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Heavy Metal And Hard Rock News

  • BLABBERMOUTH.NET Aug 28, 2016 | 21:09 pm

    JEFF PILSON: The Members Of DOKKEN Have 'Done A Lot Of Damage To Each Other' Robert Cavuoto of Myglobalmind online magazine recently conducted an interview with DOKKEN and FOREIGNER bassist Jeff Pilson. An excerpt from the chats follow below.Myglobalmind: DOKKEN is been getting some heat in the press about doing the Japan reunion dates for the wrong reason — that being for the money. I think fans may have a gloried notion that their favorite rock bands all get along, live together, eat together, play together and do it for the love of sharing their craft and not about earning a living. What's your take on fans misconceptions of rock bands needing to earn a living?Jeff Pilson: Partly their misconception is not really a misconception. Because bands look like they are having a fun time up on stage, it seems like its easiest job in the world or not really a job at all. Most fans would say, "Why, can those guys just get it together and play? It looks like fun!" Obviously it's more than that; it's the time you spend together practicing and in negations making it all happen. I will say that the notion that we are doing it just for the money, as Mick [Brown, drums] had said in the press, of course we are doing it for the money. We are getting well paid, and that's great. Honestly, I don't really look at it like that, I look at it as getting paid is a nice thing and this is a chance to put a positive spin on a band that got a lot of negative press. So now it's just about going out there and kicking some butt and do a great job. Not to get all caught up in the controversy that we usually get. [Laughs] Japan has always been great for us and I'm really just looking forward just going out and doing the music and playing with these guys.Myglobalmind: I think there are many equally dysfunctional bands out there that have managed to reunite and make things last. Why do you think it has been so difficult for DOKKEN to figure it out to make it work?Jeff Pilson: If I only had the answer to that! [Laughs] DOKKEN has done a lot of damage to each other and it takes a long time to heal. I think we are going to be a lot better now. There is no secret that there has been a lot of bad blood over the years and it's tough to get past it. Also people move on, I'm really happy in FOREIGNER — it's a great band and I'm happy to be in it. Having said that, we have this opportunity, and I would like to see us live up to our potential that I always felt we had. Let's see what happens and go from there.Myglobalmind: Do you feel that tension between the members of DOKKEN have helped the creative process and foster such great music?Jeff Pilson: I think that is a myth that developed around us. I think healthy competition creates great music. Lennon and McCartney had healthy competition. We had many periods where there was healthy competition that created great music. I think extreme tension is destructive and that's what ultimately brought about the end of the band. I don't think extreme tension was creative in any way whatsoever. I think it cut off a lot of the potential that we had. So, I like said, I'm hoping we can do this with a better attitude and I think we will.Read the entire interview at Myglobalmind.

  • BLABBERMOUTH.NET Aug 28, 2016 | 19:37 pm

    Guitarra Viva recently conducted an interview with Nita Strauss, the Los Angeles-based guitar shredder for the ALICE COOPER band. You can now watch the chat below. A couple of excerpts follow (transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET).On being a female in the male-dominated music industry:Nita: "You know, I try not to think too much about women guitarists versus men guitarists; the world does that for me. [Laughs] So, really, I just try to be the best guitar player I can be — not the best female guitar player, not the best 'X amount of years' guitar player, or whatever — just the best guitar player. I think there's definitely a different set of challenges that come with being a woman in the music world, but they're all great challenges, and I look forward to it the whole time."On what advice she would give to young guitar players:Nita: "I think my best advice for young guitar players is that it's not an easy road — definitely not; female guitar player or male guitar player, it's not an easy road at all. So definitely be prepared for challenges, be prepared for adversity, and just know that if you work hard enough, if you kick down every door and you're willing to be the best guitar player out there — not the best girl guitar player, not the best guitar player in your city, not the best guitar player in your country, but the best that you can be — the opportunity is there, so make sure you just go out there and get it. Don't get too bogged down in one style of music; be open to all different styles, all different types of guitar playing, and just be prepared. You see opportunity… Opportunity is like a window: every once in a while, it opens, if you're ready for that opportunity. So be prepared, work hard, and follow your dreams."Strauss is a longtime Ibanez signature series endorseewho made her name with THE IRON MAIDENS, FEMME FATALE and LA Kiss.Nita joined Cooper's band in 2014 as the replacement for Orianthi.

  • BLABBERMOUTH.NET Aug 28, 2016 | 18:11 pm

    In a brand new interview with Metro, Ozzy Osbourne was asked for his plans for after BLACK SABBATH completes its "The End" tour in early 2017. He said: "I'm currently playing around with some song ideas. I have a few things jotted down, and once BLACK SABBATH is off the road, I will be heading into the studio with my band to get the songs recorded. Once it's all in the can, you can be sure to see me back on the road again."Ozzy's wife and manager Sharon Osbourne recently told Rolling Stone that the 67-year-old singer will carry on as a solo artist after BLACK SABBATH's farewell tour comes to an end."We'll continue until Ozzy finishes, and Ozzy won't be long behind them when he calls it a day," she said."It's not going to be within the next year, but it's coming up," she said. "I don't want Ozzy singing 'Crazy Train' at 75. I think it's best you go out before you hit that 70 and go out on top."Ozzy told Billboard that he is not planning on hanging it up once SABBATH has retired from touring. "I just get on with it," he said. "I'm not stopping, Terry [BLACK SABBATH bassist Geezer Butler] is not stopping; we're just stopping SABBATH. We're not gonna sit in our rocking chairs and look at our scrapbook. We'll still be involved in the music scene; that's what we’ve always done. It's been the best thing that ever happened to me."Ozzy told The Pulse Of Radio a while back that he wanted to keep performing for fans as long as he could. "I don't wanna stop, you know," he said. "It's been the biggest love affair of my life. When you reach a certain age in rock 'n' roll, people think, 'Well, this has got to be his last tour,' or 'This has got to be his last tour,' or 'You've got to come next Tuesday 'cause he ain't gonna do it after that.' You'll know when I've come off the road permanently. I mean, you'll know!"Ozzy has not released an all-new solo album since 2010's "Scream", having spent the last few years touring with BLACK SABBATH and recording that band's "13" album.Epic Records president Sylvia Rhone told Billboard in August 2015 that Osbourne was working on a "really special album." She added, "It's going to be amazing. It's something Ozzy has never done before that he's always wanted to do."


AOR Melodic Rock News

  • News Feed Aug 25, 2016 | 12:59 pm

    BOBBY KIMBALL Is 'Not in Kansas Anymore' With New Solo Album

    Former Toto vocalist BOBBY KIMBALL is finally set to release his new solo album 'We're Not In Kansas Anymore' in Japan on November 9.
    In Bobby's own words: "To all of my Friends. I wanted to let you all know that my Solo CD is going to be released in Japan on November 6th. I can't wait for you to hear this CD. When I listen to it, I like it so very much. It was totally fun to record it, and the Mastering job is going so well. I hope you will like this CD too, so I wish you all the very best life you can possibly live.......Bobby"

  • News Feed Aug 23, 2016 | 13:49 pm

    NARNIA Releases Second Single & Video 'Messengers'

    Narnia is back and Reaching For The Top! Here comes the 2nd single/video MESSENGERS.
    This time an animated video produced by Russian artist Anatoly Kuris. The new single MESSENGERS has a cool mix in metal where the past meets the future in a cool combination and the video by Anatoly Kuris match the song perfect. Celebrating 20 years as NARNIA, they are ready to take on the world and start touring and release the new album worldwide September 16, 2016.

  • News Feed Aug 19, 2016 | 07:49 am

    RIOT V Guitarist Mike Flyntz makes FAITH AND FIRE Unreleased Demos Available

    RIOT V Guitarist Mike Flyntz makes FAITH AND FIRE unreleased demos available, along with signed CD's of debut album:

    Mike Flyntz of legendary U.S. metal band RIOT has made available online the original demos of FAITH AND FIRE, the project formed with ex-RIOT Vocalist Tony Moore plus bassist Danny Miranda and drummer John Micelli,  these 12 songs include one previously unreleased track "Ann's Room" which never made the final release.