Bobby Blotzer unleashes his ultimate RATT Experience!
As a member of the Legendary Rock Band RATT, Bobby Blotzer has headlined arenas the world over, selling over 20 million records worldwide! In 2015, the acclaimed drummer affectionately known as “The Blotz” plans to introduce the world to his own one of a kind RATT Experience Live Show.
While the members of RATT are currently on hiatus, Blotzer has assembled a group of world class musicians that will perform not only the RATT hits fans have come to expect, but also several deep album cuts as well, including many songs that have never been performed live!
The Experience is rounded out by Josh Alan (Sin City Sinners), Scotty Griffin (Ex LA Guns), Doc Ellis (Jizzy Pearl’s Love/Hate) & 21 Year Old Guitar Hero Blaze.
America Must Destroyed To Be Released For Record Store Day
Not ones to rest on their laurels and fresh off the announcement of the 2015 GWAR B-Q, the intergalactic overlords GWAR have confirmed they will be taking part in the annual Record Store Day Festivities on Saturday April 18th.
“I used to like Chinese food, now I don’t give a fuck”, said guitarist Pustulus Maximus when asked about Record Store Day.
Just how exactly do they plan on doing this? First, Metal Blade Records will releasing an exclusive Record Store Day double LP edition of GWAR’s third opus America Must Be Destroyed. Previously only available on import vinyl from the UK, this exclusive version which has been meticulously recreated by the slaves of GWAR, features the original color insert with lyrics, an official (looking) certificate of authenticity and a killer ‘pop up’ of GWAR’s pet dinosaur Gor Gor! Additionally, it is confirmed that on April 21st the Grammy nominated classic Phallus in Wonderland will be reissued on DVD in a convenient CD sized package.
But that’s not enough for GWAR. They have planned a special Record Store Day appearance as well. This once in a lifetime opportunity takes place at Asylum Records April 18th from 12:00 – 3:00pm located at 108 W Main St in Mesa, Arizona. On this day you will be able to worship at the feet of the almighty GWAR, get your albums signed and if they deem you worthy, maybe even get a picture with them. There will be special giveaways and raffles including a one of a kind airbrushed guitar signed by the band!
Of course, GWAR could not make it to Arizona without the help of their personal slaves. So in order to get the slaves to agree to help, GWAR has agreed to let the slaves appear as “RAWG” and play a special show that evening at the Nile Theater across the street from Asylum in Mesa, AZ. The doors open at 5:30 PM and you can grab tickets HERE.
“These working conditions are inhumane. Thanks, Obama” -nameless slave
In other GWAR news, your Lords and Masters will be travelling back in time to commemorate the 20th Anniversary of the film Empire Records in which they had a starring role. GWAR will make an appearance during the anniversary Celebration in Brooklyn, NY April 8th – 10th. More details on GWAR’s invasion of Brooklyn, NY can be seenHERE.
Don’t forget to come celebrate GWAR’s 30th year of conquest on this fucking shit-hole planet at the most ear-bursting, bone-crushing, mouth-watering, belly-bursting, beer-guzzling, nut-bustingest party of this or any summer! The date is set for the 6th Annual GWAR B-Q: Saturday, August 15th at Hadad’s Lake (7900 Osborne Turnpike Richmond, VA 23231).
By the mid/late ’80s, Iron Maiden was unquestionably one of the biggest heavy metal bands on the planet – regularly headlining arenas/stadiums, each new album rocketing up the charts, and t-shirts sporting their ghastly mascot (Eddie) was one of the most popular fashion statements by metalheads. But by this point of their career, most of the band members were different than the ones that appeared on their classic 1980 self-titled debut album, while musically, they had transformed from a raw “punk metal” sound to a more refined “prog metal” approach.
Written by journalist/author Greg Prato, ‘Iron Maiden: ’80 ’81’ focuses solely on the early era of the band. Set up in an oral history format, interviews include Paul Di’Anno (Iron Maiden singer, 1978-1981), Dennis Stratton (Iron Maiden guitarist, 1979-1980), Wil Malone (‘Iron Maiden’ producer), Biff Byford (Saxon singer), Udo Dirkschneider (former Accept singer), Kim McAuliffe (Girlschool singer/guitarist), Brian Tatler (Diamond Head guitarist), Lips (Anvil singer/guitarist), Doro (Doro singer), Scott Ian (Anthrax guitarist), Charlie Benante (Anthrax drummer), David Ellefson (Megadeth bassist), Dave Lombardo (former Slayer drummer), Mike Portnoy (former Dream Theater drummer), Richard Christy (Death and Iced Earth drummer), Glenn Tipton (Judas Priest guitarist), Pete Way (former UFO bassist), and Eddie Trunk (‘That Metal Show’ co-host, radio DJ), among many others.
Greg Prato is a Long Island, New York-based journalist, who has written for Rolling Stone, and has authored such books as ‘MTV Ruled the World: The Early Years of Music Video,’ ‘Overlooked/Underappreciated: 354 Recordings That Demand Your Attention,’ ‘Grunge is Dead: The Oral History of Seattle Rock Music,’ and ‘The Eric Carr Story.’ ‘Iron Maiden: ’80 ’81’ is his 15th book overall.
Available as a paperback version [$16.99], a Kindle download [$9.99], and a Nook download [$9.99], ‘Iron Maiden: ’80 ’81’ helps put it all into perspective.
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Dave Mustaine, of MEGADETH, and Chris Adler, drummer for LAMB OF GOD, will join original bassist David Ellefson in the creation of MEGADETH’s anticipated forthcoming album. Adler will be appearing as a guest on the album and contributing his thundering, hard-hitting, and technically precise style and skill, adding new blood and drive into the mix while staying true to MEGADETH’s roots.
The names associated with the project are true legends on the hard rock scene: on the vocals – Doogie White (Rainbow, Michael Schenker, Yngwie Malmsteen), on the drums – Vinny Appice (Black Sabbath, Heaven & Hell, DIO), on the bass – Marco Mendoza (Thin Lizzy, Whitesnake), who join forces with the 16-year-old Polish guitarist Iggy Gwadera, who made his debut 3 years ago as the guitarist of Anti Tank Nun.
There is a reason for our lack of news lateley. The reason for that is that Simon Cruz has left CRASHDÏET. Well, actually he decided to leave in the midst of our mini tour in Japan… With no notice what so ever.
The last few months have been confusing to say the least and we haven’t been sure of what to make of this… other than that our collaboration with Simon is over.
However… The recording of the new album will proceed as planned and you can expect hear more from us soon!
Oh my. Now this is something. North Carolina metallers, and some time three-piece, Corrosion of Conformity (COC) reunited with frontman and guitarist Pepper Keenan for the first time in almost a decade. Scratch that; more like two for this line-up in the UK. Stuff dreams are made of? Perhaps a bit strong, but it’s been doing nicely for a couple of nights, culminating in this, the last date of the UK Deliverance tour. So deliver us.
OVERKILL, New Jersey’s highest-ranking admirals of thrash, are proud to announce their worldwide deal with Nuclear Blast Records. Previously signed to the label in Europe only, a special box set comprised of the band’s entire back catalogue will be their first worldwide release on Nuclear Blast, due out this fall and coinciding with their co-headlining North American tour with fellow Jersey natives & progressive metal juggernauts SYMPHONY X.
“OVERKILL is now a part of the Nuclear Blast family for the entire world,” states band manager John Finberg. “I have worked with the U.S. office on various projects as of late and they have a true understanding of what to do and how to do it. This upcoming box set is the start of the next chapter in the band’s career.”
Nuclear Blast label manager Gerardo commented on the signing of OVERKILL:
“NB is proud to announce a world-wide deal with Overkill. We’ve worked with them outside North America for the past few years, but it was time to extend the deal and have them join the North American family as well. Nuclear Blast America welcomes the legends!” Read the rest of this entry »
The Atkins May Project, featuring original Judas Priest vocalist Al Atkins and guitar virtuoso Paul May return with this superb compilation. For the last four years the rock world has been buzzing about former Judas Priest vocal legend and Holy Rage heavy metal frontman Al Atkins and Christian guitarist and music artist Paul May’s new music. Together they have created three excellent records available on Gonzo Multimedia. There are enough doses of melody and metal madness to entice all fans of the genre, and while it is solid, honest, working-class heavy metal, it also has its roots in contemporary metal with some fine axe-work and killer choruses.
“When I wrote My Future, I was actually having a lot of issues going across my mind. Mostly things about moving on from past relationships or friendships. I never quite wrote a song about this kind of subject before but I find it’s always interesting to try something new. Especially just as long as I find it’s natural and appropriate. The overall sound of this song is a little bit inspired from In The Rain from the first album, except with a few new dynamics to it. Some of the more obvious new dynamics would be the far eastern influences and the added syncopation. Overall, I’m very satisfied with how this song turned out. It’s definitely a song that sticks in my mind.”
• All songs performed by: Collin McGee
• All songs written by: Collin McGee
• Produced by: Collin McGee
• Mixed by: Jonathan Lefrancois Leduc. Silverwing Studios, Montreal Qc
• Mastered by: Jonathan Lefrancois Leduc. Silverwing Studios, Montreal Qc