Sebastian Bach Explains Origins of Bon Jovi / Skid Row Feud: 'I'll F—-ing Own You'

Sebastian Bach Explains Origins of Bon Jovi / Skid Row Feud: 'I'll F—-ing Own You'

Sebastian Bach reveals how tensions between Skid Row and Bon Jovi escalated from nasty pranks and angry words to thrown punches and even a death threat.

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DAVE MUSTAINE: 'I Have Tremendous Respect For KIRK HAMMETT'

DAVE MUSTAINE: 'I Have Tremendous Respect For KIRK HAMMETT'

Dave Mustaine says that he has “tremendous respect for Kirk Hammett,” claiming that the METALLICA guitarist was “almost 100% accurate” in his recent assessment of the MEGADETH mainman’s relationship with his former band.

Mustaine, who was the original lead guitarist of METALLICA, was dismissed from the band by drummer Lars Ulrich in 1983. He was replaced by Hammett and went on to form MEGADETH and achieve worldwide success on his own.

Mustaine feuded with the members of METALLICA for more than two decades before finally patching things up over the last few years. He has jammed with his ex-bandmates on several occasions during “Big Four” shows and at METALLICA‘s 30th-anniversary concerts in 2011.

During an appearance on the “Word Of Wheeler” podcast, Hammett spoke about his current relationship with Mustaine, saying that “I’ve always seen Dave as someone who was just really, really sad, really angry, really frustrated about his situation with METALLICA, and he never could let that go. And, you know, I’ve always shown a lot of empathy for him, understanding that he was just pissed off. It’s the equivalent of the woman of your life leaving you. I mean, really. When your band kicks you out… I’ve never been kicked out, but I can imagine it’s a horrible experience, especially if it’s a band that you feel really passionately about. So I can understand Dave‘s plight over all these years. But I will also say that when we did these 30th-anniversary shows at the Fillmore [in San Francisco], and we invited Dave to play on all those ‘Kill ‘Em All’ songs, man, it felt so good to have him playing on stage. It felt perfectly fine for me to, while Dave was playing the guitar solos, for me to go over to James [Hetfield, METALLICA frontman] and play the rhythm parts with James, and it wasn’t a big deal at all. And I could see from the look on Dave‘s face and just from his whole attitude that it was super-cathartic for him. And I could see how it was helping him. And so I just took it all in stride. And it’s interesting, because since then, I think, Dave‘s relationship with us is a little bit better now. I’d like to think that that whole thing just kind of healed some scars that needed to be healed.”

After Hammett‘s comments about Mustaine were first reported by BLABBERMOUTH.NET on Saturday and picked up by other music sites the following day, Mustaine took to his Twitter to respond. He wrote: “I have tremendous respect for @KirkHammett and I appreciate his take on this. he is almost 100% accurate…almost. I wish him the best.”

Mustaine, who was a member of METALLICA for less than two years, from 1981 to 1983, was not inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame with the band during the April 2009 ceremony at Cleveland, Ohio’s Public Auditorium.

Ulrich later explained to The Plain Dealer that Mustaine was not included because “you’ve got to kind of cap it somewhere. Dave Mustaine never played on any METALLICA records. No disrespect to him. But there [were] half a dozen other people that were in the lineup in the early days. We thought . . . the fair thing to do would be to include anybody that played on a METALLICA record.” He added: “Dave Mustaine was in the band for 11 months, predominantly in 1982… I’m not trying to play it down. I have nothing but respect and admiration for his accomplishments since.”

(Thanks: Chris Marti)
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COREY TAYLOR Recalls First Time He Heard BLACK SABBATH (Video)

COREY TAYLOR Recalls First Time He Heard BLACK SABBATH (Video)

Revolver editor Sammi Chichester conducted an interview with SLIPKNOT frontman Corey Taylor at the two-day Ozzfest Meets Knotfest event, which took place September 24-25 at San Manuel Amphitheater And Festival Grounds in San Bernardino, California. You can now watch the chat below.

Asked to recall the first time he heard BLACK SABBATH‘s music, Corey said: “I was… Oh, God… I wanna say I was at my grandma’s house, and my uncle Alan was playing SABBATH. Which was crazy, ’cause he looked just like Cliff Burton when I was a kid, which was very crazy. And he put on ‘Paranoid’, and I just remember hearing that riff and being just mesmerized by it. I was just, like, ‘What is that?’ Then everything just kind of kicked in. And I remember listening to it and just listening to it and listening to it, going, ‘I just wanna hear that over and over and over again.’ Then years later, finding out that Ozzy Osbourne was not only Ozzy Osbourne but also the singer for BLACK SABBATH. I was blown away. I was, like, ‘How do you get to be two amazing bands?’ So it was really cool, man, to find BLACK SABBATH and then be able to become a fan and really be able to kind of trace that all the way through our history has been incredible. And then, obviously, to get to meet them and be friends with them and have them recognize me really messes with my head. It’s kind of a crazy thing.”

Taylor previously spoke to Rolling Stone about the impact Ozzy Osbourne‘s namesake festival had on SLIPKNOT. He said: “You have to go back to 1999, our first major tour. Ozzfest gave us an incredible opportunity and we were able to really jumpstart our career from there… The great thing about being a part of that Ozzfest was that you were immediately a part of a family.”

Taylor also talked about his favorite Ozzfest memory and his first Ozzfest tour. “I learned that even in the midst of all kinds of crazy stuff going on, I can still be a fanboy,” Taylor said. “When Ozzy hugged me for the first time, it was like being blessed. It doesn’t get any better than that.”

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BOBBY BLOTZER's RATT Performs In Spokane (Video)

BOBBY BLOTZER's RATT Performs In Spokane (Video)

Drummer Bobby Blotzer‘s version of RATT performed last night (Saturday, December 3) at the Star Theatre at Spokane Arena in Spokane, Washington as the support act for POISON singer Bret Michaels. The concert marked Blotzer‘s first appearance with his version of RATT since he was expelled from the partnership which owns the RATT name and brand.

Fan-filmed video footage of the show can be seen below.

Less than a month ago, a judge ruled against Blotzer with respect to whether bassist Juan Croucier had committed trademark infringement by using the RATT name and logo to advertise his band RATT’S JUAN CROUCIER back in the fall 2015. The judge furthermore decided that the corporation WBS, Inc., of which Blotzer and guitarist Warren DeMartini were thought to be the sole shareholders, and which Blotzer has claimed owns the RATT name and brand, did not have ownership interest in the RATT marks and that the name and brand was still owned by the members who were part of the original RATT partnership agreement: Croucier, DeMartini, Blotzer and singer Stephen Pearcy.

According to Pearcy, DeMartini and Croucier, Blotzer has no further interest in the RATT name and may now only refer to himself as a “former member of RATT,” as per their partnership agreement.

On November 12, Blotzer defended his decision to carry on with his version of RATT, telling Metal Gods TV: “In my heart, I’ll always love RATT — I call it the Class Of ’84 — but I’ve been in this band thirty-five years come next March, and I did a lot of begging and pleading for everybody [from the classic lineup] to come work and nobody wanted to do it. Now they’ve seen how big that we’ve gotten out here with the new generation, as I like to call it, still RATT. We’ve been playing in front of tens and tens of thousands of people — and I’m not even going overboard on that. We did one show with Miranda Lambert in Sturgis — forty thousand people; that was unbelievable. So these guys are getting a kick out of it. Our singer is so good — Josh Alan. I mean, he replicates Pearcy‘s voice and sound of the lead singing of RATT, which is key. And that’s why other bands that continue on with other members [and without the ones] that don’t wanna tour, they’re able to do it — you have to make it sound… in building block number one, I think, with the lead singer. And we didn’t do that before when Stephen was out and we had Jizzy Pearl. God bless him, but you need to have it sound like just… In my opinion… I’ve watched so many bands do it, and they sound just like the record, so that’s what we strive to do. And we have fun; we have so much fun.”

Blotzer also reiterated his belief that RATT fans don’t want to hear the band’s classic songs performed differently from the original recorded versions. “I remember going down to see DEEP PURPLE, and I remember going to see JOURNEY, and I remember going to see VAN HALEN… I mean, the list is so long. We actually made a list, and there was, like, fifty-three bands that have one or two [original] members [left]… three… whatever. I don’t like it, but I would rather see something than nothing,” he said. “And that’s what I convey… ‘Cause I come out and say hello to everybody from my drum set. I come out front and kind of just say, ‘Hey, what’s up? Everybody, remember me?’ And they’re real nice about it. I just say, ‘Hey, there’s some new faces up here, but I just want you guys to know: it’s for the love of RATT music. I wanna play it. Personally, I love RATT music, just like you guys do. Do you love this band?’ And they go crazy. ‘Cause they do love the band. I’m just stoked to keep doing it, and I wanna keep doing it.”

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AVENGED SEVENFOLD Singer Explains Latest Drummer Switch

AVENGED SEVENFOLD Singer Explains Latest Drummer Switch

M. Shadows and Zacky Vengeance of AVENGED SEVENFOLD were recently interviewed by Terry “Beez” Bezer on the “That’s Not Metal” podcast. You can now listen to the chat using the SoundCloud widget below.

Speaking about AVENGED SEVENFOLD‘s decision to part ways with drummer Arin Ilejay and replace him with Brooks Wackerman (BAD RELIGION), M. Shadows said: “‘Brooks is] older than us. We respect him, and we wouldn’t have made this change unless we knew it was the right decision. We spent a long time, and, for whatever it is, we took heat from people that don’t know anything about the situation, like, ‘Oh, changing drummers again,’ ‘Oh, they’re doing this,’ and from the outside, we knew that was gonna be an issue. But on the inside, we were just making the necessary adjustments that we knew were gonna get us to this point to where we can put out something we’re proud of, a guy that we can throw ideas at, and he can throw ideas at us, and we respect each other. He’s a smart guy, he’s a great guy to be around, and he’s just a fantastic drummer. So, for us, we knew we were gonna take heat for the last couple of years with all these changes we were doing. But I think we’ve proved that we were doing all of our due diligence behind the scenes. We were making sure that everything, from taking our time writing the record to staying off the road to getting Brooks a year and a half ago… Obviously, we had to announce that earlier than we wanted to, because out of respect for BAD RELIGION — they needed to move on, and it would have been obvious what’s going on — and out of respect for Arin, because Arin needed to move on.”

M. Shadows also spoke in more detail about the circumstances that led to Arin‘s exit from AVENGED SEVEFOLD. He said: “I think Arin, obviously, got more and more distanced as time went on. It’s kind of like everyone goes through their honeymoon period and it’s all great, but then you start realizing that we’re four guys that have a way we do things and then there’s someone else that just doesn’t really fit into that at all. And as nice of a guy as he is, there were just a bunch of things that didn’t represent us at all, and you can’t have that, especially when we’ve worked for so long and so hard at what we do. And the last thing we care about is our public perception of what we should do with our lives. So I went to the guys and said, ‘We’ve gotta do something.’ I’m, like, ‘We’ve gotta ask Brooks Wackerman if he wants to [join the band].’ And it’s funny, ’cause we’ve known Brooks forever, and it just seemed like such a bold move, only because he’s in a band. And I play golf with the guys in BAD RELIGION. It just seemed bizarre, but it just happened that he was at that point in his life too where he wanted something different. So it all just worked out. But at the same time, I can see how, from the outside, everyone was [forming] their opinions on what we were doing.”

AVENGED SEVENFOLD‘s latest album, “The Stage”, came out more than a month ago. The group made the album available at midnight on October 27 with almost no promotion beforehand, save for the arrival of a new song one week earlier.

The surprise release of the disc, which was announced the night it went on sale, earned the lowest sales of an AVENGED SEVENFOLD album in 11 years — less than half the tally of its previous two efforts.

The marketing plan and launch of the album, the band’s first for Capitol Records, was months in the making, starting with the projection of the band’s logo, the Deathbat, on buildings in cities around the world. The campaign even included some misdirection, as the group had its friend Chris Jericho “accidentally” leak a fake album title and release date.

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