zombieamernigtmarew Fullerton, California’s The Slidebar has partnered with Rob Zombie’s Great American Nightmare to host the Rob Zombie’s Great American Nightmare Battle Of The Bands live local music showcase this September and October. Unsigned talent will have a chance to compete for a chance to play the Monster Energy Main Stage on one night of Rob Zombie’s Great American Nightmare.

Rob Zombie’s Great American Nightmare–the ultimate Halloween music and horror event–will be held every Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday from October 10th-November 2nd at FEARPlex in Pomona, just outside Los Angeles.

The live music showcase nights for Rob Zombie’s Great American Nightmare Battle Of The Bands will begin with preliminaries at Slidebar on September 9th, 16th, 23rd, and 25th, and will culminate with the four finalists competing on October 6th. One winner will earn the honor of performing on the Monster Energy Main Stage at Rob Zombie’s Great American Nightmare. The performance date for the winning band will be announced at the final battle at Slidebar on October 6th.

To enter the competition, bands should email [email protected] by September 13, 2013. Each entry should include: Band Name, Genre, Facebook Page, Twitter, Contact Name, and Contact Email. Bands will be chosen from these entries to perform at the weekly battles, each featuring five bands. Also visit the SlideBLOG at for more details.

Rob Zombie’s Great American Nightmare will feature 15 nights of music, culminating with a November 2nd headlining performance by Rob Zombie himself. This bone-chilling experience will combine the most advanced haunted house attractions with a not-to-be-missed music festival from top artists in the realms of hard rock/metal, rock alternative, EDM, and Latin music. Each Thursday night will feature rock alternative music, Fridays EDM, most Saturdays will feature hard rock/metal, and most Sundays will be Latin music focused. Please visit for the full list of music performances by date.

In addition to Rob Zombie, Great American Nightmare music performances will include: 3OH!3, 45 Grave, Andrew W.K., Beware Of Darkness, Blaze Ya Dead Homie, Blood On The Dance Floor, Butcher Babies, DirtyLoud, Dirtyphonics, DJ Bl3nd, Doctor P, Duane Peters, Eagles Of Death Metal, Emilie Autumn, Evol Intent, Fei-Fei, Ghost Town, Goldfinger, HeavyGrinder, Kottonmouth Kings, Metalachi, Mod Sun, Motionless In White, One More Time (Daft Punk Tribute), Ozomatli, Powerman 5000, Reel Big Fish, TSOL, Terravita, The Dickies, The Used, The Vandals, Twiztid, Wallpaper, William Control, and Zomboy. One night will also feature pro-wrestling sensations Lucha Libre USA.

A creative collaboration between masters of the macabre Rob Zombie and preeminent haunted house producer Steve Kopelman, the fully immersive haunted house experience will feature three attractions based on Zombie’s own horror films: Lords Of Salem Total Black Out, The Haunted World Of El Superbeasto 3D, and Haunt Of 1,000 Corpses.

The Great American Nightmare’s Bloody Boulevard will offer outdoor screenings of classic horror films, a DJ, food vendors, beer, wine and spirits, and much more, with freak show characters roaming throughout the grounds each night.

Tickets for Rob Zombie’s Great American Nightmare are available starting at only $30 at Each ticket includes access to all haunted house attractions, concerts and Bloody Boulevard activities. Tickets will also be available for purchase onsite during the Los Angeles County Fair at Pomona Fairplex (August 30th-September 29th). VIP packages are available for purchase at

Hours for Rob Zombie’s Great American Nightmare will be 6:30 PM until 11:00 PM on Thursdays and Sundays, 6:30 PM until 1:00 AM on Fridays and Saturdays.

FEARPlex (Fairplex) is located at 1101 W. McKinley Avenue in Pomona, CA, centrally located in the heart of Southern California. Fairplex is also home to the LA County Fair, the largest county fair in the world.

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robhalfordleathersuit Gary Graff of Billboard reports:

Rob Halford is curious to see who — and what — turns up in Las Vegas early next year when he and his Judas Priest bandmates reign over the first all-metal edition of Rock ‘n’ Roll Fantasy Camp.

“I’m sure some of those Rock ‘n’ Roll Fantasy Campers will be full-on,” Halford tells Billboard. “I will be interested to see if there’s some Metal God, Rob Halford lookalikes wandering around Vegas in metal and studs and whatnot — although,” he adds with a laugh, “I’m sure you can find that in Vegas on any given day, right?”

Halford will be joined by Priest guitarist Richie Faulkner, bassist Ian Hill and drummer Scott Travis at the Camp, which runs February 27th-March 2nd at the MGM Grand Hotel & Casino; the group’s Glenn Tipton will be busy mixing the band’s next album, which they are in the midst of recording. Also serving as counselors will be Zakk Wylde, embattled Queensryche singer Geoff Tate, Lita Ford, Quiet Riot alumnus Rudy Sarzo, Vinny Appice (Dio, Black Sabbath, Heaven & Hell) and Phil Soussan (Ozzy Osbourne). Registration is open; details are available at

Halford says the fantasy camp organizers wanted Priest to participate “for quite a long time, actually. Just because of various points on the colander we were never able to attend and to be involved.” But he promises the group members will offer instruction that was well worth waiting for.

“I think they’re just looking for some professional tips and want to hear from the voice of experience,” Halford says. “It’s one thing to sing in the shower and it’s another thing to sing on stage. They’re two totally different worlds. So it’ll be an opportunity for me to do the best I can to answer questions — How do you sing this note? How do you manage to scream like that? How do you breathe? How are you able to keep up that type of intensity? I’ll try to explain myself as best as possible and give some insight into what it’s like to be a metal singer.”

Halford says that by fantasy camp time Priest should be finished recording its new album, the follow-up to 2008’s conceptual Nostradamus.

“The writing process is complete,” he reports. “Now it’s the painstaking work of making sure that you get every single note, every single nuance of the vocal, every tiny aspect…right. We’re still tracking (instruments). It’s just a very laborious but enjoyable part of making the record.”

Priest is producing the album itself at the moment, but Halford notes that “there’s always a possibility somebody might come in to overview some of the things we’re doing.”

Halford describes the project’s sound as “hard. It’s heavy. It’s something we think our Priest fans will be thrilled with. We know we have a reputation to maintain, and we know we have to deliver something really strong and solid. The album is going to be full of all the great things you love about Judas Priest — I don’t think I can say anything more than that without being hung, drawn and quartered.”

Priest plans to tour in support of the album, though not quite as extensively as it has in the past. Next year will also mark the 40th anniversary of the group’s debut album, Rocka Rolla, which Halford says will be commemorated in some way.

“We’ll be working furiously and manically in the studio cellars and conjuring up some special moments for next year, I’m sure of that,” he says. “That just makes the (fantasy camp) another tremendous moment for Priest, to be in Vegas kicking of the 40th anniversary year, meeting our fans, making this special metal moment happen together.”


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tomkeifer600 Singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Tom Keifer has been on the road supporting his new cd The Way Life Goes for the better part of 2013. Keifer and his band wrapped up the first part of the tour with a performance on The Late Show with David Letterman at the end of June.

Having taken a short break from touring, Keifer and company plan to head back out on the road this fall. Two shows with Halestorm will kick off the next leg of The Way Life Goes tour in September with more dates to be announced.

Tom Keifer with Halestorm:

Sept 6th – Atlantic City, NJ – House of Blues
Sept 7th – York, PA – Toyota Grandstand

In other Keifer news, a new single, Cold Day in Hell has been released to rock radio and The Way Life Goes is now available on vinyl.

Keifer’s debut solo album, The Way Life Goes, was released on April 30th via Merovee Records (through Warner Music Group’s Independent Label Group).

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killdevilhill600 Century Media Records are proud to announce the signing of Kill Devil Hill to their family of artists.

The band – Rex Brown [Pantera], Vinny Appice [Dio, Black Sabbath, Heaven And Hell], Mark Zavon and Dewey Bragg – have signed a multi-album deal for North America and will make their Century Media debut with the release of their sophomore record this fall.

“It’s a real pleasure being on a label that feels like home!” says Rex Brown of the signing. “Since day one with Century Media, it’s been great knowing that they have the same mutual beliefs and goals that we do – to keep hard rock and metal alive and kicking, and to bring our music to as many fans as we can! These guys have the best track record around when it comes to hard rock and metal music, and it’s great to know that we’re on the same page and striving for the same things!”

Kill Devil Hill will be touring this fall to preview their new studio release.

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coneyhatch2013 Frontiers Records is pleased to announce the digital release of the first single from Coney Hatch new album Four entitled Blown Away. Watch the video below.

The single can be downloaded now from every fine shop such as iTunes or Amazon and streamed legally via Spotify and Deezer. Samples of some songs from the forthcoming album can be heard below.

Coney Hatch’s new album Four will be released on September 24th in North America and September 27th in Europe and marks the first record of new material in over two decades. Four is chalked full of the unique brand of melodic riff-rock that first brought the band to the attention of critics and rock fans all over the world.

Coney Hatch - Four

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TonyIommibig Black Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi spoke with Jim Harrington of the San Jose Mercury News. Sections from the article appear below.

Discussing why after reuniting with Ronnie James in 2006, they decided to call themselves Heaven & Hell as opposed to Black Sabbath:

“I didn’t want to live on the Black Sabbath name with that lineup, because it stood for itself. And, of course, we went out as Heaven and Hell because we weren’t playing any of the Ozzy stuff. All the stuff we were doing was with Ronnie. Ronnie was a superb singer-one of the best. It’s a sad ending. But Ronnie did give it his all, right to the end.”

Discussing his health issues:

To be honest, I was wondering whether I could do (the tour). I have to treat life very differently now. This, for me, has been a big challenge. So far, it’s been OK. The medical thing is still going on. It’ll be ongoing, really, for life. It’s not going to go away. I just have to try to treat it. So I go back to England every seven to eight weeks for a treatment. Then it takes 10 days, two weeks, to start feeling normal again. Then we go back out on the road.

My whole life has changed. My attitude has changed toward everything. Life becomes a lot more precious. I appreciate when we’ve got the opportunity to get together and be onstage and play and do what I like to do.

I think my illness, in one way, has helped everybody, because it’s brought the reality of you really don’t know how long this is going to last. It was easy to take things for granted before. I think everyone now appreciates what we’ve got and what we get to do.

Read more at the San Jose Mercury News.


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