Newsbites: Iommi – ‘Blimey, what a strange guy!’
Tony Iommi has recalled the strange experience of working with producer Rick Rubin on new Black Sabbath album 13. The guitarist – who recently explained why he pulled the plug on reunion talks with Bill Ward – says: “I didn’t quite know what to make of Rick at first. His whole idea was, ‘Write the song. Call me when you think it’s ready.’ So I would. Actually, I’d email him, because I couldn’t phone him – nobody phones him. So I’d email him: ‘Do you want to come down tonight?’ And he’d pop in, have a listen, go, ‘Yeah, I like that,’ or, ‘I don’t like it.’ We wanted him to be more involved but he was this elusive guy that we never really saw. But when we started recording, he was there all the time, lying on the bed with the microphone. Blimey, what a strange guy!” [Guitar World]
Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich admits making their movie Through The Never has been an “overwhelming” experience. He says: “In the music world you get very used to controlling your environment. In the film world there is nothing to control – it’s just like a complete clusterfuck, and there’s a bizarre beauty in that.” It’s certainly not discouraged the band from trying new things; he adds: “We have an inbuilt fear of repetition or stagnation or irrelevance. We like to throw ourselves into all this crazy shit all the time.” [Rhythm]
Paul McCartney recently paid his first visit to Graceland, the home of Elvis Presley, during a tour stop in Memphis, Tennessee. He left a guitar pick on the King’s grave, saying he’d done it “so Elvis can play in Heaven.” [Yahoo]
Iron Maiden‘s Trooper ale is finally on sale in Sweden after the label got them into trouble with the nation’s alcohol laws. A new version of the artwork features a close-up of mascot Eddie’s face, rather than the full image from the band’s The Trooper single sleeve from 1983.
Motley Crue singer Vince Neil thinks the band have a more mature outlook on life than they once did, as they gear up for their last run of projects before splitting. He says: “We survived some dark days. We could have died many times from many different things. We made it through it and now we’re in control and we’re not going to stop living. None of us have that death wish. I think we’re a little smarter at this age.” [Atlantic City Weekly]
A test copy of Led Zeppelin single Your Time Is Gonna Come has sold for $3600 on eBay. The double-sided metal disc from 1969 pulled in 40 bids. The track appeared on Led Zeppelin I and was only every played live once by the band.
Mark Lanegan didn’t know how to write songs before working with the Screaming Trees. The frontman explains: “The guitar player wrote, and I’d just change some words to make it have some kind of meaning to me – because a lot of the stuff he was writing was psychedelia, but he’d never even tripped on acid, so it became real cartoonish. I tried to have some sort of meaning to me; tied and failed, I might add. But by the time we got to the last Trees records I was writing and there was a lot more satisfaction in that. It was a learning curve, when I started I didn’t know anything about music, singing or writing music. It took me a while and I’m still learning.” [MusicRadar]
Muse will play at Horse Guards Parade in St James’ Park, London, on June 2 following the premiere of zombie apocalypse movie World War Z. Around 14 minutes of the band’s music appears in the film, starring Brad Pitt. [Radio.com]