DISTURBED and DEVICE frontman David Draiman and his wife, Lena Yada — a Japanese-American model, actress, professional tandem surfer and professional wrestler — are expecting their first child.
Draiman and Yada tied the knot on September 25, 2011 in Texas. The Pulse Of Radio asked Draiman how he thought becoming a married man might change his music. "You know, I can only imagine that it would give me more inspiration to write," he said. "I think that when you all of a sudden become a family man, and you have more to worry about than just yourself, your concerns, they build, in terms of things going on with the world, in terms of your life, in terms of your fears and your hopes and your dreams. And so I really think it'll be a tremendous catalyst for potential inspiration."
DISTURBED has been on hiatus since late 2011. Draiman said that the group will get back together at some point but that there is "no plan in place" yet to reconvene.
Draiman revealed in a December 2011 interview that his plans duringDISTURBED's current hiatus included an attempt to "impregnate my wife and have a baby."
DEVICE's self-titled debut album came out on April 9, selling 35,000 copies in its first week of release to debut at No. 11 on the Billboard album chart.
Photo below courtesy of David Draiman's Facebook page
WESTBORO BAPTIST CHURCH To Sing 'Crazy Train' Parody At JEFF HANNEMAN's Funeral
Kansas-based Westboro Baptist Church has announced plans to picket the funeral of SLAYER guitarist Jeff Hanneman, claiming that it will sing its "parody" of OZZY OSBOURNE's "Crazy Train" "at full voice" at the event.
Members of the Westboro Baptist Church — the fringe. group which continues to make headlines for its anti-gay protests at the funerals of U.S. soldiers regardless of their sexuality — first used lyrics from "Crazy Train" at events surrounding the October 2011 Snyder v. PhelpsSupreme Court hearing. An attorney — a daughter of the church's founder, along with her sister — paraphrased lyrics from the song at a post-Supreme Court hearing press conference in Washington D.C.
"I am sickened and disgusted by the use of 'Crazy Train' to promote messages of hate and evil by a 'church,'" Osbourne said in response to the news reports.
Amazing, that's how God rolls
Millions of people, drowning in woe
Crazy, it's much too late
To speak about love, when you brought on is hate
Crying about your feelings, or your sin, no shame
You're going straight to hell, on a crazy train
You're going straight to hell, on a crazy train
You listen to preachers, your leaders are fools
You're raping false prophets, who make their own rules
The base is ascending, to rule and control
The media sells it, and you pay the toll
The station goes deceiving, their torment you in flames
You're going straight to hell, on a crazy train
We've told you your destruction is imminent
You should have listen to our words
Isn't God's fury?, That's forced onto them,
The ruling rebellion, God is made to numb
Crazy, the pride as you well
Your birth will be brutal, he will say what is fair
God is not been sleeping, he's gonna bring the pain
It's time for your finally ride on this crazy train [End of lyrics]
The audio of Westboro Baptist Church's "Crazy Train" "parody" can be streamed in the YouTube clip below.
In a June 2010 appearance on the nationally syndicated radio show"Rockline", Osbourne blasted the Westboro Baptist Church's protest of Ronnie James Dio's funeral. "I thought it was in such bad taste that those people had those banners about Ronnie James Dio. That's disgusting. They say that we're the anti-christ. Well, what makes them any better?"
The Westboro Baptist Church is described by the Wall Street Journalas a "tiny Kansas church… [that] … preaches that U.S. deaths in Afghanistan and Iraq are punishment for American's tolerance of homosexuality and abortion." As Examiner.com noted of the church, "their flamboyant demonstrations at the funerals of non-gay service members, using the events to highlight their belief that military deaths overseas are justified punishment for U.S. tolerance of homosexuality. ('You're Going to Hell,' 'Thank God for Dead Soldiers,' and 'God Hates You' are popular Westboro slogans.)."
Jeff Hanneman died at about 11 a.m. on Thursday (May 2) near his Southern California home. He was 49. Hanneman was in an area hospital when he suffered liver failure. He is survived by his wife Kathy, his sisterKathy and his brothers Michael and Larry.
HALESTORM: New Version Of 'Here's To Us' Featuring SLASH, SHINEDOWN, DISTURBED Members
A new version of the HALESTORM song "Here's To Us" featuring guest appearances by a number of well-known hard rock and heavy metal musicians has surfaced online and can be streamed using the SoundCloudplayer below. Joining the band on the song are Slash, SHINEDOWN'sBrent Smith, ALTER BRIDGE's Myles Kennedy, SIXX: A.M.'s James Michael, THEORY OF A DEADMAN's Tyler Connolly, DISTURBED andDEVICE's David Draiman and IN THIS MOMENT's Maria Brink.
HALESTORM is also offering its fans a chance to record their own shout-outs for the song and they intend on taking some of the best pieces and working them into a "fan edit" of "Here's To Us".
"Do you love your mom? Your awesome boyfriend? Want to tell the graduating class of 2013 how much you love them? We want to hear it!," states the band on its web site. Fans are encouraged to say their first name, where they are from, offer their shout-out and then upload their video for the band to check out. Submissions are being taken through May 8.
"Here's To Us" (Guest Version) features guest appearances by:
* Slash (appears courtesy of Dik Hayd Records)
* Brent Smith of SHINEDOWN
* Myles Kennedy of ALTER BRIDGE & THE CONSPIRATORS
* James Michael of SIXX: A.M.
* Tyler Connolly of THEORY OF A DEADMAN
* David Draiman of DISTURBED / DEVICE (appears courtesy of Reprise Records)
* Maria Brink of IN THIS MOMENT (appears courtesy of Century Media Records)
"Here's To Us", which is featured on HALESTORM's 2012 album "The Strange Case Of….", was previously covered on the hit television show"Glee". The musical comedy show did a cover of the tune on a February 2012 episode.
VOLBEAT Frontman: We're Very Proud To Have ROB CAGGIANO In The Band
Justin R. Beckner of Ultimate-Guitar.com recently conducted an interview with guitarist/vocalist Michael Poulsen of Danish/American metal rock 'n' rollers VOLBEAT. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow below.
Ultimate-Guitar.com: So, you went in to record ["Outlaw Gentlemen & Shady Ladies"] as a three-piece and came out of the studio as a four-piece. How did that happen?
Michael: When we set up in the studio, we were working with another guitar player who is one of my close friends and it just didn't turn out the way that we wanted. Sometimes it's not good to mix good friendship with business. So I thought we'd just go back to recording like we usually do, I can do all of the guitar tracking and do it that way. But I had I had made space for some solos on the album and I'm not a lead guitar player. I can do some solos here or there but we asked [former ANTHRAX guitarist] Rob (Caggiano, who was co-producing the album) to come in and do some solos. He came up with some ideas on a couple songs and his ideas were really good so we decided to keep it. He ended up putting several more solos on the record. It got to the point where we told him that he should join the band and be on the road with us. He thought that we were kidding, actually. So the next day he came in and asked if we were serious when we asked him to join the band and said he'd love to. He's a good guy and such a talented guitar player and we're very proud to have him in VOLBEAT.
Ultimate-Guitar.com: So Rob is a permanent member of VOLBEAT now?
Michael: Yes, Thomas [Bredahl] was our former guitar player and there were many reasons why it didn't work out and we went our separate ways right before a tour with MOTÖRHEAD and MEGADETH in 2011 so we needed someone who would sing and play lead guitar. We've tried many times to carry on as a three-piece band, but with the new material at the time ("Beyond Hell/Above Heaven") and the harmonies, we just needed another member in the band. So we had Hank Shermann [MERCYFUL FATE] with us but he was a hired gun. He helped us out for a few tours which were great, but he had his own things going on, too. I just turned out to be that Rob was the perfect guy when we were in the studio but the had been talking for a long time that when he left ANTHRAX that he wanted to put his energy into producing. So he had some offers in producing that he was looking at so we weren't sure that he would want the job when we offered it to him. I think because he's so much into music and he sees that we welcome his ideas into the music, I think that was tempting for him and great for us because he's in the band now.
Ultimate-Guitar.com: Group dynamics often change when a new member is added or subtracted from a band. What has Rob added to VOLBEATother than just some great solos?
Michael: For the first time now, the second guitar player, which is Robnow, has put down their own rhythm tracks on the album. On the other albums, it was always me putting down all the rhythm guitars so there was no contrast between the tracks. On the new record, you can definitely hear two distinct guitar players with two different sounds and it fits. Robhas his style and I have mine but somehow it mixes very well and creates an interesting dynamic and it sounds solid. He has his own rhythmic style but it really suits the VOLBEAT sound. Some of the old songs that we play live now have solos where there were none before.
Slipknot, Device, Deftones Win at Revolver Golden Gods Awards
Slipknot ruled the night on Thursday at the fifth annual Revolver Golden Gods Awards. The group scored the Best Live Band honor, while frontman Corey Taylor won the Best Vocalist award for his work with both Slipknot and Stone Sour.
Other big winners include Device -- the side project of Disturbed frontman David Draiman -- who won for Best New Talent, Deftones nabbed the Album of the Year award for Koi No Yokan and Black Veil Brides nabbed the Song of the Year for “In the End.”
This year's honorees also included Metallica, who were presented with the Ronnie James Dio Lifetime Achievement Award; Black Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi, who was recognized with the Riff Lord Award; and Rob Zombie, who received the Golden God Award.
In addition, the event featured performances by Metallica, Stone Sour, Anthrax, Five Finger Death Punch, Dillinger Escape Plan and Halestorm, among others. The show also featured a variety of tributes to Slayer founding member and guitarist Jeff Hanneman, who died from liver failure on Thursday at age 49, including a "moment of noise" from the crowd led by Slayer guitarist Kerry King and former Ozzy Osbourneguitarist Zakk Wylde.
Here are the winners from the Revolver Golden Gods Awards:
Revolver Golden God Award
Ronnie James Dio Lifetime Achievement Award
Best Guitarist Award
John 5 (Rob Zombie)
Best Drummer Award
Arejay Hale (Halestorm)
Tony Iommi (Black Sabbath)
Paul Gray Best Bassist
Lemmy Kilmister (Motörhead)
Best Vocalist Award
Corey Taylor (Slipknot/Stone Sour)
Best Live Band Award
Comeback of the Year Award
Album of the Year Award Koi No Yokan -- Deftones
Song of the Year
“In the End” -- Black Veil Brides
Best New Talent
Guitarist Brian "Head" Welch on Reuniting with Korn: “Everything’s Forgiven”
Korn recently announced that founding guitarist Brian "Head" Welch has rejoined the band for their next album. Welch says that when the invitation came to reunite, he knew that it was the right time to get back together with the band.
“There’s a time of separation, and there’s a time to go get yourself right, and there’s a time to reconcile, and the time just landed in our laps and all of us knew it,” he told reporters at the fifth annual Revolver Golden Gods Awards on Thursday night. “It was meant to be. Everything’s forgiven, you know, and we all said stupid stuff back in the day, and we were all going through struggles. Now we’re back and…better than ever.”
Guitarist James "Munky" Shaffer adds that the recording sessions with Welch have been going well, and that they’ve already recorded a large number of tracks for the band’s upcoming eleventh album.
“We just play so tight together, it’s incredible how when both of us are playing it just sounds like a giant wall of sound,” he notes. “There was just a lot of creativity [in the sessions] and we recorded 20 songs. Hopefully we’ll get it out by August or by the end of the summer.”
Watch Smashing Pumpkins Perform “The Celestials” from Upcoming Guitar Center Sessions Episode
The Smashing Pumpkins is the next guest scheduled for the Guitar Center Sessionsseries, which airs on DirecTV. A sneak peak of the band’s episode has been posted online, featuring a performance of “The Celestials” from the band's latest album, Oceania.
Each episode of Guitar Center Sessions is filmed in front of a live studio audience and includes a performance as well as a Q&A segment, sponsored by the Guitar Center chain of music stores. The Smashing Pumpkins episode will premiere on Friday, May 17 at 9 p.m. ET.