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The Beatles Go Metal?

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On October 24, 2006, Restless Records will release "Butchering The Beatles" — featuring the biggest, the baddest, the heaviest all-star line-up ever assembled to honor what is arguably the greatest band ever — THE BEATLES. All-in-all, over 50 internationally known recording artists bring their unique bone-crushing slant to these remarkable songs. Produced by Grammy award-winning producer/guitarist Bob Kulick and ace engineer Brett Chassen, "Butchering The Beatles" features 12 new, ass-kicking versions of THE BEATLES' chart-topping hits, including "Hey Jude", "I Feel Fine" and "Day Tripper", plus the more esoteric "Hey Bulldog", barked out by the legendary Alice Cooper and "Tomorrow Never Knows", uniquely interpreted by the iconic Billy Idol, alongside classic concept songs like "Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds" and "Magical Mystery Tour".

When asked by Guitar Player magazine what possessed him to go all metal on THE BEATLES, Bob Kulick stated that, "BEATLES songs are the Holy Grail. They're the best rock songs ever written. These new recordings are totally faithful, yet completely different. Billy Gibbons singing 'Revolution' or (MOTÖRHEAD frontman) Lemmy singing 'Back In The USSR' are not exactly Paul McCartney or John Lennon. And of course, the guitar solo sections were lengthened to accommodate all the artists' solo styles."

"Butchering The Beatles" track listing:

01. "Hey Bulldog"

Alice Cooper - Vocals
Steve Vai - Guitars
Duff McKagen (VELVET REVOLVER / GUNS N' ROSES) - Bass
Mikkey Dee (MOTÖRHEAD) - Drums

02. "Back In The USSR"

Lemmy Kilmister (MOTÖRHEAD) - Vocals/Bass
John5 (MARILYN MANSON / ROB ZOMBIE) - Guitars
Eric Singer (KISS / ALICE COOPER) - Drums

03. "Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds"

Geoff Tate (QUEENSRŸCHE) - Vocals
Michael Wilton (QUEENSRŸCHE) - Guitar
Craig Goldy (DIO) - Guitar
Rudy Sarzo (DIO) - Bass
Simon Wright (DIO) - Drums
Scott Warren (DIO) - Keys

04. "Tomorrow Never Knows"

Billy Idol - Vocals
Steve Stevens (BILLY IDOL) - Guitars
Blasko (OZZY OSBOURNE) - Bass
Brian Tichy (BILLY IDOL) - Drums

05. "Magical Mystery Tour"

Jeff Scott Soto (YNGWIE MALMSTEEN / SOUL SIRKUS) - Vocals
Yngwie Malmsteen (RISING FORCE / ALCATRAZZ) - Lead Guitar
Bob Kulick, (MEAT LOAF / PAUL STANLEY BAND) - Rhythm Guitar
Jeff Pilson (DOKKEN / FOREIGNER) - Bass
Frankie Banali (W.A.S.P. / QUIET RIOT) - Drums

06. "Revolution"

Billy Gibbons (ZZ Top) - Vocals / Guitar
Vivian Campbell (DEF LEPPARD) - Guitar
Mike Porcaro (TOTO) - Bass
Gregg Bisonnette (DAVID LEE ROTH / RINGO STARR BAND) - Drums
Joseph Fazzio (SUPERJOINT RITUAL) - Drums

07. "Day Tripper"

Jack Blades (NIGHT RANGER / DAMN YANKEES) - Vocals
Tommy Shaw (STYX / DAMN YANKEES) - Vocals
Doug Aldrich (WHITESNAKE / DIO) - Guitars
Marco Mendoza (WHITESNAKE / THIN LIZZY) - Bass
Virgil Donati (STEVE VAI / SOUL SIRKUS / PLANET X) - Drums

08. "I Feel Fine"

John Bush (ANTHRAX) - Vocals
Stephen Carpenter (DEFTONES) - Guitar
Mike Inez (OZZY OSBOURNE / ALICE IN CHAINS) - Bass
John Tempesta (THE CULT / TESTAMENT) - Drums

09. "Taxman"

Doug Pinnick (KING'S X) - Vocals
Steve Lukather (TOTO) - Guitar
Tony Levin (JOHN LENNON / PETER GABRIEL) - Bass
Steve Ferrone (ERIC CLAPTON / TOM PETTY) - Drums

10. "I Saw Her Standing There"

John Corabi (MÖTLEY CRÜE) - Vocals
Phil Campbell (MOTÖRHEAD) - Guitar
C.C. Deville (POISON) - Guitar
Chris Chaney (JANE'S ADDICTION) - Bass
Kenny Aronoff (SMASHING PUMPKINS / JON BON JOVI) - Drums

11. "Hey Jude"

Tim "Ripper" Owens (JUDAS PRIEST / ICED EARTH) - Vocals
George Lynch (DOKKEN / LYNCH MOB) - Guitar
Bob Kulick (MEAT LOAF / PAUL STANLEY BAND) - Rhythm Guitar
Tim Bogert (VANILLA FUDGE / BECK / BOGERT & APPICE) - Bass
Chris Slade (AC/DC) - drums

12. "Drive My Car"

Kip Winger (WINGER) - Vocals
Bruce Kulick (KISS / GRAND FUNK) - Guitar
Tony Franklin (THE FIRM / WHITESNAKE) - Bass
Aynsley Dunbar (WHITESNAKE / JOURNEY) - Drums

Source: Blabbermouth

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1. evilcheeba writes:

Wow. No matter what you think of the music of the Beatles you have to respect their place in music history. That is quite a diverse and interesting lineup. I'll have to check it out a little. Just too weird to pass up.

# Aug 22, 2006 @ 10:14 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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2. Thrash Banger writes:

I'm sorry, I think the Beatles are the most overrated band in histroy.

# Aug 22, 2006 @ 10:25 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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3. KORNDOGG writes:

I dont listen to the beatles, but i dont think their overrated!
They started, and made the way for alot of different types of music. Gotta respect it!

# Aug 22, 2006 @ 10:34 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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4. lordpaco18 writes:

i had this same idea, i just never though anyone would actually come through with it

# Aug 22, 2006 @ 10:40 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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5. dmasa writes:

i dont even know anymore what the hell is going on

# Aug 22, 2006 @ 11:01 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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6. Terminator writes:

uhhh???? thats pretty f***ed up, right here.

# Aug 22, 2006 @ 11:37 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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7. killingtime writes:

The Beatles possessed the 3 C's right to a point.
They were either Cheesy or Corny, but they were almost always Catchy.

Rather than this mish-mosh of artists collaborating I'd like to see someone do a rendition or interpretation of a song in their own particular style with their own band.... like having Born From Pain or Bury Your Dead do a hardcore rendition of "We're an American Band" by Grand Funk Railroad. Maybe Scar Symmetry doing a cover of "Travelin' Band" by Creedence Clearwater Revival (CCR)... that'd be some interesting stuff, haha.

# Aug 23, 2006 @ 12:32 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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8. psythe writes:

I'm actually extremely interested to see how this will turn out. Korndogg's right in post 3 - the Beatles' music might not be great to you, but the Beatles have done a lot more for the world of music than Bury Your Dead or Scar Symmetry.

Besides, aren't we all sick of the typical remixes that keep coming out? It'll be good to hear something a bit different for a change.

# Aug 23, 2006 @ 12:53 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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9. Terminator writes:

here's an idea: why not have these songs covered by Beatallica?

# Aug 23, 2006 @ 1:17 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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10. edgar varese writes:

the fact is - more has been written, as well as is written every day and will continue to be written about the beatles than any other band, group, artists, musicians - whatever the label, no one in the arts have been more dissected, analyzed, followed and discussed in the entire history of of man.

# Aug 23, 2006 @ 1:29 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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11. Martin writes:

The strength of the Beatles was always their songs. Great songs can be played in any style from a single acoustic instrument to heavy rock - from big band to full blown orchestra. The majority of their songs tick all of these boxes. Look at Earth Wind & Fire (Got To Get You Into My Life), Frank Sinatra (Something, Yesterday), Souixie & The Banshees (Helter Skelter), Phil Collins (Tomorrow Never Knows), Take That (Medley), Ozzy Osbourne (In My Life) Aerosmith (Come Together) Aretha Franklin (Eleanor Rigby) Anti Nowhere League (Nowhere Man) Beastie Biys (I'm Down) Bobby McFerrin (Drive My Car) The Damned, Deep Purple (Help!) Echo & The Bunnymen (All You Need Is Love) PLUS covers by: The Grateful Dead, Hank Williams, Jr., Ian Gillan, Jimi Hendrix, Joan Baez, John Mayall & The Bluesbreakers, José Feliciano, Journey, Kenny Rogers, KLF, Nina Simone, Oasis, Ornette Coleman, Otis Redding, Primal Scream, Ray Charles, REM, Sluts For Hire, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Sting, Tears For Fears, Whitesnake, Yes, - I could go on but you can check out many books and websites to qualify this.

By the way - who the hell is 'Scar Symmetry?' - Point made!

# Aug 23, 2006 @ 4:44 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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12. wow man writes:

this is great. i actually bought a superjoint ritual album randomly a while back. i will have to go relisten to it.

# Aug 23, 2006 @ 12:46 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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13. Wilrad the Conquerer writes:

Woohoo! I've been waiting for something like this. The Beatles wrote great songs but they didn't rock very hard. This will fix that.

# Aug 24, 2006 @ 11:08 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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14. cfhdimebag writes:

i hope these covers do justice for these songs, cause they are good songs excpecially (L)ucy in the (S)ky with (D)iamonds.

# Aug 25, 2006 @ 6:53 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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15. magtf writes:

There will always be tributes to the Beatles. Whether it be from the Metal world or punk or pop world. Artists will always want to pay homage to their heroes. The Beatles influence in our culture, let alone music, is universal. Their music is being broadcast to other galaxies in our universe for Christ's sakes. Be thankful we are living post Beatle era so that we are able to listen to metal, punk, grunge, etc. All will not have happened without the Beatles.

# Aug 29, 2006 @ 3:54 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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16. linda writes:

i like the beatles. i like all types of bugs!

# Aug 29, 2006 @ 9:52 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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17. ! writes:

you have bugs??? icky. kip fukking winger??? are you kidding me? tommy shaw? jack blades? sounds more like a fag fest. but, steve vai, lemmy, john bush, and a couple others make it worth a listen. i'd like to hear lemmy,billy, steve, and nikko do a hard version of "why don't we do it in the road". or maiden do "i am the walrus".

# Aug 29, 2006 @ 11:47 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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18. Azazel_Begotten writes:

How the f*** do you do a METAL COVER ALBUM for THE BEATLES, and NOT DO A COVER FOR 'Eleanor Rigby'???!!!

Dude, 'Eleanor Rigby' would be the best song to cover for a Metal album...I guess its up to me when my band gets big....

# Aug 31, 2006 @ 12:27 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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19. metalhead644 writes:

my buddy's band did a pretty damn good cover of Eleanor Rigby actually...

Yea, i enjoy the Beatles, especially their more psychadelic stuff, and obviously they're one of, if not the most influential band of the 20th century, but i personally find them over rated quite often...

Its like with Hendrix; sure he's rediculously influential of a guitar player and musician in general, and his impact is obvious, but that doesnt mean his skills arent over rated....

# Sep 12, 2006 @ 5:42 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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20. FallenAngel writes:

i totally respect their music. i cant say im a huge fan of them but i like some of their songs. they were part of the british invasion and one of the few bands that made their place in our musical history and i think this was an awesome idea.

# Sep 12, 2006 @ 7:08 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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21. Azazel_Begotten writes:

And they should've done a cover for "While My Guitar Gently Weeps"!

# Sep 12, 2006 @ 9:53 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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22. comatoast writes:

GOOD ONE AZAZEL...I AGREE....THE BEATLES WERE AMAZING....ARE AMAZING....AND THEY CHANGED THE FACE OF MUSIC 4EVER.....INCREDIBLE MUSICIANS....FKN INCREDIBLE

# Sep 15, 2006 @ 8:32 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address

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