Newsbites: “Naysayers” won’t stop Vivian Campbell’s Dio reunion
Vivian Campbell has thanked fans for their support after he announced plans to reactivate the original lineup of Dio with singer Andy Freeman replacing Ronnie James Dio. The Def Leppard guitarist says: “Although there have been a couple of inarticulate naysayers, I’m happy that most of you are supportive.”
Danko Jones release their first DVD next month. Bring On the Mountain includes videos, live clips and a 90-minute documentary starring Lemmy, Elijah Wood and others.
Jack White aims to be the first person to have a vinyl record played in space. He says: “I want to launch a balloon that carries a record player, and figure out a way to drop the needle with all that turbulence up there, and ensure that it will still play.” [KROQ]
New York’s iconic CBGB club could reopen in a new location soon. Rights to the name have been purchased by a group of investors who aim to reactivate the brand with an annual festival, and hope also to open in a permanent home. But spokesman Tim Hayes says: “We’re not trying to recreate the punk period. We’re trying to con tune the idea of supporting live music. The festival is one way. Eventually the club will be another.” The original CBGB close in 2006.
Brian ‘Head’ Welch is delighted after guesting on stage with former band Korn for the first time since he quit. “It was so amazing,” he reflects. Reconciling with family is always good. So much love, many tears shed. God is love.”
Bon Jovi guitarist Richie Sambora has got back together with actress Denise Richards for the second time. He says: “We’re back on – it’s all good.”
Iced Earth will stage a three-hour show at the Kourion Amphitheatre in Cyprus on August 19, to be recorded for a future DVD release. Only 1500 tickets will be available for the production, which will feature scenery and artwork created for the event.
Opeth frontman Mikael Akerfeldt was last night forced to shout down rumours he’d broken his arm in a motor accident. In reality, the band’s appearance in Minneapolis had to be cancelled after he received a head injury. Akerfeldt wrote: “I hit my head in Mastodon’s tour bus as I was getting a new pair of (red) underwear out from my suitcase. I wish the story was more rock’n'roll, believe me.”
Former Cradle of Filth singer Sarah Jezebel Deva has begged UK fans to abandon the widespread tradition of buying tickets on arrival at venues, saying the risk over “walk up” sales may force show cancellations. “It seems people like to buy tickets on the door and not in advance, and some promoters are not happy with this. Shows are possibly gonna get cancelled and this seems a common thing these days.”
Serj Tankian says System of a Down are not ready to start work on a new album. “We’ve not made a plan as of yet,” he explains. “I think it’s something we’ll get together at the right time, but it hasn’t been that time yet. I think everyone will know when it is.” [Billboard]
Against Me! singer Tom Gabel will soon became the first reasonably big-name rock artist to have a sex change. On completion of the multi-year process he’ll be known as Laura Jane Grace. He says wife Heather has been fully supportive and tells Rolling Stone: “I’m going to have embarrassing moments and that won’t be fun. But that’s part of what talking to you is about: hoping people will understand and be fairly kind.”