One click, 11 stories: Manowar blow the power, Reznor leaves vampire movie, Mike Starr memorial, Golden Gods nominees and more


Power cut: Manowar

Manowar blew the power of an entire city block during soundcheck at the Agora in Cleveland, Ohio, at the weekend. A crewman reports: “Four power lines went down. We’re getting ready to do the soundcheck, the band aren’t even here, we fire up the backline and I hear two loud explosions, then fireworks. This is what happens when Manowar comes to town.” The band were able to play the show with the aid of hired-in generators.

Trent Reznor has bowed out of scoring the upcoming Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter movie, in which he was also to make a cameo appearance. Just last week he said how much he was looking forward to the project, but now he reports: “There’s no juicy story here. At that moment I thought I would be doing it.” But he’s “fully engaged” with a TV miniseries to be called Year Zero, based on the the Nine Inch Nails album.

The life of Mike Starr will be commemorated at a public gathering this weekend. It takes place on Sunday, March 20 between 4pm and 11.30pm at the fountain inside the Seattle Centre in Seattle, Washington.

The Foo Fighters will release a vinyl album of covers for Record Store Day on April 16. Among the 13 tracks on Medium Rare are Cream’s I Feel Free, Thin Lizzy’s Bad Reputation, Gerry Rafferty’s Baker Street and Gary Numan’s Down in the Park. Like all RSD releases it will only be available in independent record stores in extremely limited numbers.

Wolfsbane will release an EP containing one new track and four re-recordings in April. Did It for the Money includes the fresh title number alongside Limo, GSB, Killing Machine and Dance My Tune. It’s the band’s first release in 17 years.

Slayer guitarist Kerry King says he was once asked to sign a fan’s arm with a scalpel. “The guy was insistent that I use his pen for an autograph, but I’m like, ‘No, I’ve got my own pen,’” says King. “He hands me a scalpel and wants me to carve something into him. I didn’t do it – I didn’t want to get his blood all over me. As much as I’d enjoy mutilating a person, I did not do it.”

Black Label Society release an unplugged album, The Song Remains Not the Same, on May 3. It features ten tracks recorded during sessions for their current full-power record Order of the Black, including acoustic versions of some tracks from that release.

Iconic 60s LSD producer Owsley ‘Bear’ Stanley has died in a motor accident in Australia. He was 76. Stanley is credited with making batches of acid so memorable that Jimi Hendrix wrote Purple Haze about one and Blue Cheer named themselves after another.

Bret Michaels doesn’t care if Motley Crue and his own band Poison hate each other during their upcoming tour, as long as the fans get a good show. The singer explains: “I’m not around Motley enough to know or really care how they feel. Whether they like Poison or don’t like me, I’m playing to fans who show up. It doesn’t have to be a lovefest between our bands.”

Irish TV host Gay Byrne says he was once asked to become the Beatles‘ manager. He reveals: “When I worked in England I introduced them for the first time on television, and Paul McCartney asked Michael Parkinson for his autograph for his mum. The third time they were in, Paul said they had no agent and asked me if I would manage them. I turned it down for some reason. It was a career choice – anything was possible.”

Metal Hammer have announced the nominees for their 2011 Golden Gods Awards, to be presented in London on June 13.
Best International Band: Avenged Sevenfold, Dimmu Borgir, Stone Sour, Children of Bodom, Down
Best UK Band: Iron Maiden, Bring Me the Horizon, Skindred, Architects, Bullet for my Valentine
Best Live Band: Cancer Bats, DevilDriver, Rob Zombie, Skindred, Machine Head
Best New Band: The Defiled, Kvelertak, TesseracT, the Damned Things, Letlive
Best Underground: Watain, Kylesa, Primordial, the Dead Lay Waiting, Clutch
Best Breakthrough: Parkway Drive, A Day to Remember, Sylosis, Sabaton, Volbeat
Shredder: Gus G, Mark Tremonti, Alexi Laiho, Marc Rizzo, Synyster Gates
Metal As Fuck: Slayer, Behemoth, Slipknot, Zakk Wylde, Deftones
One-liners: ‘We fire up the backline, I hear two explosions…’ Rob Zombie’s return, Manowar’s return, System of a Down reforming, the Big 4 UK announcement; Beavis and Butt-Head’s resurrection.
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