POISON drummer Rikki Rockett says that he "hasn't heard anything" about a pending tour for the veteran hard rockers, despite singer Bret Michaels' suggestion to the contrary. Speaking to the the Cleveland Scene last week, Michaels revealed that POISON was in talks to hit the road in 2015. "It looks like it will happen," he said. "It's been a few years. We just want to put together the right package and show to celebrate with everyone." According to Rockett, however, if there are any plans for POISON to tour next year, he has yet to get the memo about it. "Well, I don't really know what the reality of that is, quite honestly," Rikki said during an interview with 14-year-old radio host Miles "The Shoe" Schuman (hear audio below). "Bret says a lot of things." He added: "I'm not gonna say if it will happen or won't happen, because I really don't know. Nobody's given me any indication that there's a tour at all. "I don't know why [Bret] said what he said. Nobody's sat down with me and said, 'There's a pending tour here. What do you think about that?' I haven't heard anything about that. So the reality is, at this point in time, right now, as I sit here talking to you, there is not a POISON tour. That doesn't mean there couldn't be one. But I'm just saying that I haven't had a contract come across my table. I didn't get the text. I didn't get the memo on that one. [Laughs].' Asked if he is normally kept "in the loop" about POISON's touring plans as they are being mapped out or if he is only told about them once they have been finalized, Rockett said: "I mean, I can say no to it, of course. There's quite a bit of planning involved in something like that; there's a ridiculous amount of planning, actually. So, I just really don't know what to say about it. Bret said this in the media, but it's not like he called me and said it to me, you know what I mean?! So I don't know that there's any reality to it at this point in time." Rockett recently told the "Iron City Rocks" podcast that POISON has been doing "corporate gigs for different companies, which are fun, and they pay very well. It gives us a chance to all get together and play. And, in fact, we have one in October and we have one in January . But they are the only shows that POISON is doing this year; we are not doing a tour this year. There is a few things that are being thrown around right now by our management for next spring, and we'll just have to see." Rockett took to Twitter in February 2014 to complain that POISON couldn't hit the road this summer because a certain member of the glam-metal act was "making it a problem." POISON last toured the U.S. in 2012 as part of the "Rock Of Ages" package with DEF LEPPARD and LITA FORD. The last POISON album was 2007's covers set "Poison'd!", while the band's last collection of new, original music was 2002's "Hollyweird". To celebrate POISON's 25th anniversary, 35 of the multi-platinum band's top hits and fan favorites were gathered for "Double Dose Of Poison: Ultimate Hits", a career-spanning 2CD and digital collection which was released in May 2011 by Capitol/EMI.
Former PANTERA drummer Vinnie Paul Abbott says that he has "found peace" 10 years after witnessing the murder of his brother while they were both playing at a club in Ohio. Dimebag was shot dead on December 8, 2004 while performing with his band DAMAGEPLAN at Alrosa Villa in Columbus, Ohio. The shooting that night claimed three other lives and seven more were injured as the mad gunman opened fire on the crowd at the small club north of downtown Columbus. One of heavy metal's most influential and beloved figures, Dimebag was a larger-than-life guitarist and a genuine, amusing human being who was rarely spotted without his favorite drink, the "black tooth grin" — a splash of Coca-Cola and two shots of whisky. During a recent chat with WWE wrestling superstar and FOZZY singer Chris Jericho for the "Talk Is Jericho" podcast, Vinnie spoke about how he feels that Dimebag's spirit and energy is always with him and inspires him to be the best that he can be. "The funniest thing that's ever happened to me… I turned 50 this year, and it was the best birthday party I ever had in my entire life. It was absolutely incredible," Vinnie said. "I still feel like a 19-year-old kid, man. Everything I do, I approach the same way. I'm not married. I don't have any kids. I've been married to music my entire life. I've been dedicated to it. I know what it takes to do it. And ever since my brother has been taken from me, I feel like I have to live for both of us. And I bring it everywhere I go, everything I do, and I think he's here with us, watching us and enjoying everything that's going on, man." Vinnie also talked about how his brother cherished being a rock star, was always "on," and lived to have a raucous good time. And he always made sure everyone around him was as pumped up, comfortable and/or inebriated as he was. "The thing that turned him on the most in this world was putting a smile on other people's faces," Vinnie said. "It didn't matter where it was, when it was, how it was, whether it was playing his guitar, whether it was shaking a hand, signing an autograph, giving him a pick, just saying hi. That was the most important thing in his life — making other people smile." He continued: "I remember the last show we ever played together with DAMAGEPLAN, we played in Buffalo, New York, and I wanted to… Actually, we wanted to go to the casino in Niagara Falls and he was really smoked. We had two more shows left. We were gonna do Mancow's show in Chicago the next day. And I said, 'Dime, man, let's go to the casino, man.' And he was, like, 'Man, Vinnie, I'm really, really tired. I wanna kill these last two shows. I'm gonna go home and make the next DAMAGEPLAN record. I wanna kill this.' He goes, 'You go have a good time, man. I'll see you in a little bit.' So me and Mayhem, our security guy that got killed that night [in Columbus], went with me, and we went to the casino and we had a great time. And the bus pulled up about 3 o'clock in the morning to get us, and I came on the bus, and there was a full party going on in the front lounge. And I'm, like, 'What is going on in here?' It was Dime and there was, like, 12 people I'd never seen in my life. And I said, 'Dime, I thought you were [tired].' And he goes, 'Dude, I couldn't let these people down, man. They wanted to party tonight, man.' And that's how my brother was. He just would not let people down." Asked if he always shared his brother's fun-loving approach to life, Vinnie replied: "I always had that attitude, he always had that attitude. That American Express commercial, 'You can't take it with you,' was always special, but it never was real until that happened." He continued; "Me and [Dimebag] used to joke with each other all the time. We'd be on a plane and [we'd say], 'Hey, man, if we're going down, we're going down in a plane crash together.' It was always, 'We're gonna do this together.' 'Cause we did everything together. And we didn't get to do that together [that night in Columbus]. And… when I say 'we didn't get to,' I don't mean to say that. "It was a really hardcore, tragic event, and the guy [Nathan Gale] wanted to kill me too. And somehow or another, I was lucky enough to escape that, and I'm still here, and I will do everything and anything I can to carry on the legacy and the tradition that my brother always had." Even though it's been a decade since his brother's murder, Vinnie still gets flashbacks of the day's events "every night." He says: "I don't wanna remember it, I don't wanna think about it, I don't want anybody saying, 'Hey, man…' You know… "It's hard. It's hard. But I've found peace. "I'm really happy with what I do with [my current band HELLYEAH], and I'm glad that we're moving forward and things are really good, man. Really good."
<a href=/bands/band.php?band_id=6587&bandname=Arizmenda>Arizmenda</a> is finally releasing a new album! Juan "Murdunbad" Cabello's brainchild is gearing up to unleash <i>Stillbirth In The Temple Of Venus</i> set for release in the autumn of 2014 via Crepusculo Negro. From the upcoming band's third album, you can now listen to the 12-minute track "Cum In Your Wound" at Bandcamp <a href="https://crepusculonegro.bandcamp.com/track/cum-in-your-wound">here</a>. Enjoy! <a href="/events/news_comments.php?news_id=24524>Read more...</a>
FOZZY's CHRIS JERICHO: Being On 'Dancing With The Stars' Was 'A Real Great Experience And Exposure For Me'
On September 19, Jay Nanda of the San Antonio Metal Music Examiner conducted an interview with FOZZY singer and WWE wrestling superstar Chris Jericho. You can now watch the chat below. Asked about how he transitioned from the wrestling ring to the dance floor on season 12 of "Dancing With The Stars" in 2011, Jericho said: "As far as being in front of people, fine, but what I was doing in front of people I'd never done before in my life; I'd never danced before. And they had asked me on two other occasions to do it, and I said no. It wasn't until [former 'Dancing With The Stars' contestant] Stacy Keibler called me and and said, 'You've gotta do this.' Stacy and I were pretty close for awhile. She was, like, 'I keep telling ya, telling ya, telling ya.' And so I said, 'If I don't do it now, they'll never ask me again. I'll trust her judgment, so I'll give it a try.'" He added: "Dancing is… You've gotta be light on your feet, you've gotta remember choreography, as well as wrestling. You've gotta understand a beat; syncopation and rhythm, that's all singing. So it was a combination of what I've been doing the last 20 years, 30 years. And I ended up doing okay at it. And [as far as the] fan base [is concerned], if five million people watch you a week on 'Raw', for example, twenty-five million people watch 'Dancing With The Stars'. And Hollywood doesn't really care about wrestling, for whatever reason. You do 'Dancing With The Stars' for a couple of weeks, and you're on 'The Tonight Show', you're on 'Ellen', you're on 'Entertainment Tonight', all those things. So it was a real great experience and exposure for me. It increased the fan base. And also just learning a whole new art form, which was really, really hard, but well worth it." FOZZY's new album, "Do You Wanna Start A War", sold around 5,600 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 54 on the Billboard 200 chart. The CD, which was produced by FOZZY guitarist Rich Ward, was released on July 22 via Century Media.
THE PRETTY RECKLESS singer Taylor Momsen has confirmed that the band is working on an acoustic album, to be released in the coming months. "We just recorded an acoustic version of a medley," Momsen told LA Rock of the Jacksonville, North Carolina radio station Rock 105.5 on September 17 (see video below). "It's how we originally wrote the songs, so it's kind of an inside take, or look, into how [the sophomore THE PRETTY RECKLESS album] 'Going To Hell' actually started. 'Cause everything started acoustically." She added: "If you can't play it all the way through, front to back, on an acoustic guitar, then it's not a good enough song to bring in the band." Momsen was also asked if the rumors are true that she is writing a book. "I'm always writing," she replied. "I'm writing a book, I'm writing a screenplay, I'm writing… I've already written half the next record. Writing inspires writing, art inspires art, so it's kind of a never-ending process, and you're just kind of trying to always be in the creative mindset." THE PRETTY RECKLESS released their debut album, "Light Me Up", in 2010 and followed it up this year with "Going To Hell", which came out last March. The new disc has yielded two No. 1 rock radio hits with "Heaven Knows" and current single "Messed Up World", making THE PRETTY RECKLESS the first female-fronted act to have its first two singles both hit the top spot. THE PRETTY RECKLESS kicked a lengthy North American headlining trek on September 5 in Lake Buena Vista, Florida.
Jo Schüftan of Horns Up Rocks! conducted an interview with ILL NIÑO vocalist Cristian Machado at the July 27 stop of the Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival in in Hartford, Connecticut. You can now watch the chat below. ILL NIÑO's new album, "Till Death, La Familia", was released on July 22 via Victory Records. Machado, told Arena.com that "Till Death, La Familia" "will absolutely surprise a lot of people." He continued: "I don't think we're the kind of band that releases the same album over and over. We always attempt to challenge ourselves musically in order to grow as artists and friends. "The new album will have its surprises and all I will say is that it is very catchy and very groove-oriented. The lyrics, I feel, are by far the best lyrics I've ever written, and I really do give the guys in the band so much credit for writing such amazing songs for this new album." Speaking to 100% Rock Magazine, ILL NIÑO bassist Lazaro Pina stated about "Till Death, La Familia": "We try to do something different every record. I can tell you for sure that this one is going to demonstrate a whole new ILL NIÑO style. At first, it took a lot of courage, but I'm feeling so much better about it now that the vocal tracks are beginning to come in. It's turning out to be everything I think most of us envisioned it and kind of wanted in a new record. We're definitely taking ILL NIÑO to a new… an additional style. We're definitely bringing it up to 2014 and kind of creating our own thing. Hearing Cristian singing like he's never sung before and even innovating a new heavy style of singing and a new melodic style of singing. It's going to be interesting. I think that the fans'll appreciate it and hopefully some new ones will come on board and say, 'Hey. I really dig this band; I like what they've been doing throughout the years.' It is… I think it's a courageous record. It definitely does not sound like any other previous record. It's definitely ILL NIÑO demonstrating an additional style." He continued: "You've got to keep innovating yourself, and if you don't innovate yourself, you're playing the same thing. We've been doing this for a long time, we're entitled to get a little crazy and experiment with different ideas."
STAIND frontman Aaron Lewis was forced to cancel his appearance Saturday night (September 20) at the BOK Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma after a private charter jet he was a passenger on veered off the taxiway and got stuck in mud. Lewis had been filming a segment for his TV show "On The Road" for the Sportsman Channel in Texas and was on his way to Tulsa when the incident occurred. "Aaron was set to depart from Warton, Texas Saturday afternoon at 1 p.m." stated a BOK Center press release. "Aaron and the television crew were tracking teal duck for his reality hunting show. After the shoot, the flight was to depart for Tulsa, Oklahoma, where Lewis was scheduled to appear [Saturday night] at the BOK Center after Brian Davis and Chase Bryant as direct support to Brantley Gilbert on the 'Let It Ride' tour." Said Lewis in a statement: "I'm so glad that we are safe. However, I am really sorry that the fans in Tulsa were disappointed and let down with me not making [Saturday night's] show. I promise I'll be back in Tulsa soon." Lewis' first full-length country album, "The Road", came out in November 2012 via Blaster Records through Warner Music Nashville. STAIND played just a handful of shows this year, with Lewis devoting much of 2014 to solo shows. The last STAIND album, a self-titled effort, came out in 2011. The band does not yet have plans to enter the studio. Guitarist Mike Mushok told the Midland Daily News back in May about the band's future, "It's got to be something that Aaron wants to do. I always enjoy writing with [Aaron] and I look forward to it. We complement each other. He makes what I do better."
A new <a href=/bands/band.php?band_id=372&bandname=Shining>Shining</a> record is <a href="/events/news_comments.php?news_id=23432">expected next year</a> via Season Of Mist and the recording process is already underway. The Swedish black metallers are recording the album at Andy La Rocque's Sonic Train Studios and Niklas Kvarforth is now tracking the vocals. The band has shared a few photos from the recording process. Take a peek at them here. <a href="/events/news_comments.php?news_id=24523>Read more...</a>
And now for some music from <a href=/bands/band.php?band_id=3785&bandname=Dominia>Dominia</a>. The Russian gothic metallers have a new album out called <i>Theophania</i>. Now, they also released a brand new official live video for "Everyone Else". The album came out earlier this month in Russia. Have you managed to listen to it? Either way, you can enjoy their new video here. <a href="/events/news_comments.php?news_id=24522>Read more...</a>
Previously, <a href="/events/news_comments.php?news_id=24435">we were introduced to the new supergroup</a> <b>Panzer</b>. The German band is comprised of vocalist and bassist Marcel "Schmier" Schirmer (<a href=/bands/band.php?band_id=262&bandname=Destruction>Destruction</a>), guitarist Herman Frank (<a href=/bands/band.php?band_id=291&bandname=Accept>Accept</a>, <a href=/bands/band.php?band_id=1818&bandname=Victory>Victory</a>) and drummer Stefan Schwarzmann (<a href=/bands/band.php?band_id=291&bandname=Accept>Accept</a>, ex-<a href=/bands/band.php?band_id=292&bandname=Running+Wild>Running Wild</a>). Now they have unveiled the cover artwork and tracklist of <i>Send Them All To Hell</i>, their impending debut album. The artwork was created by Hungarian artist Gyula Havancsák, who also created the recent artworks of <a href=/bands/band.php?band_id=262&bandname=Destruction>Destruction</a> and <a href=/bands/band.php?band_id=3126&bandname=Headhunter>Headhunter</a>. Feast your eyes on it right here. <a href="/events/news_comments.php?news_id=24518>Read more...</a>
You might have heard of <a href=/bands/band.php?band_id=8339&bandname=White+Empress>White Empress</a> <a href="/events/news_comments.php?news_id=24062">before</a>. Is it the new band of former <a href=/bands/band.php?band_id=74&bandname=Cradle+Of+Filth>Cradle Of Filth</a> guitarist Paul Allender as well as members of <a href=/bands/band.php?band_id=1644&bandname=Coal+Chamber>Coal Chamber</a> and <a href=/bands/band.php?band_id=3886&bandname=Luna+Mortis>Luna Mortis</a>. Well, they have released a new song from their debut album <i>Rise Of The Empress</i>. The symphonic metal band is currently streaming the track "A Prisoner Unleashed". Listen to it below and give us your impressions of the music. <a href="/events/news_comments.php?news_id=24521>Read more...</a>
The Italian metallers <a href=/bands/band.php?band_id=7706&bandname=Nero+Di+Marte>Nero Di Marte</a> have recently shared the new track "Pulsar" from their upcoming new album <i>Derivae</i>. If you are curious about how the new opus will sound like, give it a spin below! The song is quite long. Did you enjoy it? <a href="/events/news_comments.php?news_id=24520>Read more...</a>
Sara of Philadelphia's 93.3 WMMR radio station recently conducted an interview with KORN frontman Jonathan Davis. You can now listen to the chat using the audio player below. A couple of excerpts follow (transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET). On KORN's upcoming "Prepare For Hell Tour" with SLIPKNOT and KING 810: Davis: "I think we're gonna probably do a little bit heavier setlist and just prepare fans for a big ol' party. It's gonna be the exact opposite of what SLIPKNOT brings, which is just really heavy, heavy, heavy, fast metal. We do more of a party-type vibe. I think it's gonna be a good show, 'cause nobody wants to see that twice, you know what I mean? It'll be something for everyone. Something different." On the musical direction of KORN's next album: Davis: "We never can tell until we get in a room together. It goes all over the place. When the band gets together and writes… 'Cause we write together as a band, and I write on my own, Head [guitarist Brian Welch] writes stuff on his own. So it just depends. Once we get into a room and go through all that stuff, that's when we know what direction we're gonna go… I'm always [writing and recording music]. [Laughs] I've got a music problem; I'm addicted to music, so I've got a ton of stuff. But we've gotta get all the guys together, 'cause we all live in different places, so when everybody gets in one spot, we start writing actually as a band. We record where we grew up, in Bakersfield. We've got Buck Owens' old studio, which a lot of huge records were recorded out of there, so we really like it there. It's a got a good vibe there." On how KORN plans to celebrate — both personally and as a band — the 20th anniversary of the release of its debut album: Davis: "Personally, I don't know how I'm gonna celebate. But as a release, I know we're gonna start doing, on festivals, we're gonna play the first album in its entirety. We're gonna start doing that. We're even gonna play [the song] 'Daddy' [which Jonathan wrote about his painful experience of being molested as a child and not being believed]. And I said I would never do it, but I'm gonna do it anyway. So we're gonna do the complete album in its entirety and then tag on some songs at the end of the show. So it should be pretty cool. But it's gonna be very stripped down. I think we will recapture what we were doing at that time, when we were coming up. It was our first album, we didn't have any production, it was just one backdrop. So I think it'll be kind of like that down-and-dirty, cool, old-school vibe, and we'll do the first record… [We'll start doing that later] this year. Once the 20th anniversary hits [on October 11], we'll start doing it." On whether he still rejects the "nu metal" label in reference to KORN, which is widely credited for pioneering the genre (encompassing metal bands that came out in the '90s that incorporated different styles into their music, mostly funk and hip-hop): Davis: "I've always rejected the fact that us getting pigeonholed into some kind of genre that we helped create, they said. It seems like when a band comes out and we do something new and something different, that's all great. When a whole bunch of bands jump on the bandwagon and start copying what that one band did, then it gets called something. And those bands are cheap knockoffs of what the original thing was. So, to me, that's why I never liked the 'nu metal' term. You don't call the RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS a funk band. You don't call METALLICA just a thrash band. These are bands that have been around over 20 years that have paid their dues and have made amazing music that lots of people have ripped off and they get pigeonholed into these little genres [people] make up. But, to me, that's why I've always… I never liked it. But that's my personal opinion, I mean, if people want to call us that, go ahead — I don't care. That's just for me, that's just the way I look at it. So take my opinion with a grain of salt, I guess." Interview (audio):
PEARL JAM's Mike McCready, former GUNS N' ROSES bassist Duff McKagan and RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS/CHICKENFOOT drummer Chad Smith performed a cover version of THE ROLLING STONES classic "Honky Tonk Women" as part of a makeshift all-star band that was dubbed I PISSED MY PANTS last night (Friday, September 19) at the Cancer For College charity event in Seattle, Washington. Hosting the event was Chad's lookalike, actor Will Ferrell, who joined in on the performance on cowbell. Handling the lead vocals was Brandi Carlile. Chad and Will staged a drum battle back in May, showing up on "The Tonight Show" in matching black leather jackets, KISS T-shirts, sneakers and blue baseball caps worn backwards. They sat down with host Jimmy Fallon to discuss the history of their "feud" — with each speaking as the other person. The pair then launched a "traditional drum-off," with the intensity and complexity of the solos increasing with each successive round. Ferrell was assisted by Fallon's band leader and "ghost drummer" Questlove of THE ROOTS. Smith has claimed that he's been mistaken for Ferrell for years, with Ferrell acknowledging the resemblance in a recent Reddit AMA session. The two escalated their "feud" into the drum-off challenge.
Vocalist Mark Tornillo of German / American heavy metal legends ACCEPT was interviewed on the latest episode of the "Focus On Metal" podcast (web site). You can now listen to the chat using the audio player below. Asked how ACCEPT manages to keep its songwriting fresh so far into the band's career, Tornillo said: "I'm the luckiest guy on the planet to have the writers that I'm writing with now. Wolf [Hoffmann, guitar] and Peter [Baltes, bass], I mean, they've been banging this stuff out for years and years and years, and it's really just the two of them that just keep coming up with these riffs and these ideas. And they'll put songs together, and a lot of times it'll be their hook ideas as well, and I'll just write the lyrics. But it's kind of hard to say, man. I mean, there's still a lot of juice left in the old bin, I think. We're just fired up about playing and we're fired up about writing. I think the creative part is the best of the whole thing — for real. That, and playing live." Tornillo also spoke about how he has managed to fit in so well with his ACCEPT bandmates despite the fact that he spent much of his early career playing East Coast bars with TT QUICK while the other guys were raised in Germany and schooled on European metal. "It is kind of bizarre, isn't it? [Laughs] It really is," Tornillo said of the chemistry between him and the other members of ACCEPT. "But, I mean, at the end of the day, it's like the old saying, we went to different schools together. What they were doing in Germany, we were doing here… we were trying to, at any rate. It's all rock and roll at the end of the day. But we all had the same love for the music and not a lot of nonsense to go along with it. That's really the key to ACCEPT — I think it probably always was — that there's not a whole lot of B.S. going on behind the scenes and people doing stupid stuff that's gonna show up in the tabloids and whatever else. It's about the music." ACCEPT's new album, "Blind Rage", sold around 6,400 copies in the United States in its first week of release. The band's previous CD, 2012's "Stalingrad", opened with around 5,400 units to debut at position No. 81 on The Billboard 200 chart. The group's 2010 album, "Blood Of The Nations", registered a first-week tally of 2,900 copies to land at No. 187. "Blind Rage" was released on August 15 via Nuclear Blast. Like its two predecessors, 2010's "Blood Of The Nations" and 2012's "Stalingrad", the new effort was helmed by British producer Andy Sneap, who has previously worked with MEGADETH, EXODUS, TESTAMENT, ARCH ENEMY and KILLSWITCH ENGAGE. The cover artwork was created by Daniel Goldsworthy. The "Stampede" video was filmed on location in the high desert of California at the Devil's Punchbowl (a rock formation that looks like it's from another world) with director Greg Aronowitz ("Batman & Robin", "A.I. Artificial Intelligence", "The Lost World: Jurassic Park"). Interview (audio):