Archive for January, 2013

Rob Zombie’s Upcoming Album to Feature Cover of Grand Funk Railroad’s ‘We’re an American Band’

Liz Ramanand, Loudwire He’s coming to your town, his band will help you party down! That’s right, Rob Zombie is covering the Grand Funk Railroad classic, ‘We’re an American Band’ on his upcoming album, ‘ Venomous Rat Regeneration Vendor ,’ which is due in stores April 23. More details have been announced regarding the upcoming disc, including the revelation that Zombie is covering the ’70s-era favorite. The song would seemingly be a solid fit for Zombie given how much praise his heaped upon the current lineup of his band. The vocalist has been gung-ho about how he feels concerning the new record, and he adds about the latest effort, “I think for the first time this new album perfectly merges the old days of White Zombie with the future of what I am doing now. I think fans of both will agree this is the perfect combo of both worlds.” In addition to ‘We’re an American Band,’ Zombie revealed that the lead single from the upcoming disc will be the song ‘Dead City Radio and the New Gods of Super Town.’ It will be joined on the album by tracks with such awesome titles as ‘Ging Gang Gong De Do Gong De Laga Raga,’ ‘Lucifer Rising’ and ‘Behold! The Pretty Filthy Creatures.’ The album will be the first release on Zombie’s new label Zodiac Swan. At present, no tour dates have been revealed in support of the new disc, though Zombie did spend quite a bit of time on the road last fall as part of the ‘ Twins of Evil ‘ tour with Marilyn Manson . He will, however, be one of the honorees at the upcoming Revolver Golden Gods Awards in Los Angeles on May 2. [button href=”http://loudwire.com/rob-zombie-stop-making-music-when-no-longer-fun/” title=”Next: Rob Zombie Says He’ll Stop Making Music When It’s No Longer Fun” align=”center”]

John Corabi Rants on Broken Relationships With Former Motley Crue Bandmates

Ethan Miller, Getty Images One-time  Motley Crue singer John Corabi served the band from 1992-1996, but there are apparently still some hard feelings regarding the way Corabi was treated during his stint with the band. Additionally, Corabi expressed his disappointment with the lack of communication he’s had with the members of Crue since his departure, claiming that he “hasn’t seen them more than five times in the last 15 years.” In a recent interview with The Great Southern Brainfart (best website name ever?), Corabi offered a reaction to the way that original and current Crue vocalist Vince Neil portrayed Corabi’s departure from the act. “Vince Neil said in his book that it was my idea to leave Motley Crue,” begins Corabi. “Just to set the record straight, Vince is only partially right about that. I just told the guys that I was so tired hearing about ‘Vince would do it this way…’ I just told them, ‘I’m so f—ing sick and tired of hearing about what Vince would do from you and your management.’ I was just sick of the guys comparing me to the guy that you told me for the last five years to not be.” Corabi continues, “If you get hired for a job and your boss keeps talking about what great job the other guy did or compares you to the other guy, at some point, you just say, ‘F— you. Go back to that person then.’ I told them that if they wanted Vince and Vince was the f—ing answer, maybe they should call him back and work shit out. If not, we should all just shut the f— up and try and make this work.” Corabi went on to describe his relationship, or lack of, with Crue since he left in 1996. “I hung out with those guys every day for five years and I haven’t seen them more than five times in the last 15 years,” Corabi says. “That bothered me more than anything. I thought those guys were my friends and that’s what I miss more than anything. I was more bummed out over the loss of our brotherhood than anything. Those guys are just the kind of people that will embrace you when you’re in their circle. They’ve had some many buzzards and vultures picking at their bones for the last 25 years that when they look down and they see me calling them, I bet they immediately think, ‘What does he want?’” What do you think? Is Corabi just bitter that he’s no longer in the band, or does he have a valid gripe? Check out the full interview with John Corabi at The Great Southern Brainfart . [button href=”http://loudwire.com/motley-crue-nikki-sixx-remembers-near-fatal-drug-overdose-25-years-later/” title=”Motley Crue’s Nikki Sixx Remembers Drug Overdose 25 Years Later” align=”center”]

Jason Newsted Talks to Full Metal Jackie

NewstedHeavyMetal.com Former Metallica bassist Jason Newsted was the guest on Full Metal Jackie’s radio show this past weekend. Newsted spoke about his new band, Newsted, and their new EP titled ‘Metal.’ He also explained how the sounds of the previous bands he has been in throughout the years influenced his new music and much more. Read Full Metal Jackie’s interview with Jason Newsted below: We’re here to talk about the new EP ‘Metal.’ Tell us as a player, what’ s most exhilarating about Newsted being a trio? It covers a lot of new territory for me so it’s a fresh start and I have to do a brand new start because I climbed the mountain with Metallica and I stepped off right there when we were up at the top and that’s we’re I get to come into this as far as the approach to everything. So the freshest part is new ground, being lead vocalist, singing my songs, my lyrics, in front of people, playing bass and guitar. I composed all the music on guitar, played all the rhythm guitars on the music and some bass but it’s all my stuff from the get go and then my guys came in and made it what it is now. It’s very personal this time, kind of different in that way. How is it to hear your music being played by other people; is it hard to not want to control it or do you allow these other players to inject their own creativity? I’ve been playing long enough with these guys, Jesus Mendez Jr. on drums, he’s from Fresno and Jessie Farnsworth was from Connecticut, now he’s from Fresno; he plays guitar and stuff actually he plays everything. We switch back and forth between guitar and bass. Jesus started working for Metallica at the end of the ‘90s as a local California road crew guy and then he was their drum tech. We started making music about 10 or 11 years ago and then he brought Jessie in about five years ago. We started melding our stuff together and getting to know each other for about five years and then last September or so after I put it all together pretty much on my iPad and gave them the music. They brought back their stuff and they have paid enough dues and they make their own records – Jessie Farnsworth has his own albums where he fronts his own back, he’s a way better singer than me, a way better guitar player than me already so they have their own ground that they cover and they stand on their own. When they come in to do their thing it’s like, “Man, can you please make it better because I certainly can’t play as good as you play.” So, it’s like they’ve paid as much dues as anybody else but they haven’t gotten the recognition that they deserve, yet – but it’s coming. Obviously, a four year period of physical rehabilitation following surgery on both shoulders limits your ability to play an instrument. Not being able to play how did that in turn change the way you listened and appreciated music? Wow, that’s great insight – just like anytime you lose something in life that is so valuable you appreciate that much more, I think that’s an obvious thing but when you taste it for real it really becomes magnified. I was always able to rig up a thing like a very thin Parker guitar or something in between my sling to keep my chops up a little bit but I could no where even get close to being the monster or do what I really wanted to dig in on any instrument for that matter. I took my loudness to canvas and I started painting – I had left shoulder, right shoulder back and fourth for about a four year period. Each time you do something as serious as that – time for it to rehabilitate and be good enough to let the other one go and take over becomes a crazy little cycle I got into. Fortunately, we caught it three times back and fourth like that but it’s a really tricky thing, it takes a long time to get it back especially when it’s used so much and I really overuse those parts of myself in the years. I’m getting it back about 95 percent now and feeling strong again but the painting is what came from it. I also became as good with each hand, all the paintings are done with both hands now and the instruments are a little better because I can use both hands the same so I’m trying to make some pretty wicked lemonade out of it. Everything for a reason, man, somehow it was all mapped out and everything that’s happened, everything that has transpired, I put all those paintings together – between 800 and 1100 pieces between 2005 and 2010 when I did my first art show in San Francisco, three different studios across the country. I took the loud expression of my music and put it on a canvas and just changed the medium but now I’m back to what I know best because I’m able again and the timing of things, it’s magnificent really. I’d like to talk about the timing of the 12 years of Metallica, being away – it was 12 years ago this week that we had a meeting that they announced it to people that we were going to do what we were going to do and that I was going to step out. Now that the dust has settled and we look back, they have a great band that’s once again dominating the universe, I have a cool band that I’m really happy about that makes me feel like I’m 19 again. I’m really pretty jacked up about the purity of it and the word for this week is Rawesomness – the rawesomness of the Newsted ‘Metal’ EP and the music itself. James [Hetfield] is healthy and clear-eyed and stronger than he’s ever been and I’m healthy again too and all that came from that decision so whether it stung a little bit – yes it did in the beginning, it was traumatic but now that’s all that happened, looking back it’s a beautiful thing. Fantastic things have transpired. Just talking a little bit about Metallica, which is more than a band, it’s an institution. What’s the most valuable thing that taught you how you now approach writing, performing and distributing music? Wow, Metallica taught me so much and the first and most important thing is the work ethic, road dog thing – never wanting to be the weak link, always keeping yourself strong for the performance, everything revolves around the show, that always comes first. The professionalism that I got from those guys and from their whole camp because it goes all the way around, the same people have worked for Metallica for decades and there’s a reason for that. If they didn’t work for them for that long it wouldn’t be Metallica being around for that long and it’s a cycle. Everybody has to do their job as good as the next guy from the light guy to the carpenter guy to the guitar player to the drum tech – everybody is that same team and they’ve known each other forever and ever and that’s what makes it what it is. Having the same people, it doesn’t take a lot of people – if you have good people in the positions that know what they’re doing and assume their role and do what they do and not try to do the other guy’s thing or anything like that. That’s the main thing right there are work ethic and once you find the people that you gel with keep them close and you can build something. When everybody has a stake in it, everybody’s willing to put a lot more forth to make it happen so all of those things business wise, presenting music to people, always going big – I don’t know if I did but Metallica always did. The distribution of music these days is so considerably different and I’m learning every minute now as I’ve opened myself up to social media. I haven’t really been neck deep into it and really involved since the middle of a Voivod record since 2007, 2008 and the last release I did with them was 2009 so I haven’t really been in a place to think about all the social media stuff Michel [Langevin] ‘Away’ from Voivod always handled that stuff. I find myself almost 10 weeks into it now, I’m learning that there is a small percentage of the old avenues that still exist – that I knew and grew up on and that Metallica taught me and there is a whole slew, twice that, that has new avenues and I’m learning as we go here in this new place. I’m getting neck deep in it with this thing, it’s old school music in a new place. Because of the 30 years we worked and going around with Metallica, Voivod, Ozzy and all of these things, I’ve built a certain reputation and following with all those bands, as part of those bands to get people to respond to what I’m doing now because this is what they’ve wanted from me. Somehow the timing is just right but I can only do what I can do, it’s old-school metal because that’s what I am. All of the experiences that I’ve had with all the musicians and all the times and different styles has brought me here – it’s like a certain culmination, a certain regurgitation of all that stuff and being influenced by all those people. The distribution thing, now I’m learning as I go. I think I have something to work with, people seem to be responding to it really well – positively actually overwhelmingly right now because I can hear everybody. You used to have to go on foot to say something to them and talk to them and say “Hi” before I got that response and we went to those places and that’s the only way I could know how they felt about the music – I went to 40 or 50 countries with Metallica. Now you just go online and it’s not even a matter of going up to someone and saying, “What did you think?” Right, even though I enjoy all of that stuff and I will continue to do that kind of connection with fans,this thing is my new re-connection with fans in a way that I could never do before. I’m in one place and I’m able to get across to everybody, what’s happening and they respond to it. It’s so eye opening, it gives me hope that if you do it right. As long as you let people know you’re going to be where you’re going to be to jam or your music is going to be in a certain place for them to share – they’re going to go for it because of all the hard work that we’ve done. So that distribution thing, I’m trying to let the kids help me because we got to No. 1 a debut with this thing on the iTunes Metal Charts with a four man crew out of my garage. So that in itself, the fans, the people, they’re the ones that really spread this around and I see how powerful that is now, it’s a whole different thing. I’d like to talk about that more actually, what I’ve learned about that, the technology thing. I’m feeling like the music is the calling card, the music is the head of the spear and it has to get everybody’s attention and once you have that calling card in their hand, in their ear, in their pocket, in their earbuds, then they’re going to come to the show, then they’re going to want to start sharing. If you make them feel a part of it then they’re going to come and share it, that’s what Metallica always did forever and still does, perpetually – making everyone feel a part of why and where they are, everybody does it together, it’s a big family, a big army. That’s undeniable, people are very loyal in that way so taking the music out to the people, having some cool merchandise together so everybody can share it and be a part of it in that way and fly the flag and keep the metal alive and all that – that’s how you got to keep the music on the road and pay the musicians you want to pay and that kind of thing. That’s all I really want to do with this, the people screamed me back into this, but for real when we did the 30th anniversary thing with Metallica, that’s what brought me back into it so when I do this for the fans and they’re responding so much it makes me want to do it more. I just want to take it to the people again. I know that’s what has to happen now, it’s a single based thing where people and the short attention span and that – I’m testing the waters because I don’t know what the waters are mostly. So I put these four songs out to see how people were going to respond and if anyone gives a snot anymore and it seems like people do. We recorded 11 songs total, we’re going to release them in batches and if people dig them then try to get a full LP out with the last EP with nice vinyl and stuff – that’s my plan. If I can get that through and share that with people, then that’s going to be really cool. I want to have it on CD, I ultimate want to have it on vinyl – the separate EP and the final one. We have to do it from the ground up like this because you have to take it to the people and selling the CDs at the show and all those kinds of things are the only way we were going to get back any money from the music. I think if you’re going to put it online and share it with people that way – you get the downloads you can and then once it does whatever it does, you shouldn’t try to really fight it – just present the best source material that you can, try to have it be representative and let it do its thing. Would Newsted exist today had you not taken part in Metallica’s 30th Anniversary Celebration in San Francisco at the end of 2011? I would say that the Newsted band as serious as it has become now and the commitment we’ve made to it would not have been in this form if I has not been invited by Lars [Ulrich] to come and play with Metallica at the 30th Anniversary on December 2011, four nights over one week – each night got louder and louder. You ask anybody that was there and I’m just observing this is what took place, when we came on it got really loud and they were chanting in every dialect you could figure out, every language. It was crazy and wild and I hadn’t tasted that sweetness for a long, long time – when you’re addicted to the chemicals that are released when you play in front of 50,000 people or 20,000 people or 10,000 people and with the confidence you have with something like Metallica and you get dosed with that time after time after time, you’re addicted, you’re done. People say “Adrenaline junkie” it’s flippin’ real, so I came down from that – it took me 12 years to come down from that addiction. When I tasted it again, it was like the first time I hit it and that’s why I’m back again – just like that. The people called me back into it, I’m doing it because they did. We know how good ‘The Black Album’ did and does – I do what I want to do and anybody that knows me knows that I make my own path about things. I’m doing this because I want to do this for the people, this time and they keep responding to me like this, I was to take it to them that much more. If it hadn’t been for those shows when those people gave me that energy I would have not chased what I’m chasing now. I’m happy that Newsted does exist today and looking forward to more to come for you. Welcome back. [Laughs] Thank you very much, it really is great to be back. It’s overwhelming and I feel young again with it. I think the fountain of youth is within music or something where you find you have a purpose like that – fortunately this stuff has a lot of juice and you get to pump up your heart a lot. I’m still the same fighting weight I was all the times I’ve played, I’ve always kept that metal alive even when I was just painting and the whole thing I still kept that juice going. Now it’s back and I have an opportunity to show off a little bit or maybe something I’ve been storing for a long time and I didn’t even know it. A lot of the stuff came to me as channeling, I know what that’s about when you get into the painting and you let it become what it’s going to become – you are the conduit but that it what happened. On half of these songs I was the conduit and the deal about the way it sounds, why it sounds the way it sounds, it’s the immediacy of it. Even where the songs are a little bit heavier, held back a little slower tempo or that kind of thing they still have this immediacy to them. I had the iPad, with the GarageBand thing – it was new to me but I could do the simple recording on there, I built those songs on there, it was right there in front of me. I had my guitar I could do everything, boom change to bass, change to drums, as it came to me on the moment – I hadn’t had that before. All of the things we’ve done at the Chop House Studio, all of those jams for all of those bands for all of those years, everything’s mic’d up you just rock and record it as a jam then I got that machine and I focused on writing these songs. It just came to me, like that. We used to have our guy Gio back in the day with Metallica, he would carry six cases into my hotel room for me, keyboards, bass, guitars, mixing desks, speakers, power amps now I can do songs on my phone with one instrument or the iPad. The immediacy of that enabled me to channel that stuff that quick and that’s why it sounds like it does, there is a certain primal simplicity to it. It ain’t ground breaking, it ain’t innovative, none of that kind of stuff. It’s just old school metal like I was building the whole time as I went through the different bands. There’s flavors of every band I ever got to jam with in that thing. By the time everybody hears all 11 of this offering recorded in that pocket – 11 songs in two weeks, when they hear all of that stuff and all the interludes and all the flavors and textures – there’s one big song that finishes off that is the frosting and it’s long. I can’t remember how many tracks we ended up doing but it was many – I’m thinking past 140 and it was just layers of all kinds of craziness, I never thought anything would come out that kind of epic-y thing. Once people hear all that stuff they’ll see “Okay that snarl is from Snake in Voivod” because that is such an influence and great teacher without even knowing that he did and “That’s from Hetfield and that’s from Zakk [Wylde] and that’s from Flotsam” that’s what’s going to happen “and that’s from Black Sabbath” because they’re the great teachers “and that’s from Motorhead” and those are the two biggest comments so far. Motorhead is the number one comment, that’s the best compliment you can give me because if there wasn’t Lemmy [Kilmister] there’s not me. He plays with a pick through a guitar amp that’s how I started that’s what I do now. I didn’t know he did what he did until I found out then it made it okay for me to do it. So it’s a big deal, that’s where I’m at with it, it’s just stuff that my great teachers have brought back out and the flavors that I got to experience through time with my privileged opportunities. Full Metal Jackie will welcome High on Fire frontman Matt Pike to her program this coming weekend. She can be heard on radio stations around the country — for a full list of stations, go to fullmetaljackieradio.com .

Within Temptation Announce 2013 Album Plans

Facebook: Within Temptation Great news for fans of Dutch symphonic rockers Within Temptation . The band has just announced that in addition to signing with a new label partner, BMG Rights, they are aiming to put out a new album in the fall. Having formed in 1996, Within Temptation have been treating fans to their signature brand of symphonic goth rock for over 15 years, with five full-length albums released within that time period. Fans of the band have shown a stunning devotion to their Scandinavian heroes, with the outfit taking home 2011 Loudwire Music Awards for Artist of the Year, Rock Album of the Year (‘The Unforgiving’) and Rock Goddess of the Year for vocalist Sharon den Adel . Within Temptation broke the good news to their fans via the band’s official website: Hi everyone, We have been, and we are still hiding in our studios since winter started. With every writing session new things are happening. We are experimenting a lot and are trying to hold on to this magical feeling. We are looking forward to the moment that we can share with you where this journey has taken us. We are excited to have found a new enthusiastic label partner, BMG Rights, with whom are aiming for a release in autumn, which perfectly fits the mood of the album. As soon as we can, we will share more information about the new album. In the mean time we will see you on the road this summer! Sharon, Ruud, Stefan, Martijn, Jeroen, Mike and Robert So far, Within Temptation have signed on to perform at three European summer festivals, but stay tuned for more dates to be announced. [button href=”http://loudwire.com/within-temptation-cover-bruno-mars-gnarls-barkley-gotye-more/” title=”Within Temptation Cover Songs by Bruno Mars, Gnarls Barkley, Gotye + More” align=”center”]

Nikki Sixx Provides Update on Sixx: A.M. Album + ‘The Heroin Diaries’ Broadway Production

Mary Ouellette, SheWillShootYou.com Nikki Sixx has a lot on his plate at the moment, but the Sixx: A.M. bassist and creative force took some time to speak with Loudwire and other reporters during a roundtable interview at the NAMM conference in Anaheim Saturday (Jan. 26).  Sixx was at NAMM to promote his new Schecter Sixx signature bass, which we detailed in our previous article, but the following Q&A focuses on the status of Sixx: A.M.’s  next album  and Sixx’s foray into launching a  Broadway production  based on his memoir, ‘The Heroin Diaries.’ You’re taking ‘The Heroin Diaries’ to Broadway. Can you tell us how the idea came about and what all it entails? The book inspired me, [and Sixx: A.M. bandmates] James Michael and DJ Ashba to write a soundtrack to that book. It was always in my head [either] a movie or a play. And when we met the right partners to start that process happening, it was interesting how we’re referencing the book and referencing the music in the play as we’ll also be writing new music. We’ll also be writing new music and continuing to flush out the story. It’s a different environment like having the book and the music in a real 3D experience, and I think it’s the perfect next step. How far along are you at this point and when might we expect it to premiere? It’s moving really quickly … We just finished our third time through, what you would call a script, it’s called a book, and we’re placing characters and music and making our changes and I just met with a fantastic set design person and we have directors and producers and investors, so it’s moving along quickly. In a perfect world, I’d love to see something maybe spring of 2014, but since this is my first at bat doing something like this, I don’t know. These things do take time. It’s very creative and very exciting. Following up on Sixx: A.M., in general, the first two albums accompanied books. Will you be following a similar format this time? This time we really want to fly on our own. We started out the songwriting process by having conversations about how far we can push ourselves musically … Our conversations were, ‘Let’s go as far to the left as we can, musically’ and once we finish up a handful of songs that are pretty out there … I don’t even want to use any kind of references because it’ll throw people and they won’t really understand what I’m talking about. But we’re just taking a lot of chances musically and at this point nothing sounds at all like Sixx: A.M. that you would know, because we’re taking such huge leaps of faith that we’re going to land on our feet. But once we finish what we have now, we’re going to start backtracking into who we are as a band that we know at least. I think you’re going to end up with some songs on the album that are sort of surprising and bands that always did that for me were like Queen . There would be songs on Queen’s albums that would be like, ‘I can’t even believe that came out of a rock band,’ and that’s what we want to do. We want to take those leaps of faith and in the end, we are a rock band so we’ll go back to that at some point. What’s the status on Sixx: A.M.’s album at the moment? How far are you along? We’ve got six [songs] done, so we’ll probably knock another 10 around and then we’ll figure out which 10 we put on a record and then we’ll figure out when we’re gonna release it. The biggest problem for Sixx: A.M. is that I’m in Motley Crue . It’s a great thing because people know of Sixx: A.M. because if they like me in Motley Crue then they’re willing to give it a listen. But, Motley Crue is a big machine and it’s busy and it takes up a lot of time. So there’s very little amount of time for me to take [Sixx: A.M.] out and tour. I think I would like to go out in 2013 and do some shows, maybe a month’s worth of shows, just to kind of feel what it feels like. I think at some point I would like for Sixx: A.M. to be a bigger priority as far as a live act than it is now. Stay tuned for the third part of our Nikki Sixx interview from the NAMM convention. He talks about what’s next for Motley Crue and more. [button href=”http://loudwire.com/nikki-sixx-bassist-of-the-year-2012-loudwire-music-awards/” title=”Next: Nikki Sixx Named 2012 Loudwire Bassist of the Year” align=”center”]

Rob Zombie Reveals Title + Release Date for Upcoming Album

Jag Gundu, Getty Images Rob Zombie has been talking about his next studio album for quite some time, but now comes word that the disc has a title and is expected this April. In addition, Zombie revealed a firm release date for his upcoming film, ‘ The Lords of Salem ,’ which will closely follow the new album. The disc, titled ‘Venomous Rat Regeneration Vendor,’ is now on schedule for an April 23 street date courtesy of Zodiac Swan / T-Boy / Ume. Zombie worked closely with acclaimed rock producer Bob Marlette on the set. ‘The Lords of Salem’ film will follow in theaters April 26, though the music on the album is completely separate from the movie. Last fall, Zombie  revealed of the new disc, “It’s stylistically sort of a little bit of everything. Fans of my really old stuff will love it because there’s a certain aspect of it that’s very reminiscent of that. But it is also very looking to the future. It’s hard to describe music to somebody if they haven’t heard it, but I feel like it’s the best of all the things I’ve done. I’ve finally found a perfect match between the old stuff I did and then new stuff. That’s the way it sounds to me anyway.” The veteran rocker added that he’s got a special feeling about the new record, explaining, “It seems to happen every couple of years or every 10 years or every five years or whatever, you have a moment when it all comes together. Not that the other records are bad, but not every record can be like the most inspired event in your life. But for some reason, this one feels like it. The songwriting, the sound of it, the vibe, the production — it’s special.” The album details came with the announcement that Zombie would be honored at this year’s Revolver Golden Gods Awards on May. 2. Click below for more details: [button href=”http://loudwire.com/2013-revolver-golden-gods-awards-metallica-rob-zombie-tony-iommi/” title=”2013 Revolver Golden Gods Awards Honorees and Lineup Unveiled” align=”center”]

2013 Revolver Golden Gods Awards To Honor Metallica, Rob Zombie + Tony Iommi

Theo Wargo / Michael Loccisano / Paul Kane, Getty Images The fifth annual Revolver Golden Gods Award Show looks to be the event’s biggest ceremony to date, as Metallica , Rob Zombie and Tony Iommi will be among the honorees. This year’s Revolver Golden Gods takes place May 2 at Los Angeles’ Club Nokia and also features a headlining performance by Metallica. Metallica have been chosen to receive the Ronnie James Dio Lifetime Achievement Award, joining such past honorees as Rush , Motley Crue , Lemmy Kilmister and Ozzy Osbourne . Drummer Lars Ulrich stated, “Since the Revolver Golden Gods Awards is fast becoming THE most rocking awards ceremony in the hard rock world, we are beyond psyched to be at the receiving end of this shout out and in the distinguished company of Rush, Lemmy, Ozzy and Motley Crue. I was hanging out and presenting at the shenanigans two years ago and the energy in the room and the vibe backstage was beyond f—ing cool, so Metallica is chomping at the bit to partake in this year’s event.” The Golden God award, given to an honoree that embodies the spirit of hard rock and metal, will be presented to Rob Zombie this year. “What can I say?,” said Zombie. “It is a complete honor to receive this award and have my name join the list of such legendary past winners as Alice Cooper and Gene Simmons . Pretty cool deal to be part of the Golden God club.” The timing of the ceremony will also work well for Zombie, who also used the opportunity to announce that his next album, ‘Venomous Rat Regeneration Vendor,’ will drop April 23, followed by the release of his ‘Lords of Salem’ film on April 26. The night’s other major honoree, Black Sabbath ‘s Tony Iommi, will be adding the Riff Lord award to his mantelpiece. Iommi says, “What a great honor to receive the Golden Gods Riff Lord Award for 2013, especially with our new Sabbath album coming out. I hope there will be some new favorite riffs in these songs.” Last year’s winner of the Riff Lord honor was Slash . The evening will also feature performances from Metallica, Five Finger Death Punch , Anthrax , Stone Sour , Dillinger Escape Plan and Halestorm , with more acts expected to be added in the coming weeks. Fans can currently vote in 11 other categories (listed below) at goldengodsawards.com . Tickets for the show, which will once again be hosted by Fozzy frontman Chris Jericho , can be purchased here . The event will broadcast live on AXS TV, and also via Xbox Live and Facebook. Rockers Sebastian Bach and Dee Snider will host the red carpet event prior to the ceremony. In related news, the first-ever “Revolver Road to the Golden Gods Tour” was announced along with the naming of the nominees. Stone Sour and In This Moment will team up for the run, which launches in March and runs up to the Golden Gods ceremony in May. The itinerary will be revealed shortly. 2013 Revolver Golden Gods Award Show Nominees: BEST GUITARIST presented by Epiphone • John 5 (Rob Zombie & solo) • Stephen Carpenter (Deftones) • Alex Lifeson (Rush) • Misha Mansoor (Periphery) • Brendon Small (Dethklok) • Kim Thayil (Soundgarden) BEST DRUMMER presented by Drum Workshop • Abe Cunningham (Deftones) • Mario Duplantier (Gojira) • Arejay Hale (Halestorm) • Gene Hoglan (Dethklok & Testament) • Roy Mayorga (Stone Sour) • Neil Peart (Rush) PAUL GRAY BEST BASSIST presented by Dean Markley • Rex Brown (Kill Devil Hill) • Steve Harris (Iron Maiden & solo) • Lemmy Kilmister (Motörhead) • Geddy Lee (Rush) • Jason Newsted (Newsted) • Sergio Vega (Deftones) BEST VOCALIST presented by Rockstar Energy Drink • Phil Anselmo (Down & solo) • Maria Brink (In This Moment) • Chris Cornell (Soundgarden) • Lzzy Hale (Halestorm) • Chino Moreno (Deftones) • Corey Taylor (Stone Sour & Slipknot) BEST NEW TALENT • Device • Ghost • Kvelertak • Miss May I • Of Mice & Men • Young Guns MOST METAL ATHLETE presented by Roadrunner Records • Tom Crabtree (Green Bay Packers, NFL) • Tanner Faust (Rally and drifting car racing) • Clay Guida (Mixed Martial Arts fighting, UFC) • Triple H (WWE wrestling) • Geoff Rowley (Skateboarding) • CJ Wilson (Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, MLB) BEST LIVE BAND presented by Samson/Zoom • Anthrax • Five Finger Death Punch • Hatebreed • Lamb of God • Slipknot • Volbeat COMEBACK OF THE YEAR • Aerosmith • The Darkness • Quicksand • Refused • Soundgarden • Tenacious D SONG OF THE YEAR • Asking Alexandria, ‘Run Free’ • Avenged Sevenfold, ‘Carry On’ • Black Veil Brides, ‘In The End’ • Dethklok, ‘I Ejaculate Fire’ • Halestorm, ‘Love Bites (So Do I)’ • In This Moment, ‘Blood’ MOST DEDICATED FANS presented by Xbox LIVE • Black Label Society • Black Veil Brides • A Day To Remember • HIM • Rammstein • Slipknot ALBUM OF THE YEAR presented by Orange Amplification • Deftones, ‘Koi No Yokan’ • Gojira, ‘L’Enfant Sauvage’ • Halestorm, ‘The Strange Case of…’ • Marilyn Manson, ‘Born Villain’ • Soundgarden, ‘King Animal’ • Stone Sour, ‘House of Gold & Bones Part 1′ [button href=”http://loudwire.com/metallica-unveil-3d-movie-title-release-plans/” title=”Next: Metallica Discuss 3D Film Plans” align=”center”]

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