Newsbites: Lamb of God cancel tour over Blythe freedom doubt
Lamb of God have officially cancelled their planned US tour as singer Randy Blythe’s freedom remains in doubt. A hearing in his manslaughter case is scheduled for later today in Prague, but it’s not certain that any decision will be made, despite Blythe having posted $400,000 bail and never been charged with any crime. A statement says: “The band regrets the decision but the uncertainty of Randy’s release makes it impossible to carry on with the tour. Upon Randy’s release, it is the band’s intention to rebook a tour in the fall, and at this time the band fully intends to participate in the Mayhem Cruise in December.” A White House petition calling on US authorities to act over Blythe’s incarceration passed its 25,000 minimum signature mark on the day it was announced prosecutors had objected to his being freed yet again.
Blink 182 cancelled their London show last night after bassist and vocalist Mark Hoppus was diagnosed with bronchitis, laryngitis and sinusitis. They say: “This is the last thing the band wanted to do but it has been advised that Mark cannot perform. Regrettably a rescheduled date cannot be arranged.” Blink recently cancelled a series of shows when drummer Travis Barker required emergency surgery after six ulcers were found in his stomach.
The venue at the centre of a Hawkwind fan slur has distanced itself from the alleged misunderstanding that led to the band saying a show had been cancelled. The space-rockers say they were told their fans would be an undesirable presence in Conkers in England’s National Forest. But venue bosses say: “Sadly we’ve never booked Hawkwind to play at Conkers, although we think this is a brilliant idea. If they happen to read this, get in touch – we’d love to have you. So why the confusion? We think the promoters may have approached Hawkwind. Our understanding is this never progressed as far as a booking, although, as we’re just the venue, we’re not privy to what happens between bands and promoters. We have never cancelled or band Hawkwind and would be delighted if their fans would attend one of our events.”
Skunk Anansie singer Skin says she’s always enjoyed being perceived as different in the rock and metal scene. In a foreword to upcoming book What Are You Doing Here? A Black Woman’s Life And LIberation in Heavy Metal by Laina Dawes, Skin says: “What always appealed to me about rock music is the feeling of freedom, that I could finally be who I wanted to be. Some black people I met in the industry felt we could be stronger and better empowered if we all stayed within the same box. But I had always relished the fact that I never beloved to any cliques.”
Returned Killswitch Engage singer Jesse Leach says he has a lot to say on the band’s next album – their first with him since he replaced nine-year veteran Howard Jones in January. Leach reports: “I’ve got a lot of ideas. Sonically this has got a lot more urgent feel to it. I anticipate it to be a very urgent record. We’re at a state in the world right now where someone need to talk about what’s going on. There’s a lot of apathy, there’s a lot of really screwed-up stuff, there’s a lot of unrest, and I think it needs to be touched upon.” [Roadrunner]
Metallica are planning a second Orion Music Festival next year – but first they’re going to find time to concentrate on the follow-up album to Death Magnetic. Drummer Lars Ulrich says: “It’s an amazing thing, 31 years into a career, to be able to be as busy as we are and for people to give a shit.” On the festival he adds: “We’re looking to either keep it in New Jersey or keep it on the east coast.” [Billboard]
Joe Walsh vows the James Gang will return. “I went to Cleveland and saw Jimmy Fox and Dale Peters and we played together,” he says. “We can still do it. The first little window I get, we’ll probably go out as a three-piece. We’ll play some small places – I don’t think we should have a comeback tour. But I think we would do great.” [M]
Former Kiss axeman Ace Frehley says he’s happier after having left the band for the second time in 2003. He reports: “I like running my own life. One of the things that made me crazy was being at the mercy of Paul and Gene, who were like workaholic. They wanted to tour and record constantly, over-merchandise the band, and that made me crazy. I’m not a kid any more – touring constantly can be very exhausting. I don’t want to put myself in that position, so I’m happier with what I’m doing now.” [Oakland Press]