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GODSMACK frontman Sully Erna spoke to SiriusXM's "Trunk Nation" about the band's career-first achievement of landing three No. 1 singles from the same album, "When Legends Rise". The group's latest track, "Under Your Scars", topped the rock radio chart this past week, joining previous chart-toppers "Bulletproof" and the title cut. "Bulletproof" was also the most-played song at rock radio in 2018. Asked if he has noticed a change in the audience size as a result of the new LP's radio success, Erna said: "We're definitely seeing a change in the attendance, and we're seeing a new audience as well, which is kind of nice for us, because we made a conscious decision to change this record up and just create something a little bit different than what we've been known to write in the past. And I think that's now reflecting on our audience, our sales, the attendance, who's showing up. We're seeing a lot more females at the shows; we're seeing a lot younger kids at the shows. Their parents are bringing in this new generation that are learning about GODSMACK through their parents, 'cause these same people that were 25 years old that were GODSMACK fans in '98 are now 50 and they have an 18-year-old of their own, and that kind of thing. So it's really cool. And we welcome that, because we feel like the first 20 years of our career was really a different timeline for us. It was just a different period. I was a lot younger; we were all younger; I was angrier; there was more things that I was figuring out in life; and now we're on the other side of it. And this album, really, is kind of a new door that's opening for us to kind of start a new chapter in our career." Erna told The Pulse Of Radio a while back that GODSMACK stays on top by constantly experimenting musically. "We have to grow and we have to expand and we have to try new things, you know," he said. "I mean, you can't find the magic unless you experiment and explore new ideas. But there are some people that are just like, you know, in that thing where they want us to sound like the 'Awake' record every single record, and I just can't do it." GODSMACK is currently headlining a run of North American shows that stops on Tuesday night (July 23) in New York City. Next up is a stretch of festival appearances leading straight into a fall tour with HALESTORM supporting. [soundcloud url="https://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/655035065" params="color=#ff5500&auto_play=false&hide_related=false&show_comments=true&show_user=true&show_reposts=false&show_teaser=true&visual=true" width="100%" height="300" iframe="true" /]

Original KISS guitarist Ace Frehley will perform with KINGS OF CHAOS on Friday, July 26 at the 2019 Washington County Fair in West Bend, Wisconsin. The supergroup's lineup will also include Sebastian Bach (original voice of SKID ROW), Gilby Clarke (GUNS N' ROSES), Warren DeMartini (RATT), James LoMenzo (WHITE LION, MEGADETH) and Matt Sorum (VELVET REVOLVER, GUNS N' ROSES). Originally formed by Sorum in 2012 as ROCK 'N' ROLL ALL STARS, KINGS OF CHAOS features a core lineup of members as well as a rotating cast of guest musicians. KINGS OF CHAOS has recorded just one song so far: a cover of DEEP PURPLE's "Never Before" for the 2012 tribute album "Re-Machined: A Tribute To Deep Purple's 'Machine Head'". Back in 2014, Bach spoke about Frehley while commenting on KISS' induction into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame and the announcement that the original four members of KISS would not perform at the ceremony. "As a fan, I understand why people would want to see that," Bach told Ultimate Classic Rock. "But as a [now-51]-year old man that has worked with Gene Simmons and Ace Frehley, I understand why Gene Simmons doesn't work with Ace Frehley." Bach added cryptically: "Ace has sides to him that maybe the fans don't see. That's all I can say." Sebastian concluded by saying, "I understand why Gene doesn't play with [Ace]." Bach and Frehley worked together on the track "Know Where You Go" for drummer Anton Fig's solo album "Figments", which came out in 2002. At the time, Bach said that recording with Ace and Anton was "a dream come true and an honor."

BUTCHER BABIES vocalist Heidi Shepherd spoke to "The Robbcast Podcast" about the progress of the songwriting sessions for the band's fourth album. The disc will be the follow-up to "Lilith", which was released in October 2017 via Century Media. She said (hear audio below): "We've been writing since October. No touring plans for 2019. We're really focusing on just making this album. We're in quite a shift in BUTCHER BABIES right now. We've been a signed band since 2012, and we are currently going for a different label now. So it's exciting for us. We had to kind of fight to get out of our last situation. [Laughs] And so it's such a release and such a big open door. And so we're really focusing on what we want to do musically and the sound we're gonna have. We're gonna definitely maintain that BUTCHER BABIES sound. You can always tell it's us. There's a lot of dynamic — there's always been a lot of dynamic — and I feel like holding ourselves to that is the smartest thing. And so we're just kind of playing around with all different stuff — playing around with different producers and just trying different things and seeing what label is gonna work best for us. So we're in kind of fun shift right now. It's awesome." Earlier in the month, longtime BUTCHER BABIES bassist Jason Klein announced his departure from the band. He will play two final shows with BUTCHER BABIES — on August 1 at Gathering Of The Juggalos in Springville, Indiana and on August 3 at Pain In The Grass in Auburn, Washington — before exiting the group to focus on being a full-time father to his 11-year-old daughter. "Lilith" was produced by Steve Evetts (THE DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN, SEPULTURA, SUICIDE SILENCE) and marked BUTCHER BABIES' recording debut with drummer Chase Brickenden, who replaced Chris Warner in 2016.

SONS OF CHIPOTLE, the new musical project featuring LED ZEPPELIN bass legend John Paul Jones, will play two shows in Tokyo, Japan in early September. SONS OF CHIPOTLE covers an uncommonly vast area of the musical map, and both John Paul Jones and Anssi Karttunen are thrilled to be making their Japanese debut performance at the famous Pit Inn, Shinjuku on September 3 and September 5. It is incredibly rare to find two of the finest musicians in the world performing in such an intimate setting for what will be a series of remarkable concerts. Both musicians are known to be curious minds, always ready to learn and to discover. When they improvise, borders disappear, they are free to migrate beyond prejudices, across continents. In a world where walls are being built and people are told where they cannot go, SONS OF CHIPOTLE wants music to be a place of openness. There will be two performances per day at The Pit Inn featuring John Paul Jones on piano and electronics, with Anssi Karttunen on cello and electronics. SONS OF CHIPOTLE is deeply honoured to have two extraordinary guest artists join them on both days: Otomo Yoshihide (Japan) and Jim O'Rourke (USA) Tickets go on sale Sunday, July 28 at 10 a.m. Japan time.

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During an appearance on today's (Tuesday, July 23) edition of SiriusXM's "Trunk Nation", IRON MAIDEN bassist Steve Harris reflected on the fact that it's been 19 years since the band released "Brave New World". MAIDEN's first studio LP since the return of longtime lead singer Bruce Dickinson and guitarist Adrian Smith was also the band's first studio recording as a six-piece, as Janick Gers, who replaced Smith in 1990, remained with the group. "It's amazing, really," Harris said (hear audio below). "I don't know where the time goes. It's crazy. It's scary, really, what happened to the time. "Yeah, [the tours] just [seem] to be getting bigger and better. What can you say? It's great. We're really enjoying it. Everyone's enjoying it. I don't know how long we're gonna be doing it for, so everyone's looking at it… we're just totally enjoying every gig. We're taking each day as it comes, really." According to Harris, there has been no talk of MAIDEN retiring anytime soon, despite the fact that all the members are in their 60s. "We all feel that if we feel we're not cutting it anymore, then we'll discuss it and that will probably be the end of it," he explained. "But at the moment, we don't feel like that. We feel that we definitely still are pulling our weight, so to speak. We're just doing well. So far so good. I don't wanna tempt fate, but we are doing good." Harris also talked about the setlist for MAIDEN's current "Legacy Of The Beast" tour, which was inspired by the band's mobile game and comic book of the same name. The stage set design features a number of different but interlocking "worlds" with a setlist covering a large selection of 1980s material with a handful of surprises from later albums to add diversity. "I'm really enjoying all of it," the bassist said. "I like playing the more difficult, or technical songs, but then again, I'm really enjoying playing '[Flight Of] Icarus'. We hadn't played that for a long time either. And we're actually playing it slightly more uptempo than the original album, which I think is what we should have done in the first place, in my opinion. So I'm enjoying it. The whole set is really enjoyable to play. I didn't choose the set, funny enough. Usually me and Bruce choose it together, but it was actually… I thought it was Bruce that chose it, but apparently it was [manager] Rod [Smallwood]. It doesn't matter whose idea it is; any good idea is a good one." MAIDEN's current set includes a Spitfire buzzing the stage during the opening number, "Aces High". The plane is a 90-percent-sized replica of an actual Supermarine Spitfire Mk Vb registration number AA 853 from 302 Squadron that saw active duty in 1941. Support on the North American leg of the "Legacy Of The Beast" tour comes from THE RAVEN AGE. Additionally, FOZZY will be guests for the Banc Of California Stadium show in Los Angeles. MAIDEN's 2019 North, South and Central America trek comprises 44 shows in six countries, which, combined with the band's 2018 European dates, means that by the end of this tour, the group will have taken the "Legacy Of The Beast" show to over one and three quarter of a million fans around the globe. The first leg of the "Legacy Of The Beast" tour opened in Europe last year to outstanding critical acclaim, not just by the 750,000-plus fans who came to see the show but right across national press and rock media, including The Times (U.K.) newspaper calling it "an extraordinary show filled with world class theatrics… a masterclass in performance and staging." [soundcloud url="https://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/655299059" params="color=#ff5500&auto_play=false&hide_related=false&show_comments=true&show_user=true&show_reposts=false&show_teaser=true&visual=true" width="100%" height="300" iframe="true" /] [soundcloud url="https://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/655315880" params="color=#ff5500&auto_play=false&hide_related=false&show_comments=true&show_user=true&show_reposts=false&show_teaser=true&visual=true" width="100%" height="300" iframe="true" /] [soundcloud url="https://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/655318814" params="color=#ff5500&auto_play=false&hide_related=false&show_comments=true&show_user=true&show_reposts=false&show_teaser=true&visual=true" width="100%" height="300" iframe="true" /]