Guitarist Ryan Peake and guitarist/vocalist Chad Kroeger of Canadian rockers NICKELBACK were recently interviewed on UK’s Absolute Radio.
“We are one of those bands that a lot of people think take themselves seriously,” said Chad. “And no one — no one, and I know this is hard to believe — can make as much fun of us as we make fun of ourselves. And we are harsh. If you think the Internet’s rough, you should sit in a van with us. We are really harsh. We make up the best alternate lines to our own songs. And this is some top-shelf stuff.”
The eighth studio album from NICKELBACK, titled “No Fixed Address”, is likely to sell between 60,000 and 65,000 copies in the U.S. in its first week on sale, according to The Pulse of Radio. The group’s previous effort, 2011’s “Here And Now”, moved 226,714 copies in its first week — making the drop for “No Fixed Address” an alarming one even given the continuing decline of album sales overall.
The album’s first rock single, “Edge Of A Revolution”, is sliding down the rock chart at No. 16 after a quick climb and brief stay at No. 1.
The 11-song set is the first through the group’s new deal with Republic Records.
NICKELBACK will launch a six-month North American tour on February 14, 2015 in Allentown, Pennsylvania.
The official video for the title track of the new AC/DC album, “Rock Or Bust”, can be seen below. The clip was shot October 3-4 with director David Mallet at Black Island Studios in Middlesex, England.
Mallet has worked with the band for 24 years and says: “They have never come out with any pretense to be anything else than the best rock and roll band in the world.”
“Rock Or Bust” is scheduled for release on December 2. The CD was recorded in Vancouver, Canada earlier this year.
AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd was missing from the band’s new publicity photo and was also a no-show at the group’s video shoot for “Play Ball” and “Rock Or Bust”. Rudd was replaced for the filming by drummer Bob Richards (who had previously played with SHOGUN and IRON MAIDEN guitarist Adrian Smith), with singer Brian Johnson reportedly telling fans at the shoot that Rudd was unable to participate due to an undisclosed “family emergency.”
On November 6, Rudd was charged with attempting to “procure murder” by New Zealand police but the charge was dropped a day later by the Crown Solicitor Greg Hollister-Jones after a meeting with Rudd‘s attorney, Paul Mabey, and police. Mabey said that Hollister-Jones reviewed the case and concluded that “there was insufficient evidence to justify that charge. He has now withdrawn the charge.”
Rudd must return to court on November 27, where he still faces one charge of threatening to kill as well as possession of meth and marijuana, which his lawyer described as “minor.”
Mabey added that Rudd had “suffered unnecessary and extremely damaging publicity as a result of widespread and sensational reporting of a very serious allegation, which on any basis was never justified.”
The 60-year-old drummer was alleged to have tried to hire a hitman to kill two men in late September.
Rudd‘s arrest was the second major blow to AC/DC in 2014. Founding guitarist Malcolm Young was forced to leave the band earlier this year because he is afflicted with dementia.
His replacement on the album and the band’s upcoming world tour will be Stevie Young, nephew of Malcolm and AC/DC guitarist Angus Young.
The band officially announced in September that Malcolm would not be returning to the lineup.
Stevie Young played with AC/DC once before during a 1988 tour, while Malcolm stepped out to deal with his dependency on alcohol.
The video for “Stars”, a brand new song from SIXX: A.M., the band featuring MÖTLEY CRÜE bassist Nikki Sixx alongside guitarist DJ Ashba and vocalist James Michael, can be seen below. The track is taken from SIXX: A.M.‘s third album, “Modern Vintage”, which was released on October 7 via Eleven Seven Music.
James Michael called “Stars” “a quintessential SIXX: A.M. song,” adding, “I think ‘Stars’ might be one of the best songs we’ve ever written. It does everything SIXX: A.M. does on a heightened level.”
Michael continued: “It’s one of the most aggressive rock songs we have — the tempo is a lot faster than we usually write. It’s one of those moments you always hope for as a songwriter, where the melody line, lyric and the track all marry. That chorus explodes — it gives me goosebumps every time I hear it, and I’ve heard it thousands of times. … I think SIXX: A.M. fans will really relate to it on a lyrical level, and they’ll also feel very comfortable that they’re hearing a SIXX: A.M. song.”
“Modern Vintage” track listing:
02. Gotta Get It Right
04. Get Ya Some
05. Let’s Go
07. Give Me A Love
09. High On The Music
11. Before It’s Over
SIXX: A.M. will embark on its first-ever headline tour in 2015, playing a limited number of dates across North America with special guest APOCALYPTICA.
Joining Sixx, Ashba and Michael on the road will be drummer Jeff Fabb (IN THIS MOMENT, BLACK LABEL SOCIETY, FILTER), who also played on “Modern Vintage”.
Fan-filmed video footage of MICHAEL SCHENKER’S TEMPLE OF ROCK, the band led by legendary German guitarist Michael Schenker (SCORPIONS, UFO), performing a brand new song, “Vigilante Man”, on November 14 at Le Forum in Vauréal, France can be seen below. The track will appear on MICHAEL SCHENKER’S TEMPLE OF ROCK‘s next studio album, titled “Spirit On A Mission”, which is tentatively due in early 2015.
MICHAEL SCHENKER’S TEMPLE OF ROCK features Schenker alongside vocalist Doogie White, guitarist/keyboardist Wayne Findlay, bassist Francis Buchholz and drummer Herman Rarebell.
MICHAEL SCHENKER’S TEMPLE OF ROCK‘s last CD, “Bridge The Gap”, marked the first time Schenker and fellow ex-SCORPIONS members Buchholz and Rarebell appeared on the same album since the classic 1979 SCORPIONS LP “Lovedrive”.
Asked if he is more comfortable as a solo artist or playing in an established group, Schenker told Guitar World magazine: “Definitely as a solo artist.
“It was very important for me to create MSG, which I did for creative freedom. It let me express myself in so many ways and not be held down by any one particular type of monster machine.
“I hate being a box, and I’m glad I didn’t get stuck in one for my entire career.
“I love the fact that I don’t know what’s going to happen next for me. And that’s the difference between me and my brother [SCORPIONS guitarist Rudolf Schenker]: he looks at the big picture, I look at the details. We’re opposites, even though we have the same genes and share a lot of the same emotions when it comes to music.”
Regarding how he came to join the SCORPIONS, Michael said: “My brother always got me my gigs in the early days. I had been in bands since I was 11, and one day my brother told me that he wanted me to hook up with this great singer he knew, and that was Klaus Meine. Rudolf introduced us, and we started a band together called THE COPERNICUS. Our rehearsal space was right next to the SCORPIONS, and one day we were rehearsing and they were listening to us — their singer was late for rehearsal — and they approached Klaus and me about joining the band, and we did.”
Legendary guitarist Joe Satriani thinks the CHICKENFOOT project has “a couple of more records” left in its career despite singer Sammy Hagar‘s recent assertion that he didn’t “see any reason” to make a new album. The band, which also included ex-VAN HALEN bassist Michael Anthony andRED HOT CHILI PEPPERS drummer Chad Smith, has not made a CD in three years and Hagar told Rolling Stone that there were no plans to work on a new one in the near future. He explained, “I love making music. But doing it on CHICKENFOOT‘s level means spending a half million on a record. We write and record for six months. It’s a lot of work, and then to not sell many records, it’s disappointing. I don’t like being disappointed. I like winning.”
During an interview for VH1 Classic “That Metal Show” co-host Eddie Trunk‘s podcast, “Eddie Trunk Podcast”, Satriani was asked if he thinks CHICKENFOOT will ever release another album. He responded: “I’m not sure. I’m always that guy that’s bugging them. I think I drive them crazy, because I’m always writing songs, I’m sending them demos and saying, ‘C’mon, let’s do it. Let’s do it. Let’s do it.'”
He continued: “First of all, Sam, Mike and Chad, they’ve got other things to do. And Chad, of course, is right in the middle of an album project with the RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS, and so that’s a difficult thing; that’s his main band. And Sam and Mike are now part of Sammy‘s band [THE CIRCLE, also featuring drummer Jason Bonham], and they have a schedule. And then Sammy, along with all of his businesses, both for profit and for charity, is also extremely busy. So I come back from being around the world and touring and doing this stuff, and I’m, like, ‘C’mon, let’s go. Let’s go.’ And they’re, like, ‘Well, hold on a minute.’ And then I’m off again. So I guess I’m partly to blame because of my busy schedule.
“[CHICKENFOOT] is the only band I’ve ever been in, really, since I left New York that made records. I became a solo artist sort of by accident, and then I’ve been doing that since ’86. And all of a sudden I get a chance [to launch a band] from the ground up…
“It’s different from playing with DEEP PURPLE or Mick Jagger; this is a band of equals writing original material. And so I really want it to fly, you know what I mean?! I really wanna put in as much time as I can get into the band. But it’s a little different for the other guys, because they have history and they have current commitments — especially Chad; he’s in a world-famous band already. [Laughs] So I think that’s where it’s always a bit funny. We’re trying to get our priorities straight, and we probably never will. But I do think there’s a couple of more records in there somehow.”
Satriani added: “It becomes a little bit stranger as the music industry changes; it’s rolling away from focusing on albums. And I think that puts CHICKENFOOT in an even more awkward position, because I think a rock band needs to put out a record and tour; I think that’s what you’ve gotta do. And the putting out a full album and touring is something that, I think, that the four members of CHICKENFOOT are having a hard time fitting into their future schedule. Recording songs, that’d be a piece of cake and we’d love to do it, but I think it’s how we proceed after we record songs. Because we’re not a singles band, really, we’re not a video band, we’re not a band that shows up at a TV show with a huge production with clowns and animals and dancers and explosions and stuff; we’re a rock and roll band.”
CHICKENFOOT reissued its gold-selling 2009 self-titled debut as a double-disc set. The new version features bonus live tracks recorded on the group’s tour behind its sophomore studio effort, “III”
CHICKENFOOT‘s most recent touring lineup included legendary drummer/musician Kenny Aronoff, who was filling in for Smith while Chad was on the road with RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS.
“III” sold 42,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to land at position No. 9 on The Billboard 200 chart. The band’s self-titled debut opened with 49,000 units back in June 2009 to debut at No. 6.
Hagar‘s current band, THE CIRCLE, plays songs from all eras of its members’ lives, including tracks from VAN HALEN and LED ZEPPELIN.
JUDAS PRIEST singer Rob Halford says that appearing on the animated TV program “The Simpsons” was “the biggest thrill” of his life and has commended the show’s producers for indirectly apologizing to the band after the episode mistakenly referred to PRIEST as “death metal.”
The cartoon’s January 5, 2014 installment, titled “Steal This Episode”, saw Homer getting involved in illegal film downloading, prompting the FBI to launch an anti-piracy investigation. When Homer‘s family sought refuge in a Swedish consulate, an overzealous FBI director in charge of anti-piracy subsequently went after him, and Halford wound up singing a parody of the band’s classic “Breaking The Law” in an effort to nab Homer. “There’s only one surefire way to get fugitives out of a foreign building,” said the FBI agent. “Blasting death metal.”
“Swedes love death metal,” a headbanging consulate member said in the episode. “It reminds us of death!”
Speaking to Seattle’s KISW radio station, Rob stated about the experience of being on “The Simpsons”: “They invited me to a read-through, so I said, ‘Yeah, I’ll come and hang out.’ So we’re in a room, and they invite a lot of guests, and the writers are down at the other end with their notepads and watching everybody that’s looking at the table. And then the producer goes, ‘Welcome, everybody, to the read-through. Blah blah blah blah blah. ‘The Simpsons’ is the longest-running, most successful animated TV series ever.’ He sets up the storyline, and he said, ‘We open up with Homer talking about so-and-so.’ And then Homer starts speaking, and Homer is about two feet to my left. And then Marge starts speaking, and then Bart starts speaking. It was, like, the most surreal thing ever, but the biggest thrill of my life, because I’ve been a ‘Simpsons’ fan since that show first kicked off.”
He added: “It was very, very sweet. Some of the actors knew PRIEST and we shook hands and we took some pictures and so forth. That’s another thing… With PRIEST, we’re in that kind of… What’s that thing called? The Seven Degrees Of Kevin Bacon? That’s where we find ourselves now all of these years later. It seems like there’s this great kind of seven degrees going on everywhere where PRIESThas touched somebody…. That sounds bizarre [referring to the ‘priest touching somebody’ comment]… PRIEST has reached out musically and we brought everybody into the PRIEST family.”
After the original episode aired, much of the metal community showed its disapproval online, making it clear that JUDAS PRIEST is not, and never has been, a death metal band. Word evidently got back to “The Simpsons” creators, who made amends by having Bart scrawl the words “Judas Priest is not ‘death metal'” repeatedly on the chalkboard in the introduction of a follow-up episode.
“What was really cool about that was that we didn’t even think about the script side of the show,” Rob told KISW. “And then, of course, when it was released, instantly, all of the fans were going on the PRIEST Facebook, [going], ‘What are they saying? PRIEST aren’t a death metal band. What are they talking about?’ And then, like two episodes later, we see Bart making up and kind of doing that thing at the blackboard. They didn’t need to do that. But that’s what I love about ‘The Simpsons’ people. They’re sooo protective of their brand and everything that’s associated with it that that was a really, really beautiful gesture on their part to throw that back at PRIEST. Because we treasure everything about PRIEST… so they needn’t have done that, but they did, and I though that was a really, really cool thing.”
Fan-filmed video footage of HALESTORM performing a new song, “I Like I Heavy”, during the band’s current tour can be seen below. The track is expected to appear on HALESTORM‘s follow-up to 2012’s Grammy-winning sophomore effort, “The Strange Case Of…”, which is due in early 2015. The CD is being recorded in Nashville with producer Jay Joyce (Eric Church, CAGE THE ELEPHANT).
HALESTORM debuted two other new songs — “Heartbreaker” and “Mayhem” — at shows in Tennessee and England this past spring.
“The Strange Case Of…” yielded two chart-topping rock singles in “Freak Like Me” and the Grammy-winning “Love Bites (So Do I)” .
HALESTORM is set for a second run supporting Eric Church on his blockbuster “Outsiders World Tour”. The new dates begin January 8 at New Orleans’ Smoothie King Center and then continue through early February. The “Outsiders World Tour” carries on the phenomenal pairing of HALESTORM and Eric Church, a collaboration begun when the country superstar teamed with HALESTORM frontwoman Lzzy Hale for a show-stopping duet performance of his hit single “That’s Damn Rock & Roll” on this summer’s 2014 “CMT Music Awards”. HALESTORM will next join forces with Church and the acclaimed “Outsiders World Tour” on November 20 at Green Bay’s Resch Center, with dates scheduled through mid-December.
In other news, HALESTORM will release a vinyl edition of both of their previously released covers EPs. “ReAniMate: The CoVeRs Collection (2011-2014)” will be available on December 2 via the band’s webstore.
AC/DC‘s new album, “Rock Or Bust”, which arrives on December 2, is the band’s first without founding guitarist Malcolm Young, who was forced to retire earlier this year due to being stricken with dementia. His brother and bandmate Angus told The Pulse Of Radio that the whole situation has been heartbreaking. “It is,” he said. “I’m his brother, but also the rest — his immediate family, his wife and kids and everyone, you know. But he kept going as long as he could, he said, you know. I mean, he was still writing until he couldn’t do that anymore. You were hoping, you know, that he would get better. The physical side of him, he got great treatment for that, so he’s good with all of that. But the mental side has just deteriorated, you know. So he himself said, you know, I won’t be able to do it anymore.”
The first song heard from the new album, “Play Ball”, was unveiled late last month.
Angus revealed in a recent interview with Rolling Stone that his brother began showing symptoms of his illness on the band’s last album, 2008’s “Black Ice”.
Angus also said that Malcolm was in treatment during his last tour with AC/DC, from 2008 to 2010.
Malcolm is currently in full-time care at a facility in Australia and did not play on “Rock Or Bust”, although all the songs on the disc are credited to the two brothers.
Malcolm‘s replacement in the band is his and Angus‘ nephew Stevie, who replaced Malcolm on tour in 1989 when the latter dealt with his alcoholism.
AC/DC has also not announced whether drummer Phil Rudd will join the band on its world tour next year. Rudd was arrested earlier this month and drug and murder-for-hire charges, although the latter were dropped.