KINGS OF CHAOS East Coast Tour Dates Announced Feat. GnR, STP, LINKIN PARK Members

KINGS OF CHAOS, the part-time all-star rock ‘n’ roll collective that includes former and current members of GUNS N’ ROSES, STONE TEMPLE PILOTS and LINKIN PARK, has a announced a string of East Coast tour dates kicking off December 17 in Montclair, New Jersey. Following a mini-residency at the House Of Blues in Las Vegas December 1-3, the East Coast run will feature former GUNS N’ ROSES and VELVET REVOLVER drummer Matt Sorum, LINKIN PARK vocalist Chester Bennington, Robin Zander of CHEAP TRICK, Billy Gibbons of ZZ TOP, Steve Stevens, guitarist for BILLY IDOL, and Robert DeLeo, bassist of STONE TEMPLE PILOTS.

Sorum, the creative force behind KINGS OF CHAOS, says: “KINGS OF CHAOS always delivers a badass lineup, and this tour will not disappoint. Where can you hear some of the most iconic songs in rock history packed into one show, performed by the actual artists who created them? Every night is a celebration of rock and roll.”

Tour dates:

Dec. 1, 2 & 3 – Las Vegas, NV @ House of Blues
Dec. 17 – Montclair, NJ @ Wellmont Theatre
Dec. 18 – Huntington, NY @ The Paramount
Dec. 20 – Boston, MA @ House of Blues
Dec. 21 – New York, NY @ Irving Plaza
Dec. 22 – Verona, NY @ Turning Stone Resort & Casino

KINGS OF CHAOS‘s lineup for the Vegas shows will consist of Sorum alongside Robert DeLeo, vocalist Corey Taylor (SLIPKNOT, STONE SOUR), Bennington, guitarist Billy Duffy (THE CULT) and Steve Stevens.

Asked how he manages to manage all the big personalities involved with KINGS OF CHAOS, Sorum told the Windsor Star: “You know what? It’s really a fun, easy gig. There’s really no agenda behind it except to play a cool show… I’ve played with all these guys before. It’s super easy-going. Everyone gets on the airplane, drives out to the gig, sets up the gear, and rocks. There’s really no drama around it at all.”

Regarding how important ego management is in keeping a band together, Sorum said: “From my experience, I mean… It’s been a bit of a wild ride. Hence the name KINGS OF CHAOS. [Laughs] But at the same time, I don’t know if I would’ve wanted it any other way. You know, I see bands with lead singers who are really nice. Squeaky clean. And I really don’t feel I’m getting that wild, rock ‘n’ roll sensibility that I want.”

He continued: “I love Dave Grohl [FOO FIGHTERS frontman], don’t get me wrong. But he’s a drummer who got out front with a guitar. Is there any danger in it? Not really. If you go to a FOO FIGHTERS show, you’re gonna see a band play their set, and everything is gonna go down nice, and he’ll thank the crowd, and everyone’s gonna go home and go, ‘Wow, that was a really nice rock ‘n’ roll show.’

“Not everything went perfect in any of the bands I’ve been in, but I know one thing: People on their way home were going, Holy shit, what was that?'”

Regarding the future of KINGS OF CHAOS, Sorum told Robin Leach: “We’ll see where KINGS OF CHAOS takes us. It could turn into a band, it could be an album, we don’t know yet. I’m thinking about making some original music with it. Seeing if a singer will want to come in and be a permanent member.

“Right now I just want to have fun. I just want to keep it loose, very spontaneous, go out and play for people and have them enjoy the music. I haven’t thought too far down the road yet, except maybe to record original music.

“People ask, ‘Why would you want to record original music; nobody is buying records anymore?’ I go, ‘Well, that’s not a very good attitude.’ The only thing you can do is make music for yourself, and you hope that people gravitate toward it. However, they are going to gravitate toward it. You are playing music because you love it, not because people are going to buy it. I made a solo record last year, and I think it sold five copies. I didn’t (care). I love doing it.”

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ELLEFSON & BELLO Recording New ALTITUDES & ATTITUDE Material

MEGADETH's ELLEFSON, ANTHRAX's BELLO Recording New ALTITUDES & ATTITUDE Material

ALTITUDES & ATTITUDE, the project featuring ANTHRAX bassist Frank Bello and MEGADETH bassist David Ellefson, is in the studio in Hollywood, California recording material for the follow-up to its 2014 self-titled EP. Helming the sessions once again is producer Jay Ruston (ANTHRAX, STEEL PANTHER, STONE SOUR), with Jeff Friedl (A PERFECT CIRCLE, ASHES DIVIDE) returning behind the kit.

The two bassists began writing music together while traveling the world during clinics now known as “Metal Masters”.

“What started out as simple bass ideas quickly developed into some really great songs together,” said Ellefson.

“Our fans would probably never suspect that a couple of metal bass players would have songs like these inside of us. It’s exciting to write melody with diversity while still pushing the limits of lead-bass playing. Frank‘s singing, and both of us playing guitars and other instruments, gave us a whole new dimension for creative opportunities.”

“We thought it would be cool to let fans hear something they wouldn’t expect from us — which is what ALTITUDES & ATTITUDE is,” added Bello.

Regarding how ALTITUDES & ATTITUDE came together, Ellefson told Guitar World: “We were doing bass clinics for our endorsement of Hartke bass amplification a few years back when the ‘Big Four’ were playing shows together. I just said to Frank, ‘We should really write some of our own material we can play for these clinics. Something unique just for us.’ So at Bass Player Live! at the Key Club in Hollywood, Frank got us talking to ANTHRAX producer Jay Ruston, who is also a bass player, and he got excited to get on board to record some songs for us. We agreed to do just a few songs we could release in EP format. This would make the workload easier with all of our schedules and even allow us to continue releasing more songs moving forward as well. Jay brought in Jeff Friedl on drums and even suggested Gus G. to play the solos I wanted to have on the track ‘Here Again’.”

METALLICA, SOUNDGARDEN & KORN To Headline Next Year’s ROCK ON THE RANGE

An unprecedented lineup has been announced for the 11th annual Rock On The Range, May 19, 20 and 21 at MAPFRE Stadium in Columbus, Ohio.

Rock legends METALLICA, SOUNDGARDEN and KORN will each headline one night of America’s largest and most-acclaimed rock festival. Overall, Rock On The Range 2017 — fueled by Monster Energy — will feature over 50 bands performing on three stages, plus rock’s favorite comedians in the ROTR Rolling Rock Comedy Tent, The Music Experience, art installations, and unique onsite activities during the three-day weekend.

Rock On The Range 2017 presale and layaway tickets, as well as limited numbers of new Weekend Field VIP tickets and Premier (hotel and camping) Packages, are on sale now at RockOnTheRange.com.

The Rock On The Range music lineup includes:

METALLICA
SOUNDGARDEN
KORN
THE OFFSPRING
VOLBEAT
PRIMUS
BUSH
CHEVELLE
PAPA ROACH
SEETHER
COHEED & CAMBRIA
ALTER BRIDGE
THE PRETTY RECKLESS
TAKING BACK SUNDAY
THRICE
AMON AMARTH
PIERCE THE VEIL
SUM 41
SKILLET
THE DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN
IN FLAMES
GOJIRA
BIFFY CLYRO
MOTIONLESS IN WHITE
NOTHING MORE
BEARTOOTH
STARSET
EVERY TIME I DIE
THE STORY SO FAR
DEAFHEAVEN
ZAKK SABBATH
RIVAL SONS
THE AMITY AFFLICTION
ATTILA
NORMA JEAN
SUICIDE SILENCE
WHITECHAPEL
I PREVAIL
TURNSTILE
DINOSAUR PILE-UP
RED FANG
DOROTHY
KYNG
RADKEY
AS LIONS
FRANK CARTER & THE RATTLESNAKES
SYLAR
FIRE FROM THE GODS
BADFLOWER
WAGE WAR
GOODBYE JUNE
COVER YOUR TRACKS
DED
BLEEKER
ROYAL REPUBLIC
MOTHER FEATHER
AEGES
ONE LESS REASON

The ROTR Rolling Rock Comedy Tent will feature sets from nationally known comedians plus Columbus’s top comedy talent. The full comedy lineup will be announced in the coming weeks.

Jonathan Davis of KORN comments, “Rock On The Range is the pinnacle rock festival in America. I always feel that in the crowd and can’t wait for our headline set in May. We’re gonna come at you with everything we’ve got — expect a few surprises!”

Dexter Holland of THE OFFSPRING says, “Great lineup at Rock On The Range this year. THE OFFSPRING can’t wait to finally be part of it all.”

Gary Spivack, Rock On The Range co-executive producer for Danny Wimmer Presents, says: “After our record-breaking ten-year anniversary it was high time to raise the bar and have the world’s best rock bands jump over it. We couldn’t be more honored to have METALLICA and SOUNDGARDEN at Rock On The Range! But why stop there? To have bands such as KORN, VOLBEAT, PRIMUS, PAPA ROACH, THE OFFSPRING and so many more truly makes this year’s Rock On The Range our best one yet. May 19-21 can’t come soon enough.”

In 2016, tickets for Rock On The Range sold out over two months in advance, marking the fourth consecutive advance sell-out for Rock On The Range — so fans are encouraged to buy early and save. Each ticket price level has a limited amount of tickets available, so fans can save more by buying earlier. Ticket prices will automatically move to the next price level once an allotment sells out, beginning at the presale.

Weekend Field, new Weekend Field VIP, Weekend Stadium, and a limited number of Weekend Stadium 4-Packs are available for purchase now. The ROTR layaway option also allows purchasers to split the ticket cost into four monthly payments. A ROTR presale password to purchase the following tickets can be found on the festival’s web site, Facebook and Twitter pages:

Weekend Field VIP: starting at $349.50* + fees
Weekend Field GA: starting at $199.50* + fees
Weekend Stadium GA: starting at $99.50* + fees
Weekend Stadium GA Ticket 4-Pack: $380.00 + fees
* Phase One prices listed
*** Ticket prices automatically move to the next price level once the allotment sells out ***

Those looking for an expanded festival experience are invited to purchase Premier Hotel Packages (which include festival tickets and t-shirts) or Camping Packages.

For an even more exclusive Rock On The Range opportunity, fans can purchase the new Uber Ranger Glamping Package for four people, which includes amenities such as a Luxury RV on a double campsite at the Ohio Expo North Campground (May 18, 19, 20, 21), a dedicated concierge with golf cart shuttle, 4 Weekend VIP Field Admission Tickets, a backstage tour, access to the stadium club (with catered lunch and dinner), access to the Side Stage Viewing Platform, access to the VIP Lounge, and more. ]

The general onsale is Friday, December 2 at 10:00 a.m. EST. Beginning at that time, tickets will be available at RockOnTheRange.com, at Ticketmaster locations and the MAPFRE Stadium Box Office.

Rock On The Range celebrated its tenth year in 2016 — and after a decade of setting the standard for American rock festivals, the crown jewel of the World’s Loudest Month showed no signs of slowing down, with “Rangers” from around the globe descending on MAPFRE Stadium. In 2016, the festival received awards of recognition from both Columbus mayor Andrew J. Ginther and the City Council, as well as a resolution from the Franklin County Board of Commissioners acknowledging the over $140 million in economic impact the festival has contributed to the city over its ten-year existence.

Rock On The Range is produced by Danny Wimmer Presents, AEG Live and MAPFRE Stadium.

Rock On The Range is supported by our rockin’ sponsors: Monster Energy, Bud Light, and Zippo. These partners, along with many others, will feature interactive experiences, artist meet-and-greets, and other unique fan engagement opportunities throughout the festival.

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KISS Announces May 2017 European Tour

KISS has announced a series of arena shows across Europe in May 2017.

Paul Stanley, Gene Simmons, Eric Singer and Tommy Thayer slayed the USA across July, August and September 2016 with a successful arena tour. They heard the calls from their European fans and they return for the first time since 2015’s series of festival and arena shows across Europe.

The dates are as follows:

May 01 – Olympiski – Moscow, Russia
May 04 – Hartwell Arena – Helsinki, Finland
May 06 – Tele2 Arena – Stockholm, Sweden
May 07 – Spektrum – Oslo, Norway
May 10 – Scandinavium – Gothenburg, Sweden
May 12 – Westfallenhalle – Dortmund, Germany
May 13 – Schleyerhalle – Stuttgart, Germany
May 18 – Olympiahalle – Munich, Germany
May 21 – Stadthalle – Vienna, Austria
May 23 – Festhalle – Frankfurt, Germany
May 24 – Ahoy – Rotterdam, Holland

Stanley told The Morning Call about KISS‘s setlist for the recent tour: “The cream has always risen to the top, and the people expect certain songs and they’ll get those, undoubtedly. And we’ll try to mix in some lesser classics. But the idea of playing obscure songs is only appealing to a die-hard fan who knows our albums inside out. To go up on stage and play unknown sons for a handful of people as opposed to playing the songs that everybody wants to hear is really not in our best interests or the audiences.”

He continued: “We want to do the best show and we want to blow away people who get to see us once every two years, five years, ten years. Those are the people who we put the show together for. If somebody come night after night or sees ten or fifteen shows on a tour, well, they may be asking why we don’t change the show up much. But the fact is we don’t change it up that much because once it’s great, you don’t mess with it. If you mess with it, you’re doing it more for yourself than for the audience. We want to do the best show possible.”

KISS has earned more gold album record awards than any American band in the history of the Recording Industry Association of America‘s (RIAA) gold and platinum awards certifications.

In the last 42 years, KISS has earned 30 gold albums (26 KISS albums and 4 solo albums that were all released simultaneously — a feat never before achieved by any band). KISS has 14 platinum albums, with three albums being multi-platinum.

KISS remains one of the most influential bands in the history of rock and roll. Decades of record-breaking tours around the globe have included high-profile appearances at Super Bowl XXXIII, the Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, the Rockin’ The Corps concert dedicated to our troops in Iraq and Afghanistan, special guest appearance on the 2009 “American Idol” finale that boasted 30 million viewers and a 2010 Dr. Pepper Super Bowl commercial and advertising campaign in support of their Hottest Show On Earth tour.

Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley, with longtime members, guitarist Tommy Thayer and drummer Eric Singer, are stronger than ever with a legacy that continues to grow, generation after generation. Their last album, “Monster”, proved that they are still at the top of their game with impressive sales and topping the charts worldwide debuting at No. 3 in the U.S. on The Billboard 200 album chart and Top 10 in twenty other countries. The unparalleled devotion and loyalty of the KISS Army to the “Hottest Band in the World” is a striking testament to the band’s unbreakable bond with its fans.

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METALLICA’s ‘Hardwired… To Self-Destruct’ Tops U.S. Chart With Nearly 300K Copies Sold

METALLICA‘s latest studio album, “Hardwired… To Self-Destruct”, debuted at No. 1 on The Billboard 200 chart, having shifted 291,000 equivalent album units in the week ending November 24. This marks the sixth time METALLICA has topped The Billboard 200, having previously landed at No. 1 with “Death Magnetic” (2008), “St. Anger” (2003), “Reload” (1997), “Load” (1996) and “Metallica” (1991).

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, “Hardwired… To Self-Destruct” opened with 282,000 copies.

For those interested: 10 tracks sold equal one album sale (since $1.29, the cost for an individual track, multiplied by ten gives you $12.99, a common price for an album, and 1,500 streams is equivalent to one album sale.

“Hardwired… To Self-Destruct” is METALLICA‘s first studio album since “Death Magnetic”, which sold close to a half million copies in just a three-day sales window and topped The Billboard 200 chart back in September 2008.

The band’s first studio album since 2003 moved 490,000 copies in its abbreviated frame, scheduled off-cycle on a Friday to accommodate a worldwide release date.

METALLICA‘s previous CD, “St. Anger”, also had an unusual release date after Elektra Records decided to move up its release to Thursday, June 5, 2003 from Tuesday, June 10, 2003 “to ensure that counterfeit copies of the band’s first studio album in six years do not proliferate in the marketplace,” the label said at the time.

“St. Anger” sold 418,000 copies in its first, shortened week on the streets to land at No. 1 on The Billboard 200 chart.

METALLICA‘s “Re-Load” album sold 435,000 units during its first week in 1997, while 1996’s “Load” opened at 680,000. 1991’s self-titled “black album” debuted with 598,000 and has since gone on to sell more than 16 million copies in the U.S., according to Nielsen SoundScan.

“Hardwired… To Self-Destruct” arrived on November 18. It consists of two discs, containing a dozen songs and nearly 80 minutes of music.

METALLICA revealed last weekend that “Hardwired” was No. 1 in 57 countries, with the album going Top 3 in 75 nations and Top 5 in 105 countries.

“Hardwired…To Self-Destruct” track listing:

Deluxe Edition (Digital Download & CD)

Disc One

01. Hardwired
02. Atlas, Rise!
03. Now That We’re Dead
04. Moth Into Flame
05. Dream No More
06. Halo On Fire

Disc Two

01. Confusion
02. ManUNkind
03. Here Comes Revenge
04. Am I Savage?
05. Murder One
06. Spit Out the Bone

Disc Three (Bonus)

01. Lords of Summer
02. Ronnie Rising Medley
03. When a Blind Man Cries
04. Remember Tomorrow
05. Helpless (Live at Rasputin Music)
06. Hit the Lights (Live at Rasputin Music)
07. The Four Horsemen (Live at Rasputin Music)
08. Ride the Lightning (Live at Rasputin Music)
09. Fade to Black (Live at Rasputin Music)
10. Jump in the Fire (Live at Rasputin Music)
11. For Whom the Bell Tolls (Live at Rasputin Music)
12. Creeping Death (Live at Rasputin Music)
13. Metal Militia (Live at Rasputin Music)
14. Hardwired (Live in Minneapolis)

Deluxe Box Set (3LP + 1CD)

Disc One Side A

01. Hardwired
02. Atlas, Rise!
03. Now That We’re Dead

Disc One Side B

01. Moth Into Flame
02. Am I Savage?
03. Halo On Fire

Disc Two Side C

01. Confusion
02. Dream No More
03. ManUNkind

Disc Two Side D

01. Here Comes Revenge
02. Murder One
03. Spit Out the Bone

Disc Three Side E (Bonus)

01. Lords of Summer

Disc Three Side F (Bonus)

01. Hardwired (Live in Minneapolis)

Bonus CD

01. Ronnie Rising Medley
02. When a Blind Man Cries
03. Remember Tomorrow
04. Helpless (Live at Rasputin Music)
05. Hit the Lights (Live at Rasputin Music)
06. The Four Horsemen (Live at Rasputin Music)
07. Ride the Lightning (Live at Rasputin Music)
08. Fade to Black (Live at Rasputin Music)
09. Jump in the Fire (Live at Rasputin Music)
10. For Whom the Bell Tolls (Live at Rasputin Music)
11. Creeping Death (Live at Rasputin Music)
12. Metal Militia (Live at Rasputin Music)

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METALLICA’s ‘Hardwired… To Self-Destruct’ Is No. 1 In 75 Countries

According to METALLICA‘s official web site, the band’s new album, “Hardwired… To Self-Destruct”, is currently No. 1 in a staggering 57 countries, Top 3 in 75 countries and Top 5 in 105 countries.

METALLICA says: “Wow… what an insane awesome ride it’s been. We are stunned, beyond grateful and truly appreciative that not only have METALLICA fans embraced ‘Hardwired… To Self-Destruct’ beyond our wildest expectations, but more importantly, we’re proud to see that hard rock and metal is still viable and matters in 2016… TO SO MANY PEOPLE! The support, excitement, and love from all corners of the planet means so much to us and we are sincerely blown away by the response.

“The story has just begun and there is so much more to come, but we want to thank you for making this such a special time in METALLICA history. We look forward to seeing you out on the road as we’re just getting started here.”

According to music industry web site Hits Daily Double, “Hardwired… To Self-Destruct” is likely to sell between 250,000 and 270,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release. The SPS figure is expected to be between 260,000 and 280,000.

SPS, a practice used by Billboard magazine, stands for “sales plus streaming,” which includes album sales and converted track sales plus converted streaming data.

For those interested: 10 tracks sold equal one album sale (since $1.29, the cost for an individual track, multiplied by ten gives you $12.99, a common price for an album, and 1,500 streams is equivalent to one album sale.

METALLICA‘s “Death Magnetic” album sold close to a half million copies in just a three-day sales window and topped The Billboard 200 chart back in September 2008.

The band’s first studio album since 2003 moved 490,000 copies in its abbreviated frame, scheduled off-cycle on a Friday to accommodate a worldwide release date.

METALLICA‘s previous CD, “St. Anger”, also had an unusual release date after Elektra Records decided to move up its release to Thursday, June 5, 2003 from Tuesday, June 10, 2003 “to ensure that counterfeit copies of the band’s first studio album in six years do not proliferate in the marketplace,” the label said at the time.

“St. Anger” sold 418,000 copies in its first, shortened week on the streets to land at No. 2 on The Billboard 200 chart.

METALLICA‘s “Re-Load” album sold 435,000 units during its first week in 1997, while 1996’s “Load” opened at 680,000. 1991’s self-titled “black album” debuted with 598,000 and has since gone on to sell more than 16 million copies in the U.S., according to Nielsen SoundScan.

“Hardwired… To Self-Destruct” arrived on November 18. It consists of two discs, containing a dozen songs and nearly 80 minutes of music.

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ANTHRAX Announces New ‘Record Store Day’ Release

2016 has been a banner year for thrash masters ANTHRAX: the February release of the band’s critically acclaimed eleventh studio album, “For All Kings” (Megaforce), two collaborations with director Jack Bennett for the grizzly music videos “Blood Eagle Wings” and “Monster At The End”, a “Late Night With Seth Meyers” appearance that paired the band with the iconic Robert De Niro, and sharing stages with bands like SLAYER, IRON MAIDEN, SLIPKNOT, LAMB OF GOD and AVENGED SEVENFOLD.

But the celebrations are not done yet.

In support of Black Friday’s Record Store Day (November 25), ANTHRAX will release a limited-edition seven-inch single pressed onto lilac and gold spatter vinyl (Megaforce) for the tracks “Monster At The End” and “Vice Of The People”, the latter previously released only in Japan as a bonus track and being made available in North America for the first time.

In addition, an acoustic version of the band’s song “Breathing Lightning”, also on the “For All Kings” track listing, has just gone to radio. The song was performed and recorded at a special in-studio session at El Paso’s rock radio station KLAQ-FM on October 27, the final date of ANTHRAX‘s recent North American tour with fellow “Big Four” members SLAYER.

The lyrical content of “Monster At The End” — “Your golden halo is burned and melted. Crown the monster at the end” — while not intended to be, sounds as if it could be an indictment on the current state of America, and a nation that has elected Donald Trump as its next president. Earlier in the year, ANTHRAX drummer Charlie Benante hesitantly spoke to Metalholic on the matter of politics. “There is a very scary vibe going on in our country and I’m almost afraid to even talk about it because of the division that there is,” he said. “I don’t know what’s going to happen. I don’t know, if, say, a Donald Trump does become president of our country, I don’t know what will happen. I don’t know how it’s going to be perceived globally.”

ANTHRAX will head to New York next month to co-headline (with MEGADETH) the 2016 Epiphone Revolver Music Awards on Tuesday, December 13.

As Benante put it, “ANTHRAX looks forward to blowing the roof off of the Revolver Awards and making metal GREAT again.”

“For All Kings” sold 34,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to land at position No. 9 on The Billboard 200 chart.

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