ANTHRAX's SCOTT IAN To LADY GAGA: 'Let Us Be Your Backing Band'

ANTHRAX's SCOTT IAN To LADY GAGA: 'Let Us Be Your Backing Band'

Scott Ian says that ANTHRAX “would love” to collaborate on music with pop superstar Lady Gaga.

The ANTHRAX guitarist made his comments nearly four months after Lady Gaga sang the song “Moth Into Flame” with METALLICA at the 59th annual Grammy Awards at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, a performance which turned into something of a disaster when the Grammy sound crew did not turn frontman James Hetfield‘s mic on, forcing him to share the mic with Gaga after the first verse and chorus.

Speaking to Duke TV‘s Antoine De Montremy, Ian stated about Lady Gaga (see video below): “Yes, we would love to work with Lady Gaga. [Laughs] I think we put that out there a while ago. And then when we found out she was doing the Grammys with METALLICA, I was, like, ‘Wow! It makes sense. They’re gonna be on a big TV show and do it together.’ And I actually thought she was great on it.

“I’ve said since the beginning, since the first time I ever heard her voice, I always thought, ‘Wow, I would really love to hear her sing on a rock record, metal record, whatever,'” he continued. “And then our drummer, Charlie [Benante], ended up meeting her at a show and they became friends. And she knows all about ANTHRAX and METALLICA and all these bands… whoever — name the band. She’s a metalhead. So that made it even cooler. The fact that, all right, she knows that world, she understands that world, and she can sing the shit out of this kind of music.”

Ian added: “I don’t know what their plans are — if METALLICA has more plans with Lady Gaga or if she has plans with METALLICA — but we would certainly love to write a song together, or a whole album. Let us be your backing band. Let us be your backing band, Lady Gaga. We could make beautiful music together. [Laughs]”

Lady Gaga spoke about her love for IRON MAIDEN and BLACK SABBATH in various interviews over the years, calling the experience of seeing MAIDEN for the first time a “life-changing” event. The singer also appeared in photos with Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame inductee Alice Cooper and Benante.

JUDAS PRIEST singer Rob Halford has spoken several times about his interest in a possible collaboration with Lady Gaga, explaining: “I got to see her show in San Diego, and she’s a metalhead. That’s the most important part of this conversation. She’s a metalhead. She was wearing a PRIEST ‘Ram It Down’ t-shirt the other day in New York. So we met, and we only talked briefly. But if there’s a chance to do a track or something, I would love it. Because collaborations can be very, very exciting and very spontaneous.”

Halford first met Lady Gaga in June 2014 after her show in San Diego. He attended the concert with Lady Starlight, Gaga‘s longtime friend and collaborator who supported JUDAS PRIEST on tour in 2011.

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DAVE MUSTAINE's Mustaine Vineyards Gets Platinum And Gold Awards

DAVE MUSTAINE's Mustaine Vineyards Gets Platinum And Gold Awards

On the heels of his first Grammy Award, thrash metal pioneer and MEGADETH founder Dave Mustaine was recently awarded another platinum award, this time the Platinum Award/Best In Show at the 2017 San Diego International Wine Competition for his She-Wolf, Tempranillo Rose. The competition brings together winemakers, sommeliers, wine critics and seasoned wine and spirits professionals to evaluate new releases in early spring.

She-Wolf also earned the Double Gold Award/Best Of Class Region at the 2017 California State Fair Wine Competition. The Double Gold award is reserved for wines receiving a unanimous vote for Gold by a panel of judges. The California State Fair Commercial Wine Competition recruits expert judges from the fields of wine education, winemaking, wine writing, wine marketing and wine service.

And most recently, She-Wolf was chosen Best Of Class at the 2017 Pacific Rim International Wine Competition. The two-day blind tasting was held in April with awards of Bronze, Silver, Gold, Best of Class, Best of Show and Grand Champion. Their judges include winemakers, educators, restaurateurs, sales professionals, and journalists and include a representative of each discipline and a member from most wine growing regions to balance the judging panels.

A small number of MEGADETH fans were recently invited to visit Dave and Pam Mustaine‘s vineyard. Dubbed “Megadeth Boot Camp”, the event saw fans staying at the estate and touring the winery. They happened to taste some of the potential wines to release. She-Wolf Rose was a definite favorite for both MEGADETH fans and wine judges. Wine enthusiasts have described the rose as a wonderful Spanish-style with a delicate aroma of strawberries, raspberries and citrus peel.

The idea for Mustaine Vineyards was inspired by Dave Mustaine‘s somewhat unorthodox pairing with the San Diego Symphony. Dave, his wife Pam and vineyard co-founder/partner, wanted to offer his traditional MEGADETH fans as well as symphony patrons something to share together at the symphony. They worked with a local winery to develop a cabernet. They served it at his symphony show and immediately sold out of the cabernet sauvignon. The reaction from his fans, as well as symphony goers, was so positive and successful, that they made a commitment to start Mustaine Vineyards. They decided to plant an estate vineyard at Le Reve their estate in Southern California and planted a mini Bordeaux varietal.

After more than three decades of a successful music career, Dave Mustaine‘s musical and creative influences carries into the wines. Because Mustaine‘s favorite wine is Syrah, he sought out the top winemakers in the region to work with him to develop a custom wine that he liked. He also personally chooses the names for each of his wines naming them after one of his songs and designs each label utilizing his family’s crest. Dave and Pam not only enjoy their wines but are involved in every aspect, from picking the varietal to tasting to the finished bottle.


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GHOST Teams With Horror Apparel Company FRIGHT-RAGS For Exclusive Merchandise

GHOST Teams With Horror Apparel Company FRIGHT-RAGS For Exclusive Merchandise

Swedish occult rockers GHOST, who fully embrace the horror genre, frequently paying homage to classic films on album art and shirt designs, have teamed with horror apparel company Fright-Rags to release a collection of exclusive merchandise. The line includes four shirts from artists Justin Osbourn, Christopher Lovell and Abrar Ajmal, evoking the sinister imagery associated with the band, along with four custom-knit sock designs featuring the unmistakable visage of frontman Papa Emeritus and the Nameless Ghouls.

The Ghost Collection is on sale now at Fright-Rags.com, where you can also find original merchandise from Rob Zombie, Alice Cooper and countless horror movies. Quantities are limited.

GHOST has been the subject of intense speculation recently following the dismissal of the band’s entire lineup last December by frontman and founder Tobias Forge, who performs as Papa Emeritus, and a recent lawsuit filed against Tobias by four ex-members, known previously only as Nameless Ghouls. The musicians have accused Tobias of cheating them out of their rightful share of the profits from the group’s album releases and world tours.

The four ex-members were offered two separate contract proposals by Forge in 2016, which they rejected as “slave agreements.”

The new lineup of GHOST, which made its live debut in late March, is rumored to include musicians who have previously played with THE SISTERS OF MERCY, KORN, PENDRAGON and BLOODBATH.

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Watch A 225-Person Choir Sing 'Black Hole Sun' In Tribute To CHRIS CORNELL

Watch A 225-Person Choir Sing 'Black Hole Sun' In Tribute To CHRIS CORNELL

A 225-person Canadian choir has paid tribute to Chris Cornell by covering SOUNDGARDEN‘s classic song “Black Hole Sun”.

Toronto’s Choir! Choir! Choir!, which has made a name for itself by turning its audiences into choirs, directing each one in a celebration of contemporary pop songs, delivered a massive rendition of the 1994 “Superunknown” track while accompanied by one acoustic guitar and a conductor.

In a note accompanying the video, which was recorded on Tuesday (May 23), Choir! Choir! Choir! wrote: “RIP Chris Cornell. No one sang like you, or ever will.”

The collective, which is led by Nobu Adilman and Daveed Goldman, previously covered David Bowie‘s “Space Oddity” and Prince‘s “When Doves Cry” following the iconic musicians’ respective deaths in 2016. The group has opened for Patti Smith and Jay Leno, and performed with TEGAN AND SARA.

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