News In Brief
Come inside to find out why Kurt Cobain loves Bon Jovi (in a virtual sense). Plus the latest news on Kiss, Def Leppard, Manowar, Blaze Bayley, Killing Joke and more.
- DOWN’S BROWN TO HAVE SURGERY
Down bassist Rex Brown has been diagnosed with acute pancreatitis. He’s to undergo surgery to correct the problem, and is expected to make a full recovery. But he could be out of action for a couple of months.
- KISS GO TO THE WAL
Wal-Mart stores in America are to go Kiss krazy from October 6. That’s the day the band’s new album, Sonic Boom, will be released exclusively through Wal-Mart in the States. Apart from the CD/DVD, fans will also be able to buy Kiss Mr Potatohead collectables, T-shirts, fleece blankets, make-up kits, wigs, masks, special M&M packets and the band’s back catalogue.
These items will be located in specially constructed Kiss Korners in each store.
- WAVE THOSE VIRTUAL DEF LIGHTERS
There’s now a virtual Def Leppard concert lighter to wave at gigs! It’s available through iTunes. Officially endorsed by the band, this come with what is described as a realistic flame that sways and moves, lighter sound effects and 24 full colour lighter images. Order yours from: http://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewSoftware?id=327996248&mt=8
- MANNISH HELL
Manowar are to release the Hell On Earth V DVD on November 27. This covers the band’s recent world tours including shows in Germany, Norway, Spain, Finland, Russia, Romania, Turkey, USA and Canada. Of course, there’s no footage from any British gigs, because there haven’t been any for over 15 years!
- COBAIN LOVES JOVI
Ever wondered what it would have been like to hear Kurt Cobain doing a Bon Jovi song? Well, that’s exactly what he does in the Guitar Hero 5 game, which has just been put on sale! In the game, the late Nirvana leader’s avatar can be made to play You Give Love A Bad Name, as well as songs from Megadeth, Arch Enemy and – most bizarrely – Bush, who were once dismissed as Nirvana wannabes!
- BLAZING MEMOIRS
Blaze Bayley is to publish a book called At The End Of The Day on September 22. This will be available through his website, www.blazebayley.net
This charts Bayley’s story from Wolfsbane to Iron Maiden and on to his own band. It also traces the history of all the current members of the Blaze Bayley Band, back to their roots in New Zealand, Colombia and… Bristol.
- PERFECT SOIL STREAM
Soil are streaming new single Like It Is on their myspace page: www.myspace.com/soil. It comes from the album Picture Perfect, due out through AFM Records on October 23.
- JOKERS WILD
A documentary on Killing Joke is about to be released. Called Killing Joke: The Death And Resurrection Show, it follows Czech journalist Jana Trzilova as she uncovers the turbulent history of a band that influenced so many others, from Nirvana to Nine Inch Nails, Metallica to Pearl Jam.
Trzilova follows Killing Joke from Czechoslavakia to Iona, Glastonbury, Egypt, Iceland, Peru and New Zealand. the film includes a recording session in the heart of the Great Pyramid and occult rituals. Not quite the normal band on the road rockumentary!
A trailer can currently be seen at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GsB5iuS4AEI