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1-10-11 METAL MESSAGE (Chris Broderick of Megadeth, New Queen Book, Alice Cooper on “In the Studio,” Matt Sorum Twitters about Velvet Revolver’s Amazing New Singer, KISS Performance, ReReleased Warlock Albums)

MEGADETH fans will be excited to learn that the Jackson Custom Shop is introducing its new Chris Broderick signature guitar model in January 2011. Broderick himself worked closely with Custom Shop master craftsmen to create a distinctive guitar based on a classic Jackson design. 

That guitar, the Jackson Chris Broderick Soloist, brings his long and exacting search for instrumental excellence to a most satisfying conclusion.

“After an exhaustive search for the highest-quality instrument, I’ve found it at Jackson,” Broderick said. “I’ve been looking for a guitar this incredible for quite a while, and the guys at the Custom Shop really understood what I was after and where I was coming from. I have spent countless hours ensuring that this guitar is playable and stylish.”

Broderick‘s Soloist model boasts an unusual new touch in the form of a slightly offset carved-top body design for which the guitarist collaborated with longtime Jackson Custom Shop master builder Mike Shannon. Other features include dual DiMarzio humbucking pickups and a 24-fret 12″-radius fingerboard. Further, the guitar will be available in six- and seven-string models.

The Colorado-bred Broderick is not only a formidable shred guitarist, but also an extraordinary musician in a much wider sense. He started playing at age 10, studying guitar, voice, violin and piano, and eagerly devoured a wealth of diverse musical influences extending well beyond rock into classical, jazz, blues and country forms. He earned a degree in classical guitar performance from the University of Denver’s Lamont School of Music, and he himself has taught guitar for more than a dozen years.

Broderick joined MEGADETH in early 2008. His molten guitar work has contributed to the band’s current revitalization, including 2009 album “Endgame”, the “American Carnage” and “Rust in Peace” 20th-anniversary tours, and the summer 2010 Sonisphere festival shows in Europe that featured several metallically historic “Big Four” shows.

Jackson‘s unveiling of Broderick‘s new signature model comes closely on the heels of the guitar maker’s announcement of its partnership with MEGADETH bassist David Ellefson, who received his own new signature bass model in early 2011 and who will be collaborating with Jackson on the development of other new bass models.

Regarding the reasons for his split with Ibanez, Broderick said in an online post, “I knew people would want to know why I left Ibanez, and I had the whole event written for all to read but I deleted that and don’t want to focus on why it didn’t work out with them. Let’s just say that the events that occurred with them this last year left me feeling like my guitar company wasn’t anywhere near as loyal to me as I was to them.

“For those who are curious, you can read this old post that kicked things off.

“I talked to a lot of different guitar companies about a potential move and Jackson, by leaps and bounds, stepped up and was able to build a guitar that is nothing less than my perfect guitar. I spent countless design hours on it. With a double neck that I built when I was 17 being the basis for the guitar, and with Mike Shannon behind the tools, I think you guys will be impressed.”

Rock N Roll Books/SCB Distribution has announced the acquisition a new QUEEN title, to be published later this year. “Bohemian Rhapsodies: True and Authorized Tales By Queen Fans & Celebrities”, by Robyn Dunford, is — according to the publisher — “officially authorized” by QUEEN‘s camp and will feature loads of exclusive commentary from those closest to the band’s late singer, Freddie Mercury, including his longtime personal assistant, as well as rock and metal peers of Mercury‘s as well as the other members of QUEENBrian May, Roger Taylor and John Deacon — recounting both funny, personalized stories they experienced first-hand playing alongside the legendary frontman and formidable musicians, and how, in many cases, the band influenced them in their own artistry. From the fan side, readers will be treated to many intimate stories from lifelong fans of Freddie‘s and QUEEN who were touched personally by the members of the band in one way or another, whether by their music or the fan’s personal relationships with the singer. Rock N Roll Books is also teaming with compiler/author Robyn Dunford to donate a substantial portion of the book’s proceeds to the Mercury Phoenix Trust upon publication.

Legendary rocker Alice Cooper will guest on the “In The Studio” show during the week of February 28. He will be heard discussing the 40th anniversary of the “Love It To Death” and “Killer” albums with professional radio broadcaster and rock musician interviewer Redbeard.

“In The Studio” is a weekly hour-long interview-with-music “rockumentary” which looks at the making of many of the greatest albums recorded in rock and roll history, although sometimes it spotlights the history of rock and roll bands. Redbeard interviews the musicians who created these classic albums.

For more information and a preview clip, go to this location.

Cooper is among the 2011 inductees into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame, along with Neil Diamond, Dr. John, Darlene Love and Tom Waits. The ceremony will be held on March 14 at New York City’s Waldorf Astoria Hotel.

According to a new Twitter posting by VELVET REVOLVER drummer Matt Sorum, the band just completed a four-day writing/recording session “with an amazing singer” which produced “nine killer demo tracks.”

Regarding the group’s search for a new vocalist, Sorum writes, “[We’re] going to make the decision one way or another this week.”

VELVET REVOLVER has been without a singer since dismissing Scott Weiland in April 2008. Following a new round of auditions last fall, the band seems to have zeroed in on one potential candidate.

Sorum gave The Pulse Of Radio a few hints about the vocalist that the band is, in the drummer’s own words, “dating.” “[The] guy that we’re liking right now is a known guy,” he said. “A very strong guy, too. And it seems to, at this point, in my opinion, metaphorically, it makes perfect sense because… a little younger, a little stronger, a little bit heavier rock ‘n’ roll than we are, that’s all I can say, but in a way we want to come out stronger. The older you get, the stronger you have to be, the harder you have to work.”

Sorum recently told Billboard that the prospective frontman has been in other known bands before. “He’s a guy we’ve had our eye on, but the timing wasn’t right,” the drummer said. “We don’t like stealing people or any of that shit. [Scott] Weiland was available. He was out of STONE TEMPLE PILOTS. It wasn’t like we went and said, ‘Hey, dude…’ He came to us, basically, like, ‘Hey, I’m out of my band. I’ve got time. Let’s do this.’ And it’s a similar situation with this particular individual.”

Slash told that VELVET REVOLVER “should be making an announcement one way or another (sometime in January). So it’s gonna be interesting going into the third record because we’re gonna have a whole different personality as a vocalist. Chances are it’s gonna be a lot heavier than anything VELVET REVOLVER has done so far. ‘Cause that was the only thing missing for me — the sort or heaviness of it — in the first two VELVET REVOLVER records.”

The only vocalists known to have auditioned for the band last year were SPACEHOG‘s Royston Langdon and Franky Perez from SCARS ON BROADWAY.

KISS will perform at the 2011 RodeoHouston on March 15 at Reliant Stadium in Houston, Texas. 

RodeoHouston is the world’s largest rodeo event. This year’s event kicks off March 1 and runs through March 21, and last year set an all time attendance record of 2,144,077 visitors!

Tickets go on sale this Saturday, January 15 at and all Ticketmaster outlets.

Warlock’s Hellbound, True As Steel & Triumph and Agony to be Reissued by Metal Mind Records

•January 10, 2011 • 1 Comment

Warlock is without question one of the most prominent bands in the history of German heavy metal. Their musical journey began in the early 1980′s and came to a sudden stop in 1987, when the group’s singer, Doro Pesch, was forced to continue her career under a new moniker. This year, Metal Mind Productions are proud to present three exclusive re-releases of Warlock’s amazing albums – „Hellbound”, „True As Steel” and „Triumph and Agony”, all of which capture the sheer essence of heavy metal, delivering fast and melodic riffs, intense drumming and stunning vocal performances by one of the best female metal singers of all times!
The band was originally assembled in 1982 in Düsseldorf, Germany and featured the following line-up: Doro Pesch (vocals), Peter Szigeti (guitar), Frank Rittel (bass), Rudy Graf (guitar) and Michael Eurich (drums). In 1984, Warlock released their spectacular debut album entitled “Burning the Witches”, which brought them even more fame and recognition. In May 1985, the band released their second LP “Hellbound” via Vertigo Records. The follow-up was a significant step away from the traditional heavy metal approach which could be heard on “Burning The Witches”. This time the group focused more on incorporating elements of hard rock and power metal into their style. Nevertheless, “Hellbound” proved to be the heaviest and most intense material that Warlock has ever recorded, and probably one of the heaviest albums released in 1985 (outside of thrash metal, that is). The LP featured such highlights as “Earthshaker Rock”, “Wrathchild” and the beautiful closing ballad “Catch My Heart”. By the end of their touring period, Rudy Graf left Warlock and was soon replaced by Niko Arvanitis (ex-Stormwind). The renewed line-up signed a record deal with Phonogram for their next album. The band’s third opus “True As Steel” saw the light of day in August 1986. The LP became a big success in the US, mostly thanks to a fair amount of airplay for the single “Fight For Rock”. In terms of style, “True As Steel” showcased a bit more mainstream approach, with a greater emphasis on melodic choruses and, at times, clearly influenced by such bands as Dokken or Quiet Riot. The highlights of the LP include the powerful opener “Mr. Gold”, the speed-metal anthem “Midnite in China” and the stunning power ballad “Love Song”.
Soon after the album was released, Warlock performed at the Monsters of Rock festival in Germany, next to such legendary acts as Scorpions, Def Leppard, Ozzy Osbourne and Bon Jovi. Next, they went on a full tour to promote the album, at the end of which bassist Frank Rittel and guitarist Peter Szigeti called it quits. They were replaced by Tommy Bolan (ex-Armed Forces) and Tommy Henriksen. Warlock’s fourth LP “Triumph and Agony” was released in September 1987. The album went even further into mainstream grounds, delivering perhaps the most cohesive material in the band’s entire career. The music video “All We Are” was often played on MTV’s “Headbanger’s Ball” and, to this day, the song remains the most successful Warlock single. Other fine cuts from the album include the crushing “I Rule the Ruins”, the rock-oriented “Metal Tango” and the touching “Für Immer” (“Forever”) with inspirational lyrics sung in German. The release was followed by the group’s first ever American tour, during which they supported Megadeth along with Sanctuary. This was followed by a series of headlining shows, with Warlock being supported by such acts as Lillian Axe or Fates Warning. Unfortunately, after the tour has ended, both Michael Eurich and Niko Arvanitis left the group, leaving Doro as the band’s sole original member. After the recruitment of drummer Bobby Rondinelli (ex-Rainbow) and guitarist Jon Levin, Doro was ready to record Warlock’s fifth LP. However, her plans were foiled by a law suit issued by the group’s ex-manager who claimed the rights for Warlock’s name. Surprisingly, he won and Doro, pressured by her record label, chose to continue her career under a new moniker. As DORO, the singer released many successful albums, the most recent being “Fear No Evil” from 2009.
In 2004, Doro reunited with the original members of Warlock for a few festival performances. Unfortunately, legal problems made it impossible for the band to continue using their original name. Warlock ceased to exist along with “Triumph and Agony”, a title which proved to be an ironic metaphor of  the group’s future. Nevertheless, thanks to the exclusive re-releases of „Hellbound”, „True As Steel” and „Triumph and Agony” fans may once again revisit the golden years of Warlock – the years that brought the true quintessence of heavy metal. The albums will be available in a new digipak edition each limited to 2000 copies. Each title includes bonus tracks. Metal Mind Productions set the release date for 31st January 2011.

“Hellbound” (re-release + bonus tracks)

Label: Metal Mind Records
Cat. No.: MASS CD 1416 DG
Barcode: 5907785036574
Format: CD Digipak (limited edition of 2000 numbered copies)
Genre: heavy metal
Release date: 31.01.2011
1. Hellbound
2. All Night
3. Earthshaker Rock
4. Wrathchild
5. Down And Out
6. Out Of Control
7. Time To Die
8. Shout It Out
9. Catch My Heart
Bonus tracks:
10. Hellraiser
11. Hellbound (live)
“True As Steel” (re-release + bonus tracks)
Label: Metal Mind Records
Cat. No.: MASS CD 1417 DG
Barcode: 5907785036581
Format: CD Digipak (limited edition of 2000 numbered copies)
Genre: heavy metal
Release date: 31.01.2011
1. Mr. Gold
2. Fight For Rock
3. Love In The Danger Zone
4. Speed of Sound
5. Midnite In China
6. Vorwäts, All Right!
7. True As Steel
8. Lady In A Rock’n’Roll Hell
9. Love Song
10. Igloo On The Moon (Reckless)
11. T.O.L.
Bonus tracks:
12. You Hurt My Soul
13. Turn It On
14. Evil
Label: Metal Mind Records
Cat. No.: MASS CD 1418 DG
Barcode: 5907785036598
Format: CD Digipak (limited edition of 2000 numbered copies)
Genre: heavy metal
Release date: 31.01.2011
1. All We Are
2. Three Minute Warning
3. I Rule The Ruins
4. Kiss of Death
5. Make Time For Love
6. East Meets West
7. Touch of Evil
8. Metal Tango
9. Cold, Cold World
10. Für Immer
Bonus tracks:
11. East Meets West (live)
12. Angels with Dirty Faces
13. Under the Gun
14. Something Wicked This Way Comes

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