Check out the killer Black Sabbath kicks from Converse! The new collection features five different styles, including the album covers of Black Sabbath, Paranoid, Never Say Die! and Vol. 4 and one with the Sabbath logo. The Converse Chuck Taylor All Star Black Sabbath Collection will be available at select Journeys and independent stores as well as Converse retail stores and Converse.com for $60 – $70.
You knew they weren’t pulling the plug for good, right? Back in 2010, legendary German rockers Scorpions announced that Sting In The Tail would be its last studio album and world tour. Flash ahead a few years, and they’ve changed their tune.
“At the end of the tour in 2012, we were proud that we reached the finish line going strong after 200 shows, but we hadn’t played all the countries we wanted to, like Spain, the U.K. and a lot of Asia,” explained singer Klaus Meine in a recent interview with Steppin’ Out. “There’s a huge demand from the fans and a whole new audience. We have 4.3 million followers on Facebook and the average age is 17 to 26. There’s not a lot planned next year, though. Just a very few select unplugged concerts in Germany and France, plus a few shows in Russia next spring.”
Did you catch Judas Priest on last Sunday’s episode of The Simpsons? Ttitled “Steal This Episode,” the installment centered around Homer being taught by Bart how to illegally download films, and he starts screening them in his backyard for folks in Springfield.
“Even though Homer is stealing, he’s doing it for the community, he’s doing it out of the goodness of his heart,” said Simpsons Executive Producer Matt Selman to Entertainment Weekly. An overzealous FBI director in charge of anti-piracy pursues Homer, and Judas Priest frontman Rob Halford performs a parody of the band’s classic “Breaking The Law” in an effort to nab Homer.
Good news from Black Sabbath’s Tony Iommi. The guitarist has undergone regular cancer treatments in England since being diagnosed with lymphoma in 2012, but it looks like that may be wrapping up soon. “We’ve some good things lined up for the coming year,” wrote Tony on his website.
“Firstly the Grammys, then some dates in the U.S. and Canada, and in the summer a quick trip round Europe. I should also be finishing my regular treatment and I’m hoping to not get so tired — all positive.”
Paul Stanley of KISS will become the last member of the original lineup to put out an autobiography with the April 22 release of Face The Music: A Life Exposed. Paul told The Pulse Of Radio it would be a different type of book than a tell-all look at life on the road.
“Y’know, rock n’ roll autobiographies tend to be a love letter — to the author. And they tend to be about how smart and creative and how this person was responsible for the creation of the world. And if that were the tact for the book, I never would’ve written the book.” Paul plans to talk openly about his struggles with hearing — he was born with level 3 microtia (a defect of the outer ear cartilage) and is deaf in his right ear.
“My book is about my life starting from the very beginning and certainly a certain amount of adversity and having a birth defect and being deaf on one side and the family that I came from,” he said. “Certainly people have had more adversity in their lives — and some less — but I, I would think some people would get a certain amount of inspiration and a sense that positivity and belief in yourself will ultimately lead you to a great place.”
KISS will be rockin’ Dodger Stadium during the pre-game and first intermission of the Saturday, January 25th hockey match between the Los Angeles Kings and Anaheim Ducks. A limited number of tickets to the game are available through Ticketmaster.com.
Check out the new episode of Cooking Hostile with Phil Anselmo. The just-released second episode is part of a new animated series that imagines Pantera singer Philip Anselmo at the helm of his own cooking show, and changes up the lyrics to Pantera songs to fit the cooking-centric theme.
The show is the brainchild of a guy named Joey Siler, who sings for a Florida-based Pantera tribute band called Good Friends & A Bottle of Whiskey. Anselmo has reportedly seen the first episode and given it a thumbs up. “It was just great to hear he wasn’t suing us!” Siler said in an interview. “But really, Phil seems to have a great sense of humor and it was awesome to just to know he had seen it and got a good laugh out of it. We couldn’t have asked for a better response.”
Axl Rose is the best tenant ever…he pays the rent in advance, then never shows up. New York Magazine’s Vulture.com ran a recent piece by landlord Steve Fishman titled, “What Happened When Axl Rose Rented My Apartment.”
In the article, Fishman talks about renting his 5,300-square-foot downtown TriBeCa apartment to the Guns N’ Roses frontman, who paid a high rent and made a six-month deposit. After a year had passed, he never moved in, yet agreed to another year paying even more rent. Once again, he never spent a night there. He finally stopped renting when a third year’s lease was up for grabs. “People have mixed views of Axl Rose, but as a landlord, I loved him,” says Fishman. “If he ever needs a recommendation, I’ll happily write: ‘Quiet, undemanding, and pays his rent.’”
So, do you hear a similarity between Def Leppard’s “Pour Some Sugar On Me” and British popsters One Direction’s “Midnight Memories” (have a listen here)? There was an internet kerfluffle recently where some fans insisted that One Direction had ripped off Def Lep.
While Leppard guitarist Phil Collen told Billboard.com the two songs are “similar in structure,” he concluded that it was nothing more than that. Co-guitarist Vivian Campbell added, “The chords are 1 – 4 – 5. Those are the blues. You don’t get more basic than that. I think what’s more reminiscent of the Leppard thing is the production, the sound, the vocals, the reverb and the way it’s assembled. That is very flattering that all of a sudden these kids think it’s a cool sound. I think a lot of people of their generation aren’t going to connect their music to ours.”
Check out fan-filmed footage of Sammy Hagar, Richie Sambora (Bon Jovi) and drummer Glen Sobel (Alice Cooper, Impellitteri, Sixx: A.M, among others) doing Montrose’s classic “Rock Candy” during the annual Alice Cooper Benefit for the Maui Food Bank on New Year’s Eve.
If you’re in the New York City area and in the mood for something different…the eight-time Manhattan Association of Cabarets and Clubs Award-winning variety show Jamie deRoy & Friends continues on January 27 at Birdland.
Dee Snider will be joining host deRoy (and others) for an evening of music and interviews. Proceeds will benefit The Actors Fund. Visit www.BirdlandJazz.com for more info.