A video recently went viral showing a large group of motorcyclists on a Manhattan highway pursuing an SUV, then smashing its window (and later assaulting the driver). A group of local Long Island bikers is publicly speaking out, rejecting the idea that all (or even most) bikers are careless and violent, attempting to squash the firestorm of controversy that erupted after the video went worldwide. Since that incident, police have received numerous 911 calls about large groups of bikers speeding, especially on the Long Island Expressway and several bikers have been arrested.
Jim Barr, president of the motorcycle group Long Island Abate, held a news conference recently to talk about the issue. “The motorcycle community as a whole is predominantly honest, patriotic and hard-working,” he said. He pointed out bikers in his group have raised $50,000 this year alone for people in need. Dee Snider, a long-time motorcycle rider and native Long Islander who organizes charity rides events every year, added, “That unfortunate event was the rarest of exceptions, but it cast a dark shadow on the millions of motorcycle riders, often frustrated and angered by the carelessness of automobile drivers, who never act out in a violent way.”
Motörhead has postponed its planned European tour till next year due to frontman Lemmy Kilmister’s ongoing health issues.
Said Lemmy in an official statement, “We have made the decision because I am not quite ready to hit the road yet, and am working my way back to full fitness and rude health. Don’t worry – I’m not about to start promoting veganism and alcohol-free beverages, but it is fair to say that I personally have been reconfiguring areas of my life to make sure I can come back fitter and stronger than ever.
It disappointed me tremendously to have to say I wasn’t quite ready to hit the road yet, but not nearly as much as it would’ve disappointed me to go out, play some average shows and watch my health give way long before the tour was over! When people come to see a Motörhead tour, they expect a Motörhead show, and that is exactly what you will get as soon as I am fit and ready to rumble. Your patience and understanding is appreciated…and know that I’m getting stronger and stronger every day, so watch out next spring Europe and we will see you then. Thank you all.”
On a related note, the first-ever Motörhead trivia game is out this December. The Rock Science Motörhead Game includes 1600 questions, designed with the Rock Science trademark difficulty levels: Poser, Fan and Scientist. Intense betting also gives the novice a fair chance to beat the hardcore Motörhead fan. Then, of course, you have the Rock The Song category where participants hum a given song for the others to guess. Alcohol is not included.
Players travel the game board using Dunlop guitar picks with exclusive Motörhead design. Also included are card holders, designed as replicas of Lemmy’s and Phil Campbell’s amplifiers, to help you keep the question cards in place. “I’ve had a fun life for sure. Playing this will help me remember it!” said Lemmy of game.
Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich talked with The Guardian about the recent passing of rock legend Lou Reed, who died on October 27 following a battle with liver disease (and a transplant). Lou’s last recorded album was 2011’s Metallica-Lou Reed collaboration, Lulu.
“We were both outsiders,” said Lars. “We both never felt comfortable going down the same path that everyone else was doing. Metallica’’s always been autonomous, and Lou Reed is the godfather of being an outsider, being autonomous, marching to his own drum, making every project different from the previous one and never feeling like he had a responsibility to anybody other than himself. We shared kinship over that. And we brought him something that he didn’t have, or maybe hadn’t experienced so much, which in his own words were ‘energy’ and ‘weight’ and ‘size’ and whatever it is that happens when we start playing. He was so into what we brought him.
And, of course, he brought us this incredible piece of work that he had already written, Lulu, and about her escapades and sexual endeavors. We brought something to each other, and we shared a common lack of ability to fit in with our surroundings.” Referring to Lulu, Lars said, “The hard rock community, they can be pretty harsh, so I’m pretty thick-skinned. And so when the hard rock community turned its back on the record, I wasn’t surprised. A lot of people were saying, ‘Oh, Lou Reed doesn’t sing.’ Yeah, no sh*t. What do you think he’s been doing for the last 40 years? Did you expect him to sound like Robert Plant? That’s not what he does. In the hard rock community I was not particularly surprised. But I was surprised that some more intellectual writers were pretty harsh to it.”
He continued, “I’ll always remember his fragility. I felt in some way that I connected to his fragility, and identified with it. He was very open, he would say, ‘Lars, I love you,’ and text me a heart. It was so beautiful. The way he was so unfiltered is what I will remember most, and his fragility, and how I’ve never met anybody who, no matter what he was saying, he was always speaking his truth. It never felt cerebral, it always felt like it came from some other place somewhere. When people talk, it comes from their brain; I don’t know where his words came from, but they came from somewhere else. Emotional, physical, everything — it really resonated with me. I wanted to give him strength, and I think Metallica gave him strength. His being was so beautiful once that guard went away, and it was childlike.”
Las Vegas’s Circus Circus is rebranding its 14,000 square foot venue Rock & Rita’s as Vince Neil’s Tatuado Eat-Drink-Party and Vince Neil’s Party Bus Bar. Both venues open to the public this Saturday (November 9), and will showcase the combination of the Mötley Crüe singer’s affinity for tattoos and tequila with “a fun and exciting party-like environment.”
“I have wanted to expand the Tatuado brand and bring it to The Strip for a while,” said Vince. “Teaming with [restaurateurs] David [Tuttleman] and Mark [Green] to recreate Rock & Rita’s into my own spot will create a true home for the brand. People can come have a great time and enjoy my signature line of spirits while they party.” David Tuttleman, owner of Rock & Rita’s, said, “When we launched Rock & Rita’s, I wanted to create a rock ‘n’ roll party vibe where our guests could experience a true Vegas party. Teaming up with Vince is going to take that concept to the next level, creating an authentic atmosphere with an edgy tattooed feel, different from others you find here in town. I really want to submerge guests into the true lifestyle and party atmosphere of a rock star.
Check out Stryper’s new video for the song, “Sympathy” from the band’s just-released new album, No More Hell To Pay. Guitarist/vocalist Michael Sweet told Blabbermouth.net that it was Megadeth’s Dave Mustaine who had a role in choosing the single. “I sent him the record and he picked ‘Sympathy’ as his favorite song,” said Sweet. “We went with his lead–I respect Dave as artist and friend–and wound up making a video for the song.”
Founding Love/Hate guitarist Jon E. Love is threatening to sue the band’s lead singer Jizzy Pearl over the upcoming 2014 release of a new album, Crucified, with the Love/Hate moniker. On his Facebook page, Love wrote, “This is not a Love/Hate record. Jizzy has taken it upon himself to release his solo sh*t and call it Love/Hate. None of the original members are on it. How do I know this? Because the idiot insulted me when asking me to perform on it. Any true Love/Hate fan will immediately know it’s not the real band. Stay tuned — more to follow as I proceed to sue him.”
Testament guitarist Eric Peterson says he’s already at work writing new songs for the band that’ll appear on an upcoming album.. “It’’s definitely influenced by what I was listening to when I was a kid,” he says.
“A lot of live records like Judas Priest’s Unleashed In The East, AC/DC’s If You Want Blood You’ve Got It and Tokyo Tapes by the Scorpions. It is a lot of fun rock and roll stuff, but we mix in the darkness that what we’re about. There are a lot of riffs of which I’d like to borrow the essence and make it Testament, like Metallica did with Diamond Head’s “Am I Evil?”
Looks like the film adaptation of Mötley Crüe’s biography, The Dirt – Confessions of the World’s Most Notorious Rock Band, is finally gaining momentum.
The band has tapped Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa director Jeff Tremaine as director. No word yet on when filming begins (or a release date). There’s been talk of a movie since 2006, but up until now, nothing has gotten off the ground.
For the first time in 37 years, former Runaways bandmates Cherie Currie and Lita Ford took the stage together during the recent Malibu Music Awards in Malibu, California to perform “Cherry Bomb.”
Check out the fan-filmed footage of their appearance here. Currie took home with the Rock Legend Award at the event, and said of the day, “Besides the birth of my son, this is the best day of my life.”