The newest song to get a do-over by Def Leppard is the song “Hysteria” (now available on iTunes). Last year, the band recorded new note-for-note sound-alike versions of “Pour Some Sugar On Me” and “Rock Of Ages.” Said Def Leppard singer Joe Elliott in a recent interview with Classic Rock magazine, “We’re trying to wrestle back our career and ownership of these songs. They [Universal] own the originals; we’re at loggerheads with them over the digital rights. And as long as they’re playing silly buggers, we’ll just keep recording them again.”
Ouch! A Guns N’ Roses fan in the audience for the band’s concert in Perth, Australia, last weekend was popped in the mouth by a flying mic and says he wants the band to pay to fix the damage. Singer Axl Rose threw his cordless microphone into the audience at one point, hitting a 39-year-old fan named Darren Wright.
Darren told The West Australian that he was left bleeding and with damaged front teeth; the tour promoter apologized and offered a signed mic from Axl. “With the bright lights and explosions, I couldn’t see anything,” said the fan. “The next thing I knew, I was whacked in the mouth. I thought I had been punched. I was quite stunned and it took a few seconds to realize what was going on. I could feel bits of teeth in my mouth. Then someone is climbing through my legs to grab the microphone.” He added: “I don’t think [Axl] intended to do it, but it came at me at a fairly flat and hard trajectory. Those cordless microphones are not light. I’m surprised it didn’t do more damage. At the very least, I want someone to pay to get my teeth fixed.” He says the damage will take about $5,100 to fix.
Metallica is working on creating a new album, but they keep getting sidetracked by various projects. Drummer Lars Ulrich talked to the Pulse Of Radio and said, “There’ll be a new record and we certainly never want to turn into a nostalgia band, but at the same time, you’ve got to keep yourself, I guess, creatively alive and that’s what we do by playing these gigs and doing all these other projects and doing movies and festivals. I mean, it’s just, all that stuff’s a lot of fun, but it takes a lot of time.”
While there’s no real replacement for a voice like Geoff Tate’s (Queensryche), his former band sounds super tight with singer Todd La Torre at the mic. Check out the La Torre-fronted Queenryche here (in Biloxi), and at a recent gig in Nashville.
Don’t count on a tell-all autobiography from Whitesnake’s David Coverdale anytime soon. When Sweden’s Metal Shrine asked about the possibility of putting one out, David quipped, “How white was my snake? [laughs] You know, I don’t have time, man, and I’m still living it.
Honestly, there’s a huge obstacle for me, because I’ve read some of my contemporaries’ work and I remember certain circumstances very differently. If I ever do this, and right now I don’t have that enthusiasm, but if I do, I’m gonna be completely honest. Names will be named, because, to me, that’s the only way to do it, but I’m not sure I’m comfortable with being as revealing. I’m very revealing in my work, but I don’t name names, so you don’t know who this woman was who was behaving like a bitch or who broke my heart [laughs].”
Megadeth frontman Dave Mustaine has been slated as a featured soloist for the San Diego Symphony’s April 12, 2014, concert. Dave will take part in a program that will include Wagner’s “Ride Of The Valkyries,” Vivaldi’s “Winter” and Dvorak’s Symphony No. 9 (the “New World” symphony). It’s unclear (for now) exactly what his involvement will be in the concert, which is being billed as “Symphony Interrupted.” Dave is a San Diego native.
Here’s your first look at Deep Purple’s upcoming studio album, Now What?!, due out the last week of April.
That’s Eddie Van Halen and hip hop star LL Cool J hanging out in the studio. Eddie will be featured on one of the tracks on LL’s new album, Authentic, due out on April 30.
Ex-Europe guitarist Kee Marcello’s new solo album is called Judas Kiss and is due out on April 5.
Ted Nugent is getting back to what he’s great at…rockin’. The legendary axeman is heading back into the studio to record a new album, his first since Love Grenade in 2007. “God knows we are eating our hearts out and busting our ass to get back into the studio to capture the new songs I am creating these days,” says The Nuge. “I am confident there will be a new killer record [as soon as possible].” He added, “Derek [St. Holmes] and the boys and I are humping madly to jam up a storm, working on my new tunes. I am certain real hard rock soul music lovers will love them.”
Also planning a return to the studio this year: Alice Cooper, to do a covers album due out sometime in December, and the reunited Metal Church, with plans to put out a new studio effort this late summer/fall.