I’ve been sick in bed all weekend. Which means I’ve been swilling NyQuil and watching way too much TV. Some of it good (Breakin’ 2: Electric Boogaloo), and some of it bad. So bad, that it also gave me a case of the sads, which I really didn’t need. Which is exactly what happened when I tuned in to the 2014 Revolver Golden Gods Awards.
Bring on the hate mail, but this performance by Guns really didn’t need to happen. Axl doesn’t look or sound good. He looks uncomfortable – he’s completely over-dressed and looks like he’s ready to go into some mid-evil heavy metal battle. And his vocals on one of metals greatest anthems, “Welcome to the Jungle” are so bad at times, it actually heartbreaking. It’s like a very metal friend of mine (almost) always says whenever the opportunity arises to see a long-ago band live:
“I want to keep the good memories of my idols intact.”
It would be nearly impossible to find a headbanger that would disagree with the fact that Axl Rose is one of the greatest front men and vocalists of all time. A recent interactive chart put together by Concert Hotels comparing the vocal ranges of singers from the past and present, placed Rose at the top of the heap with the widest range, beating out Freddie Mercury, Steve Perry, and Jeff Buckley.
I was lucky enough to let this band melt my face off back in the day, and I’ll never forget it. That said, I can say with 100% certainty that I don’t need to see GNR trying to recapture that same energy and ferocity again, and failing, ever again.
Folk musician Robert Rolf Fedderson apparently penned this three-minute depression fest, “Dave’s Lament” (off Fedderson’s aptly titled new record, American Loser) from the imagined perspective of Dave Mustaine. Apparently, Fedderson got to know Mustaine when his then band, Loudmouth, toured with Megadeth back in the late 90’s. Fedderson wrote the song, which tells the story of one of messiest heavy metal partings in history, and how it might have made Dave feel. And, as you might well imagine, it’s fucking hilarious. I give you exhibit A – a few lines from Dave’s Lament…
“I’m a good writer / I play great guitar / But I can’t get over how farther they’ve gone / I’m staying sober / And trying real hard / But I can’t jump over this fence in my yard”
Oh boy. I never thought I’d say this, but even Dave Mustaine doesn’t deserve this. And the chorus isn’t helping Mustaine’s head banging street cred either…
“All of the success goes to Metallica / All of the accolades go to Metallica / All of the mansions and all of the money / And all of the good things and skies that are sunny”
So there you have it. If you need a few laughs today, listen to Dave’s Lament right here. Besides, we all know the real reason Dave got kicked out of Metallica…
If you don’t already have a case of the sads due to the upcoming arrival of the holidays, then I’m pretty sure the headline of this post will. Axl Rose’s ex, Erin Everly, is auctioning off some of Rose’s old stuff that for some reason she held on to for almost two decades.
In addition to the love letters above that Rose sent to Everly during their tumultuous five-year relationship, (ranging in price from $300-$500 bucks), there are some backstage passes and even a GNR shirt that Everly says once belonged to Rose. You can see all of the auction items here.
According to Phil Campbell, one of the reasons that Motörhead cancelled their tour of Europe was that Lemmy was recently diagnosed with Diabetes. For FUCKS SAKE! Who is dealing Lemmy his life cards these days, Jesus? Anyway, while it’s not that surprising, it’s still sad news given everything else Lem’s been through this past year. That said, I know I’m not alone as I’m sending Lemmy good vibes, and wishing him luck dealing with his latest health related curve-ball.
Well, this is bad news if you had tickets to see Motörhead on their upcoming European tour set to kick off on November 7th, as the band and Lemmy himself released statements yesterday saying they would be postponing the tour until Lemmy is truly ready to rock. Here’s part of the statement from The Bastard himself:
“Motörhead has had to postpone the forthcoming European tour until early 2014. We have made the decision because I am not quite ready to hit the road yet, and am working my way back to full fitness and rude health.
“Don’t worry – I’m not about to start promoting veganism and alcohol-free beverages, but it is fair to say that I personally have been reconfiguring areas of my life to make sure I can come back fitter and stronger than ever.”
And while this is a bummer, it’s also good news as it appears that Lemmy is taking getting well seriously, but doesn’t plan on becoming the next ArKay spokesperson anytime soon. So it’s a win/win for Lemmy and Jack Daniels. For now anyway.
Incredibly sad news today that the legendary leader of the Velvet Underground, Lou Reed, has passed away. He was 71. Back in June Reed’s wife Lauri Anderson said that he was “dying”, and Reed had a successful liver transplant that saved his life. But she also added that she didn’t think that Reed would “ever totally recover from it”. And sadly, Anderson was right. Reed’s contributions and influence in the world of rock and roll were huge and far reaching beyond his own generation, and the void his passing leaves is vast.
Back in June, Araya said that Slayer without Hanneman would literally be like “starting over”, and that there was “no replacing” him. A sentiment that many fans of the band sadly agree with. And now, in a recent interview with Steppin’ Out magazine, Tom Araya has once again voiced his feelings about Slayer going on as a band, without Jeff Hanneman.
“Nobody ever thought about Jeff passing away. I thought about him getting better and getting back on stage. We’ve been talking about getting back in the studio for the last two years, with Jeff being a part of that. It was something to be continued. His death has changed everything.”
Araya says that the band wanted to keep their tour commitments, that were inked prior to Hanneman’s death, and that’s why they kept touring. He also said that he and Kerry King are going to sit down and “talk” about the bands future once the current tour ends, then added “if” they have a future.
Joe Strummer once said that “the future is yet unwritten”. But when it comes to Slayer, it seems like Tom Araya has had a pretty clear vision of what the future holds for Slayer since his friend of 30+ years said goodbye too soon. Stay tuned.
Breaking news from Metal Injection about what happened during Motörhead’striumphant return to the stage today at Wacken. Apparently, the band only got through six songs, and Lemmy was unable to return to finish the bands set. The truly sad account follows:
There were long stretches between the songs that were played. After the penultimate song, guitarist Phil Campbell played a guitar solo and when he stopped there was an eerie silence. Lemmy was able to return for one more song and then left the stage immediately after, never to return.
Festival organizer Thomas Jensen then came out and said the Motorhead set was over and he did not know what to do or say to make it any better.
This is not what anyone, especially Lemmy and Motörhead, were hoping for, and it’s a shitty way at best way to end the week. Story is developing, so stay tuned, and stay positive.
UPDATE 8/2 3:36 PM PT: A source placed at Wacken by Metal Talk.net says that it’s being reported that Lemmy collapsed behind a stack of speakers after exiting the stage during the bands sixth song. However, it now appears that Phil Campbell returned to the stage to play with Doro Pesch. During her set, Pesch announced that “Lemmy was doing fine…”. Lemmy himself told the crowd that despite being “ill lately”, that “he’d come onstage to play some rock n’ roll and fuck myself even more”. Jesus…
Well, this is a hard way to start a Monday. According to Motörhead drummer Mikkey Dee, Lemmy’s health took a turn for the worse this past week after Lemmy fell and injured himself. In light of the press-release the band plans to put out later today, here’s the latest details according to Dee. Go grab your Lemmy doll and give it a hug, because it’s not good:
Everything started with him falling and getting a nasty blow to his hip a little over a week ago. Following his fall, Lemmy had more bad luck when a fire alarm went off at the hotel Royal Kensington in London where he was staying.
He had to walk eight stairs in the middle of the night. Lemmy’s personal assistant said that that was fucked up and that he had an injured hip.
He needs to have his body drained of fluid and that can’t be done too quickly, he said. When he remains in bed and can’t move, he can easily get pneumonia…. If you can’t move properly, other issues will follow.
And if this news has you completely bummed out, then you’re not alone. Dee goes on to say that Lemmy is “devastated beyond belief” and that this setback has had “a bigger effect on him than it would anyone else. It’s like chopping off a piano player’s hands. This is his life.”
As many of you know, Guitar World’s upcoming August 2013 issue will pay tribute to the late Jeff Hanneman. Within the issue, Tom Araya casts a dark shadow over the future of Slayer, saying that “there’s no replacing him (Jeff Hanneman)”. Tom’s heavy quote follows…
After 30 years, it would literally be like starting over. To move forward without Jeff just wouldn’t be the same, and I’m not sure the fans would be so accepting of that drastic a change. Especially when you consider how much he contributed to the band musically. And you can have someone sit in for him, but there’s no one on this planet that can do what Jeff did. There’s no replacing him.
Like many, if not all of you that read this blog, Tom’s thoughts ring true in my ears. And when Slayer started falling apart over the last year, while sad (and mostly preventable when it came to Dave Lombardo), it seemed that road the band was on, was rocky at best. But Jeff Hanneman’s sudden passing, changed everything.
Bands like Slayer don’t come around too often, and I for one hate the thought of a world without them. But in Tom’s own words, there is “no one on this planet that can do what Jeff did“. Translation? There is no Slayer without Jeff Hanneman.