AC/DC TO PERFORM AT THE GRAMMY AWARDS IN FEBRUARY

ac:dc10:17:2014-640 AC/DC will perform during next month’s Grammys ceremony scheduled for February 8th, it’s been confirmed.

Described as “music’s biggest night,” the 57th Grammy Awards ceremony takes place at LA’s Staples Centre and it’ll be broadcast live on US network CBS. The show also features Madonna, Ed Sheeran, Ariana Grande and Eric Church.

It’ll be AC/DC’s first live appearance since Malcolm Young was forced to retire as a result of his dementia, to be replaced by nephew Stevie Young. It’s also been revealed that the mainman was treated for lung cancer before he left the band.

But it’s still not known who will be playing drums, since Phil Rudd faces continued legal troubles after being accused of threatening to kill. Despite facing seven years in jail if found guilty, Rudd said last month: “I’m going back to work with AC/DC – and I don’t care who likes it and who doesn’t.”

AC/DC released 17th album Rock Or Bust on December 1st. Vocalist Brian Johnson later admitted he’d been concerned over his ability to perform in the studio, saying, “I went with my fingers crossed and my eyes shut into the singing booth.”

source: Classic Rock Magazine

WANT TO ATTEND A TAPING OF “THAT METAL SHOW” SEASON 14? READ HERE TO FIND OUT HOW

Thatmetalshowlogo If you want attend a taping of season 14 of That Metal Show, please go to gothamcasting.com and register for eligibility.

Please remember, the site states that you should only register if you are in the NYC Area for filming dates.

Good luck.

ORIGINAL MEMBERS OF HEART, BASSIST STEVE FOSSEN AND DRUMMER MIKE DEROSIER, ANNOUNCE NEW PROJECT “HEART BY HEART”

heartbyheart400 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame members Steve Fossen and Mike Derosier are proving that they still have a lot of love left to give to the music world as they announce plans for their latest project – Heart By Heart.

Driven to recreate the songs of Heart, while bringing the essence and purity of the group back to the stage, Heart By Heart was created to offer fans the unique experience that only those who were actually in the original band could offer.

“We don’t consider ourselves a ‘tribute band’ but rather the second incarnation of Heart”, explained Fossen. “With Mike and me at the helm, we can, once again, help bring out those musical nuances and ignite the energy within our own band that made Heart one of the most beloved rock groups of our time.”

To achieve this level of musicianship, Fossen and Derosier surrounded themselves with the best in the industry. Finding the lead vocalist was the easiest as Fossen and Somar Macek had been performing as a duo for years, often times naturally weaving their way into a Heart song as if being guided by a larger force. It was during their duo days, in fact, that Fossen actually started thinking about putting Heart By Heart together. The name would later come from Macek who said it signified their true feelings for one another.

Randy Hansen, who collaborated with Francis Ford Coppola on Apocalypse Now and ultimately helped him win the Academy Award® for Best Original Score Written for a Motion Picture, was next to join the band, rounding out the band’s rhythm section on guitar. The group kept rehearsing and eventually asked famous radio personality Bob Rivers, who has earned several Gold records, to lend his skills on the keys for songs like Alone and Magic Man.

But it wasn’t until the group was performing at a local show that they finally found what they were missing – Lizzy Daymont on guitar and vocals.

“We were amazed at how well Lizzy knew the songs and one week later she joined us on stage. In fact, when I heard Somar and Lizzy harmonize for the first time I had to hide my face because I started to cry,” said Fossen.

With the lineup complete, Heart By Heart’s mission was simple – to create music that was authentic, passionate, and true to Heart’s artistic integrity. After all, Fossen and Derosier, who were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2013 as members of Heart, would never do the music any injustice.

“When I first discovered Heart By Heart, I thought they were just a Heart tribute band – a really, really great Heart tribute band. I was excited to meet two rock legends – Steve and Mike – and to hear the band in person. What I wasn¹t prepared for was how amazing this band sounded,” said Tom Moon, of Starleigh Entertainment. “It wasn¹t that they were just amazing players and singers, they were, but what astounded me most was the authenticity with which they played the material. Heart By Heart is way beyond a tribute band, their performance is a real and impactful musical experience, once you hear what they do, you cannot help but be won over.”

With the lineup complete and the band’s mission in sight, they have plans for an upcoming tour.

For more information about Heart By Heart, visit Heartbyheart.com.

ICONIC GUITARIST MICHAEL SCHENKER TO RELEASE NEW STUDIO ALBUM FEATURING FORMER SCORPIONS AND RAINBOW MEMBERS

michaelshenck400 Award-winning, legendary guitarist Michael Schenker releases a new studio album entitled Spirit On A Mission. Released by in-akustik, the album of all-new material features Schenker’s Temple of Rock band – ex-Scorpions Herman Rarebell (drums) and Francis Buchholz (bass), ex-Rainbow’s Doogie White (vocals) and Wayne Findlay (guitar, keyboards) and is due for release on in the U.K. on March 23rd.

The new album features twelve classic rock guitar-driven songs that highlight Schenker’s distinctive and dynamic guitar playing, valiantly underpinned by the ferocious rhythm section of Rarebell and Buchholz, the same rhythm section that originally performed together on the Scorpions’ 1979 album Lovedrive.

Michael remembers how he came up with the name of the new album, “A while ago I was asked how I wanted to be remembered, and I said ‘as a spirit on a mission, spreading the joy of music from a place of pure self expression.’”

Scottish vocalist Doogie White, who co-wrote the album with Schenker, soars across every song, and stamps his personality with every note and phrase, while Wayne Findlay adds a new level to Schenker’s classic sound with his Dean 7-string guitar and keyboard arrangements.

Spirit On A Mission is a rapturous, explosive collection of brand new songs steeped in shades of dark and light. Musically and lyrically, the new album shows a re-energized guitarist at the top of his game, surrounded by some of the best musicians in rock.
The new album was recorded at Kidroom Studios, Muenster, Germany; the same studio where 2013’s Bridge The Gap album was recorded. The album was produced by Michael Voss and Michael Schenker, and engineered by Voss.

“After the Bridge The Gap Japan Tour in March 2014, I started to put new material together for what was to become the Spirit On A Mission album,” says Schenker. I went to the recording studio in June 2014 to put down the song arrangements and we finished recording in November.”

During the recording of the new album, the original recordings and guitars were stolen from the recording studio. Did this impact on the recording process of the new album?

“Yes we got robbed (some guitars and some music) and got very upset about it,” recalls Schenker. “Fortunately it was just performances and not compositions. We caught up and performed the music better than before. It forced us to work extra hard and longer but it made it stronger.”

For Schenker, the songwriting and recording process for Spirit On A Mission was very different from the 2012’s Bridge The Gap album.

Says Schenker, “I already knew ahead of time that I wanted to take Spirit On A Mission to the next level by adding more 7-string guitar on some songs to get more of the low heavy sound, and on other songs to keep it very fast and energetic with melodic vocals and a couple of mid tempo’s with more of my writing like in my UFO days.”

“Doogie did an amazing job with his melodies and singing,” adds Schenker. “Even though we had our instruments, music and equipment stolen from the recording studio, we had to re-record a lot of his vocals again, but when we did it the second time around, it got even better.”

“I asked Wayne to come up with a few cool guitar riffs on his 7 string. I added my parts to it and the outcome was very unique. Again, with the addition of Doogie’s vocals, we entered a whole new place that was an extreme pleasurable experience.”

The writing process and overall concept for Spirit On A Mission proved to be a fulfilling experience for Schenker and his band.

Says Schenker, “I always write in the same way but this time, especially driven by a precise concept. The picture was album balance for me and combine many years of emotions in one. I wanted lots of double bass drum to keep the fast songs rolling like a train with lots of energy covered with interesting elements, a couple of my UFO days-type of mid tempos and the 7 string low sound to get a very wide range of sounds and emotions.”

Michael’s Temple of Rock shared ideas and collaborated in a bigger way on the new album.

“All songs were co-written by Doogie and myself,” recalls Schenker. “Wayne co-wrote five songs. I originally wanted to write the album as a group effort, but I had this concept that needed to be focused on differently. However, Herman and Francis did very well by adding there amazing Rock You Like A Hurricane rhythm section parts that gave it all it needed.

The new album also sees guitarist and keyboard player, Wayne Findlay, takes on a bigger role.

“Wayne has been with me (MSG) since 1999,” says Schenker. “In 2004, I met Dean Guitars and they built me a 7 string. I played it for a while but thought it was too much of a sidetrack from what I was doing.”

“I always liked that low sound and asked Wayne to look into developing it on the 7 string. A couple of years ago we started to use a bit of Wayne’s 7 string guitar on Bridge The Gap as a slow introduction. Wayne looks like a Neptune (Ocean God) and he loves the ocean. I saw this as an opportunity to have Dean build him a Trident Guitar in order to make his character complete. I wrote a little piece about Wayne called Neptune Rising on the Bridge The Gap album and now on Spirit On A Mission Wayne was ready to co-write five songs, and has now become an essential part of Temple Of Rock.”

“Coincidentally,” says Schenker, “former Scorpions members Herman Rarebell and Francis Buchholz and myself were out of the loop of rock n’roll around the same time, but for different reasons. When we recorded 2013’s Bridge The Gap album, we had not played together since the Scorpions’ Lovedrive album (1979). Spirit On A Mission is the second Temple of Rock album to feature the former Scorpions rhythm section.

Former Rainbow singer Doogie White is described by Schenker as an “extremely creative individual with a fantastic range and a voice that never stops.”

“How many people do you know that can sing nine shows in a row, without a day off and still have a voice with a range like his?, says Schenker. “He’s a real trooper.”

What are Schenker’s favorite songs from Spirit On A Mission, and why?

Says Michael, “I love Live and Let Live because it has everything. I love Vigilante Man because it’s heavy and melodic with a great tempo and sound. Something Of The Night turned out to be a fantastic outcome especially with that spooky Howler sound I developed awhile ago. Savior Machine is an epic. Rock City, Bullet Proof, Restless Heart – I love the fast melodic stuff, and the other 7 string songs with a touch of ’70s rock.”

What are Schenker’s overall plans to promote the new album? Does he plan on touring the album by relentless touring and playing summer festivals?

“Promotion is definitely the next step,” says Schenker. “Wherever we are needed around the world, we will be there to promote Spirit On A Mission. I want to make Temple Of Rock its own entity. Right now it is still using the Michael Schenker platform but eventually I want it to stand on its own feet as ‘Temple Of Rock’.

Spirit On A Mission track listing:

1. Live And Let Live
2. Communion
3. Vigilante Man
4. Rock City
5. Savior Machine
6. Something Of The Night
7. All Our Yesterdays
8. Bulletproof
9. Let The Devil Scream
10. Good Times
11. Restless Heart
12. Wicked*

Bonus Track on Deluxe Edition + Vinyl Edition: Searching For Freedom (Instrumental)

Watch the video for Vigilante Man below.

Michael Schenker on the web:

michaelschenkerhimself.com
facebook.com/MichaelSchenkerRocks

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MOTOR SISTER, FEATURING JIM WILSON, SCOTT IAN, JOEY VERA, JOHN TEMPESTA AND PEARL ADAY, TO RELEASE “RIDE” ON MARCH 10TH

MotorSister-Ride640 Motor Sister is comprised of a veritable super group; a team of musicians whose collective musical pedigrees speak for themselves.

Mother Superior founder, guitarist, and vocalist Jim Wilson fronts the band, with Anthrax’s Scott Ian on guitar, Pearl Aday on backing vocals, Joey Vera on bass, and John Tempesta on drums. The group was originally assembled to jam for Scott Ian’s fiftieth birthday party. Thanks to Scott’s wife Pearl Aday, who has been working on her solo career with Mother Superior front man Jim Wilson for years, all it took was a quick phone call and the stage was literally set for Scott’s dream gig. “I wanted to cherry-pick a set list of my favorite Mother Superior songs and get these guys together and have the concert at my house,” Ian says of the event that eventually led to an album.

Enthralled at the idea of making a record of his favorite Mother Superior songs, Ian emailed producer Jay Ruston (Anthrax, Steel Panther) and asked if he thought it was possible to recapture the same spontaneous energy Motor Sister generated at their makeshift gig, and if an album could be recorded quickly. “He said, ‘Yeah, we can make the record in two days and we can make it sound really good.’ So that’s what we did,” Ian says. “A week and a half later, we made the record in LA over a two day period. We recorded the whole thing live in the studio and the set-up was at my house.”

“[Mother Superior] frontman Jim [Wilson] was totally into the idea. Pearl was a huge Mother Superior fan from way back and was in. I asked my good friends Joey Vera (Fates Warning/Armored Saint) and John Tempesta (White Zombie, The Cult) to be a part of it because I knew they were both big fans as well and with no hesitation they said, ‘We’re in.'”

Wilson, too, was stoked by the opportunity to dust off some songs he hadn’t played since his LA rock trio broke up in the early 2000’s after releasing eight albums and playing as Henry Rollins’ backing band. “I definitely didn’t need any arm-twisting,” he says. “I was totally flattered and thought it was a great idea. I figured it would be fun and it was a great opportunity for a new chapter to be established in order to move forward.”

The recordings from those two days are what became to be known as Motor Sister’s Ride. Today, the first single from those sessions, This Song Reminds Me of You, is available for to stream here. Watch a featurette video on the formation of the band and the process behind the record below.

Ride will be released March 10th in North America on Metal Blade Records. Pre-orders for the album are available now at metalblade.com/motorsister/.

In support of the project Motor Sister have scheduled a special show on February 12th in Brooklyn, NY at Saint Vitus. Tickets for the show can be purchased here.

Ride Track Listing:

1. A Hole
2. This Song Reminds Me of You
3. Beg Borrow Steal
4. Fool Around
5. Get That Girl
6. Head Hanging Low
7. Fork in the Road
8. Little Motor Sister
9. Pretty in the Morning
10. Whore
11. Doghouse
12. Devil Wind

Follow Motor Sister online:

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twitter.com/MotorSister

GUNS N’ ROSES FOUNDING DRUMMER STEVEN ADLER TO UNVEIL RHYTHMIC FINE ART COLLECTION TO CELEBRATE HIS 50TH BIRTHDAY

stevenadler400 Steven Adler, one of the most acclaimed and notorious drummers in rock history celebrates two important milestones – 30 years behind the drums and 50 years of life. As the founding drummer for Guns N’ Roses, Adler is responsible for some of the most celebrated beats in hard rock history.

Utilizing the very rhythms that made him a legend, he’ll unveil a collection of fine art “built” from the new medium of “Rhythm-On-Canvas.” Debuting on February 6th, those interested in learning more about the collection are encouraged to join the interest list at www.stevenadlerart.com.

A project that has quietly been created over the last year in Los Angeles, Adler has been working exclusively with art team and publisher SceneFour on the collection titled “50.”

SceneFour is the team responsible for the “Rhythm-On-Canvas” medium, having released blockbuster art collections over the last five years with a highly select group of drumming legends including Bill Ward (Black Sabbath) , Rick Allen (Def Leppard), Mickey Hart (Grateful Dead), Jose Pasillas (Incubus), and Dave Lombardo (Slayer).

The process of creating artwork from rhythm is an extensive one that begins with the drummer utilizing a bevy of drumsticks that light in a variety of ways similar to that of a painter utilizing brushes with different colors. In the creation process, the drummer is crafting rhythms that translate visually to abstract imagery before they are brought into the SceneFour studio, manipulated meticulously, and laid to canvas. For Adler’s visual work, SceneFour Co-Founder Ravi Dosaj states, “Steven’s rhythms visually look like the way he sounds…dark, gritty, and they even swing. Inside his abstract work, there are elements that seem to connect to his life.”

Steven and his critically acclaimed new band “Adler” are currently in the studio recording new material as well as confirming 2015 tour dates for both the US and overseas.

GUITARIST BRUCE KULICK DISCUSSES THE ROCK N’ ROLL HALL OF FAME AND WHAT HE THINKS ABOUT KISS CONTINUING WITHOUT GENE AND PAUL

brucekulick640 Alex Obert of Journey of Frontman spoke with former KISS guitarist Bruce Kulick. Highlights from the interview appear below.

Alex Obert: KISS had a huge year in 2014 with the band’s induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, though there was much controversy surrounding who went in. Looking towards 2015, what are your thoughts on the recently announced inductees?

Bruce Kulick: I was real happy about Joan Jett. I gotta say, knowing how political it is, her doing the Nirvana thing, which was real important and ballsy, I was pretty impressed. I didn’t actually stay that late because KISS had to film something really early the next morning, so I didn’t actually see it, but he did watch the HBO special. Joan Jett did a great job. I wouldn’t be surprised if they wound up voting for her because of that. I’m pretty impressed they picked Green Day, but they were always a critic’s band. Rolling Stone really supported them big time. If you think about it, they even got a show on Broadway from the music that they wrote. They’ve got a lot of talent, I’m not surprised that they got in. Stevie Ray Vaughan getting in is awesome, it was a long time coming. Every night before Grand Funk goes on stage, some of the music is just house music, but we control what plays when people come in an hour before the show. And Stevie Ray Vaughan sets us up, but it’s kind of interesting for Don Brewer to pick that because he was a little later than the start of Grand Funk’s fame. But everybody knows that he was just a monster guitar player who died way too young. That one I really agree with.

Alex Obert: Who else do you think should be inducted?

Bruce Kulick: I don’t study that stuff a lot, but I remember Deep Purple was being discussed for the year KISS went in. They definitely belong in there. Judas Priest should be in there. I definitely think they haven’t really looked at certain hard rock and metal bands that should be in there. But I think they jumped the shark a long time ago anyway. Knowing from my experience, just being a part of the KISS family and seeing how they were treated and how it was dealt with and the politics behind it, the whole thing is a little nuts. And it is based more on Rolling Stone Magazine and that kind of group of editors and judge and jury. It’s not necessarily the best representation, but obviously the biggest. And it is very cool for someone to be able to say that they’re in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. But there’s many, many people that should be there. Maybe they’ll get around to it. I’m always wondering if they’re just trying to sell tickets or really give it to people that deserve it.

Alex Obert: People are waiting for Eddie Trunk to start his own.

Bruce Kulick: (laughs) That’s funny. I went to the Classic Rock Awards and that was really cool. I really love that magazine. They really do very, very cool in-depth articles on any band. So they finally did one here in California, all the other years were in England. That’s where you will see Ozzy and Joe Perry. And they’ll give awards. Is it as big as the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame? No way. But, to me, it’s the best awards show that’s related to the genre that I’m known for with KISS. You’re not gonna see a rap artist there! (laughs).

Alex Obert: Do you agree with the idea of KISS continuing as a brand after Gene and Paul are gone?

Bruce Kulick: We’re not there yet. (laughs) I know that Eric made some comments saying he wouldn’t be into it. And I don’t think he would be into it. I think it would be kind of weird because you’d have twenty, thirty years in the band and then be playing with guys that are cover guys. Bands like Judas Priest having Ripper Owens pop in for a while, he did a good job. Or Journey with the Philippine kid that can sing like Steve Perry. I think that that model works. I mean, look, Gene and Paul didn’t wanna work with Ace, Peter was done, it’s possible to insert somebody else to do that. So I don’t even think what they’re doing now is wrong at all. And honestly, I think it would be completely different if Gene and Paul were actually ready to step down. They’re not ready to step down yet. But obviously KISS fans love the conjecture of “what if?” and “what do you think?” Everyone goes wild, the boards and everything. It’s very askew in many directions. And I know Doc had said some things about it, then Gene says, “It’s not true! Paul would come out and say something like that. Nothing like that is happening!” It’s silly to talk about [it] while they’re still very vital and hungry and relevant and out there. But I don’t think just because Gene or Paul would say that they’re retiring that Tommy and Eric would still hang around, even though they’re little younger. Tommy’s actually the youngest. I think it would be a whole different angle if something else would happen. That’s just my opinion. I have no facts behind it. I think what they created is iconic. I wasn’t part of that version of KISS, and yet, I’m a part of it. So there’s a whole [a]nother era that I represent. And I know there’s many fans that really love that too, it’s not as identifiable, but certainly unique. Many great albums and songs and tours, that’s what I concentrate on. But certainly, these guys could carry on the four iconic characters in many, many shapes. That’s why merchandising is unbelievable. And now they’re doing something with a Japanese artist, doing stuff like that. They were big with Hello Kitty. It’s really incredible what they created. Truly incredible. It’s timeless and it keeps attracting new generations. And then when they get really into it, the parent pops in and notices something like KISS Unplugged. Then they’re mesmerized by it. And it’s still KISS. With no crazy outfits. I can’t believe how many of these young kids that might meet me at an event or something and they’re just so enamored with me. I didn’t wear any makeup or anything, but I did get to perform that music. I got to be presented in the manner of lead guitarist with KISS.

Alex Obert: What was your favorite year of KISS while in the band?

Bruce Kulick: That’s a tough one to say. I mean, when I first joined, that was amazing. I toured really big before, but now I’m a featured guy on stage. Backing up Meat Loaf was a lot of fun in some ways because we were headlining arenas all around the world. Not right away, but within three or four months. But that was a different kind of show. And all of a sudden, five years later, I’m on stage as the lead guitarist for KISS. So the beginning was really exciting. It got a little routine, maybe in the middle, for me. But I did always give it a hundred percent. Some of the Crazy Nights times was very exciting because we got to do Monsters of Rock and really tour everywhere. And I remember Hot in the Shade had some really incredible highlights because of the long tour and great bills with bands like Winger and Slaughter, which was very, very important at that time. Album wise, Revenge was probably my favorite, even though each album had highlights. Doing Unplugged, even though it was my last real gig with the band, I’m still super, super proud of it. I believe it was thirty years just recently for Animalize. It’s kind of funny, the more I look back at some of this stuff, I know there were other years where I look back and I go, “Oh my! I’m playing that too fast!” or “What the hell am I playing?” And now, I don’t know why, maybe it’s because I’m seeing it in a little different light, I’m really more and more proud of everything that we accomplished and everything that I did. I’m not looking at it so critically.

Read Bruce Kulick’s entire interview with Journey of Frontman here.

source: journeyofafrontman.com

MOTLEY CRUE’S NIKKI SIXX SAYS HE WOULD DECLINE AN OFFER TO BE INDUCTED INTO THE ROCK N’ ROLL HALL OF FAME

NikkiSixx400 Motley Crue bassist Nikki Sixx lacks love, and respect, for the Rock N’ Roll Hall of Fame.

The bassist posted on his Facebook page:

“The only award I look forward to getting is the one I will probably decline and that’s the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame. It’s a fixed old-boy network that has lost touch with art, songwriting craft, lyrics and influential music and usually has other agendas at hand. Young bands tell me it’s a joke, and these bands are the future.”

Our own Eddie Trunk told the New York Daily News last month, “How can you have a Hall Of Fame where it takes KISS, Rush and Alice Cooper twenty years to get in, but Green Day and Guns N’ Roses go in on first ballot but it Deep Purple doesn’t get in.”

Deep Purple has been eligible for induction in the Hall of Fame for the past 20 years and has been passed over each time favor of other artists.

additional source: blabbermouth.net

BLACK SABBATH’S TONY IOMMI ON WHY HIS CANCER SCARE WON’T STOP HIM ROCKING

TonyIommibig Warren Manger of the Mirror reports:

Rock legend Tony Iommi, 66, had just begun working on a new album with Ozzy Osbourne and his Black Sabbath bandmates when he was diagnosed with the blood cancer lymphoma in January 2012. But he was determined not to let the gruelling treatment stop him working.

When the doctors told me I had cancer I thought, ‘That’s it then.’ Cancer was death as far as I was concerned. I found a painful lump in my groin while I was in New York promoting my book. I thought it was my prostate acting up again, but Ozzy told me I should get it checked out. I came back to England and had an operation to reduce my prostate. It was painless but afterwards I needed a catheter. When that came out I went to see the surgeon.”

He adds, “ ‘Good news on the prostate. It’s been cut down to a sensible size and everything is good there. But on the lump we took out, we found follicular lymphoma.’ It’s a type of Non-Hodgkin lymphoma. I went for scans to see if it had spread. It hadn’t. But I was still suffering the after effects of my prostate operation. All the antibiotics and other medication had knocked me about a lot, I was really weak and tired. The band had just started work on our latest album, 13, so I got the guys together to tell them the bad news. Ozzy came in and said: ‘Oh yeah, didn’t so and so die from that?’ Which is exactly not what you want to hear. I thought, ‘Thanks a lot, Mr. Bloody Cheerful.’ But that’s Ozzy all over, he always puts his foot in it. It was a relief to be working on the album because it gave me something to focus on instead of sitting there waiting to die. Some days I could join in, other days I felt too ill. But the band knew it would be like that. Ozzy was actually really helpful. It was good to have someone around who had experienced it all before because you always fear the worst when you talk about cancer. Ozzy went through a lot of that stuff when Sharon had colon cancer and it spread to her lymph nodes. When I felt tired he would say: ‘This is what happened with Sharon, you ought to go and lie down, have a rest.’ He even offered to make the tea, but he’s still Ozzy. He’d disappear for three hours then come back empty handed. You’d ask him, ‘Where’s the tea?’ And he’d say, ‘Oh yeah, I forgot.’ Once I got over my prostate operation the doctors started chemotherapy. I needed six courses of chemo, one every three weeks. It takes about six or seven hours to give it you on a drip. I had to change my whole lifestyle, including in the studio. We laugh about how different it was this time. In the good old days there was cocaine everywhere. This time we had tea and coffee and health drinks that my wife, Maria, made for me because I’ve had to change my diet. Thankfully red wine is still on the menu, though. I’m determined to hold on to as many of those little pleasures as possible. I can still go out for dinner with my friends, Jasper Carrott and ELO drummer Bev Bevan, too, but I have to ask if we can eat a little bit earlier these days.”

He continued, “Nobody is used to going to eat at 7pm, but I don’t have the energy to eat late and go out drinking until 2am. I need to go to bed early. It’s not very rock ’n’ roll, but it works for me. After we released the album we went on tour and played 81 shows in 28 countries. I really enjoyed it, but it was tough. After the illness I got really tired. Every six weeks I had to fly home for treatment at the Parkway Hospital in Solihull, just outside Birmingham. I was hooked up to a drip and given an antibody that sort of coats the cancer cells and stops them spreading. Then I had to be home for two or three weeks recovering before I could join up with the band again. We had to plan the whole tour around my treatment. That meant a lot of travelling. And to make matters worse, flying affects my blood cells now because of the cancer. By the time I got to the hotel I’d have anxiety, the shakes, all sorts of things I’d never had before. It was so bad I began worrying whether I was going to be all right. It took me two months to recover after the tour finished, but the doctors said: ‘What do you expect? You’ve been pushing yourself so hard.’ I finally finished my antibody treatment over the summer. It’s good in a way because I have more energy now, but I still don’t know whether the treatment worked.Because I had two different operations at the same time, one on my prostate and one on my lymph nodes, I had too many scans last year and too much radiation. So I can’t have any more scans yet. Every day I feel around for lumps and bumps. Every time I get a pain in my stomach I think, ‘Oh God, it’s cancer’. It’s horrible. I even dream about it. But that’s my life now. The surgeon told me he doesn’t expect the cancer to go away. There’s a 30 per cent chance that it could, but more than likely it will come back and it could be any time. I look at life differently now. I could be here another 10 years or just one year – I don’t know. Sometimes I wonder if I should try to live a more peaceful life. Then I think, ‘I don’t want to let the illness take over’. After all, I enjoy where I’m at now. I’ve even become a guest lecturer at Coventry University after they awarded me an honorary doctorate. If someone had suggested that to me years ago I’d have turned it down, but I’ve been through a lot and I’ve learned from it, so it feels good to pass that on. These kids are fans too, so I love spending time with them. After everything that has happened, I couldn’t wish for anything better than that.”

source: mirror.co.uk

GUITARIST JASON BECKER MIGHT RELEASE UNRELEASED DAVID LEE ROTH SONGS

jasonbecker400 Jason Becker says he could finally reveal previously unreleased songs he recorded with David Lee Roth.

The guitar icon – who suffers from the debilitating disease ALS – replaced Steve Vai in David Lee Roth’s solo band and recorded guitars for the 1991 album A Little Ain’t Enough.

Becker, now 45, was diagnosed with ALS just days after joining the band and he was never able to tour with former Van Halen frontman Roth. But he says there are a handful of tracks that the two recorded which didn’t make it onto the album.

He tells Talking Metal, “There were a couple that didn’t make it. I think I might put them on my next album, but they won’t have Dave’s singing.”

On the decision not to tour with the band, Becker adds, “We were planning on going on tour, but when I was helping Dave, I auditioned some other players for the tour. I was having a hard time standing and playing. My legs would shake, so I had to sit the whole time. After that day, Dave and I talked and we decided I wouldn’t tour. He was depressed. I tried to make jokes and pick up his mood, but that didn’t really work.”

Becker made his name as part of the band Cacophony, which he formed with friend Marty Friedman. They released two albums, 1987’s Speed Metal Symphony and 1988’s Go Off.

source: Classic Rock magazine