Armored Saint’s John Bush To Sit Out Immediate Live Shows Due To Illness, Dangerous Toys’ Jason McMaster To Fill In

Armored Saint’s John Bush will be missing the band’s immediate live shows due to illness. During his absence, Dangerous Toys’ Jason McMaster will be filling in.

Bush commented:

“What up Saint faithful!!

The tour has been awesome so far. We’ve had killer shows with incredible receptions, so we thank you all who’ve attended. You guys have been amazing!

We also want to thank the WASP camp. They have been extremely kind to us throughout the run.

Unfortunately, luck has dealt me a gnarly knuckle ball. I came down with an illness and even though it hasn’t made me feel bad, it still has infiltrated my nasal and chest area and planted itself. I tried to push through in typical John Bush fashion in Cleveland and Pittsburgh but by doing so I jacked up my pipes and now I sit in Baltimore frustrated and emotionally distraught.

Luckily, long- time friend and Armored Saint fan Jason McMaster (Dangerous Toys/ Broken Teeth) is coming to the rescue again. He’s already helped Accept earlier this year on tour and now he’s stepping into the batter’s box for me. I am extremely grateful, and I know he’ll kill it!

I’ve seen a great doctor and he’s got me on the mend and I hope to be onstage soon.

I’m out here on the road and I plan on being near the stage in giving my band members my support.

Thanks to the fans for your understanding and don’t be offended if I don’t talk to you.”

John Bush Offers Update On Armored Saint Documentary: “It’ll See The Light Of Day At One Point”

During a recent appearance on “The Bay Ragni Show,” John Bush offered an update on the upcoming Armored Saint documentary “Armored Saint: The Movie.” According to him, the film will still “see the light of day at one point.”

Bush said the following:

“Well, Russell [Cherrington], who’s the man in charge of that and the guy who actually put it all together — it’s kind of his baby — he was doing some final editing. I think we were micromanaging it, but yet at the same time trying not to, because it is his thing. He got some amazing interviews with some people that I was really surprised that he was able to interview — people like Cliff Bernstein, who was our manager in our early days, and Ron Fair, who signed us to Chrysalis, Brian Slagel [head of Metal Blade Records], Lars [Ulrich] and James [Hetfield of METALLICA were interviewed for] it, and also Scott Ian [ANTHRAX], [producer] Max Norman, among many others. So it was really, really cool. It was really awesome, and I do think it would be amazing for that to come out.”

He also added the following about the delayed release:

“It’s just there was some footage that kind of seemed a little redundant that was a little too much. You know what? The interview parts are some of the best parts, and I love all that. It was just some of the footage. We were trying to say, ‘You’ve already showed this. You’ve already showed this.’ And there’s plenty of footage of ARMORED SAINT through the years and even recently. That being said, I think that he was kind of working with it along with his own life; he has his own thing going on. So he was kind of doing it as a labor of love and trying to get it done when he had the opportunity. It’ll see the light of day at one point. I just don’t know when yet.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Michael Schenker Group Announce Fall U.S. Tour

The Michael Schenker Group have announced a fall U.S. tour. The band will be touring in support of their new album “Universal,” which is set to be released on May 27.

Tour Dates:

With Eric Martin and Images Of Eden:

09/27 San Juan Capistrano, CA – The Coach House
09/28 Roseville, CA – Goldfield Trading Post
09/29 San Francisco, CA – Great American Music Hall
10/01 Los Angeles, CA – Saban Theater
10/02 Las Vegas, NV – Count’s Vamp’d
10/04 Denver, CO – Oriental Theater
10/06 Sauget, IL – Pop’s
10/07 Des Plaines, IL – Des Plaines Theater
10/08 St. Charles, IL – Arcada Theater
10/09 Milwaukee, WI – Pabst Theater
10/11 Hobart, IN – The Art Theater
10/12 Ft. Wayne, IN – Piere’s
10/14 Columbus, OH – The King Of Clubs
10/15 Cleveland, OH – Agora Theater
10/16 Detroit, MI – Harpo’s
10/17 Pittsburgh, PA – Jergels
10/19 New Bedford, MA – The Vault (MSG only)
10/20 Plymouth, NH – Flying Monkey
10/21 Beverly, MA – Cabot Theater
10/22 New York, NY – Sony Hall
10/23 Newton, NJ – Newton Theater
10/25 Glenside, PA – Keswick Theater
10/26 Leesburg, VA – Tally Ho
10/27 Stroudsburg, PA – Sherman Theater

With Damon Johnson & The Get Ready and Images Of Eden:

10/29 Cincinnati, OH – Bogarts
10/30 Nashville, TN – Brooklyn Bowl

With W.A.S.P. and Armored Saint:

11/02 Houston, TX – White Oak Music Hall
11/03 Corpus Christi TX – Concrete Street Pavilion
11/04 San Antonio, TX – Eaton Arena
11/05 Dallas, TX – Amplified Live
11/06 Tulsa, OK – Tulsa Theater

W.A.S.P. Add More Dates To 40th Anniversary Tour With Armored Saint

W.A.S.P. have added more dates to their 40th anniversary U.S. tour with Armored Saint. You can find their updated schedule below.

Tour Dates:

10/28 Las Vegas, NV – House Of Blues
10/29 Anaheim, CA – The Grove
10/30 Tempe, AZ – Marquee Theater
10/31 Albuquerque, NM – Sunshine Theater
11/02 Houston, TX – White Oak Music Hall (with Michael Schenker)
11/03 Corpus Christi, TX – Concrete Street Pavillion (with Michael Schenker)
11/04 San Antonio, TX – Eaton Arena (with Michael Schenker)
11/05 Dallas, TX – Bomb Factory (with Michael Schenker)
11/06 Tulsa, OK – Tulsa Theater (with Michael Schenker)
11/08 St Louis, MO – The Factory
11/09 Milwaukee, WI – Pabst Theater
11/10 Ashwaubenon, WI – EPIC Event Center
11/11 Detroit, MI – Harpo’s
11/12 Cleveland, OH – Agora Theater
11/13 Pittsburgh, PA – Palace Theater
11/15 Baltimore, MD – Rams Head Live
11/16 Boston, MA – Big Night Live
11/17 Montclair, NJ – Wellmont Theater
11/18 Huntington, NY – Paramount Theater
11/19 Jim Thorpe, PA – Penn’s Peak
11/20 Glenside, PA – Keswick Theater
11/21 Norfolk, VA – The Norva
11/23 Nashville, TN – Ryman Auditorium
11/25 Atlanta, GA – Buckhead Theater
11/26 Orlando, FL – Plaza Live
11/27 Charlotte, NC – The Fillmore
11/29 Leesburg, VA – Tally Ho Theater
11/30 Columbus, OH – The King Of Clubs
12/02 St Charles, IL – Arcada Theater
12/03 St Charles, IL – Arcada Theater
12/05 Denver, CO – Oriental Theater
12/07 Reno, NV – Grand Sierra Theater
12/09 San Francisco, CA – The Regency
12/10 Fresno, CA – Tower Theater
12/11 Los Angeles, CA – The Wiltern

W.A.S.P. Announce 40th Anniversary U.S. Tour With Armored Saint

W.A.S.P. have announced a 40th Anniversary U.S. tour with Armored Saint. Michael Schenker will also perform on select dates.

Tour Dates:

10/29 Anaheim, CA – The Grove
10/30 Tempe, AZ – Marquee Theater
10/31 Albuquerque, NM – Sunshine Theater
11/02 Houston, TX – White Oak Music Hall (with Michael Schenker)
11/03 Corpus Christi, TX – Concrete Street Pavillion (with Michael Schenker)
11/04 San Antonio, TX – Eaton Arena (with Michael Schenker)
11/05 Dallas, TX – Bomb Factory (with Michael Schenker)
11/06 Tulsa, OK – Tulsa Theater (with Michael Schenker)
11/09 Milwaukee, WI – Pabst Theater
11/10 Ashwaubenon, WI – EPIC Event Center
11/11 Detroit, MI – Harpo’s
11/12 Cleveland, OH – Agora Theater
11/13 Pittsburgh, PA – Palace Theater
11/16 Boston, MA – Big Night Live
11/17 Montclair, NJ – Wellmont Theater
11/18 Huntington, NY – Paramount Theater
11/19 Jim Thorpe, PA – Penn’s Peak
11/20 Glenside, PA – Keswick Theater
11/23 Nashville, TN – Ryman Auditorium
11/25 Atlanta, GA – Buckhead Theater
11/26 Orlando, FL – Plaza Live
11/29 Leesburg, VA – Tally Ho Theater
11/30 Columbus, OH – The King Of Clubs
12/02 St Charles, IL – Arcada Theater
12/03 St Charles, IL – Arcada Theater
12/05 Denver, CO – Oriental Theater
12/07 Reno, NV – Grand Sierra Theater
12/09 San Francisco, CA – The Regency

W.A.S.P. frontman Blackie Lawless commented:

“For over 10 years we have not toured on U.S. soil. But starting October 28th, 2022… we return. 10 years I’d want, 10 years I’ve cussed, 10 years I’d lust to return…. To my homeland… and be a Wild Child, a Love Machine, to be Blind in Texas, On Your Knees and Headless.”

“So join me and the band, and very special guests Armored Saint as we celebrate W.A.S.P. 40th-anniversary tour… Back in the U.S… Back to the Beginning. I’m gonna scream, c’ause I wanna feed, ’cause I wanna bleed, ’cause I Wanna Be Somebody. W.A.S.P. 40th-anniversary tour… Back in the U.S… Back to the beginning.”

Armored Saint Share “Spineless” Live Video From “Symbol Of Salvation Live”

Armored Saint have shared a new live video for their song “Spineless.” The footage is taken from the band’s new live CD/DVD “Symbol Of Salvation Live,” which was released today (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.

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.