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CKY will release “B-Sides & Rarities” on March 22 through Mighty Loud Entertainment and Universal/Fontana. The 12-song compilation features a dozen previously unreleased, rare, and long-out-of-print tracks culled from the historic past of a band that truly has done whatever they wanted for 15 years, without compromise.

Commented drummer Jess Margera: “We picked a lot of the songs based on our fans’ wishes. For instance, at CKY shows over the years, one of the most shouted-out requests has been ‘Shippensburg’, which is a song we recorded in 1997 for a skateboarding video. And by far the most requested songs on the Internet over the years have been ‘To All of You’, the acoustic version and the heavy recording of ‘Halfway House’. We wanted to properly mix and master these out-of-print songs and get them back out there and also record some of the stuff people have been asking us to do for over a decade.”

The complete track listing features:

01. Afterworld
02. Rio Bravo (radio session)
03. Shippensburg
04. Halfway House
05. Chad’s In Hi-Fi
06. Santa’s Coming
07. Fat Fuck
08. The Deepest Depths
09. Rio Bravo (Remix)
10. Don’t Hold Your Breath (acoustic)
11. Halfway House (original version)
12. To All of You (acoustic)

The album opener, “Afterworld”, continues CKY‘s long affiliation with the “Jackass” crew. The tune is the end credits theme for “Jackass 3D”, soon to be released on DVD following its October 15, 2010 theatrical release, and was previously available on the film soundtrack. Margera reflects, “It was cool working with the ‘Jackass’ dudes again. They asked us to write a song specifically for the ‘Jackass 3D’ movie which ended up being ‘Afterworld’. They liked the song so much they decided to use it for the ending of the film.”

Back in 1992 at East High School in West Chester, Pennsylvania, drummer Jess Margera and guitarist/vocalist Deron Miller first crossed paths. In 1995 the duo began collaborating under the moniker FOREIGN OBJECTS, which eventually became CKY in 1997 soon after the duo crossed paths with guitarist/producer Chad I Ginsburg. CKY (a.k.a. CAMP KILL YOURSELF), released its first album, “Volume 1”, on February 27, 1999, and set in motion a movement that from the beginning has stayed true to an autonomous vision unencumbered by third-party influence. In 2001, the band moved from indie Volcom Entertainment to Island Records, who issued the band’s long-awaited second formal release “Infiltrate Destroy Rebuild” (2002). In 2003, the band released “Infiltrate Destroy Rebuild: The Video Album”, which was followed by the group’s third studio offering, “An Answer Can Be Found” (2005). After a year-long hiatus in 2007, the guys put aside their differences and unleashed “Carver City” (2009) through Roadrunner Records and set out on an extensive tour around the world twice.

CKY returns to the road here in the U.S. on March 2 in West Hollywood, California for a 13-date coast-to-coast run. The touring lineup features Jess Margera, Deron Miller, Chad Ginsburg and Matt Janaitis.

Confirmed appearances:

March 02 – West Hollywood, CA – Viper Room
March 03 – Las Vegas, NV – Beauty Bar
March 04 – Costa Mesa, CA – Musink Orange County Fairgrounds
March 17 – Lancaster, PA – Chameleon Club
March 18 – Philadelphia, PA – Theatre of the Living Arts
March 19 – New York, NY – Gramercy
March 21 – Hartford, CT – Webster
March 22 – Allston, MA – Brighton Music Hall
March 24 – Asbury Park, NJ – Stone Pony
March 25 – Morgantown, WV – 123 Pleasant St.
March 26 – Buffalo, NY – Mohawk
March 27 – Baltimore, MD – Bourbon Street
March 28 – Richmond, VA – Canal Club

According to BBC News, QUEEN members Roger Taylor and Brian May have opened a new London exhibition to mark the rock band’s 40th anniversary.

“Stormtroopers In Stilettos” runs until 12 March at the Old Truman Brewery in east London, England. The free exhibition takes a comprehensive look at the early part of QUEEN‘s career, from before the band’s formation in 1971 when various bandmembers were dreaming of success while studying astrophysics or running stalls next to Biba in Kensington Market, right up to their spectacular free gig for over 250,000 fans in Hyde Park in 1976.

“There are things I have forgotten,” Taylor told BBC News at the launch of “Stormtroopers In Stilettos”.

The musician added that many of the exhibits reminded him of the band’s late frontman Freddie Mercury.

“It’s quite shocking for us to suddenly bring back what happened all those years ago in such vivid detail,” said Taylor.

Read more from BBC News.

An ITV news report on the launch of “Stormtroopers In Stilettos” can be viewed below.

ANTHRAX/THE DAMNED THINGS guitarist Scott Ian has posted drum-cam footage (see below) of HELLYEAH‘s Vinnie Paul Abbott shot during the 2011 edition of the Jägermeister Music Tour featuring headliners BUCKCHERRY alongside HELLYEAH, ALL THAT REMAINS and THE DAMNED THINGS.

Commented Ian: “Seriously, VP is the man. What an amazing feeling to sit right behind him while he lays it down.”

HELLYEAH‘s sophomore album, “Stampede”, sold 28,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 8 on The Billboard 200 chart.

HELLYEAH‘s self-titled debut CD opened with 45,000 units back in April 2007 to land at No. 9.

The “super deluxe” edition of “Stampede” features the album itself, a bonus DVD, a limited-edition lenticular 3D cover with an expanded booklet, a HELLYEAH bull skull, instant downloads of the album tracks “Cowboy Way” and “Hell Of A Time” and an MP3 download of the full album. The standard “deluxe edition” contains the album, a bonus DVD, instant downloads of the album tracks “Cowboy Way” and “Hell Of A Time” and an MP3 download of the full album.

Emma Changose of Northern Arizona News recently conducted an interview with guitarist Nick Hipa of San Diego, California metallers AS I LAY DYING. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow below.

Northern Arizona News: So, this month is actually the band’s 10-year anniversary, correct?

Nick: Yeah, well like, this whole year is like a 10-year anniversary of the band. Maybe it is this month in particular that is more of a specific date.

Northern Arizona News: How have you celebrated?

Nick: Well, we haven’t really made any official announcements yet or anything, but we did record a couple songs in the beginning of January with the intent of them being on some sort of EP that commemorates the longevity of the band up until this point. So, I don’t know if that means we are going to put out a ten-year EP sometime soon, but it makes the most sense for us to do it for that. But that’s just all in the works for right now; nothing for sure yet.

Northern Arizona News: How does your religion influence your music?

Nick: It has nothing to do with my playing or music, at least for me. I’m just a guitar player like any other dude who is in a pop-rock band or a black metal band. I play guitar because I love it and I love music. My beliefs don’t have anything to do with how I play guitar.

Northern Arizona News: Do you guys ever get criticized by your fans for being Christians, but using symbols such as skulls and death in many of your logos and merchandise?

Nick: Um, no, not really. I think sometimes the media wants to focus more on the Christian aspect of the band, when we concentrate more on just the fact that we are a normal band who plays shows just like everyone else. I feel like for most fans of heavy metal music, it just fits. I don’t want to say that we are just doing what we are supposed to be doing, but I think the imagery is a pretty accurate visual description of the band. It just fits.

Northern Arizona News: AS I LAY DYING has accomplished a lot – Grammy nominations, playing in huge tours like Ozzfest, and touring internationally – is there anything you haven’t done yet that you would really like to do?

Nick: You know, I think I would just like to go to even more countries than we’ve already been to. We’ve been so lucky and fortunate to travel to parts of the world that I thought I would never get to see, and if we can just keep on doing that and expanding on that, I would be stoked. Or even going back to some of those places [that we’ve been to before]. Like, we’ve never done China or Africa yet. Just being able to go to some of those places would be exciting for me. And then, aside from that, a METALLICA tour. They’re one of the only bands that we haven’t toured with yet. Maybe we can put that on the list of things that would be awesome for us to do.

Read the entire interview from Northern Arizona News.

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