Steel Panther consider album titles, Ozzy in tax trouble again plus John Lennon, Ratt, Iommi, Wolf, DevilDriver, BLS and more

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Seconds away: Steel Panther

Steel Panther guitarist Satchel says the band have a number of options for the title of their second album.

“We’ve thrown a couple of ideas around,” he reports. “One is Sloppy Seconds and another is Smells Like Number Two. There are a lot of others that are way worse which could wind up making it in the end.”

He claims the record will include “ten or twelve number-one singles” and will be bigger than Michael Jackson’s Thriller.

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Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne are in trouble with tax authorities for the second time in a month.

They were recently subject to a lien which gave the US government holding rights over the property, to the value of £1.7m. The order was connected with unpaid dues from 2009 and 2008, and was settled after Sharon admitted she hadn’t been paying attention to the family business accounts.

Now they’ve been hit with a new lien, to the tune of $357,000 in respect of tax unpaid in 2007.

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A collection of John Lennon’s recording gear will be auctioned next week, with microphones he used to record iconic track Imagine expected to make over £5000 each.

The equipment was part of a studio he set up in his Tittenhurst Park mansion in 1970, a property later owned by fellow ex-Beatle Ringo Starr.

Other item in the auction include a mixing desk from Abbey Road studios, a coffee percolator owned by Starr and a signed Beatles acetate disc.

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Ratt frontman Stephen Pearcy has revealed his upcoming solo album will be called Suckerpunch, and the first single, out today, is Don’t Want To Talk About It.

The singer is taking time out of the studio this week to play a couple of shows, with the aim of keeping a live feel to his recording sessions.

No release date has been set.

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Tony Iommi is set to publish his autobiography, Iron Man: My Life in Black Sabbath And Beyond, on October 13.

The publisher states: “It chronicles the story of a pioneering guitarist and his legendary band, revealing the man behind the icon and capturing his humour, intelligence and warmth.”

Details will include the hand injury that nearly ended his career, failed marriages, addiction issues and his creative ups and downs.

However, Iommi hasn’t completed work on the book and so the publication date may change.

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Wolf didn’t know their US label had only released new album Legions of Bastards as a download – until they were told during an interview with BraveWords.

Surprised guitarist James Losback says: “It’s important to let people know this has nothing to do with the band. We had no idea. We didn’t know they released albums digitally because we’re vinyl fans – we’re stuck in that age.

“I don’t get the whole digital thing. I just bought the latest Whitesnake and Forbidden albums and I was like a kid – I couldn’t wait to get get home and unwrap them. You can’t do that with Spotify.”

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DevilDriver have confirmed stand-in bassist Aaron Patrick as the permanent replacement for Jonathan Miller, who bowed out after realising life on the road would kill him.

Patrick has been the band’s tour manager and depped for Miller in the past, meaning he’s already played more than 70 shows with Dez Fafara’s outfit.

The bassist says: “I get to hang out with my friends and it doesn’t get any better than that.”

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Vince Neil has been ordered to stay away from his former girlfriend and will be tried in August for battery after a public spat last month.

The Motley Crue singer shouted at dismissed TV host Alicia Jacobs in the Las Vegas Hilton while she was attending a comedy show. She’d split up with him two week after he finished  serving time for a drink-driving conviction, citing “decisions Vince continues to make”.

During the argument Neil is alleged to have poked Jacobs in the arm, causing a bruise. He denies the charge.

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Two of the biggest ticket outlets in the UK have agreed to start sending out vouchers as soon as they’ve been bought rather than waiting until a short time before their associated shows.

Live Nation and Festival Republic argued the reason for delays was to minimise the time tickets were available to be forged. But they now accept their policy has allowed scam websites to take people’s money and disappear long before victims suspect they’ve been conned.

Detective Chief Inspector Steve Head says: “We believe the move will stop a lot of people becoming victims. Now we’ll be able to act against fraudsters quicker and convict the kind of people we want to convict.”

It’s believed up to £170m is stolen every year through ticket fraud.

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Mike Froedge is Black Label Society’s new drummer, replacing Will Hunt, who returned to Evanescence to work on their new album.

The role was filled on a temporary basis by Johnny Kelly of Type O Negative, but now mainman Zakk Wylde has confirmed Froedge, of DoubleDrive and Speed X, as his permanent sticksman.

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The Pixies say they’re ready to consider making another album – after U2 frontman Bono begged them to do it.

The band reunited even years ago after splitting in 1993, but they’ve spent the time playing live rather than thinking about recording work.

Guitarist Joey Santiago says: “Bono even asked us – he was like, ‘Please make a record!’ Goddamn, we can’t leave that unturned. I think we should do it.

“That talk will be at the forefront next, because it’s time. We’ve gelled as a unit and buried the hatchet. So maybe we can go into the studio and hope for the best.”

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