Appetite For Democracy 3D – Live At The Hard Rock! Released on Blu-Ray
Universal Music Enterprises will release a live Guns N’ Roses concert film Appetite For Democracy 3D: Live at the Hard Rock Casino – Las Vegas, on July 1, 2014, available in North America on Blu-ray, featuring the complete concert film in both 3D and 2D plus an interactive 3D photo gallery, and standard DVD featuring the 2D version of the film.
Both releases are mixed in 5.1 Surround Sound and feature bonus interviews with the band. The GN’R Appetite For Democracy Official App (available for iOS and Android) brings the concert experience to a new level by connecting Guns N’ Roses directly with their fans, and allowing them to connect with each other via social media, buy exclusive merchandise, check tour/cinema dates for the movie, preview digital tracks of the film, and purchase or stream via VOD the digital long form concert.
Vivian Campbell, guitarist for Def Leppard (and previously Dio and Whitesnake, among others), will be undergoing a stem cell transplant procedure in September as part of his ongoing treatment for Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Vivian was diagnosed last year; by the fall, he announced he was in remission, but routine tests revealed the cancer was still there.
“The remission was a little bit premature,” explained Vivian to Utah’s Daily Herald. He added, “[The doctor] had a look at my scans and, you know, everyone was a little bit apprehensive, and he said, ‘Well, for now you appear to be in remission.’ I kind of took that ball and I ran with it, and, unfortunately, it turned out to be premature. So the follow-up scan that I did a couple months later showed that there was definitely some growth coming back. I’m actually doing this new high-tech chemo treatment, I’m about halfway through it already, and it’s really kind of easy going. It’s very, very benign chemo, actually it just targets — I don’t know how it works, obviously I’m not a medical person, but somehow or other it just manages to target the cancer cells. It’s not like old-school, carpet-bomb chemo where it kills all the fast-growing cells, so I haven’t experienced any hair loss or any issues with my skin or nails or anything this time around, which is good.
Assuming that it all works and I actually get to a perceived remission stage by August, then as soon as the tour is over in early September, I’m going to get a stem-cell transplant, which I can’t say I’m looking forward to, but I’ve been told if I don’t do that, the cancer’s going to just keep coming back every couple years. And every time it’s a little bit more resistant. It is what it is. It could be worse — but at least I have health insurance!” Vivian is currently out on tour with Def Leppard; check out the summer tour dates on our website.
Killer cover! The August 2014 issue of Guitar World magazine spotlights the 30th anniversary of Metallica’s second studio album, Ride The Lightning, with an interview featuring guitarist Kirk Hammett.
Said Kirk of his contribution to the album, “When I recorded that in 1984, I was 21 years old. That’s crazy. In 1984, a guitar solo like that was something. If you put it into context of what was going on back then, it was very modern sounding. Of course, if you put it into today’s context, it sounds like classic rock. [laughs] It’s not like today’s norm, with sweeping arpeggios and 32nd notes everywhere. I also have to say that when I listened to it this morning, I realized that the actual sound of the album is still good. After all these f**king years, it still holds up sonically.”
Rock legend Alice Cooper will be the main character in a new comic book series called, of course, Alice Cooper. It’s due out this September, and it’ll be written by X-Files writer Joe Harris. Alice will star as “The Lord of Nightmares,” a guardian of humanity’s dreams. He’s been locked out of his kingdom by a usurper and is struggling to regain his title. “I always say that the best thing about being in a comic book is that they draw you with great abs!” quipped Cooper.
“Artistically, for me there is hardly a better medium. There is so much you can do in the form of a comic that we’d never been able to do on stage. It’s just a different way of storytelling, and it really has almost limitless possibilities. We’re looking forward to stretching the existing boundaries of the comic medium again. We have new stories to tell, but we’ll do it with the same theatrical, sinister sensibility that comes with the name ‘Alice Cooper.’ This is just the beginning! Welcome to my NEW nightmares!”
Check out Kiss’s Paul Stanley offering cooking tips and whipping up his favorite recipe for Brussels sprouts during his recent appearance on the Hallmark Channel show, Home & Family.
Maryland’s own Kix is readying the release of Rock Your Face Off, the band’s seventh studio album. It’s due out on August 5th. “It’s still hot women, fast cars, and great moments,” says frontman Steve Whiteman. “I want everybody to end up on their feet, whether they’re working out or stuck in rush hour traffic. This is a release, something to lift your spirits when you need it. You can party to this one.”
Judas Priest singer Rob Halford is a Metal God™ — he trademarked the moniker in 2009. Rob talked about it during a recent interview on the BBC’s Later… With Jools Holland. “I would never put myself on that pedestal,” he remarked. “That’s the title the fans started to give me after the famous British Steel album, where we had ‘Breaking The Law’ and ‘Living After Midnight’. It’s something I really cherish, and I don’t want anybody else to be the Metal God™ but me.”
Have a listen to Ted Nugent’s new tune, “Everything Matters”. His upcoming studio album, Shut Up & Jam, is due out on July 8.
Killer Dwarfs singer Russ Graham recently thanked his fans, doctors, nurses and EMTs following the May 26 accident in which his band’s pickup truck hit another vehicle, causing a multi-car accident.
Most escaped with bruises and scrapes; Graham was airlifted to a hospital for non-life-threatening head injuries. Graham posted his gratitude on his FB page along with this updated photo.
Extreme are back together and planning to record a new album sometime this year. In an interview before a recent performance in France, guitarist Nuno Bettencourt said, “This is the first time we’ve ever gone on the road without new music, and I’m kind of embarrassed about that, to be honest. You know, [performing its Pornograffitti album live]…it gives you a bit of an excuse to not have [a new] album. But we’re definitely working on stuff, and by the end of the year, we should have a new album in. It won’t be a little one; it’ll be a regular size.” Follow Nuno who actively Instagrams photos http://instagram.com/nunobettencourtofficial# and tweets @nunobettencourt.