Vocalist, multi-instrumentalist, über-energetic frontman and all-round rock 'n' roll legend Michael Monroe (HANOI ROCKS) has revealed the cover artwork for his new studio outing, "Horns And Halos", to be released in the U.K. on August 26 via Spinefarm Records.
The arresting cover art is based on an idea from Swedish guitar star Dregen (BACKYARD BABIES), who features in Michael's current touring and recording lineup.
"I love logotypes that are a 'little secret," says Dregen. "You know, the ones that are more like signs — VAN HALEN, CRASS, HIM's Heartagram, etc. That was the starting point…"
"Horns And Halos" — mixed by Petri Majuri at Seawolf Studios in Finland — is the follow-up to 2011's critically acclaimed "Sensory Overdrive", winner of Classic Rock magazine's "Album Of The Year" and a No. 1 record in Monroe's Finnish homeland.
Monroe's touring and recording outfit — bassist Sami Yaffa (HANOI ROCKS, NEW YORK DOLLS), guitarist Steve Conte (NEW YORK DOLLS, COMPANY OF WOLVES), drummer Karl "Rockfist" Rosqvist (CHELSEA SMILES, DANZIG) and Dregen — has been hard at work in the studio, providing creative support for a frontman whose reputation is genuinely global and whose influence continues to be felt, with musicians of all ages (from Dave Grohl to the original GUNS N' ROSES members) citing Michael's groundbreaking career as a source of inspiration.
"Horns And Halos" track listing:
01. TNT Diet 02. Ballad Of The Lower East Side 03. Eighteen Angels 04. Saturday Night Special 05. Stained Glass Heart 06. Horns And Halos 07. Child Of The Revolution 08. Soul Surrender 09. Half The Way 10. Ritual 11. Hands Are Tied
A second single/video from "Horns And Halos" will be made available on August 5.
The video for current single, "Ballad Of The Lower East Side" (a nod to Michael's early days in New York, a city he moved to for a decade following the mid-'80s breakup of glam-punk pioneers HANOI ROCKS), can be seen below.
On April 23, vocalist Burton C. Bell of Los Angeles cyber metallers FEAR FACTORY was interviewed by Denise Falzon in Toronto, Ontario, Canada for the latest episode of Exclaim! TV's "Aggressive Tendencies" series. You can now watch the chat below.
Asked whose idea it was to perform FEAR FACTORY's classic classic 1995 sophomore album, "Demanufacture", on the band's upcoming Australian tour, Burton C. Bell told The Rockpit: "It was kinda like a joke at first. Last time we were there for 'The Industrialist' on tour, we were playing a lot of tracks from 'Demanufacture', and we just thought, 'Why don't we just play the whole damn record?' and the promoter was, like, 'Oh, that's actually a great idea. We should plan it properly,' and blah blah blah, and just started talking about it. And we thought about it, and it was Australia that embraced FEAR FACTORY wholeheartedly first and so Australia was where we received our first silver and gold records for 'Demanufacture', so we figured that we'd go to Australia."
FEAR FACTORY will also perform "Demanufacture" in its entirety aboard the 2014 edition of the world's biggest heavy metal cruise — 70000 Tons Of Metal — which will sail January 27-31.
FEAR FACTORY's new album, "The Industrialist", sold 9,300 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 38 on The Billboard 200 chart. The band's previous CD, "Mechanize", opened with 10,000 units back in February 2010 to land at No. 72.
Sensory Records has announced the signing of the Norwegian progressive metal quintet WITHEM. The band's full-length debut, "The Point Of You", will be released late this summer.
Inspired by the likes of SYMPHONY X, PAGAN'S MIND, DREAM THEATER and CIRCUS MAXIMUS, WITHEM formed in 2011, their music offering varied sonic landscapes for the listener to explore, whether with its elaborate interplay between all musicians or with straightforward power metal anthems. With a solid online fanbase and several stellar live performances in Oslo and beyond already under their belts, the band has completed their debut album which caught the ear of the prog aficianados at Sensory/The Laser's Edge, who immediately brought the band on board for the release of the new opus.
The passion and dedication put into "The Point Of You" is emphasized by the countless hours spent in studio perfecting each individual performance and making sure that the end result is a world class blend of progressive, symphonic power metal, with over fifty minutes of thrills and melody-driven songs, without drifting into the clichés of overly long instrumental sections and sheer complexity for complexity sake. Based on the first impact made by the album teasers and demo tracks, expectations are running high within the progressive and power metal scene.
Ole Aleksander Wagenius - Vocals Frank Nordeng Røe - Drums Ketil Ronold - Keyboards Oyvind V Larsen - Guitar Miguel Pereira - Bass
On June 11, Andrew Epstein of AlanCross.ca conducted an interview with the Savannah-based quintet KYLESA at at Lee's Palace in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. You can now listen to the chat using the SoundCloud widget below.
KYLESA's new album, "Ultraviolet", was released on May 24 in Europe and May 28 in North America via Season Of Mist. The follow-up to "Spiral Shadow" was recorded at The Jam Room in Columbia, South Carolina, with the band's guitar player/songwriter and sought-after producer, Phillip Cope (BARONESS, BLACK TUSK), once again overseeing production.
The cover artwork for "Ultraviolet" was created by Sean Beaudry and can be seen below. Beaudry, a fellow Savannah resident, did the artwork for the band's "Time Will Fuse Its Worth" reissue.
"Ultraviolet" track listing:
01. Exhale 02. Unspoken 03. Grounded 04. We're Taking This 05. Long Gone 06. What Does It Take 07. Steady Breakdown 08. Low Tide 09. Vulture's Landing 10. Quicksand 11. Drifting
"Whereas 'Spiral Shadow' was a warm album suggesting concepts of hope, 'Ultraviolet' is a bit colder and darker," explains KYLESA songwriter/guitar player Laura Pleasants. "All of our studio albums have their own unique identity and we've always been a band who strives for something different than what current fads suggest. With 'Ultraviolet', we took a step inward and wrote music that we felt we had to write; this album centers around the multiple themes of loss and you can feel it in the music. Everyone goes through it during their lifetime and this record reflects that experience."
The "Unspoken" video can be seen below. The clip was directed by Brodie Rush, with art by Tyson Schroeder.
KYLESA issued a rarities collection in November 2012 titled "From The Vaults, Vol. 1", which featured previously unreleased, new and alternate versions of songs spanning the band's catalog as well as one new song titled "End Truth". Cope and Pleasants spent over a year going through their archives preparing the release.
PENTAGRAM CHILE recently completed work on its first-ever studio album, entitled "The Malefice", for a September 6 release via Germany's Cyclone Empire Records. Drums for the CD were tracked at Sade Studios in Santiago, Chile, while all guitars and vocals were recorded at HVR Studios in Suffolk, U.K., where the album was mixed by vocalist/guitarist Anton Reisenegger with longtime friend, collaborator, co-producer and studio owner Daniel Biggin. The cover artwork is an illustration by renowned Argentinian artist Santiago Caruso.
"The Malefice" will be made available in three different formats: double gatefold vinyl, double CD digipak and regular jewel case CD.
While the main part of the album consists of all-new material written by founding members Reisenegger and Juan Pablo Uribe (lead guitar) over the last two years, the band also re-recorded their classic demo material from the 1980s.
Double gatefold vinyl:
01. The Death Of Satan (5:22) 02. The Apparition (6:03) 03. Grand Design (5:41) 04. Prophetic Tremors (5:40)
01. Profaner (6:11) 02. Temple Of Perdition (6:30) 03. Spell Of The Pentagram (6:36)
Double CD digipak:
01. The Death Of Satan (5:22) 02. La Fiura (4:28) 03. The Apparition (6:03) 04. Horror Vacui (4:08) 05. Spontaneous Combustion (5:02) 06. Grand Design (5:41) 07. Sacrophobia (4:56) 08. Arachnoids (4:22) 09. King Pest (6:13) 10. Prophetic Tremors (5:40)
01. Fatal Predictions (5:27) 02. The Malefice (4:23) 03. Demoniac Possession (4:11) 04. Demented (5:58) 05. Profaner (6:11) 06. Temple Of Perdition (6:30) 07. Spell Of The Pentagram (6:36)
Jewel case CD:
01. The Death Of Satan (5:22) 02. La Fiura (4:28) 03. The Apparition (6:03) 04. Horror Vacui (4:08) 05. Spontaneous Combustion (5:02) 06. Grand Design (5:41) 07. Sacrophobia (4:56) 08. Arachnoids (4:22) 09. Prophetic Tremors (5:40)
The band faced a dilemma when deciding whether to re-record their legendary '80s material. Reisenegger commented: "We weren't sure if we should re-record the old demo songs; some people encouraged us to do so, others said we would ruin our own legacy. At first, we decided to re-record just a couple, but while we were at it, we were so pleased with the results we decided to do them all."
"We obviously didn't want to base our first studio album on 25-year old songs," he continued, "as people have been — rightfully — accusing us of flogging that material to death already, so I think we found an elegant solution: The album's first edition will consist of two records, one of all-new material written during the last two years, and a second one of re-recorded songs from the '80s demos. The few friends who've been able to listen to the re-recorded material have been amazed at how we've been able to capture the vibe of the old material despite using modern recording technology. Hell, even the new stuff sounds like it came from that era!"
While the PENTAGRAM drum throne was taken over by veteran Chilean drummer Juan Pablo Donoso (SADISM, EXECRATOR, THRONAFIRE) after original member Eduardo Topelberg left the band (he is now a local politician for the Ñuñoa district of Santiago), bass duties on the album were split between various musicians. Besides the band's touring bassists Juan Francisco Cueto and Daniel Biggin, the band also invited longtime friend Rodrigo "Pera" Cuadra of DORSO to record the bass on one song, as well as to re-do the evil laughter he originally contributed to the demo version of the track "The Malefice".
Another bassist to guest on the album is Mauricio Peña, brother of original PENTAGRAM bassist Alfredo "Bey" Peña, who committed suicide in 1990. "It was really emotive to have Mauricio perform on the album. He looks a lot like his brother and is just as talented. In a way, it's like Alfredo is still with us in spirit."
In addition, the track "La Fiura" will feature a scream provided by MORGOTH singer Marc Grewe. "The song is about this mythological creature from the South of Chile," Reisenegger explained, "which emits this really piercing, high-pitched scream that literally melts people's faces. When we were playing the Maryland Deathfest last year, MORGOTH were on while we were getting ready, and all of a sudden we heard this insane scream. We all looked at each other and said: 'That's it, that's La Fiura!!!' So we approached Marc and he immediately agreed."
Ohio-based metallers LEGION will release their debut album, "Woke", on July 30 via eOne/Good Fight Music. The band has wrapped up the recording process with producer Daniel Laskiewicz (THE ACACIA STRAIN) and has vowed to release their most ferocious material to date.
"Woke" track listing:
01. The Fear 02. And Then, The Devil Said 03. Righteous Dictation 04. He Became Death 05. Priest 06. Disclosure Of Sin 07. Kneel Before Order 08. Perverse Icon 09. B.R.F. 10. The Roach
The official lyric video for the song "He Became Death" can be seen below.
Comments LEGION vocalist Mike Guilford: "I speak for the entire band when I say we're very excited. We have put a lot of honesty and aggression into 'Woke'. Hopefully this record opens everyone's eyes the way it has opened ours."
LEGION's forthcoming CD delivers upon the promise put down by their devastating EPs. No stone is left unturned when it comes to LEGION's targets, from the government to the church. LEGION speaks their minds, musically and lyrically, without compromise.
Columbus, Ohio has produced many celebrated "scene" bands, but LEGION actively chose another route. They didn't base their career plans on the accumulation of Internet hype nor on cookie-cutter music designed to cater to a specific crowd. They went against the grain, on the path of resistance, decidedly choosing hard work and originality.
LEGION isn't following the scene blueprint. LEGION is all about a genuine connection with their fans through authentic expression. Ultimately, LEGION looks to create music that inspires listeners to be themselves. They are believers in the power of creativity and artistic achievement.
Michael Guilford (vocals) Chris Dragics (guitar) Alex Heiberger (guitar) Mason Prince (bass) Jake Rodriguez (drums)
Ulterium Records has announced the signing of the Slovak melodic metal band SIGNUM REGIS.
With their two previous albums, "The Eyes Of Power" (2010) and "Signum Regis" (2008), SIGNUM REGIS established themselves as highly respected band in the scene, especially with the diverse concept effort "The Eyes Of Power", which received great reviews from around the world. The singer on these two albums was Göran Edman, known for his work with Yngwie Malmsteen, John Norum and many more.
SIGNUM REGIS is currently putting the finishing touches on its new concept album entitled "Exodus", to be released later this year. Each track one the CD will feature a different singer, with Matt Smith (THEOCRACY), Michael Vescera (OBSESSION, ANIMETAL USA, YNGWIE MALMSTEEN), Thomas Winkler (GLORYHAMMER, EMERALD) and Göran Edman already confirmed to take part. More vocalists will be announced later on.
Fan-filmed video footage of DIO DISCIPLES' June 15 concert at Carioca Club in São Paulo, Brazil can be seen below.
The group, which pays tribute to legendary heavy metal singer Ronnie James Dio (BLACK SABBATH, RAINBOW, DIO, HEAVEN & HELL) and is fully supported by Dio's widow/manager, Wendy, currently consists of the following musicians:
Commented Goldy: "After Ronnie's passing and a lengthy mourning period, Wendy Dio and the band that was left behind have decided it was time to honor and keep the memory and legacy of Ronnie James Dio alive in the most respectful way possible!
"There is something special that happens when a group of people gather together with the same heart, mind and spirit as one another... and that is what happens every night we (the DIO DISCIPLES) perform! I never know when... but I know that it will happen because it always does... some time during the concert, the audience and the band connect and become as one!
"And with the large speaker system, lights and special performances by past members of AC/DC, JUDAS PRIEST, YNGWIE MALMSTEEN and LYNCH MOB... you don't want to rely on all the crappy little cell phone recordings that look and sound like shit posted on YouTube!
"I've never lied about anything to any DIO fan and I'm not about to start now! Every time we perform there's always several very special moments that just can't be defined into words! You just have to trust me and come experience it for yourselves! And I hope you do!"
On Monday, June 17, Mike Jones of the Washington D.C. radio station DC101 conducted an interview with THE CULT frontman Ian Astbury. You can now listen to the first part of the chat below.
THE CULT will perform its 1987 album "Electric", raw and unfiltered, on tour in 2013, an event branded as "Electric 13". Until now, THE CULT have never performed the album in its entirety. The live show will also include a second set pulling from the band's eight other studio albums.
Commented Ian Astbury: "THE CULT's lifeblood has always been playing live. We are between albums and decided to continue the momentum created by 'Choice Of Weapon', stay in people's hearts and minds. As 'Love Live' was such an incredible experience, we have decided that performing the 'Electric' album, an event that has been demanded by our fans and followers as the perfect live set to play in 2013."
Born out of the ashes of the U.K. post-punk scene, THE CULT evolved to become one of the most influential and controversial rock bands of the late 20th century, selling millions of albums, headlining venues worldwide, infusing innovative possibilities into the worlds of music, art and fashion and quickly ascending through the ranks of the indie music world to achieve global status.
In 1987, THE CULT released "Electric", an album of stylistic change that aimed the band straight at the heart of the rock market. Recorded in New York City at the legendary Electric Ladyland studios and filled with the energy of the dirty NYC streets, together with a young producer named Rick Rubin, who resonated more with the hip hop world of THE BEASTIE BOYS, RUN DMC, and PUBLIC ENEMY; the band delivered an recording that has gone on to become one of THE CULT's most successful and influential albums, and as a follow-up to "Love", kicked the door wide open to a passionate new audience.
"Electric" went on to become the band's first platinum album. They quickly captured media attention featuring heavily in music and fashion magazines as well as becoming an MTV staple after dark and where spun heavily on radio coast to coast.
"Electric" was supported by an incident-filled world tour with GUNS N' ROSES as the opener in North America. Beginning in January of that year, THE CULT headlined in the U.K., Europe, the U.S., Canada, and Australia, opened select dates for IGGY POP and DAVID BOWIE, returning at the end of the year to sell out Wembley Arena and Brixton Academy in London.
After releasing their damaging debut LP, "Manégarmr", through Southern Lord worldwide in April, Belgium's ominous metal/hardcore unit HESSIAN has slightly revamped the band's moniker due to pending legalities, the band to now be known as HESSIAN A.D. on American soil moving forward.
Acknowledged the band in a collective statement: "Due to legal reasons, we have been forced to change the band's name to HESSIAN A.D. on American territory. This, however, only covers U.S. territory; we will still continue to play under the old HESSIAN flag in all other parts of the world. Sadly this change is completely beyond our control and it's not very much to our liking. But, rest assured, we will continue to give this band and this music our all. Thank you all for your support."
This minor inconvenience aside, HESSIAN A.D. will move forward with their brutal summer tour actions in continuing support of "Manégarmr", with shows booked across the continent through late September and more performances being booked and confirmed all the time.
From the onset, the combined musical backgrounds of this quartet featuring members of AMENRA and THE BLACK HEART REBELLION, and part of the Church Of Ra sect fell effortlessly into place, pushing a sound that was at once pummeling, devouring and empowering across the rural fields where they started rehearsing. After a well-received debut EP, a split seven-inch single with AMENRA, a split LP with PALE CREATION on Magic Bullet Records and countless shows throughout Europe, HESSIAN A.D. has found a new home with Southern Lord for the relase of "Manégarmr", the album showcasing the outfit's searing amalgam of aggressive punk and metal-infused hardcore, mournful riffs and battering breakdowns surging with more conviction than ever.
Australian metallers TABERAH have set "Necromancer" as the title of their second album, due out in August via Dust On The Tracks Records. The CD was engineered by Theo B, produced and mixed by Joe Haley (PSYCROPTIC) and mastered by Stu Marshall (DEATH DEALER, EMPIRES OF EDEN, DUNGEON, PAINDIVISION). The artwork was created by Hannah Flowers, who is a talented Tasmanian tattoo artist.
"Necromancer" track listing:
01. 2012 02. Dying Wish 03. Burning In The Moonlight 04. Necromanzer 05. Warlord 06. Don't Say You'll Love Me 07. For King And Country 08. One Goon Bag Later 09. The Hammer Of Hades 10. My Dear Lord
The song "2012" can be streamed using the SoundCloud widget below.
Formed in 2004, TABERAH's sound and live performance is derived from a vast range of influences, including the traditional heavy metal stylings of IRON MAIDEN and BLACK SABBATH, the rock and roll swagger of AC/DC and THIN LIZZY mixed with the over-the-top, tongue-in-cheek theatrics of QUEEN and THE DARKNESS. All with a slightly modern and original twist.
TABERAH quickly became a staple act in the Tasmanian live music scene in 2006 and has established itself as one of Tasmania's top exports. In early 2011, TABERAH blitzed a nationwide vote, then were handpicked by Lemmy Kilmister himself to open for MOTÖRHEAD at the Sydney stop of their 2011 Australian tour.
2011 saw TABERAH record and release their debut album, "The Light Of Which I Dream", with acclaimed producer Joe Haley of PSYCROPTIC.
Slash (GUNS N' ROSES, VELVET REVOLVER), David Draiman (DISTURBED, DEVICE), Gavin Rossdale (BUSH), Sebastian Bach (SKID ROW), GODSMACK, JOURNEY and Scott Ian (ANTHRAX) are among the rockers who reacted on Twitter and Facebook to the passing of actor James Gandolfini, who gained fame playing a mafia boss on HBO's "The Sopranos".
Gandolfini died earlier today (Wednesday, June 19) after suffering a possible heart attack while on holiday in Rome, Italy. He was 51 year old.
JAMES GANDOLFINI, ONE OF MY FAVORITE ACTORS OF ALL TIME. REST IN PEACE BROTHER. YOU WERE ONE OF THE GREATS.
"Dogs Of War", the 1995 album from British heavy metal legends SAXON, will be released on very limited 12-inch picture-disc vinyl on July 15 via Demon Music Group. Recorded in Boston, England, the band's twelfth studio LP was SAXON's third for Virgin Germany and was the last effort to feature guitarist Graham Oliver. The 10-track epic is a move in the heavier direction for SAXON and features rock powerhouses "Burning Wheels" and "Demolition Alley", with "monstrous artwork and trademark pounding riffs."
SAXON's latest album, "Sacrifice", was released on March 1 in Europe (except in the U.K., where it was made available on March 4) and March 26 in North America through UDR. The CD was recorded at LS Studios in Yorkshire and was produced by singer Biff Byford, with Andy Sneap mixing and engineering by Jacky Lehmann. The cover artwork was created by longtime SAXON artist Paul Raymond Gregory.
"Boiling Heart Of The North", the new video from Dark Helsinki, Finland-based metallers OCTOBER FALLS, can be seen below. The clip was directed by Håkan Sjödin, who has previously worked with MARDUK and SETHERIAL, among others.
"Boiling Heart Of The North" coms off OCTOBER FALLS' fourth album, "The Plague Of A Coming Age", which was released on March 15 on CD and vinyl via Debemur Morti Productions. According to a press release, the CD sees "the band continu[ing] to explore its exquisitely sonorous world, deeply melancholic, subtly aggressive and always divinely melodic." Once again, Mikko Lehto gathered gifted musicians around him for the recording: Marko Tarvonen (MOONSORROW) on drums and Sami Hinkka (ENSIFERUM) on bass. A very special guest contributed clean vocals on two songs: Tomi Joutsen (AMORPHIS). The visual art was imagined and painted by talented Argentinian artist Santiago Caruso.
"The Plague Of A Coming Age" track listing:
01. At the Edge Of An Empty Horizon 02. Bloodlines 03. The Verge Of Oblivion 04. Snakes Of The Old World 05. The Plague Of A Coming Age 06. Mouth Of A Nation's Harlots 07. Boiling Heart Of The North 08. The Weight Of The Fallen 09. Below The Soils
OCTOBER FALLS' current musical style is described in a press release as "a mixture of atmospheric acoustic music and harsher black metal-oriented material and could be compared to early acoustic ULVER, DRUDKH and PRIMORDIAL blended together with a personal touch and strong melodies. Still, the early acoustic side has not been completely abandoned; there have been occasional acoustic releases through the years and there will also be similar releases again at some point on the horizon."
2013 Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame inductees HEART are taking their critically acclaimed live show on the road this summer with very special guest JASON BONHAM'S LED ZEPPELIN EXPERIENCE. Ann and Nancy Wilson first met Jason Bonham, son of famed LED ZEPPELIN drummer John Bonham, when they performed "Stairway To Heaven" together at the Kennedy Center Honors tribute to LED ZEPPELIN in December 2012. Over 6 million fans have watched the performance online and purchased the track on iTunes. Now, in addition to a full set of HEART classic hits, including "Crazy On You", "Barracuda", "Alone", "These Dreams", "What About Love" and many more, fans can experience this historical pairing live when HEART and Bonham close each show with a special thirty-minute finale tribute to LED ZEPPELIN.
Fan-filmed video footage of the tour's opening concert, which took place this past Monday night (June 17) at Cruzan Amphitheater in West Palm Beach, Florida can be seen below. Also available is a pre-show video interview with Bonham conducted by Andy Preston of the 98.7 The Gater radio station.
Check out photos of the concert at GaterRocks.com.
In a recent interview with Sun-Sentinel.comBonham was asked about sharing the stage with Ann and Nancy Wilson of HEART to perform "Stairway To Heaven" during the LED ZEPPELIN tribute at the Kennedy Center Honors. "When I was asked to do 'Stairway', I was, like, 'Really? 'Stairway'?'" he said. "There are some songs you just don't touch. But the arrangement with the choir, orchestra and way the whole band played was very special. Both Robert [Plant] and John Paul [Jones] were blown away by the arrangements. It was cool and different. The respect to the original was incredible and Ann and Nancy were fantastic. There were 50 people bobbing up and down wearing top hats. The hairs on the back of your neck stand up when you see something like this.
After the performance was viewed more than five million times on YouTube, "The demand became so great it got released on iTunes," Bonham said. "I later got a call from Live Nation asking how we could put something like this together for a show."
Regarding how the Heartbreaker Tour with HEART came about, Bonham said: "I started talking to the girls from HEART and we came up with an idea of taking my band and doing a shorter version of what I normally do and then they would do a shortened version of their show. Then, we could be together and end with my guitar player and do a 45-minute extravaganza of performing some of the greatest music from LED ZEPPELIN that there is. It's going to be a fantastic summer."
Jason also spoke about his father's enduring influence on the current crop of rock drummers, saying: "Every drummer I've ever spoken to or read an interview with — my dad is always in their top three. I'm honored to share his name and represent him all these years after he's gone. It's been fantastic."
He added: "I don't think he even realized that 33 years after he died, he'd be an icon in the drumming world and the band became what they did — bigger than ever. He's such an icon and yet he was such a simple, regular guy when he was at home."