Metal News Weekly Recap – June 1, 2013

We’re saddened to report the passing of Uriah Heep and Spiders From Mars bassist Trevor Bolder. Trevor, 62, died after a battle with pancreatic cancer. He first joined Bowie’s band in 1971, and played on albums including Hunky Dory and Aladdin Sane. He left to join Uriah Heep five years later, and stepped away only a few months ago when his health deteriorated. “Trevor was an all-time great, one of the outstanding musicians of his generation, and one of the finest and most influential bass players that Britain ever produced,” said Uriah Heep in a statement. “His long-time membership of Uriah Heep brought the band’s music, and Trevor’s virtuosity and enthusiasm, to hundreds of thousands of fans across the world. He joined the band in 1976 and, barring one short break, was a fixture until his ill health forced him to take a step back early this year. Prior to joining Heep he was a founder and ever-present member of David Bowie’s legendary Spiders From Mars band, performing on all of their key albums and at countless shows. He also performed with Wishbone Ash, Cybernauts and The Rats.”

David Bowie added, “Trevor was a wonderful musician and a major inspiration for whichever band he was working with. But he was foremostly a tremendous guy, a great man.” Def Leppard singer Joe Elliott, who played with Trevor in the Bowie cover band Cybernauts said, “I had the great pleasure of knowing Trevor for the best part of 30 years, he was one of my idols growing up, I got to know him when Uriah Heep opened for Def Leppard on the Pyromania tour in 1983 and we became firm friends. I stayed with him, he stayed with me and we recorded and toured together as The Cybernauts. For myself & Phil (Collen) it’s devastating because we were looking forward to finishing up some new Cybernauts recording pretty soon, that may now not happen, but our real thoughts right now are with his family. TB was one of the good guys, I’m sure [Heep guitiarist] Mick Box & the guys in Heep feel the same way, we have lost a brother, a great bass player, a funny, funny man who lit up any room he walked into. I guess now, him & Ronno [late Spiders From Mars guitarist Mick Ronson] have a bit of catching up to do…RIP my friend”.

Van Halen’s flamboyant frontman David Lee Roth has written (and stars in) in a new short film. Diamond Dave goes up against several Japanese toughs in the video, which wraps up with with some blood and DLR sporting a huge back tattoo (real or not?). He’s actually been living in Tokyo since last year.

Said David to Australia’s Brisbane Times recently, “I live in Tokyo and hang out with a girl half my age [he’s 58] and it’s no longer a legal issue. It was not an impulsive move to come here. We are in love and my girlfriend is Japanese. As far as getting married now, I still don’t think it’s for me. I have issues, which stem from my past. I am a wanderer; I was sent to my first shrink when I was six because my parents thought I had autism. They were wrong. The Roth side of the family always settled down later in life.”

Here’s the official trailer for Metallica’s upcoming film, Metallica Through The Never. The music-driven 3D movie will combine a narrative story and specially shot live concert footage. The full-length feature opens on IMAX screens on September 27 with a wide release October 4.

Black Sabbath heads out on the road this July for the North American leg of its tour (check out the tour dates). Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi recently sat down with Guitar World magazine to talk about the making of the band’s upcoming album, 13. Tony was diagnosed with lymphoma over a year and a half ago just as the band was entering the studio to record the album, and he says treatment is still (and will be) ongoing.

“When I’d finished the chemo and the radiotherapy, I went to see the doctor again for my regular blood tests,” remarked Tony. “I said, ‘So it’s gone now?’ And he said, ‘No, it’s not going to go. You’re not going to get rid of it. But we can treat it and work with it.’ I got all dismal, because I thought it was gone. He said there was a 30% chance of it going away, but I was probably going to have this for life. Now I get treatments to keep it from spreading. So, every six weeks I go in for an infusion of Rituximab, which is one of the four ingredients when they give you the chemo. It takes a few hours, and it makes you feel a bit crap inside and a bit sick. But a couple weeks after, I start perking up again. So that’s how we are working it with the shows. I go out, then come back and go into the hospital for more treatment, more blood tests and all the rest of the rubbish. And then we do it all over again.”

Christian rockers Stryper have wrapped up recording their upcoming studio album, No More Hell To Pay. The record will feature a cover of “Jesus Is Just Alright” (originally by The Art Reynolds Singers and made famous by The Byrds and The Doobie Brothers.) It’s due out this fall.

Queensryche’s Geoff Tate recently talked to JAM magazine about his longtime relationship with his former bandmates in Queensryche (two bands currently exist with the same name). “It never was a brotherhood,” explained Geoff. “It was a bunch of kids that got together and achieved success at an early age. We got used to that success and continued doing the things we did to get that success. We found comfort in our way of working. It’s just that simple. We were never close. We never hung out doing stuff and sharing life. It was always just, ‘Hey, we have another record to make. Anyone have any ideas? Let’s try to make a record. Here we go.’”

Motley Crue heads back to Sin City! The band will once again have residency at The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Las Vegas for an exclusive, all-new 12-show run this September 18 – October 6. The Crue tore through a similar string of sold-out dates in February of last year.

Music Radar asked Judas Priest frontman Rob Halford recently what he would think of one day being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. “I would love to be in the Hall Of Fame,” he enthused. “Are you kidding me? [laughs] I think we’re worthy contenders. Without standing on a soapbox, I think we meet all of the credentials. If and when that moment comes up, we’ll be tremendously honored, and we’d be in the company of the world’s greatest musicians from all walks of life…Getting into the Rock And Roll Hall of Fame is out of our control, really. We won’t know that it’s happening till it does. But I can tell you this: if it does come about, you’ll see some very happy metalheads in the U.K. – and worldwide, too. It would be such an affirmation for Priest and metal music.”

Hey, little popster Justin Beiber…Jon Bon Jovi thinks you’re a douche. Commenting on the teen pop idol showing up late to a recent show, Jon told London’s Evening Standard, “Do it once, you can be forgiven,” he continued. “Do it enough times and shame on you. They won’t have you back. Then it just becomes a cliche. It’s really not cool. You’re an a–hole. Go to f–kin’ work!” Wonder what choice words Jon Bon would have for Guns N’ Roses’ Axl Rose?!

Check out “Kingmaker,” Megadeth’s new song off the upcoming new studio album Super Collider (out on June 4).