Metallica Announce Local H as Winners of Worldwired Tour Contest

Metallica Announce Local H as Winners of Worldwired Tour Contest

Metallica have tallied up the votes in their Hit the Stage contest to determine a temporary touring partner for a handful of their upcoming Worldwired dates.

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Metallica Announce Local H as Winners of Worldwired Tour Contest
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Listen to a Previously Unreleased Outtake of the Beatles' 'Sgt. Pepper' Title Track

Listen to a Previously Unreleased Outtake of the Beatles' 'Sgt. Pepper' Title Track

Beatles fans have to wait until May 26 for the deluxe reissue of Sgt. Pepper to arrive, but in the meantime, they can catch a sneak peek.

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AMORPHIS Bassist Quits Over Band 'Mismanagement'

AMORPHIS Bassist Quits Over Band 'Mismanagement'

Finnish melancholic progressive metallers AMORPHIS have parted ways with bassist Niclas Etelävuori. The band states: “His decision [to leave] has nothing to do with the band, no bad blood, no hard feelings between us, so it is better that you read his statement and thoughts below.

“It’s really hard to describe the feelings everyone is going through right now, especially when we have worked as a family with him for so many years.

“People should understand that AMORPHIS has always been a democratic band and it’s pretty obvious that not all choices can please everyone. Some people don’t get along with each other; that’s life. The focus and all decisions have still aimed for the greater good and only what is best for AMORPHIS.

“We will continue with our current management as we feel that there is no distrust between us whatsoever.

“Even in these circumstances, the show must go on, so we are happy to announce that our old friend and original AMORPHIS bass player Olli-Pekka (Oppu) Laine is going to play the forthcoming shows and festivals with us. It’s been a long time since we played together but it sure is going to be nostalgic and great fun. Rest of the year continues busy as we are now heading to Russia after couple of weeks and from there to Radio Rock (Finland) cruise before the festival season starts. ‘Under The Red Cloud’ tour will end in September and after that we start to work on a new album. We’ll keep you informed about that later on.

“Most of all, we want to wish Niclas nothing but the best in the future and he will always remain as a close brother to us.”

Etelävuori states: “I’m very very sad to inform you that after 17 years, I’ve decided to leave my duties as bass player of AMORPHIS. This is probably the hardest decision I ever made in my life. I still love the music and the guys and the crew are still my brothers and I wish them all all the best in the future. There’s absolutely no bad blood between us.

“The reason for my departure is 100% due to the (mis)management of the band. It probably sounds crazy to most of you, but that’s how it is (music business can sometimes be very complicated). I got the guy his job back in the day and now I only heard lies and bullshit for the last many years, I just had enough, so I gotta go I can’t work or live like that. It is pretty obvious to me that the manager only works for his own best interest not for the band’s best interest, and that’s not how it should be.

“Strange enough, for me ‘most’ of the band still wants to continue on this path, so I better find another one.

“We all gotta do what we believe in, and I don’t believe in our manager anymore. I have left the door open if the band would decide to change things.

“Staying true to yourself is most important in life and that’s what I’m trying to do, you only live once and life is too short for bullshit. I could probably write a book about it but I’ll save that for later now I’m too tired and I have to look for a new job.

“I’d like to thank all the fans, companies, people I’ve met and worked with all over the world over the years it’s been a blast. I hope we meet again some sunny day.”

AMORPHIS‘s latest album, “Under The Red Cloud”, was released in September 2015 via Nuclear Blast.

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AMORPHIS Bassist Quits Over Band 'Mismanagement'
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FOZZY Teases Video For New Single 'Judas'

FOZZY Teases Video For New Single 'Judas'

“Judas”, the brand new single from FOZZY — the band featuring WWE wrestling superstar Chris Jericho alongside members of STUCK MOJO — will make its online debut on Tuesday, May 2. The song will appear on FOZZY‘s new album, which will be released this summer via Century Media.

FOZZY recently announced the return of bassist Paul Di Leo. Paul previously played with FOZZY between 2011 and 2014 and appeared on the group’s last two studio albums, 2012’s “Sin And Bones” and 2014’s “Do You Wanna Start A War”.

After “Do You Wanna Start A War”‘s release, Di Leo was replaced on the road by Jeff Rouse and later by Randy Drake.

Said FOZZY in a statement: “We are so excited to officially welcome Paul Di Leo back into FOZZY! It’s been along time coming but Paulie D has come home!”

In an interview with Live Metal, Jericho talked about how various lineup changes over the years have affected FOZZY‘s sound. He said: “The core of the band has always been the same. It’s always been me, [guitarist] Rich [Ward] and [drummer] Frank [Fontsere]. I think when you have that core element, it’s gonna sound the same no matter what. There’s been different bass players, but Rich plays all the guitars on the record with a few solos here and there by whoever else is in the band at the time. The songwriting is me and Rich. The core of the band is me, Rich and Frank. It’s great to have [guitarist] Billy [Grey] with us for two records in a row, but if [he] left, it wouldn’t really matter, because the core is still the same, the songwriting is still the same. So the band is always gonna sound like us.”

“Do You Wanna Start A War” sold around 5,600 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 54 on the Billboard 200 chart. The CD arrived on July 22, 2014 via Century Media.

The wait is over…JUDAS by #FOZZY premiers Tuesday, May 2 on Loudwire!! This is gonna BLOW YOUR MIND. Fozzy Is Back!!

Posted by Fozzy on Wednesday, April 26, 2017

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FOZZY Teases Video For New Single 'Judas'
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