Weezer’s Patrick Wilson has responded to an online campaign seeking
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to raise $10 million to dissuade the American group from making another record. The drummer jokes: “If they can make it twenty [million], we’ll do the ‘deluxe break-up’”. So far the appeal has raised $285.
NWOBHM survivors Diamond Head are to perform the whole of their 1980 debut album Lightning To The Nations during their next batch of touring, which includes a spot at Hard Rock Hell IV on December 3.
In the wake of a now scrapped biopic project that was set to have starred Elijah Wood, Iggy Pop
would have liked Lindsay Lohan to have played him on screen. “She looks like me and she’s the only one with enough attitude,” says Iggy. “They could tape her boobs up. She’s been in jail at the right age and everything.”
The Damned Things, featuring Scott Ian and Rob Caggiano of Anthrax (pictured), release their debut album, Ironiclast , on December 13. The group also includes Joe Trohman and Andy Hurley of Fall Out Boy, and Everytime I Die’s Keith Buckley.
Glyder have split up after six years and three albums, citing “financial strain and other factors”. Guitarist Bat Kinane has just released a solo album, A Lifetime To Kill .
UK band Amplifier release their new album The Octopus on January 31. Muse have topped a new list of the 50 best guitar riffs of the 21st century published in Classic Rock ’s sister title Total Guitar . The trio’s Plug In Baby held off Slither by Velvet Revolver, Avenged Sevenfold’s Afterlife and The Dark Eternal Night by Dream Theater to finish in pole position.
The last ever vocal performance by Ronnie James Dio on the song Metal Will Never Die, is to feature on Bitten By The Beast , a new solo album from Dio’s cousin and former Elf bandmate David ‘Rock’ Feinstein.
Keith Richards has branded Mick Jagger “unbearable” in his new autobiography, Life . Richards, who admits referring to Jagger as ‘Brenda’ or ‘Your Majesty’, expands: “I used to love Mick, but I haven’t been to his dressing room in 20 years. Sometimes I think, ‘I miss my friend.’ I wonder, ‘Where did he go?’” Black Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi and Deep Purple frontman Ian Gillan (pictured) have been working with former Purple keyboard maestro Jon Lord and Iron Maiden drummer Nicko McBrain on a new track, the proceeds from which will go toward rebuilding a music school in Armenia. Iommi and Gillan re-recorded Smoke On The Water to raise money for the victims of an earthquake that struck Armenia in 1988.
Magnum ’s 16th studio album, The Visitation , is released through SPV Records on January 17.
Ozzy Osbourne will play at next year’s Sweden Rock Festival, held in Sölvesborg on June 8-11. He will also play at Germany’s annual metal gathering Wacken Open Air in July.
Regenerated Canadian metalheads Anvil are working with producer Bob Marlette on a follow-up to 2007’s This Is Thirteen . Juggernaut Of Justice is due next spring, .
Finnish heavy metal monsters Lordi have sacked Kita (real name Sampsa Astala), their drummer of 11 years standing, for the heinous crime of appearing in public with his mask and costume.
A new film titled Bon Jovi – The Circle Tour is to be shown in more than 80 cinemas in Britain and Ireland on November 11 and 16. The full list of participating venues is at: www.cinerock.net Classic Rock ’s inaugural High Voltage Festival triumphed in the Best Festival Award (15,000 to 39,999-capacity) section of this year’s Live UK Music Business Awards. The event has also been shortlisted in three categories at the UK Festival Awards: Best New Festival, Best Toilets, and Critics’ Choice Award for Heaven & Hell’s (pictured) tribute to Ronnie James Dio.
The latest European tour from W.A.S.P. got off to a bloody start when a security guard had his ear bitten off by a drunken concert-goer in Orebro, Sweden. The fan was arrested for aggravated assault.
Robin Trower releases a new studio album, The Playful Heart , on December 7.
Dream Theater singer James La Brie has revealed that the band have a narrowed down the choice of a replacement for drummer Mike Portnoy to seven candidates, all of whom will audition for the position.
Currently supporting Volbeat, the Black Spiders are set to release their debut album, Sons Of The North , on February 7.
The reunion album from Mr Big, the first to feature the US group’s original line-up since 1996’s Hey Man , will be released in January. The record was produced by Kevin Shirley.
Heart guitarist Nancy Wilson (pictured) has filed for divorce from filmmaker and former Rolling Stone writer Cameron Crowe. The couple married in 1986 and have two sons together.
The new studio album from former Hanoi Rocks frontman Michael Monroe will include guest appearances from Lemmy and country singer Lucinda Williams. It’s being produced by Jack Douglas (Aerosmith, John Lennon etc).
Former Deep Purple keyboard player Jon Lord has formed a new band with Jethro Tull/Trans-Siberian Orchestra/Roxy Music violinist Anna Phoebe. “I am very excited!” Phoebe wrote in her regular Classic Rock online column, adding: “Now we need a name!”