THE METAL GOD SAYS IF HIS AUTOBIOGRAPHY WAS EVER MADE INTO A MOVIE, PERHAPS JOHNNY DEPP, OR TIMOTHÉE CHALAMET, COULD PLAY HIM

Greg Prato from Songfacts spoke with the Metal God, Rob Halford. Highlights from interview appear below.

Songfacts: What made you decide to write your autobiography at this point in your life?

Rob Halford: There’s a couple of things, really. I’m a 69-year-old metalhead, and I think that as time moves on, it’s always good to try and hammer down all the facts and the memories that you have while you can. Not saying that’s going to dissipate, but I’ve had a lot of metal miles under the belt by now.

I was approached a long, long time ago about making a book and I just wanted to wait until I felt it was the appropriate time. It had arrived, and here it is.

And then secondly, there’s always the chance that you might get the unofficial autobiography that tends to crop up. Just because everybody knows me for who I am – I’m a pretty straightforward/direct guy and keep it real and legit. I always think if it comes from the official source, then a book like this has more merits and it has more value.

Songfacts: One of my favorite parts of the book was when you discuss recording British Steel at Tittenhurst Park, a mansion that was then-owned by Ringo Starr, and previously owned by John Lennon and Yoko Ono.

Halford: I found that famous obelisk – that Perspex obelisk [spotted in the video for Imagine] – that is now in my valuable care. I’ve always said since the book has come out and I talk about that story, of facing that dusty cupboard of neglected objects stuck in the dark in the corner, I kind of “put it into my care” – that’s the best way to say it. I didn’t nick it.

But I’ll tell you some of the sweet things. I used to go out jogging every morning before we’d start work. I’d jog around the park and it’s just the feeling that you’d have as a person that has been so attracted to The Beatles, especially from my early childhood when their music really connected to me deeply. Here I am, jogging around the grounds of this house of two of the most famous musicians in the world – two game-changing musicians. Jogging around, and looking back at the house, and then seeing the lake where you see the clip of John and Yoko in that rowboat. It was like a dream. Absolutely unbelievable.

And then, just walking through the house – again, as a fan, as well as a musician – and just imagining all the great things that happened there, including the Imagine video, of course. For me, that was an extra special experience.

Songfacts: What was the lyrical inspiration behind “You’ve Got Another Thing Comin'”?

Halford: Just this attitude that we’ve always had in Priest. And I dare say, we’ve always had in our personal way of dealing with issues that are sent to challenge us.

One life, I’m going to live it up…
If you think I’ll sit around as the world goes by, you’re thinking like a fool

All this kind of stuff… You’ve Got Another Thing Coming.

It’s also wrapped up in the heavy metal community culture of the way we support each other with our metal. It’s very much a song of hope and rising above the issues or difficulties that come your way. It’s a song of resilience, as well.

Songfacts: If Confess is made into a movie, who should play the role of Rob Halford?

Halford: Oh, I don’t know. I really wouldn’t know where to begin. There are some amazing actors out there, and they’re multi-talented. I haven’t got a clue. Maybe my friend Johnny Depp would have a go. There’s also an amazing actor, Timothée Chalamet, who just has some incredible chops. It’s a lot of fun to think about. We’ll all be surprised if and when it happens.

Read more at Songfacts.

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KIX CELEBRATE 35TH ANNIVERSARY OF “MIDNIGHT DYNAMITE” WITH “MIDNIGHT DYNAMITE RE-LIT” OUT NOVEMBER 20TH

 In a year full of bad news, Kix is excited to bring some good news to their fans. On the 35thanniversary of the release of Midnite Dynamite, Maryland hard rock icons, Kiv will release Midnite Dynamite Re-Lit (track listing below), on November 20th. For Midnite Dynamite Re-Lit, Kix partnered with long-time collaborator and the album’s original producer, Beau Hill (Alice Cooper, Ratt, Warrant), for a blistering update of the fan-favorite album. Midnite Dynamite Re-Lit is available for pre-order now on the band’s webstore where fans can also purchase special commemorative merchandise including T-shirts, hoodies, keychains, and more.

Kix’s third album of their career, originally released October 7th, 1985, Midnite Dynamite reflected the band’s true essence, as the popular musical landscape of the mid 80’s had shifted in their favor. From the slash-and-burn riffing of the album’s title track and the high-speed antics of Layin’ Rubber, to the Aerosmith-flavored groove of numbers like Cold Shower, and Sex, to the heart-break melancholia of the album’s sole ballad, Walkin’ Away, Midnite Dynamite is packed with material that delivers not only attitude in spades, but also pummels the listener with hook after hook.

Thirty-five years after its initial release, Midnite Dynamite remains a fan and band favorite, and Hill (who also remixed Kix’s hit album Blow My Fuse to mark its 30th anniversary in 2018) relished the opportunity to return to the original 1985 multi-track tapes.

About the new mix, Hill says, “The guitars don’t have as much schmutz on them as the original, and Steve’s vocal just jumps off the page now without all the bulls**t that I was putting on it then. I guess that’s what happens when you mix and produce for an additional 35 years.”

“Back in the 80s, everything had way too much echo, way too much reverb,” recalls vocalist Steve Whiteman. “It was so muddy that sometimes you would lose some really dynamic performances. Beau cleaned all that up on the Blow My Fuse re-release, and he’s doing the same thing on Midnite Dynamite, so it sounds incredible.”

Midnite Dynamite Re-Lit also includes original demo recordings for seven out of the ten songs, plus one early album mix of the song, Walking Away.  “We chose to include a demo disc, like Fuse 30 Reblown, even though we were missing two songs,” says bassist Mark Schenker. “Nobody had a copy on either cassette or two track stereo quarter-inch tape. I searched high and low and couldn’t find the demos of Scarlet Fever,  or Bang Bang.”

Midnight Dynamite Re-Lit track list:

Disc One (Remix by Beau Hill):

  1. Midnite Dynamite

2. Red Hot (Black & Blue)

3. Bang Bang (Balls Of Fire)

4. Layin’ Rubber

5. Walkin’ Away

6. Scarlet Fever

7. Cry Baby

8. Cold Shower

9. Lie Like A Rug 

10. Sex

Disc Two (Original Demo Recordings):

  1. Midnite Dynamite (Demo Version)

2. Red Hot (Black & Blue Demo Version)

3. Layin’ Rubber (Demo Version)

4. Walkin’ Away (early album mix)

5. Cry Baby (Demo Version)

6. Cold Shower (Demo Version)

7. Lie Like A Rug  (Demo Version)

8. Sex (Demo Version)

In 2014, Kix released their seventh full-length album, Rock Your Face Off (Loud & Proud Records) their first studio effort since 1995’s Show Business. The album debuted at #1 on Amazon’s “Hard Rock and Metal “chart, in the Top 50 on Billboard’s “Top 200 Albums” chart, #5 on the “Independent Albums “chart, #11 on the “Top Internet “chart, #17 on the “Top Rock Albums” chart, #27 on the “Indie/Small Chain Core Stores” chart and #33 on the “Physical” chart.

KIX last released Can’t Stop The Show: The Return Of KIX on October 21st, 2016, a two-disc DVD/CD set that entered the Billboard Top Music Video Sales chart at #3, and rose to the #1 position, the band’s highest charting debut and first #1 ever in their 35-year history.  The 71-minute film offered an in-depth look into KIX’s decision to record their first new album, 2014’s Rock Your Face Offin almost 20 years.

In 2018, Kixcelebrated the 30th Anniversary of their biggest album, Blow My Fuse, with Blow My Fuse Re-Blown, a two-disc set with a remixed/remastered version of the album, along with the original demo recordings for all 10 songs. The reunion with Beau Hill for this remix sparked the initiative to revisit Midnite Dynamite and take a similar approach to updating Kix’s legacy.

Kix will hit the road in 2021 playing select deep cuts from the album Midnite Dynamite to celebrate the release of Midnite Dynamite Re-LitAll tour dates can be found on the band’s website.

Kix online: Website, Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

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11/3: TRUNK NATION UPDATE & BEST OF SCHEDULE, PODCAST, FREE TIX TO BALD MAN THIS FRI IN VEGAS!

I’ll be hosting a show this Fri in Las Vegas with Bald Man at Backstage Bar. It is FREE, but you do need to register for your free ticket in advance. Here’s the link. Hope to see you!

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Podcast this Thursday is Damon Johnson and Richie Faulkner. Posts Thurs. Next Thurs Luke Spiller of The Struts and Tommy Shaw.

Had some great guests already this week on TrunkNation. Monday Ben from Black Stone Cherry joined me on Volume, John Bush joined me on Hair Nation. Today Myles Kennedy called in as well as Lanny Cordola. Lanny is doing amazing work living in Afghanistan and teaching young children guitar in war torn countires. Lanny was in Giuffria and House Of Lords back in the day. Amazing work he is doing. Reair of these interviews 8-10P ET on 106, All these interviews are now On Demand on the SiriusXM app.

I’ll be on vacation, returning for live shows Thursday 11/12 on Volume. Here is the best of schedule airing while I’m away. All shows 2-4 & 10-Mid ET on SiriusXM 106:

Bob Ezrin – Airs Wednesday 11/4

Maligned Albums You Love – Airs Thursday 11/5

King Diamond – Airs Friday 11/6

Tony Iommi – Airs Monday 11/9

Bands Playing to Backing Tracks – Airs Tuesday 11/10

Robin Zander & Lenny Kravitz – Airs Wednesday 11/11

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GIUFFRIA AND HOUSE OF LORDS’, LANNY CORDOLA’S CHARITY, THE MIRACULOUS LOVE KIDS/GIRL WITH A GUITAR, RELEASE VIDEO FOR “SWEET DREAMS” FEATURING TOM MORELLO, KATHY VALENTINE, CHERIE CURRIE, VICKI PETERSON, WAYNE KRAMER AND OTHERS

In 2018, Lanny Cordola (Giuffria, House Of Lords), founder of The Miraculous Love Kids/Girl With A Guitar, released Love and Mercy with the song’s writer and the Beach Boys founding member Brian Wilson. Two years later, The Miraculous Love Kids/Girl With A Guitar have recorded a follow up-a rewired rendition of the Eurytyhmics number-one hit Sweet Dreams.

For their latest release, some of the world’s most prominent musicians, including Tom Morello (Rage Against The Machine, Audioslave), keyboardist Rami Jaffee (Foo Fighters), bassist Kathy Valentine (The Go-Go’s), guitarist Vicki Peterson (The Bangles), singer Cherie Currie (The Runaways), guitarist Wayne Kramer (MC5), drummer Kris Myers (Umphrey’s McGee), along with singer Inara George and multi-instrumentalist Greg Kurstin of The Bird and The Bee, have come together with he Miraculous Love Kids to share their take on this classic song with unprecedented depth and dimension.

“I feel a moral and spiritual imperative to awaken humanity, in particular my brethren in the music community to help give a voice to the horrible plight of poverty-stricken, war-torn girls,” Lanny explains. “Why girls? Because they have it the worst-forced into childhood marriages, stripped of their rights, and exploited in every way imaginable.”

When asked why he chose Sweet Dreams, Lanny conjures a ruminative reply, “We wanted to do something moody-a kind of gothic hymn-and we gravitated towards the dark yet hopeful spirit of this song. The lines in the song-‘some of them want to use you, some of them want to get used by you, some of them want to abuse you, some them want to be abused’-really resonate, reflecting these troubled times. But then a glimmer of optimism-‘hold your head up…keep your head up’-gently flows through the voices of these girls who have experienced the worst that humanity has to offer.”

Tom Morello adds, “This is so amazing. Thank you for the honor and blessing of being able to create music with these brave girls.”

The she heard about the cause, Kathy Valentine-who released her memoir, All I Ever Wanted, in April, then reunited with The Go-Go’s for a Showtime documentary about the band-immediately stepped up. “I watched all the videos, looked at the entire website, and read all the press. After doing all that, I decided I wanted to be of service to The Miraculous Love Kids.”

As an original member of The Bangles Vicki Peterson can definitely relate to the ambition of being a girls with a guitar. “This was a singular honor for me to be part of and I would love to be involved further.”

Foe Wayne Kramer, who pioneered American hard rock with MC5 in the late 1960s, the experience of playing with The Miraculous Love Kids was simply “inspirational.”

Lanny has the final word, “The girls are learning about the world through Rock n’ Roll, and have begun discovering the wonders and magic of the guitar from this incredible cast of soul-filled musicians from America, who all offered their services with great generosity and enthusiasm.”

Watch the video for Sweet Dreams below.

The Miraculous Love Kids is a non-profit, 5019(c)(3) organization established by musician Lanny Cordola. For more information and to make a donation, please visit miraculouslovekids.org.

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ALTER BRIDGE RELEASES OFFICIAL LYRIC VIDEO FOR NEW SONG “LAST RITES,” WRITTEN DURING LOCKDOWN, FROM FORTHCOMING EP “WALK THE SKY 2.0”

As the band’s latest single Native Son continues to impact radio, Altdr Bridge releases a lyric video for their original song Last Rites from the upcoming EP Walk The Sky 2.0. The video uses a dark and mystical aesthetic utilizing a fortune teller making a prediction based on the song’s lyrics. The song was born from an idea that bandmembers Myles Kennedy, Mark Tremonti, Brian Marshall and Scott Phillips began sharing after the cancellation of their entire 2020 touring schedule and written, recorded and completed entirely during the Covid-19 lockdown. Last Rites is available on all streaming partners and the lyric video can be seen below.
The new Walk The Sky 2.0 EP – available November 6th through Napalm Records – is comprised of Last Rites, along with live versions of Wouldn’t You Rather, Pay No Mind, Native Son, Godspeed, In the Deep and Dying Light all recorded during the band’s US tour at the beginning of the year.  The new EP is available for pre-order in various configurations including a Jewelcase CD (available worldwide), Jewelcase CD + T-Shirt (Napalm Records exclusive worldwide except North America), and CREAM-colored Vinyl Gatefold LP (available worldwide). The album will also be available in a digital bundle with the original Walk The Skand Walk The Sky 2.0 together as well as a limited edition 2-CD Earbook with both versions included (Napalm Records Mailorder only). 
Pre-order Walk The Sky 2.0 via Napalm Records here.
The tracklisting for Walk The Sky 2.0 is:

1. Last Rites
2. Wouldn’t You Rather (Live)
3. Pay No Mind (Live)
4. Native Son (Live)
5. Godspeed (Live)
6. In The Deep (Live)
7. Dying Light (Live)
In other news, Alter Bridge’s latest single Native Son, which has racked up over five million worldwide streams to date, has broken in to the Top 40 at Active Rock radio. The band released a video for the single – an animated short created completely using stop-animation techniques and incorporating origami to create a unique visual effect. The video for “Native Son” was created by Stefano Bertelli and can be seen here.
Alter Bridge online:

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DAVID LEE ROTH POSTS SONG HE RECORDED WITH JOHN 5

Original Van Halen frontman David Lee Roth has shared a song called Somewhere Over The Rainbow Bar And Grill from the unreleased album he wrote and recorded with guitarist John 5 several years ago. You can now listen to it below.

John 5 got his first big break playing on Roth’s solo album, DLR Band, before playing with Marilyn Manson and now Rob Zombie. His latest sessions with Roth reportedly took place at least six years ago, with the guitarist sharing a snippet of the album during an interview with Masters Of Shred back in May 2019.

This past March, Roth postponed the final six shows of his Las Vegas residency due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The singer performed as the opening act for the February/March North American leg of KISS’s End Of The Road farewell tour.

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