Vegas Metal Meltdown show to be filmed for cinema release

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Extreme, Twisted Sister, Skid Row and Great White are set to share a bill in Las Vegas next weekend, and the whole thing will be filmed for a future cinema release.

Metal Meltdown is being held at Las Vegas’ Joint at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino on the 30th of May.

Extreme will be playing the whole of their Pornograffitti album at the event as part of their 25th anniversary celebrations marking its release. Skid Row’s set will feature new frontman Tony Harnell who replaced former vocalist Johnny Solinger last month, and Mike Portnoy will occupy the drum stool for Twisted Sister after sticksman AJ Pero died earlier this year.

The resulting concert film is scheduled for a 3D cinema release as well as CD, Vinyl, DVD and BluRay formats. A release date has yet to be confirmed.

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Guns N’ Roses confirm two new albums are complete


Guns N’ Roses frontman Axl Rose has confirmed the existence of not one, but two new albums of GN’R material.

Speaking to Revolver magazine, Rose confirmed that the band have finished recording the follow up to their 2008 album, Chinese Democracy, and that a Chinese Democracy remix album is also complete.

“We recorded a lot of things before Chinese was out,” said the singer. “We’ve worked more on some of those things and we’ve written a few new things. But basically, we have what I call kind of the second half of Chinese. That’s already recorded. [The remix album has] been done for a while, too.”

Meanwhile, Guns N’ Roses are set to release a 3D concert film entitled Appetite For Democracy 3D: Live from the Hard Rock Casino – Las Vegas. The movie will be released on the 1st of July on Blu-ray and DVD. It was filmed on the 21st of November, 2012 when the band were playing a residency at the Hard Rock Casino in Las Vegas.

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Soundgarden confirmed as opening for Nine Inch Nails

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Soundgarden have confirmed that they will be opening for Nine Inch Nails on the bands’ upcoming US co-headline tour.

Soundgarden’s Kim Thayil has said that he believes the running order makes perfect sense.

Speaking to DC101, Thayil said: “It makes sense. Nine Inch Nails is a production-heavy band – amazing lights, lasers. They use a lot of production both in the audio performance and the visual performance.

“We’re more of a live rock act. If we were to play after them it would be a long wait while they struck all their gear and cleared the stage for us. It’s a lot easier to play before them.”

The two bands recently confirmed a series of North American shows together, beginning in Las Vegas on the 19th of July and culminating in Hollywood on the 25th of August.

Speaking to The Pulse Of Radio, Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell confirmed that he expects the band to start work on a new album soon, too.

“We’re definitely going to start writing songs; we’ve all agreed on several occasions that we want to keep doing it,” he said.

“It goes from zero to 60 really fast. All of a sudden everyone will have two things – and that’s eight songs you have to work on. Already you’re well into making an album. That could happen tomorrow.”

Nine Inch Nails recently finished a series of live dates in the UK and are now playing further shows in Europe. You can read Skin Back Alley’s review of their 25th May show at the Manchester Phones4U Area here.

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