Newsbites: Alice Cooper guitar climbs Everest
A guitar signed by Alice Cooper has been taken to the summit of Mount Everest by a charity fundraising firefighter. Todd Pendleton has made nearly $20,000 of his target $25,000 for the Leukaemia And Lymphoma Society. He says: It’s hard to put into words how difficult the journey has been. Death was palpable every time we put our crampons on. You had to focus on what you were doing, not what could happen, but it was always in the back of your mind. I haven’t been able to put into words what happened on summit day yet, but it tested my soul. It was terrifying and beautiful. I wouldn’t recommend it to anyone though.” Donate now.
Metallica can’t concentrate on a new album until their touring activities have covered the costs of upcoming film Through The Never. Frontman James Hetfield says: “We’ve been touring some obscure places. Basically what we’re trying to do is pay for this movie. The touring is keeping us from getting in and finishing the record. I want it done yesterday.” He adds that the band have enough material to make the follow-up to 2008′s Death Magnetic, noting: “We’ve gone through maybe one-tenth of the material on our riffs CD.” [Billboard]
Roger Hodgson kicks off his UK tour tonight. The former Supertramp vocalist says: “You kept asking me to return and now it’s official. I’m truly grateful to have the best fans in the world – I thank you for your support in spreading the word, and connecting my name with my voice and songs to those who only know my songs as Supertramp.”
May 24: Buckingham, Stowe School
May 25: London Royal Albert Hall
May 26: Birmingham Symphony Hall
May 28: Liverpool Philharmonic
May 29: Manchester Bridgewater Hall
May 30: Glasgow Royal Concert Hall
Jerry Cantrell started work on Alice In Chains track Stone while he was unable to play guitar. Recording sessions for The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here was put on hold while he underwent shoulder surgery, and the idea for the song came to him while he was still recovering. “I just started hearing something in my head,” he says. “My arm’s all fucked up, so I grabbed the phone and started humming the riff into the phone, and that’s where the song came from. I still have the voice recording – it’s hilarious!” [Grammy.com]
Alex Lifeson admits Rush need to take a day off after each three-hour show. He says: “we’re much more conservative than we used to be – not that we were crazy party guys. We don’t work consecutive gigs any more. Those off-days are truly recovery days, especially for Geddy and Neil. Geddy tends to get up at 1pm and doesn’t talk, so he can rest his voice. We’ll go for dinner together – it’s pretty subdued with a nice meal and a glass of wine. We’re going to be 60 this year so we have to look after ourselves.” [Metal Express Radio]
Slash has described Chester Bennington’s debut with Stone Temple Pilots as “fantastic” and says he’s “really excited for this new lineup.” Bennington has replaced Scott Weiland in STP, although he’ll continue working with main band Linkin Park. Slash, whose band Velvet Revolver sacked Weiland in 2008, revealed last year that STP had made the same move, before it was confirmed in February.
The version of Queensryche fronted by Todd La Torre have made samples from every track of their upcoming self-titled album available on Amazon.
Josh Homme believes you can’t cherry-pick when it comes to decision-making. The Queens Of The Stone Age frontman says: “I think people believe I’m some kind of evil dictator, but I don’t much care about that. I made a lot of hard decisions in my life. Sometimes hard decisions have to be made – and sometimes wonderful decisions have to be made. You’ve got to be willing to make them all. You can’t just avoid stuff that’s necessary.” [NME]
Ginger Wildheart’s Hey! Hello!, a collaboration with Victoria Liedtke, will release their self-titled album on July 23. Ginger says of the ten-track record: “It allowed me to enter the world or lyrical fiction, much in the vein of Sparks, who are a massive influence on Victoria and I.”