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This summer two of the world’s greatest rock bands, KISS and Def Leppard, are set to deliver a massive tour dedicated to fans who wanna rock and roll all night!

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As they rock world waits on the probable announcement of a KISS / DEF LEPPARD summer tour, Paul Stanley is already doing press for his eagerly awaited autobiography, “Face The Music: A Life Exposed”. The memoir will be released on April 8 — two days before KISS is inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center.

Although Stanley has been vocal about his issues with co-founding members Ace Frehley and Peter Criss, he talks in the new book about the problems in keeping a partnership going with Gene Simmons over the decades, telling The Pulse Of Radio that it’s taken a lot of work to keep the pair moving forward and on the same page. “Oh, sure,” he said. “That over the years that’s been an ongoing theme in our relationship. But time is the ultimate judge, and the fact that we’ve been together, at this point for, 40 — my gosh — almost 44 years says volumes. There have been times where I’ve been very angry and resentful — and I’m not saying momentarily — I’m saying for long periods of time. But, in time, everything falls in place and you get a better perspective — hopefully. If you don’t expect from someone what’s not possible, then you won’t be disappointed.”

Stanley spoke frankly of a particularly icy moment in KISS history when, during the 1980s, Simmons seemed far more interested in an acting career than being the type of partner Stanley had come to rely on in KISS throughout the ’70s. “It’s much easier to do that when you know somebody else is gonna run with it. [Laughs] It’s much easier to abandon ship when you know that someone is going to bail water. That was more than annoying and hurtful. It was unjust, because to cap that off — he still wanted to be paid equally. Well, that’s insult to injury. Who gets paid for not doing their job? Doesn’t work like that.”

KISS will play a rare unplugged concert on April 3 at Highland, California’s San Manuel Indian Bingo and Casino. The gig is being dubbed “An Acoustic Evening And Stories With Kiss”, which recalls not only the band’s impromptu performances at past KISS conventions, but the original lineup’s legendary 1995 reunion as part of “MTV Unplugged”.

The acoustic show will be filmed by AMC as part of the upcoming reality show based around the AFL football team the L.A. Kiss, which is part owned by Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley.


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Niclas Müller-Hansen of Sweden’s Metalshrine recently conducted an interview with Max Cavalera (SOULFLY, SEPULTURA, CAVALERA CONSPIRACY). A couple of excerpts from the chat follow below.

Metalshrine: You’re just two years older than me and I just feel that there’s so much time left for you to put out cool music and have more cool stories. What made you [write your “My Bloody Roots” autobiography] now?

Max: Well, it was an idea that kinda came out of nowhere, actually. I thought it was a good time for it because of what happened with the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame. What happened was that the notebook that I wrote SEPULTURA on for the first time, the schoolbook, we actually donated it to the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame in Cleveland and they displayed it together with Dimebag‘s [PANTERA] guitar and a bunch of stuff from other metal bands. I think that kinda led to the idea of now being a good time to do a book. I came all this way from being a kid in Brazil to be part of the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame. That’s a huge journey, but you’re right. There’s a lot more to be done and the story will continue for many more years, but we just felt that it would be good to tell the story right now and we had Joel McIver, who’s a really good writer. He approached us and offered to write the book for us and we saw what he’d done. I read parts of his METALLICA book, the Randy Rhoads book and the MOTÖRHEAD one and I really like how Joel writes. We started working on it and it’s out in Brazil, finally, and it will be out in the rest of the world in January 2014. It’s a very cool book with cool stories and a lot of great people involved. Dave Grohl [FOO FIGHTERS] wrote an amazing introduction. People in Brazil are really digging it. It was a good time for it now. I’m 44 and let’s just see what happens from now on.

Metalshrine: Did you sit down with Joel or was it mostly done via phone or Skype?

Max: We did most of it over the phone, but I sat down with Joel twice. We were touring a lot, but he came to two of the shows and we sat down during the day and we talked a lot. But a lot of it was done by phone. It was like an hour-and-a-half phone calls and three times a week. It was horrific and I did not look forward to them. It was, like, “Oh no, the phone call’s coming!” and I had to try and remember everything that happened during all these years. It was like therapy sessions.

Metalshrine: Were there things he brought up that you had forgotten about?

Max: Yeah. He was trying to get as much as possible. We ended up forgetting a couple of things, which is really amazing to me. For example, SEPULTURA toured with the RAMONES and that’s not in the book. Incredible that I left that I forgot about that. How could I? [laughs] It was just too many stories, too many things, but that’s why it’s so cool that Gloria [Max‘s wife and manager] has her blog that tells all these other stories that are not in the book. The making of the book was a long, long process and I think it took about three years all together. Gloria found a lot of cool pictures. There’s pictures of my grandfather and pictures of my great grandmother, who was an Indian, so there’s a really cool picture of her. Then there’s pictures of us as kids in Brazil and my mom and my dad and our teenage years and SEPULTURA. You see the whole madness developing. It’s really cool.

Metalshrine: This project you have together with Greg Puciato (THE DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN), Troy Sanders (MASTODON) and Dave Elitch (ex-THE MARS VOLTA), have you recorded everything [for your debut album]?

Max: We’re still recording and we’re actually going to the studio right now. I have to finish two more guitars and we’re singing today, which is cool. All the drums are done, twelve songs. There are some great songtitles like “Set Fire To Your Flag” and “A Throat Full Of Broken Glass” and some other crazy titles. I think it’s gonna be really, really cool. It’s really energetic and there are all these melodic parts that troy’s gonne be singing and bring that kinda MASTODON vibe to it. It’s exciting and it’s a combination of all the bands involved. A little bit of DILLINGER, a little bit of MASTODON, a little bit of SOULFLY and a little bit of Dave playing as in THE MARS VOLTA. It doesn’t really sound like any of those bands but you can hear parts of them. A cool fact is that the three of us are gonna sing on every song and that’s gonna make the singing really exciting. It’s like a metal version of THE TRANSPLANTS. It’ll probably come out late next year, because [SOULFLY‘s new album] “Savages” is just coming out and we’re gonna let it take its course and we’re gonna tour for a long time. After that we’ll probably release the project.

Metalshrine: Are you doing a new CAVALERA CONSPIRACY album before or after the project?

Max: After. CAVALERA CONSPIRACY is taking quite a long break right now. It’s good though. That’s the way CAVALERA is created, no stress. There’s no pressure and we can do it anytime we want. It’s SOULFLY now and then the project and once that’s settled, we can work on the new CAVALERA CONSPIRACY album, which is probably gonna be towards the end of next year or beginning of the year 2015.

Metalshrine: Why don’t you just call it THE PROJECT?

Max: Yeah, we don’t have a name yet, but that’s a possibility. We’re totally running out of ideas.

Metalshrine: Who’s producing it?

Max: We have this guy Josh Wilbur. He produced LAMB OF GOD‘s last records and the last GOJIRA record. He’s a very cool guy and very young. He’s only like 35 and very energetic. He’s doing a great job so far and he’s been able to get a lot out from us and the music is really coming out great and powerful. I think it’s gonna be a great thing.

Read the entire interview at Metalshrine.


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Support MOTÖRHEAD by hashtagging #InductMotorheadRRHOF and let the world know why YOU think that MOTÖRHEAD should be inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame! Music celebs and bands like Duff McKagan, Anthrax, Danko Jones, Dio (on behalf of his camp), and more have already joined in supporting MOTÖRHEAD on Twitter, and you should […]

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In a brand new interview with, METALLICA frontman James Hetfield spoke about how far the digital music industry has come since 2000 when METALLICA launched legal action against Napster, claiming that the pioneering music file-sharing service was illegally allowing users to download METALLICA tracks without paying royalties to the band. Although the case was settled out of court, 300,000 users were banned from Napster as a result and METALLICA‘s image took a tremendous beating in the eyes of music fans.

METALLICA drummer Lars Ulrich, who was the main spokesperson for METALLICA in the Napster battle, has since become friends with Napster co-founder and current Spotify investor Sean Parker and recently attended Parker‘s wedding.

Asked what changed over the last few years, Hetfield replied: “I don’t know, kind of like in our lives, as you get older, you’re able to get past certain roadblocks mentally and friendship-wise, like things with MEGADETH, people from our past,” Hetfield explained. “They become a little less potent. They become less of a source of hatred or whatever. They affect you less and at the end of the day you’re just kind of realizing that everyone is looking out for the best interest, hopefully, for the world.

“[Lars Ulrich] was wanting to do something. He had a vision and had no idea what the consequences would be.

“At the end of the day, we’re all adults and you sit down and you talk and you go, ‘Hey, when I did this, that happened.’ We did the same and let’s move on from there.

“I think we’ve learned a lot, like from obviously the ‘Some Kind Of Monster’ movie and the Rock And Roll Hall of Fame. Seeing all these bands that can’t even show up and play together because they’re arguing about something that happened 20 years ago and they can’t celebrate a great moment, or create a new moment in history. Life’s too short for stuff like that.”

Ulrich later admitted that he wished he had dealt with the Napster situation differently.

In a 2003 interview with Launch, Lars about the band’s battle with Napster, “Most of the time, it’s like a bad dream, like what the fuck was that? [Several] years later, it’s like did that really happen? We went from being somewhat well-respected, well-liked, and then I woke up one day and all of a sudden I was the most hated man in rock ‘n’ roll. It was like, huh? Me? What did I do wrong? I’m one of the good guys. That was all kind of weird.

“If you look at our history, we’ve always been pretty protective of our own shit. When anybody got too close or fucked with our shit, we always took action.

“In retrospect, I’m proud of what we did. I really felt sideswiped on that one. In my own little ignorant world, I didn’t see it coming. I was completely ignorant and unaware of the magnitude of this issue for people. I was just sitting there in my own little selfish world going, ‘I’m going to protect METALLICA. Don’t fuck with METALLICA.’ Then (explosion sound), ‘You’re pro-record company, you’re greedy!’

“I’m not pro-record company. We invented being anti-record company. We told our record company to go fuck themselves before anyone else. Stop.

“It was a very surreal thing, because it was so hard to connect what I read about myself and METALLICA, it was so abstract to what was on my radar about my own reality. People going, ‘You’re a really greedy little man.’ It was like, what are you talking about? We’ve been giving shit away for years. We want to be the ones giving it away, not someone else.

“I’m proud of the stance we took. It was a very tough time. It was a much tougher time, because in the middle of that you have to put your best game face on. It was difficult. A lot of that shit hurt and it was very bewildering because it was difficult to connect it to your own reality. For better or worse, it got a good debate started.

“In retrospect, I’m not claiming any sort of victory — who gives a shit about that? — I think more people are starting to realize, not that we were right, but this is an issue that is changing the face of everything that is going on. Not only the music world, but the film world is next. What better way to deal with it than at least educate people about it. If nothing else, I look back at the six months in 2000 as the first step in the education.”

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On September 18, AEROSMITH drummer and Rockin’ & Roastin’ creator, Joey Kramer, will make appearances at Big Y in Franklin and Walpole. In July, Kramer announced that his Rockin’ & Roastin’ organic coffee line would start gracing the shelves of all 29 Big Y locations throughout Massachusetts in August.

To celebrate this partnership, Kramer will hit up the two Big Y locations to mix and mingle with local shoppers and fans alike. Attendees will have the opportunity to meet, chat and pose for photos with Kramer, while checking out the latest offerings from Rockin’ & Roastin’. Kramer also will be personalizing Rockin’ & Roastin’ purchases with his legendary signature, making it a delicious collector’s item.

Available in whole-bean and ground versions, Kramer‘s trio of brews from Ethiopia, Guatemala and Sumatra are currently on the shelves of Big Y in Franklin and Walpole retailing for $7.99-$8.99 per 12-ounce bag.

Big Y
348 East Central Street
Franklin, MA 02038 ‎
Wednesday, September 18, 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Big Y
1111 Providence Highway
Walpole, MA 02081
Wednesday, September 18 5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

This event is complimentary to the public. With purchase of a Rockin’ & Roastin’ bag of coffee, Kramer will personally autograph it.

For more information, visit

Kramer is a coffee-loving Rock And Roll Hall Of Famer. The story of Joey Kramer‘s Rockin’ & Roastin’ organic, custom-roasted coffee blends begins in the field. Unlike “sun grown” coffee that’s cheaper to produce but requires chemical fertilizers and pesticides and leads to the destruction of native rainforests, Rockin’ & Roastin’ coffee is lovingly cultivated using the traditional “shade grown” method, under a canopy of indigenous trees. This sustainable practice supports a wide diversity of plant and animal life, provides food and shelter to migrating birds, and helps to filter carbon dioxide from the air, reducing the danger of global warming. There is currently a trio of international blends offered: two Dark roasts, from Sumatra and Ethiopia; and, a Dark-Medium, hailing from Guatemala.

“I think the biggest hurdle that I’ll have is getting the message out there that it’s not just another celebrity lending his name to make money. I’m hands-on,” Kramer told Union Leader. “I have a great team that I put together, and we’re obsessed with bringing quality gourmet coffee to the market for a reasonable retail price.”


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Earlier this week, Tom Mann of Australia’s Faster Louder conducted an interview with STONE TEMPLE PILOTS bassist Robert DeLeo. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow below.

On the band’s split with lead singer Scott Weiland:

“It was plain to see nothing was going to get done anymore with these four members of STP. Nothing was going to get done. It was very clear from Scott‘s side of things, he doesn’t want to make music with us anymore. He didn’t want to tour anymore … I don’t think Scott really is into playing rock and roll music, and being in a rock and roll band, and being around us in particular. As friends or business partners. And it’s really sad, it’s sad to see.”

“It wasn’t an overnight thing [to fire Scott]; it was building for many, many years and I just think that we tried to do everything we could. We had a lot of great years with Scott, and I feel thankful we complemented each other’s lives immensely through the years. But friends don’t treat friends like that. I think Dean [DeLeo, guitar] and Eric [Kretz, drums] and myself just got tired of being treated that way. I got really tired of being treated that way.”

On working with LINKIN PARK‘s Chester Bennington in the new version of STONE TEMPLE PILOTS:

“It’s been great. It’s been a huge breath of fresh air, a lot more sanity, a lot more reasoning, and patience. Having a ‘stable’ singer, it’s new. It’s a very new feeling, and I don’t quite think Dean and Eric and I are used to it yet; it’s kind of surprising. Things are running very smoothly, it’s interesting because what I notice is I actually have a lot more energy onstage, because my day doesn’t involve wondering what’s going to happen that day.”

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From legendary rock artist and heavy-metal icon Dee Snider comes “Dee Snider’s Rock And Roll Christmas Tale”, the new headbanging, heart-warming musical that “mashes up” beloved holiday songs with your favorite hits from TWISTED SISTER!

“Dee Snider’s Rock And Roll Christmas Tale” tells the story of DAISY CÜTTER, a heavy metal bar band looking to make it big even though the ’80s are over. This year, these four guys are ready to take the ultimate step and, in mythic rock tradition, sell their souls to the devil in exchange for success beyond their wildest metal dreams! But every time they try to seal the infernal pact, their head-banging anthems turn into warm-hearted carols. Soon these rockers are forced to realize their dreams of stardom are no match for the Christmas spirit.

Dee Snider delivers a VERY funny, VERY rocking and (ssssh!) VERY sweet new holiday musical, guaranteed to rock your soul and lift your spirits!

“Dee Snider’s Rock And Roll Christmas Tale” is directed by Adam John Hunter, written by Dee Snider, and produced by Revonoy Productions-John Yonover.


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Former GUNS N’ ROSES and ROCKSTAR SUPERNOVA guitarist Gilby Clarke was interviewed on Episode 41 of the “Let There Be Talk” podcast with with rock and roll comedian Dean Delray. You can now listen to the chat using the audio player below.

Clarke, 51, is best known for a three-year tenure as the rhythm guitarist of GUNS N’ ROSES. He joined the band in November 1991, replacing Izzy Stradlin, who quit the group in the middle of a 28-month world tour. Gilby has also played with ROCKSTAR SUPERNOVA, HEART, NANCY SINATRA, Kathy Valentine (of THE GO-GO’S) and the reformed MC5 on their 2005 European tour.

Clarke has produced a number of artists, including L.A. GUNS, BULLETS AND OCTANE, THE BRONX, GIRLSPLAYBOYS, VAINS OF JENNA and LADYJACK.

Interview (audio):

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“Crucial Velocity”, the new Aisha Tyler-directed video from Maryland rockers CLUTCH, can be seen below. The song comes off the band’s latest album, “Earth Rocker”, which sold 22,000 copies in its first week of release to debut at position No. 15 on The Billboard 200 chart.

Released via CLUTCH‘s own Weathermaker Music label, “Earth Rocker” entered the German Media Control chart at No. 71. In the U.K., the CD landed at No. 50 on the regular chart, No. 3 on the Rock/Metal Albums chart and No. 11 on the Independent Albums chart.

Produced by Machine (LAMB OF GOD, FOUR YEAR STRONG, FALL OUT BOY) at the Machine Shop studio in Belleville, New Jersey, “Earth Rocker” was described by CLUTCH vocalist Neil Fallon in a recent interview with as “probably faster than most of our recent albums. Maybe compared to some other bands, it’s not the fastest thing on planet Earth. For us it was definitely a step up in the tempo. And I think the other thing that kind of stands out about this one is the blues influences that we’ve been flirting with over the past couple records is more or less absent in this record, which didn’t really happen intentionally until we looked back at it. As a whole, it’s just much more of a straight-up rock and roll record.”

The artwork for “Earth Rocker” was created by Nick Lakiotes, longtime CLUTCH art director, who has worked on previous efforts, including “Robot Hive/Exodus” and “Strange Cousins From The West”.

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