METALLICA Is ‘Contracted’ To Host ORION MUSIC + MORE Festival In Detroit Two More Years

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According to MLive.comMETALLICA has two years left on its contract with Detroit, Michigan to host the band’s Orion Music + More festival.

“It’s contracted,” Detroit City Council member James Tate said, “And I think since it was a event so well-suited for the venue — for the type of event it was — it was perfect.”

During a recent radio interview, METALLICA drummer Lars Ulrich was also asked if the group planned to stage a third installment of its Orion Music + More festival in Detroit next year, after bringing the show’s second edition there last June.

The drummer replied, “Detroit was a great experience. We’d love to bring this thing back to Detroit. We’ve gotta sit down and look at the practical parts of it. And our good friends at (promoters) C3 (Presents) have gotta sit down and probably get their calculators out and all that stuff that we try to stay out of . . . It’s not an easy thing to launch a festival, but we’ve had a lot of fun the last two years doing it, and we hope to bring it back to Detroit.”

METALLICA frontman James Hetfield was asked by The Detroit Newsif the group planned to stage a third installment of its Orion Music + More festival in Detroit.

The guitarist/vocalist replied: “I sure hope so, that is the plan. The festival itself is not 100 percent greenlit yet. There’s gotta be a powwow where all of us get together and make sure we’re on the same page.”

This year’s Orion two-day event drew at least 20,000 people a day to see METALLICARED HOT CHILI PEPPERSDEFTONESSILVERSUN PICKUPSRISE AGAINST and more.

METALLICA surprised fans at Orion Music + More on June 8 by playing its 1983 debut disc “Kill ‘Em All” from beginning to end on a smaller stage at the event. METALLICA was officially announced to play a headlining set on June 9 to close out the festival, but hit the stage at 4:30 p.m. one day earlier for a 10-song set that started with “Hit The Lights” and finished out with “Metal Militia”.

The afternoon slot was officially taken by an “act” called DEHAAN — which METALLICA fans may have recognized as the name of actor Dane DeHaan, who is starring in the band’s 3D movie, “Metallica Through The Never”. Another hint was dropped when Hetfield posted a message on Instagram which read, “Don’t miss Dehaan! #MUYA #mff #UwillRegretMissingThem #IfUdoUmightKillEmAll #winkWink #getIt?”

Hetfield came onstage first to introduce “DEHAAN,” after which the rest of the members of METALLICA came out and began playing.

At last year’s Orion festival, METALLICA played both 1991’s self-titled “black album” and 1984’s “Ride The Lightning” in their entirety on separate nights.

ANTHRAX Has Seven New Songs Arranged Musically

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According to a post on the official web site of ANTHRAX guitarist Scott Ian, drummer Charlie Benante, bassist Frank Bello and Ian are “working hard” on material for the next ANTHRAX album. Ian writes: “We’ve had a couple of writing sessions and things are moving along well — fast for us, actually. We’ve got seven songs arranged musically and we’re getting together again in a week and a half.”

He adds: “The new stuff is aggressive, fast, even riffier than the last record and some of it is difficult to play. Nothing like writing parts that are above my ability as a guitar player! When that happens, the drill sergeant in my brain yells, ‘PRACTICE, YOU LAZY FUCK!’ So I do. And I nail that shit.

“I’m just getting into lyrics, songtitles, nothing to talk about yet.”

Benante recently spent time recovering from surgery for carpal tunnel syndrome. He rejoined his bandmates for their September 13 performance at “The Battle Of San Bernardino” festival in San Bernardino, California alongside IRON MAIDENMEGADETHTESTAMENTOVERKILL and SABATON.

The first photo of the new ANTHRAX lineup — featuring the band’s latest addition, guitarist Jon Donais (SHADOWS FALL) — can be seen below (photo by Stephanie Cabral).

Donais has been touring with ANTHRAX since Rob Caggiano‘s departure in January, and will continue to play with ANTHRAX for the foreseeable future.

Speaking to Metal Hammer editor Alexander Milas for the “Metal Hammer” radio show on TeamRock RadioIan stated about the band’s current second-guitarist situation: “Jon‘s been with us since February, and I think I can safely say he’s passed the audition… [laughs]. I know we haven’t said anything official yet, but in my mind, he’s the guy. I’m sure some type of official announcement… because in this world, people apparently need that kind of information so they can sleep well at night. But as far as I’m concerned, Jon is the guitar player in ANTHRAX.”

Donais previously stated about playing with ANTHRAX: “I grew up on ANTHRAX, they’re the thrash scene, they’re one of the ‘Big Four,’ I’d be crazy to not want to play with them. Initially, Rob called and told me he was leaving the band, and asked if I’d be interested in filling in. Then Scott called me and everything fell into place.”

ANTHRAX‘s latest studio album, “Worship Music”, has sold more than 100,000 copies in the United States since its September 2011 release.

MOTÖRHEAD: European Tour Postponed Due To LEMMY’s Health

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MOTÖRHEAD mainman Lemmy Kilmister has released the following statement:

“I have to sadly let you know that MOTÖRHEAD has had to postpone the forthcoming European tour until early next year, 2014.

“We have made the decision because I am not quite ready to hit the road yet, and am working my way back to full fitness and rude health. Don’t worry — I’m not about to start promoting veganism and alcohol-free beverages, but it is fair to say that I personally have been reconfiguring areas of my life to make sure I can come back fitter and stronger than ever.

“It disappointed me tremendously to have to say I wasn’t quite ready to hit the road yet, but not nearly as much as it would’ve disappointed me to go out, play some average shows and watch my health give way long before the tour was over! When people come to see a MOTÖRHEAD tour, they expect a MOTÖRHEAD show, and that is exactly what you will get as soon as I am fit and ready to rumble.

“Your patience and understanding is appreciated…and know that I’m getting stronger and stronger every day, so watch out next spring Europe and we will see you then.

“Thank you all.”

Lemmy recently spoke to U.K.’s Classic Rock magazine about his health issues that have caused the band to cancel a number of European festival appearances this past summer — including shows in France, Germany and Russia. The dates were called off when doctors discovered an unspecified haematoma, a pool of leaked blood gathered in Lemmy‘s muscles. The legendary rocker is also suffering from Type 2 diabetes, diagnosed more than a decade ago, and has had a defibrillator fitted earlier this year to iron out the uneven bumps in his heart.

“I don’t mind you asking about my health,” Lemmy told the magazine. “I’ve been poorly. There’s no point lying about it or trying to deny it. I’ve never done that. It’s all part of life’s rich tapestry, isn’t it? I understand you’ve got to ask. And I’m feeling better.”

According to Lemmy, people are telling him to slow down — that living life at breakneck speed is beginning to take its toll.

“It was the same when people were telling me to stop smoking,” Lemmy said. “‘You’ve got to stop smoking, Lem,’ they kept saying.” “Fuck you. I don’t like people telling me what to do, even if they might be right.”

Lemmy did, however, stop smoking cigarettes a year ago. “I was having breakfast one morning, coughing and hacking my way through a cigarette and I stopped and thought: ‘What am I doing here?'” he explained.

Although it’s been reported that Lemmy used to drink a bottle of Jack Daniel’s a day, he claims that those days are behind him.

“I stopped drinking Jack Daniel’s and Coke because the sugar in the Coke wasn’t good for my diabetes,” he said. “I don’t drink much [anymore].”

Lemmy takes two pills every day for his diabetes, which has affected the circulation in his legs. As a result, his legs stiffen and ache if he walks too far and his back hurts if he stands for too long. “But I can still stand at that mic every night and play my songs,” he said. “I wouldn’t know about the defibrillator if it wasn’t for that fucking lump in my chest,” he said. “I’m getting better. By the time this article is out, and the tour comes around, I’ll be all right. I’ll be ready.”

When told that some people have suggested that MOTÖRHEAD‘s upcoming album, “Aftershock”, might be the band’s last, Lemmy replied: “Really? Who said that? I’ve never said that. Phil [CampbellMOTÖRHEAD guitarist] has never said it. Mikkey [DeeMOTÖRHEAD drummer] has never said it. We plan to go on. Maybe, if we can’t tour any more, we’ll just make albums. We’ll be like THE BEATLES after 1966.”

Lemmy, who turns 68 years old in December, told Classic Rock he didn’t expect to still be here at 30,

“I don’t do regrets,” he said. “Regrets are pointless. It’s too late for regrets. You’ve already
done it, haven’t you? You’ve lived your life. No point wishing you could change it.

“There are a couple of things I might have done differently, but nothing major; nothing that would have made that much of a difference.

“I’m pretty happy with the way things have turned out. I like to think I’ve brought a lot
of joy to a lor of people all over the world. I’m true to myself and I’m straight with people.”

Asked if his illness this year has made him more aware of his own mortality, Lemmy said: “Death is an inevitability, isn’t it? You become more aware of that when you get to my age. I don’t worry about it. I’m ready for it. When I go, I want to go doing what I do best. If I died tomorrow, I couldn’t complain. It’s been good.”

SEPULTURA: North American Tour Canceled Due To Visa Issues

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Due to a delay in the visa process, Brazilian/American metallers SEPULTURA have had to cancel their previously announced North American tour with UNEARTHKATAKLYSMDARK SERMON and ANCIIENTS. Attempts to make new arrangements for this time frame were not fruitful and the camp has determined to reschedule the tour for May 2014. All tickets will be refunded.

SEPULTURA‘s new album, “The Mediator Between Head And Hands Must Be The Heart”, was released on October 25 via Nuclear Blast Records.

Although it was inspired by Fritz Lang‘s classic 1927 movie “Metropolis”“The Mediator Between Head And Hands Must Be The Heart” is not a concept album or a soundtrack like its precedessors “Dante XXI” (based on “The Divine Comedy”) and “A-Lex” (based on “A Clockwork Orange”).

“The Mediator Between The Head And Hands Must Be The Heart” was tracked over a 40-day period at producer Ross Robinson‘s (KORNLIMP BIZKITSLIPKNOT) studio in Venice, California and was mixed and mastered by co-producer Steve Evetts, who previously worked with SEPULTURA on the “Nation” (2001), “Revolusongs” (2002) and “Roorback” (2003) albums, in addition to having collaborated with Ross on a number of other projects in the past.

New TOOL Album Update

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According to The Pulse Of Radio, there’s been some movement on the TOOL front regarding the band’s long-awaited fifth studio album. The person inside the TOOL circle who usually posts news at the band’s official web site has published a somewhat lengthy new update, in which he writes, “A couple of weeks ago I visited the TOOL loft to try and get some kind of idea as to how things were progressing with the writing sessions now that the band was back hard at it. Well, I am happy to report that there has indeed been a lot of progress as far as new material goes, especially with the lengthy so-called ‘epic’ piece that the guys have been arranging for quite some time now.”

The post continues that before the band put on their instruments, everyone in the room listened to the demos they had recorded at the previous session. The insider writes, “Judging from the smiles on their faces, it seemed that, for the most part, (the band members) liked very much what they were hearing and that after some finishing touches, the ‘epic’ tune would be ready for Maynard (James Keenan, vocals) to do his thing.”

The writer adds that the “epic” song contains “complex time signatures, interesting harmonic structure and expanding effects processing — similar to what fans of TOOL have come to expect — only now, perhaps not surprisingly, the band has taken it to the next level.”

In conclusion, however, the post says, “Please note that I am NOT suggesting in any way that the band is ready to go into the studio any time soon. I honestly have no idea as far as any recording timetables go.”

The writer also indicates that he has no idea of how many other songs are near completion musically, or where Keenan stands with his vocals and lyrics.

Keenan told The Pulse Of Radio a while back that fans shouldn’t believe everything they read online about the record. “We normally don’t say anything about anything until it’s actually happening, because there’s a lot of people online that apparently can’t read very well,” he said. “I put an April Fool’s notice up there for the album release, and it was 2011, I said, ‘New TOOL album, such-and-such a date, 2009, and everybody ran around like, ‘Oh, really, the new TOOL –?’ God, you guys are dumb. I swear to God. You’ve got to read. Please, read.”

Back in September, Keenan teased new TOOL music for 2014 via a post at his Instagram account. TOOL has not released an album since 2006’s “10,000 Days”.

Drummer Danny Carey told Loudwire in July that Keenan had not yet started working with the rest of the group at that point, saying, “It’s still the three of us right now and four of us it will be soon.”

The Who Planning Final Farewell Tour in 2015

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The Who’s final farewell tour will be taking place two years from now. Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey told London’s Evening Standard in a recent interview that the band’s final tour will be in 2015 to mark their 50th anniversary.

Yes, it has been over three decades since The Who’s first farewell tour in 1982, but it sounds like this will be the final farewell.

“For the 50th anniversary we’ll tour the world,” Townshend said. “It’ll be the last big one for us. There are still plenty of places we’ve not played. It would be good to go to eastern Europe and places that haven’t heard us play all the old hits.”

The Who are releasing a special edition box set of their 1969 rock-opera Tommy on Nov. 12.

GENE SIMMONS COMMENTS ON POSSIBLE KISS HALL OF FAME INDUCTION

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Now that Kiss are on the ballot for induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, fans have started daydreaming about what it might be like to see the band enshrined alongside some of their fellow rock legends. But if your dream includes seeing the original lineup play at the induction ceremony, Gene Simmons has some bad news for you.

Asked during a recent interview if he’d be interested in welcoming original members Ace Frehley and Peter Criss back into the fold for the night, Simmons reportedly responded in typically blunt fashion. “No! How many chances in life do you get? Both of those guys had three chances to be in the band. Three times they [expletive] it up,” he scoffed.

While conceding that Frehley and Criss “were every bit as important as we were at the formation of the band,” he insisted that he and his longtime foil Paul Stanley are better off without them in the lineup — and what’s more, he thinks his former bandmates are better off too. “When you have a cancer in your system, it’s best to cut it out as fast as you can,” he explained. “It used to be part of your body, it turned into cancer. You gotta cut it out. I believe that both Ace and Peter are happier now. They belong home and doing autograph shows in clubs. They’re happier.”

As any Guns N’ Roses or Creedence Clearwater Revival fan will tell you, Kiss aren’t the first band to let bad blood between members overshadow their Hall of Fame triumph. But that doesn’t make these conflicts seem any less petty or unfortunate when they’re held up against the kind of amazing success that affords an artist this type of honor. Here’s hoping cooler heads prevail.

* Update: On Oct. 24, Simmons stated via Twitter that he was “clearly misquoted,” and that the only thing he said was that the original lineup “will not tour together.” Here is his post in full:

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