MARTIN SCORSESE Planning To Direct Movie About THE RAMONES

MARTIN SCORSESE Planning To Direct Movie About RAMONES

According to The Pulse Of Radio, Oscar-winning director Martin Scorsese is planning to direct a movie about the legendary punk band the RAMONES. There is no timetable or writer for the film yet, which Scorsese could shoot after he finishes his upcoming project, “Silence”, next year. The news about the movie comes as the managers of the group’s estate have revealed plans to celebrate the 40th anniversary of their self-titled debut album in 2016.

Those plans include a documentary separate from Scorsese‘s film, a play and a book about the band’s early years.

All four of the original RAMONES are now dead, with the last, drummer Tommy Ramone, passing away earlier this year.

Rob Zombie just hosted a tribute to guitarist Johnny Ramone in Los Angeles to mark the 10th anniversary of his passing.

Johnny‘s portion of the RAMONES estate is handled by his widow Linda, while late singer Joey Ramone‘s interests are now handled by his brother Mickey.

Although the two sides have had disputes in the past, they are now said to be “moving in one direction together as a team” with regards to the 40th-anniversary plans.

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ACE FREHLEY’s ‘Space Invader’ Cracks U.S. Top 10

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“Space Invader”, the first new solo album from original KISS guitarist Ace Frehley in five years, sold around 19,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to land at position No. 9 on The Billboard 200 chart. The CD arrived in stores on August 19 via Entertainment One Music (eOne Music).

Ace‘s previous CD, “Anomaly”, opened with around 17,000 units back in September 2009 to debut at No. 27.

“Space Invader”, which was made available in Europe on August 18 (three days earlier in Germany and Scandinavia) through SPV/Steamhammer, includes 11 brand new original songs as well as a cover of Steve Miller‘s “The Joker”.

“Space Invader” European track listings:

Limited digipack CD including 2 bonus tracks and poster

01. Space Invader
02. Gimme A Feelin’ (radio edit)
03. I Wanna Hold You
04. Change
05. Toys
06. Immortal Pleasures
07. Inside The Vortex
08. What Every Girl Wants
09. Past The Milky Way
10. Reckless
11. The Joker
12. Starship

Bonus tracks:

13. The Joker (extended version)
14. Reckless (different remix version)

Standard Version

01. Space Invader
02. Gimme A Feelin’ (radio edit)
03. I Wanna Hold You
04. Change
05. Toys
06. Immortal Pleasures
07. Inside The Vortex
08. What Every Girl Wants
09. Past The Milky Way
10. Reckless
11. The Joker
12. Starship

2 LP gatefold version including 4 bonus tracks, coloured vinyl, printed innersleeves

Side 1

01. Space Invader
02. Gimme A Feelin’ (radio edit)
03. I Wanna Hold You
04. Change

Side 2

01. Toys
02. Immortal Pleasures
03. Inside The Vortex
04. What Every Girl Wants

Side 3

01. Past The Milky Way
02. Reckless
03. The Joker
04. Starship

Side 4 (bonus tracks)

01. The Joker (extended version)
02. Reckless (different remix version)
03. Space Invader (radio edit)
04. Gimme A Feelin’ (explicit version)

Asked what the songwriting process was like for “Space Invader”, Frehley told Guitar World magazine: “You know, all my life I’ve never had a formula for writing songs. Sometimes it starts with a guitar riff, sometimes it’s a lyrical idea or just a melody. Sometimes I wake up with an idea. There’s no rhyme or reason. Sometimes I write on an acoustic, sometimes on a bass. There’s a song on the new album called ‘Into The Vortex’. It’s a riff song, but I wrote it on a bass guitar. Why? Because I write differently with a bass guitar in my hand than an acoustic guitar or an electric guitar. When I feel creative, I just sit down and start playing.”

Regarding whether he was writing differently in the early days of KISS, Ace said: “Yes, I wasn’t as structured as I am now. Even though I am not really structured — I’m at least cognizant of what’s going on. [laughs] Back then it was more hit or miss — and when I hit, I hit big. You know, I go back and listen to my 1978 solo record, and it still holds up. My whole body of work that I’ve created over the years has withstood the test of time. I know that I still have the goods. And when this record gets released, everybody’s gonna say, ‘Well, Ace did it again.'”

Ace also spoke about the recording process for “Space Invader”, telling Guitar World: “I did most of the recording at my friend’s studio in Turlock, California, called the Creation Lab. Turlock is in the middle of nowhere — it’s like a farming community — and that’s why I loved it. I have Attention Deficit Disorder, and there are absolutely no distractions when working at this place. You record for eight or 10 or 12 hours, then you go back to the hotel and go to sleep. You wake up and go back to the studio. There’s nothing else to do there, which means it’s the perfect place for me to record. Plus, I like working with the least amount of people, and this studio is great because it’s quiet and there aren’t all kinds of people walking through. I did most of this record with just me and a drummer, Matt Starr. For a couple of songs I brought in Chris Wyse from THE CULT to play bass.”

On the topic of whether there were things about 2009’s “Anomaly” that he wanted to change with “Space Invader”, Ace said: “I know that everyone is hoping that this album is heavier than the last one, and it is. I’m also doing an instrumental this time, called ‘Starship’, that isn’t slow. It’s a departure from the ‘Fractured Mirror’ style. It’s more fast paced and has a lot of transitions in it.”

Frehley also explained his decision to cover Steve Miller‘s “The Joker”, saying: “It was the record company’s idea, to be honest. And I was a little resistant when it first came up. But then I thought back to my 1978 solo record, when [producer] Eddie Kramer‘s assistant said to me, ‘Why don’t you try this song?’ And it was ‘New York Groove’. At first I said, ‘I don’t want to do that,’ and it turned out to be my biggest hit. So maybe history can repeat itself.”

The “Space Invader” cover artwork was created by Frehley‘s longtime friend, artist Ken Kelly, who designed the iconic cover art for two of KISS‘ best-selling LPs “Destroyer” (1976) and “Love Gun” (1977).

SUICIDAL TENDENCIES Bassist TIM ‘RAWBIZ’ WILLIAMS Dies

SUICIDAL TENDENCIES Bassist TIM 'RAWBIZ' WILLIAMS Dies

Long-running Venice Beach, California thrash/punk band SUICIDAL TENDENCIES has released the following statement:

“It’s with complete sadness that we have to announce the passing of bassist Tim ‘Rawbiz’ Williams.

Tim played bass for SUICIDAL TENDENCIES for almost four years until recently.

Tim was a monster on bass, running around on stage in the pit, giving his all, even when his body wasn’t at its best. We will always remember him and appreciate all the kind words by those that were touched by his bass playing and him personally.”

Williams is credited with playing bass on only one song on SUICIDAL TENDENCIES‘ latest album, “13”, which came out in March 2013. The first studio CD in 13 years from SUICIDAL TENDENCIES sold around 3,200 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 187 on The Billboard 200 chart.

In addition to playing with SUICIDAL TENDENCIES since 2011, Williams has worked with everyone from Toni Braxton to BOYZ II MEN to Keyshia Cole. According to Billboard, he also appeared on Sean “Diddy” Combs‘ 2009 reality show “Making His Band”, which documented the hip-hop mogul’s search for Diddy‘s backing group.

SLAYER Returns To Studio To Record New Album

SLAYER Returns To Studio To Record New Album

SLAYER has returned to the studio to resume recording its new album for a tentative early 2015 release. The effort will make SLAYER history as it will be released on Nuclear Blast Records through the band’s own label imprint, closing out a 28-year relationship with Rick Rubin and American Recordings. It will also be SLAYER‘s first album without the group’s co-founding guitarist Jeff Hanneman, who passed away in May 2013 from alcohol-related cirrhosis of the liver. He is credited for writing many of SLAYER‘s classic songs, including “Angel Of Death” and “South Of Heaven”.

SLAYER‘s follow-up to 2009’s “World Painted Blood” will include the song “Implode”, which was made available as a free download as a “thank you” to the band’s fans for their continued support following SLAYER‘s surprise performance at this past April’s Revolver Golden Gods awards in Los Angeles. The track was recorded in April at Henson Studios in Los Angeles and produced by Terry Date and co-produced by Greg Fidelman.

“I never go online and see what people are talking about because people are ten foot tall behind a computer screen, you know?!” SLAYER guitarist Kerry King told ARTE Concert at this month’s Wacken Open Air festival in Wacken, Germany. “But, you know, a lot of [the reaction to ‘Implode’] was positive, a lot of people said, ‘For anybody that was worried about what SLAYER was gonna sound like post-Hanneman, don’t worry about it.'”

He continued: “I know people are gonna think that [we can’t make another quality album], people are gonna expect us to fail because it’s the first record without Jeff; I get it. But I’m also very proud of what of we’ve done so far towards new material. It’s fast, the slow stuff’s heavy. I mean, it’s… Everything that people liked SLAYER for in the past is on this record.”

In the February 2014 issue of U.K.’s Metal Hammer magazine, Kerry was asked if he has found himself tempted to write the kind of songs that Jeff might have contributed to an album, Kerry said: “I think that would be shooting myself in the foot. I can’t pretend to be Jeff. We both learned from each other in 30 years of writing together. As far as going out of my way to write something that Jeff might’ve done? I won’t do that. If it happens to end up sounding that way, good for me!”

At the time of the Metal Hammer interview, it was still undecided as to whether any of Hanneman‘s previously unused ideas would make it to the next SLAYER album. “There was a song we finished on the last record, but I know for a fact [Jeff] wanted to rewrite the lyrics on, so that one got to deconstruct and make better,” Kerry said.

“I’ve said, and I’ll continue to say, that if we use any of Jeff’s songs, I don’t want it to come out just because Jeff wrote it. I want it to come out because it’s awesome,” he added. “We’ve just got to put out something that I think Jeff would be proud of.”

Regarding what fans can expect from the new SLAYER material, King told Metal Hammer: “I’ve got a surprising amount of heavy stuff for me. I do tend to lean on the fast side, but I have some exceptionally heavy tunes, Like, ‘Wow, man, where did that come from?’ I expect my stuff to be angry and fast, but it’s all over the map. I’m stoked. We’ll have enough so we can pick great stuff whether we use any of Jeff‘s material or not. It should add up to as good a record as we can hope for with one of our original songwriters being gone.”

Joining King and bassist/vocalist Tom Araya during the sessions for SLAYER‘s new album are returning drummer Paul Bostaph, who replaced Dave Lombardo last year, and guitarist Gary Holt (also of EXODUS), who has been filling in for Hanneman on tour for the past four and a half years.

Asked if Holt will play on the new SLAYER album, Kerry told Canada’s Metro in an October 2013 interview: “I’ve told Gary that I’d like him to play some leads, just to keep it interesting.

“We’ve always been a two-guitar attack, so if you’re looking to have a segment like the ‘Angel Of Death’ lead trade-off, you can’t do that with one guitar.

“As far as Gary being a contributing writer, number one, fans aren’t ready for it, and number two, that’s like throwing somebody to the wolves.

“I think if there’s another record after this one and Gary is still with us at that point, I think that will be a time where I say, ‘Hey dude, feel free to throw any riffs my way if you’re interested’.”

King told Metal Hammer about SLAYER‘s current touring lineup: “Not to toot my own horn, but we sound fucking great right now. It’s a juggernaut. Paul‘s a machine. He always has been. Also he’s been here before, so that made this transition as easy as it could be as well as for the fans because I think they always felt he was part of the band, even though he wasn’t for many years.”

Bostaph was SLAYER‘s drummer from 1992 until 2001 and recorded four albums with the band — the gold-certified “Divine Intervention” (1994), the 1996 punk covers album “Undisputed Attitude”, “Diabolus In Musica” (1998), “God Hates Us All” (2001) that received a Grammy nomination for “Best Metal Performance”, as well as the DVD “War At The Warfield” (2001), also certified gold. In addition to SLAYER, Bostaph has been a member of FORBIDDEN, EXODUS, SYSTEMATIC and TESTAMENT.

Original SLAYER drummer Dave Lombardo was effectively fired from SLAYER after sitting out the band’s Australian tour in February/March 2013 due to a contract dispute with the other members of the group. Filling in for him was Jon Dette (TESTAMENT, ANTHRAX).

IRON MAIDEN Classic ’80s Vinyl Reissues Coming Soon

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Parlophone Records (BMG/INgrooves Music Group for North America) will follow the 2012/13 IRON MAIDEN vinyl picture disc reissues of the first eight IRON MAIDEN albums, which spanned the 1980s, with brand new pressings of the albums in heavyweight 180-gram black vinyl.

In conjunction with these premium album releases, a strictly limited one-off run of the seven-inch singles from each respective album will be made available. These highly collectable black vinyl singles will be cut from the original analogue master tapes. Released in replica artwork packaging, they are sure to become a must-have item for fans, collectors and anyone who missed out first time round. The albums will also be cut from the original analogue master tapes and packaged in identical artwork to the initial 1980s releases. As a bonus, the first batch of album releases (“Iron Maiden”, “Killers”, “The Number Of The Beast”) will also be made available in a Collector’s Box sized to house all eight albums. This package will be a strictly limited edition and available while stocks last.

The records will be released chronologically across a two-month period starting October 13 (October 14 in North America) with the first three albums (“Iron Maiden”, “Killers”, “The Number Of The Beast”) and the seven corresponding seven-inch singles:

* “Running Free” b/w “Burning Ambition”
* “Sanctuary” b/w “Drifter” (Live) and “I’ve Got The Fire” (Live)
* “Women In Uniform” b/w “Invasion”
* “Twilight Zone”/“Wrathchild” double A side
* “Purgatory” b/w “Genghis Khan”
* “Run To The Hills” b/w “Total Eclipse”
* “The Number Of The Beast” b/w “Remember Tomorrow” (Live)

Followed by:

October 27 (October 28 in North America): “Piece Of Mind”, “Powerslave” and “Live After Death” and the six corresponding seven-inch singles:

* “Flight Of Icarus” b/w “I’ve Got The Fire”
* “The Trooper” b/w “Cross-Eyed Mary”
* “2 Minutes To Midnight” b/w “Rainbow’s Gold”
* “Aces High” b/w “King Of Twilight”
* “Running Free” (Live) b/w “Sanctuary” (Live)
* “Run To The Hills” (Live) b/w “Phantom Of The Opera” (Live)

November 24 (November 25 in North America): “Somewhere In Time” and “Seventh Son Of A Seventh Son” and the six corresponding seven-inch singles:

* “Wasted Years” b/w “Reach Out”
* “Stranger In A Strange Land” b/w “That Girl”
* “Can I Play With Madness” b/w “Black Bart Blues”
* “The Evil That Men Do” b/w “Prowler ‘88”
* “The Clairvoyant” b/w “The Prisoner” (Live)
* “Infinite Dreams” (Live) b/w “Killers” (Live)

The release of these high-quality, black vinyl records offers optimum choice to fans who would like to own a piece of MAIDEN‘s authentic 1980s vinyl sound, or for those simply wanting to rediscover this much loved, iconic format. Coupled with the end of the Maiden England World Tour which began in North America in 2012 and finished last month at Knebworth Park’s Sonisphere festival, this now completes MAIDEN‘s 1980s touring and catalogue reissues cycle, so the band are free to focus on their dynamic future plans.

BILLY IDOL Announces New Album

The last time Billy Idol released an album that had nothing to do with blue, white and other shades of Christmases, it was way back in 2005. In October, he returns with a brand new LP, ‘Kings & Queens of the Underground.’

In 2006, Idol released ‘Happy Holidays,’ a Christmas-themed album filled with mostly traditional numbers like ‘Frosty the Snowman’ and ‘Silent Night.’ The year before, he released ‘The Devil’s Playground,’ his first album of new music since 1993′s much-maligned ‘Cyberpunk.’

On Oct. 21, he’ll unveil his seventh album (not counting the holiday offering), and the first on his own BFI Records. But you can listed to the record’s first single, ‘Can’t Break Me Down,’ right now on Idol’s website.

It’s a pretty poppy song, but not without Idol’s trademark sneer (yes, you can hear it) and guitarist Steve Stevens’ familiar crunch (yes, he’s back in Idol’s band).

The album was mostly produced by Trevor Horn, who did some time with Yes back in the ’80s and was one of the architects behind their only No. 1, ‘Owner of a Lonely Heart.’ But Greg Kurstin (who’s worked with Kelly Clarkson and Pink) produced ‘Can’t Break Me Down,’ which is available as a download now to fans who pre-order the album. (The iTunes version of ’Kings & Queens of the Underground’ includes a bonus track unavailable anywhere else.)

The album comes out two weeks following the publication of Idol’s autobiography, ‘Dancing With Myself.’ He’ll also launch a short European tour — including shows in London and Milan — a few weeks after the record comes out. More dates are promised for the future, and will most likely be announced closer to the album’s release.

BUTCHER BABIES Cover THE OSMONDS, ZZ TOP On ‘Uncovered’ EP

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Taking a page from heroes METALLICA and GUNS N’ ROSES, Los Angeles metallers BUTCHER BABIES have recorded an EP of cover tunes that will surely please fans of the band, as well as fans of the artists that performed them originally. Titled “Uncovered”, this EP will be released on September 30 in North America (October 6 in Europe) and features the following five tracks:

01. Beer Drinkers And Hell Raisers
02. They’re Coming To Take Me Away
03. Don’t Give A Fuck
04. Crazy Horses
05. Pussy Whipped

BUTCHER BABIESCarla Harvey (vocals) comments: “It was a blast recording songs that we have been fans of our entire lives and putting our spin on them.

“We all chose a song that had some significance to us. My pick was ‘They’re Coming To Take Me Away’ by NAPOLEAN XIV, because I have a vivid memory of my stepdad, who I considered completely insane, playing it over and over again on his car stereo when I was a pre-teen. The song is about being taken away to a mental institution. I can still see him tapping his fingers on his steering wheel to the beat…”

BUTCHER BABIESHeidi Shepherd (vocals) adds: “As an eight or nine-year-old little girl, I used to rummage through my parents’ albums and 8-tracks looking for some cool music. In hopes that my parents had at least a little bit of good taste, I would play every single song looking for something that I could latch on to. That’s when I came across ‘Crazy Horses’ by THE OSMONDS; it was the heaviest song I had heard at that age. I would play that song over and over and over again, I was addicted. To this date, it’s still one of my favorite songs and reminds me so much of growing up in Provo, Utah.”

In regards to BUTCHER BABIES‘ cover of THE OSMONDS“Crazy Horses”, Donny Osmond comments: “When we released ‘Crazy Horses”, we were pushing against what THE OSMONDS were known for, but it became a greatest hit. The BUTCHER BABIES have reinvented this song in a creative and innovative way — and that’s what music is about. Now…What if I had recorded ‘Puppy Love’ like this?”

To pre-order “Uncovered”, please visit ButcherBabiesOfficial.com.

Shortly before the release of “Uncovered”, BUTCHER BABIES will embark on their first headlining run in the U.S. The band will end their tour playing at this year’s Knotfest in San Bernardino, California.