<a href="/events/news_comments.php?news_id=24421">Two years ago</a>, <a href=/bands/band.php?band_id=571&bandname=Led+Zeppelin>Led Zeppelin</a> faced a copyright infringement claim by a lawyer for the defunct 1960s group <b>Spirit</b> arguing that the opening notes of their iconic song "Stairway To Heaven" sound a lot like "Taurus", an instrumental piece by the late <b>Spirit</b> guitarist Randy California, released on his band's debut album in 1968. Well, now the lawyers suing <a href=/bands/band.php?band_id=571&bandname=Led+Zeppelin>Led Zeppelin</a> over claims that the opening to "Stairway To Heaven" was stolen say their client is willing to settle for the sum of $1 but there's a catch. <a href="/events/news_comments.php?news_id=29171>Read more...</a>
Savannah sludge metallers <a href=/bands/band.php?band_id=2928&bandname=Kylesa>Kylesa</a> have informed that they will be taking a break from touring and writing new songs in the foreseeable future. While they released the lackluster album <i>Exhausting Fire</i> last year, they are now going on indefinite hiatus. Maybe the fire will come back again at some point. <a href="/events/news_comments.php?news_id=29176>Read more...</a>
The Swedish trio from Stockholm, <a href=/bands/band.php?band_id=3420&bandname=Grand+Magus>Grand Magus</a>, will bring us their new album <a href="/bands/album.php?album_id=87777&band_id=3420&bandname=Grand+Magus"><i>Sword Songs</i></a> this May 13th. Now, the heavy metallers give us the opportunity to listen to another new hymn, ''Forged In Iron - Crowned In Steel'' that appears on the record. You can listen to it below as much as you want. <a href="/events/news_comments.php?news_id=29173>Read more...</a>
After <a href=/bands/band.php?band_id=217&bandname=Mot%26ouml%3Brhead>Motörhead</a>'s iconic frontman Lemmy <a href="/events/news_comments.php?news_id=28244">died</a> and the band dissolved, Swedish drummer Mikkey Dee had to search for other gigs and was supposed to perform with <a href=/bands/band.php?band_id=547&bandname=Thin+Lizzy>Thin Lizzy</a> on their anniversary shows. However, he will join German iconic rockers <a href=/bands/band.php?band_id=1051&bandname=Scorpions>Scorpions</a> instead as they have hired him for their U.S. tour dates. He will replace the band's drummer James Kottak, who is currently on break while he seeks medical attention. <a href="/events/news_comments.php?news_id=29174>Read more...</a>
Since Emily Alice Ovenden <a href="/events/news_comments.php?news_id=28361">left the band</a> last year, <a href=/bands/band.php?band_id=4531&bandname=Pythia>Pythia</a> have been fronted by the new singer Sophie Dorman. Unfortunately, they just announced that the Muses Of Metal Fest has been cancelled after <a href=/bands/band.php?band_id=414&bandname=Draconian>Draconian</a> pulled out. The festival was supposed to take place in Stoke-on-Trent, United Kingdom, on May 7th. <a href="/events/news_comments.php?news_id=29175>Read more...</a>
According to The Canberra Times, young Australian heavy metal fan Callum McPhie, who performed an Ozzy Osbourne song on the reality television talent show "Australia's Got Talent", got to meet the BLACK SABBATH singer before the band's concert in Sydney. The 11-year-old, along with his dad Doug McPhie and mom Melissa Freeman also attended a soundcheck prior to the gig and sat in premium seats for the show at Sydney Olympic Park on April 23. Ozzy's daughter Kelly, who is one of the judges on "Australia's Got Talent", arranged the VIP treatment after being impressed by Callum's performances on the program. Ozzy gave Callum a hug and said he was well aware of the young guitarist's talent. "He said he knew who I was and his daughter Kelly had told him all about me," Callum said. "I felt absolutely, not shocked, just super-happy that Kelly had come through and let me meet Ozzy." Several weeks ago, Kelly confirmed that she got her father to check out Callum's version of Ozzy's "Crazy Train". She said: "I showed my dad and he was in shock and he couldn't believe it." McPhie's reaction was predictably enthusiastic. "I can't believe that, when I first learnt this song, one of the first songs I ever learnt, I never expected that Ozzy Osbourne might hear it. Wow." The fast-tracked high school student recently told Fairfax Media he wanted to be an astrophysicist as well as a musician.
Ozzy Osbourne meets Canberra's heavy metal kid Callum McPhie https://t.co/p4DnQqf3HM— Business Lunchbox (@bizlunchbox) April 29, 2016
SLIPKNOT and STONE SOUR frontman Corey Taylor was interviewed on the April 22-24 edition of Full Metal Jackie's nationally syndicated radio show. You can now listen to the chat using the Podbean widget below. A few excerpts follow. Full Metal Jackie: How do you now envision the continuation of SLIPKNOT's evolution compared to what you imagined on tour supporting the first album? Corey: "It's funny you ask that, because it's something that me and Clown [SLIPKNOT percussionist] and Jim [Root, SLIPKNOT guitarist] have kind of been talking about for a couple of months now. Like, where do we go? I mean, this band has always tried to find the path less traveled. We've always tried to expand the range of the music that we're making and find new ways to speak our piece, find new ways to kind of push our agenda and our message. And it's getting to the point where, at some point, the music will have to evolve. And I think from day one until this album, it has. We've done really great things to broaden our musical horizons. At the same time, though, at some point it's gonna have to twist and it's gonna have to change even more, because when does the war end? When do you win the battle? When does that fight stop, as far as the internal fight, the internal war, that internal rage? When do you feel like you've said everything you need to say on that subject? I'm not saying that things aren't gonna come around in my life and continue to piss me off, but, for me, I don't wanna be considered the old guy who's just bitching to hear himself bitch; I don't ever wanna feel like that. So at some point, the message and the approach has to change. Now, will it still feel like SLIPKNOT? Absolutely. We write a certain type of music, even though that music may be very, very eclectic and varied, we still write what I consider SLIPKNOT music. But at some point, that will have to evolve and become something new, because our message will have to change. You can't keep trying to beat yourself up or beat somebody else up if you've already done it. That old adage 'flogging a dead horse' comes to mind. And it's true. But if you'd asked me that when I was 25, I would have told you [that] you were crazy. But now I'm 42, and looking down the road as far as what musically SLIPKNOT is going to mean, it's interesting. There's a world of possibilities that we can look into." Full Metal Jackie: The SLIPKNOT / MARILYN MANSON tour was recently announced and it's a pretty tremendous lineup, if I do say so. Corey: "That tour, it feels really, really good. We were looking around and trying to figure out what we could do for the summer, and Manson was kind of on the same page. We're just trying to find something incredible to be able to put out there. And we were able to find something together, and we're all really, really excited about it." Full Metal Jackie: Culturally and musically, who's more subversive, SLIPKNOT or Manson? Corey: "I'm not really sure, to be honest. I would have to give props to Manson for coming before us, to be honest. So I would say he's maybe flown the flag longer, but I think we're both on the same page as far as… not necessarily being subversive, but being unafraid to speak our minds, being unafraid to create the type of music that we wanna create and say the kind of things that we wanna say, whether that is popular or not. And I think that's where we're kind of on equal ground. We don't hold anything back when it comes to our message and what we try to share with our fans. And I think that's why this band is… this bill will definitely work really well." Full Metal Jackie: When people ask your opinion about politics, racism or any other hot topic issue, how much responsibility do you feel, rightly or wrongly, that your response will likely affect someone else's opinion based solely on the celebrity factor. Corey: "Well, I mean, it's a slippery slope these days, you know? [Laughs] On one hand, people genuinely wanna know how you feel about certain things, because maybe they're having trouble figuring it out for themselves and they respect your opinion, or they just wanna ask you the question so they can react to it with their own opinion. So, really, it is what it is. All you can do is just kind of stand up for your opinions, stand up for what you believe, and stand up for what you feel. And that's really… That has to be the end of where your responsibility ends. I'm not going out and campaigning for anybody. I just know who looks the most… I don't wanna say politically correct, but I know who I support just based off of the vibe that I get and the things that these people say and the things that they're trying to fight for. I tend to go for the people who I feel have that moral high ground, I guess is the only way to put it. So that's who I tend to try to support. People can disagree, or agree, with me all day; it doesn't mean I'm gonna change my mind." Full Metal Jackie: I have to imagine you always have one billion things going on in your life, so I have to know what you've got planned beyond this tour. Corey: "I'm doing rehearsals with STONE SOUR. We're working on new material for another album. I've actually just started working on my fourth book called 'America 51', which my publisher is gagging for right now, just because of the state of nation. It's almost too appropriate. I've got a handful of acting gigs that I'm gonna do. I can't tell you yet, because it's kind of a surprise. It was a surprise for me when I got offered it, so let's put it that way. Yeah, I've got a bunch of stuff on the horizon that I'm looking to do, especially on the times off between tours. So, my year is packed with a bunch of good stuff." To see a full list of stations carrying Full Metal Jackie's program and when it airs, go to FullMetalJackieRadio.com.
NIGHTWISH keyboardist and main songwriter Tuomas Holopainen has confirmed to Roppongi Rocks in a brand new interview that the band will take what is planned to be a year-long break during all of 2017. "That's the plan, yes," he said. "The last show for this tour is going to happen in October. Then all of 2017 off and back with a vengeance in 2018." Regarding what he might be doing during NIGHTWISH's time off, Holopainen said: "I don't think I will be doing music. That's the idea of the break. I haven't really given it that much thought. I just enjoy the idea of getting to be at home, doing the gardening, taking care of the horse, just be steady for a while." Singer Floor Jansen, who made her live debut with NIGHTWISH in 2012 but didn't officially join the band until the following year, was less forthcoming about her plans. She said: "I'm thinking about some ideas but I've nothing official really to share yet." When asked if her REVAMP band is perhaps part of what she is currently considering, she responded: "That's part of the thinking." Holopainen was also reluctant to share any of NIGHTWISH's plans for when the band returns to live action in 2018. "It's a bit too far away to reveal anything but we know pretty much what the plans are until 2020 or so," he said. Jansen recently shot down speculation that NIGHTWISH's upcoming break has something to do with tension between members of the group. She told AXS: "Even though we will have this year off, it doesn't have anything to do with how things are in the band. I've seen some people starting to gossip online of why we [would] take a year off. We'll take a year off because we can and because we want to. That's all there is to it. It has nothing to do with how things are in the band. And it also doesn't mean that we haven't been thinking about what's coming next; we have a lot of cool stuff coming up. So we hope that, after this break, people will still be equally excited to come out and see whatever we've got cooking up in our kitchen for them." NIGHTWISH's 26-date headlining tour of North America launched on February 19 in Sayreville, New Jersey and closed out in Tampa, Florida on March 23. Support on the tour came from Dutch symphonic metallers DELAIN and Finnish melodic metallers SONATA ARCTICA.
In a brand new interview with Free-Times.com, QUEENSRŸCHE guitarist Michael Wilton spoke the ill-fated band meeting in Brazil in April 2012 that ended in verbal and physical abuse between the group's then-vocalist Geoff Tate and the rest of QUEENSRŸCHE. "People see you onstage having a fun time, but behind the scenes, everything has to be cohesive," Wilton said. "You have to be a brotherhood as well as shrewd businessmen and entertainers." QUEENSRŸCHE hired Todd La Torre to replace Tate in 2012 and has released two albums with the ex-CRIMSON GLORY frontman: 2013's "Queensrÿche" and 2015's "Condition Hüman". "It was a hundred percent totally and completely a rebirth of QUEENSRŸCHE," Wilton said of La Torre's addition to the lineup. "Todd's energy and his songwriting ability are a shot in the arm. He's a shot of adrenaline for the band. It's something that was needed in a stale situation. It's been four years since the change, and everything we wanted to do, all the goals that we set, we've completed them and we're moving straight ahead." Wilton also talked about the fact that both Tate and the other members of the classic lineup of QUEENSRŸCHE were allowed to tour and make albums under the band name for about a two-year period after they split into two separate camps. The legal dispute was eventually settled, with Tate's band now performing under the name OPERATION: MINDCRIME. "At that point, there was confusion in the trenches," Wilton told Free-Times.com. "For the layperson who doesn't really follow us that much, they see the symbol, our Tri-ryche, and they see the name QUEENSRŸCHE, and to them, that's enough. That kind of obliterated the confusion, though you still have bits and pieces of confusion. We're constantly dealing with that, but it's like debris after a war." Wilton recently told Kitsap Sun that QUEENSRŸCHE's songwriting approach is more collaborative after parting ways with Tate and adding La Torre. "It's [now] a democracy in the writing," Wilton said. "Everybody has the ability to write songs now and they all get worked on. They're not cherry picked. They all get worked on, to the point where everybody says, 'Okay, this one's good. This one, I don't know.' It's just a whole different scenario now." Wilton also said that the renewed creative passion within the band is translating into QUEENSRŸCHE's live shows. "It's just a whole different scenario now. Now, when we're playing live, the fans know we're giving it," he said. "We're out there performing, and it's a shame we have to prove ourselves every night. But you know what, if we prove ourselves one show at a time, so be it. We'll just keep doing it. And we've been doing that for the last two years and winning fans over." "Condition Hüman" debuted at No. 27 on The Billboard 200 chart, having shifted 14,000 equivalent album units in the week ending October 8, 2015.
British heavy metal legends IRON MAIDEN played their second-ever concert in China on Tuesday, April 26 at the Mercedes-Benz Arena in Shanghai. The show followed MAIDEN's appearance two days earlier at Beijing LeSports Center, where the band was forced to make several minor changes in its performance — presumably at the reqest of China's Ministry of Culture, which had to approve all of the group's lyrics prior to MAIDEN's Chinese dates being confirmed. Before launching into the third song of MAIDEN's Shanghai set, singer Bruce Dickinson told the audience: "It's great to be here tonight. It's great to be in China tonight, I tell ya. We ripped it up in Beijing, and we thought, 'Ooh, that was a bit serious,' you know. So they had a few rules, so we kind of stuck by the rules, and we didn't do any swearing. You know what I mean? There's another thing I can't do. See if you can guess what it is later on. But we don't really give a [mouths the word 'shit'] about all that kind of stuff, because, you know what? The most important thing is the music, the most important thing is that we are here, and you are here, and we are gonna have a great [mouths the word 'fucking'] time." He added: "I was watching on the Chinese TV channel… They've got this really cool thing, interview with Janick [Gers, MAIDEN guitarist]. They've got these great pictures of the show with flames everywhere and dry ice and smoke. And I thought, 'Ah, that's a [mouths the word 'fucking'] shame, because we can't do that, because we just got a little bit restricted. However, next time we'll have a word. Next time we come back to China to see you guys." According to the Polish IRON MAIDEN fan club SanktuariuM, MAIDEN did not alter "The Book Of Souls" setlist for the Beijing and the Shanghai shows, although the following changes were made: * There were no pyrotechnics used during the concerts. * During the performance of "The Trooper", Dickinson did not wave a Union Jack flag, but still sported the red coat uniform worn by troops during the battle which inspired the song and waved an "invisible" flag while singing the track. In addition, the Union Jack flag was still prominently displayed on the backdrop during MAIDEN's performance of the song. * Bruce changed the lyrics to the chorus of the song "Powerslave" from "Tell me why I had to be a Powerslave" to "Tell me why I had to be a Wicker Man." * IRON MAIDEN was not allowed to throw stuff (wristbands, drum heads, etc.) into the crowd during the concert. * Bruce didn't swear and had to be careful not to use the "F" word. IRON MAIDEN's setlist for the Shanghai concert: 01. If Eternity Should Fall 02. Speed Of Light 03. Children Of The Damned 04. Tears Of A Clown 05. The Red And The Black 06. The Trooper 07. Powerslave 08. Death Of Glory 09. The Book Of Souls 10. Hallowed Be Thy Name 11. Fear Of The Dark 12. Iron Maiden 13. The Number Of The Beast 14. Blood Brothers 15. Wasted Years Vetting by the Chinese authorities for foreign bands and artists isn't uncommon and has resulted in many big names being refused entry to the country to perform. THE ROLLING STONES were censored in their China debut in 2006, most likely for their songs' suggestive lyrics. "Brown Sugar", "Honky Tonk Woman", "Beast Of Burden" and "Let's Spend The Night Together" were banned from the concert. According to The Wall Street Journal, "authorities [in China] require entertainment companies to jump through hoops, submitting minute details of their show, including setlists. The process reflects the control held by China's censors, who try to prevent incidents like one in 2008, in which Icelandic singer Bjork sang at a Shanghai concert about the ever-politically sensitive issue of Tibetan freedom." Speaking about her comments at the time, a spokesperson for the ministry of culture in China stated: "[Her] political show not only broke Chinese laws and regulations and hurt the feeling of Chinese people but also went against the professional code of an artist." The members of METALLICA revealed in 2013 that they were asked to send the lyrics to their entire discography to the Chinese government for approval before they were given permission to play in the country. "We had to give them a whole set of songs and they went through all the lyrics and okayed which ones we could play, which ones we couldn't play," METALLICA guitarist Kirk Hammett said. "They see a lyric like 'Master Of Puppets' being so subversive that they're not allowing us to play it. It's kind of scary." Added METALLICA frontman James Hetfield: "And that just brings more attention to it, of course. That doesn't work." The Chinese ministry of culture monitors music for vulgarity, as well as political content. In 2009, it reportedly ordered a cleanup of online music sites to address "poor taste and vulgar content."
Fan-filmed video footage of Bobby Blotzer's new RATT performing on April 26 at the Enchanted Rock Fest at Cedar Park Center in Cedar Park, Texas can be seen below. Blotzer's RATT recently parted ways with bassist Scotty Griffin (ex-L.A. GUNS) and has replaced him with Robbie Crane. Crane previously played bass for RATT from 1996 to 2012 and appeared on the band's 1999 self-titled album and 2010's "Infestation". Said Blotzer in a statement: "Adding Robbie Crane back is naturally just like slipping into an old missed pair of spandex." Blotzer announced last September that he was taking control of the RATT name and hitting the road with a new version of the group, which played shows earlier that year under the name BOBBY BLOTZER'S RATT EXPERIENCE. RATT guitarist Warren DeMartini later filed a lawsuit against Blotzer, claiming that the drummer was falsely advertising his "tribute band" as the real thing. Blotzer's revamped RATT is rounded out by vocalist Josh Alan (ex-SIN CITY SINNERS) and guitarists Doc Ellis (Jizzy Pearl's LOVE/HATE) and Nicholas "Blaze" Baum. WBS, Inc., the company which manages the business and operations related to RATT, was originally formed by Blotzer, DeMartini and singer Stephen Pearcy. Pearcy lost his share of the name in court after splitting with the group in 2000. He returned to the band in 2006 but exited again in 2014. Blotzer has since expressed his desire to keep RATT alive with a new singer, but explained that DeMartini did not want to tour as RATT without Pearcy.
What happened to <a href=/bands/band.php?band_id=22&bandname=Adagio>Adagio</a>'s new album that was supposed to have come out years ago? Their latest, <i>Archangels In Black</i>, came out back in 2009 already. In 2013, they shared new demo songs and expected to release the new record that year. However, that didn't happen. The proggers are now launching a crowdfunding campaign to help with the costs as they are releasing the new album, <i>Life</i>, through Stéphan Forté's label Zeta Nemesis. <a href="/events/news_comments.php?news_id=29170>Read more...</a>
As previously <a href="/events/news_comments.php?news_id=29070">announced</a>, there is a new <a href=/bands/band.php?band_id=306&bandname=Jorn>Jorn</a> covers album coming up called <a href="/bands/album.php?album_id=88572&band_id=306&bandname=Jorn"><i>Heavy Rock Radio</i></a>. While it is due out on June 3rd through Frontiers Music Srl, now it's time to hear a full song. Enjoy their cover of <b>Frida</b>'s ''I Know There's Something Going On'' with a video, produced by Andy Pett and Golden Touch Film, to go with it below. <a href="/events/news_comments.php?news_id=29169>Read more...</a>
According to The Hollywood Reporter, MÖTLEY CRÜE drummer Tommy Lee has listed his Calabasas, California home for $5.99 million. Official description of the house courtesy of Rodeo Realty: "Unique celebrity-owned view property with recording studio in a guard-gated community of Calabasas. This custom estate has panoramic jetliner views of the valley and is perched on its own hilltop in a cul-de-sac enclave w/other custom homes. The main house is almost 10,000 square feet with a subterranean (approximately 3000 square feet) garage, of which approximately 2000 sqft. now houses a state-of-the-art recording studio with control and two live rooms. This property features an Atrium in the middle of the home with retractable roof, and sprawling bamboo that sets the tone for a very serene zen-like feel to the open floor plan. Additional features of the home include indoor koi pond, indoor spa, wood-beamed ceilings, home theater, wine room with secondnd kitchen, separate bar area, five bedrooms, including stunning master retreat with views, six baths, library/office, two fireplaces, piano shaped swimming pool with spa. All this just up the street from Calabasas country club which features a championship golf course." Check out photos of the property at this location. Lee sold his last house, in nearby Malibu, in late 2004 for $2,475,000, according to public records. Lee had paid $800,000 in 1995 for that 7,462-square-foot house on 2.49 acres. The house had made the news back in 2001 when a four-year-old boy died after accidentally drowning in the house's swimming pool during a birthday party.
Selling your home may be the most stressful shit EVER! Who wants it?— T❍mmy L33 (@MrTommyLand) April 13, 2016
"X", a brand new song from HELLYEAH, can be streamed below. The track is taken from the band's fifth album, "Unden!able", which will be released on June 3 via Eleven Seven Music. The band gave fans the first taste of "Unden!able" with lead single "Human", which was welcomed by fans who are embracing the band's return to form with more than three hundred thousand views on YouTube after two months. "Unden!able" marks the first time HELLYEAH's current lineup — vocalist Chad Gray, guitarists Tom Maxwell and Christian Brady, drummer Vinnie Paul and bassist Kyle Sanders — has recorded together as a unit, promising a very special return to their true metal roots. HELLYEAH's official video for "Human", which is due out very soon, was filmed in Los Angeles under the direction of Robert Sexton, who also helmed clips for "Hush" and "Moth", both Top 10 singles from 2014's critically acclaimed "Blood For Blood" album. "Unden!able" was produced in Las Vegas at The Hideout Recording Studio by Kevin Churko (PAPA ROACH, ROB ZOMBIE), and showcases everything that the band’s fans have come to know and love in a more focused, concise, and powerful sound, with Churko co-writing all songs. The album art by William Felch and Chad Gray features a predatory, gleaming eye with an exclamation point pupil — the ultimate signifier of what’s inside: anger, pain and a hyper-focused, high octane, heavy metal collection for the ages. Maxwell offered: "There's a lot of new stuff coming out that we've never tried before, and a lot of heavy shit… It's gonna be moody, it's gonna be dark, it's gonna be crushing, it's gonna be heartbreaking, it's gonna be everything. So it's going to be a proper take-off from our last record, but with a lot of new surprises, musically and lyrically. We are moving forward with the path that we've taken with 'Blood For Blood'. It's a really, really savage album, and we’re really excited for fans to hear it." "Unden!able" will be available just in time for HELLYEAH's upcoming "Hell Pop Tour" with IN THIS MOMENT, which starts on June 18 in Des Moines, Iowa. This run will follow HELLYEAH's "We're All In This Together" headlining tour which also features ESCAPE THE FATE, NEW YEARS DAY and FROM ASHES TO NEW, kicking off May 2 in Baltimore, Maryland. Fans who purchase tickets from participating venues for the "We're All In This Together" tour receive a free tour eight-track sampler — comprised of two songs from each band, including "Human". "Unden!able" track listing: 01. ! 02. X 03. Scratch A Lie 04. Be Unden!able 05. Human 06. Leap of Faith 07. Blood Plague 08. I Don't Care Anymore 09. Live Or Die 10. Love Falls 11. 10-34 12. STARTARIOT 13. Grave