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The Dude of the 106.5 KWHL radio station conducted an interview with Pennsylvanian rockers HALESTORM before their August 23 concert at the Alaska State Fair in Palmer. You can now watch the chat below.

HALESTORM will release a new EP called “ReAniMate 2.0: The CoVerRs eP” on October 15. The six-song EP follows up 2011’s “ReAniMate”, which featured the band’s renditions of songs by SKID ROW, GUNS N’ ROSES, LADY GAGA and THE BEATLES. The new collection will feature tracks originally written and recorded by JUDAS PRIEST, DAFT PUNK, AC/DC, PAT BENATAR, FLEETWOOD MAC and MARILYN MANSON.

The Pulse Of Radio asked Lzzy Hale if the band had ever been denied permission to record a song for one of these EPs. “We were denied after the fact, actually, on the last cover EP,” she said. “We thought we had gotten approval for ‘Out Ta Get Me’ by GUNS N’ ROSES, and apparently everybody had approved it but Axl [Rose] — but nobody told him. So we had recorded it, we released it, and then he found out and I guess — what was the stipulation? We, like, could do it digitally but not physically, which I thought was kind of weird.”

Hale said about the new EP, “Like our first ‘ReAniMate’ EP, the songs included here are a collection of both our favorite songs and songs to challenge ourselves. We decided to go more ‘bare bones’ with this EP, meaning minimal production with live, gritty performances. We recorded this EP the week of the Grammys, so the excitement and debauchery you hear through your speakers is very real.”

HALESTORM won the Grammy Award for “Best Hard Rock/Metal Performance” for the track “Love Bites (So Do I)”, from the band’s second album, “The Strange Case Of…”

The latest single from the 2012 release is “Here’s To Us”, which was also featured on a February 2012 episode of “Glee”.

HALESTORM is currently on a North American tour that ends in early October, after which the band will head to Europe. But they’ll be back in late November for one more round of North American shows to finish out the year.

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GUNS N’ ROSES guitarist Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal was interviewed on the latest episode of “Totally Driven Radio”, the weekly radio podcast heard live every Thursday night from 8 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. EST on the VOC Nation Radio Network. You can now listen to the podcast using the audio player below.

Asked about GUNS N’ ROSES‘ continual stage tardiness, with long waits for singer Axl Rose just as much a definite at a the band’s concerts a couple of years ago as hearing “Paradise City” or “Welcome To The Jungle”, Thal said: “That hasn’t happened for a long time. But it did for a long time. And that’s not something that I can ignore and pretend hasn’t happened or didn’t happen.

“I absolutely had the hardest time out of anybody in the band with that stuff — with ‘late’ stuff.

“I’m always in touch with one very simple thing: you make music to make people happy. You put on a show, you entertain — whatever you wanna call it — you do it to make people happy. And to be happy, and to just share this great moment together. And anything that takes away from that or undoes that or creates the opposite of that is completely just anti why you’re doing what you’re doing. So if there are 20,000 people that are pissed off, ’cause we just left them…

“I mean, hell, if I have to wait five minutes longer in a doctor’s office, or in traffic or something like that, I’m starting to get annoyed. So imagine, if that’s five minutes, imagine two hours. Yeah, I get it; I totally get it. It’s not like I don’t care, it’s just… there’s nothing I can do.

“But that was something I had a very hard time with, and there’s been times when I just walked off stage and just started throwing a fit on the side. I had a really hard time with that, and I understand, and I know. And it’s not just that, it’s not just the waiting, it’s the fact that.. if you’re gonna do that to someone that isn’t expecting that and has a babysitter waiting, or you have to be up in four hours for work, or whatever it is, or the buses are gonna stop running soon, or whatever it is.

“It’s, like, you didn’t go out that night and buy those tickets and do us the honor of having your presence there just to stain our existence so that we could completely fuck you and inconvenience you and put you in this position wher, alright, ‘My life is gonna be really annoying, and I have to choose between missing the show after waiting for it, or seeing it.’

“I’ve gotten so much resentment over that from people. And they have the right. And I’m just happy that that’s not happening anymore. And I’m really, really happy that we’ve been going on time, close to on time, sometimes early. And I know the fans are very happy; the people that come to the show are much happier about that.

“There’s always the fans that are, like, ‘Nah, it’s a rock concert. They should be three hours late.’ Maybe for you, but not for the other 20,000 people… Everyone’s got responsibilities. Rent isn’t what it was in the ’70s. There’s a lot more living hand to mouth, and you can’t fuck with that. And I get it. And this is not some kind of, like… I’m not trying to bash Axl or anything. I get it. And I’m just glad that we’ve been doing better with that.”

In an August 2010 radio interview, former SKID ROW singer Sebastian Bach, a close personal friend of Axl Rose, offered an explanation for why the GUNS N’ ROSES frontman is persistently late going on stage. “Everybody has all these theories as to why he acts the way he acts, and there’s no big mystery,” Bach said. “He tells me the source of all of the insanity — it’s his voice. It’s his job to sing like that, and sometimes that sound is hard for him. And a lot of singers, you know… To sing in that range is just not an easy thing to do. And he does what he can, and it takes him 45 more minutes to warm up his pipes so he can sing ‘Sweet Child O’Mine’.”

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The Pulse Of Radio reports: Although Slash and BLACK EYED PEAS singer Fergie became good friends after collaborating on a song for Slash‘s first solo album, when it came time to name her new baby with husband Josh Duhamel, Fergie went with the first name of Slash‘s former GUNS N’ ROSES bandmate, Axl Rose. Were Slash‘s feelings hurt at all? Asked by TMZ what he thought of Fergie calling her son Axl, Slash said, “I think it’s really cool, I actually talked to [Fergie and Josh] yesterday. It’s all good . . . who am I to judge?”

Slash told The Pulse Of Radio a while back how he first met Fergie and what he thought of her. “I did a BLACK EYED PEAS fundraiser called Peapod, and she showed up. I’d never met her before, and I was expecting, really, I thought, a Puerto Rican girl, ’cause of the way that her songs sort of sound. And so here’s this white girl from Orange County and that really sort of surprised me. And then we started doing this LED ZEPPELIN song and she jumped on the vocal and it just blew my mind.”

Fergie and Slash ended up recording a song called “Beautiful Dangerous” for his 2010 solo debut as well as a cover of GUNS N’ ROSES“Paradise City” that ended up as a Japanese B-side.

Slash has been working on material for his third solo outing, but is also currently doing press for “Nothing Left To Fear”, the first horror film produced under his Slasher Films banner.

In addition to producing, Slash scored the film and wrote two original songs for it, with vocalist Myles Kennedy from his band singing on one of them.

“Nothing Left To Fear” opens in limited theatrical release on October 4, and hits VOD and DVD on October 8.

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Atlantic City Insiders recently conducted an interview with HALESTORM singer Lzzy Hale. You can now listen to the chat below.

HALESTORM will release a new EP called “ReAniMate 2.0: The CoVerRs eP” on October 15. The six-song EP follows up 2011’s “ReAniMate”, which featured the band’s renditions of songs by SKID ROW, GUNS N’ ROSES, LADY GAGA and THE BEATLES. The new collection will feature tracks originally written and recorded by JUDAS PRIEST, DAFT PUNK, AC/DC, PAT BENATAR, FLEETWOOD MAC and MARILYN MANSON.

The Pulse Of Radio asked Lzzy Hale if the band had ever been denied permission to record a song for one of these EPs. “We were denied after the fact, actually, on the last cover EP,” she said. “We thought we had gotten approval for ‘Out Ta Get Me’ by GUNS N’ ROSES, and apparently everybody had approved it but Axl [Rose] — but nobody told him. So we had recorded it, we released it, and then he found out and I guess — what was the stipulation? We, like, could do it digitally but not physically, which I thought was kind of weird.”

Hale said about the new EP, “Like our first ‘ReAniMate’ EP, the songs included here are a collection of both our favorite songs and songs to challenge ourselves. We decided to go more ‘bare bones’ with this EP, meaning minimal production with live, gritty performances. We recorded this EP the week of the Grammys, so the excitement and debauchery you hear through your speakers is very real.”

HALESTORM won the Grammy Award for “Best Hard Rock/Metal Performance” for the track “Love Bites (So Do I)”, from the band’s second album, “The Strange Case Of…”

The latest single from the 2012 release is “Here’s To Us”, which was also featured on a February 2012 episode of “Glee”.

HALESTORM is currently on a North American tour that ends in early October, after which the band will head to Europe. But they’ll be back in late November for one more round of North American shows to finish out the year.

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On September 9, Dave Kim of the Grand Rapids, Michigan radio station WGRD 97.9 FM conducted an interview with HALESTORM at The Intersection in Grand Rapids. You can now watch the chat below.

HALESTORM will release a new EP called “ReAniMate 2.0: The CoVerRs eP” on October 15. The six-song EP follows up 2011’s “ReAniMate”, which featured the band’s renditions of songs by SKID ROW, GUNS N’ ROSES, LADY GAGA and THE BEATLES. The new collection will feature tracks originally written and recorded by JUDAS PRIEST, DAFT PUNK, AC/DC, PAT BENATAR, FLEETWOOD MAC and MARILYN MANSON.

The Pulse Of Radio asked singer Lzzy Hale if the band had ever been denied permission to record a song for one of these EPs. “We were denied after the fact, actually, on the last cover EP,” she said. “We thought we had gotten approval for ‘Out Ta Get Me’ by GUNS N’ ROSES, and apparently everybody had approved it but Axl [Rose] — but nobody told him. So we had recorded it, we released it, and then he found out and I guess — what was the stipulation? We, like, could do it digitally but not physically, which I thought was kind of weird.”

Hale said about the new EP, “Like our first ‘ReAniMate’ EP, the songs included here are a collection of both our favorite songs and songs to challenge ourselves. We decided to go more ‘bare bones’ with this EP, meaning minimal production with live, gritty performances. We recorded this EP the week of the Grammys, so the excitement and debauchery you hear through your speakers is very real.”

HALESTORM won the Grammy Award for “Best Hard Rock/Metal Performance” for the track “Love Bites (So Do I)”, from the band’s second album, “The Strange Case Of…”

The latest single from the 2012 release is “Here’s To Us”, which was also featured on a February 2012 episode of “Glee”.

HALESTORM is currently on a North American tour that ends in early October, after which the band will head to Europe. But they’ll be back in late November for one more round of North American shows to finish out the year.

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Black Eyed Peas frontwoman and actor Josh Duhamel welcome their first child, son Axl Jack Duhamel.

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Veteran rock journalists Jon Wiederhorn and Katherine Turman recently spoke to the “Rock Book Show” about their recently published book, “Louder Than Hell: The Definitive Oral History Of Metal”. You can now watch the chat below.

Emerging from the blues and psychedelic rock of the 1960s and ’70s, heavy metal has been a driving force in music for nearly 50 years — known for its massive sound, extended guitar solos, and unrelenting intensity. Despite being critically reviled throughout its history, metal has stood the test of time with bands such as BLACK SABBATH, JUDAS PRIEST and MÖTLEY CRÜE achieving legendary status, unfathomable wealth and exerting a profound influence on generations of musicians and fans. Unlike many forms of popular music, whose followers are fickle and transitory, metalheads tend to embrace their favorite bands and follow them over decades. Metal is not only a pastime — it’s a lifestyle.

“Louder Than Hell: The Definitive Oral History Of Metal” (It Books; May 14, 2013; Hardcover; $32.50) was assembled from more than 300 interviews with members of METALLICA, MEGADETH, KORN, PANTERA, VAN HALEN, LIMP BIZKIT and many others, conducted over a 25-year span. Turman and Wiederhorn dug deep into their extensive list of contacts to uncover never- before-heard stories, eye-opening admissions and the truth behind metal’s most explosive legends. With an introduction by Scott Ian of ANTHRAX and an afterword by Rob Halford of JUDAS PRIEST, this is the book metal fans have been waiting for.

Icons of the genre offer candid and confessional commentary, including: Ronnie James Dio, Ozzy Osbourne, Bruce Dickinson, Eddie Van Halen, Vince Neil, Tommy Lee, Lita Ford, Lars Ulrich, James Hetfield, Axl Rose, Slash, Corey Taylor, Dave Mustaine, Chuck Schuldiner, King Diamond, Dave Grohl, Trent Reznor, Kerry King, Philip Anselmo, Rob Zombie and more. The many musicians interviewed offer their take on their influences, touring, the music business and songwriting, as well as their often-traumatic upbringings, battles with substance abuse and bizarre sexual exploits. Industry insiders (including managers, record label executives, family members, friends, scenesters, groupies, journalists and porn stars) provide additional insight.

“Louder Than Hell” explores the transformation of metal culture, with stories and anecdotes straight from the mouths of the most infamous and successful bands. Filled with hundreds of revealing interviews representing every type and era of heavy metal — from metal progenitors such as BLUE CHEER, LED ZEPPELIN, and the MC5 to current day innovators including SLIPKNNOT, MASTODON and LAMB OF GOD“Louder Than Hell” is the ultimate look behind the curtain at one of our most dynamic, controversial and enduring musical genres.

Tom Morello (RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE): “Katherine Turman and Jon Wiederhorn know metal. ‘Louder Than Hell’ is an amazing gathering of different breeds of heavy metal rockers telling the tales metal fans want to hear.”

Alice Cooper: “This is the book every metal fan should own. A fascinating high-octane chronicle of metal mayhem that takes readers on a wild ride, from metal’s earliest days to the headbanging present. I’m not saying this just because I’m in the book, but . . . if you love metal, great stories, and music history told by the people who made it, then ‘Louder Than Hell’ is a must-read.”



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According to The Pulse Of Radio, a previously unheard GUNS N’ ROSES song called “Going Down” surfaced briefly on YouTube earlier this week before being quickly taken down. The track reportedly features bassist Tommy Stinson on lead vocals, although Axl Rose can be clearly heard doing background vocals. It is not clear whether the tune is an older one from the sessions for the band’s last album, “Chinese Democracy”, or something brand new.

GUNS guitarist Ron Thal confirmed on Twitter that the tune was indeed a GUNS N’ ROSES song, although that his tweet was later deleted as well.

Thal told Rolling Stone earlier this year that there was music ready to go for a follow-up to “Chinese Democracy”, saying, “There’s a lot of stuff, it’s just a question of all of us organizing… Hopefully we can make more music.”

The band posted a message on August 7 at all its social media pages, saying, “At this time, we have no information on tours, albums, or DVDs. When things get confirmed, we will let you know. Thank you for your patience.”

It took Axl Rose 13 years to finish “Chinese Democracy”, burning through hundreds of thousands of dollars, multiple producers, every last remaining original member of the group and a few replacements before he was done.

The finished product got mixed reviews and was a relative flop, moving less than one million copies in the U.S.

Rose himself has not spoken about making a new album in any of his rare interviews, only to say that it was a “definite maybe.”

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What appears to be a brand new Guns N’ Roses song has leaked online and, according to MetalSucks, current Gn’R guitarist Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal has actually confirmed that the track is legit – although his confirmation has since been seemingly deleted.

Note how the track, titled Going Down, features lead vocals from bassist Tommy Stinson, with Axl Rose seemingly happy to be on backing duties.

Sound mental? Check out the song below and see for yourself…

There’s been very little in the way of concrete news on a follow-up to 2008′s Chinese Democracy, with Guns recently thanking fans for their “patience” in the wake of a lack of action from Axl et al.

Interesting…

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Lewis and Floorwax of Denver, Colorado’s classic rock radio station 103.5 The Fox recently conducted an interview with MEGADETH‘s Dave Mustaine (guitar, vocals) and David Ellefson (bass). You can now listen to the chat below.

Asked how he first decided to become the lead singer in MEGADETH, Mustaine said: “Well, my pal here Dave and I were auditioning guys and we kind of ran out of patience. The last guy that auditioned as a vocalist came — and we were homeless at the time — and the guy rolled up with a 12-pack of beer, and we thought, ‘Great!’ Then we got a closer look at him and he had eyeliner on. And we figured, ‘As soon as the last beer was down, he was out of the band.’ It was New Year’s Eve one night, and David just goes , ‘Man, why don’t you sing?’ and I was like, ‘Why don’t you?’ So I ended up doing it, and it stuck. I actually enjoy it a lot of times, but it’s not my strong point. I’ve been working really hard at it the last few years. I wish I would have given it as much attention in the beginning as I do now… It’s definitely a unique voice sound. You know, you hear people like Axl [Rose, GUNS N’ ROSES] or myself or [James] Hetfield [METALLICA] or some of the other people that are really easily identifiable, it’s scarce. Like Chris Cornell [SOUNDGARDEN], you hear Chris, you know it’s him.”

MEGADETH has just completed its run as the headliner of this year’s edition of Gigantour, the critically acclaimed package festival founded in 2005 by Mustaine.

In addition to MEGADETH, this year’s installment of Gigantour featured BLACK LABEL SOCIETY, DEVICE, HELLYEAH, NEWSTED and DEATH DIVISION.

MEGADETH‘s latest album, “Super Collider”, has sold 61,000 copies in the United States since its June 4 release. The CD arrived in stores via Mustaine‘s new label, Tradecraft, distributed by Universal Music Enterprises (UMe). It marks MEGADETH‘s first release since the band’s split with Roadrunner Records.

MEGADETH filmed a video for the “Super Collider” title track on May 10 in the Los Angeles area. California-based model, actress, singer and songwriter Hunter Elizabeth was cast in the lead role in the clip, which she says is “about a high-school couple still loving each other after all the years after graduation, and at the 10-year reunion, both characters find themselves successful (a model and a mathematician) and still very in love.”

“That song kind of came from that ‘Symphony Of Destruction’ corner of my mind,” Mustaine told Guitar World magazine. “You can’t always play aggressive, thrashy stuff. Sometimes those aren’t even songs; they’re like musical rams. But because I’m not a pop guy, I’m also not really comfortable playing sing-along songs. To me, ‘Super Collider’ made sense like a normal song — a verse-chorus-verse-chorus kind of thing. It’s written the way a real songwriter would write the song, instead of just taking all these musical twists and turns.”

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