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VIVIAN CAMPBELL Says RONNIE JAMES DIO Hologram And LAST IN LINE Are Both Keeping Late Singer’s Music Alive

Original DIO guitarist Vivian Campbell says that he has "no real strong opinion" on the hologram of Ronnie James Dio, which made its debut at last year's Wacken Open Air festival in Germany. Created by Eyellusion, the surprise appearance of the heavy metal icon during DIO DISCIPLES' set closed out the massive metal event which was attended by more than seventy-five thousand fans. Eyellusion recently announced initial dates for "Dio Returns: The World Tour", featuring the Ronnie James Dio hologram reunited with the late rock star's former bandmates from the DIO band. The tour will make more than eighty stops around the globe, kicking off in Helsinki, Finland on November 30. Asked by TNT Radio Rock for his opinion on the Dio hologram, Campbell said (see video below): "I don't have an opinion. I've never seen it, so I can't say what it's like. But I do think that, in the bigger picture, what we do in LAST IN LINE, and what they do with the hologram, I think it's all mutually to each other's benefit. I think we're all perpetuating, we're all keeping the music alive, and that's a good thing. So I think if the hologram brings more attention to LAST IN LINE, then that's good for LAST IN LINE. If LAST IN LINE playing these songs — Vinny [Appice, drums] and I particular, the originators of the music with Ronnie — if our playing the music brings more attention to the hologram, then that's good for them. So I think it's a win-win. I have no real strong opinion on it. Like I said, I've never seen it, so I can't say." Campbell, along with Appice and bassist Jimmy Bain, was part of the original DIO lineup, which reunited in 2012 alongside singer Andrew Freeman to form LAST IN LINE. When LAST IN LINE formed, the intent was to celebrate Ronnie James Dio's early work by reuniting the members of the original DIO lineup. After playing shows that featured a setlist composed exclusively of material from the first three DIO albums, the band decided to move forward and create new music in a similar vein. The "Dio Returns" tour will also make stops throughout Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, France, Germany, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, Paraguay, United Kingdom, Venezuela and other countries, with dates to be announced. The tour is expected to come to the United States in spring 2018 and play festivals globally during the summer. The Ronnie James Dio hologram will perform for the majority of the show, treating fans to an alternating set list that will feature songs such as "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" and more. The "Dio Returns" tour will feature Dio's actual live vocals, backed by a live band consisting of former DIO and current DIO DISCIPLES members Simon Wright (drums), Craig Goldy (guitar) and Scott Warren (keyboards) alongside bassist Bjorn Englen (YNGWIE MALMSTEEN). Veteran metal vocalist Tim "Ripper" Owens (JUDAS PRIEST, ICED EARTH, YNGWIE MALMSTEEN) will also perform, with singer Oni Logan (LYNCH MOB) also joining on select dates. Vivian last year slammed DIO DISCIPLES, saying that the band has "zero credibility" as a Ronnie James Dio tribute project despite the fact that it is fully supported by Ronnie's widow/manager, Wendy. DIO DISCIPLES is billed as a "celebration of the music and legacy of the greatest singer in the world, Ronnie James Dio." The band also notes that "we could NEVER replace Ronnie and that is NOT our intention. There will only ever be one Ronnie James Dio!" Campbell was fired from DIO in 1986 after a contentious business disagreement with Ronnie James Dio and band management.

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REDEMPTION Parts Ways With FATES WARNING’s RAY ALDER, Recruits EVERGREY’s TOM ENGLUND

REDEMPTION, the U.S. progressive metal band led by guitarist/songwriter Nick Van Dyk, has parted ways with FATES WARNING vocalist Ray Alder and has replaced him with EVERGREY's Tom Englund. REDEMPTION's current lineup — which is rounded out by Sean Andrews (bass) and Chris Quirarte (drums) — has finished recording its seventh full-length album, "Long Night's Journey Into Day", for an early 2018 release via Metal Blade. The disc was produced by Jacob Hansen (VOLBEAT, PRIMAL FEAR, AMARANTHE, DORO) and once again features guest appearances by guitarists Chris Poland (MEGADETH, OHM:) and Simone Mularoni (DGM). "We are delighted to welcome Tom as the voice of REDEMPTION", said Van Dyk. "He has an incredibly powerful, soulful and emotional voice that our music really demands and we are quite confident that people will be blown away by what we have created together." REDEMPTION will headline next year's edition of the ProgPower USA festival, set to take place September 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. The band's last album, "The Art Of Loss", was released in February 2016 via Metal Blade. Photo credit: Stephanie Cabral

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Ex-STRYPER Bassist TIM GAINES Slams MICHAEL SWEET, Tells His Former Bandmates To ‘Grow Some Balls’

Tim Gaines claims that he was kicked out of STRYPER after he was given an ultimatum by his former bandmates to either "give up" his new wife or get fired from the group. The musician's exit from the band has been rumored for months, ever since STRYPER guitarist Oz Fox revealed that Tim was going through a divorce, forcing the group to take a hiatus and possibly consider a future without the bassist. Gaines told KNAC.COM last month that "all hell broke loose" after he split up with his previous wife, "which is taboo as far as Christianity, I guess." He added: "I'm not the only guy in STRYPER to have gotten a divorce. Everybody in the band is married to divorced people. And I'm the bad guy, but everybody else has done it too, so? Whatever. Live in glass houses and everything will be exposed at some point or another." A few days later, the remaining members of STRYPER released a statement denying that Gaines's divorce was a factor in their decision to part ways with the bassist and blaming Tim's "erratic and hostile behavior" for his dismissal from the group. Earlier today, Gaines took to his Facebook page to once again address his departure from STRYPER. He wrote: "My recent demise within the STRYPER camp came about because I actually have testicles. I stood my ground when I was told to give up the woman I love (who is now my wife) or get fired. I threatened to sue. I was 'conveniently' fired ten days after my marriage to Brandee, on the grounds that I made some posts threatening to sue the band for wrongful termination. They called it 'threats.' "My recommendation to Oz and Bob [STRYPER drummer Robert Sweet]? Grow some balls and stand up to that pathetic one and his conniving wife" — apparently referring to STRYPER frontman Michael Sweet — "or just continue to live a life of mediocrity. You both have been threatened with termination over the last several years. He has a million-dollar home. You rent and drive twenty-year-old broken-down cars. You both have NOTHING to show for your thirty-five years. Quit playing rock star and get a clue, dumbshitz." STRYPER is scheduled to enter the studio in November to begin work on in its new album for an early 2018 release. The band has not yet announced a replacement for Gaines. Tim is currently working with FAITHSEDGE singer-songwriter Giancarlo Floridia on that band's fourth album, tentatively due in the fall of 2018.

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GENE SIMMONS And ACE FREHLEY To Perform Together For First Time In 16 Years At ‘The Children Matter’ Benefit Concert

Gene Simmons and his former KISS bandmate Ace Frehley will perform together onstage for the first time in over sixteen years at The Children Matter benefit concert to support the victims of Hurricane Harvey. Don Felder (former lead guitarist of THE EAG...

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Listen To MARILYN MANSON’s New Single, ‘We Know Where You F**king Live’

Marilyn Manson's new single, "We Know Where You Fucking Live", was premiered earlier today (Monday, September 11) via Zane Lowe's radio show on Apple Music's Beats 1. The song, which can be heard using the widget below, is taken from Manson's new album, "Heaven Upside Down", due on October 6. The shock rocker's tenth studio disc and follow-up to 2015's "The Pale Emperor" was originally supposed to be called "SAY10" and was expected to be released on Valentine's Day (February 1). However, that release date came and went without any sign of new Manson music, and in May, the 48-year-old singer announced that the LP had a new title. When Loudwire asked Manson about the change of plans, he revealed he wasn't happy with the album when Valentine's Day came around and subsequently wrote three new songs that ended up being some of the record's strongest. "If the record came out when I intended it to, when I thought it was finished back in February, it would not have 'Revelation #12', 'Heaven Upside Down' or 'Saturnalia'. Those are three of the most key songs that really tell the story," Manson explained. "Those lyrics were all written, but I had not found a home for them. Those three songs take place in the three places where if it were a film, it's the opening, it's the middle and it's the ending. Then there's the song after 'Heaven Upside Down', it's sort of the end title credits where it's really surmising the story of the record, which is to be interpreted by the listener." He continued: "I wanted to draw people in sonically and lyrically. I'm glad. This record was meant to come out now, for whatever reason. Things had to happen in my life, everything had to happen for a reason for it to come out now." Manson performed four new songs during his recently completed European tour. In November last year, Manson issued a brief teaser video for the track "SAY10" which saw him tear pages from the bible and focus on the bloodied body of a man in a suit — believed to represent then-Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump. Manson revealed last September that his new album would be "the last thing people would expect after hearing 'The Pale Emperor'." He explained: "Coming from the people who I've played it to, it's a combination of 'Antichrist Superstar' and 'Mechanical Animals' in feeling." Manson added: "It wasn't my intent to go backwards. Everything goes in a full circle and it just becomes, without cannibalizing work from the past, the same thing, which is ultimately you. I'm a little over-anxious to release it, so it was done very quickly, but it's by far the most thematic and over-complicated thing that I've done. In a way, it's deceptively delightful to strangers. It's like the old saying that the devil's greatest secret is that people don't believe he exists." MARILYN MANSON's North American tour will kick off on September 27 in Silver Spring, Maryland.

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VOIVOD To Release ‘Silver Machine’ EP

Canadian progressive sci-fi metal innovators VOIVOD will release another strictly limited seven-inch EP via Century Media Records on September 29. Completing the vinyl release of the five songs featured on the "Post Society" mini-album, "Silver Machine" and will include the HAWKWIND cover version that serves as the EP's title track as well as the song "Post Society". The "Silver Machine" EP is limited to a total of a thousand copies, split up as follows: Black vinyl - 500 copies: via CM Distro White vinyl - 200 copies: via CM Webshop Silver vinyl - 300 copies: via the band on the road VOIVOD drummer Michel "Away" Langevin, who designed the artwork for "Silver Machine", stated: "At this moment, we are recording demos and writing the conclusion of the next album, while getting ready for the Wings Of Metal festival here in Montreal. Right after this show, we will rehearse a couple of new setlists for the upcoming tour. "We are really thrilled to go to Europe again this year, to play in some countries we never visited before. In November, after the tour, we will go to RadicArt studio to record the new material, at last... In the meantime, see you on the road!” "Post Society" EP was issued in February 2016 via Century Media. It was the follow-up to 2013's "Target Earth", which marked VOIVOD's first album of new material written without original guitarist Denis "Piggy" D'Amour's leftover riffs. Langevin told Metal Wani about the musical direction of the next VOIVOD album: "It's like in the vein of [the] 'Post Society' [EP]. So far, most of the songs are very long and progressive. We want to write a couple of short rockers to have a good blend, but so far, it's very intricate and progressive thrash metal with a bit of punk, as usual. It's still VOIVOD, it's a newer VOIVOD, but I think the spirit is intact… I mean, there are elements of all the periods, for sure, and it sounds like the 'Dimension Hatröss' era, but it's a new thing. [Bassist] Rocky [Dominique Laroche] and [guitarist] Chewy [Daniel Mongrain], they have their own way of approaching the music. They are really tight, surgical, so it makes me play differently. The thrash metal roots will always be there, except that we like to go into prog rock and psychedelia as well."

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METALLICA Performs ‘ManUNkind’ Live For First Time (Video)

METALLICA played the song "ManUNkind" live for the first time during their September 10 concert at AccorHotels Arena in Paris, France. Multi-camera fan-filmed video footage of the performance can be seen below. "ManUNkind" is taken from METALLICA's latest album, "Hardwired… To Self-Destruct", which came out last November. METALLICA frontman James Hetfield explained the song's meaning to the band's fan-club magazine So What!: "[This song is] biblical, the Garden of Eden. 'Wow, you've got it all, but you want more?' You've got all this greatness and then it's torn… the biblical story… but let's get back to the goodness of man. Man is sinful and has to crawl and try to make up, it's like we're always down below in the higher power's eyes, [and] we have to prove ourselves over and over daily that we're not evil. And having faith in this world [where] everyone's out for themselves. Finding the negative in a bunch of stuff is… at the end of the day, have faith in man. Instead of just blaming it on mankind. Yeah, there are some unkind people out there, but having faith that we get through that, or they learn about it, or somehow they become more part of the solution instead of the problem." The official video for "ManUNkind" was directed by Jonas Åkerlund, who originally worked with METALLICA on the clips for "Turn The Page" and "Whiskey In The Jar". Åkerlund was the original drummer of BATHORY, one of the first black metal bands, who made his mark directing music videos for artists from Madonna and THE ROLLING STONES to MAROON 5 and Beyoncé. These have won him a host of awards including several Grammys, an MTV VMA, MVPA Hall Of Fame award and more. Åkerlund has also directed a number of feature films, including cult favorite "Spun" starring Jason Schwartzman, Mickey Rourke, Brittany Murphy and John Leguizamo. "Hardwired...To Self-Destruct" was produced by Greg Fidelman with frontman James Hetfield and drummer Lars Ulrich. The band recorded the disc at its own studio. The European leg of METALLICA's "WorldWired" tour kicked off in Copenhagen, Denmark on September 2 and will run through November. After a break, the trek will pick up again on February 1, 2018 in Lisbon, Portugal, and continue through May, finishing up in Helsinki, Finland.

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SONS OF APOLLO Feat. PORTNOY, SHEEHAN, BUMBLEFOOT, SOTO, SHERINIAN: Teaser For ‘Coming Home’ Video

A teaser for "Coming Home", the new video from SONS OF APOLLO, the band featuring former DREAM THEATER members Mike Portnoy and Derek Sherinian alongside Ron "Bumblefoot" Thal (ex-GUNS N' ROSES), Billy Sheehan (THE WINERY DOGS, MR. BIG, DAVID LEE ROTH) and Jeff Scott Soto (ex-JOURNEY, YNGWIE MALMSTEEN'S RISING FORCE), is available below. The song is taken from SONS OF APOLLO's debut album, "Psychotic Symphony", which will be released on October 20 via InsideOut Music. The disc was produced by the dynamic production duo of Portnoy and Sherinian, also affectionately known as "The Del Fuvio Brothers," which is the nickname given to them over twenty years ago during their time together in DREAM THEATER. "Psychotic Symphony" track listing: 01. God Of The Sun 02. Coming Home 03. Signs Of The Time 04. Labyrinth 05. Alive 06. Lost In Oblivion 07. Figaro/S Whore 08. Divine Addiction 09. Opus Maximus SONS OF APOLLO got together very organically, as Portnoy explains: "Derek and I reunited shortly after I left DREAM THEATER in 2010 and we put together an all-instrumental touring band with he and I, Billy Sheehan, and Tony MacAlpine. That was my first time working with Derek since the '90s when he was in DREAM THEATER and it was just great to be working with him again. Ever since that tour, which was really just a one-off live thing, he has been nudging me to start a real, original, full-time band. The timing just had never been right, because I had too many other things on my plate. Long story short, the time was finally right to take the bait and put together a band." "Mike and I work at a relentless pace in the studio," continues Sherinian. "The music is modern, but we have an old-school soul. What is unique about SONS OF APOLLO is that we have true rock 'n' roll swagger along with the virtuosity — a lethal combination!” But what to call the next great supergroup? "Derek was mainly the one behind the name," says Portnoy. "I have a list that I keep on my phone of about a hundred different band names, which I constantly have to refer to every time I have a new band every year. [Laughs] So, I pulled up the list and APOLLO was one of the names on the list. It was a word that both of us really liked. We started fiddling with different variations of the word. One of the original band names we were working with was APOLLO CREED, the character from the 'Rocky' movies, but after lots of different discussions on different variations, Derek suggested SONS OF APOLLO and it seemed to stick. Apollo is the God of music so with that in mind it seemed like a fitting name." Mike Portnoy, Derek Sherinian and Billy Sheehan previously toured together in 2012 and 2013 as PSMS (along with guitarist Tony MacAlpine), playing all instrumental versions from each of their previously recorded music. SONS OF APOLLO is the next logical progression by adding a vocalist and creating all-original material. The band incorporates the progressive style and individual technical prowess that Portnoy and Sherinian shared together in DREAM THEATER combined with the swagger and groove of VAN HALEN, DEEP PURPLE and LED ZEPPELIN. "I have known Mike and Derek for a long time, so when they came to me with SONS OF APOLLO, I jumped on this straight away," says Thomas Waber, label manager/A&R international of InsideOut Music. "However, the album they ended up recording exceeded my already high expectations by a long mile! We couldn't be happier about it!" SONS OF APOLLO will hit the road in 2018 for their first worldwide tour. "This is a real band," Portnoy declares. "This is going to pick up for me and Billy where THE WINERY DOGS left off, in terms of this being the next logical full-time thing for us. I'm not saying THE WINERY DOGS have broken up, because we haven't, we're just on a break. SONS OF APOLLO is absolutely going to be a full-time band and we plan on touring all over the world all throughout 2018 and, honestly, it is the priority for all five of us." Sherinian agrees: "We will go on a worldwide crusade in 2018 to bring SONS OF APOLLO to as many people as possible. Apollo was the God of music, and we are his mighty offspring!"

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MOONSPELL Teases ‘Todos Os Santos’ Video

A teaser for "Todos Os Santos", the new video from Portuguese metallers MOONSPELL, is available below. The full clip will make its online debut on Thursday, September 14. "Todos Os Santos" is taken from MOONSPELL's new album, "1755", which will be released on November 3 via Napalm Records. The Portuguese-language disc was written about the 1755 Lisbon earthquake, also known as the Great Lisbon earthquake, which occurred in the Kingdom of Portugal. In combination with subsequent fires and a tsunami, the earthquake almost totally destroyed Lisbon and adjoining areas. "1755" was produced by Tue Madsen (MESHUGGAH, THE HAUNTED, DARK TRANQUILITY, DIR EN GREY, DIE APOKALYPTISCHEN REITER) and features Paulo Bragança supplying the haunting voice of a Fado fallen angel who is a big part of the Portuguese culture. His fascinating vocals are included in the song "In Tremor Dei" (English-language translation: "Fear Of God"). The cover artwork was created by João Diogo and can be seen below. MOONSPELL vocalist Fernando Ribeiro said: "I have been fascinated with Portuguese history since I can remember. "The year of 1755 marked the birth of a new Portugal. Much more than just the greatest natural disaster ever to occur on European soil, the great Lisbon Quake, shockwaves cannot be reduced to a dramatic death toll. "From absolute tragedy, a new city was born, giving way to a new time where Portuguese relied more on themselves than on the crown or the cross, granting us much of the city, the lay country, the free will that we enjoy today. "This is not just another album from us. It's a musical and lyrical history document, a homage we pay to our legacy and to the amazing skills and resilience of our fellow Portuguese back then, of all mankind when brought down to the knees by the violent forces of nature and reason. Whatever is, is right... yet the earth shakes." "1755" track listing: 01. Em Nome Do Medo 02. 1755 03. In Tremor Dei (feat. Paulo Bragança) 04. Desastre 05. Abanão 06. Evento 07. 1 De Novembro 08. Ruínas 09. Todos Os Santos 10. Lanterna Dos Afogados In a 2016 interview with Spark TV, Ribeiro stated about the new MOONSPELL album concept: "I always was very fascinated about the apocalypse, the end of things, and we had this experience in the 18th Century, in 1755, and it really affected not only by the destruction and the death toll — it was very high, and it was probably one of the biggest earthquakes ever to occur on European soil — but it also influenced the way people looked at Gods, at religion, the way Europe changed. And it was tragic and traumatic, but the earthquake was the birth of a more modern Portugal, a Portugal that actually would enjoy a period of prosperity after, and the Portugal that was, before the earthquake, just going down and lost in vice and corruption and greed. So I think it makes for an interesting subject, and it makes it even more interesting if I do it in Portuguese, because it happened there." Photo credit: Paulo Mendes

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Ex-WHITE LION Singer MIKE TRAMP To Release ‘This & That (But A Whole Lot More)’ Box Set In December

Former WHITE LION singer Mike Tramp will release a new box set, "This & That (But A Whole Lot More)", on December 1 in a limited edition of a thousand copies worldwide. The box set contains five CDs and one DVD with previously unreleased material from Tramp's long career, but with brand new stuff as well. For "This & That (But A Whole Lot More)", Tramp and his BAND OF BROTHERS have created this real rock 'n' roll banger "Work It All Out" that comes with a behind-the-scenes video. Tramp stated about the box set: "In the 21st century where the music business has become something like an old-fashioned garage sale and your loyal fans have become someone you address by first name and have a coffee with, it is with great pleasure that I give back to those who have stood by my side for so long and shared this journey with me, and now give them the key to my own personal vault of songs and projects I have done over the past thirty years. This box set is from Mike Tramp to his fans." The box set will be sold exclusively at shop.targetgroup.dk. On November 23 and November 24, Mike Tramp and BAND OF BROTHERS will play two release shows at Halmtorvet 9 in Copenhagen. The box set will be available at the concerts, and you will be able pre-order it when buying a ticket for the shows.

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