AC/DC Rumored To Perform At GRAMMY AWARDS

AC/DC Rumored To Perform At GRAMMY AWARDS

According to Hits Daily Double, word from sources in inside The Recording Academy is that AC/DC, Madonna and U2 have been booked to perform at the 57th annual Grammy Awards, set to take place on February 8, 2015 at Staples Center in Los Angeles and broadcast on CBS at 8 p.m. ET.

As previously reported, AC/DC is also rumored to headline the 2015 Coachella Valley Music And Arts Festival, along with Jack White and Drake. Coachella is scheduled for April 10-12 and April 17-19, 2015, in Indio, California. AC/DC will be on the road for much of 2015, touring in support of its new album, “Rock Or Bust”, which arrived on December 2.

It has been a tough year for AC/DC, starting with guitarist and founder Malcolm Young‘s retirement due to being afflicted with dementia.

Then drummer Phil Rudd was arrested in early November on charges of threatening to kill and drug possession.

Rudd allegedly threatened to kill a contractor and his daughter, according to New Zealand prosecutors.

The allegations were made public December 5. On December 2, Rudd pleaded not guilty to all charges.

Rudd did not appear in AC/DC‘s two new videos nor any of the band’s latest promotional photos, and his status in the group remains unclear.

ACCEPT Parts Ways With Guitarist HERMAN FRANK & Drummer STEFAN SCHWARZMANN

Updated: ACCEPT Parts Ways With Guitarist HERMAN FRANK, Drummer STEFAN SCHWARZMANN

German/American metallers ACCEPT have parted ways with guitarist Herman Frank and drummer Stefan Schwarzmann.

Says ACCEPT in a statement: “ACCEPT would like to thank Herman Frank and Stefan Schwarzmann for being with us these last four-plus years, for making themselves available whenever needed and for rocking their asses off!

“We and the fans all knew that they had their own careers and that eventually we would run into scheduling and other conflicts beyond our control.

Herman and Stefan are now ready to take on the world, with their own band PANZER, a Nuclear Blast record deal under their belts and a new album!

“We are parting as friends and wish them nothing but success!

“We ourselves are getting ready for 2015 — another year of heavy touring!

“We would like to say thanks again to our fans around the world for their huge support and for the fantastic year 2014!

“The ‘Blind Rage’ world tour continues in 2015.”

Herman joined ACCEPT in 1982 shortly before the release of the band’s “Restless And Wild” album and exited the group for the first time after the arrival of 1983’s “Balls To The Wall” LP.

When ACCEPT reunited for festival appearances in 2005, Herman handled second-guitar duties alongside founding axeman Wolf Hoffmann, with Schwarzmann sitting behind the kit.

Frank and Schwarzmann were involved in ACCEPT‘s comeback with new singer Mark Tornillo and have appeared on their last three studio albums: 2010’s “Blood of the Nations”, 2012’s “Stalingrad” and 2014’s “Blind Rage”.

Frank and Schwarzmann are currently involved in a new project called PANZER, also featuring vocalist and bassist Schmier, best known as frontman of DESTRUCTION.

PANZER‘s debut album, “Send Them All To Hell”, was released on November 28 via Nuclear Blast.

Bassist PONTUS EGBERG Officially Joins KING DIAMOND

Bassist PONTUS EGBERG Officially Joins KING DIAMOND

Swedish bassist Pontus Egberg (THE POODLES, LION’S SHARE, ZAN CLAN) has officially joined KING DIAMOND following the recent departure of Hal Patino.

KING DIAMOND played its first show with Egberg on July 25 at Gröna Lund in Stockholm, Sweden.

Patino released a statement on July 20 calling KING DIAMOND‘s frontman and namesake “a tired, bitter, old man” and denying that he has a drug problem, despite the singer’s implications to the contrary.

After King announced Hal‘s exit from KING DIAMOND, Patino posted a message of his own claiming that he was offered a “totally ridiculous” salary for the band’s five shows this summer, calling the move “disrespectful” and insisting that he quit the band in disgust two days before King announced Patino was “relieved of his duties” as the bassist for KING DIAMOND. King then responded with a lengthy posting on his Facebook page, accusing Patino of “putting out extreme lies” about King‘s character and slamming Hal for asking for more money at the last minute after the rest of the band and the crew already accepted the same salary as they had received for last year’s European tour.

King, 58, whose real name is Kim Bendix Petersen, underwent open-heart triple-bypass surgery in November 2010. He has since completed his cardiac rehabilitation program and has stopped smoking entirely, changed his diet and is getting regular exercise.

“Dreams Of Horror”, a 2xCD collection of KING DIAMOND songs, newly enhanced into ultimate editions by King Diamond and Andy La Rocque themselves, will be released by Metal Blade Records on November 11.

“Dreams Of Horror” is the only “best-of” album covering the band’s entire career. King Diamond and Andy La Rocque meticulously mastered and enhanced these 23 songs into the ultimate editions, chosen by the band from both the Roadrunner and Metal Blade catalogs.

KISS To Perform Entire ‘Alive!’ Album On ‘The Kiss Kruise V’

KISS To Perform Entire 'Alive!' Album On 'The Kiss Kruise V'For 40 years, KISS has been in the business of rock and roll, recruiting legions of fans from all walks of life and every corner of the globe. The time has come to take on your next mission which will surely be the most epic adventure the high seas have ever seen… The Kiss Kruise V! Gene Simmons, Paul Stanley, Tommy Thayer and Eric Singer will be sailing from Miami to Jamaica, October 30 – November 3, 2015 aboard Norwegian Pearl, the central hub for all KISS maniacs worldwide.

They’re going back to the golden age when KISS rose to prominence, taking the world by storm. What better way to celebrate the rise of these rock legends than to watch KISS perform the very live album that launched them into greatness 40 years ago? Get ready to rock out to KISS playing their first gold album, “Alive!”, in its entirety. You read it right. KISS is playing “Alive!” from front to back during The Kiss Kruise V indoor show.

Year five has promised to bring new surprises and drive you wild and crazy. Book a cabin during the pre-sale and receive a limited-edition The Kiss Kruise V t-shirt mailed to your door before the boat sails.

Cruise itinerary (subject to change)

* Thursday, October 29, 2015 – Pre-Party on Ship (additional purchase; departs 8PM ET)
* Friday, October 30 – Depart Miami, Florida (approx. 4:00 p.m. ET)
* Saturday, October 31 – Day At Sea
* Sunday, November 1 – Jamaica
* Monday, November 2 – Day At Sea
* Tuesday, November 3 – Arrive Miami, Florida (approx. 8:00 a.m. ET)

KISS will be inviting some of their favorite bands to join them for this adventure at sea. You can expect artists announcements throughout the year to round out this music festival, so count on your days to be filled with numerous shows, contests and activities.

For more information, visit www.thekisskruise.com.

U.D.O. Parts Ways With Drummer FRANCESCO JOVINO

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Drummer Francesco Jovino has left U.D.O., the German metal band led by former ACCEPT frontman Udo Dirkschneider, for personal reasons. The group is hoping to find a permanent replacement in time for its next world tour, which is scheduled to kick off in early March.

U.D.O.‘s new studio album, “Decadent”, will be released in Europe on January 26 via AFM.

With recordings having taken place in Udo‘s current home, Spanish island Ibiza, and also at Redhead Audio Productions in Wilhelmshaven, this new album looks set to be yet another great statement of intent from a rock idol whose place in rock history is already well cemented.

“Decadent” track listing:

01. Speeder
02. Decadent
03. House Of Fake
04. Mystery
05. Pain
06. Secrets In Paradise
07. Meaning Of Life
08. Breathless
09. Under Your Skin
10. Untouchable
11. Rebels Of The Night
12. Words In Flames

“Decadent” will be made available in the following formats: digipak, standard CD, black vinyl, colored vinyl, and as a limited-edition fanbox.

U.D.O.‘s most recent studio CD, “Steelhammer”, was released on May 24, 2013 via AFM Records. The effort was produced by Dirkschneider and Fitty Wienhold.

U.D.O.‘s latest concert DVD, “Steelhammer – Live From Moscow, came out in May. The first live release of U.D.O.‘s new lineup (with a Russian bandmember) was filmed on September 28, 2013 at the Arena Hall in Moscow to highlight the “Steelhammer” tour.

The band put together an exceptional setlist, including many classics that haven’t been played for a long time, fan favorites and tracks from “Steelhammer”.

“Steelhammer – Live From Moscow” was made available as DVD/2-CD, Bluray/2-CD and triple-vinyl in Russian national colors (tricolor).

U.D.O. in 2012 announced the addition of guitarist Andrey Smirnov to the group’s ranks. He replaced Stefan Kaufmann, who left the group for health reasons.

NIGHTWISH To Release ‘Endless Forms Most Beautiful’ Album In March

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Finnish / Dutch / British symphonic metallers NIGHTWISH will release their new album, “Endless Forms Most Beautiful, on March 27 in Europe and March 31 in the U.S. via Nuclear Blast. The cover artwork for the CD was created by the band’s longtime collaborator Toxic Angel.

“Endless Forms Most Beautiful” features eleven new songs and will be released in different formats:

* Standard CD
* Digibook (including instrumental CD)
* 2LP (vinyl in gatefold) in different colors
* Earbook (including instrumental and orchestral CD)
* Earbook (deluxe version including bonus vinyl)
* Download

Pre-order your copy here.

The “Endless Forms Most Beautiful” title came from Charles Darwin‘s “The Origin Of Species” book, where he wrote: “There is grandeur in this view of life, with its several powers, having been originally breathed into a few forms or into one; and that, while this planet has gone cycling on according to the fixed law of gravity, from so simple a beginning endless forms most beautiful and most wonderful have been, and are being, evolved.”

Commented NIGHTWISH keyboardist and main songwriter Tuomas Holopainen: “This classic quote is where it all began. We set sail for the ultimate journey in March 2015. Join us!”

A single called “Élan” will precede the full-length CD on February 13. The four-track single features the album version of the title cut, a radio edit and an alternate version of “Élan”, as well as the non-album bonus track “Sagan”.

Regarding “Élan”, Holopainen said: “‘Oh, while I live to be the ruler of life, Not a slave. To meet life as a powerful conqueror, and nothing exterior to me will ever take command of me.’ This beautiful quote from my hero Uncle Walt [Walt Whitman] was the starting point for writing ‘Élan’.

“The underlying theme of the song is nothing less than the meaning of life, which can be something different for all of us.

“It’s important to surrender yourself to the occasional ‘free fall’ and not to fear the path less travelled by.

“Élan” track listing:

CD:

01. Élan (album version)
02. Élan (radio edit)
03. Élan (alternate version)
04. Sagan (non-album bonus track)

Vinyl:

Side A:

01. Élan (album version)
02. Élan (radio edit)

Side B

01. Élan (alternate version)
02. Sagan (non-album bonus track)

Pre-order your copy of “Élan” here.

As previously reported, longtime NIGHTWISH drummer Jukka Nevalainen sat out the recording sessions for the group’s new CD due to health issues; Kai Hahto (WINTERSUN, SWALLOW THE SUN, TREES OF ETERNITY) has replaced him.

NIGHTWISH recently revealed the famed evolutionary biologist and atheist writer/leader Richard Dawkins will appear as a guest on the band’s eighth studio album.

Singer Floor Jansen, who officially joined the band last year, made her live debut as the frontwoman of NIGHTWISH on October 1, 2012 at Showbox Sodo in Seattle, Washington.

JEFF SCOTT SOTO Launches SOTO Band, Prepares To Release ‘Inside The Vertigo’ Album

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Jeff Scott Soto — one of today’s premier rock frontmen and vocalists — and a union of hotshot young musicians bring you a slamming blend of melody and muscle in some of the freshest power metal to surface in years present. Together they are SOTO, and their debut album, “Inside The Vertigo”, will blow your mind away. Due on January 30, 2015 on earMUSIC, the CD is described in a press release as “a neurotic blend of power metal, prog, groove-laden huge guitars, hooks and production.”

Jeff explains: “I’ve been in the game for a long time but my roots started more on the heavier side of the tracks, I thought it was about time I came home to visit the family and stick around for a while!”

SOTO is comprised of Jeff‘s most current solo band: Jorge Salan (lead guitar), BJ (keyboards, guitars), David Z (bass) and Edu Cominato (drums). Soto adds: “These guys come from different parts of the world and bring their own influence to make this band very special. From the U.S. to Europe to South America, we have an exciting mix of style and prestige that keeps us all on our toes.”

Jeff adds: “The past five or more years have propelled me a plethora of anger and frustration; I’m actually quite pissed off about a lot of things. SOTO is my outlet to release some of this pent-up emotion.

“We realize there are a lot of folks young and old who may be sharing these thoughts, so this is especially for them, too.

“We’re not reinventing the wheel here, we’re just creating an outlet for where our hearts are both musically and mentally… I’m just not in a ‘touch your golden hair’ mood right now!”

Produced by Jeff Scott Soto, “Inside The Vertigo” features tracks co-written with his bandmates as well as a of his famous friends/colleagues. Collaborators include guitarists Gus G. (FIREWIND, OZZY OSBOURNE), Jason Bieler (SAIGON KICK), Mike Orlando (ADRENALINE MOB) and Joel Hoekstra (NIGHT RANGER, TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA), all of whom perform on their penned tracks for the album. Others appearing as guests/co-writers are Casey Grillo (KAMELOT), Connor Engstrom, Tony Dickinson, Leo Mancini, Hugo Mariutti and Gary Schutt.

“Inside The Vertigo” was recorded during the latter months of 2013 and mixed/mastered in Boston by Soto‘s longtime engineer and friend John Ellis.

“Everyone from John to my amazing co-writers to some of my bandmates, especially Edu, who was extremely instrumental in helping me stay on course musically, get overall credit for creating this album,” Jeff says. “I oversaw it as a whole, knowing the vision I wanted to capture, but I truly had a lot of help from my bros that appear on this masterpiece!”

The release of the album intentionally coincides with the birth date of Soto‘s fallen colleague and dear friend Marcel Jacob of TALISMAN.

“Inside The Vertigo” track listing:

01. Final Say
02. The Fall
03. Wrath
04. Break
05. Narcissistically Yours
06. End of Days
07. Inside The Vertigo
08. When I’m Older
09. Trance
10. Jealousy
11. Karma’s Kiss
12. Fall To Pieces