16-07-10

AEROSMITH

According to The Boston Globe, AEROSMITH guitarist Joe Perry was injured in a motor vehicle crash this afternoon in Middleborough, police said.

The extent of his injuries was not known but he was transported to Morton Hospital and Medical Center in Taunton following the crash, which occurred shortly after 2 p.m., police said.

However, a hospital spokeswoman said the emergency room had not logged anyone under the name of Joe Perry today.

Police identified Perry as the operator a motorcycle who was eastbound on Rte. 44 (Plympton street) when his vehicle was struck from behind by a sedan, police said.

Read the entire report from The Boston Globe.

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DEE SNIDER

TWISTED SISTER frontman Dee Snider joined the cast of the Broadway musical "Rock Of Ages" last night (Wednesday, July 14) at the quarterfinals of "America's Got Talent" to perform the TWISTED SISTER classic "I Wanna Rock". Watch video footage of the performance below.

The "Rock Of Ages" cast is led by former "American Idol" finalist Constantine Maroulis, who starred in the musical's Broadway production that won five Tony Awards.

The show is propelled by signature '80s rock anthems popularized by JOURNEY, TWISTED SISTER, JOAN JETT, PAT BENATAR, FOREIGNER, BON JOVI and REO SPEEDWAGON.

The producers described the musical as such: "It's the late 1980s and the final countdown is on for a legendary Hollywood rock club facing its demise at the hands of eager developers. When a young rocker hungry for his big break and a small town girl chasing her dreams land on the scene at this infamous venue, how far will ambition drive them? And will it be lights out for the club and all the regulars and rockers who have made it their home?"

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15-07-10

METALLICA

METALLICA is making a deluxe vinyl edition of its 1983 debut album, "Kill 'Em All", available for order online on Thursday (July 15), beginning at 10:00 a.m. ET. The two-platter set comes in heavyweight 180-gram red vinyl, packaged in a gatefold sleeve and remastered from the original album master tapes. Only 1,000 copies are available and can be ordered by METALLICA fan club members at MetClub.com.

Originally issued on July 25, 1983 through the independent label Megaforce Records, "Kill 'Em All" was recorded in two weeks on a miniscule budget in upstate New York. Although only 1,500 copies were initially pressed, the album was reissued by Elektra Records after the band signed to that label in 1984 and has since been certified triple platinum for sales of more than three million copies.

The original title of "Kill 'Em All" was "Metal Up Your Ass".

The album's opening cut, "Hit the Lights", was the first song that frontman James Hetfield and drummer Lars Ulrich wrote together after forming METALLICA. An early version of the track appeared on the 1982 compilation "Metal Massacre".

Lead guitarist Dave Mustaine was replaced by Kirk Hammett shortly before recording commenced, although Mustaine still has several writing credits on the disc and went on to form MEGADETH.

A number of songs from the album are still part of METALLICA's set list to this day, including "The Four Horsemen", "Seek and Destroy" and "No Remorse".

METALLICA has since gone on to become one of the biggest rock bands in the world, selling tens of millions of copies of its eight studio albums, including 15 million alone of 1991's self-titled "black album." The band's ninth effort, "Death Magnetic", arrived in September 2008.

Metal Blade Records owner and CEO Brian Slagel recently conducted interviews with James Hetfield and Lars Ulrich of METALLICA to coincide with the 25th anniversary of the band's debut album, "Kill 'Em All". Watch the interview in two parts below.

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DIMMU BORGIR

Alfred Music Publishing, the leader in educational music publishing since 1922 and the exclusive print publisher of thousands of popular artists, has expanded its distributed collection of "Behind the Player" DVDs from IMV, featuring exclusive interviews and authentic song lessons from the best of today's heavy rock guitarists.

In "Behind the Player: Dimmu Borgir", guitarists Galder and Silenoz bring you an intimate behind-the-scenes look at their lives as professional musicians, including rare photos and video footage. They also provide in-depth guitar lessons on how to play DIMMU BORGIR's "The Serpentine Offering" and "The Chosen Legacy". The VideoTab system shows exactly how Galder and Silenoz play their parts in the songs.

"Behind the Player" DVDs by IMV are now available for $14.95 each. Pick up your copies at a local music retail store, or buy them today at alfred.com/imv.

Alfred Music Publishing is the world's largest educational music publisher. Alfred produces educational, reference, pop and performance materials for teachers, students, professionals and hobbyists spanning every musical instrument, style and difficulty level.

Alfred's home office is located in Los Angeles with domestic offices in Miami and New York as well as offices around the world including Australia, Germany, Singapore and the United Kingdom.

Since 1922, Alfred Music Publishing has been dedicated to helping people learn, teach and play music. Alfred currently has over 90,000 active titles.



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BLACK LABEL SOCIETY

BLACK LABEL SOCIETY will release its new album, "Order Of The Black", in North America on August 10 via E1 Music. The CD will be made available in Europe through Roadrunner Records and in Australia and New Zealand via Riot! Entertainment.

"Order Of The Black" will feature four different CD covers — one for each territory: North America, Europe, Australia and South America/Asia.

"Order Of The Black" track listing:

01. Crazy Horse
02. Overlord
03. Parade Of The Dead
04. Darkest Days
05. Black Sunday
06. Southern Dissolution
07. Time Waits For No One
08. Godspeed Hell Bound
09. War Of Heaven
10. Shallow Grave
11. Chupacabra
12. Riders Of The Damned
13. January

A limited-edition version of the album featuring the bonus track "Can't Find My Way Home" will be made available internationally.

BLACK LABEL SOCIETY will perform live in the studio during its August 9 appearance on the nationally syndicated radio show "Rockline" with host Bob Coburn. Fans are encouraged to speak with BLACK LABEL SOCIETY by calling 1-800-344-ROCK (7625) beginning at 8:30 p.m. PT / 11:30 p.m. ET.

BLACK LABEL SOCIETY's longtime drummer Craig Nunenmacher recently left the band and was replaced by veteran rock skinsman Will Hunt (EVANESCENCE, STATIC-X, DARK NEW DAY, TOMMY LEE, STUCK MOJO).

BLACK LABEL SOCIETY will headline the second stage at this year's installment of Ozzy Osbourne's travelling festival, Ozzfest. This marks the band's sixth appearance on the explosive hard rock package tour.

As previously reported, BLACK LABEL SOCIETY will headline the "Black Label Berzerkus" tour this fall. The two-month North American trek will feature CLUTCH, CHILDREN OF BODOM and 2CENTS, with the first two bands sharing the main support slot.

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HELLOWEEN

After their extremely successful "Hellish Rock" world tour 2007/08, which took HELLOWEEN through 40 countries on four continents, the German power metallers will hit the road again in November/December. Three weeks after the release of HELLOWEEN's as-yet-untitled new studio album, the band will team up with Finnish melodic metallers STRATOVARIUS for a European tour, dubbed "The 7 Sinners World Tour 2010/11 - European Part I".

Commented HELLOWEEN singer Andi Deris: "We had a great package with GAMMA RAY last time , and we are very proud to have STRATOVARIUS with us this time.

"We look forward to have another power metal party with our fans all over the planet — see you soon!"

"The 7 Sinners World Tour 2010/11 - European Part I" tour dates:

Nov. 26 - Wien, Austria - Szene
Nov. 27 - Zlin, Czech Republic - Winter Masters of Rock
Nov. 28 - Budapest, Hungary - Petöfi Hall
Dec. 01 - Langen, Germany - Neue Stadthalle
Dec. 02 - Antwerp, Belgium - Hof Ter Lo
Dec. 04 - Prestatyn, UK - Hardrock Hell Festival
Dec. 05 - London, UK - The HMV Forum
Dec. 06 - Eindhoven, Netherlands - Effenaar
Dec. 08 - Lund, Sweden - Mejeriet
Dec. 09 - Oslo, Norway - Rockefeller
Dec. 10 - Gothenburg, Sweden - Lisebergshallen
Dec. 11 - Stockholm, Sweden - Arenan
Dec. 13 - Tallinn, Estonia - Rock Cafe
Dec. 14 - Tampere, Finland - Pakkahuone
Dec. 15 - Helsinki, Finland - House Of Culture
Dec. 17 - Warsaw, Poland - Stodola
Dec. 18 - Cracow, Poland - Studio
Dec. 19 - Prague, Czech Republic - Mala Sportovni Hala

HELLOWEEN's new album was recorded at Andi Deris' Mi Sueno Studios in Tenerife, Spain. The band wrote more than 20 songs and selected the best ideas with longtime producer Charlie Bauerfeind.

HELLOWEEN bass player Markus Grosskopf previously stated about the band's new material: "For all those out there who found our special best-of [CD] 'Unarmed' to be too smooth and calm, I have a great news: The new album will hit you right in the face! It's gonna be very heavy and contain all HELLOWEEN trademarks! Some songs are very powerful and hymnic, others contain the fastest bass-drum patterns our drummer Dani [Löble] ever played, and this means a lot!"

HELLOWEEN's 25th-anniversary album, "Unarmed - Best Of 25th Anniversary", was released in North America on March 30 via The End Records, under exclusive license from Sony Music Entertainment Germany.

"Unarmed - Best Of 25th Anniversary" was made available in Europe on January 29. The artwork was once again created by Martin Haeusler, who had previously worked with HELLOWEEN on the "The Legacy" and the "Gambling With The Devil" releases.

"Unarmed" was released in a limited-edition version with a very special digipack, including a 30-minute making-of DVD, containing interviews and studio footage. It was also made available as a double vinyl.

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14-07-10

IRON MAIDEN

"The Final Frontier", the new video from British heavy metal legends IRON MAIDEN, can be viewed below. The song is the title track of the band's 15th studio LP, "The Final Frontier", which will be released in North America on August 17 (one day earlier internationally) via Universal Music Enterprises (UMe).

The band reunited with long-time MAIDEN producer Kevin "Caveman" Shirley in early 2010 at Compass Point Studios, Nassau to record the album and then moved to The Cave Studios in Malibu, California to finish the recording and do the mixing. Compass Point Studio is very familiar to the band, it was where they recorded the "Piece Of Mind" (1983), "Powerslave" (1984) and "Somewhere In Time" (1986) albums.

"The Final Frontier" features artwork illustrated by Melvyn Grant.

The track listing for the CD is as follows (total running time 76:35):

01. Satellite 15....The Final Frontier (Smith/Harris) (8:40)
02. El Dorado (Smith/Harris/Dickinson) (6:49)
03. Mother Of Mercy (Smith/Harris) (5:20)
04. Coming Home (Smith/Harris/Dickinson) (5:52)
05. The Alchemist (Gers/Harris/Dickinson) (4:29)
06. Isle Of Avalon (Smith/Harris) (9:06)
07. Starblind (Smith/Harris/Dickinson) (7:48)
08. The Talisman (Gers/Harris) (9:03)
09. The Man Who Would Be King (Murray/Harris) (8:28)
10. When The Wild Wind Blows (Harris) (10:59)

IRON MAIDEN guitarist Dave Murray recently told Billboard.com about "The Final Frontier", "We breezed through the album, really. We actually finished it in six weeks. We were getting down a track a day — all playing together as a band, Bruce (Dickinson) singing, all in the same room, so there's a very live-in-the-studio feel to it. Once we finished a track we'd jump straight into doing some extra guitar bits. It was very quick for us."

Murray said the 10-track set mixes "straight-ahead, uptempo rock songs with good grooves with some other tracks that are kind of longer and more complex." The album closer, "When the Wild Wind Blows", is an 11-minute track that's one of the longest songs IRON MAIDEN has ever recorded. "The rhythm's a little bit different from what we've done before, and there's lots of melodies," Murray said. "It's a big song. We learned it in sections just because it was such a complex arrangement, but it sounds quite natural (on the record)."



The Final Frontier - Director's Cut

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