VINCE NEIL TUMBLES ON THE “MOUNTAIN” AND BREAKS HIS RIBS

Mötley Crüe vocalist Vince Neil broke his ribs after falling off of the stage and directly onto the concrete ground during a performance on October 15th (see video below).

Video shows the 60-year-old rocker walking to the front of the stage while performing with his band at Monsters On The Mountain Fest in Pigeon Forge, Tenn.

Neil was encouraging the crowd to clap along when he suddenly fell and dropped out of the camera’s view almost instantly.

Apparently there was a small gap between the speaker and the stage that Neil didn’t notice, according to TMZ.

“The truth is Vince fell and broke ribs when he fell,” the singer’s bassist, Dana Strum, told the crowd a few moments later, adding that he “can’t breathe” and will be “dealt with medically.”

Despite the scary accident, the band continued to play their cover of Mötley Crüe’s Don’t Go Away Mad (Just Go Away) as Neil’s team helped him get up and backstage. They went on to finish the set with guitarist Jeff Blando taking over lead vocals in place of Neil.

Neil is scheduled to reunite with Mötley Crüe for a massive stadium tour in 2022. It’s unclear how long Neil will need to recover from the injury, but reports say it shouldn’t take more than two months for broken ribs to heal.

The upcoming Stadium Tour will be the first time Neil has performed with Mötley Crüe since 2015.

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JUDAS PRIEST FRONTMAN ROB HALFORD BATTLED QUIETLY BATTLED PROSTATE CANCER

The Metal God, aka Judas Priest frontman Rob Halford, told Heavy Consequence‘s Gary Graff, that he battled Cancer during the pandemic.

He recounts, ““I had my little cancer battle a year ago, which I got through and that’s in remission now, thank God. That happened while we were all locked down, so things happen for a reason as far as time sequence of events. I have nothing but gratitude to be at this point in my life, still doing what I love the most.”

While Halford hadn’t previously mentioned his cancer battle publicly, it turns out the details were revealed in the new chapter added to the just-released updated paperback edition of Halford’s 2020 memoir, Confess, in which he writes, with great specificity and some humor, about being diagnosed with and treated for prostate cancer during the spring of 2020, and again earlier this year.

The diagnosis, Halford writes, came after extensive testing that followed symptoms dating back to 2017. “How did I feel?” he writes. “I felt a combination of shock, horror, and oddly, relief — at least now I know!…’Am I going to die?’ It was all I could think of. I know blokes who’ve died of prostate cancer. ‘No, you’re not going to die, Rob,’ said Dr. Ali.” Halford chose prostatectomy surgery, which was successful on July 5th, 2020, to remove the cancer rather than radiation therapy.

The new chapter also reveals that more cancer on his prostate bed was found earlier this year, and that Halford went through radiation treatments during April and May, getting an all-clear in June just before he traveled to visit family in England. He also had an appendectomy after a tumor was discovered on his appendix.

“It’s been a draining year, I can’t deny it, but I’m delighted to have come through it,” Halford writes. “I feel like I’ve had the most thorough MOT that a Metal God can have.”

The 70-year-old Halford acknowledges that he had dark moments, especially right after the diagnosis. “I was getting proper mardy [British slang for sulky] and wallowing in my anger,” he writes, but adds that he got a “reality check” after watching a commercial for the Phoenix Children’s hospital. “It showed kids with cancer. Some only babies. They were lying there, with tubes coming out of them, fighting for their lives. They didn’t know what was going on…It made me feel totally ashamed of myself; Rob, how dare you be so selfish? And from that second, I change my entire mental attitude towards my disease.”

Halford further writes that he “told hardly anyone I had cancer,” save for his partner, Thomas, and family members. He had Priest management tell the other band members. In the new chapter, he urges male readers to have their prostate checked and promises he’ll be continuing to monitor his health through regular examinations and annual check-ups.

Judas Priest are celebrating their 50th anniversary with the just released the 50 Heavy Metal Years of Music box set out today (October 15th), and a tour, that had to be cut short due to guitarist Richie Faulkner suffering an aortic aneurysm, while onstage at the Louder Than Life Festival in Kentucky.

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THREE RARE OZZY OSBOURNE SONGS RELEASED TO MARK DOWN TO EARTH” ALBUM’S 20TH ANNIVERSARY

Having recently celebrated the 30th anniversary of his No More Tears album with an expanded digital audio release, Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame inductee and Grammy-winning singer and songwriter Ozzy Osbourne will mark another album anniversary this month. To commemorate the 20th anniversary of 2001’s Down To Earth, three rare Ozzy tracks — No Place For AngelsDreamer (Acoustic Version) and Gets Me Through (Single Version) — will be released today (October 15th) on digital platforms as part of a 20th anniversary expanded digital edition.

The platinum-selling Down To Earth was Ozzy‘s eighth album and reached #4 on the Billboard Top 200 chart in the U.S and #19 on the U.K. Albums chart. It produced two Top 10 singles on the U.S. Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks chart: Gets Me Through and Dreamer. Recorded in Los Angeles and produced by Tim Palmer, who co-wrote some of the album’s songs with Ozzy, the album’s players include Ozzy’s longtime collaborator and guitarist Zakk Wylde along with bassist Robert Trujillo (Metallica) and drummer Mike Bordin (Faith No More).

The expanded “Down To Earth” track listing is as follows:

1. Gets Me Through
2. Facing Hell
3. Dreamer
4. No Easy Way Out
5. That I Never Had
6. You Know… (Pt. 1)
7. Junkie
8. Running Out Of Time
9. Black Illusion
10. Alive
11. Can You Hear Them?
12. No Place For Angels **
13. Dreamer (Acoustic Version) **
14. Gets Me Through (Single Version) **

** Previously unavailable for streaming

As previously announced, last month, Ozzy’s sixth solo album — the Top 10 (No. 7) and quadruple platinum No More Tears (Sony) — was celebrated with an expanded digital audio album and two special editions — a 2LP black vinyl version and a special yellow and red 2LP vinyl version with a specially created booklet (exclusively at www.towerrecords.com).

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ALICE COOPER SAYS HE LEARNED HOW TO TAP DANCE DURING THE LOCKDOWN

Alice Cooper says that during the Covid shutdowns, he learned how to tap dance.

His family conducted practices in their backyard in Phoenix, and despite now being able to soft shoe, Cooper insists his new moves won’t make it into his stage show. However, his trusty snake(s) will still be part of his concerts.

“The funny thing about the boa constrictors is that they have a mind of their own onstage,” he said. “I just let her go wherever she’s got to go and I have to improvise with where she’s at. Every night it’s different.”

Aside from any snake-based improvisation, Cooper said it is getting harder to travel with his serpents since they now need passports instead of permits.

Could he declare his snake as a therapy animal? “I think the only difference would be that my snake might eat somebody else’s therapy animal,” he said, laughing.

Other than returning to the road, Cooper has also released a memoir called, Who I Really Am.

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RANDY RHOADS’ JACKSON CONCORDE GUITAR ON DISPLAY AT “ROCK AND ROLL HALL OF FAME EXHIBIT”

The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame continues to celebrate its newest inductees with fans. The 2021 inductee exhibit honoring this year’s class opens during Celebration Day Powered by PNC on October 24th] with free museum admission for Ohio residents.

The exhibit highlights this year’s class and their impact on music history by showcasing many iconic items that span the careers of these legends. Within the Hall Of Fame Gallery at the Museum, fans can enjoy the newest inductee class exhibit, each inductee’s signature (with a special dedication on October 29th), career-defining video and song playlists (also available on the Rock Hall‘s Spotify page), as well as the Power Of Rock Experience.

Take an intimate look at gear, clothes, lyrics, posters, and programs from this year’s inductees, which include: Tina TurnerCarole KingThe Go-Go’sJay-ZFoo Fighters and Todd Rundgren, along with KraftwerkCharley Patton and Gil Scott-Heron for Early Influence, LL Cool JBilly Preston and Randy Rhoads for Musical Excellence, and Clarence Avant for the Ahmet Ertegun Award.

Highlights from the 2021 inductee exhibit include:

Randy Rhoads‘ personally designed white asymmetrically V-shaped Jackson Concorde guitar, one of the most iconic guitars ever made by one of the most influential rock guitar players in history.

The Go-Gos are remarkable for being the most successful all-female band to play their own instruments and write their own songs. Costumes and/or instruments on display from each band member show their bold style was as fun as their music, from feminine to New Wave edgy.

Dave Grohl from the Foo Fighters” Dan Armstrong Ampeg guitar, which was used as his main guitar during the One By One era and Wasting Light tour. Calling it one of his favorite guitars, Grohl owns four Ampegs that are all tuned differently for various Foo Fighters songs and are featured in three of the band’s most popular videos: All My LifeThe One and Times Like These.

Tina Turner‘s red lace dress worn in the music video for Private Dancer, the title track from her best-selling album, a culturally significant work of art by one of the most iconic voices of the late 20th century music, and reasserted and redefined the queen of rock and roll’s career.

Todd Rundgren‘s embroidered purple suit worn during 1978 shows and while recording his live album Back To The Bars, which included a weeklong stint in Cleveland at The Agora.

Carole King‘s Acrosonic piano with bench, which she used to belt out hits for consecutive years as one of America’s most prolific musicians, loved for songs such as (You Make Me Feel) Like a Natural Woman and You’ve Got a Friend.

Billy Preston‘s Casio Voice Arranger VA-10 keyboard. A keyboard prodigy who played with Mahalia Jackson and Andrae Crouch at ten years old, nobody could rock licks better than Preston, who achieved worldwide acclaim playing with The Beatles, and with his own solo records.

Gil Scott-Heron‘s signature brown hat, a statement piece for the revolutionary poet and musician, best known for his 1970 work The Revolution Will Not Be Televised.

Plus, view many other one-of-a-kind items such as a portrait of Jay-Z, Tree Of Life, by visual artist Jerin Beasley, LL Cool J‘s teddy bear jacket from 6 Minutes Of Pleasure, and rarely seen photos of Clarence Avant and Charley Patton, and experience iconic music videos by Kraftwek, innovators and pioneers of electric music.

To learn more about the 2021 inductee exhibit and the 36th annual Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame induction ceremony and events, go to this location.

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MONSTERS ON THE MOUNTAIN ANNOUNCES DAILY LINEUPS

The daily lineups have been announced for the inaugural Monsters on the Mountain (MOTM), a three-day hard rock music experience brought to you by the creators of the pioneering Monsters of Rock Cruise, beginningthis Friday (10/15), Saturday (10/16), and Sunday (10/17) at the LeConte Center at Pigeon Forge in Tennessee’s beautiful Great Smoky Mountains.
This immersive fan and artist celebration will be the first Monsters event in almost two years, so attendees will definitely be celebrating MOTM’s theme, You Can Still Rock In America!, as they witness performances from over 20 rock acts, plus an array of interactive events and activities. Passes come with complimentary parking (capacity controlled) and unlimited access to the performances, along with access to the Rock N’ Roll Vendor MarketRock N’ Roll Art Gallery, and The Ultimate Tailgate Party(featuring a beer garden, food, vendors, live DJ, axe throwing brought to you by The Axe House Pigeon Forge, and more). 
Top of the Mountain VIP passes are sold out, but general admission three-day passes (starting at $265.00 per person, plus taxes and fees) and individual day passes (starting as low as $80.00 per person, plus taxes and fees) are still available. Passes will also be available to purchase at the box office onsite the day of. For more info and to purchase tickets, visit MonstersOnTheMountain.com and follow Monsters of Rock Cruise on  Facebook, Instagram and Twitter for updates as well.
Starting the festivities is the MOTM pre-party tomorrow (10/14) from 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm at Hard Rock Cafe Pigeon Forge (2050 Parkway, Pigeon Forge), hosted by Eddie Trunk and featuring a That Metal Show reunion with Jim Florentine and Don Jamieson; plus live music performances by Mark Evans of Heavens Edge and “The Mayor” John Corabi. No cover charge to enter and click here to watch the event teaser.
The lineup for the inaugural Monsters on the Mountain features: Tesla, Vince Neil of Motley Crüe, Night Ranger, Winger, Kix, Slaughter, Firehouse, Great White, Black ‘N Blue, Pat Travers, BulletBoys, Vixen, Kingdom Come, Heavens Edge, Rhino Bucket,LiliacParadise KittyNative Sons, John Corabi, Anthony Corder, Randy Hansen, and Jeff Scott Soto & Jason Bieler. Serving as official event hosts are Eddie Trunk (VH1, SiriusXM) and comedians Don Jamieson and Jim Florentine (former hosts of VH1 Classic’s hit TV show, That Metal Show. Plus, SiriusXM’s Boneyard and Hair Nationare certain to keep the party going.  
In addition, the Wentworth Gallery will be at MOTM all weekend, hosting fine art paintings by Charlie Benante of AnthraxBrian Wheat of TeslaPaul StanleyRick AllenRick Ocasek and Carla Harvey of the Butcher Babies.
Day-by-day lineups are below and for any schedule updates that may occur, visit the Daily Schedule page on MOTM’s official website.
Lineup for Friday, October 15th:

11:00 am – 6:00 pm: VIP Check-in open 
12:00 pm – 6:30 pm: Tailgate Area open 
12:00 pm – 2:00 pm: Brian & Izzy (Tailgate Area) 
12:30 pm – 9:30 pm: Box Office, Ticket Sales, & Check-in open for all 
2:00 pm – 4:00 pm: Eddie Trunk Live (Tailgate Area) 
2:45 pm: VIP Entrance opens
3:00 pm: Main Entrance and Rock Arena doors open
3:00 pm – 9:00 pm: VIP Lounge open 
3:00 pm – 9:00 pm: Rock N’ Roll Market open (Greenbriar Hall) 
3:30 pm: Native Sons (Rock Arena)
4:40 pm: Heavens Edge (Tailgate Area)
5:15 pm: John Corabi (Tailgate Area)
6:00 pm: Kingdom Come (Rock Arena)
7:00 pm: Kix (Rock Arena)
8:00 pm: Night Ranger (Rock Arena)
9:20 pm: Vince Neil of Motley Crüe (Rock Arena)
Lineup for Saturday, October 16th: 
10:00 am – 6:30 pm: Tailgate Area open 
10:30 am – 9:00 pm: Box Office, Ticket Sales, & Check-in open for all 
10:45 am: Check-in for Wake & Paint (ticket holders only)(south entrance – wristbands only entrance)
11:00 am: Wake & Paint (ticket holders only)(Painting Area)
11:45 am: VIP Entrance opens
12:00 pm: Anthony Corder (Tailgate Area)
12:00 pm: Main Entrance and Rock Arena doors open
12:00 pm – 9:00 pm: Rock N’ Roll Market open (Greenbriar Hall) 
1:00 pm: Brian & Izzy (Tailgate Area)
1:00 pm: Rhino Bucket (Rock Arena)
2:00 pm: Vella La Vella (Tailgate Area)
3:00 pm: Randy Hansen (Tailgate Area)
3:15 pm: John Corabi (Rock Arena)
4:00 pm: Jeff Scott Soto & Jason Beiler (Rock Arena)
5:00 pm: Pat Travers (Rock Arena)
6:00 pm: Firehouse (Rock Arena)
7:30 pm: Winger (Rock Arena)
8:30 pm: Tesla (Rock Arena)
10:00 pm: After Party: Signal 13 (Rock Arena)
Lineup for Sunday, October 17th: 

9:30 am – 7:30 pm: Box Office, Ticket Sales, & Check-in open for all 
10:00 am – 6:00 pm: Tailgate Area open 10:30 am: Randy Hansen (Tailgate Area)
10:45 am: VIP Entrance opens
10:45 am: Check-in for Wake & Paint (ticket holders only)(south entrance – wristbands only entrance)
11:00 am: Wake & Paint (ticket holders only)(Painting Area)
11:00 am: Main Entrance and Rock Arena doors open
11:00 am – 8:00 pm: Rock N’ Roll Market open (Greenbriar Hall) 
11:45 am: Paradise Kitty (Rock Arena)
12:00 pm: Randy Hansen (Tailgate Area)
12:45 pm: Liliac (Rock Arena)
2:00 pm: Black ‘N Blue (Rock Arena)
3:05 pm: BulletBoys (Rock Arena)
4:00 pm: Jeff Scott Soto & Jason Beiler (Tailgate Area)
5:00 pm: Vixen (Rock Arena)
6:00 pm: Slaughter (Rock Arena)
7:15 pm: Great White (Rock Arena)
8:25 pm: After Party: Hardwired
Located along the banks of the Little Pigeon River, between The Island and the historic Old Mill, the LeConte Center at Pigeon Forge (2986 Teaster Lane) is the perfect setting for the inaugural Monsters on the Mountain. The architecture and design of the venue exudes a mountain lodge ambiance that amplifies the serenity of the Great Smoky Mountains. When the design and planning for this impressive event and concert venue began, the name was chosen as a tribute to the building’s spectacular view of Mount LeConte in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. For 60 years, visitors have been returning year-round to Pigeon Forge, TN, as the little mountain town and family-friendly vacation destination is filled with fun activities ─ from thrilling attractions and award-winning shows, to countless options for dining, shopping and lodging.
With a myriad of events, activities, and music to keep fans entertained day and night, Monsters on the Mountain promises to be the biggest event of 2021 for hard rock music enthusiasts.
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