Video: BLAZE BAYLEY Goes 'Unplugged' In Prague
Fan-filmed video footage of British heavy metal vocalist Blaze Bayley (IRON MAIDEN, WOLFSBANE) performing an "unplugged" set on April 16 in Prague, Czech Republic can be seen below.
The 51-year-old Bayley, who was born in Birmingham, was the original frontman in WOLFSBANE, but left in 1994 to join MAIDEN, with whom he recorded two studio albums — 1995's "The X Factor" 1998's and "Virtual XI"— before Bruce Dickinson returned to the group.Bayley released a career-spanning double-disc collection, "Soundtracks Of My Life", on October 31, 2013.
The singer's latest studio album, "The King Of Metal", was released in March 2012. The CD was recorded at Fear Studio in Ravenna, Italy.
Asked about the progress of the songwriting sessions for his next studio album, Blaze told Angel last November: "I'm working on it bit by bit. I absolutely don't wanna rush it. I want it to evolve the same way that 'Silicon Messiah'  did and 'Blood & Belief'  did and 'The Man Who Would Not Die' . Those albums all were really solid, because they evolved. We wrote things, we went back, we polished, we tried… we decided what to leave off and what to make the most of. So the next one, I've worked it out so I could do it when I want. It can come out [in 2015], or it can come out in 2016."
He continued: "I've got a few ideas for it. It's probably gonna be a concept album. And we'll see how it goes, really. The most important thing is that it must have some absolutely standout songs. I've kind of set myself the goal of I wanna write at least equal to the best songs I've ever written and hopefully stuff that will really, really come to life… I want something that will live on, really. 'Cause it seems to me that 'Silicon Messiah' has got a life and lived and breathed more than I ever thought it would. I was just making an album at the time. [I was trying] to get an album out after IRON MAIDEN, so I would still have a career."
U2 Fans Get TOOL EP Instead of 'Songs of Innocence' on Vinyl
According to The Pulse Of Radio, an undetermined number of U2 fans in the U.K. who picked up a vinyl copy of the band's latest album, "Songs Of Innocence", as a Record Store Day exclusive on Saturday (April 18) got a surprise: instead of getting the Irish supergroup's current effort, they instead found themselves in possession of a copy of TOOL's 1992 debut EP, "Opiate"— which wasn't even part of the Record Store Day lineup of items.
The error was reported by several users on Twitter, which led to one person joking, "I can see why U2 fans feel shortchanged getting a TOOL EP instead of their U2 album. They normally get four tools for the price of one."
It's not clear how many copies of the U2 album were affected, but one U.K. label manager said "a good chunk" were "sleeved at the wrong pressing plant.""Songs Of Innocence" was released last fall and was initially issued as a free download into every iTunes account in the world.
The backlash against what many perceived as an unwanted intrusion into their iTunes accounts led Apple and U2 to apologize, with the former issuing instructions on how to remove the album from one's account.
There's no word yet on how fans can exchange or return their copies of the TOOL EP, although such pressings have been known to become collector's items.
Video: JOE LYNN TURNER Performs RAINBOW Classics With DYNAZTY
Fan-filmed video footage of legendary hard rock singer Joe Lynn Turner (RAINBOW, DEEP PURPLE, YNGWIE MALMSTEEN) performing several RAINBOW classics with Swedish rockers DYNAZTY on April 20 in Aschaffenburg, Germany can be seen below.Joe Lynn Turner recently claimed that his long-awaited reunion with RAINBOW leader Ritchie Blackmore will finally take place this year — even though previous attempts to bring the two back together were unsuccessful.
Joe was the singer of RAINBOW between 1980 and 1984 and he sang on the album "Difficult To Cure", which featured the band's most successful U.K. single, "I Surrender".
During Turner's time with RAINBOW, the band had its first USA chart success and recorded songs that helped define the melodic rock genre.
Speaking after his solo show in London, the singer told Classic Rock magazine: "[Ritchie is] itching to do some rocking, and we're going to get together in the fall.
"Ritchie is really, really ready to rock. He still has the chops, too."
He continued: "I'm not sure if it's going to be a RAINBOW reunion, or a bunch of remakes — which I detest, because you can't improve on perfection. But that's what's happening."
According to Turner, previous attempts to put RAINBOW back together fell apart because Blackmore wanted to focus on his band BLACKMORE'S NIGHT, which is fronted by the guitarist's wife, Candice Night.
"We had multi-million dollar deals set up with Live Nation," Joe recalled. "A 60-day tour to start with, HD 3D movie, everything — and then he had to finish [a BLACKMORE'S NIGHT] album."
After Blackmore's final departure from DEEP PURPLE in 1993, he resurrected RAINBOW before focusing exclusively on BLACKMORE'S NIGHT.
NELSON: New Song 'Rockstar' Available For Streaming
The new NELSON song "Rockstar" can be streamed in the YouTube clip below.
In their 25 years as a musical duo, Gunnar and Matthew Nelson, collectively known simply as NELSON, have grown from pop music idols to seasoned songwriters and performers. Now, as the brothers celebrate a quarter century at the forefront of the international music scene, they return with "Peace Out", their most ambitious studio album to date.
Released in Europe on May 15 and North America on May 19 by Frontiers Music Srl, "Peace Out" marks a return to the well-crafted pop songs that put the band at the top of the Billboard charts in the 1990s. From the anthemic "Invincible" to the rollicking soon-to-be pop classic "Back In The Day", "Peace Out" is quintessential NELSON from start to finish.
"We set a pretty high standard with our previous release with Frontiers— 'Lightning Strikes Twice'," says Gunnar Nelson. "That record received by far the most critical acclaim of any NELSON record to date. 'Peace Out' was expected to be even BETTER, so the goal was to push ourselves to the very limit — past what we believed we could do. We wanted to write and record the most exciting, authentic, uplifting, and rockin' NELSON record ever made! The mission: to make a classic."
The brothers have always had their work cut out for themselves, being the third generation in one of America's most celebrated entertainment families, who came into U.S. households every week from 1952 through 1966 on the ABC sitcom "The Adventures of Ozzie & Harriet". Their grandfather, Ozzie Nelson, was a celebrated big band leader, whose orchestra featured their grandmother, Harriet; and their late father, Ricky, was one of rock 'n' roll's earliest superstars, a member of the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame, and generally credited with creating the country-rock format.
When the Nelson twins burst onto the music scene with the Billboard No. 1 hit "(I Can't Live Without Your) Love & Affection", in 1990, they set a Guinness World Record by being the only family to have three generations of No. 1 hits on the charts! NELSON went on to release a half dozen rock albums selling nearly 7 million records, beginning with the multi-platinum "After The Rain". "Peace Out" marks NELSON's fourth release on Frontiers since 2010.
Look for NELSON to embark on a world tour upon the album's release. "We're putting the live show together as we speak... And it will incorporate the very best live songs from our career... Focusing heavily on the 'Peace Out' album," says Gunnar.
"Peace Out" track listing:
01. Hello Everybody
02. Back In The Day
04. Let It Ride
05. I Wanna Stay Home
06. On The Bright Side
09. What's Not To Love?
10. You And Me
11. Bad For You
12. Leave The Light On For Me
MEGADETH's DAVE MUSTAINE: KIKO LOUREIRO Is 'Definitely The Best Guitarist We've Ever Had'
According to MEGADETH mainman Dave Mustaine, Kiko Loureiro finished laying down all the acoustic guitar parts for the band's fifteenth album on Monday, April 20. Mustaine added in a tweet: "[Kiko is] definitely the best guitarist we've ever had."Mustaine's latest comments echo those he made about MEGADETH's previous guitarist, Chris Broderick, during the latter's tenure in the band. In a tweet made almost exactly two years ago (March 7, 2013) during the making of MEGADETH's "Super Collider" album, Mustaine wrote: "Chris has finished 'Super Collider' ... All I can say is he is without a doubt the best guitarist I've ever played with."
Back in 2009, Mustaine praised Broderick, saying in an online post: "I am going on record and I am saying unequivocally that Chris is THE BEST GUITARIST MEGADETH has ever had. And the real talented musicians in MEGADETH's alumni will agree, he is an absolute monster. I mean, he plays the catalog better than anyone did. Jeff Young never wanted to do Chris Poland's stuff, and so on, and so on, until the last guitarist we had before we disbanded over my arm injury."Mustaine added: "It's funny, because just when I think [Broderick] can get no more outrageous, or any more thrilling with the guitar solos, he comes up with something really beautiful like Marty Friedman would do (he has Marty pretty well down pat), and then goes into the GIT styles that Jeff Young did, yet, there is still such a freshness to his playing and he is so raw, it's like having a new prize bull. And even though he ain't a such a young bull, he's definitely an old bull like me."MEGADETH's new album is being recorded at Lattitude Studio South in Leiper's Fork, Tennessee for a tentative late 2015 release.MEGADETH announced on April 2 that Loureiro had joined the Dave Mustaine-led group as the replacement for Broderick. Mustaine said in a statement: "I first met Kiko around eight years ago for a cover shoot for Burrn! magazine. I had no idea who he was, other than the fact he was tremendously talented and that the staff from Burrn! held him in high regard. Since then, I've come to see what a guitar virtuoso he is, and I'm deeply encouraged by his depth and talent."
He continued: "Very few MEGADETH alumni have had the same feel and ability as Kiko."
In addition to Mustaine, Loureiro and bassist David Ellefson, the recording lineup for MEGADETH's forthcoming album includes LAMB OF GOD drummer Chris Adler.
COURTNEY LOVE Says She And KURT COBAIN Made Sex Tape
According to The Pulse Of Radio, Courtney Love admitted at the Tribeca Film Festival on Sunday (April 19) that she and her late husband, NIRVANA frontman Kurt Cobain, made a sex tape together. Love's revelation came during a question-and-answer session following the festival premiere of "Montage Of Heck", director Brett Morgen's documentary about Cobain. Love, who gave Morgen unrestricted access to video and audio recordings from her and Cobain's personal archives, said, "Somehow Brett found the sex tape. Everyone makes one sex tape once in their lives."Love also revealed during the talk that other intimate footage of her and Cobain was shot by HOLE guitarist Eric Erlandson, who was Love's boyfriend before Cobain. She told the audience, "Eric would come over to our house and shoot really intimate stuff with me and Kurt."Love has been seen as a dark figure in Cobain's life, but Cobain biographer Charles R. Cross told The Pulse Of Radio a while back that their relationship was a complex one. "I think one of the difficulties is that they had a very… you know, they had a marriage that sometimes was good for each of them and many times was bad for each of them. But Kurt picked Courtney, and she picked him, and he clearly loved her from things that I read in the diary. But was she good for him? I think the answer is sometimes she was and sometimes she wasn't."Morgen turned to Love at one point during the Q&A and said that it was "completely courageous of you" to give him so much access to their personal materials.Love, who has seen the film four times, told V magazine recently that watching the film with her and Cobain's daughter Frances was a "very healing" experience."Kurt Cobain: Montage Of Heck" will premiere on HBO on May 4. The film is constructed as a collage of previously unseen home movies, interviews, animation, photographs and other artifacts, all accompanied by Cobain's music.
TOM HUNTING Reveals 'Most Extreme Country' EXODUS Has Ever Played In PureGrainAudio.com ran through some of its "Most Extreme" questions with drummer Tom Hunting of San Francisco Bay Area thrash metallers EXODUS when the band played in Toronto, Ontario, Canada on April 15. You can now watch the chat below.
Asked what the "most extreme country" is that EXODUS has ever played, Hunting responded: "A couple of summers ago, we went through Eastern Europe, and we did Macedonia, Romania, Bosnia… basically, all the countries that have a 'ia' at the end of them. We rode a ferry up this river — I think it was going to Romania from some other 'ia' country — and we got on this little river ferry, and the bus wouldn't quite fit on it, so they had to leave the back thing down. And we were, like, 'This is crazy.' And the toilet on the thing had… it was just like a pipe that went straight out to the river. And when you flush it, you could watch everything just go into the river. We had kids born during the Bosnian war that are metal fans now that… One guy had a prosthetic leg, and he was, like, taking pictures, holding up his leg and shit. We would totally go back there in a minute. But, I mean, never in my life did I think I'd be sipping a cappuccino in the middle of Bosnia. One of the guys in an opening band did almost get mugged that night, too, by the way."EXODUS and TESTAMENT have joined forces for the "Dark Roots Of Thrash II" tour. The trek is conquering North America for five weeks, beginning April 1 in San Francisco, and includes select TESTAMENT and EXODUS festival performances. Support on the tour is coming from Texas melodic metal assailants SHATTERED SUN.EXODUS's latest album, "Blood In Blood Out", sold around 8,800 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 38 on The Billboard 200 chart. Released in North America on October 14, 2014 via Nuclear Blast, the CD art was illustrated by Swedish artist Pär Olofsson, known worldwide for his incredible renderings that have graced the covers of countless heavy metal albums, including EXODUS' "Let There Be Blood"."Blood In Blood Out" is EXODUS' first album since the departure of the band's lead singer of the past nine years, Rob Dukes, and the return of his predecessor, Steve "Zetro" Souza, who previously fronted EXODUS from 1986 to 1993 and from 2002 to 2004.
IRON MAIDEN's 'Alexander The Great' Covered Using Classical Instruments IRON ENSEMBLE is a septet from Greece consisting of a harp, piano, guitar, two violins, viola, violoncello and contrabasso. The band, which covers IRON MAIDEN songs in a unique way, has just released its first single, "Alexander The Great". The CD single includes a 10-minute version of "Alexander The Great", plus the same song divided in six parts, as a suite (total running time: more than 20 minutes). The eight-page booklet includes artwork by Tommy Pons as a foldout poster.
The second part of "Alexander The Great" can be streamed in the YouTube clip below.IRON ENSEMBLE is:Dimitris Aggelidis: violinCostas Panagiotidis: violinAli Basegmezler (session): violaDimitris Travlos: violoncelloDimitris Kamarianakis: contrabassoElias Koskoris: guitar, solo arrangementsMary Tassouli: harp, piano, orchestration
For more information, visit www.ironensemble.com.
The original version of "Alexander The Great" appears on IRON MAIDEN's 1986 album "Somewhere In Time".
Asked in a radio interview a few years ago why IRON MAIDEN has never played "Alexander The Great" live, singer Bruce Dickinson answered, "Because Adrian [Smith, guitar] can't remember the guitar solo!" While Dickinson may have been joking, he did go on to say that, when the song was originally written, they put the solo through a load of then-very-advanced music computer wizardry, and it just couldn't figure out the time signature.
TEENAGE TIME KILLERS Feat. DAVE GROHL, COREY TAYLOR, RANDY BLYTHE: 'Greatest Hits Vol. 1' Due In July
Following months of speculation, anticipation and outright misinformation, a July 31 release date has been set for TEENAGE TIME KILLERS' "Greatest Hits Vol. 1" on Rise Records. Pre-orders being taken now via iTunes include the instant grat track "Hung Out To Dry", which you can preview below.
The long-gestating brainchild of CORROSION OF CONFORMITY founder/drummer Reed Mullin, guitarist Mick Murphy (MY RUIN, THE BIRDS OF SATAN) and producer John "Lou" Lousteau, TEENAGE TIME KILLERS' "Greatest Hits Vol. 1" is 20 concise seismic shocks created by an all-star line up of punk and metal legends spanning decades. Joining Reed on drums and Mick on guitar on the album's 20 mostly original tracks and few covers of underground classics (including the RUDIMENTARY PENI deep cut that inspired the project's title) includes:
* Jello Biafra of DEAD KENNEDYS
* Randy Blythe of LAMB OF GOD
* Dave Grohl and Pat Smear of FOO FIGHTERS
* Nick Oliveri
* Matt Skiba of ALKALINE TRIO
* Corey Taylor of SLIPKNOT and STONE SOUR
* Tommy Victor of PRONG and DANZIG
* Lee Ving of FEAR
* Mike "IX" Williams of EYEHATEGOD
* Mike Dean and Woody Weatherman of CORROSION OF CONFORMITY
* Karl Agell of CORROSION OF CONFORMITY
* Phil Rind of SACRED REICH
* Neil Fallon of CLUTCH
All instrumental tracks on "Greatest Hits Vol. 1" were recorded at Grohl's 606 Studios in Northridge, California. The album was produced by John "Lou" Lousteau, Reed Mullin and Mick Murphy, engineered and mixed by John "Lou" Lousteau at 606."Greatest Hits Vol. 1" track listing with guest credits:
Vocals: Reed Mullin
Featuring Pat Hoed (Bass), London May (Drums)
02. "Crowned By The Light Of The Sun"
Vocals: Neil Fallon
Featuring Jim Rota (Guitar), Dave Grohl (Bass)
03. "Hung Out to Dry"
Vocals: Randy Blythe
Featuring Mike Schaefer (Guitar), Dave Grohl (Bass)
04. "Power Outage"
Vocals: Clifford Dinsmore
Featuring Dave Grohl (Bass)
05. "Ode to Hannity"
Vocals: Jello Biafra
Featuring Mike Dean (Bass)
Vocals: Matt Skiba
Featuring Brian Baker (Guitar)
07. "The Dead Hand"
Vocals: Reed Mullin
Featuring Woody Weatherman (Guitar), Dave Grohl (Bass)
Vocals: Corey Taylor
Featuring Dave Grohl (Bass)
09. "Plank Walk"
Vocals: Pete Stahl
Featuring Greg Anderson (Guitar), Dave Grohl (Bass)
10. "Time To Die"
Vocals: Mike IX Williams
Featuring Greg Anderson (Guitar)
11. "Days Of Degradation"
Vocals: Tommy Victor
Featuring Dave Grohl (Bass)
Vocals: Tairrie B. Murphy
Featuring Dave Grohl (Bass)
13. "Big Money"
Vocals: Lee Ving
Featuring Pat Smear (Guitar & Bass), London May (Drums)
14. "Devil In This House"
Vocals: Karl Agell
Featuring Dave Grohl (Bass)
15. "Say Goodnight To The Acolyte"
Vocals: Phil Rind
Featuring Jason Browning (Guitar), Dave Grohl (Bass)
16. "Ignorant People"
Vocals: Tony Foresta
Featuring Greg Anderson (Guitar), Nick Oliveri (Bass)
17. "Son Of An Immigrant"
Vocals: Johnny Weber
Featuring Brian Baker (Guitar)
18. "Your Empty Soul"
Vocals: Aaron Beam
19. "Bleeding To Death"
Vocals: Vic Bondi
Featuring Dave Grohl (Bass)
20. "Teenage Time Killer"
Vocals: Trenton Rogers
Featuring Greg Anderson (Guitar), Pat Hoed (Bass)
Asked if there are any plans for TEENAGE TIME KILLER to go on the road in support of the upcoming CD, Mullin told INDY Week: "Touring, I don't know. Dave Grohl's folks — his management and marketing people — are going to help us do all that with the thing. We recorded about 98 percent of it at his studio. They were talking about — since there's so many people from so many different bands — maybe do something like '[Jimmy] Kimmel [Live!]' and have three or four different singers come out at one time, like Jello and Lee Ving, maybe Randy from LAMB OF GOD, something like that. All the songs are real short, so we could do, easily, four songs and not go over. But you know, we'd have Brian Baker come out and play guitar, Pat Smear play bass or guitar or whatever. It's pretty star-studded."
He added: "It sounds really organic. It sounds like we — the people that we associated with for the different songs — wrote the songs together."
Back in May 2013, Blythe posted an Instagram photo of him with Dean and Mullin in the studio and described his contribution to TEENAGE TIME KILLER, a track called "Hung Out To Dry", as "old-school C.O.C.-style thrash punk."
MÖTLEY CRÜE Announces 21 More North American Tour Dates
Iconic rock band MÖTLEY CRÜE has announced 21 more North American dates. The new shows will take place in October and December as part of the band's two-year "The Final Tour" cycle. MÖTLEY CRÜE's touring career will conclude on New Year's Eve, December 31 at Staples Center in their hometown of Los Angeles where the band began 34 years ago.
Says bassist Nikki Sixx: "The demand to add more shows in North America has been overwhelming. The fans have spoken, so we've been trying to find time for more dates in addition to the international dates on the schedule this year. We want to say goodbye to as many fans as possible so we added these shows around the holidays. No better way to spend them than with the people who have supported us over all these years."
The new North American shows announced today will see the band visit cities such as Little Rock, Arkansas and Lincoln, Nebraska in the U.S. and Calgary, Edmonton and Saskatoon in Canada. All dates will be taking place in arenas exclusively to ensure fans get to experience the full show production of "The Final Tour".
Leading up to today’s announcement, MÖTLEY CRÜE gave fans an opportunity to voice their thoughts on what additional cities they would like to see the band play. Fans shared their messages on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram using the hashtag #DemandtheCrue and could see the progress of the conversation via a heat map that was updated daily at: Motley.com/DemandTheCrue.
After thirty-four years performing together, MÖTLEY CRÜE's 2015 leg of "The Final Tour" includes shows all across the globe. Next up, MÖTLEY CRÜE will head over to Australia and New Zealand in May for their last-ever shows there. June will see the band saying farewell to the European festival circuit with three massive performances at Download (UK), Sweden Rock (Sweden) and Nova Rock (Austria) festivals before taking their can't-miss show back to the U.S., Canada, and Mexico this summer.MÖTLEY CRÜE first announced plans for "The Final Tour" by signing a Cessation Of Touring Agreement at a press conference in Los Angeles in January 2014, solidifying the end of their touring career for December 2015. Since the announcement, the band has been touring tirelessly to say goodbye to fans around the world, most recently playing their final shows in Japan.
The 2014 leg of "The Final Tour" was one of last year's top-grossing tours, selling close to a million tickets across 72 cities and grossing more than $45 million.
"MÖTLEY CRÜE's 'Final Tour' has been a massive global success and a true testament to the popularity of this legendary rock band," says Rick Franks, Live Nation's regional president of North American concerts. "New Year's Eve 2015 will mark the end of an era in rock history but there's no doubt that MÖTLEY CRÜE's music will influence generations of artists for years to come."
Audiences can also expect a high-energy performance from very special guest Alice Cooper, who joined the band for "The Final Tour" in 2014. He will be tearing up the stage for crowds in Australia/New Zealand and across North America once again on most 2015 dates. The pairing has been roundly praised as a must-see by fans and media alike.
The band's exclusive VIP Packages (including opportunities to meet band members, new exclusive merchandise, up-close and personal view of the encore performance like never before in the Crüesnest, and more) and fan club pre-sales for these dates start April 22. Check out VIP offers at MotleyVIP.com.
Local ticket pre-sales start this Thursday, April 23 at 10 a.m. local time before the public on-sale begins on Friday, April 24 at 10 a.m. local time with some dates going on sale on Saturday, April 25.
Newly confirmed MÖTLEY CRÜE tour dates:
Oct. 05 - Hidalgo, TX - State Farm Arena
Oct. 07 - Dallas, TX - American Airlines Center
Oct. 08 - Little Rock, AR - Verizon Arena
Oct. 10 - Evansville, IN - The Ford Center
Oct. 11 - Lexington, KY - Rupp Arena
Oct. 13 - Grand Rapids, MI - Van Andel Arena
Oct. 14 - Buffalo, NY - First Niagra Center
Oct. 16 - Bridgeport, CT - Webster Bank Arena
Oct. 17 - Manchester, NH - Verizon Wireless Arena
Oct. 18 - Bangor, ME - Cross Insurance Center
Dec. 04 - Lincoln, NE - Pinnacle Bank Arena
Dec. 07 - Sioux Falls, SD - Denny Sanford Premier Center
Dec. 08 - Grand Forks, ND - Alerus Center
Dec. 10 - Saskatoon, SA - SaskTel Centre
Dec. 12 - Edmonton, AB - Rexall Place
Dec. 13 - Calgary, AB - ScotiaBank Saddledome
Dec. 15 - Portland, OR - Moda Center
Dec. 19 - Phoenix, AZ - U.S. Airways Center
Dec. 20 - San Diego, CA - Viejas Arena
Dec. 22 - Anaheim, CA - Honda Center
Dec. 27 - Las Vegas, NV - MGM Arena
BAKER, La. (AP) — Percy Sledge was remembered for phenomenal talent and extraordinary kindness during a Tuesday funeral service marked by warm reminiscences from fellow musicians, family members and friends he made during a five-decade career that launched with his first and biggest hit, "When a Man Loves a Woman."