KILL DEVIL HILL’s JOHNNY KELLY Interviewed By SROmaginc.com At ROCKLAHOMA (Video)

SROmaginc.com conducted an interview with drummer Johnny Kelly (KILL DEVIL HILL, TYPE O NEGATIVE, DANZIG, A PALE HORSE NAMED DEATH) at the Rocklahoma festival, which was held May 23-25 at “Catch the Fever” Festival Grounds in Pryor, Oklahoma. You can now watch the chat below.

KILL DEVIL HILL in March recruited Kelly to replace Vinny Appice (BLACK SABBATH, HEAVEN & HELL, DIO, LAST IN LINE).

“I’m really excited about coming on board with KILL DEVIL HILL,” said Kelly. “I’ve been a fan since their debut and have known the guys for a long time. It’s also clear that I have some really big shoes to fill. I’m ready for that challenge as I prepare for KILL DEVIL HILL‘s next chapter. This is gonna be a blast!”

KILL DEVIL HILL played their first shows with Kelly behind the kit April 4-6, three warm-up shows before embarking on an Australian run with KILLSWITCH ENGAGE.

Added KILL DEVIL HILL bassist Rex Brown: “We all have a lot of love and respect for Vinny and have been honored to have jammed with him over the last few years. We wish Vinny well with all his future endeavors, it has been a blast!”

KILL DEVIL HILL‘s sophomore album, “Revolution Rise”, sold around 2,150 copies in the United States in its first week of release. Released on October 29, 2013 via Century Media Records, the CD was produced by KILL DEVIL HILL and Jeff Pilson (DOKKEN, FOREIGNER, DIO) and was mixed by Jay Ruston (STONE SOUR, ANTHRAX, STEEL PANTHER). The cover artwork was created by Sam Shearon, who has previously worked with ROB ZOMBIE, IRON MAIDEN and FEAR FACTORY, to name just a few.

DARK TRANQUILLITY: Fan-Filmed Footage Of Minsk Concert

Fan-filmed video footage of DARK TRANQUILLITY‘s May 24 performance in Minsk, Belarus can be seen below.

On its North American tour, DARK TRANQUILLITY sold a seven-inch EP entitled “A Memory Construct”, which will also be released digitally in the beginning of March. Recorded during the “Construct” sessions, the single contains the two songs, is limited to 500 copies worldwide and is available on a transparent red wax. Featured tracks are the previously unreleased “A Memory Construct” and “Sorrows Architect”, previously only available as a limited flexi seven-inch released with issue #106 of Decibel magazine.

DARK TRANQUILLITY‘s tenth studio album, “Construct”, was released on May 27, 2013 via Century Media Records. The CD was mixed by Jens Bogren (PARADISE LOST, OPETH, KATATONIA) at his Fascination Street studios in Örebro, Sweden.

DARK TRANQUILLITY filmed a music video for the song “Uniformity” on April 13, 2013 with Patric Ullaeus of Revolver Film Company, who has previously worked with DIMMU BORGIR, LACUNA COIL, IN FLAMES, SONIC SYNDICATE and KAMELOT, among others.

SISTER SIN Recording Fourth Album: First Studio Video Available

Swedish female-fronted heavy rockers SISTER SIN are currently in the studio recording their fourth album for a late 2014 release via Victory Records.

The first in series of video blogs featuring footage from the studio can be seen below.

SISTER SIN‘s newly remastered version of its first studio album, “Dance Of The Wicked”, was released as a CD+DVD package on June 25, 2013 via Victory Records.

The CD includes:

* All eight tracks from the original album “Dance Of The Wicked”, released in 2003
* Three bonus previously unreleased demo tracks
* Two cover songs, one of which features a guest appearance by Doro Pesch
* All-new artwork in a digipack
* Full-color foldout gig poster

The DVD includes:

* All 10 music videos on one DVD
* Additional bonus material

SISTER SIN‘s third album, “Now And Forever”, entered the official chart in the band’s home country of Sweden at position No. 44. Released on October 23, 2012 via Victory Records, the CD was recorded at Standstraight Studios in Stockholm with producer Chris Snyder and was mixed by Cameron Webb (MOTÖRHEAD, SOCIAL DISTORTION, DANZIG).

REVAMP: South American Tour Diary Part 1 (Video)

REVAMP — the Dutch band led by former AFTER FOREVER frontwoman and current NIGHTWISH singer Floor Jansen — recently embarked on its first-ever tour of South America.

The first in a series of clips featuring behind-the-scenes footage from the trek can be seen below.

REVAMP‘s second album, “Wild Card”, was released in Europe on August 23, 2013 via Nuclear Blast Records. The CD was recorded at SandLane Studio in Rijen, The Netherlands with Joost van den Broek (ex-AFTER FOREVER) and features guest choir parts by Marcela Bovio (STREAM OF PASSION) and Daniël de Jongh (TEXTURES).

“Wild Card” track listing:

01. The Anatomy Of A Nervous Breakdown: On The Sideline
02. The Anatomy Of A Nervous Breakdown: The Limbic System
03. Wild Card
04. Precibus
05. Nothing
06. The Anatomy Of A Nervous Breakdown: Neurasthenia
07. Distorted Lullabies
08. Amendatory
09. I Can Become
10. Misery’s No Crime
11. Wolf and Dog
12. Sins (bonus track)

The CD features additional guest appearances by Mark Jansen (EPICA), Johan van Stratum (STREAM OF PASSION) and Devin Townsend.

Jansen told About.com Heavy Metal about the songwriting process for “Wild Card”: “When AFTER FOREVER stopped, I didn’t want to first find a band, then see if I could write with them, figure that whole thing out, then record an album. Instead I worked with people I knew would be good songwriters out of an idea how I thought it would sound like. So I worked with a German guitar player (Waldemar Sorychta) and Joost van den Broek from AFTER FOREVER. We wrote the album and played on it and hired a drummer. That’s basically how it was done. Then I formed a band with the current lineup. The ambition was to continue as a band and start writing. The cool thing is that it worked. Mainly the guitarist Jord (Otto), keyboardist Ruben (Wijga) and myself came up with all the ideas. Joost became the supervisor of the whole songwriting process and producer of the album.”

REVAMP last year announced the addition of bassist Henk Vonk to the group’s ranks. He replaced Jaap Melman, who left REVAMP before the band entered the studio to begin recording its second album. The CD was eventually completed with the help of STREAM OF PASSION bassist Johan van Stratum, who filled in on short notice and “did an amazing job to record and edit the bass parts,” according to a press release.

REVAMP‘s self-titled debut album was released in Europe on May 28, 2010 via Nuclear Blast Records.

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SACRED REICH: Video Footage Of Whisky A Go Go Performance

Video footage of SACRED REICH‘s May 29 performance at the Whisky A Go Go in West Hollywood, California can be seen below.

SACRED REICH bassist/vocalist Phil Rind posted a message on the band’s Facebook page last October letting fans know that they should not expect a new studio album from the group. “I can confidently say we have no plans to record, no songs to record and no idea what SACRED REICH even would sound like [right now],” he wrote. “We appreciate the fact that any of you even care about hearing a new record.

“We thank each and every one of you for supporting and continuing to support the band. We think it’s amazing that after 25 years, and 16 years since a new record anyone still remembers who we are. So we thank you.

“Enjoy the old records. That’s what we can offer you. If we ever change our minds, you will be the first to know.”

SACRED REICH‘s “Live At Wacken” DVD+CD package was released in North America in November 2012 through Metal Blade. The set contains professionally filmed and recorded footage of the band’s August 4, 2007 performance at the Wacken Open Air festival in Wacken, Germany in front of 60,000 heavy metal fans.

In an interview with MetalRecusants.com, Rind was asked why the band hasn’t made a new studio album after reuniting for sporadic live shows eight years ago. “Our lives are different now,” he said. “I mean, it’s funny… Our old drummer Dave‘s [McClain] in MACHINE HEAD and they’re touring and doing great; they’re very successful. And I said [to the other guys in SACRED REICH recently], I wouldn’t even wanna [get back into a full recording and touring cycle]. I wouldn’t wanna be gone from my family. I have four kids. As much as I like this, as much as I appreciate the fans, what’s important — the family or playing live music? I mean, really?! What’s important — being a dad to my kids? My kids need their dad more than the fans need a new SACRED REICH record. And that’s really the bottom line. It’s a choice. We have a choice to make. What do you wanna do? You have kids now. What are you gonna do — blow it off or are you gonna be their dad? The world will be a better place if I’m [my kids’] dad.”

The remastered edition of SACRED REICH‘s classic 1992 album “Independent” was released as a digipack and jewelbox on March 15, 2010 via Displeased Records. The first 2,500 copies contain a free SACRED REICH patch.

Displeased Records‘ reissue of SACRED REICH‘s classic album “The American Way” came out in February 2009. With upgraded layout, to-the-point remastering plus unreleased pre-production demo bonus tracks and a video clip, this new and improved CD reissue is an essential addition to every thrash metal collection.

“The American Way” was made available in a limited digipak version and standard jewel case version. The first 2,500 copies came with a free logo patch.

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MEGADETH Tracking ‘Heavy’ Demo Ideas For Next Studio Album

MEGADETH drummer Shawn Drover has revealed via his Facebook page that he “spent this week in the studio with [MEGADETH mainman] Dave [Mustaine] tracking demo ‘ideas’ for the [band’s] next [studio] record.” He added: “[There are] some really heavy riffs going on here, and if I say it, you know it’s true.”

Speaking to National Rock Review this past March, Drover was asked if MEGADETH will venture into new musical territories on its next studio album. “I don’t think so,” Drover replied. “We definitely branch out to a couple of different areas, stylistically speaking.”

He continued: “For me, I’m always an advocate for the heavy stuff, so that’s usually what I present to the band — something a little more violent, a little more heavy and oftentimes fast stuff. Because that’s how I write. Of course, MEGADETH has done so many different kinds of metal over the years, but for me, I’ll always try to represent the more furious side of it, because that’s just part of who I am, it’s part of my creative DNA to try to write heavy riffs. Whether it gets accepted not, it obviously just depends on how it’s going [with the writing process for] the record. We all have so many ideas, not everything is gonna make it. Case in point, on the ‘Endgame’ record, I had a song called ‘Head Crusher’, which was a pretty fast, heavy song. It was the first single, the first video and it was nominated for a Grammy Award. So you always try, but you just never know what you’re gonna end up with. It just depends on how the recording process goes. But I’ll always have ideas to submit, certainly.”

In a December 2013 interview with MetalTitans.com, MEGADETH bassist David Ellefson commented on the criticism that was levelled against the band’s last studio effort, 2013’s “Super Collider”. “We’re aware of the comments, for sure, because they’re on our own web site or our MEGADETH Facebook page!” he laughed. He then added: “My personal thought is that the next record will be much different.

“We go through these phases. Dave made three records when I wasn’t in the band, and a couple of them quite good, I might add. They were good records because they were really good ‘metal’ records. That’s what fans want to hear; because MEGADETH has this 30-year career, we have more than just one style in our cache.

“Fans have discovered us at various times throughout our journey; there are fans became fans when they heard ‘Risk’, that’s when they go into rock ‘n’ roll and they bought their record, and to them, that is their debut MEGADETH record.

“I have learned not to criticize our own work, simply because there are naysayers out there and the fact that every record has significance to different people. Having said that, the first thing that people heard from the record was track ‘Super Collider’, which is a very mainstream, commercial song. I think had they heard ‘Kingmaker’ first, for instance, the reaction would have been much different.

“The first impression is more often than not the most lasting impression. When you hear a song that sounds like MEGADETH right out the gate, you say, ‘Awesome, man!’ When you hear a song that you have to listen to several times, analyze it and get your mind around it, the first impression may not make you want to dig right into out of the gate. I get that.

“I’m a fan. I used to buy KISS records as a kid and CHEAP TRICK records. I remember some records, I got it right out the gate, and there were records where I’d say, ‘What the heck is this?’ It wasn’t what I was expecting. Some records take one listen, other take three or four listens other more. I think, for me, ‘Super Collider’ is one of those records.”

During a November 2013 interview with Detroit Metro Times, Mustaine was asked why he thinks critics have been harsh on “Super Collider” while fans seem to “love” the CD. Mustaine replied: “Critics have to listen to a whole bunch of records and don’t really have time to live with them like they used to when we were younger. They’ll listen to a record once. If it grabs them, they’ll say something about it. If it doesn’t, they’ll say something else about it. If somebody has said something good about it before, journalists nowadays can be impressed by a mob mentality. They’ll jump on the bandwagon instead of being an individual and having their own opinions. There’s also that psychosis where, if a guy doesn’t like a person and he listens to the record, then it can be a masterpiece and they’ll say it sucks. I know there have been a lot of misconceptions about me over the years and my autobiography cleared a lot of that up, but not everybody’s read it.”

Speaking to Ultimate-Guitar.com, Mustaine stated about “Super Collider”: “There are gonna be people who are gonna take exception with the record because they’re people that wanna hear ‘Black Friday’ the rest of their lives. And I feel for them, man. I know the first time I heard AC/DC versus what they put out now, it’s a different time. I think that’s the whole thing about if you’re really a fan of the band, you grow with them or you stop being a fan. I always loved early AC/DC and I totally respect older AC/DC, but I was weaned on Bon Scott.”

“Super Collider” sold 29,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to land at position No. 6 on The Billboard 200 chart. “TH1RT3EN” opened with 42,000 units back in November 2011 to enter the chart at No. 11. The band’s 2009 CD, “Endgame”, premiered with 45,000 copies to debut at No. 9. This was slightly less than the 54,000 first-week tally registered by 2007’s “United Abominations”, which entered the chart at No. 8. 2004’s “The System Has Failed” premiered with 46,000 copies (No. 18) while 2001’s “The World Needs A Hero” moved 61,000 units in its first week (No. 16).

VELVET REVOLVER’s DAVE KUSHNER: Replacing SCOTT WEILAND Is ‘A Hugely Arduous Task’

In a brand new interview with Alternative Nation, VELVET REVOLVER guitarist Dave Kushner was asked about the band’s current singer situation, more than six years after the dismissal of the group’s original frontman Scott Weiland. “I think it’s one of those things that no one wants to close the door on it, but I also agree that replacing Scott is a hugely arduous task for anybody,” he said. “I don’t know if we actively look all at the same time. Everyone has stuff going on: Matt [Sorum, drums] has his solo record and is involved in a lot of different things, Slash [guitar] obviously has his solo thing, Duff [McKagan, bass] has other bands like LOADED and WALKING PAPERS, I’ve been doing a lot of work as a composer and doing my other project PUSHER JONES. We all have kids and busy lives, so it just depends on, for a lack of a better term, when the stars align and we all start a conversation for some reason. Because we’re always playing together in some different iteration… Unfortunately so far it has not been a unanimous decision on whoever gets thrown in a hat [as a potential replacement for Scott]. But there’s always someone. Someone has a friend that says, ‘Yeah I know this guy that might be right.’ Or some producer or record industry person or A&R guy says: ‘Hey, you guys still looking for a singer?’ And maybe we’ll hear something that piques everyone’s interest. Now with the Internet, it’s so easy to just obviously send MP3s and say: ‘Hey check out this guy, here’s his site, here’s what he looks like, here’s what he sounds like.’ We get to move forward that way without having to get too physically or emotionally involved. It’s like a dating service, you can look at the pictures online and talk to the people online, and see an interview with them, before you even set up a date with them. That’s what the Internet affords you for trying out singers.”

VELVET REVOLVER released two full-length albums through RCA/Sony BMG — 2004’s “Contraband” and 2007’s “Libertad” — before dismissing Scott Weiland in April 2008.

VELVET REVOLVER reunited with Weiland for a four-song set in January 2012 at a Los Angeles tribute concert for late songwriter John O’Brien, but the band has otherwise remained inactive.

At one point it was reported that VELVET REVOLVER was going to team with STONE SOUR and SLIPKNOT vocalist Corey Taylor, but the idea was ultimately vetoed by Slash. The group and Taylor recorded demos of 10 songs together.

In a recent interview with Rock Revolt Magazine, Sorum called the launch of VELVET REVOLVER the” biggest moment” of his career. He explained: “Because at a certain point during the formation, I was like, ‘Can we really do this? Can we really pull this off again?’ And we all did. We got together and had a very successful band after GUNS N’ ROSES. That was really icing on the cake, especially for Slash, Duff and myself. To be able to come out of a band that big, and basically have Hollywood turn their back on us, was initially very difficult — and the answer to the low point. To go back and reinvent ourselves wasn’t easy. When we managed to do just that, we were very, very ecstatic.

Duff and I came out of a subway one day in New York City and some kid yelled at us, ‘Hey! You’re Duff and Matt from VELVET REVOLVER!’ That was the first time we ever heard that after years of, ‘Hey it’s Duff and Matt from GUNS N’ ROSES!’ And we knew right then that everything was going to be alright. We were able to move on; we were able to move forward.”

KILLER DWARFS Forced To Cancel Toronto Concert Due To Injuries Sustained In Indiana Road Crash

Canadian rockers KILLER DWARFS have been forced to postpone their previously announced June 7 appearance at the Hard Rock Café in Toronto due to the injuries sustained by the band in a serious crash following their performance at the Rocklahoma festival last weekend.

Says the group in a statement: “The band is very loyal to their fans and feel they are unable at this time to give the fans the performance they deserve.

“We will be re-scheduling the show for a later date [to be announced] and will honor any tickets purchased for this event.

“If you require a refund please contact HRrefunds@smoothlinegroup.net and you will be refunded.

“It saddens us to do this but under the circumstances we hope you #DwarfNAtion will understand under the circumstances.

“There are no other cancelations anticipated at this time.

“Thank you all for all the well wishes and prayers. DwarfNation are the best fans in the world!”

The accident took place just before 2:00 Monday afternoon (May 26) near a construction zone along interstate 70 in Indiana when the band’s pickup truck — driven by KILLER DWARFS bassist Johnny Fenton — pulling a box trailer failed to slow or stop and hit a vehicle and another pickup truck. The second truck then hit a SUV. Vocalist Russ Graham was airlifted to Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis for head injuries while Fenton, drummer Darrell Millar and guitarist Gerry Finn suffered only minor cuts and bruises.

A video report on the incident from WTHI TV can be seen below.

KILLER DWARFS was formed in Toronto in 1981 and continues to rock, showing no signs of slowing down. From its first single, the anthem “Keep The Spirit Alive”, to its 2013 album “STaRT @ oNe”, the band’s timeline includes extensive MTV airplay, recording for major labels, racking up a few Juno nominations and playing some of the largest venues throughout the world.

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BLACK VEIL BRIDES To Release Fourth Album In October

Los Angeles theatrical rockers BLACK VEIL BRIDES have set October 28 as the release date for their fourth album. The group began pre-production for the follow-up to the band’s third CD, last year’s “Wretched And Divine: The Story Of The Wild Ones”, in March with producer Bob Rock, whose resume includes albums by METALLICA, MÖTLEY CRÜE, THE CULT and many others.

BLACK VEIL BRIDES singer Andy Biersack hinted to The Pulse Of Radio not long ago that the new album may be another concept disc like “Wretched And Divine”. “I think we’re gonna go in a bit of a darker, heavier direction on the next one,” he said. “We’ve got some concepts. I don’t think we’re gonna do a sequel or a follow-up to this story, but we’ve kind of got a new story that we’re working on and I think we wanna follow that concept record route at least one more album.”

“Wretched And Divine: The Story Of The Wild Ones” came out in January 2013 and featured the Top 15 rock radio single “In The End”.

BLACK VEIL BRIDES was originally formed in Cincinnati in 2006.

The group issued two EPs on their own before moving to Los Angeles in 2009.

The band’s debut album, “We Stitch These Wounds”, came out in summer 2010, followed by “Set The World On Fire” in 2011.

Biersack has launched a side project called ANDY BLACK, which he described as a “fun and artistic way for me to try something that musically I wouldn’t want to force into BLACK VEIL BRIDES.” In an interview with Kerrang! magazine, Biersack explained how the “dark wave” project came into being, saying, “My whole life, I’ve loved ’80s synth and goth rock like THE SISTERS OF MERCY and DEPECHE MODE. My biggest love has always been the music BLACK VEIL BRIDES make, but that doesn’t mean I don’t listen to or enjoy other things.”

KIRK HAMMETT Says METALLICA Was ‘Really Psyched’ To Play ‘Frayed’ Live For First Time

METALLICA played the song “The Frayed Ends Of Sanity” live in its entirety for the first time ever on Wednesday night (May 28) during the band’s set at the Sonisphere festival in Helsinki, Finland. The group had previously played the song’s intro many times before, but always went from that into another track entirely. Wednesday night’s performance was part of the band’s “Metallica By Request” format for its current European tour, on which fans have selected each night’s songs online.

“The Frayed Ends Of Sanity” is taken from METALLICA‘s 1988 fourth album, “…And Justice For All”. Until Wednesday night, it was the last original song from the first five METALLICA studio albums that had never been performed live.

Prior to the Helsinki show, METALLICA guitarist Kirk Hammett told MTV about the “Metallica By Request” format: “It’s really amazing because, at the onset of this, we thought that the fans would pick all weird stuff and kind of leave all the songs that we’ve been playing forever and ever alone, but as the results started coming in, people just voted for all the same stuff that we already played. Like, the top songs were songs like ‘Nothing Else Matters’, ‘Enter Sandman’, ‘Sad But True’, ‘Creeping Death’… And in a lot of different places, it was similar, too, which was interesting to us. There have been, like, three or four songs that have come through that have been songs that we don’t usually play, and we were hoping that we would get a few more of those types of songs, but we didn’t. But when we looked at all the results — because we got the results before the tour started — we noticed that the most weirdest, most unusual request was from Finland, and it was for ‘The Frayed Ends Of Sanity’. And we thought, ‘Yes! We have a place where they actually wanna hear ‘The Frayed Ends Of Sanity’.’ Because we’ve never played that before. It was a song that we never paid much attention to, it’s a pretty deep cut. So we’ve been rehearsing that song a lot, and we’re gonna play it tonight for the very first time, and we’re really psyched. I just hope that we’ll be able to play it well, because it’s so cold onstage. But yeah, I think it’s gonna be pretty exciting, and it’s gonna be a METALLICA first tonight here in Helsinki.”

Bassist Robert Trujillo told CraveOnline.com last year that “The Frayed Ends Of Sanity” was METALLICA‘s “most challenging” song to learn on bass.

Drummer Lars Ulrich told the Delaware County Daily Times about playing the song, “We’re going to have sit down and spin that one around for an hour or two.”

METALLICA‘s setlist for the Helsinki concert:

01. Battery
02. Master Of Puppets
03. Welcome Home (Sanitarium)
04. Ride The Lightning
05. The Unforgiven
06. Lords Of Summer
07. …And Justice For All
08. Sad But True
09. Fade To Black
10. Orion
11. One
12. For Whom The Bell Tolls
13. Blackened
14. Nothing Else Matters
15. Enter Sandman

Encore:

16. The Frayed Ends Of Sanity
17. Whiskey In The Jar
18. Seek & Destroy

METALLICA spent some time this spring working on material for the follow-up to 2008’s “Death Magnetic”, but the band’s 10th studio album is not expected out until 2015.

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BRET MICHAELS Cancels Tonight’s Wilkes-Barre Concert After Being Infected With Norovirus

POISON singer Bret Michaels was physically forced to leave the stage last night (Thursday, May 29) during his solo concert at the Palace Theater in Manchester, New Hampshire due to complications involving insulin shock and severe low blood sugar, along with other conditions which doctors later determined included exhaustion, dehydration, fever and the noro flu virus. Michaels attempted to return to the stage to finish the show. However, it was clear to the band, crew, and audience that he would not be able to continue, as he walked of the stage and became violently ill. Paramedics present at the show immediately responded and 911 was notified. Michaels was unable to keep substance in his system complications with his insulin levels and inability to balance his blood sugar levels arose. The rocker was rushed by ambulance to CMC (Catholic Medical Center), and monitored through the evening as doctors tried to bring his blood sugar back to healthy levels.

Under strict medical direction, Michaels will not be able to perform this evening in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania as doctors have ordered him to let the flu virus run its course and let his blood sugar rebalance and remain consistent. While hoping to perform tomorrow in Albany, Bret‘s type 1 diabetes complicates health issues such as the nora flu virus and must be monitored and taken very seriously.

According to WebMD, noroviruses are a group of viruses that cause inflammation of the stomach and large intestine lining (gastroenteritis); they are the leading cause of gastroenteritis in the U.S.

In recent years, Michaels, who has known about his type 1 diabetes since he was six years old, has undergone an emergency appendectomy, heart surgery and suffered brain hemorrhaging.

“From the cradle to the grave — and I mean this as sincere as I can say this — you either make a choice that you are living, or you’re dying,” Bret told “Oprah’s Lifeclass” about his biggest life lesson. “It’s all in the way you look at it.”

In a 2010 interview with Diabetes Forecast magazine, Michaels discussed his health struggles and the everyday challenges of living with diabetes and explained how he has taken control of his health after years of a rock-and-roll lifestyle.

“Life is not perfect, but it’s how you roll with it,” said Michaels. “I have been knocked down professionally and even worse medically, but I am a kicker and a fighter — mental attitude is what it’s all about.”

Bret also spoke about how his recent health challenges have changed the way he tours. “I absolutely have an itinerary of where the really good hospitals are, just in case I have another hemorrhage or heart problems,” he said. “I am really focused on what to do if something happens to us, not just me, but my band and my crew. But the shows I am playing are as fun and as wild and as upbeat as ever. Everything else is life as usual, on the road.”

Is FAITH NO MORE Working On New Music?

Reactivated influential alt-metal act FAITH NO MORE has hinted at the possibility of new music 17 years after the release of the band’s last LP, “Album Of The Year”.

The group, which made a comeback in June 2009 with a headlining performance at the Brixton Academy in London, England and has played sporadic shows for the past few years, has just launched a new Twitter account and one of the first posts reads as follows: “The reunion thing was fun, but now it’s time to get a little creative.”

FAITH NO MORE will play a number of European summer festival shows beginning on June 28 in Hungary.

Speaking to IHeartGuitarBlog.com in November 2012, FAITH NO MORE singer Mike Patton stated about the possibility of the band releasing any live material from its reunion tours: “Right now, we have no plans whatsoever — live, recording or anything. We’ve done what we set out to do with the reunion, and it’s all great, but it’s just, ‘Let’s see what happens next.’ And I think you need to take a pause to actually reflect on something like that, because otherwise we could just keep playing, and we’re very conscious of overdoing it, y’know, milking material that’s so old. You can only do that for so long, and I feel that we’ve done pretty well. The whole band’s naturally came to this conclusion, so now we’re just sitting tight.”

According to Patton, one of the reasons the FAITH NO MORE reunion didn’t happen sooner is the fact that they wanted to avoid making it feel like a nostalgia thing — like “Here’s FAITH NO MORE again.” “We wanted it to feel fresh and still somehow vital,” he said. “It wasn’t an money grab. It’s funny to say, but we all kind of reconnected, and after quite a long time we all kinda looked at each other and were like, ‘Man, we actually spent half of our lives together.’ It’s interesting to see it through that set of glasses as opposed to the ones you wore back then. I suppose, at least personally speaking, I’ve grown up a lot since then, and I think I approach the music differently, and I felt better about the music than I did then.”

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