Watch Guns N' Roses' Live Tribute to AC/DC's Malcolm Young

Watch Guns N' Roses' Live Tribute to AC/DC's Malcolm Young

Guns N’ Roses dedicated Bob Dylan’s “Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door” and AC/DC’s “Whole Lotta Rosie” to guitarist Malcolm Young.

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LITA FORD Doesn't Regret Including TONY IOMMI Abuse Accusations In Her Book

LITA FORD Doesn't Regret Including TONY IOMMI Abuse Accusations In Her Book

Lita Ford says that she has no regrets about detailing what she has described in her memoir as an abusive relationship with Tony Iommi.

The female rocker opened up about her tumultuous romance with the BLACK SABBATH guitarist in “Living Like A Runaway: A Memoir”, in which she accuses Iommi of attacking her on at least two occasions as he battled severe drug addiction.

During an appearance on the “Trunk Nation” show on SiriusXM channel Volume, Lita said that she was “not sorry” she wrote about Iommi‘s allegedly physically abusive behavior toward her “because it hurt me just as much as it hurt people to read about it. They were obviously into the book when they read it,” she said. “I was the one that got the butt end of the stick on that.

“I still think he’s an amazing guitar player; it doesn’t take that away from me,” she continued. “He’s my idol. I still idolize his music; it doesn’t take that away.”

Asked by Trunk is she has heard from Iommi or anybody in his camp since her book was published nearly two years ago, Lita said: “No. And we actually reached out to him to try to let him know what we were gonna do and say, and the book is coming out. He just said, ‘Well, we were all on drugs then.’ He more so than anybody. If you read the book, you’ll see what we were doing. And I’m not innocent — I was doing drugs too, but not in the mass quantities that… He was almost on Elvis Presley level, which was insane — just mass quantities. [He had] doctors and people you could just pick up the phone and say, ‘Can I have an injection of this? ‘Can I have a jarful of these?’ Not a bottle, but a jar. Just crazy stuff — stuff I’m sure he’s cleaned up now and he’s not that person anymore.”

According to Lita, she became “destructive” when she found out what kind of person Tony was. “I wanted to hurt myself. And what I did was — and I don’t know if this is considered hurting yourself — I started drinking, because he never allowed me to drink. Although he would do mass quantities of drugs, he would never allow me to have a drink.”

Ford said that the drugs “were there” for her to take “if I wanted them. [Tony] never really forced them on me.” But Iommi inexplicably did not want her to ever consume any alcohol. “It was very bizarre,” she said. “He just really did not want me… Even on airplanes. When you’re sitting on a plane, you like to have a glass of wine or a Bloody Mary or just something to take the edge off, because you’re 30 thousand feet in the air for five hours, or 10 hours, flying overseas, but I couldn’t. So when we split, we went our separate ways, I went on a drinking binge, just to say, ‘You won’t let me do it. I’m gonna go do it now since you’re not around. I’m gonna hurt myself.’ And I ended up getting this tattoo of this dragon on my shoulder. I don’t know. It was a hurt-me kind of thing; I wanted to hurt myself. Because I was devastated when I found out what kind of person he was; I was absolutely devastated. And I think’s shattering to a lot of fans that read the book. They feel the same way I did. But I was in those shoes, and when they read about that, they’re, like, shocked.”

Asked if she was comfortable with Iommi‘s supposed explanation for the violence as his claim that everyone was “on drugs” back in those days, Lita said: “Part of it, yeah. I think part of it. I think it’s something that is in his family, or was in his family. I don’t believe his mother and father are still alive, and I think his father might have contributed to that. And then the drugs on top of it just makes you violent, makes you out of your mind. Especially… Depends on what you take or what you’re doing, but a combination of a certain type of drug will make you violent.”

In “Living Like A Runaway”, Lita claims her relationship with Iommi started when she and THE RUNAWAYS opened for BLACK SABBATH, and they tried — but failed — to have sex because Iommi was “too high” on cocaine. Ford writes: “He seemed so charming, confident and handsome. I would later find out that looks are deceiving.”

The physical abuse began on a flight to England to meet his mother, she claims, when Iommi “out of nowhere… hauled off and punched me in the eye.”

The abuse continued, she says, culminating in a frightening episode that she said occurred after they became engaged. “After snorting tons of blow, he got angry and choked me unconscious,” she writes. “When I woke up, I saw him holding a chair above my head. It was a big, heavy leather chair with studs around the arms, and he was about to smash it over my face. I rolled over, and luckily I moved fast enough that he missed me and the chair smashed into the ground.”

She eventually parted ways with Iommi, who went on to hire her band behind her back, she claims.

“I was in love with Tony,” she wrote. “He was my everything; he was my world, my idol, my lover. I was going to marry him; I was engaged. I didn’t know anything about an abusive relationship. I had never been in one before… I actually lied to my mother and I said, ‘Mom, I’ve got a girlfriend whose boyfriend hit her.’ And she said, ‘Lita, he did it once, he’ll do it again.’ I just went, ‘Oh my God.’ He had done it more than once, and I knew that it was only a matter of time… I needed to get out of there. Thank God we weren’t married and we had no kids, so I packed up and left.”“Living Like A Runaway: A Memoir” was released in February 2016 via Dey Street Books (formerly It Books), an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers.

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SEBASTIAN BACH Says There Were No 'Talks' About SKID ROW Reunion, Just 'Texts'

SEBASTIAN BACH Says There Were No 'Talks' About SKID ROW Reunion, Just 'Texts'

Sebastian Bach says that he has no say in whether he reunites with SKID ROW or not, explaining that his return to the group lies solely at the hands of their respective managers.

SKID ROW guitarist Dave “Snake” Sabo last week shot down the possibility of a reunion with Bach, saying that the chances of the singer coming back to the band are “slim to none.”

During an appearance on the “Quinn & Cantara Morning Show” on the PYX 106 radio station, Bach addressed the likelihood of him going back to SKID ROW, saying (hear audio below): “At this point, it has nothing to do with Snake or me. It has to do with two guys. One of them’s named Doc McGhee and the other is named Rick Sales. Doc is trying to put together the reunion of SKID ROW and Rick has managed me for over 10 years now. And they’re the two guys who can make it happen.”

Bach also took issue with the BLABBERMOUTH.NET headline that referenced Snake‘s comment that “there was talk” last year about a possible reunion with Bach.

“The funny thing is I read the headline… I don’t read everything else, if I can help it. [Laughs] But I can’t miss the headline,” he said. “So it says, ‘Why the reunion talks with Bach failed.’ There was no talk. There was not one talk. I have not talked… You would think if there’s ‘talks,’ that would involve people talking, right? That never… What the headline should have said correctly and accurately is, ‘Why the Bach reunion texts did not happen.’ Because all we did — the members of SKID ROW — was have a group text. I should upload the thread. It’s, like, a couple of texts: ‘Hey, you wanna do this?’ ‘Hey, what’s going on?’ ‘Hey, okay, you wanna do this?’ ‘I don’t know.’ ‘Well, fuck you then.’ [Laughs]”

Sebastian went on to reiterate that “the only guys that are putting [a SKID ROW reunion] together are Doc and Rick. It’s beyond me and Snake,” he said. “If we can’t get it together on a group text, then there’s really hope to us [being able to make the reunion happen on our own].

According to Bach, a reunion of SKID ROW‘s classic lineup is “just not up to me. If you read all of this stuff [that the members of SKID ROW have been saying], those guys have their own [idea] of what they think is cool and fun,” he said.

Asked point blank if he would take part in a SKID ROW reunion if it was offered to him, Bach said: “Sure. Yeah. Why not? We’re all still alive.”

Bach fronted SKID ROW until 1996, when he was fired. Instead of throwing in the towel, the remaining members took a hiatus and went on to play briefly in a band called OZONE MONDAY.

In 1999, SKID ROW reformed and, after a bit of shuffling over the years, featured a lineup consisting of original bassist Rachel Bolan and guitarists Sabo and Scotti Hill, alongside drummer Rob Hammersmith and singer Johnny Solinger.

SKID ROW fired Solinger over the phone in April 2015, a few hours before announcing ex-TNT vocalist Tony Harnell as his replacement. Eight months later, Harnell exited the band and was replaced by South African-born, British-based singer ZP Theart, who previously fronted DRAGONFORCE, TANK and I AM I.

Earlier in the month, Sabo told the “Trunk Nation” show on SiriusXM channel Volume that “there was definitely dialog that was going back and forth” between SKID ROW and Bach about a possible reunion, but “what it ended up being was we realized that whatever it was that tore us apart years ago still existed… We got offered a lot of money. And then with the dialog that went back and forth, it got ugly again,” he said.

According to Sabo, the disagreements between SKID ROW‘s core members and Bach about a possible reunion “had nothing to do with money. It was more about control, I think. Other people having a desire to have more control over this thing than we were willing to give… I guess it was the personality conflicts that existed before, 20 years ago [that are still there].”

Despite his lack of interest in being in a band with Bach again, Sabo did not completely rule out a reunion with the charismatic singer. “I always never say never,” Sabo said. “I guess that’s like my way of not committing to saying, ‘No, it will never happen.’ The chances of it happening, I mean, I would say they’re slim to none, but I never say never.”

SKID ROW guitarist Scotti Hill in August also ruled out the possibility of a reunion with Bach, explaining he and his bandmates don’t want to “put ourselves in a volatile situation and be unhappy and destroy what we have now.”

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Influential NWOBHM Band TRESPASS Releases 'Momentum' Video

Influential NWOBHM Band TRESPASS Releases 'Momentum' Video

Classic NWOBHM outfit TRESPASS has released a new music video for the song “Momentum”. A hard-rocking British metal song with an old-school ’80s JUDAS PRIEST vibe, it is taken from TRESPASS‘s upcoming comeback album, “Footprints In The Rock”, which will be released on January 12, 2018 via Mighty Music.

TRESPASS was formed in Sudbury, Suffolk, England in April 1979 by brothers Mark (guitar, vocals) and Paul Sutcliffe (drums), Dave Crawte (guitar) and Richard Penny (bass). Around this time, they started gigging around East Anglia, playing a mix of rock covers and original songs including early versions of “One Of These Days” and “Lightsmith”.

Despite their fairly short-lived time on the metal scene, TRESPASS made a lasting impact. Lars Ulrich and James Hetfield of METALLICA remained fans since the very beginning and “One Of These Days” was featured on NWOBHM compilation “New Wave of British Heavy Metal ’79 Revisited” put together by Ulrich and Geoff Barton in 1990.

TRESPASS played festivals in Europe in 2015 and 2016 and will be touring in 2018 in support of the upcoming album.


Mark Sutcliffe – Guitar, Lead Vocals
Jason Roberts – Drums
Danny B – Bass
Joe Fawcett – Guitar

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