Another of the successful 'Metal Masters' clinic series took place last night (Sept. 7) at the Gramercy Theater in New York City. 'Metal Masters 4' freatured Phil Anselmo (Down, ex-Pantera), Kerry King & Dave Lombardo (Slayer), Scott Ian, Charlie Benante & Frank Bello (Anthrax) as well as new 'masters' Billy Sheehan (Mr. Big, Talas, ex-David Lee Roth) and Gary Holt (Exodus, Slayer).
The entire event was streamed live via Ustream. Watch it in it's entriety below.
Room For One More (Anthrax - w/ Frank Bello on lead vocals)
Mouth For War (Pantera)
Five Minutes Alone (Pantera)
A New Level (Pantera)
Chemical Warfare (Slayer)
War Ensemble (Slayer)
Goddamn Electric (Pantera)
Sergeant D & The S.O.D. (Stormtroopers Of Death)
Kill Yourself (Stormtroopers Of Death)
Angel Of Death (Slayer)
Strike Of The Beast (Exodus)
Raining Blood (Slayer)
Fucking Hostile (Pantera)
Guitarist Kerry King of Slayer is currently on the Mayhem tour, the band's first nationwide tour since 2010. He talked with Rolling Stone about the upcoming plans for Slayer, new muisc and the status of guitarist Jeff Hanneman.
Steve Appleford of Rolling Stone reports:
Before leaving for the Mayhem Festival last weekend, Slayer finished two songs that now await mixing, began two others that still need leads and vocals, and demoed two more with producer Greg Fidelman, who worked with them on 2009's World Painted Blood and is currently working with Rick Rubin and Metallica. Guitarist Kerry King hopes to get back to work as soon as Mayhem ends August 5th in Hartford, Connecticut.
"If I get off my ass and start writing again on the road – since we've been in Europe, I keep trying to work on lyric ideas, maybe some leads, and fixing songs that didn't work correctly – it should be a real quick process," King told Rolling Stone, backstage at Mayhem's opening day in San Bernardino.
So far, the band has been working without guitarist Jeff Hanneman, who is still recovering from a devastating attack of flesh-eating necrotizing fasciitis on his right arm, believed to be caused by a spider bite. At last year's Big 4 Festival in Indio, California, Hanneman joined the band onstage for a two song encore, but he hasn't been able to tour.
"He's rehearsed with us a number of times. He tried to do the Fun Fun Fun Fest [in Austin]," King said. "That's the last time he tried to get out and do a show, and he's just not there. It's no secret we're very intricate, especially rhythmically. But he can't do that yet."
Other than two domestic Big 4 dates and the current Mayhem tour, Slayer have performed only a handful of U.S. shows since Hanneman was sidelined. Exodus guitarist Gary Holt has been the main substitute since Hanneman's illness. "Gary's a fucking badass," said King.
Hanneman wasn't at the recent recording sessions. But King explained that he typically records all the basic guitar parts himself anyway, even on songs written by Hanneman, before bringing the other guitarist in to perform his leads. "I do a lot of the bass, too," said King. It's still unknown if Hanneman will be able to return in time to perform solos on the new Slayer album.
After Mayhem we'll reevaluate and see if he's any closer," King says. "We're planning for him to come back and the door is open, because it's his fucking gig. If he can play, Jeff Hanneman is going to fucking be here, and I'm stoked about that. I love playing with Gary, and he's doing a killer job, but if Jeff came back and said 'I'm ready,' I'll check him out to see that he's ready, and off we go."
Slayer have released a statement addressing the continued health issues of guitarist Jeff Henneman. Henneman will need more time in rehab to recover from the compilcations of a spider bite he got more than a year ago. Gary Holt of Exodus will continue to fill in on guitar while Henneman continues his recovery. Here's the statement released by the band:
“As you know, Jeff was bitten by a spider more than a year ago, but what you may not have known was that for a couple of days after he went to the ER, things were touch-and-go. There was talk that he might have to have his arm amputated, and we didn’t know if he was going to pull through at all. He was in a medically-induced coma for a few days and had several operations to remove the dead and dying tissue from his arm. So, understand, he was in really, really bad shape. It’s been about a year since he got out of the hospital, and since then, he had to learn to walk again, he’s had several painful skin grafts, he’s been in rehab doing exercises to regain the strength in his arm; but best of all, he’s been playing guitar.
“We were all excited when he joined us onstage for the encore a year ago at The Big Four show at Coachella. Since then, we’ve given him all the time and support he’s needed to continue his rehab so he can come back to the band fully recovered and able to deliver the kind of shows we all want him to. While Jeff’s been doing some writing and has been coming to rehearsal over the past several weeks, he has decided he needs to take more time to continue his rehab.
“While we want him back onstage with the band, all of us support his decision. So, we’re very grateful that Gary Holt will continue to fill in for Jeff, and will tour with us until Jeff completes his rehab and is ready to return. How long will that be? The best and most honest answer we can give you is ‘as long as it takes.’ We also wanted you to know that we’ve been doing some writing and recording for the next Slayer album – we’ve tracked a few songs, and will finish the album when we’re off the road later this year. Gary will join us on tour in Europe and the UK in May and June, and then we’ll all see you on this Summer’s Mayhem Festival.”
This from the Exodus facebook page: San Francisco's veteran thrashers Exodus will be inaugurating their summer festival season with a performance at the Scion Rock Fest in Tampa, Florida on June 2nd. With Gary Holt still handling guitar duties for Jeff Hanneman on Slayer’s North American and European tour, Exodus has invited out none other than former band member Rick Hunolt to fill-in for the band’s upcoming shows.
Long-time Exodus fans will recall that guitarist Rick Hunolt – the other half of the famed Exodus 'H-Team" who is on every studio recording from 1985 through 2004 and co-wrote some of the band’s best-known songs such as 'A Lesson In Violence' and "Deliver Us To Evil" – left Exodus after the band’s highly-acclaimed 2004 reunion album, Tempo Of The Damned. Murder in the Front Row, the recent photo book documenting the pinnacle of the Bay Area thrash scene, aptly documents Hunolt's tenure in the band. This February, Hunolt joined Exodus on-stage at the Bonded By Baloff memorial in Oakland.
Exodus European dates include:
Jun. 7 - Sweden Rock Festival – Sweden
Jun. 8 - TBA – Athens, Greece
Jun. 9 - TBA – Thessaloniki, Greece
Jun. 11 - Target Club – Italy
Jun. 12 - TBA – Italy
Jun. 13 - Nostovna – Nova Gorica, Italy
Jun. 16 - Hellfest – France
Jun. 17 - Rock Star – Bilbao, Spain
Jun. 18 - Hard Club – Porto, Portugal
Jun. 19 - Sala Ramdall – Madrid, Spain
Jun. 20 - Salamandra – Barcelona, Spain
Jun. 21 - La Secret Place Festival – France
Jun. 22 - Ninkasi Kao – Lyon, France
Jun. 23 - Graspop Festival – Belgium
Jun. 29 - Tuska Festival – Finland
Jun. 30 - Rock’n’Bol - Italy
Jul. 5 - Extremefest - Germany
Jul. 6 - Extremefest - Switzerland
Jul. 7 - Extremefest – Austria
Jul. 8 - UFO Festival – Croatia
Jul. 9 - Terezije B.B. – Bosnia and Herzegovina
Jul. 11 - Jukebox – Bucharest, Romania
Jul. 13 - Masters of Rock Festival – Czech Republic
Jul. 14 - Bang Your Head – Germany
Jul. 18 - Hegyalja Festival – Tokaj, Hungary
Jul. 20 - Zwarte Cross Festival – The Netherlands
Jul. 21 - Queens of Metal – Germany
More dates will be announced soon.
Ex-White Lion, Megadeth and Black Label Society bassist James Lomenzo talks about his career from Brazil (video)
The great James Lomenzo sat down with Dani Buarque of the "Lokaos Rock Show" on March 4 after the band HAIL!'s concert at Blackmore Bar in São Paulo, Brazil. Buarque does a fantastic job with the interview, which turned into a career retrospective for Lomenzo in chronological order. I didn't realize Lomenzo was in a band called 'Rondinelli' with the late Ray Gillen (Badlands, Black Sabbath) and Bobby Rondinelli, who later was in Rainbow with Ritchie Blackmore. In fact, Lomenzo talks about how he used to jam with Ritchie and Bobby pre-White Lion.
Buarque then leads Lomenzo through his stints White Lion, Pride & Glory (with his buddy Zakk Wylde), Slash's Snakepit, Black Label Society, Ozzy Osbourne, David Lee Roth, Megadeth, Lynch Mob and now in HAIL!. Lomenzo shares some really interesting stories about his time with each band and the personalities involved. The humble and appreciative Lomenzo shows just how cool he is in this interview, and I had to share it. He certainly has had an interesting and varied career in rock. Kudos to the beautiful Dani Buarque.
HAIL! is an all star band featuring vocalist Tim "Ripper" Owens (Yngwie Malmsteen, Judas Priest, Iced Earth, Beyond Fear), guitarist Andreas Kisser (Sepultura) and drummer Paul Bostaph (Testament, Slayer, Exodus, Forbidden).
There has been different lineups of HAIL!; including one featuring Owens, Bostaph, Lomenzo and guitarist Glen Drover (Megadeth, King Diamond), who completed a tour of China and Taiwan in December.
HAIL! is planning to release a DVD that will capture the band's entire history and spotlight all of its live shows and special guests and contain exclusive behind-the-scenes footage from its travels, rehearsals, soundchecks, interviews, meet-and-greets.
Here's the interview and some great fan-shot footage of the show, with almost the entire set: