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GENE SIMMONS Talks Politics: ‘The Last Thing We Should Be Doing As A Country Is To Fight With Each Other’

In a brand new interview with WGN Radio, KISS bassist/vocalist Gene Simmons — a former contestant on Donald Trump's "The Celebrity Apprentice" show — was asked if he is still friends with the billionaire real estate mogul. "Sure," he responded (hear audio below). "And for people out there who think every time you say 'President Trump' that it's a political conversation, I urge everybody to just take a deep breath. He was elected, and so were the Republicans across America. And the next time there's an election, you'll have a chance to draw the curtains — because it's nobody's damn business who you vote for — and vote your conscience. If you like our president, you'll vote him back in. If you don't like him, then you'll vote for somebody else." He continued: "The last thing we should be doing as a country is to fight with each other. Everybody's got a different point of view, and that's okay — that's what makes America great. "By the way, al Qaeda, al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigade, all the bad guys in the Middle East don't make a distinction between left and right, Democrat or Republican; they hate all of you. They just think you're all Americans. Now that's a good idea. [It's] the American party." Last December, Simmons told TMZ that celebrities should keep their political opinions to themselves — especially when it comes to the results of the 2016 presidential election. "Why does anybody give a squat what a guy in a band thinks about or anything like that?" he said. "The last thing I wanna do is to ask President Obama what he thinks about LED ZEPPELIN." Prior to last November's election, Simmons told People magazine that he liked how Trump was shaking up the presidential race. "The important thing about Trump, and I'm not saying whether I'm voting for him, or Hilary [Clinton], or anybody else, is that he has changed the game," Simmons said. "He doesn't want your money. This guy funds his own campaign, and he is going to say things that tens of millions of people actually say quietly because politically it's 'incorrect.'" In a March 2016 interview with Rolling Stone, Simmons described Donald Trump as "the truest political animal I've ever seen onstage." The rocker explained: "He has no speechwriters, no editing, no nothing. He's actually on tape going 'motherfucker.' You cannot turn away." Simmons stressed at that time that he wasn't saying he was supporting Trump. "He has said some very vile, unkind things," he said. "But don't kid yourself. He speaks off the cuff, and what you see is what you get. And he'll double down. If you ask him about building a wall [between the U.S. and Mexico] he'll say, 'Fuck you, I'm going to make it ten feet higher, just because you asked me.' He's not there to be your friend." "He's good for the political system," Simmons added. "The middle, the centrists, they can say, 'What do you think of this?' because everybody is sick and tired of being politically correct. Secretly, tens of millions, perhaps a hundred million people may actually have some positive feelings about a wall." Interview (audio):

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SLAYER: Los Angeles Concert Filmed For Upcoming DVD

SLAYER's concert last night (Saturday, August 5) at the Forum in Inglewood, California was reportedly filmed for a forthcoming DVD. Adam "Nergal" Darski of Polish extreme metallers BEHEMOTH, who supported SLAYER at the Forum show (along with LAMB OF G...

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OZZY OSBOURNE: ‘I Never Thought In My Lifetime I’d See The Demise Of Records’

John Perry of the 95 WIIL Rock radio station conducted an interview with Ozzy Osbourne on July 16 at the Chicago Open Air festival in Bridgeview, Illinois. You can now listen to the chat using the SoundCloud widget below. Asked about some people's claim that "rock is dead," Ozzy responded: "I'm still alive. [But] I never thought in my lifetime I'd see the demise of records. I never use the computer. It's totally changed. A lot of people steal music now, so a lot of people can't afford to do it anymore." Ozzy said that he has no plans to retire anytime soon. "I think I'll do this till the day I die," he predicted. "It's not a job; it's a passion. It's great. It pays well." Ozzy's appearance at Chicago Open Air marked his second solo concert since the completion of BLACK SABBATH's "The End" tour. The singer is joined on the current run of dates by guitarist Zakk Wylde, who was the SABBATH frontman's regular axeman from 1988 to 2007, although they've often performed together since then. Osbourne's touring lineup also includes Rob "Blasko" Nicholson on bass, Tommy Clufetos on drums and Adam Wakeman on keyboards. Ozzy currently has only six more dates scheduled between now and early November. This month will see the singer play Buffalo Chip in Sturgis, South Dakota, Treasure Island Resort & Casino in Welch, Minnestoa and the Moonstock festival in Cartersville, Illinois. More shows will follow in September and October, with the final date take place at this year's edition of the Ozzfest Meets Knotfest on November 4 in San Bernadino, California.

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BIFF BYFORD On SAXON’s Overly Melodic Sound In Late ’80s: ‘I Blame The Guitarists For Not Writing The Riffs’

Kylie Olsson of uDiscover Music conducted an interview with vocalist Biff Byford of British metal legends SAXON at Ramblin' Man Fair, which was held July 29-30 at Mote Park in Maidstone, Kent, United Kingdom. You can watch the full chat below. A few excerpts follow (transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET). On SAXON's 1980 appearance at the Monsters Of Rock festival, which was held at Castle Donington Raceway in Derbyshire, United Kingdom, and the importance of playing such big events: Biff: "It's important because you get to play in front of a lot of different fans who are not all your fans, especially if you're first starting. It's good to steal the people's fans, that's what it's all about. It's still the same today. We went on and just went for it. We were quite big when we went on. We sold 100,000 records when we went onstage. We were the underdogs; I don't think any of the other bands ever heard of us, maybe JUDAS PRIEST. Yeah, it was great. It was one of the first shows of the '80s, the big festivals of the '80s." On which band playing the Ramblin' Man Fair he'd like to be a part of: Biff: "I'd like to be the guitarist in ZZ TOP. That would be great. It would sound bloody awful, but I reckon I could do it. I could put on a false beard. I know a few Billy Gibbons licks anyway." On whether he thought SAXON were onto something special as part of the New Wave Of British Heavy Metal (NWOBHM) scene: Biff: "No. We knew something was happening, but we didn't know what was happening. We knew something was happening, but we didn't know what was happening. It wasn't until some of the big magazines like Sounds and people like that, NME, Melody Maker, starting writing about SAXON and MAIDEN and some of the other bands who were around, that we really started to understand that something was happening. We got our own name, 'New Wave Of British Heavy Metal', or 'NWOBHM' or whatever they call it. It's the most ridiculous thing I've ever heard in my life, but there you go." On whether SAXON had a connection with the AOR (Album Oriented Rock) scene that was popular in the '70s: Biff: "Not really, no. I'm the melodic one. The other guys are the guitar boys and [are into] riff things. It's a fine balance. If you got too melodic, you sort of wimp out a bit. If you got too heavy, you're into the sort of other bands' territory, like METALLICA. You have to stay somewhere in between because we were starting in the '80s and the songs are heavy, but they're quite melodic. The early albums were a mixture of heavy metal and sort of, rock. We tried to stay the same now as we were in the '80s, because I think we veered away in the late '80s and turned a little bit more melodic, but I blame the guitarists for not writing the riffs. [Laughs]" On how he feels when a band like METALLICA cites SAXON as an influence: Biff: "I think it's good. I think it's great when bands like METALLICA and PANTERA and all those other bands, MEGADETH, they all say that SAXON influenced them. I think it's cool. It was all the other bands from the '80s that influenced them. We meet bands all the time, especially in America, that grew up in the '80s and they are influenced by the whole movement." On touring with MOTÖRHEAD in the early '80s: Biff: "It was fantastic. We became friends and stayed friends for forever, really." On his first impressions of MOTÖRHEAD frontman Lemmy Kilmister: Biff: "Stunning sense of humor, Lemmy. Me and Lemmy got along really well. We had the same sort of wit, very dry and slicing. [Laughs] I do miss him. I do miss Lemmy. We used to chat a bit on texting and things. Yeah, I do miss him." SAXON's new album, "Thunderbolt", is tentatively due in January 2018. The follow-up to 2015's "Battering Ram" is once again being recorded with British producer Andy Sneap, who has previously worked with JUDAS PRIEST, MEGADETH, EXODUS and TESTAMENT.

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LAST IN LINE Singer On Band’s Sound: ‘It’s Becoming A Whole New Thing, But It Also Throws Back’

Kylie Olsson of uDiscover Music conducted an interview with LAST IN LINE at Ramblin' Man Fair, which was held July 29-30 at Mote Park in Maidstone, Kent, United Kingdom. You can watch the full interview below. A few excerpts follow (transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET). On when the band stopped being a DIO tribute band and started focusing on original material: Vinny Appice (drums): "When we started this out as a fun thing, just jamming. [Original DIO members] Viv [Campbell, guitar], Jimmy [Bain, bass] and I. Then we did it a second time and I invited Andy [Freeman, vocals] to come down to sing because he knew some DIO songs and then he blew everybody away. I said 'Let's do some gigs,' so we started doing gigs with all the old DIO material. That went over so well, then we got offered a record deal from Frontiers Records. 'Okay, let's try this.' Everything went great. The writing went quick, the album did well and so now we've established ourselves as LAST IN LINE, the new band with the history back to Ronnie [James Dio]. It's going great, really great. It's great to see these people enjoying the new stuff and the old stuff. The songs are, like, 50-60 years-old now. [Laughs] They're 35 years old and [the people are] still going crazy. It's pretty cool." On whether the band has plans to record the follow-up to 2016's "Heavy Crown" album: Vinny: "Yes, we're doing that right now." On whether the band is finding its sound while they continue to record new music: Andrew Freeman (vocals): "Vivian and Vinny kinda are the 'Ronnie sound,' they're the original sound. I don't know if you can really define it as the 'Ronnie sound.' It was this band of four guys that got together and did three records together and that's the sound that he [Ronnie James Dio] was trying to recreate since these guys left. I think that chemistry between the two of them added with three new people is working out great. It's becoming a whole new thing, but it also throws back. It's kind of a new-sounding thing with a throwback sound to it as well. There's a whole lot of influences. It will be in the same vein. The music has to mesh together live. The new stuff is meshing with the old stuff very well." On whether LAST IN LINE will continue to play material from DIO's first three albums: Andrew: "Yeah. A lot of the stuff we do is from the first three records, the first two, mostly." Vinny: "When people come to shows, they want to hear the stuff that they know the band for. If we didn't do those songs, they would freak [out]. A lot of people go see bands and if they don't do the hit songs and the old classic songs, they're going to freak out." Andrew: "It's part of their pedigree, too. The history of the band is pretty immense. To not bring that into the fold would be a mistake. We could go out and do all the new stuff. Some people would be cool with that, but I think mostly they'd be disappointed, but most of the time they say we're not doing enough of the new stuff. We get that a lot." Vinny: "We do a lot of the old stuff. On the long set, we do four new songs. Today, we're going to do two new songs and the rest will be three new songs." On how the band chooses which songs to play live: Vinny: "We play the same setlist, but it's like 'What shouldn't be on the list?' We have to play 'Holy Diver' and 'We Rock' and 'Stand Up And Shout', so there's a lot of things we have to play. And then we just pick the ones that are strong off the new album. It comes together pretty quickly. We don't do anything past the second album from the old stuff. That makes it easier." On Appice's first encounter with Ronnie James Dio: Vinny: "The first time I met Dio is when I played with BLACK SABBATH, but actually the first person I met was Tony Iommi in the hotel room. They called me up and said 'BLACK SABBATH called you and wants you to come down.' So I called them and then I went down and met Tony and he was really cool. We got along really well. And then the next day, he invited me down to play with the guys and that's when I met Ronnie. Ronnie [was there along with] Geezer [Butler, bass, and] Geoff Nichols, the keyboard player. The first song we played together, this was in 1980, was 'Neon Knights'. I heard it on the radio and I didn't know the song. They said 'What do you want to play?' 'Neon Knights'. So we played it and then the last song, 33 years later I ever played with Ronnie was 'Neon Knights'. It's a weird thing. The song has been moved from opener, to middle, to end, to encore. It's been moved around all the years we played together. That was the first one and the last show we did in 2009, with Ronnie, that was the last song we ever played together. It was quite the journey for 30-something years with that song. But when I first met him, we got along great. He's from New York, I'm from New York, we're both Italian. We had a lot of things in common. It was great. We hit it off right away." LAST IN LINE will enter the studio in September to begin recording its sophomore album for an early 2018 release via Frontiers Music Srl. Helming the disc once again will be Jeff Pilson, the veteran bassist and producer who has played with DIO, FOREIGNER, DOKKEN and T&N, among others. Playing bass for LAST IN LINE is Phil Soussan (OZZY OSBOURNE, BEGGARS & THIEVES, Steve Lukather), who joined the group after Bain passed away in January 2016 at the age of 68. He was reportedly suffering from lung cancer at the time of his death.

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KREATOR Frontman MILLE PETROZZA Has No Plans For Solo Album

Metal Wani's Jake Patton conducted an interview with vocalist/guitarist Mille Petrozza of German thrash veterans KREATOR. You can listen to the full interview below. A few excerpts follow (transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET). On the reception to KREATOR's new album, "Gods Of Violence": Mille: "It couldn't be better. To us, the way we measured the success of our record is 'How do the fans react in the live situation to the songs we put in the setlist?' For this tour, we've added, like, five or six new songs to the setlist. Reactions are just as good for, let's say, 'Extreme Aggression' or one of the classic songs. To us, it's mind-blowing. It shows us that we did something right." On how KREATOR maintains balance between brutality and melody: Mille: "Music should never be a conscious decision if you know what I mean. [Laughs] When we write music, it's something that we feel, really. Music comes from the heart. Of course, we go into the studio and maybe this answers the question better, once we have the rough ideas for a song, we go into the studio and try to add something, make it even more exciting, put more dimensions, more ideas, more creativity into one particular song. That's where the melody might come in and the melodic parts. Some of the chorus parts, for example, have a lot of things happening in the background to make the listener's experience even more exciting. I guess that's how we write songs. We never sit down and go 'Okay, we've done 'Phantom Antichrist'' and follow up. It's more like 'Let's come up with new songs that we feel are different than anything we've done before.' Maybe we can explore some new feels in music, maybe we can learn something else, something new, maybe we can add some exciting new songs to the creative universe. That's how we write songs, really. There's never a masterplan or anything like that." On the lyrical approach for "Gods Of Violence": Mille: "[They're] very much stream of consciousness style. You just start writing something down. Every time I have music or sometimes I have the lyrics first, sometimes I have the title first. A lot of times I have the title first, then I try to fill the title that I think sounds cool with a meaning. Sometimes I come up with a story that I try to fill with life. For example, the song 'Death Becomes My Light', I was reading a lot about near-death experiences. I wanted to write a song about somebody that experienced that and he comes back to life and he tries to tell all of his friends about it. He's all excited to tell everyone that 'You don't have to be afraid.' And nobody listens. That's the frustration and the sadness is reflected in that song. 'World War Now', of course, is, for example, it's been kind of based on the [2015 terrorist attack] at the Bataclan [Theatre in France], but not really. I don't really like to write about current events too much because I want to write lyrics that still have the same meaning five years from now. I try to keep it pretty much timeless, so to speak." On how the word "violence" ends up being reflected positively in KREATOR's music: Mille: "I think, to me, I'm…I don't know if I'm a pacifist. I don't want to categorize myself, but I believe in peace. I believe in the good in people. I always try to keep the 'PMA' [Positive Mental Attitude] and if I meet someone, I try to see the good things rather than the bad things first. I figure out there's something evil in every one of us, but I try to mostly focus on the good things. I try to get that out of people and out of the band and out of music. I think that adds a lot more to music and makes it even stronger, especially since the titles are so graphic. You can think that we write about horrible things and we do, but it's a reflection. It's like 'Look, this is how fucked-up the world is. Let's come up with a solution and deal with it. At least deal with it and stick together to find a way of dealing without going insane.' That's how I see it. That's the very short version of it. [Laughs]" On whether he's thought about writing a solo album: Mille: "The thought popped up before in my mind. I have so many interests in music. I like so many different styles that I was thinking about doing a solo album, yes. But… to be honest, I'm the main songwriter in KREATOR and it's a timing issue. I don't have the time to write a solo album that I would be excited about, if you know what I mean. I'm not the kind of musician that just puts out something for the sake of putting out something. If I would write a solo album, it would occupy my time for at least a half year to a year. KREATOR is very busy. [Laughs]" On whether he would consider writing an album again similar to KREATOR's '90s output when the band experimented with goth and industrial sounds: Mille: "I do write music like I did back in the '90s. If you listen closely on 'Gods Of Violence', there is the song I mentioned earlier, 'Death Becomes My Light', [which] has a goth touch to it. There are certain parts that have goth touches and more strange PINK FLOYD-ish atmospheric parts. The '90s, you have to understand that when the '90s were happening, we were experiencing a change in technology, which was not normal. We were experiencing Pro Tools, we were experiencing sequencers and of course, as a musician you want to explore these things. You should go crazy with it. That's what we did in the '90s. Nowadays, these technologies are common and normal, so there's no use in experimenting anymore; we use them differently. We use these technologies differently nowadays. On a musical level, I'm totally happy with what I can do with KREATOR nowadays. An album has ten to twelve songs and I can have ten to twelve different vibes going from total thrash metal to traditional heavy metal to kind of a goth vibe, punk rock, hardcore, all of my favorite kinds of music. Like I said, in the '90s, I look at music sometimes as movies because I'm a movie nerd. I remember when I wrote the two albums 'Outcast' and 'Endorama'. Those were my 'Dogme' albums. There was this director, there was a group of directors and [Danish director] Lars Von Trier was part of this group, they were putting out movies where they created the 'Dogme' for each movie. For example, you were not allowed to do certain edits and were only allowed to have a hand camera. We did that on 'Outcast'. On 'Outcast', we were like 'Okay, we don't write a fast song. We only go to a certain beat.' On 'Endorama', for example, we're like 'Okay, we'll write the most dark album ever.' That kind of thing we wanted to do. We don't want to do that anymore." "Gods Of Violence" was released on January 27 via Nuclear Blast Records. The cover artwork for the disc was created by renowned artist Jan Meininghaus, who also made the limited-edition artwork for KREATOR's last album, 2012's "Phantom Antichrist", and has lent his talents to bands like BOLT THROWER, ACCEPT and OVERKILL in the past. The exclusive North American cover was created by renowned artist Marcelo Vasco, who has previously worked with SLAYER, MACHINE HEAD, SOULFLY and HATEBREED.

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GARY CHERONE Says ‘Strangest’ Place He Heard EXTREME’s ‘More Than Words’ Was While Getting His Teeth Cleaned

Kylie Olsson of uDiscover Music conducted an interview with EXTREME vocalist Gary Cherone and guitarist Nuno Bettencourt at Ramblin' Man Fair, which was held July 29-30 at Mote Park in Maidstone, Kent, United Kingdom. You can watch the full interview below. A few excerpts follow (transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET). On the "funny" places the band has heard their hit power ballad "More Than Words": Nuno: "Especially at the height of that song, we'd be on tour anywhere in the world and sometimes we'd come down for our usual early breakfast at 2 p.m. and you'd walk by these function halls and big doors and you'd hear something familiar. You'd crack the door a little bit and you'd look in and see the bride and groom dancing to what was 'More Than Words'. You say to yourself 'Should I go in? Should I crash it? Should I go in and sing?' You close the door and say 'My work is done here.' You can move on." Gary: "The strangest I've heard it is while I was getting my teeth cleaned." On the band's current plans: Nuno: "We're recording and writing a new album. Hopefully, we'll release a song by the end of the year, but if not, the whole thing next year." On starting their career in an era (the 1980s) when record companies allowed bands to develop and grow over an extended period of time: Nuno: "For the fear of sounding like that old guy going 'Back when…' It's changed. I'm not sure it's so much for the better for the younger artists. If you caught the ones that existed, but back then, like you said, a label would sign you for six albums because they wanted to develop you. You try to imagine all the great bands that we grew up with, whether it's THE BEATLES, or [LED] ZEPPELIN getting one shot or one album or not getting [THE BEATLES'] 'Sgt. Pepper' or not even getting to those albums. It's tougher on younger artists, especially with the 'X Factor', the quick kind of roads you go: 'Should I stay in the basement and actually become a great artist? Or should I go for the audition on television and try to become a big star?' If you think about it back then, I think if [Bob] Dylan or maybe Madonna or any of these people, if they tried to audition for those, they'd kick them out because they weren't the greatest singers in the world. But they were legends." Gary: "It's a different world. Back then, to this day, EXTREME was always in our own little bubble. We just did what we wanted to do, regardless. I don't think it would have mattered today if we came out. We might not of had the success, but we'd still be doing the same stuff." On the band's 1989 self-titled debut being considered a "flop" in spite of the fact it moved over 300,000 units: Nuno: "It's funny. It's considered when a record company goes 'Listen to me. You got a great base.' If you sold 300,000 now, it's like 'Wow! You sold 300,000? Who's buying albums?' There were bands getting dropped in the mid-to-late-'90s when downloading started, just because if you sold 250,000, it was 'Sorry, man. Better luck next time.'" On what they think of their debut album when they listen to it now: Gary: "We do a couple songs off that record. It's a little dated, some of the songs still hold up, but I think it's a…" Nuno: "It's like looking at an old photograph." Gary: "It's like looking at a high school picture." Nuno: "Why did I wear that? What am I doing? Some of the lyrics sometimes sound a bit young, but we were young. The hair, that bi-level perm, the haircut you might have…" EXTREME is currently working on the long-awaited follow-up to 2008's "Saudades de Rock". A live package celebrating EXTREME's "Pornograffitti" album was made available last October. Titled "Pornograffitti Live 25 / Metal Meltdown", it includes a DVD, Blu-ray and audio CD recorded at the band's show at the Las Vegas Hard Rock Casino on May 30, 2015, where they performed the record in full.

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METAL BLADE RECORDS CEO Says Metalcore Lifted Heavy Metal Scene ‘Back Up Again’ In Early 2000s

Josh Rundquist of That Drummer Guy recently conducted an interview with Metal Blade Records founder and CEO Brian Slagel. You can listen to the full chat below. A few excerpts follow (transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET). On how his forthcoming "For The ...

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PAPA ROACH Cancels Tour Dates So JACOBY SHADDIX Can Undergo Vocal Cord Surgery

PAPA ROACH has canceled its previously announced shows in the Oregon, Illinois and Alaska so that singer Jacoby Shaddix can undergo vocal cord surgery. Says the band in a statement: "This week, Jacoby was advised by his doctors and vocal specialists to have surgery on his vocal cord and to give his vocal muscles enough time to heal before PAPA ROACH resumes their current touring schedule in September. Jacoby had a similar surgery about five years ago. Fortunately, the diagnosis was made early and full recovery should be soon. "The vocal cords are a muscle and like any athlete, muscles can get injured in the course of their profession and we appreciate your understanding this diagnosis. "We wish to thank all of our fans in advance for your prayers and good wishes. We know some of you had travel plans and we will return next year to perform for you." Affected dates: Aug. 11 - Roseburg OR. Douglas County Fair Aug. 19 - Carterville, IL. Moonstock 2017 Aug. 25 - Palmer, AK. Alaska State Fair Meanwhile, Shaddix has tweeted a photo of him resting in a hospital bed. He wrote in an accompanying message: "Just want to say thanks for all the kind words and well wishes from all my friends, family and fans. It means a lot. I will recover. I will…" Back in 2012, Shaddix had surgery to remove a nodule on his vocal cord. Shaddix was diagnosed earlier that summer and initially attempted to take care of it without an operation. Describing the problem to Rolling Stone magazine at the time, Shaddix said: "It's called a nodule, otherwise known as a node, and it sits on the vocal cord. It's pretty much like a callus that you get on your hand, but it's like a callus on your vocal cord, so it affects my speaking voice, my singing voice. "I first noticed it towards the end of recording of our [2012 album 'The Connection']. At the end of the day, I was super hoarse and then the next day, I'd wake up all backed up and I could barely talk. We were in the studio until a few days before we went out on the road and that's when it put a nail in it. We went and did this run in June and I was like, 'Fuck, what's going on with my voice? I'm not smoking cigarettes, I'm not fucking partying, I'm fucking the healthiest I've been and this pops up.' I'm all freaked out." Shaddix told Rolling Stone five years ago that his vocal cord problem was caused by "all the stresses in your life, whether they be emotional, physical, sleep deprivation or just overuse. I got clean and sober and I was getting my life together, [then] me and my wife split up and that just flipped my whole entire world upside down. I wasn't sleeping, I wasn't eating, I was wigging out. And all the while I was sober going through this shit... and I was singing six, seven hours a day. That by itself can cause the issue that I have." PAPA ROACH has spent the last few months touring in support of its ninth studio album, "Crooked Teeth", which was released on May 19 via Eleven Seven Music.

Just want to say thanks for all the kind words and well wishes from all my friends, family and fans. It means a lot. I will recover. I will… pic.twitter.com/15jqM1wBxz

— JACOBY SHADDIX (@JacobyShaddix) August 6, 2017

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PAUL STANLEY’s Second Book Could Be ‘More Diverse In Its Scope’ Than ‘Face The Music’

KISS guitarist/vocalist Paul Stanley says that the upoming follow-up to his autobiography, "Face The Music: A Life Exposed", could turn out to be "a little bit more diverse in its scope." Released in April 2014, "Face The Music: A Life Exposed" debuted at No. 2 on The New York Times' Best Sellers list for Print Hardcover Non-Fiction. On top of that, "Face The Music" debuted on the Times' Combined Print and E-Book best seller list and E-Book best sellers list at No. 3 and No. 13, respectively. In the "Face The Music", Stanley talked frankly about his early struggles with hearing — he was born with Level 3 Microtia and is deaf in his right ear. Microtia is a congenital deformity of the cartilage of the outer ear that can affect normal hearing. During a recent interview with the Loudwire Podcast, Stanley spoke about what fans can expect from his second book. He said: "For those that don't know it, I haven't died. And [in the first book] I wrote up until the point that I did. And also, there's loads that wasn't in there. You know, life goes on. There's only so many facets of yourself that you can show in those given pages. And it went over so much greater than even I expected — it's been translated into, I think, six languages — and people really felt that it hit a note or a chord — no pun intended — with them." He continued: "It wasn't the fourth KISS book — it was the first Paul book — so there's lots more, lots more, and maybe a little bit more diverse in its scope." Asked if there was anything that he really wanted to touch upon in the first book that he didn't get a chance to, Stanley said: "Not at all. I'm really, really, really pleased and really, really happy with that book. And part of the reason I didn't jump in and do a second was because, maybe not unlike doing another album, there's gotta be a reason to do it. Just to do a follow-up, there's no reason unless there's something to accomplish, something to put forward, something to affect people. So I accomplished everything I wanted to with that book, and I couldn't be more proud of it and more satisfied. But it's also the foundation for something to come after." Stanley previously explained that he was the last of the four original KISS members to write an autobiography because he "didn't write a KISS book. I wasn't writing the last in a series. I don't wanna be associated with those books, 'cause most of them are junk. Autobiographies, by their nature, are junk, because they tend to be love letters to yourself. You are writing what you think is you in your best light, telling stories that probably may have been enhanced, to say the least." Paul admitted that he "read a little bit of" Gene Simmons's book when it first came out but that he had a different recollection of some of their shared history. While reading Gene's book, Stanley felt, "Gee, I thought I did that. I thought that was me. You thought you were me," he said. As for the books that were written by drummer Peter Criss and guitarist Ace Frehley, Stanley said: "There's a reason why attorneys don't put drug addicts or alcoholics on the witness stand. Regardless of whether they are today or not, anybody who's in a twelve-step program will tell you they are alcoholics, or they're drug addicts. It's not a past tense. So to have somebody write their memoirs, well, they… as far as I can remember, they couldn't remember yesterday. How are they gonna remember thirty years ago?"

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