World rock news roundup: Cooper Band inducted, new Queen music soon plus Scott Weiland, Mike Starr, Devin Townsend and more
The Alice Cooper band were inducted to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame last night, and performed three tracks at the ceremony. Rob Zombie inducted the outfit, saying: “Alice Cooper invented the rock show. Before Alice Cooper there was no rock show.” They played I’m Eighteen and Under My Wheels and finished with School’s Out, featuring Zombie and a children’s choir. Dr John, Tom Waits, Neil Diamond and Darlene Love were also inducted.
Roger Taylor says he and Brian May could write more Queen music very soon. The drummer reports: “I would like to do some new material. The Cosmos Rocks album we did with Paul Rodgers was not at all bad – although I regret some people expected Paul to be Freddie Mercury. How crass.”
Scott Weiland‘s autobiography Not Dead & Not For Sale will finally be published on May 17 following a number of delays.
Ex Alice in Chains bassist Mike Starr‘s funeral has been delayed while the Utah medical examiner conducts more tests on his body. When it’s released to his family they’ll hold two ceremonies – one private and one public.
Devin Townsend will perform each of the four Devin Townsend Project albums live near the end of the year, and each show will be released on DVD. Townsend says: “These exclusive shows will be held in special venues in the UK, and seating will be limited. It’s best to reserve if you want to be part of it.”
Canadian band 3 Inches of Blood have been named Metal Artist of the Year at the Canadian Independent Music Awards. Frontman Cam Pipes says: “Congrats to our friends in Cancer Bats who also picked up an award – both bands winning sets up our upcoming tour together with a little extra notoriety.”
Ex Social Distortion drummer Casey Royer has been charged with child endangerment in California. It’s suspected he overdosed on heroin while watching TV with his 12-year-old son. The boy called the police, who revived Royer, sent him to hospital then arrested him.
Singer-songwriter Todd Cerney has died following a battle against cancer. He was 57. He’s known for writing with Lynyrd Skynyrd, Cheap Trick, Brian May, Bryan Adams and Jon Bon Jovi along with a stack of country music credits. He also performed with the Dixie Chicks, Levon Helm and Kenny Rogers.