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NEROCROMO MUSIC and Heart Of Steel Records are proud to present 'Who we really are' the fourth album of italian rockers ARMONIGHT.
Armonight are back with an excellent Hard Rock sound influenced by the 70's and 80's classic anthems, the band are founded in Vicenza, Italy in 2007 by Fjord and Lara.
The Release contains 12 songs in vein of the spirit of Aerosmith, Heart, Joan Jett and will be available on digital market in 2015, July 20th on every worldwide webstores, iTunes, Amazon, Spotify, Deezer, Google Music, Nokia, Emusic...
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BILL WARD's DAY OF ERRORS To Perform At Tomorrow Night's 'Ultimate Jam Night'
DAY OF ERRORS, the new three-piece band led by estranged BLACK SABBATH drummer Bill Ward, will perform at tomorrow night's "Ultimate Jam Night", the long-running weekly free music show held at the famed Whisky A Go Go in West Hollywood, California. DAY OF ERRORS made its live debut tis past Saturday night (June 25) at Gaslamp in Long Beach, California. The group, which was formed by Ward "in the desire to have my drumming spirit continue to live," also features Joe Amodea on guitar/vocals and Nick Diltz on bass/lead vocals. Ward says: "We play loud, hard, with overtures of gut-kicking heavy, heavy parts." DAY OF ERRORS lineup is: Joe Amodea - Guitar/Vocals Nick Diltz - Bass/Lead Vocals Bill Ward - Drums/Vocals Guest musicians: Walter Earl - Percussion Aron Ward - Keyboards Ward was on board for the SABBATH reunion when it was first announced in November 2011, but backed out soon after. He later claimed that he sat out the recording and touring sessions because of unfair contractual terms, although the members of SABBATH have hinted in other interviews that he wasn't physically up to the task. SABBATH has used singer Ozzy Osbourne's regular touring drummer Tommy Clufetos since then for live work. RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE's Brad Wilk laid down the drum tracks on the band's comeback album, "13", which came out in June 2013. It was rumored that SABBATH wanted to bring a second drummer on the road to share duties with Ward, which he allegedly balked at. Asked in an interview with Rolling Stone magazine if he would be in shape right now to rejoin BLACK SABBATH, Ward responded: "Absolutely, yeah. I have no doubt in my mind. I know that they've suggested that I played half the gig, and I don't want to play half the gig. I'm quite capable of playing a complete fucking BLACK SABBATH set. So this health thing has been bandied around, and it's true that I have heart disease, and it's true that I did get sick a couple of years after the fact. But when the health card is being thrown around, the bottom line is that I really tried to take care of myself. Every day, I always look at the day and say, 'Could I have played a gig today no matter what's going on with me?' And the answer is always, 'Yes.' I'm much harder on me than those guys could ever be." Ward in 2015 released his first solo album in 18 years. Titled "Accountable Beasts", the record can be purchased on iTunes.
MEGADETH's DAVE MUSTAINE: 'MOTÖRHEAD Influenced So Many People'
MEGADETH mainman Dave Mustaine was interviewed by Red Carpet News TV at the Metal Hammer Golden Gods, which took place June 13 at the Eventim Apollo in Hammersmith, London, England. You can now watch the chat below. Asked what made late MOTÖRHEAD leader Lemmy such a great performer and such a great man, Mustaine said: "Well, that he had been so influential on so many of the 'Big Four' members [METALLICA, MEGADETH, SLAYER and ANTHRAX], so many other bands that were influenced by the 'Big Four' because of MOTÖRHEAD, and just the ripple effect and the trickle-down effect, however you wanna say it… MOTÖRHEAD influenced so many people. And the thing, I think, most people forget is that MOTÖRHEAD was like a really loud, heavy blues band. Their music was very soulful and very heavy, but it wasn't like super… like the Swedish riff-lord bands and stuff like that. So I think Phil [Campbell, MOTÖRHEAD guitarist] was totally overdue getting the 'Riff Lord' award tonight, and I was really, really honored to be able to give it to him." As previously reported, MEGADETH will team up with AMON AMARTH, METAL CHURCH and HAVOK for a U.S. tour in the fall. The trek, which is expected to include an as-yet-undisclosed fifth band, will last for five weeks. MEGADETH's last full U.S. tour took place earlier in the year and featured support from SUICIDAL TENDENCIES, CHILDREN OF BODOM and HAVOK. MEGADETH is continuing to tour in support of its fifteenth album, "Dystopia", which shifted 49,000 equivalent album units in the U.S. in the week ending January 28. In terms of pure album sales, it opened with 48,000 copies, marking MEGADETH's highest-charting album since 1992's "Countdown To Extinction" debuted and peaked at No. 2 on the chart dated August 1 of that year. "Dystopia" also logged the group's best sales week since 2007, when "United Abominations" landed at No. 8 with first-week sales of 54,000.
Video: BOBBY BLOTZER's RATT Performs In Central City, Colorado
Fan-filmed video footage of Bobby Blotzer's new RATT performing on June 25 at Reserve Casino Hotel's Lava Room in Central City, Colorado can be seen below. Blotzer's RATT recently parted ways with bassist Scotty Griffin (ex-L.A. GUNS) and replaced him with Robbie Crane. Crane previously played bass for RATT from 1996 to 2012 and appeared on the band's 1999 self-titled album and 2010's "Infestation". Said Blotzer in a statement: "Adding Robbie Crane back is naturally just like slipping into an old missed pair of spandex." Blotzer announced last September that he was taking control of the RATT name and hitting the road with a new version of the group, which played shows earlier that year under the name BOBBY BLOTZER'S RATT EXPERIENCE. RATT guitarist Warren DeMartini later filed a lawsuit against Blotzer, claiming that the drummer was falsely advertising his "tribute band" as the real thing. Blotzer's revamped RATT is rounded out by vocalist Josh Alan (ex-SIN CITY SINNERS) and guitarists Doc Ellis (Jizzy Pearl's LOVE/HATE) and Nicholas "Blaze" Baum. WBS, Inc., the company which manages the business and operations related to RATT, was originally formed by Blotzer, DeMartini and singer Stephen Pearcy. Pearcy lost his share of the name in court after splitting with the group in 2000. He returned to the band in 2006 but exited again in 2014. Blotzer has since expressed his desire to keep RATT alive with a new singer, but explained that DeMartini did not want to tour as RATT without Pearcy.
EPICA: 'North American Principle Tour' Dates With FLESHGOD APOCALYPSE, ARKONA, THE AGONIST Announced
Dutch symphonic metallers EPICA will return this fall for "The North American Principle Tour". They will be joined on the trek by Italian symphonic death metal kings FLESHGOD APOCALYPSE, Russian pagan warriors ARKONA and their good friends in THE AGONIST. The first three dates will feature Germany's XANDRIA instead of ARKONA. Tour kicks off on November 4 in Quebec City and will conclude on December 3 in Worcester, Massachusetts. EPICA frontwoman Simone Simons commented on the tour: "The time has finally come to visit North America again. We are super excited to show you guys our kick-ass new material of which we are extremely proud! We hope to welcome you all to experience 'The Holographic Principle' extravaganza!" VIP/meet-and-greet bundles and upgrades are now on sale via Soundrink. They include the following: * Ticket to the show * Meet-and-greet plus photo opportunity with all the band members * Separate signing cards of all six bandmembers * Laminate + Lanyard * Limited-edition 7-inch vinyl with an exclusive (previously unreleased) song * Exclusive VIP-only tour shirt * Early venue access * Digital download of "The Holographic Principle" on release date General admission tickets will go on sale Wednesday, June 29 at 10:00 a.m. local time. "The North American Principle Tour" dates featuring EPICA, FLESHGOD APOCALYPSE, ARKONA and THE AGONIST: Nov. 04 - Imperial Theater - Quebec City, QC ** Nov. 05 - Corona - Montreal, QC ** Nov. 06 - Phoenix Concert Hall - Toronto, ON ** Nov. 08 - Concord Music Hall - Chicago, IL Nov. 09 - Cabooze - Minneapolis, MN Nov. 11 - Amsterdam Event Center - Saskatoon, SK Nov. 12 - Marquee - Calgary, AB Nov. 13 - The Ranch - Edmonton, AB Nov. 15 - Vogue Theatre - Vancouver, BC Nov. 16 - Studio 7 - Seattle, WA Nov. 18 - Social Hall - San Francisco, CA Nov. 19 - The Regent - Los Angeles, CA Nov. 20 - Vinyl at Hard Rock Hotel - Las Vegas, NV Nov. 22 - Summit Music Hall - Denver, CO Nov. 23 - Granada Theater - Lawrence, KS Nov. 25 - Gas Monkey Live - Dallas, TX Nov. 26 - Empire Control Room - Austin, TX Nov. 28 - State Theater - St Petersburg, FL Nov. 29 - Masquerade - Atlanta, GA Dec. 01 - Soundstage - Baltimore, MD Dec. 02 - Webster Hall - New York, NY Dec. 03 - Palladium - Worcester, MA ** With XANDRIA replacing ARKONA EPICA will release its seventh studio album, "The Holographic Principle" on September 30 via Nuclear Blast. The CD was produced by Joost van der Broek at Sandlane Recording Facilities and was mixed by Jacob Hansen (VOLBEAT, DESTRUCTION). The cover artwork was created by Stefan Heilemann. The band commented: "'The Holographic Principle' deals with the near future wherein virtual reality has taken off and allows people to create their own virtual worlds which can't be distinguished from 'reality as we know it.' This raises the question whether our current reality is a kind of virtual reality on itself, a hologram. This implies the existence of a higher reality which we currently do not have access to. The lyrics challenge you to think out of the box, to reconsider everything you thought to know for sure and to be open-minded towards recent revolutions in science. Fasten your seat belts and get ready for a ride as nothing appears to be what it seems in our holographic universe."
GLENN HUGHES On BLACK COUNTRY COMMUNION Reunion: 'The World Needs Another Big Rock Album'
Glenn Hughes spoke to the Danish metal magazine Metalized about BLACK COUNTRY COMMUNION's plans to reunite for a fourth studio album in 2017. BLACK COUNTRY COMMUNION was the Anglo-American rock supergroup featuring Hughes (DEEP PURPLE, TRAPEZE), drummer Jason Bonham (LED ZEPPELIN, FOREIGNER), keyboardist Derek Sherinian (DREAM THEATER, ALICE COOPER, BILLY IDOL) and blues-rock guitarist/vocalist Joe Bonamassa. The band split in late 2012 due to tensions between Bonamassa and Hughes. Regarding how the reunion came about, Hughes said: "In February I was doing an interview with Gary Graff, the editor of Billboard magazine in America. Gary asked me some questions about [DEEP PURPLE's Rock And Roll] Hall Of Fame [induction]. I said to him that I don't think I will ever be in a band again after BLACK COUNTRY because the legacy of those three albums was so mighty and the band was so good with each member being very, very good. I said to him that BLACK COUNTRY COMMUNION will be the last band I play in. Three weeks later, Joe Bonamassa calls me for dinner. I had no idea why." He continued: "We're friends. We've always been friends. People thought we weren't friends. He said, 'Hey, don't you think it's time we make another great album?' I said, 'I do. And do you know that this is the last band I am gonna play in?' We joked about it. "Joe and I are very friendly. We never ever fell out. Joe is a solo artist as I am now. "The fans on the Internet thought we were fighting. We never fought. "When Joe and I had dinner in March in L.A., we hugged each other and said, 'Hey, we're friends, we're family.' I am a big fan of Joe as a person and a musician, and I like his fans." "We are going to do this one step at a time. Let's do the album and think about doing some shows. Let's see what happens. Let's embrace it." Asked about his expectations for the fourth BLACK COUNTRY COMMUNION album, Hughes answered: "I think the world needs another big rock album. "I love BLACK COUNTRY COMMUNION so much, and I am so happy that we're getting back together again. "BLACK COUNTRY COMMUNION really gave me so much energy to write. "When I joined the band, Joe and I were working for a year before Jason and Derek and Kevin [Shirley, producer] joined. Joe and I were working together writing in 2009. He was doing great, coming up as a solo artist. He said to me very kindly that he was a solo artist and that he was going to be a solo artist for the rest of his life. And I said to him, 'That's fantastic.' I never asked him to change and be in a band with me. I had other things going on, I had other people to play with. "Joe and I knew that he was going to continue and BLACK COUNTRY COMMUNION would be a band that would play shows from time to time. That was it. We did 33 shows in all in three years which isn't very much. Again, there was no expectations to play anymore. But when we broke up, there was the factor: if you can't play any shows, there's no point making new music. You know, I was writing all the time. "I said to Joe, 'I think I should go back and make a solo album,' and he said, 'Great!' And that what's happened. My first thing is my solo career now." BLACK COUNTRY COMMUNION's third album, "Afterglow", sold 8,500 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 48 on The Billboard 200 chart. 2012's "2" CD from BLACK COUNTRY COMMUNION opened with 8,000 units to land at No. 71. BLACK COUNTRY COMMUNION's self-titled debut album registered a first-week tally of 7,100 copies to enter the chart at No. 54.
AEROSMITH's STEVEN TYLER Releases Title Track Of 'We're All Somebody From Somewhere' Solo Album
"We're All Somebody From Somewhere", the title track of the debut solo album from AEROSMITH frontman Steven Tyler, can be streamed below. The country-tinged album will arive on July 15 via Big Machine Label Group's Dot Records. The AEROSMITH frontman appeared on "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" and spoke about the album, explaining: "I headed down to Nashville last spring to start working on this project, wrote some kick-ass songs with some of Music City's finest songwriters and now we get to share them with the world on July 15th." He added: "Country music is the new rock 'n' roll. It's not just about porches, dogs and kicking your boots up. It's a whole lot more. It's about being real." Tyler co-produced "We're All Somebody From Somewhere" with such heavyweights as T Bone Burnett, Dan Huff, Marti Fredriksen and Jaren Johnston. Tyler spoke about the strength of the new material, telling Rolling Stone: "I believe y'all are gonna listen to this stuff and you're gonna agree with me that it fell from a star. I had nothing to do with this shit, it's just Nashville. There's something so magical about this town and me writing with all these people."
Former NIGHTWISH Singer TARJA TURUNEN Has 'Found Happiness' As A Solo Artist
Former NIGHTWISH singer Tarja Turunen took part in a press conference at this year's Hellfest on June 19 in Clisson, France. You can now watch the question-and-answer session below. Speaking about how she has evolved as a solo artist following her 2005 split with NIGHTWISH, Tarja said: "The current situation in my life as an artist has brought me to a place where I really, really, really feel very comfortable. "Many things have changed. I've learned enormously in these last years. I mean, being a solo artist is very different than being a member of a band. It's absolutely different. The whole situation is very different — situations where you can't really compare, it's so very different. But I found happiness. I found also freedom, and, to be honest, to be able to write songs and to perform your songs for your audience is a dream come true for me. And so I have to say that I'm very, very, very grateful for this opportunity to be an artist and have a career today. "We are living hard times in music business in general, so it's not easy for anybody, I think, but I really, really… I have to also remember that every day." Tarja's forthcoming heavy rock album, "The Shadow Self", will be issued on August 5 via earMUSIC. While waiting for the release of "The Shadow Self", Tarja and earMUSIC have released the new album's prequel, "The Brightest Void". With over 50 minutes of new music, the extra album was released on June 3 via earMUSIC as a CD digipak, LP+download code and as a digital download. "The Brightest Void" features not one but three incredible guest artists: fellow Finnish star Michael Monroe, icon of the glam rock scene and former frontman of inspiring band HANOI ROCKS; Chad Smith (who doesn't need any further introduction) and a new mix of WITHIN TEMPTATION's collaboration "Paradise (What About Us)", carried out with Tarja and world-renowned sound engineer and producer Tim Palmer. The prequel presents Tarja's new single, "No Bitter End", as the album opener and furthermore shakes you with an incredible cover of Sir Paul McCartney's overlooked gem "House Of Wax" and adds a new twist to Dame Shirley Bassey's James Bond theme "Goldfinger".
PRIMAL FEAR To Release New Concert DVD In 2017
German power metallers PRIMAL FEAR are planning to release new concert DVD and CD in 2017. The band's producer and bassist Mat Sinner told Roppongi Rocks: "We've recorded a concert for a DVD and live CD, and this will be the next project. When we stop touring, we will mix it and this will be released next year. Last time we recorded a live album in America, so this time we said we'll do it in Europe." PRIMAL FEAR's new album, "Rulebreaker", was released on January 29 via Frontiers Music Srl. The effort was made available in CD, deluxe CD/DVD and — in collaboration with Soulfood Music in Germany — on vinyl and a special super-limited vinyl edition featuring an eagle sculpture on the vinyl. PRIMAL FEAR last year parted ways with Brazilian drummer Aquiles Priester (HANGAR, ANGRA) and replaced him with Francesco Jovino (U.D.O.). In addition, founding PRIMAL FEAR guitarist Tom Naumann — who had been touring with the group for a couple of years — had officially rejoined the band as a full member. PRIMAL FEAR is: Ralf Scheepers - Vocals Alex Beyrodt - Guitar Magnus Karlsson – Guitar, Keyboards Tom Naumann - Guitar Francesco Jovino - Drums Mat Sinner - Bass, Vocals
RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS' 'The Getaway' Lands At No. 2 On U.S. Chart
RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS' eleventh studio album, "The Getaway", has topped the charts around the world. The heralded studio effort from the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame inductees landed No. 2 on The Billboard Top 200, having shifted 118,000 equivalent album units in the week ending June 23. "The Getaway" debuted at No. 1 in Australia, Belgium, Ireland, Netherlands and New Zealand, with No. 2 debuts in the United Kingdom and Germany. RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS's music video for their current single, "Dark Necessities", can be seen below. The clip was directed by actress Olivia Wilde and features notable female long boarders Carmen Shafer, Amanda Caloia, Amanda Powell and Noelle Mulligan. RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS frontman Anthony Kiedis stated about the band's decision to work with Wilde: "We received [her treatment] and it was very simple and it was about this dark and bruised side of these athletes, these female skateboard athletes and it was just easy and simple and we were trying to do simplicity." He added abut the experience: "I like it a lot. I like her a lot, I like the video a lot and I'd work with her again." Wilde's only previous directing credit is a short film called "Free Hugs". Her acting resume includes roles on the TV series "Vinyl", "House" and "The O.C.", while her film credits include "The Lazarus Effect", "Her", "Tron: Legacy", "Rush", "The Change-Up", "Cowboys And Aliens" and many more. CHILI PEPPERS bassist Flea told The Pulse Of Radio that "Dark Necessities" almost didn't become the first single. "I mean, I knew that was a good song," he said. "There was another one that was gonna be the first single and then we… Like, we already told the record company, 'Okay, we're gonna do this one,' and then we changed our mind and went to 'Dark Necessities'. But I'm glad we went with it. What I like about this record is that every song really occupies its own space, the songs don't repeat themselves, and that one was a great song. It's dynamic and it just feels great to play, you know. It has a real pull to it."
GUNS N' ROSES' 'Not In This Lifetime' Tour Gets Stage Production Boost From TAIT
Dubbed "Motor City's biggest rock event so far this year," by the Detroit Free Press, the partial reunion of the classic lineup of GUNS N' ROSES kicked off its "Not In This Lifetime" tour last Thursday night, June 23 at the Ford Field in Detroit, Michigan. GUNS N' ROSES performed a high-impact, hard rock show to a packed stadium. A lot has changed in the concert touring world over the past two decades, but GUNS N' ROSES didn't skip a beat. With a custom-built stage and scenic set equipped with electrifying video animation created by TAIT, the band brought the '80s and '90s rock experience to the twenty-tens. To produce a monumental return for one of the most important bands in rock history, a team full of rock and roll geniuses is required. For the "Not In This Lifetime" tour, GUNS N' ROSES brought on production manager Dale "Opie" Skjerset, known for his previous work with the original lineup, set designer Phil Ealy, and tour manager Bernie Gilhuly. With TAIT's long-standing relationship with Opie, working together on tours such as AC/DC, BLACK SABBATH and THE ROLLING STONES, GUNS N' ROSES brought TAIT on board for full stage production and automation. "Working on a tour that reunites the GUNS N' ROSES originals after over two decades was an opportunity that we couldn't miss," said Matt Hales, project manager, TAIT. For such a buzzed-about reunion, the set and stage needed to give fans the full GUNS N' ROSES rock experience. TAIT built a 71-foot-wide main stage, including band risers, LED staircases made with TAIT's P9 LED video tiles, LED fascia and amp stacks, and a self-climber piano lift used for Axl Rose's performance of "November Rain". Additionally, TAIT developed an 80-foot automated video track truss system installed with power transmission units to automate Screenworks background video screens. TAIT Navigator, a proprietary automation software, operated and controlled the self-climber piano lift as well as automated Screenworks' video screens into variations of three to six columns. GUNS N' ROSES next plays on Wednesday night (June 29) in Kansas City, Missouri. GUNS N' ROSES singer Axl Rose just finished a stint as lead vocalist for AC/DC on that band's European festival run, and is slated to play at least ten North American shows with that group right after GUNS complete their stadium trek in late August. Photo credit: Katarina Benzova