Van Halen Split Explained
(hennemusic) Bassist Michael Anthony is revisiting his split from Van Halen in a new interview with Eddie Trunk and reveals he hasn't spoken with the Van Halen brothers in a decade.
Anthony was famously removed from the Van Halen lineup by guitarist Eddie Van Halen sometime in 2002 because he remained friendly with Sammy Hagar after his stint in the band. "I think it was actually when Sammy asked me to come out and guest at some shows when he did the Hagar-Roth tour [in 2002]," Anthony tells Eddie Trunk. "I don't think that sat too well with some people. [Laughs] And it was really odd, because I thought that I'd be out there… Sammy asked me, 'Hey, you wanna come out and maybe jam a couple of Van Halen tunes?' whatever. Not do the whole tour, but just do a few shows. And I thought, 'God, that'll be great. I'll go out there and I'll wave the VH flag high. And I'll also let people know that I'm not dead, that I'm still around. And, unfortunately, Eddie didn't see it that way."
"What actually happened was I hadn't really decided to do it, and Eddie and Alex [Van Halen] knew about it, and Eddie called me," he continued. "And I really don't wanna get into that conversation, but to put it in a nutshell, he didn't want me to be a part of that circus. But then Van Halen wasn't doing anything, and I was just so frustrated because I was tired of sitting home on my hands. My wife wanted me out of the house, 'cause I was driving her nuts also. [Laughs] But I just wanted to get out and play. And I thought, you know, it's, like… OK, he's not in the band, but it's, like… I don't know… I guess it was more of, like, 'You're with us or you're not. You're in or you're out.' There's no area… It's cut and dried. And what happened was [Eddie] actually kind of backed me up against the wall and he gave me an ultimatum: Are you gonna go out and you're gonna play this or whatever?' And it really upset me; he pissed me off. And I said, 'I'm gonna go out and play.' And that was kind of the end of that conversation. Then I got a call back from Alex about a half hour later saying, 'Oh, well, you know Ed. You know how Ed is. He's like that,' or whatever. And at that point, I was just, like, 'You know what?! I'm…' As much as I love those guys and the band and whatever, we had just all of a sudden been through so much, after Sammy was out of the band, and I think all of the drama with Gary [Cherone] and whatever, I wanted to get out and play. So I don't know if you would call that me quitting the band or just…? I was backed up against the wall. And I wanted to get out and play."
The bassist tells Trunk that he has had no contact with the Van Halen brothers in the past decade. "You know what?! The last time that I actually spoke to either one of 'em was the last show of our 2004 tour," says Anthony. "And it's really sad too. I've heard from different people… I know a lot of people that work with them, like the crew guys and stuff like that. So I always hear stuff from them."
Bruce Springsteen Bitten By Acting Bug?
(Radio.com) Has Bruce Springsteen been bitten by the acting bug? Last week, Deadline's Nellie Andreeva reported a rumor that Steven Van Zandt has roped in a pair of his buddies to play roles on his Netflix series Lilyhammer. His Sopranos co-star, Tony Sirico, will join the upcoming third season in a recurring role, and Springsteen will be making a guest appearance.
"In episodes filmed in New York," Andreeva writes in the report, "I hear Sirico plays a priest, while Springsteen has been tapped to play the owner of a mortuary."
This would be one of a few Springsteen acting performances. Most well known was his half-minute cameo in 2000's High Fidelity. In that scene, he played himself, as a figment of Rob Gordon's imagination, giving Rob advice about his "top five" exes. (Gordon was played by John Cusack).
Metallica To Be Artists In Residence At Film Festival
(hennemusic) Metallica have been named Artists In Residence for Mill Valley Film Festival 37, the 2014 edition of the annual event in the California city. Running October 2-12, the festival will see each of the members of Metallica host a screening of a film they have selected for inclusion at the event.
On October 3rd, noted horror movie aficionado Kirk Hammett will host a late-night screening of the 1971 favorite, "Dracula Vs. Frankenstein." October 6th will see Robert Trujillo hosting a sneak peek at "Jaco", the new documentary he co-produced that brings the story of legendary bassist Jaco Pastorius to the screen.
Drummer Lars Ulrich will host an October 7th viewing of "Whiplash", an indie feature about an aspiring drummer and his ruthless teacher that won multiple awards at Sundance this year. Following the screening, director-screenwriter Damien Chazelle will join Lars on stage for a conversation.
Marshall Tucker Band Releasing Live Album From Famed Show
(Classic Rock) Southern rockers the Marshall Tucker Band are set to release a recording of one of their most famous gigs. Live From Englishtown was recorded at Raceway Park, New Jersey on September 3, 1977 in front of 150,000 people.
The show came on the back of their Carolina Dreams album, which spawned Heard It In A Love Song, which became their highest-charting single, reaching No.14 in the US. Now they will release a CD of the concert on September 30.
And while the quality of the audio isn't perfect, frontman Doug Gray says they wanted to release it to mark the occasion and give fans a trip down memory lane.
He says: "The Englishtown concert was one of the largest shows in the history of the Marshall Tucker Band. This album was made from a copy of the original 37-year-old recording. Although the audio quality isn't perfect, we wanted to make it commercially available to our fans."
Billy Idol Reveals Book Signing Tour Details
(hennemusic) Billy Idol will publish his self-written memoir, "Dancing With Myself", on October 7, and the rocker has just announced a series of dates for a book-signing tour to launch the project.
Idol will be appearing for in-store autograph sessions in New Jersey, New York, Los Angeles and Tempe, Arizona in the first week of the book's release.
"Dancing With Myself" is billed as delivering a brutally honest account of Idol's journey to fame - from his early days as frontman of the pioneering UK punk band Generation X to his international solo career.
Two weeks after the book hits shelves, Idol will release his first new album in almost a decade, "Kings & Queens Of The Undergound", on October 21.
Poison May Return Next Year
(Classic Rock) Poison drummer Rikki Rockett says he's grateful to be able to make a living in the modern music industry. And he reports the band are considering hitting the road in 2015 for their first tour in several years.
His comments come after Kiss star Gene Simmons became the latest big name to claim the rock scene was dying. Rockett tells Iron City Rocks: "I feel very blessed to be an older rock guy able to get out there and play, and make a living at this. I consider it to be an awesome thing.
Poison have only played together recently at private events. "They're fun and they pay very well," Rockett says. "It gives us a chance to get together and play. But they're the only shows Poison is doing this year. A few things are being thrown around by our management for next spring. We'll have to see."
T. Rex Vinyl Box Set Coming This Fall
(Classic Rock) An eight-disc vinyl box set of T. Rex's albums will go on sale in November. T. Rex: The Vinyl Collection features all eight of the band's albums, starting with 1970's T. Rex and ending with 1977 album Dandy In The Underworld, and will be released via Edsel on November 3.
Two versions of the box set will be launched: A standard 180g black vinyl collection and a limited edition coloured vinyl compilation, which is limited to 500 units worldwide.
A CD version will also be released, featuring all eight studio albums plus two bonus discs of singles and non-album tracks. Check out more details for the box set here.
Slash Releases Track-By-Track Video For New Album
(hennemusic) Slash and singer Myles Kennedy are sharing a track-by-track preview of the guitarist's new album, "World On Fire", in a new video interview with Total Guitar.
Due September 16, the project is the guitarist's third solo effort, following 2010's self-titled album and 2012's "Apocalyptic Love" release. On Tuesday, Slash will wrap up his North America dates with Aerosmith as part of the Let Rock Rule tour, before turning his attention to launching the new album.
The guitarist will play a series of three concerts in Hollywood's most legendary clubs later this month introduce the new music to fans while also celebrating the Guitar Center's 50th anniversary.
Paul McCartney Releases Half Hour Video Featuring Johnny Depp
(Classic Rock) Paul McCartney has released behind-the-scenes footage from the video shoot for his single Early Days. And, along with a number of local musicians, the former Beatle is joined on the 30-minute session by actor Johnny Depp.
The original video was released in July, with the track lifted from McCartney's 2013 album New. The shoot in Los Angeles led to an on-set jam, with the former Beatle joined by Roy Gaines, Al Williams, Dale Atkins, Henree Harris, Motown Maurice, Lil Poochie, Misha Lindes and Depp.
Included in the session are snippets of Charlie Campbell's Goin' Away Blues and Carl Perkins' Matchbox, which the Beatles covered on-stage and recorded during their early career.
McCartney told Rolling Stone: "I happened to ring Johnny Depp. I said, 'Come along and we'll sit around and jam with these blues guys.' He said, 'Yeah, OK, count me in, man.' I knew it was an offer he couldn't refuse."