Petri Lindroos, frontman of Finnish folk metal pioneers Ensiferum was kind enough to sit down with Metal-Rules prior to their show in London this Tuesday. We talked about their recent acoustic tour, the upcoming album, and pros and cons of wearing a kilt on stage.
Legendary bay area thrash metal giants TESTAMENT, will launch a massive North American tour starting next April, in support of their chart topping Brotherhood Of The Snake release. Joining them are legendary Brazilian death/thrashers SEPULTURA and genre defying stalwarts PRONG.
“After 4 successful tours through Europe over the last 6 months, we are looking forward to touring across North America.” comments vocalist Chuck Billy. “We’ll have a new headlining set list with tracks from Brotherhood of the Snake, and how cool is it that we will be sharing the stage with our brothers in metal SEPULTURA and PRONG?! See ya’ in the PIT!”
TESTAMENT, SEPULTURA, PRONG
04/06/17 Sunshine Theater – Albuquerque, NM
04/07/17 Gas Monkey Live – Dallas, TX
04/08/17 Aztec Theater – San Antonio, TX
04/09/17 House Of Blues – Houston, TX
04/10/17 House Of Blues – New Orleans, LA
04/12/17 The Ritz Ybor – Tampa, FL
04/13/17 Culture Room – Ft. Lauderdale, FL
04/14/17 House Of Blues – Lake Buena Vista, FL
04/15/17 Center Stage – Atlanta, GA
04/16/17 The Fillmore – Charlotte, NC
04/19/17 The National – Richmond, VA
04/20/17 Starland Ballroom – Sayreville, NJ
04/21/17 The Palladium – Worcester, MA (New England Metal & Harcore Festival)
04/22/17 The Paramount – Huntington, NY
04/23/17 Electric Factory – Philadelphia, PA
04/24/17 Ram’s Head Live – Baltimore, MD
04/26/17 Metropolis – Montreal, QC
04/27/17 Phoenix Concert Theatre – Toronto, ON
04/28/17 Majestic Theatre – Detroit, MI
04/29/17 Bogarts – Cincinnati, OH
04/30/17 Agora Theatre – Cleveland, OH
05/02/17 Concord Music Hall – Chicago, IL
05/03/17 First Avenue – Minneapolis, MN
05/04/17 The District – Sioux Falls, SD
05/06/17 Summit Music Hall – Denver, CO
05/07/17 The Depot – Salt Lake City, UT
05/09/17 Roseland Theater – Portlant, OR
05/10/17 Commodore Ballroom – Vancouver, BC
05/11/17 Showbox Market – Seattle, WA
05/12/17 The Revolution Concert House – Boise, ID
05/15/17 Orpheum Theater – Flagstaff, AZ
05/16/17 House Of Blues – San Diego, CA
05/17/17 Livewire – Scottsdale, AZ
05/18/17 House Of Blues – Anaheim, CA
05/19/17 Regency Ballroom – San Francsco, CA
05/20/17 Brooklyn Bowl – Las Vegas, NV
Brotherhood Of The Snake was recorded under the watchful eyes of producer Juan Urteaga (EXODUS, HEATHEN, MACHINE HEAD), guitarist Eric Peterson and singer Chuck Billy and was mixed and mastered by well-known metal producer Andy Sneap (ACCEPT, ARCH ENEMY, CRADLE OF FILTH, KREATOR, MACHINE HEAD, MEGADETH). Artwork was created by renowned artist Eliran Kantor, whom the band worked with for The Dark Roots Of Earth.
On ‘Condition Human’ Headlining Tour In North America
Seattle based heavy metal icons QUEENSRYCHE are nearing the end of their ‘Condition Human’ world tour, which has now brought them back to North America on Fall a headlining run. Continuing to build on the momentum of their latest studio album, the band has released a visceral new music video for their song “Hellfire”, which spotlights the Malaysian passenger flight crisis in 2014. Speaking about the influence and subject matter for the new video, vocalist Todd La Torre states,
“‘Hellfire’ is a depiction primarily based on the tragic events surrounding the Malaysian airline flight MH17. Despite the storyline’s foundation, the lyrical and visual narrative transcends into other pertinent, global subject matters. Civil unrest, guerrilla warfare, media propaganda, and social inequalities are just some examples of the multifaceted issues marbled throughout ‘Hellfire’. A poignant illustration of an unfortunate yet timeless reality.”
QUEENSRYCHE – ‘Condition Human’ North American Fall Tour
Tuesday, December 6th – New York, NY @ Irving Plaza
Wednesday, December 7th – Pittsburgh, PA @ Rex Theatre
Thursday, December 8th – Chesterfield, MI @ Diesel Lounge
Saturday, December 10th – Sioux City, IA @ Anthem at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
Sunday, December 11th – Peoria, IL @ Limelight
Tuesday, December 13th – Omaha, NE @ The Waiting Room
Wednesday, December 14th – Overland Park, KS @ Kanza Hall
Thursday, December 15th – Colorado Springs, CO @ The Black Sheep
Friday, December 16th – West Wendover, NV @ Peppermill Hotel & Casino
Legendary Musicians and Music Industry Executives will join together to be inducted into the Annual Hall of Heavy Metal History Induction Ceremony on Wednesday, January 18, 2017 at the Anaheim Expo Center, Anaheim CA. Television and Radio Icon Eddie Trunk will host the event.
Proceeds from the event are being donated to the Ronnie James Dio Stand Up And Shout Cancer Fund. Sponsors include: Pepsi, TD Bank, Promark Drumsticks, D.A.D. Evans, and Modern Drummer Magazine.
The 2017 Hall of Heavy Metal History Inductees Include:
Ronnie James Dio, “Rainbow,” “Black Sabbath,” “Dio,” (With Wendy Dio accepting the induction)
Rudy Sarzo, formerly of “Ozzy Osbourne” and “Whitesnake.”
Frankie Banali, of “Quiet Riot,” (Along with a special 33rd Anniversary Induction of Quiet Riot, as the first band to achieve the #1 Heavy Metal Album status).
Lemmy Kilmister, “Motörhead” (With special guest accepting the nomination)
Ross “The Boss” Friedman, formerly of “Manowar”
Vinny Appice, formerly of “Black Sabbath” and “Dio.”
Don Airey of “Deep Purple”
Andy Zildjian, President/CEO of “Sabian Cymbals”
Randy Rhoads, “Ozzy Osbourne,” (With the Rhoads family members accepting the Induction)
Additional artists and music industry executives to be announced.
“The Hall of Heavy Metal History is dedicated to preserving the legacy of those Legendary metal musicians who are often forgotten,” says Hall of Heavy Metal History President/CEO Pat Gesualdo. “This event is something the fans have been wanting for a long, long, time. As a non-profit organization, we are also dedicated to working with Wendy Dio and the “Ronnie James Dio Stand Up And Shout Cancer Fund.”
A press conference and General Admission entrance will commence at 6:30 PM from 7:00PM to 8:00PM. The Induction Ceremony will take place from 8:00 PM to 9:00 PM. A VIP Meet and Greet with the celebrity Inductees will take place after the Induction Ceremony. Live bands will perform throughout the night.
Music fans can be a part of the most important night in Heavy Metal!! Tickets are $25.00 for General Admission, and $75.00 for The “Meet And Greet” with the Celebrity Inductees. A General Admission ticket is required to attend the “Meet And Greet” event, which includes Pictures and Autographs with the Celebrity Inductees, and gift bag with an official VIP Pass, a limited edition autographed poster, an official Event T-Shirt, an official Event Program, and additional sponsor items. Tickets are available at www.thehallofheavymetalhistory.org/store
About the Hall of Heavy Metal History
The Hall of Heavy Metal History is a non-profit organization dedicated to enshrining forever, those Legendary musicians, music industry executives, DJ’s, journalists, and Producers who are often overlooked, but responsible for making Heavy Metal music what it is today. Their contribution to the genre is invaluable, and they keep inspiring Heavy Metal fans throughout the world, from generation to generation.
The Hall of Heavy Metal History is a Division of the non-profit organization D.A.D. (Drums and Disabilities). With over 45 Million + major media impressions, top Celebrities, Sports Stars, Law Enforcement Agencies, Major Corporations, Child Protective Agencies, School Systems, United States Congressmen and Senators, Doctors, Teachers, and the United States Department of State have joined with D.A.D. to help bring therapy programs and services to disabled children and their families in over 15 countries.
Soundgarden (Friday), Def Leppard (Saturday) and Avenged Sevenfold (Sunday) will headline the 7th annual Monster Energy Carolina Rebellion May 5, 6 and 7 at Rock City Campgrounds at Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, NC.
The Mid-Atlantic’s Biggest Rock Festival will feature three days of today’s best rock–along with legendary classic artists–playing on four stages, a world-class BBQ village, and top notch camping facilities.
Monster Energy Carolina Rebellion presale tickets and layaway packages, as well as hotel, camping and VIP packages, are on sale now at www.CarolinaRebellion.com.
In 2016, Monster Energy Carolina Rebellion had another record breaking year with over 90,000 fans in attendance, so fans are encouraged to buy early and save and to be sure to secure a ticket for 2017.
The lineup for Monster Energy Carolina Rebellion is as follows: Soundgarden, Def Leppard and Avenged Sevenfold, A Perfect Circle, Korn, The Offspring, The Cult, Volbeat, Mastodon, Papa Roach, Three Days Grace, Seether, Chevelle, Alter Bridge, Tesla, Pierce The Veil, The Pretty Reckless, Eagles of Death Metal, Highly Suspect, Coheed and Cambria, Taking Back Sunday, Opeth, Amon Amarth, Sum 41, Skillet, Machine Gun Kelly, Gojira, In Flames, In This Moment, The Dillinger Escape Plan, Falling In Reverse, Motionless In White, Nothing More, Beartooth, Starset, Rival Sons, Every Time I Die, Fozzy, All That Remains, The Amity Affliction, I Prevail, Dinosaur Pile-Up, Kyng, Crobot, Radkey, Volumes, Dorothy, As Lions, Fire From The Gods, Goodbye June, Sylar, Wage War, Badflower, DED, Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes, The Charm The Fury, Royal Republic, Mother Feather, Cover Your Tracks, and Citizen Zero.
Joe Elliott of Def Leppard commented, “There are some amazing acts on Carolina Rebellion; it’s a privilege to be part of what’s going to be an amazing experience for all involved.”
M Shadows of Avenged Sevenfold said, “We are losing our minds at the thought of bringing our new music and show to the Carolina Rebellion. The Stage has been set!”
Presale tickets and layaway packages, as well as hotel, camping and VIP packages are available for purchase now at www.CarolinaRebellion.com. The layaway option allows purchasers to split the cost into four monthly payments.
A Monster Energy Carolina Rebellion presale password to purchase the following tickets can be found on the festival’s website, Facebook and Twitter pages:
Weekend General Admission: $149.00
Weekend General Admission Ticket 4-Pack: $460.00
Weekend VIP: $299.00
2-Day General Admission (Friday/Saturday or Saturday/Sunday): $99.50
Single Day General Admission: $79.50
*** Ticket prices do not include fees.***
Those looking for an expanded festival experience are invited to purchase hotel, camping and VIP packages. Available camping options (RV and tent options for 4 nights) include the Groupie, Roadie, and Star packages. Hotel packages offered for 3 or 4 nights are: Bronze, Silver, Diamond and Platinum. For details on each package, visit: www.CarolinaRebellion.com.
The Monster Energy Carolina Rebellion public onsale is Friday, December 9 at 10:00 AM EST. Beginning at that time, ticket prices will increase, so fans are encouraged to buy during the presale. At the public onsale, prices will be as follows:
Weekend General Admission: $179.00
Weekend General Admission Ticket 4-Pack: $580.00
Weekend VIP: $329
2-Day General Admission (Friday/Saturday or Saturday/Sunday): $130.50
Single Day General Admission: $99.50
*** Ticket prices do not include fees.***
As in the past, General Admission ticket discounts will also be available for active military through Monster Energy Carolina Rebellion partner GovX (www.govx.com).
Monster Energy Carolina Rebellion is produced by Danny Wimmer Presents and AEG Live and is part of the World’s Loudest Month concert series, which features the biggest names in rock music performing in eight distinct U.S. concert atmospheres in during six consecutive weekends in April, May and June of 2017.
Monster Energy Carolina Rebellion is supported by great corporate partners including Monster Energy, Zippo, Pabst, Jack Daniel’s and more to be announced.
For more information on Monster Energy Carolina Rebellion, visit:
A lineup featuring some of rock’s biggest artists has been announced for the fifth annual Monster Energy Fort Rock, Saturday, April 29 & Sunday, April 30, 2017 at JetBlue Park in Fort Myers, Florida. South Florida’s Biggest Rock Festival will be led by Def Leppard (Saturday headliner), Soundgarden (Sunday headliner), and A Perfect Circle, and will feature performances from over 25 bands on two stages, including The Offspring, Mastodon, Chevelle, Seether, Papa Roach, Three Days Grace, Alter Bridge, and more.
Specially priced tickets as well as VIP packages for Monster Energy Fort Rock will be available starting Tuesday, December 6 at Noon EST at www.FortRockFestival.com. Fans are encouraged to buy early and save.
The current music lineup for Monster Energy Fort Rock includes: Def Leppard, Soundgarden, A Perfect Circle, The Offspring, Mastodon, Chevelle, Seether, Papa Roach, Three Days Grace, Alter Bridge, The Pretty Reckless, Eagles of Death Metal, Highly Suspect, In Flames, In This Moment, Motionless In White, All That Remains, Nothing More, Beartooth, Starset, I Prevail, Dinosaur Pile-Up, Goodbye June, Cover Your Tracks, and more to be announced.
Here are comments from some of the Monster Energy Fort Rock artists:
“We are thrilled to return to Fort Rock — Florida crowds are some of the best in the world!” — Dexter Holland / The Offspring
“Fort Rock festival is coming again guys! Hailing from Chicago, IL, we always look forward to heading down south to Florida to warm up, stretch our legs and hopefully still head bang our way right into, or right through your hearts! Yes indeed, we will see you soon!” — Pete Loeffler / Chevelle
“We’re stoked to be kicking off the World’s Loudest Month at Fort Rock with Alter Bridge. It’s gonna be epic so don’t miss it!” — Myles Kennedy / Alter Bridge
“Fort Rock turns 5 this year, and South Florida’s biggest rock ‘n’ roll getaway is only getting bigger! The hottest acts in rock and metal today get to share the bill with absolute legends like Def Leppard, Soundgarden, A Perfect Circle and The Offspring. We can’t wait to party and kick off the World’s Loudest Month by celebrating five years in South Florida at JetBlue Park this April,” says Clay Busch, Vice President of Marketing and Strategic Partnerships for festival producer Danny Wimmer Presents.
Specially priced tickets as well as VIP packages will be available starting Tuesday, December 6 at Noon EST at www.FortRockFestival.com. Initial ticket prices will be as follows:
Weekend General Admission: starting at $89.50 + fees
Weekend VIP: starting at $250.00 + fees
Single Day General Admission: starting at $70.00 + fees
Single Day VIP: $140.00 + fees
Hotels will be available via the Curadora and Cooper Hotel Group links found on the Monster Energy Fort Rock website.
VIP tickets include: a VIP entrance to venue; access to VIP lounge area featuring dedicated bar, beverage and food service; viewing of main stage; seated area with shade for dining; private restroom facilities; and a VIP guest laminate.
As in the past, General Admission ticket discounts will also be available for active military through Monster Energy Fort Rock partner GovX (www.govx.com).
Monster Energy Fort Rock is produced by Danny Wimmer Presents and AEG Live and kicks off the annual World’s Loudest Month festival series.
The festival is fueled by Monster Energy. Additional 2017 sponsors include: Bud Light, Jack Daniel’s, and FYE, with more to be announced.
JetBlue Park is the spring training home of the Boston Red Sox, located at 11581 Daniels Parkway in Fort Myers, Florida.
Following the recent announcement of their third studio album Heavy Fire, Black Star Riders have released a second video trailer in which Damon Johnson, Ricky Warwick and Scott Gorham discuss the band developing their own sound beyond the Thin Lizzy legacy.
Heavy Fire is set for release via Nuclear Blast Entertainment on February 3rd, 2017.
Scott Gorham comments: “We’re absolutely finding our own sound. We’d been on a run with Thin Lizzy for 5 years, so it’s gonna always take a little while to find your feet with a new sound. But, everybody is an individual here and individually we all write differently anyway so you are going to come up with a different sound eventually. Which is what I think we’ve done with this album”
Watch the lyric video for ‘When The Night Comes In’ here:
The band’s previous album, The Killer Instinct, was released in 2015 to widespread critical acclaim and went on to score multiple radio playlists. A solid year of worldwide touring culminated in December 2015 in an UK arena tour alongside Def Leppard and Whitesnake.
Following on from their critically acclaimed albums All Hell Breaks Loose and The Killer Instinct which have paved the way for Black Star Riders to be recognized as a power force in the modern day of Rock ‘n’ Roll, Heavy Fire will be once again released by Nuclear Blast Entertainment. The band have also brought in PledgeMusic, one of the most innovative and successful platforms of the modern music world, to give fans extra special product and experiences to go along with the album’s release.
Heavy Fire Tracklisting:
1. Heavy Fire
2. When The Night Comes In
3. Dancing With The Wrong Girl
4. Who Rides The Tiger
5. Cold War Love
6. Testify Or Say Goodbye
7. Thinking About You Could Get Me Killed
8. True Blue Kid
9. Ticket To Rise
10. Letting Go Of Me
The Limited Edition Digibook CD will have above Tracklisting plus
Limited Edition Gatefold Vinyl
Limited Edition Picture Disc
1. Heavy Fire
2. When The Night Comes In
3. Dancing With The Wrong Girl
4. Who Rides The Tiger
5. Cold War Love
1. Testify Or Say Goodbye
2. Thinking About You Could Get Me Killed
3. True Blue Kid
4. Ticket To Rise
5. Letting Go Of Me
After a full year off the road, Black Star Riders (Ricky Warwick, Scott Gorham, Damon Johnson, Robert Crane and Jimmy DeGrasso) are back with a 16 date UK & Ireland run, joined on the first five dates by Scottish rockers Gun and The Amorettes and then Sweden¹s own Backyard Babies with Gun on the remaining 11 shows.
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Enuff Z’nuff is the living, breathing example of what a rock/ pop group should be. In fact, the band is the very chrome-glinted definition of it.
With every album and live performance packed to the brim with rock/ pop perfection, there are no signs of the band slowing down. You can catch the band on tour through 2017 in support new album Clowns Lounge that was released today via Frontiers Music Srl.
Clowns Lounge is a collection of rarities and early demos that have been reworked and re-recorded by the band and will be released December 2nd via Frontiers Music Srl. This exceptional collection also features a guest appearance from the late Jani Lane as well as an appearance from James Young of Styx.
As people have been clamoring for a new release from Enuff Z’nuff, the band just happened to receive a call from Derek Shulman, and the rest was history:
“We had unfinished, unreleased material in the vault, and I went back into the studio in Chicago and started working on all the songs. Guitars, bass, vocals, it all needed to be tweaked, and with help from Chicago Recording Company and Chris Steinmetz of Stonecutter recording studios, we were able to create another rock solid record. It is basically an archival record featuring original band and Enuff Z’nuff as it is today. The record showcases the best elements of Enuff Z’nuff in the early days ; in your face glitter rock with pop overtones. This is a true must have rock record for the diehard Enuff Z’nuff fans worldwide.
Clowns Lounge Track Listing:
1. Dog On A Bone
3. Back In Time
4. She Makes It Harder
5. Rockabye Dreamland
6. The Devil Of Shakespeare (Feat. Jani Lane and James Young)
8. Good Luv
9. Round And Round
11. Backstreet Kids
12. One More Hit
Enuff Z’nuff Lineup:
Chip Z’nuff – Singer, electric bass, guitar
Tony FennelL – Electric guitar, vox
Tory Stoffregen – Lead guitar, vox
Erik Donner – Drums, percussion, vox
Enuff Z’nuff Live:
With Ace Frehley
1/19: Houston, TX @ Scout Bar^
1/20: Corpus Christi, TX @ Brewster Street Ice House^
1/21: Tyler, TX @ Clicks Live^
1/26: Tucson, AZ @ Rialto Theatre^
1/27: Tempe, AZ @ The Marquee^
1/29: Agoura Hills, CA @ The Canyon^
1/30: Solana Beach, CA @ Belly Up^
2/2: Las Vegas, NV @ Brooklyn Bowl^
2/3: Beverly Hills, CA @ Saban Theatre^
2/10: Portland, OR @ Aladdin Theatre^
2/11: Seattle, WA @ Neptune Theater^
5/27 & 5/28: Sturbridge, MA @ Music-Con at Sturbridge Hotel (Appearance by Chip)
More Info on Enuff Z’nuff:
It was the summer of 1989, and in came a strutting, loud and proud Enuff Z’nuff. With the release of the band’s self-titled debut album, the first single “New Thing” quickly tore up the radios airwaves, and became a favorite in heavy rotation on MTV.
In response to both its national and international success, the band followed up “New Thing” in 1990 with the release of the bittersweet rock ballad “Fly High Michelle”. The song immediately elevated the band to gold status and in 1991 had Rolling Stone magazine naming Enuff Z’nuff as “one of the more exciting and gifted bands on the scene today.”
Still a major force after 20 albums, Enuff Z’nuff has gone on to earn a legion of loyal fans, and has earned the respect and acclaim of its peers and contemporaries.
Blaze Bayley, Iron Maiden singer 1994-1999, has released a brand new Christmas song on 2nd December 2016.
‘Crazy Christmas’ was written and recorded during spring/summer this year and is available now via digital platforms including iTunes and Amazon mp3.
A light-hearted and fun music video has also been released today to help promote the song.
Blaze co-wrote ‘Crazy Christmas’ with singer/songwriter Michelle Sciarrotta who also performs under the name Fall Girl, and Chris Appleton who is lead guitarist in Blaze’s own recording and touring band and is also singer/guitarist in British metal band Absolva.
Blaze Bayley’s career spans in excess of 30 years, starting as singer in Wolfsbane before catapulting to worldwide fame in Iron Maiden during 1994 to 1999. After leaving Iron Maiden he has pursued a successful solo career with particular progress with the release of a new album earlier this year entitled ‘Infinite Entanglement’ which is the first in a trilogy of albums with a sci-fi concept.
The second instalment in the trilogy is set for release in March 2017 together with plans for a World Tour and full details of that are expected to be revealed within the next 7-10 days.
Frontiers Music Srl is excited to announce the release of the highly anticipated new studio album from UNRULY CHILD, “Can’t Go Home” on February 24th, 2017.
Marcie Free (vocalist – King Kobra, Signal), Bruce Gowdy (guitarist – Stone Fury, World Trade), and Guy Allison (keyboardist – Lodgic, World Trade, Doobie Brothers) together with the original rhythm section from the first record, drummer – Jay Schellen (Hurricane, World Trade, current touring member of Yes) and bassist – Larry Antonino (Pablo Cruise), are back again with an awesome rock album, which will please old and new fans alike!
“Early in 2016, we decided to make time and give it a go once again with all five Unruly Child members,” tells Guy Allison. “The new album, “Can’t Go Home” has now become my favorite set of Unruly Child Band songs and performances ever. True story!”
The group has generated an exciting new album reflecting its musical roots in contemporary and classic rock sensibilities. With the return to the original line-up from the debut album, they have discovered that while time may pass, some things never change…
“We are so excited with this new album coming out in February,” adds Marcie Free. “And if you find that you still got the heebie-jeebies after that and are in need of another transfusion of Unruly – try a shot of our new box set coming out too! It’s got practically everything we’ve ever done in it and that should hold over even the most shakiest UC junkies for at least as long as it takes before we hit your area for some live shows! So come on get on board baby! The UC Train is about to blast off!!”
The band is, in fact. also working on a box set release of their independent albums, which will see the light of day in spring on Frontiers. “We put together all the earlier material that’s out of print (the first album non-withstanding – you know, lawyers!) together in one package – one box set – to make available to our fans,” concludes Guy. News about the box set release will be coming soon.
With so much excitement centered around their new record, it has sparked talk of touring…Will they hit the road? News will also be coming on that front very shortly.
The future looks very promising with the return of Unruly Child, stay tuned and get ready to enjoy another superior slice of melodic rock from these masters!
“Can’t Go Home” Track Listing:
1. The Only One
2. Four Eleven
3. Driving Into The Future
4. Get On Top
5. See If She Floats
6. She Can’t Go Home
7. Point Of View
8. Ice Cold Sunshine
9. When Love Is Here
10. Sunlit Sky
11. Someday Somehow
Marcie Free – Vocals
Bruce Gowdy – Guitars
Guy Allison – Keyboards
Larry Antonino – Bass guitar
Jay Schellen – Drums
As I said in my letter to you asking to vote which genres to do, it’s been bugging me forever that I’ve got this interview archive of all these interviews I’ve done that will never wind up in any of my books, and thus likely never see the light of day… unless I made books out of them, of course!
Very important: if you have a pile of my books, don’t worry about overlap—this is material I haven’t used in my books, with minor exceptions. For Prog, the main act avoided is Yes—if you want all my Yes chat, get Time and a Word: The Yes Story. I don’t want to give you material you already have from me. But everyone else is here!
So again, as a way to unlock this material, I’m compiling the raw transcripts, in Q&A form, with a little background info and historical context to each chat, into book form. Popoff Archive – 2: Progressive Rock, is the second one, given its popularity in the voting, and it’s 292 pages of deep prog rock tissue massage. All told, it’s a longer book that Popoff Archive – 1: Doom Metal by almost 50 pages.
And listen, it’s a given these early ones will be the first to sell out, as we work our way through the dozen planned, possibly with a box to put them all in, once I get the dozen out. Popoff Archive – 1: Doom Metal is approaching the halfway mark, about two weeks after me writing up one of these little flyers for it.
In this edition, we have the following. I’ve included an excerpt from my lead-in explanation for each.
John Wetton – King Crimson, Uriah Heep, UK, Asia, 1995
This was actually one of my first interviews ever (and an in-person to boot). I was quite nervous due to John’s daunting catalogue, but Wetton quickly put me at ease with his more than pleasant demeanor.
Lief Sorbye, Tempest, 1998
This is me deep into the Magna Carta swing of things, writing bios for them, enjoying talking to a non-metalhead, Lief, his Oakland, CA band in fact being spirited Celtic rock crossed with prog and folk.
Pete Morticelli, Magna Carta Records, 2000
The occasion of this chat was to create a little bio of Magna Carta Records itself, pretty much the premiere, thriving progressive rock record label in the mid to late ‘90s through the early ‘00s.
Steve Walsh, Kansas, Streets, April 5, 2000
Not sure how hard Steve is normally to get an interview with on the phone, but I’ve heard he’s pretty reclusive on the road, having heard stories of him dashing offstage and on his way to the hotel before the house lights come on.
Roine Stolt, The Flower Kings, Transatlantic, April 7, 2000
Around our magazine, we were constantly trying to squeeze the prog stuff in because we found that a huge chunk of the metal crowd gravitated first toward prog than anything else, when sniffing outside of kerranging guitars.
Phil Ehart, Kansas, May 14, 2000
Kansas has always been my desert island bands, a band with a huge catalogue that, no matter how much I play it, I never seem to assimilate it, learn it, understand it.
Kerry Livgren, Kansas, May 15, 2000
I believe what was going down here was that at the same time I was asked to write the label bio for Steve Walsh’s solo record, I was tapped to write the bio for the new Kansas record, also to be on Magna Carta. Ergo the in-depth discussion of what was to be issued as Somewhere to Elsewhere.
Roine Stolt, The Flower Kings, Transatlantic, May 24, 2000
Looks like the main purpose of this interview was to gather enough info to write the Magna Carta bio for Space Revolver.
Terry Bozzio, Frank Zappa, UK, Bozzio Levin Stevens, June 1, 2000
I came away totally impressed with his sharp intelligence, business-like energy and youthfulness… he’s basically the Steve Vai of the drums.
Kevin Moore, Chroma Key, Dream Theater, October 26, 2000
The guy’s such a huge talent and should be super-famed and respected as far as I’m concerned. Man, for the the follow-up, Graveyard Mountain Home, I just did a regular interview with him for that, but I was so stunned by how cool the idea was, to write what is essentially a soundtrack album to a 1950s guidance film, an incredible album, that I had to chuck back a few drinks to talk to him on the phone.
Nick D’Virgilio, Spock’s Beard, June 20, 2001
Good drumming/drummer stuff here, along with a l’il Spock’s Beard. What I like about including a chat like this is that there’s so much on Karma here, that it might help you hook up with an album you never knew existed or maybe have forgotten about.
Robert Berry, GTR, 3, August 20, 2001
Gotta hand it to Robert, he made quite a go of it, after this first record, becoming a little Trans-Siberian Orchestra, as it were.
Ian Anderson, Jethro Tull, September 28, 2001
One of the happy surprises about crossing over into getting to talk to a few prog guys was how accessible Ian Anderson turned out to be, and how delightful and interview subject he was. Out chats were always phoners, but I parlayed a quick meeting with him once backstage at the Molson Amphitheatre here in Toronto, as part of conducting an in-person with Tull’s guitarist Martin Barre, also a perfectly congenial gent.
Ian Anderson, Jethro Tull, April 19, 2002
Another chat with one of the top prog legends, and, like Jon Anderson and one supposes Rick Wakeman, here’s a guy that could have been a manager or a businessman. Well, Ian is a businessman, with his hand in many pies. Good on him, a born leader and all that, plus an interesting chat all ‘round.
David Sylvian, Japan, solo, May 2002
Intimidating this was, given that it was an in-person during load-in/soundcheck, sitting in the nice theater seats at the Danforth Music Hall, which is just a couple blocks from my house. Very convenient and classy venue to see a show.
Steve Hackett, Genesis, GTR, solo, June 17, 2002
Steve’s always a perfectly pleasant guy to talk to, and besides the project at hand, i.e. the reason he’s doing press, there’s always the well of all that classic Genesis potentially to be dealt with, along with GTR and the pretty substantially solo catalogue, of which I totally love Cured, along with his more recent albums.
Michael Sadler, Saga, July 2002
So glad that they were part of our mag’s portfolio, because even though there are Toronto roots to the band, they were rarely around here, being bigger, certainly, in Germany.
Jim Crichton, Saga, August 22, 2002
So this must’ve been that bright sunny day, myself and Tim Henderson down at the Molson Amphitheater to see Saga supporting Tull. But we also had access, and as it turns out, too much of it, with one funny moment being us standing around in their dressing room while they were actually dressing, and Ian looking a bit perturbed like, what are these two guys doing here?
Martin Barre, Jethro Tull, August 22, 2002
This was likely out on the outdoor seating area off the catering room at Molson Amphitheater, for a nice relaxed sit-down chat before the show, Tull with Saga supporting.
Robbie Steinhardt, Kansas, Sept. 1, 2002
Looks like this chat was set up, likely by buddy and PR whiz Chip Ruggieri, to talk about a hits compilation, which means basically free reign to talk about anything we want—yay!
Neil Morse, Spock’s Beard, Transatlantic, solo September 15, 2002
Looks like I wasn’t writing the bio for this, but rather it was a regular ol’ interview. The occasion was the release of my favourite Spock’s Beard album, Snow.
Terry Bozzio, Frank Zappa, UK, Bozzio Levin Stevens, November 9, 2002
Terry came to Toronto to do a drum clinic and I met with him one weekend afternoon at the Opera House, conducting this chat in the crappy and clammy basement dressing room… although I can’t quite picture it—we may have stayed upstairs on the main floor, where it’s marginally less depressive.
Nick D’Virgilio, Spock’s Beard, solo May 9, 2003
Looks like this would have been for the bio for the band’s follow-up to Snow called Feel Euphoria. The big deal here was the departure of Neal Morse.
Steve Rothery and Steve Hogarth, Marillion, June 10, 2005
Never thought I’d ever get to see Marillion, but here they were coming to Toronto’s Mod Club, a classy, intimate venue, but one that’s a pain to get to and pretty tight on security when you’re just trying to get in for yer damn interview.
Steve Hackett, Genesis, GTR, solo, September 28, 2005
I interviewed the mellow ex-Genesis axe-meister two days before I was there to witness his heavenly acoustic show at the Markham Theater for the Performing Arts just north of the city.
Jim Crichton, Saga, November 15, 2005
Like Kansas, Saga are one of those bands where I own everything but don’t know the records well, so in continuing to talk to the guys, I can of course give them some press, but as well I get to have these records somewhat personalized for myself. That’s the theory anyway.
Carl Palmer, Emerson, Lake and Palmer, Asia, February 24, 2006
Well, this was an intimidating one to be sure. Fortunately it was a phoner so, you know, you’ve got the wiki page open, you’re surrounded by all the albums and you can constantly look at your notes and cross stuff out, change course etc. And the frustrating part is, there’s the current press-pertinent stuff to get to, but you want to talk about so much more.
John Wetton, King Crimson, Uriah Heep, UK, Asia, April 6, 2006
Lots of Asia in this one, plus some cool UK stuff.
Ian Anderson, Jethro Tull, October 30, 2007
Another chance to speak to a legend of the biz, and one that is a natural-born explainer, the best type of interviewee one can hope for.
Chris Herin, Tiles, February 14, 2008
This is kind of a cool one, because I interrogated the hell out of him as well for a book project I’ve since sorta shelved. I had started gathering survey answers on greatest guitar solos of all time, and then thought I’d massage into my interviews, some expert/authority chat about these poll-winning guitarists.
Rich Williams, Kansas, June 26, 2008
I seem to recall that I was to phone Rich for this, and a) he wasn’t really expecting the call and b) seemed unaware that the reason for our chat was the reissue of the Two for the Show live album, which back in the day, shortly after its October 1978 release date, went friggin’ platinum. Man, go take a look—Kansas sold a lot of records!
Fish, Marillion, solo, June 29, 2008
This chat took place at the penned-in table area outside in front of the venue, so it wasn’t surprising when gobsmacked fans would stoop to interrupt from time to time.
Peter Hammill and Guy Evans, Van der Graaf Generator, July 4, 2009
Upon hearing that Van der Graaf Generator were making a rare visit to Toronto, and to an easy and relaxed venue just down the street from my office, the Opera House… well, I knew I had to sort out to be there to chat with this most interesting and gothic and dark of UK prog institutions. Intimidated I was, but the three of them were all charming fellows, as we kept the conversation light around a sticky barroom table right out front, pre-soundcheck.
John Wetton, King Crimson, Uriah Heep, UK, Asia, May 12, 2012
John Wetton was one of my very first in-person interviews, back in 1995, and here we were 17 year hence, and John is back, improbably fronting the exact Danger Money lineup of UK for a rare show at the Sound Academy.
Michael Sadler, Saga, July 20, 2013
It’s rare that I got out for an in-person interview really anywhere past 2010. I just started to find it all too stressful, dealing with road managers and security, and especially at the Sound Academy, which always seemed locked up like Fort Knox.
Steve Hackett, Genesis, GTR, solo, November 2, 2015
This chat with Steve was set-up by our long-standing best buddy of PR, Chip Ruggieri, who was tasked with promoting the expanded reissue of the lone GTR album.
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You don’t need to be a die-hard ’80s metal fan to know that the fruits of an artistic alliance between Danger Danger singer Ted Poley and guitarist/producer Steve Brown of TRIXTER is going to make melodic rock fans rejoice! The two musicians from New Jersey have recently created TOKYO MOTOR FIST and the new band is ready to unleash on the world their self-titled debut album on February 24, 2017 via Frontiers Music Srl.
Indeed, Tokyo Motor Fist is exactly what you would expect: catchy and uplifting hard rock, the way is should be! You want big – we mean, BIG – hooks? You got ’em. What about major guitar riffs? Of course there’s plenty of those. Killer rhythm section? Well, with Greg Smith (Ted Nugent , Rainbow , Alice Cooper ) and Chuck Burgi (Rainbow, Blue Oyster Cult , Joe Lynn Turner ) you simply can’t go wrong!
Ted and Steve have been friends for a long time. They were playing the same club circuit with their respective bands, Danger Danger and Trixter, when both bands were starting their careers. Over the years, they’ve had a great personal relationship and the idea of doing a record together has been in the cards for many years. Now, thanks to Frontiers this concept has become a reality.
“To say that I’m excited for the world to hear Tokyo Motor Fist would be an understatement,” says Steve Brown. “Working on this project with my Rock and Roll Brothers Ted Poley, Greg Smith & Chuck Burgi was a total blast….We had fun and it shows in the performances and in the music! As a songwriter I couldn’t be happier with the way the songs came together. Fans of TRIXTER, DANGER DANGER, Def Leppard , Bon Jovi and Cheap Trick will get the best of all those worlds.”
Ted Poley adds: “Working with guys of this caliber was amazing. I was excited to collaborate with my long time friend Steve Brown, who is not only a really great songwriter and guitarist but also an insanely cool producer! The band sounds great and very high energy. The vocals of Steve and I along with his SHREDDING guitar, combined with the World Class rhythm Powerhouse section of Greg Smith and Chuck Burgi is amazing, what a cool band – the sound is HUGE. But it’s the songs that drew me into making this album in the beginning and the record is full of catchy songs with massive choruses and great melodies and sounds BIG BIG BIG! I am beyond THRILLED with the final result and I hope you will be too.”
Beefy and energetic, “Tokyo Motor Fist” is sure to please not only Ted Poley, Danger Danger, and Trixter’s fans, but all fans of melodic hard rock. Don’t miss this superb release!
Tokyo Motor Fist Track Listing:
1. Pickin’ Up The Pieces
2. Love Me Insane
5. Black And Blue
6. You’re My Revolution
7. Don’t Let Me Go
8. Put Me To Shame
9. Done To Me
10. Get You Off My Mind
11. Fallin’ Apart
Tokyo Motor Fist
Ted Poley – Vocals
Steve Brown – Guitars, Vocals
Greg Smith – Bass guitar
Chuck Burgi – drums
ALTITUDES & ATTITUDE – the project featuring MEGADETH bassist and EMP LABEL GROUP‘s President David Ellefson and ANTHRAX bassist Frank Bello – is currently in the studio in Hollywood, California recording material for their new album, with the producer Jay Ruston (ANTHRAX, STEEL PANTHER, STONE SOUR).
David Ellefson commented: “What started out as simple bass ideas quickly developed into some really great songs together. Our fans would probably never suspect that a couple of metal bass players would have songs like these inside of us. It’s exciting to write melody with diversity while still pushing the limits of lead-bass playing. Frank’s singing, and both of us playing guitars and other instruments, gave us a whole new dimension for creative opportunities.”
Frank Bello added: “We thought it would be cool to let fans hear something they wouldn’t expect from us — which is what ALTITUDES & ATTITUDE is”.
Regarding how ALTITUDES & ATTITUDE came together, Ellefson told recently Guitar World: “We were doing bass clinics for our endorsement of Hartke bass amplification a few years back when the ‘Big Four’ were playing shows together. I just said to Frank, ‘We should really write some of our own material we can play for these clinics. Something unique just for us.’ So at Bass Player Live! at the Key Club in Hollywood, Frank got us talking to ANTHRAX producer Jay Ruston, who is also a bass player, and he got excited to get on board to record some songs for us. We agreed to do just a few songs we could release in EP format. This would make the workload easier with all of our schedules and even allow us to continue releasing more songs moving forward as well. Jay brought in Jeff Friedl on drums and even suggested Gus G. to play the solos I wanted to have on the track ‘Here Again’.”
Swedish band Europe has completed again a successful Tour. This time the five Acclaimed Scandinavian musicians accomplished their mission to celebrate in style with fans their 30th anniversary Tour of THE FINAL COUNTDOWN, the album from 1986 that officially sealed their world success. The anniversary tour started on November 8th in Stockholm, Sweden, kicking off the celebration in their hometown Stockholm, where it all started 32 years ago. The concert was sold out. Then the tour proceeded on November 10 in Bruxelles, Belgium, November 11 Koln Germany, November 12 London which was sold out and recorded for a future live DVD. On November 14 the band played in Utrecht, Netherlands, November 15th Paris, November 16th Zurich and November 17 Lausanne, Switzerland, November 19th Rome and November 20th Milan Italy ( also sold out), November 22nd Barcellona and November 23rd Madrid Spain ( sold out as well) . There was supposed to be a Kiev concert, which the band was really looking forward to playing, according to a message on their social media outlets, but it got unfortunately cancelled. I had met Ian this past February and he had told me of this planned tour and celebration, pretty much in the same days of the official announcement: therefore I had to make due to an accurate follow up to share this event with all of you. So I did, I attended the concert in Zurich, Lausanne, Switzerland, Milan and Rome Italy. The Photos are from the concert in Zurich on November 16th.
One element that truly made this tour one of a kind, was the playing the latest album WAR OF KINGS in its entirety and the rendition of the album whose 30th anniversary was this year “ the Final countdown”, which was also played in its entirety. As the lead singer Joey Tempest announced at the starts of concerts,“ it is something we have never done before and that we will not do again”, that is to play THE FINAL COUNTDOWN and WAR OF KINGS entirely. Band members John Norum , guitarist, Joey Tempest, lead singer, Mic Michaeli, keyboards and Ian Haugland on drums let the world listen to their entire albums just this once, making it a very special occasion for their supporters. Songs like “Heart of Stone”, “ Ninja”, “ Love Chaser” were always on young fans LP players, along with the famous tunes “ The Final Countdown”, “ Cherokee”, “Rock the Night” and “ Carrie” but many of these songs had not been played since that tour in 1986-1987. Many fans had not listened to some songs since that tour in 1986-1987. For many fans in their early 40’s now, these were songs that they had never listened live, in many circumstances due to simply being too young back then to attend a live concert. When researching old set lists from the 1986-1987 tour, lists taken from the USA tours had a mysterious, un-typed 13th song. When looking at this list and comparing it to the album list, the one missing was “ On the loose”. With this missing piece of history, one can state that only a few countries on that tour in 1986 , including Sweden, were able to listen back then to the full Album set list from “ the Final Countdown”, making this tour in 2016 a clearly irreplaceable time for their supporters.
When the concert started, it began with “ War of Kings” jolt of energy “ Hole in my Pocket”. The rhythmic power of this song is an outstanding gem that the band has offered before but that never ceases to capture. “ Nothing to Ya” has their own nieche of super faithful fans following, among the already faithful following and caused a higher realm of arms in the air. “ Days of rock’n roll”, the modern day fanfare continued to grab the audience in dancing and rocking away. “ War of Kings” and “ Second Day” projected more energy among fans with an ever energized Joey Tempest and a fired up John Norum, showing how it is done. “Vasastan”,“ Children of the Mind”,“ Angels with Broken Hearts” “ California 405”, “Light it Up and “ Rainbow Bridge” were among the songs never played at all before which brought the audience in a status of participated emotion, since there was truly no other live to be compared to before, prior to this tour.
Between John Norum’s magic and strong flights of guitar, Joey’s vocal power, Mic’s atmosphere-enriching intros and a cohesive, seamless fraternal energy among all the band members and instruments, the live concerts of this tour were in fact un-replaceable pieces of history. Nothing was left unplanned and due to the absolute uniqueness of the occasion, every stage detail was carefully tailored by the highly professional Europe crew, to let the band deliver those memories . After the whole set list from WAR OF KINGS, the screen projected a return back in time video and showed images evoking an old computer and an ancient countdown, with a message on this old 80’s style computer, looking like a Commodore 64, that read a very warm thank you message from the band to listeners for these 30 years. All this unfolded while the still apocalyptic notes of “the Final Countdown” were starting.
Fans in the audience were projected to their younger years, their sacred 80’s and most of all down memory lane. Everyone to this day, younger or older, metal and rock fan or not, sings to “the Final Countdown” and many more fans proved to be faithful to the musical repertoire that Europe has produced until now, by singing and rocking vividly at all songs. One fan in the Lausanne show even brought blue-light blinking 80’s glasses to further the 80’s ambiance. In songs like “ Heart of Stone”, “ Love Chaser”, “ Ninja”,“ On the Loose” and “ Time has come” John Norum lead the band in a powerful return to those riffs, riffs that know no time or limits. The fact they had not been played in so long cut the atmosphere in a way that was tangible for all of us there to feel. The band brought on their un-parallel high power presence and while all songs provided a overflowing stream of energy among the audiences, there were certain songs that seemed to simply stop time for a moment.
During the songs from THE FINAL COUNTDOWN, in the amazed and captured audience moments, images of the band touring in the 80’s, fire, smoke effects and outstanding lightning accompanied the whole atmosphere to make us feel again at a 1986 gig. Norum and Tempest embraced the stage holding the audience down to those years and letting them know those guitar momentums are not over yet. And the audience reacted tenfold loving those riffs and those tunes again, singing at every note and word, as if no year has passed. If this did not create a “ big enough wow”, effect, the band furthered this gratefulness by giving homage to all faithful fans from those years by projecting a few photos taken with some of them during the 80’s and I became aware of several of these fans actually being present at the concerts of the tour. For many people, the song “ The Final Countdown” with those catchy initial apocalyptic keyboard notes that Mic came up with one day and Joey built upon, became a song we all sing to this day and we have all been riffing to with our guitars for 30 years and beyond. I spoke with fans that were at the Anniversary concert and many of them told me that they “ were too young back then to attend this particular Albums’ tour and listening to these songs finally live finally filled a musical void in them”. One gentleman from Ireland told me he now has seen many Europe gigs but this held a special spot in his music memories, since back in 1986 when he was 12 years old, his older cousin Paul did not agree to bring him to the concert. I am certain many of Europe supporters born in the mid 70’s can relate to this story and I know for sure I can. Overall fans from all ages appeared in absolute joy to be able to attend such a one–of-a-kind event. The audience had young, younger, older and not so old fans, children of fans, every age of listener represented, all captured by these tunes. Many traveled from far away to attend one, two or more concerts of the celebration tour, especially if their home country was not included in the tour dates but not only limited by that.
Supporters to the band flew in from the Japan, the USA, the UK, Ireland, Spain, the Czech republic, Taiwan, Italy, Germany and more countries were in attendance at one or more of these concerts, in support to the band and celebrating the 30th anniversary to a song from an album that intermingled beginnings and “ countdowns”, weddings, mixed life circumstances, the Geico commercial and definitely in every radio station and every music hall around the world. The two set lists were, in the end ,a great success in the crowd, proving a Joey Tempest in top vocal shape, John Norum with an ever growing outstanding guitar presence, the Maestro Mic Michaeli linking songs magically, a powerful Ian Haugland at the drums and John Leven masterfully offering a precise, soft but assertive base. The band showed the world they are now indeed in their 50’s but still playing skillfully, roaring in energy and with endless creativity. The images of them young proved they were indeed in the 80’s with spandex, tight pants and big hair but the high quality music and a talent they had back then has been simply amplified to the 100th level and it showed on this tour.
Songs were as majestic as ever, maybe also due by the fact that for so many of us, the older tunes had only played in our stereos, never live. Lead singer Joey seemed to impress upon us that yes they were indeed here to bring energy to audiences everywhere, grateful for 30 years and with a presence that communicated “ there will be many more years to come”. Since there was already a 30th anniversary concert tour for the band’s first 30 years of career in 2014, now a 30 years anniversary tour to “the Final Countdown” album, we sincerely count on this to be the start of a musical tradition, at every Europe’s album anniversary. When I told Ian this after the Zurich concert, he smiled and said “ how many years old will I be in 30 years? Never too old for great music…never too old.
1. War of Kings 2. Hole in My Pocket 3. The Second Day 4. Praise You 5. Nothin’ to Ya 6. California 405 7. Angels (With Broken Hearts) 8. Days of Rock ‘n’ Roll 9. Children of the Mind 10. Rainbow Bridge 11. Vasastan 12. Light It Up 13. War of Kings 14. The Final Countdown 15. Rock the Night 16. Carrie 17. Danger on the Track 18. Ninja 19. Cherokee 20. Time Has Come 21. Heart of Stone 22. On the Loose 23. Love Chaser 24. Snippet of “ The Final Countdown”