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Video: THE RODS Joined By BENEDICTUM’s VERONICA FREEMAN For Performance Of RONNIE JAMES DIO Classics

BENEDICTUM frontwoman Veronica Freeman joined THE RODS on stage Friday night (April 24) at Suzy’s Tavern in Auburn, New York to perform three classics that were originally sung by Ronnie James Dio“The Mob Rules” (BLACK SABBATH), “Heaven And Hell” (BLACK SABBATH) and “Stand Up And Shout” (DIO). Fan-filmed video footage of the performance can be seen below (courtesy of Randy “MetalWulf” Smith from The Metallic Onslaught).

David “Rock” Feinstein of THE RODS is the cousin of Ronnie James Dio (both played together in ELF) and THE RODS drummer Carl Canedy is an acclaimed metal producer who has worked on classic early releases by MEGADETH, ANTHRAX and OVERKILL.

THE RODS‘ seventh release overall (and sixth release overall for Niji Entertainment Group, a label that was created by Ronnie and Wendy Dio) was titled “Vengeance” and was made available in May 2011. The album arrived on the heels of Feinstein‘s solo album, “Bitten By The Beast”.

The first single off “Vengeance” was “The Code”, which featured vocals from none other than Ronnie James Dio (one of the very last songs that Ronnie ever recorded, before his untimely death in May of 2010). Ronnie also appeared on the headbanging anthem “Metal Will Never Die”, which was included on Feinstein‘s solo effort, “Bitten By The Beast”.

In a 2010 interview with Artisan News, Feinstein stated about “Metal Will Never Die”: “About two years ago, Ronnie was coming back home [to upstate New York] more frequently because his mother had gotten ill, so he was making frequent trips back to Cortland. And one of the times he had called me and said, ‘I’m gonna be up, I’m gonna be there for a few extra days. It’ll be a good time. I can sing a couple of songs.’ And I said, ‘That’d be great.’ And when I got my solo record done, Wendy [Dio‘s wife/manager] and both decided, ‘Hey, let’s put one song on your solo album and the other song could go on the new THE RODS record.’ The horrific turn of events, with Ronnie passing away, the fact that I wrote that song, the fact that he chose that week to come up and sing it, it’s just kind of an eerie thing, because it was kind of meant for him to write it, meant for him to sing it. And now this song is part of his legacy; it’s a tribute to him, really, in a way. And now it becomes, like, the most important song I’ve ever written.”

From:: Blabbermouth

OZZY OSBOURNE Talks To Brazil’s JORNAL DA GLOBO (Video)

Ozzy Osbourne was interviewed by Brazil’s Jornal Da Globo on April 24 — one day before his performance at the Monsters Of Rock festival in São Paulo, Brazil. You can now watch the Portuguese-language report below.

As previously reported, Ozzy will undergo surgery in May, forcing the singer to cancel his planned Ozzfiesta event scheduled to take place at the Hard Rock Hotel in Riviera Maya, Mexico from May 27 to May 31.

Ozzy told The Pulse Of Radio a while back that despite abusing his body for decades with drugs and alcohol, his overall health was good. “I went to my doctor a while ago and he says to me, ‘Your liver’s perfect, your blood’s perfect, your heart’s perfect, your kidneys are perfect…'” he said. “He says to me, ‘You know what? You’re a testament to what the human body can take.’ You know, Keith Richards, he smokes, he drinks vodka like there’s no tomorrow, he used to do heroin, you know, I don’t know how that guy’s sucking in air.”

Osbourne still has two more dates in Brazil and one in Argentina scheduled for late April and early May.

Ozzy‘s only other confirmed live plans at the moment are two shows in Mexico in August, an October solo residency in Las Vegas and a late November concert in Japan.

From:: Blabbermouth

Video: LYNCH MOB Performs DOKKEN Classics At FRONTIERS ROCK FESTIVAL

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Video footage of LYNCH MOB‘s April 12 performance at the Frontiers Rock Festival in Milan, Italy can be seen below.

Asked about singer Oni Logan‘s latest return to LYNCH MOB in time for the recording sessions for the band’s new EP, “Sun Red Sun”, Lynch told “The Classic Metal Show”: “We’ve had a history of that happening. [Laughs]”

He continued: “Lead singers… go figure. I don’t know. I’m kind of done trying to figure it out, psychoanalyze the LSD [Lead Singer’s Disease] syndrome.”

Lynch added: “I’ve loved Oni‘s voice and I’ve loved his lyrics and I love things about him, things that he does, but again, I’ve been frustrated my whole life with singers in general. And I just got to the point now where I just kind of let it go. I’m not trying to control the universe. I just do what I do. If people wanna work with me, they work with me. If not… I try to do the right thing. I treat everybody fairly. So Oni‘s back. Things are going well right now. We’re actually working on another record for next year, for Frontiers Records, a spring release. The album is coming out fantastic. Right now everything is wonderful. We’re in our honeymoon period. It’s kind of like Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton; we just keep getting married over and over again. We get divorced so we can get married again.”

“Sun Red Sun” once again highlights the unique pairing of Logan and Lynch, showcasing their ever-evolving songwriting abilities. Mixed and mastered by Chris “The Wizard” Collier (LITA FORD), it offers up straight-forward rockers like “Believers Of The Day” and “Play The Game”, as well as more groove-oriented cuts like “Erotika” and “Subliminal Dream”. The CD also features a dynamic Lynch guitar solo track called “Black Waters” as well as an acoustic ballad called “Sun Red Sun”, which is a tribute to late BADLANDS and BLACK SABBATH singer Ray Gillen, who died on December 3, 1993 of AIDS-related complications. The release also features a cover of BAD COMPANY‘s “Burnin’ Sky”, and includes four remastered bonus tracks from the original “Sound Mountain Sessions” EP: “Slow Drag”, “World Of Chance”, “City Of Freedom” and “Sucka”.

From:: Blabbermouth

Video: LYNCH MOB Performs DOKKEN Classics At FRONTIERS ROCK FESTIVAL

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Video footage of LYNCH MOB‘s April 12 performance at the Frontiers Rock Festival in Milan, Italy can be seen below.

Asked about singer Oni Logan‘s latest return to LYNCH MOB in time for the recording sessions for the band’s new EP, “Sun Red Sun”, Lynch told “The Classic Metal Show”: “We’ve had a history of that happening. [Laughs]”

He continued: “Lead singers… go figure. I don’t know. I’m kind of done trying to figure it out, psychoanalyze the LSD [Lead Singer’s Disease] syndrome.”

Lynch added: “I’ve loved Oni‘s voice and I’ve loved his lyrics and I love things about him, things that he does, but again, I’ve been frustrated my whole life with singers in general. And I just got to the point now where I just kind of let it go. I’m not trying to control the universe. I just do what I do. If people wanna work with me, they work with me. If not… I try to do the right thing. I treat everybody fairly. So Oni‘s back. Things are going well right now. We’re actually working on another record for next year, for Frontiers Records, a spring release. The album is coming out fantastic. Right now everything is wonderful. We’re in our honeymoon period. It’s kind of like Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton; we just keep getting married over and over again. We get divorced so we can get married again.”

“Sun Red Sun” once again highlights the unique pairing of Logan and Lynch, showcasing their ever-evolving songwriting abilities. Mixed and mastered by Chris “The Wizard” Collier (LITA FORD), it offers up straight-forward rockers like “Believers Of The Day” and “Play The Game”, as well as more groove-oriented cuts like “Erotika” and “Subliminal Dream”. The CD also features a dynamic Lynch guitar solo track called “Black Waters” as well as an acoustic ballad called “Sun Red Sun”, which is a tribute to late BADLANDS and BLACK SABBATH singer Ray Gillen, who died on December 3, 1993 of AIDS-related complications. The release also features a cover of BAD COMPANY‘s “Burnin’ Sky”, and includes four remastered bonus tracks from the original “Sound Mountain Sessions” EP: “Slow Drag”, “World Of Chance”, “City Of Freedom” and “Sucka”.

From:: Blabbermouth

Video: LYNCH MOB Performs DOKKEN Classics At FRONTIERS ROCK FESTIVAL

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Video footage of LYNCH MOB‘s April 12 performance at the Frontiers Rock Festival in Milan, Italy can be seen below.

Asked about singer Oni Logan‘s latest return to LYNCH MOB in time for the recording sessions for the band’s new EP, “Sun Red Sun”, Lynch told “The Classic Metal Show”: “We’ve had a history of that happening. [Laughs]”

He continued: “Lead singers… go figure. I don’t know. I’m kind of done trying to figure it out, psychoanalyze the LSD [Lead Singer’s Disease] syndrome.”

Lynch added: “I’ve loved Oni‘s voice and I’ve loved his lyrics and I love things about him, things that he does, but again, I’ve been frustrated my whole life with singers in general. And I just got to the point now where I just kind of let it go. I’m not trying to control the universe. I just do what I do. If people wanna work with me, they work with me. If not… I try to do the right thing. I treat everybody fairly. So Oni‘s back. Things are going well right now. We’re actually working on another record for next year, for Frontiers Records, a spring release. The album is coming out fantastic. Right now everything is wonderful. We’re in our honeymoon period. It’s kind of like Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton; we just keep getting married over and over again. We get divorced so we can get married again.”

“Sun Red Sun” once again highlights the unique pairing of Logan and Lynch, showcasing their ever-evolving songwriting abilities. Mixed and mastered by Chris “The Wizard” Collier (LITA FORD), it offers up straight-forward rockers like “Believers Of The Day” and “Play The Game”, as well as more groove-oriented cuts like “Erotika” and “Subliminal Dream”. The CD also features a dynamic Lynch guitar solo track called “Black Waters” as well as an acoustic ballad called “Sun Red Sun”, which is a tribute to late BADLANDS and BLACK SABBATH singer Ray Gillen, who died on December 3, 1993 of AIDS-related complications. The release also features a cover of BAD COMPANY‘s “Burnin’ Sky”, and includes four remastered bonus tracks from the original “Sound Mountain Sessions” EP: “Slow Drag”, “World Of Chance”, “City Of Freedom” and “Sucka”.

From:: Blabbermouth

Video: LYNCH MOB Performs DOKKEN Classics At FRONTIERS ROCK FESTIVAL

joelynnturner2015frontiersfestivalposter_638

Video footage of LYNCH MOB‘s April 12 performance at the Frontiers Rock Festival in Milan, Italy can be seen below.

Asked about singer Oni Logan‘s latest return to LYNCH MOB in time for the recording sessions for the band’s new EP, “Sun Red Sun”, Lynch told “The Classic Metal Show”: “We’ve had a history of that happening. [Laughs]”

He continued: “Lead singers… go figure. I don’t know. I’m kind of done trying to figure it out, psychoanalyze the LSD [Lead Singer’s Disease] syndrome.”

Lynch added: “I’ve loved Oni‘s voice and I’ve loved his lyrics and I love things about him, things that he does, but again, I’ve been frustrated my whole life with singers in general. And I just got to the point now where I just kind of let it go. I’m not trying to control the universe. I just do what I do. If people wanna work with me, they work with me. If not… I try to do the right thing. I treat everybody fairly. So Oni‘s back. Things are going well right now. We’re actually working on another record for next year, for Frontiers Records, a spring release. The album is coming out fantastic. Right now everything is wonderful. We’re in our honeymoon period. It’s kind of like Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton; we just keep getting married over and over again. We get divorced so we can get married again.”

“Sun Red Sun” once again highlights the unique pairing of Logan and Lynch, showcasing their ever-evolving songwriting abilities. Mixed and mastered by Chris “The Wizard” Collier (LITA FORD), it offers up straight-forward rockers like “Believers Of The Day” and “Play The Game”, as well as more groove-oriented cuts like “Erotika” and “Subliminal Dream”. The CD also features a dynamic Lynch guitar solo track called “Black Waters” as well as an acoustic ballad called “Sun Red Sun”, which is a tribute to late BADLANDS and BLACK SABBATH singer Ray Gillen, who died on December 3, 1993 of AIDS-related complications. The release also features a cover of BAD COMPANY‘s “Burnin’ Sky”, and includes four remastered bonus tracks from the original “Sound Mountain Sessions” EP: “Slow Drag”, “World Of Chance”, “City Of Freedom” and “Sucka”.

From:: Blabbermouth

Video: Reunited Original Lineup Of EXCITER Performs At Germany’s KEEP IT TRUE Festival

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Video footage of the reunited original lineup of Canadian thrash metal pioneers EXCITER — guitarist John Ricci, drummer/vocalist Dan Beehler and bassist Allan Johnson — performing on April 24 at the Keep It True festival in Lauda-Königshofen, Germany can be seen below.

Speaking to the “Talking Metal” podcast last year, Ricci stated about how he mended fences with the other original members of EXCITER: “Well, we haven’t even spoken about [the issues that caused to have a falling out back in the day]. [laughs] When we had our [initial] meetings, those topics never even came up. We basically said, ‘What happened in the past happened. It’s water under the bridge.’ But [before we had our initial meeting to discuss the reunion], I very rarely spoke to Allan. I mean, we had no reason to speak to each other for anything, really. But things happened through word of mouth and the media, and ‘He said this’ and ‘He said that.’ You don’t know what to believe. I mean, are they actually saying things, or is it just fabricated? So at the time, that’s the way I felt.”

He continued: “I had no idea in 2014 we’d get back together. I’m completely surprised myself. But I think Dan and Allan — and I can’t speak for them — they might have a certain level of frustration as well that they really wanted to get back with me and continue the music that we made. ‘Cause the three of us have incredible chemistry when we play our instruments. A lot of great bands — I’m not saying we’re a great, fantastic band — but a lot of classic rock and metal bands, they have incredible chemistry when you put certain individuals together. So I think Dan and Allan, over the years, realized that, and they probably thought, ‘Let’s get back together with John and just keep going, having fun and playing our music.'”

Asked if there is still a friendship between the original members of EXCITER or if they are working together purely as business partners, Ricci said: “Our first meeting, when we sat down, we did not discuss business, we just reminisced and talked about the old days and all the fun times that we had. ‘Cause, I mean, we toured quite a bit. In 1985, we did a MOTÖRHEAD tour across the U.S., coast to coast, we also did a MEGADETH tour, coast to coast, we played shows with MERCYFUL FATE, we did a couple of shows in upstate New York with ANTHRAX when we were signed with Megaforce. We had a really good time and everything. So our first meeting was just four hours of… You know, we were sitting at a bar, just drinking beer and talking about the old times. So yeah, we’re still friends.”

He continued: “Our level of dedication to EXCITER, no one has ever questioned it. Yes, we have a difference of opinion on certain business issues, but when it comes to music, we’re exactly on the same wavelength — like, our headspace is exactly the same, musically speaking. And it makes it so much easier when you’re writing songs, that everyone recognizes everyone else’s vision; you don’t have to shove down their throat. But, I mean, on the other hand, for the past 20 years I’ve been continuing EXCITER, in most cases I handle all the band’s business dealings. So the same thing will stay — I will be handling a lot of the business stuff. But because we’re the original three guys, everyone’s opinion counts when it’s time to make decisions; I’m not just gonna be railroading those decisions — I’ll ask Dan and I’ll ask Al their opinion — and we’ll move forward with whatever opinion we take.”

The original EXCITER lineup recorded three classic albums in the 1980s — “Heavy Metal Maniac” (1983), “Violence & Force” (1984) and “Long Live the Loud” (1985) — before Ricci left he group and was replaced by Brian McPhee.

EXCITER‘s latest album, “Death Machine”, which featured Ricci as the sole remaining original member, was released on October 29, 2010 via Massacre Records.

From:: Blabbermouth

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