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FMQB recently conducted an interview with FOZZY singer and WWE wrestling superstar Chris Jericho. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow below.

FMQB: You’re about to kick off your next North American tour with old school British Metal group SAXON. Why did you choose to tour with them, instead of a newer band?

Jericho: SAXON is a legendary, influential band; huge all around the world; sold millions of records all around the world; and this is their first extensive U.S. tour in years. When the opportunity came up for us to go out with them, I thought it was a great mix because the most important thing when you tour with other bands is that you want to gain new fans. I’ve got a lot of respect for SAXON, I’m a big fan of theirs, but most importantly their new album, “Sacrifice”, is one of the best records they’ve done ever. They’re not phoning it in. They’re still putting out great material and they’re still a vibrant, living, breathing rock n roll band. It’s a really cool mix, because there’s going to be a lot of SAXON fans that don’t know FOZZY and a lot of FOZZY fans that don’t know SAXON. We all come from the same place, we both have very heavy but melodic music, and at the end of the night, I think we’re both going to have new fans gained. People that are there that don’t know one of the bands are going to leave as fans of both and that’s the most important thing, so it’s a great mix. Our last U.S. tour, we went out with SHINEDOWN and GODSMACK, and now we’re going out with SAXON, so you get a real diverse, cross section of fans that are seeing us and that’s the way to build our band.

FMQB: One thing that’s really impressive about FOZZY is the lengths you go to with your fans. How do the VIP meet-and-greets work before your shows?

Jericho: We’re very fan-friendly, from everything that we do on social media to the shows themselves. We demand a lot of audience participation from our fans, and we get it. That’s one of the reasons we have such a great reputation as a live band. We started a VIP program a few years ago. I was looking at other bands doing VIPs, but I thought that bands were charging a lot of money and not really delivering a lot. So we came up with a whole VIP meet-and-greet system that’s a little bit different from the norm. We let fans watch the soundcheck. If we’re headlining, we have dinner with the fans, if not, we make sure to spend time with them and take them on the bus, and get to know people a little bit. It’s not just a run-and-gun, and I think we’ve created a whole new society of FOZZY fans that met each other just from our VIP program. People have gotten married from meeting each other as FOZZY VIPs. It’s a cool, underground society that we have cultivated. Especially in Europe, because we’ve toured there so much, and we’re really excited about doing that on this tour as well.

FMQB: What’s next for FOZZY beyond this fall tour?

Jericho: We have this tour with SAXON coming up, then I think we’re going to Australia before the year’s end. We’ve already started writing the new record. We plan to have all the songwriting done by the end of December, and start recording it in January, February and March, and then have it out and ready to for next summer. So that’s the plan and we’re excited, because there’s a lot of great momentum with FOZZY. We’ve done a lot of touring on “Sin And Bones”, I think we’re up to 100 gigs already, and when you get to three digits on one record, that’s success. So we want to keep that going and keep it rolling.

Read the entire interview at FMQB.

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Marc Canter, businessman, amateur photographer and author of the book “Reckless Road: Guns N’ Roses And The Making Of Appetite For Destruction” was interviewed on Episode 46 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.

Canter is an amateur photographer and the owner and general manager of the legendary rock ‘n’ roll hangout Canter’s Deli in Los Angeles, California. He has been friends with Slash for over 35 years and, has had unlimited access to the formative years of one of the greatest rock bands of all time, GUNS N’ ROSES. An avid collector, Canter was excited to share his memories with the public for the first time.

When teenager and amateur photographer Marc Canter set out to document his best friend Saul Hudson‘s rise as a rock guitarist in 1982, he never imagined he was documenting the genesis of the next great rock ‘n’ roll band. His friend became the legendary guitarist Slash, and Canter found himself witnessing the creation of GUNS N’ ROSES front and center. The candid shots contained in “Reckless Road”, taken as the band toured in 1985-1987 and made the legendary album “Appetite For Destruction”, capture their raw, blood-sweat-and-tears performances as well as their intimate moments. Containing original gig memorabilia including show flyers, ticket stubs, set lists, press clippings, and handwritten lyrics as well as in-depth interviews with band members and the people closest to them, “Reckless Road” offers an explicit, first-person perspective readers won’t find anywhere else.

Originally published in America in 2008, “Reckless Road” contains interviews with Slash, Duff McKagan and Steven Adler, as well as groupies, failed producers, and former managers and bandmates. Canter amassed a treasure trove of memorabilia, including:

* Lyrics to “My Michelle”, written on the back of a water-stained flier
* A $37,500 advance check from Geffen that has Slash‘s name misspelled as “Stash
* 1,000 never-before-seen photos

For more information, visit www.recklessroad.com.

Interview (audio):



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Jay Nanda of the San Antonio Metal Music Examiner recently conducted an interview with FOZZY singer and WWE wrestling superstar Chris Jericho. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow below.

San Antonio Metal Music Examiner: You don’t hear of many tour pairings having a classic/current feel like this one does. What are you looking forward to the most about touring with SAXON?

Chris: I think that’s one of the reasons why we like it. It’s one of the reasons why SAXON liked it. It isn’t just your typical, “OK, it’s SAXON, let’s stick ’em with ANVIL or something like that.” I think one of the reasons why you do a big tour like this is to gain new fans. We toured last summer with SHINEDOWN and GODSMACK throughout the States. And now this summer we’re doing it with SAXON. So I think one of the most important things for our band that’s been able to see us grow so much over the last few years is the diversity of what we do and the diversity of who we play with. We always knew we could play with anybody from SHINEDOWN to SLAYER, and we believe that because our music appeals to a lot of different people. So getting back to what you’re saying and how the idea for SAXON came up, obviously we’re huge SAXON fans. Very legendary band, very influential. But the thing that really appealed to me is the fact their last couple of records, more specifically their last record, “Sacrifice”, is one of the best records they’ve ever done. They’re still putting out great material even at this stage of the game. And they’re really a breathing, vibrant rock ‘n’ roll band, which I thought was really, really important. They’re not just phoning it in. They’re still out there to kick ass. And also too, they’ve got something good in the States. They’re still headlining major festivals in Europe and in the U.K., but they haven’t toured the States for awhile. And this is kind of a big return. There’s going to be a lot of SAXON fans that don’t know FOZZY or FOZZY fans that don’t know SAXON. But at the end of the night, those people are going to leave being fans of both bands, and that’s why you do something like this.

San Antonio Metal Music Examiner: “Chasing The Grail” is a great, heavy record virtually throughout the whole album. “Sin And Bones” obviously has its heavy moments as well, but it’s also a more diverse record. Would you agree with that?

Chris: Yeah, we got a lot of momentum from “Chasing The Grail”. A lot of new ears were listening, a lot of new eyes were upon us. And we knew we had the chance to go to the next level with “Sin And Bones”, especially since we had just signed to Century Media, which is the biggest record label we’ve ever been on. So I knew that we could hit a home run with the record and take it to the next level. So Rich [Ward, guitar] and I worked really hard to kind of figure out what it is that we do best, which is very heavy riffs and very melodic choruses. I always say if METALLICA and JOURNEY had a bastard child, it would sound like FOZZY. That was one of the things we do that a lot of other bands don’t do. We use a lot of singing in our songs. We love METALLICA, we love AVENGED SEVENFOLD, but we also love JOURNEY and STYX and FOREIGNER — those bands from the ’70s where everyone in the band sang. And we kind of wanted to utilize that trick in FOZZY. We started doing that when we were working on “Sin And Bones”. It really kind of showed us this is what we need to be, this is who we are. And it is a little bit more diverse, but it still fits that heavy/melodic vibe. It’s our biggest-selling record of all-time, it’s our highest-charting record, most critically acclaimed. It’s far and above and beyond what we were hoping for. It looks like our plan paid off. And I think in the future, it’s going to be kind of what we’ll stick with.

San Antonio Metal Music Examiner: You’ve hosted the [Revolver] Golden Gods Awards several times, and obviously you’re tailor-made for that. This past May, how difficult was it to keep the humor and things going given that Jeff Hanneman [SLAYER] died that day?

Chris: Well actually, it’s obviously a terrible day, but it was probably in retrospect the best day that could’ve happened. Because you had all of his friends gathered together, and instead of a real despondent, horrible time, it was almost like a real big celebration for Jeff. It was a real coincidental thing but in a positive way. If there’s anything positive about that, from him passing away is that, you know, you’d (otherwise) have some guys over here, some guys over there, some guys over here — (but) everybody was there. You had people from the “Big Four” [METALLICA, SLAYER, MEGADETH and ANTHRAX] gathered together that day. And it was a really cool experience because everyone was there to celebrate Jeff‘s life. Some of his closest friends, guys that he influenced the most and then of course 2,000 of his biggest fans that were in the crowd. It actually ended up being kind of a big, giant wake, and it was actually a positive experience in the middle of a horrible situation.

Read the entire interview at San Antonio Metal Music Examiner.

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To say that NIRVANA‘s third and ultimately final studio album, “In Utero”, was 1993’s most polarizing record would be the understatement of a decade. The unadorned sonic rawness of Steve Albini‘s recording laid bare every primal nuance of the most confrontational yet vulnerable material Kurt Cobain, Krist Novoselic and Dave Grohl would ever record. And with its 1991 predecessor, “Nevermind”, having sold some 30 million copies, singlehandedly returning honest rock ‘n’ roll to the top of the pop charts, “In Utero” was essentially the first record NIRVANA would make with any expectations from the public. So from the opening quasi-shamble melodics of “Serve The Servants” through the bittersweet closing strains of “All Apologies”, “In Utero” was the sound of the most incredible yet conflicted rock ‘n’ roll band of the era at the peak of its powers coming to terms with a generational spokes-band mantle they’d never seen coming-and ultimately surmounting these struggles to make the record they needed to make. As Rolling Stone‘s David Fricke said in his review at the time, “‘In Utero’ is a lot of things-brilliant, corrosive, enraged and thoughtful, most of them all at once. But more than anything, it’s a triumph of the will.”

Universal Music Enterprises will commemorate the 20th anniversary of the unwitting swansong of the single most influential artist of the 1990s with a multi-format release that spreads more than 70 remastered, remixed, rare, unreleased and live recordings over configurations ranging from a 3-CD/1-DVD Super Deluxe Edition to a standard digital/CD remaster of the original album. Material exclusive to the various versions of the “In Utero” 20th-anniversary reissue will include a veritable treasure trove of never-before-heard demos, B-sides, compilation tracks including:

* Kurt Cobain‘s handwritten lyrics
* A new 2013 mix of the entire album
* The original never-before-heard Steve Albini mixes of “Heart-Shaped Box” and “All Apologies”
* The recently unearthed NIRVANA instrumental “Forgotten Tune”
* The original Dave Grohl solo demo of “Marigold” from December of 1990 — the earliest Grohl composition/recording ever released.
* A four-page letter from Albini to the band outlining his plans for how the album should be recorded.
* Liner notes by Bobcat Goldthwait
* A remixed and newly mastered CD of the entire December 13, 1993 “Live And Loud” show at Seattle’s Pier 48 featuring the final touring lineup of Cobain, Novoselic, Grohl, and Pat Smear
* The complete “Live And Loud” show along with several never-before-released bonus performances, that will also be released separately as a standalone DVD and digital download on September 24.

Super Deluxe:

This 20th-Anniversary 3CD/1DVD Super Deluxe Edition featuring more than 70 remastered, remixed, rare and unreleased recordings, including B-sides, compilation tracks, never-before-heard demos and live material featuring the final touring lineup of Cobain, Novoselic, Grohl, and Pat Smear. This box set also includes a DVD of the complete “Live and Loud” show from Seattle’s Pier 48 on December 13, 1993 plus over 35 minutes never-before-released bonus material.

CD One – Original album remastered plus all B-sides & bonus tracks recorded at Pachyderm

01. Serve The Servants (Albini mix/original release) – 3:39
02. Scentless Apprentice (Albini mix/original release) – 3:47
03. Heart-Shaped Box (Litt mix/original release) – 4:41
04. Rape Me (Albini mix/original release) – 2:51
05. Frances Farmer Will Have Her Revenge On Seattle (Albini mix/original release) – 4:09
06. Dumb (Albini mix/original release) – 2:32
07. Very Ape (Albini mix/original release) – 1:55
08. Milk It (Albini mix/original release) – 3:54
09. Pennyroyal Tea (Albini mix/original release) – 3:37
10. Radio Friendly Unit Shifter (Albini mix/original release) – 4:51
11. Tourette’s (Albini mix/original release) – 1:35
12. All Apologies (Litt mix/original release) – 3:55
13. Gallons Of Rubbing Alcohol Flow Through The Strip (ex-U.S. bonus track) – 7:35
14. Marigold (B-side; “Heart Shaped Box) – 2:34
15. Moist Vagina (B-side; “All Apologies”) – 3:33
16. Sappy (from “No Alternative” compilation) – 3:28
17. I Hate Myself And Want To Die (from “The Beavis And Butthead Experience” compilation) – 2:59
18. Pennyroyal Tea (Litt mix) – 3:36
19. Heart-Shaped Box (Albini mix/unreleased) – 4:42
20. All Apologies (Albini mix/unreleased) – 3:58

CD Two – 2013 album mix plus pre-album demos

01. Serve The Servants (2013 mix) – 3:36
02. Scentless Apprentice (2013 mix) – 3:49
03. Heart-Shaped Box (2013 mix) – 4:41
04. Rape Me (2013 mix) – 2:49
05. Frances Farmer Will Have Her Revenge On Seattle (2013 mix) – 4:12
06. Dumb (2013 mix) – 2:32
07. Very Ape (2013 mix) – 1:57
08. Milk It (2013 mix) – 3:56
09. Pennyroyal Tea (2013 mix) – 3:32
10. Radio Friendly Unit Shifter (2013 mix) – 4:51
11. Tourette’s (2013 mix) – 1:35
12. All Apologies (2013 mix) – 3:55
13. Scentless Apprentice (Rio demo) – 3:54
14. Frances Farmer Will Have Her Revenge On Seattle (Laundry Room demo) – 4:33
15. Dumb (Word Of Mouth demo) – 2:39
16. Very Ape (Rio demo) — 2:21
17. Pennyroyal Tea (Word Of Mouth demo) – 3:31
18. Radio Friendly Unit Shifter (Word Of Mouth demo) – 2:40
19. Tourettes (Word Of Mouth demo) – 2:14
20. Marigold (Upland Studios demo)- 3:25
21. All Apologies (Music Source demo) – 4:25
22. Forgotten Tune (Rehearsal) – 2:04
23. Jam (Word Of Mouth demo) – 5:44

CD Three – Live & Loud: Live At Pier 48, Seattle, Washington – December 13, 1993

01. Radio Friendly Unit Shifter
02. Drain You
03. Breed
04. Serve The Servants
05. Rape Me
06. Sliver
07. Pennyroyal Tea
08. Scentless Apprentice
09. All Apologies
10. Heart-Shaped Box
11. Blew
12. The Man Who Sold The World
13. School
14. Come As You Are
15. Lithium
16. About a Girl
17. Endless, Nameless

DVD – Live & Loud: Live At Pier 48, Seattle, Washington – December 13, 1993

01. Radio Friendly Unit Shifter*
02. Drain You*
03. Breed*
04. Serve The Servants*
05. Rape Me*
06. Sliver
07. Pennyroyal Tea*
08. Scentless Apprentice*
09. All Apologies
10. Heart-Shaped Box*
11. Blew
12. The Man Who Sold The World
13. School
14. Come As You Are
15. Lithium*
16. About a Girl
17. Endless, Nameless*

Extras:

18. Very Ape (Live & Loud Rehearsal)
19. Radio Friendly Unit Shifter (Live & Loud Rehearsal)
20. Rape Me (Live & Loud Rehearsal)
21. Pennyroyal Tea (Live & Loud Rehearsal)
22. Heart-Shaped Box (Original Music Video + Director’s Cut)
23. Rape Me (Live on “Nulle Part Ailleurs” – Paris, France)
24. Pennyroyal Tea (Live on “Nulle Part Ailleurs” – Paris, France)
25. Drain You (Live on “Nulle Part Ailleurs” – Paris, France)
26. Serve The Servants (Live on “Tunnel” – Rome, Italy)
27. Radio Friendly Unit Shifter (Live in Munich, Germany)
28. My Best Friend’s Girl (Live in Munich, Germany)
29. Drain You (Live in Munich, Germany)

Deluxe Edition – 2CDs

20th-Anniversary 2CD Deluxe Edition featuring the original album remastered at Abbey Road Studios plus never-before-heard demos, mixes, B-sides and bonus tracks from the original album release.

CD One – Original album and bonus tracks remastered
CD Two – 2013 album mix plus pre-album demos

Deluxe Edition – Vinyl (Original Album & Bonus Tracks on 3LPs)

20th-Anniversary 3LP Edition featuring the original album remastered at Abbey Road Studios on 2LPs and for the first time available at high-fidelity 45 RPM, plus a 33 1/3 RPM LP of all the remastered B-sides, never-before-heard original mixes and bonus tracks from the original album release. All 3LPS are on 180 gram vinyl.

Original Album Mix Remastered (1CD)

20th Anniversary Edition of the original album remastered at Abbey Road studios in 2013.

DVD – Live & Loud

The complete “Live and Loud” show from Seattle’s Pier 48 on December 13, 1993 plus over 35 minutes of never-before-released bonus material.

Digital Formats:

Super Deluxe Audio
Deluxe Audio
Original Album Remastered
Live & Loud: Longform Digital Video and Streaming/Rental Outlets

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Long Beach rock ‘n’ roll band RIVAL SONS has announced the departure of bassist Robin Everhart.

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Pittsburgh rock ‘n’ roll band Carousel has signed with New York City’s Tee Pee Records.

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The Suicide Bombers, the self-proclaimed ‘most explosive rock ‘n’ roll band in history’, have released a music video for the single “High On Explosives”.

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The Deep End, a new powerhouse rock n’ roll band from Australia, have released a video for the song “Bigger. Better. Badder.”

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The Hollywood Dirtbags are an original sleazy rock ‘n’ roll band from Peoria, Illinois who have just wrapped up a co-headlining European tour with L.A. Guns.

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“The Parcher”, a brand new song from the veteran Chicago rock n’ roll band BIBLE OF THE DEVIL, can be streamed below.

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