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Joe Perry Returns To The Hollywood Vampires Tour
After missing nearly two weeks worth of shows due to “a combination of dehydration and exhaustion,” Joe Perry returned to the Hollywood Vampires on July 22 at Weill Hall in California.
The Hollywood Vampires tour ended July 25, so now Perry has a bit more time to recuperate before going back on the road with Aerosmith on September 29, when they embark on a month-long journey through South America and Mexico.
The Clash with Sandy Pearlman (seated on left).
Blue Oyster Cult/Black Sabbath Producer Sandy Pearlman Dead at 72
Sandy Pearlman, producer, manager and professor, died of pneumonia and other complications this past Tuesday in Novato, CA. He was 72.
Pearlman was one of the most important behind-the-scenes creative minds in rock history. He was instrumental in the sound and development of Blue Öyster Cult as a producer, writer and manager. He managed Black Sabbath for many years and was also a big influence on the British punk scene, working The Clash, and many others.
In December, 2015, he suffered a cerebral hemorrhage that left him unable to walk, talk or fully comprehend his circumstances and in need of enormously expensive care.
Mötley Crüe To Launch Sex Toys in September
Mötley Crüe has signed a new collaboration with Lovehoney to launch a line of sex toys based on the band.
The Official Mötley Crüe Collection is made up of of eight mini and mid-sized vibrators featuring the band’s typography and artwork as featured on albums such as Girls Girls Girls and Too Fast For Love.
The toys will ship to retailers in September. Bzzzzzzz!
Phil Rudd Says He’s “Stopped All the Crazy Stuff;” Plans Solo European Tour
In a new interview, longtime AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd says he’s a changed man who’s traded in “all the crazy stuff” that recently resulted in him serving an eight-month home detention sentence in favor of a more low-key lifestyle.
“I have behaved myself pretty well,” he tells the New Zealand Herald. “I even tried to give up the cigarettes but I haven’t. I didn’t drink. I am not a big drinker so it doesn’t bother me. But I have stopped all the crazy stuff.”
He’s also ready to get back to work. He’s open to rejoining AC/DC, but says he hasn’t heard from his former bandmates since his legal troubles began, and seems resigned to the fact that the decision is out of his hands: “It is up to [guitarist] Angus [Young], what he wants to do. I am limited to where I can go.”
Although his recent conviction keeps him from traveling to America, he can travel to Europe. He plans to play some shows there in support of his 2014 solo album Head Job. “I am going to France and Belgium to play some gigs. Small venues. Hey, it might even be a pub, you know. It is going to be low key.”
Gene Simmons Rules Out Reunion of Original KISS Lineup
KISS bassist/vocalist Gene Simmons was asked by the Calgary Herald if ex-KISS guitarist Ace Frehley’s recent collaboration with Paul Stanley means there’s a hope of another reunion of the band’s original lineup.
“No, that means nothing,” he responded. “We’ve tried that. Ace and Peter [Criss, original KISS drummer] came into the band and were thrown out three different times because of drugs and alcohol. I mean, how many strikes do you want? And to new fans, it means nothing. When you go see AC/DC, do you think anybody stands up and says, ‘Where’s Bon Scott?’”
After the interviewer pointed out to Gene that AC/DC fans now say “Where’s Brian Johnson?” because Axl Rose is fronting the legendary rock band on the remaining dates of its Rock Or Bust tour, Simmons quickly shot back: “It doesn’t matter. The team has got to be bigger than any member in it, and that includes Paul and myself. I would like nothing more than on the day that we finally play our last concert that four new, deserving, young men are going to be stepping up and wearing the crown… But doing it justice, not going through the motions. They’ll know the songs, they’ll keep the personas, the personalities alive, and continue on. Why not?”
No End In Sight For Guns N’ Roses Reunion Tour
Dates for the Guns N’ Roses Not In This Lifetime reunion tour are booked “far” into 2017, says production manager Dale ‘Opie’ Skjerseth.
Skjerseth tells 11Alive.com: “I’ve been told there’s no end date. I’ve seen plenty of dates going far into next year. Everybody’s working together to keep a common goal – keep the machine going.”
Skjerseth says that Rose’s infamous poor timekeeping is all in the past, explaining: “He’s here before the guys some days. It’s his maturity, and how it should be.”
Axl Rose, Slash and Duff McKagan staged their first show together in two decades when they performed in Los Angeles in April. Since then they’ve been touring North America, with more dates recently announced in South America.
Iron Maiden Among Top Grossing Tours Of 2016
Iron Maiden secured the number 8 spot on the Top 10 Highest Grossing Tours list for the first half of 2016.
Their extensive run of dates in support of their latest album The Book Of Souls has seen them make more than $35 million in sales – with almost 540,000 people attending their shows so far.
Former Pink Floyd guitarist/vocalist David Gilmour climbed to number 6, edging out the metal Brits by $7M. The Rolling Stones also powered to number 5 with their first South American stadium run in more than a decade. The Stones raked in $488 million at the gate since their 50th anniversary shows in late 2012.
Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band beat big acts such as Madonna, Beyonce and Coldplay to take the top #1 spot with their tour for the deluxe reissue of his 1980 double album The River – grossing more than $135M and selling more than 1.1 million tickets.
Metallica Confirmed for Global Citizen Festival in NYC
Metallica will be a part of this year’s Global Citizen Festival in New York City on September 24.
Says the band: “The fifth annual free-ticketed event held on the Great Lawn in Central Park brings together tens of thousands to celebrate the accomplishments of their campaigning efforts to enact global change. Joining us will be the best of the best across many musical genres including Rihanna, Selena Gomez, Major Lazer, Eddie Vedder, Yusuf Cat Stevens [when did he start calling himself Cat again?!] , and more.”
Global Citizen is a social platform for anyone passionate about learning and taking action on the world’s biggest issues including girls and women’s education, health, water and sanitation, environment, and food aid. Visit globalcitizen.org for more information and tickets.
Late Megadeth Drummer Nick Menza’s Memoir Set For Release
Late Megadeth drummer Nick Menza’s memoir, Megalife: Nick Menza The Book, will be published on November 4.
The project reportedly includes events immediately before and after Menza’s death on May 21, 2016 when he suffered a fatal heart attack during OHM’s show at The Baked Potato in Studio City, CA.
Slayer To Release New “Repentless” Comics Series
Slayer announced a partnership with Dark Horse Comics on a new graphic novel series inspired by their Repentless album.
During a recent interview with Rolling Stone, guitarist Kerry King stated, “I think of the songs I write as stories, and if nothing else, they are certainly visual. BJ managed to string it all together so it made sense.”
The first in the series, titled Slayer: Repentless #1, is expected to arrive on stands this December. Pre-orders are currently being taken here.
ODDS N’ SODS
How Would Ted Nugent React If Hillz Used One of His Songs?
Trump supporter and noted conservative Ted Nugent was asked recently for his thoughts on the current controversies surrounding politicians using rock songs during their campaigns.
What do you think of musicians such as Queen, Aerosmith and the Rolling Stones asking Donald Trump not to use their music? Should it be within a musician’s rights to dictate who can and can’t use their songs in that manner?
“Ownership of intellectual property is sacred to those of us who create it, and no one has any right to it without our permission.”
Which of your songs would you most like to see Mr. Trump use during his campaign stops?
““Stranglehold” would clinch the presidency.”
How would you react if Hillary Clinton used one of your songs during the Democratic National Convention, say, your 1976 anthem “Free for All”?
“We would know the end is near.”
What Happened to Dave Grohl’s Throne After Axl Rose Was Finished With It?
Guns N’ Roses production manager Dale “Opie” Skjerset solved the mystery of what happened to Dave Grohl‘s rock ‘n’ roll throne after GNR frontman Axl Rose returned it.
“It’s all good, [Axl’s] foot’s doing well,” he added. “We did that whole run — six shows with Guns, and then we probably did seven shows with AC/DC with the chair. Now he’s fully mobile, moving around.”
As for the chair, however, some surgery might be required. “We gave him the chair back, yes, they got the chair back,” grinned Skjerset when asked whether it was returned. “In parts, but they got it.”
Metalheads Say The Damnedest Things
“It was my destiny. I am lucky enough to have seen the errors of my ways and wanted to do something about it. I’m coming up on three years sober, and I’ve just come back from a meeting, actually. I’ve reached a really weird place with it. I’m not really happy being sober, but I don’t want to get drunk. Someone told me that at three years sober they felt exactly the same.”
“I hear all the time people say that they have another drink in them but they may not have another sobriety in them,” he added. “I don’t want to put myself in that situation. When I’m left to my own ways, I’m going to come up with a stupid idea that makes sense at the time. I end up going, ‘What the f— is wrong with me, man?’ People in their church and kings and queens make mistakes because they’re human. I’ve said the wrong things and I’ve done the wrong things, but I’m human. These days I just try not to make the same mistake twice.”
~ Notorious partier Ozzy Osbourne of Black Sabbath discussing his ongoing struggle with sobriety.