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from Tim Henderson
of BW&BK Magazine
Edited by HardRadio

2/21/18 Page 5

ART OF ANARCHY featuring vocalist SCOTT STAPP (Creed), guitarist Ron "Bumblefoot" Thal (Guns N' Roses), bassist John Moyer (Disturbed) and the Votta twins, guitarist Jon and drummer Vince, released their sophomore album, The Madness, in March 2017 worldwide via Century Media / Sony. Now it's reported that the band has filed a $1.2 million dollar lawsuit against their singer, Scott Stapp, for "refusing to appear at concerts or promote their group Art Of Anarchy, costing them a recording contract and big bucks in the process." The lawsuit "alleges Stapp failed to tour with the band and participate in promotional photo and video shoots and publicity events as required by his contract." "Stapp's failure to live up to his contract led to the cancellation of the group's recording contract," the complaint alleges. "If Stapp had dedicated himself to Art Of Anarchy with the same fervor that he dedicated to his solo career, Art Of Anarchy would have had a successful concert tour and its record contract would not have been terminated," the complaint alleges. Stapp signed on with Vice and the band in 2015 after the death of the original singer, Scott Weiland, formerly of Stone Temple Pilots, said the complaint.

"HAWAII (the band and the island) represents a unique and very unsettling chapter in my career," says heavy metal guitar virtuoso and HardRadio friend MARTY FRIEDMAN (Megadeth, Cacophony). "The band had a unique cast of characters in and around it, and a great story line, but we couldn't slay the beast that was battling us every step of the way - the fact that we were on a tiny island literally in the middle of the ocean." Originally released in 1984 on vinyl only, Hawaii's Loud, Wild And Heavy represents a unique chapter in the early career of Marty Friedman. The self-titled DEUCE album includes historic recordings of Marty (made together with the Tension members, Tom Gattis and Billy Giddings). The album includes tracks from 1978 and 1979, which are great examples of well-crafted early US heavy metal, but also tracks recorded during the brief reunion of the band in 1993. Both albums have been remastered by Bart Gabriel (Cirith Ungol, Hexx, Pagan Altar), and except bonus tracks, the CD packages include thick booklets with extended liner notes and plenty of previously unseen photos. Both titles will be released by No Remorse Records on March 30th.

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