It’s no secret that Motörhead frontman Lemmy Kilmister was a huge collector of Nazi war memorabilia. In fact, anyone who’s ever watched the 2010 documentary Lemmy would have a hard time not knowing this fact; Lemmy’s LA apartment is so choked with relics from the Third Reich that almost every shot has a swastika in it. This fascination also leaked through into his public persona, the original version of Motörhead’s infamous war pig mascot Snaggletooth had a swastika on its helmet (it was later removed from future editions of their self-titled record), and young Lemmy was often photographed wearing swastika necklaces and badges. But now, in response to a fan’s tweet, Motörhead guitarist Phil Campbell has come out against assertions that Lemmy had personal allegiances with the Nazis.
As reported by Blabbermouth, a Venezuelan fan recently tweeted the following (translated by Twitter):
“RIP Lemmy…although he had his Nazi tendency, he always seemed to me the best rocker in history…of course after Hendrix, whose assistant he was at concerts.”
This tweet had Campbell jumps right in to respond:
“FYI, Lemmy DID NOT, have any Nazi tendencies. He was a historian.”
Followed by Stray Cats drummer Slim Jim Phantom, who was also Lemmy’s bandmate in rockabilly act Headcat, to chime in, saying:
“Phil Campbell is 100% correct & I will vouch for this true statement all day long. Best, SJP.” In response to this, Campbell wrote, “Thanks Jim, we should know.”
While metal act System of a Down has only released two new songs in the last 15 years, frontman Serj Tankian is aggressively prolific. Serj released his Elasticity EP last year, and announced that he already had another EP written before it came out. Now, Serj has dropped a new single “ամպեր” “Amber,” which is sung entirely in Armenian and calls for peace and unity in the country. Apparently, Serj’s song is not about the golden sap-rocks from which Jurassic Park‘s dinosaur DNA was pulled — in Armenian, “amber” (ahm-ber) means “clouds.” The video sees Serj singing in Armenian with collaborator Sevak Amroyan, an Armenian singer who is beloved in his homeland.
This is what Serj had to say about the song:
“‘Amber’ was written in 2017 after I visited Armenia along with my friends Atom and Arsinée Egoyan and Eric Nazarian as members of the coalition ‘Justice For Armenia’ to serve as election monitors for the Parliamentary elections. I was so distraught by the slick theft of the elections before ever reaching the ballot box that I wrote this song as a response. The lyrics, however, seem to be more poignant today when Armenians are divided politically and socially following the devastating attack on Nagorno-Karabagh and Armenia by Azerbaijan and Turkey in 2020 and the continuous fallout over negotiations with those two dictatorial regimes. ‘Amber”s message is that of unity and harmony. Those are the only truly powerful weapons of the Armenian nation.
“Sevak’s voice has a unique strength harking back to our people’s native lands. I loved listening to his songs like ‘Yarkhushta’ so when we met I was excited to work on something with him.”
Sevak Amroyan adds:
“Naturally, I have listened to Serj Tankian’s music since childhood and always with a sense of pride. After getting acquainted with him, I realized that in addition to being an iconic musician he’s also a very proud Armenian. I am happy about our collaboration and thankful to Serj that we’re singing ‘Amber’ together. It’s a great honor for me.”
Blind Guardian’s “The God Machine” is the band’s attempt to get back to their original sound, their 2019 release “Legacy of the Dark Lands”, was their attempt at doing an orchestral concept record. It totally lacked the fist-pumping sing-along fantasy anthems that the German power metal institution excels at.
“The God Machine”, now has a release date: September 2.
In addition, they’ve dropped another pre-released single, this one based on The Witcher video games. you can check out the video below.
Singer Hansi Kursch had this to say about it:
“‘Blood Of The Elves’ features a pretty heavy side that the avid fan of BLIND GUARDIAN hopefully enjoys. More than enjoys, I’d guess. Instrumentally, the track has some kind of an early nineties appeal that blends well into the vocal parts of the opera/twist era and catapults both epochs into a new era for the band. A perfect hybrid. The chorus has some very strong sing-along vibes, despite its complexity. What else do you need? Inspired by the ‘The Witcher’ computer game series, the lyrics even reinforce the power of this banger and the clip by Dirk Behlau fits perfectly to the whole setting. Let me tell you: The God Machine has even more to offer. And that’s no promise – that’s the ultimate truth. Stay tuned.”
The Beatles legend Paul McCartney performed his first concert in three years in Spokane, Washington on April 28, delivering a 36-song set that even included a virtual duet with his long deceased bandmate, John Lennon.
Paul played a setlist that featured 21 Beatles tracks, six by Wings, a cover of The Quarrymen and the rest being a mix of solo songs that brought things all the way to the current with the live debut of “Women and Wives” off the musician’s 2020 solo record, McCartney III.
Since the release of “IMPERA”, occult rockers Ghost has been under fire for not being “real metal.” No one knows better about this crap other than Def Leppard‘s own Joe Elliott, who in a new interview has said that the latest Ghost record is on steady rotation for him. Ghost’s Tobias Forge said recently that Def Leppard inspired the new album, Metal Hammer reached out to Elliott to see if he knew about the band. Turns out he was already a fan:
“Phil (Collen, Def Leppard guitarist) introduced me to them. He said, ‘Here, have you heard about this band Ghost? It’s like this kind of Scando goth-metal but with brilliant melodies.’ I went, ‘Well, that’s an oxymoron, cos it’s usually [makes unintelligible singing noise like someone vomiting in a bucket].’ But he played me something – a couple of minutes each of a few songs. “I was really intrigued, so I asked him to Dropbox me the new album. I listened to it all, and I thought it was absolutely stunning. It’s like a whole new genre of music – it’s way more Toto than death metal or any of that stuff. It’s like the song Spillways. It starts off like Hold The Line by Toto or Jane by Jefferson Starship – one of those classic 70s songs that begin on the piano before these big, chunky chords come in.”
Since then, Joe has been spinning the record on repeat:
“It’s been my go-to album for the last couple of weeks. I’ve got it downloaded onto my Apple Watch so I can march away and listen to it. I’ve only got a few albums on there, and Ghost are one of them. “I like the fact that they’ve got a big intro for the album [opening instrumental Imperium]. It reminds of the beginning of Master Of Puppets, weirdly. It starts off with these flamenco-like guitars, then it gets all heavy and duelling, kind of like Thin Lizzy. It’s obviously done as a walk-on for the gigs.”
Joe was finally asked about a possible collaboration with the band and if they have reached out already:
“Not yet. Maybe they will. We’ve got [country singer] Alison Krauss on our new album, we did stuff with Taylor Swift 10 years ago. We’re not scared of collaborating with anybody.”
Def Leppard’s new album Diamond Star Halos drops on May 27th and is available for preorder. Go get your tickets to see Def Leppard on their upcoming tour with Mötley Crüe and Poison at one of the following dates:
June 16 – Atlanta, Ga. @ Truist Park [tickets] June 18 – Miami, Fla. @ Hard Rock Stadium [tickets] June 19 – Orlando, Fla. @ Camping World Stadium [tickets] June 22 – Washington, D.C. @ Nationals Park [tickets] June 24 – Queens, N.Y. @ Citi Field [tickets] June 25 – Philadelphia, Pa. @ Citizens Bank Park [tickets] June 28 – Charlotte, N.C. @ BofA Stadium [tickets] June 30 – Nashville, Tenn. @ Nissan Stadium [tickets] July 2 – Jacksonville, Fla. @ TIAA Bank Field [tickets] July 5 – St. Louis, Mo. @ Busch Stadium [tickets] July 8 – Chicago, Ill @ Wrigley Field [tickets] July 10 – Detroit, Mich. @ Comerica Park [tickets] July 12 – Hershey, Pa. @ Hersheypark Stadium [tickets] July 14 – Cleveland, Ohio @ FirstEnergy Stadium [tickets] July 15 – Cincinnati, Ohio @ Great American Park [tickets] July 17 – Milwaukee, Wis. @ American Family Field [tickets] July 19 – Kansas City, Mo. @ Kauffman Stadium [tickets] July 21 – Denver, Colo. @ Coors Field [tickets] Aug. 5 – Boston, Mass. @ Fenway Park [tickets] Aug. 6 – Boston, Mass. @ Fenway Park [tickets] Aug. 8 – Toronto, Ontario @ Rogers Centre [tickets] Aug. 10 – Orchard Park, N.Y. @ Highmark Stadium [tickets] Aug. 12 – Pittsburgh, Pa. @ PNC Park [tickets] Aug. 14 – Minneapolis, Minn. @ U.S. Bank Stadium [tickets] Aug. 16 – Indianapolis, Ind. @ Lucas Oil Stadium [tickets] Aug. 19 – Houston, Texas @ Minute Maid Park [tickets] Aug. 21 – San Antonio, Texas @ Alamodome [tickets] Aug. 22 – Arlington, Texas @ Globe Life Field [tickets] Aug. 25 – Glendale, Ariz. @ State Farm Stadium [tickets] Aug. 27 – Inglewood, Calif. @ SoFi Stadium [tickets] Aug. 28 – San Diego, Calif. @ Petco Park [tickets] Aug. 31 – Seattle, Wash. @ T-Mobile Park [tickets] Sept. 2 – Vancouver, B.C. @ BC Place [tickets] Sept. 4 – Edmonton, Alberta @ Commonwealth Stad [tickets] Sept. 7 – San Francisco, Calif. @ Oracle Park [tickets] Sept. 9 – Las Vegas, Nev. @ Allegiant Stadium [tickets]
1. Devil In Drag 2. SuperNova Girl 3. Give And Take 4. Sunset Ruin 5. Hit Me Like A Brick 6. Wildflower 7. Conscience Calling 8. What I Missed 9. Am I Right 10. Ramble On 11. Devil In Drag (Electric Version)
« Si tu ne viens pas au Hellfest, le Hellfest viendra à toi ! » La désormais célèbre tournée Hellfest Warm-Up est de retour après 2 ans de silence. À quelques mois de sa plus grande édition jamais organisée, l’équipe du Hellfest reprend la route au printemps 2022 pour vous replonger dans l’ambiance unique du festival et vous préparer à une édition anniversaire qui s’annonce exceptionnelle ! Au programme 21 dates pour 21 soirées uniques dans tout l’Hexagone en compagnie des patrons du Punk français, Tagada Jones et des Thrasheurs espagnols de Crisix. Retrouvez aussi un tas d’animations à chaque étape : scénographie, projections, Air Guitar, photocall interactif, merch exclusif et sans oublier des pass Hellfest 2022 à gagner chaque soir !
– Tagada Jones (Punk Metal – Fr) Plus d’un quart de siècle que les TAGADA JONES tirent méthodiquement à boulets rouges avec une hargne invétérée sur tout ce qui les énerve : les dérives capitalistes, les inégalités sociales, le sexisme, le nucléaire et les cons ! Le tout sur fond de punk rock sautillant, avec des refrains fédérateurs (la marque du groupe) et un propos musical durci par une influence metal davantage affirmée qu’à ses débuts. Tout un programme en attendant de les voir sur la MS 2 en juin prochain !
– Crisix (Thrash Metal – Espagne) Depuis 2009, CRISIX jouit d’une progression exponentielle qui ne doit rien au hasard tant le thrash speedé et survolté proposé par les Hispaniques fait honneur aux classiques du genre. Après un set sans public au Hellfest From Home 2021 qui a quand même calmé tout le monde, les pizzaïolos du Thrash vont profiter de cette Warm-Up pour remettre les pendules à l’heure pour une distribution générale de tartes dont ils ont le secret !
🎸GRAND CONCOURS DE AIR GUITAR 🎸 Rendez-vous chaque soir pour le grand concours de “Air Guitar » animé par Jimmy Clisson ( MC officiel de la Fédération Française de Air Guitar ) et à travers deux vagues de compétition où s’affrontent 2 X 10 candidats. Les gagnants repartiront avec un Pass pour le Hellfest 2022 ! (Les inscriptions se font directement sur place, sur notre stand de air guitar – premier arrivé, premier inscrit !) Tous les gagnants seront conviés à participer à la grande finale de air guitar qui aura lieu sur la Hellstage le jeudi 16 juin 2022. Le grand gagnant sera sacré champion Hellfest et sera récompensé par un pass 2023 !
📸 PHOTOBOOTH INTERACTIF by ImmortalizR 📸 Faites vous tirer le portrait par notre photographe Immortalizer sur notre photocall interactif. En plus d’une photo souvenir, vous repartirez peut-être avec un Pass pour le Hellfest 2022 !
🎥 PROJECTION VIDEO HELLFEST 🎥 Replongez dans l’ambiance du festival à travers une vidéo inédite tournée lors de l’édition 2019 … quelques minutes d’immersion pour vous préparer à l’édition 2022
🧢 MERCHANDISING EXCLUSIF 🧢 Un nouveau stand de merchandising exclusif est disponible sur place avec une multitude de produits Hellfest.
🎁 SURPRISES 🎁 Tous les participants sont invités à récupérer quelques cadeaux de bienvenue pendant la soirée (gobelets collector & goodies de nos partenaires)
🤝 RENCONTRE AVEC L’ÉQUIPE 🤝 Une partie de l’équipe de production du festival sera sur place, n’hésitez pas à les solliciter et à les interroger. Ils se feront une joie de pouvoir capturer vos témoignages et réclamations et de répondre à toutes vos questions durant la soirée !
1 – 2 – 3 AVRIL : “FIRE & ICE” – FLAINE – Ski Resort (+ HELLBANGERZ / Sans Tagada Jones & Get The Shot) Pour son tour de chauffe, la tournée Warm-up s’installe sur la station de ski de Flaine, pour une “FIRE & ICE” party de 3 jours avec le groupe HELLBANGERZ (pour un set de reprises des classiques du rock / metal), mais aussi du air guitar, dj set, merch spécial et d’autres surprises au pied des pistes. 20 AVRIL : RENNES – L’Étage 21 AVRIL : PARIS – Le Bataclan (+ AS THEY BURN) 22 AVRIL : NANCY – L’Autre Canal 23 AVRIL : BESANÇON – La Rodia 24 AVRIL : LENS – La Scène – Musée du Louvre-Lens 25 AVRIL : REIMS – La Cartonnerie 26 AVRIL : LYON – Ninkasi 27 AVRIL : ISTRES – L’Usine 28 AVRIL : NÎMES – Paloma 29 AVRIL : LIMOGES – CCM 30 AVRIL : CALAIS – Centre Gérard Philipe 1er MAI : CHÂTEAUROUX – Firemaster Convention (Sans Tagada Jones & Get The Shot) 2 MAI : CLERMONT-FERRAND – La Coopérative de Mai 3 MAI : TOULOUSE – Metronum 4 MAI : BORDEAUX – Rock School Barbey 5 MAI : ORLÉANS – L’Astrolabe 6 MAI : BREST – La Carène 7 MAI : NANTES – La Cité des Congrés (+ HANGMAN’S CHAIR + HELLBANGERZ) —— See you on the road ! Merci à tous nos partenaires de nous aider dans cette nouvelle aventure itinérante : RTL2, Sacem, CSTAR, Greetings From Hell, Dr. Martens France, Cartel Concerts, HYRAW clothing, Flibustier Paris, PLP publicité, Flaine Ski Resort, Geek Me More, Crève, La Cité des Congrés Nantes
As you know, this year, Hellfest extends over 2 weekends of festivities with a break from Monday 21 to Wednesday 23 June.
For the marathon runners who are going to chain the two editions (or those who want to extend / start the festivities), Le Vignoble de Nantes has prepared a tailor-made and special “Hell’Tour” guide for you (which has nothing to envy to the famous ” Guide du Routard”) to help you discover our magnificent vineyards and the Nantes region between the two weekends with various activities:
📸 – Visits: Château de Clisson, Domaine de la Garenne Lemot, guided tour of Clisson special Hellfest…
🍷 – Gastronomy: Hellfest Wine Tour, Antipasti Tasting, Trip to the Vineyard…
🥾 – Sport: Hiking in the vineyard, Canoe-Kayak on the Sèvre…
🚌 – Discovery Days with transport to Nantes, on the Atlantic Coast, to Bluebeard’s castle in Tiffauge…
The guide can be found here ➡️ https://bit.ly/36zCshg
Other activities and events are being programmed and will be added as they go on the Office’s website: https://www.levignobledenantes-tourisme.com/…/hellfest/
DREAM THEATER singer James LaBrie has denied allegations that he uses pre-recorded vocal tracks during live performances.
The rumor that LaBrie has been relying on pre-recorded backing tracks got more popular last month after fan videos of DREAM THEATER‘s current North American tour were shared online. Some fans have pointed precisely to the post-chorus of the DREAM THEATER song “Bridges In The Sky” where the alleged lip syncing occurs.
LaBrie finally addressed the Internet during DREAM THEATER‘s concert this past Friday (March 18) at Bayou Music Center in Houston, Texas. He told the crowd: “I’m gonna fucking clarify something for you now, okay? People have been saying I’m fucking lip syncing? Fuck you. Fucking, what is wrong with people online?”
He then apologized to the audience for his outburst, noting that he and his DREAM THEATER bandmates launched their current tour more than six weeks ago. “I guess I’m losing my mind because I’m almost at the end of a [tour] leg,” he said.
The Metal World has felt for the Ukrainian Rockers Jinjer during Putin’s invasion of their home country, the band reacted immediately against this invasion and posted various posts to update the fans about their saftey.
Later on, the band started a campaign of limited-edition T-shirts which celebrated their heritage and featured the slogan, “WE WANT OUR HOME BACK”
Jinjer posted the following update on their fundraising campaign via their Facebook page:
Dear friends! Over 11,000 Donation Tee‘s sold and 130.000€ raised in the last few weeks! Your support will not only help so many people in need but sends a much needed positive sign that they are not alone.
The first donations totaling 10K have already been sent to a bomb shelter in Kyiv housing and protecting 300 people, and a Slovakian humanitarian convoy collecting urgent medical supplies, food and clothing to be delivered Uzhgorod for refugees from the Kharkiv and Chernihiv regions who have been hit hard since the war started.
More updates on where and who your donations have helped will be posted soon!
On behalf of the entire band, crew, label and all of Ukraine – WE THANK YOU!
For those of you that have not grabbed a shirt yet, both designs are available here: