Newsbites: Neil tells Crue fans ‘Don’t panic’
Motley Crue have told fans there’s no need to panic over the band’s plans to retire – because there are a few years ahead of them yet. Frontman Vince Neil explains: “We’re going to put out some new music next year and then it’s our farewell tour in 2014 or 2015. Tours last about two years. To finish the world, you’ve got to do the US, Canada, Europe, Asia. It takes some time.” But that’s not the last followers will hear from Crue members. “I’ll continue to sing Motley with my solo band, and put out solo records and stuff,” Neil says. “Nikki Sixx has got his radio show and Tommy Lee wants to be a deejay, and so we’ll see what happens. Music is always number-one – I’ll always be on stage somewhere.”
Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler has recalled how he and co-writer Joe Perry came up with their track Walk This Way, as the ‘Toxic Twins’ accepted their ASCAP Founders Award for songwriting. “We were playing in Honolulu,” the vocalist says. “I was backstage waiting for our blow connection, pacing and all over the place, waiting for him to get there with our stuff. Finally I couldn’t take it any more, so I wandered out on the stage behind Joe – because wherever Joe was, that’s where the good time was. He’s up there alone onstage playing this riff over and over. I sit down behind the drums and I start playing, and the rest is history. There are a lot of moments like that. You don’t expect it and it just happens.” [Spinner]
Despite their longevity Saxon haven’t settled upon a formula for writing songs. Frontman Biff Byford says: “Sometimes our songs are full-on metal and sometimes they’re not. Sometimes the songs are a little more sophisticated. I wanted Sacrifice, the album, to sound like I imagined it sounding when I was going through the songwriting — and it does. It’s pretty intense. I think we’ve broken new ground and, at the same time, gone back to our early-80s roots. A couple of tracks are more flashy metal songs, but there’s a good mix.” [Journal]
Australian rock singer Chrissy Amphlett, best known as front woman of The Divinyls, has died at the age of 53. She’d been fighting breast cancer for three years and multiple sclerosis for six. Last month she told fans: “You become a patient in a world of waiting rooms, waiting sometimes hours for a result or an appointment. You spend a lot time in cold machines, hospital beds, on your knees praying for miracles, operating rooms, tests after tests, looking at healthy people skip down the street like you once did and you took it all for granted and now wish you could do that. I have not stopped singing throughout all this in my dreams and to be once again performing and doing what I love to do.” Amphlett was also an actor, and appeared with Russell Crowe in 1988 musical Blood Brothers. Her band is best remembered for their 1991 track I Touch Myself.
3 Doors Down bassist Todd Harell has been arrested and charged with vehicular homicide by intoxication after he killed the driver of another car in a road accident. Police say the 41-year-old musician admitted having been drinking cider and taking two prescription drugs. A total of 36 controlled-substance pills were found on his person while he was processed at a Nashville prison.
Snakecharmer bassist Neil Murray says his time with Black Sabbath in the 1990s was a mixed blessing – especially now fans who missed their album Tyr are discovering it. “I think it was a very strong record,” he reflects. “It’s just a pity that while I was in the band we didn’t have a record company that could promote Sabbath as well as it might have done, so a lot of people didn’t get to hear Tyr or Forbidden. We were trying to do something a bit more current when we recorded Forbidden – it wasn’t a very satisfying album to make and we weren’t very happy with how it sounded when it was mixed. However the songs sounded very strong when we played them live.” [LRI]
Crazy Horse guitarist Frank ‘Poncho’ Sampedro fears the band’s current outing with Neil Young will be their last. He says: “I hate saying their ages, but I’m 64 and I’m the baby of the band. I love playing and we’re playing as good as we ever did, but at any time something could go down with any one of us. Our shows are physical – it takes a lot of energy to play that much. I already had an operation on my thumb. Neil’s wrist bugs him, and he has to tape it when he plays. You can’t fool time. You can’t count on this happening again in five years.” [Rolling Stone]
Krokus have announced that former drummer Dani Crivelli has died. They say: “Dani joined in 1987, replacing Jeff Klaven. You can listen to him on the band’s 1988 Heart Attack release that included staples like Rock’n'Roll Tonight and Wild Love. He always kept in contact with the band over the years. We liked his straightforward, but true words about music and life. He will be missed – but will keep on drumming in Rock’n'Roll heaven!”