In the June 2001 issue of Guitar World magazine, MEGADETH mainman Dave Mustaine reveals the 'real' reason ANTHRAX was thrown off last summer's Maximum Rock tour, which was headlined by MOTLEY CRUE and also featured MEGADETH on the bill.
According to Mustaine, 'when we first starting seeing low ticket sales and the tour began losing money, I went up to [MOTLEY CRUE vocalist] Vince Neil and asked him 'Aren't you concerned that there's only 2400 tickets sold for tonight's show?', and he said to me, 'Oh, don't worry, man. There's a big walk-up here.' And I'm thinking, 'We're in the midwest, in the middle of nowhere. The only way there's gonna be a f.cking walk-up tonight is if it's a stampede. So eventually, MOTLEY cut our salary by 5 grand [$5,000] per show — and ANTHRAX, who were only making that to begin with, were sent home. I mean, if you're talking about saving 10 thousand bucks a show, then send the dancers home, send the pyro home. If you're as good as you think you are, let the music do the talking. And then [MOTLEY CRUE bassist] Nikki Sixx goes on the Internet and says that the real reason ANTHRAX got the boot was because the fans wanted MOTLEY to play a longer set. They never played one second longer, and neither did we. In reality, this was MOTLEY's last hurrah, and they wanted to rake in as much cash as they could. I thought it was pretty f.cked up, especially what they did to ANTHRAX.'
MEGADETH's much-anticipated Behind The Music VH1 special, which features interviews with present and past bandmembers, along with Dave Mustaine's former bandmates James Hetfield and Lars Ulrich, is officially scheduled to air on the network this coming Sunday, April 22nd.
Former SKID ROW vocalist Sebastian Bach has finally made available via his official web site the two brand new CDs that he's been threatening to unleash for the last several months. Although not 'new' in the conventional sense, the two CDs contain material that was previously unavailable to the record-buying public as well as rare music that had up until now only appeared on various compilations.
Bach 2: Basics features 16 songs, including 'This Is The Moment' from Broadway's Jekyll & Hyde, recorded LIVE at the Ed Sullivan Theater in New York City! Also, for the first time since 1995's Subhuman Race, SKID ROW members record together again. Sebastian Bach & Rob Affuso, lead singer & drummer of the original SKID ROW, have teamed up to record 'Shock Me' (KISS cover) for Bach 2: Basics! The rest of the CD contains songs that have been recorded for various tribute albums. If you ever wanted to get a tribute album but did not because there was only one song featuring Sebastian Bach, now is your chance to get ALL the tribute tracks sung by Bach, all on one CD!
THE LAST HARD MEN's self-titled CD, featuring the line-up of Sebastian Bach, Kelley Deal, Jimmy Flemion, & Jimmy Chamberlin, was recorded in 1996-1997 & is now available for the first time. Although bootleg versions of this music have been available, these inferior versions were tinkered with & remixed without the musicians' knowledge, input, consent, or presence & should be avoided at ALL COSTS! This CD, however, is the ORIGINAL project presented in its entirety, warts & all, & includes songs that have NEVER been available, including the STUDIO version of 'The Most Powerful Man In The World'! Sebastian Bach sings lead on 7 songs. 18 songs total.
Sebastian Bach is presently in the studio writing and recording material for a new solo CD that is tentatively scheduled for release before the end of the year.
The Welsh crew SKINDRED (featuring former members of DUB WAR) are still seeking a producer to collaborate with on their upcoming RCA Records debut, with plans to release the album before the end of the year. According to the band, 36 songs have been demoed for the forthcoming release, some of which are currently being shopped to various 'name' producers, although no candidates have yet been announced. 'One half of the band are hoping that we find a producer who really cares about the music and loves us all and wants to make the album of there life with us, and the other half think we need a producer who is just a greedy unscrupulous ruthless bastard who can't stand us,' said SKINDRED vocalist Benji. 'Either way, I hope we find the right man or woman for the album.'
Former VOIVOD vocalist Snake's collaboration with FOO FIGHTERS mainman Dave Grohl on his PROBOT metal side project will reportedly be a song entitled 'Dictatosauras'. As previously reported, VOIVOD drummer Away (aka Michel Langevin) will be contributing all artwork to the CD packaging. PROBOT's upcoming CD, which will include appearances by SOULFLY's Max Cavalera, VENOM's Cronos, MERCYFUL FATE's King Diamond, ex-CELTIC FROST frontman Tom Fischer and many others, is not expected to be released until late 2001 at the earliest.
The resurrected M.O.D., featuring S.O.D. frontman Billy Milano, have lined up the following European shows:
May 23 - Bielefeld, GER @ Falkendom
May 24 - Nijmegen, NETH @ Staddijk
May 25 - Lichtenvoorde, NETH @ Dynamo Open Air
May 26 - Lichtenvoorde, NETH @ Dynamo Open Air
May 27 - Athens, GER @ An Club
May 28 - Bradford, UK @ Rio
May 29 - London, UK @ Dome
May 30 - Glasgow, UK @ TBA
May 31 - Newport, UK @ TJ's
June 01 - Rotterdam, NETH @ De Baroeg
June 02 - Sneek, NETH @ Bollwer
June 03 - Hengelo, NETH @ Metropol
June 04 - Helmond, NETH @ Plato
June 07 - Zedtwitz, GER @ Fernverkehr
June 08 - Wiesen, AUS @ Mind Over Matter Festival
June 14 - Freiburg, GER @ Cräsh
June 15 - Roma, IT @ TBA
June 16 - Rimini, IT @ Velvet Club
June 17 - Biella, IT @ Binaro Zero
June 18 - Luzern, SWI @ Boa Halle
June 19 - Toulouse, FR @ Bikini Club
June 22 - Ahaus, GER @ Festival
June 23 - Desselt, BEL @ Grasspop Metal Meeting
June 24 - Roitschora, GER @ With Full Force
Former TWISTED SISTER vocalist Dee Snider will be participating in an online chat this Wednesday, April 18th at 7 PM Eastern Time via his official web site. You can go there directly by clicking here.
In other Dee Snider news, the singer will be playing live (solo, without TWISTED SISTER) at the Sweden Rock Festival on June 9th, and at the Bang Your Head Festival in Balingen, Germany on June 30th. More European shows may follow during the summer.
Germany's GUANO APES are taking a short break from touring to continue writing material for the group's third album, which they hope to release in early 2002. The group will resume gigging in support of their mega-successful Don't Give Me Names CD on April 28th, when they take the stage in Gent, Belgium.
Sweden's LION'S SHARE will appear on The Doctor Rock Show (weekly Swedish metal radio show) on ROCKKLASSIKER 106.7, next Sunday April 22nd, 18.00-21.00 (6 PM-9 PM Central European Time). People living outside of Stockholm wishing to listen to the show on the Internet can do so by clicking here (or on the speaker up in the right corner of their homepage where it says 'lyssna live'). Then chose the player you prefer (Real or Flash) and that's it.
A previously-announced NAZARETH tribute CD entitled Another Hair Of The Dog, a project overseen by FASTWAY's Lea Hart, will feature such artists as Glenn Hughes (who does lead vocals on a rendition of 'Piece of my Heart'), Paul Chapman (UFO, WAYSTED), Phil Campbell (MOTORHEAD), Paul Dianno (IRON MAIDEN, KILLERS), Mick Moody (WHITESNAKE), Neil Murray (WHITESNAKE, BLACK SABBATH), Chris Thompson (MANFRED MANN'S EARTHBAND), Doogie White (RAINBOW), Bernie Torme (OZZY OSBOURNE, GILLAN), Steve Overland (FM) and Bill Liesegang (NINA HAGEN BAND).
Swedish/German melodic power metal act DIONYSUS, featuring the voice behind guitarist Luca Turilli's solo work Olaf Hayer and ex-SINERGY drummer Ronny Milianowicz, have apparently won the Sanctuary Records demo competition last month and are currently in talks with the label about a possible deal. According to Hayer, 'there are a few other record companies that showed their interest in us, but they always want to hear more than two songs. But now we have finished four more demo songs and we are going to send them out to the record companies. So hopefully we will have a deal soon.'
In related news, Luca Turilli's forthcoming second solo album will be recorded this fall, for an early 2002 release.
Despite their previous statements to the contrary, it appears that the members of KMFDM have reunited and are currently recording a new full-length album for a late 2001 or early 2002 release.
Former WHITE LION vocalist Mike Tramp has lined up his first solo US dates since completing work on his brand new CD, entitled Don't Take My Rock N Roll, in Los Angeles earlier this year. Here is how the tour is shaping up right now:
June 08 - Reseda, CA @ Paladino's
June 12 - Denver, CO @ The Kat
June 14 - Milwaukee, WI @ Shank Hall
June 15 - St. Louis, MO @ Pops
June 16 - Valparaiso, IN @ Silver Bullet
June 17 - Chicago, IL @ Smiler Coogan's
June 19 - Wapakoneta, OH @ Route 33 Rhythm & Brews
June 20 - Pittsburgh, PA @ Banana Joe's
June 21 - Randolph, NJ @ Obsessions
June 22 - Centereach, NY @ King's Club
June 23 - Brooklyn, NY @ L'Amour
June 24 - Toronto, ON @ The Reverb
June 27 - Providence, RI @ The Station
June 28 - Milton, PA @ Fiddlestyx
June 29 - Lorain, OH @ Flying Machine
June 30 - Springfield, VA @ Jaxx
July 05 - Jacksonville, FL @ Jack Rabbit's
July 07 - Fort Lauderdale, FL @ Metal Factory
July 11 - New Orleans, LA @ Howlin' Wolf
July 12 - Little Rock, AR @ Juanita's
July 13 - Houston, TX @ 19th Hole
July 14 - Dallas, TX @ Galaxy Club
July 18 - Oklahoma City, OK @ The Samurai
July 20 - Tempe, AZ @ Don Miguels Baja Grill
July 21 - Las Vegas, NV @ Pink E's
July 22 - Ventura, CA @ Ventura Theatre
July 25 - Modesto, CA @ State Theatre
July 26 - Sacramento, CA @ The Roadhouse
July 27 - San Diego, CA @ Dreamstreet Theater
July 28 - West Hollywood, CA @ The Troubadour
VANILLA ICE's brand new single, 'Nothing Is Real' — taken from the rapper's Skabz CD — is set to be released online via the singer's official web site on Monday, April 16th. The track features special guest appearances by former SOULFLY / current MEDICATION drummer Ray Mayorga and former SLIPKNOT guitarist Josh Brainard. Other guests on Skabz include S.O.D. vocalist Billy Milano and WU-TANG CLAN affiliate La The Darkman.
Sweden's JULIE LAUGHS NOMORE have entered the studio to re-record the track 'You're Nothing', which previously appeared on a split CD with DE TVEKSAMMA. Once completed, the track will exclusively be available for download via the group's MP3.com site.
Tampa's NEUROTICA, featuring ex-ATHEIST guitarist/vocalist Kelly Shaefer, will be performing at the 98 Rock pre-Livestock bash at Bourbon Street in New Port Richey, Florida on April 19th.
Sweden's KATATONIA will be headlining a UK mini-tour with AKERCOCKE and GEHENNA as support. These are the dates that have been confirmed so far:
June 27 - Bristol, UK @ TBA
June 28 - Birmingham, UK @ TBA
June 29 - London, UK @ Underworld
June 30 - Bradford, UK @ Rio
July 01 - Glasgow, UK @ Cathouse
July 02 - Newcastle, UK @ TBA
Joey Ramone, lead singer of legendary punk band THE RAMONES, passed away at 2:40 PM Sunday at the age of 49. The charismatic frontman, born Jeffrey Hyman, did not respond to treatment for lymphatic cancer, a disease that attacks the body's ability to fight infection.
Denmark's DAEMON, featuring KONKHRA mainman Anders Lundemark, are completing work on their third studio effort, the follow-up to 1999's The Second Coming. According to Anders, additional vocal and guitar overdubs have to be done, after which the band will begin mixing the CD for a late summer release.
Italy's LACUNA COIL have been confirmed for the Rock Machina Festival in Valencia, Spain on July 27th and Wacken Open Air Festival in Wacken, Germany on August 3rd.
New Roadrunner signings CHIMAIRA will be appearing on Rockline tonight (April 16th). Rockline goes live at 8:30 PM PST/11:30 PM ET every Monday. The toll free number for people to call in is 1 800 344 ROCK (7625). The show is heard on 80 stations across the country. Or people can tune in via the web. Here is a list of the radio stations that simulcast on the net every Monday.
www.Q98.com (Fargo, ND)
www.DVE.com (Pittsburg, PA)
www.DC101.com (Washington, DC)
www.WHJY.com (Providence, RI)
www.949ZETA.com (Miami, FL)
www.WGIR.com (Manchester, NH)
www.wour.cc (Utica, NY)
www.tk101.com (Pensacola, FL)
www.wapl.com (Green Bay, WI)
www.q106fm.com (Lansing, Michigan)
www.xl102.cc (Richmond, Virginia)
www.wklc.com (Charleston, West Virginia)
www.kbus.com (Paris, TX)
www.kcgq.com (Cape Girardeau, Missouri)
www.wroq.com (Greenville, SC)
www.z104rocks.com (Wausau, WI)
www.KLBJFM.com (Austin, TX)
www.katt.com (KATT - Oklahoma City)
www.klfx.com (KLFX - Killeen, TX)
www.lazer1033.com (KAZR - Des Moines, IA)
www.wrif.com (WRIF - Detroit)
www.wzzo.com (WZZO - Allentown, PA)
www.wblm.com ( WBLM - Portland, ME)
www.kzze.com (KZZE - Medford, OR)
www.wklq.com (WKLQ - Grand Rapids, MI)
www.rock104.com (WRUF - Gainesville, FL)
www.klaq.com (KLAQ - El Paso, TX)
www.krzr.com (KRZR - Fresno, CA)
As previously reported, CHIMAIRA have completed the basic tracks for their upcoming Roadrunner Records debut, Pass Out Of Existence, with producer Mudrock (GODSMACK, POWERMAN 5000), at Los Angeles' Third Stone Studios. All recording will reportedly be completed by April 21st, while the mixing sessions are slated to commence on May 1st at NRG Studios in North Hollywood, CA.