Another week, another two incarnations of ex-Skid Row vocalist Sebastian Bach. That’s Baz channeling legendary singers Freddie Mercury of Queen and Willie Nelson on the new ABC talent competition show, “Sing Your Face Off” (airs on Saturday nights). Check out his live performance of “We Are The Champions” and “Always On My Mind”.
Scorpions drummer James Kottak is entering rehab, seeking treatment for his ongoing battles with alcohol. Said James in a statement this week, “After years of drinking alcohol, on April 3rd, 2014, my addiction finally caught up with me during a 5-hour flight from Russia to Bahrain via Dubai, during which I consumed 5 or 6 glasses of wine. While at the airport in Dubai I approached an airline representative to check on the status of my flight. The representative informed me that I was in the wrong place and I replied “WTF?!.” The representative then called the police and reported that I was intoxicated (which I was) and that I made a lewd [gesture].”
He added, “One of the police officers recognised me as drummer of the Scorpions. When the police asked me to show my ID, I showed them the Rock & Roll Forever tattoo on my back, instead of my actual ID which was in my backpack my friend was carrying for me. Apparently, the police did not find this funny and I was charged with drinking without a license, for which I pleaded guilty and received a one-month sentence and a 2,000 dirham ($300 USD) fine. I was also charged with insulting Islam/muslims by making a lewd [gesture] for which I pleaded not guilty and did not actually do.”
James is working with the MusiCares organization to get treatment for his addictions. “I am determined to come to grips with my alcoholism and am doing everything on a daily basis to beat this relentless disease,” he says. “This entire incident caused me to realize that it is time to stop drinking once and for all so that I can become the father, musician, and friend that I know I can be.”
Wow…talk about leaving your hairband past behind! Check out the old-school glam version and the newfangled country-fied version of ex-Britny Fox singer Dean Davidson. Dean recently released a new country song called “Wouldn’t Change A Thing” from his upcoming Americana/country album, Different Roads. Hats, dirt, boots, broken down pickup trucks, farms, horses, hot women with horses, country bars, railroad tracks…it’s country video 101.
A new song featuring Ted Nugent with special guest Sammy Hagar is right here. “She’s Gone” is off the Nuge’s upcoming album, Shut Up & Jam, due out on July 8. “When I first heard Ted’s demo of this song, I immediately responded with ‘I’m in,’” said Sammy of the new tune. “Ted’s ripping the guitar like the days of old…very inspiring to sing to a track like that — old-school blues riff, hard edged rock ‘n roll on fire!”
Added Ted, “My guitar has never gently weeped, but she does suckerpunch me mercilessly at regular intervals. “‘She’s Gone’ is just another example of what we do together every day after I complete my ranch chores at home in Texas, and the Motor City soulmusic slugfest erupts into spiritual love songs like this. Sammy Hagar said he wasn’t interested in writing or singing any more pop songs, so he fell in love with this masterpiece jammout instantly. Clearly Sammy and I deserve each other. And she’s gone.”
W.A.S.P. is putting the final touches on its next studio album. It’s called Golgotha, and you can expect it sometime in 2015. Frontman Blackie Lawless recently talked about the new album before his band’s gig at the Sweden Rock Festival, saying, “Golgotha is Hebrew for place of the skull and it’s the hill where Christ was crucified. It’s interesting when you see a lot of bands going around using Satanic images, or images of death and things like that, and I’m thinking all they need to do is look at the source cause it’s right there. If you want death, there’s enough to go around there.” When asked why he chose to stop performing the W.A.S.P. classic “Animal (F*** Like A Beast”),
Blackie, a born again Christian, responded, “I look at it like this. I’m a representative of the most high God, and I have to be very careful about the things I say and do. I’m gonna answer one day for the things that I’ve done and I wanna make sure that when I do, that my slate is clean. But equally as important as that, I think, is that I’ve been given an opportunity to stand in front of people and you’re either gonna say something positive or you’re gonna say something mindless — there is no in between. You’re either one or the other. And I’m just trying my best, and I’m not saying that I’m doing it all the time, but I’m trying my best to say something that I think could help somebody’s life.”
Quiet Riot drummer Frankie Banali is on the interview circuit following the recent debut of the feature documentary, Well Now You’re Here, There’s No Way Back: The Quiet Riot Movie. CraveOnline.com asked him if the process of auditioning potential singers as outlined in the movie was even more difficult than listening to a karaoke version of “Cum On Feel The Noize.”
Responded Frankie, “I gotta be honest with you, I have never, and this is no disrespect to some of the kind people that came down and were trying to grab that so called brass ring, I can’t remember the last time when I have laughed so much and also felt embarrassed so much. It was an interesting process.”
Ozzy Osbourne recently shot down rumors that his 2012 relapse was due in any part to the news that bandmate and guitarist Tony Iommi had cancer. “There was no reason except that I’m an alcoholic and one day you just look outside, it’s a sunny day and you know nothing is going to come between you and a beer, and then you go right down the mad slide and you’re crawling around on the floor wishing you didn’t have to watch another sunrise,” said Ozzy to the UK’s Daily Mail. “But if you take cocaine, you can drink forever. Cocaine and booze are the eggs and bacon of the addict’s world, the perfect combination. And you just can’t stop.”
Ozzy says he goes to AA meetings every day which help keep him sober. “Sharon [wife] tells me I’m a bloody fool and screams at me when I’m drinking, but that doesn’t stop me,” says Ozzy. “But she supports me, she knows it’s an illness, she knows it’s part of who I am and it’s only me who can deal with it and it’s because I don’t want to lose what I have with Sharon and the kids that I do it. No one else can cure an addict but the addict.”
Looks like Kiss will be the next band to do a string of dates inside The Joint at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. The band is rumored to be planning a residency for sometime this fall.
That’s Dio’s “Eat Your Heart Out” thundering behind this recent ad for Carl’s Jr./Hardee’s.