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Stryper frontman: We individually filed for bankruptcy with $2 million debt

April 17, 2018 // 0 Comments

FRONTMAN Michael Sweet has revealed each member of Stryper declared himself bankrupt in 1991 when the band’s debts hit $2 million. Speaking on the Noize In The Attic podcast, Sweet says himself, brother and drummer Robert Sweet, guitarist Oz Fox and former bassist Tim Gaines had to take the hit personally because they had not formed an incorporated company. “We filed bankruptcy years ago,” Sweet said. “We were doing really well and we wound up spending more than we were making and we wound up having a $2 million-plus debt … 1991. “During the Against The Law period we were spending tonnes of money and still [read on]

Vandenberg: It’s impossible to objectively rank guitarists

April 15, 2018 // 0 Comments

FORMER Whitesnake member Adrian Vandenberg says it’s impossible to objectively measure whether one guitarist is better than another. Speaking on the latest episode of the White Line Fever podcast, 64-year-old Vandenberg says he gets “annoyed” at fans who turn music into a contest. “I’ve played with so many guitar players and I’ve never seen music as a competition,” said Vandenberg. “I always get a little … sometimes even annoyed when people go ‘oh, this guy’s better than that guy’ or ‘that guy’s better than that guy’. “You know, it’s not like [read on]

George Lynch wrote a song called “Mr Scary’s Pyjamas”

April 6, 2018 // 0 Comments

MICHAEL Sweet has revealed he rejected a song from George Lynch called “Mr Scary’s Pyjamas” for their recent collaboration, the album Unified. Speaking on the Noize In The Attic podcast, Stryper’s Sweet says Dokken’s Lynch submitted the song along with 11 others which did end up on the Sweet & Lynch album. The goofy title is a reference to Lynch’s legendary 1987 instrumental, “Mr Scary”. “There was a time on Unified … there was one song he sent me … in the 11 tracks I liked, there was a 12th track called ‘Mr Scary’s Pyjamas’,” Sweet said. “That was [read on]

Lemmy was “surely sickly” in his final years, says Whitfield Crane

March 15, 2018 // 0 Comments

UGLY Kid Joe singer Whitefield Crane says friend Lemmy Kilmister was “surely sickly” in the three years before his death. The Motorhead frontman died of cancer on December 28, 2015. In an April, 2014, interview Crane dismissed concerns for close friend Lemmy’s health by saying “all is well” with the iconic bassist. But Crane now admits his hero was very unwell during the final years of his life. “The thing about Lem is he wanted everyone to keep carrying on,” Crane tells the White Line Fever podcast. “I was able to, in 2012 and 2014 …. I kept finding myself in London and it was right when Motorhead would go tour. “So in [read on]

Anvil’s Kudlow “bruised and tainted” by users, haters and thieves

March 13, 2018 // 0 Comments

ANVIL frontman Steve ‘Lips’ Kudlow says he’s been “bruised and tainted” by “people who are your friend because of who you are, not because we’re people and we’re really friends”. Speaking on the White Line Fever podcast about how his life has changed since the release of a 2008 documentary about the band, Kudlow says he has become more cynical about human nature. “The more the notoriety, the more the haters come with it. They’re part and parcel,” he said. “There might be 10 people that hate you but there’s, for sure, five that don’t. “Maybe [read on]

Choirboys hold talks with Quireboys about tour

March 12, 2018 // 0 Comments

AUSTRALIA’s Choirboys and Britain’s Quireboys have held talks about staging the most confusing double bill in rock. Quireboys guitarist Guy Griffin told the White Line Fever podcast two years ago: “Maybe we should do a double headline tour with the Choirboys! In Australia!” It’s an idea that Choirboys singer Mark Gable has since followed up upon. “I think Mark spoke to the keyboard player and I think it just kind of hit a brick wall,” bassist Ian Hulme told the same program recently. “…not through anything other than perhaps they’re just two guys who couldn’t get it together [read on]

Anvil unsure of what to do with sequel footage

March 11, 2018 // 0 Comments

ANVIL principal Steve ‘Lips’ Kudlow says he is unsure what will become of footage shot for a sequel to the 2008 documentary Anvil! The story of Anvil. The band has continued to shoot behind-the-scenes material since the film, which was named best documentary at the 2009 Evening Standard Film Awards in London among many other plaudits. “Who knows? There’s no set plan,” Kudlow, 62, tells the White Line Fever podcast when asked about the fate of the footage. “It’s just ‘we will do this at some point’ and stuff like that. “I think what’s sustained it is we have been out and being visible and touring and still writing songs [read on]

Blackberry Smoke frontman admits nicking a Junkyard tee – so he wrote a song for them

March 8, 2018 // 0 Comments

BLACKBERRY Smoke’s Charlie Starr has told members of Junkyard he once snuck into one of their shows and stole a t-shirt. The singer/guitarist has made amends by writing a song especially for the Hollywood veterans’ current album, High Water, entitled ‘Til The Wheels Fall Off’. “It was written for us because he’s a long-term fan; we just saw them recently in LA and he told a story where he saw us when the Black Crowes were opening up for us in Atlanta and he snuck in,” Junkyard drummer Pat Mazingo told the White Line Fever podcast. “He was a young kid. He’s like ‘I just snuck in to [read on]

Clifford Hoad says brother does not have the right to use the name Kings Of The Sun

March 8, 2018 // 0 Comments

IN A Facebook post, Kings Of The Sun drummer Clifford Hoad has insisted his brother Jeffrey does not have the right to use that band’s name for a gig north of Brisbane on May 19. The Gold Coast rockers’ moniker is included on a bill headlined by Ross Wilson and Jon Stevens at the Sandstone Point Hotel on May 19 The lineup is listed as “fronted by Jeffrey Hoad, Dean Turner on bass, Dean Reeson on drums and guitarist Glenn Morris”. Singer Jeffrey Hoad told Hot Metal: “I don’t really think there’s ever been a formal agreement (over the name). “I was always happy to take (The Rich & Famous) and he was [read on]