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TESTAMENT Live at Eindhoven '87 Available on Prosthetic Records April 14

Posted by Michael Mueller on February 19, 2009 at 1:43 PM

Before Wacken, there was Dynamo. 

For 20 years, the Dynamo Open Air Festival—originally held in 1986 to celebrate the fifth anniversary of the Dynamo rock club in Eindhoven, Holland—was one of metal's most important annual events, peaking in 1995 when 118,000 fans packed the grounds of an abandoned Dutch military airport to see four dozen acts play on three different stages over three June days.

In 1987, though, Dynamo was still in its infancy. For that matter, so was the performer who would leave the biggest mark on the event that year—Bay Area thrashers Testament. After their debut album, The Legacy, made instant waves worldwide, the group was invited to make their European debut at the second Dynamo festival.

After a warm-up show at the 300-capacity Dynamo club the night before, Testament took the stage on a rainy June 8 and floored the 14,000 fans in attendance with an aggressive and fiery 45-minute set that showcased much of the material on The Legacy. Five songs from their performance were captured on the EP Live at Eindhoven, which was issued as a cassette and a 12" LP; however, the band's full set was never released officially—until now.

Prosthetic Records is proud to announce the April 14 release of Live at Eindhoven '87, which for the first time brings you Testament's complete 1987 Dynamo performance. A metal history lesson of the highest order, Live at Eindhoven '87 sees the group's original lineup—vocalist Chuck Billy, guitarists Alex Skolnick and Eric Peterson, bassist Greg Christian, and drummer Louie Clemente—at their absolute hungriest. Their Dynamo set included the following tracks:

1. Disciples of the Watch
2. The Haunting
3. Apocalyptic City
4. First Strike Is Deadly
5. Burnt Offerings
6. Alex Skolnick guitar solo
7. Over The Wall
8. Do Or Die
9. Curse of the Legion of Death (C.O.T.L.O.D.)
10. Reign of Terror

Featuring a stunning remastered sound, new artwork by Carson Slovak (Century, All That Remains, Antagonist), and liner notes by Skolnick, Live at Eindhoven '87 is a must-have for Testament fans both old and new. Excerpts from the album's liner notes can currently be viewed on Skolnick's "Skolnotes" blog, while the above-mentioned version of "Disciples of the Watch" can be heard here. The Prosthetic Webshop is offering $12 pre-orders.
 

New DAVE MATTHEWS BAND Album Due June 2

Posted by Michael Mueller on February 19, 2009 at 12:22 PM

According to Billboard.com, the Dave Matthews Band's as-yet-untitled new RCA album will now arrive June 2. The group has also announced its annual summer tour, beginning May 27 in Darien Center, NY.

The dates will follow a previously announced spring run, which kicks off April 14 at New York's Madison Square Garden. Support acts for the summer shows include Robert Randolph, Femi Kuti, the Hold Steady, Umphrey's McGee, Old Crow Medicine Show, and Switchfoot.

Rumors suggest the band may play Boston's Fenway Park on May 29-30, but no announcement has yet been made.

Meanwhile, DMB plans to zip over to Europe for a quick tour during late June and early July. For the band's full itinerary, visit its web site.

The new DMB album was produced by Rob Cavallo. A number of songs have been played live since the summer of 2007, including "Round and Round," "Cornbread," "#27," and "Falling Off the Roof," but it is unknown if they will appear on the upcoming project. 

Legendary Guitarist JEFF BECK To Be Inducted Into Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

Posted by Michael Mueller on February 19, 2009 at 9:38 AM

Jeff BeckOne of the great guitarists of the modern musical age, Jeff Beck will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on April 4, 2009, in Cleveland, Ohio. This will be the second time around for Beck, having been previously honored alongside guitar gods Eric Clapton and Jimmy Page for his work with The Yardbirds.

Prior to the induction ceremony, Beck will release his latest live performance on DVD and Blu-Ray, Jeff Beck Performing This Week . . . Live at Ronnie Scott’s [Eagle Rock] on March 31. Filmed over the course of several gigs at the famed Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club in 2007, Performing This Week . . . features material spanning Beck’s genre-jumping career, from rock to jazz to blues, with boogie and Beatles, to boot. His band includes Tal Wilkenfeld (bass), Vinnie Colaiuta (drums), and Jason Rebello (keyboards). Joss Stone, Imogen Heap, and Eric Clapton also made special appearances, complementing Beck’s wild guitar work with their diverse vocal approaches.

On the heels of the DVD release and his HoF Induction, Beck will play 12 special gigs across the country, starting April 6 in Scranton, PA, and wrapping up April 23, in Oakland, CA. For more on Jeff Beck, visit his web site here.

Beck’s U.S. Itinerary:
April 6            Scranton, PA
April 8            Philadelphia, PA
April 9&10     New York, NY (SOLD OUT)
April 11          Mashantucket, CT
April 13          Boston, MA
April 15          Cleveland, OH
April 16&17    Chicago, IL (SOLD OUT)
April 18           Milwaukee, WI
April 21&22    Los Angeles, CA    (SOLD OUT)
April 23          Oakland, CA
 

MINISTRY'S Final Tour To Be Released on CD

Posted by Michael Mueller on February 18, 2009 at 10:54 AM

Although Al Jourgensen has said adios to Ministry, you don't ever have to really say good-bye to the legendary industrial-rock band, thanks to Jourgensen's indie imprint 13th Planet Records. On March 31, 2009, Jourgensen will release Adios...Puta Madres, a 13-track live audio CD featuring performances from Ministry's Final World Tour, C U LaTouR 2008.

"We had a blast on the final tour, and this CD really captures the heart of Ministry live," said Jourgensen, who personally mixed the recordings last fall at 13th Planet Studios alongside his touring front-of-house engineer Michihiro Tanikawa, as well as engineer John Bilberry.

Ministry's all-star line-up for C U LaTouR featured Jourgensen joined by guitarists Tommy Victor (Prong) and Sin Quirin (Revolting Cocks), keyboardist John Bechdel (Prong, AoTW, False Icons), Static X's Tony Campos on bass, drummer AAron Rossi (Prong), and Fear Factory/Ascension of the Watchers vocalist Burton C. Bell as Special Featured Guest.

CD Track Listing
"Let's Go"  (from The Last Sucker, 2007)
"Watch Yourself"  (from The Last Sucker, 2007)
"Life is Good"  (from The Last Sucker, 2007)
"The Dick Song"  (from The Last Sucker, 2007)
"The Last Sucker"  (from The Last Sucker, 2007)
"No W"  (from Houses of the Mole, 2004)
"Waiting"  (from Houses of the Mole, 2004)
"Worthless"  (from Houses of the Mole, 2004)
"Wrong"  (from Houses of the Mole, 2004)
"Rio Grande Blood"  (from Rio Grande Blood, 2006)
"Senor Peligrio"  (from Rio Grande Blood, 2006)
"Lieslieslies"  (from Rio Grande Blood, 2006)
"Khyber Pass"  (from Rio Grande Blood, 2006)

Rock Band Wii Offers Seven Nirvana Tracks

Posted by Michael Mueller on February 17, 2009 at 2:58 PM

Dust off those flannel shirts and ripped jeans. Harmonix and MTV Games announced today the addition of seven tracks from grunge legends Nirvana to the Rock Band Music Store catalog of downloadable content for the Nintendo Wii. 

The master recordings, from Nirvana’s 1991 album Nevermind, are "Breed," "Lounge Act," "On a Plain," "Polly," "Something in the Way," "Stay Away," and "Territorial Pissings." These tracks join "In Bloom" from the original Rock Band soundtrack, and "Drain You," featured on the Rock Band 2 soundtrack, to make for a total of nine Nirvana songs available in the Rock Band music catalog available to Wii owners.

Reunited JANE'S ADDICTION To Play Sasquatch Festival!

Posted by Michael Mueller on February 17, 2009 at 10:41 AM

A reunited Jane's Addiction, featuring guitarist Dave Navarro, is scheduled to play at the eighth Sasquatch! Music Festival, to be held May 23-25 at the Gorge in Quincy, Washington. Nine Inch Nails, Kings Of Leon, Ben Harper & Relentless7, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Erykah Badu, the Decemberists, Fleet Foxes, TV On The Radio, Animal Collective, Silversun Pickups, Bon Iver, Santigold, Girl Talk, Doves, Grizzly Bear, M. Ward, Sun Kil Moon, M83, and Of Montreal round out the festival lineup.

Among the comedians set to appear are Zach Galifiankas, Demetri Martin, Tim & Eric Awesome Show Great Job, Todd Barry, Jon Benjamin, God's Pottery, and People's Republic of Komedy.

Tickets go on sale Feb. 28. For more information, visit SasquatchFestival.com

Burriss Amps Announces Speaker-Switching DC Cab!

Posted by Michael Mueller on February 16, 2009 at 5:04 PM

DC CabEver wish you could easily swap out speakers to tweak your tone? Unfortunately, that is typically not a very simple tone-tweaking task. To that end, Burriss Amps announces the DC Cab, the first cabinet that allows you to switch out 12" drivers in just seconds—no tools required.

With its patent-pending "driver clamp," the DC Cab has a scientifically derived inner volume for maximum sweetness built from high end Baltic lite-ply for maximum tone, a small footprint, low-profile feet on two sides for vertical or horizontal placement, built-in parallel jacks for adding additional cabinets, and a back that is easily converted from closed to open in seconds—also with no tools required.

The DC Cab is available at a very affordable MSRP of $495, loaded with a 12-inch Eminence Texas Heat Speaker. The DC Cab is also available with no speaker at an MSRP of only $425.

For more information, visit the Burriss Amps web site

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