GUNS N' ROSES - Axl Rose, Slash, Izzy Stradlin, Duff McKagan, Steven Adler, Matt Sorum and Dizzy Reed - will be inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame on April 14th in Cleveland, Ohio. Vocalist and sole remaining original member Axl Rose has issued an open letter (found here) declining his part in the induction:
"I won't be attending The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Induction 2012 Ceremony and I respectfully decline my induction as a member of Guns N' Roses to the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame.
This Sunday, April 15th, the Rainbow Bar & Grill, located at 9015 Sunset Blvd. in West Hollywood, CA will celebrate their 40th anniversary by hosting an outdoor party from 5:00 PM to 2:00 AM with a dozen bands set to perform on an outdoor stage and inside the Rainbow. Headlining the festivites will be PRETTY BOY FLOYD and DON DOKKEN.
Also on the bill are: HURRICANE, PHIL SOUSSAN, DC4, COLD BLUE REBELS, HARDLY DANGEROUS, LONDON, MANDY LION, DESECRATE and RATTLEHEAD.
According to Rollingstone.com, BLACK SABBATH will headline this year's Lollapalooza festival in Chicago, marking their only North American gig of 2012.
Even Lollapalooza founder Perry Farrell was doubtful that Sabbath would be able to join the fest, which will take place on August 3rd-5th. "Every festival in the world wanted Black Sabbath to perform, but at the time of the announcement they had to back off and cancel all their shows," Farrell tells Rolling Stone from São Paulo, Brasil, where the Jane's Addicition frontman was on hand to debut the South American country's first-ever installment of Lollapalooza last weekend. "It broke my heart, but I just kind of kept a little fire building, a little kindling going to see if possibly we could get Black Sabbath. I didn't have much faith."
According to Billboard.com, RUSH's anxiously-awaited new album, Clockwork Angels, will be released on June 12th via Anthem/Universal in Canada and their debut for Anthem/Roadrunner Records in the US.
Rush - frontman/bassist Geddy Lee, guitarist Alex Lifeson and drummer Neil Peart - recently completed work on the follow-up to 2007's Snakes And Arrows with their production team of Nick Raskulinecz (FOO FIGHTERS, STONE SOUR) and engineer Richard Chycki (AEROSMITH, DREAM THEATER) in studios in Nashville and Toronto.
FIRE MAKE THUNDER
We're definitely in a different musical age. Certainly, the digital age has produced a new way to record music, but I doubt a nationally signed act has ever done a full, completely fleshed out project quite the way OSI did. For those that don't know, OSI is a project featuring Jim Matheos of Fates Warning fame, and Kevin Moore who's best known for his time in Dream Theater. What's so different about this? Well, the guys have created a completely intricate, deep and fully fleshed out sound without ever spending a moment in the studio. That's right - FIRE MAKE THUNDER is 100% the product of the electronic age. I think if I was in this band, I would have called this EMAIL, since they undoubtedly spent hours emailing back and forth, skyping, and FTPing tracks back and forth.
VAMPIRES EVERYWHERE! is proud to announce their sophomore album, Hellbound and Heartless, will be available on June 19 via Hollywood Waste Records. This release showcases the darker side of VAMPIRES EVERYWHERE!, focusing on message-driven lyrics and deriving musical influence from industrial rock icons such as Marilyn Manson and Rob Zombie. Hellbound and Heartless was co-produced by the band and Mike Sarkisyan and Tommy Decker, both members of Grammy-nominated, alternative-metal act SPINESHANK. Every song on the album presents a fresh, new morsel of Gothic darkness for fans to sink their teeth into.
The mysterious UK Doom metal band, DRAGGED INTO SUNLIGHT have announced their appearance on this year's Maryland Death Fest. The three day metal festival will start on May 24th and will see the band featured alongside with the likes of Godflesh, Morbid Angel, Electric Wizard, and many more. Following the completion of the festival, DRAGGED INTO SUNLIGHT will embark on a mid-west headlining tour running from May 28th to June 14th and will include dates with support from Cough and Wolvhammer.
The ink has finally dried and Nuclear Blast Records is proud to announce the worldwide signing of the Bay Area's indomitable thrash metal band HEATHEN!
Founding member & guitarist Lee Altus comments on the new alliance:
"I'm really happy and couldn't think of a better label for HEATHEN. I've known people at Nuclear Blast, some of whom have been fans of the band going as far back as the early demo days, and have been friends with them for many years. It's amazing for me to think that throughout this band's career, every album we recorded has been released on a different label. I can finally say that we have found home. Nuclear Blast has become a mecca for Bay Area thrash bands and we are happy to join our friends and partners in crime Exodus, Death Angel, Testament and Forbidden. Now it's time to get to work on the new album!"