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Metal guitar virtuoso Xander Demos (Sabbath Judas Sabbath, XDB) is happy to announce he will contribute a track to the upcoming Queen tribute album, "We Will Rock You."
Xander will record a cover of the Queen classic, "I Want It All," and the album will be released in late 2015 on Versailles Records.
Xander is also being prominently featured on the upcoming Versailles Records release, "Guitar Wizards Vol. 3 and 4," expected for early 2015 release. The album will feature some of the biggest names in rock and metal guitar, including current/former lead guitarists from Faith No More, Megadeth, Ozzy Osbourne Band, Kiss, Whitesnake, Guns N Roses, KISS, Poison, Alice Cooper Band, and Jeff Healey.
"We're very excited about Xander's involvement with this upcoming Queen tribute," said Xander's manager, Michael Stover of MTS Management Group. "Xander is a huge Queen fan, and when I approached him about it, he said 'yes' before I could even finish my sentence! 'I Want It All' is such an iconic Queen song, and we're thrilled to be given the chance to record it. We're already in talks with several other well-known rockers to be a part of this track. I don't want to give any names away yet, but I know everyone will be blown away once we announce them. Stay tuned for more!"
The full song list for Rocksmith 2014 Edition, which just came out yesterday, has been revealed. Rocksmith lets you plug any electric guitar or bass directly into your Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PC, or MAC, and teaches you to play while playing the game. Here's the latest video about Rocksmith 2014:
The full song list for Rocksmith 2014 is as follows (with even more available as downloadable content): More...
The organisers of the British leg of the Sonisphere festival have announced that they have had to cancel this years event, which was set to feature headline performances from KISS, Faith No More and Queen + Adam Lambert, amongst others. The statement from the organisers reads as follows:
"It is with very heavy hearts and much regret that we announce the cancellation of Sonisphere Knebworth 2012.
"Putting the festival together in what is proving to be a very challenging year was more difficult than we anticipated and we have spent the last few months fighting hard to keep Sonisphere in the calendar. Unfortunately circumstances have dictated that we would be unable to run the festival to a standard that both the artists and that Sonisphere’s audience would rightly expect. More...
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William Shatner posted a hysterical official video for his rendition of Queen's classic "Bohemian Rhapsody," which appears on his latest music album "Seeking Major Tom." The song features John Wetton (King Crimson/Asia). "Seeking Major Tom" was released on October 11, 2011 via Cleopatra Records.
Check out the video here:
Current Queen member Paul Rodgers has posted the following statement online regarding the passing of legendary guitarist Gary Moore:
"Gary was a friend and a truly great man. I respect that he played the game his way... no time for B.S. He was focused and passionate about music and was one of the best.
"The last time that I jammed with Gary, he came on as my special guest at London's Royal Albert Hall and proceeded to take it to another level... the place imploded! When he played, he was a man on fire.
"If there hadn't been an ocean between us and Gary didn't mind flying, we absolutely would have created more together. We've lost a great British blues man and I am very, very sad."
Legendary progressive rockers Queen have revealed details regarding the band's upcoming 13 disc box set titled "Queen: "The Singles Collection 4." The release is the final installment in the four box collection and includes Top 40 singles takes between 1989 and 1999.
QUEEN "The Singles Collection 4" tracklisting:
CD Single 1
1. The Miracle
2. Stone Cold Crazy (Live)
CD Single 2
CD Single 3
1. I'm Going Slightly Mad
2. The Hitman
CD Single 4
2. All God's People
CD Single 5
1. The Show Must Go On
2. Queen Talks
CD Single 6
1. Bohemian Rhapsody
2. These Are The Days Of Our Lives
CD Single 7
1. Heaven For Everyone (Single Version)
2. It's A Beautiful Day
CD Single 8
1. A Winter's Tale
2. Rock In Rio Blues
CD Single 9
1. Too Much Love Will Kill You
2. I Was Born To Love You
CD Single 10
1. Let Me Live
2. We Will Rock You (Live)
3. We Are The Champions (Live)
CD Single 11
1. You Don't Fool Me (Edit)
2. You Don't Fool Me (Album Version)
CD Single 12
1. No-One But You (Only The Good Die Young)
2. We Will Rock You (The Rick Rubin "Ruined" Remix)
3. The Prize (Instrumental Remix for "The Eye")
CD Single 13
1. Under Pressure Rah Mix (Radio Edit)
2. Under Pressure (Mike Spencer Remix)
3. Under Pressure (Live At Knebworth)
Like so many others in the hard rock and heavy metal community, Iron Maiden, Whitesnake and others have posted messages online paying their respects to heavy metal icon Ronnie James Dio, who sadly passed away yesterday morning in Los Angeles from stomach cancer. The tributes read as follows:
Iron Maiden: "It is with huge sadness we hear that Ronnie has lost his battle against stomach cancer, and our heartfelt condolences go out to his wife Wendy and family at this terrible time. From his earlier years in Elf, Black Sabbath and Dio, right through to his most recent days fronting Heaven and Hell, Ronnie, time and again, proved his genius as a frontman, always giving his all to his fans and his music. Ronnie was not only an incredibly gifted singer but also a wonderfully warm, intelligent and generous person and this shone through both on and off stage leaving a positive mark on everyone he came into contact with. A longstanding friend of Maiden, we played many shows together over the years and we will all miss him greatly. The world has lost an irreplaceable talent and, first and foremost, one of the finest human beings you could ever wish to meet."
Whitesnake's David Coverdale: "So very sad to hear of Ronnie's passing... My thoughts, prayers and condolence to his family and friends." More...
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A new, high quality Muppets video of Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody" is making its rounds on Facebook and social sites, so I decided to take this opportunity to post it, along with a medley of various other Muppets heavy metal renditions.
The Muppets: Bohemian Rhapsody
I'm not quite sure what the fascination is, but there are more Muppets metal videos after the jump. More...
The official trailer for the forthcoming new video game, "Guitar Hero: Van Halen" has been posted online via YouTube. You can check it out below. The game will be released in stores on December 22nd through Activision.
The tracklisting for the game is as follows:
"Ain't Talkin Bout Love"
"And The Cradle Will Rock"
"Dance The Night Away"
"Everybody Wants Some"
"Feel Your Love Tonight"
"Hang "Em High"
"Hear About It Later"
"Hot For Teacher"
"Ice Cream Man"
"I'm The One"
"Loss Of Control"
"Running With The Devil"
"So This Is Love"
"Somebody Get Me A Doctor"
"Spanish Fly" (solo)
"You Really Got Me"
Tracks from other bands:
ALTER BRIDGE - "Come To Life"
BILLY IDOL - "White Wedding"
BLINK-182 - "First Date"
DEEP PURPLE -- "Space Truckin"
FOO FIGHTERS - "Best Of You"
FOREIGNER - "Double Vision"
FOUNTAINS OF WAYNE- "Stacy's Mom"
JIMMY EAT WORLD- "Pain"
JUDAS PRIEST - "Painkiller"
KILLSWITCH ENGAGE - "The End Of Heartache"
LENNY KRAVITZ - "Rock And Roll Is Dead"
QUEEN - "I Want It All"
QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE - "Sick, Sick, Sick"
TENACIOUS D - "Master Exploder"
THE CLASH - "Safe European Home"
THE OFFSPRING - "Pretty Fly For A White Guy"
THIRD EYE BLIND - "Semi-Charmed Life"
WEEZER - "Dope Nose"
YELLOWCARD - "The Takedown" More...
The full tracklisting for the forthcoming, "Guitar Hero: Van Halen" video game has been revealed and features a huge selection of songs from the rock legends themselves as well as tracks from bands such as Judas Priest, Killswitch Engage and Deep Purple. The game will be released on December 22nd.
The tracklisting is as follows: More...
RollingStone.com has issued the following report:
The rock video game war will heat up again in the fall: both of the industry’s flagship series are hitting consumers with tantalizing titles in 9/09. Harmonix’s THE BEATLES: Rock Band arrives September 9th, and now Activision has confirmed Guitar Hero 5 is due September 1st. The game will boast 85 brand-new master recordings, and this week Activision is announcing the band lineup in a series of scavenger hunt-like stories; fans who track down all the featured artists can enter a sweepstakes to win five tickets to concerts at a venue of their choice.
Rolling Stone can exclusively reveal that tracks from QUEEN & DAVID BOWIE (presumably 'Under Pressure'), KINGS OF LEON, SANTANA, SONIC YOUTH and A PERFECT CIRCLE will appear in the game. The title will also come equipped with tunes by WEEZER, BON JOVI, BILLY JOEL, ELLIOT SMITH and THE BRONX.
Read the full article at RollingStone.com.
Activision will be expanding on the Guitar Hero franchise by releasing a new compilation game of what the company feels are the best songs to be included on the series. The game will be released on the Playstation 2 and 3, as well as XBox 360 and the Nintendo Wii.
The first tracks revealed are:
"Barracuda" by HEART
"I Love Rock N Roll" by JOAN JETT AND THE BLACKHEARTS
"I Wanna Rock" by TWISTED SISTER
"Killer Queen" by QUEEN
"Killing In The Name" by RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE
"Nothin" But A Good Time' by POISON
"Them Bones" by ALICE IN CHAINS
"Through The Fire And Flames" by DRAGONFORCE
Motorhead's godly frontman Lemmy will be appearing in the forthcoming new video game Guitar Hero:Metallica. "It's great to be in 'Guitar Hero' with all these famous people and I'm really pleased to be in it with Metallica," Lemmy said, "but [frontman] James [Hetfield] is still taller than me."
The tracklisting for the game is as follows:
All Nightmare Long
Fade To Black
Fight Fire With Fire
For Whom The Bell Tolls
Hit The Lights
Master of Puppets
Mercyful Fate (Medley)
No Leaf Clover
Nothing Else Matters
Sad But True
Seek And Destroy
The Memory Remains
The Shortest Straw
The Thing That Should Not Be
Welcome Home (Sanitarium)
Wherever I May Roam
Other artists: More...
Metallica has now revealed the tracklisting for Guitar Hero: Metallica. As previously reported, Guitar Hero: Metallica will be hitting the streets on March 29 with some really cool features like different classic venues such as the L.A. Forum, Tushino Airfield, and The Hammersmith Odeon, the ability to play as us or in single instrument mode, and even the Expert+ setting with double bass drum kick pedals.
Here are the songs on the game, both from Metallica and other bands that they "admire and even call friends": More...
Queen guitarist Brian May is disappointed after learning his contribution to the new Guns N' Roses album was dropped by frontman Axl Rose.
May teamed up with the band in 1999 to collaborate on track "Catcher N' The Rye" for their long awaited new LP, "Chinese Democracy," which has been 14 years in the making.
But May recently found out that his efforts have been removed from the final version of the song.
He says, "It is a shame. I was proud of it."
"Chinese Democracy" will be out November 23rd through Black Frog/Geffen Records, and exclusively through Best Buy stores in the USA.
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Gerry "Jerry" Phillips, a self-described "manualist" or "hand musician" who has been playing songs on his hands for 38 years, has posted his rendition of the OZZY OSBOURNE classic "Crazy Train" on YouTube. Watch that clip, along with some of Gerry's other "classics," below.
Phillips writes on his YouTube page: "People ask me why I play music on my hands. The answer is, because I can! When I was 9 years old, I went to a party. The photographer (to keep us quiet) farted with his hands. I could do it right away. I soon found notes, then simple songs, now I can play just about everything. I'm happy making videos and featuring them on YouTube where people like you can see them! I don't expect everyone to like what I do, but if you think about it, there is no new music. Everything has been done in one way or another. But I am new and different. Singing, humming, whistling and playing an instrument are not the only ways of making music. The only people who have ever truly appreciated what I do are musicians. They tell me in terms I don't understand what I have just done. I just play the song! I think what they think is cool is that i don't have to pack up and drag equipment! What I am interested in doing is performing to a large live audience just to see their reaction and to play a song with some of my heroes who wrote and performed my favorite songs." More...
According to GNRDaily.com, Axl Rose (GUNS N' ROSES), Vince Neil (MOTLEY CRUE) and Tim "Ripper" Owens (ICED EARTH, ex-JUDAS PRIEST) are among the artists who will appear on a new QUEEN tribute album, entitled "Rock n' Royalty: A Very Special Tribute To Queen". Due on November 11, the CD will feature the following track listing:
01. "Keep Yourself Alive" - ELLIS ISLAND
02. "White Queen (As It Began)" - CHERIE CURRIE
03. "Tie Your Mother Down" - ANDREW STOCKDALE and CHRIS ROSS
04. "Tenement Funster" - ROBBIE WILLIAMS
05. "Let Me Entertain You" - FEE WAYBILL
06. "Body Language" - DEREK ST. HOLMES
07. "Seven Seas Of Rhye" - JIMMY EAT WORLD
08. "Good Ol' Fashion Lover Boy" - CLAY AIKEN
09. "Calling All Girls" - VINCE NEIL
10. "You Don't Fool Me" - FLAMING LIPS
11. "Party" - performed by SWING CATS ft. W. AXL ROSE
12. "Breakthru" - THE FAMILY
13. "Rock It (Prime Jive)" - KORY CLARKE
14. "Sweet Lady" - ECHOCELL
15. "Spread Your Wings" - TIM "RIPPER" OWENS
16. "We Will Rock You" - THE MIGHTY DIAMONDS
17. "We Are The Champions" - JUDY MOWATT
18. "Is This The World We Created....?" - HEAVEN 17 ft. MIKE LOVE
19. "God Save The Queen" - SIMON KIRKE and BRIAN MAY
Launch Radio Networks reports: Things continue to move forward with QUEEN + PAUL RODGERS, as the group has been working on some new material for the past few months. Fans have wondered how the sessions are going, and guitarist Brian May recently responded on his official BrianMay.com web site by writing, "I don't really feel it's right to get into too many details at this point, but, as things stand, in the recent QUEEN/RODGERS sessions, all three of us (May, Rodgers, and drummer Roger Taylor) have played some bass! (me most of all)." May added, "Whether the tracks will end up that way, I'm not sure — we may invite someone in at some point, but for the purposes of getting our heads together, and evolving not only songs, but ways of creating, it has worked out well just having the three of us, so far."
There's been no word yet on when the new material might surface, or when the group might tour again. Rodgers currently has a handful of solo dates booked in the U.S. in April and May.
Who are the best singers in heavy metal history? According to Hit Parader magazine, Robert Plant from Led Zeppelin and Rob Halford from Judas Priest are the two best men for the job. The magazine has published their list of "Heavy Metal's All-Time Top 100 Vocalists," and the editors said, "Assembling our list certainly presented a daunting task, considering the breadth and scope of the metal empire during its 35-year reign as rock's most powerful and enduring force. We tried our best not to turn this into some sort of popularity contest where only the most famous (or infamous) frontmen in metal lore were recognized."
Most names included in the list are neither metal singers nor performers in a metal band. They are Queen's Freddie Mercury, the Who's Roger Daltrey, Mick Jagger from the Rolling Stones, Ann Wilson from Heart, Kurt Cobain from Nirvana, Rod Stewart, David Bowie, Jimi Hendrix, Ray Davies from the Kinks, Joan Jett, Steve Marriott from the Small Faces and Humble Pie, and Steve Perry from Journey.
The Hit Parader Top 10 Singers:
1) Robert Plant from Led Zeppelin
2) Rob Halford from Judas Priest
3) Steven Tyler from Aerosmith
4) Chris Cornell from Audioslave and Soundgarden
5) Bon Scott from AC/DC
6) Freddie Mercury from Queen
7) Bruce Dickinson from Iron Maiden
8) Ozzy Osbourne from Black Sabbath
9) Paul Rodgers from Free, Bad Company, and the Firm
10) Ronnie James Dio from Rainbow and Black Sabbath
Classic Rock Magazine has opened their annual Classic Rock Roll of Honour Awards for voting by the public here. CRMag is also having a competition for the chance to appear on the upcoming Classic Rock DVD and to be broadcast in front of the rock royalty on awards night in November, this year. To enter, email in .mpegs of yourselves (no longer than 30 seconds) explaining why you think your favourites should win on the night to firstname.lastname@example.org. Classic Rock's favourite five entrants will win a prize. The nominations you can vote on follow:
Album of the Year:
Muse - Black Holes & Revelations
The Answer - Rise
Wolfmother - Wolfmother
Iron Maiden - A Matter Of Life And Death
Motorhead - Kiss Of Death
Cheap Trick - Rockford
Opeth - Ghost Reveries
Band of the Year:
Red Hot Chilli Peppers
Lynyrd Skynyrd - Gimme Back My Bullets
Queensryche - Operation Mindcrime
Queen - A Night At The Opera
The Allman Brothers - Eat A Peach
The Small Faces - Ogden's Nut Gone Flake
DVD of the Year:
Pink Floyd - Pulse
Cream - Disraeli Gears
A Headbanger's Journey
Whitesnake - Live In The Still Of The Night
Rush - Chronicles
Classic Rock Event of the Year:
Return of Monsters of Rock
Lordi winning Eurovision
Guns N' Roses tour
Metallica playing Master of Puppets at Download
Roger Waters playing Dark Side Of The Moon
Best New Band:
Pure Reason Revolution