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Metallica’s Lars ‘Needs A Good Slap Sometimes’ Says Sharon Osbourne
(Classic Rock) Sharon Osbourne has described Metallica as “family” to her and Ozzy – even “big mouth” drummer Lars Ulrich. Bassist Robert Trujillo was a member of Ozzy Osbourne’s band before moving to Metallica in 2003, as detailed in documentary movie Some Kind Of Monster. But the organisations had been close since touring together in 1986.

Sharon tells SiriusXM (via Blabbermouth): “I feel like we’re their parents. We’ve known them from when they were so young, seeing them all grow up, have their own families.

“And since Robert joined them, we’re even more connected with them. It’s family. We have so much respect for Metallica – I just personally love each and every one of them.”

She adds light-heartedly: “Lars is a bit of a big mouth. He needs a good slap sometimes – but we love him.”

Scott Weiland Left Stone Temple Pilots Long Before Firing Says Chester

(Classic Rock) Stone Temple Pilots new singer Chester Bennington says former frontman Scott Weiland had departed the job long before he was officially fired. The Linkin Park vocalist was brought in by STP to replace the sacked Weiland in 2013 and has so far featured on one EP, High Rise, and is writing new material with the band. But Bennington says he doesn’t see the transition as him filling Weiland’s shoes.
He tells The Columbus Dispatch: “For me, it wasn’t inserting myself in someone’s shoes. I felt that position had been vacant for a long time. Even though Scott was there, honestly, I don’t think he had ‘been there.’

“In the initial conversation we had, I said, ‘Why do you guys want to give up your legacy?’ It’s kind of a scary thing, but the music is too deserving, too good, to not have a chance to continue. People come to a lot of pre-judgments. A lot of them are going to be mad about it. But the idea of creating something new means you let the other thing go.”

Asia Singer John Wetton Recovering From Tumor Surgery

(Classic Rock) Asia singer John Wetton has revealed in a new statement that he is recovering from the removal of a tumor following an operation earlier this month.

Asia singer has thanked doctors who led the successful surgery, and he also thanked fans for their support. His team released the following statement on his official website:

“On May 16, John underwent surgery for the successful removal of a 1 kilo [2.2lb] malignant mass. John wishes to extend his thanks to Mr Chan and his team. John is also beyond grateful for the wonderful wishes and prayers received. John is recuperating.”

Dave Grohl Joined Paul McCartney At Recent Concert
(Radio.com) Paul McCartney’s list of hits runs deep, so it’s not often that he deviates from the classics. But audience members at London’s O2 Arena were treated to an even more special McCartney show when the former Beatle played a rare, unexpected song as part of the setlist.

Five songs into his set, Macca debuted “Temporary Secretary,” a cut from his experimental, synth-heavy second solo album, McCartney II. The premiere was even more unexpected since it came after he played more obvious tracks like the Beatles’ “Eight Days a Week” and”Can’t Buy Me Love,” the Wings song “Listen to What the Man Said” and his solo track “Save Us.”

That wasn’t the only surprise during his 40-song set, though. When he was winding down his first encore with the Beatles’ “I Saw Her Standing There,” Macca had help from Dave Grohl, who’s recently become a pro at singing other artist’s songs.

Art Garfunkel Slams Former Music Partner Paul Simon

(Classic Rock) Art Garfunkel says he “created a monster” after becoming friends with Paul Simon because he felt sorry for him. But even though they’ve spent 45 years apart, he’s still living in hope of a reunion with the colleague who helped make his name.

The duo went their separate ways after the launch of 1970 album Bridge Over Troubled Water, the biggest-selling release of its time. Garfunkel tells The Telegraph the pair became friends at school because he felt sorry for the diminutive Simon. “That compensation gesture has created a monster,” he says.

Talking about the split he adds: “It was very strange. I don’t want to say any anti Paul Simon things, but it seems very perverse to not enjoy the glory and walk away from it instead. What I would have done is take a rest from Paul, because he was getting on my nerves. The jokes had run dry.

“A rest of a year was all I needed. I said: ‘I’m not married yet. I want to jump on a motorbike and tour ’round Europe, chasing ladies.’ How can you walk away from this lucky place on top of the world, Paul? What’s going on with you, you idiot? How could you let that go, jerk?”

Faith No More Score Top 10 Hit With New Album ‘Sol Invictus’
(Gibson) Faith No More’s comeback – which began with reunion shows in 2009 – has high a high point as the band’s new album Sol Invictus begins to hit the album charts internationally, clocking in at Number 6 on the UK charts and Number 2 on Australia’s ARIA charts.

The album’s Billboard 200 debut position will be officially announced on Thursday. Vocalist Mike Patton told Billboard last week that when the band initially reunited there were no plans to write new material. But eventually the rest of the band began working on new music. “Those guys were working on stuff, and if the music wasn’t so great I wouldn’t have been a part of it,” Patton said, “But it was incredibly great.”

When asked whether he thought people wanted to hear new Faith No More music, Patton said “I have no idea! Who knows whether they will like it or not? I never wanted to be a 50-year-old guy making music [for] teenagers. I don’t think any of us did. But all I can tell you is we’re making good ****. I don’t care who listens.”
Sebastian Bach Announces ’18 And Life On Skid Row’ Autobiography
(hennemusic) Former Skid Row frontman Sebastian Bach has announced that he will publish his autobiography, “18 And Life On Skid Row”, on January 19, 2016 via Harper Collins.

Billed as an “uncensored, unfiltered memoir,” the former frontman for Skid Row tells the story of his life and times – from joining Kid Wikked at 14 to selling more than 20 million albums with Skid Row to building a successful solo career.

Bach also developed a career as an actor, appearing on numerous television shows and on Broadway. From growing up in The Bahamas and small-town Canada to the world’s concert stages, “18 And Life On Skid Row” is Bach’s life story in his own words.

Thin Lizzy Surprised At Success Of Song They Almost Rejected
(Classic Rock) Black Star Riders guitarist Scott Gorham has recalled how Thin Lizzy were astonished when The Boys Are Back In Town became their breakthrough hit – because they hadn’t wanted it on their Jailbreak album.

The 1976 single has been listed in Rolling Stone’s 500 greatest songs of all time, and in Q’s 100 greatest guitar tracks. But Gorham tells Classic Rock: “We were playing in some club in the US when our manager came in and said, ‘Well, looks like we’ve got a hit.’ We were like, ‘Which song?’ Seriously, we didn’t have any idea at all which song it was that had taken off for us.”

He continues: “To tell you the truth, we weren’t initially going to put The Boys Are Back In Town on the Jailbreak album at all. Back then you picked 10 songs and went with those because of the time restrictions of vinyl.

“We recorded 15 songs, and of the 10 we picked, that wasn’t one of them. But then the management heard it and said, ‘No, there’s something really good about this song.’ Although back then, it didn’t yet have the twin guitar parts on it.”

Metallica To Perform National Anthem At The X Games
(hennemusic) Metallica have announced that they have added a performance of the national anthem to their duties when they headline the 2015 X Games in Austin, Texas next month.

“Not only are we playing a show at the X Games,” says the band, “but James and Kirk will also be performing ‘The Star-Spangled Banner’ prior to the Moto X Speed & Style competition on Saturday, June 6.”

Metallica were joined by pioneering skateboarder Tony Hawk to make the announcement of their appearance at the June 4-7 event, which showcases the best in extreme sports.

 

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