BMG has set a November 17 release date for "Decade Of The Eagle", a deluxe anthology featuring thirty-four tracks that look back at the years that built the SAXON legend. "Decade Of The Eagle" is a retrospective that spans the band's first nine albums and represents the very best of the first decade of their astonishing career during which time SAXON notched up five Top 40 albums and four Top 20 singles. These 4LP (180g vinyl) and 2CD deluxe editions are in a gatefold sleeve that features a special metallic embossed coin on the cover. They also include new liner notes by frontman Biff Byford that document the decade and which are accompanied by rarely seen and classic photos from the era. In the new video clips below, Byford discusses SAXON's first headline show in London at the Electric Ballroom, the band's setlists and live shows during the '80s, what he feels is SAXON's most undervalued album from the '80s, and working with Elton John on the "Rock The Nations" album. SAXON played a significant part of the New Wave Of British Heavy Metal movement, perhaps the greatest metal genre of them all and have become one of the all-time masters of heavy metal. In doing so, SAXON have ensured they are now representative of the heart and soul from the NWOBHM time. Always remaining true to the values which established them in the first place they are driven by a desire to continuously set the highest standards and meet them head on, SAXON's work on those nine studio albums still resonates resoundingly — this is timeless stuff. "Decade Of The Eagle" track listing: 01. Stallions Of The Highway 02. Big Teaser 03. Backs To The Wall 04. Militia Guard 05. Wheels Of Steel 06. 747 (Strangers In The Night) 07. Suzie Hold On 08. Motorcycle Man (live) 09. Strong Arm Of The Law 10. Heavy Metal Thunder 11. 20,000ft (live) 12. Dallas 1PM 13. And The Bands Played On 14. Never Surrender 15. Denim And Leather 16. Fire In the Sky (live) 17. Princess Of The Night 18. Power & The Glory 19. This Town Rocks 20. The Eagle Has Landed 21. Midas Touch 22. Sailing To America 23. Crusader 24. Devil Rides Out 25. Back On The Streets 26. Rockin' Again 27. Rock N' Roll Gypsy 28. Broken Heroes 29. Waiting For The Night 30. Rock The Nations 31. Northern Lady 32. Battle Cry 33. Ride Like The Wind 34. Red Alert Biff says: "These are the albums from a time in the eighties that moved a generation of rock fans around the world, when British rock was once again at the forefront. Great times — never to be forgotten and still reverberating to this day." To pre-order your copy of "Decade Of The Eagle", go to www.pledgemusic.com/saxon. SAXON will release its 22nd studio album, "Thunderbolt", on February 2 via Militia Guard (Silver Lining Music). The follow-up to 2015's "Battering Ram" was once again helmed by producer Andy Sneap, who has previously worked with JUDAS PRIEST, MEGADETH, ACCEPT and TESTAMENT, among others. The disc will feature original artwork by longtime SAXON collaborator Paul Raymond Gregory.
METALLICA’s LARS ULRICH: ‘There’s A Lot Of Great Music That, Unfortunately, Doesn’t Really Penetrate’
METALLICA drummer Lars Ulrich is featured in the "Music Ruined My Life" segment on the latest episode of the BBC Radio 1's "Rock Show With Daniel P. Carter". In the segment, which can be streamed below, Ulrich speaks about the songs that inspired him and changed his life. Asked if hosting his own radio show, "It's Electric!" on Apple Music's Beats 1, has changed his perspective on new music that is coming out, Lars said: "I can tell you what it has done — it has rejuvenated my connection to music and kind of re-inspired. "I've been fairly open about this: I've had sort of up-and-down relationships with music for years because there are times where I get very inspired by other music and then there are times where I'm so depressed at the fact that there's nothing cool happening," he continued. "There's actually a lot of great music out there. That's the good news. The bad news is that it's so difficult for the great music to stand out from the other music that's not so great because of the obvious demise of the music industry. "I'll sit there and I'll find some band, and I'll love this song and I'll play it on the show, and occasionally I'll go on YouTube or something and that particular song's got 1,200 hits or something on YouTube, and you just sit there and go, 'That shoud have 1.2 million hits, not 1,200.' I mean, 1,200 hits — that's like the extended family of the bandmembers, you know what I mean? So there's a lot of great music that, unfortunately, doesn't really penetrate. So that's kind of the good and the bad of where this whole journey has gone. But there is a lot of great music. A lot of the stuff I play… a lot of great bands in England, lots of great music coming out from all corners of the world. So there is definitely lots of cool, inspiring stuff out there." Ulrich also revealed that he would love to see METALLICA tour with RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE, if the Zack De La Rocha-fronted outfit ever decides to become active again. "RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE, to me is… Not only are they one of my favorite all-time bands, not only have they made… probably their first three records are, I think, as a 1-2-3 of a catalog, I mean, that's about as high of a batting average, as they say in America, you can have for the first three records," Lars said. "And RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE, they're just so timeless, and most of it's even more relevant now than it was 20 years ago. "When you tour, you wanna be around bands that inspire you, you wanna feel up and inspired and ready to go out there," he explained. "So touring with somebody that turns you on is a good thing. And RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE turns me on, so playing shows with them would be the coolest. We played some shows with them on Lollapalooza in '96, somewhere around there; they did about half of Lollapalooza with us. So we have played shows with them. "Let's put it this way: if they ever reform, one of the first people they'll hear from will be me going, 'Hey, I'm the drummer in so-and-so. Maybe can we play some shows together?' So we'll see." The European leg of METALLICA's "WorldWired" tour kicked off in Copenhagen, Denmark on September 2 and ran through November 3. After a break, the trek will pick up again on February 1, 2018 in Lisbon, Portugal, and continue through May, finishing up in Helsinki, Finland. The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame band is touring in support of its tenth studio album, "Hardwired... To Self-Destruct", which came out in November 2016.
Mike Portnoy says that has "no desire or interest" to play with DREAM THEATER again. Portnoy, who co-founded the legendary progressive metal outfit more than thirty years ago, abruptly quit the band in September 2010 while on tour with AVENGED SEVENFOLD. He has since been replaced by Mike Mangini (ANNIHILATOR, EXTREME, JAMES LABRIE, STEVE VAI). Mike has spent the last few months playing shows throughout the world with his SHATTERED FORTRESS project. He is joined by an all-star prog lineup for the tour, including Ross Jennings on vocals, Eric Gillette, Richard Henshall and Charlie Griffiths on guitar, Connor Green on bass and Diego Tejeida on keyboards. Together, they are performing DREAM THEATER's "12 Step Suite" in its entirety, as well as a a couple of other classics. "12 Step Suite" documents Portnoy's battle with alcoholism, and is an ensemble of five songs recorded by DREAM THEATER from 2002 to 2009, with titles that reflect his struggles: "The Glass Prison", "This Dying Soul", "The Root Of All Evil", "Repentance" and "The Shattered Fortress". Asked by Australia's Triple M radio station how he feels about the fact that DREAM THEATER has been performing some of the songs from the "12 Step Suite" on its recent tours, Portnoy said (hear audio below): "Well, look, I left the band and they're free to do whatever they want. I have no control over that. It feels weird to me when I hear that they're performing some of those specific songs, 'cause they're very personal to me. 'A Change Of Seasons' I wrote for my mom, who died in a plane crash. So you don't get more personal than that. So when I hear these stories of them performing a song like that now, or performing one of my '12 Step' songs, it's just strange. But, obviously, I can't stop them and I can't expect them to do it or not do it — that's their prerogative — but, for me, it's a little strange. But it is what it is." According to Portnoy, he is "on very good terms" with his former DREAM THEATER bandmates John Petrucci (guitar) and Jordan Rudess (keyboards). "We stay in touch and send each other nice e-mails and texts, and I've even gotten together with both of them," he said. "So, yeah, I stay in close contact with those two guys." Pressed about whether he hopes that he could one day play with DREAM THEATER again — possibly at a one-off celebration show similar to the band's 2004 gig where they invited original vocalist Charlie Dominici and ex-keyboardist Derek Sherinian to perform with them in Los Angeles — Portnoy said: "I have no hopes of it, I have no desire or interest at this stage, and I don't think they do either. "When we did that 15th-anniversary show [for DREAM THEATER's debut album, 'When Dream And Day Unite'], I was the one that reached out to Derek and I was the one that reached out to Charlie," he continued. "I even reached out to [former keyboardist] Kevin Moore for that. So I think I was always the sentimental one in the band that did that kind of stuff. I personally don't think there's anybody in the band these days that would extend an invite like that. I think that's just those guys' personality and my personality — that's the difference." Portnoy, who celebrated his fiftieth birthday on Cruise To The Edge this past February, said that it was always part of his master plan to perform "12 Step Suite" in its entirety live on stage with DREAM THEATER. However, his exit from the band made that impossible.
FOO FIGHTERS have confirmed that they will headline and curate the eagerly anticipated second incarnation of the rock 'n' roll marathon that LA Weekly hailed as "a celebration of music and life," the Los Angeles Times cited as a reminder to fans "why they come to music festivals: to feel connection and catharsis," and Forbes reported "the response from fans inside and after was one of elation and joy at another great rock and roll party from the band who does them better than anyone else today." CalJam18 will take place October 5 and October 6, 2018, returning to Glen Helen Regional Park and Amphitheater for another Friday night camping party followed by another Saturday 12-hour rock extravaganza. Since kicking off October 7 with the band's triumphant headline set before some 30,000-plus true rock believers at its own CalJam 17 festival, the domestic leg of FOO FIGHTERS' "Concrete And Gold" tour supporting the international No. 1 "Concrete And Gold" (Roswell/RCA) has played to capacity crowds in Washington, D.C.; Richmond, Virginia; Greensboro, North Carolina; Cincinnati, Ohio, and more. Among the 2017-2018 dates that have sold out well in advance are Houston, Dallas, Tampa, Philadelphia, the 45,500-capacity Rogers Centre in Toronto, and three nights in the New York area: two at Madison Square Garden and one at the Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater. The 2017 "Concrete And Gold" tour winds down with a recently announced New Year's Eve Show at The Chelsea at The Cosmopolitan in Las Vegas. The tour's North American run resumes April 18 in Austin, Texas and will continue through the band's July 29 return to Chicago's Wrigley Field, a July 21-22 encore doubleheader at Boston's Fenway Park, and more. Tickets for all shows are on sale now, with the exception of Chicago, which goes on sale to the general public Friday, November 10. FOO FIGHTERS kicked off the first U.S. leg of the "Concrete And Gold" tour October 12 with an intimate show by FF standards — the grand opening of The Anthem in Washington, D.C. — a performance that USA Today noted "transformed the venue into a raucous rock cathedral." In the days since, FOO FIGHTERS have continued to storm through sold-out arenas. The first FOO FIGHTERS global trek since the 20th-anniversary tour, which placed #5 in 2015's top grossing world tours, the "Concrete And Gold" tour has seen the FOO FIGHTERS reaching new peaks of their estimable powers. "FOO FIGHTERS keep going and going and going in epic Greensboro show," wrote the Charlotte Observer, "If there's one thing you can count on lately when you walk into a FOO FIGHTERS concert, it's that you probably won't get home until tomorrow." The Richmond Times-Dispatch reported, "Having played and sung all night with a seemingly endless store of energy, Grohl noted as midnight approached, 'I'm going to feel like I was run over by a truck tomorrow.'" And the Washington Post called the Anthem opener "a rock-and-roll clinic from FOO FIGHTERS," adding "when it was time to officially open the venue... the Anthem called in the only band with the local roots and international fame that could pull it off: FOO FIGHTERS… That's exactly what Grohl and friends did, treating the Anthem like a new leather jacket: turning something that glimmers with newness and making it feel as cozy as a childhood home." FOO FIGHTERS are Dave Grohl, Taylor Hawkins, Nate Mendel, Chris Shiflett, Pat Smear and Rami Jaffee.
As the host of his very own weekly Beats 1 online show, "It's Electric!", on Apple Music, Lars Ulrich celebrates the reissue of METALLICA's "Master Of Puppets" album with two special shows with some very notable guests. The two-part series was recorded at the band's most recent European tour stop in Antwerp, Belgium and Lars welcomes back to the show James Hetfield, Kirk Hammett and Robert Trujillo to cover all things "Puppets", discussing the first riffs recorded on a Fostex to James's lyrical influences with many, many more stories in between. Traveling from places far and wide, Lars is also joined by the album's co-producer and engineer Flemming Rasmussen and mixer Michael Wagener for their tales from Sweet Silence Studio in Copenhagen. Part one of the conversation is available on demand to Apple Music subscribers here. Part two of the conversation will air on Sunday, November 19. Listen live for free. Otherwise, Apple Music subscribers can listen to the show on demand here. "Master Of Puppets" has been remastered for the most advanced sound quality and is available in various digital and physical configurations. "Master Of Puppets" was originally released on March 3, 1986, on Elektra Records and went on to become the first METALLICA album to be certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association Of America. The album has been certified six times platinum in the United States and has sold over 10 million copies worldwide. In 2016, the album became the first metal album to be added to the National Recording Registry of the Library of Congress, an honor granted to works deemed "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant."
Hangin’ with rock royalty in Antwerp... Flemming Rasmussen who co-produced “Master of Puppets” and Michael Wagener who mixed the album! pic.twitter.com/3KkrCUNt3n— Lars Ulrich (@larsulrich) November 4, 2017
Three members of the original ALICE COOPER band have joined him on tour in the U.K., returning to the shores 46 years after they first shocked and enthralled fans on their historic 1971 tour. Fan-filmed video footage of bassist Dennis Dunaway, guitarist Michael Bruce and drummer Neal Smith performing with Cooper on November 11 at First Direct Arena in Leeds, England can be seen below. The three musicians previously played a five-song mini-set with Cooper in May in Nashville, Tennessee. This followed the announcement that his latest album — "Paranormal", released this past July on earMUSIC —include stwo new recordings written and recorded by the original lineup ("Genuine American Girl" and "You And All Of Your Friends"). In Nashville, they were joined by current band member Ryan Roxie filling in for the late Glen Buxton on guitar. The band ripped through "I'm 18", "No More Mr. Nice Guy", "Muscle Of Love", "Billion Dollar Babies" and then closed with "School's Out", bringing back current band members — drummer Glen Sobel, bassist Chuck Garric, and guitarists Nita Strauss and Tommy Henriksen — for a grand finale. Alice said: "When the original band broke up in 1975, there was no bad blood, there were no lawsuits — we had just burned out the creative process. We had gone to high school together and had recorded something like five platinum albums in a row. We were never out of sight of each other for ten years. Everybody just went their own way. Neal, Dennis and I always stayed in touch. Mike disappeared for a while and Glen Buxton passed away in 1997, which was a big blow. But last year Neal called me up and said, 'I have a couple of songs.' I said, 'Great. Bring 'em over.' Then he said Mike was stopping by, so I had them come to my house and we just worked on a few things for a week. Then Dennis called up and said, 'I got a couple songs.' So, I thought, 'Hey, let's do this!' When you listen to the record, it just fits right in."
EVANESCENCE singer Amy Lee spoke to Forbes about the fan response to the band's "Synthesis Live" tour, which features a reimagining of some of EVANESCENCE's best-loved songs with the spotlight on full orchestra, electronics combined with the band and h...
Fan-filmed video footage of the HELLOWEEN's November 11 concert in Stuttgart, Germany as part of the band's "Pumpkins United" world tour can be seen below. The trek features former HELLOWEEN vocalist Michael Kiske and guitarist Kai Hansen alongside current singer Andi Deris, guitarists Michael Weikath and Sascha Gerstner, bassist Markus Grosskopf and drummer Dani Löble. The "Pumpkins United" tour marks the first time Kiske has played live with HELLOWEEN since 1993. Hansen, who departed HELLOWEEN in 1988, has been joining the band onstage on various tours and festival appearances throughout the years. The set features several duets with Kiske and his replacement, Deris, along with many rarely played songs, including "Kids Of The Century", "Rise And Fall" and "Livin' Ain't No Crime". Hansen — who fronted HELLOWEEN until late 1986 — sings a medley of several early HELLOWEEN classics, including "Ride The Sky", "Judas", "Starlight" and "Heavy Metal (Is The Law)" . Grosskopf told Brazil's Heavy Talk about how the "Pumpkins United" reunion came about: "That's actually a couple of years ago, when the two guys who are doing the pumpkins [animation] tonight on the screen [David López Gómez and Carlos Vicente León of EasyRabbit CreArtions], they are two great friends of ours, they started the book, the 'Hellbook'. Also within the 'Hellbook', we were thinking of the great old times with the pictures and the stuff in there, bringing in some emotions [coupled with] Kai and Michael Kiske playing in a band together at the time, UNISONIC. So we gave it some time and the time was right. We just thought, 'Let's give it a go.' It turned out to be a great, great idea. Shows, we're still working on bits and pieces to find together, but it's getting better and better every day. I like it a lot." Regarding the most difficult aspect of putting together the reunion, Markus said: "It was getting together the rehearsals. As HELLOWEEN without them, we had a certain routine going on, but then having two guys working totally different, we had to destroy those workflows and create a new workflow with two new members in. Therefore, we took a lot of time to rehearse and get together, not only playing, but the way we work together and all that. We did this song in between the rehearsals, that 'Pumpkins United' song to see what it's like, to see how it feels. It wasn't that easy, because it was in between writing the song and rehearsing for the big tour, but, it's the only way you can find out how things are working out. So far it's worked well. It wasn't always easy, to finding a base to work on was the hardest thing so far, but we're still working on it. But it's getting better; we've found a way. The two singers are together, they're matching perfect. It's nice. I like it a lot." On the topic of choosing which songs to play live, Markus said: "That was pretty tough to choose what songs we're going to play. We got to keep in mind, being together longer for only for this tour and if we do more tours, then we can always change the set with a couple of new tracks or a couple of old tracks or a couple of very different tracks and very old tracks. We had two weeks of rehearsing, so we had five blocks of rehearsals and in between, we had some time off to think about things. It was pretty well arranged. If you go for more than two or three or four weeks rehearsing, then your mind gets so fed up with it, so we had two weeks' break in between, which makes your head free again." The North American leg of the "Pumpkins United" tour will kick off on September 7, 2018 in Las Vegas and conclude on September 15, 2018 in New York.
PROPHETS OF RAGE's music video for the song "Hands Up" can be seen below. The track is taken from the band's self-titled debut album, which was released on September 15. The disc was recorded with legendary producer Brendan O'Brien who has done notable...
Eicca Toppinen, a member of the Finnish cello metal band APOCALYPTICA, has composed a new piece of music based on DNA samples gathered around Finland by geneticists. The effort is part of Visit Finland's new campaign, "The Symphony Of Extremes - Born From Finnish DNA", to honor the 100th anniversary of Finland's independence. "Finland is a nation of extremes and strong contrasts — in our seasons, nature and people," Visit Finland's Paavo Virkkunen explains. "Authenticity is a major trend in tourism and travellers are especially interested in stories and local lifestyles. The campaign combines all this into a fascinating true story of science and art." "The Symphony Of Extremes - Born From Finnish DNA" follows the composition process, from gathering the DNA samples to the final premiere. The Finnish icons behind the DNA are also part of the campaign. "The symphony is a symbol of diversity as well — our travel destinations range from idyllic Lakeland and Archipelago to the urban beat of Helsinki and the Arctic spell of Lapland," Visit Finland's head of marketing Heli Jimenez says. As Finland is a nation of vast extremes, not only in its weather and seasons, but in its peoples' adventurous lifestyles and taste for both "headbanging" metal and classical music as well, Visit Finland has delved into the nation's distinct character by examining its heritage and culture and turning the Finnish genotype into music. The campaign closely follows the creative process and highlights a group of noteworthy people behind the genes, each of whom exhibit some extreme and distinctively Finnish trait, such as "sisu," their unique grit, or a strong bond with the Arctic. A number of professionals at the apex of their fields were also brought together, including Jonathan Middleton, visiting professor at the University of Tampere who has developed a program that can create sounds from the base pairs found in DNA; and Toppinen. "The Symphony Of Extremes" also focuses on extreme freediver Johanna Nordblad; Tinja Myllykangas who lives with dozens of dogs in the wilderness of Lapland; and a group of children living in the extreme conditions of outer Finnish Archipelago. Their unique and personal stories inspire international audiences and also draw attention to the mysterious wonders of Finland, drawing in tourism and visitors around the globe. This cooperation involves extensive research, product development, and expertise from a number of key academic influencers, including Paivi Onkamo, lecturer of genetics in The University of Helsinki; Jonathan Middleton, a composer based in Spokane where he teaches composition at Eastern Washington University; and Janna Saarela, research director of Institute for Molecular Medicine Finland. Finland appeals to travelers searching for unique and extreme experiences in their destinations. For example, there are 500,000 summer cottages throughout the country, 188,000 lakes, over 3,000,000 saunas (more than the number of cars), 179,000 islands and over 70% of the land covered by forest. Its spectacular nature wonders has attracted travelers and lovers of the outdoors to visit Finland from all over the world. Besides its stunning landscape wonders, Finland's seasons present extreme conditions that test the strength of its people, with freezing temperatures reaching -51°C in the winter when the sun doesn't rise above the horizon for 52 days in Lapland, and 70 days of midnight sun in the summer; and these intense conditions seem to have given birth to an impressive 3,400 Finnish metal bands that rock the country with sound waves. Over the year, Visit Finland has orchestrated this grand campaign of audio-visual stimulation to showcase the unique and authentic Finland in all its extreme adventure and glory, and to enhance the destination's brand awareness to markets across the globe. Audiences can expect a very real, firsthand look into the nation's core DNA, from its people's ancestry, love of extreme sports, to its rural communities' passion for environmental sustainability. Finland has also been named one of the top countries in the world for travelers, receiving the accolade in Lonely Planet's Best in Travel 2017, the highly anticipated collection of the world's hottest trends, destinations, and experiences for the year ahead.