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DEFTONES singer Chino Moreno has offered an update on the band’s follow-up to 2016’s “Gore” album, which was recently recorded for a tentative late 2020 release. Speaking to Tim “Herb” Alexander for the PRIMUS drummer’s “Herb’s Happy Hour” show, Chino said (see video below): “We have a record that we finished maybe — I don’t know — about a month ago, we finally got all the final mixes of it. It’s supposed to come out in, I think, September. But we’re really happy with it. We worked with one of our longtime producer buddies, Terry Date, who did our first three albums. We hadn’t done a record with him in a while, and we went back in the studio with him, and it was super awesome. “It’s kind of been weird, because we recorded everything — the music stuff — all last summer in L.A., and then we have been working on overdubs and vocals and mixing and all that stuff since then, so it’s almost been a year,” he continued. “But, obviously the last six months have kind of been doing everything remote [due to the coronavirus pandemic]… Mainly, it was just me. All the music stuff was done, so just mainly vocal stuff, and then mixing and mastering, going back and forth. But we finally finalized everything, I wanna say a few weeks ago, maybe a month ago now. It’s gonna be sweet. I’m excited about it.” Moreno previously told Apple Music about DEFTONES‘ decision to reconnect with Date for the new album: “We’ve always wanted to go back and make records with him again… We love Terry. He’s pretty much been there since the beginning of us making records, and we just vibe with him really good. I mean, he’s super easy-going. He’s not a producer that is in there trying to push his ideas into what we’re doing other than just capture what it is that happens when we get together, as well as speaking up and telling us when stuff isn’t where it should be or whatever. So he’s just a great dude, and making this record with him was awesome. I think our main goal was to make sure that everybody in the band was involved, to an extent. I think our best records are when we’re all firing on all pistons, each one of us individually and collectively. So that was, I think, the only thing that we aim for, really.” This past May, DEFTONES postponed their 2020 North American tour due to the coronavirus pandemic sweeping the globe. The Live Nation-produced 20-date trek with GOJIRA and POPPY. was scheduled to kick off on July 27 and conclude on September 5. DEFTONES have released eight studio albums to date and have sold over ten million albums worldwide. DEFTONES is Moreno, drummer Abe Cunningham, programmer Frank Delgado, guitarist Stephen Carpenter and bassist Sergio Vega. “Gore” bowed at No. 2 on the Billboard Top 200 in 2016, moving over 71,000 units first week and marking DEFTONES‘ highest chart position in 13 years. The band also curated, launched, presented and headlined its own festival, Dia De Los Deftones, in 2018. Selling out both installments to date, the eclectic lineups hosted everyone from FUTURE and CHVRCHES to GOJIRA and MEGAN THEE STALLION.

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SHINEDOWN singer Brent Smith spoke to Nikki of the FM99 WNOR radio station about what the touring circuit might look like post-pandemic. He said (see video below): “It’s going to come back. It’s gonna have to come back in a way that is… There’s gonna be different protocol. But don’t have a knee-jerk reaction when someone says ‘the new normal,’ because that could be, and should be, a good thing. Because a lot of what I’m seeing, and a lot of the discussions I’ve been in with a lot of the people that we’ve worked with for over two decades now — from our trucking, our buses, our lighting, our pyrotechnics, our staging; all of these types of elements — that infrastructure, and the buildings and the festivals and the clubs and the theaters and the stadiums, they’re all doing the infrastructure right now to massively take the sanitation level and standard way up. So when you come into these buildings and stuff like that, it’s not nasty, it’s not dirty — it’s clean. And adding these things to where it’s keeping people accountable for things. “One of the biggest things that we know is that the UV light therapy is huge for that, because it just annihilates a lot of viruses,” he continued. “A lot of that’s been in the news here lately, but there’s a lot of arenas right now, there’s a lot of different places — clubs, theaters — that are getting ready to be able to have that standard to make their environment clean for their patrons and make it safe for everybody to come in. And that’s not a bad thing.” Smith went on to say that he is confident live concerts will eventually return. “It may take a moment,” he said. “It will obviously take certain people a little longer ot feel comfortable, but I make you a very real and solid promise. The number one thing — and we were always doing this before this pandemic happened — but I wanna rest everyone assured, from us to our fanbase, whether you’ve been there from the beginning or you’re just finding out who we are, when it is time, and we can be with each other again, your safety will always be the number one priority — not only your physical safety, but your health, your mental health… But we will never, ever sacrifice, and we will never cut corners when it comes to the public safety of our audience, no matter what country we’re playing. So please rest assured we would never put you in a dangerous environment like that. We will be with each other again. It may take a little bit of time. But always know that we always have your safety as our number one priority.” This past May, SHINEDOWN officially canceled its previously rescheduled “Deep Dive Tour” due to the coronavirus pandemic which is sweeping the globe. “Deep Dive Tour”, which promised deep cuts and B-sides from throughout SHINEDOWN‘s career, along with the group’s many radio hits, was originally slated to take place in the spring but was postponed to the summer before being scrapped altogether. Two months ago, Smith clarified his remarks about playing live, just a few days after he seemingly suggested that SHINEDOWN would tour this summer as planned no matter what. On May 7, Smith told Zippo Encore: “As of right now, that’s all a go. So we’re not backing off of that rescheduled timeline.” Smith later added, “We wanna do everything safely and we wanna go by the professionals in the medical community… but you can’t stay inside forever.” Five days later, Smith issued a clarification after some fans misconstrued his position to mean that SHINEDOWN would perform this summer against health officials’ advice. In a post on social media, Smith wrote: “I’d like to clear up any misunderstanding about our touring plans that may be out there as some of my comments were a little misconstrued recently in the midst of trying to stay positive in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic.” He continued: “We’d like you all to know that while we can’t wait to play for you and see all of you on the road again, we will only do so when it’s safe. The health and wellness of our fans is what’s most important and something we take very seriously.” Smith told The Pulse Of Radio that he had a message of advice and hope for fans. “Don’t stay online all day long,” he said. “Get out. Get in the sunlight. Go for a walk. Go for a run. Reset. I’ve said this for many years, and it holds true even more now than ever: it is never goodbye, it’s just ’til next time, and we’ll see you all really soon.”

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Guns N’ Roses singer’s anti-Trump tweets come from “a sense of outrage, obligation n’ responsibility to say something at times when I feel not to is being complicit” For more, check out: (Source)

In a recent interview with Armenian-born American television personality Araksya Karapetyan, SYSTEM OF A DOWN frontman Serj Tankian spoke about his collaboration with Armenian prime minister Nikol Pashinyan on the song called “Hayastane” (Hayastan is the Armenian name for Armenia). Asked how the track came about, Serj said (see video below): “The [2018 Armenian] Revolution happened, and the new government got in and the new parliament got in. And a couple of months after the Revolution, I brought my family back to Armenia with me, ’cause when I had gone there in early May of 2018, I went alone with a few friends, and then I wanted to take my family back. And I was hanging out with the prime minister, talking to him about different things. And I played him an Armenian song that I had written, which was very sad. It was based on my experiences in 2017 when there was a rigged parliamentary election and I had gone with a number of artist friends as part of an organization we created called Justice Within Armenia. And we were minitors — we were trained to be monitors and go from different voting booths and seeing what was going on. And it was a depressing trip, ’cause I went back home going, ‘Nothing’s changing. Nothing’s going to change. It’s gonna take another 20 years, like everyone thought’ — just in that deep state of not feeling well about things. And I wrote that song. And he listened to it, and he said, ‘You know what? We have so many melancholic songs in our history. A lot of them are melancholic. Let’s write one that’s positive and victorious.’ I’m, like, ‘I’m with you. You write the lyrics, I’ll do the music.’ And we didn’t really talk about it after that; I thought that was that. And then one day he had kind of written this piece, the lyrics that are now to the song ‘Hayastane’. And I saw it actually on Facebook — some kind of thing with the lyrics on it, talking about Armenia. And he had posted it or something like that. And then he sent it to me. And I’m, like, ‘Oh, this is great.’ So I sat down, grabbed my acoustic guitar, worked on it, sent it to him for notes, and we just [went] back and forth with notes until it was done. So we basically co-wrote the song, and it was really fun, it was really cool. So when the COVID thing just started happening, I was in New Zealand; obviously, he is in Armenia. And I hit him up. I said, ‘I think the song is done. Should we make a video and just release it and maybe donate the funds to My Step?’ And he said, ‘What a phenomenal idea. Thank you.’ And that’s what we did.” According to Serj, at, the My Step Foundation is an “amazing charity that is spearheading many meaningful initiatives within Armenia focusing on public health, education, culture, social welfare, environment along with other sectors in need, including the current crisis surrounding COVID-19.” Tankian is the grandchild of Armenian Genocide survivors and achieved fame as the frontman of SYSTEM OF A DOWN, which has sold over 40 million records worldwide. While still touring with the hard rock group, Tankian has also recorded success as a solo musician and singer, songwriter, film score composer, multi-instrumentalist, record producer, poet and political activist.

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Hamburg-based Tragedian, who are completing work on a new album, have checked in with the following update: “It’s a beautiful morning in Hamburg, Germany today, blue skies and not a single cloud. Making the day better, we’re happy to announce our second special guest on our forthcoming album. Ladies… For more, check out: (Source)

Ex-EXODUS singer Rob Dukes says that “everything’s cool” between him and his former bandmates, six years after he was fired from the group. The San Francisco Bay Area thrash metal legends in June 2014 announced the departure of Dukes and the return of his predecessor, Steve “Zetro” Souza, who previously fronted EXODUS from 1986 to 1993 and from 2002 to 2004. Dukes addressed his current relationship with EXODUS during a June 9 chat with Rock Immortal Productions“Rock Talk” live interview series. He said (see video below): “[Getting fired] was bad, dude. It sucked, man. I was in the band for 10 fucking years, and now, all of a sudden, they throw me out. It was about money, and that’s really what it was — it was business, man. And sometimes business goes the way it goes… I was pretty angry. Anger it always your first emotion. I was hurt. These guys were my friends. We were brothers and family. It was really bad timing on top of it. But all that said, it all worked out.” Three years after he was fired from EXODUS, Dukes performed with the band during a July 2017 concert in San Francisco, California. He sang several songs with the group on the second of EXODUS‘s two-night stint at The Chapel in what marked the band’s first headlining Bay Area club shows since late 2013. “I got up to San Francisco and we sat at a restaurant — all of us — and we talked, and everyone said their piece, and then it was fine,” Dukes said about reconnecting with his bandmates. “I did a couple of interviews — I did one on ‘Opie And Anthony’, and I was fucking angry, and I shouldn’t have brought it up, but Jim Norton fucking asked me, and then I fucking just unloaded and I called them all douchebags. It was fucked up of me to do that, ’cause up to that point, I had been pretty good about just being professional and talking about my gratitude for the opportunity and stuff. I tried to keep my shit together and be professional, but I kind of lost it for a little bit. And then, soon thereafter, I called and apologized to them and just explained kind of why, and it was all good, man. And it’s all good right now, man. I talk to those guys constantly. Me and Jack [Gibson, bass] talked the other day. Me and Lee [Altus, guitar] talk a couple of times a week. Me and Gary [Holt, guitar], we talk pretty consistently. Tom‘s [Hunting, drums] living way up in the fucking mountains, so I don’t talk to him that often… So, that’s kind of where it’s at. Everything’s cool. I wish them all the best in the world.” Dukes joined EXODUS in January 2005 and appeared on four of the band’s studio albums — “Shovel Headed Kill Machine” (2005), “The Atrocity Exhibition… Exhibit A” (2007), “Let There Be Blood” (2008, a re-recording of EXODUS‘s classic 1985 LP, “Bonded By Blood”) and “Exhibit B: The Human Condition” (2010). Dukes currently resides in Arizona, where he works as a mechanic specializing in car restoration. Image credit: Gibson Guitar NYC

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Because some countries in Europe have eased restrictions around live events during the COVID-19 pandemic, German thrash legends  Destruction were able to perform a special show at the famous Z7 club in Pratteln, Switzerland on July 4th. Tickets were very limited due to governmental restrictions.
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TWISTED SISTER singer Dee Snider has once again slammed Tom Werman over the veteran hard rock producer’s collaboration with the group on the triple-platinum “Stay Hungry” album. During an appearance on “The Jasta Show”, the Internet program hosted by HATEBREED frontman Jamey Jasta, Snider said (see video below): “A producer, and this is just a fact, is a very broad term. There are all kinds of producers, and I’ve worked with a number of them. Dieter Dierks, [who has worked with] SCORPIONS [and] ACCEPT, he’s literally hands on the board, he’s very technical guy. He’s barking out [instructions] — not barking; he’s a nice guy — but, ‘Plug this into this.’ He knows all the technology and [he’s] very musical. Tom Werman, who produced ‘Stay Hungry’, he produced [MÖTLEY] CRÜE, he produced [Ted] Nugent, he produced CHEAP TRICK, MOLLY HATCHET, POISON… He produced so many bands. He’s got, like, 15 platinum albums to his credit. He walked into the studio and he says, ‘I don’t touch the board. I don’t write. I don’t create. I’ll just tell you if I like it or not.’ [And he was taking] eight points — eight freakin’ points,” referring to producer royalties which are a percentage of revenues earned by the work. “Not only was he considered a producer, people were hiring him,” Dee continued. “And I’ve had a long-standing war with Tom Werman, ’cause I begged him to put ‘We’re Not Gonna Take It’ on the album, and ‘I Wanna Rock’. He didn’t want those two tracks on the record. I was on my knees in front of him… I wasn’t begging on my knees, but because he was sitting and there was noise going on… And he’s going, ‘Eh, ‘We’re Not Gonna Take It’, it’s a little [hums melody mockingly]’ I go, ‘Trust me. It’s gonna be edgier when we do it. That’s the thing. It’s catchy.’ And his answer was, ‘All right, if you really want it.’ Okay, that was ‘We’re Not Gonna Take It’. And ‘I Wanna Rock’, he goes, ‘Eh, I’ve done that thing already with MOLLY HATCHET. [hums galloping rhythm]’ He was mocking my song. He actually presented me with SAXON songs to put on the ‘Stay Hungry’ album from [SAXON‘s] ‘Strong Arm of The Law’. He goes, ‘Check this out.’ I go, ‘Yeah, it’s SAXON.’ He goes, ‘It’s really good.’ I said, ‘Yeah, it’s SAXON.’ He goes, ‘Nobody really knows them.’ I said, ‘We’ve toured with them. It’s SAXON.’ … He wanted us to cover SAXON songs. And I love SAXON, but in my community, it was current. It was their album that came out last. And he had this attitude, like, they were European, they weren’t really big.” Back in 2004, Werman shot back at TWISTED SISTER over their comments regarding the “Stay Hungry” LP, saying that he “contributed very significantly to the success” of the record. In a press release announcing the release of the re-recorded and expanded version of the classic 1984 album (under the new title “Still Hungry”), guitarist Jay Jay French said, “‘Still Hungry’ is ‘Stay Hungry – The Way It Ought to Be’. It has an ultra-heavy sound, which is the way we wanted ‘Stay Hungry’ in the first place. But at that time rock records had a thin, very midrange kind of sound and so ‘Stay Hungry’ was recorded very lightly. We battled Atlantic Records and producer Tom Werman about it, but we lost. These re-recordings are faithful to the original arrangements but they sound much heavier.” Speaking to Eddie Trunk of the “Friday Night Rocks” show on New York’s Q104.3 FM, Werman responded to the band’s comments, stating: “Initially, the band appeared to be quite excited about their double-platinum record, but as with many bands, the story changes over time — first, Dee said I wouldn’t ‘allow’ ‘We’re Not Gonna Take It’ on the record, and generally slagged me for providing Jay Jay with different amps, since it took us three full days to arrive at a basically acceptable rhythm guitar sound. “The producer has zero influence on the selection of recorded material for the record. He sequences it, but the label A&R has the last and only word on LP content. As for the rhythm guitar sound (the foundation of every good metal song), Jay Jay‘s live sound was not at all right for the record, and we spent three days until we found one that was barely acceptable. Our engineer was damn good, too. “Eventually, Jay Jay decided to revise history as well, and the complaints grew from not allowing a song on the record to ‘battling’ the band about the ‘thin’ sound. “Since these records were made twenty years ago, they are obviously going to be apparently bass-deficient, compared to today’s recorded music. Dee Snider sat in on the mix and approved every note. Most producers operating in this genre at that time would simply not have allowed the artist to participate in the mix. Regardless of this fact, Dee and Jay Jay now condemn the mixes that Dee personally signed off on. “It seems to be routine for bands like MÖTLEY CRÜE, TWISTED SISTER and CHEAP TRICK to wait until twenty years go by, and then suddenly decide that their success was actually limited by the producer of their records, who ‘didn’t capture their sound’ and ‘didn’t understand their music.’ [Atlantic Records president] Doug Morris called me personally to do him a favor and produce TWISTED SISTER. The band urged me to take on the project, even though Dee has alleged that I was ‘forced’ on them by the label (patent bullshit). “It was a very difficult record to make, as most ’80s metal band records were. It was by far the biggest record of their career, and Dee‘s personal choice of a different producer for the follow-up record led to a failure. Together with six other bands, I made the biggest record of their careers (all at least gold, many multi-platinum), but sure enough, here they come blaming me for holding them back. It’s pathetic, really. “I’ll be happy to discuss my mistakes — my worst records, the ones I made that didn’t make it — I even issued a 2-CD set called ‘Tom Werman’s Greatest Hits & Greatest Misses’. The 2nd CD has all of my favorite productions of bands that didn’t make it — none of us is perfect. But there is little doubt in my mind that I contributed very significantly to the success of each one of my platinum bands — TED NUGENT, CHEAP TRICK, MOLLY HATCHET, JEFF BECK, POISON, MÖTLEY CRÜE, and yes, TWISTED SISTER. “I probably should ignore the bullshit that they throw down, but I hate to see them get away with it. Dee Snider has always had a problem sharing credit with anyone. He’s a one-man show, and it’s distasteful.”

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