Axl Says It's Possible Duff McKagan Could Return To Guns N' Roses
(Gibson) Duff McKagan recently joined his old band and bandmate Axl Rose for a batch of South American shows, as well as an appearance during Guns N' Roses current Las Vegas residency. McKagan filled in for current Guns bassist Tommy Stinson while he was busy playing reunion shows with his old band The Replacements.
In a recent interview with Revolver magazine (via Blabbermouth), Rose talked briefly on whether McKagan might make a permanent return to the band: "It's possible. I don't know yet. It depends on scheduling, or what shows Tommy [Stinson] wants to do with the Replacements and stuff like that. And you know, almost everybody in the band has some kind of issue going on, personally. There's people who have lost family members. Other people are dealing with separations. Sometimes court gets in the way. Real life!"
Talking about sharing the stage with his old bandmate, Rose said: "We kind of finish some of each other's memories sometimes. And the Duff that played these shows with us isn't really the Duff that I knew from what I'd call 'old Guns' or the 'Appetite For Destruction' lineup or the 'Illusion' lineup."
Guns n' Roses wrap up their Vegas residency at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino on June 7. After that Rose says the band will shift their focus to working on a follow up to 2008's Chinese Democracy.
Paul Stanley Responds To Rock Hall CEO's Racism Accusation
(hennemusic) KISS frontman Paul Stanley has responded to accusations of "borderline racism" made by Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame CEO Joel Peresman last week over the rocker's ongoing criticism of the institution.
Commenting on Gene Simmons' speech during the band's Rock Hall induction on April 10 in New York, Pereseman told Radio.com last week, "It was a lovely speech, it was actually kind of classy, as opposed to Paul's. That speech was the best advertisement for [pointing out that] what we did was right. He's been almost borderline racist, not in that speech, but in other interviews talking about how hip-hop artists shouldn't be inducted because they don't play instruments. It's like, 'What are you, kidding?'"
Stanley was asked to respond to Peresman's comments in a new interview with Radio.com on Monday. "I was smiling," said Stanley. "Because look, the guy is clearly reeling from my exposing the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for what it is. He's doing damage control. But he's obviously never had an adversary who could articulate a point of view like I could. And, in desperation, he's attributing Gene's quotes to me."
"I never said anything that could be accused of racism," he continued. "If [Peresman] wants to point a finger, those quotes were all Gene's. It doesn't change the basic truth of what I said. It's interesting: instead of looking at my credentials, I would think, why not look at Joel Peresman's credentials? What has he done to qualify him to run the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame? What did he do? He worked at Madison Square Garden as a Vice President. Well, as far as I'm concerned, delivering newspapers doesn't qualify you as an expert on literature."
The Beastie Boys Ended With Adam Yauch's Death
(TeamRock Radio) The Beastie Boys will never tour or record new music again, a court has been told. Mike D and Ad-Rock appeared in a New York court as part of a copyright infringement case and - for the first time since MCA Adam Yauch's death in 2012 - spoke out on the band's future.
The B Boys launched a $1million lawsuit against Monster Energy Drink after the firm used some of their songs in a video to promote a snowboarding event. Mike D - AKA Michael Diamond - told the court: "We have not been able to tour since MCA, Adam Yauch, died. We can't make new music."
Ad-Rock - real name Adam Horovitz - and Mike D said they were respecting the wishes of MCA, who died of cancer and wrote in his will "... in no event may my image or name or any music or any artistic property created by me be used for advertising purposes."
Metallica's By Request Tour Features Few Rarities
(Gibson) Metallica are currently touring Europe with their By Request tour. Fans who purchased tickets got to vote on what songs the band should play at each show. Guitarist Kirk Hammett says that he is surprised by the lack of requested rarities from fans.
Said Hammett in an interview with MTV (via Blabbermouth): "It's really amazing because, at the onset of this, we thought that the fans would pick all weird stuff and kind of leave all the songs that we've been playing forever and ever alone, but as the results started coming in, people just voted for all the same stuff that we already played. Like, the top songs were songs like 'Nothing Else Matters,' 'Enter Sandman,' 'Sad But True,' 'Creeping Death' ... And in a lot of different places, it was similar, too, which was interesting to us. There have been, like, three or four songs that have come through that have been songs that we don't usually play, and we were hoping that we would get a few more of those types of songs, but we didn't."
Hammett also talked about the one surprise request that the band received: "When we looked at all the results - because we got the results before the tour started - we noticed that the most weirdest, most unusual request was from Finland, and it was for 'The Frayed Ends of Sanity.' And we thought, 'Yes! We have a place where they actually wanna hear 'The Frayed Ends of Sanity.'' Because we've never played that before. It was a song that we never paid much attention to, it's a pretty deep cut. So we've been rehearsing that song a lot, and we're gonna play it tonight [May 28] for the very first time, and we're really psyched. I just hope that we'll be able to play it well, because it's so cold onstage. But yeah, I think it's gonna be pretty exciting, and it's gonna be a Metallica first tonight here in Helsinki."
Slash Rocks The House Of Commons
(Classic Rock) Slash rocked a house of a slightly different type than usual earlier this week when the former Guns N' Roses guitarist performed an acoustic set in the UK Parliament on Monday night.
He played five songs alongside vocalist Myles Kennedy as part of MP Mike Weatherley's Rock The House scheme, which seeks to encourage and support young musical talent.
The pair delivered a set featuring brand-new track Bent To Fly alongside classics Standing In The Sun, Starlight, Fall To Pieces and Sweet Child O'Mine.
Weatherley described the show as a "once in a lifetime event" and added: "It's a real honour to welcome one of the greatest guitarists in history to the beautiful Houses of Parliament."
Scorpions Drummer Seeks Treatment Following Dubai Arrest
(hennemusic) Scorpions drummer James Kottak tells fans that he has sought treatment for alcohol abuse following his arrest, detention and release from a Dubai jail last month.
He tells fans, "After years of drinking alcohol, on April 3rd, 2014 my addiction finally caught up with me during a 5-hour flight from Ekaterinburg, Russia to Bahrain via Dubai, during which I consumed 5 or 6 glasses of wine. While at the airport in Dubai I approached an airline representative to check on status of my flight. The representative informed me that I was in the wrong place and I replied 'WTF?!.' The representative then called the police and reported that I was intoxicated (which I was) and that I made a lewd jester.
"One of the police officers recognised me as drummer of 'The Scorpions'. When the police asked me to show my ID., I showed them the 'Rock & Roll Forever' tattoo on my back, instead of my actual ID. which was in my back pack my friend was carrying for me. Apparently, the police did not find this funny and I was charged with 'Drinking Without a License', for which I pleaded guilty and received a one-month sentence and a 2,000 Dirham (300 USD) fine. I was also charged with insulting Islam/Muslims by making a lewd jester for which I pleaded not guilty and did not actually do.
"Upon returning to the United States on May 6th, I immediately reached out to Bob Forrest, an addiction specialist known for his work with musicians and 'Celebrity Rehab'. I have been meeting with Bob on a regular basis. He has guided me to the MusiCares Organization, which provides musicians with help for mental health and addiction issues."
King Crimson Confirms First Shows Since Robert Fripp's Return
(Prog) King Crimson have confirmed their first live shows since Robert Fripp announced he was ending his self-imposed semi-retirement last year. He'd suspended his career as a live performer after a legal battle with a former record label spiralled out of control.
But it was finally resolved in 2013 - and Fripp announced he'd formed an eighth Crimson lineup featuring drummers Gavin Harrison, Bill Reiflin and Pat Mastelotto alongside bassist Tony Levin, saxophonist Mel Collins and Jakko Jakszyk on guitar.
The band started rehearsals this week, and Fripp reports: "Reporting good days - personally I had lots fun. Two principles articulated: one, enjoying our playing together is encouraged; two, if you don't wish to play a part, give it to someone else. There's enough of them!"
Bret Michaels Addresses Fans Following Health Scare
(hennemusic) Bret Michaels has posted an update on his health status following an issue that forced him to cut short a show in New Hampshire on May 29, resulting in emergency care and a hospital stay after being diagnosed with the noro flu virus.
"Apologies for the pale white face," posted Michaels on Tuesday along with a photo. "It's the first day I've been able to fly to the kids. There is not enough thanks that I can send to the awesome fans, friends, family and medical staff for their help and well wishes. You all rock!"
Under doctor's orders, Michaels cancelled shows in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania and Albany, New York late last week while he remained in hospital.
The rocker dealt with complications involving insulin shock and severe low blood sugar, along with other conditions which doctors later determined included exhaustion/dehydration/fever and the noro flu virus (Norovirus).