Vinny Appice on new band’s first gig; more Tyler drug revelations; Spector conviction stands; limited-edition AC/DC; Ministry movie legal action
Vinny Appice says his new band’s first show gave him a feeling he’s hardly ever had in his career.
Kill Devil Hill, also featuring Rex Brown of Down and Pantera fame, performed together for the first time on Friday. Appice reports: “It had that special vibe I’ve only experienced with a few bands like Black Sabbath and the original Dio. There’s a magic combination of certain musicians that makes a real band, and that’s what I felt.”
Guitarist Mark Zavon adds: “Vinny and Rex were amazing together, driving the set with undeniable authority. The cork’s out of the bottle now.”
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Steven Tyler, who recently admitted he had a “medicine cabinet” on stage with him when he was an active drug user, has revealed he wasn’t the only member of Aerosmith to be geared-up during performances.
In his book, Does the Noise in My Head Bother You?, the Aerosmith singer says: “Joe Perry had vials of coke with straws in them at the back of the stage. When the lights went out he’d go over there like he was checking something, and a roadie would put the straw in his nose. He’d take a hit, then the lights would come on again.”
Tyler also says he was a member of his high school’s junior Olympic trampoline team – although trampoline only became an Olympic sport in 2000.
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Iconic producer Phil Spector’s appeal against his murder conviction has been thrown out by a California court.
He was jailed two years ago over the shooting of actress Lana Clarkson at his home in 2003, and is serving a 19-year-term. His defence lawyers had argued his conviction was based on misconduct and the use of inadmissible evidence.
But the three-member appeal panel have refuted each point in an 81-page written judgement, meaning Spector will remain behind bars.
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A collector’s edition of AC/DC movie Let There Be Rock, documenting Bon Scott’s last recorded show before his death, will be limited to 90,000 copies.
The steel-cased version includes an hour of bonus features starring interviews with Lemmy, Matt Sorum, Scott Ian, Billy Corgan and others, plus a range of souvenir items. It’s available on June 7.
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Ministry mainman Al Jourgenson is taking legal action to prevent the release of a documentary about the band.
He’d cooperated with producers since work on Fix: The Ministry Movie began, but says he was entitled to have approval over the final cut, and wasn’t given the chance to exercise the right.
Jourgenson argues: “It’s breach of contract in a lot of different ways. It was understood in writing that I’d have approval before the film was shown anywhere.
“I have no problem with the film being released if it’s done properly and I’m paid for it.” He’s chasing $250,000 in damages and states he’ll take out an injunction against the movie’s release if he doesn’t get satisfaction.