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Charlie Steffens of KNAC.COM recently conducted an interview with IRON MAIDEN drummer Nicko McBrain. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow below.

KNAC.COM: On this tour you’re playing the quintessential IRON MAIDEN songs, right?

McBrain: Yeah, we dusted off the cobwebs off of a few that haven’t had a showing for a while. Well, it’s been twenty five years since we’ve played “Seventh Son Of A Seventh Son”, so you could say there’s that one song and that’s it. We pulled out “Trooper”. The last airing of that, I think, was eight, nine years ago. “Phantom Of The Opera”. Classic. We did “Can I Play with Madness” not so long ago. Yeah, those classics right there. We’ve got “Afraid To Shoot Strangers”, that’s always a great crowd pleaser. “The Prisoner”. I love that track. It’s just a wild song to play. It’s got a great groove to it. It’s the third song in the set. It’s so lovely to be revisiting some of the older stuff as well as that mid-’80s period. People think, “Yeah, you’re doing the ‘Seventh Son Of A Seventh Son’ tour,” if you like. But it’s a retrospective look at MAIDEN. You still get the classics: “Number Of The Beast” and “Iron Maiden” always closes the show. We’ve left out “Hallowed Be Thy Name” just because we’ve always played “Hallowed” every tour, although, it’s one of my favorite songs, ever, to play with MAIDEN. So we’re doing a fair chunk of “Seventh Son”, but we’ve got before and after. “Fear Of The Dark”, for instance. “Afraid To Shoot Strangers”. Yeah, we’re really having a good time, mate. It went well for last year in Europe. It most definitely was received so very well in Raleigh the other night. People loved it, and we all came offstage with a smile on our face. You can’t not come off with a smile when you see how many people enjoyed themselves, you know.

KNAC.COM: Are you cruising around in the jet for this tour?

McBrain: No. In a way it would have been nice, but because this leg is just a couple months, or, actually, it’s only four weeks really — it was too cost-prohibitive to a 757 just to do a month out on the tour. That’s kind of the world jet, when we do around the world in a couple of months. You’re self-contained on it. You’ve got all the gear. You’ve got 12 tons of gear and all the crew. Mind you, we got a lot of beer now. [laughs]

KNAC.COM: Well, let’s talk about the most important thing. Beer. Trooper.

McBrain: Exactly. It’s funny, you know. When we were in rehearsals last week, we got to “The Trooper” in the set and before I kicked it off I started out, “All right lads, I think it’s time for a beer.” And they all looked at me and went, “What?” And I said, “It’s Trooper time, isn’t it?” We don’t drink while we play and we don’t drink before. At the very end of a night, we’ve been known to take a pint of Guinness, if we’re in Ireland, and toast the audience with it. But that’s at the end of the night. But yes, this Trooper beer, my lord, it’s so, so delicious. It’s wonderful. For any ale drinkers out there that love to drink a drop of beer. It’s not a lager. It’s like a bitter, extra special bitter, like an ESB. It was designed with Robinsons Brewery and Bruce [Dickinson] actually had a big hand in the design of the beer. When I first joined MAIDEN in 1982, I went out on tour with the band before Bruce. I was supporting the band when I was in TRUST, I went out on the “Killers” tour. All of us then drank ale across the British tour and we all loved our real ale beer in England. So Bruce knew what we wanted to taste in a beer, basically. So with that in the back of his mind, he went in and designed this beer. If you took IRON MAIDEN‘s logo and Eddie off the bottle and had a blindfold test — if you like beer — it’s really, really good. It’s not just IRON MAIDEN selling this beer with our names on it, although a lot of our fans are going to want to buy it because it’s a fantastic bottle. It’s a good souvenir, isn’t it? But it’s a great drop of beer, mate. My preference, by the way, Charlie, is I like it warm. When I say warm, I mean room temperature, not Florida room temperature because that would be 90-odd degrees. [laughs] But it’s funny, because Bruce and Steve [Harris, bass] — out of the bottle — they like it cold. But when you have it out of the cask, you know, the way it’s really brewed to be drank, it should be at room temperature or cellar temperature, which can be anywhere from 57 to 62, 65 degrees. When it’s warmer it has a more firmer taste. It really opens up. There’s a plus and a minus. Some people say, “I prefer it cold and not warm,” and vice versa… I’ve got to be honest with you — I live in Florida — I like ice cold Corona beers, you know. When you go from the hot — outdoors hot — you say, “Oh, I could murder a cold beer.” You do. You’ll have some and you’ll kind of chug it. Trooper beer — you can’t really chug it, even when it’s cold. But the thing is, if you sit down and you kind of take a minute, and you go, “I really want a really tasty beer. I don’t want something to quench me thirst. I’ll take it warm.” And I love my customers in me restaurant in Florida. I actually introduced it there two weeks ago. I was fortunate to actually open the first commercial bottle of beer in America on the Monday. I forget the date of it now. I figure it was the 10th or 12th, oh, anyway. On the next day we had this big launch for the beer and all these folks who came in were having it cold, first of all. Then I passed bottles around and gave them tastes of the room temperature or warm beer. And a lot of the folks said to me, “You know what? We’re American. We don’t like warm beer.” I said, “Just try this. Just for me. Try it and let me know what you think.” Ninety-six percent of the people turned around and said, “The next bottle of beer I’m going to buy in this place is going to be the one that is room temperature. It’s got much more of a fuller taste and I never would have thought I would have liked a warm beer.” So you know, horses for courses, Charlie, end of the day, mate.

Read the entire interview at KNAC.COM.

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Summer Slaughter seems like it's a lot of fun and everybody is having a good time. Case in point? At last night's show in Atlanta, Tosin Abasi, guitarist for Animals As Leaders, got up on stage and started doing the robot. Of course, there is video: Thank goodness for Tosin's fellow guitarist Javier Reyes for …

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Slayer: now minus one Jeff and one Dave

Slayer guitarist Kerry King has discussed the progress of the thrash icons’ new album, as well as their ongoing lineup issues in a new interview!

“Well, two songs are done; they just need to be mixed,” he tells Metal Obsession. “Another one is done without leads and vocals on it, and I’ve got nine others to record, so we’re in really good shape.

“I always think [our albums are gonna be released] sooner than later, and I’m always changing my story, but I really think we can go in and record between this [Soundwave festival] and our next tour in June. So, if it’s all finished, then it could be getting mixed while we’re in Europe. And I don’t see any reason why it can’t be out this year. Don’t hold me to that, but that’s what I’m hoping for.”

On the current status of Jeff Hanneman, who has been absent from the Slayer fold since contracting necrotising fasciitis two years ago, he notes:

“I don’t have an update. I haven’t seen Jeff in forever. He’s always been a recluse, and he’s even been more of a recluse since he’s mot going on tour with us. But our manager talks to him from time to time and sees him in L.A. just randomly. But I’m far from L.A., so I’m not in that loop. But I guess he’s just getting better. It’s just one of those things where he can do anything in life. He could be hanging here having a good time with us. He can probably play South Of Heaven, but he’s not gonna be playing Jihad, you know what I mean? So it’s just a muscle memory kind of thing, I guess, at this point.”

“I think Gary [Holt, Exodus guitarist who has been filling in for Jeff for the past couple of years] is in for the long haul. I haven’t really discussed it with him. But he keeps his schedule free when he knows we’re on tour. And I’m pretty sure, if Jeff all of a sudden came back in June, we would probably pay Gary for freeing up his time. I don’t wanna treat somebody that’s bailed us out for two years badly. But if Gary played with us forever? I’m OK with that. But if Jeff got better and said, ‘Hey, man, I’m ready to play,’ and he came to rehearsal and showed us he was good enough, that’s his show.”

Jon Dette: Da New Guy

On whether Jon Dette was the band’s first choice as a replacement for Dave Lombardo, who was controversially fired from the band earlier this year, Kerry adds:

“Yeah, he was, actually. I’ve got a lot of friends in this business and I was thinking, at the first instant of trouble in paradise, I’m, like, ‘Alright, what can we do?’ First off, I thought there’s probably no way to get a visa for somebody this quick, and I knew Jon was with Anthrax. And in a perfect world, I was thinking maybe he could do both, so I had to call him up and say, ‘Hey, man, I hate to drop this on you…’ [laughs] And he was stoked. And I did the right thing — I called up Scott [Ian, Anthrax guitarist], asked him if he minded. I rehearsed with Jon for three days and it came out good.”

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Slayer headline Bloodstock in August

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Daemonicus has issued the following announcement about the recording process while the band is holed up in C.C.H.B. Studio:

“A blasphemous creation… Repellent art of body parts Like surgical incisions Slicing, tearing, carving through

“That is what you get when this blasphemous creation is released. The track ‘A Dead Work Of Art’ is being recorded right now. Stefan is growling and making strange noices from the recording room, whitch is getting hotter then hell beacuse of the poor ventilation. It’s no picnic being the vocalist. Or wait it is, the bastard are always divas, don’t have to cary any gear and such… Just a small mic. Im just being jelous cus my amp weighs like 3 tons!

“I don’t have much more to tell you then that the recordings are going great and we having a good time here in C.C.H.B. studio.”

Images from the band’s time in the recording studio can also be viewed below.

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Technical Death Metal outfit Decrepit Birth has posted a new video of the song “Diminishing Between Worlds,” which is the title track from their 2008 full-length of the same name. Featuring guitarist Matt Sotelo, bassist Derek Boyer and touring drummer Sam “Samus” Paulicelli, this “jam session” video shows everyone having a good time. Decrepit B..

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