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. Lita Ford photo credit: Dustin Jack
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."
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 wil...
"Make Them Bleed", the title track of the full-length debut from TERROR UNIVERSAL, the "horror metal" band featuring ILL NIÑO drummer Dave Chavarri (who also previously played with SOULFLY), can be streamed below. Due on January 19, 2018 via Minus Head Records, the disc will feature guest appearances by bassists John Moyer (DISTURBED, ART OF ANARCHY, ex-ADRENALINE MOB) and Tony Campos (FEAR FACTORY, MINISTRY, SOULFLY, STATIC-X). Campos appears on the track "Dead On Arrival", and Moyer can be heard on "Spines". Vocalist Plague says: "We hope everyone enjoys the title track from our new album, 'Make Them Bleed'. We chose to release this track first because it really captures the totally dark, heavy vibe that makes up TERROR UNIVERSAL and the entire album. It's a great taste of what's to come on the rest of the record, and we think you'll really like this track and it'll become part of your daily soundtrack. We're stoked to roll out this record for everyone leading up to the release date — we're really proud of it. Enjoy." You can pre-order "Make Them Bleed" right now via Bandcamp or via the band's PledgeMusic campaign. PledgeMusic pre-order incentives include digital download cards, signed CDs, limited-edition posters, t-shirts, stickers, limited edition blood-splatter vinyl, signed gear (including a guitar, drumhead and drum sticks), one-on-one music lessons, and more. "Make Them Bleed" track listing: 01. Passage Of Pain 02. Welcome To Hell 03. Spines (feat. John Moyer) 04. Make Them Bleed 05. Through The Mirrors 06. Dig You A Hole 07. Dead On Arrival (feat. Tony Campos) 08. Into Darkness 09. Your Time Has Come 10. Piece By Piece Guitarist Ahrue Luster (ILL NIÑO; formerly of MACHINE HEAD), who played with TERROR UNIVERSAL in the early stages of the band, has not been involved with the group for over a year. TERROR UNIVERSAL is: Vocals: Plague Drums: Massacre Guitars: Thrax Bass: Diabolus
GUNS N' ROSES paid tribute to AC/DC's Malcolm Young during a concert in California, dedicating covers of "Knockin' On Heaven's Door" and "Whole Lotta Rosie" to the iconic guitarist who died this weekend. Singer Axl Rose introduced the Bob Dylan classic by telling the audience last night at Golden 1 Center in Sacramento: "We're gonna dedicate this to Mr. Malcolm Young, who will be sorely missed by none more than his brother Angus." GUNS N' ROSES followed up "Knockin' On Heaven's Door" with a version of the AC/DC classic that has been a regular part of GN'R concerts for the past few months. Malcolm's brother, fellow AC/DC legend Angus Young, joined GUNS N' ROSES on stage several times during the "Not In This Lifetime" tour, including at the Coachella festival in April 2016. Malcolm Young died on Saturday (November 18) surrounded by family after a long battle with dementia. He was replaced in AC/DC by Stevie Young, nephew of Malcolm and Angus Young. Axl Rose did a string of European and North American concerts with AC/DC in 2016, mostly to fan and critical acclaim. It is unknown whether Rose will continue singing with AC/DC. The band's future remains in doubt after the band completed its world tour in support of 2014's "Rock Or Bust", a cycle that saw a massive turnover in the group's personnel. Sole original member Angus Young has not yet indicated whether the group will continue recording and touring. In March 2016, AC/DC's singer of 35 years, Brian Johnson, had to leave the band's North American tour after doctors told him he might lose his hearing, while 40-year bassist Cliff Williams announced his retirement at the rescheduled trek's conclusion. The lineup that completed the tour consisted of Williams, Angus Young, Rose, Chris Slade on drums and Angus's nephew Stevie Young on guitar. Photo credit: Katarina Benzova
This goes out to Malcolm Young. He will be sorely missed.Posted by Guns N' Roses on Sunday, November 19, 2017
FOO FIGHTERS frontman Dave Grohl has paid touching tribute to Malcolm Young. The AC/DC co-founder died earlier today (Saturday, November 18) surrounded by family after a long battle with dementia. In a note posted on the FOO FIGHTERS Facebook page, t...
STRYPER finished recording all the basic tracks for its new album (everything except lead vocals and lead guitar solos) a few days ago. According to frontman Michael Sweet, "it went much faster than expected and it sounds absolutely killer! We were all just having fun making music again with a new spirit and attitude. It felt like 1985 all over again. There's a new groove to the music that has to be experienced, not described." He continued: "We're all incredibly excited and feel that this may very well be the best album we've ever recorded. It's very special and has an energy unlike any other. We can't wait for you to hear it. April can't come soon enough." Sweet recently told ListenIowa that both the title and the lyrics of the title track of STRYPER's follow-up to 2015's "Fallen" album will be "shocking" to STRYPER fans — "moreso than with 'To Hell With The Devil'. When people hear it, they're going to go, 'What? Can you tell me that again?'" he said. "A lot of the lyrics on the album have been kind of therapeutic, coming from the last two or three years." As for the music, he described it as "straight-up STRYPER and a little AC/DC and a little [JUDAS] PRIEST in a blender… It's an anthem with a straight-ahead, memorable, sing-along chorus, and people will be like, 'Yes!'" STRYPER's upcoming album will be the band's first since the addition of former FIREHOUSE bassist Perry Richardson. Perry joined the band as the replacement for STRYPER's longtime bassist Tim Gaines, who was fired from the group earlier this year. Gaines's exit from STRYPER had been rumored for months, ever since guitarist Oz Fox revealed that Tim was going through a divorce, forcing the group to take a hiatus and possibly consider a future without the bassist. Gaines told KNAC.COM in August that "all hell broke loose" after he split up with his previous wife, "which is taboo as far as Christianity, I guess." He added: "I'm not the only guy in STRYPER to have gotten a divorce. Everybody in the band is married to divorced people. And I'm the bad guy, but everybody else has done it too, so? Whatever. Live in glass houses and everything will be exposed at some point or another." A few days later, the remaining members of STRYPER released a statement denying that Gaines's divorce was a factor in their decision to part ways with the bassist and blaming Tim's "erratic and hostile behavior" for his dismissal from the group.
Multi-platinum rock theater experience TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA (a.k.a. TSO) kicked off its fall 2017 U.S. tour this past Thursday night (November 16). Fan-filmed video footage of the West Coast version of the tour performing at Mid-America Center in ...
Former ACCEPT Frontman UDO DIRKSCHNEIDER Doesn’t Want To Confuse People By Continuing Namesake ‘DIRKSCHNEIDER’ Band
Spark TV, which is part of the Czech monthly magazine Spark, recently conducted an interview with former ACCEPT frontman Udo Dirkschneider and his son Sven, who plays drums in Udo's namesake band DIRKSCHNEIDER and his long-running solo outfit U.D.O. You can watch the entire chat below. A few excerpts follow (transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET). On how Udo was as a parent: Sven: "He was on the road a lot, but, of course, [he was] great. We always enjoyed the time when he was at home, which was sometimes not that much. But that's how it goes if you're a musician. You try to spend as much time and intensive time when you have two or three months off, then you try to spend it as well as possible." On whether rock music was a regular presence in the Dirkschneider household: Sven: "Absolutely not. It's a normal family life, what we did, or are still doing. When I'm at home, I have my wife and my dog and so there's nothing about rock and roll. As soon as I'm on the road, then we do rock and roll and live rock and roll, but as soon as I'm home, sometimes you really want to keep it away from you as well. I'm not going to concerts or anything. That was the same with my childhood. I had a normal family life. My sister, my mom, my dad, we tried to keep it as normal as possible." On how Sven was a son: Udo: "He was, let's say, in a way, quite easy. Yeah, I have nothing really to remember if there was something bad. No, he was quite easy growing up." On whether Sven always wanted to drum while growing up, or follow in his father's footsteps and become a singer: Sven: "Actually, I started when I was five, so pretty early. It was clear I was going to be a drummer at some point. There's no way you can compete [with someone like my father] and I don't want to, especially for me, it was clear from the beginning that I wanted to play the drums. I was more into rhythm stuff. I actually dreamed about it, but I never thought that I was going to play together with my dad, especially these songs that we are doing now. When we first played [ACCEPT classic] 'Metal Heart' with U.D.O., it was something very special for me. It was my all-time favorite song from my childhood." On Sven's favorite drummer as a youngster: Sven: "Actually, when I was a child, I didn't really think about anybody. But, the first drummer I really met and sat behind his kit was Mikkey Dee [MOTÖRHEAD]. Yeah, also now, he's a big influence on me. I think he's one of the greatest in the business. He was the first drummer I met as a little child. He let me sit behind him during the show and he showed me some stuff, so that was pretty cool. In 2015, I met him again when I played with SAXON two support shows for MOTÖRHEAD. It was pretty amazing because he stepped in for one song, he did '747' with SAXON, so I did the 'high-five' and he went up behind Nigel's [Glockler] kit. That was a great moment." On whether the two of them discuss each other's mistakes after shows: Udo: "Of course, we are always talking about when something was happening during the show. We always try to make it better. I think that's important. Not to say, 'Everything is okay. Everything works, and that's it.' No, we are talking about it when we have little mistakes and we want to change it a little bit. I think that's very important, to try to make it better." On whether Sven will continue to drum in U.D.O.: Sven: "I hope so. Of course. Definitely, of course." Udo: "Of course. He already did all the drum tracks on the new album. In between, we are working on a new U.D.O. album already. It will be out sometime between August or September of next year. It will be the same lineup. For me, it was very easy to say, 'Okay, I want to have this musician and this musician and this musician for DIRKSCHNEIDER.' For me, it was easy to keep the U.D.O. band. He [Sven] was playing some ACCEPT songs. That was the easiest way." On why DIRKSCHNEIDER will no longer continue once this current run of touring concludes: Udo: "Some people came up with this idea, you know, 'Why aren't you going to continue under DIRKSCHNEIDER?' No, we are working on the 16th U.D.O. album. We have a big following also with U.D.O. It may make the people confused. DIRKSCHNEIDER continued for nearly two years for ACCEPT songs, blah, blah, blah. I can't imagine coming up with an album called DIRKSCHNEIDER. People would get confused. We discussed this already and then we said 'We'll definitely continue under U.D.O.'" Udo and Sven Dirkschneider spent the last year and a half touring under the DIRKSCHNEIDER banner, performing classic ACCEPT songs for the last time. The trek, which was originally supposed to conclude with the band's North American run in January/February, has now been extended through early 2018. DIRKSCHNEIDER released "Live - Back To The Roots - Accepted!" on August 4 in Europe and August 18 in the USA as a DVD/2CD, Blu-ray/2CD and gatefold triple vinyl in two different colors.
Metal Wani's Chuck Marshall recently conducted an interview with guitarist Patrik Jensen of Swedish thrashers WITCHERY. You can listen to the entire chat below. A few excerpts follow (transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET). On why WITCHERY established the goal of releasing their new "I Am Legion" studio album a year after their previous "In His Infernal Majesty's Service": Patrik: "Historically, the band is over 20 years old. When we started out in '96, we were young and I guess naïve or so, but we said that we were going to put out two albums every year because that's what our old favorite bands did, like KISS and MOTÖRHEAD in the '70s. We said we're going to carry on that tradition. Then, around 2000, [Jensen's other band] THE HAUNTED took off and ARCH ENEMY [featuring WITCHERY bassist Sharlee D'Angelo] took off and our drummer [Martin Axenrot] joined OPETH and they're huge. There was just no time for us to get together and write and do albums anymore. Everything started to this four years, , the next album ['Don't Fear The Reaper'], then it was 2010, 'Witchkrieg', then 2016, that was the twentieth anniversary [of the band]. I was thinking, 'Okay, we need to put out an album for that. I don't know if anyone is going to remember us.' So, we recorded an album for that. At least to us, people loved it. We were overwhelmed, but we were still not getting any offers to play festivals or tour or anything. I realized that people, they think there's going to be another six years until the next album comes and this is just a project band. That's why we want to make a point out of releasing it within one year. As soon as we announced we had another coming out, the offers started coming in. So that's the reason why we released them so close in time to each other." On whether the "raw" production job found on "I Am Legion" was intentional: Patrik: "It's very much a conscious decision because I've grown somewhat 'metal fatigue.' The newer productions that bands come out [with]. Everything sounds the same. Everyone is running the same plug-ins. All of this, 'I'm using this sample drum library. It sounds fantastic. [Famed METALLICA producer] Bob Rock did it, blah, blah.' Yeah, it sounds fantastic, but then everyone uses it. It gets boring, predictable. Also, if you play to a click, that means everyone, usually there's some driving force in a band like maybe, Malcolm Young would be the driving force in AC/DC and everyone plays around him or a drummer, so you get this unique band signature timing, but if everyone plays along to a click, that means that everyone has the same fifth or sixth member. There's always this guy that he or she is keeping the pace, which is the click track. And it just makes everything sound the same. WITCHERY has always made a point out of recording live. With this album, we went into the studio saying that 'We want the album to sound like old, natural drums.' I actually told [producer] Daniel Bergstrand that I wanted it to sound like VAN HALEN's drums on '1984', just something that people don't hear anymore these days. We are very happy with the outcome. It might be a silly word, but I want my metal to sound dangerous, like MOTÖRHEAD or something, old MOTÖRHEAD albums, you never knew what was going to happen. Maybe we're not as dirty and smelly as MOTÖRHEAD, but we still want to have that… you put on a WITCHERY album, we want to give the feeling that this band means business, that we love to play music. We try to create something, that's what we're trying to do." On his reaction when fans refer to WITCHERY as "black metal": Patrik: "I don't think it's entirely true, though, that said, black metal is a bit more forgiving than maybe thrash metal and [pure] heavy metal is. There's so much more you can do within the boundaries of black metal: atmospheric, or very lo-fi, orchestral, like DIMMU BORGIR. If you play thrash, it's mainly just thrash. If you play heavy metal, it's kind of IRON MAIDEN, JUDAS PRIEST. Black metal is pretty generous in that perspective that there's so many different ways of playing it. But, I wouldn't call us a black metal band because we do play a lot of heavy metal riffs, even, a lot of thrash riffs, of course, even death metal riffs. Actually, there's a song off 'In His Infernal Majesty's Service' that's called 'Zoroast' that almost has a rock opening, the chorus there. I don't know what to call what we play, which is a good thing, I guess." "I Am Legion" was released on November 10 via Century Media Records. The album's initial CD pressing comes as a digipak with two bonus tracks: "Ragnarök" and "Apex Ghoul". "I Am Legion" is also available as 180-gram vinyl version on either black vinyl or limited colored runs on clear vinyl (100 copies via CM webshop) and transparent red vinyl (200 copies via CM Distro).