Lyndsey of the 93X radio station conducted an interview with THE PRETTY RECKLESS singer Taylor Momsen and guitarist Ben Phillips at this year's edition of the Northern Invasion festival, which was held May 13-14 at Somerset Amphitheater in Somerset, Wisconsin. You can now watch the chat below. Speaking about how bands today rely too much on technology when recording music, Taylor said: "If you use it as a crutch, technology… doesn't it all just sound the same? We tried very hard on [THE PRETTY RECKLESS's latest album, 'Who You Selling For'] — and all our records — but we really kind of made this our goal on this one, and I think we took our first little baby step towards that goal of really trying to capture the human element. And realizing that all those [classic] bands — from PINK FLOYD to THE BEATLES to whoever it is… THE WHO — they had to actually be that great. There was no digial manipulation, there was no fixing things, there wasn't any of that. They had to be that good. So we really tried to capture the human element that I think is lacking in a lot of music today, 'cause you can run it through an Auto-Tuner and call it a day, or you can actually sing it. You wanna hear the person behind the note — you wanna hear the wobble in the vocal, even if it's a little out of tune, because you can hear the pain or the passion or whatever it is. And so we really tried to do that on this record. And a lot of it became first takes where we couldn't beat them. That was it." "Who You Selling For" arrived last October. The disc was produced by THE PRETTY RECKLESS's longtime collaborator Kato Khandwala and features songs written by Momsen and Phillips. THE PRETTY RECKLESS's brand new single, "Back To The River", finds the band experimenting with a classic southern rock and blues sound and features GOV'T MULE's legendary guitar virtuoso Warren Haynes. "We had this great southern rock track called 'Back to the River', we recorded the whole thing live and left sections open for some lead parts," said Taylor. "I think it was our guitarist, Ben, who said, we should call Warren Haynes. We did, he said yes, and we're thrilled he did because he raised the song to a new level. His playing is extraordinary." THE PRETTY RECKLESS will continue to tour throughout the year in support of the album, hitting major markets and festival shows, including Rock On The Range and Rocklahoma in the U.S. as well as European and South American dates.
Corey Taylor (SLIPKNOT, STONE SOUR), Scott Ian (ANTHRAX) and members of BLACK VEIL BRIDES are among the musicians who took part in the inaugural "Strange 80s" benefit concert on Sunday, May 14 at the Fonda Theater in Los Angeles, California. Hosted by Finn Wolfhard of the Netlfix hit "Stranger Things", "Strange 80s" featured performances by Finn and a rotating cast of rock stars and celebrities covering the timeless anthems of the '80s. Video footage of Taylor singing the Prince songs "Let's Go Crazy" and "1999", as well as the JUDAS PRIEST classic "Electric Eye", can be seen below. All proceeds will go to Sweet Relief Musicians Fund to provide financial assistance to career musicians and music industry workers in need due to illness, disability or age-related problems. In addition to a full concert of musicians and actors covering anthems of the '80s, "Strange 80s" featured a silent auction offering exclusive, big-ticket items and experiences. Sweet Relief was founded by singer-songwriter Victoria Williams in 1993. Victoria, while on a career-making tour with Neil Young, was forced to drop off mid-schedule after experiencing unexplained debilitating symptoms. A long and painful diagnostic process revealed she had multiple sclerosis. After her diagnosis, a group of friends assembled an all-star album of Victoria's songs, "Sweet Relief", which alleviated much of her medical debt. Vic, knowing that there were many musicians like her — unable to afford medical expenses and compromised in their ability to work — donated some of her proceeds from the album to found Sweet Relief Musicians Fund. The name of the fund derives from a song of Victoria's, "Opelousas (Sweet Relief)", and the fact that sweet relief is provided in the form of financial assistance to many musicians who would otherwise be in untenable predicaments.
Elliott Fullam of Little Punk People conducted an interview with METALLICA frontman James Hetfield before the band's May 14 concert show at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. You can now watch the chat below. Asked to name his favorite thrash bands that are not part of the so-called "Big Four" of 1980s thrash metal (METALLICA, SLAYER, MEGADETH and ANTHRAX), Hetfield said: "Oh, my God! There's tons of them. Well, EXODUS for sure. We grew up with those guys in the [San Francisco] Bay Area. Oh, and we stole their guitar player; that too. [Laughs] But, yeah, I think they're great. TESTAMENT… A lot of bands in the Bay Area, a lot of thrash stuff. I just think even before that… Yeah, there's thrash… Punk rock was kind of the beginning of it for me. MOTÖRHEAD — kind of thrashy but rock and roll. But I loved G.B.H., or still do, and I love DISCHARGE a lot. That's kind of really cool thrash music to me." MEGADETH mainman Dave Mustaine in 2013 spoke to Radio.com about which band should have been included if the "Big Four" were expanded and considered the "Big Five". Mustaine said: "You know, people will say there's a whole another generation, like the 'Medium Four' [laughs], and I think there's a lot of great bands that fit that bill, too. But I think probably EXODUS, because there was nobody else at the time that had that kind of pull or that kind of importance in the metal community. Granted, it was with [late EXODUS singer Paul] Baloff, and Baloff had a voice that you had to have an acquired taste for, but you know, I liked him." In a 2010 interview with Metal Asylum, EXODUS guitarist Gary Holt was asked if he feels the "Big Four" should have been expanded and considered the "Big Seven", including EXODUS, TESTAMENT and OVERKILL. "Well, I think it should be the 'Big Five' with EXODUS, because we were there at the start of thrash metal with METALLICA in the real early '80s," he said. "Same thing with MEGADETH because Mustaine was a part of METALLICA's birth and he also created MEGADETH. And SLAYER are SLAYER. ANTHRAX are also great and old friends, but if you listen to those first few records, they have definitely changed. TESTAMENT has every right to be part of the thrash metal legends, but it just came down to timing because they came later. And OVERKILL have been their since the beginning also. But I don't get hung up on that shit, because I know how it all started and I know where I was when the shit got created. We [EXODUS] certainly deserve to be part of the founding fathers, but you know who often gets excluded are the Germans — KREATOR, DESTRUCTION and SODOM. Everybody looks to America and forgets those guys. KREATOR, DESTRUCTION and SODOM all released records in the early '80s." Back in 2014, METALLICA guitarist Kirk Hammett was asked by U.K.'s Metal Hammer magazine if it's strange to him how much METALLICA has eclipsed the other "Big Four" bands in terms of commercial popularity. "I try not to spend too much time thinking about stuff like that because whatever I think of is still not going to be a satisfying enough explanation," he replied. "It's just the way things are and how the chips fell. EXODUS in the '80s had some bona fide problems, but I think their first album [1985's 'Bonded By Blood'] is just as good as [METALLICA's debut] 'Kill 'Em All'. We were just playing the music we wanted to hear because no one else was playing it and it wasn't being played on the radio. It was only a small group of people who knew about it and it was almost elitist in that 'No posers allowed!' thing."
CLUTCH and FANTÔMAS — in a very rare live performance — will join iconic band TOOL along with PRIMUS, MELVINS, and DJ sets by THE CRYSTAL METHOD at Glen Helen Amphitheater in Southern California on Saturday, June 24. CLUTCH — known for pushing the boundaries that define heavy rock music — is one of the world's most respected and influential hard rock bands. CLUTCH is touring in support of their eleventh studio album, "Psychic Warfare", while laying the groundwork for their next studio album. The brainchild of FAITH NO MORE singer Mike Patton (pictured), FANTÔMAS is an anti-hero from a series of pre-WWI French crime novels, sometimes dubbed the "lord of terror." Rounding out the lineup are Buzz Osborne (MELVINS) on guitar, Trevor Dunn (MR. BUNGLE, TREVOR DUNN'S TRIO-CONVULSANT) on bass and Dale Crover (MELVINS) on drums. This will mark the band's first U.S. show since 2008. Regular FANTÔMAS drummer Dave Lombardo (ex-SLAYER) is unable to make the Glen Helen Amphitheater concert due to his touring commitments with SUICIDAL TENDENCIES. This is a unique opportunity to experience TOOL's unparalleled sonic and visual performance, along with live sets by some of the most highly acclaimed artists beneath the picturesque San Bernardino Mountains in Devore, California, just outside Los Angeles. Tickets for the show — which is produced by Danny Wimmer Presents and Live Nation Los Angeles — are on sale now at Ticketmaster.com.
AVENGED SEVENFOLD singer M. Shadows was interviewed on the May 7 edition of "Whiplash", the KLOS radio show hosted by Full Metal Jackie. You can now listen to the chat using the widget below. Asked how the surprise release of AVENGED SEVENFOLD's latest album, "The Stage", has made the band rethink the way they will release music in the future, M. Shadows said: "We're just trying to figure out new ways to get music to people, to excite the fanbase. Also, people have shorter attention spans now with the way information comes and goes so quickly on the Internet. We're just trying to figure out the puzzle. And one thing that we really didn't wanna do was be months out [from the album release] and just keep releasing singles and really just getting on people's nerves with all the promotion. So this was just another way to do it. I don't know if it was the greatest plan in the world, but I know it was a plan, and it was different, and it was exciting to us. But I just talked to a few radio stations today and there's radio DJs that got [the] 'God Damn' [single] for the first time, and they're, like, 'Yeah, so the new record's coming out, huh?' And I go, 'No. The record came out four months ago. And they're, like, 'Really? Why are we just getting a single now?' So there's a lot of explaining to do, I guess. Part of this METALLICA tour is gonna be us getting in front of the people and making our case for, 'Hey, this is a cool record and you should check it out.' Or that it exists at all." M. Shadows also spoke about the evolution of the AVENGED SEVENFOLD sound and the band's songwriting approach on "The Stage". "For us, I think as we've grown older, we've done a more streamlined approach to our rock and roll, I guess you'd say, and as the band has grown older, we've kind of tapped into some of our more 'artsier' sides of metal," he said. "We've been listening to a lot of TOOL, GOJIRA, MASTODON… those types of bands. Also, going back to the FAITH NO MOREs and the SOUNDGARDENs of the '90 and ALICE IN CHAINS, there was just something more cerebral about that stuff, and it really, I guess, turned us on for this record. It was exciting to us to kind of maybe write in AVENGED SEVENFOLD style but take some of those melodic ideas and make something a little more cerebral and something you need to think about. So, for us, it was just about going where we needed to go to feel satisfied with ourselves and feel satisfied with our art." AVENGED SEVENFOLD was forced to miss this past Friday night's (May 12) concert at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania as the support act for METALLICA after the band's guitarist, Synyster Gates, flew home to be with his wife Michelle who unexpectedly went into early labor with the birth of their first child. AVENGED SEVENFOLD was back on stage with METALLICA last night (Sunday, May 14) at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. "The Stage" was released at the end of October with almost no promotion beforehand. The surprise release of the disc, which was announced the night it went on sale, earned the lowest sales of an AVENGED album in 11 years. It sold 76,000 copies in its first week, 73,000 of which were physical. "Whiplash" airs every Sunday night from 9:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. on the Los Angeles radio station 95.5 KLOS. The show can be heard on the KLOS web site at 955klos.com or you can listen in on the KLOS channel on iHeartRadio.
After launching a video clip for the song "Blood, Tears, Dust", Italian heavy rockers LACUNA COIL are revealing the full story of their two conceptual videos with their latest clip for the song "You Love Me 'Cause I Hate You". Like "Blood, Tears, Dust", the video was directed and edited by Cosimo Alemà and produced by the production company Borotalco. Says LACUNA COIL's Cristina Scabbia: "The videos we shot with Cosimo Alemà are exactly what we wanted to deliver visually, especially if connected with a record like 'Delirium'. The darkness, the intensity, the script itself are taking the viewer to the dimension we wanted to be transported to. 'You Love Me 'Cause I Hate You' and 'Blood, Tears, Dust' are tightened together in a twisted story that I like a lot as there is so much that can be defined with each one's imagination. Interpreting different characters was also exciting, an interesting challenge I hadn't faced until then. I hope the viewers can capture the magic we breathed while we shot them." Adds LACUNA COIL's Andrea Ferro: "Every age has its form of storytelling, and video clips have been a huge part of our culture. Talking with Cosimo and our label, we decided to create something to bring back the artistic quality video clips used to have. We put our love for cinema into our video for the song 'You Love Me ‘Cause I Hate You', as you will see there is a clear inspiration from TV series like 'True Detective' and also a certain 'Twin Peaks'/'Resident Evil' vibe. We wanted the viewers to contemplate the story and question what it really means. There is also a tight connection with the previous video for the song 'Blood, Tears, Dust' as both clips should be considered almost as one single piece. The videos clearly explore the main theme of our latest album, 'Delirium', and all its madness and symbols. It's been a really great and challenging experience to be on the set for several days and work in 'cinema style' for the very first time to create something completely new for LACUNA COIL." Ferro recently told the Impact metal channel that LACUNA COIL fans will have to wait at least a couple of years for the follow-up to "Delirium". "Next year's gonna be twenty years of LACUNA COIL, so first we're preparing some surprises for next year, and then after that maybe we'll start working on a new record," he said. "So I don't think there will be a new record at least until 2019." Scabbia and Ferro revealed to the Brazilian metal channel Heavy Talk earlier in the year that they were planning "something special" to celebrate the twentieth anniversary of the release of their self-titled debut EP. LACUNA COIL will join Dutch symphonic metal giants EPICA on the North American leg of the band's "The Ultimate Principle" tour. The month-long September trek marks the band's first U.S. tour dates in over a year, as they continue to support "Delirium". Joining LACUNA COIL and EPICA on "The Ultimate Principle" tour are INSOMNIUM and ELANTRIS. LACUNA COIL in December released a new song called "Naughty Christmas". The front cover and font were all created by bassist Marco "Maki" Coti-Zelati. "Delirium" entered The Billboard 200 chart at position No. 33 with first-week sales of just over 13,000 units — nearly all from pure album sales. The set followed the No. 27-peaking "Broken Crown Halo", which also opened with around 13,000 copies back in 2014.
Fret12 has uploaded a video clip of ANTHRAX guitarist Scott Ian giving a tour of his stage rig. Check it out below. Asked in a 2015 interview with Guitar Interactive magazine what advice he would give to up-and-coming guitarists, some of whom believe that strong social-media skills are as important to success as the ability to play guitar and write songs, Ian said: "I wouldn't know. I don't know what to tell somebody these days, because so much of the stuff… The Internet didn't exist when I was coming up and when ANTHRAX started, and for years and years and years, so… We were a band for… Let's say, if you wanna say, around '97 or '98, when the Internet kind of started becoming a tool that a band could use in a myriad number of ways, we were a band for 17 years before that became even something anyone knew of. So I have no idea. I don't know anything about any of that stuff. The only thing I can say to anyone is just play what you love. Play what makes you happy. That's all I ever did, and that's all I know most of the people I know in bands ever did. Granted, we're from a different time. So, these days, I don't know. I don't know…" He continued: "Do you need to know how to use social media to be a guitar player? I don't even understand what that means? My attitude is, play what makes you happy and practice songwriting. Write songs. "I look at guitar probably in a completely different way than most people, and probably most of the people that read your magazines. I would rather listen to Malcolm Young [AC/DC] play an A chord than anything else on guitar — than anything, other than maybe Eddie Van Halen. I'm a caveman when it comes to guitar. Guitar, for me, has only ever been a tool to write songs. Guitar is a tool used to create music and to play with other people. That's what guitar is for me. That's what makes me happy as a guitar player. "If you're a kid who wants to learn how to shred like… I don't even know who… whatever is the new-school…. I don't know who's the best lead guitar player out right now under 30 years old. There's these super-technical bands with eight strings. Like, I know a band… And I'm not being negative about them, but I know there's a band called PERIPHERY, and I've heard of them, and I've heard some of the stuff, and I get it. From a technical standpoint, it's amazing! But it's not something I personally am gonna go home and put on. I totally respect it and I appreciate it, and I understand why kids are getting into that." Ian added: "So, basically, what I'm saying is… it's just what makes you happy. If that makes you happy, then do that. If Malcolm Young makes you happy, then do that. You know what I mean?! That's all I cared about when I was a kid. I played guitar for fun; that's all it was. And, truthfully, I didn't become a lead guitar player, and I didn't focus on that, because the work wasn't fun for me. I just wanted to get up there and rip big chords and just do what makes you happy. That's the best advice I can give." ANTHRAX and KILLSWITCH ENGAGE recently completed "The Killthrax Tour", with direct support from THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA.
METALLICA has uploaded a five-minute video recap of the band's May 14 concert at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey as part of the North American leg of the "WorldWired" tour. Also available is fan-filmed video footage of the show (courtesy of John Erigo). METALLICA's setlist was as follows: 01. Hardwired 02. Atlas, Rise! 03. For Whom The Bell Tolls 04. Fuel 05. The Unforgiven 06. Now That We're Dead 07. Moth Into Flame 08. Wherever I May Roam 09. Halo On Fire 10. Whiplash 11. Sad But True 12. One 13. Master Of Puppets 14. Fade To Black 15. Seek & Destroy Encore: 16. Fight Fire With Fire 17. Nothing Else Matters 18. Enter Sandman METALLICA was joined in East Rutherford, as they will be on most of the rest of the trek, by VOLBEAT and AVENGED SEVENFOLD. The North American run will hit stadiums in 23 more cities before ending in mid-August. METALLICA drummer Lars Ulrich told Rolling Stone that the band was genuinely surprised to learn they could still play stadiums, saying, "It was like, 'Holy fuck, people really still care about this band in ways that you stopped taking for granted literally decades ago. It was very inspiring and kind of eye-opening." He added: "Full stadium runs can sometimes be a little intimidating. There's all these things to worry about like, 'You should really try to play maybe only on the weekend,' and, 'Where do you play on Tuesday?' and some of those practicalities can get a little bewildering. We just threw caution to the wind. Doing a stadium run seemed like the perfect thing on the back of how well this record has been received and all the good will that's out there in METALLICA's world right now." The next stop on the tour is The New Coliseum Presented By NYCB in Uniondale, New York on Wednesday (May 17).
Sully Erna says that GODSMACK is "not making any promises" regarding its previously announced plans to commemorate the band's 20th anniversary in 2018 with a massive world tour that could feature the group playing its self-titled 1998 debut disc live from start to finish. Back in March, Erna told Houston radio station 94.5 FM about GODSMACK's upcoming tour: "We're gonna do a massive production. We're gonna kind of base it around the theme of the first record. We're even talking about coming out and doing the first record front to back to open the show — set up the staging a little bit more old school and stuff like that, and then kind of morph it into the back half of the set, which would be all the hits and the solo and some of the new stuff." But now, in a brand new interview with the 93X radio station conducted at this past weekend's Northern Invasion festival in Somerset, Wisconsin, Erna said that no concrete plans have yet been made regarding GODSMACK playing its first LP in its entirety. "We don't know that yet," he said (see video below). "That's been circulating, 'cause I opened my mouth a little bit soon, but as we get deeper into writing this new record, that may change. So we're not making any promises on that yet." Erna told The Pulse Of Radio a while back that he was ambivalent for some time about playing albums from front to back in concert. "It seems like a lot of bands would come out and do that when they're celebrating like their twenty-fifth anniversary on the record and stuff [laughs] — I'm old, but we're not that old yet. We're getting there though. It's not gonna be but another minute before we go like, 'Wow, really, twenty years? Okay… '" Erna also said in the 94.5 FM interview that GODSMACK originally planned to put out a new album in 2017, but explained why that changed, saying, "We wanted to do something this year, but we were just, like, 'You know, let's just wait another second,' because if we release this at the top of 2018, it will be our 20th-year anniversary of the first record, and we wanna do something special." The band's seventh studio album will follow up 2014's "1000hp". Erna said, "I have to write a really great record for us, and that's the tough part." The new GODSMACK CD will be its first effort for BMG, following a split with the band's label home since 1998, Republic/Universal. The first release through the new deal was Erna's second solo album, "Hometown Life", which arrived last September. GODSMACK guitarist Tony Rombola and drummer Shannon Larkin also released a debut album last year from their recently launched side project THE APOCALYPSE BLUES REVUE.
"Castaways", a new song from RADIATION ROMEOS, can be streamed below. The track is taken from the band's self-titled debut album, which will be released on June 2 via Frontiers Music Srl. RADIATION ROMEOS is a new band formed by Parramore "Perry" McCarty, best known for being the frontman of legendary U.S. metal act WARRIOR and famed BILLY IDOL guitarist Steve Stevens's solo project ATOMIC PLAYBOYS (in fact, the inspiration for the name RADIATION ROMEOS came from a line in the song "Atomic Playboys"). Musically, the band moves in a melodic hard rock direction with solid, metallic edges thanks to the production of Michael Voss (PHANTOM 5, CASANOVA, MICHAEL SCHENKER), who also contributed to the songwriting. In the studio, Parramore sang all vocals with Dag Heyne handling guitars, Jogi Spittka on bass, and Gereon Homann laying down the drum work with gusto! Perry says: "RADIATION ROMEOS started when producer Michael Voss contacted me in San Diego through Facebook. A few days later, we had the record agreement with Frontiers, so the RADIATION ROMEOS album was soon under way. "Our goal was to write great melodic rock songs. The album 'spans the globe' from the title track, power-rockin' 'Radiation Romeos', to some songs with a bit more grit like 'Castaways'. All the way to a beautiful ballad, 'Like An Arrow'. Something for everyone, if you will… "The recording was so much fun and exciting for me. I couldn't wait to get up the following day to work on the next song! "Michael is a wonderfully professional person with endless talent and the musicians super-cool guys and top players!" Parramore McCarty's career in music started when Robbin Crosby of RATT gave him his start singing in cover bands. His first major label album was "Fighting For The Earth" on Virgin Records in 1985 for the legendary heavy metal band WARRIOR. Steve Stevens's ATOMIC PLAYBOYS followed in 1989 on Warner Bros. Records. Then he returned to WARRIOR and also started gigging in the L.A. area with METAL FREQS and MONSTER TRAXX. "Radiation Romeos" track listing: 01. Radiation Romeos 02. Ocean Drive 03. Bad Bad Company 04. Mystic Mountain 05. Like An Arrow 06. Promised Land 07. Castaways 08. Ghost Town 09. Til The End Of Time 10. On The Tight Rope 11. Monstertraxx RADIATION ROMEOS is: Parramore McCarty - vocals Dag Heyne - guitars Jogi Spittka - bass Gereon Homann - drums