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Mark Tremonti Talks Alter Bridge, Future Solo Project Plans + More With Loudwire Radio

Mary Ouellette, SheWillShootYou.com The man of many bands, guitarist Mark Tremonti , will be the special guest on this weekend’s Loudwire Radio show with host Mike ‘Sandman’ Sanders. The rocker took the time to discuss his solo band, Creed and Alter Bridge . Tremonti, the band, are currently winding down their North American dates, with the final show scheduled for March 5 in West Hollywood. Meanwhile, Alter Bridge recently announced that they’d be releasing a new album and touring in 2013. Find out the latest on all of Tremonti’s project, including some big news about bassist Wolfgang Van Halen, in the Q&A with Sandman below: Can you share the backstory on the new Tremonti single ‘Wish You Well’ with us? Well, that song is probably the oldest song that I’ve ever put on a record. I started writing it back in 7th or 8th grade and had demos made of it, then I made another demo for the first Alter Bridge record but it never made the record. So, I’ve been waiting for this song a long time to finally get it out there. Obviously people know you from being the guitarist in Creed and Alter Bridge, but your solo album has done really well. How long was the album in the planning in your thoughts, as far as going out and putting your own record out? For years, I knew I had a lot of song ideas that would never see the light of day unless I did something about it. And then when I saw my schedule open up when Myles left on the Slash tour for about three months, I just kind of decided that was when I was going to get busy and record those ideas. We should mention that the album is titled ‘All I Was’ and, although he’s not on the album, he is on tour with you: Wolfgang Van Halen . Are you going to return him to his father someday or are you going to adopt him and keep him? He’s going to be an official member of the band. He’ll be on our next album and doing all the tours, it’s just … we’re going to have to … just like we work around the Alter Bridge schedule, this year we’ll have to work around the Van Halen schedule, as well. Fantastic. Now, I know you’re on tour for a little bit longer. What is the time table, as far as, heading back into the studio to work on your next Tremonti album? I’m not sure right now. I’m really focused on getting this Alter Bridge record written and finalized and getting to the studio and then once things die down a little bit from that I’ll see if I’ve got any breaks — again, probably when Myles is out with Slash — to get going on writing another Tremonti record. I know there was a report at Loudwire.com that had you and Myles in the studio together for at least a brief time in between his U.S. tour with Slash and then him going overseas. So, you guys have gotten a little bit of work done I’m assuming? Yeah, we’ve got about five songs that I think are album worthy and ready to go to pre-production at this point. And I guess my next question would be about your other band — the first band that brought you to prominence is Creed. Is there a future for that band? Do you see putting out another record with those guys? Well, we just toured extensively last year with Creed and did about all the touring we could do in the States and we went to South America and Indonesia and I think I’m going to take a rest from Creed and get back with some Alter Bridge music and see what happens from there. Also, I noted that you recently visited some U.S. troops over in Germany, and I’m sure that meant a lot to them. What does that mean to you, to be able to go out and support our Armed Forces? Any time you can make [members of the military] happy by just showing up and shaking some hands and talking to folks, it’s a great thing. It’s just part of one of the bonuses of what we do. People like meeting their favorite musicians and when you can go and visit somebody that’s away from their family and risking their lives for you … to make them happy, I’m all about it. Editor’s note: Tremonti just revealed to Entertaim.net that Alter Bridge are currently planning to start production on their forthcoming disc in April, with tentative plans to tour this fall. To read Tremonti’s comments on the timeline, click here . To catch Mark Tremonti on the airwaves this weekend, click below to see which stations air Loudwire Radio. [button href=”http://loudwire.com/loudwire-radio-station-list/” title=”See Which Stations Carry Loudwire Radio” align=”center”]

Testament’s Set List From Huntington, New York Live Album Performance Revealed

Nuclear Blast Records Testament took the stage at Huntington, New York’s Paramount Theatre Friday night (Feb. 15) with the primary goal of filming and recording the experience for an upcoming DVD and live album. In all, the band clocked in a 90-minute-plus performance and a set list from the show has now surfaced. As expected, there was a mix of older favorites and songs from the band’s latest album. The show began with ‘Rise Up,’ which serves as the lead off track from their most recent disc, ‘Dark Roots of Earth.’ ‘Native Blood,’ ‘True American Hate,’ and the ‘Dark Roots of Earth’ title track also made the night’s set list during the body of the show. The performance also featured a pair of encores, with the band rocking out ‘The Formation of Damnation’ during their first return and ‘Over the Wall’ and ‘Disciples of the Watch’ to close out the night. The still untitled live disc would be the band’s first concert release since 2009′s ‘Live at Eindhoven ’87.’ They also released their ‘Live in London’ DVD back in 2005 and ‘Seen Between the Lines’ on VHS in 1991. Though the entire show was recorded and the set list is offered below, things such as which songs make the cut and running order have not been decided. Singer Chuck Billy recently stated prior to the Huntington show, “We haven’t shot a live DVD or CD since our ‘Live in London’ release and we’ve had two killer albums since then. We thought it would be cool to put out a live DVD/CD focusing on the last three records (‘The Gathering,’ ‘The Formation of Damnation’ and ‘Dark Roots of Earth’) mixed in with a good amount of classics too. Last time we recorded anything live in America was for Live at the Fillmore on the West Coast. This time we thought we’d give the East Coast a chance to show the world how crazy and loud they can be. We’re going to be playing an extra-long 17 – 18 song set, which will be our lengthiest set of the tour. Let’s see all you thrashers stirring it up out there and singing along! See ya!” The band is currently on tour with Overkill , Flotsam and Jestam and 4ARM. The remaining dates of the trek can be seen here . Testament — Huntington, N.Y., Feb. 15, 2013 Set List: ‘Rise Up’ ‘More Than Meets the Eye’ ‘Burnt Offerings’ ‘Native Blood’ ‘True American Hate’ ‘Dark Roots of Earth’ ‘Into the Pit’ ‘Practice What You Preach’ ‘Riding the Snake’ ‘Eyes of Wrath’ ‘Trial By Fire’ ‘The Haunting’ ‘The New Order’ ‘D.N.R. (Do Not Resuscitate)’ ’3 Days in Darkness’ Encore 1: ‘The Formation of Damnation’ Encore 2: ‘Over the Wall’ ‘Disciples of the Watch’ [button href=”http://loudwire.com/testament-chuck-billy-touring-creating-music/” title=”Next: Chuck Billy Shares His Thoughts on Touring + Creating Music” align=”center”]

GWAR Announce Second Leg of U.S. ‘Fate or Chaos’ Tour With Warbeast + Wilson

Praise be to our intergalactic lords and masters of GWAR , as the alien metallers have announced a second leg of their ‘Fate or Chaos’ tour. The string of U.S. dates will be shared with the bands Warbeast and Wilson, who will open for GWAR during the 16-date tour. GWAR launched their ‘Fate or Chaos’ tour in late 2012, bringing DevilDriver, Cancer Bats and Legacy of Disorder along for the ride, resulting in a solid bill of acts. The quality continues this April when the traveling freak show begins again. GWAR front freak Oderus Urungus put down his crack pipe for a moment to lend us his thoughts about the future dates: As you humans amuse yourself with your mundane holidays, it has been a time of intense activity for GWAR, as we record our 13th studio album– the first one with our new Scumdog brother, Pustulus Maximus! We begin this years festivities with the second and final leg of our Fate or Chaos tour, so everybody who missed the first leg can see Cyber-Jesus get his f—ing ass handed to him. Then it’s back in the studio to work on all the hulking war machines we shall need on our devastating, brand-spanking new tour, after the album drops at the end of the summer! Can you believe I said drop? How f—ing stupid! Warbeast vocalist Bruce Corbitt also shared his excitement about the tour: This will be the second time Warbeast has toured with GWAR.  I have to admit, I’m even more excited this time around. GWAR is more than a metal show… it’s a metal experience. We’re just happy to be part of that experience again for a few weeks. We also can’t wait to play our new material from our upcoming second album ‘Destroy’ in front of their insane fans! Stay tuned for upcoming news on GWAR’s next album and check out the new ‘Fate or Chaos’ tour dates below. GWAR 2013 ‘Fate or Chaos’ Tour Dates: 04/10 – Tucson, Ariz. – Rialto Theatre 04/11 – San Diego, Calif. – House of Blues 04/12 – Las Vegas, Nev. – Hard Rock Cafe – The Strip 04/13 – Ventura, Calif. – Majestic Ventura Theatre 04/14 – Reno, Nev. – Knitting Factory 04/15 – Salt Lake City, Utah – The Complex 04/16 – Grand Junction, Colo. – Mesa Theater & Club 04/17 – Englewood, Colo. – Gothic Theatre 04/18 – Lincoln, Neb. – Bourbon Lounge 04/19 – Des Moines, Iowa – Wooly’s 04/20 – Tulsa, Okla. – Cain’s Ballroom 04/21 – Little Rock, Ark. – The Rev Room 04/22 – Nashville, Tenn. – Marathon Music Works 04/23 – Greenville, S.C. – The Handlebar 04/24 – Orlando, Fla. – Beacham Theater 04/25 – Jacksonville, FL – Free Bird Live [button href=”http://loudwire.com/decibel-magazine-tour-2013-must-see-metal-concerts/” title=”See the 2013 Must-See Metal Concerts” align=”center”]

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

Mary Ouellette, SheWillShootYou.com 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  Playboy.com 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=”http://loudwire.com/halestorm-jimmy-kimmel-live-love-bites-freak-like-me/” title=”Next: Watch Halestorm Perform on ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live'” align=”center”]

Hollywood Undead’s Johnny 3 Tears Talks New Album, Working With Slipknot’s Clown + More

Ethan Miller, Getty Images Hollywood Undead have just unleashed their new album, ‘ Notes From the Underground ,’ and one of the band’s vocalists, Johnny 3 Tears, recently took some time out to speak about the creation of their latest effort with Loudwire. The rhyme-slinger also shares his thoughts on songwriting, shooting a music video with Slipknot ‘s Shawn Crahan , the importance of getting to know the fans, what makes their live shows special and the evolution of their famous masks. Check out the interview below: Loudwire had a chance to preview the first webisode for the ‘Notes From the Underground’ sessions and it looks like you’re just having a really ‘good time’ in the studio. Did it seem more laid back this time around for you? That was all an act. [laughs] But yeah, you know, sometimes you get too comfortable and the more you’re in a band the more complacent you can get, so I think our focus was really on keeping it interesting and not getting too comfortable, but we try to keep it exciting which is where liquor and such comes in, you know. You never know what’s gonna happen, buddy! With such a large group of guys and people contributing, is it difficult to pick and choose what’s going to make it to a record and does having such a wealth of talent in the band lead to an excess of material? It’s a little more systematic than that. There’s typically just a few of us writing songs and the other guys bring in their thing and stuff like that, but if you saw us writing songs you’d think it was just a couple of schmoes that just sit with an acoustic and write and then we kind of build from there. At the core, I think we start a song just like anybody else, but I think we just build more around it as opposed to a more strict mentality that some guys have. But we do write a lot more than we typically need, but in this day and age, it’s tough. There’s so many places you have to put songs to get your CD out. It’s not like you just make a record with 14 songs, stick it out, and that’s that. There’s iTunes and bonus tracks and foreign releases and EPs, so the songs always end up somewhere in other words. The single ‘We Are’ is an anthemic track with a strong message. Tell us a bit about the genesis of that song. I actually wrote that chorus before anything else and it was on standstill for a while. I wrote that chorus when we were on tour last year and at the time, I mean, I don’t know, I guess especially when you’re out on the road, you talk to a lot of kids. A large majority of our fanbase are 16- and 17-year-old kids and they get up in their 20s and stuff, and the vast majority of them I make it a point to speak [to] and get to know as many of them as I can. And I suppose I hear a lot about their difficulties in this day and age. It’s depressing. I’m older now and kind of out of touch with some of the things that present themselves. And I kind of got the idea from talking to kids as much as I could. They go through what they go through and I always find that inspiring. I think it’s one of the more difficult times in anyone’s life and that was what I wrote the chorus about and we kind of filled in the gaps from there. I kind of got a smile out of the ‘We Are’ line, ‘You can see God when I take my mask off.’ Obviously, it’s fun for you and you take pride in writing some clever lyrics, but do you have a favorite lyric off this album? There’s one song in particular, it’s called ‘Outside’ and it’s the last song on the record, and I think more so than any other song, that one, and it’s not just one lyric but the whole thing and the message, but to me it’s the best Hollywood Undead song that we’ve ever written. That’s my personal viewpoint, but it was one of the songs that we sort of wrote on accident. We’re not one of those bands, not a radio band that’s ever going to get the artistic credit, not that we even deserve it. I’m not saying that, don’t get me wrong, but I think that was one of those artistic moments where we went, ‘Oh, we’re actually really good at this sometimes.’ Sometimes, we’re not, but like George Harrison said, ‘Sometimes you just write a stinkeridoo or a bad song,’ but that was the complete opposite moment where I went, ‘Sometimes we can do this well,’ and I think that whole song was that moment for me. We’ve all had a chance to see the ‘We Are’ video , which is pretty awesome. What was it like getting a chance to work with Slipknot’s Shawn ‘Clown’ Crahan, who directed the video? Oh, it was gnarly. You know, one cool thing about it, it was really unexpected. There’s a group of guys who do music videos very consistently and we’ve worked with some of them, and they’re all very good, don’t get me wrong, but we wanted to do something different. And one of the guys had heard that Shawn had actually done some videos and that he might have an interest, so we just took a shot in the dark. We didn’t actually expect that to happen. And not only was he interested, he was excited. So that was pretty mind-blowing from the beginning. The coolest thing to me was that he’s been in a band a lot longer than he’s been a video director, so to him, I think he understands the other side of it. You get a real feeling of comfort and he really listens to you. You can really tell, but he really gave us some artistic freedom too. On most videos, it’s kind of a cattle call and you do what they tell you to do and you leave. But this was much more of a discussion and he was very welcoming to our ideas. It was quite a thrill and the dude is certainly a very creative force. I’m very interested to see where his career goes as a director because he’s got a world of talent. I heard that you shot that video at the abandoned Linda Vista Hospital. How spooky was that? [Laughs] Yeah man, it’s just a weird, weird spot. It’s really really creepy and I know it has a really funky history. I know it was on ‘Ghost Hunters’ and I know those shows are garbage, but still. But, you know, there was like 60 people there so I wasn’t by myself. I don’t think you could pay me a lot of money to go inside alone cause I’m a chickens—. But when you’re there with a lot of people, it was fun. There were incubators lying around and spinal tap machines and a morgue where you could open the freezer doors. It really gave me the heebee jeebees, but it was definitely good for the music video. Your fanbase is growing year-by-year. What are some of your favorite moments of interacting with the fans and getting that positive feedback? When you’re in a band, there’s so many steps or little goals that you shoot for as time goes on and stuff. I remember when saving up to buy a guitar amp was one thing and I think at that point it seemed pretty unrealistic that you would actually get to have a relationship like this. But there are enough kids out there that are interested in what you have to say, and that’s the most gratifying part. To think that there are people out there who are identifying with what you are saying, I think that was kind of an unrealistic goal before it happened, so that fact that it has and that we’re in this position, to be able to do what we gotta do … You know sometimes, I’ll forget and it’ll just hit me and blow me away that I can write music and do what I always want to do, but there’s people out there who understand it and that’s one of the coolest parts. Just hanging out with kids after a show and hearing what they have to say. Man, I do that most every night we’re on tour cause I like ‘em a lot more than my fellow bandmates. Getting into the album a little further, ‘Dead Bite’ leads off this disc and it’s got that sick opening that sounds like a demented kid’s tale. Where did that song come from? ‘Dead Bite,’ I think that’s actually the only song on the record where we wrote the verses and then applied a chorus to it. Almost all of these, I think it would be safe to say we write a chorus and then work from there. You know, there’s a lot of ups and downs as far as being in a band and it’s not always as fun as some people might thing, and it was a really good opportunity for the band to get stuff off their chest. So, straight up, it’s one of those songs that’s supposed to make the white kids roll around in their cars and be tough for a while type thing. It was a fun thing to make with the aggression, but not just screaming at the top of your lungs. Once we put words to it, it was a fun song to write. Funny Man stated that he just directed a lyric video for ‘Up in Smoke.’ I was wondering, when you’re writing the music, do you take in all aspects of a song, like how it will translate live or what a video might look like? I don’t. I’m always thinking about the songs and the record and that’s enough stress. But with [lyric videos], it’s like you just give Funny a joint and a cell phone camera and you’ll usually end up with something okay. I usually don’t have to worry about it too much. I’m hearing some buzz that ‘Another Way Out’ may be a key track for you down the road a bit. Can you tell me a little bit about that song? I think it’ll definitely be a single down the road. That’s a straight-up rock two-and-a-half minutes of go-time type of song. It’s really clever and really catchy and that song, in particular, we didn’t want to make it hard to understand. It’s one of those Andrew W.K. super-melodic moments where we just wanted to make a catchy song that people can just rock out to. Sometimes music doesn’t have to be complicated and that was definitely one of those moments. But it’s a fun song where simplicity is kind of bliss. What new songs are you working into your  new tour ? I know we’re going to add ‘Dead Bite’ and ‘We Are’ to the immediate run that’s in January. We start right when the record comes out. But we don’t want to do too much. I used to hate that when I was a kid and I’d go see a band and they would just play their whole new record that I hadn’t heard yet. That used to be a real bum-out. So we do it bits and pieces. We’ll do ‘Dead Bite’ and ‘We Are’ to kick things off. It’s a quick run. Then we’ll go back and rehearse and we’ll learn some more songs and add ‘em as we go, so that way you never assault the senses of our audience, you know? God forbid they hear something they haven’t heard before. I figure at three albums in, you’ve also got to be pretty loose and confident in the live show as well. Can you take me up onstage and tell me a little of the feeling you get performing with these guys night-in, night-out? It’s a cool blessing to be able to rock out every day. We try to keep it as fun as possible, even in the darker moments. I think one of the cool things about our band, and what makes it different, is that we play different things during the set. We’re all multi-instrumental, so you’ll see one guy play bass the guitar the piano and whatever. We circulate a lot and I think that kind of keeps the show going and intriguing to the audience. But we certainly want people to come in and have a good time and feel like they got their money’s worth and that’s our number one goal. With each disc, you update the masks a little bit. Can you tell us about the evolution of the masks as we head into the ‘Notes From the Underground’ album? Every time we try and change them and keep them interesting artistically. That was always the focus of the masks was to have some sort of visual representation outside of a bunch of dudes with tattoos standing around. That was never something we wanted to buy into, so that’s why they were created. We want them to evolve, but they eventually might evolve to us not wearing them at all. I don’t really know. We just kind of take it with time. But each time we try to step it up and make ‘em cooler. We’ve got a guy, this guy named Jerry Constantine, who we work with and he’s a real genius. He helps ‘em along and we make sure we don’t change them so much that their not familiar, but change them enough to where we’re stoked on ‘em and kids could stay interested. So it’s one of those things. We take it as it goes and as long as it’s something that captivates us, we’ll keep doing it. ‘Notes From the Underground’ is now available via iTunes . The band is currently in the midst of a U.S. winter tour. See the remaining dates here . [button href=”http://loudwire.com/hollywood-undead-behind-the-scenes-we-are-video-directed-by-slipknot-clown/” title=”Next: Watch Making of Hollywood Undead’s ‘We Are’ Video” align=”center”]

Lamb of God’s Randy Blythe ‘Getting Ready Mentally’ for Czech Republic Trial

Liz Ramanand, Loudwire One month ago, Lamb of God vocalist Randy Blythe was handed the reality of a court date in the Czech Republic. Facing manslaughter charges in an incredibly controversial case stemming from a 2010 concert incident, Blythe’s legal proceedings are set to begin on Feb. 4 . With the proverbial hourglass drawing closer to an empty top, Blythe recently posted a poetic and introspective piece of writing on his Instagram account detailing his thoughts. Although Randy Blythe could conceivably remain in the United States to avoid his trial, the vocalist has chosen to face the Prague 8 District Court and fight the charges brought against him. Blythe, who spent five weeks in a Czech prison over the summer while awaiting his bail to be approves, had given his situation a great deal of thought over the past few months. Upon discovering an old suitcase while out and about in his hometown of Richmond, Va., Blythe was inspired to write about his upcoming trial in the Czech Republic: The last 2 or 3 days I have been getting ready mentally to leave my home & return to Prague to do this whole trial thing in early February. It’s not something I particularly WANT to do; but inside, my gut & heart tells me it is the RIGHT thing to do. I cannot turn my back [on] the right thing. As I’ve been thinking, I’ve [been] shooting [pictures] a lot around my hometown. I love this place. A couple of days ago I went to my mechanic to get my truck worked on- the garage is over near the CSX train yard here in Richmond. I dropped off my truck & went creeping under the over pass that runs above the tracks. As usual, there was a lot of sleeping gear, trash, old mattresses & stuff that homeless people keep there. In my younger days, I used to ride freight trains across our country. I have spent many nights under bridges just like this one in freight yards across the USA. I have always loved to travel, & have been across the USA three times without a dime in my pocket most of the time, learning the survival skills of the hobos & street people of our country. You can get by with almost nothing if you know what you are doing. This old suit case sitting up on this ledge really captured my attention. I wonder what it once held? Safe travels to whoever owns it… As mentioned, Randy Blythe’s trial is scheduled to commence on Feb. 4. In addition to the aforementioned suitcase, the Lamb of God frontman has posted a number of his photos on his Instagram account recently, including recent images of his Virginia hometown and his travels in New York City, as well as vintage pictures of him posing with the late Dimebag Darrell. Check them out here . [button href=”http://loudwire.com/2013-grammy-awards-best-hard-rock-metal-performance-nominees-anthrax-halestorm-iron-maiden-lamb-of-god-marilyn-manson-megadeth/” title=”Lamb of God Nominated for 2013 Grammy Award” align=”center”]

Machine Head’s Robb Flynn Talks Hernia Surgery, New Live Album + 2013 Plans

Liz Ramanand, Loudwire Machine Head  frontman  Robb Flynn  was the guest on Full Metal Jackie’s radio show this past weekend. Flynn spoke all about his hardships and fears with his hernia surgery as well as how going through that experience may impact future material for Machine Head. Flynn also spoke in depth about recording the band’s new live album ‘Machine F—ing Head.’ Read the full interview with Robb Flynn below: How are you feeling, sir? I’m doing alright, could be better, could be worse. You obviously had to drop off the Dethklok tour for some surgery and pretty amazing that you jumped back on so quickly. Thank you, we took nine shows off – I had an emergency, double hernia sugery. About a year ago I got a hernia and it was right before we started touring for ‘Locust’ and I went in to get it fixed and the doctor was like, “Well you’re not going to be able to sing for a couple of months,” and I was like, “Well I’m going on tour next week so that’s not going to work.” So he was like, “You know what if it’s not hurting that bad, basically it’s your intestines are poking out, you just push them all back in” and I was like “Oh, okay” [Laughs] so I did that and it didn’t really hurt that much. About three months ago I don’t know what I did but I got a second one in my nuts and basically my guts would drop into my nuts and that was a little more painful – having to push those back in, it was a little more complicated. I was touring and I just kept on touring and then we had a break and then we went back out on this thing and I figured, “Hey I’ve been on tour already with both of these things it should be fine.” I had already scheduled a surgery for January and about halfway through the tour – this whole tour has just been nuts it was like the f—ing hurricane and getting banned [by Disney] and the hernias and the bus breaking down [laughs] it’s just like Jesus Christ. The three shows leading up to Minneapolis it was pretty brutal after every show and then the day off — I couldn’t sit, I couldn’t stand and I was like “Alright guys” I pulled everybody in my room and I’m like “This is it, I’ve been doing this for a year and a half, my body’s having a mutiny on me here.” They were cool and we just shot for Portland and here I am and it’s been going good. I thought I would take it easy, I told myself when I started going back out, “Okay take it easy, you’re going to take it easy now” and I don’t know how to take it easy. I get up there and do my thing and pay the price after if I have to. Documenting the sugery as a series of video diaries is pretty revealing. Was that about creating a greater bond with fans or more for you to see yourself throughout the whole process? I mean at first it was just kind of a goof [laughs] like I want to see what I look like coming out of all this great anesthesia and all the great drugs they’ve got me on. I don’t know I guess I was a little nervous and I just wanted to film it – I don’t know it sucks, the whole thing sucks, I’m dropping off, missing a bunch of shows, a bunch of people were bummed. I just thought maybe show people what I’m going through and share this thing – lots of dudes are like “I’m f—ing invincible” even if that’s how I feel sometimes that isn’t the way life goes and it was cool to share it. People were stoked about it like, “Wow man that’s a pretty brutal thing to show” and it was pretty f—ing brutal those first couple of days. I had to have Pando, my merch guy – he was with me the whole time, lifting my legs into beg, it took me about a minute to stand and a minute to sit down or lay down. I just felt like doing it and even for my own posterity just to see this moment in my life and I guess I thought I might die or something under the anesthesia. My goddamn wife planted all these stories in my head and I was like, “Jesus Christ, stop telling me all this crap” and so I was like, “Maybe if this is the last time, f— it there it is.” It’s like this morbid thing going through my head but that’s just how my brain was thinking at the time. What part of the surgical process will most likely become lyrics or somehow influence Machine Head music? Thinking about almost dying maybe? Yeah maybe, something like that – I was going to say writing a song about a hernia would be super lame. [Laughs] I don’t know yeah, maybe the thoughts about dying. What was pretty cool when I went into the actual surgery room – my wife watches a bunch of shows like ‘Grey’s Anatomy,’ and all the hospital shows, all the emergency room shows and I’m expecting it to be this f—ing totally dimly lit like, “Pass me the scalpel now! Stat.” I walk in and it’s this super brightly lit room and everyone’s like “Oh hey, how you doing?” And I’m like, “This isn’t like f—ing ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ what the f—?” [Laughs] I want to talk a little bit about the new live record ‘Maching F—ing Head’ Live. The album just came out, what do you like best about how you’ve evolved as a live band compared to what the ‘Hellalive’ album represented back in 2003? I think that the coolest thing about the live record for me, is that the ‘Hellalive’ documented up to ‘Supercharge’ where we were at in 2001/2002 and this is documenting up to where we are now –so the three records after that ‘Through the Ashes,’ ‘Blackening,’ ‘Unto the Locust.’ For me as I was going through the tracks and getting ready to mix them and we’re picking from all these different cities and countries and just listening to the fans, man The fans and the sing a longs and just chanting Machine Effin’ Head every three or four minutes and going on for a minute or so – it was amazing. When we started mixing it, we started listening to a lot of live records and a lot of live records now are like crappy studio records with a little bit of crowd here and there. There are screw ups on it, you can tell when the city changes and my voice is cracking here and there. There was a night where we were on fire and you’re going to miss a note here and there. Ultimately, as I started mixing it – I was just like the crowd needs to be louder I was telling the engineer the whole time “Dude, turn it up” and he’s like, “It’s making everything go out of phase” and I’m like “I don’t care.” We’re not the stars of this album, the fans, the head cases, those are the stars of this record. Listening to it, I got goosebumps – just listening to some of the live tracks it’s awesome. It’s amazing to walk out there and see those people lost their minds like they do. The head cases are intense. Robb, putting together the new live album for you, what was the biggest challenge when it came to differentiating between multiple recordings of the same song from an entire tour? My two criteria were if the band played it good [laughs], you know if we didn’t suck that night and sometimes you just hear something – there’s just a vibe, we’re playing with more power, if the drums are hitting harder, if there’s more spit going into the mic and the guitars are locked in tighter. Sometimes you just found a show where that happened a lot and then also how the crowd was, if the crowd was singing along, if the crowd was kind of quiet. We weren’t going to do something corny like fly in a crowd – we wanted the crowd to be the crowd from the shows. So those were the two things, a lot of times it was the band was on fire and the crowd was on fire too and it was almost like you could hear them feeding off of each other like they’re getting more pissed, we’re getting more pissed. It was just that back and forth and that was amazing to stumble upon when you finally find like “Oh s—t listen to that, that’s killer, that’s it” and you know it in a second. What can we expect after this current tour, going into 2013? You guys are done touring for the year – I hope you guys get a break. Yeah, for this year we got some stuff coming up and next year, we’re going out in March and April. It looks like we’re going to be doing some stuff in the summer, more touring. We’re going to start writing though in the beginning of the year or at the end of this year we’ll start writing. Do you think there will be a new record out next year? I don’t know if it’s going to happen next year, I’d love for it to happen next year – maybe some songs though. We might throw out maybe three or four new songs on an EP or on iTunes or do something where we just put up a song a month, maybe even just on the Internet or something. Who knows, just give fans something, I don’t necessarily think it needs to be a record that comes out. It can be new stuff that gets people talking and gets people excited and just put something out. Even for us, when we did ‘Through the Ashes of Empires,’ we put it out and it came out in Europe first and then when it came out in America six months later the label asked us, “Hey can you write another song to give people an incentive to buy it,” because if they’ve already bought the import from Europe which a lot of people had in America. It kind of lit a fire under us, we had to push, we had to put a new song together really quick. Just having that pressure in many ways made people stoked because they like the new song after something they had already heard for six months. It almost laid the foundation for the direction of ‘The Blackening’ and how it was going to go. I love the idea of doing something now and putting it out in April or May right before a summer tour and see how that inspiration takes us into the next record. I don’t know if it’s going to happen but that’s where my head’s at right now, that’s what I’d love to see happen. 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