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Doro Pesch has revealed to Ireland’s Overdrive that she has commenced work on her autobiography. “I actually started writing a book a couple of years ago, and then I thought it’s gonna have to be two books — one that is normal, and the other about how it really was because some of the things that happened over the years would not be too far off from a horror story,” she said. “I was actually having problems sleeping at night because of the memories that had been dug up with the research. It was all a bit too much for me at that point in my life. Some of the memories were just too hardcore and intense for me, and I just made the decision to stop and put all my energy into making a new record, which was the most positive thing for me to do. I just wanted to get on with writing new music, booking festivals and prepare a huge headline tour for next year.”
She continued: “The past was not really all so easy for me. It’s kind of like thinking about your ex-lover in a way. [Laughs] There was a reason why things were not working out in the past, and when I was trying to do the book and had to think about all of that stuff, it was, like, ‘Oh no, not now!’
Although Doro is not currently working on her book, she is confident the tome will eventually see the light of day. “I’m not gonna turn my back on the idea,” she said. “It’s just that I need a little more time to get to terms with everything. I can tell you this, the story is one that will need the reader to buckle up as it’s a roller-coaster ride for sure. [Laughs]”
Doro’s new album, “Forever Warriors, Forever United”, was released on August 17 via Nuclear Blast.
“Forever United” takes a more sentimental turn, with lyrical topics covering friendship, love and companionship. Highlights include Doro’s tribute to the late and great Lemmy.
With “Forever Warriors, Forever United”, Doro presents two new records, featuring 19 regular tracks and six bonus songs.
The album cover artwork was once again created by Doro’s favorite artist, Geoffrey Gillespie. It portrays Doro in the middle of a swarm of wild metal heads exuding attitude, power and positive vibes.
Last year, Pesch celebrated the 30th anniversary of WARLOCK’s “Triumph And Agony” album by performing the LP in its entirety at select shows around the globe.
The Hog Harbinger, the Mighty Swine, the lecherous and legendary industrial/rock icon Raymond “PIG” Watts has announced the release of a new EP companion to his latest malignant opus Risen; due for release on August 31 via Metropolis Records, That’s the Way (I Like It) features the Lord of Lard covering the titular ’70s disco hit by KC & The Sunshine Band with a special guest appearance from debaucherous diva Sasha Grey. Calling her “a total joy to work with,” Watts explains that Grey “has an intuitive understanding, a great sense of humor, and great delivery. She completely got the idea of the song working as a duet.” Covering the classic disco song at the suggestion of his girlfriend, Watts further elaborates, “I took a listen and heard the lyric in a way that wasn’t smutty or titillatingly suggestive but much darker and a little bit threatening,” commenting that “Under the seemingly glitzy, ‘good time’ vibes, it seemed to resonate with what’s going on around us at the moment.”
“That’s the Way (I Like It)” will be presented in two distinct mixes, while the EP’s remaining three tracks feature remixes of tracks off of Risen created by Stabbing Westward’s Christopher Hall, Hanzel und Gretyl, and Ego Likeness. Of these remixes, Watts states, “I absolutely love what they’ve done with them because they’ve seen something that is in the album version, run to the edge of imagination with it, and given each song a hefty dose of adrenalin and a kick in the ass!” The EP’s cover image, created by Vlad McNeally of Kallisti:Design, references the surrealist fantasy film The Holy Mountain by actor/writer/producer/director Alejando Jodorowsky, released in 1973. Pre-orders for That’s the Way (I Like It) are now available via Bandcamp.
An actress, model, erotic novelist, and musician, Sasha Grey is perhaps best remembered as one of the biggest names in hardcore porn. She was a founding member of industrial/noise collective aTelecine with Pablo St. Francis, releasing several albums and EPs before she left the group in 2013. She went on to collaborate with a diverse range of artists and musical styles, from hip-hop artist Eminiem to psytrance act Infected Mushroom and appearing in artwork and music videos by alt. rock band Smashing Pumpkins. She also DJs regular in clubs around the world.
GHOST’S SINGLE “RATS” MAINTAINS ITS #1 POSITION AT ROCK RADIO FOR SEVEN CONSECUTIVE WEEKS/Now The Longest-Running #1 Rock Radio Single of the Year/Sold Out Concert at London’s Royal Albert Hall on September 9/North American Fall Tour Starts October 25
LOS ANGELES, CA — (Wednesday, August 15, 2018) — “Rats,” the latest single from the Grammy Award-winning Swedish hard rock band Ghost, today enters its seventh consecutive week as the #1 song at Rock Radio, becoming the longest-running track to top that chart this year. Released this past Spring, “Rats” has already accumulated more than 25-million streams worldwide, and the companion music video has logged more than 11-million views.
“Rats” is the lead single from Ghost’s new album.
Prequelle that was released on June 1, 2018 (Loma Vista Records). The album was loosely influenced by The Black Plague, the devasting pandemic that wiped out more than 20-million people across Europe in the 14th century, the disease being carried by rats. However, as Ghost’s mastermind Tobias Forge recently told Revolver, “‘Rats’ is not technically about rodents. It’s about something spreading as wildfire and completely destroying things quicker than you know.”
Ghost will hit the road this Fall for its “A Pale Tour Named Death” tour that commences October 25 in Dallas, Texas, and includes two headline arena shows, The Forum in Los Angeles on November 16, and New York City’s Barclays Center on December 15. The complete itinerary is as follows:
25 The Theatre at Grand Prairie, Grand Prairie, TX
26 Cox Business Center Ballroom, Tulsa, OK
29 Palace Theatre, Louisville, KY
30 Murat Theatre, Indianapolis, IN
31 Riverside Theatre, Milwaukee, WI
1 Aragon Ballroom, Chicago, IL
2 Peoria Civic Center – Theatre, Peoria, IL
3 The Sylvee, Madison, WI
4 Stephens Auditorium, Ames, IA
6 Orpheum Theatre, Omaha, NE
8 Kiva Auditorium, Albuquerque, NM
9 Abraham Chavez Theatre, El Paso, TX
10 Comerica Theatre, Phoenix, AZ
12 Spreckels Theatre, San Diego, CA
13 Community Center Theatre, Sacramento, CA
15 City National Civic Center, San Jose, CA
16 The Forum, Los Angeles, CA
17 The Joint @ the Hard Rock Hotel, Las Vegas, NV
19 Wagner Noel Performing Arts Center, Midland, TX
20 Bass Concert Hall, Austin, TX
21 Orepheum Theatre, New Orleans, LA
23 Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts – Walt Disney Theatre, Orlando, FL
24 The Fillmore at Jackie Gleason Theatre, Miami Beach, FL
25 Ruth Eckert Hall, Clearwater, FL
27 North Charleston Performing Arts Center, North Charleston, SC
29 Saenger Theatre, Mobile, AL
30 Roxy Theatre, Atlanta, GA
1 Florida Theatre, Jacksonville, FL
2 Ovens Auditorium, Charlotte, NC
4 Dominion Energy Center, Richmond, VA
5 F.M. Kirby Center for the Performing Arts, Wilkes-Barre, PA
7 Place Bell, Laval, QC Canada
8 Sony Centre for the Performng Arts, Toronto, ON Canada
10 The Hippodrome, Baltimore, MD
11 Tower Theatre, Upper Darby, PA
13 Palace Theater, Albany, NY
14 Wang Theatre, Boston, MA
15 Barclays Center, Brooklyn, NY
Alice Cooper spoke to Ultimate Classic Rock about the upcoming second HOLLYWOOD VAMPIRES studio album. The effort will be drastically different from the band’s 2015 debut, which was comprised mostly of covers.
“The funny thing is, I’m not doing any writing on it,” Cooper said. “Johnny Depp, Joe Perry [and] Tommy Henriksen have written almost 90 percent of it. I come in and do a little surgery on the lyrics. But it’s interesting for me to be singing about Johnny’s angst. But I wanted it that way. It stretches me a little bit, because I have to listen to the lyrics and go, ‘Oh, okay, I see what he’s saying here.’ For once, I’m not really doing all of my songs. I’m doing somebody else’s songs.”
Cooper added that he welcomes the opportunity to change up the formula, explaining: “We get stuck sometimes in our style of writing. So when every once in a while you have to do something else that makes you uncomfortable. That’s a good thing. It stretches you into this place and it makes you think, ‘Okay, now how do I interpret this song? Because I didn’t write this. So how am I going to do this?’ Normally, that would be easy to do. This makes it a little harder and that’s a good thing in art. Art should always stretch you.”
During the 1970s in the upstairs bar of the Rainbow Bar & Grill on the Sunset Strip in Hollywood, the “Hollywood Vampires” were born. It was a gathering place where celebrated artists such as John Lennon, Keith Moon, Jim Morrison, Alice Cooper, Harry Nilsson and countless others would meet and drink into the early morning hours, and the club became legendary.
Back in 2012, Cooper and Depp decided the time was right to revive the camaraderie and spirit that defined Hollywood Vampires” (minus the drinking), creating an environment for great artists to hang, laugh and play together. Cooper and Depp were joined by Perry, along with producer Bob Ezrin, and soon the recording began. The band’s debut album, “Hollywood Vampires”, was released in September 2015.