- Blabbermouth reports according to Wairarapa Times Age, two New Zealand men were charged with armed robbery in connection with the theft of an AC/DC compact disc. Peter Tapine, 37, and Jackson Huata, 47, are accused of robbing a house in Masterton while armed with a sword. They appeared in the Masterton District Court and were remanded in custody to appear again on November 8. Armed police were called in to help execute search warrants at three different addresses during which the two men were arrested and a sword and machete seized.
- Blabbermouth reports Eric Blair of "The Blairing Out With Eric Blair Show" conducted an interview with Wendy Dio, the widow of legendary heavy metal singer Ronnie James Dio (DIO, BLACK SABBATH, RAINBOW, HEAVEN & HELL), at the Ronnie James Dio Stand Up And Shout Cancer Fund's second awards gala, which was held on October 31 at the Avalon nightclub in Hollywood, California. You can watch the chat below. Asked what her reaction was when she found out that Ronnie's BLACK SABBATH and HEAVEN & HELL bandmate Tony Iommi was diagnosed with lymphoma, Wendy said, "I cried. And I'm so, so happy he's making it. He's gonna be here tonight and he's gonna be here tonight and he's just a wonderful person. He was a very friend of Ronnie's — him and Geezer [BLACK SABBATH and HEAVEN & HELL bassist Terry "Geezer" Butler] both — and we're so, so happy. It is fantastic." On the topic of whether Iommi asked for any advice after he was first diagnosed with lymphoma, Wendy said, "Not really. We didn't talk about that. He lives in England and I live here. But I saw him a few weeks ago and I sent hm lots of encouragement and letters and things." Ronnie James Dio died of stomach cancer on May 16, 2010 at the age of 67. Ronnie James Dio Stand Up And Shout Cancer Fund is a charity organization founded by Wendy Dio which is dedicated to cancer prevention, research and education. Wendy Dio married her boyfriend of the past two decades, Omar Gimenez, on September 9 in a private ceremony among family and friends in Montecito, California. Read more at Classic Rock
- Blabbermouth reports legendary rocker Alice Cooper recently spoke to The Village Voice about the bands that are carrying on the traditions he created, including ROB ZOMBIE, GWAR and BLACK VEIL BRIDES. On ROB ZOMBIE: Cooper: "You have to start with Rob Zombie. Rob Zombie's like my little brother. Live, he's fantastic. if you're gonna go see an extravaganza, sort of like a media blitz on your brain, it's Rob Zombie. He knows his stuff when it comes to all things dark and scary. But he's got a great sense of humor about it. We went on tour together, and we watched the same movies. He and I (along with Tim Burton) agree, most horror movies are comedies. They're so over-the-top if you're not laughing there's something wrong with you." On GWAR: Cooper: "GWAR! Love GWAR. GWAR is just so over-the-top ridiculous that they're wonderful. I mean, what band has their own factory where they build their own costumes? You've gotta give it to them for taking it to the ultimate limit. They are really out there." On BLACK VEIL BRIDES: Cooper: "There's one young band out there that's doing something right: BLACK VEIL BRIDES. They're sort of like MÖTLEY CRÜE/ALICE COOPER junior. But they're a pretty good idea of style and look and everything, sort of like the brand new Sunset Strip. If MÖTLEY CRÜE had children, it would be these guys. Sleek, very made-up, very rock 'n' roll dark, scary creepy. A good rock 'n' roll band. A good, snotty rock 'n' roll band." Read the full article at this location.
- Blabbermouth reports Patricia Strehl Adler, the mother of LAMB OF GOD members Chris (drums) and Willie Adler (guitar), was interviewed for the "Metal Muthas" column in the December 2012 issue of Decibel magazine. Asked what her sons were like growing up, Patricia Strehl Adler said, "Chris was one of those pen-clickers that a lot of teachers find annoying. He was always tapping his fingers or feet. Always moving and usually in a chair that was leaned back on two back legs. Willie went to acoustic guitar for a very short time and then onto electric — where he has lived ever since." Patricia Strehl Adler, who was born during World War II and grew up with bread lines and ration stamps, also revealed that she never expected her children to get to this level. "I really didn't follow their successes," she said. "I knew they were doing what they loved. I don't know if they thought I wasn't interested or if they just didn't put a lot of importance on what they considered passing success. I've made it pretty clear by now that I am interested and want to know the ups and downs. I've only gone to one of their shows in Richmond. I was seriously blown away with the noise and the vibrations. It took me a couple of days to recover." Regarding what it's like when her sons get noticed around their hometown of Richmond, Virginia, Patricia Strehl Adler said, "I'm very impressed with the polite distance their fans take whenever they are recognized. I am very proud of my sons." For more information on how to obtain a copy of the magazine, visit DecibelMagazine.com.
- Blabbermouth reports reunited Florida-based "nu metal" act TWISTED METHOD played its first show in nearly eight years on October 28 at Dixie Roadhouse in Cape Coral, Florida. Original members Derrick "Tripp" Tribbett (vocals) and Derek DeSantis (bass) were joined by Tony Elchert (EKOTREN) on drums and Virus (DOPE) on guitar. Fan-filmed video footage of the concert can be see below. Photos are available at this location. According to The News-Press, TWISTED METHOD was one of only two rock acts to originate in Lee County, Florida and go on to sign national recording contracts. The band were signed to MCA in 2002 and released "Escape From Cape Coma" the following year. In 2003, the band was tapped to perform on the second stage at Ozzfest. Over the two years that followed, TWISTED METHOD continued to tour and and bring new "inmates" (as they called their fans) to their asylum of sound. Their first show back home after Ozzfest at the defunct Neptune's was sold out and their performance at radio station 99X's X-Fest stole the show from more popular bands such as PUDDLE OF MUDD and TRAPT. Following TWISTED METHOD's split in June 2005, the Tribbett formed a new project called MAKESHIFT ROMEO with DeSantis. The group also included ex-MOTOGRATER bassist Jonny Nailz and former SLITHERYN drummer Tom "T-Bone" Burke.
Former TWISTED METHOD guitarist Andy Howard died in September 2005 at the age of 23. The cause of death was not revealed. "I felt numb about it at first, but then it hit me like a ton of bricks. Andy was a very bright mind and a dynamite guy to be around," DeSantis told NaplesNews.com. But, he added, "I never thought for a second about quitting music. None of us did."
- Blabbermouth reports Gibraltar's premier metal band BREED 77 is back with a brand new single, "Drown". "Drown", due on Monday, November 26, is the first single to be lifted from the band's forthcoming album, "The Evil Inside", to be released on February 25, 2013. The new single coincides with BREED 77's European tour with SOIL and FOZZY, which commences Tuesday, November 27. Commented BREED 77: "It's a great opportunity for us to kickstart the new single and album cycle by joining two awesome bands like SOIL and FOZZY on tour. "To be playing the prestigious Hard Rock Hell festival for a second time is fantastic. If it's as half as good as last time, it's going to be a blast for all. We're very excited at the prospect of raising hell again and letting the hounds loose at a show near you!" A dark, brooding affair, "Drown" showcases BREED 77's new album, which is said to be the band's most introspective work to date. Not one to rest on its laurels, BREED 77 has pushed the envelope again with a rockier, more melodic offering this time around. "'Drown' was debuted live at the Rock Nights Galapagai festival in Lithuania earlier this summer and it became an instant monster of a song on stage and went down a storm with the crowd," said BREED 77. "The single release will be packaged with some B-side surprises, so look out for that!" Earlier this year, BREED 77 teamed up with Pledge Music for an exclusive acoustic EP, "Under The Skin"; a collection of eight tracks, encompassing versions of the band's classic songs from their chart hits back catalogue and a few surprises as the band tackled some well known rock standards but with their own unique twist.
BREED 77 is:
Paul Isola - Vocals
Danny Felice - Guitars
Pedro Caparros - Guitars
Stuart Cavilla - Bass
Andre Joyzi - Drums
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