Metal News Weekly Recap – June 8, 2013

Twisted Sister frontman and House of Hair host Dee Snider will be narrating the opening of Attack Of Life: The Bang Tango Movie, a documentary film looking at the career of funk/metal band Bang tango.

“I always thought Dee would have been the perfect one to narrate the opening of the film,” said the film’s director, Drew Fortier, to Sleaze Roxx. “I actually wrote out the narration as ‘Dee Snider’s Narration’ months ago, just as wishful thinking.” Check out the trailer.

 
 
Black Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi’s recent interview with Guitar World included some frank discussion about how he discovered he had lymphoma.

“The diagnosis came when I was doing my [2011] book tour before we started rehearsal,” he told the magazine. “On the book tour, I saw a doctor because this lump appeared in my groin. We thought it was just a swollen gland, so he gave me antibiotics. After the book tour, I was going to L.A. to start rehearsals. He said if it wasn’t gone in two weeks when I got there, I should see another doctor. So I did, because it was still there. He gave me more antibiotics, because I had developed an infection from this other problem I had with my prostate. It was too big and had to be cut down. So I thought the other lump was part of that. But it never went away. So we were rehearsing and writing, and I kept feeling this pain down in my groin. And Ozzy [Osbourne] kept saying, ‘You don’t look really well.’ And I’d say, ‘Well, I don’t feel too good.’ He also told me to go get it checked out. I was going back to England to have the prostate operation, so I decided just to wait until then. They said they’d take out that other lump while they were in there. I thought nothing of it at all, but they found out it was cancer.”

Tony said his life changed after the cancer diagnosis, and that he felt his doctors were “so casual” about telling him the news. “They [said], ‘The good news is that your prostate is really good. But the lump, we found lymphoma in it.’ Lymphoma, what’s that? Well, I knew what it was, but I wanted to hear them say it: cancer. Once I heard that, it was awful. I thought, God, of all the times!”

He continued, “Of course, when I told Ozzy I have lymphoma, he said, ‘Didn’t so-and-so die of that?’ [laughs] Thanks! I had to laugh. Typical him. But it was great he was there. You’ve got to be positive about it, and I try as much as I can. Sometimes I start going downhill a little bit, and then I perk back up. I got so many nice letters and messages from fans saying, ‘You’ll be okay. Just hang in there!’ Even Lance Armstrong sent me a letter. And when [Deep Purple keyboardist] Jon Lord was ill, before he passed away [in 2012], I would get messages from him, saying, ‘Look, if there’s anything I can do to help with the treatments, just ask.’ It really does help and makes you want to fight more.”

 
 
Check out “Forget To Remember,” a new tune from Megadeth’s just-released Super Collider album. In a recent radio interview, singer Dave Mustaine says this song has a personal meaning.

“The song touches on the # 6 cause of death in America, Alzheimer’s disease, which my mother-in-law has been diagnosed with, and our world is now upside-down. I did what I do best when I have something to say; I sing about it.”

 
 
Bad Company is performing on The Tonight Show With Jay Leno this Monday, June 10. The band kicks off its 40th anniversary tour on June 15 in Rancho Mirage, CA; check out the rest of the dates on the HOH website.

 
 
Sammy Hagar, who was born and raised in Fontana, California, now has a street named after him in his hometown. Hagar Way was unveiled at the recent Fontana Days Parade.

 
 
“Fallout” is the name of a new tune from the Todd La Torre-fronted version of Queensryche; you can check it out below. The band’s self-titled album is out on June 25th.

 
 
KISS bassist/singer Gene Simmons recently talked about his band’s eventual demise. “One day it will end,” he said. “And I hope on the day that we end, we end on a high note instead of going down. You don’t wanna stay one day longer than when it’s great; you wanna be great ’till the end.” How long does the band have left? Gene says, “We probably have another 5 to 10 years at the most.””

 
 
Saruman and Count Dooku are headbangers! Christopher Lee, the legendary British actor who has played key roles in films like Lord Of The Rings, Star Wars, Dracula, and more, has just released his second heavy metal album, Charlemagne: The Omens Of Death.

 
 
Did you catch original KISS guitarist Ace Frehley on the season premiere episode of Celebrity Ghost Stories (on the the Biography Channel)? Says the official description of the episode, “There are vengeful entities in Ace Frehley’s estate and all the women in the home are in peril.” You can check out the episode in its entirety here.

 
 
Twisted Sister frontman and House of Hair host Dee Snider will be narrating the opening of Attack Of Life: The Bang Tango Movie, a documentary film looking at the career of funk/metal band Bang tango.

“I always thought Dee would have been the perfect one to narrate the opening of the film,” said the film’s director, Drew Fortier, to Sleaze Roxx. “I actually wrote out the narration as ‘Dee Snider’s Narration’ months ago, just as wishful thinking.”