Special Clive Aid gig at the Ruskin… Slash gives Chinese Democracy the thumbs-up… Steven Wilson solo album due…
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East London venue the Ruskin Arms is to close its doors with a special weekend of music, hosted by Clive Aid. On Friday November 14, live attractions include Marshall Law, Elixir, Tokyo Blade and Hammerhead. And the following day, Cloven Hoof, Jaguar, Beholder, Nemhain and Hanging Doll will be part of its final bill. For further details go to: www.cliveaid.com.
Velvet Revolver guitarist Slash claims to have heard Guns N’ Roses’ mega-delayed Chinese Democracy album. He gushes: “It’s a record that the original Guns N’ Roses could never possibly make. It just shows you how brilliant Axl is.” Meanwhile Kevin Cogill, the blogger who leaked nine unreleased Guns N’ Roses songs onto the internet, is relying on legal aid to help him fight a possible five-year jail term and fine of $250,000.
Steven Wilson of Porcupine Tree/Blackfield/No-Man is preparing to release his debut solo album, Insurgentes. For a trailer go to: www.insurgentes.org.
Comedian Adrian Edmonson has a new band called The Bad Shepherds. Joined by Jethro Tull/Fairport Convention guitarist Martin Allcock, pipes player Troy Doncokley and singer/violinist Eimear Bradley, the former Bad News/Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band star is deadly serious about its goal of playing folked-up versions of punk standards like London Calling, God Save The Queen, Teenage Kicks and Down In The Tube Station At Midnight, declaring (perhaps a mite optimistically): “There won’t be any belly laughs, but hopefully quite a few smiles.”
Rev Jones, previously a member of Michael Schenker Group and Steelheart, is Mountain’s new bassist. Jones replaces Richie Scarlet for a US tour with Joe Satriani.
During a recent bout of productivity, Thunder recorded a new studio album – to be titled Bang! – also an EP’s worth of leftovers – known as The Joy Of Six – both of which are simultaneously released on November 3.
Lead vocalist Frank DiMino has revealed that the original line-up of US pomp-rockers Angel are considering a reunion.
Commemorating the 40th anniversary of journalist Lester Bangs allegedly coining the term heavy metal to describe Black Sabbath (An apocryphal tale, to be sure – Ed.), an exhibition celebrating the Midlands’ connection with the genre launches at the Wolverhampton Art Gallery on October 25. Find out more at: www.homeofmetal.com (though this site doesn’t go live until October 20).
Genesis unveil their third and final career-spanning boxed set on November 10. The Beginning – 1970-1975 unites SACD/CD Hybrid and DVD Dual Disc versions of their first five albums – Trespass through The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway – with various extras, including an exclusive compilation CD and sleeve essays by celebrity fans David Baddiel, Roger Taylor, Jeremy Clarkson and Tony Robinson.
A European edition of Tesla’s latest album, Forever More, will be available via Frontiers Records from November 7. Produced by Terry Thomas (Bad Company/Giant/Fastway), it includes two bonus tracks.
Gov’t Mule have a new bassist. Former sessionman Jorgen Carlsson replaces Andy Hess, who joined in 2003.
Perpetual Flame, Yngwie Malmsteen’s debut album with new singer Tim ‘Ripper’ Owens (ex-Judas Priest/Iced Earth) is to be released via the guitarist’s own label, Rising Force Records, in October. It includes the songs Death Dealer, Four Horsemen (Of The Apocalypse) and Be Careful What You Wish For.