SCORPIONS RELEASE VIDEO FOR “ROCK BELIEVER”

The Scorpions have finally posted the video for their single Rock Believer, which is also the name of their forthcoming album, watch it here.

Listen to the previously released song, Peacemakerhere.

Rock Believer song listing:

1.  Gas In The Tank 
2.  Roots In My Boots 
3.  Knock ‘Em Dead 
4.  Rock Believer 
5.  Shining Of Your Soul
6.  Seventh Sun
7.  Hot And Cold
8.  When I Lay My Bones To Rest
9.  Peacemaker
10. Call Of The Wild
11. When You Know (Where You Come From)
12. Shoot For Your Heart
13. When Tomorrow Comes
14. Unleash The Beast
15. Crossing Borders

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JUDAS PRIEST CHANGE THEIR MINDS AND DECIDE TO TOUR AS A FIVE-PIECE BAND

Judas Priest have released a statement stating that they have changed their minds, and have decided to tour as their usual quintet, as opposed to a quartet.

The band writes “Hello metal maniacs…given all that has recently evolved and transpired we have decided unanimously as a band to continue our live shows unchanged with RobIan [Hill, bass], Richie [Faulkner, guitar], Scott [Travis, drums], Andy and Glenn[Tipton, guitar] joining us whenever he’s able…so see you all soon as we forge ahead celebrating 50 massive heavy metal years of Judas Priest together!”

Guitarist Andy Sneap, who was touring with the band, released a statement after learning the band would be returning to the road as a four-piece, stating that he was “disappointed,” but “he respects their decision.” He added, “This always was a temporary situation, and like I’ve said before, I’ll always help the band any way I can, and that applies going forward also.”

Judas Priest are scheduled to return to the road for their 50 Heavy Metal Years, with special guests, Queenrÿche. The tour is set to begin on March 4th in Peoria, Illinois and wind down on April 13th in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. 

The band’s entire itinerary can be viewed, here.

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ORIGINAL BLACK SABBATH DRUMMER BILL WARD SHARES SOME OF HIS LIFE LESSONS

Original Black Sabbath drummer Bill Ward spoke with  Rich Hobson of Metal Hammer, highlights from the Ward’s comments appear below.

Discussing drumming:

Don’t take yourself so fucking seriously:

“It helps to travel through life with a modicum of humility, keeping your feet on the ground…The time I spend with my grandkids these days is more important than any finger pointing I might have done in my 20s, 30s or even 40s.”

Becoming great means learning as much as you can:

“I was brought up by at least 200 drummers, but I always credit Gene Krupa – I love his sloppiness and brilliance. As a child I listened to Buddy Rich too, Louie Bellson, Elvin Jones; I listened to a lot of guys and I was brought up on jazz, English pop music like Brian Bennett with The Shadows… my god! I remember hearing [Little Richard drummer] Charles Connor on Good Golly Miss Molly and being completely blown away. You can’t believe the balls on that record.”

You only grow by taking risks:

“I love what we did in Black Sabbath. We took risks – we dared to move away from our slamming stuff and play acoustic parts. We might then follow that with Symptom Of The Universe but back then we were always stretching further.”

The more you share, the more in-tune you are with other people:

“Black Sabbath were so tight, we’d have the same dreams. It happens when you’re in a room transferring things to each other musically all day, so we’d end up having similar dreams. One of the dreams we had was being visited by a priest, or a spectre and I just saw that as a guardian angel.”

Black Sabbath were everything to me:

“One of my biggest regrets was I sold a beautiful house, because we needed to raise money to pay for the album Heaven And Hell. Getting a big house and farm after growing up in Aston felt like a big deal. But the band came before everything else and we needed money at that point to move on to the next thing.”

Always be accountable and practice honesty:

“I have an attitude of gratitude so far as being able to play in a great band and having done so since I was 14. I used to do weddings and sit-ins as early as 10, so I’ve been doing this for a long time and I’m enormously grateful for that. I just showed up and tried to do the right thing.”

Life sometimes gives us a second chance:

“In 1984 I had lost everything – I didn’t even have a pair of pants. I was wearing somebody else’s. I crawled out of an alley after heavy alcohol abuse and realized I was killing myself. It became about rebuilding myself and strengthening my body. A couple years later I stopped eating meat, period. There was a lot of hard work to be done, but one of the best things that ever happened for me was getting to do the [Black Sabbath] Reunion album [in 1998]. I thought that part of my life was gone and I was really sad about it, so getting to come back in and kick some ass really took care of that.”

After everything, I still love my Black Sabbath bandmates:

“I love the you-know-what out of those guys. I’ve come through the angry bits that happened in 2012 and arrived in a place of being at peace with myself and with them. I’m glad we did what we did and often go down memory lane with the early work we did in Copenhagen and the Reeperbahn in Hamburg. I love those guys and all the imperfections that go with that. It’s a great feeling, having come as far as we have and I’m happy just being able to write or talk to them if I want to.”

Read more with the great Bill Ward at Metal Hammer.

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SLASH FEATURING MYLES KENNEDY & THE CONSPIRATORS RELEASE NEW SINGLE, “CALL OF THE DOGS,” NEW ALBUM “4” DUE FEBRUARY 11TH ON GIBSON RECORDS

Slash Ft. Myles Kennedy & The Conspirators  have released new song Call Off The Dogs, from their upcoming album titled 4, which is due out February 11thon Gibson Records, in partnership with BMG. The new song follows the first single The River Is Rising (which can be heard here)the fastest-rising radio debut of Slash’s career cracking the Top 20 at Rock Radio at #13 this week and climbing. A decade and four albums into their career, the new album 4 marks the first new music from the group in four years. A vibrant rock album fueled by memorable guitar hooks and compelling melodies, big choruses, and even bigger riffs; 4 builds on the legacy of Slash Ft. Myles Kennedy & The Conspirators ’ prior work. 4 is Slash’s fifth solo album, and fourth with Slash and his bandmates Myles Kennedy (Vocals), Brent Fitz (Drums), Todd Kerns (Bass & Vocals) and Franl Sidoris (Guitar & Vocals). Listen to the new songs “Call Off The Dogs” below.
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Slash describes the new song Call Off The Dogs, “This one was written pretty much on the fly, and in the spirit of the energy of the whole album 4. You can’t overthink something like this song because it kills the spirit. When we got into pre-production, Call Off The Dogs came together fairly quickly – just jam it and that’s basically it. And it was probably the last thing that we recorded in the studio.  
Myles Kennedy adds, “Call Off The Dogs has that up-tempo vibe that helps elevate a record in a lot of ways, especially for rock fans. They want those songs. We needed a chorus section for it, so I messed with it a bit and sent it to Slash, and he took it to the next level and made it his own. Lyrically, it’s about that point where you wave the white flag and give in to someone after being pursued relentlessly.”
Following is the track listing for 4:
 
1. The River is Rising
2. Whatever Gets You By
3. C’est La Vie
4. The Path Less Followed
5. Actions Speak Louder Than Words
6. Spirit Love
7. Fill My World
8. April Fool
9. Call Off the Dogs
10. Fall Back to Earth
Slash Ft. Myles Kennedy & The Conspirators North American headlining tour officially begins February 8th in Portland, OR, and will hit 28 major cities, including Los Angeles, New York, Boston, Philadelphia, Chicago, Denver, Nashville, Dallas, Austin, Houston, and more, before wrapping-up March 26 in Orlando, FL (all dates below). All tickets for the SMKC tour are available at: slashonline.com/tour. To see the entire tour schedule, please click here.
For 4, Slash and the band traveled across the country via bus together to Nashville, TN, and recorded the new album at the historic RCA Studio A with producer Dave Cobb (Chris Stapleton, John Prine, Jason Isbell, Brandi Carlile), revealing a stunning new sound and style, all captured live in the studio. Cobb shared the band’s desire to lay down the tracks live, in the studio including guitar solos and vocals–a first for the group. The band’s previous albums over the last decade Apocalyptic LoveWorld on Fire, and Living The Dream have continued on an upward trajectory, all achieving Top 5 Billboard charting debuts in the U.S. and reaching the Top 10 on 12 major charts across the globe. To date, the three SMKC albums have now garnered 7 consecutive Top 10 Radio singles, spawned sold-out world tours, and have earned SLASH and the band the best critical acclaim of their career with their latest album Living The Dream (2018) singled out by the Los Angeles Times, Classic Rock, Guitar World, Loudwire, LA Weekly, and more, as their best songs to date.
In light of the 30-year alliance between Gibson and the GRAMMY Award-winningRock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Slash, the new SMKC album 4, has the added distinction of being the first-ever album release on Gibson Records, the new label, which is headquartered in the iconic American instrument brand’s hometown of Music City, Nashville, TN. On February 11, 2022, Gibson will commemorate Slash Ft. Myles Kennedy & The Conspirators  first studio album with Gibson Records, with a limited–edition release of the Slash Les Paul Standard 4 Album Edition guitar and package. Only 250 Slash Les Paul Standard 4 Album Edition guitars will be available worldwide on gibson.com and at select authorized Gibson dealers. The unique guitar package also features the new SMKC album 4 on vinyl, a 4 album guitar pick tin and 4 decal, and a signed SMKC band portrait. View the current line of album packages available for 4here.
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SCORPIONS SHARE NEW SINGLE “ROCK BELIEVER,” 19TH ALBUM, OF THE SAME NAME, OUT FEBRUARY 25TH

Scorpions have shared the title track for their new album Rock Believer, listen to it  here (or below on the 17th).
Commenting on the advance release of the title track of their latest album, due out on February 25th, Klaus Meine, both singer and author of the lyrics, says, “Over the years, we’ve heard people say lots of times that rock is dead. But there are still millions of rock believers out there all over the world that prove them wrong. Our fans are the best in the world. We’ll see you someday somewhere out there, because we’re Rock Believers, just like you.” 
The song is a fundamental commitment to rock music, composed by a band in the style of their outstanding, globally successful recordings of the 1980s.
Meine says, “The new material sees us return to our roots. We simply wanted to reactivate the original Scorpions’ DNA — great riffs, strong melodies. We tried to transport that live feel to the studio with all five of us playing in one room again at last. Having Mikkey Dee in the band is like a shot of fresh energy and real fun.”
Due to the pandemic, the recording sessions planned in America had to be canceled and relocated to Germany. 
Matthias Jabs says, “In a way, the situation was a blessing in disguise for us.” The band had already hired a studio in Los Angeles, but their plans were thwarted by fate. Instead, the musicians found themselves stuck at home, three of them only a stone’s throw away from the legendary Peppermint Park Studios in Hanover, and as soon as travel restrictions were relaxed, Pawel Maciwoda and Mikkey Dee were able to join them from Poland and Sweden respectively.
And everything suddenly felt like it had back in the 1980s, when the five of us rocked together, hanging out at the corner pub in the evenings and talking about our music,” Jabs reminisces
“We had already started to talk about a new album back in 2018,” recalls Rudolf Schenker
The new single Rock Believer is the album’s exclamation mark and credo.
In March and April 2022, the band are set to perform at the Planet Hollywood Resorts & Casino in Las Vegas as part of their residency, followed by a European tour scheduled to kick off with a number of shows in Germany in June 2022, with more concerts around the world in the pipeline.
Listen to the previously released Peacemaker, here.
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W.A.S.P. ANNOUNCE 40TH ANNIVERSARY NORTH AMERICAN TOUR DATES, ARMORED SAINT TO SUPPORT ALONG WITH MICHAEL SCHENKER FOR SELECT DATES

W.A.S.P. will embark on its first U.S. tour in a decade this fall. The tour will coincide the band’s 40th anniversary and will include support from Armored Saint and Michael Schenker on select shows.

W.A.S.P. frontman Blackie Lawless stated, “For over 10 years we have not toured on U.S. soil. But starting October 28th, 2022… we return. 10 years I’d want, 10 years I’ve cussed, 10 years I’d lust to return…. To my homeland… and be a Wild Child, a Love Machine, to be Blind in Texas, On Your Knees and Headless.”

Joined by bassist Mike Duda and guitarist Doug Blair, who have been in the band 26 years and 18 years, respectively, along with drummer extraordinaire Aquiles Priester, they will take the band and the fans back to where it all started, complete with the stage show extravaganza that many fans never saw live.

Lawless added, “So join me and the band, and very special guests Armored Saint as we celebrate W.A.S.P. 40th-anniversary tour… Back in the U.S… Back to the Beginning.

I’m gonna scream, c’ause I wanna feed, ’cause I wanna bleed, ’cause I Wanna Be Somebody.

W.A.S.P. 40th-anniversary tour… Back in the U.S… Back to the beginning.”

W.A.S.P. 2022 U.S tour dates with Armored Saint:

Oct. 29 – Anaheim, CA – The Grove 
Oct. 30 – Tempe, AZ – Marquee Theater 
Oct. 31 – Albuquerque, NM – Sunshine Theater 
Nov. 2 – Houston, TX – White Oak Music Hall (w/ Michael Schenker) 
Nov. 3 – Corpus Christi, TX – Concrete Street Pavillion (w/ Michael Schenker) 
Nov. 4 – San Antonio, TX – Eaton Arena (w/ Michael Schenker) 
Nov. 5 – Dallas, TX – Bomb Factory (w/ Michael Schenker) 
Nov. 6 – Tulsa, OK – Tulsa Theater (w/ Michael Schenker) 
Nov. 9 – Milwaukee, WI – Pabst Theater 
Nov. 10 – Ashwaubenon, WI – EPIC Event Center 
Nov. 11 – Detroit, MI – Harpo’s 
Nov. 12 – Cleveland, OH – Agora Theater 
Nov. 13 – Pittsburgh, PA – Palace Theater 
Nov. 16 – Boston, MA – Big Night Live 
Nov. 17 – Montclair, NJ – Wellmont Theater 
Nov. 18 – Huntington, NY – Paramount Theater 
Nov. 19 – Jim Thorpe, PA – Penn’s Peak 
Nov. 20 – Glenside, PA – Keswick Theater 
Nov. 23 – Nashville, TN – Ryman Auditorium 
Nov. 25 – Atlanta, GA – Buckhead Theater 
Nov. 26 – Orlando, FL – Plaza Live 
Nov. 29 – Leesburg, VA – Tally Ho Theater 
Nov. 30 – Columbus, OH – The King Of Clubs 
Dec. 2 – St Charles, IL – Arcada Theater 
Dec. 3 – St Charles, IL – Arcada Theater 
Dec. 5 – Denver, CO – Oriental Theater 
Dec. 7 – Reno, NV – Grand Sierra Theater 
Dec. 9 – San Francisco, CA – The Regency

Few bands in the history of rock ‘n’ roll have ever incited the love, the hate, the raw emotional effect this band has had on the world. From the very beginning, in the small venues of Los Angeles, California, and later to the numerous countries worldwide that banned these winged assassins from performing live, the band’s unique style of shock and rock caused religious organizations, local city councils, parliaments, and the Washington D.C. Senate to hold hearings in an effort to bar this group from selling records and trashing stages everywhere they played.

The band’s founding member, Blackie Lawless, has led the group as its lead vocalist and primary songwriter since its beginning. His unique brand of visual, social and political comment took the group to worldwide heights and sold millions of records alongside a legacy of sold-out shows across the globe for four decades.

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