Is Metallica gearing up for a special concert in Antarctica? The Columbian version of Coca-Cola Zero is promoting a Coca-Cola sponsored event set for this December. One lucky winner and a guest will be flown to the southernmost continent, which is 98% covered by ice at least a mile thick, to see the unusual performance. The first-ever live gig was in 2007 at the British Antarctic Survey’s (BAS) Rothera Research Station and was performed by the science research team’s own house band, Nunatak. Song most likely to be played by Metallica: “Trapped Under Ice.”
As mentioned in this week’s The Hollywood Reporter, Van Halen has filed suit against drummer Alex Van Halen’s ex-wife, Kelly Van Halen. The band alleges Kelly is infringing on the Van Halen band trademark by using her last name as the title of her commercial construction & interior design company, saying the name is “confusingly similar” to that of the band, and she’s diluting the Van Halen brand and committing unfair competition.
The band is asking the court to bar Kelly from using the Van Halen name commercially, and it’s seeking all profits from the alleged infringements. The couple married in 1984 and divorced in 1996.
Elsewhere in the courts, Great White has filed a trademark infringement lawsuit against the owner of the Canyon Club in Agoura Hills, CA. Apparently, former frontman Jack Russell is scheduled to perform under the moniker he’s legally allowed to tour with, Jack Russell’s Great White, but the club is promoting it just as Great White on a billboard alongside the crowded 101 freeway.
Said Great White’s attorney, “We reached this agreement with Jack Russell so that each band could carry on without public confusion. The agreement is unique, and it requires some diligence from everyone involved. Our main concern is that fans who spend their money know what band they are seeing. Obviously, that doesn’t happen if a club decides to promote ‘Jack Russell’s Great White’ as simply ‘Great White’’. It is worse when the advertisement is on a busy freeway in our own backyard. We’ve had friends and sponsors calling us to ask about the show. My clients own the name Great White free and clear, and they will be doing everything in their power to protect it.”
Popster Justin Bieber is a Metallica fan. “Those are my jams!” he told GQ last year about “Fade To Black” and “One.” Here’s Justin recently attempting to air guitar and mouth the guitar solo to “Fade To Black” (along with his musical director, Dan Kanter). Forgive us, Metallica. [Video removed by YouTube, sorry!]
Mötley Crüe drummer Tommy Lee elaborated on the band’s decision to call it quits in the somewhat-near future during a recent “Coffee Run” interview with progressive-house music producer/performer Deadmau5.
“The farewell tour is next,” said Tommy. “This will be it. Our guitar player, Mick [Mars], he has a spinal disease that’s slowly fusing his vertebrae together. It’s one of those things that’s treatable, but not curable. So it’s just progressively getting really worse and it’s painful for him, so he doesn’t wanna tour much longer. I can’t say I blame him…the last thing we ever wanna do is go out running on two cylinders with some hired guy playing guitar; that’s just whack. So we wanna go out with one big hurrah with the original guys and be done with it. That’s such a bad look when bands are still playing the f***ing fairgrounds — those county-fair shows — and it’s just like two of the original guys, or one original guy, and the rest, no one knows who they are. We don’t wanna do that.”
Singer Vince Neil said much the same back in August, but Mick himself shot back on Twitter: “Any rumors regarding a farewell tour due to ‘my poor health’ are BS,” he wrote. “I am doing fine, my [ankylosing spondylitis] has never kept me from touring and never will.”
Former Warlock singer, and occasional actress Doro Pesch, was in the was in mountains of Switzerland recently to film the sequel to Anuk — Way Of The Warrior. In the movie, Doro plays Meha, a warrior who fights for her mountain people in 2300 BC. “Making of the movie was just great,” she said. “In one scene I had to bite off an enemy’s ear. Afterwards you can see my face covered with a blood. Looks really tough, but it was so much fun to do this movie. I also love those scenes when I’m surrounded by horses and dogs.” The sequel is due out sometime next year.
Dee Snider, Kiss, Alice Cooper, Vince Neil (Mötley Crüe), Tom Keifer (Cinderella), Stephen Pearcy (Ratt), Europe’s Joey Tempest and John Norum, Kip Winger (Winger), Jack Blades (Night Ranger) and more are joining forces under the fictitious cover band name Hairball for a benefit concert in Las Vegas.
The gig will raise funds for the Brennan Rock & Roll Academy, a school that offers free music lessons to kids who might not otherwise be able to access them (with the intention of keeping them off the streets and in a positive environment). The concert is scheduled for December 5 at The Orleans Arena in Las Vegas.
Led Zeppelin may not be reuniting…but we could be hearing some just-discovered new music. Singer Robert Plant has announced the discovery of some previously unreleased music that could be out soon. Said Robert to BBC 6, “I found some quarter-inch spools recently, and there’s some very, very interesting bits and pieces that probably will turn up [soon].” Not everyone in the band is convinced that’s a great idea. “I’m desperately trying to [use] this one track – or the two tracks – [with bassist] John Paul Jones singing lead,” Plant explained. “And so far [Jones is] up to giving me two cars and a greenhouse [to leave] them [off] the album.” Look for the new material to appear as bonus tracks on Led Zep reissues coming out next year; guitarist Jimmy Page is currently at work remastering the band’s catalog.
Slayer singer/bassist Tom Araya says things have not been the same since the passing of guitarist Jeff Hanneman, who died of liver failure due to alcohol-related cirrhosis in May of this year. “His death has changed everything,” Tom told Steppin’ Out magazine. “Knowing that Jeff was on the sidelines, I was okay. It was always about, ‘Jeff is going to come back.’ Then he passed away and it was more like, ‘Why am I doing this now?’ It changed my attitude about some things. Someone said, ‘It’s really great that you decided to tour and move on,’ but these tours were scheduled in advance.
At the end of this tour, Kerry [King, guitarist] and I are going to have to sit down and talk as far as how we want to move forward, if we want to move forward. There hasn’t been time for me and Kerry to talk. We’ve been on the road but we haven’t really sat down and talked about it. Jeff and I collaborated a lot, and he offered me the opportunity to write or to collaborate with him. Like I said, there are things we have to discuss to either move forward or just to figure something out.”
Vocalist Tony Harnell is back at the mic for Norwegian rockers TNT. Harnell served as the band’s singer until 2006; he was replaced by British vocalist Tony Mills (who recently quit).
South Korean pop star Psy (“Gangnam Style”) and Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler have finished recording a new song together. “When I was in middle school, I literally cried when Aerosmith were singing ‘Crazy’ or ‘Amazing’ or whatever,” Psy told Italy’s L’Uomo Vogue. “They were my lifetime role models, and now I am collaborating with Steven Tyler. What the f***, man? I love my life!” Psy, who has relocated to Los Angeles, is pictured here meeting Steven for the first time back in May. No word yet on the song title (or when it will be out).
The nominees for possible induction into the the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for 2014 were announced last week. On the list of maybes: KISS, Deep Purple, Yes, Nirvana, Peter Gabriel, Chic, Hall and Oates, The Replacements, Linda Ronstadt, N.W.A., Paul Butterfield Blues Band, LL Cool J, Cat Stevens, Link Wray, the Meters and the Zombies. You can cast your vote at the Rock Hall’s official website www.rockhall.com/get-involved/interact/poll/. The artists who make the top five will comprise the fans’ ballot; results will be announced in December.