Dan McCafferty, the lead vocalist for the rock band Nazareth and who voiced 1970s rock classics Love Hurts and Hair of the Dog, died on November 8th, from unspecified causes. He was 76.
Nazareth bassist Pete Agnew confirmed McCafferty’s death in a post on Instagram. “This is the saddest announcement I ever had to make,” Agnew wrote. “Maryann and the family have lost a wonderful loving husband and father, I have lost my best friend and the world has lost one of the greatest singers who ever lived. Too upset to say anything more at this time.”
McCafferty was a founding member of Nazareth, which formed in Dunfermline, Scotland in 1968, alongside Agnew, guitarist Manny Charlton and drummer Darrell Sweet. In 1973, the band gained fame in the U.K. with their third album, Razamanaz; the following year, they released Loud and Proud. Although the albums are largely unknown in the U.S., the song Love Hurts, from Nazareth’s 1975 album Hair of the Dog shot to Number Eight on the Billboard Hot 100. Guns N’ Roses recorded a their version of Hair Of The Dog, for their 1993 covers album, The Spaghetti Incident?
While the tune was originally recorded in 1960 by the Everly Brothers, the new cover transformed the song for the day’s youth and over the past decades, Love Hurts graced iconic shows such as King of the Hill and That ’70s Show, and a scene from the 1993 film Dazed and Confused.
The band was influenced by the sounds of the Beatles and the Rolling Stones. While suffering from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, McCafferty retired from touring in 2013 due to complications to his health. He recorded his final album, Last Testament, in 2019.
Sammy Hagar spoke with interviewer Kyle Meredith, Sammy Hagar about the status of the unreleased Van Halen ballad called Between Us Two which was originally recorded for the soundtrack to the 1996 blockbuster Twister. Hagar said (per blabbermouth.net), “Everyone keeps asking me if there’s any old songs that never got released, and I always say, ‘Not really. There was a couple.’ But I didn’t remember — two or three. Between Us Two, that’s a midtempo ballad. That’s like a Be Still kind of a song, from my new album [Crazy Times’ by Sammy Hagar & The Circle]. If somebody said, ‘How was it?’ It was more like a Be Still. It was kind of almost country — not country, but… I don’t know. It was kind of like ,Can’t Stop Lovin’ You, [but] not as uptempo.”
He added that Between Us Two is completed and available to release. “We’ve got it. It’s done,” he said. “It’s in the archives. They’ll find it. They’re looking through the archives right now to try to remaster some of the old stuff from my era [with Van Halen]. And they’ll find it. That’s gonna be a treasure.”
Van Halen originally planned to complete two songs — Between Us Two and The Silent Extreme — for the Twister soundtrack. The Silent Extreme eventually became Humans Being . Between Us Two ended up being replaced by Respect The Wind, an instrumental credited to guitarist Eddie Van Halen and drummer Alex Van Halen alone.
Nicki Gostin of the New York Post‘s Page Six reports:
Def Leppard drummer Rick Allen didn’t want to live after losing his arm in a tragic car accident.
“I really didn’t want to be here and I felt very defeated,” Allen, 59, exclusively tells Page Six, adding that he felt “very awkward” and “self-conscious.”
In December 1984, the then-21-year-old musician lost his left arm after a near-fatal accident in England. Allen, who had been trying to pass another car at a high speed, lost control of his Corvette, and was thrown through the sunroof of his car. His arm got caught in the seatbelt and severed from his body.
Doctors initially reattached the limb, but it was later removed due to an infection…
…“A lot of my peers, a lot of fans, my family … a lot of encouragement, they all tried to help lift me up and then finally I got it,” he explains. “I got to a point where I realized I can do this … It wasn’t until after the fact that I discovered the power of the human spirit and that’s what really propelled me to where I am now.”
Allen and [his wife, singer Lauren] Monroe are also the founders of The Raven Drum Foundation, which helps veterans dealing with PTSD through alternative medical programs including drumming circles…
…“The first thing any of us ever hears is our mother’s heartbeat so we’re rhythmic beings, it’s just a very ancient form, it immediately taps into healing,” Allen tells us. “It helps with the brain, it helps with the nervous system and it slows down the respiratory system, it’s something that is beneficial on many many levels…”
Bidding is now under way on eBay for places on two celebrity bowling teams—one captained by broadcast personality Eddie Trunk and the other by 95.5 KLOS on air personalities Frank Kramer and Marci Wiser—for the Bowl For Ronnie Celebrity Bowling Party on November 17th, at PINZ Bowling Center in Studio City, California. Trunk, who is heard on SiriusXM’s 103 Faction Talkchannel, will once again host the event benefiting the Ronnie James Dio Stand Up and Shout Cancer Fund, which returns after a three-year hiatus due to the pandemic.
Rockers Tom Morello (Rage Against the Machine); Brent Woods (Sebastian Bach); Adam Jones (Tool) and Luke Spillar (The Struts) will join Eddie Trunk and the winner of the auction on his celebrity bowling team. At the last bowling party held in 2019, the celebrity competition was the scene of fierce competition, ending with both of the previous year’s top teams–headed by Eddie Trunk and Marc Ferrari respectively–defeated by a team led by Phil Buckman of Fuel.
Additionally, bidding is also on for a spot on the 95.5 KLOS Radio team, co-captained by Frank Kramer of 95.5 KLOS Radio’s Heidi and Frank morning show and on air personality Marci Wiser. Morning show producers Jordan Fitzpatrick and Johnny Ice will also play on their team. The eBay auction for a place on the 2022 KLOS Radio team will end on November 11th at 9:53AM Pacific time, you can bid to be on KLOS’s team here.
Celebrities also planning to participate this year include Graham Bonnett and his band members Beth-Ami Heavenstone, Conrado Pesinato and Kyle Hughes; Ministry members Al Jourgensen, Liz Walton, Roy Mayorga, Cesar Soto, Monte Pittman, John Bechdel and Paul D’Amour; Mark Chaussee (Danzig); Steven Adler (Guns N’ Roses, Adler’s Appetite); Doug Aldrich (The Dead Daisies); Chris Holmes (W.A.S.P.); T-Bone Anderssen (Gov’t Mule); Blasko (Ozzy Osbourne); Chuck Billy (Testament); Ann Boleyn (Hellion); Phil Buckman and Brett Scallions of Fuel; Calico Cooper and Chris Latham (Beasto Blanco/Alice Cooper); Matt Duncan (Armored Saint); Shawn Duncan (DC4); Lita Ford; Tracii Guns and Johnny Martin of L.A. Guns; Abby Gennet (Slunt); Ritchie Kotzen (Winery Dogs); Patrick Kennison (Lita Ford); Oni Logan and Sean McNabb of Lynch Mob; Marty O’Brien (Daughtry); Slim Jim Phantom (Stray Cats); Ricky Warwick (Black Star Riders); DJ Will (KNAC); Howie Simon (Winger); Michael Spencer (Flotsam & Jetsam); Patrick Stone (Budderside); Dave “Chili” Moreno, Jason Cornwell, Chas West, Jimmy Burkhard and Roy Z of West Bound; Nikki Stringfield (The Iron Maidens); Ahmet Zappa; Diva Zappa; Tim “Ripper” Owens, Casey Trask, David Garcia, Harry Conklin, Sean Elg, and Sean Peck of The Three Tremors featuring Tim “Ripper” Owens;Jennie Vee; Craig Goldy, Simon Wright, Rowan Robertson and Bjorn Englen of the Dio Band; guitarist Bobby Keller; drummer Zak St. John and actors Star Fields (“Sons of Anarchy”) and Vera Vanguard.
Highlights of 2019’s Bowl For Ronnie can be viewed below.
The Bowl For Ronnie, an evening of fun, food, a raffle drawing for prizes and memorabilia. and, of course, bowling with rockers and celebrities competing for trophies, begins at 6:30 PM with open bowling and a VIP pre-party for lane sponsors, celebrities and their guests. The Pinz Bowling Center is located at 12655 Ventura Blvd in Studio City, California.
100% of the net proceeds from the Bowl For Ronnie will go to the Dio Cancer Fund, which is now in its 12th year of raising awareness and much-needed funding for cancer research.
On Wednesday (November 3rd), singer/guitarist Sammy Hagar, was a guest on Eddie’s Sirius/XM show, Trunk Nation With Eddie Trunk, where he discussed the much rumored, Eddie Van Halen tribute show.
Hagar said (via blabbermouth.net), “As far as I know, [there has been] nothing. There was that talk everybody heard about former Metallica member] Jason [Newsted] being the bass player and Joe Satriani playing guitar and Alex [Van Halen] and all that. Then I got the call from the management, I got the call from Irving Azoff, [who] said, ‘Hey, you wanna do, you and Mike [MichaelAnthony] and Al with a superstar guitar player?’ I said, ‘I’ll do anything with Al and Mike and play music with people, but it’s not gonna be Van Halen. There is no Van Halen; I don’t care what anyone says. [Wolfgang] Wolfie [Van Halen] is Van Halen, okay? And he doesn’t wanna be the Van Halen copy band. I don’t blame him; he’s doing a great job on his own stuff, and it’s very cool when he jams a little bit here and there. He’s Van Halen, and if he wanted to play guitar with Al and Mikey and myself, I would love to do that. That would be just one time for the big time. Not like, ‘Okay, let’s go out and tour the world and make records.’ No, no, no, no. There is no Van Halen but to play with Al and Mike and a great guitar player for some event — almost like the event that [Foo FIghters leader] Dave Grohl put on for Taylor [Hawkins], something like that would be fantastic. But other than that, no.”
When interviewer Eddie Trunk brought up Wolfgang’s recent interview (here) in whichhe heavily hinted that David Lee Roth is the hold-up, Hagar replied: “It ain’t just one guy. Alex Van Halen and I don’t talk. I reached out to Alex. I’m gonna tell you right now — I reached out to Alex again recently. Mikey had a sad thing happen in his family, and I reached out to Al, and he wouldn’t return my call or my e-mail. And so I said, ‘You know what? F–k it. It’s not on the top of my list, my agenda. I think Eddie deserves, definitely, a tribute… And the whole world would show up and the whole world would do it.”
“I don’t know why people put it on Roth,” he continued. “I don’t talk to Dave. And if he did it, he’d wanna do it without me. I’m sure that’s part of the dysfunction that Wolfie’s talking about. I’ll make a statement that I don’t know is true or not, but what do you wanna bet that he goes, ‘I will only do it if Hagar’s not there.’ And if that were the case, that’s typical Roth, and that’s part of the dysfunction. It’s not like he controls it; it’s just [that] he doesn’t play well with others. And like I said, if Alex came to me and wanted to do it, I’m in. Absolutely — let’s go [and] do it somehow. But Alex has got a stick up his ass about something with me still, and he’s gonna take it to his grave, I guess. [I made peace with Eddie before he died but] I don’t think I made peace with Al. And I don’t think I’m going to unless he reaches back out to me. I’ve done it about five times now.”
Hagar clarified, “I’m not trying to start a feud between the two of us. But I love the guy, and I love Van Halen, what we did together… Al is the most stubborn Taurus. He’s a Taurus, and he’s the most stubborn Taurus. Tauruses are known for [being] stubborn. He’s a Dutch Taurus, and he is the most stubborn, hard-headed guy you’ll ever meet in your life. And he is tough to [break] down and to let go. Nope — he’s holding on to something. And I just wish he wasn’t like that. I love the guy. Like I’ve said a million times, Alex and I actually got along better than Ed and I at times. Through the hard times, Alex and I still got along, but I don’t know what happened. Somebody poisoned him. Somebody told him something. Maybe he still doesn’t like my book, which was the most honest thing I’ve ever done in my life. Some people just don’t think that that should have been done.”
Sammy Hagar and The Circle, featuring Hagar’s Van Halen bandmate, Michael Anthony, guitarist Vic Johnson and drummer Jason Bonham, released their latest album, Crazy Times, on September 30th. The video for their latest single, Father Time, which can be seen here.
[Dana’s note: Yes, as we all know, we don’t typically do Hollywood gossipy type stories in the news section. But, I found this one slightly interesting, because Machine Gun Kelly played Tommy Lee, in Netflix’s The Dirt. The musician has also admitted that when he was younger, Lee was one of his musical heroes.
The musician, and actress Megan Fox, began dating in 2020 after meeting on set of indie film, Midnight In The Switchgrass. The pair got engaged in January of 2022.]