Motörhead have been forced to cancel tonight’s show in Paris, France (at The Zenith) due to the ongoing terror threat in that country after six simultaneous attacks on Friday night left at least 129 people dead, including the massacre at the Eagles Of Death Metal concert hall, where at least 80 people were killed.
“Due to the serious situation that our brothers and sisters are facing in Paris we have to postpone our gig until January. We are working on locking a date and will give details as soon as we can.”
Show production company Gerard Drouot Productions added on Facebook: ”Following the tragic events that occurred last night in Paris, the Ministry of Culture has taken the decision to close the Zenith Paris – La Villette on Sunday, November 15. The official Motorhead concert scheduled … is therefore postponed to a later date, probably on 21 January. We will confirm this report shortly.”
At least eighty people have been killed after gunmen burst into the Bataclan concert hall in France during an Eagles of Death Metal concert. The incident was one of several gun and bomb attacks in Paris in which at least 120 people have been killed. France has declared a state of national emergency.
Scores were taken hostage during the attack, which lasted between 10-15 minutes. JournalistJulien Pearce, who escaped the 1,200 capacity venue after the shooting started told CNN(via Blabbermouth):
“We lied down on the floor not to get hurt. It was a huge panic. The terrorists shot at us for 10 to 15 minutes. It was a bloodbath.” Julien didn’t hear the attackers speak, but said a friend heard them talk about Iraq and Syria. Later, he said the men were speaking French.
“I found myself inside the concert hall when several armed individuals burst in, in the middle of the concert. Two or three men, without masks, came in with Kalashnikov-type automatic weapons and began shooting blindly at the crowd… It lasted 10, 15 minutes. It was extremely violent and there was a wave of panic. Everyone was running in all directions towards the stage. It was a stampede and even I was trampled on. I saw a lot of people hit by bullets. The gunmen had loads of time to reload at least three times. They weren’t masked; they knew what they were doing; they were very young.”
The siege reportedly ended when SWAT units stormed the concert hall. There were reportedly several attackers in the Bataclan looking for concertgoers who were in hiding. They also said that there was a shootout in the street, with police “firing at a rooftop position near the venue.”
Several hours ago, Eagles of Death Metal posted the following statement:
“We are still currently trying to determine the safety and whereabouts of all our band and crew. Our thoughts are with all of the people involved in this tragic situation.”
According to Washington Post, a US official has since confirmed that the band are safe and have been accounted for.
Festival coverage & Interviews conducted by Robert Williams
Live photography and video editing courtesy of Sandra Torres
The Austin, Texas based Fun Fun Fun Fest recently celebrated it’s tenth year of triple-fun featuring an ever eclectic roster of performing acts that this year included Jane’s Addiction, L7, Cheap Trick, Wu-Tang Clan, Lauryn Hill, NOFX, Coheed and Cambria, Dag Nasty, Gogol Bordello and about a billion other acts that have absolutely nothing to do with metal. Plus extreme sports, live pro wrestling, and the ever popular taco-cannon that blasts foil-wrapped Torchy’s Taco’s hundreds of yards into the jam-packed festival audience of smelly hipster Austinites.
RHAPSODY+PRIMAL FEAR – CO-HEADLINE NORTH AMERICA 2015
26.04.2016 USA Hartford – Webster Theater
28.04.2016 USA New York City – Stage 48
29.04.2016 USA Pittsburgh – Altar Bar
30.04.2016 USA Cleveland – Agora Theater
01.05.2016 USA Detroit – Token Longue
03.05.2016 USA Chicago – Concord Music Hall
04.05.2016 USA Minneapolis – Mill City Nights
05.05.2016 USA Kansas City – Granada Theater
06.05.2016 USA Denver – Bluebird Theater
08.05.2016 USA Seattle – El Corazon
09.05.2016 CAN Vancouver – Rickshaw Theater
11.05.2016 USA San Francisco – Rockbar Theater
12.05.2016 USA Los Angeles – The Grove
13.05.2016 USA Las Vegas – LVCS
14.05.2016 USA San Diego – Brick By Brick
15.05.2016 USA Phoenix – Club Red
17.05.2016 USA Dallas – Trees
18.05.2016 USA Houston – Scout Bar
20.05.2016 USA Orlando – The Haven
21.05.2016 USA Tampa – Orpheum
22.05.2016 USA Atlanta – The Masquerade
24.05.2016 USA Baltimore – Soundstage
25.05.2016 USA Albany – Upstate Concert Hall
26.05.2016 USA Philadelphia – The Trocadero
28.05.2016 USA Worcester – The Palladium
30.05.2016 CAN Montreal – Club Soda
31.05.2016 CAN Quebec City – Imperial
Scotiabank Centre, Halifax, NS Canada
Nov. 10th, 2015
Review by EvilG, Photos by Celtic Bob
Judas Priest – before the curtain fell
“It took us 40 years to get here”
– Rob Halford
For the first time in their lengthy career, the Metal Gods came to Atlantic Canada for a single show in Halifax. Rather than lament about their absence from the other Atlantic Canadian provinces (Newfoundland & Labrador, New Brunswick, and Prince Edward Island) on this, or any other tour, we shall focus on the fact that they finally came to our part of Canada!
Former Motörhead drummer Phil “Philthy Animal” Taylor passed away yesterday (November 11th), at 61 years of age. His former bandmate “Fast” Eddie Clarke broke the sad news via his official Facebook page.
Motörhead have since taken to social media with the following tribute: “Lil’ Philthy… he who once shouted ‘stop wincing about’ on an album… he who fueled many a young boy’s punk/metal hairstyles… he who played the drums with fury and intent… he who liked to call people ‘wazzocks’ once in a while… friend, Roman, Derbyshireman… rest in peace… with much love.”
“Fast” Eddie Clarke’s original message: “My dear friend and brother passed away last night. He had been ill for sometime but that does not make it any easier when the time finally comes. I have known Phil since he was 21 and he was one hell of a character. Fortunately we made some fantastic music together and I have many many fond memories of our time together. Rest in Peace, Phil!”
Phil “Philthy Animal” Taylor played in Motörhead from 1975 to 1984, and from 1987 to 1992.
is back after 2 years paus with a solid tour experience and 2 full length albums to back it up with, hungry to conquer the international market. Hysterica is melodic metal with Anni as a fantastic singer, Bitchie’s fantastic riffs and more. The entire bands heavy rocking leave a lasting memory to the audience.
In august 2014 the independent Rock Label, Attitude Recordings signedHYSTERICA. A 5 track minialbum, “All in” was released in april 2015 and the producer is Marcus Jidell.
ROCK ROYALTY JOIN FORCES FOR A BENEFIT CONCERT FOR TONY MACALPINE
(Los Angeles, CA) Guitar legends Steve Vai, Zakk Wylde and John 5, along with drum powerhouse Mike Portnoy, bass icon Billy Sheehanand keyboard phenomenon Derek Sherinian are joining forces to play a benefit concert for guitar and keyboard virtuoso Tony MacAlpine, who was recently diagnosed with colon cancer.
The Benefit for Tony MacAlpine will take place at the Wiltern Theatre in Los Angeles on December 12, 2015, at 7:00pm, featuring performances from John 5 & The Creatures, Zakk Wylde with Mike Portnoy, Billy Sheehan and Derek Sherinian; Steve Vai and band, and culminating in an all-star jam with house band Portnoy, Sheehan, Sherinian featuring special guests. Eddie Trunk will serve as master of ceremonies for the night.
In addition to this extraordinary musical event, Steve Vai, John 5, Paul Gilbert and Joe Satriani have all graciously donated personal guitars to be auctioned during the event. Tony’s gear manufacturers Ibanez, Hughes & Kettner, EMG Pickups, Ernie Ball, Source Audioand Voodoo Lab have also generously donated equipment to be raffled.
Tony’s cancer diagnosis comes on the heels of his wife’s diagnosis with breast cancer in June, making the situation even more trying for Tony and his family.
“Tony is a dear friend, an absolutely sweet human being and one of the most talented musicians I’ve ever worked with,” says Mike Portnoy, “We are coming together to help raise money and awareness to help him fight his battle and come out on top!” Adds Steve Vai, “It’s a great privilege to take to the stage with my friends Zakk, John, Mike and Billy in support of our dear friend Tony. Tony has always been blessed with an exceptional talent and more so, he’s an exceptionally cool guy. It’s a great cause and will be a magical evening of guitar extravaganza.”
“Tony has been such an inspiration to me,” says John 5 “He is an incredible musician and an unbelievable talent. Please let’s all come together and beat this!”
“Tony is our brother. We look forward to making a historical night, and raising a lot of money to help our friend in need.” said Derek Sherinian.
Tony MacAlpine is widely known as a guitar virtuoso who is just as skilled on the keys. Edge of Insanity, his classic debut album, was recently ranked by Guitar World magazine as one of the Top Ten Shred Guitar Albums of all time. Aside from his solo work, Tony has also been part of several rock supergroups including Planet X with Derek Sherinian and Virgil Donati; PSMS (Portnoy/Sheehan/MacAlpine/Sherinian); as well as the Grammy nominated CAB with bassist Bunny Brunel and drummer Dennis Chambers. MacAlpine also spent seven years playing guitar and keys in Steve Vai’s touring band The Breed.
Tony’s most recent album Concrete Gardens was released in May. Tony toured the US in June to promote the album, but was forced to cancel tours of Asia, Australia and Europe when his health deteriorated.
Tickets are on sale: Saturday November 7, at 10am PT through LiveNation.com, with all proceeds going to help Tony and his family. A GoFundMe campaign will be set up for fans who can’t make the show, but still want to contribute.
Doors will be at 7 pm with the show set to begin at 8 pm. For tickets, visit www.livenation.com
This special event will take place at the Wiltern Theatre in Los Angeles on December 12, 2015, at 7:00pm, featuring performances from John 5 & The Creatures, Zakk Wylde with Mike Portnoy, Billy Sheehan and Derek Sherinian; Steve Vai and band, and culminating in an all-star jam with house band Portnoy, Sheehan, Sherinian, and featuring special guests. Eddie Trunk will serve as master of ceremonies for the night.
He‘s become part of rock history as the lead guitarist of KISS, MICHAEL BOLTON, MEAT LOAF and GRAND FUNK RAILROAD. And like a bat out of hell, he was back in the studio to record some lead guitars for the newAVANTASIA album. Guitar legend, solo artist and Tobi‘s dear friend Bruce Kulick! AVANTASIA‘s new album Ghostlights will be released on January, 29th 2016 via Nuclear Blast Records.
“I remember I was eleven years old when I had a KISS Crazy Nights poster on the wall”, commented Tobi. “20 years later Bruce asked me to co-write and lay down vocals for a song on his solo album BKIII (highly recommended to check out), which was a great honor for me. Bruce is a great guy, a pro and an outstanding guitar player, he comes from a different background than me, which makes it even more exciting to have him on theGhostlights album (out January 2016 via Nuclear Blast).”
We know this may come as a surprise to many of you; honestly, it kinda took us by surprise too. What was supposed to be a short eight weeks break, suddenly & unfortunately, turned in to the demise of the band.
-We have been touring and recording in a relentless schedule since 2008 and I guess we burned the candle in both ends and hit a wall. When we finally had the opportunity to step back and get some perspective, the motivation for some members in the band just wasn’t there any more…
Would like to take this opportunity and thank our beloved road crew, Victory Rec, Danger Music, Artery Foundation, TKO & all other great people and companies we worked with these past seven years as a professional touring act.
Most of all we would like to thank YOU; Our dedicated, devoted, loving and caring fans around the globe! We´ve truly been blessed to be able to travel the world and meet so very many of you Sinners. -Together we managed to sell tens of thousands of albums and achieve what most young bands only can dream of in this day and age.
You truly are the sole reason we pushed on for as long as we did and we will cherish the memories forever and never forget your unconditional love!
It is our hope that the flame will burn once again and hopefully resurrect this Swedish bastard sometime in the future. Time will tell…
Always a resilient band, Canadian extremists Cryptopsy seem to have bounced just about all the way back from their near-fatal misstep of 2008 – the divisive, perplexingly out of character album The Unspoken King, regarded by many as one of underground death metal’s most epic fails. Their self-titled 2012 album went a long way toward restoring Cryptopsy’s damaged credibility, as did the band’s choice to eschew label support and release it independently, a business model they have maintained ever since.
Any remaining skeptics should have all doubts quashed with the band’s latest release, the four-track The Book of Suffering Tome 1, the first in a planned series of three EPs, which was made available via CD or download through Bandcamp and digitally through the usual avenues Oct. 30. Musically, it is classic Cryptopsy: turbulent technical death metal with a hint of catchiness, lots of sudden time changes and wonderfully gnarly vocals from Matt McGachy, who rather unfairly took a brunt of the blame for the failures of The Unspoken King. He tops it all off with some of the most spectacularly savage lyrics in the band’s history, which is saying something. But the true-life horrors he details on Tome 1 make “Slit Your Guts” or “Open Face Surgery” seem like kid’s stuff.
During a mid-morning interview via Skype from Montreal, McGachy outlined the aforementioned horrors as well as what Cryptopsy have in mind for the future EPs – or at least the next one – the mistakes of The Unspoken King and the band’s rebound from them, as well his optimism for the road ahead as the quartet gets a better handle on life as an independent act, enjoys some relative lineup stability and prepares for better touring opportunities.
German power metallers GAMMA RAY have recruited Frank Beck as their second lead singer. A posting on the band’s official web site states: “From now, on the vocals there will be Mr. Kai Hansen as usual plus and welcome please Mr. Frank Beck with whom the band has done already a good amount of shows in the past.
“We found out that Frank is not only a great singer that very much fits into the band from his voice and from his temper of the voice and his kind of singing but as well as a very very good human being that is fit to live up to the extreme expectations that we as a band have for people joining. Mainly this guy cannot only sing, he can party, too and that’s very important. So that was reason one.
“Another good reason was that Kai just felt that it’s time for him to cut a bit shorter on singing, because he found out that his long touring, especially headline shows after a while, always tends to fuck up the voice and end up with something that is not a hundred percent. So sharing the vocals makes things much easier and much more pleasurable.
“It will not only give the band a new dimension soundwise or vocalwise but it will as well — and here is reason number three — give Kai the freedom to move around on stage a lot and plus create a bit more action on the live performances and be more free to play the guitar which actually he does like a lot.
“So, ladies and gentleman, please welcome the new GAMMA RAY and please welcome Mr. Frank Beck.”
GAMMA RAY’s eleventh studio album, “Empire Of The Undead”, was released in March 2014 on CD, CD/DVD digipack, LP and digitally via earMusic.
The “Empire Of The Undead” title track was already been made available on the single/EP “Master Of Confusion”, an appetizer the band released in 2013, just before touring the world with HELLOWEEN.
GAMMA RAY recorded the new album in various sessions in 2013, with Eike Freese at the mixing desk alongside bass player and co-writer Dirk Schlaechter.
The complete track listing for each “Empire Of The Undead” format can be found at GammaRay.org.