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Jesse Leach rejoins Killswith Engage in NYC, move to become permanent?

Troubled metallers Killswitch Engage were joined onstage last night by original frontman Jesse Leach at the New York date of their current US tour. Leach performed five songs from his tenure in the band, including My Last Serenade in front of a packed Irving Plaza in NYC.

The Massachusetts boys have been without vocalist Howard Jones on their American jaunt, with All That Remains frontman Philip Labonte handling vocal duties. However with their seemingly being some unrest in the KSE camp, speculation is rife that Jesse Leach’s appearance with the band was more audition than one-off appearance. More news on this one as we get it.

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Steel Panther To Host Live Webchat Today
March 17, 2010, 12:09 pm
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LA cock-rockers Steel Panther will be coming at you via the web today, after announcing a live MySpace Videochat.

Expect profanity and leather galore (and more innuendos than you can handle) today at 5.30pm. For those brave enough, you can still submit your questions to Michael Starr and the band by commenting on This Blog and then tuning in later this evening.



Aerosmith To Audition Steven Tyler’s Replacement

Steven Tyler's search for alternative employment didn't start too well.

Mammoth rock gods Aerosmith have announced plans to replace singer Steven Tyler, and quickly. Guitarist Joe Perry confirmed this in an interview with news agency QMI “We’ll start having some auditions, making some phone calls. Hopefully, we’ll have found a new singer by the summer, and Aerosmith will be able to go back out on the road”.

In the interview he detailed the problems preventing Tyler from touring with the band at the present time “He [Tyler] has to have leg surgery and foot surgery and it’s basically going to take him out of the picture for about a year, year and a half. So, in the meantime, the rest of the band wants to play. And I want to play with the other guys in Aerosmith. So the four of us are just making our plans. We’re gonna find somebody to get in there and fill that spot”

We here at Fancore are huge Aerosmith fans, and we can’t help but ask what the big rush is? For a band that doesn’t exactly take on a breakneck workload these days, sitting this year out and letting Steven recover wouldn’t end the world would it? What do you guys think? Should Aerosmith have gone the side-project route, or should they not let one man’s absence influence the band? Give us a shout on the comments section.



Iron Maiden, Rammstein, Alice Cooper and Slayer for Sonisphere 2010

After bagging ‘Best New Festival’ at the annual festival awards, Sonisphere have announced that the festival will be returning for 2010, extending to a three day event and boasting a mighty impressive line up.

Iron Maiden and Rammstein are confirmed as headliners for the Knebworth festival, with Alice Cooper, Slayer, Anthrax, Iggy and The Stooges, The Cult and Motley Crue also on the bill. With Metallica announcing a headline slot for Sonisphere in Poland, the thrash legends are heavily rumoured to be the third headliner for the UK dates.

The full statement from the festival organisers is as follows:

“Alice Cooper, Anthrax, The Cult, Iggy & The Stooges and Slayer will be making their only UK festival appearances at Sonisphere whilst Motley Crue will perform their only UK show of 2010.Tickets are currently on sale. Other bands heavily rumoured have ranged from Heaven and Hell to Foo Fighters, keep up to date with all your festivals here at FANCORE. Will you be buying tickets?

Slayer will make their welcome return to a festival stage in the UK after a three year absence at Knebworth with fellow ‘big four’ thrash kings Anthrax returning with John Bush back in the fold.

Guitarist Scott Ian says: “God-damn we couldn’t be more thrilled about being a part of Sonisphere 2010!!!! We are still buzzing from our insane show at Knebworth last summer and are drooling over the fact that we are a part of this history making festival!! What an amazing Xmas present for Anthrax and our fans. See you all very soon!!”

Flying in from LA for their only UK show of 2010, Motley Crue will be bringing with them their sleaze-drenched rock with The Cult also making an exclusive UK festival appearance and having marked England’s place on the global rock map, they remain one of the few UK hard-rock bands to have truly broken in the US. Talking of legends, Iggy & The Stooges are also sure to make their presence felt at Knebworth this summer!

Sonisphere is set to be an even bigger monster in 2010, with the extra day of music added. Friday 30th July will see the festivities getting started with a Rocky Horror Show theme, and Alice Cooper – the godfather of theatrical rock – suitably closing the evening on the Saturn stage at his only UK festival performance of 2010.

Fancy dress is expected and encouraged. In addition to the acts on Saturn, there will be bands performing on two tented stages from 6pm until 11pm.

Regular campers will have access to the campsite from 12pm on the Friday, but for a mere £5, the festival campsite will open for early campers at 3pm on Thursday 29th July, with Bohemia village open from 6pm Thursday right through until 3am Sunday morning, for non-stop fun with white knuckle rides, dodgems, arcades, comedy, massage, bars, market stalls, and cafes to chill out in.

There is much more to come with dozens more bands to be announced in the new year – metal, rock, hardcore, thrash, classic, indie, punk, you name it, Sonisphere will have it. From well-established rock icons to the hottest new names, if they rock and are worth seeing, they will be playing at Knebworth.”



Slayer to perform on Jimmy Kimmel Live!

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Thrash gods Slayer will be shredding shit up on Wednesday 4 November’s Jimmy Kimmel Live! The band will be promoting the upcoming release of “World Painted Blood”, is out  the day before on American Recordings.



Maylene and the Sons of Disaster get in the ring with WWE

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Southern metallers Maylene and the Sons of Disaster are venturing between the ropes with a string of collaborations with World Wrestling Entertainment. The band’s single “Step Up (I’m On It)” has been chosen as the theme song for the WWE’s Bragging Right’s pay-per-view. The track will also appear on the Smackdown vs Raw 2010 video game.

As if this isn’t enough chair-swinging, guitar-toting tomfoolery, Maylene have also been commissioned to write a song for the Unified World Tag Team Champions Chris Jericho and the Big Show. Expect to hear the tune “Crank The Walls Down” on Raw and Smackdown soon.



Creed Comeback Is On With New Album, Video and Single

US melodic-rockers Creed are back. After months of speculation, Scott Stapp’s purveyors of soaring choruses will return with new album “Full Circle” on November 2nd. Accompanied by storming new single “Overcome”, the band’s first studio effort since 2001’s “Weathered” looks set to restore them to their radio rock throne.

Check the “Overcome” video out above.