“Mother Of All Lies”, the new video from veteran Danish hard rockers PRETTY MAIDS, can be seen below. The clip was shot by the famed director Thomas Tjader.
“Mother Of All Lies” comes off PRETTY MAIDS‘ new album, “Motherland”, which will be released on March 22 in Europe and March 26 in North America via Frontiers Records.
After their successful and highly acclaimed 2010 album “Pandemonium”, PRETTY MAIDS celebrated their 30th anniversary with their debut visual release, “It Comes Alive (Maid in Switzerland)”, in 2012. “Pandemonium” showed the world that PRETTY MAIDS were in a creative spring again, with the band in their finest moment. The melodic approach brought a return to the “Future World” / “Red Hot And Heavy” era of the Eighties, but with an updated sound and freshness that consolidated PRETTY MAIDS as strong as ever.
In late spring 2012, the band gathered to finally write the follow-up album. Singer Ronnie Atkins states: “We knew it was going to be a tough one to follow. I remember back in the day when we had to follow-up albums like ‘Future World’, we tried more or less to copy the songs from the previous album to keep the same kind of balance. But this time we just wrote what came natural to us and that’s what became ‘Motherland’.”
The band teamed up again with producer Jacob Hansen (VOLBEAT, AMARANTHE) for the new CD. Ronnie says: “Jacob was a natural choice since we had a great experience with him producing the ‘Pandemonium’ album. The recordings went smooth to begin with, but then we had to start touring again during the weekends and this created some stress. Though I really feel strongly about ‘Motherland’. In my view, it has all the ingredients of a good PRETTY MAIDS album, maybe even more melodic than ‘Pandemonium’ and absolutely, as far as I’m concerned a worthy follow-up.”
“Motherland” track listing:
01. Mother Of All Lies
02. To Fool A Natio
04. The Iceman
05. Sad To See You Suffer
08. Why So Serious
10. I See Ghosts
11. Bullet For You
12. Who What Where When Why
PRETTY MAIDS will play numerous festivals this summer, such as Wacken Open Air and Bang Your Head!!!, followed by an extensive world tour in support of “Motherland”.
PRETTY MAIDS is:
Ronnie Atkins – Vocals Ken Hammer – Guitars Morten Sandager – Keyboards Allan Tschicaja – Drums Rene Shades – Bass
On September 11, September 12 and September 14, German hard rock legends SCORPIONS played three concerts in Athens, Greece under the banner “MTV Unplugged – Scorpions Live In Athens” at the Lycabettus Theatre over the roofs of the ancient city. For the first time in the history of the “MTV Unplugged” series, a concert in Greece under the open sky took place.
SCORPIONS performed their biggest hits, album classics as well as some exclusive new songs in the typical sound and arrangement of “MTV Unplugged”. They were supported by national and international surprise guests.
Fan-filmed video footage of the September 12 concert can be seen below.
“MTV Unplugged – Scorpions Live In Athens” will be released at the end of 2013 on CD, DVD and Blu-ray disc.In addition, the performance will be premiered on MTV and VIVA in Germany.
Last week, we reported on the insane story of an Exdous fan getting arrested and potentially charged with a felony.
Thirty one year old James Evans from Central City, KY was the fan who was arrested and he recently spoke to Billboard recounting how his arrest went down:
The fallout began that same day [Evans posted the lyrics]. Local police officers arrived at Evans’ mother’s house in Greenville, Ky., asking if she knew where he was. She directed them to her son’s house in Central City, where they proceeded to ask him if he planned on harming anyone, along with issuing a report on the situation. “I assumed the conversation got resolved,” says Evans, who works the night shift at a screenprinting store. On Monday, the officers returned to his house while Evans was at work, asking his wife what kind of car he drove and if he was in possession of any weapons.
“They informed her that I may or not be charged,” he says. “They said they were going to talk to me at work, but they never showed up. I didn’t think it was that big of a deal.” At 8 a.m. on Tuesday, officers showed up at his workplace and issued Evans a warrant for his arrest. According to 14News, the warrant says Evans was arrested because, “he threatened to kill students and or staff at school.”
“They never even cuffed me, just put me in the back of the car,” he says. “They knew I wasn’t dangerous. They were kind of shocked, too, because they thought it had been resolved. They just had to serve it because it was in their jurisdiction.”
Evans is being charged with a Class C felony for “terrorist threatenings” which could lead to anywhere from five to 10 years in prison. A judge has delayed the case for six months so that Evans can get psychiatric evaluation. If he is proven to be sane, the charge will be stricken from his record.
This is a whole lot of unnecessary stress over posting some lyrics to Facebook, no? Billboard also interviewed a lawyer, David Greene, who said this is a pretty ludicrous charge:
“Generally, statements are protected by the First Amendment,” he says. “There’s an exception for true threats, which are threats of violence directed against a person that puts that person in a state of fear. There’s absolutely no basis for thinking this person was doing anything more than quoting lyrics, or that he intended to put any person in a state of fear or carry out any action of attack.”
It’s obvious that Evans had no plans of attacking any schools and really, these cops can be better served solving actual crimes. But this proves two things:
Be care what you post on Facebook.
Don’t live in Kentucy.