Peter Gabriel’s comeback joke plus latest from Metallica v India, Black Veil Brides, Shy, Nightwish, Steel Panther, Nasum and more

By Andrew McDonald


Peter Gabriel

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Former Genesis frontman Peter Gabriel has joked that he’d take part in a classic-era reunion for “a large brown envelope.”

But in more serious terms he’s repeated his belief that it would have to be done properly, if at all, and that last time he came close to agreeing the project took on too many extra dimensions, at which point he got cold feet.

The chances of the much-discussed regrouping to stage classic album The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway is further complicated by Phil Collins’ retiral from music due to health issues. (UltimateClassicRock.com)

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Indian metal musicians have condemned vandalism that took place after Metallica’s recent New Delhi show was cancelled.

Fans broke chairs and tore down posters after organisers called off the performance due to technical difficulties.

Demonstealer of Demonic Resurrection says: “Several international metal artists have played in India, and I can safely say they had a fantastic show, with great appreciation and love from the fans. It sucks that one terrible incident ruins it for the rest of us.”

Riju Dasgupta of Albatross adds: “I consider this the most shameful chapter in India’s brief metal history. This incident doesn’t represent Indian metal and its fans.” (Blabbermouth)

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Black Veil Brides have cancelled remaining dates on their current tour dates after Andy Biersack broke his nose in an on-stage accident in Luxembourg.

The singer suffered a concussion when he stood up after rolling on the floor – not realising he was underneath the drum riser.

He says: “I knew something terrible had happened immediately. I started getting really dizzy and stumbled my way to the backstage area. I positioned myself in front of a mirror and saw it was huge and ridiculous. That’s when the pain set in, and it was pretty excruciating.

“I would have really liked to finish the tour. I’ve been advised against it, but I wanted to try.” (Loudwire)

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Steve Harris, guitarist and mainman with UK rock band Shy, has died after a two-year battle with a brain tumour.

Not to be confused with the Iron Maiden bassist, Harris had led the band since it formed as Trojan in 1980. They released an acclaimed comeback self-titled album just three weeks ago.

Shy say in a statement: “It is with great regret and sadness that we have to announce the passing of our beloved Steve Harris. Steve was a very private man and had battled a brain tumour sine June 2009, and only those closest to the family knew. A full statement will be issued shortly.”

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Nightwish believe that singer Anette Olzon finally feels like part of the band.

She joined the Finnish metallers in 2007, replacing Tarja Turunen who was dismissed via open letter at the end of a tour.

Keyboard player and songwriter Tuomas Holopainen says: “She did a wonderful job on Dark Passion Play, but her singing has been taken to a different level on our new album Imaginaerum. It’s not about me writing the songs for her voice, it’s about her being relaxed and confident. After surviving the tour and the fans’ reaction, maybe she feels like she’s in the band and can be her versatile self.” (Blabbermouth)

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A number of songs on Steel Panther’s new album were penned years previously – because guitarist Satchel couldn’t stop writing songs.

Their latest release Balls Out is their second on a major label, but features tracks written before their 2009 debut.

Vocalist Michael Starr reveals: “A lot of these songs have been written over a four-year period because, once we got our record deal, Satchel just started writing and writing and writing. The guy can’t stop writing; we have to pull him out of his hotel and say ‘Stop writing! It’s time to get your hair cut.’ He comes out looking like Charles Manson, but he comes out with great songs.” (Metal Sucks)

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Californian thrashers Bonded By Blood have recruited Jessie Sanchez as their new bassist.

He replaces Jerry Garcia, who left the band earlier this year, and is currently writing a new album with them.

They say: “It was a long and devious search to find the right dude for the job, but we are proud to have him in the band slapping bass for us. Album #3 is sounding killer so far, and we can’t wait to hit the studio some time in January.”

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Nasum are to reform to play a number of shows in commemoration of their 20th anniversary.

The Swedish grindcore act split in 2004 after vocalist Mieszko Talarczyk was killed in the tsunami disaster in Thailand that December. His replacement will be Rotten Sound frontman Keijo Niinimaa.

The band say: “Mieszko was a vital part of Nasum’s bloodline. The band died when he died.

“In the years that passed, the feeling that everything had been left unfinished lingered with the rest of us. Suddenly, seven years had passed, and we realised it was time for closure; for us, the band, and for the fans. With our anniversary coming up, it felt like a perfect time to end Nasum the way it was supposed to – exploding in a ferocious, blasting frenzy.”

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Rival Sons singer Jay Buchanan joined the band because of their roots rock influences – and because they weren’t a ‘cheap’ modern-day rock band.

He reveals: “I love rock ‘n’ roll, but I’d only been in blues bands because rock had gotten so cheap.

“The prerequisite for me joining was that everyone had the right influences. We didn’t want to be one of those bands.

“A weird thing happened through the late ‘70s, where rock ‘n’ roll got really self-absorbed, and the rhythm and blues roots took a backseat to the rockstar lifestyle and posturing. You see us now though, and we don’t have any money – it’s just four guys, sweating it out.”

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