Funko, the global sensation of popular vinyl collectible toys company has teamed-up with Aerosmith to offer Funko Pop! Vinyl figures of the “Toxic Twins”, Steven Tyler and Joe Perry. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame band has had other toys cast in their likenesses in the past, but now Aerosmith will have their debut as Pops, expected to be made available in May. Upcoming new Funko Pop! figures coming soon include Slipknot and N.W.A. Other artists who have gotten the Pop! Rocks treatment in the past includes Kiss, Iron Maiden, Metallica, Guns N’ Roses, AC/DC, Ozzy Osbourne, Def Leppard, and, Motley Crue, Prince, Rob Zombie. Funko reported that these figurines increased its sales by 38 percent in the second quarter of 2019. The Funko brand went public with an IPO in 2018. International sales spiked 65 percent to $68.5 million, while U.S. revenue grew 26 percent to $122.7 million.
Guns N Roses bassist Duff McKagan has been commissioned to write the liner notes for the new reissue of Prince’s 1982 all-time great album 1999. due this Friday for Record Store Day Black Friday by Warner Bros. The set comes in three versions: super deluxe (5 CDs or 10 LPs and DVD); deluxe (2 CDs or 4 LPs) and remastered album (1 CD or 2 LPs). The 5xCD/10xLP “super deluxe edition” will feature 35 previously unreleased tracks from Prince’s vault, as well as a DVD containing footage from his 1999 tour stop at the Houston Summit on December 29, 1982. Also included will be photos by Allen Beaulieu, who worked with Prince in the early ’80s, and additional liner notes by longtime Rolling Stone critic David Fricke, the Current radio host Andrea Swensson, and Prince scholar Duane Tudahl. Watch a video of McKagan unboxing the “super deluxe edition” of “1999” right now! Continue reading
Ghost Cult was lucky to catch up with Rachel and Jimmy of False recently at Saint Vitus Bar in Brooklyn, New York. The band was on a mini-tour supporting their new release Portent, out now via Gilead Media. The Minneapolis band discussed the events that led up to the creation of Portent, how they turned a nightmare string of devastating personal tragedies into the best release of their career, on being vulnerable and breaking the stigma of asking for help in times of duress, the global mental health crisis, the bands’ approach to composition and recording, and love for their hometown hero Prince Rodgers Nelson (RIP).
Metal and rock Supergroup Metal Allegiance kicked off their 5th-anniversary tour last month with a slamming show at The Van Buren, in Phoenix Arizona. Presented by the Murder In The Front Row movie and Loudwire featured the core members – David Ellefson, Mark Menghi, Mike Portnoy, and Alex Skolnick – sharing the stage with Chuck Billy (Testament), John Bush (Armored Saint), and Phil Demmel (Machine Head). Also returning to the MA live show ranks after a three-year hiatus, vocalist/bassist Troy Sanders (Mastodon). Each night of the mini-tour offered a unique experience as with any MA gig. Tonight they were joined by local legends Max Cavalera (Soulfly), as well as members of Sacred Reich and Flotsam and Jetsam. It was a dream come true for music fans, and hopefully a harbinger of more shows to come! Check out this video recap of the tour and our photo set! Continue reading
Ghost Cult caught up with Nonpoint frontman Elias Soriano to discuss the bands’ recent album X, out now on Spinefarm Records. In addition to the new album, Elias shared details with us about lyrical themes, their prolific output as a group, the history of the band, his special relationship with the fans and much more! Catch the band on tour all through 2019. Continue reading
As we previously reported, Thrash Metal supergroup Metal Allegiance will celebrate five years as a band next month, and now will party up with fans at four west coast shows! Presented by Murder In The Front Row and Loudwire will feature the core four members – David Ellefson, Mark Menghi, Mike Portnoy, and Alex Skolnick – sharing the stage with Chuck Billy (TESTAMENT), John Bush (Armored Saint), and Phil Demmel (Machine Head) and returning to the MA live show ranks after a three year hiatus, Grammy Award-winning vocalist/bassist Troy Sanders (Mastodon). Each night will offer a unique experience as with any Metal Allegiance show, you never know who will drop by to join the festivities. For the April 17th show in Phoenix, the band will be joined by Max Cavalera (Soulfly), the April 20th show in San Francisco will include Steve “Zetro” Souza (Exodus) and Gary Holt (Slayer/Exodus). Opening the four nights are Superfix and Weapons Of Anew.
Metal supergroup Metal Allegiance will live stream tonight’s all-star concert at House of Blues Anaheim. Click the link below for the stream at 9:30 PM PST. Metal Allegiance is doing another set of Black Sabbath songs, as they did n Brooklyn last fall, as well as their own hits and covers. Metall Allegiance II – Power Drunk Majesty is out now via Nuclear Blast. You can also check out the two interviews we did with the band discussing all things Metal Allegiance! Continue reading