LINKIN PARK Music Streams, Sales Soar After Death Of CHESTER BENNINGTON
According to, LINKIN PARK's music was streamed more than seven times more in the U.S. on the day of singer Chester Bennington's death as compared to the day before he committed suicide. In total, there were 12.6 million on-demand audio streams of the band's catalog of songs on July 20, versus 1.5 million a day earlier. Among the most streamed tracks on July 20 were "In The End" (923,000 streams, up from 107,000 a day earlier, "Numb" (740,000 streams), "Heavy" (684,000 streams), "One Step Closer" (480,000 streams) and "Crawling" (439,000 streams). also reported that LINKIN PARK's music sales grew 5,332 percent following Bennington's passing. In total, the act's albums and songs sold 111,000 copies on July 20, versus 2,000 the day before. In the two days since Chester's death, fans shared their favorite music lyrics, photos of Bennington and some even posted pictures of their LINKIN PARK memorabilia and photos with the late singer.
SONY MUSIC And EXPERIENCE HENDRIX Announce Renewal Of Licensing Agreement For JIMI HENDRIX Catalog
Sony Music Entertainment and Experience Hendrix L.L.C. have agreed to renew their historic licensing partnership — first announced in 2009 — which covers the ongoing curation and distribution of the Jimi Hendrix catalog and archives, making the artist's music and film materials available to fans around the world across all media formats and platforms. The Jimi Hendrix catalog and archives encompass the recordings made by the guitarist/singer/composer during the meteoric four-year period (c. 1966-1970) across which the artist evolved from a little known itinerant sideman to such R&B legends as Little Richard and THE ISLEY BROTHERS into an international icon and archetypal pop-rock superstar, a visionary genius and force of nature whose effect on music, fashion and culture is still palpable fifty years after "Are You Experienced" changed how the world hears music. In addition to the groundbreaking albums and singles released during his lifetime, the Jimi Hendrix catalog has since been expanded to include definitive presentations of legendary live performances at such historic events as the Monterey Pop Festival and Woodstock, recordings made for the BBC, and the many extraordinary studio recordings he made at Electric Lady Studios, his state-of-the-art Greenwich Village recording facility. Led by Experience Hendrix L.L.C. president/CEO and catalog director/producer John McDermott, audio-visual titles such as the Grammy Award-winning "Band Of Gypsys" and the acclaimed 2014 Emmy Award-winning PBS "American Masters" documentary "Jimi Hendrix: Hear My Train A-Comin'" have helped broaden the global appreciation and understanding of Hendrix's success and continuing appeal. Since the beginning of the partnership, Legacy Recordings, SME's catalog division, and Experience Hendrix have released a range of essential Hendrix titles including definitive editions of the JIMI HENDRIX EXPERIENCE canon, "Valleys Of Neptune" (2010, 12 previously unreleased studio recordings, debuted at #4 on Billboard 200, #1 Top Hard Rock Albums, #1 Top Rock Albums, #1 Top Tastemaker Albums and earned Top Ten ranking in fifteen countries around the world), "West Coast Seattle Boy: The Jimi Hendrix Anthology", "Winterland" (live performances from the legendary San Francisco venue), "People, Hell And Angels" (2013, debuted at #2 on Billboard 200, contains 12 previously unreleased studio and featured "Somewhere"Jimi Hendrix's first #1 Billboard single — and revelatory live recordings including "Freedom: Atlanta Pop Festival" (recorded July 4, 1970 in front of Jimi's largest-ever U.S. audience, a DVD/Blu-ray edition of the performance was released as "Jimi Hendrix Experience: Electric Church" and aired on Showtime and other broadcast outlets throughout the world) as well as the debut performance of Hendrix's fabled BAND OF GYPSYS trio via "Machine Gun: The Fillmore East First Show 12/31/69". Dagger Records, Experience Hendrix's "official bootleg" division, now in its nineteenth year, will continue to offer recordings of great historical significance for deep Jimi Hendrix fans. The company continues to celebrate Hendrix's multi-generational appeal by way of their celebrated Experience Hendrix Tour. These tours that have showcased contemporary artists performing the music of Jimi Hendrix in concert to underscore the never ending vitality and inspiration of Hendrix's music. Participating artists on these tours have included Carlos Santana, Paul Rodgers, Buddy Guy, Susan Tedeschi, Jonny Lang, Eric Johnson, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Beth Hart, members of PEARL JAM, AEROSMITH, THE DOORS, LOS LOBOS and many others. The renewal of the SME/Legacy Recordings/Experience Hendrix partnership will provide additional support for the Jimi Hendrix Park Foundation, which will allow the Foundation to continue its commitment to cultural diversity and the legacy of Jimi Hendrix and his music. The Jimi Hendrix Park in Seattle celebrated its grand opening on Saturday, June 17, 2017. "Jimi's life and legacy are precious to us and, quite naturally, we could only entrust it into the hands of those who share our love and enthusiasm for his amazing work. Sony, through Legacy Recordings, has proven their dedication to preserving Jimi's life work with integrity. Being with Sony is like being at home with family. We are comfortable with our partnership and excited about the future of Jimi's catalog," said Janie Hendrix, CEO/president, Experience Hendrix L.L.C. "As a musical, social and cultural icon, Jimi Hendrix is among the most profoundly influential and important artists in the history of recorded music," said Adam Block, president, Legacy Recordings. "Sony Music and Legacy Recordings are proud and honored to continue working with Experience Hendrix to bring the sounds of Jimi Hendrix to future generations of musicians and fans. Over the course of his all-too-brief career, Jimi Hendrix altered the DNA of popular music and the effects of his presence can still be felt in the recordings he left behind. We are lucky to be able to hear and experience the power of Jimi Hendrix and his music."
Watch Quality Video Footage Of GUNS N' ROSES' Intimate Apollo Concert
GUNS N' ROSES performed at Harlem's world-famous Apollo Theater this past Thursday night (July 20) for a special invitation-only concert for SiriusXM subscribers. Quality fan-filmed video footage of the show can be seen below. The gig marked the first time that GUNS N' ROSES performed at the iconic venue. The special event, taking place before the next leg of the band's North American "Not In This Lifetime" tour, aired live nationwide on SiriusXM's Guns N' Roses Radio. The concert also aired live on Howard Stern's Howard 101 channel. The band's setlist was as follows: 01. It's So Easy 02. Mr. Brownstone 03. Welcome To The Jungle 04. Chinese Democracy 05. Double Talkin' Jive 06. Better 07. Estranged 08. Live And Let Die 09. Rocket Queen 10. You Could Be Mine 11. Can't Put Your Arms Around A Memory / A New Rose 12. This I Love 13. Civil War 14. Yesterdays 15. Coma 16. Godfather Theme 17. Sweet Child O' Mine 18. My Michelle 19. Whole Lot Of Rosie 20. Wish You Were Here / Layla 21. November Rain 22. Black Hole Sun 23. Only Women Bleed 24. Knockin' On Heaven's Door 25. Nightrain Encore 26. Sorry 27. Patience 28. The Seeker 29. Paradise City SiriusXM's Guns N' Roses Radio features music from the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame inductees' entire iconic career, including the 1987 "Appetite for Destruction" album, which is celebrating its thirtieth anniversary. The SiriusXM channel also includes music by artists who have influenced GUNS N' ROSES, live tracks and rarities. Former GUNS drummer Steven Adler told the "Trunk Nation" show earlier this year that Fernando Lebeis, who is part of GN'R's management team, had "some good ideas" for the thirtieth-anniversary celebration of "Appetite For Destruction". Adler appeared with GUNS onstage last November in Buenos Aires, Argentina, as well as on three separate occasions during the U.S. leg of the "Not In This Lifetime" tour last summer. It was rumored in September that former GUNS N' ROSES guitarist Izzy Stradlin turned down a five-figure fee to play with the band at their April 2016 reunion shows. Stradlin tweeted about the dispute, writing that the group didn't want to "split the loot equally." GUNS N' ROSES' "Not In This Lifetime" tour features three members of the classic GUNS N' ROSES lineup — guitarist Slash, bassist Duff McKagan and singer Axl Rose — backed by drummer Frank Ferrer, guitarist Richard Fortus, and keyboardists Dizzy Reed and Melissa Reese.
CHESTER BENNINGTON In February 2017 Interview: 'I Have A Hard Time With Life' (Video)
LINKIN PARK frontman Chester Bennington spoke about his complex battle with depression in a February 2017 interview — five months before he committed suicide. The 41-year-old was found dead in his home in Palos Verdes near Los Angeles by one of his employees shortly before 9 a.m. on Thursday, July 20. A Los Angeles County coroner said on Friday that Bennington's "death is confirmed to be suicide by hanging." He added that "a bottle of alcohol was found in the room, but it wasn't close to the body and was not full." Bennington had been candid about mental health battles in numerous interviews over the years. He was an open book when it came to the darkness he wrestled with, from talking about depression, anxiety and substance abuse, to revealing that he was molested when he was seven years old. LINKIN PARK's single "Heavy", released in February this year, appeared to hint at Chester's troubled state of mind. Focusing on the topic of depression, it contained haunting lyrics, including: "I don't like my mind right now / Stacking up problems that are so unnecessary / Wish that I could slow things down." In the chorus, he talked about how he was dragging around issues that were bringing him down before adding: "If I just let go, I'd be set free." Speaking to JoJo Wright of iHeartRadio's 102.7 KIIS-FM in Los Angeles this past February, Bennington revealed the inspiration for the "Heavy" lyrics. He said (see video below): "I don't know if anybody out there can relate, but I have a hard time with life… sometimes. Sometimes it's great, but a lot of times for me, it's really hard. And no matter how I'm feeling, I always find myself struggling with certain patterns of behavior… I find myself stuck in the same thing that keeps repeating over and over again, and I'm just, like, 'How did I end up…? How am I in this?' And it's that moment where you're in it and then you can just separate yourself from that situation and you look at it and you see it for what it is and you're able to then do something about it; you've now broken out of that circle, that cycle. "I know that for me, when I'm inside myself, when I'm in my own head, it gets… This place right here [points to his head], this skull between my ears, that is a bad neighborhood, and I should not be in there alone," he continued. "I can't be in there by myself. It's insane! It's crazy in here. This is a bad place for me to be by myself. And so when I'm in that, my whole life gets thrown off. If I'm in there, I don't say nice things to myself. There's another Chester in there that wants to take me down. And I find that, it could be… whether it's substances or whether it's behavior or whether it's depressive stuff, or whatever it is, if I'm not actively doing… getting out of myself and being with other people, like being a dad, being a husband, being a bandmate, being a friend, helping someone out… If I'm out of myself, I'm great. If I'm inside all the time, I'm horrible — I'm a mess. And so for me, that was kind of where the 'I don't like my mind right now / Stacking up problems that are so unnecessary…' That was where that came from for me." Chester added: "I drive myself nuts actually thinking that all these are real problems. All the stuff that's going on [in my head] is actually just… I'm doing this to myself, regardless of whatever that thing is. So this is that conscious awareness of that thing. When you can step back and look at something, you're actually elevating yourself consciously — you're enlightened at that point, to a certain degree. And so this is that moment of enlightenment, where you go, 'I could do something about this, and by doing it, I can move forward and get unstuck from this, and I can actually…' For me, I can live with life on life's terms. I can experience the whole spectrum of humanity and not wanna get out of it, whether it's happiness, sadness or whatever. When I'm in it, I just wanna get out of however I'm feeling, no matter what it is." Asked if he wrote the lyrics to "Heavy" while was in the "bad neighborhood" that he discussed earlier in the interview, Bennington said: "This time last year, I was a mess — a total wreck. I think for a lot of people, they think if you're successful, all of a sudden you get some card in the mail that says you're gonna be totally satisfied and happy for the rest of your life. It doesn't happen like that. Life, for me, happens the way it always [has]… The only difference is I'm in LINKIN PARK. What goes on inside my head has always been this way for me. So when I'm not working on that, my life gets messy. And that's kind of how the inspiration for all these songs came from — conversations about life and what was going on, as friends, as husbands, as fathers, as… whatever… business partners. We were all talking about what was going on in all aspects of our lives at certain times throughout the process of this record, and we realized, man, we've all gone through some really crazy stuff. And we don't need to find a source of inspiration — like, 'What's this record about?' This is our life. We always have written about our lives, and that should just be enough. We don't need to find some new thing. Life is always throwing these curveballs at you, whether they're good or bad — it just happens. And eventually, what I've found is, especially with the bad stuff, 'cause that's the stuff that sticks to me a little bit more, coming out at the other side and being, like, 'Man, I'm a better person because of that.' Or, 'I'm more compassionate because of that.' Or, 'I feel like I can understand people or humanity a little bit differently, 'cause I've been through some pretty crazy stuff.' And that's a positive. So finding a positive in all these things, that's what we always try to do, but we still talk about the feelings we had going through all these different circumstances." Bennington's bandmate Mike Shinoda, who co-wrote "Heavy", previously revealed that Chester was really struggling on the day the song was written. He told Billboard: "I remember Chester walked in and it was, 'Hey, how are you doing today?' and he's like, 'Oh, I'm fine,' and we were hanging out for a minutes and he was, like, 'Y'know what? I have to be honest. I'm not fine. I'm not okay. Too much stuff is just happening to me. I just feel underwater.'" He continued: "It was like that saying 'when it rains, it pours.' It's that kind of feeling that stuff is piling up one on top of the other, and it creates this feeling of just being overwhelmed, like, 'Things feel so heavy to me…'" "Heavy" was the first single from LINKIN PARK's seventh studio album, "One More Light", which came out this past May. Bennington left behind six children from two relationships.
CHESTER BENNINGTON's 'Heavy' Duet Partner KIIARA Writes Touching Note To LINKIN PARK Singer: 'I'm Devastated And Confused'
Kiiara, the singer featured on LINKIN PARK's song "Heavy", has written an emotional note to band's frontman Chester Bennington, saying that she "cannot stop crying" every time she is reminded that he is "no longer here." "Heavy" was the first single from LINKIN PARK's latest album, "One More Light", which came out in May. The track featured Kiiara trading verses with Bennington over what was described by Rolling Stone magazine as "a sparse but nimble pop groove of swirling synths and rapt percussion." Kiiara, whose real name is Kiara Saulters, addressed Bennington's suicide in a message shared to her social media. The 22-year-old singer wrote: "I don't know what to say. This doesn't feel real. I'm waiting for someone to call and tell me you're still here. I am devastated and confused. I cannot stop crying every time I'm reminded that you're no longer here. "Chester, you brought an energy to every room and somehow made every moment, no matter what it was, seem carefree. You brought this lightness with you. There was never a dull moment. You'd find a way to make everyone laugh. Like that day in rehearsals, you sang 'Heavy' in pretty much every accent I can think of. "The other night, I felt so off like a sixth sense. I woke up in the middle of the night and the phone rang. When I walked over to pick it up, I almost fell a couple times and when I tried picking up the phone, I kept shaking uncontrollably while I was trying to answer it. When I was holding it, it was like I was struggling. It was like I felt a fraction of your pain. And the more I think about this, I guess that was your way of saying goodbye, your way of telling me to hold on. "My heart is in a million pieces. I miss you so much. I love you. "My thoughts and prayers are with you, your family, the guys, their families, the team, every one of your fans and more. Rest in peace. See you on the other side." "One More Light" featured a major shift in direction toward a pop sound from a band which had previously been known for harder music. Bennington's body was discovered Thursday morning (July 20) by an employee at the musician's Palos Verdes Estates home. The 41-year-old's body was hanging from a belt on a bedroom door inside the house in the 2800 block of Via Victoria, Ed Winter, spokesman for the L.A. County medical examiner-coroner, said on Friday. A half-empty bottle of alcohol was found in the room, though it was not near his body, Winter said. A suicide note was not found, Winter said. Winter said an autopsy was pending, and that toxicology tests were also likely to be carried out. Bennington struggled with drugs and alcohol for years. He had said in the past he had considered committing suicide because he had been abused as a child by an older male.
STAIND's AARON LEWIS Pays Emotional Tribute To His 'Really Good Friend' CHESTER BENNINGTON
STAIND frontman Aaron Lewis paid tribute to his friend Chester Bennington just hours after learning of the LINKIN PARK singer's passing. While performing a solo concert Thursday night (July 20) at the Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom in Hampton Beach, New Hampshire, Lewis addressed the crowd. He said: "So… I lost a really good friend today. I'm not really sure why he, uh, he chose to take his own life, but it's been a really sad day. So this next song, uh… this next song is for Chester." Lewis then launched into an emotional rendition of the STAIND track "Something To Remind You", which is the tenth and final track on the band's self-titled seventh studio album, released in 2011. Bennington's body was discovered Thursday morning (July 20) by an employee at the musician's Palos Verdes Estates home. The 41-year-old's body was hanging from a belt on a bedroom door inside the house in the 2800 block of Via Victoria, Ed Winter, spokesman for the L.A. County medical examiner-coroner, said on Friday. A half-empty bottle of alcohol was found in the room, though it was not near his body, Winter said. A suicide note was not found, Winter said. Winter said an autopsy was pending, and that toxicology tests were also likely to be carried out. Bennington struggled with drugs and alcohol for years. He had said in the past he had considered committing suicide because he had been abused as a child by an older male.
MOTIONLESS IN WHITE Pays Tribute To CHESTER BENNINGTON With Cover Of LINKIN PARK's 'One Step Closer' (Video)
MOTIONLESS IN WHITE paid tribute to Chester Bennington by performing a cover version of LINKIN PARK's "One Step Closer" during their concert last night (Friday, July 21) at Concrete Street Amphitheater Corpus Christi, Texas. MOTIONLESS IN WHITE frontman Chris "Motionless" Cerulli introduced the track by telling the audience (see video below): "So this is usually the part of the show every day where we like to play a cover song by a band that we really love. And, you know, we're still gonna do that, but in light of the very, very, very tragic news yesterday about Chester from LINKIN PARK, in light of that very sad news, we're gonna do something a little bit different today than we have done in a quite a while. "I don't think, to our fans, it's been any secret that LINKIN PARK has been a very strong influence on our band and our material over the past couple of years," he continued. "LINKIN PARK has meant a lot to a lot of us in this band. One of the first bands in this genre that I ever heard that got me into a lot of the bands that came after. I owe a lot to the album 'Hybrid Theory' as a person, and I know it means a lot to these guys in this band. And not just 'Hybrid Theory', but I'm talking about a lot of albums that followed — all amazing materpieces by LINKIN PARK. Make some fucking noise for them right now." Chris added: "It really does suck to see so many amazing musicians dying off, watching them, having to say goodbye time and time after again. This one really fucking me hard. So we would like to play a song right now to honor Chester and LINKIN PARK. Before we do, though, I do have to say that if anyone out there is struggling with the same thoughts, the same issues, please do not make the same decision. Reach out to your friends, reach out to your family, go to your favorite bands' social pages and reach out to some other fans of the same bands you love. "If there's something that I've learned in eleven years of touring, especially last summer, it is that there are a lot of fucking people that are just as much of a fan of another band as you are that are willing to reach out and help you through your personal shit. And I need every fucking one of you to be there for each other every single time that hand extends. Don't make the same decision. "This one is for LINKIN PARK. Sing it with us so fucking loud that wherever he is, Chester can fucking hear us. This song is called 'One Step Closer'." The LINKIN PARK frontman's body was discovered Thursday morning (July 20) by an employee at the musician's Palos Verdes Estates home. The 41-year-old's body was hanging from a belt on a bedroom door inside the house in the 2800 block of Via Victoria, Ed Winter, spokesman for the L.A. County medical examiner-coroner, said on Friday. A half-empty bottle of alcohol was found in the room, though it was not near his body, Winter said. A suicide note was not found, Winter said. Winter said an autopsy was pending, and that toxicology tests were also likely to be carried out. Bennington struggled with drugs and alcohol for years. He had said in the past he had considered committing suicide because he had been abused as a child by an older male. MOTIONLESS IN WHITE is continuing to tour in support of its latest album, "Graveyard Shift", which came out in May.
CANNIBAL CORPSE Singer Joins Ex-DEICIDE Members On Stage In Tampa (Video)
CANNIBAL CORPSE frontman George "Corpsegrinder" Fisher joined AMON on stage last night (Friday, July 21) at the Brass Mug in Tampa, Florida to peform a couple of DEICIDE classics. Fan-filmed video footage of his appearance can be seen below. AMON is the resurrected Florida-based death metal band featuring former DEICIDE members Eric Hoffmann (guitar) and Brian Hoffman (guitar) alongside Jesse "Jecheal" Jolly (PROMETHEAN HORDE, DIABOLIC, SUCCESS WILL WRITE APOCALYPSE ACROSS THE SKY, AFTER DEATH) on vocals/bass and Mike Petrak (LEPROSY, SUCCESS WILL WRITE APOCALYPSE ACROSS THE SKY) on drums. AMON's latest album, "Liar In Wait", was released in 2012. The disc was recorded and mixed at RedRoom Recorders in Tampa with producer Mark Prator. In an interview with U.K.'s Terrorizer magazine, Eric stated about the decision to bring AMON back from the dead, "We were actually going to use the [DEICIDE] name [for the new band], but [DEICIDE members Glen Benton and Steve Asheim] got on the bandwagon faster than us. "They basically took the name, and Glen writes all the lyrics, so the kids are familiar with that, but in the beginning we hired Glen, and we wrote most of the music. So we had to go out and find a singer, which was pretty difficult at the time." When asked about the musical direction of AMON, Eric said, "[The music's] a little bit more technical than the DEICIDE stuff. It's not too intricate, so it's still catchy at the same time. You'll still have a couple of classic DEICIDE beginnings, and then it'll go into some killer technical, in-your-face shit." AMON recorded two demos — 1987's "Feasting The Beast" and 1989's "Sacrifical" — before signing with Roadrunner Records and changing its name to DEICIDE. After producing two extremely successful albums as DEICIDE, the band chose to make the AMON demos available on CD in 1993 under the title "Amon: Feasting The Beast". The Hoffman brothers parted ways with DEICIDE in 2004 after becoming embroiled in a bitter dispute with DEICIDE bassist/vocalist Glen Benton over royalties and publishing issues.
BEHEMOTH's Stand-In Drummer JON RICE: Drum-Cam Footage Of Columbus Concert
Drum-cam footage of former JOB FOR A COWBOY and SCORPION CHILD drummer Jon Rice sitting behind the kit with Polish extreme metallers BEHEMOTH at their July 18 concert in Columbus, Ohio can be seen below. Rice is filling in for longtime BEHEMOTH drummer Inferno (real name: Zbigniew Robert Promiński) during the band's summer North American tour with SLAYER and LAMB OF GOD. Inferno stated about his absence from the trek: "I am going to be a father for the second time in my life and it's going to happen in July of 2017. I therefore must apologize to all our fans for not being able to participate in the 2017 summer North American tour. I believe that Jon Rice, an amazing drummer, a truly experienced musician, and a good friend of ours, will flawlessly take over my drum throne for this short period and will set the stage on fire!" One of extreme metal's most in-demand young drummers, Rice got his start with Pittsburgh thrashers CROWN THE LOST before joining JOB FOR A COWBOY in 2006. Rice played on JOB FOR A COWBOY's "Ruination" and "Demonocracy" albums before leaving to join Austin rockers SCORPION CHILD in 2013, where he provided drums on 2016's "Acid Roulette". Rice has also done touring stints with 1349, THE RED CHORD, REVOCATION and SIRENIA. The six-week SLAYER, LAMB OF GOD and BEHEMOTH expedition kicked off on July 12 in Bemidji, Minnesota, and will conclude on August 20 in Phoenix, Arizona. BEHEMOTH is continuing work on the follow-up to 2014's "The Satanist" album for a tentative fall 2018 release. Last year, BEHEMOTH completed a North American tour where they played "The Satanist" in its entirety.
Jimmy Kay of Canada's The Metal Voice conducted an interview with QUIET RIOT drummer Frankie Banali. You can listen to the full chat below. A few excerpts follow (transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET). On whether the first two QUIET RIOT albums ("Quiet Riot" and "Quiet Riot II") will ever be re-released: Frankie: "My opinion and my position on it, I'm fortunate that I have one copy each of the original vinyls in my vinyl collection. But my position is that I don't have the rights to those records. Those were pre my involvement with QUIET RIOT. I've been managing the band since 1993 and I take care of all QUIET RIOT business now and in retro, and all the business from '83 on. That is something I have no control over. There's a lot of people involved. There is the original label, Sony Japan, there were managers involved, there were producers involved and obviously, the musicians. In the case of Randy [Rhoads, guitar] and Kevin [DuBrow, vocals], their estates. They would all have to come together and come to some kind of agreement for those records to be officially re-released." On whether he'd like to see the first two QUIET RIOT albums re-released: Frankie: "I can tell you that if Kevin, god rest him if he were alive, he would be against releasing them. He didn't think they were as good as they could have been. He didn't feel he was as good of a singer as he eventually became. From his perspective, I don't think he would be happy about it, but ultimately, again, it's not my call." On why the reunion of QUIET RIOT's classic "Metal Health" lineup dissolved in 2003: Frankie: "There were a lot of reasons. You know I love Kevin, but I'm also a realist. At that point in time, Kevin was dealing with a lot of substance abuse. Rudy [Sarzo, bass], who is my best friend, one of my dearest friends, one of my oldest friends, he was very sensitive about a lot of the things Kevin said in the press. So when you have that kind of dissension and then on top of it, you add flailing record sales, it becomes an uncomfortable situation for everyone around. Carlos [Cavazo, guitar], pretty much stayed away from all of it. I don't think he cared too much about anything one way or the other; he just cruised through it. For me, it was difficult to see Kevin going after Rudy, Rudy going after Kevin and ultimately Rudy deciding to leave the band. At that point, there was no saving the SS QUIET RIOT. I had my hands full trying to bail waters of discontent out of the hull." On new QUIET RIOT lead singer James Durbin: Frankie: "It's really interesting because I hadn't met him before and I didn't really follow the TV show 'American Idol', but I did see that one season when he was on it because I had heard they had a 'rock guy' on it which is something they had never had before in my opinion. When I saw him singing with Rob Halford and JUDAS PRIEST and when I saw him along with [OZZY OSBOURNE guitarist] Zakk Wylde, I said to myself, 'This guy is really talented. I think this guy can go far.' How it works with QUIET RIOT is interesting. His voice is not the same as Kevin's, but he has the range that Kevin had. He can go very high, he can go very low and everything in between. He's got a very melodic style of singing, but he's got that same kind of energy as a person and as a performer that Kevin had. For me, that is something that had been missing since Kevin passed away in 2007. All of those things were a plus. I needed someone that could sing the older material live, but I needed also somebody who could bring something new to the table, because again, as I said before, when it comes to recording, QUIET RIOT is all about evolving and moving forward as much as we can." On what era of QUIET RIOT the band's new "Road Rage" album would fit in: Frankie: "It fits in different places. If you take a track like 'Freak Flag' and 'Wasted', I think they're siblings to some of the material that we did on 'Metal Health' and 'Condition Critical'. There's songs on there that have similarities, stylistically similarities to things on both 'Condition Critical' and 'QRIII', then there are songs that are completely different than anything we've done in the past. For me, that's a win-win situation. I didn't go out and try to copy the 'Metal Health' record or the 'Condition Critical' record or any of the QUIET RIOT records, I just let the music come out and progress as it did." On the band updating songtitles, vocal melodies and lyrics from the previously-recorded version of "Road Rage" that featured vocalist Seann Nicols (a.k.a. Sheldon Tarsha; formerly of ADLER'S APPETITE): Frankie: "The only thing is the same is the music because all the music had been written. The majority of the music was written by myself and my writing partner, Neil Citron, who's also the engineer on the record. There's one song that Alex [Grossi, guitar] wrote all the music to and there's one song that Chuck Wright [bass] had co-writing credit. But, we got rid of all the lyrics and all the vocal melodies from the first version and had James create all new lyrics and all new melodies. As a matter of fact, James, to this day, has not heard the first version of the record because I wanted to make sure he had a blank canvas and wasn't influenced one way or the other by what had preceded." On whether he would ever write a "tell-all" book: Frankie: "You know, everyone keeps asking me to do that and I'm really fortunate or maybe unfortunate in the fact that no matter how much fun I had in the '80s, I actually am one of the few guys that remembers everything that happened. I've got huge archives, so there's a possibility, it's just the matter of finding the time to do it and finding the right publisher to put it out. To just put out another book, it's just another person putting out a book. Again, everything with me, I really work really hard to try to make everything as correct as I possibly can. There's a real possibility. There's definitely several books in me. It's just a matter of getting them out." "Road Rage" will be released on August 4 via Frontiers Music Srl.
JEFF PILSON On Reunion Of DOKKEN's Classic Lineup: 'It Was Way More Fun Than I Expected'
Tigman of the Q103 radio station in Albany, New York conducted an interview with current FOREIGNER and former DOKKEN bassist Jeff Pilson. You can listen to the full chat below. A few excerpts follow (transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET). On the 2016 reunion of DOKKEN's classic lineup: Jeff: "You know what? It was way more fun than I expected. [Laughs] It was great. We got along good; it was very productive. The fan response was really wonderful, really made it worthwhile. We ended up coming up with quite a product. We have a live DVD coming out by the end of the year. It's taken from shows in Japan and the one show that we did over here in the U.S. Then we did a new song which came out amazing. Then we did two acoustic remakes of old DOKKEN classics that came out really incredible. We did that in the studio together. A lot of good came out of that. It was just a wonderful experience. I was shocked." On why DOKKEN didn't perform more reunion shows in North America: Jeff: "It was down to time. This FOREIGNER gig is very full-time for me. It's really hard to make the time for it. It's a commitment when DOKKEN has to do something. Well in advance I knew I was going to have the three weeks off that we had with FOREIGNER, so Japan asked us if we could come over. When they found out that I had that particular time, they actually got a copy of the FOREIGNER schedule and built the schedule around that in Japan. It was impossible to say no and we wanted to do it anyway. The fact the Japanese promoter made it so easy for us, it all just fell together. It would have to be a confluence of a lot of events to make it happen again because things are so tricky with time. But we'll see. At least what we did was great and we had a good time and that was a step for us." On his relationship with Ronnie James Dio, whom Pilson played with during various stints in the '90s and '00s: Jeff: "He was a very, very dear friend. There's very rarely a day that goes by that I don't think about him at some point. I'll have dreams about him and stuff. He was just a wonderful…yes, he was probably one of the greatest metal singers ever. Yes, he was a great songwriter and great musician and a great bandleader and all that kind of stuff, but he was also just this amazing human being. I really miss that. It's still hard to believe he's gone even though it's been seven years. It was a very wonderful experience in my life that I will always treasure and will never lose sight of because it was great." On FOREIGNER having original vocalist Lou Gramm take part in their fortieth-anniversary tour: Jeff: "Those guys were really important parts of it. They're wonderful guys. I have so much respect and a lot of love for the old band. They're just great people, great musicians. They accomplished something pretty damn amazing. Those records are so special. They all were important. It's a great thing." In addition to their fortieth anniversary tour, FOREIGNER is currently promoting a new career-spanning compilation titled "40" that features forty hits from forty years. Rhino released "40" on May 26 as a double-CD set that includes forty songs recorded between 1977 and 2017. Pilson, Don Dokken, guitarist George Lynch and drummer "Wild" Mick Brown completed a short Japanese tour last October, marking the first time in twenty-one years the band's classic lineup had hit the road. A new DOKKEN concert DVD focusing on the band's reunion tour is tentatively due before the end of the year. The set will feature footage from two of the Japanese shows — including Tokyo — as well as the band's very first comeback gig, which was held on September 30, 2016 at Badlands Pawn Guns Gold And Rock 'N' Roll in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Don told "The Classic Metal Show" that the main reason he doesn't want to continue with the classic DOKKEN lineup is that "loves" the band he has now — which features Brown, alongside guitarist Jon Levin and bassist Chris McCarvil.
ALICE COOPER Says Watching CNN Shocks Him
Barbara Caserta of Italy's Linea Rock recently conducted an interview with legendary shock rocker Alice Cooper. You can watch the full interview below. A few excerpts follow (transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET). On whether his new album title, "Paranormal", is autobiographical or "other than normal": Alice: "It's other than normal. It's really my whole career has been other than normal. The funny thing about the album is that it really doesn't touch on anything paranormal except for the very first song, 'Paranormal', which is a love story between a guy who can't cross the other side. His wife, or girlfriend is still alive. He's dead and he can't [communicate with her]. All he can do is leave messages; he can leave his scent on her lace. He can leave his cologne; he can call and she answers and nobody is there. He does it in love. He's not trying to scare her. Through the whole song, he's going, 'Don't be afraid. It's only me.' He's trying to get a message across to her. After that, all of the songs are 12 different songs. I was trying very hard to not write a concept. I did not want a concept album this time. [Producer] Bob Ezrin and I this time said, 'No concept. We're going to write 20 great songs and pick 12.' So, we did that. I always write little three-minute stories, little three-minute, sort of 'personality sketches.' In the end, I listened back to everything and I'm really liking the songs, really liking the songs, then it hit me that it was a concept and that every single character had a paranormal problem. Every single character had a twist in his personality that was other than normal. So, it ended up being a conceptual album. I hadn't really written the title yet, so I didn't know what it was going to be called. I went, 'Paranormal'. That makes it paranormal. It's not anything about that; it's about how almost everybody I know is fairly paranormal; they're not normal." On whether his real-life persona of Vincent Furnier has become closer to the character of Alice Cooper over the years: Alice: "Maybe more distant on a level that my real-life is, you know, I'm a father, I'm a grandfather now. I have two twin grandsons, Falcon and Riot; great names. My son has his own band, my daughter's in BEASTO BLANCO and she's an actress. My youngest daughter is a makeup artist. I've been married 41 years. Everything is in order in my life. Alice, on the other hand, is this part of me that just will not go away. He's the rebellion part. He's the angry part. And, we're nothing alike. Maybe the only thing we have in common is our sense of humor. But now, I really like the idea of playing Alice. I love the idea that if I had a show tonight, I'd be sitting here talking to you like this and laughing and everything, then realizing that for two hours tonight, I was going to play this character that is totally opposite of this character. He's an angry villain and the audience wants him to be that. They don't want him to be weak and kind of passive. They want Alice to be in control, total control. I really enjoy playing that guy. But, when the show is over, I leave him there. I don't take him off the stage. He doesn't come with me. He has to stay there." On what "shocks" him these days: Alice: "CNN. You know, it used to be so easy to shock an audience in 1971 and '72 because nobody had ever seen this kind of theater. Alice gets his head cut off and the blood goes in the audience and there's chopped-up baby dolls. It's so over-the-top that it's undigestible to the public except that they like it and they don't know why they like it. The authorities hate it because they think all their kids are going to be this. They're not. It's a show. But at the same time, it was very easy to shock the audience. Now, I turn on CNN and I see a guy really getting his head cut off. That's shocking to me. I see something [like] child abuse where I go, 'How could anybody do that to a child?' Where onstage, Alice is chopping up baby dolls. They're not babies, they're dolls. Alice had a thing where he hated dolls, he didn't hate babies. It's all fantasy-driven. So now, how do you shock the audience? It's almost impossible. I've talked to Marilyn [Manson] about that and I've talked to Rob Zombie and everybody, and we realize that shock is now a device we use onstage to make it interesting to the audience. But can we really shock the audience? Not really. We're shock-proof now. You could do one or two things. If somebody killed themselves onstage, that would be shocking. You can only do it once. If you cut your arm off onstage, you could only do it twice. You only have two arms. [Laughs] To make a great show for the audience, I think the audience comes to see Alice because they want to see the guillotine, they want to see the straightjacket, but more than that, they want to hear those songs. They want to hear those songs that is sort of the soundtrack for their lives." On the first time he saw KISS and whether he is proud to be the pioneer of shock rock: Alice: "I think that I started that. I think I started KISS and I started Marilyn [Manson] and I started all these bands. But, all I really did, I made it so that bands could be theatrical. Before us, bands could not be theatrical. The reason that those bands can exist now is the fact ALICE COOPER was not only the most controversial band of the time, but, we brought theater to the show. And, had hit records at the same time. That was unusual to have a band that was so theatrical that actually had records on the Top 40. Number one records. So, we realized that early on that you couldn't just be a show. You had to have the cake before you could put the icing on the cake. To us, eight hours of rehearsal, seven hours was on the music. One hour on the theatrics. Then, when we saw KISS, I told KISS where to buy their makeup. They were not a shock to me. I knew those guys. They're still very good friends of mine. We've never had a problem of colliding with each other. They even said in an interview: 'If one Alice Cooper works, then four ought to work.' The thing I think I mentioned to them is this: 'Make sure your makeup isn't like mine.' And they did the kabuki makeup. And I said 'Make sure your show is different than mine because they're going to try to connect us up.' The same thing with Rob Zombie and Marilyn Manson. When I first saw Marilyn Manson, I went 'Okay, wait a minute. You got Alice Cooper. Marilyn Manson. A girl's name. Both do shock rock. Both do makeup.' I went: 'A little close.' Marilyn was another thing, he was another entity out there. I didn't get to be friends with Marilyn until later. In fact, theologically, we were at odds with each other, me being Christian and him being whatever he was. We ended up being friends through [actor] Johnny Depp, really. Now, I've even recorded with Marilyn, but we still are worlds apart theologically. [Laughs] We spearheaded the movement that rock could be theatrical. And yeah, I always refer to those bands as my 'disobedient children.'" "Paranormal" will be released on July 28 via earMUSIC.
FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH Guitarist To Be Featured On Tonight's Episode Of 'My Cat From Hell'
FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH guitarist Jason Hook will be featured in this week's episode of the "My Cat From Hell", in which cat behaviorist Jackson Galaxy tries to help Jason and his girlfriend Stefanie Mendoza cope with their feline behavioral dilemmas. Says Jason: "You have cat problems? Well, so do I!! Watch 'My Cat From Hell' to see the master (Jackson Galaxy) sort me and my four gatos out." A preview clip of the episode, which will premiere tonight (Saturday, July 22) on Animal Planet, can be seen below. Check local listings for air times. FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH singer Ivan Moody released a statement earlier in the month thanking the group's fans and his bandmates for standing by him while he has been in a treatment facility addressing his substance abuse issues. Moody sat out a number of shows of the band's recent European tour due to his battles with alcohol. He was temporarily replaced by former DIVINE HERESY and current BAD WOLVES vocalist Tommy Vext. Moody is expected to rejoin his bandmates on stage on August 19 in Springfield, Illinois as they continue touring in support of their 2015 album, "Got Your Six".
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CHESTER BENNINGTON's Manner Of Death Officially Ruled As 'Suicide'; Toxicology Tests Likely To Be Carried Out
The Los Angeles acting chief coroner Dr. Christopher Rogers has recorded Chester Bennington's manner and cause of death as suicide by hanging. Nani Cholakians, an investigator with the coroner's office, was named on the Los Angeles County Department of Medical Examiner – Coroner web site as having been involved with the LINKIN PARK singer's case. Bennington's case status is listed on the site as "closed." The LINKIN PARK frontman's body was discovered Thursday morning (July 20) by an employee at the musician's Palos Verdes Estates home. The 41-year-old's body was hanging from a belt on a bedroom door inside the house in the 2800 block of Via Victoria, Ed Winter, spokesman for the L.A. County medical examiner-coroner, said on Friday. A half-empty bottle of alcohol was found in the room, though it was not near his body, Winter said. A suicide note was not found, Winter said. Winter said an autopsy was pending, and that toxicology tests were also likely to be carried out. Bennington struggled with drugs and alcohol for years. He had said in the past he had considered committing suicide because he had been abused as a child by an older male.
SEETHER Frontman On CHESTER BENNINGTON's Death: 'My First Reponse Was Disbelief'
In a brand new interview with HardDrive Radio conducted earlier today (Friday, July 21), SEETHER frontman Shaun Morgan was asked what his initial thoughts were when he first heard about the passing of LINKIN PARK singer Chester Bennington. "My first reponse was disbelief," Shaun said (see video below). "I would never have guessed that somebody like Chester would be in a situation like that. "I was a big fan of all the music," he continued. "I even saw merit in this album ['One More Light'] that everyone was so up in arms about. I figured musicians do what musicians wanna do. So let them live their lives. "I was looking forward to seeing them on tour, I was hoping to run into them out on the road. "There's just this whole level of disbelief, because he was so young, and we're all still so young in that sense. You'd expect this kind of thing… Well, I mean, there's no age limit, really, is there? It's just really, really sad. I feel really bad for his family and I feel bad for his wife and the kids especially. I feel bad for the fans. A really big piece of a lot of people's lives is now missing. And at least the only solace we can take from that is that he left behind an extensive catalog of music that we can listen to, and we can then comfort ourselves that his voice is still there to listen to." Morgan, whose brother Eugene committed suicide ten years ago, added: "I remember when I was fifteen or sixteen and Kurt Cobain [NIRVANA] died, I was devastated, 'cause he was the voice for me, he was the guy that I listened to when I needed the solace that I needed to find that I couldn't find anywhere else. And when he died, I was absolutely devastated, and I imagine there are many, many people that feel that way now too. I just listened to the music as much as I could, because that's all I had. "I think the saddest part, though, for me, then and now, is that there's no more to come, which is heartbreaking. "[Chester] was a great guy, by all accounts, so I just think it's… I mean, I don't really feel like it's my right to weigh in. I feel bad for everybody involved." SEETHER's fifth annual Rise Above Fest, the largest suicide awareness event in the world, will be held this Saturday, July 22 and Sunday, July 23 at Darling's Waterfront Pavilion in Bangor, Maine. It will feature performers including KORN, SHINEDOWN, STONE SOUR, SKILLET, HALESTORM, FALLING IN REVERSE, and more. "Losing another great rock voice to suicide yesterday is absolutely tragic and heartbreaking," said Morgan in a statement. "It's exactly why we are doing what we set out to do this weekend — to build awareness for this mental disease. I started this festival as a tribute to anyone who has lost someone. If this festival does something to help one person reconsider the tragic choice of suicide, then it will be the greatest success of my career. We will honor the memories of Chester Bennington and Chris Cornell and dedicate this weekend to them." Morgan, Rise Above Fest's founder, was honored in 2016 with the "Artistic Expression" award from the National Council for Behavioral Health at the Awards of Excellence in Las Vegas.
THY ART IS MURDER: 'The Son Of Misery' Video Released
"The Son Of Misery", the new video from Australian extreme metallers THY ART IS MURDER, can be seen below. The song is taken from the band's upcoming album, "Dear Desolation", which will be released on August 18 via Nuclear Blast Entertainment. "Dear Desolation" was produced, engineered, mixed and mastered by Will Putney at Graphic Nature Audio in Belleville, New Jersey. Artwork was created by Eliran Kantor (HATEBREED, TESTAMENT, ICED EARTH, SODOM). "Dear Desolation" marks THY ART IS MURDER's first full-length release since vocalist C.J. McMahon rejoined the band this past January. McMahon blamed his drug addiction for his departure from the group and has vowed to move forward as "a new man." Asked what has changed for him since he rejoined THY ART IS MURDER, McMahon told Decibel magazine: "Basically, I'm trying to support myself and my wife as best as I can. I work with my father-in-law as a stone mason… I have my clothing line, and the band's making a little bit of money as well. Financially, I'm working my ass off and I'm literally busting my ass and hustling as much as I can to be able to have somewhat of a normal life. Sydney is extremely expensive to live in and, unfortunately, it wasn't my choice to live here. [I was] born and raised here, I fucking hate it. My family and my life is here. Also, not really big on drugs anymore. I was smoking copious amounts of marijuana every day and I was using a lot of cocaine most days. There was a couple of close calls in the U.S. on tour when I thought I was going to die and I possibly did a couple times. Now I've cleaned my life up and I have a different outlook on things. Trying to manage my anger management a bit better and try to be a little bit more calm in life because it negatively impacts my family and my band." McMahon also spoke about what fans can expect from "Dear Desolation". He said: "I think you can expect it to be slightly different to a lot of our releases. It's a record that I feel is like a breakthrough record for us where we've really found our sound. It's something that we feel will be able to push us further in our musical careers in the future rather than just having to stem out of being in this genre of deathcore. I really don't care what people pigeonhole us as, but, for some reason, the name 'deathcore' kind of leaves a sour taste in my mouth after saying it. We're showing our strengths and variety. We can kind of move into a more modern metal phase of our lives now where we're not going to be — not that we ever were — this generic deathcore-sounding band. This record will be more appealing to people that are into more of a modern metal, modern death metal sort of element and style of music. I think we've broken down the actual content of the music and instead of having ten or twelve riffs in a song, having the listener try to pick up on a few different riffs, we've broken the structures down so there's less riffs but the riffs are better. The structures are not as complex as older material. It's like taking out all the great things we've always liked about our band and trying to figure out what works for us in the best way and not having to add filler to everything else to make it more technical or more crazy or more interesting. We've kind of broken down the way that our band writes and try to write the best of the best, rather than just writing the craziest, the heaviest, the craziest breakdown, the techiest riff. Instead of doing those things, we just try to take out what works and what we like and incorporate that into having a more modern sound that’s not so deathcore. We're evolving on this record and it'll be interesting to see what the listeners think of it, that's for sure."
GUNS N' ROSES Online Photography Auction Celebrates 30 Years Of 'Appetite For Destruction'
Rock Scene Auctions has launched its second auction celebrating the thirtieth anniversary of the release of GUNS N' ROSES' groundbreaking debut album, "Appetite For Destruction", featuring 15 iconic GN'R photos from Mark "Weissguy" Weiss. Go to and bid on one of Weiss's iconic photographs. Through the site, music fans will have the opportunity to bid on rock and roll photographs. WhyHunger will receive a percentage of proceeds from the auctions. Mark talks about his days with GUNS N' ROSES: "I first shot GUNS N' ROSES the fall of 1986, eight months prior to the release of 'Appetite For Destruction'. They were still working on the album. The buzz was out and Hit Parader magazine wanted me to shoot them for the cover. "When I first met them, they were a bit guarded. They had their own photographer who was there. The band didn't want to shoot with anyone but him, as I was told by the publicist. The record company told them they had to shoot with me so I can get them in the magazines. I remember Axl [Rose, GN'R singer] not wanting to look in the camera. I gave them their space and shot a few rolls of film. I thought it was peculiar that they would be all glammed up and then on Axl's pants it said, 'GLAM SUCKS.' It was the beginning of many more memorable images to come. "The band came by my studio for a quick shoot during their stay in New York City [when] they played at the Ritz on October 23, 1987. February 2, 1988, just four months later, they came back to New York City to play the Ritz for a live MTV broadcast concert. This historic show put GUNS N' ROSES on the rock and roll map and on the way to superstardom. "They invited me to come to CBGB's on October 30th where they did an acoustic set along with an autograph signing. "I shot a few MÖTLEY CRÜE shows in Florida at the end of November 1987, GUNS N' ROSES were the opening band. I went to say hello to the guys before they went on and asked if they would do a few photos after the show. When I went back, Axl was in a towel with his boots on. "In the spring of '88, I was back in L.A. and heard GUNS were off tour for a couple of weeks. I reached out to their publicist to see if they would be up for a shoot. We ended up shooting the Sunset Grill on Hollywood Boulveard. Everyone showed up except Axl. I shot individuals of the four of them and the next day I shot Axl. He drove up with his girlfriend Erin Everly, had a burger, then posed for about 15 minutes. As he was leaving, he showed me his cell phone, which was huge! He was, like, 'Look what I got, Mark. Wanna make a call?' It was the first time I used a cell phone." Former GUNS N' ROSES drummer Steven Adler recalled the sessions with Mark: "He was able to make guys in the band that he shot really look good. He knew when to push the button and set the lights. He had that magic touch. Like GUNS N' ROSES did, when the five of us were together we had that magic touch; we couldn't do no wrong. And Mark had that same magic."
LINKIN PARK Officially Cancels Tour Following CHESTER BENNINGTON's Death
LINKIN PARK has canceled its previously announced US. headlining tour, Live Nation has announced. The trek was called off just a day after the passing of the band's singer, Chester Bennington, who died by hanging. "We are incredibly saddened to hear about the passing of Chester Bennington," the tour promoter said in a statement, adding that "refunds are available at point of purchase. Our thoughts go out to all those affected." The "One More Light" tour was set to kick off in Mansfield, Massachusetts on July 27. Bennington played his last concert with LINKIN PARK just two weeks before his death — on July 6 — at the Barclaycard Arena in Birmingham, England.
KOBRA AND THE LOTUS Releases 'Light Me Up' Video
The official video for "Light Me Up", a brand new song from Canadian hard rockers KOBRA AND THE LOTUS, can be seen below. The track is taken from the band's latest album, "Prevail I", which was released on May 12 via Napalm Records. The disc was produced by Jacob Hansen (VOLBEAT, AMARANTHE, EPICA) and mastered by Grammy Award-winning engineer Ted Jensen. Frontwoman Kobra Paige told I'm Music Magazine about the band's decision to work with Hansen this time around: "First of all, I had this feeling in my gut that I wasn't going to be able to find the evolution that I wanted to do inside of North America. I really wanted to try out a new experience with someone who was not North American. I really do think that people in different parts of the world hear music differently. That was an appealing factor to me and I've been hearing VOLBEAT's new record a lot. There was something about the clarity of it and how huge it sounded that really drew me into trying to find out who produced it and it turned out to be Jacob. I really think that on these albums, even if you listen to 'Gotham', there's so much going on there. There's a lot of guitar and a lot of vocal layering, but it is as clear as it can be." Regarding the "Prevail" album title, Kobra said: "The track came after the project was titled and actually the title really set an attitude and precedent for us. It gave us this attitude of pushing forward and not giving up; our bass player, Brad, was the one who came up with the name. If we were really trying to make this very ambitious statement and with everything going on here, then we should call it prevail because that what we're doing. I thought it was perfect and everyone is prevailing through their own story, so it just turned into that." "Prevail I" track listing: 01. Gotham 02. TriggerPulse 03. You Don't Know 04. Specimen X (Mortal Chamber) 05. Light Me Up 06. Manifest Destiny 07. Victim 08. Check The Phyrg 09. Hell On Earth 10. Prevail Kobra previously stated about the story of "Prevail I", the band's most ambitious effort to date: "When we are born, we are innocent, pure, and unshaped. This mandala signifies a human at the beginning of its journey. Unscathed and beautiful, the mandala is each and every one of us. As this album unfolds, you will notice it's more than just music. 'Prevail I' is a story of visceral truth and I believe, if we're really being honest with ourselves, everyone will find their story within it. After all, the battles may differ, but we all started as the same mandala and we are more relatable than we'd like to admit. Our only wish is that you may enjoy the freaking crap out of this album and find comfort in realizing you're not alone." Evolution is inevitable and KOBRA AND THE LOTUS has delivered its most powerful album to date, "Prevail I", with "Prevail II" to complete the story in the not-too-distant future. Led by Kobra Paige, KOBRA AND THE LOTUS has been making a name for itself worldwide since 2010 with extensive touring and three well-received albums. KOBRA AND THE LOTUS is loaded with exquisite precision, heavy emotion, vocal brilliance and grand-scale dynamics, highlighting the glories of classic heavy metal and rock. Known for their exceptionally strong live shows, they proudly carry the flag for all metal/hard rock fans. KOBRA AND THE LOTUS is: Kobra Paige (vocals) Jasio Kulakowski (guitars) Brad Kennedy (bass) Marcus Lee (drums)
DEEP PURPLE To Release Comprehensive New Anthology, 'A Fire In The Sky', In September
DEEP PURPLE stands alongside LED ZEPPELIN and BLACK SABBATH as part of the Holy Trinity of British hard rock. The list of the band's classic songs is legion, and the influence it's had on successive generations of musicians is both enduring and remarkable. Rhino will celebrate DEEP PURPLE's history with three definitive collections. "A Fire In The Sky" will be available as a single CD and a three-CD set on September 8 in North America with an international release following later in the year. A three-LP version will also be available on November 3. Each version includes a selection of songs chosen from the 19 studio albums that DEEP PURPLE recorded between 1968 and 2013. The single-disc version of "A Fire In The Sky" features 20 songs and focuses mainly on the band's singles. The heavy hitters are here, of course — "Smoke On The Water" and "Highway Star" — but so are gems like "Perfect Strangers", the title track from the band's platinum-certified album from 1984, as well as "Hell To Pay", from 2013's "Now What?!". The three-disc version of "A Fire In The Sky" dives even deeper into PURPLE's past with 40 songs and includes at least one track from every studio album through "Now What?!". It also provides the ultimate showcase for the group's various incarnations through the years. To date, more than a dozen musicians have appeared on a DEEP PURPLE album. Among the set's many highlights are: the title track from 2005's "Rapture Of The Deep"; "King Of Dreams" from 1990's "Slaves And Masters"; "Bad Attitude" from 1987's "The House Of Blue Light"; "You Keep On Moving" from 1975's "Come Taste The Band"; and "Hush" from the group's 1968 debut, "Shades Of Deep Purple". This expanded version also features Kevin Shirley's 2010 remix of "Dealer", and the 2012 stereo mix for an early version of "The Bird Has Flown". "A Fire In The Sky" will also be available as a three-LP set that includes 27 songs. Among the highlights are the single edit version of "Woman From Tokyo", the U.S. single edit for "Burn", and the radio edit of "Bad Attitude". Earlier this year, DEEP PURPLE released their 20th studio album, "Infinite", and as announced a co-headlining North American tour with ALICE COOPER. It begins on August 12 in Las Vegas. "A Fire In The Sky" single-disc track listing: 01. Hell To Pay (Radio Edit) 02. Rapture Of The Deep 03. Sun Goes Down 04. Any Fule Kno That 05. Sometimes I Feel Like Screaming (Edit) 06. Bad Attitude (Radio Edit) 07. Knocking At Your Back Door (Single Edit) 08. Perfect Strangers (Single Edit) 09. You Keep On Moving (Single Edit) 10. Soldier Of Fortune 11. Burn (U.S. Single Edit) 12. Woman From Tokyo (Single Edit) 13. Highway Star (U.S. Single Edit) 14. Smoke On The Water (U.S. Single Edit) 15. Fireball 16. Strange Kind Of Woman 17. Child In Time (Part 1) 18. Speed King (U.S. Album Edit) 19. Black Night 20. Hush "A Fire In The Sky" three-disc track listing: Disc One: 01. Hell To Pay 02. Vincent Price 03. Wrong Man 04. Rapture Of The Deep 05. Sun Goes Down 06. Any Fule Kno That 07. Sometimes I Feel Like Screaming 08. Vavoom: Ted The Mechanic 09. The Battle Rages On 10. King Of Dreams 11. Call Of The Wild 12. Bad Attitude 13. Knocking At Your Back Door 16. Perfect Strangers Disc Two: 01. You Keep On Moving 02. Dealer (2010 Kevin Shirley Remix) 03. Stormbringer 04. Soldier Of Fortune 05. Mistreated 06. Might Just Take Your Life 07. Burn 08. Rat Bat Blue 09. Woman From Tokyo 10. Space Truckin' 11. Smoke On The Water 12. When A Blind Man Cries Disc Three: 01. Highway Star 02. Demon's Eye 03. Fireball 04. Strange Kind Of Woman 05. Child In Time 06. Speed King (U.S. Album Edit) 07. Black Night 08. Hallelujah 09. Emmaretta (2012 Stereo Mix) 10. The Bird Has Flown (Early Version – 2012 Stereo Mix) 11. Wring That Neck (a.k.a. Hard Road) 12. Kentucky Woman 13. Mandrake Root 14. Hush "A Fire In The Sky" three-LP track listing: Side One: 01. Hell To Pay (Radio Edit) 02. Vincent Price 03. Rapture Of The Deep 04. Sun Goes Down 05. Any Fule Kno That Side Two: 01. Sometimes I Feel Like Screaming 02. The Battle Rages On 03. Bad Attitude (Radio Edit) 04. Perfect Strangers Side Three: 01. You Keep On Moving (Single Edit) 02. Soldier Of Fortune 03. Stormbringer 04. Burn (U.S. Single Edit) 05. Might Just Take Your Life 06. Woman From Tokyo (Single Edit) Side Four: 01. Highway Star 02. Smoke On The Water 03. Demon's Eye 04. Fireball Side Five: 01. Strange Kind Of Woman 02. Speed King (U.S. Album Edit) 03. Child In Time 04. Black Night Side Six: 01. Kentucky Woman 02. Wring That Neck (a.k.a. Hard Road) 03. Mandrake Root 04. Hush