JUDAS PRIEST GUITARIST GLENN TIPTON THOUGHT THE BAND WAS “FINISHED” WHEN K.K. DOWNING LEFT

glenntipton400 Judas Priest guitarist Glenn Tipton says he feared Judas Priest were dead and buried when K.K. Downing quit in 2011.

Tipton’s fellow guitarist retired ahead of Priest’s Epitaph World Tour and was replaced by guitarist Richie Faulkner who went on to appear on Redeemer Of Souls. But the shock of Downing’s departure left the rest of the band in fear that their decades-long careers had come to an end.

Tipton tells Metalholic, “It came as a surprise to us all. At that time, I really, truly thought the band were finished. We were poised to do a farewell tour and, of course, Ken decided he’d had enough of that. I respect his decision. It must have been a big decision to make. I think we’ve all been through that phase. We’ve been around for 35, 40 years. But we found Richie, and Richie is a small miracle, because the guy is such a great guitar player and he blended in so well first on stage. And then, of course, he’s worked so hard and contributed so much to the album that it’s just a miracle.”

The Epitaph World Tour was supposed to be the band’s farewell, but Faulkner’s influence soon changed their minds.

Tipton adds, “When we got new blood in the band, it was needed at the time. It would be the same thing; you get some new blood in there and there’s energy and enthusiasm — motivation. You see things in a different way. He just gave everybody a kick up the backside, really. We went from literally meaning it was our last tour to there’s such great songs on this album, it’s a shame we can’t get out and play them.”

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ACE FREHLEY ON CURRENT KISS GUITARIST TOMMY THAYER: “I COULD SENSE HE ALWAYS WANTED TO BE ME”

acefrehley400 Katherine Turman of The Village Voice took a ride with original KISS guitarist, Ace Frehely, around his old Bronx neighborhood. Excerpts from the piece appear below.

Oh KISS’ current guitar player, Tommy Thayer, who also happens to wears Ace’s Spaceman makeup when performing:

“I could sense he always wanted to be me. He used to be in a KISS cover band [L.A.'s Cold Gin],” Frehley says. “He didn’t do anything; he was hired by Paul and Gene to put on my makeup and costume and play my guitar solos — a business deal.

Look, if he wouldn’t have done it, they would have hired somebody else. I walked out on the band; I quit. What they really should have done is, if they wanted to dress up a guy to play lead guitar, they should have come up with different makeup like they did with [other Ace replacements] Eric Carr and Vinnie Vincent. That’s what the fans are upset about.”

Guitarist/singer and former Runaway Lita Ford concurs, though she observes, “I always thought that anyone could hide behind Kiss’s makeup. The band could grow old and no one could see through the makeup: a brilliant idea. Tommy Thayer is one hell of a nice guy but he is not Ace Frehley and shouldn’t be in Ace’s shoes. There is only one Ace!”

Well, technically, now there are two, and Thayer is currently pimping a guitar (created with Epiphone) called the Space Man. “I mean, how big are the balls on this guy?” snorts Frehley. “But I don’t really want to talk about Tommy Thayer,” he adds, half-apologetically. “Let’s talk about me.”

Discussing his former bandmate, Gene Simmons:

“The press made out that we hated each other, which wasn’t true. I called Gene just a few months ago when I was mixing my record. I was driving up to L.A., and after five minutes of talking, he started bringing up stuff that happened in the ’70s, when we used to drive around in station wagons. We were on the phone for almost half an hour,” he recalls. “He wouldn’t let me off the phone. There’s all this rivalry that the press tries to draw out of us, to have a dialogue going on.”

Talking about who possibly invented the two-handed tapping technique when playing guitar:

Frehely doesn’t know if he or Eddie Van Halen did it first. He does remember, though, that “Gene discovered Van Halen. He wanted to produce their first album, and we told him ‘No.’ Gene was always going off half-cocked, trying to do more things … like he still does today.” He added, “If Kiss would stop fooling around with football teams and restaurants, they might put out a better record next time.” Despite a few barbs, it’s clear Frehley, still retains a fondness for Simmons — if akin to the true brotherly love-hate you might find in the Kinks or Oasis.

Read the entire at The Village Voice.

Ace Frehley’s latest album Space Invader was released on August 19th and debuted at number nine on the Billboard Top 200 chart.

source: blogs.villagevoice.com

MR. BIG STREAM “THE MONSTER IN ME”

mr big picture640 Mr. Big are streaming another song from upcoming eighth album …The Stories We Could Tell due September 30th. The song entitled, The Monster In Me, can be heard below.

Mr. Big also released a audio stream for the song, Gotta Love The Ride, which can be heard here.

Mr. Big recently announced that Pat Torpey’s fill-in for the band’s upcoming World Tour will be Matt Starr Torpey was recently diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease.

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SWEET & LYNCH FEATURING GEORGE LYNCH, MICHAEL SWEET, JAMES LOMENZO AND BRIAN TICHY, POST VIDEO “SEPTEMBER”

georgelynchmsweet.jpg Sweet & Lynch the band featuring guitarist George Lynch (Dokken, Lynch Mob, KXM) singer Michael Sweet (Stryper), bassist James Lomenzo (White Lion, Megadeth) and drummer Brian Tichy (Whitesnake, S.U.N.) is world premiering the song September from their debut album. The Watch it below.

Sweet & Lynch’s album is tentatively scheduled for a February 2015 release.

MOTÖRHEAD’S MOTÖRBOAT: MEGADETH WITHDRAWS DUE TO MEDICAL ISSUE, METAL ALLEGIANCE ALL-STAR BAND ADDED

Motorhead400 Motörhead’s Motörboat regrets to announce that thrash metal trailblazers Megadeth have been forced to withdraw from the September 22nd-26th cruise due to medical reasons. Heavy metal all-star band Metal Allegiance – including Megadeth’s David Ellefson and Chris Broderick – has been added to the Motörhead’s Motörboat music lineup.

Metal Allegiance promises Motörboaters the rare opportunity to see a diverse group of metal legends interacting and performing together on the same stage. Singers Philip Anselmo (Down, ex-Pantera), Joey Belladonna (Anthrax), and Chuck Billy (Testament), guitarists Chris Broderick (Megadeth), Jon Donais (Anthrax, Shadows Fall), Scott Ian (Anthrax), Mark Zavon (Kill Devil Hill), bassists Frank Bello (Anthrax), Rex Brown (Kill Devil Hill, ex-Pantera) and David Ellefson (Megadeth), and drummers Charlie Benante (Anthrax) and Mike Portnoy (The Winery Dogs, ex-Dream Theater) will put their spin on a scorching set of heavy metal’s most influential and recognizable songs. For more details on Metal Allegiance, please visit:

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Megadeth issued the following statement about their unfortunate cancellation, “Due to complications arising from a previous cervical spine surgery, and upon his doctor’s strict recommendations, Dave Mustaine has canceled all performances for the next 8 weeks. With rest and treatment, he is expected to recover and resume performing soon. The band was looking forward to the concerts and cruise, and is disappointed that they will not be able to see their fans. Megadeth expects to return to the road and will see their fans soon!”

“You can’t replace a band like Megadeth, who have done so much to change the landscape of heavy music over the past 30 years. We wish Dave Mustaine all the best in his recovery,” says event producer Alan Koenig of ASK4 Entertainment. “But we’re excited that Megadeth’s David Ellefson and Chris Broderick will still be joining us. The whole reason to do these music cruises is to give fans an experience that they can’t get anywhere else – and bringing Metal Allegiance onboard with metal’s most loyal fans fits that bill.”

Megadeth’s David Ellefson comments, “I’m really looking forward to being together with our friends and fans on Motörboat. Metal Allegiance is a great way to continue our brotherhood of all things metal.”

“I always love getting together with my brothers and throwing down. The Allegiance jam is sure to be the best jam I’ve been involved with yet,” says Philip Anselmo.

Rex Brown of Kill Devil Hill says, “We have jammed at some big metal events in the past, but Metal Allegiance is gonna blow EVERYONE on the Motörboat cruise right out of the water!!! Let her rip!”

Mike Portnoy agrees, “I’ve been honored to have been part of some previous metal jams over the years and there’s something very special and (Goddamn) electric that happens when you put this group of guys together in a room or on a stage. Myself and my brothers in metal on the Motörboat are metal lovers through and through and we love to get together to jam, have fun and pay tribute to the music that we all love so much.”

The first annual Motörhead’s Motörboat will sail from Miami, visiting the ports of Key West , Florida and Cozumel just off Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula for the September 22nd-26th cruise on the Carnival Ecstasy. “The Loudest Boat In The World” will feature Motörhead, Anthrax, Metal Allegiance, Testament, Down, High On Fire, Kill Devil Hill, Zakk Wylde, Jim Breuer Band, Danko Jones, Fireball Ministry, Wilson and Cilver, as well as a spoken word performance by legendary heavy metal musician, author, and television personality Scott Ian. While onboard, guests will have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to interact with band members and will see unforgettable performances on various stages throughout the ship.

A limited number of cabins are still available for Motörhead’s Motörboat at www.MotorheadCruise.com.

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EXODUS POST LYRIC VIDEO FOR “SALT IN THE WOUND” FEATURING METALLICA’S KIRK HAMMETT

exodus2014lineup638 Exodus who are scheduled to release their new album, Blood In, Blood Out on October 14th, are streaming a lyric video for the song, Salt The Wound, featuring former Exodus and Metallica guitarist Kirk Hammett. Listen to it below.

Exodus recently announced the return of singer Steve Souza to the band after parting ways with their previous vocalist, Rob Dukes. Souza appeared on the following Exodus albums: Pleasures of the Flesh (1987), Fabulous Disaster (1989), Impact Is Imminent (1990), Good Friendly Violent Fun (1991), Force of Habit (1992) and
Tempo of the Damned (2004).

The band also announced U.S. tour dates with Slayer and Suicidal Tendencies starting November 12th in Oakland, California. Click here for the full tour itinerary.

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JUDAS PRIEST’S METAL GOD ROB HALFORD DISCUSSES HIS VOICE AND HIS FAVORITE SCREAM

robhalford400 Blabbermouth.net reports:

On September 3rd, Judas Priest singer Rob Halford called in to Chaz & AJ, the morning radio talk show program on 99.1 WPLR, a rock radio station broadcasting from Milford, Connecticut.

When asked what his favorite scream is in all the songs that he record, Halford replied, “Actually, there’s a new scream for everybody on the new Redeemer Of Souls album, we have a track called Halls Of Valhalla, and there’s a little moment in that song where it kind of breaks down and I do this ungodly, unearthly scream and I don’t know where it came from. In fact, we kept it from one of the demo rehearsals that we were doing, because it was one of those once-in-a-lifetime things that you do once and you can’t exactly get it right again. So check that out, because that’s my current favorite heavy metal scream.”

When questioned if he is still able to pull off the scream every night in concert, Halford replied, “Yeah, I am, I am. And it’s one of those things where I love it so much and I am just so stoked by standing on stage still, 40 years later, still screaming my head off and having the time of my life, along with Glenn [Tipton] and Richie [Faulkner] and Scott [Travis] and Ian [Hill].”

In a July 2014 interview with the Birmingham Mail, Halford stated about how his vocal performance has evolved over the years: “The voice changes obviously. The trick is just to look after it — don’t drink, don’t smoke, don’t do drugs. I look after my voice these days, and still belt it out. When I was a raging drunk and drug addict, I really abused my voice. Thank God I realized I was doing some stupid things. You can damage your voice, and find that you can’t do softer things in your music.”

additional source: blabbermouth.net

MANOWAR ANNOUNCE NEW ALBUM PLANS AND UPDATED TOURING SCHEDULE

manowar400 Manowar have announced their return into the studio to begin working on their next studio album.

In order to concentrate on the yet unnamed new studio album, the band will postpone their U.S. tour dates in November due to scheduling conflicts. Tickets will remain valid and updates regarding new dates will be announced as soon as possible. Those who cannot attend the re-scheduled concerts will be able to get a full refund.

Manowar will headline Loud Park Festival in Tokyo on October 18th and will then resume the Kings Of Metal MMXIV World Tour with first dates in Germany in January. More 2015 dates will be announced soon.

Meanwhile, Hell On Earth V is now available on iTunes in many countries; more will follow shortly.

Shot from over 150 camera angles, including spectacular helicopter footage, this video with more than 2 hours running time includes the
Viking Encore set from the 2007 Demons, Dragons and Warriors tour, full-length versions of Sons Of Odin, Glory, Majesty, Unity, Gods Of War and many others, with highlights from Turkey, Spain, Czech Republic, USA, Canada, Germany and other countries.

More Manowar feature length videos will be available on iTunes stores worldwide shortly.

For constant updates, please visit manowar.com or facebook.com/manowar.

Kings Of Metal MMXIV World Tour – Confirmed Tour Dates:

October 18, 2014 – Loud Park Festival – Tokyo, Japan
January 14, 2015 – Grugahalle – Essen, Germany
January 16, 2015 – Zenith – Munich, Germany
January 17, 2015 – Jahrhunderthalle – Frankfurt, Germany (SOLD OUT)

KISS’ GENE SIMMONS DELCARES “ROCK IS FINALLY DEAD”

Gene-Simmons400 Gene Simmons’ son, Nick Simmons interviewed his father for Esquire Magazine. Portions of the interview appears below.

Nick Simmons: You once said the music business isn’t dying — it’s dead. What would you say to young musicians and songwriters today trying to navigate this new terrain?

Gene Simmons: Don’t quit your day job is a good piece of advice. When I was coming up, it was not an insurmountable mountain. Once you had a record company on your side, they would fund you, and that also meant when you toured they would give you tour support. There was an entire industry to help the next Beatles, Stones, Prince, Hendrix, to prop them up and support them every step of the way. There are still record companies, and it does apply to pop, rap, and country to an extent. But for performers who are also songwriters — the creators — for rock music, for soul, for the blues — it’s finally dead.

Rock is finally dead.

I am so sad that the next 15-year-old kid in a garage someplace in Saint Paul, that plugs into his Marshall and wants to turn it up to ten, will not have anywhere near the same opportunity that I did. He will most likely, no matter what he does, fail miserably. There is no industry for that anymore. And who is the culprit? There’s always the changing tide of interests — music taste changes with each generation. To blame that is silly. That was always the exciting part, after all: “What’s next?” But there’s something else. The death of rock was not a natural death. Rock did not die of old age. It was murdered. And the real culprit is that kid’s 15-year-old next-door neighbor, probably a friend of his. Maybe even one of the bandmates he’s jamming with. The tragedy is that they seem to have no idea that they just killed their own opportunity — they killed the artists they would have loved. Some brilliance, somewhere, was going to be expressed, and now it won’t, because it’s that much harder to earn a living playing and writing songs. No one will pay you to do it.

The masses do not recognize file-sharing and downloading as stealing because there’s a copy left behind for you — it’s not that copy that’s the problem, it’s the other one that someone received but didn’t pay for. The problem is that nobody will pay you for the 10,000 hours you put in to create what you created. I can only imagine the frustration of all that work, and having no one value it enough to pay you for it.

It’s very sad for new bands. My heart goes out to them. They just don’t have a chance. If you play guitar, it’s almost impossible. You’re better off not even learning how to play guitar or write songs, and just singing in the shower and auditioning for The X Factor. And I’m not slamming The X Factor, or pop singers. But where’s the next Bob Dylan? Where’s the next Beatles? Where are the songwriters? Where are the creators? Many of them now have to work behind the scenes, to prop up pop acts and write their stuff for them.

Here’s a frightening thought: from 1958 to 1983, name 100 musical anythings that are iconic, that seem to last beyond their time.

NS: [How] does this bode for the industry of the future?

GS: There is no record industry, unfortunately. Not like there was. There are some terrific bands out there — Tame Impala, which you turned me on to, and so on. And during the ’60s and ’70s they would’ve become big, I’m convinced.

But, strangely, today, everything pales before Psy’s Gangnam Style. Look up the numbers on that song. He blows everyone else out of the water.

Read more at Esquire.

source: esquire.com

MOTLEY CRUE’S VINCE NEIL STATES THAT ONLY BANDS WHOSE CAREERS WERE ON THE WAY OUT CLAIMED GRUNGE KILLED ROCK MUSIC

vinceneil400pix Blabbermouth.net reports:

Motley Crue singer Vince Neil claims that his band “supported” the rise of grunge in the early ’90s and says that Seattle music scene “didn’t seem to kill” Motley Crue the way it affected many of the other so-called “hair-metal” bands who were mega successful in the ’80s.

“We went on [MTV's] Headbanger’s Ball and we’d had an early pressing of [Nirvana's] Nevermind,” Neil told Q magazine. “We were talking about a bunch of upcoming bands and told people to check that album out. We supported that whole thing.

I don’t know why people say grunge killed rock. Only people whose careers were on the way out said that. It didn’t seem to kill us.

I was talking to Courtney Love [wife of late Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain] one time and she told me that one of Kurt’s favorite records was [Motley Crue's 1981 album] Too Fast For Love.”

Rob Zombie recently told England’s TeamRock Radio that the American rock scene never recovered from the the ’90s grunge explosion. Zombie explained, “When the grunge rock thing hit, with Nirvana and all that, everybody thought it was cool to be anti-rock star. But in a way they sort of anti-rock starred themselves right out the door, because the rap guys came in and they said, ‘Fuck it. We’ll be the rock stars then, if you guys are going to wear flannel shirts and stare at your feet.’ And in the U.S., truthfully, rock music has never recovered from that.”

Zombie added, “A whole generation of kids thought, ‘Fuck this! Rock music is boring. Let’s go listen to rap music.’ And it’s never recovered.”

additional source: blabbermouth.net