Watch AUDIOSLAVE's First Performance In More Than A Decade

Watch AUDIOSLAVE's First Performance In More Than A Decade

AUDIOSLAVE reunited for its first performance in over a decade on Friday, January 20 at the Teragram Ballroom in Los Angeles. The band played three songs — “Cochise”, “Like A Stone” and “Show Me How To Live” — as part of the Anti-Inaugural Ball, a star-studded concert protesting the 45th president Donald Trump hours after his swearing-in.

Video footage of AUDIOSLAVE‘s set can be seen below.

AUDIOSLAVE features SOUNDGARDEN singer Chris Cornell alongside RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE guitarist Tom Morello, bassist Tim Commerford and drummer Brad Wilk.

Morello discussed the possibility of an AUDIOSLAVE comeback during a recent interview with Music Radar.

“I love Chris and I love what we did together,” he said. “That door has certainly never closed in any way, but right now, it’s looking like we’re pretty busy. We’re in the middle of a North American tour [with PROPHETS OF RAGE], I’m also working on a record of my own and the other guys have things going on, too. But whatever happens in the future, Chris is one of the greatest singers of all time, and there’s no way I couldn’t be proud of the shows and music we played together.”

Cornell told U.K.’s Total Guitar magazine in 2015 that he would also be open to an AUDIOSLAVE reunion. He said, “I think it would be great. We did a lot of songs, and with the benefit of not having done anything with those guys for so long, I can’t imagine what it would be. It would be a really amazing experience just to get back and work with the same guys again.”

Cornell continued, “We were certainly a prolific group of people; we wrote three whole albums in around five years, maybe less. And these were albums that were raw, and we had extra material, and we just never seemed to have trouble ever trying to agree on what would come out of the songs.”

He added, “They were great guys, and I really enjoyed the experience that I had with them, so yeah, I would always be open to doing something.”

AUDIOSLAVE came together in 2001 when Cornell teamed with the instrumental members of RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE.

After the break-up of SOUNDGARDEN in 1997, Cornell attempted a solo career which didn’t catch fire at the time.

AUDIOSLAVE made three albums, a self-titled 2002 debut, 2005’s “Out Of Exile” and 2006’s “Revelations”, before Cornell left the group in 2007.

He eventually reunited with SOUNDGARDEN in 2010, while RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE intermittently performed live between 2007 and 2011.

Morello told The Pulse Of Radio not long after AUDIOSLAVE‘s demise that he had no hard feelings against Cornell for quitting. “You know, Chris I consider a good friend and I love that guy, you know, and we went through a lot together, both musically and personally,” he said. “And it was, you know, my belief that the band’s friendship and roots were deep.”

Cornell previously made a guest appearance in September 2014 during a performance by Morello at the El Corazon in Seattle.

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SAGA To Call It Quits After 'Final Chapter' Of Touring

SAGA To Call It Quits After 'Final Chapter' Of Touring

After forty years together, Canadian rockers SAGA will call it quits following one more “Final Chapter” of touring in 2017.

SAGA‘s original singer Michael Sadler said in a statement: “This year marks four decades of writing, recording and touring as a band. However, after much deliberation and discussion, my brothers and I have regretfully decided that after forty incredible years together, 2017 will be SAGA‘s ‘Final Chapter’.

“With the exception of a very special one-off performance on the 2018 ‘Cruise To The Edge’, I’m afraid this is it, folks!

“We would like to take this opportunity to thank absolutely everyone. You have made it possible for us to have been on this incredible ride. Words alone will never be enough to expess all our thoughts and feelings. We are completely aware that without all of you and your support, well… we wouldn’t be where we are right now.

“Although it will be bittersweet, we’re very much looking forward to seeing as many of you as possible this year. We will make every effort to visit new territories and hope the circumstances will allow it.

“Here’s hoping we’ll see you all somewhere on the road so we can thank you in person!”

SAGA formed in 1977 in Oakville, Ontario, Canada, and released its first album in 1978. Since that time, SAGA has sold ten million albums and performed in over twenty countries to over fifteen million people.

For over thirty-five years, SAGA has led the way in music innovation and audience interaction. Throughout this time, the band has released twenty-one studio recorded CDs under the umbrella of major record companies and have filmed over twenty music videos. Their hits include “Don’t Be Late”, “Wind Him Up”, “On The Loose”, “The Flyer” and “Scratching The Surface”.

SAGA is widely regarded as one of the most influential progressive rock bands in Canada and around the world.

SAGA is: Michael Sadler, Jim Crichton, Ian Crichton, Jim Gilmour and Mike Thorne.
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Former LOUDNESS And YNGWIE MALMSTEEN Singer MICHAEL VESCERA Launches VESCERA Project

Former LOUDNESS And YNGWIE MALMSTEEN Singer MICHAEL VESCERA Launches VESCERA Project

VESCERA, the new band led by acclaimed heavy metal vocalist Michael Vescera (LOUDNESS, YNGWIE MALMSTEEN, OBSESSION), has signed a worldwide deal with Pure Steel Records. The group — whose lineup is completed by ex-NITEHAWKS members Mike Petrone (guitar) and Frank Leone (bass), along with drummer Fabio Alessandrini, will release its debut album, “Beyond The Fight”, in April.

According to a press release, fans can expect “superb melodic heavy metal of the highest quality.”

Check out a preview of the upcoming album below.

VESCERA is:

* Michael Vescera (OBSESSION, YNGWIE MALMSTEEN, LOUDNESS, ANIMETAL USA) – Vocals
* Mike Petrone (ex-NITEHAWKS) – Guitar
* Frank Leone (ex-NITEHAWKS) – Bass
* Fabio Alessandrini (ANNIHILATOR) – Drums

Vescera joined LOUDNESS in 1988 following the firing of Minoru Niihara. In pursuit of greater commercial success with English-speaking audiences, Vescera and the rest of LOUDNESS recorded two albums, “Soldier Of Fortune” (1989) and “On The Prowl” (1991). However, the pairing did little to improve the band’s status in America and also took its toll on LOUDNESS‘ Japanese fan base. Vescera exited LOUDNESS (and joined Yngwie J. Malmsteen in 1993) during the group’s American tour in 1991 and was eventually replaced by EZO vocalist Masaki Yamada.

Vescera rose to metal popularity at the age of 18 years old as the legendary vocalist of the band OBSESSION. A classically trained pianist, Mike chose the path of a metal frontman instead of Julliard.

In recent years, Mike Vescera has gained a reputation in the business as being a masterful producer and engineer working from his studio The Toy Room, which was located in the hills of Connecticut just outside of New York. A few years ago the studio moved to Nashville, where Mike now makes his home.

Mike continues to front OBSESSION and ANIMETAL USA, the American counterpart to ANIMETAL, the Japanese heavy metal band which specialized in metal covers of popular Japanese anime/tokusatsu theme songs.

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JUDAS PRIEST, SKID ROW, Ex-QUIET RIOT, WHITESNAKE Members Take Part In Fourth Annual 'Randy Rhoads Remembered' (Video)

JUDAS PRIEST, SKID ROW, Ex-QUIET RIOT, WHITESNAKE Members Take Part In Fourth Annual 'Randy Rhoads Remembered' (Video)

Richie Faulkner (JUDAS PRIEST), Scotti Hill (SKID ROW), Rudy Sarzo (QUIET RIOT, OZZY OSBOURNE, WHITESNAKE), Brian Tichy (WHITESNAKE, OZZY OSBOURNE) and Marzi Montazeri (PHILIP H. ANSELMO & THE ILLEGALS) Rudy Sarzo (OZZY OSBOURNE, QUIET RIOT), are among the musicians who gathered Thursday night (January 19) during the 2017 NAMM show to honor one of rock’s most legendary guitarists at the “Randy Rhoads Remembered: A Celebration For A Guitar Legend” concert at Yost Theatre in Santa Ana, California.

Founded in 2013 by former WHITESNAKE drummer Brian Tichy and his producing partner Joe Sutton, the event is aimed at recognizing the incredible contributions of the late Ozzy Osbourne guitarist, whose life was tragically cut short at the young age of 25.

The fourth annual star-studded evening featured several iconic metal and hard rock artists performing some of Osbourne‘s greatest hits, including “Crazy Train” and “Over The Mountain”.

Fan-filmed video footage of the concert can be seen below.

Tichy said about his decision to launch the event: “I love Randy Rhoads! He came into my life right at the same time I was learning guitar: 1980. He made me want to learn every note he played. I was already a drummer, but the guitar was right there with the drums, and a lot of that initial inspiration came from Randy‘s playing on ‘Blizzard Of Ozz’. I didn’t know what I was doing, but I really wanted to play like Randy Rhoads.”

In a 2012 interview with Guitar World, Sarzo was asked if still sees Rhoads‘ influence today — and if he still thinks about him. “I think about him enough to have to sit down and write a book to answer the No. 1 question I get asked around the world: What was it like to play with Randy Rhoads?” Sarzo said. “He’s such an influential musician even today, 30 years after his passing. The way I put it is, in any post-Randy Rhoads guitar player, I always hear some kind of influence in their performance, even in their compositional style. Every time I receive an email or a message on Facebook or whatever, from kids, young guitar players, 10, 14 years old, they say, ‘Man, I discovered Randy Rhoads. He’s my favorite guitar player.’ That really touches me because it’s great to hear a new generation giving Randy the credit he deserves for being the well where most guitar players drink from. He has influenced generations and still does. So do I think of Randy every day? Of course I do. We all do. All of us that got to know him and perform with him. We have that common. We’ll never lose that bond, that thread, our admiration toward Randy as a musician and as a friend.”

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