On February 14thth, MVD Entertainment will release the feature film debut of Geoff Tate, former lead vocalist of the mega-platinum metal band Queensrÿche. Entitled The Burningmore Deaths, the horror film – written and directed by Jonathan Williams – is inspired by true events surrounding unsolved murders captured on security cameras during a production shoot of a Home Improvement TV show pilot.
Tate takes on the role of James Parrish, a man who allegedly killed his own wife and three children before disappearing without a trace. With the home now vacated and boarded up, a home improvement company gets permission to film the renovation process for a test pilot for a TV network, not knowing that Parrish had returned to take up residence once again in the derelict building. Bloody chaos ensues – and it’s all captured on camera. Watch a trailer below.
The Burningmore Deaths features an original score by Andrew Kadin with additional music by Dawn of Solace and Geoff Tate.
“I think I’ve always done it… In our own shows and with the way I present music,” said Tate. “It all has a bit of a stage acting bend to it. So this wasn’t really a stretch for me. It was just playing to a different audience, to a camera rather than a room full of people, but it’s the same thing. You play-act and you make stuff up and you present that like you would in a stage show. ”
The Burningmore Deaths will be available on all digital stores for download and also available on DVD in retail stores, the MVD Shop and on Amazon.
Steve Baltin of Forbes spoke with Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry at the NAMM (National Association Of Music Merchants) show in Anaheim, California. Highlights from the Q&A appear below.
Steve Baltin: What does it mean to you to be getting an award named after Les Paul?
Joe Perry: It’s like anything that has to do with Les Paul. He’s arguably one of the most influential inventors of this last century, right up there with Leo Fender. He’s just an amazing guy, to be a musician, performer and technician, just brilliant. So anyway, the fact that’s got his name attached to this award, believe me, I never thought that would be possible. Cause you think about these things, especially when I wrote the book and I’m thinking back to when I first saw a Les Paul, first heard a Les Paul, and, to me, that was tantamount to an electric guitar, that was it. It was like the gold standard and finally, when I was able to have one in my hands, the same vehicle that I saw Jeff Beck and Jimmy Page using, first thing you do is realize, “I’m playing the same guitar, how come I don’t sound like that?” There’s a lot more that goes into it. Again, Les gave us a tool that gives us a voice so to get an award with his name on it it’s a real honor. Steven [Tyler] and I have a joke, we talk about it all the time, being the last band standing. I think it has to do with being the last man standing.
Baltin: Do you…get a new appreciation for Aerosmith [when] taking a break from it?
Perry: Aerosmith is like a ship, to steer it, to make it move, it’s a big deal. There’s five of us and it’s always been a democracy, so very often it’s not as fast on its feet as an outfit like the [Hollywood] Vampires. At the drop of a hat, somebody says there’s a gig tomorrow night, we can be there and that’s one of the great things about that band. Not only is everybody road dogs and we’ve all done it we do what matters and that’s the music. And the rest of it will work itself out. And it’s totally a different thing than in Aerosmith, where there are so many things, there are riders and all this other crap. But hey, there’s a certain amount of comfort you want if you’re gonna be able to be consistent in your performance.
Baltin: What are the Aerosmith songs you go back to again and again? For me, with all the hits it’s still Kings And Queens.
Perry: That’s one, I think albums are a mirror of what’s going on in the band at any given time. I look at it like it’s a river and the water is always changing, but it’s the bucket that you take out and look to see, it’s like a little statement to where the band is at. So those albums were when we were learning how to be recording artists and not just a live band. Those couple of records, Toys In The Attic and Rocks, were the records where we moved to that next level. We learned how to use a studio, how to write songs in the studio, cause by the time the second record was done we pretty much used up all of our repertoire of music that we had written and played and played and played and did these albums that were already done. So that was the first record, Toys In The Attic, and then every record after that it was like, “Gotta make another record.” We didn’t have any material and we had to write it. And then learning how to use the studio and figuring out, “Okay, we really don’t want the drums to sound like Led Zeppelin, we really don’t want the guitars to sound like Jimmy Page,” cause we managed to have our own sound and let’s do more of that. Those were the records we were trying to figure out what it was, it was really what Aerosmith was.
Baltin: What is one song you haven’t done yet for Vampires you’d love to do?
Perry: The list is enormous cause we’re basically a cover band, so there are so many. I don’t know what the theme will be on the next one, I don’t know if we’re gonna go to that same well, just cover songs from dead people, there are so many bands that are not the original band, so they’re not the same band, it widens the scope. I would like to play a couple of AC/DC songs, they’re alive and well. But in honor of Bon [Scott] not being here I guess we can get away with that. That’s one band and maybe a couple more Hendrix songs and some Zeppelin. There’s no Zeppelin anymore.
Zakk Sabbath the Black Sabbath cover band/super group featuring Zakk Wylde (Black Label Society, Ozzy Osbourne), bassist Blasko (Ozzy Osbourne, Rob Zombie) and drummer Joey Castillo (Danzig, Queens of the Stoneage) will embark on their first ever US headline tour May 19th-June 10th.
Support will come from Beastmaker (Rise Above Records) whose new album Inside The Skull will be released on May 26th.
5/19: New York, NY @ The Gramercy Theatre
5/20: Camden, NJ @ MMR*B*Q*
5/21: Columbus, OH @ Rock on the Range*
5/23: Asheville, NC @ The Orange Peel
5/25: Houston, TX @ Warehouse Live Studio
5/26: Dallas, TX @ Gas Monkey Bar N’ Grill
5/27: Pryor, OK @ Rocklahoma*
5/28: St. Louis, MO @ Fubar
5/30: Nashville, TN @ Exit/In
5/31: Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade
6/2: Chicago, IL @ Bottom Lounge
6/4: Denver, CO @ Marquis Theater
6/6: Spokane, WA @ The Pin
6/7: Seattle, WA @ The Crocodile
6/08: Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theatre
6/10: San Francisco, CA @ Slim’s
Available exclusively in North America and released in conjunction with the band’s upcoming Spring co-headline tour with Killswitch Engage – “KillThrax” – thrash metal icon Anthrax – Frank Bello/bass, Scott Ian/guitar, Joey Belladonna/vocals, Charlie Benante/drums, Jonathan Donais/guitar – announces the release of the limited edition For All Kings 7-Inch Box Set (Megaforce Records). The set goes on sale March 24th, will retail for $79.99, and is an absolutely stunning collector’s item for any Anthrax fan as this unboxing video will illustrate.
The For All Kings 7-Inch Box Setincludes a removable lenticular cover and contains 10 7-inch vinyl discs featuring 20 songs – the 11 finished album tracks, two brand new covers (The White Stripes’ Black Math and the classic Kansas song Carry On), six demos from the FAK track listing, and Vice of the People, a bonus track previously released only in Japan and now making its North American vinyl debut. The original album cover art sketch by Alex Ross is also part of this package, as well as a download card enabling the holder to access the Box Set’s tracklisting for free.
Each 7-inch disc features gorgeous, double-sided four-color artwork designed by Douglas Heusser with additional art by Stephen Thompson, as well as band photos by Jimmy Hubbard. The tracks are pressed onto different-colored vinyl discs – red, green, blue, maroon, orange, most with a two-color swirl design.
“Doing a box set edition of For All Kings was something that we’ve always wanted to do,” said Benante, who worked closely with Heusser and Thompson on the box set’s artwork. “We wanted to do something special, something that was so much more than the original release, and have it be fun for our audience when they open it up, just be floored by the different colored vinyl, the artwork, everything that’s inside. And we think we’ve done that.”
The complete For All Kings 7-Inch Box Set track listing is below along with dates for “KillThrax” tour.
29 The Wellmont Theatre, Montclair, NJ *
30 LC Pavilion, Columbus, OH **
31 Arcada Theatre, St. Charles, IL (Anthrax only)
31 The International, Knoxville, TN (KsE only)
1 Little River Casino, Manistee, MI (Anthrax only)
1 Norva, Norfolk, VA (KsE only)
3 The Fillmore, Silver Springs, MD *
4 The Dome, Wallingford, CT *
5 Electric Factory, Philadelphia, PA **
7 20 Monroe Live, Grand Rapids, MI *
8 The Fillmore, Detroit, MI **
9 Stage AE, Pittsburgh, PA *
11 The Ritz, Raleigh, NC **
12 Tabernacle, Atlanta, GA **
13 House of Blues, Orlando, FL *
15 Texas Independence Festival, Austin, TX **
16 Boggus Ford Events Center, Pharr, TX **
17 House of Blues, Houston, TX *
18 House of Blues, Dallas, TX **
20 The Marquee, Phoenix, AZ *
21 Las Rageous, Las Vegas, NV *
22T The Wiltern, Los Angeles, CA **
23T The Fillmore, San Francisco, CA **
25 Showbox SoDo, Seattle, WA *
26 Roseland Theatre, Portland, OR **
28 Fillmore Auditorium, Denver, CO *
29 Sokol Auditorium, Omaha, NE **
30 Midland Theatre, Kansas City, MO *
1 The Pageant, St. Louis, MO **
3 Danforth Music Hall, Toronto, ON CANADA **
5 Paramount Theatre, Huntington, NY **
6 Upstate Concert Hall, Clifton Park, NY *
7 House of Blues, Boston, MA*
Legendary Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry is pictured above after being presented with the Les Paul Award at 32nd Annual NAMM TEC Awards, Saturday, January 23rd.
Perry was presented with the prestigious honor by his Hollywood Vampires bandmate Johnny Depp, who said Perry was “his hero” and “the reason I picked up the guitar in the first place.”
The two were joined by Aerosmith guitarist Brad Whitford, Robert DeLeo (Hollywood Vampires, Stone Temple Pilots) and Glen Sobel (Alice Cooper) for a three-song set–Boogie Man, Combination, Walk This Way–before Perry’s Hollywood Vampires partner Alice Cooper joined in on Train Kept A Rollin’ and Sweet Emotion.
The annual Les Paul Award is given on behalf of the Les Paul Foundation and honors individuals that have set the highest standards of excellence in the creative application of recording technology in the spirit of the famed audio pioneer, inventor and musician, Les Paul. Perry was honored alongside famed Aerosmith engineer and producer Jack Douglas, who was inducted into the NAMM TEC Hall of Fame (which was created nearly thirty years ago to honor pioneers of audio technology, as well as the music industry’s most accomplished producers and audio technicians) earlier in the evening.
In related news, Perry recently spoke with Loudwire about Aerosmith’s forthcoming Aero-Vederci Baby tour, read what the guitarist had to say, here.
Music history will be made when Deep Purple and Alice Cooper, joined by special guest, The Edgar Winter Band, visit 19 cities across America this summer on an epic rock tour, announced today. Produced by Live Nation, the tour will also serve as the Long Goodbye Tour for Deep Purple, and begins Saturday, August 12th in Las Vegas, with stops in Los Angeles, Boston, including Cooper’s hometown of Detroit, and more. More information can be found at Live Nation and the itinerary appears below.
Tickets go on sale Friday, February 3rs at LiveNation.com and on the Live Nation app. Citi card members can take advantage of a special pre-sale opportunity beginning on Tuesday, January 31st at 10:00am local time. For complete Citi pre-sale details visit, citiprivatepass.com.
On Thursday, February 2nd at 10:00 am local time there will also be pre-sales via LiveNation.com, the Live Nation app and on Facebook.
Deep Purple’s studio album, Infinite, is set for release April 7t through earMUSIC. Produced by the legendary Bob Ezrin, (Pink Floyd, Alice Cooper, KISS), Infinite features 10 new tracks recorded with no musical boundaries in the spirit of the 70s. The metal pioneers have released five studio albums since 1996, augmented by an abundance of solo work and special projects from members Ian Gillan, Roger Glover, Ian Paice, Steve Morse and Don Airey. Fans will be thrilled as they cover decades of favorites for this run. For more information please visit deeppurple.com.
Alice Cooper brings his own brand of rock psycho-drama to fans both old and new. Known as the architect of shock-rock, Cooper has rattled the cages and undermined the authority of generations of guardians of the status quo. Alice’s catalog of hits and anthems, including I’m Eighteen, No More Mr Nice Guy, School’s Out, Elected, Poison, and others, are featured in his live show, along with a mix of newer songs and fan-favorite album cuts. Alice’s touring band features the three-guitar attack of Nita Strauss, Tommy Henriksen and Ryan Roxie, backed by longtime bassist Chuck Garric and drummer Glen Sobel. For more information please visit alicecooper.com.
Edgar Winter has been celebrated across the globe since his 1970 solo debut, Entrance. With over twenty albums, top hits Frankenstein and Free Ride, and numerous collaborative efforts to his credit, Edgar Winter has not been satisfied to ride the wave of popular music stardom. His music is always evolving and he is a master at stretching his skill and imagination to produce amazing results. He continues to thrill audiences with his live performances, always remaining on the cutting edge of music and style. Edgar is now at the very top of his game, and his future looks even brighter than his past. For more information please visit edgarwinter.com.
Deep Purple and Alice Cooper:
12 Las Vegas, NV Chelsea Theater at the Cosmopolitan
13 Los Angeles, CA The Greek
15 Phoenix, AZ AK-Chin Pavilion
16 Albuquerque, NM Isleta Amphitheatre
18 Houston, TX Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
19 Dallas, TX Starplex Pavilion
23 Bristow, VA Jiffy Lube Live
24 Camden, NJ BB&T Pavilion
26 Wantagh, NY Jones Beach Theater
27 Boston, MA Xfinity Center
28 Holmdel, NJ PNC Bank Arts Center
30 Indianapolis, IN Klipsch Amphitheater
1 Pittsburgh, PA KeyBank Pavilion
2 Toronto, ON Budweiser Stage
3 Detroit, MI DTE Energy Music Theatre
6 Chicago, IL Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre (Tinley Park)
8 St. Louis, MO Hollywood Casino Amp
9 Cleveland, OH Blossom Music Center
10 Cincinnati, OH Riverbend Music Center