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STRYPER guitarist Oz Fox is recovering “very well” five months after undergoing the first of his brain surgeries to treat one of the tumors that were found in his head three years ago. The 60-year-old musician offered an update on his condition in a social media post earlier today. He wrote: “Hey there folks! I wanted to make a quick announcement letting you all know that my recovery is going very well from my first surgery. “Thankfully, after about 3 months of recovery I was able to record with the band in June. The circumstances for that project were well conditioned for my limited abilities at the time and I’m happy to say it was a successful mission but not without it’s challenges for me. With that in mind, after my next surgery to remove my acoustic neuroma behind the left ear my wife Annie and I feel it would be best for me to take the rest of the year off for some solid recovery time. Another big project is coming for STRYPER in January and I really would like to be in my best shape for the task. With all of that in mind, I have strongly encouraged my brothers in the band to continue with booked shows coming up in the next few months with our dear friend Howie Simon [JEFF SCOTT SOTO, GRAHAM BONNET] covering my duties. Howie is an amazing guitar player and vocalist and I trust him to fully ‘out-shred’ me for those up and coming dates! So I am trusting you all to welcome him with open arms so the band can continue to work in my absence. “I will be updating everyone on my health status as things come up. And I thank you for your prayers and encouragement as I face another risky procedure. I know God will be with me like he was for the last one. I am thankful for everything he has pulled me through! Of course I will continue to be a part of our social media platforms including our patreon page where we all have our weekly hour Q& A sessions. So I hope to see you all there! Take care and we’ll see you soon!” Fox‘s tumors — one by his ear and the other in the back of his brain — were discovered when he suffered his first seizure in August 2018 while performing with SIN CITY SINNERS at Harrah’s in Las Vegas. Over the past two and a half years, both tumors had grown and were posing a serious health risk to the guitarist, who turned 60 in June. Specifically, the tumor behind the ear, if it continued to grow, could have caused hearing loss, balance, vision and spinal problems, while the tumor in the back of Oz‘s brain was in the area where left side of his arms, hands and body operate. Removing it could have affected the upper left motor function and potential ability to recognize faces and objects. Fox discussed his health during a January 2021 interview with SIN CITY SINNERS manager Jason Green. Speaking about his procedure, Oz said: “I’ve got a great team of people, great team of doctors that are very specialized. They do hundreds of these procedures a year. They’re gonna open up the skull. The good thing is the [first] tumor [they will operate on] is towards the outside of the head, towards the outside of the brain, which it’s easy access — they don’t have to go too deep to get to it. And they did all testing on me to make sure that wherever they go in there, they won’t damage any of my functions. They did some really extensive testing — something called an fMRI, Functional [Magnetic Resonance Imaging], and they had me think about things, they had me actually act like I was playing guitar, and I had to hum backgrounds while I was playing, ’cause I couldn’t move my head or my jaw. I had ’em play a STRYPER song, and I just kind of played to it and acted like I was playing guitar and tried to imagine what I was playing. And then they would see where the brain functions were while I was doing all that. And after they checked everything and went through it, they figured out that all of my activity for playing and singing and all that was nowhere near the tumor. So there’s a good chance I’ll retain all of that. But there’s still always a risk. You never know with the brain. They seem to think I’m gonna be okay after the procedure, but it’ll take time to recover, ’cause you may have some bleeding, some brain swelling — all that kind of stuff.” Asked if the surgeons would only work on one of his tumors during the initial procedure, Fox said: “They have to work on the right-brain low-grade tumor — they’re gonna work on that first — and if all goes well with that, [there will be a] six-week recovery time, and then I can start working on the left one [behind the ear]. For the other side, it will be a bit different. They have to go into a different part of my skull here. They’ll have to cut a portion of my skull out to get into that area, and then, of course, replace it again. I’ll have steel titanium plates in my head and all that crazy stuff. The only thing about this one is it’s so close to the audio nerves that I could lose my hearing. They say it affects nerves on the side of my face here, so that could be a problem. I’m already feeling numbness around my mouth.” Oz went on to say that his medical team initially tried “doing some other things that were non-invasive” without the desired results. “We were trying to get the tumors to shrink by using different methods that they say are proven to help do that,” he explained. “But that didn’t work — they still grew. And so now we’re, like, we’d better go in and take some action — get working on cutting them out. Otherwise, if [the tumors] get too big, they won’t be able to help me. Again, the left ear, when they work on this tumor, there’s a good chance I could lose my hearing, or the nerves going to my balance part of the ear, the cochlea. If that happens, then I will have to really recuperate in a way where my right ear would take over for my balance, which it’s amazing that the brain can do that.” Fox said that he is realistic about the risks involved with the operation and the likelihood of any complication, including death. “The worst thing that could happen is something could go wrong and I could pass,” he said. “Well, if that ever happened, in whatever situation — I could die driving a car, getting in a wreck somewhere or somebody running into me. But because of my [Christian] faith, I know where I’m going, and I have a belief in eternity with my soul. And because I’ve followed Christ for so long now, and I have a full-on relationship — I’ve surrendered my entire life to him — the promises that he gives in his words are that I have a better place to go to after this. I’ll basically be changing addresses with my soul. That’s the mindset I have. “Nobody wants to ever leave their family or things that they invested in years, but when it’s your time, it’s your time,” he reasoned. “So that doesn’t scare me. I mean, we could go down in a plane. [Laughs] So, you never know. And I’m certainly not afraid of that — I’m not afraid of death. The only thing I think I’d be… Well, I don’t even wanna say it… There’s not fun ways to die, let’s put it that way. [Laughs] If it’s quick, it’s better. [Laughs]” Last October, Fox was briefly hospitalized after suffering another massive seizure. Within weeks of Fox‘s original August 2018 seizure, STRYPER toured Australia and Japan as a three-piece, and later recruited Simon to fill in while Fox was unable to go on the road.
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In the clip below, Iron Maiden frontman Bruce Dickinson comments on the recent announcement the band is gearing up to release a new album, Senjutsu, which was recorded on 2019 and has been lying in wait ever since.
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Fan-filmed video footage of JOURNEY‘s July 31 performance at Lollapalooza at Grant Park in Chicago can be seen below. The band’s setlist was as follows: 01. Separate Ways (Worlds Apart)
02. Only The Young
03. Stone In Love
04. Be Good To Yourself
05. Just The Same Way
07. Still They Ride
09. Positive Touch
10. La Do Da
11. Jonathan Cain Piano Solo
12. Who’s Crying Now
13. Wheel In The Sky
14. Ask The Lonely
15. Open Arms
16. Lovin’, Touchin’, Squeezin’
18. Any Way You Want It
19. Don’t Stop Believin’ JOURNEY made its return to the live stage last Thursday night (July 29) during a special “aftershow” at Chicago’s Aragon Ballroom. The concert took place just two days before JOURNEY‘s appearance at Lollapalooza on the Bud Light Seltzer stage at Grant Park. JOURNEY‘s lineup for both shows included the return of drummer Deen Castronovo, who shared the drum duties in the band with Narada Michael Walden. Walden, bassist Randy Jackson and keyboardist/backing singer Jason Derlatka all joined JOURNEY last year following the band’s acrimonious split with drummer Steve Smith and bassist Ross Valory. Jackson — who previously played with JOURNEY during the mid-1980s — was forced to miss the Aragon gig because he is scheduled to undergo back surgery. Filling in for him was Marco Mendoza, who previously played several shows in 2019 with Castronovo and JOURNEY guitarist Neal Schon under the “Neal Schon’s Journey Through Time” banner. Schon first hinted at Castronovo‘s return on Monday (July 26) when he tweeted a photo from the rehearsal sessions for the Aragon show. “Ok … Double trouble Chicago @NaradaMWalden @DeenTheDrummer Narada Michael Walden and the return of Deen Castronovo on Drums @AragonBallroom @lollapalooza,” Schon wrote. Two days later, Schon answered a few questions about Deen‘s JOURNEY status below a San Francisco Chronicle story that he shared on Facebook. When fan asked, “So is Deen Castronovo back in the band full time now?” Schon responded, “Yes.” After another fan who told Schon to “bring back Deen again,” Schon wrote, “Deen is back. We are double (2) drummers now with Narada.” He added: “They are BOTH PLAYING !!! JOURNEY AS YOU’VE NEVER HEARD US BEFORE !!!!” Castronovo‘s 17-year tenure with JOURNEY ended in 2015 when the group fired him after his arrest for a variety of charges involving his now-wife (including physical abuse, coercion, and unlawful use of a weapon). Last month, JOURNEY shared a new single, “The Way We Used To Be”. The song is the multi-platinum band’s first new music since 2011’s album “Eclipse”, and the first song released by the band’s revamped lineup. “The Way We Used To Be” marks Walden and Derlatka‘s first studio recordings with the band, and Jackson‘s first since 1986’s “Raised On Radio”. The song was produced by Narada Michael Walden at his Tarpan Studios, with co-production by Schon and Cain.
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Fan-filmed video footage of LIMP BIZKIT‘s July 31 performance at Lollapalooza at Grant Park in Chicago can be seen below. LIMP BIZKIT‘s Fred Durst debuted his new look at the band’s July 29 concert at Metro in Chicago, with the frontman now sporting wavy salt-and-pepper locks accompanied by a horseshoe-style mustache. Just hours before Thursday night’s concert, the 50-year-old, who was best known for wearing baggy clothes and an iconic red backwards cap during the height of the band’s fame, posted a picture of his new look on Instagram, writing in a caption “Thinking about you 70,” alongside an emoji of a flying saucer. His Instagram profile bio has also been updated to read: “You’re confused? Classic.” During a recent appearance on “Drinks With Johnny”, the Internet TV show hosted by AVENGED SEVENFOLD bassist Johnny Christ, Wes Borland discussed the status of LIMP BIZKIT‘s long-awaited new album which at one point had the working title “Stampede Of The Disco Elephants”. He said: “We’ve probably, in the last 10 years, been in the studio to try and complete the record, I wanna say, seven times, to different studios. And we’ve been working on stuff, working on stuff, working on stuff. And Fred has been consistently kind of unsatisfied with where vision is, I guess. So we’ve released singles — like we did ‘Ready To Go’, and we did another single called ‘Endless Slaughter’ that we put out… We probably have 35 songs recorded instrumentally, and he’s done vocals on them and then thrown the vocals away — done vocals and then [gone], ‘Fuck this,’ [and] thrown it away. So I think he’s finally at the point now where he’s gonna pick a set of these songs that he’s finally cool with and finish ’em and we’re gonna finish the record. So, fingers crossed.” Asked about a possible timeline for the completion of the new LIMP BIZKIT LP, the guitarist said: “I’m not in charge of Fred‘s vocals… I’m way done with my parts on the record. I’m sure I’ll go back in and play a little bit more after. But it’s fucking Fred Durst. He went from being a darling to everybody’s most hated person in the world. We broke up as a band. He’s tried to find his footing, I think, on a bunch of these songs. He’s so talented, and I love him so much as a brother, but if he’s not ready to do it, he’s not ready to do it… My whole thing is I force things, but I’m happy to make mistakes and get embarrassed and go, ‘Oh, I shouldn’t have done that.’ But I just like to put stuff out. But he’s a perfectionist, so we’ll see when he’s ready to do it. I doubt it’ll be called ‘Stampede Of The Disco Elephants’ at that point. I will definitely say that the riffs and the music, it’s the best stuff I’ve ever done as a musician, I think. I’m so pleased with the direction the music went, and I love what we did as a band. And I’ve heard a bunch of his, sort of, demoed vocals over the stuff, and they’re great. So I have no doubt that he’s gonna come and bring it and it’s gonna be a great record.” Since the arrival of “Gold Cobra” 10 years ago, LIMP BIZKIT issued four singles and promised to release a full-length collection of new material. LIMP BIZKIT and Lil Wayne‘s collaborative single, “Ready To Go”, was made available in July 2013. The track was released via Cash Money, Lil Wayne‘s longtime record company. LIMP BIZKIT in 2011 parted ways with Interscope, the label that released all of the band’s records thus far through its subsidiaries Flip, Geffen and Suretone Records.
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MAMMOTH WVH, the solo project of Wolfgang Van Halen, played its first concert as the support act for GUNS N’ ROSES last night (Saturday, July 31) at Hersheypark Stadium in Hershey, Pennsylvania. Fan-filmed video footage of the show can be seen below. Last month, Wolfgang told Ultimate Classic Rock that he was “really nervous” about opening for GUNS N’ ROSES. “I’m a very anxious person. But in a funny way, it’s very similar to how I started out in VAN HALEN, where the first show I played was at an arena in Charlotte, North Carolina. This time, it’s at a stadium in Hershey, Pennsylvania. So it’s following in a really funny way — but definitely still terrifying. It’s an honor to be there … and I’m going to do my best.” Wolfgang said that he had never been to a GUNS N’ ROSES concert before. “I’m actually very excited, just as a fan, to be able to see them,” he said. “I knew they were going out, and it just kind of fell together really nicely by the time our stuff came out. I’ve known Slash for a while. Over the years, he’d come up to the studio, since I was a little kid, so I can’t even remember the first time I met him.” Van Halen said that he was introduced to GUNS N’ ROSES via the band’s classic debut LP, 1987’s “Appetite For Destruction”. “I think that whole album is phenomenal,” he said. “At the time when they came out, they were just that much-needed ‘fuck you’ vibe. I loved their vibe.” MAMMOTH WVH‘s tour as the support act for GUNS N’ ROSES will conclude in early October with a two-night run at the Hard Rock Live Arena in Hollywood, Florida. MAMMOTH WVH‘s touring lineup features Wolfgang on guitar and lead vocals, Frank Sidoris (SLASH FEATURING MYLES KENNEDY AND THE CONSPIRATORS) on guitar, Jon Jourdan on guitar and vocals, Garrett Whitlock (TREMONTI) on drums, and Ronnie Ficarro on bass. MAMMOTH WVH‘s self-titled debut album was released on June 11 via Explorer1 Music Group/EX1 Records. Last November, Wolfgang confirmed that he asked his father, legendary VAN HALEN guitarist Eddie Van Halen, for permission to use the MAMMOTH WVH band name for his solo project. MAMMOTH WVH is a nod to family history — Eddie and Alex Van Halen‘s band was called MAMMOTH when singer David Lee Roth first joined it in 1974.
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Nightwish vocalist Floor Jansen has shared another new fan fuelled Q&A session from home. Check it out below.
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GUNS N’ ROSES kicked off its summer 2021 tour last night (Saturday, July 31) at Hersheypark Stadium in Hershey, Pennsylvania. Dubbed “We’re F’N Back!”, this trek comes on the heels of the “Not In This Lifetime” run that began in April 2016 and became the No. 3 highest-grossing tour in the history of Billboard Boxscore. As was the case with “Not In This Lifetime”, the current GUNS N’ ROSES tour features classic-lineup members Slash (guitar), Duff McKagan (bass) and Axl Rose (vocals) backed by guitarist Richard Fortus, drummer Frank Ferrer, keyboardist Dizzy Reed and second keyboardist Melissa Reese. The massive touring production will make stops in Detroit, Los Angeles, Dallas, Chicago, and more before wrapping up with two shows in Hollywood, Florida, at the Hard Rock Live Arena on October 2 and 3, 2021. The setlist for the Hersheypark concert was as follows: 01. It’s So Easy
02. Mr. Brownstone
03. Chinese Democracy
04. Welcome To The Jungle
05. Double Talkin’ Jive
06. Slither (VELVET REVOLVER cover)
09. Live And Let Die (WINGS cover)
10. You’re Crazy
11. Rocket Queen
12. You Could Be Mine
13. I Wanna Be Your Dog (THE STOOGES cover)
14. Civil War
15. Dead Horse
16. Slash Guitar Solo
17. Sweet Child O’ Mine
18. November Rain
19. Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door (BOB DYLAN cover)
20. Nightrain Encore: 21. Paradise City 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. In a recent 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,” the guitarist 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 [bassist] Duff [McKagan] [since then] but there’s a certain dynamic in the three of us together. It was awesome, and it’s a really great experience.” The band is now reportedly working on a new studio album — the first under the GUNS banner since 2008’s “Chinese Democracy” and the first to feature Rose, Slash and McKagan since 1993.
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A few months back, while walking the corridors of Superfreak Rehearsal Studios in Joondalup one evening, I heard the unmistakable tunes of Iron Maiden bellowing from one of the many rooms there and heading […]
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