According to The Pulse Of Radio, Kid Rock has confirmed that he is running for the U.S. Senate seat in Michigan currently held by Democrat Debbie Stabenow. Rock announced his run on Wednesday (July 12) with a new campaign web site, although the revelation was met with some skepticism over the fact that campaign merch was being sold on the site through a Warner Bros. Records web site and that Rock had not yet filed the necessary paperwork with the Federal Election Commission. In a statement titled "Once again the press is wrong," Rock insisted that he was running, writing, "First of all, I've got 15 days from my announcement to file paperwork with the FEC! Second, I'm not signed to Warner Bros!!! – which simple fact-checking would have revealed. I have recently worked out a unique deal with BMG, Broken Bow, CAA and Live Nation to release music ON MY TERMS. Like politicians write books during their campaigns, I'm planning on putting out music during mine… It's not a hoax, it's a strategy and marketing 101!" Later on Thursday (July 13), Rock released two new songs and videos, "Greatest Show On Earth" and "Po-Dunk". The "Greatest Show On Earth" clip ends by promoting the "Greatest Show On Earth Tour", which will hit the U.S. in 2018 — the same time that Rock would have to be campaigning if he's serious about his run for Senate.
ARCH ENEMY has released a new single, "The World Is Yours", taken from the band's forthcoming album, "Will To Power", due out on September 8 via Century Media Records. ARCH ENEMY guitarist Michael Amott comments: "We've been hard at work on the new album for a while now and we're proud to present the first taste of new ARCH ENEMY music in over three years with our new single and video, 'The World Is Yours'! This was the first song I wrote for the upcoming 'Will To Power' album and Daniel [Erlandsson, drums] helped me arrange and finish it up. One of many songs we co-wrote and co-produced this time around. We had a blast recording together with the full band in the south of Sweden and then mixing with Jens Bogren, who did a superb mix and mastering — in my opinion even surpassing the epic sound on our previous record, 'War Eternal'. People that have heard this song in particular are saying it's got the classic anthemic ARCH ENEMY vibe going on, and I think they might be right about that... Looking forward to playing it live on stage later this summer!" "The World Is Yours" video was directed by Patric Ullaeus and can be seen below. The song will be offered as an instant download with all digital pre-orders and is also available on all streaming platforms. Co-produced by Amott and drummer Daniel Erlandsson, "Will To Power" was mixed and mastered by longtime collaborator and friend Jens Bogren (OPETH, AT THE GATES, DIMMU BORGIR). The disc's captivating cover artwork, which can be seen below, was designed by Alex Reisfar. Amott commented: "It was a pleasure working with Alex Reisfar on the 'Will To Power' cover artwork. He immediately grasped the concept and atmosphere we were looking for with this album. "We talked about the double-edged sword that is human ambition, how it can be outstandingly creative and beautiful but can also be turned into something dark and powerful. Alex proceeded to masterfully paint a strong image that evokes a lot of feelings. "The human skull as a central focal point, the flesh sort of falling off into the circular pattern. The snake ouroboros weaving in and out of the mouths and throats of the severed heads of a wolf, a goat and a vampire bat... All representing self determination and a predatory, almost parasitic will to power." "Will To Power" marks the second ARCH ENEMY album since the departure of longtime singer Angela Gossow and addition of her replacement, former THE AGONIST frontwoman Alissa White-Gluz. It will also be the first ARCH ENEMY disc to feature guitarist Jeff Loomis (ex-NEVERMORE), who joined the band in late 2014. ARCH ENEMY bassist Sharlee D'Angelo recently told Metal Wani about the band's follow-up to 2014's "War Eternal": "On 'War Eternal', there was a certain desperation about that album. But I still can feel it when I listen to it, maybe because I was involved in it. Having lost a longtime, very important member of the band and introducing someone else, a new face into the band, and you wonder, that's even more, like, 'Okay, we have a new album. I wonder what people will like about it, or if they will like it at all.' There's a few nerves there. In the process of recording that album, writing and recording, there was so much going into… There's something desperate and very dense about that album. Now, we know we did it. We're still here; people have accepted the change and embraced Alissa and everything as well. Things are better than they were before, so now you have a completely different vantage point and starting point, for that matter." He continued: "This album is a bit more open in that sense. It sounds more open and some of the songs I would say, dare I use the word 'epic'. [Laughs] It's different, yes, we can do a lot more now than we could… We just don't have to cram as much metal as possible in the most sort of 'energetic' way. We can do it in other ways as well. Don't be scared, I'm not saying everything will be slow; that's not what is happening. It's extremely ARCH ENEMY, but within what it is ARCH ENEMY, we have gone out to explore new worlds. It will be some of the same and also some new stuff." Amott told Rock Hard magazine in January that Loomis — who was the main songwriter in his former band NEVERMORE — has not contributed to the songwriting on the group's new disc. Back in December, Loomis told Metal Wani that he would "probably just be doing solos" on ARCH ENEMY's upcoming album. He explained: "If you look at it, ARCH ENEMY is Michael Amott — it's his band, it's his baby, and he is the main songwriter in the band. I did submit a few songs, and I don't know if they'll make it or not. But I definitely will be playing solos on it." He continued: "I love being in the band. I am fan of the band. I love the music, and I love playing in front of thousands of people with that band. But we'll see what happens. It's kind of the same thing if you can think the same way with NEVERMORE; me and Warrel [Dane, vocals] were the main writers in that band, and we had a revolving door of guitar players. But pretty much, it was me and Warrel that did a lot of it. Steve Smyth wrote a little bit, Tim Calvert wrote for 'Dreaming Neon Black', but most of it, eighty percent, was me and Warrel. So each band has their own chemistry and their way of doing things." Having performed over 200 shows in more than 40 countries in support of their previous effort, ARCH ENEMY will continue fervently bringing their show to ever-growing audiences worldwide across the European festival market this summer. They are also excited to announce the first leg of their international "Will To Power Tour 2017" which will take place from September 15 through October 11 across Eastern Europe and will feature special guests JINJER. ARCH ENEMY's "As The Stages Burn!" DVD was released on March 31 via Century Media. The set contains video footage of the band's largest stage production to date from their performance last summer at the Wacken Open Air festival in Wacken, Germany.
FRANKIE BANALI Says He Came Up With Opening Drum Pattern In OZZY OSBOURNE’s ‘Over The Mountain’ Song
In a brand new interview with Greg Prato of Songfacts, QUIET RIOT drummer Frankie Banali confirmed that he was the one that came up with the opening drum pattern — later performed by Lee Kerslake, but credited to Tommy Aldridge — on the OZZY OSBOURNE song "Over The Mountain". "How that came about was really interesting," Frankie said. "I had an apartment in West Hollywood — this small, one-bedroom apartment — and I was having to hustle as many gigs as I could and as many sessions as I could just to meet my monthly rent while all my other friends were still couch-surfing. I get a call one morning... from Randy Rhoads. "Randy had a really low voice. Everybody thinks he had a high voice because he was a tiny little guy, but he had a really low voice. He goes, 'Frankie, do you want to play with Ozzy?' And I said, 'The guy from BLACK SABBATH?' He says, 'Yeah.' I go, Okay! I have my drums, but I don't have a car.' So he borrowed a car that was big enough. He came and picked me up and we went down to rehearsals. And when I say, 'pick me up,' he picked me up with my 1969 green Ludwig sparkle set with a 26-inch bass drum. I brought a gong — the whole thing. We went to this rehearsal studio called Mars — on Melrose and Western — and we rehearsed for about a week. It was interesting. It was great to play with Randy, and the bass player, oddly enough, was Dana Strum, who eventually became the bass player in the VINNIE VINCENT INVASION and then SLAUGHTER. Essentially, that was the band." Banali continued: "Ozzy was interesting — he was nothing like what I expected. He was quiet and he sat down on a piano bench with a little ghetto blaster, and he was recording essentially everything we were doing. That ended up becoming 'Over The Mountain', which, at that time, wasn't really fleshed out. A lot of those parts were guitar parts that Randy brought in from older QUIET RIOT songs from the '75-'79 period, and that triplet thing is something that I was doing at every session because I figured, 'If it ever comes out, I'm finally going to get it on a record,' because I really enjoyed it. It's derivative of the 'John Bonham triplet.' John Bonham is one of my favorite drummers, so that's how that came about. "Now, originally, they were going to record the record in L.A., but Jet Records had spent so much money flying Ozzy between London, L.A. and New York looking for musicians and they were really unsure what Ozzy's future was going to be. Ultimately, they decided to just record it in England, because it would be less expensive, and they would only pay to fly one guy over. And obviously, 'the guy' was Randy Rhoads. That was my brush with Ozzy-ness, so to speak. "The interesting thing about that one is, I read — I think it was in Bob Daisley's book ['For Facts Sake'] — that it's nonsense and that I didn't come up with that drum part, that he was there when Lee Kerslake — who is a friend that I really love, from URIAH HEEP — came up with the drum part. It is fascinating that Bob Daisley would say something like this, because this happened a year before he was involved with the band, and he wasn't in Hollywood. So, how could he pass judgment like that? I know what I played. "In '87, Kevin [DuBrow, QUIET RIOT singer] and I were doing press for the 'QR III' record, and Ozzy was doing press. It was at a Mexican restaurant on Melrose in Hollywood. Ozzy pointed to me, and he goes — I'm paraphrasing, but something to the effect of — 'That's the bloke that came up with the drum part that Lee recorded, that Tommy Aldridge got all the credit for!'" QUIET RIOT's new album, "Road Rage", will be released on August 4 via Frontiers Music Srl. Joining Banali in the band's current lineup are bassist Chuck Wright (who has been in and out of the group since 1982), guitarist Alex Grossi (who has been in the band since 2004), and new vocalist James Durbin.
In a recent interview with Windsor Star, MEGADETH mainman Dave Mustaine was asked how much mortality is on his mind these days, especially with so many rock and heavy metal musicians dying in the past couple of years. "Zero," he replied. "I'm not going to live trapped in fear that my life is going to end, because then I'd miss out on all the great things that life has in store for me. I love my life. I've had a lot of close calls, but a lot of that has been due to stupidity. "Unless you're really stupid, you learn growing up," he continued. "You learn what's right and wrong. You learn the difference between what's going to leave a scab and what's going to leave a really bad scar." Pressed about whether he could ever see himself retiring from metal, or at least retiring from performing, Mustaine said: "You know, I could see myself putting farther dates between concerts. But do I see myself ever quitting metal? Not really. I think it's too much a part of my DNA. I'd still want to be involved in some capacity, whether it's as an executive, a producer — somebody who's helping to make records or managing bands. "I'm a trustee on the Grammy board now, and I'm starting to go into the next phase of my life — to really be an ambassador and pass on the experience that I have … And that is just as rewarding to me as winning the awards." MEGADETH has just completed a North American tour with MESHUGGAH and will play arenas later in the year as the support act for German hard rock veterans SCORPIONS. MEGADETH is planning on returning to the studio at the end of the year to begin work on the follow-up to 2016's "Dystopia" album. The band's upcoming effort will mark MEGADETH's first release to feature new drummer Dirk Verbeuren, who officially joined the group a year ago.
"Dungeon Hunter 5", the latest episode of Gameloft's successful hack-and-slash series, has announced a partnership with Universal Music Group and multi-platinum-selling rock band AVENGED SEVENFOLD. The game will offer its players an exciting experience around the universe of the band, with a special bat-themed dungeon and featured in-game assets. The collaboration will also grant fans an exclusive access to "Dose", a brand-new song from AVENGED SEVENFOLD. For two weeks, players will be able to enter a thematic dungeon where they will have to part with hordes of undead minions and bewitched demons before the final confrontation against a terrific new boss, inspired by the band's visual identity and the branding of their critically acclaimed new album, "The Stage". In addition, the soundtrack of this special level will be a new song from the band, exclusively broadcasted in "Dungeon Hunter 5" before its worldwide streaming release on July 14. A snippet of "Dose" can be heard in the "Dungeon Hunter 5" trailer below. Following "Malagueña Salerosa" and "Retrovertigo", "Dose" is the third in a series of new tracks being released by AVENGED SEVENFOLD over the course of the coming months. First displayed on the boss of the dungeon, the bat-themed equipment will also be available for a limited time: an incredible skeleton armor, a guitar-shaped giant sword, and a back shield adorned with AVENGED SEVENFOLD's logo. AVENGED SEVENFOLD frontman M. Shadows recently confirmed to the Razor 94.7 radio station that the bad will embark on a full North American headlining tour in January and February 2018. The trek, which will be announced after the completion of AVENGED's current stadium run as the support act for METALLICA, was originally "supposed to happen this summer until we got that call from METALLICA, so we decided to put it on hold," the singer explained. AVENGED SEVENFOLD is touring in support of its seventh album, "The Stage", which was released at the end of October with almost no promotion beforehand.
VINNIE PAUL Slams REX BROWN’s Book As ‘A Bunch Of Mythology’, Once Again Rules Out Possibility Of PANTERA Reunion
Vinnie Paul Abbott has slammed Rex Brown's memoir as "a bunch of mythology" and has once again ruled out the possibility of any kind of reunion of surviving PANTERA members. The former PANTERA and current HELLYEAH drummer made his comments Wednesday (July 12) during an in-studio appearance on the "Rover's Morning Glory" syndicated radio show hosted by Shane "Rover" French. Asked about the way he was depicted in Brown's 2013 book, "Official Truth, 101 Proof: The Inside Story Of Pantera", in which the former PANTERA bassist referred to Vinnie as "a strange person" who "was always all about the 'party, party, party'" but "only got laid maybe one out of ten times," the drummer said: "All I can say is that… I'll refer to Philip's [Anselmo, former PANTERA singer] comment about Rex's book. A bunch of mythology, man. We don't know where he came up with all this. More power to him, man." Vinnie was also asked about his relationship with Anselmo, with whom he has not spoken since PANTERA split in 2003. Pressed about whether it's true that he indirectly blamed Philip for the death of PANTERA guitarist — and Vinnie's brother — "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott, suggesting that some remarks the vocalist had made about Dimebag in print just weeks earlier might have incited the guitarist's killer, the drummer said: "I'm just gonna say I have no comment on any of that, man. I'm beyond PANTERA. I've done so many other things with my life since then. And I always believe if you live in the past, you have no future. So, man, I'm happy doing what I do with HELLYEAH, and I'm gonna leave it at that." French, at that point, asked Vinnie if we can safely assume that that there are no circumstances under which all the surviving members of PANTERA would ever get back together. Vinnie responded: "That's a pretty damn good assumption. Yeah, man. [Laughs]" In a 2013 interview with MetalSucks, Anselmo was asked for his opinion of "Official Truth, 101 Proof: The Inside Story Of Pantera". He said: "Honestly, [Rex's] assessment of me [in the book] — I don't care. Egotistical, self-centered, everything is always about me. Y'know what? I'm a lead singer and he's a bass player. That's his perception. So I'm fine with it. I don't hold any fucking grudges. But I think he did take some angry swipes and I don't need to be specific. There is a great deal of mythology when it comes to his 'quitting' DOWN. That particular chapter is a little disturbing." Anselmo also commented on the fact that Vinnie Paul was at times painted in a very negative light in Rex's book. "I'm not sure that type of beating [on Vince] was necessary," Anselmo said. "Vince is a difficult guy and was always a different type of guy. But did he deserve that type of beating? I don't think so. It's a shame." He continued: "Rex has many faults, just like anyone else. But it sure seems like he wants to put fault on other people to take away from his humanity. We're all full of faults. Maybe it's easier for some of us to admit." Brown defended his comments about Vinnie Paul during a 2013 interview with the "Energize With Lonn Friend" podcast. After revealing that he sent his book to Anselmo and Vinnie Paul, the bassist said: "Apparently, Vinnie isn't very flattered by it. Vinnie, then, he can write his own fucking book, you know. With Philip, I haven't heard any rebuttals, but I didn't say anything in the book that wasn't already out there, you know what I'm saying?!" He added: "I think the reason they haven't talked to me is 'cause it is the fucking truth. And sometimes you don't wanna tell the truth. And I didn't go out of my way to maliciously hurt any individual. But at the same time, if you're gonna tell the truth, by God, you'd better be on the skinny. And I think Mark Eglinton [Rex's co-author], that did this thing with me, he really just kind of…. He put me down… You know how you have your dreams that you had in high school when you're just… you're in your underwear. That's the way I felt with this book. If [you're] not [being completely truthful in your memoir], I think it's all a bunch of charade… And why would you wanna do that?" On page 172 of "Official Truth, 101 Proof: The Inside Story Of Pantera", Brown had the following to say about Vinnie Paul: "You need to understand that Vinnie is just a strange person — that's all there is to it — and it's either his way or the highway. I think he got most of that asshole-ishness from his old man, because in many ways they are very much alike. Vinnie was always all about the 'party, party, party!' and 'eat that pussy!' type of shit — to the extent that he thought he was fucking David Lee Roth. And him a drummer, can you imagine? But the truth is that he only got laid maybe one out of ten times and that's if he was lucky. Being in a platinum-selling band is meant to be a head start when you're trying to score with chicks, but he negated that by having no idea whatsoever how to treat or approach a woman. He'd just walk up and immediately start groping them, so it was no surprise that his strike rate was so pitiful. He acted like meeting him was a sexual audition and that just turned them off straightaway." He continued: "And as if that wasn't bad enough, when he didn't get laid (ninety percent of the time, I'd estimate) he was the most miserable fucking guy on the planet. I just couldn't live with him. He'd walk in the room in the morning and I'd just know. He'd be all snappy and pissed off with everyone and there was nothing anyone could do to change his mood. That became really boring." Dimebag was shot and killed by a crazed gunman while performing with DAMAGEPLAN at a Columbus, Ohio rock club in December 2004. Several weeks before Dimebag's death, Anselmo gave an interview to English magazine Metal Hammer in which he called the guitarist "a shallow, stupid man," and added, "he deserves to be beaten severely."
LYNCH MOB's new album, "The Brotherhood", will be released on Friday, September 8 via Rat Pak Records. Produced by Chris "The Wizard" Collier (FLOTSAM AND JETSAM, PRONG, KXM), the disc features eleven brand new hard rock tracks. "The Brotherhood" hi...
Dickerman and LT of the WJRR radio station conducted an interview with METALLICA drummer Lars Ulrich before the band's July 5 concert at Camping World Stadium in Orlando, Florida. You can now listen to the chat below. Speaking about the reasons for the overwhelmingly positive response to METALLICA's latest album, "Hardwired… To Self-Destruct", Ulrich said: "I would say that, sitting, talking about it afterwards, most of it is… It's like the luck of the dice. We never sit down to try to have a [discussion about], 'The record's gotta be this way, and it's gotta sound like this and it's gonna have this kind of reaction.' I mean, there's never that kind of a mission statement, because you've gotta… Any kind of creative endeavor, any kind of a creative journey, there has to be a degree of flexibility, because if the creative elements have to be authentic and pure and not contrived and not overly thought out, you have to be prepared to go wherever it takes you. And so almost all the time with records and creative... whether it's some of the movies we've done or the videos we make, or whatever we do, it just sort of has a life of its own." He continued: "I think a significant reason for this record's being received the way… and maybe people don't intellectualize it and overanalyze it, but James [Hetfield, METALLICA frontman] and I were talking about it an hour ago when we were sitting back there eating lunch, is Greg Fidelman, who engineered this record, who co-produced it with James and I, who was responsible for all the sonics and the mixing and all that. He's been with METALLICA now for over ten years. He knows us, and he knows how to make us sound the way we should sound and maximize kind of our thing. And I think that he's a significant reason for all the goodwill that's coming back our way in the last six months since this record came out." METALLICA has just resumed its first North American tour in more than seven years. "Hardwired... To Self-Destruct" came out last November, eight years after "Death Magnetic".
"The Way Of Vikings", the new video from Swedish death metallers AMON AMARTH, can be seen below. The clip, which features the full band as "Peaky Blinders"-inspired characters at a brutal underground gambling hall and boxing match, was once again direc...
ADRENALINE MOB — the band featuring Russell Allen (vocals; also of SYMPHONY X) and Mike Orlando (guitar) — has announced dates for the second leg of its "We The People" North American tour. Sponsored by Rock'd Bourbon Whiskey, the trek will commence in Dayton, Ohio on August 18 and reach its final stop on September 23 in Providence, Rhode Island. Direct support will be provided by RIGHTEOUS VENDETTA along with additional support from DARK SKY CHOIR. Tour dates: Aug. 18 - Dayton, OH - Oddbody’s Aug. 19 - Louisville, KY - Trixies Aug. 20 - Clarksville, TN - The Warehouse Aug. 22 - Des Moines, IA - Vaudeville Mews Aug. 23 - Omaha, NE - Bourbon Saloon Aug. 25 - Bloomington, IL - The Castle Theater Aug. 26 - Janesville, WI - The Black Bar Aug. 27 - Ringle, WI - Q and Z Expo Center Aug. 29 - Ft. Wayne, IN - The Rusty Spur Aug. 30 - Westland, MI - Token Lounge Aug. 31 - Akron, OH - Empire Concert Club Sep. 02 - Ottawa, ON - The Brass Monkey Sep. 03 - Toronto, ON - Rockpile West Sep. 06 - Stanhope, NJ - Stanhope House Sep. 07 - Patchogue, NY - 89 North Sep. 08 - [to be announced] Sep. 09 - Fayetteville, NC - The Drunk Horse Pub Sep. 10 - Charlotte, NC - Neighborhood Theater Sep. 12 - New Orleans, LA - Southport Music Hall Sep. 13 - Houston, TX - Walters Sep. 15 - Oklahoma City, OK - Thunder Alley Sep. 16 - Tulsa, OK - The Shrine Sep. 17 - [to be announced] Sep. 19 - Erie, PA - Sherlocks Sep. 20 - Waterford, NY - Chrome Sep. 21 - Philadelphia, PA - Voltage Lounge Sep. 22 - Rochester, NY - California Brew Haus Sep. 23 - Providence, RI - Firehouse 13 Tickets go on sale on Friday, July 14. ADRENALINE MOB's third studio album, "We The People", was released on June 2 via Century Media. The follow-up to 2014's "Men Of Honor" is the first ADRENALINE MOB release to feature the band's new drummer Jordan Cannata and bassist David Zablidowsky (of TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA). Since ADRENALINE MOB's formation in 2011, the band's undergone several lineup changes, including the departures of bassist John Moyer (DISTURBED) and drummer Mike Portnoy (FLYING COLORS, THE WINERY DOGS, DREAM THEATER, AVENGED SEVENFOLD). In addition, the band was dealt a heavy blow with the passing of drummer A.J. Pero (TWISTED SISTER) in March 2015 of a heart attack. In a recent interview with I'm Music Magazine, Orlando stated about ADRENALINE MOB's personnel shuffles: "We've had a few member changes and, unfortunately, the passing of A.J., but we had no choice but to get someone else behind the kit. We've been very fortunate and we have someone really incredible in Jordan Cannata with us now. I think of it as turning the page and starting something better; write a better paragraph than the page before. To me, it's always moving forward and trying to do something better. The sound of the band has always been myself and Russell Allen; we're the writing team and it's been that way since day one. We've changed members on drums and bass, but that doesn't affect the writing, because it stays between Russ and I."