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Heavy Metal has long been a stigmatized musical genre characterized by aggressive rhythms, dark lyrics and satanic worship. "Metal: A Headbanger's Journey" is a ground-breaking film that explores the history of how these stereotypes came to be and explains the motivation and truth behind the music through candid interviews with metal icons, including Rob Zombie, Alice Cooper, Dee Snider, Ronnie James Dio, Tony Iommi, Bruce Dickison, Lemmy Kilmister, and many more.
"Metal: A Headbanger's Journey" two-disc set will be released by Warner Home Video on May 23, 2006 for $24.98 just in time for metal's most popular music festivals such as Ozzfest, Gigantour and Sounds Of Underground kick off. Order due date is April 18, 2006.
Sam Dunn, a thirty-year-old anthropologist, has been fascinated by the culture of heavy metal since he was twelve years old. In an effort to study its origin and cultural impact, he sets out on a global journey to find out why this music has been consistently stereotyped, dismissed and condemned and yet is loved so passionately by its millions of fans. Along the way, Sam explores metal's obsession with some of life's most provocative subjects - sexuality, religion, violence and death - and discovers some things about the culture that even he can't defend. Shot on location in the U.K., Germany, Norway, Canada and the U.S., this documentary is the first of its kind. It is both a defense of a long-misunderstood art form and a window for the outsider into the spectacle that is heavy metal.
"Heavy metal music has an enormous worldwide following that many people are unaware of because it has been overshadowed by images of violence and mosh pits," said Tehya Kopp, WHV Senior Director, Special Interest Marketing. "This documentary digs into the stereotypes and misconceptions about the artists' motivations behind the lyrics and harsh sound and explores the real side of metal in a way that appeals to metal and non-metal fans alike. It's an eye-opening documentary that is both informative and enjoyable to all audiences."
"Metal: A Headbanger's History" contains over 87 minutes of special features including:
* 16 extended interviews with metal rock icons!
* 20-minute mini-documentary on Norwegian black metal
* Footage with Lemmy from MOTORHEAD at the Rainbow
* Director's commentary.
* Travel outtakes
* An awesome interactive metal history family tree, created specifically for the DVD.
You can watch the trailer, find more information about the release and read the directors' blog at metalhistory.com.
Sam Dunn is a 30-year old anthropologist. He's also a lifelong metal fan. After years of studying diverse cultures Sam turns his academic eye a little closer to home and embarks on an epic journey into the heart of heavy metal. His mission: to try and figure out why metal music is consistently stereotyped, dismissed and condemned, even while the tribe that loves it stubbornly holds its ground - spreading the word, keeping the faith, and adopting the styles and attitudes that go way beyond the music.
Sam visits heavy metal landmarks as far flung as L.A.'s Sunset Strip, the dirty streets of Birmingham and the dark forests of Norway. Along the way, the two sides of Sam Dunn - curious anthropologist and rabid fan - collide, as Sam explores metal's obsession with sexuality, religion, violence and death, meets his heroes and discovers some things about the culture that even he can't defend. Part social document, part celebration of a misunderstood art form, this documentary is the first of its kind: a chance for metal fans to speak out and a window into a culture that's far more complex than it appears.
The film stars Tony Iommi (Black Sabbath), Rob Zombie, Alice Cooper, Arch Enemy, Dee Snider (Twisted Sister), Geddy Lee (Rush), Vince Neil (Motley Crue), Lemmy Kilmister (Motorhead) and others.
The film is written and directed by Sam Dunn and Scot McFadyen and is distributed by Seville Pictures.
The film opened in Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver, Calgary and Quebec City yesterday (Feb. 24) and will open in the U.S., UK, Germany, Australia, Scandinavia, Brazil, Japan, Poland and Belgium in early March.
For more information, visit www.metalhistory.com.
In a brand new exclusive interview conducted by Rock N Roll Universe, original Alice Cooper Group guitarist Michael Bruce discusses his new limited edition 'Second Coming Of Michael Bruce: Live & Recooperated' live CD, the recently released 'Good To See You Again, Alice Cooper' DVD, his days in the Alice Cooper Group as well as possible plans for a reunion of the original band with producer Bob Ezrin.
Read the full article at Rock N Roll Universe.
Imran Ali of the Trinidad & Tobago Express is reporting that heavy metal music is being blamed for sucking a young man into a world of devil worship and drug use and is being mounted as a defense in his trial for murdering his teenaged cousin.
Though two men, 21-year-old Osei Lazare and 28-year-old Marcus Daniel, are charged with the death of 16-year-old Suzette Gibson, the focus of the first day of the trial immediately shifted to Daniel yesterday (Wednesday, Nov. 23) when the claim was made by his lawyer, Pamela Elder SC.
Several witnesses admitted to her that her client — who was Gibson's cousin — regularly listened to heavy metal music, that his bedroom was decorated with skeletons and that he drank heavily.
Daniel's music collection and tattoos came under scrutiny.
One witness said Daniel listened to artists such as shock rockers MARILYN MANSON, OZZY OSBOURNE, ALICE COOPER and other metal bands such as SLIPKNOT and ANTHRAX.
He also had the tattoo of an upside down cross on one arm — which Elder called the symbol of the Antichrist.
Daniel's friend, Riaz Ali told the jury: "I recall the lyrics of one song. It went 'Devil man, devil man, you got in my head, devil man, devil man... right in my heart.'"
Read the full article at TrinidadExpress.com.
British hard rockers VIKING SKULL have been forced to drop off the upcoming ALICE COOPER/TWISTED SISTER U.K. tour. "Basically, despite being added to the advertising and having the tour confirmed for seven months, TWISTED SISTER decided that they had to play the same length of time as ALICE COOPER. So in order to not have their egos dented by Mr. Cooper, they threw VIKING SKULL off the bill in order to make Alice's fans sit through 95 minutes of their not-had-a-hit-for-20-years rubbish."
"This has nothing to do with ALICE COOPER, whom VIKING SKULL have played with before and who was a total gent to the band.
"Very sorry to anyone that bought tickets for those shows but we do have a headline tour starting in a few weeks time. VIKING SKULL's debut album, 'Born In Hell', is out today."
Jude Cole of 'Extra' caught up with Alice Cooper for a Q&A and asked the rocker what he'll be doing on his new tour to shock people. "I don't think you do," Cooper responded. "I think what you do now is you entertain the audience, and you use shock tactics. Britney was pregnant, so we weren't going to cut Britney's head off again. We did that last year, you know. So who walks right into our sights? Well, Paris Hilton. And is anybody not tired of seeing these divas with these little Chihuahuas in their purses? I said, 'What would happen if the Chihuahua went for her throat?' So we do a song called 'Sunset Babies All Got Rabies.' She's on the floor beating this dog, and the audience is dying laughing because everyone wants to see that." You can check out the complete transcript or watch the video here.
According to Video Business, ALICE COOPER's July 12 performance in Montreux, Switzerland was filmed by more than 20 high-definition cameras for DVD release sometime next year.
ALICE COOPER's new album, "Dirty Diamonds", is scheduled for release in the U.S. on August 2 via New West Records. The CD, which is said to be a continuation of the more organic approach found on Cooper's last effort, "The Eyes of Alice Cooper", was overseen by Steve Lindsey, who co-produced Cooper's 2004 duet with rapper XZIBIT, "Stand" (off the official Olympics Games album, "Unity") and has worked with Elton John, Luther Vandross and Leonard Cohen.
Arsis will enter the studio in late-July to record a new EP. The EP will be titled "A Diamond For Disease" and will feature the title track (clocking in at over 12 minutes in length) in addition to a cover of Alice Cooper's "Roses On White Lace." The EP will tentatively be available on October 25th.
Alice Cooper will release his new album, "Dirty Diamonds," on August 2. Cooper will also launch a tour with power-pop legends Cheap Trick on August 20 in Cincinnati, with dates running through September 16 in Phoenix.
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Launch Radio Networks reports: When ROB ZOMBIE hits the road this summer on Ozzfest, his touring band will feature former MARILYN MANSON guitarist John 5. Zombie told us how he and the guitar player got together. "CAMP FREDDY asked me to do this benefit, just to play one song, at the Arrowhead Pond (in Anaheim, California) for this tsunami relief thing. And John was there, and we played one song, 'Thunderkiss', and it kicked ass and he's a supercool guy and I was like, 'This is perfect.' John said, 'Do you need a guitar player for Ozzfest?' I said, 'Yes,' he said, 'I wanna do it,' I said, 'Perfect, done.'"
Zombie's new touring band also includes longtime bassist Rob "Blasko" Nicholson and ALICE COOPER drummer Tommy Clufetos. In addition to "Thunderkiss '65", Zombie recently hinted that his Ozzfest set list might include even more old material from his former band, WHITE ZOMBIE. We asked the singer if this was still the plan. "I don't know. I mean, I haven't rehearsed yet. John 5 and Blasko have been rehearsing and learning all these old songs that I haven't played in a million years, so we'll see."
German hard rockers Evidence One were chosen to support the upcoming German shows in July of none other than Alice Cooper.
Jun. 03 Freiburg - Messehalle (DE)
Jul. 15 Freiburg - Zelt-und Musikfestival (DE)
Jul. 16 Wuppertal - Unisporthalle (DE)
Jul. 19 Berlin - Columbiahalle (DE)
Jul. 22 Geiselwind - Earthshaker Fest 2005 (DE)
Jul. 23 Emsdetten - Emshalle (DE)
Alice Cooper is to headline a UK tour at the end of the year, with Twisted Sister as special guests. The dates are: Brighton Centre November 5, London Wembley Pavilion 6, Cardiff International Arena 7, Birmingham NEC 9, Manchester MEN Arena 10, Glasgow Clyde Auditorium 12, Newcastle Metro Radio Arena 13, Sheffield Hallam FM Arena 15, Nottingham Arena 16, Bournemouth BIC 17.
Alice Cooper interviewed Rob Zombie for his "Nights with Alice Cooper" radio show on the Phoenix radio station KDKB on October 24. Download the audio of the 13-minute interview at this location (mp3, 4.6 MB).
Metal legend Bruce Dickinson has more talents than you might expect. Not only does he front one of the most successful heavy-metals bands of all time — Iron Maiden — but he's also an author of two books (on a cross-dressing 18th century toff, as it happens), a competing fencer who was once rated fourth in Britain, and a pilot.
Now he's added yet another string to his bow — or should that be electric guitar? — by becoming a radio DJ for digital station 6Music.
"I love doing the show and it's turned out really successful for us," he enthuses. "We can play whatever the hell we want and mix everything from Alice Cooper to more modern bands like Viking Skull."
Bizarrely, Bruce manages to fit his radio show in between touring the world with Maiden (selling 60m records in the process) and flying passengers around the globe as a pilot for a commercial airline.
"At the moment I'm flying planes full-time and it's now my proper day job until the Maiden tour next year.
"A few months ago I was flying overnight for seven hours to Africa. It was around midnight when the captain leaned over to me and quite unexpectedly showered me with vomit — so I had to spend the next five hours covered in it.
"It was then that I thought to myself, not even in my worst days in rock 'n' roll has anyone ever been sick on me. Sometimes flying airplanes is actually more rock 'n' roll than being in a band."
Toronto Star wrote an article about how "evil isn't what it used to be."
Parents groups, conservative politicians and religious wingnuts worried daily that exposure to metal was promoting everything from promiscuity, substance abuse and casual violence among teens to an overall increase in Satan's power over the surface of the earth. Tipper Gore, of the then-notorious Parents Music Resource Centre (PMRC), claimed the music told young people "It's okay to beat people up" and successfully lobbied for warning labels to be affixed to potentially offensive recordings. Geraldo Rivera presided over a straight-faced, primetime "news" special exploring the links between heavy metal and Satanism.
Ozzy Osbourne — already notorious in the midst of his drunken "lost years" for biting the heads off a dove and a bat (the latter, in Ozzy's defence, was accidental) — found himself dragged into California court over the first of two ludicrous legal claims that his song, "Suicide Solution," had convinced an unfortunate teenager to kill himself. British metallers Judas Priest would face a lawsuit of their own in Reno, Nevada a couple of years later when the families of two more suicidal teens claimed subliminal messages on the band's 1978 album, "Stained Class," had coaxed the boys to "do it." Slayer would be next in court in the '90s when three teens who murdered, then raped, a 15-year-old girl in a horrific "virgin sacrifice" claimed the band's blood-spattered lyrics were responsible.More...
Read the full article at Toronto Star.
Alice Cooper has contributed a recipe for Almond Chicken Salad to celebrity cookbook "Star Palate", which benefits the Marsha Rivkin Center for Ovarian Cancer Research and the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. The book, which will hit shelves in October, will also include recipes from Tori Amos, Anastacia, Billy Joel and Britney Spears and her mother, as well as from noted chefs.
This year's Bang Your Head Festival is set to take place on June 25th and 26th at the Messegelande in Balingen, Germany.
The latest act to be confirmed for the festival is ICED EARTH (second headlining act).
The current lineup of bands scheduled to perform at Bang Your Head 2004 includes: ICED EARTH, TESTAMENT, ALICE COOPER, ANTHRAX, QUEENSRYCHE, CHILDREN OF BODOM, PRIMAL FEAR, U.F.O., WHITE LION, MAGNUM, BLAZE, ANGEL, CAGE, MAJESTY, GOTTHARD, LILLIAN AXE, OMEN, DEATH ANGEL, KINGDOM COME, SHOK PARIS, RUFFIANS and BALLISTIC.
A warmup gig is to be held at Rockdisco WOM with Ruffians, Ballistic, Shok Paris and Death Angel.
United Stations Radio Networks, Inc., (USRN) an independent leader in original network radio programming, has announced it has signed a deal with legendary rocker ALICE COOPER whereby the performer will host a weeknight shift targeted to classic rock stations. United Stations will work closely with Cooper to develop the creative content of the program. The announcement came from United Stations EVP/Programming Andy Denemark from the network's New York City headquarters.
"Nights with Alice Cooper" is the latest addition to a rapidly growing field of evening daypart programming and it is the first such entry into the evening daypart arena for the network. Beginning on Monday, January 26, 2004, the show will be delivered to affiliates via satellite for five hours per night and is intended to provide programming for the 7pm to Midnight time period, Monday through Friday. The music playlist for the show will be comprised of upbeat classic rock and the broadcasts will be populated by Alice Cooper and a cast of characters who will be introduced to the program and evolve over time. Cooper, who resides in Arizona, will have the show emanate from a mysterious location in the Arizona desert. More...
Rob Zombie was on hand to see Alice Cooper honored with a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Tuesday (December 2) in Hollywood, California. Check out pictures from CelebrityPhoto, StarFile, GlobePhotos, GettyImages, WireImage, Colourpress, DailyCeleb, LFI, and Yahoo.