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MEGADETH: MUSTAINE MENDS RIFT WITH LABEL

Tuesday, November 1st, 2011

Megadeth frontman Dave Mustaine says things are rosy again between him and Roadrunner Records, after dissing the label over what he felt was a lack of promotion for the band’s previous album, Endgame.

On the eve of the release of Megadeth’s latest, Th1rt3en, Mustaine told Billboard, “We have had kind of an up and down time with Roadrunner, but right now everything is good. This album signified the era of, hopefully, a new regime. They were very helpful, and we helped things by putting down some firm boundaries and standing our ground and saying ‘we can’t do that’ when we had to. So I’m very excited, very optimistic about the future.”

Th1rt3en is the first Megadeth album since The World Needs a Hero to feature original bass player David Ellefson. The album includes rerecorded versions of five tracks previously released in different forms: video game tracks “Sudden Death” and “Never Dead,” United Abominations-era fan club exclusive “Black Swan,” and ’90s demos “Millennium of the Blind” and “New World Order.”

“Well, we had such a limited time to do this record,” Mustaine said. “But what made it a little bit easier was [Roadrunner] was working with us on this.”

Former Journey vocalist Steve Perry has some advice for his ex-bandmates: hire back Jeff Scott Soto!

In an interview with MelodicRock.com, Perry said that of the three singers who followed in his footsteps in Journey, Jeff Scott Soto is the most talented. “And of all three maybe they should have stuck with him and continued to write music, but that might have required that they let him in emotionally a little more,” Perry said.

In the extensive and far-reaching interview, Perry opened up about how difficult it was for him to see Journey continue without him after he was delayed by a crucial hip replacement operation. “They were trying to get me to either go to surgery right away or they wanted to move on,” Perry said. “And so I had to respect that at some level, looking back.”

As for his own current music, Perry says he is in the sketch stage of writing a new album and is in the process of setting up a home studio. He said his own sense of perfectionism could get in the way of a release date any time soon.

“The only thing that would stop you from hearing it would be me because I’m my own worst enemy. I have always been,” Perry said.

GUNS N’ ROSES: MCKAGAN W/LOADED TO TOUR!

Tuesday, November 1st, 2011

Duff McKagan will be touring with Guns N’ Roses soon – but not as part of the band. The former GN’R bassist will open some upcoming Guns N’ Roses concerts with his band Loaded. That Metal Show’s Eddie Trunk confirmed the news in a tweet, according to Spin.

The partnership comes on the heels of McKagan’s surprise appearance at a GN’R show in London about a year ago. Reportedly, that was the first time Axl Rose and Duff had shared a stage in 17 years.

Of course, fans are hoping the two guys (plus Slash, Izzy Stradlin and Steven Adler) will reunite for a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony in the near future. Guns N’ Roses were nominated for inclusion into the institution, although the final inductees for 2012 have not yet been announced. McKagan recently talked about the possibility of a “classic” Roses reunion to The Nervous Breakdown.

“I can’t picture it. Your guess is as good as mine. There is no picture,” he said. “It’s bound to happen, but I’d love to call the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, whoever they are, and say, ‘Hey guys, why don’t you put this off for another 10 years? Thank you! Thanks for nominating us – it’s great, but how about you put it off for 10 years?’”