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Annihilator guitarist/mastermind Jeff Waters has posted this message on the band's official forum:
So far, asides from the mountain of old footage me and the Campbell Bros. are going through, I can tell ya one cool section that will be on the "Annihilator: Ten Years In Hell" DVD (due for release sometime in the early spring 2005):
Many former members have filmed themselves talking about their time and memories in Annihilator and what they are doing now. This includes already-done footage from Mike Mangini, Coburn Pharr, Neil Goldberg and others.
Still to come, footage from Ray Hartman, The Glove, Russ Bergquist, Aaron Randall, Rampage and others!
I am still trying to contact Randy Black and Wayne Darley, to name a few. Randy B. is not sure he wants to be included on this dvd, despite offering him a long segment where he could play you fans some Annihilator tunes, talk about his drumming, his many years with the band and what he is doing now (Primal Fear and drum clinics). I know you all would love to see him in this; me too! C'mon Randy! The world's best drummer = Mike Mangini and Annia-Drum-Legend = Ray Hartman are in; we need ya too cause you are right up there with the big-guys and kicked hard for Annihilator too!!
Gonna be a cool thing; trying to get some live footage of the Never, Neverland line-up and the Dynamo fest in Holland, from MTV Europe! That would be cool but lotsa killer stuff will be on this; almost thinking of doing 2 dvds.
Gonna make a decision on the company that will do this, this week. been waiting for one of the labels for many weeks so decision-time is here!
From the official Annihilator website:
Hi y'all. Well since most of you know, I have given away a few guitars here on my site for no money!. So, I figure I will try to sell a few also. I still have a Gibson Goth V and a Gibson Les Paul Studio (both in evil black). Since this contest has been going on to win my guitar, many have emailed me and asked if they could BUY one of my guitars. This is certainly not something I need to do BUT what the heck; who couldn't use money! hehe!
The Gibson Goth V is one of two that I used on the Carnival Diablos/Waking the Fury cd's and tours, as well as last summer's festival run at Wacken/BYH, etc... Curran Murphy also used one on the recent Judas Priest tour.
The Evil Black Les Paul was my main axe on the Criteria for a Black Widow tour as well as some tracks on that cd and a few on Carnival Diablos.
They both have the godly EMG pick-ups in them and both in pretty good shape. Will be some pretty cool historic guitars to have for a few Annihilator fans!
In case anyone is wondering why they are being put up for "sale" here, it is because MANY people have emailed me about buying one of my guitars. I also have an endorsement with the best darn guitar company out there ESP so I really won't be using these Gibsons anymore; I have alot of guitars!
So if you are (seriously) interested, send me a message (PM Private Message) throught this site (you have to register to do this). Again, only serious inquiries only please.
Price? I have have offers around $1500 EUROS for each of these 2 axes (i have a few of you who are asking me if it is $1500 euros for BOTH = NO. $1550 euros for each, so far!)
So if you are interested, make me an offer. I will post (here) what the current offers are.
Buyer pays shipping via Fedex or UPS.
Heck, I might even throw in some autographed Annihilator goodies for ya!
Cheers y'all and I hope the contest winners enjoy their metal prizes!
BW&BK is reporting at their site bravewords.com that Megadeth frontman Dave Mustaine has revealed that he has been in talks with Annihilator guitar legend Jeff Waters about him possibly joining the ranks of the newly rejuvenated thrash legends.
"I’ve been talking to one of your countrymen about playing with me and it looks pretty good," Mustaine revealed about his recent communication with Waters.
"We’ve been talking quite a lot and my only fear is that he’s so good and he’s a leader of his own thing and this is an institution here, it’s a worldwide thing and, you know. I’ve already had some struggles with bringing in a hired gun that was a leader of another situation with Alan (Pitrelli). Alan’s a good guy, good player. I don’t think that he really could take going from being a leader in Savatage and TSO (Trans-Siberian Orchestra) to being, you know, second, or actually fourth, in Megadeth. I don’t think he could handle it. That’s my only fear about working with Jeff is that he’s a leader of his own thing.
But, we’re talkin’ and we’re talkin’ and I’m passionate about what I want to do and it may very well happen. We’ve obviously started a friendship and I’ve known of him for years. It may just be that this is a combination that will put him on the map and give me some stability because I have a lot of friends that are Canadian and every one of them is just fucking righteous."
This isn't the first time that a Mustaine-Waters collaboration has been spoken about. Waters was rumored to replace Jeff Young (So Far, So Good...So What! era) in the late '80s. More...
Long-running Canadian thrashers ANNIHILATOR have announced the addition of bassist Sandor de Bretan and drummer Rob Falzano to the group's ranks. Bretan hails from Waters' hometown of Ottawa Canada, while Falzano, a Boston native, came recommended to Water by "All For You" studio drummer Mike Mangini, who was also Falzano's teacher. Mangini will also be "guesting" at some future shows with the band.
ANNIHILATOR are scheduled to release their new album, "All For You", on May 24 through Germany's AFM Records. A five-song EP, entitled "The One", will surface on April 26, and will include two bonus video clips. "All For You" marks the recording debut with the group of new singer Dave Padden, who replaced previous vocalist Joe Comeau last June.
Long-running Canadian thrashers ANNIHILATOR have set a May 24 European release date through Germany's AFM Records for their new album, "All For You". A five-song EP, entitled "The One", will surface on April 26, and will include two bonus video clips.
"All For You" marks the recording debut with the group of new singer Dave Padden, who replaced previous vocalist Joe Comeau last June. The album also features a return appearance by drummer Mike Mangini (Extreme, Steve Vai) following the departure of Randy Black (Primal Fear) in early October.
Commented mainman Jeff Waters in a recent online posting: "[The song 'Weapon X'] is probably the most brutal ANNIHILATOR song ever written. I honestly would compare it to 'Battery' by Metallica — and I would never ever try to compare something I did with a classic tune like that unless I could back I up. Dave, Mike and I can!
The song 'All For You' will probably be the single as it is one of those darn tootin' tunes that you will hear once and not be able to forget the chorus!"
With regards to the songwriting process for the new album, Waters said, "I demoed 18 songs [using a drum machine]. Weeded out the weakest ones and then got Dave/Mike to do their stuff over the 11 I picked. It was [actually] 12, but one was noticeably weak — could [have] made it on any other CD, but not this one."
"All For You" tracklisting: More...
Bassist Russell "The Woodsman" Bergquist has left Canadian thrashers ANNIHILATOR due to "personal" reasons. "I would like to wish the rest of the guys the best of luck with new album and thank everyone for the support over the five years I was in the band," Russell said in an official statement. Added ANNIHILATOR mainman Jeff Waters: "We will all miss [Russell] and hope that we will hook up with him again, both musically and personally, down the road! Best of luck Woodsman and you kicked everyone's butt!!!!"
As previously reported, Bergquist is believed to be working on his first solo album, tentatively due later in the year through an as-yet-undisclosed label. Among the guests musicians set to appear on the CD is THE DEVIN TOWNSEND BAND drummer Ryan Van Poederooyen.
ANNIHILATOR's new album, "All For You", is tentatively due this spring through Germany's AFM Records. The forthcoming CD marks the recording debut with the group of new singer Dave Padden, who replaced previous vocalist Joe Comeau last June. The album also features a return appearance by drummer Mike Mangini (EXTREME, STEVE VAI) following the departure of Randy Black (PRIMAL FEAR) in early October.