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James Anaya of “The Hellion Rocks” on Bleach Bangs Radio recently conducted an interview with legendary bassist Rudy Sarzo (OZZY OSBOURNE, DIO, WHITESNAKE, QUIET RIOT). You can now listen to the chat in the YouTube clip below.

Asked about his current gig as the touring bassist for the Geoff Tate-fronted version of QUEENSRŸCHE, Sarzo told Frankie DiVita, radio personality at Southern California’s 96.7 KCAL Rocks: “[The reception from the fans has been] incredible. I mean, going out there and just watching the audience react to what we’re doing. We’re actually performing the whole ‘Operation: Mindcrime’ record — every single song — and it’s just such an iconic album; it’s a timeless piece of music.”

Regarding how performing with QUEENSRŸCHE is different to what he has done with his previous bands, Sarzo said: “I have not in the past ever toured doing a concept album. Once you do a concept record, you perform it live, you’re telling the story for an hour-plus rather than telling vignettes, which is separate songs. So it’s a whole different mindset, because there’s much more to grab onto as a performer. Rarely do you ever get to perform a whole album, even if it’s the band or the album that you recorded… unless it’s the first tour, like [with QUIET RIOT‘s] ‘Metal Health’, yes, we did the whole album, because that’s all we knew. And we started headlining, so we had to, like, find rejects — songs that did not make the album — and start including them in the set. But as far as a concept album, that there’s a storyline to it, it’s a very unique situation, to go on stage like that.”

On the topic of what it’s like to perform with Geoff Tate, Sarzo said: “Oh my God! He’s unbelievable. Just to be on stage next to him — the power and his passion, it’s contagious.”

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Our Joe Daly went to Uproar Festival to see the likes of Alice In Chains, Jane’s Addiction, Coheed and Cambria and many more heavyweights bring the noise to San Diego. Lucky for him. Lucky for us, though, he went and reviewed it! Here’s what went down…

Another skin-reddening day has descended upon the paradisaical surf town of San Diego and with it arrives the 2013 Rockstar Energy UPROAR Festival – the last major festival tour of the season – boasting easily the most eclectic lineup to pull through in quite some time. Headliners Alice in Chains are presiding over a scrambled spectrum of rock and metal acts, including alt-rock legends Jane’s Addiction and prog metallers Coheed and Cambria, as well as up-and-comers such as Walking Papers, Dead Daisies and Middle Class Rut.

Like other tours, UPROAR has set up two second stages side-by-side to eliminate breakdown times between sets. As one band wraps up, the other band are literally standing on the stage next to them, peering around the speakers and waiting for the final note to end so they can crash into their opener. Comical as it sounds, it works enormously well, and at 2:50, Charming Liars [6] launch into an energized yet fleeting set of pop-inspired rock, followed by Sacramento’s Middle Class Rut [7], whose sugary alt-rock stage show establishes a positively airtight case for a spot on next year’s Warped Tour.

Highlights of the second stage are Canada’s Danko Jones [8], rock/metal supergroup Dead Daisies [8], and Walking Papers [8]. The Dead Daisies first detonate a ferocious half hour set of filthy classic rock and metal, powered by the hard-hitting rhythm section of bassist Marco Mendoza (ex-Thin Lizzy, ex-Whitesnake), and drummer Brian Tichy (ex-Ozzy Osbourne, ex-Whitesnake), the grooving fretwork of guitarists Richard Fortus (Guns n’Roses) and Dave Lowy (ex-Red Phoenix) and keyboardist Dizzy Reed (Guns n’Roses). Vocalist Jon Stevens (ex-INXS), sporting a chewed-up thumb and hobbling on a walking boot from a fishing accident, turns in a ferocious vocal performance that can likely be heard well past the Mexican border.

Duff McKagan: Walking Legend

In one of the festival’s more surreal moments (which is saying a lot with Jane’s Addiction lurking about), as two current members of GNR conclude their set with Dead Daisies on one stage, GNR’s original bassist, Duff McKagan, stands ten metres away, waiting to tear it up with his own new side project. Walking Papers turn in the most surprisingly heavy set of the afternoon with a punishing barrage of bluesy, hook-heavy anthems, powered by Duff and guitarist/vocalist Jeff Angell. Their final notes incite considerable dismay from the crowd and as security usher the people towards the main stage, two things stand out: 1) not a single “Whale’s Vagina” remark has yet been uttered and 2) Walking Papers’underground status is officially over.

Over on the main stage, the sun drops through the horizon as Circa Survive [6] offer an earnest but unremarkable clutch of pop-sweetened alt-rock as the amphitheatre begins to fill. Judging by today’s t-shirt representation, Coheed and Cambria [8] are the most in-demand outfit on today’s roster and their forty minute set offers a welcome shot of untempered urgency. Unleashing one brawny prog metal beatdown after another, including Key Entity Extraction V: Sentry the Defiant, Number City and Welcome Home, Coheed and Cambria treat the audience like a flamethrower hitting a pile of dry leaves. It is majestic, as is frontman Claudio Sanchez’ heroic afro, which might well account for thirty percent of the musician’s total body mass.

Coheed and Cambria’s Claudio Sanchez: furry

From the looks of Jane’s Addiction [9], they have all spent the past decade eating salads and doing sit ups. Elegantly-attired frontman Perry Farrell conjures images of old Tinseltown and those chiseled leading men of the 30s, his inimitable voice effortlessly exploring the high notes he first struck over two decades ago.

Perry Farrell: sprightly

We are especially thrilled to see Dave Navarro detonating filthy sets of mountain-cracking grooves, reminding everybody in attendance that before reality television, he was one of the architects of the alt-rock revolution. Jane’s simply kill it with an expertly-paced campaign of fan favourites including Superhero, Been Caught Stealing and Mountain Song.

Dave Navarro: groovy

Finally it’s time for headliners Alice in Chains [9] and the reception confirms that t-shirt numbers be damned, this is their crowd. Maniacal applause greets the grunge godfathers who dip straight into the old songbook with Them Bones, followed by Dam That River.

Alice In Chains: smashing it

As with most legendary bands who have seen a change in vocalist during their prime years, AIC will always inspire debate among fans regarding their election to carry on after the gut-wrenching demise of original vocalist Layne Staley. We are far too busy not giving a shit to worry about such hypothetical histrionics, instead savouring the unmitigated thrill of beholding the proto-grunge purveyors delivering a punishing retrospective of their entire catalog, tracking their early days straight through their new album, The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here. Check My Brain predictably rockets the Southern California crowd into heightened levels of clinical insanity, with seemingly every ticketholder in the venue shouting out the chorus Californiaaaaaaa’s alriiiiiiiight; Somebody check my brain!

AIC’s Mike Inez

And then it happens. At just after ten p.m., none other than the iconic riff technician himself, Jerry Cantrell, steps up to the microphone during a break and, losing his composure into a fit of chuckles, advises, “I’m pretty sure that San Diego means ‘Whale’s Vagina.’” Score!

Would? and Rooster close out a spectacular set, bringing this year’s UPROAR festival to a close and sending the masses back into the heart of the Whale’s Vagina. Although to be fair, no one really knows what San Diego means. Scholars maintain that the translation was lost hundreds of years ago…

Alice In Chains Uproar San Diego Setlist

Them Bones
Dam That River
Check My Brain
Again
Man in the Box
Got Me Wrong
Rain When I Die
Hollow
Stone
Down in a Hole
Would?
Rooster

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Guitarist/vocalist Michael Sweet of Christian hard rockers STRYPER was recently interviewed by his mother, Janice Sweet. You can now watch the chat below.

STRYPER‘s new album, “No More Hell To Pay”, will be released on November 5 in North America via Frontiers Records. The effort will be made available in two formats — standard CD and deluxe digipak featuring exclusive video content. Produced by Michael Sweet himself, the set features some of STRYPER‘s strongest and heaviest material ever.

Michael‘s new solo album will be issued via Big3 Records. Guest musicians set to appear on the CD include CHICKENFOOT drummer Kenny Aronoff, FOZZY singer Chris Jericho, WHITESNAKE guitarist Doug Aldrich; Tony Harnell of TNT, and Michael‘s brother Robert Sweet and STRYPER‘s Timothy Gaines. The 12-song solo record will be accompanied by the STRYPER frontman’s autobiography, “Honestly”, the writing of which he said was “much more difficult than I could ever imagine yet it’s been somewhat therapeutic being able to talk about my life and the past 30+ years of all things STRYPER.” He added: “I get into everything and share things that may surprise you. I talk about the dysfunction in this band, the pain and heartache of being so close to each other that we sometimes hurt each other the most, the ups and downs from our highest point (1987-1988) to our lowest point (1991-1992) and why we were driven to bankruptcy and how we climbed our way back from complete loss and despair. I share my personal pain from considering to give up music altogether to the day I broke the news to the guys that I would be leaving the band and why. From that day forward, I had everything a man could ask for and then, in what seemed like an instant, it was all taken away.”

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Brazil’s Wikimetal podcast recently conducted an interview with DOKKEN frontman and namesake Don Dokken. You can now listen to the chat using the SoundCloud widget below.

DOKKEN‘s eleventh studio album, “Broken Bones”, sold around 2,600 copies in the United States in its first week of release to land at position No. 173 on The Billboard 200 chart. Released in North America on September 25 via Frontiers Records, the effort was made available in two configurations: standard CD and limited-edition CD in digipak with a bonus DVD, which features a comprehensive “Making Of The Album” documentary.

“Broken Bones” was produced by Don Dokken and was mixed by Bob St. John (EXTREME, DURAN DURAN, COLLECTIVE SOUL) and Wyn Davis (BLACK SABBATH, DIO, WHITESNAKE) and mastered by famed engineer Maor Appelbaum (HALFORD, YNGWIE MALMSTEEN, SEPULTURA). The new set features a return to the band’s signature sound of catchy melodies, hot riffs and monster production.

Interview (audio):

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Back in May, Honduras rock journalist Alvaro Villatoro (a.k.a. Lemmy Simmons) of Hard Heavy conducted an interview with former BLACK SABBATH singer Tony Martin. You can now listen to the chat using the SoundCloud widget below.

In January 2013, Martin was signed to a new music publishing deal by Alan Bambrough of Sony/ATV Music Publishing Limited. Martin said he was “very pleased” and was “looking forward to expanding into other areas.”

Martin‘s latest release was the fourth album from GIUNTINI PROJECT, the Italian heavy metal band started in 1988 by guitarist Aldo Giuntini as a solo project. GIUNTINI “Project IV” came out on May 24 via Escape Music and features additional contributions from Ezio Secomandi (on drums), Dario Patti (on keyboards) and Fulvio Gaslini (on bass).

Martin‘s last solo album, “Scream”, was released in November 2005 via MTM Music. The CD featured legendary drummer Cozy Powell (BLACK SABBATH, RAINBOW, WHITESNAKE) on the track “Raising Hell” as well as songwriting contributions by another SABBATH member, Geoff Nicholls.

BLACK SABBATH released six albums with Tony Martin on vocals: “The Eternal Idol” (1987), “Headless Cross” (1989), “Tyr” (1990), “Cross Purposes” (1994), “Cross Purposes Live” (1995) and “Forbidden” (1995).

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“The Cause”, a brand new solo song from Michael Sweet of Christian hard rockers STRYPER, can be streamed using the audio player below.

Says Michael: “For one day only (the next 24 hours), I’m posting this streaming, full-length version of a brand new song from my new solo record, due out next year, in honor of today [9/11] and the days ahead. I hope this song inspires you and reminds you of how strong we are as people and that we can overcome any adversity or trial that we are faced with. God bless you, guys, and united we stand for ‘The Cause’.”

“The Cause” lyrics:

We’re lost, we’re found – we’re free, we’re bound
We’re high, we’re low and in between we’re shy – we’re bold
We stand, we fall – we move, we stall
We laugh, we cry, but in the end we live – we die

(Chorus)

Oh, we have a soul, we have a heart that we can show
We’re here for The Cause, bigger then life, this one we know

We sit, we stand – we’re small, we’re grand
We trust, we fear, one day we’re blind then all is clear

(Chorus)

Oh, we have a soul, we have a heart that we can show
We’re here for The Cause, bigger then life, this one we know

Michael‘s new solo album will be issued via Big3 Records. Guest musicians set to appear on the CD include CHICKENFOOT drummer Kenny Aronoff, FOZZY singer Chris Jericho, WHITESNAKE guitarist Doug Aldrich; Tony Harnell of TNT, and Michael‘s brother Robert Sweet and STRYPER‘s Timothy Gaines.

The 12-song solo record will be accompanied by the STRYPER frontman’s autobiography, “Honestly”, the writing of which he said was “much more difficult than I could ever imagine yet it’s been somewhat therapeutic being able to talk about my life and the past 30+ years of all things STRYPER.” He added: “I get into everything and share things that may surprise you. I talk about the dysfunction in this band, the pain and heartache of being so close to each other that we sometimes hurt each other the most, the ups and downs from our highest point (1987-1988) to our lowest point (1991-1992) and why we were driven to bankruptcy and how we climbed our way back from complete loss and despair. I share my personal pain from considering to give up music altogether to the day I broke the news to the guys that I would be leaving the band and why. From that day forward, I had everything a man could ask for and then, in what seemed like an instant, it was all taken away.”

“The Cause” audio stream:

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Following in the footsteps of Pat Benatar/Neil Giraldo and Buckingham/Nicks but with a decidedly more funky and progressive edge, the new project from former MEGADETH guitarist Jeff Young and Las Vegas-bred vocalist/dancer Sherri Klein is poised to release its very first single, a re-imagined rendition of THE ROLLING STONES“Wild Horses”. This epic re-rendering of a rock and roll classic also features the considerable talents of Brian Tichy (WHITESNAKE, FOREIGNER, BILLY IDOL) on drums and Ric Fierabracci (STEVIE WONDER, BILLY COBHAM, SHAKIRA) on fretless bass. The track was produced by Young and recorded and mixed at the plush new Vegas View Recording by Bobby Ferrari.

Video footage of Young and Klein performing an acoustic cover version of VAN HALEN‘s classic track “Little Dreamer” as part of their first Stageit show can be seen below.

Jeff‘s entire career with MEGADETH was spent recording and touring in support of the band’s 1988 platinum-selling album “So Far, So Good…So What!”

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Known as a “leading expert on all things hard rock and heavy metal,” Eddie Trunk continues to entertain fans on the radio and as the host of VH1 Classic‘s hit television program “That Metal Show” with his passion for music. In the much-anticipated sequel to the bestselling “Eddie Trunk’s Essential Hard Rock And Heavy Metal”, Trunk picks up where he left off by featuring 35 new bands, both legendary and forgotten, and sharing his passion for all things metal.

Complete with his favorite playlists, band discographies, trivia, never-before-seen photographs as well as candid’s and ephemera from Eddie‘s personal collection, this new book combines brief band histories with Trunk‘s unique personal experiences and anecdotes in a must-read for all fans of rock and roll. Featuring a diverse lineup, from Marilyn Manson and Ace Frehley to Lita Ford and WHITESNAKE, “Volume II” salutes all those who are ready to rock!

“Eddie Trunk’s Essential Hard Rock And Heavy Metal Volume II” will be made available on September 24 via Abrams Image, a division of Abrams.

In a recent interview with Pop Break, Trunk stated about “Eddie Trunk’s Essential Hard Rock And Heavy Metal Volume II”: “It is an exact sequel of the first book. It’s the same publisher. It’s the same format, same exact layout, the discography, the ‘Did You Know’ stuff, and, of course, the exclusive live photography.

“So many people enjoyed the layout of the first book, how easy it was to read. So we didn’t mess with the formula that people really liked. The only difference is the bands are completely different. The bands are a little deeper, a little less mainstream. So it’s an out-and-out sequel. It’s going to make a great companion piece to the first.”

Trunk is the host of VH1 Classic‘s “That Metal Show” and is heard on two weekly radio shows: “Eddie Trunk Live”, which airs on SiriusXM Radio‘s Ozzy’s Boneyard channel, and the FM-syndicated “Eddie Trunk Rocks”, broadcast live in New York City on Q104.3. He lives in New Jersey.

“Eddie Trunk’s Essential Hard Rock And Heavy Metal Volume II” book-signing dates:

Sep. 24 – Hard Rock Café Times Square, NY at 6 p.m.
Sep. 25 – Barnes & Noble, Morris Plains, NJ at 7 p.m.
Sep. 26 – Barnes & Noble, Staten Island, NY at 7 p.m.
Sep. 27 – Joseph-Beth Booksellers, Cincinnati, OH at 7 p.m.
Sep. 28 – Loganberry Books, Cleveland, OH from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Sep. 29 – House Of Blues, Chicago, IL at 6 p.m.
Oct. 01 – Boswell Books, Milwaukee, WI at 7 p.m.
Oct. 02 – Changing Hands Bookstore, Tempe, AZ at 7 p.m.
Oct. 03 – Book Soup, Los Angeles, CA at 7 p.m.
Oct. 04 – Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas, NV at 6 p.m.
Oct. 11 – Barnes & Noble, Eatontown, NJ at 7 p.m.

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David Coverdale recently confirmed that Whitesnake has several projects in the works, including an acoustic best of release that will feature some new material.

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On August 5, WHITESNAKE/ex-DEEP PURPLE singer David Coverdale was interviewed by Lamont and Sully of the “Lamont And Tonelli Show”, which airs on the Bay Area rock station 107.7 The Bone.

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