Updates from REM, Steel Panther and Nickelback, Sepultura, Dream Theater and Pink Floyd, Seb Bach, Fucked Up and Cheap Trick

By Andrew McDonald


Killers in the crowd: REM

Peter Buck says everything changed for the now-defunct REM after they had their first hit single.

The guitarist recalls: “We were, like, ‘Wow, there’s so many young people out there. Like, teenage girls.’ One show Mike says to me: ‘Look how many people there are. I think at least one person in this place has murdered somebody.’

“And, well, yeah – if you’ve got 56,000 people in a place, I guess there is a murderer out there. I would like to think that we don’t draw an extra number of them, but you never know.”

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Steel Panther collaborated with Chad Kroeger in order to show the Nickelback frontman how to write metal music.

Kroeger appears on Steel Panther’s new album Balls Out, following a meeting with the band at a concert. Initially turning down his offer to record together, they formed an ulterior motive – to use his popularity to promote heavy metal.

Bassist Lexxi Foxx reveals: “He’s written a lot of songs, and a lot of people like Nickelback, so we thought ‘that’s a great way to bring metal back – we do it with somebody who’s not heavy metal, so we can totally show them how to do it.” (Loudwire)

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Sepultura have announced Eloy Casagrande as their new drummer, following the departure of Jean Dolabella.

20-year-old Casagrande, who won Modern Drummer’s Undiscovered Drummer contest in 2006, says: “When I got the invitation to join, I was in shock. I’ve been a fan of the band for years. It will be an honour to play with them.”

Guitarist Andreas Kisser adds: “He’s young, but we did a rehearsal with him and he played the old and new material as if he’d been in the band for a long time. Sepultura will show the world another Brazilian talent on the drums.” (Blabbermouth)

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Dream Theater guitarist John Petrucci has hailed Pink Floyd’s Dark Side Of The Moon album as inspiration to give a certain feel to his own music.

He says: “It was a real influence on my desire to make records that encapsulated an experience. I like to listen to albums like you watch a movie. You don’t just watch a scene. Start listening to Dark Side Of The Moon and you can’t help but listen to the whole album. It’s written so well, and the vocal or lyrical message is so intense, or the instrumentation is just right. It just really, really works.” (Mojo)

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Sebastian Bach has discussed his love of cowbells after playing one on his latest album Kicking & Screaming.

He reveals: “Everybody laughs at the credit – ‘Sebastian Bach, lead vocals and cowbell.’ I’m a big fan of the bell. It’s excellent. My favourite use is the first Motley Crue record, where Tommy Lee is out of fucking control with it. It’s hilarious!” (Stay Thirsty)

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Fucked Up frontman Damian Abraham is not ready to leave the band – but admits he is guilty of spreading such rumours.

Abraham reveals he no longer wishes to tour, having a wife and young son at home, but does not want to leave his bandmates in a difficult situation by quitting.

He says: “I’ve been talking about it a lot because I don’t want to take away these five other people’s livelihoods. I would love to find a way to make it into a constantly-evolving thing, where sometimes we can tour and other times it’s another band involved with us.

“I have no idea how it’s all going to work out. I know we’re going to take this long break and, hopefully, we can think about it and figure it out a little more.” (Spinner)

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Tony Iommi has revealed Black Sabbath were once offered the chance to have their music turned into a Broadway show.

The band rejected the “weird” idea before the success of musicals like Queen’s We Will Rock You. But Iommi remains sceptical, unsure if he would consider it with the release of their new album next year.

The guitarist says: “We might be jumping on the bandwagon at that point.” (VH1)

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Red Hot Chili Peppers frontman Anthony Kiedis believes sobriety to be the key to his success as he enjoys fatherhood.

He explains: “The greatest thing for me was becoming a dad and not having to work or go on the road for the first two years of my son’s life. I recently moved to the seashore and having this little person in my arms looking at the ocean was a reawakening for me in terms of being an elated human being.

“I wouldn’t have been a dad if I wasn’t sober. It’s what led me to fatherhood. It’s what led me to most of the great success in my life. It allows me to do my best at everything.” (The Mirror)

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Cheap Trick are looking to open an all-in-one museum, restaurant and music venue in Chicago.

The band’s manager David Frey reveals it to be a “one-of-a-kind eatery, unique musical instrument museum, radio station and performance space.” (Chicago Sun Times)

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