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Jeff Hanneman RIP


No words, just sadness. Jeff Hanneman was only 49.

Via: Billboard.

Very Metal Friday Night Update: Iggy Pop’s “Indie Label Problems”, Ozzy Falls Off The Wagon, And Alice In Chains Get “Stoned”

Iggy Pop hates on his indie record label. Bikini’s and hilarity ensues.

Yesterday, when The Onion so eloquently said, “Jesus, this week“, everybody nodded in agreement. So very quickly, I want to let you all know that as of this writing, Movies About Girls episode #165 will happen this weekend. As you know, MAG’s studio is located in Boston, our fearless King and his Queen are holding court, and are thankfully safe.

Fan fód my Beantown friends. I love you all, and that dirty old town.

The Dropkick Murphys‘ raised $100,000 for the victims of the Boston Marathon bombing. To make a donation to help the victims of the tragedy in Boston, click here.

Record Store Day is TOMORROW! Check out my list of recommended must-haves for RCD 2013, and my very metal RCD 2013 list over at Purple Dog Records.

Here’s the official music video for the new Alice in Chains track, “Stone”.

Listen to the excellent new track from Michael Monroe, “Ballad of the Lower East Side“.

RIP, Storm Throgerson.

Vince Neil says “It’s time” for Motley Crüe to say goodbye. “WE KNOW” said everybody.

David Lee Roth says he never married his male chef in a civil ceremony a decade ago. Thanks, Buzz Feed, I never heard that one before either.

Trying to talk to Johnny Marr about shoes.

Nico McBrain’s wife is McBatshit crazy. Naturally, she is a resident of the most twisted state in the union, otherwise known as Florida.

Speaking of bats, Ozzy said he was back on the sauce & drugs while recording the new Black Sabbath record. Which can only mean one thing; the new Black Sabbath album will be fucking awesome!

Anxious and depressed (isn’t everyone after this last week!)? Blame heavy metal.

Speaking of being anxious and depressed, ever wanted to see Axl Rose in 3D? Yeah, (remember, it’s NOT 1987) me either.

Very Metal Friday Night Update: Black Sabbath, Ghostface Killah, And People, Hell, And Angels


So, if you’re a metalhead living in or around Toronto, you are currently consumed, still trying to wrap your mind around how the fuck you are going to score tickets for Black Sabbath’s first North American in Toronto August 14th. Opinions aside, there is no doubt that every date on this tour is going to sell out. So like you Toronto, I’m sitting in that same viking boat, rocking back and forth. Trying to come to terms with the fact that my Sabbath ticket, if I’m lucky engough to get one, will likely be the most expensive concert ticket I’ve ever purchased for a show, in my life. Second only to my recent acquisition of a Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds ticket. So you do the math. It’s not pretty. But it’s rock and roll. And I love it.

So many metal things happened this week. Read on for all the deets…

RIP Clive Burr.

Sabbath’s ’13’ gets a June 11th release date. In this video of Rick Rubin lounging around while recording Sabbath, you get to hear some sound bites from the new record. In other very metal news, Sabbath’s world tour begins next month in New Zealand, then hits Australia and Japan from late July through September. The only North American date so far is in Canada, on August 14 at Toronto’s Air Canada Centre. Tickets for the Toronto concert go on sale on April 13th.

People, Hell, and Angels.

Soundgarden will release vinyl demos from “King Animal” on Record Store Day this year.

Metal Church is recording a new album.

Not wanting to be out-metaled by Metal Church, Judas Priest is also back in the studio.

Axl Rose’s microphone broke a fans teef. Now he’s getting sued. Not the microphone, Axl Rose.

The Mars Volta might have lied when they said they were never, ever getting back together.

Fuck yes! New Clutch.

Speaking of fuck yes, Thurston Moore’s band, Chelsea Light Moving, might have made one of my favorite records of 2013.

Speaking of Thurston Moore, here’s a photo of Thurston Moore smiling, and Nick Cave not looking morose while record shopping at Waterloo Records this week at SXSW in Austin.

Jack White is the Record Store Day 2013 ambassador.

Here’s another new Ghostface Killah track. And it’s fucking Delphonically awesome.

Download this sweet Boston metal comp from Born of Fire records NOW!

Speaking of Boston, RIP to a loved music/culture mag from my youth, the Boston Phoenix. The same so-long goes out to 30 year Boston radio station alterna-vet, WFNX.

Farewell Beastie Boy MCA, Adam Yauch

Adam Yauch, 1965-2012.

Such sad news to hear today that Adam Yauch, MCA of the Beastie Boys, passed away after a brave three year battle with cancer. The news of Yauch’s passing is truly a huge loss for the world of music, not just hip hop, as the Beastie Boys always transcended the imposed lines of musical genre. Yauch was a devout Buddhist, and was outspoken in his efforts to bring awareness to Tibet’s diminishing culture, due to Chinese oppression. During his battle with cancer, Yauch sought help from traditional Tibetan medicine. His activism and spirituality influenced the Beastie Boys music, propelling it to a higher level.

Beastie Boys, Heart Attack Man, Live in 1995 on SNL.

Chuck D once thanked Run DMC for being the first to prove that a DJ could be a band, and the Beastie Boys deserve the same praise. And it goes without saying that the Beasties’ could not have been without Adam Yauch. The band has always been in heavy rotation since I discovered them back in high school. Their instrumental record, ‘The Sound From Way Out‘, was the music playing while guests filed into the bar at my wedding reception. I’m sad thinking that MCA is no longer part of such a stellar musical equation, but I’m grateful that he was. Farewell, MCA. Me, my horsey, and a quart of beer salute you.

Strummer Of Love: Summer Festival To Mark The 10th Anniversary Of Joe Strummers Death

Joe Strummer. Ten years gone, but never forgotten.

This August the “Strummer Of Love” festival will mark the 10th anniversary of Joe Strummer passing. No details yet on the bands on the bill, but the festival will take place August 17-19 at an undisclosed location in the middle of Somerset. All proceeds from the festival will go to the charity Strummerville: The Joe Strummer New Music Foundation.

The first 1,001 of the 5,000 went on sale yesterday at a price of £101, an homage to The 101′ers, Strummer’s first band.

Via: Classic Rock Magazine.

Farewell, Davy Jones…

Davy Jones of The Monkees, RIP.

This is one of those celebrity death stories that I wish was a hoax, but sadly, it isn’t. Forever Monkee, Davy Jones passed away today from a heart attack at his home in Florida. Jones was only 66.

A very metal friend of mine commented that Jones was doing the Axl Rose shimmy, long before Axl was. And it’s true. Rest in Peace, Davy. The last train to Clarksville has officially left the station.

Merry Christmas, Mr. Mellor…

Joe Strummer would have turned 59 today.


Very Metal Farewell: Motörhead Says Goodbye To Steve Jobs…

Motörhead’s love to Apple founder, Steve Jobs, on his passing tonight at the age of 56.

There are many things I’d like to thank Steve Jobs for. Top three? My husband, my job, and my 80 year-old Dad’s love of Apple, that allows him to keep being creative and in touch with me, even though he is 3000 miles away.

RIP, Steve Jobs. You leave this world better than it was when you came into it.

Victor Tallarico on Steven Tyler: “There is no one like him. There will never be. He, as far as I’m concerned, is a genius.”

R.I.P. Victor Tallarico, father of Steven Tyler.

Right back at you, sir. Steven Tyler’s father, WWII veteran and Julliard trained musician, Victor Tallarico, was 95. R.I.P.

R.I.P., Jani Lane…

Jani Lane. February 1, 1964 – August 11, 2011. Rest in Peace.

Blabbermouth is reporting that former Warrant vocalist, Jani Lane was found dead in his LA hotel room. Lane was only 47. No details on the cause of death have been released at this time.

Moment of honesty, here. I saw Warrant once. And I liked it. I played the absolute shit out of Warrant’s 1989 debut, Dirty Rotten Filthy Stinking Rich. I even liked a song off of DRFSR’s follow-up record, Cherry Pie (Uncle Tom’s Cabin). Guilty.

Through the years, I always felt a twinge of sadness when a new mug-shot popped up. Lane’s appearances on Celebrity Rehab and Celebrity Fit Club, made me feel even worse. Mostly due to how drastically different he looked on both shows, even though he was still on the young-ish side of life. And because, in both cases, it appeared that he really wanted to change.

The news of Lane’s untimely passing tonight, alone in a hotel in Woodland Hills, adds an even thicker layer of sadness to the up’s and downs of Lane’s life. Especially over the last decade.

Rest in peace Jani. You made me get over my fear of white leather (I blame my white, fringed, 1989 cowboy boots on you). I strove to cultivate your big hair, even though it made my real hair fall out. Anyway, one thing is for sure. Heaven really isn’t too far away now. And I hear they serve cherry pie on Thursday. Sadness…

Full story as it stands now, via Blabbermouth.

8/12 Update: It’s now being reported that a 1/2 empty bottle of vodka, and a bottle of prescription pills were found in Lane’s hotel room. Cause of death is preliminary being called “accidental overdose” or possibly, “death from natural causes.” So, so, sad.

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