ROCK ICON EDDIE VAN HALEN SAYS HE DOESN’T LISTEN TO MUSIC, DISCUSSES HIS CURRENT RELATIONSHIP WITH SINGER DAVID LEE ROTH AND COMMENTS ON FORMER BASSIST MICHAEL ANTHONY STATING,”EVERY NOTE [HE] EVER PLAYED, I HAD TO SHOW HIM HOW TO PLAY”

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.

source: billboard.com

SLAYER ANNOUNCES FINAL TRACK LISTING FOR UPCOMING ALBUM “REPENTLESS,” VIDEO RELEASED FOR TITLE TRACK

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.

June:

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

July:

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

August:

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

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ALICE COOPER 15-CD STUDIO ALBUMS COLLECTION ARRIVES JULY 31ST FROM RHINO

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

July:

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

August:

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

September:

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

October:

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

November:

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

December:

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

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DEF LEPPARD’S “HYSTERIA ON THE HIGH SEAS” INAUGURAL FAN CRUISE GOES ON SALE TODAY JUNE 18TH

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 DefLeppardCruise.com.

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

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IRON MAIDEN TO RELEASE THEIR NEW DOUBLE ALBUM, “THE BOOK OF SOULS,” ON SEPTEMBER 4TH

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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additional source: classicrock.teamrock.com

DIO MEMORIALIZED BY MUSIC COMMUNITY IN L.A.

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.

NEWLY MASTERED VERSIONS OF VAN HALEN II, WOMEN AND CHILDREN FIRST, FAIR WARNING AND DIVER DOWN ON VINYL AND CD AVAILABLE NOW FOR PRE-ORDER

vanhalen2015-640 Newly remastered versions of Van Halen II, Women and Children First, Fair Warning and Diver Down will be released on July 10th. Pre-orders for all aforementioned releases on vinyl and CD are available now. Fans who prefer the digital version can purchase those albums now.

Mastering engineer Chris Bellman, who remastered the original albums for Bernie Grundman Studios, Hollywood, CA, was enlisted for the new versions of these six early Van Halen albums with David Lee Roth. In order to produce the original sound the band intended, Bellman cut straight from the quarter-inch, original analog tapes for CD; for 180-gram vinyl; and for the digital version. All six newly mastered albums will be available as a special set.

Remastered versions of Van Halen and 1984 were released on March 31st, the same day that Van Halen released Tokyo Dome Live in Concert, a newly recorded live album featuring 23 songs that span of the band’s albums with Roth. Tokyo Dome Live in Concert is available as a double CD; four-LP set on 180-gram vinyl; and digitally. A deluxe collection featuring Tokyo Dome Live In Concert and the newly remastered Van Halen and 1984 albums, as both a four-CD set and a six-LP vinyl set in special packaging, is also available.

Van Halen announced a 2015 Summer/Fall North American Tour, which kicks off July 5th in Seattle, Washington at the White River Amphitheatre, with concerts scheduled through October 4th when the band performs its first-ever performance at the iconic Hollywood Bowl. The tour will feature some of the classic hits included on Tokyo Dome Live in Concert, such as Dance The Night Away, Beautiful Girls, And The Cradle Will Rock… Unchained, and Everybody Wants Some!! as well as blistering versions of She’s The Woman, and China Town from the group’s most recent studio album, A Different Kind of Truth. Most notably the band will be playing deep cuts that have never been played on stage before.

Van Halen 2015 North American tour: All dates, cities and venues subject to change:

July:

5 Seattle, WA White River Amphitheatre
7 Portland, OR Amphitheater Northwest
9 Concord, CA Concord Pavilion
11 San Bernardino, CA San Manuel Amphitheater
14 Irvine, CA Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
16 Mountain View, CA Shoreline Amphitheatre
18 Salt Lake City, UT USANA Amphitheatre
20 Morrison, CO Red Rocks Amphitheatre
22 Kansas City, MO Cricket Wireless Amphitheater
24 Chicago, IL First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre
26 St. Louis, MO Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
28 Pittsburgh, PA First Niagara Pavilion
30 Bangor, ME Darling’s Waterfront Pavilion

August:

1 Boston, MA Xfinity Center
3 Cleveland, OH Blossom Music Center
5 London, ON Western Fair District
7 Toronto, ON Molson Canadian Amphitheatre
9 Holmdel, NJ PNC Bank Arts Center
11 Hartford, CT Xfinity Center
13 Wantagh, NY Nikon At Jones Beach Theater
15 Wantagh, NY Nikon At Jones Beach Theater
23 Hershey, PA Hershey Park
25 Darien Center, NY Darien Lake Performing Arts Center
27 Camden, NJ Susquehanna Bank Center
29 Washington DC Jiffy Lube Live
31 Cincinnati, OH Riverbend Music Center

September:

2 Indianapolis, IN Klipsch Music Center
4 Detroit, MI DTE Energy Music Theatre
6 Bethel, NY Bethel Woods Center for the Arts
9 Raleigh, NC Walnut Creek Amphitheater
11 Charlotte, NC PNC Music Pavilion
13 Tampa, FL MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre
15 West Palm Beach, FL Coral Sky Amphitheatre
17 Birmingham, AL Oak Mountain Amphitheatre
21 Austin, TX Austin360 Amphitheater
23 Dallas, TX Gexa Energy Pavilion
25 Houston, TX Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
28 Phoenix, AZ Ak-Chin Pavilion
30 San Diego, CA Sleep Train Amphitheatre

October:

2 Los Angeles, CA Hollywood Bowl

For more information, visit van-halen.com.

SLAYER REVEAL “REPENTLESS” COVER ART

slayer2013lineup_lo Today, Slayer unveils the album artwork for its 11th studio album, Repentless, due out September 11 through Nuclear Blast. The artwork was created by Brazilian artist Marcelo Vasco in collaboration with the band’s Tom Araya and Kerry King.

“We had a number of submitted ideas for the cover artwork,” said Araya, “and we felt Marcelo’s was the best. We made some suggestions and the result is an awesome album cover.”

The band also announces that the album’s title and first official track will be available digitally virtually everywhere around the globe this Friday, June 19th.

Repentless is my Jeff tribute,” said Slayer’s Kerry King. “I call it the ‘HannemAnthem.’ It’s my perspective of Jeff’s perspective, it’s what I think…if Jeff wrote a song for himself, Repentless would be it.” Click here to read the lyrics.

Repentless is Slayer’s first new studio album since 2009’s critically-acclaimed, Grammy-nominated World Painted Blood. 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 26 in San Diego, CA. Click here for the full itinerary.

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SCORPIONS TO RELEASE THEIR 19TH STUDIO ALBUM, “RETURN TO FOREVER” ON 9/11, NORTH AMERICAN TOUR DATES ANNOUNCED STARTING IN SEPTEMBER

scorpions640 The most successful export from continental Europe with more than 100 million records sold, Scorpions are celebrating 50 years of rock with the release of their 19th studio album, Return To Forever (Sony Music/Legacy Recordings), on September 11th.

Produced by their two favorite Swedes, Mikael Nord Andersson and Martin Hansen (Sting In The Tail, MTV Unplugged), the 19-song collection will be available in various formats including digital, Deluxe CD, and vinyl. The North American configuration boasts three exclusive tracks alongside four bonus tracks previously available only in specific territories, full tracklisting below. The first single, We Built This House releases digitally on July 3rd, and will be available to fans as an instant-grat for the album preorder, available at Amazon and iTunes. Scorpions embark on a 16-city North America tour this fall (dates follow), more information on the dates and new release can be found at the-scorpions.com.

“We have been overwhelmed with the amazing response to our new album across the globe and can’t wait to finally release Return To Forever in North America” said Klaus Meine. “We have always had such a special connection with our incredible fans and are so excited to get them the new album and return to play live this fall.”

Scorpions have also launched an official D2C store with exciting offerings for fans featuring brand new t-shirt and sweatshirt designs coupled with the CD and Vinyl versions of Return To Forever. Also included in each bundle is an exclusive “fanified” poster that will feature every fan’s name on it who pre-orders Return To Forever through the D2C site by August 14th. Visit here for more details.

Return To Forever celebrates a spectacular global return for Scorpions as the album is already available in many parts of the world breaking and remaining in the Top 10 in multiple markets including Finland, France, Germany, Greece (#1), Hungary, Japan and Switzerland, with continued chart activity in Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Holland, Italy, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the U.K.!

When Klaus Meine (vocals), Rudolf Schenker (rhythm guitar) and Matthias Jabs (lead guitar) conceived this record, the idea was to revisit their past, recording updated outtakes and unfinished song ideas from their most famous 80’s sessions. Mathias Jabs explains, “There had been quite a few unused songs over the years that were really good, but in the end didn’t make the cut back then due to the limited space on vinyl. We focused on eight songs, which were partly finished which we then recorded from scratch. During the work, new song ideas were added. We were having so much fun we suddenly found ourselves in the middle of the songwriting process once again. And in the end, it turned out to be a brand-new Scorpions album after all.”

Return To Forever includes first single, We Built this House, – capturing all the elements that make for the signature Scorpions sound, luring verses with an anthemic chorus – purists will be thrilled. Additional selections include the sweeping House Of Cards, Eye Of The Storm – a track, that transports a notion of the unbelievable dynamic and joy of playing, characterizing Scorpions’ stage performances. In the end, “it tells our story” said Klaus Meine. “We’ve built this house called Scorpions brick by brick and often quite arduously. From the first days in Hannover, the first concerts abroad, until this very day. We’ve weathered severe storms, but the house withstood everything, turned out to be weatherproof and stable. However, building the house was never just cumbersome, but joyful as well. The joy of music, the joy of having experienced and still experiencing it all, the joy of – and the thankfulness for – the fan’s affection.”

Return To Forever track listing:

1. Going Out With A Bang
2. We Built This House
3. Rock My Car
4. House Of Cards
5. All For One
6. Rock ’N’ Roll Band
7. Catch Your Luck And Play
8. Rollin’ Home
9. Hard Rockin’ The Place
10. Eye Of The Storm
11. The Scratch
12. Gypsy Life
13. The World We Used to Know
14. Dancing With The Moonlight
15. When The Truth Is A Lie
16. Who We Are
17. Crazy Ride (exclusive)
18. One And One Is Three (exclusive)
19. Delirious (exclusive)

The fact that the 50th band anniversary was coming up, hit Rudolf Schenker rather accidentally: “Not long ago I found an old cash account book of my mom’s, in which she meticulously recorded the earnings and expenses of the band from fifty years ago. My parents had lent me the money for the first equipment back then, so they kept a of record of my earnings so I could pay them back in installments. Fifty years is a long time for a working band. Apart from us, only the Rolling Stones, the Beach Boys and The Who have managed to do it. So the timing for the new album is perfect; We’re celebrating half a century of Scorpions with the record and the upcoming tour.”

Scorpions Return to Forever 50th Anniversary Tour, featuring longtime members Klaus Meine, Rudolf Schenker and Matthias Jabs, alongside James Kottak (drums) and Paweł Mąciwoda (bass), kicks off in May 2015 with dates in four continents. For these milestone shows, Scorpions have built a career-spanning setlist of Scorpion’s hits, anthems, ballads and vintage classics. North American dates also feature special guests Queensryche.

September:

10 Boston, MA Blue Hills Bank Pavilion
12 Brooklyn, NY Barclays Center
13 Gilford, NH Meadowbrook
16 Moncton, NB Canada Moncton Coliseum
18 Toronto, ON Canada Molson Canadian Amphitheatre
19 Montreal, QC Canada Bell Centre
22 Columbus, OH LC Pavilion
23 Cleveland, OH Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica
25 Windsor, ON Canada Caesar’s Windsor TBA
26 Chicago, IL Allstate Arena
29 Denver, CO Fiddler’s Green Amphitheatre

October:

1 San Jose, CA SAP Center
3 Los Angeles, CA The Forum
6 Santa Barbara, CA Santa Barbara Bowl
7 Las Vegas, NV Hard Rock Hotel
9 Seattle, WA ShoWare Center

Scorpions remain a band able to attract masses of new fans at any given time. A fact that surprises even the musicians themselves, as they gladly admit. “It’s really remarkable”, says Rudolf Schenker, for example, “how well and mostly unharmed we’ve survived those years, in which our kind of music seemed to have gotten out of style completely. When the grunge wave hit the shore, we simply went to Asia to tap new markets and gain new fans. We were able to continue playing and keep on winning new friends for our music.”

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METAL ALLEGIANCE ANNOUNCE DEBUT ALBUM TO BE RELEASED ON SEPTEMBER 18TH

MetalAllegiance logo640 After the recent announcement that Metal Allegiance will be releasing an album of original material, a date has been set for the debut album of the musical collective. The self-titled album is scheduled to be available worldwide on September 18th through Nuclear Blast Entertainment. The album features a collection of hard rock and heavy metal’s most notable perfromers. Brought together by principal partner Mark Menghi, Metal Allegiance contains appearances by Philip H. Anselmo, Charlie Benante, Chuck Billy, D. Randall Blythe, Rex Brown, Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal, Phil Demmel, David Ellefson, Alissa White-Gluz, Matthew K. Heafy, Gary Holt, jamey Jasta, Chris Jericho, Andreas Kisser, Misha Mansoor, Mark Osegueda, Tim “Ripper” Owens, dUg Pinnick, Mike Portnoy, Troy Sanders, Cristina Scabbia, Alex Skolnick, Steve “Zetro” Souza and Ben Weinman.

“It’s always my pleasure to jam with such esteemed musicians and brothers, and my contribution to this project is further proof of that fact. Hail to all Heavy Metalers the world over!” states Philip H. Aneslmo.

Mike Portnoy adds, “I could not be any more excited or proud of the Metal Allegiance album… it’s everything I’ve always dreamed of and hoped for & 100x more!”

From the blistering opening of album starter Gift Of Pain to the final notes of closer Pledge Of Allegiance, it is clear this collective have created something special. The diversity of the individual tracks is apparent through each musical collaboration. The standard edition CD of Metal Allegiance will feature the nine original songs. A digipak edition will be available that features an all-star tribute to Ronnie James Dio with a cover of his classic song We Rock as well as a 45 minute behind-the-scenes documentary on the making of the album. A double vinyl version will also be available that will feature all 10 songs as well.

D. Randall Blythe adds, “When Lamb Of God asked Alex Skolnick to rip a guest solo on Ashes of the Wake, it was a big deal to us to have one of the legends of our scene play on our record. Much to my amazement, years later he returned the request, and it’s an even bigger deal to me to be asked on a peer level to contribute to a project with so many stellar players. I was honored to be chosen – Gift Of Pain rips! Play it LOUD!”

The tracklisting for Metal Allegiance is:

1. Gift Of Pain (Vocals: D. Randall Blythe Lead & Rhythm Guitars: Alex Skolnick Bass: David Ellefson
Drums: Mike Portnoy Additional Lead Guitar: Gary Holt)

2. Let Darkness Fall (Vocals: Troy Sanders Lead, Rhythm & Acoustic Guitars: Alex Skolnick Bass: David Ellefson Drums & Percussion: Mike Portnoy Additional Bass: Mark Menghi & Rex Brown Additional Screams: D. Randall Blythe)

3. Can’t Kill The Devil (Vocals: Chuck Billy Lead & Rhythm Guitars: Alex Skolnick Bass: David Ellefson
Drums: Mike Portnoy Additional Lead Guitar: Phil Demmel & Andreas Kisser)

4. Dying Song (Vocals: Philip H. Anselmo Lead & Rhythm Guitars: Alex Skolnick Bass: Mark Menghi
Drums: Mike Portnoy)

5. Scars (Vocals: Mark Osegueda & Cristina Scabbia Lead & Rhythm Guitars: Alex Skolnick
Bass: David Ellefson Drums: Mike Portnoy)

6. Destination: Nowhere (Vocals: Matthew K. Heafy Lead & Rhythm Guitars: Alex Skolnick Bass: David Ellefson
Drums: Mike Portnoy Additional Lead Guitar: Matthew K. Heafy)

7. Wait Until Tomorrow (Vocals: dUg Pinnick & Jamey Jasta Lead & Rhythm Guitars: Alex Skolnick Bass: David Ellefson Drums, Percussion & Additional Vocals: Mike Portnoy)

8. Triangulum
I. Creation
II. Evolution
III. Destruction
(Lead & Rhythm Guitars: Alex Skolnick Bass: David Ellefson Drums: Mike Portnoy Additional Lead Guitar: Misha Mansoor, Ben Weinman, Charlie Benante, Phil Demmel, Matthew K. Heafy & Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal)

9. Pledge Of Allegiance (Vocals: Mark Osegueda Lead & Rhythm Guitars: Alex Skolnick Bass: David Ellefson
Drums: Mike Portnoy Additional Lead Guitar: Charlie Benante, Gary Holt & Andreas Kisser)

10. We Rock (Deluxe Edition Only) (Vocals: Mark Osegueda, Chris Jericho, Tim “Ripper” Owens, Alissa White-Gluz, Chuck Billy &
Steve “Zetro” Souza Lead & Rhythm Guitars: Alex Skolnick Bass: David Ellefson Drums: Mike Portnoy Additional Lead Guitar: Andreas Kisser, Phil Demmel & Gary Holt)

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