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  INTERVIEW WITH SCOTT GORHAM OF BLACK STAR RIDERS/THIN LIZZY

Tony Conley

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"I think we kind of have a point to prove here. We want to get away from the twelve day thing, just to see what we can do given the chance to go in and make a proper album - the way we were used to making albums, right?"
Scott Gorham on recording the next Black Star Riders album in the Fall with Def Leppard's Joe Elliott

At a very young 63-years-old, Scott Gorham still has things to prove. While many of his contemporaries have decided to pack in making records, and doing anything but greatest hits shows on the road, this California native is in for all intents and purposes new band, writing songs for a new album, and touring America under a brand new banner.

Black Star Riders used to be called Thin Lizzy, before they decided not to record new music without founder Phil Lynott. When they decided to become their own entity, veteran Lizzy members Brian Downey and Darren Wharton took their pensions, and the band took their songs to the West Coast of California to record their first long player under the guidance of producer Kevin Shirley.

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While the album, 'All Hell Breaks Loose', turned out great, the band was less than thrilled with Shirley's production line, one song a day tactics. This year, the band is headlining shows for the first time, and they're busy writing what will be their second record, which will be recorded in Dublin, Ireland by longtime friend of the band, Def Leppard frontman Joe Elliott.

I caught up with Gorham in the banquet hall of a luxury hotel before the band's show in Sacramento, California, and we had a great chat - some of it won't be printed given to its irrelevance (who really wants to know about my skills as a new father, and my talents at changing diapers?), and some can't be printed to avoid embarrassing anyone (sure, we talk some shit, but we're gentlemen, we don't print it).

The point is that Gorham never mails it in - he answered every query with great interest, energy, and charm. Like I said, he still feels he has something to prove, and he left no doubt later that night as his band electrified the audience, and left no one wondering as to who were the Black Star Riders.

It was especially worth noting that I stood almost directly in front of Gorham at the show, and when he made a point with his playing, or something someone in the band did that proved a point he had made earlier, he'd give me a glance that said both, "See?" and "Did you get that - that's what I was talking about?" His hard work, efforts, and his striving to still up his game at 63 are inspiring.

Scott Gorham: "We're just trying our wings out here in America to see how the Black Star Riders name goes down.

"That's why you come out here and do these things. You know, we don't expect huge crowds right now, because people can't associate the Black Star Riders name with anything yet, so you have to get out there, and take some hard knocks, it's a big country. You get as much out of it as you can in this six week period. We're hitting a lot of cities - in five days we jump over to Japan! We have a few shows over there, and from there we'll be hitting the East Coast."

I asked what if any difference he had observed in fan reaction since the change of names from Thin Lizzy to BSR:

Scott Gorham: "The only size is the actual size of the audience! And that's what I'm talking about, you know? As far as the reaction? No. The people who know who we are and where we come from, the whole Thin Lizzy thing - they expect us to play the Thin Lizzy songs.

"Most of the people also have the Black Star Riders album, so they've got the lyrics down, they know what parts of what songs are coming when, and all that, so everybody seems well versed.

"Now, it's just spreading the gospel as far as we can on this trip."

Going back to 'All Hell Breaks Loose', I asked the guitarist if the album would have turned out differently if it had been called a Thin Lizzy record:

Scott Gorham: "Well, maybe a little bit of the outcome of the album, because we initially started to write it thinking we were going to keep on with the name Thin Lizzy, so you're kind of racking your brains trying to keep going down that same trail.

"But amazingly, as soon as we decided that that wasn't the right thing to do, it started to open up a bit. The writing style became a bit different after that, because you could do that, where if we kept the Lizzy name, you'd always be thinking about, 'Well, what are people going to expect to hear from us.' This way, it's like we don't think anybody's going to expect anything after this point."

'All Hell Breaks Loose' was an auspicious debut album - it carried the Lizzy flag, but it also went well beyond the legend and into the territory of one very interesting new hard rock band. Frontman Ricky Warwick, and guitarist Damon Johnson contributed heavily to the album's writing, and I asked Gorham if by not using the Thin Lizzy name, the pressure on them, as well as on himself may not have been lessened:

Scott Gorham: "Oh yeah, obviously!

"I think it took a lot of pressure off all of us, really. The main reason we changed the name was, myself in particular, I was feeling uncomfortable with recording under the name Thin Lizzy without Phil. Everything that was recorded under the name of Thin Lizzy - Phil had always been there, so to do it again without Phil just wasn't sitting right, particularly with me.

"So yeah, I think pressure-wise, it took quite a bit of a load off Ricky, although he loves to sing the Lizzy songs - he just loves doing those."

Following in the footsteps of Phil Lynott is at the very minimum a very daunting task, but Ricky Warwick happens to be one of rock's finest writers, and he certainly made his bones on the band's debut:

Scott Gorham: "Absolutely!

"When you read into Ricky's lyrics, he's just a kick-ass lyricist. What's strange is when I got out there, and I asked Ricky to join the band as the frontman, nobody got that!

"Nobody understood, because where he had come from, and the other bands he had been in. But I had been in the studio with Ricky a couple of years before that, on his first solo album. I was up front and personal with what he was doing, and how he had evolved - what he was writing about, and his writing style. And it so fit with what we were doing with the sort of Lizzy campaign that it was a real easy mix.

"So, I knew before anybody else what kind of guy Ricky Warwick was, and what he could actually do with a song."

Gorham is no stranger to criticism when it comes to managing and maintaining the legacy of one of rock's greatest bands (Why the hell aren't Thin Lizzy in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame?). In fact, he had been through it when he had decided to replace John Sykes after the mercurial guitarist resigned his post in 2009. However, he again beat the rock 'n' roll odds, and in lieu of going for the easy, sleazy money, Gorham did as he has always done and he proceeded to fill the band with top shelf talent - one thing that can, and should be said is that there has never been a version of Thin Lizzy that Lynott would have disapproved, and that is all to the guitarist's credit:

Scott Gorham: "Well, when John Sykes left, I knew that a lot of people were saying that the whole thing was getting too Metal, and I had to agree with that - so really, the split there wasn't too wrenching at all. It was just, 'Do I want to keep going with this, or if I don't, where do I go? The third question was, 'How long is this going to take me to put this all back together, to glue all the pieces back together?' Getting the right people involved.

"That, to me, was probably more daunting than anything - how long does it take to get the right people, and where are all these right people? Because I wanted to get it absolutely right this time.

"The funny thing? When I did get this together with Ricky and ultimately, Damon - the percentage of those critical people shrunk down so small that it was almost negligible. Someone would come on the Facebook page, make a complaint, and twenty people would jump on them and shred them a new ass.

"You could actually see the tide turning. People wanted to hear those songs, they did not want to see this thing go away, which was really gratifying for me."

True enough - I first saw Thin Lizzy in 1978, and I have never lost the desire to see the songs performed live - the world didn't want Phil Lynott to go away, and should not be punished by his songs somehow becoming sacrosanct. And the world seems to agree with this point - intact, with the advent of YouTube and Facebook, it would seem that the band's popularity has only grown over time:

Scott Gorham: "Well, to be honest, I was always of the mind that when we broke the band up the first time in 1983, I figured, 'Well, they'll play the albums, or the singles on the radio for X amount of time, they'll write about it in the magazines and papers for X amount of time. Then, in the natural order of things it will disappear, and then every once in a while a disc jockey will pull out an album and blow the dust off of it, and play a couple of tracks, but it never happened that way.

"It's almost like it never went away at all! I was pretty surprised by that - I was amazed by that. So, I have to admit that putting it back together was pretty daunting. You just don't know what reactions are going to be."

I offered my view that it had always been well received because Gorham had always done it right:

Scott Gorham: "The big reason for this is because the people that have always been in the band are name people, who, like yourself, grew up with Thin Lizzy and were huge fans. And now, all of a sudden they're in the band - kind of living the dream that they always had. I find that amazing.

"It's like a criteria for me - if you weren't really a fan, and a great player at the same time, well, I'm going to move on to the next guy. Because I do feel that it is a responsibility to present this thing in the right way, or don't do it at all."

Since reforming the band in 2009, a virtual who's who of hired guns have filled the shoes of Thin Lizzy guitarist, stage right. First it was Vivian Campbell, then Guns 'N' Roses veteran Richard Fortus, and finally a permanent member was found in Damon Johnson of Alice Cooper's band. The thing all these great players share is that when it came to Thin Lizzy, they were all always true to the parts and the hearts of the classic Lizzy catalogue:

Scott Gorham: "Yeah, I think a big part of that is that they grew up with the songs, they played them for probably most of their lives, so when they get to the stage as a member of Thin Lizzy, it just becomes natural for them. It's kind of in their blood, which is really cool! It sure makes my job a hell of a lot easier, hahaha!

"Even the question of how do you figure out who's going to take what solo? That part of being in this things was probably the easiest.

"When you write the song, the song kind of dictates who's going to take the solos, right? And, I don't think there has ever been a version of Thin Lizzy where people were fighting over a solo bit. There's plenty to go around - it's why it's so cool to be in this band, it's such a guitar based thing. It's just not a big deal."

The band is going back into the recording studio in October to lay down their second long player - this time around they are going with Joe Elliott as their producer, after recording their debut with renowned boardsman Kevin Shirley. I asked about the experience of recording with Shirley, and why they decided to make a change this go around:

Scott Gorham: "Recording with Kevin was good!

"Kevin is a great record producer - the only thing that kind of threw me for a loop was to do it all in twelve days. I wasn't expecting that. I had never done an album like that before. It was fun, it was different, but we won't do one like that again.

"This time, Joe Elliott from Def Leppard, and their engineer (longtime Leppard sound guru, Rohan McHugh). They came to us - they knew we were doing a second album, and they pitched for the job. I've known Joe now for over 35 years, we're great friends. So, it'll be kind of like taking this little family/community thing over to Dublin - to make the bitchingest album we possibly can."

Elliott had previously worked with Gorham on the Thin Lizzy re-mix, remastering project - I asked about that experience:

Scott Gorham: "That was fun!

"If it hadn't been for Joe, I would have gone a lot crazier! Let's do this, let's put on more overdubs, this is what I always wanted to do - and Joe's going, 'No, no, no, let's keep it more to the original'. Because my idea was to experiment with the songs, just to see what would happen if we went fucking nuts on the whole thing. Maybe not completely nuts, but to throw a lot of things on it - you know, back then it was pretty basic production, what we had originally. I just wanted to ramp it up a bit. In the end, I like what we came out with.

"It was a lot more solid, we got a few more parts into the songs that weren't there the first time around. The production is a lot better."

One question I had to ask, simply because I had never heard the story told,, was the genesis of the arrangement of one of rock's greatest anthems, 'The Boys Are Back In Town'. Scott answered this graciously, almost as if he hadn't been asked about it a thousand times previously:

Scott Gorham: "It really started out to be about a guy coming home from the war. The original working title was 'G.I. Joe', which is kind of a crap title, right?

"But it wasn't long after that that Phil came up with the basic chord structure. He'd say, 'We need some sort of guitar part here.'We'd go, 'Guitar bit, what does that even mean?' Well, that became (Gorham sings the famous guitar figure).

"Brian Downey then put his drum groove down, and it became more this kind of shuffle deal. Robertson came up with a really basic two note guitar part, then I came in and said, 'Why don't we make it a more rolling thing (sings the final part).

"It was just one of those songs - it wasn't written instantly, it just sort of evolved. In the end, I said, 'Let's just keep stepping it up, until it reaches a crescendo sort of thing'.

"Phil had a total re-think of the lyrics at some point. He didn't want it to be an anti-war song, or about a guy coming home from the war. Now, it was about just a gang of guys going out on a Saturday night, fucking chicks, getting drunk, fighting, the whole deal. He turned it into more of a party song.

"I'll tell ya, I had one guy in Germany - he had based his whole interview on this one song, 'The Boys Are Back In Town'.

"He said, 'I know exactly what Phil was thinking on this song - this was an IRA song.' I went, 'No, no, no, this has nothing to do with the IRA, it's just a party song, you know, Saturday night'. After that, he had nothing - he was going to base the whole interview on how he had cracked the code, hahaha!"

Going back to the topic of Ireland, I asked what he expects out of going to Dublin to record the new album:

Scott Gorham: "This time around, instead of twelve days, we'll probably spend around three and a half weeks in the studio.

"Also, we'll be going into rehearsals for 7-10 days, working out guitar parts, harmonies, the drum parts. I felt bad for Jimmy DeGrasso on the last one because there's a couple of songs he was hearing for the first time in the studio, so he's trying to work out his drum breaks with no memory of the song - he's working it out on the spot.

"A lot of people think of Jimmy DeGrasso as Megadeth - and I did, too!

"Jimmy is the one guy in the band who I didn't hand pick myself. All the other guys picked him. When Brian Downey said he didn't want to go out and do a new project, everybody else said, 'You've gotta get Jimmy DeGrasso'. So, there's no way I could say fuck that, and besides, I didn't even know the guy.

"But because I trusted these guys so much now, this guy Jimmy DeGrasso, he's in the band, right? And the first time that I heard him, and that he could do all the Lizzy songs, and how he played them.... Once again - Jimmy was a huge fan of Thin Lizzy, and he keeps trying to get us to do these really deep cuts off the Lizzy albums. Jimmy - I love ya, buddy, but we can't go that deep because nobody's heard these songs!

"But that just goes to show you how into it Jimmy DeGrasso is. He can play all the swing beats, the shuffles, and all that stuff - and when it's time to get really hard, like on 'Bad Reputation', the fucking guy just lets it rip. He's amazing - a really great drummer!

"So when we were doing the record, Joe Bonamassa was going in next after us, and he was doing his record in four days! It's like, what the fuck? I guess a guy like Joe can do that. I guess he's got everything so worked out in his head. The guy is a fucking great player, I love that guy."

Another relative newcomer to the band is guitarist Damon Johnson. The tale of how he came to the band and what he's contributed is a sterling example of what everyone in the band brings to this gig:

Scott Gorham: "When Damon got in the band, and it felt like a permanent thing, that's when I started taking it seriously, 'Yeah, we should really record a new album, because there's so many great writers in the band at this point, and what a shame it would be to not do a new record at this point'.

"The idea of doing an album hard been bantered around for a few years now, right? And it really was a fan driven, press driven thing - every interview I did it was always in the three top questions. 'When are you going to write new material and record a new album?'

"I'd always just go, 'Yeah, yeah, yeah, we're working on it, we've got new songs,' and we really didn't. I was just trying to keep the question at bay. I was still having a problem with doing that as Thin Lizzy.

"So yeah, it was when Damon got in the band that we became serious about doing a new album.

"We were doing a few shows with Alice Cooper, we had Alice out on the golf course, and Damon came out with him. He was so shy, I don't think he said ten words to me, but I remember at a couple of shows I had mentioned that Richard (Fortus), he's got a day job (as a guitarist for Guns 'N'Roses), and he's going to have to be going back to that, and we're going to be looking for another guitar player. I said, 'If you could throw me out a couple of suggestions,' and of course, Damon's going, 'What the fuck, I'm right here!'

"He didn't say that, but you could see that he was thinking that - 'How do I say, I'm the next guy?'"

"So, I think he talked it over with his wife, and she told him, 'You know you want to do this, you gotta go do this.' So, he threw his name into the hat, big time - I'm going, 'Well, this is fucking great!'

"I actually tried to talk him out of it. I said, 'Damon, you're sitting here with this kick-ass job - you're playing guitar with Cooper, and the guy does 300 fucking shows a year, you're making a great living, why would you want to give that up?'

"'Because I always wanted to be in Thin Lizzy.' Well, I got no answer for that. You understand what I was trying to do for him, right? I don't want to be responsible for screwing up his life. I said, 'Tell ya what - talk to your wife about it, and get back to management tomorrow and let us know what you want to do. One hour later, it's like, 'I'm in.'"

Since reforming Thin Lizzy in 2009, Gorham has had the fortune/misfortune of having had three great guitarists move through the band - first there was Vivian Campbell, followed by Richard Fortus, both of whom had regular gigs that would eventually force their returns and end their tenure in Lizzy. Damon Johnson quit his day gig to take the job, and ended the rotating doors, and he's another great foil for Gorham, who in addition to writing some of the most memorable guitar parts and songs in rock history is also one of the finest practitioners of the art of rhythm guitar playing:

Scott Gorham: "Man, I love playing rhythm guitar! I love laying it down behind somebody, and then having them lay it down behind me.

"It's gotta be there - with any band, it's gotta be there. You've got to hold up the other guy, you've got to hold up your end while he's doing the top end thing. You've got to keep it full the whole time."

Holding it all together is a long and treasured tradition in Thin Lizzy, going back to the underrated bass playing of the late Phil Lynott:

Scott Gorham: "Oh, absolutely! He used to tell everybody he was crap.

"But I know for a fact how hard he worked at it. He would meticulously pick out the notes he was going to play on any particular song. He would work that out like you wouldn't believe. Yeah, he may not have been like a Billy Sheehan, or a Marco Mendoza, there was no bass soloing going on, but man - when he laid it down, he fucking laid it down.

"He had a big, deep tone, we used to call him the King of the One Noters. Every once in a while, he'd stop playing to work on getting the crowd going, and the whole bottom would fall out. 'Phil, don't stop fucking playing!'"

Getting back to the recording of a new Black Star Riders record, at a time when many of Gorham's contemporaries have thrown in the towel on new recordings - many are now saying it doesn't make sense to make records:

Scott Gorham: "You know, I've been saying that for a long time!

"But this thing was going to happen, right? With everybody wanting free music - all you're doing is pulling money out of your own pocket to make these albums, and you're never going to get paid back for it.

"Yeah, you can go on the road, and make your money that way, but unless your king of 'up there,' you're not going to be making your money back because everything isa so expensive on the road. So I can see why there are guys out there going, 'Uncle! I give up, this is bullshit.'

"I think we kind of have a point to prove here. We want to get away from the twelve day thing, just to see what we can do given the chance to go in and make a proper album - the way we were used to making albums, right?

"Ricky has lyrics for days - he always does, on any given subject. He's kind of a phenom that way. You'll write a riff, and he'll go, 'I've got a lyric for that!' Really? Already? He's great that way.

"Damon's always got something cooking back there, and I've got a fair few things that I've been working on for the last few months. Riffs, chord patterns, and all of that - so yeah, we'll be ready by the time we get in there."

I thought we'd wrap things up by talking about guitarists and guitar gear, so I asked Scott to extemporize on some of the legendary guitarists he partnered with in the earlier iterations of Thin Lizzy, starting with Gary Moore:

Scott Gorham: "Gary was an amazing player! Kickin'!

"But, there was appoint where you realized that he didn't want to be in anybody's band. He found that too constricting, he wanted to be The Lone Ranger. Not to say that he was a selfish guy, but you just knew that was going to happen.

"He was good enough to pull that off - he had different ideas of how things should go, and sound. He wanted to sing. Whenever there was a background thing, he'd be the first one up to the microphone. So, there were a lot of things that Gary wanted that he wasn't going to get out of Thin Lizzy.

"I think that's the main reason he left - well, it is a reason why he quit! I think the other reason was that Phil and I were doing so many fucking drugs that he couldn't take it, haha!"

Without question, the guitarist who served in the band for their greatest successes, and is perhaps a member of what must be called the classic Lizzy lineup was Brian Robertson:

Scott Gorham: "Robbo. I've always loved Robbo.

"He is his own worst enemy. He always will be until the day he dies, he will be his own worst enemy. But he was the guy who made me realize that I had to step up my fucking game here - if I'm going to last at all, I had to step it up.

"When I met Robbo, he was 18 years old, and he was a fucking great guitar player at that point. I had so many laughs with Robbo in the first three years. When you're crying, your face hurts, and your stomach is killing you because you're laughing so hard. And, we played some kick ass gigs together - where you walk out and go, 'Fuck man, that was amazing!

"I was always trying to keep Brian in the band, and Phil was always trying to kick him out. I was always the mediator. The last example was on 'Bad Reputation'. It was Phil, and I, and Brian Downey - Robbo was out of the band, Phil had said, 'Fuck it, we don't need another guitar player, we'll just do the thing ourselves.'

"But, I knew in the back of my head, 'Sure, we can do this album, but we've got to go out on the road, and this is a two guitar band. We've got 4, or 5 other albums that we've got to play onstage, and there's a shitload of harmonies. 'Phil, this is a two guitar band.' Phil, 'Yeah, we'll get someone else in....'

"But, you know, I was always a big believer in the magic circle - once you broke the magic circle, the whole thing was broken, right?

"Finally, I talked Phil into it - I said, 'Listen, there are two tracks here with no lead guitar,' I'd done that on purpose. I had done all the harmonies, did all the rest of the stuff, but purposefully left two tracks open. I said, 'Phil, these are perfect for Brian - he's going to kick ass on these, we'll get him over here, and he'll take it from there.' Phil said, 'Alright, but it's your fucking fault if it doesn't work!'

"So we few Brian over, and I took him off to the side, and said, 'Brian, just keep your fucking mouth shut, and don't say anything to anybody.' He just grumbled, hahaha!

"And he did it. With each track, I think the most he took was two takes. Stormed back into the control room, and just sat there. And that didn't last long.

"He did something else and fucked it up all over again. He got in a fight in a club. Some guy smashed a bottle on his hand, and that was it - 'You're done.'

"You know, we're going out on this world tour, and you go and do that - 'Fuck you, you're out of here forever.' And that's when Gary came in as a permanent guy, and we went on to do the 'Black Rose' album. But like I said, I was always trying to keep the guy in the band!"

Finally, I asked about the last co-guitarist in the Phil Lynott era, and later the band's frontman, John Sykes. I mention to Gorham that I've talked to at least two of Sykes past band mates in the last year who have told me that they've worked on tracks with Sykes in recent times, but they don't have much faith that the tracks will ever see the light of day (a great shame, as Sykes is almost missed on the hard rock guitar scene as much as Blackmore):

Scott Gorham: "Well, I don't know what goes through John's head - I didn't really know him very well. "When we were in Lizzy, it didn't last very long. I know it sounds kind of weird, but it was only one European tour, and a trip to Japan - I don't even think we got to America with John, did we?

"Everybody was too fucked up at that point, we already knew the band was breaking up - that was the farewell tour. I'm not sure if John even knew that - he must have, though. So, I was in too much pain, and too fucked up in my own world, and so was Phil. I was glad to have him in there at that point to prop my ass up. It was good to have that kind of guy with all that talent over there - 'Go ahead, take all the load you want - do whatever you want, I'm good with that."

Scott had mentioned being in pain, so I asked about his back condition, and his use of Gibson's Axxess Les Pauls:

Scott Gorham: "I finally found out that it's a thing I was born with - the first four vertebrae, I don't have any pads between them!

"Gibson did a really great thing, they chambered my guitars for me so that they are a lot lighter, and it's funny - I was just talking with Billy Gibbons about this, and he said, 'Yeah, I got the same thing, bad back, so they chamber mine, too!

"However, there's one guy who still likes them like cement sacks, and I really admire him, but I could not believe how heavy all of his guitars were, and that's Zakk Wylde! They're like lead guitars. Zakk will not make his life easy, but he plays the shit out of them!"

Almost a big a change to Gorham's musical surroundings is the presence of Engl Amplifiers where for many decades Marshalls had sat:

Scott Gorham: "We were playing some shows with Deep Purple a few years back, and my guitar tech got seriously ill, and we were in a panic to get a guy over to my side, and this little Italian guy came highly recommended - so, there we were at Wembley Arena, it's completely sold out, we're doing soundcheck, and I have four Marshall heads - all customized, but somehow the guy fucked up the voltage on everything, and bam! All four heads go down, right in order.

"Now, the guy who does Steve Morse's guitars is named Michael Berger, and he's the Engl rep! For three weeks he's been trying to get me to try these Engl Amps. I kept saying, 'No, I've been with Marshall for 35 years, right?

"So here's his chance - he sees all my amps are fried, and he goes, 'Shall I?' And I go, 'Yeah.'

"Hahaha, we've got 45 minutes before we go on, so he plugs me in, goes, tweak, tweak, tweak, and I hit a chord and went, 'Shit!' It was instant. So, I played a few lead things, some harmonies, and it worked out. The little Italian guy says, 'Hey, I got your amps back up,' and I said, 'Nah, I'll try these tonight.'

"For me, that was a really brave thing to be playing in front of 14,000 people with a new rig, but I liked the sound, and I liked what it was giving me instantly. I became an Engl guy right on the spot. And Michael Berger knew it, he knew this was going to happen!"

Scott and I chatted for another fifteen minutes, but it was all about point and shoot cameras (he was taken by my Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5 that I use to record interviews, a fab piece of gear), the plights of my recent introduction to fatherhood, and a funny story about a band who hired a guitarist, only to find that the new hire had to be taught the songs by their replacement, who had to be flown in to do so at considerable cost. In short what I could talk about isn't interesting, and what is interesting is something that should remain private.

Like I said way back at the top somewhere, Gorham never mails it in - I mentioned this interview to a pal who has been writing about the guitar business almost for as long as I've been reading about it, and my friend implied that Gorham's charm was less than sincere, and to take all he said with a grain of salt.

I found almost the opposite to be true - sure, Scott's done this a million times before, and he probability didn't lose any sleep due to excitement over our chat, but he was the consummate professional, he was charming and engaging, and he handled our talk much like he did the gig later that night.

He approached it like he still had something to prove, and as a fan of the man for close to forty years, I'm damned glad I wasn't too jaded to see that he's proving it - the man is a certified legend, and he's far from through.


10.6.14





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enter shikari ENTER SHIKARI RELEASE VIDEO FOR 'THERE'S A PRICE ON YOUR HEAD'
Enter Shikari once again team up with former Ren & Stimpy animator for music video...

savatage SAVATAGE AND TRANS SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA CREATE HEAVY METAL HISTORY AT WACKEN
"This is a once in a lifetime show for Savatage and TSO that we hope you will never forget."

ian anderson IAN ANDERSON CELEBRATES JETHRO TULL WITH NEW SHOW
Two preview trailers have been released for the intriguing 'Jethro Tull - The Rock Opera'...

alestorm ALESTORM UNVEIL NEW MUSIC VIDEO! SAIL WITH THEM TO 'MAGNETIC NORTH'
Get a load of the finest Pirate Metal around with the latest instalment of Alestorm's debauchery...

kadaver KADAVAR PREMIER THE OFFICIAL VIDEO FOR 'LAST LIVING DINOSAUR' ONLINE
The new album 'Berlin' will be released later this month...

graveltones THE GRAVELTONES RELEASE STUNNING NEW VIDEO FOR 'BIG MONEY'
The Graveltones will head out on a UK Tour from September to support the new album 'Love Lies Dying'...

gus g zakk wylde ZAKK WYLDE SAVES THE DAY FOR GUS G. AT HUNGARIAN FESTIVAL
After Gus G's guitars went missing, the show was able to go on thanks to Black Label Society comrade Zakk Wylde...

joe satriani JOE SATRIANI LAUNCHES OFFICIAL 'SHOCKWAVE SUPERNOVA' MUSIC VIDEO
The stunning video is the title track from Satriani's 15th studio album...

sertraline SERTRALINE ANNOUNCE FIRST BIRTHDAY UK HEADLINE TOUR
Eight dates in October mark the anniversary celebrations for Sertraline...

thirsty THIRSTY ANNOUNCE DEBUT ALBUM RELEASE
Get a load of British rock with a twist, shaken and stirred from Quireboys founder Guy Bailey's new project...

the darkness THE DARKNESS UNVEIL NEW VIDEO FOR 'LAST OF OUR KIND'
Fifteen fans were chosen to feature in the new video from The Darkness...

fozzy FOZZY WILL BE TOURING EUROPE IN NOVEMBER
Chris Jericho from Fozzy features in the recently premiered 'Sharknado 3: Oh Hell No!'...

joel hoekstra WHITESNAKE'S GUITARIST JOEL HOEKSTRA RELEASES NEW ALBUM 'DYING TO LIVE'
With an all-star line up, Joel Hoekstra's new album raises the bar for this year's releases...

steve hackett STEVE HACKETT RELEASES REHEARSAL VIDEO CLIP FOR 40TH ANNIVERSARY TOUR IN OCTOBER
Preparations are in full flight for the tour and the release of the comprehensive box set 'Premonitions - The Charisma Recordings 1975-1983'...

ghost GHOST ANNOUNCE PART ONE OF EXTENSIVE HEADLINE EUROPEAN TOUR
The new album 'Meliora' is out August 21st via Spinefarm Records/Loma Vista ...

motorhead MOTÖRHEAD ANNOUNCE UK TOUR WITH SAXON AND GIRLSCHOOL
Motörhead release their 22nd studio album, 'Bad Magic', on August 28th...

therapy THERAPY? ANNOUNCE ONE OFF UK HEADLINE SHOW PLAYING 'INFERNAL LOVE' IN FULL
Therapy? will bring their darkest album to The Electric Ballroom, London on December 19th...

gentlemans pistols GENTLEMANS PISTOLS SIGN GLOBAL DEAL WITH NUCLEAR BLAST
The new album will be released in the autumn. "A record for reprobates and romantics, for gentlemen and hustlers..."

the tubes THE TUBES GET READY TO START 40TH ANNIVERSARY UK TOUR
August 2015 sees The Tubes bring their over the top, outrageous and extreme show to the UK one more time...

rock for fibro ROCK FOR FIBRO TO BE HELD ON SEPTEMBER 4 IN CO DURHAM
The hidden illness awareness show will raise funds for those affected by ME and Fibromyalgia...

kataklysm BLACKMORE'S NIGHT UNVEIL THE EXCLUSIVE VIDEO OF TITLE TRACK FROM 'ALL OUR YESTERDAYS'
Blackmore's Night will release 'All Our Yesterdays' on September 18th via Frontiers Music SRL...

kataklysm KATAKLYSM TO RELEASE 10 VIDEOS IN 10 DAYS STARTING WITH 'BREACHING THE ASYLUM'
The build up to the 'Of Ghosts And Gods' album release starts here...

enforcer ENFORCER ANNOUNCE UK TOUR + RELEASE 'UNDYING EVIL' MUSIC VIDEO
"Feels awesome to be back on the road spreading the disease of 'From Beyond' to all maniacs throughout the continent..."

taste EAGLE ROCK RELEASE TASTE 'WHAT'S GOING ON - LIVE AT THE ISLE OF WIGHT FESTIVAL 1970'
The first ever video release of Rory Gallagher's band Taste at the IOW Festival is finally available...

soto SOTO ADD FURTHER EUROPE DATES TO SEPTEMBER TOUR
Jeff Scott Soto and his quality band have extended their run of dates with more to come...

backyard babies BACKYARD BABIES RELEASE NEW VIDEO 'TH1RT3EN OR NOTHING'
This single, plus festival appearances, pave the way for the new album later this summer...

monster magnet MONSTER MAGNET TO RELEASE 'COBRAS AND FIRE (THE MASTERMIND REDUX)' IN OCTOBER
"I guess I'd call it a deranged fusion of Garage-Psych, Fuzz Punk and Movie Soundtrack music..."

atreyu ATREYU REVEAL BRAND NEW MUSIC VIDEO FOR 'LONG LIVE'
Atreyu are gearing up for the release of the album with a flurry of activity...

phil rudd QUEENSRYCHE ANNOUNCE NEW ALBUM AND PREMIERE NEW TRACK
The much-anticipated new offering, 'Condition Human', sees vocalist Todd LaTorre deliver the performance of a lifetime...

phil rudd AC/DC DRUMMER PHIL RUDD BAILED TO APPEAR IN COURT AGAIN IN TWO WEEKS
Phil raised his middle finger at waiting media as he left Tauranga District Court this morning...

mad max MAD MAX TO RELEASE NEW ALBUM 'THUNDER, STORM AND PASSION' ON AUGUST 28th
A modern, state-of-the-art re-recorded 'best-of' collection of songs from the band's very successful 1984-7 period...

eat the gun EAT THE GUN TO RELEASE FIFTH ALBUM 'HOWLINWOOD' ON AUGUST 28th
'Howlinwood' contains eleven insanely catchy compositions, including the first single 'How Does It Feel'...

hammercult HAMMERCULT TO RELEASE NEW ALBUM 'BUILT FOR WAR' ON AUGUST 28th
Accomplished Israeli thrash Metal act Hammercult have lined up the release of their blistering third album...

blackmores night BLACKMORE'S NIGHT REVEAL BRAND NEW TRACK FROM 'ALL OUR YESTERDAYS'
Listen to the premiere of 'The Other Side' right here...

ghost GHOST PREMIERE 'FROM THE PINNACLE TO THE PIT'
The track is taken from the forthcoming album 'Meliora' out August 21st...

phil rudd BREAKING NEWS: AC/DC DRUMMER PHIL RUDD ARRESTED AGAIN
Phil Rudd is in jail again just over a week after he was convicted and sentenced to eight months' home detention...

heavy metal kids HEAVY METAL KIDS ANNOUNCE ONLY HEADLINE SHOW OF THIS YEAR
This will serve as a warm up show before their appearance at the Rebellion Music Punk Festival...

avantasia AVANTASIA ARE BACK WITH A NEW ALBUM FOR 2016 AND A LONDON SHOW AT THE FORUM
"It will be an unseen All-Star Epic Operatic Classic Rock Metal Opera experience...."

metal allegiance METAL ALLEGIANCE POST A NEW STUDIO TRAILER ONLINE
A glimpse into the completed work of the supergroup with the revolving line up...

attica rage ATTICA RAGE ANNOUNCE UK & IRELAND 2015 TOUR
It's the Road To Hard Rock Hell with a run of dates covering the entire country...

screaming eagles SCREAMING EAGLES SET TO RELEASE NEW ALBUM 'STAND UP AND BE COUNTED'
Hot on the heels of the recent EP comes the full length follow up to 'Killers'...

pentagram PENTAGRAM UNVEIL NEW TRACK 'WALK ALONE'
"A song of devastation conquered by optimism and realisation of self worth. There is a light if you force yourself to look for it..."

tom kiefer CINDERELLA'S TOM KEIFER ANNOUNCES ONE OFF UK HEADLINE SHOW
He will be performing songs from his solo debut 'The Way Life Goes' & all the Cinderella classics...

lynyrd skynyrd UNIVERSAL RELEASE THE SIX ORIGINAL LYNYRD SKYNYRD ALBUMS ON 180G VINYL
Previously only available as part of a box set, these exact replicas can be bought individually...

wasp W.A.S.P. REVEAL ARTWORK AND TRACKLISTING FOR 'GOLGOTHA'
Almost six years have passed since the world saw a new studio album from Metal icons W.A.S.P...

foo fighters FOO FIGHTERS ANNOUNCE UK STADIUM SHOWS FOR SEPTEMBER
It's a triumphant return for Foo Fighters as they book their return following Dave Grohl's injury ...

megadeth MEGADETH ANNOUNCE UK TOUR CO-HEADLINE TOUR WITH LAMB OF GOD
"If you're not stoked about this bill, then you very simply do not like Heavy Metal..."

wildfire WILDFIRE FESTIVAL 2016 - OPEN FOR BAND SUBMISSIONS
This is a fantastic opportunity to be part of the brilliant Wildfire Festival...

dave davies DAVE DAVIES ANNOUNCES LONDON ISLINGTON ASSEMBLY HALL SHOW ON DECEMBER 18th
An evening celebrating his contribution to The Kinks legacy and the revolutionary guitar sound that changed rock 'n' roll...

tesseract TESSERACT ANNOUNCE NEW ALBUM 'POLARIS' TO BE RELEASED ON 18th SEPTEMBER
"For the first time, we feel free from the bounds of genre specific expectations..."

Children of bodom CHILDREN OF BODOM POST NEW TRACK 'MORRIGAN' ONLINE
Get ready for the ninth album, 'I worship Chaos' with this taster...

von hertzen VON HERTZEN BROTHERS REVEAL EUROPEAN TOUR DATES INCLUDING TWO UK SHOWS
Southampton and London are the lucky recipients of a VHB show...

dragonforce DRAGONFORCE RELEASE LIVE DVD 'IN THE LINE OF FIRE'
The packed release is available on DVD, BluRay and CD...

morsefest NEAL MORSE REVEALS NEW LIVE ALBUM 'NEAL MORSE - MORSEFEST 2014 TESTIMONY AND ONE LIVE'
Neal and the band will hit the road for the 2015 Summer Alive Again Tour...

the answer THE ANSWER PREMIERE NEW VIDEO FOR 'GONE TOO LONG'
Catch the hard working Irish rockers on tour including Whitesnake support dates...

fort minor LINKIN PARK'S MIKE SHINODA ANNOUNCES FORT MINOR SHOWS
Two European shows have just been announced...

live evil LIVE EVIL MAKE THEIR 2015 LINE-UP ANNOUNCEMENT
The International Heavy Metal festival includes a Music For Nations stage and many acclaimed bands...

phil rudd BREAKING NEWS: PHIL RUDD SENTENCED IN NEW ZEALAND FOR THREATENING TO KILL AND DRUG POSSESSION CHARGES
Judge Thomas Ingram told Rudd he needed to rehabilitate himself from drugs if he wanted to return to AC/DC...

varg VARG SIGN A WORLDWIDE DEAL WITH NAPALM RECORDS
"This partnership is nothing less than an unstoppable weapon! ATTENTION! The Wolves are coming!..."

hammerfest CRADLE OF FILTH JOIN HAMMERFEST 8 AS ALL ACCOMMODATION SELLS OUT IN RECORD TIME
It's a Hammerfest debut for Cradle Of Filth to strengthen an already heavyweight line up...

graveyard GRAVEYARD ANNOUNCE UK NOVEMBER LIVE DATES
The dates are part of a European tour in support of the new album 'Innocence & Decadence'...

accept ACCEPT ANNOUNCE UK SHOW IN DECEMBER AT THE FORUM, LONDON
Traditionally an Accept concert is a storm of Heavy Metal that lasts for hours...

acid BELGIAN METALLERS ACID REISSUE CLASSIC ALBUMS
Three classic 80s Metal albums are getting a revamp with bonus features...

ritchie blackmore RITCHIE BLACKMORE TO RETURN TO ROCK WITH DEEP PURPLE/RAINBOW SHOWS IN JUNE 2016
"I've got a good idea about the ideal candidates, but it wouldn't be fair to say anything now..."

mark stanway MAGNUM KEYBOARD MAESTRO MARK STANWAY ADDS "AUTHOR" TO HIS CV
Nearly 40 years of behind the scenes fun and madness from the world of rock comes to life...

ladybaby LADYBABY - THE BABYMETAL PHENOMENON KEEPS GROWING
Just when you thought it couldn't get any worse, just when you thought that grown men shouldn't be listening to BabyMetal...

bucket FORMER BAD CO. GUITARIST DAVE COLWELL LAUNCHES NEW BAND & ALBUM RELEASE WITH PLEDGE MUSIC
'20 Good Summers' is due for release later this year and there are exclusive rewards for pre-order pledges...

metopolis METOPOLIS CONVENTION TO BE HELD IN BRIGHTON IN MARCH 2016
There is a packed programme of events, including the chance for unsigned bands to play a set...

carcass CARCASS PLAYING 'DEATHCRUSHER TOUR 2015' ALONGSIDE OBITUARY AND VOIVOD THIS OCTOBER
"Save your pennies for the heaviest tour of the autumn..."

elo JEFF LYNNE'S ELO 'LIVE IN HYDE PARK' RELEASED ON 11th SEPTEMBER
An opportunity to own this memorable concert on a disc packed with extra features...

glenn hughes GLENN HUGHES ADDS SOUTHAMPTON CONCERT TO AUTUMN 2015 UK TOUR
Another chance to hear The Voice Of Rock play a set encompassing the many aspects of his long career...

cradle of filth CRADLE OF FILTH ANNOUNCE UK TOUR DATES THIS OCTOBER
"We are chomping at the bit to get out there and start levelling cities with our unique brand of raucous, Hellish music and stage production..."

dead daisies THE DEAD DAISIES ANNOUNCE UK HEADLINE TOUR DECEMBER 2015
Fresh from supporting Kiss across Europe and a stunning Download performance, The Dead Daisies are staying on the road...

kissing candice KISSING CANDICE RELEASE NEW ALBUM 'BLIND UNTIL WE BURN'
"From the people who support us to the people who talk shit about us. There's a little something for everyone..."

judas priest JUDAS PRIEST ANNOUNCE UK TOUR WITH MICHAEL SCHENKER'S TEMPLE OF ROCK AS SUPPORT
The UK gigs come on the back of their appearance at Download earlier this month and will take place following their current European tour...

absolva ABSOLVA ANNOUNCE UK AND EUROPEAN TOUR DATES AND REVEAL NEW ALBUM TITLE
Whilst Iced Earth has been on hiatus for the past year or so, Luke has been able to return to work with his brother in Absolva...

the darkness THE DARKNESS UNLEASH NEW SINGLE
Prepare for 'Last Of Our Kind' and a whole host of live dates...

soto FIRST BANDS, DESTINATION AND ONSALE DATES ANNOUNCED FOR 70000TONS OF METAL 2016
It's full steam ahead for the World's Biggest Heavy Metal Cruise...

soto SOTO CONFIRMED FOR MONSTERS OF ROCK CRUISE IN FEBRUARY 2016
The band will be promoting the new album 'Inside The Vertigo'...

acid reign ACID REIGN ANNOUNCE UK/IRISH TOUR WITH XENTRIX AND SHRAPNEL
The Kings of Apple Core are back with a tour and new recordings...

hammerfest TURISAS, SORCERER AND EVILE HEAD ANOTHER BATCH OF METAL FOR HAMMERFEST 8
More Metal mayhem in Wales for the next round of Hammerfest, which is close to selling out...

kobra KOBRA AND THE LOTUS REVEAL NEW TWO NEW LYRIC VIDEOS
The band have also been confirmed for the KISS/Def Leppard US tour this summer as well as headline UK dates...

chris squire CHRIS SQUIRE OF YES PASSES AWAY AGED 67
Chris revealed just over a month ago that he was being treated for Acute Erythroid Leukemia...

dead daisies THE DEAD DAISIES RELEASE AN OUTSTANDING NEW MUSIC VIDEO FOR THEIR SINGLE 'MEXICO'
It's adventures galore for the band, all washed down with tequila...

deep purple DEEP PURPLE ANNOUNCE TWO MAJOR RELEASES AND CAREER FIRSTS
"But the real stars are all in the audience. Thank you..."

eradikator BIRMINGHAM THRASHERS ERADIKATOR ANNOUNCE AMAZING PACKAGES FOR RELEASE OF CRUSHING DEBUT ALBUM
Ferocious riffs and big melodies guaranteed to get any Metal fan's blood rushing...

thunder THUNDER REVEAL VIDEO FOR NEW SINGLE 'BLACK WATER'
The single is taken from the album 'Wonder Days' which highlights the band at their best...

vivian campbell VIVIAN CAMPBELL WILL NOT MISS DEF LEPPARD TOUR, DESPITE RETURN OF CANCER
"My brilliant doctors have steered me towards an alternative course of treatment that will enable me to rejoin the tour this Saturday night..."

iron maiden STEVE HARRIS BRITISH LION ANNOUNCE JULY/AUGUST UK TOUR
And new Iron Maiden track on YouTube is fake...

kiss KISS ARMY MAKE A MOCKERY OF DOWNLOAD POLICE TRIALS
How much of the tax payers' money did Leicestershire Police waste on this ill thought out exercise?

deadspace DEADSPACE PREMIERE NEW MUSIC VIDEO FOR DEBUT ALBUM 'THE PROMISE OF OBLIVION'
Deadspace has now morphed into a tight unit of musicians from Perth's underground Metal scene...

bruce dickinson IRON MAIDEN VOCALIST BRUCE DICKINSON BUYS A 737 AND LAUNCHES HIS OWN AIRLINE
"Life is too short to do the things you don't love doing. I fly airliners and in my spare time I sing a bit."

spocks beard SPOCK'S BEARD REVEAL RELEASE DATE AND ALBUM ART FOR 'THE OBLIVION PARTICLE'
The follow up to 'Brief Nocturnes and Dreamless Sleep' is set for release in August...

dark tranquillity DARK TRANQUILLITY RELEASE VIDEO FOR 'THE SCIENCE OF NOISE'
Dark Tranquillity will be performing at European festivals over the summer...

five finger death punch FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH & PAPA ROACH TO PLAY WEMBLEY ARENA IN NOVEMBER
It's a heavyweight double whammy when two bands at the top of their live game hit the UK...

annihilator ANNIHILATOR SET TO UNLEASH 'SUICIDE SOCIETY'
The new album is some of the most technically perfect, crisp, and crushingly taut, riffage Jeff Waters has ever produced...

skindred SKINDRED ANNOUNCE 'PUMP UP THE VOLUME' UK TOUR DATES FOR NOVEMBER
The full headline tour is in support of upcoming studio album 'Volume'...

nazareth NAZARETH ANNOUNCE UK DATES THIS AUTUMN
The pioneering legends welcome fans old and new to witness their current celebrated resurgence...

iron maiden IRON MAIDEN RELEASE DETAILS OF NEW STUDIO ALBUM 'THE BOOK OF SOULS'
Maiden's eagerly awaited new studio album 'The Book Of Souls' will be released globally on 4th September...

huntress HUNTRESS REVEAL COVER ART, TRACKLISTING AND A NEW TRACK FROM UPCOMING ALBUM 'STATIC'
"It is the heaviest and catchiest record we've written. I reveal life-long personal obstacles that I previously feared weaving into my lyrics..."

calatrilloz CALATRILLOZ PREMIERE NEW VIDEO FOR 'Z THE PSYCHOPATH'
Fans of operatic carnival Metal need look no further for a striking new album and video...

dragonforce DRAGONFORCE PLAY SPECIAL ONE-OFF SHOW TO SAY FAREWELL TO THE SQUARE, HARLOW
The band will then head for their tour of South East Asia...

orphaned land ORPHANED LAND ANNOUNCE EUROPEAN UNPLUGGED TOUR 2015
I've waited a long time to take my "Jesus white dress" out of the closet and I guarantee it is going to be a holy musical experience, something to remember..."

slayer SLAYER ANNOUNCE CONTENT OF 'REPENTLESS' METAL EAGLE LIMITED EDITION
The impressive set contains many quality exclusive items...

icon I.C.O.N ANNOUNCE UK TOUR DATES IN SUPPORT OF NEW ALBUM 'THE BLACKLIST'
The band are all about the live experience, and further dates are expected to be added soon...

foo fighters VIDEO FOOTAGE OF DAVE GROHL'S BROKEN LEG INCIDENT NOW ONLINE
At present, Grohl and the Foos are expected to be back for a two-night performance at London's Wembley Stadium...

download SLIPKNOT, MUSE AND KISS HEADLINE EPIC DOWNLOAD 2015
In a blaze of fire, an explosion of colour, an endless montage of "I was there" moments Download has once again come to a truly thunderous conclusion...

therion THERION SIDE PROJECT LUCIFERIAN LIGHT ORCHESTRA TO MAKE THEIR LIVE WORLD DEBUT AT FEMME METAL FESTIVAL IN THE NETHERLANDS IN OCTOBER
With clear references to rock and Metal from the 70s and 80s, this album returns to Therion's roots...

christopher lee CHRISTOPHER LEE PASSES AWAY AGED 93
The screen legend was famous for roles in Count Dracula, Lord Of The Rings and Star Wars...

the tubes THE TUBES ANNOUNCE 40TH ANNIVERSARY UK TOUR
The arch satirists of popular culture bring their outrageous live performance to the UK one more time...

motley crue BREAKING NEWS: MOTLEY CRUE MAKE FINAL EVER TOUR ANNOUNCEMENT INCLUDING FOUR UK DATES
These final ever British shows will have Alice Cooper as support...

sex pistols SEX PISTOLS CREDIT CARDS UNVEILED BY VIRGIN MONEY
Rock n' roll is changing dramatically and not necessarily for the better...

jon lord JON LORD HONOURED WITH BLUE PLAQUE IN HOME TOWN OF LEICESTER
"I'm delighted to see this today. I'm very proud that he is being recognised by his home city."

stoneghost STONEGHOST REVEAL VIDEO FOR NEW SINGLE 'RAYNARDINE'
"Filth goes hand in hand with this song,we knew the video needed to show the beast it is in its natural habitat..."

graveltones THE GRAVELTONES ANNOUNCE UK TOUR SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2015
Tracks from second album 'Love Lies Dying' will make an appearance in the legendary live set...

sepultura SEPULTURA ANNOUNCE 30TH ANNIVERSARY UK TOUR DATES IN NOVEMBER
"We will be playing songs that we normally don't perform so all you hardcore fans will not want to miss the surprises..."

iggy hotei IGGY POP AND HOTEI RELEASE LYRIC VIDEO FOR 'HOW THE COOKIE CRUMBLES'
The single is taken from guitar superstar Hotei's new album, to be released this autumn...

kaets KAETS SIGN WITH KLONOSPHERE AND RELEASE NEW TRACK 'MY CREATION'
There is a pre-order campaign happening for the debut album from the French Death Metallers...

ghost GHOST UNVEIL TRACKLISTING FOR NEW ALBUM 'MELIORA' AT WORLD PREMIERE ALBUM PLAYBACK
The album is a marked improvement on its predecessor, 'Infestissumam'...

motorhead MOTORHEAD ANNOUNCE DETAILS OF NEW ALBUM AND TOURING PLANS FOR REMAINDER OF 2015
Motorhead are as strong, mean, loud, relentless, uncompromising and goddam heavy as ever...

buckcherry BUCKCHERRY TO RELEASE 7TH STUDIO ALBUM, 'ROCK 'N' ROLL', ON 21st AUGUST 2015
"We focused on making a record that encompasses all of what we are. You get every flavour of Buckcherry..."

36 crazyfists 36 CRAZYFISTS TEAM UP WITH PUCK HCKY FOR HOCKEY-BRANDED MERCH
They shoot, they score - check out this unique range of merchandise...

devin townsend DEVIN TOWNSEND PROJECT SET TO RELEASE 'DARK MATTERS' & 'SKY BLUE' SEPARATELY THIS SUMMER
The albums were previously available as part of Z2...

foreigner FOREIGNER RELEASE 'GREATEST HITS LIVE'
The 2005 concert is available as a standalone product for the first time...

slayer SLAYER ANNOUNCE UK DATES WITH SUPPORT FROM ANTHRAX AND KVELERTAK
It's a welcome return to the UK for Slayer for a seven date run...

stratovarius STRATOVARIUS ANNOUNCE NEW ALBUM - 'ETERNAL'
"Everybody has been busy the last few months writing lots of new songs, and only the best has been recorded for 'Eternal'..."

damned DAMNED DOCUMENTARY TO DEBUT IN THE UK
Lemmy, Guns 'N' Roses, members of the Sex Pistols, and more appear in the film. Members of The Damned will appear at select screenings...

whitesnake WHITESNAKE STORM THE ALBUM CHARTS AROUND THE GLOBE WITH THE RELEASE OF 'THE PURPLE ALBUM'
A limited edition box set is on its way along with a 42 date US tour...

nervosa tour NERVOSA ANOUNCE THEIR FIRST UK HEADLINE TOUR
"Playing on the same ground where the first Metal riffs were created is both an honour and a privilege..."

sabaton alestorm SABATON ANNOUNCE CO-HEADLINE UK TOUR WITH ALESTORM
Put on your army combats, grab a tankard of rum and prepare to witness the Metal event of 2016...

nile NILE REVEAL NEW ALBUM DETAILS AND COVER ARTWORK PLUS UK TOUR DATES
"This album is definitely not a box of candies. Keep in mind that opening the package means you will deal with the deadliest essence..."

anti flag amnesty ANTI-FLAG STREAM 'AMERICAN SPRING' VIA AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL
"Amnesty International's mission is to speak up and stand up for those who cannot for themselves. The record American Spring is about the very same idea..."

nile tour NILE ANNOUNCE UK SHOWS THIS SEPTEMBER WITH SUPPORT FROM SUFFOCATION
Nile's withering live performances are nothing short of legendary...

skarlett riot SKARLETT RIOT RELEASE NEW SINGLE 'DIVIDE US'
One of the UK's most exciting young bands can be seen on a headline tour in support of the new CD...

hrh aor MELODIC LEGENDS AND ICONS JOIN THE HRH AOR 4 CRUSADE
Quiet Riot, Joe Lynn Turner, Tyketto, The Dan Reed Network are among the first batch to be announced...

napalm death NAPALM DEATH ANNOUNCE US FESTIVALS AND EUROPEAN TOUR DATES
It's a busy time for Napalm Death who can be seen at festivals and gigs throughout the summer, including Bloodstock in August...

black sabbath BLACK SABBATH REUNITE WITH BILL WARD TO ACCEPT IVOR NOVELLO AWARD
Ozzy Osbourne, did not join the other three members at the ceremony for reasons unknown...

rival sons RIVAL SONS ANNOUNCED AS SPECIAL GUESTS FOR DEEP PURPLE EUROPEAN TOUR
"I cut my teeth on those early records... 'Machine Head', 'In Rock', 'Made In Japan' etc. The musicianship, performances and sheer bravado is nothing short of LEVELLING....

lucifers friend ROCK LEGENDS LUCIFER'S FRIEND TO RELEASE NEW BEST OF COMPILATION PLUS BONUS DISC WITH FOUR NEW TRACKS
The founder members have re-formed and will be taking their influential and ground-breaking original sound to fans old and new...

symphony x SYMPHONY X ANNOUNCES NEW ALBUM 'UNDERWORLD' OUT IN JULY
The album is a flowing, total experience Inspired by Dante and secret knowledge. "There's cool shit like this all over the record..."

sepultura SEPULTURA ANNOUNCE TWO UK AND IRELAND SHOWS THIS AUGUST
Brazil's most successful Metal band are making additional stops after Bloodstock...

magic bus 3CD COMPLIATION 'MAGIC BUS' IS RELEASED ON UNIVERSAL RECORDS
Take a trip and relive the hippie trail with this mystical compilation bringing together the best of the era...

bruce dickinson BREAKING NEWS: BRUCE DICKINSON GIVEN ALL CLEAR AFTER CANCER SCARE
Absolutely brilliant news this Friday afternoon - Iron Maiden lead singer Bruce Dickinson has been given the all clear...

the edge THE EDGE GOES OVER THE EDGE ON U2'S OPENING NIGHT
This is karma's way of saying don't make your new album a compulsory free download on iTunes...

mac sabbath MAC SABBATH, THE CHEESIEST AND BEEFIEST BAND IN THE WORLD TO DRIVE THRU THE UK
These mind-blowing sets are guaranteed to leave you satisfied...

pearl handled revolver PEARL HANDLED REVOLVER RELEASE NEW VIDEO FOR 'ABSINTHE IN ADELAIDE'
This stunning psychedelic new track is the first taste of the new studio album to be released later this year...

billy idol BILLY IDOL RELEASES VIDEO FOR 'SAVE ME NOW'
The dramatic promo was filmed in the Californian desert...

beth hart BETH HART ANNOUNCES LONDON'S UNION CHAPEL SOLO CONCERT
Beth will play solo in the UK for the first time ever - tickets for this unmissable show are on sale from Friday 15th May...

vintage trouble THE NEW ALBUM FROM VINTAGE TROUBLE IS SCHEDULED FOR RELEASE ON AUGUST 14th
'1 Hopeful Rd.' is available for pre-order now. The band open for AC/DC in Europe this summer...

joe satriani JOE SATRIANI ANNOUNCES NEW ALBUM 'SHOCKWAVE SUPERNOVA'
Satch releases a wildly ambitious album, showcasing his extroverted alter ego...

helloween HRH 9 ANNOUNCES HELLOWEEN FOR NOVEMBER
Fans will get a chance to see this rare UK performance surrounded with the customary HRH community back drop...

ron wood GIBSON TO LAUNCH RON WOOD SIGNATURE GUITAR
Not all vintage guitars were first built in the 1950s...

art of anarchy ART OF ANARCHY STREAM ALBUM SONG SNIPPETS
Their debut self-titled album will be in stores and online June 8th 2015...

paradise lost PARADISE LOST LAUNCH VIDEO FOR 'BENEATH BROKEN EARTH'
"Doing a performance video with our miserable, old faces barely moving in a crappy, old basement was too much to resist..."

between the buried and me BETWEEN THE BURIED AND ME PREMIERE EXCLUSIVE CLIP FROM 'MAKING OF COMA ECLIPTIC' DVD
'Coma Ecliptic' is available for pre-order from Metal Blade with special bundles and packages offered...

marilyn manson MARILYN MANSON UNVEILS NEW VIDEO FOR 'THE MEPHISTOPHELES OF LOS ANGELES'
Marilyn Manson will play live across Europe this summer, including an appearance at Download in the UK...

enter shikari ENTER SHIKARI RELEASE 'TORN APART', THE NEW SINGLE AND VIDEO
The band can be seen at a string of summer shows and festivals across Europe...

dan reed DAN REED NETWORK UK TOUR ANNOUNCED
Dan Reed was very excited to announce the six dates and said that "this would be a funky good time warp indeed"...

wildhearts THE WILDHEARTS TO CELEBRATE 20th ANNIVERSARY OF 'P.H.U.Q' WITH UK TOUR
It's twenty years since the album went straight in at Number 6 on the national UK album charts...

arch enemy ARCH ENEMY LAUNCH VIDEO FOR 'STOLEN LIFE (2015 VERSION'
This brand-new version of the song that was originally released on the 2014 album, 'War Eternal'...

whitesnake WHITESNAKE RELEASE NEW 'SOLDIER OF FORTUNE' VIDEO
"It's a tribute. A homage. It's a huge thank you from me to Deep Purple for the opportunity I was given over 40 years ago..."

acid reign ACID REIGN ANNOUNCE NEW LINE-UP
"It's not a reformation, it's a reboot!" Howard 'H' Smith...

ac dc AC/DC KICK OFF EUROPEAN TOUR IN ARNHEM: VIDEOS AND SETLIST HERE: WARNING - CONTAINS BIG SPOILERS
The set list running order differed slightly from the show they played at the Coachella Festival...

craig gruber ORIGINAL RAINBOW BASSIST CRAIG GRUBER PASSES AWAY AGED 64
Craig Gruber's career in music took off in 1974 when he joined Elf, the band fronted by Ronnie James Dio...

rev jones REV JONES SLATES DON DOKKEN, MARK BOALS AND THE HAIR CLUB FOR MEN
"...normally I would have hit him in the face but I didn't want to knock that really bad fucking wig off his head..."

venom VADER ANNOUNCE UK EXCLUSIVE SPECIAL SET THIS SEPTEMBER SUPPORTING VENOM INC
Death Metal legends Vader released the "absolute heaviest" studio album of their career last year, according to frontman Peter W...

status quo STATUS QUO ANNOUNCE UK WINTER TOUR
Francis Rossi, Rick Parfitt, Andy Bown, John 'Rhino Edwards and Leon Cave will plug back in and bring their thunderous electric live show back to the nation's venues...

borknagar BORKNAGAR WORKING ON NEW STUDIO ALBUM
The original Borknagar vocalist Kristoffer Rygg (aka Garm/Fiery G Maelstrom/Trixter G) has already recorded vocals for two songs...

wasp W.A.S.P. ANNOUNCE TEN DATE TOUR OF UK AND IRELAND IN SEPTEMBER
W.A.S.P. have announced a ten date tour of the UK and Ireland to promote their highly anticipated and long awaited new album 'Golgotha'...

new england EXCLUSIVE: NEW ENGLAND - AOR LEGENDS RELEASE FIRST NEW MATERIAL IN 33 YEARS
This will be the first brand new material from New England in decades...

black sabbath OZZY OSBOURNE CONFIRMS THAT BLACK SABBATH WILL RETIRE AFTER 2016 FAREWELL TOUR
"The plan is that next year we'll do the final Black Sabbath tour and then it's over..."

motorhead MOTORHEAD ANNOUNCE FIRST BATCH OF DATES FOR EU TOUR WITH SAXON AND GIRLSCHOOL
This year is Motorhead's 40th anniversary and we always knew that a big tour would take place...

michael schenker MICHAEL SCHENKER'S TEMPLE OF ROCK ANNOUNCE JANUARY 2016 UK TOUR
Schenker will perform tracks from 'Spirit On A Mission' plus all the MSG, UFO and Scorpions rock classics...

venom MANTAS, ABADDON AND DEMOLITION MAN REUNITE TO CREATE VENOM INC: TOUR DATES ANNOUNCED
...now there is a second Venom on the circuit...

kamelot KAMELOT PREMIERE MUSIC VIDEO OF 'INSOMNIA' FROM UPCOMING ALBUM 'HAVEN'
It's time to step into the cinematic, epic and emotionally dynamic world of Haven. Check it out here...

the darkness THE DARKNESS LAUNCH NEW VIDEO FOR 'OPEN FIRE'
The Darkness have announced details of the first single from their forthcoming fourth album 'Last Of Our Kind'...

doro pesch DORO ANNOUNCES UK TOUR THIS NOVEMBER AND LIVE DVD
Internationally renowned rock and Heavy Metal legend Doro Pesch has just announced a run of three UK shows this November...

epica DUTCH SYMPHONIC METAL STARS EPICA ANNOUNCE UK TOUR WITH SWISS FOLK METALERS ELUVEITIE
"Both bands bring their unique flavour to Metal and are known as top live acts, so we are certain that every single night is going to be one to remember..."

heidevolk MARK BOCKTING AND RAEMON BLOEM DEPART HEIDEVOLK
Heidevolk, Mark and Reamon have all made statements which you can read in full here...

majesty GUITARIST TRISTAN VISSER LEAVES MAJESTY
The split appears to be amicable and without bad blood. Tristan has left to pursue a solo career...

uriah heep JUDAS PRIEST AND URIAH HEEP MEMBERS IN ALL-STAR METALWORKS JAM AT DAVEY RIMMER'S WEDDING
Other guests included all the members of Uriah Heep plus numerous faces from the London scene...

alestorm BREAKING NEWS: GUITARIST DANI EVANS LEAVES ALESTORM
"I hold nothing but respect for the guys and there is no bad blood between us..."

ozzy osbourne BREAKING NEWS: OZZY OSBOURNE HITS BACK AT BILL WARD: "BE HONEST WITH BLACK SABBATH FANS"
"Deep down inside you knew you weren't capable of doing the album and a 16 month tour..."

origins of iron ORIGINS OF IRON: AN ALBUM FULL OF EX-IRON MAIDEN MEMBERS AND THEIR MUSIC
After the success of the highly rated encyclopaedic book, 'Outside Iron Maiden' the author and organisers hatched a plan...

giants of rock MICHAEL SCHENKER'S TEMPLE OF ROCK TO HEADLINE GIANTS OF ROCK FESTIVAL 2016
Other acts already confirmed are Wishbone Ash featuring Andy Powell plus two of the finest bands to ever come out of Dunfermline...

aerosmith AEROSMITH BLUE ARMY TOUR 2015 SUMMER TREK TO KICK OFF JUNE 13th
Following their wildly successful and acclaimed 2014 Let Rock Rule tour, Aerosmith will return to the road June 13th...

accept ACCEPT ANNOUNCE NEW GUITARIST AND DRUMMER AND POST NEW VIDEO CLIP
Looking back on 2014, it was the best year in the band's career so far...

bernie torme BERNIE TORME ANNOUNCES 'BLACKHEART' NEW ALBUM AND TOUR SCHEDULED FOR OCTOBER 2015
"We did a storming little UK tour end of last year following the release of the 'Flowers & Dirt' album and I really caught the bug to play live again..."

behemoth BEHEMOTH RELEASE NEW VIDEO FOR 'MESSE NOIR' WITH PRODUCER ZEV DEANS
The combination of visual and auditory elements could not be more ideal...

iron maiden IRON MAIDEN CATALOGUE NOW MASTERED FOR ITUNES
"I honestly feel that there is a massive improvement in the quality of these classic albums..."

skid row JOHNNY SOLINGER LEAVES SKID ROW; REPLACEMENT NAMED ALREADY
"We had a lot of great times together and created a lot of great music. We wish him nothing but the best."

megadeth ANGRA GUITARIST KIKO LOUREIRO JOINS MEGADETH
He will be Megadeth's tenth guitarist in the band's thirty year history and he replaces the departed Chris Broderick...

videscape VIDESCAPE IS THE NEW WAY FOR MUSICIANS TO MAKE MORE MONEY FROM VIDEOS AND AUDIO
VidEscape is perhaps not a site many musicians and bands are familiar with but all that could change in the coming months...

van halen VAN HALEN SHUT DOWN HOLLYWOOD BLVD FOR SPECIAL JIMMY KIMMEL LIVE PERFORMANCE
The band performed a forty five minute set to fans who were given free tickets to attend the outdoor event...

skarlett riot SKARLETT RIOT ANNOUNCE UK TOUR
Dubbed the 'We Will Rise' Tour to promote their new EP, 'We Are The Brave', the band will be joined on the trek by The Raven Age...

whitesnake BREAKING NEWS: DEF LEPPARD/WHITESNAKE/BLACK STAR RIDERS ANNOUNCE DECEMBER UK TOUR
Tickets go on sale at 10.00am on 1st April from Live Nation UK with pre-sale and VIP ticketing information coming soon...

doro DORO CONFIRMED FOR ROCK IN RIO AND ANNOUNCES HUGE EUROPEAN TOUR
"This is amazing and a dream coming true. I think that we might also play my hymn 'All We Are'."...

iron maiden IRON MAIDEN TO RECEIVE O2 SILVER CLEF AWARD
The iconic band have won the Outstanding Contribution To UK Music category...

thunder THUNDER APPEAR ON WEEKEND WOGAN BBC RADIO SHOW
Thunder's new album 'Wonder Days' went straight into the Top Ten of the UK album charts and they have just completed a highly successful UK tour...

red dragon cartel RED DRAGON CARTEL NAME MICHAEL THOMAS BECK IN LEAD VOCALIST CHANGE UP
Darren James Smith is out, and a new era begins. The saga continues...

soldierfield SOLDIERFIELD RELEASE OFFICIAL VIDEO FOR 'THE ONLY WAR'
The video is from the latest acclaimed release 'Catharsis'...

serpentine SERPENTINE ANNOUNCE THE RELEASE OF THEIR ALBUM 'CIRCLE OF KNIVES'
The new studio album contains ten brand new songs from the melodic rock quintet...

styx STYX RELEASE 'LIVE AT THE ORLEANS ARENA LAS VEGAS'
The definitive live show is available on DVD, CD, Blu-ray and digital formats...

mike porcaro MIKE PORCARO OF TOTO DEAD AT 59
The rock world was shook again on Sunday morning, March 15th 2015...

sick of it all SICK OF IT ALL LAUNCH NEW VIDEO FOR 'GET BRONX'
"This video serves to show people across the world that as gritty and unpretentious as hardcore music is, it still translates to the big stage and doesn't need a tiny, intimate atmosphere to work..."

steve hackett STEVE HACKETT LAUNCHES 'THE WHEEL'S TURNING' LYRIC VIDEO
"In contrast to the primal and gothic nature of much of the album, 'The Wheel's Turning' has a fun and nostalgic vibe..."

corbitt WARBEAST'S BRUCE CORBITT ISSUES UPDATE FOLLOWING HIS HEART SCARE
Bruce has been undergoing tests and has an important message to share...

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