Metal News Weekly Recap – April 20, 2013

UltimateClassicRock.com collected Twitter posts from various rockers after the news about the tragedy in Boston broke this Monday. See them in their entirety here.

 
 
Michael Anthony, former Van Halen (and current Chickenfoot) bassist, was recently asked about Rolling Stone’s February interview with VH frontman David Lee Roth where Diamond Dave said, “But Ed [VH’s Eddie Van Halen] has his own vision, I’m assuming. We haven’t really been able to speak about it and it’s a disappointment, just as not having a chance for a reunion of the original band. Clearly, vocals are every bit as much a component of success as a rhythm section or a guitar solo…what we have at our fingertips is arguably one of the greatest high tenor voices ever — that was in Michael Anthony. In our tiny little corner of the universe, that voice is as identifiable as the high voice in Earth, Wind & Fire, as identifiable as the high voice in the Beach Boys. Van Halen is an indelicate house blend of both — that’s intentionally.”

Said Michael of David’s views, “It was flattering to hear Dave talk like that. He never used to talk like that when we were all playing together…I don’t really don’t know what to say to that. It was flattering that he said that. And, obviously, I’m the kind of guy that…water under the bridge. I don’t hold any kind of grudges for anything, and you never know what will happen at anytime…at this point in your life and career and whatever, the career aside, it’s more about the friendship and just people. And if the music side of it, if that happens, if that comes about, all the better, but that’s not what it’s really about at this point.”

 
 
Motley Crue’s Nikki Sixx has said more than once that the band’s next studio album would probably be their last…followed by a final tour. But he cautioned fans against having a meltdown…it’s not happening tomorrow.

He expanded on his comments in a new interview with MSN: “Motley Crue has been the core of our life,” said Nikki. “It’s been the reason we have anything at all. The four of us made Motley Crue, and the four of us want to leave it in a way that we feel proud, and not be one of these bands, where we’re sitting around going, ‘Why are those guys doing that? There’s two versions of that band? Why are they doing it? The lead singer is dead. Why are they touring?’ We don’t ever want to be like that. Through the years we talked about when we’re absentee, let’s call it. Leave it where everyone’s like, ‘That was an awesome experience.’ We can always forever feel proud about that. We’re not there yet. We’re going up to Canada. We’re doing shows. We’re writing music. We’re getting everything in line for the movie [adaptation of the Crue’s's collaborative autobiography, The Dirt: Confessions Of The World's Most Notorious Rock Band]. We’re cool. Don’t freak out yet.”

 
 
Here’s your first look at Megadeth’s upcoming studio album, Super Collider, due out on June 4.

 
 
For all you Game of Thrones fans…some Facebook fun.

 
 
Rumors of marriage woes between Ozzy Osbourne and his wife of 30 years, Sharon, started to fly recently, with a number of gossip rags saying the couple had split and were living separately. The rumors aren’t true, says Ozzy…but what is true is he suffered a year-and-a-half-long relapse back into booze and drug addiction, and he admitted it publicly on his Facebook page.

Wrote Ozzy, “For the last year and a half I have been drinking and taking drugs. I was in a very dark place and was an a–hole to the people I love most, my family. However, I am happy to say that I am now 44 days sober. Just to set the record straight, Sharon and I are not divorcing. I’m just trying to be a better person. I would like to apologize to Sharon, my family, my friends and my band mates for my insane behavior during this period………and my fans. God Bless, Ozzy.” Either way, reports have surfaced that Ozzy is living in a rented home and Sharon is living in a hotel 5 minutes away, and they have little contact.

 
 

Check out the official trailer for Guns N’ Roses Appetite For Democracy 3D: Live From The Hard Rock concert film, expected to hit selected theaters sometime this summer. The film captures G N’ R during its residency at the Hard Rock last year.