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Pollstar.com recently conducted an interview with vocalist Michael Starr (real name Ralph Saenz; ex-L.A. GUNS) of Los Angeles glam-metal jokesters STEEL PANTHER. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow below.

Pollstar.com: Pollstar has a lot of STEEL PANTHER fans. But because we’re in Fresno, and STEEL PANTHER is from Los Angeles — and a lot of us have gone to your shows — we took it for granted and we should have done this interview earlier.

Starr: Well, I think you’ve waited for the perfect time. Now we are officially no longer a cover band at all. This past September, we quit doing the residency thing and just put all our eggs into the touring basket and we’ll see what’s going to happen.

Pollstar.com: Well, what is happening? How’s it going?

Starr: So far, everything’s sold out so I think we made the right choice. Plus there’s way more variety of chicks around the world than Vegas and L.A. We pretty much get stuck in a rut jamming in Vegas and L.A. — which are killer markets to play and every band would die to do what we did — but now we’re going around the world. Man, we went to Russia this year and, fuckin’, the girls are so hot!

Pollstar.com: It’s great that you’re doing originals exclusively, but isn’t some of your appeal doing things like riffing on three chords and showing the audience how many songs use them?

Starr: We haven’t lost anything that we did in the residencies. We’re just doing original music instead of playing BON JOVI in between our banter. I think the appeal, all around the world, is that people fucking want to have fun, they want to have a laugh. But they also want what we offer, which is we’re all craftsmen on our instruments. We’re not just actors up there cracking jokes and can’t play. The songs on the record are killer, I can sing almost as good as Steve Perry — when I’m lip-syncing — and people like that.

Pollstar.com: Does this mean you’re going to be touring, like, forever?

Starr: You know what? You’re talking to me from the old model, and I get where you’re coming from. And it was really hard for us to break what we were doing because we built a career out of doing these residencies and we all bought houses, and we all have lives and we have expenses. It was really hard for us to cut the umbilical cord and go for it. So basically what we are doing is we’re cutting the cord, and we’re swinging for a grand slam. We’re putting everything into it and so far it’s been paying off.

Read the entire interview at Pollstar.com.

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Rock And Roll Hall Of Famer and legendary drummer of GUNS N’ ROSES, VELVET REVOLVER and THE CULT, Matt Sorum released his new album, “Stratosphere”, under the moniker MATT SORUM’S FIERCE JOY on March 11 on Rok Dok Recordings via Kobalt Label Services.

“Stratosphere” is major departure from the hard-hitting rock Sorum is best known for. His intense passion for animal and human rights, and need to give back heavily influenced the narrative and acoustic orchestration of the album.

“Over the years, I’ve been influenced by my surroundings and sometimes that hasn’t always been for the better,” says Sorum. “But after years of soul searching, I organically fell into a different state of mind.

“With many lessons learned along the way, it seemed like the perfect time to do a record in my own voice, if you will. It’s as real and exposed as anything I’ve ever offered my in my career, and I hope you enjoy it.”

Besides stepping behind the mic for lead vocals, Sorum wrote the entire album, and plays acoustic guitar and piano.

“I’ve always played acoustic, so I wanted to use that as the feel of the record,” Matt says.

“I chose the musicians I wanted by records they had played on, and diverse instruments such as mellotron, slide guitar and ethnic percussion.

“I always wanted orchestration, so this album was the canvas for that as well.”

The official “Stratosphere” trailer can be seen below.

MATT SORUM’S FIERCE JOY“Stratosphere” track listing:

01. Intro – Stratosphere Part 1
02. The Sea
03. What Ziggy Says
04. For the Wild Ones
05. Goodbye To You
06. Gone
07. Lady of the Stone
08. Ode to Nick Drake
09. Blue
10. Josephine
11. Land of the Pure
12. Killers N Lovers
13. The Lonely Teardrop
14. Outro – Stratosphere Part 2

Speaking to The Street, Sorum stated about his inspiration for the “Stratosphere” CD: “I’m known as a rock guy, but I’ve always loved so many diverse artists. I was a huge Joni Mitchell fan; I remember listening to a lot of her records back to back. Neil Young, Tom Petty, THE BEATLES, of course, and I was a huge Bowie fan. I was also into progressive stuff, like early GENESIS, Peter Gabriel era. You can hear that influence on the new album; there are a couple of songs that have some interesting time changes.

“I’ve always dabbled on the acoustic guitar, and I wrote a couple songs for VELVET REVOLVER. In GUNS N’ ROSES, Axl [Rose] and Slash looked to me for arrangements. I wasn’t the predominant songwriter, but I’ve always been involved in the process.

“When I put ‘Stratosphere’ together, I actually had a lot of it on cassette. I’d been writing the songs over the years, and I wanted to do an album that was just coming from me, regardless of anyone’s expectations.”

Asked if MATT SORUM’S FIERCE JOY will go out on tour, Sorum said: “We’re going to tour, but it isn’t going to be a typical rock show. If I’m going to front a band, I can’t see myself, at my age, jumping up and playing rock and roll the way Dave Grohl does. Dave pulls it off, running around the stage with an electric guitar. But would that feel right for me? How can I make this feel natural, a natural progression, growing into the man that I finally feel that I am, and saying what I want to say now?”

“Stratosphere” trailer:

Making of “Stratosphere” webisode 5:

Making of “Stratosphere” webisode 4:

Making of “Stratosphere” webisode 3:

Making of “Stratosphere” webisode 2:

Making of “Stratosphere” webisode 1:

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Rock And Roll Hall Of Famer and legendary drummer of GUNS N’ ROSES, VELVET REVOLVER and THE CULT, Matt Sorum will release his new album, “Stratosphere”, under the moniker MATT SORUM’S FIERCE JOY on March 11 on Rok Dok Recordings via Kobalt Label Services.

“Stratosphere” is major departure from the hard-hitting rock Sorum is best known for. His intense passion for animal and human rights, and need to give back heavily influenced the narrative and acoustic orchestration of the album.

“Over the years, I’ve been influenced by my surroundings and sometimes that hasn’t always been for the better,” says Sorum. “But after years of soul searching, I organically fell into a different state of mind.

“With many lessons learned along the way, it seemed like the perfect time to do a record in my own voice, if you will. It’s as real and exposed as anything I’ve ever offered my in my career, and I hope you enjoy it.”

Besides stepping behind the mic for lead vocals, Sorum wrote the entire album, and plays acoustic guitar and piano.

“I’ve always played acoustic, so I wanted to use that as the feel of the record,” Matt says.

“I chose the musicians I wanted by records they had played on, and diverse instruments such as mellotron, slide guitar and ethnic percussion.

“I always wanted orchestration, so this album was the canvas for that as well.”

Pre-order “Stratosphere” now on iTunes and get an instant download of “The Sea”.

Check out the ffth and final webisode about of the making of “Stratosphere” below.

MATT SORUM’S FIERCE JOY“Stratosphere” track listing:

01. Intro – Stratosphere Part 1
02. The Sea
03. What Ziggy Says
04. For the Wild Ones
05. Goodbye To You
06. Gone
07. Lady of the Stone
08. Ode to Nick Drake
09. Blue
10. Josephine
11. Land of the Pure
12. Killers N Lovers
13. The Lonely Teardrop
14. Outro – Stratosphere Part 2

Speaking to The Street, Sorum stated about his inspiration for the “Stratosphere” CD: “I’m known as a rock guy, but I’ve always loved so many diverse artists. I was a huge Joni Mitchell fan; I remember listening to a lot of her records back to back. Neil Young, Tom Petty, THE BEATLES, of course, and I was a huge Bowie fan. I was also into progressive stuff, like early GENESIS, Peter Gabriel era. You can hear that influence on the new album; there are a couple of songs that have some interesting time changes.

“I’ve always dabbled on the acoustic guitar, and I wrote a couple songs for VELVET REVOLVER. In GUNS N’ ROSES, Axl [Rose] and Slash looked to me for arrangements. I wasn’t the predominant songwriter, but I’ve always been involved in the process.

“When I put ‘Stratosphere’ together, I actually had a lot of it on cassette. I’d been writing the songs over the years, and I wanted to do an album that was just coming from me, regardless of anyone’s expectations.”

Asked if MATT SORUM’S FIERCE JOY will go out on tour, Sorum said: “We’re going to tour, but it isn’t going to be a typical rock show. If I’m going to front a band, I can’t see myself, at my age, jumping up and playing rock and roll the way Dave Grohl does. Dave pulls it off, running around the stage with an electric guitar. But would that feel right for me? How can I make this feel natural, a natural progression, growing into the man that I finally feel that I am, and saying what I want to say now?”

Making of “Stratosphere” webisode 5:

Making of “Stratosphere” webisode 4:

Making of “Stratosphere” webisode 3:

Making of “Stratosphere” webisode 2:

Making of “Stratosphere” webisode 1:

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On September 11, Andrew Schizodeluxe of The Rock Pit conducted an interview with guitarist/vocalist Mille Petrozza of German thrash metal veterans KREATOR. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow below.

The Rock Pit: Well, let’s talk about the new DVD, “Dying Alive”. How did the idea of this new DVD come about?

Mille: Basically, it was the middle of the tour that we felt it went very well, we had many people at the shows and we knew it was a huge production and we wanted to give fans something back, like the memory. We felt this was the perfect time after 10 years of our last official DVD release, “Live Kreation”. We felt it was about time to come out with a new live DVD/live record package and we talked to the record company about it and they supported us and went along. We got a team of 24 cameras into the Turbinenhalle in Oberhausen, which is very close to where we live, and we had full control over everything that happened to make sure that the quality was 100% guaranteed.

The Rock Pit: Watching the live show on the DVD, there seems to be so many cameras around, you seemed to have captured every angle possible. Was that the band’s idea or was that someone else’s idea?

Mille: That was our idea — ours and the director. We talked about this for a long time and we definitely wanted to make sure that… I mean, it’s always different to when you are in a room and watch a band, it’s a different feel than being in your living room and watching it from your sofa or whatever, so we wanted to make sure that we got an impression of what it’s like to come to a KREATOR show.

The Rock Pit: I ask this question with a few other thrash bands regarding the recent resurgence of thrash metal in general. Obviously, the genre has never gone away but it seems to have crept back in a big way recently, which we haven’t seen in quite some time. What’s your take on this new interest in the genre?

Mille: For me, it never felt like it went away. It quietened in the ’90s, but that was metal in general, but now it’s stronger than ever because people have grown up. A lot of the bands that have been around back then that are still around are a little more controlled with how they handle things and they are more experienced. It comes down to the music. Now they live by fans that have grown up with this kind of music. Back in the day, neighbors were like strangers to this music and so the whole industry has changed. In my opinion, it has a lot to do with self-confidence nowadays; it’s a whole different deal. Nowadays, we are more confident in what we do and I think I can speak for a lot of the bands, a lot of the old-school thrash bands that nowadays when you get the feedback from the new generation of bands, it gives you a lot of energy.

The Rock Pit: Obviously you did a bit of experimenting in the ’90s and then came back to the thrash sound. Do you think you would ever try a different direction again or do you think you will stay in the thrash genre?

Mille: I think we experiment within our music. In the ’90s, we experimented on a whole album, nowadays we experiment within certain parts of certain songs but people don’t see that experimenting as much as we did in the ’90s. A lot of the elements, like in “Phantom Antichrist”, for example, is something that we took from that era and put it into our new music, so it’s always in motion. Our music always develops and we can look back on many, many hours that we have tried, riffs or melodies that we tried in the ’90s and we still profit a lot from that. It was not for nothing, even though some of the ’90s experimental albums weren’t that well received by the audience, for us, musically, it made us grow.

Read the entire interview from The Rock Pit.

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“Witch Hunt”, the new video from Cleveland metallers ALTERNATE REALITY, can be seen below. The infamous lawyer-fronted metal band is known for producing 2011’s viral video sensation “The King That Never Was”, which was declared one of the greatest metal videos of all time and also voted the No. 1 worst video of 2011 by Yahoo! Music, beating out such high-profile videos as Rebecca Black’s “Friday”. It also was named No. 1 video in the recently published “The Merciless Book of Metal Lists”.

The “Witch Hunt” clip was once again directed, edited, and produced by ALTERNATE REALITY frontman and Cleveland-area lawyer Steve Delchin.

“Halloween is coming, there’s a chill in the air, and the leaves are starting to change color,” says Delchin. “Naturally, we thought this would be the perfect time to release ALTERNATE REALITY‘s newest video for ‘Witch Hunt’, which sees the band traveling back to Salem, Massachusetts in 1692 to explore the mass hysteria of the Salem witch trials.”

“The new video features a ton of witches, cemeteries, religious fanaticism, and a renegade judiciary,” adds guitarist Bob Delchin. “Basically, everything that makes for a good heavy metal video.”

The role of the chief judge is played by Auburn Records president Bill Peters.

“Last time I played the role of the infamous wizard,” says Peters. “This time I’m the chief judge of a Salem court in 1692.

“I never know what I’m going to be doing next. I just show up on location and one of the ALTERNATE REALITY band members hands me a script and costume! My daughter Lily also lends her superlative acting talents to the video, along with some blood-curdling screams, as she plays the role of a young Salem witch who is brought before the court for imposition of final sentence. Thankfully, Lily gets to cast all the magic spells in this video, not me.”

The “Witch Hunt” video features over 75 actors and was shot in several historic Cleveland locations, including the venerable Riverside Cemetery and the iconic Cuyahoga County Courthouse, which is the same courthouse where the 2012 Hollywood blockbuster movie “The Avengers” was shot.

ALTERNATE REALITY is:

Steve Delchin – Vocals
Bob Delchin – Guitar
Jon Engeman – Bass
Bob Schwartz – Drums

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Friday afternoon is the perfect time for some hair metal drama. Sebastian Bach has historically been known to talk a lot of crap. In all fairness, the dude seems harmless and like a funny guy for the brief few minutes we talked on the red carpet of the Golden Gods. Turns out now he's going around …

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If the great composers of all time, from Mozart to Bach, were ever to resurrect and give a listen, now would be the perfect time.

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The New Year is a perfect time to break old habits and start to get fit. But as a rock fan, what guitar-based tunes should we add you the UG workout playlist? Post your nominations here.

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Slash has blasted Scott Weiland for claiming in various interviews that he was going to be rejoining VELVET REVOLVER, saying, “None of us have a clue what he’s talking about… We’re not buying it.”

Weiland recently said that he thought it was “the perfect time for VELVET REVOLVER to get back together,” telling Rolling Stone magazine, “I am completely open to it, and I know there are other guys i

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Ottawa’s Fumigation has posted a new track online titled “Fleshlight Castration,” which can be heard in the player below, and the band also commented:

“Being X-Mas the Fume camp feels its the perfect time to release an advanced track for the upcoming full length ‘Integrated Pest Management!’ go to SoundCloud here to listen & download the track!

“You may also grab it off this FumeBook page at the My Band app or visit the Fumespace here. Details to come shortly regarding release date, artwork, teasers, and more!”

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