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In the April/May 2014 issue of Revolver magazine, the surviving members of PANTERA — vocalist Philip Anselmo, drummer Vinnie Paul Abbott and bassist Rex Brown — speak about the making of the band’s classic 1994 album, “Far Beyond Driven”, which is being re-released next week as a 20th-anniversary, two-disc edition. The new version will include a newly remastered version of the original recordings along with a new live performance from the 1994 Monsters Of Rock festival.

Speaking about PANTERA‘s touring activities that followed the release of “Far Beyond Driven”, Vinnie Paul said: “When we went on the road, that’s when the wheels started coming off and people didn’t know what other people were doing. Phil had his own bus. Things started turning into what they turned into in the end.

Phil started isolating himself from the rest of us. It got to the point where we wouldn’t see each other until about 20 or 30 minutes before showtime. You never knew if he was going to be in a shitty mood or a good mood. You just hoped it was good enough to get through the show. That’s truly where some of the shows started lacking. They weren’t as good as they used to be, and he would start his rants and go on for 20 minutes while we stood around and looked at him, like, ‘What the fuck are you saying to these people, dude? They want to hear us play some songs. Let’s play some music.'”

Said Anselmo: “The touring was really a mixed bag for me. The [chronic back] pain was intense, but the thrill was still there much of the time, and when I was onstage, that part of it I enjoyed very much. But during this time, I was drinking an entire bottle of Wild Turkey every night before a show to numb the pain I was experiencing.

“I felt trapped, man. I felt lost even trying to explain to the guys in my band, who were so used to seeing Superman up onstage, that I was not Superman anymore. I felt like a trapped animal, honestly. I felt cornered and very confused.

“The words that would come out of my mouth [while we were on stage] were abrasive. I was lashing out at other bands when I really had no business mentioning other bands during a PANTERA show. I was going slowly insane throughout the touring of this record, whether it be from pills, alcohol, or the mental stress from carrying around the chronic pain along with the addiction.”

When PANTERA broke up in 2003, Vinnie Paul and his brother, PANTERA guitarist “Dimebag” Darrell Abbott formed DAMAGEPLAN. On December 8, 2004, while performing with DAMAGEPLAN at the Alrosa Villa in Columbus, Ohio, Dimebag was shot and killed onstage by Nathan Gale. He was 38 years old.

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Five Finger Death Punch: Big In America…Actually Big Everywhere

Five Finger Death Punch‘s Jeremy Spencer has revealed that he will release his autobiography, titled Deathpunched: Cheers To My Sobriety, early next year. Somehow, tubby porn legend Ron Jeremy is involved. Nope, us neither.

“That’s how I hooked up with Ron Jeremy; I wanted him on the book cover with me,” he tells the Heidi & Frank Show on KLOS 95.5 FM radio station in Los Angeles, California. “And the story behind that is… Obviously, being in a rock band, you dabble in the party lifestyle from time to time. So after years of that catching up to me, I got sober. But we always used to have this saying about doing cocaine, like you would get so cranked on sexually in your brain when you do it — like, everything is exciting — but then you get numbed out beneath the belt line area. So we always said, ‘Man, you feel like Ron Jeremy from the neck up and Christopher Reeve [the American who became a quadriplegic after being thrown from a horse during an equestrian competition. — Ed.] from the neck down. So the cover of the book is me in, like, a Superman kind of costume in a wheelchair cheersing a martini glass with Ron Jeremy and two hot chicks. So that’s the cover of my book.”

Obviously. Five Finger Death Punch are currently recording the follow-up to 2011 opus American Capitalist, and will play Download in June.

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German melodic rock act Pink Cream 69 (which spawned current Helloween vocalist Andi Deris) posted a preview clip for the band’s upcoming eleventh studio album “Ceremonial” (heard below) The album will be released on January 22, 2013 (North America) and January 25th, 2013 (EU) via Frontiers Records.

The track listing for “Ceremonial” is as follows:

1. Land Of Confusion
2. Wasted Years
3. Special
4. Find Your Soul
5. The Tide
6. Big Machine
7. Let The Thunder Roll
8. Right From Wrong
9. Passage Of Time
10. I Came To Rock
11. King For One Day
12. Superman

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German melodic rock act Pink Cream 69 (which spawned current Helloween vocalist Andi Deris) unveiled the album artwork and track list for the band’s eleventh studio album “Ceremonial.” The cover artwork was created by Kai Brockschmidt (Pretty Maids/Royal Hunt). The album will be released on January 25th, 2013 via Frontiers Records.

The track listing for “Ceremonial” is as follows:

1. Land Of Confusion
2. Wasted Years
3. Special
4. Find Your Soul
5. The Tide
6. Big Machine
7. Let The Thunder Roll
8. Right From Wrong
9. Passage Of Time
10. I Came To Rock
11. King For One Day
12. Superman

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Phil Anselmo: Dude

Former Pantera and current Down frontman Phil Anselmo has talked extensively about his career, his memories and trying to redeem himself in the public eye in a new interview.

“Well, you know, the old back injury wasn’t any fun, man,” he tells Out Of The Blue. “And still, there are those days where it is fucking miserable. But I guess there is something inside you that I say builds a callous. And you just get used to it. It’s a mental callous and you kind of block it out. You can’t let it control everything about the day.

“So as far as a big setback in my life, getting injured was definitely tops, man. As strong as I did feel, I still feel strong. Don’t get me wrong, there’s a point in my life my life where, put it this way, hypothetically, I felt like I could just fucking leap off the ground and fly. And I’m talking fly, like strong and eyes straight-forward through the friggin’ sky, like Superman. But these days when I fly, I cannot help but keep my eyes on the ground a little bit. Maybe there’s a slight hesitation there. I’m not 100 percent, not like I’m in bad shape. I’m not in great shape right now, because I’ve been in the fucking studio for so long and that totally eats up your fucking time. But, don’t fucking injure yourself. Don’t ever hurt your fucking back. That’s my advice to anyone out there.”

Read the whole interview here.

The new Down EP will appear later this year and feature the following tracks:

Levitation
Witchtripper
The Misfortune Teller
Open Coffins
This Work Is Timeless

Check out a snippet of new Down song ‘The Misfortune Teller’!

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Norwegian act Trollfest recently announced the band has begun recording a new album. The trolls have now checked in with the following update from the studio:

“Day two, and TrollBANK has proven to be super efficient. We are looking at at least six songs with drums recorded in just two days. This is not only according to schedule, but slightly ahead, even. It will probably prove useful later on. Of course, that TrollBANK is recording fast is not the only thing. He is also precise and laying down some really heavy stuff mixed with funk, blast beats, and whatchacallit.

“To listen to how the songs shape up just by getting proper drum-tracks is really rewarding. The drumsound we got kicks so much ass that we can’t help ourselves from being superpsyched about laying down more stuff already!

“For now: Pats on the back to TrollBANK, our eminent superman behind the drums, fellow trolls! Stay tuned! The story continues tomorrow!”

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To earn some time on Oprah Winfrey’s rarefied air, all Bret Michaels had to do was nearly die.

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Bon Jovi – The Circle (2009, Universal/Island)

We Weren’t Born To Follow
When We Were Beautiful
Work For The Working Man
Superman Tonight
Bullet
Thorn In My Side
Live Before You Die
BrokenPromiseLand
Love’s The Only Rule
Fast Cars
Happy Now
Learn To Love

Band Lineup:
Jon Bon Jovi – Lead Vocals
Richie Sambora – Guitars & Backing Vocals
Tico Torres – Drums & Percussion
David Bryan  – Keyboards
Additional Musicians:
Hugh MacDonald – […]

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