четвъртък, 6 октомври 2016 г.

Metallica’s Lars Ulrich May Move Back to Denmark if Donald Trump Is Elected President

Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich might move back to his native Denmark if Donald Trump becomes president.

Plenty of musicians have spoken out against Donald Trump this election season. Corey Taylor called Trump’s message “anti-Slipknot,” Slayer’s Kerry King dubbed the businessman the biggest liar he’s seen in politics, Tom Morello compared Donald to a frat-house rapist and musicians like Green Day’s Billie Joe Armstrong and Pearl Jam’s Eddie Vedder have denounced Trump during concerts.

Lars Ulrich seems to be the latest rocker to come out as anti-Trump. During an interview with Ekstra Bladet, Lars spoke about his inability to vote in the United States. “I am a hundred percent Danish citizen. I pay taxes in the United States, but I can not vote,” Ulrich said. When asked if he would return to Denmark, Lars replied that he does sometimes think of moving back. “I’ll stick to my Danish passport,” Ulrich replied. “If Trump becomes president and everything goes to s—t, I might make my way to the airport and ask if I can get back in again.” [via Blabbermouth]

In a recent interview with BBC 6 Music, James Hetfield spoke about avoiding political issues in Metallica’s music. “That just seems to polarize people even more,” James said. “We all have our own beliefs, but at the end of the day, we’re trying to connect with people and it seems like political views don’t do that as much as music does.”

Metallica’s highly-anticipated 10th studio album, Hardwired… to Self-Destruct, will come out Nov. 18.

via /loudwire/

Brian Johnson Could Be Back Onstage Within Six Months Thanks to New Hearing Technology

It’s been a rough year for rock fans who have weathered the deaths of too many icons and have seen other legends embark on farewell tours, saying their final goodbyes around the world. AC/DC have soldiered on through numerous issues over the last couple of years, including bringing in Axl Rose as Brian Johnson‘s replacement, after the singer was forced off the road due to the risk of losing his hearing permanently. With a new hearing technology, however, Johnson could be back onstage as early as six months from now.

The legendary frontman paired up with Stephen Ambrose of Asius Technologies earlier this year to test out a new piece of equipment designed by Ambrose. The goal was to reduce the negative impact that AC/DC’s high volume concerts exude and bring Johnson back to the vocal helm. The technology was deemed favorable by the singer and now Ambrose has given Team Rock even greater news.

“I wouldn’t be surprised if we have something that Brian, and other people, can use to return to the stage without any threat of damage to his hearing within the next six to 12 months,” Ambrose, a pioneer in the in-ear monitor field, said. Continuing, he added, “I will endeavor to kick up the development of the technology another 10 notches, at which point I expect to get the green light from Brian’s doctors to test the prototype with him. We need to know he can test it without further damaging his hearing. And I expect those tests will go very successfully.”

The technology will not only potentially help Johnson, but those struggling with similar hearing issues around the world. “Having Brian Johnson involved has helped us get the support of a lot of major companies – support that wouldn’t have been there without him,” Ambrose explained.

With Axl Rose presumably still in place with AC/DC, the band will look different regardless of the vocal slot next time they step onstage. Since Johnson was sidelined, bassist Cliff Williams announced his departure would come at the conclusion of the “Rock or Bust” tour. He officially stepped down following the recent final stateside show after nearly 40 years of service.

via /loudwire/

‘The Walking Dead’ Star Norman Reedus Joins Anthrax Onstage to Play Bass on ‘Indians’

Watch your back, Frank Bello, because Norman Reedus may put an arrow through your head and take your gig! At Anthrax’s recent show in Atlanta, the Walking Dead star picked up a bass to join the thrashers onstage for their performance of “Indians.”

Slayer, Anthrax and Death Angel are touring the country to bring fans some of the world’s greatest thrash. Last night (Oct. 5), the bill made its way to Atlanta, Ga., where filming for The Walking Dead takes place. It may have been more poetic to have Reedus guest on “Among the Living” or “Fight ‘Em ’Til You Can’t,” but to see Norman wielding a bass instead of a crossbow for “Indians” ain’t a bad alternative.

Anthrax posted footage of Reedus’ short guest appearance along with a photo of the Walking Dead badass:

Anthrax guitarist Scott Ian was a guest in Reedus’ world for a 2015 Walking Dead episode. As a diehard fan of the AMC horror phenomenon, Scott was transformed into a “walker” and was (SPOILER ALERT) killed by the young Carl Grimes via pole through the cranium.

Slayer, Anthrax and Death Angel’s tour rolls on, so click here to check out the remaining tour dates. Season 7 of The Walking Dead will premiere Oct. 23 on AMC!

via /loudwire/

Metallica Put Out Casting Call for Upcoming Video

Want to be in a Metallica video? Will you be around the Bay Area this coming week? Then here’s your chance. The band has announced that they will be “doing some filming in the Bay Area” this coming week and they’ve posted three casting calls for people to appear in what they’re shooting.

The first casting call is seeking male and female “street fighter” types, in the age range of 21-55. They will be casting multiple roles of all ethnicities who can engage in some lightly choreographed fighting. The shoot will take place over the course of Oct. 11-12 in Marin County and downtown San Francisco.

The second casting call is simply seeking rabid Metallica fans of all ages, sexes and ethnicities who are local to the San Francisco Bay Area who are ready to cheer on the band while they perform. This casting call is a night shoot that will take place as Oct. 11 turns to Oct. 12.

The third casting call is also seeking rabid Metallica fan of all ages, sexes and ethnicities who are ready to cheer on the band’s performance, but this one is not specified as a night shoot. It also takes place Oct. 11 and 12.

For each of these casting calls, those interested are asked to email sammy@thenewcast.com with the title: Metallica Casting Call #1, Metallica Casting Call #2 or Metallica Casting Call #3 in the subject line. Those submitting are asked to include their full name, age, contact info and cell number, availability and four images including full body and head shots.

For additional information, check out the casting call notice at Metallica’s website.

VIA /loudwire/ 

понеделник, 12 септември 2016 г.

Guns N’ Roses Summer Tour Grosses $117 Million, Sells More Than One Million Tickets

In the words of Axl Rose, “Yowza!” The summer North American leg of Guns N’ Roses‘ “Not in This Lifetime…” tour saw a partial reconstruction of the classic original lineup as Slash and Duff McKagan rejoined forces with the iconic singer. The most anticipated tour of the year delivered with a string of knockout performances as the band took in just under $117 million after coming close to selling out the tour entirely, performing for over one million fans as Billboard reports.

The nine-week jaunt included 25 performances at 21 separate stadiums, selling 1,048,617 tickets out of a possible 1,108,307, good enough for almost 95 percent. The most lucrative of all the shows were the back-to-back sold out nights at Metlife Stadium in N.J., netting close to $11.7 million as a staggering 10 percent of the total sales.

Despite not being the full blown reunion fans had hoped for, the itch to see most of the classic lineup — these three hadn’t played together since 1993 — was too much to deny. Original drummer Steven Adler did sit in with the band on a couple dates, performing a pair of songs with GN’R, leaving guitarist Izzy Stradlin as the standalone missing link.

Largely silent throughout most of the buzz surrounding the reunion and subsequent tour, save for the creation of a Twitter account to confirm he would not be taking place, the six-stringer spoke out recently. Stradlin fired back at Axl’s vague statement about the guitarist’s non-involvement, tweeting, “Bulls–t. They didn’t want to split the loot equally. Simple as that. Moving right along….”

With no end in sight as GN’R’s production manager said they’re already looking to add more shows “far into” 2017, they’ve since revealed early 2017 dates in Japan and Australia which can be seen here. The group will venture to South American next, kicking off the leg on Oct. 27 with dates listed at the Guns N’ Roses website.

[via Loudwire]

Iron Maiden’s Bruce Dickinson Compares Similarities in Music + Oil Industry Woes at Keynote Speech

Iron Maiden ended their world tour in support of The Book of Souls just over one month ago and frontman Bruce Dickinson has already returned to the stage… of sorts. No stranger to giving keynote speeches, the polymath spoke at the Press and Journal Gold Awards, comparing issues in the oil industry with the arrival of digital music and its impact on the music industry.

Telling Energy Voice that the music industry’s reaction to fans illegally download music was to “arrest their whole consumer base,” Dickinson later went on to elaborate on the necessity of adaptability rather than forcing old ideals to hold up against current trends. “People did not want to be thieves,” he urged. “They were just enthusiastic about bands and could not believe their luck.”

Speaking about the drop in the price of crude oil, Dickinson drew the comparison to the industry he knows intimately well. “It happened to the music industry 10 to 15 years ago. The oil industry is like the record industry. It needs to look at what it’s doing. It’s an energy supplier.” Going on, the singer said, “When record labels got turned over by digital it did not mean people stopped wanting music. It just meant people did not want to pay for records any more.”

Noting music fans didn’t quit spending money on the industry altogether, Dickinson stated, “They still pay for music, only in different ways. They buy the t-shirt, the concert ticket, the merchandise, but the music itself they get pretty much for free.” Applying this to oil, he went on, “For the oil industry, people still need energy, but they will use it and get it in different ways. If the oil industry only concentrates on digging stuff out of the ground it will go the way of the dinosaurs.”

Dickinson underlined the importance of diversification and “maintaining the skills base” within the industry, stating, “You need to think outside the box. If you’ve got something as complex as a helicopter, but it’s not needed to take oil workers around, maybe it could be doing something else.” Looking forward at the eventual shift in energy, Dickinson also said, “One of the big drivers of renewables is not people’s desire to be green, it’s the requirement to be independent of unstable states around the world that have a lot of oil under the ground.”

In addition to singing for Iron Maiden, Dickinson has his hands in several business ventures over the decades, most recently investing half a million dollars in the world’s largest aircraft. The Airlander 10 will serve as a humanitarian effort and can even act as a floating hospital to deliver essentials to countries in need.

[via loudwire]

Godsmack’s Sully Erna Confirms Band’s Label Change

When Godsmack return with their next album, it will be with a new label. Eagle-eyed fans may have noticed that Sully Erna‘s solo album, Hometown Life, will be released by BMG later this month (Sept. 30), and that label will also serve as the home for Godsmack.

Erna discussed the label change during the most recent webisode promoting his Hometown Life album. He states, as seen in the video above, “It’s been a really interesting year so far, too, for me this year. Besides coming out with this new album, there’s been a lot of changes I’ve been making in my life in general, and one of them was departing… After a 16-, 17-year relationship with Republic/Universal, our contractual obligations were up and we decided to move on and sign with BMG, which has been a real pleasure so far.”

He adds, “It’s coming back to having control as the artist and not being controlled by the record label. Not that we had a bad experience with Republic or Universal — they were great to us; we’re still like family, and we really admire and respect those guys for everything they did for us — but, you know, years move on and things change, and so the industry changes, and so our relationship, as artists, to the industry has to change as well. And so it was just time. It was a good opportunity to try something new, and also be in a position of control again of our own music and of our own career.”

During an appearance on The Jasta Show podcast, Erna stated that the band had a disagreement with their label during the last album over whether “Something Different” or “1000hp” should be the lead single. He told Jamey Jasta (as transcribed by Blabbermouth), “The label made some big promises to us, that [‘Something Different’] was gonna be the big push, so we went with [‘1000hp’] first, to just kind of crack it open, and then they just kind of bailed on us on [the ‘Something Different’] single. And because of that, we don’t think we’re gonna be working with the label anymore. I mean, it was a big mistake on their behalf, we believe, and it’s a song that I still believe in and it reacts live, and you’ll see it every night.”

He continued, “It was a big learning lesson for us, because from now on… You know, ‘once, shame on you, twice, shame on me’ kind of thing. So never again will I allow that to happen.”

[via loudwire]