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JEFF 'MANTAS' DUNN: 'There Will Be No Reunion Of Original Lineup' Of VENOM
Jeff "Mantas" Dunn, original guitarist of the pioneering British "black metal" band VENOM, has released the following statement: "I wish to make an official statement regarding the rumours and speculation of a reunion of the original lineup of VENOM. "First of all, I will say that this is not meant to generate a ton of responses or discussions, especially from some who think they know the facts but in reality make their own misinformed assumptions. "I have read so many, and quite honestly some bitter, commentaries, but I chose to remain silent. However, do not mistake my silence for complacency or lack of knowledge of these comments; they have all been noted and retained. "I have read practically every account of the history of VENOM that is out there and not one of them is 'absolutely' true . . . I WAS THERE, I KNOW THE FACTS, I KNOW THE TRUTH . . . I have NO reason to seek attention with 'less-than-true' statements. "I received a call almost one year ago regarding this matter from the original management who had an enquiry regarding the possibility of a reunion of the original lineup. My response to this was that I was willing to talk, but I did not believe for one minute that there would be any realistic chance of this happening given the past history between the members, I was, however, open to discussion and would await further information. "In 2005, I had a lengthy telephone conversation with Conrad ['Cronos' Lant; VENOM bassist/vocalist] initially regarding the return of a product licence. It was during this conversation that he asked if I was OK with him continuing as VENOM. I said yes and wished him well with it. At this point in my life, VENOM was of no concern to me as my mother had suffered a serious stroke, and later in that year, after a long battle, she passed away, so my focus had obviously been on her. "As you are all aware, Conrad has since been actively gigging and recording as VENOM, and as you know, I am continually busy with M-PIRE OF EVIL. "As time went by and rumours and discussions of a reunion increased, but without any input from Conrad or myself, it became obvious to me that the two people who had to communicate in some way were the two of us, as we both have active and ongoing careers, so I made the decision to contact him to get an answer which would basically come down to a simple 'yes or no.' In my heart of hearts, I already knew and was prepared for the answer, and quite honestly I also had my reservations about the validity and practicality of such a venture. "As you may have already guessed, the answer came back as 'no,' so I can hereby officially say that there will be no reunion of the original lineup. "I will include only one line from Conrad's response as these were personal and private communications between him and myself. In his response he stated: 'I've personally got no interest whatsoever in trying to work with the original lineup ever again.' "This was something that I fully expected and understand. "I have spoken to many of you on a personal and face-to-face level, and at the end of the day, I myself am still first and formost a music fan, so I can totaly understand your loyalty and passion for the band in the same way as I feel about JUDAS PRIEST or KISS, but let's face it, niether are the same anymore and we will always lust after the glory days, but sadly it is not as simple as that, and before anyone rebukes this comment, I will re-enforce the fact that 'it is NOT as simple as that.' Just look at the recent press and statements surrounding KISS and the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame. We have all heard it SO many times from SO many bands and we are no different or immune from what is inherently a band trait… the actions of the individuals involved and the impact of these actions on the unit as a whole. "I understand completely that many of you would have wished for a different outcome, but all I can say is that I made contact and asked the question, as to my knowledge no one else was doing anything about it and this matter needed to be resolved one way or another. "To my knowledge, VENOM will continue in its present form and M-PIRE will definitely continue with the work ethic that we have established… and more. "I will conclude by saying something I have said many times and will continue to say many more and that is this; "You, the fans, are THE most important part of this thing we call 'the music industry.' NEVER FORGET THIS! Without you, none of this exists. You are the lifeblood, the air that we breathe, and without your loyalty and support, there would be no bands, no record labels, no magazines, no concert venues… NOTHING! For this. we as musicians must thank you without reservation. From me personally to you, you have my eternal gratitude for supporting and allowing me to continue doing the thing that I love… MUSIC! "I have heard so many times from fans, and indeed concert promoters and venue owners, how it is an honour and a privilege to have me play for them. NO… it is an honour and a privilege for me to be able to step on any stage and present my music to you, and for that, once again I say THANK YOU from the bottom of my heart. You guys mean everything to me. "As I said at the beginning of this statement, this has not been done to generate a ton of responses or discussions; there now is no discussion to be had. "As many of you will be aware, I very rarely make statements or post on social networking sites, but I felt that this issue needed to be addressed. "Thank you for taking the time to read this, and once again, thank you for all of your support." The original lineup of VENOM— vocalist/bassist Conrad "Cronos" Lant, guitarist Jeff "Mantas" Dunn and drummer Anthony "Abbadon" Bray— is often credited with kickstarting the whole black metal movement, but is more accurately seen an early example of extreme metal. VENOM's second album, 1982's "Black Metal", was a major influence on on the early Norwegian black metal scene.
Demo And Rehearsal Recordings From Obscure '80s Death Metallers TERMINAL DEATH To Be Released On CD
Shadow Kingdom Records will release a CD's worth of demo and rehearsal material from obscure '80s death metal group TERMINAL DEATH on July 8. A vinyl LP version will also be made available via Hells Headbangers Records. Based on the material, the Chicago band should have gotten high praise across the globe, but fell through the cracks without a proper record label deal. That all changes now, as fans of early SEPULTURA, DEATH and POSSESSED are in for a real treat. In addition to the remastered material, a nicely assembled CD booklet includes a detailed interview by Laurent of Snakepit magazine. Shadow Kingdom Records owner Tim McGrogan shared these words about the release: "When you talk about the earliest death metal bands, we think of SEPULTURA, DEATH, POSSESSED (all stemming from VENOM) right off the top, but there were a few ripping bands that quickly fell into obscurity and TERMINAL DEATH is one of those bands. This is not just an obscure band; they could have been a HUGE death metal band if they were signed to the right label back then. They certainly had all of the talent of the aforementioned bands. Their 1985 demo tape screams with energy and intensity! This collection is another snapshot of that amazing early SLAYER-esque death metal. Co-founder Shaun Glass, who also co-founded SINDROME, later joined the more well-known classic death metal band BROKEN HOPE in the early 1990s. Shadow Kingdom Records also teamed up with Hells Headbangers Records to release this lost gem as a double LP. If you're into vinyl, keep your eyes peeled for it will be a glorified presentation." Select tracks from "Terminal Death" are streaming at this location."Terminal Death" track listing: Demo 1985: 01. Terminal Death 02. Judge Death 03. The Day After The End 04. Brain Tumor 05. Celestial Execution 06. Hacksaw Rehearsal - December, 11 1985: 07. Terminal Death/Judge Death 08. Brain Tumor 09. Celestial Execution 10. Intermission 11. Hacksaw 12. The Day After The End 13. Chained To The Abyss [Unreleased] 14. Dying In The War [Unreleased] Rehearsal - April 19, 1986: 15. Terminal Death/Judge Death 16. Brain Tumor 17. Bloody Retribution [Unreleased] 18. Hacksaw 19. The Day After The End 20. Chained To The Abyssterminaldeathcd2014
GUNS N' ROSES Guitarist DJ ASHBA Talks To Bolivian TV (Audio)
GUNS N' ROSES guitarist Daren Jay "DJ" Ashba was interviewed by Bolivian TV ahead of the band's recent appearance in the country. You can now listen to the chat in the YouTube clip below.Ashba, who joined GUNS N' ROSES in March 2009 following the departure of Robin Finck, spoke to The Sydney Morning Herald in February 2013 about being in one of rock 'n' roll's most contentious acts. "It's the craziest roller-coaster ride you'll ever be on," the 41-year-old axeman said, "but I wake up every day grateful to be in the position I am. I don't know many guitar players out there who wouldn't kill to be in my spot, so I refuse to take it for granted." In addition sole original member Axl Rose (lead vocals) and Ashba, the current lineup of GUNS N' ROSES includes guitarists Ron "Bumblefoot" Thal and Richard Fortus, bassist Tommy Stinson, keyboardists Dizzy Reed and Chris Pitman and drummer Frank Ferrer. "We're a solid band now," Ashba said. "Before [2009], members were coming and going and it was a different time. We've toured for four years almost constantly and we haven't missed one show since I've been in the band. All that stuff has come to an end and Axl is very inspired."Ashba, who moved to Las Vegas in January 2012, teamed up with BullyVille.com, the Internet's first anti-bullying social web site and media platform. The guitarist also focuses on his media consultancy, fashion line and automotive detailing group. "I always joke that I play guitar for a hobby and that really I'm an entrepreneur," he told The Sydney Morning Herald. "If you hung out with me at my house you would never know I played in GUNS N' ROSES. I'm not the guy sitting around patting myself on the back. I don't even like the word 'rock star.'"Ashba married Colombian model Nathalia Henao on September 23, 2013 in Las Vegas. Ashba and Henao made headlines in August when an internal investigation was launched after the guitarist and his girlfriend were given a private tour in a Las Vegas police helicopter so that the rocker could pop the question.
Driven Rise - RIOTGOD
Bob Pantanella is one busy dude, dividing his time between MONSTER MAGNET, THE ATOMIC BITCHWAX, CYCLE OF PAIN and, of course, RIOTGOD, which he formed in 2007 with ex-bassist Jim Baglino. It helps Pantanella's cause to have guitarist Garrett Sweeny, recent arrival to MONSTER MAGNET, amongst his RIOTGOD arsenal along with vocalist Mark Sunshine and current bassist Erik Boe (also of BLACK REIGN), as his Jersey-based power pack delivers their third album, "Driven Rise". RIOTGOD considers themselves a classic-styled hard rock band, "period" (to quote the band directly) with many of their fans readily sticking them with a stoner tag. LED ZEPPELIN and to lesser effects, LYNYRD SKYNYRD, play their hands in igniting RIOTGOD's distortion bombs, while Nineties American rock has also lent its subtleties. The latter all but carries "Driven Rise" from start-to-finish. The temptation to liken "Driven Rise" to Layne Staley-era ALICE IN CHAINS will be hard to resist in many spots, even if there are gradual change-ups toward MONSTER MAGNET psych flares ("Prime Moment" and the final third of "Beg for Power") and the punk-driven ear blast of "Positronic" as the album progresses. A lot of the ALICE IN CHAINS illusion comes from Mark Sunshine, who doesn't consciously pull Staley impersonations, but he coaxes impressions nonetheless. Accordingly, the song structures are leaned more toward nineties hard rock and grunge, i.e. "They Don't Know", "Melisandre", "Grenade and Pin", "Davos" and the title track. The songs are heavy enough to get a steady headbob to, if not an actual bang. Sunshine is an appealing vocalist who worms along with the mid-tempo grind of the riffs that carry the album, while Bob Pantanella escorts a reliable thud all the way through. The curveball of the album comes with the acoustic-driven "You're My Waste of Time", akin to an Eighties power ballad that hits a few dark corners. The chords of the choruses are not what you're expecting and they grace the song instead of letting it turn schmaltzy, particularly once the electric guitars hop aboard and keep the tone emotive. The elongated guitar solo from Garrett Sweeney here is one the album's highlights. "Driven Rise" isn't quite as classic-minded as RIOTGOD's previous works outside of the AEROSMITH and Ted Nugent-clubbed "Beg for Power", which mingles with morose ALICE IN CHAINS plunges on the edges of the verse lines and the choruses. "Davos" and other song spots are exquisitely tailored, but most of "Driven Rise" plays a heavy lean on the nineties, which is classic only if you consider grunge classic at this point.
MITCH HARRIS Says Half Of Next NAPALM DEATH Album Has Already Been Recorded
David E. Gehlke of DeadRhetoric.com recently conducted an interview with NAPALM DEATH guitarist and MENACE mainman Mitch Harris. A few excerpts from the chat follow below.DeadRhetoric.com: In some form or another, you've been active in the extreme metal scene for 25 years. Did you think you'd last this long?Harris: Did anyone think we'd last this long? When I first moved to the U.K., I knew it was a time bomb waiting to explode with certain personalities in the band. Once they left, we took things one step at a time, pursuing a creative vision that developed over decades. We challenged the foundations of where we started, and that kept things interesting for us to make this a lifelong mission. Like any marriage, people progress, and search to find new ways of expressiveness, living together, working together, we've somehow managed to step by painful step to continue reaching for the most improbable dream. Hopefully one day, one can reflect and truly believe that the sacrifices made were all for the greater good.DeadRhetoric.com: Why do you think you've been able to have such a long career?Harris: Maybe it's because we were content with our own actions and objectives. We pushed the boundaries when necessary, even if it was too advanced for those with limited insight. Compromise and choosing your battles and the most logical way forward also play a massive part in any partnership. When the world seems against you, much can be achieved by teamwork with a long-term vision.DeadRhetoric.com: Obviously, playing in a death metal/grind band for another 25 years might be hard to pull off. Have you started thinking about life after NAPALM? Maybe do MENACE full time?Harris: Like anyone at our age, it's hard to imagine life in 10 or 20 years time. We should have had a pension plan or something. [Laughs] All I ask for is small doses of happiness, something to share, and health for my family and loved ones. These are the obstacles in life, and eventually we always make the right decision. Everything I do is actually full time. I always try to carry more than I should, but it's how I am. We all have our physical limitations, and as we all age, there are realizations in life about the things that really matter, the things that we took and continue to take for granted. Most eventually make the right choice at the crossroads. It's gone beyond music, and creativity, since there is a lifelong friendship, commitment and unmistakable bond. This connection should be nourished and nurtured, and day by day, continue to slowly plan our next objectives. There are new doors opening for everyone I'm involved with, and we all support each other in every way that we can to make things work, our own support network. We've recorded half of the new NAPALM album already, and there is still a drive, a reason to put ourselves though whatever mental and physical abuse await us in the coming years. There is no point looking at it any other way except having ones priorities straight. Music is a selfish occupation that consumes each person in different ways. It takes a lifetime to achieve any goal, because they are always led by new ambitions. Otherwise, we give up, and miss the point in life. There is always a cut-off point, where people and circumstances push others into new fields. We are still part of a collective vision, so there's no need for immediate change, only on the productive side. Until it reaches its peak of productivity and limitations, there is no turning back… Read the entire interview at DeadRhetoric.com.
BLACK SABBATH: Canadian Concert Attendances, Grosses Revealed
The following are some of the BLACK SABBATH's recent Canadian concert attendances/grosses, as < href="http://www.billboard.com/biz/current-boxscore" target="_blank">reported by Billboard magazine:Artist/Event: BLACK SABBATH & REIGNWOLFVenue: Bell CentreCity/State: Montreal, QCDate: April 7, 2014Gross Sales: $1,109,650Attendance/Capacity: 12,195 /12,195Ticket Prices: $117.92, $54.18Artist/Event: BLACK SABBATH & REIGNWOLFVenue: Budweiser GardensCity/State: London, ONDate: April 9, 2014Gross Sales: $895,753Attendance/Capacity: 8,863 / 8,982Ticket Prices: $117.83, $81.29, $53.89Artist/Event: BLACK SABBATH & REIGNWOLFVenue: Halifax Metro CentreCity/State: Halifax, NSDate: April 3, 2014Gross Sales: $833,438Attendance/Capacity: 8,730 / 8,730Ticket Prices: $117.42, $81.15Artist/Event: BLACK SABBATH & REIGNWOLFVenue: Colisee PepsiCity/State: Quebec City, QCDate: April 5, 2014Gross Sales: $813,574Attendance/Capacity: 8,767 / 10,545Ticket Prices: $113.51, $54.03BLACK SABBATH's current North American tour consists of a series of 10 shows encompassing mostly Canadian stops until winding down on April 26 in Los Angeles. According to a press release, these gigs are among the final shows that SABBATH does in support of its current studio album, "13", which became the band's first No. 1 album ever in the U.S. when it was released in June 2013. The group has been on the road since April 2013 in support of the record, which reunited singer Ozzy Osbourne, guitarist Tony Iommi and bassist Geezer Butler for their first full-length studio project since 1978's "Never Say Die!" A contract dispute led drummer Bill Ward to sit out the reunion, which was also marred by Iommi's cancer diagnosis in early 2012.SABBATH released a live album and DVD/Blu-ray captured on last year's world tour, called "Black Sabbath: Live… Gathered In Their Masses", on November 26, 2013."13" has sold more than 360,000 copies in the United States since its June 2013 release.Iommi revealed in January of 2012 that he had been diagnosed with lymphoma, which is described by the Mayo Clinic as "a cancer of the lymphatic system, the body's disease-fighting network." He described his "infusion" treatments to the Birmingham Mail earlier this year, explaining, "I have to have an antibody administered by drip every six weeks or so to keep the lymphoma in check. It sort of coats the cancer cells, stops it from going anywhere else. I have to come back home no matter where I might be in the world." He added, "The tour dates are arranged so that I can always get back for treatment. It's the only way I can manage my illness and keep on the road. I'd love to play more shows . . . but my health has to be sorted out first." The legendary guitarist said that his treatment is a relatively new process and doctors are not sure what all the side effects might be. He also said that it "takes around 10 days to fully recover from each round of treatment, but if that's what it takes, I have to accept it."
MAX CAVALERA Talks About Getting 'Kicked Out' Of SEPULTURA, Hanging Out With OZZY OSBOURNE
Tom Reardon of the Phoenix New Times recently conducted an interview with Max Cavalera (SOULFLY, SEPULTURA, CAVALERA CONSPIRACY, KILLER BE KILLED). A couple of excerpts from the chat follow below.Phoenix New Times: So why [write your memoir "My Bloody Roots"]? Why now?Max: It felt like it was a good time. I'm reaching about 30 years of my career. 30 years of music. It's a story that I think is really cool. Coming from Brazil . . . and you know, achieving what you wanted, your dream. There is a lot really funny shit in it. Pissing off Lemmy [Kilmister of MOTÖRHEAD]. Throwing wine on Lemmy's head. Lemmy chewing Gloria's [Cavalera, Max's wife and manager] ass, saying he wants to kick my ass. Puking on Eddie Vedder [PEARL JAM] on a MINISTRY tour. Those are fucking amazing stories and you can't fabricate this shit. The time made it. So it was a long process. I worked with a guy, Joel McIver, who is an English writer. He wrote a Randy Rhoads book, a MOTÖRHEAD book, a DEEP PURPLE book, and a METALLICA unofficial biography, which they really loved. We did about 1,000 interviews trying to remember everything. It wasn't chronological. One day, we'd talk about my childhood or the split from SEPULTURA or the death of [Max Cavalera's stepson] Dana. That was a really hard time to talk to about. It tough to talk about that stuff. That was hard . . . Dark, really dark.Phoenix New Times: How did you get through those moments? You know, thinking, should I say this?Max: I pissed off a lot of people. I called [brother Igor Cavalera's ex-wife] a whore. Paulo Jr. [SEPULTURA bassist] didn't play on a lot of records. It was the truth. A lot of people didn't know that. I didn't want to hold nothing back. I was truthful. Even my shit with drugs and alcohol. I abused the shit out of it. I don't know how I survived it. I was taking, like, 25 Vicodin a day and drinking two bottles of wine on top of it. People need to know this shit. I've been clean, like, eight years now. Early days of SEPULTURA . . . me hopping around like a Tasmanian devil on stage and that was usually after, like, six shots of vodka and some painkillers, but I wasn't fucked up. It was fuel for the show. I am human, you know, and vulnerable like anybody else. I fight demons like everybody else. It was hard to let things go. I like drinking. I like getting fucked up. I would never have puked on Eddie Vedder, but I did because I was fucked up. Same with Lemmy. I would never have thrown wine on his head, but I was fucked up. I would never have done it now — not in this state of mind — but I wouldn't have it any other way. I wanted SEPULTURA to play "Orgasmatron", but Lemmy wouldn't let us, so I got pissed off and the last night of [that] tour we all went on stage during MOTORHEAD's last song naked [laughs] with socks on our cocks and ruined their night. Lemmy got super-pissed and yelled at Gloria. He told her that we were never going to make it in rock 'n' roll and that we were unprofessional and all that shit. We've laughed about it since then, and I think we gained their respect, in a way.Phoenix New Times: Was it therapeutic for you to go through all of this?Max: We treated it more like conversation, like we're doing right now. It was more like us just having a talk. I wanted to be easy for people to read. I didn't want it to be complicated. I wanted it to be as easy as possible. The book starts in Brixton [London], which was the last show with SEPULTURA. Then we go back to my childhood in Brazil. I didn't know it was the final show at the time, but it was a really explosive way to begin. I thought it was a really cool to open it like that. It was his idea, instead of going chronologically. I was on top, conquering the world, and then right after that, getting kicked in the head and everything was gone. My band was gone, my brother was gone, Dana had just died. Dave Grohl [FOO FIGHTERS, NIRVANA] did an awesome intro. He tells a story about how he bought a $50,000 speaker for his studio sound system, and he pops in [SEPULTURA album] "Roots" and it blew up the whole fucking thing. [mimicking Grohl] "'Roots' blew up my whole system." I love that story. If your album can blow up a $50,000 system, you're doing something right. Mike Patton [FAITH NO MORE, MR. BUNGLE, TOMAHAWK] says really cool shit about us in Brazil. He was hanging out with us in Brazil, going to voodoo places. I took him to voodoo rituals in Brazil. He was staying at Igor's house. It was really cool. Sharon Osbourne talks about the Dana thing [in the book]. We were playing Donington [Monsters Of Rock festival] with [Ozzy Osbourne] and they flew us home in their private jet when Dana died. It was a horrible thing. We were flying home because Gloria's son died, in Ozzy's plane. It was horrible. The whole time. It was so dark. I wanted to say something to Gloria and words couldn't even come out of my mouth. Sharon talks about feeling like we needed a friend at that time and she was able to help us. They didn't have to do anything. They were just playing a show with us, and yet they showed their true colors. Somebody else could have said, "I'm sorry for your loss," but they didn't do that. They put us on their plane, gave us money and gave Gloria a crucifix. It was amazing. Then when I got kicked out of SEPULTURA, it was around January, we were invited to their [Sharon and Ozzy Osbourne] house for a dinner because Ozzy wanted to encourage me to go on. That's how felt, like he should do something. I went to their house and sat down. Ozzy sat me down and said, "Fuck them. Fuck those guys. You need to get up off your ass and do something." It was awesome to hear that from him and I needed to hear that. He played me some BLACK SABBATH demos and it blew my mind. It was fucking awesome to hear that from him. I was tripping the whole time. I never even imagined I would do that. You know, like when I was a kid in Brazil, if you would have told me I would sit down with Ozzy, fucking BLACK SABBATH, I wouldn't have believed it. Read the entire interview at Phoenix New Times.maxcavaleramybloodyrootscover
DAVE MUSTAINE Says He Is 'Hopeful' Producer MAX NORMAN Will Be Involved With Next MEGADETH Album
MEGADETH mainman Dave Mustaine was interviewed on the April 4-6 edition of Full Metal Jackie's nationally syndicated radio show. You can now listen to the chat using the Podbean widget below. A couple of excerpts from the interview follow. To see a full list of stations carrying the program and when it airs, go to FullMetalJackieRadio.com.Full Metal Jackie: When you look back on the timeline between records, there's usually a year or two typically between records. Are you starting to look ahead on when you're going to work on [the follow-up to last year's "Super Collider"]?Mustaine: Well, we have already started the process of listening to licks and talking to people about working. The funny thing is, I'm not a big believer in coincidence as I think that's just people's way of saying that there's no powers greater than us that help line out our life. I totally believe in destiny. And we just got done doing the VEVO acoustic performance a while ago, and some lady walks by and she goes, "Hey, Max Norman [mixer of MEGADETH's 1990 album 'Rust In Peace' and producer of 1992's 'Countdown To Extinction' and 1994's 'Youthanasia'] says hi," right as the elevator door closes. I stuck my hand in the door and said, "What did you say?" "Max Norman says hi." "Max Norman? Max Norman Norman?" "Yeah." "Wow! Wow! Really?" 'Cause we kind of hadn't spoken in… Jesus… forever. So I called him up and said, "What are you doing? Are you still doing this?" 'Cause he had gotten out of making records and he's back into making records and I thought, "I wonder what it would be like to maybe try one song with this guy and see if we can catch lightning twice." So it's just neat to be in that position where you can do stuff like this, because I know how hard it is for bands to make it nowadays. And that's still the underlying goal for me, with my band, is to be able to bring other bands out with us to play live and see how great it is to play in front of some of the greatest metal fans in the world. And I'm not saying MEGADETH fans are the best fans in the world; I believe that, but I know that there's a lot of metal fans out there that, they may not like MEGADETH, but that doesn't mean that they're not great people. So, you learn a lot of crap as you go along, too.Full Metal Jackie: Dave, many musicians, yourself included, have described an album as a snapshot or representation of where they are in their life. What are your life priorities right now? How do you anticipate they'll affect the musical direction of the next MEGADETH album?Mustaine: My priorities have changed. Before I got married, it was just about myself and my band. As you change, as you grow, as you pick up people in your life, whether you're planning on getting married or having a casual relationship, whether you're straight or not, or whatever you do, you find love, your life changes and you start to have to think about somebody else. At least I would think that if you weren't a selfish prick, you would be thinking about someone that you love. And once you bring a life into it, again, whether you're straight or gay or have a child naturally or by in vitro or adoption or whatever — which, I think adoption is cool too — to have a responsibility like that totally changes things. [My son] Justis just turned 22, and he's doing great — he's got a great job, he works at our management company, he's in college and all that stuff. And go figure, you would think that having a rock star as a dad, you would be a complete loser, and he's not. [My daughter] Electra is doing great too, and as they grow up, I start to get my "Dave time" back. And I've gotta tell you, man, I'm loving this right now because I've been playing, I've been sitting in my studio listening to music and falling in love with the guitar again. Chris [Broderick, MEGADETH guitarist] and I just wrote some really killer stuff two days ago. I'm excited; I can't wait to see what this new record is going to sound like.Full Metal Jackie: Awesome, so is Max going to be somebody that you think is going to produce the whole next record?Mustaine: No. At this point, right now, I would say a definitive "I don't know," because we don't know. We don't even know when it's going to happen. I do know I have tremendous respect for Max. I know Cameron Webb is gonna involved with the record for sure. And I know that Max is a very positive, very hopeful question mark. But I'm a capable record producer and I know that if I did it solely with Cameron, as much as he did the last record ["Super Collider"]… He was one of [producer] Johnny K's guys, and Johnny had some stuff he needed to do and Cameron filled in for him really well, and we made a great team. So I'd like to have Max try some stuff, but if it ain't right, it ain't right. Hard to think that something that Max would do wouldn't be right, but times are a little different, and sometimes people grow apart. I'm hopeful and I'm optimistic.Full Metal Jackie: Sounds like it's early to tell. You have so much coming up this year.Mustaine: Plus there's so many frickin' songs too. I was going through all the stuff that we had… I mean, honestly, I have more songs than I know… I don't have to write another note for the rest of my life and I have enough music written to finish my career out. It's a matter of just weeding out what I wanna use and what I don't wanna use. And there's a huge library of metal riffs for other bands and stuff. That's one of the things we're looking forward to too, as I go off into another phase of my career, is doing some co-writes.
SEBASTIAN BACH Says His New Solo Album 'Give 'Em Hell' Sounds 'Timeless'
Brian Aberback of New Jersey's Steppin' Out magazine recently conducted an interview with former SKID ROW vocalist Sebastian Bach. An excerpt from the chat follows below.Steppin' Out: How do you feel about [your new solo album] "Give 'Em Hell"?Sebastian Bach: I absolutely love the record. I can't wait until this interview is done so I can go on a seven-mile run and crank it. I worked so hard on it. I tortured myself. The process is pretty funny. I'm in the worst mood for a year when we're making it and then I hear what I want to hear at the end and I'm the happiest, most humorous guy in the world. I think it sounds timeless. There's certain singers that can still sound the same as they get older, like Steven Tyler [AEROSMITH], and I'm very lucky that I can do that as well, but I don't know how I pulled it off! It's also my best-sounding record. I'm a total audiophile as far as wanting a clear, clean sound and no separation between the instruments. Steppin' Out: How did Duff McKagan [GUNS N' ROSES, VELVET REVOLVER] end up on the album?Sebastian Bach: I was in this band with Duff called KINGS OF CHAOS. We were playing in Sydney [Australia] about a year ago and I said to him, "I've got to turn in a new record, do you want to collaborate." He said, "Where and when." "Give 'Em Hell" also has John 5 (ROB ZOMBIE), Steve Stevens (BILLY IDOL) and Devin Bronson (AVRIL LAVIGNE, PINK) on guitar and Bobby Jarzombek (HALFORD) on drums. Musically, we have a lot of depth.Steppin' Out: Who will be playing with you at the Starland Show in New Jersey?Sebastian Bach: I've got Johnny Chromatic on guitar, Will Hunt from EVANESCENCE on drums and Jason Christopher on bass. My new second guitarist is Devin Bronson. He's played with Avril Lavigne and Pink, but don't let that worry you, metalheads!Steppin' Out: This year is the 25th anniversary of the first SKID ROW record. Any thoughts on that period of your life?Sebastian Bach: Fans still ask, "Are you going to get back with the old band?" If I was to do that, there would be no new records, and that's what I love to do. It would just be a retro thing. I need more than that in my life. But I think it's insane that we don't celebrate the 25th anniversary of the first record with a remastered version with unreleased songs or a box set or something. I don't understand why some of the other guys in that band have such an adverse reaction to doing something like that. That's puzzling to me. The entire interview will be published in Steppin' Out on April 23. "Taking Back Tomorrow" lyric video:
"Give 'Em Hell" EPK:
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SOUNDGARDEN: Demo Version Of 'Black Hole Sun' From 'Superunknown - Deluxe Edition' Available For Streaming
This year, reunited grunge legends SOUNDGARDEN celebrate the 20th anniversary of this groundbreaking album "Superunknown" with a special reissue in two deluxe versions outlined below and available on June 3 via A&M Records/UMe. The Deluxe Edition is a 2-CD package featuring the remastered album along with disc two consisting of demos, rehearsals, B-sides and more. The Super Deluxe Edition is a 5-CD package featuring the remastered album, additional demos, rehearsals and B-sides and the fifth disc is the album mixed in Blu-ray Audio 5.1 Surround Sound. The Super Deluxe Edition is incredibly packaged in a hardbound book with a lenticular cover, liner notes by David Fricke and newly reimagined album artwork designed by Josh Graham. It also features never-before-seen band photography by Kevin Westerberg. A 2-LP gatefold of the original 16 vinyl tracks remastered on 200-gram vinyl in a gatefold jacket will also be made available. In addition, the "Superunknown" singles and associated b-sides with newly interpreted artwork sleeves by Josh Graham will be reissued on Record Store Day, April 19, as a set of five limited-edition 10-inch vinyl records."Superunknown - Deluxe Edition" 2CD track listing: CD One - Remastered Album 01. Let Me Drown 02. My Wave 03. Fell on Black Days 04. Mailman 05. Superunknown 06. Head Down 07. Black Hole Sun 08. Spoonman 09. Limo Wreck 10. The Day I Tried to Live 11. Kickstand 12. Fresh Tendrils 13. 4th of July 14. Half 15. Like Suicide 16. She Likes Surprises CD Two - Demos, Rehearsals, B-Sides & More 01. Let Me Drown (Demo)^ 02. Black Hole Sun (Demo)^ 03. Half (Demo)^ 04. Head Down (Rehearsal)^ 05. Limo Wreck (Rehearsal)^ 06. The Day I Tried to Live (Rehearsal)^ 07. Like Suicide (Acoustic) 08. Black Days III* 09. Birth Ritual (Original Demo Version) 10. Exit Stonehenge 11. Kyle Petty, Son of Richard 12. Jerry Garcia’s Finger 13. Spoonman (Alternate Steve Fisk Remix)^ 14. The Day I Tried To Live (Scott Litt Mix)^ 15. 4th of July (Instrumental)^ 16. Superunknown (Instrumental)^"Superunknown - Super Deluxe" track listing: CD One - Remastered Album 01. Let Me Drown 02. My Wave 03. Fell on Black Days 04. Mailman 05. Superunknown 06. Head Down 07. Black Hole Sun 08. Spoonman 09. Limo Wreck 10. The Day I Tried to Live 11. Kickstand 12. Fresh Tendrils 13. 4th of July 14. Half 15. Like Suicide 16. She Likes Surprises CD Two - B-Sides & More 01. The Day I Tried To Live (Alternate Mix)^ 02. Spoonman (Alternate Steve Fisk Remix)^ 03. Beyond The Wheel (Live) 04. Fell On Black Days (Live) 05. Birth Ritual (Original Demo Version) 06. Jesus Christ Pose (Live) 07. Like Suicide (Acoustic Version) 08. Kickstand (Live) 09. My Wave (Live) 10. Spoonman (Steve Fisk Remix) 11. Exit Stonehenge 12. Kyle Petty, Son of Richard 13. Black Days III* 14. Ghostmotorfinger** 15. Jerry Garcia’s Finger 16. Fell On Black Days (Video Version) CD Three - The Demos (unreleased) 01. Let Me Drown (Demo) 02. Fell On Black Days (Demo) 03. Superunknown (Demo) 04. Black Hole Sun (Demo) 05. Spoonman (Demo) 06. Fresh Tendrils (Demo) 07. 4th of July (Demo) 08. Half (Demo) 09. Like Suicide (Demo) CD Four - The Rehearsals (unreleased) 01. Black Hole Sun (Rehearsal) 02. Bing Bing Goes To Church (Rehearsal) 03. Half (Rehearsal) 04. Head Down (Rehearsal) 05. Kyle Petty, Son Of Richard (Rehearsal) 06. Let Me Drown (Rehearsal) 07. Limo Wreck (Rehearsal) 08. My Wave (Rehearsal) 09. Fresh Tendrils (Rehearsal) 10. Like Suicide (Rehearsal) 11. Ruff Riff-Raff (Rehearsal) 12. Exit Stonehenge (Rehearsal) 13. Spoonman (Rehearsal) 14. The Date I Tried To Leave (Rehearsal) 15. The Day I Tried To Live (Rehearsal) Disc Five - Blu-Ray Audio 5.1 MIX 01. Let Me Drown (5.1 Mix) 02. My Wave (5.1 Mix) 03. Fell On Black Days (5.1 Mix) 04. Mailman (5.1 Mix) 05. Superunknown (5.1 Mix) 06. Head Down (5.1 Mix) 07. Black Hole Sun (5.1 Mix) 08. Spoonman (5.1 Mix) 09. Limo Wreck (5.1 Mix) 10. The Day I Tried To Live (5.1 Mix) 11. Kickstand (5.1 Mix) 12. Fresh Tendrils (5.1 Mix) 13. 4th Of July (5.1 Mix) 14. Half (5.1 Mix) 15. Like Suicide (5.1 Mix) 16. She Likes Surprises (Int’l Vers & Us 12″) (5.1 Mix) "Superunknown: The Singles" - Five 10-Inch Vinyl Set 1. Spoonman Fresh Tendrils Cold Bitch Exit Stonehenge 2. The Day I Tried To Live Like Suicide (Acoustic Version) Kickstand (Live) Limo Wreck 3. Black Hole Sun Jesus Christ Pose (Live) Beyond The Wheel (Live) Fell On Black Days (Live) 4. My Wave Spoonman (Steve Fisk Remix) Birth Ritual (Original Demo Version) My Wave (Live) 5. Fell On Black Days Kyle Petty, Son of Richard Ghostmotorfinger ** Fell On Black Days (Video Version) Girl U Want Black Days III* * Originally titled "Fell On Black Days (Demo – Early Version)" ** Originally titled "Motorcycle Loop (Short Version)" ^ Previously Unreleased A demo version of "Black Hole Sun", taken from "Superunknown - Deluxe Edition", can be streamed using the SoundCloud eidget below.
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uFly fires flight instructor who appeared on CNN
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Miley Cyrus still hospitalized, cancels 2nd show

FILE - In this Jan. 25, 2014 file photo, Miley Cyrus arrives at the 56th annual GRAMMY awards - salute to industry icons with Clive Davis, in Beverly Hills, Calif. Cyrus is in the hospital and unable to perform her “Bangerz” concert at Kansas City’s Sprint Center as planned. A Cyrus spokeswoman says the 21-year-old entertainer canceled her performance Tuesday, April 15, 2014, after she was hospitalized for a severe allergic reaction to antibiotics. (Photo by Dan Steinberg/Invision/AP, file)NEW YORK (AP) — Miley Cyrus is canceling another concert and remains hospitalized for a severe allergic reaction to antibiotics.

Bluesman apologizes for St. Louis concert gone bad
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uFly fires flight simulator who appeared on CNN
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