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Judas Priest guitarist K.K. Downing has stunned fans by quitting the band after 42 years – just weeks before they head out on a farewell tour.

The British rockers, who formed in 1969 and have sold 40 million records worldwide, announced in December (10) they plan to pack up their instruments for good after saying goodbye to their fans with a global series of dates.

But just weeks before the heavy metal legends are due to kick off their final tour with a concert in Tilburg, Holland in June (11), the band has announced Downing has quit.

In a statement on the official Judas Priest website the band announced “with regret” that Downing has retired and will not be joining them on their forthcoming tour. Downing will be replaced by a British guitarist called Richie Faulkner.


Cavalera Conspiracy release their second album, ‘Blunt Force Trauma’, on Monday 29 March. It’s five years since Max and Igor officially kissed and made-up and two years since their debut ‘Inflikted’ hit record stores, so we think the timing is just right for a second slab of South American metal!

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Soundgarden are ready to go into the studio – and they’ve got a producer lined up. The reunited grunge heroes will start recording a new studio album next week, with producer Adam Kasper, who worked with them on their last record, 1996’s Down On The Upside.

The band intend to take their time, with no release schedule planned at the moment. So, it might come out in 2011, but there again it might not.

Pearl Jam are to start recording a new album next month.Talking toBillboard, bassist Jeff Ament said: “We did a whole bunch of demos and everybody’s got a disc of 25 (songs) right now. April will be the time where we get together and learn to play all these demos, and figure out which 12 to 15 of them float to the top. Hopefully we can get something done this year”.

source: classic rock


R.I.P Mr. Gary Moore

LONDON – Bandmates say rock guitarist Gary Moore, a former member of influential Irish band Thin Lizzy, has died. He was 58.

Manager Adam Parsons told the BBC that Moore was found dead Sunday at a hotel on Spain’s Costa del Sol, where he was on holiday. The cause of death was not immediately known.

Thin Lizzy drummer Brian Downey said Moore’s death was a “total shock,” and guitarist Scott Gorham said he was “a great player and a great guy.”

Born in Belfast, Northern Ireland in 1952, Moore was a member of Dublin band Skid Row before joining Thin Lizzy in 1973, playing on tracks for the “Nightlife” album. He left after four months, but rejoined four years later and played on the band’s “Black Rose” album before going solo once again.

He had a successful solo career, and his accomplished, bluesy playing won plaudits from other musicians.

Thin Lizzy had global hits in the 1970s with songs like “The Boys are Back in Town” and “Whiskey in the Jar.” Frontman Phil Lynott died in 1986, but with a different lineup the band continues to tour today.

The Sun newspaper is reporting this morning that guitarist Gary Moore died after choking on his own vomit following a heavy drinking session.

Moore was holidaying in Spain’s Costa Del Sol. His body was discovered in his hotel room just before 4am on Sunday, February 6, by his girlfriend.

According to The Sun, medics found Moore lying lifeless on his back wearing just his underpants.

An ambulance source said: “We believe the deceased had been drinking heavily.”

Moore died hours after checking into the Kempinski Hotel at Estepona.

A hotel source said: “They [Moore and his girlfriend] were going to eat at the restaurant but it was closed so they had a sandwich at the bar with a bottle of champagne. They went for a stroll then back to the bar where Gary had brandies. He seemed fine when he left around 11pm.”

DESTRUCTION’s new album, “Day Of Reckoning”, will be released on February 18, 2011 via Nuclear Blast Records. The first limited edition of the album will not feature the band’s logo on the booklet while the vinyl version and second pressing of the CD will show a red DESTRUCTION logo on it.

A brand new DESTRUCTION track entitled “The Price” has been posted on the band’s MySpace page. Schmier states, “This song expresses the spirit of ‘Day Of Reckoning’ at its best: faster, more raw, and tighter. One of my favorite tracks on the album because you can feel the fire and the joy of playing! The band feels the old-school aggression again and this song is like a rocket: UN-FUCKIN’-STOPPABLE!”

DESTRUCTION filmed a video for the song “Hate Is My Fuel” on Friday, December 31 at the Headbangersball Silvester Festival in Burgdorf, Switzerland. Berlin, Germany’s Roax Films is producing the clip, which will be released in early February.

“Day Of Reckoning” limited slipcase edition track listing:

01. The Price
02. Hate Is My Fuel
03. Armageddonizer
04. Devil’s Advocate
05. Day Of Reckoning
06. Sorcerer Of Black Magic
07. Misfit
08. The Demon Is God
09. Church Of Disgust
10. Destroyer Or Creator
11. Sheep Of The Regime
12. Stand Up And Shout (limited-edition bonus track)

Desire Reunion

Some bands are so important, that they shouldn’t disappeared easily. Their fighting spirit and their experiences is so valuable for new generation of musicians. Malaysian’s owned hard rock band, Desire is one of those important band that shaped up the rock movement in Malaysia since 80’s. Way back in 1987-1988, Kelantan rockers was so proud of their homegrown bands, like Desire & Zodiak. Desire had their successful days when Polygram released their debut album Sumpitan Senja in 1988. With  good melodies, great guitar work and brilliant songwriting, Sumpitan Senja managed to captured mainstream listeners attention. Ballads like Dian Cinta & Pemergian were heavily played in various mainstream radios during that time.

However their creativity peak was in their 2nd album, +-x/. This album definitely heavier, more dynamic guitar work, a teaspoon of blues plus more whammy bar and dive bombing guitar work by Lie. My favorite tracks are Otak Ular , Benar Tetap Benar and +-x/. this 2nd album also served mainstream audience with their all time great ballads such as Bias Cinta & Sentuhan.  This was my favorite cassette in those days, always in my Toshiba Bombeat compo.

In 1990, Desire released their 3rd album Kata Kata Kata, featuring new vocalist Eury Khan. With this album, they experimented with new sound, a mixture of funk with hard rock element. The recording was a bit polished and more strings arrangement mixed in. Eury left the band and formed Nobat and then S.O.S in early 90’s. After long hiatus, Desire released their 4th, album Putri Saadong in 2007, which is more modern, relaxed but still had their hard rock elements.

Now, these great rockers are back. Personally, these unsung heroes deserve their respect for doing what they love most, rock music. For those rockers who don’t have any clue what’s Desire all about, come and witness their showcase. Then you’ll know, how great they are. Desire shouldn’t be forgotten. Hope to see Desire releasing their next album soon..TQ for all the great music. Full respect!

Last few weeks, i was invited to attend an awesome performance in Auditorium Dewan Bandaraya Kuala Lumpur. An awesome performance by veteran rock band U-topia and Amuk. This was no nonsense showcase as the bands were accompanied by the orchestra conducted by Mr. Shahadan Ahmad.

Recently, U.K.’s Rhythm magazine kick-started an online poll to find out who its readers thought was the greatest drummer of the last quarter of a century. Over 102,000 votes later a winner has been crowned: none other than Joey Jordison of Slipknot.

A masked metal messiah. Ever since blast beating his way into the drum world back in 1999 as Slipknot unleashed their stunning debut, Joey has cemented himself as the master of metal playing. Lightning fast-yet-supremely-technical, Joey has proven himself equally adept outside of the confines of Slipknot, having worked with Korn, Rob Zombie, Murderdolls and more, as well as stepping in to save the day at the last minute for Lars Ulrich, of Metallica, at Download 2004.

Like others on the list, Joey has branched out beyond drumming, enjoying success as a producer and even appearing in a handful of movies. However, for us, he’ll always be a drum legend first and foremost, and it looks like the readers agree with us as he was the runaway winner of our Greatest Drummer of the Last 25 Years poll, taking an amazing 37% of the votes. That means that the Slipknot man earned more than 38,000 votes in just seven days on his way to being crowned as the finest drummer of the last quarter of a Century. The complete list is as follows.

“The 20 Greatest Drummers Of The Last 25 Years,” according to readers of U.K.’s Rhythm magazine:

01. Joey Jordison (SLIPKNOT)
02. Mike Portnoy (DREAM THEATER)
03. Gavin Harrison (PORCUPINE TREE)
04. Neil Peart (RUSH)
06. Travis Barker (BLINK-182, TRANSPLANTS)
07. Nicko McBrain (IRON MAIDEN)
08. Vinnie Colaiuta (FRANK ZAPPA, STING, JEFF BECK)
09. Phil Collins (GENESIS)
11. Brann Dailor (MASTODON)
13. Thomas Lang
14. Stewart Copeland (THE POLICE)
15. Terry Bozzio (FRANK ZAPPA)
16. Josh Freese (A PERFECT CIRCLE, DEVO)
18. Jeff Porcaro (TOTO, MICHAEL JACKSON)
19. Stephen Morris (JOY DIVISION, NEW ORDER)
20. Steve White (PAUL WELLER, OASIS)

What do you say..?

The Charlatans Live In Singapore

Topman proudly presents one of UK’s most esteemed bands, THE CHARLATANS (with The Verve’s Pete Salisbury on drums), in a one-night-only concert in Singapore on November 23rd, as part of the *SCAPE Concert Series.

This is THE concert not to be missed!

For more than two decades now, the alternative British rockers from Manchester have been an inspirational force in the UK rock music scene.

Formed in 1989, they celebrate their twentieth anniversary and the highly-awaited release of their eleven studio album in the collection, titled Who We Touch, with this very special gig (their first performance in Singapore).

Exuding positive energy, the band is consistently driven by the unshakable line-up of Tim Burgess (vocals), Mark Collins (guitar), Tony Rogers (keyboards), Martin Blunt (bass) with Pete Salisbury (drums).

Original drummer, Jon Brookes, collapsed during a recent concert in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He is currently undergoing treatment and recovery in the UK, which he said “felt like the mother of all seesaws.”

In the meantime, the band has recruited The Verve’s Pete Salisbury to replace Brookes.

Don’t miss this one and only chance to catch The Charlatans live in Singapore!

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Brought to you by Live Limited and organized by Red Ant Touring.

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Manson Confirms Garbage Reunion

Shirley Manson has confirmed she has reunited Garbage to work on the band’s first new album in five years.

The rocker swapped music for acting in 2008 after landing a role in U.S. TV series Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles.

She recently hinted at a return to her roots by admitting she missed singing, and now she has thrilled fans by revealing a Garbage record is in the works.

Manson tells the Herald Scotland, “I’m working on a record right now with the band. We’ve recorded quite a lot but it’s difficult to quantify. It’s the first one in a long time. I took about five years off. I’d like to do some touring next year.”

The group’s last studio album, Bleed Like Me, was released in 2005, while a greatest hits compilation, Absolute Garbage, came out in 2007.