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While practicing social distancing due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Sacramento rockers TESLA got together — virtually — to jam out a quarantined version of "Breakin' Free" as part of their new online series, "Home To Home". Check it out below. The original recording of "Breakin' Free" appeared on TESLA's 2008 album "Forever More". TESLA has spent most of the last year touring in support of its latest album, "Shock", which was released in March 2019 via UMe. The follow-up to 2014's "Simplicity" was produced by DEF LEPPARD guitarist Phil Collen. TESLA bassist Brian Wheat admitted to SiriusXM's "Trunk Nation" that "Shock" divided the band's fans due to its lighter, pop-like sound, with some blaming its direction on Collen, who co-wrote many of its tracks. The disc was recorded piecemeal while TESLA was on tour with DEF LEPPARD, with some of the tracking taking place in backstage areas and hotel room lobbies. "Some people hate it, some people love it," Wheat said. "I tell you, after five weeks, six weeks, it's leaning more toward, 'You know, it had to grow on me. I'm actually enjoying it now.' That's the thing, that's why we called it 'Shock'. We knew it was going to shock people. The other thing is, we couldn't just continue to do the same record over and over and over again, so we tried something different. It's cool. The songs go down well live, I see people singing, our fans are in there singing 'Shock', singing 'Taste Like', singing '[Tied To The] Tracks', singing 'Take Me Alive'. It's cool. Look, after so many years, I'm glad we're able to make another record because not the first on everyone's agenda anymore." Collen previously co-wrote and produced the TESLA song "Save That Goodness", which was released in August 2016 and included on the "Mechanical Resonance Live!" album. TESLA released "Five Man London Jam" on March 27 on Blu-ray, 2LP vinyl, CD and digital via Ume. The recording celebrates the 30th anniversary of TESLA's landmark "Five Man Acoustical Jam" album. TESLA's current lineup includes four of the five original members: Jeff Keith (vocals), Frank Hannon (guitars), Wheat and Troy Luccketta (drums). Guitarist Dave Rude joined in 2006 as the replacement for Tommy Skeoch. [youtube] [youtube]

Funk metal supergroup INFECTIOUS GROOVES — featuring vocalist Mike Muir (SUICIDAL TENDENCIES), bassist Robert Trujillo (METALLICA), drummer Brooks Wackerman (AVENGED SEVENFOLD) and guitarists Dean Pleasants (SUICIDAL TENDENCIES) and Jim Martin (ex-FAITH NO MORE) — will release a special EP for Record Store Day (RSD) on October 24, which is the third and final of three separate "Record Store Drops" this year. Titled "Take You On A Ride", the EP will be released as a 12-inch transparent orange color vinyl, mastered at 45RPM, as an RSD-exclusive release, featuring three previously unreleased songs and INFECTIOUS GROOVES' first new track in several years. The three previously unreleased tunes were originally recorded in 1995, during the middle part of INFECTIOUS GROOVES' early recording career. The tracks are titled "Funny Farm", "Payback's A Bitch", "What Goes Up" and "Take You On A Ride". During a recent appearance on "The Vinyl Guide" podcast, Trujillo stated about where the material for "Take You On A Ride" came from (hear audio below): "I found a cassette tape that had a handful of songs that I thought were unreleased. It ended up being that a couple of 'em were released on compilations but [with] not much distribution, and then a couple of things hadn't ever seen the light of day, and one of those was a brand new song. "I'm pretty tight with our friends at Record Store Day, and I thought, 'This could be interesting.' We also had gotten an offer to [play] Hellfest in France, and yet I felt almost guilty about playing Hellfest in front of that many people and not having a new product. And I thought, 'Well, what if I put together an EP with some of these songs that have never been released — basically, finish them, and get 'em mixed and mastered — get the artwork going and actually take this thing and get it released through Record Store Day as a special vinyl release. There's no label, there's no management, so there are no rules." Regarding how the songs were updated and reworked for inclusion on the EP, Trujillo said: "One of the tracks didn't have the original — the drums were there and the rhythm guitars were there, but the bass was gone, and Adam Siegel, our original guitar player, his tracks were gone. So I had to basically retrack my bass and then I played his guitar parts. [That song] is more of a remix of an original version. So everything sort of stayed as planned except I added me playing the bass track as it was originally written and recorded, and then I had to play the guitar on that one too. We had found the master for that recording. That would be 'Payback's A Bitch'. And then there's a brand new song that we recorded. "It was important for me to include Jim Martin, our current guitar player, to include him creatively on this, if we could," Robert explained. "So my goal was to release this and also be in France with the lineup — or some of the lineup — that's actually on that record, and represent it as best as we can. One of the songs, we actually had to use the bed tracks from the cassette, because we couldn't find the master tapes. We were, like, 'Well, let's throw it on to Pro Tools and use it.' It sounded great; there wasn't any damage to the tape. So we basically used the guitars and the bass from the cassette tape, and we tracked vocals on top of it. And then, obviously, I added some keyboards and kind of doctored it up. It was a really interesting, fun challenge, 'cause some of that music, it's like a time capsule." According to Trujillo, there is a good chance fans will get to hear even more new music from INFECTIOUS GROOVES in the coming years. "I was up in San Francisco just before the pandemic, and I had a box of cassettes and I brought a ghetto blaster down with me," he revealed. "And I drove [from Los Angeles], 'cause I wasn't gonna fly, so I drove down, eight hours, and I found all these cassette tapes that I would have never had the time or the stamina to listen through, and I found this missing cassette with, like, it must be 10 to 12 more songs. I was, like, 'Oh my God! There it is!' I thought I lost it. So there's actually another album, potentially, that could come out." INFECTIOUS GROOVES was formed soon after Trujillo joined SUICIDAL TENDENCIES in 1989. Muir and Trujillo got together with some friends to write song that centered more around the bass, but with the intent of giving everyone else a whole lot of freedom. "SEX PISTOLS and PARLIAMENT were my two favorite bands when I was young," commented Muir. "People think they're completely different but I saw a lot of similarities, even if musically they were categorized as completely different styles. There's something beautiful about breaking rules that never should have been made."

"AC/DC Beyond The Thunder", a podcast where extraordinary fans salute this extraordinary band, kicks off episode Season 2 this week with a posthumous interview from MOTÖRHEAD founder and rock and roll icon Lemmy Kilmister. Captured before his death in 2015, this never-before-heard exchange features Lemmy trying to impress his date by bringing her backstage to an AC/DC show (and witnessing Bon Scott collapse), contemplating his all-time favorite AC/DC track (including one he covered), and answering the immortal question: "Lemmy or God?" "AC/DC are a rock and roll band; they're like us," Lemmy said (hear audio below). "We don't play metal. AC/DC don't play metal. We're like birds of a feather." The mutton-chopped MOTÖRHEAD frontman also admitted that unlike his own band, "AC/DC have become an international event." "AC/DC Beyond The Thunder" kicked off its successful Season 1 last year featuring well known actors, authors, athletes, comedians, musicians, media hosts, and even members of the band, all paying homage to one of the greatest bands of all time, AC/DC. Guests included Slash, Hall Of Fame MLB pitcher Trevor Hoffman, "SNL" comedian Jim Breuer, U.S. military war hero Mike Durant from the film "Black Hawk Down", classically trained Croatian duo 2CELLOS, Dweezil Zappa and AC/DC drummer Chris Slade. As AC/DC's best-selling hard rock album of all time, "Back In Black", celebrates its 40th anniversary this month, Season 2 of "AC/DC Beyond The Thunder" shifts into second gear, and is slated for many more high-profile guests from various walks of life, recalling their life-changing moments thanks to this Australian band. Created by duo Gregg Ferguson and Kurt Squiers, "AC/DC Beyond The Thunder" originally set out to be a feature-length documentary film. After shooting on the Highway To Hell for years, Ferguson and Squiers approached AC/DC's management to seek partnership with the band for a worldwide commercial release. After countless attempts for a face-to-face, the duo sent a proof of concept edit for review, and while the band said they "weren't quite ready to make a historic film while still making history," AC/DC liked what they saw. But with no partnership, and no music rights from the band, "AC/DC Beyond The Thunder" was, for all intents and purposes, shot down in flames. Wondering if the film would ever catch lightning, Ferguson and Squiers decided to unearth these wonderful stories of extraordinary fans discussing their affinity for AC/DC and harness that energy into a vehicle that just might work… a podcast. After capturing over 50 interviews and with a newfound momentum to create all new episodes with sound engineer, Eric Kielb, "AC/DC Beyond The Thunder" is back, serving up inspirational stories about the fans, for the fans, by the fans. "AC/DC Beyond The Thunder" can be heard on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, or any of your favorite podcast apps.

Former DREAM THEATER drummer Mike Portnoy played drums on "Terminal Velocity", the upcoming solo album from DREAM THEATER guitarist John Petrucci. Due in the fall, the disc also features Dave LaRue (DIXIE DREGS) on bass. Portnoy revealed his involvement with "Terminal Velocity" in a social media post earlier today (Wednesday, July 1). He also shared the track listing for the effort and a video teaser, which can be seen below. "Terminal Velocity" track listing: 01. Terminal Velocity 02. The Oddfather 03. Happy Song 04. Gemini 05. Out Of The Blue 06. Glassy-Eyed Zombies 07. The Way Things Fall 08. Snake In My Boot 09. Temple Of Circadia The cover artwork was created by Sean Mosher-Smith at Echo Designlab. This past January, Portnoy said that he would "love" to make music with Petrucci again. The drummer commented on the possibility of working with his former bandmate in DREAM THEATER just a couple of weeks after Portnoy took to his social media to upload two photos of him and the DREAM THEATER guitarist, along with their respective families, at what appeared to be the Christmas tree in Rockefeller Center in New York City. Asked in a an interview with Myglobalmind if there are any plans to ever work with Petrucci again, Portnoy said: "We would both love it. We are a great team of 25 years as we were co-captains of DREAM THEATER and LIQUID TENSION EXPERIMENT. I would also go out with him on the 'G3' tours. "I look back at the relationship we had, and it was very special from a drummer-guitarist relationship," he continued. "You can see that with Lars [Ulrich] and James [Hetfield] of METALLICA, Dimebag [Darrell Abbott] and Vinnie [Paul Abbott] of PANTERA, and Eddie and Alex Van Halen. I think John and I had that type of partnership. "We are both at our best and strongest when we work together, and I miss that relationship, Portnoy added. "He and I have a great personal relationship now and get together with our families. It would be a shame not to make music in some capacity in the future. I hope we can." Asked what he thinks his renewed musical collaboration with Petrucci would sound like, Portnoy said: "If you listen to the first 10 DREAM THEATER albums, that's what it would sound like. I think that DREAM THEATER and LIQUID TENSION was a nice combination of our styles as well as the other members of those bands. I think John and I both have very distinctive styles. We have written hundreds of songs, so I think it would be pretty obvious what it would sound like." Portnoy, who co-founded DREAM THEATER more than 30 years ago, abruptly quit the band in September 2010 while on tour with AVENGED SEVENFOLD. He has since been replaced by Mike Mangini (ANNIHILATOR, EXTREME, JAMES LABRIE, STEVE VAI). After Portnoy posted a photo two years ago of him hanging out with Petrucci, many DREAM THEATER fans expressed hope that it represented a thawing of tensions between the two musicians who had been friends for more than three decades. But John played down the photo's significance, telling Music Radar: "Mike and I have maintained a relationship and have been friends all these years. Our families are all good friends, and we've gotten together several times. That just was the first time we took a photo and posted a photo. [There's] nothing to read into, other than it's good to maintain good relationships. That's really all it is." Portnoy told "The Metal Podcast" that he and John had "actually reconnected" in recent years "and gotten together many times and had dinner together with our families." He added: "The reality is he and I have been friends since the first week in college back in September of 1985, so it's a relationship that goes back [34] years. And our families are all friends, our wives and our kids are all friends, we all grew up together, and that's never gonna go away. "After I left DREAM THEATER, there were some years' worth of drama and bullshit," he admitted. "But the reality is you put all that aside and friends are friends and family is family and John and I will always be friends and family." Mike told Loud that he left DREAM THEATER because he wanted to expand his musical horizons. "[I didn't] want to go to my grave and just be the drummer from DREAM THEATER," he said. "I knew there was way more to what I had to offer." Since the 2010 departure of Portnoy, Petrucci, along with keyboardist Jordan Rudess, has taken on much of the songwriting load for DREAM THEATER, including 2016's controversial double concept album, "The Astonishing", and last year's "Distance Over Time".


— Mike Portnoy ? (@MikePortnoy) July 1, 2020

Italian heavy rockers LACUNA COIL have launched a new Internet video series called "On Tour With Lacuna Coil". Each clip will contain behind-the-scenes footage from the band's 2019 "Black Anima" European tour. Says LACUNA COIL singer Cristina Scabbia: "As we're still not allowed to travel the world and get on stage and sing with you every night, follow us on a journey through the 2019 Black Anima European Tour, only on our YouTube channel. Every Wednesday at 15.00 CEST a new episode of the #OnTourWithLacunaCoil series will go live. Watch Episode 1 NOW and make sure to subscribe so you don't miss the next ones!" The first "On Tour With Lacuna Coil" episode, focusing on the band's concert in Bari, Italy, can be seen below. This past March, Scabbia told Kerrang! magazine that we are in the middle of "very dark time" as many musicians are contending with unexpected hardship due to most tours being postponed or canceled in the wake of the global spread of COVID-19, the disease caused by the new coronavirus. The closure of live venues, as well as other social distancing measures, has caused hundreds of millions of dollars in ticket-sales losses and has dried up the primary source of income for the vast majority of working musicians. Scabbia said: "Yes, it's a very dark time for music and arts. It is frustrating and it's sad, but we're all in the same boat. It is madness because you have to consider that the livelihood of a band now is mostly on the road. That's where you get the majority of your income, which you need to survive and keep on working. "We were able to think ahead and cancel flights and tours, because we projected the situation," she continued, referring to the cancelation of LACUNA COIL's shows in Australia and Southeast Asia. "We thought ahead and thought about our health and the health of our friends. "I know other bands that have lost a huge amount of money and it will be hard to get back on track because it will not get back to normal all at once. Fans might not have a lot of money because they didn't work. It will be really hard but I'm staying positive because once you touch the bottom, you can only go up." [youtube]

Drummer Jimmy DeGrasso spoke to SiriusXM's "Trunk Report" about his decision to exit RATT after playing a number of shows with the veteran California hard rock act in 2017 alongside three members of RATT's classic lineup — singer Stephen Pearcy, bassist Juan Croucier and guitarist Warren DeMartini. "I played with them back in 2014; when they neeed a [fill-in] drummer, I did three shows with them," Jimmy said. "And then they sort of went silent, and then all the legal stuff started to happen. And then we all started to talk again. So we decided to come out and play. And, of course, we started on the Monsters Of Rock cruise [in October 2016], which was really cool. And the show, I thought, went really well. We rehearsed three or four days. And then we started to book shows, and then we started to play. "The odd thing about those guys, it's, like, there's no fighting — there was no fisticuffs in the dressing room or no screaming or any of that stuff. I don't know what goes on behind the scenes with Warren and Stephen and Juan. So we did [shows] pretty much through the end of the summer [of 2017], and then Stephen had to have his knee replaced, which, obviously, is traumatic. And then we started to talk again, and then the next thing I hear, Warren's not in the band. [Laughs] I'm, like, 'Oh, okay.' "Honestly, I think you need Warren in that band. There's no disrespect to anybody, but the band is Warren and Stephen, really, for the most part, I think. I think most fans would agree. And I don't know what legal squabbles are going on behind the scenes. I'm not sure. I don't know if there's even any. I guess it's just a situation where they just can't coexist. I don't know." Asked if Pearcy and Croucier approached him to play with RATT in the band's current lineup, which also includes guitarist Jordan Ziff, DeGrasso said: "Yeah, they did, for sure, and we talked a bit. My issue with it is, and, like I said, I made it clear with them, I just think the band's strongest when it's the three of them and [guitarist] Carlos [Cavazo, who played on RATT's last studio album, 2010's 'Infestation']. I mean, Carlos is an amazing guitar player, and it was a great chemistry there. It's all public domain. You can go watch the shows from '17 — they were great. I don't know why they can't keep themselves together. I don't know the subpolitics. And I told them that. I just [didn't] think I [wanted to] be involved unless it's the real guys." In addition to RATT, DeGrasso previously played with Y&T, WHITE LION and MEGADETH, among others. When RATT announced its 2018 relaunch, Pearcy said in a statement that the band has "not had an all-original member lineup since 1991 and sadly with the passing of Robbin Crosby, that chapter is over. However, if you still want to see the original band, there are many videos on YouTube and other places to enjoy. That was a fucking great band, but I guarantee that the new breed of RATT that we put onstage every night will be in your face, energized and fully engaged. Simply put, the band our fans deserve." Guitarist Chris Sanders quit RATT earlier this year, explaining in a statement that he was retiring from the music industry.

surprise special guests that kicked off @MonstersCruise . Warren, Stephen, Juan, Carlo & Jimmy DeGrasso. Next steps should be interesting

— Eddie Trunk (@EddieTrunk) October 7, 2016

SACRED REICH bassist/vocalist Phil Rind recently joined the four members of SEPULTURA for a live playthrough of the Brazilian band's song "Inner Self", recorded and filmed while in quarantine. Check it out below. SEPULTURA's latest LP, "Quadra", was released on February 7 via Nuclear Blast Records. It is a concept effort created at Sweden's Fascination Street Studios with renowned producer Jens Bogren. SEPULTURA comprises vocalist Derrick Green, guitarist Andreas Kisser, bassist Paulo Xisto Pinto Jr., and drummer Eloy Casagrande. Kisser previously stated about working with Bogren on "Quadra": "He is so full of passion, it's unbelievable, man. He's really there, he really cares about the projects he's doing. For SEPULTURA, he's like the fifth member of the band. The chemistry was so amazing, 99 percent of what we were trying do to actually worked. That was insane!" Green added: "The experience was like no other time in the studio. I felt the preparation was key in making the recording process go as smooth as possible. We were relentless each day giving everything that we had until complete exhaustion of the mind, body, and soul. This album is a direct result of the sign of times. The music is an evolution needed to push ourselves to go further than we ever have." SEPULTURA was formed in Belo Horizonte by brothers Max and Igor Cavalera, who are no longer with the band. "Quadra" is the follow-up to "Machine Messiah", which was SEPULTURA's fourteenth studio album and the eighth since Green joined the ranks. [youtube]

MEGADETH bassist David Ellefson spoke to Loudwire about the progress of the songwriting and recording sessions for the band's follow-up to 2016's "Dystopia" album. He said (see video below): "Dirk [Verbeuren, drums] and I put down drums and bass on the new MEGADETH record. And yeah, it's slamming stuff. It's great to have Dirk to play with; he's just an amazing drummer. There's moments where there's very progressive stuff. I can't say too much about it yet, because it's still a work in progress. But I definitely walked out of the studio feeling like a job well done. "I think when you're making records, you're building something up — you're building the drums and bass, then you add the guitars; you layer things," he continued. "And so when you strip them down and you can listen back even in its most basic elements of the instrumentation, when that's still rocking your world and you're feeling stoked about it, and you go, 'Wow! Okay, we've got the makings of a great record.' That's how I felt walking out of [the studio]. "Yeah, I can't wait for people to hear it. Dirk was definitely a shining star. So, in a sort of unexpected, serendipitous kind of way, maybe having this year to be really just focusing on the record, it's not such a band thing. It's not like the year just went away and we have nothing to do. It's full, because we've go a lot to do, getting the record done. "Every record is important," Ellefson added. "I mean, you're only as good as your last record. In jazz, they always say you're only as good as your last gig. And it's kind of the same thing. We took a couple of years to write it. It's fun in MEGADETH, 'cause we can play something and [go], 'Oh, God! Remember on 'Black Friday', we did a thing like this,' or, 'Remember back on 'So Far, So Good... So What!', we played something like that.' So we almost inspire ourselves, which is kind of a weird place to be. Because if all you listen to is you, you can also get stagnant. So it's not that. It's more like we kind of go back and we get inspired, like, 'Oh, God, that was a really cool moment we did back on 'Rust In Peace',' or something. At the same time, one of the things we're very, very deliberate about is not to repeat ourselves. And sixteen albums in, there's only so many notes, so many chords, so many words in the English language. So the fun challenge, I think, is to keep creating things with the same 12 notes, the same chords and the same instruments, to keep coming up with stuff. And I think that, to me, is the thing that's really inspiring — when you come up with stuff that's, like, 'God!' We've carved still another new path that we haven't been down, I don't think anyone else has been down. I think that is probably one of the most satisfying things to walk away from. It's kind of, like, 'Yeah, we've still got it.'" MEGADETH leader Dave Mustaine recently told SiriusXM's Jose Mangin that the band's upcoming album will be "up there with 'Countdown [To Extinction]', 'Rust In Peace' and probably 'Peace Sells'" and "Dystopia". MEGADETH's new LP will be the first to feature Verbeuren (ex-SOILWORK), who joined the band four years ago. Brazilian guitarist Kiko Loureiro made his recording debut with MEGADETH on "Dystopia", whose title track was honored in the "Best Metal Performance" category at the 2017 Grammy Awards. [youtube]

Rod MacSween, renowned music agent and founder/CEO of ITB (International Talent Booking), spoke to Pollstar about his nearly three-decade-long working relationship with German hard rock legends SCORPIONS. Asked about the band's upcoming tour plans, he said: "The Vegas residency is being moved to 2021, along with a full-blown USA run. We're planning some European festivals (current climate permitting) for summer 2021, then a fall 2021 European run, including an extensive German run." SCORPIONS' "Sin City Nights" Las Vegas residency, which was scheduled to kick off on July 4 at Zappos Theater at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino, was called off due the coronavirus pandemic which is sweeping the globe. "Sin City Nights" was slated to include nine performances during July 2020: 4, 8, 11, 14, 16, 18, 21, 23, 25. SCORPIONS previously played a Las Vegas mini-residency in May 2016, consisting of five shows at The Joint at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino. SCORPIONS are currently working on a new studio album. Tentatively due in 2021, the disc will mark the German hard rock legends' first release since 2017's "Born To Touch Your Feelings - Best Of Rock Ballads", which was an anthology of SCORPIONS' new and classic material. SCORPIONS' last full-length collection of new recordings was 2015's "Return To Forever", partially comprising songs the band had in the vault from the '80s. It was the final recorded appearance of SCORPIONS' longtime drummer James Kottak, who was dismissed from the band in September 2016. He has since been replaced by Mikkey Dee, formerly of MOTÖRHEAD.

When two-time gold-album selling alternative rock band COLD's 2020 tour was postponed due to the pandemic, bassist Lindsay Manfredi found herself quarantined on a farm in Fallbrook, California. The result is her debut book, "Unfuckwithable: A Guide To Inspired Badassery", published by Rose Gold Publishing, LLC. Lindsay says: "Working on the road on something other than music and fan connection is extremely difficult, since I'm not that focused. And while not touring sucks for the time being, this quarantine gave me the chance to actually focus on the completion of the book, which has been four years in the making." The origins of "Unfuckwithable" started over 20 years ago, when Manfredi got a spider tattoo, the logo of her favorite band while working in the music industry on her own projects. Unbeknownst to her, she was manifesting a future in the band. In 2014, lead singer Scooter Ward, saw her COLD tattoo and reached out. Ward says: "We were looking for a new bassist, and someone had sent me a few photos along with links of Lindsay playing bass. Her having the cold spider tattooed on her forearm was a welcomed surprise. Then, I watched her TEDx talk on the non-profit she had co-founded, Girls Rock Indianapolis, and that sealed the deal. Not only is she a great musician, she adds a perfect energy to the band." Manfredi relocated to the West Coast to begin recording COLD's new album, "The Things We Can't Stop". After a few months of working on the album, she went back to the Midwest to spend some time with her daughter, and during that time, she gained a renewed devotion to meditation and the Law of Attraction. Her studies of the works of Don Miguel Ruiz, Dr. Wayne Dyer, Eckhart Tolle and Gabrielle Bernstein inspired her to become unfuckwithable. She then decided to write her own story. She invites readers to share her journey and also get to a place where they ask the hard questions to truly get to know themselves and become unfuckwithable as well. In this 224-page memoir and personal development book, Manfredi shares her personal experiences with bullying and abuse, the celebrations of living a creative life, and wisdom learned along the way. To purchase a signed copy of Lindsay's book plus free shipping, for a limited time only, go here. Photo by Equinox Photo

In De Goot Entertainment, the New York City-based music management firm founded and run by Bill McGathy, today announced the worldwide management signing of the legendary Grammy-nominated intergalactic rockers GWAR. "You can't talk about outrageous live performances and career longevity in the heavy metal world without talking about this legendary band," said McGathy. "As human scum, we are excited to dive right in, and grateful to have been accepted into the ferociously ingenious world of GWAR!" "We're gonna be rich! Filthy fucking rich, I tell you," said GWAR's Blothar The Berserker. "Imagine all the rolls of toilet paper and hand sanitizer I can buy… "In De Goot will help us in our never-ending mission to destroy the music industry from the inside. We will bring this den of iniquity to its knees." Since GWAR's formation in 1984, the band has released fourteen studio albums, two live albums, numerous music videos and have sold over 800,000 records in the United States alone. Known for its outrageous violence and sexual humor often incorporating social and political satire, GWAR has attracted acclaim and controversy for both their music and live performances. The story of GWAR begins in the deepest reaches of outer space. Long ago, the beings who would become the infamous shock rock band GWAR were part of an elite fighting force, the Scumdogs of the Universe. For eons, they served as thralls to a supreme being known only as the Master. But one by one, each member of the band earned a glaring reputation for being an intergalactic fuck-up. And so, they were banished, sent away on a fool's errand to conquer an insignificant shit ball floating in a dark corner of the universe; the planet Earth. Once here, GWAR shaped the face of the globe, destroying and rebuilding the natural world, and giving rise to all of human history before settling into their role as the most outrageous rock band in history. Aliens to some, gods and demons to others, GWAR is eternal.

TRIVIUM frontman/guitarist Matt Heafy has released a solo cover version of "Toss A Coin To Your Witcher", the breakout musical hit from Netflix's popular "The Witcher" series. Joining Heafy on the recording is his TRIVIUM bandmate Alex Bent (drums). Heafy is very active on his Twitch channel, Kiichichaos, where he takes part in album playthroughs and acoustic song covers while he is off the road and awaiting the next TRIVIUM album-tour cycle. According to Forbes, Kiichichaos boasts a total viewership of 3.5 million views and a subscriber count of over five thousand. In the past, Heafy has released covers that delve into a number of different genres and include tracks as varied as those from Justin Bieber, EARTH, WIND & FIRE and SLIPKNOT. On Friday, July 10 at 4:00 p.m. ET, TRIVIUM will play its first live show since the April 2020 release of its new album "What The Dead Men Say". This will be a brand-new production and the arena-style visual show will stream globally from Full Sail Live, the state-of-the-art event and broadcast arena at Full Sail University in the band's hometown of Orlando, Florida. TRIVIUM will debut a new stage show that is cohesive with new album visuals and will perform songs from the new album onstage for the first time. Pre-show festivities will kick off at 3:00 p.m. ET and will feature event host Terry Bezer of the "Mosh Talks" show on, who will lead viewers through interviews, clips from pre-production week, and an opening support slot from Reading, England's SYLOSIS. Tickets for the event are $9 and are available at [youtube]

Jackson today announces the refresh of IRON MAIDEN guitarist Adrian Smith's signature lineup with a key upgrade to both the USA Signature Adrian Smith San Dimas SD and USA Signature Adrian Smith San Dimas SDM models. IRON MAIDEN is one of the most successful and influential metal bands ever, and Smith's molten yet melodic guitar work has long been a driving force behind their distinctive and dynamic sound. With timeless songwriting and thrilling live performances, MAIDEN continues to record, tour internationally and rock stadiums everywhere with electrifying prowess and unwavering heavy metal passion. Designed for Smith's demanding studio and live needs, the USA Signature Adrian Smith San Dimas SD and USA Signature Adrian Smith San Dimas SDM feature a resonant, lightweight alder body and a bolt-on quartersawn maple neck with a hand-rubbed urethane back finish for smooth playability and a pair of graphite-reinforcement rods that refuse to budge, no matter the environmental stress it's exposed to. Featuring 22 jumbo frets and dot inlays, the 12"-16" compound radius fingerboard is the ideal platform for heavy chording and fast, ripping solos. Considering MAIDEN's relentless touring regiment, Smith wished to update these models with a heel-mount truss rod adjustment wheel to make neck relief tweaks much more convenient. "The nice thing is I pick one of these guitars out of the box and it's like putting on a comfortable pair of jeans," said Smith. "Right away, I am totally comfortable with it, but it has the new feature of the adjustable truss rod thumbwheel so instead of having to take the neck off, you can just adjust it, which is a great feature." A DiMarzio Super Distortion DP100 humbucker in the bridge adds the perfect blend of power and tone, with thick, boosted mids, big lows and fat highs, while Samarium Cobalt Noiseless Single-Coil Strat middle and neck pickups deliver authentic, noise-free Stratocaster snap with incredible dynamic and magnetic response. A five-way blade selector switch along with single volume and tone controls open up endless tonal possibilities, while the Floyd Rose Original double-locking tremolo system keeps the guitar in tune through the roughest playing, set after set. "I'm really sensitive about tuning," said Smith. "I drive everyone crazy when we are recording because if it isn't dead in tune it upsets me but with the locking trems and everything else, it sort of answered my prayers because it meant I could play a whole show with the same guitar and keep perfectly in tune." Groomed for high performance, these signature axes are wrapped in a classic Snow White finish with a licensed Fender Strat headstock and black hardware. The SDM features a maple fingerboard and black pickguard, while the SD features an ebony fingerboard and white pickguard. Watch Smith discuss his Jackson guitars below. For more information or to find an authorized Jackson dealer, visit Smith was born in Hackney, East London, on February 27, 1957. He joined IRON MAIDEN at the end of 1980. Adrian is the bandmember who has collaborated on the most side projects outside of IRON MAIDEN, as well as writing and recording a series of albums in the early '90s, before rejoining the band. IRON MAIDEN has sold 100 million albums, and tour the world playing to millions of fans. Onstage, Adrian uses Jackson and Gibson guitars. Offstage, he is an avid tennis player. However, his main hobby is fishing. [youtube]

In a recent interview with U.K.'s Kerrang! magazine, DISTURBED singer David Draiman spoke about his decision to quit Twitter a few years ago. He said: "There's just no decency. It's a bunch of high school kids insulting each other, having a contest about who can come up with the most grandiose insult. It's childish. People are dying to be triggered about something. All you have to do is express your opinion on anything and someone's going to fight you about it. As a band, it's not like we're using our social media to be influencers, so why bother?" Draiman also discussed his sometimes complicated relationship with the rock press. "I've looked back at some of my earlier quotes and, regardless of whether or not things were taken out of context, I have to hit myself in the head and think, 'What the hell was I saying?! Why did I say that thing like that?!'" he said. "I think that when you set yourself up to be a target, people are more than willing to take pot shots at you." According to Draiman, it still hurts to be at the receiving end of those pot shots. "Even though making music is your livelihood, it's also a labor of love," he explained. "It's art; you're creating things that you're really emotionally attached to and are passionate about, so when people shit on that, and they shit on you and your delivery of it, then it's a hard thing to take. They're diminishing your pain. That's the tough part. People are so cavalier with their judgements and their wordings, and understandably so, because we live in an age where there are no repercussions and accountability. You sit behind that keyboard typing away and nobody's going to do anything to you. You can be anyone you want and say anything you want." Draiman went on to say that he never wondered what his younger self might have been like if he had had access to today's social media. "I'm just not a shit-talker," he said. 'Don't get me wrong — there have been periods in the past when I've talked some shit, but that's one of those retrospective elements that I can look back on and say, 'What was I thinking?'" Back in August 2018, David admitted to SiriusXM Octane that while he does not have an official presence on Twitter, he still uses the platform "as a news tool. I still have a 'shadow' Twitter account," he explained. "But I don't tweet, I don't spew anything. It's just there for me to be able to get my news." Draiman has in the past battled with Twitter trolls who have harassed him about his sometimes-controversial views regarding Israel and its ongoing conflict with the Palestinians. Draiman has had frequent heated exchanges with followers on Twitter, some of whom believe that Israel is not blameless in the ongoing conflict with Palestinians. Draiman, the son of Israelis and the grandson of Holocaust survivors, spent much of 2014 and early 2015 linking to articles by conservative and pro-Israel blogs and has often used his fame to speak out against anti-Semitism.

MEGADETH's previously announced North American tour with LAMB OF GOD, TRIVIUM and IN FLAMES has officially been rescheduled for 2021 due to the coronavirus pandemic which is sweeping the globe. The 55-date trek was slated to be split into two legs. The first leg of the tour was supposed to kick off June 12 at Jiffy Lube Live in Bristow, Virginia, and wrap August 1 at the Concord Pavilion in Concord, California. The second run was due to launch October 2 at iTHINK Financial Amphitheater in West Palm Beach, Florida, and conclude on November 13 at the Reno Events Center in Reno, Nevada. Earlier today, MEGADETH, LAMB OF GOD, TRIVIUM and IN FLAMES released the following joint statement: "We are excited to share the new 2021 dates for 'The Metal Tour Of The Year'. All tickets will be honored for the new rescheduled dates. If you are a ticket holder and cannot make the new show, you will receive an email directly allowing you to request a refund. For more details, please visit "We can't wait to get back on stage and get this tour kicked off." The 2021 dates for "The Metal Tour Of The Year": July 09 - Detroit, MI @ DTE Energy Music Theatre July 10 - Mt. Pleasant, MI @ Soaring Eagle Casino July 11 - Toronto, ONT @ Budweiser Stage July 13 - Burgettstown, PA @ S&T Bank Music Park July 14 - Cincinnati, OH @ PNC Pavilion July 16 - Bristow, VA @ Jiffy Lube Live July 17 - Charlotte, NC @ PNC Pavilion July 18 - Raleigh, NC @ Red Hat Amphitheater July 20 - Boston, MA @ Rockland Trust Bank Pavilion July 21 - Wantagh, NY @ Northwell Health at Jones Beach July 23 - Darien Center, NY @ Darien Lake PAC July 24 - Holmdel, NJ @ PNC Bank Arts Center July 26 - Camden, NJ @ BB&T Paivlion July 27 - Cleveland, OH @ Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica July 28 - Indianapolis, IN @ Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center July 30 - Laval, QC @ Place Bell July 31 - Quebec City, QC @ Videotron Centre Aug. 03 - Green Bay, WI @ Resch Center Aug. 04 - Minneapolis, MN @ The Armory Aug. 06 - Chicago, IL @ Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre Aug. 07 - Kansas City, MO @ Spring Center Aug. 08 - Rogers, AR @ Walmart Amp Aug. 10 - St. Louis, MO @ Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre Aug. 11 - Nashville, TN @ Nashville Municipal Auditorium Aug. 12 - Atlanta, GA @ Ameris Bank Amphitheatre Aug. 14 - W. Palm Beach, FL @ iTHINK Financial Amphitheatre Aug. 18 - Corpus Christi, TX @ American Bank Center Selena Auditorium Aug. 20 - Austin, TX @ Germania Insurance Amphitheater Aug. 21 - Irving, TX @ The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory Aug. 22 - Houston, TX @ Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion Aug. 24 - El Paso, TX @ Don Haskins Center Aug. 25 - Albuquerque, NM @ Isleta Amphitheater Aug. 27 - Denver, CO. @ Pepsi Center Aug. 29 - Phoenix, AZ @ Arizona Federal Theatre Aug. 31 - Reno, NV @ Reno Events Center Sep. 01 - Irvine, CA @ FivePoint Amphitheater Sep. 02 - Concord, CA @ Concord Pavilion Sep. 04 - Portland, OR @ Moda Center Sep. 05 - Auburn, WA @ White River Amphitheatre Sep. 07 - Pocatello, ID @ Portneuf Health Trust Amphitheatre Sep. 08 - Salt Lake City, UT @ USANA Amphitheatre Sep. 10 - Las Vegas, NV @ Mandalay Bay Events Center In the face of the coronavirus pandemic, thousands of concerts and festivals have either been postponed or canceled, as social distancing and self-quarantining make performing live music and attending live shows all but impossible. MEGADETH bassist David Ellefson recently traveled to Nashville, Tennessee to begin recording the band's 16th studio album. The early sessions for MEGADETH's new LP took place last year with co-producer Chris Rakestraw, who previously worked on 2016's "Dystopia". MEGADETH's new effort will be the first to feature drummer Dirk Verbeuren (ex-SOILWORK), who joined the band almost four years ago. LAMB OF GOD's self-titled album was released on June 19 via Epic Records. The follow-up to "VII: Sturm Und Drang" marks LAMB OF GOD's first recordings with Art Cruz, who joined the band last July as the replacement for the group's founding drummer, Chris Adler. "Lamb Of God" was recorded with longtime producer Josh Wilbur (KORN, MEGADETH, GOJIRA, TRIVIUM) and includes special guest appearances by Jamey Jasta (HATEBREED) and Chuck Billy (TESTAMENT).

Puck Hcky, the quirky hockey-themed brand, has teamed up with metal legends SLAYER on a totally unique collection of items. "The entire staff at Puck Hcky is always jamming SLAYER tunes when we need some energy," says Matt Marini, founder of Puck Hcky. "So when the opportunity to actually work with a band of SLAYER's stature became a reality, we literally jumped at the chance. We take great pride in our work and who we collaborate with, and we feel this SLAYER collection contains some of our finest creations ever! We hope everyone digs it." The Puck Hcky x Slayer collection contains many pro-level quality hockey-themed items, like hockey jerseys, pullover and zip-up hoodies, flannels, raglans, t-shirts, hats and decals. The collection has dropped and is available at the Puck Hcky store: Launched in 2015, Puck Hcky has gained the reputation as the go-to hockey apparel brand with a unique knack for meshing various elements of popular culture with the great sport of hockey. Puck Hcky's numerous collaborations celebrate movies, iconic personalities and many awesome musicians and bands. Puck Hcky's current roster includes MESHUGGAH, OVERKILL, EXODUS, CANNIBAL CORPSE, TESTAMENT, OPETH and many more.

Comedy Central today announced an expansive deal with Emmy Award-winning Mike Judge to reimagine MTV's seminal, Gen X-defining "Beavis And Butt-Head" about two cartoon teenagers famous for their nasally laughs and love of heavy metal. Launched in 1993, "Beavis And Butt-Head" quickly became a force in pop culture and started a television revolution with its pure, unadulterated, satirical commentary on youth and adolescence. Centered around two teenage couch potatoes, "Beavis" and "Butt-Head," the unprecedented concept immediately became part of the vernacular in a way no other adult animated series had before. Known for tackling social issues including teen obesity, workers' rights and media trends, the show connected with an entire generation, laying claim as one of the most innovative series in the modern-day zeitgeist. In this new iteration, "Beavis" and "Butt-head" are entering a whole new Gen Z world. Comedy Central has ordered two seasons of the new series with meta-themes relatable to both new and old fans — Gen X parents and their Gen Z kids. Judge is set to write, produce and provide voice over for both iconic characters. "We are thrilled to be working with Mike Judge and the great team at 3 Arts again as we double down on Adult Animation at Comedy Central," says Chris McCarthy, President of Entertainment & Youth Group. "Beavis and Butt-Head were a defining voice of a generation, and we can't wait to watch as they navigate the treacherous waters of a world light-years from their own." "It seemed like the time was right to get stupid again," said Judge. The deal marks a homecoming for Judge after going on to create other landmark series including "Silicon Valley" and "King Of The Hill", and movies like "Office Space" and "Idiocracy" among others. "Beavis And Butt-Head" marks a return to animation as he looks to recreate a cultural dialogue for a new generation, giving familiar fans and new audiences alike the chance to experience and laugh with America's favorite animated duo.

In a new interview with Anne Erickson of Audio Ink Radio, SUICIDE SILENCE guitarist Chris Garza was asked whether he thinks the group's late frontman Mitch Lucker would be proud of what Chris and his bandmates have done since Mitch's passing nearly a decade ago. He responded (hear audio below): "I would like to think so. When I think about him and that kind of subject and that stuff, I always [think about what would happened] if I flipped the script and what if I died and he went on? What would I be proud of? What would I want him to do? So I would like to think that he's proud, because ever since that day, I was the only one in the band at the hospital; I was the only one there. I saw it happen in front of me. And from that moment on, I've been kind of treating it literally that way: what would I want him to do [if I had died and he had lived]? And that's exactly what I do, regardless of the cost or the sacrifices, and I think he would be proud of that." Lucker died November 1, 2012 after sustaining injuries in a motorcycle crash in Huntington Beach that Halloween night. He was replaced by Hernan "Eddie" Hermida, who made his recording debut with SUICIDE SILENCE on the "You Can't Stop Me" album, which was released in 2014 via Nuclear Blast Entertainment. Back in 2014, Garza told Music Feeds that he and his bandmates didn't make a conscious decision to carry on following Lucker's passing. "We never talked about continuing and we never talked about quitting, so it was like an unspoken thing, 'cause with some people, a tragic happening, the last thing you want to do is talk about it," he explained. Ultimately, Garza said, carrying on as SUICIDE SILENCE felt like the right thing to do. "I think keeping the SUICIDE SILENCE brand going and the name going keeps Mitch alive and I think it would be completely disrespectful to Mitch and everything that he worked for if we stopped going or changed the name," he added. SUICIDE SILENCE's sixth studio album, "Become The Hunter", was released in February via Nuclear Blast. The disc was produced by Steve Evetts (THE DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN, SEPULTURA, HATEBREED) at The Omen Room and mixed by Josh Wilbur (TRIVIUM, LAMB OF GOD, GOJIRA). Ted Jensen (PANTERA, DEFTONES, SLIPKNOT) mastered the album at Sterling Sound Studios in Nashville, Tennessee. The artwork for the album was created by Adrian Baxter. Photo by: Hristo Shindov

JUDAS PRIEST guitarist Richie Faulkner says that someone tried to copyright a riff he wrote as part of an online riff challenge. Earlier this year, Faulkner launched what he called a "fun experiment" where he posted a series of original riffs that he wanted his fans to "get hold of, kick around and record [their] own ideas to." While the response to the challenge was overwhelmingly positive, it appears that a few "trolls" have done their best to "ruin the experience" for the rest of Faulkner's social media followers who "actually like to hang out and learn stuff." On Tuesday (June 30), Faulkner sent the following series of messages to his 22,000 followers on Twitter: "I love creating content and interacting with you all, but i'm over the negativity and trolling on Instagram and Facebook etc and looking into other platforms. There would be a fee depending on tier level but it would create more of a community for maniacs who want to be there "It's not about getting me down, it's about ruining the experience for the rest of you maniacs that actually like to hang out, dig PRIEST and learn stuff," he continued. "Also looking into tiers where the proceeds can contribute to Glenn's [Tipton, PRIEST guitarist] Parkinson's foundation "I've dealt with trolls in bars all my life, as I said it's not that they are getting to me, it's that they take away the experience from you maniacs. Someone actually tried to copyright a riff i did as part of the riff challenge. It's things like that that ruin it for everyone" As previously reported, all of JUDAS PRIEST's previously announced 2020 tour dates appear to have been either canceled or postponed to 2021 due to the coronavirus pandemic which is sweeping the globe. JUDAS PRIEST's spring/summer 2020 European tour was scheduled to kick off on May 30 in Helsinki, Finland and conclude on July 28 in Tilburg, the Netherlands. The band was also slated to headline the U.K's Bloodstock Open Air festival on August 9 at Catton Park, Derbyshire. The U.S. leg of the "50 Heavy Metal Years" tour was due to launch September 9 in Oxon Hill, Maryland and wrap up on October 17 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Faulkner recently said it is likely the next JUDAS PRIEST album will be once again produced by Tom Allom and Andy Sneap. Allom and Sneap worked on PRIEST's 2018 album "Firepower", which was the band's second LP to feature Faulkner, who was selected to fill the void left by founding guitarist K.K. Downing following his exit in 2011. Image courtesy of Gibson TV

I love creating content and interacting with you all, but i’m over the negativity and trolling on Instagram and Facebook etc and looking into other platforms. There would be a fee depending on tier level but it would create more of a community for maniacs who want to be there

— Richie Faulkner (@RichieFaulkner) July 1, 2020

It’s not about getting me down, it’s about ruining the experience for the rest of you maniacs that actually like to hang out, dig priest and learn stuff. RHRF DOTF

— Richie Faulkner (@RichieFaulkner) July 1, 2020

Also looking into tiers where the proceeds can contribute to Glenn’s Parkinson’s foundation RHRF DOTF

— Richie Faulkner (@RichieFaulkner) July 1, 2020

I’ve dealt with trolls in bars all my life, as I said it’s not that they are getting to me, it’s that they take away the experience from you maniacs. Someone actually tried to copyright a riff i did as part of the riff challenge. It’s things like that that ruin it for everyone

— Richie Faulkner (@RichieFaulkner) July 1, 2020

It’s not fun after awhile brother Rich..I’ve stopped looking at FB altogether for years. “Ppl are strange, when you’re a stranger”.. It’s all good man. We get on with more important things in life!!


I went the Patreon route last year and it was the best decision I ever made. It's awesome to have a small, supportive, like minded community. The "troll toll" keeps the negativity out!

— Nita Strauss (@hurricanenita) July 1, 2020

Details have been released by Lionsgate about the Rob Zombie Firefly family trilogy steelbook Blu-ray which the rocker-turned-filmmaker teased a few days ago. This exclusive box-set (Blu-ray/digital combo) will be available at Target and is available for purchase from September 8 for $29.99. The terrifying trilogy follows the blood-soaked saga of the depraved Firefly family, including "House Of 1000 Corpses", "The Devils Rejects" (unrated version) and "3 From Hell" (unrated version). The artwork for this exquisite steelbook has been created by Vance Kelly. Kelly is an award-winning illustrator, fine artist, printmaker and graphic designer. "House Of 1,000 Corpses" was originally released in 2003, followed by "The Devil's Rejects" in 2005, and "3 From Hell" in 2019. "The Devil's Rejects" starred Sid Haig, Bill Moseley and Sheri Moon Zombie as Captain Spaulding, Otis Driftwood and Baby, a trio of unrepentant killers originally introduced in "House Of 1,000 Corpses". In "3 From Hell", however, the trio in the title does not refer to the original lineup of psychopaths. While Haig's Captain Spaulding does appear in the film, he is effectively replaced in the gang by a new character called Foxy, played by "Mandy" actor Richard Brake. "The movie that I prepped to make, and was getting ready to start shooting, it was Captain Spaulding, Otis and Baby, the three originals," Zombie told Entertainment Weekly. "But three weeks out from shooting, I got a call from Sid Haig. He had been in the hospital, and he had just had surgery, and he was now recovering in a rehabilitation facility. I'm like, holy shit, this is a serious business. So, I went to see him, and he had changed drastically from the last time I saw him. Because Sid, he's big and burly, and now he's tiny as a skeleton. So, I was like, oh man. I kind of realized, yeah, he's in rough shape. So, at that point I was kind of fucked. I created this charter Foxy for Richard Brake. I had just worked with Richard on a movie called '31' and I knew he would fit the vibe. He was on another movie in Spain shooting. He flew right from that movie to L.A. and started working instantly. A lot of the scenes with Foxy were supposed to be Spaulding and I twisted things around so I didn't have to rewrite every single thing. It was the funniest situation and the shittiest situation. Because, I went from one moment thinking, 'This is the most prepared I have ever fucking been to start a movie — everything is locked down tight' — and within one phone call, the entire production went into complete chaos for three weeks. But at the end of the day, it all worked out great."

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