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DEAFLOCK Thrash Metal from Japan

DEFOX RECORDS & INVINCIBLE RECORDS are proud to announce the record deal with the japanese Thrash Metal band called DEAFLOCK.

Deaflock is an old school thrash metal group formed in Nagoya in 2000, after the demo called simply "Deaflock" and the participation to a compilation "Earthquake A.G.M" the band publish "Reality Of False Pasts",the first album of the group which was showing the old school attitude.
Now the band presents new album titled "Courage to expose all" that contains 9 songs in vein of furious Thrash'n'Death sound, fast and



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Video: L.A. GUNS Returns To Whisky A Go Go

Wednesday, July 30, 2014 - 20:10

Joe Dolan of JoeDolanPR.com has uploaded video footage of L.A. GUNS' July 25 performance at Whisky A Go Go in West Hollywood, California. Check it out below. The current lineup of L.A. GUNS includes singer Phil Lewis (GIRL, TORME), guitarist Michael Grant (ENDEVERAFTER, ASSASSINS), drummer Steve Riley (W.A.S.P., STEPPENWOLF) and bassist Scotty Griffin (HOOKERS 'N' BLOW, THE KING MIXERS). The band is now on tour and has scheduled performances across the U.S. throughout August and September alongside Ted Nugent, CHEAP TRICK, WINGER, THE QUIREBOYS, ENUFF Z'NUFF, GREAT WHITE, Sebastian Bach, WARRANT and TRIXTER. In January 2013, L.A. GUNS parted ways with its guitarist of one month, Frankie Wilsey (SEA HAGS, ARCADE), and replaced him with Michael Grant. Due to "extenuating circumstances and musical differences," guitarist Stacey Blades announced his departure from L.A. GUNS in December 2012. Blades played on four L.A. GUNS albums: "Rips The Covers Off" (2004), "Tales Trom The Strip" (2005), "Loud And Dangerous: Live From Hollywood" (2006) and "Hollywood Forever" (2012). He also authored a book, "Confessions Of A Replacement Rockstar", which was published in 2009. L.A. GUNS' last studio album, "Hollywood Forever", was released in June 2012 via via Cleopatra Records. The CD was recorded with legendary producer, and old friend, Andy Johns, who had previously worked with LED ZEPPELIN, THE ROLLING STONES, CINDERELLA and VAN HALEN, and who collaborated with L.A. GUNS on their previous three albums.

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TED NUGENT: I Am The 'Man That The President Of The United States Hates More Than Anybody' (Video)

Wednesday, July 30, 2014 - 20:10

Fan-filmed video footage of Ted Nugent's anti-Obama "rant" from his July 26 concert at Leach Amphitheatre in Oshkosh, Wisconsin can be seen below. "You are standing in front of the No. 1 man that the President of the United States hates more than anybody," Nugent can be heard telling the audience in the clip. "Say, 'Thank you, Uncle Ted.' You know, I really didn't do anything. I just get up in the morning and try to be the best that I can be. I put my heart and soul into being the most productive American that I can be, and the President hates that! You know why he hates me? Because he hates you. He hates hunting, he hates guns, he hates freedom. He hates people with an attitude. So fuck him." The 65-year-old Nugent has in the past referred to President Barack Obama as a "subhuman mongrel." The musician later apologized for using "street-fighter terminology" and said he wished he used "more understandable language," such as "violator of his oath to the Constitution." Back in January, Nugent spoke to Guns.com about the 2016 presidential race. He told the site: "I have obviously failed to galvanize and prod, if not shame, enough Americans to be ever vigilant, but not to let a Chicago communist-raised, communist-educated, communist-nurtured subhuman mongrel like the ACORN community organizer gangster Barack Hussein Obama to weasel his way into the top office of authority in the United States of America. I am heartbroken but I am not giving up." Earlier this month, the Coeur d'Alene Casino in Idaho canceled its August Ted Nugent show because of "racist and hate-filled remarks" that were attributed to the rocker. Nugent defended his positions on Radio.com, saying that he has been the target of an "army assigned to destroy Ted Nugent."

GEOFF TATE's QUEENSRŸCHE To Forge Ahead As OPERATION: MINDCRIME

Wednesday, July 30, 2014 - 20:10

On the very day his farewell tour as QUEENSRŸCHE begins, Geoff Tate — one of rock's quintessential front men and the lead vocalist heard on all QUEENSRŸCHE hits since the inception of the band — has announced that his current version of QUEENSRŸCHE will forge ahead as OPERATION: MINDCRIME after the tour ends. Named after QUEENSRŸCHE's epic concept album from 1988, "Operation: Mindcrime" — a band consisting of Geoff Tate, Rudy Sarzo (OZZY OSBOURNE, WHITESNAKE), Simon Wright (AC/DC, DIO), Randy Gane (MYTH) and Kelly Gray (QUEENSRYCHE 1998 - 2001, 2012 - present) — will enter the studio in September to begin recording a trilogy project that Geoff's been working on for the past two years. Tate, who has always enjoyed telling stories through music, considers the creation of the forthcoming trilogy one of his biggest and most ambitious works to date. "I tried to reduce the story and eventually got it down to 37 ideas that needed representing to complete the story," comments Geoff. "I knew that one record wouldn't cover it and that it would have to be a trilogy. It's an exciting project and one we'd like to release the first part of sometime next spring." With the evolution of his band, Geof would like to concentrate on concept and story albums in the years to come. Fans like to call it, "Thinking Man's Metal" and Geoff plans to continue expanding the musical dimensions of your mind. "It doesn't seem that long ago when I first brought the 'Mindcrime' story to the band… they were, initially, against it. Chris DeGarmo was the first one to get on board and, once he did, we were able to move forward with what became one of our greatest achievements as a band." With the release "Operation: Mindcrime" — which won critical and popular acclaim and comparisons to THE WHO's "Tommy" and PINK FLOYD's "The Wall"QUEENSRŸCHE went on to bring their progressive music to sold-out audiences the world over. With Geoff at the helm, QUEENSRŸCHE sold over 20 million albums worldwide and performed in over 46 countries. That was then, this is now and Geoff Tate is looking forward to what lies ahead with his trilogy project. "It is so refreshing to be able to concentrate on the many stories and ideas that I have been working on with no boundaries or restrictions," states Tate, further adding, "With the newly-named band, I think fans will continue to enjoy the music we create and perform together and hope they share this new musical journey with us." Beginning July 30, Geoff Tate and his band mates will be spanning the states for a 22-date trek of what will be Geoff's remaining performances as QUEENSRŸCHE Starring Geoff Tate – The Farewell Tour.

Heartist Release 'Manipulate' Lyric Video

Wednesday, July 30, 2014 - 20:10

'Maniuplate' is off Heartist's upcoming, debut album Feeding Fiction


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Black Stone Cherry Release 'Remember Me'

Wednesday, July 30, 2014 - 20:10

Black Stone Cherry have release 'Remember Me' as their next single off of Magic Mountain

Magic Mountain is in stores everywhere now

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Wednesday, July 30, 2014 - 19:10

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CANNIBAL CORPSE's PAUL MAZURKIEWICZ Talks To LITHIUM MAGAZINE (Video)

Wednesday, July 30, 2014 - 19:10

On July 25, Mike Bax of Lithium Magazine conducted an interview with drummer Paul Mazurkiewicz of Florida death metallers CANNIBAL CORPSE backstage at the Molson Canadian Amphitheatre, in Toronto, Ontario, Canada during this year's Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival. You can now watch the chat below. CANNIBAL CORPSE will release its new album, "A Skeletal Domain", on September 16 via Metal Blade Records. The CANNIBAL CORPSE collective — vocalist George "Corpsegrinder" Fisher, bassist Alex Webster, guitarists Pat O'Brien and Rob Barrett and drummer Paul Mazurkiewicz — approaches each recording session with a honed and precise vision of a band in their third decade of existence. With this new entry to their extensive catalog, they've switched gears, opting to work with producer Mark Lewis (THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER, DEVILDRIVER) at Audiohammer Studios in Sanford, Florida, after having tracked their previous three outings ("Kill", "Evisceration Plague", "Torture") with Erik Rutan. Boasting twelve-ominous tracks in forty-four spine-fraying minutes, the result is a massive, belligerent, and deliberate aural attack that finds the band at their peak of their notoriously hyper-kinetic, meticulously executed brutality. Preparation for "A Skeletal Domain" did not vary significantly from previous efforts. "At the end of the day, we're still making a death metal record, no matter where it's being recorded," relays Webster. Mark Lewis offered a slightly different, modern recording approach, but the band stressed that they could not be more pleased with their previous albums with Rutan, and the door is most definitely open to work with him again in the future. Changing producers is something the band has historically done after every few albums, if only to not get too comfortable. CANNIBAL CORPSE also tried to step outside of their comfort zone when it came to songwriting and their musical performances. "Consistency is often confused with repetition. We are established with what we do as a band, and we could relax and not push ourselves, but we try to push the envelope. That's what makes this exciting," Webster adds. "Anyone who really listens to this album with an open mind will hear that it's not same-old same-old." Mark Lewis would concur with Webster's analysis and even goes a step further by claiming that "there are moments on this record that have never happened in musical history." "A Skeletal Domain" track listing for the CD is as follows: 01. High Velocity Impact Spatter 02. Sadistic Embodiment 03. Kill Or Become 04. A Skeletal Domain 05. Headlong Into Carnage 06. The Murderer's Pact 07. Funeral Cremation 08. Icepick Lobotomy 09. Vector Of Cruelty 10. Bloodstained Cement 11. Asphyxiate To Resuscitate 12. Hollowed Bodies The song "Sadistic Embodiment" can be streamed below. Regarding the musical direction of the new CANNIBAL CORPSE material, Webster told Metal Wani: "I think it's… a dark-sounding album. Which, you know, it's a death metal album, so, of course, it should be kind of dark and eerie sounding anyway, but I think this one a little more than normal. That was kind of the direction the songwriting went in. Pat [O'Brien, guitar] actually wrote a lot on this album. This will be the first album where Pat wrote more songs than anyone else. He's really been super motivated, and he's been writing some great, great material that we're all really excited about. And some of it, it's very evil-sounding stuff. So I think our fans will be very happy. There's nothing on here that's even a million miles close to being a sellout, you know what I mean?! It's definitely full-on evil death metal. I think everyone will enjoy it."

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QUEEN: 'Live At The Rainbow '74' Trailer

Wednesday, July 30, 2014 - 19:10

A trailer for the forthcoming "Queen: Live At The Rainbow '74" package can be seen below. Sunday March 31, 1974 is a landmark date in the history of rock music. It is now celebrated in the multi-format release of a rare recording made at legendary London venue The Rainbow, of a concert by a then-up-and-coming band called QUEEN. Few who turned up for that iconic performance could have predicted they would go on to become arguably the world's best and most successful rock group, although many more may have suspected it after this stunning show. Among the unique material contained in this release are over a dozen tracks never previously released on any official QUEEN live album. The release will come in CD, vinyl and standard DVD or SD Blu-ray formats available as standard releases or special limited edition sets as well as digital formats. That concert, being heard live for the first time in the soon-to-be-released "Queen: Live At The Rainbow '74", marked the culmination of the band's countrywide tour, their first as headliners — hot on the heels of a tour supporting MOTT THE HOOPLE, late in 1973, on which they were widely regarded as having blown the hit band off the stage. QUEEN got rave reviews, almost unheard of for a support band, and it was obvious that in future they would be top of the bill. The band's momentum had been building since the release of their eponymous album in July 1973 and, following their success on the MOTT tour, at the beginning of 1974 they were tipped as "Band Of The Year" in UK music paper Disc And Music Echo. Just before the March Rainbow gig, QUEEN performed their new single "Seven Seas Of Rhye" on must-see U.K. TV music show "Top Of The Pops". The highly coveted slot was a lucky break — they filled in for an absent DAVID BOWIE, who was unavailable — and the band made the most of it, delivering a thrilling performance that pushed the song into the Top 10. Although the group now had a first hit single under its belt, and second album "Queen II" had just been released to critical acclaim, many felt that playing The Rainbow was overambitious. It was the premier London venue of the time, on a par with L.A.'s Palladium and New York's Fillmore East. But the band had paid its dues, slugging it out in clubs and college halls for four years, and never doubting their own potential. The band's confidence was vindicated when the venue quickly sold out the capacity of more than 3,000 seats — with some fans paying as much as £1.20 for a ticket! QUEEN's performance was spectacular from the second that Freddie Mercury strutted onto the stage in his soon to become trademark white "eagle suit," a tight-fitting number specially made for him by top fashion designer Zandra Rhodes, which featured flowing winged sleeves. He pranced and posed, capturing the audience in seconds with his extraordinary voice and stage presence, while Brian May provided the counterpoint with his remarkable and ground-breaking guitar playing. The powerful "engine room" (as they liked to call it) of drummer Roger Taylor and bass player John Deacon completed a sound unlike anything British audiences had previously heard. Enraptured fans clapped and cheered, and gave the band a standing ovation. That electrifying show was recorded by Roy Thomas Baker, co-producer of QUEEN's first four studio albums, and slated to be the band's third album (and debut live album) — a career-defining release like JAMES BROWN's "Live At The Apollo" or THE WHO's "Live At Leeds". Intended to be a recording that captured the magic of a live band firing on all cylinders, "Queen: Live at the Rainbow '74" would undoubtedly have been a big success. But QUEEN's ferocious creative momentum produced a stack of new songs begging to be recorded and instead of releasing the live album the band went into the studio to record what was to become 1974's breakthrough album, "Sheer Heart Attack". As a result, the already completed Rainbow live album was shelved and consigned to the archives. Later in 1974 QUEEN had their first chart-topping single, "Killer Queen", which encapsulated their brand of driving rock and clever lyrics. It appeared on "Sheer Heart Attack", which was released in the autumn, was a massive hit and remains to this day many fans' favourite QUEEN album. To celebrate this success and crown a remarkable year, QUEEN returned to The Rainbow in November 1974 for two sell-out gigs that were even more spectacular than the one in March. These concerts included the typically flamboyant performance of "Now I'm Here" with which they had been wowing audiences on the tour. It featured Freddie apparently appearing in a spotlight on opposite sides of the stage almost simultaneously. The concerts received massive acclaim from fans and critics alike, and won over many who had until then doubted the band's potential. In this year, QUEEN also undertook their first concerts in Australia, USA, Sweden, Finland, Holland, Belgium and Spain. Now, a remarkable 40 years later, "Queen: Live At The Rainbow '74" has finally surfaced from the archives, providing an invaluable record of emerging superstars demonstrating their talent. QUEEN, Virgin Records and Eagle Rock Entertainment are proud to announce that "Queen: Live At The Rainbow '74" will be released on September 8, 2014 (U.K. on Virgin Records) and September 9, 2014 (U.S. through Hollywood Records) in a variety of formats all newly mixed and mastered to the highest contemporary standard. These range from a standard two CD package, a DVD, an SD Blu-ray, a gate-fold double vinyl (including an audio reproduction of the aforementioned original live album), a quadruple vinyl boxed set, to a super deluxe collector's edition. This comprehensive and fascinating package includes two CDs, a DVD and Blu-ray, a 60-page hardback book containing many rare photographs, and various items of memorabilia such as reproductions of the tickets, show souvenir programme and poster, as well as material from the band members' personal archives. Vinyl and super deluxe formats are released as limited editions. These recordings capture QUEEN at that time in all their glory: the dramatic stage presence, the highly original self-penned repertoire of songs, high-energy performances coupled with stunning melodic and harmonic content, and the uncompromising perfectionist approach to every aspect of their performance which is still maintained to this day. QUEEN dazzled their audiences in 1974 with an unforgettable show delivered with a skill and confidence which belied their youth. The tape machines were rolling, capturing the highly electric performances. Now, to mark the 40th anniversary of these legendary shows, here, finally, is "Queen: Live At The Rainbow '74" — lovingly restored, edited, mixed and digitally mastered, and including much footage never previously seen. It is a collection every QUEEN fan will want to possess. "Queen: Live At The Rainbow '74" package details Package one * One CD featuring the November show Package two * Two CD digipack, with one CD featuring the March show and the second CD featuring the November show Package three * DVD or SD Blu-Ray of the November show with four “bonus” tracks from March Package four (released in North America only) * SD Blu-Ray & CD combo box Package five * 2 Vinyl – Limited-edition gatefold double vinyl package, with one LP featuring an audio reproduction of the original March show live album and the other LP featuring highlights from the November show. Package six * 4 Vinyl – Limited-edition four-vinyl-LP boxed set, two LPs featuring the March show and two featuring the November show Package seven * Super Deluxe Box – Limited-edition Super Deluxe lidded boxed set package containing: 1) Two CDs, one CD featuring the March show and the second CD featuring the November show 2) A DVD and SD Blu-ray of the November show with four "bonus" tracks from March 3) A 60-page hardback book containing lots of previously unseen photographs, and (among other items), reproductions of two reviews, one from The Times and one from Disc And Music Echo. A series of four articles from the latter publication is also included. 4) Reproductions of two tickets from the March concert (those actually used by Brian's parents) 5) A reproduction of the tour itinerary folder for the March concert from promoter Mel Bush, including a letter instructing the band not to trash the hotel room or there will be dire consequences! 6) A reproduction of the 8-page show souvenir brochure 7) Two button badges — reproductions of items available at the concert 8) A reproduction of the purple and gold March concert poster 9) A reproduction of a fashion shoot in The Telegraph magazine, featuring the band with fashion models. 10) A reproduction of the sticker stage pass from the March concert "Queen Live At The Rainbow" will also be available as one disc and two-disc eAlbum. "Queen: Live At The Rainbow '74" track listings: One CD: Sheer Heart Attack Tour - Live at the Rainbow, November '74 01. Procession 02. Now I'm Here 03. Ogre Battle 04. Father To Son 05. White Queen (As It Began) 06. Flick Of The Wrist 07. In The Lap Of The Gods 08. Killer Queen 09. The March Of The Black Queen 10. Bring Back That Leroy Brown 11. Son And Daughter 12. Guitar Solo 13. Son And Daughter (Reprise) 14. Keep Yourself Alive 15. Drum Solo 16. Keep Yourself Alive (Reprise) 17. Seven Seas Of Rhye 18. Stone Cold Crazy 19. Liar 20. In The Lap Of The Gods… Revisited 21. Big Spender 22. Modern Times Rock 'n' Roll 23. Jailhouse Rock 24. God Save The Queen Two CD digipack and four-vinyl LP boxed set: CD 1 Queen II Tour - Live at the Rainbow, March '74 01. Procession 02. Father To Son 03. Ogre Battle 04. Son And Daughter 05. Guitar Solo 06. Son And Daughter (Reprise) 07. White Queen (As It Began) 08. Great King Rat 09. The Fairy Feller's Master-Stroke 10. Keep Yourself Alive 11. Drum Solo 12. Keep Yourself Alive (Reprise) 13. Seven Seas Of Rhye 14. Modern Times Rock 'n' Roll 15. Jailhouse Rock (Medley) / Stupid Cupid (Medley) / Be Bop A Lula (Medley) 16. Liar 17. See What A Fool I've Been CD 2 Sheer Heart Attack Tour - Live at the Rainbow, November '74 01. Procession 02. Now I'm Here 03. Ogre Battle 04. Father To Son 05. White Queen (As It Began) 06. Flick Of The Wrist 07. In The Lap Of The Gods 08. Killer Queen 09. The March Of The Black Queen 10. Bring Back That Leroy Brown 11. Son And Daughter 12. Guitar Solo 13. Son And Daughter (Reprise) 14. Keep Yourself Alive 15. Drum Solo 16. Keep Yourself Alive (Reprise) 17. Seven Seas Of Rhye 18. Stone Cold Crazy 19. Liar 20. In The Lap Of The Gods… Revisited 21. Big Spender 22. Modern Times Rock 'n' Roll 23. Jailhouse Rock 24. God Save The Queen Standard DVD and SD Blu-Ray: Sheer Heart Attack Tour - Live at the Rainbow, November '74 01. Procession 02. Now I'm Here 03. Ogre Battle 04. Father To Son 05. White Queen (As It Began) 06. Flick Of The Wrist 07. In The Lap Of The Gods 08. Killer Queen 09. The March Of The Black Queen 10. Bring Back That Leroy Brown 11. Son And Daughter 12. Guitar Solo 13. Son And Daughter (Reprise) 14. Keep Yourself Alive 15. Drum Solo 16. Keep Yourself Alive (Reprise) 17. Seven Seas Of Rhye 18. Stone Cold Crazy 19. Liar 20. In The Lap Of The Gods… Revisited 21. Big Spender 22. Modern Times Rock 'n' Roll 23. Jailhouse Rock 24. God Save The Queen Bonus tracks Queen II Tour - Live at the Rainbow, March '74 01. Son And Daughter 02. Guitar Solo 03. Son And Daughter (Reprise) 04. Modern Times Rock 'n' Roll Double Vinyl LP Package: Queen II Tour - Live at the Rainbow, March '74 01. Procession 02. Father To Son 03. Ogre Battle 04. Son And Daughter 05. Guitar Solo 06. Son And Daughter (Reprise) 07. Keep Yourself Alive 08. Drum Solo 09. Keep Yourself Alive (Reprise) 10. Seven Seas Of Rhye 11. Modern Times Rock 'n' Roll 12. Liar Sheer Heart Attack Tour - Live at the Rainbow, November '74 01. Procession 02. Now I'm Here 03. White Queen (As It Began) 04. Flick Of The Wrist 05. In The Lap Of The Gods 06. Killer Queen 07. The March Of The Black Queen 08. Bring Back That Leroy Brown 09. Stone Cold Crazy 10. In The Lap Of The Gods… Revisited

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OPETH's FREDRIK ÅKESSON: Backstage At U.K.'s DOWNLOAD Festival (Video)

Wednesday, July 30, 2014 - 18:10

Guitarist Fredrik Åkesson of Swedish progressive metallers OPETH spoke to Roadrunner Records at this year's Download festival, which took place June 13-15 at Donington Park in Leicestershire, United Kingdom. You can now watch the chat below. OPETH's highly anticipated eleventh studio album, "Pale Communion", will be released on August 26 via Roadrunner Records. The cover artwork was once again created by Travis Smith — with art direction by Åkerfeldt. "Pale Communion", which was produced by Åkerfeldt and mixed by longtime collaborator and PORCUPINE TREE frontman/guitarist Steven Wilson, was heralded by the lead single "Cusp Of Eternity". Pre-orders for "Pale Communion" made via the iTunes Store will receive an instant download of "Cusp Of Eternity" as well as a second album track, to be released on July 15, with multiple configurations also available via both the Roadrunner Records webstore and O Merch. In a recent interview with Noisey, Åkerfeldt stated about "Pale Communion": "Normally when I start writing for a record, I'm a bit nervous. You don't know whether or not you're going to be able to come up with something that you like or come up with something at all, to be honest. I was inspired because pretty early on, I wrote a song on the new album — the last song on there, which I ended up being really happy with. So I had some type of guidelines which was more melody, I think." He continued: "[2011's] 'Heritage' was somewhat deliberately fucked up all over the place because I love fucked-up-all-over-the-place-type music, but I wanted to do something more melodic with this album, so there's stronger vocal melodies and more melodies overall for this album. I was pretty consistent with that frame of mind throughout the writing process, so at least I had a plan with this album, and I normally don't, to be honest."

ALICE IN CHAINS: Interview Clip From 'Guitar Center Sessions'

Wednesday, July 30, 2014 - 18:10

Guitar Center, the world's largest retailer of musical instruments and equipment, and DirecTV, one of the world's leading providers of digital television entertainment services, will spotlight ALICE IN CHAINS in the award-winning music series Guitar Center Sessions on August 3 on DirecTV's Audience Network (Channel 239). Guitar Center Sessions features exclusive performances and intimate, enlightening conversations conducted by revered musical tastemaker Nic Harcourt. A clip of the ALICE IN CHAINS members talking about their "second chapter" as part of Guitar Center Sessions can be seen below. Guitar Center Sessions presented by JBL began airing Sunday, May 4. Now in its landmark eighth season, Guitar Center Sessions has been tuned into more than 15 million times since December, and is moving to an exciting new Sunday night time slot, airing inspiring performances each week at 8 p.m. exclusively on on DirecTV's Audience Network (Channel 239). It all kicked off with Seattle rock band SOUNDGARDEN performing songs that span their entire catalog. This episode, among others this season, was filmed live at South By Southwest (SXSW), on a rooftop perched high above the crowds with Austin's majestic skyline as a backdrop. "We are incredibly proud to present our viewers with yet another season of Guitar Center Sessions," said Dustin Hinz, director of music and entertainment marketing for Guitar Center. "Season 8 brings to life the stories, songs and journeys of a remarkable lineup of iconic and influential artists. Filming live at one of the world's biggest music festivals was the perfect way to celebrate both Guitar Center's 50th anniversary and the success Guitar Center Sessions has seen over the past 72 episodes." "DirecTV's Audience Network is honored to host another season of Guitar Center Sessions," said Chris Long, SVP original content and production, DirecTV. "We're excited to air an amazing showcase from this year's SXSW and to bring our customers another incredible lineup of talent in Season 8." "Guitar Center Sessions" captures exclusive live performances and interviews from noteworthy and influential artists in stunning hi-definition and 5.1 Surround Sound in Guitar Center's iconic location on Sunset Boulevard in Hollywood. In addition to show-stopping performances, each episode features intimate interviews conducted by renowned journalist Nic Harcourt, offering rare insights into the celebrated careers of these icons and the inspirations behind their music. "Guitar Center Sessions" is but one example of the music retailer's efforts to support artists by creating new avenues to expose their music to large audiences in an ever-changing music industry.