Newsbites: Kiss promise new stage show
Paul Stanley has promised Kiss fans they’ll be blown away when the band unveil their new stage show in Europe on June 1. He says: “For so many years what we’ve been doing has been an extension of the old show. People would sometimes come and say, ‘Gee, it doesn’t look that different.’ This is a completely different stage – it follows a really great theme. The lights are like nothing you’ve ever seen before.” [VH1 Radio Network]
Anthrax have offered a signal that they might be settling down with Shadows Fall guitarist Jon Donais in place of Rob Caggiano. The band recorded their show in Santiago, Chile, at the weekend, for a future DVD release. They performed a set featuring tracks from every album in their catalogue. Anthrax previously announced they wouldn’t be holding auditions after Caggiano bowed out then joined Volbeat weeks later.
Deftones abandoned 2008 album Eros could see the light of day after the passing of bassist Chi Cheng, says frontman Chino Moreno. The band shelved the project as it neared completion after Cheng was involved in a serious car crash that left him in a coma until he died last month. While they’d always said Eros wasn’t dropped as a result of the tragedy, Moreno now reports: “I think more so now probably than ever. I went back and listened to some of it recently. I don’t know when but I feel it’s a little more appropriate now for us to think about that.” [Artisan News]
Iron Maiden‘s Trooper ale has run into legal difficulties in Sweden. Alcohol sales are rigidly controlled by the Swedish government, who believe the Eddie figure from Maiden’s 1983 single could break artwork rules. A spokeswoman explains: “The law states how the label can look – we therefore don’t yet know when it can be launched.” [The Local]
Whitesnake will release a double-disc live album called Made In Britain / The World Record on July 5. It was shot during the band’s 2011 world tour and is made up from footage from nine UK shows and 87 from elsewhere. David Coverdale’s band tour the UK with Journey and Thunder starting this weekend.
Former Husker Du man Grant Hart will release double album The Argument on July 22. It’s based on John Milton’s epic 1667 poem Paradise Lost. The work was also inspired by unpublished William S Burroughs novel Lost Paradise, which took a different take on Milton’s story. Domino Records say: “Ambition is the topic and Hell is the location. Taste the fruit of this tree – go ahead, taste it.” Hart will play a nine-date tour of Ireland followed by London’s Water Rats on June 18.
Dropped Slayer drummer Dave Lombardo, who’s concentrating on his other band Philm while he waits to see whether his contractual argument with the thrash giants will be resolved, says he always felt closest to frontman Tom Araya. “We spoke Spanish on the bus, we joked in Spanish,” he recalls during a fan Q&A. “Yes, I did have a stronger connection with Tom.” Last week it was revealed that guitarist Jeff Hanneman died of drink-related liver damage rather than the results of a spider bite.
Motley Crue frontman Vince Neil is already considering the possibility of a reunion once the band retire following a movie, album and final world tour. Despite Nikki Sixx’s assertion they’ll make sure they can never return, Neil says: “I’ll miss playing with Motley, but I’m not going to just stop being a rock’n'roll guy. I’ll definitely continue on. But who knows – five, six, seven, ten years later, who knows what’s going to happen? In my mind it’s never say never.” [Calgary Herald]
The driver of the bus in which Baroness were seriously injured last year may never appear in court to answer charges of dangerous driving, using a vehicle with defective brakes and breaching a weight limit. Norman Markus was in control of the bus when it plummeted down a ravine in heavy rain in England on August 15. UK officials allowed him to return home to Germany to convalesce – but now it’s feared he won’t come back to the UK and attend court. His lawyer says: “If he ever re-enters the country a summons can be served, but you can’t issue a warrant for his arrest unless he re-enters the UK. Our position is he has no reason to attend.”
Masters of Reality will play two UK shows after their appearance at this year’s Download festival. Chris Goss, John Leamy, Paul Powell, David Catching and Mathias Schneeberge play Glasgow’s Cathouse on June 17 and London’s O2 Academy Islington on June 18.
Tesla guitarist Dave Rude releases solo album The Key on June 4. It’s described as “a straightforward mix of hard-rockin’ cuts that will satisfy any and all fans of the genre.”
Chickenfoot are hoping to release new album next year. The supergroup were put on hold after drummer Chad Smith had to return to the Red Hot Chili Peppers, although he was replaced on the road by Kenny Aronoff. Now Sammy Hagar and Joe Satriani are both focusing on solo tours with Michael Anthony helping Hagar out. But a message on their website says: “Sammy stopped induring Joe’s recording of his new album, and Chad and Mike joined Sammy to play on his upcoming solo album. So the guys are busy – but with Chad’s time freeing up, odds are good that they’ll be returning to playing music together in 2014.”