Here's a selection of the latest and greatest from the Panther!
Steel Panther are thinking about putting out a Christmas album and have been tossing around some song title ideas. A couple of the titles tossed around are 'Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer Had a Very Bad Drug Problem' and 'I Came Upon A Midnight Cheerleader.' Check out the rest. Let's hope this cums to fruition!
Here's the Steel Panther exclusive X-rated Xmas song:
Your favorite Holy Moly! newcasters Stix Zadinia and Michael Starr report from backstage at Wembley Arena before rocking their sixth and final show of the UK tour with Crue and Def Lep:
Here's some Vegas video of the band wishing everyone a Merry Xmas!
Steel Panther's Satchel and Stix Zadinia recently answered some reader-submitted questions on thenervousbreakdown.com:
"I’m thinking of getting a gift certificate for a friend. It’s for a Prince Albert piercing. I think he’s uncircumcised so I’m wondering if this makes it less sanitary. Answer me now, goddammit -Daniel G., Houston, TX and "Is there a Christmas album, other than Nat King Cole’s, that doesn’t suck ass? My lady listens to the shit for a whole month and there’s not a single one that I can stand. Isn’t there a decent Christmas album for guys?" -Tim M., Oak Park, IL
Read the answers and the other wacked out questions here.
The Panther had a contest for the best fan-submitted video for their new song 'Just Like Tiger Woods'. At this point, the band will sit down and discuss the videos over a bottle of Jack and decide on their top three. After that, you guys get to vote for the best video out of the three selected by Steel Panther. Here's a few of the submissions:
Here's Satchel with the Guitar World "Lick of the Day" from the "17 Girls In a Row" solo.
Here's performance video of '17 Girls In a Row' and more from a stop at the studios of Kerrang Magazine in Birmingham, England:
Here's a shot with Joe Elliott and Phil Collen of Def Leppard on the recent U.K. tour with Def Leppard and Motley Crue.
It's the most EPIC beer commercial ever, and it has an appearance by Stixx Zadinia of Steel Panther!
Hahn Superdry is available in Australia.
Here's the tweet of the week in a recent issue of Kerrang! Magazine from Stixx:
Linkin Park plan to release new album in 2012, Chester Bennington talks about past alcoholism and childhood abuse, Mike Shinoda on “Kevin & Bean” radio show
Chester Bennington has revealed that the rockers are not only hard at work on a new record, but that he'd be "shocked" if it was not released in 2012. The album will follow-up "A Thousand Suns," which debuted at No. 1 upon its September 2010 release and has sold 784,000 copies to date, according to Nielsen SoundScan.
"I can tell you that we have a lot of good music, a lot of quality songs," Bennington recently told Rolling Stone, adding that Rick Rubin will return again as producer. "Typically we'll have a once-a-week meeting to go listen to the songs that they're coming up with and talk about them," Rubin told Billboard.com of Linkin Park back in June. "For so early in the project, they are much further along than they have been on the last two albums we did. On ['A Thousand Suns'] there were still a lot of irons in the fire. We knew, 'OK, we can't do this forever. Let's leave this batch and we'll come back and address it when we start up again.' "
In his Rolling Stone interview, Bennington also mentioned that he hopes the band would be able to release an album every 18 months (exciting news for an act that has released three studio albums over the course of ten years), a process simplified by both shortening touring cycles and also recording while on the road.
"Mike [Shinoda] and I are out there with our studios," Bennington said, "technology, thank God, has gotten to the point when what used to be three refrigerator-sized racks of equipment and a full board the size of a king bed can now fit in my back pack -- and we're working on new music as we're driving in the car to a venue or in our hotel room, and when we come home, everybody works in their homes."
Chester Bennington opened up in a new interview with England's Kerrang! magazine about his past alcoholism and the sexual abuse he suffered as a child. Bennington said that he used to be a "full-blown, raging alcoholic," adding, "I don't drink. I choose to be sober now. I have drunk over the last six years, but I just don't want to be that person anymore."
Bennington that his addiction to alcohol reached its peak after a divorce from his first wife left him emotionally and financially drained. "I lived on alcohol," he said. "It was either beer, or Jack and Coke, or Jack Daniels in a pint glass with ice. And then it got to the point where my wife said to me about seven months after we got together, she goes, 'I don't think there's been a day since I've known you that you haven't drank.' And I was like, 'What are you talking about? That's crazy' — as I'm drinking a Jack and Coke. That was where my life went."
The vocalist also spoke with Kerrang! about the sexual abuse he went through at the age of seven at the hands of an older male friend. He said, "If I think back to when I was really young, to when I was being molested, to when all these horrible things were going on around me, I shudder."
Linkin Park are doing a Secret Show For Japan at a tiny venue! This morning, Mike Shinoda shared their latest charity endeavor with Kevin & Bean on KROQ in Los Angeles, and discussed how YOU can fundraise your way into the show. Listen to the segment here: kroq.radio.com
Always Ozzy News: Ozzy & Sharon pay off tax lien, 2011 Record Store day Ambassador, Kerrang Rock Legend Award, OzTV from Brasilia, Brazil; interview outtake from “Thirty Years After The Blizzard” DVD
It was reported last week that the IRS placed a lien on the house belonging to Sharon and Ozzy — who reportedly owed $718,948 from 2008 and $1.024 million from 2009.
"At 4 p.m. on Friday afternoon I received a phone call from my publicist who had a reporter on the other line informing her that the IRS had just put a lien on one of our properties," Osbourne said in a statement released to gossip writer Perez Hilton. "I then contacted my accountant who said they knew nothing about any lien. The lien has been paid. I do intend to find out how this lien happened without the knowledge of myself or my accountants. I hope none of this reflects negatively on mine and Ozzy's moral character."
Record Store Day Ambassador 2011 is Ozzy Osbourne. Ozzy fans who come out to support Record Store Day this Saturday, April 16 will have the first chance to purchase a special seven-inch vinyl single of "Diary Of A Madman"'s "Flying High Again" (with a live version of "I Don't Know" as the B-side), along with full-length vinyl versions of the newly expanded 30th anniversary editions of his "Blizzard Of Ozz" and "Diary Of A Madman" albums.
"If you don't listen to vinyl for a while and you hear it again, it sounds much better," says Osbourne. "It's exciting that young bands are making records on vinyl," he says. "The big corporations make everything so miniaturized. And when you buy the iPod or the iPad or the i-whatever, six months later it's obsolete and you have to buy a new gadget." According to Ozzy, the first album he ever bought was "With The Beatles". In the early '60s, England was still recovering from the war and The Beatles brought this magic," he tells USA Today. "I still listen to them. I always go back to Pink Floyd. I do try to listen to newer stuff, but it's not really new. The original stuff was written by cotton pickers in the '30s. If it tickles my spine, I listen. When I'm writing, if the hair on my arm stands up, I think, oh, it's good. I don't work it out mathematically."
Record Store Day is managed by the Music Monitor Network and is organized in partnership with the Alliance of Independent Media Stores (AIMS), the Coalition of Independent Music Stores (CIMS) and celebrates the culture of independent record stores by playing host to in-store events/performances, signings and special product releases on a global scale.
--Ozzy will play an exclusive, one-off show at London, England's Hammersmith Apollo on June 21 as part of Kerrang! magazine's 30th-birthday celebrations. The former Black Sabbath singer will also be honored with the Legend Award at this year's Kerrang! Awards on June 9.
"It's an incredible honor to be the second recipient of Kerrang!'s Legend Award," said Ozzy, "and I'm looking forward to you all going 'fucking crazy' at the 30th-anniversary party at the Hammersmith Apollo!"
Kerrang! editor Nichola Browne said: "We are so unbelievably excited to have Ozzy play this very special show for our 30th-birthday celebrations in June. We are privileged that the Prince of Darkness can help us mark this momentous milestone in style and it's guaranteed to be a night to remember. Ozzy has been the mainstay of rock music. During his long and colorful career, he's not only helped define heavy metal as the voice of Black Sabbath, he's also enjoyed a three-decade reign as a solo artist and inspired thousands of rock fans to 'go fucking crazy' during his unmissable live shows. He's a much-loved, larger-than-life personality, and it is only fitting that we will be honoring Ozzy with the prestigious Legend Award at this year's Kerrang! Awards."
The awards, voted for by readers, will once again be hosted by Slipknot/Stone Sour frontman Corey Taylor and Anthrax/The Damned Things guitarist Scott Ian.
Here's the latest latest OzTV webisode from Ozzy's April 5, 2011 concert at Ginásio Nilson Nélson in Brasilia, Brazil:
Her's an interview outtake taken from the "Thirty Years After The Blizzard" DVD, which will be available May 31st in the Blizzard of Ozz / Diary Of A Madman 30th Anniversary Box Set:
More Rockers express sympathy for Japan: Slash, Linkin Park, Faith No More poster auction and Scott Ian adds his experience in Hawaii during Tsunami scare
Slash (Velvet Revolver, ex-Guns N' Roses) spoke to U.K.'s Kerrang! magazine about the earthquake and tsunami that shook Japan on March 11.
"It's one of the most surreal, unnerving events that has happened in recent years," he tells Kerrang! "It's displaced so many people, not to mention claiming so many lives, and it's really tragic. I honestly feel that the Japanese are so fucking resilient that they'll get through it," he adds. "But God, what a painful experience for everybody."
Slash, who was on tour in Japan when the tsunami struck its Pacific coast on March 11, managed to play one of his scheduled dates in Osaka last March 14.
-Linkin Park continues to spearhead efforts from various music artists to raise relief funds for the Japanese people in the wake of the devastating earthquake and tsunami that ravaged the country earlier this month. The band's Music For Relief organization has collected new, unreleased tracks from Flyleaf, Hoobastank, Angels & Airwaves, The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus, Staind, Slash, Sara Bareilles, Counting Crows, Plain White T's and others in support of Save The Children's emergency response campaign. The exclusive set of songs can be downloaded for a donation of $10 or more at the Download To Donate web site.
Linkin Park's Mike Shinoda said in a statement, "The people of Japan — especially the children — will need our help for many weeks and months to come. We are proud to partner with Save The Children, which has decades of experience in helping children and families impacted by disaster." Shinoda told reporters earlier this year that Music For Relief and Download To Donate were built for catastrophes such as this or last year's earthquake in Haiti. "That's what we do," he said. "I mean we, the organization was founded to provide, you know, relief in the wake of natural disasters and help reduce the effects of climate change. The Download To Donate project, it's an ongoing effort and an ongoing album, so we're continuing to collect more songs for it by many different artists, and you can go to MusicForRelief.org right now and download some music and donate to the cause."
-Yngwie Malmsteen released the following statement: "I wanted to personally write about the huge earthquake and tsunami in Japan. My prayers are with everyone in Japan! Seeing all of this footage in Japan is truly devastating! Please, Please help the people of Japan by texting REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation. God Bless."
-Faith No More is auctioning of a set of five signed show posters (which can be seen below) via eBay, with all proceeds going to the American Red Cross for Japan. The ebay auction ends March 30th, so make a bid today!
Scott Ian of Anthrax and The Damned Things posted this message about his experience on his recent trip to Hawaii:
"My wife Pearl and I just got back from Hawaii. We went on a 'babymoon.' Basically, our last trip just the two of us for a long time. It was a great vacation, super relaxing, doing nothing but hanging on the beach, and oh yeah, there was a tsunami. It sounds a lot worse than it was.
"If you've seen the footage from Japan you've seen what a big tsunami is capable of.
"We were at dinner with friends when one of them got a text saying there was a tsunami warning because of the earthquake in Japan. This was at 10 p.m. By the time we left dinner at 11:30 p.m., traffic was insane with people trying to get out of Waikiki and it suddenly hit home that this could be serious. We hadn't seen the Japanese footage at this point, so at least we didn't have that to scare the shit out of us. Our friends offered for us to follow them to a house inland, but we decided to head back to our hotel on the North Shore, an hour drive from where we were. The tsunami was not expected until 3 a.m. so I figured we'd make it. The only issue was if they closed the road to our hotel that runs along the ocean for 10 miles or so we'd be fucked. We gambled. Turns out our hotel (Turtle Bay Resort) is a safety zone for the North Shore so we were heading to the right place.
"We made it back around 12:30 a.m. and turned on the TV and saw the devastation in Japan. Unbelievable. These images are still burned into my brain and my thoughts are with you my friends.
"After seeing this, we did start to worry. Would it really be safe here? Are we high enough up (fourth floor), etc. etc. I called the desk half a dozen times asking these questions and telling them I had a pregnant wife with me and they reassured me each time that we'd be OK. Hey, I'm a kid from New York City and I just saw Japan get demolished like Godzilla came through. What do I know about tsunamis?
"The TV news was tracking it as it made its way past the Midway Islands and the reports were varying from a four-foot wave to a 12-foot wave. We just kept watching the ocean from our room — we had a great view. At around 2 a.m. the hotel security announced over the PA that we had to leave our rooms and close our balcony doors and shutters and move into the hallway. We decided to stay in our room. If something was coming, I wanted to see it. The hallway was packed with people from the lower floors. People had moved chairs and pillows with them to sleep on. Pearl and I watched and waited. At 3:15 a.m. reports came in that Kauai got hit and that the wave was only three feet but that it could get bigger. We had about 10 minutes until it hit. At this point I was really questioning whether we should've just gotten in the car and drove up the hill. Then we watched the ocean completely suck out dry about 500 feet out. It was nuts, dry as a bone, all the reef exposed. The water was just gone. We stood on the balcony waiting to see a huge wave ripping towards the shore line and then there it was, tiny little waves, one on top of another, moving really fast but small came pouring back into the empty space. Once it seemed like it had peaked the reports came in that the first wave was three feet and that the next wave could be 12 feet. OK, I was starting to see a pattern here. I guess they have to scare the shit out of you in case it is bad so you take it seriously. Meanwhile at this point we're on the balcony shooting video of the ocean sucking out again and the small waves ripping back in.
"That's what happened over and over again for the next two hours and at 5:45 a.m. we finally went to bed even though they were still saying 'the big one' could come. Bottom line, I am really happy it didn't.
"Woke up the next day and found out there was some damage on the big island and some damage to boats in some of the harbors but all in all a non-event, especially when compared to Japan. If it was a wave like that, I'd be typing this from my mattress 20 miles out at sea somewhere."