Canadian cult metal act ANVIL is partnering with PledgeMusic yet again. Following their last successful campaign, the group is inviting fans to be a part of their forthcoming album, "Pounding The Pavement". The new campaign will bring back several popu...
Sharon Osbourne says that Gene Simmons was "crazy" to attempt to trademark the so-called "devil's horns" hand gesture. The KISS bassist/vocalist withdrew his application to trademark the symbol less than two weeks after filing with the federal copyright office. In his original request, which was filed on June 9, Simmons described the sign as consisting "of a hand gesture with the index and small fingers extended upward and the thumb extended perpendicular." He paid $275, seeking to use the hand signal symbol for "Entertainment, namely, live performances by a musical artist; personal appearances by a musical artist." Gene claimed the gesture was first used in commerce on November 14, 1974, which corresponded to KISS's "Hotter Than Hell" tour. He wrote in his signed declaration that he believed "no other person, firm, corporation or association has the right to use said mark in commerce, either in the identical form or in such near resemblance." During a recent edition of her show "The Talk", Sharon Osbourne slammed Simmons for the trademark request, accusing the rocker of "trying to make money from posters and t-shirts." She said (see video below): "He's crazy. He's trying to get money from the merch where you see this [gesture] on merch, but actually this [symbol], in Italian, which has been going for hundreds of years, means 'the devil.' That's what it means. And so kids at concerts have been doing it for years and years and years. And in '74? Where were you in the '60s when they were doing it, kid, because they've been doing it forever." Sharon added: "C'mon! Stop trying to make money from posters and t-shirts. You've got enough." It's unclear why Simmons suddenly withdrew his application to trademark the gesture but it's unlikely he would have succeeded anyway. Copyright lawyer Ronald Abrams told Forbes that such hand gestures can't be trademarked unless they are part of a logo. Trademark attorney Michael Cohen with Cohen IP Law Group in Beverly Hills, who deals with trademark, patent and copyright infringement cases, concurred, telling the Los Angeles Times that it would have been very difficult for Simmons's application to be approved because the gesture has become "genericized." Simmons's version of the gesture is actually "I love you" in American Sign Language, with the thumb extended, rather than the thumb holding two middle fingers close to the palm. Ronnie James Dio's widow Wendy also criticized Simmons for attempting to trademark the hand sign. She told TheWrap: "To try to make money off of something like this is disgusting. It belongs to everyone — it doesn't belong to anyone. It's a public domain, it shouldn't be trademarked."
In a brand new interview with Atlantic City Weekly, Vince Neil spoke about the end of MÖTLEY CRÜE's touring career and his nearly constant road work with his solo band. "It was such a long time… over thirty years with the guys [in MÖTLEY CRÜE]," he said. "But I've done solo shows for almost a decade now with the guys in my band and it's different, it's raw. We play a lot of stuff MÖTLEY didn't do. It's cool, energetic and in your face. They are different bands, to be honest with you, and I'm having a good time doing this. We're all friends, they are great players and it's a different energy, so it's cool." Asked if the wild partying days on the road are truly in the past for him, Vince said: "The craziest stuff was the early stuff that happened in the first few years. I mean, how are you really going to replicate that now? It was just so crazy. But it's still a lot of fun. I love playing, I'm a road singer. The more I play and the more I'm out there doing it, the better it is. Working keeps me going. Once I'm out there, it's the energy that I love. That's what wakes me up every day." Neil's solo band includes Dana Strum and Jeff Blando from SLAUGHTER, along with drummer Zoltan Chaney. MÖTLEY CRÜE called it quits in December 2015 following an eighteen-month tour that saw the group performing to packed houses all over the world. A tour film about 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.
STONE SOUR has released a 360-degree performance video for the song "Somebody Stole My Eyes", featured on the band's new album, "Hydrograd". The clip was filmed at Sphere Studios in North Hollywood, California and can be seen below. "Hydrograd" was released on June 30 via Roadrunner Records. The disc was recorded at Sphere Studios with producer Jay Ruston, who has previously worked with ANTHRAX and STEEL PANTHER. The band tracked the album live in the studio, cutting a total of 18 songs from which 15 made the CD. STONE SOUR frontman Corey Taylor confirmed in an interview with Billboard that there will be two Knotfests this year — one in Mexico and one in California, again combined with Ozzfest — but that he'll be there with STONE SOUR and not SLIPKNOT. The singer said it's important for Knotfest to take place without its namesake band headlining, explaining: "I think in a lot of ways your festival has to live past you, or it's not gonna live at all... That's why we put so much work into it to begin with, is to really make sure that it was stable and it was strong and the foundation was there." A Knotfest documentary — "Day Of The Gusano", filmed last year in Mexico — will premiere on September 6 in theaters for a special one-night-only screening.
In a brand new interview with AXS, Dave Mustaine was asked how he decides which guitarist plays which solos when composing new MEGADETH material. He responded: "It's pretty simple. It's based on the rhythm. I'm a better rhythm player than a soloist. I ...
Rex Brown says that the surviving members of PANTERA have been "close" to reuniting in the twelve years since the passing of the band's guitarist, "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott. Talk about a possible PANTERA reunion intensified when singer Philip Anselmo regularly joined Zakk Wylde's BLACK LABEL SOCIETY to perform PANTERA's song "I'm Broken" during DOWN's 2014 stint on the "Revolver Golden Gods Tour". That buzz only got stronger after Brown joined the jam on May 23, 2014 when the tour swung through Texas. In a brand new interview with Loudwire, Brown confirmed that substantial offers have been made to PANTERA to stage a reunion. Asked how close the members of the band came to accepting the offers, Brown replied, "Close." "Well, I just speak for myself," he continued. "I mean, I'd love to get out there and play those songs again. And if everybody else was willing to do it… You know, I think the whole thing would be get us all in a room and get that water underneath the bridge all settled and make some music again. But it would be different. We'd be missing something." Although Brown clarified that he was "not saying that there's ever been any talks at all" about a PANTERA reunion, he repeated that he would be willing to reconnect with his former bandmates and perform the music that made them all famous. "I never say 'never' on that kind of thing, and I'm tired of saying, you know, 'hell freezes over,' or whatever, but at the same time, life is getting too short," he explained. "Would I do it? I just saw Phil not long ago. We're all doing our own things. "I'd get up there and do it for fucking nothing." Back in 2015, John Reese, the producer behind the Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival, revealed that he approached the three surviving members of PANTERA about resurrecting the band for an appearance at the event, explaining that "it would be badass to see PANTERA out there." He said: "Do I think it's going to happen? I have no idea. I know that a heavy, heavy tragedy happened and there are some hard feelings, but it's up to those three dudes to decide if they ever want to do something or not. If they would decide to do I would support it wholeheartedly and I would do whatever I could to be involved. But it's up to them." Dimebag's longtime girlfriend Rita Haney in 2011 called on ex-PANTERA drummer Vinnie Paul Abbott and Anselmo to settle their differences in honor of the guitarist, who was shot and killed by a crazed gunman while performing with DAMAGEPLAN at a Columbus, Ohio rock club in December 2004. Vinnie, who is Dimebag's brother, and Anselmo have not spoken since PANTERA split in 2003. But the relationship got even more acrimonious when Vinnie indirectly blamed Philip for Dimebag's death, suggesting that some remarks the vocalist had made about Dimebag in print just weeks earlier might have incited Dimebag's killer. Wylde has consistently said that he would be open to taking part in a hypothetical PANTERA reunion with him filling in for Dimebag. He explained in a December 2014 interview: "It's definitely a good time [whenever I get to play PANTERA songs with Philip Anselmo and bassist Rex Brown]." He continued: "I mean, if somebody was to say 'a reunion,' I'd go, well, it's a reunion of Phil, Rex and Vincenzo [drummer Vinnie Paul Abbott]. But I'm just saying, for me, it's just… it's me going in and honoring and paying tribute [to Dimebag] at the same time." Wylde added: "Whenever we've gotten together and jammed on the tunes… and Vinnie sometimes is at BLACK LABEL gigs and Vinnie has gotten up on drums and jammed a BLACK LABEL tune. And between HELLYEAH, we've all [toured and played] together. So it's always a good time whenever we're all hanging out together. But, like I said, whenever… 'Cause people always ask me, 'Is it ever gonna happen?' You know, that's all up to the fellows. But I love the guys. [And] I'm just a phone call away." During a 2014 interview with Matt Pinfield of Fanpass, Anselmo said that "the situation would have to be correct" in order for a PANTERA reunion to happen. "There would have to be a meeting at a table — or without a table — between Rex, Vince and I, and there would have to be a bigtime understanding between the two of us [Vinnie and Philip] before anything happens at all," he said. "Otherwise I think… There is a great percentage of me that says, 'This generation deserves it. Let's do it.' And then there's a reservation in me that says, 'You know what, man? Legacies get passed down. This, that, the other. Maybe we should leave it alone and just let it be part of lore and the history and whatnot.'" Later in the chat, Anselmo once again spoke about a hypothetical PANTERA reunion, telling Pinfield, "If there was ever a proper presentation, like, okay, PANTERA is back together, Zakk's on guitar, that would be a massive feeling. That would be outrageous. And I would go to war. I would be in the best shape possible." Vinnie Paul has repeatedly shot down any talk of a hypothetical PANTERA reunion, telling Brazil's Wikimetal back in 2014: "The bottom line is they call it a reunion, and that means to bring the original members back, and we can't bring Dime back, and he was such a huge part of PANTERA. I don't wanna damage or tarnish the legacy of him or the band. We had 14 amazing years together and it's time for everybody to move on. And I have definitely moved on in my life. I don't live in the past. I like to live for today and what's coming up tomorrow, and I love what we're doing with HELLYEAH. And that's my focus and that's my goal, man." Vinnie Paul later weighed in even less enthusiastically on the subject, telling Revolver magazine: "If you had an ex-wife, and it was a pretty bitter split, you might not ever want to talk to her again. Who cares if everybody in the family and your friends want you to say hello again? It's your choice whether you want to do it or not. And I think a lot of people are selfish. They say, 'Oh, he oughta just kiss and make up with Phil and everything will be cool. And then they can go get Zakk Wylde and everything's gonna be great.' No, everything's not gonna be great." During a June 2016 question-and-answer session in Louisville, Kentucky, Anselmo was asked if he thought Wylde could fill Dimebag's shoes in PANTERA. Anselmo responded: "Zakk is such a badass fucking player, but I just think he's a different player, man — different style. And also, you've gotta remember, tonality comes into it — he has a different tone than Dime, you know? So there would be, I guess, so many things to tweak about what [Zakk] does to not fill [Dimebag's] shoes but actually play PANTERA parts. 'Cause there ain't no filling them fucking shoes." Anselmo continued: "Make no mistake: Zakk Wylde is a fucking awesome motherfucker, down to earth, cool as shit, and can rip his fucking ass off. But I even said something to him after a show. I said, it's that grip. Nobody had Dimebag's fucking grip on that fucking axe — nobody."
Thrash metal legends EXODUS will be rejoined by their former singer Rob Dukes on stage during their July 8 concert in San Francisco, California. Dukes will sing several songs with the band during the second of EXODUS's two-night stint at The Chapel in what will mark the group's first headlining Bay Area club shows since late 2013. Also appearing with the band at Saturday's gig will be former EXODUS guitarist Rick Hunolt as well as possibly ex-EXODUS drummer Paul Bostaph (now in SLAYER). Speaking to CBS SF, EXODUS guitarist and main songwriter Gary Holt stated about this weekend's dates: "The first night is going to be [current singer] Steve Souza's first headlining show with EXODUS back in the Bay. We're going to put together a pretty varied setlist and try to pull out a couple of deep tracks. It's going to be really killer. The second night, we've got a few special guests lined up. It's going to be awesome. We have Rob Dukes coming up to sing some songs. I'm super stoked about that. Rick Hunolt is going to play a few songs and [HEATHEN guitarist] Kragen [Lum], who has been standing in for me [while I have been on tour with SLAYER], is going to play some songs. It's going to be a night to remember." He continued: "Most of those songs are second nature to those who played on them. It's just a matter of getting it together. Hell, I need to call him, but I think we've even got Paul Bostaph coming up to play drums on a song. It's going to be a really cool night." Holt also confirmed that EXODUS is "hoping to be in the studio late this year or early 2018" to begin recording the follow-up to 2014's "Blood In Blood Out" album. He said: "Last year right before Halloween, SLAYER finished touring and I had six months off. I've just been writing [new EXODUS music] the whole time. Tom Hunting [EXODUS drummer] and I have gotten together to jam and are starting to flesh out the next record." Regarding the musical direction of the new EXODUS material, Holt said: "Of the stuff I've written so far, I think the songs are shorter, but I think they're also at the same time more progressive than the last album. It's a little outside the box. It's really super crushing, but I think people will be surprised. "It's an EXODUS album, but as of now, the stuff Tom and I have been putting together is a bit different," he added. "It's got those subtle changes that make for a departure, but it will still stay true to the core of the band's sound." Dukes joined EXODUS in January 2005 and appeared on four of the band's studio albums — "Shovel Headed Kill Machine" (2005), "The Atrocity Exhibition... Exhibit A" (2007), "Let There Be Blood" (2008, a re-recording of EXODUS' classic 1985 LP, "Bonded By Blood") and "Exhibit B: The Human Condition" (2010). EXODUS in June 2014 announced the departure of Dukes and the return of Souza, who previously fronted EXODUS from 1986 to 1993 and from 2002 to 2004. During a November 2015 appearance on the "Opie And Jim Norton" talk show, Dukes stated about his EXODUS stint: "It ran its course. And then… You know, they ended it really shitty. I'd been touring with them for almost ten years. And they got new management, and I could slowly feel the edge slipping away." He continued: "You know how you always look back at shit and you [go], 'Ahh… I should have just quit.' I was unhappy. I didn't like the new music they were writing. I thought it was shit. And I voiced my opinion. It turned everyone against me, and that was it." Asked why he thought EXODUS's new music was "shit," Dukes responded: "There was just no passion in it. It was just regurgitated shit that we had just done and done over and over again. There was no life to it, so I just kind of started to separate myself. And then… I was under a lot of [pressure]. I was getting married, I was moving, I had a ton of shit going on. And they had fired me on my honeymoon — like, three days after my wedding, which really just sucked balls. And honestly, I've never heard from any of them. And it just kind of left me a little angry. But I'm over it now. I'm fucking doing way better than I ever have before." Holt in 2014 defended the way EXODUS fired Dukes, saying that "much time" was spent mulling the decision before the final move was made. He also shot down Internet speculation that the split with Dukes was motivated by financial reasons or that it was masterminded by TESTAMENT singer Chuck Billy, who co-founded EXODUS's management company Breaking Bands LLC. "It isn't for the money [and] Chuck did not orchestrate this," Holt said. "There were issues behind the scenes and we came to a conclusion." Holt, who previously said that the decision to fire Rob and re-hire Zetro "was the most difficult decision of our lives, one the entire band made," was once again full of praise for EXODUS's former frontman, saying: "I wish nothing but the best for Rob, [and I] have nothing but love for the man. He will be a force for a long time and I am proud of him and how he went from a dude with a pink mohawk to a vicious thrash vocalist. He is a killer singer and we have total respect for him and love the music we made together."
DEF LEPPARD is in talks to play some U.S. shows with JOURNEY in 2018. The news was confirmed by DEF LEPPARD guitarist Vivian Campbell in an interview with the "Do You Know Jack?" radio show. Asked if there is any truth to rumors that DEF LEPPARD and ...
Dez Fafara says that COAL CHAMBER is probably "done forever." The group that put Fafara on the musical map and gave him his first and only gold-certified album in the shape of the band's 1997 debut, COAL CHAMBER existed for ten years before disbanding in 2003 to pursue other musical projects. They reunited in 2011 for touring purposes but it wasn't until 2014 that the group began work on a new studio album of original material, 2015's critically acclaimed "Rivals". Several months of touring activity followed before Dez returned to DEVILDRIVER to make a new record, 2016's "Trust No One". Speaking to Kaaos TV before DEVILDRIVER's June 23 performance at Nummirock festival in Kauhajoki, Finland, Dez said about COAL CHAMBER (see video below): "I waited thirteen years for the band that I started to get back together. And after releasing a record that was critically acclaimed and touring around the world and having fantastic shows, it was obvious to me that I don't wanna do that with those people. I don't wanna say any personal stuff about them, but it's just not working. I wish it did — for the fans, for myself, for the music — but there's some things that need to be worked on. And it needs to be a hundred and ten percent, or I'm not gonna take it out on the road." He added: "When I left COAL CHAMBER, I thought it was done forever. Thirteen years later, we did a record. Right now, it's done, and I think it's done forever. That's my take on things." Asked if his busy schedule with DEVILDRIVER is partly to blame for his unwillingness to devote more of his time and energy to COAL CHAMBER, Dez said: "That has nothing to do with it — nothing to do with it at all. If everything is fine in that other camp, with COAL CHAMBER, if they are all good and it's a hundred and ten percent, they can call me. If they get stuck on the side of the freeway at three in the morning, they can call me; I will come. But with the music, it has to be a hundred and ten percent with any band that I am with. And in the end, with those [COAL CHAMBER] tours, it was not a hundred and ten percent. And I don't wanna take it on tour unless it's a hundred and ten percent." Dez had stated in previous interviews that COAL CHAMBER's original split happened because "I did not want to be around the band's hard drug use and I realized that going onstage every night that the money was feeding their habit, so I walked to save my friends." He added that his COAL CHAMBER bandmates were "clean" as of 2012, which made him realize that "it was the right thing to walk [away from the group back in 2003]." DEVILDRIVER is currently working on an outlaw country covers album, "Outlaws Till The End", tentatively due in early 2018. The disc will contain thirteen "insanely heavy, swinging badass outlaw tracks by some of the best outlaw country artists," including Willie Nelson, Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings and Johnny Paycheck, according to Fafara
"Parallel Kingdom", a brand new song from FLESHKILLER, can be streamed below. The track is taken from the band's debut album, "Awaken", which will be released on September 15 via Facedown Records in North America and Indie Recordings in the rest of the world. Founded by Ole Børud, FLESHKILLER saw the light of day as a result of EXTOL's return to hiatus after their last album in 2013. The upcoming debut album, titled "Awaken", was recorded and mixed between late 2015 and early 2017 at multiple locations around the world. Also written by Ole Børud, the style of music mixes old-school death metal aesthetics with rich harmonic prog fusion elements. Compared to his previous efforts in the genre these new compositions spark a new level of intensity. Says Børud: "Signing with Facedown for the North American continent was the only natural thing to do as we already feel very connected to them, given that both Elisha and myself have previously collaborated with the label. Also the man behind the mix, Jack C Daniels is closely connected to the label so we're basically hooking up with family! The label's attitude and vibe is great and we're excited to be working with them on this album." FLESHKILLER is: Ole Børud (EXTOL) - Guitar/Vocals Elisha Mullins (THE BURIAL, A HILL TO DIE UPON) - Guitar/Vocals Ole Vistnes (SHINING, TRISTANIA) - Bass Andreas Skorpe Sjøen (UMPFEL) - Drums