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A headlining show at New York City’s Highline Ballroom by ex-Metallica bassist Jason Newsted’s new solo project (Newsted) turned tense for a moment Tuesday evening. Newsted’s band was halfway through a rendition of Metallica’s “Whiplash” when a fan leapt onstage, appeared to attempt a stage dive into the middle of the audience and instead ran into Newsted from behind, knocking them both off the stage and into the audience. With the crowd stopping the fan in the mosh pit while others yelled at him, a security guard immediately escorted the fan from the venue with one forearm wrapped around his neck, pursued by other members of the venue’s security detail.
Visibly disoriented from a roughly five-foot fall that could have caused serious damage with a slightly different angle, Newsted returned to the stage with the help of security, replacing an in-ear monitor knocked out by the fall and addressing the crowd:
“You know, no matter how many shows I’ve done, that just happened for the first time. …I trust my brothers here to take care of it. Anyone get a good look at that motherfucker? Don’t kill him, just bruise him up a bit.”
Newsted said this last part with just the right amount of good humor, but the fall itself was a bone-chilling moment that luckily didn’t end in serious injury. It immediately brought Randy Blythe’s “be carefully” statement against stage diving to mind, putting the crowd on edge at a time where metal crowd behavior is freshly in the public eye. The knock out is also a tad concerning considering Newsted’s 2006 shoulder injury (which left him inactive in the music scene for over a year). While details are still developing, Newsted appears to be doing ok following last night’s incident.
Almost immediately after the untimely death of Jeff Hanneman, professional douchebags the Westboro Baptist Church announced plans to protest the Slayer guitarist’s funeral by picketing it and singing their awful parody of Ozzy Osbourne’s “Crazy Train.” Now the evil hate group has their eyes set on the newly announced memorial celebration set to take place on May 23 in L.A.
“Will we see you when we protest Jeff Hanneman’s memorial on May 23, 1pm, @thepalladium in Los Angeles, @Metal_Hammer?,” the WBC tweeted along with this picture. Everything that can be said about this vile “church” has already been stated by us (and everyone who isn’t a member of this group). Rather than let the picketing turn ugly, though, we suggest fans who plan to attend the memorial take a look at Metal Sucks’ suggestions for counter-protests. The only suggestion we would add is possibly taking a page from the Foo Fighters’ book. Or y’know, ignoring them. But coming to protest at a place where they know there will be several thousand Slayer fans can’t end good for the extremist fringe group.
Is this Metal Insider or a police blotter?! Turns out Tim Lambesis isn’t the only metal musician currently being held in prison. Allen West, who logged time in Six Feet Under, Massacre and Lowbrow, but is best known for spending almost 20 years in Obituary, is currently being held for operating a meth lab. This actually happened over a month ago, but news is just coming out now. The best/worst thing about it? West called the police on himself.
On Monday, March 25, West called the police stating that two men kicked in his front door, and he ran out the back door into the woods. That’s where police met him and asked if they could search his house for the subjects. Once inside, they smelled an acidic odor coming from the master bedroom. Upon entering, they found soda bottles with tubing protruding from them, which meant either that West found a new and exciting way to drink soda, or that he was manufacturing meth. They then found more evidence:
Allen West was called back into the residence. As one of the Deputies began to question West another Deputy discovered some of the above items had been removed and placed in an “Igloo” cooler. West advised the Deputies that he hid the items in the cooler to avoid getting in trouble. He advised the items were not his stating “They were cooking it” without giving any other details. Allen West did confess that he had manufactured and smoked methamphetamine in his home as recently as two weeks ago.
Cops found more items used in the manufacturing of meth, dismantled the lab, and arrested West. According to Lambgoat, the 45 year-old West is currently being held at the Sumter County Jail in Bushnell FL. Allen hadn’t played with Obituary since 2006. This isn’t his first time in jail – he’d been incarcerated for nearly a year starting in 2007 for getting arrested after his fifth DUI. Far be it from us to kick a man while he’s down, but doesn’t he look a little like this jailbird?
via Lambgoat by way of The Village Sun Times]
It’s well known that Frankie Palmeri isn’t exactly the most well-liked frontman in metal. So while we wish no one any harm here at Metal Insider, we’re sure there are a few people who would want to see the Emmure frontman electrocuted onstage. Well those people are in luck, because now there’s video of exactly that happening.
Emmure were performing in Moscow, Russia yesterday (May 7) when Palmeri was electrocuted onstage, forcing the band to cut their set short. Fortunately, Palmeri wasn’t seriously hurt and is doing fine, posting the following tweets on his account:
“Sorry I almost literally died on stage tonight #Moscow. Getting zapped by 200 volts feels like shit. Ya almost got me tonight. #STILLALIVE
Haha already reading online that it was ‘karma’ haha. I guess Gino the TM for Chelsea also deserved it too since he got blasted right b4 me.”
While we’re glad to hear he’s ok after the incident, that doesn’t change the fact that video of it is now online. Watch fan filmed footage of Palmeri getting electrocuted for yourself above.
Well, that’s a sadly prophetic choice of words. On May 1, just one day before Slayer guitarist Jeff Hanneman died in a hospital of liver failure, the band’s estranged drummer, Dave Lombardo, was interviewed for an Israeli radio station, KZRadio. In a live interview, Lombardo was asked about his exit from the group and his future in the band. He said the following:
“I hope things work out. I hope everything works out for the fans; that’s what I want. And for the history of the band. When we get older and we can’t play anymore, I want the band to go out being still Slayer. ‘Cause we’re all still alive. Can you imagine if one of us was dead? Then it’s hard. It’s like Led Zeppelin. You know, Led Zeppelin with Jason Bonham is not the same; it’s not the same. I hear double pedal in Jason Bonham and it’s, like, ‘Why are you doing that?’ Zeppelin is about single bass, you know.”
Wow. It’s obviously just a weird coincidence that Lombardo said that. It’s pretty apparent that no one knew how close to death Hanneman was. Lombardo certainly wouldn’t have spoken up, even though he probably hasn’t known the day-to-day goings-on of Slayer since he left that band. But Slayer’s manager, Rick Sales, was in New York on April 30 at the Bullet For my Valentine show (a band he co-manages), and it’s hard to imagine he’d have traveled across the country if he’d known Hanneman was ill. It’s really just an unfortunate turn of phrase for Lombardo. Who knows what will happen with Slayer now. The band could very conceivably soldier on with Holt as the permanent fill-in guitarist whether Lombardo is in the band or not. But it’s apparent that May 2 changed the fabric of the band forever.
[Metal Sucks by way of Blabbermouth]
Mick Mars turned 62 on Tuesday, and should have enjoyed his birthday by playing a show in Saskatchewan with the rest of Motley Crue. Instead, he was tackled by a “fan,” and had to be helped up and offstage. If the guy that jumped up onstage was anywhere near a Crue fan, he’d have known that Mars suffers from ankylosing spondylitis, a bone disease which is painful and restricts movement. Yet the guy jumped up onstage as the band was finishing up “Primal Scream” and made a run for Vince Neil, knocking over Mars in the process.
Mars’ personal bodyguard Rhyno also suffered two broken ribs in the fracas. Nikki Sixx appeared to kick the assailant, while drummer Tommy Lee shouted “what the fuck is wrong with you, you fuckin’ idiot.” Motley Crue vocalist Vince Neil said to the crowd “we might be back,” and after a brief delay, the band returned to finish out the remaining three songs from their set. In a post-Randy Blythe world, anyone should think twice about jumping up onstage, let alone tackling anyone onstage. Hopefully this dick is prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.
[Classic Rock Magazine via Metal Sucks]
Just minutes after the metal community was shaken to its core by the sad news that Slayer guitarist Jeff Hanneman had passed away, evil hate group The Westboro Baptist Church sent out a tweet mentioning the guitarist. “Which of your idols will God kill next? Yesterday Chris Kelly #krisskross Today Jeff Hanneman #Slayer,” the tweet read. It was followed by the hashtag #picketfunerals and accompanied by the picture to your right.
Everyone knows by now that the Westboro Baptists are vile people, as they’ve made their name by picketing funerals of war heroes, the Boston Marathon victims, and more. But if they really think they’re going to successfully picket a member of Slayer’s funeral, they’re even more misguided than we already thought they were. And considering that Slayer have an album called God Hates Us All, their cute little “God Hates Your Idols” doesn’t mean much in comparison. I guess we’re sort of feeding the trolls by even mentioning these douchenozzles, but no one should ever take them seriously.
[via Wolverine Kills]
Excited to see The Faceless open for The Dillinger Escape Plan in Buffalo, Pittsburgh and Philadelphia? Well, not so fast. The group’s vehicle broke down and has left them stuck outside of Amarillo, Texas. With no vehicle to get them back on the road, The Faceless has been forced to miss a few shows.
The Faceless guitarist Michael Keene issued the following explanation and apology:
“For the past few days we’ve been stuck in the middle of nowhere outside of Amarillo, Texas due to a vehicle break down. The repairs took much longer than anticipated and we never expected to be stuck here this long.
We will be missing tonight’s show in Buffalo, tomorrow in Pittsburgh and most likely the Philadelphia show. We’re very sorry to all the people that wanted to come see us, but this is unfortunately a circumstance beyond our control.”
It’s always a shame to see a band unable to tour due to problems that arise from vans/buses (just ask Jeff Loomis). Here’s hoping that The Faceless can rejoin the tour in time for the free Brooklyn show on Saturday (April 27).
Every Time I Die’s headlining set at the Jamboree Festival in Toledo, OH Saturday night didn’t end on a high note. In fact, the show came to a sudden and unfortunate end after gunshots were fired midway through the performance.
The band confirmed the news via a series of tweets, including the following:
“we apologize to everyone at jamboree that stuck around only to see our set cut short. when guns are involved there is a venue protocol…
maintaining safety while trying to avoid a panic riot is a tightrope walk that not many have practiced. we hope that everyone is safe…
for the record we are still uncertain as to what transpired. but we do know that people who like ETID dont come to shoot. They come to party.”
“I won’t use tonight’s event to push an agenda. I’ll just say that the social contract our community honors was broken by the ONE. not the many,” singer Keith Buckley tweeted. Bassist Steve Micciche also added via Twitter that “Apologies to Jamboree Fest in Toledo. We came in hot, but some idiot came in hotter with a gun. Safety 1st. See ya in the summer,” while drummer Ryan “Legs” Leger added “Gunshots interrupting our set? That’s a new one. Sorry we couldn’t finish the set guys.”
Exact details regarding the gunshots are still emerging. However, reports of any injuries have yet to emerge, while the Jamboree Festival’s 2nd day (headlined by Hatebreed) reportedly went on as planned. Still, this is yet another incident that won’t help metal and hardcore’s reputation.
Nothing says “bummer” quite like a mucisian getting his gear stolen. In this instance, the victim is John 5, whose LA residence was robbed yesterday, March 26th. Judging by the picture posted onto John 5′s Facebook, the items that were stolen include several guitars and apparently a painting of the Creature From the Black Lagoon. That last one seems like an odd thing to steal next to a few guitars, but it sucks nonetheless.
John 5′s also posted the following account on his Facebook:
Unfortunately our house was robbed today, we accidentally didn’t put the alarm on, so some assholes got lucky! We will post more pictures of more guitars, these are all the pictures we have now. I just want to put it out there, just in case anyone comes across these items.. Whoever did this will get caught hopefully one day!
Unfortunately, lost or stolen gear has a habit of not turning up again, but if you’re in the LA area then we recommend you dress up as the Gill-man in hopes of running into the theives and attempting to scare the shit out them in hopes of at least getting the painting back. Then work your way from there.