Hughes gets honest in book; Nevermore pair quit; A7X win awards plus Blink 182, Quo, Bon Jovi, Zombie and more

Glenn Hughes

Brutal: Glenn Hughes

Glenn Hughes says it writing his autobiography helped put him in the right mindset to create “darker” lyrics for Black Country Communion’s second album. He explains: “The book has taken five years to write because it took me three years to get brutally honest. I have to bare my ass. Everyone knows what happened to me in the 80s – I went left instead of right. I have to be frank in every aspect of my life; I think the secrets in people’s lives are the things that can come back and haunt you. It’s helped me write the lyrics for Black Country Communion 2, which are darker and about dealing with life on life’s terms.” The luxury version of his book is called Scenes form the Life of a Rock Star and is out in May, while the paperback is released in October and is entitled Glenn Hughes: The Autobiography from Deep Purple to BCC.

Nevermore guitarist Jeff Loomis and drummer Van Williams have both quit the band. The say: “It’s a mutual decision. Due to internal struggles and ongoing issues within the band we feel it’s time to move on. It was not an easy decision, but a very necessary one.”

Avenged Sevenfold won four of the ten music awards handed out at the third Golden Gods ceremony in Los Angeles last night, where Alice Cooper and Motley Crue were recognised for their contributions to the rock world and Star Trek icon William Shatner was named Honourary Headbanger. Full musical award list:
Best vocalist: M Shadows, Avenged Sevenfold
Best Guitarist: Synyster Gates, Zacky Vengeance, Avenged Sevenfold
Best Drummer: Mike Portnoy with Avenged Sevenfold
Best New Band: Black Veil Brides
Best Live Band: Rammstein
Comeback of the Year: Murderdolls
Album of the Year: Nightmare, Avenged Sevenfold

Mark Hoppus has reacted to the angry backlash after Blink 182 postponed their European tour for a year because they didn’t want to play new tracks without being able to sell the related album to their fans. He says: “We made a promise not to tour until the new album came out, so we can bring you a much better show with new material. We don’t want to be oneo of those bands who rests on former success and keep playing the same songs over and over – we want to tour new songs.”

Status Quo will release new album Quid Pro Quo next month. In the UK it will be exclusively available in Tesco supermarkets from May 30, and the rest of the world will be able to buy it three days earlier. The album includes 14 new tracks plus an updated version of In The Army Now and a disc of live greatest hits. A deluxe box set including CDs, vinyl, extra life tracks, poster, shirt and badges is limited to 1000 copies, with 500 only available from the band’s website.

System of a Down drummer John Dolmnayan will auction his drumkit to raise funds for Japan following the band’s reunion tour this summer. Meanwhile, X Japan frontman Toshi auctioned his crystal piano for over $1m for the stricken nation.

Jon Bon Jovi has opened a $3m shelter for homeless young people in Philadelphia. The Rights of Passage apartments offer accommodation and training to help people become independent and responsible citizens, says backed Mayor Michael Nutter. Bon Jovi adds: “It’s a victory over the issues that forced these people into economic disrepair. We can all support community efforts to break the cycle of poverty and homelessness.” The facility provides services for 20 people at a time. Bon Jovi is planning to open a “pay what you can afford” restaurant in New Jersey, offering people to hand over cash or work for their meal.

Testament will start work on a new album this summer, says producer Andy Sneap. It’s expected to be released at the end of the year or early in 2012.

Def Leppard guitarist Phil Collen’s side-project Man Raze will release a single, Over My Dead Body, on May 31, with electric and acoustic versions available. The band also features Sex Pistols drummer Paul Cook and former Girl bassist Simon Laffy.

Iggy Pop has paid tribute to late Stooges guitarist Ron Asheton after playing a show in his memory. The singer says: “Ron sort of peed this beautiful music all over me. He was the first guy who got behind me when I started a band. I owe him – although I know he’s trying to flick ashes on my head from Heaven right now.”

Warrant will release new album Rockaholic on May 13 in Europe and May 17 in the US. It’s the first record with new singer Robert Mason, ex of Lynch Mob, fronting the band. Tracks: Sex Ain’t Love, Innocence Gone, Snake, Dusty’s Revenge, Home, What Love Can Do, Life’s a Song, Show Must Go On, Cocaine Freight Train, Found Forever, Candy Man, Sunshine, Tears in the City, The Last Straw.

Former Marilyn Manson drummer Ginger Fish, who recently left the band to explore new directions, has been confirmed as Joey Jordison’s replacement in Rob Zombie‘s touring band. Fish stood in for the Slipknot drummer for a few shows earlier this year.

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