Newsbites: Tate’s hopes for Queensryche future
Geoff Tate hopes the tensions within Queensryche will be resolved amicably. Speaking as he played a scheduled Queensryche show with his solo outfit after some bandmates failed to appear, he told KBER101 un Utah: “It’s just one of those weird anomalies that pop up now and then. I try to live life being happy about waking up every day. Sometimes you start feeling sorry for yourself when things get a little challenging – you have to take a step back and go, ‘I’m healthy, I’m alive and I’m glad to be here.’”
Following on from their successful wine launch last year, Motorhead have revealed their own beer, called The Bastard. Yvonne Wener of co-promoters Brands For Fans says: “It’s a gloriously fresh and fruity beer with a wonderful character of light malt – easy to drink but with a hard rock edge.”
Moviemaker Sam Dunn, one of the pair behind the recent Iron Maiden and Rush documentaries, believes the most important moment in heavy metal history was when Judas Priest‘s Rob Halford said: “We’re metal.” Dunn explains: “It may not sound like a big deal, but I think what Halford did, then what his fans did around him, was a real shift. The community started to self-identify as heavy metal. All the big bands of the 70s – Black Sabbath, Deep Purple, Led Zeppelin – none of them identified themselves as metal. The critics called them that but they saw themselves as having one foot in the blues.” [Spinner]
Neil Peart says the Who mainman Pete Townsend was dismissive when he heard Rush were releasing new album Clockwork Angels. The drummer explains: “We told him we had just finished making an album and he kind of scoffed: ‘Making an album – waste of time these days, isn’t it?’ We can only agree. We said, ‘Yes, but we had to do it. We wanted to do it.’ If you’re not a working live act, your options are vanishingly few.” Clockwork Angels is available as an exclusive Classic Rock Fan Pack complete with 132-page feature magazine.
Horror actor Christopher Lee is set to release a follow-up to his 2010 metal album Charlemagne: By the Sword and the Cross. The 90-year-old continues his story with Charlemagne: The Omens of Death later this year.
Jon Lord has recorded a new version of his Concerto For Group and Orchestra, featuring Iron Maiden singer Bruce Dickinson, blues guitarist Joe Bonamassa and Deep Purple guitarist Steve Morse. The DVD release is scheduled for September and will include a making-of documentary.