Jackson fans will be delighted to note that Iron Maiden was officially lauded for Best Metal Performance at the 53rd annual Grammy Awards ceremony in Los Angeles on Feb. 13. It was the 35-year-old band’s first Grammy win.
Maiden took the trophy for “El Dorado,” a track from 2010 album The Final Frontier. The band has been nominated for a Grammy twice before over the course of its long career; first in 1994 for “Fear of the Dark” and again in 2001 for “The Wicker Man.”
“El Dorado” won out over heavy competition in the form of Megadeth’s “Sudden Death,” Slayer’s “World Painted Blood,” Lamb of God’s “In Your Words” and Korn’s “Let the Guilt Go.”
In other Iron Maiden news, the band is scheduled to headline summer 2011 Sonisphere Festival dates in Italy, Spain, Switzerland, Poland and the Czech Republic. Maiden will also headline the Nova Rock Festival in Austria in June 2011 and the Rock Werchter festival in Belgium in July 2011. An Aug. 6, 2011, show at London’s O2 Arena will mark the end of the Final Frontier world tour.
Halford/Painmuseum guitarist and longtime Jackson friend “Metal” Mike Chlasciak is always so great to keep in touch. In his latest communiqué, the fleet-fingered shredder hips us to the new Halford video for “Like There’s No Tomorrow,” seen here.
The song is from 2010 album Halford IV: Made of Metal, and the concert footage was shot during the group’s 2010 world tour. In it, Metal Mike wields his Jackson RR1 Rhoads with typically masterful taste and fearsome chops. Enjoy the clip and, as always, Mike sends his best to Jackson fans worldwide …
Metal Mike in the video for Halford's "Like There's No Tomorrow."
Here’s a brand-new Jackson video interview in which good friend and longtime signature artist Phil Collen extols the sonic virtues of his just-introduced Jackson PC Supreme model; going over the guitar’s design, specs and tones. You’ll hear it on the next Def Leppard album, but we thought it’d be cool to invite Collen himself to give you the details and a preview …
Take a look at this video and shred shot from Scandanavia, where Finland’s Omnium Gatherum is poised to launch new album New World Shadows and tour Europe through spring 2011. The photo shows the melodic death metal quintet’s guitarist, Markus Vanhala, bringing the pain on a custom Jackson RR24 Rhoads, and the video is for new song “Soul Journeys.” Hyvää päivänjatkoa!
The lineup for the 2011 Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival — the heralded hard rock and metal event of the summer — has been revealed. Megadeth, Disturbed, Godsmack will hold down the main stage at the metal juggernaut, and will be joined in rotating slots throughout the tour by Machine Head, Trivium and In Flames.
The Jägermeister stage will feature Unearth, Kingdom of Sorrow, Red Fang and the winners of the Jägermeister Battle of the Bands. The Extreme Stage will spotlight Suicide Silence, All Shall Perish and Straight Line Stitch.
The tour will make a 26-date trek across the country beginning on July 9 at the San Manuel Amphitheater in San Bernardino, Calif. Dates and venues available here.
At long last, here’s the news you’ve wanted to hear for many months now: The Big Four are going to play in the United States.
At the Big Four Festival, the four heaviest bands of all time will share the stage once again for a single U.S. appearance. The Big Four—Metallica, Megadeth, Slayer and Anthrax—will play on Saturday, April 23, 2011, at the Empire Polo Club in Indio, Calif. Tickets will be available starting Friday, Jan. 28, at 10 a.m. PST through Ticketmaster.
“The excitement continues for heavy metal in 2011,” said Megadeth bassist David Ellefson. “Metallica, Slayer, Megadeth and Anthrax have once again joined forces as the ‘Big Four’ to put together the biggest, baddest and heaviest festival for our fans here on U.S. soil. If you’re a thrash fan, this is a one-time event that must not be missed! Stay tuned here at Jacksonguitars.com for more info and updates as Chris Broderick, Scott Ian and I wield our Jackson axes at the show.”
Anthrax guitarist Ian echoed that sentiment, saying “Obviously I’m so f—ing excited about finally getting to do a Big Four show in the U.S. This is more exciting then the first Big Four show in Europe because it’s home and it’s where it all started. I expect it to be insane! Start stretching those neck muscles!”
The Big Four electrified the music world and made metal history in summer 2010 when they united for the first time ever at several Sonisphere Festival shows in Europe. Speculation abounded for months afterward that the four bands would bring the spectacle to the United States, but this morning’s announcement makes it official. Watch this video: