Friday, February 28, 2014

Metallica’s Black album closing in on 16 million US sales

Metallica’s 1991 self-titled release – generally referred to as the “Black” album because of its cover – is closing in on sales of 16 million copies in the US.

Billboard reports the album moved from No. 166 to No. 146 on the Billboard 200 chart this week and says at its current rate of sales (about 2,000 to 3,000 per week), “Metallica” should surpass 16 million in about three or four months.

The project is already the best-selling album of the SoundScan era, and has been since the week ending Dec. 20, 2009.

“Metallica” has been on the Billboard 200 chart for 294 weeks and is the group's best-selling album with 30 million copies worldwide.

The album debuted at number one in ten countries, and spent four consecutive weeks at the top spot of the Billboard 200, making it Metallica's first release to top album charts.

The album featured five hit singles, including "Enter Sandman", "The Unforgiven", "Nothing Else Matters", "Wherever I May Roam", and "Sad But True."

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VIDEO: Matt Sorum previews new solo album, part 2

Former Guns N’ Roses drummer Matt Sorum is sharing the second webisode in a preview of his forthcoming new solo album,
“Stratosphere”, which will be released March 11 under the banner Matt Sorum’s Fierce Joy.

The drummer’s sophomore solo effort follows 2004’s “Hollywood Zen” project.

“Stratosphere” can be pre-ordered via the Amazon link below.

In November, Sorum premiered a new track, "The Sea", at a benefit concert billed as "Tokyo Celebrates The Dolphin"; he continues to be an outspoken activist for animal rights.

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Anthrax launch limited-edition Persistence Of Time guitar

Anthrax are launching a limited-edition “Persistence Of Time” guitar as part of the Artist Series Guitar line.

The axe is inspired by Anthrax’s fifth album, 1990’s “Persistence of Time”, which ushered in a new age in Thrash and a new direction for the band.

The project was nominated in 1991 for a Grammy Award in the Best Metal Performance category. The album included the singles, "Got The Time" (a Joe Jackson cover) and "In My World" (which was performed by the band on the Married... with Children episode, "My Dinner with Anthrax").

“Persistence Of Time” was the last full Anthrax album to feature vocalist Joey Belladonna until 2011's "Worship Music."

ASG is producing a limited-edition of 100 hand-numbered “Persistence of Time” models, each finished by master craftsmen and shipped with a certificate of authenticity.

The album’s iconic cover art bursts off the hand-carved mahogany top, complimenting the single cutaway guitar’s solid mahogany body, rosewood fingerboard, Mother-of-Pearl trapezoid inlays, Gravedigger headstock, custom ASG Arsenal pickups and chrome ASG headstock emblem.

Learn more about the model at

Anthrax guitarist Scott Ian recently launched a spoken-word tour of North America. The show, billed as “Speaking Words”, sees the guitarist recount tales from his 30-year music career.

Ian will publish his autobiography, “I'm The Man”, in October.

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Beady Eye part ways with manager

Oasis offshoot Beady Eye have parted ways with manager Scott Rodger.

NME reports the band, fronted by Liam Gallagher and featuring former Oasis members Gem Archer and Andy Bell, were managed by Scott Rodger, who also works with Arcade Fire and Paul McCartney, for the duration of their “BE” campaign. However, their working relationship has come to an end following the end of the contract signed by both parties.

"Beady Eye are one of the last great British rock bands,” said Rodger in a statement. “It has been a pleasure to have worked with them on this album campaign. They are in complete control of their future as a band with many exciting new projects on the horizon. We've just about reached the end of the 'BE' album cycle and it's the right time for the band to make a change. Our paths will cross again in the future I'm sure. I wish them continued success in everything they do."

Beady Eye released their second album, “BE”, in June, 2013; their debut, “Different Gear, Still Speeding”, was released in 2011.

The group are set to play two shows in Japan at the end of March.

Gallagher’s former band, Oasis, will release a 20th anniversary edition of their 1994 debut, “Definitely Maybe”, on May 20.

The reissue will be available as a standard CD and digital download of the original album; a three-disc Special Edition version including rare recordings and demos; a 12" vinyl LP featuring all the bonus CD content as a free download; and a Deluxe Box Set which features the LP and the CDs.

Learn more about the reissue here.

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Iron Maiden singer helps launch world’s largest aircraft

Iron Maiden singer Bruce Dickinson is helping launch the world’s biggest aircraft.

The BBC reports the singer is both an investor and spokesperson for The Hybrid Air Vehicle (HAV), named Airlander, which can stay airborne for up to three weeks and will be vital in delivering several tons of humanitarian aid.

With a length of 302ft (92m), the new airship is about 60ft longer than the biggest airliners, the Airbus A380 and Boeing 747-8. It is also almost 30ft longer than the massive cargo-carrying Antonov An-225, which until now was the longest aircraft ever built.

"It's a game changer, in terms of things we can have in the air and things we can do," explains Dickinson. "The airship has always been with us, it's just been waiting for the technology to catch up."

The pilot and Iron Maiden singer wants to drum up publicity with the kind of trip Richard Branson would dream up: a non-stop flight around the world - twice.

"It seizes my imagination. I want to get in this thing and fly it pole to pole," he says. "We'll fly over the Amazon at 20ft, over some of the world's greatest cities and stream the whole thing on the internet."

In the spring of 2012, Dickinson and partner Mario Fulgoni launched Cardiff Aviation as a major commercial airline maintenance repair and overhaul operation in South Wales. The company is based at the Twin Peaks hangar at St. Athan in the Vale of Glamorgan.

Iron Maiden kick off their 2014 live dates May 31 at the Fortarock Festival in Nijmegen, Netherlands.

The summer tour will round off the band’s Maiden England World Tour, which will end with a headline performance at the UK Sonisphere Festival in July as part of the 40th Anniversary celebrations at Knebworth Park.

By the end of the tour the band will have played 102 shows in 32 countries to well over two million fans since starting in the USA in June 2012.

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Rob Zombie to direct Charles Manson mini-series

Rob Zombie has teamed with American Psycho author Bret Easton Ellis to develop a mini-series about the Charles Manson Family murder-spree in the summer of 1969.

Variety reports the series, in the early stage of development for FOX TV, will see Zombie direct and Ellis write the script.

Zombie has long been fascinated by the Manson Family slayings, which left seven people dead in the Los Angeles area. Among the victims were actress Sharon Tate, who was eight and a half months pregnant at the time with the child of director Roman Polanski, and prominent Hollywood hairstylist Jay Sebring.

“I have been obsessed with this insane story since I was a kid, so obviously I jumped at the chance to be involved in this incredible project,” said Zombie. “After speaking with Bret, I immediately realized that we shared the same vision for this epic madness.”

The killings were so gruesome, and the stories of Charles Manson’s level of control of his drug-addled young followers so disturbing, that Manson was convicted of first-degree murder and conspiracy charges even though he was never found to have committed a homicide himself.

Manson was sentenced to death in 1971, but the sentence changed to life in prison when the U.S. Supreme Court deemed the death penalty unconstitutional the following year (the court later reversed itself, and California reinstated the death penalty, but Manson’s life-in-prisonment sentence was left standing). He has been denied parole 12 times.

To date, Zombie has directed several movies, including “House Of 1000 Corpses” (2003), “The Devil’s Rejects” (2005), and “The Lords Of Salem” (2013).

On the road to promote his latest album, “Venomous Rat Regeneration Vendor”, the rocker just completed playing shows on Australia’s traveling Soundwave festival and will launch a spring US tour April 26 in Fort Myers, Florida.

Zombie will also release a forthcoming live DVD, “The Zombie Horror Picture Show”, in May.

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Allman Brothers: New Duane Allman book due next week

“Please Be With Me: A Song For My Father Duane Allman”, a new book about the legendary guitarist written by his daughter, will be published March 3.

Galadrielle Allman went to her first concert as an infant in diapers, held in her teenage mother’s arms. Playing was her father, Duane Allman, who would become one of the most influential and sought-after musicians of his time.

Just a few short years into his remarkable career, he was killed in a motorcycle accident at the age of twenty-four. His daughter was two years old.

Galadrielle was raised in the shadow of his loss and his fame. Her mother sought solace in a bohemian life. Friends and family found it too painful to talk about Duane. Galadrielle listened intently to his music, read articles about him, steeped herself in the mythic stories, and yet the spotlight rendered him too simple and too perfect to know. She felt a strange kinship to the fans who longed for him, but she needed to know more. It took her many years to accept that his life and his legacy were hers, so she began to ask for stories—from family, fellow musicians, friends—and they began to flow.

Galadrielle Allman’s memoir is billed as an intimate account of one of the greatest guitar prodigies of all time, the story of the birth of a band that redefined the American musical landscape, and a tale of a daughter searching for her father in the memories of others.

“Please Be With Me: A Song For My Father Duane Allman” can be pre-ordered via the Amazon link below.

Gregg Allman recently confirmed that the Allman Brothers Band will stop touring after marking their 45th anniversary this year.

The group will launch their final residency at New York City’s Beacon Theatre on March 7; they’ll play 14 dates at the venue before hosting their 10th annual Wanee Music Festival in Florida in April.

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Queen and Adam Lambert to make announcement next week

Queen and Adam Lambert will make an announcement at a scheduled press event at New York’s Madison Square Garden on Thursday, March 6.

Based on recent comments by guitarist Brian May, it is anticipated that the pairing will formally announce a series of US concert dates for this summer.

"We've been talking to Adam Lambert, you know we've already done some gigs with Adam, who is amazing," May recently told BBC Radio 2 host Steve Wright. “We are ongoing, we can't help it. I think we all protested too much in the sense when Freddie went and we didn't want to talk about it and didn't want to be Queen for a while."

"But after a while,” he continued, “you realize that people wanna hear the songs and see us do things. So, no matter what you call it, Roger and I do do stuff, and I think we'll be doing some more stuff this summer in fact, probably in the States."

Queen have previously toured Europe with Lambert, the former American Idol contestant, and played the iHeart Radio Music Festival in Las Vegas last fall.

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VIDEO: Rolling Stones play first of three shows in Japan

The Rolling Stones brought their 14 On Fire Tour to Japan this week, where they played the first of three shows at the Tokyo Dome on Wednesday, and video from the event has surfaced.

Starting with their 1965 hit, “Get Off Of My Cloud”, the Stones rocked the sold-out crowd with a twenty-song set that included the fan-voted track, “Bitch.”

“Loved the opening show at the Tokyo Dome last night!,” posted Mick Jagger. “There were some great costumes! Hope my Japanese is better next show!”

The Stones will play two more sold-out dates at the Tokyo Dome next Tuesday and Thursday before heading to Macau, Shanghai, Singapore, Australia and New Zealand.

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Thursday, February 27, 2014

Anthrax guitarist supports KISS not playing Rock Hall induction

Anthrax guitarist Scott Ian has come out in support of the decision by KISS members Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons to pull the plug on a live performance at the band’s upcoming induction into the 2014 Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame.

KISS released a statement explaining their decision (read it here) after original guitarist Ace Frehley broke the news on Eddie Trunk’s radio show (details here) and original drummer Peter Criss released a statement of his own (here).

"Look, I've got Gene Simmons tattooed on my leg, so whatever Gene says is what goes,” Ian tells WMMS Cleveland’s Rover’s Morning Glory show while promoting his spoken-word tour, “Speaking Words.” "I'm a fan, just like everyone else, and would I wanna see, if I was going… I'm not going to the Hall Of Fame thing, so would I wanna see the four original dudes back in makeup one more time? Of course I would, as a fan. But bands don't do things dictated by what the audience wants. A band would last about a year if that's how you worked. You have to do things the way you wanna do them.”

"KISS has been around for 40 years and are bigger now than they were in 1977 because Gene and Paul make smart business decisions — that's why,” continued Ian. “So, as a fan, and if you love them, you have to abide by the decisions that Gene and Paul are making for their brand and their band. So, why people get so upset over these things, I really don't understand. Like, if they decided they were playing with [current KISS members] Tommy [Thayer] and Eric [Singer], so fine. That's what they're doing. This is their band. This has been the lineup for a long time now.”

"I get it — those two guys [Tommy and Eric] aren't the guys who are getting into the Hall Of Fame [with Paul and Gene], it's Ace and Peter… you know, I get it,” summed up the guitarist. “So I think they made the right decision now by saying, 'We're just not gonna play. You can't please everybody. We're just gonna shut it down and just not do it.' I get it. I understand."

On April 10, KISS will be inducted into the 2014 Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame at a ceremony in New York, along with Nirvana, Peter Gabriel, Hall and Oates, Cat Stevens and Linda Ronstadt.

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Jimi Hendrix photo exhibit to open next month

A new Jimi Hendrix photo exhibit featuring the works of legendary rock and roll photographer Gered Mankowitz will open in Leeds, UK next month.

The Yorkshire Evening Post reports the exhibition, entitled “The Jimi Hendrix Experience”, will be presented at White Cloth Gallery on Aire Street.

Gered’s photos were taken at a pivotal point in Hendrix’s short career. These iconic portraits capture the mystery and otherworldliness defining his public image, just as Gered’s 1965-67 portraits of the Rolling Stones defined them as the antithesis of the Beatles. This Hendrix exhibition gives a clear insight into the real Jimi relaxing upbeat, smiling and happy.

“Jimi was so positive and excited about what was happening to him,” said Mankowitz. “He was easy to work with and a pleasure to be around. Jimi was very shy and retiring, humble and modest. Not starry or assertive and that pretty well remained the case during the time that I knew him. There was a complete contrast between the man on stage and the man in person.”

“The Jimi Hendrix Experience” exhibit opens Wednesday, March 5.

The show will help to raise money for the Cystic Fibrosis Trust and guests will be entertained with three exhibitions plus a performance from a live band.

Prints will also be available for sale on site – for full event details, visit

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Slash not interested in a Guns N’ Roses biopic

Despite turning movie producer with the release of last year’s “Nothing Left To Fear”, guitar icon Slash says he doesn't want to see a biopic made about his former band, Guns N' Roses.

"I would not like to see a Guns N' Roses biopic,” Slash tells the Belfast Telegraph. “It's really rare where you see actors portraying live musicians (well). I don't think rock and roll translates in the movies, I don't think they really get the gritty vibe of what it's like."

Slash played his last show with Guns N' Roses at River Plate Stadium in Buenos Aires, Argentina on July 17, 1993 and officially left the band in 1996.

In 2010, the guitarist started Slasher Films, a horror film production company he formed in partnership with Michael Williams and Rob Eric of Scout Productions.

The company’s first project, "Nothing Left To Fear", is a harrowing tale in the spirit of the terrifying horror films of the 1970s. The movie is inspired by the legend of Stull, Kansas, which is surrounded by internet folklore proclaiming the town to be one of the Seven Gateways to Hell.

The film’s original motion picture soundtrack was written and produced by Slash and Nick O'Toole. It included the film score plus two original songs: "Nothing Left To Fear", which features vocalist Myles Kennedy, and the instrumental "Welcome To Stull."

Slash is currently in the studio recording his third solo album; the sessions are being documented in a new web series, “Real To Reel” – learn more here.

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VIDEO: Eddie Vedder joins Bruce Springsteen for AC/DC classic in Brisbane

Pearl Jam frontman Eddie Vedder joined Bruce Springsteen in Brisbane, Australia Wednesday night for a cover of the AC/DC classic, “Highway To Hell”, and video of the performance is available.

The Brisbane show marked the final date of Springsteen’s Australian tour in support of his new album, “High Hopes”, and the second time Vedder joined the rocker on the trek for the AC/DC track – they also played it in Melbourne on February 15 (see video here).

Vedder wrapped up a solo tour of the country last weekend, following recent shows there with Pearl Jam.

Springsteen now moves on to New Zealand for a pair of concert this weekend.

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Led Zeppelin: Unreleased Physical Graffiti tapes to be auctioned

Unreleased studio mixes from the recording sessions for Led Zeppelin’s 1975 double-album, “Physical Graffiti”, are going up for sale next month, and Amherst, New Hampshire-based RR Auction has posted an audio preview for interested buyers.

The auction house will sell the tapes – from the collection of audio engineer Ron Nevison – as part of its Marvels Of Modern Music auction, which runs March 13 – 20.

Led Zeppelin recorded the “Physical Graffiti” tracks in the Ronnie Lane Mobile Studio that Nevison designed in an Airstream trailer.

Structurally, many tracks are not very far along – most of the guitars and vocals were redone later, and some lack the vocals entirely. Additional orchestration was also added, and many times only the drum tracks from the recordings were used in the final product.

Most notably, one of the tapes features the drums from “Kashmir” (then entitled “Driving To Kashmir”). Because bass player and keyboardist John Paul Jones had been late for the recording sessions, guitarist Jimmy Page used the time to work on the riff with drummer John Bonham.

Nevison recorded Bonham’s drums on a separate track, running the cymbals through a phaser as an experiment; the band liked the results and used it on the final song. In addition to the drums, the fully-instrumental “Driving To Kashmir” recording also features the instantly recognizable guitar riff.

“Nevison's Physical Graffiti tapes provide a window into the creative process behind one the greatest albums ever produced,” says RR Auction VP Bobby Livingston. “An absolutely remarkable piece of modern music history.”

The Marvels Of Modern Music auction will feature more than 800 items – for details, visit

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VIDEO: Asia preview new album Gravitas

Asia are previewing their forthcoming new album, “Gravitas”, with the release of a behind-the-scenes video package on the project.

Produced and written by John Wetton and Geoff Downes, “Gravitas” introduces the band's new guitarist, Sam Coulson, who replaced Steve Howe last year following his return to the Yes lineup.

Scheduled for release on March 5th (Japan), March 21st (Europe). and March 25th (North America), “Gravitas” will be available in two configurations: a standard CD and a Deluxe Edition, that will include two bonus tracks and a DVD containing the “Valkyrie” music video, a promotional film, and footage of classic live Asia tracks such as “Heat of the Moment,” recorded with the Plovdiv Philharmonic Orchestra in Bulgaria.

This week, the band released the video for the album’s lead single, “Valkyrie.”

Asia will launch a world tour to support “Gravitas” in June.

“Gravitas” can be pre-ordered via the Amazon link below.

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Black Crowes: Chris Robinson Brotherhood release new single

The Chris Robinson Brotherhood have released “Shore Power”, the first single from the band’s forthcoming third album, “Phosphorescent Harvest.”

Produced by Thom Monahan and due April 29, the project features 10 songs, including several the band has road-tested over the last few years; they've performed over 230 shows since forming in 2011.

Led by Black Crowes frontman Chris Robinson, the band features guitarist Neal Casal, keyboardist Adam MacDougall, drummer George Sluppick and bassist Mark Dutton.

"The best perspective I have on what's going on in my life - good and bad - is what comes out in the songs," says Robinson. "As you move on in time, you get older, you have relationships. Some of them are good, some fail. Friends. Drugs. Life. Death. People come, people go. Songwriting is a completely different emotional response to your life and to what it means, to in some poetic nature, put it out there."

The Chris Robinson Brotherhood will hit the road fort live dates starting April 12 with an appearance at the Wanee Festival in Live Oak, Florida, with shows confirmed into late May and more to be announced.

Check out the track listing for “Phosphorescent Harvest” and the band’s tour schedule here.

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Deep Purple: Made In Japan deluxe reissue due this spring

Deep Purple will reissue deluxe editions of their seminal 1972 live album, “Made In Japan”, in multiple formats on May 19.

"Made In Japan" was recorded live over three nights during August 15–17, 1972 at Festival Hall, Osaka and Budokan, Tokyo; four of the tracks come from the band's 1972 "Machine Head" album.

The project featured the classic Deep Purple MK II lineup of Ian Gillan (vocals), Ritchie Blackmore (guitar), Roger Glover (bass), Jon Lord (organ) and Ian Paice (drums).

“Made In Japan” will be reissued in a number of special formats and will include previously unseen footage on DVD, bonus material and mixes, memorabilia and a hardback book.

The "Made In Japan" formats include:

* Limited Edition Super Deluxe 4 CD+DVD+7" Boxed Set
* Limited-Edition Super Deluxe 9LP Boxed Set
* Deluxe Edition 2CD
* 180g 2LP
* Blu-ray Pure Audio
* HD Download
* MFiT
* Standard Digital format

Deep Purple just wrapped up a month-long series of European shows in support of their latest album, “NOW What?!” The group returns to live action in Esch-sur-Alzette, Luxembourg on April 1.

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