The official lyric video for the song “Taking Back Tomorrow” from former SKID ROW singer Sebastian Bach can be seen below. The track is taken from Bach‘s new solo album, “Give ‘Em Hell”, which will be released on April 22 via Frontiers Records. The follow-up to 2011′s “Kicking & Screaming” was once again produced by Bob Marlette, who has previously worked with ROB ZOMBIE, BLACK SABBATH and SHINEDOWN, among others.
The video for the CD’s first single, “Temptation”, can be seen below. The clip was directed by Patrick Fogarty, who has previously worked with BLACK VEIL BRIDES, PICTURE ME BROKEN and THE BURNING OF ROME.
Of the new album, Sebastian Bach enthused: “I could not be more proud of the new CD, ‘Give ‘Em Hell’. As a rock music fan myself, I listen to it every single day. As a musician, I honestly feel like I have reached a new level of album recording. As an audiophile, I could not be more blown away by the sound! The production and mastering sound so good that it’s perfect to show off your high-end stereo system.
“Ever since my first record, ‘Skid Row’, on through ‘Slave To The Grind’ up to ‘Kicking & Screaming’ and ‘Angel Down’, I have always been concerned, first and foremost, with making quality records for my fans. And I can honestly say that ‘Give ‘Em Hell’ meets or even exceeds the standards set by some of the records I have put out in the past.
“I can’t wait for you all to hear this record! Let’s ‘Give ‘Em Hell’ in 2014, mothertruckers!”
Fans who pre-order from iTunes will be able to get the first taste of new music as the pre-order includes an instant download of the song “Hell Inside My Head”, a classic loud and heavy rocker from Bach.
“Give ‘Em Hell” was mastered at Precision Mastering in Los Angeles with Tom Baker.
Sebastian managed to involve in the writing and recording some very special friends and guest stars, including none other than Duff McKagan (VELVET REVOLVER, GUNS N’ ROSES), and not one but two top-class guitar players: John 5 (MARILYN MANSON, ROB ZOMBIE) and Steve Stevens (BILLY IDOL). Rounding out the lineup on the CD are Devin Bronson (AVRIL LAVIGNE, PINK) on guitar and Bobby Jarzombek (HALFORD, RIOT, FATES WARNING) on drums. Duff and Sebastian previously collaborated on Duff‘s solo album “Believe In Me”.
The cover for “Give ‘Em Hell” (see below) was once again handled by Richard Villa, who worked on “Kicking & Screaming”. Incorporated into the album design is one of the paintings by Sebastian‘s late father David Bierk, who painted the artwork for SKID ROW‘s “Slave To The Grind”, inside artwork for SKID ROW‘s “Subhuman Race”, and Bach‘s solo albums “Angel Down” and “Bring ‘Em Bach Alive!”.
“Give ‘Em Hell” track listing:
01. Hell Inside My Head
03. All My Friends Are Dead
05. Push Away
07. Had Enough
08. Gun To A Knife Fight
09. Rock N Roll Is A Vicious Game
10. Taking Back Tomorrow
12. Forget You
Bach previously stated about “Give ‘Em Hell”: “We have captured some kick-ass rock and roll magic and producer par excellence Bob Marlette is the wizard behind the board.
“It is such an awesome feeling to be able to say to the planet if you like the music I have put out before, I can guarantee you will dig this one! I cannot stop listening to it and that is the whole intention.
“For those of you who dig my high crazy-ass screams of the other records, well, I am proud to say this new disc features all the ranges and textures I have been known for, clean soaring melodic ballads and blood-curdling death screams from hell.”
“Taking Back Tomorrow” lyric video:
Former KORN touring guitarist Shane Gibson died earlier today as a result of complications from a blood clotting disorder. He was 35 years old.
Gibson was most recently a member of STORK, the project featuring super drummer Thomas Lang (PAUL GILBERT), lead singer VK Lynne (VITA NOVA, Eve’s Apple) and bassist Kelly LeMieux (BUCKCHERRY, GOLDFINGER).
STORK has released the following statement regarding Gibson‘s passing:
“It is with deepest sadness and regret that we must confirm that STORK founding member and lead guitarist Shane Paul Gibson passed away at 5:45 a.m. on April 15th, 2014 in the UAB Hospital in Birmingham, Alabama as a result of complications from a blood clotting disorder. He was 35 years old.
“Shane was one of the best guitar players the world has ever known and his virtuosity was matched only by his wit and generosity of spirit. He will be missed beyond measure.
“Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family and all those who loved him as much as we did.”
STORK‘s second CD, “Broken Pieces”, is scheduled for release April 29.
According to Billboard.com, AC/DC ”insiders” have shot down as false the rumor that the band is on the verge of announcing its retirement due to one member’s — presumably guitarist Malcolm Young‘s — serious illness.
The source of the original retirement rumor was an e-mail sent to Perth radio station 6PR from an anonymous tipster using the handle Thunderstruck. The station subsequently spread the word, setting off a flurry of reports first throughout Australia and then worldwide.
It should be noted, however, that the group’s management and Columbia Records, its current label, have chosen not to comment on the matter, according to Billboard.com.
AC/DC singer Brian Johnson told a Florida radio station in February that the band was schedied to enter a studio in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada this May to begin recording its 16th studio album. The project was supposed to be the first set of new AC/DC material since 2008′s “Black Ice” album. In addition, the band intended to celebrate its 40th anniversary this year by playing 40 shows in selected cities around the world.
Asked about the group’s plans, Johnson said, “We’ve been denying anything, ’cause we weren’t sure. One of our boys was pretty ill, so we didn’t like to say anything, and we’re very private about things like this, so we didn’t wanna say anything. But I think we’ll be going in the studio in May in Vancouver. Which means, we should be getting ready.”
Johnson added, “It’s been 40 years of the band’s existence, so I think we’re gonna try to do 40 gigs, 40 shows, to thank the fans for their undying loyalty. I mean, honestly, our fans are just the best in the world, and we appreciate every one of them. So, like I said, we’ll have to go out, even though we’re getting a bit long in the tooth [Laughs].”
Johnson alluded to one of the members of the band being ill in a 2012 interview, adding that the unnamed member was “getting better” with a “full recovery fully expected.”
Meanwhile, bassist Cliff Williams hinted in March 2013 that guitarists Angus and Malcolm Young were writing music for the band’s next album.
FILTER has recorded a cover version of the AEROSMITH classic “Sweet Emotion” for an as-yet-undisclosed movie soundtrack. FILTER frontman Richard Patrick described his band’s rendition as “all creepy and weird like [FILTER's previously released version of THE TURTLES' '60s pop classic] ‘Happy Together’ [which was recorded in 2009 for the movie 'The Stepfather'] but way more industrial.”
FILTER‘s recently released “Surprise” video features Patrick and guitarist Jonny Radtke as well as Patrick‘s daughter Sloan and was directed by Gus Black (ATLAS GENIUS, DEFTONES). The song is taken from FILTER‘s sixth studio album, “The Sun Comes Out Tonight”, which was released on June 4, 2013 via Wind-Up Records. The CD was recorded in Los Angeles at Blue Room studios with producer Bob Marlette (BLACK SABBATH, ATREYU, SALIVA). The follow-up to 2010′s “The Trouble With Angels” was written and recorded by Patrick and Radtke, as well as collaborator Marlette. There are also performances from touring members Jeff Friedl and Elias Mallin (drums) and Phil Buckman (bass).
According to The Pulse Of Radio, Mick Jones revealed that the first new songs by him and co-founding FOREIGNER frontman Lou Gramm in 20 years might hit the public next year. The pair’s June 2013 performance of “I Want To Know What Love Is” and “Juke Box Hero” at the Songwriters Hall Of Fame in New York City marked the first time the pair has performed together in a decade after Gramm left FOREIGNER for a second time.
Jones has rekindled a relationship with Gramm, and revealed to Classic Rock magazine, that the duo, who wrote most of FOREIGNER‘s classic hits together, might be teaming up one more time, explaining, “Lou told me a few weeks ago he’s discovered a few songs we were writing in the ’80s, but never quite finished. We might take time next year to bring a couple of those out of the vaults. . . It’s a question of wading through them and finding a cassette machine to play them on.”
When asked if a reunion — which would sideline current lead singer Kelly Hansen — would be unfair, Jones was quick to point out: “Kelly has dedicated everything to the band. He’s phenomenal. So anything I do will be sensitive to that. If Lou and I do something, it’ll be inclusive. No way will he replace Kelly.”
Jones was asked what shape a Lou Gramm / Kelly Hansen FOREIGNER show might take, and he explained, “Something special where the old members can be involved. That would be cool. But nothing in the immediate future.”
Mick Jones told The Pulse Of Radio that upon forming FOREIGNER in 1976, he knew that Lou Gramm would prove to be invaluable with a signature voice — with the songwriting chops to match. “I knew he had written, he was a writer too, and always felt that, y’know, it was important that the singer in any band had something to do with, [laughs] obviously, creating the songs, ’cause they’re gonna sing them,” he said. “Lou came up with some great titles; I think ‘Head Games’, I think ‘Hot Blooded’, too. And he developed into a really good writer.”
FOREIGNER kicks off its joint tour with STYX and special guest, former EAGLES guitarist Don Felder, on May 14, in Wichita, Kansas at the Intrust Bank Arena.
SEVENDUST didn’t waste any time getting 2014 started the best way they know how: being holed up in the recording studio to create their long-awaited and highly-anticipated acoustic album. “Time Travelers & Bonfires” will be released on April 15 via 7Bros. Records, in conjunction with ADA Label Services. On April 1, they hit the road for their first U.S. headlining tour of the year, entitled “An Evening With Sevendust”, which kicked off in Athens, Georgia at the Georgia Theatre. It’s their first acoustic trek since 2004, when they were touring in support of their second album, “Seasons”, and a format their fans have been anxiously awaiting for once again.
The Atlanta band — Lajon Witherspoon (vocals), Morgan Rose (drums/vocals), Clint Lowery (guitar/vocals), John Connolly (guitar/vocals) and Vince Hornsby (bass/vocals) — recorded “Time Travelers & Bonfires” at Architekt Studios in Butler, New Jersey (where they recorded their previous “Black Out The Sun” album). It is a collection of brand new songs, along with re-recorded SEVENDUST classics. Newly re-recorded songs include “Black”, “Gone”, “Denial”, “Karma”, “Trust” and “Crucified”. Six brand new songs have also been written and recorded for the acoustic album. It’s not the first time SEVENDUST has explored their acoustic side. Their critically acclaimed “Southside Double-Wide” live acoustic album was released in 2004.
“People liked ['Southside Double-Wide'] so much and have asked for so many years for us to do it again that we had a meeting and said, ‘Hmm, why don’t we do an acoustic album and see what happens,” Witherspoon told Billboard.com.
“We went in full guns blazin’, man,” he added. “It was serious work. It was a serious project. We wanted to come different and bring the different sound and still have that acoustic element there but give it some salt, too, and keep it in that SEVENDUST vein that we’re still gonna be able to have a good time and stand up and jump around and not do it in the same vein people are normally used to.”
“Time Travelers & Bonfires” track listing:
01. Come Down
02. Under It All
03. The Wait
04. Upbeat Sugar
05. One Life
SLIPKNOT is rumored to have recruited former MADBALL and AGAINST ME! drummer Jay Weinberg to assist them during the sessions for the band’s new studio album following last year’s departure of Joey Jordison.
Weinberg — the 23-year-old son of Max Weinberg (BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN AND THE E STREET BAND) — was most recently a member of AGAINST ME!, having played with the Florida-based act from November 2010 until December 2012.
Weinberg joined AGAINST ME! shortly after he was ousted from MADBALL and following the departure of AGAINST ME!‘s previous sticksman, George Rebelo.
In May 2013, Weinberg filled in for KVELERTAK drummer Kjetil Gjermundrod during the band’s North American tour because Gjermundrod had to bow out of the run after experiencing significant pain in his arm.
SLIPKNOT announced in December 2013 that it had parted ways with Jordison, one of the band’s founding members and key songwriters. The group posted a statement at its web site which read, “It is with great pain but quiet respect that, for personal reasons, Joey Jordison and SLIPKNOT are parting ways. We all wish Joey the best in whatever his future holds. We understand that many of you will want to know how and why this has come to be, and we will do our best to respond to these questions in the near future.”
The statement added, “It is our love for all of you, as well as for the music we create, that spurs us to continue on and move forward with our plans for releasing new material in the next year. We hope that all of you will come to understand this, and we appreciate your continued support while we plan the next phase of the future of SLIPKNOT.”
SLIPKNOT has not disclosed the reasons for Jordison‘s exit, although the drummer issued a statement in January saying that he did not quit the band.
SLIPKNOT‘s forthcoming CD will be the band’s first since the 2010 death of bassist Paul Gray.
RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE‘s Tom Morello inducted KISS into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame earlier tonight (Thursday, April 10) at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. The guitarist told the crowd, “You can kiss my KISS-loving ass because KISS wasn’t a critics’ band. It’s the people’s band.” He added: “Tonight proves beyond a shadow of a doubt that the high school bullies and critics were wrong. KISS fans were right. Impact, influence and awesomeness — KISS have all three in spades.” He concluded by saying: “Tonight, this isn’t the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame. It’s the Rock And Roll All Nite And Party Every Day Hall Of Fame.”
After that, the four members of the original KISS lineup took turns in addressing the crowd. Gene Simmons paid tribute to fellow co-founding KISS members Ace Frehley and Peter Criss for their roles in launching the band four decades ago. “[Ace's] iconic guitar playing has been imitated, but never equaled, by generations of guitar players around the world,” he said. “Peter Criss‘ drumming and singing… well, there’s not a guy out there who beats the sticks who sounds just like Peter. Nobody’s got that swing and that style.”
Simmons also mentioned and thanked each of his current and former bandmates who were not part of KISS‘s original lineup. “Eric Carr, rest in peace; Mark St. John, rest in peace; Vinnie Vincent; the great Bruce Kulick; and, of course, here we are today, 40 years later, with the great Eric Singer and Tommy Thayer,” he said. “However, we wouldn’t be hear today without the original Fantastic Four.”
Criss made it a point to “definitely thank our first manager, Bill Aucoin. We would not be here if it were not for Bill,” he said. He concluded by saying, “In or out of makeup, I’ll always be the Catman.”
Frehley opened his speech by saying: “I have a speech here, but these aren’t prescription [glasses]. So I can’t read.” He continued: “You know, when I was 13 years old and I picked up my first guitar, I always sensed I was going to be in for something big.” He also noted that he is now over seven years sober and, in what appeared to be a jab at Simmons‘ long-running critique of Ace‘s addiction problems, lamented that “some people think that it has to do with willpower. Most addicts are born that way, and people need to be educated about that.”
Paul Stanley thanked the fans for making KISS‘ Rock Hall induction a reality. “This is a special night for us, but it’s also a special night for our fans. It’s vindication,” he said.
“Here we are, basically inducted for the same things that we were kept out for,” he added.
“The people are speaking to the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame, and what they’re saying is that they want more. They don’t want to be spoon-fed with a handful of choices. The people buy tickets, the people buy albums, the people who nominate do not. Let’s not forget that these are the people who make it all possible. We just benefit from it.
“I am here tonight because of the people who inspired me, but I am also here because of the people I inspired. So god bless you all. It’s a wonderful night.”
Morello told Rolling Stone before the ceremony that he first saw KISS play when he was 12 and attended their shows religiously during his formative years. “I’ve known Gene and Paul for some time and I’m a huge fan of the band and have been an advocate — a noisy, fist-pounding advocate for years for KISS to be in the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame,” he said. “One of the all-time great bands is being rightly enshrined.
“When those records were released, focus was shifted because it was a band in makeup or because it was band with explosions,” he added. “But those are great anthemic songs with badass riffs. There’s a reason why KISS sold 100 million records around the world. There was no one spitting blood in your living room when you were listening to them. I was rocking out hard to them.”
The 29th annual Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame induction ceremony was taped and will air on May 31 on HBO.
In a brand new interview with RockRevolt Magazine, former SKID ROW singer Sebastian Bach was asked what he thinks the biggest misconception is about him on the part of the people who don’t really know him. “That I’m hard to work with, that would be the biggest misconception,” he replied.
“I’m only hard to work with if you don’t really want to be great.
“If you’re not coming in with your ‘A’ game, then I’m fucking impossible to work with. If you’re giving a half-assed effort, then you don’t want to work with me.
“Bobby Jarzombek, my drummer on my records, he loves working with me. John 5 [ROB ZOMBIE and ex-MARILYN MANSON guitarist] loves working with me. Duff McKagan [ex-GUNS N' ROSES bassist], Steve Stevens [BILLY IDOL guitarist], they love working with me.
“I’m not hard to work with. I just won’t settle for something that isn’t as good as it can be.
“You know, nothing good comes easy.
“When I read interviews with [members of] my old band [SKID ROW] and they say, ‘We get along great with our new singer. We have barbeques and drink tequila together.’ You know what? I don’t give a fuck about barbeques.
“You don’t hear [THE ROLLING STONES singer] Mick Jagger saying that he loves working with Keith Richards and that they have barbeques together. You hear Mick saying that he hates working with Richards!
“Newsflash: Rachel Bolan [SKID ROW bassist] doesn’t like me for what we’ve been talking about, but I would work with him anytime, because the result of that dynamic is really good music.
“I don’t think you have to be best friends with everybody to work with them.”
Bach in July 2012 posted a letter on his Facebook page in which he said he was willing to reunite with SKID ROW. “For the fans, I would be willing to put my ego aside and do something that would be special for the people who put us where we are today,” he wrote. “I do not personally want it myself. But it’s not always about ‘what I want.’ If the fans really want to see us together, I would do it for the fans. Sometimes you can do things for people other than yourself.”
Bach said he wanted to write the letter in response to current SKID ROW singer Johnny Solinger‘s interview in which Johnny said a tweet by Bach about a possible SKID ROW reunion was an attempt to “get attention.”
Speaking to SCTimes.com, Bolan stated about Sebastian‘s departure from SKID ROW, “We thought we were disbanded and that we’d never do it again. Then we kept getting e-mails and the management office was getting lots of letters about people wanting to see SKID ROW on stage and we really started to miss it. We knew if we got back together, we were going to do things different.”
He added, “When Johnny joined the band [in 1999], that really gave us a kick in the ass. It was a different guy there and everything that came out of that guy was positive.”
On the topic of the persistent rumors of a reunion with Sebastian, Bolan said, “Actually, there were never any talks. Ever. That was all just total rumor. We got rid of him in the ’90s and never looked back. . . After the first tour [with Solinger on vocals], it seemed like this is the way it’s always been. It’s so weird, I’ll hear an old song on the radio and it just sounds so bizarre to me because I’m so used to Johnny singing it.”
Former DIO and current DIO DISCIPLES guitarist Craig Goldy was interviewed by Eric Blair of “The Blairing Out With Eric Blair Show” at the March 17 exclusive VIP listening party for the Ronnie James Dio tribute album “This Is Your Life” and awards gala at the Avalon in Hollywood, California.
DIO DISCIPLES, which pays tribute to legendary heavy metal singer Ronnie James Dio (BLACK SABBATH, RAINBOW, DIO, HEAVEN & HELL) and is fully supported by Dio‘s widow/manager, Wendy, currently consists of the following musicians:
* Mark Boals (YNGWIE MALMSTEEN) – Vocals
* Oni Logan (LYNCH MOB) – Vocals
* Craig Goldy (DIO) – Guitar
* Bjorn Englen (YNGWIE MALMSTEEN) – Bass
* Scott Warren (DIO,HEAVEN & HELL) – Keyboards
* Simon Wright (DIO, AC/DC, UFO) – Drums
Goldy last year stated about DIO DISCIPLES: “After Ronnie‘s passing and a lengthy mourning period, Wendy Dio and the band that was left behind have decided it was time to honor and keep the memory and legacy of Ronnie James Dio alive in the most respectful way possible!
“There is something special that happens when a group of people gather together with the same heart, mind and spirit as one another… and that is what happens every night we (the DIO DISCIPLES) perform! I never know when… but I know that it will happen because it always does… some time during the concert, the audience and the band connect and become as one!
“And with the large speaker system, lights and special performances by past members of AC/DC, JUDAS PRIEST, YNGWIE MALMSTEEN and LYNCH MOB… you don’t want to rely on all the crappy little cell phone recordings that look and sound like shit posted on YouTube!
“I’ve never lied about anything to any DIO fan and I’m not about to start now! Every time we perform there’s always several very special moments that just can’t be defined into words! You just have to trust me and come experience it for yourselves! And I hope you do!”