After 30 years in Bon Jovi, rumors are flying that guitarist Richie Sambora is out for good (he’s been off the band’s current tour since April when he was replaced by Phil “X” Xenedis). No official confirmation or statements were available this week from the band or Richie.
Motley Crue frontman Vince Neil confirmed bassist Nikki Sixx’s recent comments that the band plans to call it a day by 2016. “It’s definitely for real,” said Vince to the Oakland Press. “We want to go out on top. We don’t want to be one of those bands that people are like, ‘Oh, they’re playing a little club now.’ We still sell out arenas and do stadium shows and stuff like that, and that’s how we want to be remembered. It’s just time. Mick’s [Mars, guitar] health is not that good, and touring is tough on him. I’m sure in five, 10 years’ time we’ll probably do something together again, but it’s not gonna be like a Kiss farewell to the farewell to the farewell tour. We’re not gonna be like that.”
Not so fast to blame me, says Mick Mars. Mick fired back after Vince’s comment (above) to the press about his health. Mick suffers from a painful, chronic arthritis called ankylosing spondylitis which causes the vertebrae in the spine to fuse together. Mick tweeted, “Any rumors regarding a farewell tour due to ‘my poor health’ are BS,” he said. “I am doing fine, my AS has never kept me from touring and never will.”
Check out Electra Mustaine (15-year-old daughter of Megadeth frontman Dave Mustaine) and Jason Kertson (grandson of Rob Lind of early punk progenitors The Sonics) covering Megadeth’s “A Tout Le Monde”. The duo recently performed the song during a concert benefiting Operation Ward 57, a non-profit organization that helps wounded soldiers and their families.
Looks like Dave is getting inspiration for Megadeth’s next album….
Black Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi, who’s been undergoing treatment for lymphoma since his diagnosis early last year, had a heartfelt talk with the San Jose Mercury News recently on how his life has changed. “I have to treat life very differently now,” he said. “This, for me, has been a big challenge. So far, it’s been okay. The medical thing is still going on. It’ll be ongoing, really, for life. It’s not going to go away. I just have to try to treat it. So I go back to England every seven to eight weeks for a treatment. Then it takes 10 days, two weeks, to start feeling normal again. Then we go back out on the road.
My whole life has changed. My attitude has changed toward everything. Life becomes a lot more precious. I appreciate when we’ve got the opportunity to get together and be onstage and play and do what I like to do. I think my illness, in one way, has helped everybody, because it’s brought the reality of you really don’t know how long this is going to last. It was easy to take things for granted before. I think everyone now appreciates what we’ve got and what we get to do.”
If you’re gonna go to a Cult gig, then put down the dang phone and pay attention (before you get chucked out). During a recent gig in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, a fan was singled out of the audience by singer Ian Astbury and ejected for being too attached to his phone and not the concert itself. “The only thing you have control over is the performance environment,” Astbury later explained to Vanyaland.com.
“When you have habitual filming going on, it’s disruptive to the performance. When you’ve got someone visualizing the show through a cell phone, that action spreads out through the crowd…and this genius, first of all, I politely asked him to stop filming; I don’t mind if you take pictures, that’s cool, filming little bits – but don’t film the entire set; enough’s enough. At first I was kind of amused, but the next thing, he’s texting during a song. That’s incredibly disruptive, watching people in the front row so disconnected from the process — not even present. You might as well stay at home.
I commented to this guy, ‘Will you please stop texting?’ He didn’t pay attention. I had water in my mouth, I sprayed it right next to him, and he just exploded — exploded; trying to climb over the barriers, trying to get into a fight with me, he’s flipping me off, he’s screaming at me, ‘F*** you…’ And I was just like, ‘You’re rude. This is our house, you’re behaving disrespectfully, you’re disruptive, you’re affecting the functioning of the whole evening, and you’re disconnected — so why bother coming?’ When it goes on YouTube, it looks like sh*t, sounds like sh*t — you missed the moment. We didn’t spend blood sweat and tears creating this music to be snubbed in that way. Stay at home.”
How cool is this, Priest fans? Judas Priest singer Rob Halford, bassist Ian Hill, drummer Scott Travis and guitarist Richie Faulkner will be taking part in the 2014 Rock ‘N’ Roll Fantasy Camp at the Las Vegas MGM Grand next February 27 – March 2. Also joining campers are Lita Ford, Queensryche’s Geoff Tate, Zakk Wylde (Ozzy Osbourne, Black Label Society), Rudy Sarzo (Queensryche, Quiet Riot), Vinny Appice (Dio, Black Sabbath) and more.
Attendees will develop and fine tune their stage presence, learn to play some of metal’s greatest songs, get tips on playing as a band and hear stories of life on the road from their rock star counselors. Campers will also attend master classes with these renowned musicians prior to performing live with their band in front of an audience at the MGM.. Check out www.RockCamp.com for all the details.
Ho, ho, awesome! Metal goddess Lita Ford recently reteamed with former Runaways bandmate Cherie Currie to record an original Christmas song. “My old drummer called me, Rodger Carter, and he says: ‘Lita, let’s record a Christmas song,’” Lita told PsychoBabbleTV.com. “He said, ‘Come over and let’s record a Christmas single.’ So I thought, ‘Okay. What do you wanna do? ‘Jingle Bells’?’ And he said, ‘No. Let’s write something new.’ And I thought, ‘Okay.’ So I got out a pen and paper, and I thought, ‘Let’s rock this Christmas down.’ So we started writing this song called ‘Rock This Christmas Down’.
And this year, I got in touch with Cherie Currie, who I haven’t spoke to in quite a long, long time, who was the lead singer for The Runaways. And so it just so happened to be that she was on the phone just shortly after we had finished talking about recording this song. I said, ‘Cherie, why don’t you sing it with me?’ So she flew in from this area, which she just played, and came straight from the airport to the studio, cut the vocal track, and we have a Christmas single with me and Cherie singing lead vocals.” And Lita (pictured right), you look AWESOME!
Check out Kiss’s Paul Stanley belting out the “Star-Spangled Banner” before last weekend’s L.A. Dodgers/Boston Red Sox baseball game at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles.
Myrtle Beach, Florida’s coffee retailer KISS Coffeehouse will shut its doors at the end of September. “It’s not that we didn’t do well,” says the store’s GM, Matthew Goldschmidt, “it was just a steady decline” [wait…isn’t that sorta like not “doing well?”] Everything’s been marked down, including lots of KISS merchandise. It opened in 2006 and had received favorable reviews from fans and coffee fans alike.
How does Metallica cope with the rigors of nonstop touring? “I do a lot of yoga,” remarked guitarist Kirk Hammett before a recent gig. “We’re all pretty physical. Rob [Trujillo, bassist] and I like to surf. We just got off a week-long stint in Bali, surfing a lot. You know, it’s important to keep maintenance on the road — eat well, sleep well, and just make sure the engine inside is running well. It’s really important. ‘Cause the last thing I wanna do is drop on stage.”
Drummer Lars Ulrich added, “We have two guys downstairs who take care of stretching us and putting us back into shape — our necks and our arms and everything. They’re among the two hardest-working guys in rock and roll. So we take all that stuff really seriously. I mean, if you could see our [tour] rider, it’s carrots and strange vegetables and nasty fruit juices. It’s not what it was back in the day, thankfully. But yeah, we do take [staying healthy] very seriously. Absolutely.”