Newsbites: Blythe to write jail hell memoir
Lamb Of God frontman Randy Blythe will publish a memoir about his year of hell after he was arrested, jailed, tried and finally acquitted of the murder of fan Daniel Nosek. Blythe spent five weeks in a Prague prison last year and was finally dismissed in March. The drama came close to bankrupting the band, who were unable to work while Blythe fought for justice. Now he says: “While I’ve dreamed of being a published author almost since I began to read, I never imaging my first book would centre around such a sad topic. Sometimes, though, life provides you a story that needs to be told. I will tell it with the respect and dignity all involved deserve. This will be a good read, I promise you – and I hope some good comes out of it.”
Lou Reed has been sent home from hospital after an ambulance dash months after he underwent a liver transplant. The 71-year-old was at first though to be suffering complications from the surgery, but was found to be dehydrated. He’s now recovering at home.
Ex Scorpions drummer Herman Rarebell has released a guest-star-studded album called Acoustic Fever, featuring contributions from John Parr, Doogie White, Tony Martin, Gary Barden, Don Dokken and Jack Russell, among others. Rarebell says: “I’m really happy to have all those great singers on my album and I’m also thrilled that they said ‘yes’ to doing this. I look forward to meeting you all on the Acoustic Fever Tour.”
Pearl Jam will make a major announcement on July 8 at 1pm ET, according to a countdown clock on their revamped website. Speculation suggests they’ll confirm a release date of the follow-up album to 2009′s Backspacer, and may also reveal a first single, which could be called Mind Your Manners.
Nick Cave is the subject of a fictional movie following the 20,000th day of his life. The unscripted production was shot while he worked on new album Push The Sky Away and features cameo appearances by Ray Winstone and Kylie Minogue. No release date has been announced for the movie, which is named 20,000 Days On Earth.
The title track from new Alice In Chain album The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here is not intended to offend anyone, says guitarist Jerry Cantrell. The lyrics to the chorus include the lines “Jesus don’t like a queer / No problem with faith, just fear” but Cantrell says: “I think people get it: I’m not saying anything against people who are gay. We’re pointing out a very hateful line that I hear quite regularly, and it really disturbs me. If your belief system has that sort of hate, or that ‘I’m right and you’re wrong’ thing, then I don’t really have any time for you.” [Toronto Sun]
The Pixies – who surprised fans by releasing new track Bagboy last week – have replaced departed bassist Kim Deal with former Pandoras and The Muffs member Kim Shattuck. She’ll join the band on their upcoming world tour, which includes four UK dates in November. Frontman Black Francis says: “Along with everyone’s favourites we’ll be playing songs we haven’t played in ages, or never played live before. We’ve probably rehearsed 80 songs, so we’ll be able to change the set at the last minute if we all feel like it.” Dates:
Nov 18: Dublin Olympia
Nov 21: Manchester Apollo
Nov 22: Glasgow Barrowland
Nov 24: London Hammersmith Apollo
Guitarist Steve Hunter, known for his work with Alice Cooper, Peter Gabriel, David Lee Roth, Jack Bruce and more, has released an album entitled The Manhattan Blues Project, featuring Joe Satriani, Tony Levin, Johnny Depp, Joe Perry, Marty Friedman and others. Hunter says: “This album has been inside me trying to get out for a long time. I wanted to show the other side of New York, the soulful side. Plus it also says a lot of what I’ve always wanted to say on guitar.”