Kinks’ Davies talks You Really Got Me; A7X illness; Machine Head, Korn, Dream Theater and support Fish’s charity Highland hike

Dave Davies

Credit: Dave Davies

Dave Davies of the Kinks is comfortable with the idea that his riff on the track You Really Got Me kickstarted the heavy metal movement. He says: “I think that riff, and of course the sound I developed, was indeed the start of heavy rock guitar and the beginnings of metal.” He laughs: “I wish I’d patented the sound.”

Avenged Sevenfold cancelled their appearance in Grand Prairie, Texas last night at short notice. The band cited “an illness in the band” and have undertaken to reschedule the show as soon as possible, adding: “We’re so disappointed to be missing our fans tonight and look forward to seeing you really soon.”

Robb Flynn of Machine Head says their current recording work is an almost religious experience for him: “I wasn’t really raised with religion. In a lot of ways that’s what this record seems to be symbolising for me: music as my religion. Music has carried me through the darkest chapters or my life and through the brightest highs of my life, and everything in between. It’s always been there for me.”

Korn guitarist Munky is set to marry Evis Xheneti, his girlfriend of six years. The 40-year-old musician proposed to the 31-year-old actress at the top of the Eiffel Tower in France earlier this month, and she says: “THe sun was just setting and it was super romantic.” A date will be set for the coming year.

Dream Theater keyboardist Jordan Rudess says writing an album without a drummer’s influence was a “unique” experience for the band, after mainman Mike Portnoy quit and they completed compassion before hiring replacement Mike Mangini. Rudess comments: “It was interesting and different – but we wanted to pull the positive from all the change, and use this as an opportunity to challenge ourselves to produce some really powerful music.”

Fish is asking for financial support for a new charity exercise – he’s planning to walk the 95-mile West Highland Way hiking route in Scotland in support of a friend whose sick eighteen-month-old daughter needs technical support which the NHS won’t provide. The hike begins on June 2 and the singer hopes to raise £5000, of which £700 has already been secured. Make a donation at http://www.justgiving.com/Derek-Dick-Fish.

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