stop at The Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame in Cleveland. He has been equally busy with top-tier broadcast appearances on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, Conan, CBS This Morning, Fox & Friends, Tavis Smiley, and Larry King alongside popular national radio including Howard Stern and Imus In The Morning.

Joe Perry will be Eddie’s guest this Friday (October 31st) on his 104.3Q FM show. Audio will also be available through Eddie’s podcast on iTunes and PodcastOne.

ARMORED SAINT SINGER JOHN BUSH CONFIRMS NEW ALBUM FOR NEXT YEAR

armoredsaint640 Armored Saint have signed a new deal with Metal Blade Records for the release of the band’s next studio album, due in 2015, reports Blabbermouth.

“We have been with Metal Blade for the last three records now,” singer John Bush said during an appearance on Inside Metal with host Bob Nalbandian. “[Metal Blade head honcho] Brian [Slagel] is awesome. Without Brian, there would, basically, not be Armored Saint, quite frankly; there would not be a band. I mean, for him I think it’s a labor of love. He’s not looking to go out and buy a new house in Miami Beach with the revenue that he’s gonna get from Armored Sait. He does it ’cause he cares, and he wants it, and he believes in us, and he knows that he likes the music that we’re making, and we’re extremely honored and happy that he does that.”

Regarding the progress of the next CD, Bush stated, “We’ve been writing songs for about a year, a year and a couple months, maybe, and we’re about ready to do drums. Everything’s done a little differently these days, as far as recording-wise. But a lot of vocals have been already sung. And it’s gonna be awesome.”

He continued, “[Bassist] Joey [Vera] is gonna produce. He’s just really coming into his own as far as a jack of all trades, and a master. He’s awesome. He’s a great writer. He’s very, very meticulous in the way he does everything, and he gets the job done. He’s written some great stuff. And we have an awesome camaraderie as far as writing together. I’m proud of what we’re doing, I think it’s gonna be a cool record. We don’t have a title yet, but it will come out next year, and then we’ll do some shows.”

Armored Saint’s new album will feature the following songs, among others:

* Win Hands Down
* Mess
* Muscle Memory
* An Exercise In Debauchery
* In An Instant
* Up Yours

Speaking about the song Up Yours, Bush said, “It’s gonna be a great song. [It's got a] very big anthem-type vibe to it. It’s not gonna sound anything like Can U Deliver, but if there was a vibe that just kind of felt like that, it’s this song. And it’s cool. It’s got a cool title and a fun chorus that you can sing along to.”

Watch John Bush’s interview on Inside Metal below.

additional source: blabbermouth.net

EXTREME GUITAR TOUR ANNOUNCEMENT FEATURING: ULI JON ROTH, VINNIE MOORE, CRAIG GOLDY, AMONG OTHERS HITTING THE ROAD IN JANUARY

ulijonroth,vinnemooretour640 The Paramour Group, and JAAB Productions, are proud to announce the 2015 XG Extreme Guitar Tour featuring members of Black Sabbath, Deep Purple, DIO, MSG, Rainbow, Trans Siberian Orchestra, Scorpions, UFO & Yngwie Malmsteen.

XG Tour includes performances by guitar greats Uli Jon Roth, Vinnie Moore, Craig Goldy and introducing new act, Black Knights Rising. Black Knights Rising features: Craig Goldy (guitar), Vinnie Appice (drums), Mark Boals (vocals), Allesandro Bertoni (keyboards) and Elliot Rubinson (bass).

Special guests Joe Lynn Turner* (Rainbow, Deep Purple) & shredding Shrapnel Records recording artist Joey Tafolla* (Jag Panzer & solo artist) will perform at select shows.

Drumming for Uli Jon Roth will be Kofi Baker, son of Cream drummer Ginger Baker.

Elliot Rubinson, CEO of Dean Guitars will be featured on bass during the performances of all three guitarists.

Confirmed dates listed below with more to be announced soon! Canadian rockers Old James will be special guests on all shows.

1/21 San Diego, CA – Ramona Main Stage*
1/22 Anaheim, CA – House of Blues*
1/23 Hollywood, CA – House of Blues*
1/24 Las Vegas, NV – Vamp’d*
1/25 San Jose, CA – Rock Bar Theater
1/26 Portland, OR – Tonic
1/27 Seattle, WA – Studio 7
1/30 Spring Lake Park, MN – POVS
1/31 St. Charles, IL – Arcada Theater
2/1 Chicago, IL – Reggie’s
2/8 NYC, NY – BB Kings