Nate Botsford – June 2014 – Artist of the Month

Meet Nate Botsford, a upcoming artist out of the Portland, Oregon area. He has just released a new album Hourglass, focusing on positive music, hope, and a whole lot of great music.

Nate grew up loving music and learning early to play the guitar and piano. Whether he is playing an amazing cover or one of his upcoming hits gathers a crowd.

Nate does a great job covering songs. He adds his own style as an homage to well known tunes.

check them out below

You can find Nate all around Portland playing at local venues and bars.

watch our interview with Nate.

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STAIND’s AARON LEWIS Berates ‘A**hole’ Concertgoers For ‘Molesting’ Crowd-Surfing Girl (Video)

STAIND frontman Aaron Lewis stopped the band’s show mid-song at yesterday’s (Saturday, May 31) Rockfest in Kansas City to berate concertgoers who were allegedly “molesting” a teenage girl while she was crowd surfing at the gig. In the middle of a performance of the track “Something To Remind You”, Lewis took a break from singing to exclaim (see video below): “Alright, listen up, you fucking assholes. That fucking girl right there is, like, 15 fucking years old and you fucking pieces of shit are molesting her while she’s on the fucking crowd. Your fucking mothers should be ashamed of themselves, you pieces of shit. You should all be fucking beaten down by everyone around you for being fucking pieces of shit. If I fucking see that shit again, I swear to God, I will point you out in the crowd and have everyone around you beat your fucking ass.”

Fifteen bands — including KORN, FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH, KILLSWITCH ENGAGE, BLACK LABEL SOCIETY and STEEL PANTHER — played on two stages at this year’s Rockfest, billed as the largest one-day rock festival in the nation, in front of more than 50,000 fans at Penn Valley Park around the Liberty Memorial.

More than 100 off-duty Kansas City Police Department officers reportedly assisted the 250 security guards hired by the festival to keep fans safe.

For the most part, “It has been a pretty well-behaved crowd,” Joe Litvag, executive producer of Rockfest and AEG‘s senior vice president, told The Kansas City Star. “But when you have more than 50,000 people — well, there were a few alcohol-related incidents. But nothing unusual.”

Police reported only one arrest as of 9 p.m. Saturday, for trespassing.

Part of the reason Rockfest — which celebrated its 10th anniversary this year — has grown in popularity is the fact that it remains affordable. According to, tickets purchased before the day of the festival went for $45. In addition, no food or drink sold at the show cost more than $5, including beer and other alcoholic beverages.

As previously reported, Lewis will stage the fourth annual “Aaron Lewis & Friends” benefit concert to raise money for his foundation, It Takes A Community, which is dedicated to serving the educational needs of the children in his area. According to The Pulse Of Radio, this year’s show will feature a rare acoustic performance from STAIND itself, along with an unplugged appearance from Brent Smith and Zach Myers of SHINEDOWN.

The benefit concert will take place on June 27 at The Pines Theater at Look Park in Florence, Massachusetts.


GHOST: Fan-Filmed Footage Of FORTAROCK Performance

Fan-filmed video footage of Swedish occult rockers GHOST performing on May 31 at the FortaRock festival in Goffertpark, Nijmegen, The Netherlands can be seen below.

A Nameless Ghoul from GHOST told Kaaos TV on May 28 about the band’s plans for a new studio album: “The songs are done, demo-wise. We know what it’s going to sound like, what it’s gonna look like, what it’s gonna feel like, but we are yet to record it. We’ll do that in the fall, probably in October or November sometime. So as for now, we’ve got most of the work done as far as the songs go. And the whole visual idea of the album…”

Regarding the musical direction of the new GHOST material, he said: “As much as we took a different step from the first album to the second, we’ll do the same now. There’s a bit of everything in there. We are inspired from so many different things, so it’s a blend of everything we want to sound like and what we like. But it’s taking it one step further than we already did, so…. It’s not necessarily… I wouldn’t say it will be a copy of the two previous albums. We try to evolve all the time. Otherwise we wouldn’t have fun, and hence there’s no reason doing it. It’s about having fun.”

GHOST was honored in the “Best Hard Rock/Metal” category at the Swedish Grammis awards (Swedish Grammy equivalent), which was held on February 19 at Cirkus in Stockholm. The bands were all nominated for their most recent releases, all of which came out during 2013. GHOST was also honored with the P3 Guld award (for “Infestissumam”) from Swedish radio station P3 in the “Best Rock/Metal Album Of The Year” category. The winners were announced on January 18 during a live awards ceremony broadcast from the Scandinavium in Gothenburg, Sweden.

GHOST‘s sophomore album, “Infestissumam”, sold around 14,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 28 on The Billboard 200 chart.

The CD topped the official chart in the group’s home country after selling nearly five times as many copies as the No. 2 album, MISS LI‘s “Wolves”.

GHOST was forced to modify its name in the U.S. to GHOST B.C. for “legal reasons.”


CALIFORNIA BREED: Quality Fan-Filmed Footage Of New York City Concert

Quality fan-filmed video footage of CALIFORNIA BREED‘s May 31 performance at Gramercy Theatre in New York City can be seen below.

CALIFORNIA BREED is the new band built around the foundation of legendary vocalist-bassist Glenn Hughes, drummer extraordinaire Jason Bonham and 23-year-old newcomer guitarist-singer-songwriter Andrew Watt.

The group’s self-titled debut album sold around 4,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to land at position No. 78 on The Billboard 200 chart.

“California Breed” was recorded at producer Dave Cobb‘s Nashville studio and features equal co-writing credits among the three-man lineup. “It’s proper rock,” Hughes told Classic Rock magazine, “but at the same time it’s very now. Andrew is as influenced by Mick Ronson as he is Jimmy Page.” “This kid is amazing,” says Bonham. “The first time we met I thought he looked like the white Jimi Hendrix. And he plays in the studio like he’s on stage!”

Glenn Hughes, ‘The Voice Of Rock’, is a true original, a legendary icon whose credits include DEEP PURPLE and guesting with everyone from BLACK SABBATH to EARTH, WIND & FIRE — up to his most recent collaboration in rock supergroup BLACK COUNTRY COMMUNION. No other rock musician has carved such a distinctive style blending the finest elements of hard rock, soul and funk. That astonishing voice is Hughes‘ calling card.

The legacy of LED ZEPPELIN lives on in Jason Bonham, British drummer and son of ZEP‘s legendary John Bonham. He has inherited the best of his father’s skills while mastering his own distinctive and dynamic technique. Jason has followed his own distinctive path over the years, fronting his own successful outfits like BONHAM, and playing with LED ZEPPELIN, FOREIGNER, HEART and, most recently, movie composer Hans Zimmer.

Andrew Watt is a soulful singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist whose high-energy aggressive style and creative spirit are synonymous with New York City.

Hughes says: “I live in the moment, it’s all about NOW. CALIFORNIA BREED is exactly where I live, breathe and where my freak flag flies.”

“California Breed” track listing:

01. The Way
02. Sweet Tea
03. Chemical Rain
04. Midnight Oil
05. All Falls Down
06. The Grey
07. Days They Come
08. Spit You Out
09. Strong
10. Invisible
11. Scars
12. Breathe
13. Solo*

* Deluxe Edition includes “Solo” bonus track and a DVD including 2 video clips (“The Way” and “Sweet Tea”), plus documentary

When BLACK COUNTRY COMMUNION disbanded, Hughes and Bonham had a strong desire to keep playing together. Their only challenge was finding a new guitarist worthy of their musicality. Easier said than done for these stars who between them have worked with some of the greatest guitarists in history — including Ritchie Blackmore, Tony Iommi, Jimmy Page and Joe Bonamassa, to name just a few.

Then fate took a hand in things when Glenn‘s friend Julian Lennon introduced him to the astounding talents of a New York City hotshot guitarist named Andrew Watt.

“Literally, the first day me and Andrew got together we wrote two songs,” recalls Glenn. “One was ‘Chemical Rain’ and the other was ‘Solo’, both of which are now on the finished album. I was so moved by the music, I said, ‘We’ve got to record this!’ That’s when I called Jason.”

“I was excited from the start,” says Jason, “because apart from locking in as a rhythm section, Glenn and I had started writing together in BLACK COUNTRY COMMUNION, and we wanted to continue that.”

“There was such energy in the room the first time we all played together, me and Glenn didn’t even have to talk about it,” says Jason. “He was so exited to be playing, though, it was infectious! He was just on stage! No going through the motions, kicking the chair over, everything! I was like, you know what, this kid is a free spirit. It was cool, we all just clicked straight away.”

“Nothing though has gotten into my blood like CALIFORNIA BREED,” says Glenn. “I feel the same way,” says Jason. “I feel like a kid again starting out.”

Recording with Dave Cobb at the producer’s own studio in Nashville, added all the finishing touches, says Glenn.

“I’d gotten into Dave‘s work via the RIVAL SONS, who I know and really love. But Dave has done a lot of great stuff. That whole Nashville trip which Dave is a part of. Well, me and Jason don’t want to sound like anyone else, we already sound like ourselves, but we felt we needed some fresh energy — and Dave absolutely brought it.”

At Cobb‘s insistence, every vocal was recorded live as the band was playing. “Totally the reverse of what I’m used to,” says Glenn. “But I went into that aggressive rock soulfulness and everything down to the whispers, it was all done live! I enjoyed myself so much, just going for it.”

For what is on paper a three-piece, the sheer range of sounds and melodies you get from CALIFORNIA BREED are breathtaking.

“I’m the oddball of the group but I’m the thing that makes us different from any other classic rock band. I grew up loving grunge music,” explains Andrew. “But my father always played me THE WHO and THE BEATLES and LED ZEPPELIN. I always felt like I was in the wrong generation. I used to make rock music on my own and I’d play all the instruments because I could never find anyone my age that really got it the way I heard it. Then I got to play with Jason and Glenn and I haven’t picked up anything but a guitar since!”

“What we’ve got here is a kid who isn’t a hammer-on, virtuoso,” says Glenn, “but a whole new entity. This kid grew up listening to Mick Ronson on Bowie‘s records, as well as Jimmy Page in LED ZEPPELIN. He has a completely different take. And it’s fresh and bold and so exciting. It just gets into your blood.”



Artisan News has uploaded a 70-minute Revolver Golden Gods black-carpet special featuring “complete” interviews with:

* Wendy Dio (Ronnie James Dio’s manager/wife)
* Mike Portnoy, Billy Sheehan, Richie Kotzen (THE WINERY DOGS)
* James Michael (SIXX: A.M.)
* DJ Ashba, Richard Fortus, Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal Bumblefoot (GUNS N’ ROSES)
* Kirk Windstein (CROWBAR, ex-DOWN)
* Alice Cooper
* Jacoby Shaddix (PAPA ROACH)
* Chris Kael, Jason Hook (FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH)
* Ace Frehley (KISS)
* Rob Zombie, John 5, Ginger Fish (ROB ZOMBIE)
* Zakk Wylde
* Linda Perry (4 NON BLONDES)
* Dave Navarro (JANE’S ADDICTION)
* Scott Ian (ANTHRAX)

VH1 Classic aired an edited version of the 2014 Revolver Golden Gods awards on May 24. You can now watch the program at this location.

According to The Pulse Of Radio, this year’s event, which featured performances from GUNS N’ ROSES, Joan Jett, THE PRETTY RECKLESS and others, was frequently chaotic and featured a number of outright flubs. Viewers watching online and attendees at the event, which took place on April 23 at Club Nokia in downtown Los Angeles, witnessed long gaps between band introductions and the performances themselves, with Jett even asking “Did I do something wrong?” at one point in the run-up to her spot. Jett also had to re-do her performance of “I Hate Myself For Loving You” when THE PRETTY RECKLESS singer Taylor Momsen blew her lines.

There were also several awards given out that were deemed questionable, with DEEP PURPLE‘s win over BLACK SABBATH in the “Comeback Of The Year” category such a shocker than even presenter Scott Ian was visibly disappointed in the result. FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH singer Ivan Moody later voiced his own displeasure.

Perhaps the most cringeworthy moment of the evening was during a tribute to heavy rock and metal stars who had died within the last few years, when late WARRANT singer Jani Lane was identified as a member of MOTÖRHEAD.

The four-hour event began with a surprise performance from SLAYER, who delighted fans by premiering a new song.

A contributing factor to the length of the show was the long, silent gaps as the production crew scrambled to prepare the stage for the next performer, killing the show’s momentum.
Audience members began to filter out during the long wait for GUNS N’ ROSES — again due to production issues, and not the band for once — but those who stayed saw the band perform for nearly an hour, with ex-bassist Duff McKagan appearing with them on a U.S. stage for the first time in 20 years. Axl Rose‘s vocals, however, were noticeably lackluster.

The notoriously volatile Rose‘s acceptance speech for his Lifetime Achievement Award was short but humble, and included gracious shout-outs to previous lineups of the band.

Revolver Golden Gods list of winners:

* Best Vocalist: Josh Homme of QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE
* Best Live Band: Rob Zombie
* Most Devoted Fans: AVENGED SEVENFOLD
* Best New Talent: TWELVE FOOT NINJA
* Comeback Of The Year: DEEP PURPLE
* Paul Gray Best Bassist Award: Chris Kael of FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH
* Best Drummer: Arin Ilejay of AVENGED SEVENFOLD
* Song Of The Year: FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH‘s “Lift Me Up”
* Most Metal Athlete: Josh Barnett, Mixed Martial Arts
* Dimebag Darrell Best Guitarist:
Synyster Gates and Zacky Vengeance of AVENGED SEVENFOLD
* Album Of The Year: BLACK SABBATH‘s “13”
* Golden God Award: Joan Jett
* Ronnie James Dio Lifetime Achievement Award: Axl Rose of GUNS N’ ROSES


SLAYER: Fan-Filmed Footage Of FORTAROCK Performance

Fan-filmed video footage of SLAYER‘s May 31 performance at the FortaRock festival in Goffertpark, Nijmegen, The Netherlands can be seen below.

SLAYER surprised the capacity crowd at this past April’s Revolver Golden Gods awards in Los Angeles with an unannounced performance, kicking off the show with a three-song set that included the global premiere of “Implode”, the band’s first new studio recording in five years.

Recorded in April at Henson Studios in Los Angeles and produced by Terry Date and co-produced by Greg Fidelman, “Implode” was made available as a free download as a “thank you” to the band’s fans for their continued support.

Later this year, the two-time Grammy-winning SLAYER will begin recording a new album, tentatively set for an early 2015 release. The album will make SLAYER history as it will be released on Nuclear Blast Records through the band’s own label imprint, closing out a 28-year relationship with Rick Rubin and American Recordings. No name for the imprint has been decided on yet.

Rick has played a huge role in our career, we’ve made some great albums with him,” said SLAYER‘s Tom Araya. “But today is a new day, record companies don’t play the kind of role they once did, and we really like the idea of going out on our own, connecting directly with our fans, and Nuclear Blast is fired up about taking on that challenge with us.”

All future recordings on the band’s label imprint will be released worldwide exclusively through Nuclear Blast.

SLAYER will spend the next few months on the road touring major North American and European festivals as well as headlining dates, sharing the stages with METALLICA, IRON MAIDEN and more, but is expected to be back in the studio in the fall to record the rest of the new album.

Joining bassist/vocalist Tom Araya and guitarist Kerry King during the sessions for SLAYER‘s new album are returning drummer Paul Bostaph, who replaced Dave Lombardo last year, and guitarist Gary Holt (also of EXODUS), who has been filling in for late SLAYER axeman Jeff Hanneman on tour for the past four years.

Bostaph was SLAYER‘s drummer from 1992 until 2001 and recorded four albums with the band — the gold-certified “Divine Intervention” (1994), the 1996 punk covers album “Undisputed Attitude”, “Diabolus In Musica” (1998), “God Hates Us All” (2001) that received a Grammy nomination for “Best Metal Performance”, as well as the DVD “War At The Warfield” (2001), also certified gold. In addition to SLAYER, Bostaph has been a member of FORBIDDEN, EXODUS, SYSTEMATIC and TESTAMENT.

Original SLAYER drummer Dave Lombardo sat out the band’s Australian tour in February/March 2013 due to a contract dispute with the other members of the group. Filling in for him was Jon Dette (TESTAMENT, ANTHRAX).



Jason Nivens of the 98.9 The Rock radio station conducted an interview with FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH guitarist Zoltan Bathory yesterday (Saturday, May 31) at Rockfest at Liberty Memorial in Kansas City. You can now watch the chat below.

FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH and VOLBEAT are teaming up for a fall North American co-headlining tour, it was announced on May 6. The trek, which will also feature support acts HELLYEAH and NOTHING MORE, gets underway on September 15 in Salt Lake City, winding down on October 24 in Las Vegas. Bathory told The Pulse Of Radio this tour has been a long time coming. “We tried to do this actually for two years now,” he said. “It just (was) always like, you know, they are in Europe, we are in Europe, so we could just never get it together. And finally, this is actually happening. We’ve been talking about it practically for years. Since we are good friends with these guys, we can design the whole production together, so it’s gonna be even bigger when both bands have the common goal (of) how do we make this tour the biggest possible rock tour of the fall.”

One of the unique aspects of the FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH and VOLBEAT package is that the two bands will be sharing production costs. FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH drummer Jeremy Spencer told The Pulse Of Radio that will make for a bigger show all around. “It’s better for the fans,” he said. “If everyone has all the stuff that they want, that’s what makes the show exciting, and the fans are gonna walk away from that going, ‘Man, you have to go see that, that was incredible!’ So I think it’s awesome. The more stuff, the better. Let’s have everyone bring all the toys they want.”

FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH is touring behind its two 2013 releases, “The Wrong Side Of Heaven And The Righteous Side Of Hell”, Parts 1 and 2.

Bathory told Billboard that the band already has “five, six ideas” for songs for its next album, which he would like to see released by the summer of 2015. Bathory explained, “In this environment I don’t think that bands can allow themselves to stay in a studio for two, three, four years and wait and try to write some masterpiece.”

Both “Part 1” and “Part 2” of “The Wrong Side Of Heaven And The Righteous Side Of Hell” debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard album chart last year.

The two sets have spawned three Top 10 rock singles: “Lift Me Up”, “Battle Born” and the band’s version of “House Of The Rising Sun”.

VADER: Entire ‘Tibi Et Igni’ Album Available For Streaming

“Tibi Et Igni” (a Latin phrase which translates to “For You And Fire”), the new album from Polish death metal veterans VADER, can be streamed in its entirety using the SoundCloud widget below. Due on May 30 via Nuclear Blast, the follow-up to 2011’s “Welcome To The Morbid Reich” was recorded at Hertz Studio in Bialystok, Poland with producers Wojtek and Slawek Wiesawski. The artwork was handled this time by a true legend of visuals, Joe Petagno (MOTÖRHEAD).

Commented VADER mainman Piotr “Peter” Wiwczarek: “Joe is a legend! Not just because he created MOTÖRHEAD logo or breathtaking artworks for many outstanding albums. Joe is over all times and his imagination touches the Hell itself…. And this is enough reason to ask him for painting ‘a Hellfire’ for VADER‘s new music. He accepted it and… made me so proud!”

Joe Petagno added: “They have been on my ‘get in touch’ list for years. Finally we managed it and for a killer album very appropriately titled: ‘Tibi Et Igni’.”

“Tibi Et Igni” track listing:

01. Go To Hell
02. Where Angels Weep
03. Armada On Fire
04. Triumph Of Death
05. Hexenkessel
06. Abandon All Hope
07. Worms Of Eden
08. The Eye Of The Abyss
09. Light Reaper
10. The End

Digipak Bonus:

11. Necropolis
12. Des Satans Neue Kleider

Bonus 7″ Vinyl:

Side A: Necropolis
Side B: Przeklęty Na Wieki (Cursed Eternally)

“Tibi Et Igni” will be made available as a standard jewelcase CD, digipak (with 2 bonus tracks), as colored vinyl with a bonus seven-inch EP (including 2 bonus tracks) and exclusively at Nuclear Blast mailorder as a limited digipak edition with a signed VADER tourbook.

VADER released a special seven-inch single containing two tracks from “Tibi Et Igni”. The single is titled “Go To Hell” and includes the following songs:

Side A: “Where Angels Weep”
Side B: “Triumph Of Death”

The song “Where Angels Weep” was also made available digitally.

The vinyl and the digital version were released on April 18 via Nuclear Blast.

VADER‘s forthcoming effort will mark the recording debut of British drummer James Stewart (DIVINE CHAOS), who replaced Pawel “Paul” Jaroszewicz in 2011.

VADER‘s latest album, “Welcome To The Morbid Reich”, was released in Europe on August 12, 2011 and in North America on September 13, 2011 via Nuclear Blast Records. The effort was recorded at Hertz Studio in Bialystok, Poland and features the cover artwork of Zbigniew Bielak (DESTRÖYER 666, WATAIN). The band laid down a total of 12 songs for the CD, which was mixed and mastered in May 2011.


LINKIN PARK: Lyric Video For New Song ‘Wastelands’

The official lyric video for the song “Wastelands” from LINKIN PARK can be seen below. The track is taken from the band’s new album, “The Hunting Party”, which is scheduled for release on June 17.

Aside from their 2004 EP “Collision Course”, on which they collaborated with rapper Jay-Z, LINKIN PARK has never worked on studio recordings with other artists. According to The Pulse Of Radio, that’s about to change on “The Hunting Party”, which features guest appearances from RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE‘s Tom Morello, HELMET‘s Page Hamilton and SYSTEM OF A DOWN‘s Daron Malakian in addition to rapper Rakim‘s guest spot on the single “Guilty All The Same”.

Vocalist Chester Bennington told New Zealand’s 3 News, “We’ve collaborated with people for the first time, which was inspiring . . . When we got Page in, Mike [Shinoda, co-vocalist and producer] had written this chorus and sang it, and his voice had this tone, and it was unlike anything I’d heard from him before. And I was like, ‘Dude, this is crazy, this sounds like a HELMET song! It’s cool!’ And we were like, ‘Dude, why don’t we see if we can get like Page in here?’ You know? And if that’s why the song says it’s feeling like it should be, then why don’t we just go straight to the source.”

“The Hunting Party” track listing:

01. Keys To The Kingdom
02. All For Nothing (feat. Page Hamilton)
03. Guilty All The Same (feat. Rakim)
04. The Summoning
05. War
06. Wastelands
07. Until It’s Gone
08. Rebellion (feat. Daron Malakian)
09. Mark The Graves
10. Drawbar (feat. Tom Morello)
11. Final Masquerade
12. A Line In The Sand

Shinoda told The Pulse Of Radio that the band will work hard to make sure the songs translate to the live show. “We try to approach how we perform our songs with integrity, and the stuff we write in the studio can be really layered,” he said. “There can be a lot of stuff in there — lots of tracks of cool sounds and samples and keyboards and multiple guitars and all this. And sometimes it’s a big challenge to bring that to the stage, but we end up just finding a way to make it all work.”

LINKIN PARK will hit the road in support of “The Hunting Party” on this summer’s “Carnivores Tour” with 30 SECONDS TO MARS and AFI. The trek kicks off on August 8 in West Palm Beach, Florida.

Photo credit: Brandon Cox


DUFF MCKAGAN Performs With GUNS N’ ROSES In Las Vegas (Video)

Ex-GUNS N’ ROSES bassist Duff McKagan joined his former band on stage last night during the sixth show of their second Las Vegas residency, “No Trickery! An Evening Of Destruction”, at The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino. McKagan stuck around for the group’s entire set, which included such GN’R classics as “Welcome To The Jungle”, “Sweet Child O’ Mine” and “It’s So Easy”, as well as newer tracks “Chinese Democracy” and “Better”. Check out fan-filmed video clips below.

McKagan tweeted afterwards: “Thank you Las Vegas/Joint! Love playing those f*cking songs!”

There are three shows remaining in GN’R‘s Vegas residency: June 4, 6 and 7.

Rose recently spoke to Revolver magazine about his reunion with McKagan, who previously filled in for current GN’R bassist Tommy Stinson during the group’s South American tour because Stinson went back to THE REPLACEMENTS for two high-profile dates at Coachella.

“It went really well,” Axl said. “[Duff] worked really hard on the parts, and he liked playing the newer songs from ‘Chinese’. And, you know, it’s pretty funny because we’d go to talk about certain things from ‘Use Your Illusion’, and there’s things he doesn’t remember, there’s things I don’t remember. We kind of finish some of each other’s memories sometimes. And the Duff that played these shows with us isn’t really the Duff that I knew from what I’d call ‘old GUNS‘ or the ‘Appetite For Destruction’ lineup or the ‘Illusion’ lineup. Because with this band, with this lineup, everybody goes out and tries to do their very best, and every guy’s on. I don’t have to tell the other guys what to do or anything, they do it on their own. They push each other really, really hard. That also pushed Duff, and he liked the challenge of that. And he got along with the guys really well. He and some of the band and crew were doing their yoga together during the days we were out there, so…”

Asked if he thinks he and Duff will do more work together, Axl said: “It’s possible. I don’t know yet. It depends on scheduling, or what shows Tommy wants to do with THE REPLACEMENTS and stuff like that. And you know, almost everybody in the band has some kind of issue going on, personally. There’s people who have lost family members. Other people are dealing with separations. Sometimes court gets in the way. Real life!”

McKagan joined GUNS ‘N ROSES onstage for the first time in 17 years at an October 2010 concert in London. He also performed with the current version of GUNS in December 2011 at shows in Vancouver and Seattle. All three appearances were for a few songs, not full gigs.

This past April’s South American shows marked the first time Duff has played full concerts with the band since his departure in 1994.

KORN Guitarist HEAD’s Kidney Stone Surgery In Russia Was One Of Worst Experiences Of His Life

Jason Nivens of the 98.9 The Rock radio station conducted an interview with KORN members Ray Luzier (drums) and James “Munky” Shaffer (guitar) yesterday (Saturday, May 31) at Rockfest at Liberty Memorial in Kansas City. You can now watch the chat below.

KORN guitarist Brian “Head” Welch underwent kidney stone surgery last week while on tour in Russia and was forced to miss several shows. He was temporarily replaced by 19-year-old JR Bareis, who plays guitar for Welch‘s LOVE & DEATH project.

“[Welch] said it was one of the worst experiences he’s ever went through,” Shaffer told 98.9 The Rock. “Because there’s a language barrier. He was at the hospital and couldn’t tell anybody where it hurt. [He] would point to [his] groin and say, ‘This is where it hurts, girls.'”

KORN‘s eleventh studio album, “The Paradigm Shift” (Prospect Park), sold 46,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to land at position No. 8 on The Billboard 200 chart. The CD arrived in stores on October 8, 2013 via Prospect Park.

“The Paradigm Shift” is the first KORN disc to feature Brian “Head” Welch since 2003’s “Take A Look In The Mirror” and follows up 2011’s dubstep experiment, “The Path Of Totality”.

Speaking about Welch‘s return to the group, Shaffer told 98.9 The Rock: “It’s been something that… I don’t see how we were doing it without him, honestly. But now it feels like a complete band.”

Welch left KORN in 2005 after he converted to Christianity and got off drugs. He rejoined them for a handful of live performances in 2012 before officially becoming part of the lineup again in early 2013.

IRON MAIDEN: Fan-Filmed Footage Of FORTAROCK Performance

Fan-filmed video footage of IRON MAIDEN‘s May 31 headlning appearance at the FortaRock festival in Goffertpark, Nijmegen, The Netherlands can be seen below.

The band’s setlist was as follows:

01. Moonchild
02. Can I Play With Madness
03. The Prisoner
04. 2 Minutes To Midnight
05. Revelations
06. The Trooper
07. The Number Of The Beast
08. Phantom Of The Opera
09. Run To The Hills
10. Wasted Years
11. Seventh Son Of A Seventh Son
12. Wrathchild
13. Fear Of The Dark
14. Iron Maiden


15. Aces High
16. The Evil That Men Do
17. Sanctuary

IRON MAIDEN‘s current “Maiden England” tour is based on the 1988 set list from the “Seventh Son Of A Seventh Son” trek.

Said IRON MAIDEN singer Bruce Dickinson: “We have tweaked the ‘Maiden England’ set list a bit to make it more representative of our whole ’80s era and to give the fans something a bit different, especially as this will be the last of our three tours with an historical perspective.”

IRON MAIDEN in August 2013 landed at position No. 1 on‘s “Hot Tours” list of top-grossing tours with $8.5 million in ticket sales from six performances on their summer tour of Europe. The shows were attended by a total of 121,280 fans, including a two-night, sold-out stand on August 3-4, 2013 at the O2 Arena in Lonon, England, where the band played to 27,000 fans. With totals added from last summer’s Europe dates, overall ticket sales from the tour topped $42 million from 45 reported concerts.


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