SALIVA will release its eighth full-length album, "In It To Win It", in North America this summer via Rum Bum Records. The first single from the CD, the aggressively anthemic title track, is now available on iTunes.
"In It To Win It" was produced by Bobby Huff (known for his songwriting work with MEAT LOAF, HALESTORM, DROWNING POOL, PAPA ROACH, 3 DOORS DOWN and more) and executive-produced by Rum Bum Records owner Luis Bacardi and new SALIVA lead singerBobby Amaru.
Since forming in Memphis in 1996, SALIVA has produced a number of chart-topping hits and earned a Grammynomination for "Best Hard Rock Performance" for their record "Your Disease". A number of tracks from records have also been featured in major films, including "The Fast And The Furious" and "Talladega Nights" as well as successful games like Tiger Woods PGA.
"We want to sell 10 million records," said Amaru. "In the end, what's most important is coming out with songs that we're excited to play, that our fans are excited to hear and that the combination of the two results in a great tour. That's what it's all about."
SALIVA's last studio album was 2011's "Under Your Skin", which featured the Top 5 rock single "Never Should've Let You Go".
Vocalist Josey Scott left SALIVA in 2011 to pursue a solo Christian recording career.
Rum Bum Records is an independent record label based in South Florida. Led by a team of industry veterans dedicated to finding original talent of all genres, the label offers worldwide distribution, and provides artists with the resources necessary to develop and expand their careers.
Former KILLSWITCH ENGAGE Singer HOWARD JONES: 'I Was In A Coma For Three Days'
Former KILLSWITCH ENGAGE singer Howard Jones recently spoke to U.K.'s Metal Hammer magazine about his split with the band and his brand new project.
"Finding out you're diabetic is pretty dramatic," Jones said of his surprise diagnosis last year, following dizzy spells and blackouts that led him to wake up in a hospital bed. "I just started feeling weird, and then I started getting really clumsy. I fell down some stairs and broke a finger, then fell down some other stairs and broke a toe. Then I collapsed. I was in a coma for three days. They basically told me I had the highest sugar level they'd ever seen. Afterwards, they told me I had a 50/50 chance of coming out with brain damage."
He also gave the magazine a glimpse into his brand new band, featuringFrancesco Artusato, celebrated solo artist and guitarist with ALL SHALL PERISH and THE FRANCESCO ARTUSATO PROJECT; and John Sankey, drummer for the Australian band DEVOLVED, who has also worked withFEAR FACTORY and DIVINE HERESY.
"It's fun to branch out and do some different stuff," he said. "I got to write a little more deep and a little more dark. It's been fascinating so far."
Jones was among the musicians who performed at the launch event forMetal Gear Rising: Revengeance on February 18 at GameStop at Universal CityWalk in Universal City, California.
KILLSWITCH ENGAGE was rejoined by singer Jesse Leach early last year following the departure of Jones after nine years and three successful albums.
KILLSWITCH ENGAGE bassist Mike D'Antonio told BostonGlobe.comthat the band's split with Jones was necessitated by the singer's struggle with personal issues, including diabetes that had gone untreated for several years. "It became very apparent we had to move on without him,"D'Antonio said. "Howard didn't quit."
In a statement regarding his departure from the group, Jones wrote in part, "I've had a pretty interesting couple of years, to say the least, battling with some personal issues. One of the low points being diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes that went unchecked for years. The rest of the band stuck with me through it, and, to be honest, they are the ones that kept me going. The whole experience definitely put a scare in me."
He continued, "Recently we've all been in writing mode, but somehow I couldn't get excited about the new album and all the touring that would go with it. The guys saw it before I did. In hindsight, I now realize that my heart wasn't in it."
Jones thanked the rest of the band for "an amazing decade," adding, "I have so many good memories, and those are the ones that I will keep."
ALTER BRIDGE Officially Begins Recording Fourth Album
ALTER BRIDGE has commenced recording its fourth studio album for a tentative September release.
Commented the band in a post on its web site: "We are pleased to announce that recording has begun on our fourth studio album. First up to record is Scott 'Flip' Phillips on the drums.
"Stay tuned and we'll update you on the progress as time allows."
ALTER BRIDGE's last studio offering, "AB III", came out in 2010 and included the hits "Isolation" and "Ghost Of Days Gone By".
As previously reported, ALTER BRIDGE plans to release a new box set on May 14. The pacakge will feature a whopping 16 discs, previously unreleased interviews with bandmembers Myles Kennedy, Mark Tremonti, Scott Phillips and Brian Marshall, a coffee table book, autographed poster, exclusive photos and more. Further info can be found at AlterBridgeBoxSet.com.
During ALTER BRIDGE's break, Tremonti recorded his first solo album, "All I Was", and toured behind it, while Kennedy recorded all the vocals forSlash's second solo effort, "Apocalyptic Love", and toured the world as part of his live band.
Tremonti, Marshall and Phillips have also toured as part of their original act, CREED, who have also been working on new material.
VOLBEAT, HIM, ALL THAT REMAINS And AIRBOURNE To Join Forces For 'Rock Allegiance Tour'
If there was ever any question about rock 'n' roll being alive and well, the answer has arrived in the form of Monster Energy's Rock Allegiance Tour.
The late summer trek will feature four game-changing rock bands from four different countries, with VOLBEAT, HIM, ALL THAT REMAINS andAIRBOURNE on the bill.
"The fans have made our North American visits thus far this year great fun and truly memorable," VOLBEAT frontman Michael Poulsen said. "We are looking forward to headlining Monster Energy's Rock Allegiance festival tour this summer, and sharing the stage with HIM, ALL THAT REMAINSand AIRBOURNE."
Tour dates and on-sale information will announced in the coming days.
This year marks the third installment for Monster Energy's Rock Allegiance. The event launched as a traveling tour back in 2011. The following year, it became a "destination festival" in Hershey, Pennsylvania that featured STONE TEMPLE PILOTS, THREE DAYS GRACE, SEETHER,BUCKCHERRY, FUEL, DAUGHTRY and more, commandeering Hersheypark Stadium over the Labor Day Weekend.
The fest returns to the road in 2013, which is exactly where it belongs.
The tour will bring American audiences the very best that rock music as a whole has to offer, with a decidedly international feel. Rock music is a universal language and all the acts on this tour embody the spirit of rock 'n' roll without borders.
Danish superstars VOLBEAT, who have enjoyed No. 1 status at active rock radio, will share the stage with HIM, a cult favorite from Finland whose fans are disciple-like in their devotion. ALL THAT REMAINS have scratched and clawed their way out of Massachusetts and rocketed up the radio charts over the past half-decade, all the while keeping a firm foothold in the hard rock/metal scene. AIRBOURNE have been making a name for themselves ever since emerging from Australia, armed with plenty of riffs and just as much attitude.
Monster Energy's Rock Allegiance Tour is brought to you by Danny Wimmer Presents, Right Arm Entertainment and Monster Energy.
"I am excited to bring four bands that all offer something different and unique to Monster Energy's Rock Allegiance Tour," said Wimmer. "This truly brings an international flavor to the show and allows rock fans across the country to experience all different sides of what makes this genre great."
ZAKK WYLDE Talks 'Children' Book, Music Industry And Possibility Of PANTERA Reunion
Lauren Wise of the Phoenix New Times recently conducted an interview with legendary guitarist Zakk Wylde (BLACK LABEL SOCIETY, OZZY OSBOURNE). A couple of excerpts from the chat follow below.
On embarking on a solo acoustic tour in support of the paperback release of his book, "Bringing Metal To The Children":
Zakk: "As much as I love doing the heavier stuff, it's great to break down any one of those songs, and then do a dark, minor version of it. I like jamming on the piano and playing the acoustic guitar. It's like with [LED]ZEPPELIN — as much as I like listening to 'Black Dog', I also like listening to 'Going to California', too."
On the original idea for "Bringing Metal To The Children", which came years ago, when Wylde and his friends were talking about how ridiculous the music industry has become:
Zakk: "We were just sitting at the bar, laughing our asses off. The book is basically 'Seinfeld' on steroids. At first, it was going to be an instructional thing; guitar lessons, the studios, techniques. But then I realized I had like two or three different books in one. It's instructional and a memoir. I also knew that the book needed to be set up where you can pick it up and start reading anywhere, and be laughing your ass off almost immediately."
On how the music industry has changed a lot during his career, mostly due to the Internet:
Zakk: "There are positives and negatives. You know, back in the day, if you didn't get signed by the time you were 30, it's kinda like, 'I guess the dream is over and that's life. Whereas nowadays you and your band can keep going, and you can sell your stuff on the Internet and book tours. You can make a living doing what you love."
On the rumor that he may join PANTERA in "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott's place for a reunion/tribute tour:
Zakk: "That's up to Vinnie [Paul Abbott], Rex [Brown], and Phil[Anselmo]. If they ever wanted me to honor Dimebag, of course I would do it. It's not replacing anybody — you're talking about Dime. It's likeRandy Rhoads. You're celebrating his greatness and honoring all thingsPANTERA."
"[Dimebag and I have] always just played what we love, and honoring the guys we got it from. Van Halen, Randy Rhoads, Jimmy Page, Tony Iommi . . . Dime was a big Ace Frehley guy. It's the whole trickle-down effect. If anyone is inspired by Dime, then they are inspired by all those guys I just mentioned. That's the beautiful thing about music, you know what I mean? It's all kept alive that way."
Read the entire interview from Phoenix New Times.
Lajon Witherspoon Says Sevendust Preferred to Work Alone on Black Out the Sun; Hints at Solo Album
Lajon Witherspoon is proud of the fact that Sevendust didn’t use a professional producer on their recently-released album, Black Out the Sun. The singer says he hopes that the group will continue the trend and self-produce their future albums.
“It’s always fun to bring a producer in, but this time it was us by ourselves,” he tells ABC News Radio. “We know what we like…and we work at a different pace than other people like to work at when they want to get paid. We go in and we get the job done and that‘s the way we like to go. If we gotta do it all night we gonna get it done so it was fun to do it that way.”
Witherspoon adds that the next time he hopes to be in the studio is when he’ll be recording his debut solo album. “In the future I plan on doing something, I don’t know exactly what it is,” he reveals. “Sevendust is my priority. I feel like if I definitely step out I wanna show people that I have so much more in me and who knows what I’ll end up doing but…it’ll be after everything slows down with this.”
Sevendust is currently trekking across North America promoting Black Out the Sun. In addition, the band will making appearances at a couple of music festivals this summer including Ohio’s Rock on the Range festival on May 19 and at Wisconsin’s Rock USA festival on July 19.
Five Finger Death Punch to Release Double Album in Separate Installments
Five Finger Death Punch has a double album headed our way. The band announced that their fourth studio effort will be split into two volumes, which will be released at different times this year. The first installment arrives in stores on July 23, while the second will drop sometime in the fall.
"We came off the road after a couple of great years of touring and were really amped up to write the fourth record,” says guitarist Zoltan Bathory in a statement. “We had this massive amount of music that's very dear to us, possibly the best material this band has ever created. At that point there was no way to decide which songs to leave off the album. So we made the decision to release them all."
Five Finger Death Punch will premiere the upcoming release’s first single, "Lift Me Up," during their appearance at the fifth annual Revolver Golden Gods Awards ceremony on Thursday at Club Nokia in Los Angeles, California. The studio version of the song will arrive at radio on May 13 and will be available for purchase at all the usual online retailers the next day.
Black Sabbath to Offer Additional Track, “Naïveté in Black,” on 13 Deluxe Edition at Best Buy
Black Sabbath is already giving you three extra tracks when you buy the deluxe edition of their new album, 13, but now the band is offering up one more if you purchase it at Best Buy. The group has revealed that they will be adding a bonus track, titled “Naïveté in Black,” exclusively through the retailer.
The standard and deluxe editions of 13 are set to be released on June 11. If you pre-order either version now at iTunes, you'll score an immediate download of the album’s first single, “God Is Dead?”
We’ll get a taste of 13 when Black Sabbath premieres one of the new cuts, "End of the Beginning," on the May 15 episode of CBS’ CSI: Crime Scene Investigation.
Here is the full track list for 13:
"End of the Beginning"
"God Is Dead?"
"Age of Reason"
“Methademic” (deluxe edition only)
“Peace of Mind” (deluxe edition only)
“Pariah” (deluxe edition only)
“Naïveté in Black” (Best Buy deluxe edition only)
Sublime to Release Live CD/DVD set, Three Ring Circus: Live at the Palace -- October 21, 1995, in June
Sublime has unveiled plans to release a live CD/DVD set which features a classic performance by the band’s original lineup, which includes late frontman Bradley Nowell.Three Ring Circus: Live at the Palace -- October 21, 1995 will arrive at all the usual outlets on June 18.
As the title suggests, the upcoming release documents a concert the band performed at the Palace in Hollywood, California on October 21, 1995. The collection boasts 27 tracks including performances of hits “Date Rape,” “Badfish,” and “40 Oz to Freedom,” as well as covers of Toots and the Maytals’ “54-46 Was My Number,” Bad Brains’ “House of Suffering,” and “Scarlet Begonias” by the Grateful Dead.
While Three Ring Circus: Live at the Palace – October 21, 1995 will be available separately on CD and DVD formats, a deluxe edition of the release will also be available. In addition to the CD and DVD, that package includes an exclusive poster, laminated backstage pass and an additional live concert video of Sublime performing at the Las Palmas Theater in Hollywood, California from February 17, 1995.
Here is the track list for Three Ring Circus: Live at the Palace – October 21, 1995:
"We’re Only Gonna Die for Our Arrogance”
“All You Need”
“Caress Me Down”
“40 Oz to Freedom”
“54-46 Was My Number”
“I Love My Dog”
“Work That We Do”
“Smoke Two Joints”
“Ring the Alarm”
“House of Suffering”
Muse Looking to Celebrate 20th Anniversary with “Special Shows”
Muse turns 20 next year, and the band has hinted that they’re looking to celebrate the milestone with a series of intimate concerts.
"It's our 20th anniversary year and I can't believe it -- it's February next year or something so I think we'll definitely do something special for it," drummer Dom Howard tells British radio station XFM."Hopefully [we'll] do some special shows for it or something. It will be nice to celebrate that and play some little club somewhere and go 'Jesus Christ, can't believe we're 20 years old as a band!'"
Howard adds that the band, which is known for their amazing stage shows, will do their best to come up with something unique for the upcoming gigs. "There's always ideas hanging around for shows,” he explains. “We always find ourselves coming up with ideas we probably can't achieve and then we end up scaling things back so there's always a list of ideas that we haven't accomplished yet so we can go back to things.”
Muse is currently on tour overseas, but they’ll return to kick off the next leg of their North American tour on September 3 at Time Warner Cable Arena in Charlotte, North Carolina. Visit Muse.mu to view the full itinerary.
Beck to Premiere New Material at Upcoming Concerts
If you want to hear some new music from Beck, you’re going to need a ticket to one of his festival appearances this summer.
The singer has just revealed that he’ll be previewing a number of new cuts from his upcoming acoustic record during his stripped-down solo sets at the AmericanaramA Festival of Music at Jones Beach Theater in Wantagh, New York on July 27, and at the Newport Folk Festival on July 28 at Fort Adams State Park in Newport, Rhode Island.
A few days later, Beck will reunite with his band to perform at the Bank of America Pavilion in Boston, MA on August 2 and at the Prospect Park Bandshell in Brooklyn, NY on August 4. Tickets for those concerts will be available starting Friday.
A title and release date for Beck’s forthcoming acoustic album has yet to be announced.