Bruce Dickinson Is Working on His Next Solo Album
In a recent interview, Dickinson revealed his plans, saying he’s already got “half an album” of material written for his next solo release — and actually ended up giving one song, “If Eternity Should Fail,” to Iron Maiden for The Book of Souls.
Maiden’s plans for an extensive world tour in 2016 will make it difficult for Dickinson to release a solo LP in the short term, but he suggested that he might speed up the process by laying down tracks between shows.
“I’m looking forward to getting stuck into some sensible rehearsals. I may even sneak off and do some solo songwriting,” said Dickinson. “It could be a cool, relatively unchallenging way of pre-warming up the voice before I go into Maiden rehearsals. So making some noise that way first could be a possibility.”
When this next record sees release, it would be Dickinson’s first solo album since 2005’s Tyranny of Souls.
Dee Snider Talks Trump
In a recent interview with The Globe and Mail in Canada, Dee Snider was asked if it was difficult to be friends with Donald Trump, the outspoken businessman now seeking the Republican presidential nomination.
“I’ve never been a guy who only wants to hang out with people who are the same as me,” said Snider. “I have all sorts of different kinds of friends who I enjoy for a lot of different reasons. I don’t think anyone would have expected Donald Trump and I to be friends. I didn’t. As is the case with a lot of my friends, we tend to stick to that old saying about not discussing religion or politics. I admit that more and more it’s something I’m struggling with. It’s becoming difficult to ignore the sorts of sentiments and ideologies he is provoking in the American people. It’s upsetting and it in no way represents how I feel. When I gave him permission to use We’re Not Going To Take It in his campaign, it was never about endorsing his politics. That song is about shaking things up, challenging the status quo, and that is certainly Trump. Honestly, though, what is happening now is worrying.”
Sammy Hagar’s “Rock & Roll Road Trip” TV Series Announces Premiere and Video Trailer Released
Sammy Hagar’s “Rock & Roll Road Trip With Sammy Hagar” will premiere on the AXS channel on Sunday, January 24, 2106.
The stop on the premiere episode is Los Angeles, where Hagar and Michael Anthony hang out with Tommy Lee of Mötley Crüe at the Whisky A Go Go. From there, it’s back to Lee’s house, where they cook and jam on Montrose‘s “Rock Candy” and Jeff Beck‘s “Going Down.”
“Something that’s always bugged me is that fans get to see us either onstage in concert or in interviews, and that’s about it,” he said in a press release. “There’s so much cool, history-making stuff that happens off stage that fans have never really had access to, but I do. And that’s where this show takes viewers! I’m hookin’ them up with a real backstage pass. So, in San Francisco, we’ll meet up with my old friends Bob Weir and Mickey Hart to jam at Mickey’s home studio, and in Phoenix we’re at Cooperstown with Alice Cooper. And I’ll even turn the cameras on myself at the Birthday Bash in Cabo, and on tour with the Circle. It’s a blast.”
Check out the trailer for “Rock & Roll Road Trip With Sammy Hagar,” below.
Megadeth’s Dave Mustaine Recalls the Advice He Gave Scott Weiland
Megadeth historians may remember that Stone Temple Pilots opened for the band on their Countdown to Extinction tour back in 1992. Mustaine tells us he was first turned onto STP when he was asked by a magazine to review Stone Temple Pilots’ Core album.
As for Weiland, Mustaine says he gave the singer some personal advice, “At the end of the tour, I said, ‘Look Scott, you’re gonna be huge, you’re gonna have money, you’re gonna have drugs, you’re gonna have p–sy and it’s gonna be everywhere.’ And I said, ‘If you do anything, stay away from heroin.’ And I probably should have said, ‘Do as much as you can,’ because he did the exact opposite.”
Mötley Crüe’s Vince Neil Among Top Water Wasters in California Suburb
The East Bay area of San Francisco has cited 1,802 residents for violating the 1,000 gallon per day cap, including Mötley Crüe singer Vince Neil. California has been notably plagued by droughts in recent years, leading to the state imposing strict sanctions regulating the use of water by its citizens.
According to NBC, Neil was going through over 2,200 gallons of water a day at his home in Danville, more than doubling the daily allotment over his last 60 day billing cycle. Neil will be fined $2 for every gallon over the cap, which will amount to nearly $150,000.
Steve Vai’s Guitar Stolen Outside L.A. Benefit Concert
Steve Vai’s guitar, nicknamed “Bo” , was stolen outside a benefit concert for Tony MacAlpine. Guitar tech James Shotwell is now offering a reward.
The instrument, a mirror Ibanex JEM with blue LEDs pictured above, vanished from the loading area of the Wiltern Theater in Los Angeles. Vai was appearing there with Zakk Wylde, Billy Sheehan, Derek Sherinian, Mike Portnoy and John 5.
Vai’s Facebook page includes detailed information on “Bo,” including distinctive wear marks and serial number # F0006311. “This is a one-off, irreplaceable guitar,” says Shotwell, who has worked for Dio Disciples’ Craig Goldy and the Lucky Strike Live venue in Los Angeles. “Anyone sees this guitar, contact me immediately! This isn’t hard to spot and is very unique.”
If you see the guitar or hear something about it, please message Steve Vai’s Facebook page.
Dee Snider’s Rock & Roll Christmas Tale To End Toronto Run Ahead Of Schedule
According to Ticketmaster’s website, Dee Snider’s Rock & Roll Christmas Tale’s run in Toronto has been cut short. The final night for the Toronto run of Dee Snider’s Rock & Roll Christmas Tale is scheduled for Tuesday, December 22 at 3 PM. Get tickets for the remaining dates via TicketMaster.
AC/DC Announces 2016 American Tour Dates
Legendary rockers AC/DC will embark on the next leg of their U.S. tour in February. The 20-show trek kicks off February 2 in Tacoma, Washington and concludes on April 4 at Madison Square Garden in New York City.
AC/DC Tapped as First Band to Perform at Former Olympic Stadium in London
The Olympic Stadium in London has spent two years under renovation to turn into a year-round venue designed for multiple purposes. To celebrate the first event at the redesigned stadium, AC/DC have been selected to perform the inaugural show on June 4, 2016.
Stadium chief executive Linda Lennon commented, “Having the legends of rock, AC/DC, perform the first major concert in this world-class venue will be a spectacular way for the stadium to start its new life. This summer has already demonstrated what a great venue the stadium will be and next summer it will only go from strength to strength.”
AC/DC will be performing the London show as part of their “Rock or Bust” tour. The band will take the stage without some familiar faces. Guitarist Malcolm Young was not featured on the album for the first time in the band’s history as he has stepped down, suffering from dementia. His nephew Stevie Young has assumed the vacant guitar slot and will be playing alongside the legendary Angus Young.