Saturday, April 29, 2006

Ex Iron Maiden singer DI'ANNO

During an interview former IRON MAIDEN singer Paul Di'Anno did with the MAIDEN fan site on April 26, he revealed that the European release date of his new studio album, "The Living Dead", is set for May 16, which coincides with the album's U.S release date.

In the interview, which will be posted in's "Interviews" section on April 27, Paul Di'Anno also comments on the new CD and talks about the music video that was recently completed in support of the album.

As previously reported, "The Living Dead" will come with a bonus DVD that contains the music video for "The Living Dead" and an exclusive in-depth, tell-all interview in which Di'Anno discusses his days with IRON MAIDEN.

"The Living Dead" track listing:

01. The Living Dead
02. Mad Man In The Attic
03. War Machine
04. Brothers Of The Tomb
05. P.O.V. 2005
06. Nomad
07. S.A.T.A.N.
08. Cold World
09. Do Or Die
10. Dog Dead
11. Symphony Of Destruction
12. Wrathchild (Live)
13. Phantom Of The Opera (Live)

Friday, April 28, 2006

Six Honors At Latin Billboard Awards for Shakira

Shakira had all eyes of the Latin music world on her as she took home the most awards at the 2006 Latin Billboard Awards Thursday night.

The pop songstress won six times and reggaeton pacesetter Daddy Yankee took home three honors at the awards.

Shakira's album "Fijacion Oral Vol. 1" (Oral Fixation Vol. 1), which was released in both Spanish and English, won female Latin pop album of the year. The album's top song, a sexy duet with Spanish singer Alejandro Sanz called "La Tortura" (The Torture), won four other awards, including hot Latin song of the year.

The Colombian crossover star's voice was nearly drowned out by the cheering audience when she received the award for female Latin pop album.

"Wow. Thank you. This is for all of you, my fans, who have been accompanying me, understanding and protecting me all these years," she said.

Later, Shakira, wearing a sparkling blue bikini top and red-and-white dress, unleashed her trademark hip-wiggle as she danced and sang alongside Wyclef Jean on their pulsing collaboration "Hips Don't Lie."

The performance kept with the theme of these awards over the years: mix Latin acts with performances with crossover appeal.

Shakira's also won the Spirit of Hope Award, which honored the 29-year-old for her work to improve living conditions for Colombian children through her charitable organization, Fundacion Piez Descalzos (Bare Feet Foundation).

Sanz's collaboration with Shakira netted him four awards. Colombian rocker Juanes -- a big winner the past few years -- won three. Dominican bachata singer Andy Andy and good-looking Mexican pop group RBD also won three times.

RBD, which reached young listeners with its album "Rebelde" (Rebel), won best Latin pop album for a duo or group, and the same award for new artists. It also won the viewers' choice award.

Reggaeton -- a mix of tropical rhythms, reggae, hip-hop and rap that first took hold in the major U.S. Hispanic markets of Miami, Los Angeles and New York -- was featured during several performances.

Surrounded by dancers clad in jungle camouflage, Daddy Yankee performed two songs to start the show -- "Bailando" (Dancing) on an outdoor floating barge, and "Rompe" (Break) on the indoor stage.

The Puerto Rican star whose song "Gasolina" is among reggaeton's most well-known tunes, won for top Latin album artist and top reggaeton album. He also was among those honored for reggaeton song of the year for "Mayor Que Yo" (Older than Me), a collaboration with Baby Ranks, Tonny Tun Tun, Wisin y Yandel and Hector "El Father."

He gave credit to fellow reggaeton producers for helping propel the genre.

"This award is for all my people, for all of reggaeton," he said while receiving the reggaeton album award.

Reggaeton also was the theme of the show's final two performances, which were to feature Tito "El Bambino," Angel y Khriz and Wisin & Yandel.

Another notable performance came from Orishas, the Cuban hip-hop group based in Europe, who energized the show by surrounding their vocals with horn and Latin percussion sections.

Those in attendance also honored singer-songwriter Joan Sebastian, who received the Hall of Fame Award after 30 years as a fixture on the Mexican music scene.

The show was held at Seminole Hard Rock Live, which is adjacent to a hotel and casino complex in this Fort Lauderdale suburb.

It was hosted by TV personality Candela Ferro and Mexican ranchero artist Lupillo Rivera. Television personality Maria Celeste Arraras, Puerto Rican dance queen Olga Tanon and salsa maestro Victor Manuelle were among the scheduled presenters at the show, broadcast live on Telemundo.

The awards show honors the most popular albums, songs and performers in Latin music as determined by sales and radio airplay data published on Billboard's weekly charts.


Thursday, April 27, 2006

Heavy-metal documentary

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Six years ago, anthropologist Sam Dunn made the unusual switch from studying Guatemalan refugees to starring in his own film about long-haired, leather-clad, head-banging rockers.

To the 30-year-old Canadian, however, the jump made perfect sense. After all, he's been a die-hard fan of heavy metal music since he was a teen-ager.

The result of his and co-director Scot McFadyen's 5-1/2-year quest to explore what they call "the culture of heavy metal" is "Metal: A Headbanger's Journey," a documentary that takes an anthropological look at the genre by exploring its links with violence, sexuality and religion.

The film is scheduled to hit movie theaters in cities like Los Angeles, Houston, and Salt Lake City in the coming weeks and will be released on DVD at the end of May.

The film's aim, according to Dunn and McFadyen, is to explain why heavy metal, a style of rock music made popular by bands like Black Sabbath, Iron Maiden, and Slayer and known for heavy guitar riffs and controversial lyrics, has been maligned by critics while its millions of fans across the globe have been stereotyped as violent or Satanic.

Dunn, a long-haired, skinny redhead, serves as the film's narrator and main character, something he was initially skittish about but found was true to the anthropological practice of observing cultures through participation.

"You grow up as a metal fan, it's the music that you love," Dunn said in a recent interview, adding that the film "forced me to see (heavy metal) through a different lens than just as a Slayer-obsessed teen-ager."

Indeed, Dunn's mild, thoughtful manner as he travels to heavy metal festivals and conducts interviews with his musical idols appears to embody the film's central message that heavy metal fans are misunderstood by mainstream Western culture.


"There were always more fights at frat parties than metal shows when I was growing up," Dunn said. "Metal is about a release. It's a catharsis, it's an emotional form of music, so that is something that is just often overlooked."

The film tracks heavy metal's origins in the 1970s with Black Sabbath and highlights several popular sub-genres through interviews with metal icons like Iron Maiden lead singer Bruce Dickinson as well as newer, underground stars like Angela Gossow of Sweden's Arch Enemy. Gossow is one of just a few female metal singers who uses a low-pitched, guttural singing style known as "death grunts."

More importantly to Dunn and McFadyen, however, the film explores heavy metal's obsession with violence and religion. It seeks to break down stereotypes that the filmmakers said have lead to bans of heavy metal albums and lawsuits that accused bands like Judas Priest and Slayer of driving fans to suicide or murder.

For the most part, the musicians and fans interviewed in the film deny that the genre advocates Satanism or violence, saying those themes are part of an act.

Wednesday, April 26, 2006

"Full Metal Garage - The Songs That Drove Metallica"

Sanctuary Records are re-packaging the "Metallic-era" albums into one double set billed "Full Metal Garage - The Songs That Drove Metallica" for release on June 26.

Originally conceived by's Garry Sharpe-Young, all of these original tracks are available together, at last, on one double CD, "Full Metal Garage – The Songs That Drove Metallica". This album — fully approved by METALLICA — features artists such as BLACK SABBATH, MOTÖRHEAD, MISFITS, DIAMOND HEAD and THIN LIZZY. It's a genuinely inspirational collection of music and when you listen it's easy to see how this group of talented bands has influenced the lives and music of METALLICA.

Says Garry Sharpe-Young: "It's well known that METALLICA drew their inspiration from many of the NWoBHM bands, classic '70s rockers and British punk, and they themselves have been quick to honour these acts with their infamous 'Garage Days' sets and a swathe of B-sides over the years. It suddenly dawned on me one day, whilst working on album projects for the likes of SAVAGE and HOLOCAUST, that although fans knew of these tracks, most had never heard the originals. I then set wheels in motion to compile all of them into one collection. I can remember talking to DIAMOND HEAD's Sean Harris who told me that when they supported METALLICA at the Milton Keynes festival they got booed when they opened with 'Am I Evil' because the METALLICA fans thought they were doing a cover version! Also, perhaps the most direct inspiration for the band, Mansfield's SAVAGE, never got their justice by way of an official METALLICA cover but the band included a track on their first demos and used to play 'Let It Loose' live, neglecting to tell the audience it was a cover! Somehow, history got a bit skewed simply because METALLICA got so big. Here, you can hear all the originals, such as BUDGIE's 'Breadfan', which METALLICA used as a set opener for a huge number of shows, or Scotland's highly influential HOLOCAUST, SWEET SAVAGE's 'Killing Time' and JAGUAR from Bristol. Being a well-known obsessor over historical detail, it was a fun job putting these tracks together and, most importantly, getting some of these lesser known bands some well-overdue recognition."

METALLICA have dominated, changed and inspired the musical landscape since they burst onto the metal scene with the release of their debut album "Kill 'Em All" in 1983. The truly innovative and fresh approach from the San Francisco four-piece has materially changed the music we listen to today. Credited with creating thrash metal, METALLICA have always celebrated the music that has influenced them and have made previous homilies to the bands and musicians on the albums "Garage Days" revisited EP and the double album "Garage Inc."

"Full Metal Garage – The Songs That Drove Metallica" track listing:

Disc One:

01. DISCHARGE – "Free Speech For The Dumb"
02. DIAMOND HEAD – "It's Electric"
03. BLACK SABBATH – "Sabbra Cadabra"
04. MISFITS – "Die Die My Darling"
05. NICK CAVE – "Loverman"
06. MERCYFUL FATE – "Curse Of The Pharaohs"
07. MERCYFUL FATE – "Evil"
08. BLUE ÖYSTER CULT – "Astronomy"
09. THIN LIZZY – "Whiskey In The Jar"
10. LYNYRD SKYNYRD – "Tuesday's Gone"
11. DISCHARGE – "The More I See"

Disc Two:

01. DIAMOND HEAD – "Helpless"
02. HOLOCAUST – "The Small Hours"
03. KILLING JOKE – "The Wait"
04. BUDGIE – "Crash Course In Brain Surgery"
05. DIAMOND HEAD – "Am I Evil"
06. BLITZKRIEG – "Blitzkrieg"
07. BUDGIE – "Breadfan"
08. DIAMOND HEAD – "The Prince"
10. SWEET SAVAGE – "Killing Time" ('96 version)
11. MOTÖRHEAD – "Overkill"
12. MOTÖRHEAD – "Too Late Too Late"
13. SAVAGE – "Let It Loose"
14. DIAMOND HEAD – "Sucking My Love"
15. SAVAGE – "Dirty Money"
16. JAGUAR – "Stormchild"

Source: Blabbermouth

Tuesday, April 25, 2006

"Gangland" - Paragon new album ?

German power metallers PARAGON have set "Gangland" as the working title of their new album, which they expect to begin recording later in the year. Songtitles set to appear on the CD include "Hammer of the Gods", "Souleaters", "Gangland", "Forgotten Prophecies", "Face of Death", "Halls of Doom" and "Agony". "We are in negonations with the next producer and hope we can announce it soon," bassist Jan Bünning writes on the group's web site. "Just a hint — it's also somebody from Hamburg."

PARAGON's latest album, "Revenge", was released in the U.S. in April 2005 via Magick Records. The CD was the follow-up to "The Dark Legacy", which was released in 2003 by Remedy.

"Revenge" was recorded in part at Karo studios with the help of an engineer, and the rest of the recording process and mixing was done at Piet Sielck's (IRON SAVIOR) Powerhouse Studios. The artwork for the record was done by the Argentine artist Valgorth. PRIMAL FEAR guitarist Tom Naumann makes a guest appearance on lead guitar in the track "Impaler".

Tuesday, April 18, 2006

Australian Vh1's 'Top 100 Albums

Green Day's American Idiot came number 6 on the Australian Vh1's 'Top 100 Albums You Must Own' beating huge names such as Pink Floyd, REM, Micheal Jackson and Crowded House. 5th was AC/DC with Back In Black, 4th was Radiohead with O.K. Computer, 3rd was Nirvana with Nevermind, 2nd was INXS with Kick and taking top honors was US with The Joshua Tree.

Wednesday, April 12, 2006

Search for rock on internet

Maybe this will interest some of you. Here is whar people searched on internet last month related to rock:
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Sunday, April 09, 2006

Robbie Williams into digital music

BERLIN (Reuters) - A new mobile phone that includes a link into Robbie Williams' Web site and plays his songs is another step in a "digital revolution" that the recording industry must take advantage of, not spurn, his manager said.

Williams, one of Europe's most successful entertainers, has angered music industry executives in the past by praising internet piracy, once even calling it a "great idea".

In an interview ahead of the pop singer's world tour, which starts on Monday, his manager Tim Clark said the industry should classify digital music seekers as customers, not criminals.

Defending the piracy comments, Clark said: "The recording companies are taking a big stick to people who are not criminals at all.

"What Williams means is that if we can't provide the fans with the wherewithal to do it (download) legally, frankly it's our fault and not theirs. If they're not providing the carrots, they're leaving it to others who will."

Clark said Williams, who in October live-streamed a Berlin concert to 100,000 mobile phones, wanted to push the "digital revolution" further. He said the new phone made with T-Mobile and Sony Ericsson was just another step towards that aim.

"Digital sales are a reality -- it's clear that the physical sales (of music) are dropping at double-digit percentage rates," said Clark, one of Williams' two managers, when asked why the star was teaming up with firms outside the recording industry.

"Digital sales already mean a great deal in places like Korea and Japan. We want to be involved because people like T-Mobile and Sony will have a huge influence on how music is distributed. We need to be involved to have some influence.

"It's about being part of that future," he added. "Even though there might be some drawbacks now -- some people say the quality of compressed music is not as good as CDs. They are right, but that will improve dramatically over time."

The "Walkman" phone to be unveiled on Monday contains Williams' music and live video clips, and links to his Web site.

Williams, 32, launches his five-month world tour in Durban, South Africa. Encompassing 40 concerts in 14 countries, it is his first tour in three years, and entered the Guinness book of world records for the fastest-selling concert after 1.6 million tickets worth $187 million sold out in hours on November 19.

Rock'n' Roll Soldiers on tour

Rock'n'Roll Soldiers have embarked on a supporting tour in anticipation of the release of their Atlantic debut, So Many Musicians To Kill. The album is due out April 11th and follows their recent release The Two EPs. The band recently released an e-card featuring material from the new record.

April 9, 2006 Cleveland, OH Peabody's Down Under
April 11, 2006 New York, NY Irving Plaza
April 12, 2006 Towson, MD Recher Theatre
April 15, 2006 West Springfield, VA Jaxx
April 18, 2006 Cambridge, MA Middle East Rest. & Nightclub
April 19, 2006 Sayreville, NJ Starland Ballroom
April 20, 2006 Hartford, CT Webster Theatre
April 22, 2006 Bedford, NH Mark's Place
April 23, 2006 Atlantic City, NJ House of Blues
April 25, 2006 Jacksonville, NC Planet Rock
April 26, 2006 Nashville, TN Exit/IN
April 28, 2006 Chattanooga, TN Club Fathom
April 29, 2006 Atlanta, GA the Masquerade
May 2, 2006 Hollywood, FL Legends Theatre- Seminole Hard