Twisted Sister Will Tour With New Drummer
Guitarist Jay Jay French, writing on his blog at Inc.com, said, “We will honor AJ during our shows this year. A professional drummer who is a friend will be filling in shortly. This will allow us to fulfill our touring obligations and, most important, give us some space to make some very hard decisions about our future. We are surely not the same kids who had a dream 40 years ago to become ‘rock stars’. We carry the scars to prove it. We are adults who run a business, and businesses must go on, even through a curtain of tears.”
Read J.J’s entire blog post, “Saying Goodbye to AJ Pero” at preview.Inc.com.
There will be more news to come and we will also have exclusive comments from Dee Snider in the coming weeks.
David Lee Roth FaceBangs on Jimmy Kimmel Live
“Eruption” indeed! Last Monday night, David Lee Roth was mad twirling his mic stand wtih abandon during the very first song of their very first live performance ever on TV and accidently clocked himself — in the face. There is fan video and an “official” clip from Jimmy Kimmel Live on DailyHeadbanger.com – – check it out.
Roth stopped the song and ran offstage to get a bandaid, all while Eddie Van Halen and the band expertly did an impromptu jam of the “Panama” guitar solo. Initially, Roth told the medic backstage to just “use duct tape”. Now that’s metal!
As revealed by Jimmy Kimmel later in the week, Roth was actually quite the trooper because after the show he ended up going to the hospital for 14 stitches.
Van Halen’s new record “Tokyo Dome Live In Concert” was released this week, along with remastered editions of “Van Halen” and “1984”.
Early Guns N’ Roses + Poison Manager Vicky Hamilton to Release Memoir ‘Appetite For Dysfunction’
Vicky Hamilton, who is best known for managing the early careers of Guns N’ Roses and Poison, as well as serving as a management consultant for Mötley Crüe, has launched a crowdfunding campaign for the release of her memoir, titled “Appetite For Dysfunction”.
On the crowdfunding page, she states, “I have been writing this book for seven years. While I was living it, I was as high as the bands I was working with. So in recounting the stories and going through the pictures I really thought about what I was saying and feeling about these experiences and was really wanting to bring my true story of the 80’s music scene to the page. I feel I have accomplished my goal.”
Check it out at PubSlush.com
Slayer’s New Album Almost Done
Slayer bassist/vocalist Tom Araya spoke to Revolver magazine about the progress of the recording sessions for the band’s eleventh studio album, due later in the year.
“We’re in kind of the beginning stages of the finishing stages, if that makes any sense,” he said. “We’re doing the mixing and mastering now, but we still need to sit down and figure out the album title, the album cover, the song titles, and the song list. We’ve recorded 13 songs for it; we’ll probably put ten on there, but who knows? Maybe you’ll get lucky and we’ll put all 13 on there!”
Slayer’s Jeff Hanneman, the group’s co-founder and guitarist, passed away about two years ago from alcohol-related cirrhosis of the liver. He was a primary writer in the band, responsible for songs like “South of Heaven”. Prior to his death, he wrote at least one song that will be included on the album.
Chug your coffee with Judas Priest
It’s been 35 years since the release of “British Steel” and Judas Priest is commemorating that fact with the debut of British Steel Coffee on April 14. Dark Matter Coffee has teamed up with the band for this special brew (BuzzChic can only assume it is HIGHLY caffeinated!), available at their three Chicago retail locations and their online site. For your old school listening pleasure, each bag of coffee will come with a cassingle, featuring “Grinder” and “Snakebite” while supples last.