Watch Megadeth, Steel Panther, Ex-Machine Head, Etc. Members Cover Dokken’s “Tooth And Nail”

Phil Demmel (Vio-lence, ex-Machine Head), David Ellefson (Megadeth), Russell Allen (Symphony X), and Stix Zadinia (Steel Panther) have joined forces for a quarantine cover of Dokken’s “Tooth And Nail.” Demmel commented:

“Me and Stix has been wanting to jam on something for awhile and finally had the opportunity on one of my favorite tunes from this era. Steel Panther took over the MH practice gear in Germany after our sets at the Rock Am Park Festival in 2012 and were slaying a bunch of Dokken covers. This had to be one we did. I had realized that Dave hadn’t guested on a CaJ yet so he was a no-brainer. Dave and I have the same mind-set as things go and he’s one of my favorites in the business. Always quick with the tracks and loves to get things done. Russell was the final piece and came through big. Such a huge talent and gave the song all the sprinkles. Paul Fig has been such a rad connection through all of this and beefed up our mix while Wayne Marsala is always on point with the vid edits. Thanks to George, Don, Mick and Jeff for creating such a ROKKEN tune and to all who had a part in bringing this cover to life.”

Watch System Of A Down, Ex-Machine Head, Etc. Members Cover Stone Temple Pilots’ “Dead & Bloated”

Jason Christopher (Corey Taylor, ex-Prong, etc.), Shavo Odadjian (System Of A Down), Phil Demmel (Vio-lence, ex-Machine Head), and Brandon Pertzborn (Ho99o9, Corey Taylor, etc.) have joined forces for a quarantine cover of Stone Temple Pilots‘ “Dead & Bloated.“ Christopher commented:

“I hope you enjoy watching this as much as we enjoyed making it. I would like to thank the homeys: @jayruston For taking time out of his busy schedule to do this sweet mix, @rarebirdlit for the studio, @dirtyern12 for making this rad video, and @ra_diaz for the company and my brothers in arms: @phildemmel @shavoodadjian @brandonpertzborn I love you guys so much and thank you for absolutely crushing this!! I hope we did @stpband justice ❤️👊🏻❤️”

[via The PRP]

Vio-lence, Tyketto, Etc. Members Team Up For Quarantine Cover Of Scorpions’ “Blackout”

Danny Vaughn (Tyketto), Phil Demmel (Vio-lence, ex-Machine Head), Dee Dammers (U.D.O.), Michael “Mülli” Müller (Jaded Heart), André Hilgers (Bonfire), and Peter Östros (Jaded Heart) have joined forces for a quarantine cover of Scorpions’ “Blackout.” You can check that out below:

Vio-lence Begin Recording New EP

Vio-lence have officially entered Trident Studios in Pacheco California to begin the recording process for their new EP with producer Juan Urteaga. Phil Demmel commented:

“It’s been just over 30 years since we’ve recorded an album together. I never thought this would be happening and that anyone would even care after so long. All of the support is so appreciated and we hope you enjoy the 5 new songs we are tracking. Perry [Strickland, drums] is working hard on his tracks and we’ll start guitars next week. Going to be fun. Thanks again for joining us on this ride.”

James Durbin (Ex-Quiet Riot) Premieres New Video For “Kings Before You” Featuring Chris Jericho (Fozzy) And Phil Demmel (Ex-Machine Head)

James Durbin (ex-Quiet Riot) has premiered a new video for his latest single “Kings Before You.” The track, which features Chris Jericho (Fozzy) and Phil Demmel (Vio-lence, ex-Machine Head), is from Durbin’s new album “The Beast Awakens,” which will be released on February 12.

Phil Demmel Says Vio-lence Have “Four Songs Done” For Their Upcoming EP

During a recent interview with Wicked Pix Photography, Phil Demmel offered an update on the new Vio-lence EP. According to him, the band currently have “four songs done” for the effort.

Demmel said the following:

“It’s been a pretty slow process, just because everybody’s kind of working on [other things]. We’ve got a five-song EP that we’re putting out on Metal Blade — five songs, plus the cover [of Dead Kennedys’ ‘California Über Alles’] that’s already been released, but that’ll be part of the package. So we’ve got four songs done. We’ve got the beginning of the fifth one going. We’ve been demoing.”

“Christian Olde Wolbers from Fear Factory is playing bass for us now, and he’s been producing our demos and engineering our demos. So it’s cool to have him be super hands-on and be right there. We’ve got the rig right in our jam room, and everybody learning the tunes. We flew Bobby Gustafson from Overkill out. He’s our guitar player, and he’s gonna play on the record. So we had them out. And it was the first time that we really sat down and [fleshed] out the parts of the songs. They’ve seen videos, but these songs are hard to play, man. They’re hard for me to play; I’m still working on some of the parts.”

He continued when asked about the musical direction of the new material:

“It’s a thrash record. We’ve had a couple of buddies come in and listen to some songs, and they were, like, ‘Holy shit, man. You guys haven’t missed a step. It sounds like 1987 in here again.’ So it’s really exciting. We’re really, really happy with the tunes.”

“It’s fun writing with the dudes again. I’m writing all the music for these five songs, for this first EP. We’re probably gonna end up doing a full-length after, with [all] five [of us] writing together. But this one, it’s just me and Sean [Killian] writing.”

Demmel also added the following when asked about possible release plans:

“I don’t know. We don’t fucking know. We don’t know when we’re gonna record. We’re still demoing and still kind of writing. It’ll be summer — maybe late summer next year — before we release [anything]. We might tease a song [before that].”

[via Blabbermouth]

James Durbin (Ex-Quiet Riot) Premieres New Song “Kings Before You” Featuring Chris Jericho (Fozzy) And Phil Demmel (Ex-Machine Head)

James Durbin (ex-Quiet Riot) has premiered a new song titled “Kings Before You.” The track, which features Chris Jericho (Fozzy) and Phil Demmel (Vio-lence, ex-Machine Head), is from Durbin’s new album “The Beast Awakens,” which will be released on February 12.

Tesla, Vio-lence, Etc. Members To Join Rusty Chains For Fourth Annual Chris Cornell Tribute Event

Rusty Chains, the tribute band “that focuses on the unique sound of the Northwest in the late 80’s and early 90’s,” have announced their fourth annual Chris Cornell tribute event. The group will be streaming 26 songs across two nights via HOWLIVE.tv. The sets will take place on November 11 and November 12 with multiple guests set to take part including: Dave Rude (Tesla), Phil Demmel (Vio-lence, ex-Machine Head), Craig Locicero (ex-Forbidden), Steev Esquivel (Skinlab), and more.

Rusty Chains commented:

“With the tragic and sudden loss of Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell to suicide while the band was in the middle of their spring tour in 2017, the world was shocked that someone so brilliant, who had transcended the grunge genre to become a world-renowned, mainstream solo artist would take his own life, seemingly at the height of his career. Our hearts were broken. We as a band knew that we needed to pay special homage to him in a way that was more profound than just playing our typical set of classics.

What we came up with was organizing a tribute show where we played a career-spanning set of songs, with the proceeds going to San Francisco Suicide Prevention as a way to raise awareness for suicide prevention. Our first annual Chris Cornell tribute and Suicide Prevention benefit took place a month after Chris’s death in front of a sold-out crowd at the legendary San Francisco venue, Slim’s, with the next two annual shows following suit. Our fourth benefit promises to be just as amazing, even though it will only be viewed on your screens. So please, tune in and help us help others in need.”

All donations and merchandise profits will benefit San Francisco Suicide Prevention.

[via Blabbermouth]

Rock/Metal Musicians Pay Tribute To The Late Eddie Van Halen

As previously reported, Van Halen’s Eddie Van Halen has sadly passed away following a battle with cancer. A number of rock/metal musicians have since taken to social media to pay tribute to the legendary guitarist and some of the various posts can be found below:

David Lee Roth (Van Halen):

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What a Long Great Trip It’s Been..

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Michael Anthony (ex-Van Halen, etc.):

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No words…Heartbroken, my love to the family💔

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Sammy Hagar (ex-Van Halen, etc.):

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Heartbroken and speechless. My love to the family.

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Metallica:

AC/DC:

Gene Simmons (KISS):

Black Sabbath’s Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi, and Geezer Butler:

Pantera:

Mark Morton (Lamb Of God):

Slash (Guns N’ Roses):

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RIP #EddieVanHalen

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Brian May (Queen):

Scott Ian (Anthrax):

John 5 (Rob Zombie, etc.):

Zach Myers (Shinedown):

Nita Strauss (Alice Cooper, etc.):

Dave Lombardo (ex-Slayer, etc.):

Nickelback:

Mike Portnoy (ex-Dream Theater, etc.):

Vernon Reid (Living Colour):

Jamey Jasta (Hatebreed):

Mötley Crüe’s Mick Mars, Vince Neil, Nikki Sixx, and Tommy Lee:

Alex Skolnick (Testament):

Gary Holt (Exodus, etc.):

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I am CRUSHED. Loss of words. RIP. One of my hero’s. FUCK 2020

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Robb Flynn (Machine Head):

Phil Demmel (ex-Machine Head, etc.):

Bret Michaels (Poison):

Flea (Red Hot Chili Peppers):

Watch Volumes, Ex-Machine Head, Etc. Members Cover Billy Idol’s “Rebel Yell”

“Two Minutes To Late Night” have shared footage of their host Jordan “Gwarsenio Hall” Olds performing a quarantine cover of Billy Idol’s “Rebel Yell” with Myke Terry (Volumes, ex-Bury Your Dead), Phil Demmel (Vio-lence, ex-Machine Head), Lee Jowono (Potion), Brandon Bruce (Havok), and Ben Koller (Converge, Mutoid Man). “Two Minutes To Late Night” commented:

“Rebel rebel, how could they know? Hot yell, I love you so. It’s a Billy Idol cover and Phil is playing his solo in a tiny child rocket ship tent. We did it, everyone! This is our 20th (!!!) bedroom cover made with the support of Patreon. With so many musicians stuck at home with no outlets, we’re going to keep producing these style videos and use the Patreon to give some money to everyone who has a part in them. Please support our friends by donating to our newly redone Patreon at http://www.honorableswords.com