TEMPLE OF THE DOG Reunion At NEIL YOUNG’s ‘Bridge School Benefit'; Video Available

SOUNDGARDEN singer Chris Cornell joined PEARL JAM for a performance of the TEMPLE OF THE DOG classic “Hunger Strike” Saturday night (October 25) at Neil Young‘s annual all-acoustic Bridge School Benefit concert in Mountain View, California. Check out fan-filmed video footage below.

The event marked the supergroup reunited since a performance to celebrate the release of the film “Pearl Jam Twenty” in September 2011.

TEMPLE OF THE DOG was conceived in 1990 by Cornell as a tribute to his friend, the late Andrew Wood, lead singer of MALFUNKSHUN and MOTHER LOVE BONE. The lineup included Stone Gossard on rhythm guitar, Jeff Ament on bass guitar (both ex-members of MOTHER LOVE BONE), Mike McCready on lead guitar, Matt Cameron on drums and Eddie Vedder providing lead and backing vocals. The band released its only album, the self-titled “Temple of the Dog”, in April 1991 through A&M Records.

SLIPKNOT: Pro-Shot Footage Of Second KNOTFEST Show

SLIPKNOT‘s new lineup played its second showe ever last night (Sunday, October 26) as part of the band’s Knotfest in Devore, California.

The group’s setlist was as follows:

01. 02. 03. 04. 05. 06. 07. 08. 09. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. Duality 1:04:18


15. 16. 17. 18. ‘Til We Die 1:21:43

Professionally filmed video footage of the entire concert can be seen below.

More than 20,000 people were expected to pack the San Manuel Amphitheater for Knotfest, which kicked off Saturday with a headlining set from SLIPKNOT, as well as turns from DANZIG, ANTHRAX and BLACK LABEL SOCIETY.

SLIPKNOT‘s long-awaited fifth studio album, “.5: The Gray Chapter”, caps a very turbulent period for the masked rockers in which they dealt with the death of Paul Gray and the firing of drummer Joey Jordison, both longtime members and songwriters.

Although the identities of their replacements have not been officially revealed, they are believed to be drummer Jay Weinberg and bassist Alessandro “Vman” Venturella.

“.5: The Gray Chapter” is likely to sell between 100,000 and 110,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release, according to industry web site Hits Daily Double. The estimate was based on one-day sales reports compiled after the record arrived in stores on October 21 via Roadrunner. The chart will be unveiled on Wednesday, October 29.

SLIPKNOT‘s only competition for this week’s No. 1 slot on The Billboard 200 chart appears to be Neil Diamond‘s “Melody Road”, which is expected to shift between 70,000 and 80,000 in its first week of of release.

SLIPKNOT will head out on a headlining North American tour immediately following Knotfest, with special guests KORN.

SOUNDGARDEN: New Song ‘Storm’ Available For Streaming

“Storm”, a brand new song from reunited grunge legends SOUNDGARDEN, can be streamed below. The track was recorded in May with producer Jack Endino.

Endino previously worked produced SOUNDGARDEN‘s debut EP, “Screaming Life”, back in 1987. He also worked with a number of other Seattle bands over the years, including NIRVANA and MUDHONEY.

As previously reported, the 20th-anniversary reissue of SOUNDGARDEN‘s breakthrough 1994 album, “Superunknown”, sold 5,700 copies in the United States in its first week of release to land at position No. 51 on The Billboard 200 chart.

SOUNDGARDEN singer Chris Cornell told a Los Angeles radio station earlier in the year that once the band gets started, its next record should come together quickly. Cornell explained, “We haven’t been in a studio writing, but because everyone brings song ideas in, it goes from zero to 60 really fast. All of a sudden everyone will have two things, and that’s eight songs you have to work on, and already you’re well into making an album, and that could happen tomorrow.”

Cornell told The Pulse Of Radio that the band will take the same approach to its seventh album as it did with 2012’s “King Animal”. “We’re definitely gonna start writing new songs and I think we’ve all agreed on several occasions that we want to keep doing it,” he said. “And I think it will be very similar to ‘King Animal’ in that there’s no clock on it. And I also see us going out into some new SOUNDGARDEN frontier musically and see what it is, and hopefully we’ll be here in a year or two talking about what that is.”

“King Animal” was the band’s first album in 16 years and followed a lengthy hiatus that lasted from 1997 to 2010.

Cornell added about making the new record, “We’ve made a lot of albums, how do you make the next one, and what is your reason for making it? You’ve got to do something else. We’ve always got to reach. But having said that, we always naturally do that anyways.”

HELLOWEEN Begins Recording New Album

German power metallers HELLOWEEN have entered MiSueno Studio on the isle of Tenerife with producer Charlie Bauerfeind (GOTTHARD, HAMMERFALL) to begin recording a new album for a May 2015 release via Nuclear Blast.

HELLOWEEN‘s last album, “Straight Out Of Hell”, sold around 4,100 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 97 on The Billboard 200 chart. The CD entered the Media Control chart in Germany at position No. 4 — the highest chart position in the band’s history. It also landed at No. 4 in Finland and No. 2 on the international album chart in Japan.

“Straight Out Of Hell” was released in January 2013. The cover artwork for the CD was once again created by Martin Häusler, who previously worked with the band on the “7 Sinners” and “Gambling With The Devil” CDs.


ROB HALFORD’s Las Vegas Lounge-Singer Aspirations

JUDAS PRIEST frontman Rob Halford says that he wants to keep singing for as long as possible, even if it means doing it “in the Badda Bing Lounge off the strip in Las Vegas.”

In a recent interview with The Guardian, Halford revealed that he has unfulfilled musical goals outside of his “metal heart”. He explained: “I’ve said before that by the time I’m 70, you’ll find me in a little joint just off the Vegas Strip and I’ll be going, [bursts into crooner-style singing], ‘Breakin’ the law, breakin’ the law’.’ Remember this one, folks? ‘Livin’ after midnight, rocking to the dawn …’ I’ll be drinking and smoking again, which I haven’t done for 30 years, and I’ll be leaning on the bar stool, like, you know, whatshername out of ‘EastEnders’. I’ve said it jokingly. Or is it jokingly? Stepping outside of my comfort zone … I think maybe, as I’m in my senior years I don’t give a fuck now, whereas maybe I used to.”

Asked by the Broward Palm Beach New Times whether it’s true that he has aspirations to become a lounge performer in the future, Halford laughed and replied: “I’m sorry I’m laughing about that! Sometimes I should keep my big metal mouth shut! I have a lot of fun with what I do, I’ve got to say that.”

He continued: “It’s a wonderful life, being in a heavy metal band. We take our music seriously and we take our performances very seriously, but you’ve got to be able to lighten up every now and again or else you’ll go fucking crazy! But here’s the deal: I want to keep doing this for as long as I can do it. I don’t know how long that’s going to be.”

Halford added: “You know, I look at all these other great artists like Leonard Cohen, he’s still out there! Willie Nelson, he’s still out there! Mick Jagger, he’s still out there! I’m like, “I’d love to do that” you know? Will l have the opportunity to do it in the same place I’m at now? Maybe or maybe not. If not, then you’ll find me in the Badda Bing Lounge off the strip in Las Vegas!”

JUDAS PRIEST‘s 17th studio album, “Redeemer Of Souls”, sold around 32,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to land at position No. 6 on The Billboard 200 chart.


JIMMY PAGE: Why LED ZEPPELIN Didn’t Continue After JOHN BONHAM’s Death

In a brand new interview with Rolling Stone magazine, legendary LED ZEPPELIN guitarist Jimmy Page was asked why the band didn’t take time to heal and rebuild itself following drummer John Bonham‘s death in 1980.

LED ZEPPELIN wasn’t a corporate entity,” he replied. “LED ZEPPELIN was an affair of the heart. Each of the members was important to the sum total of what we were. I like to think that if it had been me that wasn’t there, the others would have made the same decision. And what were we going to do? Create a role for somebody, say, ‘You have to do this, this way?’ That wouldn’t be honest.”

He continued: “There were attempts [at reunion] that didn’t work — trying to push it together in a hurry. That’s why the [2007] show had to be done with such intent — rehearsing as much as we could so Jason [Bonham's son] felt he was part of the band as opposed to a novelty. He was filling big shoes, and we needed all of that.”

In a 2012 interview, Jason Bonham revealed that singer Robert Plant‘s emotional difficulties continuing the band without Jason‘s dad ultimately ended any hoped-for reunion of the group’s surviving members.

“It wasn’t just [Robert] going, ‘I don’t want to do it,’ there were other things going on,” Jason explained. “He told me, ‘It doesn’t matter how great you are on the drums, Jason. I love you to bits, and you play absolutely amazing. But John was the drummer in LED ZEPPELIN, and John was part of me and Jimmy and John Paul. We shared something very, very special. I struggle sometimes just thinking about trying to create some magic again when he’s not there. He was a very, very dear friend of mine, that I miss every day.'”

John Bonham died on September 25, 1980 of pulmonary edema which is fluid accumulation in the lungs. He was 32 years old.


Man Starts Campaign To Have NICKELBACK Banned From London

According to The Pulse Of Radio, a British man has launched a crowdfunding campaign to have NICKELBACK banned from playing in London. Craig Mandell is hoping to raise $1,000 for his effort to keep the Canadian rock act out of the English capital for the foreseeable future. Mandell explained, “With your help, we can ensure that the band do not schedule any gigs here, do not attempt to come here — nor even phone here.”

He added, “Just imagine, thousands — perhaps tens of thousands of music lovers — all not witnessing an exclusive concert by NICKELBACK in London. It will be glorious.”

Those who participate in Mandell‘s scheme — which has raised just $104 at press time — will have an email sent on their behalf to NICKELBACK‘s management. The harshness of the message depends on how much money is contributed.

For the top price of $50, Mandell will send NICKELBACK a copy of their own music, saying, “This way, the band will hear their own music, and likely retire immediately.”

Mandell has given himself until November 3 to raise the funds necessary.

Mandell is friends with Andrew Goldin, who recently launched a successful crowdfunded campaign to bring FOO FIGHTERS to Richmond, Virginia for a concert. A similar effort has been underway to convince the FOOs to play a show in the Cornwall region of the U.K.

NICKELBACK‘s new album, “No Fixed Address”, arrives on November 18.

Video Premiere: BLACK VEIL BRIDES’ ‘Heart Of Fire’

BLACK VEIL BRIDES‘ video for the band’s new single, “Heart Of Fire”, can be seen below. The track is taken from the theatrical rock act’s self-titled fourth studio effort (also known as “IV”), which arrives on October 28. Frontman Andy Biersack told The Pulse Of Radio that the message of “Heart Of Fire” is simple. “The song ‘Heart Of Fire’ is about how time and circumstance change you and how the goal is always to not let the passion that you have for something that you love burn out because the world around you changes it,” he said. “I mean, it’s very interesting to look at a group of people that are in a band — I think we all are more passionate today about the band maybe than we’ve ever been, and that’s a really cool thing. The song is really about allowing yourself to keep that passion burning for something that you truly enjoy.”

“Heart Of Fire” is described in a press release as “an upbeat rocker that showcases the band’s signature dual-guitar attack and driving rhythm section all behind a positive lyrical message the band has become known for.”

BLACK VEIL BRIDES filmed videos for two singles last month, including “Heart Of Fire”, which was shot in Santa Clarita, California.

Biersack told VH1 Radio Network‘s Dave Basner prior to the filming that the plan was “just to do something that is a high-impact performance video. I think that the song calls for it,” he said. “We’re not going to do a whole lot of storyline in it. Obviously we made a whole movie out of the last record so we really want something that is very performance based and kind of shows more of what the live show is like. And also, it’s still going to be ridiculously over the top and theatrical, ’cause it’s us.”

The new album follows up last year’s “Wretched And Divine: The Story Of The Wild Ones”, which featured the Top 15 rock radio single “In The End”.

BLACK VEIL BRIDES will launch a massive U.S. headlining tour on October 21 in Niagara Falls, New York, with dates booked all the way through December 15 in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

JUDAS PRIEST: Fan-Filmed Footage Of Montreal Concert

Fan-filmed video footage of JUDAS PRIEST‘s October 6 performance at Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec, Canada can be seen below.

According to Montreal Gazette, just over 4,000 fans attended the show, which was staged in an arena that holds 15,000-20,000, depending on the concert setup (and 21,273 for hockey sellouts).

The band’s setlist was as follows:

01. 02. 03. 04. 05. 06. 07. 08. 09. 10. 11. 12. 13. Hell Bent For Leather


14. You’ve Got Another Thing Comin’
15. Living After Midnight

Asked if there was a negative vibe swirling around the band during the “Epitaph” tour, JUDAS PRIEST guitarist Glenn Tipton told Guitar World magazine: “I don’t know if it was a negative vibe around us as much as it was a little bit unsure of what the future held for JUDAS PRIEST. For me, the ‘Epitaph’ tour was one of the most satisfying and gratifying tours we had ever done. It was a grueling task to go out and play for two and a half hours every night, but to play a song off every album brought out a lot of sentimental feelings, and I think we all rose to the occasion. But there was a little bit of uncertainty around the band — what we were going to do next, that kind of thing. And it wasn’t until we started writing the album and really getting into the meat and potatoes of it that we realized, Hold on, this is going to be more than just another album — there’s something special going on here. And that starts to breed enthusiasm. You look forward to the future. You look forward to playing these songs onstage. So I think the band has evolved since the ‘Epitaph’ era into a different way of thinking. We’ve never been more content, and we’re excited about the future.”

Added PRIEST singer Rob Halford: “In light of the ‘Epitaph’ experience, if and when the final note is played, we certainly won’t be announcing it. I think it’s just going to happen one day, and that’s probably the nicest way to do it. You take very small steps back until you’re done, and I think it’ll be that way for us. But the fact that PRIEST‘s music will live forever, the way Beethoven and Bach‘s music lives forever, that really is the most incredible accomplishment that you can dwell on and feel proud of.”

Regarding whether it was disappointing to join a legendary band like JUDAS PRIEST and suddenly have people speculating about the group’s demise, guitarist Richie Faulkner said: “When I came onboard and was welcomed into the family, I was very aware of where the band were in their career. Not that I wasn’t already aware of it, since I’m a fan of the band, but it certainly wasn’t something I was going to pass up just because there’s a chance that the band was coming to the end of its career. And maybe if there was any sense within the band of winding down, maybe I’m the one who’s keeping them going. And some people out there might not like me for that, but what was I going to do? Not join the band? Sometimes you just have to take the bull by the horns. And as a result, here we are with 18 new studio tracks and a new JUDAS PRIEST album.”

JUDAS PRIEST‘s 17th studio album, “Redeemer Of Souls”, sold around 32,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to land at position No. 6 on The Billboard 200 chart.

FOO FIGHTERS Will Be ‘Letterman’ Musical Guests All Next Week

According to The Pulse Of Radio, FOO FIGHTERS will spend all next week as the musical guests on CBS-TV‘s “Late Show With David Letterman”, where the band will perform a different song from its upcoming “Sonic Highways” album each night. Frontman Dave Grohl will also sit for an interview with David Letterman on Monday, October 13, the first night of the band’s residency.

The residency will conclude on Friday, October 17, the same night that the Grohl-directed documentary series also called “Sonic Highways” will premiere on HBO.

The film chronicles the making of the album, which the band recorded at historic studios in eight different U.S. cities, including Los Angeles, Seattle, New York, New Orleans, Nashville and Austin.

Each episode will document the recording of one song, as well as the musical history of the studio and the city in which it’s located.

The series will feature interviews with artists like Dolly Parton, Slash, CHEAP TRICK‘s Rick Nielsen, LL Cool J, Macklemore and others, as well as non-musicians like President Barack Obama and record exec Clive Davis.

The “Sonic Highways” album comes out November 11, with Grohl saying, “This album is instantly recognizable as a FOO FIGHTERS record, but there’s something deeper and more musical to it.”

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