MANOWAR To Embark On ‘Farewell’ Tour

MANOWAR To Embark On 'Farewell' Tour

MANOWAR has announced plans to embark on a “farewell” tour. The band says in a statement: “The ‘Gods And Kings’ tour was a groundbreaking moment in our career. The stage, sound, video and you,’ our fans, were magnificent!

“Coming off such an amazing tour, it was clear that the next time we must go even bigger and beyond anything we have ever done; something that will fulfill every Manowarrior’s dreams. Then that will be the ultimate moment to say ‘thank you’ and farewell!

“The final battle will begin in Germany and take us all over the world to say goodbye to all of you.

“If you know metal, you know MANOWAR. If you know MANOWAR, you know metal!
“Those who join this tour will be left with an eternal memory; having witnessed the band that has dedicated their blood, hearts, souls and every moment of their career to true heavy metal.

“We are calling all Manowarriors to prepare yourselves now and to join us for The Final Battle!”

MANOWAR‘s “Gods And Kings” world tour celebrated “Kings Of Metal MMXIV”, which many fans hadn’t had a chance to experience live yet, as well as the upcoming anniversary of “Gods Of War”, which was unleashed on the world in 2007. The setlist was packed with fan favorites from both albums, plus many other classics and special surprises.

In a recent interview, MANOWAR bassist Joey DeMaio stated about the “Gods And Kings” world tour: “We’ve added tons of new equipment and power amps, for even more power than ever before. Most of our equipment is custom-made, so it is a really intense and time-consuming process getting everything done in time, and meeting our specifications. Those who saw our 2015 tour know that we worked with videos on our gigantic LED screens. We have flown in our video designer from Europe to work with us on new video elements that will be played during the songs and, of course, the LED screens will be bigger and of higher quality than ever — over 150 m² and 6k resolution to be precise. Nothing but the latest and best technology for our fans will do!”

Speaking about the tour concept, Joey DeMaio said: “The previous tour celebrated ‘Kings Of Metal MMXIV’. It was a terrific experience for fans, band and crew. The production was big and featured elements that we had not done before. It was more of a multi-media experience, with videos linking the songs and their conception, telling the story of our fans and our lives, capturing the energy on stage and off… When we started planning the new tour, we soon agreed that we wanted to keep the best of this previous tour, but of course add on to it, make it different and even bigger. And, believe it or not, the 10-year anniversary of ‘Gods Of War’ is upon us: The album was released in 2007 but we started working on it in 2006. But more importantly the question was: Who should join our Kings in battle? The answer was: the Gods Of War! So this is how the ‘Gods And Kings’ concept was conceived. Naturally, the ‘Gods And Kings World Tour 2016’ [is] more massive than the ‘Kings Of Metal MMXIV Word Tour’! The 2015 tour was big. But nothing compared to what you’ll experience on the 2016 tour!”

THE DEAD DAISIES ‘Make Some Noise’ LP Due In August

THE DEAD DAISIES‘ new studio album, “Make Some Noise”, will be released on August 5 via SPV. The effort, packed with huge hooks, giant, intense guitar riffs and glorious, distinctive vocals, celebrates the kind of rock ‘n’ roll that has gone from strength to strength ever since it emerged in the early 1970s and that sweaty clubs, concert halls and stadiums the world over would be impossible to imagine without. Each of the joyously performed, perfectly crafted, melody-drenched 12 songs instinctively aims straight for the centre of the listener’s autonomic nervous system, totally enveloping the heart and soul and compelling them to move to the irresistible rhythm.


“There are lots of very good reasons why this kind of rock ‘n’ roll has never gone out of fashion,” band members David Lowy (RED PHOENIX, MINK), John Corabi (MÖTLEY CRÜE, RATT), Doug Aldrich (WHITESNAKE, DIO), Marco Mendoza (WHITESNAKE, THIN LIZZY) and Brian Tichy (OZZY OSBOURNE, FOREIGNER) all agree; “Our songs are simply timeless, immortal, classic! That’s why working with THE DEAD DAISIES is so much fun, and that’s why the reaction is always phenomenal, no matter when and where this band turns up.”


“I’m very pleased with ‘Make Some Noise’,” says Aldrich. “It was a very productive time spent in Nashville and New York! The record is a straight-up rock n’ roll record. Very raw and punchy. We didn’t do lots of overdubbing of the guitars which I loved…it’s really got a good vibe like the days we spent writing and recording. I think it is a cool record that adds to an already cool catalogue they the band had prior. The best part is the guys are all friends and very cool to be working together again!”


THE DEAD DAISIES were formed by guitarist and songwriter David Lowy, whose keen instinct and clear vision has guided the recruitment of an amazing revolving lineup of renowned musicians since the band’s inception in 2012. Initially, Richard Fortus and Dizzy Reed of GUNS ‘N’ ROSES, plus THE ROLLING STONES band members Darryl Jones and Bernard Fowler, as well as John Tempesta and Charley Drayton of THE CULT, were involved. Lowy has once again enlisted incredibly talented international stars to record “Make Some Noise”. “For me as a vocalist, this kind of high-caliber lineup is an absolute dream come true,” enthuses Corabi, continuing: “When you work with THE DEAD DAISIES, everybody is amazingly motivated to deliver top performances.”


From blazing opener “Long Way To Go” (the first single and soon-to-be crowd favourite) onwards, this album rocks hard right through to the very last note. Cross references from legendary bands from the past feature just as much as highly contemporary sounds and trendsetting directives. Compositions such as “Mainline” and “Last Time I Saw The Sun” bring to mind the likes of AEROSMITH and MR. BIG, while “Song And A Prayer”, with its fluid guitar licks and anthemic chorus, is mightily reminiscent of GUNS ‘N’ ROSES. “Make Some Noise”, the title track itself, is nothing less than a self-confident, tongue-in-cheek rousing rock statement, bound to be chanted over and over by euphoric audiences at this consummate combo’s electrifying live gigs.


“Make Some Noise”, which was superbly recorded and produced by Marti Frederiksen (AEROSMITH, DEF LEPPARD, MÖTLEY CRÜE, BUCKCHERRY) in Nashville in February and March 2016, contains ten originals plus two inspired new incarnations of THE WHO‘s “Join Together” and CREEDENCE CLEARWATER REVIVAL‘s “Fortunate Son”.


THE DEAD DAISIES, a must-see live act who have already toured with the likes of ZZ TOP, AEROSMITH, BAD COMPANY, LYNYRD SKYNYRD and DEF LEPPARD, among others, have lined up a U.K. and Irish tour in July in support of “Make Some Noise”.




DEVILDRIVER’s ‘Trust No One’ Cracks U.S. Top 50

“Trust No One”, the seventh studio album from California’s groove metal juggernauts DEVILDRIVER, entered The Billboard 200 chart at position No. 43 with first-week sales of just over 12,000 units — nearly all from pure album sales. The set follows the No. 32-peaking “Winter Kills”, which was released in August 2013 and opened with 11,000 copies.


The Billboard 200 chart ranks the most popular albums of the week based on multi-metric consumption, which includes traditional album sales, track equivalent albums (TEA) and streaming equivalent albums (SEA).


“Trust No One” was released on May 13 via Napalm Records. The follow-up to 2013’s “Winter Kills” was once again produced by Mark Lewis (ARSIS, THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER, WHITECHAPEL, DEVILDRIVER, DEICIDE, SIX FEET UNDER) with assistance from Jason Suecof (AUGUST BURNS RED, DEICIDE, DEATH ANGEL). The new CD marks the group’s first release since the departures of guitarist Jeff Kendrick and drummer John Boecklin and addition of axeman Neal Tiemann and former CHIMAIRA sticksman Austin D’Amond.

“Trust No One” track listing:


01. Testimony of Truth
02. Bad Deeds
03. My Night Sky
04. This Deception
05. Above It All
06. Daybreak
07. Trust No One
08. Feeling Ungodly
09. Retribution
10. For What It’s Worth


Said frontman Dez Fafara: “‘Trust No One’ is a vicious record filled with huge grooves and big hooks, guitar bass assery and thundering drums!Lyrically it goes to a realistic space exploring a ton of different emotion and headspaces regarding being human and what it means to exist. The band worked long hours writing as well as in the studio along with our producer to forge ‘Trust No One’! I hope you turn it the fuck up and enjoy this record from start to finish!”


Added Spreitzer: “‘Trust No One’ is the record that I’ve been wanting to write for twelve years.”


DEVILDRIVER has tapped former WAYNE STATIC guitarist Diego Ibarra (a.k.a. Ashes) to play bass on its tour in support of “Trust No One”.


Ibarra joined DEVILDRIVER as the replacement for former BURY YOUR DEAD guitarist Chris Towning, who appeared on “Winter Kills”.


Boecklin and Kendrick played their last show with DEVILDRIVER as part of the 2014 Knotfest in Devore, California.




HATEBREED’s ‘The Concrete Confessional’ Cracks U.S. Top 25

“The Concrete Confessional”, the new album from Connecticut hardcore/metal masters HATEBREED, debuted at No. 25 on The Billboard 200, having shifted 17,112 equivalent album units in the week ending May 19.


The Billboard 200 chart ranks the most popular albums of the week based on multi-metric consumption, which includes traditional album sales, track equivalent albums (TEA) and streaming equivalent albums (SEA).


In terms of pure album sales, “The Concrete Confessional” opened with 16,514 copies.


“The Concrete Confessional” was released on May 13 via Nuclear Blast Entertainment. The follow-up to 2013’s “The Divinity Of Purpose” was produced by longtime collaborator Chris “Zeuss” Harris (ROB ZOMBIE, SUICIDE SILENCE, WHITECHAPEL) and mixed by Josh Wilbur (LAMB OF GOD, MEGADETH). The artwork was created by Marcelo Vasco (SLAYER).


A number of tracks provide a pragmatic look at issues that have become front-and-center in today’s New Normal, and the track “A.D.” is a case in point. Reflecting what is today a challenging time, it’s a song that fuses together frustration with torrential thrashed-out guitars, double bass drums, and Jamey Jasta‘s immortal growl.


‘A.D.’ was a way that I could voice my frustration about the loss of opportunities available to the average guy,” said Jasta. “With the government and big business drowning in corruption and greed, the average person is being squeezed, so achieving the American Dream is becoming less and less real.


“We all need to pay closer attention to what our elected leaders are doing,” Jasta added. “Start locally, in your own community, make your representatives accountable.”


Regarding the “The Concrete Confessional” artwork, Jasta said: “I think da Vinci said it best when he said painting is poetry that is seen rather than felt, and poetry is painting that is felt rather than seen. Marcelo was able to capture a feeling that will accompany our musical and lyrical vision and he put together a striking piece that speaks volumes.”


HATEBREED‘s video for the song “Looking Down The Barrel Of Today” can be seen below. Directed by David Brodsky (CANNIBAL CORPSE, WHITECHAPEL, ALL THAT REMAINS) the performance piece was shot last month at the band’s rehearsal space in Connecticut. The video opens with the preface “Welcome To Two Minutes And Forty-Seven Seconds With Hatebreed,” and includes special text throughout that was written by Jamey Jasta as a message of keeping a positive mental attitude.





TONY HARNELL Once Again Rejoins TNT

American singer Tony Harnell has rejoined Norwegian rockers TNT, less than a year and a half after his most recent departure from the group.

Harnell and TNT guitarist Ronni Le Tekrø will start writing new material together for the first time in over ten years, with plans to enter the studio this summer to start recording new music. The rest of the band’s new lineup will be announced soon.

Comments Harnell in a statement: “We’re happy to be working together creatively again and hope our fans are are as excited as we are.

“We’re already booking shows in the U.S. and across the world in 2017 and also hope to play in as many countries as possible over the next couple of years. Hopefully many countries that we haven’t been to in a long time or perhaps ever!”

Harnell last quit TNT in January 2015 after a fifteen-month stint with the group, explaining that he “had really high hopes that it would last this time and that we would continue for years to come, but it is a very volatile little machine.” He later told “The Classic Metal Show”: “What happened, basically, was that I never actually got grooved back in with the band. I had about three months’ worth of conversations with Diesel [TNT drummer Morten Dahl]. We finally came to an agreement where I said I’ll do two shows. And those two shows were about three months apart, maybe four months apart. And he said, ‘Fine.’ I said, ‘Let’s see how the first show goes. If it goes okay, then we’ll talk about business and we’ll figure out a way to, basically, operate as a band. Because we had no plan in place. It was just… Was I gonna be a hired gun in my own band? Was I gonna come back into the company? I mean, there were a lot of questions to be answered. In this particular situation, the drummer is the booking agent. And that was always a problem for me, because I think it’s a conflict of interest. So I was trying from the very beginning to change that. And when I said ‘yes’ the first two gigs, suddenly up on his web site for his booking agency, there was a photograph and, basically, saying that TNT was available for dates. So before I could even get grooved in and make any sort of agreement, there were ten dates booked, and then there were fifteen dates booked, and then twenty and so on and so on.”

He continued: “You have to understand that in the business that we’re in, he knew that he kind of had me by the balls, because once you book a show, and then you say ‘no,’ well, who’s gonna get blamed? So to save face and to not… I was put in a very awkward situation, on purpose, and I was put on a spot. So being that I love the fans, and being that I love to perform live, I said, ‘You know what?! Fine. We will work out the kinks as we go along. Let’s do these shows, and as we go, we will have days off, and we will have meetings and we will work out the kinks. Well, try as I did, those meetings, which went on for hours, many of them, unfortunately, turned out to be completely a total waste of time. And there are many reasons why, and, again, I’m not gonna throw people under the bus and get into the details of why, but that’s basically all I that I have to say about it. I did my very best to keep it together and to keep it professional. I wanted to stay in the band for the rest of my music career; that was my goal. I said, ‘Okay, this is it. We can make this work.’ People wanted the band. There were people all over the world that wanted to book the band and that were excited we were back together. The shows went phenomenally well. We were very well received at Sweden Rock, which is a wonderful festival, in front of 25,000 people on the night BLACK SABBATH played, and we did very, very well, and had a lot of shows like that. A lot of sold-out shows. So it was a very successful run. And the band went from being, basically, a struggling club band to getting back up to the stature where… close to the stature I had left it in 2006. But I couldn’t get anywhere.”

Harnell added: “I guess the realization of it was, because we couldn’t work the business out, I was back as far as the fans were concerned, and even as far as I was concerned, and probably as far as the band was concerned, I was back. The band was back together, and we fully intended on going forward for as many years as possible. It is being portrayed now as though the plan was that I was only coming back for 2014 to do an ‘Intuition’ reunion tour, and that is absolutely, completely one hundred percent false. We were all in it for the long haul, and I tried to make it work for that. But when September [2014] came and the touring ended, nobody wanted to talk to me anymore, and my calls were not being returned, and my e-mails were not being returned by the most important people in the band that had the most influence. And the manager that came in to quote ‘save the day’ actually sunk the ship.”

Back in November 2014, Le Tekrø spoke about TNT‘s plans for a new studio album, telling Metal Express Radio: “We’re working constantly, making new plans, trying to find a period for songwriting before April, and hopefully going into the studio next fall.” The guitarist added that TNT fans could expect to hear “strong songs… We already wrote three songs we’re satisfied with. So I’m excited. [We’re] trying to maintain the TNT sound.”

Le Tekrø said the next TNT album would be recorded with the entire band playing together in the studio and not by sending each other files via the Internet. “I refuse to do that,” he said. “I’ve never done that. The producer’s gotta be there and the musicians, in the same room. Otherwise, I wouldn’t call it an album. Then it’s a project. There’s no spirit in those albums. Maybe in electronic music you can do it. If you’re working with rock and roll, the people have gotta be there, and rehearse and play.”

British singer Tony Mills appeared on three studio albums from TNT: 2007’s “The New Territory”, 2008’s“Atlantis” and 2010’s “A Farewell To Arms”.

After leaving TNT in January 2015, Harnell joined SKID ROW three months later, only to exit that band last December.


ALICE IN CHAINS & LENNY KRAVITZ To Support GUNS N’ ROSES On ‘Not In This Lifetime’ Tour

ALICE IN CHAINS And LENNY KRAVITZ To Support GUNS N' ROSES On 'Not In This Lifetime' Tour

Two legends of rock music, ALICE IN CHAINS (pictured) and Lenny Kravitz, are set to join GUNS N’ ROSES on their historic “Not In This Lifetime” tour. ALICE IN CHAINS joins the tour from opening night, Thursday, June 23 in Detroit, Michigan at Ford Field and will perform through the tour’s second Chicago date at Soldier Field on Sunday, July 3. Lenny Kravitz will then join the tour from Tuesday, July 19 starting at the first Boston, Massachusetts date at Foxboro Stadium and perform through the tour’s second date at East Rutherford, New Jersey on Sunday, July 24.

Demand for tickets to the “Not In This Lifetime” tour continue at an unprecedented pace as additional shows were recently announced, including Chicago (July 3), Boston (July 20), New York City (July 24) and two brand new dates in Los Angeles (August 18 and August 19).

Only singer Axl Rose, guitarist Slash and bassist Duff McKagan from GN’R‘s “Appetite For Destruction”-era lineup took part in the first Las Vegas gig and the five official reunion shows that followed (one in Las Vegas, Nevada and a pair each in Mexico City and the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival. They were joined by keyboardist Dizzy Reed, guitarist Richard Fortus and drummer Frank Ferrer. Also appearing with them was second keyboardist Melissa Reese.

For the shows, Rose performed on what was apparently the same custom throne Dave Grohl used last year for FOO FIGHTERS shows after breaking a leg. Rose told the audience before GN’R launched into “Rocket Queen” on April 8: “I wanna thank Dave Grohl for this; it was very nice of him.”

GUNS N’ ROSES got a reported $8 million for its two appearances at Coachella and will make an average of $2.75 million per show on the “Not In This Lifetime” tour.

Rose launched his stint as guest vocalist with AC/DC on May 7 in Lisbon, Portugal. Axl is also slated to perform ten rescheduled North American shows with AC/DC, with the dates yet to be announced.

AEROSMITH Is Still Considering Touring Without STEVEN TYLER


AEROSMITH Is Still Considering Touring Without STEVEN TYLER

Even though AEROSMITH and Steven Tyler resolved the issues that almost broke them up a few years ago, there is still talk about bringing in a guest vocalist while Tyler is busy with his solo country career.

Guitarist Brad Whitford tells Metal Rules: “Absolutely, we have considered it — but whether it will happen, I don’t know. I think it would be great.” Asked who he thinks would be a good fit, he says, “A lot of people, everybody from Myles Kennedy [ALTER BRIDGE] to Axl [Rose, GUNS N’ ROSES]. [Laughs] We had a bunch of people a while ago like Sammy Hagar. It would be a lot of fun.”

Classic Rock magazine reported a few years ago that AEROSMITH guitarist Joe Perry had approached Paul Rodgers, Chris Cornell and Billy Idol about singing with the band, while representatives for Sammy Hagar denied that he had been offered the gig.

The rest of AEROSMITH fell out with Tyler in 2009 after a canceled tour and Tyler‘s stated intention to work for two years on a solo project. Tyler subsequently entered rehab for an addiction to painkillers.

Both sides maintained that Tyler never officially left AEROSMITH, and his management and attorneys threatened legal action if the band went forward with finding a new singer for touring purposes.

Asked by Metal Rules if all the turmoil with AEROSMITH ever gets old, Whitford said: “There is still a lot of turmoil and it can be frustrating. It should be easy. The whole thing started because of the music. If the focus was right there, everything would be fine, but we don’t. [Laughs] Let the drivers drive and let the music happen, [and] everything will fall into place. We get caught up into a lot of silly stuff.”