Check out the new AC/DC video for “Rock the Blues Away,” the band’s third video off its recent Rock Or Bust album.
Mötley Crüe’s Heavy Metal Grill food truck exploded late Friday night (March 6) in Lakeville, Minnesota, damaging up to 20 homes and injuring two people. Police suspect the blast, which happened just after 11 p.m., was related to a propane tank on the truck. “My kids are all asleep and it’s like a bomb went off, honest to goodness,” neighbor Jason Anderson told KARE11.com. “Everything off the walls in our house, windows broken. We came outside, thought a house went up. We realize all of a sudden it was the food truck.” “We have some garage doors that have blown in, front window on a home next door that has been blown in, and rather significant damage to the home where the vehicle was in fact parked,” said Lakeville Deputy Chief of Police John Kornmann.
Update on Bruce Dickinson: Iron Maiden’s Bruce Dickinson recently underwent a seven-week course of chemotherapy and radiology to treat a small cancerous tumor at the back of his tongue. In a new posting on Maiden’s Facebook page, the band’s longtime manager Rod Smallwood offered the following update:
“Bruce has asked me to thank everyone for their tremendous support and kind wishes. He has been extremely touched and encouraged by the genuine and affectionate response from our global family of Maiden fans.
“Radiology is cumulative and continues to build in the body for around three weeks after treatment, so even though Bruce’s seven-week course is completed, he’s had a long period of considerable pain and discomfort. He is happily now starting to recuperate and the pain will continue to abate and the swelling to reduce for the next couple of months at which time he will be able take an MRI scan. It is not until then that we will have full confirmation that the cancer has been completely destroyed. However, prognosis continues to be extremely good and everyone is optimistic for a full recovery. Following the scan, we will officially update you on [the band’s official] website at the appropriate time, probably in late May. After that, it will take a few more months for Bruce to get back to full fitness. Naturally, the rest of the band are totally supportive and Maiden’s plans will be determined by Bruce’s progress.
“Please continue your positive thoughts. They are very much appreciated.”
Iron Maiden drummer Nicko McBrain told a radio station in West Palm Beach, Florida earlier in the month about Dickinson’s cancer battle: “We were all blown away when we heard the news. But the great thing is [Bruce is] in great hands back home in England, not only with his family, but his oncologists and all the people that are working with him. They were all very positive, as Bruce has been, through the whole thing.”
He continued: “Obviously, it’s a blow for everybody to hear the news. Last [month], the official announcement was made, after he finished his treatment. And all of that treatment went exceedingly well. And from not having spoken to Bruce for a couple of weeks, but talking to our manager, he was in amazing spirits, considering the brutality of the radiology, and he had three chemo sessions. So it’s been pretty hard, as you can imagine. And he’s apparently doing very well. He was in the office Wednesday last week, and apparently he went out. He goes down the pub… although he can’t taste his beer. He said, ‘At least I know it’s a Trooper [IRON MAIDEN’s official beer]. I’ve got the bottle in my hand.’ [Laughs] I said, ‘Does it still work?’ ‘Oh yeah!’ [Laughs]”
McBrain added: “So, just to let everybody know, from what we can gather, he’s really in great hands, and he’s doing extremely well. So we expect him to have a full recovery in the next couple of months. And then, watch this space, really. We have made an album. The album was ready to go this year… and it still is. When I say ‘was,’ we were planning on going out and doing some work around the album, which now, we’re all just holding on, and once Bruce is up and running, hopefully in the next couple of months, we’ll… You never know when this might happen. You just never know, do you? [Laughs]”
Veteran bassist Jeff Pilson (ex-Dokken) had a wayward bass returned to him…after being missing for over 23 years. Fellow bassist Marty O’Brien, who’s toured with Lita Ford and Tommy Lee (Mötley Crüe) and many more, recently posted the tale on Facebook: “It’s story time… So… as a teenager in Rhode Island, I saved up all my money and finally bought my first ‘real’ pro bass. A used ’85 Spector bass from a store that told me it was previously owned by Jeff Pilson and used on tour with his band Dokken. As a kid, I saw Dokken, Metallica and Van Halen at Sullivan Stadium in Massachusetts, and Jeff was playing THAT bass. This Spector was my holy grail and I used it on ALL my club gigs when I was a kid growing up in Rhode Island… literally every rehearsal, and every show I ever played in my teens and 20s.
It turns out that Jeff never sold this bass, but rather it just ‘disappeared’ from his collection some years back. Flash-forward to my adult life; I’m now living in LA and have been friends with Jeff for 15 years now. He would sometimes mention this ‘missing’ Spector bass of his that ‘disappeared’ many years ago. I never once mentioned to him that his missing bass was sitting in my parents’ house in Rhode Island in storage. I always thought that someday the time would be right. So, yesterday morning, I showed up at Jeff’s and just gave him the bass. His jaw hit the floor and he says ‘That’s the bass! Where did you find it!?!?’ He was even more in shock when I told him I’ve owned it since I was a teenager. I’d just been borrowing it. For 23 years.” Geez…what took you so long, Marty?!
One of Kiss bassist/vocalist Gene Simmons’ favorite albums of all times? Guns N’ Roses debut, Appetite for Destruction. Speaking to TheQuietus.com about the album, Gene said: “The thing about that record is that it had an honesty that rock and roll had been missing. The ’80s were a terrible time when guitars didn’t sound like guitars and there were drum machines, but then all of a sudden here comes this group, Guns N’ Roses, who plug in their guitars and just didn’t mess around with any fancy stuff. And the songs were undeniable!
‘Welcome To The Jungle’ is an undeniable song in the same way that [The Rolling Stones’] ‘Satisfaction’ has that great riff with the lyrics on top of it. Great lyrics, great imagery, and as soon as you heard that high-pitched voice that harkened back to a Robert Plant-ish approach to singing, which hadn’t been heard in quite a while… Well, it still works today. That’s got to be coming up to 30 years old, but you put that on today if it was a brand new band, I would say, ‘Who’s that?’”
Jack Osbourne, the son of Ozzy Osbourne has posted an Instagram photo of the Black Sabbath singer spending quality time with Ozzy’s granddaughter, Pearl, who turns three next month. The caption reads, “Arts and crafts time with Papa.” In a 2014 interview, Ozzy said that he loved being a grandfather.
He told he told 97.1 The River: “Pearl is such a great experience to have. I have other grandchildren, but when I had my own kids, I was touring or in rehab. It’s a lot better environment now. I can be of service to my family.”
Jack found fame through his family’s MTV show. In 2011 he produced a documentary about his father called “God Bless Ozzy Osbourne” which, according to The Telegraph, contained admissions from the singer’s five children that Ozzy was not a good father in their younger years, and that their abiding memories were of him hopelessly intoxicated, or, more usually, absent altogether.
Speaking of Ozzy’s Kids… The Osbourne’s mysterious daughter, Aimee, returns with an amazing voice and creepy music video. Aimee Osbourne is back in the spotlight and she actually has an incredible singing voice. Recording under the name ARO (pronounced “Arrow”), Osbourne has released the video for her brand new single “Raining Gold.” Directed by Spencer Susser, who previously helmed Lana Del Rey’s “Summertime Sadness”, the clip is creepy and mildly horrifying — but ARO’s haunting vocals are on-point. Check out the clip here
A SoundCloud user who goes by the name of neilcic has uploaded a mash-up of Metallica’s “Enter Sandman” and Hall & Oates’ “I Can’t Go For That (No Can Do)”. Titled “I Can’t Enter That (No Sandman)”, the mash-up features the backing track from Hall & Oates’ 1981 No. 1 hit combined with the vocal track from Metallica’s 1991 tune. Check it out over at DailyHeadbanger.com.
One of our House of Hair affiliate stations, WRZZ-FM had a big day at the WVBA Awards.
WRZZ is very proud and honored to have been named Legendary Radio Station of the Year by the West Virginia Broadcasters Association!
The award is given to only one station regardless of market size and can only be won one time by a station. The station should represent “everything that is special about radio broadcasting”. Live and local, strong community involvement, ability to go “above and beyond, and be in current format of the station for a minimum of seven years. (Classic Rock forever!) Z106 now has a place in the WV Broadcasters Hall of Fame!
Program Director Mike Oblisk raved, “Also, we brought home the Best Rock Station award for the second year in a row for the entire state of WV!! (It’s actually 4 years in a row, we won for Medium Markets in the 2 years before that!)”
The station reached out to The House of Hair and Dee Snider to thank us for our involvement with WRZZ for all these years. Dee reached out to congratulate them … it’s just one big love fest around here!