Archive for August, 2014
Jason Becker, the former guitarist for David Lee Roth who has lived with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) for 25 years, is ecstatic to see what the ALS Ice-bucket Challenge is doing to help fight against the disease. Becker has been robbed of his ability to speak or move and communicates with a system designed by his father, Gary, where Becker uses his eyes to “spell out” what he wants to say by looking at letters on a letter board. Becker's talent had him being compared to guitar like Van Halen and Yngwie Malmsteen at the time of his diagnosis. Initially he was only given a few more years to live, but he has defied the odds and surviving decades longer than first predicted, he still currently composes music.
“I love it. It is amazing,” Becker told Christa Titus of Billboard.com. “At first I didn’t get it, but man, the awareness and money it has raised is incredible. I hope something great comes out of it for ALS patients.”
Jason Becker took his own version of the Ice-bucket Challenge, but with ice bags placed on this head and body, since pouring ice water on his medical equipment wasn't an option. Becker says David Lee Roth has donated to the ALS cause. Regarding Van Halen, he hasn’t heard from him, but “it doesn’t matter. Eddie has done so much for me. It is incredible how much he has helped me and my whole family.” Becker says Van Halen “saved” him and his family when they were having a major financial crisis, and he also got Warner Bros. to release Becker’s 2001 album Perspective. “So,” says Becker, “[Eddie] doesn’t have to get wet.”
Becker now composes music with the assistance of a computer program and collaborators. Three new tracks he wrote are included on his 2008 album 'Collection.' Becker's good friend and former bandmate in the act Cacophony, Marty Friedman (Megadeth), guested on Collection. Becker returned the favor by contributing to the song “Horrors” on Friedman’s latest solo album, Inferno. They wrote the song by swapping ideas via email. To give or find out more about ALS, visit www.alsa.org.
On August 30th, Richie Kotzen will headline a benefit concert for Jason Becker in San Francisco, CA at The Great American Music Hall. Kotzen told Billboard, “I’m leaving two days [after the event] to start a European tour, and I was actually worried that I wasn’t going to be able to participate. But I made sure that I was able to move things around so I could be a part of it. It’s something important for me that I want to do.” This will be the fourth benefit Kotzen has played on behalf of Becker.
For years, Linda Ramone has controlled Johnny’s half of the band’s estate, while Joey’s brother Mickey oversaw the lead singer’s half. After a long behind the scenes disputes all sides are finally on the same page and moving forward to commemorate the legacy of the Ramones.
Billboard.com reports that a Ramones documentary is just one of several projects in the works to celebrate the 40th Anniversary of the band. Among the others are a theatrical play, a book and a film, which already has Oscar-winning director Martin Scorsese attached.
Jeff Jampol, who now co-manages the band’s estate with Dave Frey, have big plans for the Ramones moving forward. Jampol, who also handles estates for the Doors, Janis Joplin, Tupac, Otis Redding and more.
“The 40th anniversary of the Ramones is coming up in 2016, that’s when the first album came out. So we have a lot of projects leading up to that. We’re looking at a documentary on the Ramones, we just secured a ton of footage, much of which has never been seen before,” he says. “It came from the Ramones on the road over the years in the Seventies and a little bit in the Eighties, from a gentleman who had shot them, his name is George Seminara.”
Of the book, Jampol says, “You’ll see a book coming, which is not a biographical book so much, but a story of the band’s formation and those first few records and that craziness that happened. It’ll be a combination of prose, photographs and memorabilia and posters, just kind of documenting the scene. The Ramones were the first punk band and they started the punk movement.”
The movie directed by Scorsese, could begin shooting after he finishes his upcoming project, "Silence", next year. There is no timetable or writer for the film as of yet.
Jon Bon Jovi is no longer part of the investment group with Toronto-based sports team owners looking to buy the NFL's Buffalo Bills.
The New York Post is reporting that the remaining individuls in the group, that inlude Larry Tanenbaum, chairman of Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment, which controls the NHL’s Maple Leafs and NBA’s Raptors, and Edward Rogers, chairman of Rogers Communications believe they can win the bid for the Bills without Bon Jovi.
Rival bidder Terry Pegula, a fracking billionaire, is said to be willing to push a bid toward $1.2 billion or higher, the Toronto group, with Bon Jovi leading the bid thought it could lose under the current struture. Under that situation Jon Bon Jovi would have been the principal owner and therefore, under NFL rules, would have to put up 30 percent of the purchase price. His net worth is roughly $300 million, which would cap their bid at about $1.1 billion
Final bids are due next week, with Donald Trump still interested in making a bid. Morgan Stanley, the investment bank selling the Bills, has been trying to help Bon Jovi find new backers, sources said. It isn't over 'til it's over, but it is coming down to crunch time for Jon Bon Jovi's bid on the Bills.
Legendary architects of thrash metal Exodus have revealed the track listing for their upcoming tenth studio album, 'Blood In Blood Out,' due out on October 10th (EU), 13th (UK) and 14th (NA) via Nuclear Blast Records.
“When I was working on the record, I was sitting around watching TV series like ‘Gangland’ and all these locked-up prison reality shows,” shares guitarist & songwriter Gary Holt. “And I thought, ‘Yeah, that’s like EXODUS.’ It’s a brotherhood. You bleed to get in, you bleed to get out. I’ve been doing this kind of music since I was a teenager and I’ll be doing it ‘til I can’t physically do it anymore.”
1. Black 13
2. Blood In, Blood Out
3. Collateral Damage
4. Salt The Wound
5. Body Harvest
7. Wrapped In The Arms Of Rage
8. My Last Nerve
10. Honor Killings
11. Food For The Worms
Produced by Andy Sneap (ACCEPT, KREATOR, MEGADETH), #BloodInBloodOut marks the first release with returning vocalist Steve “Zetro” Souza since 2004’s Tempo Of The Damned and features cover illustration by Swedish artist Par Olofsson (PSYCROPTIC, ABYSMAL DAWN, REVOCATION).
The album can be pre-ordered from the Nuclear Blast Web Shop in CD, CD/DVD Digipak, and 2-LP exclusive vinyl formats at: http://smarturl.it/EXODUS-Blood.
Bundles include a t-shirt with exclusive artwork for North America + a poster (while supplies last).
EXODUS will head out to South America in October before returning for a supporting run in November with fellow metal titans Slayer and Suicidal Tendencies. The Scion-sponsored leg of this U.S. tour launches on November 11th with two shows at The Fox Theater in Oakland, California. The 26-show trek includes nine headlining off-dates with additional performances to be announced soon. Tickets are on sale now at http://bit.ly/exodus-on-tour.
Due to the overwhelmingly demand, EXODUS is making their VIP Experience packages available for the entire tour via www.SLOtix.com. Fans are encouraged to get them as soon as possible, as VIP package sales will close seven days prior to each show day.
For fans who have already purchased their show ticket and would like to be part of the EXODUS VIP Experience, contact SLO Customer Service at 888-756-4849 or email@example.com.
The EXODUS VIP Experience Meet & Greet Package includes:
- One Premium Reserved ticket OR One General Admission Ticket
- Early entry to venue
- Meet & Greet with select members of EXODUS
- Autographed EXODUS Poster
- EXODUS tour t-Shirt
- Collectible EXODUS laminate to commemorate your evening
- Coupon for 25% discount at the online EXODUS merchandise store
- On-site check-in staff
All EXODUS VIP Experience attendees will be included in a giveaway for either an autographed Gary Holt EXODUS guitar. At the end of the tour, Gary Holt will personally call the winner himself to announce that they’ve won!
Rush drummer Neil Peart’s new book, 'Far And Near: On Days Like These,' is due out on October 14 from ECW Press. It’s the follow-up to the first volume in the series, 'Far And Away.' Far And Near brings together reflections from another three years of his life as he celebrates seasons, landscapes, and characters, travels roads and trails, receives honors, climbs mountains, and composes and performs music. Neil takes readers on the road and behind the scenes.
A description of the book: "Whether navigating the backroads of Louisiana or Thuringia, exploring the snowy Quebec woods, or performing onstage at RUSH concerts, Neil Peart has stories to tell. His first volume in this series, 'Far And Away', combined words and images to form an intimate, insightful narrative that won many readers. Now 'Far And Near' brings together reflections from another three years of an artist's life as he celebrates seasons, landscapes, and characters, travels roads and trails, receives honors, climbs mountains, composes and performs music. With passionate insight, wry humor, and an adventurous spirit, once again Peart offers a collection of open letters that take readers on the road, behind the scenes, and into the inner workings of an ever-inquisitive mind. These popular stories, originally posted on Peart's website, are now collected and contextualized with a new introduction and conclusion in this beautifully designed collector's volume."