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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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THE CULT frontman Ian Astbury has spoken out on the incident at the band’s August 13 concert at Revolution Live in Fort Lauderdale, Florida when a fan attending the concert was ejected from the venue for allegedly texting and being disrespectful during the performance (see video footage below).

Speaking to Michael Christopher at Vanyaland.com, Astbury said: “Initially the guy was filming the whole show — he was filming everything…. It’s kind of a disease that we have where people aren’t present and after while it kind of trips you up, it becomes a distraction. Usually you don’t let things like that trip you out, but when it’s right in front of you doing it… one guy was sitting on the side of the stage eating cake [laughs] and that tripped me out too, but I went over and ate his cake.

“So the barricade was very close to the stage; and I think the subtext of this is, as musicians, we’ve seen our so-called industry be decimated to the point where the expectation level of individual fans raises to the point where you’re doing them a service, this idea that musicians are now the bottom of the food chain. When Spotify is paying 0.00004 of a cent per play — a million plays will get you 5,000 dollars. Who listens to a track a million times? Nobody. You wait like three years to get a royalty check for 18 dollars. It’s getting worse and worse and worse.

“The only thing you have control over is the performance environment. When you have habitual filming going on, it’s disruptive to the performance. When you’ve got someone visualizing the show through a cell phone, that action spreads out through the crowd.
“And this genius, first of all, I politely asked him to stop filming; I don’t mind if you take pictures, that’s cool, filming little bits – but don’t film the entire set; enough’s enough. At first I was kind of amused, but the next thing, he’s texting during a song. That’s incredibly disruptive, watching people in the front row so disconnected from the process — not even present. You might as well stay at home.

“I commented to this guy, ‘Will you please stop texting?’ He didn’t pay attention.

“I had water in my mouth, I sprayed it right next to him, and he just exploded — exploded; trying to climb over the barriers, trying to get into a fight with me, he’s flipping me off, he’s screaming at me, ‘Fuck you…’ And I was just like, ‘You’re rude. This is our house, you’re behaving disrespectfully, you’re disruptive, you’re affecting the functioning of the whole evening, and you’re disconnected — so why bother coming?’

“When it goes on YouTube, it looks like shit, sounds like shit — you missed the moment. We didn’t spend blood sweat and tears creating this music to be snubbed in that way.

“Stay at home.

“I’ve been at performances on Broadway where the actors stop to say, ‘Turn off the cell phone. Stop texting. You’re breaking the spell. Be present.’ If you want to do it, go to the back and text – almost like smoking at the airport, you should have a texting area.

“If you feel like you have to? Then you have a little area you can go do it in. It’s amazing how possessive people are of their entitlement in these environments. Don’t poke the animals in the cage — you will get bitten.

“Some people say, ‘You’re being self-righteous and indignant, these people paid to come to the show they should be able to do what they want.’ So if you invite people into your home, and it is our home for the evening, would you expect them to piss on the floor and shit in your flowerpot?

“Initially when we walk out onstage, pretty much 60 percent of the audience had a phone up. That’s pretty much just the way it now, upfront, and that’s cool, we have no problem with that. But when it bleeds into the entire show and you’re doing songs like ‘Embers’, for example, which is a very intimate song, a very revealing song, and people are just really disconnected and it does break the spell. It’s like a cancerous cell of disconnection in the room.”

THE CULT‘s current “Electric 13” tour sees the band performing its 1987 album “Electric”, on its entirety. The live show also includes a second set pulling from the band’s eight other studio albums.



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Rachel Aspe of Eths

Stars in their eyes, fists in their teeth: Rachel Aspe doing death on French national TV

French outfit Eths have named Rachel Aspe as their new vocalist – and you might not know the name, but you’ve probably heard the voice.

She made her name after performing death metal on French TV talent show La France A Un Incroyable Talent, leaving the pop-star judges totally bewildered. The clip, below, has been viewed nearly two million times.

Aspe says: “I’m really proud to be part of Eths. I’ve been a fan of the band for many years and it’s a great honour to sing songs I’ve been listening to for such a long time.”

The Marseille-based band add: “We’re pleased to welcome Rachel. She’s great – and she has an awesome voice. A new chapter is beginning. We’re energised and looking forward to our upcoming shows with Rachel. See you on the road!”

Previous vocalist Candice Clot left the band last September for personal reasons. In a statement she explained: “I can’t live unconditionally for music and its listeners anymore. Although the stage remains an outlet, I can’t live up to such a demanding job anymore. The band wants to go on, as the guys are still burning with a rage and a motivation that I don’t have anymore. I am begging you to keep Eths and the people who will replace me close to your hearts.”

Since then they’d been performing with stand-in singers. Their first shows with Aspe take place next week and continue into June, with more planned:

10 Apr: Lyon (FR) Le Ninkasi Kao
13 Apr: Cannes (FR) Mjc Picaud / La Tangente
02 May: Montpellier (FR) Secret Place
03 May : Lausanne (CH) Balelec Festival
01 Jun: Clamart (FR) Conservatoire Henri Dutilleux
29 Jun: Tournus (FR) Festiz

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Massacre Records has checked in with the following announcement about One Man Army and the Undead Quartet (which features Johan Lindstrand of The Crown) officially calling it quits after going on hiatus a year ago:

“We’ve got bad news for you. About a year ago, Johan announced that the band will take a break and that he’ll put all his energy into making the reunion with his band The Crown. Now he confirmed what most of you probably thought would happen: One Many Army and the Undead Quartet call it quits.”

Johan Lindstrand added: “Hi there everyone. The time has come to say goodbye. It shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone since the last year hasn’t exactly been favored to One Man Army. I no longer feel that strong towards what the band meant in the beginning. The first 3-4 years were magic defined but sadly that magic couldn’t last.

“Me and all the members, past and present, would like to thank you all a million times for your support. We had a blast most of the times.

“I will now continue my ride with The Crown. May One Man Army And The Undead Quartet rest in peace. This legacy will forever be with me and hopefully with you too! Thank you for the music guys and good luck for your new/future projects!”

One Man Army and the Undead Quartet released four full-length albums, finishing with 2011′s “The Dark Epic.”

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Angela Gossow 2012

Ever wanted to know a little more about metal maiden and Queen Of Scream Angela Gossow’s musical influences and inspiration? Yeah ya do. Metal Hammer caught up with the Arch Enemy singer in the amazing new issue to discover just what makes her tick and which albums have helped shape her world.

Here’s a sneak preview of what we found out…

“The first CD I bought was Carcass’s Symphonies Of Sickness, “Anglea admits, “and obviously, I never regretted that! I’m surprised that it can still play, because I must have played it about 1.5 million times.”

Angela also reveals that she was a bit of a skater girl (not the Avril Lavigne kind), trying to get her mates into metal and listing Anthrax’s Fistful of Metal as the album that reminds her of her schoolyard days. “I skated a lot with friends from my school, and they were one of the few bands I could share with those guys,” she adds. “Normally they didn’t like much metal, but this is a bit of a crossover album.”

For Angela, the defining album of metal is Death’s Leprosy. She explains: “Leprosy encompasses everything I think extreme metal should be. Chuck [Schuldiner] just excels in everything on this album, and the vocals are out of this world.”

Grab yourself a copy of the new issue for the full article and more of Gossow’s metal album musts.

Check out Gossow’s tones on Arch Enemy’s latest album Khaos Legions, out now via Century Media.

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Video of Zoe Thomson, the 8-year-old guitarist, has been watched more than 1.5 million times.

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