Rotting Christ faced some problems recently in Georgia, since Sakis and Themis Tolis were arrested on charges of terrorism allegedly based on the band's name. This news is reported by the band's label, Season of Mist.

Sakis Tolis tells us what happened: "We arrived in Georgia's capital Tbilisi very early in the morning of Thursday, 12th of April. After the regular document check at the border, my brother and I were stopped by the police on our way out from the airport. After some minutes, we were ordered to follow the police to another area of the airport under the pretense of further questioning before entering the country. Instead, we had our passports and mobile phones taken away and were lead into a prison cell. When we were demanding to be told the reason for this arrest, we were simply told this information would be 'confidential'. Our lawyers informed us later that we are on a list of unwanted persons of national security that branded us as Satanists and therefore suspects of terrorism. Without previous warning and no official reason, we found ourselves in jail, locked into a small and rather dirty cell and without being permitted any contact to the outside world or legal representation or our embassy for 12 hours. Conditions were bad and no further information provided during this time. Luckily, only the names 'Tolis' were on the list and the other two band members started to work with the local promoter to extract us from prison and commence legal procedures. It took strong efforts and a complicated procedure to find a solution. Due to the hard work of the local promoter, who involved legal experts, journalists, and activists in Georgia, we were finally released. We are extremely grateful to everybody involved in this process. In the end, we were even able to perform our show and it turned out to be a fantastic night. We would also like to thank all our Georgian metal brothers for their overwhelming support!"

The band was allowed to leave the country towards Armenia without any further complications. 

Daron Malakian's project, Scars on Broadway, is going to release a new single and video (directed by Hayk Kharikyan and Mikael Sharafyan) on April 23. This is the band's first music track, since 2010's song "Fucking". The band, renamed Daron Malakian and Scars on Broadway, has a new line-up, completely different to the one that recorded the band's 2008 debut. Malakian told about the line-up changes:  "Nobody quit. When I first started Scars, I always said that it would be different lineups from album to album. Depends on the type of direction I want to take. Different musicians work for different styles. That is partly why I added my name in front of the band's". Scars on Broadway last live gig was at 2012 at the Hollywood Palladium as the opening act for Deftones. 

Shred On presents another great guitar masterclass for all guitarists and guitar sound lovers! This time Jim Politis is going to introduce you to his guitar techniques in a seminar that will be hosted in Prova Studios (Athens), on April 22 (17:00, ticket price 10 euros, send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to get your ticket now). 

Guitar Masterclass Content:
//Meet and greet
// Q&A
// Picking techniques from gypsy jazz to fusion Improvisation
// Harmony tips Sense of groove Playing with band.

Jim Politis is the founder and lead guitarist of the Ethnic/Gypsy Jazz band The Ghost Notes. Coming from a music background that combines many different music genres (metal, jazz, rock, blues, funk) he presents a modern approach in Gypsy Jazz Music.

He has shared the stage with Stochelo Rosenberg of The Rosenberg Trio,on The Ghost Notes' first concert of their 3rd European Tour, in Athens, Greece,
and collaborated with jazz pianist George Kontrafouris on The Ghost Notes' second Album, ''Secrets Of A Memory’’.

He has appeared live in mumerous venues and festivals, including The Royal Albert Hall (UK), Djangofollies Festival (Belgium), 4 times in Djangofest Festival (Greece), Brussels Jazz Marathon (Belgium), JekerJazz Festival (Netherlands), and has had 5 European tours with The Ghost Notes, as well as a solo tour in Malaysia and Singapore.

He currently lives in Athens, where he teaches music, and he performs live with The Ghost Notes all over Europe.

Jim Politis uses RM Acouctics Pre Amps,Sigletos custom made guitars and is an Ambassador of Scheltler Group.

- Founding Member and Guitarist of the bands:

THE GHOST NOTES (2012 – Present)
Music Style: Gypsy Jazz
Album: Jazzy-Key (2013)
Album: Secrets Of A Memory (2015)
Album : Dance of Colours (2017)

First European Tour - May 2013
(Athens, Florence, Bologna, Prague, Berlin, Brussels, Maastricht, London, Cardiff)

Second European Tour - May 2014
(Athens, Florence, Bologna, Zagreb, Budapest, Prague, Brussels, Maastricht, London, Cardiff,
Brighton, Newcastle-Under-Lyme, Llantrisant, Liverpool)

Third European Tour - February/March 2015
(Athens, Florence, Zagreb, Munich, Brussels, London, Birmingham, Cardiff, Liverpool)

Performance at Djangofollies Festival (Belgium) - January 2016

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''Cherokee'' – Jim Politis' The Ghost Notes feat. Stochelo Rosenberg, live in Gazarte, Athens, GR (2015):


''Donna Lee'' - The Ghost Notes live video performance in Acapela, Cardiff:

''Classical Adventure'' – Included in Upcoming Album ''Secrets Of A Memory'' Video:

RAFFERTY RULES (1996-2012),
Music Style: Metal
Albums: Rafferty Rules 1, Grandma's Words, Dare To Be Different,
Outburst, Name Your God, Dispossessed

TONE36 (2007 – 2010)
Music Style: Progressive Rock
Album: Saying Is One Thing, Doing Is Another

PRAXIS (2005 – 2008)
Music Style: Jazz Fusion
Album: Introduction

PERSONA NON GRATA (1999 – 2001)
Music Style: Funk Rock
Album: Persona Non Grata

VICIOUS CIRCLE (1998 – 2000)
Music Style: Progressive Rock
Album: Vicious Circle

- Founder and Organiser of the yearly GUITAR JAM FESTIVAL for 4 consecutive successful
years in Volos, Greece (2008 – 2011)

- Session guitarist on Die Without's European tour (2011)

- Teacher in the HYPERLINK "" \n _blankConservatory of Arts in Volos (2008 – 2009)
Tought: Music Theory (Advanced level), Improvisation, Ear Training for people with dyslexia

- Founder, Owner, and Sound Engineer of:
Attitude Studios (2006 - 2008)
BPM Studios (2008 – present)

- Private lessons since 2002

- Numerous Collaborations & Projects with Musicians and Bands as a Recording Artist, Producer,
Sound Engineer, Composer, Orchestrator.


Joe Lynn Turner (solo, ex-Rainbow, ex-Deep Purple) was taken to the hospital in Belarus, due to a "heart issue" (heart attack). The condition of the distinguished singer is stable and he is receiving treatment. This news has been first reported by the Russian state news agency RIA Novosti and Belarus's most influential daily newspaper, the state-owned SB Belarus Segodnya. Well-known singer and Turner's friend Graham Bonnet has confirmed the news: "My friend Joe was hospitalized in Minsk with a heart issue last night and myself, Beth-Ami Heavenstone and the rest of the Graham Bonnet Band wish him a complete and speedy recovery. We love you, Joe".