Tag: Dave Mustaine
Rock Picks of the Week: Alice In Chains, Jared James Nichols, Megadeth, Queensryche, Rob Zombie, Eve To Adam
Alice In Chains have released the third track from the band's fifth studio album, 'The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here.' 'Voices' is on the mellow side of the first two singles from the album, 'Hollow' and 'Stone,' but it sounds like it is going to join those tracks as going to the top of the active rock charts.
Alice In Chains just kicked off the Rockstar Energy Drink Uproar Festival Tour 2013 along with Jane's Addiction, Danko Jones, Coheed and Cambria, Walking Papers, Circa Survive, Middle Class Rut and more. Get all the tour dates here
Meet the next great blues guitarist, Jared James Nichols! The 22-year-old East Troy, Wisconsin native raised near Waukesha (the hometown of Les Paul) has released his first studio effort, an epic EP called 'Old Glory & The Wild Revival.' It is the follow up to his 2012 EP 'Live At The Viper Room.'
Jared was influenced by the classic playing of Son House, Freddy King & Stevie Ray Vaughn. His new EP was produced and engineered by Warren Huart (Aerosmith, The Fray) and recorded at Swing House Studios in Los Angeles.
When Jared was 20, he moved to Hollywood and while attending Musicians Institiute he met Swedish musicians Dennis Holm (drums) & Eric Sandin (bass) and formed a fantastic power trio. All five tracks: Blackfoot, Let You Go, Can You Feel It?, Sometimes and Take My Hand, display Nichols' amazing talents, which will continue to grow and be recognized as time goes along. Purchase 'Old Glory & The Wild Revival' now at itunes
Jared James Nichols Tour Dates:
Aug. 11 - Walnut Creek, CA - Red House Studios
Aug. 15 - Santa Barbara, CA - Velvet Jones
Aug. 19 - Los Angeles, CA - AXS TV LIVE
Aug. 21 - West Hollywood, CA - The Roxy Theatre
Aug. 21 - West Hollywood, CA - On the Rox
Aug. 25 - Port Washington, WI - TBA
Aug. 29 - Milwaukee, WI - Harley Davidson Anniversary - Henry Maier Festival Park (w/Toby Keith, Elgin Bishop, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Blue Oyster Cult, Dropkick Murphys, Doobie Brothers, Joan Jett and The Blackhearts, Bret Michaels, Chevy Metal and more)
Aug. 30 - Milwaukee, WI - Harley Davidson Anniversary - Henry Maier Festival Park (w/Aerosmith, Buckcherry,Sick Puppiesd, Jonathan Tyler & The Northern Lights, Shooter Jennings, Dirty Heads, Foxy Shazam, The Gaslight Anthem, Sublime With Rome, Blackberry Smoke, The Whigs and more)
Sep. 1 - Milwaukee, WI - Harley Davidson Anniversary - Henry Maier Festival Park (w/Kid Rock, John Fogerty, ZZ Top, Soul Asylum, Halestorm, Yellowcard, Blackberry Smoke and more)
Megadeth have released a video for their title track from their latest album 'Super Collider.' Looks like Dave has gotten in touch with his sensitive side, with the video also having a story line of a girl and a boy who are torn apart by her father (played by Dave) , only to reunite at their 10 year class reunion to rocket fireworks and a happy ending.
Dave Mustaine recently said about the track: “The song kind of came from that Symphony Of Destruction corner of my mind. You can’t always play aggressive, thrashy stuff. Sometimes those aren’t even songs; they’re like musical rams. But because I’m not a pop guy, I’m also not really comfortable playing sing-along songs.
“To me, Super Collider made sense like a normal song — a verse-chorus-verse-chorus kind of thing. It’s written the way a real songwriter would write the song, instead of just taking all these musical twists and turns.”
Megadeth are wrapping up their Gigantour tomorrow night in Toronto, and will follow that up with some dates opening for Iron Maiden, and slots on the 'Battle of San Bernadino' (CA) bill with Iron Maiden, Anthrax, Testament, Overkill and Sabaton on September 13, and the Monster Energy Aftershock 2013 Festival on September 14 in Sacramento, CA. That bill features Korn, Shinedown, Papa Roach, Skillet, Buckcherry, In This Moment, Steel Panther, Device, P.O.D., Pop Evil, Otherwise, Soil and Heaven's Basement. The band will then continue the tour during October in South America, before returning for a one-off gig in Phoenix, AZ. on October 30 at the Arizona State Fair.
The Todd La Torre fronted Queensryche is up next with their track 'Fallout,' from the group's self-titled new album, which sold around 13,500 copies in the United States in its first week of release to landing at No. 23 on The Billboard 200 chart. The record came out on June 25 via Century Media Records. The new video was filmed in Gelsenkirchen, Germany this past May during the annual Rock Hard Festival and features concert and behind-the-scenes footage.
Queensryche have a couple of U.S. tour dates left in August before heading to Europe for a tour during October. Get all the info on the band's official Facebook page.
Rob Zombie's second single from his latest album 'Venomous Rat Generation Vendor,' features one of his first forays into cover tune territory, his version of 'We're An American Band' also includes a tip of the hat to Slayer in the lines "Up all night with Kerry King/I got to tell ya poker’s his thing."
Guitarist John 5 added: “In the original there’s a lyric that goes, ‘Up all night with Freddie King.’ In the Rob Zombie version it says ‘Kerry King.’ We kind of snuck that in.”
It's a rocking version that is played well on the latest Zombie tour, and has becaome a staple in their live set. Rob and the band will be playing the Heavy MTL 2013 Festival in Montreal this weekend, followed by Rock In Rio on September 19, and Buenes Aires on September 22. Then look for Rob Zombie’s 'Great American Nightmare.' This bone-chilling experience will combine the most advanced haunted house attractions with a not-to-be-missed music festival from top artists in hard rock, alternative, EDM, and more, every Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday from October 10 through November 2, 2013 at the Fairplex FEARplex in Pomona, CA, just outside Los Angeles. A DVD filmed this past August 3 & 4 in Texas is in the works as well.
New York City's Eve to Adam are back and will release their new album ‘Locked & Loaded’ on Sept. 17. The album's lead single 'Straitjacket Supermodel,' features some "mature themes," with a super sick in the head supermodel doing her best to decimate and eliminate everybody she comes in explicit contact with.
Eve to Adam singer Taki Sassaris has described ‘Straightjacket Supermodel’ this way: ”You can go from zero to villain in three seconds, and it seems like everybody has their own little chaotic psychotic world going on with their Twitter and Facebook and everybody is pretty much the center of their own universe now, so it’s getting a little crazy, so that’s the ‘Straitjacket’ part, and ‘Supermodel’ is just being looked upon as being beautiful and perfect and that quest for an obsession for physical perfection and to be looked upon in that limelight as the ultimate badass.”
Eve To Adam continue to built a base with each subsequent album, and 'Locked & Loaded' will be no exception to that. The band just finished a tour with Texas Hippie Coalition, but has a few more upcoming dates coming up:
Aug. 11 - Los Angeles, CA - The Roxy
Aug. 12 - Tempe, AZ - Club Red
Aug. 14 - Grand Junction, C) - Mesa Theater & Club
Aug. 16 - Abilene, TX - The Lucky Mule
Aug. 31 - Madison, WI - Taste of Madison (w/Bobaflex)
Sep. 13 - Razor 94.7 Edgefest - Green Bay, WI (w/ Nonpoint, Red Line Chemistry, Devour The Day, Surrender The Fall)
Sep. 23 - Minot, ND - The Original Bar and Nightclub (w/10 Years)
Sep. 25- Merriam, KS- Aftershock (w/10 Years_
David Ellefson will be releasing his upcoming autobiography later this year as the following press released was released in regards to the book:
As a member of Megadeth and long-time collaborator of Dave Mustaine, bassist David Ellefson has quite a life story to tell and that's just what he's offering up in his upcoming memoir "My Life With Deth". Ellefson penned the autobiography over the last year with the assistance of writer Joel McIver and it's due out on Oct. 29 through Howard Books.
Life in Megadeth likely provides enough material for more than one book but Ellefson digs much deeper into his own personal story throughout "My Life With Deth" covering everything from his initial descent into addiction early on in his career, his recovery, and his return to a Christian faith. He also talks about his studies to become a Lutheran pastor and his current work with MEGA Life! Ministries.
Ellefson spoke about his upcoming book, sharing, "My autobiography is not the usual tale of rock ‘n’ roll woe, but rather something I hope will truly inspire people." He continued, "I have dedicated my life to my craft, and I wanted to share the story of how a kid with a bass guitar and the dream of rock stardom literally risked it all to move from the farm in Minnesota to Los Angeles, and with a lot of hard work, sacrifice and a little luck along the way, made the dream come true."
Megadeth announced today that Dave Mustaine has overseen the upcoming 20th anniversary release of the band's most popular album 'Countdown To Extinction.' The album, which intitially went double platinum after it's 1992 release, will be re-issued as a double-CD set and digital album on November 6 via Capitol/EMI. The double cd-set is packaged in a lift-top box and will contain a remastered version of the album, with a second disc compiling an entire live set recorded at San Francisco's Cow Palace in 1992, which has never before been released in it's entirety. Megadeth have also scheduled U.S. tour dates in November and December, with the band performing the complete album live.
Liner notes have also been written by music journalist Kory Grow, and the reissue includes a 24 x 36 poster and four postcards featuring head shots of each member from the Countdown lineup.
Countdown to Extinction, Megadeth's fifth studio album, was recorded in Los Angeles in 1992 as rioting raged across the city in response to the Rodney King triAl Verdicts. American tensions weren't limited to LA, by any means, as the Gulf War was still fresh in people's minds, the state of the environment was becoming headline news, and President George H.W. Bush was seeking reelection in a heated campaign season.
Out of this turmoil, Megadeth was inspired to create Countdown to Extinction, considered by many to be the band's best and most accessible album. The group's previous albums, including So Far, So Good…So What! and Rust in Peace, included songs that tackled topics like censorship and religious bloodletting in the Middle East. But none were as polemical as the sonic missiles launched by 'Countdown.' Megadeth laced the songs with acid-tongued commentary about subjects ranging from the futility of war ("Architecture of Aggression") to the senseless brutality of caged hunting ("Countdown to Extinction"). "Foreclosure of a Dream" sampled George Bush's infamous "Read my lips" speech, making a statement about taxation endangering the American Dream.
Thanks to a perfect balance of hard-rock song structures, epic choruses, and fleet-fingered guitar work, Countdown to Extinction became an instant classic, benefiting from copious MTV and radio play. Spin magazine raved that 'Countdown' "may just be the finest thrash-metal album ever made," and before long, songs like "Symphony of Destruction," "Sweating Bullets," and "Skin O' My Teeth" had entered metal's canon of essential recordings. The album shot to No. 2 on the Billboard chart (it may have hit No. 1, if not for Billy Ray Cyrus' long chart-topping reign with Some Gave All), and it was certified double Platinum in the U.S. within two years, with sales of more than two million copies.
Megadeth was in top form, with Mustaine, the band's then 31-year-old singer and guitarist leading the album's assault with lyrics like "You know your worth when your enemies praise your architecture of aggression," not to mention his venomous rhythm guitar attack. His band mates completed the picture, as lead guitarist Marty Friedman blazed with memorable solos, bassist David Ellefson jammed dizzying arrays of low-end thunder, and drummerNick Menza attacked his kit. Megadeth sounded hungry, and the band was rewarded when the album earned a GRAMMY Award nomination (Best Metal Performance) and when its title cut garnered a Genesis Award from the Humane Society for raising awareness for animal rights issues.
Countdown to Extinction 20th Anniversary Edition:
1. Skin O' My Teeth
2. Symphony Of Destruction
3. Architecture Of Aggression
4. Foreclosure Of A Dream
5. Sweating Bullets
6. This Was My Life
7. Countdown To Extinction
8. High Speed Dirt
10. Captive Honour
11. Ashes In Your Mouth
CD 2 - Live At Cow Palace, 1992:
2. Holy Wars…The Punishment Due
3. Skin O' My Teeth
4. Wake Up Dead
5. Hangar 18
6. Countdown To Extinction
7. Foreclosure Of A Dream
8. This Was My Life
10. Sweating Bullets
11. In My Darkest Hour
12. The Conjuring
14. Ashes In Your Mouth
15. Symphony Of Destruction
Nov. 9 - Providence, RI - Lupo's
Nov. 10 - Huntington, NY - Paramount Theatre
Nov. 11 - Worcester, MA - The Palladium
Nov. 13 - Wallingford, CT - Oakdale Theatre
Nov. 14 - Sayreville, CT - Starland Ballroom
Nov. 16 - Atlantic City, NJ - House of Blues
Nov. 17 - Niagara Falls, NY - Rapids Theatre
Nov. 19 - Stroudsburg, PA - Sherman Theater
Nov. 20 - Columbus, OH - LC Pavilion
Nov. 24 - Myrtle Beach, SC - House of Blues
Nov. 25 - Charlotte, NC - The Fillmore
Nov. 26 - Atlanta, GA - The Tabernacle
Nov. 28 - Kansas City, MO - Midland Theatre
Dec. 1 - Salt Lake City, UT - Great Saltair
Dec. 2 - Boise, ID - Knitting Factory
Dec. 4 - Reno, NV - Grand Sierra Theatre
Dec. 6 - Las Vegas, NV - House of Blues
Dec. 7 - Pomona, CA - Fox Theatre
Forbidden’s Craig Locicero posts clarification on his recent statement about Dave Mustaine mass shootings comments
Forbidden guitarist Craig Locicero has written a follow-up to his previous comments on his Facebook page in response to Dave Mustaine''s take that recent mass shootings in Colorado and Wisconsin were "staged" by President Obama. Locicero is out to "set the record straight" with regards to the kind of person he is and to clarify some of the points in his original comments. Read the entire post:
"What an interesting 24 hours it's been. I've been thrown under more buses then Evel Knievel had jumped in his entire lifetime. All of this is very interesting, the human reaction to what scares us.
"First things first, I never intended for one of my posts to be picked up by Blabbermouth. It wasn't expected. I didn't realize my profile was being trolled for these things, so this was no publicity stunt! That being said, I'm OK with it, because I stand by my words.
"I guess I deserve some of the backlash just for using Dave Mustaine as my point of reference.
"Sorry, Dave, I don't know you personally, but we have plenty of mutual friends and peers. However, just like I did here, you put yourself out there... a lot. I do think you are closer to truth then people want to [accept], but I also think your delivery was even worse then mine. Just my opinion.
"I'm not going to use this post to jump directly back into the subject at hand, the Aurara shootings. Which, by the way, is an awful tragedy and I hurt as much as anyone not directly related to the victims. But I will save the details that lead me to my hypothesis for next time. This post is just to set the record straight as to what kind of person I am, because from what I'm hearing A LOT of people got it all wrong.
"Now, if I'm ever taken away or publicly smeared just for my words, please keep in mind these things and don't believe anything else you hear...
"I'm non-violent, not crazy, not depressed, not in danger to myself or anyone else.
I don't own or even want any guns. In fact, I hate guns, so don't get me confused with Ted Nugent.
"I'm not in a popular band, so I'm not rich. I'm in the middle class with a wife and son I love more then anything else on the planet. What I say and do is for my son and his children. That takes me out of the tax-bracket angle.
"I was born into a lifetime Democrat family that looks like Jesse Jackson's Rainbow Coalition. I even voted for Obama in the last election... begrudgingly.
"I do NOT support either candidate for the next election and I think Ron Paul is a tool. Sorry. I also don't think Nader is the Cat's Meow. I'm simply disillusioned American citizen who sees through the facade.
"I, like tens of millions of others, would like to see our system fixed. Because it is obviously VERY broken!
"The idea that there is only Republicans and Democrats, right-wingers and left-wingers is INSANE and shame on us for buying into it. Shame on those who walk through the game sleeping. Shame on everyone for being content with the flawed system that's let the corporations and the churches run our politicians. Shame on those who think that just because they have a smart phone and live in a house with a TV and computer that they are free. There just isn't enough shame to go around.
"We the people? We fucked up!
"The way some of us deal with it is by openly calling it out for a discussion. That's who I am and how I'm wired and I'm not afraid to do it. What would be impressive if more people did that instead of just mailing it in and being defeated.
"So, in closing, the only reason the Aurora shootings have become a catalyst here is because the road it leads this country down. It's a twisted road with even more dissension and division in our near future. Even if [James] Holmes [the alleged shooter in Aurora, Colorado movie theater massacre] isn't a patsy, which I still believe he is, he's being used as leverage against the citizens. One just needs to see who gains and who loses from such a tragedy with clearer vision."
A few rockers have now weighed on on the recent statements made in Singapore on August 7th by Dave Mustaine of Megadeth. Nikki Sixx of Motley Crue/Sixx A.M., Craig Locicero of Forbidden, former RIP magazine editor Lonn Friend, Testament's Chuck Billy and more have shared their feelings in regards to Mustaine telling the concert audience "Back in my country, my president is trying to pass a gun ban. So he's staging all of these murders, like the Fast And Furious thing down at the border and Aurora, Colorado, all the people that were killed there. And now the beautiful people at the Sikh temple." Then adding "I don't know where I'm gonna live if America keeps going the way it's going because it looks like it's turning into Nazi America."
Nikki Sixx posted a link on his Facebook page to a Los Angeles Times article about Mustaine's coments and added these comments: "Dave Mustaine is a fucking asshole. I can't even imagine how deep this cuts the victims' families of these shootings. He owes every family an apology as well as our great country. Hey, Dave, if you think America is turning into 'Nazi America,' as you are quoted saying... Then move the fuck out..."
Craig Locicero of San Francisco Bay Area band Forbidden posted this on his Facebook page, which takes a different angle on the comments:
"So everyone wants to pile on [Megadeth mainman] Dave [Mustaine], who definitely has douchy tendencies.
"I don't know of anyone that has all of their facts straight on [James] Holmes [the alleged shooter in Aurora, Colorado movie theater massacre], but I STRONGLY believe there is the possibility that he was a patsy. But not summoned by Obama himself. That is where I think Mustaine was ignorant and gives him too much credit/blame. But used by those who control the ebbs and flows of society.
"Take a long view of this upcoming dog-and-pony show called our 'free' election. If you do, you can see where the lines of division on race, sexuality, religion, freedom of speech and our rights to assemble are being drawn.
"Things are uglier than they have been in any recent history.
"Whichever side wins the fake election in November, there will be a backlash from the polarized extremists on the other side. This government and military are fully anticipating it as a certainty.
"So what does that mean in this very subject?
"These shootings are a possible catalyst to eradicate the right to bear arms in this country. It makes most people say, 'Hey, enough is enough. Let's make guns illegal here!' That sounds dandy to some folks, but it's beautiful music to the ears for those who crave division amongst our citizens.
"Take away the guns from all of the radicals and eradication becomes much easier. But nowhere near everyone with a gun is a radical.
"So while Dave supposedly shoved his feet into his mouth once again, I say he's close to the truth. A lot closer then most people want to accept.
"One thing is certain. People suck.
"Watch these videos for a little more [insight] and go ahead and hate the messenger if you wish."
Testament vocalist Chuck Billy told the New York Daily News, "I think he must be back on drugs to even think what he is saying makes any sense. There is freedom of speech and there just putting your foot in your mouth." Testament has toured many times in the past with Megadeth.
Broken Hope guitarist Jeremy Wagner said, "I'd like to see Mustaine face any of the victims from either tragedy and tell them that Obama did this to them. In fact, Mustaine, tell that to Ashley Moser who had a bullet lodged in her throat, a gunshot wound to her abdomen, and lost her 6-year-old daughter Veronica Moser-Sullivan when James Holmes fired upon them.
"I'm one of thousands who wish Mustaine would just keep his volatile mouth shut," added Wagner.
"I find it hard to accept this diatribe at face value," former RIP magazine editor Lonn M. Friend told the Daily News. "I go back 25 years with Mustaine and have long found him to be both a creative and conscious artist, a spiritual man who has battled and survived some pretty savage demons. These accusations are lunacy and just don't sound like the evolved rocker I know. Maybe he broke a string."
“ To speak in such a way is to take focus off of the true face of this problem - the victims,” says Eye Empire’s Donald Carpenter. “It is ignorant, irresponsible and a part of the problem.”
Mustaine, who once wrote the lyrics to the anti-George H.W. Bush administration song "Foreclosure of a Dream," has swung sharply to the right since he ditched alcohol and drugs and became a born-again Christian.
"This is why people should never get sober,” deadpanned Metalocalypse’s Brendon Small.