MUSIC NEWS - Rock drumming demi-gods Carmine & Vinny Appice have both had extraordinary careers behind the drum kit, beginning with Carmine’s tenure in such legendary classic rock bands as Vanilla Fudge and Cactus as well as supporting stints with Rod Stewart and Ozzy Osbourne.
Meanwhile, younger brother Vinny made his name as a metal drummer for monster acts such as Dio, Black Sabbath and Heaven & Hell. Recently, these two virtuosos have been wowing audiences with their own rock show called “Drum Wars,” featuring not just the hits of their associated bands but also a thrilling series of solos that pit them against each other like the Gene Krupa/Buddy Rich drum battles of years ago. Fortunately for us mere mortals, this unique concert experience was recorded in June of this year at the Iridium in New York City and is now available on CD courtesy of Deadline Music and Rocker Records.
Along with Carmine and Vinny, the Drum Wars Live CD features Jim Crean, Ethan Brosh and James Caputo!
For those unsure of their ability to withstand the aural assault that the Appice brothers bring, a free downloadable track from the album has been made available on the Rocker Records website. Listen, below, from MNN
MUSIC NEWS- The body of Sally Estabrook, the 76-year-old mother-in-law of Megadeth frontman Dave Mustaine, was found on Wednesday near Pinezanita Campgrounds in Julian, CA.
Ms Estabrook went missing from the campground back on October 4 and a large number of USA border patrol agents along with representatives of local groups participated in a search but did not find her. This Wednesday, sheriff's deputies were informed that a body was found in heavy brush approximately a half mile from the campground. Authorities have confirmed that it is Ms Estabrook's body.
An autopsy will be conducted; though authorities have stated that no foul play is suspected. According to Mustaine, Estabrook was in a severe stage of Alzheimer's disease.
Former Metallica member, Mustaine announced on Thursday via Facebook that Estabrook's body had been found. He wrote;
Yesterday evening I received a call that a person had located a body and the investigators from SDSD Homicide Division described our beloved mother, Sally Estabrook. Thank you all for your prayers, your good thoughts, and positive vibes.
MUSIC NEWS- Heavy metal legends, Deep Purple, fresh off a European tour to support their 19th studio album NOW What?!, are heading stateside for a North American concert tour! The run kicks off August 4 in Scottsdale, AZ (full tour itinerary is below from MNN).
NOW What?! was originally released in North America in April 2013 via earMusic / Eagle Rock Entertainment. The album marked the next great chapter in the band’s 40+ year career, blending the classic 70s Deep Purple spirit with modern production and a progressive mindset. Having reached #1 in Germany, Russia, Czech Republic and Austria, charting Top 5 in 7 countries and Top 10 in 10 countries, not to mention hitting the British Top-20 for the first time in 20 years, Deep Purple celebrated with the release of NOW What?! Gold Edition earlier this year, which included additional songs and a live bonus disc.
MUSIC NEWS- Black Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi recently gave fans new hope that the reunited heavy metal rockers will continue on after revealing there are plans afoot to tour again.
Iommi, who has been battling cancer since 2012, recently hinted that the band's July 4 gig at London's Hyde Park would be his last with Ozzy Osbourne and Geezer Butler. But in a new video message to fans, filmed on the eve of the show, the guitarist reveals the reunion might not be over just yet.
The classic rocker said, "It's been great. We've had a laugh... Thanks so much. I am at home at the moment, about to leave for Hyde Park... and I'm really looking forward to that. The tour has been marvelous; we've had a great year, and you couldn't wish for better.
MUSIC NEWS- AC/DC guitarist Malcolm Young will have to take a break from the Australian hard rock group he founded because of ill health, the band said in a statement on Wednesday.
The pioneering hard rock group dispelled speculation that they would break up after Young, 61, takes his leave due to complications from a recent stroke, stating "the band will continue to make music."
"Malcolm would like to thank the group's diehard legions of fans worldwide for their never-ending love and support," the Aussie group posted.
MUSIC NEWS -Reuniting for the first time since their collaboration on Black Sabbath’s 1983 Born Again album, Deep Purple´s Ian Gillan and Black Sabbath’s Tony Iommi took everybody by surprise in 2011 when they released the charity singles: “Out Of My Mind” and “Holy Water.” For the recording of these songs, the two heavy metal rock legends called a few friends, asking for some “help.” Jason Newsted (Metallica), Jon Lord (Deep Purple, 1941-2012), Nicko McBrain (Iron Maiden), and Linde Lindström (HIM) completed the supergroup WhoCares.
Now, “Out Of My Mind” and “Holy Water” will be featured in a special 2-disc set of rarities and recordings culled from the careers of both Iommi and Gillan. The WhoCares double-CD will be released in North American on August 28. by Eagle Rock. Among the tracks are the two original WhoCares songs, Deep Purple’s unreleased studio jam “Dick Pimple,” a song from Repo Depo (a band Ian Gillan formed before the Deep Purple reunion) which never released an official song before this CD. Also included is “Zero The Hero,” from the aforementioned Black Sabbath Born Again release (which is the only album to feature Gillan on lead vocals), as well as two unreleased songs from Tony Iommi featuring Glenn Hughes.
MUSIC NEWS - Metallica announced today they have signed on award-winning director Nimród Antal to direct the upcoming Metallica 3D feature film project. Charlotte Huggins (JOURNEY TO THE CENTER OF THE EARTH, JOURNEY 2: THE MYSTERIOUS ISLAND) will produce, a marriage of narrative and concert. The flick will star the five members of Metallica: James Hetfield, Lars Ulrich, Kirk Hammett, Robert Trujillo, and their fans. It's due to begin shooting this August with plans to get a summer 2013 theatrical release.
"I've been a fan of Nimróds since his first Hungarian film, Kontroll, showed up at Cannes in 2004 and blew everybody away, said Metallica's Lars Ulrich. "I've watched with excitement his career in Hollywood blossom over the last few years. Within five minutes of meeting him I was addicted to his enthusiasm, his take on the creative process and his "thinking outside of the box" personality. Let's get on with it!!!"
MUSIC NEWS- Heavy metal legends Black Sabbath are cutting back on plans for a reunion tour, as guitarist Tony Iommi continues his treatment for lymphoma, the band announced on their website. Back in November, the original four members revealed plans to record their first new album in 33 years and embark on 2012 world tour.
But with Iommi diagnosed with cancer in January, the group moved from Los Angeles to Britain in order to continue recording while he underwent treatment. And, recently, drummer Bill Ward has said he would not participate in the reunion recordings and tour unless he was offered a "signable" contract.
MUSIC NEWS- After their hugely successful Final Frontier World Tour 2010-11, IRON MAIDEN are back on the road this summer with a series of arena, amphitheatre and festival shows in the USA and Canada, opening in Charlotte, NC, on June 21, and wrapping up in Houston, TX,on August 18 (tour itinerary listed below), to be followed by further dates around the World in 2013.
The MAIDEN ENGLAND WORLD TOUR will closely mirror, in terms of production and content, the original 1988 concert video of the same name, shot on the “Seventh Son Of A Seventh Son Tour”. This opening section of the World Tour is the band’s most extensive visit to North America for many years and includes a number of cities the band have not played in a very long time, such as Charlotte, Atlanta, Buffalo, Indianapolis and Salt Lake City.
For most shows, tickets go on sale on March 2 & 3. To be safe, check local venue information for more details. Fan Club members should check out ironmaiden.com for exclusive first day ticket presales and contest to be ‘First To The Barrier’.
MUSIC NEWS - Black Sabbath drummer Bill Ward says he won't take part in the British band's reunion recordings and tour unless he is offered a "signable" contract. The statement on his website casts more doubt on the much-hyped return of the metal rockers, who announced last November that the original line-up were getting back together to write and record their first album in more than 30 years. They've also unveiled plans for a world concert tour in 2012.
With guitarist Tony Iommi diagnosed with the early stages of lymphoma the band moved from the USA to Birmingham, UK to continue writing and recording. The founding members of the heavy metal pioneers are Ozzy Osbourne on vocals, Iommi, Geezer Butler on bass guitar and Ward.
MUSIC NEWS - Lou Reed and rockers Metallica have set the a release date for their upoming collaboration album, name tbd. The set will be released on November 1. Reed recently revealed that he and the thrash metal rockers have re-recorded some of the music he wrote as a score for a musical version of German playwright Frank Wedekind's Lulu plays for their project. He also said that the record was "maybe the best thing done by anyone, ever. It could create another planetary system. I’m not joking, and I’m not being egotistical."
Tracks on the album include 'Pumping Blood'and 'Mistress Dread'. Keep checking the official website for the project @ Loureedmetallica.com.
MUSIC NEWS - The rumors have been feverishly swirling this week about a possible BLACK SABBATH reunion. We received definitive word from band member, Geezer Butler who makes it crystal clear -
"I would like to make it clear, because of mounting speculation and rumours, that there will be definitely no reunion of all four original members of Black Sabbath, whether to record an album or to tour."
Butler's most recent musical outing was with Heaven & Hell, a four piece outfit that featured Black Sabbath band mate Tony Iommi as well as one time Black Sabbath members Ronnie James Dio and Vinny Appice, so it would seem Geezer's not interested in working with Ozzy. H&H released Neon Nights: 30 Years of Heaven & Hell in November of 2010.
MUSIC NEWS - Iron Maiden former lead singer, Paul Andrews admitted in a British court to accepting medical compensation benefits for a back injury while continuing to perform with the band. Andrews, 52, who uses the stage name Paul Di'Anno, left the band in 1981. He said that he took $72,802 from 2001 thru 2008 in fraudulent disability benefits, UK's The Sun reported.
Andrews received incapacity and housing benefits and alleged that he suffered nerve damage to his back and was unable to work. Investigators from the UK's Department of Work and Pensions receive tips on Andrews and found videos of him on You Tube that showed him actively jumping and leaping around onstage with Iron Maiden during the period he was supposedly incapacitated.
MUSIC NEWS - Corey Taylor, lead singer with Des Moines heavy metal band Slipknot has ignited speculation that he's about to be officially named as the new frontman for Velvet Revolver. When asked about the vacancy in an interview with Billboard, Taylor replied: “To be continued."
VR has been without a singer since Scott Weiland quit the group in 2008 to rejoin his former band, Stone Temple Pilots.
MUSIC NEWS - X JAPAN, the most successful rock band in Japanese history, have signed an exclusive three-year North American deal with EMI Music. The first release will be the track "Jade" on March 15, followed by the band's as yet untitled American debut set for a late Summer 2011 release.
X Japan; Yoshiki/band leader/producer/songwriter/drums and piano, Toshi/vocals, Pata/guitar, Sugizo/guitar and violin, and Heath/bass, is currently in the studio wrapping up the album, the band's first new studio album since 1996 and fifth overall. Half of the songs will be culled from some of the band's Gold and Platinum Japanese singles; the other half are brand-new songs, and an estimated 95% of the lyrics are being sung in English.