ANTHRAX’s SCOTT IAN To LADY GAGA: ‘Let Us Be Your Backing Band’

Scott Ian says that ANTHRAX "would love" to collaborate on music with pop superstar Lady Gaga. The ANTHRAX guitarist made his comments nearly four months after Lady Gaga sang the song "Moth Into Flame" with METALLICA at the 59th annual Grammy Awards at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, a performance which turned into something of a disaster when the Grammy sound crew did not turn frontman James Hetfield's mic on, forcing him to share the mic with Gaga after the first verse and chorus. Speaking to Duke TV's Antoine De Montremy, Ian stated about Lady Gaga (see video below): "Yes, we would love to work with Lady Gaga. [Laughs] I think we put that out there a while ago. And then when we found out she was doing the Grammys with METALLICA, I was, like, 'Wow! It makes sense. They're gonna be on a big TV show and do it together.' And I actually thought she was great on it. "I've said since the beginning, since the first time I ever heard her voice, I always thought, 'Wow, I would really love to hear her sing on a rock record, metal record, whatever,'" he continued. "And then our drummer, Charlie [Benante], ended up meeting her at a show and they became friends. And she knows all about ANTHRAX and METALLICA and all these bands… whoever — name the band. She's a metalhead. So that made it even cooler. The fact that, all right, she knows that world, she understands that world, and she can sing the shit out of this kind of music." Ian added: "I don't know what their plans are — if METALLICA has more plans with Lady Gaga or if she has plans with METALLICA — but we would certainly love to write a song together, or a whole album. Let us be your backing band. Let us be your backing band, Lady Gaga. We could make beautiful music together. [Laughs]" Lady Gaga spoke about her love for IRON MAIDEN and BLACK SABBATH in various interviews over the years, calling the experience of seeing MAIDEN for the first time a "life-changing" event. The singer also appeared in photos with Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame inductee Alice Cooper and Benante. JUDAS PRIEST singer Rob Halford has spoken several times about his interest in a possible collaboration with Lady Gaga, explaining: "I got to see her show in San Diego, and she's a metalhead. That's the most important part of this conversation. She's a metalhead. She was wearing a PRIEST 'Ram It Down' t-shirt the other day in New York. So we met, and we only talked briefly. But if there's a chance to do a track or something, I would love it. Because collaborations can be very, very exciting and very spontaneous." Halford first met Lady Gaga in June 2014 after her show in San Diego. He attended the concert with Lady Starlight, Gaga's longtime friend and collaborator who supported JUDAS PRIEST on tour in 2011.

DAVE MUSTAINE’s Mustaine Vineyards Gets Platinum And Gold Awards

On the heels of his first Grammy Award, thrash metal pioneer and MEGADETH founder Dave Mustaine was recently awarded another platinum award, this time the Platinum Award/Best In Show at the 2017 San Diego International Wine Competition for his She-Wolf, Tempranillo Rose. The competition brings together winemakers, sommeliers, wine critics and seasoned wine and spirits professionals to evaluate new releases in early spring. She-Wolf also earned the Double Gold Award/Best Of Class Region at the 2017 California State Fair Wine Competition. The Double Gold award is reserved for wines receiving a unanimous vote for Gold by a panel of judges. The California State Fair Commercial Wine Competition recruits expert judges from the fields of wine education, winemaking, wine writing, wine marketing and wine service. And most recently, She-Wolf was chosen Best Of Class at the 2017 Pacific Rim International Wine Competition. The two-day blind tasting was held in April with awards of Bronze, Silver, Gold, Best of Class, Best of Show and Grand Champion. Their judges include winemakers, educators, restaurateurs, sales professionals, and journalists and include a representative of each discipline and a member from most wine growing regions to balance the judging panels. A small number of MEGADETH fans were recently invited to visit Dave and Pam Mustaine's vineyard. Dubbed "Megadeth Boot Camp", the event saw fans staying at the estate and touring the winery. They happened to taste some of the potential wines to release. She-Wolf Rose was a definite favorite for both MEGADETH fans and wine judges. Wine enthusiasts have described the rose as a wonderful Spanish-style with a delicate aroma of strawberries, raspberries and citrus peel. The idea for Mustaine Vineyards was inspired by Dave Mustaine's somewhat unorthodox pairing with the San Diego Symphony. Dave, his wife Pam and vineyard co-founder/partner, wanted to offer his traditional MEGADETH fans as well as symphony patrons something to share together at the symphony. They worked with a local winery to develop a cabernet. They served it at his symphony show and immediately sold out of the cabernet sauvignon. The reaction from his fans, as well as symphony goers, was so positive and successful, that they made a commitment to start Mustaine Vineyards. They decided to plant an estate vineyard at Le Reve their estate in Southern California and planted a mini Bordeaux varietal. After more than three decades of a successful music career, Dave Mustaine's musical and creative influences carries into the wines. Because Mustaine's favorite wine is Syrah, he sought out the top winemakers in the region to work with him to develop a custom wine that he liked. He also personally chooses the names for each of his wines naming them after one of his songs and designs each label utilizing his family's crest. Dave and Pam not only enjoy their wines but are involved in every aspect, from picking the varietal to tasting to the finished bottle.

GHOST Teams With Horror Apparel Company FRIGHT-RAGS For Exclusive Merchandise

Swedish occult rockers GHOST, who fully embrace the horror genre, frequently paying homage to classic films on album art and shirt designs, have teamed with horror apparel company Fright-Rags to release a collection of exclusive merchandise. The line includes four shirts from artists Justin Osbourn, Christopher Lovell and Abrar Ajmal, evoking the sinister imagery associated with the band, along with four custom-knit sock designs featuring the unmistakable visage of frontman Papa Emeritus and the Nameless Ghouls. The Ghost Collection is on sale now at Fright-Rags.com, where you can also find original merchandise from Rob Zombie, Alice Cooper and countless horror movies. Quantities are limited. GHOST has been the subject of intense speculation recently following the dismissal of the band's entire lineup last December by frontman and founder Tobias Forge, who performs as Papa Emeritus, and a recent lawsuit filed against Tobias by four ex-members, known previously only as Nameless Ghouls. The musicians have accused Tobias of cheating them out of their rightful share of the profits from the group's album releases and world tours. The four ex-members were offered two separate contract proposals by Forge in 2016, which they rejected as "slave agreements." The new lineup of GHOST, which made its live debut in late March, is rumored to include musicians who have previously played with THE SISTERS OF MERCY, KORN, PENDRAGON and BLOODBATH.

Watch A 225-Person Choir Sing ‘Black Hole Sun’ In Tribute To CHRIS CORNELL

A 225-person Canadian choir has paid tribute to Chris Cornell by covering SOUNDGARDEN's classic song "Black Hole Sun". Toronto's Choir! Choir! Choir!, which has made a name for itself by turning its audiences into choirs, directing each one in a celebration of contemporary pop songs, delivered a massive rendition of the 1994 "Superunknown" track while accompanied by one acoustic guitar and a conductor. In a note accompanying the video, which was recorded on Tuesday (May 23), Choir! Choir! Choir! wrote: "RIP Chris Cornell. No one sang like you, or ever will." The collective, which is led by Nobu Adilman and Daveed Goldman, previously covered David Bowie's "Space Oddity" and Prince's "When Doves Cry" following the iconic musicians' respective deaths in 2016. The group has opened for Patti Smith and Jay Leno, and performed with TEGAN AND SARA.

BLACK SABBATH’s TONY IOMMI Announces Birmingham Music Scholarship

BLACK SABBATH guitarist Tony Iommi is sponsoring a new music scholarship at BIMM Institute Birmingham in Birmingham, England. The Tony Iommi BIMM Birmingham Scholarship is worth £20,250 and recognizes talent and creativity in music. Introducing the award, BIMM Birmingham's executive principal Dara Kilkenny said: "Tony Iommi has agreed to put his name to a scholarship which will be worth £20,250 for one of the applicants, and it could be one of you in this room. It's available to all disciplines, all degree students. You will not pay any fees." Giving his thoughts on the scholarship and how one lucky BIMM student can utilise it, Tony said: "It's fantastic. I just think that you have to go for it and work as hard as you can. Believe in what you are doing. You have to believe in it and follow it through. Work as hard as you can. You have to love it and enjoy it." After the announcement, Tony sat down with BIMM's resident BLACK SABBATH aficionado and ORANGE GOBLIN drummer, Chris Turner, for an exclusive interview about his life in music and his work with BLACK SABBATH, following the band's decision to bid farewell after spending a half century and the forefront of heavy metal. Tony, whose ear-shattering riffs and unique sound provided the blueprint for all metal bands who have followed, shared a wealth of insight and a host of amazing anecdotes about the band’s formation. BLACK SABBATH's sound was actually part inspired by horror movies, which explains a lot. "We were fascinated with horror movie," Tony told the audience. "Geezer [Butler, BLACK SABBATH bassist] and I used to go to a 'Midnight Horror' night at the cinema. I said to Geezer, 'It would great if we could write music to give you the same fear as a horror movie,' and that's what started it off." For more information, visit BIMM.co.uk.

GLENN DANZIG Is ‘Open To Possibly Doing Some More Shows’ With MISFITS

Glenn Danzig says that he is open to performing with the MISFITS again after completing a two-show reunion run last fall. After years of bad blood, Glenn reunited with bassist Jerry Only and guitarist Doyle Wolfgang Von Frankenstein for concerts at both incarnations of Riot Fest in Denver and Chicago. Prior to those gigs, the trio last performed together on October 29, 1983. Speaking to Rolling Stone about how the Riot Fest shows went, Danzig said: "I'd done it with Doyle before, but it was ... interesting. [Laughs] I couldn't hear myself, so it was exactly like the old days. So it is what it is. But everyone seemed to have a great time. I think it exceeded expectations, which is always good, and the write-ups were just insane." Asked if the door is now closed on the reunion or if he would consider playing more concerts with the MISFITS, Glenn said: "We'll see. I'm open to possibly doing some more shows. I don't want to tour, but if it happens and everything lines up properly, I would imagine there'd probably be a couple more shows. I don't know when, but I'll keep an open mind." Joining Glenn, Jerry and Doyle at the Riot Fest shows was drummer Dave Lombardo (SLAYER, SUICIDAL TENDENCIES) and second guitarist Acey Slade. Only told Rolling Stone last September that he wanted the MISFITS reunion to continue. "I know Doyle wants it to continue. I know Glenn wants it to continue," he said. "We just have to be big enough people to make it continue. And that's where we're at. Whatever it takes. We're going into our fortieth anniversary, so the timing couldn't be more perfect." The original MISFITS band broke up in 1983, and Only brought forth a new version of the MISFITS in 1995. Various members have come and gone, but Only, along with BLACK FLAG's Dez Cadena, has kept some form of the MISFITS in the recording studio and on the road for most of the last two decades.

KISS Cancels Manchester Concert Following Terrorist Attack

KISS has canceled its previously announced concert in Manchester, England. The legendary U.S. rockers had been scheduled to play at the Manchester Arena on May 30, just one week after a suicide bomb killed 22 people at an Ariana Grande gig at the same venue. As a result, the Manchester Arena remains closed, which has forced the band to cancel their performance. KISS said in a statement: "We are heartbroken by the atrocity committed against the innocent victims of Manchester. "We sadly will not be able to play Manchester Arena on the 30th May. "We have always looked forward to these shows and our local fans, but in light of recent events, a canceled rock show seems of such little consequence. "Our thoughts and prayers are with the families and friends of those affected and all the people of Manchester at this difficult time. We are with you and you are in our prayers." Refunds for the the show will be granted to all ticketholders at the point of purchase. KISS's other performances in the U.K. will go ahead as planned. Several other artists — including BLONDIE and TAKE THAT — also canceled concerts in the wake of the attack.

MAX PORTNOY’s NEXT TO NONE: ‘The Apple’ Video

The official video for the song "The Apple" from the Pennsylvania-based metal act NEXT TO NONE, featuring drummer Max Portnoy (son of former DREAM THEATER drummer Mike Portnoy), can be seen below. The track is taken from NEXT TO NONE's second album, "Phases", which will be released on July 7 through EMP Label Group in North America, and InsideOut Music in Europe. The band recently completed its first ever European tour alongside labelmates HAKEN and is preparing to support Mike Portnoy's SHATTERED FORTRESS. Formed in 2012, in the Lehigh Valley area of Pennsylvania, the foursome released its well-received debut, "A Light In The Dark", in 2015 via InsideOut, before setting out to work on "Phases". The new album features 12 tracks of powerful modern metal, recorded by the band at singer/keyboardist Thomas Cuce's home studio Battery Power Studios, and mixed by PERIPHERY bassist Adam "Nolly" Getgood. Max Portnoy says: "It's a collective production, with all of the band having their say. We had strong ideas as to how we wanted this album to turn out, and if we'd brought in an outside producer, then this could have changed. So, it was best for us to stick together and follow our own vision." The recording process started early last October, with drum parts being recorded at Neal Morse's Radiant Studios in Nashville; these sessions were engineered by Jerry Guidroz. Max says: "We then spent about four months at Thomas's home studio (Battery Powered Studios) doing the rest of the work; Thomas was the engineer for those sessions. We were in there every day until 3 a.m. I don't know how Kris coped, because he was going to school after we'd finished in the studio and getting just a couple of hours sleep." He continues: "We're so excited to finally be releasing our new album. We feel it's a huge step forward for the band and shows a much heavier and much more technical side. "This album is very special to us because it's the first time we recorded and self-produced our entire album. We were able to create music that is completely our own. Every note, every sound, every word, came from us and we can't wait for you all to hear it. I suppose you could say that we've done here is do more of everything we did before, but the greater experience we now have has helped us become better at what we want to do." Cuce adds: "Working with Nolly on the mix has been one of the highlights of this recording for us. He captured the exact sound we wanted right from the start. "Doing this upcoming tour with the SHATTERED FORTRESS will be a great opportunity to premiere this new material to an audience that will surely get where we're coming from." "Phases" marks the recording debut of NEXT TO NONE guitarist Derrick Schneider, who came on a recommendation from band friend and former GUNS N' ROSES guitarist Ron "Bumblefoot" Thal. Guitarist Ryland Holland departed NEXT TO NONE last year to attend Berklee College Of Music. "Phases" track listing: 01. 13 02. Answer Me 03. The Apple 04. Beg 05. Alone 06. Kek 07. Clarity 08. Pause 09. Mr Mime 10. Isolation 11. Denial 12. The Wanderer

RITCHIE BLACKMORE Says He Would Play With DEEP PURPLE Again

Ritchie Blackmore has gotten over his bad feelings about DEEP PURPLE and says he would play with with his former bandmates again if he was invited. Blackmore is a co-founder of DEEP PURPLE and wrote many of their most memorable riffs, including "Smoke On The Water", but he has not played with the group since his 1993 departure. In a brand new interview with The Guardian, Blackmore said that he "bears no malice" towards DEEP PURPLE and that he would play with them again if he were asked, but added: "It's probably not probable, though." Elsewhere in the interview, the notoriously moody guitarist made it clear that he is not interested in having a good time. "I try not to have fun. I work very hard at not having fun," he said. Asked why on earth he would do that, Blackmore responded: "I don't think the world is a fun place. I'm very content in my own mind, in a way, but fun, I'm not too sure about. I don't quite know what fun is. I don't know why I should walk around with a perpetual grin on my face, saying everything's wonderful. "I just don't fit into the 'fun' area," he continued. "A lot of musicians go: 'Oh, that was fun.' Well, I like to think that music is very serious, and it's not fun. I'm not one of these guys that likes jamming with people and having fun; music is too serious, and I don't feel like I can relate if I'm having fun. It's hard work and it's really gratifying to do, but fun? Fun is something where someone tells a joke and they laugh for ten seconds. Music's much deeper than that." DEEP PURPLE drummer Ian Paice recently said told "The Rock Brigade" podcast that there was "no point" for the band to consider a reunion with Blackmore, explaining that "we have a wonderful feeling within the band, everybody's very friendly, and all we have to do is go on stage and make the music; there's no other considerations to worry about. I think Ritchie's life doesn't work like that. I think it's a little more complex. And at this stage of my life, I don't need cloudy areas. I like it to be clear and crystal and know that it's gonna be fun. I love Ritchie to death, but I can't guarantee every day with him is gonna be fun." Blackmore was absent from DEEP PURPLE's induction into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame last year. He later posted a statement on his Facebook page in which he said: "I have my reason for not attending the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame induction ceremony, although I appreciate the award." Despite Blackmore being a no-show at last year's Rock Hall, he was given several shoutouts during the induction speeches of the DEEP PURPLE members in attendance. In addition, METALLICA drummer Lars Ulrich, who inducted DEEP PURPLE into the institution, praised "Ritchie fucking Blackmore" for one of the most memorable guitar riffs of all time on "Smoke On The Water".

BLIND GUARDIAN: ‘Mirror Mirror’ Video From ‘Live Beyond The Spheres’ Album

German progressive power metal pioneers BLIND GUARDIAN will release a new concert album titled "Live Beyond The Spheres" on July 7 as a 3-CD and 4-LP box via Nuclear Blast. The set will include material recorded at various shows during the band's European tour in 2015. It will contain old classics, new tracks as well as songs that were very rarely performed during BLIND GUARDIAN's live shows. BLIND GUARDIAN guitarist André Olbrich reveals why the time is right to release "Live Beyond The Spheres": "There's several different reasons why it's about time to release a live album. We've had a new rhythm section in the band — Frederik and Bahrend — for a couple of years now. Our interaction improved a lot by their joining and our songs developed a better groove and became more dynamic. The appearance of digital amp profilers and digital recording techniques also made it possible to create a fairly similar sonic image in different venues and to fulfil our image of what a perfect live album should be. Last but not least, we released three studio albums since our previous live album, and we didn't have any live recordings from our relatively current studio material. By compiling a three-disc package, we were able to create a very extensive and varied set list to reflect our thirty-year career with an optimal performances. "We compiled one 'show' out of the best tracks from more than forty live performances, recorded during our European tour in 2015. That's how we pinned down the most beautiful and atmospheric moments on this medium," he adds. The official video for the song "Mirror Mirror", taken from "Live Beyond The Spheres", can be seen below. André comments on the track: "'Mirror Mirror' is one of the biggest classics from BLIND GUARDIAN; known for being celebrated by both, band and fans, at the end of every live show." BLIND GUARDIAN vocalist Hansi Kürsch speaks about the difficulties to create such an ambitious album: "In general, I would say that we've had a really good run on this tour and that nearly every show was perfect. But at the end of the day, after every bandmember has checked each and every song and concert of those 30 shows again and again. There were only like two or three versions of each song being suitable to be used for an album. We then had to decide between those last remaining versions, which would have been the most impressive one. This was a nearly endless task!" He continues: "The songs finally chosen reveal such an energy that poissible smaller mistakes appeared to be totally unimportant for the evaluation. As soon as you have listened to the songs, you will know what I mean. They feel alive." But the end result is well worth the effort. Hansi sums it up: "There is always something happening at each show, let's call it 'magic,' that is giving us all creeps. We are really satisfied when the people sing with us, have a good time and go back home happy." "Live Beyond The Spheres" track listing: CD1 01. The Ninth Wave 02. Banish From Sanctuary 03. Nightfall 04. Prophecies 05. Tanelorn 06. The Last Candle 07. And Then There Was Silence CD2 01. The Lord Of The Rings 02. Fly 03. Bright Eyes 04. Lost In The Twilight Hall 05. Imaginations From The Other Side 06. Into The Storm 07. Twilight Of The Gods 08. A Past And Future Secret 09. And The Story Ends CD3 01. Sacred Worlds 02. The Bard's Song (In The Forest) 03. Valhalla 04. Wheel Of Time 05. Majesty 06. Mirror Mirror