Friday, October 7, 2011
Legendary rock band RUSH will release "Time Machine 2011: Live In Cleveland" on Blu-ray and DVD formats on November 8 via Rounder Records in the U.S. and Eagle Rock Entertainment abroad.
Captured in April at Cleveland's Quicken Loans Arena during the renowned trio's extensive "Time Machine" world tour, "Time Machine 2011: Live In Cleveland" marks the band's first live effort recorded at a U.S show, a deliberate nod of gratitude to the first city to support RUSH on its radio airwaves. The wildly popular tour featured a set filled with classic hits, fan favorites, and a glimpse into RUSH's forthcoming 20th studio album, "Clockwork Angels". As a centerpiece for the concerts, the band performed their landmark album "Moving Pictures" in its entirety — a first in the band's long and illustrious career. Rave reviews of the tour included The Hollywood Reporter's declaration that "the current 'Time Machine' jaunt is nothing less than a must see… for nearly three hours, with intermission, RUSH proved why it remains among rock's elite live acts."
* The 'Real' History of Rush Episode No. 2 "Don't Be Rash"
* The Spirit of Radio
* Time Stand Still
* Stick It Out
* Workin' Them Angels
* Leave That Thing Alone
* Free Will
The 'Real'' History of Rush Episode No. 17 "...and Rock and Roll is my name."
* Tom Sawyer
* Red Barchetta
* The Camera Eye
* Witch Hunt
* Vital Signs
* Moto Perpetuo (featuring Love For Sale)
* O'Malley's Break
* Closer To The Heart
* 2112 Overture/The Temples of Syrinx
* Far Cry
* La Villa Strangiato
* Working Man
* Outtakes from "History of Rush, Episode 2 & 17"
* "Tom Sawyer" featuring the cast of "History of Rush, Episode 17"
* "Need Some Love" Live from Laura Secord Secondary School
* "Anthem" Live from Passaic New Jersey
Dutch female-fronted symphonic metallers WITHIN TEMPTATION will take part in a signing session at Media Markt Bäckebol in Gothenburg, Sweden on October 26 at 3.30 p.m. (15.30).
WITHIN TEMPTATION's fifth studio album, "The Unforgiving", sold around 12,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 50 on The Billboard 200 chart. Released on March 29, the CD was produced by Daniel Gibson and is based on a comic book story written by script writer Steven O'Connell (BloodRayne, Dark 48). The band asked comic artist Romano Molenaar (Witchblade, Darkness, X-Men) to draw the characters and scenery of "The Unforgiving", which was made available via Sony Music in Continental Europe and Roadrunner Records in the U.S., U.K. and Ireland, Japan and Australia.
WITHIN TEMPTATION guitarist Robert Westerholt recently announced that he will step down from touring duties in order to focus on taking care of the three children he has with the band's
lead singer, Sharon den Adel. His replacement on stage is Stefan Helleblad, who has been working with the band behind the scenes for a few years.
Wednesday, October 5, 2011
John Dunphy of the Morristown Patch recently conducted an interview with new DREAM THEATER drummer Mike Mangini. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow below.
dedicating himself fully to one thing — the band — after marrying in
2005 and spending several years as associate professor of percussion at
the Berklee College of Music:
"I wanted to make a family. I
wasn't able to for one reason or another get that done. Once I moved
back home I could be in the area for a long time, I could network. Meet,
get married, have children."
On joining DREAM THEATER in the fall of 2010:
"I was looking to get in a band. I had to wait for the right time and opportunity, and it just matched."
On the songwriting process for DREAM THEATER's new album, "A Dramatic Turn Of Events":
"This is important: they composed this with no drummer. This is [guitarist and founder] John Petrucci that always came up with the riffs. He's still here. This is back to John showing up with bags of riffs, as he always did. Except this time, no
drummer to steer it in different directions. It was what the writing has been now with no drummer."
"When I write on a keyboard, bass or
guitar — which I don't play well but can write on — when I compose,
it's good to have only chordal structure and a sense of feel without
drums. It changes things. Those guys composed with no drummer. And all
the ideas flowed with such ease. I couldn't believe it."
On how he gets along with the other members of DREAM THEATER:
very much the same. We talk music, the show, practice, we share things
with a common ground. That's special. I feel like I'm with people I've
known for a long time. I don't have to try hard to be someone else.
"I go to bed every night and say 'thank you.' I'm really grateful for this opportunity with all the things that make it so."
Jose Bosso of Guitar World conducted an interview with guitarist John Petrucci of progressive metal giants DREAM THEATER for the magazine's November 2011 issue, which features the "Big Four" of 1980s thrash metal (METALLICA, MEGADETH, SLAYER and ANTHRAX) on the cover. A few excerpts from the chat follow below.
On drummer Mike Portnoy's decision to leave DREAM THEATER in September 2010 while he was on the road with AVENGED SEVENFOLD:
Petrucci: "Mike had played on AVENGED's album ['Nightmare'] and that was fine. We all do side projects when time permits. But touring with the band, that was a different story. That was taking
significant time away from DREAM THEATER at a point when we were all planning to start recording. Initially, we put off recording to go on tour with IRON MAIDEN — that was too good an opportunity for us to turn down. And then when Mike said he was going on the road with AVENGED SEVENFOLD right after the MAIDEN tour, that didn't feel right."
On Portnoy's request that DREAM THEATER take an extended hiatus, with no firm date in sight for reconvening:
Petrucci: "In the end, it was something we couldn't do. Mike wanted to hold all the cards. He wanted to get back together when it suited him. We couldn't abide by that. So he decided to quit. It was
quite a blow. As much as we wanted to continue as a band, we didn't want Mike to leave."
On whether Portnoy was hoping his place with AVENGED SEVENFOLD would become permanent:
Petrucci: "I guess Mike was looking at them as the new girlfriend or something. They were
younger, up-and-coming… You can definitely draw the parallels."
On Portnoy's request in late 2010 for DREAM THEATER to take him back:
Petrucci: "Mike Portnoy asking to be back in was a problem on a few levels. First, we were very happy to have selected Mike Mangini [as the new drummer]. Second, [Mangini] had quit his teaching gig at Berklee. We certainly weren't going to hang him out to dry when he sacrificed so much for us. Mike Portnoy was too late in asking to come back. We had moved on."
On the "mystery" surrounding Portnoy's decision to leave DREAM THEATER:
Petrucci: "I can't speak for him. I can only see things from my point of view.
For him to leave a successful band, one he had been with for 25 years…
he must've had his reasons. I guess he really needed a change. Maybe he
was confused or conflicted at the same time. I don't know. The biggest
thing for me is to not be negative or resentful. I understand the way
life is, and change is part of that. People get divorced, they leave
companies, they quit bands — it happens. Mike needed a change in his life. That's really the only way I can look at it."
On how the recent European tour with Mike Mangini went:
Petrucci: "It was so smooth that it was almost scary. Even though we felt very good about our decision to hire Mike Mangini, we wouldn't predict how things would've gone during our first tour with him, because we're still getting to know him on a variety of levels.
But recording with him was fantastic, touring was great, every night
onstage got better and better. I feel like I've been playing with him 20 years already.