INTERVIEW: Mark Tremonti on Frank Sinatra, Raising Money for Charity, and Alter Bridge and Creed News


Ghost Cult had the honor of chatting with Mark Tremonti of Tremonti, Alter Bridge, and Creed fame on the eve of the release of his new solo albumTremonti Sings Sinatra! The album is not only a smashing covers album paying tribute to “The Chairman of The Board” – Frank Sinatra, but also with a mission to raise money and awareness of The National Downs Syndrome Society. Mark discussed his inspiration for this project – his daughter, his lifelong obsession with Frank Sinatra, his love of Jazz, how he chose the songs, working with Sinatra’s former bandmates and producers, a potential sequel to the album, and updates on both Alter Bridge and Creed!

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ALBUM REVIEW: Mark Tremonti – Tremonti Sings Sinatra


 

Mark Tremonti has cemented himself as one of the staple musicians within the hard-rock scene over the past 3 decades with Creed, Alter Bridge & his own project Tremonti. With this repertoire of music projects, this album is still probably the last thing anyone expected from the man. Covering the ageless classics from Frank Sinatra himself is Tremonti Sings Sinatra (NDSS).

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Corey Taylor of Slipknot Launches Non-Profit Organization Aiding Members Of Military And First Responders With PTSD


Slipknot and Stone Sour frontman Corey Taylor has launched The Taylor Foundation, a non-profit initiative that aims to help local organizations with their continued efforts to provide assistance and essential resources for members of the military and first responders living with post-traumatic stress disorder. Corey has partnered with Fandiem (known for their work with countless artists such as Metallica) and BandsInTown to give fans a chance to win a trip to London, England to attend his concert at the Palladium on October 17, including two VIP passes, round-trip flights plus a three-night hotel stay for two.
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Matthew Heafy of Trivium Joins the Board of Directors of Stack Up


Matthew “Kiichichaos” Heafy, frontman of Trivium, has joined the Board of Directors of Stack Up, a military charity 501(c)3 military charity dedicated to supporting US and Allied Veterans’ mental health through gaming and working to end the epidemic of veteran suicide. Heafy, the son of a US Marine Corps veteran, has sold millions of records and runs the top music channel on Twitch, where he has raised thousands of dollars for Stack Up. As part of the board, Heafy will guide Stack Up as it expands its mission to provide Supply Crate gaming care packages and round-the-clock mental health support to recuperating veterans and active duty servicemembers through the Stack Up Overwatch Program (StOP).

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GIFT GUIDE: Ghost Cult’s Holiday 2020 Gift Guide


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The best Christmas gifts are the most useful ones. Slapping a bow on a bottle of Jack is the easiest gift you can give a metalhead. The great thing about it? Even if they have a preference, they aren’t going to turn down free alcohol. Type any brand and the words “gift set” into Google and you’ll find something. However, premade gift sets have a tendency to be overpriced and generic. You’re better off grabbing an empty box and filling it up with a variety of airplane bottles. It’s kind of like a box of chocolates—But booze.

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Devin Townsend to Host His Christmas Livestream on December 23rd.


Devin Townsend has spent the pandemic year of 202 releasing a live album, creating a podcast, and performing charity livestreams. He recently did a by Livestream for Halloween, and in news he broke in an interview with Ghost Cult, Devy now confirmed in a Tweet his livestream will take place December 23rd. Check out his thread about the event and in case you missed it, our chat with the legend. Continue reading


Listen To James Hetfield Discuss co-Founding a Non-Profit with All Within My Hands


Metallica has shared a clip of James Hetfield discussing the impetus for the band for founding their All Within My Hands foundation. The band initially wanted to raise money for charity, but now seeks to make an impact not just by donating money, but creating outreach programs that really help reshape the lives of the less fortunate. In this clip, Hetfield discusses the Metallica Scholars program which donated 15 million dollars to vocational schools and community colleges. The Metallica Scholars initiative was created in 2019 through a partnership between All Within My Hands Foundation (AWMH) and the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC), a Washington, D.C.-based organization representing the countries more than 1,000 community colleges.

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Trans-Siberian Orchestra (TSO) Cancels Their Entire Fall 2020 Tour Due to The Pandemic


Trans-Siberian Orchestra, the multi-platinum, critically acclaimed progressive rock group which raised more than $725 million for charity, has announced the cancelation of its fall 2020 tour due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. which is sweeping the globe. The band shared a statement. Continue reading


Metallica ’s All Within My Hands to Make Another Round of COVID-19 Relief Grants


Metallica’s All Within My Hands Foundation will provide a second round of new grants totaling $295,000 to five organizations doing essential work during the coronavirus pandemic. In addition to continuing to support Feeding America, which partners with food banks around the United States; Crew Nation, Live Nation’s initiative to provide relief to touring and venue crews; the United States Bartenders Guild Foundation, which benefits bar workers and people in the service industries; and Direct Relief, which aims to support medical professionals and first responders across the U.S.; the band has announced a fifth grantee as its partners with MusicCares in the organization’s efforts to assist music industry professionals affected by the pandemic.Continue reading