Danzig’s Glenn Danzig and his former bandmate, Misfits bassist Jerry Only, are having a go at each other with lawsuits over Misfits trademarks — including Misfits’ iconic skull fiend. Danzig claims that Only went against an earlier merchandising contract and misappropriated the trademarks in 2000, re-registering them in his own name and “secretly” negotiating merchandising deals with retailers like Hot Topic.
A representative for the Misfits said Danzig’s lawsuit is a “sour grapes tantrum based on outrageous allegations” and added, “Danzig’s lawsuit is nothing more than a calculated attempt to unfairly and improperly enrich himself from revenue streams to which he is not entitled.”
Cinderella drummer Fred Coury’s got a cool new moonlighting job: he’s the composer for NBC’s upcoming medical drama, The Night Shift. The show premieres on Tuesday, May 27, at 10pm.
Fred wrote to BuzzCut and shared a little secret in honor of hockey playoff season: the first patient you’ll see on the show is none other than LA Kings defenseman Matt Greene. And another trivia item – Coury also composes the music for the LA Kings. Be sure to tune in…and GO KINGS!!!
Judas Priest frontman Rob Halford plans to go under the knife to repair an umbilical hernia (a common condition where the intestines protrude through an opening behind the belly button). Rob says he plans to have it fixed in the near future because “It looks like the alien just burst forth,” he said in a recent interview.
He added, “My doctors always said, ‘We can take care of it,’ and I said, ‘I’ll get around to it.’ [My doctor said,] ‘If it’s not giving you any discomfort then you should leave it as it is,’ but it’s not very appealing to look at, is it?” Concluded Rob, “That’s life. The wonderful thing about heavy metal music is that it’s immortal. The music is immortal, but the creators are not bestowed with that attribute.”
Metallica frontman James Hetfield is featured in a new commercial for Guitar Center. The 30-second ad is culled from a longer 13-minute version James did with the company earlier this year.
Alice Cooper’s upcoming covers album will also reportedly include four or five new songs. Said Alice in a recent interview, “We decided that in order to set up the ‘Hollywood Vampires’ thing [which included The Doors, Jimi Hendrix, John Lennon and The Who — acts that Alice will be covering on the album], you had to kind of tell the story, and you had to write songs that were going to set up the story, and then get into the covers. So we had fun sitting there writing these new songs around it. So it’s going to be quite a package, this thing is.”
July 9th is the release date for the upcoming country album Nashville Outlaws: A Tribute To Mötley Crüe. Some of the more interesting covers: Rascal Flatts doing “Kickstart My Heart,” Leann Rimes covering the Crüe’s cover of “Smokin’ In The Boys Room,” and The Mavericks take on “Dr. Feelgood”.
Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler, Slash, Glenn Hughes (ex-Deep Purple) and others are teaming up to record Set Them Free, an album of Police and Sting covers. The album will be released in support of Rock Against Trafficking (R.A.T.), a nonprofit whose mission is to raise awareness for the prevention of child slavery worldwide. Release date for the album is pending.
Payback! It seems the bats have the last laugh when it comes to former bat-biter Ozzy Osbourne. Ozzy recently made plans to convert a barn to a two-bedroom house on his land in Buckinghamshire, England, but was turned down by the local district council. The reason? It could have an impact on the bats that call the barn their home.
Check out the one and only Van Halen frontman David Lee Roth turning in a mostly a cappella version of Pharrell Williams’s “Happy.”