Mr. Big drummer Pat Torpey has been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. Due to health issues stemming from his condition, he’ll have to step away from touring in support of the band’s new album, …The Stories We Could Tell. Torpey is 54. “I’ve been dealing with Parkinson’s symptoms for the past couple of years and only recently received a confirmed diagnosis as symptoms worsened,” he says.
“I intend to fight the disease with the same intensity and tenacity that I drum and live my life by and will continue recording and performing, as always, to the best of my ability.” Currently, there is no cure for Parkinson’s; modern treatments are mostly effective at managing the early motor symptoms of the disease. We’re thinking of you, Pat…stay strong.
Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler has collaborated with Modo Eyewear to launch his own brand of glasses. Available through Coastal.com, the Steven Tyler 401 Gunmetal glasses retail for $89.
Out on August 15: Voyageur Press’s The Big Book Of Hair Metal: The Illustrated Oral History Of Heavy Metal’s Debauched Decade. Metal journalist Martin Popoff takes a look at hairbands as told through interviews, unpublished quotes, outrageous anecdotes, photos, and memorabilia.
“There’s four major industries impacted by piracy: music, software, literature and movies,” said Cinderella frontman Tom Keifer to American Blues Scene magazine in a recent interview. “That’s a huge segment of our economy. It is. And everyone’s just kind of, like, ‘F*** it.’ I mean, it’s like, we already have laws in the books, they’re called copyright laws, it’s just no one’s enforcing them on the Internet because they just think the Internet is this other crazy place where laws don’t apply or something…
I’ve read a lot about it and it’s just kind of crazy the way this bleeds into our economy, down to trucking and retailing and across the board in those four industries, it’s a huge impact. Look at all the retail stores that have closed, between movies and music, it’s just crazy. It’s huge, I mean, it’s millions of jobs there’s no doubt about that. Walk into a bookstore with a copying machine and just start copying books, and see how long they would get away with it.”
And while we’re on the subject…here’s the lyric video for Tom Keifer’s “It’s Not Enough” from his last studio album, The Way Life Goes.
Not long ago, Kiss frontman Paul Stanley said that former guitarist Ace Frehley wasn’t fit to “wear the uniform” of Kiss, saying, “If you no longer can uphold your end or live up to the stature that we set for ourselves in the beginning, if you are compromised by drugs or alcohol, if you’ve lost sight of how lucky we are to be in this position, then you no longer deserve to wear the uniform.” Ace fired back in a recent interview, saying “It’s a joke. In concert, I always delivered, and 95 percent of the time I delivered on record. It’s there, it’s history. All they’re trying to do is discredit me, so it validates the new lineup. They’ll look foolish when my new album comes out. I think they’re just cranky that every time they go on the Internet they have to read fans saying, ‘Get Ace back.'”
From Yahoo! Travel comes this rock-star insider feature called “How To Trash A Hotel Room” by Poison’s Bret Michaels. Says Bret, “There’s got to be a massive kick, usually into a closet door — a little hollow in there, so you get your foot through it so you feel fired up when it happens. Find a vase or something that’s going to shatter loudly. Go after the coffee machine — that’s a good one — anything from the minibar. Make sure it’s loud and a lot of glass involved and there are no children within eye-shatter range.” Um…what year is this??
Master of Puppets? Twisted Sister frontman and HOH host Dee Snider is co-producing an off-Broadway, Muppet-style puppet show called Puppet Titus Andronicus. The show runs now through August 17 at the Beckett Theatre in Manhattan. It’s a modern spin on Shakespeare’s “worst” play, with silly-string gore, angry goths, a villainous anthropomorphic boar and all of the deaths, dismemberment, cannibalism and crimes against humanity that make “Titus” the “poetic atrocity” that it is. Check out Dee and some of the stars of the show talking about “Puppet Titus Andronicus”.