sammyhagar400pix Former Van Halen singer Sammy Hagar has laughed off David Lee Roth’s claim that performing songs from the Red Rocker’s era would present a credibility issue.

Original frontman Roth was recently asked whether he’d ever sing tracks originally delivered by Hagar. He replied, “Good, bad or in the middle, you know Roth means it – the other guy doesn’t. That’s why it sold half as well. Why would you bring that into the proceedings?”

Now Hagar, speaking on his radio show, has fired back by saying, “The boys are out on tour – happily doing well, I hope, but they’re not playing any Van Hagar songs. My buddy Diamond said it was something about a quality issue. I laughed. I’m cracking up. Sometimes the guy says the wackiest things.”

He continued, “But there’s a lot of truth in that, a quality issue. You think about that. Think about them with Diamond, singing this next song – it would definitely be a quality issue.”

He then plays a live version of Van Halen’s Right Now, delivered by Hagar’s current band The Circle.

Van Halen recently released their first live album with Roth, without any studio edits, which drew criticism from Hagar. They’ll begin a US tour in July.

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Slayer - 2015 Slayer’s split with producer Rick Rubin came after his label offered an “insulting” deal for their 11th album, says guitarist Kerry King.

Repentless, out through Nuclear Blast on September 11th, is their first without Rubin since 1985’s Hell Awaits.

Singer Tom Araya says that, despite the perception that the band made the split, it was the producer who cut the connection with his label American Records.

Slayer previously said the switch took place because the band wanted to foster a more direct connection with fans.

But King tells The Metal Hammer Magazine Show’s Alexander Milas, “Solidarity is far stronger than jumping ship and going somewhere else. I thought we’d still be on American – but when we got the offer from American, I was insulted. That to me just said, ‘Good luck, you’re not gonna have good luck here anymore.’ So we found our new friends at Nuclear Blast. I think this is gonna be a nice little progression going forward.”

Araya adds that Slayer didn’t end the 28-year relationship with Rubin. “It was more like he broke the news to us,” the frontman says. “When we started this record it was on the pretext that we’d be working with Rick – but things didn’t pan out. We’ve sort of moved on.”

Repentless is also the band’s first album without late guitarist Jeff Hanneman – and Araya admits some followers have resisted the idea of continuing without the co-founder. “The fans are pretty ruthless, man, and with social media it’s bad,” he says. “People have opinions. Some are positive, and a lot of them are pretty fucking negative. It’s hard to believe – especially considering these people are fans of the band.”

But he adds: “Nothing that I or Kerry say will change what some of these people think or feel.”

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Trixter band2015-640 As previously reported, Trixter with release their new album Human Era on June 5th in Europe and June 9th in North America. The band is streaming a song entitled, Midnight In Your Eyes from the album, listen to it below.

To learn more about Human Era, get Trixter tour dates and to listen to the album’s opening song Rockin’ to the Edge of the Night, please name.

Watch and electronic press kit below.



SebastianBach Former Skid Row frontman Sebastian Bach has described bass player Rachel Bolan as “the band’s Bill Ward.”

Bach – who was fired by Skid Row in 1996 – says Bolan is the only member of the band who has a problem with him. Comparing the situation to the one that exists between Black Sabbath’s estranged drummer Ward and frontman Ozzy Osbourne, Bach hints that jealousy could be at the heart of Bolan’s dislike of him.

He tells Metal Injection, “I’ve talked to all of those guys except the bass player, and he is the one that has it in for me. Some of these musicians like to use this term “lead singer’s disease,” and I think that’s a way of dealing with the extra attention that the frontman gets. And it’s not just Skid Row — it’s Aerosmith, Van Halen, KISS and Black Sabbath. I guess Rachel is, like, the Bill Ward of Skid Row. I think that’s really what it is. Because I haven’t given that guy any reason to dislike me in 19 years.”

Skid Row eventually replaced Bach with singer Johnny Solinger, who was himself replaced by former TNT frontman Tony Harnell this year.

Meanwhile, former Skid Row drummer Rob Affuso says he has tried many times to get Bach and Bolan back on terms and to reunite the classic lineup of which he was also a part.

Affuso tells the Jim Chinnici Radio Show, “I have tried, unsuccessfully, three times, to get it back together, to try to get Rachel and Sebastian in a room and talk. And, inevitably, either Sebastian would say something stupid two weeks prior and then piss Rachel off or whatever. I don’t wanna say ‘stupid’, but he’d say something to piss Rachel off. And then Rachel would be, like, ‘Well, fuck you.’ And that happened, like, literally three times. And the one time I thought it was about to happen, and it just fell apart. I don’t see it happening, I really don’t. I’ve tried.”

Bach recently appeared on Twisted Sister frontman Dee Snider’s podcast stating he is the most recognizable member of the band.

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blacksabbathminusozzy640 Black Sabbath drummer Bill Ward appeared alongside bandmates Tony Iommi and Geezer Butler at an awards ceremony on May 21st – but frontman Ozzy Osbourne wasn’t present.

It’s the first time Ward has lined up alongside his bandmates since their planned reunion collapsed in 2012, leading most recently to a public war of words between him and the singer.

Last month Ward appeared to close the door on a return to Sabbath for their final album and tour after Ozzy rejected his demand for an apology over statements made about his health.

In London he accepted an Ivor Novello Lifetime Achievement Award, presented by Queen’s Brian May. Ward said, “It’s been a good 40 years – at least, I think it has.”

Asked how it felt to spend time with his old colleges again he admitted he’d been “very uncomfortable” because of their continued activity without him. But he added, “I hope that can change.”

At the ceremony, Iommi reiterated Sabbath’s plan to retire following their 2016 farewell project, saying: “We can’t just keep going round like we used to.” He later posted a picture of the trio on Facebook and wrote, “I’m honored that Black Sabbath received a lifetime achievement award at the Ivor Novello BASCA awards. Myself, Geezer and Bill were here in London to accept the award.”

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Slayer - 2015 Slayer have released a new video announcing their new album, Repentless which will be released on September 11th through Nuclear Blast Records. Watch the promo below.

The band released a new song in April for streaming. Listen to When The Stillness Comes by clicking here.

Slayer will be part of the 2015 Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival along with 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 and Kissing Candice. The tour begins on June 26th in San Diego, California and winds down at the Gexa Energy Amphitheater in Dallas, TX on August 2nd. To read more about this tour, click here.

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.

Slayer is:

Tom Araya (singer, bass)
Gary Holt (guitar)
Paul Bostaph (drums)
Kerry King (guitar)



eddie-trunk400 Jimmie Tramel of Tulsa World reports:

Trunk was asked this question: What’s the state of music right now? He said he can only speak in terms of rock music “because that’s what I know and live in, but I think it’s fairly healthy.”

Eddie continues, “I think unfortunately record sales and music sales are not there and I don’t know if they are ever coming back. We’re dealing with a new generation that doesn’t even feel that music is something you should own or have to pay for. It’s really going to be really hard to change that thinking with the younger people.

For me, I’m still all about owning CDs and having physical ownership of music. That’s more and more being thought of as sort of an old-school mentality. But where rock music is really, really, really thriving is live. It was always best served live and if you see what’s going on now, you have more bands on the road than ever before….

Just like anything, the strong will survive. The people who are smart and figure out a way to recreate or reinvent themselves are going to do just fine, but you are going to have some casualties. You are going to have casualties with the cruises. You are going to have casualties when it comes to festivals. It is going to happen because there are just so many of them. I don’t know how much the market can really hold.

“But, for now, I think the music industry is reinventing itself and as far as rock music is concerned, the live stage is where it’s at. I wish radio played more new music. I wish fans purchased music. But they are still certainly coming out to see it. We’ll see where it goes from there.”

Read more at Tulsa World. Also, read part one of Eddie’s interview with Tulsa World, here.


girlschool640 Legendary all girl British hard rockers Girlschool are gearing up to storm North America for the first time in 20 years, reclaiming their rightful place as the hardest rocking bunch of females to ever destroy a stage.

The band will be previewing tracks from their new album, Guilty As Sin, set for release later this summer via UDR Music and, as a special treat, they will be selling a Special Edition Ep, Propaganda!, featuring two songs from the new album, (Take It Like A Band and Come, The Revolution) as well as revisiting two tracks from their classic Hit And Run album in the form of re-recorded versions of Kick It Down and Watch Your Step. Rounding out the Ep, which is limited to 300 copies, is the girls’ blistering cover of The Bee Gees classic Staying Alive. Both Propaganda! and Guilty As Sin were helmed by legendary producer Chris Tsangarides (Judas Priest, Thin Lizzy, etc)

The gals are bringing along the leaders of the new wave of female hard rockers, Swedish headbangers Crucified Barbara, who return to North America for the second time in three years. With a new label, Despotz Records, and new album, In The Red, the Swedes are ready to lay waste to the States and Canada once again. Produced by Chips Kiesbye (The Hellacopters, Millencolin, etc), In The Red features eleven tracks of pure mayhem.

Support on all dates comes from Old James and Velvet Black.

Girlschool and Crucified Barbara North American dates:

5/20 Ramona, CA – Ramona Mainstage
5/21 Las Vegas, NV – Vamp’d
5/22 Los Angeles, CA – Whisky
5/24 San Francisco, CA – Slims
5/27 Portland, OR – Bossanova Ballroom
5/28 Seattle, WA – Studio 7
5/29 Vancouver, BC – Venue
5/31 Bozeman, MT – The Fault Line
6/3 Kansas City, MO – The Scene
6/4 Fridley, MN – GB Leighton’s Pickle Park
6/5 Chicago, IL – Reggies
6/6 Weston, MI – Token Lounge
6/7 Toronto, ON – The Hard Luck
6/9 Cleveland, OH – Beachland Ballroom
6/11 Ottawa, ON – Mavericks
6/12 Montreal, QC – Katacombs
6/13 Londonderry, NH – Tupelo Music Hall
6/14 Brooklyn, NY – Saint Vitusc


sebastian_bach-400 Former Skid Row singer Sebastian Bach was a guest on Snider Comments podcast with host Dee Snider of Twisted Sister where he discussed his former bandmates.

Bach told Snider, “The biggest lie that those guys always tell is, ‘We wrote all the songs on all the records.’ If you listen to my albums and the Skid Row albums, and then you listen to the Skid Row albums without me, and then listen to my solo albums, that’ll give you all that you need to know about who wrote what. When they say, ‘We wrote the song 18 And Life, you [just] sang it.’ Okay, let’s examine that statement. You can go listen to the original version of that song online, and then you can listen to me doing it, and there’s something called a melody line. Okay? Where it goes, ‘Lived nine to five and he worked his fingers to the bone.’ Every time my voice goes into the register where you turn it up and go, ‘Holy sh-t! Did you f–king hear that?’ Those are the notes that I wrote, okay? Nobody does that in the version before that I didn’t f–king… ‘Can I sing this note in this part?’ ‘Yeah, do that, Sebastian. Yeah, do that.'”

He continued, “So I’m nineteen years old, taking these f–king songs and turning them into Judas Priest songs, as far as… I’m rewriting the melody lines, never thinking anybody was gonna like it, never thinking anybody was gonna buy it. I’m thinking I’m gonna be the next Malice, not the next Bon Jovi. The last thing anybody ever thinks is that somebody is gonna like this s-it. That was, like, the last-case scenario. So I’m not in court, saying, ‘I wrote this note! I f–king…’ I’m not gonna be in litigation when I’m nineteen. You know?! So, [them saying] ‘We wrote all the songs’ is such a f–king pile of shit.”

When asked if he thinks that it’s okay for another singer to come and imitate his vocal style, Bach responded: “No. I think they should change the name of the band and leave… Like, Van Halen, okay, had Sammy [Hagar]… Well, they had Gary [Cherone]…. [Laughs] I forgot about that. But anyways, I would say, save the name of the band… I’m not saying that for me; I’m saying that for all of rock and roll.”

He continued, “If you’ve got the five guys in the original band that are still alive, you should respect that because that is such a rare thing. Like, you guys just lost [drummer] A.J. [Pero], and now that [possibility] doesn’t exist anymore. And I walk around going, I ain’t getting any f–king younger. I go, ‘This is still possible.’ So it’s, like, [to] even have that opportunity and deny it, or just say, ‘F–k it,’ that’s, like, bad for all of rock; that’s not just bad for me.”

He also said that he believes that he is the most recognizable member of the band, stating “The elephant in the room here is, like, when you and me walk down the street, Dee Snider and Sebastian Bach, we are the human beings that other human beings hang out the car window and go, ‘Youth gone wild, motherf–ker!’ ‘We’re not gonna take it!’ There’s no other people… There’s no other guy… Not one guy in Skid Row walks down the street and can’t walk down the f–king street. I can’t walk down the street without people going, ‘F–k! What the f–k!’ There’s no [other] guy in the band that will ever have that; they never will. The public decides. It’s like the show American Idol. ‘We’re gonna pick an American Idol.’ No, you’re not. America is gonnna pick the f–king idol. America is the people that decide who the band is. You know what I’m saying?!”

In related news, Skid Row band members Rachel Bolan and Dave Sabo officially announced former TNT singer Tony Harnell as their new vocalists on Eddie’s Sirius/XM show Eddie Trunk Live. The band recently re-recorded 18 & Life with Harnell and it can be heard here. The band also recently announced tour dates with Harnell, click here to see the tour itinerary.


paulstanley400 Martin Kelly of Classic Rock Magazine reports:

KISS frontman Paul Stanley says it’s not necessary for the band to record another album.

He believes they had good reasons to make 2009’s Sonic Boom and 2012’s Monster – but that their tally of studio outings might stop at 20.

Stanley tells Classic Rock’s Paul Brannigan, “There has to be a purpose to us doing an album. There was a time when we did albums because the contracts said so. But I only want to work now when it’s justified. Sonic Boom was an album that very much needed to be done, and Monster just felt like, ‘Well, we did Sonic Boom – let’s see where we go from here.’”

He adds, “Having accomplished that, I feel we can move forward without new music. There are enough things going on in KISS that right now it doesn’t feel utterly necessary to make a new album.”

That doesn’t mean Stanley won’t change his mind. “Anything is possible,” says Stanley. “But at the moment I don’t see it on the horizon. I’m not one to ever say ‘never.’”

KISS will close out this year’s Download festival at Donington next month – and the frontman insists they’ll deliver. “If we have the honor, you better believe that we need to bring it, and need to justify being the last band everyone’s going to see. As a band that’s never been known for subtlety, believe me, we’ll be pulling out all the stops.”

Asked whether he’d consider following other bands down the route of creating their own festival, Stanley says: “I really have no desire to do anything of that magnitude. I’d be dealing with too many idiots.”