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Twisted Sister’s Dee Snider To Open New Exhibit at Rock & Roll Hall of Fame
Twisted Sister Frontman Dee Snider, who testified at the 1985 Senate Hearing on Parental Advisory, to open new exhibit, called Louder Than Words: Rock, Power and Politics, at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame on May 20.
As Cleveland prepares for the 2016 Republican National Convention, the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame is opening a very timely exhibit around rock and politics. Louder Than Words: Rock, Power & Politics looks at some of the most important debates in our country through the lens of rock music.
Twisted Sister frontman Dee Snider, who testified at the 1985 Parents Music Resource Center (PRMC) Senate Hearings on Censorship, will perform an acoustic version of “We’re Not Gonna Take It” during the opening event on May 19. Snider testified along with Frank Zappa and John Denver at the PRMC Hearings, which had the stated goal of increasing parental control over the access of children to music deemed to have violent, drug-related or sexual themes via labeling albums with Parent Advisory stickers. Snider’s artifacts and stories are told in the exhibit including how Presidential candidate Donald Trump came to use “We’re Not Gonna Take It” as his campaign song.
The exhibit includes exclusive video interviews with Bono, David Byrne, Dee Snider, Tom Morello, Lars Ulrich, Gloria Estefan, Gregg Allman, Jimmy Carter, and others, and combines them with interactives, photography and never-before-seen artifacts to examine how music has both shaped and reflected our culture norms on eight political topics:
· Civil Rights
· LGBT Issues
· War & Peace
· Political Campaigns
· Political Causes
· International Politics
The Rock Hall will be doing themed programs about rock and politics for visitors all summer long, including a screening of Free to Rock: How Rock & Roll Helped End the Cold War on Wed., June 29 at 7 p.m. Visit rockhall.com for more information on upcoming events and programming.
Lenny Kravitz and Alice in Chains to Join Guns N’ Roses “Not In This Lifetime” Tour
Alice In Chains and Lenny Kravitz are set to join Guns N’ Roses on their historic “Not In This Lifetime” tour.
Alice In Chains joins the tour on opening night June 23 in Detroit, MI and will perform through the tour’s second Chicago date at Soldier Field on July 3.
Lenny Kravitz will then join the tour on July 19 in Boston, MA and perform through the tour’s second date in East Rutherford, NJ on July 24.
Aerosmith Consider Replacing Steven Tyler
Aerosmith guitarist Brad Whitford says the band have considered touring without frontman Steven Tyler since he has been in Nashville working on his upcoming solo country album since last year. Tyler’s side-project has been a bone of contention amongst his Aerosmith bandmates, and has resulted in the cancellation of most of their 2016 tour plans.
When asked if they could hit the road with a guest vocalist, Whitford says it’s something the band have discussed. He tells Metal Rules: “Absolutely, we have considered it – but whether it will happen I don’t know. I think it would be great.”
Ozzy And Jack Osbourne’s Reality Show To Premiere On History Channel In July
Ozzy Osbourne and his son Jack are starring in a new a new show produced by the History channel called “Ozzy & Jack’s World Detour.”
In this new series, the self-proclaimed history nerds hit the road in a father-son journey they’ve waited years to take. There will be no roadies, no tour buses and no boundaries – just a bucket list of iconic and historically significant spots that includes Mt. Rushmore, Stonehenge, The Alamo, Roswell, The Jamestown Settlement, Sun Studios and others.
Ozzy admitted to The Pulse Of Radio that doing the History channel show will help him fill in some blanks on his own knowledge of history: “Anything past World War II, I’m clueless,” he said. “I’m kind of up on World War II ’cause I was born a couple of years after. So I know quite a lot about World War II and Hitler and the Nazis and all that. But anything from before or after I don’t know anything about. So we’re going to Mount Rushmore, we’re going to the abandoned silos where you guys, America used to have their Minutemen missiles and all that. It’s quite educational for me, actually.”
Former Iron Maiden Singer Paul Di’Anno Hospitalized, Tour Cancelled
Paul Di’Anno, who sang on Iron Maiden‘s first two albums, has cancelled his upcoming solo tour of Brazil because he is in the hospital. There are currently no specific details available regarding his condition. The news comes via the Facebook page of tour promoter, Blog N Roll Producoes. We’ll let you know more when we hear.
Nikki Sixx Slams Gene Simmons for Prince Death Comments: “You’re No Longer My Hero”
Mötley Crüe/Sixx: A.M. bassist Nikki Sixx railed against Gene Simmons of Kiss following his comments on Prince’s death. After calling Simmons “an overrated, lucky guy that dresses like a clown,” Sixx declared that Gene Simmons was no longer his hero.
Simmons caused a stir last week with his take on Prince’s passing. “How pathetic that he killed himself,” Simmons said. “Don’t kid yourself, that’s what he did. Slowly, I’ll grant you — but that’s what drugs and alcohol is: a slow death.” Simmons later apologized after he “got such s—t from my family for my big mouth again,” but Nikki Sixx isn’t accepting the apology.
Then Paul Stanley Tells Nikki Sixx To Shut Up
Then, Kiss’ Paul Stanley took to his official Facebook page after he learned of Sixx’s comments and wrote, “Jesus Christ Nikki Sixx! Would you please shut up, find another way to be in the news and get off your self inflated pedestal.
“Regardless of some things Gene Simmons has said that I may take issue with, his influence on musicians (you included) is undeniable and will continue.
“More importantly, his work, generosity and monetary contributions to numerous causes and charities for those less fortunate makes your ongoing rant, in the scheme of things, the unimportant but annoying squeak it truly is. Move on.”
Boom! Take that, Nikki! Bandmates’ blood is thicker than water!
Iron Maiden’s Bruce Dickinson Calls Out Unruly Fan at Show
Iron Maiden performed at the Adelaide Entertainment Centre in Adelaide, Australia on May 12 and during the band’s set, frontman Bruce Dickinson lost his typical British composure and called out an unruly fan towards the end of “Fear Of The Dark.”
Check out the fan-filmed video below with Dickinson addressing the culprit at 6:57 into the song, saying “To the gentleman in the front with the Raiders shirt on. Yeah, you, being restrained by a couple of very friendly fans. Just fucking calm down, all right, will ya? Otherwise you will be exiting. Pick a window. I hope you like hospital food. Give me the f—ing finger, mate. You f—ing come backstage and I’ll f—ing sort you out myself. C*nt!”
See Bruce lose it, below.
Don’t mess with Bruce during a gig, Headbangers!
Iron Maiden Shirt Saved Man’s Life, Band Helps Him Repay Fan Who Saved Him
In August 2014, Steve Radeski of Adelaide, Australia, tragically had his leg severed in a motorcycle accident. A passerby wearing an Iron Maiden shirt realized the immediacy of the situation and came to the rescue. Almost two years later, Radeski was able to repay the favor with a little help from Eddie and the boys.
“There was no one around and a returned soldier from Afghanistan turned up after he heard the accident,” Radeski began when recalling the event with The Advertiser. “My leg had come off totally and the bones were coming out of my hand. It was a compound fracture of the femur so that took the femoral artery out.”
The motorcyclist explained he had about six minutes to live following the accident. The soldier, Bill Gaythwaite, appeared after about four minutes, “wearing a 1985 Iron Maiden tour shirt which he’d had since he was a kid. He was a tragic fan but looked at me and realized that he would have to use it as a tourniquet which stemmed the blood flow until the helicopter arrived.”
“Iron Maiden saved my life,” Radeski stated. After learning about the accident, Iron Maiden’s management reached out to Radeski, inviting him backstage to the band’s show on May 12, where he was presented with a signed Maiden shirt and given another to present to Gaythwaite. Prior to the show, the band sent a car to pick up Radeski and bring him to the venue where he was given a front row seat.
“It is right up there with one of the best nights I have ever had — it means a lot to get to this point and it has just been overwhelming,” Radeski beamed. “I just want to thank everyone who has helped along the way, it is a really, really good story.” He also revealed, “I still have the (T-shirt) from that day — and it hasn’t been washed.”
Original Alice Cooper Band to Reunite for New Album
Alice Cooper has revealed plans to reunite with his original band for his next studio album.
Formed in 1968 with members of the Phoenix, AZ group The Spiders, the Alice Cooper Band featured Cooper, guitarists Glen Buxton and Michael Bruce, bassist Dennis Dunaway and drummer Neal Smith.
The lineup went on to record 7 albums of classic material – including 4 platinum records – before splitting in 1975, following which Cooper launched a solo career with “Welcome To My Nightmare.”
Now Cooper says he’s been working with the surviving members (Buxton died in 1997 of complications from pneumonia at the age of 49) on new material that seems to have recaptured some of their old magic.
“I’ve always liked the idea that Alice Cooper has always been a Detroit rock band,” Alice tells The Weekender. “We’ve always been a hard rock band, guitar rock, and I’ll never give that up. But every once in awhile, though, there’s just a flavor of what album do we want to go to here to give it that flavor.
And it seems to be going toward the “Killer” album. “And I kind of go, that album, let’s revisit the sound of that album and what we were kind of thinking. You can never go back and totally recapture it, but you can certainly look at the elements that made that album work the way it did.”
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Zakk Wylde Launches Custom Rock/Metalhead Emjoi Set
Guitar icon Zakk Wylde has released a new custom emoji set via Emoji Fame, the go-to company specializing in making emoji sets for musicians. The artist emoji space has been dominated by hip-hop and EDM acts, and Zakk Wylde’s set is one of the first on the rock/metal side of things, and the first for a guitar god.
“Many members of the Emoji Fame team are secretly guitar nerds, so when Zakk Wylde agreed to do an emoji set with us we were beyond excited,” says Gavin Rhodes, co-founder of Emoji Fame. “Zakk is arguably one of the top-ten most influential guitar players of all time and we’re immensely proud of the set that we put together with him. His emojis are hilarious with a double dose of SHRED thrown in for good measure.”
The emoji set is available at itunes.emojifame.com.
Black Sabbath’s Geezer Butler Selling Beverly Hills Estate
Black Sabbath bassist Geezer Butler listed his gated Beverly Hills estate for $3.22 million according to The Hollywood Reporter.
The home has five bedrooms, five bathroom contemporary Mediterranean, on little more than half an acre in Beverly Hills. The house also has a large master suite complete with a fireplace, sitting area, his and hers closets and balcony. There is also a large saltwater pool located in the backyard plus an outdoor dining area.
Butler admitted in an interview with Rolling Stone that Sabbath’s farewell tour is “bittersweet,” saying, “I’m glad we’re finishing on a high note but sad that it’s the end of what I’ve known for most of my life.”
Metalheads Say The Damnedest Things
“I don’t knock them [his bass guitars] about like Janick knocks his guitars about. I treat mine a little more respectfully! No disrespect to him, but I’m not one to be throwing mine about or smashing them up or that sort of thing.
I’ve been playing the same bass for many years – different guises, different colours, but the same kind I’ve used since the 70s. I like to keep it pretty simple.
’m not a collector. I’ve got a fair few basses and I get given stuff, which is really nice. But I don’t really collect them. I’ve never really been interested in that. As long as I’ve got enough basses to tour with, I’ve got all I need, really.”
~ Iron Maiden bassist Steve Harris commenting on Janick Gers’ guitar antics on stage