Remember when Marilyn Manson’s autobiograpy, The Long Hard Road Out of Hell, came out in 1998? Well, maybe because it’s 11 years later, or maybe because he’d rather not have a pick up artist write about him, but Manson has decided to work on his first authorized biography. LA Weekly scribe Erin Broadley has left the magazine to work on the book. That’s all good and nice, and we wish them the best. This probably wouldn’t even be worthy of a story except for one thing: the announcement included a picture of a bespectacled Manson holding a kitty. Yes, one of the creepiest looking guys of the ’90s is now looking sensitive – very sensitive. Maybe his cat and Danzig’s can get together for a play date! Manson’s forthcoming album will be released sometime this year on Cooking Vinyl. It looks like a new label and a new drummer is a Fresh Step in a new direction for him. See what we did there?
Back in November, Bret Michaels let it slip that he and Poison would be co-headlining a tour with fellow 80’s glam rockers Motley Crue. The only problem was that Vince Neil claimed no such plans had been made. Plus, Nikki Sixx seemed to have made it clear back in 2004 by saying “No way in fucking hell would we (Brides Of Destruction or Motley Crue) ever, ever tour with a fucking band like Poison…That would be the death of us… I will not be attached to that kind of fake bullshit…” So either Bret Michaels was talking out of his ass, or both bands have kissed and made up and Vince Neil is just the village drunk. Unsurprisingly, it appears that the latter holds true.
It has been officially announced that Poison and Motley Crue will indeed be co-headlining select dates together. Glam-punk legends The New York Dolls will be providing support. Dates have yet to be announced, however tickets will reportedly go on sale March 18. Poison will be celebrating their 25th anniversary, while Motley Crue their 30th. You can actually watch Bret Michaels making the “special announcement” on CNN’s Piers Morgan Tonight above (the entire interview will be aired on Wednesday night, March 2, at 9pm).
We’ll admit that this should be a fun tour to attend. But what’s going to be more fun than seeing these two acts perform within the same night is actually watching Nikki Sixx eating his own words night after night. Sure, Michaels has told reporters recently that him and Sixx have spoken on the phone together multiple times recently. But it’s still going to be awkward as hell for Sixx, but fun for us to watch him attempt to dig himself out of his own grave. That is unless this is Sixx’s way of saying Motley Crue is dead…?
Former WWE champion Chris Jericho has created a career outside of the ring for himself over the years. In addition to hosting countless reality TV and game shows, Jericho is also known for fronting his own metal band Fozzy. He’s also gained enough “metal credibility” to appear on a crap load of metal tribute albums, as well as to host the Revolver Metal Gods Awards for a second time this year. Though metal fans may not be as open to what the former WWE superstar is planning to do next…
TMZ has revealed that Jericho will be participating in this year’s Dancing With The Stars. The wrestler turned singer joins celebrities like rapper Lil’ Romeo, ex-Hugh Hefner girlfriend Kendra Wilkinson, sitcom star Kirstie Alley, talk show personality Wendy Williams and Disney star Chelsea Kane in the ABC dancing competition’s 12th season.
We could make jokes about Jericho competing on Dancing With The Stars and how “un-metal” it really is. But then again, it’s not like Jericho is as well respected of a metal singer as say Rob Halford. Yeah, it’s a little lame, but he’s been wearing tights in front of TV cameras for most of his career anyway. It’ll just be less body slamming and more tangoing. Besides, it’s not like this is the most embarrassing thing a metal musician has done. That honor goes to Vince Neil.
The official announcement will be made tonight during ABC’s The Bachelor, but since you most likely won’t be watching that, you can take our word that if anything above changes we’ll keep you informed.
Since forming Niji Records and the Stand Up And Shout Fund (which benefits cancer research) to honor the late Ronnie James Dio, his widow Wendy Dio has been doing a lot to keep the great singer’s legacy alive. But it looks like in addition to everything she’s already done, Mrs. Dio is putting together one hell of a tribute album.
While on hand for the Revolver Golden Gods Award Show press conference, Wendy Dio revealed to Noisecreep that artists like Rob Halford, Dave Grohl (Foo Fighters), Lemmy Kilmister and Glen Hughes (Deep Purple, Black Sabbath, Black Country Communion) are already confirmed to appear on a new tribute album. She also claims that she had just talked to Alice Cooper, Sebastian Bach, and WWE wrestler Chris Jericho during the press conference about appearing on the album as well.
While she doesn’t expect the album to be out by this year, Mrs. Dio claims that most of the artists already have a song picked to sing. Halford will reportedly sing the Rainbow classic “Long Live Rock N’Roll,” while Grohl will be tackling the Black Sabbath hit “Mob Rules.” Alice Cooper apparently also showed interest in singing a song from Elf (Dio’s band prior to Rainbow). It’s going to be exciting to hear not only Dio’s colleges/fellow metal gods, but also to hear “younger”/more “mainstream” artists like Grohl paying tribute to the late legend as well. We’ll keep you posted when more is revealed.
Last week, Times of Grace made their debut New York performance at a sold-out Gramercy Theater. Straight Line Stitch, preparing to release their sophomore album, The Fight of our Lives on 3/22, opened, along with War of Ages and Dead Men Dreaming. Photographer Di Lynn Ring was there and captured some shots for Metal Insider.
Yesterday, we reported on how Slayer singer and bassist Tom Araya was taken to a hospital, forcing the band to cancel their appearance at the Soundwave Festival in Sydney, Australia. Not much was known about what caused Araya’s sudden illness. However, later on in the day, Araya’s wife Sandra provided an update about her husband’s condition via Facebook. She claimed that Araya was already beginning to feel better and that it would be a few more days until the test results return. She also commented on rumors that Araya was suffering from a severe ear infection, saying:
“Tom does not have a ear infection! Not sure who came up with this, but it is not true… They are waiting on test results… If this is coming from the promoter, I am sure he is only saying what he was told!”
It is quite possible that this recent health scare can be related to Araya’s recent back troubles, which have forced Slayer to cancel shows and tours as recently as last year. While the Soundwave promoter says the band will be back to play the festival’s leg in Melbourne this weekend, Slayer’s return has not been confirmed by their camp. We’ll keep you posted when more is revealed.
For those who don’t know, Slayer guitarist Jeff Hanneman has also been sidelined from the band’s upcoming Soundwave appearances in order to recover from surgery on his arm after a spider bite gave him necrotizing fasciitis. The band, though, tapped Exodus guitarist Gary Holt to fill in for the Soundwave appearances. You can check out video of Holt performing with Slayer after the jump. Read more »
After it was leaked by recently departed bassist Terry Butler, Six Feet Under have confirmed that Chimaira guitarist Rob Arnold has joined the band as their second rhythm guitarist. Arnold will reportedly appear with the band on their upcoming touring duties and has already started working on a new album with them.
Six Feet Under singer Chris Banes had the following to say about the band’s new addition:
“I couldn’t be happier about the new songs and lineup! Rob and myself have been collaborating on new songs along with the band’s new drummer, Kevin Talley [Daath, Misery Index, Chimaira], for the past few months.
We are all feeling really excited about the band’s future, and the raw intensity of the songs that we have created together so far. This is the heaviest most exciting material that I’ve worked on since The Bleeding [Cannibal Corpse's 1994 album], and I’m stoked that Rob will be helping out creating this CD with us! We’ve all known each other for a while and we’re really looking forward to continue writing the new CD and future tours. We are committed to taking Six Feet Under to the next level of brutality!”
Arnold had the following to add:
“It’s been an amazing honor and opportunity to have been called upon by one of my biggest idols, Chris Barnes!! Six Feet Under and the Barnes-era Cannibal stuff had enormous effects on me as a young musician, and still do to this day.
In 1996, I was a kid in the front row screaming my head off to “Lycanthropy” and “Torn to the Bone” … And now here I am, being asked to play the songs on stage with the band! Dreams do come true!!! And the stuff we’ve been writing absolutely RIPS! Watch out!!”
Earlier in the month, Six Feet Under replaced drummer Greg Gall with Daath/ex-Chimaira drummer Kevin Talley, while a replacement for bassist Terry Butler (who left to become a full time member of Obituary) has still not been announced. We’ll keep you posted when more is revealed.
Unsigned & Streamed vets Anciients, who’s Season of Mist debut Heart of Oak is out now, have landed the opening slot on the Lamb of God tour. They’ll be playing from May 16 – June 10. Check out the dates here.
Sinestra Studios (who very often provides Metal Insider with some killer live photos) is hosting its very first art galleria and metal show on Saturday, May 25, at The Knitting Factory in Brooklyn, NY. Tickets for the event are onsale now.
Louna has premiered a new music video for the song “Business” with Crave Online. The extravagant and politically themed music video comes in support of the Russian hard rock group’s new album, Behind The Mask, available now via Red Decade Records and MEG/RED.