This fall, HarperNonFiction will publish "What Does This Button Do?", the hugely anticipated memoir from IRON MAIDEN frontman Bruce Dickinson. Heavy metal pioneers since their formation in 1975, IRON MAIDEN have sold over ninety million albums and played over two thousand shows in sixty-three countries, making them one of the most successful and globally influential bands of all time. One of the world's most storied musicians, Dickinson has been the band's internationally acclaimed lead singer for more than thirty years, and quite aside from the decades spent delivering high-octane performances with his larger-than-life persona, Bruce has lived an extraordinary off-stage existence too. A true polymath, Bruce is, or has been, an airline pilot and captain, an aviation entrepreneur, a beer brewer, motivational speaker, film scriptwriter, twice-published novelist, radio presenter, TV actor and a world-class fencer. Over the last couple of years, and throughout MAIDEN's "The Book Of Souls" world tour, which has covered thirty-nine countries and one hundred and seventeen shows since February 2016, Bruce has turned his unbridled creativity to writing his memoirs, longhand (in seven A4 notebooks no less). In "What Does This Button Do?", Bruce (a man who famously never gives interviews about his personal life) shares, for the first time, the most fascinating recollections, including his thirty years with MAIDEN, the early days, his childhood within the eccentric British school system, going solo, realising his dream of flying jumbo jets and his recent battle with tongue cancer. Dickinson is so much more than the frontman of one of the biggest bands on the planet. A rock icon, a true renaissance man, Bruce has been, and remains, a man of legend. Bold, honest, intelligent and very entertaining, "What Does This Button Do?" is the long-awaited window into the life, heart and mind of one of our most adventurous and multifaceted sons. The global publication on October 19 will be accompanied with a commensurate international book tour. More details to come soon. Bruce said: "It was flattering to be approached to write a book about my experiences and it seems an appropriate time to do this." Publishing director Jack Fogg negotiated world rights with Adrian Sington at Kruger Cowne, Dave Daniel at Celebrity Speakers and MAIDEN's management, Phantom Music Management, and will publish in conjunction with Denise Oswald, senior editor at Dey Street in HarperCollins U.S. Fogg said: "There's no one like Bruce. Which other rock musician can fly a 747, or fence at an international level? He's a total one-off; engaging, funny, warm, self-deprecating — a British eccentric in its very best form. His book will be outstanding and I am so delighted we get to publish it and work with him." Oswald said: "Bruce Dickinson might quite literally be the world's most interesting man. He's a true Renaissance man, and being one of the greatest rock singers of all time is merely the beginning. His memoir, like his voice, is sure to set a new gold standard and we're thrilled to be working with him on it." Anette Ekström, MD HarperCollins Nordic, said: "We are so very pleased to be the publishing house for this exciting book! The Nordic countries have a steady fan base for heavy metal, and IRON MAIDEN in particular. Our aim is to publish the memoir in all four Nordic languages, as close to the English release as possible as we understand the fans will be anxious for it." The first print-run of the U.K. hardback will have black sprayed-edges and will be available to pre-order ahead of publication.
Swedish hard rock veterans EUROPE will release their new studio album, "Walk The Earth", on October 20 via the band's own Hell & Back label through Silver Lining Music. The follow-up to 2015's "War Of Kings" was laid down at London, England's legendary Abbey Road studios and was produced by Dave Cobb, who also helmed the band's last disc. The "Walk The Earth" cover (shown below) features original artwork by famed Los Angeles artist Mike Sportes of Filth Mart. Says EUROPE singer Joey Tempest: "We were in the studio a few days into recording and Dave [Cobb, producer] comes in wearing this very cool t-shirt with one of Mike's designs on it. Immediately we knew we had to check Mike's other work and have him come up with an exclusive design for us based on the vibe of the album. We are very proud to have his amazing artwork as the 'Walk The Earth' album cover!' Speaking about the new album's recording sessions, EUROPE drummer Ian Haugland told Kaaos TV: "This time around, I would say that it turned out even better than 'War Of Kings', because we felt more at ease with Dave, 'cause now we knew how he was working from the previous album, from 'War Of Kings', so we felt really like a team immediately. And we knew when we went into the studio that we had a batch of really good song ideas, but when we went out of the studio and the recordings were finished, we had an even stronger feeling. So we took the songs, really, to the next level when we recorded them. So we're really excited about the new music." Regarding the musical direction of the new EUROPE material, Haugland said: "There are a lot of '70s roots. I think you can hear influences from David Bowie, from LED ZEPPELIN, BLACK SABBATH and DEEP PURPLE, obviously — all those bands that we grew up with. It's a nice mix, but still I think this album has a stronger backbone, stronger identity. I mean, the 'War Of Kings' album had a lot of great songs, but I think the new one is gonna be more focused, sort of. And also sound-wise, I think it's got a warmer and more analog character to the sound, which we love." "Walk The Earth" track listing: 01. Walk The Earth 02. The Siege 03. Kingdom United 04. Pictures 05. Election Day 06. Wolves 07. GTO 08. Haze 09. Whenever You're Ready 10. Turn To Dust EUROPE will tour the U.K. later this year as the support act for DEEP PURPLE. Headlining European tour dates for November and December will be announced soon. EUROPE last year completed a short European tour during which the band played "The Final Countdown" album in its entirety to celebrate the LP's thirtieth anniversary. A recording of the band's "The Final Countdown" performance at London's legendary Roundhouse was released on July 21. "War Of Kings" came out in March 2015 via UDR Music.
Punk rock pioneers and provocateurs DEAD BOYS will celebrate the fortieth anniversary of their landmark first album, "Young Loud And Snotty", with a worldwide tour and a special re-recording of the classic record. "Still Snotty: Young Loud And Snotty A...
A new promotional video for SLAYER's summer 2017 tour with LAMB OF GOD and BEHEMOTH can be seen below. The six-week North American trek kicked off on July 12 in Bemidji, Minnesota and will run through August 20 in Phoenix, Arizona. VIP packages and VIP ticket upgrades for the tour are available at this location. Remaining tour dates: Jul. 27 - Theater at Madison Square Garden - New York, NY Jul. 28 - Pier Six Pavilion - Baltimore, MD Jul. 30 - Municipal Auditorium - Nashville, TN Aug. 01 - Providence Medical Center Amphitheater - Bonner Springs, KS Aug. 02 - 1stBank Center - Denver, CO Aug. 04 - The Joint - Las Vegas, NV Aug. 05 - The Forum - Los Angeles, CA Aug. 08 - Vina Robles Amphitheater - Paso Robles, CA Aug. 09 - Bill Graham Civic Auditorium - San Francisco, CA Aug. 11 - The Cuthbert Amphitheater - Eugene, OR Aug. 12 - WaMu Theatre - Seattle, WA Aug. 14 - Encana Events Center - Dawson Creek, BC Aug. 15 - SMS Equipment Stadium - Fort McMurray, AB Aug. 17 - KettleHouse Amphitheater - Missoula, MT Aug. 19 - Isleta Amphitheater - Albuquerque, NM Aug. 20 - Comerica Theater - Phoenix, AZ As previously reported, SLAYER will perform its iconic song "Raining Blood" on the July 27 edition of "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon". The program will air at 11:35 p.m. on NBC. Immediately following Thursday's taping of "The Tonight Show", SLAYER will head over to New York's Theatre at Madison Square Garden where the band will headline as part of its summer U.S. tour. In a recent interview with Revolver magazine, SLAYER guitarist Kerry King was asked if there are any plans in place for the band to begin working on a follow-up to 2015's "Repentless" album. He responded: "Funny thing is, 'Repentless' isn't even two years old yet, though it seems like it is. But from that session, there are six or eight songs that are recorded — some with vocals, some with leads, but all with keeper guitar, drums and bass. So when those songs get finished lyrically, if the lyrics don't change the songs, they'll be ready to be on the next record. So we already have more than half a record complete, if those songs make it." He continued: "This is actually the most prepared we've ever been for the next record in our history; there's no reason to not do more work, because it's already more than halfway done. Just write four or five new songs, and give the others some attention, and we'll be good to go. If we get a down period of time, which I know is coming at the end of this year, maybe we'll focus on that and get to it." Pressed about whether it's "conceivable" that we could see a new SLAYER record next year, Kerry said: "It's conceivable — but I'm certainly not gonna promise it, because every time I do, I make a liar of myself! [Laughs]" "Repentless" was released on September 11, 2015 via Nuclear Blast. The follow-up to 2009's critically acclaimed, Grammy-nominated "World Painted Blood" was produced by Terry Date, who has previously worked with PANTERA, DEFTONES and SOUNDGARDEN. The artwork was created by Brazilian artist Marcelo Vasco in collaboration with Tom Araya and Kerry King. "Repentless" debuted at No. 4 on The Billboard 200, having shifted 50,000 equivalent album units in the week ending September 17, 2015.
STONE TEMPLE PILOTS: 25th-Anniversary Super Deluxe Edition Of ‘Core’ To Include Rarities, Demos And Live Recordings
STONE TEMPLE PILOTS roared on to the scene 25 years ago with their raucous debut "Core". A breakout success, the album peaked at #3 on the Billboard charts, dominated radio waves with hits like "Sex Type Thing" and "Wicked Garden", and has been certified eight times platinum by the RIAA. The band also took home the 1994 Grammy Award for "Best Hard Rock Performance" for their smash single "Plush". To mark the legendary album's silver anniversary, Rhino will release two versions on September 29, which is 25 years to the day of the album's original debut. The first is the "Core: Super Deluxe Edition" ($79.98), which includes four CDs featuring a newly remastered version of the original album, plus more than two hours of unreleased demos and live performances, including the band's performance on "MTV Unplugged". Also included is the original album on vinyl and a DVD that contains a 5.1 Surround Sound Mix of the album along with videos for the album's four singles. The set, limited to 15,000 copies worldwide, comes packaged in a richly detailed hardcover book (12 x 12) with rare and unseen photographs. The music from the Super Deluxe version will also be available via digital download and streaming services. Fans can pre-order a limited edition bundle of the "Core: Super Deluxe Editon" at www.stonetemplepilots.com which includes a bonus replica 7-inch vinyl single of "Plush" that was originally released in the U.K. in 1993. This exclusive bundle is limited to 1,000 copies. Also available on the same day is a 2-CD "Core: Deluxe Version" ($19.98) containing a newly remastered version of the original album expanded with rare b-sides and previously unreleased demos. A single disc remaster of the original album will be available as well. STONE TEMPLE PILOTS (guitarist Dean DeLeo, bassist Robert DeLeo, drummer Eric Kretz, and vocalist Scott Weiland) debuted with "Core" in the fall of 1992 and by the following summer were one of the biggest rock bands on the scene, powered by exhilarating live shows and a string of now-classic songs from the album, remastered here for the very first time. Nearly all of the music on the second disc of both versions is making its commercial debut. Of the nine demos included, four were recorded between 1987 and 1990 when the band was known as MIGHTY JOE YOUNG. One of those, "Only Dying", is an unheard song the band had planned to re-record in 1994 for "The Crow" soundtrack. The idea was later scrapped after the star of the film, Brandon Lee, was killed during production. The disc continues with five unreleased demos from their original Atlantic sessions and concludes with four b-sides, including the jazzy "Swing Type Version" of "Sex Type Thing", as well as two acoustic versions of "Plush" — the "Acoustic Type Version" recorded with the full band and the rarely heard "first take" that was recorded by Weiland and Dean DeLeo for MTV's "Headbanger's Ball" in 1993. The third disc contains two fiery live recordings from the summer of 1993, the first an unreleased performance at Castaic Lake Natural Amphitheater near Los Angeles and the second from the Reading Festival, making its U.S. debut here. These high-energy shows feature performances of all but two songs from "Core" as well as an early live version of "Lounge Fly", a song the band has just written a month earlier that would appear the following year on the band's second album, "Purple". The band's iconic appearance on "MTV Unplugged", recorded in November 1993, gets its first official release on the final CD in the set. This would be their last performance in support of "Core" and includes reworked, acoustic versions of "Wicked Garden" and "Sex Type Thing", the debut performance of "Big Empty", which would later appear on "Purple", and a cover of David Bowie's "Andy Warhol". "Core: Super Deluxe Edition" also features the original album pressed on vinyl, and a DVD that presents a 5.1 Surround Sound Mix of "Core" together will all four of the videos made for the album: "Sex Type Thing", "Plush", "Wicked Garden" and "Creep". "Core: Super Deluxe Edition" track listing: Disc One: Original Album Remastered 01. Dead & Bloated 02. Sex Type Thing 03. Wicked Garden 04. No Memory 05. Sin 06. Naked Sunday 07. Creep 08. Piece Of Pie 09. Plush 10. Wet My Bed 11. Crackerman 12. Where The River Goes Disc Two: Demos And B-sides 01. Only Dying – Demo * 02. Wicked Garden - Demo * 03. Naked Sunday - Demo * 04. Where The River Goes - Demo * 05. Dead & Bloated - Demo * 06. Sex Type Thing - Demo * 07. Sin – Demo * 08. Creep – Demo * 09. Plush – Demo * 10. Sex Type Thing – Swing Type Version 11. Plush - Acoustic Type Version 12. Creep - New Album Version 13. Plush - Acoustic from MTV Headbanger's Ball (Take 1) Disc Three: Live 1993 Live At Castaic Lake Natural Amphitheater (July 2, 1993) 01. Crackerman * 02. Wicked Garden * 03. No Memory * 04. Sin * 05. Plush * 06. Where The River Goes * 07. Sex Type Thing * 08. Wet My Bed * 09. Naked Sunday * Live At The Reading Festival (August 27, 1993) 10. Wicked Garden 11. No Memory * 12. Sin 13. Lounge Fly * 14. Dead & Bloated 15. Sex Type Thing 16. Naked Sunday* Disc Four: MTV Unplugged (November 17, 1993) 01. Crackerman 02. Creep * 03. Andy Warhol 04. Plush * 05. Big Empty * 06. Wicked Garden * 07. Sex Type Thing * Disc Five: (DVD) Original Album 5.1 Mix, 24/96 Stereo Audio, And Music Videos * Previously Unreleased Bonus "Plush" 7-inch Included with www.stonetemplepilots.com preorder, limited edition of 1,000 units Side 1 01. Plush (Edit) Side 2 01. Sin
Progressive metal giants DREAM THEATER have announced the third and final leg of their "Images, Words & Beyond" tour, which sees the pioneering group celebrating the twenty-fifth anniversary of its milestone RIAA-gold-certified album "Images And Words". The North American headline dates kick off October 25 at Oakland's Fox Theatre. The trek takes the band throughout the US, including dates at NYC's Beacon Theatre and L.A.'s Wiltern, as well as a stop at the Sony Centre in Toronto. Like previous legs, the show will be presented as an "Evening With Dream Theater," with no opening act. The tour will feature an unparalleled live set of "Images And Words" in its entirety, along with fan favorites from their deep, widely acclaimed catalog. Said founding guitarist John Petrucci of the upcoming trek: "We are so psyched to bring our 'Images, Words & Beyond' tour to North America this fall! It's hard to believe that it's already been 25 years since 'Images' was released! We've been having a blast playing those songs each night, and sharing memories and stories from our time in the studio back in 1992. We know that this is such an important album to so many of our fans, both old and new, so we plan on making this a really special night by playing 'Images And Words' in its entirety as well as breaking out some rare material, and a few of our latest tunes, in order to make this landmark evening compete. We hope to see all of you there! Don't miss it." Pre-sale tickets for select headline shows will be available beginning today, Wednesday, July 26, at 10 a.m. (local time), followed by a public on-sale July 28, with the remainder of the pre-sales launching one week later, August 2, with a public on-sales of August 4. DREAM THEATER recently concluded the European leg of the "Images, Words & Beyond" tour, playing to sold-out crowds across Europe. The upcoming North American run caps off a year-long celebration of "Images & Words". After a short break in early 2018, the band will return to the studio to begin work on a follow-up to their most recent opus, "The Astonishing". Tour dates: Oct. 25 - Oakland, CA - Fox Theater Oct. 26 - Los Angeles, CA - The Wiltern Oct. 28 - Phoenix, AZ - Celebrity Theatre Oct. 29 - ABQ, NM - Kiva Auditorium Oct. 31 - Denver, CO - Paramount Theater Nov. 02 - Wichita, KS - Orpheum Theatre Nov. 03 - Chicago, IL - Chicago Theater Nov. 04 - Peoria, IL - Peoria Civic Center Nov. 06 - Cincinnati, OH - Taft Theater Nov. 08 - Pittsburgh, PA - Palace Theatre Nov. 09 - Detroit, MI - The Fillmore Nov. 10 - Buffalo, NY - Rapids Theatre Nov. 12 - Toronto, ON - Sony Centre Nov. 14 - Albany, NY - The Palace Theater Nov. 15 - Boston, MA - Orpheum Theatre Nov. 16 - New York, NY - Beacon Theater Nov. 18 - Asbury, Park, NJ - Paramount Theater Nov. 19 - Philadelphia, PA - Merriam Theatre Nov. 27 - Baltimore, MD - The Lyric Nov. 28 - Raleigh, NC - Memorial Auditorium Nov. 29 - Nashville, TN - War Memorial Aud. Dec. 01 - Austin, TX - Bass Hall Dec. 02 - Dallas, TX - The Pavilion Dec. 03 - Houston, TX - Cullen PAC
German/American metallers ACCEPT have announced the details of their early 2018 European tour, which will start on January 12 in Hamburg, Germany. The band will be promoting its new album, "The Rise Of Chaos", which will be released on August 4 via Nuclear Blast. Tour dates: Jan. 12 - DE - Hamburg - Mehr! Theater Jan. 13 - DE - Filderstadt - Filharmonie Jan. 14 - DE - Munich - TonHalle Jan. 16 - DE - Leipzig - Haus Auensee Jan. 17 - DE - Berlin - Huxleys Jan. 19 - DE - Geiselwind - Eventzentrum Jan. 20 - CZ - Zlín - Euronics Jan. 21 - HU - Budapest - Barba Negra Jan. 23 - IT - Milano - Live Music Club Jan. 24 - CH - Zurich - Komplex 457 Jan. 26 - ES - Barcelona - Sala Razzmatazz Jan. 27 - ES - Madrid - La Riviera Jan. 28 - ES - Bilbao - Santana 27 Jan. 30 - FR - Saint-Étienne - Le FIL Feb. 01 - FR - Lille - L'Aéronef Feb. 02 - DE - Saarbrücken - Garage Feb. 03 - CH - Lausanne - Les Docks Feb. 04 - DE - Frankfurt - Batschkapp Feb. 06 - NL - Eindhoven - Effenaar Feb. 07 - BE - Antwerpen - Trix Feb. 08 - UK - London - Koko Feb. 09 - DE - Oberhausen - Turbinenhalle Feb. 11 - DK - Copenhagen - Vega Feb. 12 - NO - Oslo - Rockefeller Feb. 14 - SE - Gothenburg - Trädgår'n Feb. 15 - SE - Stockholm - Cruise Feb. 17 - FI - Turku - Logomo Feb. 18 - FI - Helsinki - The Circus ACCEPT guitarist Wolf Hoffmann told Spain's MariskalRock TV about "The Rise Of Chaos": "It was recorded by the same team as the last three albums — it was Andy Sneap producing and Mark Tornillo on vocals and Peter Baltes [bass] and myself in the band. We have two new members, but other than that, it was recorded and written exactly the same way as all the other previous three albums. [It was] recorded mainly in Nashville, mixed in England. And, yeah, we took all of last year to write the songs, and I think it sounds [like] typical ACCEPT." Regarding the "The Rise Of Chaos" title, Wolf said: "The title just seemed to come out of nowhere. It really seems to fit the times that we live in. It really means the world is getting more and more chaotic, and that's what we feel like. So when we had the [title track], it seemed to just fit the times that we live in. It's not really about any chaos in particular, but if you look at politics nowadays, there's chaos; if you look at the global warming or the climate change, that's chaotic; or a lot of the Syrian crisis and the refugees in the world, there's so much chaos around us. So that's what it is about." Hoffmann told Finland's Kaaos TV that ACCEPT's goal is to continue writing music as if it sounded like it was created thirty years ago. "Absolutely, and if you want it to sound like it sounded back then, you've gotta use what you know worked back then," he said. "That's how we've been doing it back then, so we're doing it still the exact same way. I want it to sound somewhat old-school and '80s, only with a modern touch and modern sound, fresh ideas and all of that. But, really, the core of the music should be like back in the '80s." The cover artwork for "The Rise Of Chaos" was created by the Hungarian artist Gyula Havancsák and can be seen below. The follow-up to 2014's "Blind Rage" is the first ACCEPT album to feature the band's latest additions, guitarist Uwe Lulis (GRAVE DIGGER, REBELLION) and drummer Christopher Williams. ACCEPT parted ways with guitarist Herman Frank and drummer Stefan Schwarzmann in December 2014.
A hologram of the late Ronnie James Dio made its U.S. debut this past February at the 28th annual Pollstar Awards at the The Novo (formerly Club Nokia) in Los Angeles, California. Created by Eyellusion, the appearance of the heavy metal icon took place during a performance by DIO DISCIPLES, which pays tribute to Ronnie and is fully supported by his widow/manager, Wendy. The Dio hologram was first introduced at last year's Wacken Open Air festival in Germany. A world tour featuring the hologram, which will showcase various eras of the legendary metal singer's career, will kick off with a European leg of performances in theaters on November 30 in Helsinki before hitting South America, Australia and Asia. The tour, dubbed "Dio Returns", will arrive in the U.S. in the spring of 2018 and hit select festivals next summer. "In 1986, for the 'Sacred Heart' tour, Ronnie and I created the crystal ball with Ronnie filmed and speaking in a suspended crystal ball effect, done with back projection, which was the closest we could get to a hologram," the singer's widow, Wendy Dio, tells Rolling Stone. "Ronnie was always wanting to experiment with new stage ideas and was a big Disney fan. With this said, I am sure he is giving us his blessing with this hologram project. It gives the fans that saw Ronnie perform an opportunity to see him again and new fans that never got to see him a chance to see him for the first time. We hope everyone will enjoy the show that we have all worked so hard to put together." According to Wendy, the show will feature performances of at least half a dozen of the late vocalist's hits, including "Holy Diver", "Rainbow In The Dark", "We Rock", "King Of Rock And Roll", BLACK SABBATH's "Neon Knights" and "Heaven And Hell" and RAINBOW's "Man On The Silver Mountain". The production uses audio of Dio's live performances from throughout his career backed by a live band consisting of former DIO members Simon Wright (drums), Craig Goldy (guitar) and Scott Warren (keyboards) alongside bassist Bjorn Englen (YNGWIE MALMSTEEN). They will joined by singers Tim "Ripper" Owens (JUDAS PRIEST, ICED EARTH, YNGWIE MALMSTEEN) and Oni Logan (LYNCH MOB) on select dates. During an appearance on the "Talk Toomey" podcast, Wendy spoke about plans for a tour featuring the hologram, saying: "I feel that Ronnie was an innovator in music, and why not be an innovator in technology also? He tried to make a hologram in 1986. When we had the [DIO] 'Sacred Heart' tour, we did the big crystal ball with Ronnie's head in there talking, which was actually done with a rear projection, but we were always trying to do new things and exciting things. In fact, his personal [assistant] just called me a couple of weeks ago and he said, 'Hey, Wendy, I just found this interview that Ronnie did a long time ago, and they were asking Ronnie [if he had] plans to retire, and 'What will you do when you retire?' And he said, 'Well, I don't think I'll ever retire. I'll probably die on stage. Or if I don't, I'm sure Wendy will find something for me to do after.' [Laughs] So I thought that was quite funny." Wendy, who manages DIO DISCIPLES and is affiliated with the Eyellusion team, also spoke about the response the hologram has gotten from Ronnie's fans and other musicians. "Some [reactions] are positive, some are negative," she said. "If you've actually seen it… I think the people that have actually seen it are very positive. We debuted it at Wacken last year in Germany for seventy-five thousand people, and they were all totally, totally blown away. And also, it's never been done before, because this is a live band — Ronnie's live band that he played with for the last seventeen years, with Ronnie, with a live track of Ronnie's. And it was so realistic; everybody was, like, crying, and it was very moving. And I think it's great for the fans that never saw Ronnie, that are able to come and see him. And for the ones that did see him that would love to see him again up on stage." Hologram world tours have previously been announced, but never come to fruition. In 2015, it was announced that Whitney Houston would go on the road in holographic form, but a leak of a duet with Christina Aguilera, which suggested the hologram was not up to scratch, led to the withdrawal of the Houston hologram by her estate. According to Wendy, it's only a matter of time before other rock legends return to life through holograms, the three-dimensional light projections that have opened new frontiers for the live music and other industries. "Absolutely," she said. "I think the company that we're working with is talking to a lot of different people. And I think it's the way of the future. It's like people were, 'Ooooh…' when the eight-track came out, 'Ooooh, what's this?' And then cassette. 'Oooh, what's this?' And digital, 'What's this? Oh, we don't wanna do that. We only want analog. We don't want digital.' But you know what? It's technology. And also, we're losing our legends day by day; we're losing the innovators of metal and hard rock music; we're losing 'em every day. What are we gonna do? I don't see a lot of bands coming up to take their place." Goldy defended DIO DISCIPLES' decision to perform with the Dio hologram, saying: "We know how much the fans miss Ronnie and the special and unequaled element that he brought to his live performances. Being able to recreate that same kind of magic for his fans at Wacken was incredible. For so many years, Ronnie always invested big in his live shows as his way to give back to the fans, and that is exactly what we aimed to do with this latest performance. We can't wait to bring this experience to even more of his fans and perhaps even a newer generation when we bring this incredible live experience on the road." "Dio Returns" tour dates Nov. 30 - Helsinki, Finland @ The Circus Dec. 03 - Stockholm, Sweden @ Fryshuset Dec. 04 - Oslo, Norway @ Rockefeller Music Hall Dec. 06 - Warsaw, Poland @ Progresja Dec. 13 - Barcelona, Spain @ Bikini Dec. 15 - Santander, Spain @ Escenario Santander Dec. 17 - Bucharest, Romania @ Arelene Romane Dec. 20 - Antwerp, Belgium @ Trix Dec. 21 - Tilburg, Netherlands @ 013
STONE SOUR bassist Johny Chow proposed to his longtime girlfriend Christi Allen during the band's July 25 concert at Budweiser Stage in Toronto, Ontario, Canada as the support act for KORN. She, of course, said yes, and the video of this happy moment can now be seen below. STONE SOUR's bassist since 2012, Chow has an extensive music history that includes stints with CAVALERA CONSPIRACY, SOULFLY and FIREBALL MINISTRY. Throughout the course of his career, the Buffalo native has also played with SYSTEMATIC, ECHO 3, SOULS OF RUIN, MAXIMUM PENALTY, MY RUIN and PUSHED. Asked what made him want to start playing the bass in the first place, Chow told Eden Amps: "I originally started out on drums. In third grade, they offered lessons for piano, violin and drums, so I chose drums. Then, when the class began, they handed me a pair sticks, a wooden block with a rubber pad on it, and a book full of these strange squiggly lines! I was like, 'Where is the drum set?!?' I wanted to pound on drums not a wooden block. So, needless to say, after learning how to read some fundamental rudiments and the lessons finished, I didn't pursue the drums anymore. Also, my neighbor had a drum kit and was coming along as a player so it seemed pointless to have two drummers when we were talking of playing around. Shortly after making that decision, I picked a hollow bodied guitar from the garbage. It only had the four low strings on it and I started jamming with my neighbor. I didn't know any chords, so I was single-noting it. Then a mutual friend of ours came in the mix and he could play power chords, so I stayed with the single note stuff — I just turned all the knobs (not knowing what they really did) until I got a lower, bassier tone." Regarding how he landed the STONE SOUR gig, Chow said: "In 2002 I joined the band SYSTEMATIC, featuring SLAYER drummer Paul Bostaph. We were on STONE SOUR's first U.S. tour and I stayed friends with Jim Root and his guitar tech, Martin Connors, over the years. I had just gotten done playing the Big Day Out festival in Australia with CAVALERA CONSPIRACY and Max [Cavalera] was about to release a new SOULFLY album. I knew he would tour that cycle which meant that CAVALERA CONSPIRACY would have at least a year off. So, I got a hold of a friend, Rob Blasko [ex-ROB ZOMBIE bassist, now with OZZY OSBOURNE and also manager of BLACK VEIL BRIDES and Zakk Wylde], told him I had a year off and asked if he knew of any gigs out there needing a bassist. He told me that STONE SOUR needed someone so I immediately reached out to Jim and my longtime friend, Roy Mayorga [STONE SOUR drummer]. The rest is what it is." STONE SOUR is continuing to tour in support of its latest album, "Hydrograd", which was released on June 30 via Roadrunner Records.
MÖTLEY CRÜE and SIXX:A.M. bassist Nikki Sixx underwent surgery on Tuesday (July 25) to repair a torn rotator cuff. He posted a couple of post-operation photos and the following message on Facebook: "Rotator and torn bicep fixed. Doctor did a great job." This is the second major surgery of 2017 for Sixx, who previously underwent a two-hour hip replacement procedure in early April. According to TMZ, Sixx is in talks with "American Idol" about joining the judges panel. The producers of the singing competition show and ABC want the bassist as the third judge on the rebooted program, which will be hosted by Ryan Seacrest. Sixx said last month that he was "unofficially retired" from touring, explaining that "money has never been and isn't a driving force for me." He added that it was "nice to give 100 percent of my time to my wife and kids." He did indicate that he has two new SIXX:A.M. albums in the works, as well as two books, an adaptation of the MÖTLEY CRÜE memoir "The Dirt" for Netflix and a stage version of his own autobiography, "The Heroin Diaries". Sixx toured with MÖTLEY CRÜE one last time in 2015, with the band performing a total of 164 shows to close out its career. The past few years, he has focused on SIXX:A.M., which initially started as a musical offshoot of "The Heroin Diaries" but turned into an actual band. Its latest albums, "Prayers For The Blessed" and "Prayers For The Damned", came out in 2016.