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.
Well this isn’t good news. According to Metal Insider, Motörhead announced they were cancelling two tour dates in Austria and Milan due to the fact that Lemmy has suffered a hematoma, a condition that has caused blood clots to form “anywhere in his body”. Last week we found out that Lemmy had been fitted with a defibrillator after a recent heart scare. The bands press release on the situation doesn’t make it sound good at all:
“With great regret we inform you that, after you have cancelled a date in Austria yesterday, motorhead are also forced to cancel the date of June 25 in Milan, for the same reason, ie health problems lemmy, caused by a strong hematoma makes it impossible at present to go on stage.”
Yikes. But although the band has referred to Lemmy’s hematoma as “strong“, it’s not clear how big and bad it really is. Let’s all hope that it’s not as bad as it sounds, and that Lemmy proves to us once again, that he’s fucking bulletproof.
According to Ultimate Guitar, Lemmy Kilmister recently underwent surgery to have a defibrillator fitted into his chest, to help his heart beat normally. I mean, I always assumed that Lemmy’s heart was regularly hooked up to a giant amp, and that and his steady diet of Jack Daniels and ciggy’s would never get the best of him. So how the hell Lemmy’s ticker managed to keep beating on it’s own until now, will forever remain one of the world’s greatest mysteries. Of course, like you, I’m wishing Lem a quick recovery, as well as many more years of being the greatest thing to ever happen to rock and roll, since the invention rock and roll.
Motörhead‘s 25th (!) studio album, “Aftershock“, is due out in September. Not so ironically is the fact that one of the tracks on Aftershock is called “Heartbreaker”. Stay strong Lemmy!