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QUIET RIOT Releases First Video In Almost Three Decades: ‘Can’t Get Enough’

"Can't Get Enough", the new video from QUIET RIOT, can be seen below. The song is taken from the band's new album, "Road Rage", which will be released on August 4 via Frontiers Music Srl. QUIET RIOT is led by drummer Frankie Banali, who is joined by bassist Chuck Wright (who has been in and out of the band since 1982), guitarist Alex Grossi (who has been in the band since 2004), and new vocalist James Durbin. 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, hooked up with QUIET RIOT 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 an early version of "Road Rage". Banali told that, lyrically, "Can't Get Enough" comes from Durbin's life experiences: "From that perspective, I think a lot of people can relate to what this song is about. Musically, it is a very straight-ahead, driving rock song with great melodies in the tradition of QUIET RIOT." "Can't Get Enough" is the first video the band has shot in almost three decades. Banali told the group decided to make the video because it felt "the timing is right to give the fans a visual of the band. Between 1983 and 1987, QUIET RIOT videos were well represented on MTV. While obviously much has changed since, it seemed the time was right to release a video to show everyone what QUIET RIOT is all about in the 21st century." He added: "The band has always made fun videos, and this was certainly in keeping with that tradition." "Road Rage" was originally scheduled for release in the spring of 2017, but with the injection of newfound energy for the band with the addition of Durbin in the vocalist slot, the band decided to scrap the original sessions and record a new version of the album with the new and improved lineup. "Road Rage" track listing: 01. Can't Get Enough 02. Getaway 03. Roll This Joint 04. Freak Flag 05. Wasted 06. Still Wild 07. Make A Way 08. Renegades 09. The Road 10. Shame 11. Knock Em Down Durbin made his live debut with QUIET RIOT on March 18 at The Cotillion in Wichita, Kansas. Banali revived QUIET RIOT in 2010, three years after DuBrow's death, along with Grossi and 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.

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MOTIONLESS IN WHITE Announces Fall 2017 U.S. Tour; BLABBERMOUTH.NET Presale Available

MOTIONLESS IN WHITE has announced details of its U.S. headline tour. Kicking off September 28 in Las Vegas, Nevada, the coast-to-coast trek will see the band traversing the U.S. through October in support of its new album, "Graveyard Shift", which landed at No. 1 on Billboard's Hard Rock Albums chart earlier this year. For the upcoming run, MOTIONLESS IN WHITE will be joined by Roadrunner labelmates THE AMITY AFFLICTION, MISS MAY I and one other special guest to be announced in the coming weeks. A special BLABBERMOUTH.NET presale will begin on Wednesday, July 26 at 10:00 a.m. local time and end on Thursday, July 27 at 10:00 p.m. local time. When prompted, type in the presale code "RATS" to access tickets before the general public. The general on-sale is Friday, July 28 at 10:00 a.m. local time. Tour dates: Sep. 28 - Las Vegas, NV - Brooklyn Bowl Sep. 29 - Tempe, AZ - Marquee Theatre Sep. 30 - Los Angeles, CA - The Novo Oct. 01 - San Francisco, CA - The Regency Oct. 03 - Seattle, WA - The Showbox Oct. 04 - Portland, OR - Wonder Ballroom Oct. 06 - Salt Lake City, UT - The Complex Oct. 07 - Colorado Springs, CO - The Black Sheep Oct. 08 - Denver, CO - Summit Music Hall Oct. 09 - Kansas City, MO - The Truman Oct. 11 - Cleveland, OH - Agora Theatre Oct. 12 - New York, NY - Playstation Theater Oct. 13 - Uncasville, CT - The Wolf Den at Mohegan Sun* Oct. 14 - Worcester, MA - The Palladium Oct. 15 - Baltimore, MD - Rams Head Live! Oct. 17 - Pittsburgh, PA - Stage AE Oct. 18 - Detroit, MI - Majestic Theatre Oct. 20 - Sauget, IL – Pop's Nightclub Oct. 21 - Cincinnati, OH - Bogarts Oct. 22 - Chicago, IL - House of Blues Oct. 24 - Dallas, TX - Gas Monkey Bar N’ Oct. Grill Oct. 25 - Houston, TX - White Oak Music Hall Oct. 26 - San Antonio, TX - Alamo City Music Hall Oct. 28 - Orlando, FL - The Plaza Live Oct. 29 - Atlanta, GA - Center Stage Oct. 30 - Richmond, VA - The National Oct. 31 - Philadelphia, PA - Electric Factory MOTIONLESS IN WHITE's new album, "Graveyard Shift", was released on May 5 via Roadrunner. The disc's striking artwork was selected from over two thousand contest entries from fans and designers in partnership with Creative Allies. The contest's winner, Crystal Johnson, created the album's cover as well as other elements in the album package. Founded in 2005, MOTIONLESS IN WHITE has won over audiences worldwide with its aggressive music and arresting imagery. The band — currently comprising lead singer Chris Motionless, guitarists Ryan Sitkowski and Ricky Horror, bassist Devin "Ghost" Sola and drummer Vinny Mauro — has proven a ferocious and inventive live act, earning an increasingly fervent fan following via countless headline shows, festival sets, and tours alongside such iconic acts as SLIPKNOT, KORN and BREAKING BENJAMIN.

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SLAYER’s TOM ARAYA On JEFF HANNEMAN: ‘I Feel Like I Should Have Done More To Help Him’

On Sunday, July 23, Elliott Fullam of Little Punk People conducted an interview with SLAYER frontman Tom Araya backstage at the Electric Factory in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. You can now watch the chat below. A couple of excerpts follow (transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET). On when SLAYER will begin recording its next album: Tom: "I don't know. When we started doing this… when I started doing this, I always wanted to be in a band and play music. And then I ended up hooking up with four guys that were like-minded, just like me, and we clicked. And then we just started playing and jamming, and then we started writing our own stuff and jamming. Next thing you know, someone says, 'Hey, I wanna do a song. I wanna do a record.' And we just kept doing that. Thirty-five years later, I find myself in a place where I never thought I'd ever be. I never really once thought about ever being where I am. And it's a business. And that was something that I really enjoyed doing because I loved it, and it slowly somehow turned into a business. It wasn't about making music, [it was about] the business of making music. So what I'm leading into is that we had Jeff [Hanneman, late SLAYER guitarist], who passed away a few years back. We never really had our business matters taken care of, as far as the membership and the band and all that stuff. That's something that me and Kerry [King, SLAYER guitarist] are, at the moment, in the middle of getting all that squared away. So as far as the next record, apparently we did record a bunch of songs, and we finished the songs for this album, and there was, like, another six or seven songs. We'll see. [Laughs]" On whether he ever thinks about Jeff Hanneman when he is onstage playing with SLAYER: Tom: "Yeah, yeah, because I look over and I see Gary [Holt, SLAYER guitarist] playing, but, yeah, I think about him. Especially when we do songs that me and him co-wrote. Me and him were collaborators — we wrote a lot of songs together, me and Jeff. So there's a lot of songs that we play where it's, like… And then this new album [2015's 'Repentless'], it was kind of a collaboration between me and Kerry, but not. [Laughs] That's a clue. [Laughs] That's a clue right there; I just gave you a big clue. But, yeah, I think about him a lot. Especially when we do… 'cause we always end our set with 'Angel Of Death', and that's a tribute to him. So, yeah, I think about him. You just wonder… You always think about how you wish you could have or should have done things different that went on towards the latter period of his life. In hindsight, you always wanna do… you think you should have done more, and that's how I feel: I feel like we could have, or I should have done more to help him." Araya told Guitar World magazine in a 2015 interview that Jeff hadn't been involved in any discussions about making a new studio album prior to his passing. "Jeff kind of ... [pauses to think] He was a hard person to talk to," Tom said. "When he disappeared, he wouldn't answer calls or return texts. I would reach out to him at points, like, 'Dude, are you ever gonna respond to anything just to let me know you're alive?' And he eventually would. At one point, we had a conversation dealing with the issue of Dave [Lombardo, drums] leaving, and Jeff said he had worked out an idea for a song. And he sent that out to everybody. So he was working on stuff, but I think the main thing was really his ability to perform. It was his strumming hand, which was an important thing in the music we play, and that got to him. We kept telling him to practice, like, 'It'll get better! You might have some difficulties, but it'll get better.' We tried to encourage him to keep playing music." Added King: "From, like, seven months after [Jeff] got hurt, we had him come to rehearsal before every tour, trying to get him back in. He was trying, but he just wasn't there. The hardest thing I ever had to say was, 'You're not ready.' That dude's been my sidekick for twenty-five years, and I have to tell him he can't go on tour in the band he's been in all his life. That sucked." Asked if Jeff was hurt by that, Kerry said: "I don't know. That's tough. My whole thing was Gary's been out with us, for however long it was at that point, and he's fucking spot-on money. I said to Jeff, 'As much as people are gonna see you up there and not grasp, or forget, that maybe the playing is not perfect, I don't want that on YouTube for you to live with for the rest of your life.' You have to think about stupid shit like that now. But that was tough. We kept trying to get him in and it wasn't coming around. If he hadn't passed, I don't know if he ever would have been good enough to just step back into being Jeff Hanneman again." Holt, who is still a member of San Francisco Bay Area thrash icons EXODUS, has been the touring guitarist for SLAYER since January 2011 when Hanneman, contracted necrotizing fasciitis, also known as flesh-eating disease, from a spider bite in his backyard. The infection ravaged the flesh and tissues of Hanneman's arm, leading to numerous surgeries, skin grafts and intense periods of rehab that forced him into semi-retirement and left him near death at several points. Hanneman eventually died in May 2013 from alcohol-related cirrhosis of the liver. He is credited for writing many of SLAYER's classic songs, including "Angel Of Death" and "South Of Heaven".

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SLIPKNOT Releases New Preview Clip From ‘Day Of The Gusano’ Documentary

A new SLIPKNOT documentary brought to you by MusicScreen will be premiered in more than a thousand screens across the world as a one-night-only cinematic spectacle on September 6. Directed by SLIPKNOT's own M. Shawn Crahan, a.k.a. Clown, "Day Of The Gusano" documents the Iowa band's first-ever visit to Mexico in December 2015 and features exclusive interviews with SLIPKNOT's members talking about the importance of their fanbase and the band's long-awaited first-ever show in Mexico City. A preview clip of the rehearsals for the Mexico concert, taken from "Day Of The Gusano", can be seen below. Talking about the movie, Clown says: "SLIPKNOT still has dreams for itself. Finally playing Mexico was one of them. It's been a surreal life of rock and roll for SLIPKNOT and the fact that the dreams still go on for us is simply incredible. Thank you." Guitarist Jim Root adds: "We had such a great time at Knotfest Mexico... Not only with all the friends and bands that were there, but with the fans and the crowd we had to document it with. Now we get to share it with the world." The 90-minute documentary also chronicles the rabid devotion of the Mexican maggots and sees the band hearing personal, emotive stories from some of their fans, all interspersed with footage from SLIPKNOT's incendiary live show at the inaugural Knotfest México. The film features a full surround soundtrack, so you'll not only hear the show, but you'll 'feel' it as if you were actually there. SLIPKNOT frontman Corey Taylor told the 97.1 The Eagle radio station last month that the band was "not really doing anything right now." He explained: "I know we're kind of slowly starting to write some music. Other than that, we're just kind of taking some time off. Clown's gonna direct some movies, Sid's gonna do some stuff… We're all kind of doing our own thing… But that's it. I mean, really. Next year is everybody kind of doing their own thing, and then probably after that, we will slowly but surely start to get together to do some SLIPKNOT stuff." SLIPKNOT's touring cycle in support of ".5: The Gray Chapter", ended in November, with 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 drummer Joey Jordison was dismissed. One of last gigs of "The Gray Chapter" touring cycle saw SLIPKNOT performing its 2001 second LP, "Iowa", live in its entirety for the first time during the band's set at their annual Knotfest. ".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.

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CAVALERA CONSPIRACY: ‘Psychosis’ Album Gets Official Release Date

CAVALERA CONSPIRACY, the band led by brothers and founding SEPULTURA members Max (also of SOULFLY) and Igor Cavalera, will release its fourth album, "Psychosis", on November 17 via Napalm Records. The disc, which was produced by longtime friend Arthur Rizk, was recorded primarily at a studio in Phoenix, Arizona. Speaking to Metal Wani's Jake Patton, Max stated about the follow-up to 2014's "Pandemonium": "The album right now is finished. It was produced by Arthur Rizk, our friend and a great producer — an upcoming, underground producer. And he did a great job. I love the record. There are nine songs. We've got one song with Justin [Broadrick] from GODFLESH — just a great NAILBOMB, GODFLESH, CAVALERA kind of song. The rest is all pure thrash madness. And we had it mastered a couple of days ago by Joel Grind from TOXIC HOLOCAUST; he mastered the album. And it's great, man. It's a beast of an album. I think a lot of people are are gonna be surprised when they hear it. It's, for me, the best of all the CAVALERA albums, my favorite one. And it's got the same intensity and energy of the old stuff like [SEPULTURA's] 'Beneath The Remains' and 'Arise'. So a lot of people are gonna be happy to hear that." Max also talked in more detail about the lyrical themes covered on the new CAVALERA CONSPIRACY dic. He said: "It's a bit… kind of like a mix. There's some stuff about what's going on right now, so there's some terrorist stuff in songs like 'Impalement Execution' and 'Terror Tactics' and 'Excruciating'. And there's some kind of fantasy stuff, like 'Crom', which is the father of Conan. That was a really fun song to make. We have a song called 'Insane' — it's about the state of the world, with Donald Trump and the bombings in England and France. And then, of course, there's an instrumental called 'Psychosis', which is the name of the album, which I think is cool, because I think it also reflects the state of mankind right now, the state of the world right now. It's pretty much psycho — we're living in a psycho age, with madness everywhere we go. The GODFLESH song is called 'Hellfire' — it's about drones. It was inspired by a movie called 'Eye In The Sky' and a movie called 'Good Kill', which is about drones and how people just sit in an air-conditioned office in Nevada and bomb people in Afghanistan and Pakistan with those crazy drones. It was a really cool song built around that, and I really love Justin from GODFLESH's vocals. He sings more in the line of the 'Streetcleaner' vocals from the early GODFLESH, so that came out really nice." Asked if Max and Igor's recent tour on which they celebrated the twentieth anniversary of SEPULTURA's classic album "Roots" by performing the LP in its entirety influenced the musical content of the new CAVALERA CONSPIRACY material, Max said: "The 'Psychosis' song is very tribal. Some of the recordings were done with Igor in Uganda, in Africa. Igor went there for a thing he did with his wife, like helping people from Uganda, a humanitarian kind of thing. And he recorded a bunch of cool sounds when he was in Africa. So we created this kind of… almost like a voodoo, ambient kind of real tribal… It could have been on [SEPULTURA's] 'Roots'; this song could be on the 'Roots' album. It's got a really great buildup with the drums, and then it has real cool melodic guitars on it — almost like prog rock a little bit. It's kind of like the one 'off' song of the album that really is not like the rest of the record. But it's very cool, it's very tribal and definitely influenced by 'Roots'." Igor told last month that it was "good" for him and Max to have Rizk involved with the new CAVALERA CONSPIRACY album because Arthur "is super passionate about music, the same way we are. So to have someone like him coming in and helping us with ideas and things like that, I think it's gonna surprise a lot of people, 'cause he understands a lot about what's going on today in music, and that's pretty cool — that exchange with us, with the old-school ideas with also someone that understands music right now. I'm far more excited than I've been in many years to put out a record like this. So I have to say I'm quite into it, what we're doing right now." Max concurred, telling "[Arthur] captured the classic Max and Igor in a way that's never really quite been captured before. It was always his objective from the beginning — he wanted to capture the soul of the brothers, and I think he did. I think it's quite amazing, looking back, that somebody can get that out of you after twenty-five years, man. That's awesome. But, like Igor said, there's a lot of noise also — between songs we're gonna hear all this kind of crazy just pure noise and heaviness, which is unheard of. So I'm very excited." "Pandemonium" sold around 2,600 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 177 on The Billboard 200 chart. CAVALERA CONSPIRACY's previous CD, 2011's "Blunt Force Trauma" opened with around 5,000 units to land at No. 122. The band's first CD, 2008's "Inflikted", registered a first-week tally of 9,000 copies to enter the chart at No. 72. "Pandemonium" was produced by John Gray, who has previously worked with SOULFLY.

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MOTÖRHEAD To Release ‘Under Cöver’ In September

One thing Lemmy Kilmister, Phil Campbell and Mikkey Dee liked to do throughout their years together in MOTÖRHEAD was grab a favorite song by another artist and give it a good old fashioned "Motörheading." To run them through the Motörizer, if you will. To rock them, roll them and even give them an extra twist and edge. In celebration of some of those finest moments, the band will release "Under Cöver", a collection of some of their best covers, and a collection which will include the previously unreleased version of David Bowie's timeless classic "Heroes". Recorded during the "Bad Magic" sessions in 2015 by Cameron Webb, it was one of the last songs the band recorded together. "It's such a great Bowie song, one of his best, and I could only see great things coming out of it from us, and so it proved to be," says Phil Campbell, "and Lemmy ended up loving our version." "He was very, very proud of it," says Mikkey Dee, "not only because it turned out so well but because it was fun! Which is what projects like this should be — fun!" "Under Cöver" will be available on September 1 in 1CD (digipak), 1x 180-gram black vinyl in gatefold, super deluxe boxset (1CD digipak, 1x 180-gram black vinyl and VIP guest pass), digital audio and MFiT Audio. To that ethic, the rest of the album contains loud and proud, raucous and raging rock 'n' roll takes on the likes of "God Save The Queen" (SEX PISTOLS), "Cat Scratch Fever" (TED NUGENT), "Rockaway Beach" (THE RAMONES), "Breaking The Law" (JUDAS PRIEST) and "Whiplash" (METALLICA) which earned the band a Grammy in 2005 for "Best Metal Performance." "We were happy with them at the time and we're happy with them now!" affirms Campbell, while Dee says, "We should remember that it's about having some fun with songs that we all loved." "Under Cöver" track listing 01. Breaking The Law (produced by Cameron Webb) 2008 02. God Save The Queen (produced by Bob Kulick and Bruce Bouillet) 2000 03. Heroes (produced by Cameron Webb) 2015 04. Starstruck (produced by Cameron Webb) 2014 05. Cat Scratch Fever (produced by Peter Solley) 1992 06. Jumpin' Jack Flash (produced by Bob Kulick and Bruce Bouillet) 2001 07. Sympathy For The Devil (produced by Cameron Webb) 2015 08. Hellraiser (produced by Billy Sherwood) 1992 09. Rockaway Beach (mixed by Cameron Webb) 2002 10. Shoot 'Em Down (produced by Bob Kulick and Bruce Bouillet) 2001 11. Whiplash (produced by Bruce Bouillet and Bob Kulick) 2005

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Late MEGADETH Drummer NICK MENZA’s Family And Biographer Vow To ‘Not Censor Anything’ In Upcoming Memoir

Late MEGADETH drummer Nick Menza's family, management and biographer are promising some shattering public disclosures about Nick's final months — and the disgraceful treatment they've received since the musician's sudden death. Late in the evening on May 21, 2016, Nick collapsed after suffering a heart attack during a concert with Chris Poland and Robertino "Pag" Pagliari in their band OHM: at The Baked Potato in Studio City, California and was pronounced dead upon arrival at the hospital. The Los Angeles County Department of Medical Examiner-Coroner said Menza died of hypertensive and atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease. Little more than a year later, the Menza camp has its crosshairs on MEGADETH founder Dave Mustaine, according to author J. Marshall Craig, manager Robert Bolger and Rose Menza, Nick's mother, who is now guarding and caring for the drummer's estate and legacy. Shortly after Nick's passing, Rose expressed her "enormous gratitude for the outpouring of love and condolences from Nick's many friends and fans," adding that she was "so happy and excited" that "Dave Mustaine has chosen to help celebrate Nick's life and help the boys (Nick's two surviving sons)" with a benefit memorial concert that was proposed to feature all willing former members of MEGADETH. In the days after Nick's death, Mustaine told Kerrang! magazine that, "The Nick that I know, at the end, I think that he… he went to heaven doing what he wanted to do: play drums. And I think that instead of us all mourning, we should celebrate his life, celebrate his legacy." Mustaine insisted in interviews that he had a "very, very close" relationship with the drummer, despite Menza's public accusation that the MEGADETH frontman sent him a "ridiculous proposal" for a failed 2015 reunion of the band's classic "Rust In Peace"-era lineup. In interviews and public posts on his social media, Nick revealed that Mustaine refused to pay for him rehearsals or even recording the next record, and offered an insulting weekly touring rate. When Nick's attorney and management submitted a counter-proposal, Mustaine allegedly lost his temper and scuttled the reunion, changing his phone number and e-mail address. Nick and Mustaine never spoke again, which Craig says is explored fully in the upcoming memoir, "Megalife: Nick Menza The Book". "Dave's betrayal was really a huge blow to Nick," Craig says. "But I can say that not long after, Nick was as sure as ever that he was better off and far more musically satisfied playing with Chris and Pag. He absolutely loved those guys. He was far more excited about the prospect of playing Europe with OHM: than he ever seemed to me when the subject of MEGADETH came up. He told me he wanted the reunion for what it could have and should have been — a celebration of a band at its zenith, regrouping one more time for the fans. "Yeah, it would have been great. And who's to say it still can't be sometime in the future," Nick said in his final interview with Craig, at Rose Lane Studio in Carpinteria less than a month before his death. "It sure doesn't look good now but I'll never say never; it's all up to Dave. It always has been." In the year since Menza's death, sadly, Mustaine has failed to not only stage a memorial concert featuring surviving MEGADETH alumni and for the benefit of Nick's sons — he has yet to call Menza's parents or even send a condolence letter. "He never called," Rose said this week from the family home in Studio City. "I am really upset at him (Mustaine). They were NOT good friends, no matter what he says now that Nick's not here to answer what's being said about him." Mustaine told the Q103 radio station a couple of days after Menza's death: "People think that we had this failed reunion attempt. There were several times that we tried to reconcile stuff, and it just didn't happen for whatever reason — I don't know why, but it didn't." Says biographer Craig: "Dave knows exactly why there was no reunion, since he pulled the plug — again — as can be clearly seen in mail exchanges between him and Nick, which Nick gave me complete access to. I've put the conversations in the book, unabridged," Craig says. "Dave's at once friendly and encouraging and then, in an instant, childish and rude; Nick comes across like, well Nick: polite, agreeable and accommodating, trying his best to get along and make it work. "I've been telling media before and after Nick's passing that he never sought to call out Dave for the things he did and said, which is completely true. Nick wanted to take the high road and, indeed, he always did, and we're honoring that legacy. "Believe me — there is A LOT that Nick revealed to me that is not in the book … though what is most fans will find pretty shocking, but not a surprise. "I am told that Mustaine has again been months late in paying Nick's estate royalties due, which has been a constant source of tension through all of the years I've known the Menza family. "In consultation with Nick's mom and dad and sister and ex, his manager Rob and Nick's closest friends, we're unanimous in the decision to not censor anything now." Craig, best known for his deeply behind-the-scenes books with THE ANIMALS frontman Eric Burdon and THE ROLLING STONES keyboardist and musical director Chuck Leavell, believes the most disgraceful incident so far is the MEGADETH frontman's treatment of Menza's surviving young boys. As for repeated declarations from Mustaine that he "sang almost every single note of Marty Friedman's guitar solos, and I wrote the majority of Nick's drum parts, and I wrote almost every bass note that Ellefson played" and "I did it to [former guitarists] Jeff [Young], Chris [Poland] and Al [Pitrelli], too," Craig, says that long before Nick's death, he held nothing back on discussing his time in MEGADETH and how the band's management treated him in years since. "I've been privy to it all," Craig says, "the e-mails, the attorneys' and managers' correspondence on both sides. I think it paints an ugly picture, but fans will be able to make that assessment for themselves when they see the book. "Nick didn't want a tell-all, and nothing about this book can be considered salacious in the least," Craig concludes. "But that doesn't mean it's not going to be controversial and perhaps bruise a few feelings that deserve to have the wind knocked out of them: This book is the truth — Nick Menza's true MegaLife.” The drum clinic video below was shot by J. Marshall Craig in 2013 at Nick's Disintegrator Studios in Studio City, California during the research/writing of "MegaLife: Nick Menza"

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ROADCASE ROYALE Feat. HEART’s NANCY WILSON: ‘First Things First’ Album Due In September

Nancy Wilson, one of the founding members of the legendary Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame group HEART, has teamed up with former Prince's NEW POWER GENERATION band member and R&B singer Liv Warfield to form the soulful, rock supergroup ROADCASE ROYALE. The band recently signed with Loud & Proud Records and plan to release their debut album, "First Things First", on September 22. The album was produced by fellow ROADCASE ROYALE band member Dan Rothchild (HEART) along with the band. "Nancy and Liv are magic together, and the musicianship is outstanding," said Tom Lipsky, president Loud & Proud Records. "The interesting blend of talents and influences is what makes ROADCASE ROYALE special. Most importantly, there is a fire within this group to do something original, to feed off each other and explore new creative directions. It is exciting to see that kind of passion and drive in artists that have already accomplished so much. We are proud to be their label partners." "ROADCASE ROYALE is a band I've always wanted to be in," says Nancy Wilson. "We all write and create songs as a unit. It's an inspired democracy. Liv and Ryan both bring a whole new level of magic to our new sound. I'm amazed after devoting my life to rock music how it now feels so brand new. That's why our first album is called 'First Things First'." Earlier this year, Rolling Stone premiered the live performance video of ROADCASE ROYALE's debut single, "Get Loud", saying, "The band builds a funky, nimble groove, led by Warfield's soulful belting and the acoustic/electric guitar attack of Wilson and Prince protégé Ryan Waters." The video was shot by celebrated photographer Neal Preston. "Get Loud", with its laid-back groove, provides a solid acoustic and electric foundation for Warfield's vocals — all about getting loud and standing up for women's equality. "Get Loud" blends this important message with the group's R&B and rock influences, resulting in a uniquely powerful track. The name of the band, ROADCASE ROYALE came to the group during a backstage meeting they had last year. Wilson said: "When I came up with the name ROADCASE ROYALE, it was an interesting symbol to me since the big heavy-duty road cases that our amps drums and guitars travel in are much like the musicians they accompany on the road. Strong and regal looking yet all scuffed up and dented, covered in funny stickers that tell the story of a crazy traveling circus." In addition to Wilson (guitar) and Warfield (vocals), ROADCASE ROYALE features Ryan Waters (lead guitarist) along with HEART members Chris Joyner (keys), Dan Rothchild (bass), and Ben Smith (drums). The sextet made its live debut March 25 at the fifth annual Rock Against MS benefit concert in Los Angeles. The band will play several headline dates beginning September 10 at The Gramercy Theatre in New York and will embark on a major U.S. tour this fall. Photo credit: Jeremy Dange

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LINKIN PARK Releases Statement About CHESTER BENNINGTON’s Death: ‘Our Hearts Are Broken’

The suriviving members of LINKIN PARK have released the following statement regarding the passing of their lead singer, Chester Bennington: "Dear Chester, "Our hearts are broken. The shockwaves of grief and denial are still sweeping through our family as we come to grips with what has happened. "You touched so many lives, maybe even more than you realized. In the past few days, we've seen an outpouring of love and support, both public and private, from around the world. Talinda and the family appreciate it, and want the world to know that you were the best husband, son, and father; the family will never be whole without you. "Talking with you about the years ahead together, your excitement was infectious. Your absence leaves a void that can never be filled — a boisterous, funny, ambitious, creative, kind, generous voice in the room is missing. We're trying to remind ourselves that the demons who took you away from us were always part of the deal. After all, it was the way you sang about those demons that made everyone fall in love with you in the first place. You fearlessly put them on display, and in doing so, brought us together and taught us to be more human. You had the biggest heart, and managed to wear it on your sleeve. "Our love for making and performing music is inextinguishable. While we don't know what path our future may take, we know that each of our lives was made better by you. Thank you for that gift. We love you, and miss you so much. "Until we see you again, LP." Bennington was found dead in his home in Palos Verdes near Los Angeles by one of his employees shortly before 9 a.m. on Thursday, July 20. A Los Angeles County coroner said on Friday that Bennington's "death is confirmed to be suicide by hanging." He added that "a bottle of alcohol was found in the room, but it wasn't close to the body and was not full." Bennington had been candid about mental health battles in numerous interviews over the years. He was an open book when it came to the darkness he wrestled with, from talking about depression, anxiety and substance abuse, to revealing that he was molested when he was seven years old.

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