According to blabbermouth.net, Black Sabbath drummer Bill Ward recently suffered a perforated diverticulitis (a very serious gastrointestinal condition in which the walls of the intestine have become perforated) and underwent surgery in California. The procedure was successful, and Ward is expected to make a full recovery over the next several weeks. As a result, the artist reception with Ward on October 26th at the Annapolis Collection Gallery in Maryland — where he was scheduled to discuss his fine art debut collection, Absence Of Corners is being postponed.
“I am truly sorry that I have to postpone the Absence Of Corners gallery reception,” said Ward. “The feedback I have received from everyone about this project has been astounding, and I was so looking forward to this event. I want to thank the Annapolis Collection Gallery for everything they are doing. I am honored that they are exhibiting my art, and I hope to get there to celebrate this collection with you all very soon.”
The gallery and Bill Ward have agreed to find another date in the future which will allow him time for a complete recovery.
In other Ward news, he recently told Sick Drummer Magazine that he is working on a new album called Accountable Beats.
Motorhead’s new album Aftershock, due out October 22nd, can be previewed in its entirety below thanks to a widget from Yahoo Music.
Frontman Lemmy Kilmister says of Aftershock, “Steal it if you must, buy it if you can!” says Lemmy, who’s pride in the album is so immense that guests to his home and dressing room in the last couple of months have been treated to extremely loud airings of the rough mixes.
Aftershock track listing:
Heartbreaker Coup de Grace Lost Woman Blues End Of Time Do You Believe Death Machine Dust And Glass Going To Mexico Silence When You Speak To Me Crying Shame Queen Of The Damned Knife Keep Your Powder Dry Paralyzed
Jan Kuehnemund, the founding member and lead guitarist for the all-female glam metal band Vixen, passed away on Thursday, October 10th after a long battle with cancer. She was 51. An official statement has not been released.
Kuehnemund was born on November 18th, 1961 in St. Paul, Minnesota and formed Vixen in high school. She and singer Janet Gardner moved the band to Los Angeles in 1985 and, within two years, the classic lineup was formed with Roxy Petrucci on drums and Share Pedersen on bass. The band was later signed to EMI.
Vixen’s self-titled debut was released in 1988 and spawned two hit singles, Cryin and Edge of a Broken Heart. The group appeared in the Penelope Spheeris film, The Decline of Western Civilization II: The Metal Years, and the band’s videos were featured heavily on MTV.
Vixen followed up their breakout success with Rev It Up in 1990, which yielded two singles, Love Is A Killer and How Much Love. The album did not have the same impact as the band’s debut, however, and they were dropped shortly after.
Vixen disbanded for several years but reformed with various new members until Kuehnemund returned in 2001. The band had a brief reunion of the classic lineup for VH1’s Bands Reunited in 2004, but soon went their separate ways. Kuehnemund continued as Vixen with new members and Gardner, Petrucci and Pedersen formed JanetShareRoxyGina (aka JSRG) with new guitarist Gina Stile.
Watch the band’s video for Edge of a Broken Heart below.
With the October 29th release of their sophomore album Revolution Rise only a few weeks away, Kill Devil Hill are taking their new material on the road for a headlining club tour. The tour begins October 26th in Ramona, CA, and runs through the month of November with support from Century Media Records label mates Eyes Set To Kill and Girl On Fire, as well as Black Water Rising (see dates below).
Featuring Pantera and Down bassist Rex Brown, former Dio, Black Sabbath and Heaven And Hell drummer Vinny Appice, ex-Pissing Razors singer Dewey Bragg and acclaimed session/touring guitarist Mark Zavon, Kill Devil Hill combine a classic feel with fresh energy. The band recently offered fans their first taste of Revolution Rise with the release of Crown Of Thorns. Lisen to the song below.
Says Rex Brown of the album, “This new Kill Devil Hill record is definitely one of my favorite moments of my career – it’s got balls, great melodies, awesome guitar riffing and a low end that’ll set your ass on fire! The album far exceeds our wildest expectations and we can’t wait to take this music out on the road and share it with all of our friends and fans. Buckle your seat belts, we’re all in for one hell of a ride!”
Revolution Rise was produced by Kill Devil Hill and Jeff Pilson (Dokken, T&N, War & Peace). Different pre-order bundles are now on-sale exclusively through both CM Distro and at the Kill Devil Hill online store.
Exclusive Kill Devil Hill VIP packages including early admission to sound check and the show, a meet and greet with the band, a VIP laminate and t-shirt, and an autographed 8×10 are available for all shows by visiting www.killdevilhillmusic.com/vippackages.
Kill Devil Hill Tour Dates (with Eyes Set To Kill, Girl On Fire & Black Water Rising):
26: Ramona, CA – Ramona Mainstage * / ** 27: Fullerton, CA – Slidebar ** 28: Chico, CA – Lost On Main ** 29: West Hollywood, CA – Roxy Theatre ** 31: Tucson, AZ – The Rock **
1: Tempe, AZ – Club Red * / ** 2: Las Vegas, NV – LVCS 3: Salt Lake City, UT – In The Venue 5: Seattle, WA – El Corazon 6: Portland, OR – Hawthorne Theater 7: Walnut Creek, CA – Red House Live 10: Flagstaff, AZ – Orpheum Theatre 11: Gallup, NM – Gallup Community Center 13: Austin, TX – Dirty Dog 14: Houston, TX – Scout Bar 17: Oklahoma City, OK – The Chameleon Room *** 19: Minneapolis, MN – Skyway Theater *** 20: Appleton, WI – Luna Lounge *** 21: Battle Creek, MI – Planet Rock *** 22: Mentor On The Lake, OH – Tequila Jaxx 23: Steger, IL – Another Hole In The Wall
* no Eyes Set To Kill ** no Girl On Fire *** no Black Water Rising