PAUL SHORTINO: 'Denying The President And Others The Right To Express Opinions Is Dangerous To The Nation'

Former ROUGH CUTT and QUIET RIOT frontman Paul Shortino has criticized Twitter for permanently suspending President Donald Trump’s account.

Last week, the social media platform decided that the president had crossed a line too far continuing to use Twitter to repeat debunked conspiracy theories about the election, even after thousands of his supporters violently stormed the U.S. Capitol in an insurrection that left five dead. Twitter, which has a policy against inciting violence, undermining democratic processes and spreading election misinformation, announced it would no longer let Trump use its platform. Twitter suspended the president’s personal account, @realDonaldTrump, citing “the risk of further incitement of violence.”

Earlier this week, Shortino took to his Twitter to address the fact that Trump was banned or suspended by Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat and Twitch in the span of a couple of days. He wrote: “We are in a danger zone here. Denying the President and others the right to express opinions is dangerous to the nation. And punishing political expression is obviously unconstitutional.”

The singer, who frequently “likes” tweets in support of Trump’s policies, added: “When the public’s right to know is threatened, and when the rights of free speech and free press are at risk, all of the other liberties we hold dear are endangered.”

When one of Shortino’s Twitter followers challenged the rocker, writing, “Opinions are one thing… Inciting cult members to gather and commit crimes is quite another!!!”, he fired back with: “I know right #BLM #AntifaTerrorist destroying property burning small businesses.Oh that right they were peaceful”, and added three “face with tears of joy” emojis.

Insisting that he is neither a Republican nor a Democrat and calling himself an “independent libertarian,” Shortino went on to say that the 2020 presidential was “rigged,” with “fraud at its highest level of corruption.” He also repeated the debunked claim that there were more votes than voters in the 2020 election.

After another Twitter user correctly pointed out to Paul that the “myth” about there being more votes than voters was shot down by everyone, and that even Trump’s own lawyers have admitted under questioning that they’re not alleging fraud because they had no evidence with which to do so, Shortino responded: “Come on don’t get fooled again. Biden and Harris in the Democratic primary couldn’t get support numbers,” referring to President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris.

Earlier today, having apparently grown tired of sparring with people on Twitter about the 2020 election and Trump’s social media ban, Shortino wrote: “I have nothing more to say about politics.We will see the out come of this crooked election and society we live in.God will expose the Truth as always.”

Despite Trump’s claim that Twitter was violating his First Amendment right to free speech, private entities like Twitter have every right to take down or suspend user accounts, especially when they are being used for nefarious purposes.

Last week, YouTube suspended Trump’s account for at least a week. Amazon, Google and Apple also removed the Parler app, which is reportedly used by many of Trump’s supporters.

Many top political figures have accused Trump of personally inciting the Capitol attack by repeatedly intimating that his followers should take action in order to demand legislators address his baseless claims of voter fraud. At a rally preceding the riot, Trump gave an inflammatory speech, urging the crowd to go to the Capitol, “show strength” and “fight much harder.”

The presidential race ended with a victory for Biden with 306 electoral votes. Biden had received nearly 81 million votes across America — the most votes cast for any presidential candidate in history — compared to more than 74 million votes for Trump.

QUIET RIOT’s fourth album, 1988’s “QR”, was the band’s only LP to feature Shortino. Prior to joining QUIET RIOT, Paul sang on two acclaimed studio albums from ROUGH CUTT, 1985’s self-titled effort and 1986’s “Wants You!”

When the public’s right to know is threatened, and when the rights of free speech and free press are at risk, all of the other liberties we hold dear are endangered.
— Paul Shortino ?? (@PaulShortino) January 15, 2021

We are in a danger zone here. Denying the President and others the right to express opinions is dangerous to the nation. And punishing political expression is obviously unconstitutional.
— Paul Shortino ?? (@PaulShortino) January 14, 2021

@TBirdbass666 Is that you tossing the presidents salad.
— Paul Shortino ?? (@PaulShortino) January 15, 2021

I’m not a Republicans or a Democrat .I’m a independent libertarian .Looks like both parties are selling Americans out.Time for a new 3rd party one for the people by the people.After this corrupt election don’t count on any election being fair.
— Paul Shortino ?? (@PaulShortino) January 15, 2021

Fraud at its highest level of corruption indeed more votes in counties than people. It only take a little common sense to figure out.
— Paul Shortino ?? (@PaulShortino) January 15, 2021

Come on don’t get fooled again.Biden and Harris in the Democratic primary couldn’t get support numbers.
— Paul Shortino ?? (@PaulShortino) January 15, 2021

This election was rigged.Just like the Russian impeachment was a waste of taxpayers money.
— Paul Shortino ?? (@PaulShortino) January 16, 2021

The Truth will find a way it always does.A lot of folks on both sides are going to be exposed for years of corruption.✌?❤️As Proverbs quotes “A fool does not care whether he understands a thing or not;All he want to do is show how smart he is.
— Paul Shortino ?? (@PaulShortino) January 15, 2021

I’m not calling anyone a name just quoting the good book.I’m a bit tired of all the hate on social media.We all have a right to our own opinions.Freedom of speech is a infringement to freedom of thought and creativity.
— Paul Shortino ?? (@PaulShortino) January 15, 2021

Everyday Twitter suppresses free speech. When are Americans going to wake up when it’s too late.
— Paul Shortino ?? (@PaulShortino) January 15, 2021

The trouble with our Liberal friends is not that they’re ignorant; it’s just that they know so much that isn’t so.
— Paul Shortino ?? (@PaulShortino) January 15, 2021

It seem #SocialMedia controls what we have to say .
— Paul Shortino ?? (@PaulShortino) January 16, 2021

Like #CNN #MSNBC #ABC #CBS #NBC all bought and paid for as for #Newsmax is own by the Clinton Foundation Susie. Maybe you should try other news bubbles.
— Paul Shortino ?? (@PaulShortino) January 15, 2021

Free expression is the base of human rights, the root of human nature and the mother of truth. To kill free speech is to insult human rights, to stifle human nature and to suppress truth.
— Paul Shortino ?? (@PaulShortino) January 15, 2021

I know right #BLM #AntifaTerrorist destroying property burning small businesses.Oh that right they were peaceful ???
— Paul Shortino ?? (@PaulShortino) January 16, 2021

I have nothing more to say about politics.We will see the out come of this crooked election and society we live in.God will expose the Truth as always.
— Paul Shortino ?? (@PaulShortino) January 16, 2021

All truth passes through three stages. First, it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as being self-evident.
— Paul Shortino ?? (@PaulShortino) January 16, 2021

Everyone should be concerned about voter corruption. Make up your own mind.
— Paul Shortino ?? (@PaulShortino) December 30, 2020

Voting Fraud it’s so obvious
— Paul Shortino ?? (@PaulShortino) December 2, 2020

What’s the most progressive thing about Joe Biden?
His dementia.

— Paul Shortino ?? (@PaulShortino) November 27, 2020

Crooked election time to do a recount
— Paul Shortino ?? (@PaulShortino) November 26, 2020

QUIET RIOT Will 'Definitely' Release New Music, Says Guitarist ALEX GROSSI

QUIET RIOT guitarist Alex Grossi has confirmed that there are plans for the band to release new music.

The veteran rock group’s last collection of fresh material was 2019’s “Hollywood Cowboys”, which marked drummer Frankie Banali’s final QUIET RIOT studio album before his untimely death.

Banali, who joined QUIET RIOT in 1982 and played on its breakthrough album, 1983’s “Metal Health”, the first heavy metal LP to top Billboard’s album chart, died in August after a 16-month battle with pancreatic cancer.

The surviving members of QUIET RIOT later said it was “Frankie Banali’s wish that the band continue and we keep the music and the legacy alive.”

Grossi touched upon the possibility of QUIET RIOT making new music in a recent interview with “Rock Chat With Trace”. He said (hear audio below): “There’s been talk of doing a lot of new things… There could be a new album. There’s definitely a lot of tracks that Frankie left behind that could be utilized for that, which is nice — that were works in progress before he got sick. All I’m gonna say is stay tuned, but there definitely will be new music from QUIET RIOT.”

QUIET RIOT played its first concert after Banali’s death on October 9 at at the Grand Stage Amphitheater near Urich, Missouri. The group now features drummer Johnny Kelly (DANZIG, TYPE O NEGATIVE).

At some of QUIET RIOT’s 2019 and 2020 shows, Banali was replaced by Kelly or Mike Dupke (W.A.S.P.), depending on each musician’s availability.

QUIET RIOT’s shows in 2019 with Kelly and Dupke marked the first time ever that the band performed without any of the members from its classic lineup: Banali, singer Kevin DuBrow, guitarist Carlos Cavazo and bassist Rudy Sarzo.

QUIET RIOT initially featured the late guitar legend Randy Rhoads and went through some early lineup shifts before securing the musicians that recorded “Metal Health”.

Bassist Chuck Wright has been a part of QUIET RIOT, on and off, since 1982, having initially been involved in the “Metal Health” recordings (he played bass on the tracks “Metal Health” and “Don’t Wanna Let You Go”). Grossi was in the last version of the band, from 2004 through 2007, before Kevin passed away, and was asked by Banali to return in 2010.

QUIET RIOT went through two vocalists — Mark Huff and Scott Vokoun — before settling on Jizzy Pearl in 2013. Pearl announced his exit from QUIET RIOT in October 2016 and was briefly replaced by Seann Nichols, who played only five shows with the group before the March 2017 arrival of “American Idol” finalist James Durbin. Pearl returned to QUIET RIOT in September 2019.

DEE SNIDER On His Next Solo Album: 'Creative Juices Are Flowing And Inspiration Is There'

TWISTED SISTER frontman Dee Snider says that he is continuing to work on material for his next solo album. The upcoming disc will be the follow-up to “For The Love Of Metal”, which was released in July 2018 via Napalm Records. That effort, which was produced by HATEBREED vocalist Jamey Jasta, featured contributions from Howard Jones (ex-KILLSWITCH ENGAGE), Mark Morton (LAMB OF GOD), Alissa White-Gluz (ARCH ENEMY), Joel Grind and Nick Bellmore (TOXIC HOLOCAUST), and Charlie Bellmore (KINGDOM OF SORROW).

On Friday (January 15), Dee tweeted: “Another day in the studio demoing new stuff for my next album. Some great, haaaaaaard stuff coming together with the help of @jameyjasta @CharlieBellmore @NBellmore ! Creative juices are flowing and inspiration is there. And before you ask, NO I’m not looking for songs!”

Snider previously spoke about his upcoming solo LP during an October 2020 interview with Full Metal Jackie’s nationally syndicated radio show. At the time, he said: “[I’m] working with the same amazing team — the Bellmore brothers, Charlie [on guitar] and Nickey. Nickey plays drums, but also is the engineer and mixer — an amazing, talented guy. And Jamey Jasta is the producer and curator. He is the gatekeeper, the master. As all ideas are brought in, they’re filtered through Jamey, his ears, and have to get a thumbs-up from him before it makes it to the record. But now we no longer have to do that ‘Is this gonna work?’ thing. And for me, it’s, ‘Do I trust these guys?’ I mean, I trusted them in the sense that they were friends, but when Jamey challenged me to do the metal record, I had my doubts. I don’t wanna say it’s doubts, but [I thought], ‘How is this gonna work?’ So there was an initial thing where we were all feeling each other out. Now, after two years of working together, touring with the Bellmore brothers, locking in a band with Nick ‘Taz’ Petrino on guitar and Russ Pizzuto on bass guitar, we come in and we don’t have to waste any time with that. There is trust, we do know our direction, we do know what works for Dee Snider and for this project, and we just go full steam ahead.”

Snider’s latest release was “For The Love Of Metal Live!” , which came out in July 2020 via Napalm Records. The DVD/Blu-ray and accompanying live album (available in various formats) features audio captured from several Snider festival performances worldwide — from the United States to Europe, Australia and beyond. In addition to tracks from Snider’s solo catalog, like “I Am The Hurricane” and “For The Love Of Metal”, TWISTED SISTER favorites such as “I Wanna Rock” and “We’re Not Gonna Take It”, and even a cover of AC/DC’s “Highway To Hell”, the audio portion of “For The Love Of Metal Live!” also features a brand new original studio track, “Prove Me Wrong”.

In an interview with Chris Annunziata of the New Jersey radio station 90.3 WMSC-FM, Snider said about “For The Love Of Metal”: “This is a really exciting album I did not expect to make, especially at this point in my life. I was doing Jamey Jasta’s podcast, and he challenged me to make a contemporary rock record. And I was, like, ‘Who’s producing?’ He said, ‘I am.’ And so we went in the studio [with] no record deal, and people started flocking [to appear on the LP]. It just amazed me, the enthusiasm and excitement that these younger musicians — younger than me, at least — had for working with Dee Snider and being a part of this project.”

TWISTED SISTER called it quits in 2016 after completing a farewell 40th-anniversary tour.

Another day in the studio demoing new stuff for my next album. Some great, haaaaaaard stuff coming together with the help of @jameyjasta @CharlieBellmore @NBellmore! Creative juices are flowing and inspiration is there. And before you ask, NO I’m not looking for songs!
— Dee Snider?? (@deesnider) January 16, 2021

Shallow North Dakota’s Tony Jacome Diagnosed with Inoperable Pancreatic Cancer. GoFundMe Organized to Help His Family

Some tragic news has come down the pipeline this week with the revelation that former Shallow North Dakota drummer/vocalist Tony Jacome has been diagnosed with Stage 4 pancreatic cancer.
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Rachel Bolan has paid tribute to Sylvain Sylvain, one of the founding fathers of punk rock as guitarist of legendary band the NEW YORK DOLLS, who died on Wednesday, January 13 at the age of 69. He had battled cancer for two and a half years.

On Friday (January 15), the SKID ROW bassist took to his Instagram to write: “This is a tough one. The first time I met Sylvain Sylvain was at the El Mocambo in Toronto in 87/88? We played to about 6 people. After the show the dressing room door opened and in walked Sylvain. I was dumbfounded. All I could think is that there was a New York fucking Doll in our dressing room. No one will ever believe me.

“He was such a great guy. Funny, stylish, compassionate (like I said. 6 people). We started talking about songwriting and I expressed what a profound affect the DOLLS had on me. Without missing a beat he said ‘We wrote songs by listening to Chuck Berry records with the turntable sped up!’ I will never forget that moment. To this day I’m not sure whether he was serious or not.

“R.I.P. Sylvain. Thank you for the inspiration. #thereisnohashtag”.

The NEW YORK DOLLS were called many things — glam, proto-punk, hard rock — but are probably best understood as a “dirty rock and roll” band. Combining an aggressively androgynous style with street-smart New York attitude and campy humor, the NEW YORK DOLLS ushered in the era of CBGBs, heroin chic, loud guitars and referential lyrics which gave rise to Patti Smith, the RAMONES, TELEVISION and many more. Fans of the band range from GUNS N’ ROSES to Morrissey, who organized the reformation of the band when he curated Meltdown festival in 2004.

Born Sylvain Mizrahi, Sylvain remained with the NEW YORK DOLLS until the group’s breakup in 1977. He later worked on various projects, including a band called THE CRIMINALS and another group called THE TEARDROPS. Sylvain reunited with NEW YORK DOLLS in 2004 and played on the band’s last three albums, “One Day It Will Please Us To Remember Even This”, “Cause I Sez So” and “Dancing Backward In High Heels”.

Sylvain’s autobiography, “There’s No Bones In Ice Cream”, was released in 2018 via Omnibus Press.

In April 2019, a fundraising campaign was launched for Sylvain, who revealed at the time that he had been battling cancer for nearly a year.

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Hear Snippet Of New PAPA ROACH Song 'Stand Up'

A snippet of a brand new PAPA ROACH song called “Stand Up” can be heard in a newly one-minute commercial for Ultimate Fighting Championship’s (UFC) partnership with ESPN. Check it out below.

PAPA ROACH recently entered a studio in Southern California to begin recording the follow-up to 2019’s “Who Do You Trust?” album for a tentative mid-2021 release.

Last September, PAPA ROACH singer Jacoby Shaddix told Shroom of the WEBN radio station about the band’s new music: “This stuff is fire. It feels so good to be back in and creating music with the guys. Especially ’cause we’re not on the road, it’s a good thing for us to do is to get together and live our purpose. Creating is, I believe, my life’s purpose — writing songs and connecting with people through music.

“The stuff is, some of it’s really aggressive and abrasive and angry, and some of it is very self-reflective as well in the sense of, like, I’m really digging deep into some stuff,” he revealed.

“We just finished up a song yesterday. It’s called ‘No Apologies’, and it’s a song I wrote to my father in the sense of forgiveness for what we’ve been through as a father and son in our lives and how we’ve kind of just not really been connected. It was very healing for me. I can’t wait to go find that old man and play him that song and just have that moment of closure and healing for us. I think that’s important, and the music gives us that opportunity.”

Last July, Shaddix told Rock Sound TV that PAPA ROACH’s next album will be released through band’s own record company. “We are in partnership with Warner/ADA, and so it’s like an artist services group,” he explained. “And we’re gonna do that for an album and see how it works out. We’ve been super focused in the creative marketing behind what we do and the imaging and the videos and the messaging and everything, we were, like, let’s take it in our hands and see where we can go with it and try it for an album.”

Jacoby also said that PAPA ROACH recently completed a new song called “Bloodline” which he described as “P. ROACH meets SYSTEM OF A DOWN meets DEVO.” He said: “I played it for my kids and my wife, and everybody was, like, ‘That’s fire. That’s sick.’ There’s something nutty about where it’s almost got, in a sense, a little ENTER SHIKARI-ness to it. I’ve been a big fan of those guys and just how kind of kooky they are. They’ve always been nuts. They’ve been an influence on me as a creative person for some years. Not to say that the whole record will sound like that, because we never sound like one thing.”

“Who Do You Trust?” was released in January 2019. The disc was produced by Nick “RAS” Furlong and Colin Cunningham except for the song “Top Of The World”, which is helmed by Jason Evigan.

Last month, PAPA ROACH released a five-song EP, “20/20”, featuring “new takes on old jams,” including “Last Resort” and “Scars”.

Ex-GUNS N' ROSES Guitarist GILBY CLARKE Clarifies His Non-Involvement In 'Not In This Lifetime' Tour

Former GUNS N’ ROSES guitarist Gilby Clarke has clarified his previous comment that he was asked to take part in the band’s “Not In This Lifetime” tour but that he had to turn it down.

Clarke replaced founding guitarist Izzy Stradlin in the GUNS lineup in 1991, during the “Use Your Illusion” tour, and stayed with the band for three years. After exiting GUNS N’ ROSES, Clarke continued as a producer and solo artist, while also playing in SLASH’S SNAKEPIT, ROCK STAR SUPERNOVA, HEART and other acts.

Clarke addressed his non-participation in GUNS N’ ROSES’ reunion tour, which features three-fifths of the group’s classic lineup — singer Axl Rose, guitarist Slash and bassist Duff McKagan — during a new interview with “The SDR Show”. He said (see video below): “They didn’t ask me to join the band; they asked me to come out and do [a guest appearance] with the band. And it just happened to be the day that I was in Chicago with my daughter. Her band was playing Lollapalooza [in July 2016]. And I’m actually her roadie. I don’t think anybody would know how to tune the guitar if I wasn’t there. Just kidding. But, yeah, it was just bad timing. I just said, ‘Look, I think it’s a great idea. I’m up for it. I just can’t do it today.’ And they literally asked me that day. And I never heard back from them after I said that.”

Gilby also confirmed that he only had a week to learn the entire GUNS catalog when he first joined the band nearly three decades ago. “That’s true,” he said. “They told me on a Monday, that ‘You have the gig,’ and the next week we were flying to Boston for our first show. And I literally had a week. And remember, this is before YouTube. I was glued to their records with the headphones on, trying to learn the catalog. And the last song I learned was a song called ‘Estranged’, which was a really long ballad piece. And if you listen to it, it’s kind of one-dimensional guitar-wise — it really just features Slash. So I was listening to it, and I really couldn’t figure out what I should do in that song. So I went to Dizzy [Reed, GUNS keyboardist]. I go, ‘Hey, man, can you sit down with me, and let’s work on ‘Estranged’.’ I go, ‘I just wanna kind of figure it out.’ And he goes, ‘Oh, well, here’s the music book.’ And he handed me the music book. And I went, ‘There’s a music book? I just spent a week learning every note by ear when I could have just grabbed the freakin’ music book…’ I mean, I read charts — it would have taken me an hour. I was a little pissed off that I didn’t ask. They could have offered it to me.”

Clarke, along with Slash, McKagan, and former GN’R drummers Steven Adler and Matt Sorum, performed three “Appetite For Destruction” songs with Myles Kennedy at the band’s Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame induction ceremony in April 2012 in Cleveland, Ohio. Kennedy, who handles lead vocals in Slash’s solo band and ALTER BRIDGE, sang “Mr. Brownstone”, “Sweet Child O’ Mine” and “Paradise City”, with “Use Your Illusion”-era member Sorum sitting behind the drum kit on “Brownstone” and the man he replaced in GN’R, Adler, pounding the skins for the other two songs.

Clarke’s new solo album, “The Gospel Truth”, will be released later this year via Golden Robot Records. The disc was produced and written by Gilby at his Los Angeles recording studio, Redrum Recording, where he’s also helmed records for such artists as L.A. GUNS, THE BRONX, BEAT ANGELS, BULLETS AND OCTANE and many more. The album was mixed by Grammy Award winner Chris Lord-Alge and mastered by Maor Appelbaum. Joining Gilby on the LP are Muddy Stardust on bass, Kenny Aronoff (JOHN MELLENCAMP, JOHN FOGERTY, CHICKENFOOT) on drums, along with Matt Starr (ACE FREHLEY, MR. BIG) and Chad Stewart (FASTER PUSSYCAT, L.A. GUNS) on backing vocals.

Watch Ex-METALLICA Bassist JASON NEWSTED Perform Cover Of 'I've Been Everywhere'

Former METALLICA bassist Jason Newsted’s official YouTube channel has just shared a video of him and his THE CHOPHOUSE BAND performing a cover version of the song “I’ve Been Everywhere” (originally written by Australian country singer Geoff Mack and later recorded by Johnny Cash) in March 2019 at the Lighthouse ArtCenter in Tequesta, Florida. Check it out below. Also available are previously released performances of Cash’s “Big River” the blues classic “Cocaine Blues”, Tom Waits’s “Jockey Full Of Bourbon” and Neil Young’s “Rockin’ In The Free World”.

Named after Jason’s four recording studio facilities around the U.S. and featuring a fluid roster of players, THE CHOPHOUSE BAND began in 1992 when Newsted founded The Chophouse Records Studio in San Francisco.

THE CHOPHOUSE BAND is led by Newsted, playing acoustic guitars and performing lead vocal, accompanied by 
close friends/musicians of all walks and styles, sharing some great American songs from familiar and unfamiliar heroes.

Jason told the Palm Beach Florida Weekly about THE CHOPHOUSE BAND: “We all get along great because there’s not money involved. They’ve got their own bands, their own families, their own gigs. We do benefit gigs, six a year, and that’s it. I record and write and play songs the whole rest of the time. They could all run circles around me musical theory-wise. They could tell you everything they’re playing, and all the relating chords. I surround myself with the bad-asses, and they make me look really good. I’m playing cowboy chords the whole time, and they’re doing their fancy shit to make me look good. I just concentrate on singing, and getting across the things I want people to hear.”

Asked by Boca magazine how deep his song archive is with THE CHOPHOUSE BAND, Newsted said: “I keep two bibles — heroes, and my songs. I try to stay at about 100 in the bible of heroes — everything from [LED] ZEPPELIN to John Prine to Dolly Parton. My [personal] song bible is probably between 24 and 32, most of them in the last 10 months. The band’s favorite band collectively is JASON ISBELL AND THE 400 UNIT. I’ve become friends with [Isbell] over the past couple of years, and taken time to learn 20 of his songs. We always perform at least one in the set, trying to make it my own — kind of the idea with all of them.”

Jason left METALLICA back in 2001, but was inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame, along with Lars Ulrich, James Hetfield, Kirk Hammett and the man who replaced him, bassist Robert Trujillo, in 2009.

Six years ago, Jason shelved NEWSTED, the heavy metal project he operated between 2012 and 2014, saying that it cost him “an awful lot of money — hundreds of thousands of dollars.” He added: “I couldn’t continue because the business is such a harsh thing now and so different than what I had known.”

SAMMY HAGAR & THE CIRCLE Release Official Music Video For Cover Of DAVID BOWIE's 'Heroes'

SAMMY HAGAR & THE CIRCLE have released the official music video for their cover of David Bowie’s “Heroes”. All proceeds from the song will be donated to food banks nationwide.

Commented Hagar: “David Bowie’s ‘Heroes’ is one of my favorite songs ever, and a chance to tip our hat to all those frontline workers on every level from the grocery stores, to the policeman and firefighters, doctors etc. that put their own lives at risk & do their jobs to help others. For us it kind of sums up 2020, the whole year. And to release it so close to David Bowie’s birthday just makes it that more special.”

SAMMY HAGAR & THE CIRCLE released their massively popular “Lockdown Sessions” as an album collection titled “Lockdown 2020” on January 8.

“Lockdown Sessions” began in March 2020, when the COVID-19 shelter-at-home order went into effect. With time on their hands and their upcoming tour in limbo, the band’s legendary drummer Jason Bonham challenged his Hagar, Michael Anthony and Vic Johnson to record a warmup jam they’d been playing backstage before concerts for several years. Equipped with iPhones and their respective instruments, they each laid down their individual tracks from the den, music room, closet and even showers of their homes, and “Funky Feng Shui” and the band’s “Lockdown Sessions” were born.

“When we first start doing these lockdown sessions, it was only meant to stay in touch with the fans until we could get back out on the road again,” Hagar explained. “But as the weeks and months drew on, it also became a fun way to keep the band together, musically and creatively.”

Over the next eight months, their “Lockdown Sessions” became a hit with critics and fans alike, producing 10 tracks and reaching an online audience approaching 30 million. The sessions gave the band the opportunity to throw down raw and raucous compact covers of classic hits that they’d jammed to backstage but never planned to record, including THE WHO’s “Won’t Get Fooled Again”, Bob Marley’s “Three Little Birds”, AC/DC’s “Whole Lotta Rosie” and more. When plans for an album came to fruition around the holidays, the band came together to record one more track, a cover of David Bowie’s “Heroes” which they’d offer as an instant download or single purchase.

“With the addition of ‘Heroes’, it made sense to help those who are struggling from the effects of COVID-19,” Hagar said. “It probably wouldn’t have happened without it.”

“Lockdown 2020” track listing:

01. Funky Feng Shui
02. Won’t Get Fooled Again (THE WHO)
03. Good Enough (VAN HALEN)
04. Three Little Birds (Bob Marley)
05. Whole Lotta Rosie (AC/DC)
06. For What It’s Worth (Buffalo Springfield)
07. Keep A-Knockin’ (Little Richard)
08. Right Now (VAN HALEN)
09. Don’t Tell Me What Love Can Do (VAN HALEN)
10. Sympathy For The Human (SAMMY HAGAR & THE WABOS)
11. Heroes (David Bowie)

Last May, SAMMY HAGAR & THE CIRCLE’s U.S. tour with NIGHT RANGER was officially canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic which is sweeping the globe. Produced by Live Nation, the outing was scheduled to kick off July 9 in West Palm Beach, Florida at iTHINK Financial Amphitheatre and make stops in Tampa, Cincinnati, Dallas, Phoenix and more, before wrapping September 20 in Chula Vista, California at North Island Credit Union Amphitheatre.

THE CIRCLE’s first album of all-original material, “Space Between”, was released in May 2019 via BMG.

GLENN HUGHES Doesn't Rule Out Another Collaboration With TONY IOMMI

In a recent interview with Canada’s The Metal Voice, Glenn Hughes was asked if there are any plans for him to collaborate with Tony Iommi again. The legendary DEEP PURPLE bassist/vocalist previously worked with the BLACK SABBATH guitarist on “Seventh Star” (1986), and later reunited with him for “Fused” (2005), in addition to being featured on the “1996 DEP Sessions” (2004) collection of previously unreleased material.

Glenn, who is currently promoting the upcoming THE DEAD DAISIES album “Holy Ground”, said: “There’s always something going on with Tony. We’ve done three albums, and you never know, and there’s a possibility there’ll be another one. But at this time, it’s so hard to say anything, because I’m just doing everything I can to make sure THE DEAD DAISIES get to as many people as humanly possible.”

Hughes previously reflected on his time fronting BLACK SABBATH in the mid-1980s in a 2017 interview with the “Collision” radio show on Australia’s Voice FM. He said: “It was a little different, because number one, some of those songs were not written for me, kind of, to sing in the way I sing. It was a very dramatic change for me to be in a band that had this huge fanbase of really cult, kind of, you know, metal kind of, dark, kind of image. Let’s be clear, because Ozzy [Osbourne], Geezer [Butler], Tony and Bill Ward, like, were all my family — we all grew up together, so I know these guys personally, but their catalog is very dark and sinister, but they’re not, you know. And for me to wear that cloak and dagger, mystery thing, was a little bit strange for me.

“I really did enjoy making ‘Seventh Star’, and I made another album called ‘DEP Sessions’ with Tony, and [then] we did ‘Fused’, so I’ve done three records with Tony. But it was a little bit different for me singing in BLACK SABBATH,” he continued. “It wasn’t quite who I am. I’ve always liked a challenge, you know — I always like a challenge — but I think Ozzy’s voice, and Ronnie Dio’s voice, is perfect for that band, although I did enjoy working with those guys.”

“Holy Ground” will be released on January 22. The LP was recorded at La Fabrique Studios in the south of France with producer Ben Grosse. The follow-up to 2018’s “Burn It Down”, will be the band’s first to feature Hughes, who joined the group in 2019 as its new bassist and vocalist, replacing John Corabi (MÖTLEY CRÜE) and Marco Mendoza (THIN LIZZY).