Watch Ghost’s Tobias Forge Cover The Rolling Stones’ “Sympathy For The Devil” With The Hellacopters On Swedish TV

Ghost frontman Tobias Forge (aka Papa Emeritus IV) and The Hellacopters recently teamed up for a cover of The Rolling Stones’ “Sympathy For The Devil“ on SVT‘s “På Spåret.” You can see footage of that below:

Saxon Reveal Details For New Covers Album “Inspirations”, Premiere Video For Cover Of The Rolling Stones’ “Paint It Black”

Saxon have announced that their new covers album, “Inspirations,” will be released on March 19. A video for the effort’s first single, a cover of The Rolling Stones’ “Paint It Black,” can be found below:

Biff Byford said the following about “Paint It Black”:

“Loved this band since I first saw them and heard them. I liked The Beatles, but The Stones appealed to my rebel side; their iconic look… so many great songs, such a great attitude in the music!”

He also added the following about “Inspirations”:

“The warmth and feel of ‘Inspirations’ had so much to do with being together in this magnificent place [Brockfield Hall] and doing it ‘old-school’ style. This is how many bands back in the day —including some of the ones covered here — made such great albums, so it just felt really good to be able to do this somewhere like Brockfield Hall.”

“We wanted to do an album based on our influences, the songs and bands that inspired us to write what we did and still do and it was also interesting to see what my voice could do as I haven’t sung many of these songs before.”

“We didn’t want to change any of the songs too much, just play them more like Saxon and we also think it’s very important to have — and share with the fans — some fun in these dark times.”

“Inspirations” Track Listing:

01. “Paint It Black” (The Rolling Stones cover)
02. “Immigrant Song” (Led Zeppelin cover)
03. “Paperback Writer” (The Beatles cover)
04. “Evil Woman” (Black Sabbath cover)
05. “Stone Free” (Jimi Hendrix cover)
06. “Bomber” (Motörhead cover)
07. “Speed King” (Deep Purple cover)
08. “The Rocker” (Thin Lizzy cover)
09. “Hold The Line” (Toto cover)
10. “Problem Child” (AC/DC cover)
11. “See My Friends” (The Kinks cover)

Rock/Metal Musicians React To Joe Biden Winning The Presidency

Joe Biden has won the 2020 election and will now become the 46th president of the United States. A number of rock/metal musicians have taken to social media to react to the good news and you can find some of their various posts below:

Amy Lee (Evanescence):

Sebastian Bach (ex-Skid Row):

Otep:

Scott Ian (Anthrax):

Alex Skolnick (Testament):

Machine Head:

Chris Motionless (Motionless In White):

Spider One (Powerman 5000):

Paolo Gregoletto (Trivium):

Ice-T (Body Count):

Telle Smith (The Word Alive):

Mark Morton (Lamb Of God):

Mick Jagger (The Rolling Stones):

Sacred Reich:

Jay Jay French (Twisted Sister):

Andy Biersack (Black Veil Brides):

Jake Bowen (Periphery):

Chad I Ginsburg (CKY):

Ben Koller (Converge):

Tracii Guns (L.A. Guns):

Lzzy Hale (Halestorm):

Randy Blythe (Lamb Of God):

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“Empathy” 11.07.2020, Richmond, VA. CNN, Fox News, MSNBC, ABC, CBS… all the major news networks have just called the 2020 Presidential election for Joe Biden & Kamala Harris. Although these are just projections by media outlets (nothing is official until the members of the Electoral College cast their votes on Dec. 14th, 2020, then announced by a joint session of Congress on Jan. 6, 2021), & although there will be a lot of lawsuits brought forth by Donald Trump who will not concede anytime soon (or ever?), it’s obvious that it’s OVER- Joe Biden will be the 46th President of the United States. At this time, I would like to encourage everyone, no matter who you voted for, to behave with some class; to speak & act with some empathy. This country has been consumed by a toxic polarity- it is time for that toxicity to end, because it is not sustainable & it does not accomplish anything. We are all tired. We all have strong feelings. It is time to act like adults with correctly calibrated moral compasses. My feelings about President Trump (& politicians in general, for that matter) are well known, but I have zero reason to gloat. That is childish, & it accomplishes nothing. Instead I will choose to act with empathy, & hope that some level of civility will return to American discourse across the board. I just came back from a “Stop the Steal” rally near the VA State Capitol, where I shot these photos. No one was rude to me, & they announced from the beginning that it would be a peaceful protest- that is their right, & although I disagree with them, I support their right- they are my countrymen & women. These people are going to be very upset today- I will show people like this empathy in the hope that we can find common ground somehow, & that this terrible atmosphere that has hung over America for the last 4 years will begin to lift. It HAS to, or we all are screwed. Please- let’s all start talking to each other again. I hope you all have a good day- now, I’m going surfing. Peace. #Leica #LeicaCamera #LeicaCameraUSA #LeicaM #LeicaM10P #LeicaM10Ptyp3656 #🔴📷 #Summilux #Summilux50mm #LeicaCraft #MadeInWetzlar #drandallblythe #RatsEyesPhotography #honetheaesthetic

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Nergal (Behemoth):

Brian May (Queen):

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Congratulations to President Elect Joe Biden and trailblazer Kamala Harris !!! It’s been hard for me to stay silent over the last few days, weeks, months, but I felt it would be wrong to interfere in even the smallest way in the politics of another country. But there is a part of me that will always be rooted in the USA – I love America and have felt profound pain watching its freedoms and decency being eroded. I can now finally speak up. I feel massive joy – I see this is a victory for the people by the people – and hopefully just in time to make it possible to start to heal the terrible damage that has been done to the American Nation and its standing in the World in recent times. I’m thrilled for my dear American friends, that they have taken this step to reclaim compassion, justice, truth, accountability, and dignity. I’m well aware that America is split as to whether Trump as a president was a Champ or a Chump. But what you guys will discover over the next few weeks is that the rest of the world was NOT split. The whole world, like me, is rejoicing with you at this moment – feeling that we are getting our best friend back – our friend America. Yes – I will pray for unity and decent debate, with some great Rebublicans sharing the work load in the new regime. And – Yes – at last – the United States of America can again be Champions of the World !!! Bri

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#dems #gop #republican #democracy #democrats

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Metallica, Slipknot, Tool, Etc. Nominated For 2020 Billboard Music Awards

The nominees have been revealed for the 2020 Billboard Music Awards. The ceremony will take place at The Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles, CA on October 14 and the categories featuring rock/metal artists can be found below.

Top Touring Artist:

Elton John
Metallica
P!nk
The Rolling Stones
Ed Sheeran

Top Rock Artist:

Imagine Dragons
Panic! At The Disco
Tame Impala
Tool
Twenty One Pilots

Top Rock Tour:

Elton John
Metallica
The Rolling Stones

Top Rock Album:

The Lumineers “III”
Slipknot “We Are Not Your Kind”
Tame Impala “The Slow Rush”
Tool “Fear Inoculum”
Vampire Weekend “Father of the Bride”

Top Rock Song:

Imagine Dragons “Bad Liar”
Machine Gun Kelly x Yungblud x Travis Barker “I Think I’m Okay”
Panic! At The Disco “Hey Look Ma, I Made It”
Twenty One Pilots “Chlorine”
Twenty One Pilots “The Hype”

The full list of nominees can be found HERE.

Green Day, Linkin Park, Pearl Jam, Etc. Sign Open Letter Demanding Politicians To Get Clearance Before Using Their Songs

Green Day, Linkin Park, Pearl Jam, The Rolling Stones’ Mick Jagger and Keith Richards, Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler and Joe Perry, and more have partnered with the Artist Rights Alliance to demand politicians to get proper clearances before using their music at rallies and other public appearances. The artists sent an open letter to the Democratic and Republican National, Congressional, and Senatorial committees and they are seeking to get a response by August 10.

Here’s the full letter:

“Dear Campaign Committees:

As artists, activists, and citizens, we ask you to pledge that all candidates you support will seek consent from featured recording artists and songwriters before using their music in campaign and political settings. This is the only way to effectively protect your candidates from legal risk, unnecessary public controversy, and the moral quagmire that comes from falsely claiming or implying an artist’s support or distorting an artists’ expression in such a high stakes public way.

This is not a new problem. Or a partisan one. Every election cycle brings stories of artists and songwriters frustrated to find their work being used in settings that suggest endorsement or support of political candidates without their permission or consent.

Being dragged unwillingly into politics in this way can compromise an artist’s personal values while disappointing and alienating fans – with great moral and economic cost. For artists that do choose to engage politically in campaigns or other contexts, this kind of unauthorized public use confuses their message and undermines their effectiveness. Music tells powerful stories and drives emotional connection and engagement – that’s why campaigns use it, after all! But doing so without permission siphons away that value.

The legal risks are clear. Campaign uses of music can violate federal and (in some cases) state copyrights in both sound recordings and musical compositions. Depending on the technology used to copy and broadcast these works, multiple exclusive copyrights, including both performance and reproduction, could be infringed. In addition, these uses impact creators’ rights of publicity and branding, potentially creating exposure for trademark infringement, dilution, or tarnishment under the Lanham Act and giving rise to claims for false endorsement, conversion, and other common law and statutory torts. When campaign commercials or advertisements are involved, a whole additional host of rules and regulations regarding campaign fundraising (including undisclosed and potentially unlawful ‘in-kind’ contributions), finance, and communications could also potentially be breached.

More importantly, falsely implying support or endorsement from an artist or songwriter is dishonest and immoral. It undermines the campaign process, confuses the voting public, and ultimately distorts elections. It should be anathema to any honest candidate to play off this kind of uncertainty or falsely leave the impression of an artist’s or songwriter’s support.

Like all other citizens, artists have the fundamental right to control their work and make free choices regarding their political expression and participation. Using their work for political purposes without their consent fundamentally breaches those rights – an invasion of the most hallowed, even sacred personal interests.

No politician benefits from forcing a popular artist to publicly disown and reject them. Yet these unnecessary controversies inevitably draw even the most reluctant or apolitical artists off the sidelines, compelling them to explain the ways they disagree with candidates wrongfully using their music. And on social media and in the culture at large, it’s the politicians that typically end up on the wrong side of those stories.

For all these reasons, we urge you to establish clear policies requiring campaigns supported by your committees to seek the consent of featured recording artists, songwriters, and copyright owners before publicly using their music in a political or campaign setting. Funding, logistical support, and participation in committee programs, operations, and events should be contingent on this pledge, and its terms should be clearly stated in writing in your bylaws, operating guidelines, campaign manuals, or where you establish any other relevant rules, requirements, or conditions of support.

Please let us know by August 10th how you plan to accomplish these changes.”

[via Loudwire]

New Metallica, Iron Maiden, AC/DC. Etc. 1,000-Piece Jigsaw Puzzles To Be Release In September

Zee Productions will be releasing a new line of 1000-piece jigsaw puzzles on September 18. This includes puzzles based on the artwork for various albums by Metallica, Iron Maiden, AC/DC, KISS, Queen, etc.

The following statement was issued:

“Rock Saws just got twice as intense!

We are proud to be rolling out 1000 piece variants of some of our all time classic puzzles. That much harder, but that much more rewarding, these 1000 piece variants have been in demand for a long time.

Our first round of officially licensed 1000 piece puzzles includes: Iron Maiden’s “The Number of the Beast,” Metallica’s “Master Of Puppets,” Queen’s “Queen II” and “A Night At The Opera,” Elton John’s “Captain Fantastic and the Dirt Brown Cowboy” and “Don’t Shoot Me I’m Only The Piano Man,” KISS’s “Destroyer,” The Rolling Stones “It’s Only Rock And Roll,” David Bowie’s “Let’s Dance,” AC/DC’s “Highway To Hell,” and of course Nirvana’s “Nevermind!”

This is a veritable embarrassment of riches and a must for any puzzle loving rock and roller, or simply those of us who wish to engage with classic album art in a whole new way.

See the full range, and pre-order yours here: https://bit.ly/ZEE-1000PUZ

PS: What other puzzles do you want to see as 1000 piece variants? We have our own ideas but would love your input!”

Cave In Release Cover Of The Rolling Stones’ “Moonlight Mile”

Cave In have released a cover of The Rolling Stones‘ “Moonlight Mile.” The band commented:

“Family and friends, we hope you’re holding up during these strange times. Here’s a little sonic gift that we crafted while social distancing – what started as a means of simply entertaining ourselves turned into something we’re happy to share. If you like what you hear, then maybe you’ll consider donating to one of the charities we’ve chosen below. If you’re unable to do so, then we understand, and want you to simply enjoy the music. Thanks for listening!

https://www.feedingamerica.org/

https://www.doctorswithoutborders.org/

https://theopendoorpantry.org/

Pearl Jam, Green Day, Etc. Members Perform As Part Of “One World: Together At Home” Special

Yesterday (April 18), numerous artists took part in a special Global Citizen “One World: Together At Home” concert. Notably, there were several rock acts among the various musicians including Eddie Vedder, who performed Pearl Jam’s “River Cross,” Billie Joe Armstrong, who performed Green Day’s “Wake Me Up When September Ends,” Paul McCartney, who performed The Beatles’ “Lady Madonna,” and The Rolling Stones, who performed “You Can’t Always Get What You Want.” You can see footage of all that below:

Clutch, My Chemical Romance, Judas Priest, Etc. Among 2020 Record Store Day Releases

The full list of special releases for this year’s Record Store Day (April 18) has been posted. You can find a list of rock/metal releases below and the full list HERE.

Record Store Day Exclusives:

  • Asking Alexandria, Stand Up and Scream LP
  • Bayside, “Heaven” 7″ vinyl
  • Black Keys, Let’s Rock. 2LP
  • Cheap Trick, Out to Get You! Live 1977 2LP
  • Gary Clark Jr. (Featuring Andra Day), “Pearl Cadillac” 10″ EP
  • Biffy Clyro, “Moderns” 7″ vinyl
  • Alice Cooper, Live From the Apollo Theater Glasgow Feb. 19, 1982 2LP
  • Dio, “Annica” 12″ picture disc
  • Hawkwind, At the BBC 1972 2LP
  • Ice Nine Kills, The Silver Scream: Killer Cuts 10″ vinyl
  • Infectious Grooves, Take You on a Ride 12″ EP
  • Judas Priest, British Steel: Limited Edition 40th Anniversary 2LP
  • Motorhead, “Ace of Spades” / “Dirty Love” 12″ vinyl
  • My Chemical Romance, The Murder Scene LP
  • The Pogues, At the BBC 1984 LP
  • Iggy Pop, Kiss My Blood (Live in Paris 1991) 3LP
  • The Ramones, It’s Alive II 2LP
  • The Replacements, The Complete Inconcerated Live 3LP
  • The Rolling Stones, Let It Bleed (Limited Collectors Edition) LP
  • The Rolling Stones, Metamorphosis UK LP
  • Skid Row, Slave to the Grind (Expanded) 2LP
  • The Strokes, “The New Abnormal” Cassette
  • Various Artists, Sweet Relief: A Benefit for Victoria Williams 2LP
  • The Who, A Quick Live One EP

Regional Releases:

  • The Alarm, Celtic Folklore Live LP
  • August Burns Red, “Bones” 7″ vinyl
  • Goblin, Goblin’s Greatest Hits, Vol. 1 (1975-1979) 2LP
  • Meat Puppets, Meat Puppets 10″ vinyl
  • Chuck Mosley, First Hellos and Last Goodbyes LP
  • Iggy & the Stooges, Russia Melodia 7″
  • Twiztid, “All These Problems” 7″

First Releases:

  • Badflower, “Everybody Wants to Rule the World” / “The Jester” 12″ Picture Disc
  • The Black Crowes, “Jealous Again” 12″ vinyl
  • Chon, Grow LP
  • Clutch, The Obelisk 16X LP Box
  • Collective Soul, Half and Half 12″ vinyl
  • Def Leppard, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 12″ EP
  • DevilDriver, Winter Kills 2LP
  • Dinosaur Jr., Swedish Fist (Live in Stockholm) LP
  • Down N Outz, The Music Box EP 12″ vinyl
  • Entombed, Clandestine Live 2LP
  • Ace Frehley, Trouble Walkin’ 2LP
  • Green Jelly, Triple Live Mother Goose at Budokan LP
  • Hawkwind, Quark Strangeness and Charm 2LP
  • Jimi Hendrix, “Message to Love (Live)” / “Changes (Live)” 7″ vinyl
  • Judas Priest, Sad Wings of Destiny 2LP
  • The Menzingers, Chamberlain Waits LP
  • The Obsessed, Incarnate Ultimate 2LP
  • Primus, Suck on This LP
  • Refused, Not Fit for Broadcast – Live at BBC 12″ vinyl
  • Soul Asylum, Hurry Up and Wait (Deluxe Edition) 2LP
  • Jimmy Urine and Serj Tankian, Fuktronic LP
  • The Who, Odds and Sods (Deluxe) 2LP

[via Loudwire]

Steven Tyler (Aerosmith) & Nuno Bettencourt (Extreme) Cover The Rolling Stones’ “Brown Sugar”

Steven Tyler (Aerosmith) and Nuno Bettencourt (Extreme) have recorded a cover of The Rolling Stones’ “Brown Sugar” for the “Muscle Shoals… Small Town, Big Sound” compilation album, which is set to be released September 28. That effort was put together by Rodney Hall, who wanted to pay tribute to his late father Rick Hall and his studio FAME.

[via Blabbermouth]