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JIMMY PAGE Will 'Definitely' Write An Autobiography
Jimmy Page is planning to tell his life story in the form of a book. Speaking to Uncut magazine, the legendary LED ZEPPELIN guitarist said: "I will definitely do an autobiography. Every six months brings new things for me to write about or comment about. I have a number of ways I plan to approach it. But I am determined that I'll write it first and then go to a publisher, because I don't want to be held to a deadline." During the same chat, Page was asked by writer Michael Bonner if he is writing new music. He responded: "There will be something next year. But before that, there's a project that will be announced later this year; it's not necessarily musical. I'm old school. I don't announce anything too early." To order the latest issue of Uncut online and have it sent to your home, click here. Last October, LED ZEPPELIN released its first and only official illustrated book, "Led Zeppelin By Led Zeppelin". It was a unique collaboration between Page, Plant and Jones, who gave Reel Art Press unrestricted access to the LED ZEPPELIN archive. ZEPPELIN last performed in December 2007 in London with drummer Jason Bonham filling in for his late father John Bonham. "Jimmy Page: The Anthology" is now available to pre-order from JimmyPageAnthology.com. A companion piece to "Jimmy Page By Jimmy Page", the new signed, limited edition documents Page's musical career through selected material from his rich personal archives. The 384-page book sells for around $480 and ships in December from Genesis Publications.
BODY COUNT Is Mixing 'Carnivore' Album
BODY COUNT, the metal band fronted by hip-hop legend, actor and director Ice-T, is putting the finishing touches on its new album, "Carnivore", for a tentative early 2020 release. Asked by a fan on Twitter how the new BODY COUNT record is coming along, Ice-T responded: "Mixing it as we speak.. No solid release date set yet." Back in June 2018, Ice-T told Iain Chambers that BODY COUNT wanted to up the ante with its next album after setting a high standard with its last two studio releases. "When we did [2014's] 'Manslaughter', it was 20 years [since the previous record], and I just wanted to see if we had a fanbase, and we did," he said. "We outdid 'Manslaughter' with 'Bloodlust', and the posse grew. So now we've gotta outdo 'Bloodlust'. That's our only goal — not to make the greatest rock album in history; it's just to outdo 'Bloodlust'." According to Ice-T, he decided to call BODY COUNT's new album "Carnivore" because "people are getting so soft. It's okay for me to say, 'Oh, I'm a vegan,' or, 'I'm a vegetarian,'" he explained. "I say I'm carnivorous — I only eat meat. People go, 'What the fuck?' I think the person that's gonna come get you won't be a vegetarian; it will be [someone] carnivorous." "Bloodlust" was released in March 2017. The disc included contributions from MEGADETH's Dave Mustaine, SOULFLY and CAVALERA CONSPIRACY's Max Cavalera and LAMB OF GOD's Randy Blythe. "Bloodlust" was recorded with producer Will Putney (MISS MAY I, UPON A BURNING BODY), who also helmed "Manslaughter". The effort contained BODY COUNT's medley of the SLAYER songs "Postmortem" and "Raining Blood".
DELAIN Performs New Song 'Burning Bridges' Live For First Time (Video)
Dutch symphonic metallers DELAIN performed their new song "Burning Bridges" live for the first time this past Thursday night (September 19) at the opening show of their North American tour with AMORPHIS at the Theater Of Living Arts in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Fan-filmed video footage of the performance can be seen below. "Burning Bridges" will be released as a single on September 27. This past June, DELAIN frontwoman Charlotte Wessels confirmed that the band was putting the finishing touches on its new album for an early 2020 release. DELAIN's latest release was "Hunter's Moon", which came out in February via Napalm Records. The effort consisted of new studio tracks accompanied by a live Blu-ray from the group's sold-out "Danse Macabre" 2017 European tour. DELAIN drummer Joey De Boer is missing at least the first few shows of the band's current tour. According to a Facebook post by the Dutch metal band, "there has been a delay" in obtaining Joey's U.S. visa and "it may take as much as a couple of weeks to get" the paperwork processed. Filling in for him is AMORPHIS drummer Jan Rechberger. Guitarist Merel Bechtold left DELAIN in June to focus on different musical ambitions. Her final performance with DELAIN took place on June 23 at the Graspop Metal Meeting in Dessel, Belgium.
MICHAEL MONROE Says Touring U.S. Is 'Not Worth It' Unless You Are 'Opening For A Stadium-Sized Band'
In a brand new interview with Love Is Pop, former HANOI ROCKS singer Michael Monroe was asked if there is any chance of him touring the United States anytime soon. He responded: "Well, we'd love to play the States and we've done some tours there and stuff. New York and L.A. are always great, but the rest of the country… We've come to the conclusion that unless you get to be an opening act for a stadium-sized band, you're just banging your head against the wall, playing to a couple of hundred people a night. We can do that forever and not get anywhere in the Midwest and all that. "I like the audiences in America — they appreciate good, authentic rock 'n' roll — but unfortunately, the situation is such," he continued. "Especially now because the mainstream is like country and hip-hop. Rock 'n' roll isn't happening there, so far as I know. So, unless you get to play to a big amount of people every night for about a year or two opening for a stadium-sized band, then it's kind of not worth it. You're just wasting money and time. Unfortunately." Monroe will release his new album, "One Man Gang", on October 18 via Silver Lining Music. Recorded and mixed by Petri Majuri at E-Studio in Sipoo, Finland over three weeks in March 2018, the 12-song record was mixed that following autumn with Monroe and bandmates Rich Jones and Steve Conte on production duties. The Monroe band's all-star lineup features former HANOI ROCKS and NEW YORK DOLLS bass player Sami Yaffa, who has played with Michael since the '80s. On guitar duties are Rich Jones (formerly of the Ginger Wildheart band) and Steve Conte (best known as the guitarist who filled the void left by Johnny Thunders in the NEW YORK DOLLS, as well as playing guitar with many other name acts such as Suzi Quatro, Eric Burden and many more) and drummer Karl Rockfist (who has played with notable acts such as DANZIG).
PHILIP ANSELMO Has 'Zero Regrets' About Performing PANTERA Classics With THE ILLEGALS
Tapped as one of the opening acts on SLAYER's "The Final Campaign", the seventh and final leg of the thrash legends farewell world tour, Philip Anselmo and his band THE ILLEGALS will perform a special set of PANTERA classics only. Since the June 2018 death of drummer Vinnie Paul, Anselmo and THE ILLEGALS have been working in various PANTERA songs into their live set. In a recent interview with the "Talk Toomey" podcast, Anselmo discussed the reasoning and timing behind the PANTERA sets, and what the band's songs mean to those who missed out on seeing the band when they were active. "It seemed like after Vince died — Vinnie Paul died — there was a big, big, big contingency, I'll say, of people that were, like, 'Man, you should really play some PANTERA songs in tribute. You should really do it. Fuck what everybody else says. Don't worry about what the critics are gonna say about it. Just do it in total tribute,'" he said. "And that's what we've done. "Gosh, it's like when you do that stuff and you tour — when we're out there, it's either we're gonna do an ILLEGALS set or we're gonna mix it up a little bit, do some ILLEGALS, do some PANTERA, or it's just a straight-up PANTERA set. And it seems like — heck, case in point, would be Warsaw, Poland. We had never played there — PANTERA, I mean. [We] never had a chance to freaking play there. And there's been more than a couple of handful of shows like that where PANTERA had never played these particular cities. So, I guess for the people that live in these cities like Warsaw, it's a chance to see something, at least similar, that they've never seen before. Of course, it's not the classic Dimebag [Darrell, guitar], Vinnie Paul, Rex [Brown, bass] PANTERA. It's not that, and we, of course, we all know that. "It amazes me — it amazes me, the energy that I see from these audiences," he continued. "And I've gotta touch on the fact that we're playing a lot of these gigs for the younger crowd that grew up listening to PANTERA through their freaking parents. So that's an awesome influx of people, man. It's crazy, man — it really is. "I never thought I'd do this. I never thought it would come to this. The fact that we've done it I have zero regrets about. "I look into that audience and see the love people have for these songs, man. And it's sobering. It'll shake you to the core sometimes, but honestly, what gets me through is just seeing how much of a good time people are having, really." Up until his death in June 2018, Vinnie remained on non-speaking terms with Anselmo, whom the drummer indirectly blamed for the death of "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott, who was his brother. Vinnie Paul and Dimebag co-founded PANTERA. When PANTERA broke up in 2003, they formed DAMAGEPLAN. On December 8, 2004, while performing with DAMAGEPLAN at the Alrosa Villa in Columbus, Ohio, Dimebag was shot and killed onstage by a troubled schizophrenic who believed that the members of PANTERA were stealing his thoughts. Vinnie Paul died of dilated cardiomyopathy, an enlarged heart, as well as severe coronary artery disease. His death was the result of chronic weakening of the heart muscle — basically meaning his heart couldn't pump blood as well as a healthy heart. Vinnie was buried on June 30, 2018 next to his brother and their mother, Carolyn, at Moore Memorial Gardens Cemetery in Arlington, Texas.