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Revolver Golden Gods Awards complete recap (interviews and performances)

by on Apr.16, 2012, under FUNNIES, INTERVIEWS, PHOTOS, ROCK NEWS, TV ROCK NEWS, VIDEO

Revolver Golden Gods Awards complete recap (interviews and performances)

The Revolver Golden Gods Awards 2012 took place at the Nokia Theater in Hollywood this past Wednesday night (Apr.11) and for the first time ever, it was broadcast live in its entirety on Xbox LIVE, as well as on the Xbox and Revolver Facebook pages.

Fozzy frontman and WWE pro-wrestling legend Chris Jericho, returned to host the show for the third consecutive year, with a who's who of the rock and metal world in attendance as presenters and guests.

The Golden God Award, given to one special honoree a year who embodies the spirit of hard rock and metal, went to Gene Simmons of KISS. (Previous honorees include hard-rock and metal legends Alice Cooper, Rob Halford of Judas Priest and Dave Mustaine of Megadeth.)

The show featured performances and collaborations that honored both the past, present and future of heavy music. The night’s hard-rocking musical performances included sets by Marilyn Manson (in his first U.S. performance in nearly three years); Slash featuring Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators; Evanescence; SIXX: A.M. featuring Nikki Sixx of Motley Crue, James Michael, acclaimed rock producer and songwriter, and DJ Ashba of Guns N' Roses (in their first performance in almost four years); Trivium, and 2011 “Best New Band” Golden Gods Award winner Black Veil Brides, who performed their only U.S. show of 2012 so far.

Here's an Artisan News Report on the evenings festivities:


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Revolver Golden Gods winners:
-Best Guitarists: Jinxx and Jake Pitts (Black Veil Brides)
-Best Drummer: Jeremy Spencer (Five Finger Death Punch)
-Paul Gray Best Bassist: Nikki Sixx (Motley Crue, SIXX: A.M.)
-Riff Lord: Slash
-Comeback Of The Year: Slipknot
-Best International Band: X JAPAN
-Best Live Band: Avenged Sevenfold
-Best Vocalist: Amy Lee (Evanescence)
-Most Metal Athlete: CM Punk (WWE wrestling)
-Most Dedicated Fans: Avenged Sevenfold
-Album Of The Year: Korn’s 'The Path Of Totality'
-Golden God: Gene Simmons (KISS)
-Ronnie James Dio Lifetime Achievement Award: Rush
Here's a bunch of footage pre-show from the 'Black Carpet':
Dee Snider of Twisted Sister and Lzzy Hale of Halestorm with Steven Adler and the guys from his new band ADLER, and much more:

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Here's footage of Marcus from Epiphone with 'Headbanger's Ball' and XM/Sirius radio host Jose Mangin, Lita Ford, Ashley McCabe, Frankie Banali of Quiet Riot, Evans Blue, Dylan Rose, U.S. Navy servicemen and women, Dave Lombardo and his new band Philm, Yoshiki, the guys from Halestorm, James Durbin, Tommy Victor (Prong), Steve Vai, Ministry, Chris & Dave from Megadeth, Brendon Small, Matthew Heafy, Zakk Wylde, Dave & Rob from Machine Head, Jon 5 & Ginger Fish, and Jamey Jasta of Hatebreed:


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Jo Schuftan HornsupRocks was on the Black Carpet with Yngwie Malmsteen, Slash, Lemmy, Adler, Lita Ford, Jamie Jasta from Hatebreed, Dino Cazares of Fear Factory, Ministry:

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Yngwie Malmsteen with U.S. Navy Color Guard on 'The Star Spangled Banner'

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Here's Trivium's set on the show, with Corey Taylor and Robb Flynn of Machinehead on Metallica's 'Creeping Death'.

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Zakk Wylde and Billy Duffy of The Cult give out the award for Golden Gods Best Guitarists: Jinxx and Jake Pitts of Black Veil Brides

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Here's the Black Veil Brides set, with a special guest appearance from Dee Snider of Twisted Sister on 'I Wanna Rock'!

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Sixx A.M.

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Evanescence

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Slash featuring Myles Kennedy and the Conspiritors

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Marilyn Manson's set, with guests Johnny Depp and Taylor Momsen of The Pretty Reckless

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Here's some of the award presentations from the broadcast:

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Zakk Wylde was backstage with a cavalcade of rockers at the Golden Gods Awards. Here's Tenacious D's Jack Black and Kyle Glass talking about the greatness of the D!


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Golden Gods "Father' Gene Simmons

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Evanescence

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One of rock’s great drummers, Cozy Powell died on this day in 1998 (video)

by on Apr.05, 2012, under ROCK B-DAYS/TODAY IN ROCK, ROCK NEWS, VIDEO

One of rock’s great drummers, Cozy Powell died on this day in 1998 (video)

His resume reads like a classic rock bible: The Jeff Beck Group, Rainbow, Michael Schenker Group, Whitesnake, Emerson, Lake & Powell, Black Sabbath, Robert Plant, Gary Moore, Brian May, and many, many more. He is the legendary Cozy Powell, one of the greatest rock drummers in history. Today marks the 14th anniversary of the death of Cozy. I have always felt that because of the death of Kurt Cobain of Nirvana and Layne Staley of Alice In Chains on this day, Cozy gets overlooked when his name should be right there with the two of them.

Powell once said that he drove cars like he drummed - madly - was on the phone to his girlfriend as he hurtled down a highway at 104 miles per hour without wearing his seatbelt. Powell was killed when his powerful black Saab 9000 turbo blew a tire on April 5, 1998.

He was driving up the M4, near Bristol, on his way to visit his girlfriend Sharan Reeve in Cardiff. She heard a "terribly loud noise", then silence, as she talked to him on the phone. In a statement, Ms Reeve said that Powell had just told her he was having problems finding fifth gear, and hoped the engine would not seize up as he was going so fast. Then she heard him say: "Oh shit", and the line went silent.

She kept trying to ring him back until she realised something was wrong and contacted the police. Powell, 50, was found to be slightly over the drink-drive limit after the car spun, and the car came to rest on its roof.

Cozy Powell was born in Cirencester, Gloucestershire, England, and started playing drums at age 12 in the school orchestra, thereafter playing along in his spare time to popular singles of the day. Powell started out with a vocal harmony pop band called the Sorcerers, which led Powell to friendships with fellow musicians like Robert Plant and John Bonham (both at the time unknowns in 'Listen'), future Slade vocalist Noddy Holder, bassist Dave Pegg and a young guitarist called Tony Iommi. The Sorcerers became Youngblood, and released a series of singles in late 1968–69.


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From there he was recognized by Jeff Beck, joining his group from 1970-72. After the breakup of that band, he became an in demand session drummer, bashing for the likes of Hot Chocolate, Donovan and Suzi Quatro. He eventually formed 'Cozy Powell's Hammer' in April 1974. The line-up included Bernie Marsden (guitar), Clive Chamen (bass), Don Airey (keyboards) and Frank Aiello (Bedlam) on vocals.

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In 1975 was in my opinion, where Cozy started becoming recognized internationally as one of the great drummers in rock. He joined Rainbow with Ritchie Blackmore, staying until 1980, but not until Rainbow headlined the first ever Monsters of Rock show at Castle Donington, England on August 16th. The festival was Powell's last show with the band.

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After Powell left Rainbow, he worked with former Rainbow vocalist Graham Bonnet, For the rest of the 1980s, Powell assumed short-term journeyman roles with a number of major bands — Michael Schenker Group from 1981 to 1982, and Whitesnake from 1982 to 1985. In 1985 he started recording with Phenomena for their first album, which was released in 1986 when he joined up with Keith Emerson and Greg Lake as a member of Emerson, Lake & Powell.

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A stint with Gary Moore followed in 1989. His was with Black Sabbath from 1988 to 1991, and again in 1994–1995. Between late 1992 and early 1993, Powell put together an occasional tour using the old band name 'Cozy Powell's Hammer' featuring himself on drums, Neil Murray on bass, Mario Parga on guitar and Tony Martin on vocals. Powell along with Neil Murray were members of Brian May's band, playing on the 'Back To The Light' and 'Another World' albums. Cozy played with May opening for Guns N' Roses on the second American leg of their 'Use Your Illusion' tour in 1993. The duo also served a spell with blues guitarist Peter Green in the mid-nineties. Cozy's last recording session was for Colin Blunstone's 'The Light Inside', alongside Don Airey, which was released shortly after Cozy's death. Prior to his death in 1998, Cozy had pulled out of a tour with Yngwie Malmsteen due to an injury and was preparing to tour with Brian May. The final solo album by Cozy Powell 'Especially For You' was released in 1998 after his death.

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The greatness of Cozy Powell cannot be disputed. Cheers to one of the great all time rock drummers!

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‘Metal Evolution’ documentary series to be released on DVD March 27

by on Mar.24, 2012, under CD/DVD RELEASES, LINKS, ROCK NEWS, VIDEO

‘Metal Evolution’ documentary series to be released on DVD March 27

VH1 Classic and CreateSpace, an Amazon.com, Inc. company, have announced the exclusive DVD release of Metal Evolution, the biggest and most comprehensive documentary series ever made on the genesis of heavy metal and hard rock, via Amazon.com and shop.vh1.com on March 27. Metal Evolution is VH1 Classic's top-rated 2012 series to date. The three-disc set, featuring all 11 episodes of the show hosted by noted metal aficionado, anthropologist and filmmaker Sam Dunn, crisscrosses the globe to bring viewers along on an intense journey through the genre's musical history, spanning more than four decades. Special features include an informative interview with Dunn from VH1 Classic's That Metal Show. The episodes are also available digitally on Amazon Instant Video.

"We are very excited to bring VH1's powerful and comprehensive documentary series to music lovers and devoted metal fans on DVD and digitally for the first time ever," said Brad Beale, director of digital video content acquisition for Amazon. "Amazon's CreateSpace on Demand service makes it easy for networks like VH1 Classic to make the content that fans want readily available quickly and cost-effectively."

"Metal Evolution has been a breakthrough television series for VH1 Classic, a perfect fit for our audience of classic music experts. The series highlights the passion and intelligence on the part of the creators, performers, and fans of metal music - a genre often overlooked by critics. Our partners at Banger Films created a fascinating series with emotion, humor, and lots of really, really awesome music," said Ben Zurier, EVP VH1 Programming Strategy.

Dunn and his partner, filmmaker Scot McFayden, based Metal Evolution on the groundbreaking and much-debated 26 sub-genre "Heavy Metal Family Tree" that details the music's fascinating and complex lineage. Using this genealogical chart as a road map, each episode unleashes the very essence of metal - beginning with Pre-Metal, traveling through Early Metal, New Wave, Glam, Thrash, Grunge, Nu Metal, Shock Rock and Power Metal and arriving at the Progressive Rock of today as the explosive series finale. Along the way, Dunn interviews more than 300 of metal's most revered artists, producers and experts, including Alice Cooper, James Hetfield, Slash, Iggy Pop, Vince Neil, Dave Mustaine, Michael Anthony and Yngwie Malmsteen, as well as a pantheon of other rock idols. From the streets of Birmingham, England to the bars of Sunset Strip, from Germany's raucous festivals to soccer stadium concerts in Santiago, Chile, the filmmakers leave no stone unturned as they explore the pioneers of British and American hard rock along with the metal luminaries that rock on today.

Amazon's CreateSpace on Demand service is the perfect way for major networks such as VH1 Classic, as well as leading studios, to bring their most sought-after current content and catalog titles to DVD. Titles never go out-of-stock and are always available to fans because they are manufactured only in response to customer demand. In addition, content can be distributed through Amazon.com and other channels, including Amazon Instant Video, a digital video service providing more than 120,000 titles, including new release movies, TV shows the day after they air, as well as contemporary and classic videos in SD and HD.


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Watch all the episodes here: www.vh1.com/shows/metalevolution

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Ex-White Lion, Megadeth and Black Label Society bassist James Lomenzo talks about his career from Brazil (video)

by on Mar.14, 2012, under INTERVIEWS, ROCK NEWS, ROCK TOUR DATES, VIDEO

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:


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Marshall Amps announce ’50 Years of Loud…Live!’ concert

by on Mar.13, 2012, under ROCK NEWS, ROCK TOUR DATES

Marshall Amps announce ’50 Years of Loud…Live!’ concert

Amplifier brand Marshall is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, and to celebrate, the company has put together a concert event that will feature a star-studded lineup of hard-rocking musicians. '50 Years Of Loud... Live!,' will take place at London's Wembley Arena on September 22nd.

In an official statement, Iron Maiden's Nicko McBrain had the following to say: “This is truly a celebration of a British icon – Marshall,” adding, “Beyond doubt, Jim Marshall and the team have shaped the sound of rock music for eternity…We’re bringing together beyond-legendary artists for a moment in history. Expect pure rock ‘n’ roll madness amplified to the max by Marshall!”

Among those set to appear at the show will be some of the biggest names in guitar land, including Joe Satriani, Paul Gilbert, Yngwie Malmsteen and Zakk Wylde, alongside a stellar line-up of Billy Duffy (The Cult), Nicko McBrain (Iron Maiden), Corey Taylor (Slipknot), Doug Aldrich and Brian Tichy (Whitesnake) with more names to be announced.

Paul Marshall, the firm's Head Of Artist Liaison said, "Artists play a massive role in the company, and are very much part of the 'Marshall Family'. Over the five decades of Marshall's history, practically every guitar hero has used Marshall, Richie Blackmore, Jeff Beck, Gary Moore, Slash, the list goes on…. This event is a celebration of the Marshall family and we are honoured so many artists want to get involved!"

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