We’re happy to report that the band is okay, but things were definitely a bit scary after a serious crash involving Canadian headbangers Killer Dwarfs. The accident resulted in head injuries for singer Russ Graham (who was airlifted from the scene) and cuts and bruises for his bandmates.
The band was on its way back to Canada following their performance at last weekend’sRocklahoma festival in Pryor, Oklahoma when the accident occurred along I-70 in Indiana. The band’s truck and trailer, driven by bassist Johnny Fenton, reportedly struck another pickup truck, which then hit a SUV.
Wrote drummer Darrell Millar on Facebook, “I don’t want to freak any of you out. But myself and the rest of the members of Killer Dwarfs have just been in a 5 car pile up I-70 east outside of Terre Haute, Indiana. It was bad and our vehicle and trailer are wrote off. Russ Graham is in hospital with non life-threatening injuries and myself, Gerry and Johnny are at a hotel with some cuts and bruises.” Russ was later discharged from the hospital to recuperate with the other members of Killer Dwarfs in Indiana before heading back to Canada.
That’s guitar great Slash (ex-Guns N’ Roses) taking on the “Star Spangled Banner” before Game 3 of the Western Conference finals of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoffs last Saturday. Go KINGS!
Sounds like Motörhead frontman Lemmy Kilmister is getting his health in order. Kaaos TV sat down with drummer Mikkey Dee to inquire about Lemmy and he said that in addition to diabetes, Lemmy suffered a hematoma last year which caused cancellations of multiple European dates, and also had heart issues for which he had a defibrillator installed.
Said Mikkey, “It’s much, much better. He’s been good for awhile. He’s working hard on his health. We just did three weeks in the U.S. He’s up and about. It’s more to get going again. It’s for the whole band. We’ve never been off eight months. But Lemmy’s much better, and he played great when we did this U.S. leg, so I really hope that he can stay healthy. And he looks good, so that’s all I can say. And he’s working very, very hard on it, too, so all the best.”
On May 21, Guns N’ Roses kicked off its residency at The Joint inside the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. The stint is called “No Trickery! An Evening Of Destruction,” and it runs for several more shows through June 7 [check out the full run of dates here].
Website RadarOnline.com hinted that the band was about to implode, quoting a “source close to the band” saying frontman Axl Rose would pull the plug after the string of shows wraps up on June 7. Said the unnamed source, “Band members have been told their calendars are free following Vegas. Axl is considering retiring and it’s done. Band members and support staff were surprised when told the news and are actively looking for work.”
However — Axl himself had something to say about the rumor, posting this on G N’ R’s Facebook page:
KISS turned in a killer performance on the finale of American Idol last week. Finalist (and eventual AI winner) Caleb Johnson was joined by the band, belting out “Love Gun” with Paul Stanley and doing backing vocals on “Shout It Out Loud.”
Sammy Hagar (Chickenfoot, Van Halen, Montrose) has just announced he’s putting together an album of acoustic versions of his hits called Light Roast.
Says the Red Rocker, “It was just me and Vic [Johnson, guitarist for Hagar’s backup band the Waboritas] live in the studio with no overdubs. Just two guitars, sometimes one guitar, sometimes just one voice, sometimes two voices.” He continued, “I started to learn how to sing like that. I have the hardest time singing without a whole band behind me, but I learned how to do it and it really helped me. It will make me a better singer.”
Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler recently joined some street musicians in Lithuania (Aerosmith is currently on tour overseas) for a quick version of his band’s “Crazy.”Check it out.
Here’s a look at the cover of Ted Nugent’s first studio album in seven years. Shut Up & Jam! is due out on July 8.