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  • IRON MAIDEN Kicks Off 'Legacy Of The Beast' World Tour In Tallinn, Estonia (Video)
    British heavy metal legends IRON MAIDEN kicked off the "Legacy Of The Beast" world tour earlier tonight (Saturday, May 26) in Tallinn, Estonia. The concert in front of a 10,500-capacity crowd at Saku Suurhall saw the band open with "Aces High" (complete with a Spitfire war plane replica suspended over the musicians), which hadn't been performed since 2014, and continue with "Where Eagles Dare", which was played for the first time in 13 years. Other surprises during the set included the Blaze Bayley-era classics "The Clansman" and "Sign Of The Cross", which received their first airings since 2003 and 2001, respectively, as well as three additional tracks that hadn't been performed in years: "For The Greater Good Of God", "The Wicker Man" and "Flight Of Icarus". This past March, IRON MAIDEN singer Bruce Dickinson said in an interview that there will be "one or two things" in the "Legacy Of The Beast" setlist "that people are gonna be really surprised by" and predicted that "there'll be social media madness after the first show." The concept for the "Legacy Of The Beast" tour was inspired by MAIDEN's mobile game and comic book of the same name and the stage set design features a number of different but interlocking "worlds" with a setlist covering a large selection of 1980s material with a handful of surprises from later albums to add diversity. MAIDEN manager Rod Smallwood explained: "As our fans know, we've been following a particular touring cycle ever since Bruce and Adrian [Smith, guitar] rejoined MAIDEN at the start of the millennium, alternating new album tours with 'History/Hits' tours. We enjoy working this way for many reasons, not least because it gives the band a chance to play both new material and the older favorites which we know fans like to hear. It keeps things fresh, not just for the fans but for the band too. "For this 'History/Hits' tour, we decided to base the theme around the 'Legacy Of The Beast' name, which suits our purposes perfectly by giving us scope to get creative and have some fun, especially with Eddie! We're working on a number of different stage sets, all in keeping with the MAIDEN tradition and we hope to give our fans a fantastic experience when they come to see this very special show." IRON MAIDEN's setlist for the Tallinn concert was as follows: 01. Aces High (first performance since July 2014) 02. Where Eagles Dare (first performance since September 2005) 03. 2 Minutes To Midnight 04. The Clansman (first performance since August 2003) 05. The Trooper 06. Revelations 07. For The Greater Good Of God (first performance since June 2007) 08. The Wicker Man (first performance since August 2011) 09. Sign Of The Cross (first performance since January 2001) 10. Flight Of Icarus (first performance since September 1986) 11. Fear Of The Dark 12. Iron Maiden 13. The Number Of The Beast Encore: 14. The Evil That Men Do (first performance since July 2014) 15. Hallowed Be Thy Name 16. Run To The Hills (first performance since July 2014)
  • POISON Drummer 'Would Love' To Play Entire 'Open Up And Say… Ahh!' Album Live
    POISON drummer Rikki Rockett has uploaded the 19th episode of his video blog in which he answers a number of fan-submitted questions. Check it out below. Asked if POISON would ever consider embarking on a special tour during which it would perform its best-selling album, 1988's five-times-platinum "Open Up And Say… Ahh!", in its entirety, Rikki said: "The chances of POISON doing just an 'Open Up And Say… Ahh!' tour? I'd love it. I think it would be cool. I think we should, every year for a while, go to [Las] Vegas and do just one album at a time, top to bottom. Not so sure that'll happen, but that would be really, really cool. I'd love to play 'Tearin' Down The Walls' live. Yeah, I'm totally all for that. That would be a great idea." Rockett was also asked what he misses about the 1980s touring life when he goes on the road with POISON now. He responded: "Nothing, really. I actually enjoy touring now more. You know, maybe the 'newness' of discovering all those place. But it's been replaced with familiarity... It's been nice to go into a town and you know people. And almost every town we go into, I know somebody. So we've built this family — global family. That's why on my Instagram I think I say I'm a global citizen. I really feel like that. It's really nice to go into almost any place and know somebody." Capitol/UMe recently celebrated the 30th anniversary of "Open Up And Say… Ahh!" with a sensationally reproduced 180-gram reissue. The LP was pressed in two collectible color variants: red vinyl (available at select retailers) and a limited edition of 1,000 in green vinyl (available exclusively at The Sound Of Vinyl). POISON kicked off the "Nothin' But A Good Time 2018" tour with CHEAP TRICK and POP EVIL on May 18 at the FivePoint Amphitheatre in Irvine, California.
  • WEDNESDAY 13 Says He Was In Touch With JOEY JORDISON Last Year About Possibly Resurrecting MURDERDOLLS
    Wednesday 13 was recently interviewed by Metal Wani contributor Dawn Brown. You can now listen to the chat below. Speaking about the current status of MURDERDOLLS, his one-time project with former SLIPKNOT drummer Joey Jordison, Wednesday 13 said: "I really just haven't spoken with Joey really at all this year. We had gotten in touch about a year ago and just established contact again and mentioned the idea of doing something in the future — not [putting] a time on it or anything; just the idea of, 'Would you be into it?' And we both said, 'Yes.' And then I got busy doing my stuff, he was touring and putting a record out, and that's the last I really kind of heard of it. So that's kind of where it is. So I can't say that it will happen, or it won't, but there's definitely not any plans or anything that's changed since the last thing I must have said [in an interview]." Wednesday 13 also talked about his plans for the follow-up to last year's "Condolences" album. He said: "This next record, I wanna completely top what we did with 'Condolences' — soundwise, just everything. And I wanna step the show up and just really take the band to this new visual level that I have mapped out in my head. So, yeah, we're just trying to keep moving on up like the Jeffersons… [We're planning on] completing the new record by the end of the year and having a new record out, or at least be talking about it, this time next year for it to be coming out for the summer [of 2019]." MURDERDOLLS has been inactive since completing the touring cycle in support of its sophomore album, "Women And Children Last", which came out in August 2010 via Roadrunner Records. Jordison told CrypticRock.com last year that he "would love to do another record" with MURDERDOLLS. He explained: "I have this punk rock and pop side of me that I don't really get to get out in other areas in my life. When we did that band, it was just pretty much to express fun, have a great time, and kind of throw a monkeywrench into what was going on in rock and metal at the time, and it worked." Jordison — who played guitar for MURDERDOLLS — went on to say that the the tours he did with the MURDERDOLLS were "really awe-inspiring when you look in hindsight of what we accomplished in a short amount of time and the two records we did. I could not be more proud and happy of what we accomplished in that time," he said. "Everyone that was in that band, the couple of different personnels we employed, the MURDERDOLLS were killer."
  • LIZZY BORDEN On METAL BLADE RECORDS' BRIAN SLAGEL: 'He Convinced Me To Start Making Records Again'
    Lizzy Borden was recently interviewed by Jack Antonio of "Do You Know Jack". The full conversation can be streamed below. A few excerpts follow (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET): On his new album, "My Midnight Things": Lizzy: "After I put out 'Deal With The Devil' and 'Appointment With Death', it was right around the collapse of the music industry. It got to the point where it was like, 'What's the point in making records if I can't get it to my audience?' There was no way to do that — there was no system in place, and people were getting very used to downloading for free and not buying the records. We were touring all over the world, playing in front of a young audience all over the world, so I didn't really need to put out another record, but I did miss being a recording artist. I love that part of it — I love playing new songs live, I love putting new shows together. [Metal Blade Records owner] Brian [Slagel] came to me and said, 'Look, it's a different world now — we were able to weather the storm and figure out to do this now, and how to make it work.' He convinced me to start making records again, so here I am." On his long professional relationship with Slagel: Lizzy: "He lets me do what I want to do, so there's no interference like I would get at a major label. [He said,] 'Do whatever you want to do.' He liked what he heard – he heard some of the demos and loved them. I already knew that he was going to like the album. If he likes a band, then generally, he likes what they're doing, so he lets them do what they want to do." On why he decided to produce the new album himself: Lizzy: "The way that producers work nowadays, it's a little different. I usually write and record at the same time, and I needed that kind of hands-on thing. A lot of these producers, they sign on with a band and they have a block time — 'Okay, we have four weeks to make this record,' or whatever it is, and it doesn't matter what the outcome is in the end. They just have to finish it at that moment in time, and I didn't want to be structured like that and just say, 'Well, I only have this much time to make this record, and whether it's done or not, that's all I get.' I knew right away that since it's the first record back, I definitely didn't want to be under those confines, so I decided I had to do it myself. I was glad I did – I worked through so many different things, and I couldn't have done it in a band situation, and I couldn't have done it with a producer, unless it was Elliot Solomon, who did 'Master Of Disguise' and 'Deal With The Devil'. He's the only one who could have understood that way of working, because he taught me how to do it that way." On whether the album's title stems from his late-night writing and recording sessions: Lizzy: "That's a small piece of why I called it 'My Midnight Things', but it was a small major piece, because I recorded it in my studio in North Hollywood in an industrial place. After closing time, it's dead — it's like a ghost town. I spent a few months there by myself and sometimes I wouldn't even see anybody for a couple of weeks. I wanted that to come out in my voice when I was singing these songs late at night. There's no distractions, so my imagination was the only thing that I had to work with. I just went with it and kept it going, and it bled into each song." On layering vocal harmonies: Lizzy: "Since 'Master Of Disguise', the last two albums, I've been doing a similar thing. That's my influences from QUEEN and a lot of other bands. With QUEEN, there was four guys, so you could hear the [individual] voices, and they all blend together as one. With me, it was just myself, so I really wanted to fight to try and find different personalities within each harmony, and flush that out. That was really my focus on that. I knew this was going to be a very vocal record — it was going to be all about the vocals, all about the song. It wasn't going to be about showcasing musicians or anything like that — it was all going to be about the song and the vocals. My whole thing was to get the music to enhance the vocals rather than having some guitar competing with everything, or the bass over-playing. I just wanted the song to rule. If that meant pushing the guitars out of the way, that's the way I wrote it. If it meant playing a more straight bass line, that's the way I did it. I let the song control where things were going to go. That's kind of what I did on 'Visual Lies' and 'Master Of Disguise', and those are my biggest-selling records, so I wanted to have that same sort of format going with this record." On why he hired mixing engineer Greg Fidelman: Lizzy: "I really loved the way he mixed the last METALLICA record. I thought it was really good, and even though my record doesn't resemble that kind of music, I just thought that he had the right take on what I was trying to do. We hit him up, and he loves LIZZY BORDEN, so he took the job right away." On his plans for live shows in support of "My Midnight Things": Lizzy: "What I do for every character, I create a whole character, a whole look, and then I create the stage show. That's the way I always do it. For this one, it's going to be a big deal. So far, I think it's the biggest production we've done since 'Visual Lies', at least what we're talking about right now. Then I'll put a cool lineup together, and we'll hit this world tour soon." "My Midnight Things" — the first album from the theatrical rock frontman in 11 years — will be released on June 15 via Metal Blade Records. The record was mixed by Greg Fidelman (METALLICA, BLACK SABBATH, ADELE, U2) and mastered by Tom Baker (DAVID BOWIE, ROB ZOMBIE, MARILYN MANSON, TOM PETTY).
  • KLAUS MEINE Cites 'Friendship,' 'Teamwork,' 'Chemistry' As Keys To SCORPIONS' Success
    SCORPIONS vocalist Klaus Meine was recently interviewed by Australia's Heavy magazine. The full conversation can be streamed below. A few excerpts follow (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET): On the band's upcoming Australian tour with DEF LEPPARD: Klaus: "When they were young, when they played America for the first time, their management back then — Peter Mensch, Cliff Burnstein — they put them on tour opening up for SCORPIONS in America in the early '80s. This is before they really started breaking big-time, so we know them from way, way back from the early days. [Since then,] we shared the stage a couple of places, festivals, all over the years here and then, but we never really did a tour together. This goes all the way back to the early '80s. We're really excited about it, and this time, they opened up for us back then, and now we're special guests to them." On whether it will be hard to condense the usual length of their concert sets: Klaus: "We have to figure out — it's probably got to be a 70-minute kind of set, so it's not the full headline show. We really have to find a good way to just find the right songs and the right dynamic to make it work and give our fans a good chance to see the best of this band, all the decades, all the big classics, the big hits. You have to find the right dynamic in a shorter set and make it work, but it will be the best of, the essence of, the DNA of what the SCORPIONS are all about." On the group's longevity: Klaus: "I think it's the fact that the band's been always based on friendship. The chemistry of this band has been always a very important part of it, and it was always about teamwork. Being a German band, we had a different kind of start, to go take our music all over Europe and then all over the world. There are not too many German bands who really broke worldwide, so it's a very unique story about the SCORPIONS, but it has been always built on friendship and on teamwork. You can see it now after all these years. The passion is still there for what we're doing, and [we're] still excited to work hard and rock hard and win those fans over." On the difficulty of breaking out of Germany: Klaus: "It was difficult in times without social media, without Facebook and YouTube and all of that, but there was a stage everywhere, and even if it was a small stage [or] it was a small audience, we were always ready to go out and play live in front of rock fans. In '77-'78, we went to Japan the first time, and then it was just a small step to go to America, and we became a part of the international rock family. But for a German band where English is not your mother language, it was not easy, but we felt this was our way — this was the way we wanted to go. By the time we came to America to share the stage with Ted Nugent, AC/DC, AEROSMITH, VAN HALEN, all these bands, that was a tough competition. It was not easy, but it make this band very strong at the same time." On his memories of recording "Wind Of Change": Klaus: "There was a special feeling around it. First of all, because it was so different, with the whistle opening and all that. I remember that I was pretty nervous when I presented it for the very first time to Rudolf [Schenker] and Mattias [Jabs] to get, like, the first feedback, but they liked it. Of course, nobody really knew that the song would be such a worldwide hit, not to [mention] the dimension because of the reunification in Germany and the end of the Cold War and all that. It was a different song, and I felt very strong and I felt good about it, because it just reflected what we were going through between '88 and '89 in the Soviet Union, and being a German band, it was all about, like, 'Here we are — this time, the Germans are coming with guitars.' It was very emotional, so therefore, this song was very special for me from the moment I wrote it, but it was a long way until it was recorded. I think it was the third single that was released out of 'Crazy World', and of course, it became a big hit. To this day, wherever we go, people sing the words. Just recently when we played in Mexico, it's like everybody's singing, and it's hard to figure out my voice because the audience is so loud." On whether the group has started working on any new material: Klaus: "In the last couple of years, we've been constantly touring, and there's really little time to go into the studio. But, of course — with Mikkey Dee in the band, [it] gives us a whole new shot of energy, and he goes, 'Come on, guys — we've got to go into the studio and write a couple of new songs.' 2018, we're pretty much booked until the end of the year, but let's see what the future will bring. It's always great to go back into a state of creativity and go back to the studio, and hopefully there will be a time next year where we do this." SCORPIONS will perform a handful of American shows with QUEENSRŸCHE in August and September. They mark the group's first U.S. shows since the band canceled the final five dates of its fall 2017 tour due to Meine's "severe laryngitis." SCORPIONS are currently promoting "Born To Touch Your Feelings - Best Of Rock Ballads", an essential anthology of the band's new and classic recordings, which was released last November via Legacy Recordings, a division of Sony Music Entertainment. SCORPIONS' previous release was 2015's "Return To Forever", partially comprising songs the band had in the vault from the '80s. It was the final recorded appearance of SCORPIONS' longtime drummer James Kottak, who was dismissed from the band in September 2016. He has since been replaced by Mikkey Dee, formerly of MOTÖRHEAD.