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Month: May 2021

J. Cole just put out a new album, The Off-Season, this past week and this weekend he made his professional basketball debut as a member of the Rwanda Patriots in the Basketball Africa League. Cole will play with the team for three to six games, as Complex points out, and his first game was on Sunday against the Nigeria River Hoopers. Cole scored three points in the 17 minutes of action he got and the Patriots won the game 83-60.

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This Thursday, May 20th, at 2pm Pacific / 5pm Eastern, Todd “Dammit” Kerns (Slash Featuring Myles Kennedy And The Conspirators, Toque, The Age Of Electric) talks to guitarist Howard Leese (Heart, Bad Company, Raiding The Rock Vault) on YouTube. “This new version of De Niro and Pacino’s Heat looks awesome,” says…For more, check out: BraveWords.com (Source)

The Hollywood Bowl buzzed back to life Saturday with joy, optimism and a tinge of nervousness at a reopening concert celebrating frontline workers.

For more, go to: LATimes.com/entertainment/music (Source)

How Gerard Way’s tribute to his late grandmother became My Chemical Romance’s breakthrough hit – and helped spark a new movement For more, check out: TeamRock.com (Source)

This week’s Electric Happy Hour, hosted by Robb Flynn and Jared MacEachern of Machine Head features “Bulletproof”, and “Ten Ton Hammer”, with deep cuts “Slanderous” and “Behind A Mask”, plus covers of Stone Sour – “Bother”, and Scorpions – “Still Loving You”. Beers up!  Robb, Jared and Navene Koperweiss (Entheos, Whitechapel, Animals…For more, check out: BraveWords.com (Source)

“Being on the road makes all of us – the band, the crew and me – happy and I haven’t felt this excited about going on tour in 15 years,” country singer says of return to touring this summer For more, check out: RollingStone.com (Source)

Musicians We Lost
R.I.P. Ronald James Padavona (RONNIE JAMES DIO; BLACK SABBATH, DIO, HEAVEN & HELL, RAINBOW, ELF): July 10th, 1942 – May 16th, 2010 R.I.P. Darrell Antony Sweet (NAZARETH): May 16th, 1947 – April 30th, 1999
Heavy Birthdays
Happy 75th
Roger Earl (FOGHAT) – May 16th, 1946
Robert Fripp…For more, check out: BraveWords.com (Source)

This is the ultimate soundtrack to the 21st century For more, check out: TeamRock.com (Source)

According to the WARLORD fan club, the band’s co-founder and guitarist William J. Tsamis passed away on Thursday, May 13 at the age of 60. No cause of death has been revealed. In a 2017 interview, Tsamis revealed that he was suffering from a serious health issue which he said would “never go away” but he offered no specifics. Founded in 1980 by Tsamis and drummer/percussionist Mark Zonder, WARLORD is considered a pioneer in power metal thanks to its now-classic 1983 six-song EP, “Deliver Us”. Kerrang!, Sounds, Burrn! and Music Connection all featured the band and praised the release thanks to their outside the norm, semi-progressive style that was inspired by such diverse acts as RAINBOW, SCORPIONS and JETHRO TULL. Adding further intrigue to the WARLORD mystique was the band members’ use of pseudonyms such as Destroyer (Tsamis), Thunderchild (Zonder), Damien King (vocalist Jack Rucker) and Sentinel (keyboardist Diane Kornarens). The band also refused to become just another L.A. club act and opted to present themselves on a grander scale. They famously rented The Raymond Theater out to stage what would turn out to be the only WARLORD live performance in the USA, prior to August 2013. It was filmed and recorded for the group’s first full-length release, “And The Cannons Of Destruction Have Begun…” , issued in October 1984, accompanied by a home video release of the same name. While the band disbanded in 1986, they amassed a cult-like following in Europe despite their inactivity. This was largely due to rave reviews in metal the press, continuous airplay, and the circulation of many demos via “tape trading,” as well as positive word-of-mouth promotion among metal fans. With the onset of the Internet, the music of WARLORD spread worldwide and thus helped secure WARLORD a place in the history of heavy metal as one of the great metal forefathers of the ‘80s. After the band dissolved, Zonder joined prog metal pioneers FATES WARNING and went on to release numerous albums with them as well as others thanks to his skills then and now being in high demand. It was during one of FATES WARNING‘s European tours that Zonder realized that WARLORD‘s following had grown considerably with multiple fans asking him to sign WARLORD albums and demanding new music from the band. Zonder contacted Tsamis and, as soon as schedules permitted, WARLORD was once again an active band. Vocal duties were assigned to HAMMERFALL vocalist (and massive WARLORD fan) Joacim Cans. Thus, in 2002, a new album, “Rising Out Of The Ashes”, was recorded and released worldwide to rave reviews. This was followed by the first ever WARLORD live performance in Europe at the prestigious Wacken Open Air festival in Germany. A string of mishaps and serious family health issues plagued WARLORD after these performances and the band was once again put on a hiatus, which lasted for almost nine years. WARLORD returned to active status formally in March 2012. Vocal duties would be handled by one of the original ’80s WARLORD singers, Rick Anderson, and Philip Bynoe (Steve Vai, RING OF FIRE) joined the band on bass. That lineup released “The Holy Empire” to much critical and fan acclaim. In the meantime, mounting pressure by promoters and fans bore fruit and WARLORD announced that they would headline the April 2013 German Keep It True XVI festival. This announcement was followed by two headlining dates in Greece — Thessaloniki and Athens — which sold out, thus leading to a second headlining show in Athens which sold out as well. Photo courtesy of William J. Tsamis‘s Facebook page

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Gene Simmons (KISS) and David Draiman (DISTURBED) are among more than 125 leaders from the entertainment industry who have signed a joint statement released by the non-profit entertainment industry organization Creative Community For Peace, which calls on fellow entertainers and executives to use their platforms to combat misleading and one-sided accounts of the conflict in Israel and the Palestinian Territories. The open letter urges those in the entertainment community to use their voice to call for the de-escalation of violence and the end to divisive rhetoric while also acknowledging the pain and loss impacting all parties involved in the conflict. The joint statement comes amid a wave of violence in Israel and the Palestinian Territories, including indiscriminate rocket attacks targeting metropolitan areas throughout Israel as well as Israel’s retaliatory response in Gaza. Meghan McCain (co-host, “The View”), Haim Saban (chairman and CEO, Saban Capital Group), Sherry Lansing (former CEO of Paramount Pictures), Orly Agai Marley (president, Tuff Gong Worldwide), Selma Blair (actress), Michael Bublé (artist), Diane Warren (songwriter, producer) and Ben Silverman (chairman and co-chief executive officer of Propagate Content) are some of the other signers of the joint statement, which was made public Friday (May 14). “We are deeply concerned by the escalating violence in Israel and the Palestinian Territories,” the statement reads. “The loss of life and violence is heartbreaking. We call on the leaders of all parties to end the violence, urge calm, and work toward de-escalation.” The statement’s signers are among the first in the entertainment industry to publicly promote peace while also opposing a surge of deceptive media narratives that have dominated the news cycle since tensions escalated nearly a week ago. “We also call on our colleagues and friends in the entertainment community to stop posting misinformation and one-sided narratives that only work to inflame the conflict instead of bringing about peace,” the statement continues. “Misinformed and fallacious memes being posted by those far away from the conflict are being taken for truth,” said Ari Ingel, director of Creative Community for Peace. “This distorted version of reality is being spread online and then amplified by influencers, which only fans the flames of hatred and has real life consequences.” The full open letter reads as follows: “We are deeply concerned by the escalating violence in Israel and the Palestinian Territories. The loss of life and violence is heartbreaking. We call on the leaders of all parties to end the violence, urge calm, and work toward de-escalation. “We also call on our colleagues and friends in the entertainment community to stop posting misinformation and one-sided narratives that only work to inflame the conflict instead of bringing about peace. “While we may have differing opinions on the conflict, it is never okay for Hamas to publicly call for the killing of civilians, use civilians as human shields, and rain down missiles indiscriminately on civilian populations with no care about who is killed—Arab or Jew. “When lives are at stake, we all bear responsibility to unite rather than divide. Incendiary language only benefits those at the extremes who have no interest in peace. Our thoughts are with all Israelis and Palestinians who are experiencing unfathomable levels of fear and violence, and hope for the day when both peoples can live side by side in peace.” Founded by entertainment industry executives, Creative Community for Peace (CCFP) is a non-profit organization comprised of prominent members of the entertainment industry who have come together to promote the arts as a means to peace, to counter antisemitism within the entertainment industry, and to galvanize support against the cultural boycott of Israel. CCFP is apolitical and does not stand for any government official or party. Instead, CCFP believes in artists and their ability to affect lives and effect positive change in the world. For more, go to: Blabbermouth.net (Source)