The Big 4: METALLICA, SLAYER, MEGADETH and ANTHRAX
METALLICA, SLAYER, MEGADETH and ANTHRAX — the so-called “Big Four” of 1980s thrash metal — will play together for the first time in history tonight (Wednesday, June 16) at the Sonisphere festival at Bemowo Airport in Warsaw, Poland.
The first photo of all the members of the four bands (minus SLAYER guitarist Jeff Hanneman) hanging out in a room together, apparently taken earlier today (Tuesday, June 15), can be viewed to the right.
“It’s about fucking time this happened,” says SLAYER’s Kerry King, “and about time the fans finally get what they want. This is fucking awesome.”
ANTHRAX guitarist Scott Ian agrees, commenting on the enormity of the announcement. “People have been talking about these four bands playing together since 1984,” he says. “That’s twenty-six years of expectation!! And the thing is, I believe not only will we live up to the expectations, we will shatter them! No other four bands as influential as the four of us have ever done this. Imagine if THE BEATLES, STONES, THE WHO and ZEPPELIN had done shows? Or SABBATH, PRIEST, MAIDEN, MOTÖRHEAD? Well, I may be getting into some rarified air here but as a fan, that’s how big I feel this is.”
These four legendary acts broke out of the underground thrash movement to dominate the metal world in the 1980s, selling millions of records and packing arenas across the globe. The metal giants have never before all shared the same stage, despite huge demand.
A second “Big Four” appearance is planned for Sonisphere Switzerland two days after the Warsaw concert, with more Sonisphere shows featuring the awesome combo to follow.
“This is a ‘once-in-a-lifetime’ opportunity for heavy metal fans to see the four greatest heavy metal bands in American history back together on one stage,” concludes MEGADETH mainman Dave Mustaine. “If there are any heads left at the end of this festival that haven’t banged, they don’t belong there.”
The “Big Four” concert on June 22 in Sofia, Bulgaria will find its way to the U.S. via a satellite broadcast. That day’s show, as part of the Sonisphere festival, will be beamed to more than 450 movie theatres in more than 140 markets in the U.S., along with cities in Europe, Canada and Latin America.
The concert will be broadcast to theatres in high definition. Delayed screenings are planned for Australia, South Africa and New Zealand.
METALLICA’s Lars Ulrich said in a statement, “Who would have thought that more than 25 years after its inception, thrash metal’s ‘Big Four’ would not only still be around, be more popular than ever, playing shows together at stadiums all over Europe, and on top of that, coming to a movie theater near you in high definition (for better or worse??!!). Bring it on!”
RATT drummer Bobby Blotzer recently discussed “control issues” within the band during an interview with Noisecreep about his new book, Tales Of A Ratt: Things You Shouldn’t Know. An excerpt from the story is available below:
“I never know from one day to the next that this band’s going to be together because of certain people in this band. You can depend on me, I will be there for every show. I won’t pull some of the shenanigans and stuff that people do in this band.
“And it makes it hard. It makes the creative tension-wise I guess on how that frustration comes in and goes into the music and comes out sounding like kick ass Ratt music. But it’s just hard. It’s between me, Warren [DeMartini] and Stephen [Pearcy] trying to perpetuate our way of doing business. You got three chiefs and no Indians.”
In fact, when pressed on what the members of Ratt fight about the most, Blotzer provides a simple, one word answer: “Control.” Blotzer is brutally honest. His new book, Tales Of A Ratt: Things You Shouldn’t Know tells the Ratt story from beginning to today from Blotzer’s perspective. The autobiography was written by Blotzer with some help from writer friend Jim Clayton.
The writing style is conversational — as if Blotzer is talking directly to you. In fact, Blotzer dictated all his stories to Clayton in chronological order, and the two collaborated back and forth. Blotzer began working on the book in January 2008 and waited until the release of Ratt’s new album, ‘Infestation,’ to completely finish the book. He self-published the autobiography, and it began shipping in April 2010.
Like all music biographies, the book spends some time on Blotzer’s childhood, his love affair with music and his desire to be in a band. Then there are the chance meetings of future Ratt members and the rise to fame. Along the way there are hilarious stories of rock ‘n’ roll mayhem and painful realities of everyday life.
Toward the middle of the book, Blotzer addresses the ’90s when glam metal was no longer the favorite type of music and it was hard for bands like his to get work. Then there was the fact that his lead singer quit. Times were lean and bills had to be paid and Blotzer became an entrepreneur in order to keep his family afloat. Among others, Blotzer owned a steam cleaning business. While he was earning good money, Blotzer admits writing about the steam cleaning business was “painful.”
“The irony was that I still lived in my beach house,” explains Blotzer. “[I was] still getting royalties or whatever but it’s not enough. And I didn’t have any other experience in any field other than selling cars — I didn’t want to do that. And I had to do something. And that was something that I knew that I could fire up immediately. It’s definitely not a glamorous job, but it’s something that does make good money for the guys that do it.”
Ratt recently canceled their scheduled European tour, issuing the following press release:
Ratt have been forced to cancel their upcoming European tour dates. Vocalist Stephen Pearcy will be undergoing urgent hernia surgery this week. The band regrets missing the European dates on the heels of the release of their first album in 11 years, Infestation, which enjoyed a high chart debut in European territories.
Ratt shares this disappointment with all their European fans who planned to attend the shows at Sweden Rock, Sauna Open Air Festival, UK Download, Hellfest, Grasspop and Gods of Metal as well as their other dates. The band is looking into rescheduling as many of the shows as possible.
Pearcy’s doctors anticipate a full recovery in time for Ratt’s North American touring schedule, which includes a run with THE SCORPIONS, beginning in July and running through September.
Indian metal pioneers Demonic Resurrection have added another accolade to their already impressive list of achievements by winning the Global Metal award at the Metal Hammer Golden Gods 2010 in London, UK on 14th June. Metal Hammer is the one of the most prestigious heavy metal magazines in the world and the Golden Gods are their flagship awards for metal achievers across the world and are considered the most important heavy metal awards. In the past, the recipients of these awards have included bands like Iron Maiden, Megadeth, Judas Priest, Slipknot and Anthrax among others. Demonic Resurrection is the only band from India to ever have won a Golden God award, made all the more significant by the fact that they beat bands from all over the world to claim it. The complete list of winners is here:
2010 has already been an eventful year for the band who have just completed a decade-long career in heavy metal. Earlier this year, the band played the Inferno Festival in Norway, another first for an Indian band and shortly after were signed to Candlelight Records, one of the five biggest record labels for extreme metal. The band will also play the Brutal Assault Festival in August in the Czech Republic, alongside some of the biggest names in metal including Cannibal Corpse, Meshuggah, Fear Factory and Children of Bodom. The band also made an appearance in filmmaker Sam Dunn’s seminal documentary Global Metal as pioneers and forerunners of the Indian metal scene.
Dio’s contributions to heavy metal are profound and indisputable. He participated in no fewer than six of the most critically important hard rock and heavy metal albums of all time, including Rising, Long Live Rock ‘n’ Roll, Heaven And Hell, Mob Rules, Holy Diver and The Last In Line.
Ronnie James Dio lost his battle with stomach cancer on May 16th, 2010. It is one of the greatest losses ever suffered by the heavy metal community.
MANOWAR and Magic Circle Entertainment have decided to honor one of metal’s greatest legends with “Magic – A Tribute to Ronnie James Dio,” a new CD featuring Magic Circle Music artists and friends performing some of Dio’s most inspired work.
“Magic – A Tribute to Ronnie James Dio” is especially poignant because Dio hails from the same fertile upstate New York soil as MANOWAR. “Heavy metal has lost a great artist and a true gentleman,” says MANOWAR bassist Joey DeMaio. “I had the privilege of being his friend and, along with other friends and admirers, we wish to honor him.”
MANOWAR contributes a powerful rendition of Dio’s signature song, “Heaven And Hell.” Jack Starr’s Burning Starr and the Magic Circle All Star Band (with Shmoulik Avigal and Joe Stump) contribute the classics “Catch The Rainbow” and “Long Live Rock ‘n’ Roll” and his cousin and former Elf guitarist David “Rock” Feinstein delivers a song inspired and written for Dio titled “Far Beyond.” The album is rounded out by several tenacious, up-and-coming bands, such as female-fronted HolyHell, featuring the voice of Maria Breon (called by many “The Female Dio”) as well as Metalforce, Awaken and Crosswind, all of whom embrace Dio’s legacy in their own inspired interpretations of his songs on “Magic.”
In tribute to Dio’s legacy, famous fantasy painter and illustrator Ken Kelly, the man behind many of heavy metal’s most classic album covers (including some by MANOWAR) has reworked his iconic Rainbow “Rising” artwork for “Magic.”
“Magic – A Tribute to Ronnie James Dio” is from the hearts of these musicians.
It is not only their privilege, but also their duty, to honor Ronnie by singing his praises while singing his songs.
“Magic – A Tribute To Ronnie James Dio” will be released on Magic Circle Music’s online store Kingdom of Steel on June 18th, in Germany on July 16th, in the US and Canada on July 20th and further international territories in the forthcoming weeks. The album will also be available at the merchandise booth of all upcoming MANOWAR live appearances, starting at the Sonisphere Festival in Sofia, Bulgaria on June 23rd. Track Listing:
1) MANOWAR – Heaven And Hell
2) HOLYHELL – Holy Diver (Live In Norway)
3) METALFORCE – The Last In Line
4) MAGIC CIRCLE ALL STAR BAND – Long Live Rock ‘n’ Roll
5) AWAKEN – I Speed At Night
6) CROSSWIND – A Light In The Black
7) DEAN CASCIONE – Never More
8) FEINSTEIN – Far Beyond
9) HARLET – Straight Through The Heart
10) JACK STARR’S BURNING STARR – Catch The Rainbow
Chicago deathcore heavyweights, OCEANO will be hitting the road once again as part of the Over The Limit Tour. Ever the road warriors, this will not be a typical tour for OCEANO. It will mark their first major North American co-headlining tour alongside AS BLOOD RUNS BLACK. The tour will also act as a prelude to the fall release of the band’s forthcoming sophomore album, CONTAGION. Those attending the Over The Limit Tour will be among the first anywhere to hear some of the crushing new material from the album.
OCEANO frontman, Adam Warren gives his thoughts on the band’s first major co-headlining run across North America:
“Everyone in Oceano are BEYOND stoked to have another opportunity to hit the road and hangout with all our friends who comprise of the amazing bands on this tour. Expect to sweat, expect to get wet, and get violent this summer with the Over the limit tour!”
The Over The Limit Tour aims to bring a true summer festival experience to towns just outside of the bigger cities for a low price. Joining headliners OCEANO and AS BLOOD RUNS BLACK on the bill will be ARSONISTS GET ALL THE GIRLS, THE TONY DANZA TAPDANCE EXTRAVAGANZA, THICK AS BLOOD, BURNING THE MASSES, CIRCLE OF CONTEMPT, and BLINDWITNESS, with SON OF AURELIUS and THIS OR THE APOCALYPSE on select dates..
Rockstars & Actors Donate In Support of Humanity Thru Music In Benefit of Fur & Feather Animal Sanctuary
STEVE VAI, OZZY OSBOURNE, JOHN 5, BLASKO, PAUL GILBERT, TYLER MANE, MARKY RAMONE, BILLY SHEEHAN AND MORE…..
DONATED INSTRUMENTS FROM IBANEZ, YAMAHA, ERNIE BALL, SCHECTER GUITARS, STAGE CLOTHES AND THEATRICAL PROPS UP FOR AUCTION
EBAY AUCTION NOW!!
HOLLYWOOD, CA – (June 15, 2010) – Besides the love of music, rockstars have a soft spot for our four legged furry friends. With the help from so many artists and actors with their charitable donations of instruments and signed memorabilia, FUR & FEATHER ANIMAL SANCTUARY comes closer to breaking ground in the next year for the first fully solar and wind powered, no-kill animal sanctuary. The sanctuary will also provide the community with a low-cost animal clinic, education and cultural center.
Currently on the eBay auction block is a Yamaha bass signed by Bass-master BILLY SHEEHAN, guitar virtuoso JOHN 5’s famous 666 strap by Red Monkey from 5 tours with Rob Zombie signed and dated, OZZY’s autobiography “I AM OZZY” signed by OZZY, legendary ax-slinger STEVE VAI’S custom made silver outfit by famed rockstar couturier Terri King. It was worn on the Ultra Zone tour in the late 90’s, HALLOWEEN 2’s movie prop w/ signed Michael Myers photo from TYLER MANE, and a Schecter Diamond Series Delux guitar signed by ALL the mainstage bands from OZZfest 2006 including OZZY, ZAKK WYLDE, BLS, HATEBREED, DISTURBED, LACUNA COIL, SYSTEM OF A DOWN and more!
Adding in the next week to the auction will be 2 signed Ibanez guitars one from PAUL GILBERT and one from STEVE VAI, an Ernie Ball bass signed by BLASKO from Ozzy Osbourne’s band, and a Schecter Diamond Series guitar signed by horror Icons TYLER MANE (Michael Myers/Halloween 1&2) and DEREK MEARS (Jason Voorhees/Friday the 13th). More items coming!! Keep an eye out for additions of cool signed memorabilia from your favorite rockstars!! All items come with signed letters of authentication for your collection!
Did you know?
-Between four million and six million pets are euthanized every year because they are homeless.
– An animal in a shelter is killed every 1.5 seconds.
– Only one animal in 10 born in the U.S. gets a good home that lasts a lifetime.
– There is a direct correlation between animal abuse and neglect and child abuse and neglect.
FUR & FEATHER ANIMAL SANCTUARY is a 501(c)(3) that was organized exclusively for charitable, and educational purposes, more specifically for helping homeless and un-wanted animals with medical care, adoption in a no-kill safe environment.
For more information go to www.furfeather.org (almost finished) or visit them on Facebook now! Just search for Fur & Feather Animals Sanctuary and look for the happy Pit-bull~ To donate to the cause use Paypal and email to email@example.com or email to get address to send checks.
AS BLOOD RUNS BLACK & OCEANO ARSONIST GET ALL THE GIRLS TONY DANZA TAP DANCE EXTRAVAGANZA THICK AS BLOOD BURNING THE MASSES CIRCLE OF CONTEMPT http://www.myspace.com/circleofcontempt BLIND WITNESS THIS OR THE APOCALYPSE (July 23rd – August 8th) SON OF AURELIUS (August 9th – August 21st)
In other exciting news, THIS OR THE APOCALYPSE will perform at a special in-store signing at Plan 9 in Richmond, VA this Friday, June 18th! The event begins at 7pm! The band will be joined at the signing by none other than Chris Adler of LAMB OF GOD, a Richmond, VA native and co-producer of Haunt What’s Left. Admission is accepted with the Plan 9 pre-order of a copy of Haunt What’s Left. “First, we are going to rock Richmond,” states vocalist Ricky Armellino. “Then, Chris Adler and THIS OR THE APOCALYPSE are going to sign some pre-order CD’s. These steps are super important to the process. Richmond, Virginia; stand up.”
Australian melodic rockers LORD have released a video clip for the song “100 Reasons” which was featured on their most recent album “Set In Stone”.
Commented LORD mainmain LT, “We had a lot of fun doing this clip, throwing food around the house, trying not to get busted by mall security and doing possibly some of the most ridiculous cheesy stage moves you’ll ever see! Thankfully no one needed to wear the little gold hot pants this time, I still have nightmares about that! This is just one of a few really cool things we have on the boil this year, so keep an eye on our site.”
This video clip follows the release of LORD’s video for their cover of KYLIE MINOGUE’S “On A Night Like This” which raked up over 20,000 views in under a week.
LORD will return to Japan in October for a run of shows with DORO and JADED HEART, ahead of more Australian touring in the last part of the year.
Born from the ashes of DUNGEON, one of Australia’s longest running metal bands, LORD has gone on to tour nationally and internationally with bands such as QUEENSRYCHE, NEVERMORE, SAXON, NIGHTWISH, GAMMA RAY and more. Their last album “Set In Stone” featured guest performances by Pete Lesperance (HAREM SCAREM), Craig Goldy (DIO), Felipe Andreoli (ANGRA) and a host of other well known artists from around the world.
Seattle’s metal titans NEVERMORE are back and truly better than ever with the much anticipated new full-length release, The Obsidian Conspiracy, which could be their most impressive offering of their illustrious, decade plus, heralded career. The group has partnered up with the world’s #1 horror site, Bloody-Disgusting.com, for an exclusive, worldwide debut of their new video clip for the track “Emptiness Unobstructed,” which can be viewed now below and at http://www.bloody-disgusting.com/news/music/748
Dane further states: “Working with director Nigel Crane was a great experience. We spent a day walking around the white cliffs in Dover the day before the London show and we couldn’t possibly be happier with the end result. The live part was shot at the O2 Academy Islington in London and we only performed the song twice that night so we had to make these takes count, so we went all out. It was pretty amazing that most of the audience knew all of the words even though we were a number of days away from the album’s release. Thanks for checking this out and we hope you enjoy it.”
North American fans can now rejoice as the band are excited to announce their first headlining Stateside tour in almost three years, which kicks off on Sept. 23rd and runs through Nov. 5th. This stellar bill also features Warbringer, Mutiny Within and Hatesphere in the support slots.
All tickets are on-sale now exclusively through www.Enterthevault.com and will be available there until June 19th when they go on-sale through all normal ticketing systems. There will be a limited number of VIP tickets available which gets fans early entry before doors for a preshow NEVERMORE meet and greet. Either see below or visit www.myspace.com/nevermorefans to view their complete tour itinerary.
“Scream” — OZZY OSBOURNE’s first album in almost three years and 10th studio album overall — is available for streaming in its entirety on the singer’s MySpace page.
The CD will be released on June 22 in North America via Epic Records. It will be issued in Japan on June 23 with the exclusive bonus track “Jump The Moon”. A special iTunes pre-order is available which includes the bonus track, “One More Time”. Once the album is released, the song will be unavailable.
Produced by Ozzy and Kevin Churko, both of whom did the same honors for Ozzy’s 2007 worldwide million-seller “Black Rain”, “Scream” track listing:
01. Let It Die
02. Let Me Hear You Scream
03. Soul Sucker
04. Life Won’t Wait
05. Diggin’ Me Down
09. I Want It More
10. Latimer’s Mercy
11. I Love You All
12. Jump The Moon (Japan-edition bonus track)
13. One More Time (iTunes pre-order bonus track)
OZZY OSBOURNE filmed a video for his new single, “Let Me Hear You Scream”, last month with renowned Swedish director Jonas Åkerlund, who has previously worked with METALLICA, SATYRICON, RAMMSTEIN, MADONNA and THE PRODIGY, among others. According to RollingStone.com, fans should expect the clip to be “an over-the-top spectacle . . . replete with fake blood and giant injectable needles.”
“Let Me Hear You Scream” had its world premiere, during a prison riot scene, on “CSI: NY” on April 14 on the CBS television network.
The multi-platinum, Grammy Award-winning Rock and Roll Hall of Famer recorded most of “Scream” at his Los Angeles home studio, The Bunker, and co-wrote all the songs, primarily with Churko. Notably, the album marks the first appearance of Ozzy’s new guitar player, Gus G. (FIREWIND, ex-DREAM EVIL, ARCH ENEMY). Ozzy’s band also features bassist Rob “Blasko” Nicholson, drummer Tommy Clufetos (ex-ROB ZOMBIE, ALICE COOPER) and keyboardist Adam Wakeman.
Ozzy will embark on an 18-month world tour in support of “Scream”, which will include six Ozzfest dates in August.
OZZY OSBOURNE will guest on the nationally syndicated radio show “Rockline” with host Bob Coburn on Monday, June 21 at 8:30 p.m. PT / 11:30 p.m. ET. Fans are encouraged to speak with Ozzy by calling 1-800-344-ROCK (7625). For more information, visit RocklineRadio.com.
Avast ye bilge rats! Who says pirates no longer exist? Like a billowing sea breeze, Mercer County, New Jersey’s own SWASHBUCKLE is raising sails to pillage the continent this summer on the Panic Over North America Tour alongside Soilwork and Death Angel.
SWASHBUCKLE has made a name for itself by combining rapier-edged thrash metal with piratical humor, as exemplified on its most recent Nuclear Blast Records release, Back To the Noose. On the upcoming tour, the band plans to introduce some music from its upcoming third full-length of nautical nonsense, Crime Always Pays, which they are currently wrapping in the studio.
A traditional SWASHBUCKLE stage show usually includes period costumes, palm trees, parrots, and foam swords that are often tossed into the crowd to enact mosh-pit duels! As vocalist/bassist Admiral Nobeard prophesizes, “It’s gonna be a fierce summer tour of retardation, fun, and metal! So ye best be coming out, for we’ll be punchin’ yar eardrums in with a oneshot blast of piratical metal mayhem. Hollar for a dollar, let’s thrash!”
SWASHBUCKLE will then end the summer with a romp across Europe on the pagan/folk metal-driven Heidenfest 2010 tour. And then, on January 24, the band embarks on a tailor-made concert experience, the 70.000 Tons of Metal cruise which sails from Miami, FL to Cozumel, Mexico, and returns to Miami on January 28. More info on the cruise can be found at: www.70000tons.com
A much-needed kick-to-the-backside to the music industry, SWASHBUCKLE adds tankards of rum-soaked mirth and mayhem in an otherwise deadpan metal scene!
Tour dates include:
July 14 at Jaxx in Springfield, VA
July 15 at The Trocadero in Philadelphia, PA
July 16 at The Gramercy Theatre in New York, NY
July 17 at The Palladium in Worcester, MA
July 18 at FouFounes Electriques in Montreal, QC, Can.
July 19 at The Opera House in Toronto, ON, Can.
July 20 at Peabody’s in Cleveland, OH
July 21 at Blondie’s in Detroit, MI
July 22 at Reggie’s Rock Club in Chicago, IL
July 23 at The Rave in Milwaukee, WI
July 24 at The Rock in Maplewood, MN
July 27 at El Corazon in Seattle, WA
July 28 at Rickshaw Theatre in Vancouver, BC, Can.
July 29 at Hawthorne Theatre in Portland, OR
July 30 at Slim’s in San Francisco, CA
July 31 at The Galaxy Theatre in Santa Ana, CA
Aug 1 at Ramona Mainstage in Ramona, CA
Aug 2 at The Clubhouse in Tempe, AZ
Aug 3 at The Rock in Tucson, AZ
Aug 5 at Emo’s in Austin, TX
Aug 6 at Ridglea Theater in Ft. Worth, TX
Aug 7 at The Warsaw in Houston, TX
Aug 8 at The Parish in New Orleans, LA
Aug 9 at The Club at Firestone in Orlando, FL
Aug 10 at Volume 11 in Raleigh, NC
Aug 11 at Headliner’s Music Hall in Louisville, KY
Aug 12 at Canal Club in Richmond, VA
Aug 13 at Sonar in Baltimore, MD
Aug 14 at Diesel Nightclub in Pittsburgh, PA
Aug 15 at Webster Theater in Hartford, CT
Aug 16 at Rocko’s in Manchester, NH (w/Augury)
Aug 17 at Club Hell in Providence, RI (w/Augury)
Jan 24 2011 at Port of Miami / Dodge Island in Miami, FL
The Swedish metal monsters THE HAUNTED have been confirmed for the Italian TOTAL METAL FESTIVAL 2010. The Haunted will share the stage of the best Metal Festival in Southern Italy with already confirmed PRIMAL FEAR and a few more brilliant metal bands next 25th september at the Demodè Club in the city of Bari.
The Haunted are one of the most worldwide popular Swedish metal bands. Their sound is influenced by many metal styles. The TMF performance will be their first show ever in southern Italy!
Some more bands have been confirmed too for the italian Festival:Methedras, which already played the TMF2008, Sawthis, powerful death/thrash italian metal band, The Prowlers, Classic Metal with power and prog influences and Insidexile, a very young experimental extreme metal band from southern Italy. More bands will be confirmed soon!