ROBERT PLANT To Release ‘Carry Fire’ Album In October

Robert Plant will release his eleventh solo album, “Carry Fire”, on October 13 via Nonesuch/Warner. The disc’s lead track, “The May Queen”, can be heard below.

The follow-up to 2014’s “Lullaby And… The Ceaseless Roar” features Plant‘s backing band THE SENSATIONAL SHAPE SHIFTERS in their second appearance on record with the LED ZEPPELIN frontman.

“Carry Fire” includes a guest appearance by PRETENDERS vocalist Chrissie Hynde on a cover of “Bluebirds Over The Mountain”, previously recorded by Ritchie Valens and THE BEACH BOYS.

Plant says: “It’s about intention. I respect and relish my past works, but each time I feel the incentive to create new work, I must mix old with new. Consequently, the whole impetus of the band has moved on its axis somewhat — the new sound and different space giving way to exciting and dramatic landscapes of mood, melody and instrumentation.”

“Carry Fire” track listing:

01. The May Queen
02. New World…
03. Season’s Song
04. Dance With You Tonight
05. Carving Up The World Again
06. A Way With Words
07. Carry Fire
08. Bones Of Saints
09. Keep It Hid
10. Bluebirds Over The Mountain
11. Heaven Sent

Plant spoke to Relix magazine about his current music and how it connects to his early days in LED ZEPPELIN, explaining, “I want people to know I’m pulling points of reference from other times and other places — incongruous and out of step and kilter — into another world. I’ve done it with ZEPPELIN lyrics, as well — ‘if the sun refused to shine’ and ‘the road remains the same’ and all the shit. There’s so many bits like that, because I like the idea of spinning the bottle. And if one or two people pick up on it, that’s the justice — that’s about right.”

LOUDNESS To Release ‘Rise To Glory’ Album In January

LOUDNESS To Release 'Rise To Glory' Album In January

Japanese metallers LOUDNESS will release a new album, “Rise To Glory”, on January 26, 2018. The follow-up to 2014’s “The Sun Will Rise Again” will be made available in Japan via Ward Records and throughout Europe and America via earMUSIC, home to other world-class acts such as DEEP PURPLE, ALICE COOPER, STATUS QUO, DEF LEPPARD and THUNDER.

LOUDNESS has released twenty-six studio albums, five of them in the U.S. The band’s lineup has changed multiple times since 1981, with the current incarnation consisting of three original members — lead singer Minoru Niihara, guitarist Akira Takasaki and bassist Masayoshi Yamashita — along with drummer Masayuki Suzuki, who joined the group in 2009.

Original LOUDNESS drummer Munetaka Higuchi died in 2008 after a year-long battle with liver cancer.

LOUDNESS released a special thirtieth-anniversary edition of its classic “Thunder In The East” album in Japan in November 2015 in several different versions, featuring demo recordings, bonus DVDs with live footage from their 1985 U.S. tour, a documentary about the making of the LP and other things.

Asked by Metal Rules to recall some of the highlights from the “Thunder In The East” days, Niihara said: “We opened for MÖTLEY CRÜE and we played Madison Square Garden. I was told by my manager, and I don’t know if it is true or not, that you have to take a huge limo to get into Madison Square Garden. We were in this limo and the views reminded me of a LED ZEPPELIN movie. We thought, ‘We made it!’ because Madison Square Garden is such an important place. I know there are bigger places in the States, but that place is so important and so many bands have played there, it gave me goose bumps.”


FOO FIGHTERS ‘Landmarks Live In Concert’ Special To Air In November

“Landmarks Live In Concert” and “Great Performances” have announced a November 10 air date on PBS (check local listings) for “Foo Fighters – Landmarks Live In Concert”, a “Great Performances” special from the Acropolis in Athens, Greece, featuring the multi-Grammy-winning rock band delivering an electrifying performance at the famed Odeon of Herodes Atticus.

Captured this past July, the historic concert is the latest — and arguably most anticipated — for “Landmarks Live In Concert”, the critically acclaimed PBS docu-series featuring a lineup of global superstars performing at monumental locations around the world.

“We’ve done some crazy things over the last 20 years,” says FOO FIGHTERS frontman Dave Grohl, “but I think this might be the craziest thing the FOO FIGHTERS have ever done.”

“Working with the FOO FIGHTERS was a wonderful experience and I can’t wait for the world to see this show,” says Daniel E Catullo III, creator, director and executive producer of “Landmarks Live In Concert”. “Logistically, this was the largest undertaking and production I’ve ever done. Almost a year of planning, hundreds of people on the crew, coordination with the Greek government, major logistics and coordination with the band, and putting a rock show in an ancient amphitheater. The energy of the crowd and seeing the band perform in such a historic place is something I will never forget. This was one of the most amazing experiences of my life.”

“Landmarks Live In Concert” was created by veteran documentary and live producer/director Daniel E Catullo III and hosted by Chad Smith, drummer for multi-Grammy-winning rock band RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS. Each episode sees Smith conducting one-on-one interviews with the performers as they explore their favorite locations around each landmark. The show’s travelogue component is co-produced with Bungalow Media + Entertainment.

About the upcoming episode, Smith says: “The Acropolis hasn’t been rocked that hard in a while — maybe 2500 hundred years, give or take. It was an amazing experience, made extra special that I could spend it with my longtime friends, the mighty Foos.”

“Landmarks Live In Concert” premiered this past January with Alicia Keys at multiple locations around New York City, including the famed Apollo Theater. Subsequent episodes included Brad Paisley at West Virginia University and most recently, Andrea Bocelli live at Florence’s beautiful Palazzo Vecchio.

“Landmarks Live In Concert” is a production of City Drive Films. Daniel E Catullo III, CEO of City Drive Films, is the series creator, director and executive producer. The series is co-produced with Bungalow Media + Entertainment. Its CEO, industry veteran Robert Friedman also serves as executive producer. For “Great Performances”, Bill O’Donnell is series producer; David Horn is executive producer. Stephen Segaller is executive-in-charge for WNET.

“Great Performances” is produced by Thirteen Productions LLC for WNET, one of America’s most prolific and respected public media providers. Throughout its more than 40 year history on public television, “Great Performances” has provided viewers across the country with an unparalleled showcase of the best in all genres of the performing arts, serving as America’s most prestigious and enduring broadcaster of cultural programming. Major corporate support for “Foo Fighters – Landmarks Live In Concert” is provided by Filmio.

CHRIS JERICHO’s ‘No Is A Four-Letter Word’ Book Features Foreword By PAUL STANLEY

Da Capo Press has set an August 29 release date for “No Is A Four-Letter Word”, the new book by Chris Jericho, a six-time WWE world heavyweight champion, the lead singer of the heavy metal band FOZZY and host of the “Talk Is Jericho” podcast.

The three-time New York Times bestselling author shares twenty of his most valuable lessons for achieving your goals and living the life you want, jam-packed with fantastic stories and the classic off-the-wall, laugh-out-loud Jericho references he’s famous for, with a foreword by KISS frontman Paul Stanley.

Chris Jericho has known what he wanted out of life since he was a teenager: to be a pro wrestler and to be in a rock and roll band. Most of his high school friends felt that he lacked the tools necessary to get into either, but Chris believed in himself. With the wise words of Master Yoda echoing through his head (“Do or do not. There is no try.”), he made it happen. As a result, Chris has spent a lifetime doing instead of merely trying, managing to achieve his dreams while learning dozens of invaluable lessons along the way.

“No Is a Four-Letter Word” distills more than two decades of showbiz wisdom and advice into twenty easy-to-carry chapters. From developing a strong work ethic thanks to WWE chairman Vince McMahon, remembering to always look like a star from Gene Simmons of KISS, learning to let it go when the “America’s Funniest Home Videos” hosting gig goes to his rival, adopting a sense of perpetual reinvention from the late David Bowie, making sure to sell himself like his NHL-legend father Ted Irvine taught him, or going the extra mile to meet Keith Richards (with an assist from Jimmy Fallon), Chris has learned countless lessons during his decades-long career. Now, in the hopes that those same principles might help and inspire his legions of fans, Chris has decided to share them while recounting the fantastic and hilarious stories that led to the birth of these rules. The result is a fun, entertaining, practical, and inspiring book from the man with many scarves but only one drive: to be the best. After reading “No Is a Four-Letter Word”, you’ll discover that you might have what it takes to succeed as well… you just need to get out there and do it. That’s what Jericho would do.

Jericho told Loudwire about “No Is A Four-Letter Word”: “It’s basically like a self-help motivational guide as to how I was able to make both these dreams come true being in wrestling and rock and roll when everybody told me that I couldn’t do it. No is a dirty word. You shouldn’t use it. I think that if people read this book, they’ll see I have twenty principles as to how I was able to do what I did. All of them based around advice that I received. There’s the Gene Simmons principle, the Paul Stanley principle, the Mystic Man principle. If somebody taught me something over the course of these years, I made it a theme for the book. I like it because it’s different from any of the books that I’ve done, but still has a lot of great ridiculous stories but there’s a theme to it.”

He added: “It’s not another autobiography. Believe me, I have enough material, but I think four autobiographies in the course of ten years might be pushing it. This is not an autobiography per se, but it still has a lot of great stories from all the years that I’ve experienced these things.”

IRON MAIDEN ‘Legacy Of The Beast’ Comic Book To Debut In October

The first-ever official IRON MAIDEN comic book series is coming from leading U.S. science fiction, fantasy and horror publishers Heavy Metal Publishing. The comic books are based on the band’s hit mobile role playing game Iron Maiden: Legacy Of The Beast, where players battle as Eddie across the many worlds of IRON MAIDEN‘s discography, from the ancient sands of “Powerslave” to the far flung future of “The Final Frontier”.

Comprising five fantastic issues, with an overarching narrative and incredible illustrations, Iron Maiden: Legacy Of The Beast is written by Llexi Leon and Ian Edginton, with art from Kevin J. West, Jason Gorder and Santi Casas. The first issue goes on sale worldwide from comic retailers everywhere on October 11, but is available to pre-order online now.

The comic book series expands on the video game narrative. As dark forces conspire to corrupt the fabric of reality, Eddie‘s immortal soul is shattered and strewn across the cosmos — leaving a weakened, primal Eddie to battle across space and time facing off against the twisted legions of The Beast, seeking out the lost shards of his soul, and bringing order to the realms. With each victory, and with the aid of old friends, Eddie will restore his fearsome powers as he draws ever closer to facing the Unholy foe behind his fall… and thwarting a plot to unravel all of Creation!

Jeff Krelitz, CEO of Heavy Metal says: “As a lifelong fan of IRON MAIDEN, it is a privilege to publish the first official comic giving a narrative to their iconic mascot, Eddie. Heavy Metal‘s near-half-century-long history of either working with or launching the careers of only the most accomplished artists continues here with the amazing team IRON MAIDEN has working on this series.”

Llexi Leon, interactive creative director at Phantom Music Management, says: “After forty years of unbridled creativity, innovation, and attitude, Heavy Metal has always been a home to the greatest talent in sequential storytelling and fantasy art. With a natural affiliation to the heavy music genre, it’s a nexus point for counter culture and alternative arts. I can think of no better partner to explore IRON MAIDEN‘s mythology and expand the Legacy Of The Beast!”

Iron Maiden: Legacy Of The Beast volume 1 release schedule:

Issue #1 – October 11, 2017
Issue #2 – November 15, 2017
Issue #3 – December 13, 2017
Issue #4 – January 17, 2018
Issue #5 – February 14, 2018

GWAR Announces Fall 2017 North American Tour

On October 20, GWAR will release a new studio album titled “The Blood Of Gods” via Metal Blade Records. In support of the disc, your Lords and Masters will leave their arctic slumber and return to the road to cause aural (and anal) devastation across North America. Joining in the chaos will be GHOUL, DOYLE (October 20 – November 5), HE IS LEGEND (November 7 – December 10) and U.S. BASTARDS. The tour kicks off in Richmond, Virginia on October 20 and runs through December 10 in Detroit, Michigan.

The Berserker Blothar had this to say about the upcoming tour: “Humans, we are coming to tear your world apart with a live performance the likes of which has never been seen on this or any other planet! This album, ‘The Blood Of Gods’, is the greatest thing since French toast. Just hearing these songs performed will result in an instant paroxysm of weeping, gnashing of teeth, and the uncontrollable voiding of your filthy bowels. Now, we are taking the whole bloody shit show on the road, with the most spectacular, blood-drenched, gruesome, and terrifying rock concert of all time. Don’t miss your chance to sacrifice yourself to GWAR at a venue near you!”

“The Blood Of Gods” is nothing less than a sacred text chronicling the rise of humanity against their makers, and the massive battle between GWAR and the forces of all that is uptight and wrong with the world. Along the way, the band challenges the sins of their great mistake, from politics, pollution, and organized religion, to fast food, and factory farming. Humans are shown as what they are; a parasitic disease that must be eradicated before they suck the planet dry. Meanwhile, Sleazy P. Martini, the crooked entrepreneur who discovered the Scumdogs, and has always envisioned them as a sort of horrific boy band, finally managed to convince the group to write a hit song called “I’ll Be Your Monster”. If all goes according to plan, it may be just stupid enough to work!

GWAR tour dates:

Sep. 15 – Knoxville, TN @ The International
Sep. 16 – Middletown, OH @ Land of Illusion
Sep. 17 – Chicago, IL @ Riot Fest

With GHOUL, DOYLE and U.S. BASTARDS

Oct. 20 – Richmond, VA @ The National
Oct. 21 – Cleveland, OH @ Agora Ballroom
Oct. 22 – Toronto, ON @ Opera House* (No Doyle)
Oct. 23 – Millvale, PA @ Mr. Smalls
Oct. 25 – Greensboro, NC @ Arizona Petes
Oct. 26 – Baltimore, MD @ Rams Head Live
Oct. 27 – New Haven, CT @ Toad’s Place
Oct. 28 – Worcester, MA @ Palladium
Oct. 29 – Philadelphia, PA @ Trocadero
Oct. 31 – New York, NY @ Irving Plaza
Nov. 01 – Buffalo, NY @ Town Ballroom
Nov. 02 – Louisville, KY @ Mercury Ballroom* (Stonecutters Open)
Nov. 03 – St. Louis, MO @ Pop’s
Nov. 04 – Sioux City, IA @ Hard Rock
Nov. 05 – Lawrence, KS @ Granada

With GHOUL, HE IS LEGEND and U.S. BASTARDS

Nov. 07 – Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue
Nov. 08 – Winnipeg, MB @ Pyramid
Nov. 09 – Saskatoon, SK @ Saskatoon Events Center
Nov. 10 – Edmonton, AB @ Union Hall
Nov. 11 – Calgary, AB @ The Palaces
Nov. 13 – Vancouver, BC @ Commodore
Nov. 14 – Portland, OR @ Roseland
Nov. 15 – Seattle, WA @ Showbox SoDo
Nov. 17 – Santa Cruz, CA @ The Catalyst
Nov. 18 – Las Vegas, NV @ Fremont Country Club
Nov. 19 – Sacramento, CA @ Ace of Spades
Nov. 21 – San Diego, CA @ House of Blues
Nov. 22 – Los Angeles, CA @ Fonda Theater
Nov. 23 – Tempe, AZ @ Marquee Theater
Nov. 24 – Albuquerque, NM @ Sunshine Theater
Nov. 25 – Denver, CO @ Summit Music Hall
Nov. 26 – Lincoln, NE @ Bourbon Theatre
Nov. 28 – Tulsa, OK @ Cain’s Ballroom
Nov. 29 – Dallas, TX @ Gas Monkey Live
Nov. 30 – Houston, TX @ House of Blues
Dec. 01 – San Antonio, TX @ Aztec Theater
Dec. 02 – Baton Rouge, LA @ Varsity Theater
Dec. 03 – Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade
Dec. 05 – Ft. Lauderdale, FL @ Revolution
Dec. 06 – Tampa, FL @ The Ritz
Dec. 08 – Indianapolis, IN @ The Vogue
Dec. 09 – Peoria, IL @ Limelight
Dec. 10 – Detroit, MI @ St. Andrews Hall

Head to www.gwarvip.com to take part in “The Lords And Masters VIP Experience”.

General admission tickets and VIP Packages go on sale to the public this Friday, August 18 at 10:00 a.m. Eastern.

GWAR To Release ‘The Blood Of Gods’ Album In October

On October 20, GWAR will release a new studio album titled “The Blood Of Gods” via Metal Blade Records. The disc is nothing less than a sacred text chronicling the rise of humanity against their makers, and the massive battle between GWAR and the forces of all that is uptight and wrong with the world. Along the way, the band challenges the sins of their great mistake, from politics, pollution, and organized religion, to fast food, and factory farming. Humans are shown as what they are; a parasitic disease that must be eradicated before they suck the planet dry. Meanwhile, Sleazy P. Martini, the crooked entrepreneur who discovered the Scumdogs, and has always envisioned them as a sort of horrific boy band, finally managed to convince the group to write a hit song called “I’ll Be Your Monster”. If all goes according to plan, it may be just stupid enough to work!

Of course, “The Blood Of Gods” is the first GWAR album without the band’s fallen brother, Oderus Urungus. The title of the album refers to the loss of Oderus. and the struggles and triumphs that produced the new sound of the band. Born of adversity, “The Blood of Gods” is a sonic scar…a question asked and answered…Death cannot kill GWAR. Nothing can.

GWAR is taking a quick break following Vans Warped Tour, then heading back out on the road for an appearance at Chicago’s Riot Fest and a couple of additional headline dates (including an appearance at Land Of Illusion in Middletown, Ohio). Following those shows, the band will return home to Antarctica to prepare for a never-ending tour in support of “The Blood Of Gods”.

GWAR‘s last album was 2013’s “Battle Maximus”, which was released the year before Dave “Oderus Urungus” Brockie passed away.

Brockie was found dead in his home in Richmond, Virginia on March 23, 2014. According to Virginia’s State Medical Examiner’s Office, he died from acute heroin toxicity by accidental means.

Dave Brockie, who fronted GWAR under the name Oderus Urungus was the band’s last remaining original member.