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PAPA ROACH: Second Behind-The-Scenes Clip From Making Of ‘Face Everything And Rise’ Video

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The second behind-the-scenes clip from the making of the video for “Face Everything And Rise”, the new single from Californian rockers PAPA ROACH, can be seen below. The song is taken from the band’s eighth full-length album, “F.E.A.R.”, which will be released on January 27, 2015 via Eleven Seven Music). The new disc was recorded in Las Vegas, taking the band out of their Sacramento, California home base for the first time since 2006. PAPA ROACH worked with the father-and-son producing team of Kevin and Kane Churko on the new CD.

Frontman Jacoby Shaddix told The Pulse Of Radio that he wasn’t very happy at first about going to Sin City to record. “I ended up in this city where I’ve had some of my greatest failures and worst decision making, and some of my biggest debacles of my life happened in Vegas, you know,” he said. “And I believe I was sent back to that city to go do right this time, and we went there and I just faced that fear of living in this city that I felt was gonna eat me alive. But really and truly I just gave myself to this music 100 percent, and that’s what pulled me through.”

Shaddix admitted that the band went into the studio this time with almost no new material prepared, explaining, “Usually when we begin working, we’ll have a bunch of demos, and I’ll have a bag of lyrics ready to go. We didn’t have those things this time.”

Guitarist Jerry Horton added, “We walked into the studio with nothing. It was frightening since it was so different, but it was also liberating. Once the ball started rolling, it was a snowball effect.”

PAPA ROACH and SEETHER will team up for a co-headlining North American tour that kicks off on January 9 in Orlando, Florida and winds down on February 7 in Las Vegas.


GODSMACK’s SULLY ERNA Talks Acting: ‘I’m Still Young At This And Learning As I Go Along’

GODSMACK singer Sully Erna, who made his acting debut last year in a low-budget horror film called “Army Of The Damned”, tells Artisan News that he doesn’t delude himself into believing that he will automatically be treated like a superstar by the acting world.

“I think any actor will tell you that there’s always work to be done, and I’m certainly still young at this and learning as I go along,” Erna said (see video below).

“I’ve had an amazing acting coach along the way — Susan Batson, who’s done… she does Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman, and she’s, like, top, top notch. And she’s really helped me flush out a lot of things that I needed to kind of realize and understand a bit better. So the best experience you can get is to continue to work.”

He added: “I think everybody kind of looks at themselves or hears themselves for the first time on tape, and it’s a little… You can critique yourself a lot more than maybe other people… Like, ‘Oh, you did great.’ And you’re, like, ‘Ah, that was a weird face I made.’ So it’s always a little strange at first. But I think over the years, just because of the amount of videos I’ve done and TV stuff, I’m just a lot more comfortable in front of a camera than maybe some people would be that don’t have that experience.”

Erna revealed in an interview with The Rock Revival that he recently finished shooting a role in a pilot for a proposed TV series along with Drea De Matteo of “Sons Of Anarchy” and “The Sopranos” fame. Along with some potential film appearances, Erna said he hopes to continue building his acting resume. He explained, “I’m just trying to continue to get some momentum in TV and film, because I really enjoy it as well.”

Erna added, “It’s a really fun thing. I’m just working my way up that ladder at this point and nurturing GODSMACK when that needs some attention and doing some solo stuff. The rest of my time I give to my daughter.”

Erna‘s other roles include a small part in the Martin Scorsese-produced “Bleed For This” and a lead role in the aforementioned “Army Of The Damned”.

Erna said the latter movie was fun to do even if it wasn’t high art. “There’s some good action in it, there’s some good gore in it, and there’s definitely a lot of little comedy bits,” he said. “It was fun making it. It was a good experience, and it gave me an opportunity to take on a lead role too. So it was good to know that I could take the weight of a lead on, you know, for future projects hopefully that come up.”

Erna got interesting in acting after working with Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Kelly Hu on the video for GODSMACK’s “I Stand Alone”.

He recalled, “I surprisingly found myself very comfortable working out these scenes with these people that I thought would be a little bit more intimidating… From that point on I started just exploring the acting world.”

The singer just completed some solo dates and will return to the road with GODSMACK in 2015.


GUNS N’ ROSES’ BUMBLEFOOT To Focus On His Solo Career: ‘I’ve Tried To Do Both, And It’s Been Really Difficult’

GUNS N’ ROSES guitarist Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal says that he is focusing on his solo career after spending eight years playing in the Axl Rose-fronted band.

Thal, who is putting the finishing touches on his next solo album, held a press event on Friday, December 12 at The Good Room in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, New York, where he gave attendees a taste of the upcoming CD.

Speaking to Jo Schüftan of Horns Up Rocks! at the listening party, Thal stated about his future with GUNS N’ ROSES (see video below): “I’m focusing on my stuff.”

He added: “I’m sure it’s gonna be an exciting, interesting year for everybody — for GUNS, for me, for everybody. A lot of stokes in the fire… for them, for me. We’ll see what happens in 2015.”

Thal went on to confirm that he will spend his most of his time nurturing his solo career, something that he has been unable to do properly while he was a member of GUNS N’ ROSES. “It’s what I’ve done my whole life, and I’ve tried to do both, and it’s been really difficult,” he explained. “There’s only so much time, and you can’t be in two places at once. Teleporters, no; army of clones, no. You can only be in one place at one time, and that kind of gets in the way of things, and you have to start making choices.”

Ron also revealed that he underwent surgery in January to remove a cancerous tumor and that he is now cancer free.

“It was really a quick thing,” he said. “I mean, it doesn’t compare to people that really have it and really fought it. For me, I was lucky. It didn’t spread, it didn’t get worse. They cut it out and that’s it. But, yeah, it happens. Shit happens.”

Thal‘s last solo album was 2008’s “Abnormal” and the guitarist recenty admitted that he missed working on his own material. He told The National: “The solo albums are everything to me and it’s really what I do. To be honest, I really should have paid more attention to it, even when I was in GUNS N’ ROSES. I should have been touring more and putting out more albums than I did.”

He continued: “When you are on the road, you are either sleeping or playing. When you do have some free time, you need to sort of step away and recharge your batteries or you burn out. For me, when I am on tour like that, I find it very hard to get into that creative zone of recording.”

Asked by John Parks of Legendary Rock Interviews if he has gained some perspective as far as how radically different it is for a band like GUNS N’ ROSES to put out an album as opposed to an artist like him releasing a new solo CD, Ron said: “Yes, and it’s two totally, totally different scenarios, absolutely. I don’t even know how to begin to compare the two. For one thing, in my own situation, in ‘Bumblefoot‘ world, I have all the keys to the whole project. I know I have to write an album, record it and release it. In the GN’R world, Axl [Rose, GN’R lead singer] holds the key, and [laughs] when he decides to do something is when he decides to do it, and it’s definitely at a different pace than say when I do things.”

He continued: “Axl and I are two different people with two different lives and two totally different sets of hurdles to jump over, which totally affects our ability to release what we create.

“It’s very hard to bust out anything when life becomes more complicated or you have more people trying to pull you in a million different directions or distract you. The bigger a band gets, the more that happens; so at Axl‘s level, it’s definitely not easy and there’s a million fires to put out where at my level there is maybe ten fires or even two fires. [laughs]”

Thal added: “When there’s not as many things or people distracting you or keeping you from getting in the zone, it really frees you up to do the simple stuff and things don’t need to be so complicated. But I’ve realized that all those complications that are hurled at you, all of those distractions, they’re all external, and they don’t need to penetrate your skin and get into who you are, or stop you from doing what you do, or change the relationship that you have with music or creating it or releasing it or sharing it or performing it or anything. I’ve realized that can be untouchable and nobody can change that. People will try, and people will continue to try relentlessly, but they can’t, unless you give them the power. Once you realize that as an artist, you realize that you can do anything you wanna do musically and there’s really nothing at all that’s truly stopping you after all.”


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Interview: Chris Lee talks Metal Grasshopper, Phil Anselmo and Dave Hill, Comedy

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Metal Grasshopper is the comedy gold mine of heavy metal themed hijinx between Down‘s Phil Anselmo and comedian Dave Hill. The popular series was dreamed up by Hill along with former Supagroup mainman Chris Lee (a distant relative of Bruce Lee’s who happens to also be married to Sean Yseult of White Zombie/Star & Dagger fame).

With Episode 5 “Vulgar Display Of Feelings” was just released yesterday, it was high time to get the scoop from Chris about working with Dave and Phil on this hysterical series. If you don’t like it…walk on home, boy!

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Metal Grasshopper pairs the unlikely duo of metal master Philip H. Anselmo with comedian, dandy, and NPR darling, Dave Hill. Hill begs Anselmo to mold him into “the baddest metal motherfucker of all time.” Anselmo begrudgingly relents and the abuse and absurdity reaches epic levels. Metal Grasshopper was directed by Chris Lee with Joe Randazzo, written by Chris Lee, Dave Hill, and Phil Anselmo, edited by Phil Costello and produced by Chris Lee.


I was watching these the last few days and laughing my ass off. It’s been awhile since I talked to you about your old band Supagroup and
I’m glad you’re back involved in some music related comedy stuff. What bar was that where you are bar tending in one of the
scenes? I saw your cameo.

Chris- That is The Saint (In New Orleans).

Oh, isn’t that the place you and Sean (Yseult) used to run?

Yeah. Me and Sean’s old place. So we shot it there. It felt good to get behind the bar again.

Was it weird?

It was kind of weird. It really was (chuckling). I was like ,”Wow, I forgot about this.”

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One time when I saw Down they covered Van Halen. Supagroup to me was like the modern punk version of Van Halen, if such a thing could exist. So I bet you and Phil had some common interests.

Yeah, you probably think this too, but I think most metal dudes started with Sabbath and Van Halen and AC/DC. So even though we weren’t metal, metalheads could appreciate what we did.

And you had a good sense of humor. I was watching “Sexy Summertime” the other day and thinking ,”this is gonna be my song
to play through the cold New York winter.”

(laughing) Awesome.

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So how’d this come together with Dave Hill and Phil Anselmo. I know Phil had a lot of depression for awhile, so it’s great to see him enjoying life again and being fucking hysterical again.

He is one of the funniest and kindest, coolest people. It was the germ of it. I kind of got to knom him after all the shit went down with his depression and the drugs.

His surgery.

Yeah, and Dimebag. So, Sean is super good friends with him cuz they toured since forever. She’d say ,” The Phil I know is the funniest motherfucker.” And that’s the guy I got to know. SO luckilly I got to miss that other stuff. I thought he was a natural and said ,”if you want to do something funny, let’s do something funny.” Phil said (in gruff Phil voice) “Yeah, I’m down with this. Let’s figure it out.”

Then what?

I was working in New York and on my off nights I would hang out with my comedian friends, one of whom was Dave Hill. We’d get talking separately about making a video for Funny Or Die or making a TV show. We didn’t have an idea. Dave is a fuckin’ shredding guitar player, in real life. So we came up with the idea of getting Phil involved. Heavy metal and karate kid. It was a drunken night. Phil would be Mr. Miyagi and Dave would be Danielson.

It reminded me of that Supagroup record where you parodied martial arts imagery.

The Enter The Dragon poster. Yeah, I guess I have the same joke I keep telling. At least it’s a bit different this time

Dude, there’s so many funny parts in this. How did you keep a straight face when Phil says ,”What in the untrimmed toenails of Ian Astbury is going on?”

(laughing) I feel like he was trying to crack us up. It was really hard to keep a straight face. The next time would be like “What in the ruby red lips of Paul Stanley” or whatever. Crazy and different. So he’d walk into a scene with a joke and we were like ,”OMG, I’m gonna laugh” and it’s the top of the scene! Good stuff.

There must be some outtakes you can’t even use (laughing).

Yeah, we’ve got a shitload. We’ve been discussing doing an outtake reel. We’ll see if I can talk my editor into that.


My favorite part of Dave Hill is when he is talking in his sleep and says ,”Shut up, Lars Ulrich! You cock tease!” (laughing)

(cracking up) I know. Dave is so funny. He’s so good. And him and Phil together…they have these two weird energies that go well together.

I think goats with band logos on them is a great idea! I’m sure some kids would try to mail order them.

(laughing) Totally. It was a really good time. Fun to make. We shot it in four days. We had the Adult Swim guys with us. A lot of those guys, most of the staff that were writing for, they all used to work at The Onion. Joe Randazzo who plays the psychologist in episode 5, he used to be the head writer at The Onion. Even when Dave and I wrote it we’d ask Joe to have his writing team give us ideas for the flash cards. Bam, the next day they’d have forty jokes.


It was fun being a New Yorker and they are talking about Jamba Juice and can’t decide if smoothies are metal or not.

A lot of the stuff that made it in was stuff that was not scripted. They’d get on a tangent.

Were you trying to parody the Some Kind Of Monster therapy scenes with the “psycho therapist” part?

I haven’t seen that movie since it came out. Was it similar?

Ahh, just in a shrink trying to make metal guys hug (laughing). But it got Metallica back on track, so whatever.

The back story to the therapist thing, we didn’t write that. We knew we were gonna let Phil say what he wanted. We’d have an A-B-C and D kind of scene and have them fill it out. “Phil, in this scene you have to teach Dave how to sing” or whatever. When we got to the first goat scene, we were gonna have a different goat but then Phil just started going off on how this goat was his Grandma.

Where’d he get the name Fallen Tower? It’s like some weird Tarot shit (laughing).

I don’t know! It just falls out of his mouth. So once we decided to go with that, we decided the goat would be kidnapped and they’d go to therapy. I asked Joe who was on set if he would be the therapist and he was like ,”Fuck yeah.” Turns out he’s a bad ass city trained improvisational comedian. That was just luck. Phil kind of planted the seed and we were lucky and had people to execute it.

And knew Pantera references.

Yeah! He was a big fan so he knew that shit.

What’s up with The Chris Lee Band? Still doing that?

You know, I never intended to take it out live. We just did two shows. I wanted to see what it was like. I’ve been honestly working a lot. The back story is, I wrote a record and it’s kind of political, social justice. A Neil Young kind of thing. And then I wrote a script. SO it’s really a musical. It’s not anything I ever intended to be a band full time.

A Chris Lee rock opera. I wanna see it.

Not one where everyone bursts into song, but more like Purple Rain where it is about an artist so it makes sense people are singing (laughing). I’m working on it. It’s pretty much done and I’m hoping to get it produced.

I hope so. You’re great in front of or behind a camera. You’ve got a personality that bridges gaps. Like Anthrax, they can be goofy as fuck but still be real with fans and on the level…for example. You are similar in that aspect. Honestly it keeps rock more popular than always having someone screaming in their face.

My brother (Benji – Supagroup) and I come from the school of ,”We’re not here to educate you or make you think as much as we’re here to entertain you.” We come from the school of Angus Young or David Lee Roth. We’re showmen first, so I appreciate that.

How many episodes did you film?

Number five just came out and the last one is out soon. Six total. If there’s enough demand I’d love to re-edit it and have a forty five-fifty minute thing. If enough people want to buy it I’d love to do a DVD.

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Any news on Sean’s band Star & Dagger you can share? Are they still playing with Dave Catching from Rancho De La Luna?

They are writing now and I think talking about doing some shows in New York and Toronto next summer. Hopefully they’ll have something new to put out. Dave came in as a producer and filled in on guitar for them, but now they are playing with Johnny Hotwheels who played in my solo project and Rock City Morgue and John Gray, who drummed for Rock City Morgue.

Awesome. That band was cool. Well, thanks man. One last question. Did Phil actually make Dave so all his yard work?

That was amazing acting but…we had a lot of fun with that shit. On screen Phil was like being too mean to Dave. I needed the arc to be that he doesn’t like him then he likes him. But for awhile he was just slapping him around (laughing)!

It didn’t seem like they were acting!

Phil would start giggling when we said cut. There was a lot of camaraderie. It does seem real, right?! I’d be like ,”Wow. Holy shit. Phil, don’t hurt him.”


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