Newsbites: Skid Row’s Bolan reveals he’s the new Stone Sour man
Skid Row bassist Rachel Bolan has revealed he’s taken over Shawn Economaki’s role in Stone Sour. He says: “Out of nowhere my phone rings one morning, and it’s Corey Taylor. He’s like, ‘Would you be interested in playing bass no the new Stone Sour record?’ So of course I said yes, because I’m a huge fan of the band and they’re all great guys. It’s a double album – I’ve got 18 done and I’ve got five more to go.” Bolan confirms Skid Row have secured a new record deal and will release new music in the coming months. [TheBackstageBeat]
Meanwhile, Taylor’s other band, Slipknot, will headline their own festival in August. Co-stars include Deftones, Lamb of God, Deathklok, Serj Tankian and Cannibal Corpes. The shows take place on August 17 in Council Bluffs, Iowa and the following day in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Producer Kevin Shirley has paid tribute to mastering engineer George Marino, who died of lung cancer at the weekend. He’d been with Sterling Sound studios since 1973. Shirley says: “Rest in peace, my friend. I cry today. Such a gentleman and the best in his field ever. I will miss you after more than 25 years working together – Joe Bonamassa, Journey, John Hiatt, Led Zeppelin, Iron Maiden and so many records. Cold Chisel was our last.”
Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins is set to appear as Iggy Pop in GBGB, the movie based on the iconic New York music venue. Alan Rickman is already lined up to play promoter Hilly Kristal.
The rift between Great White ex-colleagues Jack Russell and Mark Kendall appears to have been bridged as a result of Kendall’s father dying at the age of 77. The guitarist says: “I will never forget my dad. He means the world to me, and I am going to miss him very much. I am thankful to carry on his love for music, sports and the importance of family to my own children. I know he is at peace.” Former bandmate Russell comments: “I am very sad to hear of the passing of Mr. Wally Kendall, the father of my former bandmate Mark Kendall. His passing leaves a hole in my heart. I have known Wally since 1978, when Mark and I started playing together. I sent an e-mail to Mark a few days ago wishing his father and family well, as I heard he was sick. Wally was a wonderful man.”
Bono says U2 are feeling in positive about the work they’ve started laying down on their next album – but he knows they’ve got to pull something good out of the hat after their previous outing, No Line on the Horizon. The singer says: “We’ve had the best three weeks in the studio since 1979″ and adds the band “are very aware that U2 have to something very special to have a reason to exist right now.” [NME]
Tom Petty regrets punching a wall during a frustrating recording session in the 1980s – he explains: “I didn’t notice it for the longest time, but in the last year it’s started to hurt. I guess that’s just down to getting old.” [Q]
Neil Young has all but admitted he was behind the cancellation of a 30-date Buffalo Springfield reunion tour after the band played seven shows together last year. He says: “That could happen, but it’s not happening now. I’d be on a tour of my past for the rest of fucking time, which I can’t do. I have to be able to move forward. I did enough of it for right then – but there is this seed of something great still there. It’s worth exploring again.” [Rolling Stone]
Kiss star Gene Simmons says he did save a bandmate from drowning in the 1970s – but it wasn’t guitarist Ace Frehley, as reported. “We love Ace, and while I did save his life more than once, his recollection of a swimming pool incident never happened,” the bassist explains. “It was Peter Criss’ life I saved. Pete was drunk and dove into the pool where he almost drowned. I dove in and pulled him out.”
An auction of guitar pioneer Les Paul’s equipment and memorabilia will take place in Beverley Hills this weekend. It will include a prototype Gibson Les Paul Custom Recording model, valued at $60,000, and a 1951 Fender Nocaster gifted to Paul by Leo Fender, valued at $40,000. Other items include his regular gigging pedal case, a 16-track recorder and a grand piano.
Rock City Angels frontman Bobby Durango has died. No details have been confirmed but the band say: “Yesterday we received the shocking news that our founder, singer and beloved brother Bobby Durango passed away. It would be greatly appreciated if we could all refrain from posting any personal theories about the circumstances and instead celebrate the man’s life. He certainly left us an amazing soundtrack.” His girlfriend adds: “No more pain; no more suffering; I feel so blessed to have known, loved and been loved by you, Bobby Durango. He did it His way!”