A Casual Guide To The Music Of Bon Jovi’s Richie Sambora
STRANGER IN THIS TOWN – A CASUAL GUIDE TO THE MUSIC OF BON JOVI’S RICHIE SAMBORA BY NEIL DANIELS
PUBLISHED BY CREATESPACE
WORLDWIDE RELEASE DATE: SEPTEMBER 21, 2014
A Casual Guide To The Music Of Bon Jovi’s Richie Sambora
Richie Sambora is the leading force in one of the world’s most successful rock bands but there is more to his career than Bon Jovi, which he helped steer to success through twelve studio albums from 1983 to 2014. In many respects Sambora is one of rock’s most underrated guitarists even though many of his riffs are world famous.
Stranger In This Town not only touches on Sambora’s profound role in Bon Jovi but also details his pre Bon Jovi bands, Message and Shark Frenzy, as well as his collaborations with such icons as Cher, Desmond Child and many others. This book is also about the solo music of Richie Sambora and explores his three solo albums, Stranger In This Town, Undiscovered Soul and Aftermath Of The Lowdown. Read the rest of this entry »
Last week, GWAR announced they had officially added not just one new member in Blothar, but a second, female member in Vulvatron. When we learned of this development, we immediately contacted GWAR’s intergalactic publicist to get us on the horn with this new vixen of torment. We learn about Vulvatron’s origins and how she became one of the scumdogs of the universe. Here is a sample:
Why do you think it took GWAR so long to add another female member?
GWAR enjoyed giving you humans blue balls for many years.
Which member of GWAR did you sleep with to get the gig?
Vulvatron’s sexual prowess is far superior, and although I slept with the entire band and management at the same time, they were not able to keep up. My sexual functions are far too advanced to mate with most primitive forms.
Does sexism exist in GWAR? Are you only entitled to 70% of the crack compared to male members?
I consumed the entire crack rider, and then needed a further crack buyout for lunch, dinner, and aftershow. GWAR is an extremely sexist band, we all believe in having all of the sex all the time.
Guitarist Gary Holt states, “Time to let a fast one outta the bag! Check out this advance preview of the title track ‘Blood In, Blood Out’ and get another taste of our upcoming new record! Fast raging thrash! One of many in the new disc! Bay Area sickness to slap you upside your face!”
NIGHTWISH ANNOUNCE HEADLINING NORTH AMERICAN TOUR FOR 2015
Finland-based symphonic metal storytellers NIGHTWISH are pleased to announce their 27-date headlining tour of North America for 2015, launching in New York City on April 9th, hitting three Canadian cities plus Chicago, San Francisco, and Los Angeles, then closing out in Silver Springs, Maryland on May 14th. Opening will be Dutch symphonic metallers DELAIN.
Checking in from the other side of the world amidst all the prep work for recording their new studio album, NIGHTWISH member Marco Hietala shares the following about the band’s return to North America:
“Hi to all! Our work on the new album has been going with serious productive speed and comfortable ease at the same time. It´s going to be great to get it out to you and play these pieces live. And with this announcement it will obviously happen quite soon! Here are the dates for the North-American shows. Come on over and we´ll raise hell and kick some arses together!”
Canada’s ‘The Metal Voice’ spoke to King Diamond as he was preparing for his North American tour in October 2014. King Diamond tells The Metal Voice about the ups and downs in the recording process of the Mercyful Fate’s Classic ‘Don’t Break the Oath’ Album which is celebrating it’s 30 year anniversary. King said, ”the engineer did not want us in the control room. It’s like being at the dentist sitting in the waiting room to be the next one called in.” It really annoyed me to not be in there to not see what he was doing(2:10) I said I don’t care what the others are doing but I am not leaving.”
King Diamond goes on to tell ‘The Metal Voice’ about his plans to release an Enhanced ‘Best of’ Reissue and an overhaul of his whole catalog in the near future. King told The Metal Voice,” I don’t like the Album versions that are out.(4:37) I want these albums to sound right for the future(7:50)
American Billboard Top 100 artist & 9th Wonder of the Unnatural World, Sweden’s MESHUGGAH have released a trailer for their re-mastered version of I, the band’s one song EP from 2004 set for mutant resurrection on September 30th in North America.
SNEW lead singer Curtis Don Vito is involved with a new documentary about the Los Angeles Hard Rock and Metal scene during the mid to late 70s titled “Inside Metal: The Pioneers of Los Angeles Hard Rock and Metal”.
Don Vito is Associate Producer and Editor of this in depth look at the ground breakers and architects of the metal phenomenon that would explode in the 80s.
Interviewed by: Anders Sandvall
Thanks to Trine at Dark Minstrel Music for the help to get this interview done.
Thanks to Dark Minstrel Music for the promo pictures of the band.
Promo pictures taken by: Thomas Trane
Additional live pictures taken by: Anders Sandvall
Once again it was time for me and Metal-Rules.com to hook up with the guitar-wizard, songwriting-genius, mastermind and bandleader Henrik Flyman in Evil Masquerade. If you haven’t checked out the bands brand new sixth album THE DIGITAL CRUCIFIX then be sure to do so because the disc is jammed with some really edgy traditional heavy metal/neo-classical songs. Personally I think that Evil Masquerade is one of the best metal acts around at the moment, and if you’re interested in getting to know Henrik Flyman, the band, his vision, the break up with former lead singer Apollo Papathansio, the entrance of the new Swedish singer Tobias Jansson (Saffire), and also this year the band celebrates 10 years as a band, then check out the interview. If you want to read more about Henrik Flyman and Evil Masquerade take a look at the past interviews that are featured here in metal-rules.com. Read the rest of this entry »
REVIEW AND PHOTOS BY ARTO LEHTINEN AND MARKO SYRJALA
The mighty Jalometalli Open Air Metal festival strikes with an outstanding awesome killer line-up to maintain its true metal status on the Finnish festival map. The festival is known for relying on old school metal to offer everything from traditional metal to extreme metal. Above all, it is also the classic names who have never ever visited Finland before that make this special. The legendary Teatria club is now history as it was torn down. Fortunately the organization of the Jalometalli festival managed to find a new location to arrange a true ass kicking festival. If having Slayer headline last year was a real dream come, then getting King Diamond to headline this year’s event was another jackpot for Jalometalli indeed. Of course getting both Dark Angel and Loudness booked for Jalometalli was also killer. The place was packed. When the second day arrived a merciless rain storm hit the area drowning everything. Unfortunately, Testament suffered from the rain.
Once again the Metal Rules team hit the ground of Oulu to witness several absolutely killer bands. The whole Jalometalli festival is so unique and one of a kind that anyone reading this article should take a glance at the offering of the festival. Here is a brief article on the fest. So the time had come all of us to leave bitter sweet farewells to the old venue where we have enjoyed great music and great company throughout the years.Read the rest of this entry »
For the ever swelling legions fans and fanatics of Devin Townsend alike, it is undoubted that London is the place to be for those who get to be a part of his most unique performances. Building from the four back-to-back shows from the By a Thread tour in 2011 and the magnificent spectacle that was the Retinal Circus show in 2012, the Casualties of Cool album is one that was born from the dedication of his fan base, and there was no more fitting place to showcase this latest offering than what he must feel as a spiritual home.
After Australian rockers Airbourne announced their 3-date mini tour in England, Metal-Rules.com UK team had the opportunity to sit down and chat with their drummer Ryan O’Keeffe on the 28th of August just moments before the band hit the stage in London. Read on to find out more about what he had to say about Airbourne’s latest album Black Dog Barking, their touring ventures and plans for the future. Read the rest of this entry »
If there’s a good way to describe Airbourne and what they do in one simple word it’s ROCK’N’FUCKING ROLL. And rock’n’fucking roll genuinely is everything that guys in Airbourne are and what they stand for.
We know Airbourne for their pure and distinctive rock’n’roll sound, explosive and sometimes shocking live performances, as well as raw and endless energy that they manage to maintain throughout constant touring around the world.
Today some of the Metal-Rules.com UK team members are lucky enough to witness Airbourne play a very special show in London on their 3-date-only UK mini tour. After playing multiple festivals and headline shows around Europe, Airbourne decided to return to UK for three unique club performances where fans would have the opportunity to see them play relatively smaller stages than normally and party with the band in a more intimate atmosphere.
In the second of five exclusive trailers on GUITAR WORLD.com that showcases material from the bonus “Making Of” DVD entitled “Blood Upon The Goat,” Altus reveals that he wrote the tracks “Honor Killings” and “Body Harvest” appearing on the band’s tenth studio album, Blood In, Blood Out, due out in North America on October 14, 2014. The bonus DVD is included in the album’s digi-pak and import box set versions.
Produced by Andy Sneap (ACCEPT, KREATOR, MEGADETH), Blood In, Blood Out can be pre-ordered from the Nuclear Blast USA Webshop in CD, digi-pak + bonus DVD, 2-LP exclusive yellow vinyl, and imported limited edition box set formats. Bundles include a t-shirt with exclusive artwork by Swedish artist Par Olofsson (PSYCROPTIC, ABYSMAL DAWN, REVOCATION) + a poster (while supplies last).
Fans who pre-order Blood In, Blood Out on iTunes will receive an instant “Salt The Wound” download. Get yours here: http://geni.us/exobiboitunes
Track listing for the deluxe digi-pak version of Blood In, Blood Out:
01 – Black 13 (featuring Dan the Automator)
02 – Blood In, Blood Out
03 – Collateral Damage
04 – Salt The Wound (featuring Kirk Hammett)
05 – Body Harvest
06 – BTK (featuring Chuck Billy)
07 – Wrapped In The Arms Of Rage
08 – My Last Nerve
09 – Numb
10 – Honor Killings
11 – Food For The Worms
BONUS DVD includes:
• “Blood Upon The Goat” making-of footage
• Behind-the-scenes tour footage
• Footage from Kirk Hammett’s Fear FestEVIL After Party at this year’s San Diego Comic-Con
The digital version of Blood In, Blood Out will include the digital bonus track “Angel Of Death” (ANGEL WITCH cover).
The album’s Japanese edition includes the “Protect Not Dissect” bonus track featuring Rat from THE VARUKERS/DISCHARGE.
EXODUS will head out with fellow metal titans Slayer and Suicidal Tendencies on a U.S. tour this November sponsored by Scion. This “destined to be legendary” tour launches on November 11th with two shows at The Fox Theater in Oakland, California. The 26-show trek includes nine headlining off-dates with additional performances to be announced soon. Tickets are on sale now via the links on the official EXODUS Facebook page.
Due to the overwhelmingly demand, EXODUS VIP Experience packages are now available for the entire tour via SLOtix.com. Visit the site for tour package details.
All EXODUS VIP Experience attendees will be included in a giveaway for either an autographed Gary Holt signature guitar or an EXODUS guitar. At the end of the tour, Gary Holt will personally call the winner himself to announce that they’ve won!
EXODUS in North America with Slayer & Suicidal Tendencies
11/11 – The Fox Theater – Oakland, CA (2nd show added!)
11/12 – The Fox Theater – Oakland, CA
11/14 – The Forum – Inglewood, CA
11/15 – Comerica Theatre – Phoenix, AZ
11/17 – Coca Cola Bricktown Events Venter – Oklahoma City, OK
11/18 – ACL Live at the Moody Theater – Austin, TX
11/19 – Verizon Theatre at Grand Prairie – Grand Prairie (Dallas), TX
11/21 – Hard Rock Café/Hard Rock Live – Orlando, FL
11/22 – The Tabernacle – Atlanta, GA
11/23 – The Fillmore – Charlotte, NC (EXODUS ONLY)
11/24 – Empire – North Springfield, VA (EXODUS ONLY)
11/25 – Washington Avenue Armory – Albany, NY
11/26 – Sands Bethlehem Event Center – Bethlehem, PA
11/28 – The Palladium – Worcester, MA
11/29 – Wellmont Theatre – Montclair, NJ
11/30 – Tower Theater – Upper Darby (Philadelphia), PA
12/02 – Agora Theatre – Cleveland, OH
12/03 – Madison Theatre – Covington, KY (EXODUS ONLY)
12/04 – Egyptian Room at Old National Centre – Indianapolis, IN
12/05 – The Fillmore Detroit – Detroit, MI
12/07 – Aftershock – Merriam, KS (EXODUS ONLY)
12/08 – Gothic Theatre – Denver, CO (EXODUS ONLY)
12/09 – Pub Station – Billings, MT (EXODUS ONLY)
12/10 – The Hop – Spokane, WA (EXODUS ONLY)
12/11 – Studio Seven – Seattle, WA (EXODUS ONLY)
12/12 – Hawthorne Theater – Portland, OR (EXODUS ONLY)
Additional shows will be announced soon.
Tickets are on sale now via the links on the official EXODUS Facebook page.
“I couldn’t be more excited about the release of our sophomore album”, states Dave Lombardo. “I think fans will appreciate the many maniacal levels of our combined personalities showing their crazed head on this record. I believe Fire From The Evening Sun is a combination of being fearless, methodical, focused and charming. I recently read that those are the four traits that successful entrepreneurs and psychopaths have in common. So.. listen at your own risk.”
PHILM just wrapped up a successful tour of Europe in support of Fire From The Evening Sun, and have recently confirmed dates on October 2nd in Bogota, Columbia, and October 16th in Hollywood, CA at the Whisky A Go-Go. Visit www.facebook.com/PHILMOfficial for more information. More dates are set to be announced soon!