Commemorating the 25th anniversary of Passion and Warfare comes a special 2CD edition of the album which includes the first-ever release of Vai’s Modern Primitive songs and recordings. Based on song sketches and works-in-progress penned, and recorded, by Vai following the release of Flex-Able, the artist’s debut album, in January 1984, the music on Modern Primitive has been completed by Steve for release as a full album bonus disc in the Passion and Warfare 25th Anniversary Edition.\
David Coverdale, the mastermind behind Whitesnake & co-composer of ‘Shut Up & Kiss Me’ with guitarist Reb Beach, commenting on the forthcoming release said “that after the intense darkness of our last video BURN If anything, it’s ‘light’ snake, you know? We’ve got some really dark energy going on in the world right now, so we’re gonna write & record a fun, knees up, song about falling in love with a fabulous babe. You’re over-talking, over-compensating & she just looks at you, takes the reins & says, ‘Shut Up and Kiss Me!’ and that’s it!! My video director and creative partner Tyler Bourns and I discussed a great storyline for the video, which involves a surprise guest: my fabulous old white Jaguar. We ended up cleaning and detailing it, as it has been in storage since I moved to Lake Tahoe, then we dusted off my old turquoise silk jacket from the original ‘Here I Go Again’ video and I was thinking, “man, this is going to be fun!” It’s a respectful acknowledgment and positive nod to the past, just fun stuff.”
Robot rockstars in disguise, The Cybertronic Spree pay tribute to all time greats, LED ZEPPELIN. Talk about a bunch of bots who like to stay topical am I right?
Credit where credit is due:
Sound engineers: Greg Harrison and Soundwave
Cameras: Paul Hillier, Steven Legault, Steve Poupart, Iain Robinson, Unpeeled Show, the Bots
Edits: Hotrod and Arcee
The Cybertronic Spree is a band of Transformers who perform classic cartoon, videogame, and anime theme songs at full volume. Their metal anthems, based around the soundtrack from the 1986 animated film, The Transformers: The Movie, have since transformed into a one-of-a-kind live show that has audiences singing along.
New year, new albums to look forward to! 2019 will bring us more fresh tunes from some of metal’s biggest acts. Yes, maybe even Tool! Which ones are you most excited about?
GHOST singer Tobias Forge sits with Sam Dunn for an interview about his influences including the Devil, Alice Cooper and Black Sabbath, Ghost’s place in the future of metal — and why he’s still doing this filmed behind a curtain even after he’s been “unmasked.”
Live photography by Daniel Williams