Archive for December, 2011

metallica_beyond-magneticReview by Ryan Mavity
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OK, Metallica, I’m back on the bandwagon. You bastards know me too well.

After their well-intentioned but disastrous collaboration with Lou Reed, Lulu, Metallica needed the metal equivalent of makeup sex with its fan base.

To do that, the band held a 30th anniversary show in San Francisco complete with a star-studded guest list—which included reuniting with Dave Mustaine and Jason Newsted—and released Beyond Magnetic, a four-song EP of songs cut from the band’s recent comeback album, 2008’s Death Magnetic. (more…)

Zakk Wylde of Black Label Society

Zakk Wylde of Black Label Society

Dreaming of a Black Label Christmas
Zakk Wylde talks Christmas EP, American Idol, Dancing with the Stars and more

Zakk Wylde passed the point of needing an introduction a long time ago. All hard rock and metal fans (and even American Idol viewers) know him from his long stint as Ozzy Osbourne’s guitarist and as the main man in his own band, Black Label Society. It’s been business as usual of late for Zakk, which means he’s been in and out of the recording studio, releasing a Christmas EP via iTunes, touring with rock legends, putting together a special BLS show for next year with strings, backing singers and other musicians, working on a book and showing up in some of the strangest places. As BLS wound down its U.S.  tour with Judas Priest, Zakk discussed these things and more with Live Metal’s Greg Maki. (more…)

Dream Theater

Dream Theater

Events take a dramatic turn for Dream Theater
Keyboardist Jordan Rudess discusses the new album and more

It has been a wild 15 months for Dream Theater. In September 2010, drummer Mike Portnoy shocked the music world by leaving the band he helped found 25 years earlier. The remaining four members of Dream Theater (guitarist John Petrucci, keyboardist Jordan Rudess, bassist John Myung and vocalist James LaBrie) pressed on, auditioning a handful of the best drummers in the world before settling on Mike Mangini—and chronicling the entire process in a documentary titled The Spirit Carries On—and recording a new studio album, A Dramatic Turn of Events, released in September 2011. During the band’s fall tour of the United States, Greg Maki of Live-Metal.net caught up with Rudess backstage at the Warner Theatre in Washington, D.C., to talk about this critical time in Dream Theater history. (more…)