Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons of KISS fame have issued the following statement in the wake of legendary rock manager Bill Aucoin’s passing.
“Bill Aucoin, our irreplaceable original manager, mentor and dear friend has died of complications arising from his ongoing battle with prostate cancer. He was instrumental in guiding us from the beginning and without his vision, leadership and unending dedication, we could never have scaled the heights we have reached. Bill loved life and lived it to the fullest. Words can never convey his impact on us or those close to him.
Over all the years, he never missed an opportunity to be with us at our shows near his home or fly in for special concerts, including our most recent Madison Square Garden show. He had hoped to attend our London show earlier this month but his illness prevented it. He still planned to visit us upon the start of our upcoming U.S. tour.
We loved him, told him and have peace that he knew it. We will grieve and celebrate all he was and did.
We have lost a part of us.”
Following is the official press statement on Aucoin’s passing:
William Aucoin, beloved record industry executive, manager, entrepreneur, and creative visionary, passed away this morning, Monday, June 28th at 9:11 AM (EST) at the Aventura Hospital and Medical Center in Aventura, FL.
Born December 29th, 1943, Bill was battling prostate cancer, and passed away from surgical complications.
The man known for masterminding the career of the world-renowned group KISS, Bill Aucoin also managed STARZ, TOBY BEAU, BILLY SQUIER, BILLY IDOL, and numerous other artists.
His most recent venture is Aucoin Globe Entertainment, which he founded in 2007 (www.aucoinglobe.com). In its three years, Bill and his company developed bands in the US and around the world.
He leaves behind his boyfriend of fifteen years, Roman Fernandez, and two sisters Betty Britton and Janet Bankowski.
A foot soldier leading the infantry of hardcore, Hatebreed’s Jamey Jasta has been belting out sing-along anthems of rage and alienation with his Connecticut based crew for over 15 years. Touring relentlessly, Hatebreed have played all over the world, delivering their patented brand of breakdown-inflected metalcore to the masses and influencing countless minions along the way. One would think Jasta, a self-confessed “workaholic”, would have his platter loaded to the brim with metallic duties concerning the ‘Breed. One would be wrong.
Montreal extreme metal purists, ION DISSONANCE, recently completed the recording process for their much anticipated new effort, Cursed, which is set for an August 24th North American release. The offering was tracked at .357 Productions with ION DISSONANCE guitar player, Antoine Lussier at the production helm. Stay tuned to www.myspace.com/iondissonance for a sneak peek into a new track and touring schedule. The album’s official track listing can be viewed below.
A new video trailer unveiling the captivating artwork from the acclaimed Paul Romano (Mastodon, The Red Chord) can be seen here http://bit.ly/dauDgY Ion Dissonance – Cursed
2- You People Are Messed Up
3- The More Things Change The More They Stay The Same
4- This is The Last Time I Repeat Myself
5- No Care Ever
6- After Everything That’s Happened, What Did You Expect
7- We Like to Call This One…Fuck Off
8- Can Someone Please Explain This to Me?
9- Disaster in Sight
10- This is Considered Mere Formality
11- This Feels Like The End…
12- They’ll Never Know
13- Pallor – iTunes bonus track
14 – After Everything That’s Happened, What Did You Expect (Big Chocolate remix) – Japanese bonus track, out on Doom Patrol Records 8/24
15 – You People Are Messed Up (Big Chocolate remix) – European bonus track, out on Basick Records 8/23
The Godfathers of Swedish modern metal, SOILWORK, have uploaded the track “Deliverance is Mine” to their Myspace page (www.myspace.com/Soilwork). The song comes off their new album The Panic Broadcast, which is set to be released on July 2 (EUROPE) and July 13 (N. America) via Nuclear Blast!
Rotting Corpse Records recording artists, Cyanosis, have announced the departure of bassist Kirk “Tony” Kangas. Replacing him is Andy Scheeler (ex-Silent Scream/Master Fury/Atomic #9).
Commented guitarist Scott Zwieg: “Like most bands that are about to record an album, losing a bass player and seeking a replacement is never a pleasant experience. However, in our case, it couldn’t have happened at a better time. Andy was looking to play, so after some E-mail exchanges we brought him out and after rehearsing one song with him, we knew he was a perfect fit.”
Vocalist/guitarist Al Andrews added: “Andy is an old friend, and long-time supporter of Cyanosis. He has given us shows with Monstrosity and Macabre, and radio interviews when he was program director of WIPZ Radio, at UW Parkside in Kenosha. I wish nothing but the best for Kirk in his future endeavors, but Andy is a monster on bass, and precisely what was needed to make Perpetuation of Eradication as sick and pummeling as possible.”
Cyanosis is currently in pre-production for their Rotting Corpse Records debut album, Perpetuation of Eradication. Artwork for the release can be viewed below.
Tentative song titles for the album include: “Maimed (Beyond Recognition)”, “Exsanguinate”, “Farewell to the Flesh”, “Pleasure in Torture”, “Glutton for Punishment”, “Reduced to Pulp”, “Skin Suit”, “Disinterred”, and a re-make of the Accidental Suicide classic, “Morbid Indulgence”.
The band has also announced that it will be performing at Midwest Heshfest II on September 4th in Milwaukee, WI in support of the new album’s release.
Polish prog metallers VOTUM recently confirmed their appearances at this year’s edition of the Metal Hammer Festival in Poland alongside Katatonia, Opeth, Pain Of Salvation, Riverside and headliners Korn (with one band still to be announced). The event will take place on August 27 at Spodek Hall in Katowice.
VOTUM formed in Warsaw in 2003. The band will unleash their second full-length, Metafiction, in the US on August 3 via Armoury Records. At once dark, somber and beautiful, Metafiction was recorded at the famed Izabelin Studio in Poland and is a seven-track concept album that focuses as much on the music as it does the lyrics and visual art surrounding it. VOTUM’s concern is not of the particular style of music they play but rather the atmosphere pouring from within. For fans of Opeth, Porcupine Tree and Anathema.
“…Metafiction is a progressive musical puzzle. A puzzle to a psychotic search. A mindgame; look for the pieces, connect them together and write the ending of the story.” – Power Of Prog Blog
Metal Hammer Festival 2010
Pain Of Salvation (SE) VOTUM (PL)
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FATAL SMILE is searching for a drummer in the Stockholm area that´s got what it takes and who´s 110% dedicated to Rock´n Roll – ready to tour the world! The band has made the following statement:
“Due to Zteff´s personal situation he is not able to dedicate his life to the craziness of a touring band anymore. We have spent three glorious years together, months at a time in a bus, shared thousands of miles, beers and many gallons of booze! He has never missed a beat or a gig and will be greatly missed by all in Fatal camp!
So, now we´re looking for a new member of this mayhem we call our band! These are not easy boots to fill: The guy we´re looking for is a hungry, ambitious and crazy hard-hitter with the attitude and presence of a Fatal Smile, who enjoys spending his time on the road, in a bar and behind the drums – our drums!”
The one who helps find this monster will be honored with a finder’s fee: his first interview as a Fatal Smile!
Please send a video, photo and a web/MySpace link & info about yourself to: email@example.com
Looking forward to hearing from YOU!!! Peace, Y, Blade & Alx
Jonny Greatrex from Sundaymercury.net is reporting:
OZZY OSBOURNE will snub a host of Hollywood superstars as he searches for an actor to play him in a movie about his life.
The film will chart the former BLACK SABBATH singer’s early life, including his heavy booze sessions and the tough Aston upbringing which led to him doing time in prison.
It has been rumoured that A-listers Johnny Depp, Colin Farrell and Jack Black have been considered for the role, with Depp a hot favourite.
But family man Ozzy has turned his back on Tinseltown’s finest. Instead, he wants a real-life Brummie to take the role, preferably a street kid from the back alleys of the city.
And he says he may even launch an X-Factor style open audition to give youngsters from his hometown the chance to achieve his level of superstardom.
“I’d like to get a Birmingham guy to play the young lad in it because Americans can’t do a good Brummie accent,” he told the Sunday Mercury before taking to the stage at Birmingham Town Hall last night.
“I don’t want a Johnny Depp or someone from the Hobbit films. I want someone who knows Birmingham.
“I’m from Birmingham, and it would be good to get someone from Birmingham to play me.
The Revolution Music Label is pleased to announce THE release called the Beast Selects Best Metal CD. The CD is to Raise funds for the Muscular Dystrophy Association World Wide. 100% of the proceeds of all Profits will go to MDA. There are many great artists that have donated songs to this project. These artists include Kickaxe, Tommy Vitali, Warmachine, Shangren, Skew Siskin, Angel of the Nightfall, Autumnis, Publik Parking, Agent Cooper, Warpath, Tony Smotherman and many many more artists.
The Label also would like to thank Kelly Brightbill www.kellybrightbill.com the artist that designed the special cover for the Beast Selects Best Metal CD and Willy “The Beast” Forrest for acting as artist liaison and choosing the artists for the CD.
The Revolution Music Label would also like to announce that a sampler of this special Project will be made available through the purchase of printed copies of July’s issue of Vocals Magazine www.vocalsmagazine.com and would like to also thank its media associates for participating in this project world wide.
Members of the Big Four, including Dave Mustaine (MEGADETH), Lars Ulrich (METALLICA), Scott Ian (ANTHRAX) and Kerry King (SLAYER), recorded a special video tribute to the late, great heavy metal singer RONNIE JAMES DIO (DIO, HEAVEN & HELL, BLACK SABBATH, RAINBOW) from the Sonisphere festival in Sofia, Bulgaria on June 22nd.
The video tribute was shown as part of the June 22nd (not so live and not complete set-lists were shows in all theaters BTW) satellite broadcast of the Big Four concert from Sofia to movie theaters around the world.
MACHINE HEAD frontman Robb Flynn has recorded audio and video of an acoustic cover of BLACK SABBATH’s “Die Young” song from the classic “Heaven and Hell” album for free download in tribute to the late Debbie Abono, who sadly passed away on the same day as legendary heavy metal singer Ronnie James Dio. In a statement made at the beginning of the video (which was recorded the day after Debbie’s passing and which can be viewed at this location), Robb says, “I don’t know why I recorded this song, it doesn’t really have relevance to Debbie or Dio, but I was sad and depressed and it was the only thing that made sense in the world.”
There are no plans to officially release Flynn’s version of “Die Young”, but an MP3 version of the track is available for free download at the MACHINE HEAD web site, www.machinehead1.com.
Debbie Abono, a well-respected and much-loved manager and promotional machine behind some of San Francisco Bay Area’s strongest metal bands (POSSESSED, FORBIDDEN, EXODUS, VIO-LENCE, SKINLAB), passed away on May 16 at approximately 9:59 a.m. PST after a battle with cancer. She was 80 years old.
According to David Konow, author of the “Bang Your Head: The Rise And Fall Of Heavy Metal”, Debbie Abono was in her mid-fifties when she began to manage a band named POSSESSED. Abono started taking her daughters to MOTÖRHEAD shows, where the members of POSSESSED first asked her to manage the band. “There’s nothing to it,” they told her. “All you gotta do is get us shows.” Abono agreed and even allowed them to practice at her house.
POSSESSED’s association with Debbie Abono was not a “first” for both sides: Debra Abono worked with LaLonde and Becerra’s “Blizzard” while they were sophomores in high school even — before they guys learned to drive. Abono would then become the band’s first manager, and POSSESSED were Abono’s first official managed band. Abono had no previous connection to heavy metal music other than as a concert designated driver for her daughters, one of whom was a girlfriend of guitarist Larry LaLonde. Due to generation gap, Abono also had limited awareness of the sometimes blasphemous themes of heavy metal, and was allegedly offended upon reading the lyric sheet of “Seven Churches”. Nevertheless, she agreed to manage and represent POSSESSED as long as bassist/vocalist Jeff Becerra and LaLonde finished high school commitments. Although the group’s relationship amongst themselves and their first manager would reach points of discord and eventual termination, Abono would go on to manage additional bands in the Bay Area metal scene like EXODUS, VIO-LENCE and FORBIDDEN EVIL (pre-FORBIDDEN), as well as death metal bands like Chicago’s BROKEN HOPE and Florida’s CYNIC and OBITUARY.
In a May 17 statement regarding Debbie Abono’s passing, Flynn said:
“Yesterday was a very sad day for metal. I am devastated at the passing of Debbie Abono and words aren’t coming very clear for me right now. Debbie was like a second mom to me, and having never lost a family member yet, this is very difficult. Debbie managed VIO-LENCE [Flynn’s pre-MACHINE HEAD band], and toured with us in a van as manager, tour manager, mom, friend, and facilitator. Phil [Demmel; current MACHINE HEAD and former VIO-LENCE guitarist] and I were her roommates at crummy Motel 6’s across America. Thinking back on it now, touring with a bunch of snot-nosed thrash metal-ers for two months at a time in a van, playing crummy clubs, isn’t the usual course most 55-year-old ladies take in their lives, but she was no ordinary 55-year-old lady. She was fiery, feisty, charming, funny, and could look a person over in about two seconds and find something to joke about / roast them about should they wanted to test her.
She was one of the biggest forces behind the thrash and early-death-metal movements than I think most people will ever realize.
I dated her daughter Gina, and I lived at her house in Pinole on and off in my late teens, and even after Gina and I broke up, she gave me an incredible amount of belief and advice once MACHINE HEAD started.
My wife Genevra and I used to go out to dinner with her fairly regularly, especially before kids, and she was there the next day after my boys were born. She always came to our parties.
She was so proud of what we accomplished. Most importantly, she believed in me, even right up until the end.
The last time we spoke, she told me how much she loved me, and that ‘my money is on Robb Flynn.’
HELL, MI, USA — A Michigan man believes he’s found his savior at the breakfast table.
Forest Rhal was eating breakfast this Thursday morning at a local diner when he spotted his savior’s face on his last piece of toast. After studying the toast, Forest says he and friends also see his redeemers holy visage and moles. The shoulder-length dark hair, famous moustache and moles looked all too familiar to Forest.
Rhal, an aspiring novelist, says he isn’t planning on selling the toast, and hopes that the image will help “renew the hope and metal faith” of those who see it.
“I know there’s a lot of people who believe there’s some reason for it being there,” said Rahl. “I just don’t know, but I could never eat it even though I imagine that it would taste like eternity wrapped in a Rickenbacker soaked in alcohol.”
“It came out just exactly like that. I didn’t do anything special,” Forest said. “The Lem works in mysterious ways, but I don’t think there’s any magic to it. But it is a reminder that Lemmy is with you every day of your life.”
Not wanting to eat the toast, Forest preserved it in an airtight plastic container. It’s been on his mantle since and miraculously has yet to show any sign of going bad! He’s showed it to many friends, some who believe there’s something wondrous and magical about the image, and some who don’t. The toast has become a popular topic of conversation among friends at his favorite diner.
Dave Brockie (better known as Oderus Urungus, lead singer of GWAR) is a huge film buff and an even bigger war history buff. Being part of GWAR means he is one of the best people to ask to rank the best war films of all time. So, here are the most challenging, apt, brutal and awesome war films of all time–according to Oderus Urungus.
Make way for the COOL TOUR Download Pack! The package is full of amazing merchandise and goodies, all of which are listed below! Make sure to head over to the COOL TOUR Facebook page to grab the free pack! The download pack includes: