Video: MINISTRY Performs New Song 'Antifa' At Chicago's RIOT FEST

Video: MINISTRY Performs New Song 'Antifa' At Chicago's RIOT FEST

Industrial metal veterans MINISTRY played a new song called “Antifa” during their September 15 appearance at this year’s edition of the Riot Fest at Douglas Park in Chicago, Illinois. Video footage of the performance can be seen below (courtesy of In The Loop magazine).

“Antifa” is expected to be included on MINISTRY‘s next studio album, “AmeriKKKant”, which will tentatively arrive in early 2018. The disc will feature guest appearances by DJ Swamp (Beck), Burton C. Bell (FEAR FACTORY), Arabian Prince (N.W.A.) and Lord Of The Cello.

Fans can pre-order the album now from PledgeMusic, where they can find a number of different pledge options, including opportunities to have their name listed among the album credits, get a copy of a signed lyric sheet, a personalized signed signature Al Jourgensen guitar, a vinyl test pressing, a happy birthday message delivered as an MP3 file, various merch options and more, all at staggered pricing.

In 2016, Jourgensen announced plans to record a new MINISTRY studio album to follow 2013’s “From Beer To Eternity”, despite previously saying there would be no further MINISTRY records after the death of longtime guitarist Mike Scaccia in 2012.

Jourgensen‘s side project SURGICAL METH MACHINE released its self-titled debut album in April 2016 via Nuclear Blast. The CD was recorded primarily at Jourgensen‘s home studio in Burbank, California with his longtime engineer Sam D’Ambruoso.


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Video: DEE SNIDER Performs In Ridgefield, Connecticut

Video: DEE SNIDER Performs In Ridgefield, Connecticut

Fan-filmed video footage of Dee Snider‘s September 22 performance at the Ridgefield Playhouse in Ridgefield, Connecticut can be seen below.

During an August 17 appearance on the “Trunk Nation” show on SiriusXM channel Volume (106), Snider spoke about TWISTED SISTER‘s decision to call it quits last year after completing a farewell fortieth-anniversary tour.

“Basically, the level of intensity that I performed at with TWISTED SISTER, I had to stop while I could still deliver that before I could no longer deliver that,” the singer explained. “The headbanging, the thrashing, all that energy… Where Alice [Cooper] always seemed like a crotchety old dude, and he’s crawling around the stage, that works great for a 72-year-old dude now. But what I did does not work for a 62-year-old. I mean, it’s just too fucking hard to stay in the shape. Just to keep that going just got harder and harder. I said, ‘I wanna stop while people are still smiling and not looking at me saying, ‘Oh, remember when he was good?”

According to Snider, he has had to approach his live performance differently while touring around the world with his new solo band.

“Everything I’m doing now, there’s no more headbanging involved,” he said. “My neck just about had it. And with TWISTED, I had to stop headbanging. And as long as I’m on stage with TWISTED SISTER, I just could not perform with that band and just not want to… I had to thrash. So I felt if I stepped out of that, I don’t know if just… At least I could say, ‘Hey, I’m doing some new things, I’m trying some new things, and I’m not… I’m not in TWISTED SISTER. I’m Dee Snider now.’ And people seem to be cool with it. And I’m cool with it, because, for some reason, without having that big ‘TS’ [logo] hanging over my head, I don’t feel this obligation to get out there and just start doing that [thrashing around].”

Dee said that he wanted TWISTED SISTER to go out at the peak of its game before it became embarrassing. “I didn’t wanna have that Mike Tyson moment where you’re crawling around on all fours looking for your mouthpiece,” he explained. “I’ll never forget that image in my head. There was film footage of Babe Ruth playing with… I don’t know who they traded him to, but when he left the Yankees, and he’s literally walking around the bases ’cause he can no longer run at all. So I did not wanna ever have that happen… And now, separate from TWISTED SISTER, people are coming down [to see my solo band] and going, ‘Well, he’s not as intense as he was.’ I’m hopeful that people will go, ‘Well, that was TWISTED SISTER.'”

Dee‘s solo album, “We Are The Ones”, was released last October via Red River Records (distributed by BFD/RED). Produced by Damon Ranger, the disc was described by Dee as “an album that is think part FOO FIGHTERS, part IMAGINE DRAGONS, part THIRTY SECONDS TO MARS.” He added: “Forget anything from the past. Most of my heavy metal fans are gonna hate it; I’ve abandoned my past to move forward.”


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LITA FORD Would Take Part In RUNAWAYS Reunion 'In A Heartbeat'

LITA FORD Would Take Part In RUNAWAYS Reunion 'In A Heartbeat'

Lita Ford, a former member of the pioneering ’70s all-female rock band THE RUNAWAYS, was asked by Guitars Exchange if she now has any new perspective on why the band broke up. She responded: “We weren’t happy with what we were doing. We weren’t a team. Joan [Jett] and Cherie [Currie] were very much a team and Joan and I tried but we really didn’t click musically. I wanted to play heavy metal and Joan wanted to play… Well, her first hit was ‘I Love Rock ‘N’ Roll’, which was very pop rock and it took off and did great; whereas I released ‘Out For Blood’. We were going in different musical directions.”

Ford also addressed the inevitable question of a possible RUNAWAYS reunion, saying: “Cherie and I tried to get Joan to work with us. We had dinner, we called her and we sent her e-mails, but we never really never got any response. I think most likely it was her manager who didn´t want her to do it.”

Lita added that she would take part in a RUNAWAYS reunion “in a heartbeat. I’d love to do it,” she said. “We miss Joan.”

Currie told the “White Line Fever” podcast last year that RUNAWAYS came close to reunining more than two decades ago. “Lita had reached out to us to convince us, me and Joan, to do a RUNAWAYS reunion. And we did, with Kenny Laguna [Jett‘s manager, co-producer and co-songwriter for the past three and a half decades] basically at the helm, he secured a tour and Lita, she just basically doesn’t get along with Kenny and she just walked away from that.”

In a 2015 interview with with the WHMH (Rockin’ 101) radio station, Lita explained that she decided against a possible RUNAWAYS reunion in the early ’90s because “NIRVANA was just kicking in, and it was really bad timing; it wouldn’t have worked. People would have just turned their nose up at it.”

A movie about THE RUNAWAYS‘ brief history, starring Dakota Fanning as Currie and Kristin Stewart as Jett, came out in 2010.
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PAPA ROACH Pays Tribute To CHESTER BENNINGTON With 'In The End' Cover (Video)

PAPA ROACH Pays Tribute To CHESTER BENNINGTON With 'In The End' Cover (Video)

Fan-filmed video footage of PAPA ROACH paying tribute to Chester Bennington by performing a partial cover of the LINKIN PARK classic “In The End” on September 20 at Gasometer in Vienna, Austria can be seen below.

PAPA ROACH singer Jacoby Shaddix admitted in several interviews that he came close to taking his own life in 2012 as he struggled with both marital problems and falling off the wagon druing the making of the band’s “The Connection” album.

“There was a moment in the record where I was suicidal,” Shaddix told the Associated Press at the time. “I was done. I’m like, ‘I’m over this. I can’t do this anymore. I can’t take this pain anymore. Like, I feel so alone and broken and just shattered.’

“Like, everything that I had worked for in my life and said that I wasn’t going to be, I don’t want to be like my father — what happens? I’m like this drunk fuckup that destroyed his family,” he said. “I did it. I’m sitting there like, ‘I did everything I said I’d never do.'”

He added: “I was just an emotional wreck, couldn’t do nothing, man. I was just paralyzed emotionally. Musically, I was just stunned. I didn’t even want to work on the record. I was just like, ‘I just can’t do this.’ My producer’s like, ‘The best thing you do right now is write about exactly what’s going on, just tell it and be a hundred percent completely honest about what’s going on in your life.”

Asked to describe in more detail what he was feeling when he was dealing with these issues, Shaddix said: “I’ll tell you this about when you’re in that moment and you feel like you want to end it all … you do not think rationally, you don’t think straight. Your emotions, you are just so caught up in the pain. … And luckily I just had these moments of clarity at night or I just thought about what would happen. What would it be like? My family’s life and my band’s life, what would their lives be like if I wasn’t here? It’s terrible. Like, I ran that story in my head and I’m like, ‘Why would I do something so selfish?’ It’s a terrible thing and I hate to like really admit that’s where I was, but that’s where I was.”

Bennington committed suicide at the age of 41 on July 20 at his home in the Los Angeles area, leaving behind a wife and six children.

PAPA ROACH has spent the last few months touring in support of its ninth studio album, “Crooked Teeth”, which was released on May 19 via Eleven Seven Music.


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Video: CHESTER BENNINGTON's Former DEAD BY SUNRISE Bandmate, Ex-KORN Touring Guitarist Perform 'One More Light'

Video: CHESTER BENNINGTON's Former DEAD BY SUNRISE Bandmate, Ex-KORN Touring Guitarist Perform 'One More Light'

Chester Bennington‘s longtime friend Ryan Shuck, who played guitar in Bennington‘s side project DEAD BY SUNRISE, teamed up with KORN‘s onetime touring guitarist Wes Geer to perform an acoustic version of the LINKIN PARK song “One More Light” as a tribute to the late LP singer at Rock To Recovery‘s second annual awareness event and benefit on September 16 at the Fonda Theatre in Hollywood, California. Video footage of their performance can be seen below.

Geer founded Rock To Recovery on December 12, 2012, in an effort to give non-musicians access to the magic, healing powers of playing music, and advance the use of music expression groups in various treatment settings. In each session, program participants form a band, write a song together, and record their work, offering an uplifting, therapeutic release to patients recovering from PTSD, alcoholism, drug addiction, depression, cancer treatments and more, by organically helping improve body/brain chemistry by stimulating the natural release of serotonin, dopamine, endorphins, and oxytocin. Rock To Recovery typically operates as an adjunct service to a treatment center’s curriculum, and in just four years, the program has grown to become an integral part of the weekly treatment curriculum for nearly eighty programs.

Rock To Recovery‘s non-profit entity donates its services to the U.S. Department of Defense’s Wounded Warriors program, state-funded programs and indigent rehabs like the Salvation Army and Clare Foundation, programs for at-risk youths including Turning Point and North County Lifeline, as well as Breath of Heaven, and local VA programs including New Directions for Veterans and the Brentwood VA.

Prior to the inception of these annual concerts, Rock To Recovery has been entirely self-funded. Due to the program’s success and subsequent demand, coupled with the overwhelming successes of last year’s event, the organization will continue to grow its reach through these annual fundraising celebrations in order to bring the healing power of music to more people.

For more information on Rock To Recovery, visit www.rocktorecovery.org.


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