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DAVE LOMBARDO Says MISFITS Should ‘Tour As Much As They Can’ Before Contemplating Making New Music

Dave Lombardo says that the reunited classic lineup of the MISFITS should tour extensively on the back of the band's early material before contemplating making new music. The former SLAYER drummer was sitting behind the kit for Glenn Danzig, Jerry Only and Doyle Wolfgang Von Frankenstein when the the horror punk outfit played two historic reunion shows in 2016 at Riot Fest in Denver and Chicago. Prior to those gigs, the trio last performed together on October 29, 1983. Asked by The MetalSucks Podcast if he thinks the MISFITS can come up with a new album that matches the band's classic offerings, Lombardo said (hear audio below): "Honestly… I'm gonna be brutally honest here. I would suggest for them to tour as much as they can off those original records, because there's some serious magic in those melodies and that songwriting. I don't know if… With the growth of each musician in that band, their method of songwriting has evolved. So I don't know if that… Unless they maybe bring in a producer that hones them and dials them into… says, 'No, the song is too long now. We're over two minutes. The song's too long. That can't be.' Maybe it can work. But I honestly… Hey, the MISFITS are the MISFITS. They can do what they want. I'm a hired gun, and I'll just stay back. And if they wanna record, I'm there." As previously reported, the MISFITS will play on December 30 at the Forum in Los Angeles, California. This concert will mark the band's only 2017 performance. Joining Glenn, Jerry, Doyle and Dave at the Riot Fest shows was second guitarist Acey Slade. Only told Rolling Stone last September that he wanted the MISFITS reunion to keep going. "I know Doyle wants it to continue. I know Glenn wants it to continue," he said. "We just have to be big enough people to make it continue. And that's where we're at. Whatever it takes. We're going into our fortieth anniversary, so the timing couldn't be more perfect." The original MISFITS band broke up in 1983, and Only brought forth a new version of the MISFITS in 1995. Various members have come and gone, but Only, along with BLACK FLAG's Dez Cadena, has kept some form of the MISFITS in the recording studio and on the road for most of the last two decades. Interview (audio):

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ARCH ENEMY: Second ‘Will To Power’ Track-By-Track Video

The second in a series of track-by-track videos for ARCH ENEMY's new album, "Will To Power", can be seen below. The disc is being released today (Friday, September 8) via Century Media. Co-produced by guitarist and band leader Michael Amott and drummer Daniel Erlandsson, "Will To Power" was mixed and mastered by longtime collaborator and friend Jens Bogren (OPETH, AT THE GATES, DIMMU BORGIR). The album's captivating cover artwork was designed by Alex Reisfar. "Will To Power" marks the second ARCH ENEMY album since the departure of longtime singer Angela Gossow and addition of singer Alissa White-Gluz. It will also be the first ARCH ENEMY disc to feature former NEVERMORE guitarist Jeff Loomis, who joined the band in late 2014. Speaking about the songwriting process for "Will To Power", Michael told TotalRock: "The writing never really stops; I'm always fiddling around on the guitar. I come up with a little idea, record it and save it. And then piece it all together later on. "The actual real writing of the new album, 'Will To Power', started about a year and a half ago," he continued. "We started seriously putting together demos and so forth. So it was a fun process. When you've not recorded an album for two and a half [or] three years, it's really fun to get into that creative mindset again and enter the studio. "People always ask us: 'Do you prefer being onstage playing shows, or do you prefer being in the studio?' But we're greedy — we want to do both, for the balance. We need to write new songs, and then it's a pleasure to go out and play them live onstage as well, of course." Asked if White-Gluz and Loomis, were involved in the writing for "Will To Power", Amott said: "Yeah, especially Alissa. She was heavily involved in writing lyrics for the album. Of course, singing on the album. [Laughs] Also, Daniel, our drummer, is a big collaborator in the music as well."

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Watch MASTODON’s In-Studio Performance Video For New Song ‘Toe To Toes’

Atlanta progressive metallers MASTODON will release a new EP featuring four previously unreleased tracks. "Cold Dark Place" will be made available digitally and on CD on September 22 via Reprise Records, followed by the release of a limited-edition ten-inch vinyl picture disc on October 27. Three of the songs on "Cold Dark Place""North Side Star", "Blue Walsh" and "Cold Dark Place" — were recorded during the sessions for MASTODON's 2014 album "Once More 'Round The Sun" and were produced by Nick Raskulinecz. A fourth track, "Toe To Toes", was recorded during the sessions for the band's most recent album, 2017's "Emperor Of Sand", and was produced by Brendan O'Brien. An in-studio performance video for the song "Toe To Toes" can be seen below. Also, next month MASTODON will appear on the cover of the newly relaunched Revolver magazine. The issue, which hits newsstands on September 12, will be available withfour different covers, each featuring a member of MASTODON. When all four covers are placed together side by side, a single image of the full band, which is Brann Dailor, Brent Hinds, Bill Kelliher and Troy Sanders, is created. As an added bonus, Revolver subscribers will receive an exclusive and very limited-edition seven-inch vinyl single with their paid order. The A-side is the version of "Toe To Toes" that appears on "Cold Dark Place", and the B-side is a previously unreleased instrumental version of the track. The single will be housed in a picture sleeve featuring exclusive artwork by Richey Beckett, who also created the cover image of the "Cold Dark Place" EP. A behind-the-scenes mini-doc on Beckett and the making of the "Cold Dark Place" cover art can be seen below. "Cold Dark Place" track listing: 01. North Side Star 02. Blue Walsh 03. Toe To Toes 04. Cold Dark Place MASTODON will spend the remainder of 2017 on the road in North America and Europe in support of "Emperor Of Sand", which debuted at No. 7 on the Billboard 200 album chart. The follow-up to 2014's "Once More 'Round The Sun" was recorded at The Quarry Recording Studio in Kennesaw, just outside MASTODON's hometown, with producer Brendan O'Brien (PEARL JAM, NEIL YOUNG, AC/DC, RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE), who first worked with MASTODON on their seminal 2009 album "Crack The Skye".

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BUTCHER BABIES Announce ‘Lilith’ Release Date, Unveil Title Track

BUTCHER BABIES will release their third album, "Lilith", on October 27 via Century Media. The follow-up to 2015's "Take It Like A Man" was produced by Steve Evetts (THE DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN, SEPULTURA, SUICIDE SILENCE) and marks the band's recording debut with new drummer, Chase Brickenden, who replaced Chris Warner last year. Pre-orders for "Lilith" are available now in both physical and digital formats. BUTCHER BABIES co-vocalist Carla Harvey comments: "In anticipation of 'Lilith', we wanted to offer unique pre-sale bundles that are special to us. Not only do we have the album, limited-edition vinyl and t-shirts up for grabs, but we are also offering limited edition items curated by myself and Heidi [Shepherd, vocals]. One such item is a gorgeous lyric book for 'Lilith' featuring never-before-seen illustrations by me and graphics by Heidi. Another item is our signature 'Lilith' pendant, a darling necklace handcrafted by us for our Butcher Army. You can find all the details on our pre-order site." Fans that pre-order "Lilith" will also receive the album's title track as an instant grat. "Lilith" track listing: 01. Burn The Straw Man 02. Lilith 03. Headspin 04. Korova 05. #Iwokeuplikethis 06. The Huntsman 07. Controller 08. Oceana 09. Look What We've Done 10. Pomona (S**t Happens) 11. Underground And Overrated Shepherd stated about "Lilith": "After a year of writing and recording, we are thrilled with the growth and maturity of this album. Leading with our title track, 'Lilith', the artistic development within the band shines. "We worked with producer, Steve Evetts, to bring you the rawest form of BUTCHER BABIES. No Auto-Tune, a hundred percent real drums, real guitars, real bass, and an all-out BUTCHER BABIES assault on your senses. As we know in this industry, these standards are quickly replaced by machines and can eliminate what makes a band an actual band. "We are so proud of the hard work and dedication that each member of our team put in to create this masterpiece." Harvey told Meltdown Of Detroit's WRIF radio station that the music on BUTCHER BABIES' upcoming disc "runs the gamut" from "great thrash metal" to "a little bit of '90s influence." She said: "We're singing, we're screaming and it's just a great, great album. I couldn't be prouder of it. I think there's four songs where we do predominantly singing on it. And normally that would scare even me, 'cause I'm, like, 'I'm a metal girl! I don't wanna be singing.' But it's so beautiful — it really is. So it's kind of ballady, but not too ballady. It's very dark, sensual — the lyrics are very sensual on this album." She continued: "I think we're bringing a little bit of the sexy back on this album that we kind of steered away from for a while. When we were building up our career, we wanted to be taken so seriously as metal chicks, so I think we kind of let those hindrances go a little bit and said, 'Let's just be us in all aspects of us' — from the metal to the sexy to everything else." Although there is a lot of variety on BUTCHER BABIES' upcoming effort, Carla is quick to point out that "I couldn't do an album with no thrash on it, 'cause that's my passion. I think my favorite song on the album is a completely ridiculous thrash metal song that you'll hear," she said. "It's just amazing. In fact, one line in the song is about my Corvette that is always broken down. I have a '75 Corvette, 'cause I'm a real Detroit girl with a real American car. The song has completely ridiculous lyrics, but it's so cool — total thrash." Carla said that BUTCHER BABIES next album will contain eleven songs, with an extra track for Japan. The disc's first single has "got a super-sexy rhythm to it," according to Harvey. "But everything is still… When you hear the album, you say, 'That's definitely BUTCHER BABIES.'" Regarding BUTCHER BABIES' collaboration with Evetts, Carla said: "He doesn't do any Auto-Tuning or any pitching or anything like that, so every note on this album is a hundred percent authentic. And it's really cool to be able to say that about an album nowadays, I think, because people are so used to hearing everything Auto-Tuned and touched up and fixed up. This album is exactly what we've always wanted to do — it's something passionate and raw — and we're all just over the moon for it." She added: "That's the one thing that we've always wanted to capture, because I think that we're a great live band, and when you're a good live band, you wanna capture that energy, and we finally found a producer that can help harness that live energy, actually, into the album." According to Carla, Chase's addition to BUTCHER BABIES contributed to the upcoming album being "just on another level." She explained: "He's just a great, great, great drummer with all kinds of new ideas, and we blend really well together. And we actually toured with Chase on our very first tour with OTEP years and years ago, so we're all old friends already and he just fit in seamlessly." Shepherd stated about the "Lilith" title and cover artwork, which can be seen below: "Historically, Lilith has become demonized as a representation of promiscuity and disobedience. We, however, see her as a positive figure. A symbol of autonomy, sexual equality, and full control over your own destiny. "Lilith is the supreme representation of the left-hand path woman: independent, having discarded the patriarchal yoke, and not afraid to use all the tools available to her, including her sexuality, to gain the most out of existence. The eels in the cover art represent sleek symbolism of new beginnings and adventure. "With this album, we have musically taken a leap through old boundaries and landed in new oceans. It is said that a the dream or visions of eels is confirmation that the path we currently lead is the right one. "In this new chapter of BUTCHER BABIES, we welcome evolution as we bare ourselves with 'Lilith'." Added Harvey: "When we were thinking of titles for our album, we wanted to find something that embodied sensuality, lust, danger and power. We kept going back to Lilith. We researched Lilith and her origins in different cultures and forms and knew that this figure, once feared but now a beautiful, symbolic middle finger to repression, would be a perfect representation of our album. "The cover art we created with our graphic artist perfectly pulls together the last year we've spent working on 'Lilith'. "I've always loved water themes and there is something terrifying yet calming about the deep sea; submersing yourself in it could be the death of you, yet at the same time it's cleansing and renewing. "With this album we dove in fully and drowned ourselves in emotion, sexuality and even turmoil, and let the two-headed beast we created has emerged even stronger." "Take It Like A Man" was produced by Logan Mader, who has previously worked with FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH, DEVILDRIVER, CAVALERA CONSPIRACY and GOJIRA. BUTCHER BABIES will support HOLLYWOOD UNDEAD on a U.S. tour which will kick off on October 1 in Atlanta, Georgia.

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CYHRA Feat. Former IN FLAMES, AMARANTHE Members: ‘Karma’ Video Released

"Karma", the first video from CYHRA, the new band featuring former IN FLAMES members Peter Iwers (bass) and Jesper Strömblad (guitar) alongside ex-AMARANTHE singer Joacim "Jake E" Lundberg and LUCA TURILLI'S RHAPSODY drummer Alex Landenburg, can be seen below. The song is taken from CYHRA's debut album, "Letters To Myself", which will be released on October 20 via Spinefarm Records. The disc was recorded at Top Floor Studios in Gothenburg, Sweden. Jake E says: "It was a pleasure and a no-brainer to reunite with director Patric Ullaeus for the video. Whatever that man touches just turns to gold. We shot the clip in an old factory that has been abandoned for twenty-five years. The storyline is part of a bigger narrative that will continue in the next video. I am tremendously proud of the end result, and I hope that our fans will be as excited about the video as we are." From the blissfully melodic thrust of Strömblad's riffs and hooks, and the soaring, soulful splendor of Jake E's unmistakable voice, to the pummeling, groove-driven precision of Iwers and Landenburg's rhythmic bedrock, every last moment crackles with the excitement of fresh territory, new challenges, and a brand-new identity for all involved to embrace. Formed in 2016 by longtime friends Jake E and Strömblad, CYHRA is about to light a fire under the contemporary metal scene that promises to blaze for decades to come. The buzz around CYHRA has been growing at a rapid rate since the band unveiled its plans earlier this year. "The excitement that I feel about CYHRA is over the top," Jake E exclaims. "I have to pinch myself every day to make sure it's not just another dream. I am so proud of the music we have created and I can't wait to show it to the world!" "For the first time for as long as I can remember, I feel I am a part of something special," adds Strömblad. "This band has helped me regain my true passion for music. I can't wait to share this." "Letters To Myself" track listing: 01. Karma 02. Heartrage 03. Here To Save You 04. Muted Life 05. Closure 06. Letter To Myself 07. Dark Clarity 08. Holding Your Breath 09. Rescue Ride 10. Black Wings 11. Inside A Lullaby 12. Dead To Me 13. Letters To Myself Speaking to AntiHero Magazine, Jake stated about CYHRA's formation: "I have been friends with Jesper for a long time, probably ten years. We met for the first time when I was working for IN FLAMES as a pyro technician back in the day. That was also when I got to know Peter. We had been friends since then. I was considering to make a solo album, and I would say that I have no idea what I'm going to do, but I'm probably going to write some songs as well. And he asked me, 'Would you do the vocals on my solo album?' And I said, 'Of course. Would you be interested in playing guitar on whatever I'm doing?' And he said yes. And then we started to talk about what our solo albums, projects, whatever it was meant to be would sound like and when we were discussing that we just realized that okay, we want the same. We want to make the same album. So that's where it all came to be and then we decided to start writing songs together. So, we were actually talking over a cup of coffee on a Friday and then on Monday we actually sat down in the studio and we started working on the first song. So that was really, really good. And then when we were doing the same thing there, we didn't know what to do. But after a couple of songs, everything started to come together. Then Jesper said, 'Okay what are we going to do?' And I said that I had the perfect drummer for this band, and that's Alex Landenburg. I said that you are going to love this guy. And a couple of months later we all met, and Jesper and Alex became best friends instantly. And then Jesper said that it would be cool if Peter would like to join. And so we asked him and he was still the bassist for IN FLAMES, and he said, 'Yeah, absolutely, I will gladly jump on board of this ship. But just to let you know, I am going to still be a member of IN FLAMES as well.' We were cool with that and then things happened like they did. Peter eventually decided to part ways with IN FLAMES." Regarding the CYHRA sound, Jake said: "It is hard to describe what we sound like because we've been writing for almost a year. We've been influenced by so many different bands. We are, of course, influenced by ourselves. Because like, as the main songwriter in all our different projects before, you know, like, Jesper has his touch of things, I have the touch on my side, and also the other guys. Of course, you will find similarities in our former bands. But I won't say that we have reinvented the wheel in any way, but it's still something that sounds really, really fresh and new, even though music is music. You could always probably find similarities. But I would not say that it sounds like old AMARANTHE, or that it sounds like IN FLAMES. But you could completely, you know, recognize yourself within these boundaries." Jake E announced his departure from AMARANTHE in February, explaining at the time that he began to feel that "my place both on the albums and live was reduced; I felt like I was superfluous… I started to feel more like a backing singer." Iwers issued a statement in November saying that he was leaving IN FLAMES "to pursue other endeavors." He has since been replaced on the road by Bryce Paul, a member of the Southern California pop-rock outfit IVES. Strömblad quit IN FLAMES in February 2010 in order to continue receiving treatment for his alcohol addiction. He later formed THE RESISTANCE with Marco Aro (vocals, THE HAUNTED) and Glenn Ljungström (guitar, ex-IN FLAMES), only to exit that band in March 2016. CYHRA will make its live debut on October 27 at Nosturi in Helsinki, Finland.

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ANTHRAX’s JOEY BELLADONNA Loves Singing U.S. National Anthem

ANTHRAX frontman Joey Belladonna, who has sung the U.S. national anthem at a number of sporting events over the past several years, spoke to "Panini Unwrapped" about the experience of performing "The Star-Spangled Banner" in front of huge crowds of people, many of whom are unfamiliar with his name or the band's music. "I just love doing the anthem," he said (see video below). "People get off on it. And I really respect the game and the anthem itself, so it's a pleasure to be able to be asked to be a part of that." Asked how he would compare singing the anthem at a stadium to playing to large audiences composed of heavy metal fans, Joey said: "The anthem is even more tense, because you're all by yourself, everything goes quiet, and there's really no key to sing in. I just kind of go out there and just wing it, but I like to keep it traditional. But it is a very unnerving… Once it's ten minutes before they give you the okay [to go out there and sing], it's, like, 'Woah!' I've gotten nervous, but once you get going, you just focus on doing it." Belladonna rejoined ANTHRAX for the 2010 "Big Four" shows, in the process helping inspire a new wave of creativity, beginning with 2011's "Worship Music". "I think the best decision we ever made was getting our relationship with Joey back and just kind of repairing it and putting everything aside and just being on the same page again and just making music again that really means a lot to us," ANTHRAX drummer Charlie Benante told "Rock Talk With Mitch Lafon". "And I think that's a big thing. And all the insecurities and all the idiosyncracies and all the bullshit that goes with it, just fucking throw it out the window, because it doesn't mean… It never really meant anything, but back in the day, it meant more. Nowadays, it doesn't mean shit." Benante recently confirmed that ANTHRAX has commenced the songwriting process for the follow-up to 2016's "For All Kings" album. Also in the works is a twentieth-anniversary expanded reissue of ANTHRAX's "State Of Euphoria" album, which is scheduled for release in 2018.

Joey Belladonna with an incredible rendition of the National Anthem at the Bills vs Vikings game!! Awesome!

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ANTHRAX’s JOEY BELLADONNA Loves Singing U.S. National Anthem

ANTHRAX frontman Joey Belladonna, who has sung the U.S. national anthem at a number of sporting events over the past several years, spoke to "Panini Unwrapped" about the experience of performing "The Star-Spangled Banner" in front of huge crowds of people, many of whom are unfamiliar with his name or the band's music. "I just love doing the anthem," he said (see video below). "People get off on it. And I really respect the game and the anthem itself, so it's a pleasure to be able to be asked to be a part of that." Asked how he would compare singing the anthem at a stadium to playing to large audiences composed of heavy metal fans, Joey said: "The anthem is even more tense, because you're all by yourself, everything goes quiet, and there's really no key to sing in. I just kind of go out there and just wing it, but I like to keep it traditional. But it is a very unnerving… Once it's ten minutes before they give you the okay [to go out there and sing], it's, like, 'Woah!' I've gotten nervous, but once you get going, you just focus on doing it." Belladonna rejoined ANTHRAX for the 2010 "Big Four" shows, in the process helping inspire a new wave of creativity, beginning with 2011's "Worship Music". "I think the best decision we ever made was getting our relationship with Joey back and just kind of repairing it and putting everything aside and just being on the same page again and just making music again that really means a lot to us," ANTHRAX drummer Charlie Benante told "Rock Talk With Mitch Lafon". "And I think that's a big thing. And all the insecurities and all the idiosyncracies and all the bullshit that goes with it, just fucking throw it out the window, because it doesn't mean… It never really meant anything, but back in the day, it meant more. Nowadays, it doesn't mean shit." Benante recently confirmed that ANTHRAX has commenced the songwriting process for the follow-up to 2016's "For All Kings" album. Also in the works is a twentieth-anniversary expanded reissue of ANTHRAX's "State Of Euphoria" album, which is scheduled for release in 2018.

Joey Belladonna with an incredible rendition of the National Anthem at the Bills vs Vikings game!! Awesome!

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GENE SIMMONS’s ‘The Vault’ To Include 1977 ‘Love Gun’ Demos Featuring VAN HALEN Brothers

According to Van Halen News Desk, Gene Simmons's long-promised box set of previously unreleased solo material, "The Vault", will contain three KISS demos that he recorded with the Van Halen brothers — guitarist Eddie and drummer Alex. Gene reportedly sings and plays bass on the material, which was laid down in 1977 at the Village Recorders studio in Los Angeles during the writing sessions for KISS's "Love Gun" album. Gene, Eddie and Alex cut "Christine Sixteen" and "Got Love For Sale", both of which appeared on "Love Gun", and "Tunnel Of Love", a tune Simmons would re-record for his 1978 eponymous solo album. "They did me a favor," Simmons told Rolling Stone in a 2016 interview. "We recorded three songs I had written. I was in Los Angeles between tours, and I called Alex and Ed: 'Listen, I got three songs. I'm going in at 2 a.m. Do you want to come down and help me?' Usually, I play the guitars and the drums to the extent I can and put down all the parts. But I wanted to do three songs instead of one. So we did 'Christine Sixteen', and I put the keyboards on, everything else. And Ed did the solo to the rhythm guitar, bass, and Alex was on drums." "When I brought the songs to [the rest of KISS], unfortunately for Ace [Frehley, original KISS guitarist], I forced him to learn Eddie's solo note for note," Simmons continued. "He wasn't fond of it, but in retrospect, it's the right solo. It's not the same old blues thing." More information on "The Vault" will be made available at www.genesimmonsvault.com. Simmons has released two solo albums and also written for and with other artists, including Bob Dylan and Donna Summer. "I've always written 'outside' stuff," he explained in response to a fan question on his official web site back in 2009. "But KISS is KISS. And that means the outside stuff winds up on solo albums, or I keep it in the drawer." Simmons's sophomore solo album, "Asshole", sold around 13,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release back in 2004 to land at position No. 86 on The Billboard 200 chart. Like Gene's 1978 self-titled solo album, "Asshole" featured a number of outside songwriting contributions and guest appearances. Bob Dylan and Gene co-wrote the album's "Waiting For The Morning Light". Frank Zappa and Gene share co-writing credit on "Black Tongue" and the Zappa Family, Dweezil, Ahmet, Moon, Gail and Frank Zappa himself sing and play guitar on the song.

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GENE SIMMONS’s ‘The Vault’ To Include 1977 ‘Love Gun’ Demos Featuring VAN HALEN Brothers

According to Van Halen News Desk, Gene Simmons's long-promised box set of previously unreleased solo material, "The Vault", will contain three KISS demos that he recorded with the Van Halen brothers — guitarist Eddie and drummer Alex. Gene reportedly sings and plays bass on the material, which was laid down in 1977 at the Village Recorders studio in Los Angeles during the writing sessions for KISS's "Love Gun" album. Gene, Eddie and Alex cut "Christine Sixteen" and "Got Love For Sale", both of which appeared on "Love Gun", and "Tunnel Of Love", a tune Simmons would re-record for his 1978 eponymous solo album. "They did me a favor," Simmons told Rolling Stone in a 2016 interview. "We recorded three songs I had written. I was in Los Angeles between tours, and I called Alex and Ed: 'Listen, I got three songs. I'm going in at 2 a.m. Do you want to come down and help me?' Usually, I play the guitars and the drums to the extent I can and put down all the parts. But I wanted to do three songs instead of one. So we did 'Christine Sixteen', and I put the keyboards on, everything else. And Ed did the solo to the rhythm guitar, bass, and Alex was on drums." "When I brought the songs to [the rest of KISS], unfortunately for Ace [Frehley, original KISS guitarist], I forced him to learn Eddie's solo note for note," Simmons continued. "He wasn't fond of it, but in retrospect, it's the right solo. It's not the same old blues thing." More information on "The Vault" will be made available at www.genesimmonsvault.com. Simmons has released two solo albums and also written for and with other artists, including Bob Dylan and Donna Summer. "I've always written 'outside' stuff," he explained in response to a fan question on his official web site back in 2009. "But KISS is KISS. And that means the outside stuff winds up on solo albums, or I keep it in the drawer." Simmons's sophomore solo album, "Asshole", sold around 13,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release back in 2004 to land at position No. 86 on The Billboard 200 chart. Like Gene's 1978 self-titled solo album, "Asshole" featured a number of outside songwriting contributions and guest appearances. Bob Dylan and Gene co-wrote the album's "Waiting For The Morning Light". Frank Zappa and Gene share co-writing credit on "Black Tongue" and the Zappa Family, Dweezil, Ahmet, Moon, Gail and Frank Zappa himself sing and play guitar on the song.

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MÖTLEY CRÜE Releases New Official Lyric Video For ‘Wild Side’

A new official lyric video for "Wild Side", a song from "Girls, Girls, Girls", the fourth studio and four-times-platinum album from the Los Angeles rock band MÖTLEY CRÜE, can be seen below. MÖTLEY CRÜE is celebrating the thirtieth anniversary of "Girls, Girls, Girls" with special album reissue bundles that are now available via Pledge Music. Various bundles include colored vinyl, cassette tape, commemorative poster/lithograph, vintage t-shirt, vinyl test pressings, a limited-edition, numbered drum head, a flexi single of "Wild Side", "Girls, Girls, Girls" patch, and more. MÖTLEY CRÜE bassist Nikki Sixx told Billboard about the decision to reissue the album: "You know, it's interesting. You build up a body of work and it's like, 'Well, I want to get people who may not be album buyers turned onto the band.' And then they might go and discover the albums the way the fans of the band do. And so you release greatest hits, you do remasters, you create new packaging, you see if you can find any extra tracks that maybe weren't on the record, you bring out demo versions, you try to come up with ways to make it unique and special. And that's what we did here. I think it's a cool thing for fans. I'm a rock fan myself and I love that. And thirty years is a significant amount of time, and 'Girls, Girls, Girls' was an important album for us in a lot of ways. It was also a frustrating album for us in a lot of ways." "Girls, Girls, Girls" reached No. 2 on Billboard 200 in its third week — MÖTLEY CRÜE's highest charting album at the time. But it was held out of the top spot by Whitney Houston's "Whitney", which debuted at No. 1. "Well, back then, you know, there was no SoundScan," Nikki explained. "Retail would report in with their top-selling bands, and then Billboard would accumulate the results from all these different chains — Licorice Pizza, Tower Records, all these places. And I remember I was on a conference call with [then-MÖTLEY CRÜE managers] Doc McGhee and Doug Thaler, and they said, 'Hey man, you guys are outselling everybody two to one. You're gonna have a No. 1 record.' And I said, 'That's great.' I don't really think that having a No. 1 record mattered to us that much, but we were like, 'That's fucking cool!' But then Whitney Houston came out and she was No 1. And I remember that lit a fucking flame to the fucking bomb man. That lit the fuse. Because we were like 'What the fuck happened?'" "Girls, Girls, Girls" included three smash hits, "Wild Side", "You're All I Need" and the title track, which became a global success, despite the original uncensored video being banned from MTV at the time. MÖTLEY CRÜE's last studio album was 2008's "Saints Of Los Angeles", which was followed by a 2009 "Greatest Hits" compilation. A tour film about MÖTLEY CRÜE's final shows, "The End", came out last fall, and a film adaptation of the band's 2001 autobiography "The Dirt" is still said to be in the works.

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