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Gearing up for the release of a new live album / DVD I Am The Empire – Live From The 013 – to be released on August 14 via Napalm Records – the Kamelot band members are revealing their favourite live moments in a new series of clips. Next up is drummer Alex Landenburg… For more, check out: BraveWords.com (Source)
In a new interview with “Tommy Röckit’s Rhythm Nation Rock Show”, former QUIET RIOT bassist Rudy Sarzo reflected on how the band became an “overnight” success with “Metal Health”, the first “heavy metal” album to top the U.S. chart. He said (see video below): “[It was] serendipity. Being in the right place at the right time — with the right band. “There was something about QUIET RIOT, and this went back to the Randy Rhoads version of the band,” he continued. “We didn’t care where we were playing at. We were gonna give you exactly the same show, whether we were playing for 350 thousand people at the US Festival or we were playing for 10 people in some club in the middle of the Midwest. It didn’t matter. “We had been on tour opening up for the SCORPIONS, who was one of the headliners for [1983’s] US Festival. On the last day of the SCORPIONS/QUIET RIOT tour, we played Denver. Denver was the home base for the promoter, the guy who booked the US Festival, Barry Fey — that was his town. Joe Walsh originally was gonna be playing on that day — on the metal day. They moved Joe Walsh to the following day, and it leaves an opening. And this happened immediately. Joe was moved, and, ‘Who are we gonna put?’ And then he looks up on stage, sees QUIET RIOT and says, ‘These guys are perfect. Hey, QUIET RIOT, would you like to play at the US Festival in a couple of days?’ We said, ‘Yes.’ “So it was a series of serepinditous events that led to us having a Number One album and huge success. Having said that, you have to have the goods — you have to have the right record, you have to have the right band, bandmembers, everything fall into place. But sometimes you have the right record and things just do not manifest.” Drummer Frankie Banali resurrected QUIET RIOT in 2010, three years after the death of founding member and singer Kevin DuBrow. QUIET RIOT initially featured the late guitar legend Randy Rhoads and went through some early lineup shifts before securing the musicians that recorded the band’s multi-platinum-selling 1983 album “Metal Health”. Bassist Chuck Wright has been a part of QUIET RIOT, on and off, since 1982, having initially been involved in the “Metal Health” recordings (he played bass on the tracks “Metal Health” and “Don’t Wanna Let You Go”). Guitarist Alex Grossi was in the last version of the band, from 2004 through 2007, before Kevin passed away, and was asked by Banali to return in 2010. QUIET RIOT went through two vocalists — Mark Huff and Scott Vokoun — before settling on Jizzy Pearl in 2013. Pearl announced his exit from QUIET RIOT in October 2016 and was briefly replaced by Seann Nichols, who played only five shows with the group before the March 2017 arrival of “American Idol” finalist James Durbin. In September 2019, Durbin quit QUIET RIOT and was replaced by a returning Pearl. Image courtesy of Sweetwater
☠️| Episode One (FULL INTERVIEW). Tommy Röckit’s “Rhythm Nation” Rock Show Featuring @Rudy Sarzo. ☠️| Episode One (FULL INTERVIEW).
Tommy Röckit’s “Rhythm Nation” Rock Show
Featuring Rudy Sarzo. On this enthralling episode Tommy speaks with legendary bassist Rudy Sarzo. The topic menus includes mouthwatering Stories of life with Ozzy Osbourne, Randy Rhoads, Whitesnske, TRACII GUNS, Ronnie James Dio & all things bass, as well as some insight in to his book “Off The Rails, his 60 Degrees of Sarz Podcast & His Rock N’ Roll Fantasy Camp Masterclasses & More! For all updates, news and Interviews like & subscribe to Tommy Röckit’s Rhythm Nation on YouTube, Instagram, Facebook & Twitter. A Massive Thank You To Rudy for being part of the show, his time and expertise are precious and I am forever grateful. – Tommy. #rhythmnationRS #trrnrs #episode1 #rudysarzo #bassist Posted by Tommy Röckit’s “Rhythm Nation” Rock Show on Friday, July 3, 2020
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Meshuggah’s Bleed and Madonna’s Like A Virgin together, at last For more, check out: TeamRock.com (Source)
In the clip below, guitarist Marty Friedman (ex-Megadeth) performs his take on “Gurenge”, the opening theme for the ongoing anime TV series, Demon Slayer. Check it out against the original version performed by singer LiSA.
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Michael Sweet of openly Christian rockers STRYPER says that the race and appearance of Jesus Christ “shouldn’t matter” because “He was, is and forever will be our Savior.” While the most common image of Jesus Christ, at least in Western cultures, has been that of a bearded, fair-skinned man with long, wavy, light brown or blond hair and blue eyes, despite being born in the Middle Eastern Judea region, evidence indicates he probably looked very different from how he has long been portrayed. Earlier today, Sweet took to his social media to write: “I had an interesting conversation last night at dinner about Jesus being either white or black. Most photos depict Him as white yet He was born in Bethlehem (present day Israel) so He was born a Jew. The real issue is it shouldn’t matter yet in our society today it still does, from both sides. It shouldn’t matter what color He was and we should all just except the fact that Regardless of the color of His skin or what He May have looked like – He was, is and forever will be our Savior and The King of Kings. It’s too bad He didn’t create us all to be color blind. I guess He left that up to us. Free will, free choice. Unfortunately we continue to let colors separate us. God made it so simple yet we’ve made it so complicated. Maybe we’ll get it right Someday…….” Back in 2015, a British scientist released an image that he said was a far more accurate representation of what Jesus actually may have looked like, based on forensic anthropology. Richard Neave recreated the face of Jesus by studying Semite skulls using modern-day forensic techniques, saying that Jesus would have likely had a darker complexion and short, dark, curly hair. These features would likely have been typical of Middle Eastern Jews in the Galilee area of northern Israel. In a 2018 interview with the Detroit Free Press, Michael said that STRYPER was never fully embraced by the heavy metal and hard rock communities, largely because of the band’s Christian lyrics. “We’ve never been accepted by either side,” he said. “The secular side, the mainstream, they’ve never accepted us to this day. We’re probably that band that everyone’s going to go to whenever there’s a time to mock. We’ll be the band used for that in most cases. Now on the Christian side, we’ve never really had the full support of the Christian side because we don’t fit into their little club. We’re not wearing suits and ties and going to every church and preaching.” Formed 37 years ago, STRYPER‘s name comes from Isaiah 53:5, which states: “But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.”
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German thrashers DESTRUCTION played their first concert after the coronavirus pandemic closures on Saturday (July 4) in Pratteln, Switzerland. In response to COVID-19 restrictions, only 300 tickets were made available at the 1,600-capacity Z7 club, and it “it was not sold out,” according to YouTube user Heike M.666, who attended the gig and uploaded a fan-filmed video of DESTRUCTION‘s performance (see below). A couple of weeks before the Z7 concert, DESTRUCTION frontman Schmier spoke to Anne Erickson of Audio Ink Radio about the prospect of playing shows amid the pandemic. He said: “It feels a little bit surreal. Nobody expected this to come back so quick, but we’re in the lucky position to live on the Swiss border, and Switzerland is far ahead of all the other countries … And there are very little corona cases, so that will be an interesting experience… It’s going to feel weird to play a show again, because this is the first time in 20 years that we didn’t play a show in three months. It’s the longest time ever. It’s very exciting, of course. We look forward to playing again, but it’s going to feel a little weird, for sure.” Schmier also expressed his optimism about the prospect of additional live events in the coming weeks. “What we’re experiencing now is the first trial of concerts, and Switzerland, also, is far ahead, so the whole world will watch the country and see the developments. So, it’s going to be interesting, and hopefully we’re not going to get hit hard again, but the way things go at the moment, it looks good. Switzerland is open just a couple of weeks already. In Germany, we’re still wearing masks when we’re going grocery shopping and stuff, but in Switzerland, there’s no masks needed anymore.” In a separate interview with The Metal Voice, Schmier said that he is not interested in performing drive-in concerts during the coronavirus crisis. “I’m not playing for cars,” he said. “It’s wrong — it’s just wrong. If this is the last step to do — to play live shows in front of cars — I might think about it. But at the moment, no way — it’s not working for metal. Metal people have to move, and we wanna feel the bass. This auto concerts, the music is on your radio, on your stereo in your car. There’s no P.A. system. It’s not a live impression, really. You’re sitting in your car. “I understand people doing this now, because people are desperate,” Schmier added. “But [it’s] not for DESTRUCTION. We had the offer to do this, actually, but I don’t wanna rip my fans off with shit like this. I’m sorry.” As the coronavirus disease continues to spread, live event organizers have been canceling or postponing large gatherings, including concerts and festivals. Entertainers, crew and other workers in the industry have already lost billions of dollars as a result of COVID-19-related cancelations, representing only a small fraction of the financial devastation that will be experienced by workers in the sector as cancelations continue to roll in. In early April, Dr. Ezekiel “Zeke” Emanuel, one of the key architects of the Affordable Care Act and a special adviser to the director general of the World Health Organization, told The New York Times that he doesn’t anticipate it to be safe to return to concerts, sporting events and other mass public gatherings until the fall of 2021. According to the Centers For Disease Control And Prevention, large events and mass gatherings can contribute to the spread of COVID-19 in the United States via travelers who attend these events and introduce the virus to new communities. Two months ago, DESTRUCTION delivered a treat for fans stuck at home and unable to attend live shows: “Born To Thrash – Live In Germany“, the band’s first live album with the current lineup, is out now digitally on all streaming and download platforms. DESTRUCTION‘s latest album, “Born To Perish”, was released in August 2019 via Nuclear Blast.
Destruction on stage as we speak at the legendary Z7 in Pratteln, Switzerland! ? Posted by Destruction on Saturday, July 4, 2020
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Swedish avant-garde metallers Diablo Swing Orchestra have checked in from Top Floor Studios in Gothenburg, Sweden, where they are busy recording a new album dubbed (for the moment) Swagger & Stroll Down The Rabbit Hole. “Kristin’s vocals are done and we’re getting closer to getting this behemoth of an album… For more, check out: BraveWords.com (Source)