Motörhead had to pull the plug on its recent Wacken Open Air festival performance in Germany after only six songs due to frontman Lemmy Kilmister’s ongoing health issues. In an official statement after the show, the band posted on Facebook, “The show had to go on because that’s how Lemmy rolls. Even though he was not 100% fit, he refused to feel he was letting the 85,000 Wacken fans down. They kicked ass in the 100-plus degree heat for a shortened, but powerful, set before Lemmy finally realized he might have bitten off a little more than he could chew. Thus, he will embark upon the recuperation recommended. We know that rumors are flying around, but once he fully recharges, Motörhead will be back, don’t you worry!”
Festival organizers added, “Motörhead rocked the Black Stage for more than 30 minutes and Lemmy gave everything he’s got to play an amazing live show. He’s keeping well — but the temperatures and circumstances led to the point that continuing the show would have lead to a loss of quality. We are very happy and proud that Phil [Campbell], Mikkey [Dee] and particularly Mr. Rock ‘N’ Roll himself, Lemmy Kilmister, played W:O:A 2013 and that they did everything humanly possible to play this gig. Thank you so much, guys!” When rumors of Lemmy’s “death” began to creep out, Phil Campbell spoke out on Twitter.
Are these blurry images the ghost of Ronnie James Dio? Raymond Freeman Jr., the brother of Last In Line singer Andrew Freeman, thinks it could be. The band, which also features ex-Dio guitarist Vivian Campbell (now with Def Leppard), and fellow Dio band members Vinny Appice, Jimmy Bain and Claude Schnell, was making its first live concert appearance last Saturday in Fullerton, CA, and Raymond says he saw something in the photos.
“I just came across it while looking at photos from the last gig,” he said to Blabbermouth.net. “Call me crazy, but it somewhat appears to be Ronnie James Dio just above Vivian Campbell. Just weird… Ghost??? Weird lighting??? Not sure, but it’s there and pretty creepy.”
Raymond said on his Facebook page, “The moment Ronnie Dio came through this past weekend…watch the video. Right when Vinny goes too long on the snare fill… Look at my brother’s face. That’s Dio… channeling through my bro who I have now tagged Di’omen… Weird sh*t like this runs in my fam. Call me crazy.” All right, we will: crazy.
Peyton Arens, a 13-year-old teen who’s fighting a rare form of cancer called rhabdomyosarcoma, recently had his heavy metal dream fulfilled by the Make-A-Wish Foundation: to take the stage with Pantera singer Phil Anselmo and jam with his idol.
It came true on July 31, when Peyton rocked the stage during a Philip H. Anselmo & The Illegals gig. He played on Pantera’s “Walk,” from the band’s 1992 album Vulgar Display of Power and tore it up – check out the video!
That’s Anthrax drummer Charlie Benante, who’s just had carpal tunnel syndrome surgery and is recovering at home (under the watchful eye of his daughter).
Eddie Van Halen will be appearing in an upcoming Elvis Presley tribute photo book called Shades of Elvis. In a cool twist, the book features a wide variety of musicians, actors, sports stars and more wearing/posing with a pair of sunglasses owned and worn by the King himself. Over 70 stars including Robert Plant (Led Zeppelin), Steven Tyler (Aerosmith), Sammy Hagar, Elton John, Willie Nelson, Johnny Depp, Tony Hawk and more will be featured. Shades of Elvis is due out this November.
Here’s your first look at Stryper’s upcoming studio album, No More Hell To Pay. It’s due out on November 5th.
Director Alan G. Parker, whose credits include Never Mind The Sex Pistols, Rebel Truce: The History Of The Clash and Monty Python: Almost The Truth, will be at the director’s helm for You Wanted The Best… You Got The Best – The Official Kiss Movie. The film (no release date scheduled yet) will be an in-depth look at Kiss starting all the way back at their formation as Wicked Lester.
“We are thrilled to have Alan onboard to help tell the definitive Kiss story, a story of insanity… dedication… and a take-no-prisoners attitude combining to create the most spectacular beast in rock ‘n’ roll history,” says the band’s Paul Stanley. “Alan’s knowledge of the band amazed even us! We wanted the best…. we got the best!”
Sammy Hagar has just released a video for his new single, “Knockdown Dragout”. The track, which also features Kid Rock and Joe Satriani, is from his upcoming collaborations album called Sammy Hagar and Friends (out on September 29th).
Universal Studios Hollywood’s Halloween Horror Nights just got a little scarier with the soon-to-debut (September 20) scary 3D maze, Black Sabbath: 13 3D. The new maze, based on the scariest lyrics from Sabbath’s biggest songs, will also include scenes inspired by the band’s new studio album, 13. “Horrifying graveyards, disturbing madhouses and bone-chilling battlefields” await…if you dare.
“We were all really excited when Universal Studios Hollywood approached us about doing a 3D Halloween Horror Nights maze based on our music,” said Sabbath frontman Ozzy Osbourne. “I’ve seen the drawings of what it will look like when it’s finished and it looks amazing. I can’t wait to walk through it on opening night in September.” Guests will come face-to-face with a heart-stopping Lucifer and his bride, blood-soaked dead bodies and bubbling pools of “radioactive water” while songs inspired by “Luke’s Wall”, “Iron Man”, “Paranoid”, “War Pigs”, “Electric Funeral” and, of course, “Black Sabbath” blast the confines of the maze at high volume. Count us in!
Ted Nugent is gearing up to release a new two-CD/DVD live set called Ultralive Ballisticrock on October 22.