Steven Tyler says the stage fall that sent him to rehab in 2009 and led to the near-collapse of Aerosmith turned out to be “magic.” The singer explains: “The guys were angry because it was a great tour, and I was angry. I fucked it up by falling off the stage. I know what I did. I didn’t get back to them and they started to look for other lead singers, which pissed me off even more. It was not nice at the moment. I was totally incensed that these guys didn’t call me back – but I had done something to them. It’s just the boys’ club. We can be rough with each other.” [Noisecreep]
Eighteen big-name stars were amongst those who assembled at London’s Wembley Arena to mark the 50th anniversary of Marshall Amps on Saturday. The event, which also commemorated the life of founder Jim Marshall, was hosted by comedian Al Murray and Iron Maiden drummer Nicko McBrain. Guest musicians included Andy Fraser, Bully Duffy, Dorey Taylor, Doug Aldrich, Glenn Hughes, Joe Satriani, Kerry King, Mike Portnoy, Tim Ripper Owens, Yngwie Malmsteen and Zakk Wylde. Between them they performed a 28-song set of covers, culminating in a mass jam of Deep Purple Classic Smoke on the Water. Marshall died in April aged 88.
The London house in which Pink Floyd based themselves in the mid-1960s has sold at auction for the expected price of £1.2m. Roger Waters, Syd Barrett, Nick Mason and Rick Wright all lived at No.39 Stanhope Gardens, although not all at the same time. The building remains in the condition they left it, with old musical instruments still to be found in its storage spaces. Property developer Sham Masterman, who says she’s not a fan of the band, bought No39 and its next-door premises. She comments: “I’ll maybe put some of the stuff on eBay.” [BBC]
Poison are considering the possibility of recording a new album. Frontman Bret Michaels says: “Never say never. We have no concrete plans, but the guys are like family to me. I’ve been out all summer with them on tour with Def Leppard, and you never know what can happen.” [Delmarva Now]
The boy who appeared on the cover of Placebo‘s 1996 debut album is suing the band, saying they ruined his life. David Fox, now 28, says the image of him was shot just after his brother’s death and he’d never given permission for it to be used. The fame associated with the album’s success led to bullying and abuse, he claims, and to him dropping out of school. The band’s management say it’s a matter for their record label to deal with.
Linkin Park have become the first rock band to reach one billion views on YouTube. They’re far ahead of next-in-line Red Hot Chili Peppers, who have notched up 327m views, and Green Day, who have been watched 245m times. Pop star Justin Bieber has been viewed nearly three billion times. [NME]
The next Slipknot album will feature songwriting elements from late bassist Paul Gray, who threw the band into turmoil when he died of an accidental overdose in 2010. Percussionist Clown Crahan says: “There are songs he’s written that will be part of the next record. We’re all going to have to think like him and he’ll be there.” Meanwhile, frontman Corey Taylor is due to announce a “brand-new project” at the New York Comic Con on October 13. It’s believed to be connected with a comic book based on new Stone Sour concept album House of Gold and Bones.
The man who filmed Glenn Danzig being punched out by North Side Kings singer Danny Marianino in 2004 insists it wasn’t a stunt. Dan Stone says: “The two of them started talking and things got a little heated so I figured, ‘Let’s see where this goes.’ I had no idea what was about to happen – I just imagined I’d get some footage and Glenn Danzig and Danny talking: two guys from Jersey yelling at each other. There was no intention of doing anything with it; it was just a weird moment caught on video.” Responding to Danzig’s claims the video was altered, Stone says: “If you watch the video it’s clearly one continuous shot. There are no cuts – that’s everything.” [Decibel]