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BEYOND DISHONOR To Release Generations EP In April

Hailing from Trenton, New Jersey, Beyond Dishonor have spent the last few years making a worthy name for themselves – not just locally, but nationally. Fans will be able to own a copy of the band’s Generations EP on April 14TH. Generations is available for pre-order now via the band’s Big Cartel page in several package options, including additional posters, t-shirts, snapback hats, and more.

 

 

Drawing inspiration from pop culture, primarily in the form of movies, television and gaming, is one of countless ways Beyond Dishonor has cultivated their devoted fanbase. Their 2011 full-length, Travesty, is a well-received concept album drawing from band favorites Se7en, Ghostbusters and Full Metal Jacket. In similar fashion, Generations features pop culture references evident in song titles like “ED209 vs. The Staircase” (RoboCop) and “What Clayton Bigsby Doesn’t Know” (Chappelle’s Show).

Generations boasts production credits from producer Andreas Magnusson, known for his work with The Black Dahlia Murder, August Burns Red, and others. Beyond Dishonor combines eclectic styles and ranging influences to create music that is heavy and aggressive enough for the most hardcore of fans, yet rhythmic and groovy enough to be accessible to those on the fringe.

In support of the upcoming release of Generations, Beyond Dishonor will set out on a 14-city US east coast tour. Catch the band performing their energetic set at a venue near you – just one of the many reasons why they have been selected to support nationally-recognized artists such as Whitechapel, The Acacia Strain, Within the Ruins, Veil Of Maya, August Burns Red, Born Of Osiris, Unearth, and numerous others.

 

 

Beyond Dishonor is:

Reese Dunlap – vocals
Wesley Ingraham – guitars
Mark Salmon – guitars
Bryan San Martin – bass
Mike Lock – drums
Vinny Keohane – drums (touring)

 
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OZZY OSBOURNE To Undergo Surgery In May; OZZFIESTA Event Canceled

Ozzy Osbourne's Ozzfiesta event, which was scheduled to take place from May 27 to May 31 at the Hard Rock Hotel in Riviera Maya, Mexico, has been canceled.

Organizers Cool Breeze Concerts have released the following statement regarding the cancelation:

"Like you, we were very excited about the event. However, Ozzy is having surgery, scheduled for May, following his South American tour. He requires at least four weeks of recovery time. We are very disappointed that we need to cancel.

"We will be offering refunds which will be processed in the next 4-6 weeks.

"If you decide that you would still enjoy an all-inclusive vacation at the Hard Rock, Riviera Maya, Mexico please send us an email, and we can make the arrangements.

"We apologize for any inconvenience and hope that you understand the circumstances surrounding the cancellation."

In addition to a headlining performance from Ozzy, the five-day festival was supposed to include a dinner party hosted by Sharon Osbourne, an opening night party featuring a special acoustic set by Zakk Wylde, a question-and-answer session with Ozzy and his band, a BLACK LABEL SOCIETY full concert, a Comedy Club Night with stand-up sets from Jim Norton and Jim Florentine, a charity golf tournament benefiting the Sharon Osbourne Colon Cancer Program and more.

Ozzfiesta seemed to be a continuation of the occasional Ozzfest events that the Osbournes have staged since Ozzfest itself ended as a summer tour in 2007.

Ozzy told The Pulse Of Radio not long ago that being rejected by another festival inspired him and Sharon to launch Ozzfest in 1996. "She tried to get me on Lollapalooza, and they turned around to Sharon and said, 'You know what, we don't think there's a spot for Ozzy in this music anymore,'" he said. "So she came home, pissed off, and she said, 'We'll do our own damn show.' So she booked me a few shows, it sold out overnight, and everything after that Sharon did on her own, you know."

Ozzy's solo career retrospective, "Memoirs Of A Madman", was released on October 7, 2014.

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SWORN ENEMY Premier “No Mercy” Music Video

Sworn Enemy have released their "No Mercy" music video prior to kicking off their North American tour. The tour starts on March 27th in Amityville, New York and works it's way though the United States and Mexico wrapping up on May 2nd in Brookyln, New York.

 

 

Check out Sworn Enemy's "No Mercy" music video below:

Vocalist Sal Lococo stats: “Greetings and felicitations children of technology. I'm happy to let you all know that our new video for "No Mercy" will be airing on YouTube and whatever other format you can view it on. Along with that great news we will be hitting the road this Friday with the legendary Biohazard, dates are as follows: March 27th - April 5th. Once we finish up at the South East Beast festival we will be headlining the No Mercy, No Surrender Tour with Wretched, Dark Sermon, and Hammer Fight. Dates are as follows: April 7th - May 2nd, and we plan on making a pit stop in Mexico for 6 shows so North America prepare for decimation as we grant you all no mercy, no surrender.”

 

 
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HARMONY - Remembrance EP Details Revealed; Teaser Video Streaming

Swedish melodic metal band, Harmony, will release a new EP entitled Remembrance on May 22nd in Europe and on May 26th in North America through Ulterium Records.

The 6-track EP includes four re-recorded songs from the Harmony debut album, Dreaming Awake, as well as two new songs. Remembrance features the legendary vocalist Daniel Heiman (ex-Lost Horizon) on vocals on all tracks. The EP was mixed at Studio Fredman (At The Gates, In Flames, Hammerfall) in Gothenburg, Sweden.

 

 

Remembrance EP tracklisting:

“Eternity”
“Dreaming Awake”
“Without You”
“She”
“In His Heart”
“Feed My Hunger”

Teaser:

Remembrance can be pre-ordered at the Ulterium Records Store, here.

 

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LEPROUS: 'The Congregation' Cover Artwork, Track Listing Revealed

Norwegian progressive metallers LEPROUS will release their new studio album, "The Congregation", on May 25 in Europe and June 2 in North America via InsideOut Music. The drums, guitars and bass for the follow-up to 2013's "Coal" were recorded at Sweden's Fascination Street and Ghostward Studios with David Castillo (KATATONIA, OPETH) and the vocals with Heidi Solberg Tveitan and Vegard Tveitan at Mnemosyne Studios in Norway. Just like the preceding albums, "Bilateral" and "Coal", "The Congregation" was mixed by Jens Bogren (OPETH, SYMPHONY X, KREATOR) at Fascination Street. The CD's cover artwork, which was created by artist Nihil, can be seen below.

The track listing for the 65-minute effort is as follows: 01. The Price02. Third Law03. Rewind04. The Flood05. Triumphant06. Within My Fence07. Red08. Slave09. Moon10. Down11. Lower LEPROUS comments on the cover artwork as follows: "The artwork represents the album's dark theme very well by showing deformation and disturbance." "The Congregation" will be available as standard jewelcase CD, digital download as well as limited import mediabook CD and 2LP editions. Physical versions feature bonus track "Pixel". LEPROUS is currently busy working on the new album's first video with Twitchy Films, who also worked on the band's previous clips.

LEPROUS is:

Einar Solberg - Lead Vocal, KeysTor Oddmund Suhrke - GuitarØystein Landsverk - GuitarBaard Kolstad - Drums

LEPROUS vocalist and keyboard player Einar Solberg commented: "This has without doubt been the most challenging album to write so far, if you count the amount of hours, blood, sweat and tears behind it. Which makes me extra proud to just have delivered the master of what I consider to be the most daring, technical, fresh and mature album we've ever done.

"The music of 'The Congregation' is mostly written by me on my computer, so that this time around I could use my ears instead of my knowledge as the main writing tool. If you use your knowledge and your usual methods to write every album, you will eventually find yourself stuck in a quagmire of old habits. Lyrically, 'The Congregation' covers the dangers and consequences of blindly following the flow, thus the album title will speak for itself."

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BATTLE BEAST Joined On Stage In Helsinki By Former Vocalist NITTE VALO; Fan-Filmed Video Posted

On March 18th, Battle Beast performed at Nosturi in Helsinki, Finland. During the show they were joined on stage by former vocalist Nitte Valo - who was replaced in 2012 by current singer Noora Louhimo - for "Victory", "Show Me How To Die" and "Enter The Metal World". Fan-filmed video is available below:

After the band's European tour and before their recent shows in Finland, Battle Beast underwent a crew change. Due to insurmountable disagreements, one the founding members and author of all the songs, lead guitarist Anton Kabanen was forced to leave the band. A substitute guitarist has been engaged for the upcoming shows. Anton Kabanen is going to continue making music and working on new projects. Battle Beast is already preparing new material for the upcoming fourth album.

Battle Beast's latest album, Unholy Savior, recently cracked the #1 position in their native Finland.

Commented Anton Kabanen: “After the extremely painful birth of Unholy Savior, to be rewarded with the first place on the official charts in our home country feels unbelievable, since at some point I wasn’t even sure will this album ever see the light of day. A thousand thanks to our fans and everybody who believed in Battle Beast!”

Unholy Savior tracklisting:

"Lionheart"
"Unholy Savior"
"I Want The World….And Everything In It"
"Madness"
"Sea Of Dreams"
"Speed And Danger"
"Touch In The Night"
"The Black Swordsman"
"Hero’s Quest"
"Far Far Away"
"Angel Cry"

Album samples:

"Madness" video:

"Touch In The Night" lyric video:

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JADED STAR Featuring VISIONS OF ATLANTIS And ICED EARTH Alumni Release “Stars” Lyric Video; Four New Songs Streaming

Jaded Star, the dynamic Greece-based outfit featuring former members of Visions Of Atlantis, Iced Earth and many others, has released a lyric video for the track “Stars”, featured on their impending debut album, Memories From The Future, which is nearing April release via Sensory Records.

With over forty-five minutes of Jaded Star's energetic forward-thinking melodic heavy metal, Memories From The Future was produced by vocalist Maxi Nil (ex-Visions Of Atlantis), mixed and mastered by Fredrik Nordstrom at the legendary Fredman Studios in Sweden (Arch Enemy, At the Gates, Dimmu Borgir, In Flames, Opeth, etc.), and features ten brand new epic anthems. The album showcases Maxi's electrifying vocals and the masterful drum work Saini is known for. Guitar hero Kosta Vreto, with his unique finger strumming style, eschews the plectrum in favor of a raw, organic sound that literally comes straight through his hands. Babis Nikou on the bass brings a solid foundation and the chemistry between he and Maxi as the songwriting team provides emotion to match the power of the sound.

The cover artwork for Memories From The Future, created by Lila Belivanaki, and the album's tracklisting have been revealed ahead of its spring release date - April 14th in North America and April 24th in Europe - through Sensory Records, a division of The Laser's Edge. The record will be delivered in a digipak CD format with a whopping 24-page booklet, and on all prime digital services.

 

 

Memories From The Future tracklisting:

“The Mask”
“Wake Up”
“Keep On Fighting”
“Stars”
“Into The End Of Time”
“Healing The Inner Child”
“You'll See”
“In Memory”
“Raining In Sao Paolo”
“Innocence”

Check out tracks from the album below:

Memories From The Future by Jaded Star

Jaded Star has also officially announced that they are to support Dutch symphonic metal outfit, Epica, on two special shows in Greece, as part of the band's The Greek Enigma Tour on March 27th and 28th.

Issued the band on the special live performances, "We are very happy to announce that we will support Epica at their shows in Athens and Thessaloniki! This is the first time we play in Greece and we really can't wait to present our new album to our Greek brothers and sisters!"

Additional tour dates including a full Fall European tour and more are in the works.

Jaded Star tour dates:

March
27 - Fuzz - Athens, Greece (with Epica)
28 - Fix Factory Of Sound - Thessaloniki, Greece (with Epica)

 

 

Formed in 2013, Jaded Star was founded by vocalist Maxi Nil (ex-Visions of Atlantis) and drummer Raphael Saini (ex-Iced Earth), who recruited guitarist Kosta Vreto (Horizon's End, Wardrum) and bassist Babis Nikou (Astral DNA, Opened Paradise, Dia Mageias) to complete the lineup. The quartet instantly amassed a vast array of new material and began touring across Europe.

Upon signing with Sensory, Maxi Nil issued, "We can't put down in words how excited and happy we are for signing with Sensory records, since it's very hard to find these days labels who truly help, support and believe in their bands. Memories From The Future is an album full of energy and emotions and personally, it's the best thing I've done so far. We're all very proud of it and we can't wait to share it with the world. Make sure to listen to it as loud as you can!"

Added Sensory/The Laser's Edge owner, Ken Golden, "Recently I was approached a new band called Jaded Star. As soon as I learned that Maxi Nil was the band's vocalist I was immediately intrigued. I was quite familiar with her work with Visions Of Atlantis so I knew this would be quality metal. When I heard the album I was totally blown away."

 
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SUPURATION Streaming Track From Upcoming Reveries Album; Includes ANTHRAX, TWISTED SISTER, PARADISE LOST Covers

French metal innovators, Supuration, will release their new album, Reveries, on May 29th via Listenable Records. The album track Suffocate Through Asphyxia is streaming below.

Reveries contains brand new recordings of old tracks initially written in 1990 and freshly mastered by Dan Swanö.

Ludovic Loez (guitars, vocals) elaborates: "We really wanted to record these songs again as they're the testimony of our musical roots, we listened to a lot of Entombed, Carcass, Pestilence at the time and that obviously gets noticed when listening to these tracks. We never intended to make drastic musical changes and keep the original old school death metal style and organic flavour which pleases us the most."

Added bonus tracks are covers of Anthraxs Among The Living, Twisted Sisters The Beast, and Paradise Losts Shattered.





Tracklisting:

Avoid The Contamination
Tales From The Crematory
Suffocate Through Asphyxia
Suppurated
Hypertrophy - Sordid And Outrageous Emanations
Sultry Obsession
Reveries Of A Bloated Cadaver
Ephemeral Paradise
Shattered (Paradise Lost cover)
The Beast (Twisted Sister cover)
Among The Living (Anthrax cover)

Suffocate Through Asphyxia:

Suffocate through asphyxia by SUPURATION

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DEEP PURPLE - Long Beach 1971 Due For Release On May 12th

Due for release on May 12th is Long Beach 1971, the latest album in earMUSIC’s Deep Purple reissue series that, over the last two years, has seen the release of rare live material from the band, including Paris 1975, Copenhagen 1972, Stockholm 1970 and Graz 1975. Spanning over 70 minutes of music, Long Beach 1971 was remastered in 2014.

Recorded at Long Beach Arena in Long Beach, California, on July 30th, 1971, it was broadcast on radio (KUSC 91.5 FM), a showcase for a support performance to Rod Stewart and The Faces.

An official release for a concert that has long been considered a landmark for the band, the set featured tracks (“Speed King” and “Child In Time”) from their fourth studio album, June 1970’s In Rock. This was a transitional release for the Mk II version of the band - guitarist Ritchie Blackmore, frontman Ian Gillan, bassist Roger Glover, organ/keyboard player Jon Lord and drummer Ian Paice -, being their first hard rock affair as well as their commercial breakthrough as the third leading über-rock band of the day along with Black Sabbath and Led Zeppelin. Completing the set that day were a considerably extended version of “Mandrake Root” from their July 1968 debut album Shades Of Deep Purple, and “Strange Kind Of Woman”.

Opening with an 11-minute long “Speed King”, the show actually starts off like a climax, with a frenzy of organ and batter of guitar and drums, before segueing into a fast and furious riff and some classic caterwauls from Ian Gillan. Next up is “Strange Kind Of Woman”. The piledriving central motif is a classic combination of rhythm and riff, the band hitting a bluesy, even funky, groove. Following is an impressive version of the Deep Purple classic “Child in Time”: it is 20 minutes of heavy action from Blackmore. If you’re not too exhausted by that, there is time for one more, and it’s a good - not to mention long - one: “Mandrake Root”, a 27-minute extrapolation of the debut album track and concert standby.

All in all, the frenzy, powerful show is leaving the audience staggered, and not a little dazed, as they head towards the exit, into the warm California night, wondering what the hell just happened. Deep Purple live just happened.

 

 

Tracklisting:

“Speed King“
“Strange Kind Of Woman“
“Child In Time“
“Mandrake Root“

 

 

Deep Purple has announced their 2015 North America Summer tour. Tickets and VIP Packages are on sale now in select markets. More dates to go on sale in the coming days.

VIP Packages will be offered in select markets on the 2015 Deep Purple North America Tour. The packages offered will be the following:

Diamond: Meet & Greet Package (available in select markets)

Package includes:

- Premium Ticket (in first five rows in most markets) (or GA where applicable)
- Meet ‘n’ Greet with band member(s) (will not include Ian Gillan).
- Exclusive Autographed Litho
- 1 Personal Item autographed
- Exclusive VIP Merchandise- To Be Determined
- Commemorative laminate and lanyard

Gold: Merchandise Package (available in select markets)

Package includes:

- Premium Ticket (in first 15 rows in most markets) (or GA where applicable)
- Exclusive VIP Merchandise To Be Determined

 

 

Tour dates:

July
14 - Lewiston, NJ - Art Park Amphitheatre
22 - Englewood, NJ - Bergen Pac
24 - Lynn, MA - Lynn Auditoriu
25 - Port Chester, NY - Capitol Theater
30 - Mashantucket, CT - Foxwoods Resort & Casino

August
2 - Nashville, TN - Ryman Auditorium
4 - Sterling Heights, MI - Freedom Hill Amphitheatre
5 - Columbus, OH - Ohio State Fair
7 - Sioux City, IA - Hard Rock Casino
12 - Costa Mesa, CA - Orange County Fair
14 - Laughlin, NV - Edgewater Casino
15 - Indio, CA - Fantasy Springs Casino

More tour dates will be announced. For info on which shows are on sale visit DeepPurple.com.

 

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MYSTIFIER - Wicca Deluxe Edition To Be Issued Via Hammerheart In June

On June 26th, Hammerheart Records will release the first of a set of three deluxe editions by black metal legend Mystifier, their debut Wicca, originally released in 1992 on Heavy Metal Maniac Records.

The deluxe digipack CD package contains two discs, with Disc 1 containing a fully remastered version of Wicca, and Disc 2 containing the original master from 1992 with their T.E.A.R. (The Evil Ascension Returns) 7” EP added as bonus tracks.

 

 

The vinyl edition (featuring the remastered album) will be available on transparent green vinyl, limited to 100 copies (exclusively in the Hammerheart Records webstore) and a regular black vinyl, with fully restored artwork, 180 gram Audiophile High Quality vinyl and a little surprise added.

In August, Goëtia will follow and in September, The World Is Good That Who Made It Doesn't Live Here with a similar treatment. A live album (with DVD) and a completely new record are in the works as well. Also a tour is planned for February 2016.

Mystifier was formed in 1989 in Brazil and fits in with Sarcofago, Holocausto, old Sepultura and Holocausto, as a founding stone of the extreme Brazilian scene. These days Mystifier is a cult act, playing their classics and appealing to the dark legions that still worship at the altar of Blasphemy, Sarcofago and Beherit.

 
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ARCTURUS


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New Video Footage Of CHRIS ADLER In The Studio With MEGADETH?

A new 15-second video clip of an as-yet-unidentified drummer believed to be Chris Adler (LAMB OF GOD) laying down tracks for MEGADETH's new album can be seen below.

A photo that was taken on March 19 of MEGADETH mainman Dave Mustaine and Adler having a discussion at what appeared to be a fast-food restaurant or a coffee shop was posted on Twitter by former MY CHEMICAL ROMANCE drummer Bob Bryar.

As BLABBERMOUTH.NET exclusively reported on March 14, MEGADETH is rumored to have hired Adler and Brazilian guitarist Kiko Loureiro (ANGRA) to play on the band's new CD.

If true, Adler's involvement with MEGADETH would apparently be limited to studio work only, and he would not be expected to join the band on the road to promote the effort, which is currently being recorded in Nashville, Tennessee.

MEGADETH was still finalizing the recording lineup for its new album earlier in the month, with Mustaine tweeting on March 10 that he was "excited to be auditioning one of my final picks for my new guitarist today."

The band has yet to officially announce replacements for drummer Shawn Drover and guitarist Chris Broderick, who quit the group last year.

Speculation has been rife over the last three months as to whether fans could expect a reunion of MEGADETH's classic late 1980s and early 1990s lineup featuring Nick Menza on drums and Marty Friedman on guitar.

Both Menza and Friedman indicated in recent interviews and online postings that they weren't opposed to rejoining MEGADETH, with Menza saying: "I'm open to whatever could possibly happen. That's up to Dave [Mustaine." Friedman, who was also part of the band's "Rust In Peace" lineup, said in January that he "would not be against considering" a possible return to the band as the replacement for Broderick, but cautioned that fans shouldn't "get [their] hopes up either."

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DISCREATION

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STARBLIND - PURE STEEL RECORDS

Starblind signs a new worldwide record deal with Pure Steel Records GMBH and releases an album teaser for the forthcoming album.
After a few months of negotiating with different labels Starblind are proud to announce the signing with Pure Steel Records GMBH for a worldwide release of our upcoming album. Pure Steel ´s profile fits us as a band perfectly and we feel confident that this will help us take the next step as a band.
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HELLISH WAR

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DEE SNIDER 'Apologizes' To DOUG ALDRICH, Slams KISS

TWISTED SISTER frontman Dee Snider has apologized to former WHITESNAKE and DIO guitarist Doug Aldrich for "singling him out" by questioning the relevance of any of the WHITESNAKE releases Aldrich appeared on.

On February 9, Snider posed the following question for his 124,000 Twitter followers: "What WHITESNAKE album of importance did Douglas Aldrich play on? I'm just sayin'." He added in a separate tweet: "I'm tired of musicians who joined famous bands after their heyday claiming they are from those bands. They had NOTHING to do with success!"

A short time later, Aldrich responded with the following tweet: "Dee Snider, dude, I just did my best to keep the band moving forward. Was blessed to compose 30 tunes. You are a total jackass though. Haha!"

During an appearance on the March 9 edition of Eddie Trunk's SiriusXM satellite radio show, "Eddie Trunk Live", Snider explained in depth his reasons for calling out Aldrich. He said: "It's because I'm [living] in [Las] Vegas [right now] that this whole incident, for lack of a better word, was triggered.

"First and foremost, I did this already on Twitter, and I'm gonna do it again. First, I wanna say, I apologize to Doug Aldrich. I should not have singled him out in this issue that I'm gonna talk about. Singling him out was unfair and it was wrong. And I apologized on Twitter, and he acknowledged it. I'm apologizing nationally, internationally whatever.

"But the reason What happened was, I was in Vegas and I was driving down the Las Vegas Boulevard, and I saw a sign for [the 'Raiding The Rock Vault'] show And what I'm gonna try to is not single out people individually. Okay? But I have to explain the Doug Aldrich tweet that got so much coverage in the rock press; I couldn't believe it. And I saw the sign, and it said that this show now had Doug Aldrich from WHITESNAKE. And I said 'Doug Aldrich?' I've met Doug, I know he played with WHITESNAKE. I'm going, 'From WHITESNAKE?' This show proclaims they have all these great people from these great bands. And I said, 'Now I know [former WHITESNAKE members] Bernie Marsden, Micky Moody, John Sykes, Adrian Vandenberg, Steve Vai, Vivian Campbell' I've toured with WHITESNAKE. I know these people. Doug Aldrich That came in, like, 2008! And to claim that he was from WHITESNAKE, I felt, was It really irked me. And that's why I did that. I tweeted, 'What important [WHITESNAKE] record did he play on?'"

He continued: "I just have this issue with respect for original members, respect for founding members, respect for the people that were in the van, that were on Sunset Strip selling tickets for pay-to-play shows, and that so many of these guys get forgotten.

"You know me, I firmly believe I could have gone out there without as solo, as TWISTED SISTER I believe that. [TWISTED SISTER guitarist] Jay Jay French does not believe that. But I believe that I could have done that. But I never did, because I felt that was disrespectful to the guys. And we are the original band, the original lineup.

"I know that Doug plays with WHITESNAKE. And that's the operative word.

"You know Al Pitrelli [MEGADETH, SAVATAGE, TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA]. And you know Joel Hoekstra [NIGHT RANGER, WHITESNAKE]. Al and Joel, like Doug, [are] great guitar players. When I say to Joel, 'What are you doing now?' Joel said This was a few years ago when I first ran into him when we were doing 'Rock Of Ages' together. He said, 'I'm playing with NIGHT RANGER.' Operative word being 'I'm playing with.' I see Al Pitrelli and I say, 'What are you doing now, Al?' he goes, 'I'm playing with ASIA.' Or, 'I'm playing with MEGADETH.' He never said to me, 'I'm in MEGADETH,' or, 'I'm a member of MEGADETH.' He knows full well that Marty [Friedman] is the guitar player everybody knows from the heyday of MEGADETH. He's a paid This is Al Pitrelli A paid sideman. He's on salary. He's not a bandmember. None of these guys are bandmembers."

Snider added: "It's something I'm very passionate about, and that's why I got upset.

"[To claim that these musicians were members of those bands is] misleading to the public, and it's unfair to the public, it's unfair to the artist. I mean, to say they 'played with,' that's fine, but the illusion that, when people say, 'I'm in GUNS N' ROSES.' And there are guys today who are in GUNS N' ROSES? Dude, you're not in GUNS N' ROSES. You're playing with Axl Rose. The people who were GUNS N' ROSES, again, they stood on Sunset Boulevard, they sold tickets to pay-to-play shows. Those are the original members of GUNS N' ROSES. The guys we know, the guys the audience appreciates, the guys that made the music, wrote the music that people love. And it just it irks me, because so many of these guys are just forgotten. The guys that were in the band, and they die or fade away with nothing left. Somebody else has stepped into their shoes and is playing their solos, singing their parts, and they're forgotten. And it breaks my heart."

Dee went on to admit that he made a mistake when he cited Aldrich as an example of a musician who was wrongfully claiming to have been a member of formerly mega-successful rock band. But he said: "Fair enough, there are guys out there like Doug, who have been in these bands for years. Fair enough It's not black and white. And there are so many guys But I'm sorry, man. I'm sorry. If you're hired [to play in] a band after their heyday, I don't care if you played with them for three decades"

He continued: "I hope there are people listening to what I'm saying. 'Cause I'm not I kind of pride myself on being fair and recognizing my own I called myself an asshole on Twitter, recognizing that Well, Doug called me an asshole, and I hashtagged 'asshole.' You know what I mean? And I'm fair and I'm honest. I'm gonna say it's not black and white.'"

Snider also weighed in on the current lineup of KISS, which features guitarist Tommy Thayer and longtime drummer Eric Singer dressing up as Peter Criss' and Ace Frehley's respective "Spaceman" and "Catman" personas. He said: "I don't understand how people could accept this. Tommy Thayer, I'm sorry, it's insulting. Not only did he play in a [KISS] tribute band, he's imitating Ace. His entire act is an Ace imitation."

He continued: "My theory is, [fans] forgave KISS for 'I Was Made For Loving You', and anything is acceptable after that. It was disco song, people. It's not okay. It was never okay, and they're playing it live now. Unbelievable! They play 'I Was Made For Loving You' a freakin' disco song."

Snider added: "When KISS replaced Ace and Peter, and they brought in guys who had their own makeup and their own thing, that was acceptable. When they got rid of the makeup and they brought in Bruce Kulick Now [if] Bruce says, 'I was in KISS' A contributing member on platinum-selling albums, songs that define a band. He was in KISS? Yeah, damn right he was in KISS. [He helped write] songs that we know, songs that we connect to, songs that moved the band forward with their careers, or helped sustain their careers.

"I have a [radio] show called 'House Of Hair'. [In the] eighteen years [that I have hosted the show], we've never played a WHITESNAKE record with a Doug Aldrich song on it. I'm sorry, Doug. We've never played a KISS record with any of the guys after Bruce Kulick. [You wanna know] why? Because we're a hits show. We play hits. We plays songs people know, songs people wanna hear, songs people love. It may be wrong.

"I often tell the producer [of my radio show], 'Why can't we play something even a taste of something new?' 'Cause people are interested. But we don't. And there's a reason for it. Because these are the defining records, these are the defining musicians, this is the music of these people's lives, and that's what my show gives to them. Again, I'm not the producer, but this is what we give to them."

Aldrich left WHITESNAKE in May 2014, explaining in a statement that he "had several recording and live commitments, so [he] needed a more flexible schedule to conclude these before going full force as normal." He added: "Unfortunately, my schedule was not workable."

Aldrich played on the last two WHITESNAKE studio albums, 2008's "Good To Be Bad" and 2011's "Forevermore", and appeared on several live releases, including 2013's "Made In Japan" and "Made In Britain/The World Records".

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AC/DC's MALCOLM YOUNG Spends $8 Million On Waterfront Property In Sydney Suburb

According to DailyTelegraph.com.au, AC/DC founder and guitarist Malcolm Young and his wife Linda have spent AUD 10 million (approximately $7.9 million) on a waterfront property in Palm Beach, a northern beachside suburb of Sydney, in the state of New South Wales, Australia. The sale is said to be "the biggest on the northern beaches this year. The five-bedroom home is on an absolute beachfront site of about 520sq m and is among many multimillion-dollar properties in the street."

Malcolm Young was forced to leave AC/DC last year because he is suffering from dementia. He has been replaced by Stevie Young, nephew of Malcolm and AC/DC guitarist Angus Young.

Dementia can be reversed when it's caused by dehydration or other treatable conditions. But most forms of dementia worsen gradually over time and can't be corrected.

According to WebMD, the average survival time for people diagnosed with dementia is about four and a half years. However, those diagnosed before age 70 typically live for a decade or longer.

"You just expect that they are going to get better," AC/DC singer Brian Johnson said. "You think there's going to be a pill that's going to fix them. I don't know... You think there's going to be a miracle, and, of course, one day you wake up and realize there isn't, and it hurts."

The Sydney Morning Herald reported in September 2014 that Malcolm was being treated in a nursing home in Sydney, Australia. The facility was believed to be Lulworth House in Elizabeth Bay. A Young family connection told the newspaper, "If you were in the room with [Malcolm] and walked out, then came back in one minute later, he wouldn't remember who you are. He has a complete loss of short-term memory. His wife, Linda, has put him in full-time care."

Malcolm did not participate in the recording sessions for AC/DC's new studio album, "Rock Or Bust", which arrived on December 2, 2014.

Stevie Young played with AC/DC once before during a 1988 tour, while Malcolm stepped out to deal with his dependency on alcohol.

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JAY JAY FRENCH Says It 'May Be Time' For TWISTED SISTER To Call It Quits In 2016

TWISTED SISTER guitarist Jay Jay French says that the band will meet later this week to discuss its future plans following the tragic passing of the group's drummer, Anthony Jude "A.J." Pero.

Pero died last Friday (March 20) at the age of 55. He was on tour with the band ADRENALINE MOB at the time. After members of that group failed to rouse him on their tour bus, he was taken to a Poughkeepsie, New York hospital and pronounced dead of an apparent heart attack.

During an appearance on yesterday's (March 23) edition of Eddie Trunk's SiriusXM satellite radio show, "Eddie Trunk Live", Jay Jay spoke about whether he was aware of Pero battling any health issues prior to his passing.

"You know, he would be in the dressing room Drummers are like They're the most 'Oh, my arm. My shoulder.' That kind of a thing," French said. "Put the Bengay on and take the aspirin. But that's stuff that you just figured were like battle scars that kind of a thing. I didn't know the extent that he had heart problems; he never confided in me. In fact, here's the ironic thing On Thursday [March 19], I had to call him, because I had to bring him up to date on what was going with the band, 'cause so much stuff is happening. We've got a documentary coming out this year on the beginning of the band [and our] history; we've got, like, three CDs coming out with live stuff from back in the day. A.J.'s on one of them. The Donington concert's coming out for the first time on CD. And I said to A.J., 'You know, we've got to really sit down and plan what we're gonna do, because we've got this DVD in Vegas that's supposed to be filmed at the end of May. And the band's thinking about, you know, maybe we should put a plan together to figure out you know, maybe it's time to bow out. There's so many things in the works, there's so many plans and things to discuss. And he said, 'Listen, there's one thing you have to know.' He goes, 'My shoulder's been bothering me, and I'm leaving the ADRENALINE MOB tour, so when you hear through social media that I'm not on the tour, there's no problem. It's just my shoulder. I'll get into rehab for the summer.' This is what he says to me. Just like this. He goes, 'Don't worry about anything. All the dates are good. I'm good. Everything's good,' I said, 'Okay.' I said, 'When are you home?' He said, 'I'm playing The Chance [in Poughkeepsie], and then I'm home Sunday.' And I said, 'Let's get together Monday.' He says, 'You've got it, brother.' That was it."

Asked if Pero was the type of guy that had regular physical checkups, Jay Jay said: "I can anecdotally and I can only say this anecdotally, because I never asked him. But anecdotally, I hear he didn't. Anecdotally, I think he thought he was indestructible. Which, by the way, we think we're all indestructible I'm assuming everyone kind of takes care of themselves. So there was underlying heart disease. His father died of heart disease. His family told me that they would like money sent to the American Heart Association in lieu of flowers, donated in the name of A.J. Pero, because the family had a history of heart disease. So I think if you have a history of these things, if you don't take care of yourself, I guess this is what happens. But he never said to me he never pulled me aside and said, 'Look, man, I'm having a hard time here.' It was never that. In fact, it was the exact opposite. 'A.J., can you do this?' 'No problem.' 'Can you do this?' 'No problem.' 'Can you do this?' 'No problem.' Well, if someone tells you there's no problem, there's no problem. I mean, I'm not his parent, right?! And he's like my brother. And plus, as you know the peculiar nature of TWISTED SISTER, how often are we together? We're together three months a year, and then we don't see each other."

In hindsight, French believes that early symptoms of Pero's coronary artery disease were misread.

"Here's what I think. That shoulder pain wasn't the muscle strain. It was indicative of something far worse," French said. "But, you know, the problem in metal and rock and roll in general is that we always tend to think it's the alcoholics who are gonna go. Those are the obvious ones. The stories you hear about John Bonham, Keith Moon They tear up hotels, they're drunk, they make real spectacles of themselves, [and then] they die. Those are the guys [where] you just go, 'Okay, well, they lived that kind of life.' Like the fact that Keith Richards is alive, I think, is kind of mind-boggling to me. But having said that, A.J. wasn't one of those guys."

Jay Jay also talked about the positive words he has received from the rock community about Pero's contribution to the genre .

"[The fact that A.J. was a good guy] is reflected in the absolutely overwhelming social commetary about what A.J. meant to people," he said. "The saddest part is he's not alive to see the love. I mean, in this world of such negativity, of such people, all they wanna do is just tear you down I have to say that not one negative word has been said about this man. And, in fact, it's like the loss of a beautiful guy. And that's the part He didn't know how many people loved him. And I'll tell you something else too. We take for granted his artistry. Do you know how many drummers loved him?"

Regarding TWISTED SISTER's plans for the future, Jay Jay said: "Dee [Snider, vocals] is flying in tomorrow, and we're having a meeting on Wednesday. And we're gonna discuss several things. We're gonna discuss the near term, which is the concert in Vegas, which is May 30th. And we're gonna discuss the middle term, which is getting through the shows in Europe this year. And then we're gonna [talk about] the long term, which is: Is 2016 gonna be a statement year for us? Is it gonna be? Are we gonna say? 'Cause 2016 is the 40th anniversary of me, Dee and Eddie [Ojeda, guitar] together. And it may be time. It may be."

He continued: "We are trying to confront the reality of it, because I don't wanna be in this forever We could. I mean, some bands are forever in that ozone area and continue to play on.

"We had no idea the band had any following at all when 9/11 happened and we did the New York Steel benefit, and then, all of a sudden, we got calls from around the world and we had no idea whatsoever that the band meant anything to anybody anymore. And in the last thirteen years now, we've established [a following] all around the world and South America, and the band is wildly popular. And our music, as you know, is licensed everywhere. 'Cause we license our music, for the reason why, is we want the music played, and if you can only get it played in commercials and TV shows, then that's where you go. So it has given us an entire life. But we need to look at this and say to ourselves, as a live, breathing entity, on which our reputation totally rests on being a great live act how do we honor that history? And how do we honor A.J.? And how do we honor the fans' loyalty? And I think you know me and Dee and the band enough to know that we are totally realistic and genuine when it comes to our relationship with our fans."

Pero joined TWISTED SISTER in 1982, leaving the band in 1986 but returning in 1997. He remained a member of the group, which has toured on and off over the past 15 years, to this day. He played drums on six of the group's seven studio albums, except for 1987's "Love Is For Suckers".

TWISTED SISTER rose to prominence from the New York club scene in the early 1980s. Their biggest album, 1984's "Stay Hungry", contained the hits "We're Not Gonna Take It" and "I Wanna Rock".

In addition to touring with TWISTED SISTER and ADRENALINE MOB, Pero also recently played with former and current members of IRON MAIDEN and DISTURBED in a band called THE FOUNDRY. He also hosted drum clinics and seminars.

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JAMES KOTTAK Says Breakup Of Original KINGDOM COME Lineup Was Caused By One Person's Big Mouth

Canadian rock journalist Mitch Lafon of the "One On One With Mitch Lafon" podcast (Facebook page) recently conducted an interview with former KINGDOM COME and current SCORPIONS drummer James Kottak. You can now listen to the chat using the Spreaker widget below.

Asked why the original lineup of KINGDOM COME only managed to record two albums before falling apart in the late '80s, James said: "Well, I hate to say it, but there was somebody in the band who said the wrong thing to the press and created a lot of bad blood. And you can live and die by the press, especially back in the '80s. I mean, I hate to say it, but look what happened to QUIET RIOT. R.I.P. Kevin DuBrow, but, man, his mouth ruined that band; just too much talking and talking. And we had a similar situation where, instead of accepting the compliments 'Hey, man, you guys sound like LED ZEPPELIN' it was, like, 'Oh, no. We don't.' And I was the complete opposite. If I was ever asked, 'Who's your favorite drummer?' I'd say, 'John Bonham.' 'Who's your favorite band?' 'LED ZEPPELIN.'"

He continued: "If you're gonna be compared to somebody, be compared to the very best. And that was my whole attitude the whole time. And, unfortunately, the second album came and went, and things happen. It's not always about the music; [there's] a lot of politics involved. And that was it. The manager who got the whole thing together, about halfway through, he kind of lost it and wasn't around anymore, and he was really in charge of everything. So there was a lot of things involved."

Kottak also spoke about the possibility of a reunion of the original KINGDOM COME lineup. He said: "I've been talking to [KINGDOM COME singer] Lenny [Wolf] since 2009 really talking serious trying to get this KINGDOM COME thing back together, and then it just fizzled. And even when I was, basically I was asked by Klaus [Meine, SCORPIONS singer], 'Hey, you know, don't do any outside stuff.' Then I said [to the other members of the original KINGDOM COME lineup], 'Okay, guys. Go ahead and go on without me.' And nothing happened. They had gigs on the table. The four of them could have gone and done anything. Just get another drummer. And it just Nothing happened. So go figure."

He continued: "I would love to revisit [the early KINGDOM COME material], 'cause I love the first and second album they're two of my all-time favorite albums. And the songs are incredible. And I think there's an audience out there for it, based on all the other stuff. Heck, if nothing else, we could do the Monsters Of Rock cruise. I mean, we could actually go out and really play a lot. But we'll see."

The original KINGDOM COME lineup recorded and released two albums 1988's "Kingdom Come" and 1989's "In Your Face" before all members other than Wolf quit the group.

With a new, mostly German lineup, KINGDOM COME remains active, with several subsequent releases and tours in Europe under their collective belts.

In a March 2011 interview with The Great Southern Brainfart. KINGDOM COME singer Lenny Wolf was asked if he was hurt by the criticism that his band received early on for sounding like LED ZEPPELIN. "I was a young man, a singer who hardly spoke English and our band just exploded," he said. "We were excited and at first the press celebrated us. I remember [U.K.'s] Kerrang! [magazine] said, 'Finally, there's a band like 'the big magic Z!'' and we were all very happy."

He continued: "I must admit that there were some similarities, but in no way did we even get close. Every band, especially young bands, are influenced by somebody and those influences will surface when you start writing your own stuff.

"In the beginning, we took it as a compliment then all of the sudden some press person overheard Danny [Stag, guitar] saying, 'Who's Jimmy Page?' He was saying it out of context like, 'Oh no, not this question again.' so [the magazine] printed that one line: 'KINGDOM COME guitarist announces he's never heard of Jimmy Page.'"

Lenny added: "This is so far out and ridiculous but the way the media works. The press loves victims. They love kicking you when you on the ground and they'll kick you even more. That's just the way it is. We also learned that bad press is better than no press and once I realized that, I just ignored it and I didn't care anymore. Fortunately, the music does all the talking and if the music gives you goosebumps and the music moves you than don't worry about it.

"We took it as a compliment and were excited. We were playing in London the night before Robert Plant was playing and we went down to see him. He was goofing with us, having fun and he was so relaxed. Robert Plant is like above all. He's really above everything. He was joking with us and it was really great. It really made me sad when I noticed Jimmy Page, who was one of my heroes, starting to whine about little KINGDOM COME who was never really a threat at all."

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AMORAL Becomes Six-Piece Following Return Of Original Singer NIKO KALLIOJÄRVI

Helsinki, Finland-based metallers AMORAL are now a six-piece, having reunited with their original vocalist Niko Kalliojärvi. Kalliojärvi's return has been in the worls since last year, and he will be largely present on the band's seventh studio album, which is currently being written for a tentative early 2016 release.

Damnation! The AMORAL gigs I've done cameos at during the last few years have been fun experiences, so when I was asked to come back to the group, I was both surprised and excited," Kalliojärvi says. "For musical reasons, but also since I've always been comfortable in said company."

Niko continues: "The new lineup lets us realize musical ideas in a whole new way.

"The more I've been thinking about it, the more it makes sense.

"AMORAL has been broadening its sound pallette throughout its history [and] now, more than ever, we have a whole pack of aces up our sleeves!"

AMORAL guitarist and songwriter Ben Varon also sees the new possibilities that Kalliojärvi's return will bring to the band.

"Niko's company felt natural both onstage and backstage, and hearing his voice which I've always said is one of my all-time favorite growls on those songs after a long while felt good," Ben says. "And once I realized what a great guitarist Niko is these days, the vision started to get clearer: this would be just the thing to take our musical journey to the next level! Two singers, three guitar players, one of which is now a part-time keyboardist... Things just got interesting!"

AMORAL's new lineup will make its live debut at the Tuska festival afterparty at the end of June.

The band's sixth album, "Fallen Leaves & Dead Sparrows", was released in February 2014.

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FAITH NO MORE Keyboardist Explains Original Guitarist JIM MARTIN's Absence From Reunion

According to The Pulse Of Radio, FAITH NO MORE keyboardist Roddy Bottum was asked in a recent interview with Noisey if original guitarist Jim Martin, who left the band in 1993, was asked to participate in the current reunion which started in 2009. Bottum answered, "Oh, we totally reached out to him. I was of the mind that, of course, we would not do this without Jim. There's no way. I think we all felt pretty strongly about that initially well, some of us maybe more strongly than others. Jim was a real contentious person in the band, but I loved him I wanted him to do it, and I actually talked to him about it. I thought it was going that way, but it just didn't work out."

Bottum was also asked if Martin had interest in returning. He replied, "I think he had interest. But I think he also had really pent-up resentments about the way we broke up. I think it was difficult for him to come back into the fold, and he set it up in such a way that I think, unconsciously, he was gonna cut off his nose to spite his face. Like he was so damaged from resentment that he dug a hole and didn't come out of it. Which is a shame. That's my take."

Martin departed after completing the touring cycle for the band's fourth album, "Angel Dust". He was followed by a short succession of guitarists, including Trey Spruance, Dean Menta and Jon Hudson, who was the band's last axeman when it broke up in 1998.

Hudson was also in the lineup for the current reunion and plays on the band's upcoming album, "Sol Invictus".

The disc, the group's first collection of new music in 18 years, is set to arrive on May 19 through the band's Reclamation Recordings.

FAITH NO MORE has also confirmed its first North American shows since 2010 with a spring outing kicking off April 15 in Vancouver.

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ABBATH Puts IMMORTAL To Rest, Launches New Band

2015 will bear witness to the return of Abbath.

IMMORTAL's frontman and founding member, whose real name is Olve Eikemo, has been writing and rehearsing fervently, with a deluge of new material ready to be recorded. Unable to come to an agreement in order move forward with the other members of the band, he has formed a new lineup. While grateful and respectful for the contributions of Demonaz, Horgh and Apollyon, Abbath felt the time was now right for him to present his art to the world and continue to evolve the legacy.

The next two years will see the release of a new album alongside select live performances. The first of these to be announced is The Forum in London on Friday, September 18. This will be Abbath's first time back on stage in the U.K. since triumphantly headlining Bloodstock festival in 2011 alongside W.A.S.P. and MOTÖRHEAD. Following this, February 2016 will see a return to playing on home soil as the headliner for the prestigious Blastfest in Bergen on top of a 100 percent Norwegian lineup.

ABBATH is a continued weaving of this artist's creative thread: new songs have been honed, ready to sit alongside classic IMMORTAL material and rarely if ever played gems that will be unearthed from an epic catalogue spanning over two decades.

Using his own name is a natural step for Abbath, having become iconic and synonymous with the band that he co-founded in 1990. That's 25 years of powering face first into the northern wind; a milestone for any band, and rather than exploit it by dragging IMMORTAL's name through the mud, Abbath will instead carry his own on his back.

The name of IMMORTAL, for the time being, will rest; the essence, the power, the music and Abbath will not.

Abbath last year claimed that he rightfully attempted to secure exclusive rights to the IMMORTAL name and logo after lyricist/guitarist Demonaz (real name Harald Nævdal) and drummer Horgh (real name Reidar Horghagen) effectively quit the legendary Norwegian black metal group.

IMMORTAL's core trio consisting of Abbath, Demonaz and Horgh has been together since 1996 and has been responsible for crafting the band's last five albums: "Blizzard Beasts" (1997), "At The Heart Of Winter" (1999), "Damned In Black" (2000), "Sons Of Northern Darkness" (2002) and the 2009 reunion album "All Shall Fall".

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CRAIG GOLDY's ENDANGERED SPECIES: Video Footage Of San Jose Concert

Video footage ofENDANGERED SPECIES, the new band featuring former DIO guitarist Craig Goldy alongside ex-QUIET RIOT frontman Mark Huff, guitarist/keyboardist Wayne Findlay (MICHAEL SCHENKER GROUP), drummer Chris Moore and bassist Dario Seixas (FIREHOUSE, STEPHEN PEARCY, JACK RUSSELL'S GREAT WHITE), performing on March 7 at RockBar Theater in San Jose, California can be seen below.

Speaking about ENDANGERED SPECIES, Goldy told Argentinean rock journalist Lucas H. Gordon: "For the longest time, I've been saying this, but now I have it… I've been wanting to put the 'holy shit' factor back into the hard rock and heavy metal genre. 'Cause I miss those bands like DEEP PURPLE and LED ZEPPELIN and VAN HALEN, a group of guys who were all virtuosos and motherfuckers and they all — each one — were motherfuckers, but they were able to agree, for the time they were together, and created some amazing music that we have never seen the likes of since."

He continued: "There's been a lot of great bands out there — I'm not saying that there's not a lot of great new bands — but nothing like DEEP PURPLE and LED ZEPPELIN and VAN HALEN. So I got a group of guys that are all motherfuckers and virtuosos in their own right. The singer that we got is really one of the best vocalists on the planet right now. His name is Mark Huff. He used to sing with QUIET RIOT between 2010 and 2012. But he's one of the most amazing singers I've ever worked with and ever heard. And I can say that now, because it's taken me a long time after Ronnie's [James Dio] passing for me to get excited about working with another singer. And then we have a bass player who can also sing lead. He looks great, he plays great, he's got great song ideas. The keyboard player also worked with Michael Schenker. He plays guitar and keyboards and sings background vocals. The drummer, Chris Moore, is just amazing. They're all fucking motherfuckers in their own right. And then they're good people. So that's two things that are hard to find. And then to agree on the type of music that we're going to create together. And then to be able to do it in a way that… There's twists and turns and unexpected moments in the music that makes it unique and fresh and new, but also familiar enough to get a very warm welcome on the first listen. That's hard to do. And they all live in Southern California. And that's hard to do. So just those six things alone are amazing. But these guys, I'm really, really, really fortunate to be doing this with."

Asked if ENDANGERED SPECIES is in the process of recording any original material, Goldy said: "The singer [Mark Huff], actually, him and I did two songs. I did my own personal tribute to Ronnie on May 16 of [2014]. It was two songs that I did as my own personal tribute. And the singer for this band sang on those two songs. And those are [available for download at] CraigGoldys13thFloor.com. And for every purchased download, a donation is made to Ronnie's cancer research fund or to whatever charity the individual downloader chooses. But there's two songs. One of 'em is about Ronnie's passing and the perspective of the fans, the band that was left behind and myself. And the other song is about Ronnie — how he seemed to just come out of nowhere."

He continued: "When Ritchie Blackmore left DEEP PURPLE, it was my favorite band in the world… [and they] just went upside down. And then there's disco. And I'm, like, 'What the hell is going on?' But all of a sudden I hear [RAINBOW's] 'Man On The Silver Mountain' on the radio, and I went, 'What the fuck is that?' It's like [Ronnie] just came out of nowhere. And how hard he worked on his lyrics and the… But little did we know what that treasure and that universe that he created hadn't even been… We hadn't even scratched the surface when 'Man On The Silver Mountain' came out. I mean, that was good enough. But then to find out who that man really was… So I wrote that about him and about that."

ENDANGERED SPECIES made its live debut in October 2014 at Ramona Mainstage in Ramona, California under the name CRAIG GOLDY'S 13TH FLOOR.

The band is currently working on material for its debut album, to be released later in the year.

Goldy is currently a member of DIO DISCIPLES, which pays tribute to Ronnie James Dio and is fully supported by Wendy Dio. He is joined in the group by Mark Boals (YNGWIE MALMSTEEN) on vocals, Oni Logan (LYNCH MOB) on vocals, Bjorn Englen (YNGWIE MALMSTEEN) on bass, Scott Warren (DIO, HEAVEN & HELL) on keyboards and Simon Wright (DIO, AC/DC, UFO) on drums.
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HELLYEAH: Official 'Hush' Lyric Video

The official lyric video for HELLYEAH's new single, "Hush", can be seen below. The single was released on March 13 as part of "No More Week." The song's lyrics, written by vocalist Chad Gray, discuss his personal experience growing up in a home with domestic violence, and aim to shed light on a hidden subject while letting other survivors know that they are not alone.

Created by No More (a unifying symbol and awareness movement focused on engaging bystanders to end domestic violence and sexual assault) along with its many partners, "No More Week" is designed to spark conversations around issues of domestic violence and sexual assault and galvanize more communities, organizations and corporations to make them a priority year-round. Across the nation, advocates equipped with free education and awareness tools, will host more than 50 "No More Week"events. They span a wide range of activities, including a cross-country skating event, fundraisers for local service providers, bystander education workshops, screenings of films that highlight these often hidden and stigmatized issues and the launch of state and local No More campaigns. No More was launched in 2013 with the support of nearly every domestic violence and sexual assault prevention organization in the country. They all agreed that increasing awareness for these issues with a unifying awareness symbol could have a tremendous positive impact. Representatives from these organizations serve as advisors on No More’s Steering Committee, and all individual donations and any profits generated from product sales in the No More store are donated to support their lifesaving work. For more information, visit NoMore.org.

"Hush" is taken from HELLYEAH's fourth album, "Blood For Blood", which sold around 17,000 copies in its first week of release to land at No. 18 on the Billboard chart. The band's previous effort, 2011's "Band Of Brothers", opened with 19,000 copies back in July 2012 to debut at No. 19.

"Blood For Blood" was HELLYEAH's first album since parting ways with guitarist Greg Tribbett and bassist Bob "Zilla" Kahaha in late 2013.

The new members of HELLYEAH are bassist Kyle Sanders and touring guitarist Christian Brady.

HELLYEAH filmed a video for "Hush" earlier this month with director Robert Sexton (SOULFLY, THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA, INCITE, DEATH ANGEL, THE DWARVES, CAVALERA CONSPIRACY, AMEN, MONDO GENERATOR, GENÖCIDE) in Hollywood, California.

Sexton previously worked with HELLYEAH on the "Sangre Por Sangre (Blood For Blood)" and "Moth" clips.

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BILLY CORGAN Says Future Of SMASHING PUMPKINS Is 'Murky'

According to The Pulse Of Radio, SMASHING PUMPKINS founder and frontman Billy Corgan said in a new interview with Peru's Radio Oasis that the future of the band is "murky" and that he only has plans for the group "through the end of this year." Corgan explained, "I feel like I really need to evaluate the musical purpose of the PUMPKINS, because more and more the audience is fixated on the past. I know a lot of the audience will say, 'Well, I like your music better from the '90s, more than the music you're making today.' But I know they're not listening to the music of today, as much as they were listening to that music."

Corgan continued, "I'm the type of artist that I don't want to sort of exist in something that is sort of fading like an iceberg into the past. So I'm happy to do what I'm doing, and I'm very pleased that people still enjoy it."

SMASHING PUMPKINS has been touring behind "Monuments To An Elegy", the band's ninth studio effort and the follow-up to 2012's "Oceania".

A second disc, titled "Day For Night", is scheduled to come out later this year.

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