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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.
Twisted Sister guitarist Jay Jay French has had a guitar named after him by Epiphone. It's called the Jay Jay French Twisted Pinkburst Signature Guitar, and is based on a Les Paul Standard from Epiphone's Elitist series. The new model has the band's logo on the headstock and French's name on the truss rod cover.
TWISTED SISTER frontman Dee Snider has issued the following statement regarding the passing of original CARNIVORE guitarist Keith Alexander:
"Keith Alexander lived more in his 41 years on this earth then most of us will live in our entire natural lifetime. He was as vibrant, warm, enthusiastic and positive a person as you could ever hope to meet, and I am honored to have called him my friend.
"I first met Keith while doing research for my movie 'StrangeLand'. He was a body piercer, brander and cutter at The Gauntlet in NYC and recognized me as I was browsing in the waiting area of the shop. Openly proffessing his status as a hardcore, original S.M.F. and fan of myself and TWISTED SISTER, he offered to help me with my research by inviting me back to witness an actual peircing he was about to do. I seized the opportunity for some first-hand experience. I was treated to the artful execution of a 'Prince Albert' which I was soon to find out was a male genital piercing. I was off to the races on the 'StrangeLand' screenplay. More...
Original Carnivore guitarist Keith Alexander was reportedly killed in a bike accident earlier this week - Monday night (July 11). His wake is being held today (July 14) between 2:00 and 5:30 p.m., and between 7:00 and 9:00 p.m. at:
Scarpaci Funeral Home
1401 86th Street
Brooklyn, New York 11228
In addition to playing with Carnivore, Alexander spent a three-year stint with Dee Snider of Twisted Sister, touring extensively throughout North America and Scandinavia, with some audiences numbering over 20,000.
A body piercer since 1991, Keith had performed well over 22,000 piercings and over 150 cuttings and brandings. Formerly a staff piercer for Gauntlet, Inc. in New York City, Keith spent one year as a full-time apprentice to master piercers Dan Kopka and Mark Seitchik. Gauntlet founder Jim Ward issued Keith's certificate on August 2, 1994.
Eagle Rock Entertainment and Twisted Sister, the legendary multi-platinum metal band, are teaming up to bring the ultimate combination of DVD and CD technology to metal fans everywhere. On June 28, Eagle Rock Entertainment will release "Twisted Sister's Live at Wacken The Reunion," on DVDplus. The revolutionary DVDplus format offers music fans a full-length DVD video program and a full-length audio CD on opposite sides of the same disc.
Unlike the DualDisc format, which is marketed as an enhanced audio CD, DVDplus uses the full capacity of the disc to give consumers a double dose of entertainment. The unique mastering techniques of DVDplus can include up to two hours of video on the DVD side, plus a full-length CD program. Packaged in a jewel box, the disc has magenta printing on one side and a clear coat scratch-resistant finish on the other, making it easier to identify its content than the DualDisc. It is also backwards compatible with all CD and DVD players. List price for "Live at Wacken The Reunion" will be $19.98.
"We've been in the DVD business for a long time, and believe that DVDplus truly offers the consumer the best of both worlds: a full-length DVD video program and a full-length CD audio program," said Mike Carden, Eagle Rock Entertainment Executive Vice President and President of North American Operations. "Given our long relationship with Twisted Sister on our Spitfire label, this is the perfect combination of their talent and our desire to expand into promising new formats."
Twisted Sister vocalist Dee Snider and manager Phil Carson became early proponents of DVDplus technology, which was developed by acclaimed record producer and engineer Dieter Dierks. Dierks is best known for his work with Twisted Sister and Scorpions, and is also CEO of DVDplus International, headquartered in Germany.
"I first heard about DVDplus when Dieter Dierks, a German record producer pal of mine, came to New York and showed me this astonishing technology," says Snider. "I saw a massive potential that is particularly important to record companies. DVDplus is a way for them to give the consumer a package that includes everything they could ever want from their favorite artist."
"DVDplus is exactly what the industry needs," says Carson, who is also President of the North American Division of DVDplus. "It gives the consumer extra value and serves as a deterrent to downloading." More...
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.
Virgin Steele are confirmed to play at Bang Your Head 2005-festival. The event is set to take place in Germany at the Messegelände of Balingen on the 24th and 25th of June.
Bang Your Head 2005 will be the 10th Bang Your Head in a row and is therefore themed "The Best of ten Years". To celebrate this anniversary, the festival's organizers invited the most popular acts of all former events. Alongside 22 acts that have rocked the festival's stage before, another well-known very special guest will be invited.
The list of artists set to perform at the Bang Your Head festival 2005 at Balingen, Germany, 24th/25th of June: More...
Twisted Sister, Dio, Saxon and the re-united Candlemass are all booked to appear at next year's Bang Your Head festival, which happens at Balingen, Germany on 24/25. Also on the bill for the tenth anniversary of the festival are Doro, Sebastian Bach, Nevermore, Krokus, Gamma Ray, Axel Rudi Pell and Amon Amarth.
The first-ever Monterrey Metal Fest, set to be held on Saturday, November 13, 2004 at the Coca Cola Auditorium in Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico, will be filmed with 10 stationary, mobile and crane-mounted cameras and will be released in the future in DVD format worldwide, according to a press release from Cage, one of the bands scheduled to appear at the festival. Other groups set to perform on the main stage include Twisted Sister, Dio, Dokken, Quiet Riot, Shaman and Hatebreed.
The secondnd stage will feature the hottest Mexican metal bands currently on the scene: Next, Evilheart, Argos, Aglarond, Calvaria, Marco Ferrigno - The Quest, Stentor, Eon, Skeptic Universe, Divina Lez and Aiwass.
To visit the Monterrey Metal Fest web site, click here.
Mexican black/death metal band Evilheart have been confirmed for the first-ever Monterrey Metal Fest, set to be held on Saturday, November 13, 2004 at the Coca Cola Auditorium in Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico. The complete lineup for the festival so far is as follows:
The Monterrey Metal Fest Vol. 1 will be the largest heavy metal festival ever to be held in Mexico. The outdoor Coca Cola Auditorium has a capacity for over 20,000 persons.
The festival promoters, Day Dream Productions and Dark Vission Entertainment, plan on making the Monterrey Metal Fest an annual event.
San Diego, California heavy metal band Cage have been confirmed on the line-up of the 1st ever Monterrey Metal Fest Vol. I, to be held on Saturday, November 13, 2004 at the Coca Cola Auditorium in Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico.
The festival line-up is made up of the following internationally recognized bands: Twisted Sister, Dio, Dokken, Quiet Riot, Shaman, Hatebreed and Cage.
The Monterrey Metal Fest Vol. I will be the largest heavy metal festival ever to be held in Mexico. The outdoor Coca Cola Auditorium has a capacity for over 20,000 persons.
The festival promoters Day Dream Productions and Dark Vission Entertainment plan on making the Monterrey Metal Fest an annual event. Visit the Monterrey Metal Fest (Vol . I) website.
The band-lineup of next year's installment of Bang Your Head is gaining shape: former Skid Row-vocalist Sebastian Bach was confirmed to play at the event set to take place in Germany at the Messegelände of Balingen on the 24th and 25th of June. Bach played this year's Bang Your Head as well: He was hired as substitute for White Lion as the reunion of the latter failed last minute. Bach turned out to the huge surprise act of the festival ans delivered an frenetically acclaimed live set with an high-energy performance of many Skid Row-classics.
Bang Your Head 2005 will be the 10th Bang Your Head in a row and is therefore themed "The Best of Ten Years." To celebrate this anniversary, the festival's organizers invited the most popular acts of all former events, among them prominent names like Twisted Sister and Motorhead. Alongside 22 acts that have rocked the festival's stage before, another well-known very special guest will be invited.
The list of artists set to perform at the Bang Your Head festival 2005 at Balingen, Germany, 24th/25th of June:
Axel Rudi Pell
+ 5 more huge acts
+ 1 very special guest
All further details about the Bang Your Head may be found at ww.bang-your-head.de.
Tickets are availaible at ticket-hotline (+49-74 57-9 13 93) and via homepage. Prices are 59 - Euro (plus shipping) at presales. Tickets are limited to a number of 20000. By this it the organizers want to ensure that the special and relaxed atmosphere of the event won't suffer.
Eagle Rock Entertainment has pushed back the release date of Twisted Sister's "Still Hungry" album, the re-recorded and expanded version of the band's classic 1984 album "Stay Hungry," to October 19.
Well-known hard rock producer Tom Werman has lashed back at Twisted Sister over their comments regarding his collaboration with the band on their double-platinum album, "Stay Hungry."
Twisted Sister guitarist Jay Jay French recently commented on the band's upcoming remake version of their classic "Stay Hungry" album, appropriately entitled "Still Hungry":
"Still Hungry'"is "Stay Hungry" - the way it ought to be. It has an ultra-heavy sound, which is the way we wanted "Stay Hungry" in the first place. But at that time rock records had a thin, very midrange kind of sound and so "Stay Hungry" was recorded very lightly. We battled Atlantic Records and producer Tom Werman about it, but we lost.More...
Eagle Rock Entertainment will release Twisted Sister's "Still Hungry" CD, a re-recorded and expanded version of the classic 1984 album "Stay Hungry," on October 5, 2004. "Still Hungry" adds seven new tracks to the original "Stay Hungry."
The re-recorded "Stay Hungry" tracks are "Stay Hungry," "We're Not Gonna Take It," "Burn In Hell," "Horror-Teria: a) Captain Howdy b) Street Justice," "I Wanna Rock," "The Price," "Don't Let Me Down," "The Beast," and "S.M.F." The biggest singles of Twisted Sister's career, "We're Not Gonna Take It" and "I Wanna Rock," were fist-pumping smashes and important, ground-breaking music videos in the early days of MTV. More...
Armageddon Over Wacken
Street Date: October 19, 2004
Catalog Number: CMU 61127
Wacken Open Air is a yearly metal festival held in the small farming town of Wacken, Germany.The festival started out 14 years ago and has now amassed an attendance up to 35,000 people and is the largest metal gathering in Europe. Crash Music is proud to release the live concert two DVD set.
The DVD includes performances by many well known metal gods such as Twisted Sister, Saxon, Nile, The Crown, Testament, Vader, In Flames, Gamma Ray and many more. Also includes backstage and behind the scenes footage of the Wacken Open Air festival. The DVD was shot in 5.1 Surround Sound for exceptional audio quality.
Artist & Song Listing: More...
Twisted Sister guitarist Jay Jay French has posted the following message regarding the band's recently completed European mini-tour: "We want to thank all of our new fans in Spain for the amazing response that you gave us following our show with the Scorpions in Granada. The reviews have been just as amazing."
TWISTED SISTER frontman Dee Snider has responded to the recent statements that were made by SKID ROW bassist Rachel Bolan in response to Snider’s recent on-stage rant after Skid Row singer Johnny Solinger’s wife went into labor, forcing him to fly home and therefore making the band miss their July 9th date opening for TS in Gilford, NH. More...
TWISTED SISTER have entered the studio to begin re-recording their classic 1984 effort "Stay Hungry" for a late 2004 release through an as-yet-undisclosed label. "We have the capability to make the world's first re-recorded record the way it should have been," the group's manager, Daniel Stanton of Coallier Entertainment Ltd., stated. " 'Stay Hungry' will be that record. Better than it was before. Better… stronger… faster. As they guys finish laying down all the drums and bass for the entire 'Stay Hungry' record and more songs to boot, guitar tracks are being set for this weekend, then vocals... The rebuilding of this record will make history!"
In other news, TWISTED SISTER have announced plans to hit a number of European countries later in the year, including Spain, Italy, U.K., Hungary, Holland and Germany. In addition, they will be traveling to Brazil and Canada, with more U.S. dates soon to be announced.