Twisted Sister Announce Tribute Show For AJ Pero

Twisted Sister announced a tribute show for their late drummer A.J. Pero. The concert will take place June 13th at Starland Ballroom in New Jersey.

Pero passed away on March 20th after suffering a heart attack while on tour with Adrenaline Mob.

Twisted Sister guitarist Jay Jay French said the band is discussing their short and long term plans.

Father of Late GWAR Singer Files $1 Million Suit Against Band

The father of late Gwar frontman David Brockie claims the band stole the cremated remains of his son and won’t return them. He was given a small amount of ashes in a plastic bag.

He also claims the band set up a charitable fund in Brockie’s name and selling merchandise using the late lead singer’s likeness without permission.

His father’s $1 million suit against the band also claims the band stole his bass guitars, artwork, tour souvenirs, a gold record and more. He also said the band tried to take away his control of his son’s estate.

 
 
Gwar says allegations are false 

Gwar has denied stealing the ashes….. because that’s what he would have wanted.

Brockie didn’t leave a will which has caused arguments between the band and his father over who owns the rights to the late singer’s likeness.

Money that was raised through his likeness was given to a charitable arts foundation.

The band said Brockie wanted some of his ashes to be spread throughout Richmond, Virginia so he could keep an eye on the band.

Filter will partner with PledgeMusic to record their upcoming seventh album

Filter announced they will partner with PledgeMusic for the recording of their upcoming seventh album.

Lead singer Richard Patrick said PledgeMusic is different from crowdfunding because the fans get to see what it’s like for Filter to make an album.

Fans will have the chance to buy autographed CDs, have a skype session with Patrick, take part in a mixing mastering session and more.

Fans can pledge by signing up at pledgemusic.com/projects/filter.

Smashing Pumpkins Teaming with Marilyn Manson for ‘The End Times Tour’

Smashing Pumpkins and Marilyn Manson will co-headline The End Times Tour, kicking off July 7 in Concord, CA and wrapping August 7 in Cincinnati.  Tickets go on sale April 3.

The Pumpkins will be touring in support of their album Monuments to an Elegy, while Manson is promoting his latest, The Pale Emperor.

Here are the tour dates:

7/7 — Concord, CA, Concord Pavilion
7/9 — Irvine, CA, Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
7/10 — Las Vegas, NV, The Joint
7/11 — Phoenix, AZ, Comerica Theatre
7/13 — Morrison, CO, Red Rocks Amphitheatre
7/15 — Dallas, TX, Gexa Energy Pavilion
7/16 — Houston, TX, NRG Arena
7/18 — San Antonio, TX, Freeman Coliseum
7/19 — Austin, TX, Austin City Limits Live
7/20 — New Orleans, LA, Bold Sphere Music at Champions Square
7/22 — Miami, FL, Bayfront Park Amphitheatre
7/24 — Tampa, FL, MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre at the FL State Fairgrounds
7/25 — Atlanta, GA, Aaron’s Amphitheatre at Lakewood
7/26 — Raleigh, NC, Red Hat Amphitheater
7/28 — Boston, MA, Blue Hills Bank Pavilion
7/29 — Holmdel, NJ, PNC Bank Arts Center
7/31 — Wantagh, NY, Nikon at Jones Beach Theater
8/1 — Mashantucket, CT, Foxwoods Resort Casino
8/2 — Camden, NJ, Susquehanna Bank Center
8/4 — Toronto, ON, Molson Canadian Amphitheatre
8/5 — Clarkston, MI, DTE Energy Music Theatre
8/7 — Chicago, IL, FirstMerit Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island
8/8 — Cincinnati, OH, Riverbend Music Center

JEFF HANNEMAN RECORDINGS WILL APPEAR ON NEXT SLAYER ALBUM

Tom Araya from Slayer confirmed with Revolver recently that the late Jeff Hanneman’s playing will in fact appear on Slayer’s next album. They had started working on it three years ago and got a little bit of contribution from Jeff before he passed.

“The whole process of this album started three years ago, when Jeff was still a part of it. There is one track on there that we recorded with him, that he did play on, which was completely done except we hadn’t finalized the vocals for it. So we were fortunate to have something that he had participated in.”

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System of a Down Have Been Working on Music, New Studio Album May Be on the Way

A System of a Down comeback could be coming sooner than later.

Bassist Shavo Odadjian has revealed the band has written new songs together, and that

‘there’s a very good chance’ they will return to the studio to record what could finally be the long-awaited follow-up to 2005’s Mezmerize/Hypnotize double album.

‘I don’t have a date,’ he said.

‘We’re keeping it to ourselves. We’re getting back to the bullshit of being together.’

Odadjian’s comments echo a recent update from Serj Tankian. In January, the frontman noted that he’d already written material for a potential SOAD release.

‘I have a few that could apply, but I’m not sure until the time comes where I can actually play them for the guys and see if it’s something that vibes off them,’ he said.

The earliest the band could lay down new music? Immediately after their upcoming ‘Wake Up the Souls’ tour, which kicks off next month.

‘We are going to play this tour, come back and we’re going to see where we are,’ Tankian explained.

“If we have songs that work for System, if I have them and Daron [Malakian, guitar] has them. The openness is there to work together, but we haven’t made any particular plans that we can announce.”

BREAKING BENJAMIN RELEASE FIRST NEW SONG IN 6 YEARS

Breaking Benjamin have now released their new song “Failure” after being on a 5 year hiatus.

In 2010, the band decided to split so singer Ben Burnley could focus on some health issues. The band also had some tension rise after dealing with court battles after a greatest hits album was released without Ben Burnley’s permission.

They now plan to release their new album Dark Before Down which is expected out on June 23.

OZZY OSBOURNE GETS HIS OWN COMIC BOOK

A brand new comic book biography about Ozzy’s life is currently in the works. ‘Ozzy Osbourne: The Metal Madman”, created by Bluewater Productions will be released in both print and digital form later this week.
The comic was written by Michael L. Frizell and Jayfri Hashim with art by Hashim, and features a cover by famed horror artist Stefano Cardoselli.

‘Ozzy’s legacy is well known,’ said Frizell. ‘A lot of research went into creating the script. One misstep, and the fans will know! Jayfri and I wanted to respect that legend — and the fans — by giving them something both familiar and unexpected. Writing about real people is often difficult, and when it’s someone like Ozzy who’s made himself tough to define and is a mainstay in the tabloids, we are challenged to find new ways to tell that well-known story.’