MEGADETH’s Previously Unreleased Video For ‘Back In the Day’ Sees Light Of Day
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10 years ago, MEGADETH‘s tenth studio album, “The System Has Failed”, was released. In honor of that day (September 14), the band uploaded a previously unreleased video for the track “Back In the Day”. This cli[ was produced in 2005 and not made available until now.

In other news, Universal Enterprises (UMe) will issue the first five platinum-selling Capitol MEGADETH albums on limited-edition picture disc vinyl for the first time in North America on November 11.

Titles include 1986’s “Peace Sells…But Who’s Buying?”, 1988’s “So Far, So Good…So What!” and 1990’s “Rust In Peace”, as well as 1992’s “Countdown To Extinction” and 1994’s “Youthanasia”, both making their debut on picture disc. Each album is pressed on heavyweight vinyl and will feature the remastered mixes by Dave Mustaine with the original album track listings.

When MEGADETH signed to Capitol Records, they were already well established in the underground metal scene. A blistering three-song demo, which led to their debut independent studio album, “Killing Is My Business…And Business Is Good!”, and a string of now legendary West Coast live shows cemented their reputation.

Their groundbreaking 1986 major label debut “Peace Sells…But Who’s Buying?” featuring classics such as “Wake Up Dead”, “Devil’s Island” and “Peace Sells”, reached #76 on The Billboard 200 and has gone on to sell more than a million copies, going platinum in the U.S. and Canada.

1988’s “So Far, So Good…So What!” reached #28 on The Billboard Top 200 and features “In My Darkest Hour”, Dave Mustaine‘s dark and heavy ode to the late Cliff Burton, the fast-paced “Hook In The Mouth” and a cover of “Anarchy In The U.K.”, further bridging the gap between punk and metal and featuring original SEX PISTOLS‘ guitarist Steve Jones.

1990’s critically acclaimed, platinum-selling “Rust In Peace” features live staples “Hangar 18″ and “Holy Wars…The Punishment Due”. Upon its release, “Rust In Peace” reached #23 on The Billboard Top 200.

1992 saw the arrival of the Grammy-nominated, double-platinum release “Countdown To Extinction”. It debuted at #2 on The Billboard 200 and features the singles “Sweating Bullets”, “Foreclosure Of A Dream” and “Symphony Of Destruction” all of which went Top 30 on the Mainstream Rock chart, with the latter making the Billboard Hot 100.

MEGADETH‘s sixth studio release was the platinum-selling “Youthanasia”. The album was released in 1994 and reached #4 on The Billboard 200 with the singles “Train Of Consequence” and “A Tout le Monde” both reaching Top 30 on Mainstream Rock Tracks.

MEGADETH has created metal masterpieces for nearly three decades, selling more than 38 million albums worldwide, earning 11 Grammy nominations and scoring five consecutive platinum albums, including 1992’s two-million-selling “Countdown To Extinction”.

The band continued to break new ground and earn new accolades with their 2013 release, “Super Collider”, reaching #6 on The Billboard 200 and #3 on the Top Hard Rock Albums and Top Rock Albums charts.

BRET MICHAELS: ‘It Looks Like’ POISON Will Tour In 2015
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POISON singer Bret Michaels has confirmed to the Cleveland Scene that the band is in talks to hit the road in 2015. “It looks like it will happen,” he said. “It’s been a few years. We just want to put together the right package and show to celebrate with everyone.”

Asked about the status of a new POISON studio album, Michaels said: “When the time’s right, I’m sure it will happen,” he said. “We are all just in different places right now — but we are never done making music.”

POISON drummer Rikki Rockett recently told the “Iron City Rocks” podcast that the band has been doing “corporate gigs for different companies, which are fun, and they pay very well. It gives us a chance to all get together and play. And, in fact, we have one in October and we have one in January [2015]. But they are the only shows that POISON is doing this year; we are not doing a tour this year. There is a few things that are being thrown around right now by our management for next spring, and we’ll just have to see.”

Rockett took to Twitter in February 2014 to complain that POISON couldn’t hit the road this summer because a certain member of the glam-metal act was “making it a problem.”

POISON last toured the U.S. in 2012 as part of the “Rock Of Ages” package with DEF LEPPARD and LITA FORD.

The last POISON album was 2007’s covers set “Poison’d!”, while the band’s last collection of new, original music was 2002’s “Hollyweird”.

To celebrate POISON‘s 25th anniversary, 35 of the multi-platinum band’s top hits and fan favorites were gathered for “Double Dose Of Poison: Ultimate Hits”, a career-spanning 2CD and digital collection which was released in May 2011 by Capitol/EMI.

BUSH’s GAVIN ROSSDALE Doesn’t Think Rock Is Dead
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During an appearance on the September 9 edition of “The Howard Stern Show”, BUSH frontman and songwriter Gavin Rossdale was asked if he feels that rock and roll is dead and whether he agrees that there aren’t rock gods anymore.

“I don’t think it’s dead,” Gavin replied. “I think nothing is ever dead in music because it just takes the right record [for it to retake the spotlight]. But if it was in a darker shadow, I don’t know how it could be.”

When Stern asked Rossdale if he is shocked by this, Gavin said: “I am shocked by that, but in a weird way, perversely, it allows me to when I go in to make a rock record and the challenge to make it interesting, and to make it matter to people is even greater. And there are [still] fantastic rock bands doing records. I know the FOO FIGHTERS are about to come out with a record — they are incredible, Dave Grohl. I know the ARCTIC MONKEYS had an incredible run with their record. You’ve got QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE… so… it does happen. And then also for live, you know, we also get to play to play to a lot of people, so we get the balance of it. I sold a lot of records back when records were selling a lot, and now I’ve just accepted that to make a record is like a calling card.”

Asked if BUSH‘s record company tried to put pressure on him to make a “more poppy” album because “rock isn’t selling right now,” Rossdale said: “First off, you know, on my last record [BUSH's 2011 effort, 'The Sea Of Memories'], the first record came [out] two and a half years ago — it was self-released, self-funded. It was the first record to go to Number One self-funded. I never actually had a record like that, something that no one could take away, and that was incredible. This time I’m releasing it on my own label again but in conjunction with RED, who is a division of Sony.”

BUSH‘s sixth album, “Man On The Run” will be released on October 21 via Zuma Rock Records/RAL. The CD was recorded with Grammy-winning producer Nick Raskulinecz (MASTODON, DEFTONES, FOO FIGHTERS, ALICE IN CHAINS) at Studio 606, the Northridge, California-based studio owned by FOO FIGHTERS frontman Dave Grohl.

SLASH And MYLES KENNEDY Perform GUNS N’ ROSES, VELVET REVOLVER Classics For WRIF Listeners (Video)
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Video footage of Slash and Myles Kennedy performing acoustically for the listeners of Detroit, Michigan’s WRIF 101.1 FM radio station can be seen below.

Slash‘s third album, “World On Fire”, will be released on September 15. Slash and MYLES KENNEDY & THE CONSPIRATORS recorded 17 songs for the follow-up to 2012’s “Apocalyptic Love”. Among the tracks on the record are “Shadow Life”, “Automatic Overdrive”, “Wicked Stone”, “Bent To Fly”, “Battleground” and the title track, which also serves as the set’s first single.

Slash told Rocksverige.se that he was blown away with Myles Kennedy the first time he ever heard his voice, saying, “I had never met him before, I had just heard about him. I didn’t even know what he sang like. I asked him to sing a song on my (first) solo record with all the different singers, and he was fucking great. Then we met, he came to L.A. and we recorded the studio version of ‘Starlight’.”

Slash added, “I just really liked him, he’s very laid back and cool. At that point I asked him if he wanted to do a tour with me to support that album. I guess it was obvious to me somehow that he could sing the bulk of the material from that solo record and it was just a gut feeling he could sing all the GUNS N’ ROSES, VELVET REVOLVER and SNAKEPIT stuff.”

Slash told The Pulse Of Radio that his singer is one of the most dedicated musicians he’s ever worked with: “You know, Myles is pretty interesting. I mean, he sings great, he’s a great lyricist, all he does is work, he loves to tour. He works constantly, but when he’s not working onstage, he’s working in his room, writing stuff and, you know, in the studio he’s always there. So he’s sort of odd. [laughs]”

Slash released his first self-titled solo effort in 2010. On that album he employed a different vocalist on each track, before settling on ALTER BRIDGE member Kennedy for both touring and eventually recording.

“Apocalyptic Love” earned Slash his two first-ever No. 1 U.S. rock radio hits with “You’re A Lie” and “Standing In The Sun”.

The former GUNS N’ ROSES member and Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame inductee is taking his band on the road this summer for both headlining dates and a tour with AEROSMITH.


JACK RUSSELL’S GREAT WHITE: 70-Minute Video Of Agoura Hills Concert
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Joe Dolan of JoeDolanPR.com has uploaded video footage of JACK RUSSELL’S GREAT WHITE performing on September 7 at the Canyon Club in Agoura Hills, California. Check it out below.

JACK RUSSELL’S GREAT WHITE features Jack Russell on vocals alongside former GREAT WHITE bassist-turned-guitarist Tony Montana (as a guitar player and keyboardist), bassist Chris Tristram, lead guitarist Robby Locher and drummer Dicki Fliszar.

Russell recently revealed to SleazeRoxx.com that he is working on material for a new studio album.

Regarding the musical direction of what will eventually be released as the JACK RUSSELL’S GREAT WHITE debut, Russell told SleazeRoxx.com: “We want the new material to blow people’s ears back. It has the elements of the best GREAT WHITE music ever written, but there’s an edge. Tony brings that validity, while Robby and Dicki add a new life. It’s going to surprise people.”

Added Montana, “It’s got the classic sound. The first element is Jack‘s voice.

“No other band sounds like this one ever did or does now.

“When I was 17 years old, I remember walking around the UCLA campus listening to the band’s first EP. I was a fan before I ever joined the band. We’re going to maintain that same integrity going forward.”

He continued: “The band was always a standout from the era it came from. It was never a hair band. Listen to the music, and that’s evident. Everything was based in blues. We want to add to that legacy with new material preserving those timeless elements.”

Russell concluded, “This is fun, first and foremost. I feel like I’m 27 again. I hope it sounds like GREAT WHITE — but for 2014.”

In March, 2012, Russell sued his former bandmates Mark Kendall, Michael Lardie and Audie Desbrow over their continued use of the GREAT WHITE name after Russell had taken a leave of absence from the band for medical reasons. The band countersued, and the parties were involved in contentious litigation for more than a year. After three days of closed-door mediation before U.S. Magistrate Judge Carla Woehrle, the parties reached a comprehensive agreement. While many of the terms of the agreement remain confidential, it was revealed in August 2013 that the current GREAT WHITE band would continue to use the name GREAT WHITE and Russell would perform under the name JACK RUSSELL’S GREAT WHITE.

DAVID LEE ROTH: Preview Of New Episode Of ‘The Roth Show’
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David Lee Roth has posted a preview of a new episode of his online series The Roth Show”. The clip, which can be seen below, features the VAN HALEN frontman in his Pasadena, California mansion set to the soundtrack of Roth covering the R&B classic “Mustang Sally” (first recorded by Mack Rice in 1965, but later made famous by Wilson Pickett).

VAN HALEN has been mostly silent since coming off the road in summer 2012 and canceling a large portion of its touring plans behind that year’s album, “A Different Kind Of Truth”.

The band — which reunited with Roth in 2007 after 23 years apart — has reportedly been working on its 13th studio album.

Roth said in an interview late last year that VAN HALEN had started work on a new record, revealing, “I write lyrics routinely and the band plays together routinely, at least three times a week up at Ed‘s [Van Halen] place.”

“A Different Kind Of Truth” sold 187,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to land at position No. 2 on The Billboard 200 chart.

The CD was is the band’s first full-length offering with David Lee Roth since “1984” was released in January 1984.

Roth exited the group in 1985, a year after its “1984” album was released.

46 Years Ago: LED ZEPPELIN Make Their Live Debut
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Led Zeppelin performed together for the first time on Sept. 7, 1968, but not under that now-famous name.

By the summer of 1968, the once-mighty Yardbirds had all but fallen apart. Their then-lead guitarist Jimmy Page picked up the pieces and put together an all-new version of the band for an already booked tour. This combo would include vocalist Robert Plant, bassist John Paul Jones and drummer John Bonham. The site of their low-key (but clearly now history-making) debut was the modest Gladsaxe Teen Club of Gladsaxe, Denmark.

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DEEP PURPLE’s IAN GILLAN Performs ‘Smoke On The Water’ With Thousands Of Guitarists At ‘Guitars On The Beach’
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DEEP PURPLE singer Ian Gillan joined thousands of guitarists yesterday (Saturday, September 6) at the Guitars On The Beach event in Lyme Regis, United Kingdom to perform the band’s classic song “Smoke On The Water”.

Organizers were hoping to draw more than the 2,267 guitarists that appeared at last year’s record-breaking event.

As of mid-June, more than 3,000 guitarists had already signed up for this year’s event.

The musicians were given the chance to play along to a number of songs, with the three main ones being Buddy Holly‘s “Rave On”, STATUS QUO‘s “Rocking All Over the World”, and “Smoke On The Water”.

Gillan contacted the organizers and asked them if he could to appear at the gig. He wrote in a letter: “I hear you might be doing ‘Smoke’ with the massed guitars, and if that is the case, I thought I’d offer my services if you need a singer.”

Geoff Baker, who has organized the event, told the Dorset Echo back in June: “My jaw hit the floor.

“This is sensational news. Ian‘s involvement will take Guitars On The Beach to an entirely different level. Everybody involved is thrilled and blown away by his hugely generous offer.”

He added: “Clearly ‘Smoke On The Water’ will now be the main event for many.

“It’s the classic guitar riff and not difficult to play. Massed guitar bands in America, Germany, Canada and Poland have all had a crack at the world record playing ‘Smoke’ — but none of them has ever been led by Ian Gillan before.

“This is going to be amazing, and many more people will now want to take part.

“It’s quite something to write home about, that you once played with Ian Gillan in a band with thousands of guitarists.

‘Smoke On The Water’ was recently voted the greatest guitar riff ever written, it is universally popular and it is anybody’s guess how many will join the band now.”

Is SLASH FEATURING MYLES KENNEDY & THE CONSPIRATORS A Solo Project Or A Real Band? SLASH Explains
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Lorenzo Gandolfi of Italy’s Chitarre magazine recently conducted an interview with legendary guitarist Slash. You can now watch the chat in two parts below.

Asked if his current group, SLASH FEATURING MYLES KENNEDY & THE CONSPIRATORS, should be considered a solo project or if it’s more a of a “real band” situation, Slash said: “It’s sort of a combination of both. It’s definitely more of a band situation, and how it relates to me as a solo artist is only just that I present the music and I run the band. But even then, we all do what we want, we all have the same goals and the same desires as far as working together and what the band should be doing and all that kind of stuff. So more than anything, I just deal with the mudane, busy work that needs to get done. And, like I said, I present the music to Myles [Kennedy, vocals] and Myles writes the lyrics, so we have a little bit of a partnership that way. And it’s really simple. Sometimes people try to make it more complicated [than it is].”

Slash will release his new album, “World On Fire”, on September 15. The former GUNS N’ ROSES guitarist and MYLES KENNEDY & THE CONSPIRATORS recorded 17 songs for the follow-up to 2012’s “Apocalyptic Love”. Among the tracks on the record are “Shadow Life”, “Automatic Overdrive”, “Wicked Stone”, “Bent To Fly”, “Battleground” and the title track, which also serves as the set’s first single.

Slash released his first self-titled solo effort in 2010. On that album he employed a different vocalist on each track, before settling on ALTER BRIDGE member Kennedy for both touring and eventually recording.

“Apocalyptic Love” earned Slash his two first-ever No. 1 U.S. rock radio hits with “You’re A Lie” and “Standing In The Sun”.

The former GUNS N’ ROSES member and Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame inductee is taking his band on the road this summer for both headlining dates and a tour with AEROSMITH.

GODSMACK’s SULLY ERNA: ‘We Acknowledge That We Need To Start Touring Internationally’
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In a brand new interview with AMH Network, GODSMACK frontman Sully Erna admitted that the band has neglected the international market on a wide scale for most of its nearly 20-year existence, something that GODSMACK plans to change in 2015. “There was a lot of politics going on with our record label and some of the decisions that were made,” he explained. “There was a merger, and long story short, it became too expensive for us to go overseas without the support. We had no records in stores. But now it’s gotten to the point where we acknowledge that we need to start touring internationally, and we have the support to do it.”

Back in 2012, GODSMACK was forced to cancel a number of European dates due to Erna‘s unspecified vocal troubles.

GODSMACK was only able to perform two of its fourteen scheduled dates in Europe, which marked the first time the band had toured the continent in almost nine years.

GODSMACK will take part in Australia’s monstrous Soundwave festival early next year alongside FAITH NO MORE, SLIPKNOT, SOUNDGARDEN and more.

GODSMACK‘s sixth studio album, “1000hp” (One Thousand Horsepower), sold approximately 58,000 copies in its first week of release to land at No. 3 on The Billboard 200 album chart. The disc, which arrived on August 5, follows up 2011’s “The Oracle”, which topped the chart with sales of 117,000 copies in its debut week.

“We kind of do it differently every time we write and record,” Erna told AMH Network about the “1000hp” songwriting process. “It was definitely a contribution from everyone. We all had musical ideas and I had a handful of songs that I brought to the table. We started carving them up, seeing which ones would make the record, and which ones were weak.”

“When songs like ‘1000hp’ was recorded, we started feeling the chemistry again, and once again felt really strong as a band.”

Erna described the sound of the “1000hp” album to The Pulse Of Radio as “a little bit more raw, a little bit more open. The writing was a little freer. The production is really kind of raw and in your face, and the songs, man — I’m really, really excited about these songs. And I have to tell you honestly, I wasn’t that excited about writing this record at first.”

GODSMACK is taking part in the 2014 Rockstar Energy Drink Uproar Festival, which kicked off on August 15 in Clarkston, Michigan and will run through September 21.

 

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