IRON MAIDEN’S NICKO McBRAIN WEIGHS IN LOMBARDO, WARD CONTROVERSY

nickomcbrain David Von Bader of the Broward Palm Beach New Times spoke with Iron Maiden drummer Nicko McBrain. A portion of the interview appear below.

BPBNT:Would you like to weigh-in on the situations going on with Dave Lombardo and Bill Ward?

McBrain: I don’t so much about the Dave story… I was actually with Dave a couple of weeks ago in LA and he didn’t say anything. I don’t know much about the story, I take it there’s trouble in the Slayer camp?

BPBNT: Apparently he came to Kerry King regarding some financial discrepancies and they fired him.

McBrain: Oh, that’s not good! Yeah, you know, most of the issues that pro musicians have sooner or later in time boils down to the royalty check or performance royalties.

I’m sad to hear that that has happened, but, you know, when you find out and look at something and say “could you explain this to me, why we’re not getting what we should according to these numbers” and if somebody turns around and says “Fucking shut your face or you’re fired,” that therefore it tells you there’s an alarm bell going off. Without knowing all of the ins and outs of it, you can’t pre-judge it.

But yeah, the Bill Ward story, I understood that Sharon Osbourne got her fangs into that one. It’s beyond me — I mean, Bill Ward was the original freaking band member, you know? It just doesn’t make sense to me. If I was entitled to more, I don’t really want to know; I’m happy!

You have to ask yourself this: How did Dave Lombardo get the information that led to this problem, is what I’d like to know. Who gave him the financials, if he wasn’t on top of it with an accountant already?

I’m sad because Dave is so much a part of that band; he’s so identifiable. There’s great drummers out there, but Dave Lombardo is a master with it, and Dave is… to me, he is Slayer with Kerry and the guys! I think Kerry really may have overreacted and might be regretting it. I hope that that’s the case and they can sit down and sort it out.

Read more at Broward Palm Beach New Times.

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DIO’S “FINDING THE SACRED HEART-LIVE IN PHILLY 1986” DVD TO BE RELEASED ON MAY 28th

diosacredheartdvdDio’s Finding The Sacred Heart – Live In Philly 1986 DVD will be released on May 28th through Eagle Vision.

Finding The Sacred Heart – Live In Philly 1986 was filmed at The Spectrum in Philadelphia on June 17th, 1986 during the second half of the Sacred Heart tour, which featured new guitarist Craig Goldy. The show was issued in an edited form first on VHS and then DVD. Now for the first time the full concert is being released in the original running order, restored from the original 16mm film and with remastered sound. It’s an extraordinary live show with a giant animatronic dragon towering over the stage and spectacular lasers and pyrotechnics. Ronnie James Dio is in fine voice as ever and the band deliver a blistering live performance featuring tracks from their first three albums alongside Black Sabbath and Rainbow classics.

Finding The Sacred Heart – Live In Philly 1986 will also be released on Blu-ray, CD and vinyl.

Finding The Sacred Heart – Live In Philly 1986 track listing:

1. Draco Ignis
2. King Of Rock And Roll
3. Like The Beat Of A Heart
4. Don’t Talk To Strangers
5. Hungry For Heaven
6. Medley: The Last In Line / Children Of The Sea / Holy Diver / The Last In Line (reprise)
7. Drum Solo
8. Heaven And Hell
9. Keyboard Solo
10. Guitar Solo
11. Sacred Heart
12. Medley: Rock N’ Roll Children / Long Live Rock ‘N Roll / Man On The Silver Mountain / Rock N’ Roll Children (reprise)
13. Time To Burn
14. Stand Up And Shout
15. Rainbow In The Dark
16. We Rock

Bonus features include:

* Sacred Heart Tour Featurette
* Interview ’86
* Interview with Ronnie & Craig
* “Rock N’ Roll Children” music video
* Behind The Scenes

Dio’s lineup on the DVD:

Ronnie James Dio – Vocals
Jimmy Bain – Bass
Vinny Appice – Drums
Craig Goldy – Guitar
Claude Schnell – Keyboards

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SLAYER’S KING SAYS SINGER ARAYA HAD DOUBTS ABOUT DRUMMER LOMBARDO

slayer400pixSlayer guitarist Kerry King says that frontman Tom Araya has had doubts over drummer Dave Lombardo for a while, but King wanted to keep him.

It was only when “trouble in paradise” flared hours ahead of their Australian tour that King made the decision to have the drummer replaced. Jon Dette is currently the percussionist for Slayer’s Australia’s tour, and the band is not sure about Lombardo returning to the position.

Asked whether he saw the dispute coming, King told Soundwave TV, “Tom did. Tom’s been on the fence about Dave for a while and I was pretty much the one that said, ‘Nah, I’m not comfortable moving on.’ Then it got thrust in our face, and I took action immediately. It’s unfortunate that Dave couldn’t be with us. I planned on him being here up until the Monday before I left – then I saw trouble in paradise. Since I’m the mastermind on making decisions like this, I was like, ‘Alright, I’ve got a backup plan.’ I did what I thought was best and we pulled it off.”

Dette, who’s also standing in for Anthrax drummer Charlie Benante during the Australian festival tour, was a member of Slayer between 1996 and 1997.

King continued, “I’m like, ‘How are we going to get a visa for whoever goes with us?’ I went, ‘Jon’s with Anthrax, Jon knows our stuff. If he couldn’t do it I don’t think I could have taught it to anybody in time. We rehearsed three times and the first show was Brisbane. He’s doing really good. He was completely out of playing for a while, he told me. To just be at the level of playing he is, it’s really awesome.”

King has put together 11 tracks for Slayer’s next album – but he doesn’t know how or when they’ll start work in the studio. Additionally, he doesn’t know if fellow guitarist Jeff Hanneman will return from his near-fatal spider bite in 2011. He’s been temporarily been replaced by Exodus’ Gary Holt.

“I would like to do it between Australia and Europe in June,” says King. “It could get mixed while I’m out on tour and be out in September or October. I’ve been working on the new material a lot – I worked on it a lot with Dave. So I haven’t decided.”

additional source: metalhammer.co.uk


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BASSIST DUFF McKAGAN AND PEARL JAM’S MIKE McCREADY FORM A NEW BAND

mccreadyduffFormer Guns N’ Roses bassist Duff McKagan and Pearl Jam’s Mike McCready have formed a new supergroup with former Screaming Trees’ drummer Barrett Martin. The new group is currently unnamed, and the band is looking for multiple vocalists to help flesh out ideas new and old.

“Duff and Barrett and I got together. We wrote some new stuff and we took some of those old Mad Season demos from that [unreleased] second Disinformation record, so we are trying to find something to do with those,” McCready told Billboard. “We’re talking to Jaz [Coleman] from Killing Joke and I’ve been trying to find some singers to work on some of that stuff.”

The new band hasn’t decided on any release dates for their music, but according to Martin, that depends on the vocalists. “As the different singers finish their songs and turn them in, that will determine when they get put out,” he said.

additional source: rollingstone.com

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ROCK AGAINST MS BENEFIT CONCERT VENUE CHANGE, NOW BEING HELD AT THE WHISKY A GO-GO

rockagainstms The Rock Against MS Benefit Concert featuring artists such as Glenn Hughes, Lemmy, John 5, Blasko, Steven Adler, Kenny Aronoff, Jack Russell, Jeff Pilson and others, will now be held at the The Whisky A Go-Go on Wednesday, March 27th.

These artists are coming together to support long time friend and publicist Nancy Sayle, who was struck with Primary Progressive MS in 2009. This is a severe version of the disease and only 10% are inflicted with this level. She was also diagnosed with a pituitary brain tumor 2012. Visiting her close and dear friend as well as client, Steve Stevens and his wife Josie Stevens, she informed them of this news and all the medical issues. Knowing that she would not be working as much and facing large amounts of medical bills, Stevens suggested that a benefit was in order to help her. This is an amazing self-less gathering with a lot of love as well as creating the much needed awareness.

SHOWTIMES:

Doors – 7:30

Show – 8:00
Pre-Sale Tickets:

$35 General Admisson
$100 – Meet & Greet/General Admission
$150 – VIP Pass/Meet & Greet -Limited 50 Tickets Only
Reserved Tables- please inquire at: 818 795 6198

Purchase tickts online at ticketfly.com.

Day of tickets:

$40 General admission
$110 – Meet & Greet/General Admission
$175 – VIP Pass/Meet & Greet -if available

** Tickets that include the Meet & Greet – Please note that the Meet & Greet is at 5pm pre-show during sound check. You will be escorted in and out. Please bring only one item to be signed.

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YNGWIE MALMSTEEN ANNOUNCES NORTH AMERICAN TOUR DATES

yngwiememoirGuitarist Yngwie Malmsteen has announced the following North American tour dates:

Apr. 25 – Cleveland, OH – House of Blues
Apr. 26 – Toronto, ON – Phoenix Theatre
Apr. 27 – Hartford, CT – Webster Theatre
Apr. 28 – Munhall, PA – Carnegie Music Hall
Apr. 30 – New York City, NY – Irving Plaza
May 3 – Memphis, TN – Beale Street Festival
May 4 – Chicago, IL – House of Blues
May 5 – St Charles, IL – Arcada Theatre
May 7 – Denver, CO – Summit Music Hall
May 9 – Anaheim, CA – House of Blues
May 10 – West Hollywood, CA – House of Blues
May 12 – Ventura, CA – Ventura Theater
May 14 – San Diego, CA – House of Blues
May 18 – San Antonio, TX – Backstage Live (outdoors)

Yngwie will release his autobiography, Relentless: The Memoir, on May 21st through Wiley. Read more about it by clicking here.

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