Former SKID ROW frontman Sebastian Bach was interviewed this morning (Thursday, November 30) on "KTLA Morning News", the morning television news program airing on KTLA in Los Angeles, California. You can now watch the chat below. Asked if the elements exist for a possibility of a SKID ROW reunion, Bach responded: "Well, [they] exist 'cause we're still alive." Pressed further, the singer admitted: "That's a rough subject for me, 'cause we're trying to put it together, so I don't wanna say the wrong thing." Sebastian closed the topic by saying that a reunion "could be on the horizon." Bach's latest comments seem to contradict SKID ROW guitarist Dave "Snake" Sabo's recent claim that the chances of Bach coming back to the band are "slim to none." Bach fronted SKID ROW until 1996, when he was fired. Instead of throwing in the towel, the remaining members took a hiatus and went on to play briefly in a band called OZONE MONDAY. In 1999, SKID ROW reformed and, after a bit of shuffling over the years, featured a lineup consisting of original bassist Rachel Bolan and guitarists Sabo and Scotti Hill, alongside drummer Rob Hammersmith and singer Johnny Solinger. SKID ROW fired Solinger over the phone in April 2015, a few hours before announcing ex-TNT vocalist Tony Harnell as his replacement. Eight months later, Harnell exited the band and was replaced by South African-born, British-based singer ZP Theart, who previously fronted DRAGONFORCE, TANK and I AM I. Sabo told the "Trunk Nation" show earlier in the month that "there was definitely dialog that was going back and forth" between SKID ROW and Bach about a possible reunion, but "what it ended up being was we realized that whatever it was that tore us apart years ago still existed… We got offered a lot of money. And then with the dialog that went back and forth, it got ugly again," he said. Bach's autobiography, "18 And Life On Skid Row", which was originally made available last December, was released in paperback on November 14.
Josh Todd (BUCKCHERRY) recently spoke with Joshua Toomey of the "Talk Toomey" podcast about his new band, JOSH TODD & THE CONFLICT. The full chat can be streamed below (interview starts at the 43-minute mark). A few excerpts follow (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET): On why he started THE CONFLICT: Josh: "Prior to BUCKCHERRY, I grew up in Orange County, California. My foundation was a lot of punk rock records. I had a band for five years called SLAMHOUND in Los Angeles, and it was a four-piece band, and much heavier rock music. Cut to BUCKCHERRY, and [I] love BUCKCHERRY and had a great run, and BUCKCHERRY's doing great, but we toured a lot last year, and I always wanted to have two bands in two different kind of genres in rock, and something heavier and more aggressive, more along the lines of my roots." On whether it feels like he's "starting over" with THE CONFLICT: Josh: "It's all the same for me, because BUCKCHERRY toured a lot, so I've been on every stage in every type of situation you can think of. It's all the same, really — just wanna give the audience 110 percent. Doesn't matter if it's, like, 500 [or] 5,000. Getting down to this level has actually been inspiring and cool to create something from the ground up. It's been a labor of love, and I enjoy it, as long as you can deal with being humbled, because it is definitely humbling." On how he's trying to reach "casual" BUCKCHERRY fans: Josh: "We put out a record and we did a lot of promotion, and the percentage of BUCKCHERRY fans that wanted to listen to it and wanted to embrace us have. There's always people that just aren't interested in this type of music, so there's nothing I can do about that. We're out here touring with other bands and we're building an audience for THE CONFLICT. All that being said, it's a great show, and I put a lot into my craft and my songwriting, and it definitely translates live." On why he's not performing any BUCKCHERRY songs live with THE CONFLICT: Josh: "I didn't want to do that. We've done that in the past when we first started doing shows, because there was, like, literally no awareness, and it just doesn't really work well with THE CONFLICT stuff. We're tuned down to C, and I didn't want to do that anyway. I want to get away from BUCKCHERRY and build this brand, no matter what that's going to take. That's what we're doing. The model that I really was working with was the SLIPKNOT / STONE SOUR-type model, at a smaller scale of course, but that's what I wanted to accomplish, so that's what I'm going to accomplish. I just want to build them separately and be able to tend to THE CONFLICT and then let it rest, then go do some BUCKCHERRY and let it rest, and so on and so forth." JOSH TODD & THE CONFLICT's debut album, "Year Of The Tiger", was released on September 15 via Century Media. The disc was co-produced by guitarist Stevie Dacanay (a.k.a. Stevie D) and STONE TEMPLE PILOTS drummer Eric Kretz. JOSH TODD & THE CONFLICT is: Josh Todd - Vocals Stevie D - Guitars/Back-Up Vocals Sean Winchester - Drums Greg Cash - Bass
Legendary drummer Vinny Appice (BLACK SABBATH, HEAVEN & HELL, DIO) recently spoke with Mark Strigl of the "Talking Metal" podcast about APPICE, his new band with his brother Carmine (VANILLA FUDGE, BLUE MURDER, KING KOBRA). The complete chat can be streamed below. A few excerpts follow (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET): On how comedian Carrot Top ended up appearing in APPICE's music video for the song "Monsters & Heroes": Vinny: "We're very good friends. Over the years, he's come to see a lot of our shows when we play in Vegas. He's just a great friend. I think he played some drums in his life. We invited him down, and then we said, 'Do you want to be in the video?' So, we put him in there. When he came off, he told me, 'Man, that was so loud!' He was sitting in front of my drums, and I had the monitors on with that song just blasting." On how to pronounce the name of the APPICE project, given that he and his brother pronounce their last names differently: Vinny: "It's 'Sinister' by A-P-P-I-C-E. That's what we say now. [Laughs] Kind of in the middle, you know? Carmine used to say 'App-uh-see.' That's what I say. Then he started playing with Rod Stewart, and Rod called him 'Uh-piece,' so he changed it. I stayed with 'App-uh-see.' Ever since then, it's been totally a mix-up. People ask all the time, for years and years and years. It's unbelievable how long this has been going on. But it's cool — people talk about it." On how his and his brother's drum performances are captured on new APPICE album "Sinister": Vinny: "If you've got the headphones on correctly, I'm the left, he's the right. We don't play every song together, but sometimes we play the whole song all the way through, both of us, and then sometimes I'll play part of the song, he'll play the other parts, verse, chorus, mix it up. Some of them, there's a couple of songs where we play individual. It's all mixed up; it's not the same mix all the time." On the status of LAST IN LINE's sophomore album: Vinny: "We're working on that now. We have five songs recorded, and we wrote a whole bunch of stuff. Five are in the can, but they're not finished — they need solos and different things. We just did some writing about 10 days ago, so we're going to continue in December and at the beginning of the year also." On his memories of filling in for Bill Ward with BLACK SABBATH in 1998: Vinny: "Bill couldn't do it, so they called me. I did about two weeks in Europe with the original SABS, and it was great. Ozzy [Osbourne] was great — he's just a great guy and a lot of fun and craziness playing with him. That was a great thrill for me to play with the original band. It was a great thrill to play with Ronnie [James Dio], but it was also a great thrill to play with the original band. I got to play in both versions — both important versions." "Sinister", the first joint studio album by Vinny and his brother Carmine, was released on October 27 through SPV/Steamhammer as CD digipack, double gatefold vinyl, download and stream.
DELTA DEEP, the critically acclaimed blues-based band featuring Phil Collen (lead guitarist of DEF LEPPARD) and Robert DeLeo (bassist for STONE TEMPLE PILOTS), in addition to Debbi Blackwell-Cook (back-up vocalist for such artists as Michael Bublé and Gregory Hines) and Forrest Robinson (drummer for India.Arie, Joe Sample & THE CRUSADERS, TLC), will release a concert CD/DVD, "East Coast Live", on January 26, 2018 via Frontiers Music Srl. The set captures a magical night where all the stars fell into place at Daryl's House, the Pawling, New York club owned by Daryl Hall of HALL & OATES. A lyric video for the song "Bless These Blues" can be seen below. Collen states about the track: "This tour was the first time we played the song live, and I'm blown away by the sound. It came over like a living, breathing powerful entity — a monster — everything you'd want in a live song. We had this particular performance filmed at Daryl's House on the second to the last day of our East Coast tour. It was so mighty, it made sense that we release it as a live performance lyric video instead of just an audio track and share it with the world." Collen initially started DELTA DEEP in 2012 after jamming at home over the course of a year with friend and relative Debbi Blackwell-Cook (Blackwell-Cook is the godmother of Collen's wife, Helen). What started as a casual pairing singing Motown and classic blues staples while Debbi frequently visited Collen's home quickly turned into much more. Collen, Helen and Debbi began writing original music which Collen and Debbi recorded in Collen's home studio. Later that year, a chance meeting re-acquainted Collen with Memphis native and enigmatic heavy metal, jazz, and R&B drummer Forrest Robinson. A friend suggested giving STP bassist Robert DeLeo a call. Sharing a loving affinity for soul, funk and the blues, DeLeo was the perfect fit. According to Collen: "We really wanted Robert in this band. He had the added firepower of being the premiere pioneer and most 'badass bass player' to come out of the alternative rock explosion."
Reactivated California thrash metal pioneers DARK ANGEL are continuing to work on material for their long-awaited comeback album. The band's first CD since 1991's "Time Does Not Heal" will feature the lineup that has performed sporadic live shows since reuniting in 2013: Gene Hoglan (drums), Eric Meyer (guitar), Jim Durkin (guitar), Ron Rinehart (vocals) and Michael Gonzalez (bass). Speaking to Agoraphobic News, Hoglan stated about DARK ANGEL's next disc (hear audio below): "We are in the process of writing it. My schedule is pretty crazy, so trying to devote as much time as I would love to to writing it has been a challenge. But we're in the process of writing it. And there's no timeline to when it's gonna be completed. And I appreciate everybody's patience. I can only imagine people [going], 'Where's that new DARK ANGEL [album] you promised a few years back?' But we're trying to work on it. I'm gonna make it fucking the most ball-crushing record possible." According to Hoglan, he and his DARK ANGEL bandmates "have a great time" when they get together to play live shows. "This is my family too," he said. "We're all brothers. We get back together and have a good family reunion and play some metal." Gene told KNAC.COM earlier in the year that he had "five or six songs ready to go" for DARK ANGEL's next album. "The stuff Jim's writing is deadly," he said. "And I'm trying to carry forth the youthful energy and aggression of 'Darkness Descends' with a little bit of what we were doing with 'Time Does Not Heal' and some cool-ass 'Leave Scars' thrown in. It sounds like DARK ANGEL, but I'm trying to err on the side of hyper-aggression, and that's cool with me. You never go wrong going heavier. So write a shit-ass heavy fucking record, that's gold in my book." DARK ANGEL released two albums with Don Doty on vocals — 1984's "We Have Arrived" and 1986's "Darkness Descends" — before he exited the group and was replaced by Ron Rinehart (after a brief stint with Jim Drabos in 1987). The band issued two more studio LPs — 1989's "Leave Scars" and 1991's "Time Does Not Heal" — before calling it quits in 1992. Rinehart, Hoglan and Meyer reassembled DARK ANGEL more than a decade ago but were forced to abandon their reunion plans after health issues reportedly put Rinehart's singing career on hold.
OZZY OSBOURNE guitarist and BLACK LABEL SOCIETY frontman Zakk Wylde is featured in the latest episode of MÖTLEY CRÜE bassist Nikki Sixx's new original video series, "My Favorite Riff With Nikki Sixx". In the episode, which can be viewed below, Zakk plays his signature bulls-eye design as he and Nikki talk about making musical soup and playing for the boss, Ozzy Osbourne. Zakk's advice when it comes to music: don't worry about what other people are doing, do what you like. BLACK LABEL SOCIETY's tenth full-length album, "Grimmest Hits", will be released January 19, 2018 via Entertainment One (eOne). Wylde reunited with the iconic BLACK SABBATH frontman for this past summer's tour that marked the thirtieth anniversary of when the two first collaborated together. Wylde originally joined Osbourne's band three decades ago and backed the legendary frontman from 1987 to 1995, then again in 1998, from 2001 to 2004 and also from 2006 to 2009. His guitar playing can be heard on Osbourne's studio albums "No Rest For The Wicked", "No More Tears", "Ozzmosis", "Down To Earth", "Under Cover" and "Black Rain". The first album with Wylde went double platinum and "No More Tears" remains Ozzy's most successful album, going four times platinum in the United States with four Top 10 songs on the U.S. Billboard chart. Wylde also appeared with Ozzy on three live albums.
ASKING ALEXANDRIA Guitarist Doesn’t Know What To Believe When It Comes To Sexual Misconduct Allegations In Metal
ASKING ALEXANDRIA guitarist Ben Bruce has commented on the recent wave of allegations of sexual assault, harassment and misconduct against other musicians, saying that he doesn't "know what to believe and what not to believe." A number of women have opened up about their experiences with sexual harassment/assault in the wake of allegations of misconduct by Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein, with some calling out musicians in prominent hard rock bands — including members of WE CAME AS ROMANS, PIERCE THE VEIL, SUICIDE SILENCE and SLAVES — for their allegedly inappropriate behavior. Asked for his opinion on the current national focus on sexual harassment, especially as it relates to touring hard rock and heavy metal bands, Bruce told "The Metal Podcast" (hear audio below): "You have to wonder what's true and what's not true. Some of these guys made mistakes, and some of them [are] forgivable, some of them [are] not so forgivable, you know what I mean? But it's the circle of life. To me, it's like… I don't know. "It's just a weird time," he continued. "You just don't know what to believe and what not to believe. Even things like [comedian] Louis C.K. and stuff, stuff coming out now about him. I don't know how to feel about it. I don't know him personally. Is he actually a nice guy that made mistakes, or is he an asshole and deserves it? There's no way of knowing. So I just try to stay out of it. It's kind of the nature of the beast. A few years ago, it was this that got the whole world going crazy, now it's this. What will be next year or in two years' time? There's just no way of knowing. So you just kind of wait and see." While admitting that he knows "a lot of those guys" in other bands that have been accused of misconduct, Bruce said: "Have they ever done anything to me? No. So I'm not gonna sit here and pass judgment. I don't know the story. I'm not them, I'm not in their shoes, so it's not my place." ASKING ALEXANDRIA will release its new, self-titled album on December 15 via Sumerian. The disc will mark the group's first full-length effort with singer Danny Worsnop since he rejoined ASKING ALEXANDRIA last fall.
Six-time Grammy Award-nominated musical virtuosos DIXIE DREGS are gearing up for a national U.S. tour starting February 28. The performances will mark the first time in 40 years the original band — Steve Morse (guitar), Andy West (bass), Allen Sloan (violin), Steve Davidowski (keyboards) and Rod Morgenstein (drums) — will share the stage. Tickets are on sale now. The "Dawn Of The Dregs" 25-date tour — with additional dates to be announced soon — will take the band across the country starting on February 28 in Clearwater, Florida and make stops in Atlanta, Charleston, Washington D.C., New York City, Boston, Pittsburgh, Cleveland, Chicago, Milwaukee, Boulder and Phoenix, among many others,before wrapping April 25 in Dallas, TX. "This tour is the result of the overwhelming requests we've received from a loyal audience of diehard Dregheads, and new fans who have never seen us perform live, but discovered the band for the first time through Steve's membership in DEEP PURPLE, or Rod as the drummer for WINGER," said West. "We can't wait to playfor them all." For guitar aficionados, Steve Morse needs no introduction, and his place in the pantheon of guitar greats is certain. But, in fact, his career started with DIXIE DREGS. The band traces its true beginnings to the band DIXIE GRIT, which started in a Georgia high school with Steve on guitar and Andy West on bass. DIXIE GRIT morphed into DIXIE DREGS at the University of Miami School of Music, where Allen Sloan (violin) and Rod Morgenstein (drums) joined up with Steve and Andy, who were the "dregs" of DIXIE GRIT. The members of DIXIE DREGS remained committed to attending the University of Miami School of Music, which hosted a lively and talented musical community during their tenure, including future greats Pat Metheny, Jaco Pastorius, T Lavitz, and Bruce Hornsby, among manyothers. In 1975, the group's demo album, "The Great Spectacular", was recorded at the University of Miami and then re-released on CD in 1997. After graduation, the band moved back to Augusta where Steve Davidowski (keyboards) completed the band. The band paid its dues and honed its skills playing in bars and venues throughout the South in the mid-'70s. They established themselves in the firmament of American instrumental music, seamlessly fusing rock with progressive and jazz elements to create a uniquely instrumental-driven style that has stood the test of time. Based on a short demo and a tip from former ALLMAN BROTHERS keyboardist Chuck Leavell along with legendary ALLMAN/DREGS tour manager Twiggs Lyndon, Capricorn Records signed THE DIXIE DREGS to record "Free Fall" (1977). The success and critical acclaim of "Free Fall" announced DIXIE DREGS to the world, and after its release, they would become a cult-favorite band that would have a lasting influence on much of modern rock. Tour dates: Feb. 28 - Clearwater, FL - Capitol Theatre Mar. 01 - Ponte Vedra Beach, FL - Ponte Vedra Concert Hall Mar. 02 - Augusta, GA - Bell Auditorium Mar. 03 - Atlanta, GA - Center Stage Mar. 05 - Charleston, SC - Charleston Music Hall Mar. 06 - Durham, NC - Carolina Theater Mar. 07 - Washington, DC - Lincoln Theater Mar. 08 - Wilmington, DE - The Grand Opera House Mar. 09 - Collingswood, NJ - Scottish Rite Auditorium Mar. 10 - Newton, NJ - Newton Theater Mar. 14 - Ridgefield, CT - Ridgefield Playhouse Mar. 15 - Huntington, NY - The Paramount Mar. 16 - New York, NY - Town Hall Mar. 17 - Woodstock, NY - Bearsville Theater Mar. 19 - Boston, MA - Wilbur Theater Mar. 21 - Albany, NY - The Egg Mar. 22 - Pittsburgh, PA - Carnegie Music Hall Mar. 23 - Cleveland, OH - Kent Stage Mar. 24 - Chicago, IL - The Vic Theater Apr. 11 - Milwaukee, WI - Pabst Theater Apr. 14 - Boulder, CO - Boulder Theatre Apr. 20 - San Juan Capistrano, CA - The Coach House Apr. 21 - Agoura Hills, CA - The Canyon Club Apr. 22 - Phoenix, AZ - Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts Apr. 25 - Dallas, TX - House of Blues For a complete list of dates, visit DixieDregs.com.
EVANESCENCE singer Amy Lee spoke to Billboard about her beginnings in the music industry, saying that "it was sometimes difficult to distinguish the difference between just being treated like a young idiot — you know, 'You're just a kid, everybody knows better than you' — and being treated that way because I was female. I learned as I got more experienced, and a lot of it was because I'm a female," she said. "People naturally see us as the softer sex that's going to step aside and let the men do the real work, so there've been plenty of times when I've had to look at that, recognize it, and go, 'No, this is what's going to happen, because I'm positive that I'm right, and it's my art and you're not going to change it.'" One compromise that Lee had to make along the way was including a rap verse in EVANESCENCE's original 2003 breakout hit "Bring Me To Life". The song was recently re-recorded in a more stripped-down format — without the rapping — on the "Synthesis" album. Lee explained to News.com.au: "God bless the rap, it's part of what got us on the radio, I guess. At least according to all the rules of radio that I don't agree with or understand. The rap wasn't part of our original idea or sound, it was a compromise in many ways. So to be able to go back to the original vision for the song was great." Lee added that she had made her peace with the original version of the song, saying: "That's a struggle you always fight as an artist. If we only had the one hit, if no one ever heard from us again, then nobody would understand who we were. We've made it past that point, so the rap doesn't make me angry anymore. I'm so glad to put a new version out there without the rap, though." The rap on the original version of "Bring Me To Life" was performed by singer Paul McCoy of the band 12 STONES. "Synthesis" was released on November 10. The disc sees many of EVANESCENCE's songs reworked in new ways, incorporating orchestral and electronic elements into the original compositions. The "Synthesis Live" tour launched in October and like the album, it features a full orchestra and electronics.
DAVE MUSTAINE Reveals Dispute Over METALLICA Songwriting Credits May Have Contributed To Shelving Of Expanded ‘No Life ‘Til Leather’ Release
Dave Mustaine has revealed that a dispute over songwriting credits may have contributed to the shelving of the previously announced expanded version of METALLICA's 1982 demo tape, "No Life 'Til Leather". "No Life 'Til Leather" was released as a limited-edition cassette for Record Store Day in April 2015, available exclusively in independent record stores. It featured artwork copies from drummer Lars Ulrich's own personal copy of the original demo, as well as his handwriting. At the time, the band also promised that expanded editions of the demo, which had never before been commercially available, would arrive on CD, vinyl and in a collector's set. The seven-song tape was recorded with the first lineup of the band that appeared live as METALLICA, including Ulrich, frontman James Hetfield, lead guitarist Dave Mustaine and bassist Ron McGovney. The original recordings were paid for by High Velocity record label owner Kenny Kane, with a view of making them available as an EP in 1982. Ulrich told Metal Forces last year that "some unexpected difficulties on the legal side… prevented the 'No Life 'Til Leather' box set and our vision for how we were going to kick this whole reissue series off. We spent some time doing that dance, but then James and I decided that it wasn't worth it getting bogged down in all the unpleasantries, because this was supposed to be a celebration and not end up being a tug of war, so we thought, 'You know what? Fuck it. We'll just move on to 'Kill 'Em All'," he said. Ulrich did not want to get into the details of the exact issues that were preventing the demo tape from being released. "It's a little more complicated than that," he said. "There's no reason to go deeper into it. It was just something that we hadn't expected." Earlier today, Mustaine tweeted that he was contacted by Hetfield two years ago about "officially" releasing "No Life Till Leather" with "27 tracks, pics, the whole enchilada," but he said "the talks broke down because Lars wanted credit on two songs I wrote every note and word to. I have the texts. I passed." When Ulrich spoke to Metal Forces in 2016, he made it clear that METALLICA was still hopeful that the expanded version "No Life 'Til Leather" would arrive at a later date. "As you know, I am the eternal optimist, and I am the eternal 'glass is well fucking half full,' so who knows?" he said. "I think some of those parties have circled back around now that they've seen that this is real and so we'll have to see. It would be great to share 'No Life 'Til Leather' in a year or two with our fans and with the people that care. We haven't shut the door on it." "No Life 'Til Leather" was recorded on July 6, 1982 at Chateau East Studio in Tustin, California. All the songs on the tape later appeared on the band's 1983 debut album, "Kill 'Em All", including "Hit The Lights", "Motorbreath", "Jump In The Fire", "Seek And Destroy", "Metal Militia", "Phantom Lord" and "The Mechanix", which was renamed "The Four Horsemen" on the album. "No Life 'Til Leather" track listing: 01. Hit The Lights 02. The Mechanix 03. Motorbreath 04. Seek & Destroy 05. Metal Militia 06. Jump In The Fire 07. Phantom Lord "No Life 'Til Leather" recording lineup: James Hetfield - lead vocals, rhythm guitar Lars Ulrich - drums Dave Mustaine - lead guitar Ron McGovney - bass Mustaine was a member of METALLICA for less than two years, from 1981 to 1983, before being dismissed and replaced by Kirk Hammett. Mustaine was not inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame with METALLICA during the April 2009 ceremony at Cleveland, Ohio's Public Auditorium. Ulrich later explained to The Plain Dealer that Mustaine "never played on any METALLICA records. No disrespect to him. But there [were] half a dozen other people that were in the lineup in the early days. We thought... the fair thing to do would be to include anybody that played on a METALLICA record." He added: "Dave Mustaine was in the band for eleven months, predominantly in 1982... I'm not trying to play it down. I have nothing but respect and admiration for his accomplishments since."
James contacted me 2 years ago. We were going to officially release the "No Life Till Leather" demo as a record, w/27 tracks, pics, the whole enchilada, and the talks broke down because Lars wanted credit on two songs I wrote every note and word to. I have the texts. I passed. https://t.co/xtqTiJT2AE— Dave Mustaine (@DaveMustaine) November 30, 2017