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DARK FUNERAL Announces Addition Of Singer HELJARMADR, Bassist NATT

Long-running Swedish black metallers DARK FUNERAL have announced the addition of frontman Heljarmadr and bassist Natt to the group's ranks. With roots in the second half of the '90s black metal scene and with tentacles in bands such as highly respected GRÁ, DOMGÅRD and CURSED 13 comes Heljarmadr, a raw force from the underground. Known as a fierce frontman, both on stage and on recordings with his previous bands, he will now step up and claim a seat in the throne room of DARK FUNERAL to inflict deep scars and infect wounds in the black metal scene. The name Heljarmadr derives from the old Scandinavian languages, simply meaning "a man belonging to hell." With a lot of experience in the arts of creating dark satanic music, he will play a key role in shaping the future vocal and lyrical direction of DARK FUNERAL. Expect nothing but excellence, pure darkness and uncompromising evil! Treading into this world, Natt has always had a strong, deep interest in music and the arts of the great unknown. Spending time during the nights, exploring the Swedish ancient forests, avoiding the common mass that wanders this simplistic world, made his relations and visions to that which lies beyond, stronger. Before DARK FUNERAL, Natt was a member of the black/thrash metal band ANGREPP where he met his now-close friends Adrian Lawson (ANGREPP, IXXI) and Fredrik Widigs (THE UGLY, MARDUK) and later on joined the deeply devoted black metal act WITHERSHIN. Says Natt: "Since the beginning of my time, here, in this world, there has always been, a strong connection, towards the isolated parts of the soul, a connection within and beyond. A connection to what can not be seen, nor heard. To everything and nothing. To what is, and what is not, and that which lies between. Outside the borders of this life. Beyond, yet within the acausal flame, in the night, I dwell, beyond the broken circle, outside of the causal mundane, yet not." DARK FUNERAL's new video, "Nail Them To The Cross", can be seen below. The song was recorded at Dugout Studios in Uppsala, Sweden and was mixed and mastered by Daniel Bergstrand. The clip was directed by Owe Lingvall. A strictly limited seven-inch single including "Nail Them To The Cross" and another new track will be released in early 2015. In 2012, DARK FUNERAL signed a worldwide deal with Century Media Records. DARK FUNERAL celebrated its 20th anniversary in 2013 with a number of festival appearances all over Europe. They were joined at the gigs by their "classic" vocalist Emperor Magus Caligula, who left the band on good terms for personal reasons in 2010. Formed in 1993 by Lord Ahriman, the band quickly gained massive underground support by being one of the most ferocious and fastest black metal acts on earth. Since then, they have spread their unholy gospel over the whole world and build up a loyal cult following from the coldest parts of the northern hemisphere to the hottest hell of Asia. After an extensive and exhausting tour through Asia and Australia in late 2012, DARK FUNERAL parted ways with vocalist Nachtgarm.

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SLIPKNOT's COREY TAYLOR: 'Acting Has Always Been Something That I've Wanted To Do'

Daily Dead conducted an interview with SLIPKNOT and STONE SOUR frontman Corey Taylor after the October 22 world premiere of "Fear Clinic" — the new horror flick which marks Taylor's first featured role in a film — at the Screamfest Horror Film Festival in Hollywood, California. You can now watch the chat below. Taylor stated about the experience of making "Fear Clinic": "Acting has always been something that I've wanted to do. Obviously, I've dabbled in it a little bit with music videos and everything, and with every music video, when that opportunity arises, I try to push it a little more. But I've wanted to do a full-on acting gig, where it's a character who's not me. So, yeah, I was a little envious of [SLIPKNOT's] Clown [when he landed a role in 'The Devil's Carnival'], because we were both pitched that — I was actually supposed to be in that — and my schedule was such that I couldn't do it. So I was rally bummed, but I was stoked for Clown that he got to do it. So that kind of made me take a look around and go, 'Man, when the right opportunity arises, I'm definitely gonna try and go for it.' So, luckily, I got to do this." "Fear Clinic" stars Robert Englund, best known as Freddy Krueger in "A Nightmare On Elm Street", as Dr. Andover, a doctor who treats patients afflicted with crippling phobias by inducing hallucinations inside an invention he calls the Fear Chamber. In the film, which began life in 2009 as a five-episode series for the web site FearNet.com, Taylor plays a clinic employee named Bauer who struggles to keep things under control when all hell breaks loose. The movie centers around one traumatic event that induces phobias in a group of different people. "Fear Clinic" will be released on Blu-ray and DVD on February 10, 2015.

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KISS' PAUL STANLEY Returns To IBANEZ GUITARS

In 1976, Ibanez approached KISS frontman Paul Stanley to collaborate on a signature guitar that would become the instrument with which he would be forever associated. Now, for the first time since 1996, Paul and Ibanez have reunited to reissue three exciting new versions of the original Paul Stanley Signature Model. "Renewing my collaboration with Ibanez feels like going home to where it all started," commented Stanley. "The guitars we created remain iconic and we will celebrate them and more as we move forward into our future together." "We're very excited to be partnering again with Paul Stanley," said Ibanez artist relations manager Mike Taft. "It’s been an amazing year for both Paul and the band, including the release of his best-selling autobiography, the band's long-overdue induction into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame, and the ongoing world tour to commemorate their 40th anniversary together. I couldn't think of a better time for Paul to reunite with Ibanez. Along with their distinctive styling, these historic instruments have proven themselves on albums and in concert worldwide, where their sound has made them sought after by guitarists for decades." paulstanleyibanez_638

EXTREME's NUNO BETTENCOURT Says RIHANNA Gig Is 'Really Challenging'

Guitar Interactive magazine recently conducted an interview with EXTREME guitarist Nuno Bettencourt. You can now watch the chat in three parts below. Asked about how he landed the gig as the guitarist in pop superstar Rihanna's band and whether he can foresee himself doing that for a long time to come, Nuno responded: "I'm hoping I don't have to do it anymore. Not towards Rihanna, of course, but it's really time consuming. "I've never done another gig where I was kind of, like… not my own, actually, really. And I'd been asked through the years to do stuff, even with not just necessarily pop artists but with other rock bands, and I've always declined. "We had just finished an EXTREME tour and a friend of mine, who is a musical director, Tony Bruno, he hit me up. He goes, 'I know I've asked you ten times already, but I know you're in L.A., we're in L.A. Ri saw some of your videos. Would you consider doing…?' He just said 'three months' of this promo. And I was, like, you know what?! I'm in my forties, I've been sticking to my guns for so long and not doing anything else. 'Cause at first I said, 'No. Why would I wanna do it? There's really no guitar in that stuff.' And he said, 'Well, that's the thing. She wants it to be a lot heavier live.' And I'm, like, 'So I get to do what I do.' And he goes, 'Completely. Your rig…' [And I said], 'I get to ruin every one of her songs?' And he was, like, 'Yeah.' So I thought that would be fun." He continued: "It's interesting. Anybody who's come to see that show, even from the perspective of journalists or magazines, whether it be in Germany or in the States, they come and interview me, but they don't plan on staying for the show. And I always say, 'Just stay. Just stay for a couple of songs.' Then they stay for the night and then they always end up sending me a text or an e-mail message apologizing, [saying that] they didn't know that there was that much musicianship going on. The drummer's from Stevie Wonder. It's, like, it's a real band, and nothing's on playback. We take the songs and we really play them; they're nothing like [they are on] the album. "When people ask me, 'Why would you do something that you can do with your eyes closed?' And it's a difficult gig. The hats that you have to wear, feel-wise… You go from a basic pop song like 'Umbrella' to to reggae song to a club track to even, like, a punk song and R&B stuff. So the amount of different textures and feels, and to have to play along with these incredible musicians who hear everything, it's definitely not a punch-in-the-clock-type situation for me. Live, it keeps you busy. It's one thing doing your own thing, it's your own shit… It sounds crazy, but it's really challenging. It really is." Nuno added: "Whatever people's perceptions are of whatever Rihanna is, it's definitely a different animal live — completely different. At first, even when I went to work with her, I was, like, 'Can she really sing?' A lot of times with the singers you hear now, there's a lot of that Auto-Tune element and you don't know who can really sing. But when I went to rehearsal, I could not believe how well she sang, and I could not believe how well she sings live. "It was really messed up, because nothing is on track except for some bells and whistles sounds, and explosions — just sound-effects stuff — but every review was saying her vocals were on track, and none of it is. But it's incredible. I was actually going, 'Wow!' There's actually great background singers that they get purposely to somewhat sound like her vibe, and it was amazing. And it actually made me realize, even when you can do it, and you can sing, and she is, they're still telling her that she can't do it."

CHRIS BRODERICK On His Decision To Leave MEGADETH: 'It Was Simply Time'

During an interview with SiriusXM's Jose Mangin on last night's (Wednesday, December 17) edition of Liquid Metal's "666-LIVE" call-in show, former MEGADETH guitarist Chris Broderick spoke for the first time about his decision to leave the band and revealed the initial details of a new project that he has launched with another former MEGADETH member, drummer Shawn Drover. A few excerpts from the chat were transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET and follow below. On why he left MEGADETH: Chris: "Well, it's not gonna be as exciting as anybody would want. It's not gonna be some huge drama thing or anything like that. It was simply time [for me to leave]. I'd been in [MEGADETH] for seven years and I really wanted to just be able to have that kind of creative freedom to write anything I wanted to, to go anywhere with it that I wanted to and just kind of direct my own course. "The way I kind of think of it is it's kind of not unlike a chef that works at a restaurant that decides that he wants to open up his own restaurant or maybe a lawyer that wants to start his own firm or something like that. It was a great time to move on. And I think, talking with Shawn, Shawn was in the exact same place. We had talked about it and we had thought about it for a little bit. And so when Shawn quit [on November 25], it was, like, 'Whoah! What happened?' I mean, I knew that we had talked about it, but he did it; he actually just left the band… "[Shawn and I] talk all the time, and so I knew that he had thought about it and I had been thinking about it. But as soon as he quit, I knew he had made the right decision. Because MEGADETH is going to be ramping up for their next CD recording cycle, and if you've got trepidation about being a part of something, you don't wanna commit to that process, the writing process, and then bail on 'em. And so when Shawn quit, that instantly became clear to me. So I talked to [David] Ellefson [MEGADETH bassist] and then I went and I talked to Jackson Guitars, my endorsement, and Fractal Audio Systems, and they were all so supportive. They were, like, 'Dude, we've got your back. You do what you've gotta do.' So I decided that night after Shawn did it, I was, like, 'It is the right time,' because MEGADETH is getting ready to move into their next recording cycle. I mean, if there is a good time to leave, that was it." On the reaction from Dave when Chris told him he was leaving MEGADETH: Chris: "He was definitely disappointed. It was, obviously… It's not something that he wanted to hear or anything like that. The one thing that you wanna know is, in a way, we were hired guns, so…" On whether he thought he was gonna be part of MEGADETH for a long time when he first joined the band: Chris: "When I first started, I didn't know what to expect. You're going into something with fresh eyes and fresh ears, and you're just going for it. And it was great, it was awesome, it was great for my career. I got to play 'Big Four' shows [with METALLICA, SLAYER and ANTHRAX], I played across the world, it was an awesome thing at the time. But there comes to be a point where I'm, like, I wanna be musically creative for me, and that's really where I wanted to go." On his musical future: Chris: "Well, one of the things that I've always wanted to do is a solo CD, so I'm definitely gonna be working on that in 2015. But one of the things that I've really recently become very excited about is, through talking with Shawn Drover, we've talked about how we had all this material that was never gonna get released, all these killer, heavy riffs that we had written and stuff, and so we just decided, 'Hey, why don't we put the stuff out? Why don't we form a band and get out these killer riffs, just to see what people think?' So we formed a band, we're working with a killer singer — he's awesome — and we've got record labels that have made some good offers on the table, and we're really excited about where that's gonna go." On whether the new band has a name: Chris: "Here's the funny thing: we have many names. But the problem today is that there are so many bands out there that the first thing we've gotta do is run them by trademark and make sure that we can get… We don't wanna run into the 'GHOST' and the 'GHOST B.C.' issue, right?! So we're looking into trademarks on the names, and I would love to tell you, but we wanna save some of it for our official press release, and we'll talk about the singer then, and we'll have the record label on board by then." On whether the musical ideas that are being used in the new band are things that were originally presented to MEGADETH and were turned down or if they are brand new compositions: Chris: "Some of them were presented, but then some of them also… I'd be, like, 'Oh, this isn't appropriate for MEGADETH, their sound.' I have a tendency to write very complex stuff, and so I've gotta watch it when I write and submit for MEGADETH under that kind of… I wanna make sure it's not too complex and too crazy and all over the place. So those are the things that I would have held back." Broderick joined MEGADETH in late 2007 as the replacement for Glen Drover, who left the group in order to focus on family life. Chris has been playing guitar since he was eleven years old and had been teaching for 15 years prior to joining MEGADETH. Styles range from classical, rock, blues, and jazz. He started taking lessons at 14 years of age studying guitar as well as voice, violin, and piano. Chris has a degree in classical guitar music performance at the University of Denver and the Lamont School of Music. He has performed in many master classes including ones given by David Russell, Benjamin Verdery, and his primary instructor, Ricardo Iznaola. In addition, Chris has taken classes such as jazz improvisation, chord voicing, advanced music theory, and sight-reading. Video footage below: Chris Broderick demonstrates his Jackson Chris Broderick Soloist 7 guitar at Sweetwater Sound in October 2014:

BABYMETAL: New Trailer For 'Live At Budokan: Red Night & Black Night Apocalypse' DVD/Blu-Ray

Japanese pop-metal group BABYMETAL will release the "Live At Budokan: Red Night & Black Night Apocalypse" DVD/Blu-ray on January 7, 2015. The set will contain the band's Nippon Budokan performances from March 2014 when the three BABYMETAL singers/dancers became the youngest artists to ever appear at the famed venue. A new four-minute trailer for "Live At Budokan: Red Night & Black Night Apocalypse" can be seen below. "Live At Budokan: Red Night & Black Night Apocalypse" will be made available in three formats: a DVD/Blu-ray box featuring both Nippon Budokan concerts (with the first dubbed "Red Night" and second "Black Night"); a CD titled "Live At Budokan: Red Night" containing an audio recording of the first Budokan show (the initial pressing of the CD will include the code to digitally download the new song "The One", which is a collaboration between BABYMETAL's production team and guitarists Herman Li and Sam Totman of British epic power metallers DRAGONFORCE); and a Limited Box exclusive to the BABYMETAL fan club members, "Live At Budokan 'Budo-Can' - The One - Limited Box", a can-shaped package featuring the DVD/Blu-ray of both nights, plus the exclusive CD "Live At Budokan: Black Night" containing the audio recording of the second Budokan concert. For more information, visit Asmart.jp. Established in 2010, BABYMETAL is the offshoot of the Japanese pop idol group SAKURA GAKUIN that performs a distinctly Japanese mix of schoolgirl J-pop and heavy metal. BABYMETAL's members — Suzuka Nakamoto (a.k.a. Su-Metal, who handles vocals and dancing), Yui Mizuno (a.k.a. Yuimetal) and Moa Kikuchi (a.k.a. Moametal), the latter of whom both scream and dance — admit that they had never listened to metal before joining the group. The girls wear gothy schoolgirl costumes, do choreographed dance routines and bang their heads violently. Many heavy metal fans have been reluctant to embrace BABYMETAL — which also includes producer Kobametal and a backing band of corpse-painted virtuosos — with some Internet forums calling them "the definition of a gimmick", "awful" and "metal for hipsters." BABYMETAL's self-titled debut album was released in February 2014, achieving the #1 spot on the iTunes Heavy Metal chart in USA, UK, and Canada, and reaching #35 on the iTunes USA total sales chart. BABYMETAL continued to gain worldwide success, becoming the youngest Japanese artist to break into The Billboard 200 chart and reaching #4 on Billboard's Heatseekers chart.

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BEHEMOTH's NERGAL Blames Russia's 'Idiot' Leader For Making It Impossible For Band To Complete Tour

Guitarist/vocalist Adam "Nergal" Darski of Polish extreme metallers BEHEMOTH spoke to UK's Metal Hammer magazine about the group's May 2014 tour of Russia which was cut short when he and his bandmates were ordered to leave the country after allegedly violating Russia's visa regulations. "Russia definitely was an important in our… in ['The Satanist'] album cycle and also in the band's career, because, after completing four successful tours in Russia, we did one uncompleted and not very successful tour in Russia, which was the 'Russian Satanist Tour'," he said. "We managed to play four shows out of thirteen shows, and there were so many forces struggling us and trying to stop us on our way to finish the tour that we had to give up, basically, when they put us behind bars and literally forced us to leave the country. We couldn't hit that wall anymore, so we just gave up and came back to Poland, and we actually got banned for five years to enter Russia. But it was also a very important moment in the album cycle." He continued: "I'm cooled down now and more relaxed about it, so I'm not as annoyed and infuriated as I was back then. But, yeah, let's just wait for better times there, because I, honestly, love the people there. And it's good crowds and it's amazing people. I love Russians. It's just the little fact that they have an idiot as a leader of the country. But then, things don't last forever, so we should just wait for better times and eventually we're gonna make it back there even bigger than so far." BEHEMOTH's concerts in Khabarovsk, Tomsk, Novosibirsk and Krasnodar were canceled following a string of protests by Christian activists. According to The Moscow Times, unidentified thugs prevented the musicians from taking the stage in Novosibirsk and beat up concertgoers, local media reported. A Russian video report can be seen below. BEHEMOTH is far from the only rock band to have run into problems in Russia recently. Back in June, shock rocker Marilyn Manson was forced to cancel his show in Moscow due to a bomb threat while another concert in Russia was scrapped over fears his performance would insult Orthodox believers and promote sadomasochism. 18 CANNIBAL CORPSE fans were arrested in St. Petersburg, Russia in October as they were protesting against the last-minute cancelation of the band's concert at the Kosmonavt music club. In July 2013, Russia passed a new anti-blasphemy law introducing fines and possible prison sentences for offending the "feelings of religious believers." CANNIBAL CORPSE's tour of Russia kicked off on October 2 in Krasnodar and was scheduled to include eight concerts. However, only four shows went ahead as planned, with the band's October 5 gig in Ufa getting axed when the venue abruptly closed "for technical reasons." CANNIBAL CORPSE's October 10 concert in Nizhny Novgorod was shut down by armed masked police officers 30 minutes after it had started. A number of fans were detained and taken for compulsory drug tests.

WOLF HOFFMANN On 'Blind Rage': 'It's Another Typical Old-School Record By ACCEPT'

Pat and Dan of "The Shred Shack" on MyWCWP 89.7FM recently conducted an interview with guitarist Wolf Hoffmann of German/American metallers ACCEPT. You can now listen to the chat in the YouTube clip below. A couple of excerpts follow (transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET). On ACCEPT's latest album, "Blind Rage": Wolf: "I think it's another typical old-school record by ACCEPT, and it's getting a great response. It actually entered the German chart at No. 1, which is a first for us as well, so [it's getting] an overwhelming response so far. I think what people like about it is that it's got, like I said, the old-school vibe to it with a modern sound. So we didn't really try to change anything; we just tried to write typical ACCEPT songs, only better — better than ever." On whether it was a conscious decision to go back to the sound and style of ACCEPT's 2010 album, "Blood Of The Nations": Wolf: "I think these last three albums, all with Mark Tornillo [on vocals] are sort of in the same pocket. But I would have to agree that this one sounds a little more mature and more along the lines of 'Blood Of The Nations'. I think, overall, all three of them have been super successful for us, and some fans even tell me that this new reincarnation of ACCEPT sounds better to them than anything we've ever done, so that makes us very happy. I think, overall, we're doing the right thing here." On taking time with the songwriting process for each album: Wolf: "A lot of time goes into making an album. I mean, the one thing we don't ever wanna do is just crank one out and say, 'Ah, it's fine. It's good enough. They don't know the difference.' I hate that. I really wanna put all my heart and soul into what I do and I wanna make sure it's the best it can possibly be at the time. And that, sometimes, is… it's not easy. You can't crank it out in a couple of weeks or anything; it really takes months and months. I think one of the reasons why this album is so successful is because Peter [Baltes, bass] started songwriting last summer, or spring, actually, during these festival shows and we continued all the way into Christmas time last year, so it was a good, solid six to eight months that we spent working on this stuff just about every day, and I think that makes for more mature stuff, because you can have the luxury of putting a song aside for a few weeks and listening to it again and again and again and reworking it until it's finally there."

SEBASTIAN BACH Records Song For ABC's Musical Comedy Series 'Galavant'

According to TVLine, former SKID ROW singer Sebastian Bach has laid down vocals on a song for ABC's upcoming musical comedy "Galavant". The series is part fairytale, part Broadway musical that follows a dashing hero, Galavant (Joshua Sasse), who loses the love of his life, Madalena (Mallory Jansen), to the evil King Richard (Timothy Omundson) and must take revenge to restore his "happily ever after." Bach's track will be heard in Episode 2, which airs in the second half-hour of the series' premiere on January 4 at 8/7c. The song will play during a sequence in which Galavant trains to joust Sir Jean Hamm (played by guest star John Stamos). From 2003 to 2007, Bach had a recurring role on the WB television show "Gilmore Girls" as Gil, the lead guitarist in Lane Kim's band HEP ALIEN. Bach also previously appeared on "Saturday Night Live", "MTV Cribs", "Strange Frequency", "Robot Chicken", and a long list of other television shows. In addition, he has done stage productions of "Jekyll And Hyde" (as Dr. Jekyll and Henry Hyde), "The Rocky Horror Picture Show" (as Riff Raff) and "Jesus Christ Superstar" (as Jesus of Nazareth). In a 2012 interview with the Chicago Tribune, Bach was asked if he finds he gets recognized more as the lead singer of SKID ROW, or for something like the "Gilmore Girls". "I get noticed for different things I've done in different areas of town," he responded. "If I'm in a rock club, it'll be SKID ROW, if I'm in a mall it's the 'Gilmore Girls'. Teenagers will come up to me and they'll be like, 'Aren't you that guy?' And I'll be like, 'Uh, which guy are you talking about?'" Regarding whether reciting a lot of dialogue really quickly in "Gilmore Girls" helped him as an actor, Bach said: "It's actually really hurt me. I went to audition for an episode of 'Law And Order', and they didn't understand why I was talking so fast, and I was like, 'No, you don't understand. I was on a show called the 'Gilmore Girls'. We had to say everything like that.'"

ARCH ENEMY: Fan-Filmed Footage Of Pratteln Concert

Fan-filmed video footage of ARCH ENEMY performing the song "My Apocalypse" on December 14 at Z7 in Pratteln, Switzerland can be seen below. ARCH ENEMY last month parted ways with guitarist Nick Cordle and replaced him with Jeff Loomis (ex-NEVERMORE). Loomis is making his live debut with ARCH ENEMY on the band's European tour, which kicked off on November 26. Said Loomis: "I'm very excited to be playing with ARCH ENEMY. "[ARCH ENEMY guitarist] Michael Amott and I have stayed in contact over the years since we toured together when I was playing in NEVERMORE. Not only do I admire his guitar playing and songwriting, but I also consider him a close friend. To be able to share the stage with Michael, Sharlee, Daniel and Alissa is something I'm really looking forward to. "2015 is going to be a great year... See you all on tour!" Said Michael Amott: "The prospect of working with Jeff Loomis moving forward is truly awesome! "Jeff Loomis is one of the best guitar players in the metal world, in my opinion, as well as being a longtime friend. I look forward to tearing it up on stages around the world together as we continue on the 'War Eternal' touring cycle throughout all next year and beyond!" ARCH ENEMY played its first show with new singer Alissa White-Gluz on May 23 at Turbohalle in Bucharest, Romania. Angela Gossow, who joined ARCH ENEMY in 2000 and made her debut on the now-classic "Wages Of Sin" (2001), stepped down as frontwoman and is focusing on management, while Alissa is taking her place. ARCH ENEMY's new album, "War Eternal", sold around 8,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to enter The Billboard 200 chart at position No. 44. The CD was released on June 10 in North America via Century Media Records. The cover artwork was created by Costin Chioreanu.

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GODSMACK's SULLY ERNA Talks Acting: 'I'm Still Young At This And Learning As I Go Along'

GODSMACK singer Sully Erna, who made his acting debut last year in a low-budget horror film called "Army Of The Damned", tells Artisan News that he doesn't delude himself into believing that he will automatically be treated like a superstar by the acting world. "I think any actor will tell you that there's always work to be done, and I'm certainly still young at this and learning as I go along," Erna said (see video below). "I've had an amazing acting coach along the way — Susan Batson, who's done… she does Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman, and she's, like, top, top notch. And she's really helped me flush out a lot of things that I needed to kind of realize and understand a bit better. So the best experience you can get is to continue to work." He added: "I think everybody kind of looks at themselves or hears themselves for the first time on tape, and it's a little… You can critique yourself a lot more than maybe other people… Like, 'Oh, you did great.' And you're, like, 'Ah, that was a weird face I made.' So it's always a little strange at first. But I think over the years, just because of the amount of videos I've done and TV stuff, I'm just a lot more comfortable in front of a camera than maybe some people would be that don't have that experience." Erna revealed in an interview with The Rock Revival that he recently finished shooting a role in a pilot for a proposed TV series along with Drea De Matteo of "Sons Of Anarchy" and "The Sopranos" fame. Along with some potential film appearances, Erna said he hopes to continue building his acting resume. He explained, "I'm just trying to continue to get some momentum in TV and film, because I really enjoy it as well." Erna added, "It's a really fun thing. I'm just working my way up that ladder at this point and nurturing GODSMACK when that needs some attention and doing some solo stuff. The rest of my time I give to my daughter." Erna's other roles include a small part in the Martin Scorsese-produced "Bleed For This" and a lead role in the aforementioned "Army Of The Damned". Erna said the latter movie was fun to do even if it wasn't high art. "There's some good action in it, there's some good gore in it, and there's definitely a lot of little comedy bits," he said. "It was fun making it. It was a good experience, and it gave me an opportunity to take on a lead role too. So it was good to know that I could take the weight of a lead on, you know, for future projects hopefully that come up." Erna got interesting in acting after working with Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson and Kelly Hu on the video for GODSMACK's "I Stand Alone". He recalled, "I surprisingly found myself very comfortable working out these scenes with these people that I thought would be a little bit more intimidating… From that point on I started just exploring the acting world." The singer just completed some solo dates and will return to the road with GODSMACK in 2015.

PAPA ROACH: Second Behind-The-Scenes Clip From Making Of 'Face Everything And Rise' Video

The second behind-the-scenes clip from the making of the video for "Face Everything And Rise", the new single from Californian rockers PAPA ROACH, can be seen below. The song is taken from the band's eighth full-length album, "F.E.A.R.", which will be released on January 27, 2015 via Eleven Seven Music). The new disc was recorded in Las Vegas, taking the band out of their Sacramento, California home base for the first time since 2006. PAPA ROACH worked with the father-and-son producing team of Kevin and Kane Churko on the new CD. Frontman Jacoby Shaddix told The Pulse Of Radio that he wasn't very happy at first about going to Sin City to record. "I ended up in this city where I've had some of my greatest failures and worst decision making, and some of my biggest debacles of my life happened in Vegas, you know," he said. "And I believe I was sent back to that city to go do right this time, and we went there and I just faced that fear of living in this city that I felt was gonna eat me alive. But really and truly I just gave myself to this music 100 percent, and that's what pulled me through." Shaddix admitted that the band went into the studio this time with almost no new material prepared, explaining, "Usually when we begin working, we'll have a bunch of demos, and I'll have a bag of lyrics ready to go. We didn't have those things this time." Guitarist Jerry Horton added, "We walked into the studio with nothing. It was frightening since it was so different, but it was also liberating. Once the ball started rolling, it was a snowball effect." PAPA ROACH and SEETHER will team up for a co-headlining North American tour that kicks off on January 9 in Orlando, Florida and winds down on February 7 in Las Vegas.

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GUNS N' ROSES' BUMBLEFOOT To Focus On His Solo Career: 'I've Tried To Do Both, And It's Been Really Difficult'

GUNS N' ROSES guitarist Ron "Bumblefoot" Thal says that he is focusing on his solo career after spending eight years playing in the Axl Rose-fronted band. Thal, who is putting the finishing touches on his next solo album, held a press event on Friday, December 12 at The Good Room in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, New York, where he gave attendees a taste of the upcoming CD. Speaking to Jo Schüftan of Horns Up Rocks! at the listening party, Thal stated about his future with GUNS N' ROSES (see video below): "I'm focusing on my stuff." He added: "I'm sure it's gonna be an exciting, interesting year for everybody — for GUNS, for me, for everybody. A lot of stokes in the fire… for them, for me. We'll see what happens in 2015." Thal went on to confirm that he will spend his most of his time nurturing his solo career, something that he has been unable to do properly while he was a member of GUNS N' ROSES. "It's what I've done my whole life, and I've tried to do both, and it's been really difficult," he explained. "There's only so much time, and you can't be in two places at once. Teleporters, no; army of clones, no. You can only be in one place at one time, and that kind of gets in the way of things, and you have to start making choices." Ron also revealed that he underwent surgery in January to remove a cancerous tumor and that he is now cancer free. "It was really a quick thing," he said. "I mean, it doesn't compare to people that really have it and really fought it. For me, I was lucky. It didn't spread, it didn't get worse. They cut it out and that's it. But, yeah, it happens. Shit happens." Thal's last solo album was 2008's "Abnormal" and the guitarist recenty admitted that he missed working on his own material. He told The National: "The solo albums are everything to me and it's really what I do. To be honest, I really should have paid more attention to it, even when I was in GUNS N' ROSES. I should have been touring more and putting out more albums than I did." He continued: "When you are on the road, you are either sleeping or playing. When you do have some free time, you need to sort of step away and recharge your batteries or you burn out. For me, when I am on tour like that, I find it very hard to get into that creative zone of recording." Asked by John Parks of Legendary Rock Interviews if he has gained some perspective as far as how radically different it is for a band like GUNS N' ROSES to put out an album as opposed to an artist like him releasing a new solo CD, Ron said: "Yes, and it's two totally, totally different scenarios, absolutely. I don't even know how to begin to compare the two. For one thing, in my own situation, in 'Bumblefoot' world, I have all the keys to the whole project. I know I have to write an album, record it and release it. In the GN'R world, Axl [Rose, GN'R lead singer] holds the key, and [laughs] when he decides to do something is when he decides to do it, and it's definitely at a different pace than say when I do things." He continued: "Axl and I are two different people with two different lives and two totally different sets of hurdles to jump over, which totally affects our ability to release what we create. "It's very hard to bust out anything when life becomes more complicated or you have more people trying to pull you in a million different directions or distract you. The bigger a band gets, the more that happens; so at Axl's level, it's definitely not easy and there's a million fires to put out where at my level there is maybe ten fires or even two fires. [laughs]" Thal added: "When there's not as many things or people distracting you or keeping you from getting in the zone, it really frees you up to do the simple stuff and things don't need to be so complicated. But I've realized that all those complications that are hurled at you, all of those distractions, they're all external, and they don't need to penetrate your skin and get into who you are, or stop you from doing what you do, or change the relationship that you have with music or creating it or releasing it or sharing it or performing it or anything. I've realized that can be untouchable and nobody can change that. People will try, and people will continue to try relentlessly, but they can't, unless you give them the power. Once you realize that as an artist, you realize that you can do anything you wanna do musically and there's really nothing at all that's truly stopping you after all."

CORROSION OF CONFORMITY Featuring PEPPER KEENAN To Begin Work On New Album In January

CORROSION OF CONFORMITY drummer Reed Mullin has revealed more details about the band's plans to reunite with its onetime guitarist and vocalist Pepper Keenan in 2015 to record a new studio album and embark on a tour. Keenan, who has been focusing on DOWN in recent years, is still considered to be a member of CORROSION OF CONFORMITY but was not involved in the reunion of C.O.C.'s "Animosity" lineup, which was resurrected in 2010 and has been recording and touring ever since. In a brand new interview with INDY Week, Mullin said about the prospect of collaborating with Keenan again: "Pepper and I were talking the other day, and we've got some riffs left over from that era that I never used for C.O.C. stuff, and he didn't use for DOWN. They've just been sitting around from when we used to do demos at Jag Studios. He was, like, 'Man, I found a couple cassettes. Remember those cassettes we used to do with [John] Custer down at Jag?' So, yeah, he found a cache of some good riffage in his house down there in New Orleans that I guess he had packed away. And, for some reason, I can remember a lot of the riffs those guys write. Like, there's a song on the new C.O.C. album, the three-piece, and the music is music Pepper and I had jammed back in 1989, and I ended up just putting lyrics to it. Me, Woody [Weatherman] and Mike [Dean] recorded it. It's called 'Tarquinius Superbus', after the last Roman king. For some reason, I remember a lot of the stuff they do, so I'm kind of like an encyclopedia of a lot of their riffs." He continued: "I think the first shows that we're going to do with the four-piece are going to be in March. Before then, I guess we're going be working on the new album. Woody's going to have a baby in April, I think, so we're going to take a little time off in there, and then I guess, get back to touring with Pepper. He's taking time off from DOWN and, you know, he makes so much damn money doing DOWN, we've got to get him while we can get him. He's really excited about it, and we're awful excited to do it. It's been a while. It's been I think 2000 since I played with him. I mean, we've done songs here and there, at festivals overseas and things, as a four-piece, but as a tour, it's been a long time since this entity, this four-piece has been out on the road. It's going to be a blast." Regarding whether the four-piece version of CORROSION OF CONFORMITY will play any new material on the upcoming tour, Mullin said: "I don't know how much new stuff we'll play on the road. Nostalgia seekers are going to want to hear as much of 'Deliverance' and 'Wiseblood' and 'Volume Dealer' and 'In The Arms Of God' as they can. So we'll have four albums, pretty much, to go off of. And maybe later in the year, we'll add a couple new songs. Hopefully by the end of the year, we'll have an album out." He continued: "I think [releasing a new CD later in 2015] doable. If we start working in January… Like I said, we've got to use Pepper while we can get him! "It's cool of him to do this, because, you know, he's got his set-up in New Orleans. He's got a bar, and he's got a little girl, so he doesn't go out for that much touring, anyway, so for him to do C.O.C. and more DOWN stuff next year is awful cool of him." Keenan joined CORROSION OF CONFORMITY in 1990, but he did not become the band's lead singer until the recording of "Deliverance", which came out in 1994. Legacy Recordings, Sony Music Entertainment's catalog division, in 2010 released "Playlist: The Very Best Of Corrosion Of Conformity", a new CORROSION OF CONFORMITY best-of collection in the "Playlist" compilation albums series. CORROSION OF CONFORMITY's most recent studio album with Keenan, "In The Arms Of God", came out in 2005 on Sanctuary Records. C.O.C.'s reunited "Animosity" lineup released its new album, "IX", on July 1 via Candlelight Records. The CD was produced by the band and longtime comrade John Custer. Fan-filmed video footage of DOWN performing the CORROSION OF CONFORMITY classic "Albatross" on May 9 at the Starland Ballroom in Sayreville, New Jersey can be seen below.

KISS' ERIC SINGER Doesn't Understand People Who Continue To Criticize Him For Wearing 'Catman' Makeup

During a brand new interview with "The Cassius Morris Show", KISS drummer Eric Singer, who "portrays" original KISS drummer Peter Criss' character in KISS' live show, was asked how he feels about the fact that some fans continue to criticize him for wearing the "Catman" makeup. "It's always been a non-issue for me, emotionally or otherwise," Singer said. "And I don't mean that disrespectfully to anybody that it is important to them; that's fine and that's cool. The only thing I don't understand… I shouldn't say 'don't understand'… What I don't get is for those fans either fans or former fans that continually complain not just about that issue, but anything to do with KISS, and continue to say how they're done with the band, and 'I'm over it,' and 'I hate it,' but yet they continue to talk about it non-stop. I just don't understand that point of view or that thought process, because me, myself, when I'm done with something, whether it's a former friend, ex-girlfriend… anything… a band… or product. If I don't like the way a product… If they change the way the product tastes or the way it looks, if I don't like it anymore, guess what?! I go, 'Oh, okay. I don't really care for it anymore.' I stop buying it, I stop supporting it, or I don't listen to it, I don't eat it… Whatever it is, I move on from it. And I go, 'Okay, I move on. I don't like it anymore.' It's like having your favorite restaurant and all of a suddent they change the menu. Or they change the cook and you go, 'Hey, the food doesn't taste the same anymore. I'm not really digging it.' What do you do? Instead of keep going there and going, 'Hey, you know, I don't like that you changed the cook,' and 'I think that you need to get that old cook back,' and 'You need do this.' I don't do that. I just go, 'All right. Something is not right,' or, 'I don't care for it anymore.' And I don't go. And I don't buy it and I don't support it. It's just simple." He continued: "Now, maybe I'm looking at it too 'black and white,' but, for me, I just don't really fully understand fans, or former fans, that have that point of view. I get the passion part, I get that a band like KISS means a lot to them, or it had a real impact on their life — I get it — but it had a real impact on me too, 'cause guess what?! I play in the band, you know, so of course I care; it means something to me. But I don't understand the people that can't just move on and go do… If you don't like it, or you have a problem with something, respectfully just move on and, great. For those who like it or wanna enjoy it, cool." Singer added: "I'm not saying that you should just blindly go, 'Oh, I agree with anything the band does and I don't care.' No, I'm not saying that. What I'm saying is, if you really, really have a distaste for it, if you're gonna be mad just because the band is not doing what you want, then go, 'Okay, I'm not into it anymore.' That's what I did my whole life when it came to bands. When a band kind of changed the musical sound or direction and I kind of lost interest in them, I stopped buying the records and I didn't go to the concerts, and like I said, I didn't hate them; I just, 'Okay, well, I'm not really into it anymore.'" Speaking to Rolling Stone magazine earlier in the year, Eric accused Criss and original KISS guitarist Ace Frehley of being hypocritical in their criticisms of other people wearing their makeup. "This is something that I notice that nobody seems to point out," Singer said. "When I came in to play with the makeup, Ace was in the band, and had no problem with me playing with Peter's makeup while he went onstage and made that KISS money. In fact, he loved it, and he didn't want Peter back in the band. And then go forward the next year, when Ace decided to leave. When we fast forward, all of a sudden they bring Peter back, and you got Tommy Thayer playing guitar wearing the Ace makeup, and all of a sudden, no one minded it was Ace's makeup design. Peter had no problem, did he?" Pressed about the fact that some people see what he and guitarist Tommy Thayer do in KISS now as almost an impersonation, Singer said: "Here's the thing that's ridiculous. I love when people say that, because the reality is, I'm not impersonating. Because I wear the makeup that he wore? Did they come up with their designs? Yes. Of course. But it's not an extension of their personality. Peter wasn't a cat. Peter Criss was a cat? They had to create a character. You know something? I don't know if he even had a pet cat. Come on, it's ridiculous." Asked if he tries to play like Peter onstage, Singer replied: "I've always played the way I play. I play like Eric Singer. I don't play like Peter Criss. I don't try to play like Peter Criss. I don't mimic him on stage. Bottom line is, though, am I playing KISS songs? Yes. Am I playing songs that were originally played by Peter, and learning parts that Peter played or originally wrote? Yes, of course. But guess what? I did the same thing when I played in BLACK SABBATH or played with Brian May or played with Alice Cooper." Photo credit: Musician's Friend

Ex-MEGADETH Guitarist CHRIS BRODERICK On DAVE MUSTAINE: He 'Knows What He Wants, And He's Very Decisive'

On October 9, Argentinean rock journalist Lucas H. Gordon conducted an interview with former MEGADETH guitarist Chris Broderick at T.J. Martell Foundation's Rock 'N' Bowl tournament at the PINZ Bowling Center in Studio City, California. You can now watch the chat below. (Note: The interview was conducted roughly six weeks before Broderick and drummer Shawn Drover announced their departures from MEGADETH.) Asked how he would describe Dave Mustaine to those fans who have never had a chance to meet the MEGADETH mainman, Broderick said: "I think, in a way, all of the fans have met him through his music. You hear his personality in the way he plays and the way he writes. So it's almost like through listening [to MEGADETH's music], you do know Dave Mustaine." Pressed to describe Mustaine in his own words, Broderick said: "I think he's a man who knows what he wants, and he's very decisive and he wants to get the music across with his vision, and he makes it happen." Only hours after Drover announced his exit from MEGADETH on November 25 to "to pursue [his] own musical interests," Broderick revealed he also quit the legendary metal band, saying that he was leaving the group "due to artistic and musical differences." Broderick joined MEGADETH in late 2007 as the replacement for Glen Drover, who left the group in order to focus on family life. Chris has been playing guitar since he was eleven years old and had been teaching for 15 years prior to joining MEGADETH. Styles range from classical, rock, blues, and jazz. He started taking lessons at 14 years of age studying guitar as well as voice, violin, and piano. Chris has a degree in classical guitar music performance at the University of Denver and the Lamont School of Music. He has performed in many master classes including ones given by David Russell, Benjamin Verdery, and his primary instructor, Ricardo Iznaola. In addition, Chris has taken classes such as jazz improvisation, chord voicing, advanced music theory, and sight-reading.

THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA: 'War' Video Released, 'Zombie 5 Tour' Announced

"War", the new video from metal titans THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA, can be seen below. The clip was helmed by director Maria Juranic, who also worked on the band's clip for "First Sight". The track is taken from the band's fifth studio album, "8:18", which sold around 16,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 20 on The Billboard 200 chart. The CD arrived in stores on September 17, 2013 via Roadrunner. THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA has announced details of a spring headline tour, dubbed the "Zombie 5 Tour", presented by Rockstar Energy Drink. The trek — which will see THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA playing the "Zombie" EP in its entirety each night along with other fan favorites — will feature support from BORN OF OSIRIS, THE WORD ALIVE and SECRETS. The coast-to-coast trek gets underway March 15 in Nashville, Tennessee at Rocketown and continues through April 16, wrapping up at the House of Blues in Chicago, Illinois. Tickets for all dates will be on sale Friday, December 19. Frontman Mike Hranica commented, "When we started discussing the idea of playing the 'Zombie' EP front to back, it was clear and evident that the five year anniversary would be the perfect time to commemorate. "I love seeing old records and releases performed and celebrated years after their release, and with that I know how excited we are to announce the 'Zombie 5 Tour'." Following the U.S. tour, THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA will gear up for a performance at Rock On The Range in Columbus, Ohio. Long acclaimed as among one of the most potent and provocative bands in modern American metal, THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA made a massive leap forward with "8:18". The album — executive-produced by KILLSWITCH ENGAGE's Adam Dutkiewicz and produced by the band along with producer/engineer Matt Goldman (UNDEROATH, THE CHARIOT) — sees the group driving its relentless sonic approach with more might than ever before, giving extreme power to vocalist Mike Hranica's grim, emotional lyricism. In a January 2014 interview with Loudwire, Hranica stated about the lyrical inspiration for "8:18": "I don't think it's too much of a departure from what I've been drawn to as far as darker stuff — more misery and depression. I've always felt an immediate draw to that and I know that within our music, misery has the strongest impact compared to something brighter and warmer. I just wanted to hone in on that and use the same tools within the stuff that I do. Within the things that I read and what not I'm very drawn to mediocrity, monotony and just ordinariness — it's just all of those things that has been a part of my writing and taste in general. With '8:18', it's built off of suffering and looking at suffering from all different perspectives." THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA's "Zombie 5 Tour" with BORN OF OSIRIS, THE WORD ALIVE and SECRETS: Mar. 15 - Nashville, TN - Rocketown Mar. 17 - Denver, CO - Summit Music Hall Mar. 18 - Salt Lake City, UT - Murray Theater Mar. 20 - Seattle, WA - El Corazon Mar. 21 - Portland, OR - Hawthorne Theatre Mar. 22 - Sacramento, CA - Ace of Spades Mar. 24 - Las Vegas, NV - Hard Rock Live Mar. 25 - Phoenix, AZ - Nile Theater Mar. 27 - Dallas, TX - The Door Mar. 28 - San Antonio, TX - The Aztec Theatre Mar. 29 - Houston, TX - Warehouse Live Mar. 31 - St. Petersburg, FL - State Theatre Apr. 01 - Ft. Lauderdale, FL - Revolution Live Apr. 03 - Atlanta, GA - The Masquerade Apr. 04 - Raleigh, NC - Lincoln Theater Apr. 06 - Baltimore, MD - Baltimore Soundstage Apr. 07 - Philadelphia, PA - Theatre of Living Arts Apr. 08 - Sayreville, NJ - Starland Ballroom Apr. 09 - New York, NY - Irving Plaza Apr. 10 - Worcester, MA - The Palladium Apr. 11 - Montreal, QC - Corona Theatre Apr. 13 - Toronto, ON - Danforth Music Hall Apr. 14 - Rochester, NY - Anthology Apr. 15 - Pittsburgh, PA - Mr. Smalls Apr. 16 - Chicago, IL - House of Blues

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VINNIE PAUL: I Never Really Understood Impact PANTERA Had On People Back In The Day

Earlier this week, Woody of the Minneapolis, Minnesota radio station 93X conducted an interview with former PANTERA and current HELLYEAH drummer Vinnie Paul Abbott. You can now listen to the chat using the SoundCloud widget below. A couple of excerpts follow (transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET). On PANTERA's legacy: Vinnie: "I never really sit down and think about it. I never really understood the impact that PANTERA had on so many people back in the day until we were done doing PANTERA. When you're in the moment and you're going full blast, you really don't think ever about things… I certainly don't about things from the past; I'm always looking forward to the future and where we're going next with things. And maybe some day I'll have a chance to sit down and relive it all and think about it all, but right now all I'm thinking about is this upcoming [HELLYEAH headlining] tour and going out and crushing people with all the new music off [HELLYEAH's latest album] 'Blood For Blood' and then getting back in the studio and making the fifth HELLYEAH record." On what keeps him motivated: Vinnie: "Music, man. Music's my life. I love playing music, I love being on the road. I love interacting with the fans. It's been something I've done my whole life. It's really the only thing I know. I'm not married, I don't have any kids, I don't have anything that really keeps me in a certain place at one time. I really enjoy being able to be out on the road and just really entertain people." HELLYEAH's fourth album, "Blood For Blood", sold around 17,000 copies in its first week of release to land at No. 18 on the Billboard chart. The band's previous effort, 2011's "Band Of Brothers", opened with 19,000 copies back in July 2012 to debut at No. 19. HELLYEAH recently toured North America as guests of FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH and VOLBEAT.

VINCE NEIL Partners With QUICKEE BURGERS Restaurant

As Las Vegas Nevada prepares to welcome its second Quickee Burgers location, the company announced today their iconic ownership team from the worlds of sports, music and television. Boxing icon Mike Tyson, frontman Vince Neil of the legendary rock band MÖTLEY CRÜE, along with television and film star Ian Ziering, have all joined Food & Beverage magazine founder Michael Politz on the journey to build this new quick service restaurant concept. Tyson and Neil both reached iconic levels with their careers while at the same time being entrepreneurs and creating businesses and brands of their own. Ziering is about to embark on this season's "Celebrity Apprentice", which he says helped ignite the entrepreneur within him. Their combined talent for marketing and brand building, along with the Quickee Burgers team, is a recipe for success. Serving high-quality natural products in this quick service environment is something they all feel great about. "Quickee Burgers is committed to continuing the tradition of providing the busy and on-the-go customer with much faster and more efficient counter and drive-in services," Michael Politz stated in a recent article. "We are proud to offer healthy hamburgers, shoestring fries and milkshakes that continue to out flavor even the finest restaurants in the country." Quickee Burgers takes pride in using a standardized systems and technology that will enable them to deliver products and services that are uniform and of high quality. With the introduction of this new hamburger restaurant concept, individuals will be able to experience a better service when ordering their favorite comfort foods. Ordering these products is also made easier since the Drive Thru and Walk Up Quickee Burgers are designed to be eaten while on the go or even while standing up. Quickee Burgers opened in Las Vegas, Nevada in their ever expanding quest to bring high-quality fast food at a very affordable price. There are plans to open in food courts, gas stations and standalone restaurants all over the country, with current Las Vegas locations at 4371 N Rancho Drive, Las Vegas (corner of Rancho and Craig inside the Arco AMPM gas station), and the busy South East corridor at 8846 S. Eastern Avenue, Las Vegas (Eastern and Pebble). QuickeeBurgerslogo

QUEEN's BRIAN MAY: ADAM LAMBERT Can Sing Higher Than FREDDIE MERCURY Could

QUEEN is about to embark on a European tour with "American Idol" finalist Adam Lambert once again fronting the band. QUEEN guitarist Brian May admits that the band's current collaboration with Lambert is a better fit than their previous involvement with legendary rock singer Paul Rodgers. "Adam is so much like [late QUEEN singer] Freddie [Mercury] in many ways," May told Japan's Universal Music (see video below). "But Adam doesn't have to try to be like Freddie, which is the nice thing. He doesn't imitate; he just does his own thing." He continued: "We didn't look for this guy, [but] suddenly he's there, and he can sing all of those lines. See, they’re difficult songs to sing, QUEEN songs. There's too much range. So many people can't sing them in the original key — even if they are good singers. Adam comes along, [and] he can do it easy. He can do it in his sleep! He can sing higher than even Freddie could in a live situation. So I think Freddie would look at this guy and think, 'Hmm… Yeah. Okay.' There would be a kind of, 'Hmm... You bastard. You can do this.' And Adam also has this presentation, I think. He is a showman. He doesn't have to try. He is a natural, in the same way that Freddie was." May added: "Some people walk on a stage and they're able to do this, and they're able to connect with an audience. And Freddie had it, without a doubt, and Adam has it also. So for a band this is very important. Everybody's doing their thing, but you need that connection, you need that channel, and Adam is great." Lambert, May and drummer Roger Taylor first shared the stage during "American Idol" in May 2009 for a performance of "We Are The Champions". They teamed up again in 2011 at the MTV European Music Awards in Belfast, Ireland for an electrifying eight-minute finale of "The Show Must Go On", "We Will Rock You" and "We Are The Champions" and in the summer of 2012, Lambert performed a series of shows with QUEEN across Europe as well as dates in Russia, Ukraine and Poland. They also performed three sold-out gigs at London’s Hammersmith Apollo. In 2008, May and Taylor, who had been touring with Rodgers as QUEEN + PAUL RODGERS, released the chart bomb, "The Cosmos Rocks", before calling it a day as a trio and a recording entity — despite a string of globally sold-out concerts. A new album called "Queen Forever", featuring previously unreleased material recorded with late singer Freddie Mercury, was released last month.