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ELLEFSON FIRED?? ……..SERIOUSLY
By Phoenix Romero
Out of respect for Julie Ellefson we here at FeMetal TV have abstained from joining the media frenzy concerning certain inappropriate behavior regarding David Ellefson that went from private to public with the speed of a tsunami last week.
But this….. abstaining from commenting on this is impossible. How many musicians famous or otherwise have we all known that has crossed the street over to infidelity avenue? How many wives and or girlfriends throughout music history have known or looked the other way? How many groupies travel from town to town hoping, praying for an opportunity to walk down infidelity Avenue with the Rock Star of their choosing? Sex, Drugs, and Rock N Roll isn’t that how the saying goes? Almost a rite of passage for a Rock Star. Does that make it right? No, it is not the right thing to do, to break or damage your marriage vows. Breaking your word, a vow, dishonors who you are as a person. In the end we are only as good as our word for that is our honor.
But This? Seriously? Would the music we have all come to love in all genre’s ever have been able to ripen and come to fruition, if every band fired a member that strolled down infidelity avenue? Does this mean that any mistakes or judgement errors we make in our personal life, as human beings, entitle our employers/business partners to fire us? Or in this case attempt to erase us from our own legacy.
Perhaps Mr. Mustaine is settling in quite comfortably to his beautiful new glass house where he sits on the balcony and throws stones.
Perhaps this attempt at righteous indignation is just all smoke and mirrors, a façade not based on genuine moral concerns but simply an opportunity for the path to be cleared.
For there to be only one Dave.
There is a “KISS like” feeling in the air, leaving one to imagine that moving forward Megadeth will be” KISS like” with only Dave being a member, playing with 3 other guys he can treat as hired hands and change out at his whim.
David Ellefson will be quite alright without Megadeth, personally, musically and in business.
Megadeth can never truly be Megadeth without David Ellefson, the loss of his presence will be missed with every note.”Read
Rock Legends KING'S X Enter the Studio to Record First New Album in Over a Decade
New Album Coming this Year via Golden Robot Records
Rock legends KING'S X are thrilled to announce that they are entering the studio to record their highly-anticipated new album - the first to be released in over a decade - scheduled to drop this year via Australia's leading international independent record label, Golden Robot Records. The label announced their global signing of KING'S X in December.
Today, KING'S X enters Blacksound Studio in Pasadena, California with renowned producer Michael Parnin - recognized for his work with a varied range of artists, from Rage Against the Machine and Missy Elliott, to Andrew Lloyd Webber and Barbara Streisand.
Commenting on how it feels to be returning to the studio after 10 years, dUg Pinnick says, "Good question! I haven't thought about it much, been super busy. But got a ton of tunes to submit. I never know what to expect. I'm always surprised when it's done and can see it as a whole picture. And we're making a record after how long?! I've been waiting for this to happen for a very long time, and I'm totally looking forward to it."
Jerry Gaskill adds, "It's been a while since we've made a record together. I go back and forth between excitement and fear. But when it gets right down to it, I think excitement wins. I look forward to sharing all of our ideas together and seeing what comes of it all. If nothing else, it will be the next KING'S X record."
Ty Tabor says, "I'm excited to see where we are at these days. We're all bringing ideas in."
Michael Parnin adds about recording the new album with KING'S X, "A great story in the making... As a huge fan of the band from the beginning, I am unbelievably excited to work on the next long-awaited chapter. Some of my favorite and most artistically rewarding projects have been working with dUg over the past 10 years, namely "Strum Sum Up" and the fun Hendrix Tribute Album we did together... Likewise, I'm honored and looking forward to working with Jerry and Ty who are each masters of their craft."
Derek Shulman, Executive Chairman of Worldwide Expansion for Golden Robot Recordsadds, "I am delighted to finally be able to work with one of the most respected, creative rock bands of the past 30+ years. KING'S X is not only a superb rock band with an ardent fan base, but are also a 'musician musicians' band. Golden Robot Records is determined to finally help KING'S X receive the worldwide recognition it fully deserves."
Since the release of their debut record, Out Of The Silent Planet, in 1988, KING'S X released over a dozen albums that have seen them rightfully earn their place on the rock royalty family tree. Fusing progressive metal, funk and soul grooves with vocal arrangements rooted in blues, gospel and even the British Invasion era influences, KING'S X created a style all their own which continues to be an inspiration for bands to this day.
Featuring vocalist and bassist Doug Pinnick, guitarist Ty Tabor and drummer Jerry Gaskill, KING'S X have never changed their line-up, a rarity in the music world and a testament to the band and musicians and friends.
Critically acclaimed from the start, KING'S X are musician's musicians, name-dropped by everyone from Anthrax and Suicidal Tendencies to Iron Maiden and Blue Murder for their instrumental prowess. Pearl Jam's bassist Jeff Ament even declared that "KING'S X invented grunge". They also enjoyed a long life via the David Letterman Show with their track, "We Were Born To Be Loved" (from 1990's Faith Hope Love), also a favorite of the Paul Shaffer's CBS Orchestra to play during commercial breaks.
In 1992, KING'S X signed to Atlantic Records/Megaforce Records, released three albums and toured with bands as diverse as Scorpions, Type O Negative and Pearl Jam. In the early 2000's, KING'S X released three studio albums and their first official live album via Metal Blade Records. In 2005, the band signed to German-based progressive music specialty label, InsideOut Music, and released Ogre Tones, an album described as a return to the bands classic sound. KING'S X forged ahead with new albums, DVD's and tours up until 2012, when drummer Jerry Gaskill suffered a major heart attack. The band then quickly compiled an exclusive live release from their archives entitled, Burning Down Boston. The proceeds of which went directly to assisting Gaskill with his medical expenses. They rolled on for two more years until Jerry suffered another heart attack, which resulted in him having a double bypass operation and ultimately led to the band taking an indefinite hiatus.
This break didn't last long, as they were back on the road in mid-2015, shortly afterward announcing they would begin work on a new studio album. This would be the band's first since 2008's XV. KING'S X began meetings with Golden Robot Records management in Los Angeles in early 2017, eventually signing a global deal in October 2018.
While it's been a decade since KING'S X have released a new record, the wait has definitely been worth it! Watch this space for news on the forthcoming album in the very near future.
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KING'S X are part of an international roster that includes such iconic artists as, guitar legends John Sykes and Gilby Clarke (ex Guns 'n' Roses), Guns 'n' Roses keyboardist Dizzy Reed, Hookers & Blow, Little Caesar, The Lazys, Trope and the all-star A New Revenge.
Plus, Golden Robot Records boasts an incredible line up of Aussie acts, led by Rose Tattoo, The Superjesus, Misex and featuring Steve Kilbey, Palace Of The King, Jailbirds, Fyre Byrd, The Kids, Destrends, Flickertail and many more. Watch out for more incredible names who will be joining GRR's international roster in the near future!
Golden Robot Records now own five record labels and have teams in every major market in the world: Sydney, Los Angeles, New York, Hamburg, London, Tokyo and Auckland. With globally experienced music industry veterans heading up key roles in A&R, Management, Marketing and Publicity, Golden Robot Records are able to give their roster maximum exposure and support.”Read
Metal Allegiance Tour Announcement
Earlier today (4/12/19) we announced that AK of Flotsam and Jetsam will be joining us on stage for our 5th Year Anniversary Tour during the Phoenix show at The Van Buren. Well Flotsam fans, you are in for a treat as Mike Gilbert & Steve Conley will also be going us at that gig on 4/17!
These anniversary shows, presented by Murder In The Front Row & Loudwire will feature the core 4, David Ellefson Mark Menghi Mike Portnoy & Alex Skolnick with special guests Chuck Billy (Testament ), John Bush ( Armored Saint ), & Phil Demmel ( Vio-lence ). Also returning to the MA live show ranks, Grammy Award Winning vocalist/bassist Troy Sanders ( Mastodon ). For the April 17th show in Phoenix, we will be joined by Max Cavalera ( Soulfly ) & the April 20th show in San Francisco by Steve Zetro Souza ( Exodus ) & Gary Holt ( Slayer / Exodus ).
Opening the night are Superfix & Weapons Of Anew.
Tickets are available at metalallegiance.com
4/17 - The Van Buren - Phoenix, AZ
4/18 - The Belasco Theater - Los Angeles, CA
4/19 - House of Blues - Las Vegas, NV
4/20 - The Fillmore - San Francisco, CA
Upgrade VIP packages available at MetalAllegianceVIP
LIZZY BORDEN Announces North American Summer Tour With Demons & Wizards And Týr
LIZZY BORDEN will support power metal veterans Demons & Wizards on a North American tour this summer. Set to commence on August 17th in Los Angeles California, the trek will wind its way through twelve cities and come to a close September 5th in New York City. Additional support will be provided by folk metal labelmates Týr. See all confirmed dates below.
LIZZY BORDEN w/ Demons & Wizards, Týr:
8/17/2019 Wiltern - Los Angeles, CA
8/20/2019 Showbox SODO - Seattle, WA
8/21/2019 The Commodore - Vancouver, BC
8/22/2019 Roseland - Portland, OR
8/24/2019 Summit Theater - Denver, CO
8/26/2019 Gas Monkey Live - Dallas, TX
8/28/2019 Concord Music Hall - Chicago, IL
8/29/2019 Skyway Theater - Minneapolis, MN
8/31/2019 Danforth Music Hall - Toronto, ON
9/01/2019 Corona - Montreal, QC
9/04/2019 The Palladium - Worcester, MA
9/05/2019 Playstation Theater - New York, NY
LIZZY BORDEN released his latest album, My Midnight Things, last year via Metal Blade Records. His first full-length in over a decade, the record earned the #11 spot on Billboard's Top New Artist Albums, #17 on the Current Hard Music Albums, #43 on Top New Artist Albums Consumption, #46 on Independent Current Albums, and #148 on Top 200 Current Albums upon its first week of release.
My Midnight Things was produced by BORDEN, with co-producer Joey Scott (who also handled all drum duties), mixed by Greg Fidelman (Metallica, Black Sabbath, Adele, U2), and mastered by Tom Baker (David Bowie, Rob Zombie, Marilyn Manson, Tom Petty). To preview and purchase My Midnight Things visit: metalblade.com/lizzyborden.
"BORDEN paints a ten-song art gallery show and lets the listener decide what he or she sees on the canvas." -- Alternative Revolt Magazine
"...a bold and shifty glitter rock album with roots dug from seventies rock and moody goth-pop from which HIM staked its massive career upon." -- 8/10 Blabbermouth
"...ridiculously fun.." -- Last Rites
"...this is all about glitz, entertainment, and a thunderous sense of melody." -- Louder Sound
"Catchy riffs and melodies that are sure to be trapped inside your head, bouncing around your skull for days to come." -- PureGrainAudio
"The resulting creation yielded what is arguably the strongest vocal performance of BORDEN's career." -- Royal Flush
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ZFG announce Spring Tour
"Special" landed among the Top 10 Greatest Gainers on BOTH the Billboard Indicator & Foundations Chart!
Serendipitous is an adjective that describes accidentally being in the right place at the right time, like bumping into a good friend in some unusual location, or finding a hundred dollar bill on the ground. The word could also be used well in describing the inception of the band ZFG. Within its ranks you’ll find seasoned songwriters and performers of which you may be familiar, but sometimes the sum of the parts is beyond expectations and lends itself to being genre defining.
Based in Los Angeles, CA, ZFG consists of Jules Galli on vocals, Trev Lukather on guitar, Sam Porcaro on bass and Josh Devine on drums. The members were close friends in different projects, but decided to get into the studio for fun with a new approach in mind, making music with no rules or boundaries. "Zero Fucks Given" is what they called their first day in the studio, which led to their band name ZFG. After writing and recording together on day one, the chemistry was undeniable, so the decision was made to forge their individual projects into one. By melding anthemic, hook-filled melodies within funk rock guitar riffs and groove rock beats, the band shows their ability to compact a vast array of influence and experience into a signature sound with substance, style, and soul.
As serendipitous as the making of the band may have been, ZFG runs with a different mindset when approaching the music they write by not restricting themselves to purely rock-style songs. ZFG’s music is infused in alternative, pop, R&B and a hybrid of other styles. ZFG's radio campaign recently launched for their single "Special" and landed #2 MOST ADDED spot on the Billboard (BDS) Mainstream Rock Indicator Chart and grabbed the coveted #1 MOST ADDED spot on the Foundations (SMR) Chart. "Special" lands among the Top 10 Greatest Gainers on BOTH the Billboard Indicator & Foundations Chart!
The band will embark on their first tour Spring 2019 with Adelitas Way and The Winery Dogs (dates below). Fans can get a taste of their upcoming EP with the release of a lyric video for their single, "Special" (Click on link below).
MADAME MAYHEM Releases New Single "Broken" on January 11, 2019
MADAME MAYHEM will release her new single "BROKEN" on January 11, 2019. The single was co-written with Keith Wallen of Breaking Benjamin and features Ray Luzier of Korn on drums, as well as Billy Sheehan of David Lee Roth, Mr. Big and others on bass.
be attending NAMM
get in touch if you would like to interview her at the show. She is
also available for phone interviews.
who yearn for the electric catharsis of loud guitars, driving
hooks, and the strength of shared
experience have a new muse in Madame
Manhattan born singer/songwriter and burgeoning rock
icon-in-the-making has weaponized the darkness, turning it into a
rallying cry for all who were ever cast aside. Songs like “Broken,”
“War You Started,” and “So
equal parts timeless sentiment, bare knuckle fury, and energized
rival the best of Modern Rock, early ‘90s emotive-grunge, and
her name suggests, Madame
charge of her own anxiety, hurt, and alienation, crushing it with
sheer force of will, then channeling the remaining ether into
pulse-pounding anthems, instantly connecting with anyone who has
acolyte of heartfelt melody from a young age, the classically trained
singer, pianist, and guitarist studied at the Manhattan School of
Music and Frost School of Music at the University of Miami. Broadway
may have beckoned, but the pull of hard rock was stronger. Pairing
her well heeled chops and personal theatricality with raw sonic force
Madame Mayhem quickly commanded attention from iHeart
Radio, VH1’s That Metal Show and
a powerhouse team of luminaries from the rock world.
shared stages with Sevendust,
Memphis May Fire, Fozzy,
three exceedingly well-received albums – Ready
for Me (2017), Now You Know (2015), and White
Noise (2012) – Madame
“Satchel” Parrish (Steel Panther), Corey Lowery (Stuck Mojo), Ron
“Bumblefoot” Thal (ex-Guns N’ Roses), and Troy
McLawhorn (Evanescence) to
name just a few.
Her music has taken her into some of the world’s best-known venues, like B.B. King Blues Club in New York, The Roxy in Hollywood, and a Grammy week stint at Nashville’s Bluebird Café, to name just a few. Loudwire premiered her “Ready for Me” music video. She’s garnered very positive press in Revolver and Guitar World. The buzz has spread overseas as well, demonstrated by profiles in long-running tastemaker publications like Rock Hard, Aardschok, and Metal Hammer magazine.
As the fashion press observed, the look is the medium and the music is the message. The self-expression inherent in goth and glam are just more colors on Madame Mayhem’s artistic palette. Black eyeliner and black leather; pink lips and sharp spikes; it’s part of an arsenal as timeless as the New York Dolls or The Runaways.
There’s no escaping the darkness. Life is full of unpleasant surprises. Real and imagined disasters, from outside forces and from within, threaten at every turn. But those who learn to control and command the chaos will triumph. This rock n’ roll badass invites each audience to become the Madame of their own Mayhem. As ASX declared, “She’s aggressive, outrageous, and operatic… And she’s ready for you.”
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ROCK INTO SPRING EVENT ANNOUNCED!
M Resort Spa Casino partnered with Gangster have announced that Heineken, FIJI Water and Findlay Chevrolet have been added to the list of sponsors for Rock Into Spring, a three-day rock n’ roll music festival taking place April 28 – 30, 2017 at M Resort’s pool. In addition, famed rockers Buckcherry and Adelita
Heineken, the world’s most international brewer has signed on to sponsor the three-day pool party with their legendary brand of beer. Local Chevy dealership Findlay Chevrolet will be giving away a brand new car on Sunday, April 30th during the event.
Shakespeare Vodka, No Cover Magazine, Presidential Limousine, SB Craft Jerky and Fest Pop have also come on board to be part of this extraordinary experience.
Other band additions include: Never Say Die, Alive in Barcelona, State of Mine and contest winner Reclaim the Sky.
Howard Weiss, M Resort’s Vice President of Entertainment, Daylife and Nightlife, commented “We are very excited to partner up with Gangster on this venture that is sure to be a huge success. The Rock Into Spring Festival is a great example of the new level of entertainment that M Resort plans to bring to our stunning property.”
Chris Crane, CEO of Gangster, commented, “We are so proud and excited to be hosting Rock Into Spring at M Resort. The resort offers a phenomenal festival ground, pool areas and amenities.”
The festival is hosted by Cranked Up Live, Yourlisten.com, The Rocking Comedy Show and Radio Vegas Rocks and will feature live performances from over 18 bands, including: Art of Anarchy, Sick Puppies, Trapt, DJ Lethal from Limp Bizkit, Alien Ant Farm, Eve To Adam, Bobaflex, 9 Electric, Another Lost Year, Shallow Side, Blacklite District, VYCES, Behind the Fallen, Artifas, Lola Black, The Broken Thumbs, QUOR, Silent Theory and more.
Rock Into Spring will consist of three days of festivities, beginning on Friday, April 28 with a concert at M Pool featuring DJ Lethal, Buckcherry, DJ Josh Todd, Alien Ant Farm, 9Electric, Never Say Die, State of Mine, Reclaim the Sky and much more.
Rock Into Spring will also have 20 Top Tattoo Artists on deck that you can set up appointments with during the event including: Ink Master’s Randy Vollink, James Francis, Cleen Rock One, and King Rock, as well as MTV’s Drama Diablo plus many more.
This is a 21 and over event. Valid state or federal ID is required for entry.
Tickets are on sale now at: https://www.ticketfly.com/purchase/event/1429987?utm_medium=bks
VIP Packages are available and feature access to the main M Pool and DayDream, the Pool Club at M Resort:http://rockintospring.com/vip-experience/.
For Sponsorship Opportunities and/or if you would like to be a food or merch vendor at Rock Into Spring, please visit http://rockintospring.com/contact/ for the appropriate applications and contact information.
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ABOUT M RESORT SPA CASINO
M Resort Spa Casino is a Forbes Travel Guide Four Star-rated resort located on more than 90 acres at 12300 Las Vegas Blvd. S. on the southeast corner of St. Rose Parkway and Las Vegas Boulevard. Situated higher in elevation than other resort-casinos on the Las Vegas Strip, M Resort provides optimal views of the world-famous Las Vegas skyline from its guest rooms, suites, conference center and restaurants. The resort offers 390 guest rooms and suites, over 92,000 square feet of gaming, multiple restaurants and bars, more than 92,000 square feet of meeting and conference space, a state-of-the-art spa and fitness center and a 100,000 square foot events piazza. M Resort is operated by Penn National Gaming, Inc.
FATES WARNING - New studio album "Theories Of Flight" announced; Artwork unveiled!
U.S. Progressive Metal pioneers FATES WARNING have announced a worldwide release date of July 1st, 2016 for their much anticipated 12th studio album via InsideOutMusic.
FATES WARNING's new album is entitled "Theories Of Flight" and comes packaged with unique artwork (which can be seen above!) created by Michigan artist Graceann Warn / www.graceannwarn.com
FATES WARNING guitarist and main composer Jim Matheos comments about the title and the artwork for the "Theories Of Flight" album as follows: "The working title for the album was "The Ghosts Of Home"' and the song with that name was first called "Home Again". When I started searching for artwork I came across the piece that's now the cover and it was called "Theories Of Flight". In fact, the title you see on the cover is part of the original art, not something we added. There's a loose theme running through a lot of the lyrics, and this developed organically and separately, where Ray and I are often writing about various uprooting, escapes....flights. So I was immediately drawn to that phrase as being a better description of what some of the songs are about."
The tracklisting for "Theories Of Flight" reads as follows:
FATES WARNING - Theories Of Flight
1. From The Rooftops
2. Seven Stars
4. The Light And Shade Of Things
5. White Flag
6. Like Stars Our Eyes Have Seen
7. The Ghosts Of Home
8. Theories Of Flight
A limited 2CD version of the album (and also its 2LP) will include an acoustic bonus-disc with the following tracks:
2. Seven Stars
3. Another Perfect Day
4. Pray Your Gods (Toad The Wet Sprocket cover)
5. Adela (Joaquin Rodrigo)
6. Rain (Uriah Heep cover)
Performed by the core line-up that returned to form with 2013's acclaimed "Darkness In A Different Light" release (Guitarist Jim Matheos, vocalist Ray Alder, bassist Joey Vera, and drummer Bobby Jarzombek),"Theories Of Flight" was produced by Jim Matheos and mixed/mastered by Jens Bogren at Fascination Street Studios (Opeth, Symphony X, Haken, etc.).
In related live-news, FATES WARNING are about to perform two special 30th anniversary-shows for their classic "Awaken The Guardian" album.
These live-appearances in the original album line-up (featuring John Arch on vocals) will take place at the sold-out Keep It True festival in Germany / www.keep-it-true.de on April 29-30th and at the sold-out ProgPower USA festival / www.progpowerusa.com on September 9-10th.
FATES WARNING Line-Up 2016:
Ray Alder - Vocals
Jim Matheos - Guitars
Joey Vera - Bass
Bobby Jarzombek - Drums
This Month INCITE (Featuring Richie Cavalera - Son of Heavy Metal Royalty, Max Cavalera) Will Perform In Your State!
Beginning on April 27th in Las Vegas, NV, the tour will hit 17 cities before coming to an end in San Diego, CA on June 18th (the tour package takes a break mid-May). See below for all upcoming tour dates.
NIGHT DEMON announce "Final Curse Tour" with VISIGOTH & AGAINST THE GRAIN
ENTOMBED A.D. new album 'Dead Dawn' out now
Nico Elgstrand - Guitars
Olle Dahlstedt - Drums
Victor Brandt - Bass
SHATTERED SUN Announces 'Texas Ragers' Tour Dates with Darkness Divided
Debut Album Hope Within Hatred Out Now via Victory Records
Get Your Copy at iTunes | Amazon Music | FYE | Hastings
Modern metal trailblazers SHATTERED SUN are kicking off 2016 with a tour of their home-state and surrounding cities, joined by Victory Records labelmates Darkness Divided. Dubbed the "Texas Ragers" tour, the run will begin in Houston, TX on February 25th and will hit seven Texas cities, two New Mexico cities, and Shreveport, LA, coming to a close on March 5th. See below for a full listing of tour dates.
"This tour has been in the making since we first signed to Victory Records," states vocalist Marcos Leal. "Now we are excited to announce we will be hitting the road with our label mates and South Texas neighbors Darkness Divided! We will be destroying every major market in Texas, New Mexico and stopping in Louisiana, so come out and slam some beers with us in the pit!"
SHATTERED SUN "Texas Ragers" Tour Dates:
2/25 - Houston, TX @ The White Swan
2/26 - San Antonio, TX @ The Korova
2/27 - Corpus Christi, TX @ Theo's
2/28 - Shreveport, LA @ H&H Lounge
2/29 - Austin, TX @ Dirty Dog Bar
3/2 - El Paso, TX @ Mesa Music Hall
3/3 - Roswell, NM @ The Unity Center
3/4 - Albuquerque, NM @ The Co-op
3/5 - Abilene, TX @ The Solution
3/6 - Fort Worth, TX @ Tomcats West
SHATTERED SUN's recently released Victory Records debut, Hope Within Hatred, is available now in-stores, online at iTunes, Amazon Music, FYE, Hastings, and wherever digital music is sold. Hope Within Hatred debuted at #1 on the CMJ Loud Rock charts, as well as within the Top 20 on the iTunes Metal chart and Top 50 on the Billboard Heatseekers chart.Check out the band's recently released live-action video for the track "Waging War" here:https://youtu.be/Ab2x0KNN5_A
SHATTERED SUN is:
Marcos Leal - Vocals
Daniel Trejo - Guitar
Jessie Santos - Guitar
Joseph Guajardo - Bass
Instagram : @josephshattered1
Robert Garza - Drums
Henry Garza - Keys/Samples
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Max Cavalera appears with teenage band Ironkill at Alice Cooper Teen Center
Max Cavalera appears with teenage band Ironkill at Alice Cooper Teen Center
By Phoenix Romero
The Alice Cooper’s Solid Rock teen center is described by Alice himself as “A creative sanctuary for teens, allowing them to build confidence and discover their passion through music, dance, self-expression and creativity”. Unfortunately now is a time where public schools are cutting funding for empowering programs like music and dance, The Rock cultivates a love of the arts to inspire teens to embrace artistic excellence and avoid drugs, guns, and gangs. It was through Alice’s Solid Rock Teen Center, when 5 young guys in a band called Ironkill tried out for Christmas pudding contest of 2013 and 2014, that they met their coach and mentor Court Stumpf. Court Stumpf just happens to be the guitarist of the band Co-op headed by Alice’s son Dash Cooper.
Those five young men of Ironkill are; Michael Montana (guitarist age 17), Reilly Mikus (guitarist age 16), Hayden Fiedler (bass age 17), Steven Montana (drums age 14), or Joel Rodriguez (vocals age 16). How could they have known that being involved with The Rock and working with Court would one day lead to them actually playing on stage with the legendary Max Cavlera, their idol? Ironkill was quoted as saying” Court approached us at our weekly practice and told us that Max Cavalera would be playing the opening night of the pudding competition and needed a band. Court felt we were the best choice because of our playing ability and style of metal that we play. He also knew we had been HUGE fans of Max’s for many years! We also know Randy Spencer at the teen center was a big part of arranging this great opportunity for us.” During the evening Ironkill played a total of five songs with Max, ranging from Soulfly to AC/DC to Pantera. Remember you heard it here first; Ironkill kicked some major METAL ass. There was even a mosh pit right in the middle of the center.
Alice himself, broke away from the Motley Crue tour, to be on hand to kick off the evening by further defining the vision he and his wife Sheryl have for their faith based organization citing that their primary mission is to make an everlasting difference in the lives of teens by helping them meet the spiritual, economical, physical, and social needs of at-risk teens (we believe all teens are at risk) in the community by offering a safe, engaging environment during non-school hours a time when they are most vulnerable to drugs, violence, and gangs. Here are just a few staggering facts: 135 children take a gun to school every day in the United States, 1640 children died in 2012 of neglect or abuse, 50% of teens in shelters said their parent told them to go away, and the most shocking statistic of all suicide is the 3rd leading cause of death in the United States in teens between 15 and 24 years old.
After playing with Ironkill to a tremendously packed teen center, Max graciously did and question and answer session with Court Stumpf. As I looked around the room I saw the kids listening intensely as Max spoke of what it was like to grow up in Brazil. He told stories of his childhood, and what it was like to work to be an aspiring metal artist in the Brazilian culture and the difference of the music industry in America.
When the question and answer session was over, Max made his way into the audience, he spoke to and took pictures with every single person in the entire building, including me( see below) He did not rush anyone he patiently stood and engaged in conversation with all of the teens, that adore him, perhaps the next generation of the tribe.
In fact by the time Max actually began to make his way out, the chairs were literally being folded up and put away, the stage set was being torn down, the hall was slowly emptying out completely. There is no “Elvis has left the building” when it comes to Max and meeting his fans. He is as loyal and dedicated to ‘The Soulfy Tribe” as they are to him.”Read
HAVOK announces new bassist; North American tour dates
HAVOK announces new bassist; North American tour dates
Denver, Colorado thrash maniacs HAVOK have announced the addition of bassist Nick Schendzielos (Job For A Cowboy, Cephalic Carnage) after parting ways with Mike Leon. Leon, who spent two years with HAVOK and appeared on the band's 2013 release
Unnatural Selection, will be joining metal icons SOULFLY on their upcoming North American tour. HAVOK vocalist/guitarist David Sanchez comments on Mike's departure,"Mike is an amazing musician and rock-solid performer! I would like to thank him for lending his talent to the band for two years. I will always love the music he writes and appreciate his abilities."
The newly indoctrinated Schendzielos will record bass on HAVOK's upcoming fourth studio album and take part in the band's upcoming North American headlining tour. The bassist said this about joining the band, "I'm incredibly excited to be working with Havok. Been friends with the dudes forever, always have a blast with 'em, and now I get to thrash with 'em! I have big shoes to fill...Mike is a really, really solid player, but I think my playing style will mix in really well and fans will dig it. The new music is by far the coolest Havok I've ever heard. Can't wait to release it!"
"Nick's skills are documented, go check it out yourselves. He's a guy that's well respected amongst our peers and loved by his friends and band mates. It was an obvious choice to get him for the record and upcoming tour," said lead guitarist Reece Scruggs of his new bandmate.
With work on the new album, their first on Century Media Records, nearing completion, HAVOK is gearing up for a massive North American headlining tour. The month long trek will see HAVOK performing material off the as-of-yet-untitled album so fans will get an early preview of what promises to be the band's most intense effort to date. HAVOK will be joined by a rotating lineup of support acts, which include BLACK BREATH, WITCHAVEN, PSYCHOSOMATIC, BLACK FAST and EXTINCTION A.D. David Sanchez comments, "This tour is full of neck-wreckers and we're proud to have such heavy bands sharing the road with us. Every band on this tour absolutely kills live. For fans of real metal, this tour is not to be missed."
Thrash Legends EXODUS to Support KING DIAMOND on Upcoming “Abigail In Concert 2015” U.S. Tour
Thrash metal giants EXODUS are very pleased to announce their upcoming support of headliners King Diamond on their forthcoming “Abigail In Concert 2015” U.S. tour. The tour begins in Denver, CO on October 29th and tours throughout the contingent states, coming to a close in Dallas, TX on December 5th. This tour will feature King Diamond performing their classic 1987 album Abigail in its entirety each night. The general on sale for tickets begins this Friday, August 7th at 10am ET – don’t miss this rare experience!
EXODUS vocalist Steve “Zetro” Souza states, “EXODUS is truly honored, excited and flattered to share the stage with King Diamond, and his amazingly talented band! I remember in ’86, we performed some shows together and they were everything you’d expect a King Diamond and EXODUS show to be! Don’t miss this – it’s going to be epic!”
U.S Tour Dates - EXODUS w/ Headliners KING DIAMOND:
10/29 Denver, CO @ The Fillmore
10/31 Salt Lake City, UT @ The Complex
11/02 San Francisco, CA @ The Warfield
11/05 Los Angeles, CA @ The Wiltern
11/08 Tucson, AZ @ The Rialto Theatre
11/09 Las Vegas, NV @ House of Blues
11/13 San Antonio, TX @ The Aztec Theatre
11/15 New Orleans, LA @ The Civic Auditorium
11/16 Atlanta, GA @ The Tabernacle
11/21 New York, NY @ Best Buy Theatre
11/24 Boston, MA @ Orpheum Theater
11/25 Philadelphia, PA @ The Fillmore
11/27 Chicago, IL @ Aragon Ballroom
11/28 Detroit, MI @ The Fillmore
11/30 Minneapolis, MN @ Myth Live
12/02 Tulsa, OK @ Club Brady
12/04 Houston, TX @ House of Blues
12/05 Dallas, TX @ House of Blues
Next month, EXODUS will take part in the Motörhead's Motörboat Cruise, departing from Miami, FL on September 28th. Motörhead's Motörboat offers guests a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to share an experience with their favorite bands and to see unforgettable performances on various stages throughout the ship and on the island of Great Stirrup Cay. The full lineup for Motörhead's Motörboat is as follows: Slayer, Motörhead, Anthrax, Suicidal Tendencies, Hatebreed, Exodus, Corrosion of Conformity, Phil Campbell’s All Starr Band, Crobot, Motor Sister, KYNG, Brian Posehn, Fireball Ministry, Huntress, Big Jay Oakerson, The Shrine, Others, No Words, Budderside, Sonia Harley, and The Dead Deads. Visitwww.MotorheadCruise.com to reserve a stateroom.
EXODUS also just announced their upcoming performance at Inferno Festival, taking place on Wednesday, March 23, 2016 in Oslo, Norway. Please visit this link for more information and go here to purchase tickets.
This year, thrash architects EXODUS celebrate 30 years since the release of their first album, thrash metal’s classic blueprint Bonded By Blood. Keeping with that tradition, EXODUS was joined by their original guitarist,Metallica’s Kirk Hammett, on their most recent release Blood In, Blood Out (2014). In its first week, Blood In, Blood Out doubled the first week sales of their most previous full-length release, in addition to securing their highest charting position ever – #38 on the Billboard Top 200 Albums chart, as well as #2 on the Hard Rock/Metal chart and #6 on the Independent Albums chart. Blood In, Blood Out gained a strong foothold in European countries by topping several first-week international charts, as well as landing at #6 on Canada’s Hard Music chart. Order the dual-disc Blood In, Blood Out digi-pak from http://smarturl.it/EXODUS-Blood.
“Blood In, Blood Out” is the latest video by EXODUS.
Visit EXODUS online at www.EXODUSATTACK.com.
Flotsam and Jetsam announce US East Coast Dates and second leg of 2015 European Tour
Flotsam and Jetsam announce US East Coast Dates and second leg of 2015 European Tour.
Fresh off of their recent “No Place On Tour 2015” EU run, the legendary Flotsam & Jetsam will headline a string of Northeastern U.S. dates! Five of these dates, July 8-12, will feature direct support from their friends, Connecticut natives DEAD BY WEDNESDAY . The mini run begins at Lost Horizon in Syracuse, New York and visits other areas of New York, Massachusetts, and Connecticut (AxeFest 2015). See below for a full listing of dates, brought to you by Mindsnap Music, Tru Entertainment & promotions, & Hatewear Inc.
DEAD BY WEDNESDAY Tour Dates w/ Flotsam & Jetsam:
Wed. 7/8 - Lost Horizon, Syracuse, NY
Thurs. 7/9 - The Chance Theater, Poughkeepsie, NY
Fri. 7/10 - Maximum Capacity, Chicopee, MA
Sat. 7/11 - City Limits, Waterbury, CT - AXEFEST 2015
Sun. 7/12 - The Blackthorn 51, Queens, NY
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Immediately following the US dates will be another trip back to the EU for another round of headline shows, some shows with Death Angel, some shows with DeathDealer and more summer festivals including Bang Your Head and Headbanger's Open Air.
Dates are listed here........
* - festival dates
16-7 NL Naxt Stage, Almelo
17-7 DE Bang Your Head Festival, Balingen
18-7 GR Chania Rock Fest, Chania/Crete
19-7 BE Verlichte Geest, Roeselare (w. Death Dealer)
22-7 DE Bastard Club, Osnabruck (w. Death Dealer)
23-7 DE Eventhalle Westpark, Ingolstadt
24-7 DE Headbangers Open Air, Brande-Hornerkirchen
25-7 DE Club From Hell, Erfurt
26-7 DK KB18, Copenhagen (w/ Death Angel)
27-7 NO Revolver, Oslo (w/ Death Angel)
28-7 SE Sticky Fingers, Gothenburg (w
/ Death Angel)
29-7 SE Debaser Medis, Stockholm (w/ Death Angel)
31-7 NL Dicky Woodstock Festival, Steenwijk
01-8 NL Little Devil, Tilburg
a full concert from their latest trip to Greece can be found right here....
Upon returning from Europe, the band will continue to work on their latest album, which should be out by year's end”Read
SOILWORK Welcomes New Bassist Markus Wibom, Formerly of HEARTS ALIVE
New Album “The Ride Majestic” Out August 28, 2015 via Nuclear Blast Records
Touring in the US and EU this Year – Performing at Bangalore Open Air 2016
Photo © Hannah Verbeuren – www.hannahvphotography.com
Sweden-based melodic death metal experts SOILWORK will release their forthcoming 10th studio album, The Ride Majestic, worldwide on August 28, 2015 via Nuclear Blast Records. The Ride Majestic will be available in various formats (CD, Vinyl, TS/CD Bundle) - pre-order your copy here:http://nblast.de/SOILWORKMajesticNB
As of this new album cycle, SOILWORK is joined by new bassist Markus Wibom, formerly of Helsingborg hardcore group Hearts Alive. Wibom replaces longtime band member Ola Flink, who has amicably left the group to focus on other endeavors. Wibom has been a personal friend of the band for many years and has previously toured with SOILWORK as a guitar tech and lighting designer. Wibom made his live debut withSOILWORK in Stockholm on April 30th.
SOILWORK vocalist Bjorn “Speed” Strid states, “We all sooner or later come to a crossroad in our lives, when our focus of being fueled by the past, is just as strong as our visions of the future and we have to make that incredibly hard decision. Where do I go now? Flink will forever be a symbol for SOILWORKand of all we were and still are about. That being said, we all could sense that he eventually would come to the above mentioned crossroad. He understandably and respectfully chose to step down.
So, where do WE go now? Let me introduce you to one of the finest and most stand up people I know: Markus Wibom. He's been a long-time friend and is an overall multi-instrumental amazing musician. He's been with us before, on past world tours. He's also an amazing character and I couldn't think of a better person to fill Flink's shoes, which indeed are very big… literally (Markus’ shoe size is actually even bigger, if anybody wants to know). Anyway, as much as I will miss Flink, I'm just as excited to tour the world with one of my absolute best friends. Thank you Flink, you will forever rule. Thank you, Markus, for taking this on. I know you will blow people's minds, once the world tour of The Ride Majesticcommences. Please give Markus a very warm welcome everyone!”
Wibom adds, “It's a great honor and a true pleasure to play with such skilled musicians and amazing people! It's going to be awesome to share the stage with those guys after all these years on the road together, and with the new record coming up - it absolutely kills!”
Catch Wibom out on tour with SOILWORK on their upcoming European headline tour, dubbed the “The Tour Majestic”, with support from Hatesphere. The European dates will follow SOILWORK’s upcoming U.S. tour with Soulfly, Decapitated, and Shattered Sun, in addition to several European summer festival dates coming up soon.
SOILWORK is also pleased to announce that they have already been confirmed for next year’s Bangalore Open Air Festival in Bangalore, India. The band will perform on July 9, 2016. Visit http://bangaloreopenair.com/ for more info.
EUROPE – Upcoming Summer Festival dates
7/25/2015 Essen, Germany @ Nord Open Air
7/30/2015 Szekesfehervar, Hungary @ Fezen Festival
8/1/2015 Bollnäs, Sweden @ Karlslundsfestivalen
8/7/2015 Mikkeli, Finland @ Jurassic Rock Festival
8/21/2015 Geneva, Switzerland @ Octopode Festival
EUROPE – Upcoming Headline Tour w/ HATESPHERE
11/27/2015 Malmö, Sweden @ KB
11/28/2015 Herford, Germany @ X-Herford
11/29/2015 Lyss, Switzerland @ Kufa
11/30/2015 Sion, Switzerland @ Le Port Franc
12/1/2015 Brescia, Italy @ Colony Club
12/2/2015 Munich, Germany @ Backstage Halle
12/3/2015 Wiesbaden, Germany @ Schlachthof
12/4/2015 Leipzig, Germany @ Hellraiser
12/5/2015 Czech Rep. @ Winter Basinfire Fest
12/6/2015 Berlin, Germany @ Bi Nuu
12/7/2015 Hamburg, Germany @ Logo
12/8/2015 Koln, Germany @ Luxor
12/10/2015 Tillburg, Netherlands @ 013
12/11/2015 Vooselaar, Belgium @ Biebob
12/12/2015 Metz, France @ Les Trinitaires
12/13/2015 Dunkerque, France @ Les 4 ecluses
12/14/2015 Paris, France @ Trabendo
12/15/2015 Rennes, France @ Antipode
12/16/2015 Bordeaux, France @ Rocher de Palmer
12/17/2015 Blois, France @ Le Chato'do
12/18/2015 Limoges, France @ CC John Lennon
12/19/2015 Lyon, France @ CCO
UNITED STATES - “We Sold Our Souls to Metal” 2015 Tour
For more info and tickets visit www.soulfly.com
SOULFLY, SOILWORK, DECAPITATED, SHATTERED SUN
09/30/2015 Los Angeles, CA - Fonda Theater
10/01/2015 San Francisco, CA - Regency Ballroom
10/02/2015 Portland, OR - Hawthorne Theater
10/03/2015 Seattle, WA - Studio Seven
10/04/2015 Vancouver, BC - Rickshaw Theatre
10/06/2015 Kelowna, BC - Level Nightclub
10/07/2015 Edmonton, AB - Starlite Room
10/08/2015 Saskatoon, SK - O'Brian's Event Centre
10/09/2015 Winnipeg, MB - Park Theatre
10/10/2015 Minneapolis, MN - Amsterdam
10/11/2015 Joliet, IL - Mojoes
10/12/2015 Des Moines, IA - Val Air Ballroom
10/13/2015 Cleveland, OH - Agora Theater
10/14/2015 Toronto, ON - Opera House
10/15/2015 Montreal, QC - Corona Theater
10/18/2015 Columbus, OH - Northland Performing Arts Center
10/19/2015 Pontiac, MI - Crofoot Ballroom
10/20/2015 New York, NY - Gramercy Theater
10/21/2015 Baltimore, MD - Ottobar
10/22/2015 Knoxville, TN - The International
10/23/2015 Atlanta, GA - Masquerade
10/24/2015 Ft Lauderdale, FL - Culture Room
10/25/2015 St Petersburg, FL - State Theater
10/27/2015 Houston, TX - Scout Bar
10/28/2015 Austin, TX - Empire Control Room
10/29/2015 Dallas, TX - Gas Monkey
10/30/2015 Albuquerque, NM - Sunshine Theater
Swedish metal eminence SOILWORK were spawned in Helsingborg, in 1995. Following two highly acclaimed albums Steel Bath Suicide (1998) and The Chainheart Machine (1999) on Listenable Records,SOILWORK joined the Nuclear Blast roster in 2001. The band’s unique blend of melodic metal developed at a staggering rate as they released a new bombshell each year; touring aggressively throughout North America, Europe, Australia, and Japan. Some of the highlights included Ozzfest alongside headliners BLACK SABBATH and IRON MAIDEN and an arena tour with LAMB OF GOD and KILLSWITCH ENGAGE. Their latest release, The Living Infinite, is the first double album in melodic death metal history! Adventurous yet true to the band’s identity, this Jens Bogren-produced (OPETH, AMON AMARTH), twenty-song powerhouse is the ultimate proof that SOILWORK are true masters of their art and as relevant as ever!
Visit SOILWORK online at www.soilwork.net.
2015 "Metal Alliance Tour" cancelled; DEICIDE continues trek as a headlining run
2015 "Metal Alliance Tour" cancelled; DEICIDE continues trek as a headlining run
Due to unforeseen financial issues, Continental Concerts and the "Metal Alliance Tour" regret to announce that the 2015 "Metal Alliance Tour" has been cancelled. However, the remaining dates will continue on as a DEICIDE headlining run, featuring special guests as support (ENTOMBED A.D. is not on the bill due to the aforementioned issues). See below for all upcoming dates.
DEICIDE USA headlining tour dates
June 11 - Las Vegas, NV @ LVCS
June 12 - Mesa, AZ @ Club Red
June 13 - El Paso, TX @ Mesa Music Hall
June 14 - Lubbock, TX @ Depot "O" Bar Live
June 15 - Austin, TX @ Empire Garage
June 16 - Dallas, TX @ Gas Monkey Live!
June 18 - New York, NY @ Gramercy Theater
June 19 - Baltimore, MD @ Ottobar
June 20 - Charlotte, NC @ Tremont Music Hall
From his anti-god lyrics and Satanist labeling, Glen Benton has managed to lead DEICIDE through 11 albums over the past 25 years, and they have been a staple death metal band from the early years of the genre. Their latest album, In The Minds Of Evil, came out in late 2013 via Century Media to critical acclaim. For a preview of In The Minds Of Evil, fans can check out the video for "End the Wrath of God" below.
LAMB OF GOD to Release New Album “VII: Sturm Und Drang” – Available Worldwide July 2015 via Epic Records
LAMB OF GOD to Release New Album “VII: Sturm Und Drang” – Available Worldwide July 2015 via Epic Records
Stream New Track “Still Echoes” Now via www.lamb-of-god.com
Cover Art: Art Direction by K3n Adams (www.k3n.com)
Grammy-nominated, chart-topping Richmond, VA based heavy rock band LAMB OF GOD will release their highly-anticipated seventh full-length album, VII: Sturm Und Drang, worldwide this July via Epic Records. Today, after weeks of hinting at fans about the imminent release, the band is unleashing a brand new track, “Still Echoes”, via www.lamb-of-god.com.
LAMB OF GOD’s last album, the 2012 Grammy-nominated Resolution, debuted at #3 on the US Billboard Top 200, #1 on the US Top Hard Rock and Rock Album charts, #2 on the Canadian albums chart, and #3 on the Australian albums chart.
“Still Echoes” will be available via all digital retailers and streaming services beginning Monday, May 18th.
LAMB OF GOD frontman Randy Blythe states, “The time has come to give the fans their first taste of the new LAMB OF GOD album. This is a very, very dark, yet sonically highly varied, record. As it's always good to come out of the gate hard with a fast and aggressive one, we chose this track "Still Echoes" to kick it off. Enjoy/destroy.”
Several exclusive VII: Sturm Und Drang pre-order bundles are available now via http://smarturl.it/vii-preorder. Make sure to stay tuned for more VII: Sturm Und Drang clips, tracks, and videos… coming soon.
VII: Sturm Und Drang is once again produced and mixed by Josh Wilbur with engineering by Wilbur, Nick Rowe, and Kyle McAulay, and was recorded at NRG Recording Studios in North Hollywood, CA and Suburban Soul Studios in Torrance, CA.
Catch LAMB OF GOD on tour this summer with Slipknot, Bullet For My Valentine and Motionless In White:
NORTH AMERICAN TOUR:
LAMB OF GOD W/ Slipknot, Bullet For My Valentine & Motionless In White
7/24 - West Palm Beach, FL @ Cruzan Amphitheatre
7/25 - Tampa, FL @ MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre
7/26 - Atlanta, GA @ Aaron’s Amphitheatre at Lakewood
7/28 - Detroit, MI @ DTE Energy MusicTheatre
7/29 - Darien Center, NY @ Darien Lake Performing Arts Center
7/31 - Saratoga Springs, NY @ Saratoga Performing Arts Center
8/1 - Wantagh, NY @ Nikon at Jones Beach Theater
8/2 - Hartford, CT @ XFINITY Theatre
8/4 - Boston, MA @ XFINITY Center
8/5 - Holmdel, NJ @ PNC Bank Arts Center
8/6 - Pittsburgh, PA @ First Niagara Pavilion
8/8 - Toronto, ON @ Molson Canadian Amphitheatre
8/9 - Montreal, QC @ Parc Jean-Drapeau - Heavy Montreal
8/11 - Washington, DC @ Jiffy Lube Live
8/12 - Virginia Beach, VA @ Farm Bureau Live at Virginia Beach
8/14 - Indianapolis, IN @ Klipsch Music Center
8/15 - Chicago, IL @ First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre
8/16 - St. Louis, MO @ Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
8/19 - Denver, CO @ Red Rocks Amphitheatre
8/21 - Salt Lake City, UT @ USANA Amphitheatre
8/23 - Auburn, WA @ White River Amphitheater
8/24 - Vancouver, BC @ Rogers Arena
8/26 - Concord, CA @ Concord Pavilion
8/28 - Las Vegas, NV @ MGM Resort Festival Grounds
8/29 - Phoenix, AZ @ AK-Chin Pavilion
8/30 - Albuquerque, NM @ Isleta Amphitheater
9/2 - Austin, TX @ Austin360 Amphitheater
9/4 - Houston, TX @ The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
9/5 - Dallas, TX @ Gexa Energy Pavilion”Read
American 80's heavy metal power trio THE RODS have announced the release of their brand new single "Smoke on the Horizon", featuring BENEDICTUM vocalist Veronica Freeman "The V".
"Smoke on the Horizon" will be available for purchase worldwide via itunes and all digital media outlets on May 14, 2015.
The Rods band members and The V have released the following statements on the joining of forces for this new recording project and upcoming tour dates:
(Guitarist David "Rock" Feinstein) - Garry had let Carl and I know that he had made friends with Veronica some months ago. After a while he began playing her recordings for us, and we knew after hearing them, that she had a very good voice. Her original music is very good, but quite different than the traditional RODS style, and her voice is powerful with a true "Heavy Metal" edge to it. Soon Garry suggested that maybe she could come and sit in with us to sing a couple of songs. She had already been doing some DIO covers, so we thought that would be a perfect fit. We have a great time playing the DIO songs, and Veronica does an excellent job of singing them. A guest performer is something different for us, but so far it has been great fun, and I think the fans will really love it.
(Drummer / Producer - Carl Canedy) - Veronica Freeman has a truly powerful voice! After a killer warm-up show with her in Auburn, NY, it struck me that it would be a shame to not document this merging of talents with a studio recording. David's song, Smoke on the Horizon, seemed like a perfect fit. We were able to record this song very quickly during Veronica's visit and I think the fans will be surprised and pleased with the outcome. The "V" will also be joining The Rods for their European dates performing a set of Classic Dio and Black Sabbath songs.
(Bassist Garry Bordonaro) - I met Veronica “The V” Freeman through friends, musical connections. During a trip to Phoenix to visit family, I asked her to meet me at a Y&T show. Unfortunately, because of some communication snafus (my fault), she went to the show and I didn’t. The exchanges following that regrettable incident convinced me that she and I had a lot to talk about. On later visits we did meet and spent some time together, and had a lot of good times. We have a real friendship, and have often talked about working together on a project. After hearing early mixes of her new album, it was clear that she deserved exposure to a wider audience. We discussed having her come with us on our European dates, and Carl and Rock agreed to bring her along. We thought it would be fun working with her, and to have a female singer in front of the band, something we have not done before. We decided to play Dio songs because we all know and enjoy playing them, and really didn’t have time to work up her new material. We also put together a quick recording session for a new version of Rock’s song “Smoke On The Horizon” to document this collaboration and get her on the news pages. I think Rods fans and Benedictum fans will have a blast seeing her perform with us, and will really like her new material when it’s released this summer. At least we are going to have a lot of fun doing it!
(Vocalist Veronica Freeman "The V") - After having met Garry in person I knew I had a friend for life! We clicked on a lot of levels. I felt comfortable enough to share some of the solo material with him and was blown away by his reaction.
The series of events that followed have been exciting and rather unbelievable for me. Next thing you know I am meeting the entire band for the first time, doing photo shoots and then bam, in the studio to record “Smoke on the Horizon” then a show and soon we head out for some shows in Europe! It was like a mini whirlwind and I survived it lol.Now we go to Europe and I am beyond excited. The guys are great and things just seem to be falling into place. I love it!
The Rods will feature a guest performance from BENEDICTUM vocalist Veronica Freeman, ("The V") during selective upcoming European shows.
European shows featuring "The V".
May 23 - Heavy Sound Festival - Poperinge, Belgium - ++
May 25 - Sounds - Lubeck, Germany - ++
May 28 - Muskelrock Festival, Tyrolen, Sweden - ++
The Rods will be on the road promoting their latest single as well as performing classic songs from their entire album catalog.
Video - The Rods featuring Benedictum's Veronica Freeman- The Mob Rules/Heaven And Hell/Stand Up And Shout
For the latest news, visit both The Rods and Benedictum official websites.”Read