Motörhead’s Lemmy Says “I Can’t Do It” and Stops Austin Show
Motörhead were forced to stop Wednesday’s show in Austin as frontman Lemmy Kilmister continues to battle health problems. Watch the evening’s final partial song – and the singer’s heartfelt apology to the supportive, cheering crowd – in the fan-filmed video here.
The group’s previous concert in Salt Lake City was cut short, and Denver’s show was canceled. Each city’s high altitude presented breathing difficulties for Kilmister, whose health issues in recent years have included a June 2013 hematoma and being fitted for a defibrillator.
After greeting his fans and admitting he was still under the weather after the first two songs, “Damage Case” and “Stay Clean,” Lemmy lasted barely one minute into their next song, “Metropolis,” before dropping his arms, backing away from his microphone, and conceding defeat in obvious disgust, as his bandmates ground to a feedback-screeching halt.
Motörhead went on to cancel Thursday’s San Antonio show and suggested that future dates could be affected as well.
Black Sabbath Announce “The End” – 2016 Final World Tour
Black Sabbath will embark on a tour that is being billed as “The End” in January 2016.
The band sent out an official press release that said, “It’s the Beginning of ‘The End’. It started nearly five decades ago with a crack of thunder, a distant bell ringing and then that monstrous riff that shook the earth. The heaviest rock sound ever heard. In that moment Heavy Metal was born, created by a young band from Birmingham, England barely out of their teens.
“Now it ends, the final tour by the greatest Metal Band of all time, Black Sabbath. Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi and Geezer Butler close the final chapter in the final volume of the incredible Black Sabbath story. Black Sabbath’s farewell tour, “The End”, begins on January 20, 2016 and it promises to surpass all previous tours with their most mesmerizing production ever.
“When this tour concludes, it will truly be ‘The End’, the end of one of most legendary bands in Rock ‘n Roll history…”
Black Sabbath tour dates are here.
Dee Snider Berates Europe’s Roadie During Twisted Sister Show
Do not mess with Dee Snider on tour. Especially when he’s playing on stage! Some fan-filmed video that’s making the rounds online this week showed the Twisted Sister frontman unloading on a guitar roadie who worked for the band Europe.
The two bands shared the stage for ROCK FEST in Barcelona, Spain back in late July and during Twisted Sister’s set it appears that a guitar tech for the band Europe was checking his guitar rig at full volume on an adjacent stage.
As seen in the fan-shot video footage here, the chaos started during Twisted Sister’s performance of “I Believe In Rock N’ Roll,” when Snider’s post-solo singalong with the crowd was wrecked by the noise bleeding in from the adjoining stage.
Snider then shouted over the PA system, “Tell those Motherf**kers if they don’t cut it out, I’m gonna pull them off the f**king stage.” After hearing more guitar tuning Snider jogged over to the next stage and could be heard confronting the offending roadie, who Snider discovered was working for the band Europe. “Motherf**ers, stop playing the f**ing guitars,” he demanded. “Put it f**ing down. Put it — motherf**er. Put the guitar f**ing down.”
As Twisted Sister’s crowd continued to cheer, Snider made sure everyone understood the proper pecking order of the event. This is my f**king show. I will sh*t on your f**kng band’s show. Who in the f**k (inaudible)….you’re in Euorpe? I don’t fucking sh*t on their show, you don’t sh*t on ours. F**k You.”
Twisted Sister will wrap up their 2015 touring commitments with a set at the Grand Rocktember Music Festival in Minnesota on September 12 where we assume the American roadies will show a little more respect to the big man!
Bulletboys Singer Marq Torien Arrested In Tampa For Failing To Pay Child Support
According to the web site of the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office, Bulletboys frontman Marq Torien (born Mark Maytorena) was arrested last Saturday morning following the band’s concert in Tampa, Florida and charged with “failure to pay child support.” The 53-year-old singer was booked and put in jail until a $2,802 bail was paid.
Torien was previously arrested under similar circumstances in November 2009 after performing at the Bourbon St. nightclub in New Port Richey, Florida. He was charged with “non-support of children or spouse” and was released the following day.
In an interesting twist, the information was posted on Kevin Martin’s (Candlebox) Instagram account:
Allegedly, Martin is dating Torien’s ex, who is also the mother of Marq’s two children.
Alice Cooper and Slash Pay Tribute to Wes Craven
News of horror filmmaker Wes Craven‘s death prompted an outpouring of social media tributes, including some from Alice Cooper and Slash.
Craven, who died August 30 at age 76 of brain cancer, was responsible for some of the most successful and influential horror films of the ’80s and ’90s, most notably the Nightmare on Elm Street and Scream franchises. He was also one of the first directors to realize the potential for hard rock and heavy metal in horror.
Craven had a long history of supporting hard rock and heavy metal artists – everyone from Alice Cooper, Megadeth, Kiss, Van Halen, Whitesnake and Mötley Crüe made appearances on the soundtrack to his 1989 cult classic Shocker.
Cooper appeared as Mr. Underwood, the abusive childhood guardian of Nightmare on Elm Street franchise villain Freddy Krueger, in 1991′s Freddy’s Dead: The Final Nightmare. Cooper shared a still from the film in his Twitter tribute to the director, calling him a “horror legend and an old friend.”
Slayer Release Audio Track for New Song “Cast the First Stone”
Slayer‘s next release Repentless is due September 11, and the band has unveiled another track from the album. Listen to “Cast the First Stone” and download the single here.
Slayer’s next live gig is on the high seas. They’ll embark on Motörhead’s Motorboat cruise in September, and then in October, they have shows planned for Japan and Hawaii before kicking off a European tour. Check out tour dates, here.
Ozzy Osbourne Guests On Billy Morrison’s New Album
Billy Idol guitarist Billy Morrison has announced the release of his new solo album, God Shaped Hole, which will feature guest appearances from Ozzy Osbourne, Dave Navarro and his Billy Idol bandmates Steve Stevens and Erik Eldenius.
Ozzy sings lead vocals on the song “Gods” which he co-wrote with Morrison. Billy talked about how Ozzy became involved, “Initially the plan was simply to record an EP of covers, but as with everything, the plan grew. I had a song I had written with Steve Stevens that I wanted to sing on, so that got thrown into the pot. Erik (Eldenius) threw some ideas at me, and we started to record originals as well.
“And then I got a text from Ozzy, wondering where I had disappeared to…I told him I had decided to record a solo album, and the next text back from him was ‘Well I wanna sing a song on your record!’”
Sammy Hagar Hits The Road To Pitch New Cookbook
Hagar’s going on a whirlwind tour to promote his latest book project “Are We Having Any Fun Yet?: The Cooking & Partying Handbook.” due out September 15.
“It’s pretty much the manual for throwing a party and the culinary lifestyle I’ve had on the road my whole life,” Hagar explained. “My grandfather was a chef, and my mom was a great cook. And I have all these chef friends — Emeril Lagasse and all these people that I hang out with and cook with and do charities with. So it’s all about that. All my drink recipes from my different spirits, what to pair while eating and drinking. It’s really fun.”
Sammy Hagar 2015 Book Tour
9/14 – Ridgewood, N.J. (Bookends)
9/15 – Huntington, N.Y. (Book Revue)
9/17 – Naperville, Ill. (Wentz Concert Hall)
9/18 – St. Louis, Mo. (Left Bank Books)
9/20 – Larkspur, Calif. (Diesel)
9/22 – Roseville, Calif. (Barnes & Noble)
9/23 – San Francisco, Calif. (Books Inc.)
Richie Sambora Says He’s Developing a Series for HBO
Richie Sambora, former Bon Jovi guitarist, is moving into the TV development arena — specifically by working on an HBO series that grew out of a script he presented the network after being approached to provide the music for a separate project.
Describing the show as being about “the toil, trials and tribulations” that a young rock band endures on its journey to the big time, Sambora told ABC News Radio that he came up with the idea for the show after being approached to write his autobiography — an idea he rejected out of hand.
“It’s like, I don’t want to do that clichéd thing about who slept with who, what substance happened here, what was going on there,” insisted Sambora. “I’m a Jersey guy, so I keep everything to the chest. I don’t want to talk about anybody anyway, right? Plus, I have a daughter … So I said, ‘Why don’t I write a teleplay?’”
BuzzChic wants to know if he’s writing a part for Heather Locklear…
Slayer Frontman’s Sister Jeanette Araya Releases “Bloodline” Memoir
Slayer bassist/vocalist Tom Araya’s 55-year-old sister Jeanette Araya has released a book titled “Bloodline” about their family life and how it was affected by her brother’s role as the frontman of one of the most influential and controversial heavy metal bands of the last 30 years.
The official description for the book says, “In 2002, Jeanette Araya unexpectedly lost her father. As her world crumbled and the darkness of grief surrounded her, Jeanette found solace in writing and sharing family stories with her siblings. Years later, Jeanette shares a touching, occasionally edgy, memoir that reflects back on her father, Javier Araya, and her family life growing up.”
OK – we want some good family dirt!
Joe Walsh Is Writing His Rock Memoir
Joe Walsh has collected more than his share of stories in his nearly 50-year career as a member of the James Gang, Barnstorm, the Eagles, and as a solo artist, and soon he’s going to share the best of them with the world in his upcoming autobiography.
Walsh told Billboard that he’s been working on a memoir, which will make him the second Eagles member — after former guitarist Don Felder — to join the book ranks.
“I’ve been working on it for about a year,” said Walsh. “Some of it’s really funny. Some of it is what happened. Some of it is other people telling me what I did and some of it is just plain my humor. When it’s done it will come out. It’s kind of a big undertaking… I thought for awhile I could actually make more money from people paying me to NOT be in the book, but I guess I’ll go ahead and write it anyway.”