During a brand new interview with Jack Antonio of the "Do You Know Jack?" radio show, DEF LEPPARD guitarist Phil Collen was asked if the band has any plans to celebrate the fortieth anniversary of its formation this year. Collen responded (hear audio below): "No. It's 'Hysteria''s thirty-year anniversary, so we're probably gonna do something to kind of celebrate that. It's our biggest-selling album, and so we're grateful for that. So, yeah, maybe that one, I think." He continued: "The fortieth thing is a bit… It's not exactly tangible. It's kind of… You know, the guys met on a certain date — Sav [DEF LEPPARD bassist Rick Savage] and Joe [Elliott, DEF LEPPARD singer] did. But the first album came out in 1980, so that's really… If we were gonna be [inducted into the] Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame, they actually take it from your first album. So 1980 is the actual date, I think." Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame rules state that artists become eligible for induction 25 years after their first records were released. DEF LEPPARD's co-headlining tour with POISON and special guest TESLA will kick off on April 8 in Manchester, New Hampshire and will wrap on June 25 in Indianapolis, Indiana. In October 2015, DEF LEPPARD released its eleventh album, titled "Def Leppard", which peaked at No. 10 on The Billboard 200 album chart.
The first-ever Megadeth Boot Camp — which was described in a press release as "a once-in-a-lifetime experience for the ultimate MEGADETH fan" — took place this past weekend (March 10-12) on MEGADETH mainman Dave Mustaine's private estate in Fallbrook, California. Video footage of Sunday's "Symphony Of Destruction" livestream — featuring an acoustic performance of the track by MEGADETH and the "campers" — can be seen below. Also available is footage of MEGADETH's Saturday-night "campfire" acoustic performance. Several "experience packages" for the event were sold, with prices ranging from $1999 to $5499. As part of the premium boot camp package, guests camped in a private furnished bell tent with beds and a lounge. Premium ticketholders were also provided breakfast, lunch and dinner each day, gaining priority access to various workshops and exclusive access to the intimate acoustic performance from MEGADETH. Fans opting for the $2000 second-tier package stayed at a hotel fifteen minutes away with shuttle service to the estate each day. Over the weekend, attendees were getting the opportunity to meet members of the band at a question-and-answer session, participate in guitar, bass and drum clinics, drink coffee from bassist David Ellefson's boutique coffee brand Ellefson Coffee Co. with Ellefson himself and go to a wine-tasting session with Mustaine. There was also time allotted for campfire stories with bandmembers. Ellefson, who is a pastor in the Lutheran church, also conducted a "contemporary non-denominational service" at the event, dubbed "Megadeth Church." Mustaine put the Fallbrook house on the market in October 2015 for $5.375 million — more than five times what he paid for it three years earlier — but that price came down in June 2016 by almost a million and a half to $3.895 million. The property now sits at an even lower price of $3.195 million, according to public records. Mustaine and his family moved to Nashville in October 2014.
In a February 14 interview with BBC Radio 6 Music's Mark Radcliffe, ANTHRAX guitarist Scott Ian and bassist Frank Bello spoke about the band's current European tour during which the group is celebrating the 30th anniversary of its classic album "Among The Living" by performing the LP in its entirety. Scott said: "[The] first half [of the show] is a whole bunch of stuff — new stuff, old stuff — then we have half time, and then we come back and we do 'Among The Living' in full and maybe, depending on how great the audience is, some more stuff after that." Added Frank: "It's been fun, man. When you say, 'How is it to play it?' it's been a lot of fun to see the reaction we're getting [from the crowds]. And just to see… they're re-living something also, which is really nice to… it's just a fun environment." Continued Scott: "And for kids, too, who never got to see it first time around… It's not like in '87 we were playing the whole album. When we toured in '87 on that record, we probably played four or five songs off it. So for people who never even got to see that, obviously, I think it's a big deal too." Said Frank: "And you're getting the deep cuts on this one, because there's stuff we never play off that record, which is really cool to see." Asked if ANTHRAX is playing the "Among The Living" songs in the same order as they appear on the album, Scott said: "We were. But we discovered that what works in an album sequence doesn't necessarily work in a live scenario. 'Cause not many bands do that. It's not like you record a record and you go out and tour and you play your whole record; it just doesn't work that way. So we discovered after three shows that the album sequence just wasn't working live. So we kind of switched it around more in the dynamic of how it would work better on stage, and we did that last night in Nottingham, and it worked so much better." Added Frank: "The energy stayed, which is great." ANTHRAX's February 15 concert at the Barrowland in Glasgow, United Kingdom was filmed for a DVD, to be released later this year via Megaforce. Seventeen cameras, including five GoPros and a full-size camera crane, captured more than two hours of ANTHRAX favorites that were voted onto the evening's set list by fans and included "Madhouse", "Be All, End All", "Breathing Lightning" and "A.I.R.", followed by ANTHRAX's classic 1987 album "Among The Living" performed start to finish. In addition to the live footage, the DVD will include "fly-on-the-wall" interviews and other B-roll shot on the band's tour bus, backstage, in hotels and elsewhere. The DVD is being produced and directed by Paul Green of the Manchester, U.K.-based Paul Green Productions who has filmed concerts for OPETH, THE DAMNED, Gary Numan, THE LEVELLERS and many others. ANTHRAX's European tour is scheduled to end in Paris on March 16.
Swedish musician Linnéa Vikström, best known as one of the vocalists in THERION and a touring singer for KAMELOT, has signed a worldwide deal with Despotz Records. Linnéa says: "I'm really excited to be working together with Despotz, and with their help, I'll be sure to present some fantastic music to the world! Just the fact that Despotz is willing to release an album recorded completely live shows how willing they are to break new grounds and think outside of the box. Be ready to venture out deep into the universe as we launch this spacecraft of music!" Linnéa's solo project currently goes by the name QFT. The debut album will be released in November, with the first, as-yet-untitled single preceding the full-length effort in May. "Imagine if BLACK SABBATH and PAGAN'S MIND gave birth to a starchild, thus QFT is born," says Despotz head honcho Omer Akay. "This is the mastermind of Linnéa Vikström. The space journey has just begun."
Professionally filmed video footage of DEVILDRIVER's entire performance at last year's Wacken Open Air festival, which was held in August 2016 in Wacken, Germany, can be seen below. As previously reported, DEVILDRIVER is working on an album of outlaw country covers, to be released later in the year. According to singer Dez Fafara, the effort will include thirteen "insanely heavy, swinging badass outlaw tracks by some of the best outlaw country artists," including Willie Nelson, Johnny Cash, George Jones and Johnny Paycheck and Steve Earle. Produced by Steve Evetts, the album will feature appearances by "fifteen high-caliber guests," among them LAMB OF GOD guitarist Mark Morton. Said Fafara: "So just to be fucking clear, it's never been done; we are the first! We have been working on this for a year! Get ready — you've never heard anything like this!" DEVILDRIVER guitarist Neal Tiemann told Guitar World about the band's approach on the covers album: "I think the point is to keep the memorable melodies and lyrics intact while providing and alternate and heavier music bed. It's easy to get carried away in one of our own riffs, so we've been sure to keep refocusing on the essence of the original material." The project started out in early 2016 when Fafara was thinking about remaking punk classics. "I loved the idea of focusing on a single genre, but I felt that country was a better way to go, because the songs would give us more ideas to work with," explained DEVILDRIVER guitarist Mike Spreitzer. Added Tiemann: "While the theme is centered in outlaw country, we're adding some numbers that go against the grain, rather than fit inside those genre barriers." DEVILDRIVER's latest album, "Trust No One", was released in May 2016 via Napalm Records. The follow-up to 2013's "Winter Kills" was once again produced by Mark Lewis (ARSIS, THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER, WHITECHAPEL, DEICIDE, SIX FEET UNDER) with assistance from Jason Suecof (AUGUST BURNS RED, DEICIDE, DEATH ANGEL).
The second in a series of video clips featuring behind-the-scenes footage from the making of the new PAPA ROACH album can be seen below. PAPA ROACH frontman Jacoby Shaddix revealed in an interview with Albany, New York radio station Q103 that the band's forthcoming disc will feature guest appearances by rapper Machine Gun Kelly and American singer and songwriter Skylar Grey. Due in May, the follow-up to 2015's "F.E.A.R." was recorded with Nicholas "Ras" Furlong and Colin "Doc" Brittain at Steakhouse studio in North Hollywood, California. PAPA ROACH has already released two songs from the upcoming disc, "Crooked Teeth" and "Help". The latter track is rocketing toward the Top 10 on the rock radio chart. Shaddix described the new disc as "very dynamic," adding, "It ranges from heavy and in your face with songs like 'Crooked Teeth' and then it also is kind of a bit more of a pop sensibility in it… It's all over the place." Shaddix also revealed that the band has done some early work on its next album, saying: "We went back in the studio and started creating some music again for a new, new record. We have such a good creative flow that we're, like, 'You know what, man?' Let's just jump in the studio.'" PAPA ROACH is set to play at several major rock festivals in late April and May, including Fort Rock and Welcome To Rockville in Florida, Carolina Rebellion in North Carolina and Northern Invasion in Wisconsin.
Professionally filmed video footage of METALLICA performing the songs "The Call Of Ktulu" and "Welcome Home (Sanitarium)" on February 9 and February 7, respectively, at Royal Arena in Copenhagen, Denmark can be seen below. METALLICA played its third concert in Copenhagen on February 9 as part of what was initially supposed to be the final of a four-night stand at that city's Royal Arena. The first show was cut short on February 3 when frontman James Hetfield took ill. Hetfield was put on complete vocal rest the next day, forcing the band to postpone the second show on February 5. METALLICA returned to the stage on February 7. 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. Each ticket purchased for the tour will come with a copy of METALLICA's new album, "Hardwired… To Self-Destruct", available as a physical CD or a digital download. Various VIP packages are up for sale as well. METALLICA has also announced the formation of its All Within My Hands Foundation, which will raise funds through ticket sales to support national, local and Bay Area charities selected by the band members, while continuing to donate to music education programs and local food banks.
Throughout his forty-year music career, Bob Kulick has worked with an astonishing array of artists: from Meat Loaf to MOTÖRHEAD. From KISS to Michael Bolton. W.A.S.P. to Diana Ross as well as legends such as Roger Daltrey, Alice Cooper, Lou Reed and Paul Stanley's first solo album and tour. After serving as a sideman and producer for much of his professional career, Kulick has decided that it was time to release a solo album — and he brought along a few of his good friends to support him in the endeavor. "Skeletons In The Closet" will be released in late spring through Vanity Music Group (distributed via RED / Sony Music). Joining Bob on the album are: Lead vocalists Dee Snider Robin McAuley Andrew Freeman Vick Wright Todd Kerns David Glen Eisley Dennis St. James Bassists Rudy Sarzo Chuck Wright Bobby Ferrari Bruce Kulick Dennis St James Kjell Benner Keyboardists Doug Katsaros Jimmy Waldo Drummers Vinny Appice Frankie Banali Eric Singer Brent Fitz Scot Coogan Chuck Burgi Bobby Rock Jay Schellen Bob himself provided all of the guitar tracks and co-produced the album, along with Bobby Ferrari at Vegas View Recording in Las Vegas, Nevada. Half of "Skeletons In The Closet" is comprised of brand new material while the other half is comprised of retrospective material from Bob's albums with MURDERER'S ROW and SKULL. "After finishing the five new songs, the idea of including five of my favorite songs from my past rounded things out nicely," Bob says. "Brand new songs and then the 'skeletons in the closet!'" "Skeletons in the Closet" track listing: 01. Player 02. Not Before You 03. London 04. Goldfinger 05. Rich Man 06. India (from MURDERER'S ROW) 07. Skeletons In The Closet (from MURDERER'S ROW) 08. Guitar Commandos (from Skull — also features a guitar duel with Bruce Kulick) 09. Can't Stop The Rock (previously unreleased track) 10. Eyes Of A Stranger (from SKULL) His talents have earned Kulick a dozen gold and platinum records, and aside from writing for the traditional album format, he's written and performed songs for Nickelodeon's SpongeBob Square Pants (David Glen Eisley's "Sweet Victory") and the theme song for WWE's superstar wrestler Triple H, "The Game". Photo credit: Julie Bergonz
ME AND THAT MAN, which pairs BEHEMOTH founder, songwriter and singer Adam "Nergal" Darski with British/Polish rock musician John Porter, performed its song "Nightride" on a recent episode of Kuba Wojewódzki's Król TVN show. You can now watch video footage of their appearance below. ME AND THAT MAN will release its debut album, "Songs Of Love And Death", on March 24 through Cooking Vinyl. With the release of this side project, the duo puts away any pre-conceived ideas about what heavy music "should" be. The project draws heavily on blues, country and folk to make music as dark as if it was being screamed over shredding guitars. "Songs Of Love And Death" is a dark journey through sun-bleached, dusty plains, soundtracked by low-slung acoustic guitars and steeped in the rawest essence of rock and blues. The duo's debut will prove to be a revelatory affair for BEHEMOTH's huge global fan base, while simultaneously luring many more people into Nergal's artistic world. Fans of everything from Nick Cave, DANZIG, Leonard Cohen and Johnny Cash's American Recordings, through to the grim, frontier polemic of WOVENHAND will find countless mesmerizing moments on the album. "This album is not meant to turn ME AND THAT MAN fans into BEHEMOTH fans," Nergal notes. "If one day they follow, okay. Something like 'My Church Is Black' is a strong declaration, a song that naturally invites people from the extreme metal world, and perhaps they'll want to enter this world too. They might even like it. With ME AND THAT MAN, I'm telling simple stories in a simple way, not overloaded with metaphors and hidden meanings. It's just got to be as natural, organic and stripped down as it can be." He further explains: "With ME AND THAT MAN, the songs just come out in a very organic way. One would be bluesy, one would be more of a ballad, but put together they all made sense. I need ME AND THAT MAN to keep the balance, as the potential of my mother band seems limitless. It gets bigger and bigger, more advanced and more sophisticated... and darker ...and blacker. But ME AND THAT MAN is at the opposite pole, artistically speaking. With all the best art, once you have it in you, you have to release it, otherwise it becomes intoxicating and dangerous to your own system. This is how I deal with my emotions and my dark feelings and shadows. This is not happy music, but it's liberating." "This is a side-project, but I don't really know what it's going to grow into," Nergal concludes. The idea was just to get this music out to people. There's no hidden agenda. It is what it is, and if you like it, it's cool. If you don't, that's cool too. This is the battle we've already won." Plans are underway for a series of live dates in Europe around the release of the album and across the U.S. in April/May. Stay tuned for further details soon. "Songs Of Love And Death" features artwork by Daniel P. Carter and is available for pre-order now.
On March 17, in tandem with the release of Sean Byrne's new heavy-metal-charged horror film "The Devil's Candy", J2 Music/INgrooves will release the digital soundtrack companion piece for a film that has already garnered praise from critics, and a 90% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. "The Devil's Candy Motion Picture Soundtrack" will feature performances from an all-star metal lineup that includes such notable bands as SLAYER (pictured), MACHINE HEAD, GHOST and experimental metal legends SUNN O))). The track listing is as follows: 01. SUNN O))) - "Belürol Pusztít" 02. THE WANTON BISHOPS - "Shake" 03. SPIDERBAIT - "Conjunctivitis" 04. PJ HARVEY - "The Devil" 05. GHOST - "From The Pinnacle To The Pit" 06. GOYA - "Blackfire" 07. SLAYER - "You Against You" 08. MACHINE HEAD - "Sail Into The Black" 09. AURORA SURGIT - "Dies Irae (Sequentia)" 10. SUNN O))) - "Decay 2 (Nihils' Maw)" The film's director Sean Byrne ("The Loved Ones") had this to say about the soundtrack: "'The Devil's Candy' soundtrack takes the listener on a gradual descent from foot-stomping joy to the deepest darkness. Please play it LOUD." "The Devil's Candy" (Snoot Entertainment) will see a limited theatrical and VOD release via IFC Films' horror and sci-fi imprint IFC Midnight. Directed by Sean Byrne, the film chronicles diehard metalhead and struggling artist Jesse as he relocates with his wife and child into a house in Texas that has a particularly grisly past. Disturbing demonic goings-on culminate with the appearance of Ray ("The Walking Dead"'s Pruitt Taylor Vince). He's the home's former resident, and he's here to do the Devil's bidding. The Guardian raved that the film was "made in the true spirit of metal: just like the music it's inspired by, it's loud and sometimes gruesome but also winningly earnest." Collider called the film a "standout" and "the complete midnight movie package." Fans can watch the trailer for "The Devil's Candy" below.