Twisted Sister rocked the Starland Ballroom in Sayreville, NJ, last Saturday night, celebrating the 30th anniversary of the release of their 1984 hit, Stay Hungry. Frontman Dee Snider, guitarist Jay Jay French, guitarist Eddie Ojeda, bassist Mark Mendoza and drummer A.J. Pero treated the crowd to songs from the album and more.
Def Leppard’s Vivian Campbell is once again battling lymphoma. The guitarist announced he was being treated for Hodgkin’s lymphoma in June of last year, and was happy to update that he was in remission by late in the year. However, its return means he’ll once again be undergoing treatments before heading out on the road for a summer tour with Def Lep and Kiss.
During a recent interview, Vivian explained, “I’m doing good. It seems to be, kind of, coming back again. But I’m not concerned about it. I mean, it’s just a process. I mean, it always was a little bit touch-and-go. But, you know, it’s just a process to get through. I mean, like I said, it’s absolutely nothing I’m concerned about, but it’s something I need to start the process, I need to get a handle on, so that I am free and clear to tour this summer. So, all good. You know what I mean?!
Ex-UFO and Fastway bassist Pete Way has wrapped up his treatment for prostate cancer and updated fans on his Facebook page. “[I’m] very slowly getting my energy back,” he wrote. “I’ll get the result as to whether it’s worked in a couple of months so it’s a waiting game now. Praying it has. I’m still on hormone therapy and I can’t wait to stop that so I can get back to my normal shape and size.”
He thanked his doctors and hospital staff (pictured with Pete, center), and added, “I would like to thank you, my fans, for your endless love and messages of support. I’m not sure I could have done this without you. Whenever I got down and feeling miserable for myself, I would read your messages and it would, without exception, lift my spirit. Thank you all so much. Provided I’m given the ‘all clear’ in a couple of months, I’ll be going flat out to release my new album, Walking On The Edge, and get back on the road where I belong.”
James Hetfield can now add “narrator” to his resume. The Metallica frontman has been selected to provide the voice to The Hunt, an upcoming eight-episode series chronicling the pursuit of the Kodiak brown bear during the regulated hunting season. The Hunt premieres Sunday, June 8, at 10pm ET/PT on The History Channel.
Metallica-related videos to check out: the band was on-hand for the San Francisco Giants’ second annual “Metallica Night” last Friday. Drummer Lars Ulrich threw out the first pitch, and James Hetfield and Kirk Hammett dueled out a version of “The Star-Spangled Banner.” You can also check out the band goofing off during batting practice.
And if you’ve always wanted to see James Hetfield cover a Bob Seger classic with Green Day’s Billie Joe Armstrong, then check out this mash-up of “Turn The Page” and Green Day’s “Boulevard Of Broken Dreams.” That’s guitar wiz Joe Satriani joining James and Billie Joe on stage during the recent first annual Acoustic-4-A-Cure to benefit the Pediatric Cancer Program at UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital in San Francisco.
Last week’s Monster Energy Roast On The Range with [Slipknot frontman] Corey Taylor was the third event in Revolver and Guitar World’s Rock & Roll Roast Comedy Series. Former Skid Row singer Sebastian Bach was roastmaster, and occasional target of a few jabs.
Joked Anthrax guitarist Scott Ian, “I recently read an interview about that Skid Row reunion. And Sebastian, in the interview, you said something about how the other guys must hate money because they don’t wanna do it? No, they just hate you.”
He went on: “You’re the one man that makes Dee Snider look like he’s aged well. Over the course of 20 years, you’ve gone from Paris Hilton to Lemmy. You’re, like, Dorian Gray, but backwards. Drugs are bad, kids.”
Here’s your first look at the cover art for Judas Priest’s upcoming studio album, Redeemer Of Souls, due out on July 15. The first song out is “March Of The Damned”, which you can listen to right here.
Aerosmith isn’t headed off to the retirement home anytime soon. Guitarist Joe Perry recently told Classic Rock magazine, “There’s no reason why the band can’t keep playing until we can’t walk. There’s just no reason. You just have to know that you can’t do certain things anymore. Y’know, you can’t do somersaults on stage, you can’t do, y’know, swing from ropes. But there are other things you can do that are just as entertaining — like sing, play.”
Condolences to Megadeth bassist David Ellefson, who lost his 51-year-old brother Eliot this week to cancer.