Register / Login
Last 10

Hot Chick of the Week

Cristina Scabbia

New Music Director
ALICE COOPER Talks To ARTISAN NEWS About 'Super Duper Alice Cooper' Documentary (Video)
Eagle Rock Entertainment, in association with Banger Films, has announced the world premiere of "Super Duper Alice Cooper" at the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival (TFF), presented by AT&T, where it will screen as part of their Spotlight section. Taking us through his life and career, Alice presents his story in the first-ever "doc opera" film — a dizzying blend of documentary archive footage, animation, and rock opera. Cooper and filmmakers Scot McFadyen, Sam Dunn, and Reginald Harkema talked to Artisan News about the incredible stories in the film and creating "Super Duper Alice Cooper". Check out the report below. The 13th edition of the Tribeca Film Festival is taking place from April 16 to April 27 at locations around New York City."Super Duper Alice Cooper" will hit theaters nationwide beginning April 30. It is presented by Banger Films, in association with Eagle Rock Entertainment, and distributed to theaters and venues by SpectiCast."Super Duper Alice Cooper" will screen in over 250 U.S. cinemas and venues following the April 17 premiere. A special pre-recorded "Keep Calm & Just Ask Alice" question-and-answer session and welcome from Alice will be included exclusively with each screening."Super Duper Alice Cooper" is the twisted tale of a teenage Dr. Jekyll whose rock 'n' roll Mr. Hyde almost kills him. It is the story of Vincent Furnier, a preacher's son who struck fear into the hearts of parents as Alice Cooper, the ultimate rock star of the bizarre. From the advent of Alice as frontman for a group of Phoenix freaks in the '60s to the hazy decadence of celebrity in the '70s to his triumphant comeback as '80s glam metal godfather, we will watch as Alice and Vincent battle for each other's souls. Alice's story is told not only by the man himself, but through exclusive interviews with members of the original Alice Cooper band, Elton John, Iggy Pop, John Lydon and Dee Snider."Super Duper Alice Cooper" is the creation of Scot McFadyen and Sam Dunn at Banger Films, producers of "Iron Maiden: Flight 666" (2009 SXSW Audience Choice Winner) and "Rush: Beyond The Lighted Stage" (2010 Grammy-nominated and Tribeca Audience Choice Winner), and much-lauded filmmaker Reginald Harkema, winner of the TIFF Special Jury Prize for his film "Monkey Warfare". In a 2012 interview with Spinner.com, Dunn stated about the Cooper documentary: "We know Alice through various projects that we've done. We interviewed Alice for 'Headbanger's Journey'. He's also featured pretty prominently in two episodes of [the new groundbreaking documentary series] 'Metal Evolution', both in [the] Shock Rock and Early Metal U.S. [episodes]. He's a pretty fascinating character, who has been through a lot in his life. He's one of those musicians that maybe he hasn't had a hit in a long time, but everyone knows who Alice Cooper is because of his influence on pop culture and the big songs he had in the '70s. "We're exploring a different stylist approach with this film. It won't be talking heads; it's going to be more of an archival and animated journey through his career. "He's such a rich visual artist, it makes so much sense to try and do it in a different way. "I think we're just a little bit sick of doing talking head interviews, to be honest [laughs], after doing 300 of them for 'Metal Evolution'. So it's really the story of Alice's career from the '60s right up to the '80s and everything he went through — the ups and the downs, battles with alcoholism, being raised in a Christian family, rebelling against that but then coming back to faith later in his career, and moving from town to town, and trying to find his place." Alice Cooper's latest album, "Welcome 2 My Nightmare", sold 18,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 22 on The Billboard 200 chart. Cooper's previous CD, 2008's "Along Came A Spider", opened with just under 10,000 copies to land at No. 53. Recorded with longtime collaborator Bob Ezrin, who produced the original multi-platinum "Welcome To My Nightmare" album in 1975, "Welcome 2 My Nightmare" picks up right where they left off, with Alice trapped in his own warped mind.
Drummer DANIEL LILJEKVIST Quits KATATONIA So He Can Concentrate On His Family And 'Normal Job'
Drummer Daniel Liljekvist has announced his departure from Swedish dark rockers KATATONIA. He explained in a statement: "I've been thinking about this for the last couple of months and I've come to the sad conclusion that I have to leave the band. It's got nothing to do with 'difference in views' or any other bullshit. I just cannot combine job, family and commit 100% to KATATONIA. Times for musicians are rough and I've decided to concentrate on my family and get a normal job that gets the bills paid." He added: "I've had some of the best moments in my life the past 14-odd years together with my favorite people in the world. I've been all over the planet with this lot… my second family. "Thank you! I'm gonna miss playing with you and I'm gonna miss hanging out with you on the road so much. And I'm gonna miss meeting all the great KATATONIA fans all over the world. You know who you are. You are truly amazing! I'm not gonna miss all the freaks and idiots we've come across during all the years. You probably don't know who you are. And I will not miss bad catering, shit beer and banana juice… "This is Daniel, rocking the fuck off! Cheers!" The remaining members of KATATONIA said: "We are sad and hollow to see Daniel leave our ranks, but yet his decision has our sincere understanding. Nothing lasts forever and all good things must come to an end sooner or later. Yet it makes it so much more frustrating when it happens for the wrong reasons or before reaching our terminus. Particularly, we can't pretend the current climate has nothing to do with it; in fact, this is undeniably yet another outcome of musicians struggling at the crossroads of today's 'scene/industry.' Tragically, this situation forces a member, brother — and our fans' favorite longtime drummer — to resign from a band he sacrificed a decade and a half to build. "While encouraging this topic to inevitable debate and re-evaluation, we will always be grateful for the years we shared together and we wish Daniel the best of luck in the future. It goes without saying we part as band members, but certainly remain as friends. "On a further positive note, this will not affect any of the upcoming tour dates. The 'Dethroned & Uncrowned - Unplugged & Reworked' tour next month will proceed accordingly and see JP Asplund taking on percussion duties. He was the one who actually played all original percussion on 'Dead End Kings'/'Dethroned & Uncrowned' albums. Stand-in drummer Daniel Moilanen (ex-ENGEL) will perform on the upcoming summer festivals. "Let's welcome our helping hands, have a goodbye toast for Daniel (note that would be 11 sips for him) and keep our eyes on the horizon: new tours coming up in South America and Australia as well as the long-awaited 20th anniversary 'Last Fair Day Gone Night - Live At Koko' DVD coming out this fall and much more…" KATATONIA recently parted ways with guitarist Per "Sodomizer" Eriksson due to "a difference in views on the band's current operative as well as last year's decision from Per to permanently live in Barcelona."
Former MEGADETH Drummer NICK MENZA: First 'Intense Mega Drumming' DVD Webisode
The first of six webisodes documenting the making of former MEGADETH drummer Nick Menza's first-ever instructional DVD, "Intense Mega Drumming", can be seen below. The footage shot this past March at Uberbeatz Studios in Seattle, Washington, and was produced and directed by Kari Pearson and Robert Bolger. According to a press release, the "Intense Mega Drumming" DVD will be "educational, entertaining and will feature Menza's years of playing drums in MEGADETH with tons of tips and tricks from his arsenal to help teach anybody out there become a better player, plus rare and unseen bonus footage from the 'Menza Mega Vault.'" The DVD is tentatively due at the end of the year.Menza joined MEGADETH for the 1989 recording "Rust In Peace" and for the next nine years became associated with the band's "classic" and most profitable era. Asked last September by Argentinean rock journalist Lucas H. Gordon if there is a possibility of him ever doing anything with MEGADETH again, Menza, who appeared on four of the band's studio albums, said: "You never know what can happen in the future. It's, like, I'm open to whatever. I would never say, 'I'll never join MEGADETH back up again.' But it's really up to Mustaine. I put the ball in his court." Following the reissue of the entire MEGADETH catalog, Menza was invited to reunite with the band in 2004. Days after a reunion was announced, Menza was fired after rehearsals and replaced with Shawn Drover. Mustaine said that this was because Nick "just wasn't prepared."Menza has been writing, recording and producing constantly but only releasing sporadic singles for years. That will all change when he opens the floodgates with the upcoming release of his memoir, "Nick Menza: Megalife", by acclaimed writer J. Marshall Craig. "MEGADETH was a big part of my story," Menza said, "but it was just one part. Jeff [Craig] has got me to talk about it all!"Menza is currently negotiating a publishing deal for the book, which will feature rare and never-before-seen photos of Menza with every band he's ever been in, including, of course, MEGADETH. "It's a memoir of music," writer Craig said. "But a lot more. It's a book about chasing the ultimate gig, the ultimate drum setup, the ultimate sound and, it will come as no surprise to Nick's fans, the ultimate aliens, government conspiracies and anything else his muse sees fit to lay across his path."Menza's first performance was at the age of two on stage at the Montreux Jazz Festival when legendary jazz percussionist Jack DeJohnette (Miles Davis, Sonny Rollins, Joe Henderson) placed Nick on his kit. Thirty years later, he was stepping out on stage in front of thousands of screaming fans every night.Menza, son of legendary jazz saxophonist Don Menza, was at the top of his game when MEGADETH started a world tour in support of its album, "Cryptic Writings", but began to suffer knee problems and escalating pain. Doctors diagnosed him with a tumor. Surgery waylaid the drummer briefly, but he was relieved to learn the tumor was benign and was eager to rejoin his bandmates, who had continued their tour with a replacement drummer. But deteriorating relations within the band exploded and Menza was replaced permanently.
The Make Believe - DARKENTRIES
This five piece angst sludge band from South Carolina have been together under the name DARKENTRIES since 2012, but the components were friends long beforehand. Their familiarity with one another was pushed to the nth by reportedly living in the same house together and slogging through the night on many occasions to produce their debut offering for Phillip Cope and Laura Pleasants' Retro Futurist label, "The Make Believe". Having already churned out a demo and bedroom-generated singles to begin assembling their distortion-dependent tones, DARKENTRIES captures the inherent moodiness of the BAUHAUS song bearing the same name, but sound-wise, it's a different story. These guys embrace a chaotic blend of oozing sludge tones, post metal surrealism and random breakaway sections treading toward the blackened throes of Hell. If there's one best way to summarize DARKENTIRES, it would be through the title of the fifth song on "The Make Believe", "Feedback Funeral". Despite the manifesting blitz-grind rolls on "I'm Tired of Being Awake", "1200-S" and "Feedback Funeral", the primary tempo of this five-song album is set upon a stubborn lag. "The Make Believe" might very well be the product of five dudes on sleep deprivation and slaves to their art, since the dominant drag of this album sounds like a boiled-over vent session. Not a bad way to tap into a core anger behind music that's ugly by nature, even with the calm opening to the stamped down bombast of "T.V. Fuzz". If only these guys had been alive to witness the days of UHF and VHF when television did indeed become a tundra of broadcast snow after late night signoffs. DARKENTRIES has the right idea by summoning a pissed-off auditory crush bred by the frustrations of insomniacs and night owls, which likely also serves as the inspiration to "I'm Tired of Being Awake", even if the latter song carries much deeper insinuations of demise. What DARKENTRIES possesses is an astute, if still nurturing, interpretation of NEUROSIS, ROSETTA and BALBOA with the occasional haunt of black metal in spots. "I'm Tired of Being Awake" is DARKENTRIES' best-realized marriage of their influences and not just because it carries a sense of urgency beyond the other four tracks. The fast-plugging bass lines and all-over-the-place drums forces the rest of the band to hit the same caffeine bomb and give frenetic chase. What's great about "I'm Tired of Being Awake" is how it suddenly crashes to a quietus after spiking on its speed hit. The changeup in vocals from screech to low-end zombie droll on "Honey Eater" is haunting and you can expect it to re-emerge on "1200-S", (which may or may not have something to do with the Ducati Monster motorcycle) perhaps the most unsettling track on "The Make Believe". "1200-S" yields some of the most fearsome chords in DARKENTRIES' still-developing arsenal and they build the song to a blossoming catharsis of sonic stateliness. Then the KYLESA-kissed sweaty aggravation through the first half of "Feedback Funeral" shows why Retro Futurist laid out the welcome mat for these guys. There's not much DARKENTRIES needs to do to improve themselves, other than tighten up a little. The passion is there, the strategies in this camp are smart and they're obviously not afraid to push their personal wherewithal in the name of art. If a fragmented mirror could sound off, it would probably ring like "The Make Believe".
ROB ZOMBIE Already At Work On Sixth Solo Effort
According to The Pulse Of Radio, Rob Zombie not only has a live DVD, a book and a spring tour on the way, but he's already begun work on the follow-up to last year's album, "Venomous Rat Regeneration Vendor". Zombie and his band started putting together his sixth solo CD in January, and told The Pulse Of Radio he plans to resume the project in May. "I don't want years and years to go by between records, even though somehow it always seems to happen," he said. "And, you know, we're really excited because we really felt that for ourselves as a band, the last record really kind of got back to something that I was looking for, and we were just excited to take it to the next level. When you're feeling inspired, you kind of want to go for it, because sometimes you don't feel inspired."Zombie has set May 20 as the release date for his first official concert DVD and Blu-ray, titled "The Zombie Horror Picture Show". Filmed at two shows last August in Texas, the 16-song set will include live versions of solo hits, WHITE ZOMBIE classics "Thunderkiss '65", "More Human Than Human" and "Supercharger Heaven", plus Zombie's recent cover of GRAND FUNK RAILROAD's "We're An American Band". A photo book by photographer Rob Fenn will be published as a companion piece to the home video release. Zombie will kick off a 12-date run of shows on April 26 in Fort Myers, Florida at the Fort Rock festival, mixing other major rock festival stops with headlining shows before wrapping it up on May 10 in Camden, New Jersey."Venomous Rat Regeneration Vendor" sold 34,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to land at position No. 7 on The Billboard 200 chart. The record arrived in stores on April 23, 2013 via Zodiac Swan/T-Boy/Ume. The CD was produced by Bob Marlette, who has previously worked with everyone from BLACK SABBATH and ALICE COOPER to WILSON PHILLIPS and LYNYRD SKYNYRD.
The Unsemble - THE UNSEMBLE
Duane Denison is one busy dude. Recently hitching back up with the reformed JESUS LIZARD, Denison is also an active guitarist with TOMAHAWK and TH' LEGENDARY SHACK SHAKERS along with his external project alongside former MINISTRY figurehead, Paul Barker, U.S.S.A. Now comes THE UNSEMBLE, a trio featuring Denison together with drummer/keyboardist Brian Kotzur from SILVER JEWS and EINSTURZENDE NEUBATEN's Alexander Hacke (bass/electronics). If TOMAHAWK's recent album "Oddfellows" was an appropriate title for that Mike Patton-led troupe, then THE UNSEMBLE might as well be the kindred cousin "Weirdfellows". Before you even slide on THE UNSEMBLE's self-titled debut, you'll be greeted with sculptures of animals using instruments. Inventive and fun, but absolutely batty, and it's well-indicative of the sounds you'll encounter with these guys. As if vying to score a yet-to-be-filmed dark comedy or cult-minded sci-fi flick, THE UNSEMBLE hits their listeners with quirky instrumentals heaped with plenty of varying aesthetics, if no real set course. Brian Kotzur is a film scorer on the side, and his creative input is well-felt here. This is an album you likely won't "get" upon the first listen, since Duane Denison and his partners often leave their listeners sitting in the creepiest places (usually on the five "Improv" tracks) before opening the doors to unexpected porticos filled with twittering vibrancy, free-floating space-outs and the occasional pleasure groove. Brian Kotzur often taps out hollow beats like teasing specters on the "Improv" segments, which allows Duane Denison to gently weave reverberating echoes that heighten the implied paranoia of these jittery, psyched-out sequences. On the fifth "Improv", both Denison and Hacke increase their supplications where a gory nervous breakdown spews. The second "Improv" is carried more on an unnerving buzz of amp feedback, then eventually quick-stamping tempos introducing some scary string tweaks and bass bombs. Denison replicates koto twang with his guitar on the third "Improv", another cool twist. The translucent synth swirls of "Wave" is like the guys were capturing an acid-assisted viewing session of "Barbarella". Early on in the album, the ethereal keys and cymbal clapping of "Krishna", followed by the trippy synths hovering over the rolling bass of "Circles", establishes THE UNSEMBLE's daze-heavy prospectus. "Act 3" is perhaps the most agitated this album gets on the heels of Alexander Hacke's rapid-moving bass lines and Brian Kotzur's step-jive slide. Still, Duane Denison keeps a hazy churn overtop "Act 3" that spills into the lumbering drag of "Chaingang". The latter song feels as sweaty and oppressive as its namesake with Kotzur rolling out laborious strikes (think of the ship galley drummer in "Ben Hur") and Denison veritably representing the sun's body-draining rays. Ironically, "Cyclone" is hardly a speed demon. It's quite the opposite, carrying a subdued, hangdog shuffle with an appositely pretty and swooning freestyle by Denison. It is more like the remorseful aftereffects of a tornado touchdown. "Neon" beforehand is one of the more exciting interludes of the album, bred out of horror scores of yesteryear and adversely creating an empathetic sway instead of the internal fear cast by the "Improv" tracks. "Shadows" (featuring added guitars by Dallas Thomas) is the grooviest cut on the album, with a gnarling bass plod and killer sub-melodies that collectively captures downwind wafts from "The Twilight Zone" music and re-interprets them impressively. Hang with this one through a couple rides. THE UNSEMBLE is hardly an instant grab, but after a while, their compositions become more affecting, if incredibly nuts by their random character.
Dollar Haircuts on Ten Cent Heads - ANDI DERIS AND THE BAD BANKERS
"Fuck banks, fuck managers, fuck bankers". HADES and NONFICTION guitarist Dan Lorenzo declared "F Bombs for Everyone" in his solo work. No doubt taking that solicitation as creed is HELLOWEEN vocalist Andi Deris, who releases his first solo album in fourteen years following 1999's "Done by Mirrors", the sometimes venomous and dirtied-down "Dollar Haircuts on Ten Cent Heads". You can expect "Dollar Haircuts on Ten Cent Heads" to sound like HELLOWEEN like you can expect a Bruce Dickinson solo album to sound like IRON MAIDEN. What Deris and his house band (including Nico Martin on guitar, Jezoar Marrero on bass and Nasim Lopez-Palacios on drums) bring to the table are eleven songs of variation and only a couple that could remotely be worked onto a HELLOWEEN album (the melodic yet uncooked "Blind", for example). Deris has stated that so many songs he's written in the hopes of delivering another solo album ended up being used in HELLOWEEN, hence the length of time for the arrival of "Dollar Haircuts on Ten Cent Heads". Deris' fans from as far back as his PINK CREAM 69 days should be well won-over by this album as he sets his target sights on the banking industry and the environmental rape by corporations for starters. The profanity slavers out of Deris' mouth on the opening number, "Cock", and the condemnations continue to fly on "Will We Ever Change" and "Banker's Delight (Dead or Alive)". While NUCLEAR ASSAULT remains the best metal band ever to lambaste big business in a go-green effort that long predates Al Gore, you have to appreciate how much Andi Deris cares. On the brutally honest nature of "Cock", Deris explains, "Obviously we despise everything around banks, managers and bankers who are clearly responsible for the shit that goes on nowadays, and most certainly in our future, so it felt very good to vocally tell them what we think about them. Sure, therefore it's highly explicit but hey, who gives a fuck? That's what they deserve, and it helps the music to really kick some ass.""Don't Listen to the Radio (TWOTW 1938)" carries an old lion's metal heart with a throwback anthem pound that would've spelled instant classic in the days of yesteryear. While there's a historical nuance to this song, the message is still abundantly clear: mainstream radio is crap served for sheep and clearly has no interests other than the profits of their sponsors. Having the smarts to contain his more extreme vernacular to the spiteful tirade of "Cock", Deris dispenses with the raw vocab for the rest of the ride and instead serves up his esteemed vocals to the often agro metal presentations by his band. "I Must Be Dreaming" is inherently ugly with chunky riffs smooshing the verses and gnashed guitars slashing through the bittersweet choruses, but Deris lofts emotively with elevated altos. The song is polished despite its atavistic tones, ditto for the spectacular "The Last Days of Rain". In fact, the longer this album grinds on, the tighter and more spangled the songs become. The irony to this project is while it gives Andi Deris the opportunity to tee off about global financial crises, even he will admit some of his tirades stem from personal dissatisfaction. This has nothing to do with HELLOWEEN, of course, and he ably separates "Dollar Haircuts on Ten Cent Heads" in sound for that very reason, to create a detached forum to regurgitate his external frustrations. Thus Deris finds a "creative peace" with this album where he doesn't "have to sit at home anymore listening regretfully to the demo tapes of those songs". The second half of "Dollar Haircuts on Ten Cent Heads" exhibits this alluded-to peace, most cathartically on the acoustic finale, "I Sing Myself Away". Initially pissed-off in topic and in projection, "Dollar Haircuts on Ten Cent Heads" soon turns out a classy performance by Andi Deris, who has the veteran wisdom to know when to purge and when to entertain. He hasn't helmed HELLOWEEN for so long by mere coincidence.
Aria - VIZA
Once known as VISA (assumedly changed by objection from a certain credit card carrier), the L.A. based VIZA have made a powerful ally in the form of Serj Tankian. Their crafty blending of Greek and Armenian roots into wavering rock and punk modes often rings of SYSTEM OF A DOWN, which has likely helped endear them to Serj. There are comic subtleties whirling through many of VIZA's catchy and sometimes boisterous ditties along with the lofting percussion, strings, accordions and synths that accent the audacious and often nutty nature of their newest album, "Aria". It's no wonder why Serj Tankian favors these guys, given the SYSTEM OF A DOWN-inspired ethnic punk flavors of "Midnight Hour (Dingle Rock)", "Viktor's Vanguard" and the bar brawling bash of "Forward March", which even the FLOGGING MOLLY troupe might give a nod of respect to. The latter song is hilariously hefted by a brazen jig tempo and a barked invitation to scrum. "Quicksand" teeters to the edge for half the ride with breezy harmonies on the verses and slightly heavier strumming on the choruses before VIZA stamps down the remaining sections. Earthy percussion and Middle Eastern sways counter the otherwise trampling groove of "Vanished", a bizarre lampoon of degradation and torment that finds vocalist K'noup Tomopoulos chanting sarcastically, "the best is yet to come." Afterwards, VIZA storms the proverbial castle with blast-skid progressions and equable-growled vocal interchanges on "Viktor's Vanguard", all of it ringing far too close to SYSTEM OF A DOWN. Yet the careening congas and killer guitar slides from Orbel Babayan and Shant Bismejian help make it one of "Aria"'s coolest songs. The mock ballad "The Girl That Doesn't Exist" is a gut-buster and VIZA's playful nature carries into the flamenco-grounded "C'est la Vie". Enjoy the multicultural clash there and on the calypso grooves found on the verses of the successive song, "Alley in Tijuana". Here VIZA also mashes metalled-up choruses and later, a cabaret-splashed breakdown with K'noup Tomopoulos taunting his trashy alley muse by chuffing, "the way you're acting, you don't need a man, you need a daddy". At times, K'noup Tomopoulos carries shades Peter Murphy (i.e. "Never Feel", "Vanished", "The Girl That Doesn't Exist" and "Quicksand"), but he's nearly as cagy as Serj Tankian himself in fluctuating his moods and palettes. As ever, VIZA remains unpredictable and "Aria" is another dynamic record guaranteed to crack a few smiles while tantalizing in some spots, going berserk in others. The madcap closing number "Brunette" sends the record home on a goofy note, as VIZA collectively queries their listeners "How do we manage to stay so young?" Ask 'em now, if you dare.
ACCEPT Announces 'Blind Rage 2014' European Headlining Tour
German/American metallers ACCEPT will release their new album, "Blind Rage", on July 18 via Nuclear Blast. Like its two predecessors, 2010's "Blood Of The Nations" and 2012's "Stalingrad", the new CD 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.ACCEPT will promote "Blind Rage" with a European headlining tour which will kick off on September 19 in Copenhagen, Denmark. The dates are as follows: Sep. 19 - Amager Bio, Copenhagen [DK] Sep. 20 - Garden, Linköping [SE] Sep. 21 - Trädgår'n, Gothenburg [SE] Sep. 24 - Rytmikotjaamo, Seinäjoki [FI] Sep. 26 - Torunda, Tornio [FI] Sep. 27 - Pakkahuone, Tampere [FI] Sep. 28 - Helsinki, The Circus [FI] Sep. 30 - Debaser Medis, Stockholm [SE] Oct. 01 - Rockefeller, Oslo [NO] Oct. 03 - Karlstad, Nöjesfabriken [SE] Oct. 04 - Docks, Hamburg [DE] Oct. 06 - Hyde Park, Osnabrück [DE] Oct. 07 - Trix, Antwerp [BE] Oct. 08 - Bataclan, Paris [FR] Oct. 10 - Totem, Pamplona [ES] Oct. 11 - Riviera, Madrid [ES] Oct. 12 - Razzmatazz 1, Barcelona [ES] Oct. 14 - Bikini, Toulouse [FR] Oct. 16 - La Laiterie, Straßbourg [FR] Oct. 17 - Live Club, Mailand [IT] Oct. 18 - Tonhalle, München [DE] Oct. 20 - Langen / Frankfurt, Neue Stadthalle [DE] Oct. 21 - Huxleys, Berlin [DE] Oct. 22 - Live Music Hall, Köln [DE] Oct. 24 - Stadtgarten, Erfurt [DE] Oct. 25 - Euronics, Zlin [CZ] Oct. 26 - Petöfi Hall, Budapest [HU] Oct. 28 - Z 7, Pratteln [CH] Oct. 29 - Filharmonie, Filderstadt [DE] In a recent interview with Metal WaniACCEPT singer Mark Tornillo stated about what fans can expect to hear on "Blind Rage": "You can expect more of the same, but you can also expect, on this album, a little more diversity, I think. And the way I see it, some of the songs sound more classic than the stuff that we've done. I mean, there are songs, I think, when I hear the opening riff, I go, 'Wow! That could be on 'Balls To The Wall'.' So you're gonna get a few different… I mean, we're not searching for a direction at this point. We're writing to please ourselves and to please our fans… We're not changing horses in the middle of a stream. I mean, if something works for us, we're gonna stick with it. We're certainly not gonna change direction, but I think we're not afraid to step out a little bit. We're also not afraid to go back and be what the band was in the '80s, which is what we've really strived for." Speaking about vibe in ACCEPT during the songwriting process for "Blind Rage", compared to how it was for its two predecessors, 2010's "Blood Of The Nations" and 2012's "Stalingrad", Tornillo said: "The vibe is good. We're, I think, more relaxed at this point. 'Blood Of The Nations' was… We really had no idea where we were going at that point; we didn't even have a record deal when we wrote that record. We had no idea what was gonna happen and where it was gonna go, and we had a lot of time to do it. And then the response came, and we set the bar pretty darn high with that record. And then when we went back to do 'Stalingrad', we didn't have that luxury of time; they gave us a deadline, that they wanted the record by such and such a time, and it was a little more hectic. There was a lot more pressure than [there was on 'Blood Of The Nations']. Plus we had 'Blood Of The Nations' out there, and we had to try to top it, if possible, or at least try to get to where that record was. This one, we've had a little more time. This past year, all we did was festivals, which was nice, which gave us time to write on the road. And when we were done touring, we had a good three or four months to complete everything, which is a nice time frame."acceptblindragetour2014acceptblindragecoverbig_638
On April 8, Michael Sweet of Christian hard rockers STRYPER was interviewed on the KNLW 98.9 FM radio station. You can now listen to the chat in the YouTube clip below.Michael Sweet has released a new single, "I'm Not Your Suicide", from his upcoming solo album of the same. Sweet has partnered up with Childhelp for the release of the track. Michael Sweet and Big3 Records are donating a portion of the proceeds from the sale of "I'm Not Your Suicide" to Childhelp. The single is available via iTunes. The video for "I'm Not Your Suicide" can be seen below.Michael Sweet felt compelled to partner with Childhelp after learning that almost half of all children who have been abused consider suicide. His intention was for the heartfelt lyrics to connect with these kids and hopefully offer some peace to those in need. Bringing added attention to the Childhelp National Child Abuse Hotline, which offers an immediate 24/7 professional crisis counselor on call, and championing the Childhelp Speak Up Be Safe in schools, Michael Sweet is sharing a message of crisis intervention and prevention education. "I'm Not Your Suicide" is a song with a message of hope, and through the partnership with Childhelp, illustrates to children a positive alternative through the track's lyrics.Sweet's "I'm Not Your Suicide" album, and his first autobiography, "Honestly: My Life And Stryper Revealed", will be released on May 6 via BIG3 Records. "I'm Not Your Suicide" is available for pre-sale at MichaelSweet.com. Fans who pre-order the full album will be able to instantly download the song "Taking On The World Tonight" (featuring TNT singer Tony Harnell) and be registered to win a guitar used in the recording of the album. The future remains bright for Sweet, who has endured heartbreaking tribulations throughout his life and career, including the 2009 passing of his wife of more than 22 years, Kyle. In 2010, Sweet remarried to Lisa Champagne-Sweet, a woman he describes as "a Godsend and the one who fits perfectly by my side."Sweet continues to record and tour with STRYPER, as well as touring and recording as a solo artist, all the while making frequent trips to Nashville where he is writing with some of the biggest music writers in the business. "After 30 years in this business, I feel honored and blessed to be able to continue doing what it is I love, making music," said Sweet. "I'm extremely thankful to have the greatest fans in the world. "God has blessed me with this talent and I plan to continue on this path as long as I can draw breath." Sweet's autobiography, "Honestly: My Life And Stryper Revealed", chronicles an amazing 30-year career and includes endorsements from Eddie Trunk, Dave Mustaine, Larry The Cable Guy, Jeordie White and Chris Jericho. Among the topics covered are: * How Michael Sweet formed the first Christian rock band to hit #1 on MTV, paving the way for an entire genre of music. * First-hand stories of the Sunset Strip, with never-before-told stories that include friends and musical peers such as POISON, MÖTLEY CRÜE, RATT, WHITESNAKE, METALLICA and more. * How Jimmy Swaggart and Jim and Tammy Faye Bakker played a role in Michael's life. * The temptations and ultimate low-points of a notable Christian rock star. * Never-before-revealed stories of life behind the scenes in STRYPER. * Why so many people have declared Michael Sweet a significant influence on their lives; from Larry The Cable Guy to professional wrestler Chris Jericho to Haitian musician and politician Wyclef Jean and more. * Losing his wife to cancer and re-marrying shortly thereafter. * An honest look at Sweet's often tumultuous family relationships. * The unlikely relationship between Sweet and national radio personality Don Imus. * What led to the decline and fall of STRYPER in 1992, and subsequent reunion and rebirth in 2001. With the upcoming and long-overdue solo album, Sweet is finally delivering the project fans have been patiently waiting for. Produced by Sweet himself, "I'm Not Your Suicide" includes special appearances by Tony Harnell (TNT), Kevin Max (DCTALK, AUDIO ADRENALINE), Chris Jericho (FOZZY), Doug Aldrich (WHITESNAKE), Electra Mustaine (daughter of MEGADETH frontman Dave Mustaine) and STRYPER bandmates Robert Sweet and Timothy Gaines. Legendary drummer Kenny Aronoff (CHICKENFOOT) played on the record as well. "I'm Not Your Suicide" track listing: 01. Taking On The World Tonight (featuring Tony Harnell) 02. All That's Left (For Me To Prove) 03. The Cause 04. This Time (featuring Kevin Max) 05. I'm Not Your Suicide (co-written with Blair Daly) 06. Coming Home 07. Miles Away 08. Strong 09. How To Live (featuring Robert Sweet and Timothy Gaines of Stryper) 10. Heart Of Gold 11. Anybody Else (featuring Chris Jericho and Doug Aldrich) 12. Unsuspecting 13. Heart Of Gold (featuring Electra Mustaine) (bonus Track)
Jones, Godard, Cronenberg in competition at Cannes

Cannes Film Festival general delegate Thierry Fremaux, left, and Festival President Gilles Jacob, right, pose next to the poster of the Festival, at the end of a press conference to announce this years line up in Paris, Thursday April 17, 204. A Tommy Lee Jones western and a David Cronenberg exposé on Hollywood are among the 18 films vying for the top prize at the Cannes Film Festival. The festival organizers also said Thursday that two women directors and famed New Wave filmmaker Jean-Luc Godard will be in competition at the festival that runs May 14-25. (AP Photo/Remy de la Mauviniere)PARIS (AP) — A Tommy Lee Jones western and a David Cronenberg exposé about Hollywood's culture are among the 18 films vying for the top prize at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival.

Nas kicks off Tribeca with documentary, concert

From left, director One9, recording artist Nas and writer Erik Parker attend the world premiere of "Time Is Illmatic" at the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival on Wednesday, April 16, 2014, in New York. (Photo by Andy Kropa/Invision/AP)NEW YORK (AP) — The raw New York lyricism of Nas kicked off the 13th annual Tribeca Film Festival with an exuberant hip-hop beat.

"X-Men" director accused of sex abuse in lawsuit
HONOLULU (AP) — A former child model and aspiring actor is accusing "X-Men" franchise director Bryan Singer of sexually abusing him as a teenager in a federal lawsuit filed in Hawaii.
Singer Chris Brown's bodyguard goes on trial in DC
WASHINGTON (AP) — Singer Chris Brown's bodyguard is going on trial on assault charges in Washington, a case that will be a preview for the musician's own trial.
'Vampire Diaries' star sinks teeth into directing

FILE - This March 29, 2014 file photo shows Paul Wesley at The Humane Society Of The United States 60th Anniversary Benefit Gala in Beverly Hills, Calif. Wesley stars in the CW series "The Vampire Diaries." He will direct his first episode of the popular series on Thursday, April 17. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP, File)NEW YORK (AP) — Paul Wesley admits to experiencing jitters on his first day of directing Thursday's episode of the CW's "The Vampire Diaries," particularly when it came to saying the word "action."

Will Arnett files for divorce from Amy Poehler

FILE - This Jan. 15, 2012 file photo shows actors Amy Poehler, left, and Will Arnett arriving at the 69th Annual Golden Globe Awards in Los Angeles. Arnett filed for divorce from Poehler on April 8, 2014, in Los Angeles Superior Court more than 18 months after the pair announced they were separating and ending their nine-year marriage. (AP Photo/Matt Sayles, file)LOS ANGELES (AP) — Court records show Will Arnett has filed for divorce from Amy Poehler more than 18 months after the comedians announced their separation.

Random House to adapt 'Unbroken' for young adults
NEW YORK (AP) — Random House says it plans to publish a young adult adaption of Laura Hillenbrand's bestselling survival saga "Unbroken."
uFly fires flight instructor who appeared on CNN
TORONTO (AP) — A Canadian flight simulator business fired an instructor who figured prominently in CNN's coverage of missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, saying he showed up late to his regular job and "shamed Canadians" by dressing like a teenager.
Seeger will be celebrated at Hudson River festival

FILE - This Sept. 21, 2013, file photo shows Pete Seeger performing on stage during the Farm Aid 2013 concert at Saratoga Performing Arts Center in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. Seeger’s life will be celebrated at the annual Clearwater Festival this summer. Seeger died in January at age 94, after surviving his wife Toshi by about seven months. Clearwater Festival organizers say the two-day show at Croton-on-Hudson starting June 21 will celebrate the couple’s legacy. (AP Photo/Hans Pennink, File)BEACON, N.Y. (AP) — Folk singer Pete Seeger's life will be celebrated at the annual Clearwater Festival this summer.

Ailing Malcolm Young taking break from AC/DC

FILE - This June 17, 2003 file photo shows British rock band AC/DC, from left, Brian Johnson, Malcolm Young, Phil Rudd, Angus Young, and Cliff Williams performing on stage during a concert in Munich, southern Germany. Malcolm Young of AC/DC is taking a break from the band to focus on his health. The band posted on its Facebook page Wednesday, April 16, 2014, that the 61-year-old guitarist is halting from the band “due to ill health” after 40 years (AP Photo/Jan Pitman, File)NEW YORK (AP) — Malcolm Young is taking a break from AC/DC to focus on his health, the band said.

Viral Videos