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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.


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therion EXCLUSIVE: THERION STEAL THE SHOW AT WACKEN: CONTAINS NSFW STEEL PANTHER PHOTOS
Catch this incarnation of Therion when you can because today they were superb...

bruce dickinson IRON MAIDEN FRONTMAN TAKES ON THE GOVERNMENT: BRUCE SHOOTING CLOWNS JUST HOURS AFTER WORLD TOUR ENDS
"Byzantine - people in The Awkward Squad - reasons that I frankly don't want to understand - just get it fixed!"

pete way PETE WAY TAKING A FAST RIDE OUT OF HERE WITH SHOCKING AUTOBIOGRAPHY
"He blew millions on drugs and booze and left behind him a trail of chaos and carnage..."

eluveitie EXCLUSIVE: ELUVEITIE RETURN FROM THE DEAD TO DESTROY WACKEN
Somehow Chrigel has managed to create another incarnation of Eluveitie whilst the band were embroiled in a heavy touring schedule.

iron maiden EXCLUSIVE: IRON MAIDEN CLOSE THE BOOK WITH SPECTACULAR WACKEN PERFORMANCE
"After the show I was so relieved everything went well that I had a glass of wine while I said my farewells to my friends in the crew."

motorheaed EXCLUSIVE: NO SLEEP 'TIL HAMBURG: MOTÖRHEAD'S BOMBER MAKES ITS FINAL FLIGHT AT WACKEN
And he spoke, with his voice: "Don't forget us. We are Motörhead. And we play rock n' fucking roll."

magnum WAS BREAKING NEWS: MAGNUM ANNOUNCE DECEMBER UK TOUR DATES
The latest album crashed into teh UK charts at number 31, their best position since the 80s...

don airey EXCLUSIVE: DON AIREY ROCKS CAMBRIDGE FIRST DAY ALL NIGHT LONG
Cambridge Rock 2016 kicked off in style last night as a packed out Main Stage area ensured that Don Airey took to the stage to rapturous applause.

status quo STATUS QUO'S RICK PARFITT HAS ALL THE REASONS TO BE HAPPY IN HIS CONVALESCENCE
"Had a lovely morning walk with Pappa Parf. He's really on the mend."

delain DELAIN UNVEIL FIRST ALBUM DETAILS: EUROPEAN TOUR WITH EVERGREY AND KOBRA AND THE LOTUS ANNOUNCED
"We have never had so many milestone events in one year and there is still more to come.

buckcherry BUCKCHERRY ANNOUNCE NEW RELEASE AND UK TOUR DATES
2016 is the 10th anniversary of their acclaimed '15' album and the huge rock hit that was 'Crazy Bitch'

dokken DOKKEN CLASSIC LINE-UP ANNOUNCE TOUR DATES
"Being that it is only six shows, we are going to make it as spectacular as possible."

weapon uk WEAPON (UK)'S 'SET THE STAGE ALIGHT' 35th ANNIVERSARY EDITION SET FOR RELEASE
The anniversary edition contains all Weapon UK's 1980/81 recordings and two live bonus tracks.

slayer WAS BREAKING NEWS: SLAYER FUTURE "VERY UNCLEAR" SAYS KERRY KING
"I'm holding off a lot of things I wanna do at home, just 'cause I don't know if I'm gonna be working in two years..."

black sabbath WAS BREAKING NEWS: OZZY OSBOURNE REVEALS SEX ADDICTION
"I am mortified at what my behavior has done to my family..."

black sabbath WAS BREAKING NEWS: BLACK SABBATH DENIAL ISSUED BY BILL WARD
"We have seen it reported in the news that Bill will be playing with Black Sabbath on The End tour..."

scorpion chld WAS BREAKING NEWS: SCORPION CHILD AND JARED JAMES NICHOLS ANNOUNCE UK TOUR
"It is our pleasure to announce a return to the United Kingdom. Now that 'Acid Roulette' is in play, we will have some real fun...."

clutch CLUTCH RELEASE OFFICIAL VIDEO FOR 'A QUICK DEATH IN TEXAS'
"Originally, I was going to be drawn-and-quartered, but we didn’t have the budget for four horses..."

simon townshend THE WHO TOURING GUITARIST SIMON TOWNSHEND'S RE-MASTERED ALBUMS FEATURING EDDIE VEDDER ON THE WAY
"I would place it amongst his best work. Incredible how he just gets better and better..."

skillet SKILLET EXTEND THE UNLEASHED TOUR: LONDON DATE INCLUDED
The tour is in support of Skillet's new album 'Unleashed', their first in three years, which will be released on August 5t...

evyltyde EVYLTYDE TO HEADLINE LEICESTER'S FIREBUG: VEIL OF DELUSIONS TO MAKE THEIR UK DEBUT
Female fronted Metallers bring their take on traditional classic rock, 21st century style, to Leicester's Firebug venue in September...

ac dc AC/DC FUTURE UNCLEAR BUT ANGUS SAYS HE WANTS TO PLAY WITH KEITH RICHARDS
"At this point, I don't know. We were committed to finishing the tour. Who knows what I'll feel after..."

marilyn manson EXCLUSIVE: CBS ATTEMPT TO DISCREDIT SLIPKNOT AND MARILYN MANSON FANS WITH "VIOLENCE" LIES
If you happen to see any reports about what happened on Saturday night at the First Niagara Pavilion, be very careful what you believe....

sex pistols SEX, DRUGS, ROCK N' ROLL, FASHION, CRIME, POLITICS: UK SCREENINGS OF 'ANARCHY! THE McLAREN WESTWOOD GANG' HERE
Much more than the short lived punk phenomenon however and explores the notion of Malcolm McLaren as the great architect of British Punk...

pink floyd PINK FLOYD TO RELEASE MAMMOTH 27-DISC BOX-SET IN NOVEMBER
Pink Floyd delve into their vast music archive to produce a deluxe package that includes seven individual book-style volumes...

devilment DEVILMENT, FEATURING DANI FILTH, TO TOUR THE UK IN DECEMBER
"It's going to be awesome touring this in our home nation just before Xmas. We literally can't wait; the shows are going to be insane!"

a7x AVENGED SEVENFOLD, DISTURBED AND IN FLAMES TO TOUR UK IN JANUARY
The tour hits eight UK cities between 10th and 21st January and tickets are on sale right now...

hellyeah HELLYEAH HONOUR DIMEBAG IN NEW "MUST SEE" VIDEO OF PHIL COLLINS SONG
"...and he's, like, 'Dude, you're gonna be singing this song for the rest of your life."

opeth OPETH UNVEIL FIRST TRACK FROM FORTHCOMING NEW ALBUM: LISTEN HERE
"We're happy with the tune. It's heavy, a bit 'meat and potato' but what the hell... we love it! Hope you do too!"

led zeppelin RANDY CALIFORNIA'S ESTATE APPEAL LED ZEPPELIN 'STAIRWAY TO HEAVEN' VERDICT
The jury agreed with the defence's argument that the chord progression was "commonplace” and dated back centuries

iron maiden WATCH IRON MAIDEN'S NEW ED FORCE ONE SPECIAL VIDEO RIGHT HERE
"In this guise, with Iron Maiden down the side of it, it just blows the doors off ever other plane on the planet..."

joe bonamassa JOE BONAMASSA TO PLAY TWO SHOWS AT THE ROYAL ALBERT HALL
The Royal Albert Hall concerts will feature a hand-picked group of world-class musicians playing material from his latest album plus classic Bonamassa fan favourites...

winterstorm festival TROON - ARE YOU READY TO ROCK? WINTER STORM FESTIVAL IS ANNOUNCED
A new rock festival is heading to the Scottish seaside town of Troon in South Ayrshire this November...

blues festival FORMER WHITESNAKE MAN ANNOUNCED FOR THE GREAT BRITISH RHYTHM AND BLUES FESTIVAL
"We are really excited about the changes we are making and hope they will attract a wider audience..."

armored saint ARMORED SAINT TO HEADLINE OZZFEST MEETS KNOTFEST KICK-OFF PARTY
The September 23rd pre-festival concert includes a night of performances from Armored Saint, Havok, Exmortus and Thrown Into Exile...

new england EXCLUSIVE: NEW ENGLAND ANNOUNCE NOVEMBER TOUR DATES INCLUDING JAPAN
New England have announced tour dates in support of last year's vinyl release 'I Know There`s Something Here' and upcoming album 'Live At The Regent Theater...

british lion STEVE HARRIS' BRITISH LION TO HEADLINE PLANET ROCKSTOCK
"Fundamentally, it's still rock, and if you see it live, it's really powerful live..."

second relation SECOND RELATION PREMIERE TITLE TRACK OF FORTHCOMING THIRD ALBUM 'ENO'
Austrian prog rockers Second Relation's new single and video is premiering today and it's got Europe in a buzz...

amorettes THE AMORETTES ANNOUNCE SECOND LONDON SHOW ON CO-HEADLINE TOUR
"Our show at Our Black Heart in London has sold out in ten days, which is fantastic! How quickly could this one sell out?"

thunder THUNDER PLAN TO GIVE THE GAME AWAY WITH A NEW BOOK
The band plan to launch the book at an event being held as part of the 'Louder Than Words' literary festival in Manchester on Saturday 12th November.

rudolf schenker SCHENKERS AT WAR: RUDOLF BREAKS HIS SILENCE ON MICHAEL'S ACCUSATIONS
"He's a trick master, and he's a wannabe. And that's it. He can do whatever he wants..."

jon oliva SAVATAGE MAINMAN JON OLIVA RECOVERING FROM STROKE
"I lived the rock n' roll lifestyle since I was 18. It's all I knew and I enjoyed the ride very much..."

ramblin man RAMBLIN' MAN FAIR 2017 DATES ANNOUNCED PLUS WHO WE THINK COULD HEADLINE NEXT YEAR
After what was probably the best rockin' weekend of the year so far, we didn't have to wait long before we could start planning for the 2017 rematch...

airbourne AIRBOURNE ANNOUNCE NOVEMBER HEADLINE UK TOUR
The band will play ten UK date beginning in Portsmouth and Norwich on November 17th and finish off with two nights at The Electric Ballroom in Camden, London...

black stone cherry BLACK STONE CHERRY ANNOUNCE UK TOUR
"We have never done anything like this before and we knew the UK was the only place to do it. That's all we're gonna say about it!"

gary rossington LYNYRD SKYNYRD UPDATE WITH MORE CANCELLATIONS DUE TO GARY ROSSINGTON ILLNESS
"Currently the band hopes to resume touring on Thursday 4th August at The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, The Woodlands..."

extreme EXTREME CELEBRATE 25TH ANNIVERSARY OF 'PORNOGRAFFITI' ALBUM WITH 'PORNOGRAFFITI LIVE 25/METAL MELTDOWN'
"Some of these songs were never played live before so we had to go back and relearn them for the tour."

ozzy osbourne OZZY OSBOURNE: "I'M NOT HAPPY BEING SOBER"
"It scares me. I hear all the time people say that they have another drink in them but they may not have another sobriety in them..."

paul rodgers IT'S NOT ALL RIGHT NOW! PAUL RODGERS SUES DONALD TRUMP
"We will make America great again. God bless you and good night, I love you."

heavy metal HEAVY METAL HELPS PEOPLE DEAL WITH MORTALITY ACCORDING TO OFFICIAL STUDY
"Metal music can be seen as cultural good for fans and thereby can form part of their social identity."

motorhead MOTÖRHEAD STILL RUNNING DOWN THE HIGHWAY: PHIL, MIKKEY AND EDDIE ALL GEARED UP FOR FORTHCOMING DATES
"Every snare hit I do from now on until the end of my career will be a small tribute to Lemmy..."

iron maiden IRON MAIDEN'S STEVE HARRIS DROPS THE PRICE OF HIS ESSEX MANSION BY £1MILLION
The eight-bedroom mansion was on the market for £6.75million in 2012 but it's "guide price" is now a mere £3.95million...

hrh aor ALL GUNS BLAZING FOR NEW HRH AOR 5 ANNOUNCEMENT
Phil Lewis & Tracii Guns unite under the L.A. Guns banner once again for next year's HRH AOR 5 being held next March at Camp HRH in North Wales...

deep purple DEEP PURPLE 'LIVE AT THE NEC' DVD ON THE WAY: FAREWELL JON, WELCOME DON
The two share keyboard duties during the night in a very fitting "passing-of-the-torch" moment...

status quo ROCK 'TIL YOU DROP WITH STATUS QUO 1981-1986 VINYL BOX SET
In addition to the studio albums the box set will include an extra disc of b-sides and extended mixes...

zz top ZZ TOP TO RELEASE THEIR VERY FIRST OFFICIAL LIVE ALBUM IN SEPTEMBER
"In an abstract surrealism style, this collection is a definitive chronicle of the band hangin' together for four plus deluxe decades..."

tygers of pan tang TYGERS OF PAN TANG "SPECIAL TIME" HAS COME WITH NEW RELEASE
"The new Tygers album is finished, done and dusted and ready to unleash on our 'Tygertastic' audience. You're gonna love this one, it's a MONSTER..."

andy fraser ANDY FRASER OF FREE'S LAST RECORDING WITH SAIICHI SUGIYAMA ONLINE HERE
"'Melting Away' became one of Andy's last recordings. He still had so much to offer and I was really looking forward to continuing to work with him."

ritchie blackmore RITCHIE BLACKMORE'S RAINBOW TO PLAY AGAIN BUT WITH LESS DEEP PURPLE SONGS
"I would do probably ninety-five percent Rainbow songs; that's what they seem to want to hear. And it didn't occur to me. I just naturally assumed they wanted to hear everything."

saxon EXCLUSIVE: THIS IS WHAT OUR FAVOURITE ROCKERS THINK OF THE CURRENT POLITICAL CLIMATE
Comment from Saxon, Slash, Thunder, Iron Maiden, Uli Jon Roth, Hawkwind, Cher, Johnny Rotten, Machine Head And More...

beyond the black UK EXCLUSIVE: BEYOND THE BLACK SINGER JENNIFER HABEN IS LOST IN FOREVER AS FIVE MEMBERS DEPART THE BAND
"I have enjoyed the time together with the guys very much and am grateful for everything we have achieved together in Germany. I am currently looking for new colleagues..."

cats in space CATS IN SPACE SET TO RELEASE SLADE CLASSIC WITH DANNY BOWES OF THUNDER ON GUEST VOCALS
"It's is one of my favourite Slade songs, so when they asked me to sing on their version it took me a good second and a half to say yes..."

guns n roses WAS BREAKING NEWS: GUNS N' ROSES ADD MORE TOUR DATES FOR OCTOBER AND NOVEMBER
The Gunners' newly announced dates are for South America with ten dates in Argentina, Brazil, Peru, Chile and Colombia with more to be announced soon...

keith moon YOU WON'T GET FOOLED WITH OFFICIAL KEITH MOON COMMEMORATIVE DRUM HEAD
Manufactured as a special, custom product by Remo, these 14" high-gloss drum heads are a perfect collector's item for true fans of the legendary drummer and The Who...

the answer WAS BREAKING NEWS: THE ANSWER AND THE DEAD DAISIES ANNOUNCE NOVEMBER UK TOUR
"The fact that we get to debut this new material with our mates The Dead Daisies just adds to the rush we're currently experiencing. You really don't want to miss this one!"

ian gillan IAN GILLAN SAYS: "IT'S A WONDERFUL THING, VINYL..." WITH NEW COLLECTION ABOUT TO BE RELEASED
"You just bought something significant, not easily disposable. And look at the sleeves - aren't they cool..."

quireboys THE QUIREBOYS NEW ALBUM ON THE WAY: "THE LYRICS ON THE TITLE TRACK ARE SOME OF SPIKE'S BEST EVER!"
"I approached the songwriting from a different angle and it felt good. There's a lot of passion there."

48 hours 48 HOURS TO ROCK THE UK TO A CITY OF ASHES
"We're hitting the road in September for a co-headline tour with our broseph's City Of Ashes! This will be one of the unsigned tours of the year!"

hammerfall WAS BREAKING NEWS: LIVE LIFE LOUD WITH HAMMERFALL ON 2017 EUROPEAN TOUR: NEW ALBUM ON THE WAY
"We can't wait to get back on stage again to have a gigantic Heavy Metal party every night with all our Templar friends!"

joe perry AEROSMITH GUITARIST JOE PERRY REPORTEDLY SUFFERS HEART ATTACK DURING HOLLYWOOD VAMPIRES GIG
"Thanks to everyone asking about our brother Joe Perry," Alice Cooper wrote. "He is stable right now, with family and is under the best care."

onslaught ONSLAUGHT, BEHOLDER AND ANIHILATED TOUR PROMISES TO BE A TOUR DE FORCE
"By the time we hit the road in November it will be well over two-and-a-half years since we did the last run and we feel the time is now right..."

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...

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..."

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...

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..."

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..."

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"...

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..."

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...

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