Eddie Van Halenhas secretly been flying to Germany to receive treatments for throat cancer, TMZ learned Sunday (October 13th).
According to the celebrity gossip outlet, the Van Halen legend has been quietly jetting overseas over the past five years to undergo radiation treatment for the disease. As fans know, Van Halen was first diagnosed with cancer of the tongue in 2000. Following an operation to have nearly a third of his tongue removed, he was declared cancer-free in 2002.
Insiders with direct knowledge told TMZ, “some of the cancer cells migrated down to his throat,” which required doctors to “scrape them out.”
An ongoing theory of how Van Halen developed tongue cancer has had to do with a metal guitar pick he used over 20 years ago. In a 2015 interview with Billboard, the guitarist speculated the pick — which he’d been known to keep in his mouth — was the cause of the disease.
“I used metal picks – they’re brass and copper – which I always held in my mouth, in the exact place where I got the tongue cancer,” the Jump star told the outlet at the time. “Plus, I basically live in a recording studio that’s filled with electromagnetic energy. So that’s one theory. I mean, I was smoking and doing a lot of drugs and a lot of everything. But at the same time, my lungs are totally clear. This is just my own theory, but the doctors say it’s possible.”
As yet, sources told outlet the operations are helping to keep the disease under control. Others close to the rocker also indicated he’s “doing okay.”
Once again, the Metal Hall of Fame will hold it’s Annual non-profit charity event, the Hall of Heavy Metal HistoryGala, on January 15th, 2020 at the Marriott Delta Garden Grove in Anaheim, CA. The Gala will be hosted by iconic television and radio personality Eddie Trunk.
The 2020 Hall of Heavy Metal History Gala, affectionately referred to as “The Most Important Night in Metal” by hard rock and metal fans throughout the world, will feature Inductions and performances by numerous hard rock and heavy metal Legends of all time. 2020 Gala Inductees will be announced over the next few weeks, along with members for an All-Star jam.
The 2019 Hall of Heavy Metal History Gala featured Metallica Inducting Megaforce Records founders Jonand Marsha Zazula. In addition, Sharon and Ozzy Osbourne joined with the Hall of Heavy Metal History Gala by providing former Ozzy drummer Lee Kerslake with his much awaited Platinum Record Awards for his participation on both Blizzard of Oz and Diary of A Madman albums after 39 years. The 2019 Gala also featured former Ozzy Bassist Bob Daisley being Inducted by John Sykes (Whitesnake), and Ozzy producer Max Norman. Other Gala Inductees included Mike Portnoy, David Ellefson, (Megadeth) Jeff Scott Soto, (Inducted by Rudy Sarzo) Lita Ford (Inducted by Doro Pesch) Saxon, Jeff Pilson, Testament, and the 50th Anniversary for Legendary Los Angeles radio station KLOS. In 2019, Uriah Heep and Anthrax were also inducted into the Metal Hall of Fame. The 2019 Gala also included many exciting performances.
The 2020 Annual Hall of Heavy Metal History Gala will once again include many of the icons of hard rock and heavy metal, along with special guest performances and an All-Star jam.
Pat Gesualdo, Metal Hall of Fame Founder/CEO, says, “The 2020 Hall of Heavy Metal History Gala is going to be amazing!! As always, there will be numerous Hard Rock and Heavy Metal Idols, and many exciting performances!! Our entire Board of Directors want to thank metal fans all over the world who vote for our Inductees, and attend our events. They are an important part of the Hall of Heavy Metal History. With their support, they are helping us keep hard rock and heavy metal alive for generations to come. At the same time, the Gala helps our non profit organization D.A.D. (Drums and Disabilities), to provide free therapy services for disabled children and their families, in hospitals and community centers throughout the United States.”
Previous Metal Hall of Fame Inductees include Judas Priest, Ronnie James Dio, Bill Ward, Randy Rhoads, Scorpions, Doro Pesch, and Lemmy Kilmister, among other hard rock and heavy metal icons. To see the full list of Metal Hall of Fame Inductees, please visit www.thehallofheavymetalhistory.org.
A true hands-on professional, Steve Harris not only formed Iron Maiden (in 1975), he writes the bulk of their songs, plays multiple instruments, mixes recordings, directs and edits both live and production videos, and sings. As if that wasn’t enough, Steve somehow finds time for British Lion, which he describes as a side project that’s more mainstream rock than metal.
When it comes to Steve’s rig, surprisingly it has barely changed in almost 40 years. What has never changed is his handmade custom pre-amp, the Alectron, as well as his prized custom vintage Marshall cabs loaded with EV speakers. While this collaboration began as a solution for touring with British Lion, as it wasn’t practical to travel with his full rig for smaller venues, the SH1 has earned a place as a component of his live sound on Iron Maiden’s Legacy of the Beast 2019 tour.
When Tech 21 sent the original prototype of the pedal to Steve while in rehearsal with British Lion, he had this to say, “The tour is going fantastic. And the reason it’s going fantastic is this little thing here. It’s unbelievable. [Andrew Barta] is a real boffin [translation: technical expert]. Because he’s managed to simulate my EV speaker sounds, which I love so much. And it’s in this little box. Whatever he’s done, he’s made this thing sound like my sound. So, well done, mate.”
Known for his galloping fleet-fingered bass lines, Steve’s distinctive style and tone have, and continue to be, required reading –whether you’re into metal or not. Like Tech 21’s other signature gear, the SH1 is not just for one single tone or genre. The controls are designed to provide an expansive range of adjustability so you can dial in a wide spectrum of bass tones as well.
The Steve Harris SH1 features all-analog SansAmp technology, two channel modes with individual Gain and Level controls, Blend, 4-band active EQ, and a Bite switch to activate a “Steve” boost for extra clank and clarity. Other features include chromatic tuner and an XLR Output to go direct to the PA desk or studio board. Rugged all-metal housing measures 7.75”l x 2.5”w x 1.25”h and weighs just 12 oz.
The Steve Harris SH1 is priced at $299. For more information, please visit Tech 21.
Airbourne have released Backseat Boogie, the second single from their forthcoming studio album, Boneshaker.
Frontman Joel O’Keeffe states about Backseat Boogie, “The riff, this is one of those ones where Cobb walked out and said, ‘What are you playing there?’ and I was, ‘Ah, I’m just playing this riff. It’s this riff I had in Australia. It’s got a bit of a vibe. I’m not sure.’ He goes, ‘Aw, man, we gotta do that one,’ and he got behind the drums and picked up Ryan’s drumsticks and said, ‘Oh, man. How does he play with these things? These things are baseball bats,’ and it was just really funny. And Ryan jumped on the kit, and we tracked it right then and there.”
Ryan O’Keeffe adds, “It all happened really fast. The band’s lucky to have had a lot of time rehearsing together and playing together, but we tracked songs before we even thought we tracked them. He’d say, ‘Give it another go if you want, but the one you just did, and here’s the first one you did, and that’s the vibe.”
Danny Wimmer Presents is proud to announce that rock icons Metallica will exclusively headline all five of the premier independent producer’s hard rock festivals in2020 in a unique collaboration unprecedented for any American festival promoter or band. Recently named the world’s biggest all-time touring act by Pollstar, Metallicawill—for the first time ever—perform two separate headlining sets at all of the following events in 2020:
*Epicenter (May 1st-3rd) at its new location at the Charlotte Motor Speedway in Charlotte, NC *Welcome To Rockville (May 8th-10th) at its new location at the Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, FL *Sonic Temple Art + Music Festival (May 15th-17th) at MAPFRE Stadium in Columbus, OH *Louder Than Life (September 18th-20th) at Highland Festival Grounds at KY Expo Center in Louisville, KY *Aftershock (October 9th-11th) at Discovery Park in Sacramento, CA
These events will be the only chance to see Metallica at a U.S. festival in 2020. In addition to two appearances at each festival, Metallica will also deliver a unique set list for each performance, resulting in 10 different shows over the course of the year.
“Metallica isn’t just another headliner. When Metallica takes the stage, it’s an event. It’s an experience. That’s the same standard we’ve set for every DWP festival – from the first band to the last band, and everything that happens in between. I can’t wait to bring the biggest band in the world to the biggest rock festivals in America,” says Danny Wimmer, founder of Danny Wimmer Presents, the largest independent festival producer in the U.S. “Metallica paved this road that we travel. How many artists on the bill at these five festivals first picked up an instrument, or first started a band, because of Metallica?”
Watch the official DWP2020 festival announcement trailer, below:
For each ticket sold through November 19th, Danny Wimmer Presents will donate 25 cents to Metallica’s All Within My Hands Foundation. AWMH is a non-profit, philanthropic organization created by the members and management of Metallica, dedicated to creating sustainable communities by supporting workforce education, the fight against hunger, and other critical local services. 100% of donations go directly to local organizations that the Foundation supports. Please visit www.AllWithinMyHands.org for more information.
To further celebrate this historic collaboration, Danny Wimmer Presents invites fans to enter the Golden Ticket contest. One lucky person will win an all-expenses paid trip to any DWP festival of their choice to see Metallica play 2 different nights and 2 different sets over 1 incredible weekend. The prize package includes rock star accommodations, exclusive festival access, opportunities to watch the show from the legendary Metallica Snake Pit, meet and greets, amazing memorabilia and more.
Fans are automatically entered to win by purchasing a Weekend GA or Weekend VIP pass to any of the five Danny Wimmer Presents U.S. 2020 rock festivals featuring Metallica, by signing up for the Fifth Member Fan Club or by subscribing to any of the five Danny Wimmer Presents U.S. 2020 rock festival newsletters. Offer only valid on purchases or signups between October 10th, 2019 and November 19th, 2019. Winner must be at least 18 years old by May 1, 2020. For more information visit www.MetallicaXX.com.
For more information on each festival, please visit:
Ozzy Osbourne has posted a video on his official website explaining that his European tour dates, have once again been postponed.
He states, “I’m here to give you an update on my condition. As you probably know, or you may not know, at the beginning of this year, I had a bad fall. I screwed all the vertebrae in my neck and had to have surgery. I’ve got a lot more nuts and bolts in my neck now than in my car.”
He continued, “I’m not dying, I am recovering — it’s just taking a little bit longer than everyone thought it would. I’m bored stiff of being stuck on a f–king bed all day. I can’t wait to get off my ass and get going again, but you’re just gonna have to be a little bit more patient. I’m postponing the European tour because I’m not ready.”
He added, “I’m not retiring — I’ve still got gigs to do — but when I do come back on an American tour, I wanna be one hundred percent ready to come out and knock your fucking socks off. And also, there’s a new album on the way.”
Osbourne thanked his band, crew, promoters Live Nation and Judas Priest who have been on to support the Prince of Darkness in Europe when he’s ready. He added in true Ozzy fashion, “I just wanna say one thing to the fans: I sincerely thank you for your patience and your loyalty. I love you. Now, will you f–k off and let me get better.”