MAY MANAGED HEALTH SCARE BY REMEMBERING HOW MERCURY LIVED
During a recent interview with UK’s The Sun, Queen guitarist Brian May said he navigated through his most recent health issues by thinking about how Freddie Mercury faced his impending death in 1991. The 66-year old Rock and Roll Hall of Famer said, “In a healthy way, it’s good to be aware of your death – so that you can get your life in perspective. Freddie Mercury was very focused and had no time to waste, ever! He really did spend the short life he had doing what he wanted to do. It is important to look at every day as a gift.” May underwent a biopsy in December after doctors feared he might have prostate cancer, but he was given a clean bill of health.
ANTHONY ASSURES VAN HALEN PUT MUSIC AHEAD OF AMUSEMENT
Despite the perception that the early days in Van Halen were filled with non-stop parties, original bassist Michael Anthony says the four members were super serious about their craft. In a recent interview, he said, “Obviously what the fans saw is…the excesses. But the music was always number one. When we were in the studio…and even…on stage, the music was a priority. You can only go with the excesses to a certain point – it wasn’t always the Jack Daniels bottle. We weren’t just a bunch of sloppy musicians on stage drinking; we would critique every show.”
BOSS PUTS HIS OWN SPIN ON INXS’ “DON’T CHANGE”
If anyone knows just the right musical buttons to push onstage, it’s Bruce Springsteen. At a recent concert in Sydney, Australia, the New Jersey rocker and his E Street Band treated the Aussie audience to a rocking (NOTE CONTENT) version of Australian heroes INXS’ 1982 smash “Don’t Change.” Springsteen pulled out the surefire crowd-pleasing cover near the end of the band’s set, and just to add icing on the cake, he segued the song into his fan favorite “Born to Run.”
BLACK SABBATH TOURING DRUMMER TALKS TAKING WARD’S PLACE
Amid all of the controversy surrounding a Black Sabbath “reunion” minus original drummer Bill Ward, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame band tapped Tommy Clufetos to take Ward’s place on the band’s worldwide tour. In a recent interview with Rhythm magazine, Clufetos explained why he took the gig, saying, “I look at it as an opportunity to play great music… I go, ‘Would I regret not doing this?’ Yes. So you have to do it – how could you not. I understand all the mixed feelings and emotions.” He added that he regarded his position being the kit as “paying homage to what was done before me,” obviously referring to Ward without mentioning his name.
MATT SORUM’S FIERCE JOY HAPPY TO RELEASE NEW ALBUM NEXT MONTH
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame drummer Matt Sorum, known for his stellar timekeeping in superstar units such as Guns N’ Roses, Velvet Revolver and The Cult, on March 11 will issue his new album, Stratosphere, under the uplifting moniker Matt Sorum’s Fierce Joy. The proficient percussionist has stepped up to the microphone for lead vocals on his forthcoming collection of acoustic-leaning tunes which he says are “as real and exposed as anything I’ve ever offered in my career…”
MOTORHEAD TO LAUNCH FIRST-EVER CRUISE “MOTORBOAT”
Heavy metal will hit the open seas this fall when Motorhead welcomes fans aboard their first-ever cruise, the Motorboat. Dubbed “The Loudest Boat in the World,” Motohead’s ship will sail from Miami to Key West and Cozumel at an exact date yet to be determined. Additional artists signed up to rock the boat will also be revealed soon.