Black Veil Bride frontman in 15-foot fall; Anthrax baby, new Metallica plus Dokken, Soundgarden, Tigertailz, EMI, Testament, Alice and more

Additional reporting: Andrew McDonald


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Accident: Biersack with Black Veil Brides

Black Veil Brides frontman Andy Biersack sustained rib fractures after a 15-foot jump during the band’s show in Hollywood at the weekend.

He says: “I’ve shattered three ribs on my left side. I’ll keep everyone updated but for now I’m resting so I can get back to rocking on stage as soon as possible.”

Video of the incident can be viewed below.

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Anthrax guitarist Scott Ian and wife Pearl have become parents for the first time, when son Revel Young arrived three weeks early.

Ian says “It’s the happiest day of my life.” Ian was set to miss a series of his band’s Big 4 appearances in Europe during July while he attended the birth. It’s not clear whether he’ll stick to those plans, with Sepultura’s Andreas Kisser appearing in his place.

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Producer Rick Rubin has held a preliminary meeting with Metallica about the direction they’ll take on their upcoming album – not related to their Lou Reed collaboration.

Rubin reports: “They’re about to start writing and I met Lars Ulrich in San Francisco to explore what the focus is going to be this time round.

“I’ll ask a lot of questions and we’ll probably listen to some of the riffs they’ve been writing. Usually I’ll hear something that will indicate the direction, and we’ll talk about it from there.”

He’s also working with ZZ Top on their next record, which they aim to have ready by the end of the year.

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Soundgarden guitarist Kim Thayil says the band are comfortable putting their comeback album together on the fly.

“Previously we’d block out a bunch of time and track everything at once, but we can’t do that right now,” he says. “Matt Cameron has commitments to Pearl Jam, Chris Cornell has a solo tour happening and we’re touring in July

“So we do the studio thing around those other engagements, and it’s actually turning out a lot better for us. We can work at our own pace and take things one step at a time. We can really savour the process.”

Thayil says the band have 14 tracks under production and describes them as “definitely very heavy.” He adds: “We’ve always tried to make aggressive music without sounding like knuckle-dragging meatheads. These songs are exploring that idea.”

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Drummer Paul Bostaph won’t take part in upcoming Testament recording sessions after suffering a serious injury.

His condition hasn’t been explained but he’s expected to rejoin the band for their upcoming tour dates. Meanwhile, he’ll be replaced by Fear Factory and Death sticksman Gene Hoglan, who played on Testament’s 1997 release Demonic. Lamb of God’s Chris Adler will record on the band’s bonus tracks.

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Alice Cooper says his band’s early days were characterised by a chronic lack of cash and food. He recalls: “We spent one Christmas in a five-dollar hotel room in Albuquerque – our only celebration was decorating a tumbleweed.”

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The struggling EMI label may be put up for sale, say owners Citigroup.

The record company has seen a number of big-name artists move away in recent years and was the subject of legal action because Citigroup claimed they’d been misled over its value before they bought it from previous owners Terra Firma. They came close to selling jewel-in-the-crown property Abbey Road Studios last year before rethinking their plans.

Citigroup say they’ve launched a strategic review in order to “examine their options”, which may or may not include selling, recapitalising or launching a public offering.

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Don Dokken appears to accept he and former Dokken guitarist George Lynch will never see eye-to-eye.

The singer says: “It’s been frustrating to try and stay away from responding to the constant character-bashing from George. But in the end we made some great records together. Some people believe our tension made the records better.”

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Weird Al Yankovic says the worst thing about his success is people telling him which songs he should parody next.

The artist explains: “It’s the bane of my existence: every time I go outside somebody has some idea they’ve been holding onto since third grade. They feel compelled to share it with me – then I point out it’s my job to think of these things.

“Chance are, if they’re thought about an idea for a parody, I’ve already thought of it.”

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Amy Lee says she scrapped work on the upcoming Evanscence record after realising she was actually writing a solo album.

She reports: “I realised we needed to come together and make the record like a band. That was a hard time for me. But the process now has been much more of a collaboration.

“Usually it’s me and one main co-writer but this time everybody had something to do with it from the ground up.”

Seether guitarist Tory McLawhorn has officially rejoined the band following months of rumours.

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Tigertailz frontman Kim Hooker says he’s never been happier in the band as they welcome the return of original drummer Ace Finchum.

Hooker tells Ragnarok Radio: “I can’t look back on the Bezerk period and feel I enjoyed it more than today. Back then our lives depended on it and we were driven by record companies who used to demand singles. But now it’s something we do purely because we love it.

“We all knew Ace coming back was only a matter of time – he’s the drummer who truly belongs here. You have to listen to your heart and your fans.”

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