SEPULTURA bassist Paulo Jr., guitarist Andreas Kisser and drummer Igor Cavalera travelled from their home town of São Paulo, Brazil to Rio De Janeiro yesterday, June 11th, to take part in a songwriting collaboration with the 'carioca band' O RAPPA for the latter band's upcoming live album.
Here is JUDAS PRIEST's full set list from their performance at the Gods of Metal Festival in Milano, Italy on Saturday, June 9th:
01. Metal Gods
02. Heading Out To The Highway
03. Blood Stained
04. Touch Of Evil
05. The Ripper
06. Victim Of Changes
07. One On One
08. Diamond And Rust
09. You Got Another Thing Comin'
10. Green Manalishi
11. Breaking The Law
13. The Hellion / Electric Eye
15. Living After Midnight
In other JUDAS PRIEST news, the group's current 'Machine Man' single (taken from the band's upcoming Demolition opus) has entered the official German Media Control single charts at #90.
PANTERA drummer Vinnie Paul will be doing an online chat on USAToday.com on Thursday, June 14th at 6:00 PM EDT. For more information, click here.
Here is SLIPKNOT's full set list from their performance at the first show of the current Ozzfest trek, which took place on Friday, June 8th at the New World Music Theater in Tinley Park, IL:
04. Disaster Piece
07. New Abortion
08. Spit It Out
09. Wait and Bleed
Check out Travis Smith's stunning artwork for Devin Townsend's TERRIA project by clicking here.
According to the UK web site of Roadrunner Records, MACHINE HEAD's forthcoming Supercharger CD is currently set for a September 24th European release. As previously reported, MACHINE HEAD and producer Colin Richardson are due to being mixing the album on Thursday, June 14th at Cam-Am Studios in Tarzana, California.
Here is a posting from MEGADETH mainman Dave Mustaine about the group's recent European live appearances, including those in Milton Keynes, UK with AC/DC and the Gods Of Metal Festival in Italy:
'Milton Keynes was unbelievable and we got to see a lot of old friends. Brian Tatler from DIAMOND HEAD was there to talk to me about our thingy, and I found out that not only [AC/DC guitarist] Malcolm Young's daughter, but [AC/DC vocalist] Brian Johnson's wife are both MEGADETH fans! What a rush. One of the greatest rhythm guitarist in the world's daughter came up to me and said she digs us. And Brian's wife Brenda asked me to sign her MEGADETH shirt that she bought. She had a Megirldeth camo babydoll shirt.
'The Gods of Metal Festival in Italy was just as much fun. I saw Mikkey Dee from MOTORHEAD, Chris and John from SAVATAGE, and Ripper from JUDAS PRIEST as well as my good pal Glenn Tipton. A completely sold-out metal festival and a complete success.
'Hockenheim, Germany was a little more difficult because of the weather but waaaayyy more people. I met the guys in DIE TOTEN HOSEN and we left after they were done playing.'
Former MOTLEY CRUE drummer and METHODS OF MAYHEM frontman Tommy Lee has posted the following update on the progress of MOM's upcoming second album, which is currently being recorded at a California studio: 'Hey Peeps!!! Long time no talk, Sorry been in tha studio like crazy!! Your gonna sh.t when ya hear this new record!! I'm well and the rest of the MAYHEM boys are all great! Looks like the new CD will be out in Sept/Oct. So hang in there… Peace'
In a separate posting, Lee also addressed the rumors that have been circulating about ex-wife Pamela Anderson's current relationship with KID ROCK and Tommy's supposed reconciliation with Anderson that preceded her hooking up with ROCK: ' Just to close all the f.ckin bullsh.t rumors that fly, Several weeks ago for about 10 days my ex-wife Pamela and I were seeing each other very deeply. What seemed to be deep turned out to be sour when she informed me...... Oh, wait… When she had KID ROCK call me and tell me that they were dating!! Wow....... Can you say sh.tty?....My once friend goes and f.cks with my ex and family!! F.ckin piece of sh.t!!......!@#$%^&* moron!! Oh well.......Better him than me!!'
In related news, Tommy made made his first guest appearance in a music video this weekend when he dropped onto the set of JOYDROP's video shoot. The shoot, which was held on a soundstage in Hollywood on Friday, June 8th and Saturday, June 9th, was for the song, 'Sometimes Wanna Die', from JOYDROP's forthcoming GGGarth-produced album Viberate, which is due to emerge on July 17th via Tommy Boy Records. In the futuristic video, directed by Scott Winig, Lee plays the love interest of singer Tara Slone in which they act out the various emotions talked about in the song, including lust and anger. Lee and the band were reportedly introduced through their managers.
Florida's NEUROTICA, featuring former ATHEIST frontman Kelly Shaefer, have confirmed that their as-yet-untitled Smackdown Records (WWF) debut will be mixed by none other than the Grammy-nominated producer/mix engineer Kevin Shirley (AEROSMITH, BLACK CROWES, SILVERCHAIR, IRON MAIDEN, H.I.M.) at the Hit Factory in New York City starting Monday, June 18th. NEUROTICA's third full-length effort is tentatively due to be released in September. In the meantime, the band can be seen in the July issue if Raw magazine, where there is a 'huge spread' on the group.
Due to an 'overwhelming crowd response' at the festival's first show in Tinley Park, Illinois on Friday, June 8th, DISTURBED have been moved from the headlining slot on the second stage to a slot on the main stage, sandwiched between CRAZY TOWN and LINKIN PARK. The change took effect Saturday, June 9th at the Alpine Valley Music Theatre in East Troy, Wisconsin.
More STRATOVARIUS chart news… The Finnish neo-classical metallers have entered the German charts at #73 and the Swiss charts at #85 with their latest release, a collection of 'greatest hits' (plus four new tracks) entitled Intermission.
Norway's ARK, who feature in their ranks former YNGWIE MALMSTEEN vocalist Jorn Lande, ex-CONCEPTION guitarist Tore Østby, and former MALMSTEEN drummer John Macaluso, were originally due to release their latest effort, Burn The Sun, in the USA through Sensory/Laser's Edge Records later this month, but the band now appear to be on their way to inking a deal with none other than Steve Vai's Favored Nations label. Owner of Sensory Records, Ken Golden, recently issued the following statement on the matter:
'Some news regarding [ARK]'s brilliant second album Burn The Sun: We had previously announced the North American release for Sensory. Shortly afterwards the band was approached by Steve Vai's Favored Nations label who was interested in releasing the album.
'Although contractually bound to Sensory, the band expressed their desire to sign with Favored Nations. We have nothing but a friendly, positive relationship with the band and we agreed that Favored Nations would be able to provide ARK with the tour support they badly wanted. A deal is being worked out that will free up the band to sign with Favored Nations.
'This is a deal that works out well for all three parties (more of which will be revealed soon). We wish our friends in ARK nothing but the best and hope that you will all buy Burn The Sun when it is finally released here.'
According to an official statement from the CATHEDRAL camp, the Earache.com website is selling 'bootleg' Endtyme CATHEDRAL shirts that are being sold illegally and without the bands permission. The band is asking their fans to refrain from buying these shirts and are encouraging everyone interested in purchasing official CATHEDRAL merchandise to go to this location: http://www.razamataz.co.uk/frame.html
Veteran hardcore thrashers D.R.I. have lined up a US tour in August/September. Here are the dates that have been confirmed so far:
Aug. 03 - Portland, OR @ The Satyricon
Aug. 04 - Seattle, WA @ Graceland
Aug. 06 - Denver, CO @ Bluebird Theater
Aug. 09 - St. Paul, MN @ The Lab
Aug. 10 - Milwaukee, WI @ Milwaukee Auditorium
Aug. 11 - Lansing, IL @ J.J. Kelley's
Aug. 12 - Aurora, IL @ Riley's
Aug. 13 - Detroit, MI @ St. Andrews Hall
Aug. 14 - Cleveland, OH @ Blind Lemon
Aug. 15 - Syracuse, NY @ Planet 505
Aug. 16 - Springfield, VA @ Jaxx
Aug. 17 - New York, NY @ Wetlands Preserve
Aug. 18 - Carrboro, NC @ Cat's Cradle
Aug. 19 - Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade
Aug. 20 - Orlando, FL @ Sapphire Supper Club
Aug. 21 - West Palm Beach, FL @ Respectable St. Cafe
Aug. 22 - Tampa, FL @ Brass Mug
Aug. 23 - New Orleans, LA @ Dixie Taverne
Aug. 24 - Houston, TX @ Fitzgerald's
Aug. 25 - Corpus Christi, TX @ Zero's
Aug. 26 - Dallas, TX @ Canyon Club
Aug. 30 - San Diego, CA @ Canes
Aug. 31 - Santa Ana, CA @ Galaxy Theatre
Sept. 01 - San Jose, CA @ Cactus Club
According to TAPROOT's official web site, the band finished tracking the preliminary demos of new material for their forthcoming new album, which they plan to begin recording this fall with an as of yet undecided producer. The group recently spent three days in Los Angeles, CA with producer Fred Maher (VAST, Ice Cube, MINDLESS SELF INDULGENCE) recording demo versions of around 7-8 tracks, of which the most promising were:
01. Get Me
02. Poem To Self
Band guitarist Mike DeWolf recently commented on the new material stating: 'Its orgasmic. This is totally fresh and new. Hopefully its something that people will understand and enjoy. I see this album having the creativity of SUNNY DAY REAL ESTATE and the heaviness of old LIFE OF AGONY. Gift was a compilation of songs, some of which were 3 years old. This is kind of like a whole new start for us. We are taking a big step up and we are all very excited.'
Meanwhile, here are the official TAPROOT OzzFest off-dates:
June 15 - Omaha, NE @ Ranch Bowl
June 17 - Iowa City, IA @ Gabes
June 22 - Salt Lake City, UT @ Bricks
June 23 - Idaho Falls, ID @ Sandy Downs
July 01 - Las Vegas, NV @ Huntridge Theatre
July 04 - Houston, TX @ Engine Room
July 06 - New Orleans, LA @ Howlin Wolf
July 11 - Tallahassee, FL @ Floyd's
July 12 - Jacksonville, FL @ Club 5
July 16 - Charleston, SC @ Warehouse
July 18 - Chatanooga, TN @ The Bay
July 22 - Syracuse, NY @ WKRL Radio Show
July 23 - London, ON @ The Embassy
July 27 - Cincinatti, OH @ Bogarts
Aug. 01 - Detroit, MI @ St. Andrews Hall
Aug. 04 - Old Bridge, NJ @ Birch Hill
Aug. 10 - Albany, NY @ Valentine's
In other TAPROOT news, vocalist Stephen Richards recently stepped into a studio in Los Angeles, California to lay down a vocal track as a guest singer on a track on REVEILLE's upcoming album, Bleed The Sky. Richards can be heard on a song called 'Plastic'.
Drummer Brooks Wackerman has joined BAD RELIGION. This latest move presumably puts an end to his long-running collaboration with SUICIDAL TENDENCIES, whom the skinsman was said to have recently rejoined after leaving the group earlier in the year.
VICIOUS RUMORS will be performing live on Saturday, June 23rd at Bourbon Street in Concord, California with KNIGHTS IN SATAN'S SERVICE and WHYTEBRED. The band will also be appearing on Friday, June 22nd on KSAN's The Bone Metal Zone with Billy Steel. The show can be heard locally at 107.7 FM or via their web site at http://www.ksan.com/home.html
Guitarist Nikolo Kotzev's Nostradamus CD, which includes appearances by Göran Edman (GLORY / ex-YNGWIE MALMSTEEN), Glenn Hughes (ex-DEEP PURPLE / BLACK SABBATH), Jørn Lande (YNGWIE MALMSTEEN / ARK / MILLENNIUM), Joe Lynn Turner (ex-RAINBOW / YNGWIE MALMSTEEN), and Doogie White (ex-RAINBOW), has entered the Dutch Scherpe Rand Top 30 (Indie) chart at #20.
Guitar legend GARY MOORE has lined up a bunch of UK shows in September. The dates are as follows:
Sept. 12 - Pavilions - Plymouth, UK
Sept. 13 -13 Civic Hall - Guildford, UK
Sept. 15 - Apollo Oxford, UK
Sept. 16 Corn Exchange - Cambridge, UK
Sept. 18 - Barbican Centre - York, UK
Sept. 19 - Sands Centre - Carlisle, UK
According to former EUROPE guitarist John Norum's official web site, Reb Beach is officially out of DOKKEN, thus opening the door for Norum to join the group on a full-time basis following the guitarist's appearance with Don Dokken at the Sweden Rock Festival this past weekend. More information will be available soon. In the meantime, here is DOKKEN's full set list from the aforementioned Sweden Rock Festival:
01. Erase The Slate
02. Kiss Of Death
03. The Hunter
04. Into The Fire
05. Maddest Hatter
06. Too High To Fly
07. Breaking The Chains
08. Alone Again
09. It's Not Love
10. Tooth And Nail
11. In My Dreams
12. When Heaven Comes Down (encore)
13. Paris Is Burning (encore)
Former RATT guitarist Robbin Crosby—who is reportedly HIV positive and is currently at a rehabilitation center in Los Angeles, California—has posted another message on the message board of former RATT bassist Juan Croucier regarding the pair's current musical collaboration. The message reads as follows: 'I can't wait for everyone to hear our new music. Get ready for some bone crushing rock and roll! I love you all, God bless, Robbin Crosby'