Newsbites: Russell admits drugs took toll
Jack Russell of Great White fame admits his drug abuse has taken a toll on his body. He says: “I’m not as active as I used to be, but I’m moving as much as I want to and I’m still doing my mic stand spins. I’ve got a lot of back problems now, but my father had them. I get around as well as I need to.I walk with a cane, but I don’t need it on stage.” [BraveWords]
Steel Panther guitarist Satchel has laughingly accused his band of running out of ideas after singer Michael Starr claimed a song on their next album was about a stressed-out financier, saying: “It’s called I Can’t Do This Alone. It’s about a guy who gets a job at a financial building and realises he cannot resurrect the financial community by himself. It’s based on a true story.” Satchel cut in: “We’ve finally jumped the shark, haven’t we?” before saying the story was made up. He added a stark warning to Poison singer Bret Michaels: “If you don’t appear on our next album I’m going to fuck your next girlfriend.”
After the London Olympics Committee asked Who manager Bill Curbishley whether Keith Moon was available to appear at their closing ceremony, the band have been confirmed as one of four acts representing British music at the event. Describing Pete Townsend’s outfit as “an inspired throwback to the swinging 60s” the committee said they’d be joined by Take That, George Michael and Emeli Sande at the show on August 12.
Slash will be awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame next month, situated at 6901 Hollywood Boulevard outside the Hard Rock Cafe. He’ll be inducted by Charlie Sheen.
Deep Purple singer Ian Gillan and veteran guitarist Bernie Torme will lecture at a business seminar on England next week. Torme says: “The music business is a great teacher of life skills such as negotiating, marketing, teamwork, high performance and so on – both how to do them well and occasionally the dark side of the force.”
Sweet guitarist Andy Scott recently lost a court case in which he tried to prevent a fan selling a second-hand Sweet album on eBay. Scott sued for €36,000, arguing the sale was illegal because the band did not benefit, and in addition the item was a forgery. Seller Dietmar Huber from Austria was able to prove it was a genuine album, and the Austrian High Court found in his favour. Scott has been ordered to pay court and legal costs. His lawyer says: “The end result according to the final court of appeal is that copyright and intellectual property protection in Austria is far short of what it should be.”
Corey Taylor has revealed Stone Sour‘s double-album will be called House of Gold and Bones. The first disc of two will be released in October with the second out next year. Both contain 12 tracks. Skid Row’s Rachel Bolan recently revealed he’s recorded bass tracks for the record.
An acetate test-pressing of Sex Pistols single God Save The Queen sold on eBay for $19.471.35 last week. It’s one of just two known to exist. Last month a 1975 platinum award for Led Zeppelin‘s Physical Graffiti went for $2000.00.
Foo Fighters mainman Dave Grohl visited a bar in Philadelphia’s Rittenhouse Hotel two nights in a row recently – and left a $1000 on both occasions. He was there for a wedding celebration, and witnesses say he only had one drink on his first visit.