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On October 11, IRON MAIDEN fans the world over will have something new to get excited about as the newly re-launched Restless Records releases "Numbers from the Beast: An All Star Salute to Iron Maiden", a tribute to the legendary band. The album, which features MAIDEN's own Paul Di'Anno and marks Restless' return to its metal and punk roots, is produced by Grammy award winner and tribute album pioneer Bob Kulick (KISS, METALLICA, AEROSMITH), along with Brett Chassen, and features appearances from current or former members of IRON MAIDEN, KISS, AC/DC, MOTÖRHEAD, ANTHRAX, DIO, JUDAS PRIEST, TESTAMENT, TWISTED SISTER, EXTREME, WHITESNAKE, SLAUGHTER, HELMET, DOKKEN and many others.
"It's a fitting salute to an awesome band and may be the best tribute I've ever produced. I really like what we've done to these amazing songs, and more importantly, the band approves," says Kulick of the album.
"Numbers from the Beast" features 11 classic IRON MAIDEN tunes revamped in honor of the band's 25th anniversary. The final track listing is as follows:
01. Run to the Hills
02. Wasted Years
04. Flight of Icarus
05. Fear of the Dark
06. The Trooper
07. Aces High
08. 2 Minutes to Midnight
09. Can I Play With Madness?
10. The Evil That Men Do
11. The Wickerman
The cover of every official IRON MAIDEN album has featured a zombie called "Eddie." Eddie has been painted by artist Derek Riggs for 20 years. "Numbers from the Beast" cover art was naturally painted by Riggs and is a must-have for any MAIDEN fan.
"Numbers from the Beast" marks the first release on the newly revamped Restless Records. William Hein, current president of Rykodisc and former head of Enigma Records, co-founded Restless in 1985 as a punk and metal sub-label of Enigma. Restless became a stand-alone label after Capitol-EMI acquired Enigma, and was subsequently acquired by Rykodisc in 2003. Now, back with a new sound and logo, Restless returns to its roots with the MAIDEN salute, as well as an upcoming reissue from California punk outfit 45 GRAVE.
23 weeks after its release, AC/DC's "Family Jewels" DVD is still in the Top 100 on the German album chart. The two-disc set, which was recently certified platinum in Germany, went straight to No. 1 on the DVD chart and reached No. 7 on the regular album chart (music DVDs are allowed to enter album charts in Germany). Last week's position in the album chart was No. 78 and this week it is at No. 90.
"Family Jewels", which also debuted at No. 1 on DVD charts in the U.S., U.K., France, Italy, Norway and Austria, is the band's first-ever documentary collection of early television performances, video clips and never-before-seen footage. Disc One is devoted to the Bon Scott era and dates back to an early appearance on television show "Countdown", with AC/DC performing "Baby Please Don't Go", featuring Bon Scott in a schoolgirl uniform. Disc Two centers around Brian Johnson. It captures a 10-year era from the "Back In Black" album in 1980 and finishes with the "Are You Ready" clip from 1991. The complete track listing can be found at this location.
Guitarist Angus Young told the Hit Parader magazine that AC/DC have written and recorded so much material over the last year that they might seriously consider making their next album release a double disc.
"We do have a lot of songs at the moment," he said. "But that's not incredibly unusual for us. We tend to have a lot of material at some point in the recording process, then begin to whittle it down. But this time, we like a lot of what we're hearing, so the idea of expanding things out is not out of the realm of possibility."
As previously reported, AC/DC frontman Brian Johnson joined VELVET REVOLVER onstage during their appearance at Hard Rock Live in Orlando, Florida on Tuesday (Sept. 6) for a rendition of LED ZEPPELIN's "Rock and Roll". Check out a photo of Johnson with VELVET REVOLVER guitarist Slash.
In other news, Angus and brother Malcolm Young now each have one of Mackie's new Digital X Bus X.200 recording consoles in their personal studios (located in Netherlands and England, respectively). In addition, they have both specified Mackie HDR24/96 hard disk recorders and completed their updates with a pair of Mackie HR824 Active Studio Monitors in each studio.
Undercover News recently reported that AC/DC are among the artists who are said to be planning performances in Australia next March to mark the 2006 Commonwealth Games to be held in Melbourne.
AC/DC's "Back in Black" album was recently certified for U.S. shipments of 21 million copies, tying it for fifth place with BILLY JOEL's "Greatest Hits Vol. 1 & II" on the Recording Industry Assn. of America's all-time best-sellers list.
CMH Records have set a May 31 release date for the AC/DC tribute album entitled "Black n' Bluegrass: The Bluegrass Tribute to AC/DC". According to the label's web site, "The gutsy lock-step stomp of AC/DC's music fits wonderfully into the bluegrass two-step and there's plenty of pickin' goin' on to keep even the pickiest quitar aficianado grinnin' from ear to ear to ear. Slap it on and hit the highway to hellbilly heaven!"
"Black n' Bluegrass: The Bluegrass Tribute to AC/DC" track listing:
01. Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap
02. Hells Bells
03. Highway to Hell
04. You Shook Me All Night Long
05. Stiff Upper Lip
06. For Those About to Rock We Salute You
07. Big Gun
08. Shoot to Thrill
09. Money Talks
11. Back in Black
12. Trouble Among the Youngsters (original composition)
In The War Against Terrorism (or TWAT for short) the ultimate weapon is apparently rock music. Troops working in Fallujah, Iraq have a new weapon of choice - heavy metal!
The armies are reported to have tried using loud blasts of AC/DC, Metallica and other bands to discomfort their enemy.
James Hetfiled had the following to say about the use of his music as an offensive tool, "For me, the lyrics are a form of expression, a freedom to express my insanity," Hetfield told a US radio station. "If the Iraqis aren't used to freedom, then I'm glad to be part of their exposure. We've been punishing our parents, our wives, our loved ones with this music forever. Why should the Iraqis be any different?"
He says that he understands why heavy metal can be used as such a destructive tool for interrogation, "It's the relentlessness of the music. It's completely relentless. ... If I listened to a death metal band for 12 hours in a row, I'd go insane, too. I'd tell you anything you wanted to know."
AC/DC singer Brian Johnson was refused a drink in a swish hotel because he would not remove his trademark flat cap, according to The Sun Online. Johnson has worn the distinctive headgear at concerts across the world. But it cut no ice with a young barman in his home city of Newcastle upon Tyne. Johnson, 57, popped into the bar of the Malmaison hotel for a pint as he waited to meet Newcastle United chairman Freddy Shepherd.
The lad, who had no idea who Brian was, refused to serve him in his cap and Johnson walked out. An onlooker said: "Fortunately he bumped into a concierge who recognized him and smoothed things over."
Legendary rock producer and musician Bob Kulick (Kiss, Meatloaf) has finished producing an all-star tribute to Iron Maiden in honor of their 25th anniversary. Culling from his extensive contacts in the musician world, Kulick has assembled major hard rock and metal players to come together and put this tribute album together.
All of the tracks have been completed except for two key signature vocalists to come in and finish the job. Kulick has been using the rest of the finished material to shop around for a label to license the masters and put out the hottest Iron Maiden tribute of all time.
The album will feature the following track listing/musicians: More...
AC/DC fan site Crabsody In Blue has posted several pictures of AC/DC members Brian Johnson and Cliff Williams at a benefit concert last Friday (Sept. 10) in Ft. Myers, FL to aid the American Red Cross in helping out those whose lives were uprooted by Hurricane Charley. Check out the photos here.
In other news, a German AC/DC photograph book, entitled "AC/DC Hard Rock Live Photos 1976-1980", is scheduled for release in November. Pre-orders are currently being accepted via Amazon Germany.
KROKUS frontman MARC STORACE recently talked with ClassicRockRevisited.com about AC/DC, "When the question came through the grapevine after Bon [Scott's] death to join AC/DC I didn’t know whether to believe it or not but I turned it down outright anyway. I didn’t want to look temptation in the eye. Besides, I wasn’t even tempted because I believed Krokus was going to continue to get bigger. AC/DC is the biggest band in the whole wide world now but back then I was that naive. I was cocky and naïve. I believed in what I was doing and I didn’t like the AC/DC comparisons. We are not a 100% rip off."
Read the full article at ClassicRockRevisited.com.