While Axl Rose is considered difficult and a diva by many outsiders – like fans who wait for hours for the sometimes tardy perfectionist to take the stage or his former Guns N’ Roses bandmates, like Slash- there is one person who exalts the enigmatic singer. It’s guitarist DJ Ashba, who certainly has a unique perspective, as he works directly with Rose. Ashba has gone on record before to sing the praises of his boss, but this time he took it a step further, saying he’d take a bullet for Rose. That’s dedication. Give the man a raise!
The Metallica and Lou Reed collaborative album ‘Lulu’ didn’t exactly set the metal world (or beyond) on fire. In fact, it came and went, with most Metallica fans steering clear of it, thanks to Reed’s droney vocals and out-there lyrics. It wasn’t a ‘Tallica record, that’s for sure. However, it did find a small audience in some way, shape and form. Despite the fact that album was a critical and commercial disappointment, Cherry Lane Music remains undeterred and is releasing the official guitar tablature book.
Fear Factory are about to drop their latest cyber metal opus ‘The Industrialist’ on Tuesday, June 5. Vocalist Burton C. Bell recently spoke to Johnny Thrash of 106.3 The Buzz about the fact that the band elected to program the drums, as opposed to using a live skinsman, revealing that the decision expedited the recording process. He also delved deep into the concept behind the album, shedding a little light on exactly who ‘The Industrialist’ is. Strap yourselves in, metal fans, as you are about to enter a ‘Terminator’-like world of sentient automatons, which essentially translates to machines with sensory perception.
Tony Iommi‘s lymphoma diagnosis may have stopped the reunited (and Bill Ward-less) Black Sabbath from touring for now, but it has not interfered with their creative output or their songwriting process. In a recent video chat with the NME.com, frontman Ozzy Osbourne revealed that the band has penned 15 new songs and even offered a tiny hint at the new album title.
More drama surrounds Guns N’ Roses in the live realm. At GN’R's second London show at the O2 Arena last night (June 1), bassist Tommy Stinson threatened to end the gig early after fans pelted the band with money and glasses. The group took the stage nearly an hour later than scheduled, which likely sparked the fans’ ire.
Onetime Black Flag frontman Henry Rollins is hosting Nat Geo WILD’s three-part ‘Animal Underworld’ documentary series, which airs tonight (May 28) at 8 PM ET. The singer, public speaker and activist looks at the unusual connections between animals and people, which might terrify some. Rollins wrestled an alligator and drank snake blood for the series, so he certainly pushed his own limits.
Last night (May 25) marked the second Ozzy Osbourne-fronted Ozzy + Friends show, which took place at the Stadium in Stockholm, Sweden. More fan-filmed footage has found its way online and it’s a thoroughly metallic way for Ozzy to satiate Black Sabbath fans who were disappointed that the reunited band had to table most of its planned tour dates due to Tony Iommi‘s lymphoma diagnosis.
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