[Classic_Rock_Forever] Led Zeppelin, Megadeth, Dokken and more hard rock and heavy metal news


On Saturday (September 8), LED ZEPPELIN posted a cryptic graphic on its Facebook page that is believed to be releated to the imminent announcement of the DVD/CD release of the band's 2007 reunion for the Ahmet Ertegun tribute concert at London's O2 Arena.

An image with the number "Five" — in ZEPPELIN logo font — has sent the rumor mill into overdrive as fans speculate about its meaning.

One clue may have been offered by LED ZEPPELIN guitarist Jimmy Page's manager, Peter Mensch, who alluded to the upcoming release in a tweet on Saturday, writing, "it's almost here. I've seen it and heard it. almost 5 years to the day."

Mensch was more specific in a July 9 tweet when he wrote, "today, [producer/engineer Alan] Moulder continues with his stellar mixing of the O2 show. it's been 5 years coming and it's almost here."

The new LED ZEPPELIN set is rumored to consist of a double DVD accompanied by two CDs and is expected to be released in November.

An estimated nine million people applied for the 18,000 tickets to the O2 Arena show, which featured Jason Bonham taking his late father's place behind the drum kit.

In its review of the concert, NME.com wrote that LED ZEPPELIN singer Robert Plant spoke little during the show, but when he did, it was mostly to pay tribute to Ertegun, who he said after first encore "Whole Lotta Love", "ran the best label in the world" in Atlantic Records.

Speaking to the Los Angeles radio station KLOS in December 2010, Jason stated about the prospect of the concert being released on DVD, "Nothing is official, as yet. I only know that because Robert had said that he'd watched it. I really do hope that it eventually will see the light of day. It's just nice to know that Robert had seen it, so I knew something, but it was nice that he rang up and said, 'Wow, it sounded great.' Fingers crossed, everybody… fingers crossed."

In an interview with U.K.'s Telegraph.co.uk, Plant was asked about ZEPPELIN's 2007 reunion concert. "I really had a wonderful time," said Plant. "It was the best LED ZEPPELIN gig since 1975."

When asked if he would do it again, Plant replied, "I don't think so. You've got to have a lot in common with the people you're working with at this time in your life. Everything has to move on and forward, in all relationships.

"I know that bands that haven't put out a record for 10 years are playing to 20,000 people a night. But that's not the achievement. The achievement is to knock yourself out. It's a very selfish thing. The tail must never wag the dog."

A few months back, radio personality and "That Metal Show" co-host Eddie Trunk tweeted, "Heard from a very reliable source backstage at AEROSMITH show that there will be some sort of LED ZEPPELIN activity around Christmas."
Brian Gold, a DJ at XtremeMetalRadio.Net, recently conducted an interview with former MEGADETH guitarist Chris Poland. A few excerpts from the chat follow below.

XtremeMetalRadio.Net: The timing that Gar [Samuelson, drums] brought to MEGADETH along with his style of drumming was special. They talked about it on VH1's MEGADETH "Behind The Music" special. That he was like a praying mantis behind the drum kit.

Chris: That's so funny that you brought that up. When Gar would play the drums, his torso never moved, but his arms and legs looked like he was a spider. [laughs] He was crazy good. I can honestly say that if Gar had not talked Dave [Mustaine, MEGADETH mainman] into shortening the song "Peace Sells", I think originally it was eight minutes long, and Gar said, you know what; this is too good of a song to drag it out like this. He said, "Let's shorten the arrangement, cut it down to size and make it a single," and Dave said, "Yeah, let's do that." If Gar had not said that, and I honestly think that Dave Mustaine respected Gar's opinion on stuff, because he was the only guy in the band who Dave wouldn't mess with. He totally respected Gar and thank god that he did that, because I don't think we would be on the phone right now.

XtremeMetalRadio.Net: I think you could tell when Dave talked on the VH1 "Behind The Music" special about Gar's passing that he was shook up talking about it. When they re-mastered the "Killing Is My Business…And Business Is Good" album and he dedicated it to the memory of Gar Samuelson… I thought that was awesome that he did that and it meant a lot to the old-school metal fans.

Chris: You know, I think so too. We had our… Let's put it this way: me and Dave, with David Ellefson and Gar, we were like brothers, and we fought like brothers. It was just the drugs that got in the way. That's all it was. Drugs, and when you get four guys in a room who all had pretty big egos about what they wanted to do, there is always that clash. I think that is what fueled the fire for that band. It was competing with the other guy and that added a little extra something that a lot of bands don't get.

XtremeMetalRadio.Net: There was definitely a special chemistry with not only the rhythm section, but the musicianship level was just incredible from all parts of that band.

Chris: You really have to give Dave [Mustaine] credit. Dave wrote a lot of the material. It came from his… He was fueled by hate for METALLICA, so that added that extra angst to what we were doing. It was perfect timing and like you said, the chemistry was right.

XtremeMetalRadio.Net: The next topic I want to touch on is the "Killing Is My Business…And Business Is Good" album. I think "Rattlehead" had your most extensive solo play of any songs on that album. I know that Kerry King [SLAYER] not long ago picked that song to play live with MEGADETH and he has raved about your playing in that song.

Chris: I got to tell you, man, I have so many stories about Kerry King. I used to work on his guitars before I even met Dave Mustaine. He would come to my house and I would mill his guitar, put a tremolo on it, set it up for him and tune it. He was kind of like a friend who would come by and I would do some work for him. That show [MEGADETH played with SLAYER] at L'Amour [in late 1984], where the audience was kind of scaring me, he lent me his amp, because we rented amps and my amp was just terrible. I said, "Kerry, let me borrow your boost pedal because I'm not going to make it." He said, "No problem, man, just take it." As far as that record… I think we made that record in less than 10 days. Our budget was so small. Karat Faye was the producer. I didn't feel like he captured the band, but I had only been in the band for like two weeks when we made that record so I felt like I wasn't sure what was happening and I did the best that I could to make it happen. It wasn't until Randy Burns ["Peace Sells" producer] came in and we made "Peace Sells" that I think MEGADETH came into its own. Not that I'm saying that the first record wasn't a great record, because it is, I just wish Randy Burns would have been there for that record.
Scott Weiland's (STONE TEMPLE PILOTS, ex-VELVET REVOLVER) business partner and touring guitarist Doug Grean has revealed via Facebook that he is working on a new Weiland Christmas song. He added, "It's the record that just won't quit!"

Weiland's Christmas album, "The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year", was released in October 2011 via Rhino Records. According to a press release, the CD covers "a variety of styles including big band swing, orchestrated ballads, reggae, bossa nova and more, all delivered with surprising ease by Scott Weiland."

In a 2011 interview, Weiland stated about his reasons for releasing a Christmas album, "Um, well, why not? They're songs and renditions that I've listened to from a child all the way to my adult years. And they're very special to my heart, you know. If you last long enough in this business, you have the ability to make the kind of music you want to make. And this is something I've wanted to do for a while."

When asked how he ended up making a Christmas album, Weiland said, "We actually recorded one song over a year ago, and we decided, 'Let's make this an album.' So we recorded with a full jazz orchestra — some of the best players around. And we took a lot of time figuring out the arrangements and finding the right keys and giving some of the songs a different flavor. You've got some bossa nova, a little reggae. It was amazing to be able to sing those kinds of songs and experiment with different phrasing. Singing rock 'n' roll is a lot different than singing jazz."

STONE SOUR and SLIPKNOT frontman Corey Taylor last year slammed Weiland, calling the STP singer a "lazy piece of shit" for recording and releasing "The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year".
Melodic hard rockers DOKKEN will guest on the nationally syndicated radio show "Rockline" with host Bob Coburn on Wednesday, September 19 at 8:30 p.m. PT / 11:30 p.m. ET. Fans are encouraged to speak with DOKKEN by calling 1-800-344-ROCK (7625). The show will be streamed on the "Rockline" web site for two weeks beginning the afternoon after the live broadcast.

For more information, visit RocklineRadio.com.

Frontiers Records has set a September 25 North American release date for "Broken Bones", the 11th studio album from DOKKEN. The effort will be released in two configurations: standard CD and limited-edition CD in digipak with a bonus DVD, which features a comprehensive "Making Of The Album" documentary.

"Broken Bones" was produced by DOKKEN frontman and namesake Don Dokken and was mixed by Bob St. John (EXTREME, DURAN DURAN, COLLECTIVE SOUL) and Wyn Davis (BLACK SABBATH, DIO, WHITESNAKE) and mastered by famed engineer Maor Appelbaum (HALFORD, YNGWIE MALMSTEEN, SEPULTURA). The new set features a return to the band's signature sound of catchy melodies, hot riffs and monster production.

"Broken Bones" track listing:

01. Empire
02. Broken Bones
03. Best Of Me
04. Blind
05. Waterfall
06. Victim Of The Crime
07. Burning Tears
08. Today
09. For The Last Time
10. Fade Away
11. Tonight

Audio samples of all 11 tracks are now available for streaming at MelodicRock.com.

The drums for the CD were laid down at MÖTLEY CRÜE drummer Tommy Lee's The Atrium studio in Calabasas, California.

Don Dokken stated in a recent interview about the "Broken Bones" album title, "[It] is a metaphor that we all have broken bones, be it from an accident, failed relationship, or a broken heart. Everybody gets wounded as we go through life, but, as they say, what doesn't kill you makes you stronger."

Dokken previously described the band's new material as "very uptempo and heavy." He added, "We know our fans like the classic DOKKEN sound, and this is where our new music is headed. It's been a band of brothers doing what we love: 'music.'"

Regarding the new songs' lyrical approach, Dokken said, "I write what comes from the heart, I don't believe in writing music trying to repeat what you've already done. I understand what the fans want but as an artist I see no point in painting the same picture over and over."

The first single from "Broken Bones" will be "Empire".

The cooperation between Frontiers and DOKKEN started with the European release of the group's "Lightning Strikes Again" CD in 2007. The album marked a return to DOKKEN's signature style with melodic hooklines and blazing guitar riffs that epitomized the band's sound on such records as "Tooth And Nail", "Under Lock And Key", "Back For The Attack" and "Dysfunctional".

DOKKEN's current lineup consists of Don Dokken on lead vocals, Jon Levin on guitar, Sean McNabb on bass and Mick Brown on drums.
Danish death metallers CROCELL have parted ways with lead singer Magnus Jørgensen and have replaced him with Asbjørn Steffensen (also in MORDAX).

Comments CROCELL guitarist Tommy Christensen: "A number of skilled vocalists auditioned, but when Asbjørn visited, we knew straight away that we had found our new guy. Asbjørn could already sing most of the songs perfectly and together CROCELL sound better than ever before. We can't wait to finish our next album with the new lineup and hopefully play a shitload of concerts."

Asbjørn will make his live debut with CROCELL on October 6 at Club Brutal in Aarhus, Denmark. Also scheduled to appear on the bill is the German band D.A.M.N.

CROCELL is putting the finishing touches on two brand new songs, which will be produced by Jacob Olsen at JBO Sound and made available for free in the near future.

CROCELL's second album, "The Wretched Eidola", was released in May 2011 via Ultimhate Records.

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