Former SKID ROW singer Sebastian Bach was interviewed on episode 357 of the "Let There Be Talk" podcast with rock and roll comedian Dean Delray. You can now listen to the chat using the SoundCloud widget below. A couple of excerpts follow (transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET). On SKID ROW: "We were talking about putting a reunion [of the classic SKID ROW lineup] together, but we couldn't even handle a group text. [Laughs]. It was, like, after a couple of texts… fucking just… misery. [Laughs] I'm, like, 'Can we get in a fucking room? 'No. That's out of the question.'" "How [did the reunion talks] start? I'm not gonna name names, 'cause Lord knows it's enough of a mess. [Laughs] 'Hey, we wanna talk about maybe getting back in the same room together. Let's see if we can do this.' [And I'm, like], 'Right on! This is gonna be simple, man. This'll be great.' And then I'll read on Blabbermouth the singer of DRAGONFORCE is the guy [they chose to sing for SKID ROW]. And then I'll text, 'What the fuck's up, man? Really? What happened with this?' [And they would be, like], 'Oh, no, no, no.' [And I said] 'Well, then why [doesn't] your manager call my manager?' So then their manager won't talk to me and they won't talk to my guy. So what the fuck's going on? And then there's gigs booked… We had gigs — we had like a whole tour this summer at all those [festivals like] Rock On The Range. It was all gonna happen, but then it just didn't happen. You would have to do an interview with those guys [to find out why]. "Another thing is, part of my sense of humor is, like, I'll say something funny, that I think is funny, that they'll take not funny. I mean, I could go into more detail, but I don't know if I should. "The last contact I had with 'em, they did a gig down in Texas, SKID ROW opening up for ['80s pop star] Tiffany. And I didn't think it was true, 'cause somebody sent me a poster on Twitter. And I thought it was fake, 'cause it was '80s night — Tiffany, Flavor Flav and SKID ROW, with the SKID ROW logo on there. I go, 'This is not true.' So I sent it to ['That Metal Show' co-host] Eddie Trunk. He goes, 'That's bullshit.' So then I did a gig in [New] Jersey and this guy came up backstage. He goes, 'Yeah, I'm Rachel's [Bolan, SKID ROW bassist] best friend.' I go, 'Dude, please, can you ask him what the fuck is up with this?' Then the next morning I woke up and it was, like, 'You're ripping me apart to my friends.' And I go, 'Dude, I'm just fucking asking a question? Is this true, is this not true? I'm not ripping anybody apart.' I'm, like, 'Are you guys opening for Tiffany?' It's a question that I could maybe ask, being [that] when people see the SKID ROW logo, most of them think I'm gonna be there. So maybe that's something I could maybe address. That was the last contact I had with 'em. This is all happening at the time of the GUNS N' ROSES reunion, where I'm jamming onstage with GUNS N' ROSES. We could probably maybe do a gig with them — maybe. It could have possibly happened. But, again, that would require the completion of a group text, and that's fucking way too crazy. [Laughs] Like, agreeing on a thread of a text. That's impossible." On BLABBERMOUTH.NET: "You know, I like Blabbermouth — I do — but as the years go on, I realize that what they really like to do is start fights [between musicians]. But it's not what music is about — it's not about fighting. You didn't hear, 'Jimi Hendrix fucking whooped Eric Clapton's ass the other day.' When did you fucking hear that shit? [Laughs] But one of my favorite… 'Cause they've had me in quarrels with musicians, but nothing ever topped the headline, 'Bach Slams Pussy Sweet.' That was the best headline in the history of Blabbermouth. Say it again: 'Bach Slams Pussy Sweet.' You're fucking right he does. Every fucking night. [Laughs] I'm, like, 'Here's a good headline.' "You know, they have this whole thing on Blabbermouth, the comment section, which is pure fucking misery. So sometimes I'll go in there and I'll just turn it into shit show — under my name, with a [Facebook] check mark and everything. Like, 'Meet me at fucking Chick-fil-A at fucking 2:30 p.m. Sunset Boulevard.' [Laughs] I'm just, like, 'Here's the medium. What do you do with this?' You can just read this shit. 'How's about I fucking respond to this shit?' But I don't do that too much." SKID ROW recently entered the studio to begin recording the final installment of its "United World Rebellion" trilogy of EPs, to be released later in the year. The follow-up to 2014's "Rise Of The Damnation Army - United World Rebellion: Chapter Two" and 2013's "United World Rebellion: Chapter One" will mark the band's first release with the South African-born, British-based vocalist ZP Theart (DRAGONFORCE, TANK, I AM I), who joined SKID ROW in December 2015. Despite having played sporadic shows with SKID ROW for a year, Theart wasn't officially announced as the band's new frontman until this past January. Theart's involvement with SKID ROW was exclusively reported by BLABBERMOUTH.NET on December 31, 2015. He stepped into the group following the departure of Tony Harnell, the TNT frontman who joined SKID ROW in April 2015 as the replacement for Johnny Solinger, the band's singer for fifteen years.
POWERFLO — the new band featuring BIOHAZARD's Billy Graziadei and former FEAR FACTORY bassist/guitarist Christian Olde Wolbers alongside Sen Dog from CYPRESS HILL, Rogelio Lozano from DOWNSET, and Brazilian drummer Fernando Schaefer — has been confirmed for a West Coast run of dates as support for P.O.D. This tour marks POWERFLO's first series of dates. Graziadei commented: "We're so amped to get on tour and show everyone what POWERFLO is made of! To be with our homies in P.O.D., that takes the cake! See you in da pit!" POWERFLO tour dates in support of P.O.D.: Jun. 15 - West Hollywood, CA - The Viper Room (POWERFLO only) Jul. 08 - Fresno, CA - Full Circle Brewing Company Jul. 09 - Riverside, CA - RHA Jul. 11 - Bakersfield, CA - Bryders Jul. 12 - Los Angeles, CA - The Regent Jul. 13 - Tempe, AZ - Marquee Jul. 14 - Las Vegas, NV - Brooklyn Bowl In other news, POWERFLO's first single, "Resistance", has been tapped as the latest theme song for "WWE NXT", the weekly wrestling battle show on the WWE network. The song was featured for the first time in last week's broadcast and will continue to be part of this season's programming. POWERFLO's self-titled debut album will be released on June 23 via New Damage Records. Those who preorder the album digitally will receive "Resistance" and "Victim Of Circumstance" as instant-grat tracks. Both New Damage and PledgeMusic pre-orders include bundle options with various exclusive limited items, including snapback caps, rolling papers, signed vinyl, test presses, exclusive performances and more. The "Victim Of Circumstance" video was directed by Graziadei, who has described POWERFLO's musical direction as a cross between IRON MAIDEN, BLACK SABBATH and CYPRESS HILL. Sen Dog explains the track's inspiration: "I wrote the song after watching a few episodes of one of my favorite TV shows, 'The First 48', which is a show about people getting caught up in street life and eventually getting twisted up by the Feds or local law enforcement. This show depicts how fucked up most of the kids in America’s inner cities got it… the loss of innocent life along with outright cold-blooded murderers who have chosen to kill at will. The result of their offenses affects not just their victim's family but whole communities." Melding hip-hop, metal, punk, and rock into a potent offering, POWERFLO draws on its powerhouse resume to collectively smash boundaries. The album is produced by Josh Lynch and Billy Graziadei, mixed by Jay Baumgardner (GODSMACK, PAPA ROACH, HELMET) and mastered by Maor Applebaum (FAITH NO MORE, HALFORD, ADRENALINE MOB) at Maor Applebaum Mastering. The origins of POWERFLO can be traced back over more than two decades as the members of the band would collaborate on numerous occasions. In addition to both CYPRESS HILL and BIOHAZARD appearing on the landmark platinum-selling "Judgment Night" soundtrack, Sen Dog delivered a cameo on BIOHAZARD's "State Of The World Address" in 1993, while Christian both guested on CYPRESS HILL's chart-topping 2000 double-album "Skulls & Bones", which Roy also guested on, and 2001's "Stone Raiders" in addition to performing with the group countless times. In 2015, longtime friend Roy played demos for Sen on a ride to the airport. The music immediately spoke to the rapper and thus POWERFLO was born. Regarding how the name for the new project came about, Christian told The New American Media: "Basically, Sen Dog was spitting his game on some of the heavy riffs and shit. And he was, like, 'Do you like this?' And Roy, the other guitar player, said, 'Yeah. A power flow. That's good.' So that's where it kind of came from." Band photo credit: Travis Shinn
"Come On", the brand new single from LIVING COLOUR, can be streamed below. The song is taken from the band's sixth studio album, "Shade", which will be released on September 8 via Megaforce Records. The disc's cover artwork can be seen below. Corey Glover, Vernon Reid, Doug Wimbish and Will Calhoun recorded the follow-up to 2009's "The Chair In The Doorway" with producer Andre Betts. "We spent a great deal of time fretting over a lot of stuff and trying to make sure it says exactly what we wanted to say and that we play it the way we wanted to play it," Glover told Billboard. "We spent a great deal of time just laying these grooves and getting lyrical ideas and building on those. Then it was a matter of picking and choosing among all that stuff we had and what works and what was kind of fair to middling, what needed work and what doesn't work and go from there. And during the process we have families and children and we have lives. It was a balancing act." Reid previously described "Shade" as "the sound of a band coming to terms with its shadows and light. " He added: "From the blue pulpit of Robert Johnson to the mean red streets of Brooklyn to the golden lure of Hollywood, 'Shade' is the next chapter of a unique American journey."
GHOST lead singer and founder Tobias Forge — who performs as Papa Emeritus — has responded to a lawsuit filed by four former members of the band accused him of cheating them out of their rightful share of the profits from the group's album releases and world tours. The lawsuit, which was filed two months ago in the district court of Linköping, Sweden, where GHOST was originally based, claimed that Forge solely controlled the band's business affairs without input from anyone else in the group. The four musicians furthermore stated that a partnership agreement existed between them and Forge which put Tobias in charge of carrying out the company's management duties. In a statement explaining the lawsuit, the musicians officially revealed their identities as Simon Söderberg (Alpha; member of GHOST from 2010 until 2016), Mauro Rubino (Air; member of GHOST from 2011 until 2016), Henrik Palm (Eather; member of GHOST from 2015 until 2016) and Martin Hjertstedt (Earth; member of GHOST from 2014 until 2016). In his response, which was officially filed earlier today (Wednesday, June 7), Forge stated that "no legal partnership" ever existed between him and the four musicians regarding the activities of GHOST, explaining that "none of the plaintiffs were present at the time of the" group's formation and that their sole task was to "perform" and "execute" the musical works and the image that Forge had created, produced and decided, all according to his instructions. For their efforts, the musicians were paid a fixed salary. Forge, who has previously played in several other rock bands such as REPUGNANT, CRASHDIET, SUBVISION, MAGNA CARTA CARTEL and SUPERIOR, claims to have been the sole creator and founder of GHOST, including its image and the group's unique stage show. Forge also says that he is the main author of all GHOST musical works, with the exception of the songs "Year Zero" and "Zenith", both of which were based on ideas by former guitarist Martin Persner, who is not involved with the lawsuit. However, these two works are said to have been revised, arranged and instrumented by Forge, and the lyrics to "Year Zero" were written by Forge. According to Forge, he was responsible for performing all vocal parts on the GHOST recordings, with the exception of some choir singing, which was handled by hired vocalists. Prior to the making of 2015's "Meliora" album, the recording process for every GHOST album started out with Forge first recording demo versions of all the songs where he fleshed out all the instrumental parts, including the drums. With only a few exceptions, Forge was solely responsible for assembling all the instrumentation for all the compositions, regardless of whether someone else actually recorded the final versions of the songs. Forge claims to have developed GHOST's image and stage show with a Pope-like character using the stage name Papa Emeritus in the lead role and the rest of the musicians, known only as Nameless Ghouls, wearing masks and flowing robes. By filing the lawsuit against him and revealing his indentity in the documents, Forge says that the musicians "have now destroyed the mystery surrounding the rock band GHOST." Forge says that he has always been "very clear" about the fact that GHOST is "not a joint project" but is rather an entity that he solely controls. All musicians formerly and presently engaged by GHOST are considered ''musicians for hire" and are tasked to perform — execute — the work Forge has created. As such, the musicians all have their own companies which they use to invoice Forge for the previously agreed-upon fee/salary. Since the musicians in GHOST are anonymous, Forge says that they are not irreplaceable and are not considered crucial for the band. Therefore, he is free to change them at will. In spite of this, Forge says that he was initially of the opinion that the musicians involved, in addition to the usual payment, could receive some form of share in other incomes from GHOST's activities. According to Forge, it wasn't until GHOST's recent "Popestar 2017" European run of shows, which launched on March 24 and ended April 30, that the band's tour business made any profits. The revenue generated by GHOST on the road over the years was used solely to pay fees/wages to musicians and to pay for the production of performances, staff, transportation/travel, boarding and lodging as well as the purchase of equipment and instruments to be used by the company. Since the costs have always exceeded the income, the wages of musicians were always guaranteed by Forge's other income. Such other income was derived from the publishing rights of Forge, which he receives as a composer and author of the text of all the works he has created — including the music not created for GHOST — and his royalties for record sales. Until 2017, Forge claims to have not received any salary from income related to concerts or the sale of merchandise. Tobias says that he has lived solely on the revenues from his publishing rights and the royalties that the first GHOST album, "Opus Eponymous", generates. An English-language translation of Forge's response to the lawsuit can be found in two parts on Reddit: Part 1 Part 2 As previously reported, GHOST is rumored to have a new drummer for its current U.S. tour as the opening act for IRON MAIDEN. The trek kicked off on Saturday (June 3) in Bristow, Virginia and diehard fans who watched video footage of GHOST's set noted a "slight difference in drum set, different style of playing and slightly larger build" of the person behind the kit. Like the other instrumental members of the band, the drummer is masked and known only as a Nameless Ghoul. This means the current GHOST drummer is apparently not the same one that toured Europe with the band in March and April. Forge was asked in a recent interview with CBS Philadelphia if he considers GHOST a solo project or a band. He replied: "I actually refer to it as the earlier of the two options. Even though I've never wanted it that way, but at the end of the day, that is what it is. So I think it speaks clear for itself. I mean, I started it in 2006, and no one that was ever in the band in 2016 was even on the first record. Call it solo, if you want to, but I call it a project." Forge, who does all the band's interviews as a Nameless Ghoul, dismissed the entire lineup at the end of 2016 and brought in a fresh group of players. He explained: "I have been in the band since I started the band. I started writing songs for it in 2006. Nowadays there's a handful of very new members, yeah. But there has been about 10 to 15 people now going in and out of the band, so there's been a lot of rotation." He added: "People have a tendency to want to feel that they're very important for something, and if it's not crucial that they're there, there will also be a little bit of a friction there." Forge also confirmed that GHOST will enter the studio at the end of the summer to begin recording its fourth full-length disc for an early 2018 release. He said: "The new record that we're gonna start recording now in August, is something that I've been working on for three, four years."
According to Billboard, singer, screenwriter and director Rob Zombie has moved his film and television business from UTA to CAA. In addition to making several albums with WHITE ZOMBIE, five solo studio records and a handful of compilation, remix and live sets, plus scripting and directing seven feature films, Zombie has also directed almost all his own videos, run his own record label at one point and written his own line of comic books. When asked by The Pulse Of Radio if there was anything that he hadn't done yet that he still wanted to do, Zombie said he wasn't sure. "I mean, I never really look at it that way. I don't know. I mean, you know, there's always something, something always comes up that you're like, 'Wow, never thought of that, that's cool.' Even if it's just with music and movies, I mean, every movie is the new challenge and there's always a new, exciting thing that goes with it. Every record is a new challenge and that's what's great about it. I'm happy with that. It's not like I'm always looking for a completely new thing I have to do. Both those things are still pretty exciting." Zombie's latest movie, "31", premiered at Sundance last year. His previous films include "The Lords Of Salem", "The Devil's Rejects", the 2007 remake of "Halloween" and "House Of 1000 Corpses".
In a brand new interview with the KSHE radio station, METALLICA bassist Robert Trujillo was asked if he can see himself still playing with the band when he is in his seventies. The fifty-two-year-old musician responded (hear audio below): "We always say, okay, with METALLICA's music, there's a certain physicality to it, and the stages are big, so there's more [likelihood of] an injury. I mean James [Hetfield, METALLICA frontman] has already had surgery on his neck and his back. I think Dave Mustaine [MEGADETH], same thing. Corey [Taylor] from SLIPKNOT. All these guys… Oh, Tom Araya from SLAYER. Same — neck surgery. So heavy metal will take you down. [Laughs] You've gotta be ready for that." Trujillo's latest comments echo those made by METALLICA drummer Lars Ulrich, who told Billboard back in November: "Whether we'll be able to play 'Master Of Puppets' in our seventies, I just don't know. With METALLICA, there's a physicality and a weight that has to be part of it. You can play it less heavy, slower — or you can realize that the music deserves that physical approach, and if the physical delivery isn't there, then maybe it's better not to do it." When asked who his role models are for working past retirement age, Hetfield told Billboard: "Everybody mentions THE ROLLING STONES. They could probably play until they're a hundred and twenty. Lemmy [of MOTÖRHEAD] gave it all he had to the last breath. Bruce Springsteen, another guy I admire for his endurance. But Angus Young [of AC/DC] — that guy blows my mind. That guy sweats so much every night. I can't believe his head is still on his body." The North American leg of METALLICA's "WorldWired" 2017 tour kicked off on May 10 in Baltimore, Maryland and is hitting stadiums in 25 cities before winding down in mid-August. Support on the quartet's first North American trek since 2009 is coming mainly from AVENGED SEVENFOLD and VOLBEAT, with GOJIRA taking over for the latter group for the last six shows. Hetfield previously told the Nerdist podcast that METALLICA would cap its live schedule starting in 2017 at around fifty shows a year. He explained: "My body has told me to tell these guys that fifty shows a year is kind of what we can do, so make the best of those. And I think we all kind of agree in that. But fifty shows a year, that's pretty good. My body can handle that. Body, mind and spirit all need to kind of revitalize themselves at home, and days off for voices — things like that — so fifty shows a year, it goes pretty quick, I'm sure."
Anyone who knows ANTHRAX drummer Charlie Benante knows his deep and passionate love for the taste of coffee. So much so that two years ago, he launched his own line, "Benante's Blend". Today, having forged a collaboration with Chicago's Dark Matter Coffee Co., "Benante's Blend" has undergone enhancements that include higher quality choice of coffee beans, a change in the way the beans are roasted that give the coffee a larger and more flavorful taste, and other tweaks, Benante and Dark Matter are proud to announce the relaunch of "Benante's Blend". The coffee will still be available in two varieties, the "Be All End All" blend which is a dark roast with a real kick, and the "Forever Metal" blend, a milder coffee. And, despite the upgrades, Benante is keeping the price the same. "I'd been hearing about Dark Matter for awhile," said Benante. "They're based in Chicago where I live, so I tried some of their coffee and thought it was great. We hooked up, I went down to their headquarters and spent a day there just talking coffee, doing some tasting and I have to say, I felt like I was part of this coffee family. Everyone there really enjoys the art of coffee, as do I, so this was something I was really interested in being a part of. We worked together to come up with what I feel is a perfect cup of coffee, and I'm happy to say that my Benante's Blend is under the umbrella of the Dark Matter coffee family." Benante spent a good deal of time over the last ten months in Dark Matter's "cupping lab," tasting a variety of coffees, different blends, flavors and roasts. This process allowed Charlie to peer behind the curtain, learning why the Central American coffees sourced by Dark Matter are among the best in the world. After numerous blind tastings, Charlie zeroed in on what would make his perfect cup of coffee. "One of the most exciting things about working with Dark Matter," Benante added, "is that they're not just going to put out my two Benante's Blend coffee line; we're already talking about our next project, another coffee idea that will blow people away, and we're all really excited about that."
Former MÖTLEY CRÜE frontman John Corabi says that a number of factors led to the disappointing sales performance of the band's self-titled album, including the fact that the group chose to bill itself as MÖTLEY CRÜE following the departure of original singer Vince Neil. Released in 1994, "Mötley Crüe" ended up being a commercial failure in the wake of grunge despite a Top 10 placing on the album chart. When asked in a recent appearance on "The Rock Brigade" podcast if he thinks the album was perhaps too heavy for the MÖTLEY CRÜE audience at the time of its release, Corabi said (hear audio below): "Did you ever see the movie 'The Perfect Storm'? And you're talking about, this one front is coming in from the south, and this other one's coming from the north, and there's one coming in from the west, and it's just like this whole shitpile of whatever… And I think with us… We really didn't sit down and go, 'Here's what we want the record to sound like.' Honestly, that record is the product of four dudes sitting in a room for almost a year with pretty much every ounce of gear that they used on stage was in the room, and we just fucking jammed for, like, a year. And then Nikki [Sixx, MÖTLEY CRÜE bassist] and I would go and we'd get something formulated, and then Nikki and I would either go to his house or we'd go somewhere and we'd just work on lyrics. And Nikki tends to be very dark. I also tend to be very dark, but I like to have little teddybears and rainbows and happy endings and Nikki's, like, 'Just kill the bitch.' You know what I mean? Whatever. So we kind of did this push-and-pull thing with each other, and the record just came out the way it came out." He continued: "It was 1994, and I love all those bands — I love STONE TEMPLE PILOTS and NIRVANA, and I love ALICE IN CHAINS, SOUNDGARDEN and the [RED HOT] CHILI PEPPERS… A bunch of great music came out in that time. The problem with [our album] is it didn't sound like MÖTLEY. It was called MÖTLEY, which, on a little side note/asterisk, we wanted to change the name of the band. It was the management and everybody that had their hand out that didn't want us to change the name of the band. Because they were, like, 'Dude, you can't change the name of the band. You just signed a forty-million-dollar record deal and you guys are making, like, three hundred thousand dollars a night. If you change the name of the band to DOG BALLS, it's gonna drop the value of the band.' We didn't really give a shit — it was all the people that had their hand out that was worried about it. So we kept it as MÖTLEY CRÜE. "So now we're fighting against that. We're fighting against 'it sounds nothing like MÖTLEY CRÜE.' We're fighting against all those [grunge and alternative] bands that were out at the time [who] were anti everything that MÖTLEY had done prior to me being in the band. And there was a shakeup at Elektra Records. The president of the record label sat down with us. He heard the whole record from top to bottom and he was blown away. He goes, 'This is the best fucking record you guys have ever done. It's insane. It's so good.' And then we put the record out, and because it didn't debut at No. 1, his boss fired him and his entire staff, so nobody was there." Corabi added: "And then the last and final ingredient in the whole fucking scenario was the fact that — I'm sorry; I love those guys to death — but Nikki, Tommy [Lee, drums] and Mick [Mars, guitar] could not keep their mouths shut. They could not let pass a moment or an opportunity to slag Vince, and I think that drew a line in the sand and made the fans say, 'You're either on MÖTLEY's side or you're on Vince's side.' So I think it was a combination of all that shit I just told you. "Even if you go back and you look at some of the videos, like the notorious MTV video where we threw them out of our rehearsal room, they're sitting there, they go, 'Oh, did you hear Vince was hurt in a jet ski accident?' I guess he hit a reef with a jet ski, and Mick says something like, 'Well, how's the reef?' And then it was just, like, 'You're invited, but I weigh a ton.' All these fucking comments. And if you watch that video, I'm literally sitting in the background with my head down and I'm just shaking my head, like, 'We are going down right now. This is happening. They are literally drawing a line in the sand.' And it made everybody go, 'Either Vince or MÖTLEY.' And I didn't see the need for it. And I just think that was the icing on the cake of all the other shit. It just really divided the fans." Corabi in 2015 contributed lead vocals to two songs from MÖTLEY CRÜE guitarist Mick Mars, apparently called "Gimme Blood" and "Shake The Cage", which were recorded at Blackbird Studio in Nashville, Tennessee. The tracks have yet to be released, although snippets of both cuts have surfaced online. Corabi in 2016 said that he would avoid talking about MÖTLEY CRÜE in the future because he didn't want his comments about Sixx to descend into a feud. In an interview with Sweden Rock Magazine, Sixx said that writing the "Mötley Crüe" LP with Corabi was a prolonged and difficult experience. He went to call it "a very unfocused record" that was "painful for me, because John Corabi can't write lyrics, and I had to do all that work." Corabi initially responded to Sixx's comments by saying that he didn't "give a shit" about what his ex-bandmate had to say, but later told an interviewer, when asked about it again, "I have no idea why Nikki feels that I'm the biggest piece of shit to roam the Earth." He then proceeded to take to his Facebook page to claim that he would "officially have nothing to say about any member of MÖTLEY CRÜE ever again," adding that he was "not backing this bullshit stirring that is happening to start a feud."
SLIPKNOT is teasing a June 9 announcement which is expected to include details of the band's new concert DVD. The set will apparently contain footage of the group's December 5, 2015 performance at Knotfest México which was part of SLIPKNOT's tour in support of its latest album, 2014's ".5: The Gray Chapter". Three teaser videos have been released thus far (see below), with each clip representing one of the three colors (green, white and red) of the Mexican flag. SLIPKNOT's setlist for the 2015 Knotfest México show was as follows: 01. Sarcastrophe 02. The Heretic Anthem 03. Psychosocial 04. The Devil In I 05. Me Inside 06. Vermilion 07. Wait And Bleed 08. Prosthetics 09. Before I Forget 10. Eeyore 11. Duality 12. Custer 13. Spit It Out 14. Metabolic Encore: 15. (Sic) 16. People = Shit 17. Surfacing SLIPKNOT frontman Corey Taylor told the 97.1 The Eagle radio station last month that the band was "not really doing anything right now." He explained: "I know we're kind of slowly starting to write some music. Other than that, we're just kind of taking some time off. Clown's gonna direct some movies, Sid's gonna do some stuff… We're all kind of doing our own thing… But that's it. I mean, really. Next year is everybody kind of doing their own thing, and then probably after that, we will slowly but surely start to get together to do some SLIPKNOT stuff." SLIPKNOT's touring cycle in support of ".5: The Gray Chapter", ended in November, with Taylor returning to his other band STONE SOUR this year. ".5: The Gray Chapter" was released following a six-year hiatus during which founding SLIPKNOT bassist Paul Gray died and drummer Joey Jordison was dismissed. One of last gigs of "The Gray Chapter" touring cycle saw SLIPKNOT performing its 2001 second LP, "Iowa", live in its entirety for the first time during the band's set at their annual Knotfest. ".5: The Gray Chapter" sold around 132,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to land at position No. 1 on The Billboard 200 chart. The CD arrived in stores in October 2014 via Roadrunner. Gray died in 2010 from a drug overdose, while Jordison was let go in December 2013, just before SLIPKNOT began recording the last album.
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KnuckleBonz, the creator of the Rock Iconz music collectible series, is rolling out two KISS statue sets. The KISS "Hotter Than Hell"-era and "Alive!"-era statues are currently in production. These exclusive KISS statues are hand-painted and numbered and come with a certificate of authenticity printed on the base of each collectible statue. These are officially licensed products. The KISS statues are created using a team of highly skilled artists. Each statue is sculpted and cast in poly-resin and then hand-painted in fine detail. These limited-edition statues created by KnuckleBonz are highly collectible. Pre-order to reserve your set. Expected to ship early fall 2017. KnuckleBonz creates high-end sculpture that features rock's most highly influential artists. Dedicated to honoring rocks greatest through master artistry, KnuckleBonz established the music-based sculpture series Rock Iconz. For more information, visit KnuckleBonz.com.