Newsbites: Jack White walks out on fans
Jack White left fans angry after cutting a show short in New York’s Radio City Music Hall at the weekend. He stormed off after 45 minutes, with various reports suggesting he was unhappy with a heckler in the crowd, the audience response or the venue’s sound. Audience members stayed outside the theatre shouting “Fuck Jack White” for some time after security staff escorted them from the hall. [Antiquiet]
Kiss star Paul Stanley has paid tribute to his mother Eva Eisen, who died on Saturday aged 88. He says: “She found so much pleasure and fulfilment in all the various types of music that she so loved. It was through her that I too found that same passion. She lived long enough to see, enjoy and love an extended family that included her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. She found numerous ways to contribute to her community and was appreciated and loved by those who knew her. My mom was the matriarch of our family and words cannot express our loss.”
Celebration Day director Dick Carruthers says the release came about after just one phone call from Led Zeppelin. “All that happened was, several years later, they said, ‘Can we have a look at it then?’ We had two viewing days and we showed them a line cut, and they were pretty blown away. I hadn’t really seen the footage either and we realised it was something very special indeed.” [Contact Music]
Nightwish vocalist Anette Olzon was forced to sit out the band’s show in Denver, Colorado, at the weekend. Her place was taken by support band Kamelot’s backing singers Elize Ryd and Alissa White-Gluz. Olzon explains: “I got very ill and thought it was a kidney stone. I got worse in the evening and started vomiting heavily. The hospital said I should cancel the show and come straight to the ER. I was there all night and they did blood tests, ultrasounds on my kidneys and finally a CT scan. The tests didn’t show why I was so ill, but probably the stomach pain has a connection with me having the flu, or just stress. They did find something else, though, and for that I’m grateful – if I didn’t do the scan, I wouldn’t know there’s a big cyst in my liver and I need to go check it out at home.”
Dave Grohl has suggested yet again that the Foo Fighters are about to go on hiatus. He told a crowd at New York’s Central Park on Saturday: “Without making a big deal out of it, we don’t have any chows after this. Honestly, I don’t know when we’re going to do it again.” Last month Grohl shouted down rumours caused when he told the UK’s Reading Festival it would be the band’s last appearance for some time, saying: “I was only talking to England!”
Slash will release a limited-edition deluxe package on December 3, containing two DVDs, two CDs and a 60-page hardback book. One of each discs is from his Stoke concert in 2011. The second CD is his Apocalyptic Love studio album and the other DVD is the unreleased Live From New York.
Sebastian Bach unveiled the replacement for guitarist Nick Sterling, who was fired after a disagreement over a TV broadcast. New man Jeff George made his first appearance in Halifax, Canada, at the weekend.
Slayer are aiming to release their 12th studio album next year. Frontman Tom Araya says: “We’re experimenting with a lot of sounds, but what we can tell you is the new album will be very Slayer. We’ve maintained our signature intensity for the last 30 years with every new album we come out with.”
Don Dokken didn’t lay down any vocal tracks for his latest album for six months after the band had started work, in the hope of letting his vocal cords heal after tearing them. He says: “I’ll never be able to sing as high as I could. I had to go back to my old vocal teacher. I had to put three humidifiers in all the rooms of my house, warm up for an hour, do scales, quit smoking, don’t talk a lot. Sometimes as I go to sing a song I’ll say: ‘Guys, I can hit the note, but my voice will have too much buzz in it.’ Some days they’ll go, ‘Wow, your voice is nice and clean and clear.’ It’s hit and miss.” [Powerline]