Date: Apr 22, 2022
    Posted By: Jordan White

Avenged Sevenfold have been adamant that they wont release their next album during pandemic times due to the inability to support it on tour. That said, the band has been nearing the finish line for their first record since 2016s The Stage of late, and during a recent appearance on The Bob Lefsetz Podcast (heard below), M. Shadows revealed a revised timeline for the records arrival.

In July of 2021, Shadows was quoted as saying he thought the new album would be out ahead of a proposed summer tour in 2022. But as the summer months fast approach, that timeline has apparently shifted a little further back. Speaking with Lefsetz, Shadows suggest that a late 2022 or early 2023 was now more likely.

Status is interesting. We recorded an album, you know, a few years ago. We havent finished it yet. We kind of took some time off for family, COVID, weird touring circumstances, some changes within our team… And we are still currently with one record left on Warner Brothers Records. Well be finishing that record up – I think we have May locked out [for when] our producer can get back to work on it, and then were going to mix with Andy Wallace in August, explains the singer.

So with that timeline, the band will definitely miss the initial summer 2022 prediction. So where does that leave the album release status as of now? Shadows stated, Were going to figure out if its the first quarter, or fourth quarter, or what were going to do. So, the status is that, and then were going to be booking tours, put the tickets on sale when the record comes out, and the whole nine yards.

Little is known about the album at this point, as Shadows previously shared his desire to keep things close to the vest because things tend to change over the course of recording and something said publicly is often taken as gospel. The one thing that has been said about the album is that it has influenced by Kanye West, while also adding, We’re not trying to do a jazz record, but the chord changes and progressions are so eye-opening to us.

In February of this year, drummer Brooks Wackerman shared that the band was 90 percent done with the new album and offered photos from a session with 78-piece orchestra for the upcoming release.

As of yet, no dates have been booked by the band, but as Shadows stated, concerts will definitely be part of the plan surrounding the release of the album.


    Date: Mar 18, 2022
    Posted By: Jordan White

Stabbing Westward are back with Chasing Ghoststheir brand new album, which is out today (March 18), and is their first since 2001. To commemorate the albums release, frontman Christopher Hall joined Loudwire Nights host Toni Gonzalez for a chat, and he elaborated on why the band originally broke up back in 2002.

I think that a bunch of simultaneous things happened. The music industry was crumbling, it was right — 2000 is right when Napster and musical downloads were just at an all-time high, and record labels were hemorrhaging money. They werent selling. For a while they had a monopoly on the $15 CD, so they were making money hand over first, and then when people discovered MP3s, they were like, Oh, we can get every song ever recorded for free if I wanna just spend 72 hours straight drinking Mountain Dew and downloading songs, Hall recalled.

As a result of the lack of income the labels were pulling in, they started dropping bands, and Stabbing Westward were one of the victims dropped by Columbia. They discovered the news prior to the release of their fourth album, which Hall admitted put a lot of stress on himself and his bandmates.

Nevertheless, the band persisted, and landed another record deal on an indie label, which the vocalist pinpoints as when the dynamic within the band really started to get messy.

Theres people outside the band that were kind of whispering in our ears, saying things like, If you guys changed your sound, you could be much bigger than you are now. You shouldve been way bigger than you are. People in the band were kind of buying into that, so there was a lot of pressure to try and reinvent the band, and then a couple of us were like, No, we think that we should just be who we are, we have a good, solid fanbase. Lets just hang onto them, not want more, and it just kind of pulled the bands in two different directions, Hall continued.

Stabbing Westward released their eponymous fourth record via Koch Entertainment, which was acquired by Entertainment One in 2005. Hall noted that the album, indeed, had a different sound, and it wasnt successful for them. This only furthered the tensions between the band members, as some of them had pushed for a new sound, while others had not.

The band reunited for a tour in 2016 in celebration of their 30th anniversary as a band, but they didnt plan to make the reunion permanent at that time. However, in late 2019, they announced that a new EP titled Dead & Gone would come out in early 2020. In the fall of 2021, they performed a handful of shows, and then dropped the song I Am Nothing. 


    Date: Jan 06, 2022
    Posted By: Jordan White

Were just under a month out from the start of the much-hyped new Hulu series Pam & Tommy, and a new trailer has surfaced not only showcasing the actors in their roles, but also showing the increasing drama that occurred after the Pamela Anderson and Tommy Lee sex tape was made public in 1998.

Hulu is behind the series that will premiere on Feb. 2 and spool out over eight episodes. Lily James and Sebastian Stan have been cast in the roles of the title characters, with viewers getting a glimpse of their initial love and attraction before the action shows tensions increasing once their sex tape went missing and started to be spread via the Internet.

The trailer also includes footage of Seth Rogen and Nick Offerman as Rand Gauthier and Uncle Miltie, who ultimately came to be in possession of the tape and their attempts to profit off of it by selling it online. The trailer is also scored by Meat Loafs 90s hit, I Would Do Anything for Love (But I Wont Do That). Have a closer look below.

Filming on the series took place last year, with images surfacing of the actors recreating Anderson and Lees 1995 wedding, A fan also caught footage of Stan in character as Tommy Lee drumming for a scene in the series.

This new trailer follows one that was previously released in November that focused more on perpetrators of the sex tape sales plan.

Lee and Anderson ultimately split in 1998 but remained close into the early 2000s. Both have since remarried. Though neither Lee or Anderson were directly involved in the series, Lee told ET Online in September that he had contact with Stan about the series.

I know Sebastian, hes playing me. From what hes told me, its a really beautiful story, Lee stated. I think a lot of people would think its one thing, but its really about privacy and how things got crazy then. Theres different laws now. The drummer then added, The story is actually cool, but what actually happened wasnt. But he tells me its pretty wild.

As for his reaction to the series revisiting a tumultuous time in his life, Lee added, Yeah, I feel like that was forever ago. Its a cool story and people need to know. Its cool. Im stoked, its cool.


    Date: Nov 11, 2021
    Posted By: Jordan White

The founding members of Trooper were here for a good time, but after a long time, theyre calling it quits.

Lead singer Ra McGuire and guitarist Brian Smith say theyve decided to officially retire from their posts in the Canadian rock band after spending the past year and a half off the road.

In a Facebook post, the Vancouver-founded band says both members have been “unofficially” retired since last year and “decided theyre getting pretty good at it.”

They say both have given their blessing for the rest of the band and crew to continue without them.

The Juno-winning Trooper became mainstays of Canadian rock in the late 1970s with their hits “Raise a Little Hell” and “Were Here For a Good Time (Not a Long Time),” which have since become staples of rock radio.

The young act was discovered by Randy Bachman, who signed them to his record label Legend before they exploded in popularity.


    Date: Aug 25, 2021
    Posted By: Jordan White
Charlie Watts, the legendary drummer for The Rolling Stones, has died. He was 80 years old. The news came via a statement from his publicist, Bernard Doherty.

“It is with immense sadness that we announce the death of our beloved Charlie Watts, Doherty said [via NBC News].

He passed away peacefully in a London hospital earlier today surrounded by his family. Charlie was a cherished husband, father and grandfather and also as a member of The Rolling Stones one of the greatest drummers of his generation. We kindly request that the privacy of his family, band members and close friends is respected at this difficult time.’’

Watts joined The Rolling Stones in 1963 and remained their drummer for over five decades. Hes the only member of the band aside from Mick Jagger and Keith Richards to have played on all of their studio albums, and he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame with the group in 1989.

The Stones were just another gig, but then we started touring around England... I was waiting to start another job, but I never went back to it, Watts told the Guardian of when he joined The Rolling Stones.

I was a bit out of sync with all of them, Brian [Jones], Mick and Keith, but Keith taught me to listen to Buddy Holly and things like that. Mick taught me a lot about playing with songs, really, the melodies and that.

In addition to the Stones, the drummer released several studio albums between 1986 and 2012 with the Charlie Watts Quintet, The Charlie Watts-Jim Keltner Project and The ABCD of Boogie Woogie.

We send our condolences to Watts loved ones and fans. Rest in peace.


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