The Sword’s Bryan Richie Launches New Project Galactic Protector

The Sword’s Bryan Richie has launched new project called Galactic Protector and he is planning to release a new album, titled “Evening,” on June 28 via Burning Witches Records. You can check out the effort’s first single below:

Richie commented:

“I started demoing out song ideas for the next Sword full length almost immediately after the album cycle for our album ‘High Country‘ was finished.

While we were recording ‘Used Future‘, and as my band mates would be recording overdubs, I’d be tracking keys or processing midi in another room!

Some of the pieces I was writing were really exciting to me but most definitely not potential Sword songs, although the song that I wrote using Jimmy‘s drums, called ‘Intermezzo‘ did end up on ‘Used Future‘.

I kept writing and writing and eventually I had a grip of tracks — performed, programmed and recorded by myself — that led me to entertain the idea of a solo album, and Galactic Protector was born.”

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Metal Anarchy’s New Music Showcase: Exclusive Q&A With Vanilla Sugar

Time for the next edition of Metal Anarchy’s “new music showcase,” the feature where I introduce you to artists that readers of this site may find interesting. This time I have an exclusive Q&A with Vanilla Sugar.

METAL ANARCHY: Tell me a little about your music:

VANILLA SUGAR: Vanilla Sugar is made of Alternative / Electronic music, a pop vocal sensibility, with a Metal influence.

METAL ANARCHY: Who are your main influences?

VANILLA SUGAR: I find a lot of inspiration in Sleigh Bells, Grimes, Korn, The Prodigy, and Mindless Self Indulgence.

METAL ANARCHY: What is your latest release and why should readers of this site check it out?

VANILLA SUGAR: My new single will be released in a few months! I am traveling to Houston, TX to shoot the music video in a week. This new song is totally different from anything I’ve released before. I’m very happy with it and excited to share it with everyone.

METAL ANARCHY: What can people expect when they go to your live shows?

VANILLA SUGAR: People can expect an extremely high energy performance, with a light show to match. I am the kind of person who believes in putting on a full show for people; lights, music, stage props, the whole thing.

METAL ANARCHY: Where do you see your project heading in 5 years?

VANILLA SUGAR: Ideally, I see Vanilla Sugar continuing to tour globally, and releasing a few more albums by that time.

Woodstock 50 Backers Say The Festival Has Been Cancelled, Organizers Claim The Concert Will Still Be Held

It looks like there is a bit of confusion regarding Woodstock 50. Backers for the event, which is supposed to take place in Watkins Glen, NY on August 16-18, are claiming it has been cancelled. However, the organizers for the festival are saying that is not true.

Dentsu Aegis Network told Billboard the following:

“It’s a dream for agencies to work with iconic brands and to be associated with meaningful movements. We have a strong history of producing experiences that bring people together around common interests and causes which is why we chose to be a part of the Woodstock 50th Anniversary Festival. But despite our tremendous investment of time, effort and commitment, we don’t believe the production of the festival can be executed as an event worthy of the Woodstock Brand name while also ensuring the health and safety of the artists, partners and attendees. As a result and after careful consideration, Dentsu Aegis Network’s Amplifi Live, a partner of Woodstock 50, has decided to cancel the festival. As difficult as it is, we believe this is the most prudent decision for all parties involved.”

Organizers then issued their own statement to the Poughkeepsie Journal:

“Woodstock 50 vehemently denies the festival’s cancelation and legal remedy will (be) sought.”

Promoter and co-founder Michael Lang also commented during a chat with the New York Times, saying “They do not have the right to unilaterally cancel the festival.” He further claimed that all of the performers have already been paid and that the event will be saved if another company backs it.

UPDATE: Lang has since issued a lengthier statement [via Rolling Stone]:

“It seems in a way that history is repeating itself. In July of 1969 we lost our site in Walkill and with only a month to go we managed to move to Bethel. Woodstock was going to happen no matter what!

This time around, Woodstock’s new hometown, Dix & Watkins Glen, NY and New York State have been really wonderful. I went door to door to talk to the neighbors. Some remembered Summer Jam back in ’73 and were worried about history repeating itself. But they opened their doors to us and we talked it out. Many of those people have reached out over the last 24 hours with messages of hope and encouragement.

The venue, Watkins Glen International, have been totally supportive and professional.

Yesterday, our financial partner, Dentsu-Aegis, made the decision to pull out and informed us that they were cancelling the festival at the same time they let the press release go public.

We have yet to understand why they would try to prevent the festival from happening by seemingly undermining us in this way. It is one thing to decide for oneself that it is best to move on, but it is entirely another thing to try and close the door on us.

Yesterday, I couldn’t help but relive that moment 50 years ago — it was ‘déjà vu all over again’!

Supporting the principles of activism and sustainability are too important to be derailed by shortsighted partners.

We continue our work with NYS, Schuyler County and various parties to keep things on track.

Woodstock never belonged to Dentsu, so they don’t have a right to cancel it.

Woodstock belongs to the people and it always will.

We don’t give up and Woodstock 50 will take place and will be a blast!

Thanks for Listening, Michael”

If the festival goes on as planned, it will feature rock acts like Greta Van Fleet, Robert Plant & The Sensational Space Shifters, Dead & Company, The Killers, Rival Sons, Fever 333, Dorothy, John Fogerty, and Santana performing alongside acts like Jay-Z, Imagine Dragons, Miley Cyrus, Halsey, etc.

Nine Inch Nails’ Trent Reznor & Queen’s Brian May Among Those Set To Induct The 2019 Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Class

Nine Inch Nails’ Trent Reznor and Queen’s Brian May are among the artists chosen to induct the 2019 Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame class. Reznor will induct The Cure, while May will induct Def Leppard. Other presenters include: David Byrne, who will induct Radiohead, Duran Duran’s Simon LeBon and John Taylor, who will induct Roxy Music, The Bangles’ Susanna Hoffs, who will induct The Zombies, Janelle Monaé, who will induct Janet Jackson, and Harry Styles, who will induct Stevie Nicks. The ceremony will be held on March 29 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY.

Def Leppard, Stevie Nicks, Etc. Among 2019 Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame Inductees

Def Leppard, The Cure, Radiohead, Janet Jackson, Stevie Nicks, Roxy Music, and The Zombies will all be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame next year. The ceremony will be held at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY on March 29.

Periphery’s Spencer Sotelo Launches New Alternative Pop Project Nik Mystery

Periphery’s Spencer Sotelo has launched a new alternative pop project called Nik Mystery. The band’s debut EP “When” will be released on December 14 and the effort’s first single “Now” can be heard below: