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STONE TEMPLE PILOTS have shot down rumors that they have enlisted CREED singer Scott Stapp as their new frontman.The speculation about Stapp's involvement with STONE TEMPLE PILOTS began early this morning (Monday, May 2) when Scott gave a radio interview in which he said that he has "been working on a new album with a new group of guys — guys from some pretty well-known rock bands that you guys will know."After being pressed to share more details about the project, Stapp responded: "I can't tell you 'till later in June, man. [That's when] we'll be making the announcement." He did, however, offer the following hint about his new bandmates' identities: "This other band that I'm jamming with is its own band with its own band name."Asked point blank if he got the gig as the new lead singer of STONE TEMPLE PILOTS, Stapp said: "I can't say, man, I can't say. I can't confirm or deny. [But] I will tell you this: there is a six-degree-separation connection between this new project and the band you mentioned."After Stapp's comments were published on various music web sites, including BLABBERMOUTH.NET, STONE TEMPLE PILOTS took to their Twitter page to say: "Despite recent comments, Scott Stapp is not, nor has he ever been considered as the singer for STP."STP recently held open submissions for a new vocalist after singer Chester Bennington exited the lineup in 2015 to focus on his other band, LINKIN PARK.Scott Weiland, whom STP parted ways with in 2002 and again in 2013, died last December, dashing any hopes that the band might reunite again with him.
Despite recent comments, Scott Stapp is not, nor has he ever been considered as the singer for STP.
AEG Live — producers of many of the most compelling rock festivals in the U.S., including Rock On The Range, Monster Energy Carolina Rebellion, Rocklahoma and River City Rockfest — have announced the first annual Texas Mutiny festival, to be held Saturday, September 24 on the outer grounds at Texas Motor Speedway in Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas.The newest rock and camping festival to hit the Lone Star State promises a day of absolute music mutiny with over 12 hours of nonstop music on three stages from:AVENGED SEVENFOLDDEFTONESCHEVELLEPIERCE THE VEILHELLYEAHOF MICE & MENGHOSTCANDLEBOXNOTHING MORESTARSETTHE AMITY AFFLICTIONSKINDREDKYNGNECK DEEPSHAMAN'S HARVESTAVATARTWELVE FOOT NINJASEPTEMBER MOURNING"Considering the ongoing success we've had in Dallas for years with Edgefest and the new success story this year with Off The Rails, the DFW market is one that is primed and ready for a top-notch hard rock festival," commented Joe Litvag, executive producer of Texas Mutiny for AEG Live. "We're taking successful components from several of our other similar rock festivals to create an experience for music fans that is uniquely Texas. Our hope is that this is the first step toward establishing a long legacy that rock artists and rock fans in the Lone Star State can call their own!""AEG Live is one of the premier producers of rock festivals in the U.S., and we're pleased to partner with them on one that reaches the hard rock audience," Texas Motor Speedway president Eddie Gossage said. "Charlotte Motor Speedway, our sister venue in the Speedway Motorsports, Inc. family, has partnered with AEG Live for the Carolina Rebellion music festival since 2013 and we're looking forward to hosting an equally successful event in the inaugural Texas Mutiny."Specially priced Texas Mutiny presale general admission and VIP tickets will be available from Wednesday, May 4 at 10:00 a.m. CDT through Friday, May 6 at 9:59 a.m. CDT at www.TexasMutiny.com. Visit the Texas Mutiny social media pages for a password to purchase presale tickets. Fans are encouraged to buy early and save, since ticket prices will increase at the public on-sale on Friday, May 6 at 10:00 a.m. CDT.Presale ticket prices are as follows (plus fees):General Admission: $59.50VIP: $159.50GA Ticket 4-Pack: $198At the public on-sale on May 6, tickets will be priced as follows (plus fees):General Admission: $79.50VIP: $179.50GA Ticket 4-Pack: $258Hotel and camping packages will also be available for purchase starting May 4. Hotel packages will include accommodations close to the festival grounds and are available for 2 or 4 people. All hotel packages include a $25 merch voucher, VIP lounge access, and commemorative poster.Camping packages are available as Basic Tent, Basic RV or Full RV Hookup for Friday and Saturday nights. VIP Camping packages include: Groupie (tent camping with $25 merch voucher, VIP lounge access, commemorative poster), Roadie (RV camping with hookup, $25 merch voucher, VIP lounge access, commemorative poster) and Rock Star (RV provided with full hookup, $250 rider, $25 merch voucher, VIP lounge access, commemorative poster).A limited number of discounted Ticket 4-Packs will also be available for active military through Texas Mutiny partner GovX.Texas Mutiny is produced by AEG Live, the live-entertainment division of Los Angeles-based AEG, which is dedicated to all aspects of live contemporary music performance. AEG Live is comprised of touring, festival, broadcast, merchandise and special event divisions, fifteen regional offices, and owns, operates or exclusively books thirty-five state-of-the-art venues.
Planetmosh recently conducted an interview with Cristina Scabbia and Andrea Ferro of Italian heavy rockers LACUNA COIL. You can now listen to the chat in the YouTube clip below. A couple of excerpts follow (transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET).On the title of LACUNA COIL's new album, "Delirium":Cristina: "The title came from… It actually came out while we were working on the 'Delirium' song; there's a song on the record that has the same title. And while we were working on music and lyrics at the same time, this word popped out and came out and opened a lot of doors, and we started to think about the whole Universe. We thought about the overall idea, we thought about the location, we imagined this asylum, this fictional asylum based on a real abandoned asylum that we visited. So it really came out during the songwriting. It's something that came out in such a weird way, because it really, really let it all start."Andrea: "Basically, once we found the word, we thought about connecting the concept of the record, the concept of the mental illness with the smaller topic of everyday craziness — the craziness you experience personally every day in real life. Some of us went through some depression, some other people had some family problem that forced them to experience a different moment in their life. And so we played with the symptoms and we did a bit of research about the characteristics of each mental illness and then drag it into this concept, which is we imagined a sanitorium, a LACUNA COIL sanitorium, like the record, basically, and every song is like a room of the sanitorium where a patient is facing a different kind of illness. So, for example, in the song 'You Love Me 'Cause I Hate You', we took inspiration from the Stockholm Syndrome, which is when you fall in love with a person that is keeping you prisoner. But, of course, we've never been kept prisoners, so the real story is about a love story, a relationship where you are imprisoned, and even if you know it's very toxic for you, you can't get out of it, because you think it's the right thing, so you try everything possible to save it, to make it work, although you know it's not gonna happen. So this is the kind of metaphors we've been using once we found the concept, basically."On why "Delirium" ended up being a heavier album than some of the recent LACUNA COIL records:Cristina: "We already had the feeling that this would be a much heavier record, just because we… You see it, when you start to write music, to put down the new compositions, you kind of see the general direction. Of course, everything can change, but at the very beginning, we started to work on something more heavy. And plus, we just realized that even during the live shows, we were enjoying much more to perform the most energetic songs out of the LACUNA COIL catalog. So we definitely wanted to do something different, not only compared to the previous records we did — at least the last ones — but we wanted to do something pretty different from the bands that, in our genre, were doing, in a way, because maybe fans and press, whatever, people were expecting us to go softer and maybe more into a rock direction while we went the other way around and made it heavy. I'm happy that this record is surprising a lot of people — really happy — 'cause that's kind of the reaction that we were hoping for."Andrea: "That's also one of the reasons why we opened the record with a song like 'The House Of Shame', which is one of the heaviest songs of the record. We really wanted people to say, 'What is this? Is it LACUNA COIL really?' That's exactly the effect that we wanted. We wanted this record to be just another record, just because we have to put it out. We wanted it to be something that said, 'Okay, this is LACUNA COIL in 2016, opening a new chapter in their career and just showing that they're still interested in experimenting with their music,' and going places we haven't been so far.""Delirium" will be released on May 27 through Century Media. The CD was recorded at BRX Studio in Milan between December 2015 and February 2016. The effort was produced by LACUNA COIL bassist and main songwriter Marco "Maki" Coti-Zelati, with engineering by Marco Barusso and additional assistance from Dario Valentini. Coti-Zelati also created the artwork for "Delirium", which is based on an atmospheric session captured by Italian photographer Alessandro Olgiati.Photo credit: Alessandro Olgiati
Australian melodic hard rock band The Radio Sun will release their third full length album in September 2016 on Melodic Rock Records & Anderstein Music (Japan).
Guitarist Stevie Janevski states enthusiastically "we're just about finished recording and we're excited to have our good friend Paul Laine (ex-Danger Danger) begin mixing next month". Some of the songs that are set to appear on the new album include: Switch Off The World Tonight, My Heart Is On Fire, Baby Blue & My Heroes Are Dying.