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The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame will induct GUNS N' ROSES lead singer Axl Rose with the rest of the band's classic lineup despite the fact that he has asked to have his name withdrawn as a member of the group he co-founded and still fronts today.
In an open letter released on GN'R's official web site on Wednesday, Rose wrote that after listening to fans and reading "various public comments and jabs from former members" of the band, as well as assorted press coverage, he has decided to "respectfully decline [his] induction as a member of GUNS N' ROSES to the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame." He added, "I strongly request that I not be inducted in absentia and please know that no one is authorized nor may anyone be permitted to accept any induction for me or speak on my behalf."
"We are sorry Axl will not be able to accept his induction in person," Lauren Bishop, a spokeswoman for the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame, said in a statement.
Rose closed his letter saying, "as ironic as it may seem, I'd like to sincerely thank the board for their nomination and their votes for GUNS' induction."
According to the Rock Hall, only the SEX PISTOLS have declined induction before.
A Rock Hall spokesperson confirmed with Billboard that GREEN DAY is still scheduled to introduce GUNS N' ROSES into the Hall's ranks.
The 27th annual Hall Of Fame ceremony will be held on April 14. In addition to GUNS N' ROSES, other artists being inducted include the RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS, the BEASTIE BOYS, the FACES/SMALL FACES, DONOVAN and LAURA NYRO.
The ceremony will be taped for broadcast by HBO, which plans to air it at 9 p.m. EST/PST on May 5.
Just yesterday (April 11), AOL's Noisecreep had the pleasure of hanging out with former GUNS N' ROSES drummer Steven Adler and his new band called, appropriately enough, ADLER.
Noisecreep's time with ADLER was spent within hours of Steven hopping an early-morning flight to Cleveland, where GUNS N' ROSES is being inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame this weekend.
Noisecreep asked Adler about his feelings as the big day approached, and he was very open about how proud he is of his former outfit and their legacy.
Check out the video interview with Adler below.
Less than a week after calling the members of the band's current lineup "hacks" and then apologizing for it, Adler more or less insulted them again, telling Artisan News, "I apologized to them. I said the wrong word. I meant to say 'scabs.' But, you see, 'scabs' are something that . . . Big factories, when the main workers would go on strike, the factory would get people off the street and they would call them scabs. I wouldn't say they can't play. I would just say more the main people are on strike, (and) this is what Axl's [Rose, lead vocals] got going. Of course they're great players, or they wouldn't be playing with Axl."
Singer Axl Rose is the only remaining original member of GUNS. Adler, the group's founding drummer, was kicked out in 1990 because of his drug use.
Ex-GUNS guitarist Slash, who remains close with Adler and has helped him overcome drugs, told The Pulse Of Radio a while back that Adler was the least worldly member of the original band. "Steven is the epitome of, like, the rock 'n' roll teenager," he said. "He's like, you know, the most naive and most innocent of the bunch of us because he was just like, 'I just want to play drums and fuck girls,' and that's all he really, really wanted to do. The more complicated it got, the more he couldn't handle it."
Adler, Slash and bassist Duff McKagan, along with later member Matt Sorum, are confirmed to attend the induction ceremony. Guitarist Izzy Stradlin will apparently skip the event, as will Rose. GUNS will be inducted by the members of GREEN DAY.
The ceremony will be taped for broadcast by HBO, which plans to air it in early May.
TWISTED SISTER frontman Dee Snider interviewed legendary guitarist Slash (GUNS N' ROSES, VELVET REVOLVER) on the "black carpet" of the fourth annual Revolver Golden Gods award show, which took place last night (Wednesday, April 11) at Club Nokia in Downtown Los Angeles. During the brief chat, Dee commented on GUNS N' ROSES singer Axl Rose's announcement that he will not attend the band's induction into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame this Saturday (April 14) in Cleveland and Axl's request to have his name withdrawn as a member of the group he co-founded and still fronts today.
"I'm gonna ask you the question, but I'm not gonna ask you to answer — I'm gonna give the answer," Dee told Slash. "Someone just [told me] that it's official Axl [Rose] is not gonna sing at the [GUNS N' ROSES] Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame [induction ceremony in Cleveland, Ohio], and I said it's crap. I said, if he can't put this this stuff aside for an event like that, for a recognition like that, to do the cool thing, and just in respect of what you guys have done, I think it's totally screwed up."
Replied Slash: "I'm not gonna comment on all that, but I'll be there, so…"
In a lengthy open letter posted at GUNS N' ROSES' Facebook page, Rose wrote, "I respectfully decline my induction as a member of GUNS N' ROSES to the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame. I strongly request that I not be inducted in absentia and please know that no one is authorized nor may anyone be permitted to accept any induction for me or speak on my behalf. Neither former members, label representatives nor the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame should imply whether directly, indirectly or by omission that I am included in any purported induction of 'GUNS N' ROSES.'"
Rose added that the entire situation left him feeling like he was in an awkward position, explaining, "This decision is personal. This letter is to help clarify things from my and my camp's perspective. Neither is meant to offend, attack or condemn . . . Since the announcement of the nomination we've actively sought out a solution to what, with all things considered, appears to be a no win, at least for me, 'damned if I do, damned if I don't' scenario all the way around."
The singer also reaffirmed that there is no chance of the original lineup reuniting, and seemed to speak directly to fans still hoping for a reunion when he added, "Time to move on. People get divorced. Life doesn't owe you your own personal happy ending especially at another's, or in this case several others', expense."
In at least a partial nod to his former bandmates, however, Rose wrote, "For the record, I would not begrudge anyone from GUNS their accomplishments or recognition for such. Neither I or anyone in my camp has made any requests or demands of the Hall Of Fame. It's their show not mine."
Rose's letter seems to have put the final nail in the coffin for fans hoping to see the original lineup perform at this weekend's ceremony. Speculation about such an event has been rampant since the band's induction was announced back in December.
Guitarist Izzy Stradlin is also not expected to attend, while Slash, Duff McKagan, Steven Adler and Matt Sorum will be on hand. GREEN DAY will give the induction speech.
Along with GUNS, this year's class of inductees includes the RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS, the BEASTIE BOYS, Donovan, the FACES and Laura Nyro.
America's only hard-rock and heavy-metal award show — the fourth annual Revolver Golden Gods award show presented by Epiphone — took place last night (Wednesday, April 11) at Club Nokia in Downtown Los Angeles. For the first time ever, the event was broadcast live in its entirety on Xbox LIVE, as well as on the Xbox and Revolver Facebook pages.
Hosting duties for the Golden Gods awards show were handled by FOZZY frontman and WWE pro-wrestling legend Chris Jericho, who returned for the third consecutive year. The nominees in 11 different categories, plus the recipient of this year's prestigious "Golden God Award," were revealed on February 15 at a press conference held at the Grammy Museum in Los Angeles.
The Golden God Award, given to one special honoree a year who embodies the spirit of hard rock and metal, went to KISS demon Gene Simmons, whose band will release their highly anticipated 20th studio album, "Monster", this summer. (Previous honorees include hard-rock and metal legends Alice Cooper, Rob Halford of JUDAS PRIEST and Dave Mustaine of MEGADETH.)
Adding to the celebration, The 2012 Revolver Golden Gods awards show featured one-of-a-kind special performances and collaborations that honored both the past, present and future of heavy music. The night's hard-rocking musical performances included sets by MARILYN MANSON (in his first U.S. performance in nearly three years); iconic Grammy-winning guitarist Slash featuring Myles Kennedy and THE CONSPIRATORS; EVANESCENCE; SIXX: A.M. featuring Nikki Sixx of MÖTLEY CRÜE, James Michael, acclaimed rock producer and songwriter, and DJ Ashba of GUNS N' ROSES (in their first performance in almost four years); and 2011 "Best New Band" Golden Gods Award winner BLACK VEIL BRIDES, who performed their only U.S. show of 2012 so far.
Revolver Golden Gods winners:
* Best Guitarists: Jinxx and Jake Pitts (BLACK VEIL BRIDES)
* Best Drummer: Jeremy Spencer (FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH)
* Paul Gray Best Bassist: Nikki Sixx (MÖTLEY CRÜE, SIXX: A.M.)
* Riff Lord: Slash
* Comeback Of The Year: SLIPKNOT
* Best International Band: X JAPAN
* Best Vocalist: Amy Lee (EVANESCENCE)
* Most Metal Athlete: CM Punk (WWE wrestling)
* Most Dedicated Fans: AVENGED SEVENFOLD
* Album Of The Year: KORN's "The Path Of Totality"
* Golden God: Gene Simmons (KISS)
* Ronnie James Dio Lifetime Achievement Award: RUSH
MEGADETH will perform its 1992 album, "Countdown To Extinction", in its entirety on September 7 at Teatro Caupolican in Santiago, Chile.
MEGADETH's fifth LP, "Countdown To Extinction" was released on July 14, 1992 through Capitol Records. The band's best-selling full-length CD to date, it was certified double-platinum by the RIAA (Recording Industry Association Of America) for U.S. shipments in excess of two million copies. The album also produced the band's most successful hit singles, "Symphony Of Destruction", "Sweating Bullets", "Skin O' My Teeth" and "Foreclosure Of A Dream".
Gigantour — the critically acclaimed package festival founded in 2005 by MEGADETH — made its highly anticipated return for the first time since 2008. The multi-artist bill kicked off on January 26 in Camden, New Jersey and wrapped on March 3 in Austin.
MEGADETH was among the nominees for the 54th annual Grammy Awards, which was held on February 12 at Staples Center in Los Angeles. The band's tenth Grammy nomination was for its new single, "Public Enemy No. 1", off MEGADETH's latest album, "TH1RT3EN", which came out on November 1, 2011.
"Public Enemy No. 1" actually marked the second Grammy nomination for music from "TH1RT3EN", as the song "Sudden Death" was first unveiled in the 2010 video game "Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock" and received a "Best Metal Performance" nod.
Legendary BLACK SABBATH/HEAVEN & HELL bassist Geezer Butler is rumored to be making a special guest appearance at the third installment of Samson's "Metal Masters" series, which will be held tonight (Thursday, April 12) at the Key Club on the famed Sunset Strip in West Hollywood, California.
As previously reported, also rumored to be performing at tonight's event is Philip Anselmo (DOWN, PANTERA, ARSON ANTHEM, SUPERJOINT RITUAL).
Anselmo joined Scott Ian (ANTHRAX), David Ellefson (MEGADETH), Mike Portnoy (DREAM THEATER), Frank Bello (ANTHRAX), Charlie Benante (ANTHRAX) and Kerry King (SLAYER) on stage on September 12, 2011 at the second Metal Masters Clinic at the Best Buy Theater in New York City to perform two PANTERA classics: "A New Level" and "Fucking Hostile".
Benante and Bello, Ellefson, Portnoy, King and now Dave Lombardo (both of SLAYER) are back on the West Coast with an exclusive metal experience that's bigger than ever. Artists will perform both individually and collectively, demonstrating their personal techniques and how they all come together to create the music that millions bang their heads to every day.
Canadian guitarist Glen Drover (MEGADETH, KING DIAMOND, TESTAMENT, EIDOLON) has issued the following update:
"We started work on the new GLEN DROVER BAND album recently, and have just finished the first track completely. This album will follow the last album's [2011's 'Metalusion'] style, but will contain more metal stuff this time around. There won't be as many covers on this album, but one track that will be featured is a cover of an instrumental song that OZZY OSBOURNE played on the 'Diary Of A Madman' tour before Randy [Rhoads] died. it was never featured on any of the Ozzy albums, but can be found on various bootlegs from that tour. It's a really cool metal/classical piece that they played surrounding Tommy's [Aldridge] drum solo. I extended the track and turned it into a full song. This is the track that we just finished and we are all super happy with the results!
"Aside from that, I pretty much have all the material for this next album in various files in the studio here to work on. All tracks were written by myself, Jim Gilmour and Paul Yee. Some killer shit going on, that I can promise!
"Finally, there have been a lot of people asking me if there will ever be another EIDOLON record, and although I don't see that happening, we are doing something cool with this new GLEN DROVER BAND album as far as EIDOLON goes, which is aside from all the instrumental tracks that will be recorded for the album, I'm having all three past EIDOLON singers do one track each for the album! It's a mix of tracks that were written years ago, but hiding in the song archives in my studio until the other day... I was in one of my many cleaning moods, sorting through stuff and found these lost tracks. WHOA!!!! Very excited about this to say the least, as the tracks are killer!! Also, there maybe a song from the original 'Seven Spirits' album, fully re-recorded with new vocals and lyrics. The re-recording of that album has been in my head for years, as it is one of my fave albums musically. Not sure if that will ever happen, but grabbing a song or two and doing justice to it sounds good to me!"
Drover was replaced in MEGADETH by Chris Broderick, who has previously played with NEVERMORE and JAG PANZER.
Glen's debut solo album, "Metalusion", was released in April 2011 via Magna Carta Records.
On September 25, 2011, Drover took part in a historic performance that was webcast worldwide as part of the "Live At Metalworks" series from Mississauga, Canada.
Glen's "Live At Metalworks" performance will be released as a DVD in June via Magna Carta.
MEGADETH guitarist Chris Broderick is selling his personal Ibanez Prestige S5470F Red Viking Electric Guitar via eBay. All proceeds of this sale will benefit the music and art programs, field trips, etc., for the children of Magnolia Elementary School in Oakdale, California, where Broderick's niece and nephew attend.
This guitar was used in the recording of "Endgame", the twelfth studio album by MEGADETH. It was released via Roadrunner Records on September 9, 2009. "Endgame" was the first album featuring Broderick and he's shown holding this exact guitar in the album artwork. The single "Head Crusher" from "Endgame", was nominated for "Best Metal Performance" at the 52nd annual Grammy Awards. "Endgame" entered The Billboard 200 at No. 9 (marking the band's tenth overall top 10 debut) and reached number 1 on the U.S. Top Hard Rock Albums chart.
This auction also includes:
* Two of Chris Broderick's custom armbands worn on tour.
* Nine MEGADETH guitar picks total. Five different Chris Broderick guitar picks from 2008-2012, plus two guitar picks (one with 13 logo, one with "Endgame" logo) from MEGADETH mainman Dave Mustaine, and two guitar picks from bassist David Ellefson (one with 13 logo, one with just the MEGADETH logo).
* Two autographed photos of Chris Broderick. One from 2010 with his custom Ibanez, one from 2011 holding his custom Jackson guitar.
The auction ends on April 20; the current high bid is The winner of this auction will have the option of having Chris Broderick personalize an autograph anywhere on the guitar they like.
While combing the PANTERA vaults for the 20th anniversary reissue of "Vulgar Display Of Power", drummer Vinnie Paul Abbott made an astounding discovery: "Piss", an incendiary blast of vintage PANTERA from the original recording sessions that had long been forgotten. After 20 years, "Piss" finally made its debut yesterday (Wednesday, April 11), when the newly created video for the song premiered at the Revolver Golden Gods awards in Los Angeles, which was broadcast live on Xbox Live, as well as on the Xbox and Revolver Facebook pages. The song was then released to radio outlets and all digital music retailers. PANTERA is also the subject of a Revolver special issue, which hits newsstands everywhere on April 15.
For the "Piss" video, PANTERA, which can be seen below, put out a call through their Facebook page for fans to submit home videos of them rocking out to the band or attend a video shoot in Los Angeles. The resulting video is an amazing collection of fans of all ages, from around the world, moshing, jumping, punching, kicking, and just plain rocking out to PANTERA. The video, directed by Zach Merck, also features some amazing slow-motion shots that recreate the face punch from the iconic cover of "Vulgar Display Of Power".
"'Piss' is the only unheard complete PANTERA track in existence, "said Vinnie. "It was recorded at the same time as 'Vulgar Display Of Power' and it's 100 percent PANTERA with attitude and our signature groove! After mixing it, I can't believe it didn't make the record! So it's 2012 and 20 years later and new PANTERA music has been delivered."
In anticipation of the reissue of one of the greatest metal albums of all time, PANTERA's 1992 masterpiece "Vulgar Display Of Power", Revolver magazine has created a PANTERA special issue, which includes the whole story of the band, an in-depth look at the making of "Vulgar", fallen guitarist "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott's final interview, and more.
Revolver will host a release party for the issue on April 12 at the Key Club in West Hollywood, California. Plus, cover illustrator Tim Bradstreet will be on hand to sign copies of the issue. Providing the soundtrack for the evening will be members of SLAYER, MEGADETH, ANTHRAX, ADRENALINE MOB, and some very special guests, who will all be putting on the "Metal Masters 3" clinic for musicians, presented by Samson, Zoom, and Hartke.
February 25 marked the 20-year anniversary for PANTERA's "Vulgar Display Of Power", a landmark album widely acknowledged as one of metal's most enduring and influential masterworks. Recorded by singer Philip Anselmo, guitarist "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott, bassist Rex Brown and drummer Vinnie Paul Abbott, the album has been certified double platinum by the RIAA and features several of the group's most iconic songs including "Walk", "Mouth For War", "This Love" and "Fucking Hostile".
To celebrate, Rhino channels the album's relentless blitzkrieg of musical aggression onto a two-disc Deluxe Edition. The CD includes the original album remastered and "Piss", a recently discovered unreleased track from the recording sessions. The DVD contains an unreleased live performance filmed in Italy in September of 1992 plus the three official music videos from the album.
Due out May 15, 2012 from Rhino, the CD/DVD set will be available at retail outlets, including Pantera.com and Rhino.com, for a suggested list price of $19.98. A version of the release will also be available digitally.
Along with the unreleased song, "Vulgar Display Of Power (Deluxe Edition)" also features unreleased video of the quartet performing six songs at the Monsters Of Rock show in Reggio Emilia, Italy on September 12, 1992. The set list draws almost exclusively from "Vulgar" ("This Love", "Rise", "Mouth For War"), but also includes the title track from their previous album, "Cowboys From Hell", and a melding of "Vulgar"'s "Hollow" and "Cowboys"' "Domination", which was a live staple of the band. Video of PANTERA performing live during this era is extremely rare, making the DVD one of the few ways to see them in their prime.
"Vulgar Display Of Power (Deluxe Edition)" track listing:
* "Mouth For War"
* "A New Level"
* "Walk"
* "Fucking Hostile"
* "This Love"
* "Rise"
* "No Good (Attack The Radical)"
* "Live In A Hole"
* "Regular People (Conceit)"
* "By Demons Be Driven"
* "Hollow"
* "Piss" - Previously Unreleased
* "Mouth For War" - Live In Italy
* "Domination/Hollow" - Live In Italy
* "Rise" - Live In Italy
* "This Love" - Live In Italy
* "Cowboys From Hell" - Live In Italy
* "Mouth For War" - Video
* "This Love" - Video
* "Walk" - Video
Dimebag Darrell was co-founder and lead guitarist for PANTERA. When PANTERA broke up in 2003, Dimebag and his brother Vinnie Paul formed DAMAGEPLAN. On Dec. 8, 2004, while performing with DAMAGEPLAN at the Alrosa Villa in Columbus, Ohio, Dimebag was shot and killed onstage by Nathan Gale. He was 38 years old.
The release date of "Band Of Brothers", the third album from the metal juggernaut known as HELLYEAH — featuring Vinnie Paul Abbott (PANTERA, DAMAGEPLAN), Chad Gray and Greg Tribbett (MUDVAYNE), Tom Maxwell (NOTHINGFACE) and Bob "Zilla" Kakaha (DAMAGEPLAN) — has been pushed back to July 17 from the previously announced June 5 (via HELLYEAH's new label home, Eleven Seven Music). The CD was recorded in Dallas, Texas at Vinnie Paul's home studio, VP's Upstairs Studio, and was produced by the band and Jeremy Parker (GODSMACK, EVANESCENCE), who also served as engineer.
HELLYEAH last week released the "War In Me" digital single via iTunes.
Having produced track after track of heavy-hitting, in-your-face, feel-good rock and roll on their previous two albums (2010's "Stampede" and 2007's self-titled debut), HELLYEAH takes a slightly different musical direction on "Band Of Brothers". Drawing on their former bands' collective metal roots for inspiration, the influences and style of MUDVAYNE, PANTERA, DAMAGEPLAN and NOTHINGFACE are immediately recognizable in tracks such as "Band Of Brothers", "War In Me" and "Rage Burn", while the party anthem "Drink, Drank, Drunk" retains the essence of earlier HELLYEAH.
Commented HELLYEAH singer Chad Gray, "I'm really excited about what we've done on this new album. I've always separated MUDVAYNE and HELLYEAH as much as I could, even though it was my voice. Melodies, lyrics and just the overall style of writing were different. With 'Band Of Brothers', I just quit being afraid of who I am in relation to this band. I think we've all really gotten back to the original roots of what we've done individually and brought it together on this album. As an artist, as long as you're painting with your own brush, no one can compare or challenge you. I just painted with a bigger, heavier brush than I had with HELLYEAH in the past. I think this is what fans have always expected to hear from us, and now were giving it to them."
Added Jeremy Parker, "It's impossible not to have a good time jamming this record. It has the anger and violence of PANTERA and MUDVAYNE, but a party vibe that can only be HELLYEAH!"
In a recent interview with Loudwire, Vinnie stated about "Band Of Brothers", "On our first two records, we were a new band. We really wanted to branch out and expand and experiment with all different styles. We all come from traditional metal bands and backgrounds, so it was a great breath of fresh air to play in a band that was rock 'n' roll, blues and Southern rock. We got that out of our system and got really focused on going back to our metal roots. It's heavy, focused, groove-oriented and I'm excited about it."
Danish thrash metal veterans ARTILLERY will perform in the U.S. for the first time ever next month.
ARTILLERY will play gigs in May in New York and at the Maryland Deathfest in Baltimore. They will then move to South America to perform in Argentina, Chile and Brazil. At the end of the year, ARTILLERY will return to U.S. to play on the Barge To Hell cruise ship from Miami, Florida to the Bahamas.
Year 2012 marks the 30th anniversary of ARTILLERY. A celebration party will be held on May 4 at Kings And Lions in Copenhagen, Denmark, with some special guests and prizes. The gig at Lions And Barrels will also be ARTILLERY's last Danish gig with drummer and founding member Carsten Nielsen, who has decided to leave the band for personal reasons.
Commente Nielsen: "For personal reasons, I have chosen to leave the Danish thrash metal band ARTILLERY. It's something I've thought about for a long time and I have already informed the guys in the band and I can announce that the last shows I'm playing with ARTILLERY will be in South America. And to all the nice people I have met during my time in ARTILLERY, I will just say a huge thank you to; I will never forget the good reception and response I have received.
"After the last show, I will take a little break and then I'll probably go back to my roots and try to find some guys in the Copenhagen area who want to play some good old-fashioned punk rock together with me..."
ARTILLERY U.S. tour dates:
May 25 - Baltimore, MD - Maryland Deathfest
May 26 - New York, NY - Saint Vitus Bar
ARTILLERY's "Warrior Blood" video can be viewed below. The clip was filmed in February 2011 with Morten Madsen as producer. According to ARTILLERY vocalist Søren Adamsen, the song's lyrics were written "about fighting. Soldiers, prize-fighters, people who are struggling with deadly diseases."
"Warrior Blood" is the first single/video from ARTILLERY's sixth album, "My Blood", which was released in Europe on March 21, 2011 via Metal Mind Productions (April 5 in the U.S. through MVD and March 9 in Japan via King Records). 14 songs were laid down during the sessions at Medley Studios in Copenhagen — 10 brand new tracks, a remake of "Ain't Giving In" (from 1992's "Mind Factory" demo) and three bonus tracks which are all new versions of timeless classics from the 1985 album "Fear Of Tomorrow" ("The Eternal War", "The Almighty" and "Show Your Hate"). The cover artwork was created by well-known Polish graphic designer Graal, who has previously worked with VITAL REMANS, SINISTER, SOLITUDE AETURNUS and BULLDOZER. Graal was also responsible for the covers of ARTILLERY's "Through The Years" box and "When Death Comes"
New Jersey "classic/true" metallers ATTACKER will enter the studio today to lay down vocals on the track "Steel Vengeance", formerly known as "Condemned". The song was never officially made available any ATTACKER album but was released as an extremely limited quantity single for the band's 2008 Keep It True X festival performance.
"Steel Vengeance" will be featured on ATTACKER's next release.
ATTACKER recently recruited Bobby "Leatherlungs" Lucas (SEVEN WITCHES, OVERLORDE, MORBID SIN) as its new vocalist. Lucas is still a member of OVERLORDE, which is currently working on a new album.
According to ATTACKER drummer Mike Sabatini, the band will focus on writing and recording material for its as-yet-untitled next album which it expects to release by year's end. He states, "We are extremely excited to have Bobby in the ranks bringing his talent to the table, we couldn't have asked for a better addition to the band."
He adds, "We've had a long but well-needed break and are looking forward to playing shows again. We do what we do for the love of it and for the fans
that do appreciate it and for no other reason than that. This stuff is in our blood!"
Comments Lucas: "I am very happy and excited to be a part of the amazing ATTACKER! This is a band I have been a fan of since first hearing them on 'Metal Massacre V' back in '86! I was hoping the right gig would eventually come along...I have been out of the original scene far too long, and here we are! It all seemed to fall into place. This band is right up my alley, classic true power metal!"
In other news, ATTACKER has been confirmed for the Metal Assault III festival, set to take place in January 2013 at Posthalle in Würzburg, Germany.
German alcoholic thrashers TANKARD have set "A Girl Called Cerveza" as the title of their 30th-anniversary album, due at the end of July via the band's new label home, Nuclear Blast Records. The CD is currently being recorded at Studio 23 in Frankfurt with producer Michael Mainx (ONKELZ, DER W, DISBELIEF, D-A-D).
The first part of the "A Girl Called Cerveza" album cover can be seen below (hidden behind beer cans).
TANKARD's fourteenth studio album, "Vol(l)ume 14", was released on December 17, 2010 via AFM Records. The limited-edition digipak version of the album includes a bonus DVD containing footage of TANKARD's performance at the 2009 edition of the Headbangers Open Air festival, which took place July 23-25, 2009 in in Brande-Hörnerkirchen, Germany.
A deal between America's premier adult entertainment super power Déjà Vu and MÖTLEY CRÜE frontman Vince Neil created Las Vegas' newest adult entertainment spot. The deal, constructed by celebrity dealmaker Michael Politz, married the two brands into Neil's 1987 mega hit "Girls, Girls, Girls". The club name is based on the band's 1987 album of the same name paying homage to hard-living lifestyle, their love of riding fast, large motorcycles, drinking whiskey, and spending long nights at strip clubs.
It was almost inevitable that one of the MÖTLEY CRÜE bandmembers would eventually open a strip club with the same name. Neil has promised that it will provide an "edgier" strip club experience, Girls, Girls, Girls will be a "rock 'n' roll strip club" and Neil has said all his entertainers will look like they've "stepped out of a music video. Bringing back the vibe of the Sunset Strip in the days [he] ran the streets. Tattoos, hot, provocative and edgy." Neil also claimed, "I know what guys want in sexy girls, and we'll have more than enough of that. I'm going to orchestrate the sexiest girls in town. I've always wanted to have a strip club, and this one is going to be the best there is. I'm going to be there to guarantee that. There won't be any house or generic strip club music. This will be full-on rock 'n' roll. It will be a blast from start to finish. Yeah, we'll even play a little MÖTLEY."
In a recent interview with Sally Steele of Vegas Rocks! magazine, Neil stated about why he decided to open his own strip club, "I've been going to strip clubs my whole adult life, I think. With the song 'Girls Girls Girls', we got inducted in 2007 into the Stripper Fall Of Fame. So it was just something that has been coming for a long time."
He added, "I love new businesses. It's just another cool thing, and I think it's great for Las Vegas. It's something different in a city that has everything. . . I literally live, like, five minutes from [the club]. So I'm gonna be here a lot when I'm in town and come here and hang out. It's a great place to hang."
The Girls, Girls, Girls grand-opening black-carpet event will be held on Friday, April 13. Showtime: 8 p.m. Black-carpet walk: 11 p.m.
Déjà Vu presents Vince Neil's Girls, Girls, Girls
4740 South Arville Rd
Las Vegas, NV 89103
Déjà Vu: The company is headquartered in Lansing, Michigan; it was founded and is controlled by Harry Mohney, who partners with Roger Forbes and opened his first Déjà Vu strip club in Seattle in 1987. At the time, his main business was the large-scale distribution of pornography. A Deja Vu Love Boutique in Bay City, Michigan. The strip clubs are called Déjà Vu Showgirls, Little Darlings or Dream Girls or (by agreement with Mohney's longtime friend Larry Flynt, who is not involved in the management of the clubs) Larry Flynt's Hustler Club and Hustler Barely Legal. Déjà Vu also owns most of the adult theatres and clubs in San Francisco; these, however, carry different names. The clubs typically aim for a clean and upscale atmosphere and offer fully nude or topless stage dancing as well as lap dances. Many do not serve alcohol, to avoid stringent liquor license requirements. Several clubs have associated boutiques selling sex toys, cigars, Déjà Vu merchandise etc. The chain used to organize nation-wide competitions for the "Déjà Vu Showgirl Of The Year", "Showgirl Spectacular" and "Pole Princess", but these competitions were ended in 2010.
HALESTORM's new album, "The Strange Case Of…", is likely to sell between 18,000 and 21,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release, according to industry web site Hits Daily Double. The estimate was based on one-day sales reports compiled after the record arrived in stores on April 10 via Atlantic.
HALESTORM singer Lzzy Hale told The Pulse Of Radio that the band is often in awe of its fans' devotion. "We've experienced some absolutely out-of-their-minds rock fans, and I have to say that with the utmost respect," she said. "You have to respect the crazy ones, and the ones that will drive six hours to see a 30-minute set or camp out in the wintertime to get their ticket. Seriously, it's a huge part of what we do and it's a huge part of what any band does."
According to Lzzy, fans are "going to be hearing and tasting a lot of different sides of HALESTORM" on "The Strange Case Of…", adding, "It's us really not boxing ourselves in. On our last record, we were trying really hard to make sure everything is consistent, that there was a theme, everything was on 10. With this new one, we just kind of let it be what it was going to be . . . this record is a lot more human than the last record. I decided to be brave on this record and go to all extremes."
Hale told The Pulse Of Radio that the writing process for "The Strange Case Of…" was split in two distinct halves. "We went into it right off the road, so the first half of the record that we wrote was very… We were writing some of the most aggressive songs that we've ever written, I'm screaming my head off, you know," she said. "And then halfway through, started writing some of the most personal songs that, you know, we've ever written, and some things that I've never talked about before, and it's interesting — there's two definite sides and very real sides to what we do and who I am."
Hale also said about the new disc, "With this record, we had just a better concept of our fans and a lot of what we did was inspired by them and the feeling that we got during our live shows.? Also, the music is bridging the gap between what we do live and what we can do in the studio."
"The Strange Case Of…" follows up HALESTORM's acclaimed 2009 self-titled debut, which featured the hits "I Get Off" and "Familiar Taste Of Poison".
"The Strange Case Of…" track listing:
01. Love Bites (So Do I)
02. Mz. Hyde
03. I Miss The Misery
04. Freak Like Me
05. Beautiful With You
06. In Your Room
07. Break In
08. Rock Show
09. Daughters Of Darkness
10. You Call Me A Bitch Like It's A Bad Thing
11. American Boys
12. Here's To Us
The band will be the openers for the Mass Chaos tour, starring GODSMACK and STAIND, which starts on April 13 in Augusta, Georgia.
Guitar virtuoso and singer/songwriter Richie Kotzen (formerly of POISON and MR. BIG) has regretfully canceled his shows planned for later this month in New York City, Long Island, Baltimore, and Redondo.
"Since I came back from Europe I have been struggling with my voice," Richie said in a statement. "Last Saturday's gig in San Juan Cap was a vocal disaster.
"I thought it was fatigue from the brutal schedule in Europe. However, the voice is getting worse and now I am having pain even speaking.
"Today I went to my doctor in Beverly Hills. He is an ear, nose, and throat specialist.
"I was concerned I may have nodes. 16 years ago I had nodes... twice... two separate surgeries.
"Today he looked at me and it is very very bad news... My left vocal cord is hemorrhaged, bruised, and bleeding.
"The bottom line is I need to be on total voice rest for the next three weeks. This means no singing and limited talking.
"I explained I had gigs next week and he told me I am the only singer he ever treated that wanted to talk about doing shows with this condition.
"He explained that by trying to sing in this condition I would likely ruin my voice for good.
"I am very sorry but I must cancel all shows for April.
"The doctor assured me that if I rest and follow his advice my voice will return back to normal within three weeks from now.
"Those of you who purchased VIP tickets will be refunded through PayPal.
"Sorry for this bad news."
Kotzen burst onto the heavy metal scene as a teenager with a lightning-fast guitar techniques. With his talents, Kotzen has played with some of the best musicians; including renowned jazz great Stanley Clarke and a three-year stint in the band MR. BIG.
"I have been lucky in the sense that I have been able to play with guys who I could learn from," explains Kotzen. "The biggest musical lesson for me was playing in a band with Stanley Clarke and Lenny White. Obviously, these guys are jazz musicians and I am not, but I learned so much from the time we recorded and toured together. My favorite rock bassist is Billy Sheehan, and we were in MR. BIG together for three years, which was awesome."
Swedish female-fronted symphonic rock/metal band THE MURDER OF MY SWEET will release its second album, "Bye Bye Lullaby", on May 25 via AFM Records. The follow-up to 2010's "Divanity" will include 13 brand new tracks. The album's first edition will be available as digipak.
Commented THE MURDER OF MY SWEET singer Angelica Rylin: "'Bye Bye Lullaby' has been a long time coming. We wrote nearly enough songs for two full albums and had to carefully choose these thirteen to truly represent the new, updated THE MURDER OF MY SWEET. This album includes performances from close friends Jesper Strömblad (who you all know from IN FLAMES), Fredrik Åkesson (from OPETH) and Peter Wichers (from SOILWORK), so it's a really brave record. The major difference for me is the variation in the songs; we've taken them down a darker path, as well as on a more commercial path. It's unorthodox, maybe, but since there are so many female-fronted bands out there, we felt that this combination had never been tried before, and would be breaking new ground, which is way more fun."
Added THE MURDER OF MY SWEET composer and drummer Daniel Flores: "Who doesn't like huge variety and impact created with sound? Small fragments of sonic whispering, say mixed with soulful performances? With this new lineup, my imagination had no limits and you will surely be hearing an even bigger cinematic soundscape than you all grew to love on 'Divanity'!"
THE MURDER OF MY SWEET's new lineup includes Daniel, Angelica, guitarist Christopher Vetter and bassist Teddy Westlund.
"Bye Bye Lullaby" track listing:
01. Armageddon
02. Fallen
03. Unbreakable
04. I Dare You
05. Violently Peaceful
06. Meant To Last Forever
07. Idolize
08. Kind Of Lousy
09. The One
10. Resurrection
11. Waiting For The 27th (Booh Prologue)
12. Black September
13. Phantom Pain
THE MURDER OF MY SWEET formed in early 2007 when Flores met Rylin. "There was a rumor that Angelica was the finest vocalist in Stockholm and I wanted to see if that was true," said Daniel. "To my amazement, she was!" Daniel had already hooked up with Daniel Palmqvist on guitar, Johan Niemann on bass and Andreas Lindahl on keyboards, so the next step was to start writing songs. "Angelica's voice needed another sort of songs than what we had on the table," continued Daniel. "So we wrote more than 25 songs with 12 of them that [ended] up being on the [first] album."
Indie Recordings has announced the signing of the Norwegian black metal band BLODHEMN.
BLODHEMN saw the light of night in 2004 as a one-man black metal band formed by Invisus as an outlet for his need to spread his music and lyrics. The first demos raised a lot of eyebrows in the underground scene in 2008, and the critically acclaimed EP "Brenn Alle Bruer" from 2010 made it clear that Invisus and BLODHEMN were very serious about what they were doing. BLODHEMN became an underground phenomena, and also earned a reputation as a stunning live band which amongst others resulted in them being handpicked to play the Norwegian industry festival By:Larm in 2011 at the main stage. The title track from "Brenn Alle Bruer" was also played a lot on national rock radio.

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