One click, seven hits: McKagan gets confused on tour, Queensryche name album plus Nightwish, Onslaught, Rush, Adler’s Appetite, Into Eternity
Duff McKagansays he suffers from a form of gender-blindness while he’s on tour, and as a result finds himself momentarily attracted to members of his own band. He says: “You’re away from your wife and there are no women on the bus. I don’t fuck around, but all of a sudden, well, your bass player’s got long black hair, he’s wearing his little sister’s pants – and out of the corner of your eye he looks like a hot chick. We call it ‘road gay,’ but we don’t actually act on it.”
Queensryche have confirmed the title of their twelfth studio album is Dedicated to Chaos, and it will be released in the summer. Frontman Geoff Tate says: “Modern life moves fast – plug into the rhythm of the now, the clash and slash of musical experimentation anchored by the pulse of digital code. Headphones are a must.”
Nightwish singer Anette Olzon says it’s taking time to recover from the broken ribs which have forced the band to postpone their recording sessions. She reports: “I’m up, I’m walking, but the pain gets to me after that. I think the singing will go well next week with some painkillers – things are moving in the right direction.”
Onslaught have responded to Steve Grice’s statement that he quit the band last week because they booked a tour with a stand-in drummer and didn’t tell him. The say: “Steve’s contribution was priceless. We’re sad to see him leave over what we felt was a genuinely small issue. We wish him every success in whatever path he chooses. As Steve moves on, so does Onslaught.”
Rush movie Beyond the Lighted Stage won Music DVD of the Year at last night’s Juno Awards in Canada. Kevin Churko won Recording Engineer of the Year for production work on Ozzy Osbourne’s Let It Die and Life Won’t Wait from his Scream album.
Absolute Power, the band consisting of Napalm Death, Paradise Lost, Evile and Benediction collaborators, will release their self-titled classic metal album on May 9. The record features guest appearances from ex Judas Priest and Iced Earth singer Tim ‘Ripper’ Owens and Diamond Head mainman Brian Tatler. Bassist Shane Embury says: “We’re excited to finally get it out there – it’s been a long labour of love. If all goes well with the download release we’ll do a true heavy metal style gatefold vinyl release.”
Singer Rick Stitch has left Adler’s Appetite to concentrate on his main band Ladyjack. Guitarist Robo, who was filling in after Alex Grossi left Adler’s Appetite to go back to Quiet Riot, has also left the former Guns n’Roses drummer’s band. Michael Thomas of Faster Pussycat and Chip Z’nuff of Enuff Z’nuff remain in the band with Adler.
Into Eternity appear to have sacked drummer Steve Bolognese without telling him. Bolognese reports: “I found out online – the last conversation I had with the band leaders was when we talked about the news songs and future plans. Next thing I know people are asking me what happened, and that’s when I found out they’d announced a new drummer. I called and email and finally got a one-line response: ‘Brian Newbury is doing all future shows with us.’ That was it. But I don’t think Into Eternity has much of a future anyway – there’s no label, manager or booking agent, and no desire to tour. This is sad news all round.”