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On the latest episode of the “Talking Metal” podcast (web site), former KISS guitarist Bruce Kulick reveals that his three solo albums will soon be released on iTunes for the first time. He also mentions that the iTunes release of the “BK3″ album will have two new bonus tracks. Other interview topics include GRAND FUNK RAILROAD, Michael Bolton, JUDAS PRIEST, Gene Simmons, Tommy Thayer, Mark St. John, Paul Stanley, Vinnie Vincent, Eric Carr, Ace Frehley and Bruce‘s recent wedding. Check out the chat using the Spreaker widget below.

Kulick married his girlfriend, Lisa Lane, on January 4.

Bruce, 60, proposed to Lisa on Christmas Eve in 2012 in London, England.

In 1984, Bruce joined KISS, where he remained as their lead guitarist for twelve years, accompanying the band on the “Animalize” tour and continuing with the band until the 1996 reunion tour. Bruce is heavily featured on “Kissology – Vol. 2″ and “Vol. 3″, the band’s DVDs spanning their historic 35-year career.

Kulick‘s third solo album, “BK3″, was released in Europe in January 2010 via Frontiers Records and in North America in February 2010 through Twenty 4 Records/Rocket Science Ventures. The first single from the album, “Hand Of The King”, featuring Nick Simmons (son of KISS bassist/vocalist Gene Simmons), was a digital-only release available at all online music stores, including iTunes.

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Orange Goblin’s Ben Ward is currently hanging with the amazing trio of bands on this year’s Lords Of The Riff tour! Here’s how it’s going so far…

Day 4 – Wednesday March 19th – Another Day Off!

Woke up to the smell of bacon cooking as our good host served us up a full English breakfast and a pint of tea! Before we left Colchester we stopped off to pick up some sleeping bags (essential touring kit) and debated going to visit a zoo or a castle but everyone decided to get to the hotel in London and get some much needed rest. In no time we were back in the smoke and the band got some sleep whilst I managed to go home and do some laundry. Later that evening we all met up for some food at possibly the worst Chinese restaurant in the world before heading to The Red Lion in Leytonstone for beers.

We were joined by a few friends including Joe, the guitar player from Orange Goblin, and the night soon started to get messy as everyone started sampling the wide range of guest ales. We ended up back at a friends house drinking whiskey, wine, cider, more beers and whatever else was going whilst rocking out in the kitchen to Captain Beyond and Budgie. I don’t remember leaving but I must’ve staggered home at some point and the band jumped in a cab for the hotel. Days off RULE!

Day 5 – Thursday March 20th – o2 Academy 3, Birmingham

Off to the birthplace of Heavy Metal! The home of Black Sabbath, Led Zeppelin and Judas Priest amongst many others. Everyone was feeling a little sceptical about this show as we knew that Red Fang, The Shrine and Lord Dying were playing across town and could seriously affect the turn out. With this in mind I did what anyone in my position would do……….I got in touch with my friends in Red Fang and arranged for them to put us all on their guest list for after Scorpion Child had finished!! We rolled into Brum around 3pm, found a place to eat and did some press before the doors opened. The turn out in the small room was great and all the bands put on a fantastic show. A fan arrived with an awesome cake for the bands (see pic) which I was amazed remained intact throughout the entire evening.

Unfortunately due to the timings of both shows we didn’t make it across town to catch up with Red Fang but we all considered the night another massive success for all involved. After the van got loaded we headed to a friends house, drank some beers and played the cheesy band name game, which involves trying to incorporate different cheeses into band names. I can’t take the credit for it but the best was ‘Crosby, Stilton Nash’!!! Tomorrow, the Lords of The Riff head north!

Fri 21 Mar – SHEFFIELD Corporation (SC closes)
Sat 22 Mar – GLASGOW King Tuts (MT closes)
Sun 23 Mar – NEWCASTLE Academy 2 (SC closes)
Tue 25 Mar – NOTTINGHAM Rock City (MT closes)
Wed 26 Mar – LONDON Underworld (MT closes)
Thu 27 Mar – MANCHESTER Roadhouse (SC closes)

Tickets are on sale now. To buy online, visit www.seetickets.com (Sheffield shows),www.livenation.co.uk (Newcastle, London, Manchester), www.gigsinscotland.com(Glasgow) and www.alt-tickets.co.uk (Nottingham). See you at the front.

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British heavy metal legends JUDAS PRIEST have completed work on their brand new studio album, to be released later in the year.

Speaking to Artisan News at last night’s (Monday, March 17) VIP listening party for the Ronnie James Dio tribute album “This Is Your Life” and awards gala at the Avalon in Hollywood, California, JUDAS PRIEST singer Rob Halford stated about the band’s new CD (see video below): “The record is finished; it’s absolutely finished as of today.” He added: “It’s a relief. It’s a relief because whenever PRIEST makes an album, like any band, you put your heart and soul into it; it is that typical ‘blood, sweat and tears.’ It’s not an easy thing to do 40 years later. But PRIEST has always been up for the challenge of that, and it’s one of things that we love to do more than anything else as we move on through our metal years. So this is a great time for PRIEST: 40th anniversary, a brand new record. Life couldn’t be better.”

In a 2013 interview with Billboard.com, Halford described the new PRIEST CD’s sound as “hard. It’s heavy. It’s something we think our PRIEST fans will be thrilled with. We know we have a reputation to maintain, and we know we have to deliver something really strong and solid. The album is going to be full of all the great things you love about JUDAS PRIEST — I don’t think I can say anything more than that without being hung, drawn and quartered.”

Speaking to VH1 Radio Network‘s Dave Basner, Halford said about what fans can expect from JUDAS PRIEST‘s next LP: “We felt it was very important to follow up [2008's] ‘Nostradamus’, the last release, and that was a concept experiment and it was a real success for us and the fans loved it, but I think our fans and ourselves as a band, we want to get back to the side of PRIEST that we haven’t heard for a few years and reemphasize and remake those big, heavy metal statements again.”

PRIEST‘s next album will mark the band’s first release with Richie Faulkner, most recently guitarist in the backing band for Lauren Harris (daughter of IRON MAIDEN bassist Steve Harris).

Faulkner joined PRIEST as the replacement for original PRIEST guitarist Kenneth “K.K.” Downing, who announced his retirement from the band in April 2011.

Asked how it has been collaborating on new music with Faulkner, Halford told Guitar World in a 2012 interview: “Really, really strong. Exciting. He’s riffing and saying, ‘Robby, I’m thinking of this and this and this.’ It’s really exciting to have that kind of energy, because you feed off of it.”

He added: “[Richie] went through the ritual on [the ‘Epitaph’] tour, did great work on stage, the fans embraced him, so it’s now time to see what we’re capable of, the writing trio of Glenn [Tipton] and Richie and myself.”

Regarding whether technology has changed JUDAS PRIEST‘s songwriting process at all, Halford said: “It’s dangerous to walk around with a flash drive on a bunch of keys. [Laughs] To a great extent, it doesn’t really change. The technology is amazing in terms of the advantages it brings to music now, some of it good, some of it very bad. It’s all about discipline and self-belief, determination, wanting to do the best you can do and not accepting anything that’s below par. We’ve always had that attitude in PRIEST. We’ve always felt really strongly about any track that goes out for our fans. We’re still doing it like we always have: firing up the riffs and finding a vocal melody to go with it, me going into me wonderful world of the Roget’s Thesaurus and trying to come up with a new lyric and a new idea. And that’s what we’ve been doing for four decades.”

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Chicago-based rock outfit THE LAST VEGAS will release its fifth studio album, “Sweet Salvation”, on May 12 in Europe and May 13 in North America via The ILS Group. The follow-up to 2012′s “Bad Decisions” was recorded at the end of 2013 in Los Angeles, California by renowned producer and engineer Roy Z. (HALFORD, BRUCE DICKINSON, JUDAS PRIEST, HELLOWEEN, SEPULTURA).

“Sweet Salvation” track listing:

01. Touch The Sky
02. Come With Me
03. Invicible Summer
04. Lucky 13
05. Miss You
06. Face In The Crowd
07. You & Me (You Never Know)
08. Death Style
09. Sweet Salvation

Check out the video for lead single “Come With Me” below and grab a free download of the track here.

THE LAST VEGAS will embark on a 23-date European tour on May 15. The band will be visiting U.K., Germany, Austria, Hungary, Denmark, The Netherlands and Belgium through June in support of the new album.

Formed in 2005, THE LAST VEGAS cut its teeth relentlessly playing in support of two independent releases. In 2009, the band burst on to the national scene when MÖTLEY CRÜE‘s Nikki Sixx saw them play live in Los Angeles and subsequently co-produced their third album, “Whatever Gets You Off”. More touring followed, including a stint opening MÖTLEY CRÜE‘s “Saints Of Los Angeles” tour.

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According to Law360.com, JUDAS PRIEST lead singer Rob Halford, other PRIEST members, and the band’s management team have reached a settlement with Rob‘s longtime manager John Baxter in a breach-of-contract suit.

U.S. District Judge Gonzalo P. Curiel granted the parties’ joint motion for dismissal on Thursday after they said they’d reached a settlement. The terms of the settlement were not disclosed.

Halford his PRIEST bandmates and the group management team were sued by Baxter to the tune of around $50 million. Rolling Stone reported that Baxter‘s suit, which can be found as a PDF document at this location, alleges “fraud, breach of contract, and intentional interference with contractual relations.” Shortly after Halford fired Baxter in August 2012, Baxter claimed that he realized that the PRIEST frontman owed him millions due to “contract breaches, including failure to pay commissions, salary and expenses dating back to 1992.” He said that Halford misled him by saying that he was unable to pay Baxter the monies owed him, but promised to do so when he had the money at hand.

Baxter was fired on August 9, 2012 by a letter from a U.K. law firm stating, in part, “It has become clear over recent weeks that the relationships between our parties has run its course and that you are not acting in our clients’ best interests. . . (Your actions have) placed an intolerable strain upon our clients’ ability to maintain constructive and professional relations with the remaining members of JUDAS PRIEST and their representatives at this crucial time.”

Baxter‘s lawyer Barry K. Rothman told Rolling Stone: “It was wrongful termination because there’s no basis to have terminated. They have their own agenda. Baxter has been managing (Halford) for decades. JUDAS PRIEST was coming to an end and the JUDAS PRIEST people wanted to engage Halford in his solo endeavor and to continue to have a relationship with him which was not possible with Baxter in the middle. There’s a whole reason why this all of the sudden abruptly came to an end.”

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When METALLICA‘s new movie, “Metallica Through The Never”, opens in 3D IMAX today (Friday, September 27), fans will see the band performing on a massive stage, specially constructed for the film, that incorporates elements of METALLICA live shows from the past 30 years. LA Lloyd of the Austin, Texas radio station KLBJ-FM asked bassist Robert Trujillo if there is any chance of taking that stage show on the road. “”That is the plan,” he said (hear audio below). “But we won’t do that until we finish recording a new record. We need a new album.”

He continued: “We started working on new music earlier in the year, and it was really fun; we had a great time. Lars [Ulrich; METALLICA drummer] was even saying that it was the funnest time that he had jamming with METALLICA.

“There’s a great sense of unity right now in the band; we’re firing on all cylinders.

“We’ve had a lot of challenging moments on stage, we changed the setlist every night, we played some major events. We had a special anniversary… It was about a year ago, at the Fillmore in San Francisco, we played four shows for the 30-year anniversary, and we actually… Again, us being crazy, we flew in people like Rob Halford [JUDAS PRIEST] from Birmingham, England to sing one song with us. We had members of DIAMOND HEAD there, we had MERCYFUL FATE, with King Diamond, [who] came out from Denmark. Geezer Butler and Ozzy Osbourne, we flew them in, from BLACK SABBATH, to do a medley of SABBATH songs with us. We had Glenn Danzig. I mean, it was crazy. Lou Reed came out, too. It was four nights of that, and it was a celebration for our fans. And again, going back to the idea that we’re not making any money off this — I mean, Fillmore is a small place, and we’re flying people in, and we’ve gotta put them up. But again, at the end of the day, it’s for our fans. And I always think that that’s why people really connect with us, because we’re kind of crazy like that. And at the end of the ay, I think it translates into positive energy.

“But again, the reality is we’ve gotta make a new album. We’ll take the stage out a few years down the line if there’s a demand — kind of the way Roger Waters took his production out.”

METALLICA reportedly spent $20 million of its own money to make the “Metallica Through The Never” film, which was screened at Fantastic Fest in Austin, Texas this past Wednesday (September 25).

The soundtrack, which features a number of METALLICA classics performed live in the movie, was released on September 24. The two-disc CD came out on METALLICA‘s own label, Blackened Recordings, also in digital and vinyl formats.

The concert sequences for the movie were shot in August 2012 at two shows in Vancouver, Canada and feature a stage containing elements of many of METALLICA‘s previous live productions from the past 30 years.

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Former JUDAS PRIEST guitarist Kenneth “K.K.” Downing spoke to Midland Rocks about his shocking April 2011 announcement that he was leaving the band prior to their “Epitaph” world tour.

Downing, who recently started a career as a rock promoter under the banner The Future Of Heavy Metal, says that, contrary to popular belief, he didn’t retire from the music business.

“I’ll never get away from this retirement thing, but what happened was that I quit,” Downing explains. “Retired implies that I am not physically able to do it. I am able to do it, but I didn’t want to do it; I just wasn’t enjoying it anymore

“A lot of things had changed. I think I counted about thirty reasons why I didn’t want to do it at the time, and that is an awful lot of reasons.

“In all honesty, I think that in so many respects it had run its course.

“If you’re part of a songwriting team, you get the recognition and reward for creating something, but for me, PRIEST became about going out and playing live and replicating exactly what people had enjoyed ten, twenty or thirty years ago. The fans would be just as happy if they could see us bin all of the modern guitars we now play and take them on a walk down memory lane, because I think that’s what people enjoy most. And I understand that, because if I could go out now and see Eric Clapton with CREAM, then I would be the happiest person in the world.”

He continues: “One of the beautiful things about being in the industry was the ability to continue to invent and create, constructing songs and making good records. You do feel the need to be creative, and that was taken away with the downloading thing, and as you get older, the balance of the scales starts to tip. So if you can’t be creative, why would you want to continue to dedicate the time into something?

“I suppose if the industry was still healthy and people still had to spend their hard-earned money buying a record, it would be different, but if you give something away, then it has no value.

“We used to buy an album and think, ‘Well, it’s not that good, but I’ll play it a million times [and] I’m sure I’ll get into it, and now it doesn’t really get a second chance.

“In the past, there was always the opportunity to create a record like ‘Dark Side Of The Moon’ [PINK FLOYD] or ‘British Steel’ [JUDAS PRIEST] or ‘Back In Black’ [AC/DC] that would be one of those albums that would be indelible and people will always come back to. And I think that opportunity has gone now, and I think it would take a miracle for one of those to happen again.

“If you consider an album like [JUDAS PRIEST‘s much-maligned conceptual effort] ‘Nostradamus’, then if that had been released in 1978, then it would have been another ‘Dark Side Of The Moon’, but it is all about the timing.

“When you think about it, in the early days, we had the opportunity to write great songs, play great solos and have great vocal performances, but people get used to it and it is hard now to get the reaction of, ‘Wow, have you heard the new PRIEST album?’

“The industry has changed so much… I see companies that are repackaging and rehashing, and that started happening to us, and that was not a pretty thing to be a part of. It’s kind of duping the fans a bit, because there are fans around the world that have got to have everything to complete their collection, so even if there are only a few thousand of them, if you put out a box collection, it might be $100, which is a lot of dollars, and so for me, that is something that I didn’t get into music for.”

Downing‘s place in JUDAS PRIEST was filled by new guitarist Richie Faulkner.

JUDAS PRIEST is currently writing and recording material for a new studio album, to be released sometime next year.

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KK: no regrets

Former Judas Priest guitarist and founding member KK Downing, who sensationally left the band back in 2011, has elaborated on his decision to leave the heavy metal legends, revealing that it wasn’t his own career that he felt was coming to a close…

“I’ll never get away from this ‘retirement’ thing. What happened was that I quit,” he tells The Midlands Rocks. “‘Retired’ implies that I am not physically able to do it. I am able to do it, but I didn’t want to do it; I just wasn’t enjoying it any more. A lot of things had changed. I think I counted about thirty reasons why I didn’t want to do it at the time, and that’s an awful lot of reasons.

“In all honesty I think that in so many respects it had run its course. If you’re part of a songwriting team you get the recognition and reward for creating something. But for me Priest became about going out and playing live and replicating exactly what people had enjoyed ten, twenty or thirty years ago.

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“The fans would be just as happy if they could see us take them on a walk down memory lane – I think that’s what people enjoy most. And I understand that, because if I could go out now and see Eric Clapton with Cream then I would be the happiest person in the world.”

“If the industry was still healthy and people still had to spend their hard-earned money buying a record, it would be different.

“We used to buy an album and think, ‘Well it’s not that good, but I’ll play it a million times and I’m sure I’ll get into it.’ Now it doesn’t get a second chance.

“In the past there was always the opportunity to create a record like The Dark Side Of The Moon orBritish Steel or Back In Black that would be indelible, and people will always come back to. I think that opportunity has gone now – it would take a miracle for one of those to happen again.”

Meanwhile, Judas Priest look set to release a new album next year, despite many assuming they’d call it quits after their Epitaph “farewell”. tour

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On November 7 at Saint Rocke in Hermosa Beach, California, the Geoff Tate-fronted version of QUEENSRŸCHE will acoustically perform the entire setlist that was played by the original band during their 1992 “MTV Unplugged” show. They will also perform other QUEENSRŸCHE hits and favorites.

“MTV Unplugged” setlist was as follows:

01. I Will Remember
02. The Killing Words
03. Della Brown
04. Silent Lucidity
05. Scarborough Fair/Canticle (SIMON & GARFUNKEL cover)
06. The Lady Wore Black
07. Anybody Listening?
08. Rockin’ In The Free World (NEIL YOUNG cover)

For more information, go to this location.

Video footage of the original “MTV Unplugged” performance of “Della Brown” can be seen below.

Tate‘s QUEENSRŸCHE now features Tate along with guitarist Kelly Gray (QUEENSRŸCHE 1998-2001), keyboardist Randy Gane and the band’s latest additions, guitarist Robert Sarzo (QUIET RIOT, HURRICANE) and drummer Simon Wright (AC/DC, DIO, RHINO BUCKET).

“Frequency Unknown”, the new album from the Geoff Tate-fronted version of QUEENSRŸCHE, sold around 5,500 copies in its first week of release in the United States to land at position No. 82 on The Billboard 200 chart. Issued on April 23, the CD was produced by Jason Slater at a studio in Northern California.

“Frequency Unknown” is packaged with bonus tracks — four QUEENSRŸCHE classics, newly recorded, including the smash hit single “Silent Lucidity”. Guest musicians on the CD include K.K. Downing (JUDAS PRIEST), Chris Poland (MEGADETH), Ty Tabor (KING’S X), Paul Bostaph (SLAYER, TESTAMENT, EXODUS), Lita Ford, Brad Gillis (NIGHT RANGER), Dave Meniketti (Y&T) and Craig Locicero (FORBIDDEN).

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Behind-the-scenes footage of the “Lift Me Up Diamond Meet & Greet VIP Package” from a recent show on FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH‘s current tour can be seen below.

Diamond package — which is priced $925 and is limited to 10 people per show — includes:

* Special limited-edition FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH graphic — autographed Dean MLXM guitar
* Limited-edition RIAA-ceritifed official FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH triple gold award plaque (from Knucklehead #01 to Knucklehead #150)
* One-on-one meet-and-greet: Hang with the band and take pics!
* Exclusive VIP t-shirt or limited-edition VIP jersey
* FINGER DEATH PUNCH drumhead signed by entire band
* Exclusive soundcheck (where available)
* Backstage/onstange tour (where available)
* Early-entry access
* Limited-edition commemorative laminate and lanyard.

Everyone who purchases a “Lift Me Up Diamond Meet & Greet VIP Package” automatically gets entered to win a one-of-a-kind FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH custom-designed motorcycle built by Murder Machine.

FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH has unleashed a game-play video for its new single, “Battle Born”. The action-packed clip was created by Machinima director Jackfrags and based on the popular “Battlefield 4″ video game.

“The Wrong Side Of Heaven And The Righteous Side Of Hell Volume 2″, the second half of a two-record set, is due to arrive on November 19 via via Prospect Park in North America and Eleven Seven in all other territories.

The first half of “The Wrong Side Of Heaven And The Righteous Side Of Hell” came out on July 30 and debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard album chart, selling 113,000 copies in its first week of release.

The first single from “Volume 1″, “Lift Me Up”, featured JUDAS PRIEST singer Rob Halford and hit the top of the rock radio chart.

“Volume 1″ has sold more than 233,000 copies to date. FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH‘s three previous albums have all gone gold for sales of 500,000 copies or more.

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