Iron Maiden, Black Sabbath, Motley Crue, Metallica, Anthrax, Europe, Billboard & Grammy Awards
Iron Maiden to release new live CD and DVD
Iron Maiden will release a new live cd/dvd/blu-ray titled “En Vivo” on March 27th (4 days before Gail’s birthday) It was filmed on April 10, 2011, in front of over 50,000 ecstatic fans at the Estadio Nacional in Santiago, Chile. The concert was filmed digitally using 22 HD cameras and an octocam – which is a flying camera which captures aerial crowd scenes. The film features extensive use of split screens, so fans can follow the individual members more closely, runs about two hours and features many tunes from their latest studio album, The Final Frontier. Disc two of the set includes an 88-minute documentary called, Behind The Beast, promo videos and other footage. It will be released in limited edition forms as well as being available for download.
Here is the complete contents:
DVD DISC ONE “LIVE AT ESTADIO NACIONAL, SANTIAGO” (approx running time 120 min.)
- Satellite 15
- The Final Frontier
- El Dorado
- 2 Minutes To Midnight
- The Talisman
- Coming Home
- Dance Of Death
- The Trooper
- The Wicker Man
- Blood Brothers
- When The Wild Wind Blows
- The Evil That Men Do
- Fear Of The Dark
- Iron Maiden
- The Number Of The Beast
- Hallowed Be Thy Name
- Running Free
BONUS DISC - DVD DISC TWO “BEHIND THE BEAST” (approx running time 102 min.)
- Behind The Beast documentary
- Satellite 15…The Final Frontier promo video (director’s cut)
- The Making of Satellite 15…The Final Frontier promo
- The Final Frontier World Tour Show Intro
In other Maiden news, a recent on-line interview with band drummer Nicko McBrain revealed that the band is currently on a break, but may do some shows sometime later in the year. No word on where or when.
Is the Black Sabbath Reunion Already Off?
It’s been non-stop drama in the Black Sabbath camp lately. In case you have been sleeping, the original line-up announced on November 11th 2011 their plan to re-unite in order to record a new studio album and do a world tour. They had begun writing new material in Los Angeles and announced appearances at several European festivals. On January 9th came word that guitarist Tony Iommi had been diagnosed with lymphoma, but expected it would not affect their plans – they will move back to Birmingham to continue writing and record while the guitarist underwent treatment. However, on Thursday, February 2nd, drummer Bill Ward posted on his Facebook page that he will not be part of the reunion unless he was given a “signable” contract, and hinted that this was not the first time he had been held back due to negotiations. He also mentioned that the rest of the Sabbath camp had been keeping him out of the loop of their plans, and would continue this until he signed on.
Here is the complete open letter he posted:Dear Sabbath Fans, Fellow Musicians and Interested Parties, At this time, I would love nothing more than to be able to proceed with the Black Sabbath album and tour. However, I am unable to continue unless a “signable” contract is drawn up; a contract that reflects some dignity and respect toward me as an original member of the band. Last year, I worked diligently in good faith with Tony, Ozzy and Geezer. And on 11/11/11, again in good faith, I participated in the L.A. press conference. Several days ago, after nearly a year of trying to negotiate, another “unsignable” contract was handed to me.
Let me say that although this has put me in some kind of holding pattern, I am packed and ready to leave the U.S. for England. More importantly, I definitely want to play on the album, and I definitely want to tour with Black Sabbath.
Since the news of Tony’s illness, and the understanding that the band would move production to the U.K., I’ve spent everyday getting to or living in a place of readiness to leave. That involves something of a task, and as I’ve tried to find out what’s going on with the U.K. sessions, I’ve realized that I’ve been getting “the cold shoulder” (and, I might add, not for the first time). Feeling somewhat ostracized, my guess is as of today, I will know nothing of what’shappening unless I sign “the unsignable contract.”
The place I’m in feels lousy and lonely because as much as I want to play and participate, I also have to stand for something and not sign on. If I sign as-is, I stand to lose my rights, dignity and respectability as a rock musician. I believe in freedom and freedom of speech. I grew up in a hard rock/metal band. We stood for something then, and we played from the heart with honesty and sincerity. I am in the spirit of integrity, far from the corporate malady, I am real and honest, fair and compassionate.
If I’m replaced, I have to face you, the beloved Sabbath fans. I hope you will not hold me responsible for the failure of an original Black Sabbath lineup as promoted. Without fault finding, I want to assure everyone that my loyalty to Sabbath is intact.
So here I am. I lay my truth down before you. I’m good to go IF I get a “signable” contract. I don’t want to let anyone down, especially Black Sabbath and all the Sabbath fans. You know I love you. It would be a sad day in Rock if this current situation fell to the desires of a few.
My position is not greed-driven. I’m not holding out for a “big piece” of the action (money) like some kind of blackmail deal. I’d like something that recognizes and is reflective of my contributions to the band, including the reunions that started fourteen years ago. After the last tour I vowed to never again sign on to an unreasonable contract. I want a contract that shows some respect to me and my family, a contract that will honor all that I’ve brought to Black Sabbath since its beginning.
That’s the story so far. Stay safe and stay strong.
I love every single one of you.
Tony, Ozzy Osbourne and Geezer Butler responded the following via Twitter the following day:We were saddened to hear yesterday via Facebook that Bill declined publicly to participate in our current Black Sabbath plans...we have no choice but to continue recording without him although our door is always open... We are still in the UK with Tony. Writing and recording the new album and on a roll... See you at Download!!!
Bill quickly responded the message below on his website by thanking Sabbath fans who had been posting and tweeting their support.Dear Sabbath Fans, This is Bill. I just wanted to humbly thank you all. Your support from across the world has given me further strength and hope for a positive resolve. I have been moved and overwhelmed by the thousands of messages. I love you all. Rock forever,Bill
Motley Crue Kickstarts Vegas Run
Yes that was Motley Crue in that brand-new Kia commercial. They the latest band to sell their souls to appear in a car commercial, joining Led Zeppelin and Judas Priest and others whose music had been used in Cadillac and Honda ads. Although the concept and use of “Kickstart My Heart” in it is quite clever, the Kia people may have reconsidered, being that Crue frontman Vince Neil had been arrested multiple times for DWI and did time in 1986 for vehicular manslaughter. Fortunately Motley Crue does not have to travel to complete their latest series of shows. They are currently in the middle of a residency at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas where they will play 12 shows in all from now until February 19th.
Metallica... Coming to a theater near you?
Metallica will be making a big announcement on Tuesday, February 7th at 2pm EST. They released a trailer for the event over the weekend, which states “You’ve seen them at festivals across the world, but you have never seen them…” Although we will have to wait to be sure, word on the streets is that it will be the official announcement of a 3D Metallica movie coming out in June. This news had already been reported via rollingstone.com, which also stated that Metallica are working on a new album and that it will be produced by Rick Rubin. As for musical direction, the band said that the new tracks are more groove-oriented and that they will be shorter and less complex than the ones found on Death Magnetic.
Anthrax Extended Family Member Passes Away
Our thoughts go out to a few FMS old friends in the Anthrax camp; Charlie Benante’s mother passed away yesterday after a long illness. He left the band’s current tour in late January to be by her side, with Testament’s drummer Gene Hoglan filling in for him. As her condition worsened, bassist Frank Bello – who happens to be Charlie’s nephew – left the tour a few days ago to be with his grandmother and was replaced on stage by Joey Vera. With her passing this weekend, Charlie and Frank will play with the band for their upcoming show in New York City on Wednesday at the Best Buy Theater in her honor. The FMS crew sends their love and condolences.
Speaking of Anthrax, they on the bill for the Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival along with Slipknot, Slayer, As I Lay Dying, The Devil Wears Prada and others. Unfortunately, the closest venue to Long Island is the Susquehanna Bank Center in Camden, New Jersey on July 27th. Tickets go on sale April 6th.
New Album From Europe This Spring
Europe will release a new album in the spring called "Bag Of Bones". It was recorded in Stockholm last year and is currently being produced and mixed by Kevin Shirley, who has worked with Iron maiden, Rush, Dream Theater, Mr. Big and others. Kevin stated of his new project, "I've been a big fan of Europe’s work for many years. The band is influential and highly underrated. I can't wait to make the upcoming album their most explosive to date.” This is the band’s ninth studio album and the fourth since their reunion in 2004.
Metal Rocks The Billboard Top 20
This week’s Billboard chart with include high debuts by two metal bands. “Resolution” – the new album from Lamb of God - will debut at number three having sold 52,000 copies in its first week of release. Meanwhile, Lacuna Coil’s new album ‘Dark Adrenaline’ will debut in the number 15 spot after selling nearly 20,000 copies. The band is currently touring as part of Gigantour.
Grammy Awards Next Week
The award season is in full swing and the Grammy Awards are next Sunday. There is only one category for Hard Rock and Heavy Metal now. The two were separated in 1990 in reaction to the widespread backlash when Jethro Tull won the first Hard rock / Metal Grammy in 1989. Combining these categories for the 2012 awards was a result of the Recording Academy's wish to decrease the list of categories and awards. On the bright side, one of the nominees is our local boys Dream Theater for "On the Backs of Angels" along with Foo Fighters "White Limo", Mastodon"Curl of the Burl", Megadeth "Public Enemy No. 1" and Sum 41 – "Blood in My Eyes".