World roundup: Pistol’s tribute to Poly Styrene plus latest from 5FDP, EMI for Japan, Pearl Jam, 30STM and the Doors

Poly Styrene

Tribute: Poly Styrene

Former Sex Pistols bassist Glen Matlock has paid tribute to X-Ray Spex frontwoman Poly Styrene, who died of cancer at the age of 53 this week.

Matlock says of the band’s most well-known track, Oh Bondage Up Yours: “She wouldn’t kow-tow to anything, ever, even what the punk fashions were meant to be. I think that’s what the song was about.

“I saw her not that long ago. Again, someone from the punk scene has died far too young. It’s a sad loss.”

Styrene, real name Marianne Elliott-Said, was inspired to start a band after seeing an early Pistols show. X-Ray Spex released one album, Germ Free Adolescents, in 1977, before splitting up. Styrene followed a more new-wave musical path in the 80s and onward, and joined the Hare Krishna movement in 1983.

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Without commenting on the ongoing speculation that bassist Matt Snell is out of Five Finger Death Punch, guitarist Zoltan Bathory says the band are proceeding well with their third album.

He reports: “We’ve got 14 songs and they’re based on a general concept of the circle of life, the forces of nature and the survival of the fittest.

“Ivan Moody has written lyrics for six of them so far, and we’re having a great time with produce Kevin Churko.”

The record is due out in August.

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EMI’s fundraising auctions for Japan have raised almost $1m for the stricken country. The extensive range of items pulled in a total of $470,000, which will be doubled by the record label.

Rock and metal items included a limited-edition Iron Maiden Ed Force One print, signed by the band, plus a signed pair of drumsticks used by Nicko McBrain on the band’s world tour; a Megadeth guitar signed by Dave Mustaine; and a set of posters plus signed setlist from Alice in Chains.

Last week X Japan frontman Toshi sold his crystal piano for over $1m, with all proceeds going to his home country, where over 14,000 people have died and 11,000 remain missing.

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Pearl Jam have been named Planet Defender 2011 by environmental charity Rock The Earth. The organisation has hailed the band for its “ceaseless activism throughout their career,” and donating $200,000 from their 2009 Backspacer tour for the planting of trees, in order to offset their carbon emissions.

A spokesman says: “Pearl Jam are hoping to achieve zero net emissions for all band business. Rock the Earth applauds them for setting a stellar example.”

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30 Seconds to Mars mainman Jared Leto says the band don’t feel any pressure to make a new album if they don’t want to.

He comments: “It’s a pretty involved affair. You need time, energy and space to address it properly. We’re talking about it – but there might not be another record.

“We’re not bound to continue walking down a path unless we’re really inspired to do so.”

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Doors drummer John Densmore says he will no longer sign autographs because it takes too much time out of his day, and he suspects many signatures are being sold for profit.

He echoes the comments made by Ringo Star two years ago, who called a halt to fans sending him items to sign and return.

Densmore says: “Fans – or opportunists from eBay – track me when I land at an airport, follow me into the bathroom or hang about at my hotel. It’s unfortunate, but I have to draw the line.”

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