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NONPOINT: New Song 'Never Ending Hole' Available For Streaming
"Never Ending Hole", a brand new song from NONPOINT, can be streamed below. The track is taken from the band's eighth studio album, "The Return", which will be released on September 30 via Razor & Tie (one day earlier internationally via Metal Blade Records). After 17 years in the game, the Florida quintet sustains the same energy that sparked its foundation back in 1997. The riffs crack with intensity, the bass and drums forge an unmatched groove, and the vocals rapidly recount stories of pain and perseverance. "The Return" remains as raw, ripping, and real as these musicians — Elias Soriano (vocals), Robb Rivera (drums), Rasheed Thomas (guitar), Adam Woloszyn (bass), and B.C. Kochmit (guitar) — get. In February 2014, NONPOINT entered Groovemaster Studios with Grammy Award-nominated producer Johnny K (DISTURBED, STAIND, MEGADETH) and engineer Daniel Salcidoto. It marked their second collaboration together, and this time, the band had already amassed an arsenal of tight and tough material. Soriano elaborates: "Last record, we stepped in a direction we've wanted to for years and our fans revered us for it. This record we have gotten up to speed and dropped the pedal to the floor. "I think our fans will embrace this record in a way no other NONPOINT record has been viewed or loved. We left no room for question of what we are trying to accomplish with our music or who we are. We haven't gone back to old school. We didn't reflect on our past. We didn't discuss what works. We are not 'Statement' NONPOINT or even 'Bullet' NONPOINT... 'The Return' is NONPOINT right the fuck now." Adds Rivera: "Johnny is like the sixth member of our band at this point! He works us, and he pulls no punches. It was such a natural thing that we only needed to track for three weeks. Johnny understands the band and what we are, and he encourages us to be ourselves."Elias explains the meaning behind the first single, "Breaking Skin": "It's about addiction, whether it be food, drugs, sex, lying, or anything, that tends to turn into an itch. You can't stop scratching it so you break skin. Then, you're bleeding. You need to get help at that point and deal with it."Robb adds: "'Breaking Skin' is a different kind of song for us. There's a lot of melody, but it's still so heavy. That heaviness has always been in the back of our minds. It's a natural direction for us. Most bands soften their sound as they go on. We get more aggressive and heavy. That's what NONPOINT does best." Meanwhile, the record opens up with the taut thrashing of "Pins And Needles", which Elias describes as "That moment where you say something very candid to an opposing party, and you know you're going to get a reaction. You only want to retaliate, waiting to pounce.""Razors" cuts deep with a bludgeoning and brutal stomp, and the title track captures a strong and rather crucial message for the singer. He continues, "When you look back in your past, you always will find people who didn't believe in what you were doing at the beginning. They end up coming around full circle later. Watching them come back is an interesting feeling. You can be a dick about it, or you can just be happy and live your life. That song is about opening the door and holding the proverbial slice of crow for them to eat high above your head." Ultimately, NONPOINT once again delivers a cohesive collection of powerful songs. "I want everybody to feel like they got a complete record from beginning to end," concludes Elias. "I want them to walk away with something substantial and true that they can hopefully come back to."Robb leaves off: "NONPOINT has always been known for writing songs that help people. If we can help even one person feel better about his or her day, we've done well, as far as I'm concerned. I hope everybody gets something positive and can walk away with a smile.""The Return" track listing: 01. Pins And Needles 02. Breaking Skin 03. Razors 04. Misery 05. The Return 06. Take Apart This World 07. Forcing Hands 08. Goodbye Letters 09. Never Ending Hole 10. Widowmaker 11. Never Cared Before 12. F__K'D 13. Know Myself
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MR. BIG: New Song 'Gotta Love The Ride' Available For Streaming
"Gotta Love The Ride", brand new song from MR. BIG, can be streamed in the YouTube clip below. The track is taken from the band's eighth studio album, "…The Stories We Could Tell", which will be released on September 30 in North America via Frontiers Music Srl. The band's original lineup — comprised of Eric Martin on vocals, Paul Gilbert on guitar, Billy Sheehan on bass and Pat Torpey on drums — got together this past June to begin recording and laid down the 13 new tracks in just a month. "…Stories We Could Tell" was produced by Pat Regan, known for his work with DEEP PURPLE, WARRANT and KEEL. "...The Stories We Could Tell" track listing: 01. Gotta Love The Ride 02. I Forget To Breathe 03. Fragile 04. Satisfied 05. The Man Who Has Everything 06. The Monster In Me 07. What If We Were New? 08. East/West 09. The Light Of Day 10. Just Let Your Heart Decide 11. It’s Always About That Girl 12. Cinderella Smile 13. The Stories We Could Tell 14. Addicted To That Rush (live; exclusive bonus track)MR. BIG recently announced that Pat Torpey has been diagnosed with Parkinson's disease. The diagnosis has left him unable to perform his normal drumming duties on the band's upcoming world tour. He did complete all of the drumming on "…The Stories We Could Tell", but, unfortunately, touring will be too difficult for him at the present time. Filling in for him will be Matt Starr, who is the current drummer for original KISS drummer Ace Frehley. MR. BIG expects Torpey to jump on the drums on suitable live songs as well as participate in the group's acoustic set.MR. BIG's last album, "What If…", was the band's first "all-original" album since the reunion of the four original members back in early 2009. Formed in 1988, MR. BIG forged its place in hard rock history by combining trademark "shredding" musicianship with awesome vocal harmonies. The original lineup produced numerous hit songs that ranged across a wide array of rock genres, be it ballads, heavy metal, or blues rock. Their hits included "To Be With You" (Billboard Hot 100 number one single in 15 countries for weeks, in 1991, propelling the band the band to huge international success and record sales in the multi-millions), "Wild World", "Green-Tinted Sixties Mind", "Just Take My Heart", and a host of heavy metal songs that were played mostly during their live performances: "Daddy, Brother, Lover, Little Boy", "Addicted to that Rush", "Colorado Bulldog", and "Take Cover".
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MIKE PORTNOY Has No Regrets About Leaving DREAM THEATER
In a brand new interview with Rocksverige.se, drummer Mike Portnoy (THE WINERY DOGS, DREAM THEATER, AVENGED SEVENFOLD, ADRENALINE MOB) was asked if he had any regrets in his life, personal or musical. "I don't think I do," Mike replied. "I think there's a difference between regret and… Let me rephrase that. I actually have a tattoo on me that says 'no regrets,' and I actually try to live by that. "I find that there's lots of actions you take in your life and if it turns out to be something that brings a result that you didn't want or you weren't anticipating, it's not something you should regret, it's just simply something you should learn from. "There's a lot of things in my life that I've learned from and, ultimately, I don't regret them, because they got me to where I am right now. "I'm as happy as I've ever been and as musically fulfilled as I've ever been. "There's a quote that I love and I kind of used it in the song 'Repentance' and it's 'It's better to regret something you've done, than something you haven't done,' and I absolutely love that. "I'm not gonna use the DREAM THEATER example because I can already see the headlines, so I won't say it. [Laughs] I'll paraphrase like this: when I came to that crossroad four years ago, if I hadn't made the decisions I had, I probably would've spent the rest of my life wondering, what if? What if I left the band? "I think it's better to follow your heart and take the risk than wonder what could've been." Portnoy, who co-founded DREAM THEATER more than 27 years ago, abruptly quit the band in September 2010 while on tour with AVENGED SEVENFOLD. He has since been replaced by Mike Mangini (ANNIHILATOR, EXTREME, JAMES LABRIE, STEVE VAI). Portnoy revealed that he tried to rejoin DREAM THEATER months later, and was rebuffed. In the latest issue of U.K.'s Metal Hammer magazine, Portnoy was asked by TESSERACT's Jay Postones what the chances are of Portnoy ever playing with DREAM THEATER again. "If I was a betting man, I wouldn't put money on it," Portnoy replied. "And that's not my doing. I never say never and haven't closed any doors. "I'm a very nostalgic person; I forgive and forget very easily… but I think the guys [in DREAM THEATER] have made it very clear they have no interest in looking backwards. "Those guys were a huge part of my life for a very long time, so I'm open to anything, anytime. "I guess the ball's in their court. We shall see." In an October 2013 interview with Brazil's "Wikimetal", DREAM THEATER singer James LaBrie stated about his current relationship with Mike Portnoy: "I haven't spoken to Mike since he left the band. "Myself, personally, and the way that the band feels is we're moving forward. Mike Mangini is our drummer and he will remain our drummer until the day that we're finished doing this. It's just the way that it is. "The reason that DREAM THEATER is moving on is because we have somebody that completely clicks with the band, he understands the band and he's helping us fulfill our musical aspirations. "Mike [Portnoy], you know, he's moved on, he's working with musicians and doing the things that he wants to do musically, and I think he's happy with that. But as far as DREAM THEATER [is concerned], this is who we are and this is who we will continue to be. Mike Mangini is our drummer, and he will be."
SLASH: 'I Have A Hard Time Picturing' Any Kind Of Future Collaboration With AXL ROSE
In a brand new interview with GuitarWorld.com, ex-GUNS N' ROSES guitarist Slash was asked whether he could ever envision himself writing and recording with GN'R lead singer Axl Rose again. "People have been speculating about it for years, but I really have a hard time picturing it," Slash replied. "There hasn't been any communication along those lines between he and I. I have a hard time picturing it, because I'm always focused on the next show. I'm one of those people who lives in the moment. I don't look too far into the future and I don't dwell too much on the past."Slash recently told the Irish Examiner that he blames the media for causing "unnecessary conflict" between him and the other members of GUNS N' ROSES. Slash explained "I'm not bored with the fascination with [GUNS N' ROSES]. What I'm bored with is all the brouhaha with stuff the media have no idea what they are talking about... the causing of unnecessary conflict between the original members. It's just a lot of drama and sensationalism — everyone is trying to capitalize on that. I'm sick of it." Slash, who left the group in 1996, told The Pulse Of Radio a while back that he never imagined he'd still be talking about GUNS N' ROSES years later. "It's weird because the hype and the, you know, sort of mythic whatever about the band has snowballed to where it's at at present, and it's bigger now than it was when the band was still together, which is really sort of, very surreal," he said.Slash pointed the finger at the media despite Axl Rose calling him a "cancer" in a 2009 interview. Ex-GUNS bassist Duff McKagan echoed Slash's words in his own interview with the Irish Examiner a few years back, saying, "The media starts running a little crazy with things. There was a Rolling Stone story about [Axl] a few years ago that painted him as a Howard Hughes sort of figure. And everybody used that as the template to write about Axl. None of it is true."McKagan buried the hatched with Rose several years ago, and has since performed with the current version of GUNS N' ROSES a number of times.Slash and Axl, however, have not spoken since Slash left the band 18 years ago. Rose said in a 2009 interview with Billboard, "What's clear is that one of the two of us will die before a reunion and however sad, ugly or unfortunate anyone views it, it is how it is."GUNS N' ROSES was inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame in 2012. Slash, McKagan and original drummer Steven Adler attended the ceremony, while Axl and founding guitarist Izzy Stradlin stayed home.Slash's new solo album, "World On Fire", comes out September 15.
KISS Confetti Blamed For Security Guard's Injuries
According to Courthouse News Service, KISS vocalist/bassist Gene Simmons and his associated company have been sued by a security guard working at the band's 2012 concert in Indiana, claiming that the guard was injured after the group band "foolishly" sprayed the stage with water and confetti (see fan-filmed video below). Also named as defendants in the lawsuit were the concert venue (Klipsch Music Center) and Live Nation World Wide Inc.Timothy Funk says in his lawsuit, which was filed in Hamilton Superior Court, that he fell on the "slippery, waxy, and glassy" stage after "some or all of the defendants" sprayed water from hoses "on the stage, the area around the stage, and on some of the crowd." The defendandts also sprayed confetti around the stage and crowd "in a foolish and reckless manner," Funk claims.Funk is seeking compensation for his injuries, loss of wages and other charges.
STEEL PANTHER Featured In 'Musician Portrait Project' (Video)
Los Angeles glam-metal jokesters STEEL PANTHER are featured in the latest installment of the the Musician Portrait Project. Check it out below. The concept of the Musician Portrait Project is to display a moving portrait of various musicians. A new video will debut every Wednesday. Ultimately, the collection will be displayed in galleries, with each musician on their own individual video screen. STEEL PANTHER will support JUDAS PRIEST on a North American tour this fall. The run will kick off October 1 in Rochester, New York and will run through mid-November, wrapping up in Tacoma, Washington. The tour will make stops in major markets, including Brooklyn, Detroit, Baltimore and Los Angeles. Fans that join the STEEL PANTHER fan club, "Fanthers Worldwide", get exclusive access to ticket presales. Membership includes an exclusive STEEL PANTHER t-shirt and laminate/lanyard; access to ticket presales, members only Fanther Forum; access to exclusive videos, photos, contests and more. Current "Fanthers Worldwide" members can log in to their fan club membership for further information and access to presale tickets. Go to this location for more information. "I cannot believe that we are touring with JUDAS PRIEST. One of the most iconic heavy-metal bands of all time! We are going to have THE most amazing tour this fall," exclaimed vocalist Michael Starr. "If you don't buy a ticket for the show, you must be a Justin Bieber fan. Death to all but metal!"STEEL PANTHER is offering a limited number of VIP Experiences for each of the upcoming shows with JUDAS PRIEST. The VIP Experience is an upgrade available to STEEL PANTHER fans that have already purchased a ticket to the show and will consist of all of the following: * Preshow meet-and-greet with STEEL PANTHER * Sexy Photo op with STEEL PANTHER (props & costumes provided) * Autograph signing by STEEL PANTHER (body parts encouraged) * Preshow VIP Host * Priority VIP check-in * Preshow drinks and crowd free merchandise shopping * Exclusive Groupie Merchandise and more! The VIP Experience is available via STEEL PANTHER's web site at SteelPantherRocks.com.STEEL PANTHER's third album, "All You Can Eat", sold around 13,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to land at position No. 24 on The Billboard 200 chart. The CD arrived in stores on April 1 via Open E/KLS.
BLACK STAR RIDERS' SCOTT GORHAM Talks Upcoming Sophomore Album, Bassist Change (Video)
MetalTalk's Mark Taylor recently conducted an interview with BLACK STAR RIDERS and THIN LIZZY guitarist Scott Gorham. You can now watch the chat below. 2014 has proved itself a landmark year for BLACK STAR RIDERS. The men in black took their acclaimed live show on the road in Europe and then stormed stages in the United States and Japan for the first time; the reactions have been nothing short of amazing! 2014 is also the year BLACK STAR RIDERS returns to the studio to record its as-yet-untitled sophomore album and follow-up to 2013's highly lauded debut release "All Hell Breaks Loose". It was originally announced that DEF LEPPARD frontman Joe Elliott would oversee production duties on the new material joined by longtime DEF LEPPARD sound guru Ronan McHugh. Unfortunately, due to unforeseen circumstances and schedule conflicts, Joe and Ronan have had to back out of the process.Elliott explained: "It is with great reluctance that I have had to pull out of the production job for the BSR second album. When I agreed to do it after a great meeting with the boys, it was at was at a time when DEF LEPPARD weren't exceptionally busy. Things changed and I found myself in a situation where the amount of time I could allocate to the album would not have done justice to the record or the band. They deserve someone who can do the job without rushing it or having to bail out half way through due to other commitments. I KNOW they're are going to make a great second album and maybe sometime down the road, we can revisit the idea of working together again. Myself, Ricky [Warwick], and Scott [Gorham] have a very long-standing and firm friendship which goes back decades!! I wish them nothing but the best and much success with the new album." "Joe is like a member of the family," shared BLACK STAR RIDERS vocalist Ricky Warwick. "I was very excited by the prospects of Joe working with us on the new record, but sometimes things happen that we cannot control. I know we will work with Joe in the future." The great news is that this change in Joe's schedule has allowed BLACK STAR RIDERS to find someone they are all very excited to work with. Taking over the production duties will be heralded producer Nick Raskulinecz. Nick has been at the desk for a number of incredible releases from such artists as the FOO FIGHTERS, ALICE IN CHAINS, RUSH and MASTODON. "I have been a fan of Nick's work for some time,” Warwick stated eagerly. “So when it became apparent that Nick wanted to work with us, we were all very excited! He has done some amazing work with other artists in the past and I can't wait to hear what we manage to create together in the studio." BLACK STAR RIDERS guitarist Damon Johnson added: "Nick is an amazing talent and I know he is going to help take BLACK STAR RIDERS to the next level. His résumé is staggering, his reputation is stellar, and his enthusiasm for our band and our songs is incredibly exciting." "I was a fan of the first album, and I'm really excited about the songs they've written for their new record," said Raskulinecz. "I'm really looking forward to getting into the studio with them to help bring those songs to life."BLACK STAR RIDERS is set to enter the studio in September to begin its recording sessions. A spring 2015 release is expected.BLACK STAR RIDERS were one of the first signings to Nuclear Blast Entertainment by Monte Conner— the A&R guru who signed acts such as SLIPKNOT, MACHINE HEAD, SEPULTURA, and RUSH to Roadrunner. Nuclear Blast Entertainment is a new U.S. partnership co-founded by Conner with Nuclear Blast owner Markus Staiger.
THE HAUNTED: Entire 'Exit Wounds' Album Available For Streaming
"Exit Wounds", the new album from Swedish metallers THE HAUNTED, is available for streaming in its entirety using the SoundCloud widget below. Released on August 25 in Europe and September 2 in North America via Century Media. the CD was once again recorded with the group's longtime producer Tue Madsen at Denmark's Antfarm Studio (DARK TRANQUILLITY, HEAVEN SHALL BURN, SICK OF IT ALL) and features THE HAUNTED's revamped lineup: founding members Jonas Björler (bass) and Patrik Jensen (guitar) along with with returning members Adrian Erlandsson (drums) and Marco Aro (vocals), and the band's latest addition, guitarist Ola Englund."Exit Wounds" features two special guests appearing on the song "Trend Killer": Jed Simon (SCAR THE MARTYR, STRAPPING YOUNG LAD) on lead guitar and Chuck Billy (TESTAMENT) on vocals. Said Billy: "I have always been a THE HAUNTED fan and became friends with the band over the years. When they asked if I would like to sing on a song for the new album with Marco singing, I didn't have to think twice about doing it. When I received the track and listened for the first time, I said, 'Fuck Yeah...this is gonna be brutal!'""Exit Wounds" track listing: 01. 317 02. Cutting Teeth 03. My Salvation 04. Psychonaut 05. Eye Of The Storm 06. Trend Killer (feat. Chuck Billy, Jed Simon) 07. Time (Will Not Heal) 08. All I Have 09. Temptation 10. My Enemy 11. Kill The Light 12. This War 13. Infiltrator 14. Ghost In The Machine Comments Aro: "This time around we've found our way back to where we once started! You could say that we've gathered the old crew, both in music and the artwork. "Our old friend Andreas 'Diaz' Pettersson is back, an amazing artist with a rap sheet which includes the artwork on no less than four THE HAUNTED albums. He always finds a way to put our thoughts into print where he sometimes even scares us a bit...and this release in no different. "We decided on 'Exit Wounds' as being a good title for the album given the recent history of the band, but also a sort of a phoenix rising. "We are so excited about this little thing we've created! "Can't wait to get out there and start playing these songs and for me personally, I could not be more proud of what we have done. I really hope you're going to enjoy it!" THE HAUNTED released a new three-song single, "Eye Of The Storm", on January 20 in Europe and January 21 in North America via Century Media Records. "Eye Of The Storm" was made available as limited-edition seven-inch EP (1,000 copies split as follows: 500 on black vinyl, 300 on red vinyl and 200 on white vinyl) and as digital single, featuring the new songs "Eye Of The Storm", "Infiltrator" and "My Enemy". THE HAUNTED's 2014 lineup: * Patrik Jensen - Guitar * Ola Englund (SIX FEET UNDER, FEARED) - Guitar * Marco Aro (THE RESISTANCE, FACE DOWN) - Vocals * Jonas Björler - Bass * Adrian Erlandsson (AT THE GATES, PARADISE LOST) - Drums
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Founding ALICE COOPER Band Drummer NEAL SMITH Releases 'KillSmith And The Greenfire Empire' Album
From Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame drummer, songwriter and founding ALICE COOPER band member Neal Smith comes "KillSmith And The Greenfire Empire", the third in his solo KillSmith series. This conceptual metal adventure will undoubtedly be the last rock opera, destined to become a movie! The story of a poor boy who grows up in the jungles of South America, then becomes "Diablos the Emerald King," the most ruthless and powerful drug lord in the world. As a young boy, he makes a discovery of an ancient secret that has been hidden for thousands of years in pre-Colombian jungle ruins. The secret he discovers is an ancient sacrificial drug called "GreenFire." As GreenFire's deadly addiction spreads like wildfire around the globe, it reaches a country called "Blue Soul Land." The havoc it creates in "Blue Soul Land" will unleash the rage of KillSmith with grave consequences. "KillSmith And The GreenFire Empire" track listing: 01. Blessings And Curses 02. Good Morning Blue Soul Land 03. Screaming Bloody Murder 04. The Kill$Mith Överture 05. Palacio De Esmeraldas 06. Greenfire - Born Of Pöison 07. I Want Money 08. Pändemönium 09. I Remember Blue Soul Land 10. Death To The King 11. Noelle No Wonder"GreenFire Born Of Poison" is the first single off of the album.Neal Smith is best known worldwide for his innovative drumming and outrageous stage antics with the original ALICE COOPER band. His solid drumming is the hallmark sound behind such classic 1970s ALICE COOPER hits as "School's Out", "I'm Eighteen", "Billion Dollar Babies" and "No More Mr. Nice Guy". Neal is also a prolific songwriter, who helped pen many of the group's best known songs. "KillSmith And The GreenFire Empire" features: * Neal Smith - lead vocals, backing vocals, drums, percussion, rhythm guitar and synthesizer * Peter Catucci - bass, backing vocals and lead vocals on "Noelle No Wonder" * Lady Elizabeth Dellinger - backing vocals and intro lead vocals on "I Want Money" * Kevin Franklin - lead guitar * Pete "Keys" Hickey - synthesizer and keyboards * Hubert Martin - lead vocals on "Good Morning Blue Soul Land" * Joe Meo– saxophone * Rick Tedesco - lead guitar, rhythm guitar and backing vocals * Doug Wahlberg - lead guitar Photo credit: Road Dogkillsmithandthegreenempirecd
ACCEPT's WOLF HOFFMANN: 'None Of Us Are Even Thinking About' UDO DIRKSCHNEIDER
In a brand new interview with Music Enthusiast Magazine, ACCEPT guitarist Wolf Hoffmann was asked if the group's former lead singer Udo Dirkschneider has tried to reach back out or re-establish communication with his ex bandmates in a recent years. "I haven't heard from him in forever other than indirectly in the press, and honestly none of us are even thinking about him," Wolf replied. "It's really not been an issue at all, I mean, we surely put it to rest with this album [the newly released 'Blind Rage']. Clearly it was a big deal the first time around for [2010's] 'Blood Of The Nations'; a lot of people were asking, 'Why?' and 'What?' and 'How come?' But the story has been told so many times now that it's clear that we've started a new life and Udo didn't want to be part of it. He made his choice, we're moving on, and that's that." In a September 2013 interview with BigMusicGeek.com, Udo stated about the possibility of another full-scale reunion between him and ACCEPT: "We did a reunion in '92 and did three albums together ['Objection Overruled', 'Death Row', 'Predator']. For me, the first one was a real ACCEPT album. We did the next one with only with one guitarist and for me, the sound with ACCEPT was always with two guitarists, so there was already some problems coming up. The whole atmosphere was completely gone. We did a tour and then we said, 'Okay, before we destroy the name ACCEPT, let's split up again.' Then they asked me twice after fifteen years to do another reunion and I said, 'Guys, I'm quite successful with U.D.O., and if I shut down U.D.O. again and join ACCEPT, we have to talk about a lot of things.' In the end, I said, 'Okay, if I do this and we split up again, I cannot come up for a third time with U.D.O. I have to continue under the name ACCEPT.' And I said to Wolf, 'You were stealing the name in the '80s. You get the rights on it without asking somebody, especially me.' And he said, 'No, I cannot do this.' and I said, 'Okay.' There was a lot of other points and then I said, 'Okay, guys. Sorry, but I don't want to do this. I will continue with U.D.O. I wish you all the best.' That was the whole thing with the reunion." Regarding the current lineup of ACCEPT, Udo said: "They put out a very good album in 2010 ['Blood Of The Nations'], but then again, I can imagine that after fifteen years, they would have enough time to write a good album. I wish I had fifteen years time to write songs. I expected them to do a good album and 'Blood Of The Nations' is a good album, but in my opinion, 'Stalingrad' [2012] is not as good as 'Blood Of The Nations'." He added: "The new singer [ex-TT QUICK frontman Mark Tornillo] is a really good singer, but I think he has problems when he sings all the old ACCEPT songs." Asked if he is still on "speaking terms" with Wolf, Udo replied: "No. There is not talk anymore. I don't want to start a war, but Wolf was saying a lot of bad things about me and I don't understand why he did that. Then, later on, when they would come up to people who didn't know what they had said before, they changed completely. They'd say, '[Udo's current band] U.D.O. is great. Udo is such a nice guy.' So I said, 'Never ever talk to me again.' I don't care. I am happy and they seem to be happy, so what can I say?"
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The top 10 songs and albums on the iTunes Store

FILE - This Sept. 15, 2012 file photo released by Point Foundation shows Robin Thicke performing at "Voices On Point" Concert & Gala in Los Angeles. Thisck's “Blurred Lines," featuring T.I. & Pharrell was the top selling song on iTunes for the week ending June 17, 2013. (AP Photo/Point Foundation, Colin Young-Wolff)iTunes' Official Music Charts for the week ending September 1, 2014:


Lauren Bacall, a screen goddess of the shadows

FILE - This May 1945 file photo shows actor Humphrey Bogart, left, with his wife actress Lauren Bacall. Bacall, the sultry-voiced actress and Humphrey Bogart’s partner off and on the screen, died Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2014 in New York. She was 89. (AP Photo, File)NEW YORK (AP) — "Anybody got a match?" was Lauren Bacall's first line, in Howard Hawks "To Have and Have Not," and, ever since, captive moviegoers have been desperately fumbling for a light.


That look, and that voice: Bacall's best roles

FILE - This Oct. 12, 1955 file photo shows actors Humphrey Bogart, left, and his wife, Lauren Bacall at the premiere of "The Desperate Hours," in Los Angeles. Bacall, the sultry-voiced actress and Humphrey Bogart’s partner off and on the screen, died Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2014 in New York. She was 89. (AP Photo/Harold Filan, FIle)Lauren Bacall had the look — cool and mysterious — and she had the sound, courtesy of that irresistibly low and throaty voice.


On 'Tonight Show,' Fallon pays tribute to Williams

FILE - This June 15, 2007 file photo shows actor and comedian Robin Williams posing for a photo in Santa Monica, Calif. Williams, whose free-form comedy and adept impressions dazzled audiences for decades, died Monday, Aug. 11, 2014, in an apparent suicide. Williams was 63. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon, File)NEW YORK (AP) — Jimmy Fallon paid tribute to Robin Williams on the "Tonight Show," where the late comic made many memorable, seldom-seated appearances.


Sources: Justin Bieber reaches plea deal in Fla.

FILE - This Jan. 23, 2014 file photo made available by the Miami Beach Police Dept., shows Justin Bieber at the police station in Miami Beach, Fla. According to two people directly involved with the case, Justin Bieber will plead guilty to lesser charges in his January arrest in South Florida after what police initially described as an illegal street drag race. The two people told The Associated Press Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2014, that the 20-year-old pop star would plead guilty to misdemeanor careless driving and resisting arrest without violence charges. Bieber also will agree to take an anger management course and make a charitable donation. (AP Photo/Miami Beach Police Dept., File)MIAMI (AP) — Pop singer Justin Bieber will plead guilty to lesser charges over his arrest in South Florida in what police initially described as an illegal street race, two people involved in the case told The Associated Press.


Robin Williams hanged self but no answer as to why

FILE - This March 27, 2010 file photo shows actor Robin Williams speaking at The 24th American Cinematheque Awards honoring Matt Damon in Beverly Hills, Calif. Williams, whose free-form comedy and adept impressions dazzled audiences for decades, has died in an apparent suicide. He was 63. The Marin County Sheriff’s Office said Williams was pronounced dead at his home in California on Monday, Aug. 11, 2014. The sheriff’s office said a preliminary investigation showed the cause of death to be a suicide due to asphyxia.(AP Photo/Dan Steinberg, File)SAN RAFAEL, Calif. (AP) — Although police have now revealed how Robin Williams committed suicide, the Oscar-winning actor's fans, friends and even family continue to struggle to understand why someone who spread so much joy throughout the world could find so little in his own life that he decided to stop living.


Excerpts from Lauren Bacall's book 'By Myself'

FILE - This March 16, 2002 file photo shows actress Lauren Bacall waving as she enters Marble Collegiate Church in New York for the wedding of Liza Minnelli and David Gest. Bacall, the sultry-voiced actress and Humphrey Bogart’s partner off and on the screen, died Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2014 in New York. She was 89. (AP Photo/Ed Betz, File)NEW YORK (AP) — Excerpts from Lauren Bacall's 1978 memoir, "By Myself":


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