Original Guns N' Roses Reunion Predicted by Axl's Former Manager
Axl Rose's personal manager during Guns N' Roses' Use Your Illusion tour, Craig Duswalt, says that he and others in the old school GNR camp see a strong possibility of the classic lineup of the group reuniting "in the next two years."
Duswalt, who is making the media rounds to promote his new memoir, "Welcome to My Jungle," says that Duff McKagan could pave the way for the band reuniting. McKagan has recently rejoined the band live, filling in for Tommy Stinson who has had live commitments with The Replacements.
"Duff is paving the way to open the gates again," Duswalt said to ABC News Radio. "Axl and Duff are really getting along well at the concerts, so there's an opening."
However, Duswalt also admits that there is bad blood between Axl and Slash, but he and others that were associated with the band in the past feel that Duff could bring the former members together.
Duswalt tells ABC News Radio that he knows "for a fact [Axl and Slash] hate each other right now. It's bad. Axl is a loyal guy and you get on his bad side and some people don't come back, but Slash and him were so close. We [in the old-school Guns camp] all have a feeling it will happen. It's gonna happen in the next two years...there's an opening because of Duff playing with Axl."
He also went into some details about where the rift between Axl and Slash originated. "It was a thing that happened at the end of [Use Your Illusion]," he said. "There were also the differences in music," Duswalt adds, "like Slash wanted to do more hard rock stuff and Axl wanted to do more ballads, rock ballads. There was that difference, but there was a specific thing that happened that both of them are at odds over."
Motley Crue To Continue Beyond Farewell Tour Says Neil
(Classic Rock) Vince Neil has emphasized that Motley Crue aren't going to end their career when they complete their farewell tour, which starts this month. They signed a high-profile contract in January meaning that they'd be sued if they ever hit the road after their world trek ends in 2015.
The farewell plans include a single called All Bad Things Must Come To An End and a movie based on their biography The Dirt. But Neil tells TNTRadioEmpire: "The band isn't over. Here's the thing - Motley Crue is a business and there's different parts of the business. There's merchandising, there's music and there's touring.
"We're just ceasing the touring part. But there's still going to be music coming from Motley Crue for different types of things, and still merchandise and stuff like that," he said. "We're just saying we won't tour any more - that's really kind of it." What's Nikki's take on the band's future beyond the tour?
Plant Slams Page Over Led Zeppelin Reunion Remarks
(hennemusic) In a new interview with The National, Robert Plant has responded to some negative comments made by bandmate Jimmy Page about his role in preventing a Led Zeppelin reunion.
"I was told last year that Robert Plant said he is doing nothing in 2014, and what do the other two guys think?," Page told the New York Times last month. "Well, he knows what the other guys think.
"Everyone would love to play more concerts for the band. He's just playing games, and I'm fed up with it, to be honest with you. I don't sing, so I can't do much about it. It just looks so unlikely, doesn't it?"
"I think he needs to go to sleep and have a good rest, and think again," Plant told The National. "We have a great history together and like all brothers we have these moments where we don't speak on the same page but that's life."
Don Henley Vs Frank Ocean Over Unauthorized Use of Eagles Classic
(Radio.com) Frank Ocean knew this day was coming when he preemptively posted back in March of 2012 on his Tumblr that Rhino Records threatened to sue him over his track "American Wedding" from his nostalgia, ULTRA mixtape, which samples the Eagles hit song "Hotel California." On the track, Ocean takes the master recording of "Hotel California," using the music but putting his own lyrics over them.
Eagles' Don Henley, who sings the song, is not a fan and has now spoken publicly about it. "I heard it, I was not impressed," Henley told the Daily Telegraph. "He needs to come up with his own ideas and stop stealing stuff from already established works."
Henley goes on to suggest that Ocean doesn't understand U.S. copyright law, which prohibits unapproved use of copyrighted works such as this, even when they are distributed for free as his mixtape originally was.
For his part, Ocean seems to understand perfectly. He just doesn't care. "If I don't show up to court, it'll be a judgement against me & will probably show up on my credit report. Oh well. I try to buy my s- cash anyway," Ocean wrote on his Tumblr back in March of 2012.
Ocean's attitude toward Henley and the Eagles is another burr in Henley's saddle. "[Ocean] was quite arrogant about it," Henley said. 'We tried to approach him calmly to talk reason to him via his managers and his attorneys and he wouldn't listen. So finally we threatened to bring legal action against him. He was clearly in the wrong. I wouldn't dream of doing something like that. What kind of ego is that? I don't understand it." Ocean isn't the only one that Henley has a problem with.
Metallica Release Video Of Frayed Ends Of Sanity Live Debut
(hennemusic) Metallica played their 1988 track, "The Frayed Ends Of Sanity", for first time ever at the Sonisphere Festival in Helsinki, Finland on May 28, and now the band have released pro-shot video of the performance.
The "…And Justice For All" tune had been teased in concert before, but the band dug it out for a fan request at the show, one stop on their "By Request" European tour.
Metallica headlined Sonisphere, which also saw performances by Slayer, Mastodon, Ghost and Gojira. Metallica's video package from the event also includes soundcheck from the day before the show, tuning room footage and "Enter Sandman" from the concert.
Bret Michaels Had To Be Talked Out Of Playing When Sick
(Classic Rock) Poison singer Bret Michaels had to be talked out of trying to play solo shows while fighting a serious virus, his solo band guitarist Pete Evick has reported.
The diabetic vocalist was forced off stage after three songs last week as his blood-sugar level plummeted. He was rushed to hospital where he was diagnosed with a severe form of flu, and later cancelled two further shows.
And Evick - who's been present while Michaels fought off a brain haemorrhage, heart disease and emergency appendectomy in recent years - says he's never seen his bandmate in such a bad condition.
He reports: "It took a team of doctors, friends and family to convince Bret not to return to the stage. He doesn't believe it's right, but those close to him would rather have him miss one more day than to cause more problems by pushing himself.
"Most non-diabetics take a week off work when they contract a flu like this, so two days is still pretty crazy." He goes on to describe Michaels' illness
Alice Cooper Comeback Fueled By Sobriety
(Classic Rock) Alice Cooper says he would have made many more hit albums if he had stayed sober. The shock rocker says he made four unsuccessful albums when he was in the grip of alcohol addiction and only made another hit record - 1989's Trash - when he quit drinking.
Cooper is the subject of current documentary Super Duper Alice Cooper which charts his career up until the 1980s. He tells Guitar International: "I got to a point where we made three or four albums in a row that didn't do anything. My real fans loved those albums, but they were so experimental and different from Billion Dollar Babies and School's Out which were both number one and Welcome to My Nightmare which was in the top five. Those were the albums that were huge. Then I had four albums and they were cool but non-existent.
"I think in that period of time from a career point of view, I said I'm never going to make another hit album again. Trash came after that and it sold five million copies. As soon as I got sober all of a sudden things got okay again. It took me going into a hospital and getting sober before I made another hit album."
Dave Grohl Describes Reconciling With Courtney Love At Rock Hall Event
(Classic Rock) Dave Grohl describes finally burying the hatchet with Courtney Love as "beautiful". The Foo Fighters frontman and former Nirvana drummer brought an end to years of feuding with Kurt Cobain's widow when he embraced Hole singer Love onstage at April's Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame induction ceremony.
Grohl tells The Hollywood Reporter: "The wonderful thing about that night was the personal side of it. It was the Hall Of Fame ceremony, but it meant so much to all of us personally that sometimes you forgot about the other stuff, like the arena and the trophy, and focused on real, personal things.
"I saw Courtney walking past and I just tapped her on the shoulder and we looked at each other in the eyes and that was it - we're just family. We've had a rocky road. We've had a bumpy past, but at the end of the day we're a big family and when we hugged each other it was a real hug.
"And after we walked off stage, we just walked down the hallway together, it was almost like no time had passed at all. Those things are real and no matter what it looks like in a magazine or on a website. That's real sh*t and I was very, very happy that we had those moments. It was beautiful."
Black Sabbath's Tony Iommi Becomes Visiting Professor Of Music
(hennemusic) Black Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi has taken up teaching at Coventry University. Last month, Iommi carried out his first official engagement on campus as a Visiting Professor Of Music.
The guitarist visited the performing arts department's facilities and spent the afternoon talking to students and staff, answering questions about his legendary career as one of the founders of Black Sabbath.
"To watch Tony interact with the students was an absolute privilege," said Dr. Geoff Willcocks, Coventry University's Director Of Arts And Culture. "He was incredibly generous and open with them about all aspects of his work. Tony is without doubt a rock icon and he's an inspiration to so many people around the world. It's wonderful to have such an important and respected international figure working with us."