IRON MAIDEN, whose new studio album, "The Book Of Souls", their first for 5 years, will be released worldwide next week on September 4, are taking touring to a new level using a Boeing 747-400 Jumbo Jet (a.k.a. Queen of the Skies) for their world tour next year. Vocalist Bruce Dickinson is currently in training for his license to fly the massive four-engine jet, which is almost twice the size and over three times the weight of the Boeing 757 used on previous tours in 2008/9/11.
The new Ed Force One will take the band, crew and over 12 tons of equipment more than 55,000 miles (88,500km) around the planet with concerts in six of the seven continents (Australasia, Asia, North and South America, Africa and Europe), with "The Book Of Souls" world tour 2016 expected to visit around 35 countries.
Details of the precise schedule are currently being finalized and the band will commence announcements of specific dates for the different territories in a few weeks' time. However, it can be revealed that "The Book Of Souls" world tour will open in the USA in late February, with Ed Force One flying in for three shows before, in early March, heading into Central America visiting Mexico, followed by a much-anticipated first-ever concert in El Salvador and a return to Costa Rica. Ed Force One then proceeds into South America for concerts in Argentina, Chile and a number of shows in Brazil before flying back to the USA at the end of March for ten more cities covering the USA and, of course, Canada in the first two weeks of April.
A long awaited return to Japan follows later in April, and then the band are delighted to be playing their first ever shows in China before heading to New Zealand and Australia for a comprehensive tour during the first half of May. Shows in South Africa, MAIDEN's first visit there with Bruce, will be the last port of call before Ed Force One heads to Europe for a very extensive tour starting in late May and finishing in early August. This will the first time Ed Force One has ever been used on any European Tour dates (other than Bruce's fan club trips to shows) and will provide transport there for at least for the first few weeks.
Bruce Dickinson comments: "When the opportunity arose from my friends at Air Atlanta Icelandic to lease a 747 for 'The Book Of Souls' world tour, of course, we jumped at the chance. Who wouldn't? The greatest benefit of travelling in a 747 is that because of its colossal size and freight capacity, we can carry our stage production and all our stage equipment and desks in the cargo hold without having to make any of the immense structural modifications needed to do this on the previous 757, the extent of which fans will have noted on the 'Flight 666' DVD. Although in reality we cannot carry much more gear, the savings in complexity, time and cost make using the 747 even more practical. All we will need to do is 'paint' it and move a few seats around, with the added advantage that there is much more room for band and crew — our Krew can almost get a row of seats each to catch up on sleep on the flights! Furthermore, it is marginally faster 0.85 MACH and the range of around 7000NM (13,000 km) is much greater, which means we will not have to make the refuelling stops we needed to with the 757.
"However, even though we have worked out the logistics of taking a plane of that immense size out on tour, I still have to learn to fly it before we can go anywhere! So, I'm currently doing my training to qualify as a pilot and captain on a Boeing 747. I'm doing this at Cardiff Aviation, my aircraft maintenance facility in Wales, where we recently took possession of a rather splendid 747 simulator which I can't wait to get practicing on!
"We're all really excited at the thought of bringing our brand new tour to fans who have never seen us play live before, and, of course, re-visiting all our old friends again too. You can rest assured we are all working hard to put together a spectacular show for our fans."
The 747 is the world's most recognizable airliner on account of its distinctive hump. With its impressive dimensions of 70.7m (232ft) length, 19.4m (63.6ft) height and a jaw-dropping wing span of 64.4m (211ft) this double-decker aircraft has a range of 13,450km (7,262nm). (See grid for full and comparative specs)
Final dates, venues and ticket on sale times, along with full details of what MAIDEN fans can expect from "The Book Of Souls" world tour, will be announced by territory starting in a few weeks' time. As usual, where feasible, IRON MAIDEN fan club members will have exclusive access to purchase tickets before they go on general sale. Also, wherever possible, the fan club will again be running the First To The Barrier draw for privileged, early access to the venue to secure the best standing positions by or close to the barrier.
Found this online this morning.
Guess my teachers were wrong!
According to Pacific Standard, a newly published study has found that 1980s heavy metal fans "were significantly happier in their youth, and better adjusted currently" compared to their peers who preferred other musical genres, and to a parallel group of current college students.
Research in the 1980s suggested that young "metalheads" were at risk for poor developmental outcomes. No other study has assessed this group as adults; thus, a research team led by Humboldt State University psychologist Tasha Howe examined 1980s heavy metal groupies, musicians, and fans at middle age, using snowball sampling from Facebook. Online surveys assessed adverse childhood experiences, personality, adult attachment, and past and current functioning in 377 participants: 154 who were heavy metal fans growing up in the 1980s (including musicians and "groupies"); 80 who typically listened to other types of music during their teen years; and 153 current students at a California university. Results revealed that metal enthusiasts did often experience traumatic and risky "sex, drugs, and rock-and-roll" lives. However, the "metalhead" identity also served as a protective factor against negative outcomes. They were significantly happier in their youth and better adjusted currently than either middle-aged or current college-age youth comparison groups.
"Despite the challenges of adverse childhood events, and other stressful and risky events in their youth," the researchers wrote, former metal fans "reported higher levels of youthful happiness" than peers with other musical tastes as well as today's college students. "They were also less likely to have any regrets about things they had done in their youth." In fact, non-metal fans "sought psychological counseling for emotional problems more than any other group, indicating a less happy and fulfilling perspective on their 1980s adolescence."
The study, published in the journal Self And Identity, added that participation in fringe style cultures may enhance identity development in troubled youth.
"Social support is a crucial protective factor for troubled youth," researchers wrote. "Fans and musicians alike felt a kinship in the metal community, and a way to experience heightened emotions with like-minded people."
Snooping around online this morning found this story.
Truly a monster when it comes to preforming.
Check it out.
Foo's in KC on 8/21
As witnessed by tens of thousands in attendance at FOO FIGHTERS' June 12 show at Ullevi Stadium in Gothenburg, Sweden, Dave Grohl took a nasty spill during the second song of the set. With the help of on-site medical staff who patched him up temporarily, Dave was able to rejoin the band to complete that performance.
While the full extent of Dave's injuries are still being determined, it was confirmed at a post-show hospital visit that he sustained at least one fracture. As a result, FOO FIGHTERS have been forced to cancel their June 14 appearance at the Pinkpop festival as well as their June 16 show at the AFG Arena in St. Gallen, Switzerland.
Rockfest is Saturday and every year I get calls from people asking if they can buy VIP tickets.
Or even worse they did buy VIP tickets online.
And every year I have to tell them that they they are fake.
You cannot buy VIP tickets to Rockfest.
Someone is ripping you off.
Save yourself the cost and embarrassment.
Sorry for the rant but I just saw some for sale on Craigslist and wanted to let you know the truth.
See ya Saturday!
FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH has set "Got Your Six" as the title of the band's new album, due later in the year. The CD was once again helmed by Kevin Churko, the Canadian record producer/engineer and songwriter who currently lives in Las Vegas, where he works out of his private studio, The Hideout Recording Studio.
FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH guitarist Zoltan Bathory told The Pulse Of Radio recently that the band is always tweaking its songs right to the very end. "Up until the last moment, up until the moment the record has to be wrapped and sent to the label, we change things," he said. "Because you recorded a song, let's say, in October and maybe by February, March, you heard it enough and you can go back and say, like, you know what? I want a different guitar solo on it, you know."
Drummer Jeremy Spencer was recently asked about the band's new material, saying, "I'm digging it, man. It's actually more brutal, with more extreme dynamics. There are some really mellow parts and then some really brutal parts. So we're running the whole gamut of sounds."
FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH released its last effort, "The Wrong Side Of Heaven And The Righteous Side Of Hell", in two parts, with the first arriving in July 2013 and the second following in November 2013.
As previously reported, FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH and PAPA ROACH will head out on the road together this fall. Support on the trek will come from IN THIS MOMENT and FROM ASHES TO NEW.
Well, one of these days.
Found this online this morning.
So it looks like we wat some more.
I just hope it is better than the last 2!
Check out the story.
In a brand new interview with San Jose Mercury News, METALLICA guitarist Kirk Hammett was asked when fans can expect to see the follow-up to the band's 2008 album, "Death Magnetic".
"You guys will see the album when it's done," he responded. "We have songs. I can verify that. We are working on music. I can verify that."
He continued: "It's so early in the project — things can shift drastically to the left or the right within a week's time. It's hard to comment on anything right now, because nothing is really permanent."
METALLICA drummer Lars Ulrich recently told RollingStone.com that the band has written close to 20 new songs for its long-awaited tenth studio album, and will get closer to entering the studio in the near future. Ulrich said, "We've got lots of songs, and we're honing them and tweaking them. It's pretty close."
He continued, "In our world, there's been a distinct difference between the creative phase and the recording phase. With this project, we're trying to bridge the two a little more organically and not have there be such a great divide between the processes. We want to see if we can bring some of the creative curiosity, the impulsive stuff that happens when you're first playing a song into the studio."
Ulrich added that the band doesn't want to record in a way that feels "labored over and overthought."
Bassist Robert Trujillo told The Pulse Of Radio that there's always a surplus of new song ideas coming out of frontman James Hetfield. "James usually comes up with a lot of stuff," he said. "He's the kind of guy where he plugs in his guitar, turns a volume knob or a, you know, a tone knob, and he comes up with, you know, the greatest riff that you can imagine. So in that case, there's no shortage of riffs and ideas."
Even though Ulrich warned that "life continues with family and personal events," he added that the band is "certainly down there [writing] pretty much every day."
Snooping around on line this morning and found this.
I would totally buy this!
Check it out!
On February 7, "In The Vault With Shanda Golden" (web site) conducted an interview with former PANTERA and current HELLYEAH drummer Vinnie Paul Abbott at the Knitting Factory in Reno, Nevada. You can now watch the chat below.
Speaking about his long-awaited cookbook, "Drumming Up An Appetite With Vinnie Paul", the drummer said: "I'm gonna get it out, I promise, by Christmas this year. About two Christmases in a row have kind of gone by. But we have a big tour coming up in Europe right after this [HELLYEAH U.S. headlining tour], so that way, I'll have a lot of time to myself to finish it up. I've already got about 125 recipes in it. It's called 'Drumming Up An Appetite With Vinnie Paul'. How clever is it? It's got a picture of me sitting behind a drum set. I'm holding two turkey legs, which are otherwise known as drum sticks. And it's all about cooking and having fun with it. I don't get too specific about it. But I do think a lot of people think cooking is throwing something in the microwave. And it's something that you've really gotta be passionate about, just like playing an instrument. And if you put your heart and soul into it, and then you feed it to people, and you [hear them say], 'Oh, man! This is so good.' It makes you feel good. It's just like playing music. [You want people to tell you], 'Goddamn, I love this shit!'"
Vinnie Paul also spoke about some of the other non-music-related interests he had when he was growing up. He said: "When I was a little kid, I always wanted to be an oceanographer. Jacques Cousteau was my hero. When I was really young, I used to always… When I go back and find stuff that my mom had saved for me, when I was 3, 4, 5 years old, [there are] all these pictures of me scuba diving and octapuses, and sharks and all that… crayon drawings… they weren't any good, but… I wanted to do that. And then I wanted to be an astronaut. And then I started growing up and fell in love with music… Then I thought I was gonna be an athlete; I wanted to play football. But even though I'm a big guy, I'm not big enough to play that sport. I got tired of my fingers getting crushed all the time, and so then I just started playing drums. And I went, 'Wow, man! I'd rather do this. This is what I'm supposed to be doing.'"
Back in 2010, Paul told the LimeWire Music Blog a little bit about his favorite dishes. "I love cooking fajitas. I'm from Texas and it's not a difficult thing to do, but a lot of people burn the chicken."
He also revealed that he was a fan of stuffed jalapeños. "I take fresh jalapeños, put cream cheese on them, maybe a little fajita seasoning, cheddar cheese on top and the key ingredient, which I learned in Australia, is barbecue sauce," he said. "Don't put hot sauce on it, just a little barbecue sauce on them. Put them on the grill."
He added, "When I have parties, I have little sandwiches. I always make sure I have two or three fresh habaneros and I only put them on one or two. There's always someone who comes running around the corner, 'Oh my god! I don't know what was in those, but my mouth is on fire! What do I do?!'
Well it is official.
We are at the end of another year.
Seems like just yesterday we were looking forward to 2014.
Now we are gearing up for 2015.
We had a good time in ’14. We saw some great shows and had a lot of fun together.
Rockfest was once again a highlight for me. Getting all of you together to have a big party is one of my favorite things.
Pat yourselves on the back for not only throwing down for the party but also for watching out for each other. Every year I see someone getting helped up from the mosh or handed to security because (they may have partied a little too hard.) But you still take care of them. Thank you for being a classy group!
And let’s not forget Hope for the Holidays. To see an entire city pull together for the good of the city is an impressive thing.
I can’t wait to see how ’15 turns out for us. I hope it is as fun as ’14 was!
Finally I would like to say thank you.
I am humbled to be part of this station and city for 21 years.
I am honored to have become your friend.
Thank you Kansas City!
See ya in 2015!
What better way for the members of ANTHRAX to celebrate their sixth Grammy nomination than to toast it with a glass of their own brand of bourbon, "Indians".
ANTHRAX has aligned with Jefferson's Bourbon, the Kentucky-based company that produces special, limited edition "small batch" whiskeys by blending a variety of aged bourbons and rye whiskeys. ANTHRAX's "Indians", a single barrel bourbon, was personally chosen by the band and will taste like no other due to its particular blend and the barrel it was aged in.
"We've been wanting to come up with a special item like this, something that was unusual, one-of-a-kind, not a t-shirt or hoodie or poster," said bassist Frank Bello, "and 'Indians' was perfect."
ANTHRAX's "Indians" bourbon is now available exclusively through Atlantic City Bottle Company. "Indians" will be priced at $75 per bottle (in-store pick up) and $100 (shipped to an address) and will come with a signed piece of the stave of the barrel that the bourbon was aged in.
ANTHRAX — Bello, Charlie Benante, Scott Ian and Joey Belladonna — lifted their "Indians"-filled shot glasses last Friday when they found out that "Neon Knights", the band's cover of the BLACK SABBATH song (from SABBATH's 1980 release "Heaven And Hell") recorded for the "Ronnie James Dio - This Is Your Life" tribute album got the nod in the Grammy Awards "Best Metal Performance" category.
"It's been an honor everytime we've been nominated," said ANTHRAX's Benante, "but this one is particularly special. To have been asked to contribute 'Neon Knights' to Ronnie's tribute album was an honor on its own; to have it nominated for a Grammy is just beyond the best."
ANTHRAX has just gone into the studio to begin recording their next album, the follow-up to 2011's critically acclaimed, Grammy-nominated "Worship Music".