Newsbites: Doctors told Lemmy to quit
Motorhead icon Lemmy has been advised to retire, he admitted soon before cutting short the band’s performance at Wacken on Friday. BraveWords report that he told the crowd that experts had told him to quit, but added: “We’ll have to see about that.” Meanwhile, Slash paid a visit to Lemmy yesterday and tweeted: “He’s doing well. There’s been a lot of rumours but he’s in good shape, and finishing Motorhead record now.”
Marillion have cancelled their planned special guest appearance at Mott The Hoople’s show in London in November. The band say: “Following a breach of our original agreement with the concert promoter, we have no choice but to pull out. It is therefore with great regret and apology to Marillion’s fans and to Mott The Hoople (who we respect enormously) that we must cease involvement in this event.” Those who purchased tickets to see Steve Hogarth and co are advised to seek a refund at their point of sale.
Queen guitarist Brian May reports his knee replacement surgery has been a success, saying: “This is no walk in the park (!) but for the first time in month I feel optimistic and free of that old pain.”
Jefferson Starship will tour the UK in January:
Jan 22: Bilston Robin 2
Jan 23: London Borderline
Jan 24: Clitheroe The Grand
Jan 25: Norwich Epic
Jan 26: Skegness Rock & Blues Festival
Queensryche drummer Scott Rockenfield says guitarist Parker Lundgren has finally been able to contribute to the band’s songwriting process now his ex-father-in-law Geoff Tate is out of the band. “He’s been in the band with us now for six years,” says Rockenfield, “But we have a great new thing where Parker was allowed to write. We wanted that, but it was not happening in the past, if you know what I mean. Parker is a great addition and a great musician.” [Full Throttle Rock]
Nine Inch Nails will play an intimate club show at London’s Scala on August 20 August. Tickets go on sale tomorrow (Friday) at 5pm, and are only available through www.nin.com.
Pere Ubu bassist Tim Wright has died, it’s been reported. He was a member of the band between 1975 and 1978 and went on to join DNA.
Anthrax drummer Charlie Benante has undergone surgery to address carpal tunnel problems in his right hand. “Nothing broken,” he reports. “Behind my drumkit soon.” He’s aiming to be back in action next month.
Joan Jett is delighted to have come out the other side of what she calls a “decade of death.” Her new album Unvarnished reflects on that difficult period, which included facing up to adult responsibilities and losing both her parents. Jett explains: “They made it possible for me to do this. My father hated rock’n'roll but he didn’t come down on me to stop it.” She used to write about kids’ themes, she reflects: “Love, sex, partying and having a good time; as you grow up, things change. You realise you’ve got to do stuff. I suppose you could run from that, but you’ve got to be there for your family and friends.” [Rolling Stone]
White Wizzard singer Joseph Michael says he and mainman Jon Leon have learned how to work with each other. “At first we butted heads because we’re both control freaks, and we’re both a little nuts,” he reports. “Eventually we figured out that if we’re going to argue, we might as well do it like brothers, get on with it and keep making music.” [Metal Assault]
Kiss fan podcast 3 Sides Of The Coin – hosted by former Kiss employee Michael Brandvold and Classic Rock contributor Mitch Lafon – this week talk about the revelations in our interview with Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley, which appears in the edition on sale now. Topics discussed include: How close Eddie Van Halen really came to joining Kiss; Simmons’ struggles to deal with Ace Frehley and Peter Criss; Stanley’s real feelings about keeping the band going; the “stupidest, cheesiest mistake” they ever made; whether the four solo albums really saved the band; and more.
Papa Roach have cancelled their planned tour of South America after frontman Jacoby Shaddix suffered a relapse of his vocal cord problems. He’s been ordered to rest. They aim to reschedule the shows next year.