ACCEPT: ‘Platinum Edition’ Reissues Of First Four Albums Due In April

The first four classic albums by ACCEPT"Accept", "I'm A Rebel", "Breaker" and "Restless And Wild" — will be available as CD re-releases in digipak format on April 14. These reissues were compiled in close collaboration with original ACCEPT vocalist Udo Dirkschneider. The booklets include the song's lyrics, old photos from the archives and liner notes by Udo; "I'm A Rebel", "Breaker" and "Restless And Wild" also come with exclusive live bonus tracks, performed by Dirkschneider. Note: The "Accept" album, instead of written liner notes, includes an audio interview with Udo in which he gives insight on the foundation of the band. These "Platinum Edition" reissues will only be available in North and South America, Asia, Russia, Turkey and the Baltic Countries. Udo insists that he has no interest in reuniting with his former bandmates, even if it's just to play one last show with the group. "If Peter [Baltes, bass] and Wolf [Hoffmann, guitar] called me [to play with them again], but I don't think [they would], but [if they did], I would say, 'Have fun. Bye bye,'" he told Greece's Rockpages. Last year Udo told Spark TV that he has "no relationship at all" with the members of ACCEPT. "We don't talk to each other," he said. "It's, in a way, also sad, but what can you do?" The current lineup of ACCEPT includes American vocalist Mark Tornillo, who joined the band in 2009. acceptplatinumedition4 acceptplatinumedition3 acceptplatinumedition2 acceptplatinumedition1

ACCEPT: ‘Platinum Edition’ Reissues Of First Four Albums Due In April

The first four classic albums by ACCEPT"Accept", "I'm A Rebel", "Breaker" and "Restless And Wild" — will be available as CD re-releases in digipak format on April 14. These reissues were compiled in close collaboration with original ACCEPT vocalist Udo Dirkschneider. The booklets include the song's lyrics, old photos from the archives and liner notes by Udo; "I'm A Rebel", "Breaker" and "Restless And Wild" also come with exclusive live bonus tracks, performed by Dirkschneider. Note: The "Accept" album, instead of written liner notes, includes an audio interview with Udo in which he gives insight on the foundation of the band. These "Platinum Edition" reissues will only be available in North and South America, Asia, Russia, Turkey and the Baltic Countries. Udo insists that he has no interest in reuniting with his former bandmates, even if it's just to play one last show with the group. "If Peter [Baltes, bass] and Wolf [Hoffmann, guitar] called me [to play with them again], but I don't think [they would], but [if they did], I would say, 'Have fun. Bye bye,'" he told Greece's Rockpages. Last year Udo told Spark TV that he has "no relationship at all" with the members of ACCEPT. "We don't talk to each other," he said. "It's, in a way, also sad, but what can you do?" The current lineup of ACCEPT includes American vocalist Mark Tornillo, who joined the band in 2009. acceptplatinumedition4 acceptplatinumedition3 acceptplatinumedition2 acceptplatinumedition1

PALLBEARER: ‘I Saw The End’ Video Released

"I Saw The End", the new video from the Arkansas progressive doom quartet PALLBEARER, can be seen below. The clip was directed by Zev Deans of Panorama Programming (LAMB OF GOD, CHELSEA WOLFE, GHOST). The band commented: "Both song and video present a telescopic view on an eternity of corruption. The path of greed leads to misery. When higher awareness allowed us to claw our way out of the mud, we found new ways to exploit one another, abusing the gift that could bring us to new heights. In the end, we pay for our selfishness. Join us for this elegy for what might have been." "I Saw The End" is taken from PALLBEARER's third record, titled "Heartless", which will be released on March 24 via Nuclear Blast Entertainment in Europe, Australia and New Zealand and via Profound Lore in North America. Initially formed in 2008, PALLBEARER grew from the fertile underground metal scene of Little Rock — releasing their debut full-length, "Sorrow And Extinction", in early 2012. The record made an immediate and immense impact on die-hard doom fans and metal critics alike, also forming the four-piece fans outside of the metal scene. Their formidable sophomore record, 2014's "Foundations Of Burden", featured on countless critics' end-of-year lists and cemented their reputation as an unstoppable and emotive force — driving doom beyond its imagined limits, carving themselves an entirely original path through the realm of heavy music. "Heartless" track listing: 01. I Saw The End 02. Thorns 03. Lie Of Survival 04. Dancing In Madness 05. Cruel Road 06. Heartless 07. A Plea For Understanding "I Saw The End" is an indicator of an album grander in scope than anything PALLBEARER has released prior, showcasing a natural progression that melds higher technicality and more ambitious structures with their most immediate hooks to date. On "Heartless", PALLBEARER offer a complex sonic architecture that weaves together the spacious exploratory elements of classic prog, the raw anthemics of '90s alt-rock, and stretches of black-lit proto-metal. Lyrics about mortality, life, and love are set to sharp melodies and pristine three-part harmonies. Vocalist and guitarist Brett Campbell has always been a strong, assured singer, and on "Heartless", his work is especially stunning. By fusing their widest musical palette to date, PALLBEARER make the kind of heavy rock that will appeal to diehards, but could also find the group crossing over into newer territories and fanbases. After having helped revitalize doom metal, it almost feels like they've gone and set their sights on rock and roll itself. Which doesn't seem at all impossible on the back of a record like "Heartless". "Heartless" was recorded entirely to analog tape at Fellowship Hall Sound, Little Rock, Arkansas between June and August 2016. The record was produced by PALLBEARER, and mixed by acclaimed producer Joe Barresi (TOOL, MELVINS, QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE, FU MANCHU). Engineering was handled by Jason Weinheimer and Zach Reeves, and mastered by Grammy-winning mastering engineer Dave Collins (BLACK SABBATH, ALICE COOPER, SOUNDGARDEN, STING). See PALLBEARER on tour later this month with support from MARISSA NADLER and KAYO DOT. PALLBEARER is: * Brett Campbell - Lead Vocals, Electric And Acoustic Guitars, Synthesizers * Devin Holt - Electric And Acoustic Guitars, Vocals * Joseph D. Rowland - Electric Bass, Vocals, Synthesizers * Mark Lierly - Percussion Photo creit: Diana Lee Zadlo
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PALLBEARER: ‘I Saw The End’ Video Released

"I Saw The End", the new video from the Arkansas progressive doom quartet PALLBEARER, can be seen below. The clip was directed by Zev Deans of Panorama Programming (LAMB OF GOD, CHELSEA WOLFE, GHOST). The band commented: "Both song and video present a telescopic view on an eternity of corruption. The path of greed leads to misery. When higher awareness allowed us to claw our way out of the mud, we found new ways to exploit one another, abusing the gift that could bring us to new heights. In the end, we pay for our selfishness. Join us for this elegy for what might have been." "I Saw The End" is taken from PALLBEARER's third record, titled "Heartless", which will be released on March 24 via Nuclear Blast Entertainment in Europe, Australia and New Zealand and via Profound Lore in North America. Initially formed in 2008, PALLBEARER grew from the fertile underground metal scene of Little Rock — releasing their debut full-length, "Sorrow And Extinction", in early 2012. The record made an immediate and immense impact on die-hard doom fans and metal critics alike, also forming the four-piece fans outside of the metal scene. Their formidable sophomore record, 2014's "Foundations Of Burden", featured on countless critics' end-of-year lists and cemented their reputation as an unstoppable and emotive force — driving doom beyond its imagined limits, carving themselves an entirely original path through the realm of heavy music. "Heartless" track listing: 01. I Saw The End 02. Thorns 03. Lie Of Survival 04. Dancing In Madness 05. Cruel Road 06. Heartless 07. A Plea For Understanding "I Saw The End" is an indicator of an album grander in scope than anything PALLBEARER has released prior, showcasing a natural progression that melds higher technicality and more ambitious structures with their most immediate hooks to date. On "Heartless", PALLBEARER offer a complex sonic architecture that weaves together the spacious exploratory elements of classic prog, the raw anthemics of '90s alt-rock, and stretches of black-lit proto-metal. Lyrics about mortality, life, and love are set to sharp melodies and pristine three-part harmonies. Vocalist and guitarist Brett Campbell has always been a strong, assured singer, and on "Heartless", his work is especially stunning. By fusing their widest musical palette to date, PALLBEARER make the kind of heavy rock that will appeal to diehards, but could also find the group crossing over into newer territories and fanbases. After having helped revitalize doom metal, it almost feels like they've gone and set their sights on rock and roll itself. Which doesn't seem at all impossible on the back of a record like "Heartless". "Heartless" was recorded entirely to analog tape at Fellowship Hall Sound, Little Rock, Arkansas between June and August 2016. The record was produced by PALLBEARER, and mixed by acclaimed producer Joe Barresi (TOOL, MELVINS, QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE, FU MANCHU). Engineering was handled by Jason Weinheimer and Zach Reeves, and mastered by Grammy-winning mastering engineer Dave Collins (BLACK SABBATH, ALICE COOPER, SOUNDGARDEN, STING). See PALLBEARER on tour later this month with support from MARISSA NADLER and KAYO DOT. PALLBEARER is: * Brett Campbell - Lead Vocals, Electric And Acoustic Guitars, Synthesizers * Devin Holt - Electric And Acoustic Guitars, Vocals * Joseph D. Rowland - Electric Bass, Vocals, Synthesizers * Mark Lierly - Percussion Photo creit: Diana Lee Zadlo
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BOBBY BLOTZER Taps Ex-QUIET RIOT Singer SEANN NICOLS For His Version Of RATT

Bobby Blotzer has tapped former QUIET RIOT and ADLER'S APPETITE singer Seann Nicols (a.k.a. Sheldon Tarsha) to front his version of RATT when the band performs on March 18 at the Prairie Knights Casino & Resort in Fort Yates, North Dakota. Nicols joins Blotzer's RATT as the replacement for Joshua Alan, who quit the band in January, explaining that he will be working and focusing on his original music this year. Regarding how Seann landed the singer gig in his version of RATT, Blotzer wrote on Facebook: "In July [2016], when we were on the very successful RATT tour of 2016, and we had a few dropouts, I moved swiftly to a great array of awesome friends and great players — we never skipped a beat. Not a day or a show fell. "When the other guys dropped, I asked our then-singer, 'Are you going too?', because the road might not be as easy as everyone thought it might be. I was apprised by a great buddy of mine that he knew of a ripping lead singer. I told our then-singer about him out of sheer honesty. And he replied to me as he did at every single show: 'No. You know how much I appreciate being in this, I'm in for THE LONG HAUL.' "The last time I spoke to him was December 16th, Kentucky show. "GREAT! "We continued through the year with 35 more shows, give or take. "This other lead singer guy sent me his voice singing over our RATT songs with [Stephen] Pearcy's voice pulled out and him singing in place. Well, fucking hell, I was quite astonished, to be honest. "I stuck it out with the other singer [because] my word is real. But he knew there was someone in the wings. And the guy I met over the phone in July ended up with our fellow touring band guys in QUIET RIOT. Cool, way to go, I thought (also not knowing why our ex-bandmate Mr. Jizzy Pearl was gone from QUIET RIOT). But the music business is an incestuous small world. "So, there you go. "There is still a war waging but I'm not going to get into those specifics. I will, though, give you a little taste of what I was sent on the road in July 2016. I wish I had future vision then." A recording of Seann Nicols singing the RATT song "Lovin' You Is A Dirty Job" can be heard below. Also available is footage of Blotzer, Nicols and thre other musicians performing the RATT hit "Round And Round" on March 5 at the Balz Magazine Release Party at the Mas Fina Cantina in Carlsbad, California. Blotzer, who had a spinal fusion surgery for the C6-C7 vertebrae in his neck four years ago, said that he will undergo lumbar spine surgery two days after his version of RATT performs at the Prairie Knights Casino & Resort. The drummer also promised that he would "mop up [the] litigation" he is currently embroiled in with his former bandmate over the rights to the RATT name and that he would return to the road "with RATT around late June." Blotzer has spent the last year and a half battling the other three members of RATT's classic lineup in court. At the same time, he has been hitting the road with his version of RATT, which, in addition to Alan, most recently included guitarists Mitch Perry (TALAS, HEAVEN, STEELER, MSG, LITA FORD) and Stacey Blades (L.A. GUNS) and bassist Brad Lang (Y&T).

DON DOKKEN Says There Are No Plans To Play More Shows With Classic Lineup Of DOKKEN

Don Dokken says there are currently no plans to play any more shows with the classic lineup of DOKKEN. The singer, guitarist George Lynch, bassist Jeff Pilson and drummer "Wild" Mick Brown launched a short Japanese tour last October in Osaka, before heading to Fukuoka, Tokyo for an appearance at the Loud Park festival and continuing on to Hiroshima, Aichi and finally, back to Tokyo for the final concert. Speaking to LA Weekly about how the reunion gigs went, Don said: "We played in Japan with George, but that was a one-time thing. Five shows. Never say never, but as far as right now, I'm not planning more shows with Jeff and George. There's no point. They all have their various projects. It just happened to be a moment in time when the stars aligned. Plus Jon [Levin, current DOKKEN guitarist] is an underrated monster." A new DOKKEN concert DVD focusing on the band's reunion tour is tentatively due before the end of the year. The set will feature footage from two of the Japanese shows — including Tokyo — as well as the band's very first comeback gig, which was held on September 30, 2016 at Badlands Pawn Guns Gold And Rock 'N' Roll in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Don previously told Billboard that the main reason he doesn't want to continue with the classic DOKKEN lineup is that "loves" the band he has now — which features Brown, alongside Levin and bassist Chris McCarvil. "We've been together for thirteen years, and I don't want to hurt that franchise," he explained. "Plus if we were to continue with [the classic] lineup, old wounds might be opened, and I don't want to revisit that. I don't think any of us wants to. It's all great when a marriage fails and you say, 'I'm gonna get back with my ex' — for a week, maybe. Six months into it, the wounds come back. I don't want to experience that. It's just not part of my life anymore, and I think the other guys feel the same way." Pilson told "Trunk Nation" that the Japanese tour was "very, very drama-free; I was kind of surprised — very pleasantly so. It was a great time," he said. "We actually had a lot of fun. We connected on a friendship level that I wasn't really expecting, to be honest with you, and it was great. I mean, it was really, really fun — much more so than I was expecting." Lynch echoed those comments, saying that DOKKEN's brief 2016 reunion was "went well" but admitted that "it wasn't without its challenges." He told AntiHero Magazine "It was a lot of work. We were kind of just thrown into the maelstrom. We didn't really prepare like we should've. It was kind of put together a little strange. I think we would all agree to that. We were all starting to talk about that recently about how we were just kind of… [we] kind of did it backwards. But despite all that, when we were up there playing, for the most part, it was the same band that we were thirty years ago, same personalities. I mean, you saw us all looking at each other, and we're in a room, a dressing room, we're hanging out whatever at the hotel and it's funny how nothing had changed. We're all just the same distinct, funny personalities. And, both on and off stage, it was great. Ideally, it would be nice to rehearse it a little more if we do it again, get a little tighter, and try to figure it out, but it was cool for what it was."

METALLICA’s LARS ULRICH Slams TRUMP’s Border Wall: ‘We Need To Bring People Together’

METALLICA drummer Lars Ulrich has slammed President Donald Trump's plan to build "a great wall" along the U.S.-Mexico border, saying that "we need to bring people together." Days after being sworn in, Trump issued an executive order to build a wall on the southern border, later explaining that it will be "a very effective weapon against drugs and crime." His vow to make Mexico pay for the wall — estimated to cost up to $20 billion — has stirred resentment there, where the country's leader has repeatedly said there will be no such payment. METALLICA concluded a three-night residency in Mexico City Sunday night (March 5), and Ulrich was asked by Paola Rojas of Mexico's Las Estrellas television network for his opinion on the proposed wall. The drummer responded (see video below): "I don't think the world needs any walls. I think we need to bring people together. METALLICA travels all over the world, and through music we try to bring people together. So whether we're in Mexico or whether we're in Asia or whether we're in Europe or whatever, we encourage as many different people from as many different backgrounds to come together and share music and life and culture and all these experiences. And so, being one Danish guy, being asked an opinion, I don't think any walls are necessary, and I think that, increasingly, as far as METALLICA traveling all over this beautiful planet, we break down barriers with music." After Trump — one of the most polarizing figures to assume the office — was officially sworn in as the 45th president of the United States on January 20, a number of celebrities took to social media to share their thoughts, including METALLICA guitarist Kirk Hammett, who urged fans to "defend democracy" and "reject American carnage." In a series of tweets, the METALLICA guitarist was critical of Trump's inaugural address, which painted a bleak picture of life for some in the United States. "To say America is not great, that it lacks greatness, sets up a scenario for manipulation and control from others —pay attention, people!" Hammett wrote. In October, Ulrich said he would consider moving back to his native Denmark if Trump were elected president. "I am a hundred percent Danish citizen. I pay taxes in the U.S.A., but I can't vote in America," he said. "Yes, certainly sometimes I think about moving home to Denmark… If Trump becomes President and everything goes to shit, I might make my way to the airport and ask if I can get back in again."

Video: KORN Joined By SLIPKNOT’s COREY TAYLOR For ‘A Different World’ Performance In Anaheim

SLIPKNOT and STONE SOUR frontman Corey Taylor joined KORN on stage on Sunday night (March 5) at the House of Blues in Anaheim, California to perform the KORN song "A Different World". Fan-filmed video footage of his appearance can be seen below. "A Different World" is taken from KORN's latest album, "The Serenity Of Suffering", which came out last October. KORN singer Jonathan Davis spoke about getting Taylor to appear on the track. "We were trying to figure out who we wanted to collaborate with, and I'm like, 'You know, that's the one, that's the guy,'" he said. "And I texted him, I'm like, 'Do you want to be on a new KORN track?' He's all, 'Hell yeah! When and where, what do I do?' So he did great on the song. I already did my parts, I'm like, 'Do what you do, man.' And I like the way he did it, the approach: he starts creeping in underneath the song, you can start slowly hearing his voice under mine, and it crescendos up into the middle part where he sings, and then it's just full-on at the end, so the song came out great." Taylor said that he became involved in "A Different World" after receiving "a phone call, like, 'Hey, do you wanna do this?' And I was on the plane the next day. I flew in, and I hadn't even heard the music. I was, like, 'Yeah.' 'Cause as a fan and as a friend, it was just something that we had been talking about for years. And all the stars aligned and I got to do this track. And it is heavy, dude. It is so righteous. People are gonna lose their minds." KORN and STONE SOUR will join forces for a summer tour, set to get underway June 16 at the USANA Amphitheatre in Salt Lake City, Utah and then continue through early August. Presented by Live Nation, "The Serenity Of Summer" tour will be rounded out by support from Japan's female-fronted BABYMETAL, southern rapper YELAWOLF and ISLANDER (June 16-25), followed by a second leg (July 19 - August 2) which will see KORN joined by SKILLET, YELAWOLF and DED, creating a versatile bill reminiscent of KORN's famed "Family Values" tours in the past.

GUNS N’ ROSES Sold Over 350,000 Tickets In Australia And New Zealand

GUNS N' ROSES sold a whopping 353,000 tickets during its recent tour of Australia and New Zealand. The band also became the first international act to sell out the 74,000-capacity MCG in Melbourne. In addition, 85,000 people saw the band perform over two nights in Sydney. Paul Dainty, CEO of TEG Dainty, said that he was surprised GN'R sold so many tickets this time around. "GUNS N' ROSES has a huge fan base in Australia, but I would say it's now bigger than ever after this fabulous tour," he said. "Every night the band delivered its trademark sound and performance. I can't speak highly enough of their professionalism and passion. We would love to see them back soon." GUNS N' ROSES "Not In This Lifetime Tour" attendance figures for New Zealand and Australia: Feb. 02 - Westpac Stadium, Wellington - 33,000 Feb. 04 - Western Springs Stadium, Auckland - 50,000 Feb. 07 - QSAC Stadium, Brisbane - 40,000 Feb. 10 - ANZ Stadium, Sydney - 50,000 Feb. 11 - ANZ Stadium Sydney - 35,000 Feb. 14 - MCG, Melbourne - 74,000 Feb. 18 - Adelaide Oval, Adelaide - 36,000 Feb. 21 - Domain Stadium, Perth - 35,000 As previously reported, GUNS N' ROSES is coming back to North America this summer for at least another 15 stadium dates starting on July 27 in St. Louis. The band kicked off its reunion trek last April with a club show in Hollywood and appearances in Las Vegas and at California's Coachella festival. Thirteen concerts on the South American leg of the "Not In This Lifetime" tour yielded a total box office gross of $56.5 million, according to Billboard Boxscore. More than 565,000 tickets were sold for the shows, including 105,000 tickets for the November 4 and November 5 gigs in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and another 93,600 for the November 11 and November 12 dates in São Paulo, Brazil. Last summer's North American leg, which consisted of 25 shows in 21 stadiums, grossed $116.8 million with over one million tickets sold. The band's appearances at MetLife Stadium in the metropolitan New York City market brought in $11.6 million from shows on July 23 and 24. The tour features classic lineup members Slash on guitar, Duff McKagan on bass and Axl Rose on vocals, backed by drummer Frank Ferrer, guitarist Richard Fortus, and keyboardists Dizzy Reed and Melissa Reese.
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New QUIET RIOT Singer JAMES DURBIN Blasts ‘Supreme Scum’ Who Post Negative Comments On BLABBERMOUTH.NET

QUIET RIOT's seventh lead singer, "American Idol" finalist James Durbin has slammed the "supreme scum" who post comments on BLABBERMOUTH.NET, calling them "bottom-feeding crotch goblins." Durbin, who became known as the "metal guy" on 2011's season of "American Idol" after performing "Living After Midnight" and "Breaking The Law" with JUDAS PRIEST, joined QUIET RIOT last week after the dismissal of Seann Nicols (a.k.a. Sheldon Tarsha; formerly of ADLER'S APPETITE). Nicols was with QUIET RIOT for just a few months, but long enough to record the vocals for the band's upcoming album, "Road Rage". Fully aware of the fact that the rock world could be disdainful of the winner of a mainstream reality show, Durbin was asked by California Rock News if he seen any of the criticism he has received via the comments section on BLABBERMOUTH.NET and what he thinks about it. "I'm aware of Blabbermouth comments," Durbin admitted. "I don't really know what kind of creature that is on the other end of the interweb there that gets a jolly from thinking that they're being funny or crushing people's dreams or hopes or anything. But I think it's pretty ironic that somebody spends all their time either on their phone or on their computer — wherever it is. I assume many of these people have jobs they're extremely unhappy with. It doesn't mean they're living in their mom's basements or whatever, but chances are they're pretty unhappy with the course of their life." He continued: "I've definitely seen some altercations [in the comments section on BLABBERMOUTH.NET]. I usually try and stay out of it and keep my life as positive and reaching for higher heights and feeding off the bottom. "But, yeah, if I had to give them a description or anything, it would probably be a bottom-feeding crotch goblin. They fit the description. They eat the dingleberries from the bottom. They're just the supreme scum. And… What else can I say? Let's see… "There's a great thing that Chris Jericho used to say about Stephanie McMahon in the early attitude era of the WWF at the time: 'Dirty, rotten, lousy, bottom-feeding, trash-bag ho.' You know, the list can go on and on and on. But, honestly, I just think it's pathetic, and it's just a glorified gossip site for men. There's a couple of women on there, but I wouldn't classify them as women either." Durbin added: "I can throw down with the best of 'em when it comes to this. So, yeah, they can keep talking, but you know what they're doing? They're still talking. So it's when they stop talking that you've gotta worry about it. Whether they're talking good or bad, my name still comes up in their conversation. And it just means that talking about me — whether they're talking shit about it or they're talking good things about it — is more important to them than whatever else is going on in their lives. So, hey, more power to 'em." Durbin, who recently collaborated with QUIET RIOT guitarist Alex Grossi on the "Maps To The Hollywood Scars" EP, will make his live debut with QUIET RIOT on March 18 at The Cotillion in Wichita, Kansas. A handful of additional North American dates will take place during the next two months. "Road Rage" will be released on April 21 via Frontiers Music Srl. Banali revived QUIET RIOT in 2010, three years after original singer Kevin DuBrow's death, along with Grossi and bassist Chuck Wright. The group went through two vocalists — Mark Huff and Scott Vokoun — before settling on Jizzy Pearl in 2013. Pearl announced his exit from QUIET RIOT last October.