According to The Pulse Of Radio, FOO FIGHTERS mainman Dave Grohl and "Landmarks Live In Concert" host — and RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS drummer — Chad Smith discuss the music their families listened to when they were growing up and how it impacted them in a video preview of this Friday's (November 10) broadcast of the new PBS series, which will feature the FOO FIGHTERS performing at the Acropolis in Athens, Greece. Grohl begins: "When I was a kid, '70s AM radio…" with Smith interjecting, "RULED!" Grohl continues, "I swear to God, that's got such a big place in my heart. 10CC, Andrew Gold and Gerry Rafferty." Grohl explains that while he listened to hardcore punk growing up, his father was devoted to classical music, his mother loved show tunes, and his older sister liked new wave and classic rock at the time, but Grohl adds: "I would dip into everybody's albums and listen to them." Smith says: "I did the same thing," and recalls going through his own older sister's collection of soft rock records. An ongoing documentary series, "Landmarks Live In Concert" captures performances by global superstar artists at monumental locations and landmarks around the world. Smith interviews the featured artist in each episode and told The Pulse Of Radio that he thinks the fact that he's a musician as well puts them at ease. "What's cool is I think that they feel, when they're talking to a so-called journalist, maybe their guard's up a little bit or they're not maybe as comfortable as when they can talk to somebody who's a fellow artist who's there, who's doing what they do," he said. Previous episodes of the show have featured Alicia Keys, Brad Paisley and Andrea Bocelli. The FOO FIGHTERS taped their performance at the historic Acropolis back in July.
AGNOSTIC FRONT: ‘The Godfathers Of Hardcore’ Documentary To Receive World Premiere At DOC NYC Festival
A trailer for "The Godfathers Of Hardcore", a brand new documentary about New York hardcore legends AGNOSTIC FRONT, can be seen below. The film, which was directed by Ian McFarland, is scheduled to have its world premiere at this year's Doc NYC festival on Saturday, November 11. Roger Miret and Vinnie Stigma are lynchpins of New York hardcore, and their band AGNOSTIC FRONT played a key role in defining, shaping and establishing the cultural code of conduct for the still-thriving movement. Film and music video director Ian McFarland (MESHUGGAH, KILLSWITCH ENGAGE, FEAR FACTORY) has crafted an intimate portrait of the two industry leaders, two of the most respected individuals in the 35-year history of hardcore punk music. In addition to inspiring and nurturing multiple generations of bands that followed their lead, Miret and Stigma have remained close friends through great adversity that sometimes threatened their very existence. As a part of a potent subculture, AGNOSTIC FRONT probably will never sit beside AEROSMITH and THE BEATLES in the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame. Nor have they been showered with platinum records or the rock and roll riches reserved for acts that value popularity over integrity. Miret and Stigma are perfectly happy with the niche they've carved for themselves, and the effect they've had on an entire subgenre that had infiltrated both the counter-culture and impacted the mainstream. A recent article in the New Yorker about hardcore music quoted was named "United Blood," after AGNOSTIC FRONT's first album. The band continues to play major slots on high-profile international festivals and their recently released album "The American Dream Died" has earned the band some of its strongest reviews in years. AGNOSTIC FRONT's past legacy is perhaps even more praiseworthy than their present accomplishments. The movement the band pioneered has had a profound effect on millions of fans and musicians, as well as skateboarders, bikers and other individualists who refuse to accept the status quo. In a landscape of increasing apathy and complacency, the messages AGNOSTIC FRONT presents are as relevant today as they were in the '80s when the band members were impoverished, scrappy and ambitious, often fighting for their very survival as well as the perseverance of their volatile but highly inspirational band. Back in the '80s, Miret and Stigma roamed the dangerous streets of New York City's Lower East Side, fighting those who got in their way and laying down the gauntlet for the music they believed in and were willing to defend with their lives. At the time, they had no idea that the band that meant the world to them and the culture populated by runaways, street kids, punks, skinheads and other social misfits would also resonate with a generation of other music fans and musicians, including METALLICA's Kirk Hammett, ANTHRAX's Scott Ian and PANTERA's Philip Anselmo, not to mention CREMASTER's Mathew Barney and electronic guru Moby. Miret, 53, a Cuban refugee from an abusive home and Stigma, 61, a second-generation true-blue New York Italian, found each other on the rough streets of New York City in the early 1980s, becoming fast friends and developing an unbreakable bond. Together, over the next three decades, they became the "Godfathers Of New York City Hardcore" — creating a vehicle through which three generations of fans could grow, scream and band together as one in the face of diversity, violence and discrimination. Through the strength and bonds of brotherhood, Roger and Vinnie birthed something larger than themselves — they birthed a revolution. Along the way, they experienced some of the most harrowing blows a band can endure, including various lineup changes, Roger's incarceration and the subsequent collapse of the band. After Roger was released in the late 1990s from New York's Wallkill correctional facility, Roger and Vinnie reunited, picking up right where they left off. Still touring and recording today, AGNOSTIC FRONT is the very embodiment of hardcore: endurance, perseverance, brotherhood, strength against oppression and the will to keep going, obstacles be damned. Today Roger and Vinnie are moving into their 50s and 60s, have jobs and families and are gearing up to begin a new touring schedule that will take them all over the world. This film serves as an up-close-and-personal look into the lives of these different but inseperable musical icons, and in the process illustrates the tenacity, optimism and enthusiasm with which they both approach their band. Miret and Stigma have survived in an ever-changing music scene because they refuse to compromise. From day one, they took on the system with fists clenched, and while they've aged over the decades, they've maintained the power and youthful — if not as destructive — mindset they had in their youth. At the end of the day, they remain wholly united in blood. To learn more about the film, go to godfathersofhardcore.com.
German gothic metal band CREMATORY is in the studio recording a new album titled "Oblivion" for an April 13, 2018 release via SPV/Steamhammer. The band is once again working with producer Kristian Bonifer at the Kohlekellerstudio. Through collaboration with new idea donors and arrangers such as Stefan Glass, Dirk Riegner and Walter Stobbe, as well as the intensive cooperation of the two new guitarists Rolf and Tosse and the new bassist Jason, not only massive guitars were given to the new CREMATORY songs but also interesting influences and elements that makes the band doing a step forward even after 25 years of band history. The hit factory CREMATORY is in full swing working in three shifts, which makes the "Oblivion" an absolute masterpiece. For over 25 years now, CREMATORY has enthralled its countless fans at home and abroad. Since the band was founded in 1991, it has released twelve studio albums, in addition to a number of live recordings, singles, EPs and compilations. The music is based on brute guitar riffs and hard-as-nails drum grooves, replete with sinister keyboard hooks and that mix of growls and clear vocals — some in English, some in German — that is so typical of this band. CREMATORY released a CD+DVD, "Live Insurrection", on September 8. It contained footage of the band band's entire 2016 performance at the Bang Your Head!!! festival in Germany, as well as four video clips from the group's last album, "Monument".
Long acknowledged as one of the greatest live bands of their generation, rock legends METALLICA have set new attendance records at each of the shows they played on their recent U.K. tour. "WorldWired" — presented by Live Nation — played five sold-out U.K. arena shows in October to ecstatic reviews. Metro called them "exciting and innovative" while The Times noted that they were "powerful enough to get over 20,000 fans punching the air in unison" and Kerrang! thought they were "jaw-droppingly awesome." The band's groundbreaking in-the-round production not only gave fans a totally immersive live experience but also allowed for an increased venue capacity. On the opening night at London's O2, METALLICA pulled in a crowd of 22,134, the following night they broke their own record for the best attended single concert performance by one headliner with a crowd of 22,211. It was the same story on the rest of the tour, a crowd of 13,111 packed into Glasgow's Hydro to set a new attendance record and in Birmingham METALLICA drew in a record-breaking crowd of 15,604. Commenting on the achievement, Live Nation's executive president of U.K. touring Andy Copping said: "This has been an incredible achievement by METALLICA. The band and everyone around them have been a pleasure to work with and they staged one of the greatest indoor shows I have ever seen." The European leg of METALLICA's "WorldWired" tour kicked off in Copenhagen, Denmark on September 2 and ran through November 3. 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. The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame band is touring in support of its tenth studio album, "Hardwired... To Self-Destruct", which came out in November 2016. The first ten of the shows of the North American "WorldWired" tour during May and June grossed $49.5 million in ticket sales. Photo credit: Ross Halfin
EVANESCENCE performed at the Hippodrome Theatre in Baltimore, Maryland on November 8 in support of its fourth album, "Synthesis". Like the disc, "Synthesis Live" features a reimagining of some of EVANESCENCE's best-loved songs with the spotlight on full orchestra, electronics combined with the band and Amy Lee's virtuoso piano and voice. Fan-filmed video footage of the Baltimore concert can be seen below. "Synthesis" is due on November 10. The effort features full orchestration in a completely synthetic world of beats and sounds, with help from arranger and composer David Campbell. "Synthesis" contains two new EVANESCENCE songs in addition to fan favorites re-recorded with a live orchestra and electronica. The "Synthesis Live" tour launched on October 14 on the West Coast. "This is a total passion project for me. There are so many layers in our music, underneath the huge drums and guitars," explained Lee. "I've always wanted to shine a light on some of the gorgeous David Campbell arrangements and programming elements in our songs, and that idea snowballed into completely re-doing them with full orchestra, not just strings, elaborate programming and experimentation. "This will be our first time touring with orchestra and I'm so excited to perform this way — really focus on the vocals, and the emotion and the story we've built over the years. I'm also really excited about the new material on the album. Besides the two new songs, there are some really beautiful instrumental in-between moments. The whole thing flows like a big, dynamic soundtrack." Lee told Graspop.be about "Synthesis": "It's different in a way that it's still coming from the roots of what EVANESCENCE was conceived to be,. It's really a beautiful project. A lot of our old songs are getting a whole new life in a way where we're getting to experience the focus being this beautiful, full orchestra. It's also a lot of electronic, cool elements — parts that have always been part of our music. It hasn't been full orchestra before — it's just been mainly strings — but just taking it to very beautiful, classical and epic and groovy place. Oh, it feels so good. There's some new stuff on it too, but it's mostly old stuff [reimagined]." Lee also talked in more detail about the making of "Synthesis", explaining: "As far as the conception, basically, you work in demo land first and just create the arrangements of songs. I went through all the master sessions of, say, 'Bring Me To Life', and [I would] pull out all the stuff and listen to it and then chop it up and decide, 'Oh, maybe this part needs to be longer. Maybe this part at the beginning will be just strings and piano.' Just figure out what you're gonna do and build a map. And working with David Campbell, who has done all the string arrangements for EVANESCENCE for all three albums now doing full orchestra, just going back and forth with him and our producer Will and then each other, just throwing ideas in a Dropbox and basically just playing tennis back and forth for months."
Veteran female rockers VIXEN have recorded recorded a new single as well as an acoustic version of one of the band's classic hits. Guitarist Brittany Denaro (a.k.a. Britt Lightning) told Guitar World: "[The acoustic version] has a bit of a different vibe than the original, but it came together pretty spontaneously as we were jamming on it in the studio." The new VIXEN recordings are expected to be included as "bonus surprises" on the band's upcoming live album, which was recorded on August 12 at the Arcada Theatre in St. Charles, Illinois. The disc is being mixed by Michael Wagener (METALLICA, MEGADETH, ALICE COOPER, DOKKEN, SKID ROW) at his WireWorld studio outside of Nashville, Tennessee. Brittany joined VIXEN as the replacement for Gina Stile, who left the band earlier in the year. Denaro and new keyboardist Tyson Leslie made their live debut with VIXEN on March 25 at the Rock The Arena II festival at Savage Arena in Toledo, Ohio. Stile originally played with VIXEN in 1997-1998 and returned to the band in 2013 as the replacement for the group's deceased founding guitarist Jan Kuehnemund. Brittany previously played guitar for LA BANDA DE ALEJANDRO SANZ, CHIX 6 – THE MUSICAL and Rachel Platten. Asked how she landed the gig with VIXEN, Denaro told Guitar World: "I was playing with an all-female GUNS N' ROSES tribute band at a pre-party for the Monsters Of Rock cruise. Coincidentally, the person who put it on also happened to be VIXEN's manager. He had known that there was some tension in the band and that they were looking for another guitar player. After the show, he spoke to the girls and told them he thought I'd be a perfect fit. Ironically, around the same time Janet [Gardner, vocals/guitar], Share [Ross, bass] and Roxy [Petrucci, drums] had been asking around and my name kept popping up, so they followed up. It was that simple." Denaro also talked about the first time she played with VIXEN. "I was a bit nervous," she said. "Growing up, I had been in all-girl bands but there weren't many of them to really look up to. I remember the first time I got together with them was without Janet. It was just the music and that took a little bit of the pressure off. Because everyone lived all over the country, the first time I actually met Janet was the night before we did a show together." Gardner released her debut solo album in August via Pavement Entertainment.
Inner Wound Recordings has announced reissues of the first three releases from the classic U.S. heavy metal band OBSESSION. The "Marshall Law" EP, "Scarred For Life" and "Methods Of Madness" will all be re-released on CD and digital on December 1. The CD editions come with a 12-page booklet that includes lyrics as well as liner notes from singer Michael Vescera. Formed in 1982, OBSESSION is famous for launching Vescera's career. The band first came on to the scene via the "Metal Massacre 2" compilation from Metal Blade Records and then the classic EP "Marshall Law" was released 1984 on the same label. After that, OBSESSION released the albums "Scarred For Life" and "Methods of Madness" under the Enigma label before breaking up in 1989. The band reformed in 2004 and released the new albums "Carnival Of Lies" in 2006 and "Order Of Chaos" in 2012. "Marshall Law" reissue track listing: 01. Only The Strong Will Survive 02. Hatred Unto Death 03. The Execution 04. Marshall Law 05. Marshall Law (Demo Version) "Scarred For Life" reissue track listing 01. Intro / Scarred For Life 02. Winner Takes All 03. Losing My Mind 04. In The End 05. Bang Em' Till They Bleed 06. Take No Prisoners 07. Taking Your Chances 08. Run Into The Night 09. Tomorrow Hides No Lies 10. Shadows Of Steel (Bonus Track) 11. Evil In Her Eyes (Bonus Track) "Methods Of Madness" reissue track listing: 01. Four Play / Hard To The Core 02. High Treason 03. For The Love Of Money 04. Killer Elite 05. Desperate To Survive 06. Methods Of Madness 07. Too Wild To Tame 08. Always On The Run 09. Panic In The Streets 10. Missing You (Bonus Track) 11. Waiting For Your Call (Bonus Track) In an interview, Vescera — who has also spent time in ANIMETAL USA, YNGWIE MALMSTEEN and LOUDNESS — described OBSESSION's latest album, "Order of Chaos", as "a cross between 'Carnival Of Lies'  and the early OBSESSION stuff." He added, "I think it's geared more towards the older sound, the straight-tforward metal like the 'Marshall Law' album , but you can hear some of the 'Carnival' sound in there, too." "Carnival of Lies" was re-released through Mausoleum Records on February 12, 2008. This reissue featured new artwork and the bonus tracks "Panic In The Streets" (previously only available on the Avalon release in Japan) and "Judas". The album's title track featured Swedish guitar sensation Robert Marcello (DANGER DANGER, IRONHORSE) and Boston based neo-classical shred-god Joe Stump (REIGN OF TERROR). OBSESSION's original lineup featured Michael and Jay Mezias (drums) along with Bruce Vitale, Art Maco (guitar) and Matt Karagus (bass).
Lou Gramm says that "it was great" to perform with fellow original FOREIGNER members this past summer. Gramm (vocals), Dennis Elliott (drums), Al Greenwood (keyboards), Ian McDonald (multi-instrumentalist) and FOREIGNER's second bassist, Rick Wills, rejoined FOREIGNER's founder Mick Jones (guitar) on stage for a two-night special event on October 6 and October 7 at the Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort in Michigan for the ultimate toast to forty years of rock and roll. This special event was recorded for a forthcoming 2018 TV special, DVD and accompanying album release. Jones, Gramm, Greenwood, Elliott, McDonald and Wills ran through a five-song mini set consisting of "Feels Like the First Time" — which Jones dedicated to late original bassist Ed Gagliardi — "Double Vision", "Blue Morning, Blue Day", "Long Long Way From Home" and "Dirty White Boy". The musicians later joined FOREIGNER's current lineup to play "I Want to Know What Love Is" and "Hot Blooded". Although there have been previous partial FOREIGNER reunions earlier this year — in Florida, Spain and at Jones Beach in New York — the Michigan concerts marked the first time all of the musicians were together onstage at the same time. In a brand new interview with Rockbandreviews.com, Gramm stated about performing with his former bandmates again: "It was great to get back on stage with the original FOREIGNER. We played about six or seven songs; it was a lot of fun. And Mick, of course, played with us. And then the two bands — the FOREIGNER of today and the original FOREIGNER — actually played a few songs together, and that was also fun. And they are really nice guys and good musicians. And we had a lot of fun, and we're gonna do some more, I think." Regarding his future plans, Lou said: "I've been doing weekends for the last few years. That's kind of nice. You leave Thursday, you play Friday, Saturday [and] you come home Sunday. So I think we're gonna be doing more of those, and then there's gonna be the FOREIGNER shows. I don't know how many of those we're gonna do into what month. I suppose it depends on the reception of the audience. So I think everything is kind of poised for a fun and interesting summer [of 2018], and let's see what happens." Gramm and Jones's June 2013 performance of "I Want To Know What Love Is" and "Juke Box Hero" at the Songwriters Hall Of Fame in New York City marked the first time the pair performed together in a decade after Gramm left FOREIGNER for a second time. Kelly Hansen has fronted the group since 2005. Jones is the sole remaining founding member in FOREIGNER's current lineup. FOREIGNER recently completed a fortieth-anniversary U.S. tour with support from CHEAP TRICK and JASON BONHAM'S LED ZEPPELIN EXPERIENCE.
POISON singer Bret Michaels has released a promo reel for a new project that may be coming in 2018. In the show, called "Love Camp", Michaels promises to help several young ladies "find the ultimate date, and even better, maybe the ultimate relationship." According to Bret, "Love Camp" "is not just a dating camp," it "is a dating bootcamp. It's gonna be great. And we'll know who's a serial dater and who's a serious dater," he says. As for why he is the right guy to dish out advice to women about dating and relationships, Michaels says: "I feel that right now in my life is a great time to have this love camp. I've been through a lot of life experiences and I feel like I can give them the pitfalls and landmines that may help them find the right guy. "I don't come here with all knowledge, but I come here with one sole purpose: to make them have not only a great date but an awesome relationship," he continues. "After being through a lot of dating, especially through 'Rock Of Love', being on the road, from being a father, from every aspect and every angle, I can truly help these girls." More than a decade ago, Michaels starred in the VH1 "celebreality" show "Rock Of Love", which pitted 25 beautiful rock fans against each other to win over the musician's heart. The program aired for three seasons (2007-2009) and reportedly became one of the most successful shows in the network's history, shattering weekly rating records during its run. Bret later proposed to longtime on-and-off girlfriend Kristi Gibson on his reality show "Bret Michaels: Life As I Know It", but they called it off in 2012. Gibson, the mother of his two daughters, Raine and Jorja, helped Michaels during his difficult recovery from a life-threatening brain hemorrhage in 2010. During an appearance on "The Steve Harvey Show" for the series' "Where Are They Now?" week, Michaels talked about why he signed up for "Rock Of Love" in the first place. "I had spent my life being out on the road since I was 15, 16 years old," he explained. "I'm not gonna lie to you, I really never realized how horrible I was at traditional dating. I think that a show like this, at first it's exciting, it's an amazing feeling … but at the same time, it's really scary." "I was reluctant," he admitted. "You're on TV and they've got 25 beautiful women and any mistake you make or line you use is going to be held against you for the rest of your life. All your tricks are out!" Bret said that he approached the show with the same honesty that he tackles everything else in his life. "I pulled up and said, 'Just let this be real.' Dating truly is about sincerity. You can try anything, but you gotta have chemistry," he explained. "That first night, I pulled up on the Harley, took my motorcycle helmet off, 25 beautiful girls. I said, 'Girls, I'm jacked up right now, let's go into the house, let's party. I don't know if we're gonna find love, but we'll find something."
Professionally filmed video footage of POSSESSED's performance at this year's Bloodstock Open Air festival, which was held August 11-13 at Catton Hall, Walton-On-Trent, West Midlands, United Kingdom, can be seen below. POSSESSED frontman Jeff Becerra told Antihero Magazine that the band's upcoming studio album, which will be their first full-length effort since 1986's "Beyond The Gates", will contain "some really fucking good death metal. I'm really happy with a lot of the tracks," he said. "I'm still writing in the process; I'm writing a lot of music, writing all of the lyrics, of course. I'm also collaborating with [new POSSESSED members] Daniel [Gonzalez, guitar] and Claudeous [Creamer, guitar]. We're working together hard to create something that we really like. We're hoping that translates well to other people and beyond. We're hoping people like it. If they don't, then fuck them." Regarding the musical direction of POSSESSED's new material, Jeff said: "Well, it's me. I'm still me. I would say…it's very POSSESSED-y, but it's not so dated. I think as much as I love the first three albums, they're a little dated, so we're trying to bring it back into this century. We're not going to over-produce it or do anything but straight death metal. It's just what I want to play and what the band wants to play. We're really enjoying ourselves. So far, the demos went over really well." POSSESSED recently inked a worldwide deal with Nuclear Blast. Fans can expect POSSESSED's first full-length release in over three decades sometime in 2018. Becerra remains the only member from POSSESSED's classic lineup, which dissolved entirely in 1987 after the "Eyes Of Horror" EP.