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Batman teams up with who....

I so wish this was actually a comic book!! 

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You might recognize a face or two in it...
And for those that have been to my house, you may recognize the setting!

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With the Number 1 Rock Song in the country FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH unleashes their latest album with “The Wrong Side of Heaven & The Righteous Side of Hell Vol. 1”. There’s some notable guest vocalist on this disc including KC’s own TECH N9NE who also has a new disc out today with “Something Else”.

A band I thought fell off the map, BULLETS & OCTANE, have a new album out today with “15”. This is their first release since 2009’s “Laughing In The Face Of Failure”.

Blues legend BUDDY GUY has out a double-disc with “Rhythm & Blues”. He, like 5Finger, has a couple-few guest vocalist including KID ROCK.
The metal world contributing to today’s new music with SCORPIONS putting out a live blu-ray, which was filmed in 2000, with “Moment of Glory” and CHIMAIRA drops their latest, “Crown of Phantoms”.

And even though it was initially put out in 2004, it’s remixed – again – by GILBY CLARKE as well as FRED COURY with guitar overdubs by TRACII GUNS: “Roots of Guns-n-Roses” by HOLLYWOOD ROSE. This is the first demo with Axl & Izzy before they created GnR.

Other announcements made recently include a live ROB ZOMBIE DVD to-be-filmed next month in Dallas Texas on the 3rd & 4th. NIRVANA’s “In Utero” is turning 20 so that means all the bells & whistles for a deluxe reissue to be put out on the 24th of September which will house over 70 tracks on four discs. That same day we’ll also see two vinyl’s by TESTAMENT “First Strike Still Deadly” and “Live @ Eindhoven ‘83”. Keeping with metal, WARBRINGER is putting out “IV: Empire’s Collapse” on October 15th and SLIPKNOT’S JOEY JORDINSON has his debut project SCAR THE MARTYR putting out their self-titled album on the 1st of October.


MINISTRY “Enjoy the Quiet: Live at Wachen 2012” DVD August 2nd
AVENGED SEVENFOLD “Hail to the King” August 27th
NINE INCH NAILS “Hesitation Marks” Sept 3rd
NIRVANA “In Utero” 20th Anniversary Reissue September 24th
TESTAMENT “First Strike Still Deadly” & “Live @ Eindhoven ‘83” vinyl September 24th
METALLICA 3D Movie “Through the Never” IMAX Exclusive Sept 27th/ Out Oct 4th
KORN “The Paradigm Shift” October 1st
SCAR THE MARTYR Self-Titled Debut
ALTER BRIDGE “Fortress” October 8th
PEARL JAM “Lightning Bolt” October 15th
WARBRINGER “IV: Empire’s Collapse” October 15th
BODYCOUNT “Rise” or “Manslaughter” 2013
MOTORHEAD “Aftershock” 2013
JUDAS PRIEST End of 2013
TRIVIUM “Vengeance Falls” (Dave Draiman produced) Fall 2013
HELLYEAH Early 2014
RANDY BLYTHE Memoir Spring 2014
TOOL “TBA” 2014
OVERKILL “TBA” March 2014
BEASTIE BOYS Memoirs (By both Mike D & Ad Rock) 2015
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Monday's Rock News!

So Much METAL!! Can We Keep Up?!? 


First & Foremost! Here's the entire album from NEWSTED (Yes, Jason from Metallica and his solo project with MIke Mushok of Staind). It's got a definite METALLICA sound, but you might even hear a little MOTORHEAD influence in there! Take a listen and tell me what you think! 

How about this live number from TRIVIUM, "Brave This Storm", they performed at Rock The City in Romania. Catch their new - Dave Draiman produced - album, "Vengeance Fall", when it drops this fall!

Speaking of new stuff, looks like MUDVAYNE is gonna stay on hiatus as it was announced today that HELLYEAH will be getting back into the studio towards the later part of the year with hopes of dropping something new in early 2014. They've tapped Kevin Churko, who's worked with Ozzy, 5FDP and In This Moment, as producer.

AVENGED SEVENFOLD have a HUGE album coming out next month with "Hail to the King" here's Parts 1 & 2 of their METAL HAMMER interview!

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Just in case you weren't keeping track at home

15 Rock Stars Behaving Badly

Throwing tantrums and haymakers, peeing in public and other ill-advised acts

July 26, 2013 2:25 PM ET

When security cameras captured Kid Rock throwing haymakers at an Atlanta Waffle House in 2007, viewers could hardly resist rolling their eyes. Not only was it a knucklehead move, but it was the third time in two years that he'd gotten in legal trouble for slugging someone in public. Granted, famous musicians live wild and crazy lifestyles. But when they get arrested for dumb things, it compromises the fantasy for the rest of us. Here are some other musician arrests that made us shake our heads.

Izzy Stradlin
During a 1989 flight from Indianapolis to Los Angeles, the Guns N' Roses guitarist could have used – ahem – just a little patience. Annoyed that the bathroom was occupied, Stradlin declared, "I'm not waiting any longer." Then, according to an FBI agent's report, he unzipped his pants and took a leak into the galley area, shocking passengers and a flight attendant. After Stradlin's arrest, Geffen Records publicist Bryn Bridenthal appealed to the First Amendment, saying, "Relieving himself in the galley was just his way of expressing himself." As part of his misdemeanor guilty plea, Stradlin had to write an apology letter to the USAir crew.

The 10 Most Annoying Rock Star Behaviors

Chris Robinson
After a 1991 concert in Denver, the Black Crowes frontman squawked when a 7-Eleven clerk refused to sell him alcohol after midnight. As he was fuming, a fellow customer looked to her friend, Elizabeth Juergens, and said, "There's the lead singer for the Black Crowes!" When Juergens replied, "Who are the Black Crowes?" Robinson whirled around and told her she'd know who the Black Crowes were if she didn't eat so many Twinkies. Things got ugly from there, with Robinson spitting on Juergens before walking out with two cases of beer. The "Hard to Handle" singer later pled guilty to disturbing the peace.

Kid Rock
Kid Rock got a little slaphappy in 2007. A month before throwing down at a Georgia Waffle House, he'd slugged Mötley Crüe drummer Tommy Lee during the MTV Video Music Awards. But those incidents lacked punch compared to his 2005 arrest for clocking a strip club DJ. Rock was in Nashville for the funeral of artist-manager Merle Kilgore when he and friends decided to check out the views at Christie's Cabaret. When DJ Jeremy Campos announced that the club was closing, one of Rock's entourage shouted, "The DJ sucks!" Campos responded, "Shut up. This is my job. I don't bother you when you're digging in trash cans."  Kid Rock demanded an apology, and when he didn't get one, he drilled the DJ. The fight resulted in a no contest plea and a lawsuit.

Ozzy Osbourne
The heavy metal legend won't have any problem remembering the Alamo. After word came out that Osbourne – who once proclaimed he had a preoccupation with defiling public shrines – had whizzed on the famous landmark before a show in 1982, some Texans were so angry, they reportedly launched into a mini-riot at the concert. Turns out Osbourne didn't technically pee on the Alamo, scene of the state's battle for independence in 1836: he relieved himself on a 60-foot cenotaph across the street. Still, a decade after his arrest for public intoxication, the self-proclaimed Prince of Darkness made nice, donating $10,000 to the Daughters of the Republic of Texas, who care for Alamo.

Boy George
In 2007, 29-year-old Norwegian escort Audun Carlsen thought he was going to Boy George's home for a naked photo shoot. He wound up handcuffed to a wall fixture and beaten with a chain. During Boy George's trial, it was revealed that the two had dabbled in cocaine on the night in question. At some point, Boy George, who suspected Carlsen had hacked into his computer, announced, "Now you're going to get what you deserve." Out came the chains, basically writing the tabloid "Do You Really Want to Hurt Me?" headlines.

Sebastian Bach
While visiting a pub in his hometown of Peterborough, Ontario, in 2010, the former Skid Row singer asked the pub's musician of the evening if he and his friends could sing. The musician, Josh Gontier, told them to talk to the pub manager. Instead, they sat down and heckled Gontier. Bach threw ice cubes at him, according to the Toronto Sun, asking Gontier if he knew who the star was. Staff asked the group to leave, and when Bach was told he couldn't take his wine outside, he smashed his glass against a front door. While waiting for police to arrive, pub owner Jim Kakouros put Bach in a bear hug, prompting Bach to bite his hand. Charges were dismissed. "America gets rock stars a little more than Canada does," Bach later said.

Peter Buck
A week before his band was scheduled to perform at a massive concert for peace, the R.E.M. guitarist went wild on 2001 flight to London. According to one witness, Buck had been "downing drinks like they were going out of business." When the crew cut him off, he was not a shiny, happy person, pushing two crew members and hurling yogurt at a flight attendant. After a pilot radioed an air rage incident, Buck was arrested and charged with several offenses, including "criminal damage to a quantity of crockery." Buck would later apologize for the incident in a statement: "I am very sorry for the incident, and, of course, very embarrassed about the whole thing."

In 2000, Slim Shady was arrested for two separate gun-related incidents just hours apart. In the first, he pulled an unloaded 9mm semi-automatic pistol on Douglas Dail, road manager for Eminem rival Insane Clown Posse, yelling, "You want some of this?" A few hours later, a still-fuming Em saw his ex with a bouncer outside a Michigan nightclub. The bouncer, John Guerra, later said the rapper hit him in the head and face, shouting "I'm going to kill you!" as they struggled for the unloaded gun. Eminem later recreated the latter offense on a track titled "The Kiss (Skit)." He got probation for both incidents.




Running late for a flight in 2004, the rapper told a parking lot attendant at New York's JFK Airport that he was an FBI agent before racing through a barrier. He then argued with another driver over a parking space, grabbing the man's shirt in the process. In a case originally described as a carjacking, DMX pled guilty to reckless endangerment and driving under the influence of Valium. During his sentencing, he was forced to give up the SUV used in the offense. "I've got over 30 cars, but it was my first truck," the rapper lamented afterward.

Michael Todd
In July of 2011, the Coheed and Cambria bass player arrived in Massachusetts on a luxury tour bus. Hours before a gig at the Comcast Center in Mansfield, he walked into a local Walgreens and threatened to bomb the joint if he didn't get pain pills. The pharmacist handed over six bottles of Oxycontin, and Todd caught a taxi to the Comcast Center. He was on the tour bus a little later when police caught up to him. As his band walked onstage, Todd was being booked and processed. He was sentenced to one year of home confinement.

Marilyn Manson
Manson's attorney admitted it was "in poor taste" when his client rubbed his junk on the head of a security guard in Clarkston, Michigan. But, he added, it wasn't sexual misconduct, as the prosecution alleged. In a subsequent lawsuit, Joshua Keasler, 26, claimed Manson grabbed him from behind during a 2001 show and improperly touched him. As Keasler tried to escape, he claimed, Manson continued to "gyrate his hips, thighs and/or public areas against (Keasler's) head, neck and/or face." If convicted of sexual misconduct, Manson would have had to register as a sex offender. Instead, he pled no contest to being a disorderly person and assault and battery. "It's a victory for art," Manson said afterward.



Axl Rose
Rose and his band Guns N' Roses were performing at the Riverport Amphitheatre near St. Louis in 1991 when the singer saw a fan with a camera and went bonkers. "Hey, take that!" he ordered security. "Get that guy and take that!" Not pleased with the response, he dove into the crowd and started throwing punches. He made it back to the stage, saying, "Thanks for the lame-ass security – I'm going home." Then the "Welcome to the Jungle" singer slammed down his microphone and left. During the riot that ensued, the police chief requested tear gas and fire hoses to help disperse the crowd. Rose was later charged with assault.

Jerry Lee Lewis
Hours after he was arrested for driving while intoxicated in November of 1976, the man nicknamed the Killer arrived at Graceland with a loaded pistol, demanding to see Elvis. Harold Loyd, Elvis's cousin and security guard, rang the King, but Lewis' former Sun Records cohort wisely declined to greet Lewis. Instead, the police did, providing Lewis his second run-in with the law in the same day.




Tommy Lee and Nikki Sixx
During a 1997 concert in Greensboro, North Carolina, the two Mötley Crüe members turned on the security guards, believing they had manhandled their fans. One of the security staffers, African-American John Allen, claimed they shouted racial slurs at him and incited the crowd of more than 2,000 to attack him. He also said Sixx kicked him and spit on him. With wife Pamela Anderson in the courtroom, Lee pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor charge of simple assault for pouring beer on Allen's head. Sixx pleaded no contest to inciting a riot, simple assault and disorderly conduct. Allen's lawsuit against them was later settled.

Foxy Brown
In 2007, Brown was already on probation for assaulting two manicurists at a Florida beauty shop. After purchasing a bottle of hair glue at the Queen Beauty Supply in Pembroke Pines, Brown went to a bathroom to try it out. After 15 minutes, store owner Hayssam Ghoneeim knocked on the door and said they were closing. Brown allegedly said, "I bought this glue, and I'll do what I wanna do!," then flung open the door, tried to squirt Ghoneheim with the glue and knocked over a shelf of spray bottles in a profanity-filled tantrum. Later, Brown – who'd been ordered to take anger management classes after the manicure incident – swatted at a cop, who said he was forced to use a takedown maneuver.

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Your Weekly Rock Wind Up

When life gives you lemons, you add vodka and have a party!! 
My web monkey had to jet out of here today early, taking with him the only camera we need to film, so your WRWU is in print form today!! 
  • Here's to hoping for a quick & speedy recovery for KILLSWITCH ENGAGE drummer Justin Foley. He broke his collerbone in a bicycle accident and is replaced, for the time being, by AS I LAY DYING's Jordan Mancino. Catch KSE with LAMB OF GOD at the Midland November 1st. 
  • Seems the Rock Gods are slapping HINDER around quite a bit. First, frontman, Austin Winkler left for personal reasons - it has since been confirmed that his is back in rehab. Next, their tour bus gets in a wicked wreck over the weekend forcing most of the band to relax for the time being. They said they'll pick up where they left off August 10th. 
  • SOULFLY announced a new album coming out on October 4th via Nuclear Blast Entertainment with some noteable names on it. Neil Fallon of CLUTCH, Mitch Harris of NAPALM DEATH, and Jamie Hanks of I DECLARE WAR! 
  • JIMI HENDRIX biopic will premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival in September. Andre 3000 stars as the late guitarist. Hendrix's estate is not behind this project and blocked the film makers from using any of Jimi's original tunes. 
  • ALTERBRIDGE announced a new album coming in September with "Fortress". 
  • Former Metallica bassist Jason Newsted had to drop off the Gigantour with his band NEWSTED because of walking pneumonia. That sucks, get better yo! 
Hopefully next week we'll be back in with the video and outtakes. Thanks for your patience on this matter. Also, they are looking for someone to help in the digital department. Got skills? http://ch.tbe.taleo.net/CH11/ats/careers/requisition.jsp?org=ENTERCOM&cws=1&rid=953
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R.I.P. Nipple Tape....

I really dont know how I feel about this.

I feel as though a little part of me just died....

Artisan News recently spoke to Carla Harvey and Heidi Shepherd ofBUTCHER BABIES about their decision to ditch the nipple-tape look during their live performances.

"A lot of people ask why we stopped," Heidi said. "We got tired of it. We did it for about five or six years. 

"A lot of people didn't know where it came from. 

"The band started, and is still, an ode to Wendy O. Williams and THE PLASMATICS

"Wendy O. Williams was the first female in heavy metal. She had that single, 'Butcher Baby', hence the name BUTCHER BABIES, and she was the first female to just really go balls out. She didn't care what anyone told her. We were both hugely influenced by her, and that's where the attire came from, too. 

"The attire, with the old nipple tape and all that crap, it's been a long time since we've done that."

Asked if they were concerned about the nipple tape overshadowingBUTCHER BABIES' music, Carla said: "[The] nipples were sore. We wanted to evolve. And like you said before about overshadowing the music, unfortunately, America is kind of… people are kind of closed-minded sometimes. We didn't want our look to hinder people going to buy the album, or going to hear our music. 'Cause we have a new album out, and it's pretty great. We want people to go buy it, so…"

Added Heidi: "And I have Mormon brothers, and so I wanted them to be able to see me play some day. [laughs] Which they're coming to see us in Chicago, so I'm really excited. That'll be the first time they get to see us."

Carla and Heidi also spoke about the fact that performing with nothing by nipple tape on during the summer was actually more unpleasant for them than covering up their bodies with t-shirts.

"We played a show called 48 Hours festival in the blazing sun in Las Vegas," Carla explained. "I have a sun allergy, and I had red Xs across my nipples for a month after; I had to get special cream and everything for those puppies. So it's not fun. So I'm glad they're covered up [now]. [laughs]"

Added Heidi: "Yeah, it's much easier now. Just wash the bra. [laughs]"

BUTCHER BABIES' debut album, "Goliath", sold around 3,300 copies in the United States in its first week of release to land at position No. 107 on The Billboard 200 chart. The CD came out on July 9 via Century Media Records

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New Music Tuesday (7/23)

This week's new releases sees some familiar names.
***Those who are familiar with TOOL and drummer DANNY CAREY are, probably, already in the loop about this one but VOLTO! unleashes their debt album today, "Incitare". The 3rd track, "Whopner", is probably my favorite with tracks 4, "Drumbeaux", and 7, "Meltdown", sounding very much like numbers Tool would do where all you're waiting on is MJK to lay down the vocals! It's all instrumental and very Jazzy-Rock. If you fancy yourself an audiophile you'll probably enjoy it.
BLUE vocalist DAN CHANDLER for their debut album "A Life By Design?" via
Warner Bros. Records. Lead off track for them is, "First of the Last".

***JAZZ IZ CHRIST releases it's self-titled debut album. There's note here because, even though it's a collaborative effort, it is the brain-child of SYSTEM OF A DOWN frontman Serj Tankian. 

***The only time in my life I've ever seen a lead singer, Cameron Heacock, get thrown
out of the club he was performing in was of the band AMERICAN HEAD CHARGE
at the now-defunct-Beaumont Club… it was pretty amazing! AHC has a new EP out
today with "Shoot".

Here's some new singles just now surfacing!

***MONSTER MAGNET has released "The Duke" for their upcoming album to be out
in October via Napalm Records "Last Patrol". It was also reported they'll be
embarking on their first US tour in 10 years!

***PEARL JAM has a new album coming in October with "Lightning Bolt". "Mind Your
Manners" is their lead off single which came out a couple weeks ago.

***AVENGED SEVENFOLD released the title track, last week, to their forthcoming
album due out on the 27th of August with "Hail to the King". They're professing that
this album is their biggest by far!

***Aussie Rockers AIRBOURNE, as you undoubtedly know, are coming to KC with
VOLBEAT, HIM & ALL THAT REMAINS in support of their latest album "Black Dog
Barking" have a lead off single, that's getting some attention nationwide, in "Live It Up".

***Also, announced, new music coming from OVERKILL in March, GWAR in
September with "Battle Maximus" on the 17th and LITA FORD with a live
compilation on October 28th entitled "The Bitch is Back… Live".

And this might just be the best punk song of all time in explaining how to "make it" in a band! 
Take note!!

The Best of the rest: 

5FDP “The Wrong Side of Heaven & The Righteous Side of Hell” Vol 1. July 30th
MINISTRY “Enjoy the Quiet: Live at Wachen 2012” DVD August 2nd
AVENGED SEVENFOLD “Hail to the King” August 27th
NINE INCH NAILS “Hesitation Marks” Sept 3rd
METALLICA 3D Movie “Through the Never” IMAX Exclusive Sept 27th/ Out Oct 4th
KORN “The Paradigm Shift” October 1st
PEARL JAM “Lightning Bolt” October 15th
BODYCOUNT “Rise” or “Manslaughter” 2013
MOTORHEAD “Aftershock” 2013
JUDAS PRIEST End of 2013
TRIVIUM “Vengeance Falls” (Dave Draiman produced) Late Summer 2013
RANDY BLYTHE Memoir Spring 2014
TOOL “TBA” 2014
OVERKILL “TBA” March 2014

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