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In a new interview with CNN, Slash said that GUNS N’ ROSES‘ long-running reunion tour went incredibly well, in part thanks to the great relationship he, singer Axl Rose and the other bandmembers are currently enjoying. “When we got back together, that whole chemistry and that thing that makes what GUNS N’ ROSES is for me and Axl and Duff [McKagan, bass], it all just sort of came together,” Slash said. “After that long a period of time, we’d sort of forgotten what that was like. “Everybody got along great,” he added. “That’s actually why the tour has kept going, because initially it was just going to be a couple of shows.” GUNS launched its long-rumored and long-awaited reunion tour with an April 2016 club show in Hollywood and appearances in Las Vegas and at California’s Coachella festival. GUNS N’ ROSES‘ reunion tour features classic-lineup members Slash, McKagan and Rose backed by guitarist Richard Fortus, drummer Frank Ferrer, keyboardist Dizzy Reed and second keyboardist Melissa Reese. In a 2020 interview with Guitar Player‘s “No Guitar Is Safe” podcast, Slash spoke about what it felt like for him to step back out on stage with GUNS N’ ROSES for the first time in over two decades at the band’s concert at the Troubadour in West Hollywood, California. “That was our first gig back,” Slash said. “I think probably the last time that we ever played there was in 1985. I don’t think we even played there in 1986. Probably ’85 was the last time we played there. “[The April 2016 concert was] our first show together after 20 years. We obviously had more gear and more crew than we did back in the day, I’ll tell you that much. And it was loud. But it was a lot of fun. It was an almost poignant moment to fucking stand there and look at that crowd in that sort of room and have that kind of nostalgic feeling.” In 2019, Slash told Guitar.com that his first concert back with GUNS N’ ROSES was an “overwhelming” experience. “It was so cool,” he said. “Because it was a long time — we’re talking more than 20 years from the last show in 1994… it was 22 years since the last time we’d played together. And obviously I’d played with Duff [since then] but there’s a certain dynamic in the three of us together. It was awesome, and it’s a really great experience.” Slash and his bandmates played the final show of their “We’re F’N Back” run on October 4 at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Florida. “We’re F’N Back!” came on the heels of the “Not In This Lifetime” run that became the No. 3 highest-grossing tour in the history of Billboard Boxscore. As previously reported, GUNS N’ ROSES will release a new four-song EP, “Hard Skool”, on February 25, 2022. The effort, which is exclusive to the GUNS N’ ROSES official store, contains the two new songs the band released in the last two months — the title track and “Absurd” (stylized as “ABSUЯD”) — as well as live versions of “Don’t Cry” and “You’re Crazy”. For more, go to: Blabbermouth.net (Source)

Tracii Guns says that he disagrees with his SUNBOMB bandmate Michael Sweet‘s stance on abortion. Earlier today, Sweet, who has fronted the openly Christian rock band STRYPER for nearly four decades, blasted protesters gathered outside the Supreme Court who were videotaped allegedly taking abortion pills (mifepristone) ahead of the nation’s highest court hearing arguments over a case involving a Mississippi law that bans abortions after 15 weeks. None of the protesters were pregnant, said Amelia Bonow, co-founder of the abortion rights group Shout Your Abortion, who orchestrated the demonstration. In a post on his social media, Michael wrote: “When women are shamelessly and proudly taking ‘abortion pills’ on video with smiles on their faces, isn’t that a whole new level of evil? How and why is this acceptable in our world? Are we really this far gone? Celebrating the death of the unborn!!” Guns, who teamed up with Sweet to write and record the debut SUNBOMB album, “Evil And Divine”, reacted to Sweet‘s comments, writing on Twtter simply: “It’s none of our business”. Within minutes, Michael fired back, saying: “It’s my business when I see a video of 3 women taking joy in it man. That’s not human. There are many women who have had to have abortions and I can guarantee you that it wasn’t a joyful experience. That’s why I posted this. Evil.” A fan who apparently saw the Twitter exchange between the pair chimed in, writing: “Welp, there goes Sunbomb 2.”, to which Tracii replied: “Michael and I love each other. We also disagree on a lot of things.” Earlier this year, Tracii, who is one of the founding members of L.A. GUNS, told Talking Metal about his friendship with Michael: “The greatest thing about Michael and I is that we have the same influences in music, we’re great friends, and we have completely opposite ideologies — completely; on every level. And we laugh about it. We are two guys, when put together, we do discuss these things without any judgment. It’s just, like, ‘Hey, I respect your opinion. Cool.’ Whether it’s religion, politics — it doesn’t matter; we get along.” Sweet previously touched upon his views on abortion in a 2020 interview with Slabber.net. While discussing how he decides which presidential candidate he gets behind, he said: “It’s not anything new for people to hear from a Christian that they support pro-life. We want to see children that are unborn, live. The other side of that argument, for example, if the woman is raped and she loses her right to have an abortion, that’s a terrible thing as well, and I agree with that. You would think in this case a woman should have the choice to keep that baby or not keep that baby. It’s a tough argument. There are pros and cons to both sides of this argument. For me, as a believer, as a Christian, the pro-life pros outweigh the cons. Therefore, I’m a guy who typically gets behind whoever is the candidate that is pro-life as well.” The conservative-leaning Supreme Court heard oral arguments on Wednesday as the justices consider Mississippi’s request to overturn Roe v. Wade — the court’s 1973 decision that legalized abortion in the United States — and uphold a state law that bars the procedure 15 weeks after conception. According to a new Yahoo News/YouGov poll, more than twice as many Americans (55 percent) say they want the court to reaffirm Roe v. Wade as say they want it overturned (24 percent). Critics have said that tossing out the landmark rulings establishing abortion rights would tarnish the court’s reputation and open the floodgates to other challenges to well-settled law.

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John Cooper, the frontman for the Grammy-nominated Christian rock band SKILLET, has pushed back against the criticism he has received for his comments about COVID-19 vaccine mandates. During an appearance on Apologia Radio, hosted by Luke Pierson, a pastor/elder at Apologia Church, the 46-year-old vocalist/bassist, who previously publicly revealed that he was unvaccinated, addressed the reaction he has gotten from the mainstream media and audience for his assertion that vaccines are a tool of government control. Cooper said (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET): “It’s a crazy time because there’s, like, a collective mind losing. It’s true — the whole country, we’ve lost our minds. “In general, I think, I’m a fairly gracious person, or I try to be, where it’s, like, I really don’t care, Luke, if you get the vaccine or not. And I don’t know if you care if I get it. It doesn’t matter to me. There’s certain things that you can make a choice. But there’s been this collective mind… I mean, people going crazy. I fully expect half the country to be eating grass. “What’s really weird to me is that I’ve been speaking out about my faith in Christ for a long, long time in the mainstream world,” he continued. “Now, let’s be honest — not everybody in the mainstream world is nuts about that. They don’t necessarily love hearing about Jesus, but they have always put up with me — some have supported me even. But I’ll tell you what: the most kickback I have ever received — ever — for my faith has been on my stance on vaccine mandates and mask mandates. It is as if I just — like the unforgivable sin. “I said to my wife, I said the amazing thing that it shows me is that it wasn’t the gospel quote, it wasn’t the gospel of Christ that made them really, really angry — meaning, ‘Jesus is the way, the truth, the life. No one comes to the father unless they come through him.’ A lot of people didn’t love that message, but they can deal with it. But they will not deal with you speaking out against the state. They will not deal with it. And what you’re really witnessing is an actual you’ve spoken against their God. You did not bow down to Nebuchadnezzar‘s idol of gold. And it is the one thing you’re not allowed to do. It’s just been really amazing to me. “So a lot the bands, they just don’t know what to do,” Cooper added. “And when I say ‘they,’ I mean we’re in there too. We just don’t know what to do, because you’re in an entertainment industry that’s largely driven by social media and media at large. And you’re not allowed to speak anything against… I mean, you’ve got RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE telling people that if they don’t get a vaccine… RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE has become the machine. It’s crazy. I’m, like, wait a minute — I’m the revolutionary here? I’m the revolutionary and RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE is just ‘government rock’ now. My older brother made up the term ‘government rock,’ which I find pretty awesome. I think it’s pretty great — it’s a great way to scoff at someone.” Last month, the Memphis, Tennessee-born Cooper, who lives in Kenosha, Wisconsin, said that COVID-19 vaccine mandates are “much more about tyranny than they are actually keeping people safe.” During the summer, Cooper opened up about his reluctance to wear masks, saying: “The issue of the mask wearing, to me, is nothing more than theater. It is making me jump into an unreality, something that I do not believe, just to acquiesce to either the overlords — overlords meaning government, Big Tech [Editor’s note: A name given to the five largest and most dominant companies in the information technology industry of the United States — namely Google (Alphabet), Apple, Facebook, Amazon and Microsoft], big business, big media, whatever — to acquiesce to what they want me to do. Even though I know that it’s not true, but I’m gonna play the game. And every time I put my mask on, I know that I’m doing something that I do not believe in. In other words, I’m being forced to lie… I’m being forced to jump into something I don’t believe, and I’m living by a lie — I’m living by a lie that this mask is actually gonna keep me safe from all harm. To acquiesce to the government, which says that I’m believing something that I know that I don’t believe. So now I’m basically living in a fantasy world. That frightens me. And every time I put that mask on, that’s basically what I think. I know I’m doing this, I know it’s show, I know it’s theater, I know my overlords don’t even believe in it, because if they did, they wouldn’t be breaking all of their own rules.” Experts have repeatedly said that mRNA vaccines are not new. In fact, they have been in development for decades — since the 1970s— and many mRNA vaccines were in phase 1, 2, and 3 trials before the COVID-19 vaccines were created. According to News Center Maine, messenger RNA vaccines teach our cells how to make a protein that will trigger an immune response inside our bodies. Our cells break down mRNA and get rid of it within a few days after vaccination. As for the vaccines being “experimental,” the U.S. FDA and CDC both said Pfizer and Moderna‘s data were highly scrutinized and that the shots were required to undergo the same testing, trials, and analysis before getting emergency use authorization. Wearing face masks and coverings is recommended, or in some places mandatory, in public spaces to help stop the spread of COVID-19. But anti-maskers think government orders requiring face coverings in public spaces or those put in place by private businesses violate their constitutional rights. Studies have shown that masks limit the spread of the coronavirus by blocking respiratory droplets that can travel through the air when someone coughs, sneezes or even just speaks. There is also strong evidence to suggest that masks help protect others from catching the virus from the person wearing the mask.

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Billy F Gibbons, apart from his five decades-long role fronting ZZ TOP, has in recent years recorded three much-lauded solo albums for Concord Records, including “Hardware”, released this past June. To cap off the year, Concord has released a singular single, “Jingle Bell Blues”, on November 9. It’s Billy‘s reworking of the eternal “Jingle Bells” with some significant modifications or “Kustom” touches. “Bells on hot rods ring” is one such and mention is made of a “drop-top” sleigh. While the song exudes holiday cheer, the gut- bucket vocal approach that Billy applies to the repertoire is nothing short of extraordinary. Billy‘s guitar solos can best be described as “epic” and should heat up virtually any holiday get-together whether indoors or out. Also of literal note is the harmonica solo that renders the recording something of an homage to Jimmy Reed in a sonically up-to-date context. Recorded in Nashville this past June by Gibbons and Michael Fiorentino, the track is available digitally as well as a lavishly packaged 45 RPM single, pressed on red translucent vinyl. The cover art depicts multiple Cadillac Fleetwood Broughams stacked to reflect the shape of a traditional Christmas tree while the obverse is adorned by a swanky stylized wire wheel. The official animated music video for “Jingle Bell Blues” can be seen below. The use of “singular” is intentional as only one track, “Jingle Bell Blues”, is offered. The “flip side” of the record is an etched surface that replicates the sidewall of a bias ply tire with raised letters spelling out the song title and Billy‘s name. Lastly, and of special note, is the fact that the red vinyl version comes with a Billy F Gibbons center hole adapter making it easy to play on any standard turntable. “It dawned on us that everybody loves Christmas music,” says Billy of the new single, “and everybody loves the Jimmy Reed blues vibe, so we figured we’d combine them. We threw in some hot rod references for good measure because our preferred sleigh is the horsepower-propelled kind. “I suppose it could have been produced with a small hole and we wouldn’t have had to deal with the adapter, but this is, at its essence, a juke box record. It was even mixed with that in mind,” he added. “Around Christmas, it always seems that there are five to ten holiday selections listed in the lower right corner of a typical juke box in a typical juke joint, the song titles and artist names printed on wreath-bedecked title strips. Our hope is for ‘Jingle Bell Blues’ to be one of those records. Bing Crosby, David Bowie, Elvis, Brenda Lee, Jose Feliciano, Otis Redding, Mariah Carey, Nat King Cole, Gene Autry, and not forgetting Adam Sandler, need some company and we’d be thrilled to provide it in the spirit of the season.”

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ANTHRAX bassist Frank Bello spoke to Meltdown of Detroit’s WRIF radio station about the progress of the songwriting sessions for the band’s follow-up to 2016’s “For All Kings” album. He said (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET): “We’ve been going back and forth with stuff. Scott [Ian, guitar] and I flew out to Charlie‘s [Benante, drums] house in Chicago. He’s got a nice little studio there, so we do it there, and just do a bunch of demos. Yeah, just getting back to it, and living with the songs, making sure it’s the right stuff. And we’re gonna continue that and make sure it’s the right record. And it will be the right record, ’cause we won’t let it out without it.” Asked how he and his bandmates know it’s the “right record,” Frank said: “After all this time, all these years of doing this, you learn not to… Nobody’s in a rush here. We get to make the record that we wanna go on tour with for two and a half to three years. In reality, that’s what happens. We have to live with it. Because we’re fans. And I think you just know when a song’s ready. So we’ll write it, we’ll digest it for a little while, then maybe go back in, nitpick it a little bit, and you make sure it’s exactly ready to go and you could feel great when you play it live. And being a fan of this music, you hope that everybody feels like that. So we just know it at this point. I think it’s smart to do it that way — to digest it and just live with it for a while and make sure they’re right. And that’s what we’ve been doing for a while now.” Bello also talked about how difficult it is sometimes for him and bandmates to be completely on the same page when it comes to songwriting ideas. He said: “It has to make sense. We’ve learned, including myself, it has to make sense. And you just bring the argument up and say, ‘Look, this is why this happens. This is why this is too long. This is why this is too short.’ And they say, ‘Okay, yeah. It makes sense.’ We know each other pretty well like that now. You say, ‘Okay. That makes sense. Yeah. Okay.’ And if something doesn’t, sometimes you’ve just gotta [go], ‘Okay, I’ll go with it.’ You’ve gotta believe. If somebody really feels strongly about something like that, you’ve gotta have respect enough to say, ‘Okay, I’ll go with it.’ And sometimes that works out.” Formed by Ian and bassist Dan Lilker in Queens, New York on July 18, 1981, ANTHRAX was one of the first thrash metal bands to emerge from the East Coast and quickly became regarded as a leader in the genre alongside METALLICA, SLAYER and MEGADETH. Active over the past five decades, ANTHRAX has released 11 studio albums, been awarded multiple gold and platinum certifications, received six Grammy nominations, toured the world since 1984 playing thousands of shows, including headlining Madison Square Garden and playing Yankee Stadium with the “Big Four”. The arrival of “For All Kings” followed a five-year period during which the group experienced a rebirth of sorts, beginning with ANTHRAX‘s inclusion on the “Big Four” tour, and continuing with the 2011 release of comeback LP “Worship Music”. Bello is currently promoting his memoir, “Fathers, Brothers, And Sons: Surviving Anguish, Abandonment, And Anthrax”, which was released on November 2 via Rare Bird. The foreword was written by KISS bassist/vocalist Gene Simmons.

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MEGADETH has launched its official cryptocurrency, $MEGA. By buying, holding and transacting with $MEGA, MEGADETH fans will gain access to exclusives and premium benefits. Members of Cyber Army, MEGADETH‘s official fan club, that also hold $MEGA will unlock additional exclusives, access, and offers. Premium and Digital Cyber Army members automatically get some free $MEGA. For more information, visit Megadeth.com. This past April, the first MEGADETH non-fungible token (NFT) sold for 8.4 ETH, or roughly $18,000 at purchase. The piece, dubbed “Vic Rattlehead: Genesis”, featured the MEGADETH logo and the band’s iconic mascot revolving in opposite directions for six seconds. MEGADETH recently put the finishing touches on the follow-up to 2016’s “Dystopia” album for a tentative early 2022 release. The early sessions for the LP took place in 2019 with co-producer Chris Rakestraw, who previously worked on “Dystopia”. “Dystopia”, whose title track was honored in the “Best Metal Performance” category at the 2017 Grammy Awards, marked Brazilian guitarist Kiko Loureiro‘s recording debut with MEGADETH. MEGADETH‘s current lineup aso features guitarist/vocalist Dave Mustaine and Belgian-born-and-now-Los-Angeles-based drummer Dirk Verbeuren, who had played with SOILWORK for more than a decade before joining MEGADETH. David Ellefson was fired from MEGADETH earlier this year after sexually tinged messages and explicit video footage involving the bassist were posted on Twitter. David was in MEGADETH from the band’s inception in 1983 to 2002, and again from 2010 until his latest exit.

$MEGA, the official cryptocurrency of Megadeth and our community, is available now. As a thank you to the Cyber Army, we… Posted by Megadeth on Thursday, December 2, 2021

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In a new interview with “The Jeremy White Show”, legendary rocker Ted Nugent spoke about how he goes about making fresh music. He said (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET): “I am consumed with the creative process, but with me, it’s really not a process. “People always ask me, ‘So, how do you go about writing a song?’ And let me clarify: I’ve never ‘written’ a song; I’ve never sat down with pen and paper,” he explained. “I always have a guitar handy. I play my guitar every day. And I don’t write songs, I don’t compose songs — I ejaculate them. I play my guitar and my hands find their home on the guitar… I’m a musical monster. I grab the guitar and shit explodes, flames come out of my ass because I am so pure. I have no baggage. I have no inhibitions. “The best shit in life happens spontaneously when your instincts cause an occurrence,” Ted added. “That’s the best way to describe my songs. And I know some of my songs — ‘Wango Tango’ and some of the songs — are fun and cute and silly and crazy, but they’re performed as if it’s the lifeblood soundtrack.” Last month, Ted released the official lyric video for his new song “Come And Take It”. The track will appear on Nugent‘s recently completed new studio album called “Detroit Muscle”, which is due on April 29, 2022 via Pavement Music. The follow-up to 2018’s “The Music Made Me Do It” was produced by Michael Lutz and Nugent and was recorded with Ted‘s current band, which includes bassist Greg Smith and drummer Jason Hartless. In recent months, Nugent has been selling hats emblazoned with the words “Come And Take It”, a slogan which originated in the Texas Revolution in 1835 and is now used as a symbol of gun-rights advocates and the NRA. Back in April, Nugent said that his next album would be titled “Handsome Devil” after a public compliment paid to him by former President Donald Trump, of whom Ted is an ardent supporter. Nugent has repeatedly said that he is “very proud” of his new album as well as the LP’s “musical integrity and the spirit and the attitude.” Released via Round Hill Records, “The Music Made Me Do It” was Nugent‘s first studio album in four years. Accompanying the CD was a bonus DVD, “Live At Freedom Hill”, a full-length concert captured at Freedom Hill Amphitheatre in Sterling Heights, Michigan.

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POISON singer Bret Michaels has a heart of gold. After watching E! network’s “Clash Of The Cover Bands” (Wednesday, December 1), Michaels made sure the POISON cover band SHOT OF POISON, who lost to a DEPECHE MODE cover band, went home with more than nothing, but a good time. Michaels invited SHOT OF POISON to join him on stage for one of his upcoming solo shows. “For all your hard work and dedication to making a POISON show look incredible and everything that you do, I want to invite you on stage to a Bret Michaels show, and we will do ‘Nothin’ But A Good Time’ on my ‘Nothin’ But A Good Vibe’ tour,” said Michaels via a Twitter post. “They play great live music and I love the energy they brought to ‘Clash Of The Cover Bands’,” he added. “Thank you for the shout-out, and we’d be HONORED to play ‘Nothin’ But A Good Time’ on stage with you during a stop on your upcoming ‘Nothin’ But S Good Vibe’ tour,” SHOT OF POISON responded. SHOT OF POISON is a group of talented, veteran, local rock musicians and innovative musical businessmen who’ve created a top-shelf tribute to the 35th anniversary of the greatest, hard-rocking, glam-slam party band ever — POISON. SHOT OF POISON‘s full intention is to bring audiences the look and sound they expect, to make the best modern-day POISON experience in the world. E! ‘s “Clash Of The Cover Bands” pits two cover bands head to head for a chance to win $10,000. The series airs on Wednesday evenings on E! While preparing for POISON‘s upcoming stadium tour, which begins on June 16 in Atlanta, Georgia, Michaels has many projects, including select solo performances, private engagements, a development deal, and several documentaries in the works.

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Bassist Rudy Sarzo spoke to Lee Jackson‘s “Friday Night FeedBack” about his recent decision to rejoin the band after an 18-year absence. He said (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET): “I did my first show with the band, and it’s a great band. We have Jizzy Pearl, who was in LOVE/HATE, the founding member [and] singer. We have Johnny Kelly, [whom late QUIET RIOT drummer] Frankie Banali handpicked to replace him. He played in DANZIG and TYPE O NEGATIVE, so he’s got a beautiful résumé — a great drummer. And Alex Grossi, who’s actually the third guitar player in QUIET RIOT — first Randy Rhoads, second Carlos Cavazo and third Alex Grossi. So he’s been with the band for 18 years and he’s a phenomenal guitar player [and] songwriter. So we have a really strong band. And by having that, we can go onstage and celebrate the memory of Frankie and Kevin [DuBrow] and Randy with dignity — with total dignity. So that, to me, it’s a blessing to be able to do that.” Rudy played his first show back with QUIET RIOT on November 6 at The Groove Music Hall in Thornburg, Virginia. Sarzo was one of the members of QUIET RIOT‘s “Metal Health” lineup. He played bass on the classic LP, which sold over ten million copies and spawned the hits “Cum On Feel The Noize” and “Metal Health” and on the follow-up record “Condition Critical”. Rudy appeared in the most notable music videos in the MTV age and toured with the band until 1985 and again from 1997 to 2003. During his years out of the band, Sarzo was a member of OZZY OSBOURNE, WHITESNAKE, DIO, BLUE ÖYSTER CULT, QUEENSRŸCHE and THE GUESS WHO. Banali died in August 2020 after a 16-month battle with pancreatic cancer. Frankie‘s history with QUIET RIOT spanned over 37 years and he had the distinction of being the only member of the band to have recorded on every single QUIET RIOT release from 1983’s “Metal Health”, which was the first heavy metal album to reach No. 1 on the Billboard chart, through 2019’s “Hollywood Cowboys”. Banali resurrected QUIET RIOT in 2010, three years after the death of singer and founding member Kevin DuBrow. Sarzo discussed his return to QUIET RIOT in a recent interview with Adika Live!. He said: “My decision, in addition to [it] being [late QUIET RIOT drummer] Frankie‘s [Banali] request that I return to the band, was a decision that I had to meditate on it, because it is that important. Not meditate whether it was the right decision to make or not — no, that wasn’t the point — it was to meditate about the timing of it. Because it could not be an abrupt decision that you drop everything you’re doing and you change the band. “Regina [Frankie‘s widow] and I, we sat and we talked about it, and we said, ‘Okay, the best thing to do is to let everybody fulfill their commitments.’ Because I have commitments to the band that I’ve been playing in for the last five years, THE GUESS WHO. And I wasn’t about to tell them, ‘Hey, I’m outta here, guys. Good luck.’ I’ve never done that. So I have commitments with them. And QUIET RIOT has commitments with [longtime bassist] Chuck Wright. And we felt that the only thing that we can do, really — [we felt] that all these commitments must be fulfilled so our agreements with everybody is fulfilled.” Rudy went on to say that he has been “making the transition” and “embracing again the whole QUIET RIOT consciousness” by going “back and playing the songs” again. “And actually, it’s been wonderful because, I’ve gotta tell you, to be able to go back to something that you did 40 years ago with the musician I am today, I’m looking at the songs a little bit different, as far as my own contributions,” he said. “Of course, it’s not gonna be something that is gonna turn into completely something else, but there are certain note choices that I can improve on.” As for what fans can expect to see when he returns to the road with QUIET RIOT, Rudy said: “At the core of the show is gonna be a celebration of the legacy of our bandmates. It’s our responsibility as the ones left behind that we must celebrate. It’s a must. So that is at the core of the show.”

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Video of former IRON MAIDEN singer Paul Di’Anno receiving lymphatic drainage treatments earlier this week in Zagreb, Croatia can be seen below. A lymphatic drainage massage relieves swelling that happens when medical treatment or illness blocks the lymphatic system. It involves gently manipulating specific areas of the body to help lymph move to an area with working lymph vessels. The 63-year-old musician, who has battled a number of health issues in recent years and is currently in a wheelchair, traveled to Croatia to undergo knee surgery. Last January, Kastro Pergjoni, operations director of the Cart & Horses pub in Stratford, London, England where IRON MAIDEN made its live debut in 1976, launched a crowdfunding campaign on JustGiving for Di’Anno to be treated privately. More than £13,000 was raised — roughly the cost for surgery on one of Paul‘s knees. A second crowdfunding campaign was launched over the summer and has raised nearly £10,000 of a £15,000 target. Di’Anno reportedly underwent an operation in 2016 to remove a “rugby ball-sized abscess” on his lungs and required a knee-replacement operation on both knees after getting involved in several motorcycle accidents over the years. As a result, Di’Anno was forced to sit down while performing at his most recent shows. Di’Anno recorded two classic albums with IRON MAIDEN — a self-titled effort in 1980 and “Killers” in 1981 — before being fired and replaced by Bruce Dickinson. He went on to front a number of other bands, including KILLERS and BATTLEZONE, and released several solo records. In March 2011, Di’Anno was sentenced to nine months in a U.K. prison after he falsely collected government benefits by claiming he suffered nerve damage to his back that prevented him from working. Di’Anno completed his first North American tour in early 2010, 17 years after he was deported following a prison term for guns and drug offenses. Pergjoni, who has been behind Cart & Horses since 2016, leasing the pub from the building’s owners who are converting the beer garden and car park into flats, discussed his fundraising efforts during a 2020 appearance on the “Uncle Steve’s Iron Maiden Zone” podcast. Asked if he has approached the members of IRON MAIDEN themselves to contribute in some way to the Di’Anno campaign, Kastro said: “Myself, no, I haven’t, to be honest, because I don’t wanna put things… What’s the best way to say it now? It’s not up to me to go to them, because I have no connections with IRON MAIDEN themselves. Even when I [need to approach] Steve [Harris, IRON MAIDEN bassist and founder], I go through his friends or his sister sometimes or close friends that he’s got to get stuff from him. But to go to MAIDEN for something that is related to MAIDEN, I don’t think that it is me personally, or Cart & Horses, the ones to contact them. I’d love if they come forward and just cover whatever is left or say whatever, but I don’t think it’s down to me to go to MAIDEN. Because [Paul‘s] got friends and he’s got connections with MAIDEN more than I have, so if MAIDEN wanted to, or if somebody else wanted to, they would have done it. But so far, nothing, unfortunately, no.” In a December 2019 interview with the Spanish web site Mariskalrock.com, Di’Anno said that he was lucky to be alive after developing a deadly infection several years ago. “I had sepsis in Argentina,” he revealed. “I was very, very sick. I just about made it home to England and then straight to hospital. I had operations done on both legs. At the moment, I’ve only got one knee. The other knee has been taken out, but there’s no new knee put in, so it’s been a cement thing. But I wanna play, obviously, but I can’t do that until I’m fixed. I haven’t stopped playing music, and I’ve got no plans to retire — I wanna keep playing — but I need to get well.” Elaborating on his recovery process, Di’Anno said: “I’m not getting better and better — not yet, until I’ve had both of my knees operated on. The next operation is gonna be to take my left knee out and then put a replacement straight away, which then I’ve gotta do rehab to try to stand up on that one leg. And then I can sort of move about on crutches after a while, which would be fantastic. I may have to sit down on the stage, but if I can get up on one leg, it makes it easier for flying and things like that. I still may have to travel around on a wheelchair a bit, but if I’m playing on stage in a wheelchair, at least I can hop about on the crutches and then maybe sit down and sing. Unfortunately, this is gonna be the rest of my life, because of sepsis. I was so lucky. The sepsis really hits you hard, and on the London plane home from Argentina, everyone was saying to me, ‘Hello, sir. Are you okay? Are you okay?’ And I’m, like, ‘Yeah, why don’t you fuck off and leave me alone?’ sort of thing. I didn’t realize I was actually dying. And when I actually got home and I collapsed on the floor, I had my cell phone with me. I was on my own, ’cause my wife and kids were over in America. I got the ambulance people. They came down and they kicked my door in and took me to the hospital. I spent eight months in that hospital… And you’ve got 45 minutes to pump you full of antibiotics or you’ll die. I just about made that.” Pressed about whether he is optimistic that he will be able to return to the stage someday, he told Mariskalrock.com: “Yeah. Fuckin’ damn right. If I can’t play music, I might as well fuckin’ kill myself… I may have to sit down on the stage in a chair, but at least I can go back on stage… And then, when they do the right leg, then I’ll be all right to do everything. It’s gonna take time.”

Lymphatic drainage and chat about West Ham. Can’t be better for relaxation and positive results. Right Paul Andrews ? Posted by Stjepan Juras on Wednesday, December 1, 2021

The first day of treatment (lymphatic drainage) was good, full of laugh and positive energy. Paul Andrews enjoyed in collaboration with doctors. We can see the progress on the early beginning. Posted by Stjepan Juras on Monday, November 29, 2021

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