Archive | April, 2011
Given how successful The Big 4’s U.S. debut last weekend in California was, it was a matter of time that Metallica, Slayer, Megadeth and Anthrax would eventually do an East Coast show together. And with Lars Ulrich’s comment to Rolling Stone after the show, it became even more of a guaranteed thing that another U.S. show would be added (in addition to their Summer European shows). But now it’s official: The Big 4 will be performing at Yankee Stadium in Bronx, New York on September 14, 2011.
Metallica confirmed the news via their website late Friday evening along with a trailer for the show (which can be seen below). Tickets will go on sale Friday (May 6) at 10 am via TicketMaster.com, while Met Club members (Metallica’s fan club) can log into the site for more information about a special pre-sale starting on Wednesday (May 4). In addition, Yankees season ticket holders will have their own pre-sale, also on May 4, starting at noon.
It makes sense that the Big 4’s East Coast show will take place in Yankee Stadium, both because of the venue’s size and since “Enter Sandman” is used as Yankee player Mariano Rivera’s entrance music. And while it’s kind of lame that the show is taking place on a Wednesday night, many fans (including us) would be willing to call in sick to work for the chance to see this event. And while the winner for this show is everyone on the East Coast, as far as the wining band, it’s definitely Anthrax. Not only is it a hometown show for the band, but their first album in what feels like 20 years, Worship Music, is slated to come out sometime in September. If they’re smart, that date will be September 13th. Psyched? Scott Ian sure is.
The real question that has us puzzled, though, is with such a huge announcement as this, why did they decide to announce it at around 9pm on a Friday? Most blog sites clock out at 6pm on a weekday (while on Friday we call it a day at 4pm), and normally announcements are made on Friday nights only to sweep the news under a carpet. Yet this is definitely news that no one would want glossed over. So why not wait till even Monday to report this big news?
Maybe someone at the Metallica camp let the cat out of the bag early? Then again…who cares?! Regardless, THE BIG 4 ARE PLAYING THE EAST COAST!!!! Check out the trailer for the show that was posted on YouTube below, while the trailer featuring Metallica frontman James Hetfield’s personal message for Yankee fans can be seen on the band’s site.
We can’t think of a better way to end off the week than this video of Vulturyon and Deals Death vocalist Olle Ekman warming up his growls and shrieks with a piano.
It’s been a while since we’ve reported on the “he said, she said” bickering that’s been occurring between the members of Slipknot. Though the band will be performing at European festivals this Summer, singer Corey Taylor has been less than sure about Slipknot’s future without late bassist Paul Gray. Drummer Joey Jordison, on the other hand, is damn sure that Slipknot will move forward. And Jordison reaffirmed his belief with some choice words on the Revolver Golden Gods’ Black Carpet.
In an interview with Artisan News during the Revolver Golden God’s Black Carpet event last week, Jordison restated that the band will live on. You can watch the entire interview above, but in regards to Taylor’s uncertainty, Jordison said:
“You know what?! That’s for him to answer. As far as I’m concerned, Slipknot’s my baby and I have a bunch of songs written. And I’m in rehearsal right now with all the guys and it’s completely on fire. Donnie’s doing a great job. And as far as Slipknot’s concerned, it’ll always exist — with or without him. So that’s it.”
It’s possible that Jordison’s comment can be misinterpreted, but we feel that the message is pretty clear to both fans and Taylor. However, it seems like Taylor isn’t the only one unsure about Slipknot’s future. At the same Black Carpet event, Slipknot percussionist Shawn “Clown” Crahan, also a founding member of the group, also said he wasn’t confident that a new Slipknot album would happen, though he certainly would like it to. Clown even expressed uncertainty back in February when WE interviewed him. In that interview, Clown said:
“I don’t know how much longer Slipknot is going to exist. I’m not a fortune teller. Do I want another record? Of course I do! Is there going to be another record? I’m not a fortune teller.
So my priorities right now are A) get everything done for the March 29th release [of Black Dots Of Death, his new project], B) move into an area where the band will do some shows before June, and then C) concentrate everything I have for the tour in June for Slipknot to celebrate my bass player’s life, his love for the band, his love for fans, his love music, to celebrate his life, and in return the same thing for the eight of us. So it’s just a beautiful thing that’s going to happen. It’s very short, and there’s no talk as to what’s going to happen after that. There’s no recording. There’s no other tour dates. We haven’t even released all the dates that we’re doing because that’s just how we work, and it’s really not about that. It’s about a celebration of love and life lost, and looking at what we’ve done. It’ll be the first time we’ve toured without supporting a new record.”
So the fact that what Crahan told us about the band’s future back in February pretty much replicates what he said on the Black Carpet (over 2 months later) makes it seem like his feeling haven’t changed about the issue. So does that mean Jordison and Slipknot will move on with or without Clown, a founding member, as well? Or is this all just one big communication breakdown/cluster fuck that’s gotten out of hand at this point?
Stay tuned to this drama, As The Knot Slips, for it’s certain that more will hit the web soon.
Headbanger’s Brawl is a weekly column where Metal Insider’s Bram and Zach take a moment to debate and analyze two opposing sides of a topical issue occurring in the world of metal and/or the music industry.
After months of patience, weeks of rumors and gossip, and a new documentary to increase the suspense, Dream Theater has finally revealed Mike Mangini as the their new drummer. Though it won’t be until the Summer that we’ll get to hear new Dream Theater music or see them live with Mangini for the first time, the announcement still marks the end of the long waiting game.
But now that we know who the drummer is, what do we do now? Where do we and the metal community go from here? That’s the question Bram and Zach try to answer in this week’s Headbangers’ Brawl.
Bram: ……..We move on with our lives?
Zach: Yeah, I’m cool with that.
Well…that was easy.
…I think it’s time to get into some Downset. If you’re not familiar, wait until the 3:15 in the song and you’ll know what we’re talking about. The song’s about the first day of the L.A. riots in 1992 that happened as a result of the L.A.P.D. being fully acquitted for the videotaped beating of Rodney King.
[thanks to Washed Up Emo for the inspiration]
Ever wondered what it would be like to get a blowjob from Gene Simmons? Wonder no more. The second generation of KISS Kondoms have rolled out (jokes!), and they’re absolutely revolting. Graphic Armor have unveiled the new jimmy hats (do people still say jimmy hats?) that feature the world’s first FDA approved “Picture Condoms.” What does that mean? Well in this case, it’s a graphic of Gene Simmons’ tongue running down the length of the condom. Yeah, that’s right, if you’re a KISS fan, you can have Gene’s tongue running up your shaft, which to me sounds like the definition of a total boner-killer.
“I can think of no better way to introduce what may be the last frontier of advertising — the world’s first approved Picture Condoms with an illustration on the actual latex,” retailer Condomania founder/CEO Alan Glickman said in a press release. ” Gene, Paul and KISS have a well-documented history of breaking new ground in marketing. With Gene’s tongue leading the way once again, I am confident we are about to see an explosion of marketing messages and logos adorned across millions of condoms — and the men that wear them and women that, well, receive them — around the world.”
More of a Paul Stanley fan? You’ll have to wait until June, when the “Studded Paul” textured condom is released. As for Ace and Peter, there’s no plans for them to be emblazoned on rubbers anytime soon, but they’ve been getting fucked without condoms by KISS for years. If you want to get your hands on these, you can order them here.
While millions of people around the world watched the royal wedding today, countless music fans huddled around their computers to find out who the ascendant to another throne would be – Dream Theater’s new drummer. It’s been a week of speculation, led on by the band themselves, who have been teasing their fans since last Thursday (21) with The Spirit Carries On, a three-part series featuring seven would be successors to Mike Portnoy. Part three was posted today on Roadrunner Records’ YouTube page, and the new drummer is… Mike Mangini.
Mangini, who’s played with Annihilator, Extreme, James LaBrie and Steve Vai, was the first drummer auditioned, and as the band said in episode 1, “raised the bar” for the other six auditions. In our exclusive interview yesterday with The Spirit Carries On director Mike Leonard singled out Mangini among the seven as the one the stood out the most to him. “Mike is such an incredibly genuine and nice guy, just like all the members of Dream Theater.” he told us. “He’s also incredibly meticulous about making sure he does his part and gets all the details right. All of the drummers that we filmed with were incredibly nice and professional, but Mike really made a great impression on me. Then watching him play in real life blew me away – he’s a monster. He plays the most complicated things like they’re nothing, just incredible. I’ll never forget it.”
It was rumored earlier this week via That Metal Show host Eddie Trunk’s Twitter account that Mangini was the new drummer. Mangini currently holds the title for three records, including the Fastest Matched grip (at 1,247 strokes in 60 seconds), Fastest Hands (executing 1,203 single-stroke notes in 60 seconds without drumsticks mallets etc.), and Fastest Traditional Grip (executing 1,126 strokes in 60 seconds). Prior to his new gig, Mangini had been teaching at the Berklee College Of Music in Boston.
Episode 3 is streaming on Roadrunner Records’ YouTube page now, and you can also see episode 1 andepisode 2 there as well.
The Black Dahlia Murder will release their new album Ritual in North America on June 21 via Metal Blade Records. The track listing and cover artwork has been posted online.
In order to make it big, musicians have to put a lot of blood, sweat and tears into making a living out of music. Well Phil Anselmo certainly put a lot of blood on the line last night. Down were performing at the Best Buy Theater in New York City last night when guitarist Pepper Keenan accidentally hit Anselmo with his guitar while performing “lifer”, busting open the singer’s head. Despite the bleeding, Anselmo kept going.
Dave “Snake”Sabo, Skid Row guitarist and artist manager at Down’s management company (McGhee Entertainment), reported the following about the incident via Twitter:
“Holy shit! Pepper Keenan just hit Anselmo in the head w/ his gtr by accident & busted Philips head open! Blood all over the place! But they keep going!! Fucking awesome! It looks like Mick Foley got busted up by @IAmJericho in a steel cage match!! Classic!”
Sirius XM personality Jose Mangin, who was also in attendance, tweeted the following live from the incident:
“Wow!!! Phil Anselmo from @downnola is bleeding all over his head! Pepper’s guitar nailed his dome during Lifer, which he dedicated 2 Dime!”
It must have been insane to see Anselmo carry on after getting his head busted in. It’s just further proof that Anselmo is still a bad ass after all these years. Luckily for us who weren’t in attendance, we can at least see pictures and video of the aftermath. Pictures of the bloodied Anselmo performing on stage taken by Bran Bardes of Bardes Eye Photography can be seen online. Video of Ansemlo performing after the incident and with a bloody head can be seen above and below after the jump. Read more »
Chimaira has set up a small batch of live dates, which will serve as the debut of their new lineup, for this coming May.