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Revolver Golden Gods 2012 Award nominees and show performers announced (updated with video press conference)
Revolver Magazine held a press conference today announcing thr nominees for The upcoming 2012 Revolver Golden Gods Awards. Here's the official press release:
The fourth annual REVOLVER GOLDEN GODS AWARD SHOW presented by Epiphone® will take place Wednesday, April 11, at Club Nokia in Downtown Los Angeles. For the first time ever, the event will be broadcast live in its entirety on Xbox LIVE, as well as on the Xbox and Revolver Facebook pages. Tickets go on sale today Wednesday, February 15 at 5 p.m. PST, via Ticketmaster.
“Our exclusive collaboration with Revolver Magazine on the Golden Gods event shows just how far Xbox LIVE has come as an entertainment destination,” said Ross Honey, GM of Xbox LIVE Entertainment & Advertising. “We’re excited to deliver this live original content to all Xbox LIVE members globally.”
Also on April 11, The GRAMMY Museum, next door to Club Nokia, will open its new exhibit Golden Gods: The History of Heavy Metal. Mounted in coordination with Revolver, the exhibit will feature never-before-displayed artifacts including instruments, stage props, handwritten lyrics, clothing and costumes, alongside original album artwork, posters and live-performance and interview footage. The exhibit will also feature a variety of interactive displays. “We are thrilled to be partnering with Revolver to tell the story of metal,” states GRAMMY Museum Executive Director Bob Santelli, “and offer fans the opportunity to engage with their favorite artists in such a personal way.”
Hosting duties for the GOLDEN GODS awards show will be handled by FOZZY frontman and WWE pro-wrestling legend Chris Jericho, who returns for the third consecutive year. The nominees in 11 different categories, plus the recipient of this year’s prestigious “Golden God Award,” were revealed today at a press conference held at the GRAMMY Museum in Los Angeles. Host Chris Jericho was on hand, along with Alice Cooper, Munky (Korn), Zakk Wylde (Black Label Society), Vinnie Paul (Pantera, Hellyeah), James Michael (Sixx:A.M.), Vinny Appice (Heaven & Hell, Kill Devil Hill), Black Veil Brides, Mike Portnoy (Adrenaline Mob), John Moyer (Disturbed, Adrenaline Mob), Michael Starr (Steel Panther), Wendy Dio (wife of Ronnie James Dio) and pro motocross rider Brian Deegan to announce the nominees.
Beginning today, fans everywhere can cast their vote to decide who will take home the awards for “Best Guitarist” (presented by Epiphone®), “Best Drummer” (presented by Drum Workshop®), “Best Vocalist” (presented by Rockstar Energy Drink®), “Album of the Year” (presented by Marshall Amplification®), “Best Live Band” (presented by Samson/Zoom®), “Most Metal Athlete,” “Comeback of the Year” (presented by Eagle Rock Entertainment®), “Riff Lord,” “Paul Gray Best Bassist” (presented by Dean Markley®), “Best International Band” (presented by Musicians Institute®) and “Most Dedicated Fans.” Voting starts today at: www.GoldenGodsAwards.com and ends on April 1. The complete list of nominees in each category is listed below.
The Golden God Award, given to one special honoree a year who embodies the spirit of hard rock and metal, will go to KISS demon Gene Simmons, whose band will release their highly anticipated 20th studio album, “Monster,” this year. (Previous honorees include hard-rock and metal legends Alice Cooper, Rob Halford of JUDAS PRIEST and Dave Mustaine of MEGADETH.) Simmons commented, “It’s an honor and privilege to accept the Golden God Award. A God is only as powerful as the faithful who worship him. Signed GOD OF THUNDER.”
Adding to the celebration, The 2012 REVOLVER GOLDEN GODS AWARDS SHOW will feature one-of-a-kind special performances and collaborations that honor both the past, present and future of heavy music. The night’s hard-rocking musical performances will include sets by MARILYN MANSON (in his first U.S. performance in nearly three years); iconic GRAMMY-winning guitarist SLASH featuring Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators; EVANESCENCE; SIXX:A.M. featuring Nikki Sixx of MÖTLEY CRÜE, James Michael, acclaimed rock producer and songwriter, and DJ Ashba of GUNS N’ ROSES (in their first performance in almost four years); and 2011 Best New Band Golden God Award winner BLACK VEIL BRIDES, who will perform their only U.S. show of 2012 so far. More performers will be announced in the coming weeks.
Cast your vote now atGOLDENGODSAWARDS.COM. The nominees for the 2012 REVOLVER GOLDEN GODS AWARDS presented by Epiphone® are:
Best Guitarist, presented by Epiphone®
• Jinxx and Jake Pitts (Black Veil Brides)
• Zoltan Bathory and Jason Hook (Five Finger Death Punch)
• Willie Adler and Mark Morton (Lamb of God)
• Robb Flynn and Phil Demmel (Machine Head)
• Dave Mustaine and Chris Broderick (Megadeth)
• Matt Heafy and Corey Beaulieu (Trivium)
Best Drummer, presented by Drum Workshop®
• Charlie Benante (Anthrax)
• Jeremy Spencer (Five Finger Death Punch)
• Taylor Hawkins (Foo Fighters)
• Chris Adler (Lamb of God)
• Brann Dailor (Mastodon)
• Tomas Haake (Meshuggah)
Best Vocalist, presented by Rockstar Energy Drink®
• Sebastian Bach
• Andy Biersack (Black Veil Brides)
• James Durbin
• Amy Lee (Evanescence)
• Ivan Moody (Five Finger Death Punch)
• Jonathan Davis (Korn)
Album of the Year, presented by Marshall Amplification®
• Anthrax, Worship Music
• Evanescence, Evanescence
• Five Finger Death Punch, American Capitalist
• Foo Fighters, Wasting Light
• Korn, The Path of Totality
• Lamb of God, Resolution
Best Live Band, presented by Samson/Zoom®
• Avenged Sevenfold
• Foo Fighters
• Guns N’ Roses
• Judas Priest
Most Metal Athlete
• Gina Carano (MMA fighting)
• Brian Deegan (pro motocross)
• Evan Longoria (MLB baseball)
• Dirk Nowitzki (NBA basketball)
• Mitch Petrus (NFL football)
• CM Punk (WWE wrestling)
Comeback of the Year, presented by Eagle Rock Entertainment®
• Dream Theater
• Van Halen
• Scott Ian (Anthrax)
• Zakk Wylde (Black Label Society)
• Dave Grohl (Foo Fighters)
• Munky (Korn)
• Eddie Van Halen (Van Halen)
Paul Gray Best Bassist, presented by Dean Markley®
• Frank Bello (Anthrax)
• Michael Anthony (Chickenfoot)
• Fieldy (Korn)
• David Ellefson (Megadeth)
• Nikki Sixx (Sixx:A.M.)
• Wolfgang Van Halen (Van Halen)
Best International Band, presented by Musicians Institute®
• Lacuna Coil
• X Japan
Most Dedicated Fans
• Asking Alexandria
• Avenged Sevenfold
• Black Veil Brides
• Falling in Reverse
photo: Steel Panther Facebook
Record Store Day is coming up again on April 21, and it's going to be rocking as always! Niji Entertainment Group, the record label Wendy Dio and her late husband Ronnie James Dio (Dio, Black Sabbath, Heaven & Hell, Rainbow, Elf) formed before his passing, will release a deluxe picture disc of Rainbow's "Long Live Rock 'N' Roll". Each picture disc is numbered and only 2,500 were made. 250 units will be held back for fans that live outside the USA and will be made available via the Niji webstore.
Record Store Day is managed by the Music Monitor Network and is organized in partnership with the Alliance Of Independent Media Stores (AIMS), the Coalition Of Independent Music Stores (CIMS) and celebrates the culture of independent record stores by playing host to in-store events/performances, signings and special product releases on a global scale.
Bassist Bob Daisley, who was a member of Rainbow from 1977 to 1979, in August 2010 posted high-quality video footage of of Rainbow performing the songs "Gates of Babylon", "Long Live Rock 'N' Roll" and "L.A. Connection" at a New York studio prior to the release of the band's third studio album, 1978's "Long Live Rock 'N' Roll'. Check out these awesome clips!
Although Bob Daisley and David Stone are listed on the "Long Live Rock 'N' Roll" credits for their contributions, they joined Rainbow after the recording sessions had already commenced and only appear on a couple of tracks. Guitarist Ritchie Blackmore played most of the bass parts himself for the album.
"Long Live Rock 'N' Roll" was remastered on CD for the U.S. market in April 1999, with the European version following later. The U.S. version had a matte booklet/insert, which matched the original vinyl sleeve for all markets, whereas the European issue was the standard glossy type.
This was Rainbow's last album to feature Ronnie James Dio on vocals. He left, later to join Black Sabbath, and was replaced by Graham Bonnet.
In June 2009 a CD-size book about the making of album was released in the series "Rock Landmarks" called "Long Live Rock N' Roll Story". It was written by Rainbow and Blackmore expert Jerry Bloom.
Earlier on this National Metal Day (11.11.11 at 11:11 Pacific Time) the original members of Black Sabbath, announced their reunion at a press conference at Hollywood's Whiskey A Go Go. guitarist Tony Iommi, singer Ozzy Osbourne, bassist Geezer Butler and drummer Bill Ward announced that they are working on new material for an album which will be made available Vertigo/Universal Republic in the U.S. and Vertigo in all other territories.
There is no for the album as of yet but it will be produced by Rick Rubin, who has previously worked with Metallica, Slipkknot, Slayer and System Of A Down, Red Hot Chili Peppers and many, many others. The band plans to begin recording the album in January for a fall 2012 release. A world tour will follow, including an appearance at the U.K.'s Download festival on June 10, 2012, joining the previously announced Metallica as headliners.
Tony Iommi said: "It's now or never. We are getting along great. Everything's really good, it's like putting on an old glove. It's fantastic," he added.
The band credited Rubin's persistence for helping get them back in the studio. "He phoned us every five minutes," Iommi joked. "It was the obvious choice," Ozzy Osbourne explained of choosing Rubin as producer. "I've known Rick for many years." "It was time," said Osbourne of the reunion. "The timing was right."
Osbourne also revealed that they've written "seven or eight" new songs for the album, which they plan to release in the Fall of 2012. Geezer Butler added that the new songs are "back to the old SABBATH style and sound. The stuff that Tony's been playing is absolutely brilliant."
Rubin, who was also present at the event, said: "We've been working on developing material and we're halfway into the writing process. It's inspiring hearing what's coming out."
Check out the footage of the press conference, hosted by Henry Rollins:
The original Black Sabbath lineup hasn't toured since 2005 and last appeared together at their inducting into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame in 2006. They attempted to cut a new album — their first since 1978's "Never Say Die!" — with Rick Rubin in 1999, but the sessions fell apart after just a couple of songs and Osbourne turned his attention to his solo career. The Ronnie James Dio lineup reunited as Heaven & Hell in 2006, but ended last year with the death of Dio.
Scott Ian of Anthrax talks best song on new album “Worship Music”; Joey Belladonna jams on Foreigner and Journey (video)
Anthrax guitarist Scott Ian released the following update earlier this week on his opinion of the best song on their new record: "'In The End' Is a song on our record. I think it’s the best song on the record. I think it’s the most important song on the record and it’s the centerpiece of Worship Music.
This song started out as something completely different back in 2007 and over the last four years it went through revision after revision. We were never satisfied with it, always just missing the mark. Even the 'finished' version (it had a different title at the time) in 2009 was not as good as it could’ve been and actually may not have even made the record.
It was this song that we wanted to write as a tribute to (Dimebag) Darrell and Ronnie (James Dio). This being our first chance to say how we felt about these guys in the context of what we do and what they influenced. Musically this was the one, epic in scope, the right balance of melancholy and aggression, a proper tribute to two guys that meant so much to us except, it wasn’t perfect. And it had to be. It had to be perfect to honor them.
Darrell was our friend first and foremost. We’d been on this crazy path together since we met in 1986. His impact on our lives will never be forgotten and will always be missed. He played on three Anthrax records. He was truly the sixth member of the band. Getcha’ pull! Ronnie, what can I say? I started out as a fan from Rainbow and then of course followed him to Sabbath. I saw Ronnie for the first time on the Heaven & Hell tour in 1980. He was incredible. On the Mob Rules tour my friend Jimmy (who knew Ronnie) was able to score us some passes and we literally got them from under Ronnie’s hotel room door! We met him after the show, I had a brief chance to stammer a hello, or at least tried to as I was so sweaty and nervous. Cut to years later and I’m meeting Ronnie again and he remembered me from that short meeting years before. That’s who he was. He always put you at ease. He always had a kind word and a smile. He was a mentor to us in so many ways, mainly how to be so fucking cool. On tour in 2004 I remember standing on the side of the stage night after night blown away by the power he possessed and also giving him Yankee’s scores between songs! Yes, Ronnie was as fanatical about the Yankees as I am. To have had the privilege to become friends with one of my hero’s was an incredible experience and I will never forget my moments with either of them.
We were still fighting with this song, the arrangement just not right and then Charlie found the bells. He sent this melody idea to Rob and I with a new arrangement that had these bells playing this really dark melody and it was soooo close. Rob suggested Charlie tweak the chorus combining his new idea with some of the previous idea and that was it. It was one of those moments of clarity when you just know something is right. The song was finally the song it was supposed to be. So now, words to match the power of the music.
I wasn’t sure how to even try and express what I felt. Everything I came up with lyrically just sounded cheesy to me. I finally had the music that lived up to the task of honoring our friends, now I needed the words to convey the emotions. I kept hitting a wall and then Charlie sent me a line… “Lone star was dark tonight.” That line opened the door for me and the words came naturally. The feelings translating into lyrics that I felt did Darrell and Ronnie justice.
I’ll leave the rest to you my friends, you’ll be able to hear it in 11 days. Enjoy it and I hope it fucks your world the same way Darrell and Ronnie fucked mine!"
Worship Music is released on September 13th on Megaforce Records.
Check out this footage of Anthrax frontman Joey Belladonna singing Foreigners "Double Vision" and Journey's "Separate Ways" with the backline crew during soundcheck at Foreigner and Journey's concert on August 30 at the New York State Fair in Syracuse, New York.
Belladonna regularly performs Journey and Foreigner classics with his Syracuse, New York-based power trio Chief Big Way in which he plays drums and sings.
Legendary Black Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi was the guest on the premiere episode of season eight of VH1 Classic's "That Metal Show" this past Saturday, August 20. You can catch it again at various times on VH1 Classic or watch the entire episode below now.
It wasn't addressed on the show because it was taped, but as previously reported, Iommi's manager has refused to deny that the original lineup of Black Sabbath is getting back together, according to the Birmingham Mail. The Mail was actually the newspaper that broke the story of a reported Sabbath reunion, using comments attributed to Iommi. Iommi issued a statement saying that his comments had been distorted, his manager Ralph Baker admitted to the Mail, "We haven't got anything in place. He's not denying that the guys have been talking but there's nothing in the way that's been implied in the statements that you made."
Iommi's comments to the Mail were made back in June, with Baker telling the newspaper that Iommi "felt that he made them to you off the record." Baker said that the story first appeared on a metal news web site before the Mail expanded on it, using Iommi's quotes. Baker said, "A very insignificant little web site put something out about SABBATH getting back together . . . When you [Birmingham Mail] went online, that's when it went around the world because it was official."
The Mail reported on Tuesday (August 16) that the original four Sabbath members — Iommi, singer Ozzy Osbourne, bassist Geezer Butler and drummer Bill Ward — have already begun rehearsing and writing music in secret for a new album.
Speculation has been hightened further with Ozzy Osbourne's no-show at the premiere of the movie "God Bless Ozzy Osbourne".
Black Sabbath did try to record a new album 12 years ago, the original lineup's first since 1978, but abandoned the attempt after just a couple of songs. The original SABBATH lineup has not toured together since summer 2005.