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Not cool: Rush

Scot McFadyen and Sam Dunn, the makers of award-winning Rush documentary Beyond the Lighted Stage are in talks to make a similar film about Aerosmith – although they’re not expecting it to be as easy to make as the one about the Canadian prog giants was. Dunn says: “I think the musicians and fans we talked to in the Rush film have loved the band for a long time and wanted something like this. Whether it was BIlly Corgan or Kirk Hammett or Sebastian Bach, it was a band they listened to when they were young and they weren’t cool because they listened to Rush.”

Meanwhile, Aerosmith will release a best-of album in May. Tough Love: Best of the Ballads includes Angel, Amazing, Love in an Elevator, Cryin’, What It Takes, Rag Doll, Crazy, Deuces are Wild, Livin’ on the Edge, Blind Man, Janie’s Got A Gun, Dream On.

Slayer will be joined by Cannibal Corpse guitarist Pat O’Brien in April after Exodus’ Gary Holt returns to his own band. Both axemen are standing in for the band’s Jeff Hanneman, who’s recovering from an attack of necrotising fasciitis. However, doctors report he’s healing much faster than predicted, and his physical therapy sessions as well as guitar practice are going well.

Buffalo Springfield have finally confirmed their long-anticipated reunion tour. They’ll play six dates across California in June ahead of an appearance at the Bonnaroo festival on June 11. Original members Neil Young, Stephen Stills and Richie Furay will be joined by Young’s bassist Rick Rosas and Crosby, Stills and Nash drummer Joe Vitale, in place of the late Bruce Palmer and Dewey Martin respectively. Furay says: “It’s hard to believe 42 years have passed since we played together – now we get to share our hearts with you again.”

Dave Grohl says the Foo Fighters movie Back and Forth is not about the band’s music: “The director, James Moll, wasn’t concerned with that. He wanted to know about the heavy shit, about the relationships between us as people and how we’ve managed to survive. That’s the message of the movie.”

Queensryche will play a one-off show in the Hard Rock Cafe in Seattle on April 16, with all proceeds going to the victims of the Japan earthquake and tsunami. On the same night in Reseda, California, Terry Ilous of Great White has arranged 80s Rockers For Japan, a show featuring live and recorded contributions from Don Dokken, Chris Slade (AC/DC, the Firm), Rudy Sarzo (Whitesnake, Ozzy), Brian Tichy (Whitesnake), James LoMenzo (Megadeth, BLS), Marco Mendoza (Thin Lizzy), Richie Kotzen (Mr Big) and many others.

Amon Amarth guitarist Johan Soderberg says the band nearly considered not working with producer Jens Brogen on their last album Guardians of Asgaard. He tells Metal Hammer: “We were interested in a new sound and wanted to challenge ourselves, instead of resorting to what we were familiar with. But we had a meeting with Jens and he assured us it wouldn’t be a clone of the last album. And I love working with Jens – it makes it a smoother process.”

Primevil have split up. The band made up of former Venom members Tony ‘Demolition Man’ Dolan, Jeff ‘Mantis’ Dunn and Antony ‘Antton’ Lant have not given any reason for their decision.

Whitesnake will release a live DVD and double CD set on June 3. Live at Donington 1990 features the band’s set at Monsters of Rock during their Liquor & Poker World Tour and stars Davdi Coverdale, Steve Vai, Adrian Vanderberg, Rudy Sarzo and Tommy Aldridge. Mainman Coverdale say it’s been the most-requested product since the band website was launched in 2001.

Bret Michaels says he’s suing the Tony Awards because billionaire Donald Trump told him to. The Poison singer alleges that being hit on the head by a stage prop at the end of his performance brought on his later brain haemorrhage, and broadcasting the accident ridiculed his public persona. Michaels says: “Talks to resolve the matter broke down because, let’s just say, they were pretty cold.”

Jeff Beck says the band to be assembled round his new project with Rod Stewart won’t be the Jeff Beck Group. He tells “I’m going to put a band together, with my choice of players. Ronnie Wood’s a Rolling Stone so I can’t use him – we’ll have to see in the lottery who ends up winning when we make the album.”

Rumourmill: Van Halen have finished recording their new album with David Lee Roth and are now at the mixing stage. It’s thought they could release it towards the end of the year, and there’s talk of a US tour with the Scorpions.

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