24-07-10

DARK TRANQUILLITY

DARK TRANQUILLITY's entire May 21, 2010 concert at Reggie's Rock Club in Chicago, Illinois can be viewed below (courtesy of UVTV). The audio for the show was professionally tracked and mixed.

The setlist for the 73-minute performance was as follows:

01. At The Point Of Ignition
02. The Fatalist
03. Focus Shift
04. The Wonders At Your Feet
05. Final Resistance
06. Misery's Crown
07. Punish My Heaven
08. Iridium
09. Shadow In Our Blood
10. The Lesser Faith
11. Dream Oblivion
12. Lethe
13. Lost To Apathy
14. Therein

Encore:

15. The Grandest Accusation
16. Terminus (Where Death Is Most Alive)

DARK TRANQUILLITY recently completed a North American headlining tour with support from THREAT SIGNAL and MUTINY WITHIN.

"We Are The Void", the ninth album from DARK TRANQUILLITY, sold around 2,100 copies in the United States in its first week of release. The CD landed at position No. 15 on the Top New Artist Albums (Heatseekers) chart, which lists the best-selling albums by new and developing artists, defined as those who have never appeared in the Top 100 of The Billboard 200.

"We Are The Void" was released in North America on March 9 via Century Media Records. The LP was made available in Europe as a CD, digital download and strictly limited-edition die-cut digipak featuring two bonus songs ("Stars Of Nothingness" and "To Where Fires Cannot Feed") and a bonus DVD.

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18-07-10

AC/DC

According to Forbes, Australian hard rock legends AC/DC made an estimated $114 million between June 2009 and June 2010, landing at position No. 2 on the magazine's list of Top-Earning Musicians of 2010.

Says the magazine: "This Australian heavy metal group has been shaking audiences all night long since 1973 and shows few signs of stopping. Second only to U2 in band tour earnings, AC/DC grossed a staggering $226 million on a worldwide tour that included 99 dates and brought in more than $2 million a night."

Forbes magazine's list of Top-Earning Musicians of 2010:

01. U2 ($130 million)
02. AC/DC ($114 million)
03. BEYONCE ($87 million)
04. BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN ($70 million)
05. BRITNEY SPEARS ($64 million)
06. JAY-Z ($63 million)
07. LADY GAGA ($62 million)
08. MADONNA ($58 million)
09. KENNY CHESNEY ($50 million)
10. BLACK EYED PEAS, TOBY KEITH and COLDPLAY (tied at $48 million)

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DEF LEPPARD

DEF LEPPARD frontman Joe Elliott tells Billboard.com that the band is putting together a live album culled from its 2009 tour that may include some new material as well.

"We've got tentative plans to do a four- or five-track EP of new songs as part of it," Elliott explains, citing inspiration from previous concert releases such as KISS' "Alive II", IAN HUNTER's "Welcome to the Club" and GENESIS' "Three Sides Live", all of which included fresh songs.

"There'll be stuff from this century on it — 'Rock On', 'Nine Lives', 'Come On Come On', " Elliott notes. "Vivian [Campbell] has been in the band 17 years, so I think he deserves a shot at being on a live record. We've got a live video out from the Steve [Clark] era, [1989's] 'In the Round, In Your Face'; I've always said before that if you're desperate to hear us live, put that video on and turn your telly off and just listen to the sound."

Elliott says DEF LEPPARD is also thinking about a box set and is starting to put together a couple of books, after purchasing some 250,000 images from veteran photographer Ross Halfin.

Read more from Billboard.com.

According to People.com, DEF LEPPARD lead guitarist Phil Collen married costume designer Helen L. Simmons on the beach at Florida's Ritz-Carlton, Palm Beach resort in sunset ceremony Friday (July 16).

"We've been looking for each other our entire lifetime," Collen tells People.com. "To say we're ecstatic this day has finally come is putting it mildly. It could only be us for each other."

Guests included Collen's DEF LEPPARD bandmates Rick Savage, Vivian Campbell, as well as Muay Thai champion and trainer Jean Carrillo, who served as best man.

Read the entire article, and check out photos, at People.com.

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DIMMU BORGIR

Norwegian symphonic black metallers DIMMU BORGIR have scheduled the following European dates as part of their "Darkness Reborn" tour:

Sep. 19 - HMH, Amsterdam, NL (with KORN)
Sep. 20 - Bataclan, Paris, FR (headlining show)
Sep. 21 - Forum, London, U.K. (headlining show)
Sep. 23 - Eishalle Seutweg, Winterthur, CH (with KORN)
Sep. 24 - Zenith, Munich, DE (with KORN)
Sep. 26 - Gasometer, Vienna, AT (with KORN)
Sep. 27 - Alcatraz, Milan, IT (headlining show)
Sep. 28 – [to be announced]
Sep. 30 - Den Atelier, Luxembourg, LU (headlining show)
Oct. 01 - Ancienne Belgique, BE (with KORN)
Oct. 02 - Rosengarten, Mannheim, DE (with KORN)
Oct. 03 - Palladium, Cologne, DE (with KORN)
Oct. 05 - Haus-Auensee, Leipzig, DE (with KORN)
Oct. 06 - C-Halle, Berlin, DE (with KORN)
Oct. 07 - Progresja, Warsaw, PL (headlining show)
Oct. 08 - Studio, Krakow, PL (headlining show)
Oct. 09 - KD Vltavaska, Prague, CZ (headlining show)
Oct. 11 - Vega, Copenhagen, DK (headlining show)
Oct. 12 - Arenan, Stockholm, SE (headlining show)
Oct. 14 - Pakkahoune, Tampere, FI (headlining show)
Oct. 15 - House Of Culture, Helsinki, FI (headlining show)
Oct. 17 - Tragarn, Gothenburg, SE (headlining show)
Oct. 18 - Sentrum Scene, Oslo, NO (headlining show)

DIMMU BORGIR has set "Abrahadabra" as the title of its ninth studio album, which will be released in Germany on September 24, in the rest of Europe on September 27, and in North America on October 12 via Nuclear Blast Records.

The word "abrahadabra" (which roughly translates into "I will create as I speak") first publicly appeared in Chapter III of "Liber AL vel Legis" (commonly referred to as "The Book of the Law") written by Aleister Crowley in Cairo, Egypt in 1904.

DIMMU BORGIR singer/songwriter Shagrath shares the following about the new album: "After eleven months of total focus, dedication and professional team work, Darkness has been reborn. Some people have expressed their concern about the future of the band since the departure of some members of the clan. Let me assure you that things happen for a reason. The black flame burns brighter than ever before. With the mixture of our different musical preferences and the personalities involved, I will dare to say we have created a BEAST, the most detailed work to date out of our 17 years of existence. I know it's too much of a cliché to brag when you have a done a new album, but to put it short and simple, it's a fist in the face to all the doubters out there. Forward – Onward – March… ENTER THE SUPREME UNKNOWN."

For the second time in the band's career (i.e. 1996's "Stormblåst"), a one-word album title breaks the tradition of a three-word album title for a new studio release dating back to DIMMU BORGIR's 1994 debut, "For All Tid".

Guitarist/songwriter Silenoz has this to say on the topic: "We knew there would be some big changes with this album in more than one way and since we've had the three-word-title tradition for many years now, we thought it'd make a lot of sense for us to move on from that. It has served its purpose. We are a band that's all about change and moving forward. An album title consisting of one word goes hand-in-hand with the new material — it describes both the musical and lyrical content in a more imaginary way, not to mention the unity and the everlasting flame which is DIMMU BORGIR. Expect the unexpected!"

When asked about the central figure in the artwork and who/what he's supposed to represent, artist Joachim Luetke responds: "I think that's obvious. Since the whole 'setting' is located in an icy, bleak, winter-y, post-industrial era, we're pretty close to H.P. Lovecraft's nameless elder gods. They're represented by the mask's tentacles. In short: the mask/face personifies dominion of powers far beyond mankind. The nameless gods witnessed the birth of our universe and they'll watch it implode. To them, the age of mankind is but a blink of an eye."

In early June, DIMMU BORGIR announced its collaboration with Norwegian composer and Berklee College of Music summa cum laude alumnus Gaute Storaas in addition to the 51 members of KORK (the Norwegian Radio Orchestra) and the 38-member Schola Cantorum Choir. To date, over 101 musicians have contributed to the making of the new CD.

Composer Gaute Storaas has said of DIMMU BORGIR: "Their music is epic, thematic and symphonic already from the creation; they are clearly having an orchestral approach to composing."

Luetke's artwork and layout art also graced two other DIMMU BORGIR albums: 2003's "Death Cult Armageddon", which has sold 130,000 copies in the U.S. (according to Nielsen SoundScan) and debuted at No. 7 on Billboard's Heatseekers chart, No. 10 on the Top Independent Albums chart, and No. 170 on The Billboard 200 chart; and 2007's "In Sorte Diaboli", which has sold over 75,000 copies in the U.S. (according to Nielsen SoundScan) and debuted at No. 2 on Billboard's Top Independent Albums chart and at No. 43 on The Billboard 200 chart.

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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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