Former Members Of Megadeth, Fates Warning, And Firewind Working On New Project

Shawn Drover (ex-Megadeth), Glen Drover (ex-Megadeth), Joe DiBiase (ex-Fates Warning), and Henning Basse (ex-Firewind) have joined forces for a new project. Shawn Drover recently confirmed the news on the “Nothing Shocking” podcast.

Shawn said the following:

“We started working on some music probably a couple of months ago now. It’s been a couple of months. We’ve been talking about doing something. Glen owns his own studio up in Canada, so why not utilize the fact that we don’t have to go and pay huge studio costs and et cetera, et cetera, and get some friends together that we admire and that we respect and work on a record. And that’s exactly what we’re doing.

We have Glen and myself, of course, and we have a bass player named Joe DiBiase, who was in a band called FATES WARNING out of Connecticut for years and years and years. A great player; a friend of ours. So he’s gonna play bass on it. And we have a singer from Germany who was in a band called METALIUM for a number of years, and his name is Henning Basse, who is a fantastic melodic singer. So that’s what we’re doing currently.

It’s a slow process, because life gets in the way. We all have things that we deal with, so we do that. But when we have the time, we work on it, and so far it’s turning out to be really exciting. We’re pretty happy with the material we’ve done so far.”

He also added:

“It’s been really similar to the first band that Glen and I did years ago, which was a band called EIDOLON. We released, actually, five records on Metal Blade in the early 2000s, right before we both got into MEGADETH. And the dynamic of that was that I write most of the material. Although Glen does contribute to some of it, I usually have the main germ of ideas, and, of course, he records all that stuff. So he’s kind of a studio guy. He’s the guitar player, but he handles all of the studio recording affairs, and I just kind of take on the job of creating most of the music. And we finetune it — he tweaks it and kind of makes it his own in a way. But that’s kind of the working relationship we have with that. Because if Glen wrote all the music, I’d basically be doing nothing, and he would have to tackle all the work on his own. So we made a decision years ago — that was back in the mid-’90s, actually, when we put out our first bit of music, before we got signed to Metal Blade — that’s always been the working dynamic, is I create most of the material, and he handles all the recording affairs with that. And it’s worked out quite well. So that’s what we’re doing this time as well. At this point, we’re on song four. I think we’re gonna do eight or nine songs, and so far I’ve written all of them. It’s just kind of how it worked out.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Gus G. Launches His Own Pickup Company Blackfire Pickups

Gus G. (Firewind, etc.) has launched his own pickup company called Blackfire Pickups. The first two pickup sets, “Immortal” and “Proteus,” can be pre-ordered HERE. Gus commented:

“Creating my own pickups was a dream come true. This wasn’t about making another signature piece of gear but rather than creating something new from scratch based in my 20-year-long experience touring and recording professionally. Being on a constant search for the perfect tone, I wanted to make the pickup that will be suitable not only for myself, but for any rock and metal player that is looking for solid, uncompromising tone.”

Symphony X Announce Rescheduled Dates For North American Tour With Primal Fear & Firewind

Symphony X have announced the rescheduled dates for their 25th anniversary North American tour with Primal Fear and Firewind. The trek is now scheduled to take place in spring 2021.

Tour Dates:

05/12 Reading, PA – Reverb
05/13 Englewood, NJ – Bergen Performing Arts Center
05/14 Worcester, MA – Worcester Palladium
05/15 Wantagh, NY – Mulcahy’s Pub & Concert Hall
05/16 Poughkeepsie, NY – The Chance Theater
05/18 Montreal, QC – The Fairmount
05/19 Quebec City, QC – Impérial Bell
05/21 Toronto, ON – The Phoenix Concert Theatre
05/22 Cleveland, OH – The Agora
05/23 Westland, MI – The Token Lounge
05/25 Joliet, IL – The Forge
05/26 Minneapolis, MN – The Cabooze
05/28 Edmonton, AB – The Starlite Room
05/29 Calgary, AB – The Gateway
05/31 Seattle, WA – El Corazon
06/01 Vancouver, BC – VENUE
06/03 Portland, OR – Hawthorne Theatre
06/04 San Francisco, CA – Great American Music Hall
06/05 West Hollywood, CA – Whisky A Go-Go
06/06 Anaheim, CA – Grove of Anaheim
06/07 Tempe, AZ – Club Red
06/09 Albuquerque, NM – Sunshine Theater
06/10 Denver, CO – Herman’s Hideaway
06/12 Dallas, TX – Trees Dallas
06/13 Austin, TX – Come and Take It Live
06/14 Houston, TX – Scout Bar
06/16 West Palm Beach, FL – The Kelsey Theater
06/17 Ybor City, FL – The RITZ
06/18 Atlanta, GA – Center Stage – The Loft – Vinyl

David Ellefson (Megadeth) Recruits Anthrax, Sacred Reich, Crobot, Etc. Members For New Covers Album

Megadeth bassist David Ellefson will be releasing a new covers album titled “No Cover” on October 2. The 13-track record will feature covers of tracks by Motörhead, W.A.S.P., Def Leppard, Cheap Trick, Queen, Judas Priest, Twisted Sister, and more.

Ellefson recorded the album with vocalist Thom Hazaert, guitarist Andy Martongelli, guitarist Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal (Sons Of Apollo, ex-Guns N’ Roses), drummer Paolo Caridi, and the following special guests:

– Charlie Benante (Anthrax)
– Eddie Ojeda (ex-Twisted Sister)
– Brandon Yeagley (Crobot)
– Dirk Verbeuren (Megadeth)
– Frank Hannon and Troy Lucketta (Tesla)
– Mark Slaughter
– Jason McMaster (Dangerous Toys, ex-Watchtower, Evil United)
– Greg Handevidt (Kublai Khan, Ex-Megadeth)
– Chuck Behler (Ex-Megadeth)
– Gus G (Firewind)
– John Aquilino (Icon)
– Doro Pesch
– Dave McClain (Sacred Reich, ex-Machine Head)
– Dave Alvin (White Trash)
– Todd Kerns (Slash Feat. Myles Kennedy And The Conspirators)
– Andy Freeman (Last In Line)
– Jacob Bunton (Mick Mars)
– Dead By Wednesday

Ellefson said the following:

“Before any of us started writing our own songs, we all began playing cover songs by our heroes during our formative years as musicians. So, it’s fun to go back in time and revisit those songs which helped us to become the artists we are today, especially when, ironically, many of those artists have now become peers and friends.

During the process of recording some covers for B-Sides and bonus tracks for the upcoming Ellefson solo LP, Thom and I just said, ‘This is a blast, let’s just do a whole album of covers!’ Literally, within 2 weeks, we had the songs recorded, and began calling our friends to join us, many of whom we had just performed with on the MEGA-Cruise back in October. From there, the album just fell into place.”

“A lot of our buddies have been playing covers and quarantine jams on the Internet during the pandemic, so this is really just an extension of that, but we took it the next level and actually recorded a full studio album.

We’ve been working remotely anyway, as we’re all over the Globe, so it was easy to incorporate some guests jumping in with some outstanding performances of their own. It’s been a really fun nod to making great music with our friends, who are kick-ass players, and many legends in their own right, which is the whole reason we got into this in the first place!”

Hazaert added:

“It’s all songs and artists that really mutually influenced both myself and David, especially a lot of early ‘metal’ and harder classic rock. Some stuff I picked, some stuff he picked, but for the most part is was all artists that we both loved. What’s funny, as there’s a bit of an age gap, we were sometimes more influenced by different eras of the same bands. But it was really him saying, ‘Let’s do this song,’ and me saying, ‘Yes!!! And let’s do this song.’ And before we knew it, we had over 15 songs. And it’s a lot of album tracks, deep cuts, early tracks, stuff people might not expect, which was what was so fun.”

“It was also great that we were able to work in a lot of nods to David’s history, getting Chuck Behler to play with us, bringing in original Megadeth guitarist Greg Handevidt to play on ‘Love Me Like A Reptile’, a song they used to play in cover bands together before they moved to L.A. (which we wrote about in ‘More Life With Deth’), and Randy Burns is going to mix a track or two. As a singer, these are literally bands I’ve listened to, and covered all my life, and for me, getting to play with Eddie Ojeda, the Tesla guys, Charlie Benante, Jason McMaster, Mark Slaughter, etc, and sing these songs that mean so much to me. I mean, literally, the entire record is my bucket list of people I’d love to play with, and some of my favorite bands. So, it’s truly an honor to put together something so fun, and really as effortless as this was. It truly is a love letter to rock n’ roll, an homage to what made us, musically, who we are today.”

Evanescence, Firewind, & Ex-Dream Theater Members Share Quarantine Cover Of “Got My Mind Set On You”

Jen Majura (Evanescence) recently joined forces with Gus G. (Firewind) and Mike Portnoy (ex-Dream Theater) for a quarantine cover of “Got My Mind Set On You.” That track was originally written by Rudy Clark and later covered by George Harrison.

Firewind Premiere “Welcome To The Empire” Music Video

Firewind have premiered a new video for their new song “Welcome To The Empire.” This track is from the band’s new self-titled album, which will be released on May 15.

Gus G commented:

“‘Welcome To The Empire‘ is the opening track of the album and an obvious choice for a single. Making the video was an ongoing work in progress as we filmed the band performance back in January. However, we wanted to blend in futuristic visual effects for the story and as I’m a huge sci-fi movie fan, I wanted to incorporate something along those lines.

Our director Panagiotis Kountouras came up with the concept and we collaborated with MDP, a vfx company out of Hollywood, CA. The story is set in a dystopia, where humanity has been surrendered to the New World Order. Two cyborgs are playing with the future of mankind in a chess game. Each move has consequences and technology will be the only winner. It was a really challenging production, but we love the end result. We hope you will too!”

Grim Reaper, Firewind, Cyhra, Etc. Members Join Forces For Cover Of “We Are The World”

Marius Danielsen (Darkest Sins) has assembled a group of 50 musicians for a cover of “We Are The World,” a track that was originally recorded by Michael Jackson, Lionel Richie, and more in 1984 for African famine relief. Another group of artists also recorded the track in 2010 for earthquake relief efforts in Haiti. Danielsen’s version features: Anniken Rasmussen (Darkest Sins, Legend Of Valley Doom), Jake E (Cyhra, ex-Amaranthe), David Åkesson (Qantice), David Smith (Gypsy’s Kiss), Ty Christian (Lords Of The Trident), Peter Danielsen (Darkest Sins, Eunomia, Legend Of Valley Doom), Simon Byron (Sunset, Bluestouch), Ole Pedersen (Undertakers), Ferran Quiles (Theragon), Rick Altzi (Masterplan), Steve Grimmett (Grim Reaper), Marco Pastorino (Temperance), Herbie Langhans (Firewind, Avantasia) and tons more.

Watch Arch Enemy Frontwoman Alissa White-Gluz & Firewind Guitarist Gus G.’s Recent Livestream Performance

On April 17, Arch Enemy frontwoman Alissa White-Gluz and Firewind guitarist Gus G. took part in a livestream for the #TogetherAtHome series. The series, which is fueled by Global Citizen, was launched in support of the World Health Organization as everyone continues to face the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

Symphony X Postpone North American Tour With Primal Fear & Firewind

Symphony X have postponed their 25th anniversary North American tour with Primal Fear and Firewind due to the coronavirus pandemic. The band commented:

“ATTENTION: We have been alerted by Venues and Promoters in several cities in the US as well as in Canada that due to the current situation we will have to move our May / June tour into 2021. We will advise and let everyone know when new dates are announced. Until then, stay well!”