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During a brand new interview with RollingStone.com, RUSH bassist/vocalist Geddy Lee was asked about Alex Lifeson‘s now-legendary Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame induction speech consisting entirely of “blah blah blahs,” in which the guitarist changed the tone of his voice to exhibit a range of emotions — with everyone understanding what he meant, especially when he “described” getting the call that the band was being inducted.

“I had no idea he was doing that,” Lee said. “Let me go on the record to say he didn’t tell us he was doing that. In fact, I know he had a whole other speech planned. Neil [Peart, drums] and I thought he had lost his marbles when he was talking. You can see the look on our faces behind him going, ‘What the fuck is he doing?’ And of course, we couldn’t see him act it all out. We just kept hearing, ‘blah blah blah blah blah.’

“I don’t know what his pure intent was, but I think it was more a knock on speeches, the whole process of the Hall Of Fame induction thing.”

Lee continued: “He’s a mental case. And he’s genuinely one of the funniest people you would ever meet in your life. But I wanted to kill him at the three-minute mark. Neil and I were threatening to knock him on the head and drag him offstage.”

Dave Grohl and Taylor Hawkins of FOO FIGHTERS inducted RUSH at the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame. Grohl said in his induction speech, “From day one, the band built its following the right way. No hype, no (baloney), they did it from the ground up without any help from the mainstream press… Their influence is undeniable and their devoted fan base is only rivaled by the GRATEFUL DEAD. Look at you people, all of you people, right here! And their legacy is that of a band that stayed true to themselves no matter how uncool they may have seemed to anyone.”

Lee was asked on the red carpet if he thought the acclaimed documentary on the band, “Beyond The Lighted Stage”, played a role in the groundswell of support for the band’s induction into the Hall Of Fame. “Oh, I think it probably did have an effect to a certain degree because of the way the filmmakers put that story together,” he said. “I think it really showed what a vast and diverse audience that we do have and what the effect of our music has been on young players. And one of the criteria of the Hall Of Fame is influence, so I think it’s easy to see that in that film.”

Peart said that the band’s fans had a personal stake in seeing the band inducted. “The thing is, with our fans, is that we grew up together,” he said. “We always say ‘the soundtrack of your life’ is a phrase that I love, but it has been that case and we have evolved naturally in our music and our lyrics and our songs and all that, of our experiences from our past and our present as grown-ups, and we’ve expressed all that through our songs. So a lot of them have grown up with that in a very real, true way, so they share it and they feel like they’re part of the team, and our team should win.”

Lee thanked “the most passionate, incredible fan base around the globe …for not only supporting and encouraging our musical progress over the years, but for the insistence of their voices, which has most certainly led us to this evening.”

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On August 29, Dani Buarque of the “Lokaos Rock Show” conducted an interview with vocalist Mike Muir of of the Venice Beach, California thrash/punk band SUICIDAL TENDENCIES at the Clash club in São Paulo, Brazil. You can now watch the chat below.

“13”, the first studio album in 13 years from SUICIDAL TENDENCIES, sold around 3,200 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 187 on The Billboard 200 chart. The CD was produced by Mike Muir and Grammy-nominated engineer/mixer Paul Northfield (DREAM THEATER, HOLE, RUSH).

In a recent interview with Jersey Beat, Muir stated about “13”: “We just wanted to have a record which felt like going back through a time machine, that if I was playing straight through at 15, I would go, Whoa!’ We didn’t want to make a record which sounded old, but one that people not even 20 years old hearing even 20 years from now at would say, ‘Wow, that’s a great record.’ A lot of people, the first thing that they ask is: ‘Well, what style is it? Is it punk, is it metal?’ and we’re just, like, ‘Why do you want to categorize something so quickly, not care only if it’s good?’ That takes time, but I do think that there are a lot of people who are going to love it for the right reasons.”

Asked why now was the right time for SUICIDAL TENDENCIES to release a new studio album, Muir told Grammy.com: “We’ve been touring at least a couple of months [per year] for the last six years, and among other things I had a couple of back surgeries. We didn’t want to put out a record afterwards and make it look like we were throwing out our last baseball, the athlete going for the last hurrah before he falls apart. We wanted to get out there and gain a little new ground.

“Our [fan] base is pretty strong. Obviously, a record helps out a lot, and on this tour we’re seeing a lot of people excited to come, not to be nostalgic but as more of a resurgence. We’ve got a lot of families coming. A lot of people saying that their first show they saw was 20 years ago, and they’re bringing their kids there for their first show. We never used to hear that before. At our first show in San Francisco, this girl came up and asked us to sign something for her mom. Then she said, ‘I love you too, but my mom’s loved you longer!’ We were all laughing.”

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On August 29, Dani Buarque of the “Lokaos Rock Show” conducted an interview with vocalist Mike Muir of of the Venice Beach, California thrash/punk band SUICIDAL TENDENCIES at the Clash club in São Paulo, Brazil. You can now watch the chat below.

“13”, the first studio album in 13 years from SUICIDAL TENDENCIES, sold around 3,200 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 187 on The Billboard 200 chart. The CD was produced by Mike Muir and Grammy-nominated engineer/mixer Paul Northfield (DREAM THEATER, HOLE, RUSH).

In a recent interview with Jersey Beat, Muir stated about “13”: “We just wanted to have a record which felt like going back through a time machine, that if I was playing straight through at 15, I would go, Whoa!’ We didn’t want to make a record which sounded old, but one that people not even 20 years old hearing even 20 years from now at would say, ‘Wow, that’s a great record.’ A lot of people, the first thing that they ask is: ‘Well, what style is it? Is it punk, is it metal?’ and we’re just, like, ‘Why do you want to categorize something so quickly, not care only if it’s good?’ That takes time, but I do think that there are a lot of people who are going to love it for the right reasons.”

Asked why now was the right time for SUICIDAL TENDENCIES to release a new studio album, Muir told Grammy.com: “We’ve been touring at least a couple of months [per year] for the last six years, and among other things I had a couple of back surgeries. We didn’t want to put out a record afterwards and make it look like we were throwing out our last baseball, the athlete going for the last hurrah before he falls apart. We wanted to get out there and gain a little new ground.

“Our [fan] base is pretty strong. Obviously, a record helps out a lot, and on this tour we’re seeing a lot of people excited to come, not to be nostalgic but as more of a resurgence. We’ve got a lot of families coming. A lot of people saying that their first show they saw was 20 years ago, and they’re bringing their kids there for their first show. We never used to hear that before. At our first show in San Francisco, this girl came up and asked us to sign something for her mom. Then she said, ‘I love you too, but my mom’s loved you longer!’ We were all laughing.”

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MEGADETH bassist David Ellefson was interviewed on the latest edition of “The Classic Metal Show”, which is heard live on Saturdays from 9 p.m. to 3 a.m. EST at TheClassicMetalShow.com. You can now listen to the chat using the audio player below.

The autobiography of David Ellefson, co-founder and bassist of 11-time Grammy-nominated heavy metal titans MEGADETH, will be made available on October 29 via Howard Books. Ellefson‘s memoir, “My Life With Deth”, chronicles the story of Ellefson‘s fall into addiction during the band’s early years, followed by his subsequent recovery and the return to faith which championed the band’s rise to fame over the past several decades. The book was written with Joel McIver, the bestselling author of 21 books on rock music, and features a foreword by Alice Cooper. World rights to “My Life With Deth” were sold to Philis Boultinghouse at Howard Books by agent Lisa Gallagher at Sanford J. Greenburger Associates.

Since 1983, the celebrated metal band MEGADETH has sold more than 20 million albums, received eleven Grammy nominations, and built a fan base of millions. Still going strong, they recently toured the world with METALLICA, ANTHRAX and SLAYER. Now, in “My Life With Deth”, Ellefson tells the whole behind-the-scenes story of the band and his personal journey from suffering to salvation.

At first glance, Ellefson‘s history reads like a how-to manual of excess, from hardcore drugs to X-rated debauchery. But Ellefson goes much deeper, taking us on a gripping journey from his Lutheran upbringing as a Minnesota farm boy, through the culture shock he experienced when he arrived in Los Angeles and entered the music industry, to his drug-fueled MEGADETH days, and finally how he beat his addictions and embarked on a path of sobriety and faith, entering a new life of Christian devotion. Today, studying to become a Lutheran pastor, Ellefson presides over MEGA Life! Ministries, a foundation that reaches hundreds of churchgoers every week.

Ellefson says: “My autobiography is not the usual tale of rock ‘n’ roll woe, but rather something I hope will truly inspire people. I have dedicated my life to my craft, and I wanted to share the story of how a kid with a bass guitar and the dream of rock stardom literally risked it all to move from the farm in Minnesota to Los Angeles, and with a lot of hard work, sacrifice and a little luck along the way, made the dream come true. I think the readers will enjoy the stories, as well as the hardships, of this way of life as a musician and artist. I’ve been very open about my life’s obstacles and the means by which I overcame them. Now, my hope is that this story will inspire others to follow their dreams and really live out the purpose for their lives, too.”

The book features contributions from Kerry King (SLAYER), Scott Ian (ANTHRAX), Ellefson‘s current bandmate in MEGADETH Shawn Drover and also former colleagues Chris Poland and Marty Friedman.

In addition to numerous gold and platinum records, David is the author of the book “Making Music Your Business” and has two metal bass guitar instructional DVDs through Rock House Method entitled “Metal Bass Vol. 1” and “Vol. 2”. He is also a featured bass clinician, keynote speaker and panelist on the subject of music and the music industry.

Pictured below: Joel McIver with David Ellefson

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Meanwhile, Mike Portnoy says he’s sick of being “torn to shreds” by the band’s fan base whenever he makes a comment.

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STONE TEMPLE PILOTS bassist Robert DeLeo recently spoke to Bill Bodkin of Pop-Break.com about the band’s decision to fire its former lead singer, Scott Weiland, and join forces with LINKIN PARK‘s Chester Bennington.

“When you’re a band that’s had a career like we’ve had and you’re considering terminating your singer, people kinda react to that like ‘riiiiight’ [because] I think with any band that’s the person [the lead singer] people relate to the band,” he said.

“I felt that over time, it wasn’t really about the music anymore. It was, for live purposes, the novelty of what condition Scott was going to be in. It gets very frustrating to have to be in that position with someone over that amount of years.”

He continued: “Chester was really the only person we thought of having come in. He was a fan of STP and when we talked to him his full idea was ‘If we’re going to do this, I want to do this honoring the past but moving forward in a direction with contributing something valid to music.’ That’s where we really agreed in the utmost — having that sentiment of moving forward.

“There’s a lot of songs that I’m really anxious to play, especially with someone who can sing those songs and perform those songs the way they were written.

“We’re right in the midst of getting a five-song EP together. We have ‘Out Of Time’, which is currently out there as a single and we have another song called ‘Tomorrow’, which was recorded when we did ‘Out Of Time’. We’re looking to release that EP in October and that’s really exciting because we’re moving forward and we’re creating new music that we’re all really proud of.”

Asked if there was a backlash from the STP fan base because of Chester‘s involvement, Robert said: “I think there was going to be. How many have people have terminated their singer and wanted to terminate their singer? [laughs]

“Look, man, anyone can go online and be what they call a ‘hater’ or have an opinion and that goes in many different directions. We’re just really trying to do something that feels good and not only honors the catalog of what we have but moving forward musically.

“Looking at the last 10 years of STP, not much has gotten done and that’s very, very frustrating to live with. I don’t want the next 10 years of life to be like that. I want the next 10 years to be great and we contribute or at least try to contribute really valid music. It’s really what I got into this for — to write the best songs I can write.”

Robert was also full of praise for his new bandmate, telling Pop-Break.com, “Chester is an amazing human being.

“Coming in, we knew we wanted to do this right and sing our songs the way they were supposed to be sung and move forward as a band.

LINKIN PARK will always be his first priority and we respect that.

“The guys in LINKIN PARK have been amazing with all this.

“Everyone likes to be surrounded by amazing people. We have a great management team, everyone’s excited and working hard. We’ve got a lot of work to do.

“There’s people out there that really don’t like the fact Scott isn’t in the band. We have to go out there and prove ourselves. Our goal is to play the best set of songs we can play and really make that count.”

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New Jersey/New York’s ILL NIÑO will film a video for the song “Forgive Me Father” this coming Thursday, September 5 in Chicago, Illinois.

The track comes off the band’s latest album, “Epidemia”, which was released on October 22, 2012 via Victory Records.

The recording sessions for “Epidemia” took place in Hoboken, New Jersey; Austin, Texas; and Denver, Colorado.

For nearly fifteen years, ILL NIÑO has gained a loyal and dedicated fan base while creating its own unique style of Latin-influenced, aggressive metal.

Utilizing bilingual vocals, Latin/tribal rhythms and powerful melodies, “Epidemia” is bound to spread worldwide.

“Epidemia” track listing:

01. The Depression
02. Only The Unloved
03. La Epidemia
04. Eva
05. Demi-God
06. Death Wants More
07. Escape
08. Time Won’t Save You
09. Forgive Me Father…
10. Invisible People

ILL NIÑO‘s latest video, “La Epidemia”, features a guest appearance by EMMURE frontman Frankie Palmeri. The clip was filmed on September 29, 2012 at The Rave in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

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Opeth split their fan base pretty heavily when it came to their last album, Heritage, and while they show no signs of stopping with experimentation, it seems as though things are headed back toward the heavy once more. Frontman Mikael Akerfeldt told Expressen Newspaper in an interview regarding the band's next release: "Maybe a little bit …

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AVENGED SEVENFOLD has scored its first-ever No. 1 U.K. album with its sixth full-length CD, “Hail To The King”.

The band’s previous effort, “Nightmare”, peaked at No. 5 in 2010.

“It has been a hell of a ride thus far and having our first No. 1 album in the U.K. is a monumental achievement for our fans and us,” guitarist Zacky Vengeance tells OfficialCharts.com. “I remember playing the 100 Club to prove to our fans we were willing to start from the ground up again to earn your respect. Thank you for putting heavy metal back on the throne. We look forward to growing old with you.”

“This is a tremendous achievement, and it’s been a long time coming,” says Alexander Milas, TeamRock Radio host and editor-in-chief of British music magazine Metal Hammer. “We’ve watched AVENGED SEVENFOLD‘s dogged ascent for years, and their tireless efforts have created the kind of fan base that money and clever marketing just can’t buy.

“Just a few months after BLACK SABBATH themselves hit the top of the official album chart. Tthis is nothing less than a landmark, historic turning point,” he adds. “This isn’t just a hugely well-deserved triumph for the band though; in an age of market-driven A&R, it’s proof positive that rock and metal is here to stay. A long-ignored segment of the record-buying public has spoken. AVENGED SEVENFOLD‘s victory is a victory for us all.”

“Hail To The King” is likely to sell between 170,000 and 180,000 copies in the U.S. in its first week of release, according to industry web site Hits Daily Double. The estimate was based on one-day sales reports compiled after the record arrived in stores on Tuesday (August 27). That figure should be good enough to land the group its second straight No. 1 debut. AVENGED SEVENFOLD‘s fifth album, “Nightmare”, opened with 162,500 copies back in August 2010 to land at the top of The Billboard 200 chart.

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FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH is featured in the latest installment of “Walmart Soundcheck”, an online series launched by discount retailer Walmart. Go behind the scenes as the Las Vegas metallers give the lowdown on connecting with their fans, working with Rob Halford of JUDAS PRIEST, the current state of heavy metal music, and recording their biggest album to date, the two-part “The Wrong Side Of Heaven And The Righteous Side Of Hell”. Check it out at Soundcheck.Walmart.com.

On their new stage show:

Ivan Moody (vocals): “Well, we wanted to go bigger and better. Our fans have seen so much from us at this point so we wanted to give them excess. We wanted to bring a bigger production to the people who have already seen us in the past and kind of give them a new element and a twist on what we do live anyway. So, the energy is always there, but we think they deserve something special this time, so they’re in for a treat.”

On making a two-part album:

Jeremy Spencer (drums): “We got into a really good flow and it really just started coming out. And we’re like, ‘We can’t stop, let’s just keep going.’ Then you get 24 songs and we’re, like, ‘Well, we’ve gotta put out two records,’ because we didn’t want to lose any of them.”

On the fans:

Moody: “We stay in contact with our fan base, I’d say, more than just about any band out there. it’s something that’s always kept us in the position we’re in, and I think it shows through. Once again, it’s being a band of the people. It’s not standing above them, it’s standing beside them.”

A preview clip can be seen below.

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