Weekend edition: Vince Neil freed, Black Label drummer update; Steve Perry on comeback; Mike Portnoy still blanked by Dream Theater

Zakk Wylde

Plan for change: Zakk Wylde

Motley Crue frontman Vince Neil was released from prison yesterday after serving ten days of his fifteen-day sentence following a DUI conviction last year.

He’d been working extended shifts in the Clark County Detention Centre, Nevada, in the hope that good behaviour credits would gain him an early release.

Neil will now serve 15 days of house arrest and pay a $585 fine. In 1984 he served 30 days in jail for a drunk-driving incident which killed Hanoi Rocks drummer Razzle Dingley and seriously injured two passengers of another vehicle, then later paid millions of dollars in compensation. His 2011 sentence was handed down without trial on the basis of a plea bargain.

Zakk Wylde has cleared up doubts surrounding the sudden departure of Black Label Society drummer Will Hunt by explaining the band knew it was going to happen in advance.

Hunt, also of Evanescence, was replaced by Johnny Kelly of Type O Negative fame in Paris last night, and Kelly will continue on the rest of BLS’s European tour.

Wylde says: “Father Will had to take care of commitments he made with the Evanescence gang. It was known about when we recorded Order of the Black. John watched Will kick ass for two church services then rocked the black cathedral of Paris.

“He really played his balls off. Will, your Black Label brothers love you.”

Steve Perry is considering coming out of retirement and he’s written dozens of songs for a potential solo album.

The iconic ex-Journey singer last released studio work in 1994, and insisted he’d left the business – but now he’s having second thoughts.

Perry tells Classic Rock: “A little over a year and a half ago I felt I could maybe come back into it. I’ve been writing and I have about 50 songs in in a little over a year. Some of it sounds familiar, some of it sounds contemporary, and some of it you can’t put a label on.

“I never thought I’d do it again, but I decided to open up that room. I still don’t know how to do it, but I can definitely smell a solo project on the horizon.”

Former Dream Theater drummer Mike Portnoy says he doesn’t think the band’s Ytsejam Records label will continue in its previous form without him, since the parties are no longer talking to each other.

He explains: “I handpicked every title, compiled the CDs and DVDs and oversaw the artwork and liner notes. Guitarist John Petrucci’s side consisted of dealing with the manufacturing and staying on top of the payments and deliveries.

“Since I have the entire 25-year archive and since the band currently refuse to answer my emails and calls, I can’t see any upcoming releases. I’m not badmouthing the band – I’m simply addressing a question which keeps coming up.”

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