The Crüe Add 21 More 2015 Tour Dates to ‘Final Tour’
“The demand to add more shows in North America has been overwhelming,” says Nikki Sixx. “The fans have spoken so we’ve been trying to find time for more dates in addition to the international dates on the schedule this year. We want to say goodbye to as many fans as possible so we added these shows around the holidays. No better way to spend them than with the people who have supported us all these years.”
Mötley Crüe was scheduled for an extended break after their Mexico City show on Sept. 10, but instead added another North American tour leg kicking off on Oct. 5 in Hidalgo, Texas.
Alice Cooper will continue to open on all shows with the exception of the newly announced Las Vegas performance. After the new leg, Mötley Crüe will complete their Final Tour with three dates (Dec. 28, 30, 31) at Los Angeles’ Staples Center.
Bret Michaels Wants To Decorate Your Home
Bret Michaels and Overstock.com have launched a new partnership. As Overstock.com writes, “Musician, TV personality, producer and avid do-it-yourselfer Bret Michaels feels right at home on stage, but he also knows a thing or two about design and fashion.”
Says Michaels, “I live to be creative. Not just in my music and work on television, but throughout all parts of my life. Before becoming a professional musician, I worked painting homes. For 31+ years, I’ve traveled extensively and have experienced the best the world has to offer. When I’m not on the road, I invest in real estate and flip homes. There’s nothing like seeing your hard work and dedication pay off. I have a style all my own, but my real passion is helping you find your style. Join Overstock.com and me and we’ll work together to rock your home.”
AC/DC’s Phil Rudd Pleads Guilty to Murder Threats and Drug Charges
The New Zealand Herald reports that AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd entered a guilty plea to charges of methamphetamine and cannabis possession in a New Zealand court this week. He also pled guilty to one charge of threatening to kill. A second threatening to kill charge was dropped.
Rudd reportedly remained silent in court except when asked to enter his plea. He also refused to answer questions as he left the courthouse.
Judge Robert Wolffe remanded Rudd on bail, with his existing bail conditions, until sentencing on June 26.
According to court documents, police found 71 grams of methamphetamine and 130 grams of marijuana during a November 6, 2014 raid on Rudd’s home, which was conducted after he was accused of threatening to kill an associate and his daughter during a phone call in September.
AC/DC are meanwhile set to play in New Zealand in December with their Rock or Bust World Tour, and Rudd has signaled that he wants his place in the band back.
“I’m going back to work with AC/DC, and I don’t care who likes it and who doesn’t,” he told TVNZ in December. I want my job back, I want my reputation back and I’m gonna get it back. I’m gonna f**king take it back.”
View the video on DailyHeadbanger.com with a post-trial interview with his attorney.
Drummer Steven Adler Debuts Art In LA
Guns N’ Roses founding drummer Steven Adler hosted his first art gallery showing of fine artwork. Held at Forgotten Saints in West Hollywood, Adler showcased his entire art debut collection “50” and discussed the work with visitors.
Check out the video of his showing at DailyHeadbanger.com.
2016 Axes & Anchors Cruise Artists Announced
Axes & Anchors is a 5-day/4-night cruise departing from Miami, FL on February 20th, stopping in Key West, FL and Nassau, Bahamas, and docking back in Miami on February 24th.
Slated to headline and give lessons directly are Zakk Wylde (Ozzy Osbourne, Black Label Society), Yngwie Malmsteen, Michael Schenker (Scorpions, UFO, MSG), Alex Skolnick (Testament, Trans-Siberian Orchestra), Tracii Guns (Guns N’ Roses, LA Guns), and Dario Lorian (Black Label Society, Lizzy Borden).
Get more information at axesandanchors.com
Ozzy Says to Bill Ward: ‘What the F— Are You On About?’
Ozzy Osbourne has responded to Bill Ward‘s open letter to him in the exact same way the drummer blasted him earlier this week: on Facebook.
Ward initially called out his estranged Black Sabbath bandmates, but especially Osbourne, in a Facebook post that claimed that the “rhetoric above all has brought me the most discord.” This was a belated reply to Osbourne’s claims last year that Ward was band’s comeback album or tour with the group.
Ozzy posted on his page, ”I never wanted to discuss this in a public forum but Bill’s statements left me no option to but to respond honestly. Wow Bill, What the fuck are you on about? I cannot apologize for comments or opinions I may have made about you in the press during Sabbath’s “13” album and tour– physically, you knew you were fucked. Tony, Geezer and myself didn’t think you could have done a two hour set with a drum solo every night, so we made the decision to move on. With Tony’s condition we felt that time was not on our side.
Read the entire announcement on Ozzy’s Facebook page.
Joan Jett honored at Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Performance
Joan Jett kicked off the 2015 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony with an energetic three-song set featuring guest appearances by Dave Grohl and pop sensation Miley Cyrus.
Jett, who along with her band the Blackhearts was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame by Cyrus, began with a fierce rendition of her 1980 hit “Bad Reputation.” Original Blackhearts bassist Gary Ryan and Grohl then joined her for a run through “Cherry Bomb,” a 1976 anthem from Jett’s former band the Runaways.
KISS Meets Scooby-Doo in Upcoming Film
The super-sleuthing canine Scooby-Doo and KISS are teaming up in the animated film Scooby-Doo! and Kiss: Rock and Roll Mystery, which will be released July 10 on digital HD and July 21 on Blu-ray/DVD.
KISS members Gene Simmons, Paul Stanley, Eric Singer and Tommy Thayer voice their own characters in the movie, which centers on a Halloween concert at the group’s amusement park KISS World. Scooby, Shaggy and the rest of the Mystery Inc., gang drop by to hear some tunes but wind up partnering with the musicians to take on the Crimson Witch, a spooky lady with a nefarious plan to summon the evil and powerful Destroyer from the alternate dimension of Kissteria.
The cartoon features six classic KISS numbers plus a new song by the band just for the film. Guest-voice stars include Kevin Smith, Jason Mewes, Darius Rucker, Garry Marshall, Penny Marshall, Jennifer Carpenter and Pauley Perrette.
KISS and Scooby have shared screen time before. The band also appeared on a 2003 Halloween episode of What’s New, Scooby-Doo?.