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"That Metal Show" Season 11 is back on VH1 Classic and is jam-packed with a star-studded lineup of the "who's who" in heavy metal. "That Metal Show" hosts Eddie Trunk, Don Jamieson and Jim Florentine are the only trio on television ready to discuss, dissect and debate all things hard rock and heavy metal. Metal enthusiasts will delight in watching Eddie, Don, Jim and their guests dish on all things rock, music and mayhem.

"That Metal Show" Season 11 is not only bringing the drumsticks, guitar picks and ear-shattering music riffs, it's also coming with exclusive, behind-the-scenes gritty stories from the road for metalheads alike. With 10 seasons behind them, Eddie, Don and Jim are back with a few new faces and some returning crowd favorites.

Season 11 of "That Metal Show" kicks off on Saturday, August 11 and featured guests include AEROSMITH's Joey Kramer and Brad Whitford, IRON MAIDEN's Steve Harris, CHICKENFOOT's Sammy Hagar and Michael Anthony, Zakk Wylde (BLACK LABEL SOCIETY, OZZY OSBOURNE) and former QUEENSRŸCHE singer Geoff Tate.

Scheduled guests:

Episode #1 - August 11 premiere date:

(Note: This episode was taped in March 2012, but did not air as part of the last season of "That Metal Show".)

* David Draiman (DISTURBED)
* Russell Allen, Mike Orlando (ADRENALINE MOB)
* Mike Portnoy (ADRENALINE MOB, DREAM THEATER) (guest drummer)

Episode #2 - August 18 premiere date:

(Note: This episode was taped in March 2012, but did not air as part of the last season of "That Metal Show".)

* Bobby Blotzer (RATT)
* Steve Riley, Phil Lewis (L.A. GUNS)
* Steve Stevens (BILLY IDOL) (guest guitarist)

Episode #3 (to be taped later this month) - premiere date to be announced:

* Geoff Tate (QUEENSRŸCHE)
* Zakk Wylde (BLACK LABEL SOCIETY, OZZY OSBOURNE)

Episode #4 (to be taped later this month) - premiere date to be announced:

* Joey Kramer, Brad Whitford (AEROSMITH)
* Tom Petersson (CHEAP TRICK)

Episode #5 (to be taped later this month) - premiere date to be announced:

* Steve Harris (IRON MAIDEN)

Episode #6 (to be taped later this month) - premiere date to be announced:

* Ann, Nancy Wilson (HEART)
* Lita Ford

Episode #7 (to be taped later this month) - premiere date to be announced:

* Sammy Hagar, Michael Anthony (CHICKENFOOT, VAN HALEN)

Episode #8 (to be taped later this month) - premiere date to be announced:

* King Diamond (KING DIAMOND, MERCYFUL FATE)
* Mark Tremonti (ALTER BRIDGE, CREED)

In addition, three guitar greats will return to play in the above-mentioned six new shows: John 5 (ROB ZOMBIE, MARILYN MANSON), Doug Aldrich (WHITESNAKE, DIO) and George Lynch (LYNCH MOB, DOKKEN). Former BIOHAZARD frontman Evan Seinfeld will also appear in a Guest Top 5.

"That Metal Show" is a production of VH1 Classic. Lee Rolontz and Keshia Williams serve as executive producers and Jeff Baumgardner serves as producer for VH1. Adam "Hate" Heydt is the director of the series.
 
British heavy metal legends IRON MAIDEN this week landed at position No. 3 on Billboard.com's "Hot Tours" list of top-grossing tours this week with $4.8 million in ticket sales from seven performances on their 2012 tour through North America. The 34-date "Maiden England" trek is based on the band's "Seventh Son Of A Seventh Son Tour", with a setlist almost exclusively from the 1980s featuring all the classic songs and hits. The same spectacular stage set as was used on the original 1988 tour has been recreated, complete with a magnificent light show, pyro and a newly reincarnated Eddie.

Asked by AZCentral.com what inspired the "history of MAIDEN" series of tours, MAIDEN drummer Nicko McBrain said, "The primary reason is there were these new generations of fans. We thought, 'These kids weren't even thought about when we went out with this particular tour and that particular tour.' And that's how it all started. So it works out well for us. When you're doing a brand-new record, you've got to see how the sales go on that, you've got to go on tour and promote it, which we've always done a great job of in the past. But it's nice to not have to take that side of the industry with you every time you go out on tour."

Regarding whether re-creating what he did in 1988 stirred memories of that time in IRON MAIDEN's history for him, Nicko said, "I think if you ask everybody, we kind of just know we were there but we don't remember a bloody thing about it. [laughs] But going to these places we played in that period of our lives, you sometimes get these memories jogged. It's like when you sit around a table with your childhood mates, and somebody will say one little thing and it just conjures up this memory. For me, I find it more so when I'm actually playing a song at a particular venue. I might be halfway through a song, and I'll go, 'I remember what I did after the gig that night. This is where I took my wife out and whatever happened.' Well, she wouldn't have been my wife then. [laughs, and then in a much louder voice] It might have been someone else's. [laughs]"

McBrain, who joined IRON MAIDEN in 1982 as the replacement for drummer Clive Burr, tells AZCentral.com that he still think very highly of the "Seventh Son Of A Seventh Son" album, especially now that he has had to re-learn all the material from it. "It's a masterpiece," he said. "What I tended to do was listen to the 'Maiden England' video. And I'd go, 'Gosh, I can't believe we played that song that fast.' So what we've done is — we still have a lot of energy, but as a player, I've realized that we couldn't play these songs at that speed today and make it work. We were younger, and it was a lot more crazy. We're a bit more refined with where we go with the tempos now. There are still nights where I get a bit quick, and me and Steve [Harris, bass] get going together and the rest of the band moan and groan at us because we think we're young kids again up there. [laughs] But it was really nice listening back to the old stuff because I rarely revisit the older MAIDEN material when I'm listening in my car to music."
 
On Tuesday, October 9, a second volume of DIO's best tracks will be unleashed via Niji Entertainment"The Very Beast Of Dio Vol. 2" – a follow-up to the gold-certified "The Very Beast Of Dio". The 17-track CD picks up exactly where the first volume left off — from 1996 onward. And in addition to featuring such latter-day DIO classics as "Killing The Dragon", "Push" and "Fever Dreams", the compilation will also include several rarities that fans have long requested on a single disc — "Electra" (which previously was only a part of the ultra-rare "Tournado" box set), "Prisoner of Paradise" and "Metal Will Never Die".

As the Ronnie James Dio Facebook page administrator raves, "I absolutely know that every single Dio fan is going to want 'The Very Beast Of Dio Vol. 2'! I'm a HUGE Dio fan, just like all of you, and I can't tell you how excited I am about this CD. I had the pleasure of listening to the CD that was produced, mixed, and remastered by Ronnie's longtime engineer, Wyn Davis, and it sounds BLOODY INSANE!!!"

Also included as part of the release will be liner notes penned by long-time supporter and friend of Ronnie's, Eddie Trunk from VH1 Classic's "That Metal Show", as well as an awesome front cover painting by artist Marc Sasso (who previously created the covers for DIO's "Killing The Dragon" and "Master Of The Moon" albums).

"The Very Beast Of Dio Vol. 2" will also be receiving a significant promotional push, as it will be promoted on Trunk's radio program, and will be given away via the infamous "Box Of Junk" on an episode of "That Metal Show". And, of course, the very popular official Ronnie James Dio Facebook page will get behind the release — which has over 735,000 fans (and receives between 800,000 to 1,000,000 hits per month).

As the Dio Facebook page administrator notes, "Just to let you know, the first 'Beast Of Dio' was only released in the USA and Canada, and has sold over 800,000 CDs to date! This CD will be in EVERY COUNTRY and our Dio store too!"

"The Very Beast Of Dio Vol. 2" track listing:

01. Killing the Dragon
02. Push
03. The Eyes
04. Along Comes A Spider
05. Better In The Dark
06. Fever Dreams
07. Black
08. Feed My Head
09. Shivers
10. Hunter Of The Heart (live)
11. One More For The Road
12. Lord Of The Last Day
13. Electra (bonus track)
14. As Long As It's Not About Love
15. This Is Your Life
16. Metal Will Never Die (bonus track)
17. Prisoner Of Paradise (bonus track)
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Michael Christopher of The Boston Phoenix recently conducted an interview with MOTÖRHEAD mainman Lemmy Kilmister. A few excerpts from the chat follow below.

On his "legend" status:

Lemmy: "I'm pretty grounded — I don't believe any of that crap. You have to remember where you come from, which is exactly where they [the audience] come from; it's just the same, and I got lucky. I'm the one they're pointing at, at the moment; later on, one of them will be the one we're pointing at. It comes around."

On the recent passing of former DEEP PURPLE keyboardist Jon Lord at the age of 71:

Lemmy: "It's just a shame, because Jon Lord was, to a large extent, responsible for me being in rock and roll. He was in a band called the ARTWOODS years ago, with Ronnie Wood's brother Arthur. They were sort of a jazz-blues band, I guess. They played at the place in Wales where I was living, this dingy little boozer, and I was talking to Jon and, like an idiot, he gave me his address in London. So, of course, I went down there and he wasn't there, but he was living at Art's mother's house where Ronnie Wood, who was in a band called THE BIRDS, was living and they let me crash on the couch. I woke up and I've got all THE BIRDS standing around me going, 'What are you doing on Mom-mom's couch?,' all poking me with this terrible cockney rabble. I never forgot that Jon — a complete stranger, and I'm some kid — gave me his address to come down to London and see him. I often told him thanks for that. I saw him late last year in a hotel in Germany in Cologne. He was over there doing some orchestral stuff, and we talked in the bar for awhile. . . . I'm glad I saw him, since he's since departed."

On the Internet being used to promote new bands:

Lemmy: "The unfortunate thing about it is you give them the Internet, which is the greatest communication system known to mankind, and we use it for fucking child pornography, which is really encouraging, isn't it? You can rely on mankind; they always take it to the lowest common denominator and crap all over it."

On social media like Facebook and Twitter:

Lemmy: "I don't do those things, because I have enough hassle keeping up with what we've got without it, sitting on my ass doing 10 to 20 hours of that every day, twitting all my friends. Twitter? Not in my lexicon, sorry. I don't Twitter, man."
 
Peter Hodgson of SeymourDuncan.com recently conducted an interview with former DIO and current DEF LEPPARD guitarist Vivian Campbell. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow below.

SeymourDuncan.com: So DEF LEPPARD is re-recording more old material. Why?

Vivian: It's a long and complicated story as to why we've decided to re-record, but basically it involves our not being able to come to a financial agreement with our former record company as regards digital releases. We are continuing to re-record the biggest hits of the band's catalogue as, frankly, we see no signs that the label will come to an acceptable arrangement with us anytime soon and in the meantime we wish our music to be available to those who want to buy it in a digital format. Personally, I think they're pretty impressive versions! As we now live in an à la carte world when it comes to music purchases, we're concentrating on the most popular songs first. We have no plans to re-record entire albums at this stage.

SeymourDuncan.com: What's it like for you to revisit the DIO material [with your new band featuring original DIO members Vinny Appice (drums), Jimmy Bain (bass) and Claude Schnell (keyboards) along with singer Andy Freeman]? The crowd seemed to go insane when you played "Rainbow In The Dark" with STEEL PANTHER recently!

Vivian: I'm very excited about revisiting the DIO songs again, as are the other guys from the original band. It's been a long time since I was able to address that time in my life as there were a lot of bad memories that went along with all the great music. However, now I can focus on the positive again and I feel it's time to revisit the songs I wrote and the way that I played guitar back then. They were great records and we were all very much a part of making them.

SeymourDuncan.com: What do you think of the [DEF LEPPARD] album "Slang" these days? It seems to have held up very well and not dated like a lot of other bands' albums from that time have.

Vivian: I always had mixed feelings about "Slang", even while we were recording it. I do very, very much like the sonics of it, as we used real drums for the first time in many years and the guitar sounds are also much less processed and more direct. However, the issue I always had with the record was that I personally don't believe that we did ourselves justice in terms of the songwriting — I feel we could've fine-tuned them a lot more and that we were pandering too much to the then current trends in music. To me, DEF LEPPARD was always synonymous with well-crafted songs and big choruses and harmonies, and whilst there was an obvious shift in musical tastes going on at the time, I still felt that we could have remained more true to the principles that had shaped the band's success.
 
Some of the biggest names in rock contribute to a very special collection being released by Cleopatra Records on August 14, "Songs Of The Century: An All-Star Tribute To Supertramp". The record features members of ASIA, YES, KING CRIMSON, THE DOORS, DEEP PURPLE, XTC, TOTO, MR. MISTER, DREAM THEATER, NEKTAR, PORCUPINE TREE, GENTLE GIANT, RENAISSANCE, and RAINBOW.

SUPERTRAMP formed in 1970 in the U.K. While initially considered a progressive rock outfit, the incredible songwriting of Roger Hodgson and Rick Davies, coupled with Hodgson's unmistakable voice, moved the group into the pop and rock stratosphere by the 1980s. They amazingly straddled the line between expansive prog and commercial radio with unforgettable melodies, sing-along lyrics, a wizard-like Wurlizer, and the accent of the saxophone. They sold more than 60 million records, and hit singles from "Crime Of The Century", "Even In The Quietest Moments" and "Breakfast In America" are still played on radio stations, used in advertising, and etched in minds.

The recognizable and beloved SUPERTRAMP hit songs are reenvisioned on "Songs Of The Century", including "The Logical Song", "Take The Long Way Home", and "Goodbye Stranger", plus takes on gems like "Rudy" and "It's Raining Again". Producer Billy Sherwood enthuses, "There are some cool, unique moments like Annie Haslam singing 'Dreamer' and one of the other highlights for me is Rick Wakeman's piano playing on 'Crime Of The Century'. And Joe Lynn Turner singing 'Bloody Well Right' is just killer." Richard Page offers a delightful version of "Give A Little Bit" that exudes all the sweet charm of the original. The bonus track is a new piece from Chris Squire and Tony Kaye of YES.

The studio guest list also included John Wetton, Tony Levin, Robby Krieger, Colin Moulding, Steve Morse, Steve Porcaro, Roye Albrighton, Peter Banks, David Sancious, Gary Green, John Wesley, Geoff Downes, Jordan Rudess, Rod Argent, Mickey Thomas and more.

Explains Brian Perera, President of Cleopatra Records, "SUPERTRAMP is pretty inactive, and there's a fan base out there that is just hungry for more SUPERTRAMP, and nobody can give it to them".

Sherwood (the producer of the groundbreaking PINK FLOYD tribute albums "Back Against The Wall" and "Return To The Dark Side Of The Moon", as well as supergroup THE PROG COLLECTIVE) was very pleased to be asked to oversee the task of celebrating SUPERTRAMP. He says, "SUPERTRAMP is a great band. They've written so many hits that you can't even count them all."

The song "Give A Little Bit" from "Songs Of The Century: An All-Star Tribute To Supertramp" is available for streaming at this location.
 
 
According to The Pulse Of Radio, Rob Zombie's sixth film as a writer and director, "The Lords Of Salem", will premiere this September at the Toronto International Film Festival. The movie will screen as part of the event's "Midnight Madness" series of genre films. The movie, about a 300-year-old coven of witches seeking revenge on the modern-day town of Salem, marks Zombie's first collaboration with the producers of the "Paranormal Activity" franchise and his first live-action film since 2009's "Halloween 2". The film does not yet have a release date.

Zombie told The Pulse Of Radio he's making a different type of horror movie this time around. "It's strange, I don't think it's scary necessarily, that's not even the way I look at it," he said. "It's a different type of a movie 'cause it's a slow sort of mindfuck of a movie. The few people that have seen it, it's not like, 'Oh, I'm jumping in my seat, I'm scared, ha ha.' You can see it messes with them, it's just a slow torture. Even when the movie would end, people wouldn't really say much. Then they would call me the next day and they'd go, 'I was so in shock by that point in the movie, I didn't know what to say.'"

Zombie began shooting the film earlier this year, taking time off between filming and post-production to tour and start work on a new record.

Zombie has also been working on his first new album since 2010's "Hellbilly Deluxe 2". The new, yet-to-be-titled CD is set for a late 2012 release.

The singer will also release a collection of remixes of various Zombie tracks on August 7 called "Mondo Sex Head". The remixes feature some of the hottest names in the growing electronic dance music scene, along with contributions from Jonathan Davis of KORN and Chino Moreno of DEFTONES.
 
Chicago doom-metal legends TROUBLE announced in February that they recruited Kyle Thomas as their new singer following the departure of their frontman of the past four years, Kory Clarke (of WARRIOR SOUL fame).

Thomas, former lead vocalist for EXHORDER, FLOODGATE and ALABAMA THUNDERPUSSY, was no stranger to TROUBLE as he previously fronted the band for four live shows between 1997 and 1999, including Stoner Hands Of Doom festival in Maryland (see video below) and Expo Of The Extreme in Chicago. Thomas has also collaborated on projects with members of SLIPKNOT, DOWN, OBITUARY and DEICIDE.

In a new posting on TROUBLE's Facebook page, the band writes, "Kyle has been writing [vocal melodies and lyrics to the new TROUBLE songs] and is just about ready to go [to begin laying down his vocals on the new TROUBLE album] (by the way, he sounds awesome). Friday we go back to the studio to start putting final guitar tweaks down. Almost there now..."

In a recent interview with Metal Kaoz, TROUBLE guitarist Bruce Franklin stated about Kyle's addition to the band, "We didn't need to change any of the [new] music [to suit Kyle's vocals]. He really knows how to sing to TROUBLE stuff because he was a fan from way back."

Added Kyle: "They had given me four songs to work on when I was jamming with them in anticipation of possibly doing the album that came to be 'Simple Mind Condition'. I did demo one song, but nothing I did ever made it to the album. Things turned out the way that they have between then and now, and here I am."

He continued, "Bruce and Rick [Wartell, guitar] have always been great to me as people and business partners. I was made to feel an equal back then, and the same goes for now. That is monumental for me — I grew up listening to these guys and now I am a member of one of my favorite bands. You can't beat that."

TROUBLE's current lineup is:

Kyle Thomas (vocals)
Rick Wartell (guitar)
Bruce Franklin (guitar)
Shane Pasqualla (bass)
Mark Lira (drums)
 
"Dark Roots Of Earth", the new album from San Francisco Bay Area metal veterans TESTAMENT, is likely to sell between 15,000 and 18,000 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 July 31 via Nuclear Blast Records.

TESTAMENT's previous studio CD, "The Formation of Damnation", opened with 11,400 units back in May 2008 to debut at position No. 59 on The Billboard 200 chart.

"Dark Roots Of Earth" was produced, mixed and mastered by acclaimed British producer Andy Sneap (ARCH ENEMY, NEVERMORE, ACCEPT, EXODUS). Special bonus tracks were recorded, mixed and mastered by Juan Urteaga (MACHINE HEAD, EXODUS, TED NUGENT, NIGHT RANGER) at his Trident Studios. The cover artwork for the effort (see below) was painted by Eliran Kantor, who has previously worked with ATHEIST, SIGH, ANACRUSIS and GWAR, among others.

"Dark Roots Of Earth" jewel case CD track listing:

01. Rise Up
02. Native Blood
03. Dark Roots Of Earth
04. True American Hate
05. A Day In The Death
06. Cold Embrace
07. Man Kills Mankind
08. Throne Of Thorns
09. Last Stand For Independence

"Dark Roots Of Earth" CD/DVD track listing:

01. Rise Up
02. Native Blood
03. Dark Roots Of Earth
04. True American Hate
05. A Day In The Death
06. Cold Embrace
07. Man Kills Mankind
08. Throne Of Thorns
09. Last Stand For Independence

Bonus:

10. Dragon Attack (QUEEN cover)
11. Animal Magnetism (SCORPIONS cover)
12. Powerslave (IRON MAIDEN cover)
13. Throne Of Thornes (extended version)
+ Bonus DVD

"Dark Roots Of Earth" vinyl track listing:

Side A:

01. Rise Up
02. Native Blood
03. Dark Roots Of Earth

Side B:

04. True American Hate
05. A Day In The Death
06. Cold Embrace

Side C:

07. Man Kills Mankind
08. Throne Of Thorns
09. Last Stand For Independence

Side D (Bonus):

10. Dragon Attack (QUEEN cover)
11. Animal Magnetism (SCORPIONS cover)
12. Powerslave (IRON MAIDEN cover)

The "Native Blood" video can be seen below.

TESTAMENT vocalist Chuck Billy collaborated with seasoned director Mike Sloat to put together a clip that is universal in message while bringing the spotlight to Billy's Native American heritage — The Pomo Indians.

The performance portion of the video was shot on the Billy Ranch in Hopland, California, where the flames were huge and the temperatures were high.

The "Native Blood" clip is about the growth a Native American youth throughout the years. When faced with hatred, racism, bullying, and harassment, he uses nature's sanctuary to recharge and meditate on the lessons he learned from his grandfather to handle these very tough situations in a way to honor and dignify himself and his people.

Billy previously stated about "Native Blood", "It's almost like a protest song, that the Native Americans have a voice that needs to be heard — that's the chorus of the song."
 
San Francisco Bay Area metallers EXODUS will headline the main stage at the third annual Slaughter By The Water festival, set to take place on August 25 on the USS Hornet Aircraft Carrier in Alameda, California. The main stage will also include performances by PHILM, SEVERED FIFTH, ABSU, WITCHAVEN, IMPALED, AUTOPSY, FOG OF WAR and ABYSMAL DAWN. The Pier stage will feature ENEMY IN PERIL, DESECRATOR, NECROSIN, HEMOTOXIN, ULYSSES SIREN, SCARS OF ENVY and ZH. The event will be hosted by TESTAMENT's Chuck Billy.

A video clip of Bay Area thrash legends TESTAMENT announcing EXODUS as the headliners of Slaughter By The Water can be viewed below.

Advance tickets for the main stage performances (general admission) are on sale now and are just $35.00. Tickets cost $45.00 at the door.

Main-stage performances begin at 5 p.m. and go until 12:30 a.m. From noon to 9 p.m., access to the entire pier, which includes Pier Stage entertainment, food vendors and retailers, is FREE to the public. The pier stage is powered by Rock The Bike and the bands performing will be announced soon.

All main-stage ticket purchases also entitle you to a discounted admission rate to freely roam the USS Hornet on the day of the event between the hours of 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Discounted admission is $12.00 per person in addition to the cost of the general admission ticket. Slaughter By The Water general admission tickets only get you access to the ship and private tours after 5 p.m.

There is free parking at this event.
 
 
"Few Against Many", the new album from Greek melodic metallers FIREWIND — who feature in their ranks current OZZY OSBOURNE guitarist Gus G. — has spent two weeks in the top position on the official chart in the band's home country.

Commented Gus: "This is a historical moment for FIREWIND, as it's our first No. 1 album and a historical moment for the Greek metal scene, as we're the first metal band from this country to achieve this. Our legions of fans have only been growing in our homeland and together we prove that heavy metal music is strong despite mainstream media's ignorance all these years! Many thanks to everyone for supporting us and catapulting 'Few Against Many' to the top!"

He added, "2012 is the 10th year of FIREWIND in discography. To celebrate this, we will end our touring activities this year with some very special and intimate shows in Greece and more specifically with two shows in Athens and two shows in Thessaloniki. We plan to play different setlists each night and perform several songs of ours we've never done live before. Stay tuned as more info on the dates will be revealed soon!"

FIREWIND's new single, "Wall Of Sound", was certified gold in Sweden by the International Federation Of The Phonographic Industry for sales in excess of 10,000 copies.

"Wall Of Sound" was exclusively distributed in Sweden via Sweden Rock Magazine and each copy of the magazine containing the digipak CD — including the album tracks "Wall Of Sound" and "Few Against Many" as well as a previously unreleased demo version of "Wall Of Sound" — was counted towards the certification; the single itself was **not** sold separately.

The members of FIREWIND were presented with "Wall Of Sound" gold plaques by Sweden Rock Magazine correspondent Daniela Pilic on July 18 during their hometown concert in Thessaloniki, Greece.

"Few Against Many" sold around 1,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release. The CD landed at position No. 28 on the Top New Artist Albums (Heatseekers) chart, which lists the best-selling albums by new and developing artists, defined as those who have never appeared in the Top 100 of The Billboard 200.

"Few Against Many" was released in Europe on May 21 via Century Media Records and in North America on May 22 through DisManic, Inc. via eOne Distribution. The CD was mixed by Jason Suecof and Eyal Levi at Audiohammer Studios (TRIVIUM, ALL THAT REMAINS, DEATH ANGEL) in Sanford, Florida.

Produced by Gus, "Few Against Many" was recorded with his longtime bandmates, vocalist Apollo Papathanasio, keyboardist/guitarist Bob Katsionis and bassist Petros Christo, at Valve Studio in Greece as well as the Sweetspot Studios in Sweden and sees the band expanding on its signature melodic sound with some of its most aggressive songs to date. The CD also marks the recording debut of new FIREWIND drummer Johan Nunez (NIGHTRAGE).
 
SLIPKNOT's greatest-hits package, "Antennas To Hell", sold more than 16,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to land at position No. 18 on The Billboard 200 chart. The set consists of 19 songs from the band's four major label studio albums, as well as live performances of "The Heretic Anthem" and "Purity", plus a remix of "My Plague". A 17-track bonus disc, "(sic)nesses: Live At The Download Festival 2009", is also included in the package.

Drummer Joey Jordison told The Pulse Of Radio that he and the band compiled the set based not on their own feelings about their music, but on what their fans enjoy. "When we create music, and we record it and then we throw it out to the world; it's other people's music now, you know what I mean?" he said. "And like, it's not really ours anymore. We'll perform it, but it's for other people to enjoy. Like, I mean, it's still our songs, and we'll always play 'em, but it's like it's other people's music. So that's like kind of what we were doing, you know, with 'Antennas To Hell'."

Singer Corey Taylor said about the set, "It really took no time at all to get those together, and it's a good problem to have. And trust me, this band shudders at the thought of calling something a 'greatest-hits' or a 'best-of.' To us, it was just a compilation to a) celebrate the fact that our fans have been with us since day one, and b) to basically celebrate what we call the Paul years. To pay respect to that, to the years that we had Paul, and everything we built together."

The collection is the first release from SLIPKNOT since the passing of bassist Paul Gray in 2010.

Taylor recently confirmed that the group has been "putting together demos" for its fifth major label album, which it expects to begin recording next year.
 
MÖTLEY CRÜE singer Vince Neil was recently interviewed for "The Vegas Issue" of Grammy magazine, discussing his ties to the city. A couple of excerpts follow below

Grammy: How long have you lived in Las Vegas?

Vince: Seventeen years. And it's funny — every time I tell people I live in Vegas, they're surprised. They always think I still live in L.A. They'll ask me, "Do you like it?" Well, yeah I like it — it's why I live there.

Grammy: You are from L.A. What brought you to the land of slot machines and 10-buck prime rib?

Vince: I loved the clubs and the cool people and the weather and the vibe — it's almost like the Wild West.

Grammy: What about the music in Vegas?

Vince: Well, for one thing, it's getting a lot cooler. [In 2012] MÖTLEY CRÜE [became] the first hard rock band to have a residency at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino. Usually when you think of residencies, you think of Elton John or Celine Dion. Not MÖTLEY CRÜE.

Grammy: So overall, Vegas is becoming a more rock and roll city?

Vince: Yeah. I mean, Santana has a residency at the [House of Blues]. It's just started opening up more and more. We've been asked to do another residency next year.

Grammy: Will you do it?

Vince: I'd like to. Every night sold out. We'd have 4,000 people every night. I started asking, "Who's here from out of town?" And 90 percent of the people were. There's just so much stuff to do here if you're a rock fan. There's great shopping, great strip clubs, great restaurants. And the restaurants have gambling
 
MÖTLEY CRÜE frontman Vince Neil will headline this year's Tybee Island Pirate Festival, organizers announced Wednesday.

Neil will headline a live concert on Saturday, October 6 at 7 p.m.

Swashbucklers of all ages will converge on Tybee Island, Georgia, an island paradise located just 20 minutes east of historic Savannah, for the eighth annual Tybee Island Pirate Festival on October 4-7.

The festivities will kick off with the coronation at the King and Queen at the Buccaneer's Ball at the Crab Shack on Thursday, October 4. Friday evening entertainment will include live music by the Jimmy Buffett tribute band A1A, pirate performers, street performers, magicians, puppeteers, weaponry demonstrations and more. Eric and Susan Scites of Faire Wynds Historical Entertainment will demonstrate fire-eating and perform acts of magic throughout the weekend.

Additional highlights for the 2012 Tybee Island Pirate Festival include The Pirate Victory Parade, Scallywags Costume Contest, Little Matey's Cove, Thieves Market and the new Pirate Pub with live music.

"We invite everyone to get in touch with their inner pirate at this popular annual event," said Lindsay Fruchtl, director of marketing for the Tybee Island Tourism Council. "The Tybee Island Pirate Festival offers world-class entertainment with Vince Neil and family-friendly activities throughout the weekend at one of the liveliest celebrations along the coast."

The Tybee Island Pirate Fest originally began in 2005, attracting pirate enthusiasts from across the country. All 2012 Pirate Festival events will be held at the South Beach parking lot located at Tybrisa Street on Tybee Island, Georgia.

Organized by the Tybee Island Tourism Council, the Pirate Festival will showcase the best of Tybee Island, from award-winning restaurants to six miles of sandy beaches. Visitors are invited to escape the ordinary, if only for a weekend!

Pirate Festival weekend passes are $20 through August 31 and $22 after August 31. Children 12 and under are admitted free of charge.

For more information, visit www.tybeepiratefest.com.
 
Century Media has announced the signing of the Serbian band DESTINY POTATO. The group is currently putting the finishing touches on its debut album, to be released in early 2013.

Commented DESTINY POTATO: "Just a few months after we officially formed the band we got an opportunity to play our first show at Euroblast 2011 where we met some boys and gals from Century Media as they came to hear/see us play. Not long after the fest we got in touch with them and after months of negotiations we are finally here and really looking forward to an amazing collaboration with all the great people in and around this label."

Officially formed in the spring of 2011, DESTINY POTATO mastermind David Maxim Micic and singer Aleksandra Djelmas have been writing and recording songs together since they were 16. Maxim and Djelmas attended the same high school and both their fathers played in one of Serbia's most popular progressive rock bands, YU GRUPA.

"I officially met Alex in a music class," says Maxim. "We knew our father's played together so we first started talking about that, then we realized we both loved pop music and would get together after school and write lots of piano based tunes with dreams of one day having a number one song on the pop charts."

Following high school, Maxim attended the prestigious Berklee College of Music. It was there a friend introduced him to some heavier sounds, namely the U.K.-based tech metal band, SIKTH. "From there, I just started discovering so much more metal music," he says. "I decided to do a solo album inspired by these bands as well as Serbian and other Eastern European music (Maxim has self released 2 solo albums thus far, the Bilo series, volumes 1.0 and 2.0) though some of the heavier sounds also started to be incorporated into the music Alex and I were working on."

Maxim and Djelmas worked with a few other people during this time and began uploading songs and clips online. When deciding on band name, they wanted to come up with something light-hearted to fit their personalities, yet something that everyone would remember. DESTINY POTATO was chosen.

"I really have no idea what it means or where it actually came from," comments Maxim.

When the organizers of the annual Euroblast festival reached out to Maxim about playing the 2011 edition of the fest, they originally wanted him to perform solo, but he convinced them to add DESTINY POTATO instead. What he didn't tell them was there was no actual band. When the organizers agreed to add them, Maxim and Djelmas assembled one, featuring a popular Serbian singer Ana Maglica as a second vocalist and drummer Milan Yeqy, and performed their first ever show in front of a sold-out crowd. In attendance were representatives of Century Media Records, who spoke to the band and later signed them to a worldwide deal.

"I guess not much has changed with Alex and I over the years," says Maxim. "We are still best friends and I guess would still love to have a song on top of the charts, maybe not the pop charts, though. Do they have a metal/pop chart? If so, that would be our great. I want to hear that famous American DJ say 'you've just heard DESTINY POTATO, now onto our long distance dedication...haha'"

DESTINY POTATO will play this year's Euroblast festival, set to take place October 19-21 in Cologne, Germany.

DESTINY POTATO is:

Aleksandra Djelmas - Vocals, Piano
Ana Little Fog Maglica - Vocals, Violin
David Maxim Micic - Guitar, Keyboards and Production
Milan Jejina Yeqy - Drums
Bojan Kvocka - Bass
Dusan Vanja Andrijasevic – Guitar
 
SONIC YOUTH frontman Thurston Moore has reportedly joined TWILIGHT, the black metal supergroup featuring NACHTMYSTIUM mainman Blake Judd.

TWILIGHT's current lineup is rounded out by THE ATLAS MOTH's Stavros Giannopoulos, producer Sanford Parker, Wrest (a.k.a. Jef Whitehead) from LEVIATHAN and Imperial (a.k.a. Neil Jameson) from KRIEG.

TWILIGHT is scheduled to enter the studio later this month to begin recording a new album for a fall release via Century Media Records.

"I had SONIC YOUTH records when I was 12," Judd told The 1st Five in an interview. "And to now know that, not only am I having a dialogue with this person about anything, but dude's gonna join a band I started, and it's like . . . whoah. Fucking amazing, amazing feeling."

He added, "I've done so much shit, and worked with so many cool people, and I'll get to work with Thurston. You know Century Media could offer us $100,000 to make that TWILIGHT record and say: 'Blake, you get ninety percent of that money but Thurston Moore's not gonna be on the record, or, you can be on it and we'll give you 10 grand and that's what you have to make it work.' And I would, I would take the 10 grand and work with Thurston. That's like how much I love SONIC YOUTH."
On September 29 and September 30, legendary hardcore acts SICK OF IT ALL, BIOHAZARD, CRO-MAGS, D.R.I., H20, AGNOSTIC FRONT and VISION OF DISORDER, will share the stage with 23 other bands at Reverb in Reading, Pennsylvania for the annual East Coast Tsunami Fest.

Tickets — $35 for a daily pass and $60 for the entire weekend — are on sale from the festival's official web site.

"The event is something that has become greater than the average fest," said Chris Mahmood of OTW Booking, co-organizer of the festival. "It is something that we are very proud of."

Mahmood was brought on board to help pull the whole thing together by Adam Engle and Ryan Zeigler of Stay On Point Booking, who conceived the fest. The idea derived from Chris Brickhouse's previous festivals, popularized by his web site Stereokiller.com.

Stereokiller.com has been responsible for the initial buzz surrounding the festival. After making the announcement, the festival page received over 25,000 hits in under 24 hours. The punk/hardcore/metal-focused social networking site with over 250,000 daily users, gets 5000 daily unique sessions, and around 1.5 million page views a month.

Mahmood states: "This year, as well as last, I had a lot of help from my friend Richie Krutch from WISDOM IN CHAINS to help book some of our favorite bands. And really, that's what it is. A fest of bands that not only do we personally enjoy, but names that have become very meaningful in the hardcore and punk rock community.

"We moved the fest to September this year because there are just so many fests during the summer. We know that people had tight budgets so we wanted to move it to the fall and have a very low ticket price to see all these great bands. We have a very comfortable venue with an amazing staff and security.

"This year is going to be so much fun, and we hope that Tsunami is something that builds year after year."
 
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The infamous New York City street punks THE CASUALTIES will release their new album, "Resistance", on September 25 via Season Of Mist. The effort will be available on CD, limited-edition LP (with bonus track and download card) and limited-edition digibox, including the CD with a bonus track, bandana, bottle opener and patch.

"Resistance" was recorded at Planet Z Studios in Massachusetts with producer Chris "Zeuss" Harris (MUNICIPAL WASTE, MADBALL, HATEBREED). The cover artwork can be seen below.

THE CASUALTIES are currently on the road co-headlining the "Tonight We Unite!" tour alongside the NEKROMANTIX. The tour also includes DOWN BY LAW, LOWER CLASS BRATS, and more.

THE CASUALTIES (Jorge Herrera - lead vocals, Rick Lopez - bass/vocals, Jake Kolatis - guitar/vocals, Meggers - drums) combine influences from the classic punk sound of GBH, THE EXPLOITED, ENGLISH DOGS, DISCHARGE and UK SUBS with modern extreme sounds and a thrash/crossover edge.

THE CASUALTIES have released five acclaimed records on Side One Dummy, and toured to almost every corner of the globe in clubs and on festivals alongside giants like BAD RELIGION, GWAR, HATEBREED, FLOGGING MOLLY, MUNICIPAL WASTE, TSOL, AGNOSTIC FRONT and more.
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MACHINE HEAD has been added to SLIPKNOT's first-ever Knotfest, an extraordinary two-date metal and hard rock festival set to take place on August 17 in Council Bluffs, Iowa and August 18 in Somerset, Wisconsin.

Commented the festival organizers: "The mighty MACHINE HEAD has been tapped as one of the artists to replace the cancelation of LAMB OF GOD and DETHKLOK. We are very excited that MACHINE HEAD is rushing back from Europe to play Knotfest. They will perform at both the Iowa and Somerset/Minneapolis Knotfest shows."

Said MACHINE HEAD frontman Robb Flynn, "We are deeply saddened by the fact that our brother Randy [Blythe] of LAMB OF GOD remains incarcerated — he is innocent — and we continue to put our thoughts out to him so that he may be free soon.

"While we are extremely excited to be a part of the first annual Knotfest (which will be HUGE), we can't help feel it is a bittersweet moment. We will do our best to honor DETHKLOK, Randy, and LAMB OF GOD's absence by playing a blistering set, and should Randy still be in jail, we will have Knotfest singing our songs loud enough for him to hear in Prague.

"FREE RANDY BLYTHE!!!"

In addition to the headliners, both days will include sets from DEFTONES, SERJ TANKIAN and PRONG.

Also playing at the Iowa show will be THE URGE and DIRTFEDD, while the Wisconsin show will also feature CANNIBAL CORPSE, GOJIRA and THE DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN.

SLIPKNOT mastermind/percussionist M. Shawn "Clown" Crahan told The Pulse Of Radio that the Knotfest idea has been around for a long time. "We wanted to do it from the very, very beginning, but we accepted that there was a lot of things we wanted to accomplish for ourselves," he said. "And we figure, right before we take a little hiatus and get ourselves together for this next record, which is gonna be phenomenal, that we would end it with two shows called Knotfest. So we're very excited, and we're gonna bring rock 'n' roll back to some kind of level of conceptual thinking, and we know everybody's gonna have a blast."

Knotfest is being positioned as a "dark carnival experience," and the event will feature circus tents, pillars of fire, amusement park rides, burlesque performers, fire-breathers, stilt walkers, drum circles made of junkyard cars, graffiti walls and even a SLIPKNOT museum.

The festival will mark the end of a two-year grieving period for the band following the May 2010 death of bassist Paul Gray from an overdose of drugs.

To view all ticket and VIP options for both dates, visit www.knotfest.com.
 
Los Angeles hardcore/metal band TERROR has canceled its previously announced August 20 concert at Barrak Music Club in Ostrava, Czech Republic

Commented the group: "TERROR is going to cancel their show in the Czech Republic this month. We feel obligated to stand up for Randy Blythe. This situation seems to be taken too lightly.

"Randy comes from punk and hardcore roots, just like TERROR. He still supports underground music and has always supported TERROR — even singing on stage alongside us when we play Richmond.

"This hits really close to home for us having members of the band and our crew from the hometown of LAMB OF GOD.

"We love our Czech fans very much and have amazing shows there, but we need to 'stick tight' to our friend Randy, which is why we have chosen to cancel the show.

"As a band that could easily be in this same position at any given show, we don't think we can play there and act like this is OK — it isn't. This is bigger than a hashtag or a clever t-shirt — we as a community need to take action and speak up.

"Free Randy Blythe."

Blythe, 41, is accused of causing the fatal injury that occurred at LAMB OF GOD's May 24, 2010 show in Prague. The singer allegedly either pushed or struck a 19-year-old fan named Daniel N. — a guitarist in a local metal band — and that person died almost a month later of bleeding in the brain.

Randy has been charged with causing "bodily harm of the fourth degree, resulting in the death of a fan" and faces up to 10 years in prison if convicted.

TERROR recently posted the full, uncut version of the previously released documentary about its frontman, Scott Vogel, and his bandmates. Originally released as a series, the movie can now be viewed in its entirety below. Focusing on Vogel's early bands, plus the history of TERROR from the band's formation through the making of their latest album, "Keepers Of The Faith", this special documentary is a must-see for any TERROR fan.

"Keepers Of The Faith" sold around 2,500 copies in the United States in its first week of release. The CD landed at position No. 11 on the Top New Artist Albums (Heatseekers) chart, which lists the best-selling albums by new and developing artists, defined as those who have never appeared in the Top 100 of The Billboard 200.

"Keepers Of The Faith" was released on August 30, 2010 in Europe and September 14, 2010 in North America via Century Media Records.
 
Guitarist Nuno Bettencourt of reactivated Massachusetts hard rockers EXTREME has issued the following update:

"I know it's been a while since we have given any updates… I have been touring non-stop for the last few years and finally have some time off! But I wanted to fill you in on everything EXTREME.

"We had a great time performing 'Pornograffitti' in Japan. The shows were very special. It felt good to play some of the deep cuts. We also had a chance to play some new markets this summer such as Russia and China. We didn't know what to expect, but the fans were incredible!

"Don't worry, Brazil… we did not forget about you. we are still planning on coming there soon and are just working out the details with the promoter.

"Lastly, I have been working on a lot of new material for EXTREME and we are looking at our schedules now, so hopefully we can start working on the new EXTREME record before the end of the year. We will fill you in as things progress. Until then..."

EXTREME's "Take Us Alive" live CD and DVD came out on May 4, 2010 in the U.S. via Frontiers Records.

In 2008, following a 13-year hiatus, EXTREME returned to the stage for its "Take Us Alive" world tour, which encompassed 75 cities and multiple continents in support of the band's latest record, "Saudades de Rock".

This brilliant performance was recorded on the last night of their tour at the House of Blues on August 8, 2009 in EXTREME's hometown of Boston.
 
Jason Price of Icon Vs. Icon recently conducted an interview with FOZZY frontman and WWE wrestling superstar Chris Jericho. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow below.

Icon Vs. Icon: It goes without saying you are a busy man with many irons in the fire at any given point. Is it safe to say FOZZY became a top priority for you?

Jericho: Yeah, it has been since "Chasing The Grail" came out in 2010. That was the point when we decided that we had something really special here and we could really do something with this and it became time to put all of our effort and focus into the band. I was gone from the WWE for a year and a half when "Grail" came out. During that time, we toured 16 countries and built up a really good fan base everywhere. When it came time to make "Sin And Bones", I knew I would have about six months of free time. I came back to the WWE and as of August 14, 2012, when "Sin And Bones" comes out, we go on the road with the Uproar Tour. At that time, I am done with the WWE and it is full time with FOZZY until the album cycle and touring is done. Like I said, this is something I have been doing since I was 12 years old — it is part of who I am. I think I am very fortunate to have had two dreams that have come true, both of them in these very big ways. FOZZY is slowly catching up to where I am wrestling-wise. If I were to retire tomorrow, I would be very happy with all the things we have done as a band. We have worked really hard to get here and have all the pieces of the puzzle there and ready — it has been a whirlwind! I want to continue to build on those achievements!

Icon Vs. Icon: You have been working with these guys for a while and definitely had an idea of what you wanted to do for this album. Is there anything that stood out as a big challenge or a hurdle for you?

Jericho: I don't know about hurdles, but I definitely think that the melodies that Rich [Ward, guitar] wrote for me to sing pushed me as a singer. Not pushed me in a bad way, but it pushed me in a good way! After touring for 18 months in 16 countries, you really get a sense of who you are as a singer, your range and what your wheelhouse is. I think I have done the best singing of my career on this record. It wasn't a pushing thing, but more of a knowing-what-you-do-best thing. After five albums, you get a lot of experience and a lot of ideas of what you can do more or a little bit less of, whatever it may be. It is like anything — if you are a journalist and write more articles, you get better at it. If you are a quarterback and you throw more passes, you get better at it. I think I have grown into my voice from the years of experience I have at this point. It is really about learning to use your instrument the best way you can. When you are in the studio and you have three or four takes, you can blow out your voice. When you are on the road, sometimes you have to pull back and not blow out your voice because you have to sing again the next night. It all comes from experience, being a pro and knowing how to use your instrument. Your voice, just as much as a drum or a guitar is your instrument, so you have to treat it as such. It is a muscle as well, so you have to treat it like working your biceps or your chest. You can't overtrain it or rip it up, you have to be smart with what you are doing — take it to the limit but don't take it too far. I think the biggest hurdle for us was having M. Shadows of AVENGED SEVENFOLD on "Sandpaper" with us. He did a great job and actually helped us with the arrangement and put a lot of effort into it. Then we had to get permission from Warner Brothers, so that is when the business part of the music business came into play! That can be hard sometimes! That is a hurdle that we thought we would have a hard time clearing, but it actually came together very easily, I think much to M. Shadows' assistance and the working relationship between Warner Brothers and our label, Century Media. That was the one thing I was scared about but it worked out great and we got permission and all is well! [laughs]

Icon Vs. Icon: Now you have major label backing, has there been any talk of a possible DVD/Blu-ray release to capture the FOZZY live performance experience?

Jericho: Oh, yeah! We would love to! We did a DVD of some live stuff that we were going to release with the record, but the idea with Century Media was, "Why focus on old stuff when you can focus on something new?" I think that is definitely one of the thought processes. I am really looking forward to getting on the road, really honing our band and focusing our attack. Once you do that for a couple of months, a DVD release is the next obvious thing. We would love to do that to capture the power of the band on film.

Icon Vs. Icon: You already penned two of the most compelling autobiographies that one could hope for. Rumor has it you are working on a third?

Jericho: Yeah. Rumor has it that I have signed a deal for a third, but I haven't really started working on it yet because I have been pretty busy. However, that is one of the things I start doing when we hit the road with Uproar. You have a lot of time to kill on tour. When you have 30 minutes on stage each night, it leaves you with 23 and a half hours in between to kill! I am sure there will be a lot of working on the foundation on the book then. It is a long project, writing a book, and like you said, I have been fortunate enough to write two very good ones in the past. I have big shoes to fill or books to write when it comes to this third one. When the time is right, I will get the muse and get the inspiration. I already have more than enough material for the third book, so I think people will dig it when it is ready to go.
 
BONZ, the new band led by original STUCK MOJO vocalist Bonz, has completed recording its debut EP at Virtuo Sound Studios in Kennesaw, Georgia. The effort was engineered by Josh Hack, and co-produced by the band and Josh. "We've come up with a sound that we believe combines sounds and feelings of both the past and present," states guitarist Curt Taylor. "There is just groove and heaviness dripping off of these tunes."

BONZ's "The Mouth Of Mojo" tour will launch on August 16 in Atlanta, Georgia and will take the band around the U.S. and Europe in the coming months in the coming months.

After years of speculation, and many rumors, regarding his musical career, Bonz is back on the scene with a new band and new music that is sure to excite fans and impress critics. The group's first single, "Broken Silence", includes some of the most insightful and poignant lyrics of his career, and he has assembled a band that enables him to explore avenues that he has wanted to go to for many years.

Bonz recruited his friend, Curt Taylor, formerly of PRIMER 55, as well as Erin Stagg and Troi Mosby to complete the lineup. The band also has a number of friends and surprises who make guest appearances on the recordings, truly making this a team effort.

After creating the first few demos, Bonz and his bandmates knew that something really new and invigorating was in store, and the music reflects that feeling. This is a "new" Bonz, with all of the flair and attitude that only he can bring, as part of a band that delivers the goods night in and night out, reiterating that the "Mouth Of Mojo" is indeed back in fine form.

Bonz in 2010 collaborated with former SOULFLY bassist Bobby Burns in the KILLER IN THE WORKPLACE project.

For more information, visit the BONZ Facebook page.

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Jean Gabrielle said...

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Carissa Ciociola said...

It's a shame that Brian Perera didn't realize that Supertramp's co-founder and songwriter Roger Hodgson has been keeping the spirit & magic of his songs alive for many years with extensive touring, not to mention his current "Breakfast In America" 2012 World Tour which so far has included the US, Canada, Spain, Germany, France, Belgium, Italy, Switzerland, Brazil, Uruguay, Argentina, Ecuador, Chile & the Netherlands. I think it is a pretty far-fetched statement to say "nobody can give it to them" when Roger is giving a little bit to everyone by constantly touring worldwide :)

There are so many songs from this album that Roger has written for all of us around the world: Breakfast in America, Take the Long Way Home, Logical Song, Give A Little Bit, It's Raining Again, Dreamer & School. He plays these songs with incredible feeling. Also, he is a true friend to all of his fans!!

I hope that before resorting to a tribute album you would at least see Roger live once this year... it's a treat for the ears, mind and soul!! You can see his dates @ www.RogerHodgson.com.

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