Earlier today (Tuesday, April 20), former SKID ROW singer Sebastian Bach was interviewed by “Great Day Houston” about “Rock Camp: The Movie”, the recently released documentary about Rock ‘N’ Roll Fantasy Camp, which has been bringing together musicians from all walks of life for an unforgettable experience with legendary rock stars for a quarter century. The film follows four campers (and their families) through their journeys to shred with their heroes and see how they overcome their fears and transform their lives. Speaking about his love of music, Bach said: “I think in the year 2020 — obviously, it was the worst year any of us ever had — but I have a whole room of vinyl records here [at home], like vinyl and CDs, top to floor, and music became so valuable to me in this time. Not like it wasn’t before, but just to remind you of the good times and the fun that’s possible. It’s true — rock and roll does keep you young. I don’t know how to explain it, but I think it’s the spirit.” He continued: “When you hang out with a guy like Roger Daltrey or Alice Cooper, who’s probably 80 or 90 —…Continue Reading

LED ZEPPELIN’s Jimmy Page, Robert Plant and John Paul Jones, THE WHO’s Roger Daltrey, and KING CRIMSON legend Robert Fripp are among more than 150 British musicians who are calling on Prime Minister Boris Johnson to update U.K. copyright law to increase revenues from streaming to creators. In an open letter, from the Musicians’ Union in association with the Ivors Academy and the #BrokenRecord campaign, the signatories say that the law around streaming revenues and royalty payments “has not kept up with the pace of technological change” in the music industry. The campaign arrives as the U.K. government is examining the economic impact that music streaming is having on artists, record labels and the wider music industry as part of the “Economics Of Music Streaming” inquiry. “Streaming is replacing radio so musicians should get the same protection when their work is played on streaming platforms as they get when it’s played on radio,” Horace Trubridge, general secretary of the Musicians’ Union, says. “As the whole world has moved online during the pandemic, musicians who write, record and perform for a living have been let down by a law that simply hasn’t kept up with the pace of technological change.” The letter…Continue Reading

Inkcarceration Music & Tattoo Festival returns for a third year this fall with a massive lineup featuring some of the biggest names and brightest new stars in rock, metal, and more converging in Mansfield, Ohio on September 10, 11 and 12 at the historic grounds of the Ohio State Reformatory (made famous by the movie “The Shawshank Redemption”). Headliners for Inkcarceration include SLIPKNOT, ROB ZOMBIE and MUDVAYNE — marking the first show in 12 years for the band, who recently announced their long-anticipated reunion in 2021. The talent-packed lineup also includes A DAY TO REMEMBER, MASTODON, HALESTORM, CHEVELLE, KILLSWITCH ENGAGE, BEARTOOTH, MOTIONLESS IN WHITE, ASKING ALEXANDRIA, STEEL PANTHER, FEVER 333, THE HU, POP EVIL and many more. Single-day and weekend passes for Inkcarceration 2021 are on sale now at www.Inkcarceration.com, starting at $75 plus fees. Clown from SLIPKNOT said: “After 20+ years on the road, it’s always wonderful to experience new things. We are excited to be a part of Inkcarceration Music & Tattoo Festival. It will be great to get back out there and be with our family again. Stay safe and see you soon.” Adds Danny Wimmer, founder of Danny Wimmer Presents, which recently announced a new partnership with…Continue Reading

The Heavy Metal Truants have announced that IRON MAIDEN singer Bruce Dickinson will be taking to the saddle and joining them on their annual quest to raise funds for disadvantaged children, a cause even more essential in a prolonged period when charities are suffering so badly. This marks the ninth annual Heavy Metal Truants fundraising adventure. Traditionally (and primarily) a cycle ride which starts in London and proceeds for 175 miles over two and a half days to the hallowed heavy metal grounds of Donington and Download festival, it typically comprises around 40 riders cycling to the festival. They are sponsored by friends, family, colleagues, employers and acquaintances to raise money for these deserving causes. However, with the cancellation of last year’s Download festival, which was due to be headlined by IRON MAIDEN, the Heavy Metal Truants went both international and virtual to make it their biggest ever year with over 400 riders from 35 countries signing up to cycle on indoor trainers of any kind or around their local area. They raised over £200,000, taking the amount donated by Heavy Metal Truants to the charities to date to over £888,000. With Download again being canceled this year, and MAIDEN’s own…Continue Reading

PSYCHOSEXUAL, featuring former FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH drummer Jeremy Spencer on vocals as the Devil Daddy character, has released the official music video for its latest single, “Devil From Hell”. A distorted twang gives way to his dusky baritone as Spencer announces: “I have only one burning desire…to set this motherfucking world on fire” before exploding into a powder keg of a chorus. “It announces we’re basically coming here to kill it as much as we can,” Spencer shares about the track. “I found my own way and made my stance. This is the best way to introduce the world to this band. We’re ready to make a fucking wave.” The song will appear on the band’s forthcoming sophomore album, due out this spring. Last month, Spencer spoke to “Drag The Waters: The Pantera Podcast” about his decision to remove all the previously released music and videos from PSYCHOSEXUAL ahead of the arrival of “Devil From Hell”. “When you make records, they’re like snapshots in time,” Jeremy explained. “We made the first thing pretty fast, and I just threw it out independently. And we had started the next record right away, and ‘Devil From Hell’ happened. And I’m, like, ‘Fuck, man….Continue Reading

Following the 50th anniversary of THE DOORS album “L.A. Woman”, Genesis Publications has created an official, limited-edition book and multimedia set of Jim Morrison’s collected writings, produced in collaboration with the family and estate of Jim Morrison. Genesis has been granted unlimited access to Jim Morrison’s archives, including 28 of his personal notebooks. This limited edition presents an extensive new collection collating published, unrecorded and rare works, including poetry, lyrics, drawings, transcripts and notebook excerpts, many of which are in Morrison’s own hand. “Real poetry doesn’t say anything, it just ticks off the possibilities,” Morrison once said. “Opens all doors. You can walk through any one that suits you… And that’s why poetry appeals to me so much — because it’s so eternal.” A text commentary garnered from past interviews with Jim Morrison and new interviews with musicians influenced by his music and writing, illustrated with rare and iconic photography, will bring this material to life. “A Guide To The Labyrinth: The Collected Works Of Jim Morrison” will also include exclusive audio recordings and will be published in a landmark limited edition of only 2,000 copies worldwide. For more information, visit JimMorrisonBook.com. Top photo © Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images (courtesy of…Continue Reading

The long wait is finally over for STYX and COLLECTIVE SOUL fans, as both bands are rested, healthy and ready to hit the road for their first-ever multiple city tour together. Tickets for various cities, as well as exclusive VIP packages from each band, will go on sale starting Friday, April 23, as well as Friday, April 30 at StyxWorld.com and CollectiveSoul.com. Said STYX’s Tommy Shaw: “Hello friends. Man, have we missed you all! We are thrilled by the news that STYX will be hitting the road with our friends COLLECTIVE SOUL. After all this time off, (whew!) and now to get together with this masterful band of storytelling troubadours, we can’t wait to see you all again live and in person, performing an evening of music we love. See you soon!!!” Added COLLECTIVE SOUL’s Ed Roland: “Not only is it great to get back to live music and see our fans, family, and friends; but to experience it with a great band like STYX, IT’S AWESOME! Let’s Rock!” STYX — James “JY” Young (lead vocals, guitars), Tommy Shaw (lead vocals, guitars), Chuck Panozzo (bass, vocals), Todd Sucherman (drums, percussion), Lawrence Gowan (lead vocals, keyboards) and Ricky Phillips (bass, guitar, vocals)…Continue Reading

Multi-platinum rock band STAIND has released a live version of “Mudshovel” from its upcoming album, “Live: It’s Been Awhile”, due out May 7 via Yap’em/Alchemy Recordings. Listen to the song below. The classic “Mudshovel” is from STAIND’s 1996 debut album, “Tormented”, which led to the band’s first record deal with Flip Records. There hasn’t been a gig since we first wrote this song in ’96 where we haven’t played ‘Mudshovel’,” says STAIND guitarist Mike Mushok. “It’s definitely become a fan favorite, and I have as much fun playing it now as I did back then.” The “Live: It’s Been Awhile” album will be accompanied by “The Return Of Staind”, a two-part global streaming series in partnership with Danny Wimmer Presents. The series launches with STAIND’s “Live: It’s Been Awhile (From Foxwoods)” concert, which streams globally on May 1. The “Live: It’s Been Awhile” album and concert were recorded at the band’s comeback show at Foxwoods Resort Casino in Mashantucket, Connecticut in October 2019. The never-before-seen concert celebrates the band’s reunion after a five-year hiatus. “These were the first grouping of shows we played together in 2019, when we were gearing up for what was to be a very busy 2020…that never…Continue Reading

Florida death metal veterans CANNIBAL CORPSE have released the official David Brodsky-directed music video for the song “Necrogenic Resurrection”. The track is taken the band’s 15th studio album, “Violence Unimagined”, which was released on April 16 via Metal Blade Records. Comprised of eleven tracks, “Violence Unimagined” is state-of-the-art death metal played with passion and breathless precision, making for another flawless addition to what is inarguably one of the premier catalogues the genre has thrown up. “It really follows the path we’ve been going down for a few years now,” states bassist and founding member Alex Webster. “I think we approach the writing in a similar way most every time: each of us try to write the heaviest, most memorable songs we can. We want each song to have its own identifiable character. Showing my age, I like to say you can ‘drop the needle’ on any point of one of our albums and quickly tell which song you’re listening to.” While they continue to do what they do with aplomb, the one substantial change to CANNIBAL CORPSE is the addition of guitarist Erik Rutan to their ranks, joining Webster, founding drummer Paul Mazurkiewicz, guitarist Rob Barrett and vocalist George “Corpsegrinder” Fisher….Continue Reading

Florida death metal veterans DEICIDE will embark on a U.S. tour at the end of the summer. Support on the 23-date trek will come from KATAKLYSM, INTERNAL BLEEDING and BEGAT THE NEPHILIM. The tour will kick off on August 5 in Tampa, Florida and make stops in Austin, Chicago, and New York before concluding on August 29 in Spartanburg, South Carolina. KATAKLYSM’s Maurizio Iacono comments: “[DEICIDE frontman] Glen Benton and I have been talking about both bands touring together for quite some time now. We intended for this tour to happen last summer, but unfortunately got hit by the virus that paralyzed the world prior to announcing it. One year later, judging by the vaccine success and progress across the country, there’s finally a light at the end of the tunnel. So today, we are proud to announce one of the first metal packages to hit the road in the States since the pandemic. DEICIDE, KATAKLYSM and our friends in INTERNAL BLEEDING will take this first long-awaited step across the country. We plan to be there live and unconquered. Tickets are on sale today and will go fast. Get yours now!” Confirmed dates for the U.S. tour with DECIDE, KATAKLYSM, INTERNAL…Continue Reading