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Halestorm’s Lzzy Hale Discusses the Role of Image + Sex Appeal in Rock

Mary Ouellette, As a woman in the entertainment industry, there is always the question of how much to play up the sex appeal, and Halestorm ‘s Lzzy Hale  shared with her thoughts on taking part in sexy photo shoots and the focus on image in the music industry. Hale explained, “I don’t mind dressing up and doing the short skirt and high heels thing. I tell this to a lot of people because the only stipulation that I have about this is that you have to make sure you have something to back it up. You can’t totally ride on the fact that I’m going to show my legs and people are going to show attention. If they can get past the legs, make sure you can actually sing and be good at your instruments. Because in all honesty, all of us that are dressing up on stage, we aren’t going to be wearing fishnets forever, you gotta make sure you have a little something to ya.” With that being said, Hale says she’s come to accept the shoots as part of the industry, adding, “Sex and rock ‘n’ roll have been going together hand-in-hand since the beginning of time. You can’t get away from it.” The frontwoman also says that while image may get the attention of some fans, she’s been enthused by how their female fan base has grown and opened the doors for more women to enjoy hard rock. She explains, “I’m telling you, though, there’s a moment in every show where I’m looking out and I see all of these girls who are not there because their boyfriends dragged them along, you know? They’re very empowered, a little crazy like me, and it’s wonderful to be in a room like that because when we first started out there weren’t a whole lot of girls at the rock shows unless you count the girlfriends of somebody in the band.” Hale adds that she partook in her fair share of mosh pits and rocked out with the guys when she was younger and is thrilled to see girls coming to rock shows and carving their own paths with the world of rock and roll. [button href=”” title=”Next: Watch Halestorm Perform on ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live'” align=”center”]

Tool Drummer Danny Carey Suggests New Album Will Drop in 2013, Talks About Vespa Crash

Frazer Harrison, Getty Images Tool fans were disappointed to say the least when singer Maynard James Keenan announced that there would be no release from the band in 2013. The modern experimental legends have been working on a new album for some time, and drummer Danny Carey says, along with a bunch of other news, that a 2013 release is still planned. When it comes to the upcoming Tool album, Carey stated that it is still planned to dropin 2013. “Sometime this year … that’s all I can say,” Carey tells TheRockFM about the record. “The sooner the better for us. We’re working everyday but you can never predict it, honestly. We’re really excited about it so I hope all the fans will be too.” Carey also reports that bassist Justin Chancellor has been the “main driving force” to get the album completed. Carey also told the radio station that he plays drums on the soundtrack to the upcoming Superman film ‘Man of Steel.’ In addition, he adds that Tool have a massive amount of live material that may be released on CD or DVD form in the future. “We have tons of stuff recorded,” says Carey. “I hope we do make that happen one of these days. We have lots of video stuff too, we could do a DVD or two whenever we get around to it. We’re kind of trying to focus on the new thing now, so we’ll go back at some point and do it.” In a separate interview with David Farrier , Carey spoke about an epic 20-minute piece being constructed for Tool’s next record. “We’re still – believe it or not! – still working on it,” the drummer says about the piece. “[Laughs] It’s like an ever-evolving thing, it’s probably going to turn into a thing that’s like, a big trilogy type of feel to it, sort of like ‘Disposition’ and ‘Intension’ and ‘Triad,’ like on the ‘Lateralus’ record or something. It will probably be over a 20-minute piece when it’s all finished, so it will be a good part of the record. We’re dealing with it in sections, but it’s coming together really well, we’re having lots of fun working on it, that’s for sure.” Finally, Danny Carey revealed that he was, in fact, the mystery Tool member that sustained injuries from what was reported as a Vespa accident . “It’s been tough lately because I cracked four ribs,” Carey begins, “broke three of them on a motorcycle the other day, so I am kinda laid up at this point, it’s making it really painful to play. It’s not an easy thing to do. [Laughs] … it was just over in the San Fernando Valley, I was just turning to go on the freeway, and I think I hit some antifreeze or oil or something, and the wheels just slipped right out from under me, and I just hit the pavement really hard. [Laughs] … Yeah, I’m still in one piece anyway, but I don’t know how lucky I was the way I feel right now [Laughs]. It’s pretty painful, but some painkillers and some scotch will get you through it.” Tool have also just announced a cluster of tour dates in Australia and New Zealand. Stay tuned for more news on the band’s upcoming record. Tool 2013 Australia + New Zealand Tour Dates: 04/27 – Melbourne, AUS – Rod Laver Arena 04/30 – Adelaide, AUS – AEC Arena 05/03 – Sydney, AUS – Allphones Arena 05/06 – Brisbane, AUS – Entertainment Centre 05/08 – Auckland, N.Z. – Vector Arena [button href=”” title=”Next: Danny Carey Jams With School of Rock Kids” align=”center”]

Chris Cornell and Soundgarden to Perform at Commander-in-Chief’s Ball + Inaugural Ball

Chris Hyde, Getty Images Although Soundgarden are in the midst of their current North America tour run, the recently reunited rockers just added a very special appearance to their itinerary. Frontman Chris Cornell has signed on to perform at the Commander-in-Chief’s Ball, helping President Obama and Vice President Biden honor U.S. armed forces, while all of Soundgarden will be providing entertainment at the Inaugural Ball on the same day. Scheduled for Monday, Jan. 21, at the Washington Convention Center, the Commander-in-Chief’s Ball will recognize Medal of Honor recipients and Wounded Warriors with a guest list that includes both active duty and reserve military. In addition to Chris Cornell, the entertainment portion of the evening includes artists and celebs like Alicia Keys, Brad Paisley, Jamie Foxx and Jennifer Hudson. Things get turned up a few notches for the Inaugural Ball, which will feature several artists,  including Soundgarden, performing on multiple stages. An all-star cast of stars will join Soundgarden in the celebration, among them Stevie Wonder, Usher, Katy Perry and Smokey Robinson. Many of the artists performing have played a role in helping President Barack Obama get re-elected, including Cornell. Back in September, he joined a rally for President Barack Obama in Des Moines, Iowa, and performed a moving acoustic set. The Inaugural Ball serves to celebrate and unify Americans across the nation from community leaders to grassroots volunteers and elected officials. In addition, U.S. military around the world will be invited to join in the celebration through a live broadcast and everyone is invited to tune in here for a live stream. [button href=”” title=”Soundgarden 2013 North American Tour Dates” align=”center”]

Black Sabbath to Release New Album ’13’ in June

Tim Whitby, Getty Images Black Sabbath waited until it officially became Jan. 13 in their native England before revealing that their highly anticipated new studio album will be titled ’13.’ The heavy metal legends spent the past year working on the effort, which is being produced by Rick Rubin. The band also has announced that the album, which they initially targeted for April , is now expected to arrive at a still-to-be-determined date in June. And moreover, they’ve revealed that  Rage Against the Machine ‘s Brad Wilk served as drummer during the recording sessions. Black Sabbath will issue the disc via their original label Vertigo worldwide, with Vertigo/Republic offering the record in the United States. ’13′ will be the band’s first original album with Ozzy Osbourne as vocalist since 1978′s ‘Never Say Die!’ Though meant to be a reunion of the original four members, a contract squabble has kept drummer Bill Ward out of the picture. Osbourne’s stickman from his solo band, Tommy Clufetos, filled in  on tour during Ward’s absence last year, but the aforementioned Wilk handled the drumming for the group for the upcoming album. Black Sabbath have already announced a number of dates for 2013, beginning with a trek through Australia and also including a headlining spot on this year’s Ozzfest in Japan. More dates are expected and will be announced shortly. Black Sabbath’s 2013 Tour: 4/20 — Auckland, New Zealand — Vector Arena 4/22 — Auckland, New Zealand — Vector Arena 4/25 — Brisbane, Australia — Entertainment Centre 4/27 — Sydney, Australia — All Phones Arena 4/29 — Melbourne, Australia — Rod Laver Arena 5/1 — Melbourne, Australia — Rod Laver Arena 5/4 — Perth, Australia — Rod Laver Arena 5/12 — Tokyo, Japan — Ozzfest Makuhari Messe [button href=”” title=”Next: Ozzy Osbourne Celebrates Birthday Recording Black Sabbath Vocals” align=”center”] ?

Volbeat Announce 2013 North American Spring Tour With Danko Jones

Liz Ramanand, Loudwire The Danish metallers of Volbeat are gearing up for a massive headlining tour of the United States and Canada in 2013. The band will be supported on the trek by Danko Jones, who recently released their latest album ‘Rock and Roll Is Black and Blue.’ Volbeat, meanwhile, will continue to support their fourth studio album, ‘Beyond Hell / Above Heaven,’ but are also expected to reveal details on their upcoming fifth studio album in the coming weeks. We recently reported that Volbeat will debut some new material during their Danish tour in February. The North American tour kicks off March 6 in Dallas and wraps up April 11 in Philadelphia. Check out the full list of tour dates below: Volbeat 2013 North American Tour Dates: 3/06 Dallas, TX Palladium Ballroom 3/07 Oklahoma City, OK Diamond Ballroom 3/09 San Antonio, TX Freeman Coliseum 3/10 El Paso, TX Speaking Rock Entertainment Center 3/11 Lubbock, TX Lonestar Pavilion 3/12 Denver, CO Ogden Theatre 3/14 Las Vegas, NV House of Blues at Mandalay Bay 3/15 Los Angeles, CA House of Blues 3/16 Anaheim, CA House of Blues 3/17 Reno, NV Knitting Factory 3/19 Boise, ID Revolution Center 3/20 Missoula, MT The Wilma Theater 3/22 Seattle, WA Showbox At The Market 3/23 Spokane, WA Knitting Factory 3/24 Calgary, AB MacEwen Hall 3/25 Prince George, BC CN Centre 3/27 Dawson Creek, BC EnCana Events Centre 3/28 Edmonton, AB Shaw Conference Centre 3/30 Regina, SA Brandt Centre 4/01 Saskatoon, SA Credit Union Center 4/02 Winnipeg, MB MTS Centre 4/06 Ft. Wayne, IN Piere’s 4/09 New York, NY Best Buy Theatre 4/10 Baltimore, MD Rams Head 4/11 Philadelphia, PA Trocadero [button href=”” title=”Read Our Interview With Volbeat Frontman Michael Poulsen” align=”center”]

Maynard James Keenan Addresses His Reputation as a Notoriously Difficult Interview

Puscifer Entertainment Prolific musical mastermind and fresh-faced feature columnist Maynard James Keenan has just posted the latest installment of his Phoenix New Times bi-weekly blog. Keenan seems to be given a great deal of freedom when it comes to the subjects he chooses to cover for his column, and in this edition, the musician addresses his reputation for being a notoriously difficult interview. With Maynard Keenan receiving a massive amount of attention for each of his three bands, Tool , A Perfect Circle and Puscifer , journalists are constantly attempting to grab a moment of Keenan’s time. Approaching the 30 year mark as an active musician, Maynard has done his fair share of interviews, famously locking up when not being stimulated by the art of conversation. In Keenan’s latest blog, the singer recounts a discussion that took place between him and the co-author of his upcoming “semi-autobiography.” “She’d been browsing through some press clippings from ?recent years, and after the business end of our conversation, she commented on how forthcoming I was during her interview. She said it stood in direct contrast to some — but not all — of my tight-lipped discourse she’d found online. Her guess was that the journalists in question lacked enthusiasm. Her understatement was correct. This is not the case with all journalists I’ve encountered, but unfortunately, it’s the norm.” He continues, “The awesome writers strike up a conversation and my publicist has to cut us off ‘cuz we’re having too much fun. We call these people journalists. The lazy ones have a list of questions to which they’ve already anticipated the answers, so they don’t bother listening to my responses. We call these people never again.” “There seems to be an epidemic raging out there,” adds Keenan. “A whole lot of people are calling themselves professionals who really have no business doing so … Their skill is squeaking and moaning in order to get their way. Which is fine with me. It makes for easier targets.” Maynard fans are anxiously awaiting for the next Tool album, which is expected to see a 2013 release . Before that, however, Puscifer will likely be releasing their ‘ Donkey Punch the Night ‘ EP this February. [button href=”” title=”Maynard Keenan Goes In-Depth About Upcoming Puscifer EP” align=”center”]

Maynard James Keenan’s Puscifer to Release ‘Donkey Punch the Night’ EP in Early 2013

Puscifer Entertainment Rock and metal music’s greatest workaholic, Maynard James Keenan , has announced the upcoming release of new Puscifer material. Keenan is famous for his work with Tool and A Perfect Circle , but Puscifer is another beast entirely, mixing electronic elements with bizarre imagery and gorgeous songwriting. Puscifer’s next release, ‘Donkey Punch the Night,’ is set to drop on Feb. 19 and will consist of eight tracks. The EP will showcase the talents of Keenan, singer-songwriter Carina Round , Mat Mitchell, Josh Eustis and A Perfect Circle musicians Matt McJunkins and drummer Jeff Friedl; the same solid lineup featured throughout the band’s 2011 album, ‘Conditions of My Parole.’ Out of the eight tracks featured on the record, there will be two original songs: ‘Breathe’ and ‘Dear Brother.’ ‘Donkey Punch the Night will also house various remixes, along with covers of Queen’s ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ and Accept’s ‘Balls to the Wall.’ Keenan spoke about the inclusion of the two covers on the band’s forthcoming EP. “While continuing our tradition of releasing a few new songs at a time,” explained Keenan. “I also had an itch that needed scratching, and that itch was ‘Balls to the Wall.’ Which was followed by an even harder to reach itch known as ‘Bohemian Rhapsody.’  And scratch them we did.” Check out the full track listing for Puscifer’s ‘Doney Punch the Night’ EP below. Puscifer, ‘Donkey Punch the Night’ Track Listing: 1.  ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ – “O.G. Mix” 2.  ‘Breathe’ 3.  ‘Dear Brother’ 4.  ‘Balls To The Wall’ – “PIllow Fight Mix” 5.  ‘Breathe’ – “Drumcell rework” 6.  ‘Dear Brother’ – “Denton rework” (Big Black Delta) 7.  ‘Balls To The Wall’ – “Silent Servant El Guapo Mix” 8.  ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ – “Sonoio rework”