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Four People Stabbed, 20 People Arrested Outside FIREFEST In Lakewood, Ohio
According to 19 Action News, four people were stabbed and 20 people were arrested in connection with a fight that took place Saturday evening outside The Foundry concert hall in Lakewood, Ohio where Firefest 2014 was being held. Saturday marked the second night of Firefest 2014. 13 hardcore and metal bands — including RINGWORM and DEATH BEFORE DISHONOR— were set to play at The Foundry. Police responded to reports of shots being fired around 7:15 p.m. Witnesses also reported seeing a gang of men walking down the street, some holding machetes and other weapons. Another witness said as many as 50 people were involved in the fight. One witness told 19 Action News that she saw at least three men wearing hoodies and covered in tattoos who looked like they were there to cause trouble. "They slammed into my car because they were fighting. There's blood all over my car and dents. I just ran. There were guys everywhere fighting. I heard four gunshots," said the 16-year-old witness. Police say there is evidence that shots were fired but no one was hit. Three victims were transported to MetroHealth Medical Center and one to Fairview and another to Lakewood Hospital. A nurse from Fairview Hospital told 19 Action News that the victims came in with machete and stab wounds — some even on their face. None of the injuries are considered life-threatening. It is not presently clear why the fight was started but an online posting from The Foundry's general manager Mark Witherspoon and reports on LakewoodObserver.com say the incident was the result of "beef" between two "crews" — one from Boston, Friends Stand United (FSU) and the other Swing On Sight Family (SOSF), out of Youngstown, Ohio.firefest2014poster
GODSMACK Completes Recording New Album
GODSMACK has completed tracking its sixth album for a late 2014 release. The band's frontman, Sully Erna, took to his personal Facebook page earlier today (Sunday, April 20) to say: "We are officially DONE recording! And this record is BADASS! Haven't been this excited in awhile! Hope you all love it! First single out soon!" Last week, Erna revealed that the band had laid down 15 songs and was in the process of "picking the best 10" for the actual album. He said: "New record is gonna crush!!"GODSMACK's follow-up to 2010's "The Oracle" is once again being helmed by Dave Fortman, how previously worked with SLIPKNOT and EVANESCENCE, among others.GODSMACK drummer Shannon Larkin recently said about the band's forthcoming CD: "So many cool new tunes that I can tell ya it's gonna be hard to narrow these down to the best ones! I know it's been awhile since you've heard from us, but we will make it worth your wait!" With 20 Top 10 hits on the rock radio charts in 16 years, Erna told The Pulse Of Radio a while back that he's proud of GODSMACK's track record. "You know, it is nice to know that we're creating stuff that's just kind of living on and that does really well in the active rock stations and the hard rock world and that kind of stuff," he said. "So we're in that middle ground. We're not quite as poppy as like AEROSMITH, but yet we're not as dark and metal as, you know, the SLIPKNOTs or the METALLICAs or whatever. So we're kind of like that in-between band."Erna spent the last few years pursuing projects outside the band, including the release of his first solo album, "Avalon", as well as a starring role in a new horror film called "Army Of The Damned", now out on DVD.
MACHINE HEAD: New Song 'Killers & Kings' Available For Streaming
As part of this year's Record Store Day on April 19, San Francisco Bay Area metallers MACHINE HEAD released a 10-inch vinyl single, with the A-side containing the "demo" version of a new song, "Killers & Kings". The B-side is a cover version of the track "Our Darkest Days" from one of MACHINE HEAD's favorite bands, IGNITE. Says MACHINE HEAD guitarist/vocalist Robb Flynn: "I remember growing up in the thrash scene and always wanting to hear the demo version of songs. You searched them out. Thankfully, my buddy Jim was a big 'tape trader,' and through trading, we had both METALLICA demos, EXODUS demos, bootlegs of songs sometimes 'years' before they came out. "I knew how to play every note of 'Pleasure Of The Flesh' by EXODUS easily two years before the record was out. I had SLAYER's 'Reign In Blood' three months before it came out. I remember it still had the hi-hat counts starting the songs!! "My friends and I would debate the merits of each (the demo was always better, LOL!). "It's so much cooler to hear it BEFORE the album is out! "So [we decided to] do that for you. "I can't wait for you guys to hear this stuff. Then you can debate it, haha!" This limited-edition 10-inch single features four alternate covers with two specific colors, each limited to 1,000 copies each. "Killers & Kings" 10-inch single track listing: Side One: Killers & Kings (demo version) Side Two: Our Darkest Days / Bleeding (IGNITE cover) The entire "Killers & Kings" song can now be streamed in the YouTube clip below.MACHINE HEAD entered GREEN DAY's Oakland, California's JingleTown Recording compound on February 9 to begin recording its new album for a late 2014 release via Nuclear Blast Entertainment. Other songtitles set to appear on the new MACHINE HEAD album include "Beneath The Silt", "Eyes Of The Dead" (formerly "Ojos De La Muerte"), "Sail Into The Black", "How We Die" and "Night Of The Long Knives". Speaking to U.K.'s Metal Hammer magazine, MACHINE HEAD frontman Robb Flynn stated about the band's new material: "It sounds like MACHINE HEAD! It's definitely moving forward, which I feel like we're probably always gonna do. "We're not a band that ever looks back. We do our thing and try to take the life experiences that we have and the musicianship that we've evolved and try to use it. Obviously, we have our sound and we have the MACHINE HEAD patented harmonics, the downtuned riffs and I sing the way I sing. "I think Bob Dylan said it best: 'You just find new ways to say the same thing.'" Speaking about some of the specific tracks and the lyrical themes covered on the new album, Flynn said: "I've got some pretty cool lyrics ready. There's a song called 'Night Of The Long Knives', and it's pretty fucked! It's about the Manson murders, and the lyrics are really dark and vicious. "We've found some new twists to give to the MACHINE HEAD sound and some new fire and excitement." Asked what the band's main aims were when they started composing music for the new CD, Flynn said: "Well, it's nice to try and have a plan, but music has a way of unravelling over time! [Laughs] You've just got to roll with it. "With [2007's] 'The Blackening', I'd love to say I had this grand vision of nine- and 10-minute songs, but the first four songs we wrote were the four shorter songs on the record. For months, there was no indication whatsoever that we'd have 10-minute songs. That stuff came later. "Human nature wants to control and dictate where things will go, but you can't. It won't let you! The more you try, the more it goes, 'Fuck you.' It's going some other way!"
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AMERICAN HEAD CHARGE Taps Producer DAVE FORTMAN For New Album
Following their U.K. tour in support of the "Shoot" EP, Minneapolis industrial metallers AMERICAN HEAD CHARGE have announced their long-awaited fourth full-length studio album, set for release in 2014. In connection with the new record, the band has announced an Indiegogo campaign to give fans the chance to contribute to the first AMERICAN HEAD CHARGE studio album in nine years, and the group is offering some incredible incentives. They include signed CDs, guitar lessons, a night out on the town in Las Vegas with the band, bandmembers coming to your house to cook you dinner and even the chance to have the band play a show just for you! Comments AMERICAN HEAD CHARGE vocalist Cameron Heacock: "We are more than excited to get into the studio and work with producer Dave Fortman (GODSMACK, SLIPKNOT, EVANESCENCE) on our upcoming crowd-funded record. "The music industry is such a different place these days, and we'd much rather have our fans in charge of the record as opposed to a bunch of suits whose only interest is the bottom line. Indiegogo, and crowd-funding options, have made this a possibility, and we're taking full advantage of it."AMERICAN HEAD CHARGE announced in August 2009 that it was disbanding due to Heacock's "inability to continue on a musical career path." The band's sophomore album, "The Feeding", came out in February 2005.AMERICAN HEAD CHARGE released a DVD/CD entitled "Can't Stop the Machine" in April 2007 on Nitrus Records via Fontana/Universal. The 90-minute DVD chronicled HEAD CHARGE's career with a poignant tribute to deceased guitarist Bryan Ottoson, insightful interviews and no holds barred live footage. The companion CD featured unreleased tracks and a remix of the HEAD CHARGE classic "Just So You Know" by Wired All Wrong.
NILE's KARL SANDERS: 'The Internet Has Changed The Entire Music Business'
David Garlow of Syracuse Music Examiner recently conducted an interview with Karl Sanders of South Carolina-based extreme technical death metallers NILE. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow below.Syracuse Music Examiner: I checked out an interview you did with Metalship webzine a year ago and you had some very insightful thoughts and opinions about the Internet and how it has affected bands, fans, and musicianship. Can you talk a bit about your thoughts on those topics?Karl: Certainly. The Internet has changed the entire music business. For those of us that were around before the age of the Internet, it's a completely different world. None of the old rules apply anymore; it's change-and-adapt or die. A lot of people have to change their way of thinking or the way to make a dollar to make a living and keep going. There are no more CD sales. There are some, and it's getting harder to make a living on tour with the rising cost of touring. Everything goes up except the amount of money that we get paid.Syracuse Music Examiner: Your album "At The Gate Of Sethu" is an insane work of art, man. Can you talk about the album and how is it different or the same as previous records?Karl: It's a NILE record. It's brutal death metal and has exotic elements and deals with lyrics derived from ancient Egyptian histories, mythologies and so forth. That part's the same. The approach we had on that record is it's a very surgically clean record, a precise capture of the musicianship. I think that is really where the focus was; we wanted to capture as cleanly as possible what we were actually playing and present in that simple kind of light to people. Simple, honest — this is how we play. No fancy production. Syracuse Music Examiner: You are headed into New York this week with shows in Albany and in Rochester. What can fans expect at the shows?Karl: We're going to play some NILE songs and play our asses off! We are also bringing some songs that we have never played and songs we haven't played in a decade or so, so we are having a lot of fun with the setlist.Syracuse Music Examiner: When will we get another album from you guys?Karl: Actually we are writing songs for the next record. We took a break to do this tour. We have a new record in the works and we are excited for it, yeah! It's what we live for! Read the entire interview with Syracuse Music Examiner.
DREAM THEATER Drummer MIKE MANGINI Answers Fan-Submitted Questions
Drummer Mike Mangini of progressive metal giants DREAM THEATER recently answered a number of questions for the visitors of the Music Radar web site. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow below.Music Radar: What was the last breakthrough you had with your playing?Mangini: It was adjusting my velocities and realizing that I don't have to smash everything, with the perception that hitting harder gets you a better sound. Hitting hard enough gets the best sound, yes. Over-smashing is hard not to do, especially when you're an excitable person, so I've learned to control the velocities — to make them strong but not go below a certain point. That's a ton of work, though, because it forces you to redo your own protocalls, your operating system. It's a big, big behavior change. Music Radar: When you watch other drummers play, what's the one thing that you see them doing wrong? Mangini: This is a tough one because I look for the positives in everybody. And, of course, I was a teacher for forever — I'll probably always be one. If I were being asked to evaluate someone, I would just look at that person on a purely technical level. So the question would be, "Are they reaching their potential?" It could be that a drummer's technique limits them in pulling off things that they don't yet do. But maybe it's just not in their spirit to do it; it's not in their calling — I can't call that wrong. The only thing that would be wrong for anybody would be to use a technique that would hurt them. And this includes me — I'm not pointing a finger at anybody else. If I see myself, or anybody, grabbing the sticks too tightly and hitting the drum in a way that I know is unhealthy for the tendons, I would say that's a wrong thing to do. Music Radar: Of the songs on the new album, which one was the most challenging for you?Mangini: "The Looking Glass" took the longest for me to get, and it's because I improvised the most on it. But, you know, that goes back to the older tracks. Whenever there wasn't a lot of time for those guys to mull over their parts and they just kind of had to play stuff, all of that comes out of an improvisational base. Those things are hard to replicate for anybody. "The Looking Glass" was the most improvised track on the new album. I had to catch a train home, so I really whipped it out — I just played it and left! [Laughs] Later on, I had to go back and hear what I did. There's so much cymbal work on it, with layers and layers of sticking, and it's hard for me to hear in that frequency range. And I was improvising. Read the entire question-and-answer session at the Music Radar web site.
SABATON Interviewed By THE METAL VOICE (Video)
The Metal Voice recently conducted an interview with Swedish metallers SABATON. You can now watch the chat below.SABATON is currently touring the U.S. and Canada as direct support to American metallers ICED EARTH on their "Worldwide Plagues" North American trek. Opening each show on the six-week tour are Dutch metallers REVAMP (featuring NIGHTWISH singer Floor Jansen).SABATON's new album, "Heroes", will be released on May 16 via Nuclear Blast Records. The cover artwork for the effort was created by Péter Sallai. A number of bonus tracks will be made available, including cover versions of songs originally written and recorded by METALLICA, BATTLE BEAST and RAUBTIER."Heroes" was tracked at The Abyss, the recording studio in Pärlby outside Ludvika, Sweden owned and operated by record producer and musician Peter Tägtgren (HYPOCRISY, PAIN). In a recent interview with Bring The Noise, SABATON bassist Pär Sundström stated about "Heroes": In the beginning, when you make an album, I get quite nervous about whether people are going to like it, but after having so many people and friends listen to the album and them saying it's great, I now feel comfortable. About an hour and a half ago, our first single was premiered on Swedish radio and people are really excited about it. I am very happy." Asked about the album's running theme, Sundström said: "SABATON has been — since 2005 — about historical themes, a lot about World War Two and battles and stuff. In 2010, we did an album called 'Coat Of Arms', that was mainly about World War Two, but we also put in a long story about a single person; me and Joakim [Brodén, vocals] write the lyrics and after we finished recording 'Coat Of Arms', we had one story left that we wanted to write about. That was a story about Witold Pilecki, that was the song called 'Inmate 4859'. This song, we decided, we could not do it in 2010 because the album was done and we could not do it on the next album because that was about Swedish history…so we have waited four years and have been saving that story for this album and we kept it as our leading star into the new album." SABATON played its first show with new drummer Hannes Van Dahl on November 16, 2013 at the Metal Hammer Paradise festival in Germany.
GEOFF TATE And Former Bandmates Reach 'Amicable' QUEENSRŸCHE Settlement
QUEENSRŸCHE guitarist Michael Wilton has confirmed that singer Geoff Tate— who was fired from the Seattle progressive rock band in 2012 after fronting it for three decades — and his former bandmates have reached a settlement in their legal battle over the rights to the group's name. Speaking to the Allentown Music Examiner, Wilton was asked when fans can expect a resolution of the legal case involving the two versions of QUEENSRŸCHE. "That's coming up," Wilton said. "What I can say is that both sides have reached an amicable settlement and it's now just a matter of time. There will be an official press release, but for now, you'll have to wait."Wilton also revealed that the Todd La Torre-fronted version of QUEENSRŸCHE is continuing work on material for the follow-up to last year's self-titled effort. "We've already begun the process for the next album," he said. "We have probably six songs demoed so far. We're taking it in a direction suited to what we do as QUEENSRŸCHE but maybe a little more progressive and heavier. The thing is, you never know what you really have until it's complete. It's like carving a piece of clay and seeing how it turns out. You peel off the layers until you get to something really cool."Tate and his wife, Susan, QUEENSRŸCHE's former manager, filed a lawsuit in June 2012 asking the judge to award them the rights to the band's name in exchange for Tate paying Eddie Jackson (bass), Michael Wilton (guitar) and Scott Rockenfield (drums) the fair market value for their interests in the QUEENSRŸCHE companies. Wilton, Rockenfield and Jackson filed a countersuit against the Tates in which they accused Geoff of creative obstruction and violent behavior, and Susan Tate of questionable business practices. While ruling against Tate, the presiding judge determined that there was no legal hurdle in Tate also using the name with an all-new lineup of musicians. "I don't see any reason that Mr. Tate can't have the benefit, if he gets other members, of whatever name he uses of using the brand," Superior Court Judge Carol A. Schapira said during the July 13, 2012 court hearing. "I think [doing that would be] inherently confusing, although I'm sure the market can get these things sorted out," she added.Wilton, Rockenfield and Jackson last year accused Geoff Tate of "continu[ing] to harm the QUEENSRŸCHE brand" since the Tates' original lawsuit was filed in June 2012. In a court document, they wrote: "The newest self-titled QUEENSRŸCHE CD release by the [Todd La Torre-fronted version of the band] entered the U.S. charts at #23 and continues to get 9-out-of-10-star reviews and is still selling very well on a weekly basis around the globe. In comparison, Geoff Tate released his own QUEENSRŸCHE CD in April of [2013] titled 'Frequency Unknown' and depicted as F.U. on the cover, which entered the charts at #82, received very bad reviews around the world, and has slowed to almost no more weekly sales. [The Todd La Torre-fronted version of QUEENSRŸCHE's] new CD even outperformed the last two CDs of them with Geoff Tate, selling more in a month than the 'Dedicated to Chaos' CD has since its release in 2010, and charting much better than both that album and the previous one, 'American Soldier'. Thus, the return to the classic sound [Tate's former] bandmates have made with the new CD and live shows has been met with overwhelming success." They added: "Geoff Tate also chose very poorly in hiring live musicians that have shown that they are not capable of representing the correct performances of the QUEENSRŸCHE music legacy, and he was constantly replacing them. He has been offering his low-quality version of QUEENSRŸCHE to the promoters at a much reduced rate, as low as $10,000 per night, when, in fact, [his former] bandmates have done their best to keep the authorized QUEENSRŸCHE at an average of well over $20,000 per show this entire year. However, this becomes harder and harder with Geoff Tate's sub-par band and cut-rate pricing that continues to be damaging to the QUEENSRŸCHE brand and legacy no matter who ultimately wins control after trial." In an interview with The Oakland Press, Rockenfield said said that "negotiations are ongoing between Tate and the singer's former bandmates and "there's still time for anything to happen between now and [the start of the trial]." "I think our confidence is pretty high," Scott said. "There's a lot of legal stuff you have to deal with, but we just feel good and look at it as a light at the end of the tunnel and keep playing shows and making music. I think when you do that, the right decision will be made in time."
ROB HALFORD, COREY TAYLOR, SCOTT IAN, VINNY APPICE, HALESTORM Talk DIO At 'This Is Your Life' Listening Party (Video)
Rob Halford (JUDAS PRIEST), Scott Ian (ANTHRAX), Corey Taylor (SLIPKNOT, STONE SOUR), Tim "Ripper" Owens (JUDAS PRIEST, ICED EARTH, YNGWIE MALMSTEEN), Vinny Appice (HEAVEN & HELL, DIO, BLACK SABBATH, LAST IN LINE) and members of HALESTORM are among the musicians who ere interviewed at the March 17 exclusive VIP listening party for the Ronnie James Dio tribute album "This Is Your Life" and awards gala at the Avalon in Hollywood, California. Check out the footage below.Ronnie James Dio is one of the most beloved figures in rock history. His gifts, both as a singer and songwriter, are instantly recognizable, whether he was with RAINBOW, BLACK SABBATH, HEAVEN & HELL, or leading DIO. Sadly, Dio lost his battle with stomach cancer in 2010 but his towering voice and legacy live on. To celebrate one of rock's most powerful voices, an all-star group of his friends and fans recorded 13 of their favorite tracks for a tribute album, 100% of proceeds from which will go to the Ronnie James Dio Stand Up And Shout Cancer Fund. Produced by his longtime manager and wife Wendy Dio, the album includes contributions by such metal heavyweights as METALLICA, MOTÖRHEAD, SCORPIONS, ANTHRAX, and Rob Halford, as well as appearances by many of the musicians who performed with Dio over the years. "This Is Your Life" was made available from Rhino on April 1. A digital version was also released. Although the songs featured on the album touch on the different eras of Dio's career, several spotlight his time with RAINBOW, including METALLICA's epic, nine-minute "Ronnie Rising Medley", which combines the RAINBOW songs "A Light In The Black", "Tarot Woman", "Stargazer" and "Kill The King". SCORPIONS add a scorching take on "Temple Of The King" while MOTÖRHEAD is joined by Biff Byford from SAXON on "Starstruck". Rob Halford teams with frequent Dio collaborators Vinny Appice, Doug Aldrich, Jeff Pilson, and Scott Warren for "Man On The Silver Mountain". The final lineup of Dio's solo band — Simon Wright, Craig Goldy, Rudy Sarzo and Scott Warren— are joined by Glenn Hughes (DEEP PURPLE, BLACK SABBATH) for "Catch The Rainbow", a track from RAINBOW's 1975 debut. ANTHRAX and ADRENALINE MOB honor Dio's memorable stint with BLACK SABBATH with their takes on "Neon Knights" and "The Mob Rules", respectively, as does a group, led by Oni Logan on vocals along with Jimmy Bain, Rowan Robertson, and Brian Tichy, which performs "I" from "Dehumanizer". "This Is Your Life" also includes songs from Dio's back-to-back platinum albums "Holy Diver" (1983) and "The Last In Line" (1984), with DORO's take on "Egypt (The Chains Are On)", HALESTORM tackling "Straight Through The Heart", Corey Taylor (STONE SOUR, SLIPKNOT) covering the classic "Rainbow In The Dark" and TENACIOUS D (Jack Black and Kyle Gass) putting their signature spin on "The Last In Line". KILLSWITCH ENGAGE's cover of "Holy Diver", a hit in its own right when released in 2006, is also included here. Fittingly, Ronnie James Dio provides the finale (and the album's title) with his moving performance of "This Is Your Life". Originally released on "Angry Machines" (1996), the song's lyrics explore mortality and are backed by a stark and beautiful arrangement that features Dio accompanied only by his longtime keyboardist Scott Warren on piano. The song serves as a poignant reminder that we will never hear a voice like Dio's again. The Ronnie James Dio Stand Up and Shout Cancer Fund, co-founded by Wendy Dio, is a non-profit 501(c)(3) charitable fund dedicated to supporting cancer-prevention research, raising awareness and educating the public about the vital importance of early detection and prevention when dealing with this deadly disease. "This Is Your Life" track listing: 01. "Neon Knights" - ANTHRAX * 02. "The Last In Line" - TENACIOUS D * 03. "The Mob Rules" - ADRENALINE MOB 04. "Rainbow In The Dark" - Corey Taylor, Roy Mayorga, Satchel, Christian Martucci, Jason Christopher * 05. "Straight Through The Heart" - HALESTORM * 06. "Starstruck" - MOTÖRHEAD with Biff Byford * 07. "Temple Of The King" - SCORPIONS * 08. "Egypt (The Chains Are On)" - DORO 09. "Holy Diver" - KILLSWITCH ENGAGE 10. "Catch The Rainbow" - Glenn Hughes, Simon Wright, Craig Goldy, Rudy Sarzo, Scott Warren * 11. "I" - Oni Logan, Jimmy Bain, Rowan Robertson, Brian Tichy * 12. "Man On The Silver Mountain" - Rob Halford, Vinny Appice, Doug Aldrich, Jeff Pilson, Scott Warren * 13. "Ronnie Rising Medley" (featuring "A Light In The Black", "Tarot Woman", "Stargazer", "Kill The King") - METALLICA * 14. "This Is Your Life" - DIO * Previously unreleased The Ronnie James Dio Stand Up and Shout Cancer Fund is a privately funded 501(c)(3) charity organization which has already raised more than $600,000 in its short history. Monies raised to date have been committed to the cancer research work of the T.J. Martell Foundation for Cancer, AIDS and Leukemia Research and the gastric cancer research unit of the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, where Ronnie was treated for gastric cancer during the last six months of his life.
ADRIAN VANDENBERG Interviewed On France's 'Une Dose 2 Metal' (Video)
Former VANDENBERG and WHITESNAKE guitarist and current VANDENBERG'S MOONKINGS leader Adrian Vandenberg was interviewed on a recent episode of the French show "Une Dose 2 Metal" on L'Enorme TV. You can now watch the entire chat below.VANDENBERG'S MOONKINGS' self-titled debut album was released on February 24 via Mascot Label Group. "Vandenberg's Moonkings" is a sensational mix of blistering rock songs and powerful ballads from the Dutch guitar hero Adrian Vandenberg, and includes a newly recorded version of Vandenberg's ex-band WHITESNAKE's classic "Sailing Ships". Special guest David Coverdale adds his unique vocals to the equation, to complement Vandenberg's powerful riffs for a welcome moment of nostalgia. Asked how Coverdale's guest appearance on "Vandenberg's Moonkings" came about, Adrian told Myglobalmind: "Well, David has been pushing me a lot over the last ten years to record a record. Finally, when I told him that I was working on one, David said that 'it would be an honor for me if I could sing a song on your album.' I replied that the honor would be completely mutual. David was then on the road for the whole year, so we didn't have the time to write a new song. "I always wanted to do another version of [WHITESNAKE's] 'Sailing Ships', because I wrote the song and the music for it actually for my mom. She was always saying for me to write another acoustic song for the album. I originally intended it to be a little more understated than it ended up on the 'Slip Of The Tongue' album. I really thought that I could add something to it by making it a little bit more melancholic and more reflective. Bringing in real violins, which I had always pictured with it, so I made it a little slower. I thought it would be great to do a different version and also what I like about how it ends up on the album is that it is like a symbolic nod to my years with WHITESNAKE. I thought that it worked great, because if I had put like a new track somewhere in the middle of the album it would have been strange. David in the middle with a similar song." Multi-talented Adrian Vandenberg— who has designed all of his album sleeves since his very first record with TEASER at the age of 22 — took care of the artwork for this record. VANDENBERG'S MOONKINGS is:Adrian Vandenberg (guitar)Jan Hoving (vocals)Sem Christoffel (bass)Mart Nijen Es (drums) For more information, visit www.moonkingsband.com.
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'Capt. America' tops box office for third week

This image released by Marvel shows Scarlett Johansson in a scene from the film, "Captain America: The Winter Soldier." (AP Photo/Marvel-Disney, Zade Rosenthal, file)LOS ANGELES (AP) — Captain America continues to vanquish box office foes, triumphing in ticket sales for the third consecutive week and beating formidable contender Johnny Depp.


New portrait unveiled for British queen's birthday

This portrait of Queen Elizabeth II taken and made available at 12:00 GMT Sunday, April 20, 2014, by British photographer David Bailey has been released to mark her 88th birthday on Monday April 21, 2014. The photograph was taken at Buckingham Palace in March and was commissioned on behalf of the British Government's GREAT Britain campaign. The image will be used in activity to support the GREAT campaign, which aims to generate jobs and growth through highlighting internationally Britain as a world-class destination for trade, tourism, investment and education. (AP Photo/David Bailey) NO SALES NO ARCHIVE MANDATORY CREDIT DAVID BAILEYLONDON (AP) — A portrait of Queen Elizabeth II by renowned British photographer David Bailey has been unveiled to mark the monarch's 88th birthday.


Dealer wanted in US for art fraud nabbed in Spain
MADRID (AP) — A Spanish businessman suspected of having dealt in millions of dollars of fake art has been arrested during Easter festivities in southern Spain, officials said Sunday.
'Touched by an Angel' producer back in series TV

This photo provided by Hallmark Channel shows, from left, Geoff Gustafson (“Norman Dorman”), Crystal Lowe (“Rita Haywith”), Eric Mabius (“Oliver O’Toole) and Kristin Booth (“Shane McInerny”), on the set of the TV series, "Signed, Sealed, Delivered." The writer-producer Martha Williamson, who produced “Touched by an Angel,” returns to TV with the new Hallmark Channel show, debuting Sunday, April 20, 2014. (AP Photo/Hallmark Channel, Katie Yu) **MANDATORY CREDIT**LOS ANGELES (AP) — In the decade that "Touched by an Angel" executive producer Martha Williamson has been away from series TV, much has changed. A new golden age has brought more daring shows, from "Mad Men" to "House of Cards" to "Breaking Bad," and more ways to see them.


Jack White records songs, releases vinyl in hours

FILE - This Feb. 10, 2013 file photo shows musician Jack White at the 55th annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles. White is going direct to vinyl with the first live performance of a song off his upcoming album on Record Store Day. Fans will get to see him perform the title track from "Lazaretto" on Saturday morning, which will be recorded and pressed into a limited edition vinyl record that afternoon. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File)NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Jack White played his new single "Lazaretto" for a couple of hundred fans on Record Store Day and four hours later a copy of the performance was available on a limited run of vinyl.


Carriage horse foes picket Liam Neeson's NYC home

Dressed as a horse, Lisa Jablow, center, a member of NYCLASS which opposes use of carriage horses in New York City, joins other animal rights activists outside actor Liam Neeson's home on Saturday, April 19, 2014 to protest his stance on the continued use of carriage horses in Central Park and certain roads around the city. The 61-year-old actor is a vocal supporter of the city's carriage horse industry. Mayor Bill de Blasio has pledged to ban the horse-drawn carriages and replace them with electric vintage-style cars, commissioned by NYCLASS. (AP Photo/Verena Dobnik)NEW YORK (AP) — Animal welfare activists picketing Liam Neeson's home on Saturday said they don't agree with him that the city's carriage horses should keep working.


Mrs. Obama to appear on May episode of 'Nashville'
WASHINGTON (AP) — Michelle Obama is going a little bit country.
Fox executive fired over Flight 370 charity email
NEW YORK (AP) — A veteran Fox executive who used her company email account to plan aid for loved ones of the missing Malaysian airplane's passengers has been fired.
Cyrus ill, postpones US tour, resumes in August

FILE - In this Saturday, April 5, 2014 file photo, singer Miley Cyrus performs at the Barclays Center in New York. Cyrus is postponing her U.S. tour while she recovers from an allergic reaction to antibiotics, but will resume her performances in August 2014. Cyrus’ representative tells The Associated Press on Friday, April 18, 2014, that the singer will resume the U.S. tour Aug. 1 in Uniondale, N.Y. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, file)NEW YORK (AP) — Miley Cyrus is postponing her U.S. tour while she recovers from an allergic reaction to antibiotics, but will resume her performances in August.


Lawyer: Director not in Hawaii during alleged acts

Plaintiff Michael Egan, left, with his attorney, Jeff Herman take questions from to the media during a news conference in Beverly Hills, Calif., Thursday, April 17, 2014. A sex abuse lawsuit by Egan, 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's attorney, Marty Singer, said in a statement that the claims are absurd and defamatory. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)HONOLULU (AP) — Credit card receipts, telephone records and production schedules show that "X-Men" franchise director Bryan Singer was not in Hawaii when a lawsuit claims he sexually abused a 17-year-old on the islands, a defense attorney said Friday.


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