Interscope to have a major release on 12/5/06

October 30, 2006 at 9:17 pm (Rock)

1028062350.jpgThis pisses me off – Gwen’s brand new album hits stores on 12/5/06 according to Interscope’s website.

In my mind, this makes a 12/5/06 release date highly unlikely for Chinese Democracy. Gwen Stefani
is a huge seller.   I thought for sure that 12/5 would be the date. My new guess is 11/28 followed by 12/26 and then 12/12.


Is Ellen Tigh a cyclon or not?



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Review by Old Metal Head

October 30, 2006 at 1:42 am (Rock, Uncategorized)

Here is the review of Gigantour that one of our listeners wrote – CHECK IT OUT!!!!!

OldMetalHead here… writing from the wilds of South
Florida. In my last e-mail to you a couple of weeks
ago (review of the Trivium show) I mentioned that I
was going to the Gigantour show in Sunrise, Florida
and now I’d like to briefly comment on the show. As
usual, my son and I went to the show and had really
great seats in the first row of the lower bowl of the
arena. Unfortunately we arrived too late to catch
SmashUp or Sanctity.

We got to the venue just in time to see Into Eternity
and they delivered a great, though short, set. Hard
hitting metal from Canada’s heartland. Being an
ex-patriot canuck, its always nice to see a band from
north of the border do well.

After a stunningly quick stage change New Jersey’s
OverKill was up next. Frankly, I’ve heard a lot about
this band but I’d never heard more than a 30 second
sample of any song, but they opened my eyes to what I
had been missing. OverKill delivered an incredible
heavy set of traditional thrash that got me pumpin’ my
fist and raisin’ the horns…what a great band! Those
guys deserve a lot more respect and coverage than they
currently get.

Again, another really fast stage change and the now
legendary Arch Enemy was up. Angela Gossow and the
band gave the crowd want they wanted…another brief
but hellacious set. This is a band that you have to
see live! If you can’t, grab they’re newest CD,
Doomsday Machine and play it LOUD!

Opeth, another Swedish band, were next up. They are
billed as a progessive death metal band but really
can’t be categorized as far as I’m concerned.
Throughout their approximately 45 minute set you could
hear influences spanning from jazz to 1970’s prog rock
to blues and folk along with the occasional black
metal ditty. Mikael kerfeldt was amusing with his dry
“patter” to the audience between songs. Very funny

The band that my son and I came to Gigantour to see,
Lamb of God, were up next and delivered a intense 1
hour plus set with songs from their last 4 albums. The
PA sounded great if you were on the floor ( a friend
of mine higher in the arena mentioned Randy’s vocals
were way low in the mix where he was). The band
included massive subwoofer accents in the set that
shook the floor and drove the pit into a frenzy. This
was my first opportunity to see the pride of Richmond,
VA and jeez these guys kick serious ass live.
Hopefully they’ll be coming to town again sometime in
2007 headlining their own tour in support of the
recently released masterpiece, Sacrament. Pure
American Metal indeed!

Concluding the show was Dave Mustaine and Megadeth.
Dave and the band delivered a mixture of old,
not-so-old and new stuff and it was obvious that this
was the band that most of the crowd had come to see.
What can you say? One of legends of thrash doing what
they do best. Say what you will about Mustaine, his
band (make no mistake this is HIS band) can flat out

He can’t seem to get away from his Metallica days
though. Close to the end of the set he said to the
crowd, “try to forget that those other guys did this
song” and then played “The Four Horseman,” (or “The
Mechanix” as it was called when Mustaine was in
Metallica. He co-wrote the song so he has every write
to play it…it was on “Killing is My Business” as I
remember), I dunno man, I think Dave’s gotta get over
this beef with Metallica. He’s a legend in his own
right and he oughta just bury the hatchet with James
and the boys…life’s too short man!

This was a fantastic show that lasted well over 6
hours and it was well worth the price of admission. We
were lucky enough to be in the venue that was chosen
to participate in filming for the 2006 Gigantour DVD.
The boom cameras were a bit of a pain in the ass
because they blocked a hell of a lot of the stage from
our seats, but what can you do? The biggest
disappointment was that the crowd was smaller than I’d
anticipated. I’ve been to other shows at this venue
(the Bank Atlantic Center) Metallica in 2004, and
System of a Down/The Mars Volta in 2005 and these bans
attracted crowds at least twice the size of the crowd
at this years GIGANTOUR. South Florida metal fans
often complain about large acts forgoing South Florida
on their US Tour itineraries and if this crowd is any
indication of the usual attendence, its not hard to
see why.

C’mon South Florida, get up off your fuckin’ asses and
support your favorite band when they come to town!

OldMetalHead out!

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October 27, 2006 at 3:07 pm (Uncategorized)

Yo Waz’ up?

We haven’t had a new podcast up in almost a week.  Hopefully a new episode with Lamb Of God will go up this weekend.

John and I had lunch with Lonn Friend yesterday.  He is a legend and a true class act!  His book has just gone to a 2nd pressing!  If you haven’t read it yet, you must.  It is called Life On Planet Rock .

Speaking of books, I am looking forward to reading Martin Popoff’s new book on Black Sabbath.

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Roth, Dio and Jarmo

October 26, 2006 at 10:23 pm (Rock)

Congratulation to Jarmo!!! Today his great Guns N Roses site has been online for ten years!

Visit Here Today Gone To Hell everyday.


Dio touring with Iommi and Geezer – this looks like it might happen… but the legally cannot call it Black Sabbath. Supposedly Ozzy and Sharon now own the rights to the name.


Melodic Rock thinks that Roth and the Van Halen brothers might do a reunion tour in 2007. No word on weather Michael Anthony will be involved. It would be a real shame if he isn’t.


I got to head back to LA next week to do a Sci Fi shoot for a new movie called Eragon.

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review of last night’s GNR show found online

October 25, 2006 at 3:17 pm (Rock)

The message boards say that the place was pretty packed.

The set list was pretty much the same as before.  Brain was NOT on drums.

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12/05/06 is the day

October 24, 2006 at 1:04 am (Rock)

Children Of Bodom  release their new DVD on Tuesday -12/05/06 – it is called Choas Ridden Years – Stockholm Knockout.

John and I will be at their NYC show on 12/17/06.

We will also be at the 11/05 and 11/10 Guns N Roses shows.

History will be made on 12/5/06…

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Harley Ad removed

October 21, 2006 at 4:43 pm (Rock)

The ad for the “Black Sheep” motorcycle that featured the new GnR track “Better” has been removed off the official Harley Davidson website.  The mystery of Chinese Democracy continues…

Today I am feeling that the album won’t come out on 11/21 because Jay Z’s album is coming out that day.  Jay Z could cause Chinese Democracy to debut at #2 instead of #1 on Billboard’s charts and nobody wants that to happen. 

As fans of the new GnR we all must buy more then one copy on the date of release.

I think December is the month.

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Better by Guns N Roses

October 20, 2006 at 3:19 pm (Rock)

A song off of Chinese Democracy is being used in an official advertisment.

Check Talking Metal’s NEWS section for more information.

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Ok – it is time. The Guns N Roses album is done!

October 19, 2006 at 12:16 am (Rock)

Rolling Stone Magazine has reported more new news on Guns N Roses’ mythical unreleased masterpiece Chinese Democracy.  Check it out here and in next week’s issue.

 I don’t think there will be a single released before the album hits shelves.  They do not want anymore songs to be leaked online.  If they send out press copies for reviews, the album will be leaked online.  If they release a single, the song will be leaked online.  They want as many people as possible to buy this record.  Having said that, I think the 11/21/06 release date could be back on.  When RS first reported this date it was shot down by fan sites as “the wrong Tuesday.”  This “wrong Tuesday” information supossedly came from Merck, yet today on they are saying this:

  • Though a source told Rolling Stone that the album is due November 21st, Mercuriadis declined to confirm this. “I don’t know that we will announce a release date,” he says. “You just might walk into your record shop one Tuesday and find it there.” — Rolling Stone
  • Speaking of 11/21, I have been told that something else very special might be happening on this date for the band although my sources near/in the band said they honestly know nothing about it.  I will tell you what it is the second I am told I can.  Keep listening to the Talking Metal and Alien Rock podcasts for more info on this.

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    still breathing

    October 14, 2006 at 7:58 pm (Rock)

    I wish I had the time to update this blog everyday…  It isn’t dead yet!

     Part of the problem is I can not update it from my office.

    If you like Van Morrison and you like Jeff Buckley you really need to get this amazing CD by Nicolai Dungar called “Here’s My Song” – I give it five stars.  Amazing stuff.  What a great voice he has.

    Bumblefoot will be a guest on the Alien Rock Podcast next week – Episode 6. 

    The best METAL album of this year is “Sacrament” by Lamb Of God.

    Mark Slaughter is on Monday’s new episode of Talking Metal.

    11/21/06 – We are told 11/21 is not the release date of Chinese Democracy but there is talk of something else happening on that day that could be pretty cool.  A pre-Thanksgiving treat…  I can’t say anything more then that but as soon as I am given the “ok” I will fill you in on more details.

    Buy all your music gear at MUSIC 123

    If you are in NYC this Friday stop by Underscore on 1st Ave (at 90th Street) way uptown to catch a 7pm show by the band Ronin – I will be there!

    The Pirates are coming AND they are playing their metal loud!

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