Estranged AC/DC Drummer Phil Rudd Arrested Again
Ex-AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd was arrested at his home on New Zealand’s North Island on Saturday night on a charge of breaching the conditions of his home detention sentence for threatening to kill a former employee. He was released on bail Monday.
Rudd’s lawyer, Craig Tuck, told The Associated Press that his client was arrested on a charge of breaching conditions of his home detention by allegedly possessing and consuming alcohol. A cameraman with New Zealand’s TV3 caught the full force of Phil Rudd‘s rage when he asked the troubled AC/DC drummer about his most recent run in with authorities.
See the video footage of Phil’s obvious dislike of the local TV news crew, here.
Dee Snider Says Music Industry Needs To “Start From Scratch”
In a brand new interview with Ultimate Classic Rock, Twisted Sister singer Dee Snider was asked if he thinks there’s any chance that the music industry will eventually figure things out and find a way to make its business model more viable.
He responded: “They have to. But probably the best route they should take… I think they’ve been playing catchup for a long time — they’re constantly trying to readjust and adapt. I think that, probably, the truth of the matter, the answer is to start from scratch and create a whole new playbook. Forget everything… They keep trying to adjust what they knew… Throw it out the window and say, ‘Okay, we’re starting out. Now how do we create a new music industry, forgetting everything that went before?’ Just get it out of your mind. Because it haunts people, it clouds their judgement, and they keep trying to recapture…and it all comes down to economics; you recapture that. Well, forget that — start with a blank piece of paper and say, ‘Okay, now we’re making a music industry. These are the elements we have, this is the way music is created, this is the way music is transmitted, this is how it’s shared and enjoyed.’ Build a whole new business plan off of that. I don’t think anybody, at least that I’m aware of, has done that, started with just a blank slate and just started over. I think that’s really what needs to be done. Just level the fucking building and build something brand new.”
Queensrÿche Release First New Song From New Album and Announce Fall Tour
After a turbulent couple of years that saw a long, drawn out and bitter split between Queensrÿche and original singer Geoff Tate, Queensrÿche will release their new album titled Condition Hüman in October. The band has unveiled their first new song off the release, “Arrow of Time.”
The track, which was first made available to those Queensrÿche fans who took part in the band’s PledgeMusic campaign, can be heard over at SoundCloud.com, and below.
Condition Hüman is the first new Queensrÿche album since 2013’s self-titled effort. The album will be released on October 2, and the band will join the Scorpions for a North American tour starting on September 10 in Boston and wrapping up in their home city of Seattle. Check all their tour dates here.
Sixx: A.M. Planning Two New Studio Albums and World Tour in 2016
Nikki Sixx says “Sixx: A.M. is in the most creative place of our career and we’ve already completed almost 24 songs to date. We’re still on a writing and recording spree and plan on finishing up at least 30 songs total. Volume 1 and Volume 2 of the album have over 22 songs that tie together thematically and sonically. They will not be released at the same time to allow fans to absorb each album to its fullest but both will come out in 2016. This will be tied in with a 24-month world tour. For James, DJ and myself we think it’s the perfect time to release so much quality music to our fans who’ve been supporting us over the last 3 albums. We’re ready.”
Check out the video intereview, here.
Alan White Says Yes Will Continue Without Chris Squire
Yes drummer Alan White said that the band will “keep moving forward” in the wake of bassist and co-founder Chris Squire‘s death last month.
“It’s certainly going to be hard without him, but he called me and asked me to keep everything going regardless of what happens,” he told Billboard. “So absolutely we’re moving ahead. I’m gonna do it for him.”
Squire died on June 27 from leukemia after taking a leave of absence as he underwent treatment for the disease. With a tour with Toto beginning in August and the third annual Cruise to the Edge already booked, Yes looked to Billy Sherwood, a multi-instrumentalist and producer who worked with the band throughout the 90s, to cover for Squire.
Metalheads Say The Damnedest Things
“Do I know this tour wasn’t booked correctly? Absolutely I know this tour wasn’t booked correctly. Gary Holt [Slayer guitarist] made the comment that usually there’s the Main Stage, a second stage, a third stage, and then that piece-of-shit record stage… Now what they’re calling a second stage is at best a fourth stage and they’re wondering why people aren’t showing up. I think they waited too long and think all the talent that could have been on this took gigs in Europe.
It’s easy to fill these stages, but I guess they wanted a different price point, take away the second and third stage which I think had a lot of value. To me, a second-stage headliner is Anthrax, Machine Head…Whoever booked this made a gigantic error.”
“Let me put it to you this way: last year, Slayer, Suicidal Tendencies and Exodus played the Eagles Ballroom in Milwaukee and sold it out. Mayhem came through ten days ago and didn’t sell it out. That’s what I’m going up against here.”
He continued: “I understand it from a fan’s perspective. I wouldn’t spend money to come to this either.”
~ Slayer Guitarist Kerry King doesn’t mince words about this year’s Mayhem Festival
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