Slayer’s King slates Metallica; Black Country saved Hughes’ life; Tyler and Perry latest fight; Ian’s Anthrax decision; Coverdale’s Purple hell

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Slayer guitarist Kerry King says the biggest friendship he’s built out of the Big 4 experience is with Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich – but that doesn’t mean he thinks everything Metallica do is great.

The axeman says: “I had a lot more fun than I thought I would at those shows. Me, Dave Lombardo and Lars hung out quite a bit. If anything was happening in town Lars would call up Dave and say, you and King come out. We had a great time.”

But he’s critical of Metallica’s S&M project, recorded with the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra: “When you play with an orchestra you’re just masturbating yourself. Sorry, Metallica, but you did that. It’s just masturbation: ‘We’re king of the world, let’s go play with an orchestra.’” Soundwave TV

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Black County Communion II will be released on June 14, frontman Glenn Hughes has announced – and he believes his current band has cemented his change in fortunes.

Hughes, Joe Bonamassa, Jason Bonham and Derek Sherinian released their acclaimed first record last year, and very quickly returned to work on a follow-up.

Hughes says an excerpt from his upcoming autobiography explains how he feels: “As evening became morning and the sun was rising, I played out my dance of death and found myself alone, cornered by my own shadow. In a few seconds I felt the universe shift. Every sound and smell was magnified – what was real seconds ago was now unreal.”

He adds: “I believe in love, I believe in karma. For every living thing the dark is evil, and I don’t want to live that way again. There have been many sleepless nights in my studio over this album, but the songwriting has changed my life. It defines me.”

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Aerosmith singer Steven Tyler is in trouble with guitarist Joe Perry again, after announcing the band would make a guest appearance on the American Idol TV gameshow – without consulting them.

Tyler upset his colleagues by signing up to judge on the series without talking things through, but now they’re at work on a new album he’d said they’d “smoked the peace pipe.”

The show’s producers have announced Aerosmith will appear in the coming weeks, and Tyler admits: “I want to be honest and say I haven’t asked the guys yet, but I’m sure they’ll do it.”

Now Perry comments: “I don’t know anything about it. No one’s said a word to me.”

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Anthrax guitarist Scott Ian has confirmed he’ll miss a total of ten European shows between July 2 and 16 while he attends the birth of his first child. And he says it wasn’t a difficult decision to make.

“I asked the rest of the band what they thought, and we were on the same page,” Ian reports. “But the decision was a deeply personal one. I co-founded this band and for almost 30 years I’ve been there for everything we’ve ever done. I’ve never been faced with anything that would make me question being there for Anthrax.

“But becoming a father is the biggest and best thing that’s ever happened to me and it made the decision relatively easy. My priority is with my wife and the birth of our first child.”

Sepultura’s Andreas Kisser will dep for Ian, who says: “Andreas can do the gig better than anyone. We’re kindred spirits – we play like we’re going to jail the next day, like it’s the last show we’ll ever play. He has what it takes to make these shows special. I want to see and hear it for myself.”

Kisser appears at the following Anthrax gigs:
02/07: Gelsenkirchen, Germany
03/07: Gothenburg, Sweden
05/07: Zurich, Switzerland
06/07: Milan, Italy
08/07: Sonisphere UK
09/07: Sonisphere France
11/07: Saarbrucken, Germany
12/07: Copenhagen, Denmark
14/07: Slottsfjell Festival, Norway
15/07: Dour Festival, Belgium
16/07: Zwarte Cross Festival, Netherlands

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Whitesnake mainman David Coverdale says he regrets being talked into the Deep Purple tour of 1976 which saw the band disintegrate on stage.

During a show in Liverpool the singer walked off in tears and resigned on the spot, only to be told there was no band to resign from because it had just split up.

He didn’t want to do the tour, but agreed to go along with it as a favour to band manager Rob Cooksey – and Coverdale says it taught him a hard lesson.

“In big business you don’t do friends favours of that magnitude,” he says. “I wanted to finish after the very difficult American tour. I felt if you took Purple to the UK in that state, it would break an awful lot of hearts.

“Rob talked me into it, and I was absolutely worn out emotionally and physically by the entire experience. For me to turn round and see Jon Lord and Ian Paice, two founder members, playing with their heads down instead of their usual proud and arrogant attitude – it was too much for me.

“I didn’t want to be part of the complete ripping of the Purple fabric.” Ultimate Guitar

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