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Raise The Game: Udo Dirkschneider On Life, Music & Forging U.D.O.’s ‘Steelfactory’

Raise The Game: Udo Dirkschneider On Life, Music & Forging U.D.O.’s ‘Steelfactory’

The Unstoppable Udo Dirkschneider

After more than 40 years in the business and with a renowned breakthrough in the early 80’s with ACCEPT behind him, as well as several million records sold worldwide, Udo Dirkschneider remains one of the biggest rock legends in the business. Along the way, U.D.O. enjoyed more than two decades in the spotlight. Regardless of changes in the metal scene or the U.D.O. lineup, the band never deviated from Dirkschneider’s vision of serving up traditional balls-to-the-wall, no-nonsense heavy metal. As an artist, Dirkschneider remains as driven today as he was in the early days of his career. After honoring the classic ACCEPT songs live with his other project DIRKSCHNEIDER over the last several years, he has already penned what will prove to be the next exciting chapter in his already legendary career. U.D.O’s “Steelfactory,“ an unrelentingly powerful album, will be unleashed on August 31, 2018 via AFM Records / Soulfood Music. Influenced by the past Dirkschneider shows, the songs on “Steelfactory” deliver the anthemic songs his devoted fanbase craves. With its earthy handmade sound – with the help of danish producer Jacob Hansen – “Steelfactory“ catches the spirit of the age. The current (core) band lineup is working and playing together successfully for many years, like a good family business: Udo, Udo’s son Sven Dirkschneider (drums), bass player Fitty Wienhold and guitarist Andrey Smirnov.

Jason Price of Icon Vs. Icon recently caught up with living legend Udo Dirkschneider to discuss is life in music, the challenges he’s faced along the way and bringing U.D.O.’s fiery new album, ‘Steelfactory’ to the masses!

You’ve been in the music business for decades. Where did the journey begin for you musically?

How music first came into my life was through my parents. They listened to a lot of Elvis Presley and stuff like that — rock and roll music! I liked that and, of course, The Beatles came and the Rolling Stones. When I was 14, I started playing keyboards. I started making music with Michael Wagener. The reason I started making music was because of the Beatles, Rolling Stones and Elvis Presley! When we started composing songs, I was about 17 or 18 years old. It was called hard rock and not heavy metal. Heavy metal came in the ‘80s. As I said, I started with the Beatles but when the Rolling Stones came they brought a style that was much harder, aggressive, dirtier or whatever you want to call it. There was also Jimi Hendrix or the B-side of Sweet that brought really heavy rock stuff. Then Black Sabbath, AC/DC and Deep Purple came! That is when I said, “This is the type of music I would like to do!”

Tell us about the first time you stepped on stage.

That was so long ago! [laughs] I think it was in 1969 when we were playing in a small club in my hometown in Germany. It was a show that was like 40 minutes. There may have been 30 people or whatever but that was the first show I ever did! We did some cover stuff from Black Sabbath and already we had two or three of their own songs. We had “Free Me Now” from the first Accept album and “Sound of War.” We started very early composing our own stuff because we didn’t like to play too much cover stuff. It was so long ago!

There have been milestones for you along the way!

Yeah, what can I say! A lot of things have happened! The breakthrough for me was in Europe when Accept was on the Judas Priest tour after the “Breaker” album. Then it was the breakthrough worldwide in America, Canada and Japan with the “Balls To The Walls” album. There have been so many things that have happened through the years. Sometimes I wonder to myself how I’m still doing it after over 40 years! [laughs]

You’re known for an amazing command of the crowd. That doesn’t happen overnight. When did you come into your own as a frontman?

Yeah! To be honest, in the beginning I hated my voice. I would say that really started with the “Breaker” album from Accept. That’s when we started having a concert on stage and making it entertaining. You feel more comfortable if you know exactly what you’re doing. We were learning a lot from Judas Priest in 1981 on the long European tour. It was very entertaining, and I was learning. I think the whole band was! When we came for the first time to America in 1984, we started touring with KISS. They taught us a lot about bringing entertainment on stage, you know? What we are doing on stage is entertaining people and you feel more comfortable when you are entertaining.

Music is a hard business to make a living. What lessons did you learn early that helped chart the rest of your career?

Let’s put it this way, in the beginning there was a lot of fighting with record companies! [laughs] They want to put you in one direction and, also, I was a really tough guy in those days! [laughs] I was doing everything before we had the right management. I would say, “I want to do this” and I kept going on. I knew exactly what I wanted, and I think that helped a lot!

What are the keys to longevity in a business like this one?

Be down to Earth and, like I said, do what you believe! People often ask me what keeps me going on and I tell them that I’m still having fun doing this. I think that’s the most important thing!

Where do you look for inspiration?

You know, I was never good at sitting down and saying, “OK, let’s make an album like this … ” I think I was lucky to always have the right people around me, especially now with U.D.O. they are coming up with good ideas and it’s always interesting to create songs! We never focused on only one idea, so we never run out of ideas! I think that is a good thing!

U.D.O. – Udo’s son Sven Dirkschneider (drums), Udo Dirkschneider, guitarist Andrey Smirnov and bass player Fitty Wienhold.

You’re busier than ever! In fact, you have a new U.D.O. record, “Steelfactory,” headed our way. What made now the perfect time for the release?

We’ve been on tour with Dirkschneider only playing Accept songs for nearly three years. It was not planned. In the beginning, we had planned to do maybe 10 or 15 of the exclusive shows in Europe but then the whole thing exploded! For me it was unexpected, but it showed me what the people really wanted to hear! It just kept going on and on and on from one tour plan to another. And then we started composing and recording the new U.D.O. album, “Steelfactory,” in between touring or when we had a break. We just sat down and started working on new songs. Now, we have two more shows to go after nearly 300 shows with Dirkschneider! Next, we tour with U.D.O. for the new album! I’m really looking forward to this! I feel healthy and I have a lot of fun doing this, so I like to be on tour and doing live shows.

How does this new album compare to past U.D.O. albums?

If you look at all the U.D.O. albums, in a way, every album is a little bit different. Sometimes it’s more melodic, sometimes there are more keyboards and sometimes it’s more aggressive. For me, the most aggressive album we did was “Timebomb.” It’s always a little different. I never sit down and say, “Now we have to make an album ‘Animal House’ or ‘Unholy.’” I never know what’s coming out when we start a new album. I will say this new album has a good mixture! There is nearly everything on it from ballads to midtempo to up-tempo to fast songs and a lot of harmonies and solos. There are even big choirs. There’s a lot of different stuff! I’m really happy with the results of the new album. In Europe, we got a really, really great reaction on this, so hopefully we will have the same experience in America. I hope they like the album!

Tell us about how the songs took shape?

I wanted to take it a little bit back to the roots with this one. In the old days, where the record company still had enough money to give you to do this, they had pre-production. With the last few albums, “Decadent” and “Steelhammer,” there was a lot of composing over the internet. It was a process of sending links back and forth to each other. This time I said, “No! This time we go into the studio!” My son has a studio, which is also our rehearsal room. We sat there for two weeks and everybody came up with ideas. We were working face-to-face, jamming and stuff like that! That was definitely a more creative way of doing things than doing them over the Internet. It was a big challenge. To get everybody together and rocking as a team is the most important thing! We will definitely do more of that in the future. Everybody in the band said that when we start working on the next album, we will do the same thing again.

Jacob Hansen (Volbeat) served as the producer on “Steelfactory.” What did he bring to the table?

Jacob worked a little bit on “Decadent” and “Steelhammer” and also our “Navy Metal Night” stuff. He always said, “I would like to produce an album for U.D.O.” We were sitting together and he said, “Some of these ideas are very, very good. It’s like old school metal!” I said, “Yes!” [laughs] He said, “The whole thing needs a modern sound.” I think, in the end, that was the result! He did a fantastic job and I’m really happy. I can say this could happen that we work with Jacob on the next album.

You and your son, Sven, have worked together for some time. What does he bring out in your creatively?

With my son, what can I say, he is from a completely different generation musically. He is 24 years old. When we were working on the songs it was the new generation coming up with some ideas. I don’t always like those ideas, to be honest. It’s very modern stuff. So, I say, “Maybe we can do the arrangement like this, this and this.” The same is true with Andre, who is 34 years old. It’s very interesting to see these different generations. Fitty [Winehold] and I are the older guys! [laughs] We are there to keep the basics! It was very interesting working with them only songs and the ideas.

You have your eye on the future. What do you have in store for the fans?

Yes! Now, as I was saying, we have two more shows to do with Dirkschneider and then we start rehearsing for the tour. We start the tour in Russia at the end of October for four weeks. We have a small break in December and then in the middle of January we start to tour in Europe. I know that they are already working on some American stuff, so maybe that will fall directly after the European tour. We could be coming directly to America in April or after the summer. I don’t know for sure, but I do know we are definitely coming!

U.D.O.’s ‘Steelfactory’ will be released on August 31st, 2018.

There are many things that can be said for the state of the music industry. What excites you about its current state?

The good thing is social media. You can spread around news in seconds! This is a very good thing. The not so good is we are not selling as many CDs anymore. It’s not something that affects me greatly. I have a huge back catalogue and I can tour worldwide but the same is not true for new bands. It’s much harder these days to make a living of it and continue. Most of these bands also have a normal job and then take their holidays for touring. They cannot make a living of it. For a professional musician, it’s not easy to keep going on as a band.

What has it been like to be able to connect with your fans on a worldwide level?

It’s been very interesting to talk to fans. I have always liked doing meet and greets. I like to ask them what they like and don’t like. I think it’s very important to know what your fans are thinking about the whole thing. That connection is very important! You can’t be a big rockstar that not give a shit about anything! No, no, no, no! This is very important to be connected with the people!

What is the best lesson we can take from your journey as an artist?

To learn my story, you must listen to the music. I always say to write songs that you can remember and sing-along. Don’t make them really complicated. This is sometimes much harder than making complicated songs! For example, when I am on tour with Dirkschneider and play “I’m A Rebel” from 1979, the young people also know this song. That is very interesting to me. The same is true of “Balls To The Walls” or Metal Heart.” “Balls To The Walls” is 34 or 35 years old but the young people are singing along with this song! That means you have created a truly memorable song! I always tell young people, “Believe in yourself and believe what you are doing.” I think that’s the most important thing!

Thanks for your time today, Udo! I wish you continued success!

Thank you, Jason! I look forward to seeing you at the show in America! I’m looking forward to coming back to America and I hope the people like the new album, “Steelfactory.”

For all the latest news and tour dates for Udo Dirkschneider, visit his official website at www.udo-online.com. Connect with him on social media via Facebook! U.D.O.’s ‘Steelfactory’ will be released on August 31st, 2018 via AFM Records.

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Iron Maiden Launch ‘Light Brigade’ Beer To Help Support Help For Heroes Charity

Iron Maiden Launch ‘Light Brigade’ Beer To Help Support Help For Heroes Charity

British rock legends IRON MAIDEN and independent family brewers ROBINSONS announce the creation of LIGHT BRIGADE, a unique golden English ale with a 4.1% ABV. Available in the U.K., LIGHT BRIGADE has been developed in support of HELP FOR HEROES, the British charity that provides recovery and support for the Armed Forces community whose lives are affected by their service. 6p of each pint and 5p of each bottle sold will be donated to help the thousands of Servicemen and women who live with complex wounds and injuries – both physical and mental – and are looking to regain their purpose in life. 

HELP FOR HEROES met with ROBINSONS in the summer of 2017 to explore the possibility of launching a beer. ROBINSONS and IRON MAIDEN, who jointly launched TROOPER Beer almost five years ago and which has now sold over 20 million pints worldwide, were immediately enthusiastic about the idea. Indeed, the origin of TROOPER’s name, which comes from the classic IRON MAIDEN song, ‘The Trooper’, based on the Battle of Balaclava of 1854 in the Crimean War, reflects the band’s well-known interest in history.

As ever with the TROOPER range of beers, ROBINSONS’ Head Brewer, MARTYN WEEKS, and IRON MAIDEN lead vocalist and ale aficionado, BRUCE DICKINSON, teamed up to create the new and original beer, with the final tasting and approval taking place at HELP FOR HEROES’ Tedworth House Recovery Centre in Wiltshire, last Autumn.

BRUCE DICKINSON said: “We are very proud to have been asked to get involved. I have been an instructor on several of British Airways’ flight simulator ‘Flying Heroes’ days for HELP FOR HEROES Veterans, so I know the charity and the work that they do well. LIGHT BRIGADE is our interpretation of a golden ale that maintains the elements of strength and character that are the essence of TROOPER but at a more sessionable level. In fact, the two beers complement each other very well.”

BETH MILES, Director of Marketing and Fundraising at HELP FOR HEROES: “We are thrilled that BRUCE DICKINSON has developed a new beer for us under the TROOPER brand with ROBINSONS. We are sure that LIGHT BRIGADE will have a very popular appeal and raise significant funds, enabling HELP FOR HEROES to empower more Veterans to reach their potential and regain their purpose. This is the beginning of a partnership which we hope will see TROOPER fans and ROBINSONS customers join The Force for Good campaign to support the thousands whose lives have been affected by their service.”

MARTYN WEEKS commented: “Bruce and I were recently invited to visit HELP FOR HEROES in Wiltshire, where we had a tour of the incredible recovery facilities there and met some of the Veterans.  We were both hugely impressed with the work they are doing and launching a new beer in support of this Charity is, we believe, a great way to raise money and awareness for this very worthy cause. ROBINSONS will also be supporting the Charity through fundraising in our pub estate.”

LIGHT BRIGADE is designed as a session ale for beer and music fans everywhere. It will also be produced on a long-term basis, differentiating it from the other limited edition TROOPER beers: 666, Red ‘N Black, and Hallowed. In keeping with the Trooper brand,LIGHT BRIGADE’s original bottle label features IRON MAIDEN’s iconic mascot EDDIE on horseback in one of the uniforms of the LIGHT BRIGADE.

LIGHT BRIGADE is available to pre-order online now at www.robinsonsbrewery.com for delivery from February 1st. It will be stocked in supermarkets nationwide and selected pubs from February 19th onwards.

For more information on IRON MAIDEN BEER, please visit www.ironmaidenbeer.com, like TROOPER on Facebook: www.facebook.com/ironmaidenbeer and follow TROOPER on Twitter: www.twitter.com/ironmaidenbeer(@ironmaidenbeer)

For more information on ROBINSONS Brewery, please visit www.robinsonsbrewery.com, like them on Facebook: www.facebook.com/robinsonsbrewery, follow them on Twitter: www.twitter.com/robbiesbrewery (@robbiesbrewery) and on Instagram:www.instagram.com/robinsonsbrewery.

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Iron Maiden Celebrate Release of ‘The Book Of Souls: Live Chapter’ With Free Online Screening Event!

Iron Maiden Celebrate Release of ‘The Book Of Souls: Live Chapter’ With Free Online Screening Event!

BMG will release IRON MAIDEN’s The Book Of Souls: Live Chapter on November 17th in the U.S. [through Warner Music rest of world] This live recording comprises 15 songs captured during The Book Of Souls World Tour, which covered 39 countries across six continents during 2016 and 2017, and was seen by over two million fans. The Book Of Souls: Live Chapter will be released physically in CD, deluxe CD & vinyl audio formats, with the concert film available to stream free online or as a digital download full details below.

The Book Of Souls: Live Chapter will premiere on YouTube on Saturday, November 11 @ 7pm GMT- as a thank you to all our loyal fans around the world we’re streaming the entire concert film for free. Grab some beers, hook up your best speakers and enjoy The Book Of Souls tour from the comfort of your own sofa.

Go to www.youtube.com/ironmaiden to experience this awesome show!

Produced by Tony Newton and Iron Maiden founder member and bass player Steve Harris, the album is based on this year’s set list and is a faithful record of the epic show, including six songs from The Book Of Souls, the band’s most recent studio album, along with many other classics and fan favorites.

Steve comments, “We spent a huge amount of time working on this as I wanted to get it as close to the Maiden live experience as I possibly could and to represent our fans from different parts of the world. This meant listening to literally hours upon hours of tapes from every show, to select material and construct a sound that would run consistently across the whole album and capture the excitement of a new country like El Salvador alongside such regular favorites as Donington or Wacken.”

Maiden manager Rod Smallwood adds, “The Book Of Souls World Tour was a huge undertaking, not least for Bruce who started the tour singing in public for the very first time since recovering from throat cancer. He also piloted Ed-Force One, upgraded last year from a Boeing 757 to a 747 so we could go further and faster to visit some fantastic cities and fans all round the world. This year continued that excitement bringing us our most successful North American and U.K. tours ever. It was a very special tour in a great many ways so we felt we wanted to document it for both ourselves and for our fans. Steve has done an incredible job putting together this set from cities around the world and we’ve made sure the deluxe CD will be available in a matching book format to The Book of Souls release.

“On top of all that the release will be celebrated by an event that is a Maiden first: a free live streaming premiere of the concert film, as a thank you to our loyal fans around the world. We hope that the global Maiden community will all enjoy coming together to watch this special event online. Many of you will be in it as there is footage from a whole host of the places we played on this momentous tour. ”

The full tracklisting and the cities they were recorded in, is as follows:

If Eternity Should Fail – Sydney, Australia
Speed of Light – Cape Town, South Africa
Wrathchild – Dublin, Ireland
Children of the Damned – Montreal, Canada
Death or Glory – Wroclaw, Poland
The Red and the Black – Tokyo, Japan
The Trooper – San Salvador, El Salvador
Powerslave – Trieste, Italy
The Great Unknown – Newcastle, UK
The Book of Souls – Donington, UK
Fear of the Dark – Fortaleza, Brazil
Iron Maiden – Buenos Aires, Argentina
Number of the Beast – Wacken, Germany
Blood Brothers – Donington, UK
Wasted Years – Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

The album will replicate The Book Of Souls original formats and be issued as a limited edition deluxe 2CD hardcase Book, a regular 2CD album, a triple black vinyl LP, and digital download in high resolution audio (48khz/24 bit) including Mastered for iTunes (MFiT) version. A digital download of the concert film will also be available to purchase following its free online premiere.

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Rock Legend Ozzy Osbourne Announces Farewell 2018 World Tour

Rock Legend Ozzy Osbourne Announces Farewell 2018 World Tour

Five decades. 18,262 days. More than 2,500 shows.

On his upcoming farewell world tour, OZZY OSBOURNE–Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee and Grammy® winning singer and songwriter–will celebrate more than five decades as a performer (both as a solo artist and as lead singer of Black Sabbath which formed in 1968). This tour, expected to take OZZY around the world with dates into 2020, will mark the end of global touring for the legendary artist, though he will continue to perform select live shows.

“People keep asking me when I’m retiring,” OZZY says. “This will be my final world tour, but I can’t say I won’t do some shows here and there.”

The tour will kick off in 2018 with a show in Mexico, before heading to South America for OZZY solo shows in three countries. Next up, a six-week European leg of headlining solo dates and festival performances that’s set to launch Friday, June 1, 2018 in Moscow, Russia The beloved rock icon will subsequently headline a North American concert tour produced by Live Nation, details of which will be revealed in 2018.

For these dates, OZZY will be joined by longtime collaborators Zakk Wylde (Guitar), Blasko (Bass), Tommy Clufetos (Drums) and Adam Wakeman (Keyboards).

Ozzy Osbourne 2018 Farewell Tour Dates:

5/5 – Mexico – TBA

5/8 – Santiago, Chile – TBA

5/11 – Buenos Aires, Argentina – TBA

5/13 – São Paulo, Brazil – TBA

5/16 – Curitiba, Brazil – TBA

5/18 – Belo Horizonte, Brazil – TBA

5/20 – Rio de Janeiro, Brazil – TBA

6/1 – Moscow, Russia – Olympiisky

6/3 – St. Petersburg, Russia – Ice Palace (Ledovi Dvorets)

6/6 – Finland – TBA

6/8 – Solvesborg, Sweden* – Sweden Rock Festival

6/10 – Donington, UK* – Download Festival

6/13 – Prague, Czech Republic* – Airport Letnany

6/15 – Paris, France* – Download Festival

6/17 – Italy* – TBA

6/20 – Halden, Norway* – Tons of Rock Festival

6/22 – Copenhagen, Denmark* – Copenhell Festival

6/24 – Dessel, Belgium* – Graspop Metal Meeting

6/26 – Krakow, Poland* – Impact Festival

6/28 – Oberhausen, Germany* – König-Pilsnet Arena

6/30 – Madrid, Spain* – Download Festival

7/2 – Lisbon, Portugal – Meo Arena

*Produced by Live Nation

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Iron Maiden To Release ‘The Book Of Souls: Live Chapter’ On November 17th!

Iron Maiden To Release ‘The Book Of Souls: Live Chapter’ On November 17th!

BMG has announced the release of IRON MAIDEN’s The Book Of Souls: Live Chapter on November 17th in the U.S. [through Warner Music rest of world] This live recording comprises 15 songs captured during The Book Of Souls World Tour, which covered 39 countries across six continents during 2016 and 2017, and was seen by over two million fans.The Book Of Souls: Live Chapter will be released physically in CD, deluxe CD & vinyl audio formats, with the concert film available to stream free online or as a digital download – full details below.

Produced by Tony Newton and Iron Maiden founder member and bass player Steve Harris, the album is based on this year’s set list and is a faithful record of the epic show, including six songs from The Book Of Souls, the band’s most recent studio album, along with many other classics and fan favorites.

Steve comments, “We spent a huge amount of time working on this as I wanted to get it as close to the Maiden live experience as I possibly could and to represent our fans from different parts of the world. This meant listening to literally hours upon hours of tapes from every show, to select material and construct a sound that would run consistently across the whole album and capture the excitement of a new country like El Salvador alongside such regular favorites as Donington or Wacken.”

Maiden manager Rod Smallwood adds, “The Book Of Souls World Tour was a huge undertaking, not least for Bruce who started the tour singing in public for the very first time since recovering from throat cancer. He also piloted Ed-Force One, upgraded last year from a Boeing 757 to a 747 so we could go further and faster to visit some fantastic cities and fans all round the world. This year continued that excitement bringing us our most successful North American and U.K. tours ever. It was a very special tour in a great many ways so we felt we wanted to document it for both ourselves and for our fans. Steve has done an incredible job putting together this set from cities around the world and we’ve made sure the deluxe CD will be available in a matching book format to The Book of Souls release.

“On top of all that the release will be celebrated by an event that is a Maiden first: a free live streaming premiere of the concert film, as a thank you to our loyal fans around the world. We hope that the global Maiden community will all enjoy coming together to watch this special event online. Many of you will be in it as there is footage from a whole host of the places we played on this momentous tour. ”

More details on how to take part in this one-off event will be published on IronMaiden.com
shortly.

The full tracklisting and the cities they were recorded in, is as follows:

If Eternity Should Fail – Sydney, Australia
Speed of Light – Cape Town, South Africa
Wrathchild – Dublin, Ireland
Children of the Damned – Montreal, Canada
Death or Glory – Wroclaw, Poland
The Red and the Black – Tokyo, Japan
The Trooper – San Salvador, El Salvador
Powerslave – Trieste, Italy
The Great Unknown – Newcastle, UK
The Book of Souls – Donington, UK
Fear of the Dark – Fortaleza, Brazil
Iron Maiden – Buenos Aires, Argentina
Number of the Beast – Wacken, Germany
Blood Brothers – Donington, UK
Wasted Years – Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

The album will replicate The Book Of Souls original formats and be issued as a limited edition deluxe 2CD hardcase Book, a regular 2CD album, a triple black vinyl LP, and digital download in high resolution audio (48khz/24 bit) including Mastered for iTunes (MFiT) version. A digital download of the concert film will also be available to purchase following its free online premiere.

 

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Nikki Sixx & SIXX: A.M. Announce ‘The Heroin Diaries’ Memoir & Soundtrack 10-Year Anniversary Editions

Nikki Sixx & SIXX: A.M. Announce ‘The Heroin Diaries’ Memoir & Soundtrack 10-Year Anniversary Editions

Today marks the 10th anniversary of the release of Nikki Sixx’s drug-soaked NY Times bestselling memoir, THE HEROIN DIARIES and SiXX:A.M.’s The Heroin Diaries Soundtrack.

To commemorate more than a decade of sobriety and life lessons learned, Nikki Sixx and SIXX:A.M. revisit the seminal work; announcing Tenth Anniversary Editions of the book and album in multiple formats including: digital LP, CD, CD / DVD, and Special Edition Vinyl, and Graphic Novel. Fans can get a jump start TODAY by pre-ordering these and more exclusively at PledgeMusic.

Nikki Sixx got sober sixteen years ago. A decade ago he shared this story with the world. And yet with the modern opioid crisis looming larger than ever; Sixx’s journey to sobriety and the words and music it inspired remains poignantly relevant.

Chronicling the year of decadence and depravity that almost cost Sixx his life during the recording and tour for Mötley Crüe’s seminal 1987 album GIRLS GIRLS GIRLS, the book not only became a worldwide bestseller but also spawned the band SIXX:A.M., and Sixx’s nationally syndicated daily iHeart Media rock radio show “Sixx Sense with Nikki Sixx.”

Says Sixx: “Over the last ten years I’ve met so many people who have thanked me for The Heroin Diariesand say that it saved their lives,” explains Nikki. “But the truth is, writing The Heroin Diaries saved my life too.”

Journey back again into this mega–New York Times bestselling survivor’s story in one of the most “harrowing” (Rolling Stone) and “heartbreaking” (The New York Times) memoirs of addiction ever published and the soundtrack it inspired. The once-shattered rock star shares raw and mesmerizing journal entries from the year he plunged to rock bottom—and his courageous decision to pick himself up and start living again. In never-before-seen photos and exclusive new chapters, Nikki reflects on his decade of sobriety in this expanded 10th anniversary edition of the book.

SIXX:A.M. also celebrates its 10-year anniversary with the re-release of The Heroin Diaries Soundtrack: 10th Anniversary Edition. Comprised of James Michael (vocalist, producer, songwriter), Dj Ashba (guitarist, songwriter) Nikki Sixx (bassist, songwriter), the group initially came together to write, record, and co-produce The Heroin Diaries Soundtrack, which sold over 300,000 copies, and includes the #1 hit single, “Life Is Beautiful,” which became radio’s most played rock song of 2008. Over the past decade SIXX:A.M. has become a full-fledged global rock powerhouse, releasing four additional albums, multiple Top 5 hits and playing the biggest festivals and arenas around the world.

THE HEROIN DIARIES: Ten Year Anniversary Edition by Nikki Sixx is out October 24th via Gallery Books / Simon & Schuster featuring a new cover, never-before-seen photos and exclusive brand new chapters.

THE HEROIN DIARIES: 10th Anniversary Edition Soundtrack by SIXX:A.M. will be released October 27th via Eleven Seven Music as a digital album, CD, and CD/DVD. A limited edition vinyl package will also come later this year. All music configurations feature new artwork, personal notes from the band and include 3 newly re-imagined tracks: “Life Is Beautiful 2017”, “Accidents Can Happen 2017”, and Girl With Golden Eyes 2017”.

Also on pre-sale today is The Heroin Diaries graphic novel, a collaboration that Nikki Sixx and HEAVY METAL recently announced at ComicCon San Diego. The Graphic Novel presents the Heroin Diaries from a different angle and gives both insight and understanding to the deadly trap and temptation of addiction adapted by Rantz Hoseley, illustrated by Danijel Zezelj, and Keiron Dwyer, an with exclusive cover art by David Mack.

In addition, Sixx will debut his first-ever photography exhibit in partnership with Leica Camera at the Leica Gallery Los Angeles beginning October 4 (announcement forthcoming). The collection features Sixx’s most precious moments and interactions from the past decade, in images including homelessness and drug addiction amongst other topics which Sixx was all too familiar with before photography helped change his life post-sobriety.

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Judas Priest Unleash New Mobile Game ‘Judas Priest: Road To Valhalla’

Judas Priest Unleash New Mobile Game ‘Judas Priest: Road To Valhalla’

Sony Music Entertainment and legendary heavy metal band Judas Priest have announced that “Judas Priest: Road To Valhalla,” a new mobile game for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch is now available in the App Store.

Game download link to App Store here: http://apple.co/2uG3i3n

The app features stunning new visuals and gameplay set to the iconic songs “Halls of Valhalla,” “Breaking the Law”, “Turbo Lover”, “Electric Eye”, and “Painkiller” and “You’ve Got Another Thing Coming.”

Judas Priest: Road To Valhalla innovates by making isolated song stems (eg drums, vocals, guitar) from the 2016 ‘Battle Cry’ album available to players exclusively within the game.  Using an innovative visual mechanic, players must fill “stem meters” to construct the full song and progress through each level of the game.

“When we set out to make this game, we wanted to give fans a new kind of visual listening experience” said Rob Halford, who also appears in a series of exclusive video clips throughout the game.

“For the first time, we are making individual stems of our songs available to fans to give them a new and interactive way to engage with some of the best songs from our catalog.”

“Judas Priest: Road To Valhalla” is a joint collaboration between Judas Priest, Sony Music Entertainment, Trinifold Management LLC UK and Babaroga, a leading mobile game studio.

“Metal maniacs are you ready to join Judas Priest on the Road To Valhalla…..? We are excited to have you take charge and lead the way on the bike and the tour bus! Let the molten metal mayhem begin with the thrill of the ride! Can you claim victory on this perilous journey that leads you into Valhalla…?”

Have a blast and enjoy!
Rob, Glenn, Richie, Ian and Scott

About Judas Priest:

There are few heavy metal bands that have managed to scale the heights that Judas Priest have during their 40 year career – originally formed during the early ’70s in Birmingham, England, Judas Priest is responsible for some of the genre’s most influential and landmark albums (1980’s ‘British Steel,’ 1982’s ‘Screaming for Vengeance,’ 1990’s ‘Painkiller,’etc.) and for decades have been one of the greatest live bands in the entire heavy metal genre including an iconic performance at Live Aid in 1985 – they also brought metal to the masses by their appearance on American Idol in 2011 – plus Judas Priest were one of the first metal bands to exclusively wear leather and studs –  a look that began during this era and was eventually embraced by metal fans throughout the world!

And soon, the worlds of metal and gaming will collide head-on, with the groundbreaking new game, ‘Road to Valhalla’!

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W.A.S.P. To Unleash Trailer For “RE-IDOLIZED: The 25th Anniversary of The Crimson Idol”

W.A.S.P. To Unleash Trailer For “RE-IDOLIZED: The 25th Anniversary of The Crimson Idol”

In 1992 W.A.S.P. released “The Crimson Idol”. It’s the story of Jonathan Aaron Steele, an abused child looking for love. Discovering music years later, he rises to international superstardom. Later followed by a catastrophic fall.

2017 marks the 25th anniversary of the original release, which is still considered to be the best album of W.A.S.P.’s career, and one of the greatest concept albums of all times! “The Crimson Idol” undoubtedly belongs in every metal head’s record collection. The album about the anti-hero Jonathan Steele was originally intended to be accompanied by a movie, with several hundred hours of film that were shot to create approximately 50 minutes of movie footage.

This film has never been released – Until now! Napalm Records has announced “RE-IDOLZED”, the 25th anniversary of the iconic hit album plus the original “The Crimson Idol” movie on DVD and Blu-ray! For the first time EVER as originally intended – film and soundtrack united – released as one product!

“RE-IDOLIZED” will be available on Blu-ray, DVD, CD, and vinyl later this year!

Check out the first official trailer for W.A.S.P.’s upcoming 25th anniversary release below!

W.A.S.P. live:
“Re-Idolized: The 25th Anniversary of The Crimson Idol” World Tour
08.11.2017 IT – Bologna, Estragon
09.11.2017 IT – Milan, Live Club
10.11.2017 CH – Lausanne, Docks
11.11.2017 CH – Pratteln, Z7
14.11.2017 DE – Hamburg, Markthalle
15.11.2017 DE – Hannover, Capitol
16.11.2017 DE – Saarbrücken, Garage
17.11.2017 DE – Oberhausen, Turbinenhalle
18.11.2017 DE – Geiselwind, Music Hall
20.11.2017 DE – Frankfurt, Batschkapp
21.11.2017 DE – Stuttgart, LKA Longhorn
22.11.2017 DE – Munich, Backstage
24.11.2017 CZ – Hluk, Sportshall
25.11.2017 PL – Warsaw, Progresja
26.11.2017 AT – Vienna, Arena

Watch Out For More Info:
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www.waspnation.com
www.twitter.com/WASPOfficial

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Mac Sabbath Battles Rival Fast Food Mascots In Claymation Music Video For “Pair-A-Buns”

Mac Sabbath Battles Rival Fast Food Mascots In Claymation Music Video For “Pair-A-Buns”

Fast food themed Black Sabbath cover kings MAC SABBATH are making dreams come true, one month at a time! Earlier this year, the band released their first ever recorded music – the single “Pair-A-Buns” – via flexi disc in their official new coloring activity book that was previously only available on tour. Due to high demand, MAC SABBATH has the coloring book available online, starting now! The coloring book is chock full of ridiculous images to color, dots to connect, mazes to solve and more. Order for just $15 via www.officialmacsabbath.com.

That said, it seems MAC SABBATH fans have been waiting very patiently for an official music video too. Well, as if mummy finally broke down and bought you that long-awaited first kids meal you’ve been begging for, MAC SABBATH have given in to your desires and are unleashing their ridiculously fantastic Claymation music video for “Pair-A-Buns” today! Witness your favorite fast food mascots battling it out for delicious, caloric greatness!

Check out the “Pair-A-Buns” video now, exclusively via The A.V. Club: http://www.avclub.com/article/watch-fast-food-mascots-die-violently-mac-sabbath–254640

The “Pair-A-Buns” video was filmed and edited by Jesus Rivera (Demonbabies) and features Claymation sequences by Brad Uyeda.

Stay tuned for upcoming touring and video release news from MAC SABBATH!

More about MAC SABBATH:
Mixing raucous comedy with borderline-horrific theatrics, the only thing more petrifying than impending health problems resulting from years of overeating is a Mac Sabbath show. Show attendees should be prepared to partake in the fun – Mac Sabbath puts on a theatrical, multimedia stage show – complete with a smoking grill, laser-eyed clowns, bouncing burgers and many more magical surprises… basically anything and everything an unwary show-goer could ever want in their wildest dreams.Named by Buzzfeed as one of the “13 Metal Bands You Didn’t Know How to React To” + Named as LA’s “Best Tribute Band” by LA Weekly.

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Iron Maiden Returns To North America With “The Book Of Souls” Tour In 2017!

Iron Maiden Returns To North America With “The Book Of Souls” Tour In 2017!

IRON MAIDEN’s hugely successful The Book Of Souls World Tour will return to North America for an extensive series of arena and amphitheater shows in summer 2017. The mammoth tour opened in Florida last February playing fourteen sold-out shows in the U.S.A and Canada along with a further 58 concerts in 34 other countries around the globe.

First night reviews from Ft Lauderdale called it “…a full-throttle, devil-may-care performance that thrilled a sold-out BB&T Center” (Sun Sentinel) with Revolver magazine reporting how the band’s legendary mascot Eddie dominated the Maya-themed stage: “From a walking zombie towering over band members during the set, to being featured on a host of back-drops and huge blow-up figures – the quintessential symbol was omnipresent for the entire show” including Eddie having his heart literally ripped out of his chest and hurled into the crowd by singer Bruce Dickinson!

The full list of dates:

JUN 03 – BRISTOW, VA – JIFFY LUBE LIVE

JUN 04 – PHILADELPHIA, PA – WELLS FARGO CENTER

JUN 07 – NEWARK, NJ – PRUDENTIAL CENTER

JUN 09 – CHARLOTTE, NC – PNC MUSIC PAVILION

JUN 11 – TAMPA, FL – AMALIE ARENA

JUN 13 – NASHVILLE, TN – BRIDGESTONE ARENA

JUN 15 – CHICAGO, IL – HOLLYWOOD CASINO AMPHITHEATER

JUN 16 – MINNEAPOLIS, MN – XCEL ENERGY CENTER

JUN 19 – OKLAHOMA CITY, OK – CHESAPEAKE ARENA

JUN 21 – HOUSTON, TX – TOYOTA CENTER

JUN 23 – DALLAS, TX – AMERICAN AIRLINES CENTER

JUN 24 – SAN ANTONIO, TX – AT&T CENTER

JUN 27 – ALBUQUERQUE, NM – ISLETA AMPHITHEATER

JUN 28 – PHOENIX, AZ – TALKING STICK RESORT ARENA

JUL 01 – SAN BERNARDINO, CA – SAN MANUEL AMPHITHEATER*

JUL 03 – LAS VEGAS, NV – T-MOBILE ARENA

JUL 05 – OAKLAND, CA – ORACLE ARENA

JUL 07 – SALT LAKE CITY, UT – USANA AMPHITHEATER

JUL 09 – LINCOLN, NE – PINNACLE BANK ARENA

JUL 11 – KANSAS CITY, MO – SPRINT CENTER

JUL 12 – ST LOUIS, MO – HOLLYWOOD CASINO AMPHITHEATER

JUL 15 – TORONTO, CANADA – BUDWEISER STAGE

JUL 16 – QUEBEC CITY, CANADA – VIDEOTRON CENTRE

JUL 19 – MANSFIELD, MA – XFINITY CENTER

JUL 21 – BROOKLYN, NY – BARCLAYS CENTER

Steve Harris commented; “We are really looking forward to returning to North America for a full tour. We had always planned to go back there and to the UK as last year, due to the global nature of the tour and the period it took, we just didn’t have time to cover them properly and we do still like to get to fans in as many places as possible!

So this year we’re able to reach many more cities in America, including a return to places Maiden haven’t played for many, many years like Lincoln Nebraska, Minneapolis, Oklahoma City and Oakland California. We also welcome playing in Brooklyn for the first time.

We will, of course, be bringing the full production with us including all the Eddies and the Maya-themed stage sets. There’s been a great reaction from everyone to this tour’s theme, people really seem to love it. We’re still deciding on the final set-list and we’ll work that out once we get into rehearsals. Most of our North American fans haven’t seen the show yet so as we want to give them the same Book Of Souls live experience that we took around the world, it’s unlikely we’ll change much. And of course we know our fans appreciate us playing a lot of the older songs too, so we will continue to do that!”

Tickets start going on-sale Friday, January 27 check www.ironmaiden.com for market specific info. As usual, there will be an exclusive pre-sale for IRON MAIDEN Fan Club members, details of which can also be found on www.ironmaiden.com along with information on how Fan Club members can participate in the draw to be “First To The Barrier”.

IRON MAIDEN are delighted to welcome Ghost http://ghost-official.com/ as their Special Guests for the North American leg of The Book Of Souls World Tour.

*There will also be some further bands added to the show at San Bernardino.

After great feedback to last year’s North American trial of the concept, Maiden fans will again be able to enjoy a TROOPER VIP Upgrade package that will allow them early access to the venue, a pile of TROOPER goodies and MAIDEN swag, TROOPER beers, food and a designated area to meet with other fans, plus the opportunity to win some great prizes. The upgrade packages are available at US$199 from www.troopervip.com. The concert ticket must be purchased separately.

For the 2017 shows Maiden will once again, in conjunction with the Promoters, be implementing a partial paperless ticketing system in as many venues as possible, which they have been successfully doing since 2010 and has worked well in lessening the ticketing scalping and drain of the prime tickets into the Secondary Ticketing sites.

The Book Of Souls is Maiden’s first ever double studio album and their most successful chart-wise to date, debuting at the No. 1 spot in over 40 countries around the world and No. 4 in the U.S.A.

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