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Heavy Metal And Hard Rock News

  • BLABBERMOUTH.NET Jul 26, 2017 | 22:52 pm

    Gene Simmons says that he writes new music "all the time" but insists that the business is dead for anybody but the established artists.Although KISS hasn't released a studio album since 2012's "Monster", frontman Paul Stanley said last fall that a follow-up effort was on the way.Asked by Doug Podell of Detroit's 94.7 WCSX radio station if there is an incentive for KISS to make new records considering that direct music sales play a significantly diminished role compared to a couple of decades ago, Simmons said (hear audio below): "The business is dead. Not for us — we can continue to tour, and THE [ROLLING] STONES can continue to play the songs everybody loves and so can Paul McCartney and stuff. But for a new band, it's dead. You have to give away your music for free, because generations of fans have been trained — shamefully — not to pay for music. Download, fileshare, view — I don't care what you call it — the truth is new bands don't have a chance."He continued: "In terms of writing, sure, I write all the time. In fact, a few weeks ago, [original KISS guitarist] Ace [Frehley] and I sat down and we wrote two things for his next record, which is gonna be coming out whenever he says. So writing happens all the time, and in my box set, which is gonna come out — oh, I don't know — before the end of the year, there are gonna be hundreds of songs. But the actual business of it? No, it's dead. It's dead. Because the fans won't pay for music."Simmons also once again criticized RADIOHEAD for utilizing a pay-what-you-want model for its 2007 album "In Rainbows", saying: "There was an English band, very well respected. I don't wanna say their name, 'cause their fans get so upset. And I'm actually a fan of the band. And they decided to put out a brand new album on the Internet, and the headline was, 'Listen, there's no price for this. Just pay whatever you wanna pay, or don't pay anything at all.' They only did that once, because it doesn't work. If you can walk into a store and there's a sign up that says, 'You can have anything for free or pay whatever you want,' how long do you think that store would stay in business?"Gene's comments echo those made by Stanley, who last year said about the prospect of the band making a new album: "Well, it's a very conflicted subject. In one sense, there's no reason to put out any new music. Because the delivery systems that are available don't pay. We're in a situation now where artists have to take what they can get, as opposed to what they deserve. For me, it's more of a moral issue than anything else, because I don't have to worry about paying the rent, but what about new bands?"Stanley previously that "it's only worth [making a new studio album] if, artistically, you wanna do it. Every time we finish an album, I kind of go, 'Well, that's it.' Whenever we've done an album… When we did 'Sonic Boom', it was because the band was so good that I just thought to not capture the band and do new material would be a shame. But once we did 'Sonic Boom', I said, 'Well, we've made the point.' And then, a few years later, it was, like, 'Wow, why don't we dig deeper and get a little closer to the roots and the people that we loved and kind of do something else,' so we did that, and then I said, 'We're done.' But lately I've been thinking, yeah, we should do another."Interview (audio):

  • BLABBERMOUTH.NET Jul 26, 2017 | 22:14 pm

    Corey Taylor says that the members of NICKELBACK apologized to him for Chad Kroeger's comments after the latter blasted STONE SOUR as "NICKELBACK Lite" and called out Taylor for alleging saying that it was "easy" to write a hit song.In an interview posted last month with Sweden's Metal Covenant, Kroeger said that STONE SOUR was "trying to be NICKELBACK," adding, "Corey Taylor has said some really nasty things about me before in the press. He talks about how easy it is to write a hit song. Well, show me. Show me. Write one. I have yet to hear one. They're okay. But they're not as good as NICKELBACK. They sound like 'NICKELBACK Lite.'"During a brand new chat with Jaxon of the 93.3 WMMR radio station in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Corey once again fired back at Kroeger, saying about the NICKELBACK frontman (hear audio below): "That just tells you the level of ego you're dealing with. And I've said this since day one — it's not the [rest of his] band. Because the [other guys in the] band turned around… As soon as that story hit, the band called and apologized. They were, like, 'It's not us. We promise. It's this guy. We don't…' And I had hung out with the band before, and they're super-cool dudes. So I was, like… Well, I figured it wasn't them. So I don't want people holding it against the band, because it's not them. It's Captain Ego from Planet Douche."Asked if there was any sort of "beef" between him and Chad prior to Kroeger's comments to Metal Covenant, Corey said: "No, not really. I mean, I said something maybe, like, fifteen years ago, but I was drinking then; nobody was listening to me then. And I hadn't said anything since; I don't even think about him. For real. This came so far out of left field that I woke up to everyone, like, blowing me up. And I was, like, 'Really?'"Taylor also revealed that STONE SOUR has been regularly greeted by "Fuck NICKELBACK" chants during his band's recent performances. "It's been, like, the last four shows," he said. "It [happened] in Canada yesterday — [which is NICKELBACK's] stomping grounds. I was, like, 'Maybe they're gonna come at us with some pushback.' [But they were the loudest chant.] It was funny. We were losing our minds. [We thought] this was obviously something they've been holding on to."NICKELBACK released its ninth album, "Feed The Machine", on June 16, while STONE SOUR's new LP, "Hydrograd", arrived on June 30.Interview (audio):

  • BLABBERMOUTH.NET Jul 26, 2017 | 19:42 pm

    YNGWIE MALMSTEEN Is Not Interested In Working With JEFF SCOTT SOTO, JOE LYNN TURNER And TIM 'RIPPER' OWENS Again Metal Wani's editor in chief Owais "Vitek" Nabi recently conducted an interview with legendary Swedish guitarist Yngwie Malmsteen. You can now listen to the chat below. A couple of excerpts follow (transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET).On whether he has considered working with singers like Jeff Scott Soto, Joe Lynn Turner and Tim "Ripper" Owens again on an album or a tour:Yngwie: "Actually, no, I have not, because I found myself very much… I'm very comfortable singing myself, first of all. Secondly, there's a certain disconnect when you write the song and you have someone else sing it for you. And it's kind of like a fakeness about it. I always wrote everything — I wrote all the lyrics, I wrote all the melodies, everything; it's just somebody else sung it. And to me, the singer is nothing else than a different… like a bass player or a keyboard player — they're not more important than any other musician. And they, unfortunately, seem to think that they are. And I've kind of had it with their sort of… self-absorbed sort of way, and I'm very much against it. No. I don't like that. I don't like any of those people, and I don't like to do anything with them ever again."On illegal music downloading an albums being leaked well ahead of their release dates:Yngwie: "It's a horrible thing. And if it weren't for the fact that the music itself is so rewarding to create, I don't think I would have done it anymore. Because it's like somebody… I don't know… It doesn't matter what you make — if you create a movie or build a car or whatever, it's the amount of blood, sweat and tears and money and everything that goes into it that needs to be rewarded. Funnily enough, I was talking to my son about this — I think there might be a small resurgence of the vinyl scene again, so I might start doing that too. It's a problem, definitely, in a sense where you don't feel that you get the financial reward that you should get, but the satisfaction of creating a record, a full album, and listening back to it and actually going, 'Shit, this is pretty good. I did well.' That is an amazing feeling, because it's [part of your] legacy that will never go away. Long after I'm gone, it'll still be there. So I don't think it's… Just because the money part is… you're being robbed, basically… I still love doing it. I still love to go in the studio and write and all that."**Update**: After this article was posted on BLABBERMOUTH.NET earlier today, Owens took to Facebook to respond to Yngwie's claim that he wouldn't work with any of the above-mentioned singers again. Owens wrote: "Pretty sure it's because we all quit. Hahaha. Blah blah blah!" Tim then added: "Let [Yngwie] enjoy the singing!"Malmsteen's recent U.S. trek marked his first run of dates in the States since 2016 when he took part in the "Generation Axe" tour alongside Steve Vai, Zakk Wylde, Nuno Bettencourt and Tosin Abasi, playing to more than seventy thousand people over twenty-seven shows.Yngwie's latest album, "World On Fire", came out in June 2016 via King Records.


AOR Melodic Rock News

  • News Feed Jul 25, 2017 | 13:18 pm

    Sweden's PERFECT PLAN Sign To Frontiers

    Frontiers Music Srl is pleased to announce the signing of a great new AOR/Melodic Rock band from Örnsköldsvik, Sweden: PERFECT PLAN.
    The band formed in late 2014 and has been busy writing songs and honing their craft ever since. Perfect Plan music came to the attention of Frontiers Music Srl in the spring of 2017 and the label was immediately excited by the musical mixture of classic Scandinavian AOR (think Work of Art, Treat, early Europe) with nods to legends like Giant, Foreigner, and Journey. Their debut album will include influences from both the modern and classic AOR/Melodic Rock of the 80’s.

  • News Feed Jul 25, 2017 | 08:54 am

    THE HOOTERS Deliver Brand new 2017 Double Live Release

    The Hooters release the new live double album Give The Music Back
    The final mixes, mastering and artwork were completed in May 2017 for an exciting new live double album entitled Give The Music Back that includes over 100 minutes of music on two CDs.
    This album contains all-new live recordings from four sold-out shows that were recorded on November 6&7, 2015 and November 4&5, 2016, at the legendary Keswick Theatre in Glenside, PA, near Philadelphia, capturing the essence of the band's traditional Thanksgiving holiday concerts for their loyal and very supportive hometown fans.

  • News Feed Jul 21, 2017 | 17:58 pm

    REVOLUTION SAINTS Bring 'Light In The Dark' Oct 13