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  INTERVIEW WITH JOSH TODD OF BUCKCHERRY

Nik Underwood

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MetalTalk's Nik Underwood sat down for a chinwag with Buckcherry singer Josh Todd at London's Koko venue on the first night of their UK and Ireland tour. Here to promote 2013 album 'Confessions' and a Greatest Hits package, Josh talks about 15 years of Buckcherry, complicated childhoods, Prince, and never giving up...

MetalTalk - Hi Josh, welcome to the UK! So this is the first night of the UK/Ireland tour, how are you withe the cold? A little different from California!

Josh Todd - Thanks, good to be here! We started in Germany, Zurich, Italy, so we've had time to acclimatise to the weather!

MT - So we're here to talk about Confessions, album number 6 that came out earlier in the year. How's the reaction been to that?

JT - It's been amazing. You know it's outside of our box as far as when we went in to do the songwriting for it on the foundations of the Seven Sins, so it was a lot of fun for us to take a different direction.

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MT - Was it conceived thematically before the writing and recording or did it naturally evolve?

JT - Keith and I had thrown around the idea of an EP based on the Seven Sins for a long time and it was just time to do something with it. There's been other bands that have done it and movies and everything but the sins are timeless and so cool as a concept so it was a lot of fun, especially as a lyric writer. I did a lot of research, a lot of writing and rewriting. I worked really hard on the record.

MT - In terms of the lyrics they can seem very dark. I personally think there is more melody than usual but in terms of the subject matter perhaps your most personal to date?

JT - I agree with you. It's definitely lyrically darker record for us and I'm not a real dark individual but it's very easy for me to access that when I write though because I've experienced a lot of things in my lifetime. That's the beauty of creating a catalogue of music that it gives you the freedom to go outside the box and create something different when you've already covered certain areas in your "rock history".

MT - Was it a cathartic experience for you do the more personal stuff?

JT - It was heavy, you know? Songs like Pride, I'm so happy I have that because I really love the lyrics on that and songs like Sloth are very hard to get through but I'm also glad it's there. I'm at a place in my life where I can finally talk about that kind of stuff that happened in my life and it's just all about being honest. That's what I feel is the beauty of Buckcherry, we always do what feels right to us. Sometimes it serves us and sometimes it doesn't but I think that's what people appreciate about us, that we take risks.

MT - Do you feel a more honest a writer now than say on your first album?

JT - Not at all. I mean it's just that as far as that particular subject of Sloth which deals with my father's suicide, I didn't really want to talk about how that made me feel when I was in my twenties, now I've learned a lot more about myself as a man and matured over my lifetime and just to touch on that subject that if somebody else has been through something similar maybe they can get some inspiration out of it and that's all you can really hope for, if it just hits one person, you know?

MT - Do you feel now more comfortable now putting that out there?

JT - I just feel like it was a turning point in my life that I didn't know about until I did a lot of work on myself as a man and after having children I just felt that it was time to tell the story.

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MT - Is there a fear that it might be too much of a departure from the perceived notion of Buckcherry?

JT - I don't care. We have 70 other songs that they can sift through if that one doesn't make them happy. I think it's a beautiful song and I think it's a song just for anyone that's lost somebody. It doesn't have to be suicide, it could be anything.

MT - You mention the big back catalogue, 1999 was the release of the debut, do you feel that this is a different chapter for Buckcherry? Are you drawing a line?

JT - I think it was time for us to do something different, we did it. A lot people love it and a lot of the critics loved it. The critics usually bash on us because we're a rock band so I don't know! I'm glad we did it. Am I gonna make another "theme" record after this? Fuck no! Not right now!

MT - Well, I'm glad you said "theme" as opposed to "concept" as that seems to be a dirty word for an album...

JT - Right, right. I mean it's got a theme of the Seven Sins, that's the foundation but also we just wanted to make a great Buckcherry rock record that you could just put on and leave on and it's still Buckcherry and that's what I feel we did. MT - There was also a proposed movie tie-in, what's happening with that?

JT - There was a short film but it got stopped when funding fell through. We're still working on it, still in talks about it, seeing who can come to the table but there's no more money in the music business so you really have to find creative ways to do things that are outside of the box.

MT - In today's industry in terms of the financial climate, label support for artists - or lack of it, and changing sales models what do you have to do to survive?

JT - Well thank God we based our reputation on our live show. Nowadays you've got to be touring constantly to make a living at this. Now bands are starting to release singles, not albums. I think the album is going away and as shitty as that is you can see it happening but we'll see.

MT - It is a bit sad especially as you've made this record which is thematically a complete work but in this day and age people can just cherry-pick songs from here or there...

JT - Yeah, that's all they do now and you can see that trickling down through every part of the business, everybody buying singles so there's not a lot of money and record companies don't want to give you a lot of money to make a record, they're not seeing the return.

MT - So now bands HAVE to get out there and tour to stay alive.

JT - Yeah, you used to be able to sit at home and collect some cheques but not any more!

MT - And you guys are on tour now?

JT - We've been on tour since April last year, since we finished recording Confessions. This is show number 240. We're on tour constantly!

MT - And does it still feel fresh?

JT - Well you know the stage is really the frosting on the cake, it makes up for all the travel, the hard work in the studio and all the behind the scenes stuff.

MT - When Charlie Watts was celebrating 40 years of the Stones his great quote was along the lines of "5 years playing, 35 years hanging around!"

JT - Yeah, yeah, that's the truth!

MT - So on this tour you playing Belfast and Dublin. Have you been to Ireland before?

JT - Yeah, I can't tell you when because it's all a blur at this point but we've done it before. We're actually going to be spending Thanksgiving there on our day off so that should be interesting!

MT - Hectic! 2013 is winding up and as you said you've been on the road since last April, what are your plans for Christmas and the New Year? Take some time off?

JT - Yeah, we're going to go home, break for Christmas and the Holidays. We've been working on an EP for the new year or the first quarter and it's a really cool EP and if you're into Buckcherry you're going to want this, it's really special. I grew up with EPs, I had a lot of them as a kid and I always wanted to do one so we're going to get that in the can in January then at the end of January we start touring Canada and the States.

MT - So not that much of a break then!

JT - No! We can't!

MT - What have been the highlights or standout moments of 2013 for you?

JT - Well we really worked hard on our international reputation and our fanbase outside of the United States. We got to go back to South America and Australia on this run. We got to come here and do a proper tour where it was our own shows and not just festivals which was something we really wanted to do and that's been great. A lot of sold out shows, sold out tonight. Then We're going to Australia for a week after this which is cool. And it's really that, you know? Being able get outside of the States and going thousands and thousands of miles and having great turnout. It's very special for us.

MT - 2014 will be 15 years since the release of your debut album and although there was a brief hiatus ( 2002-2006) does it feel like it for you?

JT - It doesn't feel like it until somebody brings it up and I'm like "all this fucking time's gone by!" but no, I'm just very proud of the work, and we work very hard in this band and it makes me happy. And I think I'm the most comfortable as a performer, as a songwriter now so it's really a lot of fun.

MT - With the band being so busy right now and you not having much time off do you have a chance to do much outside of music? I know you've done a spot of acting in the past, if the Confessions movie does get the green light will you be acting in it?

JT - There is a role for me in it, I play a priest which is cool! The last thing I did was (TV show) Bones and that was a lot of fun so hopefully when I get some time off here I can jump into something.

MT - Is acting something you actively seek out or more a case of opportunity?

JT - Opportunity and time and the right situation, it's got to all come together and it has so we'll see. Music is always the top priority.

MT - I do remember you popping up in The Shield and the movie the Salton Sea with Val Kilmer and Vincent D'Onofrio.

JT - That movie was my first acting gig and I learned a lot on that. Vincent is a fucking amazing actor. There's actually a scene that got cut out of that where he and I are listening to Bon Scott era AC/DC - I forget what song - but we're doing lines of meth and cleaning our guns, it was a really good scene but it got cut. It was cool though.

MT - Back to the music, and what can the fans expect from tonights show?

JT - I always like to say "Their money's worth" you know? This question is so hard to answer but hopefully I think they can expect to be inspired. If we can inspire one person to leave the club tonight and go "Fuck man, I wanna go home and just be creative or do whatever, you know, paint or play my instrument or write my book" I think that is the coolest form of flattery for us.

MT - Any chance of a Buckcherry book on the horizon?

JT - You know I've been thinking about it but I really can not stand musicians stories, I can't stand reading them because they just seem to be so boring, it's always the same fucking story and the only way I'd want to write a book is for it to be like a book, and it reads like a book and it's very interesting, not just a music story it's a story of - you know I want to know what created the monster, I want to know about the childhood because psychologically that's the foundation, where all the shit comes from and as artists we're very insecure and that's why we do this for a living because it's a crazy life! It goes down the line for actors, musicians, painters - we're all just insecure wrecks and it all came from somewhere so I'd like to do it at some point. I've recently been re-visiting George Carlin and all his HBO specials and he's done 9 of them, and I've read his book and he's really inspiring to me because he was such a brilliant fucking mind and he wrote over an hour's worth of material and it was different every show, memorised it all and delivered such incredible performances. His book was so interesting so maybe I'll start dabbling in that.

MT - So, like you say, outside the box. Not your typical Rockstar story! I went here, I went there, I did this, I did that...

JT - Yeah! I got famous, I got a drug habit, lost it all, whatever you know... I don't want that.

MT - You say you find these stories boring but are creative people like actors, musicians, painters etc not essentially the same person with the same story?

JT - No not at all, that would be silly! The end may be the same but I've met a lot of these characters over the years and the most extraordinary part of their stories are their childhoods. That to me is the interesting part. I read a lot of true crime because it's interesting to me, you know, guys like Richard Ramirez, Jeffery Dhamer, it's interesting to know the backstory. Like, how did they become these fucking people?

MT - They are not born that way, nature vs nurture.

JT - No, they're not born that way but they have these elements of their childhood that kind of shape them in the direction they were going. It's interesting and I'd just like to maybe dive more into the psychological aspect of it. But you also want to give the people what they want, they want to know about this life and what it's like to live it. I understand that.

MT - Well THAT book may be a bit dark for people to read!

JT - (laughs) Yeah! I would just want to write a story that takes you on a journey and is a lot of fun to read.

MT - Well I think you have been on a journey and people who like Buckcherry and this kind of music would want to read that and are looking perhaps for a bit of escapism. You could definitely be the guy to provide that.

JT - Yeah mostly people just want to know "So, who did you fuck? How many chicks? How fucked up did you get?"

MT - "What's your latest tattoo?"

JT - Right! and that just gets fucking boring to me.

MT - But you definitely have something to say just not perhaps in the expected way?

JT - We'll see. I've still got a lot of life to live yet!

MT -Can we talk a little about the Greatest Hits album that has just come out? How involved were you and the band in selecting the tracks?

JT - The Best Of? Yeah, well like I said we have 68 or 70 songs out there and it could only be a 12 song record so...

MT - ...and of course there are songs that HAVE to go on there...

JT - Right so we just decided to pick the singles over the years, make it real easy and cut out all the fucking arguments we would have over who thinks what song should be where off what record! So that's what we did, just compiled the singles off all 6 records. MT - I guess much like compiling your setlist you try to strike a balance...

JT - Well, you've got to have the usual suspects in there. You know people want to hear Lit Up, they want to hear Crazy Bitch, Everything...

MT - KISS aren't going to go out and not play Love Gun...

JT - Right!

MT - Is it ever a burden to play Lit Up after all these years?

JT - No no no! I just go back there in my head. That's why I think every singer should right their own lyrics because you've got to sing these songs thousands of times, you might want to put yourself in them a certain way so you can get excited about it.

MT - A bit like Method acting and it's Sense Memory technique?

JT - There you go. Yes sir. That's what I always really appreciated about Axl, I know he didn't write all of his lyrics but I felt like when he went to sing a song he fucking believed it, you could see it in his passion live. Every time he'd do a song he would go there in his mind, no matter if he was tired or whatever was going on in his life he would deliver it and you would believe it. That was what was so cool about him you know?

MT - If he was tired he would take a nap and turn up when he was good and ready!

JT - Ha! That's right!

MT - In terms of this retrospective Best Of, I just want to put it out there that to me your Timebomb album is perhaps my favourite and I feel is often overlooked as an album...

JT - Cool! That's cool. Yeah, it's the long lost record.

MT - At the time (2002) people said it was a very "downer" record and that it seemed as though you guys were already jaded by your second album...

JT - I love all of our records, we worked hard on all of them. We didn't rush through any of them and Timebomb is what it is. We just tried to capture where we were at that time and that's what came out. It's too bad that it didn't get the attention that it deserved. Our A&R guy quit on us at the beginning of that record cycle so no one at the label knew what was going on with us so after the first single Ridin' it just got completely shelved and it didn't get any love. So it's unfortunate but at least if you're into this band you can go discover it which is cool.

MT - Is it due a re-appraisal?

JT - I'm a huge Prince fan and I think Around The World In A Day was recorded after Purple Rain and no one cared about it. I go back and listen to that record I think I like it more than Purple Rain. I love it so if people feel that way about Timebomb that's great!

MT - The difficult second album?

JT - Every band has to battle the "Sophomore Slump". When you come out and you're unknown it's fresh and then all of a sudden you're not fresh anymore and you have to overcome this thing and sometimes it's tough, no matter what kind of record you make it's always going to be overlooked.

MT - Was the great reaction to the first record a rod for your own backs? If it wasn't "Part 2" it wouldn't be received as well?

JT - Yeah, but whatever. At the end of the day you've just got to move forward and that's what we did. It's peaks and valleys, like any business sometimes your products are selling and sometimes you're in a slump but what are you gonna do give up?

MT - Well, you came back with 15 which was a definite peak for you. that must have felt good? Did it feel like a vindication?

JT - Yeah ii was our biggest record. It felt more than fucking great because do you know what? No one cared about us, no one wanted to sign us. We had that whole record recorded and no one would sign it. We couldn't get a deal in the States. We got a small label in Japan, recorded it in 15 days - that's why we called it 15 - and it's just an amazing story. On top of it all we were a Rock'n'Roll band that wasn't supposed to sell records because Rock'n'Roll is dead. We just believed in ourselves and said "Who cares? We're making Rock'nRoll" and it all worked out.

All the haters, all the people that wanted us to fail....it felt so good.

MT - Well, you guys seem to have weathered the fads and phases in music pretty well. When you first came on the scene you were marketed alongside Nu-Metal because it was popular at the time, where do you see yourselves on the landscape?

JT - It's so silly because all it is is two guitars, drums a bass and a vocal, that's it. No samples, no bullshit. We've just been on our own planet over the years and played with so many different types of band because we had to go through all these waves of Rock, but we just stick to our guns and do what's right and we have a career. We keep focused on the beacon and keep showing up for our worldwide fanbase and that's all that matters. All you gotta do is not give up. Keep knocking on that door of opportunity and it opens at some point. But that's just Buckcherry, we're like Chinese fucking water torture!

And as if on cue Josh excuses himself to use the bathroom and we are done.


29.11.13





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testament TESTAMENT CONFIRM NEW ALBUM TITLE AND REVEAL RELEASE DATE
"It's very diverse, but it's very epic. There's nothing on there that breeds commercial..."

gojira GOJIRA HOPE YOU ENJOY THE TRIP AS THEY DEBUT NEW VIDEO FOR 'LOW LANDS'
"We jammed to our first songs, started Gojira, and recorded most of our albums there..."

arw ARW (JON ANDERSON, TREVOR RABIN AND RICK WAKEMAN) ANNOUNCE BAND FOR UPCOMING WORLD TOUR
"I have played with arguably the three greatest bass players ever and I can't wait to play with one of them again!"

marillion MARILLION UNVEIL 'THE NEW KINGS' FROM FORTHCOMING STUDIO ALBUM 'FEAR'
'The New Kings' can also be heard on Marillion's current tour which starts on Monday 11th July in Barcelona...

rick parfitt status quo STATUS QUO'S RICK PARFITT 'AIN'T COMPLAINING' AS HE WORKS TOWARDS FULL HEALTH
"I am now happy to report that his medical team anticipate that Rick will make a full recovery..."

michael des barres AN AMERICAN WRITER ASKS WHY IT TAKES A BRITISH EX-PAT TO ASK, "WHAT'S GOING ON?" MICHAEL DES BARRES HAS THE ANSWER
This incendiary cover of Marvin Gaye's classic confronts America's issues in an incredibly timely and head-on manner...

freedom call FREEDOM CALL RELEASE A NEW METAL HYMN 'HAMMER OF THE GODS', AVAILABLE FOR DOWNLOAD NOW
The trademark bold vocal harmonies remain. The track is taken from forthcoming opus 'Master Of Light'...

guns n roses STEVEN ADLER JOINS GUNS N' ROSES ON STAGE IN OHIO: FOUR FIFTHS OF 'APPETITE' LINE-UP PLAY TOGETHER FOR FIRST TIME SINCE 1990
"On the drums, you might know this guy. Ladies and gentlemen, Mr Steven Adler..."

iron maiden IRON MAIDEN WANT WEST HAM MANAGER SLAVEN BILIČ TO JOIN THEM ON STAGE IN SPLIT
"We have stayed in contact. We saw each other over Christmas and chatted. I know he is one of our big fans."

ac dc AC/DC BASSIST CLIFF WILLIAMS TO RETIRE AFTER ROCK OR BUST WORLD TOUR: "IT'S BEEN SURREAL"
"AC/DC has been... you know, just... I don't know what else I would wanna do. I love the music and I love playing in the band, and I'm all filled up..."

guns n roses GUNS N' ROSES USE THEIR ILLUSION TO SILENCE THE DOUBTERS WITH US TOUR GOING SO FINE
Axl is clearly in his element on this tour, running across the stage to jump on the monitors mid-song and displaying all the panache of a man completely on top of his game...

stray del bromham STRAY TO ROAM AROUND THE UK ON TOUR INCLUDING A RARE REUNION OF THE ORIGINAL LINE UP
No need to move a mountain as both Stray and Del Bromham's Blues Devils are on their way to a venue near you...

amorettes THE AMORETTES ANNOY THE NEIGHBOURS WITH RAUCOUS NEW SINGLE
'Let The Neighbours Call The Cops' was co- written by vocalist Gill Montgomery and Black Star Riders front man Ricky Warwick...

eagles of death metal WAS BREAKING NEWS: EAGLES OF DEATH METAL WANT YOU SO BAD ON TWO UK DATES IN AUGUST
This is EODM's first visit to the UK since the band were caught up in the terrible events at The Bataclan Theatre in Paris back in November 2015...

metal brew VENOM INC AND DIAMOND HEAD TO HEADLINE METAL BREW FESTIVAL IN BARNET
Beer is priced at Working Man's Club prices and the nearest tube station is High Barnet at the very top of the Northern Line...

soil SOiL 'SHINE ON' THE UK WITH COMPREHENSIVE TOUR
"We are looking forward to seeing some new places and making some new friends this time around..."

acid reign ACID REIGN GET IN FESTIVE MOOD EARLY WITH SPECIAL GIG ANNOUNCEMENT
'Tis the season to Thrash as Acid Reign team up with Shrapnel with far from obnoxious results...

iron maiden IRON MAIDEN: LEGACY OF THE BEAST MOBILE RPG GAME IS OUT NOW
"We've always wanted to make a quality Maiden mobile game as we think the combination of Eddie and the music is so well suited..."

sirenia SIRENIA PART WAYS WITH SINGER AILYN GIMÉNEZ GARCÍA
"Sirenia and Ailyn have decided to part ways for personal reasons. We part ways on good terms and we wish Ailyn the best of luck for her future endeavours..."

rick parfitt status quo EXCLUSIVE: STATUS QUO'S RICK PARFITT SEEMS TO BE 'FINE FINE FINE' AS HE IS SPOTTED OUT AND ABOUT
Following the recent health scare a picture has emerged online of him taking a walk in Kingston over the weekend...

bullet for my valentine BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE TO PLAY 'THE POISON' IN FULL FOR THE FIRST EVER TIME
"We promised you something special right? See 'The Poison' played in full for the first time in Manchester! Tickets on sale now here..."

alter bridge WAS BREAKING NEWS: ALTER BRIDGE TO HEADLINE ARENAS ACROSS EUROPE THIS WINTER WITH GOJIRA AND VOLBEAT
This will be their biggest headline tour yet with twenty-four dates across fifteen countries, kicking off on November 4th 2016

the mission WAS BREAKING NEWS: BAUHAUS FRONTMAN PETER MURPHY TO GUEST WITH THE MISSION ON THEIR 30th ANNIVERSARY UK TOUR
"Peter's appearance will help make these shows the special events that we always wanted and hoped they'd be..."

michael borman BONFIRE RE-APPOINT MICHAEL BORMANN AS SINGER AFTER PARTING WAYS WITH DAVID REECE
"These differences are irreconcilable so both parties decide it is best to just part ways. Bonfire wish him the best of luck in his future endeavours."

the amorettes WAS BREAKING NEWS: THE AMORETTES ANNOUNCE CO-HEADLINE UK TOUR WITH LOVE ZOMBIES
"We can't wait to tour with the awesome Love Zombies. This co-headline UK jaunt is going to rock. Don't miss it!!!"

led zeppelin LAWYER WHO SUED LED ZEPPELIN IS DAZED AND CONFUSED AFTER BEING SUSPENDED FOR MULTIPLE VIOLATIONS
Malofiy was heated in his attacks on Led Zeppelin, at one point dubbing them "session musicians" who have a habit of "playing other people's music"...

iron maiden IRON MAIDEN ILLUSTRATOR DESIGNS SHIRT FOR ONE DIRECTION'S ZAYN MALIK, MAIDEN LAUNCH THIRD TROOPER BEER AND HI-ON-MAIDEN TO HEADLINE PICCSTOCK
A full-bodied beer using a blend of chocolate and crystal malts to give "a roasted malt and caramel backbone with hints of liquorice and honey"...

bloodstock BLOODSTOCK RELEASE DAY TICKETS AND LAUNCH YouTube COMPETITION WITH SOME AMAZING PRIZES
There's a whole host of some of the world's top Metal bands appearing on the bill including Twisted Sister, Mastodon, Slayer, Anthrax, Gojira, Behemoth, Venom and more...

bruce dickinson BRUCE DICKINSON TO TAKE PART IN TOP GEAR STYLE CHARITY ROAD TRIP
"The enthusiasm from the group is amazing which will lend itself to making it an unforgettable trip..."

ramblin man fair RAMBLIN' MAN FAIR ADDS THE RISING STAGE FEATURING SOME OF THE UK's BEST UP AND COMING BANDS
"Having seen all these bands kick out the jams recently, we can predict with an absolute certainty that the future of UK rock n' roll is secure..."

anvil WAS BREAKING NEWS: ANVIL ANNOUNCE UK AND EUROPEAN TOUR FOR OCTOBER/NOVEMBER
Anvil will not only be playing dates in Scotland and Wales but also English towns which rarely see major international artists, such as Huddersfield, Doncaster and Grimsby.

status quo IT'S TIME TO GET 'DOWN DOWN' TO BUTLINS AS SECOND STATUS QUO FAN CLUB CONVENTION IS ANNOUNCED
The weekend will feature live music from ex-Quo drummer John Coghlan and his band with long time friend of the band, Jackie Lynton also scheduled to appear...

toseland TOSELAND ANNOUNCE UK HEADLINE TOUR
Toseland hit the road in September and October 2016, following dates with Deep Purple in July...

van zant VAN ZANT OFFICIALLY RELEASE THE ONLY RECORDING FROM THEIR ONE TOUR TOGETHER
The brothers of Lynyrd Skynyrd's Ronnie Van Zant explore their country roots on this special recording...

equilibrium EQUILIBRIUM REVEAL LYRIC VIDEO FOR NEW SONG 'PREY'
"The songs on 'Armageddon' have become quite diverse. Every song sounds different. As a first foretaste we chose the dark track 'Prey'. Have fun with it!"

antimatter kari ANTIMATTER + KARI RUESLÅTTEN COMBINE FOR A CO-HEADLINING ACOUSTIC SHOW IN LONDON IN SEPTEMBER
This is the only UK date and a chance to hear two striking voices on the same bill...

kansas KANSAS TO RELEASE FIRST NEW ALBUM IN SIXTEEN YEARS; 'THE PRELUDE IMPLICIT' OUT SEPTEMBER 23rd
"Recording 'The Prelude Implicit' was an incredible experience and I couldn't be happier with the results..."

king of the north EXCLUSIVE: KING OF THE NORTH PREMIERE NEW SINGLE AND VIDEO ON MetalTalk
"It takes KOTN into new territory and has some of the heaviest parts on a KOTN song ever. It's rock, it's prog, it's a new genre, we call it Prock!"

runnning wild WAS BREAKING NEWS: RUNNING WILD SAIL AGAIN ON 26th AUGUST WITH 'RAPID FORAY'
"For me this track has all the qualities of a real stadium anthem. Listening to it gives me goose bumps every time."

jeff lynne NO 'BIRMINGHAM BLUES' FOR JEFF LYNNE AS HE COLLECTS LORD MAYOR AND SILVER CLEF AWARDS
"The Lord Mayor's Awards recognise outstanding achievements and exceptional service to the city and the people of Birmingham."

absolva WAS BREAKING NEWS: ABSOLVA UNLEASH 'HARSH REALITY' AND ANNOUNCE 2016 EUROPEAN TOUR DATES
"We're absolutely stoked about these shows which we'll hit with maximum Absolva force..."

purple records DEEP PURPLE'S RECORD LABEL, PURPLE RECORDS, IS RESURRECTED: SILVERHEAD FT. MICHAEL DES BARRES CATALOGUE RE-RELEASED
The label was home to debut solo releases from Jon Lord, Roger Glover, David Coverdale and Glenn Hughes, as well as early releases from Yvonne Elliman and Ronnie James Dio...

rolling stones ROLLING STONES 'ANOTHER TIME, ANOTHER PLACE II' LIMITED EDITION ART PRINT BY RODNEY MATTHEWS NOW AVAILABLE
"It did trouble him at the time, but he took it no further and as Rodney himself told us: "It would take a brave man to sue the Stones!"

elo WAS BREAKING NEWS: JEFF LYNNE'S ELO ANNOUNCE HUGE GIG AT WEMBLEY STADIUM
Sunday's Glastonbury performance was another triumph to add to the list of successes Jeff has notched up in this, the fifth decade of his career...

brian johnson BRIAN JOHNSON TO HOST 'THE PRODUCERS' ON PLANET ROCK
Each week Johnno will take you on a journey to meet a different iconic producer with huge names all set to feature...

motorhead MOTÖRHEAD DAY IN LONDON: MORE DETAILS CONFIRMED AND IT'S NOW FREE ENTRY
The event has the full blessing from Motörhead and their official fan club but spaces are limited to just 250 people and you do need to book your place and you can do that here...

sabaton SABATON UNVEIL FIRST ALBUM TRAILER FOR 'THE LAST STAND'
The Last Stand is now available to pre-order on Limited edition Double Gatefold coloured vinyl...

led zeppelin LED ZEPPELIN CLEARED OF STEALING RIFF FOR 'STAIRWAY TO HEAVEN'
"I can't actually recall Spirit or anyone playing there with the passing of time. I don't have a recollection of almost anyone I've hung out with."

ripper owens WAS BREAKING NEWS: RIPPER OWENS REFUSED UK ENTRY FOR FRIDAY'S WILDFIRE PERFORMANCE
"Although we are trying everything we are able, we have little hope of changing the minds of such a powerful UK agency."

meat loaf WAS BREAKING NEWS: MEAT LOAF AND JIM STEINMAN GO ALL THE WAY WITH NEW ALBUM: LISTEN TO THE FIRST EPIC TRACK HERE
Screw politics - it never made a positive difference but these two did!!

twisted sister TWISTED SISTER FEATURE IN FIRST METAL MELTDOWN, A NEW SERIES OF CONCERT DVDs ABOUT TO LAUNCH
"This performance captured herein just two months after AJ's death really was about our way to help memorialize the great AJ Pero..."

richie ramone RICHIE RAMONE ANNOUNCES UK AND IRELAND TOUR FOR LATE 2016
"Richie saved the band as far as I'm concerned. He's the greatest thing to happen to the Ramones. He put the spirit back in the band."

tesla TESLA TO RELEASE 'MECHANICAL RESONANCE, LIVE!' AS SUMMER TOUR WITH DEF LEPPARD KICKS OFF
"Making this new live album of 'Mechanical Resonance' was a reminder of the innocence and creative beginnings of Tesla..."

inglorious INGLORIOUS "HIGH AS A KITE" AS SECOND ALBUM GETS UNDERWAY AND DEAD DAISIES AND STEEL PANTHER TOUR DATES APPROACH
"No feeling or buzz I have ever had in my life will compete with that immense feeling of pride and happiness..."

airbourne AIRBOURNE ARE 'BREAKIN' OUTTA HELL' WITH THEIR NEW ALBUM AND HEADLINE TOUR OF AMERICA AND EUROPEAN DATES WITH VOLBEAT
These latest tour dates will only add to their reputation for incendiary live performances – maximum energy, maximum entertainment...

uriah heep URIAH HEEP ANNOUNCE RE-ISSUE OF ALBUMS AND NEW 2016 TOUR DATES
"This time we really let our hair down, if you like! We decided that there would be no restrictions whatsoever."

kiss KISS CAPTURE FULL LIVE EXPERIENCE WITH AUGUST RELEASE OF 'KISS ROCKS VEGAS'
"KaBOOM! We blew up the Joint at The Hard Rock in Vegas like never before. We are very proud of this and know that you will be blown away as well."

aerosmith WAS BREAKING NEWS: STEVEN TYLER ANNOUNCES AEROSMITH FAREWELL TOUR
Stand by for social media to go into overdrive and keep checking MetalTalk as we'll have more news on this when there is some...

yes WAS BREAKING NEWS: JON ANDERSON, TREVOR RABIN AND RICK WAKEMAN REUNITE TO FORM ARW: UK TOUR DATES CONFIRMED
"I'm so excited to create new music and revisit some of the classic work we created many years ago. It's going to be a musical adventure on so many new levels."

marillion MARILLION REVEAL DETAILS OF THEIR NEW ALBUM AND IT'S GOT A VERY NAUGHTY TITLE
"We don't know how many more albums we'll make, or how long we'll live. Everything has to be the best it can be."

frontiers metal festival PRIMAL FEAR, LABYRINTH, VANDEN PLAS, LORDS OF BLACK AND MANY MORE ANNOUNCED FOR FRONTIERS METAL FESTIVAL
The bill is made up of seven international and Italian based bands, all of whom will please fans of the power and progressive Metal genres...

status quo WAS BREAKING NEWS: STATUS QUO GUITARIST RICK PARFITT AIRLIFTED HOME FROM TURKEY
Quo made the decision to carry on with their commitments last week and performed at the Rock On Windermere charity show on Saturday...

ritchie blackmores rainbow WAS BREAKING NEWS: RITCHIE BLACKMORE'S RAINBOW RISES IN LORELEY - SET LIST SPOILERS
After 21 years Ritchie Blackmore returns from medieval times to astound Loreley at Monsters Of Rock...

meat loaf WAS BREAKING NEWS: MEAT LOAF "RESPONSIVE AND WELL" AFTER COLLAPSING ON STAGE LAST NIGHT
"He extends his heartfelt thanks for everyone's support and well wishes, and is expecting a speedy and full recovery..."

foo fighters FOO FIGHTERS SUING BRITISH INSURANCE COMPANIES OVER CANCELLED GIGS
Central to Foo Fighters' complaint is that three of those 53 shows were intended to be "make-up shows" for fans...

status quo WAS BREAKING NEWS: STATUS QUO ANNOUNCE 'AQUOSTIC II - ONE MORE FOR THE ROAD' PLUS HUGE BBC HYDE PARK SHOW
Status Quo have announced the release of a second acoustic album following the success of the original 'Aquostic' release in August 2014...

meat loaf MEAT LOAF AND JIM STEINMAN REUNITE: NEW ALBUM OUT IN SEPTEMBER
At around the same time that Meat Loaf collapsed on stage in Edmonton, Canada last night, it was announced that the new album is recorded and ready for release...

meat loaf WAS BREAKING NEWS: MEAT LOAF COLLAPSES ON STAGE IN CANADA
Meat, real name Marvin Lee Aday, is 68-years-old and is one of the most successful recording artists of all time...

deep purple WAS BREAKING NEWS: DEEP PURPLE DRUMMER IAN PAICE SUFFERS A STROKE IN SWEDEN; MISSES PURPLE GIGS FOR THE FIRST SINCE SINCE 1968 FORMATION
"To all the people who were expecting to see Deep Purple in Sweden and Denmark this week I would like to let you know the reason the shows were not possible..."

metaltalk t shirts THIS SUMMER'S MOST SIGNIFICANT METAL FASHION ITEMS ARE HERE
The great news is that now, after many, many requests, we finally have MetalTalk t-shirts available for you...

status quo WAS BREAKING NEWS: RICK PARFITT OF STATUS QUO SUFFERS HEART ATTACK AFTER TURKEY GIG
Rick is being treated in a hospital in Turkey and whilst his condition is serious, he has already demanded his customary cup of tea with two sugars and a sweetener...

maiden IRON MAIDEN PART COMPANY WITH ED FORCE ONE: SEE BRUCE SAY "GOODBYE" ON VIDEO HERE
"I'll miss the big bird but the show must go on and it certainly will."

grave digger GRAVE DIGGER ANNOUNCE EUROPEAN TOUR DATES
"We'll present a huge and intensive Metal package live on tour, as well as on our album. 36 years of Grave Digger – Metal is alive. Forever!"

lounge kittens THE LOUNGE KITTENS RELEASE THEIR VERSION OF AC/DC's 'DIRTY DEEDS DONE DIRT CHEAP'
"The album doesn't come out till September and frankly, we're bored of keeping it all a secret. So we thought right, time to make some more videos..."

john otway OTWAY IN THE PARK: JOHN OTWAY JOINS LINE-UP OF CHICHESTER'S PRIORY PARK FESTIVAL
John Otway's addition to the bill confirms this eclectic new festival's place as a must-go-to-event...

queen QUEEN + ADAM LAMBERT TO PLAY THAILAND FOR THE FIRST TIME
This is part of Queen's Asia tour which also includes two shows in Tokyo, the show at the F1 Grand Prix in Singapore and three more Asian cities which will be announced shortly...

hrh prog HRH PROG 5 ANNOUNCE MORE BANDS
Atomic Rooster reform and join Hawkwind, Wishbone Ash, John Lees BJH, Pendragon, IQ and more at HRH Prog 5...

orphaned land kobi fahri ORPHANED LAND'S KOBI FAHRI REVEALS SIDE PROJECT CONCEPT ALBUM 'KNA’AN' & EUROPEAN TOURING PLANS
Orphaned Land celebrate their 25th anniversary with a tour that includes Russian-Chinese and Middle Eastern Metal...

as lions AS LIONS GEARING UP FOR FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH USA TOUR
The London five-piece will be bringing their explosive live show on a huge US arena jaunt alongside Five Finger Death Punch, Shinedown and Sixx:A.M during October and November...

bitches sin BITCHES SIN TO RELEASE BOTH VERSIONS OF 'INVADERS' AS ONE PACKAGE, 'ULTIMATE INVADERS'
The original ten track album went on to become a NWOBHM classic, so much so that back in their own country GI Records also released another version of it in 1988...

paradise lost PARADISE LOST SIGN WITH NUCLEAR BLAST
"It's pretty incredible to see how the label has become a real force in metal music over the years and now, in a new chapter for the band, it's exciting for Paradise Lost to be a part of Nuclear Blast!"

heart HEART TO RELEASE NEW ALBUM IN JULY - METALLICA'S JAMES HETFIELD MAKES GUEST APPEARANCE
"James just took the song on, and what he added was perfect with a bite and a rock accent."

crucified barbara CRUCIFIED BARBARA SADLY CALL IT A DAY
The Swedish rockers earned themselves a healthy reputation for providing ballsy rocking live shows and have toured with such legends as Motörhead, Clutch and Girlschool...

motorhead saxon SAXON WITH PHIL CAMPBELL AND MIKKEY DEE PAY TRIBUTE TO LEMMY AT METAL HAMMER'S GOLDEN GODS AT HAMMERSMITH ODEON
Lemmy, creator and leader of Motörhead, was paid tribute to in fine style tonight by comrades whose respect he had unconditionally earned...

amon amarth AMON AMARTH VIKING CRUSADE TO TOUR UK AND IRELAND THIS AUTUMN WITH TESTAMENT AND GRAND MAGUS ON THE BILL
"We are bringing our berserker party to a town near you and we hope to see you there so you can 'Raise Your Horns' together with us to glory!"

download festival IRON MAIDEN DRUMMER NICKO McBRAIN: "BRUCE DICKINSON IS MY HERO"
"I mean, just listen to the performance of 'Death Or Glory'. You know, that's just a little bit of what he gives in these live shows. And we're all having such a great time."

eric clapton ERIC CLAPTON SUFFERING FROM INCURABLE DAMAGE TO HIS NERVOUS SYSTEM AND IS STRUGGLING TO PLAY GUITAR
"I've had quite a lot of pain over the last year. And I've had to figure out how to deal with some other things from getting old..."

motorhead MOTÖRHEAD DAY TO BE CELEBRATED IN LONDON IN JULY
"20th July has been chosen as it was their first date at the Roundhouse in 1975, hence the venue in Camden..."

sabaton SABATON RELEASE LYRIC VIDEO FOR 'THE LOST BATTALION', FIRST SINGLE FROM 'THE LAST STAND'
'The Lost Battalion' is the name given to nine companies of the United States' 77th Division during the battle of the Argonne in 1918...

fields of nephilim FIELDS OF THE NEPHILIM REVISIT 'ELIZIUM' AT THE SUMMER SOLSTICE SHOW
Fields Of The Nephilim revisit their most iconic album for the first time since its release...

ben ash acm CARCASS'S BEN ASH JOINS ACM LONDON'S TEACHING FACULTY
The Academy of Contemporary Music is extremely excited to bring its unique brand of education to London...

exodus EXODUS ANNOUNCED FOR 'BATTLE OF THE BAYS' UK SHOWS WITH OBITUARY
"We can't wait to see you all in the pit on such an epic, heavy tour!! Look out Europe you've been warned..."

twilight TWILIGHT FORCE TO RELEASE 'HEROES OF MIGHTY MAGIC' ON AUGUST 26th
"While we are still staying true to the essence of Power Metal, the songs, sounds and magic adventures have all evolved from the once drake hatchling into a colossal arcane arch-dragon..."

dark funeral DARK FUNERAL ANNOUNCE EUROPEAN HEADLINE TOUR
Dark Funeral will go on the road with their label comrades Krisiun and Deserted Fear...

bloodstock BLOODSTOCK'S FIRST M2TM FINALS WINNERS ANNOUNCED
The bill for the August spectacular is starting to fill up as quality fresh blood joins the line up from the Metal 2 The Masses finals...

wakrat RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE BASSIST SIGNS WAKRAT TO EARACHE RECORDS
"We have put a shit load of blood and sweat into this and we want it back! Our mission is to attack modern music and smash the grid. Unapologetic, unrelenting, unbridled and uncensored..."

alter bridge ALTER BRIDGE SIGN WITH NAPALM RECORDS
"We are very excited to see what the future brings and look forward to reconnecting with our fans in 2016..."

wolf hoffman WOLF HOFFMANN RELEASES 'SCHERZO' – THE FIRST SINGLE FROM 'HEADBANGERS SYMPHONY'
"I have always incorporated classical music in my songwriting with Accept, especially with 'Metal Heart', but I constantly felt there was so much more that I could do..."

barb wire dolls BARB WIRE DOLLS ANNOUNCE NEW ALBUM 'DESPERATE' OUT ON 22nd JULY 2016
The album is released via Motörhead Music. After seeing Barb Wire Dolls live, Lemmy took an immediate interest in the band and placed them under his supportive wing...

epica powerwolf EPICA AND POWERWOLF ANNOUNCE EUROPEAN TOUR: LONDON TICKETS ON SALE NOW
"I really can't wait to be back on the road again and to see the music, the energy and our lovely fans become one. Until then!"

rock am ring BLACK SABBATH ROCK AM RING PERFORMANCE CANCELLED AFTER LIGHTNING STRIKES
Festival organizers vowed to resume the open-air event but local authorities revoked their license in the interests of fan safety...

queen and adam lambert QUEEN AND ADAM LAMBERT AT ROCK IN RIO, LISBON: PROFESSIONAL VIDEO FOOTAGE ONLINE HERE
"There's never going to be another and I'm not replacing him. That's not what I'm doing..."

ac dc AC/DC GO DOWN A STORM AS THEY STRAT THEIR STUFF IN LONDON
"Axl was amazing! His voice was incredible and he commanded the stage; plus they came on fifteen minutes earlier than scheduled!"

iron maiden IRON MAIDEN RELEASE OFFICIAL PERFORMANCE VIDEO FOR 'DEATH OR GLORY'
"He came over before we started recording and we wrote 'Speed Of Light' and 'Death Or Glory'."

alestorm ALESTORM SIGN NEW CONTRACT WITH NAPALM RECORDS... IN RUM
"Unfortunately we only had white rum left (all the good stuff had already been drunk), so our signatures are invisible. We'll leave that one to the lawyers to sort out."

ac dc AC/DC ANNOUNCE RESCHEDULED US TOUR DATES
"This band has got a ton of energy and you're going to see a fusion of all that terrific chemistry that we have felt ever since rehearsals in Lisbon..."

ricky warwick RICKY WARWICK & THE FIGHTING HEARTS ANNOUNCE UK TOUR
"We can't wait to get back out there and play a full length set and I am delighted that my old friends Vice Squad will be special guests..."

johnny rotten JOHNNY ROTTEN: "I WAS BANNED FROM THE BBC FOR SPEAKING OUT AGAINST JIMMY SAVILE SEX CRIMES."
"If you said anything you'd be off playlists, but that didn't bother me as I was doing a good job of that independently..."

bad company WAS BREAKING NEWS: BAD COMPANY ANNOUNCE THE SWAN SONG UK TOUR WITH THREE ORIGINAL MEMBERS
"Returning to the UK with Bad Company where it all began 40 plus years ago is full circle for the band and the fans. It's always a pleasure to play in the UK."

saxon WAS BREAKING NEWS: SAXON ANNOUNCE UK TOUR WITH FASTWAY AND GIRLSCHOOL
"I think this line-up is unique, you don't wanna miss it. Looking forward to battering some halls... Welcome to the Metal church!"

dead daisies WAS BREAKING NEWS: THE DEAD DAISIES ANNOUNCE UK FESTIVAL HEADLINE APPEARANCE AND DEBUT US HEADLINE GIG
"We have had some amazing bands perform at Planet Rockstock over the years and the Dead Daisies are right up there with the best of them."

wildfire festival WAS BREAKING NEWS: WILDFIRE FESTIVAL ANNOUNCE THE HORRORFLY STAGE
"For those that often think we don't do heavy, the latest additions should change that perception..."

sabaton SABATON AND ACCEPT ANNOUNCE FIRST DATES OF 'THE LAST TOUR'
"'The Last Tour' will be the biggest and best tour of Sabaton ever. It is the tour we have been looking forward to do for all these years!"

manowar MANOWAR ANNOUNCE FIRST DATES OF THE FINAL BATTLE FAREWELL TOUR
The tour promises to be monstrous in terms of both number of dates and production and the first nine dates will be in Germany beginning on Novermber 24th 2017...

pink floyd PINK FLOYD POSTAGE STAMPS UNVEILED TO COMMEMORATE FIFTY YEARS OF THE BAND
The stamps are available to pre-order on the Post Office website and will be physically available in 8,000 UK post offices...

the tubes THE TUBES ANNOUNCE 'MONDO PULP' UK TOUR FOR OCTOBER
"I embrace my British heritage; the beer and the fish and chips and the best rock and roll fans in the world..."

fear factory FEAR FACTORY ANNOUNCE INTIMATE BLOODSTOCK WARM-UP SHOW IN BRIGHTON
This performance will precede their highly anticipated appearance at renowned Catton Park based metal festival...

sinsaedum JOEY JORDISON AND DRAGONFORCE'S FRED LECLERCQ REVEAL NEW BAND, SINSAENUM
"Joey Jordison sent me an SMS to ask what I was up to, so I told him about those death Metal songs..."

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