James Hetfield Discusses John Bush (Armored Saint) Turning Down The Chance To Sing For Metallica

During James Hetfield’s “Road Dog Brothers” segment for SiriusXM’s “Mandatory Metallica” channel, the frontman confirmed that Metallica wanted to hire John Bush as their singer in the early days of the band. However, the Armored Saint vocalist ultimately declined the offer.

Hetfield said the following:

“A lot of those early memories were celebrated with a band called Armored Saint, who were a fellow L.A. band back in the early ’80s.

When we were getting started, obviously John Bush was a singer we got to know really well. [We] really, really tried to get him into the band as a singer, it didn’t work out. He was dedicated and very in love with what he was doing with his brothers in Armored Saint. And we absolutely respect that.”

Bush said the following about turning down the offer from Metallica during an interview with National Rock Review:

“What people don’t understand is that even though Metallica was garnering fame and attention, Armored Saint was becoming popular and doing well. For me to leave all the guys I grew up with wasn’t something that sounded appealing to me at the time.

I felt complimented when the band was proposing the ideas to me. But it just wasn’t my destiny to be in Metallica. I would have changed the face of heavy metal, and I don’t need that pressure. James is an incredible vocalist. He really developed through the years, and I can’t imagine anyone else there.”

[via Loudwire]

Armored Saint Share “The Truth Always Hurts” Live Video From “Symbol Of Salvation Live”

Armored Saint have shared a new live video for their song “The Truth Always Hurts.” The footage is taken from the band’s new live CD/DVD “Symbol Of Salvation Live,” which will be released on October 22. That effort was recorded during the band’s July 13, 2018 show at The Gramercy Theatre in New York in which they performed “Symbol Of Salvation” in full.

Armored Saint To Release “Symbol Of Salvation Live” CD/DVD In October

Armored Saint will be releasing a new live CD/DVD titled “Symbol Of Salvation Live” on October 22. The effort was recorded during the band’s July 13, 2018 show at The Gramercy Theatre in New York. That concert found the band performing “Symbol Of Salvation” in full.

Bassist Joey Vera said the following:

“I felt like showing Symbol… in another light was a great homage to the record itself. Also, having all the fans be there and part of that event is a way for us to say ‘Thank you!’ For, without them, we can’t do any of this in the first place.”

“If you would have told me 30 years ago that we’d be talking about this today, I would have told you that you were crazy. All we’ve ever wanted was to make our own music, to take joy and take pride in doing it. The fact that we also have very loyal fans who continue to support what we do is the best icing on this cake. I try to look at our records as objectively as possible, and when I can do that, I’m very proud that this record is a huge part of the band’s legacy, and I am extremely humbled that I’m a part of that.”

Frontman John Bush also commented:

“It links our past to our future. I believe it was the time that we honestly thought we could do whatever we wanted to musically and it would somehow work. There’s a magical feeling about it and it continues to gain mystique every year.”

Notably, the vinyl and digital editions of the release will also include demo tracks that were recorded with late guitarist Dave Prichard during the “Symbol Of Salvation” sessions. Bush added the following about that:

“They’re songs that didn’t make the record, however, there still is a vibe to those tunes, plus Dave’s playing is on them, so that makes them special.”

“Symbol Of Salvation Live” Track Listing:

01. “Reign Of Fire” (live)
02. “Dropping Like Flies” (live)
03. “Last Train Home” (live)
04. “Tribal Dance” (live)
05. “The Truth Always Hurts” (live)
06. “Half Drawn Bridge” (live)
07. “Another Day” (live)
08. “Symbol Of Salvation” (live)
09. “Hanging Judge” (live)
10. “Warzone” (live)
11. “Burning Question” (Live)
12. “Tainted Past” (live)
13. “Spineless” (live)

Bonus Tracks (digital/vinyl versions):

14. “Nothing Between The Ears” (1989 4-track demo)
15. “Get Lost” (1989 4-track demo)
16. “Medieval Nightmares” (1989 4-track demo)
17. “People” (1989 4-track demo)
18. “Pirates” (1989 4-track demo)
19. “Symbol Of Salvation” (live) (radio edit) (digital only)

A live video for “Symbol Of Salvation” can be found below:

Black Label Society Announce December Shows With Armored Saint & Prong

Black Label Society have announced some December shows with Armored Saint and Prong. Here’s the dates:

12/27 Reno, NV – Virginia Street Brewhouse
12/28 San Francisco, CA – Regency Grand
12/29 Los Angeles, CA – Wiltern
12/30 San Diego, CA – House Of Blues
12/31 Tempe, AZ – The Marquee

These concerts will follow Black Label Society’s previously announced tour with Obituary and Prong.

Metal Allegiance Announce Patchogue, NY Show

Metal Allegiance will be performing at Stereo Garden in Patchogue, NY on September 25. The event will feature core members Mike Portnoy (ex-Dream Theater, etc.), Mark Menghi, and Alex Skolnick (Testament) as well as Phil Demmel (Vio-lence, ex-Machine Head), Mark Osegueda (Death Angel), and John Bush (Armored Saint, ex-Anthrax).

Several of the participating artists commented:

Bush:

“Always a blast to get on the stage with my Metal Allegiance homies. Never played on the Island with ’em! This is a first for me… I’m looking forward to getting on any stage at this point. We’ll be tearing through some Metal Allegiance originals, classic metal songs along with some Anthrax tunes from the records I made with them… It is Anthrax’s 40th anniversary after all… Come on out, metalheads!”

Menghi:

“Metal Allegiance is back! Can’t wait to hit the stage again and shed some of these COVID pounds! Haha. It’s been way too long since we hit it and this show is a special one as it’s on Metal Allegiance’s home turf of Long Island. New York audiences have some catching up to do with our West Coast friends. Let’s show them how it’s done!”

Portnoy:

“After an unexpected year and half vacation, I am sooooooo excited to finally be playing live again! And what better way to break my post-COVID cherry than with my metal brothers in Metal Allegiance! And what better place than my old home sweet home, Strong Island… I can’t wait!”

Skolnick:

“We are all looking forward to hitting the stage once again as Metal Allegiance, this time in Long Island, our symbolic hometown, sight of many meetings (and tacos) and location of our first recording. After the year or so we’ve all had, this first (and only) Metal Allegiance gig of 2021 will have an extra special energy. Don’t miss it!”

Rob Rush (94.3 The Shark) will serve as a guest MC at the concert, which is set to be filmed for a future streaming event and live release. Killcode, Magus Beast and To The Pain will open.

Armored Saint Premiere “Lone Wolf” Video

Armored Saint have premiered a new video for their song “Lone Wolf.” This track is from the band’s latest album “Punching The Sky.”

Director Robert Graves commented:

“With ‘Lone Wolf’, the band and I agreed right away that this was an opportunity to create a narrative driven video that would convey the song’s lyrical themes, while also creating an engaging visual experience. And so a noir-styled heist in the heart of L.A. just seemed to fit the song perfectly.

We decided to keep the story simple and allow the tone of the video to help convey the song’s significance. This gave us (the crew) the opportunity to create an aesthetic that intensified the song’s mood, while also getting some incredible action scenes to tell the story. Needless to say, Armored Saint fans are in for a ride. I think they’re gonna love it!”

Bassist Joey Vera continued:

“Working again with director Robert Graves was incredible. Not only is this video great to watch, but underneath the storyline lies a layer of allegory, metaphor and symbolism. Kind of a first for us. John Bush’s great lyrics twist and turn into meanings not visible at first sight. It’s a view into a person’s journey through life and how they maneuver through it all and what they gain from that experience in the end. The neo-noir look Robert created in both the story and the band performances make this a great addition to the Armored Saint video catalogue.”

Vocalist John Bush added:

“Working with Robert is awesome. The guy is truly amazing. He’s gonna be a star.

This time we pushed the dialogue. It was challenging for me, but I had fun with it. For motivation, I tried to channel some of the great actors who come into the casting studio that my wife and I run.

‘Wolf’ tackles the view of people who spend a lot of time on their own. Something I spent years doing. The solitary individuals that always keep us guessing. This video is dedicated to them.”

Judas Priest, Halestorm, Etc. Members Added To Virtual Ronnie James Dio Birthday Fundraiser

More artists have been added to the “Stand Up And Shout For Ronnie James Dio’s Birthday” virtual fundraiser. That event will take place on July 10 and tickets can be purchased at rollinglivestudios.com.

Here’s the newly announced guests: Rob Halford (Judas Priest), Sammy Hagar (ex-Van Halen), Tenacious D’s Jack Black and Kyle Gass, Lzzy Hale (Halestorm), Sebastian Bach (ex-Skid Row), John Bush (Armored Saint), Mikkey Dee (Scorpions, Motörhead), Duff McKagan (Guns N’ Roses), Brian Tichy (ex-Whitesnake), Lena Hall (“Hedwig And The Angry Inch”), Richie Kotzen (The Winery Dogs, etc.), Derek St, Holmes (Vanilla Fudge, Michael Schenker Group), Scott Travis (Judas Priest), Ricky Warwick (Black Star Riders), and The Warning,

Here’s the previously announced guests: Tony Iommi (Black Sabbath), Carmine Appice (Vanilla Fudge), Vinny Appice (ex-Black Sabbath), Michael Angelo Batio (Nitro, Holland, Shout), Joey Belladonna (Anthrax), Chuck Billy (Testament), Gilby Clarke (ex-Guns N’ Roses), Aynsley Dunbar (ex-Journey), Frank Ferrer (Guns N’ Roses), Lita Ford, Glenn Hughes (ex-Deep Purple), Terry Ilous (ex-Great White), Liliac, Sean McNabb (ex-Quiet Riot), Jeff Pilson (Foreigner), Rudy Sarzo (ex-Quiet Riot), Paul Shortino (ex-Rough Cutt), Glen Sobel (Alice Cooper), Lajon Witherspoon (Sevendust), Brent Woods (Sebastian Bach, Wildside), Wyn Davis, and Ronnie’s widow Wendy Dio.

The Dio band, Oni Logan, Tim “Ripper” Owens, Simon Wright, Scott Warren, Rowan Robertson, and Bjorn Englen, will perform as well. Eddie Trunk and Matt Pinfield will also be on hand conducting interviews.

Metal Blade Records To Release Retrospective Vinyl Set “The Story Of Metal Blade”

Metal Blade Records have announced that they will be releasing a retrospective vinyl box set, titled “The Story Of Metal Blade,” in May. The limited edition set will feature eight albums from the label’s history, a podcast series, deluxe liner notes, and a photo booklet. Pre-orders can be found HERE.

Courtney Catagnus, Sr Director, Business Development & Partnerships, VMP, commented:

“In the 80’s, when Brian Slagel released Metal Massacre – the inaugural Metal Blade compilation that featured a little local band called Metallica – he altered the course of music history as we know it. So, there was a resounding ‘hell yes’ from the VMP team to partner with Metal Blade to release our first-ever heavy music Anthology. In true Anthology form, we brought in the connoisseurs of the genre to guide us through the history of the label, as told through these eight key albums from Metal Blade, with guidance from legendary magazine, Revolver. We’re so proud to bring you this next chapter in our Anthology series and can’t wait to dive in together to unpack the rich history and influence of Metal Blade.”

Here’s the records that will be included:

01. Omen – “Warning Of Danger” (1985)
02. Fates Warning – “The Spectre Within” (1985)
03. GWAR – “America Must Be Destroyed” (1991)
04. Cannibal Corpse – “Butchered At Birth” (1991)
05. King Diamond – “Voodoo” (1998)
06. The Black Dahlia Murder – “Miasma” (2005)
07. Amon Amarth – “Twilight Of The Thunder God” (2008)
08. Armored Saint – “La Raza” (2010)