Glam rockers Marilyn Manson and Alice Cooper made history onstage at the B'Estival in Bucharest, Romania on Sunday when they played together for the first time. The colourful duo performed together for the first time as part of Manson's headlining set. They teamed up for a cover of Eurythmics' Sweet Dreams.
The duet put reports the two stars don't get along to rest.
Prior to the show, Cooper told Romania's Hotnews.ro, "We invented the shock on stage. Manson re-invented it for another generation."
EXODUS guitarist Gary Holt has issued the following update: "Sorry about the total lack of communication, but I've been staying in the Bay Area at my parents' house (I live three hours north nowadays) and have had no Internet, nor the time since we have been locked away with Mr. Sneap for up to 14 hours a day, just killing ourselves. But all that's left are Lee's [Altus] solos and then the mix and it's finished. And I know you hear this shit all the time, which is why I've stay pretty silent through all this, but this record is like nothing you've ever heard. A genre-defining record, a career-defining record — simply put, the baddest fucking slab of metal recorded in years. Epic, crushing, huge in scope, and at times brutally simple, and at time massively complex. I am sooo stoked! You can't wipe the smile off of my face when I am listening to it. Proudest moment, for sure. Solos are off the hook, Lee is adding a ton more shred as I am typing this, Tom [Hunting] raised the bar on drumm
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Former Korn star Brian 'Head' Welch can't forgive himself for introducing young rockers to sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll. The heavy rocker-turned-born-again Christian admits he and his bandmates were responsible for turning many innocent young rockers onto a life of hedonism.
He tells the Bakersfield Californian newspaper, "We went at it. It seemed that everybody did. Some bands we provoked to party, like Incubus. (Former Korn bandmate) Fieldy got the guitar player to drink for the first time in his life. We saw them after that and they were drinking all the time."
Welch insists he has turned his back on the wild life, two years after quitting Korn to follow his religious calling - and now he'll never be tempted to drink alcohol or take drugs.
He adds, "You could put me in a room with anything: pills, beer, meth, and I wouldn't touch any of it. I'm totally set free and I will never do drugs again."
Japanese promoter Creativeman has announced that the opening act for all five of GUNS N' ROSES' upcoming Japanese dates will be a local band called MUCC.
MUCC (sometimes referred to as 69, which is pronounced "muku" in Japanese) is a Japanese rock band formed in 1997. Supposedly named after a character from the Japanese children's program "Ponkickies", the band has, as of 2007, released seven studio albums, along with several live albums, EPs, singles and DVDs, some of which were also released in Europe.
GUNS N' ROSES / MUCC tour dates:
July 14 - Chiba, Japan - Makuhari Messe July 15 - Chiba, Japan - Makuhari Messe July 17 - Nagoya, Japan - Nippon Gaishi Hall July 18 - Tokyo, Japan - Nippon Budokan July 21 - Osaka, Japan - Intex Osaka
After 14 failed attempts at joining the United Nations using media campaigns and presidential appeals, Taiwan is turning to a local Goth-style Rock band backed by Ozzy Osbourne in its quest for membership to the world body.
The band, named CHTHONIC, will travel to at least 80 cities in four countries by the end of the year, supported in part by the Taiwan government, which is providing pro-U.N. literature and a slogan-painted truck.
The band will visit Canada, Germany, Britain and the United States.
CHTHONIC has also recorded a song urging the United Nations to let Taiwan join, even though its bid for membership keeps getting knocked down because of objections from Beijing.
"I'm not for any political party, but I'm for my poor country's joining the United Nations," band lyricist Freddy Lim told reporters on Wednesday at the tour's launch.
Ozzy Osbourne, a satanic-theme rocker known for biting heads off bats on stage, is helping se
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Better Motörhead than Dead: Live at Hammersmith", a double live CD recorded at MOTÖRHEAD's 30th-anniversary show on June 16, 2005 at London's Hammersmith Appollo/Odeon, is available for streaming in its entirety. Due on July 16 via SPV, the set will be released in digipak form and is available for pre-order from www.play.com.
Here is the "Better Motörhead than Dead: Live at Hammersmith" track listing:
01. Dr. Rock 02. Stay Clean 03. Shoot You In The Back 04. Love Me Like A Reptile 05. Killers 06. Metropolis 07. Love For Sale 08. Over The Top 09. No Class 10. I Got Mine 11. In The Name Of Tragedy 12. Dancing On Your Grave
01. R.A.M.O.N.E.S. 02. Sacrifice 03. Just 'Cos You Got The Power 04. (We Are) The Road Crew 05. Going To Brazil 06. Killed By Death 07. Iron Fist 08. Whorehouse Blues 09. Bomber 10. Ace Of Spades <
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Patrick Douglas of The Culture Shock recently conducted an interview with BEHEMOTH mainman Adam Michal Darski (a.k.a. Nergal). A few excerpts from the chat follow:
The Culture Shock: Tell me what you're feeling right now with the new album set to come out in the U.S. in a couple of weeks and the start of Ozzfest coming up. Do you feel like this will be a huge step in taking over the U.S. in terms of gaining new fans?
Nergal: Yeah, man. It seems like there's no turning back. This is the only option now. (laughs). We're in such a position that we just have to bite the bullet. We have to make it happen right now. With this record, I'm pretty sure that we can definitely launch everything to the next level. Different things have been going around this record. A different excitement. I'm very positive actually, especially after talking to all these journalists and getting first reviews on our MySpace site from activity on the new song, man. I'm nothing but positive. I think it's gonn
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H.I.M. frontman Ville Valo said in interview that the band's upcoming album, "Venus Doom", is a darker and heavier effort than its previous CD, 2005's "Dark Light". Valo explained, "There's...a lot of SABBATH and old-school METALLICA (in there). I wanted the album to be more aggressive, heavier and more out there."
The new direction also allowed Valo to switch up vocally. "I wanted to sing lower — use my baritone a lot more," he said. "When all those influences come together, it's like, 'I wanna do that [Mark] Lanegan, Leonard Cohen-y type of vibe.'"
Valo added that the disc's tentative first single, "Kiss of Dawn", was inspired by the suicide of one of his best friends. Valo said, "The whole song is a tribute to him. It's also a love song. I love that dude. He was a great friend of mine. We hung out and had great f***ing conversations. It's a celebration of life, rather than death."
H.I.M. will have a chance to see how the new stuff stacks up with METALLICA when they open
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