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SLASH Announces New Album

Posted by on May 27, 2014 in Documentary, News, Record Releases, Tours | 0 comments

SLASH and his bandmates Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators will release their new album WORLD ON FIRE onSeptember 15 via SLASH’s own label Dik Hayd International distributed through Roadrunner Records (Europe, Middle East, Africa, & Latin America). The group revealed the cover artwork for WORLD ON FIRE designed by American contemporary artist Ron English today. Featuring the blazing title track as the first single the disc marks SLASH’s third solo album and second one with his band featuring MYLES KENNEDY (vocals), BRENT FITZ (drums) and TODD KERNS(bass).

Slash-World on fire

For WORLD ON FIRE, SLASH and his band tapped Michael “Elvis” Baskette (Alter Bridge, Falling In Reverse, Incubus) to produce. Among the 17 songs is an instrumental–a powerful new turn for the band. WORLD ON FIRE is the follow-up to 2012’s critically acclaimed Apocalyptic Love which debuted at #4 on the Billboard Top 200 chart and earned SLASH two No. 1 U.S. rock radio hits–his first-ever solo–with “You’re A Lie” and “Standing In The Sun.” SLASH officially began recording as a solo artist with his self-titled 2010 debut album which employed a different vocalist on each track of his first album including Ozzy Osbourne, Fergie and Myles Kennedy among others.

Following are song titles for WORLD ON FIRE:

“World on Fire”
“Shadow Life”
“Automatic Overdrive”
“Wicked Stone”
“30 Years to Life”
“Bent to Fly”
“Stone Blind”
“Too Far Gone”
“Beneath the Savage Sun”
“Withered Delilah”
“Dirty Girl”
“Iris of the Storm”
“The Dissident”
“Safari Inn”
“The Unholy”

WORLD ON FIRE is available four weeks in advance of the UK general release as a Classic Rock Fanpack, which consists of
·  The Full Album
·  116 page magazine featuring exclusive interviews with Slash, the band, producer Michael Baskette and cover artist Ron English. A Slash and Myles track-by-track breakdown. Exclusive pictures from the recording sessions as well as a brand new shoot, competition and much more.
·   Giant double sided A1 poster
·   Metal Pin Badge

Pre-order’s are available from 27th May via Orders made before 12pm (GMT) on Monday 11th August to receive an exclusive personalised giant poster featuring your name.
SLASH and Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators have announced additional USA solo dates in between their summer tour with Aerosmith through July/August/September 2014. The band also announce a full European tour in November and December 2014. Dates are as follows…

Mon 10th Nov              Dublin, O2 Arena – IRELAND
Wed 12th Nov              Paris, Le Zenith – FRANCE
Sat 15th Nov                Basel, St. Jakobshalle – SWITZERLAND
Sun 16th Nov               Turin, Palaolimpico – ITALY
Mon 17th Nov              Florence, Mandela Forum – ITALY
Wed 19th Nov              Vienna, Stadthalle – AUSTRIA
Thu 20th Nov               Krakow, Krakow Arena – POLAND
Sat 22nd Nov               Munich, Zenith – GERMANY
Sun 23rd Nov               Cologne, Palladium – GERMANY
Mon 24th Nov              Amsterdam, Heineken Music Hall – THE NETHERLANDS
Wed 26th Nov              Brussels, Forest Club – BELGIUM
Fri 28th Nov                 Manchester, Phones 4U Arena – UK
Sat 29th Nov                Leeds, Leeds Arena – UK
Mon 1st Dec                Birmingham, LG Arena – UK
Tue 2nd Dec                London, Wembley Arena – UK
Thu 4th Dec                 Glasgow, Hydro Arena – UK

Tickets will be available for presale from Wednesday 28th May at 10am (local time) and and on general sale on Friday 30th May at 10am (local time). There are VIP packages available for every date.

UK: Pre-order Slash’s new album to gain access to an exclusive presale.
Presale starts on Wednesday May 28 at 10am. Select from either Classic Rock’s Fanpack including the CD, or the digital album.

EU (ex UK) Sign up to the mailing list before Wednesday May 28 at 10am to gain access to exclusive presale.

Check out the exclusive behind-the-scenes documentary SLASH’s “Real To Reel” at: The innovative online series documented the entire in-studio recording process from the first day of recording to the last; the multi-segment fly-on-the wall series follows Slash and The Conspirators from pre-production at NRG Studios in Los Angeles to Studio Barbarossa in Florida, as they write, play, create and record WORLD ON FIRE from start to finish.

About SLASH:
SLASH has amassed album sales of over 100 million copies, garnered a GRAMMY Award and seven GRAMMY nominations and was inducted into the Rock N Roll Hall of Fame. Time magazine named SLASH #2, behind Jimi Hendrix, on its “The Ten Best Electric Guitar Players of All-Time” list. SLASH helped create signature sounds like the guitar riff on #1 hits for Guns N Roses “Sweet Child o’ Mine” and “Welcome To The Jungle.” After leaving the band, SLASH went on to critical acclaim with SLASH’s Snakepit and global success with the supergroup Velvet Revolver.  SLASH’s self-titled biography critically well-received, climbed the bestseller list in both the U.S. and U.K. hitting #8 on the NY Times Bestsellers List. SLASH landed on the top of the charts with his first solo album, Slash(2010) which featured Ozzy Osbourne, Fergie and more. SLASH and his band featuring Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators released the critically acclaimed Apocalyptic Love (2012) which stormed the Billboard Top 200 Albums Chart at #4 as the top rock debut and produced his first-ever #1 rock radio solo hits: “You’re A Lie” and “Standing In The Sun.” SLASH released Nothing Left To Fear (2013) the first-ever motion picture he co-produced from Slasher Films, his film/TV production company. SLASH and his band will release their new album WORLD ON FIRESeptember 15 2014.

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Viva Hysteria! The Black Flag Meets Def Leppard’s Rick Savage

Posted by on Sep 27, 2013 in Documentary, DVD Releases, Pinned, Videos | 0 comments

You’d have to be living on the moon not to have heard of the band Def Leppard. The Rock legends formed in Sheffield in 1977 and released three albums, all to varying degrees of success, before releasing their fourth  ‘Hysteria’ on 3rd August 1987 which catapulted the band to mega stardom and became a Seminal Rock album of its time.

The band recently released a movie VIVA HYSTERIA which consists of ‘Hysteria’ being performed live at the Hard Rock Café in Las Vegas. We were lucky enough to meet up with Rick ‘Sav’ Savage, Bass player and founding member of the iconic band to find out more….

TBF: How does it feel to be back in the UK?

Rick Savage: It’s a bit of a whirlwind, its kinda nice and its where I’m from. And more and more that I actually do it, I kinda like coming back to London. It’s actually nice. I always disliked London back when we were just signed as a band and it was like everything, we’re on a train coming into London. I never really warmed to the place but as I’m older now…. It’s a pretty cool place to be. As it happens, I’m actually going up to Sheffield this evening. I haven’t seen my Mother and family for ten months now. Cause I’m now living in Dublin. Back in Dublin, where I spent 86 to 2001 and then moved back to Sheffield. And then we moved back to Dublin last summer.

TBF: Lovely city though Dublin…

Sav: Yeah lovely city, lovely people

TBF: So last night was the premier of Viva Hysteria

Sav: Yes it was indeed, yes

TBF: How did that go?

Sav: It was good. It was packed. There was a lot of fans there which is nice. But a few friends, the odd musco or two knocking around. It turned into a good night you know. It was great. It’s the first time I’ve actually seen it….

TBF: Oh really?

Sav: Obviously I’ve seen clips that they keep sending for approval, this is where we’re going, is this ok? Blah blah blah. But I never really had much great desire to sit and watch a concert. You know I was there I know what happens. But yeah it was a really good night.


TBF: The Movie documents your residency in Vegas at the Hard Rock café. Tell us a bit more about that

Sav: Well it’s the first time we’ve ever done anything like that. We were offered it six months previous. Would we be interested in doing something like this by the promoters. It really didn’t take much thinking. It was really a no-brainer. Absolutely. You couldn’t get a better environment. Vegas is a great place to play anyway, but there’s also the advantage of not travelling anywhere. It had all the great things about being on the road, which is playing live, but none of the bad things which is basically travelling. Trying to sleep on a moving bus and getting into the next city at six in the morning and you know, you arrive at the gig you’re playing. Which is the way it is. Its ok. But when you’re doing a residency if you feel like it, service elevator straight up to the rooms and you can go to bed if you want. We did that for three weeks.

It was three shows a week, so the schedule wasn’t particularly heavy. The nights that we did play were busy nights because we were on stage for two and a half hours because we did a pre-set. We were our own support band. We were a band called Dead Flat Turd. We all went into character. We all had different names. We kinda looked a little different. Phil Collen even wore a shirt, that’s how unusual it was. So we actually came out as this support band. Basically a Def Leppard covers band and we played a lot of old songs that some people would have never have heard before and the real die hard fans would have been like FANTASTIC. We played one song ‘Good Morning Freedom’ that never even made the first album. It was just a B-Side of one of our early singles. So it allowed us to play songs like that which we never get the opportunity to play when we’re doing the normal on the road set, because we have to play the songs that people expect us to play but Hysteria being an hour fifteen. Your short changing people we thought so why not do a support set, go off for twenty minutes and then it’s the main event. And the format it worked brilliantly. It was great!

TBF: That’s quite a long time to actually be on stage

Sav: Yeah like I say, the nights that we were working, which were Wednesday night, Friday night and Saturday night. They were hard days, no question about that. But they were enjoyable. I personally think it was one of the best things that we ever did. It was just great. It just seemed an obvious thing to document it on film…

TBF: That’s what I was going to ask next….

Sav: That was the thing. It’s like why not? It started off with a suggestion and then, as these things happen, it snowballed and next thing you know, theres a 28 camera crew in there. They filmed two nights, which I think were the second night we played and the third night and basically created the concert. The director was kinda smart cause he filmed the Friday night and he came backstage after the Friday show and he said ‘To be honest guys I think we’ve got it. It was great, you guys were good. I think we’ll just use tomorrow night for certain edits and blah blah blah’. Then on the Saturday night he came back and said ‘ We’re taking 99% of it from the Saturday night and we’ll put in little edits from the Friday night.’

So you know they were really good, they wasn’t intrusive in any way. When you were on stage, you kind of forgot that the cameras were on you. Which is the best environment to do something like that in. Again it was just another facet to the event. We’ve got it documented. It’s coming out on DVD. It will be out in cinemas on Thursday 19th September, nationwide in the UK and then the rest of the world sometime in early October. Only for one or two nights. And then the DVD/Blu-Ray will be released, I think it’s the 19th October for people to go and buy.


TBF: Hysteria is a seminal rock album. Do you think it’s a natural progression to take that to the big screen?

Sav: I think it is and the way that we did it. It’s becoming more and more popular or in vogue for bands to be on screen…

TBF: Well bands and One Direction…

Sav: See people keep mentioning One Direction. Obviously they’ve done something similar. I wouldn’t exactly cross the street to go and watch that but even Robbie Williams did a live show, I think it was in the Ukraine, that was beamed back to loads of cinemas in the UK. It’s becoming a bit of a thing for people to do. The musical landscape and the industry is changing so quickly so much and in so many different ways that all these new innovations and ideas are all part of it. So why not you know. We’ve got it, lets see if people want to see it.

TBF: How do you think the music industry has changed in the time that you guys have been playing?

Sav: Oh on such a massive amount. Obviously the digital age and the way that people now pay for their music has changed so much and that has changed the attitude of record companies. Because record companies are becoming less and less important. Back in the Eighties they were the bosses. That’s how it worked. That’s how the industry worked. Now people don’t really need the record company as long as the music still exists in some form. They can download it off iTunes or whatever you know. The computer has actually become the company, for want of a better expression. So that’s changed but it’s also changed the attitude within the record company in the sense that the record company will no longer sign new bands on a five album deal, it just doesn’t happen anymore. They sign new artists more or less, on a one album deal and its got to be a hit. And even if it is a hit, they tend to then drop you because somebody else has come along and they go in that direction

TBF: So you think it’s become more fickle?

Sav: It’s become totally more fickle and to be fair, I’d hate to be starting a band up now as opposed to 1977 when Joe and I first started because if the same attitudes prevailed then, we wouldn’t have had the chance to record Hysteria, it would never have happened, there is no such thing now as giving the band a certain amount of albums to establish themselves and grow and build. Which is what happened with us, our first album did really well for a first album and a new band, our second album did well in America but not in the UK, but we were still aloud to make our third album which was Pyromania, that went massive and from that the Hysteria thing went even bigger on a worldwide basis, so we were aloud that time. Nowadays the third album would never see the light of day and that’s a real shame.

And because of that, there’s not as many bands around or artists around, which is really sad as the teenagers of today really don’t have their own music. They’re going back to the Eighties and that’s where their references are now, the rock of the Eighties, U2 or maybe REM, it’s all sort of Eighties and maybe some Seventies bands and that’s where their gravitating to, they’re not gravitating to anything new and fresh, cause there really isn’t anything. It’s great for us, don’t get me wrong, it’s sad from an industry point of view, but it’s brilliant for us cause we’re gaining more fans and the stature of the band is either as it was or getting bigger, so like I said from our point of view its kinder cool for us. But I would never have dreamed that it would be that way in this day and age….

Def Leppard Viva Hysteria is out now on DVD

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Johnny Cola & The A Grades – Straight To Video / Marlborough Road Trailer Review

Posted by on Mar 27, 2013 in Artists, Documentary, Featured, Videos | 0 comments

Rising glam rock outfit Jonny Cola & The A Grades have offered fans a glimpse of what to expect from their new double A side entitled Straight To Video / Marlborough Road with a teasing video trailer. The clip for Straight To Video features a cast of sailors and call girls smoking and playing cards and it is more trippy than anything ever witnessed before by the human eye and will leave you wondering what on earth just have you just witnessed.

In what seems to be a surreal yet hard hitting video, the clip contains the sailor’s playing cards and smoking. The music fits beautifully underneath creating a perfect backdrop to the strange goings on. As the camera pans round to focus on the musical side of things honing in on the instruments of the band the camera work is blurry and out of focus , adding to the trippy vibe creating by the sheer audacity of this video.

The video is just one of two videos that the band are releasing as  part of the latest promotional campaign for their two new single releases  from label Scratchy Records Aprl the 3rd.

With the band currently working on the second album these two releases have given us a real peak into the unknown in what looks set to be a huge hit from the ever improving band.

Words: Tommy Jones

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Green Day Announce New Documentary Premiere.

Posted by on Jan 22, 2013 in Documentary, Featured, Festivals, Movies, News | 0 comments

Green Day today announced that their  documentary  will premiere at this years X Games. The aptly named  ¡Quatro! follows the boys during the writing and recording of their triology of albums named  ¡Uno!,¡Dos! and ¡Tré!. Highlights from the documentary, which also features clips of live performances, has already been shown on VH1 back in November, although at the time it was described as a ‘work in progress’.

“This is the first time in 20 years that we are actually inviting people into the process. This is not a fully thought out thing yet,” said singer Billie Joe Armstrong, “We were so used to presenting ourselves before, but this time we had nothing. It was back to that ‘prove it to me’ [attitude],”

The band, who will start touring again in March, will attend the screening in Aspen, Colorado, and will be answering questions that fans have posted on the X Games Facebook page.

¡Quatro! will be shown at the Wheeler Opera House on 26th January. For anyone unable to hotfoot it over to Colorado in time for the premiere, here are the highlights.



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Posted by on Oct 27, 2012 in Documentary, News | 0 comments

October 26, 2012 – Los Angeles, CA – Who Killed (or Saved!) the Music Industry? That’s the big question that industry insiders, fans and musicians have debated endlessly over the last several years. It’s also the title of a new documentary from musicians Adam Russell (Story of the Year, D.R.U.G.S.) and Ryan Phillips (Story of the Year, Greek Fire) who recently started a Kickstarter campaign to fund the creation of the film, which will explore the evolution of the music business over the last decade with interviews from musicians, producers, managers, record labels and more.

Visit now to pledge funds for the completion of “Who Killed (or Saved!) the Music Industry?”. Supporters will have the choice of a variety of pledge packages ranging from digital copies and posters to live web chats, private screenings and more.

“This is a project that we’ve wanted to do for a long time,” says Russell. “It’s a story that has yet to be told from this perspective.”

Having spent years in a successful band which sold hundreds of thousands of albums sold with massive hit radio singles, Russell and Phillips have personally experienced the rise and fall of a once flourishing music business. The duo have set out to talk to people in the business about the effects of ubiquitous technologies, file sharing, social networking, current role of record labels, the life of a modern day blue collar musician and what lies ahead.

“We really wanted to take a look at how the changes of the past decade or so have affected people in the industry – the artists, producers, engineers, label employees, managers, etc.,” explains Phillips. “This is not about corporations or the faceless entities that the public often perceives the music business to be. This is about the creative, passionate people, both on stage and behind the scenes, that make their living in this industry.”

Already in the works, Russell and Phillips have spoken to members from All Time Low, Deftones, The Used, Yellowcard, P.O.D., Myles Kennedy (Altar Bridge, Slash), Breathe Carolina, We The Kings, Four Year Strong, Anti-Flag and Dead Sara to name a few and are expected to interview many more in the coming months.

“We’ve only just begun filming, and already we’ve had amazing and compelling interviews with a number of bands and artists of significant notoriety,” says Phillips. “We have only scratched the surface in regards to our list of individuals we wish to include in this film.”

“In a time of great uncertainty and hardship, we are taking a chance, betting on ourselves and putting all of our energy into something positive,” adds Russell. “This is a film that we believe is relevant not only to music fans, but also to art, culture, and society in general. We are not asking for donations, and this is not a charity. We are looking for micro investment in a project that will have cultural impact. With your contributions not only are you supporting the arts and two passionate and creative individuals, you will also get some pretty awesome rewards and prizes; not to mention the satisfaction of being part of something rad.”

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