The latest installment of the "Iron City Rocks" podcast (web site) features separate interviews with THIN LIZZY bassist Marco Mendoza and DEATH ANGEL guitarist Ted Aguilar. The podcast is now available for streaming using the audio player below.
"Iron City Rocks" podcast (audio):
For more than forty years, THIN LIZZY has been delivering its brand of rock 'n' roll to audiences all over the world. Even with the untimely passing of legendary frontman Phil Lynott twenty-five years ago, the band has continued on. Over the years, many rock luminaries have graced the ranks of THIN LIZZY, including the likes of Brian Robertson, Snowy White and the late Gary Moore. Most recently, DEF LEPPARD's resident guitar wizard Vivian Campbell joined the band for their 2011 European tour. When DEF LEPPARD called Vivian back to their camp, GUNS N' ROSES guitarist Richard Fortus joined the boys on their European festival run this past summer. Continuing on in the tradition of top-notch performers, the members of THIN LIZZY have announced that veteran guitar player Damon Johnson has joined their ranks as a permanent member.
Damon's pedigree is impressive, having first gained notoriety with his own band, BROTHER CANE in the '90s. For the past six years, Damon has lent his skills to veteran rocker Alice Cooper, helping the master showman deliver his legendary show to fans all over the world. But when GUNS N' ROSES called Richard Fortus back for tour dates this fall, THIN LIZZY knew there was only one man that they wanted to replace Richard's formidable talents.
When the metal masters JUDAS PRIEST asked THIN LIZZY to join them on their North American "Epitaph" tour, Damon was a natural choice to fill Richard's spot. The chemistry with Damon has been incredible. He has fit in so well that the band decided to ask him to join the band permanently.
DEATH ANGEL will release a DVD entitled "A Thrashumentary" in the spring of 2012. According to a press release, "A Thrashumentary" is a combination live video and documentary, all wrapped up in one thrashing DVD. The footage was directed by Tommy Jones (SOILWORK, KATAKLYSM) and mixed by Chris Clancy of The Studio. The film gives the viewer an in-depth look into one of the longest-running thrash acts out of the San Francisco Bay Area, a region known for turning out historic thrash bands such as METALLICA, TESTAMENT and EXODUS.
"Relentless Retribution", the latest album from DEATH ANGEL, sold 2,700 copies in the United States in its first week of release. The CD landed at position No. 10 on the Top New Artist Albums (Heatseekers) chart, which lists the best-selling albums by new and developing artists, defined as those who have never appeared in the Top 100 of The Billboard 200. The band's previous album, "Killing Season", opened with around 2,300 units back in March 2008. This number was in line with the performance of its predecessor, "The Art of Dying", which registered a first-week sales tally of around 2,100 back in May 2004.
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