Newsbites: Secret to Schenker’s success
Michael Schenker says the secret of his comeback success is that he’s fully focused on creativity now. “I think I have preserved myself well,” says the axe icon. “I put my heart into the music. The moment on stage is the tour: I come in just before and I leave very quick. I create more than I consume – I don’t listen to much music. I don’t consume because it takes energy and I need my energy to create.” [RockNLive.org]
The Red Hot Chili Peppers are planning to release 18 new songs before the end of the year. Flea reports they’ve been “writing stuff while touring” and adds they’ll be released in seven-inch vinyl and digital formats.
Alice in Chains mainman Jerry Cantrell says they were honoured just to be nominated for more Grammy Awards after the release of comeback album Black Gives Way to Blue. “We were very happy to lose two Grammy again,” he comments. “I think that puts us at zero and eight… Look, dude, it’s an old cliche but it’s true: it’s an honour to be thought of. We achieved something. We were very happy with the success that we had. It felt good, it was hard work and it was worth every bit of it. And we’re looking forward to doing it again.” Their second album with singer William DuVall is nearing completion but has no release date.
Tom Araya has confirmed Slayer have two new tracks nearly ready for launch, and they’re aiming to have them out before the end of the summer. Asked what fans should expect to hear he says: “Let me think. Sounds like Slayer to me.” [Metalhead.ro]
The family of Mark ‘Bam Bam’ McConnell have thanked fans for their support following the drummer’s death last week. The ex-Sebastian Bach sticksman passed away after his liver and kidneys failed, but his loved ones got the opportunity to say goodbye. McConnell’s niece Erin says: “Mark’s passing came as a complete shock to us all. He was taken from us too soon but he lived live to the fullest and on his own terms. He was and will always be one of the most gifted drummers in the world. If Mark could see the outpouring of love on his behalf, he, too, would be in awe.”