Due to unforeseen circumstances and an unavoidable situation, KISS‘s April tour of Japan will be postponed. Tickets will not go on sale on March 12 as previously announced. Once the new tour dates are confirmed, concert information will be posted on KissOnline.com.
 
KISS previously announced plans to enter the studio in March to begin recording its new studio album for a late 2011 release. During an interview with BackstageAxxess.com that was conducted during this year’s NAMM (National Association Of Music Merchants) show, KISS guitarist Tommy Thayer said, “The great news is that we are going in the studio again in the next month or two. We are starting to work on writing some songs, [and we will] approach it just like we did with [2009’s] Sonic Boom’ and keep it all in the band in terms of the writing, with no agenda besides writing great rock and roll songs that we love, then rehearsing them before recording them. It really felt good to us so we’ll go the same way this time.”

KISS guitarist/vocalist Paul Stanley will once again produce the new effort after things went so smoothly on “Sonic Boom”. “Paul knows more what a KISS record should sound like than anybody, to be honest with you, so he is going to lead the charge and produce it again and we are all really excited about it,” Thayer said.

He added, “I know we are going to start working on it really soon in terms of the writing and rehearsing and we’ll probably be in the studio by March, so sometime this year I’m sure you’ll see a spanking new KISS album that’s gonna kick some butt!”

“Sonic Boom” sold 108,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to land at position No. 2 on The Billboard 200 chart. This marked the band’s highest-charting LP ever.

MEGADETH mainman Dave Mustaine has posted the following messages on his “verified” Twitter account:

March 4: “Celebrating being married to my best friend of 20 years and 1 day. At a famous resort near our beautiful city; we snuck away from it all!”

March 6: “We had a great anniversary. Time to finish preparing for the tour. Going to church today to pray for my fans and the tour to all be blessed.”

MEGADETH and SLAYER will team up for the “European Carnage Tour 2011” in March/April.

Mustaine revealed during an online chat in November with members of the band’s official fan club, Cyber Army (formerly MegaFanClub), that MEGADETH had “five songs almost finished” for its next studio album. Mustaine was also scheduled to go over the new material at the band’s Vic’s Garage studio in San Marcos, California with engineer Ken Eisennagel, who previously worked with MEGADETH during the pre-production phase for 2009’s “Endgame” and 2007’s “United Abominations” CDs.

Mustaine said in a recent interview that MEGADETH‘s new album is shaping up to be “more like ‘Endgame’, maybe sticking in that vein and going a little forward toward what I like.”

Speaking to Australia’s FasterLouder, Mustaine said he preferred “Endgame”‘s more aggressive moments. “We were forced, in a way, to have to do certain things and it’s really easy for me to blame somebody, but at the end of the day it was my fault, I could have said no, but I didn’t,” he said. “I was nervous that we were going to end up getting kicked off the label. I figured I would rather go underground and play what I like, and not sell as many records, but still be able to look myself in the face in the morning.”

A four-and-a-half-minute promotional video for legendary rocker Sammy Hagar’s upcoming autobiography, “Red:

My Uncensored Life In Rock My Uncensored Life In Rock

 My Uncensored Life In Rock“, can be viewed below.

Paul Liberatore of the Marin Independent Journal has published a couple of short excerpts from “Red: My Uncensored Life In Rock“, which is due on March 15 via It Books, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers.

On Eddie Van Halen just before the Van Halen reunion tour in 2003:

“I hadn’t seen him in 10 years. He looked like he hadn’t bathed in a week. He certainly hadn’t changed his clothes in at least that long. He wasn’t wearing a shirt. He had on a giant overcoat and army pants, tattered and ripped at the cuffs, held up with a piece of rope. I’d never seen him so skinny in my life. He was missing a number of teeth and the ones he had left were black. His boots were so worn out he had gaffer’s tape wrapped around them and his big toe still stuck out.”

On Van Halen singer David Lee Roth:

“I hated Dave. The guy rubbed me wrong. I’m sure I rub all kinds of people wrong, so it’s not like I’m putting him down. The guy was a great front man, great attitude in rock, and had an image from hell, but I just couldn’t stand the guy. He was the opposite of what I believed in and what I am. First of all, the guy’s not a great singer and he acts like he’s the coolest, hottest guy in the world when, to me, he looks gay.”

On taking full advantage of his rock star status during his decade as lead singer of Van Halen:

“I was eating in the greatest restaurants, drinking the finest wine, flying on private jets, walking on stage to sold-out audiences going crazy. The only thing missing was … I don’t think anything was missing.”

Read more from Marin Independent Journal.

Hagar provides readers with incredible behind-the-scenes stories from his multi-platinum career, including his rise as a solo artist and his eleven years with Van Halen, after the controversial departure of original lead vocalist David Lee Roth. During Hagar’s time with Van Halen, the band released four consecutive No. 1 albums. From worldwide stadium concerts tours to private jets, Hagar enjoyed the trappings of fame and success with Van Halen until he was, as he puts it, “unceremoniously fired.” Hagar later thrived as a solo act, leading his band, the Cabo Wabos, before returning triumphantly to Van Halen for an historic reunion tour after which he set off on his own once again.

Honest and compelling, Hagar’s account spares no one, least of all himself. Hagar’s autobiography reveals the inside story of one of rock music’s most recognizable voices, from his humble beginnings in the town of Fontana, California, to his incredible business success with Cabo Wabo Tequila and the Cabo Wabo Cantinas. The book was co-authored by Joel Selvin, longtime pop music writer for the San Francisco Chronicle.

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