VINNIE PAUL: A Lot Of Newer Metal Drummers 'Play Too Much'
Former PANTERA and current HELLYEAH drummer Vinnie Paul Abbott says that he still loves all the legendary musicians that he grew up listening to but is unable to appreciate many of the newer extreme-metal sticksmen because they "play too much."
During an appearance on HATEBREED frontman Jamey Jasta's official podcast, "The Jasta Show", Vinnie said about his drumming influences: "I always really loved the guys that made me wanna play drums. John Bonham, probably the greatest drummer ever. All of us wanted to play drums like him.
"Alex Van Halen… I loved his playing because he had so much energy; he made those songs exciting, along with everything else that went with him.
"Tommy Aldridge is the guy that made me wanna play double kick, man. I heard him play 'Boom Boom (Out Go The Lights)' with the Pat Travers band and he was doing stuff with his feet that I couldn't even hear people do with their hands. I was, like, 'Man, I've gotta get another bass drum.'
"That's a whole another funny story. I went to my dad. I said, 'Man, I've gotta have another bass drum, dad.' And he was, like, 'Why? What's wrong with the one you've got, son?' And I said, 'Nothing. I need two.' And he just looked at me, like, 'Two? What's that for?' I said, 'I'll show you. Just get me another one, man.' And so that's how I got started on that.
"And then, somebody that really doesn't reflect in my playing, but I'm a huge fan of, is Neil Peart; he's an amazing drummer.
"But the new guys, to me, a lot of them play too much — to me.
"I always considered myself a groove drummer, and a blast beat don't have much of a groove to it. And a lot of these drummers play so much that it's not about the song anymore, it's like a show-off session. 'Watch me. Here I go.' It's over the top.
"To me, I always felt like drums have to be the support and the driving factor in a song, and there's places where the drummer has to show off and do things and get the spotlight, but not all the time. You've gotta pick and choose. And it's always gotta be about the song. That's really the bottom line."
HELLYEAH's fourth album, "Blood For Blood", sold around 17,000 copies in its first week of release to land at No. 18 on the Billboard chart. The band's previous effort, 2011's "Band Of Brothers", opened with 19,000 copies back in July 2012 to debut at No. 19.HELLYEAH is currently touring North America as guests of FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH and VOLBEAT.
CAVALERA CONSPIRACY: 'Babylonian Pandemonium' Video Released "Babylonian Pandemonium", the new video from CAVALERA CONSPIRACY, the band led by brothers and founding SEPULTURA members Max (also of SOULFLY) and Igor Cavalera, can be seen below. The song is taken from CAVALERA CONSPIRACY's third album, "Pandemonium", which will be released on November 4 (one day earlier internationally) via Napalm Records. The CD was produced by John Gray, who has previously worked with SOULFLY."Pandemonium" track listing:
01. Babylonian Pandemonium
02. Banzai Kamakazi
04. I, Barbarian
06. Apex Predator
08. Not Losing The Edge
09. Father Of Hate
10. The Crucible
11. Deus Ex Machina
Commented Igor Cavalera on the "Pandemonium" artwork: "It is exciting to work with one of the most amazing living artists, who is also one of my best friends.
"Stephan Doitschnoff expresses in a beautiful way what is tense and ambiguous and makes people think through images and words. For me, it's the best fit to combine with one of the most exciting pieces of music I have written, which is 'Pandemonium'."
During an appearance on the "Metal Hammer" magazine show on TeamRock Radio, Max stated about the upcoming effort: "It's very, very heavy — the heaviest of all the three [CAVALERA CONSPIRACY albums]. I was really possessed to get Igor back to his 'Arise' [SEPULTURA] era of drumming, everything fast."Max recently told HardRockHaven.net about "Pandemonium": "There aren't really any guests on the album. Nate [Newton] from CONVERGE plays bass and he sings one song called 'The Crucible'— it's about the witches of Salem; we did a song about that. Nate's got a great voice, 'cause he sings for DOOMRIDERS and I love his voice, so I got him to sing one song. That's the only guest. The CAVALERA album is really more about me and Igor [Cavalera, drums], the brothers, thrashing. This one is almost grindcore. I was really a dictator in the studio with Igor to try to keep him from going into the groove and tried to keep him playing fast; I wanted him play fast for most of the record. So every time he'd go into the groove, I would be, like, 'Fuck the groove! Get out of the groove! Go back to the fast shit.' And I succeeded, man. It's a really brutal album. I think it's definitely the most brutal of all the CAVALERA albums and it's definitely gonna turn some heads when people hear this one."Gray stated about the "Pandemonium" recording process: "This is by far the fastest and heaviest record I have ever had the pleasure of working on with Max Cavalera.
"Max, Igor and Marc [Rizzo, guitar] were on the same page musically from the moment they walked in the door, and recording this album was a very smooth process.
"I had never worked with Igor Cavalera before and I was very impressed with his ability to work out the arrangements with Max and get some extremely complex drum parts done live with hardly any re-takes necessary. Marc Rizzo, as always, was spot-on and a true guitar virtuoso.
"I love to work with Marc because he always pushes himself to perfection, but he is very down to earth and keeps things light when he's under pressure.
"What can I say about Nate Newton— he killed it on the bass tracks with very little back and forth. I'm really impressed with his talent, and I look forward to meeting him some day."
Added Newton: "It was a lot of fun to be a part of this record. For me, it was a challenge to learn the songs sight unseen and record them. It was a pretty interesting look into the way Max writes songs and I am glad to have been a part of it."
BUTCHER BABIES Perform Cover Version Of S.O.D.'s 'Pussy Whipped' In Corpus Christi (Video)
Fan-filmed video footage of BUTCHER BABIES performing their cover version of the STORMTROOPERS OF DEATH classic "Pussy Whipped" on October 17 at Rock The Bay in Corpus Christi, Texas can be seen below.BUTCHER BABIES' studio recording of "Pussy Whipped" is featured on the band's EP of cover tunes, "Uncovered", which was released on September 30 in North America (October 6 in Europe) via Century Media Records.BUTCHER BABIES singer Heidi Shepherd told SoCalMusicToday.com about the decision to cover "Pussy Whipped": "'Pussy Whipped' was chosen by the band as a whole. I initially wanted to cover 'Bigger Than The Devil' off of S.O.D.'s 1999 album. So we narrowed down to about four S.O.D. songs that we thought would be fun: 'Kill The Assholes', 'Monkeys Rule' and 'Pussy Whipped'. After much deliberation, we figured it'd be funny to hear girls screaming 'pussy whipped.'""Uncovered" track listing:
01. Beer Drinkers And Hell Raisers
02. They're Coming To Take Me Away
03. Don't Give A Fuck
04. Crazy Horses
05. Pussy WhippedBUTCHER BABIES are currently working on material for the follow-up to last year's well-received debut, "Goliath", tentatively due in 2015.
"This next album is really important to us," BUTCHER BABIES singer Carla Harvey told Fairfield City Champion. "It's the album that really says, 'Are you going to keep going as a band or just stop?' It's really important to make it the best it can be.
"I think that it's going to be a little thrashier than the current album. We're working with a different producer too, and any time you use a different producer, there's going to be a bit of a different sound. We're really looking forward to bringing back a little more of the thrash element to our music."
JORDAN RUDESS: DREAM THEATER Wanted 'Really Kind Person' To Replace MIKE PORTNOY
Brazil's Wikimetal podcast recently conducted an interview with keyboardist Jordan Rudess of progressive metal giants DREAM THEATER. You can now listen to the chat using the SoundCloud widget below. A couple of excerpts follow (transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET).
On drummer Mike Mangini's addition to DREAM THEATER following founding member Mike Portnoy's departure in 2010:Jordan: "One of the things we really wanted was someone who would be this really kind person who is from the heart and that we just have a really good feeling with. Because, you know, after losing somebody and having it be so traumatic, we wanted to just feel comfortable. And Mike [Mangini], he's not only a great drummer, he's such a nice guy, and he makes us laugh; he's just a lot of energy all around. So there's a lot of joy when we're with him."
On the response to DREAM THEATER's latest album, last year's "Dream Theater":Jordan: "It's interesting when DREAM THEATER sets out to do an album, because we usually have a very firm conceptual base for the album, and this one was totally the same. When we went in, we wanted to make songs that were to the point, more concise in a lot of ways, maybe a little bit shorter, and there are definitely songs on the album that are shorter, but at the same time not sacrificing anything that we love about DREAM THEATER. A lot of what happened over the last two albums since Portnoy left is that we had a chance to re-evaluate, or revisit, what DREAM THEATER is all about, and who we are as people, who we are as musicians, what we wanna do, and come up with what we feel is a very honest kind of offering from us, musically and personally. So this last album was very much within that kind of framework. And we had Mike Mangini as a real part of it from the beginning, which was great, because, although he played great on 'A Dramatic Turn Of Events', he wasn't really there for the writing process. So with this album, we got to kind of have his energy in there from the beginning, so we felt really good about putting it out. And then, when we put it out, the reception around the world was amazing; it was so great, it did so well around the world, and we were very, very pleased." "Dream Theater" sold around 34,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 7 on The Billboard 200 chart. The CD arrived in stores on September 24, 2013 via Roadrunner.
BATTLE BEAST To Release 'Unholy Savior' In January
Finnish female-fronted metallers BATTLE BEAST will release their third studio album, "Unholy Savior", on January 9, 2015 in Europe and January 13, 2015 in the U.S. via Nuclear Blast.
"I thirst to go further as a human being and the music on this album represents a part of the ongoing spiritual journey — that's what I tend to I call it — which is my road onward," says BATTLE BEAST guitarist and vocalist Anton Kabanen. "Music-wise, the songs have been expanded to a wider area as an effort to call out emotions close to those I myself had during the times of birth of these songs."
He adds: "Like always, I wrote songs about the series 'Berserk', as well, and the reason behind writing songs about that particular series is that I can strongly relate to that, especially to certain characters and to their way of thinking and feeling.""Unholy Savior" track listing:
02. Unholy Savior
03. I Want The World….And Everything In It
05. Sea Of Dreams
06. Speed And Danger
07. Touch In The Night
08. The Black Swordsman
09. Hero’s Quest
10. Far Far Away
11. Angel CryBATTLE BEAST will embark on a European tour with Swedish metallers SABATON in January.BATTLE BEAST's self-titled sophomore album entered the official chart in the band's home country of Finland at position No. 5. Released in Europe on May 17, 2013 via Nuclear Blast Records, the CD was produced and mixed by the band at JKB Studios in Helsinki and mastered by Mika Jussila at Finnvox Studios. The cover artwork was created by Claudio Bergamin (HALFORD, ARJEN A. LUCASSEN, MAGICA).BATTLE BEAST in 2012 parted ways with lead singer Nitte Vänskä and replaced her with Noora Louhimo.
In an interview with Metal Divas, Noora explained how she ended up fronting BATTLE BEAST: "[In] September , I got a call from Anton [Kabanen, guitar] that they want me to join BATTLE BEAST. I had heard their music and loved the sound and the vocals, so the next day I called Anton and said I'm in.
"Anton found me by accident on YouTube when he was searching for the new vocalist. He had been looking for a vocalist — male or female; [it did not] matter. The only thing that mattered was can that [he or she could] sing his songs without compromises.
"I've been singing since I was 4 years old. While being a huge fan of heavy metal of '80s and a teenager, I had some classical singing lessons when I was 16 years old. Then at the age of 19, I started studying music in pop/jazz line. At the same time, I started doing some jam sessions at bars. There I found my first band (ADMIRAL OCTOPUS) in the blues bar. We used to play rock and blues music from '60s-'70s and Janis Joplin was the reason I got the rasp in my voice. After ADMIRAL OCTOPUS, in 2011, I took part in a singing competition ('Wanna Be A Rock 'N' Roll Star') at Henry's Pub of Tampere and won it with Janis Joplin's 'Piece Of My Heart'. That's how my single 'Relax' was born."BATTLE BEAST's debut album, "Steel"— which was originally released in Finland in 2011 via Hype Records— was made available internationally on January 27, 2012 through Nuclear Blast Records.
MACHINE HEAD's ROBB FLYNN Slams CHILDREN OF BODOM Fans, Frontman Over Response To Canceled Tour MACHINE HEAD's Robb Flynn has slammed "shit-talking" CHILDREN OF BODOM fans over their reaction to the cancelation of the two bands' joint North American tour and has called out COB frontman Alexi Laiho for issuing a "little bitch-ass response" to the trek being called off.MACHINE HEAD last month announced the postponement of its North American tour in order to focus on completing the band's new album, "Bloodstone & Diamonds". A few days later, Laihoposted a message on his Facebook page in which he told the CHILDREN OF BODOM fans — affectionately known as the "hate crew" — that the trek was scrapped "without any fault of our own." He added: "I will not go into details on why or what happened, but I need you, my friends, to know that this had nothing to do with me or CHILDREN OF BODOM. But hey, you know what? Shit fuckin' happens, life goes on, and at least now we have an extra month and a half to write new COB shit. So, instead of focusing on the negative, I'm gonna start to write music this very second and it will be some angry shit."
Writing in the latest installment of his online blog, "The General Journals: Diary Of A Frontman... And Other Ramblings", Flynn said: "The CHILDREN OF BODOM 'Hate Crew' has been out in full force in light of the U.S. tour being rescheduled. It's typical shit talking, albeit a ton of it to the actual MACHINE HEAD fans, saying 'how much better BODOM are than MACHINE HEAD' and how 'BODOM should've been headlining over MACHINE HEAD,' and 'fuck MACHINE HEAD.'
"Most people usually need the motivation to act like fools and Alexi's little bitch-ass response certainly got the 'Hate Crew' fired up.
"Hate Crew?… pffffft!… more like 'Alexi-ain't-that-Great-Crew!', more like, 'bought-a-ticket-too-Late-Crew!', more like, 'It's-not-my-fault-you're-a-virgin-and-can't-get-a-Date-Crew'!!
"But to the weak attacking the MH castle? Whatever… we've got the Head Cases, the fucking MH diehards, armed to the teeth and defending us to the bitterest of deaths.
"For every person that complains about the tour getting canceled the Head Cases are, like, 'Shut the fuck up, life goes on, M F’n H to the death!!!' So for every one of those people, I thank you VERY much. Truly, from the bottom of my heart, I appreciate the fact that you do that. Because shit DOES happen and sometimes life DOESN'T go the way you want it to."
"Bloodstone & Diamonds" will be released on November 10 via Nuclear Blast Entertainment. The CD was recorded in part at GREEN DAY's JingleTown Recording compound in Oakland, California.
SAMMY HAGAR Has No Plans To Record Album With MICHAEL ANTHONY, JASON BONHAM
Legendary rocker Sammy Hagar says that he is having such a great time performing with THE CIRCLE, a combo consisting of Michael Anthony, Jason Bonham and Vic Johnson, that he doesn't "even see a reason to make a record" with the group.THE CIRCLE "rocks" a setlist spanning four decades — including hits from MONTROSE, Hagar's solo career, VAN HALEN and beyond — and with Bonham on board, they also jam out a few LED ZEPPELIN classics.
Asked by Ultimate Classic Rock if he has plans to do a lot of things with Anthony, Bonham and Johnson, Hagar said: "If I get offered a show, my first thing I'd find out is if THE CIRCLE is available before I say I will do it or not. Because I'm not sure that I would do it with any other people.
"I think THE CIRCLE is the band that I want to play with right now. It's the band that I choose to play with over any band. Even CHICKENFOOT is hard, because we only play CHICKENFOOT. So I miss playing 'When It's Love' and 'Right Now' and 'I Can't Drive 55' and 'One Way To Rock' and 'Heavy Metal' and 'Rock Candy'. I miss doing that, as much as I love CHICKENFOOT."
He continued: "THE CIRCLE is so satisfying that I don't even see a reason to make a record. We have so many great hits that we can choose from our catalog, all of those VAN HALEN hits, all of the Sammy solo, all of those MONTROSE hits, CHICKENFOOT hits, LED ZEPPELIN songs — we have that catalog to choose from for our shows, so to make a record would just be kind of a waste of time. I wouldn't say never, but first I'd like to put together the greatest set list that ever existed in rock 'n' roll, and I think we're pretty close to it right now with the one that we have, but it can even get better. There's a frikkin' goldmine to choose from of songs that I've written and sang in my life."
Hagar's first-ever acoustic album titled "Lite Roast", was released on October 14 via Mailboat Records. Joining Sammy on the CD is Vic Johnson, longtime guitarist of WABORITAS, Hagar's backup band, on guitar and vocals.
SLIPKNOT's COREY TAYLOR Talks About His Struggles With Depression (Video)
In the four-minute clip below, Corey Taylor, singer of SLIPKNOT and STONE SOUR, talks to The You Rock Foundation about his struggles with depression, how he overcame them with music, and reminds those who are still suffering that they are strong enough to do the same.
"When I hit 17, I kind of started wrecking myself, and started lashing out at a lot of people," Corey said. "I thnk a lot of the anger and sadness was starting to bubble up into other areas. So I was starting to react to a lot of things.
"When you're at that age, everything's developing still, so you don't have the coping mechanisms to deal with that.
"I think the more the people don't get to work things out, they don't know how to do it later on as well."
He added: "I was homeless, off and on, for about two years. And I didn't know what I was gonna do, I didn't know how I was gonna do anything with my life. I didn't have any money, I didn't have any notebooks. I was carrying my clothes around with me in a trash bag, living under a bridge on the south side of Des Moines. And it was heavy duty; it was a really, really dark time for me. I definitely got to the point where I was ready to end it all. I had the razor in my hand and I started cutting myself. But it was a pressure valve kind of situation, where it wasn't like I was going to end it, I just needed to feel something real to snap me out of it. And I did, luckily. I ended up swallowing a bunch of pills. My grandma took me to the hospital, they fed me ipecac, I threw up, then they had to forcefeed me liquid charcoal to get my stomach to settle down. And that was probably the lowest moment of my life, because I'd done it to myself. The only thing that really helped was writing. It felt like when I was writing I could work it out and really be able to get my head around it. It provided a way for me to get that primal scream out without having to scream. The scream was there if I needed it, but also being able to sing and really get a handle on the emotions that I was feeling without losing my mind. It was the sanity that I needed to kind of get my feet underneath me and move on and put a lot of that stuff behind me."
In a 2006 interview with MTV, Taylor talked about how he, as a full-blown alcoholic, "tried to jump off the balcony of the eighth floor of the Hyatt on Sunset [Boulevard] on November 14, 2003." He said, "Somehow [my then-wife] stopped me. It wasn't the first time I tried to kill myself, either."
"I took a good, long look in the mirror and I hated what I saw," he said. "I was very bloated, I looked like crap. It wasn't me. And that was it. I haven't touched a drop since."
"The first year I was sober was probably the worst year of my life," Taylor continued. "My immune system was screwed. I completely isolated myself. I was weak all the time. I didn't know who I was. Sometimes you define yourself by your vices, and I was known as the partyer. I was the guy that was always ready to go out and do shots. And all of a sudden, I had to figure out who I was without that, and it took me a long time. I pushed my wife away for a while and was a really selfish, cold dick."
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OZZY OSBOURNE Hopes BILL WARD Can 'Get His Stuff Together' Before Next BLACK SABBATH Album, Tour
In a brand new interview with Esquire.com, Ozzy Osbourne confirmed that BLACK SABBATH will record a new studio album in 2015 and head out on one final tour. He said: "I'm not one of these guys to do my solo stuff one night and BLACK SABBATH the next. I can't do that, you know. It's too much to handle. So with the BLACK SABBATH thing, the record company wants us to do one more record, and we've decided to do one more tour, and at the end of the tour we just disband and I go back to doing my solo stuff. And that's why I released [the solo career retrospective] 'Memoirs Of A Madman', to let people out there know I'm still functioning as a solo artist."
Asked if he has started writing songs for the new BLACK SABBATH album, Ozzy said: "No. Although I texted [guitarist] Tony [Iommi] the other day. I said, 'It would be a great idea if you could send me some musical ideas so I can try and work some melodies around so we don't have to go searching for the song structure.' So I'm not starting from a cold block, you know?"
He added: "What I'm really happy about is, if this is BLACK SABBATH's last hurrah, then we'll have ended it on an up note rather than when I left in 1979 and everybody was fucked up on one thing or another and I was marked out as being the worst, you know. It ended on a bad note, so... The only thing sad about it is I hope [drummer] Bill Ward can get his stuff together to do this because... one of the biggest things I'm proud of in my life was that BLACK SABBATH wasn't a band that was created by some business mogul in London or New York. That we were four guys who had a great idea and it worked from record one, and we still... Would you believe that it took 45 years to get our first No. 1 album in America? It was amazing to me."Ozzy recently told Metal Hammer magazine that Rick Rubin, who produced last year's "13" album, will likely be back for the next project."13" was the first SABBATH album in 35 years to feature Ozzy, Iommi and bassist Geezer Butler together, with Ward the only founding member to sit out the record and world tour."13" went to No. 1 in both the U.S. and the U.K., a first for the band in America and only their second chart-topper in their native country since 1971.Butler said in a recent interview that the band had four tracks left over from the sessions for "13", which could give them a head start on writing the next album.Ward was on board for the SABBATH reunion when it was first announced in November 2011, but backed out soon after. He later claimed that he sat out the recording and touring sessions because of unfair contractual terms, although the members of SABBATH have hinted in other interviews that he wasn't physically up to the task.SABBATH has used Ozzy's regular touring drummer Tommy Clufetos since then for live work. RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE's Brad Wilk laid down the drum tracks on "13", which came out in June 2013.Iommi revealed in January of 2012 that he had been diagnosed with lymphoma and had to return to England every six weeks for treatment throughout the course of SABBATH's year-long tour.
FOZZY's CHRIS JERICHO: 'We're A Dangerous Band'
In a brand new interview with The Weeklings, FOZZY singer Chris Jericho spoke about the band's evolution from a covers act to playing some of the biggest music festivals on the planet.
"I always compare FOZZY to PANTERA," Jericho said. "What I mean by that is that if you look at PANTERA, their original incarnation was different from what they became. They were doing 'Metal Magic' and 'Power Metal' and they were wearing makeup, they had a different singer and were doing more of a JUDAS PRIEST or VAN HALEN-type generic thing. Suddenly they get a new singer, they change their look, they change their vibe and they become the legendary PANTERA. It's kind of the same with FOZZY. Not like we're legendary like PANTERA is, but we started out doing covers. We were the original STEEL PANTHER. About two years into that, we decided we wanted to do more — we wanted to do something different. That was in 2002, so it's been twelve years and it took a long time to change people's perceptions of our band. Plus there's the fact that Jericho, the singer, is a wrestler, so people were like, 'Well, we don't know if we want to take this seriously.' So when we did the 'Chasing The Grail' record back in 2010, Rich [Ward, guitar] and I said, 'Look, we can take this to the next level. Let's see how far we can go.' Because we know that as songwriters, we have something different to offer. 'Grail' comes out and does great. 'Sin And Bones' comes out and does even better. Then 'Do You Wanna Start A War' comes out and kills it. Plus we've toured with some of the biggest bands in the world, from SHINEDOWN to GODSMACK to METALLICA to AVENGED SEVENFOLD. You can see that this band is going places. It's not Chris Jericho's band and it's never been that. It's five guys — five rock stars — playing killer music. We've worked for this, we deserve this and it's cool to see it happen."
Asked where he sees FOZZY in five years, Jericho said: "I want the band to have progressed in the next five years in the same way that we have in the last five years.
"I love playing music with these guys. I love being in a band with Rich Ward and Frank Fontsere (drums), Billy Grey (guitar) and Jeff Rouse (bass).
"Once we started putting our full focus into the band and started giving a thousand percent, it started moving in leaps and bounds.
"I say this with zero ego: we're dangerous. We're a dangerous band because you can put us in front of anybody."
He continued: "My experience in show business all came from rock and roll. When I first started wrestling, I wanted to be the ultimate rock and roll frontman of wrestling. I wanted to be the Paul Stanley of wrestling. I took those qualities into wrestling and then I brought those qualities back into music. I know how to work a crowd. Rich knows how to work a crowd. We how to write songs that people will groove to. We know how to write the kind of songs that you hear in strip clubs. Chicks like our tunes. We don't take ourselves too seriously, but we'll whip your fucking ass.
"We like the fact that people have low expectations for our band; we're hiding in the weeds and when we get our chance, we'll come out and bite you and you'll never forget us."
Jericho added: "Give us the same chance for the next five years that we had for the last five years and I fully expect us to be headlining arenas. And that's my goal. If I didn't have that goal or if anybody in our band didn't have that goal, then quit. Go and get a job working at Sonic.
"Over the next five years, for people who love us, it's going to be the greatest five years ever and for people who hate us, it's going to be miserable. We're not stopping.
"If you like us, great, and if not, step aside and let the people who like us have your seat."
FOZZY will embark on "The Cinderblock Party Tour" in November in support of its new single and title track of its most recent album, "Do You Wanna Start A War". The trek, which will kick off on November 20 in Flint, Michigan, will feature special guests TEXAS HIPPIE COALITION and SHAMAN'S HARVEST."Do You Wanna Start A War" sold around 5,600 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 54 on the Billboard 200 chart.FOZZY's previous CD, "Sin And Bones", opened with around 3,400 units in August 2012 to land at No. 143.
The band's 2010 effort, "Chasing The Grail", registered a first-week tally of around 2,200 to enter the Heatseekers chart at No. 6."Do You Wanna Start A War" was released on July 22 via Century Media. Produced by Rich Ward, the album features 12 tracks, including the debut single, "Lights Go Out", the title track and the return of the Theremin in "Bad Tattoo".
The following list represents the most viral tracks on Spotify, based on the number of people who shared it divided by the number who listened to it, from Monday, Sept. 1 to Sunday, Sept. 7 via Facebook, Tumblr, Twitter and Spotify.
The following list represents the most streamed tracks on Spotify, based on the number of people who shared it divided by the number who listened to it, from Monday, Sept. 1 to Sunday Sept. 7 via Facebook, Tumblr, Twitter and Spotify.
NEW YORK (AP) — Institutionalized for more than three decades and largely deaf and mute, Judith Scott found her voice through art, forming intricate sculptures of yarn, fabric and other fibers tightly wrapped around an array of found objects.
NY court backs EMI over Duke Ellington royalties
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — The state's highest court on Thursday sided with EMI in the music publisher's dispute with Duke Ellington's heirs, but acknowledged global industry consolidation has made contracts like his much more favorable to publishers.
British actress Keira Knightley will make her Broadway debut next year, starring in a new adaptation of the Emile Zola novel "Therese Raquin," New York's Roundabout Theatre Company announced Thursday. The 29-year-old -- probably best known for the Hollywood blockbuster "Pirates of the Caribbean" films -- will take on the lead role in the tale of love, lust, betrayal and guilt, which will officially open on October 29, 2015. Knightley will play Therese, who has made peace with her loveless marriage to a weak man when she embarks on a passionate affair that ends in tragedy. The adaptation -- based on the 19th century novel -- is by Helen Edmundson, and the production will be directed by Evan Cabnet.
Fresh from commercial and critical success with hit shows "House of Cards" and "Orange is the New Black," Netflix on Thursday announced a new online series, "Bloodline," set for release in March. The series features stars from television as well as the big screen, including Hollywood's Sam Shepard and Sissy Spacek, the Los Gatos, California company said. Netflix has pioneered online streaming of original content, including TV shows and films, challenging traditional network and cable broadcasters. Earlier this month, Netflix announced it had recruited comic actor Adam Sandler to produce four films exclusively distributed to its subscribers, in the company's latest foray into cinema.