Newsbites: Blotzer tired of Ratt BS
Bobby Blozter – recently confirmed as the drummer for Geoff Tate’s new Queensryche – says he’s sick of the in-fighting between members of Ratt and can’t answer questions about the band’s future. He explains: “Those should be directed in the direction of the usual suspects in Ratt’s disappearance: Warren DeMartini and Stephen Pearcy. I’m exhausted myself for two years with those two. I’m sorry for all the BS they have fed into fans. Not meant to be mean – just exhausted with unreasonable people.”
London’s Victoria and Albert Museum will open a David Bowie exhibition next year. It’s set to include handwritten lyrics, Ziggy Stardust costumes, instruments and photos. David Bowie Is will run from March 23 until July 28. The musician himself has stated that he has no personal connection with the exhibition.
Vince Neil has slammed staff at a valet car park after he was filmed shouting at them, demanding they return his car and threatening to call the police. The Motley Crue vocalist says: “I was not given a valet ticket when I parked my Rolls-Royce. They then refused to give me the car. I gave them my license and told them to open the car and look at my registration. Again they refused. This could have been avoided except for the stupidity and incompetence of the valets and security.” [Fox 5]
Green Day frontman Bille Joe Armstrong has confirmed he’ll appear at MTV’s Video Music Awards tomorrow night, despite being rushed to hospital at the weekend for an unspecified health issue. The move forced the cancellation of a show in Italy.
Puddle of Mudd‘s Wes Scantlin has been arrested after causing a drunken brawl on a plane. Airport staff in Austin, Texas report he got angry when flight crew refused to serve him more alcohol while the vehicle was diverting to make an emergency landing.
All six members of post-hardcore band I See Stars were arrested last week for possession and intent to use hallucinogenic drugs. Authorities in Salina, Kansas, released them on $1000 bail each. Vocalist Devin Oliver admitted his time behind bars was “the worst 13 hours of my life” and vows it’s his “first and last time in jail.”
Bassist Brent Ashley has left Static-X after playing with the band in California on Saturday. He says: “Wish things could have ended differently, but I’m very excited for what the future will bring.”
The Darkness have released an official mobile device app, available via the Apple App Store and Google Play. Among its features is the Darkness Scanner which will reveal hidden content when pointed at album artwork, posters and gig tickets.
Guns n’Roses are auctioning off a range of road gear including guitars, drums, audio hardware and even a clothes dryer in a flight case. See the full range.
The Sex Pistols have released a sneak-peek video of their 100-page hardback book The Bollocks Diaries, tied in with the 35th anniversary box set of Never Mind The Bollocks, released on September 24.