accept400 Accept will release their new album Blind Rage on August 19th (from the previously announced date of August 15th) through Nuclear Blast Records.

NPR is premiering the new song Final Journey, saying, “it is surprising to hear Edvard Grieg’s Morning Mood in the last minutes of Final Journey, especially pitting Grieg’s theme that conjures spring and new-ness to a song about death.” Watch the NPR premiere of Final Journey below.

Accept have also streamed Stampede from Blind Rage. Click here to hear the song.

Accept will perform a series of exclusive U.S. live performances including shows in Las Vegas (Sept. 13th) and NYC (Sept. 14th) as well as a show at the historic Saban Theatre in Beverly Hills, CA (Sept. 12th) where the band will be joined by special guests Metal Church and Raven, for what promises to be the most metal of evenings. The just-announced Blind Rage celebratory gigs are as follows:

Accept U.S. tour dates:


11 Solana Beach, CA Belly Up Tavern (w/ Metal Church)
12 Beverly Hills, CA Saban Theatre (w/ Metal Church, Raven)
13 Las Vegas, NV Count’s Vamp’d (ACCEPT only)
14 New York, NY Gramercy Theatre (w/ Raven)



joeykramer400 TMZ is reporting that Aerosmith has canceled several shows because drummer Joey Kramer was experiencing heart complications on August 12th.

A source close to the band tells TMZ that Kramer has had heart issues in the past. A member of the crew added that the 64-year-old will undergo heart surgery, but TMZ could not confirm that information.

The band canceled their August 13th show in Concord, California and TMZ adds that members of the crew have been told the Washington show, scheduled for August 16th, will also be cancelled.



Gene-Simmons400 KISS bassist and frontman Gene Simmons spoke with the Huffington Post Live where gave a few blunt tips to fellow immigrants. He insists that they must “learn to speak goddamn English” if they want to make it in America. See the video below.

56 years ago, Israeli-born Simmons immigrated to the US with his mother, and felt no need for any sort of political correctness in his explanation.

“I was welcomed by America and its people and given all the advantages of native-born children,” Simmons stated. “Which is astonishing, when you think about it, because in other countries, they would have ground me up and put me in a can of dog food. And in America I could think what I wanted to think, do as I pleased and reach for the stars.”

Getting down to specific tips, Simmons noted that a simple guideline needs to be followed. “Get rid of your accent; I did. Be a legal immigrant; I’m a legal immigrant. Come to the country, just buckle your knees a little bit, make the effort to learn the culture, assimilate to the point that you can. You’re all proud of who you are, where you come from … Great. Whatever you’re proud of, just tip your hat to America, which is the melting pot and makes it all possible. Agree to one culture that we can all communicate with and then go off and speak Swahili and Farsi and whatever you wanna talk.

I’m actually saying the thing that needs to be said, ’cause the politically correct climate is bulls–t. You don’t want to upset anybody by saying, ‘Learn to speak goddamn English.’ So, as an immigrant, I’m telling you: learn to speak goddamn English. It is the key that will unlock the keys to the kingdom.”

Also, an odd thing happened during the chat, as the interview got hijacked by the Black Lips, demanding the surrender of the KISS army. “Mr. Simmons! We’re here to tell you that the day of misogynistic, sexist rock ‘n’ roll is over! We call for the complete and utter surrender of the KISS Army. Lay down your guitars! Do you accept our terms of surrender?” the band shouted.

Gene didn’t hesitate to strike back, saying, “Yes. I surrender entirely. And I wanted to compliment your mom for the wonderful way that she designed the decorations in the basement that she lets you live in. I think it’s very attractive. I hope you get to leave your mom’s basement soon. Remember: Learn to speak English. Good education, that will help. I did it, you can too.”

After being told that the Black Lips and not merely three random guys wearing makeup and living in their mom’s basement, Simmons asked, “But they’re not black, what are they – racist? Why are they calling themselves ‘black?’”



buckcherryfyou640 Buckcherry’s Fuck EP will be released on August 19th. Coming off the heels of the band posting Icona Pop’s I Love It, renamed Say F–k It online, the band is now streaming the song, The Motherfucker, exclusively at Metal Hammer.

Fuck EP tracklist:

1. Somebody Fucked With Me
2. Say Fuck It
3. Motherfucker
4. I Don’t Give A Fuck
5. It’s A Fucking Disaster
6. Fist Fuck


acefrehley400 Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame inductee and former KISS guitarist Ace Frehley has debuted The Joker, the second single from his highly anticipated solo LP Spacer Invader due out next week. The debut comes exclusively through Ultimate Classic Rock. Listen to it below.

As previously reported, Frehley will perform on the Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon tonight (August 12th), sitting in with The Roots for the show’s entirety.

Additionally, a one time only in-store appearance and signing at the Best Buy in Union Square, NYC will take place Tuesday August 19th at 6PM. Fans will be able to get their own copy of Space Invader signed by the space man himself. Pre-order the album on iTunes here.

Watch a video clip in which Ace discusses his new album below.

Space Invader track list:

1. Space Invader
2. Gimme A Feelin’
3. I Wanna Hold You
4. Change
5. Toys
6. Immortal Pleasures
7. Inside The Vortex
8. What Every Girl Wants
9. Past The Milky Way
10. Reckless
11. The Joker
12. Starship



slipknot640 Slipknot’s very own Knotfest the most cutting edge heavy music festival in America–has revealed additional bands for the October 24th-26th destination festival held at San Manuel Amphitheater & Campgrounds in San Bernardino, CA.

Already featuring some of the biggest names in metal – Slipknot, Danzig, Five Finger Death Punch, Volbeat, Of Mice & Men, Anthrax and more – the Knotfest lineup has now added Fear Factory, Napalm Death, Satyricon, Amen, Otep, Prong, Immolation, Attika 7 and more. The new additions will perform on the Extreme Stage 005 powered by Kinetik Power and Ernie Ball.

See below for details and look for an announcement in the coming weeks about Knotfest’s Stage 004.

As previously announced, Slipknot will close Stage 001 both Saturday and Sunday, with unique sets each night, featuring brand new music and an entirely new stage set and experience.

Slipknot recently posted their first new song in six years, The Negative One, which immediately hit #1 on Billboard’s Trending 140 Chart, and became a top ten Worldwide Trending Topic on Twitter. All Knotfest ticket purchasers will receive a digital copy of Slipknot’s forthcoming album, to be delivered on release date.

Knotfest–powered by Rockstar Energy Drink–will feature a Slipknot-curated lineup of over 60 bands performing on five stages on Saturday and Sunday, as well as a Friday night VIP Pre-Party Bash with band performances and other activities for those that have purchased VIP or Camping Packages.

The current Knotfest U.S. band lineup by stage is as follows:

Friday, October 24th—Pre-Party For Camping & VIP Guests:

Stage 003: The Black Dahlia Murder, Chelsea Grin

Stage 002: Suicide Silence, Butcher Babies, Alterbeast

Saturday, October 25th:

Extreme Stage 005 powered by Kinetik Power and Ernie Ball: Satyricon, Otep, Amen, Prong, Immolation

Stage 003: In This Moment, The Devil Wears Prada, Butcher Babies, Miss May I, One OK Rock

Stage 002: Testament, Carcass, Maximum The Hormone, King 810, Man With A Mission

Stage 001: Slipknot, Danzig, Anthrax, Black Label Society, Hatebreed

Sunday, October 26th:

Extreme Stage 005 powered by Kinetik Power and Ernie Ball: Fear Factory, Napalm Death, Attika 7, Exmortus, Rattlehead

Stage 003: Killswitch Engage, Whitechapel, Upon A Burning Body, Anti-Mortem

Stage 002: Of Mice & Men, DevilDriver, Veil Of Maya, Nothing More

Stage 001: Slipknot, Five Finger Death Punch, Volbeat, Tech N9ne, Atreyu, Hellyeah

Every Knotfest has been a fully immersive experience for fans, and this one ups the ante. In addition to performances from more than 60 of the heaviest bands on the planet, attendees will descend into an apocalyptic underworld featuring over 20 festival attractions including a Slipknot Museum (curated by the band), carnival rides, a zip line across the festival grounds, drum circles, a massive display of fire, freaks, fire-breathers, stilt-walkers, and much more.

Knotfest tickets are on sale now at A limited number of VIP packages are still available. Camping packages are SOLD OUT.

Doors open at 11:00 AM each day and the show runs until 12:30 AM on Saturday and 11:30 PM on Sunday.

Knotfest is a short drive from San Francisco, Las Vegas, Phoenix, Tucson, San Diego, the San Joaquin Valley, and many more cities in the Southwestern USA.


skidrow640 Skid Row released Rise of the Damnation Army — United World Rebellion: Chapter Two on August 5th. They have released a lyric video for their track We Are The Damned. Watch it below.

Rise Of The Damnation Army – United World Rebellion: Chapter Two track listing:

1. We Are The Damned
2. Give It The Gun
3. Catch Your Fall
4. Damnation Army
5. Zero Day
Bonus tracks:
6. Sheer Heart Attack (Queen)
7. Rats In The Cellar (Aerosmith)


mr big picture640 Hard rock’s original supergroup, Mr. Big, are back with a vengeance with their new album …The Stories We Could Tell.

The band’s eighth studio album is slated for release on September 19th in Europe and September 23rd in North America through Frontiers Music Srl. The original lineup comprised of Eric Martin on vocals, Paul Gilbert on guitar, Billy Sheehan on bass and Pat Torpey on drums, returns with some of their strongest material to date. The new album is the follow-up to the 2011 release What If, an album that marked the band’s return to their signature hard rock sound. Mr. Big got together this past June to begin recording and laid down the 13 new tracks in just a month. …Stories We Could Tell was produced by Pat Regan, known for his work with the likes of Deep Purple, Warrant and Keel. The album is currently available for pre-order at Amazon.

Mr. Big recently announced that drummer Pat Torpey has been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. The diagnosis has left him unable to perform his normal drumming duties on the band’s upcoming World Tour. He did complete all of the drumming on the upcoming album, but unfortunately touring will be too difficult for him at the present time. Mr. Big intends to announce a drummer in the near future who will handle most of Mr. Big’s drumming duties on the Fall 2014 tour and expects Torpey to jump on the drums on suitable live songs as well as participating in the group’s acoustic set.

The track listing for …The Stories We Could Tell is:

1) Gotta Love The Ride
2) I Forget To Breathe
3) Fragile
4) Satisfied
5) The Man Who Has Everything
6) The Monster In Me
7) What If We Were New?
8) East/West
9) The Light Of Day
10) Just Let Your Heart Decide
11) It’s Always About That Girl
12) Cinderella Smile
13) The Stories We Could Tell
14) Addicted To That Rush (Live – Exclusive Bonus Track)

Mr. Big have announced the following tour dates in Europe in support of the new album:


17 Koko, London, UK
18 Tivoli Vredenburg, Utrecht, NL
20 Z7, Pratteln, CH
21 Live Club, Trezzo Sull’Adda (MI), IT
23 La Riviera, Madrid, ES
25 Izvestiya Hall, Moscow, RU
26 Zal Ozhidaniya, St. Petersburg, RU

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eddieandlitafordhardroc As previously reported, Eddie Trunk celebrated a milestone birthday this past August 8th.

Since Eddie was not at home to celebrate this event, the lovely and talented Lita Ford baked Eddie a cake and posted a video online marking the celebration. It was filmed at the Rockin’ The Rivers Festival in Three Forks, Montana and can be viewed below.

Lita’s latest album, Living Like a Runaway, was released in June 2012 on SPV/Steamhammer Records.


bobbyblitz400 Overkill frontman Bobby “Blitz” Ellsworth has spoken of his shock after being told he had just six months to live by a doctor.

It turned out to be a misunderstanding due to language differences – but he only found out after 12 hours of believing he was close to the end of his life.

The experience inspired the track Another Day To Die from the band’s 17th album White Devil Armory released last month.

Ellsworth tells RockSverige, “I canceled a show in Hamburg and ended up in hospital with borderline pneumonia – and a guy there told me I had six months.

I sat up all night. I remember going through my computer wondering, ‘Who do I owe money to? Who owes me?’ It was a f ing awful 12 hours. I wasn’t expecting that – and I never expected it to come as news to me in broken English. Next day the woman in charge says, ‘No, you have to change your habits or in six months or you’ll be in another hospital.’”

By that time he’d already “scratched down Another Day To Die.” He reflects, “I suppose I got my wish.”

It’s not the first time the veteran vocalist has suffered health issues. In 1998 he was diagnosed with cancer of the nose, and he suffered a stroke on stage four years later. As a result, Blitz says, he now feels “bulletproof.”

“I just turned 55 and I don’t think of myself as someone who is unhealthy,” he says. “I’m really into hiking – I climb small mountains twice a week with my German shepherd. It just becomes what my body needs.”

Blitz recently spoke to TeamRock about Overkill’s legacy after 35 years in the business, recalling, “It was totally about free beer and chicks.”

Bobby Blitz will be Eddie’s special guest on his next podcast which is available through iTunes and

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