Newsbites: Metallica gift in corruption check
A bass gifted to the governor of Jakarta by Metallica‘s Robert Trujillo has been confiscated by Indonesian anti-corruption officials. Trujillo signed the instrument before giving it to Joko Widodo last week. A spokesman for the Corruption Eradication Commission says: “We will check if there is any conflict of interest or if there was an exchange of favours. The process takes up to 30 days, and after that we will decided whether to return the guitar to him.” Widido, who was elected mayor last year, cites Metallica, Led Zeppelin, Deep Purple and Napalm Death as his favourite bands.
Last In Line, featuring original Dio members Vivian Campbell, Vinny Appice, Jimmy Bain and Claude Schnell, will tour the UK in August. The band is fronted by singer Andrew Freeman, previously of Hurricane and Lynch Mob.
Aug 8: Belfast Limelight
Aug 9: Glasgow Cathouse
Aug 10: Bloodstock Open Air
Aug 11: London O2 Academy Islington
Guns n’Roses guitarist Bumblefoot is attracted to the idea of releasing new material as singles or EPs, rather than full albums – but he doubts Axl Rose will go for it. “I don’t think it’s on the cards – I don’t think it’s what everybody wants to do,” he says. “But personally, if we could put out a song every time we’re about to hit the road, that would be a great way to do it. It would add relevancy to each leg of the tour as well, having a fresh song that we’re playing on that leg.” [Rolling Stone]
Meanwhile, a limited-edition jacket in the same style as the one Rose wore in the video for Paradise City has sold on eBay for $5350. It’s one of three in existence – the frontman still owns his and the other is on display at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas.
Swedish AOR band Houston will release their second album, Houston II, on September 2 via Livewire/Cargo. Their debut record, 2010′s Houston, was named top AOR title of the year by Classic Rock. The album features session icon Tommy Denander. Drummer Freddie Allen says: “Only the really good tunes make the cut – we wouldn’t release an album with okay songs.
Much-loved Bristol venue The Bierkellar will be relaunched in July under new owners. Improvements include new audio-visual equipment, redecoration and artist facility upgrades. The new season of live music kicks off with tribute acts Four Fighters and Metallica Reloaded, but promoters say they’re keen to attract touring bands as early as possible.
Diamond Head and Uli Jon Roth will undertake a double-header UK tour starting in September:
Sep 25: Sheffield O2 Academy
Sep 26: London O2 Academy Islington
Oct 1: Bristol O2 Academy
Oct 3: Leamington Spa Assembly
Oct 4: Birmingham O2 Academy
Slipknot percussionist Shawn ‘Clown’ Crahan says he’s sure the band will release a new album next year. They’d been in limbo since the 2010 death of bassist Paul Gray, although they returned to live performance the following year. Crahan says: “Slipknot 2014 – you can smell it in the air and people can feel it. The energy is out there. You can ask anyone around the world what the culture of the ”Knot is, who truly knows, and they will tell you that something has changed in the atmosphere.” [Pulse of Radio]
Scott Weiland says it’s impossible for Stone Temple Pilots to use the name unless he’s in the band. He still disputes he’s been fired, despite an announcement to that effect earlier this year. Weiland states: “I started the band. I’m not going to go into it legally, but there’s things in place – certain clauses that keep that from happening.”
Meanwhile, STP’s Robert DeLeo, Dean DeLeo and Eric Kretz will appear at the ninth annual MusiCares charity night on May 30 in Los Angeles. Other guests include more of Weiland’s former colleagues in the form of Slash and Duff McKagan of Velvet Revolver.
The Undertones will release a 22-track career retrospective on July 1 to mark the 25th anniversary of their breakthrough single Teenage Kicks. An Introduction To The Undertones is packaged with promo videos and live footage. The band tour the UK later this month:
May 24: London Koko
May 25: Strummercamp, Manchester
May 26: Wolverhampton Slade Rooms
May 27: Reading Sub 89
Sammy Hagar has had a defamation lawsuit against him dismissed by a US court. Iowa district judge Lina Reade ruled that the singer had not defamed an unidentified woman when he wrote in his 2011 autobiography that she’d falsely claimed he was the father of her child, in order to extort money from him. Hagar’s spokesman said: “It was a surprise to him and he’s pleased the judge ruled the way she did.” In his book, Red: My Uncensored Life In Rock, he said he’d paid the woman a total of $7000 even though he “smelled a set-up” because his manager had told him it was the easiest way to resolve the issue. The child died shortly after birth in 1989 and no paternity test was taken. The woman may appeal the ruling.
Stryper frontman Michael Sweet, who’s been touring with Dokken offshoot T&N, has confirmed plans to make an album with George Lynch, James Lomenzo (ex-Megadeth) and Brian Tichy (ex-Whitesnake). Sweet says: “I just signed a deal to do a record early next year. I’m excited – and you?”
Krokus have hired Flavio Mezzodi as their new permanent drummer. The band had been working with guests since the departure of Freddy Steady. Krokus say: “The precision and groove of Flavio’s drum work is exactly what our band needed. We are extremely happy that we found him.”
Mastodon have confirmed they’re working on the follow-up to 2011′s The Hunter. The band say: “We have been very busy writing and putting songs together. We are down at our space hammering out riffs that can be friends and working our fingers to the bone to put out another great album.”
The Who guitarist SImon Townshend will perform a number of UK shows with his touring band in between Quadrophenia And More shows with Rogert Daltrey and his brother Pete:
Jun 13: Glasgow Maggie Mays
Jun 17: LondonO2 Academy Islington
Jun 19: Sheffield O2 Academy
Jun 21: Newcastle O2 Academy
Jun 24: Manchester Night and Day Cafe
Jun 26: Cardiff Glob
Jun 29: Birmingham Hare and Hounds
Jul 01: Liverpool O2 Academy
Sep 28: Looe Music Festival, Cornwall