Lorne Black, the original bassist for Great White who played on the band’s 1984 self-titled debut, 1986’s Shot In The Dark and 1987’s Once Bitten…died last Friday, September 27. The cause of death was undisclosed. Said original frontman Jack Russell, “Our hearts go out to his family, friends and fans. Lorne was a huge part of the first incarnation of Great White! May he rest in peace.”
Added Great White guitarist Mark Kendall, “I saw [Lorne’s] cousin Robert a few months ago and we were in touch. Robert told me Lorne wasn’t too good then…I loved Lorne and I am truly sad to get this news. I know he has battled demons for a long time and I am so sad to hear of his passing. RIP, my friend…”
K.K. Downing, former guitarist for Judas Priest, recently talked with Midland Rocks about his departure from the band in 2011. “I’ll never get away from this retirement thing, but what happened was that I quit,” he explains.
“Retired implies that I am not physically able to do it. I am able to do it, but I didn’t want to do it; I just wasn’t enjoying it anymore. A lot of things had changed. I think I counted about 30 reasons why I didn’t want to do it at the time, and that is an awful lot of reasons. In all honesty, I think that in so many respects it had run its course.”
So, is Sammy Hagar ever a little intimidated by some of the talented guitarists he’s played with (Eddie Van Halen in Van Halen, Joe Satriani in Chickenfoot)? “I rate myself as a guy that can play, and I can express myself extremely well but only in one language,” Sammy told Gibson.com.
“I can only play blues-based guitar. And when a guy like Joe steps up there, he can play. Once he finishes with my repertoire, he can go into French, Spanish and Russian on the guitar! He’s just so versatile and fluent. Eddie’s not as fluent and versatile. Eddie’s got a style for himself and he’s very much in that pocket, but Joe can play anything. He freaks me out.”
Here’s your first look at Saxon’s upcoming album, Unplugged And Strung Up, featuring the band’s new takes and interpretations of their own classics. Release date is slated for November 18.
KISS guitarist/vocalist Paul Stanley will be releasing his autobiography in spring 2014. Said Paul about its release, “Well, everybody will tell you the same thing: ‘Well, my book is brutally honest.’ It’s a history lesson in music, but it’s also a history lesson in somebody taking themselves and making themselves into something they weren’t — taking a not-so-great deck of cards and winning at poker. So it’s good. I think it’s terrific. Especially, it’s funny, at this point, with the three other guys from the original lineup having written books. It’s kind of like, ‘OK, have you all said your piece? Okay? Now let me tell you what happened.'”
What are ex-Guns N’ Roses guitarist Slash’s all-time scariest movies? #5 The Strangers; #4 Jaws; #3 Trilogy of Terror; and you can see the his top two scariest here. Slash is also the producer of a new movie, Nothing Left to Fear, in limited release right now from his own Slasher Films.
Metallica Through The Never, the new thriller/concert film from Metallica, is now out in IMAX 3D. When asked recently if there are any more surprises in store for Metallica fans, drummer Lars Ulrich hinted, “There’s a very interesting thing coming our way in December. Nobody knows that, so…there’s another frontier heading in Metallica’s direction in December. Which, if anybody even knew that I just said what I just said, they would hunt me down and silence me. But there is another frontier coming in December, which we’re very excited about.” Ooooh…tease!
The first-ever all-metal tribute to Michael Jackson is due out on October 22. Thriller – A Metal Tribute To Michael Jackson features tunes and special guests like “Billy Jean” (Corey Glover of Living Colour & Phil Campbell of Motorhead), “The Way You Make Me Feel” (Doug Aldrich of Whitesnake & Rudy Sarzo of Geoff Tate’s new Queensrÿche), “Bad” (Paul Di’Anno, former Iron Maiden frontman) & Craig Goldy (ex-Dio guitarist) and more.