Slash Open To Guns N’ Roses Reunion, Denies Feud With Axl
(hennemusic) Slash told CBS This Morning on Thursday that he is open to the possibility of a Guns N’ Roses reunion and he also discussed the status of his relationship with Axl Rose. “It’s been one of those things that’s been talked about by everybody but us for over the last 18, 19 years,” he said. “I’ve got to be careful what I say there. I mean, if everybody wanted to do it and do it for the right reasons, I think the fans would love it. I think it might be fun at some point to try and do that.” Asked what those “right reasons” might be, Slash says “I mean, that’s a hard one. That just starts to get into a whole complex thing… It’s really between the guys in the band.” About his relationship with Axl Rose, he said, “Well, we haven’t really talked in a long time, but a lot of the tension that you were talking about has dissipated,” he explains. “We don’t have all those issues anymore. It’s not a lot of controversy. It’s something that is more perpetuated by the media, more than anything.” As for a reunion of the classic Guns N’ Roses lineup, Slash says, “Never say never.”
Led Zeppelin Stairway To Heaven Lawsuit To Move Forward
(hennemusic) A Philadelphia judge is allowing a copyright infringement suit against Led Zeppelin over “Stairway To Heaven” to proceed after denying a request by the group’s lawyers to have it dismissed. Bloomberg reports the suit – brought by the estate of Spirit guitarist Randy California and members of the band – claims the acoustic introduction to “Stairway” was lifted from their 1968 instrumental, “Taurus.” The two bands crossed paths during Zeppelin’s first US tour, which saw the future rock legends open for Vanilla Fudge and Spirit, and that’s where the Los Angeles band claims Jimmy Page was exposed to “Taurus.” The Philadelphia judge has ordered the case to be transferred to federal court in Los Angeles. The new venue, the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California, Western Division, is the same court where a jury ruled in March that Pharrell Williams and Robin Thicke should pay $7.4 million for infringing on Marvin Gaye’s 1977 track “Got To Give It Up” with their 2013 hit, “Blurred Lines.” Spirit guitarist Randy California drowned while rescuing his 12-year-old son from a rip current in Hawaii in early 1997. Last year, Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page called the lawsuit “ridiculous.”
Scott Weiland Denies Heroin Rumor And Calls Out Online ‘Haters’
(Classic Rock) Scott Weiland has once again denied he’s using heroin after a shoddy vocal performance sent the internet rumor mill into overdrive. The former Stone Temple Pilots and Velvet Revolver frontman was recently filmed giving a lethargic rendition of STP track Vasoline while on stage with his band Scott Weiland And The Wildabouts in Corpus Christi, USA. It came soon after he slammed Filter singer Richard Patrick, who said Weiland’s fans were his biggest enablers when it came to drug abuse. And after the footage from the Corpus Christi show surfaced online, fans speculated that Weiland was once again in the grip of addiction. Weiland tells AXS: “As for the show in Corpus Christi that didn’t go well; that was due to the fact that my in-ear monitors were out completely. I could not hear myself for the entire set. It’s impossible to sound good and be on key if you can’t hear yourself… Without those monitors, you can’t hear yourself. Not at all.” He also went after people that criticized him online, “For people that are haters, the Internet makes them think that they have a voice, and it makes them think that what they have to say is really important,” he said. “There were people on there saying that I was on heroin again. I haven’t done heroin in thirteen years.”
Judas Priest And Twisted Sister Stars Worried For The Future Of Rock
(Classic Rock) Judas Priest frontman Rob Halford and Twisted Sister guitarist Jay Jay French have told of their concerns over the future of rock. Nine months after Kiss bassist Gene Simmons rattled the industry with his claim that rock is dead, Halford continues to champion new acts and questions whether the genre will need big names to sustain itself moving forward. Halford tells 1290 KOIL Radio: “We were pondering about this the other day in the van driving back from a gig. You know, will there be another great, big rock star giant like Ozzy Osbourne? Will there be another great, big rock star giant like Axl Rose, for example. “Does that really matter? I don’t know. But it’s shifted, it’s changed. The good news is there’s an extraordinary display of talent coming from all different quarters in all different genres of rock and roll.” He adds: “Avenged Sevenfold, Five Finger Death Punch, In This Moment, Royal Blood. There’s a ton of bands… Rival Sons… I can keep going and going.” French feels the situation is much more dire, questioning arena and stadium rock’s future while suggesting fans better catch ageing acts now before the genre disappears for good. He tells iradiousa.com: “It’s an ageing genre. Name me any rock bands that are 25 and younger who are blowing up the charts. That’s the scary part – the replenishment of the genre. “Rock itself is an ageing medium and it hasn’t replenished its ranks, and the kids aren’t dreaming about being rock stars and playing air guitar and thinking they’re Jimi Hendrix and all that stuff like they were in my generation.”
Def Leppard’s Joe Elliott Leads That Metal Show Season Finale Lineup
Def Leppard frontman Joe Elliott, Bobby “Blitz” Ellsworth of Overkill, and Frankie Banali of Quiet Riot will all be appearing on the season finale of That Metal Show on VH1 Classic. The episode airs this Saturday at 9:00PM ET/PT, repeating at 11:00PM ET/PT, and will also feature musical guest Billy Sheehan. We were sent the following details: Joe Elliott’s interview is a pre-taped interview, and his appearances book-end Season 14, appearing in the debut and finale. In the interview Joe discusses not slowing down, Def Leppard’s upcoming tour and cruise, and the huge impact MTV had on their career. Bobby and Frankie sit down together with hosts Eddie Trunk, Don Jamieson, and Jim Florentine live in the TMS studio as the final guests of the season. Frankie talks about the success of the recent Quiet Riot documentary and the range of emotions he felt combing through the old footage of former singer, Kevin Dubrow. The hosts ask “Blitz” if he ever would want to do a documentary on Overkill and he said they wouldn’t. Blitz also says Overkill has gotten better with age due to his vaping of Red Bull and gasoline; and shares a hilarious story about the vitamin supplement Airborne. Billy Sheehan tells us about the upcoming sophomore album by The Winery Dogs, how they played 101 shows on their last tour, and the bands’ upcoming tour plans in October. Billy even shares a story about being asked to join Van Halen and why he declined the opportunity TWICE! Billy’s playing is absolutely stellar throughout the show, and his second to last performance causes the entire panel, audience, and crew to give him a standing ovation, a “That Metal Show” first! The hosts then ask Billy to perform one more solo in lieu of “The Throw Down” to end the season, once again bringing the entire studio to a raucous standing ovation. Billy joins guests Bobby and Frankie for “Put It On The Table”. The “TMS Top 5” this week is sponsored by Just For Men © and prompts a discussion of the Top 5 Beards In Rock, in which Kerry King, John Petrucci, Zakk Wylde, and Rob Zombie all find their way into the discussion. Eddie faces some extremely difficult “Stump The Trunk” questions in the last show of the season, and for the “Pick Of The Week” the hosts pick their favorite recent reissues, and Jim Florentine didn’t get the memo since his choice isn’t even out yet.
Between The Buried And Me Release Making-Of Video Clip
(Prog) Between The Buried And Me have shared a scene from the making-of DVD for their upcoming album. They release Coma Ecliptic on July 10 via Metal Blade and previously explained it follows the travels of a man in a coma in search of a better life. In the excerpt from the film, frontman Tommy Rogers says: “It’s about a guy in a coma. In every song he is experiencing different past lives of his. He put himself in a coma on purpose because he found out if you’re in a coma you can experience past lives and he’s trying to find a better world to live in. “At the end he realizes that was all a dream and he has been in a coma his whole life. Basically it’s a coma within a coma within a coma. And then he dies.” He continues: “I liked the idea of everything being fake, like The Truman Show, The Twilight Zone. All these stories that you realise everything you’ve been living has not happened, I think that’s a really scary thought. I felt that really fit the music, it’s a very dark record. “That was my main influence. I was thinking if I wrote a Twilight Zone mini-series, what would it be like?”
New Skid Row Singer Eager To Make New Music
(Classic Rock) Skid Row frontman Tony Harnell says he’s keen to start recording an album with his new bandmates as it will cement his place in the group. The former TNT man was brought into the fold following the sudden departure of vocalist Johnny Solinger, who split with the group after 14 years in April. He tells One On One With Mitch Lafon: “The first thing I’m going to do with Skid Row as far as original music is the third EP in the United World Rebellion trilogy. “Then there’s the possibility of a full-length album maybe as soon as next year. That makes me really excited because that’ll obviously make me feel much more a part of this legacy. Playing live and singing songs that I maybe co-wrote and recorded will make me feel a lot more at home.” Last month, Harnell and the band released a new version of 18 And Life which appeared on their self-titled 1989 debut with original singer Sebastian Bach.