According to a recent police report filed in West Des Moines, Iowa, the home of Slipknot and Stone Sour frontman Corey Taylor was recently robbed by a “friend” of the couple while they were out of town. The Taylors had in excess of $36,600 in musical equipment taken from their property.
The police report states that Taylor and his wife returned from a monthlong Europe tour Saturday (July 6) to find that they’d been burglarized with belongings being stolen from both their home and storage units, including two Paul Gray Signature Ibanez bass guitars.
Although no charges have been made just yet, several friends of the Taylors have made claims against the person believed to have committed the crime including hearing a conversation between the suspect and the local guitar store at which he/she tried to sell the stolen property.
The Des Moines Register reports that some of the Taylors’ stolen property has been recovered but it wasn’t made clear how much was still missing. Stay tune for updates as the details emerge and hopefully fans can help track down the stolen gear and return it to its rightful owner.
Corey Taylor tweeted that 98% of the gear has been returned.
via Loudwire and Corey Taylor's Twitter
Static-X have officially disbanded. The band went on hiatus in 2009, originally so frontman Wayne Static could focus on his ‘Pighammer’ solo album. While Wayne Static toured under the Static-X name last year, he says in a new interview that Static-X are no more.
In the interview with the Gauntlet
, Wayne Static confirmed that Static-X was done for good. Drummer Nick Oshiro left the group in 2009, while lead guitarist Koichi Fukuda and bassist Tony Campos both departed the act in 2010. Wayne Static recruited all new members for the 2012 Noise Revolution Tour, but the string of dates proved to be the band’s last.
Tension built between Wayne Static and Tony Campos shortly before the bassist’s exit. “Him and I haven’t been getting along for years,” Static admits. “It was really bad at the end. The last couple of tours, we never talked or anything like that. So I made this deal with Tony where I paid him ‘X’ amount of dollars quarterly to use the name Static-X, which I thought was a pretty generous deal. He got a lot of money for doing nothing, for just sitting on his ass doing nothing. I wish someone would give me some money for doing nothing.”
Static continues, “Apparently, he [Campos] was really pissed off because I said in some interviews that Static-X were never, like, all great buddies and friends and all that kind of stuff, and we never hung out. So he told me, like, ‘Since you said we’re not friends, then why should I help you out?’ I’m, like, ‘Who gives a f—? It’s business, dude.’ And that’s the truth. We weren’t friends; we never hung out. And there’s nothing wrong with that; there’s a lot of bands like that.”
“The last e-mail Tony sent me, he said he hopes we never have to talk again,” reveals Static. “And I said, ‘Believe me, this is the last you’ll ever hear from me.’ And that’s the way we left. And it sucks. I think it’s sad that things have to end that way. And it happens to a lot of bands … Static-X is done. The end. No more Static-X.”
Tim Lambesis, frontman for As I Lay Dying, Pyrithion, and Austrian Death Machine, is under arrest for allegedly trying to hire a hit man to murder his estranged wife in Oceanside, California.
Lambesis is currently being held at the Vista Detention Center in Vista, CA and he is currently listed as being ineligible for bail. According to The PRP
, “If [Lambesis is] eventually found guilty, the Solicitation of Another to Commit Murder charge alone is punishable by imprisonment in a state prison for 3-9 years in California.”
Jan Caldwell from the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department has spoken to Artisan News Service
about Lambesis’ arrest, confirming that authorities have been investigating Lambesis since last Thursday, May 2:
“Information came to us… that Lambesis was soliciting another individual to kill his estranged wife.” Caldwell goes on to say that “The investigation at our end is still ongoing… But I believe that the captain who commented earlier said that we averted a tragedy today.”
Legendary Slayer guitarist Jeff Hanneman died at 11AM PT today. Hanneman had contracted the skin tissue disease necrotizing fasciitis, most likely from a spider bite, in early 2011, and had not been touring with the band since that time. He has remained an official member of Slayer as Exodus guitarist Gary Holt took his place for the band’s live shows.
The cause of death was cited as liver failure, although it was not specified whether it was directly related to the necrotizing fasciitis. In a statement, the band wrote:
“Slayer is devastated to inform that their bandmate and brother, Jeff Hanneman, passed away at about 11AM this morning near his Southern California home. Hanneman was in an area hospital when he suffered liver failure. He is survived by his wife Kathy, his sister Kathy and his brothers Michael and Larry, and will be sorely missed. Our Brother Jeff Hanneman, May He Rest In Peace (1964 – 2013)”
Rob Zombie has put the call out for help, as one of his ‘House of 1,000 Corpses’ cast members is in serious need. The director is rallying his fans to support actress Karen Black as she receives much needed medical treatment to fight ampullary cancer.
Black, who was Mama Firefly in the Zombie film, was first diagnosed with cancer in 2010. After a brief respite, she recently learned that the cancer had come back. Black’s husband, Stephen Eckelberry, penned an open letter asking for financial assistance as the actress attempts to undergo special treatment in Europe with the hopes of recovery.
Eckelberry stated, “The cancer is minimized, but we know from past experience that it won’t be long before it comes back. Her oncologist in Los Angeles has recommended that she do chemo therapy, but the problem is that she is skin and bones — before starting on this journey she weighed 156 pounds, she now weighs 96 pounds … Karen has been confronting the fact that she would die soon if she didn’t do something. BUT THERE IS HOPE. Karen’s family physician of many years called us two weeks ago and told us of success she has had with several of her patients doing a treatment in Europe as part of a clinical study there. … This is a medically supervised program and it targets Karen’s kind of cancer. In fact, we personally know two of the patients that have had remarkable recoveries from cancer there. So we know it works, and right now it is her best and only shot.”
Zombie, along with his wife Sherri Moon Zombie and fellow ‘House of 1000 Corpses’ actor Bill Moseley, are among those who’ve rallied their fans to support Black’s cancer battle. To donate, please visit the ‘Help Karen Beat Cancer’ site here.
In other Rob Zombie news, the rocker has launched a contest via his website where fans could win a walk-on role in his next film. The musician says that he’s been asked repeatedly by fans about the possibility of being part of his movies and he decided to launch the contest to do just that. At present, Zombie isn’t sure what his next film will be as of yet, but he says in a video announcing the promotion that no matter what the movie is, the winner of the contest will receive a walk-on part. To enter, simply visit the Zombie dedicated website at www.lordsofsalem.com/WIN. www.loudwire.com
Former Iron Maiden drummer Clive Burr has died at the age of 56. The legendary musician had been suffering from multiple sclerosis for many years, and although an official cause of death has not yet been revealed, the band reports that Burr passed away in his sleep last night at his home.
Clive Burr joined Iron Maiden in 1979, drumming on the band’s iconic first three albums — ‘Iron Maiden,’ ‘Killers’ and ‘The Number of the Beast.’ Burr left Iron Maiden shortly after the release of ‘Number of the Beast,’ and was replaced by current drummer Nicko McBrain by the time Maiden’s next album, ‘Piece of Mind,’ dropped in 1983. Burr went on to perform for acts such as Trust, Stratus, Desperado and others.
“This is terribly sad news,” comments Iron Maiden bassist Steve Harris. “Clive was a very old friend of all of us. He was a wonderful person and an amazing drummer who made a valuable contribution to Maiden in the early days when we were starting out. This is a sad day for everyone in the band and those around him and our thoughts and condolences are with his partner Mimi and family at this time.”
“I first met Clive when he was leaving Samson and joining Iron Maiden,” says vocalist Bruce Dickinson, referring to the band they were both in prior to joining Maiden. “He was a great guy and a man who really lived his life to the full. Even during the darkest days of his M.S., Clive never lost his sense of humour or irreverence. This is a terribly sad day and all our thoughts are with Mimi and the family.”
To aid their beloved former drummer in his fight against Multiple Sclerosis, Iron Maiden began the Clive Burr MS Trust in 2002. The band periodically donated proceeds from live shows to Burr, aiding the drummer tremendously thanks to the heavy metal band’s massive drawing power.
Clive Burr will always be known as one of metal’s finest drummers. A true legend behind the kit, Burr’s work remains essential to this day, and we offer our heartfelt condolences to the family and friends of Clive Burr. Rest in peace. www.loudwire.com
Although Jesse Leach has been killing it with Killswitch Engage ever since his return to the band last year, it’s safe to say that the voice of Howard Jones is sorely missed in the rock world. Jones left Killswitch Engage so he could manage his Type 2 Diabetes more efficiently, among other reasons. He has been jamming with his old math core band Blood Has Been Shed, but now it’s been reported that Jones is working on yet another project with members of All Shall Perish and Devolved.
Howard Jones has not fronted an album since Killswitch Engage’s 2009 self-titled record. There has also been no new Blood Has Been Shed album since 2003′s ‘Spirals.’ So when will we hear the booming warmth of Howard Jones again? The answer may have just been uncovered by Heavy Blog Is Heavy.
The website reports that an acquaintance did a little snooping around the Facebook page of music industry veteran Mike Gitter, and a curious piece of information was unveiled. Although no longer found in Gitter’s ‘About’ section, a passage reportedly read:
2011-2013: … [I reunited] with [my] old cohort Mr. Howard Jones in a brand new band with guys from All Shall Perish and Devolved.
Gitter’s Facebook page also currently shows that he is the manager for ‘Howard Jones Band,’ likely a placeholder name for an untitled project.
Metal Injection decided to do some investigation of their own after the news of a Howard Jones project was revealed. According to the website, an anonymous source was able to confirm that Jones is, in fact, starting a new group. “We can confirm that this is a real project,” reveals Metal Injection’s reporter. “I can also confirm that another member of the project is All Shall Perish guitarist Francesco Artusato. My source also says it’s still very early in the process but they are writing material.
Stay tuned for more updates on Howard Jones’ next project as news breaks. www.loudwire.com
Lamb of God frontman Randy Blythe was acquitted of manslaughter charges in the Czech Republic when a not guilty verdict was handed down today (March 5). After spending five weeks in a a Czech prison this past summer and standing trial over two sessions this winter, Blythe is a free man.
Czech news agency Blesk.cz reports that the three-judge panel acquitted Randy Blythe today after a trial that lasted four days in February and then resumed for another two days this week. The metal vocalist was detained on suspicion of manslaughter in June 2012 for his alleged involvement in the death of 19-year-old fan Daniel Nosek as the result of a fall from the stage at a 2010 Lamb of God concert.
Prior to the verdict, Blythe addressed the courtroom today, stating, “I know I did not hurt or want to hurt anybody that night. I can understand the pain that the family of Daniel is experiencing. Daniel was a fan of my band. I had no wish to harm him. He was just a boy and I wish he was still here. If ultimately the Czech legal system sentences me to prison, I will do my sentence like a man. I have searched for an answer to this situation, the only one I can find to this tragic and horrible accident.”
According to The Gauntlet, earlier today, the last expert testimony of the trial came from a biomechanics expert who testified that the alleged victim, Daniel Nosek, could not have turned his body 180 degrees if pushed off the stage. The expert also stated that Nosek would have had to have jumped to land beyond the first row of fans.
WTVR reports that after the decision, the State Attorney revealed his intention to appeal the ruling. He has eight days to file his appeal.
This morning, before entering the court, Blythe took to his Instagram account, to post the following message:
It’s a beautiful morning in Prague, & time for me to go to what is (hopefully) my final day in court here- supposedly judgement will be passed today & I will move on with my life in one direction or the other. Which direction that is, I do not know. I could walk free, or conversely go to prison for up to ten years. Such is my life right now, & I must stay in this moment until its resolution. Whatever happens to me, do not feel sorry for me, for I am at peace & refuse to feel sorry for myself. Life happens. Deal with it. Some people cannot understand why I have returned, saying I should not come back here. KNOW THIS, & mark my words well- it would be absolutely intolerable for me to hide from this situation. I am an innocent man, but a family suffers the loss of a son, a fan of my band. That is what this whole thing is truly about, not prison, not money, not politics, not ME- it is about a young man who lost his life at just 19 years of age. He will never come back, & it breaks my heart. I would not be able to sleep at night knowing that I did not behave honorably & try to give his family some answers. That would be disgraceful, and I do not wish to dishonor myself or my family by acting in such a cowardly manner. I was raised to face my problems head on. For me, this is BEING A MAN. I categorically refuse to live in a constant state of guilt & fear. I would rather die. My morality & convictions are not dependent upon unforeseeable circumstance, nor malleable when difficulty arises. So I walk this morning to court with my head held high, no matter what others opinions of me may be. I have to face myself in the mirror, & tomorrow morning, where ever I may wake up, I will be able to do that without regret. This is THE ONLY path to true freedom for me- peace within myself. This is the manner in which I choose to try my best to live my life, & I hope you all do the same- do your best to do what is right, no matter how difficult it may be. I promise you, this will bring you peace. I thank you all for your support, I wish you all a good day, & to quote one of my favorite movies: STRENGTH AND HONOR.
Then, after the not guilty verdict, the Lamb of God frontman posted the following message accompanied by the photo below:
I have been found not guilty & acquitted of all charges against me. I am a free man. This photo was taken by my friend @aceyslade- it says it all. Please remember the family of Daniel Nosek in your thoughts & prayers in this difficult time. I only wish for them peace. Thank you for your support- Randy www.loudwire.com
No one wants to work with Scott Weiland!
Scott Weiland is now weighing in with his own official response to today’s news that he has been fired from Stone Temple Pilots. The vocalist stated as recently as yesterday that all was still good with his longtime band, telling Rolling Stone, “STP has not broken up. I haven’t quit. I haven’t been fired.
” He even added that they were talking about when they wanted to tour again.
However, this morning, a press release arrived from STP with the one-line statement reading, “Stone Temple Pilots have announced they have officially terminated Scott Weiland.
” Rumors of discord had been rampant in the band since Slash revealed in an interview
earlier this year that part of the reason for Weiland’s public overtures about returning to Velvet Revolver had to do with his being ousted from STP.
With the news breaking about his termination this morning, Weiland has responded with the following statement:
I learned of my supposed “termination” from Stone Temple Pilots this morning by reading about it in the press. Not sure how I can be “terminated” from a band that I founded, fronted and co-wrote many of its biggest hits, but that’s something for the lawyers to figure out. In the meantime, I’m looking forward to seeing all of my fans on my solo tour which starts this Friday. – Scott Weiland
Speaking of that ‘Purple at the Core‘ solo tour, it’s been revealed that Weiland intends to focus primarily on music from the ‘Purple’ and ‘Core’ albums with his solo band, though there is expected to be some songs from other albums and even his Velvet Revolver career sprinkled in. Via Loudwire
Wes Scantlin, the singer for Puddle of Mudd, either has REALLY bad luck or he just makes a lot of stupid mistakes. Despite his public intoxication charges being dropped last November, he's back on TMZ!
The musician’s ex-wife claims that Scantlin stole her car this past week. Jessica Scantlin claims she woke up Monday morning (Feb. 18) to discover that her Honda Pilot had been taken from her home. Jessica stated that she texted Scantlin’s manager and demanded the return of the car. The manager texted back the location of the vehicle several hours later, but also stated, “Wes didn’t take your car.”
After the vehicle was returned, police impounded the car to test for prints. Even though the results have yet to be revealed, Jessica stated she was “100 percent sure it’s Wes” because the windows weren’t broken and it’s likely he had a spare key. Jessica retained the vehicle as part of their divorce settlement. It was allegedly returned with bumper damage and missing a side view mirror.
In addition, she claimed to have received threatening texts from Scantlin, which her lawyer used to file a request to have the vocalist held in contempt of court. The couple officially divorced last summer, with the frontman signing the divorce papers with two smiley faces. Via Loudwire
It’s still up in the air whether Tool
will release a new album in 2013, but we do know they will be reissuing their debut EP ‘Opiate.’ The band will mark the 21st anniversary of the six-song release with a handcrafted, limited-edition package.
The special edition will be released March 26, limited to just 5,000 copies. It will feature illustrations by legendary artist Adi Granov, with the design packaging by Mackie Osborne. He has collaborated with Tool on posters and merchandise along with several albums such as ’10,000 Days,’ ‘Lateralus’ and ‘Salival.’
The 5,000 copies will be divided into five different runs of 1,000. Each set will feature a variation of the exterior graphics and include bonus items such as a new stereoscopic image that can be viewed with glasses from the ’10,000 Days’ packaging.
The anniversary edition of ‘Opiate’ will not be available in stores. It can only be ordered via Tool’s website beginning March 26, with no pre-orders.
The reissue will have to tide fans over until the band’s next album of original material. They have been workiing on new material, but the release date is unknown. Maynard James Keenan has said it won’t be this year, but drummer Danny Carey says it will be released in 2013. We’ll have to wait and see.
Tool will be hitting the road in late April for a short tour in Australia and New Zealand. www.loudwire.com
Legendary Slayer drummer Dave Lombardo has just detonated a pipe bomb regarding the thrash band’s business dealings and internal turmoil. One week ago, on Valentine’s Day, Dave Lombardo was notified by the band’s lawyers that his services behind the kit would not be needed for Slayer’s upcoming Australian tour dates. The entire story feels beyond odd and incredibly cold, and Lombardo has detailed the sudden decision in an official statement.
According to a Facebook post from Dave Lombardo’s personal account today (Feb. 21), the drummer alleges that there have been shady practices from the individuals who handle the business of Slayer. Lombardo explains that in his effort to secure more money for the band members themselves led to a butting of heads with guitarist Kerry King, and reveals he was ultimately dismissed from the Australian dates, which primarily consist of their run on the Soundwave Festival.
Lombardo posted the following on his Facebook page:
I want to personally apologize to all of our fans in Australia who have bought tickets for the tour expecting to see me in my usual place on the drums.
So that you all know the truth, as of the end of the business day on February 14th, I was notified that I would not be drumming for the tour in Australia. I’m saddened, and to be honest I am shocked by the situation.
Last year, I discovered 90% of Slayer’s tour income was being deducted as expenses including the professional fees paid to management, costing the band millions of dollars and leaving 10% or less to split amongst the four of us. In my opinion, this is not the way a band’s business should operate. I tried rectifying it by letting my band mates know, and Tom and I hired auditors to figure out what happened, but I was denied access to detailed information and the necessary back up documents.
I spent the Christmas and New Year holidays realizing I had toured all over the world in 2012, but yet, had not been paid (except a small advance) or provided a proper accounting for a full year’s sweat and blood. On top of this, I was told that I would not be paid until I signed a long form contract which gave me no written assurance of how much or on what basis management would deduct commissions, nor did it provide me access to the financial budgets or records for review. It also forbade me to do interviews or make statements having to do with the band, in effect a gagging order.
Last Monday, I sat down with Kerry [King] and Tom [Araya] to rehearse for Australia and to propose a new business model that I felt was the best way forward for Slayer to confidently protect itself so we could do what we do best . . . play for the fans. Kerry made it clear he wasn’t interested in making changes and said if I wanted to argue the point, he would find another drummer. On Thursday, I arrived at rehearsals at 1 pm as scheduled, but Kerry did not show. Rather, at 6:24 pm I received an email from the lawyers saying I was being replaced for the Australian dates.
I remain hopeful that we can resolve our issues. But once again, I sincerely apologize to all of our fans in Australia who spent their money expecting to see the 3 of us original Slayer members.
I look forward to seeing you in the future.
As for Lombardo’s replacement, according to a Tweet from Soundwave Festival promoter AJ Maddah, Jon Dette will be manning the drums for Slayer while the band is playing Australia. Dette previously handled drum duties for Slayer in 1996 and 1997.
It was also recently revealed that Dette would be filling in for Anthrax‘s Charlie Benante for the same Australian Soundwave shows, after Benante was forced to take a break due to “personal issues.”
As far as the future of Slayer is concerned, the band is working on a new album, but with guitarist Jeff Hanneman still recovering from a spider bite and Lombardo being kicked off the Australia tour, things seem up in the air right now. We’ll be sure to keep you updated as news on the Slayer situation continues to break. www.loudwire.com
The rift between longtime Pantera bandmates Phil Anselmo and Vinnie Paul has been well documented, but that hasn’t kept Anselmo from offering olive branches to open communication in the media over the years.
The former Pantera frontman once again opened up about his onetime band and their disintegrated relationships in Revolver magazine’s latest issue, which recently hit newsstands.
“I feel bad for Vince,” explained Anselmo in the interview (excerpted by Blabbermouth). “People should pity the guy. I wasn’t there when Dimebag [Darrell] was murdered, but he sure as f— was. That’s his flesh and blood, murdered right in front of him. It’s a shame that Vince never reached out to [bassist] Rex [Brown] and I. I think the healing process would have been beneficial to him, instead of his knee-jerk reaction to fear and his therapy through tit bars and whiskey.”
The vocalist added that while he will admit his role through a fair share of mistakes that led to the downfall of Pantera, he wasn’t alone. “One guy can’t break up a band,” says Anselmo. “You have to understand, it goes all four ways when a band breaks up. Yes, I made mistakes. Yes, there was a lack of communication on both sides and some of it is my fault — a lot of it is my fault.”
Anselmo also insists that he would have repaired his relationship with Dimebag had the guitar legend not been slain. “We would have made amends. I would like to think he would be proud of me for pulling myself out of the muck, the abyss,” says the frontman. “I just choose to remember the positive things. He was almost like the perfect counterpoint to me. We may have clashed to a certain extent, but we would always find a happy medium. It was a vital relationship that I miss greatiy.” www.loudwire.com
California rock trio Kyng are known as road warriors but they have been forced to drop off their most recent trek with Clutch due to an injury sustained by their bassist Tony Castaneda.
Castaneda was involved in an unfortunate auto accident and this unexpected situation will also delay Kyng’s plans to record their sophomore follow up to their debut ‘Trampled Sun’ with producer Jim Rota (Fireball Ministry, Sound City), and Andrew Alekel in Los Angeles this spring.
Although the injury has affected the band’s touring schedule and recording plans, Kyng will continue the process of working on their forthcoming record with a planned release for this Summer.
Below are a list of Kyng’s canceled tour dates. Clutch will move forward on the road with supporting acts Orange Goblin and Lionize. Texas band Scorpion Kings are set to take the place of Kyng on the bill.
Kyng’s Cancelled Tour Dates:
March 08 – Cincinnati, Ohio – Bogart’s
March 09 – Nashville, Tenn. – Marathon Music Works
March 10 – Sauget, Ill. – Pop’s Concert Venue
March 12 – Tulsa, Okla. – Cain’s Ballroom
March 14 – Dallas, Texas – The Palladium
March 21 – West Hollywood, Calif. – House of Blues Sunset Strip
March 22 – Tempe, Ariz. – Marquee Theatre
March 26 – San Francisco, Calif. – Regency Ballroom
March 27 – Reno, Nev. – Knitting Factory Concert House
March 31 – Boise, Idaho. – Knitting Factory
April 01 – Missoula, Mo. – Wilma Theatre
April 02 – Spokane, Wash. – Knitting Factory Concert House
April 03 – Vancouver, BC, Canada – Commodore Ballroom
April 11 – Des Moines, Iowa – Wooly’s
April 12 – Chicago, Ill. – House of Blue’s
April 13 – Grand Rapids, Mich. – Orbit Room
April 18 – Toronto, ON, Canada – Sound Academy
April 19 – Pittsburgh, Pa. – Stage AE
April 20 – Baltimore, Md. – Ram’s Head Live
Earlier this month, Marilyn Manson reached out via his lawyer demanding a public apology from Seraphim Ward (real name Yolanda Tharpe) for spreading false stories about him in the press. Now that that hasn’t happened, he’s following through on a defamation lawsuit against Ward.
According to the Hollywood Reporter, the complaint was filed Tuesday (Jan. 29) in Los Angeles Superior Court. Manson claimed he was the target of “a months-long campaign of defamation and harassment.” It’s also stated that Manson does not know Ward, whose occupation is listed as musician and independent occult filmmaker in the complaint.
Ward’s claims first got attention when she stated in a widely circulated story that she was engaged to the rocker. Though Manson and his representatives denied he even knew Ward, that apparently didn’t stop her from continuing to make claims concerning Manson, including accusations that he is ‘pro-Nazi’ and racist.
According to the filing, Ward did eventually retract the engagement announcement, but later made public accusations that Manson refused to marry her because he “did not want to be seen with [African-American] women” like her. She also claimed that he was responsible for the death of her two cats and that he was stalking her.
The rocker is reportedly seeking $50,000 relating to five cases of defamation, misappropriation of common law right of publicity, unlawful use of Manson’s name for commercial advantage, and intentional and negligent infliction of emotional distress. www.loudwire.com
An unidentified member of Tool
recently suffered serious injuries after crashing his Vespa scooter along icy roads. The accident left the musician with several broken ribs and a dislocated shoulder, thus pushing back jamming and writing sessions meant for Tool’s massively anticipated fifth full-length album.
Posted on the band’s website on Jan. 26 as a Tool newsletter, the Vespa accident was described in detail while keeping the identity of the member affected hidden. Strangely enough, yet another anonymous person involved with Tool also wound up in the hospital from a separate Vespa crash, suffering a head injury along with multiple cuts and bruises.
Tool were hoping to begin 2013 with some good news that would energize fans long awaiting a new record, but unfortunately, that turned out not to be the case. However, in a turn for the better, the band is now back to work on the album. Here’s an excerpt from the latest newsletter detailing the situation:
The New Year started off on a bad note as far as writing and arranging sessions for Tool’s next record. For the most part this was due to a ‘minor’ accident on a Vespa scooter (slick road conditions being the cause) by a certain band member that resulted in several broken ribs and a dislocated shoulder. Because of the physical nature of the musical instrument involved, 9 DAYS of jamming were lost, although I’m happy to report that the person involved is recovering nicely, so much so, in fact, that writing sessions resumed last Monday (January 21), despite it being a holiday for many.
Coincidently (?), a few days prior to the mishap on the scooter, another person involved with Tool also wound up in the hospital after crashing his Vespa in Hollywood. Although he suffered a head injury (as well as multiple cuts and bruises to his body), I’m quite certain that if you were to order an “Entaphiosis” Hoddie, you would receive an “Entaphiosis” Hoodie.
Several days ago members of the press (from different magazines) conducted interviews with band members about upcoming events, and I would imagine that these writers, etc. also inquired as to how things were progressing with regards to the band’s next record. So, there’s something to look forward to reading, and I will certainly try to give updates as to when these publications hit the newsstands.
I was hoping to be able to throw some of you a bone the first week of the New Year, but for certain reasons this announcement has been pushed back a month. Therefore, look for a news post that will be exciting to some towards the end of the first week in February.
Maynard James Keenan and his side project Puscifer are set to release their latest EP, ‘Donkey Punch the Night,’ on Feb. 19. As for news on Tool’s upcoming record, stay tuned as news continues to break. www.loudwire.com
Pearl Jam‘s Eddie Vedder has been a lifelong Cubs fan, and he’ll get to experience Wrigley Field as a performer yet again when his band headlines a show at the historic ballpark July 19.
Even though this is Pearl Jam’s first time playing at Wrigley, it’s not Vedder’s first dealings with the “friendly confines.” He’s been asked to throw out the first pitch at Cubs games in the past and just last year he joined Bruce Springsteen onstage when “The Boss” brought his E Street Band to the baseball park.
The group began teasing the appearance on Twitter with a photo that showed a stage setup on Wrigley Field with the hashtag @StayTuned. Meanwhile the Cubs Twitter account showed a photo of a Cubs jersey with the number “10″ on it, followed by the same stage setup photo and a lyric ‘All the Way,’ a song Vedder penned about the team.
In addition to the Wrigley Field date, Pearl Jam have announced a July 16 show at London, Ontario’s Budweiser Gardens. Both the Chicago and Ontario dates are billed as “An Evening With Pearl Jam,” with no opening act expected to play.
While it is not known if the shows signify the band being any closer to finishing the follow-up to 2009′s ‘Backspacer’ album, rumors have begun to circulate about the dates being part of a full Pearl Jam tour. www.loudwire.com