Monthly Archives April 2014

Australian guitar hero JOE MATERA with new album and European Tour!

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JOE MATERA is an Australian solo instrumental artist, rock guitarist and recording artist and founding lead guitarist for classic rock band DOUBLE VISION (2003 – 2008).

He has also been a guest guitar soloist on the UK great metal bands’ Atomkraft’s scorching cover of Thin Lizzy’s ‘Cold Sweat’.

Matera has worked with legendary US producer Tom Werman (Motley Crue, Cheap Trick, Poison) who produced two tracks for Matera’s former band Geisha. Both recordings feature Matera’s electric guitar playing.”One of his original guitar instrumental compositions, ‘Starry Night’ appears on the soundtrack to the Australian movie Ricky!- The Movie (Nov. 2011).

He has served as lead guitarist in the orchestra for local award winning stage productions of Les Misérables and Chess, and as a seasoned live per...

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QUEENSRŸCHE Starring GEOFF TATE – The Farewell Tour!

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More than thirty years after setting forth on the musical journey that would become known as Queensrÿche, singer Geoff Tate — one of rock’s quintessential front men and the lead vocalist heard on all band hits — will be performing his farewell tour as Queensrÿche beginning in late July.

The announcement of the tour, “Queensrÿche Starring Geoff Tate – The Farewell Tour”, comes hot on the heels of the recent amicable settlement with his former bandmates Michael Wilton, Eddie Jackson and Scott Rockenfield, who will be continuing with the band name.

With Geoff at the helm of Queensrÿche, the band experienced incredible success, garnering four Grammy nominations, performing in 46 different countries and selling over 20 million albums worldwide.

 Nearly two years after Queensrÿche...

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LINKIN PARK confirm SYSTEM OF A DOWN and RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE guest spots on new album!

LPThe band  will release their sixth album on June 16, the day after their headlline gig at this summer’s Download Festival, where they will play their 2000 album ‘Hybrid Theory’ in full.

Tom Morello, Daron Malakian and Paige Hamilton have all been announced as guests on the Linkin Park.

The band recently released a video trailer for the album. Frontman Mike Shinoda says: “There was a point last year where I was making stuff and I realised that it was just wrong. I was making stuff that I wanted to listen to, not something I wanted to be making. It’s loud and it’s rock, but not in the sense of what you’ve heard before, which is more like ‘90s hardcore-punk-thrash.

Co-frontman Chester Bennington added: “When I heard the opening riffs of ‘Guilty All The Same’, I hadn’t felt that ...

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SCORPIONS drummer Kottak jailed after Dubai airport arrest!

jamesJames Kottak  the drummer of Scorpions, which played at this year’s Bahrain F1 after party, has reportedly been jailed for one month in Dubai!

After taking a wrong turn and entering the transit hall, Kottak “started swearing and talking about ‘non-educated Muslims’ before he flashed his middle finger at passengers,” according to witnesses.

Police said he also lowered his trousers and showed people his behind.

Kottak was fined AED2,000 for drinking and will be deported after serving his sentence.

Because of his arrest, Kottak did not perform with his bandmates at the April 5 show at the 2014 Formula One Gulf Air Bahrain Grand Prix and was replaced at the gig by Mark Cross (TAINTED NATION, FIREWIND, OUTLOUD, HELLOWEEN, METALLIUM).

 

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OZZY wonderes where the next generation of stars will arise from!

blacksabbath-600x-1358090203This week marks the 30th anniversary of Ozzy being fired from Sabbath.

The last Grammy they won in 2000 was also for Best Metal Performance of their classic hit ‘Iron Man’ (originally recorded on their second album Paranoid in 1970), which was on their live Reunion album.

With the release of 13 in 2013, the first album of all new material with Ozzy on vocals since the Never Say Die album in 1978 when Ozzy was fired from the band, Ozzy and Black Sabbath decided to do a tour to promote the album.

The strategy paid off as the album went to #1 (their first ever #1 in North America) in 13 countries, and won a Grammy in January for Best Metal Performance with the song, ‘God Is Dead’.

Now Black Sabbath icon wonders where next generation of stars will come from.

Ozzy Osbourne says he ...

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