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IAN PAICE Says Mutual Respect Is Key To DEEP PURPLE’s Longevity

In a new interview with Italy’s Radio Freccia, Ian Paice spoke about DEEP PURPLE’s longevity and the role friendship and mutual respect have played in keeping the band together for so long.

“I think it was the stresses and strains that helped create the band, but if those same problems were with us today, we would not be here,” Ian said (see video below).

“We have a situation where, as you get a little older and hopefully a little wiser, you understand that not everybody is gonna see the world the way you see it, and those differences you have to allow for,” he explained. “The fact that you may not agree with the way one of the bandmembers lives his life has nothing to do with you. So long as he turns up and he plays the music and he plays it good, that’s all you need to know. And if you don’t get along socially, don’t socialize. But don’t expect the world to be exactly like you want it to be. I think when you’re kids, that’s a problem, and a little later, you go, ‘You do what you do. I’ll see you at the next concert. It’s okay.'”

According to Paice, who is PURPLE’s sole remaining founding member, he and his bandmates came together more than 50 years ago because they were willing to work together to reach a common goal. “I think that’s why, when we were kids, that’s why we started,” he said. “We wanted to do something that made us happy, and then you find somebody else who wants to do the same thing as you do, and you make each other happy. Then there’s four or five of you, and you’re having a really good time. Then you find that the people listening to you, they get happy too. And so [there is an] evolution — you keep getting better, hopefully, and more and more people like what you do. It becomes sort of important, and not just for the musicians. It becomes important for the people who have locked on to what you’re doing. And then it becomes a world movement.”

DEEP PURPLE’s new album, “Whoosh!”, was released on August 7 via earMUSIC. The LP was once again helmed by Canadian producer Bob Ezrin (KISS, PINK FLOYD, ALICE COOPER), who also worked on the band’s previous two studio LPs, 2017’s “Infinite” and 2013’s “Now What?!”

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How PANTERA Was Influenced By EXHORDER

In a brand new interview with Poisoned Rock webzine, guitarist Marzi Montazeri of New Orleans-based thrash metal pioneers EXHORDER was asked to comment on his band’s alleged influence on PANTERA’s decision to move from a power metal act to a more aggressive form of thrash.

“Look, you’re asking a question from someone that actually was a part of it,” Marzi responded (see video below). “I actually remember the first [PANTERA] show with [singer] Phil [Anselmo] was in Shreveport. I saw that show, and they opened up with [a] VAN HALEN [cover] and they would do Ozzy [Osbourne]. They would do some covers and they would do originals. And then there was a time period where they kind of separated. Dimebag [guitarist Darrell Abbott] went and auditioned for MEGADETH, and he got the job — Dave Mustaine gave him the job — but Darrell said, ‘If I go, my brother goes with me.’ And Dave said, ‘No. We have a drummer.’ So Darrell said, ‘No, thanks.’ That’s how dedicated he was to Vinnie [Paul Abbott, PANTERA drummer]. This is not made-up stories, by the way — this is the truth.

“And so, at this time, Philip went and joined EXHORDER for, I think, three days. But then Kyle [Thomas, EXHORDER singer] came back in the band, so they called [Phil] and said, ‘Sorry.’ And I think Philip really loved EXHORDER and he wanted to be in that band, and since he wasn’t gonna be able to, he came back [to PANTERA] and had the EXHORDER demos and kind of said, ‘We wanna sound like this,’ kind of, sort of.

“That’s a vague way to put it, but they adopted that groove kind of mentality,” Marzi explained. “Because before that, they were glam rock, and I think they adopted that tone, the guitar tone, and his vocal style and the groove, and they simplified it.

“I’ve never seen a band work as hard as PANTERA,” he continued. “‘Cause I was there from the very, very beginning. I was friends with Darrell and Vinnie first, and then, later on, Philip and Rex [Brown, bass] and all that. But I have a lot of love and respect, to this day, for them. And, again, I really didn’t see people work that hard. They worked harder than any band — definitely harder than EXHORDER; EXHORDER didn’t do shit back then. They worked really hard, and they put themselves where they belong — at the very, very top.

“So, what do I think? I think shit happens. There’s similarities,” he added.

“I always use this as an example. [Eddie] Van Halen is my God — for me. And then Randy Rhoads is like the son of God. But Eddie is like God. And you really can’t explain David Lee Roth. David Lee Roth is an embarrassment now, but when you listen to the VAN HALEN records… When I did, by the way, I didn’t speak English, so I didn’t even know what he was saying, but just the sound, the tone — everything was just magical. And then when you break that down, and the show, the live show that they had, [Roth] was ripping off Jim Dandy from BLACK OAK ARKANSAS. If you go to YouTube [and seach for] Jim Dandy from 1974 or something concert, you’ll go, ‘Wow, man. That’s David Lee Roth.’ David Lee Roth wrote him a letter — it’s documented — and he sent it to him, and he said, ‘Hey, man, I came to your show with an 8-millimeter camera and taped the whole show and I took the whole show for VAN HALEN’ — kind of giving him thanks for it. So, he admitted it.

“You see what I’m saying? The similarities are there, and we don’t know where they come from. But they’re there. It’s just what you do with it. So, PANTERA did great with it.”

In the 1990s, Marzi hooked up with SUPERJOINT RITUAL, with Anselmo as lead vocalist, and appeared on the band’s first two demos. By March of 2010, Marzi rejoined forces with Anselmo to work on what became Philip’s first solo project since PANTERA, PHILIP H. ANSELMO & THE ILLEGALS. Marzi recorded THE ILLEGALS’ debut album, “Walk Through Exits Only”, and toured with the band before exiting the group in November 2015. Two years later, Marzi joined EXHORDER, which released its first album in 27 years, “Mourn The Southern Skies”, in September 2019 via Nuclear Blast Records.

Back in 2013, Anselmo denied that EXHORDER was a major influence on PANTERA’s sound, telling “It’s absolutely untrue. EXHORDER was a killer band, don’t get me wrong. And for their time in the local scene in New Orleans in 1988, as far as skill level, they really upped the game for everyone. To this day, I’m still really good friends with their singer, who is now the singer for TROUBLE. Kyle and I come from the same school of heavy metal vocals — Rob Halford, Don Doty from DARK ANGEL, and Tom Araya — so there are similarities between us, but musically, I don’t hear it at all.”

In a 2007 interview with Midwest Metal, Kyle addressed the possibility that EXHORDER inspired PANTERA’s more aggressive early 1990s approach, saying: “The thing I hate the most of this topic is just how handcuffed we are to their success. Did they rip us off? Possibly. Was it deliberate? Maybe. Were they influenced by us? Definitely. Did they work a helluva lot harder than we did? Absolutely. Case closed.”

Thomas is now the sole remaining founding member of EXHORDER, which parted ways with original guitarist Vinnie LaBella in February.

COREY TAYLOR: ‘STONE SOUR Has Run Its Course For Now’

Corey Taylor says that STONE SOUR has “run its course.”

The SLIPKNOT and STONE SOUR frontman, who will release his debut solo album in October, discussed STONE SOUR’s current status during an appearance on “The Green Room With Neil Griffiths” podcast.

He said: “I feel like STONE SOUR has kind of run its course for now. We all talked as a band and decided to kind of put STONE SOUR on indefinite hiatus. That’s the way it is. We’ve put it on the shelf for now. Everybody’s kind of going and doing their own thing.”

Corey’s latest comments echo those he made in June, when he told SiriusXM’s “Trunk Nation With Eddie Trunk”: “Yeah, [STONE SOUR is] kind of [on] the backburner right now. We all kind of felt that we did exactly what we wanted to do on [2017’s] ‘Hydrograd’ [album] and we’re just giving it a minute. I talked to the guys in the band about the solo thing and what I wanted to do, and they were all totally onboard with it. Everybody else has kind of got things going on, so they’re all cool. Josh [Rand, guitar] is actually working on a solo thing of his own, which is great. So, yeah, I think STONE SOUR is kind of on hiatus right now, which is fine. If someday we wanna get back together and do some stuff, it’ll be bigger than it was. But for right now, we’re all kind of focused on kind of doing our own thing. But you never say never in this business.”

Rand recently said that he has “no idea” when STONE SOUR will release a new studio album. Asked in an interview with Guitar World if the band has started working yet on a follow-up to “Hydrograd”, Rand replied: “To be honest, the band is on hiatus right now with no timetable on a return. It’s a mixture of needing a break, plus Corey wants to do a solo album, so I don’t know when there will be new STONE SOUR music.”

Rand confirmed to the “Behind The Vinyl” podcast that he is working on a new solo project. Rand explained, “As of right now, I have 12 songs musically done. Right now I’m looking at vocalists — different vocalists.”

Regarding the musical direction of his new solo material, Rand said, “It definitely is different than what I think most people would expect. I decided if I was gonna do anything that I wanted it not to sound like STONE SOUR ’cause it’s going to, to some degree.” Rand added that much of the music is “piano-based.”

STONE SOUR has been off the road and out of sight since completing the touring cycle for “Hydrograd”. Taylor has been working with SLIPKNOT since then, recording and touring behind that group’s sixth effort, “We Are Not Your Kind”, although all plans are on hold right now due to the coronavirus pandemic. Rand has been promoting STONE SOUR’s new live album, “Hello, You Bastards: Live In Reno”, which came out in December.

Taylor’s recorded his solo album, “CMFT”, with his solo band consisting of Jason Christopher on bass, Dustin Schoenhofer on drums, and Zach Throne and Christian Martucci (STONE SOUR) on guitar.

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GIL MOORE On Possibility Of New Music From TRIUMPH: ‘It Could Happen’

Legendary Canadian rockers TRIUMPH reformed their classic lineup of drummer Gil Moore, guitarist/vocalist Rik Emmett and bassist Mike Levine for an invite-only event last November at Moore’s MetalWorks studio in Mississauga (a suburb of Toronto), Ontario, Canada. The reunion — which was taped for the forthcoming documentary “Triumph: Lay It On The Line” — stoked discussion whether the band would join the ranks of other veteran rockers for a reunion tour.

In a recent interview with Canada’s The Metal Voice, Moore was asked about the possibility of new music from TRIUMPH in the not-too-distant future. He responded (see video below): “It’s hard to say. There’s nothing stopping us. Obviously, MetalWorks is still there.

“We played three songs in the film, and they’re recorded,” he continued. “So, actually, that live performance is part of the documentary. And Mike and Rik and I have kicked around the idea of going back in the studio. Mike and I recorded a little bit on Rik’s last album.

“We’re all quite busy, so finding the time to do it, and the musical inspiration and so on, it could happen. We’ll see.”

TRIUMPH hasn’t released a studio album since 1992’s “Edge Of Excess”.

Back in 2016, Moore and Levine reunited with Rik as special guests on the “RES 9” album from Emmett’s band RESOLUTION9.

After 20 years apart, Emmett, Levine and Moore played at the 2008 editions of the Sweden Rock Festival and Rocklahoma. A DVD of the historic Sweden performance was made available four years later.

Emmett has said in various interviews over the years that he would welcome the chance to play TRIUMPH songs with Moore and Levine again but that those two have been reluctant to commit. “If the carrot was big enough and golden enough, I think it would make Mike and Gil, but especially Gil, do it,” Emmett told the QMI Agency back in 2012.

Moore, Levine, and Emmett formed TRIUMPH in 1975, and their blend of heavy riff-rockers with progressive odysseys, peppered with thoughtful, inspiring lyrics and virtuosic guitar playing quickly made them a household name in Canada. Anthems like “Lay It On The Line”, “Magic Power” and “Fight The Good Fight” broke them in the USA, and they amassed a legion of fiercely passionate fans. But, as a band that suddenly split at the zenith of their popularity, TRIUMPH missed out on an opportunity to say thank you to those loyal and devoted fans, a base that is still active today, three decades later.

Autographed Guitars From ROBERT PLANT And TONY IOMMI To Be Auctioned For MusiCares

Julien’s Auctions announced today the marquee lineup of items to be sold at MusiCares Charity Relief Auction, taking place Wednesday, September 9 live in Beverly Hills and online at with advance online bidding starting Monday, August 17.

The items offered by artists, athletes and entertainers include those by Carlos Santana, Eric Clapton, Joan Jett, Tony Iommi, Robert Plant, Ozzy Osbourne and more in a charity auction to benefit MusiCares, the charitable foundation which provides aid to artists and music community professionals in times of need.

Highlights include:

* A Gibson SG Standard ’61 guitar in vintage cherry signed by Robert Plant (LED ZEPPELIN) and Tony Iommi (BLACK SABBATH) (estimate: $4,000-$6,000).

* A Paul Reed Smith limited edition Carlos Santana Abraxas SE limited edition guitar signed by Carlos Santana (estimate: $4,000-$6,000).

* Ozzy Osbourne’s stage-worn ensemble of a black “Gene Meyer New York” shirt with red crystal cross and matching pants (estimate: $6,000-$8,000) and his Oliver Peoples round silver metal glasses (estimate: $3,000-$5,000).

* Ronnie Wood’s signed lithograph “Decades 50’s” (estimate: $2,000-$3,000).

* A long-sleeved denim button down shirt signed on the left pocket by Eric Clapton (estimate: $3,000-$5,000).

Julien’s Auctions public exhibition and live auction location:

Julien’s Auctions Beverly Hills
257 N. Canon Drive
Beverly Hills, CA 90210

Monday, September 7 – Friday, September 11, 2020
Daily: 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Pacific Time
Free to the Public

Julien’s Auctions live and online auction:

MusiCares Charity Relief Auction

Wednesday, September 9, 2020
Session I: 10:00 a.m. Pacific Time

Registration is required to bid in this online auction and can be done in person at the exhibition, or online before the sale at the registration page to bid by phone, proxy or in person, or online at to bid live online, or by calling (310) 836-1818.

For inquiries, please email or call (310) 836-1818.

There are four ways to bid in this sale:

* Bid through Julien’s Auctions online live in real time at
* Bid over the telephone through an auction house representative.
* Submit a bid in person
* Enter absentee bids. Absentee bid forms are included in the back of each catalogue, and are also available by calling Julien’s Auctions or online at

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MACHINE HEAD’s ROBB FLYNN On ‘Burn My Eyes’: ‘This Album Changed My Life In So Many Ways’

This past weekend, San Francisco Bay Area metallers MACHINE HEAD celebrated the 26th anniversary of their debut album, “Burn My Eyes”.

Released worldwide on August 9, 1994, “Burn My Eyes” was and still is considered to be one of the most important albums of its genre, garnering the band an unprecedented level of recognition and spawning a myriad of imitators — all from just MACHINE HEAD’s first record.

Last year, three-fourths of the “Burn My Eyes” lineup reunited to celebrate the LP’s 25th anniversary. Joining guitarist/vocalist Robb Flynn and bassist Jared MacEachern were returning members Logan Mader (guitarist) and Chris Kontos (drums).

Earlier today, Flynn said in a statement: “26 years ago… crazy. That you still care about this record is humbling. This album changed my life in so many ways I can’t even begin to explain.

“It was quite special to participate in the 25th anniversary alongside Chris, Logan and Jared. We put on a HELLUVA show for those who got to see it.

“It’s crazy to think we would have been doing tour dates til the end of the year. The U.S. dates and EU dates we were fortunate enough to perform for you were nothing short of life-affirming.

“We shall see each other in the future, Head Cases. We love you all. Stay strong through the craziness!!”

Kontos added: “Yeah, one year after the 25th anniversary of ‘Burn My Eyes’, things could not be more different.

“It was amazing and an honor to be able to perform the ‘Burn My Eyes’ record in its entirety over the past year and a half with Robb, Logan and Jared. It was truly an experience I will never forget.

“Hopefully we can get back on the road and complete our ‘Burn My Eyes’ 25th mission at some point after the COVID-19 pandemic. Until then, please continue to enjoy ‘Burn My Eyes’ on its 26th anniversary.

“I have much gratitude that this record still means so much to many people around the world 26 years later.

“Until we meet again, much love and respect.”

Mader said: “‘Burn My Eyes’ is already turning 26…. Damn, they grow up so fast!

“I am confident that we will complete the anniversary tour when the end of the world is over. For now, I’m heartbroken as we all wait.

“I miss my brothers in ‘young MACHINE HEAD’ and I miss my brothers in ‘old MACHINE HEAD.’ I miss the fans, I miss the amazing MACHINE HEAD crew, the freedom to travel and share adventures around the globe.

“As an optimist, I use this downtime to the best of my abilities and hope that the rest of U.S. will do the same. Positive thoughts and efforts, especially in dark times, have an exponential positive effect on the co-creative consciousness of our entire species on earth.

“Stay strong, Much love.”

Added MacEachern: “Reflecting on an album like this is an emotionally poignant exercise on its own under any normal circumstance… but times are not normal. The issues within the scope of this record may have altered and aged, yet they still remain. It is a personal and relevant call to arms, then and now.

“It was such an honor and a privilege for us to share that rage with you, to let it wash over us all, and to be able to release it in a way that we ALL could feel together. Go back and listen. Let it spur us to action in our own lives, let it fuel the rage to overcome!”

Asked by Metal Hammer if it bothers him that some fans still regard “Burn My Eyes” as MACHINE HEAD’s best album, Flynn said: “No. The clincher for me, and this rarely happens, is when someone says, ‘You should write ‘Burn My Eyes’ again,’ but it’d be so phony! I’m not 24, fuckin’ running around on the streets. It was real and that’s why it came out the way it did. If I tried to do it now, it wouldn’t be real. Those times made me who I am and affected me forever and I’m fearless because of them, but I’d like to think that I’ve aged gracefully and I hope to continue to do that. How dumb would it be for some [50]-something dude to be acting like some teenage gangster? It’d be ridiculous.”

Kontos left MACHINE HEAD before the release of the band’s second album, 1997’s “The More Things Change”, and was replaced by Dave McClain.

McClain and guitarist Phil Demmel exited MACHINE HEAD in the fall of 2018.

Duce, who played bass on “Burn My Eyes”, was fired from MACHINE HEAD in February 2013. He was replaced four months later by MacEachern. Adam later sued MACHINE HEAD, claiming that the other bandmembers “simply kicked him out of the band and presumed he would forget about over two decades of hard work, dedication, and effort” he put into the group. Duce also said his likeness was used on the band’s web site and in promotions without his authorization. The lawsuit was settled out of court in July 2014.

Some words from the boys:
Yeah, One year after the 25th anniversary of burn my eyes things could not be more different….

Posted by Machine Head on Monday, August 10, 2020