9/16: ENTER TO WIN A FREE CABIN ON THE MEGACRUISE!

I’m giving away a few cabins for 2 on the upcoming MegaCruise sailing from LA next month! This is going to be a massive metal event that I will be on and broadcasting TrunkNation live from. You must enter this week to be eligible. So please see “contests” under the “All Access” tab on the home page for all details and to enter. This contest does NOT include air and travel to and from the cruise, so you must be able to get to LA. Again all info on the page. Good luck and enter this week before the deadline!

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DAVID LEE ROTH SAYS HE IS “THE FACE OF VAN HALEN FROM THIS POINT ON”

David Lee Roth spoke with Phoenix radio station KSLX on September 12th, to promote his upcoming Las Vegas residency. Highlights from interview appear below (via blabbermouth.net.).

Discussing Van Halen, the singer said, “”I’m the face of Van Halen from this point on, most likely. I’m not sure what’s happening with Ed [Van Halen guitarist Eddie Van Halen], but he’s probably not gonna answer the bell this time. And it’s not my place to guess. But we’ve been in touch. The fellows who I’m working with in terms of my road crew and the amps come from Van Halen.”

Asked if he is implying that Eddie Van Halen has been dealing with some health issues as of late, Roth replied, “I hear all the same rumors that you do and it’s not my place to guess.”

Earlier this year, rumors were rampant that the classic-era lineup of Van Halen would reunite for the first time since 1984. It’s unclear why the tour didn’t happen, though there has been online chatter that a health setback involving Eddie Van Halen might have been responsible.

Roth reunited with Van Halen in 2007 after 23 years apart and released a comeback album, A Different Kind Of Truth, in 2012.

The band’s last live performance was on October 2015 in Los Angeles, California. It was Van Halen’s first tour since an aborted North American run three years earlier in support of A Different Kind Of Truth.

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SLAYER ANNOUNCES “THE REPENTLESS KILLOGY” MOTION PICTURE AND THE “REPENTLESS KILLOGY, LIVE AT THE FORUM IN INGLEWOOD, CA” LP/CD

After much speculation instigated by two video trailers released earlier this summer, Slayer – Tom Araya, Kerry King, Gary Holt and Paul Bostaph – in conjunction with Nuclear Blast Records and Prime Zero Productions, announces Slayer:  The Repentless Killogy motion picture and companion LP/CD, The Repentless Killogy, Live At The Forum in Inglewood, CA.  Coming November 8th, the narrative short film paired with Slayer’s entire performance of its August 5th, 2017 concert at the Los Angeles Forum will be available digitally and on Blu-ray, and the soundtrack from that concert will be released as both a two-disc vinyl and two CD packages.  In addition to the standard black vinyl, eight limited-edition colored vinyl configurations will be available:  red, gold and silver vinyl, red/black & orange splatter, red/orange swirl, red/black splatter, yellow/red corona, and black/white corona.  Pre-orders can be placed here.  Watch the trailer for this special movie release, below.

Revenge, murder, bloodshed and retribution.  The Repentless Killogy film was written and directed by BJ McDonnell, who conceived and directed the three brutal music videos – You Against You, Repentless, and Pride in Prejudice–  for Slayer’s final studio album Repentless (2015). 

“When we set out to do these initial three videos,” said McDonnell, “we had the intention of continuing the next adventures of Slayer and Wyatt on a following album. But, Slayer announced that Repentless was the final album and tour, so this story, the videos, and finally a full live concert at the end is a perfect wrap up of the Repentless final tour.  This is the finale of Slayer.  This is the end of the monsters.”

The Repentless Trilogy motion picture opens with the three music videos assembled as one chronological storyline and introduces the narrative’s main character, Wyatt, a former Neo Nazi associated with a gang known as “The Hand Brotherhood,” whose signature mark was a bloody handprint left after a murder had taken place.  Prior to the first music video, Wyatt had left the gang after he fell in love with Gina.  The two had gone into hiding to escape his grisly past and start a family, but The Hand Brotherhood was not going to allow that to happen, and Gina, pregnant with their first child, was savagely murdered as Wyatt was forced to look on.  The film then segues into the present-time narrative that sees Wyatt on the run from law enforcement and the Nazi gang, but now dedicated to eliminating The Hand Brotherhood and seeking retribution wherever he can.

The Repentless Killogy stars many of the actors who appeared in the original video series:  Jason Trost (“Beats of Rage,” “Hatchet III”) as Wyatt, Danny Trejo (“Machete,” “From Dusk Til Dawn”), Richard Speight (“Band of Brothers,” “Supernatural”), Derek Mears (“Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.”), Jessica Pimentel (“Orange Is The New Black”), Tyler Mane (“X-Men,” “Halloween !!”), Bill Moseley (“The Devil’s Rejects,” “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2”), Caroline Williams (“The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2,” “Sharknado 4”), and Sean Whalen (“Twister,” “The People Under The Stairs”).  

Part two of The Repentless Killogy features Slayer’s entire live set performed at the Los Angeles Forum on August 5, 2017, and was directed by Wayne Isham who has directed videos for artists including Metallica, Foo Fighters, Michael Jackson, Kelly Clarkson, and Britney Spears.  Presented in front of one of the most striking stage productions of the band’s career, Slayer performs fan-favorites including South of Heaven, War Ensemble, Mandatory Suicide, Dead Skin Mask, Raining Blood, and Angel of Death.

Slayer will begin The Final Campaign, the last leg of its Final World Tour on November 2nd, wrapping its touring career up with two shows at The Forum in Los Angeles on November 29th and 30th.  Those final dates are below.

October:
 
4   Rock in Rio, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
11  Exit 111 Festival, Great Stage park, Manchester, TN
 
November:
 
2   Explore Asheville Arena, Asheville, NC
3   PNC Arena, Raleigh, NC
5   Salem Civic Center, Salem, VA
6   Giant Center, Hershey, PA
8   Mass Mutual Center, Springfield, MA
9   Madison Square Garden, New York, NY
11  KFC Yum! Center, Louisville, KY
12  Nationwide Arena, Columbus, OH
14  TaxSlayer Arena, Moline, IL
15  Denny Sanford Premier Center, Sioux Falls, SD
17  Fargodome, Fargo, ND
18  CHI Health Center, Omaha, NE
20  Broadmore World Arena, Colorado Springs, CO 
22  First Interstate Arena at MetraPark, Billings, MT
24  Spokane Arena, Spokane, WA
26  Oracle Arena, Oakland, CA
27  Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas, NV
30  The Forum, Los Angeles, CA

For more on Slayer, visit www.slayer.net.


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ALICE COOPER RELEASES LYRIC VIDEO FOR “DETRIOT CITY 2020”

Alice Cooper has released a lyric video for Detroit City 2020, the opening song of his new Breadcrumbs EP, which will be released on September 13th through earMUSIC. Check it out below.

The Breadcrumbs EP is Alice Cooper’s tribute to the garage rock heroes from his former hometown, Detroit. The EP features six brand new recordings and is available on digital and as limited and numbered 10-inch vinyl — with only 20,000 copies worldwide — sold at very special price.

Joining Cooper on the recordings are MC5’s Wayne Kramer, jazz singer Paul Randolph, former Grand Funk Railroad member Mark Farner, ex-Detriot Wheels drummer Johnny “Bee” Badanjek and Mick Collins.

The EP includes covers of Bob Seger’s 1966 single East Side Story, MC5’s Sister Anne, Suzi Quatro’s Your Mamma Won’t Like Me and Mitch Ryder And The Detroit Wheels’ Devil With A Blue Dress.

Cooper’s next full-length album is due in 2020.

Breadcrumbs track listing:

1. Detroit City 2020 
2. Go Man Go 
3. East Side Story 
4. Your Mama Won’t Like Me 
5. Devil With A Blue Dress / Chains Of Love 
6. Sister Anne 

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“SEVEN INCHES OF SATANIC PANIC,” THE GHOST LOST VINYL 7-INCH FROM FIVE DECADES AGO, FOUND AND SET FOR A SEPTEMBER 27TH RE-RELEASE, “WEBISODE CHAPTER 8: “KISS THE GO GOAT” TELLS ALL

Back during the summer of 1969, an up-and-coming band called Ghost, fronted by Papa Nihil, played its first date at The Whiskey A Go-Go on Hollywood’s Sunset Strip.  The show was to celebrate Ghost’s first release on Galaxy Recordings, Seven Inches of Satanic Panic, the double-A-side 7-inch single featuring Kiss The Go Goat and Mary on A Cross.  This original Ghost line-up eventually disbanded and the single, its original tapes, and the band’s only promo and live performance of Kiss The Go Goat” ever filmed, were lost…that is until recently when the songs and the Super 8 footage were discovered and resurrected by Papa Nihil.  To celebrate its 50th anniversary, Ghost’s Seven Inches of Satanic Panic,  Kiss The Go Goat and Mary on A Cross will be re-released by Loma Vista on September 27th and can be preordered via Ghost’s website and from all digital platforms

Ghost is known for special, limited-edition items that have been tied to its various album releases — an eight-track edition of Ceremony & Devotion, and for Prequelle, a seven-inch die-cut-as-rats vinyl disc of the album’s first single Rats, offering the album on a variety of different colored cassette tapes, and the lenticular cover for Prequelle‘s special vinyl edition as well as five alternate covers for the retail edition. On September 27th, Ghost will release a plethora of limited, exclusive items tied to the Prequelle album and world tour: the deluxe collector’s edition, Prequelle Exalted, with only 5000 sets produced. Log on to ghost-official.com for all purchasing information. To read more about, Prequelle Exalted, click here.

Ghost will begin their fall/winter North American and European Ultimate Tour Named Death headline arena trek on September 13th, click here for dates, and here for the additional dates.

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RATT’S STEPHEN PEARCY SAYS THERE ARE “A LOT OF YOUNG PEOPLE AT OUR SHOWS”

Ryan Loughlin of the Atlantic City Weekly spoke with Ratt frontman, Stephen Pearcy. Highlights from the interview, appear below.

Ryan Loughlin: You guys have had a lot of lineup changes over the years. How is the current version of Ratt getting along?

Stephen Pearcy: Very well, it’s probably the most cohesive we have been.

RL: Rock music has taken a bit of a backseat as far as popularity in recent years, do think pure rock ‘n’ roll like Ratt plays will make a comeback?

SP: I think it is already. We go out and play and the shows are huge and the crowds are crazy and the audience is young. Of course there are also the 40 and 50-year-olds that grew up with us, but there are a lot of young people at our shows.

RL: How do you think young people are getting exposed to your music?

SP: The music is everywhere. It’s on TV, in commercials and I guess there is still a lot of word of mouth, which is great.

RL: Do you have any plans for a new record?

SP: Yes, there’s plans for new music, without a doubt. We’re deciding now how we want to go about releasing it, whether it will be a full record or just a bunch of singles. I think we will probably go that route though, release a few singles, see how people take to it and the rest is easy.

Read more at the Atlantic City Weekly.

Ratt’s current line up, features original members Pearcy, and bassist Juan Croucier along with, guitarists Jordan Ziff (Razer) and Chris Sanders (Britny Fox, Knight Fury) and drummer Pete Holmes (Black ‘N Blue).

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