Seminal guitarist Punky Meadows (ex-ANGEL) will release a new single, "Lost And Lonely", on September 18. The track features three members of ANGEL — Meadows, vocalist Frank DiMino, and bassist Felix Robinson — as well as Punky's bandmembers Danny Farrow, Charlie Calv and Bob Pantella, who all performed on the song. A video for "Lost And Lonely" was filmed at The Chance theater in Poughkeepsie, New York. The clip, which can be seen below, marks the first time since 1980 that three members of ANGEL appear together in a music video. The video was shot by Jeffery Moore, who co-directed with Danny Farrow. "Man, we had such a great time shooting our latest video with Frank, Felix and the guys," says Punky. "Danny and I talked about doing this video for a while. We thought it would be something special for not only the fans of my band, but for the many ANGEL fans as well. Frank really delivered on this track, and the whole band kicked ass!!!" An autographed limited special edition of Meadows's "Fallen Angel" full CD with the Frank DiMino version of "Lost And Lonely" can be ordered at www.mainmanrecords.com. In other news, Punky and his band just signed with The Artery Foundation artist management, and will be working on many new exciting things together, including a slew of shows for 2018. Punky and his band will be playing a special show November 10 at the Debonair Music Hall (Mexicali Live) in Teaneck, New Jersey. Former members of ANGEL appeared at the Vegas Rocks! Hair Metal Awards in May 2016 at the at the Eastside Cannery Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. The group received the "Glam Rock Legends" award in honor of their contributions and influence in music. Accepting the award were Meadows, DiMino, Gregg Giuffria, Barry Brandt, and Robinson. This marked the first time all surviving ANGEL bandmembers — bassist Mickie Jones passed away from cancer in 2009 — had been on stage together since 1980. Formed in 1975 by Meadows and Jones in Washington D.C., ANGEL straddled the fence between the prog-rock pomp of YES and ELP, the orchestral hard pop of QUEEN, BOSTON and ELO, and the riff-heavy raunch-rock of KISS and AEROSMITH. They were discovered by KISS bassist/vocalist Gene Simmons while performing at a nightclub and were eventually signed to the same label as KISS, Casablanca. Released in the fall of 1975, the band's self-titled debut was promoted with a number of live appearances on the great American arena circuit with the likes of AEROSMITH, BLUE ÖYSTER CULT, JOURNEY and RUSH. The group's gimmick — the members were all dressed in white — got them labeled the "anti-KISS" by rock critics, and their spectacular stage show was so over the top that even Simmons & Co. were said to have been inspired by it. ANGEL started to fall apart in the early 1980s after Casablanca pulled the plug on the group due in part to disappointing album sales. In 1981, Robinson and DiMino left to pursue other projects. Meadows and Giuffria tried to keep ANGEL going and came close to landing a record deal with CBS. But it didn't pan out, and ANGEL finally disbanded.
German thrash metal veterans DESTRUCTION will release their new "best-of-old-school" album, "Thrash Anthems II", on November 10 via Nuclear Blast. A decade ago, DESTRUCTION proved how successful re-recording some of their timeless classics and re-imag...
VAN HALEN singer David Lee Roth performed at last weekend's Summer Spectacular Under The Stars. The September 9 invitation-only event at a private estate in Beverly Hills, California was hosted by Mario Lopez and saw Roth delivering a four-song set consisting of his solo cover singles "Just A Gigolo" and "California Girls" as well as the VAN HALEN classics "Ice Cream Man" and "Jump". The annual gala raised over $1 million for drug awareness and prevention. The foundation and its signature Brent's Club program works in conjunction with The Boys & Girls Club Of America to provide incentives for kids to abstain from drugs. Robert and Linell Shapiro created the Brent Shapiro Foundation following their son Brent's death to honor his life and promote prevention and awareness of chemical dependence. The foundation's mission is to save lives through awareness and effective programs that incentivize kids to abstain from drugs and alcohol. VAN HALEN has been inactive since it completed its U.S. tour in October 2015 at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles, California. The trek was VAN HALEN's first since an aborted North American run three years earlier in support of its then-new studio album, "A Different Kind Of Truth". Released in 2015 was "Tokyo Dome In Concert", VAN HALEN's first-ever live collection featuring Roth, despite numerous pro-shot concerts from the band's original heyday being heavily booted for years.
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"Red", a brand new song from SCOUR — the extreme metal "supergroup" featuring Philip Anselmo (PANTERA, DOWN, SUPERJOINT) alongside members of CATTLE DECAPITATION and PIG DESTROYER — can be streamed using the SoundCloud widget below. The track is the title cut of SCOUR's new EP, which will be released on November 3. The "Red" EP was recorded at Anselmo's Nodferatu's Lair with Steve Berrigan (DOWN, PHILIP H. ANSELMO & THE ILLEGALS, EYEHATEGOD, HAARP, CLASSHOLE) at the helm. The record was once again mixed and mastered by Dave Otero (CEPHALIC CARNAGE, CATTLE DECAPITATION, COBALT, KHEMMIS) at Flatline Audio. SCOUR guitarist Derek Engemann states: "SCOUR returns with a vengeance with the title track, 'Red'. Blasting right out the gate, 'Red' steps up the intensity, while retaining that relentlessly haunting SCOUR sound." Adds bassist John Jarvis, "I think the track shows Phil's versatility, and perhaps some of his best screams in years; a total rip fest." "Red" EP track listing: 01. Red 02. Piles 03. Bleak 04. Barricade 05. Sentenced 06. Shank The self-titled debut EP from SCOUR was released in July 2016 via Anselmo's Housecore label. SCOUR recently officially recruited Adam Jarvis (MISERY INDEX, PIG DESTROYER) as its drummer. SCOUR is: * Phillip H. Anselmo (PANTERA, DOWN, SUPERJOINT) - Vocals * Derek Engemann (CATTLE DECAPITATION) - Guitar * Chase Fraser (ANIMOSITY) - Guitar * John Jarvis (PIG DESTROYER) - Bass * Adam Jarvis (MISERY INDEX, PIG DESTROYER) - Drums
METALLICA played the song "ManUNkind" live for the first time during its September 10 concert at AccorHotels Arena in Paris, France. Professionaly filmed video footage of the performance can be seen below. "ManUNkind" is taken from METALLICA's latest album, "Hardwired… To Self-Destruct", which came out last November. METALLICA frontman James Hetfield explained the song's meaning to the band's fan-club magazine So What!: "[This song is] biblical, the Garden of Eden. 'Wow, you've got it all, but you want more?' You've got all this greatness and then it's torn… the biblical story… but let's get back to the goodness of man. Man is sinful and has to crawl and try to make up, it's like we're always down below in the higher power's eyes, [and] we have to prove ourselves over and over daily that we're not evil. And having faith in this world [where] everyone's out for themselves. Finding the negative in a bunch of stuff is… at the end of the day, have faith in man. Instead of just blaming it on mankind. Yeah, there are some unkind people out there, but having faith that we get through that, or they learn about it, or somehow they become more part of the solution instead of the problem." The official video for "ManUNkind" was directed by Jonas Åkerlund, who originally worked with METALLICA on the clips for "Turn The Page" and "Whiskey In The Jar". Åkerlund was the original drummer of BATHORY, one of the first black metal bands, who made his mark directing music videos for artists from Madonna and THE ROLLING STONES to MAROON 5 and Beyoncé. These have won him a host of awards including several Grammys, an MTV VMA, MVPA Hall Of Fame award and more. Åkerlund has also directed a number of feature films, including cult favorite "Spun" starring Jason Schwartzman, Mickey Rourke, Brittany Murphy and John Leguizamo. "Hardwired...To Self-Destruct" was produced by Greg Fidelman with frontman James Hetfield and drummer Lars Ulrich. The band recorded the disc at its own studio. The European leg of METALLICA's "WorldWired" tour kicked off in Copenhagen, Denmark on September 2 and will run through November. 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.
MEGADETH leader Dave Mustaine was interviewed this morning (Friday, September 15) when he made an appearance on the New York Stock Exchange facade balcony. You can watch the chat below. Asked what is next for him and MEGADETH, Mustaine said: "We're gonna do this [North American] tour with the SCOPRIONS, then we have a run down in South America. And then we're gonna take time off — the tour is over — and get ready to do the next record. I'm working on a video game that encompasses a lot of the band's history and a lot of little riffs that we've never used before, stuff like that, and just prepare for the next tour, next campaign. We owe our record label one more record, so we, at least, are gonna be doing one more record. I don't see the end in sight for us, because the band's getting along really well right now, and we're playing great." MEGADETH's tour with SCORPIONS kicked off last night (Thursday, September) 14 in Reading, Pennsylvania and will conclude on October 15 in Tampa, Florida. The sixteen-date trek, dubbed the "Crazy World Tour", celebrates SCORPIONS' 1990 LP of the same name. MEGADETH bassist David Ellefson recently confirmed that the band is contemplating returning to the studio at the end of the year to begin work on the follow-up to 2016's "Dystopia" album. MEGADETH's upcoming effort will mark the band's first release to feature new drummer Dirk Verbeuren, who officially joined the group more than a year ago. "Dystopia" was the first album to feature Brazilian guitarist Kiko Loureiro, best known for his work with ANGRA.
Ace Frehley will reunite with his former FREHLEY'S COMET bandmates John Regan and Tod Howarth for "a couple of songs" during the original KISS guitarist's concert tonight (Friday, Sepember 15) in Poughkeepsie, New York. Frehley, whose current solo ban...
"The World Away", the new video from the alternative metal act THE SHAPE, can be seen below. The song is the title cut of the Connecticut band's fourth studio album, which was released on August 4 via DME/Monolithic Recordings. THE SHAPE vocalist/guit...
"Unforgotten", the new JP Brasca-directed video from CORE 10, the band featuring original KORN drummer David Silveria, can be seen below. The song was produced by Grammy-nominated producer Ulrich Wild, who has previously worked with WHITE ZOMBIE, PANTERA, DEFTONES and STATIC-X. Silveria is joined in CORE 10 by Sean Lenhoff and Duncan Nisbet on vocals, Chris Dorame on bass, Joe Taback on guitar and Ronnie King on keyboards. Lenhoff told BackStage360 that CORE 10 opted to have two singers instead of one in order "to create [its] own sound, something original." Describing CORE 10's sound as a fusion of metal, rock and punk, Lenhoff said: "We never wanted to pigeonhole ourselves into one genre. It's so hard to make a living as a band and a musician now, you just take your influences and you just run with it. Why not create something for everybody but having continuity still in what you're doing?" Asked how he first got involved with CORE 10, Silveria said: "I've known Sean for about… probably fifteen, twenty years from downtown Huntington Beach days. And he kept sending me MP3s of songs, and the more I listened to it, it was kind of, like, you either love it or hate it. I was kind of conflicted when I first heard it. And I would show it to my wife and said, 'What do you think about this?' 'Cause I didn't really understand it at first. And the more I listened to it, the more I liked it. Now they come over and play, and I come out and my wife is all giddy and excited going, 'I love that song. It's one of the best songs you guys have ever done.' And now I'm just in love with the music. So I'm all in now." Earlier in the year, CORE 10 released a video for the song "Act Of Valor". The clip, which had almost forty thousand views in the first few days after being posted on YouTube, was met with overwhelmingly negative response from KORN fans, many of whom questioned everything from CORE 10's musical direction to the quality of the recording itself. CORE 10's current lineup made its live debut on April 1 at Tiki Bar in Costa Mesa, California. The band will next perform on September 23 at the Whisky A Go Go in West Hollywood, California.
The official NSFW (not-safe-for-work) video for Marilyn Manson's new single, "We Know Where You Fucking Live", can be seen below. The song is taken from Manson's new album, "Heaven Upside Down", which will be released on October 6. On the disc, he reunites with producer and film composer Tyler Bates following an epic collaboration on Manson's critically acclaimed 2015 release, "The Pale Emperor". The shock rocker's tenth studio disc was originally supposed to be called "SAY10" and was expected to be released on Valentine's Day (February 1). However, that release date came and went without any sign of new Manson music, and in May, the 48-year-old singer announced that the LP had a new title. When Loudwire asked Manson about the change of plans, he revealed he wasn't happy with the album when Valentine's Day came around and subsequently wrote three new songs that ended up being some of the record's strongest. "If the record came out when I intended it to, when I thought it was finished back in February, it would not have 'Revelation #12', 'Heaven Upside Down' or 'Saturnalia'. Those are three of the most key songs that really tell the story," Manson explained. "Those lyrics were all written, but I had not found a home for them. Those three songs take place in the three places where if it were a film, it's the opening, it's the middle and it's the ending. Then there's the song after 'Heaven Upside Down', it's sort of the end title credits where it's really surmising the story of the record, which is to be interpreted by the listener." He continued: "I wanted to draw people in sonically and lyrically. I'm glad. This record was meant to come out now, for whatever reason. Things had to happen in my life, everything had to happen for a reason for it to come out now." Manson performed four new songs during his recently completed European tour. In November last year, Manson issued a brief teaser video for the track "SAY10" which saw him tear pages from the bible and focus on the bloodied body of a man in a suit — believed to represent then-Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump. Manson revealed last September that his new album would be "the last thing people would expect after hearing 'The Pale Emperor'." He explained: "Coming from the people who I've played it to, it's a combination of 'Antichrist Superstar' and 'Mechanical Animals' in feeling." Manson added: "It wasn't my intent to go backwards. Everything goes in a full circle and it just becomes, without cannibalizing work from the past, the same thing, which is ultimately you. I'm a little over-anxious to release it, so it was done very quickly, but it's by far the most thematic and over-complicated thing that I've done. In a way, it's deceptively delightful to strangers. It's like the old saying that the devil's greatest secret is that people don't believe he exists." MARILYN MANSON's North American tour will kick off on September 27 in Silver Spring, Maryland. "Heaven Upside Down" track listing: 01. Revelation #12 02. Tattooed In Reverse 03. We Know Where You Fucking Live 04. Say10 05. Kill4me 06. Saturnalia 07. Je$u$ Cri$i$ 08. Blood Honey 09. Heaven Upside Down 10. Threats Of Romance