Archive for June, 2011

Vince Neil will receive a Lifetime Achievement Award – Vegas Rocks! Magazine Awards

Motley Crue frontman Vince Neil will receive a Lifetime Achievement Award at the upcoming Vegas Rocks! Magazine Awards.

The rock legend – who lives in Las Vegas but is currently on tour celebrating his band’s 30th anniversary – will be honoured at the ceremony in the Las Vegas Hilton on August 21.

Vegas Rocks! Magazine Publisher Sally Steele said: “We will be honouring Vince with the Lifetime Achievement in Rock ‘n’ Roll” Award, and there is no one that deserves it more than Vince.

“Vince has done so much over the years for charity since he has lived here in Las Vegas and done so many events that has made this town buzz with excitement. It is especially a thrill to me personally to present this award to Vince, since I started this publication seven years ago to honour and glorify my favourite band Motley Crue.

“We are also planning on having a secret special guest present Vince’s award to him with me, so stay tuned!”

Motley Crue has sold more than 80 million copies worldwide and released their last studio album, ‘Saints of Los Angeles’ in 2008 while Vince’s latest solo album, ‘Tattoos + Tequila’ was released in 201


“Trust me, I’m Dr. Ozzy: Advice From Rock’s Ultimate Survivor”

Grand Central Publishing has set an October 11 release date for “Trust Me, I’m Dr. Ozzy: Advice From Rock’s Ultimate Survivor” (formerly“Ask Dr. Ozzy”), written by legendary heavy metal singer Ozzy Osbourne and Chris Ayres.


The official book description reads as follows: “Wondering if science could explain how he survived his 40-year avalanche of drugs and alcohol, Ozzy Osbourne became one of a handful of people in the world to have his entire DNA mapped in 2010. It was a highly complex, $65,000 process, but the results were conclusive: Ozzy is a genetic anomaly. The ‘Full Ozzy Genome’ contained variants that scientists had never before encountered and the findings were presented at the prestigious TEDMED conference in San Diego-making headlines around the world. The procedure was in part sponsored by The Sunday Times of London, which had already caused an international fururoe by appointing Ozzy Osbourne its star health advice columnist. The newpaper argued that Ozzy‘s mutliple near-death experiences, 40-year history of drug abuse, and extreme hypocondria qualified him more than any other for the job. The column was an overnight hit, being quickly picked up by Rolling Stone to give it a global audience of millions. In ‘Trust Me, I’m Dr. Ozzy’, Ozzy answers reader’s questions with his outrageous wit and surprising wisdom, digging deep into his past to tell the memoir-style survival stories never published before-and offer guidance that no sane human being should follow. Part humor, part memoir, and part bad advice, ‘Trust Me, I’m Dr. Ozzy’ will include some of the best material from his published columns, answers to celebrities’ medical questions, charts, sidebars, and more.”

Ozzy last year said that his column in the Times is not meant to be taken seriously. “It’s not a serious thing,” he said. “I mean, I’m the last person to ask advice about health. It’s just, it’s not fit to be taken seriously. I mean — and I’m not doing it, I’m not writing the column personally, I’ve got a guy coming around, the guy who did my book, Chris Ayres, is doing the column. He brings me the column things and I just joke about it, you know. ‘Cause if you believe me, you’ll end up in the lunatic asylum.”

Ozzy said in his first column for the Times, “If people can learn from my stupid mistakes without having to repeat any of them, or if they can take some comfort from the crazy things my family has been through over the years . . . that’s more than enough for me.”

Ozzy added in the column, “By all accounts, I’m a medical miracle. When I die, I should donate my body to the Natural History Museum.”


In response to a Rolling Stone reader by the name of Hugh from New Mexico who asked if he should go to one of those “rub ‘n’ tug” massage parlors given that his girlfriend will never know, Ozzy replied, “A hand job is a very personal thing, and after a lifetime of practice, most blokes get a pretty specific preference for the kind of technique they like. So unless you’re acting as a co-pilot and barking out instructions to your dodgy masseuse every two seconds, it might end up feeling more like she’s skinning a dead rabbit than driving you wild with forbidden pleasure. In fact, it sounds to me like you’ve already built this up in your head to the point where it’s gonna be an expensive disappointment. You also ain’t factored in guilt. It’s all very well you telling Dr. Ozzy that ‘it doesn’t seem wrong’ to hire an extra pair of hands to help out in the monkey-spanking department, but I’m afraid to say that if you’re anything like me, your conscience won’t agree.”

Via: Blabbermouth.net


Mike Portnoy: “I’ve never felt better about where I am musically”

Drummer Mike Portnoy spoke to AOL‘s Noisecreep earlier this week about his roller coaster life in the nine months since he left DREAM THEATER, the band he co-founded and led for 25 years.

“The thing that breaks my heart,” stated Portnoy, “is that some of the fans rely more on what’s reported about me than what I’m actually saying at the moment. I see all these sensational headlines on certain web sites that misrepresent what I’m doing, and there are fans that react to that without knowing the real truth. I always try to offer sincere, heartfelt explanations through social media sites, and sometimes that gets lost.

“This past year for me featured the highest highs and some of the lowest lows. I mean, after spending 25 years in DREAM THEATER, something I’ll never be more proud of, and then the experience [recording and touring] with AVENGED [SEVENFOLD], it’s been some pretty extreme emotional stuff.”

Portnoy is currently playing in a new band called ADRENALINE MOBalongside SYMPHONY X frontman Russell Allen, guitar virtuoso Mike Orlando (SONIC STOMP), bassist Paul DiLeo and STUCK MOJO/FOZZYaxeman Rich Ward. The group made its live debut last Friday, June 24 at the Hiro Ballroom in New York City and is presently seeking a suitable record label to release its already completed debut album.

“[My wife has] heard pretty much everything I’ve ever done and she says [ADRENALINE MOB] is her favorite stuff,” Portnoy told Noisecreep. “That means something to me.”

“I’m energized,” he added. “Playing in AVENGED SEVENFOLD the last year gave me this taste of sort of recapturing my youth, making me feel like a teenager a bit. With ADRENALINE MOB, that feeling is full force now, and I’ve never felt better about where I am musically.”

Via: Blabbermouth.net


Sebastian Bach shooting new videos today

Things are busy in the Sebastian Bach camp these days.

Earlier this month, Bach finished up mixing and mastering of his next solo album, “Kicking & Screaming,” due September 27.

Two weeks ago, the singer was reviewing extras for the release.“Working on bonus materials for CD Deluxe Editions!,” said Bach. “This will include unreleased songs, alternate mixes, & a bonus DVD ! With ProShot live concert footage! Going through footage now.”

Now comes word that the project has headed into full video territory, as Sebastian is set to film two new video videos tomorrow (Tuesday) in Hollywood, California with director Devin DeHaven of Fortress Entertainment.

“We are actually going to have three videos, but one of them is mainly live in concert,” says Bach. “So, we shoot two concept videos tomorrow and then run through the third song to intersperse the live footage with studio video footage,” adding, “It’s gonna be a fun day.”

The follow-up to 2007’s “Angel Down,” “Kicking & Screaming” was produced by Bob Marlette and features guitarist Nick Sterling and drummer Bobby Jarzombek.


Blink 182 give details of upcoming album

Blink-182 is working on their new album right up until the last possible second. Bassist/singer Mark Hoppus says that the group is committed to deliver the still-untitled, self-produced set to Geffen Records on July 31, with a single due on July 3. However, the trio is still not finished recording all the songs.

“Travis [Barker] is tracking drums right now,” Hoppus told Billboard.com during a conference call with reporters. “Tom [DeLonge] is finishing guitars and vocals on some stuff. I’m finishing guitars, bass and vocals on some things. We’ll be working probably through July 31.” DeLonge then quipped, “We’ll probably actually drive it to the [Geffen] president’s house at two in the morning and hand it through his bedroom window at the last possible minute.”

As for the single, Hoppus said there are “three or four contenders,” and they are waiting for the songs to be finished before making a final choice. “Travis is still tracking the drums on those,” he noted, “and once we get those songs mixed it will determine which… will become the first single, ’cause a lot can change when you add drums to something. A song you thought was the one might not be the one, and a song you weren’t sure about comes up.”

The band did promise to debut some of these new tunes during the Honda Civic Tour, which begins on August 5 and wraps in mid-October. Blink plans to continue touring following the album’s fall release, and their recently postponed dates in the U.K. and Europe will take place in the summer of 2012.

As for what this new material will sound like, DeLonge explained that, “We have these songs that are total throwbacks, exactly what people know Blink is. Then we have songs… that are madly different and experimental, songs that are prog-rock Blink music, taking a Blink song but (adding) stadium rock qualities to it. I really think we have a tremendous, diverse palette. We will have the album that I think is really modern and relevant to where we are in our career.”


Brian Wilson Biopic coming soon

A new film based on the life of Beach Boys legend Brian Wilson will soon be headed to the silver screen, according to Rolling Stone. The movie won’t just trace the ups and downs of Wilson’s life, but focus on key moments.

“I have no interest in making a biopic,” producer Bill Pohlad told the Los Angeles Times. “What’s fascinating to me is to look at the different elements in his life, like that super-creative period when he was doing Pet Sounds and the later part when he was redeemed.”

Oren Moverman, who co-wrote the unconventional Bob Dylan biopic I’m Not There, is working on the script for the film. No actors have been cast yet, although with the film taking place over a number of years, many actors might be enlisted to play Wilson.


Alice Cooper jams with Johnny Depp in London

Alice Cooper rocked the legendary 100 Club in London Sunday night. There was a buzz in the air about a special guest for the show, which was played up all day Sunday by Alice’s Facebook team, who posted teasers about who the guest might be.

Turns out the guest was actor Johnny Depp, currently in England filming Tim Burton’s “Dark Shadows.” Depp strapped on his guitar and joined Cooper and crew for “I’m Eighteen” and “School’s Out.”

The 200 tickets for this rare, intimate club show sold out immediately. Fans were treated to a 17-song set full of surprises, including covers by many of the UK giants who played the club in their formative years: The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, The Kinks, The Animals, and a Yardbirds classic was thrown in to boot. 


Mick Jagger’s band Superheavy set month for debut album release

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Mick Jagger‘s new band SuperHeavy have penciled in September for the release of their debut album. The group’s disc will be preceded by its first single, ‘Miracle Worker.’

SuperHeavy’s lineup features Jagger, Eurythmics guitarist Dave Stewart, reggae crooner Damian Marley, soul singer Joss Stone and Indian music composer A.R. Rahman.

The band is set to film a video for the single ‘Miracle Worker,’ while another song on the album features Jagger singing lead vocals in Urdu on the Rahman-penned ‘Satyameva Jayate’ (translation: ‘The Truth Above Triumphs’).

During their first week together as a band, SuperHeavy penned 22 songs. They recorded the tunes in different studios throughout the world.

Last month, Jagger commented to Rolling Stone magazine on the album when the news of the supergroup first broke. “It is a different kind of record than what people would expect,” the Rolling Stones singer explained. “It’s not all weird and strange though. I think Stones fans will think it’s a bit odd, but they’ll find most of it accessible.”


Rock Memorabilia in auction

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Memorabilia from the Beatles, Bruce Springsteen, the Who and other classic rockers earned big money at the Julien’s Auctions Music Icons sale over the weekend in Beverly Hills, Calif.

Among the items that scored the highest winning bids were Ringo Starr’s cape from the movie ‘Help’ ($37,500); an autographed Vox Sidewinder IV electric bass that late Who member John Entwistle purportedly played on an episode of ‘The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour’ ($25,000); and Bruce Springsteen’s denim vest from his ‘Born in the U.S.A.’ tour ($20,480).

Additional Beatles items, as well as memorabilia from Jimi Hendrix, Kurt Cobain, the Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, U2 and Slash, also sold at the auction. The most prized item at the auction was Michael Jackson’s red ‘Thriller’ jacket, which sold for an incredible $1.8 million. Click here to check out the full list of items.