Metal News Weekly Recap – May 25, 2013

May 25th, 2013

Former Skid Row frontman Sebastian Bach will be a contestant on ABC’s upcoming singing series, Sing Your Face Off. Hosted by John Barrowman (Torchwood, Doctor Who), the show will feature five celebrity contestants taking on the identity and sound of an iconic music performer each week.

Other contestants will include comedian Jon Lovitz, Landry Fields (Toronto Raptors), China Anne McClain (Disney Channel actress-singer) and pillow-lipped actress Lisa Rinna. Judges will include Darrell Hammond (Saturday Night Live) and pop singer Debbie Gibson. The show is expected out sometime this summer.

 
 
Check out “Kingmaker,” Megadeth’s new song off the upcoming new studio album Super Collider (out on June 4).

 
 

Former Kiss guitarist Ace Frehley is still facing foreclosure on his house in Yorktown, NY. A foreclosure conference will happen on June 11 regarding his house, on which Ace has a $735,000 mortgage. Reportedly, he stopped payments on the three bedroom, three bath home in March 2011.

 
 
Powerline.com recently asked Kingdom Come founder/frontman Lenny Wolf if the many comparisons of Kingdom Come to the sound of Led Zeppelin harmed perception of his band. “At first, the comparisons were a blessing, but later a curse,” he admits. “Unfortunately, it took the attention away from our potential. I call it fate. Gotta roll with the punches, but it is so long ago. No bad feelings. Zep were sued by some band for stealing. So who are the angels? Screw it. Every young band is inspired by their idols. So were we, among other bands like The Beatles, AC/DC, etc…we could have been compared with Madonna. That would have been a pain.”

 
 
Did you catch Black Sabbath on the season finale of CBS’s CSI: Crime Scene Investigation? The band world premiered “End Of The Beginning,” a brand-new track from from their upcoming album, 13, out on June 11. The plot of the episode followed the CSI team as they tracked down a killer whose murders resemble the sins in Dante’s Inferno; following a trail, the detectives attend a Sabbath concert. You can catch the episode in its entirety here.

 
 
MTV Hive recently caught up with Judas Priest frontman Rob Halford and asked about heavy metal (as a genre) being the scapegoat for teens who do bad things. Responded Rob, “I approach this topic with a tinge of sadness, because unfortunately those incidents have always come out of this wonderful country, the United States. A country that has been so wonderful to Judas Priest and many other metal acts from different parts of the world.”

He elaborated on singling out the U.S. “Circumstances like those have never happened in Europe, never in South America, never in the Far East. When metal has been blamed for violence, it’s only happened in the States. I don’t mean to sound bitter about that. It’s just a reality, and it makes me really sad…Metal hasn’t changed. Metal is still the same. It hasn’t changed at all, or at least the essence of it hasn’t changed. But I do think the culture has changed. If you’re on the outside and don’t got a clue about metal, then I don’t see how you can have an opinion until you’ve discussed it and investigated it. And those types of attacks generally came from people who were in the dark. It’s a natural human instinct to put up a wall when you’re afraid of something. You immediately go into protection mode. You don’t let things come in.”

 
 
Don’t count on a reunion of Accept and gravelly-voiced Balls To The Wall singer Udo Dirkschneider anytime in the near future. When asked if he’d be interested in a reunion, Udo told Myglobalmind webzine, “That’s a very long story. Of course, I have certainly been asked. Unfortunately, Wolf [Hoffmann, Accept guitarist] is telling everybody that he has never been in touch with me, though I can show you tons of emails. I have been asked about rejoining for a reunion and didn’t directly say no. I did it already once and there was a lot of sh*t [that] happened. I then said, “Okay guys, if I do this, then I want to have this and this.” Wolf then said that he didn’t want to do it, so I said, ‘Goodbye. Thank you very much and good luck.”

 
 
Check out this 14-year-old shredding her way through Eddie Van Halen’s “Eruption.”

 
 
Sammy Hagar has revived HSAS and is in the studio working on a new album. Joining him in his revamped band are Journey’s Neal Schon and Sammy’s Chickenfoot bandmates, Michael Anthony (formerly with Van Halen), and Chad Smith (Red Hot Chili Peppers).

The original HSAS lineup featured Sammy and Neal along with Kenny Aaronson on bass and Michael Shrieve on drums; what a coincidence that first letters of Michael Anthony’s and Chad Smith’s last names fit right in! Here are some photos from the studio shenanigans.

 
 
The Huffington Post asked KISS singer/guitarist Paul Stanley if he will ever see the day when KISS is inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame (the band has been passed over 14 times now). Quipped Paul, “Well, it depends on who lives longer, us or [Rock Hall Foundation co-founder/Rolling Stone publisher] Jann Wenner.”

He added, “Look, the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame is marketing. You’ve got a bunch of faceless people in a back room who trademark a name that sounds very official. Well, if you had thought of it first, you would have been the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame. I am one of the biggest Laura Nyro fans. I still listen to that stuff incessantly. Laura Nyro does not belong in the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame. Songwriter Hall Of Fame? Absolutely…It’s absurd for anybody to look around and hear the acts and artists who cite us as an inspiration, and then tell me that we’re not in the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame. I would certainly accept on their (the fans’) behalf because it seems to be a major sore spot for them, but I don’t need the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame.”

 
 
“Where Dreams Go To Die” is the new song from Queensryche (the version with Todd La Torre at the mic). The tune is off the band’s upcoming self-titled album due out on June 25.