MÖTLEY CRÜE To Release Full-Length Live Concert Film Of Final Performance

MÖTLEY CRÜE To Release Full-Length Live Concert Film Of Final Performance

Iconic, veteran rockers MÖTLEY CRÜE will play their final two shows of their thirty-four-year-long-career tonight and tomorrow at Staples Center in their hometown of Los Angeles. To celebrate their mark in rock music’s history and in honor of their devoted fans, the band has announced a full-length concert film of the final performance, which will also include exclusive interviews and behind-the-scenes footage of the last week of the tour, to be released in 2016.

After thirty-four years performing together, “The Final Tour” has seen the band perform all across the globe, visiting an impressive five continents since July 2014 (North America, South America, Europe, Australia and Asia) for a total of more than 164 shows. Fans alike will be able to enjoy and/or relive the spectacular and cutting-edge production elements of “The Final Tour”, such as Tommy Lee‘s “Crüecifly” drum roller coaster, Nikki Sixx‘s fire-spitting bass performance, along with all the fan-favorite hits.

Christian Lamb has been tapped to direct the concert portion of the film, while Jeff Tremaine, creator of the “Jackass” series, is confirmed to direct the documentary segment. Produced and distributed by Live Alliance, the film will premier in theaters worldwide, as well as via pay per view in all cable, satellite and digital formats.

MÖTLEY CRÜE first announced plans for their two-year “Final Tour” by signing a Cessation Of Touring Agreement at a press conference in Los Angeles in January 2014, solidifying the end of their touring career with their last show ever on New Year’s Eve at Staples Center in their hometown of Los Angeles. Since the announcement the band has been touring tirelessly to say goodbye to fans around the world.

The 2014 leg of “The Final Tour” was one of last year’s top-grossing tours, selling close to a million tickets across 72 cities and grossing more than $45 million.

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SKID ROW Splits With Singer TONY HARNELL

SKID ROW Splits With Singer TONY HARNELL

Vocalist Tony Harnell has confirmed that he has parted ways with SKID ROW, less than a year after he first joined the band. Harnell wrote in a Facebook post on Tuesday (December 29): “I’m sorry to inform everyone that I’m no longer the lead singer for SKID ROW. I thank the fans for their love and support!” He added in a separate post a couple of hours later: “I was not fired from SKID ROW, I quit. Being ignored and disrespected isn’t my thing. I had a great time performing with the band and singing so many great songs. I don’t regret a thing!”

Harnell made his live debut with SKID ROW on May 22 at Living Sky Casino in Swift Current, Saskatchewan, Canada.

He officially joined SKID ROW in April as the replacement for Johnny Solinger, who was the band’s frontman for the past fifteen years.

In an interview with Canadian rock journalist Mitch Lafon of the “One On One With Mitch Lafon” podcast, SKID ROW bassist Rachel Bolan stated about the band’s split with Solinger: “It was evident [that it was time for us to go our separate ways]. There were certain things going on out on the road that kind of set us thinking… Things had been going on for a little bit.”

He continued: “At certain times, you just get the feeling someone isn’t putting a hundred percent into things. And SKID ROW is very important to the rest of us. And we wanted to carry on with quality performances and quality songs, so we decided to make a change.”

Regarding how Tony Harnell came to be SKID ROW‘s new singer, Rachel said: “We’ve known Tony for years — literally, probably since the beginning of our career. And although I wasn’t a big TNT fan, I was a Tony Harnell fan, as [were SKID ROW guitarists] Snake [Dave Sabo] and Scott [Scotti Hill].”

He added: “When we made the decision to ourselves that we were gonna start looking, Tony‘s name came up. And I was, like, man, it’s so funny, ’cause a couple of years ago, I was up in New Jersey for Christmas and I met with Tony in New York and I had dinner with him and another friend. And we just started talking. And he’s, like… He goes… We’d known each for a long time, but at that point we hadn’t spoken for a while. He’s, like, ‘I hear you guys are doing good things. How’s it going?’ I said, ‘It’s going pretty cool.’ He goes, ‘Man, you guys should have called me when you got a new singer [back in 1999].’ And I guess that kind of popped up in the back of my head when we knew we were gonna make a change. And we immediately got in touch with Tony.”

Asked if SKID ROW is working with Harnell on a “trial” basis or if Tony is “the guy” for the long haul, Rachel said: “He’s the guy. I mean, that’s where we’re at in our heads. It’s not a temporary thing. But, you know… [laughs] if get gets sick of us and leaves, then that’ll be a different situation. But things are going really well now. And we’re very excited. We’re very excited about our future, very excited about getting on the road.”

Sabo recently told The Aquarian Weekly about the possibility of SKID ROW reuniting with singer Sebastian Bach: “Happiness, to me, is my spirit and my soul is more important to me than having dollars in my wallet. People may [not] believe that and that’s okay. Anybody who knows me knows that to be true. I don’t think you can place a price on happiness. We’ve been hit repeatedly over the years with, ‘Why don’t you do a reunion tour?’ And you know what? I understand the question and I get it. I really do, and if I were on the outside, I’d be asking the same question, but no one feels comfortable with that idea.”

STUCK MOJO Parts Ways With BONZ & COREY LOWERY/New Album To Arrive Next Year

STUCK MOJO Parts Ways With Vocalist BONZ, Bassist COREY LOWERY; New Album To Arrive Next Year

Rap/metal pioneers STUCK MOJO have confirmed that they have parted ways with vocalist Bonz and bassist Corey Lowery, a year after playing a well-received reunion show in the band’s hometown of Atlanta, Georgia. Two new members have already been recruited and a new studio album has been completed, with tentative plans to release the CD sometime in mid-2016.

During an appearance on a recent edition of the “Talk Toomey” podcast, STUCK MOJO drummer Frank Fontsere stated about the group’s current status: “We did the reunion show [in December 2014], and it was great, and we did a couple of other shows that were great. But it was one of those things — not to go into too much detail — we’re gonna continue on, but it’s gonna be me and Rich [Ward, guitar] and two other guys. It hasn’t been announced yet officially, but I was told that I can say that.”

Regarding the upcoming STUCK MOJO record, Frank said: “I think it’s the best album we’ve ever done. I know everyone says that, but I’ve let a few people preview it, and I know Rich has let a few people preview it, and the responses are from people whose opinions we respect, who have no reason to be dishonest, and were, like, ‘Oh my God! This is amazing!’ So I really think it will silence any doubters. If anybody hears ,’Oh, STUCK MOJO put out a new record, but it’s not with the guys that I want to be in the band, so it can’t be any good.’ Well, they’ll get a surprise when they hear it. This album is not fooling around.”

He continued: “We’ve done some experimental things in the past. Any artist wants to push the boundaries of what they do and what they’re known for, so they try different things, and sometimes those things don’t work out. But this record, you can depend on… The kind of thing that you want to hear from our band, if you’re a fan, you will hear on this record. Let’s just say, if you’re a STUCK MOJO fan, you’ve got nothing to fear.”

Asked if the new STUCK MOJO album will be released independently or if it will be made available through one of the established rock/metal labels, Frank said: “We’re gonna do it on a label. I don’t know who it is yet. We have some offers. That’s all between Rich and our management and the labels and everything. I don’t really participate in that process, because, you know, I think it’s important for every ship to have a captain, and Rich, when it comes to STUCK MOJO, is definitely the captain of the ship. It’s not a dictatorship; he wants input. He’ll ask me all the time, ‘What do you think about this? What do you think about that?’ And I will definitely be glad to give him my opinion. I think I’ve steered him away from some wrong decisions in the past, creatively and business-wise, and he’s definitely open to other people’s suggestions. But when it comes down to it, you have to have somebody who has the veto power, you have to have somebody who says, ‘Okay. I’ve heard everything. I appreciate everybody’s opinion, but I’ve weighed it all in my head, and this is the way we’re going.’ So when it comes to all the label decisions and business decisions, that’s between Mark Willis, our manager, and Rich; they make that decision. So I basically wait to hear what’s gonna happen. But I know we’ll be doing it on a label and we’ll be putting the record out, hopefully, sometime in the summer.”

As has been well documented, Ward and Bonz have had strained and often turbulent relationship, resulting in Bonz being dismissed from the band on two occasions, most recently in July 2006. Ward at the time blamed the split on the frontman’s alleged substance-abuse issues, saying that the vocalist’s illicit drug use “affect[ed] [Bonz‘s live] performance,” in the process “transform[ing] a guy we loved into someone that no one in the band wanted to be around.” Ward added: “To gamble the band’s future on someone who is the source of such instability is not an option anymore.” Bonz was eventually replaced by Lord Nelson.

In 2014, the “classic” STUCK MOJO lineup reunited for reunion shows, and work on a new album has commenced. Bonz was also active with his own band, BONZ, having released the critically acclaimed “Broken Silence” album this past February on Eternal Sound Records and Pavement Entertainment. A lyric video for the title track sheds light on his relationship with Ward through a clever use of STUCK MOJO songtitles.

Ward recently gave an interview to the “Talking Metal” podcast, in which he said about STUCK MOJO‘s cross-cultural musical mish-mash: “I never tried to be a funk guitar player; I was a metal guy. It was just how my influences cross-sectioned with our funk/reggae bass player and our rapper, who couldn’t sing anything, ’cause he had no idea about melody. He was just a pissed off black guy who had a rough life, who had been in prison, who just had… he had a story and had an outlook on life that I just had no idea even existed.”

In response to Ward‘s comments, Bonz released a statement to BLABBERMOUTH.NET in which he said that he “was simultaneously shocked, hurt and angered when I read the most recent comments that Rich Ward has stated about me publicly. I am not totally surprised, as this has been a point of contention for several years.

“Both my private life and my public persona are very important to me, and I do not appreciate either being questioned or attacked.

“I am not sure where [Rich‘s above-mentioned quote] comes from, or quite how I am supposed to interpret it, but it is not something that I would expect to come from him in 2015. This was a stark reminder of how things ended up in 2006, the last time that we worked together.

“I have worked too hard to establish myself in this business to have anyone besmirch my name over and over again.

“The last three years have been some of my most productive. Forming a new band, recording an album that I am damn proud of, getting the opportunity to be supported by great labels, and traveling the country playing and performing music for fans, I believe proves any of the past derogatory statements to be ‘questionable.’

“I chose to respond to these comments, as in the past I chose to remain silent and take the ‘high’ road.

“After traveling around the country and reconnecting with many old friends and fans along the way, I was alarmed at the stories and rumors that were out there. I want to make sure that my thoughts and feelings are conveyed and that the public is exposed to both sides of the story.”

STUCK MOJO played its first reunion show on December 26, 2014 at the Masquerade in Atlanta, Georgia. The concert took place more than four years after the band completed its “Here Comes The Monster” tour of Europe with a lineup that featured Lord Nelson on the mic, Ward on guitar, Sean Delson on bass and Frank Fontsere on drums.

Lowery has spent the past few months touring with SAINT ASONIA, the new act featuring ex-THREE DAYS GRACE frontman Adam Gontier and STAIND guitarist Mike Mushok.

Pictured above (from left to right): Corey Lowery (bass), Bonz (vocals), Frank Fontsere (drums) and Rich Ward (guitar)

LEMMY’s Cancer Prognosis Gave Him 2 To 6 Months To Live

MOTÖRHEAD's Manager: LEMMY's Cancer Prognosis Gave Him Two To Six Months To Live

MOTÖRHEAD frontman Lemmy Kilmister was given “two to six months to live” when he was told he had terminal cancer on December 26, two days before his death.

The band’s longtime manager Todd Singerman has revealed to Sky News that Lemmy went to hospital two days after his 70th- birthday party at the Whisky A Go Go club in Hollywood, California on December 13 because he wasn’t feeling well. Although his doctors initially said he was fine, they decided to do a brain scan before releasing him because “his speech was seeming a little odd. We wanted to see if maybe [he’d had] a minor stroke.” The scan uncovered tumors in Lemmy‘s brain and neck.

Singerman told Sky News on Monday: “Nobody had any idea, we just learned Saturday, two days ago, that he even had cancer, and the doctor told him he had between two to six months to live. He [died] today as I was making calls to [his MOTÖRHEAD bandmates] Phil [Campbell] and Mikkey [Dee], telling them to come on out so they could have a last goodbye while he was still upbeat and everything. He was feeling mighty low… He wasn’t expected to die like that.”

Singerman added: “He [Lemmy] gets home [from tour], we have a big birthday party for him at the Whisky A Go Go. His friends came down and played. Two days later, I could tell he wasn’t feeling good, so we took him to the hospital, they release him, then after the brain scan they found the cancer in his brain and his neck… The doctor comes with the result a couple of days later and says… it’s terminal.”

Despite Lemmy‘s well-documented health issues over the last two years, Singerman said the cancer diagnosis “caught everyone by surprise. [Cancer] was the last thing we thought he would ever have. When you think about it, he has been to every doctor and hospital around the world and nobody caught that… That comes as a massive shock.”

Singerman said Lemmy‘s lifestyle was unlike that of any other rocker. He said: “I’ve been with him almost 25 years, and it was a half gallon of Jack Daniels a day, two-three packs of cigarettes and his other little favorites and that was a daily thing.

“Recently he switched over — and I still can’t grasp it but he thought it was healthier — he switched over to vodka and orange.”

He added: “I still always remember a great quote: Lemmy from MOTÖRHEAD makes Keith Richards from THE [ROLLING] STONES look like a Golden Girl.

“This guy lived it every day and there was never a break in between.

“He was the last true rock star left, if you ask me.”

BUMBLEFOOT Launches ‘Bumblefoot Rock Project’

Former GUNS N' ROSES Guitarist BUMBLEFOOT Launches 'Bumblefoot Rock Project'

Former GUNS N’ ROSES guitarist Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal has announced the grand opening of Bumblefoot Rock Project — an all-ages, all-levels music school in the United Kingdom focusing on musicianship, songwriting, recording, music videos and live performance.

Says Thal: “Our mission is to provide a safe, fun environment for youngsters to develop musical abilities. We encourage children to write, record and perform live their own music.”

Visit BumblefootRockProject.com for more information.

Thal revealed earlier in the year that he was focusing on his solo career after spending eight years playing in the current version of GUNS. Thal, however, stopped short of saying that he was no longer a member of GUNS, which has caused some fans to criticize him for not coming clean about where he stands with the group.

Asked to clarify his status with the band, Thal said: “That is the thing I am not to elaborate on. I think there’s enough clues out there for you to figure out what I’m up to now.”

Thal joined GUNS N’ ROSES in early 2006 as the replacement for Buckethead.

Thal expressed frustration in 2013 with the lack of new music from GUNS, saying, “If something came out at this point, it would be very old material that is just being released now… We need to make an album of this band right now.” The last new GUNS N’ ROSES album, “Chinese Democracy”, came out in 2008.

Photo credit: Catherine Asanov

VOIVOD To Release ‘Post Society’ EP In February

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Canadian metal innovators VOIVOD, who recently toured Europe as part of the “Deathcrusher 2015” run alongside CARCASS, OBITUARY and NAPALM DEATH, will issue the “Post Society” EP. This special release will be available on digipak CD and as a digital download on February 26 via Century Media Records.

The “Post Society” EP, with artwork by VOIVOD drummer Michel “Away” Langevin, contains five studio tracks, including the previously released vinyl-only new VOIVOD songs from the split seven-inch EPs with labelmates AT THE GATES and NAPALM DEATH, two brand new songs and a HAWKWIND cover (“Silver Machine”), for a total playing time of 30 minutes.

“Post Society” EP track listing:

01. Post Society
02. Forever Mountain
03. Fall
04. We Are Connected
05. Silver Machine

Langevin commented: “More songs from out in the woods!

“In between tours, we are steadily finding our way through recording the next album at RadicArt studio.

“Many riffs were composed on the bus, but until the North American tour with VEKTOR in 2016, we will spend most of wintertime in Montreal writing another batch of material. Meanwhile, we hope you will enjoy this EP of good old thrash-prog-punk-metal or whatever people want to call VOIVOD nowadays.”

Regarding the musical direction of the new VOIVOD material, singer Denis “Snake” Bélanger told Metal Wani: “It’s a bit different, I would say. But VOIVOD has always been doing different things each time. But it has its own signature with the new bass player, Rocky [Dominique Laroche]. He brought new elements to it, I think. It’s different than [2013’s] ‘Target Earth’ [album], but it’s still VOIVOD.”

Snake also talked about the passing of VOIVOD‘s original guitarist Denis “Piggy” D’Amour and the eventual addition of Daniel “Chewy” Mongrain prior to the making of “Target Earth”. He said: “Of course, the loss of Piggy was a terrible thing. We couldn’t do, really, anything for two or three years; we didn’t know what would be the future of the band. And we finally found a guy [Chewy] that could play VOIVOD [music]. And it’s sort of a mixture of circumstances that happened. It’s, like, ‘Okay, maybe there’s a light at the end of the tunnel. Maybe if we pick up this guy who learned, actually…’ The first thing [Chewy] learned [to play] was VOIVOD. The first show he saw was VOIVOD. And the [day after] he saw VOIVOD, he bought a guitar and started playing Piggy‘s riffs. So, for us, Chewy was the best option.”

Snake praised Mongrain‘s contribution to “Target Earth”, saying that he was “quite surprised” with the material that the guitarist penned for the album. He explained: “It’s one thing to play VOIVOD‘s songs, already written songs, but to create new songs…”

He continued: “I think what [Chewy] wanted to do [on ‘Target Earth’] was just compose music that VOIVOD fans want to hear. And so he did. And Piggy‘s spirit is really there. You can tell that it’s surrounding the whole picture. The essence is there. But [Chewy] has his own thing as well. He’s a different human being.”

VOIVOD has announced the first leg of its next U.S. tour, starting in February 2016, with support from VEKTOR and EIGHT BELLS.

“Target Earth” was released in January 2013 via VOIVOD‘s own company, Iron Gang Factory, and Century Media.

ROB ZOMBIE To Release ‘The Electric Warlock Acid Witch Satanic Orgy Celebration Dispenser’

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“The Electric Warlock Acid Witch Satanic Orgy Celebration Dispenser” is tentatively due in early 2016.

The first full song from the disc is expected to arrive on January 11, 2016.

Rob Zombie spoke to Louder Noise about why he has held back the release of his new album even though the record was completed months ago. Zombie said: “It’ll probably come out in March, because what I wanna do is I wanna do a very large visual component to go with the record — shoot thirteen videos, or shoot a movie go with it. And because of [Zombie‘s upcoming sixth live-action feature film, a horror thriller called] ’31’, I couldn’t get to that yet. So I’m gonna do that probably in January, so we’ll put it out soon after that.”

He continued: “I love it. I mean, I really like the record. The last record was my favorite record in a long time. ‘Cause I had kind of hit a low with making records. It just kind of got boring; I hated being in the studio, and I kind of got reinspired on the last record. And this sort of follows up on it. So I think that, much like ’31’… You just have those things in your career where you’re, like, they all can’t be the best one. With records, sometimes you have those moments where you can tell, ‘This one’s special.’ And that’s how it feels.”

Zombie told Loudwire that the follow-up to 2013’s “Venomous Rat Regeneration Vendor” was recorded over the course of a year, with the band working for a few weeks, taking a break for a few months, then coming back. He said, “We were living with it for a long time, and it really — I think it made the record so much better.”

Although Rob spends a lot of time making movies, he told The Pulse Of Radio a while back he’s not ready to quit music yet. He said: “People go, ‘How long can you do this, how long do you want to do this?’ I want to do it as long as it’s fun, because that’s what it’s supposed to be. I mean, I don’t need the money, so I don’t have to drag my ass out on tour just to make money. I’m all good there, so if it’s not fun, it’s nothing, it’s just stupid, you know. And when you’re not having fun, you’re not gonna do good work. You’re gonna seem like a miserable guy who’s just doing it for the money, and I just never wanted to do that.”