GHOST To Release New EP This Year

LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 15:  Musical group Ghost, winners of Best Metal Performance for 'Cirice', attend the GRAMMY Pre-Telecast at The 58th GRAMMY Awards at Microsoft Theater on February 15, 2016 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Mike Windle/WireImage)

LOS ANGELES, CA – FEBRUARY 15: Musical group Ghost, winners of Best Metal Performance for ‘Cirice’, attend the GRAMMY Pre-Telecast at The 58th GRAMMY Awards at Microsoft Theater on February 15, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Mike Windle/WireImage)

 

Swedish rockers GHOST will release new EP later this year and will follow it up with a new round a touring featuring a brand new stage show.

 
Speaking to MetalSucks during GHOST’s spring U.S. tour, one of the band’s Nameless Ghouls stated about the group’s plans for the coming months (see video below): “We’re gonna finish up this tour in Albany, which is on May 22nd, and then our European tour starts May 27th. And that stretches into right in the beginning of July; so that’s gonna be festivals. After that, we have an EP coming out. That’s gonna be great, because that’s gonna, sort of, re-energize the whole cycle. So there’s gonna be some new material, we’re gonna have a new stage show. So it’s gonna be a completely different setting. Then we’re gonna terrorize you with that up until next year.”

 
GHOST won the Grammy for “Best Metal Performance” during the pre-telecast ceremony at the 58th annual Grammy Awards. GHOST was nominated for the song “Cirice” from its 2015 album “Meliora”.

 
“Cirice” recently reached the Top 10 at rock radio, the first song from the band to get significant airplay in the U.S.

 
Asked how big he envisions GHOST one day becoming, the Nameless Ghoul told WNOR FM99: “It’s hard to fully set a parameter of, ‘This is exactly how big we wanna become.’ But I think that the one goal that we want to achieve… I mean, set aside a lot of the personal, I guess, monetary things that you want to achieve as a human being; you wanna be rich and you wanna be that… But when it comes to the size that I’ve always wanted us to become or turn into, it’s basically a full-production band that can do almost anything that we need in order to fully accomplish the show that we’ve always had in mind. Obviously, it’s not exactly the same vision from eight years ago — it’s grown — but the idea has always been for it to be a full-production arena [show].”

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GENE SIMMONS’s Wife Slams PAUL STANLEY Over PRINCE Apology and NIKKI SIXX Denounces SIMMONS’s ‘Heartless And Uneducated Remarks’ About PRINCE

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Gene Simmons’s wife has slammed Paul Stanley after the KISS frontman apologized for his bandmate’s comments about Prince.

 

 

Earlier this week, Simmons received backlash from friends, family and fans after calling Prince’s death “pathetic” and insinuating that the iconic artist died from a drug overdose. Stanley denounced his bandmate’s “cold, clueless” statement on Twitter, saying that he was “embarrassed” by Simmons’s comments and offering his apologies.

 
But Gene’s wife Shannon Tweed last night told Stanley via Twitter: “We all have our failings, but true friends don’t point at them and throw you under the bus. Especially partners of 40 years!”

 
Stanley replied: “‘Partners of 40 years says it all. Don’t confuse walking under the bus with being thrown under. My apology was right.”

 
Tweed then fired back: “You can’t apologize for someone else. It’s not up to you. He feels the way he feels. He would never do that to you — never.”

 
She also posted a picture of her with Simmons on her Facebook page, commenting: “Because, no matter others’ opinions, I love my huzby!”

 
Simmons yesterday took to Twitter to clarify his remarks about Prince. He explained: “I apologize — I have a long history of getting very angry at what drugs do to the families/friends of the addicts. I get angry at drug users because of my experience being around them coming up in the rock scene.”

 

 

In response to Simmons’s remarks, Nikki Sixx shared his own disheartened opinion on Twitter. He wrote: “[Gene Simmons’s] recent heartless and uneducated remarks about Prince’s death shows why he’s not my hero anymore or anybody’s.” He added the hashtag “#FromHeroToZero”.

 
Prince died on April 21 at his home in Minnesota, but no cause of death has been identified just yet. A law enforcement official told the Associated Press that his death was being investigated as a possible drug overdose.

 
Over the years, Simmons has never hidden his feelings about drug use, even when his bandmates were involved. He told The Pulse Of Radio that drugs are the number one reason for bands failing to live up to their potential. “I have no sympathy at all for anybody that doesn’t have enough self-respect for themselves and for their bandmates, because when one guy decides that his dalliances with crazy things is more important that the welfare of his band, that guy doesn’t deserve any success,” he said. “Because a team is a team, and every guy’s gotta carry the weight. You’re only as good as your teammates.”

 
KISS kicks off its 37-date summer tour on July 7 at Boise, Idaho’s Taco Bell Arena.

 

MÖTLEY CRÜE and KISS co-headlined a North American tour in the summer of 2012.

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UPDATED: THE ORIGINAL MISFITS REUNITE: Original Members – Glenn Danzig and Jerry Only With long-time guitarist Doyle Wolfgang von Frankenstein Set to Share Stage For the First Time Since 1983 as the Original Misfits Headline Riot Fest in Denver and Chicago

 

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And they said it would never happen. Never!!

 

However, this September, Original Singer/Songwriter Glenn Danzig, Original Bassist Jerry Only and long-time Guitarist Doyle Wolfgang von Frankenstein – for the “First Time in Over 30-Years” – will be stepping onto stage together as “The Original MISFITS” to headline Riot Fest & Rodeo in Denver, CO (September 2-4, 2016) and Riot Fest & Carnival in Chicago, IL (September 16-18, 2016).

 
From the time of their first gig in 1977, the MISFITS and their iconic imagery went on to become one of the most crucially influential, genre-defying bands to ever emerge from North America, the MISFITS significance extends well beyond the narrowed path of punk rock & hardcore. Although not cognizant of how significant they would become, what the MISFITS achieved in their initial six-year window deconstructed and redefined rock music.

 
All the while, the MISFITS with Danzig’s unmistakable voice, Only’s ferocious bass sound and the bands anthemic songs, melody-induced choruses and authentically bruising musicianship, cemented their importance with all ensuing generations, whether in arena-filled metal shows or in a sweaty 400-cap club in Tucson. And for the ‘First Time in over Three Decades,’ legions of diehard fans from around the world will have the opportunity to hear the Original Band that created thousands of bands in their wake.

 

 

Full line-up announcements for Riot Fest 2016 will be happening shortly.

 

 

Riot Fest Three-Day Passes are now on sale and available on www.riotfest.org or www.ticketfly.com

 

The Misfits formed in 1977 in Lodi, New Jersey and gave punk a horror edge. Danzig reveled in the macabre on singles like “Bullet,” “Horror Business” and “Night of the Living Dead,” and he’d occasionally dress in a full skeleton costume, while Only painted his eyes to look like he was dead. They’d also pull their hair forward into “devilocks.” The bassist’s younger brother, Doyle, joined in 1980 and completed the band’s front line through its demise.

 
Throughout the rest of the Eighties, Danzig later formed Samhain and his own eponymous group, while Only and Doyle took regular jobs and played in the group Kryst the Conquerer. Meanwhile, the Misfits’ legacy grew, as Metallica, Guns N’ Roses and countless others covered the group’s songs and credited them as an influence. Only and Danzig sparred viciously over behind-the-scenes legal issues, but reached an agreement in 1995 that would allow Only and Doyle to tour as Misfits without their singer.

 
Doyle stayed with Only’s Misfits until 2002, after which Only led a lineup that variously included former Black Flag frontman Dez Cadena and drummers Marky Ramone and Robo. Doyle joined Danzig onstage for the first time since 1983 in 2006 to perform Misfits songs, and Danzig and Doyle toured together intermittently in the following years. Lawsuits and feuds have ensued over the years, but there have been a few moments where the chasm had seemed to be closing.

 
In 2011, Only told Rolling Stone he would not rule out a reunion. “Doing it with Glenn may work on a short-term basis,” he said. “I could see us getting together and lining up a bunch of big festivals and a bunch of big shows.”

 
Danzig stopped by Rolling Stone’s office last year and while he didn’t address a reunion with the Misfits, he did reminisce fondly on the band’s early years. “I wore makeup only at a couple of live shows and maybe for a photo shoot,” he said. “I think it was originally for a Halloween show, ’79, at [New York City’s] Irving Plaza. I also had the skeleton shirt and skeleton clothes on, so I was a full punk skeleton man. I can’t remember if it was that show or the next year’s Halloween show that we hung dead animal heads and limbs and carcasses all over the place. It smelled like a slaughterhouse. It looked like a slaughterhouse because it actually was.”

 
Misfits’ Facebook page has been teasing a new EP, Friday the 13th, due out this Friday. It will contain “four new horror-punk anthems” written by Only.

 
Danzig has been working on a new solo album, as well as a collection of Elvis Presley covers. He put out another covers album, Skeletons, last year. Earlier this year, he appeared on an episode of Portlandia.

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Gene Simmons Apologies For Controversial Prince Comments

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Gene Simmons has posted an online apology after he sparked controversy with remarks that he made in an interview about the death of music legend Prince.

 

Simmons told Newsweek, “I think Prince was heads, hands and feet above all the rest of them. I thought he left [Michael] Jackson in the dust. Prince was way beyond that.

 

“But how pathetic that he killed himself. Don’t kid yourself, that’s what he did. Slowly, I’ll grant you, but that’s what drugs and alcohol is: a slow death.”

 

He added, ‘The one question I have is: When we all start out and we have these big dreams and you finally get your wish–you have more money than God and fame–what is that insane gene in us, well, a lot of us, that makes us want to succumb to the cliche of cliches: drugs and alcohol?”

 

Gene’s bandmate Paul Stanley was the first to take to social media to address the controversy. He tweeted, “Embarrassed by cold clueless statements re Prince’s death. Without all the facts better to say nothing. My apologies.”

 

Gene later took to Twitter to offer his own apology for the comments, “I just got such s*** from my family for my big mouth again. I apologize – I have a long history of getting very angry at what drugs do to the families/friends of the addicts. I get angry at drug users because of my experience being around them coming up in the rock scene. In my experience they’ve made my life, and the lives of their loved ones, difficult.

 

“I was raised in a culture/crowd where drug addicts were written off as losers, and since that’s the narrative I grew up with, it’s been hard to change with the times. Needless to say, I didn’t express myself properly here – I don’t shy away from controversy, and angry critics really don’t bother me at all. If I think I’m right, I’ll throw up a finger and dig my heels in and laugh. But this time, I was not. So, my apologies.”

 

He added the following post-script, “What I will say is that there is a part of this that is journalists quote-mining things I’ve said in the past and applying it to new situations. This, too, happens often and not just to me. So, quote-mining, too, is wrong. It doesn’t make my past quotes any more tactful, but still – be wary of click bait. The uglier they can make it seem, the more views they can get.”

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Breaking News! Martin Atkins Makes Huge Pigface Announcement

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SOURCE: www.beintheloopchicago.com

 

By James Currie

 

Pigface turns 25 this year and with that, there was an exhibit to celebrate that milestone. Thursday night at Fort Knox Studios, Martin Atkins hosted the finale in the 2112 offices and gallery space. It ran for a month in that space and in that time many things were seen, heard and smelled. Tonight was the biggest news of all as Atkins gave a heartfelt speech thanking everyone for making this happen and raised a glass to toast loved ones lost. The news was of course that Pigface will be playing a concert together again.

 

The news of this brought the room to a collective cheer. He went on to say that it was still in the works, but definitely going to happen before the end of this year, here in Chicago, and is tentatively scheduled for Black Friday.

 

Tickets are not available yet, but check back with us often to find out when they do.

 

Atkins said, “So, I didn’t really think this through, but being around all this had an effect on me.” “I’ve talked to a bunch of people already, too many people, but we’re going to have some great friends join us.” He had a conversation with James Murphy of LCD Soundsystem about it, he can’t make it, but he said it was an interesting conversation that helped develop this even more. He then went on to lay out who all is going to join him at this show and it already appears to be an incredible one including trumpets, bagpipes and a cow on stage.

 

Not playing live for some time now, Atkins also added, “I need to sit down and play my drums again to be able to get like half way through a 4-hour Pigface set”. He then thank everyone for coming out saying, “Thanks for celebrating this weird, weird shit. It doesn’t make sense. None of it makes sense. It’s the only thing that makes sense.”

 

Several past member names were talked about and even a couple new, but no one finalized yet. More on that coming soon!

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Ritchie Blackmore: No Rainbow tour or album

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Ritchie Blackmore has ruled out the possibility of a Rainbow tour or album – saying he still prefers Blackmore’s Night

Ritchie Blackmore has ruled out the possibility of touring or recording with the latest Rainbow lineup.

 

He has no plans to continue the project beyond their three concerts in June – and remains committed to Renaissance-themed band Blackmore’s Night.

 

His comments come after Rainbow bassist Bob Curiano said the band were ready to record any time they were asked, and former singer Joe Lynn Turner said the band’s legacy would be tarnished if no studio work was undertaken.

 

Asked if there’s any chance of a world tour, Blackmore tells SpazioRock: “No. Also, there will not be any new studio album.

 

“I thought I’d just get back to playing the old songs one more time. My commitment lies with Blackmore’s Night – this is just a few dates for fun.”

 

He offers a reason for selecting an all-new lineup for the rock shows: “I’m not a big fan of names,” he says. “I believe in playing with good musicians rather than famous people.”

 

The guitarist recently underwent surgery on his left hand, but reports: “The recovery is coming along. Any operation on fingers is always involved, but I don’t foresee any problems.”

 

Rainbow play the Monsters Of Rock festival in Germany on June 17 and 18, then at the Genting Arena, Birmingham, UK, on June 25.

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