This Week’s SHAZAM Winner!!
Congrats to Rodney Allen who listens to KAGO 99.5 The Rock, and is this week’s Shazam contest winner, scoring a House of Hair t-shirt!
Be sure to Shazam the House of Hair Request of the Week when you hear it each week. Whip out your cell phone and open the Shazam app to get info on the song and register to win an official House of Hair t-shirt, too! One winner will be chosen randomly each week.
Alice Cooper Rocks “Elected On Jimmy Kimmel Live Halloween Show
Alice Cooper rocked his 1972 classic, “Elected,” on ABC TV’s Jimmy Kimmel Live Halloween broadcast.
Cooper just wrapped up a series of North American solo shows with four dates in California this past week, while simultaneously finishing off 2016 with his first official tour by supergroup Hollywood Vampires.
Slash Contends He Was Never Legally Married to Perla Ferrar in Divorce Battle
TMZ has issued an update on the ongoing divorce drama between guitar legend Slash (Guns N’ Roses) and his wife, Perla Ferrar.
Says TMZ: “Slash is playing hardball in his divorce…we’ve learned he wants a judge to say he was NEVER married to Perla with the endgame of shutting down her request for a cut of his massive fortune, but he’s got a major uphill battle on his hands. Turns out, when Perla married Slash in 2001, she was still married to another dude, so Slash claims she is a bigamist who has no right to share in his earnings during their 13-year marriage.
“Here’s what we know. Perla married a guy named Carlos Marty back in ’93, but it only lasted a month. She got divorced, or so she thought. Turns out, the necessary forms for a final judgment were never properly filed.”
Peter Criss Confirmed as Featured Guest for L.A. KISS Expo 2017
Original KISS drummer Peter Criss is the featured guest at the L.A. KISS Expo 2017 from January 27 – 29, 2017 at Raleigh Studios in Hollywood, CA. Criss will hold a meet-and-greet session on January 27 and is taking fans on a Los Angeles landmark guided tour on January 29.
More details here.
RUSH Will Never Do A Show Without All Three Original Members
The Rush Time Stand Still documentary is coming to theaters in North America on November 3. The DVD/Blu-Ray will be released on November 18. Rolling Stone in their “10 Things We Learned” article says that a tour with anything less than the three members of the classic lineup (Geddy Lee, Alex Lifeson, Neil Peart) is unthinkable.
“It’s not like you just get new members of a band and just go for it,” says Lifeson. “Rush has never been a band like that. We’d never, ever do something like that.” Adds Lee: “We always said that if the three of us aren’t on board, we don’t do a thing. There have been other decisions in our career where the three of us weren’t on board and we didn’t do it. Nothing as profound as ending our touring life, but fair enough. So, one guy doesn’t want to do that thing anymore that I love to do. That hurts. But there’s nothing I can do about it and that’s part of the agreement.”
Dee Snider Apologizes for Calling Cannibal Corpse “Vulgar and Disgusting”
Dee Snider has apologized to Cannibal Corpse for calling their debut album “vulgar and disgusting.”
Snider told Noisy: “I once threw a record into the garbage – Cannibal Corpse’s first record. I was disgusted, because, to me, it wasn’t being artistic in any way. It was being vulgar and disgusting just for shock value.”
“I was reading the lyrics, and you know, I’m an artist, I’m for creativity, for exploration, give me something to say that this is your artistic statement, but when you’re just writing down the most despicable things you could possibly think of for the sake of shock, well, that, to me, isn’t art. That’s too far.”
But after later being called out on Twitter by former Cannibal Corpse singer Chris Barnes, Snider backed down and apologized.
Barnes later said via Twitter that the pair had met previously and that Snider never mentioned his feelings about the lyrics. Barnes said: “I’ve been a fan since ’84 and to hear that you were so judgmental to throw our CD in the trash. Dude, you stood up against censorship.”
Snider responded: “I apologize to Chris Barnes and Cannibal Corpse for what I said. Could have made my point without it. As Chris said, ‘It was a dick move.'”
Charity Auction: Win Mike Portnoy’s Autographed Pokemon Drum Kit!
Loudwire is holding a charity auction for Mike Portnoy’s Pokemon drum kit to raise money for pediatric cancer. Two winners will each take away an individual side of Mike’s Pokemon kit autographed by the drummer.
Bidding for these items will begin at $100. At Mike Portnoy’s request, all proceeds will go toward Criss Angel’s H.E.L.P. charity benefiting those battling pediatric cancer. This auction will end November 6 at noon ET.
Metallica Are Filming a Video for Every Song from their “Hardwired…to Self-Destruct” LP
Metallica released a video of their new song, “Atlas, Rise!” this week, the third track to be released from Hardwired…To Self-Destruct, and follows previously released tracks “Hardwired” and “Moth Into Flame.”
The band recently told the Straits Times that plans call for the group to post music videos for all 12 of the tracks on the record.
“You have to accept the way that the world is spinning,” drummer Lars Ulrich said. “Now that YouTube is the world’s biggest television station, we figured we may as well knock a video out for every song.”
“The practicality of shooting 12 music videos is kind of crazy, especially when you’re trying to promote your record, and you’re all over the place, and trying to make sure it doesn’t leak,” he explained. “It’s crazy but, at the same time, fun.”
Testament Release Official Music Video for “The Pale King”
Testament have released a video for their track “The Pale King” from their 11th album Brotherhood Of The Snake, which launched last month.
Guitarist Eric Peterson, who wrote the music for the track, says of the promo: “Secret societies, unknown other worlds, and superstitions mark this, our 13th music video.
“We wanted to do a band performance video with abstract ancient alien visuals, which we are set in. I think it’s easily one of our best so far, and it was a lot of fun to make and work with Nuclear Blast recent newcomer, director Tommy Jones.”
Earlier this month, vocalist Chuck Billy gave TeamRock more details on “The Pale King”. “It’s basically about an alien king, Anu, coming down and making humans what he wants them to be,” Billy said.
“It came out pretty different to what Eric originally had in mind, but I write the lyrics so I turned it into the alien concept. Musically, like all of them, there isn’t a regular pattern. Lot of different riffs and patterns together. But it works.”
Metal Awards Show Returns After 1 Year Hiatus With a New Name and New Location
“The Epiphone Revolver Music Awards” (previously known as the “Revolver Golden Gods”) hard-rock and metal awards show is scheduled to take place on Tuesday, December 13 at Webster Hall in New York City. The event will be livestreamed by Twitch.TV and hosted by Megadeth frontman Dave Mustaine.
This year’s show will feature the same top-tier talent the production has long been known for since 2009. Megadeth will serve as the headliners, while additional performers include Zakk Wylde, Lacuna Coil and Stitched Up Heart. A Fallen Heroes All-Star Jam, featuring Ace Frehley, Bumblefoot, Pop Evil, Butcher Babies, and more is also scheduled. More performers will be announced soon.
Pantera Release 20th Anniversary Edition of “The Great Southern Trendkill” Album
This two-disc set includes the original album remastered, plus 12 previously unreleased mixes, instrumentals, and live recordings, along with rare photos from the era, and liner notes by rock critic and radio producer Katherine Turman that explore the stories behind the record.
In addition to the CD release comes The Great Southern Outtakes, an LP featuring 10 of the unreleased tracks.
Tim “Ripper” Owens Confirms Trinity band with Geoff Tate and Blaze Bayley
Former lead singer of Judas Priest, Tim “Ripper” Owens talked in a recent October interview about his future plans with Trinity, his band with Geoff Tate (ex-Queensrÿche) and Blaze Bayley (ex-Iron Maiden).
“It’s all little teasers, we do a little bit of a teaser on Geoff’s record and we do this little teaser of this tour and I guess the whole main goal is to make a record and have these three voices on there. We have this tour coming up in November we have about ten shows and then next year we are going to try to do more shows around the world and make a record.”
“Judas Priest – A Metal Gods Scrapbook” Book Released
Judas Priest – A Metal Gods Scrapbook collects Neil Daniels’ best writings on the band from over the past decade. It includes interviews with K.K. Downing and Glenn Tipton as well as founding singer Al Atkins and a plethora of interviews, reviews and articles.
This book is a reference tool for die-hard fans with tour dates, set lists, discographies and much more. This is not a biography but a headbanging guide to the band’s incredible career and legendary status in heavy metal as the genre’s second founding fathers.
Megadeth Limited Edition Peace Sells Collector’s Plaque Available
Megadeth fans can commemorate the 30th anniversary of the band’s album, Peace Sells… but Who’s Buying?, with a limited edition, customizable collector’s plaque.
This limited-edition platinum album comes customized with your name. The 16″ x 20” collectible is limited to 250 pieces and includes a Certificate of Authenticity.
Headbanger Holiday Blast from the 80s Past
Halloween is now toast, and the Xmas Holiday Season is in full swing! Get into the holiday headbanging spirit with this awesome video check of our own Dee Snider as the Christmas Day VJ Host on MTV in 1984. Cue that MTV moonshot opener…you know what I mean, I bet you can hear that MTV jingle in your head right now…
P.S. And WTH was Bette Midler’s “Beast of Burden” video doing in that set? Even BuzzChic forgot about that one, check it out here!
Metalheads Say The Damnedest Things
“I’m a big Arnold fan; as a matter of fact, Stay Hungry was dedicated to Arnold Schwarzenegger, and inspired by his words. “Stay hungry” is his phrase. And after reading a book about his sort of philosophy on life and everything, I was fired up, and I wrote the Stay Hungry album.
He didn’t even know that. So, it was like a full circle thing when a hero of mine came and said, “Hey, I wanna use ‘We’re Not Gonna Take It’ as my battle cry.” I’m like, “Dude, you inspired me to write it.” And he’s like, “What?” And he had no idea.”
~ Dee Snider on letting Arnold Schwarzenegger use WNGTI on his political campaigns back in the day