Def Lep’s Collen remembers Nevermind; Meat Loaf collapses again; plus Doogie White, Cheap Trick, Devin Townsend, Iced Earth and Gwar

Joke: Phil CollenDef Leppard guitarist Phil Collen is amongst a number of rock musicians remembering Nirvana’s iconic Nevermind album on its 20th anniversary.

He says: “At the 1992 MTV awards we were the sacrificial lamb. It was Nirvana, Pearl Jam, the Chili Peppers and Def Leppard. People were quite hostile towards us, which I thought was a joke. A new kind of music comes out that’s all about not wanting to be like anyone else – and then you’re narrow-minded?

“Unfortunately we got lumped in with all these awful hair bands, which we didn’t really think we were part of. So when Nirvana came up it was like, ‘Yeah, it’s going to fuck us a bit.’ But it was also great music.”

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Meat Loaf collapsed for a second time at the weekend, it’s been revealed.

The singer fell to the floor mid-show in Pittsburgh on Friday but carried on his concert after a short delay. In New Jersey on Sunday he suffered a similar episode and needed oxygen to help him recover.

He’s not made any comment on whether he has a more serious condition than the asthma he blamed for the first collapse.

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Former Rainbow singer Doogie White, who’s currently with Tank, will release his first solo album in October.

It includes collaborations with Black Country Communion keyboardist Derek Sherinian, former Whitesnake bassist Neil Murray and singer Patti Russo, among others.

It’s called As Yet Untitled – White explains: “I always thought it should be called that. Journalists always had a line that so-and-so are in a studio recording an album as yet untitled. Now I’ve actually done that.”

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Following the stage collapse in Ottawa which came close to killing them, Cheap Trick have cancelled an appearance in Vancouver, because the performance structure will be supplied by the same company.

After attempting to find an alternative solution with Berger Mega-Stage and organisers of September 1′s open-air show at the Pacific National Exhibition, the band have withdrawn from the event.

Cheap Trick say: “Unless current investigations prove otherwise, the band will not, as a matter of principle, but more important as a matter of safety, appear on a Berger stage in the future.”

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Devin Townsend has underlined he has no plans to reform Strapping Young Lad – because he’s no longer a strapping young lad.

He says: “When I was in my mid-20s, Strapping was very much where I was at. Then when I grew out of that emotionally I didn’t feel the need to do it any more. I moved on to other things.

“It’s been a difficult transition since a lot of people are confused as to why it happened. But there won’t be a Strapping Young Lad reunion.”

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Iced Earth new recruit Stu Block has moved to stamp out speculation over a track he’s written for the band’s new album called End of Innocence – because Symphony X have a song with the same title on their next release.

Block explains: “It was written and named way before I know they had the same song name. I have the Pro Tools stamped dates to prove it.

“I was going to change it; but the song is about my mum, who’s currently battling cancer. I really couldn’t change it because of the depth of it.”

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Gwar bassist Beefcake the Mighty, also known as Casey Orr, has quit the band citing pressures of work.

He says: “I can no longer devote the time and effort required to maintain my position in the group. It would’t be fair to everyone involved for me to stay and not be able to give 100%.

“I’ll miss the insanity and playing with my brothers. If I can ever be of help to them, they know they only have to ask.”

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