Tony Iommi’s mood move plus latest updates from Anthrax, Disturbed, Led Zep, Jane’s Addiction, Songwriters Hall of Fame and more

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Movin' on: Tony Iommi

Tony Iommi had to move out of Los Angeles – because he couldn’t live in a world without sarcasm.

The Black Sabbath guitarist says: “I lived in LA for five years, but I missed sarcasm. My solid friends are here. You’re on your own a lot of the time on tour, so it’s great to come home and see friends and be yourself.”

He has also slammed music industry executives who worked with the band in the early days.

“For years, we signed so many deals with management without thinking. We just wanted to go out there and play. We were often told ‘You should be doing this and that’. But I just got on with it and did what I believed in. That pushed us through.” (Metro)

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Scott Ian insists Stormdroopers of Death will never reform.

The outfit starred Anthrax men Ian, Charlie Benante and Dan Lilker along with frontman Billy Milano. Most active in the late 80s, they played occasional shows since until 2000.

Ian says: “I think I can safely say that there is no chance of us re-igniting that spark. It was never meant to be a ‘real’ band, with a schedule and making records and touring. SOD was supposed to be the ‘anti’ of that – it was supposed to just about having fun and never turning into a job or a business. We played everywhere in 1999 and 2001, and I don’t feel the need to go out and do that again.” (None Louder)

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Chuck Ruff, who played drums with Edgar Winger and Sammy Hagar, has died after a long illness.

Ruff played on the 1972 Edgar Winter Group hit Frankenstein. He joined Hagar’s band in 1997 and played on the Street Machine and Danger Zone albums.

Chickenfoot singer Hagar says: “I have only memories of great times and great music with Chuck.”

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Disturbed’s Dan Donegan has voiced his fears over the possibility the band won’t reform after their upcoming hiatus.

He admits: “It’s kind of scary to me to think, ‘What if we don’t return?’ That part bothers me.

“My hopes are that if we’re away from it long enough, we’re gonna want it that much more. I like to think that, as much as we’ve done together and as good as our chemistry has been, there’s going to come a time when we’re gonna turn around and say ‘Man, I fuckin’ miss this.’

“I’ll be surprised if it doesn’t happen.” (FMQB)

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An early vinyl copy of Led Zeppelin’s 1969 self-titled debut album has sold on eBay for £2,200 ($3,500).

The rare first pressing has a turquoise sleeve, a Superhype label credit and a ‘label matrix’ of ‘Side 1: 588171 A//1’ and ‘Side 2: 588171 B//1’ – an important feature for collectors.

The seller says: “This is the most perfect example that I have ever seen, and I think that it is very unlikely that you’ll find a better one.”

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Pete Townshend, Bob Seger, Steve Miller and Lou Reed are among the rock musicians nominated for the 2012 Songwriters Hall of Fame.

The Hall of Fame celebrates songwriters and their achievements, as well as running programs devoted to the development of new songwriting talent. There are fewer than 400 inductees.

This year’s nominees are; Elvis Costello, Dion DiMucci, Deborah Harry and Chris Stein, Yusuf Islam (Cat Stevens), Annie Lennox and Dave Stewart, Gordon Lightfoot, George Michael, Steve Miller, Lou Reed, Bob Seger, Pete Townshend and Tom Waits.

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Onslaught are planning to re-record their In Search Of Sanity album with current vocalist Sy Keeler.

The album was originally released in 1989 with Steve Grimmett on vocals. Guitarist Nige Rockett hopes that the new recordings will be heavier.

He says: “We’re really gonna try to recapture the feel that the early demos of those songs had before it all became polished and soulless. It’s gonna be heavy and angry, and Sy is really gonna tear these songs a new asshole.” (Rage Reviews)

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Jane’s Addiction drummer Stephen Perkins would have liked to have spent more time working with Duff McKagan on the band’s new album The Great Escape Artist.

McKagan joined Jane’s for a few months in 2010 before leaving, to be replaced by Dave Sitek from TV on the Radio.

Perkins says: “With Dave there was more of a journey to find a new sound. We would jam for months, trying all kinds of experimentation. His attitude is ‘Cool, you’re digging that groove? Okay, that’s good – now fuck it up!’ That’s really fun for me as a drummer.

“Duff’s stuff on the album is the more straight-ahead rock style you would come to expect from that kind of collaboration. I wish we had more time to work with Duff, but I think there’s an urgency in the songs we did with him that really gives the album an edge.” (Noisecreep)

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Meanwhile, Perkins’ bandmate Dave Navarro says he’d never consider having his tattoos removed by laser surgery – even the initials of his ex-wife Carmen Electra.

“I feel like at some point your body becomes like a walking diary and you’ve got to live with it,” he reflects. “It’s a part of my story and my life. I feel that to cover something up would be to deny having gone through it. I probably wouldn’t be who I am today had I not gone through that marriage; I’m not going to deny it, and then go get it lasered off and get a fucking skull to cover up the scar. A skull means nothing to me.

“It’s similar to trying to un-ring a bell.” (Loudwire)

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