World news roundup: Big 4, Def Leppard, Foo Fighters, U2, Marilyn Manson, Ozzy Osbourne, Jeff Beck, Gary Moore and more
The Big 4of thrash have announced another European show this summer – but they’re unlikely to performer a mass rendition of Diamond Head’s Am I Evil, like they did in Bulgaria last year. Megadeth mainman Dave Mustaine says: “One of Metallica’s techs had come over and said, ‘They want to know if you guys want to do Am I Evil?’ I chuckled because I’ve played that song – I’ve played just about every Diamond Head song from their first couple of records.” Metallica, Slayer, Megadeth and Anthrax will appear in Milan, Italy on July 6, and say there’s one more gig to be revealed.
Extreme Noise Terror frontman Phil Vane has died suddenly. No cause has been reported. The band say: “We’ll make a full statement soon but for now we need time to come to terms with the terrible loss.”
Def Leppard‘s live album Mirrorball will feature three new studio tracks and a bonus DVD including live clips and offstage tour footage. Its release date hasn’t been confirmed.
Foo Fighters have released Rope, the first official track from upcoming album Wasting Light, after they launched a home video for White Limo last week.
U2 will headline this year’s Glastonbury festival after having to pull out at short notice last year following singer Bono’s back problems. Guitarist The Edge says: “There’s something special and iconic about that stage, so we’re looking forward to picking up where we left off.”
Marilyn Manson drummer Ginger Fish has left the band. He says: “I have decided to step down and see where my life and the knowledge of my availability takes me. I can’t watch opportunities pass me by simply because my availability wasn’t clearly expressed. I wish my brothers well.” The decision may have been inspired by his short stint with Rob Zombie, where he stood in for Joey Jordison in the US.
Ozzy Osbourne guitarist Gus G has been working on riffs for the band’s next album. He reports: “I hope we’ll marry the classic stuff with the new era. But it’s still too early to figure things out.”
Jeff Beck says his prospective collaboration with Rod Stewart will pick up where they left off in 1969: “It’s sort of chapter two of Beck-ola. I’ve cut some tracks and sent them to Rod. Some are originals and we’ve got some great covers too. The ball’s in your court, matey.”
Children of Bodom keyboardist Janne Wirman says he was disappointed with the turnout at some shows they played in support of Black Label Society recently. He explains: “I think they made a mistake with the whole tour. There was a great tour with Slayer, Megadeth and Anthrax at the same time and our ticket price was a little too high. I was expecting bigger crowds – but if I was a fan I’d have gone to see Slayer.”
Within Temptation have recruited Mike Coolen as their new drummer. He’s played with the band in the past and they say: “The chemistry is very good on stage and at a personal level.” Meanwhile the band’s guitarist Ruud Jolie will release a self-titled album with his new side-project For All We Know on April 25.
The makers of a documentary about Gary Moore have revealed a trailer for the hour-long show. White Knuckle and Blue Moods, due later this year, includes interviews with the late Moore himself, Don Airey and Thin Lizzy collaborators Brian Downey, Brian Robertson, Eric Bell and John Sykes.