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New SLIPKNOT Song 'The Negative One'

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A brand new SLIPKNOT song titled “The Negative One” is available for streaming on the band’s official web site. The track is expected to appear on the group’s upcoming album, which is due out sometime this fall via Roadrunner.

**Note**: After listening to “The Negative One” for the first time, you must sign up for an e-mail list before you are able to hear it again.

A music video for “The Negative One” will be released on Tuesday, August 5.

SLIPKNOT singer Corey Taylor told The Pulse Of Radio the band has finished recording the new CD and is now in post-production. “The album is done,” he said. “Everything’s done. Right now we’re just, we’re getting the artwork together, we’re getting all the other accouterments together, and it’s feeling really, really good. We’re just stoked, you know. Now it’s like, ‘Okay, we need to hurry up and get it out,’ you know. So yeah, we’re really excited.”

SLIPKNOT‘s fifth studio album and first since 2008’s “All Hope Is Gone” is also the band’s first without late bassist Paul Gray, who died in 2010, and drummer Joey Jordison, who was dismissed in late 2013.

Asked what has been most fulfilling about working on new SLIPKNOT music that he never experienced before, Corey told Full Metal Jackie: “This one, it just feels, there’s something weird about this one. Obviously this is the first album we’re making without Paul.

“After everything we went through, there’s a catharsis that comes with this, being able to throw all the emotion and aggression out that we’ve been holding onto. At the same time, getting to be creative again. Feeling that juice coming back into us. It’s been a real positive experience just from an artistic standpoint, a lyrical standpoint.

“We’re making an album that’s not just a reflection. Let’s just get new music out there. There’s something very vital with what we’re trying to do. There’s something very visceral with the emotion we’re playing with and trying to tell the story of a band that’s gone through hell, and yet we’re back. It’s been really fulfilling.”

Corey recently described the musical direction of the new SLIPKNOT material as “a great mesh of [2001’s] ‘Iowa’ and [2004’s] ‘Vol. 3: (The Subliminal Verses)’.” He explained: “You’ve got the gorgeous melodies and the artistic direction of ‘Vol. 3’ and then you’ve got the absolute brutality of ‘Iowa’. And I think people are gonna lose their minds when they hear it.”

Reports have suggested that SLIPKNOT has recruited drummer Jay Weinberg to play on the new album and tour. Weinberg is the son of Max Weinberg, longtime Bruce Springsteen and the E STREET BAND drummer. There are also rumors that SLIPKNOT is no longer working with Donnie Steele, the group’s original guitar player who has been playing bass for SLIPKNOT since the band resumed touring in 2011.

SLIPKNOT announced in December 2013 that it had parted ways with Jordison. The band has not disclosed the reasons for Jordison‘s exit, although the drummer issued a statement in January saying that he did not quit the group.

The second edition of SLIPKNOT‘s Knotfest event will take place on October 24-26 in San Bernardino, California. More than two dozen other acts will join the headliners, including FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH, VOLBEAT, OF MICE & MEN, IN THIS MOMENT, HELLYEAH and ATREYU.

 

PAUL GRAY's Wife's Lawsuit Against Doctor Is Dismissed

Late SLIPKNOT Bassist PAUL GRAY's Wife's Lawsuit Against Doctor Is Dismissed

According to The Des Moines Register, a lawsuit filed by the widow of SLIPKNOT bassist Paul Gray against his former doctor has been dismissed.

Polk County District Judge Dennis Stovall ruled that Brenna Gray waited until after the two-year statute of limitations had run out before filing the lawsuit against Dr. Daniel Baldi.

Paul Gray was found dead on May 24, 2010 after overdosing on drugs in a hotel room in a suburb of Des Moines, Iowa, where he and SLIPKNOT were based. Brenna filed her suit on February 14, 2014.

Brenna Gray‘s lawyer, Bruce Stoltze, argued that the statute of limitations shouldn’t have started until Gray had reason to believe Baldi caused her husband’s death, but the judge disagreed.

Daniel Baldi was acquitted in May of seven criminal counts of involuntary manslaughter. He was accused of causing the deaths with his careless prescription habits

Brenna Gray testified during Baldi‘s trial that Paul‘s final weeks were a “blur of extreme drug abuse,” which neither his doctor nor his bandmates would help his wife confront. She said that Baldi continued to prescribe Xanax for Paul despite knowing that the musician was a drug addict, saying, “I just wasn’t really sure why he was on it, why he needed it along with the medication he was taking for addiction.”

Baldi‘s lawyer cross-examined Brenna, asking her if she was aware that her husband overdosed on the painkillers fentanyl and morphine, neither of which Baldi ever prescribed to him.

Brenna also testified that she tried reaching out to some of Paul‘s bandmates in SLIPKNOT just days prior to the bassist’s death but that none of them wanted to get involved. She revealed, “One was playing golf two minutes away from our house but couldn’t come. Nobody else cared, nobody was involved. They told me it was my problem.”

SLIPKNOT singer Corey Taylor told The Pulse Of Radio back at the one-year anniversary of Gray‘s death how he felt about the loss of his friend and bandmate. “I just miss him, you know,” he said. “I miss him so much sometimes that it doesn’t feel like he’s gone, and there are times when I’m thinking and he’s in my train of thought and I have to stop myself and go, ‘Oh, God, he’s not here.’ But you know, I mean, there’s not a day that goes by that I don’t miss him. I mean, not even as far as the band goes — I wish that he was there to watch his daughter grow.”

Brenna revealed in a 2011 interview with Revolver that her husband had agreed to get help for his drug problem just one day before he died.

Paul was 38 years old at the time of his death. He left behind his widow and a daughter, October, who was born three months after his passing.

After a lengthy hiatus, SLIPKNOT resumed touring in 2011, with Donnie Steele playing bass live. The band recently completed work on its first album without Gray.

SIXX: A.M. To Release 'Modern Vintage' Album In October

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SIXX: A.M., the band featuring MÖTLEY CRÜE bassist Nikki Sixx alongside guitarist DJ Ashba and vocalist James Michael, will release its third album, “Modern Vintage”, on October 7. The CD’s first single, “Gotta Get It Right”, will hit iTunes and radio on August 5.

Says Sixx: “Like our favorite bands from the 1970s, SIXX: A.M. is rooted in songwriting, musicianship and lyrics — three core elements that helped to define that era. SIXX: A.M. has taken even more pages from this book on ‘Gotta Get It Right’ and the rest of ‘Modern Vintage’, having hopefully created a record that demands to be discovered again and again.”

The video for “Gotta Get It Right” was directed by Paul Brown in mid-June and will premiere on VEVO on August 6.

Says Michael, who also produced “Modern Vintage”: “On the first two albums, SIXX: A.M. established a musical freedom that few bands get to enjoy. ‘Gotta Get It Right’ is clearly a birth child of that creative freedom and an exciting next step for us as our goal was to create something which confounds both expectation and categorization.” Ashba adds: “‘Gotta Get it Right’ is a great example of how SIXX: A.M. has set out to celebrate the music that has influenced us over the years and we truly feel we’ve made a genre defying album with ‘Modern Vintage’.”

“Modern Vintage” track listing:

01. Stars
02. Gotta Get It Right
03. Relief
04. Get Ya Some
05. Let’s Go
06. Drive
07. Give Me A Love
08. Hyperventilate
09. High On The Music
10. Miracle
11. Before It’s Over

Sixx spoke to Revolver magazine last year about how the new SIXX: A.M. CD is different than its predecessors. “When we did [our 2007 debut] ‘The Heroin Diaries’, it was the soundtrack to a book,” he said. “And when we did ‘This Is Gonna Hurt’, there was a lot of inspiration that drew from the photography in my book ‘This Is Gonna Hurt’ as well as the bandmembers’ personal experiences and how they related not only to the characters in the book, but what they’d gone through growing up. Without meaning to, it hinted at this whole concept of bullying. If you’re different than other people you’re made fun of and you’re made to believe you’ll never achieve your dreams. Loosely, that’s what ‘This is Gonna Hurt’ was about. We feel like between ‘The Heroin Diaries’ and ‘This is Gonna Hurt’, we’ve exposed a lot of wounds and we’ve talked about how to recover from them, but we haven’t had a chance to really celebrate. I think this album is a celebration.”

Asked if SIXX: A.M. took a different approach to writing the songs this time around, Sixx said: “We put a lot fewer restrictions on ourselves. We went into genres that you wouldn’t expect us to possibly be influenced by, but unless you know the bandmembers, you don’t know that there are all kinds of influences, especially from the ’70s and some of the great bands that came out of that era. So when we started writing, it was almost ridiculous. The songs were so left of center that you’re like, ‘These could never be on a record.’ We were creating something so different, and once we got the songs written, people said, ‘God, it reminds me of QUEEN‘s ‘Night At The Opera’ at times. It reminds me of EDGAR WINTER GROUP ‘Free Ride’ and these amazing things off of ‘They Only Come Out At Night’. There was still the drama and the texture that SIXX: A.M. brings, but there was this celebration happening. Then as we started layering in the guitars, bass, drums and vocals, you started to go, ‘Wow, this is a SIXX: A.M. album!’ But it started out as not.”

Sixx also spoke about whether he is concerned that the musical diversions won’t appeal to fans of the first two SIXX: A.M. albums.

“I think SIXX: A.M. fans are going to love this record and I think new people will come in and be really surprised by it and become fans as well,” he said. “I don’t think our first two records sound like the same type of record, but I do think there’s a sound with the band and I think we’re going to continue on that tradition.”

SIXX: A.M., made a rare appearance — its first in four years — on April 11, 2012 at Revolver Golden Gods Awards at Club Nokia in Los Angeles.

As each band member has been kept busy with their other careers — Sixx is also a syndicated radio host; Ashba is a member of GUNS N’ ROSES; James Michael is a famed rock producer who has worked on records for PAPA ROACH, HALESTORM and others — this marked the band’s first chance to perform in support of their “This Is Gonna Hurt” album, which supplied the #1 rock anthem “Lies Of The Beautiful People”.

“7”, the latest EP from SIXX: A.M., came out in December 2011 and sold around 2,700 copies in the United States in its first week of release. The effort contained acoustic versions of songs from the group’s first two albums — 2007’s “The Heroin Diaries” soundtrack and 2011’s “This Is Gonna Hurt”.

Released on May 3, 2011, SIXX: A.M.‘s sophomore album, “This Is Gonna Hurt” is a companion piece to Sixx‘s “This Is Gonna Hurt: Music, Photography And Life Through The Distorted Lens Of Nikki Sixx” book, a follow-up to his New York Times bestseller, “The Heroin Diaries”.

VIVIAN CAMPBELL Cancer Update

DEF LEPPARD's VIVIAN CAMPBELL Says His Cancer Is Once Again In 'Remission'

DEF LEPPARD guitarist Vivian Campbell, whose cancer is once again in “remission,” is currently undergoing a new round of chemotherapy before receiving a stem-cell transplant in September.

Campbell — who before joining DEF LEPPARD in 1992 was well known for his work with DIO and WHITESNAKE — went public with his Hodgkin’s lymphoma diagnosis last summer, but announced in November that he was in remission.

The term “remission” means that the symptoms of the cancer have either been eliminated or reduced. When the tumor is completely gone, doctors call it “complete remission.”

However, Campbell revealed earlier in the year that the cancer had returned and he was battling the disease with a new high-tech chemo treatment.

In a posting on his Facebook page earlier today (Thursday, July 31), Campbell offered the following update on his cancer battle: “For those of you that give a toss, here’s the latest and greatest on my cancer situation.

“I’m currently in Boston and I did a scan on Tuesday morning. The scan shows that the cancer is in remission. Great news, but I’m trying not to get too excited about it as I heard that same phrase late last year only to be disappointed again a few months after when it returned.

“The plan is to do a stem cell transplant as soon as the [current DEF LEPPARD] tour [with KISS] is finished. However, to keep me in remission, my doctors have recommended that I do another, third round of the chemo (I.C.E.), so I’m back in hospital, all hooked up and doing my rock ‘n’ roll drugs. Keef would be most proud!”

This past June, Campbell spoke to Utah’s Daily Herald about how he found that his cancer had returned. “The remission was a little bit premature,” he said. “It came right back. I don’t know if the cancer came back or it never totally went away, you know, but the initial scan I did last fall after doing my chemo, the scan came back clean. But there was something about it the oncologist was unclear about and didn’t feel good about, so I was referred to another specialist.

“I suppose one of the advantages about being in this city [Los Angeles] that I dislike so much is that there’s a lot of great medical facilities here. There’s a place called City Of Hope just outside of L.A., and there’s a specific oncologist there who’s probably the leading oncologist with regards to Hodgkin’s in the U.S., and he sent me to him. He had a look at my scans and, you know, everyone was a little bit apprehensive, and he said, ‘Well, for now you appear to be in remission.’ I kind of took that ball and I ran with it, and, unfortunately, it turned out to be premature. So the follow-up scan that I did a couple months later showed that there was definitely some growth coming back. I ended up having a couple of biopsies — I did a needle biopsy in January and that showed that I was fine, but my oncologist said, and he was right, that needle biopsies are notoriously uncertain, and he suggested I do a surgical biopsy. So I went to Dublin and started to record with the band, we started work on a new record, and as soon as I got back from that, I did another surgical biopsy and that showed that the cancer had definitely come back.”

He continued: “I’m actually doing this new high-tech chemo treatment, I’m about halfway through it already, and it’s really kind of easy going. It’s the first new drug that’s been discovered for Hodgkin’s since 1977 and they made this discovery in 2011, and it’s actually being pioneered here at City Of Hope, so I’m part of this research clinical trial that’s going on. It’s very, very benign chemo, actually it just targets — I don’t know how it works, obviously I’m not a medical person, but somehow or other it just manages to target the cancer cells. It’s not like old-school, carpet-bomb chemo where it kills all the fast-growing cells, so I haven’t experienced any hair loss or any issues with my skin or nails or anything this time around, which is good. And assuming that works, I’m going to have to continue a couple of treatments, actually, over the course of the tour, so that’s awkward to work around, but not impossible. Assuming that it all works and I actually get to a perceived remission stage by August, then as soon as the tour is over in early September I’m going to get a stem-cell transplant, which I can’t say I’m looking forward to, but I’ve been told if I don’t do that, the cancer’s going to just keep coming back every couple years. And every time it’s a little bit more resistant. It is what it is. It could be worse — but at least I have health insurance. [laughs]”

Campbell, who joined his DEF LEPPARD bandmates on tour as they kicked off a 42-date trek with KISS on June 23 in Salt Lake City, Utah, believes that being on stage might be the best therapy for him. “It absolutely is,” he said. “And when I was going through the chemo last year and the band said to me, ‘We’ve been offered these shows. Can you do them? Do you want to do them? Or we can get someone to cover for you?’ I said, ‘(Bleep) that (bleep)! I’m not having someone else do my job. It actually was very, very therapeutic for me to go and get on stage and do that. And the same is true this year. There’s nothing worse than sitting around the house concentrating on the negative. I’ve always enjoyed my work, and I’ve always felt very fortunate to be able to do what I love. I am well up for the summer tour indeed.”

Campbell‘s health setback is not expected to affect the recording sessions for DEF LEPPARD‘s’ next album, the follow-up to 2008’s “Songs From The Sparkle Lounge”, which is being laid down in several sessions.

Campbell told a Florida radio station in April: “Our third and final instalment will be in November, to finish up the record. We’re hoping for a release for early spring, 2015.”