Metal News Weekly Recap – May 19, 2013

The Prairie Village Post in Kansas is reporting that the Twisted Sisters Coffee Shop in Mission, KS, will have to change its name after receiving a trademark infringement letter from Twisted Sister guitarist/manager Jay Jay French. “At first I thought it was a joke,” said the shop’s Sandi Russell to the Post; Sandi operates the shop with her sister, Nancy Hansen.

Lawyers told the sisters they can use “twisted,” but not in the current “combination.” The sisters opened the shop in 2012 and say they named it after a family label given to them by their brother back in the late ‘60s. A similar letter was sent to the owners of the Twisted Sister House of Hunger (now just House of Hunger) food truck in Minneapolis last year; back then, French said the reasons for his actions weren’t petty or frivolous. “The fact of the matter is that trademark law doesn’t give me a choice on who and what to defend. The law is very clear: either defend your trademark or lose rights to it,” he explained.

“Over the last 35 years, I have defended my trademark against the biggest companies [Six Flags, Urban Decay, Harley-Davidson], as well as dozens of mom and pop companies. The defense is almost always the same. They first claim that they never heard of the band and then they say that no one would confuse the two anyway. I have won every case. The unique juxtaposition of the words ‘Twisted’ and ‘Sister’ have never ever appeared in print prior to my band’s use of it. This was established in the Six Flags case. The name is so unique, like Led Zeppelin, that any use would confuse the marketplace as either the product or service is owned or endorsed by us. Also, if I let one go, that just emboldens someone else with the rationale that ‘you didn’t bother them, so why go after me.’ I have heard this many times before.”

Black Sabbath frontman Ozzy Osbourne opened up to Mojo magazine about original drummer Bill Ward’s decision to step away just as the band began to reunite.

“I guess it’s to do with finances or something,” said Ozzy. “But there was also another side to it. When Bill came along, we all had to ask, ‘Can he do an hour-and-a-half, two-hour gig? Can he cope?’ My suggestion was that we run through a set and see how he got on because he was so out of condition and the drummer is the most demanding job in the whole band. We looked at Bill, and he couldn’t remember what the f*** we were doing.

But he didn’t come clean and say, ‘I can’t cut this gig, but can we work something out, guys, where I’ll come on but with another drummer backing me up?’ Or, ‘I’ll come and play a few songs.’ That would have been cool…I get where he’s coming from, though. His pride was hurt and I get it. I really do get it. The guy will always be a dear, dear friend and a brother to me, but … He can’t be surprised that he didn’t get the gig…You know them yellow f***ing stick-on memo notes? He had them all over his f***ing drums. I was like, ‘What the f***’s that for, Bill?’ He said, ‘I can’t remember what I’m doing.’ I go, ‘How are you gonna remember out of those 500,000 bits of paper stuck all over your kit, which one you’re looking at, Bill?’ [He replied] ‘I’ll know.’ Ah, OK great. I’m not gonna give Bill a hatchet job, but at the same time we haven’t got the patience to deal with it.”

Canadian headbangers Killer Dwarfs are reuniting to promote their “lost”, never-released 1993 album Start @ One, which is being remixed and remastered and is due out in July. Killer Dwarfs also plan to tour in support of the album, with concert dates in North America and Europe currently being finalized.

Ex-L.A. Guns founder/guitarist Tracii Guns’ has a new project called The Tracii Guns League of Gentlemen. The new video for “The Sound” is out, and the debut album, the aptly named The First Record, is scheduled for release on June 21st.

The Cult will be performing its entire 1987 album, Electric, live in concert. The tour is being dubbed as Electric 13, and will also include tracks from the band’s other studio albums. “The Cult’s lifeblood has always been playing live,” says frontman Ian Astbury.

“We are between albums and decided to continue the momentum created by Choice Of Weapon [to] stay in people’s hearts and minds. As Love Live was such an incredible experience, we have decided that performing the Electric album, an event that has been demanded by our fans and followers as the perfect live set to play in 2013.” Dates are already lined up — see ‘em all right here.

Ratt’s Stephen Pearcy was asked by if he had any idea how many women he’d been with in the crazy days outlined in his book, Sex, Drugs, Ratt & Roll: My Life In Rock.

“Oh God, no. I don’t. I actually had a quota of three a day, but I did have normal relationships that did last awhile. I told myself until I was married I would just be me. It’s like a kid in a candy store. I didn’t keep track, I just knew I was going for that grab bag every day.”

Will there eventually be a new Cinderella record? “Well, you know, we never say never,” said singer Tom Keifer to Powerline in a recent interview.

“It’s not for any lack of desire on our part. We actually had a failed attempt on that about 10 years ago and it ended up in a lawsuit in courts and it was pretty ugly. We really haven’t had a situation come up that really felt like the right one since then. And maybe that’s because we felt a little burn after that one, I don’t know. I mean, that’s when I started producing this record — when we were tied up in all that. And I produced this record independently of a label. Which, obviously, being on the tail end of that catastrophe, I didn’t really want to deal with a label or lawyers or anything. I just wanted to make some music. So that’s what I did.”

Recognize the softened-up tune playing behind this new video from corporate giant Johnson & Johnson?

Your pooch didn’t have to live in the 80’s to sport some eye-searing neon threads. Poison singer Bret Michaels and his Pets Rock collection at PetSmart announce a new collection with a retro look.

“Music and pets are important parts of my life, and these neon-themed additions represent an era of self-expression and uniqueness that my fans and a generation of pet parents will identify with,” says Bret. “I rocked the 80’s, so it’s really fun to bring some retro-style to my pet line.”


Metal queen Lita Ford has put out a brand-new video for “Mother,” the newest single off her most recent solo album, Living Like A Runaway (released last year).

“‘Mother’ is my song to my beautiful sons,” Lita told USA Today; she is currently estranged from her sons James and Rocco following a bitter divorce with custodial parent Jim Gillette. “I know they will see the truth one day. They will always have a place in my heart, which bleeds for them through this song.”