Black Sabbath Feature Film Coming
(Classic Rock) Black Sabbath are to be the subject of a documentary by top filmmakers Scot McFadyen and Sam Dunn. The duo behind Canadian company Banger Films have previously made rock documentaries about Rush, Iron Maiden and Alice Cooper.
McFadyen tells Times Columnist that they are to start work on a full-length Sabbath feature film, although it has not been confirmed whether it will document the band's entire history or pick up the story since Ozzy Osbourne, Tommy Iommi and Geezer Butler's reunion for 2013 album 13. The record saw the trio record and perform together for the first time in 35 years.
Meanwhile, Banger Films will also film a documentary on Seattle grunge icons Soundgarden. Canadian director Reg Harkema tells Bad Feeling he is working with McFadyen and Dunn on the film, set to get underway in the summer when the band go out on tour with Nine Inch Nails.
Metal Stars React To Idea of AC/DC Without Malcolm
(Classic Rock) Icons of the rock world have given their opinion on whether AC/DC should continue without Malcolm Young - just as the band appear to have drafted in a replacement.
As Stevie Young, nephew of Angus and Malcolm, joined the band in Vancouver ahead of recording sessions for their next album, musicians and industry heads including Jason Hook from Five Finger Death Punch and Wendy Dio - Ronnie James' widow and manager - spoke out on the band's future.
Dio says they should continue. She says: "Absolutely. They are a legend." But Kirk Windstein of Crowbar and formerly of Down disagrees. He says: "No. Not this far in. I know he had a few problems with drinking years ago and his nephew or someone had to fill in for a few tours while he got sober. It's just my opinion but my God, it's AC/DC, what else do they have to prove?"
Testament's Chuck Billy says he hopes the band continue to write and record but he would understand if they chose not to. And former Pantera man Rex Brown says: "No, there's no AC/DC without Malcolm."
Scorpions' James Kottack Released From Dubai Jail
(hennemusic) The Scorpions have confirmed that drummer James Kottack has been released from a Dubai jail, following a recent conviction in the United Arab Emirates over alleged misconduct at the local airport in April.
"James Kottak boarded a plane out of Dubai and arrived in the US last night," posted the band on Wednesday. "He will have to find the time to sort out his problems."
The band also confirmed that they had yet to be in direct contact with their bandmate. "Dear fans, at this point we want to hear personally from James what happened in Dubai," they added in a second posted. "We [will] let you know…Hopefully there will be better days ."
Sebastian Bach Bewildered By Facebook Followers
(Classic Rock) Former Skid Row frontman Sebastian Bach says he's bewildered by people who have liked his Facebook page but haven't bought his latest solo album 'Give 'Em Hell.'
Give 'Em Hell sold 5000 copies in its first week of release - but his official page has over 800,000 followers and his administration section tells him 70,000 are talking about him.
Bach tells The Shoe with Miles Schuman: "I would like to thank the 5000 out of the 800,000 that got my record, and I would like to ask the other 795,000 people, 'Why are you on my page?
"'Are you there to look at the pictures? If that's what you want I'll put some pictures up or whatever.'
Photos Of Led Zeppelin's Sex Shop Visit Going Up For Auction
(Radio.com) The antics of Led Zeppelin in the '70s are the stuff of rock legend. And most of those legends are too NSFW to be printed by this outlet. However, photographic proof has surfaced that pushes one of the legends into the arena of truth.
Privately owned British auction house Bonhams have put up a lot of photos of the band from March of 1973 that document their reception in Stockholm at the Chat Noir club, the city's leading sex club.
On its website, Bonhams elaborate on the events of the evening, saying, "[d]uring the proceedings, which included a naked couple performing on a small stage, the band was presented with a number of gold album sales awards."
The event was suggested by the band's manager, Peter Grant, and hosted by Metronome Records, who represented their label Atlantic Records in Sweden.
Trent Reznor Urges Today's Bands To Break The Rules
(Classic Rock) Trent Reznor has hit out at bands who stay "safe" in an effort to attract positive reviews. The Nine Inch Nails frontman has urged rock bands to express themselves and "break the rules", rather than take the "cowardly" route of keeping on the good side of reviewers.
Reznor tells the Daily Record: "A pretty conservative nature has crept into music and I don't mean sonically. I get the sense that a lot of bands today are designing themselves to get a good review in the hip blogs and that is probably the safest and most cowardly thing you can do as an artist.
"If you have something to say, then say it. Express yourself and break the rules. What I try to straddle is paying attention to what is happening in the outside world to some degree and at the same time becoming insular and really trusting my own voice and my own sense of what is right and appropriate."
Jeff Beck Says Brian Wilson Tour Was 'A Bit Of A Nightmare'
(Classic Rock) Jeff Beck has described his 2013 US tour alongside Beach Boys icon Brian Wilson as "a bit of a nightmare." The guitar icon was persuaded to hit the road with Wilson to promote an album, even though it hadn't been finished.
That led to a situation where Beck was expected to undertake extensive promotional activities to assist with ticket sales - and on one occasion the schedule was so hectic he had to visit hospital for an endoscopy without taking any time off.
He tells Mojo: "They wanted me to spend the whole afternoon doing promo to prop up the ticket sales. So we did this meet-and-greet stuff, where audiences pay good money to watch rehearsals, which robbed me of the afternoon nap.
"I ended up in Chicago University Hospital having an endoscopy - and they still had me playing the next night. It was a bit blood and guts; but I'd fallen in love with the idea of playing with Brian Wilson."