Why Ronnie Wood refused Led Zep invitation plus latest from the Misfits, Adrenaline Mob, Sum 41, Anvil, Runaways and Motorhead

By Andrew McDonald

Ronnie Wood

Farmed out: Ronnie Wood

Rolling Stones guitarist Ronnie Wood has revealed that he turned down the chance to join the original incarnation of Led Zeppelin. He explains: “Peter Grant used to manage myself, Jeff Beck and Rod Stewart back in the good old days. He was behind a band that was going to be called The New Yardbirds. I had an offer to join, and I said ‘I can’t join that bunch of farmers’.” He’s also revealed how he and Stones frontman Mick Jagger  give each other full rights to songs they’ve co-written. He explains: “I Can Feel The Fire is a song I swapped with Mick for It’s Only Rock And Roll, because we wrote them together. He said you keep I Can Feel The Fire and I’ll keep It’s Only Rock And Roll, and I said ‘Oh, alright then, Mick.’”

Misfits frontman Jerry Only used to open his house to seminal punk bands who needed a place to stay. He reveals: “Some of the greatest bands in the world played CBGB’s. Everybody stayed at my house. My mom was the Mecca for every band in the world. Circle Jerks stayed there, and Social Distortion stayed there when they were 14. We had all the thrash bands too. If you came to New York, there was no way you didn’t end up at our house. We really gave our heart and soul to the music, and I still feel that way today.”

Disturbed bassist John Moyer has joined Mike Portnoy’s band Adrenaline Mob. He says: “Mike heard through the grapevine that I was looking to stay busy while Disturbed is on hiatus. After jamming with them, the chemistry as musicians was undeniable. I am super stoked about joining the family and I can’t wait to hit the road with these guys and see what kind of musical mayhem we can create.”

A Grammy Award nomination for Sum 41’s song Blood In My Eyes has lifted the spirits of frontman Deryck Whibley, whose health issues regarding his back forced the band to cancel a tour. Bassist Jason ‘Cone’ McCaslin explains: “I could tell after talking to Deryck that it kind of rejuvenated him a little bit. I think we’ve just gotta give him enough time to get it sorted out completely. I give the Grammys some credit for discarding what we’ve done in the past and actually looking at the song.” (Brandon Sun)

Former Runaways singer Cherie Currie has hailed Whitney Houston as an inspiration in a statement regarding her death on February 11. She reveals: “Her song The Greatest Love Of All was so inspiring for me and many others in the mid-‘80s when we were battling our demons. It gave us strength and perspective. My sadness gives way to anger because I know what caused her death. It nearly caused mine back then. I would never have believed that the woman who gave so many hope would lose the fight she helped so many to win.”

Anvil frontman Steve ‘Lips’ Kudlow is angered at how metal is widely categorised into different subgenres. He explains: “Initially it was all heavy metal, and it encapsulated a wide range of sounds. You could put a ballad on a metal album, along with a fast, brutal song and a slow stomper. Now it’s really uncool to do that. Now, so many records sound the same, there’s no melody, no real rhythm. It’s just human nature to pigeonhole everything.” (Dallas Observer)

Icelandic importer Hjörleifur Árnason has appealed to the parliamentary ombudsman after the State Alcohol and Tobacco Company of Iceland refused to sell Motorhead’s brand of wine in the country. The decision is thought to be based on the band’s name being a reference to amphetamine use ,and because their songs refer to war, unsafe sex and drugs. (Blabbermouth)

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