YNGWIE MALMSTEEN Announces Spring 2017 ‘World On Fire’ U.S. Tour

Following the overwhelmingly positive reception to his latest album, “World On Fire”, legendary Swedish guitar virtuoso Yngwie J. Malmsteen has announced a spring 2017 U.S. headling tour. Yngwie and his ensemble of top-tier musicians will perform pieces from the legendary neo-classical stylings of “Rising Force” (1984) as well as songs from the fierce “World On Fire”, and material from everything in between.

Malmsteen last toured the States in 2016 on the “Generation Axe” tour alongside Steve Vai, Zakk Wylde, Nuno Bettencourt and Tosin Abasi, playing to more than 70,000 people over 27 dates. Now, Malmsteen is hitting the road once again, and the “World On Fire” tour promises to be one of his most explosive yet!

The dates are as follows:

May 05 – Sayreville, NJ – Starland Ballroom
May 10 – New York, NY – Gramercy Theatre
May 11 – Newton, NJ – Newton Theatre
May 16 – Montreal, Canada – Corona Theatre
May 20 – Covington, KY – Madison Theatre
May 21 – St. Charles, IL – Arcada Theatre
May 23 – Denver, CO – Summit Music Hall
May 28 – San Diego, CA – House of Blues
Jun. 01 – Santa Ana, CA – The Observatory
Jun. 02 – Beverly Hills, CA – Saban Theatre
Jun. 04 – Ventura, CA – Majestic Ventura Theatre
Jun. 06 – Tucson, AZ – Rialto Theatre
Jun. 09 – Dallas, TX – Gas Monkey Live!
Jun. 10 – Houston, TX – White Oak Music Hall

“World On Fire” came out last June via King Records. He told Seymour Duncan about the CD: “I spent two years [working] on it, touring, recording, touring, recording. And that’s much, much better, actually, in a way. Back in the day I would write the songs then rehearse them with some musicians, then go and do a backing track and we’d record it, mix it, learn the songs to go play them on tour, then do it all again. That way isn’t necessarily conducive to making the best music, y’know what I mean? So in a very, very backhanded way, this weird twist of fate in the music industry has actually made it a more inspiring environment, for me at least. I can write anytime and record anytime. My recording studio is always open, 24 hours. I can just record when I want and it’s a beautiful thing.”

Asked what the new record sounds like, Malmsteen said: “It’s a Malmsteen record. [Laughs] But I would say it’s a little different. First of all, I do all the lead vocals on it. Any time I did lead vocals in the past, I was singing blues stuff. This time I decided to do lead vocals in my style of songwriting, so it’s different in that way. It’s a very hard-hitting album and some parts are very advanced, very complicated. But it’s a broad record. It’s definitely a must-listen-to!”

Asked what keeps him inspired to regularly release studio albums over the last thirty years, Malmsteen told Heavy Metal Bands Info in a 2015 interview: “It’s the same approach I have when I am in the studio. I go into the studio and pick up the guitar or play the drums or whatever. I just do something and something comes out that inspires me. Then I carry on with it. I wanna have it happen like an inspired thing. Then I just put it down and listen to it in the car or wherever and I think, ‘Oh, that sounds great.’ I mean, I play it back a week later or so and I don’t even remember doing it. Then I go, like, ‘Wow, that’s great,’ or, ‘Wow, that’s shit.’ This is important to me, because at that stage I am listening more like a listener. Then I take that further and make it into a more complete thing. I found that this is the best way for me. That makes it exciting and inspiring. That’s why I’m still doing it.”

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W.A.S.P. Announces ‘Re-Idolized: The 25th Anniversary Of The Crimson Idol’ European Tour

W.A.S.P. will celebrate the 25th anniversary of its classic fifth album, “The Crimson Idol”, by releasing a re-recorded version of the LP along with a 50-minute DVD film of the album’s story. In addition, the band will perform “The Crimson Idol” in its entirety — on a tour dubbed “Re-Idolized: The 25th Anniversary Of The Crimson Idol” — along with three missing songs originally intended to be part of the recordings. The show will be done in two parts, with the first being “The Crimson Idol”, and part two being a collection of greatest hits.

Confirmed dates:

Nov. 08 – IT – Bologna, Estragon
Nov. 09 – IT – Milan, Live Club
Nov. 10 – CH – Lausanne, Docks
Nov. 11 – CH – Pratteln, Z7
Nov. 14 – DE – Hamburg, Markthalle
Nov. 15 – DE – Hannover, Capitol
Nov. 16 – DE – Saarbrücken, Garage
Nov. 17 – DE – Oberhausen, Turbinenhalle
Nov. 18 – DE – Geiselwind, Music Hall
Nov. 20 – DE – Frankfurt, Batschkapp
Nov. 21 – DE – Stuttgart, LKA Longhorn
Nov. 22 – DE – Munich, Backstage
Nov. 24 – CZ – Hluk, Sportshall
Nov. 25 – PL – Warsaw, Progresja
Nov. 26 – AT – Vienna, Arena

Released in 1992, “The Crimson Idol” is a full-length conceptual album that tells the twisted tale of a suicidal rock and roll icon and the perils that come with fame. With guitarist Chris Holmes no longer a member of W.A.S.P., Blackie Lawless recorded “The Crimson Idol” with guitarist Bob Kulick and drummers Stet Howland and Frankie Banali. Voted one of the Top 20 conceptual albums of all-time by Metal Hammer magazine, “The Crimson Idol” is obviously more of a soundtrack than, say, a straight rock ‘n’ roll album.

Issued internationally in 1992, “The Crimson Idol” was not made available in the United States until 1993 and it gave W.A.S.P. the band’s first U.S. radio hit single with “Hold On To My Heart”. Ironcally enough, it was the way Capitol Records handled the push (or lack thereof) on “Hold On To My Heart” that made Blackie decide to leave the label.

“The main theme of ‘The Crimson Idol’ which is a haunting acoustic guitar riff was in a [pre-W.A.S.P. band] SISTER song called ‘What I Am’,” Blackie said. “I’ve always been very economical with my songwriting. If something wasn’t working out I’d scrap it. But if something was a good idea but not ready, or didn’t quite fit what we were doing at the time, I’d go back to it later and re-work it.”

During an interview with RIP magazine, Lawless had this to say about the album: “‘The Crimson Idol’ is an enormously complicated story. There are ten songs on it and each one is a euphenism for something else. Nothing on this album is really what it appears to be at first glance. Everything is a symbol for something else. The story was written from a satirical point of view. That means that wherever a person is at their life and whoever’s viewpoint they’re listening to in the story are going to determine the story they’re going to get. If you’re 18 and you listen to it, you’re going to see one thing. If you go back and listen to it five or ten years later, you’re going to get a completely different story. I didn’t want to create fast food for the ears. I wanted something that I thought was going to have longevity.”

Blackie also spoke about “The Crimson Idol” in a 2010 chat with Metal Asylum. He stated at the time: “‘The Crimson Idol’ was about a kid who was a musician and gets famous and all this stuff, and he finds out fame really isn’t what he is looking for, but, really, ‘Crimson Idol’ is about love. It’s a real simple story, and at the time when I did it, I thought it was more complex than it was. But looking back on it, you can see what it really boils down to, and I’m not diminishing the value of the album because it is real powerful. Part of the reason it worked is because its something everyone can relate to. Especially that whole idea of not getting what you want from your parents, or being loved in general; that’s what struck a nerve in people. And at the time, I was almost writing it as a footnote, but when I look back, it was much bigger in the story than I gave it credit for.”

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SOUNDGARDEN Announces Spring 2017 U.S. Tour

One of the most influential bands in rock music, Grammy Award-winning multi-platinum band SOUNDGARDEN, today announced a North American headline tour that will kick off on May 3 in Atlanta, Georgia at the Fox Theatre. THE PRETTY RECKLESS and THE DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN will support select dates. A special ticket pre-sale for fans who are signed up to SoundgardenWorld.com and ChrisCornell.com will launch Tuesday, February 28 at 10:00 a.m. local time. Tickets will go on sale to the general public Friday, March 3 at 10 a.m. local time.

SOUNDGARDEN will also appear at a variety of previously announced summer festivals, including WXTV Rockfest, Welcome To Rockville, Fort Rock Festival, 89.7 The River’s Rockfest, Rock On The Range, and more. See below for a complete list of confirmed dates.

Apr. 28 – Tampa, FL – WXTV Rockfest
Apr. 29 – Jacksonville, FL – Welcome To Rockville
Apr. 30 – Ft Myers, FL – Fort Rock Festival
May 03 – Atlanta, GA – Fox Theatre
May 05 – Concord, NC – Carolina Rebellion
May 06 – Tuscaloosa, AL – Tuscaloosa Amphitheatre
May 07 – Memphis, TN – Beale Street Music Festival
May 10 – Indianapolis, IN – Farm Bureau Insurance Lawn
May 12 – Council Bluffs, IA – KIWR Rockfest
May 13 – Somerset, WI – Northern Invasion
May 14 – Kansas City, MO – Starlight Theatre
May 17 – Detroit, MI – Fox Theatre
May 19 – Columbus, OH – Rock on the Range
May 20 – Maryland Heights, MO – KPNT Pointfest
May 22 – Denver, CO – Fillmore Auditorium
May 25 – Houston, TX – Revention Music Center
May 26 – Dallas, TX – Bomb Factory
May 27 – Pryor, OK – Rocklahoma

SOUNDGARDEN has set March 10 as the release date for a remixed deluxe version of the band’s 1988 full-length debut album, “Ultramega OK”. This expanded version of the record is described as a “correction” of the original mix, which the band was never satisfied with. Guitarist Kim Thayil told The Pulse Of Radio that the band wanted legendary Seattle producer Jack Endino to remix it almost immediately after it first came out. “We were never happy with the mix, and from day one, the band, the record label — which was Greg Ginn at SST — and Jack Endino all said, ‘Yeah, let’s do this. Let’s remix it,'” he said.

Although SOUNDGARDEN initially intended to remix the disc shortly after its original release, the group signed a major deal with A&M Records and started work on its next album, 1989’s “Louder Than Love”, abandoning plans to revise “Ultramega OK” at the time.

SOUNDGARDEN reacquired the master tapes of “Ultramega OK”, which was out of print for years, in 2016.

The band then recruited Endino to finally remix the disc, with Thayil working in the studio with him.

In addition to the remixed original album, the new edition of “Ultramega OK” will come with six early versions of songs that wound up on the disc. The tracks were recorded in 1987 in Seattle and mixed by Endino last year. All the songs ended up also being recorded for “Ultramega OK”.

The “Ultramega OK” tracks for which early versions are included are “Head Injury”, “Beyond The Wheel”, “Incessant Mace (Short)”, “He Didn’t”, “All Your Lies” and “Incessant Mace (Long)”.

Since reuniting in 2010 following a 13-year hiatus, SOUNDGARDEN has embarked on an extensive restoration of its catalog, including deluxe archival versions of the classic albums “Badmotorfinger” and “Superunknown”, along with a three-disc collection of rarities, B-sides and previously unreleased tracks called “Echo Of Miles: Scattered Tracks Across The Path”.

SOUNDGARDEN has been slowly working on material for its seventh studio album and will enter the studio sometime in 2017 to begin recording. The disc will follow up 2012’s “King Animal”.

Work on a new record started in 2015, but SOUNDGARDEN took breaks while Cornell toured his “Higher Truth” solo effort and drummer Matt Cameron hit the road with PEARL JAM.

SOUNDGARDEN reunited in 2010 after a 13-year layoff, touring and then eventually writing new material that became the basis for “King Animal”, its first new studio album in 16 years.

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SLAYER, LAMB OF GOD & BEHEMOTH Join Forces For U.S. Tour

SLAYER, LAMB OF GOD And BEHEMOTH To Join Forces For U.S. Tour

SLAYER, LAMB OF GOD and BEHEMOTH will join forces for a U.S. tour this summer.

All three acts will perform at the Chicago Open Air festival on July 16. In addition, SLAYER and LAMB OF GOD will appear at the Rock Fest in Cadott, Wisconsin on July 13. Furthermore, the KILO 94.3 radio station has advertised a August 2 date for the three-band package at the First Bank Center in Broomfield, Colorado.

The full tour details are expected to be revealed later this week.

SLAYER‘s latest album, “Repentless”, was released on September 11, 2015 via Nuclear Blast. The follow-up to 2009’s critically acclaimed, Grammy-nominated “World Painted Blood” was produced by Terry Date, who has previously worked with PANTERA, DEFTONES and SOUNDGARDEN. The artwork was created by Brazilian artist Marcelo Vasco in collaboration with Tom Araya and Kerry King.

“Repentless” debuted at No. 4 on The Billboard 200, having shifted 50,000 equivalent album units in the week ending September 17, 2015.

LAMB OF GOD released a new EP called “The Duke” on November 18 via Epic. The EP’s title track, which was recorded during the sessions for the band’s last album, “VII: Sturm Und Drang”, was inspired by the plight of a LAMB OF GOD fan named Wayne Ford, who was diagnosed with leukemia in 2010 and died five years later at the age of 33. The EP includes another previously unreleased track that dates back to LAMB OF GOD‘s “Wrath” LP, the thrashy, heavy “Culling”, which the band finished up especially for this EP, along with live recordings of three “VII: Sturm Und Drang” tracks.

“VII: Sturm Und Drang” was released in July 2015 via Epic in the U.S. and Nuclear Blast Entertainment in all territories outside of North America. The CD was once again produced and mixed by Josh Wilbur with engineering by Wilbur, Nick Rowe and Kyle McAulay, and was recorded at NRG Recording Studios in North Hollywood, California and Suburban Soul Studios in Torrance, California.

BEHEMOTH last year completed a North America tour where the band played its latest album, “The Satanist”, in its entirety. In addition to the concert, fans also had the chance to view “The Congregation” exhibition at each venue. Dubbed “a symbiosis of BEHEMOTH and Toxic Vision,” the display showcased the collaboration between the two parties.

“The Satanist” sold around 10,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 34 on The Billboard 200 chart.

THE DEAD DAISIES To Release ‘Live And Louder’ Album In May

“Live And Louder”, THE DEAD DAISIES new live outing, set for release on May 19 on Spitfire Music/SPV, perfectly captures the awesome vibe of their supreme, sweat drenched, roof-raising live sets, recorded on a heady high at the end of an unbelievable 2016.

From the moment they dropped their first single “Long Way To Go” ahead of their European festival summer in June, the hits just kept on coming. The second single, “Join Together”, ramped up the release of the third studio album, “Make Some Noise”. The band were well underway touring the USA with KISS, a tour that finished with a sold-out headline show at West Hollywood’s prestigious Whisky A Go Go.

The next single, “Song And A Prayer”, was released with an accompanying short film, refocused attention and rang in the final, massive touring phase of the year which saw the band go to Japan for the first time, where they immediately became media and fan darlings and went down a storm at the world-famous Loud Park festival. A string of dates in Korea for the USO and, as the year’s grand finale, a massive European co-headline tour that played more than thirty shows to sold-out venues.

The DAISIES, as they are affectionately referred to by their fans, quickly became people’s favourite live band with their relentless energy, stellar musicianship and unabashed joy in bringing the rock back into roll. The big question at signing sessions after each show and on the band’s social media channels continued to be: “When will there be a live album?” People simply could not get enough of them live.

Not to turn down a good opportunity, the band recorded a number of shows on the European tour. The album was mixed by Anthony Focx (AEROSMITH, BAD COMPANY, METALLICA, SANTANA) at Focxhole Studios and mastered by Howie Weinberg. They assembled a true monster in the vein of the great live albums of the ’70s. You can feel the sweat drip from the ceilings, the energy of the crowd becoming one with the band, screaming, hollering and forgetting about the often-mundane reality for a night of true rock ‘n’ roll. Warts ‘n all, “Live & Louder” is a document of a band in their prime, a raw slice of visceral energy, an in-your-face assault on the senses. Simply: THE DEAD DAISIES in their element and at their best!

Lead singer John Corabi says: “We’re extremely excited and proud of our new album ‘Live & Louder’!!! A lot of the fans have been writing to us and saying how much they loved our records but were even more blown away by the band live!!! So this documents our last U.K./European tour, and also shows the world how truly loud and supportive THE DEAD DAISIES fans are!!!! Thank you and turn it up!!!!”

“Live And Louder” will be released in a number of different, exciting formats. Again, the band listened to what the fans wanted and added a spectacular vinyl as well as a limited-edition box set that features, among other cool trinkets, an exclusive seven-inch vinyl single recorded at The Zoo at Planet Rock radio’s highly coveted London fan-only gig in November 2016.

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”.

Regarding how he came to be involved with THE DEAD DAISIES in 2015, Corabi told Music Feeds: “I’d known Brian [Tichy, drummer] and Marco [Mendoza, bassist] for awhile; and I knew Dizzy, who was in the band at the time. I didn’t really know David at all, though, and I’d never met Richard either. Marco was actually the one who called me when the band was in the process of changing singers. He asked me if I’d fly out to California to meet the guys, so I did — and next thing you know, we’re in Cuba of all places, rehearsing to do some shows there. After those shows, I came down to Australia to make a record with them. It’s been a whirlwind ever since. I had never even heard of the band before Marco called me, but when I mentioned them to my guitar tech, he knew them straight away. He was telling me about how they’d toured with KISS and DEF LEPPARD, so I got online to check them out — and here we are.”

THE DEAD DAISIES are: Doug Aldrich (WHITESNAKE, DIO), John Corabi (MÖTLEY CRÜE, THE SCREAM), Marco Mendoza (WHITESNAKE, THIN LIZZY), Brian Tichy (OZZY OSBOURNE, FOREIGNER) and David Lowy (RED PHOENIX, MINK).

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ROB ZOMBIE Confirms Voice Role In ‘Guardians Of The Galaxy’ Sequel

ROB ZOMBIE Confirms Voice Role In 'Guardians Of The Galaxy' Sequel

Rob Zombie has has lent his voice to “Guardians Of The Galaxy 2”.

Rob confirmed his involvement in the sequel to the 2014 comedic superhero flick via his Instagram account.

Zombie posted a picture of him with the film’s director, James Gunn, and wrote: “With James Gunn at Disney recording a voice for ‘Guardians Of The Galaxy 2’.”

Gunn later tweeted: “It isn’t a James Gunn film without Rob Zombie‘s voice!”

In the first “Guardians” film, Zombie voiced the Ravager‘s own navigation system. Zombie also lent his voice to other characters in Gunn‘s films: he voiced a doctor in “Slither” and even sounded off as God in “Super”.

Last July, Jimmy Urine of electro-punks MINDLESS SELF INDULGENCE revealed that he will have a part in the upcoming “Guardians Of The Galaxy” sequel. Urine was cast in the role of Half-Nut, a member of the Ravagers.

AEROSMITH frontman Steven Tyler last year publicly expressed an interest in being a part of “Guardians Of The Galaxy 3” — even though a third instalment wouldn’t arrive before 2020 at the earliest.

Gunn responded: “Yes, I did hear that Steven Tyler wants to be in ‘Guardians Of The Galaxy’. The answer is, Steven, yes I am listening. And I’m a big fan of Steven Tyler‘s. I had the pleasure of directing his daughter Liv in ‘Super’ in 2010 in which she was fantastic, and I met him for a few seconds at a screening of that movie. He’s a cool guy. And, of course, I would love to work with Steven Tyler sometime.”

“Guardians Of The Galaxy 2” is due in theaters on May 5.

BLOOD DIVISIONS To Release ‘Cardinal One’ EP In March

On March 24, BLOOD DIVISIONS — a collaborative project of heavy metal musicians with proceeds going to Rock And Rescue — will release its new EP, “Cardinal One”, via Metal Blade Records. Featuring cover songs of classic tracks as well as original material, “Cardinal One” can be pre-ordered at metalblade.com/blooddivisions, where the album track and cover version of UFO‘s “Hot ‘N’ Ready” can be streamed.

Founded by core members Chris Jericho (FOZZY, WWE), David Austin (NASTY SAVAGE), and Ed Aborn (INTERSONIC CYBER SYMPHONY), BLOOD DIVISIONS features a roster of supporting musicians who are current or former members of bands such as OBITUARY, DEATH, NASTY SAVAGE, SIX FEET UNDER, ICED EARTH, SEBASTIAN BACH, DEICIDE, MASSACRE, TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA, and more. The result is a mixture of classics injected with new energy and original music in the mold of Florida’s heavy metal roots.

BLOOD DIVISIONS is the perfect heavy metal snack mix,” says singer and executive producer Chris Jericho. “It’s a complete blend of balls-out thrash, virtuoso technique and ’70s hard rock melodies. It’s an honor to be a part of this project, as I’d be a fan even if I wasn’t in the band! Plus I love machine elves.”

“The project began purely as a creative outlet to have some fun and pay homage to some of the bands that influenced or inspired us,” adds Aborn. “Once we began, though, friends from the Florida metal community started to reach out and ask if they could join in. Eventually we decided to make it semi-official and do it all for charity.”

Austin comments: “Absolute pleasure working with all my friends on here. For them to take their time out of their busy schedule and to do something for free for charity means everything to me. Hopefully I get to do it all over again!!!!”

“Cardinal One” track listing:

01. The Morgue (NASTY SAVAGE cover)
02. Hot ‘N’ Ready (UFO cover)
03. March Of The Machine Elves
04. Top Of The Bill (SCORPIONS cover)
05. Return To The Garden Of Temptation
06. No Sympathy (NASTY SAVAGE cover)

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