Twisted tales: an early photo of the New York band The upcoming documentary film We Are Twisted F*cking Sister! is the story of Twisted Sister’s 10 years playing the bars prior to their breakout in 1983. Director Andrew Horn has put together a crowdfunding campaign to raise money for completion. He’s calling on all Twisted fans, metal fans, rock fans – and/or anyone who’s just a fan of a great story told by a great cast of characters – to help support the film and get it out there. Horn explains: “I first met Twisted Sister when I interviewed lead singer Dee Snider and guitarist Jay Jay French while researching my previous film, The Nomi Song
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The frontman of Jake E Lee’s new band Red Dragon Cartel has spoken of the “cruelty” he faced as a result of the band’s debut show last week. Darren James Smith admits he delivered a poor performance as a result of a hectic rehearsal schedule, too little sleep, a throat infection and taking one drink too many before hitting the stage at LA’s Whisky A Go Go. He tells Mitch Lafon in the video interview below: “They gave me some medicine – I didn’t know it was prescription – and I had one last shot before walking on. Everybody in the band did one together. It kicked in midstream
Bigelf will release their fourth album, Into The Maelstrom , on March 3 via InsideOut – and mainman Damon Fox says it’s a “gamechanger.” Former Dream Theater drummer Mike Portnoy is on board alongside long-time bassist Duffy Snowhill, with guest musicians to be revealed in due course. Track titles include Hypersleep , Edge Of Oblivion and Theater Of Dreams . Fox says: “I think Into The Maelstrom is the best Bigelf record yet, and I believe it is a real gamechanger for the band. It’s gonna put us over the top! “Psychedelic cinematic landscapes and melodic prog-doom set the stage for the new album. I can’t wait for fans old and new to experience all of its apocalyptic colour.” The album comes six years after third outing Cheat The Gallows , after which the band split up
[tweetmeme] Aztec Camera’s 1983 debut album High Land, Hard Rain — home to classic single “Oblivious” — will receive a (slightly) belated 30th anniversary reissue in North America in early 2014, a 2CD set that expands on last year’s European re-release with 16 bonus tracks that include B-sides, remixes, alternate versions and a host of live radio session material. Due out Feb. 4, the Domino reissue will be available as both a 2CD set and a single LP, with the vinyl edition including downloads not just of the full album, but the second disc of bonus material as well.
Gene Simmons hated Christmas – the whole Christmas season! Please don’t ask why, just read on and enjoy this festive story from Classic Rock, Xmas 2007 Your bah-humbug bard: BP Perry. It was Christmas in Kissville and Gene was annoyed, For this was the season he never enjoyed. He’d found out some years back that people weren’t buying The mountains of Kiss stuff that he was supplying. “They’d rather give rubbish to girls and to boys, Than my officially licensed Gene Simmons toys!” Gene grumbled to himself as he signed an agreement To sue a Thai company for copyright infringement. “What I need to do is to own this whole season! I need to make sure that the folks have no reason To buy anything other than Kiss-sanctioned things, Like the new Kiss speedometer, or these Kiss water-wings, Or the Kiss sub-machine gun, who wouldn’t want that?
Justin Hawkins: triumphant homecoming THE DARKNESS The Aquarium, Lowestoft, December 18 “This is the first time in 13 years I’ve been embarrassed,” Justin Hawkins admits during The Darkness’ first ever hometown show. “I’ve just realised how embarrassing it is to sing songs about going to school in Lowestoft… in Lowestoft, to people who probably went to school with me. “But don’t worry. It didn’t last long
Lessons learned: Phil Collen Def Leppard will return to Las Vegas for a second residency, guitarist Phil Collen has confirmed. Earlier this year they played a month of Viva! Hysteria shows during which they played their classic 1987 album in full. Now they aim to deliver a show based on Pyromania , the 1983 record that propelled them into the big time. Collen tells Billboard : “The Vegas thing was amazing
Clutch have confirmed a 12-date UK tour for April and May next year. Neil Fallon and co will return to continue supporting their acclaimed tenth album Earth Rocker , which was released in March and was shortlisted for Album Of The Year at the Classic Rock Awards. The frontman recently said of the record: “I’m excited about how balls-to-the-wall it is. It’s more cinematic, and that was the approach.” The band were forced to postpone some of their 2013 US dates after Fallon underwent spinal surgery as a result of a childhood injury. He said at the time: “I have been advised that I risk further damage were I not to address the situation.
Ian Watkins Disgraced Lostprophets frontman Ian Watkins has been sentenced to 35 years in jail for 13 child sex offences. The term included 15 years for the worst crime of attempting to rape a baby. He will not be eligible for parole until at least 2036.
[tweetmeme]Following last April’s vinyl-only Record Store Day releases, Domino Records next year will reissue all four original albums from Edwyn Collins’ acclaimed Scottish indie-pop act Orange Juice — You Can’t Hide Your Love Forever (1982), Rip It Up (1982), Texas Fever (1984) and The Orange Juice (1984) — on CD, as digital downloads and, once again, on vinyl. When the label announced the Record Store Day vinyl reissues earlier this year, it noted that now that its 2010 box set …Coals to Newcastle — which contained all four albums — is “way out-of-print,” the vinyl editions would “represent the only existing physical version of the albums available at this juncture.” On Feb. 3, though, Domino will re-press the sold-out vinyl reissues, and release CD and digital versions as well. All four records are remastered and include original lyric sheets and printed inner sleeves, except for Texas Fever , which never had one. The vinyl reissues once again come with a free digital download, too.
Who dares wins: Tainted Nation UK rock outfit Tainted Nation have unveiled an exclusive video clip for their song Dare You . This is the second release from their debut album F.E.A.R. on Massacre Records. Tainted Nation are ex-Helloween and Firewind drummer Mark Cross; Pontus Egberg, bass player of Scandi-rockers The Poodles; vocalist Pete Newdeck (also known as the drummer of Eden’s Curse); Ian Nash, former Lionsheart guitarist; and Joel Peters, former Fury guitarist.