DISTURBED/DEVICE Frontman Involved In Bringing Holocaust Survivor To Texas
According to The Pulse Of Radio, DEVICE and DISTURBED frontman David Draiman is using his celebrity status to bring the story of one Holocaust survivor to a wider audience. Draiman, a resident of Austin, Texas, has teamed with local Hasidic Rabbi Yosef Levertov to bring Leah Johnson to Austin on June 4 to speak at the Dell Jewish Community Campus. Johnson was only 16 when the Nazis stormed her hometown of Lida in the country of Belarus and set it on fire. She and her family found shelter in the forest with the Bielski brothers, three Jewish siblings who set up a hidden camp in the woods that saved the lives of more than 1,200 Jews.
Draiman will be on hand at the event to both introduce Johnson and share his own family connection with the Holocaust. Both of Draiman's maternal grandparents were survivors of the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp, while many others on his mother's side were wiped out by the Nazis.
The DISTURBED song "Never Again", from 2010's "Asylum" album, was written about the Holocaust.
The United States Holocaust Museum has featured Draiman in their"Voices On Anti-Semitism" podcasts.
Draiman is proud of and deeply connected to his Jewish upbringing, and even spent a year after high school doing religious studies in Israel that could have set his life on a different path. "The level of study that I was at, I was probably only about two or three years away from being ordained as a rabbi, so I really needed to figure out in my head where I wanted to go with things," he said. "And I just couldn't do it habitually anymore. I grew a very strong dislike for the organized aspect of religion over the course of time."
NEWSTED Says 'There Is A Chance' He And MUSTAINE Will Perform METALLICA Song On GIGANTOUR
Former METALLICA bassist Jason Newsted has revealed that he and MEGADETH mainman Dave Mustaine may perform a classic METALLICAsong on the upcoming Gigantour.
Newsted, who quit METALLICA in February 2001, is the frontman of a new band, simply called NEWSTED, which was recently this year's edition of Gigantour, the critically acclaimed package festival founded in 2005 by Mustaine.
Mustaine, who was one of the original members of METALLICA, was fired from the band by drummer Lars Ulrich in 1983. He was replaced by Kirk Hammett and went on to form MEGADETH and achieve worldwide success on his own.
In a recent interview with SkullsNBones.com, Newsted said: "There is a chance that Mustaine and I will bust out some old METALLICA that he was a part of [on the upcoming Gigantour]… There is a chance. It has been talked about. Whatever happens for sure, I don't know [laughs], but I'm willing to throw down 'Phantom Lord'. Actually, whatever he calls out, I'm gonna throw down."
Gigantour made its return last year for the first time since 2008. The multi-artist bill — with metal heavyweights MOTÖRHEAD, VOLBEAT andLACUNA COIL all personally picked by Mustaine — kicked off on January 26, 2012 in Camden, New Jersey and wrapped on March 3, 2012 in Austin.
BLACK SABBATH's OSBOURNE On Split With WARD: 'We Couldn't Keep The Fans Waiting Any Longer'
BLACK SABBATH singer Ozzy Osbourne recently spoke to U.K.'s Metal Hammer magazine about "13", the first SABBATH record in 35 years to feature Ozzy, guitarist Tony Iommi and bassist Geezer Butler all playing together.
"I've not been this happy about an album in years," Ozzy said. "I'm not trying to sell my home. If this record was just OK, I'd fucking say it. But honestly, hand on heart, it's one of the best things I've done in my entire life."
Ozzy also offered some thoughts on the situation surrounding originalSABBATH drummer Bill Ward, who backed out of the band's reunion last year.
"It would have been great to have Bill — all of us said that," said Ozzy. "But you can't expect someone of Bill's age to be as agile as he used to be. He's had heart attacks. If he'd turned up and played like he used to, or nearly as well, maybe we'd have worked something out… But we decided that if we were ever going to do this fucking album, you've got to be on the case. It got to the point where we said, 'Are we just going to sit and wait for him to get off his fucking arse or what?' We had to decide — we couldn't just keep the fans waiting any fucking longer."
In a recent interview with Mojo magazine, Ozzy offered more information about the reasons behind SABBATH's split with Ward. "I guess it's to do with finances or something," he explained. "But there was also another side to it. When Bill came along, we all had to ask, 'Can he do an hour-and-a-half, two-hour gig? Can he cope?' My suggestion was that we run through a set and see how he got on because he was so out of condition and the drummer is the most demanding job in the whole band. We looked at Bill, and he couldn't remember what the fuck we were doing."
Ozzy added that it "would have been cool" for the band to tour with a back-up drummer or just have Ward play a portion of the set, but thatWard "didn't come clean and say, 'I can't cut this gig.'"
Ozzy continued, "I get where he's coming from, though. His pride was hurt and I get it. I really do get it. The guy will always be a dear, dear friend and a brother to me . . . I'm not gonna give Bill a hatchet job, but at the same time we haven't got the patience to deal with it."
Ward was on board for the reunion when it was first announced in November 2011, but backed out soon after, claiming that he was given contractual terms that were not fair.
SABBATH has used Ozzy's regular touring drummer Tommy Clufetossince then for live work. RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE's Brad Wilk laid down the drum tracks on "13", due out June 11.
SABBATH finished the Australian leg of its world tour earlier in the month and played Japan's first-ever Ozzfest on May 12. A North American trek begins on July 25 in the Woodlands, Texas.
Queens of the Stone Age Streams Entire …Like ClockworkAlbum on iTunes
While Queens of the Stone Age’s …Like Clockwork won’t be in stores until next week, you now have the chance to preview the songs online. The band is currently offering a stream of the entire album, which features ten new tracks, on iTunes. ...Like Clockwork arrives at all the usual outlets on June 4. It features a number of guest appearances, by the likes of Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl, Trent Reznor from Nine Inch Nails, Scissor Sisters vocalist Jake Shears, former Screaming Trees frontmanMark Lanegan, pop icon Elton John, former Mars Volta drummer Jon Theodore andArctic Monkeys frontman Alex Turner. In addition, the release will include two former QOTSA members: bassist Nick Oliveri and drummer Joey Castillo.
Here is the track list:
“Keep Your Eyes Peeled”
“I Sat by the Ocean”
“The Vampyre of Time and Memory”
“If I Had a Tail”
“My God Is the Sun”
“I Appear Missing”
Nine Inch Nails Signs with Columbia Records; New Album Coming Soon
Nine Inch Nails is now part of the Columbia Records family. On Tuesday, frontman Trent Reznor revealed that his band would be joining the record label’s roster, and that the group has a new album headed our way.
"I've been less than honest about what I've really been up to lately," said Reznor in a statement. "For the last year I've been secretly working non-stop with [How to Destroy Angels band mate] Atticus Ross and [British record producer] Alan Moulder on a new, full-length Nine Inch Nails record, which I am happy to say is finished and frankly f**king great.”
While the band has yet to announce an official release date for the upcoming album, it is expected to arrive in stores sometime later this year.
You’ll be able to hear some of the new songs performed live when the band hits the road on a massive world tour this summer. Nine Inch Nails' first concert -- featuring the new lineup of Reznor, longtime NIN collaborator Robin Finck, ex-King Crimson guitaristAdrian Belew, Alessandro Cortini, and Telefon Tel Aviv’s Josh Eustis and Ilan Rubin -- will be an appearance at Japan’s Fuji Rock Festival on July 26. The group’s first show in North America will be on August 2 at the Lollapalooza festival in Chicago, IL.
Shinedown’s Brent Smith Promises “Massive Spectacle” for Carnival of Madness Tour
Shinedown has signed on to headline this year's installment of the Carnival of Madness Tour, which will kick off on the East Coast in August. This will be the second time that the group is at the top of the bill: they headlined the first-ever Carnival of Madness tour in 2010. Frontman Brent Smith says that fans who attend the upcoming event can expect much more than just a concert.
“It’s gonna be a real carnival this year for the first time,” Smith tells ABC News Radio. “We’re actually gonna have circus performers and a whole different team of people that are gonna be involved in making this a massive spectacle. We want people to come in and see not just, you know, a rock show, but this is an experience, this is an event and…we wanna wow people.”
Smith adds that thanks to his healthier lifestyle, he plans to spice up his wardrobe for the upcoming event. “I think that I need to come with seriously bad-ass outfits,” he explains. “I though the outfits were really, really cool on the first year, you know, I had the top hat and the cane, but I was also 70 pounds heavier than I am now so I’m in way better shape, so...I’m looking forward to playing dress-up like a mofo.”
Other bands set to rock the main stage at event include Papa Roach, Skillet, In This Moment and We as Human.
Dates for the Carnival of Madness Tour will be announced on June 3. Tickets for the event will be available starting June 7. Visit CarnivalofMadness.com for more information.
Rock Allegiance Tour, Featuring Headliner Volbeat, Schedules Additional Dates
Event producers for the Rock Allegiance Tour have added another string of North American dates to their calendar.
The traveling festival, which features headlining sets by Volbeat, will now kick off on August 23 at The Myth in St. Paul, MN. The outing will also make stops in Cincinnati, Bloomington, Sacramento and Philadelphia, among other cities. Other bands set to rock the main stage at the event include HIM, All That Remains and Airbourne.
"The fans have made our North American visits thus far this year great fun and truly memorable," says Volbeat frontman Michael Poulsen in a statement. "We are looking forward to headlining Monster Energy's Rock Allegiance festival tour this summer, and sharing the stage with HIM, All That Remains and Airbourne."
Tickets for most of all the newly-announced shows are on sale now. Here are the dates:
8/23 -- St. Paul, MN, The Myth
8/25 -- Cincinnati, OH, US Bank Arena
8/28 -- Sterling Heights, MI, Freedom Hill
8/29 -- Bloomington, IL, US Cellular Coliseum
9/8 -- Abbotsford, BC, Abbotsford Entertainment & Sports Center
9/9 -- Calgary, AB, Big 4 Building
9/10 -- Edmonton, AB, Rexall Place
9/15 -- Sacramento, CA, Aftershock Music Festival
9/18 -- Grand Prairie, TX, Verizon Theatre @ Grand Prairie
9/26 -- Philadelphia, PA, Skyline Stagge @ The Mann
Avenged Sevenfold, Korn to Headline Monster Energy Aftershock Festival
Producers of the Monster Energy Aftershock Festival have scored some of the biggest names in rock to perform at their event, which is scheduled to take place September 14-15 at Discovery Park near downtown Sacramento, CA. Headlining the fest will beAvenged Sevenfold and Korn, with a third artist to be announced soon.
Among the other acts set to perform at the event include Shinedown, Megadeth, Papa Roach, Volbeat, Skillet, Buckcherry, Halestorm, Device and Pop Evil.
Special "pre-shock" weekend passes starting at $69.50 will be available on June 4. Visit AftershockConcert.com for more information.