PAPA ROACH drummer Tony Palermo says that he was "shocked" by Chester Bennington's suicide, explaining that the LINKIN PARK frontman seemed to be in "high spirits" when PAPA ROACH and Bennington had dinner just weeks before Chester's death. Bennington died in July at the age of 41. He had been open with the press and public about his struggles with depression, drugs and alcohol, which landed him in rehab twice around 2006. During a recent interview with Italy's SpazioRock, Palermo stated about Chester's passing (see video below): "It was really shocking — [and it happened] just not that long after Chris Cornell died. We actually played a show with SOUNDGARDEN a week before [Chris] passed away. And that was just like, 'Wait! What?' I was shocked. And then, I remember I was at home… I wake up in the morning and get coffee and read my computer news instead of a newspaper. And it was right there [that] Chester Bennington [had died]. And I was, like, 'What? What? No!' 'Cause we just had dinner with him a month before that. And he was just… We were talking about the history of everybody and some killer stories, some funny stories, and he just seemed in such high spirits. And then I was shocked. Literally, it just… I was, like, 'Uh… What?' It literally took my breath away." Admitting that he "didn't really know Chester that well, like some of the other guys [in PAPA ROACH] did from previous touring," Palermo speculated that Cornell's suicide must have contributed to Bennington's feelings of depression. "He was friends with Chris Cornell, and after Chris's death, I think he must have been in shock from that," Tony said. "But just to, like, feel the pain… And I didn't know Chris Cornell, but I love SOUNDGARDEN. Just to feel the pain of losing such an amazing artist, and knowing that Chester knew him, it was bizarre to me that he would just take his own life as well, knowing the pain that he must have felt losing a friend like that, and what he would, in turn, do." The drummer went on to call Bennington's death "extremely tragic. It's a bummer because… well, apart from the life thing and the family thing, he was a father and a husband, and, obviously, sang for a huge band," he said. "And it's so sad, 'cause you know that band will just never make music as LINKIN… I mean, they might — I don't know — but when you lose a key member of a band, it's not the same, it's hard to go on. I don't know what they've planned; I'm sure they're healing, trying to heal. But… it's so tragic." After Cornell died in May, Bennington wrote a letter thanking him for inspiring him and hoping he would find peace in "the next life." Chester died on July 20, which would have been Cornell's 53rd birthday. The two singers bonded when they toured together nearly a decade ago. PAPA ROACH recently confirmed that it has already been in the studio writing and recording material for the follow-up to this year's "Crooked Teeth" album. "Crooked Teeth" was released on May 19 via Eleven Seven Music. Written and recorded in a North Hollywood studio, the disc was produced by Nicholas "RAS" Furlong and Colin Brittain, with the exception of "Born For Greatness", which saw the band collaborate with writer/producer Jason Evigan (Jason Derulo, Demi Lovato, Zedd, MAROON 5).
Former EXODUS singer Rob Dukes says that he is "at peace" with the fact that he is no longer in the band, three and a half years after he was unceremoniously fired from the legendary San Francisco Bay Area thrash metal outfit. Dukes rejoined EXODUS on stage during the group's July 8 concert in San Francisco, California. He sang several songs with the band on the second of EXODUS's two-night stint at The Chapel in what marked the group's first headlining Bay Area club shows since late 2013. In a recent interview with the "Talking Metal" podcast, Dukes said that he is "totally at peace" with how his stint with EXODUS ended. "They're at peace with it. We put it all to rest, moved on," he said (hear audio below). Dukes added that reconnecting with his former bandmates in July "was a lot of fun, man; it was a lot of laughs. The show was great," he said. "I wish I had a little more rehearsal, but that was just from… You know, when you get out of it for so long and you go back, you think, 'Oh, I'll be able to do this.' But singing along with a CD, it's a lot different when you've got a microphone in your hand with a band behind you and a crowd in front of you. [Laughs] Anyone can be a rock star in their fucking shower. It's really different when you're standing on stage and there's lights and there's people and there's fucking people screaming." According to Rob, he had a chance to spend time with his former bandmates prior to the show and work on rekindling their friendship. "Me and Lee [Altus, guitar] and Gary [Holt, guitar] and Tom [Hunting, drums] sat — and Jack [Gibson, bass] came by later — but we all sat at the hotel and we just sat by the pool and we just fucking laughed. It was killer, man — it was great. I had a really good time. I had a good time at rehearsals." Dukes said he has "basically stayed in touch" with the EXODUS guys since the The Chapel concert. "I went to a SLAYER show and I saw Gary when he was here in Phoenix," he revealed. "And I stayed in touch with them. We text mostly. Like anything else, life is life, man — I'm busy. I go to work at eight in the morning and I'm home at fucking seven at night. It doesn't leave a lot of time for relationships." 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 Steve "Zetro" Souza, who previously fronted EXODUS from 1986 to 1993 and from 2002 to 2004. In some of the first interviews after his split from EXODUS, Dukes slammed his former bandmates, claiming that he "didn't like the new music they were writing" and saying that "there was just no passion in it." 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 one-time 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."
Former SKID ROW singer Sebastian Bach says that he doesn't take his success for granted, unlike some other artists who have also made it big. "I think some people feel like they're owed something out of life, and I never, ever felt like that," he told the "WDHA Morning Jolt" radio show. "I always considered myself so lucky and so fortunate to be able to do this." He continued: "Not to get too heavy here, but when I see these guys commit suicide" — apparently referring to Chester Bennington and Chris Cornell — "I think that maybe — I don't wanna say something wrong — but I think that they have an idea of what rock stardom is, and then it's not what they expected. My thing is I never expected this. I never expected to be a big rock star or have a career that's 35, 40 years going. I never expected it, so anything good that happens to me, I'm, like, this is like a bonus, this is, like, killer. I'm very appreciative that I get the chance to do this. "I would never kill myself because I'm too much of a fan of rock," he laughed. "I really love it — I really, really love the music. And if I got in a car wreck or something — knock on wood — and I wasn't able to perform, I would be like a total rock nerd, collecting my records and doing that kind of thing, 'cause that's who I am. If you hung out with me, you'd know that I'm really a fan of music who got to make it big somehow." Bach's autobiography, "18 And Life On Skid Row", which was originally made available last December, was released in paperback on November 14. In "18 And Life On Skid Row", Bach recounts lurid tales of excess and debauchery as he toured the world with BON JOVI, AEROSMITH, MÖTLEY CRÜE, SOUNDGARDEN, PANTERA, NINE INCH NAILS and GUNS N' ROSES, and the details will make readers feel they were backstage. The book is filled with photos from Bach's own personal collection, and this new edition includes additional photos not previously published in the hardcover. "18 And Life On Skid Row" came out via Dey Street Books (formerly It Books), an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers.
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Metalforce conducted an interview with vocalist Joakim "Jocke" Berg of Gothenburg, Sweden-based rockers HARDCORE SUPERSTAR before the band's November 11 concert in Roncade, Italy. You can now watch the chat below. Speaking about the first single, "Hav...
BEHEMOTH leader Adam "Nergal" Darski will be rejoined by his former bandmates Adam "Baal Ravenlock" Muraszko (drums) and Leszek "Les" Dziegielewski (guitar, bass) during the band's December 14 and December 15 "Merry Christless" concerts at Progresja in Warsaw, Poland. BEHEMOTH's current lineup was solidified during the making of 2004's "Demigod" album, featuring Nergal on vocals and guitar, Patryk "Seth" Sztyber on backing vocals and guitar, Tomasz "Orion" Wróblewski on bass and vocals, and Zbigniew "Inferno" Promiński on drums. BEHEMOTH is planning to enter the studio by the end of the year to begin recording its new album for a tentative fall 2018 release. The follow-up to 2014's "The Satanist" will mark the band's first effort since Nergal completed an LP and a short tour with ME AND THAT MAN, his blues, country and folk side project with British/Polish rock musician John Porter. Before the release of BEHEMOTH's next studio effort, fans will receive a "massive" concert DVD and album recorded during "The Satanist" tour, according to Nergal. There will also be a video for another track off "The Satanist", to be included with the DVD.
In a recent interview with Australia's Music Feeds, ANVIL frontman Steve "Lips" Kudlow was asked about the fact that his band has been cited as a musical inspiration by some of the biggest acts in the world. "You know what? Everybody's an inspiration to everybody else," he responded. "It comes down to a conversation with Lemmy in 1983 in a hotel room in Birmingham, England. I'm sitting across the table from him drinking vodka and we're talking away, and I look at him and go, 'You are a legend. Do you realize the impact you've had on the music industry and on heavy metal and everything that it's about?' And he just looks me straight in the eye and goes, [imitates Lemmy's voice] 'In 10 years, there's going to be some other bloke sitting across the table from you, saying exactly the same thing.' That's what his answer was to it. So what do you say to that? "We all love each other's music. We're all inspiration to others," he continued. "There's nothing really new or innovative. For musicians, it has nothing to do with money, ultimately, it has to do with what you brought to the table that's inspiring me. That's what it's about. It's not about how much money you made from that song. Because many times — and you know it as well, everyone knows this — in some of the biggest-selling songs, there's no integrity, there's nothing great about the musicianship or anything, so is it an influence to musicians that are trying to learn how to play? Probably not. So what I'm saying is musicians find inspiration in music that's much more obscure. It's just the way it works [laughs], and I'm just one of those obscure bands that other bands listen to, to get inspired by. That's fine, I've got mine — I can talk about the '70s and talk about certain bands like CAPTAIN BEYOND. CAPTAIN BEYOND was a phenomenal band that, yeah, the musicians knew about it, but did the actual public know about it? No. But were they an influence on me? Absolutely. Much more so than any of the commercial music that might have been on the radio. "There are very very distinctly a number of roads you can take in a musical field. You can go for the commercial aspect, and what comes with that generally is [that] you're not going to get the accolades from fellow musicians. You'll get a lot of jealousy, a lot of envy — that's what happens with that — and integrity-wise, only if there's something really unique and individual that they can grasp on to, steal it and use it better. I mean, no one's really done it to METALLICA yet, they tried to do it to LED ZEPPELIN but they didn't really manage to do that either. So there's a certain uniqueness to these ultra bands that make it so big that you really can't duplicate it." ANVIL will release its new album, "Pounding The Pavement", on January 19, 2018 via SPV/Steamhammer as a digipak version (including one bonus track and poster), two-LP gatefold colored version, digital download and stream. The disc was produced at the Soundlodge studios in Rhauderfehn in the northwest of Germany.
Norwegian rockers TNT have recruited Baol Bardot Bulsara as their new singer. The Spanish vocalist made his live debut with TNT on Wednesday, November 22 at the Oslo Spektrum on Oslo, Norway, where the band performed as the support act for the SCORPIONS. TNT said in a statement: "This will be a new chapter for TNT and we wish Baol Bardot Bulsara welcome as our new singer. A big thank you to all the people that welcomed him in Oslo Spektrum on Wednesday and for supporting us. We look forward to a new year with gigs and a new album coming up soon!" Baol stated in a video message: "I'm very happy and very grateful to be here, to be a part of the TNT family now. This is a dream come true for me, actually, because I've been a fan of TNT since my teens. You could say I grew up listening to the band. So this is kind of a strange karma for me, you know. "Anyway, I wanted to tell you that I'm very grateful," he continued. "I appreciate so much your warmth there at the Spektrum and in the social media. You've been very kind to me, and I'm thankful for that. And I just wanted to tell you that I'm here to continue with the legacy and hopefully see you all in the near future touring and having fun together." TNT announced last month that it was once again parting ways with American vocalist Tony Harnell. Harnell rejoined TNT in May 2016, less than a year and a half after his previous departure from the group. At the time of Harnell's latest exit from TNT, the band was said to be working on a new studio album for a 2018 release via Frontiers Music Srl. Harnell previously quit TNT in January 2015 after a fifteen-month stint with the band. British singer Tony Mills appeared on three studio albums from TNT: 2007's "The New Territory", 2008's"Atlantis" and 2010's "A Farewell To Arms".
This will be a new chapter for TNT and we wish Baol Bardot Bulsara welcome as our new singer. A big thank you to all the people that welcomed him in Oslo Spektrum on Wednesday and for supporting us. We look forward to a new year with gigs and a new album coming up soon! Here’s a personal message from Baol Bardot Bulsara - Singer to our fans!Posted by TNT on Friday, November 24, 2017
Ritchie Blackmore's wife has called new RAINBOW frontman Ronnie Romero "an amazing find" who "checked all the boxes" when it came to his live performance and singing ability. Romero, originally from Chile but now settled in Madrid, Spain, made his live debut with RAINBOW in June 2016 after he was selected by Ritchie to front the latest version of the band Blackmore had formed after quitting DEEP PURPLE. Candice Night, who has been married to Ritchie for nine years but has been together with the legendary guitarist for nearly thirty, told "Rock Talk With Mitch Lafon" that she came across a video of Romero while having a late-night discussion with Ritchie about a possible RAINBOW comeback. "It was a 2-o'clock-in-the-morning YouTube search where Ritchie and I were talking about… He had been mentioning maybe reforming RAINBOW and the pros and cons of using people that had names or didn't have names or what to do, and he wasn't really sure — it was kind of back and forth," Candice recalled. "So, honestly, I just looked up some bands that did cover work of [Ronnie James] Dio-era RITCHIE BLACKMORE'S RAINBOW [songs], and I discovered… There were three guys — I narrowed it down to that — that I thought were amazing, and I showed all three of them to Ritchie, and Ronnie was definitely the forerunner — I mean, far and away the forerunner." After they settled on Romero as their choice, they set about contacting the singer via social media. "And the cool thing is, I went on his Facebook page and [Ronnie] was so, like, normal — it was just a picture of him and his wife having dinner," Candice said. "There was no expletives, it wasn't like him drinking and getting crazy and stupid; it was him as a solid and normal person, which is awesome — and very rare in this industry. And, actually, there was another thing too — there was an a cappella version of him singing in the studio, and Ritchie was, like, 'Wow! That's amazing,' 'cause it's not masked by any of the music. He was amazing." Romero's audition consisted of a face-to-face get-together in Germany between the vocalist, Ritchie and Candice. "He flew in and met us at a castle," she revealed. "Ritchie brought out the acoustic guitar and we sat in the back room and gave some songs to have Ronnie sing along to. And he was pitch-perfect. He can turn that rasp on or off whenever he wants to. His range… he can handle everything from 'Child In Time' to any of the Dio stuff to the Joe Lynn Turner stuff to the Graham Bonnet stuff, which is… that's pretty tricky. That's four completely different styles of singing, and yet he still manages to make it his own, but has enough grit to it where it's just edgy, it's rock… And it's amazing. And even watching him onstage, he's just solidly confident, and he checks all the boxes. So we said, 'Let's go ahead with it and see how it goes.' And he's a really nice guy; we love working with him. This is his priority, even though he does, obviously, a lot of other bands at this point. And it's just great. He's an amazing find. We're so happy about it." In May, the revamped version of RAINBOW released its first new music in more than two decades. Two tracks were made available on iTunes: an instrumental song called "Land Of Hope And Glory", which is is a reworking of the 1902 British patriotic song of the same name from Edward Elgar's "Pomp And Circumstance March No. 1", and a re-recording of the RAINBOW classic "I Surrender", which was written by Russ Ballard and was first released by RAINBOW in 1981. The latter song features vocals recorded by Romero. According to Night, Blackmore and Romero have already "written a couple of songs" for future release. "I know that Ritchie had released 'I Surrender' with [Ronnie] singing, so it's like a 2017 version of that. So that's out there. But he did actually write another song with him," she said. "I think he's planning on writing some more songs with him for some studio stuff in the future. There's definitely one out there that's already in the can that hasn't been released yet, but I know it's gonna be released; we're just waiting for that to happen. It's called 'Waiting For A Sign'. Yeah, so that should be definitely happening in the future." Candice, who has been recording and touring with Ritchie as part of the internationally heralded Renaissance rock band BLACKMORE'S NIGHT for the past two decades, said that she was thrilled with the prospect of her husband revisiting his hard rock roots. "I thought it was great — even if he didn't have me in any capacity in the band," she said. I wasn't sure if he wanted background singers or if he was gonna choose other background singers, or whatever he wanted, but I've always been the biggest supporter of Ritchie, so whatever he decides to do, that's what I'm gonna support — that is his decision — and I've been like that since day one. "He's got a lot of situations where he's either surrounded by 'yes' people or people who just put up a wall in front of him before they even hear what the idea is," she explained. "He and I just have long, communicative discussions and decision-making things. And it's, like, 'Look, what is your heart telling you? What do you wanna do?' And he was excited to do it. He hadn't done these songs in a long time, so it was a bit of a challenge for him. And Ritchie is a completely improvisational player, so he'd forgotten how to play a lot of these songs and the arrangements, and he's not big on studying them either — he doesn't want to sit there and listen to how he played 20 years ago, 'cause he's right in the now, always. So it's kind of a challenge for him to do the homework on what these songs were and what they sound like. But he puts his new spin on them while retaining the spirit of the original songs. And he goes out there and he has a great time doing it." According to Candice, Ritchie has "always told me his heart is with BLACKMORE'S NIGHT, and that's his main project. But as far as nostalgia is concerned and doing these for the fans, because a lot of the fans had wanted to hear the rock songs from way back when, he's, like, this is sort of his special gift for them." The current incarnation of RAINBOW includes Romero as well as STRATOVARIUS keyboardist Jens Johansson, BLACKMORE'S NIGHT drummer David Keith, bassist Bob Nouveau (a.k.a. Robert "Bob" Curiano, ex-BLACKMORE'S NIGHT), and backing singers Candice Night and Lady Lynn. The two shows RAINBOW played in Germany in June 2016 were caught on camera to produce "Memories In Rock - Live In Germany", which was released in November 2016 via Eagle Rock Entertainment on DVD+2CD, Blu-ray+2CD, and digital formats.
MANOWAR bassist Joey DeMaio will embark on "The Blood Of The Kings" spoken-word tour in November 2019. DeMaio announced the event for every true MANOWAR fan only hours prior a sold-out concert in Munich, Germany. For the first time ever, MANOWAR will open their secret archives so that fans can finally hear the official history of MANOWAR, from the very beginning until now. Life on the road and in the studio; the glory and the battles; the secrets, and the triumph of steel — DeMaio unfolds "The Blood Of The Kings" chapter by chapter; live, onstage and in person, in a captivating one-man multimedia show. "The Blood Of The Kings" spoken-word tour is a rare, personal look inside the exceptional career of one of the most iconic, most enduring bands in heavy metal. General admission tickets for "The Blood of the Kings" spoken word tour 2019 Germany are now on exclusive pre-sale on Eventim.de. Ultimate Fan Experience (UFE) Upgrades that provide an even more in-depth experience will go on sale at a later point. Ultimate Fan Experience Upgrades will only be valid in connection with a general admission ticket. "The Blood Of The Kings" spoken word tour dates: Nov. 01, 2019 - Munich - Technikum Nov. 02, 2019 - Nuremberg - Kleine Meistersingerhalle Nov. 03, 2019 - Stuttgart - Liederhalle (Silchersaal) Nov. 04, 2019 - Frankfurt - Batschkapp Nov. 05, 2019 - Dusseldorf - Savoy Theater Nov. 07, 2019 - Bochum - Christuskirche Nov. 08, 2019 - Hamburg - Kleine Laeiszhalle Nov. 09, 2019 - Berlin - Tempodrom (Kleine Arena) Nov. 10, 2019 - Leipzig - Haus Leipzig MANOWAR's "The Final Battle" world tour 2017 will continue Saturday night (November 25) with one more performance in Munich. The New York-based veteran metal act announced in May 2016 that it would call it quits after one last tour, explaining that its most recent trek — "Gods And Kings" — was a groundbreaking moment in the band's career and the group aimed to go out on a high. MANOWAR singer Eric Adams, whose real name is Lou Marullo, spoke about the group's's final trek in a recent interview with "Outdoor Adventures With Jayson". He said: "This is it. We've got one last tour coming up. As far as I know, it starts in November in Scandinavia. And then we head down to Germany in December. I fly home for Christmas around December 18, somewhere in there. And then I don't know where we go after that. But it will continue for a little while after that; I just don't know where yet. So I'm looking forward to that." The 63-year-old singer admitted that it was "kind of a Catch-22 thing" knowing that he would never perform with MANOWAR again. "I'm gonna miss the big stage — of course I am — but all good things have to come to an end at some point," he said. As for his future plans, Adams said: "MANOWAR has decided to call it a day, and who knows what's gonna happen after that? I might continue to sing. I might just grab my bow and get out in the woods a little more often than I did before. But we'll see. The future's still yet to be told." Eric, who describes himself as "a big-time bow hunter," has been a hunting-safety instructor for the state of New York where he teaches new hunters about the game laws in New York. He is also the hunting editor for Texas Fish & Game magazine. MANOWAR's most recent studio effort was 2014's re-recording of the band's 1988 album "Kings Of Metal".