Newsbites: Blythe posts bail but could stay in jail
Lamb of God frontman Randy Blythe has posted the required $200,000 bail to leave prison in Prague following his arrest on suspicion of manslaughter. But under Czech law the prosecutor has three days to decide whether he can be released, then the court has a further three days to respond – meaning he’s unlikely to be released until at least Monday. The delay could be lengthened because Thursday and Friday this week are public holidays in the Czech Republic. If either party refuse to support his release, he could remain in jail and have the bail money returned. Blythe has not been officially charged with any crime.
Diamond Head were forced to cancel their London show last night after drummer Karl Wilcox went to hospital with a suspected blood clot. Meanwhile, Children of Bodom frontman Alehi Laiho was rushed to a medical facility in Oslo, Sweden, last night with severe stomach pains. The band have cancelled shows in that city and Malmo.
The Jimi Hendrix biopic starring Outkast man Andre 3000 will feature music by the Beatles, the Animals, Muddy Waters and Elmore James – but none by the guitar icon himself. Because Hendrix’s estate has refused permission to include any of his material, the soundtrack will focus on tracks he covered during his lifetime. Shooting on All Is By My Side is set to finish in Ireland this week, with the movie released early next year.
Foo Fighters mainman Dave Grohl will be honours in the town of his birth when two 900-pound drumsticks are unveiled this weekend. The sticks are carved from poplar logs and decorated with copies of the tattoos on his arms. They’ll go on display in the amphitheatre at Warren, Ohio, before being moved to a street which was renamed Dave Grohl Alley in 2009.
Jon Bon Jovi has become the face of Avon cosmetics to promote a pair of his and hers fragrances called Unplugged. The singer says: “Avon and the Avon Foundation for Women have given support and a voice to those in need for decades. Their philosophy of empowerment sends a strong message and I’m pleased to partner with them.”
Hologram boss James Rock, who leads the firm that created the controversial Tupac Shakur apparition, believes such projections will never replace live performances. He says: “I think is will end up with something like, ‘Do you go to the theatre or to the cinema?’ I’m convinced people will buy into it, but we’ll have detractors who’ll say it’ll never be as good as the real thing. But wouldn’t it be cool to have, in your bedroom or your lounge, a little mini-performance?” [BBC]