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Guitar legend Steve Vai has checked in with the following update: “We had the opportunity to volunteer at this wonderful compound called Animal Tracks, Inc. The good folks there take in abandoned and compromised exotic animals and care for them. Animal Tracks are in the process of having to move…For more, check out: BraveWords.com (Source)

From the risque to the raunchy to the banned, we count down the hottest, kinkiest, most talked-about clips from Beyonce, Prince, Madonna and more For more, check out: RollingStone.com (Source)

During an appearance on MACHINE HEAD frontman Robb Flynn‘s “No Fuckin’ Regrets With Robb Flynn” podcast, ANTHRAX bassist Frank Bello discussed his band’s touring plans for the coming months. He said (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET): “We’re doing periodic shows. We’re doing bits and pieces. There’s no real touring, for us, till next year; there’s no [new] record till next year. It makes sense. We’re doing [several of the Danny] Wimmer [Presents festivals] — all that stuff. And it’s all fun. And it’ll be nice to see people in general and get a little taste of it [as we come out of the pandemic]. We’re kind of dipping our toes in.” Asked if ANTHRAX will be doing any fan meet-and-greets at the upcoming dates, Bello said: “No. Not that I know of. I haven’t signed off to it. I’m not ready. “I was just at this meeting the other day at some restaurant, and the dude comes out,” he continued. “I know it’s me; I know I’m anal retentive at this point. I’m fucking freaking out on it. [He walks] right up [to me] with [his] hand [out]. It’s like a defense mechanism. I put out my elbow fucking immediately. It’s like a karate thing all of sudden. “Dude, I’m in Japan at this fucking point,” he said, referencing the Japanese custom of bowing rather than hugging, kissing or shaking hands. “I’m bowing and shit. Fuck the rest of this garbage. No fucking way. Most of these fucking people have sweaty goddamn hands. No offense to people. It’s just too many germs touching your fucking hand. We all learned now — we just fucking learned this shit. “No disrespect to anybody,” Bello added. “I don’t wanna offend anybody, ’cause you’ve gotta be careful — you can’t offend anybody now. I’ll [give you an elbow] bump anytime, but the shaking-hand thing — you can float me your boogers; you’ve got fucking diseases. There’s no way. It’s done, dude. I want out. I’m out. “I’m all for meeting people,” he explained. “I love meeting people and talking to people — I’m a people person. I’m not like that. I don’t wanna stay away from people; I wanna be around. But the whole idea of just that germ thing… Like, when I have a cold from now on, I’m gonna wear a fucking mask. They do it in Japan, and it’s a great way to go. I don’t wanna spread my germs to anybody, so please, please do that.” Bello‘s memoir, “Fathers, Brothers, And Sons: Surviving Anguish, Abandonment, And Anthrax”, will be released on October 12 via Rare Bird. The foreword was written by KISS bassist/vocalist Gene Simmons. ANTHRAX is working on material for the follow-up to 2016’s “For All Kings” album, tentatively due in 2022.

For more, go to: Blabbermouth.net (Source)

Texas Hippie Coalition has confirmed the routing for their Saving America Tour. The 22-date road trek begins July 2nd in Abingdon, VA and wraps up October 10th in Joliet, IL. Complete details are listed below.
July
2 – Enchanted Forest – Abingdon, VA
24 – Lone Star Music Fest – Lubbock, TX
August…For more, check out: BraveWords.com (Source)

In a new interview with Natasja Lain of For The Passion Not The Fashion, guitarist Patrick Mameli of long-running Dutch progressive death metallers PESTILENCE was asked what it was like touring with Chuck Schuldiner and DEATH back in the early 1990s. He responded (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET): “[Chuck was] interesting — an interesting guy. And I have to give him props for being one of the first pioneers of this extreme music. I know that Jeff Becerra from POSSESSED was even before him, so I have to really call Jeff the godfather of death metal. But if you talk about godfather, it makes you sound really old. And Jeff is still alive. “I think there is something special about people when they are not amongst the living anymore; then their legacy becomes even bigger,” he continued. “And you have to have respect for this, because Chuck was a pioneer. “We toured with [DEATH] a bunch of times, and I must say that me personally and Chuck, we didn’t get along too well. This had to do with [the fact that] when PESTILENCE opened up for them, his lineup was a little bit more static and PESTILENCE was really energetic, so we got a good crowd reaction, and I thought he was a little bit jealous of that feeling. But I can’t help it. I had long hair, and we were doing hair spins and all this stuff, and that was really nice.” Mameli added: “But I learned a lot from [Chuck] business-wise — the way he thinks about record labels and thinks about the business. So we had long conversations about the business side of it so I could learn a little bit from what he was dealing with and not to fall in the same trap.” Schuldiner died on December 13, 2001 after a battle with pontine glioma, a rare type of brain tumor. PESTILENCE will release its ninth album, “Exitivm”, on June 25 via Agonia Records.

For more, go to: Blabbermouth.net (Source)

Classical composition features on System of a Down singer’s upcoming poetry project Cool Gardens Poetry Suite For more, check out: RollingStone.com (Source)

Unable to tour, and missing her fans, Tarja has spent the last year writing her first book – sign up at tarjabook.com to learn more.
Titled Singing In My Blood, the book includes lots of previously unseen, intimate photographs to illustrate her memories of making music in the studio, on…For more, check out: BraveWords.com (Source)

Arte Concert and the organziers behind Hellfest have teamed up to bring you Cradle Of Filth’s unedited stage show, captured live on June 22, 2019 in Clisson, France. Setlist: “Thirteen Autumns And A Widow” “Cruelty Brought Thee Orchids” “Beneath The Howling Stars” “Malice Through The Looking Glass” “Heartbreak And Seance…For more, check out: BraveWords.com (Source)

Russell Allen says that he doesn’t think ADRENALINE MOB will ever do anything again, nearly four years after the accident that resulted in the death of the band’s bassist, David Zablidowsky. The incident occurred in July 2017 when a tractor-trailer — dispatched by Largo, Florida company Twiss Transport Inc. — veered off Interstate 75 near Micanopy, Florida, crossed at least one full traffic lane before leaving the road, splitting the band’s RV in half and causing it to become engulfed in flames. Tour manager Janet Rains (a.k.a. Jane Train) suffered “catastrophic injuries” in the accident and was removed from all life support measures a little over a month later. Asked in a new interview with “Breaking Absolutes With Peter Orullian”if fans can expect to see ADRENALINE MOB reactivated at some point in the future, Allen, who was seriously injured in the crash, said (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET): “Nah, I don’t think it’s ever gonna be able to continue. There might be something where… I wouldn’t mind revisiting some music ideas that maybe we can do something… I’m never gonna say I’ve closed the door on making music again in that style.” He continued: “There’s just so many things that were supposed to happen with Dave and that group that I just don’t see myself being able to do that in a live sense in terms of touring and stuff without having to… I’m just not there yet. Let’s see how it goes after I get this other stuff going and see where I’m at and maybe I can think about that. “This is a lifelong scar for me and something I’m gonna have to wear,” Russell added. “And I’m very conscious of the effect that it has on the families of those that we lost and what that means for them and what the band means to those people. And I’m very, very aware of that, and that’s something that I’m not gonna dishonor anybody’s memory by doing something that I feel might upset that. So it’s gotta be something that everybody’s cool with, and mostly me.” At the time of the accident, ADRENALINE MOB was touring in support of its third studio album, “We The People”, which was released in June 2017 via Century Media. The follow-up to 2014’s “Men Of Honor” was the first ADRENALINE MOB release to feature Zablidowsky and drummer Jordan Cannata. In November 2017, Rains‘s family filed a federal wrongful death lawsuit against Disney and others alleging the truck driver hauling oil negligently crashed into ADRENALINE MOB‘s tour vehicle, resulting in her death. The lawsuit alleged that Disney Worldwide Services arranged for a shipment of oil from Cargill, Inc., in Gainesville, Georgia, to be delivered to Lake Buena Vista, Florida. The lawsuit also alleged that Disney “improperly” subcontracted the transportation to Bulova Technologies Group, Inc.‘s subsidiary Twiss Transport, whose driver was involved in the crash. The driver reportedly had a history of traffic violations, including for speeding and following too closely.

For more, go to: Blabbermouth.net (Source)

Heavy/power metal traditions are strong in Italy, so it’s no wonder that, when local guitar virtuoso Francesco Marras (currently also in Tygers Of Pan Tang) formed his own band in 1997, the chosen genre was the most obvious.
Now, two and a half decades later, Screaming Shadows is one…For more, check out: BraveWords.com (Source)