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Van Halen's David Lee Roth Takes Shots At Sammy Hagar Via Art

Van Halen frontman David Lee Roth continues to share controversial art and this time he takes some shots at his one-time replacement in the band, Sammy Hagar.

Earlier this year, Roth made headlines with one piece of original art where he joked that he was changing his name to El Roth after the country group Lady Antebellum changed their name.

Roth's latest piece of art is a newspaper called "The Daily Catastrophe" that shows a Red Rocker flying an airplane and contains the phrases "Red Rocker Refuses To Fly 55 In Afterlife," Up, Up, And Away," "Sam The Man Not Only Will Be Giving His Life For Rock And Roll, But Plans To Be Buried In His Recently Acquired Jet!"

The bottom of the painting proclaims, "Soggy Kudos To The Bottom's Favorite Front Guy For Planning Ahead!". And the masthead for the newspaper says 2 cents worth.



Dance Gavin Dance Announce Special Streaming Event

Dance Gavin Dance have announced that they will be playing a special global streaming event dubbed "Tree City Sessions Volume 2", that is being produced by Danny Wimmer Presents.

The vent will be taking place live from the Sacramento Tower Bridge in their hometown on Saturday, December 19th At 4pm PST/7pm EST, and will feature a set list voted on by their fans.

Frontman Tilian Pearson had this to say, "We are poised to step up to the challenge of playing a fully fan-voted set, and it is an honor to be able to shut down traffic in the middle of the city to do it."

Mike Testa, President & CEO of Visit Sacramento, added, "Sacramento has a deep history of prominent bands that call our city home and we're excited to add Dance Gavin Dance to that list.

"You can tell by their heartfelt words, and their energetic performance, that they love their hometown as much as we do and we're proud to showcase them on the region's most notable landmark, the Tower Bridge."

Tickets are available here and a trailer for the special event can be seen here.



Late Megadeth Icon Nick Menza Documentary Announced

A new documentary about the late "Rust In Peace" era Megadeth drummer Nick Menza has been announced by Screaming Butterfly Entertainment and the producers have shared a "sizzle reel" for the film.

Here is the synopsis: "'This Was My Life' will be the first-ever film to memorialize Menza's legacy and celebrate his life exactly how it was. It is described in a press release as "an unflinching exploration into the life of one of the most successful thrash-metal drummers of all time, authorized by the Menza family. From his childhood all the way through to the end of his life including a true blow-by-blow account of the repeated failed attempts of the classic 'Rust In Peace' lineup.

"This Was My Life" will feature rare and never-before-seen photos and video footage from Nick's archived VHS tape collection, personally filmed by Menza himself from 1988 through 1991. Included will be exclusive content showcasing Nick working at the studio, personal home movies, casual time and party time with his fellow bandmembers, as well as other well-known artists of the era that Nick toured with."

Menza's longtime personal manger Robert Bolger had this to say in the announcement, "I am very excited to be working with Screaming Butterfly Entertainment on Nick's official documentary.

"There's a lot of published misinformation out there about Nick that isn't true and I am very happy to bring the truth forth. Nick loved his fans and always said without the fans none this would be possible. I really think Nick's fans will enjoy this journey through his life." Watch the sizzle reel here.



Slipknot Push Back Knotfest Japan To 2022

Slipknot have announced that they have been forced to once again postpone their Knotfest Japan 2020, due to the Covid-19 lockdowns and the event will now take place in April of 2022.

The original festival was scheduled to take place this past May but was postponed to January of 2021. The band and the promoter have now opted to push it back until 2022.

They said, "As a result of the ongoing situation with the coronavirus mandates in Japan and around the world, after thorough discussions with Knotfest organizers & Slipknot's concern for the safety of the fans, artists, staff and everyone involved, we regretfully announce the postponement of Knotfest Japan 2020 scheduled for January 10th 2021 and January 11th 2021 at Makuhari Messe.

"We understand a second postponement is difficult news. Slipknot, their management, and our entire staff sincerely apologize for any inconveniences this has caused the fans that have been looking forward to the event.

"The new show dates are as follows: Knotfest Japan 2022 Roadshow: April 9th (Saturday) 2022 / Festival: April 10th (Sunday) 2022 Venue: Makuhari Messe International Exhibition Hall 9-11.

"For people who wish to keep their tickets, please store your purchased tickets in a safe place as they will be honored for the rescheduled dates. For people who wish to receive a refund, ticket refunds will be available between 10AM on December 2 (Wednesday) 2020 and 11:59PM January 12 (Tuesday) 2021." See the tweet here.



Clutch Announce Live from the Doom Saloon - Volume III

Clutch have announced a new installment for their Live From The Doom Saloon streaming concert series that will be taking place on December 18th.

The special livestream, dubbed Live from the Doom Saloon - Volume III, will feature a 15 song set of classics as voted by the fans. Frontman Neil Fallon had this to say, "The Doom Saloon Volume 2 set was written by a fan.

"We had over 4000 set list submissions. We were able to see what songs were the most requested and for Doom Saloon Volume 3 we will play the fifteen most requested songs from Doom Saloon Volume 2's set list requests. It could be thought of as a greatest hits set as per the fans."

Show donations will benefit Save Our Stages, which benefits music venues that have been hit hard by the Covid-19 lockdowns. Fans can grab tickets here.



Jon Anderson's Song Of Seven Expanded For Reissue

Legendary Yes frontman Jon Anderson's classic 1980 solo album "Song Of Seven" has been remastered and expanded for a special reissue from Esoteric Recordings

Jon had this to say, "So great to listen again to where I was musically 40 years ago...still dreaming the same dreams, and in my early years of orchestration ideas...very gentle reminders to stay cool... don't hurry, all will be well, 'take your time'...wonderful bass work, and all the wonderful friends and musicians just came into my life for a couple of months...Jack Bruce even!!!

"Everybody Loves you, but I love you a little bit more...sweet lyric, and then the wild and crazy Song Of Seven lyric... "most of it was spontaneous and feeling very open about life... and the mystery of it all...still do...

"As always I'm here in my studio still juggling lyrics and music and songs... I'm excited that this can be heard again.. Best wishes to everyone... be well be safe... Love and 'Light'...Jon Anderson"

Jon recently sat down with Esoteric Recordings' Mark Powell to talk about recording Song Of Seven and what it meant at the time. Watch that and see the tracklisting here.



Kreator Announce 'Under The Guillotine' Box Set

Kreator have announced that they will be releasing a deluxe box set entitled 'Under The Guillotine' on February 26th that will feature their iconic output during their Noise Records Years.

Chipster sent over the following details: The story of Kreator's meteoric rise to the global elite of thrash metal bands from their humble beginnings in Essen Germany, began under their first name of Tormentor in the early 80's. It was their 'Blitzkreig' and 'End Of The World' demos changing hands in the era's bustling underground tape-trading network that exposed them to the international metal community. Positive word of mouth soon attracted the attention of Germany's own metal start-up, Noise Records, which signed the newly re-christened Kreator to a deal.

Kreator's tenure at the label spawned six studio albums and established them as one of the most influential on the thrash scene, one they dominate to this day. 1985 debut, Endless Pain was a savage debut; its crude thrashing quickly had the underground metal world abuzz with excitement. 1986's Follow up, Pleasure To Kill is considered the band's first "classic" album and raised the bar with more diversity of tempos, while losing nothing in terms of ferocity or speed. 1987's Terrible Certainty further cemented the reputation that Kreator were one of the genre's finest exponents. In 1989 the band closed the decade with the thrash triumph of Extreme Aggression, their biggest seller to date. 1990's huge magnum opus Coma Of Souls confirmed them in thrash history before they diversified their sound on the experimental, Renewal in 1992. Read more here.



A Very Merry Virtual Punxmas Streaming Event Coming

(Carry The 4) Indie/punk label Manic Kat Records have announced their Christmas festival, A Very Merry Virtual Punxmas, that will take place on December 19th and 20th, 7pm-11pm EST, on the label's interactive platform for live music, Punk Hub Live.

The raucous festivities feature performances from a number of MKR bands including New Age Affair, When Thieves are About & latest signing, Australian pop-punks Nautical Mile.

The festival A Very Merry Virtual Punxmas will be hosted by Suicide Doll Paijee Doll and TikTok influencer Kiwi, in affiliation with non profit Blankfest XXIV. Check it out here.



Above Snakes Release 'Never Alone' Video

Above Snakes have released a music video for their latest single, "Never Alone," that was directed by Adrienne Beacco and Jake Jones at Excelleration Media.

Johnny Skulls had this to say, "'Never Alone' is about being trapped in a chaotic time in life and just before it gets worse, A special force pulls you away from the evil in life whether it's a person, a spirit, or your own self conscious, knowing now you'll never be alone. This video tells a story of where I was in life and how a significant other ripped me away from it all and brought me back to life".

Dax Dabs addedm "Working with Adrienne Beacco and Jake Jones on this Video was such a blast! Both super creative people who made a lot of our ideas truly come to life!

"The video was shot in 2 full days with the performance scenes shot on a green screen set we built ourselves, along with the other scenes shot outside where we built the cemetery and dug the grave too, pretty stoked on how everything turned out!" Watch the video here.



Singled Out: Pretty Awkward's Bored

Pretty Awkward recently released their new single and video entitled "Bored" and to celebrate the band tell us about the song and visual. Here is the story:

Nicholas Wiggins: "Bored" was the first song we ever wrote completely as a band together all in one room. We wrote this track in the studio while in LA working with a couple producers known as HEAVY. It was very interesting and exciting having this all come to life before our eyes. It's truly a beautiful thing when friends come together and create something completely out of nothing".

Lead vocalist Austin Held: When I started writing the lyrics, I was honestly in a little bit of a block. I reminded myself that I should start with a statement about myself and maybe I can build off of that to make something cool. The first line in the song was the first line I wrote, "I laugh the hardest when I fall." From there it flowed really well. I keep all my lyric ideas in my notes on my phone, and when it came time for the chorus, I felt like I could already see the attitude of this character and scrolled across a line I wrote the year before which was, "I get bored when my ADD kicks in". I tend to have a scattered brain sometimes and rather than getting frustrated with it, I tend to get bored of it and thought that idea would be a fun and light hearted way to go about addressing my own mental health. I feel like now more than ever, folks can really relate to being bored.

The video for 'Bored' was filmed recently at Magnuson Park in Seattle. The band, chose this location because of the symbolic meaning of the area and the sculptures in the park. Held explains "The environmentally scaled sculptures you see in the video were created using the actual diving-plane fins from decommissioned United States Navy attack submarines built in the 1960s. The fins are arranged to simulate the dorsal fins of a large Orca whale pod or a school of salmon. This artwork represents the ultimate in recycling....'From Swords into Plowshares'. The hope is that similar "pods" will be created around the country and the world, as symbols for peace on a global scale".

Hearing is believing. Now that you know the story behind the song, listen and watch for yourself right here!




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