GUITARIST JAKE E. LEE REFUTES STORY ABOUT OZZY OSBOURNE SNORTING A LINE OF ANTS

Jake E. Lee recently spoke with Tone-Talk. The former Ozzy Osbourne guitarist questions a story recounted in Motley Crue’s, The Dirt, about the Prince Of Darkness snorting a line of ants.

Lee said,” “I was there, and I never saw ants. I was right there. He snorted a little spider. There was a not a trail of f–king ants there. [Mötley Crûe drummer] Tommy [Lee] says it, Nikki says it, Ozzy says it — they were f–ked up. I was not. I was just trying to get a f–king sun tan. That’s all I was doing. They were getting f–ked up. Ozzy snorted a little tiny stupid spider that was crawling across. There was no ants — there was no f–king ants. I don’t care what the other guys say — there was no ants.”

What about the “urine” portion of the story, Lee stated,”Oh, that was true. It started with a contest. It was Nikki and it was Ozzy. I think it started in the pool. They were in the swimming pool, and they kind of raced, and, of course, Ozzy lost. And [they had] a push-up contest, and, of course, Ozzy lost. Ozzy was getting tired of losing, and he stepped it up. I do remember at one point, Ozzy was sitting there. He got this weird look on his face. He was sitting on the concrete, and piss started flowing out underneath him. And he was obviously doing a lot of vitamins, ’cause [the urine] was, like, lime green. So Nikk Sixx, I remember, pissed on the girl he was with. She was lounging. She was not happy about it. Ozzy pissed on the ground. [Nikki] saw that and he went over and pissed on the girl that he was with in the lounge chair. And that’s when Ozzybent over and started licking his own green piss up. That’s where I said, ‘Okay, I’m outta here.’ Not only is that happening, there’s families on the other side of the pool — children and mothers and fathers looking horrified, like, ‘What the f–k is going on over there?'”

He then added, “That is my recollection. And Ozzy snorted this little spider that was crawling across. There was no ants. It’s a minor detail.”

Listen to Jake’s E. Lee’s interview, below.

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L.A GUNS GUITARIST TRACII GUNS DISCUSSES HIS MUSICAL INFLUENCES, SAYS, “THE BLUES IS THE DISCIPLINE THAT GOES INTO CREATING METAL”

L.A. Guns guitarist Tracii Guns spoke with Rock Scene on his early experiences with music. Some of the excerpts from the discussion appear below.

Tracii met [Guns N’Roses guitarist] Slash when he was 12 and the two started learning guitar together. “By the time we were 13 or 14 we could really play. It was pretty amazing,” Guns says. “The first Def Leppard and Iron Maiden records came out, and beyond Van Halen and Ozzy and Sabbath we were really into Aerosmith and Zeppelin and it was all about learning all those riffs. We had enough friends that played drums and bass and we had a little band.”

Tracii talks about when he first saw Motley Crue’s Mick Mars, who had such an impact on him “At the time there was no one like him. He was f–king nasty. He was really tight, really nasty, a cool kinda distortion.” He also talks about how he got his sound and his style by listening to Ted Nugent’s Stranglehold at age 13, as well as the other tracks on the Double Live Gonzo! album, which was blues-oriented rock ‘n’ roll. “If I didn’t get exposed to that I may have never gotten exposed to that as part of my style,” Tracii says. “If I’m gonna learn Stranglehold that means I’ve gotta learn the other three sides of that double album. That’s where I started picking up on the basic rock ‘n’ roll blues sound. The blues is the discipline that goes into creating metal.”

Watch Tracii’s interview below.

Photo credit: Mark Weiss

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RIVAL SONS POST VIDEO FOR “TOO BAD”

As previously reported, Rival Sons released their new album, Feral Roots, on January 25th, 2019 through Grammy Award-winning producer Dave Cobb’s major label imprint Low Country Sound/Atlantic.

The band has posted a video for the song, Too Bad, from the release, online. Watch it below.

To view the videos for, Back In The Woods and Do Your Worst, please click here.

Rival Sons are currently on tour. See their remaining tour dates below.

April:

17 Philadelphia, PA – Union Transfer
18 Boston, MA – Royale Night Club
19 Toronto, ON – Danforth Music Hall***
21 Brooklyn, NY – Brooklyn Steel
22 Washington, DC – 9:30 Club
23 Detroit, MI – The Fillmore Detroit
25 Minneapolis, MN – First Avenue
26 Chicago, IL – House of Blues
27 Lincoln, NE – Bourbon Theatre
29 Denver, CO – Gothic Theatre
30 Salt Lake City, UT – The Commonwealth Room 

May:

2 Seattle, WA – Neptune Theatre
3 Portland, OR – Wonder Ballroom
4 Vancouver, BC – Vogue Theatre***
6 Sacramento, CA – Ace of Spades
7 San Francisco, CA – The Fillmore
9 Los Angeles, CA – The Fonda Theatre

** Festival Lineup
*** No THE SHEEPDOGS

Feral Roots track listing:

1. Do Your Worst
2. Sugar On The Bone
3. Back In The Woods
4. Look Away
5. Feral Roots
6. Too Bad
7. Stood By Me
8. Imperial Joy
9. All Directions
10. End Of Forever
11. Shooting Stars


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GUITARIST GEORGE LYNCH SAYS HE IS “EXCITED” ABOUT PLAYING WITH DOKKEN AT THE M3 FESTIVAL IN MAY

Guitarist George Lynch (Dokken, Lynch Mob, KXM, The End Machine) recently spoke with Clint Switzer of the Music Mania podcast. The full conversation can be streamed below (interview starts at the 5:50 mark). A few excerpts follow (as transcribed by Blabbermouth.net).

Discussing the recently released self-titled debut album by The End Machine, featuring Lynch, bassist Jeff Pilson, drummer Mick Brown and vocalist Robert Mason:

“We’re excited about the record. For Jeff and I, it’s really just sort of a seamless evolution of our history together, all through Dokken and beyond. We’re close friends and we’re neighbors, and we work together as much as possible because we’re kind of made for each other. [Laughs] It’s just really a wonderful thing — when we get together, the chemistry is so quick. We just read each others’ minds and finish each others’ sentences. We love writing together, so any time we get a chance or an excuse to work on some music, we do. It all came together on this record. We’ve done a couple of other records post-Dokken together, most notably LP [Lynch/Pilson] and T&N, and they were really good records and we’re proud of them, but there’s really good records and then there’s those wall-to-wall records, where it’s just… I don’t want to sound like I’m beating my own horn, but I’m just really happy with the fact that it’s one of those records where you drop the needle anywhere, and it’s all killer, no filler… We hit all our bases, and I think we really reveal our influences on this record. You hear a lot of everything — you hear [Led] Zeppelin, you hear [Jimi] Hendrix, you hear Queen, all the stuff we grew up with. Bad Company, ZZ Top — it’s all in there.”

On performing live with The End Machine:

Very few of my projects ever see a live stage. KXM has never played out live, unfortunately. It’s kind of frustrating to do these projects and then never [be] able to flesh them out in a live context. At least we’re getting the three shows in. That’s something, and now there is some talk about possibly going to Japan later in the year. If we end up doing that, that could open the door for even more domestic touring — more dates in the States, if not this year, maybe next year. There’s no doubt that it would be a great band. We do have our work cut out for us, because it is a complex record [with] a lot of moving parts. It’s one thing to go out and do Dokken music or Lynch Mob music that I’ve been playing for decades. It’s another thing to deal with a whole new animal.”

Talking about his upcoming performance with Dokken at the M3 Rock Festival:

“I’m excited. I did one last year with them. Very, very occasionally, I’ll get up on stage with Don [Dokken] and Mick, but this is the only show I’m doing with Dokken this year, as far as I can tell. We’re doing the new studio song that we came out with last year,[It’s] Another Day. I’m excited about that — a brand new Dokken song we’ve never played live. I think it will induce some new energy into a set full of old songs.”

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FORMER KISS GUITARIST VINNIE VINCENT TO PERFORM AT “SPEEDBALLJAMM” IN NASHVILLE ON JUNE 7TH

Former KISS guitarist Vinnie Vincent has announced that he will perform at the Speedballjamm on June 7th at the S.I.R. Soundstage in Nashville, Tennessee.

Only 60 VIP tickets are available for the event, which will see Vincent backed by his handpicked musicians, Mike Weeks and Chuck White.

Each $300.00 VIP ticket will include the exclusive Vinnie Vincent Speedballjammperformance, a Vinnie Vincent meet-and-greet on June 8th from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the same S.I.R. soundstage (one autographed item; no guitars, parts, accessories or musical instruments, parts or accessories).

Guitars, parts, and musical instruments will each be autographed for an additional $500.

S.I.R. Nashville
1101 Cherry Avenue 
Nashville, TN 37203

Tickets for this event are only available via PayPal through VinnieVincent.com and will not be sold at the door.

Your PayPal receipt will act as your ticket to be admitted and will be matched to your name on list at the door.

Doors open at 6:30 p.m. on June 7th.

Earlier in the year, Vincent canceled his original comeback concerts. which were supposed to take place February 8th and February 9th in Nashville, due to a dispute with the promoter.

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4/13: RIP PAUL RAYMOND

Woke up this morning to the incredibly sad news that UFO guitarist/keyboardist/vocalist Paul Raymond passed away. I don’t need to tell you what a fan of this band I am. Their music is timeless and has been a part of my listening since I was a kid. There are a handful of bands for me that’s music truly endures and always sounds great, and UFO is that for sure to me and many others. Paul was a member of what is widely considered the classic era of the band (Mogg, Way, Schenker, Raymond, Parker) and joined for the Lights Out album is ’77. He was also a part of what I think is the greatest live album (and maybe album) of all time Strangers In The Night. Paul and UFO used keys better than any hard rock band I know. Always great accents to the songs and great moments, without ever compromising the heavy guitar edge. Paul was the ultimate utility guy, doing a bit of everything on stage and so hugely important to the bands sound. I would love when he and Phil would sing together (check out “Fighting Man”). In addition to various (including the current) lineups of UFO, Paul was also a member of UFO spin off bands MSG and Waysted. His writing, singing and playing was crucial to all of them. “Love to Love” is maybe my favorite song ever, and Paul’s keys are so beautiful on it. Want something more recent? Check out a song called “Kingston Town” on the 2006 UFO album The Monkey Puzzle. Paul wrote that one, incredible melody.

I could go on and on about what Paul and UFO mean to me. Every time I would see UFO he always had a big smile on his face and would always engage me (as do the other guys) in my UFO Obsession and share great stories with me. I was truly holding out hope that on the bands final tour there would be hope to see a song or show with the Strangers lineup one last time. I even considered going to England for the bands recent farewell dates there, but with US shows I decided to wait. Had no idea I wouldn’t get to see Paul again. Now with Paul the first to pass from that classic version the reunion can never happen with all 5. But I will always cherish what Paul and UFO gave me and continues to give me. I spent much of today listening to his music and it’s as great as ever no matter how often I hear it. Whatever is left in the history of UFO, needless to say it will never be the same without Paul Raymond. Condolences to Paul’s family, friends, fans and the entire UFO camp. RIP Paul, and thanks for all the amazing music you were a part of in my life.

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