Tool announces more U.S. tour dates

MORE TOOL SHOWS NOW OFFICIAL

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3/4 Spokane, WA @ Spokane Arena
3/6 Portland, OR @ MODA Center
3/7 Eugene, OR @ Matthew Knight Arena
3/9 Reno, NV @ Reno Event Center
3/11 San Francisco, CA @ Bill Graham Civic Auditorium
3/12 San Francisco, CA @ Bill Graham Civic Auditorium
3/14 Fresno, CA @ Selland Arena
3/15 Las Vegas, NV @ Planet Hollywood
3/16 San Diego, CA @ Valley View Arena
3/24 Austin, TX @ Cedar Park Center
3/25 Houston, TX @ Toyota Center
3/27 Phoenix, AZ @ US Airways Center

Tickets for the above shows will go on sale FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 14 at 10am LOCAL TIME, EXCEPT for HOUSTON, which will go up at 12 NOON LOCAL TIME.

VIP pre-sales for the above shows will be available on
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 13 – on Toolarmy at 10am PST and Toolband at 3pm PST.

MORE INFO AT www.toolband.com

Alex Skolnick of Testament performs a full set of Planetary Coalition @ NAMM 2014

Alex Skolnick of Testament performs Planetary Coalition @ Mariott Hotel NAMM 2014
Born and raised in Berkeley, California, Alex began playing the guitar at age nine, inspired by Kiss and The Beatles. Though he’d originally dreamed of becoming a singer/guitarist, Alex immediately shifted his focus to lead guitar upon hearing guitar virtuoso Eddie Van Halen, as well as the Ozzy Osbourne band’s late guitarist, Randy Rhoads, whose plans to one day attain a university music degree would inspire Alex’s own ambitions.
Alex’s parents, Jerome Skolnick and Arlene, were Ph.D graduates from Yale University and on faculty at UC Berkeley where his mother was a research psychologist and his father was a tenured professor of sociology. Visualizing a similar path for their son, a music career was frowned upon, although guitar lessons were begrudgingly accepted. Alex studied the basics on an old acoustic instrument with Berkeley folk/children’s artist Gary Lapow, before moving on to local rock and blues teachers who played electric guitar. By his teens, Alex had become a student of master virtuoso Joe Satriani – then a full time guitar instructor in Berkeley and not yet a household name. Alex would become one of many Bay Area guitarists who studied under Satriani to achieve recognition (others include 8-string jazz guitarist Charlie Hunter, Larry Lelonde of Primus and Metallica’s Kirk Hammett).
The silver streak in Alex’s hair is natural and appeared at age fourteen (long before Joe Perry and Johnny Depp adopted a similar look). Raised in the Bay Area, he now considers Brooklyn, New York his home.

“Heavy Metal Movies” Book Pre-Orders Now Open! Invasion of 666+ Zombie/Demon/Viking/Guitar Films!‏

Bazillion Points Books is proud to announce the May 2014 release of HEAVY METAL MOVIES, by Mike “McBeardo” McPadden [ISBN 978-1-935950-06-6]. Lavishly illustrated, gruesomely executed, and featuring well over 1000 of the most intense and headbanging movies ever produced, HEAVY METAL MOVIES is the ultimate guidebook to the complete molten musical cinema experience. Pre-orders are now available, and will ship in may with bonus fabric patch and artisan barf bag!

Years in the making, HEAVY METAL MOVIES is an apocalyptic overview of a century of loud, inspiring, groundbreaking, taboo, revolutionary, disgusting, and uplifting cinema fused at the roots to the DNA of heavy metal and its million offshoots. What began as a simple quest to identify the 666 heaviest films of all time exploded in the hands of Mike McPadden (Esquire, Penthouse) into an overwhelming bible of apocalyptic slasher festivals and full metal worship.

Metallica’s Kirk Hammett jams with Death Angel @ Fear FestEvil

Lifelong horror enthusiast and Metallica guitarist Kirk Hammett joined Death Angel on stage last night (Saturday, February 8) at his first annual horror convention, dubbed Kirk Von Hammett’s Fear FestEviL, at The Regency Ballroom in San Francisco, California to perform the Black Sabbath classic “Heaven And Hell” and the Metallica song “Trapped Under Ice”. Video footage of the performance can be seen below (courtesy of Todd Owens).

Hammett’s relationship with Death Angel goes back more than two decades, when the Metallica guitarist produced Death Angel ‘s 1986 demo, “Kill As One”.

Kirk Von Hammett’s Fear FestEvil kicked off on Thursday (February 6) and lasted through Saturday (February 8), and Hammett told The Pulse Of Radio what he envisioned for it. “I’ve gone to San Diego Comic-Con, and I was just struck by how all it really is is a bunch of stuff to look at and a bunch of stuff to buy,” he said. “What I wanted to do with my convention is I wanted it to be an experience, you know. I wanted it to be interactive, I wanted it to have ambiance and atmosphere, and I wanted it to be unique and thrilling, and that’s what we’re trying to do here.”

Kirk Von Hammett’s Fear FestEviL included additional musical performances by Nuclear Blast artists Carcass, Exodus (featuring a guest appearance by Hammett) and Orchid.

Hammett was a member of Exodus ‘ original lineup before replacing Dave Mustaine in Metallica in 1983. In fact, Hammett was not only the person who came up with the Exodus name, but also the first from the band to meet original Exodus singer Paul Baloff and brought him into the group.

Visit www.FEARFESTEviL.com for the latest information on horror’s newest and coolest fan convention. (Blabbermouth)

JIMI HENDRIX’S RECORD COLLECTION

JIMI HENDRIX’S RECORD COLLECTION

A fascinating look at what Jimi Hendrix was listening to at home can be seen at the Record Mecca blog. A collector acquired several of Jimi’s “well loved” (i.e. played to shit) albums in an auction from Kathy Etchingham, Jimi’s longtime girlfriend:

I thought people might enjoy knowing—and seeing—what Jimi was listening to during his London years. The collection I purchased included Jimi’s copies of these albums:

Robert Johnson “King of the Delta Blues Singers”; Muddy Waters “The Real Folk Blues”; John Lee Hooker “Drifting Blues”; Wes Montgomery “A Day In The Life”; The Roland Kirk Quartet “Rip, Rig and Panic”; Ravi Shankar “India’s Master Musician” and “Portrait of a Genius”; The Jimi Hendrix Experience “Electric Ladyland”; The Dream “Get Dreamy”; Howlin Wolf “The Howlin’ Wolf Album” and “Moanin’ In The Moonlight”; Bob Dylan “Greatest Hits” and “Highway 61 Revisited”; Elmore James “Memorial Album”; James Brown “Showtime”; Clara Ward “Gospel Concert”; Acker Bilk “Lansdowne Folio”; The Beatles “Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band” Various “Chicago The Blues Today”; Various “American Folk Blues Festival ‘66” and Bill Cosby “Revenge.

Metallica’s Kirk Hammet performs with Exodus @ Kirk Von Hammett’s Fear FestEviL

Lifelong horror enthusiast and METALLICA guitarist Kirk Hammett joined his former band EXODUS on stage last night (Friday, February 7) at his first annual horror convention, dubbed Kirk Von Hammett’s Fear FestEviL, at The Regency Ballroom in San Francisco, California to perform the EXODUS song “Piranha” and the BLUE ÖYSTER CULT classic “Godzilla”. Video footage of the performance can be seen below (courtesy of Todd Owens).

Hammett was a member of EXODUS’ original lineup before replacing Dave Mustaine in METALLICA in 1983. In fact, Hammett was not only the person who came up with the EXODUS name, but also the first from the band to meet original EXODUS singer Paul Baloff and brought him into the group.

Kirk Von Hammett’s Fear FestEvil kicked off on Thursday (February 6) and lasts through Saturday (February 8), and Hammett told The Pulse Of Radio what he envisioned for it. “I’ve gone to San Diego Comic-Con, and I was just struck by how all it really is is a bunch of stuff to look at and a bunch of stuff to buy,” he said. “What I wanted to do with my convention is I wanted it to be an experience, you know. I wanted it to be interactive, I wanted it to have ambiance and atmosphere, and I wanted it to be unique and thrilling, and that’s what we’re trying to do here.”

Kirk Von Hammett’s Fear FestEviL will include additional musical performances by Nuclear Blast artists CARCASS, DEATH ANGEL and ORCHID.

Hammett’s relationship with DEATH ANGEL goes back more than two decades, when the METALLICA guitarist produced DEATH ANGEL’s 1986 demo, “Kill As One”.

Blabbermouth

BRUCE SPRINGSTEEEN Pays Tribute To AC/DC’s Bon Scott In Perth By Playing ‘Highway To Hell’!

BRUCE SPRINGSTEEEN AND THE E STREET BAND played the third of three shows in Perth, Australia tonight (February 8th) at the Perth Arena and paid tribute to local boy and AC/DC legend Bon Scott (his hometown of Fremantle is 15 minutes outside of Perth) by performing the staple ‘Highway To Hell’! BWBK