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SLASH Says TONY IOMMI 'Deserves A F**king Medal'
Legendary BLACK SABBATH guitarist Tony Iommi has been nominated for a prestigious Pride Of Birmingham Award. The prestigious Pride Of Birmingham event, celebrating the British city's most courageous and inspiring people, will take place at Town Hall Birmingham on Friday, September 26. Television presenter Gaby Roslin will be joined by a host of Birmingham celebrities to present awards, including Iommi, singer Laura Mvula, and chef Glynn Purnell. Nominations close at midnight on Thursday, July 31. Speaking to Birmingham Mail, fellow guitarist Slash (GUNS N' ROSES, VELVET REVOLVER) said about Iommi: "Tony is one of those guys who inspires everyone. "I was brought up on BLACK SABBATH and he is one of the best rock and roll guitarists out there. As a fellow player I can really appreciate all the nuances of his technique — he is one hell of a guitar player. "This is the man who invented heavy metal in Birmingham and created SABBATH, a brand nobody can touch. "Everyone you meet in rock circles will tell you that they were inspired by BLACK SABBATH and the band's influence is immeasurable. "Besides which, Tony is a great guy and we've met on a number of occasions. There's just no stopping him. He comes down with lymphoma and what does he do? Reform SABBATH and do a world tour. "He really is the pride of Birmingham and he deserves a fucking medal."
Former ALICE COOPER Guitarist DICK WAGNER Dead At 71
According to the Detroit Free Press, former ALICE COOPER guitarist Dick Wagner died this morning (Wednesday, July 30) of respiratory failure. He was 71 years old.Wagner spent the past two weeks at Scottsdale Healthcare Shea Medical Center in Scottsdale, Arizona, where he had been in intensive care following a cardiac procedure. Back in 2007, Wagner suffered a serious heart attack but made a full recovery and returned to the stage five years later.Dick was most notably the guitarist and co-writer of many of Alice Cooper's biggest hits but was also featured on KISS' "Destroyer" and AEROSMITH's "Get Your Wings".Wagner was Alice Cooper's right-hand man on the albums "Welcome To My Nightmare", "Goes To Hell", "Lace And Whiskey", "From The Inside" and "DaDa", helping in songwriting, composing, production and playing lead guitar. He also contributed to the making of "School's Out", "Billion Dollar Babies", "Muscle Of Love", "Hey Stoopid", and Alice Cooper's latest album, "Welcome 2 My Nightmare". In January 2012, Wagner released his book, "Not Only Women Bleed: Vignettes From The Heart Of A Rock Musician", as a Kindle edition. It features a foreword by Cooper.
On the very day his farewell tour as QUEENSRŸCHE begins, Geoff Tate— one of rock's quintessential front men and the lead vocalist heard on all QUEENSRŸCHE hits since the inception of the band — has announced that his current version of QUEENSRŸCHE will forge ahead as OPERATION: MINDCRIME after the tour ends. Named after QUEENSRŸCHE's epic concept album from 1988, "Operation: Mindcrime"— a band consisting of Geoff Tate, Rudy Sarzo (OZZY OSBOURNE, WHITESNAKE), Simon Wright (AC/DC, DIO), Randy Gane (MYTH) and Kelly Gray (QUEENSRYCHE 1998 - 2001, 2012 - present) — will enter the studio in September to begin recording a trilogy project that Geoff's been working on for the past two years.Tate, who has always enjoyed telling stories through music, considers the creation of the forthcoming trilogy one of his biggest and most ambitious works to date. "I tried to reduce the story and eventually got it down to 37 ideas that needed representing to complete the story," comments Geoff. "I knew that one record wouldn't cover it and that it would have to be a trilogy. It's an exciting project and one we'd like to release the first part of sometime next spring." With the evolution of his band, Geof would like to concentrate on concept and story albums in the years to come. Fans like to call it, "Thinking Man's Metal" and Geoff plans to continue expanding the musical dimensions of your mind. "It doesn't seem that long ago when I first brought the 'Mindcrime' story to the band… they were, initially, against it. Chris DeGarmo was the first one to get on board and, once he did, we were able to move forward with what became one of our greatest achievements as a band." With the release "Operation: Mindcrime"— which won critical and popular acclaim and comparisons to THE WHO's "Tommy" and PINK FLOYD's "The Wall"QUEENSRŸCHE went on to bring their progressive music to sold-out audiences the world over. With Geoff at the helm, QUEENSRŸCHE sold over 20 million albums worldwide and performed in over 46 countries. That was then, this is now and Geoff Tate is looking forward to what lies ahead with his trilogy project. "It is so refreshing to be able to concentrate on the many stories and ideas that I have been working on with no boundaries or restrictions," states Tate, further adding, "With the newly-named band, I think fans will continue to enjoy the music we create and perform together and hope they share this new musical journey with us." Beginning July 30, Geoff Tate and his band mates will be spanning the states for a 22-date trek of what will be Geoff's remaining performances as QUEENSRŸCHE Starring Geoff Tate – The Farewell Tour.
TED NUGENT: I Am The 'Man That The President Of The United States Hates More Than Anybody' (Video)
Fan-filmed video footage of Ted Nugent's anti-Obama "rant" from his July 26 concert at Leach Amphitheatre in Oshkosh, Wisconsin can be seen below. "You are standing in front of the No. 1 man that the President of the United States hates more than anybody," Nugent can be heard telling the audience in the clip. "Say, 'Thank you, Uncle Ted.' You know, I really didn't do anything. I just get up in the morning and try to be the best that I can be. I put my heart and soul into being the most productive American that I can be, and the President hates that! You know why he hates me? Because he hates you. He hates hunting, he hates guns, he hates freedom. He hates people with an attitude. So fuck him." The 65-year-old Nugent has in the past referred to President Barack Obama as a "subhuman mongrel." The musician later apologized for using "street-fighter terminology" and said he wished he used "more understandable language," such as "violator of his oath to the Constitution." Back in January, Nugent spoke to Guns.com about the 2016 presidential race. He told the site: "I have obviously failed to galvanize and prod, if not shame, enough Americans to be ever vigilant, but not to let a Chicago communist-raised, communist-educated, communist-nurtured subhuman mongrel like the ACORN community organizer gangster Barack Hussein Obama to weasel his way into the top office of authority in the United States of America. I am heartbroken but I am not giving up." Earlier this month, the Coeur d'Alene Casino in Idaho canceled its August Ted Nugent show because of "racist and hate-filled remarks" that were attributed to the rocker.Nugent defended his positions on Radio.com, saying that he has been the target of an "army assigned to destroy Ted Nugent."
Video: L.A. GUNS Returns To Whisky A Go Go
Joe Dolan of JoeDolanPR.com has uploaded video footage of L.A. GUNS' July 25 performance at Whisky A Go Go in West Hollywood, California. Check it out below. The current lineup of L.A. GUNS includes singer Phil Lewis (GIRL, TORME), guitarist Michael Grant (ENDEVERAFTER, ASSASSINS), drummer Steve Riley (W.A.S.P., STEPPENWOLF) and bassist Scotty Griffin (HOOKERS 'N' BLOW, THE KING MIXERS). The band is now on tour and has scheduled performances across the U.S. throughout August and September alongside Ted Nugent, CHEAP TRICK, WINGER, THE QUIREBOYS, ENUFF Z'NUFF, GREAT WHITE, Sebastian Bach, WARRANT and TRIXTER. In January 2013, L.A. GUNS parted ways with its guitarist of one month, Frankie Wilsey (SEA HAGS, ARCADE), and replaced him with Michael Grant. Due to "extenuating circumstances and musical differences," guitarist Stacey Blades announced his departure from L.A. GUNS in December 2012. Blades played on four L.A. GUNS albums: "Rips The Covers Off" (2004), "Tales Trom The Strip" (2005), "Loud And Dangerous: Live From Hollywood" (2006) and "Hollywood Forever" (2012). He also authored a book, "Confessions Of A Replacement Rockstar", which was published in 2009.L.A. GUNS' last studio album, "Hollywood Forever", was released in June 2012 via via Cleopatra Records. The CD was recorded with legendary producer, and old friend, Andy Johns, who had previously worked with LED ZEPPELIN, THE ROLLING STONES, CINDERELLA and VAN HALEN, and who collaborated with L.A. GUNS on their previous three albums.
TNT Guitarist RONNI LE TEKRØ: 'Rock Was Just Better Before 1980'
Finland's Radio Rock recently conducted an interview with guitarist Ronni Le Tekrø of Norwegian/American hard rockers TNT. You can now watch the chat below. Asked what rock bands he listens to in his spare time, Ronni said: "It's pretty much CITY BOY, a British band from late '70s that I listen to when I listen to rock. [I don't listen to] many other bands, actually. [laughs] I have a big BEATLES collection. I think something happened with hard rock in… I don't know… '79 [or] '80, including my own shit. Rock was just better before 1980." Fan-filmed video footage of TNT's July 17 performance at On The Rocks in Helsinki, Finland can be seen below.TNT played its first official reunion show with singer Tony Harnell on January 17 at Gregers Live in Hamar, Norway. Harnell confirmed his reunion with TNT in October 2013, explaining in a statement: "After much discussion and lots of soul searching, I'm happy to officially announce that I'll be back behind the microphone with TNT. "I'm very proud of all we accomplished over the years and proud to have written and recorded all those great songs with my brother from another mother, Ronni Le Tekrø. "Sometimes it's just time to give the fans what they're asking for. "2014 is the 25th anniversary of the successful 'Intuition' album and we thought it would be a good time to get out and relaunch this little machine for you guys!" In August 2013, TNT parted ways with its frontman of the seven years, British vocalist Tony Mills (ex-SHY). He explained in a statement: "Maybe we did 500 shows or something like that, but not many out of Norway. "It has been the most prolific live period in my career, and when I felt the stagnancy and the lack of desire to grow and develop any further, I knew my time was done with the band. "I don't think it's sensible to expect new art from the band after thirty years, just a lot of re-living the past and reconstructions of old albums and performances. "None of us are getting any younger, but I have a great desire to not stop creativity in my life. I hate wasting days and singing songs from the past to satisfy old fans. "Nostalgia wasn't doing it for me. "We were never close as friends or anything like that, so there is no great loss, and I have no doubt they will reform the original lineup and just do the whole thing all over again. I wish them good luck on that. I have other releases to come that excite me much more than that." Harnell rejoined TNT on stage for their 30th-anniversary concert on June 2, 2012 at the Clarion Hotel in Trondheim, Norway. The group performed a special setlist while accompanied by the Trondheim Symphony Orchestra (Trondheim Symfoniorkester). Also making a special appearance with the band was TNT's original singer, Dag Ingebrigtsen. After leaving TNT in 2006, Harnell was replaced by Mills, who has since appeared on three studio albums from the band: 2007's "The New Territory", 2008's"Atlantis" and 2010's "A Farewell To Arms".Harnell's last release as a member of TNT was the "Live in Madrid" DVD, which came out in September 2006 via MTM Music. The set, which was filmed on April 1, 2006 in Madrid, Spain, was accompanied by an 82-minute audio CD plus booklet liner notes from Harnell about his work with the group as well as an additional tour documentary by Darren Paltrowitz. Interview:
QUEEN: 'Live At The Rainbow '74' Trailer
A trailer for the forthcoming "Queen: Live At The Rainbow '74" package can be seen below. Sunday March 31, 1974 is a landmark date in the history of rock music. It is now celebrated in the multi-format release of a rare recording made at legendary London venue The Rainbow, of a concert by a then-up-and-coming band called QUEEN. Few who turned up for that iconic performance could have predicted they would go on to become arguably the world's best and most successful rock group, although many more may have suspected it after this stunning show. Among the unique material contained in this release are over a dozen tracks never previously released on any official QUEEN live album. The release will come in CD, vinyl and standard DVD or SD Blu-ray formats available as standard releases or special limited edition sets as well as digital formats. That concert, being heard live for the first time in the soon-to-be-released "Queen: Live At The Rainbow '74", marked the culmination of the band's countrywide tour, their first as headliners — hot on the heels of a tour supporting MOTT THE HOOPLE, late in 1973, on which they were widely regarded as having blown the hit band off the stage. QUEEN got rave reviews, almost unheard of for a support band, and it was obvious that in future they would be top of the bill. The band's momentum had been building since the release of their eponymous album in July 1973 and, following their success on the MOTT tour, at the beginning of 1974 they were tipped as "Band Of The Year" in UK music paper Disc And Music Echo. Just before the March Rainbow gig, QUEEN performed their new single "Seven Seas Of Rhye" on must-see U.K. TV music show "Top Of The Pops". The highly coveted slot was a lucky break — they filled in for an absent DAVID BOWIE, who was unavailable — and the band made the most of it, delivering a thrilling performance that pushed the song into the Top 10. Although the group now had a first hit single under its belt, and second album "Queen II" had just been released to critical acclaim, many felt that playing The Rainbow was overambitious. It was the premier London venue of the time, on a par with L.A.'s Palladium and New York's Fillmore East. But the band had paid its dues, slugging it out in clubs and college halls for four years, and never doubting their own potential. The band's confidence was vindicated when the venue quickly sold out the capacity of more than 3,000 seats — with some fans paying as much as £1.20 for a ticket! QUEEN's performance was spectacular from the second that Freddie Mercury strutted onto the stage in his soon to become trademark white "eagle suit," a tight-fitting number specially made for him by top fashion designer Zandra Rhodes, which featured flowing winged sleeves. He pranced and posed, capturing the audience in seconds with his extraordinary voice and stage presence, while Brian May provided the counterpoint with his remarkable and ground-breaking guitar playing. The powerful "engine room" (as they liked to call it) of drummer Roger Taylor and bass player John Deacon completed a sound unlike anything British audiences had previously heard. Enraptured fans clapped and cheered, and gave the band a standing ovation. That electrifying show was recorded by Roy Thomas Baker, co-producer of QUEEN's first four studio albums, and slated to be the band's third album (and debut live album) — a career-defining release like JAMES BROWN's "Live At The Apollo" or THE WHO's "Live At Leeds". Intended to be a recording that captured the magic of a live band firing on all cylinders, "Queen: Live at the Rainbow '74" would undoubtedly have been a big success. But QUEEN's ferocious creative momentum produced a stack of new songs begging to be recorded and instead of releasing the live album the band went into the studio to record what was to become 1974's breakthrough album, "Sheer Heart Attack". As a result, the already completed Rainbow live album was shelved and consigned to the archives. Later in 1974 QUEEN had their first chart-topping single, "Killer Queen", which encapsulated their brand of driving rock and clever lyrics. It appeared on "Sheer Heart Attack", which was released in the autumn, was a massive hit and remains to this day many fans' favourite QUEEN album. To celebrate this success and crown a remarkable year, QUEEN returned to The Rainbow in November 1974 for two sell-out gigs that were even more spectacular than the one in March. These concerts included the typically flamboyant performance of "Now I'm Here" with which they had been wowing audiences on the tour. It featured Freddie apparently appearing in a spotlight on opposite sides of the stage almost simultaneously. The concerts received massive acclaim from fans and critics alike, and won over many who had until then doubted the band's potential. In this year, QUEEN also undertook their first concerts in Australia, USA, Sweden, Finland, Holland, Belgium and Spain. Now, a remarkable 40 years later, "Queen: Live At The Rainbow '74" has finally surfaced from the archives, providing an invaluable record of emerging superstars demonstrating their talent.QUEEN, Virgin Records and Eagle Rock Entertainment are proud to announce that "Queen: Live At The Rainbow '74" will be released on September 8, 2014 (U.K. on Virgin Records) and September 9, 2014 (U.S. through Hollywood Records) in a variety of formats all newly mixed and mastered to the highest contemporary standard. These range from a standard two CD package, a DVD, an SD Blu-ray, a gate-fold double vinyl (including an audio reproduction of the aforementioned original live album), a quadruple vinyl boxed set, to a super deluxe collector's edition. This comprehensive and fascinating package includes two CDs, a DVD and Blu-ray, a 60-page hardback book containing many rare photographs, and various items of memorabilia such as reproductions of the tickets, show souvenir programme and poster, as well as material from the band members' personal archives. Vinyl and super deluxe formats are released as limited editions. These recordings capture QUEEN at that time in all their glory: the dramatic stage presence, the highly original self-penned repertoire of songs, high-energy performances coupled with stunning melodic and harmonic content, and the uncompromising perfectionist approach to every aspect of their performance which is still maintained to this day.QUEEN dazzled their audiences in 1974 with an unforgettable show delivered with a skill and confidence which belied their youth. The tape machines were rolling, capturing the highly electric performances. Now, to mark the 40th anniversary of these legendary shows, here, finally, is "Queen: Live At The Rainbow '74"— lovingly restored, edited, mixed and digitally mastered, and including much footage never previously seen. It is a collection every QUEEN fan will want to possess."Queen: Live At The Rainbow '74" package details Package one * One CD featuring the November show Package two * Two CD digipack, with one CD featuring the March show and the second CD featuring the November show Package three * DVD or SD Blu-Ray of the November show with four “bonus” tracks from March Package four (released in North America only) * SD Blu-Ray & CD combo box Package five * 2 Vinyl – Limited-edition gatefold double vinyl package, with one LP featuring an audio reproduction of the original March show live album and the other LP featuring highlights from the November show. Package six * 4 Vinyl – Limited-edition four-vinyl-LP boxed set, two LPs featuring the March show and two featuring the November show Package seven * Super Deluxe Box – Limited-edition Super Deluxe lidded boxed set package containing: 1) Two CDs, one CD featuring the March show and the second CD featuring the November show 2) A DVD and SD Blu-ray of the November show with four "bonus" tracks from March 3) A 60-page hardback book containing lots of previously unseen photographs, and (among other items), reproductions of two reviews, one from The Times and one from Disc And Music Echo. A series of four articles from the latter publication is also included. 4) Reproductions of two tickets from the March concert (those actually used by Brian's parents) 5) A reproduction of the tour itinerary folder for the March concert from promoter Mel Bush, including a letter instructing the band not to trash the hotel room or there will be dire consequences! 6) A reproduction of the 8-page show souvenir brochure 7) Two button badges — reproductions of items available at the concert 8) A reproduction of the purple and gold March concert poster 9) A reproduction of a fashion shoot in The Telegraph magazine, featuring the band with fashion models. 10) A reproduction of the sticker stage pass from the March concert"Queen Live At The Rainbow" will also be available as one disc and two-disc eAlbum."Queen: Live At The Rainbow '74" track listings: One CD: Sheer Heart Attack Tour - Live at the Rainbow, November '74 01. Procession 02. Now I'm Here 03. Ogre Battle 04. Father To Son 05. White Queen (As It Began) 06. Flick Of The Wrist 07. In The Lap Of The Gods 08. Killer Queen 09. The March Of The Black Queen 10. Bring Back That Leroy Brown 11. Son And Daughter 12. Guitar Solo 13. Son And Daughter (Reprise) 14. Keep Yourself Alive 15. Drum Solo 16. Keep Yourself Alive (Reprise) 17. Seven Seas Of Rhye 18. Stone Cold Crazy 19. Liar 20. In The Lap Of The Gods… Revisited 21. Big Spender 22. Modern Times Rock 'n' Roll 23. Jailhouse Rock 24. God Save The Queen Two CD digipack and four-vinyl LP boxed set: CD 1 Queen II Tour - Live at the Rainbow, March '74 01. Procession 02. Father To Son 03. Ogre Battle 04. Son And Daughter 05. Guitar Solo 06. Son And Daughter (Reprise) 07. White Queen (As It Began) 08. Great King Rat 09. The Fairy Feller's Master-Stroke 10. Keep Yourself Alive 11. Drum Solo 12. Keep Yourself Alive (Reprise) 13. Seven Seas Of Rhye 14. Modern Times Rock 'n' Roll 15. Jailhouse Rock (Medley) / Stupid Cupid (Medley) / Be Bop A Lula (Medley) 16. Liar 17. See What A Fool I've Been CD 2 Sheer Heart Attack Tour - Live at the Rainbow, November '74 01. Procession 02. Now I'm Here 03. Ogre Battle 04. Father To Son 05. White Queen (As It Began) 06. Flick Of The Wrist 07. In The Lap Of The Gods 08. Killer Queen 09. The March Of The Black Queen 10. Bring Back That Leroy Brown 11. Son And Daughter 12. Guitar Solo 13. Son And Daughter (Reprise) 14. Keep Yourself Alive 15. Drum Solo 16. Keep Yourself Alive (Reprise) 17. Seven Seas Of Rhye 18. Stone Cold Crazy 19. Liar 20. In The Lap Of The Gods… Revisited 21. Big Spender 22. Modern Times Rock 'n' Roll 23. Jailhouse Rock 24. God Save The Queen Standard DVD and SD Blu-Ray: Sheer Heart Attack Tour - Live at the Rainbow, November '74 01. Procession 02. Now I'm Here 03. Ogre Battle 04. Father To Son 05. White Queen (As It Began) 06. Flick Of The Wrist 07. In The Lap Of The Gods 08. Killer Queen 09. The March Of The Black Queen 10. Bring Back That Leroy Brown 11. Son And Daughter 12. Guitar Solo 13. Son And Daughter (Reprise) 14. Keep Yourself Alive 15. Drum Solo 16. Keep Yourself Alive (Reprise) 17. Seven Seas Of Rhye 18. Stone Cold Crazy 19. Liar 20. In The Lap Of The Gods… Revisited 21. Big Spender 22. Modern Times Rock 'n' Roll 23. Jailhouse Rock 24. God Save The Queen Bonus tracks Queen II Tour - Live at the Rainbow, March '74 01. Son And Daughter 02. Guitar Solo 03. Son And Daughter (Reprise) 04. Modern Times Rock 'n' Roll Double Vinyl LP Package: Queen II Tour - Live at the Rainbow, March '74 01. Procession 02. Father To Son 03. Ogre Battle 04. Son And Daughter 05. Guitar Solo 06. Son And Daughter (Reprise) 07. Keep Yourself Alive 08. Drum Solo 09. Keep Yourself Alive (Reprise) 10. Seven Seas Of Rhye 11. Modern Times Rock 'n' Roll 12. Liar Sheer Heart Attack Tour - Live at the Rainbow, November '74 01. Procession 02. Now I'm Here 03. White Queen (As It Began) 04. Flick Of The Wrist 05. In The Lap Of The Gods 06. Killer Queen 07. The March Of The Black Queen 08. Bring Back That Leroy Brown 09. Stone Cold Crazy 10. In The Lap Of The Gods… Revisited
On July 25, Mike Bax of Lithium Magazine conducted an interview with drummer Paul Mazurkiewicz of Florida death metallers CANNIBAL CORPSE backstage at the Molson Canadian Amphitheatre, in Toronto, Ontario, Canada during this year's Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival. You can now watch the chat below.CANNIBAL CORPSE will release its new album, "A Skeletal Domain", on September 16 via Metal Blade Records. The CANNIBAL CORPSE collective — vocalist George "Corpsegrinder" Fisher, bassist Alex Webster, guitarists Pat O'Brien and Rob Barrett and drummer Paul Mazurkiewicz— approaches each recording session with a honed and precise vision of a band in their third decade of existence. With this new entry to their extensive catalog, they've switched gears, opting to work with producer Mark Lewis (THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER, DEVILDRIVER) at Audiohammer Studios in Sanford, Florida, after having tracked their previous three outings ("Kill", "Evisceration Plague", "Torture") with Erik Rutan. Boasting twelve-ominous tracks in forty-four spine-fraying minutes, the result is a massive, belligerent, and deliberate aural attack that finds the band at their peak of their notoriously hyper-kinetic, meticulously executed brutality. Preparation for "A Skeletal Domain" did not vary significantly from previous efforts. "At the end of the day, we're still making a death metal record, no matter where it's being recorded," relays Webster. Mark Lewis offered a slightly different, modern recording approach, but the band stressed that they could not be more pleased with their previous albums with Rutan, and the door is most definitely open to work with him again in the future. Changing producers is something the band has historically done after every few albums, if only to not get too comfortable. CANNIBAL CORPSE also tried to step outside of their comfort zone when it came to songwriting and their musical performances. "Consistency is often confused with repetition. We are established with what we do as a band, and we could relax and not push ourselves, but we try to push the envelope. That's what makes this exciting," Webster adds. "Anyone who really listens to this album with an open mind will hear that it's not same-old same-old." Mark Lewis would concur with Webster's analysis and even goes a step further by claiming that "there are moments on this record that have never happened in musical history." "A Skeletal Domain" track listing for the CD is as follows: 01. High Velocity Impact Spatter 02. Sadistic Embodiment 03. Kill Or Become 04. A Skeletal Domain 05. Headlong Into Carnage 06. The Murderer's Pact 07. Funeral Cremation 08. Icepick Lobotomy 09. Vector Of Cruelty 10. Bloodstained Cement 11. Asphyxiate To Resuscitate 12. Hollowed Bodies The song "Sadistic Embodiment" can be streamed below. Regarding the musical direction of the new CANNIBAL CORPSE material, Webster told Metal Wani: "I think it's… a dark-sounding album. Which, you know, it's a death metal album, so, of course, it should be kind of dark and eerie sounding anyway, but I think this one a little more than normal. That was kind of the direction the songwriting went in. Pat [O'Brien, guitar] actually wrote a lot on this album. This will be the first album where Pat wrote more songs than anyone else. He's really been super motivated, and he's been writing some great, great material that we're all really excited about. And some of it, it's very evil-sounding stuff. So I think our fans will be very happy. There's nothing on here that's even a million miles close to being a sellout, you know what I mean?! It's definitely full-on evil death metal. I think everyone will enjoy it."
ALICE IN CHAINS: Interview Clip From 'Guitar Center Sessions'
Guitar Center, the world's largest retailer of musical instruments and equipment, and DirecTV, one of the world's leading providers of digital television entertainment services, will spotlight ALICE IN CHAINS in the award-winning music series Guitar Center Sessions on August 3 on DirecTV's Audience Network (Channel 239). Guitar Center Sessions features exclusive performances and intimate, enlightening conversations conducted by revered musical tastemaker Nic Harcourt. A clip of the ALICE IN CHAINS members talking about their "second chapter" as part of Guitar Center Sessions can be seen below.Guitar Center Sessions presented by JBL began airing Sunday, May 4. Now in its landmark eighth season, Guitar Center Sessions has been tuned into more than 15 million times since December, and is moving to an exciting new Sunday night time slot, airing inspiring performances each week at 8 p.m. exclusively on on DirecTV's Audience Network (Channel 239). It all kicked off with Seattle rock band SOUNDGARDEN performing songs that span their entire catalog. This episode, among others this season, was filmed live at South By Southwest (SXSW), on a rooftop perched high above the crowds with Austin's majestic skyline as a backdrop. "We are incredibly proud to present our viewers with yet another season of Guitar Center Sessions," said Dustin Hinz, director of music and entertainment marketing for Guitar Center. "Season 8 brings to life the stories, songs and journeys of a remarkable lineup of iconic and influential artists. Filming live at one of the world's biggest music festivals was the perfect way to celebrate both Guitar Center's 50th anniversary and the success Guitar Center Sessions has seen over the past 72 episodes." "DirecTV's Audience Network is honored to host another season of Guitar Center Sessions," said Chris Long, SVP original content and production, DirecTV. "We're excited to air an amazing showcase from this year's SXSW and to bring our customers another incredible lineup of talent in Season 8.""Guitar Center Sessions" captures exclusive live performances and interviews from noteworthy and influential artists in stunning hi-definition and 5.1 Surround Sound in Guitar Center's iconic location on Sunset Boulevard in Hollywood. In addition to show-stopping performances, each episode features intimate interviews conducted by renowned journalist Nic Harcourt, offering rare insights into the celebrated careers of these icons and the inspirations behind their music. "Guitar Center Sessions" is but one example of the music retailer's efforts to support artists by creating new avenues to expose their music to large audiences in an ever-changing music industry.
OPETH's FREDRIK ÅKESSON: Backstage At U.K.'s DOWNLOAD Festival (Video)
Guitarist Fredrik Åkesson of Swedish progressive metallers OPETH spoke to Roadrunner Records at this year's Download festival, which took place June 13-15 at Donington Park in Leicestershire, United Kingdom. You can now watch the chat below.OPETH's highly anticipated eleventh studio album, "Pale Communion", will be released on August 26 via Roadrunner Records. The cover artwork was once again created by Travis Smith— with art direction by Åkerfeldt."Pale Communion", which was produced by Åkerfeldt and mixed by longtime collaborator and PORCUPINE TREE frontman/guitarist Steven Wilson, was heralded by the lead single "Cusp Of Eternity". Pre-orders for "Pale Communion" made via the iTunes Store will receive an instant download of "Cusp Of Eternity" as well as a second album track, to be released on July 15, with multiple configurations also available via both the Roadrunner Records webstore and O Merch. In a recent interview with Noisey, Åkerfeldt stated about "Pale Communion": "Normally when I start writing for a record, I'm a bit nervous. You don't know whether or not you're going to be able to come up with something that you like or come up with something at all, to be honest. I was inspired because pretty early on, I wrote a song on the new album — the last song on there, which I ended up being really happy with. So I had some type of guidelines which was more melody, I think." He continued: "[2011's] 'Heritage' was somewhat deliberately fucked up all over the place because I love fucked-up-all-over-the-place-type music, but I wanted to do something more melodic with this album, so there's stronger vocal melodies and more melodies overall for this album. I was pretty consistent with that frame of mind throughout the writing process, so at least I had a plan with this album, and I normally don't, to be honest."
Contract dispute delays 'Big Bang' production

This publicity image released by CBS shows, from left, Kunal Nayyar, Johnny Galecki, Jim Parsons and Simon Helberg in a scene from "The Big Bang Theory." Production on a new season of "The Big Bang Theory" is being delayed due to a contract dispute with its top actors. The Warner Brothers Television studio, which makes television's most popular comedy for CBS, said that Wednesday's scheduled first day of work after the summer hiatus has been postponed. The series is heading into its eighth season, and the studio is trying to hammer out new deals with actors Jim Parsons, Johnny Galecki, Kaley Cuoco, Simon Helberg and Kunal Nayyar. (AP Photo/CBS, Monty Brinton, FIle)NEW YORK (AP) — Production on a new season of "The Big Bang Theory" is being delayed because of a contract dispute with its top actors.

Lollapalooza marks a decade in Chicago

FILE - This Aug. 4, 2013 file photo shows a Lollapalooza balloon at the Lollapalooza Festival in Grant Park in Chicago. Lollapalooza marks its 10th anniversary in Chicago when it opens for three days starting Friday, Aug. 1, 2014, with a lineup including Eminem, Outkast and Kings of Leon. Lollapalooza became the basis for the modern festival culture and circuit that has evolved since, including events like Bonnaroo, Coachella and a legion of smaller multi-day parties. (AP Photo/Scott Eisen, File)CHICAGO (AP) — Once the vagabond of the music festival and touring circuit, Lollapalooza marks its 10th anniversary in Chicago when it opens for three days starting Friday with a lineup including Eminem, Outkast and Kings of Leon.

Allison Williams headed skyward as NBC's Peter Pan

FILE - This May 5, 2014 file photo shows Allison Williams at The Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute benefit gala celebrating "Charles James: Beyond Fashion," in New York. NBC announced Wednesday, July 30, that Williams will play the boy who refused to grow up in NBC's new staging of "Peter Pan Live!" The live telecast of this musical classic will air Dec. 4. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP, File)NEW YORK (AP) — NBC has picked its Peter Pan: high-flying "Girls" star Allison Williams.

Jesse Ventura's image and legal battles not over

former Minnesota Gov. Jesse VenturaMINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Former Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura got the legal vindication he craved when a jury agreed he had been defamed in slain military sniper Chris Kyle's autobiography.

Fitz and The Tantrums headline US Open ceremony

This handout provided by the United States Tennis Association shows Noelle Scaggs, left, and Fitz, of Fitz and the Tantrums, posed on the observation deck of the Empire State Building in New York. Fitz and The Tantrums and 3 Winans Brothers will be the headlining acts for the opening ceremony at the U.S. Open tennis tournament, scheduled for Aug. 25, 2014. (AP Photo/USTA, Jennifer Pottheiser)NEW YORK (AP) — Fitz and The Tantrums and 3 Winans Brothers will be the headlining acts for the opening ceremony at the U.S. Open tennis tournament.

Killer of Kelsey Grammer's sister denied parole

FILE - This June 25, 2014 file photo shows actor Kelsey Grammer at the premiere of "Transformers: Age of Extinction" in New York. Grammer testified against the release of Freddie Glenn who is serving a life sentence for the first-degree murder of his sister Karen Elisa Grammer in 1975. Glenn was convicted of killing Karen Elisa Grammer after kidnapping her from a Colorado Springs Red Lobster restaurant where she worked in 1975. He also was convicted of killing two men in separate slayings. A prison spokeswoman said Wednesday, July 30, 2014 that Glenn’s parole request has been denied for now. (Photo by Andy Kropa/Invision/AP, File)DENVER (AP) — A man who raped and killed Kelsey Grammer's sister nearly 40 years ago has been denied parole after the actor testified against his release.

Rabe, Wolcott, Bidart among winners of PEN awards
NEW YORK (AP) — Playwright David Rabe, journalist and critic James Wolcott and poet Frank Bidart are among this year's winners of awards given out by the PEN American Center, the literary and human rights organization.
ESPN suspends Smith for comments on abuse

FILE - In this Saturday, Dec. 12, 2009 file photo, Stephen A. Smith arrives at Spike TV's Video Game Awards in Los Angeles. ESPN says it has suspended sportscaster Stephen A. Smith, Tuesday, July 29, 2014 for a week because of comments about domestic abuse suggesting women should make sure they don't provoke attacks. (AP Photo/Matt Sayles, File)NEW YORK (AP) — ESPN has suspended outspoken sportscaster Stephen A. Smith for a week because of his comments about domestic abuse suggesting women should make sure that they don't do anything to provoke an attack.

Lawyers for Hollywood sex-abuse accuser want out
HONOLULU (AP) — Lawyers for a former child model accusing 'X-Men' director Bryan Singer of sex abuse said Tuesday they want to get off the case because their relationship with the accuser has deteriorated.
Prison for fraudster who lied about booking Bieber
NEW YORK (AP) — A New York man who stole millions of dollars from clients by falsely promising to book performances by world-famous recording artists like Rihanna, Lady Gaga and Justin Bieber has been sentenced to five to 10 years in prison.
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