KORN Guitarist Says Live Performances Shouldn’t Be Too Perfect

Sebastiano Mereu of From Hero To Zero recently conducted an interview with KORN guitarist James "Munky" Shaffer. You can watch the chat below. Asked about the pressure that many modern bands feel to make their live shows as "perfect" as possible, Munky said: "I think it still has to be organic, it still has to come from a real place. I think as genuine as you can be and still being professional in the production side of things. You want people to come back. At the end of the show, you want people to [go], 'Wow, that was an amazing experience. I can't wait to see them again.' And maybe look at their tour schedule and go, 'Where are they going now?'… But also you have to come from an organic place; it can't look too rehearsed. It has to… Maybe not every song. For us, there's a couple of songs, newer songs, that we have a few backing tracks, but I'd say eighty, ninety percent of our setlist is all just organic band. We have a few samples, a few keyboard parts here and there, just to kind of… Basically, we're trying to get as close as we can to the recorded versions without making it sound… It's live music, so it…" He continued: "When I go see a band, I like to see the inconsistencies in… I like when someone makes a mistake on stage. I don't wanna see the perfect… It's too robotic, it's too… Not too many mistakes, but it's always… It makes the show… There's a connection usually — human to human instead of it getting played on a computer. I don't know… That's just me." KORN and STONE SOUR will join forces for a summer tour, set to get underway June 16 at the USANA Amphitheatre in Salt Lake City, Utah and then continue through early August. KORN's latest album, "The Serenity Of Suffering", came out at the end of October. The track "A Different World" features a guest appearance from SLIPKNOT and STONE SOUR frontman Corey Taylor.

METALLICA Announces ‘Hit The Stage’ Contest; Local Bands To Compete For Chance To Open

This summer, METALLICA's "WorldWired" tour hits stadiums across North America. The band has invited along special guests AVENGED SEVENFOLD and openers VOLBEAT or GOJIRA to join them through out the summer. However, as some fans have noticed, there are a handful of cities (five, to be exact!) where only one band from the bill is able to join. Since METALLICA have had so much fun checking out local bands that fans voted for to open the shows in other parts of the world (Central/South America, Copenhagen and Mexico City), it only seems natural to invite fans to once again voice their opinion and help choose a band. This time around, the group receiving the most fan votes will hit the stage first on their own five-city tour! The "mini" tour includes these five dates: May 19 - Foxborough, MA - Gillette Stadium (also with VOLBEAT) June 04 - St. Louis, MO - Busch Stadium (also with VOLBEAT) June 14 - San Antonio, TX - Alamodome (also with AVENGED SEVENFOLD) June 16 - Dallas, TX - AT&T Stadium (also with AVENGED SEVENFOLD) June 18 - Chicago, IL - Soldier Field (also with AVENGED SEVENFOLD) METALLICA fans will have the opportunity to vote in two phases. For the first phase, visit the sites of the radio partners below in each market. KEGL / Dallas WLUP / Chicago KISS / San Antonio KPNT / St Louis: All the votes will be tabulated by the stations and two finalists from each contest will go head to head for votes in phase two on Metallica.com starting next week on April 14. Ten days later, the band with the most votes will be announced and can start packing their bags to head to their first gig in Foxborough at Gillette Stadium courtesy of METALLICA! Vote locally now and stay tuned to see who will open the shows in Foxborough, St. Louis, San Antonio, Dallas and Chicago on the "WorldWired" tour. The North American leg of METALLICA's "WorldWired" 2017 tour kicks off on May 10 in Baltimore, Maryland and will hit stadiums in 25 cities before winding down in mid-August. Support on the quartet's first North American trek since 2009 will come mainly from AVENGED SEVENFOLD and VOLBEAT, with GOJIRA taking over for the latter group for the last six shows. metallicavengedsevenfoldvolbeatposter_638

JUDAS PRIEST: ‘Hell Bent For Leather’ Exhibition Of Hand-Painted Leather Biker Jackets

Parliament Tattoo Studio has joined forces with the iconic metal band JUDAS PRIEST to bring you "Hell Bent For Leather", an exhibition of hand-painted leather biker jackets inspired by the band's albums and songtitles by some of the world's greatest tattoo artists. The first exhibition of its kind featuring tattooing nobility such as Grime, Jondix, Scott Move, Gregory Whitehead, Xam, and more, the landmark exhibition is set to make waves in both the music and tattoo art communities. Each artist taking part in the exhibition has selected his/her favorite JUDAS PRIEST song or album title from which to create his/her artwork — painting directly onto the back of biker jackets using specially designed acrylic leather paint. Each piece represents hours of meticulous work resulting in some of the most exciting heavy metal artwork ever produced. The one-off pieces will be displayed publicly in London this May, at a free exhibition in the heart of Camden. An invitation-only drinks reception will launch the original art event on Friday, May 5 at the Provender Building, right in the subculture epicenter that is the Stables Market. Visitors attending the "Hell Bent For Leather" exhibition will not only get the chance to view these one-off pieces, but also have the opportunity to purchase JUDAS PRIEST merchandise, music and more, with proceeds being donated to charity. Moving on from its stint in London, the jackets will head south to the prestigious Brighton Tattoo Convention on May 13-14, where they will exhibit alongside more than 300 world-class tattooists, including several of the artists participating in the "Hell Bent For Leather" exhibition. Following the events, the jackets will be auctioned off online along with a signed certificate of authenticity from JUDAS PRIEST to benefit both The Teenage Cancer Trust and the Ronnie James Dio Stand Up And Shout Cancer Fund — both extremely worthy causes close to the hearts of JUDAS PRIEST. The exhibition hopes to raise as much money as possible for the two charities Please direct any questions you may have to info@parliamenttattoo.com. judaspriestartexhbition2017

THE SWORD To Release ‘Greetings From…’ Live Album In May

Austin, Texas metal luminaries THE SWORD will release their first-ever live album, "Greetings From…", on May 5 via Razor & Tie. The band recorded all of the shows on its fall 2016 tour with OPETH and chose nine songs to make up the track listing on the disc. Starting today, "Greetings From…" will be available for pre-order on iTunes, with "Maiden, Mother And Crone" being an instant grat track with every order. Vinyl and physical CDs can be pre-ordered at the band's webstore and also at the Razor & Tie webstore. Those ordering on the band's webstore have a choice of multiple bundles, including a custom laminate, slip mat, exclusive t-shirt, and a limited edition signed lithograph of the album's cover art. The label's webstore will feature bundles with an exclusive t-shirt and hoodie. To support the "Greetings From…" release, THE SWORD will do two legs of touring in May and July. The May tour, focusing mainly on the eastern half of the U.S., will feature eight shows supporting CLUTCH and LUCERO, and eleven headline dates featuring support by CROY & THE BOYS, MOUNT CARMEL and PONTIAK on various dates. The July dates will be focused on the West Coast and support on all shows will be provided by BIG JESUS. THE SWORD will commence the recording of its sixth studio album in September, with a release scheduled in early 2018. thswordgreetingscd

STEVEN TYLER Collaborates with SOUNDWAVES Artist TIM WAKEFIELD

AEROSMITH singer Steven Tyler is bringing the re-recording of "Janie's Got A Gun" to life to support his philanthropic initiative Janie's Fund. The project with Soundwaves artist Tim Wakefield has produced unique and distinctive digital artworks on canvas to be sold through the Soundwaves Art Foundation to support the fund. Through "Janie's Got a Gun", Tyler gave a voice to abused girls and women. Now, with the creation of Janie's Fund, he is helping girls heal from the trauma of abuse and neglect. Tyler says, "'Janie's Got A Gun?' No. Janie's Got a FUND!" Janie's Fund was created by Tyler in partnership with national nonprofit Youth Villages. Janie's Fund provides proven ways to address the trauma of sexual and physical abuse in children and through the help of Tyler, have been able to expand these services to help more girls. At the end of its first year, an outpouring of support from donors across 38 countries helped raise more than $1.9 million for Janie's Fund, allowing Youth Villages to provide more than 56,000 days of care for abused and neglected girls. Wakefield's artwork has been described as a "truly unique visual expression of sound." His creations begin by digitally manipulating, shaping, and coloring sound waves generated from a studio recording of the song. The result is a visually stunning representation of the audio, taking on an entirely new art form. Wakefield's collaboration with Steven Tyler and Janie's Fund features three artworks created from the re-recording of "Janie's Got A Gun". There is one original and 33 limited edition pieces of each artwork. All pieces are numbered and signed by Steven Tyler and Tim Wakefield. The artwork is available for purchase here. Founded by Tim Wakefield, Soundwaves Art Foundation has raised funds around the world for music-related charities. "I am so excited for this year's fundraiser. The list of artists involved is spectacular, and I am so proud to have been able to work with them to create these unique pieces," Wakefield states. "While the creative process is always special for me, what's really near and dear to my heart is the philanthropic side of this. The proceeds from the sale of the artwork will benefit some great charities chosen by the collaborating icons and myself; it's an honor to know that every piece purchased will go to a great cause."

JAMES HETFIELD Says METALLICA’s Collaboration With LADY GAGA ‘Was A Good Fit’

James Hetfield says that Lady Gaga's "energy was very, very exciting" when METALLICA collaborated with the pop superstar at this year's Grammy Awards. METALLICA's appearance with Gaga at the 59th annual event in Los Angeles on February 12 turned into something of a disaster when the Grammy sound crew did not turn Hetfield's mic on, forcing him to share the mic with Gaga after the first verse and chorus. As a further humiliation, presenter Laverne Cox did not even introduce METALLICA by name. At the end of the song, a visibly angry Hetfield hurled his guitar at a road crew member while kicking over his mic stand. Hetfield spoke about the Grammys mishap during an interview with journalist Claudio Vergara of the Chilean newspaper La Tercera, conducted before METALLICA's April 1 appearance at Lollapalooza Chile in Santiago. He said: "The actual show, live on TV, I was very angry, yes. All the rehearsals, everything was perfect; up to there, everything was working. But, you know, out of my control. Something happened… I don't know what happened. But the silver lining is that Lady Gaga and me were singing closer, and [there] was a little more collaboration. She's an amazing person — very talented." He continued: "When we were asked to play the Grammys, we said, 'Of course,' we said, 'Yes.' But they need you to collaborate with somebody; they want to make it interesting. So I'm glad she was available to do it. She has a lot of integrity as an artist, [and she's] very creative." Asked if he would perform again at the Grammy Awards in the future, Hetfield said: "Sure. Why not? I will have two or three microphones right next to each other, yes. [Laughs]" Hetfield was also asked if he would want to collaborate with Lady Gaga again or another pop artist in some capacity. He responded: "No. But even just talking with her, being around her, her energy was very, very exciting. She has lots of ideas, and she likes to push the boundaries like we do. So it was a good fit." Shortly after this year's Grammy Awards, METALLICA drummer Lars Ulrich told Rolling Stone that Gaga was the "quintessential perfect fifth member of this band," saying, "Her voice, her attitude, her outlook on everything is so awesome. [The performance] was so effortless and organic and she just has the spirit of hard rock and metal flowing through her veins. It comes really easy for her. There's nothing contrived; she just has this super warm, easy energy." METALLICA was up for a Grammy this year for "Best Rock Song" for the track "Hardwired" from its new album, "Hardwired... To Self-Destruct", but lost to the late David Bowie's "Blackstar". (Special thanks to Claudio Vergara of La Tercera for providing BLABBERMOUTH.NET with the original audio of the Hetfield interview.)

RAMMSTEIN: Watch ‘Mutter’ Performance Clip From ‘Paris’ DVD

German industrial metallers RAMMSTEIN will release a new concert DVD and Blu-ray, "Paris", on May 19. The set was recorded in March 2012 at the then-named Palais Omnisports de Paris-Bercy in Paris (now AccorHotels Arena) during RAMMSTEIN's "Made In Germany" tour, and was helmed by the band's longtime collaborator, Swedish director Jonas Åkerlund. A performance clip of the song "Mutter", talken from "Paris", can be seen below. Åkerlund has also worked with METALLICA, SATYRICON, MADONNA and THE PRODIGY, among others. 21 years down the line, with the original lineup, the six East Berliners stand at the very apex of the rock world, achieving album and DVD sales in the millions, headlining festivals and major venues around the world and selling out shows in record time (the band's bill-topping appearance at New York's Madison Square Garden saw the 20,000 seats snapped up in just 20 minutes!) Trafalgar Releasing had worldwide rights to "Paris" excluding Germany, Austria and Switzerland (which were distributed by NFP). The top-performing territories for Trafalgar Releasing were Russia, Latin America and Poland, helping to achieve over $1 million for the outfit. NFP's territories saw a grossing of almost $1.2 million across two screening dates, coming in second on Germany's weekend box office. "Paris" has become one of Trafalgar Releasing's top music events following the worldwide screenings of "Roger Waters: The Wall" (which made almost $5 million at the global box office with top performing territories including Italy, Latin America, Czech Republic, France and Germany) and "One More Time With Feeling With Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds" (from acclaimed director Andrew Dominik, which achieved over $2.2 million). 2017 has also seen Trafalgar Releasing (in partnership with CinEvents) screen across the U.K. and selected European territories, a targeted release of "Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars" (alongside a new interview with the drummer from David Bowie's band produced by MOJO magazine), which made an impressive $240,000 from just 200 screens. Marc Allenby, CEO of Trafalgar Releasing, has said on the success: "It was great to work so closely with RAMMSTEIN's management team on the release of 'Paris' — they helped us talk directly to the passionate fan base of the band, who came out to celebrate this truly unique event. We look forward to working on similar kinds of projects in the future and bringing music events to the big screen around the world."
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RAMMSTEIN: Watch ‘Mutter’ Performance Clip From ‘Paris’ DVD

German industrial metallers RAMMSTEIN will release a new concert DVD and Blu-ray, "Paris", on May 19. The set was recorded in March 2012 at the then-named Palais Omnisports de Paris-Bercy in Paris (now AccorHotels Arena) during RAMMSTEIN's "Made In Germany" tour, and was helmed by the band's longtime collaborator, Swedish director Jonas Åkerlund. A performance clip of the song "Mutter", talken from "Paris", can be seen below. Åkerlund has also worked with METALLICA, SATYRICON, MADONNA and THE PRODIGY, among others. 21 years down the line, with the original lineup, the six East Berliners stand at the very apex of the rock world, achieving album and DVD sales in the millions, headlining festivals and major venues around the world and selling out shows in record time (the band's bill-topping appearance at New York's Madison Square Garden saw the 20,000 seats snapped up in just 20 minutes!) Trafalgar Releasing had worldwide rights to "Paris" excluding Germany, Austria and Switzerland (which were distributed by NFP). The top-performing territories for Trafalgar Releasing were Russia, Latin America and Poland, helping to achieve over $1 million for the outfit. NFP's territories saw a grossing of almost $1.2 million across two screening dates, coming in second on Germany's weekend box office. "Paris" has become one of Trafalgar Releasing's top music events following the worldwide screenings of "Roger Waters: The Wall" (which made almost $5 million at the global box office with top performing territories including Italy, Latin America, Czech Republic, France and Germany) and "One More Time With Feeling With Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds" (from acclaimed director Andrew Dominik, which achieved over $2.2 million). 2017 has also seen Trafalgar Releasing (in partnership with CinEvents) screen across the U.K. and selected European territories, a targeted release of "Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars" (alongside a new interview with the drummer from David Bowie's band produced by MOJO magazine), which made an impressive $240,000 from just 200 screens. Marc Allenby, CEO of Trafalgar Releasing, has said on the success: "It was great to work so closely with RAMMSTEIN's management team on the release of 'Paris' — they helped us talk directly to the passionate fan base of the band, who came out to celebrate this truly unique event. We look forward to working on similar kinds of projects in the future and bringing music events to the big screen around the world."
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DIMMU BORGIR: ‘Forces Of The Northern Night’ Unboxing Video

"Forces Of The Northern Night", the highly anticipated double DVD from Norwegian symphonic black metallers DIMMU BORGIR, will be released on April 14 via Nuclear Blast. The set will contain two of the band's live performances: their legendary show in Oslo, presenting DIMMU BORGIR on stage with the Norwegian Radio Orchestra and a bombastic choir, as well as their entire performance at Wacken Open Air festival in 2012 in Wacken, Germany with almost a hundred musicians on stage. Both concerts present a spectacular sound scenario of raging black metal in front of an epic orchestral landscape plus the band's unique visuals. An unboxing video for "Forces Of The Northern Night" can be seen below. DIMMU BORGIR's remarkable and atramentous stage show has long seemed like a natural evolution for fans, but much time, arrangements and commitment were necessary to put this gigantic production into reality and fill the stage with 90 minutes of mindblowing aural delight per night. The shows guide the fans through classics from the band's discography — from the majestic finisher "Mourning Palace" — which can be seen below (footage from the Wacken show) — to the stomping manifesto "Puritania" and the haunting "Gateways". "For us, this is the pinnacle of our career so far," says DIMMU BORGIR frontman Stian Thoresen (a.k.a. Shagrath). "As a band, we've always used a lot of symphonic elements in our music. But we haven't been able to use a real orchestra. We've had to use samples, synthesizers and so on, so this was a huge, awesome experience for us." In addition to the two concerts, "Forces Of The Northern Night" will include a bonus documentary feature. DIMMU BORGIR's May 28, 2011 concert at the Oslo Spektrum in Norway, which is included on "Forces Of The Northern Night", featured a special setlist with 53 members of KORK (the Norwegian Radio Orchestra) and 30 members of the Schola Cantorum choir, who were musical guests on the band's ninth studio album, 2010's "Abrahadabra". The show was professionally filmed and was broadcast as part of a one-hour documentary in June 2011 on NRK (Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation), the Norwegian government-owned radio and television public broadcasting company and the largest media organization in Norway. In an interview with Scuzz TV, DIMMU BORGIR guitarist Sven Atle Kopperud (a.k.a. Silenoz) stated about the experience of performing with an orchestra: "It was, of course, really special, especially since it was in Oslo, and a lot of people traveled in for the show from all over the world. And everything went great on stage for once. When you have a hundred people on stage, the percentage of something going wrong is definitely there, but it was really, really good." He added: "You think your band is professional, then you play with an orchestra, and then you know, 'Oh, we're not so professional after all.'" DIMMU BORGIR last year extended its partnership with Nuclear Blast. The band's tenth album is tentatively due before the end of 2017. DIMMU BORGIR's most recent touring lineup included Geir Bratland (APOPTYGMA BERZERK, THE KOVENANT) on keyboards and Terje Andersen (a.k.a. Cyrus; SUSPERIA) on bass.
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DIMMU BORGIR: ‘Forces Of The Northern Night’ Unboxing Video

"Forces Of The Northern Night", the highly anticipated double DVD from Norwegian symphonic black metallers DIMMU BORGIR, will be released on April 14 via Nuclear Blast. The set will contain two of the band's live performances: their legendary show in Oslo, presenting DIMMU BORGIR on stage with the Norwegian Radio Orchestra and a bombastic choir, as well as their entire performance at Wacken Open Air festival in 2012 in Wacken, Germany with almost a hundred musicians on stage. Both concerts present a spectacular sound scenario of raging black metal in front of an epic orchestral landscape plus the band's unique visuals. An unboxing video for "Forces Of The Northern Night" can be seen below. DIMMU BORGIR's remarkable and atramentous stage show has long seemed like a natural evolution for fans, but much time, arrangements and commitment were necessary to put this gigantic production into reality and fill the stage with 90 minutes of mindblowing aural delight per night. The shows guide the fans through classics from the band's discography — from the majestic finisher "Mourning Palace" — which can be seen below (footage from the Wacken show) — to the stomping manifesto "Puritania" and the haunting "Gateways". "For us, this is the pinnacle of our career so far," says DIMMU BORGIR frontman Stian Thoresen (a.k.a. Shagrath). "As a band, we've always used a lot of symphonic elements in our music. But we haven't been able to use a real orchestra. We've had to use samples, synthesizers and so on, so this was a huge, awesome experience for us." In addition to the two concerts, "Forces Of The Northern Night" will include a bonus documentary feature. DIMMU BORGIR's May 28, 2011 concert at the Oslo Spektrum in Norway, which is included on "Forces Of The Northern Night", featured a special setlist with 53 members of KORK (the Norwegian Radio Orchestra) and 30 members of the Schola Cantorum choir, who were musical guests on the band's ninth studio album, 2010's "Abrahadabra". The show was professionally filmed and was broadcast as part of a one-hour documentary in June 2011 on NRK (Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation), the Norwegian government-owned radio and television public broadcasting company and the largest media organization in Norway. In an interview with Scuzz TV, DIMMU BORGIR guitarist Sven Atle Kopperud (a.k.a. Silenoz) stated about the experience of performing with an orchestra: "It was, of course, really special, especially since it was in Oslo, and a lot of people traveled in for the show from all over the world. And everything went great on stage for once. When you have a hundred people on stage, the percentage of something going wrong is definitely there, but it was really, really good." He added: "You think your band is professional, then you play with an orchestra, and then you know, 'Oh, we're not so professional after all.'" DIMMU BORGIR last year extended its partnership with Nuclear Blast. The band's tenth album is tentatively due before the end of 2017. DIMMU BORGIR's most recent touring lineup included Geir Bratland (APOPTYGMA BERZERK, THE KOVENANT) on keyboards and Terje Andersen (a.k.a. Cyrus; SUSPERIA) on bass.
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