On the heels of the excitement of the recent announcement that west coast metal veterans Metal Church will release From the Vault on April 10th, the band has released a lyric video for the first track from the collection, Dead On The Vine.  Recorded in the summer of 2019, the song started from an idea that began when Mike Howe returned for the XI release. Remaining unfinished from that album, Kurdt and Mike got together to complete the version that is featured in the new lyric video. The lyric video for Dead On The Vine can be seen below.

From The Vault is a special edition compilation album that features 14 previously unreleased tracks from the Mike Howe era, which include four newly recorded studio tracks including a redux of the band’s fan favorite classic Conductor. The remaining tracks are compiled from various recordings in the band’s history and include five tracks from 2018’s Damned if You Do recording sessions, three cover songs and two live tracks Agent Green and Anthem to the Estranged which was recorded at the famous Club Citta, Kawasaki, Japan on the Damned If You Do world tour.

The album is available for pre-order in numerous configurations including a limited edition twenty-two-page comic book via Rat Pak Records here: The comic book. Return of the Fake Healer ( featuring the artwork of mid-west comic book illustrator Andrew Owens), also comes with an additional compilation CD which features a mix of XI and Damned If you Do tracks as well as two previously unreleased mixes of Killing Your Time and Needle & SutureFrom The Vault is also available via all digital retailers and fans that purchase a digital copy will receive an instant download of Dead On The Vine. The digital pre-order can be found here here

Track listing (Deluxe USA version):

New Studio Tracks:

1. Dead on the Vine 
2. For No Reason
3. Conductor [redux]
4. Above the Madness 

B-Side tracks from the Damned If you Do sessions:

5. Mind Thief
6. Tell Lie Vision
7. False Flag
8. Insta Mental
9. 432hz

Cover Songs from From The Vault:

10. Please Don’t Judas Me [Nazareth cover]
11. Green Eyed Lady [Sugarloaf Cover]
12. Black Betty [Ram Jam Cover]

Live tracks From The Vault:

13. Agent Green [Live in Japan]
14. Anthem to The Estranged [Live in Japan]

Bonus tracks:  

15. Killing Your Time (Wizard mix) [digital and comic CD version only]
16. Needle & Suture” (Metal mix) [digital and comic CD version only]
17. The Enemy Mind (XI bonus track) [digital download version only]
18. The Coward (XI bonus track) [digital download version only]

Metal Church is:

Mike Howe – Vocals
Kurdt Vanderhoof – Guitars
Stet Howland – Drums
Steve Unger – Bass
Rick Van Zandt – Guitars

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On April 24, Eagle Rock Entertainment will present legendary British Rock ‘N’ Roll icons and Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame®inductees Def Leppard: London to Vegas. This limited edition 2Blu-ray+4CD, 2DVD+4CD and digital format release features two spectacular concert films: Hysteria At The O2 and Hits Vegas, Live At Planet Hollywood.

Filmed in December 2018, Hysteria At The O2 captures Def Leppard celebrating the groundbreaking Hysteria, one of their two diamond-certified 10x platinum albums (the other being Pyromania). Performed in its entirety before a ravenous sold-out crowd, this momentous homecoming event is made all the more powerful as it was their long-awaited debut at the iconic O2 Arena in London. Featuring electrifying performances of Pour Some Sugar On Me, Animal, Women, and Love Bites, band members Joe Elliott (vocals), Phil Collen (guitar), Rick “Sav” Savage (bass), Vivian Campbell (guitar), and Rick Allen (drums) conclude the set with a host of extra hits including Let’s Get Rocked, When Love and Hate Collide, and Photograph.

Six months later, just after their induction in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Def Leppard undertook a residency in Las Vegas at Zappos Theatre in Planet Hollywood. Hits Vegas, Live At Planet Hollywood is a 28-song deep dive into not only their greatest hits, but rarities such as Too Late For Love, Billy’s Got A Gun, Slang, and Promises. Highlighting Def Leppard’s versatility, Hits Vegas presents a livewire stage show with two stages and video walls, punctuated with intimate, acoustic renditions of rarely performed songs Let Me Be The One, We Belong, Have You Ever Needed Someone So Bad, and Two Steps Behind.

Hits Vegas offers a behind-the-scenes bonus feature, while Hysteria At The O2 is rounded out with the bonus Hysteria: Then And Now mini-documentary. As a whole, Def Leppard: London To Vegas encapsulates the prestige of one of rock’s most iconic bands.

Packed in a 10” box with a 40-page hardback book, the set is completed with audio from both concerts. Hysteria Live, featuring the performance of the complete Hysteria album from the O2 show, will also be available separately on crystal clear 2LP, packaged in a gatefold sleeve. Finally, in addition to these in-depth sets, Def Leppard: London To Vegas is now available for pre-order as a direct-to-consumer package with exclusive merchandise bundles here. These include a London To Vegas T-shirt, London To Vegas 12×12 lithograph, branded envelope featuring replica setlist, guitar pics, and replica laminates from both shows, and an exclusive 4-song picture disc Acoustic In Vegas.

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Guitarist Dimebag Darrell wanted to reform Pantera shortly before his death, according to a close friend.

Longtime Pantera/Damageplan videographer Daryl ‘Bobby Tongs’ Arnberger told the podcast that the guitarist told him less than a month before he died that he was going to “do whatever it takes” to get his former band back together and reunite with estranged singer Phil Anselmo and bassist Rex Brown.

Says Arnbeger, “The last time I saw him was in November of 2004… I went over to his house. I was just talking to him briefly about everything. He was, like, ‘We’re gonna go out and do this [Damageplan] tour through December, and I’ll see you for Christmas and everything. After that, we’re gonna have some new s–t going on. And it’s not gonna be this. Whatever it takes, we’re gonna get these guys back together and do it right.’

He was saying he was gonna do everything he could. He was pretty much done with what they [Damageplan] were doing at that point. He wanted to move on and go back to Pantera.”

Referring to Damageplan, Arnberger added, “He didn’t think the other guys were as into it. He obviously didn’t feel the magic as much as he did with the other two guys [Anslemo and Brown].”

Pantera acrimoniously split following 2000’s Reinventing The Steel album. Dimebag was shot and killed onstage at the Alrosa Villa club in Columbus, Ohio, on December 8, 2004. His brother, Pantera drummer, Vinnie Paul died in June 2018.

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Metallica has regretfully had to cancel their headline performances at Sonic Temple Art + Music Festival in Columbus, OH (May 15th & 17th) and Louder Than Life in Louisville, KY (September 18th & 20th) to allow singer James  to continue his road to recovery.

Hetfield released the following statement:

“Dear Metallica Family,

It pains me to write this, but I have to let all of you know that I cannot make it to Sonic Temple in Columbus and Louder Than Life in Louisville this year. As part of my continuing effort to get and stay healthy, I have critical recovery events on those weekends that cannot be moved. I apologize to all of our fans who have bought tickets for these festivals. We are working with the festival promoters to provide for refunds or exchanges. My intent with this statement is saying “I apologize” to each one of you. The reality is that I have not prioritized my health in the past year of touring and I now know that my mental health comes first. That might sound like a no-brainer for most of you but I didn’t want to let the Metallica team/family down and, I alone, completely compromised myself.

Looking on the brighter side, my therapy is going well. It was absolutely necessary for me to look after my mental, physical, and spiritual health.

I want to stress that the band will play all other announced 2020 shows.

I am looking forward to getting back to playing and seeing all our great South American fans in April. And, of course, playing Epicenter in Charlotte, Welcome to Rockville in Daytona and Aftershock in Sacramento. We will still play two unique sets at each of these festivals.

Beyond 2020, I am optimistic about the blessings I have been given and what the future brings. I appreciate all the great prayers and support from everyone since I went into rehab last September. Like the moth into the flame, being human in this career has its huge challenges and can be difficult. Your understanding helps the healing.

– James”

Multiplatinum and Grammy winning bands Red Hot Chili Peppers (recently reunited with guitarist John Frusciante) and Tool have been announced as new headliners for Sonic Temple, joining Saturday’s multiplatinum, Grammy winning headliner, Slipknot for the May 15th – 17th festival at MAPFRE Stadium in Columbus, Ohio. Red Hot Chili Peppers will headline May 15th while Tool will headline May 17th.

Danny Wimmer Presents founder and festival creator Danny Wimmer says“First and foremost, I want to say how much I respect and support James for taking care of himself, and for his commitment to getting healthy. At the same time, I am also deeply devoted to providing our festivalgoers with the biggest and best festival experience in the world. As disappointed as we all are to lose Metallica, I am thrilled that Red Hot Chili Peppers and Tool, dear friends of both DWP and Metallica,are stepping up on short notice to join Slipknot, keeping Sonic Temple on track to be the greatest rock festival in America.”

Sonic Temple and Louder Than Life pass holders who would like to exchange their passes to see Metallica at another Danny Wimmer Presents festival, or would like to receive a refund, will be able to do so starting this February 28th. An email will be sent out to purchasers from Front Gate Ticketing on Friday at 10:00 AM EST with complete exchange and refund details.

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The family of Neil Peart has authorized an official memorial concert to honor the late Rush drummer, who passed away last month following a private battle with brain cancer. The event, dubbed A Night for Neil – The Neil Peart Memorial Celebration, will take place in the Canadian musician’s hometown of St. Catharines, Ontario, reports Consequence of Sound.

Peart’s family is working with Rush’s charity organization, Overtime Angels, as well as the city of St. Catharines to coordinate the tribute show with event producer George Roche. The celebration will take place May 16th at the Meridian Centre hockey arena.

As of now, no performers have been announced, but the event promises “a wide array of production professionals, world-class musicians, and guest speakers to pay tribute to Neil’s life and career.” The lineup is expected to be revealed in the coming weeks.

“We are grateful for the team that Overtime Angels is assembling,” stated Neil’s parents, Glen and Betty Peart. “We are especially pleased to be able to support this charity event that will benefit some much-needed organizations that are close to our hearts.”

The show will not only benefit Overtime Angels, but also St. Catharines Hospital and Walker Cancer Centre; The Juravinski Hospital & Cancer Centre in Hamilton, Ontario; and The Royal Victoria Regional Health Centre in Barrie, Ontario.

“A Night for Neil” tickets go on sale to the public this Friday (February 28th) via Ticketmaster, with pre-sales beginning as early as Tuesday (February 25th).

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Sons Of Apollo–former Dream Theater members Mike Portnoy and Derek Sherinian, Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal (ex-Guns N’ Roses), Billy Sheehan (The Winery Dogs, Mr. Big, David Lee Roth) and Jeff Scott Soto (ex-Journey, ex-Yngwie Malmsteen’s Rising Force)—recently released their second studio album MMXX to much acclaim, before undertaking a successful North American headline tour.

The band are about to embark on a European headlining run, beginning February 28th in Germany, and to celebrate they have launched a video for the track Asphyxiation. Watch it here.

Click here to read more details about MMXX and to view tour dates. Listen to Goodbye Divinity here, and Desolate July, here.

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