Metal Allegiance To Pay Tribute To Lemmy At West Hollywood Concert
Metal Allegiance, the all-star metal band consisting of a rotating cast of musicians, including members of Megadeth and Testament, will pay tribute to iconic Motörhead frontman Ian “Lemmy” Kilmister during Metal Allegiance’s January 9 concert at the Whisky A Go Go in West Hollywood, California.
This performance will be a part of a public memorial service for Lemmy Kilmister that has been scheduled for Saturday, January 9 from 2 p.m. to 2 a.m. at the Rainbow Bar And Grill in West Hollywood, California.
Due to the overwhelming and supportive response to Lemmy’s memorial, the Rainbow has announced that it will now use the entire Sunset Strip to compensate for overflow. The Rainbow will close from 5:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. for a private service. However, The Roxy Theatre and Whisky A Go Go will remain open to accommodate those looking to show their respects during this time.
The Rainbow Bar And Grill on L.A.’s Sunset Strip was Lemmy’s home away from home, making it the obvious place for the headbanger’s friends and family to say goodbye to the legend.
Motörhead’s ‘Ace Of Spades’ Lands On Multiple Billboard Charts
According to Billboard.com, Motörhead’s most recognizable tune, 1980’s Ace Of Spades, has landed on multiple Billboard charts for the first time — less than two weeks after the death of the band’s iconic frontman, Ian “Lemmy” Kilmister.
Ace Of Spades entered the Hot Rock Songs chart at No. 12, with the bulk of its chart points from streams. It also came in at No. 8 on the Hard Rock Digital Songs chart, with 8,000 downloads sold, a 2,151 percent increase.
Motörhead ‘s final album, Bad Magic, re-entered the Hard Rock Albums chart at No. 11 with with 2,000 copies sold — a 265 percent gain.
Ace Of Spades is also reportedly set to crack the British Top 10 chart for the first time ever, following a campaign started January 1 by Motörhead fans to launch “Ace Of Spaces” to the top of the British singles chart.
Guns N’ Roses Will Headline Coachella
It’s official! Guns N’ Roses have been announced as one of the headliners of the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival happening the weekends of April 15-17 and April 22-24 in Indio, CA.
G N’ R will headline both Saturdays of Coachella (April 16 & 23), but as of yet, there has been no confirmation as to exactly who will be taking the stage with singer Axl Rose. Original guitarist Slash and founding bassist Duff McKagan both shared the Coachella announcement on their Facebook pages — which strongly points to them joining singer Rose for the gigs. No news yet if any of the other members of the classic lineup will be joining in.
Axl was expected to make an announcement about the future of Guns N’ Roses on Tuesday’s (Jan. 5) edition of Jimmy Kimmel Live!, but he suddenly pulled out the day before. Teased Kimmel, “Axl Rose was supposed to be here tomorrow, but he will not be here tomorrow, for reasons known only to Axl Rose. Or maybe he will be here and he’s just trying to keep us guessing. I don’t know.”
Bon Jovi’s New Album Due In March
Bon Jovi’s new album, This House Is Not For Sale, is expected out in March. Frontman Jon Bon Jovi talked about the band’s upcoming 14th studio album during a recent press conference in Kuala Lumpur, saying the band’s new songs found them “really going back to the beginning” — right down to where and how the songs were tracked. “We were recording at different times and different rooms in the studio. That’s not happening anymore,” said Bon Jovi. “We went back to the place [the Power Station in Manhattan] where we cut ‘Runaway’ in 1982 – where I used to sweep the floor and fetch coffee.”
Mötley Crüe’s “The Dirt” Film Due in 2016
The film adaptation of Mötley Crüe’s The Dirt memoir may reach theaters in 2016, hints singer Vince Neil, who told Las Vegas Magazine that some of the recent behind-the-scenes changes on the movie include a new script — which he deemed a vast improvement over the previous draft — and a potential release date.
“Making music and making movies is two different things. We’re involved in it, but … we just got a new script about three or four months ago, the rewrite of the old script, and it’s way, way better. It’s such a great script,” said Neil. “This movie should be out in the summer of 2016. It does stay pretty close to The Dirt, so if you’ve read The Dirt, it’s really something to look forward to.”
Mötley Crüe Release Teaser For Their Upcoming Concert Film
In more Crüe news, the band has announced plans to release a full-length concert film this year of their final performance recorded on New Year’s Eve in L.A, which will also include exclusive interviews and behind-the-scenes footage of the last week of the tour. The film will premiere in theaters in Spring 2016 for a one-night-only stand and on Pay Per View.
After 34 years performing together, the Final Tour saw the band perform over 164 shows worldwide. Fans will be able to enjoy and/or relive the spectacular and cutting edge production elements of the Final Tour, such as Tommy Lee’s “Cruecifly” drum roller coaster (wonder if it’ll include footage of the New Year’s Eve show of Tommy Lee getting stuck upside down halfway through his performance), as well as Nikki Sixx’s fire-spitting bass performance, and all the fan-favorite hits.
The band released a teaser video on Tuesday. Check it out here.
Ozzy Osbourne and Son Jack Visit Cuba for History Channel Project
Ozzy is the most recent A-list celebrity to travel to Cuba since the thawing of relations with the U.S. Ozzy and his son Jack traveled to Havana for a week-long stay, reportedly to continue shooting episodes for their new show on the History Channel. Jack Osbourne has been documenting the trip with several posts on Instagram.
In a recent interview with Billboard, Ozzy spoke about the progress of his new show. “We went to Stonehenge and met a guy who thinks he’s the f–king reincarnation of King Arthur. And we went to Bletchley Park to see the machine [Alan Turing] used to break the [German] code. We’re going to Mount Rushmore, to the abandoned silos where America used to have their Minutemen missiles and all that. It’s educational for me, actually — history with an Osbourne slant,” says Ozzy.
Michael Schenker’s Temple of Rock To Release Double A-Side Single To Coincide With UK Tour
Scorpions’ guitarist Michael Schenker will release a new double A-side single, “Rock City” backed with “Good Times”, on January 11, to celebrate his nationwide UK tour that starts on January 20.
The single is taken from Michael Schenker’s Temple Of Rock album Spirit On A Mission. The tour will see Schenker perform tracks from the album including the singles “Communion”, “Vigilante Man” and “Live And Let Live”, plus UFO, MSG, and Scorpions classics.
Schenker’s band features ex-Scorpions Herman Rarebell (drums) and Francis Buchholz (bass), Wayne Findlay (guitar, keyboards), and ex-Rainbow vocalist Doogie White.
Metal Church Turn It Up To 11
Also on the way: Metal Church’s 11th studio album, XI, on March 25. The album features the return of frontman Mike Howe.
Update: Steve Vai’s Stolen Guitar “Bo” Found
Steve Vai’s guitar, nicknamed “Bo” , was stolen outside a benefit concert for Tony MacAlpine on Dec. 12. Apparently, the theives thought better of stealing it. Roughly a week after it disappeared, Vai’s guitar was “found left in the bushes at the gate on Steve’s property.”
Lemmy Said The Damnedest Things
“If we moved in next door, your lawn would die.”
~ Lemmy, explaining his newly formed band Motörhead.
“If you think you’re too old for rock n’ roll, then you are.”
~ Lemmy Kilmister
“My earliest memory is shouting; at what and for what reason I don’t know. Probably a tantrum or I may have been rehearsing. I was always an early starter.”
~ Lemmy Kilmister
“If you’re going to be a f**king rock star, go be one. People don’t want to see the guy next door on stage, they want to see a being from another planet. You want to see somebody you’d never meet in ordinary life…”
~ Lemmy Kilmister
“You live it, you drink it, you believe it and you love it.”
~ Lemmy Kilmister