Guitarist Campbell still respects singer; U2 set record; Tull space duet; Ozzy tax trouble plus Seether, Maiden, Slayer and more

Viv Campbell

Respect: Campbell

Former Dio guitarist Vivian Campbell admits he had a “terse relationship” with Ronnie James Dio – but even though it didn’t end well, he still appreciates the singer’s talent. Campbell says: “I have nothing but great admiration for Ronnie as a singer. He was the best in a genre and we made great music together. I’m very proud of that albums – but sometimes it’s chalk and cheese. It was a strange and difficult time for me and I’m sure it was just as difficult for him to deal with me. But the music is the important thing, and that’s what will endure after I’m dead.”

U2 will today make history as their U2 360 tour becomes the highest-grossing of all time at its stop in Morumbi Stadium, San Paolo. By the end of the performance the band will have broken the Rolling Stones’ record of $558m taken during their 2005-7 Bigger Band tour. It’s expected the Irish outfit’s final total will be over $700m when they’ve played their last date, by which time they’ll also have sold more tickets than anyone else in a single tour – over 7m, beating the Stones’ 1995 record of 6.4m.  Manager Paul McGuinness says: “It’s kind of mind-blowing. To set is with a further 20-plus shows to go means it’s a record that will probably never be outstripped.”

Jethro Tull will perform with a guest artist from space on Tuesday. To mark the 50th anniversary of the first human flight beyond Earth by Russian cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin, Tull will play part of their track Bouree, with shared vocals from Colonel Catherine Coleman, who’s currently stationed in the International Space Station. Tull will be on stage in Perm, Russia, with Coleman’s part broadcast via video link.

Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne have been issued with a US tax lien for a total of $1,743,123.28 in unpaid dues. The figure is made up from $1m from 2009 and £700,000 the previous year. The lien means the US government has a hold on their property up to the value of the unpaid sum, plus any additional penalties and interest the Osbournes may incur. The couple are currently trying to sell their Malibu beach house for $10m, having failed to sell it four years ago for $14m.

Seether frontman Shaun Morgan says guitarist Troy McLawhorn has returned to previous band Evanescence, and the new has offended him. Morgan reports: “Interesting news about our old guitarist: he went to another band, a little anti-Shaun club. So, good luck to Amy Lee and Troy – they deserve each other. Wankers. I wanted you to hear it from me first. I’m hurt and offended, but we will go on and make you all proud.”

Iron Maiden have filmed their shows this weekend in Buenos Aires, Argentina and Santiago, Chile, for a future live DVD release. Mainman Steve Harris says: “Argentinians and Chileans have been a great strength for us and we want to show more of that. I always thought that if we could take the public with us to Maiden shows, it would be to those countries.” The release will be produced by the team who made the band’s Flight 666 movie in 2009.

Kerry King says he’d be a “skinny little bastard” if he didn’t drink. But the Slayer guitarist adds: “It’s self-medicating to get you through the tour. Touring and time on stage keep me in shape, though – I don’t feel like I did when I was 20, but I certainly don’t feel 46 either.”

Meanwhile, Dave Mustaine says he’s only recently begun listening to fellow thrash giants Slayer: “I just started getting into them because I was pretty much at odds with those guys for so long. I’d have to say my favourite song is Angel of Death. I love the killed double-kick part at the end.”

Casey Royer of Social Distortion, Adolescents and DI fame, has been jailed for 90 days after being found guilty of  being under the influence of heroin. The charge follows an incident in which he allegedly overdosed on drugs while looking after his 12-year-old son. He was originally charged with child endangerment but that was dropped in a plea-bargain over the drugs conviction.

Blaze Bayley says his first full tour as a solo performer with hired backing band will take place in the US at the end of the year. He’s announced one date, on October 30 at BB King’s in New York, and says there are more to come.

Former Firewind, Helloween and Kingdom Come drummer Mark Cross has joined Tank. Guitarist Cliff Evans says: “To have someone of Mark’s callibre join shows just how far we’ve come in the last couple of years. He’s one of the best drummers around and will really add something to our sound.”

Scorpions bassist Pawel Maciwoda says the band are planning to re-record a number of their classic tracks for a new album due out next year. They’re currently playing their farewell tour and still intend to split when it completes in 2012.

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