As you’ve no doubt seen on your own Facebook feed and on the news, the ALS “Ice Bucket Challenge” is everywhere. Here’s a look at a few headbangers challenging each other and getting in on the action for charity [YouTube videos]:
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And in other great philanthropic news:
In 2011, paramedic/father of two Bryan Stow was severely beaten in the parking lot of Dodger Stadium, suffering brain damage and requiring ongoing care. Shortly after the attack, Queensrÿche became aware that Bryan was a huge fan, sporting a sizeable tattoo of the Queensrÿche logo on his left arm.
“We were incredibly inspired by his love for life, his love for his family and his love for our music,” says original Queensrÿche lead singer, Geoff Tate, who was still with the band when they visited Bryan during his hospitalization. As a show of support, Geoff’s new band, Operation: Mindcrime, is auctioning off the original Queensrÿche stage backdrop that has been featured on several tours. “It’s truly a special part of our musical history and we’d like to raise some much-needed funds for Bryan so he can continue his progress.”
The auction goes live on eBay this Sunday, August 31 (search for the auction under the title “Queensrÿche Stage Backdrop”). Says Geoff, “We’re honored and thankful to have fans like Bryan in our life and would like to present him with a check just prior to Thanksgiving. Every little bit helps at this point and we hope to continue our efforts for Bryan and his family down the road.”
On a related note…during a recent interview, Geoff talked a little about the recent legal settlement with his longtime band with regards to the name. “Well, it’s a farewell for me to the name Queensrÿche,” he said. “We finally settled our differences with the former band. And they get to keep the name and I get to keep the large amount of money they paid me for it. Which is nice, so that’s why I’m taking a year off! [laughs]”
Retire? Nah! Ex-Iron Maiden frontman Paul Di’Anno has trashed his previous retirement plans in favor of recording a new album (no release date yet) with his new band, Architects of Chaoz.
Not to be confused with Kings of Chaos, the name of the supergroup touring band made up of current & former members of Guns N’ Roses (Matt Sorum, Gilby Clarke and Duff McKagan), together with incoming new members Aerosmith (Steven Tyler), Cheap Trick (Robin Zander), Extreme (Nuno Bettencourt), and ZZ Top (Billy Gibbons). Kings of Chaos will once again tour South Africa this December and play some of the greatest hits from each of the respective members’ bands.
Matt Sorum talked last year about his decision to put together a touring supergroup, saying in an interview, “So my thing was, number one I don’t really want to go on the road for 18 months anymore, which will basically kill you, unless you’re doing hard drugs and I don’t do hard drugs anymore, and I don’t drink anymore, and the rest of it’s just kind of boring…This idea that I came up with, this is like a release for all the other guys, because it’s fresh for them. Even though we’ll be playing all our hits, it’s all with all our friends and the buddies that we’ve met through years and years of rock ‘n’ roll.”
Former Guns N’ Roses guitarist Slash says the media’s to blame for all the supposed conflict between the former members, especially with singer Axl Rose. “I’m not bored with the fascination with [Guns N’ Roses], he told the Irish Examiner. “What I’m bored with is all the brouhaha with stuff the media have no idea what they are talking about….the causing of unnecessary conflict between the original members. It’s just a lot of drama and sensationalism. Everyone is trying to capitalize on that. I’m sick of it.”
Rush drummer Neil Peart’s new book, Far And Near: On Days Like These, is due out on October 14. It’s the follow-up to the first volume in the series, Far And Away. Far And Near brings together reflections from another three years of his life as he celebrates seasons, landscapes, and characters, travels roads and trails, receives honors, climbs mountains, and composes and performs music. Neil’s a great writer, and his wry humor is evident as he takes readers on the road and behind the scenes.
Don’t count AC/DC out anytime soon. Drummer Phil Rudd recently addressed rumors of the band stopping touring saying, “There will be another tour and I will be on that. We will probably all have to be dead before it stops.”
Norwegian-American headbangers TNT is gearing up to release 30th Anniversary 1982-2012 Live In Concert With Trondheim Symphony Orchestra on September 8 (Norway) and on September 29 (rest of Europe). The live album was recorded in 2012 at the Clarion Hotel in Trondheim, Norway.
Dodge Charger ad, meet Mötley Crue’s “Kickstart My Heart.”.