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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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General Music News: Track recorded during "Led Zeppelin II" sessions, set for release as part of upcoming reissues.

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John Bonham, John Paul Jones, Jimmy Page and Robert Plant came together in 1968 as LED ZEPPELIN. Over the next decade, the band would become one of the most influential, innovative and successful groups in modern music, selling more than 300 million albums worldwide. Their songs are some of the most celebrated in rock ‘n’ roll history that, to this day, resonate with fans young and old around the globe. Still, no matter how many times you may have listened to their music, you’ve never heard LED ZEPPELIN like this before.

With the June 3 release of deluxe editions of “Led Zeppelin”, “Led Zeppelin II” and “Led Zeppelin III”, the band will launch an extensive reissue program of all nine of its studio albums in chronological order, each remastered by guitarist and producer Jimmy Page. LED ZEPPELIN will also open its vaults to share dozens of unheard studio and live recordings, with each album featuring a second disc of companion audio comprised entirely of unreleased music related to that album.

“The material on the companion discs presents a portal to the time of the recording of LED ZEPPELIN,” says Page. “It is a selection of work in progress with rough mixes, backing tracks, alternate versions, and new material recorded at the time”

“Led Zeppelin”, “Led Zeppelin II” and “Led Zeppelin III” will each be available June 3 from Atlantic/Swan Song in the following formats:

* Single CD – Remastered album packaged in a gatefold card wallet.

* Deluxe Edition (2CD) – Remastered album, plus a second disc of unreleased companion audio.

* Single LP – Remastered album on 180-gram vinyl, packaged in a sleeve that replicates the LP’s first pressing in exacting detail. (For example, “III” will feature the original wheel and die cut holes.)

* Deluxe Edition Vinyl – Remastered album and unreleased companion audio on 180-gram vinyl.

* Digital Download – Remastered album and companion audio will both be available.

* Super Deluxe Boxed Set – This collection includes:

- Remastered album on CD in vinyl replica sleeve.
- Companion audio on CD in card wallet.
- Remastered album on 180-gram vinyl in a sleeve replicating first pressing.
- Companion audio on 180-gram vinyl.
- High-def audio download card of all content at 96kHz/24 bit. (Live tracks are 48kHz/24 bit).
- Hard bound, 70+ page book filled with rare and previously unseen photos and memorabilia.
- High quality print of the original album cover, the first 30,000 of which will be individually numbered.
- “Led Zeppelin” will also include a replica of the band’s original Atlantic press kit.

The LED ZEPPELIN legend began in January of 1969 with the group’s eponymous debut. From the opening salvo of “Good Times Bad Times”, on through to “Babe I’m Gonna Leave You”, “Communication Breakdown” and “Dazed And Confused”, the album introduced the band’s unmistakable sound and left an indelible mark on the music landscape. “Led Zeppelin” has been certified diamond by the RIAA for sales over 10 million and was inducted into the Grammy Hall Of Fame in 2004.

The companion audio for “Led Zeppelin” features a previously unreleased performance recorded on October 10, 1969 at the Olympia Theatre in Paris. The nine-song set features seven tracks from the album, including an epic 15-minute version of “Dazed And Confused”, as well as “Heartbreaker” and “Moby Dick”, which would debut on “Led Zeppelin II” later that month.

The band wrote and recorded nearly all of “Led Zeppelin II” while touring relentlessly to support its debut album. Incredibly, the album was released just seven months after “Led Zeppelin” in October of 1969. “Led Zeppelin II” features some of the band’s most beloved tracks including “Ramble On” and “Heartbreaker” as well as “Whole Lotta Love”, considered by many to be one of the greatest rock ‘n’ roll songs of all time. The album is certified diamond by the RIAA with sales of over 12 million copies.

The “Led Zeppelin II” companion audio gives fans the first peek into the band’s recording sessions, with alternate mixes of five songs from the album, backing tracks to “Thank You” and “Living Loving Maid (She’s Just A Woman)”, and the previously unreleased track “La La”.

Following the whirlwind success of their first two albums and near constant touring, Page and Plant took to the now famous Bron-Yr-Aur cottage in Wales in 1970 to start the early composition of “Led Zeppelin III”. They later convened with Bonham and Jones for rehearsals before entering London’s Olympic Studios to begin recording in May 1970. Fueled by classic tracks such as “Immigrant Song” and “Since I’ve Been Loving You”, the album soared to the top of charts worldwide upon its release in October of 1970 and has since been certified six times platinum.

The nine tracks featured on “Led Zeppelin III”‘s companion audio continue to offer a window into the band’s recording process with seven studio outtakes of songs from the album as well as three previously unheard compositions: “Jennings Farm Blues” (an instrumental forerunner of “Bron-Yr-Aur Stomp”), “Bathroom Sound” (an instrumental version of “Out On The Tiles”), and their take on the blues classics “Keys To The Highway/Trouble In Mind”.

LED ZEPPELIN continues to be honored for its pivotal role in music history. The band was inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame in 1995, received a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2005, and a year later was awarded with the Polar Music Prize in Stockholm. Founding members Jones, Page and Plant — along with Jason Bonham, the son of John Bonham — took the stage at London’s O2 Arena in 2007 to headline a tribute concert for Ahmet Ertegun, a dear friend and Atlantic Records‘ founder. The band was honored for its lifetime contribution to American culture at the Kennedy Center Honors in 2012. In January of 2014, the band won their first ever Grammy Award as “Celebration Day”, which captured their live performance at the Ertegun tribute concert, was named “Best Rock Album.”

“Led Zeppelin” track listing:

01. Good Times Bad Times
02. Babe I’m Gonna Leave You
03. You Shook Me
04. Dazed And Confused
05. Your Time Is Gonna Come
06. Black Mountain Side
07. Communication Breakdown
08. I Can’t Quit You Baby
09. How Many More Times

Companion Audio Disc: Live At The Olympia – Paris, France October 10, 1969

01. Good Times Bad Times/Communication Breakdown
02. I Can’t Quit You Baby
03. Heartbreaker
04. Dazed And Confused
05. White Summer/Black Mountain Side
06. You Shook Me
07. Moby Dick
08. How Many More Times

“Led Zeppelin II” track listing

01. Whole Lotta Love
02. What Is And What Should Never Be
03. The Lemon Song
04. Thank You
05. Heartbreaker
06. Living Loving Maid (She’s Just A Woman)
07. Ramble On
08. Moby Dick

Companion Audio Disc

01. Whole Lotta Love
02. What Is And What Should Never Be
03. Thank You
04. Heartbreaker
05. Living Loving Maid (She’s Just A Woman)
06. Ramble On
07. Moby Dick
08. La La
09. Bring It On Home

“Led Zeppelin III” track listing

01. Immigrant Song
02. Friends
03. Celebration Day
04. Since I’ve Been Loving You
05. Out On The Tiles
06. Gallows Pole
07. Tangerine
08. That’s The Way
09. Bron-Y-Aur Stomp
10. Hats Off To (Roy) Harper

Companion Audio Disc

01. The Immigrant Song
02. Friends
03. Celebration Day
04. Since I’ve Been Loving You
05. Bathroom Sound
06. Gallows Pole
07. That’s The Way
08. Jennings Farm Blues
09. Keys To The Highway/Trouble In Mind

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U.K.’s Metal Hammer magazine recently got the chance to chat to SLIPKNOT and SCAR THE MARTYR drummer Joey Jordison and asked him for his thoughts on some of metal’s big-hitters that have been grabbing headlines this year. Here’s what he had to say.

On AVENGED SEVENFOLD:

Jordison: “Honestly, I don’t own any AVENGED SEVENFOLD records and I’ve not heard the new record. I’ve read about comparisons to METALLICA on the new record, and I guess there’s a certain controversy around that, but I’ve not paid that much attention to it. Nothing against them, I’m not knocking them, but I was just never a fan: not that they’re bad, they’re just one of those bands that kinda bypassed me.”

On METALLICA:

Jordison: “That’s the fucking band. Without METALLICA, I wouldn’t be doing what I am doing. I have every METALLICA record, of course, and I would spend hours on drums in my parents’ basement, with the stereo behind me, cranking those records and learning Lars‘ [Ulrich] drum beats, beat by beat. And nowadays, for me, METALLICA can do whatever the fuck they want. I’m not sure that ‘Lulu’ is something I’d be getting into, but METALLICA have a free pass from me to do anything, I can’t really knock anything they do. I mean [LED] ZEPPELIN and THE WHO passed the torch to METALLICA; they’re that band for our generation. Everything they do now is going to be met with a little bit of a backlash just because they’re so big, but without METALLICA, there would be no heavy bands, hardly. People have a hard time saying that, and obviously there’s a ton of other great bands, but there’s a reason that they’re huge and have been able to expand their audience to millions and millions and millions of people. I have nothing but praise for them.”

On BLACK SABBATH:

Jordison: “Proper SABBATH is SABBATH with Bill Ward. I’m sorry, it just is. Bill Ward is one of the most underrated drummers ever — the dude is fucking unreal, such a great, great player. And I just can’t bring myself to see SABBATH without Bill Ward, because he was such an integral part of that band. He’s like John Bonham or Keith Moon, one of those drummers who made the drum parts of those classic songs just as special as the guitar riffs or the vocals. I respect those guys doing what they’re doing, but sorry, count me out.”

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The members of METALLICA took part in a question-and-answer session following the September 23 screening of their new 3D IMAX movie, “Metallica Through The Never”, at New York’s Walter Reade Theater. Fan-filmed video footage of the discussion can be seen below.

Regarding comparisons to the classic 1976 LED ZEPPELIN film “The Song Remains The Same”, METALLICA drummer Lars Ulrich said: “I don’t mean to be disrespectful, but [we felt strongly that] it shouldn’t be ‘The Song Remains The Same’. We don’t want to be in the non-concert part. We don’t see ourselves acting.”

He added: “[We decided] it shouldn’t be in the infomercial style that a lot of the current ones are, where they follow a band on the road, and here they are on and off airplanes. There wasn’t a blueprint for this movie, and that’s what made it so hard to sell in Hollywood.”

“[Director] Nimród [Antal] came up with the story line,” frontman James Hetfield added. “It really is two movies in one. We wanted to have the best concert footage ever filmed and also have a story line and give it some legs that will be open for interpretation. There are so many metaphors in there. And there’s no good side or bad side. There’s just turmoil. That’s just a part of human nature — fight or flight at times. For me, when the rider shows up he’s the embodiment of hate. And then there’s fire. Of course. You gotta have fire.”

Ulrich also spoke about METALLICA‘s penchant for avoiding the obvious path and taking chances with their projects.

“We’re four guys and we’re always thinking, ‘Let’s be creative and try something different,’” Ulrich said. “The model of album, tour, album, tour is a little old. There are so many other ways to express yourself now. There are festivals [like our Orion Music + More festival], and Lou Reed calls, and movies. There are so many different things we want to do. We’re just so curious, and we want to live in these things and experience them, and that invigorates us so when we go back to making another record or writing a song we have all of these experiences to draw from.”

“Making a film of this size was radically different than making a record,” added Ulrich. “For me, the biggest thing was the scale of it and the amount of people that are involved. It can get overwhelming at times. It’s been three years and there are times it felt like the whole thing was running amok and [we wondered] who’s steering the ship. The intimacy you have in the recording studio where you really feel on top of what’s going on…I don’t feel we had that the whole time [with the movie], but we tried to commandeer it. I’m proud to say most of what you see does come from us, but it’s been a mindfuck at times. And we’re all psyched to get back to the studio and get back to that intimacy again.”

“Metallica Through The Never” opens this Friday (September 27) on IMAX screens before expanding to more theaters on October 4.

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On September 16, Louder! Magazine conducted an interview with drummer Mike Portnoy (THE WINERY DOGS, DREAM THEATER, AVENGED SEVENFOLD, ADRENALINE MOB) after THE WINERY DOGS‘ headlining concert La Maroquinerie in Paris, France. You can now watch the chat below.

THE WINERY DOGS‘ self-titled debut album sold around 10,200 copies in the United States in its first week of release to land at position No. 27 on The Billboard 200 chart. Released in North America on July 23 via Loud & Proud Records and in Japan on May 15 via Victor Entertainment, the CD was mixed by Jay Ruston, who has previously worked with ANTHRAX, ADRENALINE MOB, STONE SOUR and STEEL PANTHER.

“Bands like [LED] ZEPPELIN and THE WHO, THE [ROLLING] STONES, and THE BEATLES, CREAM, and [Jimi] Hendrix. I mean, I grew up with that stuff,” Portnoy told Voice Of America. “And, although I’ve been able to pay tribute to it throughout my career with tribute bands and things like that, I’ve never been in an all-original band that was kind of playing classic rock power trio stuff. That’s how I describe this band: just a straight-up rock band.”

Regarding the songwriting process for THE WINERY DOGS‘ album, Portnoy said: “In all cases, the music was the very first element and from there, Richie would start melodies on top of it. Sometimes the final lyrics were there, coming up on the spot, and other times he would take the melodies and write lyrics later. There were a couple of examples of Richie having something and bringing it in. In those cases, like ‘Damaged’ and ‘Regret’, we just left them. Because in those two particular cases, the songs were great as they were.”

Portnoy was full of praise for his THE WINERY DOGS bandmates, telling Voice Of America: “Billy Sheehan is my favorite bass player on earth and he has been for almost 30 years now. So to work with him and make music with him for me is an honor. And Richie is someone I have the utmost respect for as an artist. I mean, he is just so underappreciated, not only as a guitarist, but as a singer and a writer as well. I think for me, the most exciting aspect of this band is for people to discover Richie that aren’t aware of what a musical genius he is.”

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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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Spokane’s Rock 94 1/2 conducted an interview with AVENGED SEVENFOLD bassist Johnny Christ at the Aftershock festival, which took place September 14-15 at Discovery Park in Sacramento, California. You can now watch the chat below.

According to The Pulse Of Radio, AVENGED SEVENFOLD singer M. Shadows told a Canadian radio station that he isn’t bothered by recent comments from MACHINE HEAD frontman Robb Flynn, in which Flynn called the band’s new “Hail To The King” CD a “covers album.” Flynn specifically called the band out for songs like “This Means War”, which bears a strong resemblance to METALLICA‘s “Sad But True”, along with others.

Shadows told the Ottawa station, “I have met Robb on numerous occasions and he’s always been cool to me. And I just read it as a joke . . . I really don’t know what to say about it other than I agree with him on the ‘Sad But True’ thing — that was obviously an inspiration for that song. Everything else, I kind of think he . . . If it is a joke, it was kind of overboard, ’cause it doesn’t make sense in my mind.”

Shadows added, “Some people might see it as being as an underhanded . . . joke. But, to me, if he just wants to go in there and write whatever he wants, I think that’s totally cool. Everyone has an opinion and everyone should be entitled to say whatever they want. So it’s no skin off our backs.”

Flynn didn’t pull any punches in his critique, writing, “Congratulations to AVENGED SEVENFOLD on their latest ‘covers album’ coming in at #1, who knew that re-recording METALLICA, GUNS N ROSES, and MEGADETH songs could be such a worldwide hit!!?? Ba-dap Psssssss!!”

Asked if the bands Flynn mentioned were influences, Shadows replied, “I think all the bands he said we were very inspired by. I think also [BLACK] SABBATH, [LED] ZEPPELIN, THE ROLLING STONES.”

“Hail To The King” sold 159,000 copies in its first week of release, giving the California band their second straight chart-topper after 2010′s “Nightmare”.

Next up for AVENGED SEVENFOLD is its first major tour in support of the new CD, which starts October 3 in Chicago.

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On September 15, RockNLive.org conducted an interview with drummer Mike Portnoy (THE WINERY DOGS, DREAM THEATER, AVENGED SEVENFOLD, ADRENALINE MOB) before THE WINERY DOGS‘ headlining concert La Maroquinerie in Paris, France. You can now watch the chat below.

THE WINERY DOGS‘ self-titled debut album sold around 10,200 copies in the United States in its first week of release to land at position No. 27 on The Billboard 200 chart. Released in North America on July 23 via Loud & Proud Records and in Japan on May 15 via Victor Entertainment, the CD was mixed by Jay Ruston, who has previously worked with ANTHRAX, ADRENALINE MOB, STONE SOUR and STEEL PANTHER.

“Bands like [LED] ZEPPELIN and THE WHO, THE [ROLLING] STONES, and THE BEATLES, CREAM, and [Jimi] Hendrix. I mean, I grew up with that stuff,” Portnoy told Voice Of America. “And, although I’ve been able to pay tribute to it throughout my career with tribute bands and things like that, I’ve never been in an all-original band that was kind of playing classic rock power trio stuff. That’s how I describe this band: just a straight-up rock band.”

Regarding the songwriting process for THE WINERY DOGS‘ album, Portnoy said: “In all cases, the music was the very first element and from there, Richie would start melodies on top of it. Sometimes the final lyrics were there, coming up on the spot, and other times he would take the melodies and write lyrics later. There were a couple of examples of Richie having something and bringing it in. In those cases, like ‘Damaged’ and ‘Regret’, we just left them. Because in those two particular cases, the songs were great as they were.”

Portnoy was full of praise for his THE WINERY DOGS bandmates, telling Voice Of America: “Billy Sheehan is my favorite bass player on earth and he has been for almost 30 years now. So to work with him and make music with him for me is an honor. And Richie is someone I have the utmost respect for as an artist. I mean, he is just so underappreciated, not only as a guitarist, but as a singer and a writer as well. I think for me, the most exciting aspect of this band is for people to discover Richie that aren’t aware of what a musical genius he is.”

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METALLICA members Lars Ulrich (drums) and Robert Trujillo (bass) presented their new movie, “Metallica Through The Never”, at the film’s Russian premiere this past Saturday, September 14 in Moscow. Fan-filmed video footage of the question-and-answer session can be seen below.

Trujillo told The Pulse Of Radio that the idea for a METALLICA concert film had been around for a while, but that the band wanted it to have something extra. “We felt that the missing ingredient was obvious to us and it was some sort of narrative,” he said. “There needed to be something that co-existed with the music, so it goes beyond just another concert performance. So we took it a step in a different direction, kind of taking a page from PINK FLOYD ‘The Wall’ or ‘Song Remains The Same’ by LED ZEPPELIN, somehow creating our own version of that. And really it was trial and error.”

The 3D IMAX film will also play at Fantastic Fest in Austin, Texas several days before it opens in limited release on IMAX screens around the country on September 27. The film will then expand to more theaters on October 4.

The soundtrack, which features a number of METALLICA classics performed live in the movie, will be out on September 24. The two-disc CD will come 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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