SAHB win lifetime achievement award; Anvil could have been pyramid builders plus Slipknot, Maiden, Meat Loaf, Lennon and Lynch Mob

Achievement: SAHB

The Sensational Alex Harvey Band are to receive a Lifetime Achievement Award at the inaugural Scottish New Music Awards in September.

Event director Bruce Hotchkies says: “SAHB have influenced artists around the world – albums like Next and The Impossible Dream are up there with A NIght At the Opera, Led Zeppelin Four and Dark Side of the Moon.

“The band still has a massive fanbase almost 30 years after the death of Alex. He’s remembered for his striped shirt – but that clown Zal Cleminson on guitar scared the hell out of a lot of little kids in the Seventies, including me…”

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Anvil frontman Lips says the band’s celebrated documentary would have been successful even if he and co-star Robb Reiner hadn’t been musicians.

Lips explains: “The heavy metal aspect of the movie is just a backdrop. We could have been two pyramid builders and you’re watching us drop that last brick on the top and we need the support of the people to get us there. It would still have been a hit.

“Basically it’s a human interest story. Most of the time we look for things that make us different but the truth is we’re really all the same. When you watch the movie you realise you can relate to what Robb and I are doing and wish for the bollocks for fight the world for what you love.”

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Slipknot and Stone Sour frontman Corey Taylor says his book Seven Deadly Sins is about people looking into themselves for the answers to making life better for everyone.

He explains: “Too many people are satisfied with the way things are – they’re too ready to accept what is, rather than asking what could be.

“When they do ask questions they toe the party line by going green or being Republicans, God forbid. I ask more questions about how we can be better people towards each other rather than worrying about the planet.

“Why are we so ugly towards each other? It hasn’t always been this way and it worries me. I worry about the fans I have and for their kids. Anything I can do to get people thinking, I’m willing to take on.”

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Iron Maiden singer Bruce Dickinson says the reality of flying a jet plane hits home sometimes when he’s in the cockpit.

“You’re in an alien place, kept alive by this little cocoon of aluminium, piston engine and fuel,” he explains. “It’s a mechanical beast you have to look after and sometimes you think, ‘I shouldn’t be here – this is some kind of miracle.’

“We have some awful mornings as pilots. You drag yourself out of bed when no decent person is awake. It’s freezing cold and everything’s covered in frost. Then there it is – a hundred tons of shiny aluminium tube with two great engines on it. And someone’s given it to you for the day. It’s a huge privilege.”

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Meat Loaf’s upcoming album Hell in a Handbasket will be his most honest yet.

“It’s the first record I’ve put out about how I feel about life and what’s going on at the moment,” he reports. “It’s about how I feel the world really has gone to hell in a handbasket. It sounds different – but it’s rock, definitely rock.”

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John Lennon’s cowboy hat, which he wore during the Beatles tour of the US in 1965, is expected to make £8,000 at auction next week.

Collector Larry Warren, who’s selling the item, says: “I think all the Beatles had one. He gave it to his uncle in 1967 along with a toy six-shooter gun because his uncle loved western films. The hat was too big for his uncle and that amused Lennon.”

A pair of his sunglasses are also being auctioned in Berkshire on August 9, with an expected price of £4000.

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Chris Romero, who replaced Oni Logan in Lynch Mob after the singer quit the band two hours before they left for a US tour, says he thought it was a joke when he was called up for the job.

“Bass Player Robbie Crane played in my solo band Romero, and he told George Lynch about me,” he explains. “I got the call on Friday morning – I was half asleep and I thought Robbie was joking.

“Next thing I knew, George had me on a plane. I started working on the songs at the hotel and at soundcheck. We did a lot of Dokken tunes since I was more familiar with them. By Saturday we were working in more Lynch Mob tunes.

“It was kinda like the movie Rock Star; George has been a hero of mine since I was in high school so it was pretty surreal to be on stage with him.”

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