ANTHRAX’S “ANTHEMS” EP TO BE RELEASED ON MARCH 19TH

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Anthems, Anthrax’s long-awaited, eight-track EP that pays tribute to the classic songs by some of Anthrax’s favorite bands from the 1970s, will be released in North America on March 19th (MRI/Megaforce), and on March 22nd in Europe (Nuclear Blast).

Anthems‘ track listing features Rush’s Anthem, Thin Lizzy’s Jailbreak, TNT by AC/DC, Boston’s Smokin’, Big Eyes by Cheap Trick, Journey’s Keep on Runnin,” as well as the album version and a special remix of Anthrax’s Crawl from the band’s critically-acclaimed 2011 album Worship Music.

Said the band’s vocalist Joey Belladonna, “These are all bands I grew up with and have listened to forever. It’s just great music. I had fun singing these songs and I was happy recording together with Anthrax, doing classic rock songs. Fun stuff!”

On Boston’s Smokin’, Anthrax brought in a special guest to play keyboards – Fred Mandel, who has played with Alice Cooper, Queen, Elton John, Cheap Trick, Supertramp and on Pink Floyd’s The Wall. About the track, drummer Charlie Benante said, “If ever there were a perfect first album, it’s Boston’s first album. The harmony leads they did would later be heard by Iron Maiden, which of course would lead to thrash metal.”

The EP will be available on CD as well as digitally via iTunes and other online retailers. In addition to Anthems‘ cover art, Benante and artist Stephen Thompson have subtly redesigned each track’s original album cover art to “Anthrax” it. The Anthems EP will first be housed in one of the “re-imagined” digipak covers, and then inserted inside the main CD cover sleeve. The main cover sleeve has been designed in such a way so fans will be able to see which one of the six “re-imagined” covers is inside.

Anthems was produced by Anthrax, Jay Ruston and former guitarist Rob Caggiano, and recorded for the most part throughout 2012 literally all over the world: at Benante’s home studio, in Ruston’s New York studio, on the band’s tour bus while on last summer’s Mayhem Tour, in hotel rooms, and backstage at their Berlin show last December.

The Grammy-nominated Anthrax – Belladonna, Benate/drums, Scott Ian/guitar and Frank Bello/bass – will hit the road in support Anthems on February 16th with dates in India and Australia, and then return to North America to headline the Metal Alliance Tour that begins on March 22nd. For all of these dates, Anthrax will be joined by Shadows Fall guitarist Jon Donais.

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EDDIE JOINS ZAKK WYLDE, SCOTT IAN, LITA FORD AND OTHERS IN HONORING DEE SNIDER AT REVOLVER/GUITAR WORLD’S ROCK & ROLL ROAST!

Screen-Shot-2012-12-19-at-12.24.58-PMRevolver and Guitar World magazines have announced the 2nd annual Rock & Roll Roast.

This year’s honoree is none other than Dee Snider, who was recently named one of the 100 greatest living rock stars by Revolver magazine.

The event, which is sponsored by Epiphone and Monster Energy Drink, will take place at The Grove in Anaheim, California, January 24 during 2013 Winter NAMM weekend. However, unlike the rest of NAMM, the Roast is open to the public, and it also will air live on AXS TV at midnight ET (9 p.m. PT).

A portion of the proceeds will benefit MusiCares, a nonprofit organization of The Recording Academy that provides emergency financial assistance and addiction recovery resources to music people in need.

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Roastmaster Penn Jillette and other metal-loving luminaries such as last year’s honoree Zakk Wylde, Anthrax’s Scott Ian, Lita Ford, WWE legend Mick Foley and That Metal Show host Eddie Trunk, plus comedy and roast veterans Jim Norton, Craig Gass, Jim Florentine and others will take aim at the Twisted Sister frontman and reality TV icon, best known for his outspoken personality, golden locks and appearances on The Celebrity Apprentice. Jose Mangin (of Sirius/XM and Headbanger’s Ball fame) will be on hand to serve as the evening’s DJ.

Says Snider: “Roasters, remember: P.A.M.F. Payback’s A Mutha F**ker!”

Says Rock & Roll Roast Executive Producer Josh Bernstein: “They say you only roast the ones you love, but with Dee Snider, we’ll be making an exception.”

Never setting his limits, Snider has taken on the role of film producer, actor, voiceover artist, political advocate and, most recently, Broadway star with his run in the hit musical Rock of Ages. His autobiography, Shut Up and Give Me the Mic, was released in the summer of 2012, and Dee returns to the small screen in March 2013 as part of the cast of All-Star Celebrity Apprentice.

AXS TV Concerts can be found online at www.axs.tv, on Facebook at facebook.com/axstvconcerts and on Twitter at twitter.com/axstv.

Check out the commercial for the roast below.

For more info, visit rockandrollroast.com.

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STRYPER ANNOUNCE NEW RECORD DEAL AND ALBUM FOR 2013

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Christian hard rocker Stryper have just announced that they have signed a deal with Frontiers Records.

Their first release will be a new re-recorded collection called, Second Coming, featuring classic Stryper songs like Free, Soldiers Under Command and Calling on You, and will be released on March 26th. Aside from the older songs, Second Coming will also feature two new tracks.

Stryper frontman Michael Sweet commented, “We’re really excited about this record. The re-recorded songs are sounding awesome…better than the originals in many ways! One word to describe the record? Heavier. We’ve hooked up with some great people – we’ve got new management, a great album, a great label. We just feel like everything is coming together, and hopefully some big things are to follow.” Sweet also produced the album.

Stryper formed in 1984, and after a sabbatical for much of the 1990’s, the group returned strong in the early 21st century. To date, the band has sold upwards of 8 million records worldwide and is a Dove Award-winner and Grammy nominee. Stryper is the first band to have two songs in MTV’s Top 10 simultaneously.

Second Coming track listing:

1. Loud N’ Clear
2. Loving You
3. Soldiers Under Command
4. Makes Me Wanna Sing
5. First Love
6. The Rock That Makes Me Roll
7. Reach Out
8. Surrender
9. To Hell With The Devil
10. Calling On You
11. Free
12. The Way
13. Sing Along Song
14. More Than A Man
15. Bleeding From Inside Out (new song)
16. Blackened (new song)

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ALICE IN CHAINS ANNOUNCE N. AMERICAN TOUR DATES/RELEASE VIDEO FOR “HOLLOW”

ALICEINCHAINS Publicity Pic credit Dave MaAs they gear up for the spring release of their much-anticipated new album, multi-platinum rock band ALICE IN CHAINS have announced a North American tour set to kick off April 25th at the Fillmore in Miami Beach (see itinerary below).

This past Thursday, the band teamed with VEVO to premiere the official companion clip for new track “Hollow.” Shot by award-winning director Roboshobo (Metallica, Mastodon, GreenDay), the hypnotically mind-trippy “Hollow” captures a man closed off and losing himself in an empty repetition of daily tasks until his last thread with reality is completely severed. The video can be seen at http://vevo.ly/U7WPDg and the song, which hit the top 10 on the iTunes Rock Chart, is available at http://t.co/HE12JnVT.

The video follows the recent release of a “Hollow” lyric clip that was created by fans and comprised of images submitted through Instagram.

Set for a spring 2013 release, Alice In Chains’ upcoming album was recorded in Los Angeles with producer Nick Raskulinecz (FooFighters, Deftones), who also produced the band’s hugely successful 2009 release BLACK GIVES WAY TO BLUE. That album entered Billboard’s Top 200 at No. 5, sold over one million copies, spawned two No. 1 hit singles (“Check My Brain” and “Your Decision”) and a third (“Lesson Learned”) that went top 10, earned two Grammy nominations and saw the band (vocalist/guitarist Jerry Cantrell, vocalist/guitarist William DuVall, drummer Sean Kinney and bassist Mike Inez) headlining a sold-out international tour that wrapped at Madison Square Garden in New York City.

In a recent interview with Guitar World, Cantrell said, “In my opinion, that record stood up to anything else we’ve put out in our career. Hopefully, the new album will connect with people in the same way.”

 

Thu-Apr-25  Miami Beach  Fillmore

Fri-Apr-26  Tampa  WXTB Rockfest – Tampa Bay Times Forum

Sat-Apr-27  Jacksonville  Rockville Festival – Metropolitan Park

Tue-Apr-30  Birmingham  BJCC Concert Hall

Wed-May-01  Augusta, GA  William B. Bell Auditorium

Fri-May-03  Memphis  Beale Street Festival

Sat-May-04  Charlotte, NC  Carolina Rebellion Festival

Sun-May-05  Norfolk, VA  Norva

Tue-May-07  Bethlehem, PA  Sands Events Center

Wed-May-08  Pittsburgh  Benedum Center

Fri-May-10  Des Moines  KAZR Lazerfest – Iowa Expo

Sat-May-11  Kansas City, MO  Rockfest – Liberty Park

Sun-May-12  St. Louis  KPNT – Verizon Amph.

Tue-May-14  Sioux Falls, SD  KRROfest – Lyons Fairgrounds

Wed-May-15  Milwaukee  Eagles Ballroom

Sat-May-18  Philadelphia  WMMR – Susquehanna Bank Ctr

Sun-May-19  Columbus  Rock On The Range

Tue-May-21  Ft. Wayne, IN  Embassy Theatre

Wed-May-22  Evansville, IN  Aiken Theatre

Fri-May-24  Lincoln, NE  Pinewood Bowl Amphitheater

Sat-May-25  Pryor, OK  Rocklahoma Festival

 

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For more information on ALICE IN CHAINS, please contact:

 

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BWR Public Relations

310-248-6171

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EMI North America

323-871-5745

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BRIAN TICHY DISCUSSES LEAVING WHITESNAKE AND HIS NEW PROJECT S.U.N.

6_r176113Brian Tichy says he left Whitesnake because life’s too short to remain in someone else’s band, according to ClassicRockMagazine.com.

He announced his departure last week, explaining he wanted to concentrate on new outfit S.U.N. with Sass Jordan. Now he’s gone into more detail.

Tichy says: “The change of musicians in bands is nothing new. My idols left this band too. But I do think my reason is a little different than the others.

“Life is short. Each year is a solid chunk of time to hopefully get closer to all the things you have thought of attempting to achieve throughout your whole life.

“I’ve always played guitar. I’ve always written music. I’ve always wanted to be in my band! I have a new band, S.U.N., that I am beyond proud of. Sass is also as passionate about music and our band as I am.

“I’d like to think we made a record that will hold its own next to anything. How will I know if I am right or wrong if I just talk-talk-talk about it? I’ve got to live it – or else I might as well just call it ‘a cute little project I do if I have free time.

“I can’t give it its fair shot if I am giving Whitesnake 100%.”

Tichy records his gratitude to David Coverdale, saying: “I owe David a bit fat ‘thank you’ for allowing me to be myself in his band. The man simply told me to play how I play and make his band and its music sound like a kick-a-s rock’n’roll freight train.

“He trusted me. He trusted that after having Paice, Powell, Dunbar, Aldridge and Frazier – some of the world’s best drummers – I could be the guy to get the job done.

“I also thank him for treating his band with complete respect and always being open to tell stories and answer questions. You learn a lot from a guy like that when you shut up and listen.”

Tichy broke his collarbone in a mountain bike accident at the end of December, leading to surgery on January 1, from which he’s still recovering. He says that didn’t influence his decision to leave Whitesnake, although it did help him focus on whether his reasoning was right.

He adds that lessons learned from Coverdale was one of the key factors in his decision: “I owe David thanks for clearly letting me see that if you want something, you better at least try to get it. I am going to try.

“It would be pretty bada-s – as I told David – if down the road, he can see me and say, ‘Damn, Tichy went for it and did it.’ I intend on making David proud, proving lots to myself and getting S.U.N. out there and making a dent.”

Whitesnake bassist Michael Devin is also a member of S.U.N. but will remain with Coverdale’s outfit.

(article taken from Ultimate-Guitar.com)

 

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BLACK SABBATH: NEW ALBUM TITLE ANNOUNCED; RECORDING DRUMMER REVEALED

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Legendary heavy metal band BLACK SABBATH has set “13” as the title of its new album. The group’s first LP with Ozzy Osbourne since 1978 will be released in June via Vertigo/Universal Republic in the U.S. and Vertigo in all other territories. The drum tracks on the CD were laid down by RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE sticksman Brad Wilk following original drummer Bill Ward’s decision to bow out of the reunion.

Osbourne, Tony Iommi (guitar) and Geezer Butler (bass) recorded the album primarily in Los Angeles with producer Rick Rubin.

In advance of the CD’s release, BLACK SABBATH will head to New Zealand, Australia and Japan for live performances. Additional tour plans will be revealed in the coming months.

Ward in May 2012 announced again that he was declining to join his former bandmates for its scheduled 2012 dates, as well as the recording of a new album, due to a contractual dispute.

He also allegedly had his lawyers direct SABBATH to remove him from photos of the band posted at the official BLACK SABBATH web site “so as to not give the public the wrong impression about his involvement in the current BLACK SABBATH lineup,” according to a statement issued by the band’s publicist.

Butler issued a lengthy retort at his own web site, writing that Ward “hadn’t told any one of us he was having contractual problems, and frankly those things are worked out between our representatives, and never between the four of us, let alone in public.”

Until now, Iommi told The Pulse Of Radio a while back that the members of SABBATH stayed friendly even when there were legal or other issues going on. “We’ve always been talking. We’ve always been in touch with each other,” he said. “There might be a lawsuit in the thing between us, but we still talk to each other like nothing’s happened, you know.”

Asked if there is any chance of Ward rejoining the band, Iommi said last October, “We’ll always have a heart for Bill, but I think it’s gone past that now, because it’s gone on so long that I don’t see that happening at the moment. Maybe at some point we might [play together again].”

BLACK SABBATH took part in a photo shoot on November 30, 2012 with famed British photographer/artist Sam Taylor-Wood.

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