slayer2013lineup_lo To help mark the band’s very first performance at the Hollywood Palladium in 25 years, Slayer will play a special, one-time-only set at their show this Sunday, October 27th.

According to Kerry King, Sunday will be “Old School Slayer Night,” and the band’s set list will be comprised of songs dating back to the band’s inception. The show will include tracks from the genre-defining Reign In Blood as well as South of Heaven, the band’s second Gold album, up to and including 1990’s Seasons In The Abyss, their third Gold disc.

“We’re still putting together the set list,” said King, “but we’re going to make sure we play one or two rarities as well. Should be a lot of fun for the band as well as the fans.”

Sunday and Monday’s Palladium dates are part of Slayer’s five-week North American headline tour – the band’s first in two years – that begins this Friday, October 25th in Las Vegas. Slayer – guitarist King, Tom Araya/bass, vocals, drummer Paul Bostaph, and guitarist Gary Holt who continues to fill in for the late founding member Jeff Hanneman – will have Gojira and 4ARM support on all dates.

Confirmed dates for Slayer’s 2013 Fall North American tour are:

10.25.13 Las Vegas, NV The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
10.27.13 Hollywood, CA Hollywood Palladium
10.28.13 Hollywood, CA Hollywood Palladium
10.30.13 San Jose, CA Events Center

11.01.13 Seattle, WA Wamu Center
11.03.13 Calgary, AB Stampede Corrall
11.04.13 Edmonton, AB Shaw Center
11.05.13 Saskatoon, SK Praireland Park Center
11.07.13 Winnipeg, MB MTS Center
11.08.13 Minneapolis,MN Myth
11.10.13 Austin, TX Fun Fun Fun Fest @ Auditorium Shores
11.12.13 Houston, TX Bayou Music Center
11.13.13 Dallas, TX South Side Ballroom
11.15.13 Chicago, IL Aragon Ballroom
11.16.13 Detroit, MI The Fillmore
11.17.13 Columbus, OH LC Pavillon
11.19.13 Washington, DC The Fillmore
11.20.13 Pittsburgh, PA Stage AE
11.21.13 Toronto, ON Ricoh Colibsum
11.23.13 Montreal, QC Cepsum/ University of Montreal
11.24.13 Quebec, QC Pavilion De La Jeunesse
11.26.13 Wallingford,CT Oakdale Theatre
11.27.13 New York, NY Theater at Madison Square Garden
11.29.13 Camden, NJ Susquehanna Bank Center
11.30.13 Boston, MA Tsongas Arena


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KISS400 According to Ultimate Guitar, KISS frontman Gene Simmons told that if the band is inducted into the Rock N’ Roll Hall Of Fame, they will not be re-uniting with original members Ace Frehley and Peter Criss.

Simmons stated, “No. How many chances in life do you get? When you stick your hand in fire, you get burned the first time. Fire and nature doesn’t care if you’re a good guy or a bad guy. Both of those guys had three chances to be in the band. Three times they f–ked it up. They were every bit as important as we were at the formation of the band and they would have been the ruin of the band if they had continued to be in the band. When you have a cancer in your system, it’s best to cut it out as fast as you can. It used to be a part of your body; it turned into cancer. You gotta cut it out.”

Simmons also added that he believes his former bandmates are much happier not being in the band, “I believe that both Ace and Peter are happier now. They’re healthier, they both look fine. When they were in the band, they were both on junk, or crack or alcohol. Clearly not a healthy place for them. They belong home doing autograph shows in clubs. They’re happier.”

See the entire interview below. The comments in question appear at 4:26.


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defleppardgroupblue400 Steve Baltin of Rolling Stone recently interviewed Def Leppard guitarists Phil Collen and Vivian Campbell along with drummer Rick Allen about the new concert film, Viva! Hysteria and the band’s future. Portions of the interview appear below.

RS: A lot of bands are uncomfortable watching themselves. Have you seen the concert film yet?

Phil Collen: I’ve seen it. I think it’s fantastic. We actually really sing our stuff. Everyone touches stuff up, but this is really us being live. We use different stuff from different nights, and the angles – they shot over two nights so they used the best parts. This is phenomenal. It’s mind-blowing.

Vivian Campbell: I don’t like watching myself, I took that in consideration when I stood in front of the bedroom mirror pretending to be Marc Bolan. I was also really, really sick when we filmed this. When I look at pictures I look very pale because I was anemic and everything, so I’m not in a hurry to go see myself on the big screen.

RS: How does Def Leppard keep the passion up?

Campbell: The problem with being a musician is it’s hard to keep up that passion. You start doing it for the right reasons, then it becomes a job, like anything. We’re all different, we find separate things to motivate us, but we’re in a good place right now. I think I’m playing guitar better than I’ve ever played in my life because, unlike an athlete, it’s not like a physical thing where your body packs in when you’re 30. You actually get better and better. Every time we’re on tour, I have a moment where I think, “Fuck, this is really fucking good.” And also having this whole fucking chemo and cancer bollocks, the fact I’ve been able to work through it has really helped me mentally. And I’m really enjoying playing my instrument again, which I wouldn’t have honestly been able to say 10 years ago.

Collen: There’s a fire there. Normally as you get older you get comfy. You’re a great player, but the fire goes. This is the opposite, for whatever reason. We’ve all got it, and it’s actually captured on this [film], which is pretty amazing.

Rick Allen: It’s like an out-of-body experience. You’re listening to it, the whole band, and you’re going, “Am I actually doing that? Are they actually doing that?” It really does sound that good.

RS: What’s the status with the new record?

Collen: We’ve got a shitload of new songs anyway, it’s just implement them and then, “What direction are we gonna take? Who are we gonna get to produce it? Are we gonna do it ourselves? Are we gonna do multiple stuff?” An album would obviously take too long, so we’re gonna do about four or five songs, get those out and then next year have an album come out, so it’ll be an EP and an album.

Read more at Rolling Stone.



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Motorhead400 Motorhead have released a video for the song Heartbreaker from their new album Aftershock. Watch it below.

Aftershock will be released tomorrow (October 22nd).

Track listing:

Coup de Grace
Lost Woman Blues
End Of Time
Do You Believe
Death Machine
Dust And Glass
Going To Mexico
Silence When You Speak To Me
Crying Shame
Queen Of The Damned
Keep Your Powder Dry

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Testament2012400 Ruben Mosqueda of Metal Titans spoke with Testament’s Chuck Billy. Portions of the interview appear below.

MetalTitans: I can’t recall a time that Testament has done as much touring as you’ve done behind Formation of Damnation and Dark Roots of Earth.

Billy: We’ve been very busy over the past few years that’s for sure. That’s a good thing for us. In the 90s thrash died off a little bit. Major labels lost interest in this kind of music. It was a little tough. MTV stopped playing videos which meant no airplay for us—the 90s were tough.

MetalTitans: You’re about to embark on a pretty big tour in the next few weeks.

Billy: Yeah, next month we head out with Lamb of God. We’ve been talking with the guys from Lamb of God for a number of years about going out with them—it hadn’t panned out. When this opportunity came up we were available and I think they’ve put together a great package.

MetalTitans: You’ll be issuing a live DVD and dual CD set for those that haven’t seen it how does Dark Roots of Thrash compare to the Live in London DVD and CD set that you issued in 2005?

Billy: I think people will be very pleased with the new DVD. Dark Roots of Thrash and the Live in London DVD are like night and day because that’s heavy on the classic stuff because that’s what the guys wanted to play. They wanted to play stuff that they recorded which was understandable. We’ve been back together for about seven years now. We’ve been playing stuff off The Gathering and of course we’ve written Formation and Dark Roots and I think it’s heavier and really captures what Testament is all about now. I really think we all have a grip on the direction that we’re going with the band. I think this DVD is very impressive because we didn’t put much effort into the Live in London DVD. We didn’t put much effort in the mixing of the audio or the visual aspects of the DVD. We all put in our opinion on what we wanted to see and we were hands on during the editing of the DVD. When people see it they’ll be floored because it’s very powerful.

Read more at Metal Titans.


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