New GHOST Lineup Performs Live For First Time

The new GHOST lineup kicked off its 2017 “Popestar” European tour last night.


None of the GHOST bandmembers’ real names have ever been revealed, although singer Papa Emeritus is believed to be Swedish rock musician Tobias Forge, who writes almost all of the group’s music and does most of the act’s interviews disguised as a member of his backing band of Nameless Ghouls.


Since none of the musicians in the band are ever identified, personnel changes in the group have gone unannounced. It is believed, however, that the lineup has changed a few times over the years, including at the end of 2016, when Forge is rumored to have fired all five of the Nameless Ghouls following the completion of GHOST’s North American tour. As a result, GHOST’s current European headlining trek apparently marks the live debut of GHOST’s new lineup, featuring Forge as the sole remaining member from the band that previously toured in support of “Meliora” and last year’s “Popestar” EP.


Earlier this month, Swedish musician Martin Persner released a two-minute video message in which he claimed to have played guitar for GHOST for seven years under the name Omega or Quintessence. He also revealed that he exited the band last July, although he did not disclose the reasons for his departure.


“Popestar” was released last September. The effort features covers of songs from bands like ECHO & THE BUNNYMEN and EURYTHMICS along with a new original tune called “Square Hammer”.


During a recent interview with Metal Wani, the GHOST leader touched on the subject of lineup changes and how they have affected the band’s sound over the years.


“From a practical point of view, you’re interested in, on the one hand, preserving the sound, or the elements that make up the sound, and you still wanna progress,” he said. “I think one of the secrets behind our preserving ability is the fact that we don’t necessarily have to have the same six people in the room to make that sound, which helps.


“It’s always a blessing and a curse when you have some of these classic bands over the course of rock and roll history, where in order for them to sound like that exact band, you need those four individuals, and if one is missing, it does not sound like that,” he continued. “And, fortunately, we don’t have that problem. Because performing GHOST and recording GHOST has never really been the same thing. So that we can preserve our sound; we don’t have to rely on… if some people come and go, which is good. QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE is the same thing. Everything goes through Josh’s [Homme] hands, and therefore it sounds like QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE, regardless of who he brings in and out of the band, which is, I guess, a similar situation.”

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MÖTLEY CRÜE’s Biopic ‘The Dirt’ To Land At NETFLIX


According to The Hollywood Reporter, MÖTLEY CRÜE’s long-awaited film adaptation of the group’s biography, “The Dirt – Confessions Of The World’s Most Notorious Rock Band”, is in negotiations to land at Netflix.


The company, which makes money by charging consumers a monthly fee to access its streaming content service, is the latest home attached to the project, which was previously at Focus and before that at Paramount.


MÖTLEY CRÜE bassist Nikki Sixx told SiriusXM’s “Debatable” last December that “The Dirt” was “being moved around.” He explained: “Some different companies are really interested. But it’s a slow-moving process. It’s beyond [being] in development. We’re changing partners. I know that [N.W.A.’s hit biopic] ‘Straight Outta Compton’ took over eleven years to put together. It’s a slow-moving thing.”


He continued: “I don’t wanna really be involved in something that’s just piecemealed together just to say, ‘We did it!’ You know, one of those VH1 rock movies you see like on Meat Loaf. It’s not what we wanted. We think that the story’s actually more important than… more important than, actually, the band. It’s a really interesting story. It’s not really just about girls pulling their pants down in the bathroom and us snorting blow off their asses; there’s a bigger story to it. You’re gonna get less of that. You’re gonna see that, because that happened, but there’s a really beautiful story, and it’s really about a gang that climbed the mountain together and pulled each other up to the top of the mountain when everybody else didn’t believe in them, and then imploded at the top.”

MÖTLEY CRÜE singer Vince Neil previously told Las Vegas Magazine that “The Dirt” movie script stays “pretty close to ‘The Dirt’, so if you’ve read ‘The Dirt’, it’s really something to look forward to.”


Asked how it struck him that he would be seeing an actor playing him on screen, Vince said: “That’s gonna be strange. It’s funny, I saw the table read of the last script. They have these different actors playing each person, and even just the table read of the script was weird when the Vince guy was talking. [Laughs] It wasn’t the guy that’s gonna play me, but it was just kind of weird hearing somebody say your words. It’s a bit of a trip.”


The film adaptation of “The Dirt” is being helmed by “Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa” director Jeff Tremaine and is being produced by Julie Yorn, Erik Olsen and Allen Kovac. It is being executive-produced by Chris Nilsson, Steven Kline and Rick Yorn. Rich Wilkes (“XXX”) and Tom Kapinos (“Californication”) are taking care of the script.


Sixx and MÖTLEY CRÜE drummer Tommy Lee attended a read-through of the script in 2014 with Tremaine and were impressed with what they saw.


“Can I tell you it was the most fucking insanely surreal experience I’ve ever sat through, y’know,” Lee told GMI Rock News. “I sat through probably two hours and change of literally watching people act and play through this two-hour-plus movie of your… of 30 years of your life that went by in two hours, and I was just like, ‘What the fuck?! That’s insane. This movie is insane.’ Even just the way the movie starts, you’re like, ‘How the hell are we gonna rate this thing, triple R?'”


According to Lee, the film won’t include any big stars acting as the CRÜE members.


“We’re going with all unknowns,” he said. “I think that’s crucial here, too. Getting known actors would not do anybody or the film or the band or any of that stuff justice. I think it would be watching a well-known actor play Vince or myself or Nikki or Mick [Mars] would be weird, because all of those other movies they’ve done would be attached to that character, and it would be real hard to remove those. There’s a lot of up-and-coming young actors that are fucking amazing, actually.”

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After a great festival summer 2016 Rammstein will continue their streak of concerts by undertaking the world’s stages again in 2017. The US first shows for the summer 2017 were confirmed today!


Jun 25, 2017 New York Jones Beach Theater ON SALE NOW
Jun 27, 2017 Chicago Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre Ticket sales start Apr 1, 2017
Jun 29, 2017 Dallas Starplex Pavilion Ticket sales start Mar 27, 2017
Jul 1, 2017 Las Vegas T-Mobile Arena Ticket sales start Mar 31, 2017

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Wednesday 13 releases video for new track What The Night Brings – from upcoming album Condolences

Wednesday 13 has released a video for his brand new track What The Night Brings.


It’s the first song taken from his upcoming album Condolences, which will launch on June 2 via Nuclear Blast Entertainment.


Wednesday 13 says: “I’m really excited to unveil the new video for What The Night Brings. It kicks off our new album and really sets the tone for the rest of it.


“We worked on the video with director Matt Zane and he really helped bring a spooky vibe. The song reminds me of a heavy metal version of The Nightmare Before Christmas theme!


“It was also a lot of fun filming the extra scenes too, where I get to dress up like a demon at a ritual! I never knew that singing with fangs would be so difficult, but I made it work!”


Condolences is now available for pre-order in a variety of bundles through the official Nuclear Blast online store:

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Robby Krieger Announces U.S. Solo Tour


Robby Krieger, the legendary guitarist for The Doors has announced that he will be hitting the road next month to launch a tour that will be hitting select cities across the U.S.


The tour is scheduled to begin on April 7th in Pasadena, CA at The Rose and will be concluding on May 27th in Simi Valley, CA at the Rancho Santa Susana Community center.


Additional stops include shows in New York City, Massachusetts (Shirley), Pennsylvania (Greensburg and Ardmore), New Jersey (Newton), Michigan (Grand Rapids and Detroit), Indiana (Indianapolis), and Ojai, California.


Robby Krieger Tour dates:
April 7, 2017 – Pasadena, CA – The Rose
April 8, 2017 – Ojai, CA – Ojai Libbey Bowl
April 16, 2017 – New York, NY – City Winery New York
April 19, 2017 – Shirley, MA – Bull Run
April 21, 2017 – Greensburg, PA – Palace Theatre
April 22, 2017 – Newton, NJ – Newton Theatre
April 23, 2017 – Ardmore, PA – Ardmore Music Hall
May 5, 2017 – Grand Rapids, MI – 20 Monroe Live
May 6, 2017 – Detroit, MI – The Filmore Detroit
May 7, 2017 – Indianapolis, IN – Egyptian Room at Old National Centre
May 27, 2017 – Simi Valley, CA – Rancho Santa Susana Community

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