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Metal Injection received an email from GWAR’s publicist, with a new official word from GWAR frontman, Dave Brockie (Oderus Urungus to bohabs) regarding yesterday’s tragic news of the passing of guitarist Cory Smoot, aka Flattus Maxmimus. Here is Brockie’s statement in full:

After a restless night spent hurtling through the desolate Canadian wilderness, I crawled from my bunk on the tour bus to face reality, grudgingly aware that the the dark dream that gripped us would not fade with the day. We have lost a brother, a husband, a son, and one of the most talented musicians that ever slung an ax. Cory Smoot, longtime lead guitar player for the band GWAR, has passed at the age of 34.

As the singer of GWAR and one of his best friends, I feel it is my duty to try and answer some of the questions that surround his tragic and untimely death. I know the sense of loss and pain is far greater in scope than in the insulated environment of a band on tour, and I will do my best to provide what clarity and comfort I can.

The most glaring question is how? And unfortunately that is the hardest question to answer. The truth will not be known until the medical officials have finished their work. All I can do is relate what we saw with our own eyes.

The last time I saw Cory was after our show in Minneapolis on Weds. night. It was a great show at First Avenue in Minneapolis, one of our favorite places to play. Cory was happy. He was excited about the band and especially the new studio he was building in the Slave Pit back in Richmond. He was deeply in love with his wife, Jamie, and was busily planning their family and future in the beautiful home they had. As usual, after some autographs and banter, I was probably the first person in their bunk as we got ready for a big drive into Canada, and Cory and the rest of the guys were not far behind. As I fell into the slumber that only playing GWAR shows can induce, everything seemed right in the world.

We found Cory the next morning as we collected passports for a border crossing. He was in his bunk, unresponsive, and it quickly was clear that he was dead. It was without a doubt the most horrible moment of my life. That’s all I can say about it.

Within moments everybody was off the bus, standing in a wind-swept parking lot in the middle of nowhere, trying to come to grips with the shock of it. First the ambulance arrived, and then the police, but there was nothing that could be done other than fully investigate the scene and remove Cory with care and respect.

We are completely devastated and shocked beyond belief. One night we had our friend and colleague, happy and healthy in the middle of our best tour in years- and the next morning, so suddenly, he was gone. Never have I seen starker proof of the fragility of life.

Cory will be transported home to Richmond over the next few days, and an announcement regarding services will be made soon. We ask everyone to respect the families wish for privacy, and especially to keep his wife, Jamie, in your thoughts and prayers.

As we work our way through these difficult days the question is — what will GWAR do? After a lot of consideration, we have decided to carry on with the tour. Although the great temptation would be to return home, curl into a fetal position, and mourn, we can’t do that. First off, Cory wouldn’t want that. He would want us to go on and would be pissed if we didn’t. Plus we know the fans don’t want us to quit. They are going to want a chance to come to grips with their loss, and there is no better place to do that than at a GWAR show. Though it’s hard to believe, I think we all would feel a lot worse if we stopped. For better or worse we have to see this through.

That doesn’t mean that Cory will make his final journey without us. When the arrangements have been finalized, Cory’s best friend and GWAR’s music tech Dave “Gibby” Gibson, and myself will return home to attend the services and pay the proper respects to our comrade.

Out of respect to Cory, we have officially retired the character of Flattus Maximus. Flattus has decided to return to his beloved “Planet Home”, and will never return to this mudball planet again. And this is a sadder place for that.

Just the other day I heard Cory tell a story about how some 20 years ago he was fourteen years old, at his first GWAR show, grabbing at the rubber feet of our then- current Flattus, and how blown away he was at the fact that now HE was the one getting his feet pulled by the same kid that he used to be. Cory was always in awe of the patterns of life and went through it with a wide-eyed amazement that translated through his playing. I’ve never known anyone who could pick up literally any instrument and rock it the first time he touched it, and more than that make it look easy. Behind that rubber monster outfit, and sometimes even obscured by it, was one of the most talented and beautiful people I have ever known. I know everyone who’s life was touched by Cory truly loved him, as do we, his bandmates and brothers.

There should be some kind of announcement soon regarding services, etc. It would be great to have a memorial show at some point soon, where some of the bands that Cory worked with could come together and show their love for this truly amazing man who left us all too soon and will be sorely missed by many, many people.

Dave Brockie, Nov. 4, 2011

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It’s been almost 2 months now since the loss of 47-year-old Jani Lane and the coroners office have released his cause of death as acute alcohol poisioning.

On August 11, Lane’s body was found in a Comfort Inn motel in L.A.

Said his website, “Jani will be missed by all. Very unexpected and tragic news of his untimely death.”

According to his website and Twitter profile, Lane left behind wife Kimberly and four children, Taylar, Brittany, Madison and Ryan. Married three times, Lane was first paired with model Bobbie Brown, who appears alongside him in 1990’s Cherry Pie video.


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UPDATE:  There’s been a small statement made on Jani Lane’s (John Kennedy Oswald) personal website which states:

Jani will be missed by all. Very unexpected and tragic news of his untimely death. Jani just wrote the updated bio (himself) and had been recording lots of new music. God bless him.

Do make sure that you go and check out his updated bio.  It’s the most personal thing I’ve ever read on any artists webpage.

Quite a few of his fellow musicians have made posts/tweets  with their condolences.

Mötley Crüe’s Nikki Sixx, who wrote, “I just heard the sad news about Janie Lane. So hard to swallow when people have kids. RIP.”

Poison singer Bret Michaels, said, “We’d like to offer our deepest condolences to the family of Jani Lane regarding their loss. Respectfully, Bret and all at MEGI.”

Former MTV VJ Martha Quinn  writing, “Super sad news. Janie Lane, dead at 47 … #RIP Jani Lane.”

Slash, Crüe drummer Tommy Lee, former Guns N’ Roses member Steven Adler, Ratt singer Stephen Pearcy and wrestler/rocker Chris Jericho also have made comments as well.

Michael Sweet of Stryper has made several tweets:

I’m still in shock over the sudden passing of Jani. I was just sitting in a dressing room with him less then a month ago. Had I known, I would have spent more time with him. It always hits me like a brick – would have, could have, should have. Unfortunately usually once it’s too late. He was a good hearted guy with a gentle soul. I know he had a tough life and many battles but who doesn’t? He seemed to be genuinely working so hard at sorting things out and getting things in order. It’s a true shame. It’s a reminder to me to stay focused on what’s important and what matters – family and friends and the love and grace that give to them……
My heart, thoughts and prayers go out to the family and friends of Jani Lane. Had the pleasure of meeting him on TMS and he was a great guy.

I’m sure there’s going to be quite a few memorial guest books floating around but here’s one I’ve found so far…   You can also go to Jani’s Facebook page and give your condolences there, as well.

Again, we will continue giving you all the news as we get it.


The rock community has just lost yet another great musician.  Jani Lane, 47, original frontman for the band Warrant, has passed away.  He was found dead at a Woodland Hills, Calif., Comfort Inn hotel.

There’s been no official cause of death or statement on his web page but there’s quite a few posts from his fans mourning his death on his Facebook page.  We here at Braingell will try to stay on top of any new information and pass it on to you.

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One band that many veteran metal heads feel should have hit the big time was New York’s The Rods. Comprised of members David “Rock” Feinstein (guitar/lead vocals), Garry Bordonaro (bass/vocals), and Carl Canedy (drums/vocals), The Rods would go on to open arena shows for such renowned groups as Iron Maiden, Twisted Sister, Judas Priest, Ozzy Osbourne (the ‘Blizzard of Oz’ tour), the Scorpions, Rainbow (Joe Lynn Turner era), and during the mid ’80s, even had a then-unknown Metallica opening a headlining tour for them. Add to it the fact that Feinstein is the cousin of the late/great Ronnie James Dio (both played together in Elf) and Canedy is an acclaimed metal producer (having worked on classic early releases by Anthrax, Overkill, etc.), and it makes it even more baffling why The Rods never got their due.

But this appears to changing quickly, as the trio has signed on with the Niji Entertainment Group, a label that was created by Ronnie James Dio and his wife/manager, Wendy Dio. The band’s seventh release overall (and sixth release overall for Niji) is titled ‘Vengeance,’ and will be released on May 24th, 2011. The release comes hot on the heels of Feinstein’s recently-released solo album, ‘Bitten by the Beast.’

The first single off ‘Vengeance’ will be “The Code,” which features vocals from none other than Ronnie James Dio (one of the very last songs that Ronnie ever recorded, before his untimely death in May of 2010).

As renowned Quiet Riot/Ozzy/Dio/Whitesnake/Blue Oyster Cult bassist Rudy Sarzo remembers, “The Rods opened up for Ozzy during the 1981 ‘Blizzard Of Oz’ tour. I was blown away by their no holds barred metal onslaught performance and became an instant fan!” With a full US tour planned for the summer, fans will soon be able to experience the mighty metal of the Rods first hand themselves.
‘Vengeance’ Track Listing:

5. “THE CODE” (Featuring Ronnie James Dio)

The Rod’s on tour with Dio Disciples in Europe 2011:

Sat 6/11                East Midlands, UK                               Download Festival
Sun 6/12               Newcastle, UK                                    Academy
Tue 6/14               Glasgow, Scotland                                Garage
Wed 6/15              Wolverhampton, UK                         Sleigh Rooms
Thu 6/16               Manchester, UK                                   Academy 2
Fri 6/17                 London, UK                                             Islington Academy
Sun 6/19              Uden, Netherlands                                 De Pul
Mon 6/20             Aschafensburg, Germany                     Colos Saal
Tue 6/21              Hamburg, Germany                          Markthalle
Wed 6/22             Berlin, Germany                                    C Club
Fri 6/24                Dessel, Belgium                                 Graspop
Sat 6/25               Bochum, Germany                                  Matrix
Mon 6/27             Vienna, Austria                                    Szene Wien
Tue 6/28              Lucerne, Switzerland                              Konzerthaus Schuur

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Welcome to the sixth edition of the Sleaze Roxx Top 10 list…

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1. CRASHDIET – Generation Wild
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I’ll be the first to admit that I never jumped on the Crashdiet bandwagon in the past. In my eyes the band’s cult status in the sleaze community often surpassed their actual musical output, mainly due to the untimely death of Dave Lepard. But that was then, and now I can proudly say that I finally see what all the fuss was about. The Swedish band’s first album with new singer Simon Cruz may be their heaviest and most impressive disc to date — if it doesn’t surpass 2005’s Rest In Sleaze it certainly matches it in every possible way.
Essential tracks: Generation Wild, Native Nature, Armageddon

2. RATT – Infestation
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Those of us that remembered Ratt‘s ill-fated 1999 reunion didn’t get too excited when news of another album from the rodent rockers emerged. The expiry date on these Sunset Strip icons had passed years ago and yet they somehow managed to resurrect their career with Infestation, an album that exceeded everyone’s expectations. Why did a reunion that seemed so uninspired a decade ago work so well this year? I have no answer for that, but without doubt Infestation was a spirited return to form and one of the most surprising albums of the year.
Essential tracks: Eat Me Up Alive, A Little Too Much, As Good As It Gets

3. DISTORTED WONDERLAND – Distorted Wonderland
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While scrolling down this Top 10 list you may have noticed a glaring omission — that being Hardcore Superstar. Before you conjure up thoughts of burning me at the stake, let me explain. Hardcore Superstar‘s Split Your Lip was a great album but I felt the second half failed to live up to the flawless first half. Enter Distorted Wonderland, a band that formed while singing background vocals on a previous Hardcore Superstar effort. To my ears Distorted Wonderland not only matched their idols, but surpassed them in the area of consistency on this killer debut.
Essential tracks: In For A Thrill, Never Had Nothing, Tangerine

4. KING LIZARD – Viva La Decadence
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Longtime readers of Sleaze Roxx will know by now that I prefer attitude and energy to flash and technical ability, and England’s King Lizard have an overabundance of the former. Time may have mellowed infamous swashbucklers such as Guns N’ Roses, but that is where this four-piece fits in — capturing the unbridled debauchery of classic albums from the late ’80s and blending it with the sneering sounds of today. If past superstars had the drive and desire of King Lizard the world of hard rock would be much better off.
Essential tracks: Viva La Decadence, Rain On You, Kan’t Kill Rock N’ Roll

5. HARDBONE – Dirty ‘N’ Young
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Sex and drugs have always been the backbone to hard rock and no group embraced those qualities to the extreme that Germany’s Hardbone did in 2010. Far too gritty and inaccessible for the mainstream, Hardbone is the type of band that can be found preaching their brand of rock to dedicated crowds in small, dark, filthy bars. With the swagger of AC/DC and the ferocious energy of Airbourne this collection of young degenerates perfectly captured the essence and soul of sleaze metal.
Essential tracks: Booze Blood Blackout, I Sold My Soul For Rock ‘N’ Roll, Walking Talking Sexmachine

6. DIRTY SKIRTY – Long Live Rock N’ Roll
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Coming from out of nowhere, with little publicity and zero fanfare, is Florida’s Dirty Skirty. Heavily influenced by classics such as Aerosmith and Tesla, Dirty Skirty released an exceptional no-frills rock record that was filled with a mixture of ’70s influenced hard rock and ’80s hair metal. That combination doesn’t make Long Live Rock N’ Roll the most original album you’ll ever hear, but like The Last Vegas last year it results in perfection.
Essential tracks: Ride, Red Light Go, Playin’ With Girls

7. JETTBLACK – Get Your Hands Dirty
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Music fans that think the current sleaze scene starts and ends in Sweden have to look no further than UK’s Jettblack. With a crystal clear production, memorable hooks, catchy choruses and songs that were completely over-the-top, Jettblack released one of the more memorable CDs of 2010. Despite the band’s influences obviously residing during hair metal’s late ’80s heyday, this quartet take a modern approach on Get Your Hands Dirty — one that results in a fresh new sound with enough ties to the past to keep aging rockers happy.
Essential tracks: Two Hot Girls, When It Comes To Lovin’, Get Your Hands Dirty

8. AIRBOURNE – No Guts, No Glory
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It was almost impossible for Airbourne to match the success of their Runnin’ Wild debut. The element of surprise was gone after the popularity of that CD, so rather than try and beat it the Australians simply recreated it. No Guts, No Glory is almost a carbon copy of that hard-driving debut — the guitars are still played at breakneck speed, the rhythm section thumps along with fury and the band’s excessive energy hasn’t lessened in the slightest. An album that seems to get better with each listen, No Guts, No Glory solidifies Airbourne‘s standing atop the hard rock world.
Essential tracks: Blonde Bad And Beautiful, Raise The Flag, Back On The Bottle

9. CRAZY LIXX – New Religion
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I don’t think there is a band out there today that captures the flawlessly produced bombastic and over-the-top sound of the ’80s as well as Sweden’s Crazy Lixx. Harmonies and melodies this strong and unforgettable haven’t been heard since Def Leppard‘s heyday. Finally catching the eye of a major label, and once again employing hard rock’s current production champion Chris Laney, Crazy Lixx were able to follow-up their critically acclaimed Loud Minority album with more of the same — and to a much larger audience.
Essential tracks: 21 ‘Til I Die, Lock Up Your Daughter, Voodoo Woman

10. SISTER SIN – True Sound Of The Underground
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Watching your principle songwriter depart may have led a lesser band to lose their focus and split apart, but not Sweden’s Sister Sin. Instead the remaining band members picked up the pieces to put together an album that closely stuck to the blue-print drawn up on 2008’s Switchblade Serenades. Their new platter was as good as, if not better, than anything they had released in the past while front-woman Liv continues to lead the way for females in metal — proving that brawn, talent and sexuality can successfully coexist.
Essential tracks: Sound Of The Underground, Outrage, Beat Em Down

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According to Ciaran Thompson of, one of the last things Jason Bonham, son of late Led Zeppelin drummer John Bonham, remembers his dad saying to him was, “You’re going to get into the drums again, aren’t you?”

A teenager utterly obsessed with motocross racing and about to sign a professional contract, the younger Bonham had other plans for his future. It was only after his father’s untimely death that he began to follow in his footsteps.

“I lost him when he was my idol, and he still is,” Bonham, whose Led Zeppelin Experience band finished touring North America last month, tells Spinner.

Although deep into other hobbies in his adolescent years, Bonham had been playing the drums since he was young but wasn’t too fond of music until a year or two before his father’s passing. However, he still recalls times spent going to see his favourite bands of the time with his dad.

“He took me to see the Police when they had just done a second album, so they were still quite fresh. I thought Sting was the coolest thing in the world,” Bonham recalls.

“He managed to get me backstage and he threatened to punch Sting. It was hilarious. Dad stepped on his foot and he [Sting] was very cocky back then. He was the new young frontman and had that punk kind of attitude. Dad was probably a dinosaur to him, even at 32. I remember him saying, ‘Hey man, don’t step on my blue suede shoes.’ My dad said, ‘I’ll step on your f—ing head in a minute.'”

Bonham and his other musical project Black Country Communion released their self-titled debut LP last September, however this past tour playing Zeppelin songs alongside guitarist Tony Catania, bassist Michael Devin, keyboardist Stephen LeBlanc and vocalist James Dylan saw him, as he says, “playing better than I’ve ever played in my life.”

Watch Jason Bonham Perform a Tribute to His Father John Bonham

No stranger to critics, Bonham says he’s always reading music blogs looking for negative reviews or people knocking him for playing songs by his father’s former band. To naysayers he offers this: “It’s my lifeline to my dad.”

Previously, he revealed ‘Kashmir’ is his favorite Zeppelin song to play, and says ‘Physical Graffiti,’ the 1975 album that features the track, is also his favorite Zep record.

“I just love the diversity of the songs,” he says. “One after another, they’re all fantastic. ‘Presence’ is also a close second for me because it’s one of most underrated ones they did. ‘Tea for One,’ you put that on at full blast in a dark room, the solo that kicks in, you’re transformed. I just got back into that again, and I was like, ‘Wow!'”

No stranger to critics, Bonham says he’s always reading music blogs looking for negative reviews or people knocking him for playing songs by his father’s former band. To naysayers he offers this: “It’s my lifeline to my dad.”

Previously, he revealed ‘Kashmir’ is his favorite Zeppelin song to play, and says ‘Physical Graffiti,’ the 1975 album that features the track, is also his favorite Zep record.

“I just love the diversity of the songs,” he says. “One after another, they’re all fantastic. ‘Presence’ is also a close second for me because it’s one of most underrated ones they did. ‘Tea for One,’ you put that on at full blast in a dark room, the solo that kicks in, you’re transformed. I just got back into that again, and I was like, ‘Wow!'”

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Slipknot‘s Sid Wilson (#0) recently spoke to about his upcoming solo album and the future of Slipknot in the wake of bassist Paul Gray‘s untimely death.

Write Billboard, “Among the songs from the album that Wilson and his band are playing are the planned first single, the socially conscious ‘Nervous Central.’ ‘Flat Lace,’ which Wilson wrote five years ago for Slipknot bassist Paul Gray, who died of an accidental drug overdose on May 24, is also particularly haunting.

“‘It’s just about the different struggles in his life,’ Wilson says, ‘and it was just my way of letting him know that I was always there for him and that I was aware of the things he had to deal with. It’s definitely difficult (to sing). It’s hard for me to even talk about it.’

“Wilson says that Slipknot, in fact, has not spoken much about its future at all in the wake of Gray’s death. ‘Before the incident everyone was getting ready to take a break from Slipknot and go work on their side projects for a little bit,’ says Wilson, with frontman Corey Taylor and James Root getting ready to release a new Stone Sour album and drummer Joey Jordison fronting Murderdolls after touring with Rob Zombie. ‘Now we’re trying to move forward and keep with the plans that we had prior to the incident.’

“But Wilson sounds hopeful that Slipknot will at some point reconvene and make a follow-up to 2008’s ‘All Hope is Gone.’

“‘When the time comes, forces will bring us back together again,’ he explains. ‘But as of now I can’t even predict when that will happen. It’s a magical thing, and you can’t predict magic. It just summons itself and pulls you all together.'”

Read the full feature right here.

Slipknot will release a brand new live DVD of their time at Download 2009 entitled (sic)nesses on September 28th. The 2-disc set captures Slipknot‘s crushing live performance, and marks one of their last with late bassist Paul Gray. The second disc in the set is a documentary filmed by Clown (Shawn Crahan). Pre-orders are available now at this location.

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