Newsbites: Brian May’s Badger-badger-badger brainstorm
Brian May is poised to release a light-hearted single to continue his campaign against badger culling. The track fuses 2003 web meme The Badger Song with elements of Queen’s work on the Flash soundtrack, including a voiceover by Brian Blessed as Prince Vultan from the 1980 movie. May offered attendees at a conference a sneak-preview of the track – check it out below.
Ex Guns n’Roses drummer Matt Sorum is much happier working with supergroup Kings of Chaos than going through the pain of starting a new band. The outfit includes fellow ex-GnR men GIlby Clarke and Duff McKagan alongside Sebastian Bach, Joe Elliott, Glenn Hughes and Collective Soul’s Ed Roland. Sorum says: “I haven’t really got the energy to go and try and create a band. I mean, how many bands do I have in my back pocket? I’d rather just get a bunch of great guys together that everybody knows and go and play a bunch of shows to 60,000 people. Velvet Revolver took us 18 months to build up. I don’t really want to go on the road for 18 months any more, which will basically kill you unless you’re doing hard drugs – and I don’t do hard drugs any more. This idea that I came up with is like a release for the other guys.” [The AU Review]
Alice In Chains guitarist Jerry Cantrell wonders if fans are aware how much effort goes into making an album. He explains: “It’s such a fucking undertaking. You’re collecting ideas, getting together to play, working on pre-production, hiring somebody to spend six months locked in a room with you, and then you’re mixing. Then, you go out and tour it for a year and a half. It’s a chunk of time. It’s a piece of your life. Within that, there’s a lot of life lived, good and bad. It all gets crammed into that fucking record – it gets compressed like a time capsule.” [PureVolume]
Lita Ford will release a new live album on September 23 via SPV/Steamhammer. No details have been publicised yet.
Megadeth mainman Dave Mustaine believes the relative lack of censoring in music today means writers have to take care more over what they create. “They used to control the things that young kids would get and just kind of protect people more,” he says. “Nowadays it’s such a different place – you can hear any kind of music. The songwriter has a responsibility to what they say to their fans and stuff. I’ve always been provocative in my lyrics, but I’ve never really tried to promote any kind of harm to anybody, or any kind of hatred towards anyone’s belief system or another. It’s always been about trying to instill some sense of self-worth, and to spur creative thinking. It’s really cool to question stuff and just to find out, ‘Hey, am I right or am I wrong here?’ Because if I was wrong about something I would certainly want to know.” [Blabbermouth]
Airbourne frontman Joel O’Keefe can’t forget the challenges of staring out as an Australian pub band. He recalls: “It’s really long drives to a pub in the middle of nowhere, to 15 people that don’t give two shits about you. You’re going to ruin their day with your Marshall stacks cranked to 11 and screaming at them for an hour. ‘Why have you got long hair? Why have you got those amps? You’re not going to turn them on, are you? You’re fucking kidding!’ They hate you before you’ve even come in the door. But you win them over, and they’ll tell their friends – and eventually you form a live following. It takes a lot of hard work. That’s what Aussie bands do, from Midnight Oil to INXS.” [Roadrunner]
Lynyrd Skynyrd have recorded a new theme tune for reality TV show Pawn Stars. It’s called Winning Isn’t Everything and will open the seventh series of the programme, set in the World Famous Gold & Silver Pawn Show in Las Vegas. Boss Rick Harrison recently signed on for another 80 episodes, adding to the 218 already shot.
Peter Frampton will play a one-off show at London’s Roundhouse on November 5. He’ll perform a set of songs from throughout his career. Tickets go one sale this Friday, April 26.
Friends and fans of King’s X have launched a fundraising campaign to pay for frontman dUg Pinnick’s hernia surgery. He’s been working on through the pain barrier because he doesn’t have health insurance. So fans are being asked to help raise $25,000. A statement says: “dUg is not only one of rock’s greatest musicians of all time, he is also the kindest soul, who takes his time to talk to everyone he encounters. He has been labelled the ‘sweetest guy in the industry.’ He goes out of his way for everyone, so we felt it was time to rally up and give back. Your generosity is appreciated more than we can say!” Find out more.
Glen Campbell will release See You There, an album featuring new takes of his classic song, on August 6. The Alzheimer’s sufferer is too ill to tour any longer, and believed his 2011 release would be his last. Campbell’s wife Kim says: “Glen still wants to record, but it’s just a matter of if he’s able to. It gets more and more difficult for him all the time. We’re trying to live our lives and stay out there and socialize as much as we can as long as we can – but eventually we might not be able to do that.” [Rolling Stone]
David Bowie fans are invited to take part in a flashmob photo opportunity outside the Victoria & Albert Museum in London on Friday evening. The best-dressed participant will win a year’s membership to the V&A plus a goody-bag based on the museum’s Face In The Crowd exhibition. Find out more.