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Norwegian melodic thrashers SUSPERIA will join US metal gods WASP as “Special Guests” on selected shows of the forthcoming European tour. Some confusion has arisen over which dates the band will play, due to incorrect information being published in certain parts of the media. SUSPERIA will join the Lawless crew on the following dates: More...
A live recording of the new W.A.S.P. song "Mercy", taped during the band's appearance in Bulgaria earlier in the month, has been made available for download via the band's official forum at www.waspnation.com (free registration required).
"Mercy" is expected to be included W.A.S.P.'s new album, "Dominator", tentatively due before the end of the year.
W.A.S.P. canceled its previously announced European dates in July after frontman Blackie Lawless was diagnosed with an abnormality in one of the arteries leading to his heart.
W.A.S.P. is continuing to tour in support of their latest album, "The Neon God Part 2: The Demise", available now via Sanctuary Records' Metal-Is imprint.
On October 24, 2006, Restless Records will release "Butchering The Beatles" — featuring the biggest, the baddest, the heaviest all-star line-up ever assembled to honor what is arguably the greatest band ever — THE BEATLES. All-in-all, over 50 internationally known recording artists bring their unique bone-crushing slant to these remarkable songs. Produced by Grammy award-winning producer/guitarist Bob Kulick and ace engineer Brett Chassen, "Butchering The Beatles" features 12 new, ass-kicking versions of THE BEATLES' chart-topping hits, including "Hey Jude", "I Feel Fine" and "Day Tripper", plus the more esoteric "Hey Bulldog", barked out by the legendary Alice Cooper and "Tomorrow Never Knows", uniquely interpreted by the iconic Billy Idol, alongside classic concept songs like "Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds" and "Magical Mystery Tour".
When asked by Guitar Player magazine what possessed him to go all metal on THE BEATLES, Bob Kulick stated that, "BEATLES songs are the Holy Grail. They're the best rock songs ever written. These new recordings are totally faithful, yet completely different. Billy Gibbons singing 'Revolution' or (MOTÖRHEAD frontman) Lemmy singing 'Back In The USSR' are not exactly Paul McCartney or John Lennon. And of course, the guitar solo sections were lengthened to accommodate all the artists' solo styles."
"Butchering The Beatles" track listing: More...
W.A.S.P. manager Daniel Stanton of Coallier Entertainment has issued the following statement:
"W.A.S.P. regrets to announce the postponement of the upcoming European festivals in July. While doing a routine physical, singer Blackie Lawless was diagnosed with an abnormality in one of the arteries leading to his heart [W.A.S.P.'s management stresses that Blackie **DID NOT** suffer a heart attack, as was erroneously reported on several Turkish web sites — Ed.]. Doctors have advised Blackie to not travel for the next 30 days to avoid complications from the medications prescribed to him. Blackie is doing fine and has had no physical damage in any way, but the postponement of the upcoming shows is very necessary to avoid any possible complications. Blackie wishes to thank all those who are concerned for him and cannot wait for the word tour that begins later this year. In his own words, Blackie says, 'I have been extremely lucky to be able to avoid a problem that could have been potentially life threatening years down the road if I hadn't been fortunate enough to be diagnosed early. Thanks to that I have avoided a potential serious problem!" The doctors say Blackie will be good as new in just a few weeks!! More...
VICIOUS RUMORS drummer Larry Howe has joined W.A.S.P. as the replacement for Stet Howland. "[Larry] auditioned a few weeks ago and Blackie [Lawless, W.A.S.P. mainman] called him back and told him he had the gig," VICIOUS RUMORS bassist Dave Starr said. "He flies to Los Angeles this weekend to start work with the band for the new tour dates that start soon.
"As far as Larry and VICIOUS RUMORS goes, we have a break now with no tour dates while Geoff [Thorpe, VICIOUS RUMORS mainman] finishes the new [VR] CD so the timing is good for everyone," continued Dave. "Larry says Blackie wants him to do the tour and then what happens next will be figured out down the line. Larry remains a member of VICIOUS RUMORS. I still want Larry to do the WILDESTARR CD with my wife and I, and I hope he can still do that at some point later this year.
"This is great news for Larry, and I gave him congrats on the phone. It's a win-win situation for everyone involved."
W.A.S.P.'s U.S. tour is scheduled to kick off May 19 in Sacramento, California. W.A.S.P. had utilized the services of YNGWIE MALMSTEEN / SILVER MOUNTAIN drummer Patrick Johansson for the U.S. dates they played in February/March.
Lizzy Borden have announced the following headlining shows along with a west coast tour with W.A.S.P.:
May 5 - Las Vegas, Nevada @ Empire Ballroom
May 6 - Lakewood, CO @ Ecks Salon
May 7 - Loveland, CO @ Shaffers White Buffalo
May 19 - Sacramento, CA @ Kennel Club
May 21 - San Diego, CA @ Canes
May 22 - Scottsdale, AZ @ Cajun House
May 23 - El Paso, TX @ Stampede
May 24 Chihuahua, Mexico @ Club Private
May 26 - Arlington, TX @ Dreamworld Music Complex
May 27 - Houston, TX @ Forgetta Bout it
May 28 - Victoria, TX @ Riverside Convention
June 1 - Albuquerque, NM @ Sunshine Theatre
June 4 - Los Angeles, CA @ Key Club
June 6 - Santa Ana, CA @ Galaxy Theatre
Lizzy Borden has announced the addition of guitarist, Ira Black (Metal Church, Vicious Rumors).
"Ira came in, turned up and started shredding up the place, I can't wait for everyone to hear him play all the Borden songs. The rehearsals so far have been just crushing! He's just the new blood we've been dying for"
The band, however, have decided to go back to their classic line up of two guitarists, so they are still on the lookout for a second guitarist of equal abilities.
Any interested parties:
- MUST live in Los Angeles
- Must be a shredder with taste (Rhoads/Wylde)
- Must have stage presence and be a part of the Lizzy Borden Show.
Send us a link to your website so we may hear samples of your playing and see pictures. No snail mail please.
W.A.S.P. drummer Stet Howland has announced his departure from the band on their official forum:
"I appreciate the kind words and I am sorry if some of you are sad about my departure. Out of respect to the band and the upcoming tour, I didn't send out a press release about this, as I didn't want to cause possible worry to you good people.
"I just got in from a long weekend and my ass is kicked, so I'll keep this short and to the point.
Without going into detail that would most likely get turned into something negative, let me give a Reader's Digest version of what's up.
"In mid-January, Blackie and I had a phone conversation that resulted in our parting. It wasn't shitty, ugly, or disrespectful in any way. It was two old and dear friends being honest with each other. After 16 years as friends and bandmates, one thing you learn is how to be honest with each other.
"So the bottom line is, I will not be part of the upcoming tour, and I'm not sure who the drummer will be as its really none of my business. If it's the guy that they were going to use before I came back, he is excellent. I don't know him but I have heard his work on [guitarist] Darrell's solo stuff and I think he's great. Keep in mind Im just guessing from the other side of the country. lol
"I will be posting more details about this and my upcoming plans on my site www.stethowland.com this week."
The entire statement can be read at this location.
An interview with Kick Axe bassist, Victor Langen, has been made available at Metal Rules. The interview contains stories about getting pulled off the road by police, touring with Quiet Riot, writing songs for W.A.S.P, and how Rob Halford hand-picked Kick Axe to open the "Defenders of the Faith" tour over Great White. The interview can be read at the following, http://www.metal-rules.com/zine/index.php?option=content&task=view&id=346&Itemid=54
TEMPLE OF BRUTALITY, the new band featuring former MEGADETH/current F5 bassist David Ellefson, W.A.S.P. drummer Stet Howland, guitarist Peter Scheithauer (BELLADONNA, KILLING MACHINE) and vocalist Todd Barnes (13-A), have completed work on their debut album, "Lethal Agenda", due later this summer in Japan and Europe, with other markets to follow. The complete track listing for the CD is as follows:
01. Lethal Agenda
03. Already Dead
04. Doesn't Matter
05. Hate Machine
07. Beating the Man
08. Built to Last
10. The Art of War
Audio samples from the album can be found at TempleOfBrutality.com.
TEMPLE OF BRUTALITY, whose music is said to follow a very aggressive direction in the vein of SLAYER and PANTERA, recently shot a video for the album's title cut, "Lethal Agenda", with director Fabio Jafet, who has previously produced/directed the "Waking Up Dead" documentary starring former SAIGON KICK/SKID ROW drummer Phil Varone.
Canada's Into Eternity has been confirmed as the latest band added to the line-up of the 2005 Monterrey Metal Fest to be held on Saturday May 28, 2005 at the Auditorio Coca Cola in Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico.
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New York City heavy metal masters, Captain T and Ostronomy, will once again appear as "metal experts" on VH1's "40 Least Metal Moments", premiering Saturday, November 13 at 9:00 p.m. EST.
Having previously appeared on VH1's "100 Most Metal Moments," Captain T, a.k.a. Mark Strigl, John Ostronomy, and fellow expert Eric Bohnenstiel, will provide commentary on the 40 most "un-metal" moments in heavy metal history. From Pat Boone's album of heavy metal covers to KISS' successful attempt at disco, the "metal experts" will wax philosophical about some of their favorite heavy metal gods.
A rebroadcast of VH1's highly successful "100 Most Metal Moments" will precede the show from 4:00 to 9:00 p.m. EST.
Captain T and Ostronomy will also appear on the upcoming W.A.S.P. tribute album, which will be released by Denmark's Valhalla Records, and the upcoming KISS tribute album, which will be released in the United States by Lunar Moth Entertainment.
Sanctuary Records has released the complete track listing for the new W.A.S.P. album, "The Neon God Part 2: The Demise" (view cover), due on September 28 via its Metal-Is imprint. It is as follows:
01. Never Say Die
03. The Demise
04. Clockwork Mary
05. Tear Down The Walls
06. Come Back To Black
07. All My Life
08. Destiny's To Come
09. The Last Redemption
W.A.S.P. mainman Blackie Lawless was ardent in his mission to make "The Neon God Part 2: The Demise" as potent and intense as its story dictates, so much so, that he was flying back & forth between venues and his Fort Apache studios in Burbank, CA during the first two weeks of the band's summer tour. "The Neon God" addresses a tale of deep emotional quandary and revelation, the intoxication of power and the consequences of corruption. It is a story that everyone has experienced at one time or another — the need to belong, the quest for love, the desire for control, and the futility of vanity. Lawless, forthright and ever evolving as a musician and a human being, drew influence for the album's concept through extensive observation of the world and numerous soul-searching journeys through the deserts of America's Southwest. A second leg of "The Neon God World Tour" is anticipated to commence in early October.
Having just completed a nationwide and European tour in support of the first act of the band’s 2004 2-part conceptual opus The Neon God , W.A.S.P . is planning yet another run around the world to support the forthcoming conclusion of said epic entitled The Neon God Part 2: The Demise, which is slated for release through Sanctuary/Metal-Is Records on September 28 th.
Produced & mixed during this summer, Blackie was ardent in his mission to make The Neon God Part 2: The Demise as potent and intense as its story dictates, so much so, that he was flying back & forth between venues and his Fort Apache studios in Burbank , CA during the first two weeks of the band’s summer tour! The Neon God addresses a tale of deep emotional quandary and revelation, the intoxication of power and the consequences of corruption. It is a story that everyone has experienced at one time or another - the need to belong, the quest for love, the desire for control, and the futility of vanity.
A second leg of The Neon God World Tour is anticipated to commence in early October.
W.A.S.P. will be kicking off the last dates of their "Neon God" World Tour starting October 28th 2004. Blackie, Mike, Stet and Darrell will be going back to Europe one more time revisiting some of the cities they played during the last summer tour and adding new stops like Russia, Poland and Estonia. The tour will also include several dates in the States. The band will change their set list from the last tour. The new set list will be about 50% different in content, and will include classic hits they haven't played live for a long time, as well as material from the new albums.
There will also be a new line of On The Road W.A.S.P. Merchandise available at all shows.
Confirmed dates are as follows: More...
The Classic Metal Show will be featuring upcoming releases from both Megadeth and W.A.S.P. this coming Saturday (Sept. 11). The show, which airs on Saturdays between 9:00 PM EST and 3:00 AM EST, will open one hour early this week (at 8 PM EST) with a special listening session beginning with W.A.S.P.'s "The Neon God: Part 1 - The Rise," followed by "The Neon God: Part 2 - The Demise" and Megadeth's brand new album, "The System Has Failed."
Megadeth's "The System Has Failed" is scheduled to be released on September 14 and W.A.S.P.'s "The Neon God: Part 2 - The Demise" will roll in on September 28. Both albums are from Sanctuary Records.
Finland's Lullacry' have entered the Finnish single chart at position No. 14 with their latest EP, "Fire Within". View the entire chart here. The CD, which features two new songs ("Fire Within" and "The #1 Rebel"), two remakes of classic Lullacry's tracks, as well as a cover version of W.A.S.P.'s "L.O.V.E. Machine", is a "sweet taste" in anticipation of the band's full-length follow-up to 2003's "Crucify My Heart", tentatively due in January. Download a short MP3 sample of the EP's title track at this location. The lyrics to the song can be viewed here.
Lullacry' will support Nightwish on their North American tour beginning on August 20 at the Palladium in Worcester. MA.
W.A.S.P. have cancelled two more shows on their North American tour. The first cancelled date was their August 10 show at Barrymore’s Music Hall in Ottawa, Ontario. According to a posting on W.A.S.P.'s official fan forum, no official reason has been given for the cancellation, but according to the bar owners it had to do with "the barriers in front of the stage." The tour manager reportedly claimed the barriers weren't sufficient enough to insure the band's safety and thus decided W.A.S.P. would not play.
The second cancelled date is the August 11 show at Club Infinity in Buffalo (Clarence), New York. Another posting on the band's official forum regarding the cancellation reads:
Since I was going to be driving 2 1/2 hours to see WASP, I figured that (in light of the recent cancellations) calling ahead to make sure it was still on was a good idea. They informed me that the opening bands were still going to play, but "WASP's singer is on the way to the hospital for food poisoning. He said that they are going to try to play if they can, but we won't know until after the openers go on." So I figure I'll take the gamble and run out there anyways...as I get done filling up my gas tank (this is prolly an hour after I made my original phone call) I get a hunch and call the venue again...this time they informed me that WASP has cancelled and again that Blackie was on his way to the hospital, only instead of just food poisoning the girl tells me that "...an ulcer...um...a stomach virus...err...food poisoning...something is wrong with his stomach.
W.A.S.P.’s "The Neon God Part II" will be released in Europe through Noise Records on September 20th. More details on the release will be announced as they become available.
Upcoming W.A.S.P. dates in support of "The Neon God Pt. 1 - The Rise" are as follows: More...
W.A.S.P. frontman Blackie Lawless recently spoke with the Las Vegas Mercury about his music being slammed in the 1980's and how parents don't want to take any responsibility for their children. As the story goes, Tipper was walking down the hall in her house and her 12-year-old son had Fuck Like a Beast playing on his stereo, and she lost her mind," Lawless says. "I don't know if that's true, but that's the story I've been told."
"You don't have to be Nostradamus to see what's going on with young people these days," he says. "Parents just don't get involved with their kids as much as they used to. Are you going to tell me that these parents at Columbine didn't know that anything was going on with their kids? Hey, my mother knew what I was doing 24 hours a day, seven days a week. But parents now, they don't want to take any responsibility for their children. They bring something into this world, and then when something goes wrong, they want to blame everybody else for it."
Read the full article at Las Vegas Mercury.
There's a new W.A.S.P. e-card dealing with the upcoming album 'The Neon God - Part 1', out 1.9.04! You can check it out here.