SLAYER ANNOUNCES “THE FINAL CAMPAIGN” THE LAST LEG OF ITS FAREWELL WORLD TOUR, PRIMUS, MINISTRY AND PHILIP H. ANSELMO & THE ILLEGALS WILL SUPPORT ON ALL DATES

Slayer – Tom Araya/bass and vocals, Kerry King/guitars, Gary Holt/guitars, and Paul Bostaph/drums – will set off on The Final Campaign, the seventh and final leg of its farewell world tour.  This last hurrah will start at the Explore Asheville Arena in Asheville, NC, and see the band taking its goodbye bow at the Los Angeles Forum on November 30th.  Accompanying Slayer for this last ride are Primus, Ministry and Philip H.  Anselmo & The Illegals performing a vulgar display of Pantera, who will support on all dates.  Tickets go on sale July 12th at 10AM local; limited VIP packages will be available.  Log on to slayer.net for all ticketing and package details.
Slayer’s Final World Tour began on May 10th, 2018 with the band’s intention to play as many places as possible, to make it easy for the fans to see one last Slayer show and say goodbye.  By the time the 18-month trek wraps on November 30, the band will have completed seven tour legs plus a series of one-off major summer festivals, performing more than 140 shows in 30-countries and 40 U.S. states.
Slayer’s Final World Tour has been a wild ride.  Three bus drivers, four truck drivers, and a crew of 32 have traveled all over the world to set the stage for this farewell.  At most shows, Slayer’s pyro expert set off 160 pounds of propane and 10 liters of 99% isopropyl alcohol, prompting the Phoenix New Times reviewer to comment on the “eyebrow-singeing pyrotechnics that could be felt even 10 rows behind the pit.”  In Toronto, one diehard fan was ejected from the concert before Slayer took the stage, so jumped into Lake Ontario (that surrounds the Budweiser Arena) and swam back to the venue.  The Tampa Bay Times’ Jay Cridlin wrote, “Beginning with the throttling opener ‘Repentless,’ Slayer tore through their set like a flaming cigarette boat across the river Styx, charring up a vicious circle pit by the stage,” and Detroit’s Gary Graff noted in his Oakland Press review the “10,000 headbangers who skipped the Game of Thrones‘ finale to pay homage to the pioneering quartet.”  “The sheer physicality of their show was something to behold and was yet another indication that while the band may be calling it a career, they are going out on top, playing at their absolute best,” wrote Andy Lindquist for the SF Sonic, and Guy D’Astolfo with the Youngtown Vindicator ended his review with this:  “After the final note, Tom Araya stood alone, scanning the crowd…forging a mental imprint of the moment.  After a minute or two, he went to the microphone and said, ‘I’m going to miss you guys.’  Then he exited and the lights went up.” 

Confirmed dates for the final leg of Slayer’s Final World Tour, The Final Campaign are as follows:

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 Center, Sioux Falls, SD
17  Fargodome, Fargo, ND
18  CHI Health Center, Omaha, NE
20  Broadmore Arena, Colorado Springs, CO 
22  Rimrock Arena, Billings, MT
24  Spokane Arena, Spokane, WA
26  Oracle Arena, Oakland, CA
27  MGM Arena, Las Vegas, NV
30  The Forum, Los Angeles, CA



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FAITHSEDGE FEATURING FORMER MEMBERS OF STRYPER, MR. BIG AND DOKKEN RELEASE “ANGELIC” VIDEO

Bleed for Passion is the new album from the US Melodic Hard Rock group, featuring singer/songwriter Giancarlo Floridia, Mr.Big/Ace Frehley drummer Matt Starr, ex-Stryper bassist extraordinaire Timothy Gaines and former Dokken guitaristAlex De Rosso. Produced, mixed and mastered by  Alex De Rosso, Bleed For Passion takes the listener back to the days of big guitars and powerful melodic vocal lines of the 80’s and early 90’s, but keeping an up to date view on the lyrics and subject matter.

Faithsedge have released a video for the song Angelic, the first single taken from the band’s new album, and can be viewed below.

For more information, please visit: faithsedge-music.com.

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SEBASTIAN BACH SAYS HIS FORMER SKID ROW BANDMATES, “F-CKING HATE ME”

Katy Kroll of Billboard reports:

“You only get so many 30-year anniversaries.”

So says former Skid Row frontman Sebastian Bach on why he’ll perform the rock band’s 1989 self-titled debut album in its entirety on a solo tour, despite a contentious 1996 split from the band and lingering animosity that has hindered a reunion.

The idea for the tour percolated when, in January, Rhino Records released a remastered 30th-anniversary digital deluxe edition of the multiplatinum album, expanded with a bonus track and previously unreleased live recordings.

“It’s like it’s from a different time,” says Bach, 51. And indeed, 30 years is the span of a generation.

Since the release of Skid Row, grunge was born, nu-metal had its moment, emo experienced mainstream success, and rap rose to worldwide domination. But the appeal of songs like Youth Gone Wild, 18 and Life and I Remember You endures.

“The music has a life of its own,” says Bach. “When people hear it, they get an overwhelming sense of nostalgia, which you can take as a compliment or cringe. People especially have a lot of memories attached to I Remember You, which was the number one prom song in 1990, according to USA Today…”

…Despite two power ballads being its biggest hits [18 and Life and I Remember You], Skid Row fell more musically in line with Guns N’ Roses than, say, Poison. Yet it still often gets lumped in with other “hair metal” bands.

“It used to bother me,” admits Bach, “because I’ve played 100 times more shows with Guns N’ Roses than Poison. But when you get older, things change. I’m not an angry young man anymore. Now I’m just proud to be associated with musicians who go out and headline sheds every single summer. I make a great living touring on these songs…”

Bach [admits that he] has not been in a room with his former [Skid Row] bandmates (aside from [drummer Rob] Affuso) in 23 years because, he says, “they f–king hate me.” But he’s still hoping a reunion is in the cards someday. “For the fans, and for me as a fan, yes, I’d like to do it. My father died at age 57, and his father also died at 57 — and every time I go online, somebody in rock is dying or getting cancer or just getting too old to do it anymore. I don’t know if I’ll be around for the next 30 years, so why not do it while I’m still physically capable?”

What would it take to get to that point? “If they’d just let my manager, Rick Sales, take them out to dinner, the [original] band would be on the road again. But they don’t like dealing with managers. Unlike them, it is physically and mentally impossible for me to be mad at somebody for so long — 23 years. That’s like being mad at someone from grade school. But it’s a thin line between love and hate. I don’t love anything about the situation now with the band. But I love everything about when the album came out.”

Read more at Billboard.

Click here for more information,. and to view tour dates, for Bach’s 30th anniversary Skid Row tour.

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SAMMY HAGAR SAYS THAT “DAVID LEE ROTH REFUSES TO ACKNOWLEDGE THAT VAN HALEN WAS MORE SUCCESSFUL [WITH ME] THAN WITH HIM”

Planet Rock reports:

Sammy Hagar replaced David Lee Roth in Van Halen in 1985 and released four studio albums with the band – 5150OU812, For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge and Balance – before they acrimoniously parted ways following internal conflicts in 1996…

…Asked about his so-called “rivalry” with Roth…Hagar said, “It wasn’t even a blip on my radar.

I don’t respect Dave’s artistry, but I do think he’s clever and a great showman and what he did with Van Halen in the early days was fantastic. Van Halen couldn’t have made it without him.

God bless Dave, but he refuses to acknowledge that Van Halen with me was even more successful than Van Halen with him, and that’s very stupid of him.

That’d be like me not acknowledging what he did for the band before I joined: that would be stupid wouldn’t it?”

Elsewhere in his wide-ranging interview, Hagar revealed what caused the end of his first stint with the band.

“We had eight years of (huge success), and then suddenly people in the band started changing… and it wasn’t me and it wasn’t Mike (Anthony),” Hagar said.

“The Balancen record was like pulling teeth, things got very dysfunctional by then. Drugs and alcohol and insecurity and bad management killed that band.”

Read the full in-depth Confessional interview with Sammy Hagar in Issue 15 of Planet Rock magazine, which is on sale now.

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SINGER DON DOKKEN SAYS THAT DRUMMER MICK BROWN IS NO LONGER PLAYING DRUMS FOR THE BAND

According to Don Dokken, drummer Mick Brown, will no longer playing drums with the band.

During a recent appearance on, The Classic Metal Show [via Blabbermouth.net], Dokken said, “I think he’s done. He’s retiring, basically. It hit me very suddenly. We were actually on tour — I don’t know — a month and a half, two months ago. I remember, we were at the airport, and we were getting on yet another freakin’ plane flight, like we do four or five times a week, and he pulled me aside and he says, ‘Bro, I can’t do it anymore.’ And I said, ‘What’s the matter?’ And he said, ‘No, I can’t do it anymore. I can’t do this. I can’t keep flying and playing and [staying in] hotels and playing drums.’ And I said, ‘Is it a money thing? Or is it just the travel? We can cut the shows back. We can do less shows.’ And he said, ‘No. I just can’t do it, man.’ And he made a point. He said, ‘Look, I started playing drums at 10 years old, and I’m 62.’ He goes, ‘I’m just worn out.'”

The singer continued, “People don’t realize, if anybody in the band — guitar player, singer, bass player… Singers lose their voice; bass players, whatever, get carpal tunnel, but a drummer, he’s got the hardest gig in the band. And I told Mick years ago — years ago I told Mick — I said, ‘Mick, you need to take it easy on the drums. You hit too hard. You’re like John Bonham.’ Anybody who’s seen Mick knows he beats the hell out of those drums. And I said, ‘Mick, just take it easy and just hit ’em softer and don’t kill yourself.’ And he said, ‘I don’t know how to play the drums any other way. I go out there and I just go for it and pound the drums as hard as I can. I don’t know how to play like a jazz drummer. I’m a rock drummer.’ But he’s had a lot of stuff like torn [rotator] cuffs, arthritis, [his] knees, his feet, elbows…”

“So, Mick, he’s doing his [Wild Mick Brown And The] Bourbon Ballet, he’s got his little solo band, and he goes out when he wants to play, just to feel the spiritual rush of playing and having fun with the guys he plays with. That’s what he’s doing, man. He said, ‘I love you. We had 40 years together. It’s been a great run. We had some good times. We went to the top of the mountain. And we sold millions of records and made millions of dollars, but it’s time for me to stop.’ That’s what he said. It is what it is… He goes, ‘I’m just burned out, man. I’m just toast. I’m tired of being on the plane.’ He said the plane kicked his ass sometimes worse than playing… And he said he had a scary moment a couple of shows before he quit. He said, ‘I had this out-of-body experience while we were playing, and I felt like I was out of my body watching myself play. And then I went back and I looked at you, and you turned around and looked at me, and my arms felt like they were lead. I just couldn’t lift my arms. I just felt like they weighed a thousand pounds. And I thought, ‘Oh, shit. I’m having a heart attack or something.” So it really scared him. After the show, he said, ‘That was a really weird experience.’ But he went to the doctor. He had a full physical. Everything’s fine. But he did [think] he was having a heart attack, I think. And he just said, ‘I’m fine, but it kind of just put the fear of god in my thing, and I just thought, ‘This is not what I wanna do the rest of my life.’ So you look at his Facebook, he’s riding his Harley and playing in Bourbon Ballet and having fun and enjoying his life.”

Asked if BJ Zampa (House Of Lords), who is filling in for Brown, is Dokken’s new drummer, or just a temporary replacement, Don said: “For now, he’s in the band. I don’t know what his future holds for him. He’s played with House Of Lords for, like, eight, nine years. So you’ve got Chris [McCarvill, Dokken bassist] and BJ, our rhythm section, and they know each other’s feel, they know each other’s time. And I will be honest, it was a little shaky the first couple of shows he did, but to his defense, I just called him up and said, ‘Hey, I have a show next week. Do you remember the songs?’ We didn’t rehearse with him; he just showed up and played and did the best he could. And he was kind of being the opposite of Mick, I will say. He plays really good, he’s really solid, he knows all the parts, he never makes a mistake, he’s super on time, he has great meter, but I thought he’s a little too chill for Dokken. And I said, ‘BJ, I can’t tell you to be something you’re not, but I need a Mick Brown,’ is what I told him. ‘I need a Mick Brown. I need somebody that’s behind me, and they’d better be bashing the shit out of those drums, because you’re the engine. And if that’s what you can do, show me.'”

Dokken is currently working on material on a new studio album, tentatively due in 2020 via Silver Lining Music, the label owned by Thomas Jensen, one of the founders of Germany’s Wacken Open Air festival. It will mark the group’s first disc since 2012’s Broken Bones.

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FORMER GUNS N’ ROSES DRUMMER STEVE ADLER SAYS HE IS “ALIVE AND WELL”

Steven Adler posted a video to his Facebook in which he says he’s alive, well and eager to hit the stage.

In the video, Adler says that he is “really sorry for all this media confusion that’s been going on. I’m alive and well. I’m looking forward to seeing everybody July 12th at the Golden Nugget in Vegas, and July 13th at the motorcycle rally in Oregon. … I love everybody and I can’t wait to see you and hug everybody. Thank you so much for your love and support.”

According to TMZ, “someone at Adler’s L.A. home called 911 shortly after 6:30 Thursday night to report someone had stabbed themselves.” When police and paramedics got to the location they “discovered it was Adler who had suffered a stab wound to his stomach.

A representative for the musician insisted it was a “very minor, superficial wound” that was caused by an accident. They went on to specify that this was not a suicide attempt.

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