In a recent interview with UWeekly, guitarist/vocalist Justin Hawkins of The Darkness was asked for his thoughts on his band being mentioned in a less-than-favorable light in the 2010 documentary “Lemmy” in which the Motörhead mainman called The Darkness a “novelty act.”
“I haven’t seen it,” Justin said. “I’ve heard about it, though. Isn’t it one fictional character discussing a fictional character with another fictional character? [laughs] There’s a lot of that kind of stuff in the world. Too much, if you ask me, and I didn’t bother watching it. You know that expression: ‘water off a duck’s back?’ Um, like that… only with less interest, I suppose. Water off a disinterested duck’s back.”
Speaking to Classic Rock magazine in 2004, Lemmy revealed that The Darkness banned him from appearing at one of their Los Angeles shows after he branded them a “novelty act.”
“I don’t have a problem with them,” Lemmy told Classic Rock, “I just have a problem with people making them out to be more than they are. They’re just a band — a good band that play good tunes. I just have a problem with the vocals.
“Ginger wanted me to do a song with him when The Wildhearts were supporting them in L.A., but they banned me because I said I didn’t like The Darkness in some paper. I said I thought it was a novelty record.
“And it was: they’re not normal vocals, and it was the first one of its type, so… And then all this terrible shit came down.”
Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl, who invited Lemmy to work on his Probot project, acted as peacemaker between the two parties.
Lemmy: “Dave Grohl — the cunt — rings me up, 11 o’clock at night, and says: ‘Come down the Rainbow and have a drink.’ And I get there and he’s surrounded by The Darkness. Dave’s a nice guy — he likes to keep the peace, which is a great thing. So I’m sitting next to the singer and he says: ‘So you don’t like my vocals?’ I said: ‘I don’t like ‘em because it’s not my sort of thing, but I defend to the death your right to do what you want to do.’ As soon as we talked about it, it made it alright, cos bands are basically on the same side.”
If you’d dig getting your hands on a guitar or two donated by some great bands such as Def Leppard, The Cult, Aersomith, Bon Jovi, GWAR, Foo Fighters, Eddie Van Halen, Brian May, No Doubt, As I Lay Dying, Sting, Taylor Swift, Joe Satriani, Steve Vai and more including a B.C. Rich KK Beast V electric guitar signed by Slayer members Jeff Hanneman, Kerry King, Tom Araya, and Dave Lombardo then you want to get involved in the auction at Julien’s Auction House in Beverly Hills.
The event will take place on Saturday, December 1st at 2:00 p.m. with all proceeds going towards the Ronnie James Dio Stand Up And Shout Cancer Fund.
Over 80 guitars will be auctioned. Check out the pic of that B.C. Rich KK Beast V below.
Now here’s something that I’m going to try and go to. The second Dimebash! Fellow musicians pay homage to one of metal’s beloved fallen heroes by performing songs either written by or that were an inspiration to Dimebag Darrell. All proceeds from the event will benefit the Ronnie James Dio Stand Up & Shout Cancer Fund.
Last year’s DimeBash contained an all-star line-up of Hard Rock and Metal titans that shared the stage, including: Dave Grohl of Foo Fighters, Simon Wright from Dio, Brent Smith, Zach Myers and Eric Bass of Shinedown, Kerry King and Dave Lombardo of Slayer, Robb Flynn and Phil Demmel of Machine Head, Chuck Billy from Testament, Chris Howorth and Maria Brink of In This Moment, the legendary Lemmy of Motorhead and many others.
DimeBash 2011 will no doubt be another notch on the spiked leather guitar strap of Metal’s legendary events, all in celebration of one of the most influential artists in the genre! Stay tuned for more info to come!
THE QUILLis back! Five years since their last studio album the band is ready to once again spread its musical gospel. The new album “Full Circle” is packed with heavy rock firmly rooted in the seventies but vibrant and updated rather than retro. Make sure you head to the bottom of the article and check out a video I found plus the track Voodoo Caravan off their 2002 album.
The Swedish four-piece has been around since the nineties and went on to release three acclaimed albums on SPV: “Voodoo Caravan” (2001), “Hooray! It’s a Deathtrip” (2003) and “In Triumph” (2006).
With the touring cycle for the latter record completed, the band and singer Magnus Ekwall parted ways and THE QUILL was put on the backburner. Drummer Jolle Atlagic joined now defunct Finnish glam legends Hanoi Rocks – touring Europe and Japan in the process – and also did a stint in The Real McCoy band alongside Foo Fighters guitarist Chris Shiflett. Christian Carlsson (guitar) and Robert Triches (bass) also kept busy with other projects.
In 2010, it was time for THE QUILL again. Songs were written and Magnus Arnar (X-Ground Mower and Soul 78) filled the vacant vocalist spot. It was a perfect match. The versatile 33 year-old has heaps of energy and a powerful voice that fits THE QUILL like a glove. Magnus has the required range to sing the old stuff but also a rawness that the band was looking for.
Yes, there’s a new twist to the sound. Less is more, if you will. The songs are sharp, direct and catchy, built around big riffs, big grooves and big hooks. Just check out “Sleeping With Your Enemy” and try to get that chorus out of your head. Surrender to the up-tempo outburst of energy that is “Medicine”. And physically feel how “Bring it on” simply rocks like a motherfucker, it has very much of a classic rock sound but yet still has that contemporary feel in the Foo Fighters/Queens Of The Stone Age vein.
Needless to say, THE QUILL is a band reborn. This is what they are meant to do. Great music and great shows will always find an audience.
Magnus Arnar (vocals)
Christian Carlsson (guitars)
Jolle Atlagic (drums)
Robert Triches (bass)
ZZ Top is soon to release their first album in 8 years and they’ve stated that the album will be available by the end of 2011.
He tells the publication, “(We are) still just making a lot of loud noise. We still pose as interpreters of the blues. We can’t invent it; It’s already been invented. But we can do it our way… (We) might cover a couple of things.”
The guys have also started working on a ZZ Top tribute album, with artists including Foo Fighters, Nickelback and Kid Rock stepping forward to cover the band’s hits for a new CD.
Ronnie James Dio‘s widow and manager Wendy has revealed to AOL‘s Noisecreep that Rob Halford (JUDAS PRIEST), Glenn Hughes (DEEP PURPLE, BLACK SABBATH, BLACK COUNTRY COMMUNION), Dave Grohl (FOO FIGHTERS, NIRVANA), Lemmy Kimister (MOTÖRHEAD), Alice Cooper, Sebastian Bach (SKID ROW) and Chris Jericho (FOZZY) are among the artists who will appear on a forthcoming tribute album to Ronnie. Grohl will do the BLACK SABBATH hit “Mob Rules” and Halford will take on “Long Live Rock ‘N’ Roll”. Cooper already has a song in mind, going back to the ELF days, according to Wendy.
“Rainbow In The Dark: The Autobiography Of Ronnie James Dio”, the revealing memoir of the heavy metal master, will be published in the spring of 2012 via MTV Books.
With nearly five decades of worldwide success and album sales in the tens of millions as the front man of ELF, RAINBOW, DIO, BLACK SABBATH, and, most recently, HEAVEN & HELL, Ronnie James Dio grabbed the mic, took the stage, and led a movement whose influence resonates to this day. In “Rainbow In The Dark”, Dio himself will introduce the reader to this incredible life and the over 50 photographs included will provide readers with an unprecedented all-access pass to the rock concert of a lifetime.
Wendy Dio revealed in a recent interview that Ronnie James Dio‘s memoir was three-quarters written before the singer’s death and that she has until June 2011 to finish it so that it could be released the following spring.
“Everything Ronnie did, lyrics or anything, was always handwritten,” Wendy told VH1 Classic Rock Nights. “He didn’t do anything on the computer. So he would handwrite it and then he’d give it to me and then I’d give it to my assistant, she’d type it up. So that’s how it went and, of course, I’d read it along the way and it’s very, very interesting. It’s just interesting the way his stories are; he was a storyteller. Ronnie was always a storyteller and it’s just great stories.”
“Rainbow In The Dark: The Autobiography Of Ronnie James Dio” was sold at auction to Jacob Hoye, Senior Director of Publishing at MTV Books, by Shawna Morey, in her first deal at Folio Literary Management, LLC.
Renowned for his powerful, hard-driving vocals, Dio lends that unique voice to recount his extraordinary journey from early pioneer in a burgeoning music movement to his undisputed reign atop the heavy metal landscape. He was born in a time and to a family so far removed from the hard-rocking world he would dominate for nearly five decades, but his unbounded passion and peerless talent broke barriers and legitimized heavy metal as an alternative art form. His creative genius made him a legend.
During his life, Dio drew on the energy and devotion of millions of fans from around the world for the strength to create, entertain, and give back. In his death, he leaves us with his own voice and his own story to edify and inspire. He also leaves us perhaps his most important legacy, the Ronnie James Dio “Stand Up and Shout” Cancer Fund, a non-profit founded by Wendy Dio, to fund and advocate for cancer research and screenings for society’s underprivileged.
We all know that Christmas albums aren’t typically metal, but damnit…metalheads get all warm and fuzzy during Christmas time, too! I don’t know about you but I’d rather listen to some Lemmy instead of Lady Ga-Ga any day.
We Wish You a Metal XMas And A Headbanging New Year includes the likes of Alice Cooper, Lemmy (Motorhead), Jeff Scott Soto, Bruce Kulick (Kiss), Dave Grohl (Foo Fighters), Ronnie James Dio, Tony Iommi (Black Sabbath), George Lynch (Dokken), Chuck Billy (Testament), Scott Ian (Anthrax), Geoff Tate (Queensryche), Stephen Pearcy (Ratt) and Tracii Guns (L.A. Guns).
Braingell’s very own Pitbull will be hosting one of many album launch partys for the forthcoming Motorhead album, The World is Yours.
MOTÖRHEAD will issue its long-awaited new studio album, “The World Is Yours”, on December 13. The band’s first release on the newly formed Motorhead Music label, in association with EMI Music Services, was recorded with longtime producer Cameron Webb.
“The World Is Yours” track listing:
01. Born To Lose
02. I Know How To Die
03. Get Back In Line
04. Devils In My Head
05. Rock ‘N’ Roll Music
06. Waiting For The Snake
07. Brotherhood Of Man
09. I Know What You Need
10. Bye Bye Bitch Bye Bye
“The World Is Yours” is the follow-up to 2008′s “Motörizer”, which sold a little more than 6,400 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 82 on The Billboard 200 chart. The album was recorded in part (drums only) at FOO FIGHTERS frontman/ex-NIRVANA drummer Dave Grohl‘s Studio 606 in Northridge, California with Cameron Webb, who also worked on 2006′s “Kiss of Death” and 2004′s “Inferno”.
Pitbull will be hosting one of the events at The Oporto West India Dock Road Poplar London E14 on Saturday 11th December 2010, entry is free for this event, and the mayhem starts at 8pm.
Is the legendary Philip Anselmo set to perform at Dimebash 2010? After Dimebash 2010 details were released last week, an Artisan News piece with Kerry King is hinting at this year’s stage will be hit by the man who polarizes opinions about PANTERA — Philip Anselmo.
“Rita’s [Haney, Dimebag's longtime girlfriend] busting my balls to do it, and I told her I would if she got me a real singer, ‘cause you never know who’s gonna show up. So she goes, ‘Phil Anselmo [Pantera, Down], Chuck Billy [Testament], Robb Flynn [Machine Head]… Are those good enough?’ And I’m, like, ‘Fuck, I’ll do it with any one of those guys.’ But I’m gonna see her tonight. I haven’t committed, but I guess she committed me. [Laughs] Oh, Dave’s [Lombardo, Slayer drummer] doing it, for sure. But I’m pretty sure I’ll do it.”
The all-star Dimebash 2010lineup to share the stage will include hard rock and heavy metal titans:
Dave Grohl of Foo Fighters, Simon Wright from Dio, Brent Smith, Zach Myers and Eric Bass of Shinedown, Kerry King and Dave Lombardo of Slayer, Robb Flynn and Phil Demmel of Machine Head, Chuck Billy from Testament, Chris Howorth and Maria Brink of In This Moment and many more, including some surprise…PHIL ANSELMO…derp.
On October 29 at the Key Club in West Hollywood, CA, fans and an all-star lineup will gather to celebrate the life of a heavy metal legend – it is the announcement of this year’s DIMEBASH 2010, in honor of “Dimebag” Darrell Abbott.
“The thing I remember the most about Darrell was the way he loved to jump up on stage with anyone at the drop of a hat”, states Rita Haney, longtime girlfriend of Dime and the person who knew him best. “When this tragedy originally happened, I saw the music community unite like I’ve never seen before. To have the name ‘Dimebag’, still to this day, bring together musicians and fans to pay homage in such a respectful way to such an amazing person and cause is very overwhelming! In Dime’s vision… it’s always been about a damn good time!” At the same time, proceeds will benefit in the name of another metal legend that left us too early, the Ronnie James Dio Stand up and Shout Cancer Fund.
The all-star lineup to share the stage will include hard rock and heavy metal titans: Dave Grohl of Foo Fighters, Simon Wright from Dio, Brent Smith, Zach Myers and Eric Bass of Shinedown, Kerry King and Dave Lombardo of Slayer, Robb Flynn and Phil Demmel of Machine Head, Chuck Billy from Testament, Chris Howorth and Maria Brink of In This Moment and many more, including some surprise.