EPICA Frontwoman: 'It's A Majestic Feeling To Be Onstage With An Orchestra And Choir'

Musik Universe conducted an interview with frontwoman Simone Simons of Dutch symphonic metallers EPICA prior to the band’s September 1 show with LACUNA COIL at Metropolis in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. You can watch the entire chat below. A few excerpts follow (transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET). On EPICA‘s future plans: Simone: “We have another North American tour, we have a European tour next year we are planning. We are planning another tour and some festivals, then it’s time for us to write a new record again. Then the cycle has come to an end. But, we might say, ‘Let’s not put a … Continue reading

Video: GREAT WHITE Performs In Oslo

Fan-filmed video footage of GREAT WHITE‘s October 18 performance at Hard Rock Cafe in Oslo, Norway can be seen below. GREAT WHITE is touring in support of its latest album, “Full Circle”, which was released on June 2. The effort sees the band re-teaming with its original producer, Michael Wagener. It’s an honorable nod to their first EP, “Out Of The Night” (Aegean Records, 1983) and debut self-titled full-length record (EMI, 1984). Wagener, is, of course, the legendary producer behind ALICE COOPER, MEGADETH, METALLICA, OZZY OSBOURNE and a slew of other rock gods. “Full Circle” was recorded in January and … Continue reading

Former SLAUGHTER Drummer BLAS ELIAS Joins TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA

Former SLAUGHTER (and current Blue Man Group) drummer Blas Elias will join the West Coast touring lineup of TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA this winter. He’ll perform alongside TSO staples Johnny Lee Middleton (SAVATAGE), Jeff Scott Soto (SONS OF APOLLO, YNGWIE MALMSTEEN, TALISMAN) and Al Pitrelli (MEGADETH, ALICE COOPER). Elias‘s first performance with TSO will take place on November 16 at the Mid-America Center in Council Bluffs, Iowa. Elias performed on SLAUGHTER‘s first five albums, including the group’s double-platinum 1990 debut, “Stick It To Ya”, and their gold-certified 1992 follow-up, “The Wild Life”. The Las Vegas-based drummer also appeared in the 2001 film … Continue reading

FOO FIGHTERS: Lexington, Kentucky Concert Postponed Due To Family Emergency

FOO FIGHTERS have postponed tonight’s (Sunday, October 21) show in Lexington, Kentucky due to a family emergency. All tickets for tonight’s concert at at the Rupp Arena will be honored at the May 1, 2018 rescheduled date. The band sincerely apologizes for any inconvenience and looks forward to returning to rock Lexington in May. If you are unable to attend the new date, refunds are available at the point of purchase. Further questions regarding ticketing can be addressed at the Rupp Arena box office 859-233-3535 or Ticketmaster 800-745-3000. FOO FIGHTERS‘ new LP, “Concrete And Gold”, debuted at No. 1 on … Continue reading

Former GHOST Members HENRIK PALM And SIMON SÖDERBERG Perform In Gothenburg (Video)

Henrik Palm, who was a member of the Swedish band GHOST from 2015 until 2016, played his first solo show on October 13 at Truckstop Alaska in Gothenburg, Sweden. Backing the guitarist/vocalist at the gig, which was headlined by VOIVOD, were fellow ex-GHOST member Simon Söderberg (guitar), Jocke Proos (bass), Sofia Rydahl (keyboards), Daniel Astgren (drums, left) and Sol Tor Sjödén (drums, right). The setlist for Palm‘s concert was as follows: 01. Missoula 0:00 02. Systema 6:00 03. Dogs 9:27 04. (I Hate) People 14:09 05. Elephant 19:27 Palm‘s debut album, “Many Days”, was released last month via Fetish Records. … Continue reading

WHITFIELD CRANE Says UGLY KID JOE Reunion is 'Really Cathartic And Cool'

Cat Unrapped of the “Collision” radio show on Australia’s Voice FM recently conducted an interview with UGLY KID JOE frontman Whitfield Crane. You can listen to the full chat below. A few excerpts follow (transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET). On the post-reunion status of UGLY KID JOE: Whitfield: “It’s pretty cool. We put the band back together and we released music in 2012. We weren’t sure what would happen, like, would anyone still remember the band? Would people still go to the shows? We were a little scared, but very excited to go do it. Then we found out that people still … Continue reading

POWERMAN 5000 Frontman Says Making New Albums 'Never Seems To Be A Comfortable Experience'

Ace Sims of Rock Revolt Magazine recently conducted an interview with POWERMAN 5000 frontman Spider One. You can listen to the entire chat below. A few excerpts follow (transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET). On whether it feels like POWERMAN 5000 is “starting over” every time they release a new album: Spider: “In some ways, it definitely keeps it exciting and interesting. But in some ways, it can be a level of frustration too because it feels like you’re always having to… you can never just relax. Maybe there are some bands that can kind of put their feet up and go, ‘Oh, … Continue reading

MICHAEL SWEET On New SWEET & LYNCH Album 'Unified': 'I Think It's Going To Be A Winner'

Josh Rundquist of That Drummer Guy recently conducted an interview with STRYPER frontman Michael Sweet about “Unified”, the second album from his SWEET & LYNCH project with DOKKEN guitarist George Lynch. You can listen to the entire chat below. A few excerpts follow (transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET). On the development of the SWEET & LYNCH band: Michael: “This album, to me, sounds a little bit more focused. It’s a little bit more raw and in your face. The first album was a little more slick, had a little bit more production and effects and things going on and more tracks, too. … Continue reading

AVENGED SEVENFOLD Wanted To Do 'Something Cool' With Cover Of PINK FLOYD's 'Wish You Were Here'

Kat Mykals from the Evansville, Indiana radio station 103 GBF recently interviewed AVENGED SEVENFOLD bassist Johnny Christ. The full chat can be streamed below. A few excerpts follow (transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET): On the group’s latest release, “The Stage”, being an “evolving album”: Johnny: “Well, it was just the idea of basically releasing the [bonus] songs after the album release — just continually have more content being put on it wherever it’s being streamed, and everything like that. We always had this idea when we went in to writing and recording the record that we were going to keep things moving … Continue reading

ANTHRAX Guitarist To Release 'Access All Areas: Stories From A Hard Rock Life' Book In December

ANTHRAX guitarist Scott Ian will release his second book, “Access All Areas: Stories From A Hard Rock Life”, on December 12 via Da Capo Press. Ian collects all of his craziest hard rock stories into one balls-to-the-wall volume. “Access All Areas” has tales of humor, excess, fun, debauchery, food, booze, and mayhem from Scott‘s many years on the road as well as his encounters with celebrities like “Dimebag” Darrell Abbott (PANTERA), Trent Reznor (NINE INCH NAILS), Madonna, Lemmy Kilmister (MOTÖRHEAD), John Carpenter, Robert Trujillo (METALLICA), SLAYER, David Lee Roth, and many more. In recent years, Ian‘s “Speaking Words” club tours … Continue reading