Watch SLIPKNOT’s Interactive 360-Degree ‘The Shape’ Video

SLIPKNOT has released an interactive, 360-degree live video for the "Iowa" track "The Shape". The clip, which was helmed by the band's percussionist and visual mastermind M. Shawn Crahan (a.k.a. Clown), captures the band's first-ever live performance of the song at last year's Knotfest. "From the beginning, SLIPKNOT's goal has always been world domination," Crahan tells Rolling Stone. "That goal is still the same today. The video for 'The Shape', filmed at our festival Knotfest with our 'maggots,' and over 1 billion views on our YouTube channel, proves it's happening. Like it or not." SLIPKNOT performed "Iowa" in its entirety at the two-day Ozzfest Meets Knotfest event, which took place September 24-25, 2016. "Iowa" came out in August 2001 and followed up SLIPKNOT's double-platinum 1999 major label debut. SLIPKNOT is on hiatus now although several members of the group are beginning to write material for their next record. SLIPKNOT's touring cycle in support of its latest album, ".5: The Gray Chapter", ended in November, with singer Corey 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 Jordison was dismissed. ".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.

ALESTORM Releases ‘Mexico’ Video

Scottish folk/power metallers ALESTORM have released the official music video for their new song "Mexico", taken from the band's upcoming fifth full-length album. Titled "No Grave But The Sea", the disc will be released on May 26 via Napalm Records. Says the band: "Oh wow! It's Cinco de Mayo, so let's celebrate with a song dedicated to our favorite country in the world — Mexico! Like most of our music, this song is about drinking, pirates, and explosions. And don't worry, it's not a real donkey, it's just Bobo and Elliot in a donkey costume." "No Grave But The Sea" track listing: 01. No Grave But The Sea 02. Mexico 03. To the End of the World 04. Alestorm 05. Bar und Imbiss 06. Fucked with an Anchor 07. Pegleg Potion 08. Man the Pumps 09. Rage of the Pentahook 10. Treasure Island No other band in the galaxy creates such epic modern symphonic folk metal anthems with endless hooks that will be stuck in your head until the heat death of the universe. Or in ALESTORM's own words, "stupid songs about getting drunk and stealing treasure." Twisted together with blistering harmonized guitar and keyboard solos, thunderous power metal majesty, and unrelenting modern metal riffing, "No Grave But The Sea" is nothing less than the perfect soundtrack to the most epic battle of your life. "A pirate's life is simple; we drink and steal and kill!" So raise up your tankard into the sky for this brand new treasure of pirate metal. ALESTORM's last album, "Sunset On The Golden Age", came out in August 2014 via Napalm Records.
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U.K. Sensation DON BROCO Releases Dark, Disturbing And Funny Video For New Song ‘Pretty’

British rock sensation DON BROCO has released "Pretty", which is hands-down one of the most disturbing and darkly funny videos you'll see this year. The clip can best be described as "Face/Off" meets the wedding scene in "The Graduate" (or imagine "Wedding Crashers" as a horror movie). "The guys in DON BROCO are a handsome bunch and we all thought it'd be hilarious if they ripped their faces off," says "Pretty" director Benjamin Roberds of Dominar Films. "It was the first idea I came to and quickly wrote it off as too over the top but kept coming back to it until I finally sent it over to them. I think the guys went through the same struggle because we went through a few other concepts before coming full circle back to this idea. I guess it was an insane idea that was just too tempting to not take all the way." "When we read the treatment, we were in absolute stitches," says lead vocalist Rob Damiani. "The concept was just so mental we had to do it. Ironically, the lyrics for 'Pretty' are darker than the actual video. It's about reaching the point of inebriation where it doesn't matter that the person you're physically attracted to is a despicable human being. You're still going to try and go home with them." Laughs Damiani: "I think the most disgusting part of the day was when the make-up department mixed up a load of the leftover lunch to create a batch of fake vomit. Unfortunately, they only made so much, so the guy who pukes in the video had to keep spitting it out then putting it back in his mouth until they got the right take. It was gross." The band teased the video by telling fans that bassist Tom Doyle (a.k.a. the first victim in "Pretty") was getting married, going so far as to create a wedding invite that would enable fans to see a livestream of "the ceremony," which turned out to be the "Pretty" video. "We're currently touring the States and recently played Vegas, so we thought it would be fun to throw Tom a fake bachelor party," says Damiani. "We got a little bit carried away and things kind of took off from there! Everyone's been really nice and happy for Tom. We feel a little bad now for all who were tuning in for the 'live wedding stream,' so please forgive us!" Since 2015's Top 10 U.K. release "Automatic" propelled the band to mainstream consciousness, DON BROCO (rounded out by guitarist Simon Delaney and drummer Matt Donnelly) has forged a unique path. Having headlined Brixton Academy and played arenas throughout Europe with both BRING ME THE HORIZON and 5 SECONDS OF SUMMER, they signed a brand new, worldwide deal with U.S. indie label SharpTone Records. This led to the release of the 2016 single "Everybody" and a sold-out headline tour of the U.K. where they played consecutive nights in ten cities, performing both "Automatic" and their debut album, "Priorities", in full. In February of this year, they headed over to Osaka for two arena shows with Japanese superstars ONE OK ROCK, and are currently touring the United States for the first time with pop-punk band STATE CHAMPS. Their international profile is building across Europe too with a number of festival appearances announced, including Main Square and Lollapalooza Paris in France, the Netherlands' Pinkpop and Slam Dunk in the UK.

POISON Frontman BRET MICHAELS Releases ‘Jorja Bleu’ Video

POISON frontman Bret Michaels has released the official video for his emotionally charged new single, "Jorja Bleu". The song is new and fresh, yet has the instantly familiar sound that we've all come to love and expect from Michaels. It's also a very personal and real conversation with his youngest daughter, for whom the song is named after. In the new single, Bret recounts an exchange between father and daughter with lyrics like: "She said, 'What if I fall?'…and I said, 'What if you fly?'" Michaels, who has been described as a "Cultural Touchdown" by former CEO of MTV Judy McGrath (currently on the board of directors at Amazon) has had cross-genre and multi-generational success with songs like the country hit "All I Ever Needed" and the pop duet "Nothing To Lose" with Miley Cyrus; the latter was the most added song to radio the week of its release, topping both BON JOVI and NICKELBACK. Michaels, the BMI award-winning songwriter states: "This song is as raw and stripped down as it gets. This is a man sharing his trials and tribulations in such a way that he hopes to inspire his daughter to chase her dreams with no apologies, while keeping her feet planted firmly on the ground." In fact, Bret felt so strongly about the raw, pure emotion in the original demo (engineered on a laptop on his tour bus by longtime friend and music director Pete Evick), that after spending a lot of time trying to recapture it in a multi-million dollar studio, Michaels decided to release the original demo. Evick states: "More times than not, Bret's original untouched ideas are the best stuff. It's amazing watching him work. Bret will beat-box, hum, or sing all the parts from the drums, bass, guitar, keys, and even horns, right down to the vocals. Then go back and do the tracks with the instruments. He pushes my knowledge and the technology as far as it can go. The most special thing about this track is that Bret plays everything himself: all guitars, other instruments, and vocals (except the female harmony) are 100% him." This is the first single from Michaels since his modern country crossover "Girls On Bars", co-written by two-time CMA award winner Luke Laired. Laired said, "Bret is awesome to write with. Ideas just kept coming nonstop when we were in the studio. He's always ready and willing to push the boundaries and try new things." "Girls On Bars" boasted the highest number of views of any debut single ever on CMT. "Jorja Bleu", which in many ways is the sequel to his song "Raine", titled after his oldest daughter, is available on iTunes and all other digital retailers and subscription audio formats.
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RAMMSTEIN Wants To ‘Try Unusual Methods’ On Upcoming Album

RAMMSTEIN guitarists Paul Landers and Richard Kruspe spoke to Metal Hammer magazine about the progress of the songwriting sessions for the band's follow-up to 2009's "Liebe Ist Für Alle Da" album. Kruspe said: "It really depends on our singer Till [Lindemann], that he can finish the mysterious ideas we have. At the moment we have 30 ideas, some with lyrics, and some not. "We're working on the vocals, and then we might consider another producer. There's all those question marks that we haven't answered yet." Landers added: "Our goal right now is to write really good songs and maybe even try unusual methods, new ideas, and change the path that one usually has. "It might be that when grandmother hears the album, she thinks it's the same as the other ones. But for us, we really want it to be another milestone." RAMMSTEIN last year played a number of concerts where the band opened each show with a brand new song, presently only known as "Ramm 4". The track contains lyrics that seem to be a combination of various titles of previous RAMMSTEIN songs. RAMMSTEIN will release a new concert DVD and Blu-ray, "Paris", on May 19. The set was recorded in March 2012 at the then-named Palais Omnisports de Paris-Bercy in Paris (now AccorHotels Arena) during RAMMSTEIN's "Made In Germany" tour, and was helmed by the band's longtime collaborator, Swedish director Jonas Åkerlund. Lindemann in 2015 released a debut album with his side project LINDEMANN. Kruspe's EMIGRATE project issued its sophomore album, "Silent So Long", in November 2014 via Spinefarm. rammsteinmetalhammercovermay2017

CARNIVORE Guitarist To Perform ’30 Years Of Retaliation’ Set at BLACK N’ BLUE BOWL Pre-Party Show

When Brooklyn, New York thrash metal crossover band CARNIVORE was first formed in 1982 by groundbreaking vocalist Peter Steele, no one could have predicted the influence they would inject into underground heavy metal culture, or the legacy Steele would carry on into TYPE O NEGATIVE. The raw energy of their aggressive and often shocking, violent live assaults reverberated beyond the walls of the New York City clubs they frequented, creating an impact acknowledged throughout the metal community even today. CARNIVORE attacks once again on Saturday, May 20 at Bowery Electric in New York City as part of the Black N' Blue Bowl 2017 pre-party show, featuring headliners CRO-MAGS. CARNIVORE's "Retaliation"-era guitarist Marc Piovanetti will present "30 Years Of Retaliation" and celebrate the life of Peter Steele by performing a set of tracks from the record, including "Sex And Violence", "Jesus Hilter", "S.M.D." and others. Marc will perform vocals and guitar alongside Adam Tranquilli (BLOODFEAST, RETALIATION) on guitar and backing vocals, Jake Blochinger (CIRCUS OF STEELE, THE BANNER) on drums, and Paul LaPlaca (THOR, CIRCUS OF STEELE) on bass and backing vocal. This is the first time any type of full CARNIVORE set will be performed by an original member since Peter Steele's passing. Limited tickets for the event are nearly sold out and are available at the door and via www.theboweryelectric.ticketfly.com. Tickets are $20 and the show is all ages. Doors open at 3:30pm. Marc says: "I'd like to thank the Black N' Blue Bowl for hosting this year's first official anniversary set celebrating 30 years of Peter Steele's crossover masterpiece, 'Retaliation'! This incredible opportunity to finally stage my favorite musicians and perform a long-awaited showcase of songs only from CARNIVORE's 'Retaliation' is literally a dream come true. "I've been trying to plan a proper tribute to Peter Steele's legacy ever since his untimely passing in 2010. I never got a chance to thank Peter for his incredibly positive influence on both my music and my personal life, so this show really means a lot to me. In my opinion, I think it's already kicked off the 2017 anniversary celebration worldwide. Every day fans from Europe, Asia, South America, Brooklyn, Vinnland and just about everywhere else ask me which songs we're going to play and what song we're going to open with. "Aside from myself, there's only one other surviving original member of CARNIVORE, so I feel it's an important duty to carry on the legacy of the band. This performance is where CARNIVORE's fans, both young and 'vintage,' can finally witness the power and madness of Peter's legendary (and legendarily controversial) personal diary of thrash and mosh, live, in the flesh. I'll also be singing lead vocals at the show for the first time ever! So please wish me luck, and I'll see ya' 5/20... Children of Technology!" Black N' Blue Bowl's "Cuzin" Joe Cammarata adds: "We are thrilled to be hosting the 13th year of the Black N' Blue Bowl in New York City, and are especially excited about the '30 Years Of Retaliation' set at the pre-show. Peter Steele had deep roots in the New York hardcore scene, having been involved in the iconic AGNOSTIC FRONT 'Cause For Alarm' album and having played so many CBGB matinees. His legacy lives on and we look forward to celebrating his life on May 20." This year's Black N' Blue Bowl will kick off on Sunday, May 21 at 1:00 p.m. sharp and is an all-ages show. The rest of the lineup features GORILLA BISCUITS, REST IN PIECES, TOKEN ENTRY, TERROR and many more.

GRAHAM BONNET BAND To Release ‘Live… Here Comes The Night’ CD, DVD, Blu-Ray

Legendary rock vocalist Graham Bonnet is back with a new live album and home video captured during his acclaimed performance at Frontiers Rock Festival III in Trezzo (Milan), Italy) on April 24, 2016. Accompanied by a stellar band, featuring founding member Beth-Ami Heavenstone on bass, South American guitar sensation Conrado Pesinato on lead guitar, and Mark Zonder (known for his work with WARLORD and FATES WARNING) on drums, Bonnet masterfully delivered a thrilling "best-of" set which included songs from his stints with bands such as RAINBOW, MICHAEL SCHENKER GROUP, ALCATRAZZ, IMPELLITTERI, and, of course, his solo material too. Bonnet says: "It's been a very long time since I last released a live video, 33 years to be exact, with ALCATRAZZ. Myself and the band were very excited to film and record our performance at the Frontiers Rock Festival for a live album and video and are very happy with the final result!” Bonnet has a powerful and distinctive vocal style and, indeed, a distinctive image — preferring to let the music, rather than the conventional heavy metal look, do the talking. The GRAHAM BONNET BAND has spent the last two years touring regularly around the world, and this past winter released an album titled "The Book". With the band and Bonnet finetuned from all their touring when they got to Frontiers Rock Festival, this stellar set that was captured there makes for a new live album that will blow GRAHAM BONNET BAND fans (and heavy rock fans in general) away! Track listing: 01. Eyes Of The World 02. All Night Long 03. S.O.S. 04. Stand In Line 05. God Blessed Video 06. Will You Be Home Tonight 07. Jet To Jet 08. Night Games 09. Suffer Me 10. Dancer 11. Desert Song 12. Island In The Sun 13. Since You Been Gone 14. Assault Attack 15. Lost In Hollywood Bonnet told Roppongi Rocks about GRAHAM BONNET BAND's musical direction: "It's aggressive but it's not annoyingly aggressive. It's something you can listen to and sing with it, sing along with. You can listen to the story. There is some hard-hitting stories in there about real life. It's not made up of dragons and dungeons and whips and chains and stuff. It's about real things. I have always made up lyrics about real life and experiences that I've had. People identify with certain songs and that's really good. I can't identify with songs about sex and drugs and rock 'n' roll, if you know what I mean. Those sort of silly lyrics. I won't say who writes silly lyrics. But there are a lot of bands out there, if you read the lyrics, are you kidding me? How old is this person? 12? I like to make up intelligent words along with intelligent arrangements." grahambonnetbandliveheredvd

BOB DAISLEY’s Lawsuit Against OZZY OSBOURNE Dismissed; Case Headed To Arbitration

According to Courthouse News Service, a federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit filed by Ozzy Osbourne's former songwriting partner and bassist Bob Daisley over unpaid royalties. The dispute centers around the royalties for Ozzy's "Blizzard Of Ozz" and "Diary Of A Madman" albums, which were released in 1980 and 1981. U.S. District Judge Christina Snyder concluded that Daisley's claims that Osbourne used a sham company, Blizzard Music Limited, to withhold royalty income from him stem from songwriter agreements that require arbitration. Daisley's complaint states that the firm that conducted an audit at his request in 2014 estimated that at least $2 million in royalty income had been withheld, although it could not determine a precise amount. Daisley's lawsuit against Osbourne and his company Blizzard Music Limited was originally filed last August in a state court in Nevada , but the case was transferred to federal court. Osbourne's publicist released a statement shortly after the lawsuit was filed. The statement read: "For the past 36 years Mr. Daisley has been receiving bi-annual royalty statements and checks from Blizzard Music, totaling in the millions of dollars, which have been routinely cashed. Mr. Daisley has audited Blizzard Music accounts over the years using several different auditing firms who found no discrepancies. He has previously filed lawsuits in the U.K. and the U.S. and has lost on each occasion. "We understand that Mr. Daisley is now in retirement and that these funds are his main source of income, so it is his right to be diligent with his money, but after 36 years, this is tantamount to harassment. We would have hoped that after 36 years that Mr. Daisley would have lost his unhealthy personal obsession and resentment towards Mr. Osbourne's success. Blizzard Music and Mr. Osbourne plan to vigorously defend these proceedings." Daisley, who played bass on the first two solo albums by Ozzy Osbourne, previously that he was "devastated" and "flabbergasted" by the August 2002 ruling by the Los Angeles Federal Court dismissing the lawsuit over unpaid performance royalties brought by Daisley and ex-Osbourne drummer Lee Kerslake against Ozzy and the singer's wife and manager, Sharon Osbourne. Daisley continues to get paid his songwriting royalties for the songs he wrote on Ozzy's "Blizzard Of Ozz" album and the follow-up, "Diary Of A Madman". According to the bassist and songwriter, the issue is, and always has been, about performance royalties.

Former AC/DC Drummer PHIL RUDD Visits BON SCOTT Statue For First Time (Video)

Video footage of former AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd visiting the life-sized statue of the band's late frontman Bon Scott on April 28 in the Scottish town of Kirriemuir for the first time can be seen below. The statue was revealed in April 2016 during the tenth annual Bon Scott international festival, Bonfest, by event organizers DD8 Music. It followed a two-year crowdfunding campaign, which drew support from AC/DC members themselves, as well as thousands of the band's loyal fans worldwide. The town was home to a young Ronald Bedford Scott until the age of six, when his family left Scotland for Fremantle, Western Australia. Scott was invited to join AC/DC by Glasgow-born brothers and founding members Malcolm and Angus Young in 1974, and achieved international stardom before his death at the age of 33 in 1980 from alcohol poisoning. He sang on AC/DC's first six studio albums, including "High Voltage", "Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap", "Let There Be Rock" and "Highway To Hell". Rudd performed at this year's edition of Bonfest on April 28. The festival sees AC/DC fans from around the world coming together for three days of the best in rock music, including the greatest AC/DC tribute bands from around the world and also some very special guests. Rudd was ousted from AC/DC when he was sentenced to eight months of home detention by a New Zealand court in 2015 after pleading guilty to charges of threatening to kill and drug possession. Rudd's replacement in the band was Chris Slade, who also did a three-year stint with the group from 1990 to 1993. Rudd recently embarked on his first solo tour in support of his 2014 solo debut, "Head Job". It was the release of that album that led indirectly to Rudd's arrest, with the drummer allegedly so angry at a personal assistant over the way the record was promoted that he threatened to have the man and his daughter killed.
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‘King Of The Sunset Strip’ MARIO MAGLIERI Dead At 93

Mario Mikeal Maglieri, beloved and respected owner of Los Angeles's famous Sunset Strip establishments Rainbow Bar And Grill, The Roxy Theatre and the Whisky A Go Go, died earlier today (Thursday, May 4) at the age of 93. Born February 7, 1924 in Seppino, Italy, Mario came to the U.S. at age four. He eventually ran restaurants and clubs in Chicago until he moved to Los Angeles with his family. There he started the legendary clubs, The Rainbow, The Roxy and The Whisky. His Italian heritage inspired the delicious food served at the Rainbow, especially the pizza, which was known as the best in the city. Truly a lover of music and the arts, he helped hundreds of artists get their start in Los Angeles. Known as the the King Of The Sunset Strip, hopefuls from all over the world came to Mario's clubs with the desire of being discovered. He was a friend to all, and frequently came across talented musicians who went on to become platinum sellers. Their pictures line the walls of the Rainbow. Since opening in 1964, the Whisky A Go Go on the Sunset Strip in Los Angeles has hosted some of the biggest rock stars in history, including THE DOORS, THE BYRDS, Janis Joplin, Neil Young, Smokey Robinson, THE TEMPTATIONS, LED ZEPPELIN, Alice Cooper, VAN HALEN, GUNS N' ROSES, MÖTLEY CRÜE and METALLICA. In 1972, Mario Maglieri, along with Whisky co-founder Elmer Valentine, Lou Adler and others, started the Rainbow Bar And Grill down the street from the Whisky. In its heyday, the Rainbow counted Keith Moon, John Lennon and Alice Cooper among its regulars. "Yeah, I've seen a lot," Maglieri told The Guardian in a 2015 interview. "Things have changed on Sunset over the years, of course they have. But my business won't change until I die." Back in 2005, Maglieri remembered Janis Joplin as a "raunchy broad. But she was a good kid. She meant well. Three days before she died, we sat in a booth and she asked for a Southern Comfort. She had this raspy voice and she was stoned and drunk. The girl brought over a glass of Southern Comfort and Janis said, "I wanted a [expletive deleted] bottle of Southern Comfort. She was a great girl. I loved her." As for Jim Morrison, Maglieri said he was "just a mixed-up kid, but a good kid. I kicked his ass off-stage [when] he screwed around. He would never show up on time. But he was a good kid. He meant well. I tried to straighten him out. I saved his ass so many times." Maglieri's love for his family was well known. He is survived by his wife, Scarlett, his son Mikeal and grandchildren Mikeal, Cheryl and Gina. A public memorial for Mario Maglieri be held at the the Rainbow Bar And Grill on Sunday, May 28, starting at 1:00 p.m.

Dear Rainbow friends and family, it is with great sadness to announce the passing of our beloved Mario Maglieri. Owner...

Posted by RAINBOW BAR AND GRILL on Thursday, May 4, 2017

Sincere condolences to the Rainbow and Whisky A Go Go family on the passing of Mario Maglieri. I'll always remember his kind welcoming greeting for over three decades on my many Rainbow visits. R.I.P.

Posted by Chuck Wright on Thursday, May 4, 2017