Main AOR and Melodic Rock News on 29/04/2014

JUDAS PRIEST UNLEASH TASTER FROM THEIR 17TH ALBUM, ‘REDEEMER OF SOULS’:
For fans of Judas Priest that simply cannot wait for the July 15th release date of their latest classic metal album, Redeemer of Souls, there is some relief on the way. On Tuesday, April 29th, the title track from the album will be available for purchase via iTunes (itunes.apple.com/us/album/redeemer-of-souls-single/id863086125) and other digital service providers. And a clip of the song (plus the single’s artwork) is now available to sample at the band’s website, www.judaspriest.com.
If you are wondering what to expect from the mighty Priest on their forthcoming album, guitarist Glenn Tipton has set the record straight. “Sometimes in the past we may have come under fire for being too adventurous musically – so we have listened!! From start to finish ‘Redeemer of Souls’ is 13 songs of pure classic Priest metal!!”
There are only a select number of bands that have accomplished what Judas Priest has throughout their career (as well as having served as a stylistic influence on such a wide variety of bands). Soon the group – singer Rob Halford, guitarists Glenn Tipton and Richie Faulkner, bassist Ian Hill and drummer Scott Travis – will be offering up more classic Judas Priest metal with the release of ‘Redeemer of Souls’
For further information visit: www.judaspriest.com / www.facebook.com/OfficialJudasPriest.


MELODIC BRIEFS:
The simply awesome Toto Live In Poland is the # 1 DVD Amazon. Check out at: www.amazon.com/gp/bestsellers/movies-tv/2959141011/ref=pd_zg_hrsr_mov_1_3_last.

21Octayne is the epitome of soulful, honest, ass-kicking Rock with a slight modern touch. A new name, a new band, but no unknowns here: the band consists of vocalist Hagen Grohe (The Joe Perry Project), Marco Wriedt (Axxis), Andrew “The Bullet” LLauer (Paul Gilbert) and drummer Alex Landenburg (Rhapsody). The four guys took their time and worked hard on their debut album for more than two years, ready for impact now! A video clip for the track “Dear Friend” is available now: www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xnrqx54jGTw.

Dick Wagner joins the Decibel Geek Podcast this week to discuss the songwriting and making of Alice Cooper’s DaDa album from 1983: dbgeekshow.blogspot.com/2014/04/albums-unleashed-dada-wdick-wagner-ep.html.

Jan Le’Brandt has finished and release a music video for his latest Single “Cloud Nine”youtu.be/2Osay9Aui9U.

STYX ‘PARADISE THEATER’ ALBUM TO BE RELEASED ON HYBRID SACD:
Styx fans rejoice with the release of the band’s critically aclaimed album ‘Paradise Theater’ on limited numbered Hybrid SACD by Marshall Blonstein’s Audio Fidelity. Styx’s 10th album, the 1981 release, ‘Paradise Theater’ was the band’s fourth consecutive triple-platinum album. A resounding success, ‘Paradise Theater’ was their greatest commercial triumph and their only #1 album. It remains one of the best examples of the convergence between progressive rock and AOR which typified the arena rock sound of the top groups of the late-seventies and early-eighties such as Journey, REO Speedwagon, Cheap Trick and Kansas.
Styx was a great group of talented musicians – Dennis DeYoung, Tommy Shaw, James Young, Chuck Panozzo and John Panozzo. The album included three Billboard Hot 100 hits, The Best of Times, Nothing Ever Goes As Plannedќ and Too Much Time on My Handsќ considered among Tommy Shaw’s finest singles ever. Another track, Rockin’ The Paradiseќ reached #8 on the Top Rock Track Chart.
The concept album is a fictional account of Chicago’s Paradise Theatre from its opening to closing, used as a metaphor for America’s changing times from the late 1970s into the 1980s. 
TRACKS: A.D. 1928, Rockin’ the Paradise, Too Much Time on My Hands, Nothing Ever Goes As Planned, The Best of Times, Lonely People, She Cares, Snowblind, Half-Penny, Two-Penny, A.D. 1958, State Street Sadie.
Produced by Styx, Mastered by Kevin Gray at Cohearent Audio.
For more information: www.audiofidelity.net/content/styx-paradise-theater.

EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEWS WITH SEBASTIAN BACH, JOHN WETTON, PRETTY MAIDS AND SHAKIN’ STREET:
Rich Davenport’s Rock Show this week features exclusive interviews with Sebastian Bach, John Wetton (Asia), Ronnie Atkins (Pretty Maids) and Fabienne Shine (Shakin’ Street), and is available now for streaming at this link: www.mixcloud.com/richdav1/rich-davenports-rock-show-sebastian-bach-asia-pretty-maids-and-shakin-street-interviews/
In the first hour of the show, former Skid Row frontman Sebastian Bach talks about his brand new solo album “Give ‘Em Hell”, which features an all-star cast of musicians and songwriters, including Duff McKagan (ex-Guns & Roses), Steve Stevens (Billy Idol) and John 5 (Rob Zombie) You’ll also hear two tracks from the new release. 
Also in part 1, Ronnie Atkins of long-running melodic Hard Rockers Pretty Maids give the low down on the band’s just-released collection of re-recorded classics and brand new songs, “Louder Than Ever”, and selects tracks from the record.
In part two, Asia frontman John Wetton discusses the band’s new album “Gravitas”, and the recruitment of new guitarist Sam Coulson. John also chooses two songs from “Gravitas”. And finally, Fabienne Shine of Shakin’ Street (also featuring Ross The Boss, ex-Manowar) talks about the band’s return to action with new album “Psychic”, and selects tracks from the new release. Plus a classic tracks and killer new cuts from Motorhead (welcome back Lemmy!), UFO, Hogjaw, 21 Guns, LRS, Deep Purple and Rose Tattoo.
You can also listen on Sunday 27th April 15:00-17:00 GMT and Wednesday 30th April 22:00-00.00 GMT on www.totalrock.com, and on demand on hot new Texas rock and metal station KXZR Radio at www.kxzr.fm.

AOR HEAVEN ANNOUNCE DEAD END HEROES AND ACACIA AVENUE FOR JUNE:
AOR Heaven have announced their 27 releases from Dead End Heroes and Acacia Avenue. Details as follows:

Dead End Heroes – Roadkill / Some bands are formed together through newspaper ads, others are the net result of a prolonged booze session at the local pub, yet the Dead End Heroes were formed by accident. A good accident! Whilst the initial discussions began around a solo album of Swiss drummer Daniel Voegeli (Me & The Rest), the project grew arms and legs and developed into an immense passion – a completely fully operational band that excelled at having fun sharing their common love of Hard Rock. After Voegeli had assembled his collection of instrumental songs he contacted exceptional Guitarist and Producer Rolf Munkes (Empire, Tony Martin, Majesty) to oversee the disc’s production. However, Munkes was so impressed by Voegeli’s drumming and initial song ideas that he encouraged him to develop a fully functioning band around the tunes and work towards completing an album. The first port of call was German vocalist and session musician Carsten Lizard Schulz (Evidence One, Domain, Lavalle) who took Voegeli’s instrumentals under his wing and gave them new life. Through his engaging lyrics and ear candy hooks they developed into real songs with Schulz’ trademark stamp alongside Voegeli’s bedrock base.
On Schulz’s recommendation, the next member to join the fold was Scottish bassist Paul Logue (Eden’s Curse, Doogie White, David Readman, Lavalle), who had worked with him on several productions. Logue at first was hesitant to belong to any group out with his main band but succumbed after completing the recording sessions at his studio in Scotland, such was the strength of the material. Last but by no means least, to add the missing Classic Rock ingredient to the recipe was Schulz’ long-time friend and world-class Hammond Organist Holger Seeger (Midnite Club, Iain Ashley Hersey). His Hammond gave the songs the final flavour they were missing whilst a classy seventies touch and vibe.
All five members were without doubt absolutely certain that this had become more than just a studio project and the Dead End Heroes were born. Sitting musically somewhere between late seventies and early eighties hard rock with a hint of Deep Purple, a pinch of Krokus and an extra serving of classic Michael Schenker, their addictive cocktail is simply good time old-fashioned Hard Rock that packs a punch. Sometimes … it just works!

Line-up: Carsten Lizard Schulz – vocals, Rolf Munkes – guitars, Daniel Voegeli – drums, Paul Logue – bass, Holger Seeger – keyboards.
Track list: 01. Roadkill, 02. Dead End Heroes, 03. Cry For The Moon, 04. Feed The Flames, 05. The Wind Howls Fire, 06. Stormfront, 07. Hands Off The Wheel, 08. And The Loser Is, 09. Technicolor Love, 10. The Fire’s Worth The Loneliness, 11. Gambler’s Crusade.
Sound clips in advance: Cry For The Moon / Roadkill / The Wind Howls Fire.

WebLinks: www.deadendheroes.com / www.facebook.com/deadendheroes.

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Acacia Avenue – Cold / The idea for Acacia Avenue began back in 2008. Founding member, Torben Enevoldsen (Fate, Fatal Force, Section A), spent most of that year writing new material. Some of this new material came to be very melodic hard rock/AOR, and the idea of doing a full album in this style quickly emerged. In order to spice things up however, Enevoldsen decided to ask a few good friends of his to participate, both as singers, but also as co-writers. The debut album featured Tony Mills (Ex-TNT, Shy), Geir Rцnning (Radioactive),Torben Lysholm (Pangea, Mysterell) and Lars Sдfsund (Work Of Art) on vocals. Torben did the bass, keyboards and guitars, as well as both lead and backing vocals on a few songs himself, and Thomas Heintzelmann (Decoy) did the drums. The self-entitled debut album was released on Lion Music in January 2010.
Enevoldsen continued doing various projects, but at the end of 2010, Torben was asked to join the Danish hard rock band Fate. He agreed and joined the band in January 2011. Although busy with Fate, Enevoldsen never stopped working on new material of his own. So the idea of doing another Acacia Avenue album was never far away. Torben grew up listening to bands like Boston, Journey, Toto and Survivor, so he thoroughly enjoyed writing in this very melodic and somewhat softer style.
New songs were written and the first singer to get involved was Rob Moratti (Ex-Saga, Final Frontier). Torben and Rob had met each other on MySpace, years before Rob joined Saga, and had discussed the possibility of working together. Acacia Avenue turned out to be the perfect vehicle to pursue this desire. Apart from Rob, the new album features vocal performances by Steve Newman (Newman), Torben Lysholm (Pangea, Mysterell), Albin Ljungqvist, Mikael Roupй (Bamboo Brothers), Peter Sundell (Grand Illusion, Decoy) and Nicklas Sonne (Defecto).
Once again, Torben was in charge for all the bass, keyboards and guitars, as well as singing background vocals on a few songs. New drummer, Dennis Hansen (Fatal Force) did the drums, and like last time, the majority of the recordings took place at Funny Farm Studios in Denmark, which is Torben’s own studio. The new album, entitled “Cold”, was mixed and mastered at Funny Farm Studios by Torben Enevoldsen. Enevoldsen also produced the album.

Line-up: Rob Moratti – Vocals, Steve Newman – Vocals, Albin Ljungqvist – Vocals, Mikael Roupй – Vocals, Torben Lysholm – Vocals, Peter Sundell – Vocals, Nicklas Sonne – Vocals, Torben Enevoldsen – Guitars, bass, keyboards., vocals, Lars Frandsen-Melau – piano on ”Cold”, Dennis Hansen – Drums.
Track list: 01 Time (Enevoldsen/Newman) , 02 Love Will Survive (Enevoldsen/Moratti), 03 It’s Over (Enevoldsen/Ljungqvist), 04 Out Of The Business, (Waybill/Anderson/Cotten/Prince/ Steen/Welnick/Spoon), 05 Signs Of Love (Enevoldsen/Moratti), 06 Cold (Enevoldsen/Walsh), 07 Angelina – (Enevoldsen/Newman), 08 You And I (Enevoldsen/Roupй), 09 Calling Out (Enevoldsen/Sonne), 10 How Many Nights (Enevoldsen/Lysholm), 11 Freedom From Doubt (Enevoldsen).
Sound clips in advance: Angelina / Love Will Survive / Signs Of Love.

WebLinks: www.torbenenevoldsen.com / www.facebook.com/acaciaavenuetheband / www.metalheaven.net.

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SEVEN DEBUT FIRST VIDEO:
Escape Music will release 7Seven on June 20.
The track listing is: 1-Shoot To Kill 2-Inside Love 3-Diana 4-America 5-Headlines 6-Strangers 7-Don’t Break My Heart 8-Still (Download in full – April 2014 Mystery Track) 9-Thru The Night 10- Never Too Late 11- Say Goodbye.7 is: Mick Devine – Lead Vocals / Keith Mcfarlane – guitar, Vocals / Pat Davey– Bass, Vocals / Simon Lefevre – Keyboards, Vocals / Austin “Oz” Lane – Drums.

Special guests: Lars Chriss Guitars; Mark Mangold: Keyboards; Adam Wakeman: Keyboards; Fredrik Bergh: Keyboards; Dig Digital: Keyboards; Tomas Coox: Piano and strings arrangement; Fretless Bass: Shuji Matsumoto on “Strangers”; Bass: Andy Loos.
Produced by: Lars Chriss; Mastered by: Mike Lind.

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Various Artists, ‘Ronnie James Dio: This is Your Life’ – Album Review

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The enduring love and affection shown by fans far and wide for the memory of Ronnie James Dio since his 2010 death from stomach cancer has provided ample proof — as if it were needed — of the singer’s colossal contributions to the history of hard rock and metal.

And now, the great man’s memory is being celebrated by a remarkable tribute album entitled ‘Ronnie James Dio: This Is Your Life,’ featuring what may be the most impressive gathering of heavy metal talent since the Roadrunner United project in 2005, or maybe even the Ronnie-spearheaded Hear ’n Aid charity single back in 1986.

In any case, the sheer star power contained behind these fourteen tracks speaks Marshall-amplified volumes about the length and breath of Dio’s influence — both upon the platinum-selling careers of his many disciples, and the amazing quality of the music created with his solo band, as well as Rainbow and Black Sabbath.

First in line are New York thrash kings, Anthrax, who blast through a ripping duplication of Sabbath’s ‘Neon Knights’ that’s eerily accurate. Subsequent contributions by Adrenaline Mob (a well-chosen ‘Mob Rules’), Killswitch Engage (whose popular ‘Holy Diver’ cover is resurrected from 2007), and Halestorm (showing that a female voice suits ‘Straight Through the Heart’ very well) are not, but in a good way.

Moving on, the Scorpions take all-too naturally to the stately melodiousness of ‘The Temple of the King’ (which here recalls their own ‘70s material), while their fellow Teutonic citizen, Doro, delivers a fetching interpretation of ‘Egypt (The Chains Are On),’ which really tingles the spine during the epic tune’s gentle bridge section (and reveals how much inspiration her career owes to Mr. Dio).

‘This is Your Life’ also boasts several one-of-a-kind recordings by specially assembled heavy metal all-star-teams — including a gravelly reworking of ‘Rainbow in the Dark’ by Slipknot vocalist Corey Taylor (backed up mostly by his fellow Stone Sour band mates) and a memorable ‘Starstruck’ carried off by Saxon frontman Biff Byfford with Lemmy and Motorhead, in what amounts to a British metal union for the ages.

But it’s another trio of late-album entries, packed with Dio band alums, that really fulfill this album’s celebratory mission. On a sublime ‘Catch the Rainbow,’ Glenn Hughes’ incomparable howl leads Craig Goldy, Rudy Sarzo, Simon Wright and Scott Warren; on the faithfully rendered ‘Dehumanizer’ favorite, ‘I,’ it’s former Lynch Mob singer Oni Logan joining Jimmy Bain, Rowan Robertson and Brian Tichy; and on a astonishingly, surprisingly funky ‘Man on the Silver Mountain,’ it’s none other than Rob Halford crooning along with Vinny Appice, Doug Aldrich and Jeff Pilson.

Frankly, the only issue is with the questionable decision of sequencing Tenacious D’s submission in the album’s second slot. Because no matter how respectful and entertaining it may be, the duo’s rendition of ‘The Last in Line’ (complete with flute solo!) sort of undermines the earnest tribute intended here. Instead, the D should have been swapped with Metallica, whose sizable, nine-minute ‘Ronnie Rising Medley’ — comprised of Rainbow classics like ‘A Light in the Black,’ ‘Tarot Woman,’ ‘Stargazer’ and a positively storming ‘Kill the King’ — is inexplicably held back until next-to-last.

The only possible explanation is ensuring this compilation ends with an unquestionably powerful climax, and, to be fair, that’s precisely what occurs when the parting shot is supplied next by Ronnie himself, crooning like an angel from beyond the grave, on ‘This is Your Life’s’ stirring, tear-jerking title track: that golden voice backed by a lonely piano and string section punctuations.

As tribute albums go, ‘This is Your Life’ achieves a standard of utmost quality and inspiration on par with the legend himself; and with proceeds destined for the Ronnie James Dio Stand Up And Shout Cancer Fund, no self-respecting metal fan will want to be the last in line to grab it.

New Music Releases – April 2014

The list of new music releases for April 2014 is dominated by a flood of limited-edition vinyl being released on Record Store day, including previously unreleased or long out-of-print titles from Jimi Hendrix, the Doors and Bruce Springsteen.

AerosmithCreedence Clearwater RevivalGenesis and the Grateful Dead are also among the dozens of artists releasing special items for this annual retail holiday, which aims to support local independent record stores.

In other news, the massive 40th anniversary vinyl reissue campaign from Kiss gets off to a flying start with no less than 10 of their albums — including their first four — hitting stores on April 1. The group’s frontman, Paul Stanley, will release his first-ever autobiography, ‘Face the Music,’ a week later. April also brings a massive, career-spanning box set from guitar wizard Joe Satriani.

Read on for a complete list of April 2014′s classic rock releases. You can click on the highlighted titles below to learn more about many of these albums. Check out our continuously updated list of all the 2014 New Music Releases to keep up-to-date with what your favorite artists are releasing in the new year.

New Music Releases – April 2014

April 1
Deep Purple, ‘Live in California ’74′
Kiss, ‘Alive!,’ ‘Animalize,’ Destroyer,’ ‘Dressed to Kill,’ ‘Dynasty,’ ‘Hotter Than Hell,’
‘Kiss,’ ‘Lick it Up,’ ‘Revenge’ and ‘Unmasked’ – vinyl reissues
Brian May and Kerry Ellis, ‘The Candlelight Concerts’ (Blu-ray)
Various Artists, ‘This is Your Life‘ (Ronnie James Dio tribute album)
Various Artists, ‘Looking Into You: A Tribute to Jackson Browne

April 8
Black Label Society, ‘Catacombs of the Black Vatican’
Roger Daltrey and Wilko Johnson, ‘Going Back Home
Paul Stanley, ‘Face the Music: A Life Exposed‘ (autobiography)

April 15
Ian Anderson, ‘Homo Erraticus
Jack Bruce, ‘Silver Rails’
Black Sabbath, ‘The Compete Studio Albums 1970-1978
Rush, ‘Rush‘ (40th Anniversary Deluxe Edition Box Set)

April 19 (Record Store Day)
Aerosmith, ‘Draw the Line’ — RSD First Release
Aerosmith, ‘Night in the Ruts’ — RSD First Release
Aerosmith, ‘Rock in a Hard Place’ — RSD First Release
Aerosmith, ‘Rocks’ — RSD First Release
Allman Brothers Band, ‘Selections from: Play All Night: Live at the Beacon Theatre 1992′
The Animals, ‘The Animals’ EP
David Bowie, ’1984′ (vinyl single)
Eric Carmen, ‘Brand New Year / Starting Over’ (single)
Creedence Clearwater Revival, ‘The ’69 Singles
Devo, ‘Live at Max’s Kansas City’
Devo, ‘Butch Devo and the Sundance Gig’
The Doors, ‘Weird Scenes Inside the Goldmine’ (swirled vinyl)
Dream Theater, ‘Illumination Theory’ — RSD Exclusive Release
Fishbone, ‘Fishbone’ — RSD Exclusive Release
Fleetwood Mac, ‘Dragonfly / The Purple Dancer’
Genesis, ‘From Genesis to Revelation’
Grateful Dead, ‘Live at Hampton Coliseum’
Jimi Hendrix, ‘Live at Monterey’ — RSD First Release
Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, ‘Glorious Results of a Misspent Youth’
Motorhead, ‘Aftershock’ — RSD Exclusive Release
Mudhoney, ‘On Top’ — RSD Exclusive Release
Nirvana, ‘Pennyroyal Tea’ — RSD Exclusive Release
Gram Parsons, ’180 Gram: Alternate Takes from ‘GP’ and ‘Grevious Angel’
The Pogues, ‘Live with Joe Strummer’ — RSD Exclusive Release
The Ramones, ‘Meltdown with the Ramones’ — RSD Exclusive Release
The Sonics / Mudhoney, ‘Bad Betty / I Like it Small’ — RSD Limited Run
Soundgarden, ‘Superunknown: The Singles’ — RSD Exclusive Release
Bruce Springsteen, ‘American Beauty‘ (new four-song EP)
The Stranglers, ‘Peaches / Go Buddy Go’ — RSD Limited Run
The Velvet Underground, ‘Loaded’ — RSD Exclusive Release
Frank Zappa, ‘Don’t Eat the Yellow Snow’ (single)

April 22
Sebastian Bach, ‘Give ‘Em Hell’
Joe Satriani, ‘The Complete Studio Recordings

April 29
Chris Robinson Brotherhood, ‘Phosphorescent Harvest
Toto, ’35th Anniversary Tour: Live in Poland’ (DVD)

Motörhead’s Motörboat ‘the Loudest Boat In The World’ Sails From September 22-26

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Motörhead, Megadeth and Anthrax – three of the greatest Heavy Metal bands in the world – will perform at the first annual Motörhead’s Motörboat cruise on board the Carnival Ecstasy from September 22-26, 2014.

In addition to these three rock giants, “The Loudest Boat In The World” will also feature performances from Zakk Wylde, Jim Breuer, Danko Jones, Fireball Ministry, Wilson, and some big surprises with more bands to be announced soon.

Motörhead’s Motörboat will sail from Miami, visiting the ports of Key West, Florida and Cozumel just off Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula. While on board, guests will have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to interact with band members and will see unforgettable performances on various stages throughout the ship.

Tickets for Motörhead’s Motörboat go on sale Tuesday, March 18 at Noon ET. The event website–www.MotorheadCruise.com–will launch later this week with full details and cabin pricing.

Motörhead founder Lemmy Kilmister proclaims, “This will be everything you’ve come to expect from a night out with us, except even louder, with more great bands and no way of escaping! If you thought waves could rock a boat, you’ve got another thing coming with this lovely little outing!”

Megadeth’s Dave Mustaine says, “There never has and never will be another cruise like Motörboat cruise. Come on a thrashing voyage with Motörhead, Megadeth, Anthrax, Zakk Wylde and all Lemmy’s friends. This is the coolest way to ever see a Metal concert.”

Scott Ian of Anthrax adds, “Anthrax, Motörhead and Megadeth at sea??? To quote Chief Brody [Jaws], ‘We’re going to need a bigger boat.'”

“It’s truly an honor to partner with one of the most iconic bands in rock music to deliver a one of a kind fan experience for ‘Motorheadbangers’ from around the globe,” says event producer Alan Koenig of ASK4 Entertainment.

Motörhead–the world’s biggest and baddest rock & roll band of all time–released their mammoth 21st studio album Aftershock in October 2013. Aftershock is one of Motörhead’s best-selling and highest-charting albums in 20 years, debuting at #22 on the Billboard200. Through tenacity, hard work, and a deep-seated ability to produce an original, face-melting sound, Motörhead–Lemmy Kilmister(bass, vocals), Phil Campbell (guitar) and Mikkey Dee (drums)–has become one of the most popular bands in the world with a fanbase that is second to none.

In a career nearing 30 years, Heavy Metal titans Megadeth have sold more than 38 million albums worldwide, earning five consecutive platinum albums and numerous accolades along the way, including 11 Grammy nominations. The band’s latest studio album, Super Collider, features vocalist/guitarist/founder Dave Mustaine once again reunited with guitarist Chris Broderick, bassist David Ellefson, and drummer Shawn Drover.

Released in June 2013, Super Collider debuted at No. 6 on the Billboard 200, Megadeth’s highest chart debut since 1994’s Youthanasia. In April, Megadeth is set to embark on a world tour in over 25 countries across four continents. The tour follows a first-ever performance at Copley Symphony Hall on April 12, where Dave Mustaine will collaborate with the San Diego Symphony.

Since the September 2011 release of Worship Music, five-time Grammy-nominated Anthrax has experienced a tremendous comeback. “Classic era” vocalist Joey Belladonna rejoined the lineup in the spring of 2010, fronting for the band on The Big Four shows across Europe, at NY’s Yankee Stadium and at the SoCal Coachella site.

In 2012, Anthrax–Joey Belladonna (vocals), Scott Ian (guitar),Charlie Benante (drums) and Frank Bello (bass)–became the first Metal band to have its music played on Mars when its “Got The Time” was chosen by NASA to wake up the Mars Rover. The band is currently writing and demoing new material for the follow up to Worship Music that is expected out late 2014/early 2015.

The Carnival Ecstasy, which recently underwent a multi-million dollar refurbishment, features a tropical-themed resort-style main pool area, multiple dining options (including a 24-hour pizzeria), 12,000-square-foot Spa Carnival health club, a jogging track, as well as 12 lounges, bars and nightspots.

http://www.MotorheadCruise.com

Hear Motorhead’s Ronnie James Dio Tribute Album Track

Lemmy Ronnie James Dio
Daniel Boczarski / Paul Kane, Getty Images

On April 1, Rhino will release ‘This Is Your Life,’ a tribute album to Ronnie James Dio that will raise funds for his Stand Up and Shout Cancer Fund. As of today (Feb. 24), the first single from the record, a cover of ‘Starstruck’ by Motorhead with Biff Byford of Saxon, is now streaming.

You can find the track over at Yahoo! Music, which also has this quote from Byford about the song. “The ‘Lady Starstruck’ harks back to a time of groupies and rock ‘n’ roll excess of the ’70s and ’80s. This song has great riffs, and great vocals to go along with it, so it was really cool to sing the song and be a part of the compilation.”

‘This Is Your Life’ features 13 covers of songs from throughout Ronnie James Dio’s career, from his time in Rainbow and Black Sabbath to his eponymous band, Dio. In addition to Motorhead, the ScorpionsMetallica and Rob Halford of Judas Priest are featured.

Dio’s widow, Wendy, will throw a pre-release listening party on March 17 at the Avalon in Hollywood. The party will coincide with the fund’s 3rd Annual Awards Gala. Visit the fund’s website for details.

Motorhead’s Lemmy Kilmister Wins Best Bassist Of 2013 In The 3rd Annual Loudwire Music Awards

Lemmy Kilmister of Motorhead
Liz Ramanand, Loudwire

After weeks of voting, the fans have selected Motorhead legend Lemmy Kilmister as Best Bassist of 2013 in the 3rd Annual Loudwire Music Awards.

Although Lemmy is already a rock god, 2013 furthered Lemmy’s immortality in the metal world. Motorhead released the awesome ‘Aftershock’ in 2013, a hard-hitting and straight-forward record that only Motorhead could put out. Lemmy kept the music coming even after suffering a hematoma and having a defibrillator was implanted in his chest, but he was finally forced to the sidelines after becoming physically unable to perform a full set. However, Lemmy has committed to living a healthier live, making various lifestyle changes and focusing on his return to the stage.

Congrats to Lemmy Kilmister for being voted Best Bassist of 2013 in the Loudwire Music Awards.

Voting Results:

2013 Bassist of the Year (Poll Closed)
Derek Boyer (Suffocation) 1.35% 

Rex Brown (Kill Devil Hill) 4.21% 

Geezer Butler (Black Sabbath) 21.64% 

Paul Kelland (Ulcerate) 0.27% 

Lemmy Kilmister (Motorhead) 32.09% 

Colin Marston (Gorguts) 0.52% 

John Myung (Dream Theater) 12.27% 

Jason Newsted (Newsted) 11.97% 

Billy Sheehan (The Winery Dogs) 13.92% 

Jeff Walker (Carcass) 2%