SCORPIONS have posted the following message on their official web site:
"We enjoyed a fantastic four months in Los Angeles, California, recording the songs for our new album 'Humanity – Hour 1'. The mixing is making great progress as we speak. Very soon, the new album will be completely mixed and mastered and ready to be shipped across the world. The official release date is expected to be in the second half of May, but may vary from country to country, so make sure you check with your local record company or record store. It felt great for all of us to hit the stage again and rock the house as we did March 2nd at the Kremlin Palace in Moscow. Thanks again to a great audience! After spending quite some time in the studio, we are definitely ready to go out on the road again."
METALLICA 'PHANTOM PUPPETS' DVD INTERVIEW COLLECTION
Petal/MVD Visual has set an April 3 release date for "Phantom Puppets", a DVD collection of "never-seen-before interviews" with METALLICA. According to the the official product description, "The footage reveals how the biggest phenomena in the metal world has managed to keep their feet fixed firmy on the ground regardless of all the massive media attention and millions of fans. METALLICA formed in October 1981 and has since over 90 million albums making them one of the most commercially successful heavy metal acts ever! This program is sure to enlighten any heavy metal enthusiast, rock and roll rebel, or METALLICA master!"
Gene Simmons recently made the following statement to AllHipHop.com about where he thinks rap needs to go:
"Rap better figure out something new, because the next group of guys who say 'Wassup' is not gonna be original enough. Very soon that clock will stop ticking, and it's gonna have to move to that next step, or something else will come and push it out of the way as well. Also I'd like to hear a rapper who can really speak English exceedingly well, somebody who can pronounce every single word, doesn't make up his own language and just is a breath of fresh air. Someone who comes in with a suit and tie and really comes off as well dressed [and] well educated just to be different."