Archive for May, 2012
'Two Minutes To Midnight: A Millennium Tribute To Iron Maiden', a two-CD set is due out on July 10 and features singer Tim “Ripper” Owens (Yngwie Malmsteen, Judas Priest, Iced Earth), former Maiden singer Paul Di'Anno, Chris Poland (Megadeth), Keri Kelli (Alice Cooper), Derrick LeFevre (Lillian Axe) and many more.
Full Track listing:
•Tim 'Ripper' Owens/Neil Zaza/Richard Kendrick - Aces High
•React - Be Quick or Be Dead
•Martian Honey - Wasted Years
•Leaving Eden - The Trooper
•Derrick LeFevre and Chris Poland - Run in the Hills
•American Hellbilly - Two Minutes to Midnight
•Dark the Sky - Iron Maiden
•Skyscreamers featuring Tattoo Frank - Wrathchild
•Antiquus - Invaders
•Satans Host - 22 Acacia Avenue
•Agents of Exile - Remember Tomorrow
•Noise Disorder - Losfer Words
•Threat Level - Die with Your Boots On
•Al Solo - Fear the Dark
•Dawn of the Final Day - Murders in the Rue Morgue
•Waterlife Music - Hallowed be Thy Name
•Keri Kelli & Chris Neufeld of Downshifter - Number of the Beast
•Richard Kendrick - The Whicker Man
•Electric Sister - Killers
•Fierce Atmospheres - Children of the Damned
•Sonema - Only the Good Die Young
•bugBRAIN - Rime of the Ancient Mariner
•Power Quest - Somewhere in Time
•Paul DiAnno - Running Free
•This Time Down - The Prisoner
•The Curse of Sorrow - Can I Play with Madness?
•Ronnie Monroe - Still Life
•The Furnace - Man on the Edge
•Devil May Cry - Rain Maker
•Dimenssion - The Trooper II
•Hachiman - The Evil that Men Do
•Ravage - The Clarevoyant
Europe's Joey Tempest and John Norum performed an acoustic set on Tuesday (May 29) featuring 'The Final Countdown' and the Scorpions 'Holiday' for SWR German radio. Check out the footage below.
Europe's new album 'Bag of Bones' has gotten great reviews all around the globe and even entered the Swedish Hard Rock music charts at No.1, and at No.2 nationally! The band will play major European rock festivals this summer including Download, Graspop, and more, and have tour dates booked until November, with only short breaks between some of the gigs. I am looking forward to some U.S. dates, but there is nothing on tap as of yet.
After months of paperwork, hoop-jumping, and making the appropriate sacrifices, today Slave Pit announces that the GWAR-B-Q is 100% completely legal and confirmed, and set for August 18th at Hadad's Lake in Richmond, Va., the location they had planned on using last year.
As you may recall, last year's GWAR-B-Q was switched from Hadad's to the National Theater because of problems getting the correct permits. Even though the event was still completely awesome most people seemed to agree that generally speaking, GWAR-B-Q's should be held outdoors.
"All the proper arrangements have been made in triplicate and the proper demonic sponsorships attained," said GWAR spokes-thing Oderus Urungus. "It's going to be a stinking hot, beer and beef-smeared metallic murderfest of unprecedented debauchery...the most splat-tac-cular GWAR-B-Q!"
This marks the third consecutive year for the growing festival, and like last year GWAR will headline the event. As Best Friends Day, the hugely popular Richmond music fest, is taking this summer off, the GWAR-B-Q is set to be the hugest heavy music event of the Richmond summer scene. Bands will be spread across two stages and feature such acts as THE CASUALTIES, GHOUL, VALIENT THORR, OCCULTIST, LIONIZE, HIGHNESS, ANTIETAM 1862, MUTWAWA, and BLACK NAKED WINGS. There will also be Spew-O-Lympics, numerous food vendors, endless streams of golden nectar, pools to cool your fevered sun-burn, and much much more, including the return of the Sexecutioner to the GWAR stage for the first time in twelve years. Sexy has completed a lengthy sabbatical beneath the catacombs of Paris with his good friend, Prince Ray Pierre, better known as "Frenchy", the demon of France. His return to the rock stage provides the promise of attaining unprecedented levels of naughtiness.
Added Oderus, "I can't tell you how ecstatic I am to once again be engaging in acts of necro-bestial delight with my old buddy, The Sexecutioner. Well actually, I can. I am ecstatic I am to once again be engaging in acts of necro-bestial delight with my old buddy, The Sexecutioner."
Some of the proceeds from the event will go to benefit Richmond’s Ring Dog Rescue www.ringdogrescue.org
More info on the GWAR-B-Q will be released in the coming weeks.
In other GWAR news, not ones to rest on their laurels, your mutant overlords will be playing a few special shows this summer in addition to the GWAR-B-Q. This includes a performance at The Zombie Prom in New York City, two headlining shows and an appearance at the D-Tox Rockfest in Montebello, Quebec
In anticipation of Van Halen's upcoming Los Angeles shows, L.A. Weekly has published a fantastic interview with Ted Cohen, former Warner Music artist development director at the time of Van Halen's early awesomeness. It's a fantastic read and offers some entertaining insights to the decadence of the time.
On the first night of Van Halen's 1978 world tour, in Madison, Wis., the band burst into the hotel room of their artist development director, Ted Cohen, and threw all of the furniture out of the window.
This was madness, for sure, but a calculated madness. When Cohen — the man sent by the record label to keep them on time and on task — confronted them about the incident, they said they'd read about Led Zeppelin and The Who doing the same thing. Thus, for years to come they left a trail of broken tables, shattered mirrors and stained carpeting in their wake, not to mention fire alarms set off in the middle of the night. The strange thing was the group always took responsibility; in fact, they would budget cash to pay for their hijinks.
That infamous night in Madison began Cohen's trial by fire with the Southern California hard-rock legends, who went on to pioneer a stadium sound that would help them sell tens of millions of records. Van Halen were equally known for their bad-boy personas, not to mention wardrobes that spawned a whole new generation of hair metalers in Spandex.
Of course, Cohen was no stranger to rock-star behavior. In his role at Warner Music, he'd shared private jets with Fleetwood Mac, received home visits from Prince and witnessed firsthand the Sex Pistols' breakup.
With Van Halen, he spent huge chunks of time with them during their late-'70s and early-'80s glory years, in tour buses, hotel rooms, radio station green rooms and backstage, where he was given the duty of distributing backstage passes to the cutest girls in the audience. "Sixty or 70 of them would show up backstage," Cohen says, "and then there was the usual casting call."
If this sounds sleazy, it was; the band members would determine a dozen or so of this group worthy of the "semi-finals" (Cohen's words), at which point about half would be invited back to the hotel to party. Next, "the portable bar was rolled in, and an all-nighter took place," he says.
It's fair to say Cohen was unprepared for this seemingly nonstop bacchanal. Originally from Cleveland, he preferred a casual uniform of jeans and T-shirts and, rather than feathered bangs, sported short hair and a mustache. These days Cohen lives in the Hollywood Hills, and on the occasion of the band's latest tour — which hits Staples Center on June 1 and June 9 — and comeback album, A Different Kind of Truth, he reminisced about his time with the act in the bad old days, at the height of their fame and decadence.
Read the rest of the awesome article written by Michael Wilton here: ww.laweekly.com/van-halen
The eighth annual MusiCares MAP Fund benefit concert will honor Alice In Chains co-founder Jerry Cantrell and certified interventionist and Sony/ATV Music Publishing Senior Consultant Neil Lasher at Club Nokia in Los Angeles on May 31. Grammy.org recently interviewed honoree Jerry Cantrell, where he touched on playing the event back in 2006 with James Hetfield of Metallica, the other artists playing the event, grammy nominations and wins, new music from Alice In Chains, what it means to recieve the honor, addiction in general and more.
Cantrell will be honored with the Stevie Ray Vaughan Award for his dedication and support of the MusiCares MAP Fund, and for his commitment to helping other addicts with the addiction and recovery process. Lasher will be the recipient of MusiCares' From the Heart Award for his unconditional friendship and dedication to the mission and goals of the organization. All proceeds will benefit the MusiCares MAP Fund, which provides members of the music community access to addiction recovery treatment regardless of their financial situation.
Hosted by television personality Steve-O, the evening will feature a special performance by eight-time GRAMMY nominees Alice In Chains featuring guitarist/vocalist Cantrell, guitarist/vocalist William DuVall, bassist Mike Inez, and drummer Sean Kinney. GRAMMY-nominated musician Moby will DJ live during dinner, and other musicians performing include Ann & Nancy Wilson of Heart, Duff McKagan, Mark Lanegan and Billy Idol. Read more about the event here: www.grammy.org/musicares-jerry-cantrell
Here's an excerpt from the interview conducted by Steve Baltin:
Q: I saw you play with Metallica at the MusiCares MAP Fund benefit in 2006. That was obviously a special performance, but I know you've been to a number of these shows. Are there any favorite memories for you?
JC: Yeah, that one is obviously a classic. I've been a fan of Metallica and friends with those guys for a long time and that was just great — half Alice In Chains and half Metallica playing together. Obviously, on a more serious note, it's inspiring to see James [Hetfield] take control of his issues, some of the same things I have issues with. And it's just inspiring to see somebody make the effort and make a turn for the better.
Q: By accepting this award do you feel like a role model or a positive example?
JC: A better way to look at it is I admire those guys for the effort they make. It's cool to get here, it's cool to know that you can get here and it's nice to be [proof] that no matter where you find yourself in life you've always got a chance to turn it around.
Q: When you look at not only your bandmates, but even recent examples like Amy Winehouse and Whitney Houston, do you feel very fortunate?
JC: A common part of the human experience is if you f*** around with it long enough, it's gonna get a hold of you. That's been the case for me and for a lot of people too. It's not just explicitly musicians, but being a musician and [having] so many friends that are, it's really nice to have an organization like MusiCares to take care of each other. I remember when I first came here in 2003, Buddy Arnold helped me out.
Q: Tell me about the other artists playing at this year's benefit concert.
JC: Ann and Nancy [Wilson of Heart] are the top of the heap. They've been there for us and we've been there for them too. Any time we got a chance to remind people how important their role has been to music and the world and what that means to us, we're always there for them. I look at them as my older sisters, they've given a lot of great advice and they fought through a lot of adversity and I'm very much looking forward to having them play.
When they told me I was gonna receive the Stevie Ray Vaughan Award, they asked me if I would make a little list of the people I would like to see play. I had just seen [Mark] Lanegan out in Silver Lake and he killed it. God, it was amazing. I hadn't seen him in some years and it was a really magical experience, so I gave him a call and asked him. Duff [McKagan]'s been a friend for years and been very involved with our band as well in various ways. And I don't know Billy [Idol] personally, but I do know Billy Morrison and Steve Stevens, the guitar player. I jammed with Steve a couple of times as well.
What does it mean to you to be honored with the Stevie Ray Vaughan Award?
That the award is honoring Stevie, who's an incredible musician and then also a person that made changes and turned his s*** around — it's a hell of an effort. It's nothing easy. It's doable, but it's not an easy thing and I can tell you that from experience. It takes some balls for sure, and it takes some serious effort at times. To receive this, what it means, is I'm very honored. And obviously that it started with Stevie, that's a pretty great thing. As a guitar player you don't get much better than that. Read the rest of the interview here: www.grammy.com/lessons-learned-with-jerry-cantrell