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THE IRON MAIDENS, the world’s only female tribute to the legendary band IRON MAIDEN, recently returned from its South American debut tour where they not only helped break ticket sales records but made music history as well.
Selling 6,000 tickets in the first 12 hours for the Gillmanfest-Barquismetal 2011 Venezuelan festival, they “beat out previous ticket sales title holders METALLICA, who held the record at 5,000 tickets sold in two days,” according to a press release. THE IRON MAIDENS also made music history by being the first and only all female metal band to perform on Venezuelan soil.
Twice during THE IRON MAIDENS performance festival promoters stopped their set because the crowd of 40,000-plus concertgoers broke through the security lines. Finishing off the festival night, THE IRON MAIDENS joined former JUDAS PRIEST/ICED EARTH and current YNGWIE MALMSTEEN frontman Tim “Ripper” Owens, on stage for two songs, “Breaking The Law” and “Flight Of Icarus” (IRON MAIDEN).
Formed in 2001, these five women — Kirsten “Bruce Chickinson” Rosenberg, Linda “Nikki McBURRain”  McDonald, Wanda “Steph Harris” Ortiz, Elizabeth “Devina Murray” Schall and Courtney “Adriana Smith” Cox — comprise excellent musicianship with an elaborate stage show with effects and appearances from IRON MAIDEN
mascot, “Eddie”, and other theatrical characters that have gained the band national and international recognition. This female musical force has the energy and chemistry reminiscent of IRON MAIDEN itself.
Legendary rocker Sammy Hagar will guest on tonight’s (Wednesday, March 30) edition of NBC-TV‘s “The Tonight Show With Jay Leno”.
“The Tonight Show” airs weeknights at 11:35 p.m. EST. Check local listings for details.
Hagar‘s autobiography, “Red: My Uncensored Life In Rock”, has debuted at No. 1 on the New York Times nonfiction hardcover best sellers list, appearing on the chart dated April 3, 2011. Hagar promoted the book’s publication with major press interviews in New York City, as well as a two-week signing tour on both the East and West Coasts. The former VAN HALEN
vocalist has been making news thanks to the book’s outspoken commentary on both Eddie Van Halen and original VH frontman David Lee Roth, as well as Hagar‘s claims that he’s met with alien beings.
“Red” was published on March 15. Hagar told MTV Hive last week that he hopes the dirt he spills in “Red” will get VAN HALEN riled up enough to make a great record with original frontman David Lee Roth. The band is currently in the studio with Roth for the first time in more than a quarter century.
Hagar also compared Eddie Van Halen to Charlie Sheen in an interview last week with ABC-TV‘s “Good Morning America”, saying, “There’s a similarity in the way they look and everything. I don’t know how you get like that.”
Hagar has been in the studio himself recently to record the second album from CHICKENFOOT, his supergroup with ex-VH bassist Michael Anthony and RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS drummer Chad Smith.

British heavy metal legends SAXON have come up with an innovative idea to collect charity donations for Nordoff Robbins Music Therapy and Childline on their forthcoming U.K. tour. They have invited 20 fans per venue to come and watch them soundcheck for a donation to charity of £10 per person. Fans inundated the web site when this offer went up on Monday and the bandmembers were so pleased with the results that they have added some additional spaces for some of the shows. All of the money collected will go Nordoff Robbins Music Therapy and Childline and will be presented to the charities at the London Shepherds Bush Empire show on St. Georges Day, April 23.
If you want to attend a soundcheck, email
Vocalist Biff Byford said: “If you were lucky enough to get allocated a place, you turn up at the backstage door at 4 p.m. and
you must pay £10 cash into the charity box. I think this is a first.”
SAXON‘s new album, “Call To Arms”, will be released on May 23 via Militia Guard Music, UDR and EMI. The
follow-up to 2009’s “Into The Labyrinth” (SPV/Steamhammer) features a guest appearance by legendary keyboardist Don Airey (DEEP PURPLE, RAINBOW).
The track listing for the CD is as follows:
01. Hammer Of The Gods
02. Back In ’79
03. Surviving Against The Odds
04. Mists Of Avalon
05. Call To Arms
06. Chasing The Bullet
07. Afterburner
08. When Doomsday Comes (Hybrid Theory)
09. No Rest For The Wicked
10. Ballad Of The Working Man
11. Call To Arms (orchestral version)
SAXON has written two tracks for the forthcoming film “Hybrid Theory”, starring Noel Clarke (“Kidulthood”), Martin McCann (“Killing Bono”, “Clash Of The Titans”), Martin Compston (“Disappearance Of Alice Creed”), Craig Conway (“Descent, Dog Soldiers”, “Doomsday”) and directed by James Erskin (“One Night in Turin”). Shooting will begin in June this year.
The tracks will be featured on SAXON‘s new album, “Call To Arms”, and have been written specially for the film.
“Hybrid Theory” follows a group of British soldiers who find themselves in a life or death battle with an enemy beyond their wildest nightmares.
“Hybrid Theory” producer Lionel Hicks sums up the collaboration: “It’s great to have a band like SAXON involved in the soundtrack to this film. These new songs really capture the mood of the film, and everyone working on it is thrilled.”
“Hammer Of The Gods” audio stream:
Rob Cavuoto of Guitar International recently conducted an interview with MÖTLEY CRÜE/SIXX: A.M. bassist Nikki Sixx. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow below.
Guitar International: Tell me why it was important for you to write a book that showcases your photography?
Nikki Sixx: Everything for me comes from honesty, being brutally honest. Most people don’t understand that and it’s hard for me to understand sometimes, too. David Bowie once said that he didn’t understand his own music until five or ten years after he recorded and released it. It almost feels that way with photography for me. You’re doing so much photography that you get the idea of doing a book on photography, at first you start to write it for yourself. So you start writing and then that influences
the photography. The photography then bleeds over into influencing DJ Ashba and Michael James [of SIXX: A.M.] when they write songs.
Then the songs and words start to influence more photography. Then the songs start to merge and they merge back with the lyrics. Then, I’m like, “Wow, I have to get a documentary crew and they have to document what is happening here. It’s
something magical and I don’t know what it is but I have to capture it. We’re going to record it, write it, sing about it, talk about it, take picture of it, and make films about it.” In the end, it’s like I’ve given birth to this baby. Somehow everything is connected to something else. It’s really painful to figure out what all this stuff really means. It’s like Psych 101 and I’m still trying to figure it out.
Guitar International: In the book, you equate MÖTLEY CRÜE as work and SIXX: A.M. as fun? Do you ever think
MÖTLEY could be fun again for you?
Nikki Sixx: I love MÖTLEY CRÜE. They’re magical. Being in the band takes my breath away. I’ve only ever been in MÖTLEY and done a few side projects.
SIXX: A.M. is the passion project set up for failure. We don’t tour, we don’t think we are accessible. We’re dark and off the beaten track. MÖTLEY CRÜE is this living, breathing monster that has trampled its way through life and really doesn’t take any prisoners. We primarily seek and destroy. This dragon should’ve been slayed a long time ago. How it’s still alive, I don’t know. I want to ride it until it drops. I won’t say it’s not fun, I would say it’s like going to war!
Guitar International: With the current music environment of no rock radio, filesharing, and the slumping record industry, how do you measure success for SIXX: A.M.?
Nikki Sixx: It’s already succeeded and failed at the same time. It is what it is. You have it, and that’s all I care about, and that you listen to it. That you have my book and you get to read it. You get to reflect on your own life. I don’t need anything more. That’s where we come from as a band. The only other level of honesty that we could have done is not to sell it, as if we didn’t put it out.
Same with my photography, I haven’t shared it with anybody for almost half a decade. If it’s successful, I’m going to celebrate like a motherfucker. If it’s not, then OK, because I don’t expect it to.
Read the entire interview from Guitar International.

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