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Bryan Reesman of Attention Deficit Delirium recently conducted an interview with guitarist John Petrucci of progressive metallers DREAM THEATER. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow below.

Attention Deficit Delirium: Your wife, Rena Sands, plays guitar in the JUDAS PRIESTESS tribute band. Is there ever a chance that you two might do a musical project together?

Petrucci: We would love to. We talk about doing that. It just depends on what the style would be and just finding the time to do that. She’s such a great guitar player. We’re celebrating our 20th wedding anniversary. We just got from back from Vegas actually.

Attention Deficit Delirium: Congratulations.

Petrucci: Thank you. When we first met, music is the thing that we really connected with and has always been a big part of our lives. We now have three kids, all teenagers who play music, and this is something that we’re all really connected to. That would be unbelievable to do something together.

Attention Deficit Delirium: Artists often have a hard time handling relationships because of our crazy schedules. How have you two managed to make things work for 20 years?

Petrucci: It takes a lot of understanding. I think [due to] the fact that my wife is a musician and is in the same career, she completely knows what’s involved and is the type of person who is just unbelievably supportive. When you think about how much time I have to be away because of touring…as you said it’s an unconventional kind industry situation, and I’m in the studio for 10 to 12 hours a day. Meanwhile we had three kids, twins first, so she spent all that time raising them. I’m 100,000,000% convinced that I wouldn’t be where I am today in my life and my career without her and that level of understanding, support and strength. It’s unbelievable. It really is. The fact that she’s able to give me feedback and that we can talk about things creatively and share ideas as I’m writing is just amazing. It’s really, really cool.

Attention Deficit Delirium: I’m enjoying the new DREAM THEATER album a lot. When the band started, it was a mixture of progressive complexity along with melodic elements that made it radio friendly. The mid-period of DREAM THEATER got more into epic songs and complexity, but it seems like the last couple of releases have gotten back to mixing these off-kilter time signatures and crazy riffs with catchy choruses. I wrote that in my recent studio report, and there were some fans who were turned off that idea, but I think it’s a good thing. Was this a conscious return to that style of songwriting, or did it just come about naturally?

Petrucci: It’s definitely something that we wanted to focus on a lot. As far as the style of the band and the way that we come across, it’s important to us that that always stays intact. We’re a progressive band with a metal sound, and the musical style is very powerful. We try to push the boundaries, but having said that, the most important thing is the songwriting. At the end of the day, it’s the compositions, it’s whether or not your music reaches people. It’s communication. It’s always been an important element of our music — the melodic side that you said, the catchy chorus side but also the overall melodic content — how the vocals hit you, how the song message hits you — I think that separates the men from the boys in a lot of aspects as far as writing in a progressive style. The songs need to be catchy, they need to be relatable, they need to be strong, and we did focus more on that this time, there’s no doubt about it. We did go in saying we’re going to make a strong and bold album. It’s going to be everything that we love to do, but we’re going to take extra special attention on the compositional songwriting elements so that within that structure the songs are even that much more powerful emotionally.

Read the entire interview at Attention Deficit Delirium.

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“We collectively have done a poor job,” says Smashing Pumpkins mainman.

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Why did hundreds of teenagers die in a fire sparked by a band’s pyro effects? Read about the club’s tragic failures here, and why pushing your way out of an emergency can cause disaster.

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Sometime during 1980 searching for a harder/faster outlet than the current NYC punk rock trend, three teenagers from Jackson Heights, Queens: Jack Flanagan, Jose Gonzalez and Ralph Gebbia formulated The Mob. Once the concept was established they added high-school bud Jamie Shanahan on drums, to round out the 4 piece assault. The early Mob sound was heavily influenced by what was going on in L.A. and D.C.

Fast forward to 2012 and The Mob is back in business. This year’s Black N’ Blue Bowl marked The Mob’s return to the stage and to the forefront of the NYHC scene after a ten year absence. Along with performing at the Black N’ Blue Bowl this year, The Mob has recorded newest offering “Back to Queens” which will be released in true “MobStyle” as a 7″ vinyl including the track “That’s It.” This release is limited to 1000 individually hand numbered copies which were signed by all four members of the band.

“Back To Queens” is the first in a series of four 7″ singles that will be released by The Mob on Weathermaker Music. The artwork for the singles was created by New York tattoo artist Mr. Den. While each single has its own distinct artwork, once all four are released each piece takes on a new meaning as one part of a complete piece of art. There will also be a digital version of the single available which includes a bonus offering of “Zoo Crew.”

Stereo Killer is now hosting an exclusive premiere of “Back to Queens” at this location. Be one of the first to hear it before it is released.

The Mob recently completed work on a video for “Back To Queens.” The video was directed by Drew Stone, who is known for his work documenting the Boston Hardcore Scene, particularly in his film “xxx All Ages xxx.” Look for the video to be released in the coming weeks.

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She got her start in the ’70s with the Runaways, but to a generation of ’80s hair metal fans, Lita Ford was an icon. She had huge hits like “Kiss Me Deadly” and “Close My Eyes Forever,” could really shred on the guitar, and her poster or foldout from Circus Magazine was on the bedroom walls of countless teenagers. As the genre disappeared, so did Lita. She re-emerged a few years back with a new album, but then went through some tough times in her personal life, including a divorce and bitter custody battle. She used her latest effort Living Like A Runaway as a catharsis, resulting in a diverse album that has the hard-nosed rock she’s been known for along with more emotional tracks like “Mother.” I spoke with Ford about the new album, her upcoming tour with Def Leppard and Poison, and even had the honor of listening to her sing a few lines from the new album.

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Graham Goxon has said that he named his new album “A&E” after becoming increasingly aware of the rise in heavy drug use amongst teenagers in Britain.

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Iraqi teenagers with emo clothing and haircuts are being stoned to death, with one leading cleric claiming that emos are a “plague on Muslim society”.

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These kids probably had a black metal babysitter. Originally titled NEPHICIDE by JOGGER is directed by Matthew Robinson, found at this link

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Date: 2011-01-23

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Is rock ‘n’ roll a modern phenomenon or simply the most recent incarnation of an artform whose roots can be traced back to the Stone Age? Did the ancient world have its own rock stars, its own guitar heroes, even its own heavy metal headbangers?

Some sociologists saw the birth of a new religion when THE BEATLES filled giant outdoor stadiums with tens of thousands of hysterical teenagers.

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The teenage metallers (are they still teenagers?) will release their brand new album in 2011. Get more details inside! (more…)

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