Metalite – band leader/guitarist Edwin Premberg

December 12th, 2017
by Anders Sandvall

Band leader/guitarist Edwin Prember –  Metalite

Interviewed by: Anders Sandvall
Thanks to Emil Westerdahl at Inner Wound Recordings for setting up the interview.
Thanks to Inner Wound Recordings for the promo pictures of the band.
Promotional single pictures on the band members taken by: Jan Yrlund

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Brutal Assault : more bands announced for 2018 event

December 12th, 2017
by Arto Lehtinen


PARADISE LOST have not only defined the gothic subgenre and raised doom metal to a new level, they can also be considered pioneers of an entire musical generation. Upon their formation on the ashes of other musical pioneers Nihilist, UNLEASHED were formed and quickly adopted the position of Chief Vikings of Swedish Death Metal scene, which they up to this day refuse to vacate. And speaking of pioneers, we’re also extremely happy to welcome unique thrash powerhouse from the US to the bill, EXHORDER! Another groundbreaking act that will honor BA with one of its unique cosmic death metal performances is NOCTURNUS AD of Mike Browning!

NEOCAESAR will be invoking the best form of Dutch death metal once represented by Sinister and even though the band is recent spawn project, it is comprised of veteran former Sinister members. The current incarnation of Finnish post-punk phenomenon Beastmilk will pleasure the fans under the moniker GRAVE PLEASURES, while the fans of progressive guitar work can look forward for the virtuoso PLINI! We will also welcome uncompromising UNSANE, brutal soundtrack of New York city cacophony and the toughest noise riffs which are able to attack with fury of angry beast.

Contemporary avantgarde with grim undertones will be summoned by DODECAHEDRON, while French CELESTE will cast gloom with their dark post-hardcore sludge. Aggressive and one of the best live acts FULL OF HELL will replace NAILS in the line-up, so get ready for walls of noise and massive explosions of furious rhythms and riffs. This is brutality and darkness in its purest form.


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BRUCE DICKINSON – “What Does This Button Do?”

December 12th, 2017
by Marko Syrjala

Bruce Dickinson is a man who needs no introduction to metal bangers. Iron Maiden has enjoyed and still does the fanatical following in most of the countries among the metal and rock fans decades after decades. Bruce Dickinson could be described a modern-day renaissance artist. Besides being the Iron Maiden frontman, he has recorded albums with the Samson band, plus solo albums of his own. Outside of the music world, Bruce Dickinson has been involved in writing books, movie scripts, being a radio DJ and known as a highly ranked fencer. The legendary frontman of Iron Maiden is going and already has released the biography book of his long life called WHAT DOES THAT BUTTON DO where he unveils more about all those activities. The book is his first, maybe his last (according to him) biography covering all his life from his childhood till the most recent events in his life. Dickinson has been traveling all around the world, promoting his book quite a lot. He also visited Finland where he had two signing sessions. Hundreds and hundreds of fans arrived in the hope of getting the books signed, and he signed all of them. Despite two days of long signing sessions Dickinson also did a significant number of interviews with several journalists including Metal-Rules.Com. He deserves all the respect and other bands out there, take a lesson of Bruce Dickinson’s attitude and moral. Here is the interview.

Interview and pictures by Marko Syrjala


First of all, welcome to Finland again!

Thank you very much. Very nice to be here just the day before your Independence Day celebrations.

The reason you’re here is that you’re promoting your new WHAT DOES THAT BUTTON DO book. What kind of feedback have you gotten about it?

Well, I’ve been very pleased with the reaction here. We are doing amazingly well the book so, I think we’re into the third reprint already.

Are you a kind of guy who follows what media writes about you, the bands, your book or do you try to stay away from all that?

Well, I don’t get much choice about it now because the book’s out so that people can write and say what they want about it. So yeah, I don’t have much control over it, so I don’t worry about it.

I think the book is overall entirely personal. There is a lot of talk about your own private life, like for example, the cancer thing. How did you decide which topics and subjects are going to be included and which are not?

I didn’t necessarily need to go and affect other people’s lives that much was quite enough stuff going on in my life to make an interesting book. So, anybody, looking for scandals about loads of other rock stars or more that sort nonsense, was not there. In any case but the book is – I’m obviously a huge chunk of my life. But there’s no of other things in the book as well which I think people might find a hope interesting. I see writer afterward, and I say look – I made a decision when I started writing the autobiography-; “What are you going to put in what are you going to leave out? You can’t put everything in is 400 pages. What are you going to put in and what are you going to leave out?” I left out 40000 words anyway which I wrote. Concerning wives and children and all the rest of it then it affects their lives in a way which – I don’t think it is necessarily 100 percent positive. People just start gossip around them and talk about them, and everything and they’re not that they’re not obviously important to me, but they’re not necessarily important to the story of the autobiography of mine.

Bruce Dickinson in Helsinki 2017

Most of the biographies of the rock stars have the holy three themes included; sex, drugs and rock n roll. There’s not much talk about sex or girls in your book. Was it something that you wanted to leave out on purpose?

Well, I mean this is what it is. But it’s not that much about drugs, to be honest with you. Yeah, I smoked something, I smoked dope when I was at university. I put that in there just because I wanted to make the point that I don’t see the point in a drug they didn’t do anything to a great extent for me. So, stopping was pretty easy. I mean it’s not like I was an addict it’s not like I’ve ever purchased a drug in my life. Actually, I’m the worst guy on the planet because I used to smoke everybody else’s dope. And as for the sex bit of it, there is a little bit of sex in it, but not to the point where I’m describing how incredibly I’m in bed and not basically because why would you want to do that. Like people don’t know what it’s like to have sex. Most people have, and most people who have sex have with girlfriends, boyfriends whatever make love their whatever. Yeah, I can tell you it’s no different. Everything works just the same game. It’s just something that happens to the entire planet. So, what’s different. Why did that have to go in the book? It’s just sort of it’s another kind of Rockstar narcissist. That’s not the thing with this book. I didn’t want this to be a confessional about how big my Willey’s or “Ok I’m in Odessa” nonsense it’s so tedious it’s boring. I think a book should be entertaining. I think it should be a little educational a little bit informative and funny and I think it should celebrate life.

How this book writing process was different to writing a solo album – I mean, that’s always a quite personal project as well compared to working with any Iron Maiden stuff?

No, it’s not like writing a solo album. Writing a solo album is writing a solo album. You’re creating fiction with songs. So, it’s no it’s not it’s all right if I’m writing a book like this is a standalone process. I think because it’s not like writing a fictional book, and it’s not even like writing a nonfiction book you can stand back and do research because you have opinions. But this one that you’re already in it. You know so it’s a curious hybrid autobiography. And I know you have to be quite selective about it. You can’t put every single thing you’ve ever done in your entire life. Down here the red. Any of you know when people have they keep diaries. I never keep a diary. I never bothered to do that. So I couldn’t be asked as like you expect me to sit down and write what I did every day. God Almighty is boring. And that’s the problem is when I look at people that keep diaries, and they publish them. Got that boring and tedious. “Oh my god. Really”. You know I mean Richard Burton’s diaries. I thought “Oh wow. I bet these up. I learned something today I had halibut. It was undercooked, and the wind was disgraceful. However, the bed was beautiful and comfortable.” And so are many autobiographies. I don’t read them for that very same reason. But I occasionally in the build-up to writing this went and spent an hour or so just flicking through autobiographies. And the big thing that came across was like “Oh my god who cares about things how I think I like to write an autobiography that might just be a little bit more of the wool that might be a little bit odd.” The people might read it and go oh I didn’t know that. That’s interesting. Or something. Not just that, the rock star autobiography.

When did you make a decision that you wanted to write a book about your life after all?

Well, I had all kinds of people chasing me to write a book for 10 – 12 years or so, and I never bothered to do that because I knew what was involved. You had to spend a long time doing it. And I thought “Oh I can’t be bothered.” Then I’ve got the cancer thing, and I got clear of that, and I did the BOOK OF SOULS too and then at the end of it all kind of sorted out. After I get clear of cancer I thought; “This is a perfect place to end a book because one of the biggest problems with writing an autobiography is the question, when and where you’re going to stop it? I mean just before you die I mean, that was the point of writing it. So, you’ve got to stop it somewhere. And I thought this is the perfect place to end it. Having just gotten a clear concept that’s a great place to stop. And then, of course, the stop point is easy. It’s the beginning of the rest of your life. So, it’s a journey. I mean, in an autobiography like a novel should be it should be a journey from the beginning all the way through. My editor at Harper Collins’s Jack Fog was great because he took all my stuff which was just in sequential order and started to edit it. He edited it like a novel. When we sat down sat down together to do that it took us about three and a half days to get rid of 40000 words which he thought was going to be difficult. But once I understood what he was trying to achieve we were both doing cutting like crazy because it became really easy to lose eight or ten pages of one story because it was a story you didn’t if you didn’t know, it was that you didn’t know, it was gone yet. So, from that from that point once he understood what he was after.

Life is a lot easier so you can tell in the book that you missed Genesis show because you attended the school like one year after the band played.

Yeah yeah.

Are there some other bands that do you have wanted to see, but it never happened?

Oh yeah, I have missed every single band I’ve liked most. I missed every show of those bands, except Uriah Heep with David Byron, who is my biggest influences. I’ve never seen those other ones, not even a single time. Black Sabbath, Deep Purple, Rainbow, Jethro Tull. I never saw them, and there is some specific reason for it. I was at school. Ok, so, I was at boarding school. It was that also a money related. I just couldn’t afford to go because I was in a boarding school. And it was as simple as that. And they weren’t around you know so. So, I had to imagine what it was in real life. It was a bit like the Marquis De Sade for all of his crazy pornographic writing never had sex except in his mind because he was locked up in jail and he had to write down all these crazy fantasies on toilet paper. And this is the truth. The more they locked him up, the more insane his fantasies became, and in the end, it became utterly absurd. I mean it’s ridiculous. And it was a little bit like that with music. I imagined all these people doing all these amazing things onstage in my head because there were no videos back then. So, there was no footage you could see of people very much you know there was nothing like a Top Of the Pops or something, and we only had. And that was very rare. We were allowed to watch TV, so I imagined everybody in a real sort of kinetic way. People ask me why I run around like I do on stage and it’s because that’s how I imagined that all my heroes ran around on stage. When I finally saw them on stage, after most of them later on reunited, they just were just standing there.

Bruce Dickinson live at Helsinki, 2002

You have a lot of great stories about your old bands before Iron Maiden in the book. For example, Samson. You seemed to have quite a lot of difficulties with that group, but you’re very proud of those times.

I think we were such a strange band. I mean we were all over the place in so many ways. It was a great experience. I mean I wouldn’t have swapped it for the world because I learned a lot. I learned a lot of actually what not to do. I also got a huge amount of experience from particularly the second album that I did with them, SHOCK TACTICS. I learned a massive amount about singing from that album. And that led pretty directly into what I did with on THE NUMBER OF THE BEAST. Martin Birch then turned it into what I became subsequently as a vocalist.

Before Samson, you were fronting a band called the Shots. That band has a look, which was horrible, to be honest. Have you ever seen a group which was really bad but later on one or a few of its members have managed to have a great career in the music business?

Probably there have been a few bands like that, but I can’t remember any of them personally. I’ll have to think about that more “Laughs.”

One special thing about the Shots was your unique dressing which included golden jockstraps. Whatever happened to those?

The golden jockstraps are long gone and have been eaten by worms that can be just me on the right one. So, those are finally in a better place “Laughs.”

Shots promo shot. Bruce pictured in the middle with the hat. Photo by

There are great stories behind your solo albums. When speaking a bit about your solo career, you recently released a box set including all of your solo albums. Does that mean that you’re going to activate your solo career again sometime soon?

There’s a half an album of solo stuff sitting on a shelf in Roy Z’s bedroom right now. I just need to go and get some time and go in and writes some more material. I mean I was halfway through doing it. It was going to be a whole concept album, and it was going to be called “If Eternity Should Fail” and “If Eternity Should Fail” was the title track to my new solo album. And a bit like what happened “Bring Your Daughter To The Slaughter,” Iron Maiden wanted to use it, so that’s what happened again. But if I did do another solo album, which I think I will, I might just stick to my original plan and have that as the title track. I mean I did write it. It was there first. It was the first track that I wrote you know for it. So yeah, I probably still include that song but it would be the feel would be slightly different not very much from the Maiden version.

You have also said in the interviews that you really enjoyed writing this book. And like you already mentioned, you have some bits some parts which you cut off. Do you feel that there could someday be another book about your life or is this enough about that topic?

Well, there’s 40000 words of stories sloshing around. I’m not sure how you would organize it or how you would put it together. I’m not even seriously thinking about it at the moment because I’m in the middle in the middle of this one right now. It’s only been out for a couple of months, so we’ve got a long way to go with this book. You know it’s going to go to the whole the hardbacks, and it’s going to get released in Germany next year and then Brazil and Spain and Italy and all these places. And then there’s the back’s going to come out later, and it’s going to be going to be two years working on this book. During that time, I might write some other bits and I might not, but I need to figure out how they approach because you can’t do a second autobiography. You know people do that a lot. I mean some people are releasing their fifth biography, and they’re only 25. There are lots more spaces on the pages, and the paper is really thick again “Laughs.”

Our time seems to be up now. Here’s one more question left. The Maiden will be back on the road in spring, and then you’re also coming back to Finland. What can the fans expect from that upcoming tour?

Well, of course, you can expect surprises. The one thing I will say is I’m really pleased to be doing this indoors. We made a decision that we would try as much as possible to do indoor shows this summer. Obviously, there is some festival shows so, we can’t do that 100 percent. The main reason is that the show is we’ve been designing the show for almost a year now, that “Book of Souls” was such a great show. We thought wow how we’re going to beat this. So, now we’ve come up with something which I think is going to be pretty spectacular.  You definitely will not want to miss the beginning of the show.


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Waken Metal Battle Canada has returned!

December 10th, 2017
by J P

Wacken Metal Battle Canada Announce 2018 Band Submissions


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Geoff Tate of Operation Mindcrime, the concept of The New Reality is meant to be a bit of a mystery!

December 9th, 2017
by Metal Rules
Geoff Tate press photo

Geoff Tate press photo

Interview Robert Cavuoto

On December 1st, iconic metal vocalist, Geoff Tate released his latest CD entitled The New Reality via Rat Pak Records. It is the third and final chapter in his project band, Operation Mindcrime’s musical trilogy; with Resurrection as the second chapter released in 2016 and The Key being the first chapter released in 2015. Operation: Mindcrime is a creative platform that continues in the spirit of the historic album of the same name, spawning concepts as grand as the music. Operation Mindcrime features a variety of multi-talented musicians such as Kelly Gray, John Moyer, Simon Wright, Scott Mercado, Scott Moughton, Brian Tichy, and Mike Ferguson.

I sat down with Geoff to discuss how The New Reality fits into the trilogy, his tour to support the 30th anniversary of Operation Mindcrime, and what will be his next endeavor.

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Kiss Expo- Helsinki Finland

December 9th, 2017
by Arto Lehtinen

What the hell am I doing here – was the first question popped up to my mind, when standing in the front of the Nosturi club. Kiss hasn’t been my ultimate passion, even though they do have a number of great songs in the repertoire, unlike the opinion of my partner in crime, Marko Syrjala, who literally worships the ground where Kiss members have walked. However, this Expo had to be taken in and considered as some kind of challenge and exploring the minds and the world of the hardcore Kiss fans.

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Enslaved + Darkher + Svalbard @ Islington Assembly Hall, London

December 7th, 2017
by UK Team

Enslaved + Darkher + Svalbard

@ Islington Assembly Hall, London

November 24, 2017

Review by Torbjørn ‘Toby’ Jørsad

Photography by Thomas James Henry Saunders

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Freternia to return in 2018!!

December 6th, 2017
by EvilG

Freternia -most recent band picture – without drummer.

The Last couple of years a raising interest in Freternia has been brought to our attention and being formed in 1998 with a split up as soon as 2003, we all have had the feeling that it was way too early to end and that we left the stage without any proper end.

Next year it will be 20 years since we once started and we are now very happy to announce that we will release a third album in 2018! To celebrate this we have released “Warchants & Fairytales” on Spotify, iTunes & Amazon Music in a digitally remastered version. “A Nightmare Story” will also be launched in a near future.



Its a great honour to once again record an album under the Freternia Flag. There will be some brand new songs but also old stuff that never got to be released back in the Days. The album will be finished in early 2018 and the release date is yet to be announced.

Freternia: A Nightmare Story

Freternia: A Nightmare Story

Freternia: Warchants & Fairytales

Freternia: Warchants & Fairytales

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Billion Dollar Babies, Feat. Original Alice Cooper Group Members, First Ever Live Show – Flint 1977 Now Available! 

December 5th, 2017
by Celtic Bob
Billion Dollar Babies, Feat. Original Alice Cooper Group Members, First Ever Live Show – Flint 1977 Now Available!

Featuring Michael Bruce, Dennis Dunaway & Neal Smith!

Alice Cooper was undoubtedly one of the major rock artists of the 1970s and 80s. However, what is less well known is that originally the man now known as “Alice” was called Vince and he was the lead singer of a band called “Alice Cooper.” The band consisted of lead singer Vince Furnier, Glen Buxton (lead guitar), Michael Bruce (rhythm guitar, keyboards, main songwriter), Dennis Dunaway (bass guitar), and Neal Smith (drums). Furnier legally changed his name to Alice Cooper and has had a solo career under that name since the band became inactive in 1975. The Alice Cooper Group played their final show on April 8, 1974 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Bruce, Dunaway and Smith would go on to form the short-lived band Billion Dollar Babies, producing one album titled “Battle Axe” in 1977. While occasionally performing with one another and Glen Buxton, they would not reunite with Alice until October 23, 1999, at the second Glen Buxton Memorial Weekend for a show at CoopersTown in Phoenix (Buxton having died in 1997). This is a recording of the Billion Dollar Babies first ever live show on July 6, 1977 in Flint, Michigan, and what a show it was!

I Miss You
Rock n Roll Radio
Love is Rather Blind
Rock Me Slowly
Alice Cooper Medley: No More Mr Nice Guy/Neal Smith solo/Elected/Eighteen/School’s Out
Battle Axe Suite: Ego Mania
Battle Axe
Nights in Cracked Leather/Sudden Death/Winner
Too Young
Billion Dollar Babies

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JOHN 5 AND THE CREATURES to Release “It’s Alive!” Live Album in January

December 5th, 2017
by Celtic Bob
Physical Pre-Orders Coming Soon | Available Digitally via
“It’s Alive!” U.S. Tour to Begin February 1 in Orlando, FL | VIP Packages Available
JOHN 5 and The Creatures (bassist Ian Ross and drummer Logan Miles Nix) are set to release a brand new live album, It’s Alive!, in January. Becoming available on Thursday, January 25, 2018, It’s Alive! is the first album released by the world-renowned guitarist to be featured on vinyl. A stunning 24-page, full color tour book covering the JOHN 5 andThe Creatures tour journeys so far will also be available for separate purchase.
Pre-orders are available now at, with more options coming soon. Fans can check back to for updates.
JOHN 5 says about the recording of It’s Alive!, “I remember pulling up to a beautiful venue that we played in Sellersville, Pennsylvania and before we were unloading the equipment, the soundman said, ‘Hey guys, would you like to record the show?’ We said, ‘sure that would be amazing!’ I always wanted to have a really great recording of the show. We were a few weeks into the show so we were really well rehearsed, so I said, ‘Alright guys, let’s not jump around. Let’s just really try to get a great performance because we only have one shot – no other shows if we mess up!’ So, we explained to the crowd that we would be recording. You can hear that on the recording of the album, which makes it very magical. It came out amazingly! That’s the magic of live albums to me – capturing the performance.”
It’s Alive! track listing:
1. Guitars, Tits and Monsters
2. Flight of The Vulcan Kelly
3. Six Hundred and Sixty Six Pickers In Hell, CA
4. Here’s to the Crazy Ones
5. This is my Rifle
6. Jiffy Jam
7. Hall Haw
8. Season Of The Witch
9. The Nightmare Unravels
10. Portrait of Sydney Sloan
11. Triple D
12. Black Grass Plague
13. Behind The Nut Love
14. Making Monsters
15. Beat It
16. Now Fear This
17. Medley
JOHN 5 adds, “I’m so proud of it that I wanted to put it out and also tour it like bands used to tour live albums back in the 70s. I thought that was so cool! I’ve put out a lot of records, so I thought – goddammit, I’m going to do it!”
JOHN 5 and The Creatures will begin an extensive tour of the United States in February for a first leg, and will pick back up in late March for a second. The tour will start in Orlando, FL on February 1 and come to an end in Tacoma, WA on April 21. Tickets will become available very soon, and VIP packages will be available exclusively at See below for a full listing of dates.
JOHN 5 and The Creatures It’s Alive! tour dates:
2/1 – Orlando, FL @ The Social
2/2 – Jacksonville, FL @ 1904 Music Hall
2/3 – Atlanta, GA @ Drunken Unicorn
2/5 – Asheville, NC @ Orange Peel
2/6 – Greensboro, NC @ Blind Tiger
2/7 – Virginia Beach, VA @ Shaka’s
2/8 – Richmond, VA @ Broadberry
2/9 – College Park, MD @ Milkboy
2/10 – Sellersville, PA @ Sellersville Theater
2/11 – Stanhope, NJ @ Stanhope Theater
2/12 – New York, NY @ Highline Ballroom
2/13 – Boston, MA @ Middle East
2/14 – Syracuse, NY @ Lost Horizon
2/15 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Hard Rock
2/16 – Cleveland, OH @ Beachland
2/17 – Westland, MI @ Token Lounge
2/18 – Chicago, IL @ Reggies
2/20 – Des Moines, IA @ Vaudeville Mews
2/21 – Indianapolis, IN @ Vogue
2/22 – Newport, KY @ Southgate House
2/23 – Lexington, KY @ Manchester Music Hall
2/24 – Chattanooga, TN @ Songbirds
3/29 – San Antonio, TX @ Rock Box
3/30 – Dallas, TX @ Trees
3/31 – Houston, TX @ Scout Bar
4/2 – Albuquerque, NM @ Launchpad
4/3 – Tucson, AZ @ 191 Toole
4/4 – Mesa, AZ @ Club Red
4/5 – San Diego, CA @ Brick by Brick
4/6 – Los Angeles, CA @ Whisky A Go Go
4/7 – Las Vegas, NV @ Vamp’d
4/8 – Fullerton, CA @ SlideBar
4/11 – Ventura, CA @ Discovery
4/12 – San Jose, CA @ Ritz
4/13 – San Francisco, CA @ DNA Lounge
4/14 – Fresno, CA @ Full Circle Brewery
4/15 – Sacramento, CA @ Harlows
4/17 – Salt Lake City, UT @ The Complex
4/18 – Boise, ID @ Neurolux
4/19 – Bend, OR @ Volacanic Pub
4/20 – Portland, OR @ Hard Rock PDX
4/21 – Tacoma, WA @ Tacoma Dome – Tacoma Guitar Festival
Many songs that will be heard on tour and on It’s Alive! can be found in their original form via the latest JOHN 5 and The Creatures studio album, Season Of The Witch. The album can be ordered via iTunes, Amazon and, or streamed via Spotify. Season Of The Witch showcases experimentation with various genres – including western swing, Spanish flamenco, heavy metal and more – thoroughly showcasing JOHN 5‘s diverse virtuosic abilities.
About JOHN 5:
JOHN 5 has worked with a varied range of artists, performing as guitarist for some of the biggest headlining rock bands in the world such as Rob Zombie and Marilyn Manson, as well as playing session with Paul Stanley, Rod Stewart, Lynyrd Skynyrd and more. Slashhas called JOHN 5, “one of the most mind-blowing guitarists around” and Rob Zombie has dubbed him “a fucking shredder”. JOHN 5 has released seven solo albums to date, as well as a remix album, and has written music for the likes of Avril Lavigne, Garbage, Ricky Martin and others. Season Of The Witch follows his previous solo work, Careful With That Axe, which debuted on the Billboard Heatseekers chart upon release in 2014.
JOHN 5 and The Creatures is:
JOHN 5 – guitars
Ian Ross – bass
Logan Miles Nix – drums
JOHN 5 online:

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CHASTAIN The 7th of Never: 30 Years Heavy!

December 5th, 2017
by Celtic Bob


“The 7th Of Never 30 Years Heavy!

This release is a remastered, reissue of the classic CHASTAIN album “The 7th of Never” on its 30th year anniversary.

This albums features the studio lineup of David T. Chastain on guitar, Leather Leone on vocals, Mike Skimmerhorn on bass and Ken Mary on drums.

“The 7th of Never” was originally released in 1987 and David states, “Of all of the Chastain Cds this one probably has the best lead guitar playing from top to bottom. This was during an era where my chops were at the top of their shred game.”

Leather further comments: “The 7th for me was a turning point vocally. I had figured out how to interpret the music the way I heard it in my head. The song “7th of Never” still kicks my ass live to this day!!!!”

During the “7th” era the band did numerous headlining tours throughout the United States as well as playing arena shows with bands such as Alice Cooper and Kiss. The touring band of that time included Les Sharp of CJSS on drums and on some shows, second guitarist Pat O’Brien. Pat is currently a member of the death metal band Cannibal Corpse.

David continues, “I wanted to bring up the audio to today’s standards. To be quite truthful I think the album has withstood the test of time and holds up quite well to traditional metal standards. We have new young fans contacting me who say they just found out about this album and band after all this time.”

After over thirty years CHASTAIN is still going strong and with a very prolific catalog whose albums certainly fall into the category of “metal classics.”

This cd is regarded as a classic amongst most CHASTAIN fans!!

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Foreigner Announces Summer 2018 “JUKE BOX HEROES TOUR” WITH Whitesnake and Jason Bonham’s Led Zeppelin Evening

December 5th, 2017
by Celtic Bob

FOREIGNER, WHITESNAKE and JASON BONHAM’S LED ZEPPELIN EVENING, are getting into the holiday gift-giving spirit early with the announcement of their 2018 29-city summer “Juke Box Heroes Tour,” produced by Live Nation. Nothing warms up the chilly holiday season like the promise of a hot summer tour, and concert tickets make the perfect gift.
The legendary artists will cross the U.S. starting Friday, June 15, 2018 in Bangor, ME at Darling’s Waterfront Pavilion.  All three bands are led by Englishmen Mick Jones, David Coverdale and Jason Bonham who are part of the fabric of British rock, and will bring a summer of great music across the country. Foreigner’s 40th Anniversary tour was one of last summer’s best selling runs.
Tickets for the “Juke Box Heroes Tour” go on sale to the general public beginning Friday, December 8th at 10am local time at Tickets for Foreigner VIP packages including Meet & Greets with the band will be available at
Citi® is the official presale credit card for the “Juke Box Heroes Tour.” As such, Citi® cardmembers will have access to purchase  presale tickets beginning Tuesday, December 5th at 10am local time until Thursday, December 7th at 10pm local time through Citi’s Private Pass® program. For complete presale details visit
“I’m excited to join forces with my fellow U.K. countrymen, David Coverdale and Jason Bonham, for what’s sure to be a rockin’ summer tour in the States,” says FOREIGNER founding member and lead guitarist Mick Jones.
As Whitesnake lead singer David Coverdale says, “We are truly excited and looking forward to playing in 2018 with our friends, Foreigner and Jason Bonham, on their North American tour.”
Says Jason Bonham, “Being part of Foreigner’s 40th Anniversary Tour last summer was wonderful. Opening a show like that was very special to me, so when Mick asked if I’d do it again in 2018, I said yes without hesitation. I’m excited that Whitesnake will be filling out the middle slot this time as I’ve known David since I was 14 years old. It’s going to be a WHOLE LOTTA FUN!”
Since the 1977 release of their first hit “Feels Like The First Time” and their self-titled debut album on Atlantic Records, FOREIGNER has been universally hailed as one of the world’s most popular rock acts with 10 multi-Platinum albums, 16 Top 30 hits, and worldwide album sales exceeding 75 million.  Responsible for some of rock and roll’s most enduring anthems including “Juke Box Hero,” “Cold as Ice,” “Feels Like The First Time,” “Urgent,” “Head Games,” “Say You Will,” and the worldwide #1 hit, “I Want To Know What Love Is,” FOREIGNER continues to rock the charts forty years into the game with massive airplay and continued Billboard “Top 200 Albums” chart success.  FOREIGNER also features strongly in every category in Billboard’s “Greatest of All Time” listing.  Catalog sales often eclipse those of Led Zeppelin, AC/DC, The Rolling Stones, The Who, Def Leppard, Van Halen, Aerosmith, and most of their Classic Rock peers.  (Source: Nielsen SoundScan week ending 8/3/17). FOREIGNER’s catalog sales were recently celebrated in Business Insider as hitting the Top 40 among the Best Selling Music Artists of All Time ahead of Britney Spears, Bob Dylan, Phil Collins, Prince, Queen, and Bon Jovi.
Throughout this tour, FOREIGNER will continue their long-standing partnership with The GRAMMY Museum, by which local school choirs are invited to join the band on stage in almost every market they play. Through this program over the past several years, the band has raised well into the six figures for music in school programs, and given thousands of students
a life-changing experience to rock on stage with one of the most well known bands of all time.
The band recently released a celebratory 40th anniversary album that features 40 tracks tracing their distinguished career. Entitled 40, the album is a comprehensive compilation of original hits and several tracks from the current lineup, with Kelly Hansen on vocals. All tracks were recorded between 1977 and 2017. The current line-up  is Mick Jones (lead guitar), Kelly Hansen (lead vocals), Jeff Pilson (bass, vocals), Tom Gimbel (rhythm guitar, saxophone, vocals), Michael Bluestein (keyboards), Bruce Watson (guitar), and Chris Frazier (drums).
Founded in 1978 by former Deep Purple singer David Coverdale, WHITESNAKE has earned multi-Platinum status for numerous albums, including TROUBLELOVEHUNTERREADY AND WILLING and COME AN’ GET IT, as well as the album that introduced the explosive hard rock revamped WHITESNAKE sound with SLIDE IT IN. The band is currently celebrating the 30th anniversary of their 1987’s self-titled multi-Platinum smash hit album, WHITESNAKE.  From these albums came multiple Top 10 hits worldwide, including two #1 singles with “Here I Go Again” and “Is This Love,” as well as the unforgettable hammer of “Still Of The Night,” all leading to virtual 24-hour domination of MTV around the globe. Bombast, bravado, talent and passion have helped establish WHITESNAKE as the perennial platinum favorite they have become and they’re back with a vengeance in 2018.  The world-renowned group featuring David Coverdale (vocals), Reb Beach (guitar), Joel Hoekstra (guitar), Michael Devin (bass), Tommy Aldridge (drums) and Michele Luppi (keyboards) are currently in the studio recording their tentatively titled new studio album FLESH & BLOOD.
Following his participation in the monumental reunion of Led Zeppelin at London’s O2 arena in 2007, drummer Jason Bonham decided to take the music his father was such a huge part of out on the road. The result became Jason Bonham’s Led Zeppelin Evening. Best described as a band that perfectly recreates the music of Robert Plant, Jimmy Page, John Paul Jones and John Bonham, Jason Bonham’s Led Zeppelin Evening not only celebrates one of music’s most iconic bands but also the life of Bonham’s late father, who died in 1980.

When asked why he decided to start the project, Jason said, “It was medicine to relieve myself from the amount of Led Zeppelin that I had studied and rehearsed prior to the O2 show and then dealing with the realization that it wasn’t going to go anywhere beyond that one concert. It originally began as me just wanting to put together a show, but once I realized I could make it more than just the music it became something more. It gave me the opportunity to give a little nod to what everyone knows about my dad’s wild side but also show his sensitive side as well. For me, he was always dad at home and this was an idea to show a deeper side of that.”

Check out the tour at any of the following stops, with more dates to be announced in the coming weeks and posted on FOREIGNER‘s official website. Fans can also check out for updates on tour dates and news.
Bangor, ME
Darling’s Waterfront Pavilion
Saratoga Springs, NY
Saratoga Performing Arts Center
Syracuse, NY
Lakeview Amphitheater
Boston, MA
Blue Hills Bank Pavilion
Wantagh, NY
Northwell Health at Jones Beach
Camden, NJ
Cincinnati, OH
BB&T Pavilion
Riverbend Music Center
Burgettstown, PA
KeyBank Pavilion
Bristow, VA
Jiffy Lube Live
Holmdel, NJ
PNC Bank Arts Center
Raleigh, NC
Charlotte, NC
Coastal Credit Union Music Park at Walnut Creek
PNC Music Pavilion
Nashville, TN
Ascend Amphitheater
Alpharetta, GA
Verizon Amphitheatre
Simpsonville, SC
Heritage Park Amphitheatre
Cuyahoga Falls, OH
Blossom Music Center
Chicago, IL
Huntington Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island
Noblesville, IN
Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center
Clarkston, MI
DTE Energy Music Theatre
Kansas City, MO
Starlight Theatre
St. Louis, MO
Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
The Woodlands, TX
Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
Irving, TX
Denver, CO
West Valley City, UT
Auburn, WA
Ridgefield, WA
Chula Vista, CA
Irvine, CA
The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory
Pepsi Center
Usana Amphitheater
White River Amphitheatre
Sunlight Supply Amphitheatre
Mattress Firm Amphitheatre
Five Point Amphitheater

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Chuck Garric of Beasto Blanco on new CD, Live From Berlin – It’s a Big Sexy, Sweaty Rock n’ Roll Show!

December 4th, 2017
by Metal Rules
Beasto Blanco Metal Melt Down at NAMM JAMM 2016

Beasto Blanco Metal Melt Down at NAMM JAMM 2016

Interview by Robert Cavuoto

Beasto Blanco, the band, fronted by long time Alice Cooper bassist Chuck Garric, will be releasing their first live CD entitled, Live From Berlin on January 19, 2018, via Rat Pak Records. Live From Berlin was recorded at the Mercedes-Benz Arena in Berlin, Germany during the 2016 sold-out Böhse Onkelz tour. This CD features songs from both of their studio CDs Live Fast Die Loud and their 2016 self-titled sophomore release Beasto Blanco.

Chuck and his bandmates Chris Latham [guitar], Jan Le Grow [bass], Tim Husung [drums] and Calico Cooper [vocals] deliver a superb performance on this CD capturing the passion, energy, and theatrics of their live show. The CD is rounded out with a haunting live version of Alice Cooper’s “Feed My Frankenstein.” The album is currently available for pre-order via Rat Pak CDs website.

I had the pleasure of speaking with Chuck for the new CD. He provides details on its creation during their 2016 arena tour and what the future holds for Beasto Blanco.

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Myles Kennedy to Release Debut Solo Album

December 4th, 2017
by Celtic Bob

Now Available For Pre-Order in Various Bundle Configurations At: and

Myles Kennedy, one of rock music’s most-distinctive voices, is set to release his debut solo album Year Of The Tiger on March 9, 2018. The album will be released worldwide via Napalm Records. The acclaimed singer/songwriter known for his work with Alter Bridge as well as with Slash and the Conspirators recently completed the highly anticipated record. The album is available for pre-order in various bundle configurations at: and

On Year Of The Tiger, Kennedy embarks on his first venture as a solo artist by embracing musical elements and influences he hasn’t explored until this point in his career. What emerges is a 12-song concept record inspired by the loss of his father when he was a child. Kennedy himself plays banjo, lap steel, bass, and mandolin in addition to guitar throughout the album. From the opening guitar riff of album opener “Year Of The Tiger” to uplifting album closer “One Fine Day,” it is clear that these songs tell a story that has been brewing in Kennedy since the first mention of a solo album in 2009. The emotional journey and personal story of Myles is captured in a bluesy-americana album with a twist of country and rock, swirling and flowing around this incredible soulful voice the world has come to know.

The track listing for Year Of The Tiger is:

  1. Year Of The Tiger
  2. The Great Beyond
  3. Blind Faith
  4. Devil On The Wall
  5. Ghost of Shangri La
  6. Turning Stones
  7. Haunted By Design
  8. Mother
  9. Nothing But A Name
  10. Love Can Only Heal
  11. Songbird
  12. One Fine Day


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HELLOWEEN : Pumpkins United tour – Ice Hall, Helsinki, Finland

December 2nd, 2017
by Arto Lehtinen

HELLOWEEN – Pumpkins United

November 30, 2017

Black Box / Ice Hall

Helsinki Finland 


Happy, Happy Helloween has been the legendary sing-a-long tune at all the Helloween concerts thru all these years. It was obvious the Helloween fans were in the happy-happy feeling when Helloween announced about doing the Pumpkins United tour feat. The whole current line-up of Helloween with Kai Hansen and Michael Kiske.  The massive worldwide tour started out in Mexico and went thru South America and then landed at Europe. Helloween definitely has always been enjoying the loyal and even fanatical following in Finland since 1987 when the German pumpkins power metallers visited the country for the first time opening for Dio at the Giants Of Rock open-door metal festival. Even though the traditional and power metal had a low point in the mid 90’s, the Finnish crowd, however, went to see Helloween. Back to 2017, when Helloween arrived with the most significant production ever to Finland. The cold godforsaken Ice Hall had got a new form when black curtains covered the seats creating the more club feeling in the hall. All in all, more than 3000 people had bought the ticket for the three hours of power metal extravaganza.


The opening intro was “Let Me Entertain You” by Robin Williams welcomed the seven-piece squad on the stage. “Halloween” off KEEPER OF THE SEVEN KEYS and “Dr. Stein” from PT II began the three-hour firework of the classic power metal journey into the heyday of the 80’s and the present day. The band let the audience understand the spirit and chemistry within the group were more than perfect.  Both Deris and Kiske performed as a brother holding and hugginh each other, singing to each other and talking and joking to each other. However, seeing Michael Kiske performing was like a religious awakening for most of the fans.  Kiske’s voice is still pure gold even though the man has been suffering from the evil flu. That could be heard in his voice time-to-time, but most of the time he sounded just perfect through the show.

The band’s mascots Seth and Doc had got the show of their own on the video screen. Both the figures had been animated and had adventures of their own which definitely had references to all the musicians in Helloween. When the mascots were hassling on the screen, meanwhile the rest of the band had an opportunity of having a few second break. Of course, these animated clips took quite a bit of the whole running time of the show, but the break was mandatory for the band.

Dani Löble turned out to be a real man of steel behind the drum kit. He handled the three-hour drumming without slowing down or failing any parts. He hardly sweated while drumming. As known the original drummer Ingo Schwichtenberg took his life in 1995, but his role as the original Helloween drummer is apparent. The old video footage of Ingo’s drumming was shown on the screen, and when he was drumming, Dani Löble played along with him as a double team. Finally, the audience started chanting “Ingo, Ingo, Ingo.”

This tour is based more or less on the nostalgia, and it’s definitely not  an easy thing to do for Sascha Gerstner. Of course, the majority of fans are eager the see the classic line-up, and when the band decided not to include too much newer material on the setlist, it was apparent that Sascha had no much role on this show. Now, he was having the same kind of character what Janick Gers has had with Iron Maiden since the reunion. Yes, the majority of the fans like him, and he’s a good guy, but they still prefer more to see the original guys together on stage instead of him or without him. And it’s also a fact that his current outlook doesn’t help with that. I felt almost sorry for him through the show because most of the time he was like an outsider on the stage.

Talking more about the chemistry, it was evident that there was more of it among some members than the others. It was clear that Kiske and Deris enjoyed being on stage together. They were connected perfectly through the show, and it was surprising that Kiske had no any “personal” problems to sing some parts of the stuff from the Deris era. The older stuff was shared nicely between the two. Both did a fantastic work, and like mentioned earlier, Kiske was still a bit ill, but still, he did fantastic vocals through the show. If you don’t believe, check out his outstanding performance of “A Tale That Wasn’t Right” on YouTube, etc.

Kiske and Kai Hansen also spent a lot of time together on stage. Of course, they’re bandmates from Unisonic, and they seemed to have a lot of a great time together. Surprisingly, one of the highlights of the show was when Hansen was singing a medley of the early Helloween tracks. “Starlight,” ”Ride The Sky, ” and “Judas” sounded just phenomenal and the following “Heavy Metal Is The Law” nailed the coffin perfectly, and it would have been great hear more of his singing and the early material. It’s not a secret that Hansen has been suffering from a lot of vocal problems during the latest Gamma Ray tours. I can’t help thinking of that hopefully, this smaller role on vocal wise with Helloween will help him get back on track and then Gamma Ray would get rid of on the ridiculous “vocalist” who did most of the bands vocals on the last tour. Although I wasn’t completely familiar with Hansen’s current “glam rock look,” he did rule!

Weikath and Grosskopf are the longest surviving members of the band, and they both were still like they’ve always been on stage. They’re solid as a rock and, like always, the latter is friendly and open to anything with everybody and Weiki was his usual himself. It’s hard to describe, but if you’ve seen Helloween on stage, you’ll know what I’m talking about. It was visible that Weiki had some contact with the former members Hansen and Kiske, but it undoubtedly wasn’t something that you could describe as a “real band relationship” if you know what I mean? However, they both did an excellent work on stage.

Speaking about the setlist, it was safe. The majority of the fans got what they wanted and expected to hear. All the primary songs from the KEEPER albums were performed, and the band also did most of the essential songs from the “Deris era.” In a way, it was a bit boring because there were no surprises except “Living Ain’t No Crime,” which the band hasn’t been performing since 1992. How about doing ANY songs from PINK BUBBLES GO APE or CHAMELEON or more songs from the bands newer era? However, you can’t always please everyone.

All in all the concert was a pure triumph of the three-hour power metal cheered by the older Helloween fans as well as, the newer fan generation. As for the audience in general, they were mesmerized about  Helloween’s gig, but some passionate enthusiasm amongst the audience could have been witnessed a bit more as it was one of a kind power metal gig for the time being. However this Helloween tour will last the next 2,5 years, so go to see them as long as they do this.



Intro: Let Me Entertain You (Robbie Williams song)

Halloween(with Michael Kiske & Andi Deris)
Dr. Stein(with Michael Kiske & Andi Deris)
Intermission(Seth & Doc)
I’m Alive(with Michael Kiske)
If I Could Fly(with Andi Deris)
Are You Metal? (with Andi Deris)
Intermission(Seth & Doc)
Rise and Fall(with Michael Kiske)
Intermission (Seth & Doc)
Waiting for the Thunder (with Andi Deris)
Perfect Gentleman(with Andi Deris)
Intermission (Seth & Doc)
Starlight / Ride the Sky / Judas(with Kai Hansen)
Heavy Metal (Is the Law)(with Kai Hansen)
Forever and One (Neverland)(with Michael Kiske & Andi Deris)
A Tale That Wasn’t Right(with Michael Kiske & Andi Deris)
Intermission (Seth & Doc)
I Can(with Andi Deris)
Intermission(Seth & Doc)
Drum Solo(Dani Löble & Ingo ‘battle’)
Ingo Tribute
Livin’ Ain’t No Crime(with Michael Kiske) (partial)
A Little Time(with Michael Kiske)
Intermission(Seth & Doc)
Why?(with Andi Deris)
Sole Survivor(with Andi Deris)
Intermission(Seth & Doc)
Power(with Andi Deris)
How Many Tears(with Andi Deris, Michael… more )

Eagle Fly Free(with Michael Kiske)
Keeper of the Seven Keys(with Michael Kiske & Andi Deris)

Encore 2:
Intermission(Seth & Doc)
Guitar Solo(Kai Hansen)
Future World (with Michael Kiske)
I Want Out(with Michael Kiske & Andi Deris)

Outro (Braveheart Soundtrack)


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