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Guitarist was left with “less than nothing” by man who lied to make him sign up for ill-fated ’Sgt. Pepper’s’ movie. Continue reading…

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Slipknot have got your Halloween costumes sorted, as they launch new WANYK mask range For more, check out: TeamRock.com (Source)

Scorpions’ official fan-club Crazyscorps recently conducted an interview with former Scorpions drummer James Kottak. In this exclusive interview, Kottak talks about his time with the Scorpions, how he felt integrated in the band, and memories from the road. He also talks about his alcohol addiction that forced his departure…For more, check out: BraveWords.com (Source)

Earl Freeman was a bassist, composer, multi-instrumentalist, poet, and artist. We spoke to Adam Lore from 50 Miles of Elbow Room and Michael Klausman from Wry Press about Earl Freeman: Poems and Drawings, the origin of the project, and the man himself.

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DEEP PURPLE guitarist Steve Morse has reflected on the passing of Eddie Van Halen, calling him ” one of the most inventive rhythm players” he has ever heard. The legendary VAN HALEN axeman died on October 6 at the age of 65 after a long battle with cancer. Speaking to Everyone Loves Guitar, Morse said (see video below): “[Eddie] was a mighty guitarist and a mighty songwriter and one of the most inventive rhythm players I’ve ever heard. “I luckily got a chance to work with him for a few days,” he continued. “We were both endorsing Music Man, and Albert Lee, of course, also was. And we had a band called BIFF BABY’S ALLSTARS, started by Sterling Ball, and some of his brothers were playing and singing in the band originally. And John Ferraro and Jimmy Cox — just great session musicians. So it was just one of these things where you couldn’t go wrong, and the feel was gonna be there. The thing is, can you step up and keep up with them? I always enjoyed doing that gig. At that point, I’d played a number of gigs with them and knew what the deal was. But Eddie came in cold, just, like, ‘Sure, I’ll do it.’ And we were doing country, two-step western swing and rockabilly, and then getting on into a lot of rock sections too, where the solos were pretty much just straight rock and roll, and that’s where, of course, Eddie blew the doors off the place when he did that stuff. But all the stuff he wasn’t as comfortable with, he was very original and inventive with coming up with ways of following the change… Just using his ear — he had great ears. “So I just wanted to say a few words about how I got to stand next to him and play for a few days and really experience the breadth of his talent,” Steve added. “We had a lot in common. We sat and talked a lot during that time. We were almost exactly the same age and both were having our only sons being born months apart. “It was kind of surreal and very sad to hear of his death. “I guess the main thing to remember about Van Halen is what he contributed to the worldwide music vocabulary and some very great songwriting too. And, of course, the soloing. “Eddie, we’re sorry you’re gone, and everyone feels very sad about it. But you’ve gotta be proud of the legacy you’ve given the world and helped redefine the guitar technique library, as well as written some amazing tunes.” Eddie died at St. John’s Hospital in Santa Monica, California. His wife, Janie, was by his side, along with his son Wolfgang, and Alex, Eddie‘s brother and VAN HALEN drummer. The iconic VAN HALEN axeman died from complications due to cancer, his son confirmed. VAN HALEN was inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame in 2007. Rolling Stone magazine ranked Eddie Van Halen No. 8 in its list of the 100 greatest guitarists.

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Pretty Maids vocalist Ronnie Atkins, who revealed earlier this year that he was in remission following lung cancer treatments, has gone public with the news that his cancer has returned. He issued the following message: “As promised a little while ago here’s an update on my health situation. I’m not…For more, check out: BraveWords.com (Source)

Fusion legend Al Di Meola and Italian prog guitarist Dodi Battaglia stream new single One Sky For more, check out: TeamRock.com (Source)

At the beginning of July, BraveWords confirmed that Norwegian doom / goth metal pioneers Theatre Of Tragedy, who called it quits in 2010 and played their final show on October 2nd of that year, are gearing up to release a special 25th anniversary vinyl edition of the band’s self-titled debut…For more, check out: BraveWords.com (Source)

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James Kottak says that he is “still very good friends” with his former bandmates in the SCORPIONS, four years after his exit from the group. In September 2016, the drummer was dismissed from the legendary German hard rock band during his well-publicized battle with alcoholism and was replaced by former MOTÖRHEAD member Mikkey Dee. In a new interview with the SCORPIONS official fan club Crazyscorps, Kottak discussed the circumstances that led to his departure, saying: “I always liked a drink here and there. And then I always also take a pain medication called Aleve. It’s what all the baseball players take, all the footballers, and it works like a charm. You take those of those and you don’t feel anything. But on top of that, I’m a rock drummer in a rock band, and you’ve got the green light to drink. “From 2008 to 2011, I didn’t drink,” he explained. “I just woke up one day and said, ‘I just don’t wanna drink anymore.’ I didn’t go to rehab; I didn’t do any of that stuff. I just didn’t wanna drink anymore. “If you have any knowledge of A.A. [Alcoholics Anonymous] or any type of program or rehab, it only lasts so long and then you have what we call in recovery a relapse. I would go through these phases of a year or maybe two years of no drinking, and then you gradually… “SCORPIONS, we play our show, we go back to the hotel, [and] 45 minutes later, we’re all downstairs having dinner,” he continued. “And everything’s just the right price — free. All these flights back and forth from Europe, from L.A. — I was just flying constantly. Which I’m not complaining about, but it’s always business or first class, and once again, all the booze is at the right price. I’m going, ‘I’ve got the next two days off. I might as well have a drink.’ And that’s what triggered me to start drinking again sometimes. “It’s a typical alcoholic way of thinking: ‘Well, I may as well have a drink. Why not?’ And that’s typical alcoholic disease thinking. ‘Cause it is a disease.” Kottak, who joined the SCORPIONS in 1996, recalled one particular turning point when he spent three months at Eric Clapton‘s Crossroads drug and alcohol treatment center on the island of Antigua. “I’ve been to hundreds — I won’t say thousands — I’ve been to hundreds of A.A. meetings,” he said. “I spent 92 days in rehab down at Eric Clapton‘s rehab place. I was only supposed to stay there 30 days. They offered me, they said, ‘Hey, if you wanna stay another couple of weeks, it’s okay.’ And I’m, like, ‘What? Well, do I have to pay?’ ‘Cause it’s expensive — it’s, like, 30 grand a month. They go, ‘No. You can just stay if you want.’ So I stayed another two weeks, then another two weeks. And long story short, I was there 92 days, which it changed my entire life and my whole way of thinking.” James went on to say that he is “still very good friends” with members of the SCORPIONS. “Me and Matthias [Jabs, guitar] e-mail, and me and Klaus [Meine, vocals] e-mail regular, like, maybe once every few weeks. And I just say, ‘Hey, man, how are you?’ And Klaus will write back, ‘Hey, everything is great here. What’s going on with you?’ It’s that kind of a thing. “I saw them a year and a half ago down in Orange County, which, from here, it sounds close, but it was like a two-hour drive. I went and visited with the guys, and I said hello to the crew, and I went backstage, and I went and visited with Klaus privately. “They’re my friends, man,” Kottak added. “Just ’cause you’re not in a band [together] anymore doesn’t mean you can’t be friends. And these guys are my friends.” Asked if he had any regrets about the way his time with SCORPIONS came to an end, Kottak said: “Of these’s always a regret with any change. But 21 years in rock and roll might as well be 150 years.” Two years ago, Jabs said that he and his bandmates “had to make” the decision to fire Kottak, explaining that they gave the drummer “all the chances” to get better. “We reached the point — or he reached the point — where it was just not worth it,” Jabs said. Kottak spent most of the last two years touring with a revamped version of KINGDOM COME, also featuring guitarists Danny Stag and Rick Steier, and bassist Johnny B. Frank, along with singer Keith St. John (formerly of MONTROSE and LYNCH MOB). Original frontman Lenny Wolf declined to participate in the reunion.

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