Lemmy at Wacken 2013
With Lemmy Kilmister on the mend following his recent health scare, fans were looking forward to Motörhead’s show at the Wacken Open Air festival in Germany today. However, it appears that Lemmy’s condition still may not be at 100%, as the band cut their festival set short.
Motörhead reportedly spent less than 30 minutes onstage (45 minutes less than scheduled) at the Wacken Open Air festival today, with awkward long pauses in-between the six songs they played. According to people in attendance, Lemmy did not look or sound well and struggled to gather strength to perform. Guitarist Phil Campbell even played a guitar solo earlier than usual to cover for the frontman, which upon its conclusion was met with “eerie silence.” After they played their final song, co-founder Thomas Jensen came out and announced to the audience that the concert was over, supposedly admitting that even he didn’t know what to do or say about the situation.
Needless to say, this is pretty worrisome to hear. Whether or not this means Lemmy returned to the stage too soon, we simply hope he gets better and takes a little more time to rest up.
[by way of Metal Injection and Blabbermouth, photo taken by Rocknroll-Reporter.de]
Coheed and Cambria have been touring successfully over the past two years with their new bassist Zach Cooper. Some might remember that Taylor took over Michael Todd’s bass duties for Coheed following his arrest in 2011. Todd has been busy as well, working on a new musical project dubbed Flux Fortuna, creating a Kickstarter campaign to fund his new venture and release a Live EP despite apparently being diagnosed with cancer. In addition, Todd had announced through his personal Facebook page (which has now been deleted) that he would be selling Coheed merchandise, such as hard to find Coheed vinyl and an original manuscript of Year of the Black Rainbow, trying to clear out his cache of stuff and move on with his life.
Unfortunately, for some, Todd’s attempts and selling merchandise didn’t turn out so well. A fan posted a thread on Coheed’s fan forum page Cobalt and Calcium stating that they and multiple other people had not yet received their merchandise and Todd hadn’t been returning their attempts at contact for weeks. Others opted to create a Facebook community page titled “Mic Todd Owes Us Money.” After multiple fan complaints, weeks of non-response from Todd, and the creation of the page, Todd released this statement via Flux Fortuna’s Facebook page regarding the allegation that he hadn’t been sending out the merchandise fans had paid him for through PayPal: Read more »
Leave it to good old Oderus Urungus to stir the pot. Shortly after his (former?) labelmate Tim Lambesis of As I Lay Dying was released from custody after attempting to hire a hitman to kill his estranged wife, the GWAR frontman posted a series of one-liners via Twitter at the expense of Lambesis. More surprising, though, might be the shot he took at friend/Lamb Of God singer Randy Blythe and his recent run-in with the law.
Here’s a rundown of what Oderus actually tweeted:
“Congratulations to label-mate and cut MF #timlambesis for making bail bro! Now get out there and hire some people to chop us some bitches.
As far as the tracker-bracelet, I advocate getting one of similar size on the other leg. #timlambesis
However, if the tracker is the latest model, made specifically for celebrities, then it’s practically weightless. Comfy, even. #timlambesis
Then again, you sing for a metal band, so you might not get celebrity status, except with metal fans. #timlambsis You’ve got the old model.
It weighs about eight pounds and is uncomfortable AS SHIT. Plus it hums and shocks. #timlambesis
C’mon Tim, whats the matter? At least in #Richmond when we get charged with killing someone, we actually do it. #randyblythe
Bad thing : Tim can’t leave San Diego except to visit lawyer. Good thing : Lawyer lives in Pago-Pago #timlambesis
Whats that? It’s only Pago now? Why is that? Because it ain’t half the place it used to be. #rimshot”
Granted, anyone who knows anything about Oderus knows that he is the last person to take seriously, and he obviously was just trying to get a laugh. Plus, it’s still a tad hard to defend Lambesis given what he’s been accused of doing. Still, I’m sure his “#randyblythe” punch line will leave a few in the metal community a little uncomfortable. Which means Oderus has done his job.
We feared that Tony Iommi’s current battle with lymphoma would stall the original Black Sabbath lineup’s plans for 2012 (including a new album). As it turns out, though, it could be Bill Ward who ends up stalling things. In what seems like a move that came out of nowhere, the drummer released a statement claiming that he may be “forced” to sit out of the upcoming Black Sabbath reunion due to legal and contract issues.
Here is the entire statement Ward has just released:
“Dear SABBATH fans, fellow musicians and interested parties, At this time, I would love nothing more than to be able to proceed with the BLACK SABBATH album and tour. However, I am unable to continue unless a ‘signable’ contract is drawn up; a contract that reflects some dignity and respect toward me as an original member of the band.
Last year, I worked diligently in good faith with Tony, Ozzy and Geezer. And on 11/11/11, again in good faith, I participated in the L.A. press conference. Several days ago, after nearly a year of trying to negotiate, another ‘unsignable’ contract was handed to me. Let me say that although this has put me in some kind of holding pattern, I am packed and ready to leave the U.S. for England. More importantly, I definitely want to play on the album, and I definitely want to tour with BLACK SABBATH.
Since the news of Tony’s illness, and the understanding that the band would move production to the U.K., I’ve spent every day getting to or living in a place of readiness to leave. That involves something of a task, and as I’ve tried to find out what’s going on with the U.K. sessions, I’ve realized that I’ve been getting ‘the cold shoulder’ (and, I might add, not for the first time). Feeling somewhat ostracized, my guess is as of today, I will know nothing of what’s happening unless I sign ‘the unsignable contract.’ The place I’m in feels lousy and lonely because as much as I want to play and participate, I also have to stand for something and not sign on. If I sign ‘as is,’ I stand to lose my rights, dignity and respectability as a rock musician.
I believe in freedom and freedom of speech. I grew up in a hard rock/metal band. We stood for something then, and we played from the heart with honesty and sincerity. I am in the spirit of integrity, far from the corporate malady, I am real and honest, fair and compassionate.
If I’m replaced, I have to face you, the beloved SABBATH fans. I hope you will not hold me responsible for the failure of an original Black Sabbath lineup as promoted. Without fault finding, I want to assure everyone that my loyalty to Sabbath is intact.
So here I am. I lay my truth down before you. I’m good to go IF I get a ‘signable’ contract. I don’t want to let anyone down, especially BLACK SABBATH and all the SABBATH fans. You know I love you. It would be a sad day in rock if this current situation fell to the desires of a few.
My position is not greed-driven. I’m not holding out for a ‘big piece’ of the action (money) like some kind of blackmail deal. I’d like something that recognizes and is reflective of my contributions to the band, including the reunions that started fourteen years ago. After the last tour, I vowed to never again sign on to an unreasonable contract. I want a contract that shows some respect to me and my family, a contract that will honor all that I’ve brought to Black Sabbath since its beginning.
That’s the story so far. Stay safe and stay strong. I love every single one of you.”
This is truly a shame in so many ways. For one, it’s showing a truly ugly side behind this reunion that we doubt anyone really wanted to believe was happening. And let’s be honest, while I’m sure now the Sabbath camp will want to figure out a way to work it out with Ward, it also wouldn’t be the first time they’ve went forward with “reunion” shows without him (having done so with Ozzfest 1997 and originally planning to do so for Ozzfest 2004 until Ward signed back on).
At this moment, the remaining members of Sabbath have yet to comment on Ward’s statement. Sadly, we’ll have to wait longer to find out how this will affect Sabbath’s plans for recording and touring.
UPDATE: The remaining three members have announced that they will continue on without Bill Ward.