Great news from the Def Leppard camp! Guitarist Vivian Campbell, who has been undergoing chemotherapy since April after being diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma, is in remission.
“For anyone who gives a toss, after doing another PET scan and all the other follow-up tests, then getting a second opinion, etc., I’m officially in remission from Hodgies,” he wrote. “That’s the good news. The bad news is: I no longer have an excuse to not go to the gym.”
Hopefully, similar news will be in former UFO bassist Pete Way’s future. The 62-year-old was recently diagnosed with prostate cancer, and is currently undergoing treatment. “I’m lucky,” he told Classic Rock magazine. “This is prostate cancer. It’s not lung cancer. It’s not pancreatic cancer. If you’re going to get cancer, this is the best one you can have — and they caught it early.”
Pete says his cancer was discovered after he underwent routine scans of his enlarged liver, which is affected by hepatitis and years of abuse. “My liver has been the area of most concern over the years,” he said. “But they did a scan of that whole area around my abdomen and that’s when they found it. They didn’t tell me then. I went home and a few days later they sent me a letter saying I had to see the specialist and it ‘might be an idea to bring someone with me to the hospital.’ Even then, it didn’t click, I thought they just wanted me to bring someone to drive me home.” He added, “They were checking my liver, not my prostate. They found it by accident. I didn’t think I had any symptoms but when I spoke to the doctors, and they were asking me all those questions, I did have the symptoms. I just didn’t know what they were. It happens a lot to men my age, 50 and over.”
Pete took to Facebook and wrote a personal message to his friends and fans after the news broke. “Thanks everyone for your amazing support,” he wrote. “I am absolutely knocked out by your kind words, best wishes and prayers for recovery and no longer feel I am fighting this thing on my own. I’m not the sort of man who cries but I must admit to shedding a tear when I read your kind words. I am truly blessed to have such great fans and I appreciate each and every one of you. Can’t wait to kick this and get back on the road to support the new album. Love ya, xxx.”
There’s been a whole lot of speculation surrounding guitarist Richie Sambora‘s status with Bon Jovi since he abruptly pulled out of the band’s tour in April. In a recent interview, Richie opened up about his side of the story, saying he just wanted to spend time with his 16-year-old daughter. “I think people don’t understand exactly what that means,” he explained.
“You don’t get to come home. There’s a huge sacrifice in that. I missed a lot of my daughter’s life.” He added, “I just started spending time with my kid between [tour] legs, and my spirit wouldn’t pull myself out of the door. I just needed to be home.” He explained that he feels that his departure is merely temporary, and that Bon Jovi as a whole has had its share of “ups and downs … differences of opinion and also differences of pace.” He concluded, “I don’t think it’s going to be the end of the band or anything like that.”
What brings the world together in peace? Van Halen, of course. A recent episode of South Park (titled “Ginger Cow”) depicted Jews, Muslims, and Christians finally coming together in harmony…and the song that united ‘em? “Ain’t Talkin’ ‘Bout Love.”
Does former Van Halen frontman Sammy Hagar miss the camaraderie with the Van Halen brothers? “Oh, every part of me–from my hair to my toes–miss[es] my friendship with Eddie and Alex Van Halen,” he told Grammy.com. “I think Alex and I are probably still good friends. Eddie and I, we hit a real hard bump in the road. It’s kind of like a relationship with a partner and things go so wrong that you just don’t feel like you can ever let that go. But we’ll see. ‘Cause I think I can let anything go. I don’t know if Eddie can let anything go; maybe he can. But right now, there’s a lot of resentment built up. It’s almost like there’s so much anger that I don’t wanna even run into him.” He added, “I used to always say, ‘Oh, if I ran into him somewhere, it’d be, like, ‘Oh, Eddie. How are you doing?’ Big hugs and kisses. I don’t think it’d be like that right now. I think it’d be, like, ‘You did this’ and ‘You did that’ [laughs]; we’d get in each other’s face.
Unfortunately, when I wrote my book [2011’s Red: My Uncensored Life in Rock], I had to say it all, because in my whole life, what do I do? I go through life and I run into fans. ‘Oh, man, I loved you in Van Halen. You were the best guy.’ Of course they tell me I was the best guy in VH, and they tell the other guy he was the best guy. But the truth of the matter is, they would say, ‘Why can’t you and Eddie get…? Man, you guys…’ And I’m going, ‘You don’t understand.’ So when I wrote my book, I wanted to clarify that; I just wanted to throw that out the window. Don’t ever ask me again why I’m not in Van Halen! I was thrown out, I was stabbed in the back and left for dead. And you just can’t go back and hug and kiss those kind of people that do that to you. So I wrote about it in my book.
And now that I really wrote about it in the book, I don’t think Eddie would ever look me in the eye and shake hands and no hugs and kisses. But Alex knows it’s all true and he knows it was all… Well, he knows what happened. He was a bystander who stood by his brother, and I love ’em both. I still love Eddie Van Halen with all of my heart and I wish him nothing but good health and hopefully he gets himself together. But he put me through some miserable stuff that one human being should not do that to another human being.”
Aerosmith guitarist Brad Whitford recently talked with VH1 Radio Network about his not-so-great thoughts on the band’s last studio album, Music From Another Dimension! “We have a lot of issues with the last record now,” he said. “We felt like… I don’t know, we feel like we missed the mark a little bit and I’m not quite sure what we would’ve done different but we feel like we should’ve done something a little different but I don’t think we know what it was. We had a good time making it but I don’t know if the material that we did really translated. I don’t know…maybe we’re a little bit stuck in the way we do things. I don’t know. We kind of did it old school and thought we were going in the right direction but…I don’t know.”
He added, “We still have a lot of creative juices flowing so…maybe we’ll experiment a bit more in maybe the writing process and stuff. Maybe we need to go back and do some more…maybe bring in some more contemporary people to work with and maybe take a few twists and turns. I don’t know.”
“Make your perimeter excite and ignite the senses,” says the somewhat confusing tagline for Bret Michaels’s upcoming cologne, Roses & Thorns. It’s described as an “exhilarating scent with a mysterious kicker… leading to sexy results! Let your reputation of smell good proceed you, get the cologne that both men and women love.”
Said Bret to Galo magazine, “The influence was to create something that balances perfect for men and women. Not too musky, not too flowery; you’ll have to see for yourself. All I can say is we’ve done lots of tests and it seems like it’s gonna be a smash hit.”
Original Black Sabbath drummer Bill Ward says he hasn’t listened to the band’s most recent studio album, 13, saying it would be “too painful.” “The only thing I’ve heard from 13 is… maybe 40 seconds of the first song, and then I turned it off,” he told Rock Cellar magazine. “I haven’t heard anything off that album at all. And to be quite honest, I don’t care to either. It’s too painful. If I want to rip my guts out, I’ll put it on. I mean, I wish them all the luck — well, not luck, they don’t need luck — but I wish them all the best in the world. But for me, I can’t listen to it, it’s too close to home, you know…like I said, I listened to the first 40 seconds of ‘God Is Dead?’ and I just said, ‘I can’t listen to this anymore.'”
Bill said it’s the fans that have help him through his current estrangement from the band. “The fans have been brilliant,” he said. “I feel like I’ve got a real close contact with them…I’ve never reached such a point of really having such closeness with everybody. I’m trying to grasp this moment now. Their reactions and their words. Even up until last night when I went shopping, I bumped into a guy who was absolutely wonderful and he had wonderful things to say to me. It’s happening all the time. I’m getting letters from all over the world, musicians, all kinds of things and they completely support me. And I’m forever grateful that they’ve reacted in a really positive way. It’s just been this huge endearing experience. I can’t say enough about it, really. I’m at a loss for words. It tears me up, you know. Even as I’m talking to you now, I’m not far away from a tear. I had to follow my heart under the most difficult circumstances.”
Check out Aerosmith singer Steven Tyler belting out “Dream On” during the recent Miss Universe pageant broadcast from Moscow, Russia.
Motörhead guitarist Phil Campbell talked with Wales Online about singer Lemmy Kilmister’s ongoing health issues; the band recently postponed its European tour until Lemmy is fit to hit the road again. “Lem had a pacemaker fitted earlier in the year because he’d been suffering from irregular heartbeats, and then his diabetes started playing him up,”said Phil.
“But his ticker’s fine now and he’s made sufficient changes to his lifestyle and diet in order to combat the diabetes, it’s just that he felt he wasn’t 100% ready to go back on the road just yet. As a result, we put the dates back a little bit to enable him to build himself back up to full fitness. Look, none of us are getting any younger, so Lemmy’s condition didn’t exactly come as a massive shock. But the older we get the more we tend to be there for one another and back each other up.” He added, “The main problem is that he’s displayed such a hard persona all his life that it makes it difficult for him to let people in. He’s like the John Wayne of rock — always wanting to soldier on and handle things on his own, you know?”
And while we’re on the subject, check out this new Vans ad featuring Motörhead’s “Knife”(off the band’s most recent album, Aftershock).
Here’s your first listen to “Neptune Rising” off Michael Schenker’s Temple of Rock’s upcoming (December 2) release, Bridge The Gap.