Metal News Weekly Recap – July 5, 2013

July 6th, 2013

Due to Motorhead frontman Lemmy Kilmister’s ongoing health problems, the band has cancelled the remainder of its scheduled summer 2013 European tour dates at the urging of his doctor. Last week,word spread that Lemmy was suffering from a hematoma (a collection of blood that has leaked outside the vessels); prior to that, it was reported that Lemmy had undergone a procedure to have a heart defibrillator installed.

Motorhead drummer Mikkey Dee told the Swedish press, “Everything started with him falling and getting a nasty blow to his hip a little over a week ago.” He added that the injury was exacerbated when a fire alarm went off at the London hotel he was staying at and Lemmy had to walk eight flights of stairs. Said Mikkey, “He needs to have his body drained of fluid and that can’t be done too quickly. When he remains in bed and can’t move, he can easily get pneumonia … If you can’t move properly, other issues will follow. He is devastated beyond belief. It has a bigger effect on him than it would anyone else. It’s like chopping off a piano player’s hands. This is his life.”

Mikkey later said, “I am worried because he’s not doing so well right now, but he’s improving, even though it takes longer for him than anyone else to become well. Now that the doctors feel that he shouldn’t go out and play you’ll just have to accept that order.” About the tour cancellation, Mikkey said, “We’re really sorry. But we’re not canceling because of a cold and this is something we’ve put a lot of thought into … It’s so f***ing typical, but what are you going to do? You have to put health before everything else.” Motorhead’s 21st studio album, Aftershock, is expected out in September/October.

Aerosmith singer Steven Tyler is making plans for knee replacement surgery sometime later this year. “My knee is giving out,” he told RollingStone.com tbis week. “I had ACL reconstructions, and in November, I’m getting knee replacement surgery. It’ll take me about three or four months to recover…I’ve had so many operations on my knees and feet that just to be standing is a miracle. But to turn around and do one of my spins where I don’t fall, that’s the sh*t! But hey, all these years have taken their toll on me.”

Check out this viral video of Cam McAzie, aka the Badpiper. He’s an Australian flame-throwing, leather-clad, heavily tattooed and mohawked rocker who blows flames out of his bag pipes while performing AC/DC’s “Thunderstruck!”

Queensryche’s new singer, Todd La Torre, recently spoke with DeadRhetoric.com about the name dispute in the courts with singer Geoff Tate, who fronts another version of the band (with the same name). “There’s the anticipation of what’s going to really happen,” says La Torre about legal wranglings.

“Nobody knows what’s going to happen. If you just look at the facts — and I’m not a lawyer, but as an outsider looking in and you were to figure out what was the evidence, we all feel very confident that Michael [Wilton], Eddie [Jackson], and Scott [Rockenfield] will be awarded the rights to the name. However that agreement and process to resolve it all will happen. I think we’re all just really excited about the positive energy that’s been happening to us, and it reaffirms that we feel we’re the only Queensryche and we’re doing the right thing.”

And while we’re on the subject…here’s Queensryche bassist Eddie Jackson throwing out the first pitch at last week’s Seattle Mariners home game against the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Downloaded is the name of a just-released new documentary chronicling the rise and demise of file sharing site Napster. In the trailer, you can view Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich’s infamous appearance before a Senate Judiciary Committee in 2000 when he accused Napster of hijacking Metallica’s music and making it available for free download.

In putting together the documentary, director Alex Winter [one-time actor who starred in The Lost Boys] told Billboard.com, “One thing I did not count on was the level of rage that still exists. It’s kind of shocking to me how many people are just as angry in 2013 as they were in 2001… Clearly, the artist is not getting compensated well enough yet. There’s just so much need for better architecture.”

Poison frontman Bret Michaels recently sat down with late night chatter Conan O’Brien, who couldn’t help but put up some photos of Bret’s Pets Rock line of clothing for dogs at PetsMart. “That’s a corset for a dog,” laughed Conan. “Then this next one is a dog in a bandana. I like that look.” The clip also features some highlights from Bret’s Travel Channel series, Rock My RV With Bret Michaels.

Original Black Sabbath drummer Bill Ward is preparing to debut a new and unusual collection of fine art created from rhythm on canvas. He’s put out a trailer in advance of unveiling the collection on August 1; you can also check out www.BillWardDrumArt.com.

Black Sabbath singer Ozzy Osbourne recently talked with ShortList about the inspiration of the band’s single, “God Is Dead?”: “ I was in a doctor’s office and there was a magazine in there with that line on the cover. I thought, ‘Yeah — people flew planes into the World Trade Center because of God, there’s all this f*cking sh*t going on in the world in the name of God.’” Bandmate Geezer Butler added,” “Ozzy gave me that line, and I wrote the lyrics.”

Twisted Sister guitarist Eddie Ojeda will be making an appearance in a dystopian apocalyptic action film called Skate God; he’ll also be contributing to the movie’s soundtrack.

The storyline follows a skateboarder who finds out he is the descendant of a Greek god. Ojeda will make a cameo appearance as the aptly named character, The Guitarist. The movie starts shooting later this year.