News In Brief
Come inside to find out why an animal rights organisation has called into question the size of Joe’s Perry’s manhood… plus stuff on Mr Big, Jefferson Starship, Quicksilver Messenger Service, Bonnie Tyler and more.
- PERRY’S MANHOOD UNDER ATTACK (OUCH)
Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry has come under fire from PETA.
The animal rights organisation is furious with recent comments from Perry that he enjoys hunting, and as such regards himself as a conservationist.
Says PETA senior vice president Lisa Lange: “People who take out their aggressions and frustrations on helpless animals are usually compensating for other shortcomings in their life. We don’t know how Joe measures up, but it’s interesting that he seems to feel so satisfied when he’s handling long phallic-looking weapons.”
- ANOTHER TOTAL ECLIPSE FOR BONNIE
Bonnie Tyler has recorded a new version of her hit Total Eclipse Of The Heart with a Welsh choir called Only Men Aloud, who recently won the BBC competition Last Choir Standing.
Tyler sang a version of the song with the choir at an event in Cardiff earlier this year, and was so impressed with how it turned out that she asked them to record it with her.
Says a gushing La Tyler: “I’m delighted with this version of Total Eclipse…, and it is wonderful to be working with such a great choir as Only Men Aloud. I am so happy that the legendary Jim Steinman, who wrote this beautiful song, has told me how much he adores this recording of it.” This version is released on October 12.
- QUIET MEMORIAL
A memorial service is to be held next week for Bambi Dick, a teenager from Iowa, who disappeared 26 years ago after going to see Quiet Riot.
She’d seen the band play at the Col Ballroom in Davenport on September 28, 1983 – and was never seen again. Her parents filed a missing persons report, but the case was close the following year, when Bambi would have been 18. However, 10 days after the teenager vanished, the body of a girl was found in Amarillo, Texas. She’d been strangled. Although the girl was buried as a Jane Doe (unidentified), it now seems certain that this is Bambi Dick.
So, next week her two brothers and a nephew will travel to Texas to pay their last respects, visit the place where her body was found and to talk with the investigators who are still trying to track down her killer. Bambi’s parents, Edward and Evelyn Dick, are too elderly to make the trip.
- BIG IN JAPAN
The reunited Mr Big are to release a live CD/DVD called Back To Budokan on October 19.
Vocalist Eric Martin, guitarist Paul Gilbert, bassist Billy Sheehan and drummer Pat Torpey got back together earlier this year, after breaking up in 2002. They toured Japan in June, filming and recording this double CD and double disc DVD package on June 20, at the famed Budokan in Tokyo.
Apart from their best loved songs _ including Daddy, Brother, Lover, Little Boy (The Electric Drill Song), Green-Tinted Sixties Mind, Next Time Around, Promise Her The Moon, Addicted To That Rush – the band have also added two new studio songs: a cover of Argent’s Hold Your Head Up plus their own Next Time Around. There’s also an acoustic version of To Be With You.
Mr Big are playing the Shepherd’s Bush Empire in London on September 12. In the meantime, heck out this video for Next To You: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Hz6ncvnF5s
Like us, you can try and work out when Eric Martin was replaced by a 12-year-old!
- BUTTERFLY BALL
Aussie prog rockers The Butterfly Effect are to play Cardiff Barfly November 21, Newcastle 02 Academy 22, Manchester Academy III 23, London Islington Academy 25, Nottingham Rock City 27, Birmingham Academy III 28.
- STARSHIP TROOP INTO LONDON
Californian survivors Jefferson Starship and Quicksilver Messenger Service are coming to London. The veteran pair are playing the Electric Ballroom in Camden on November 18.
- STRUMMER PAL PLAYS LIVE
Alvaro Perfia-Rojas, who co-founded pub-rockers the 101’ers with the late Joe Strummer, is to play a rare live set in the UK on September 16. The 65-year-old, known as ‘The Chilean With The Singing Nose’, will perform during the Portobello Film Festival, at the Inn On The Green in west London. There will also be a screening of Full Dedication Alvaro, a documentary about the cult musician.
The 101’ers were, of course, a precursor to The Clash. And this is all part of punk night. And for full details, go to: www.portobellofilmfestival.com