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]

Derek Sherinian: How I made Yngwie Malmsteen play on my solo album

February 13, 2018 // 0 Comments

YNGWIE Malmsteen never guests on other people’s records – but keyboards star Derek Sherinian says he broke him down with a deal the guitar whiz couldn’t refuse. And Son Of Apollo Sherinian says it was former KISS associate Gene Simmons who showed him how to do business. “I also hold the distinction that he’s played on two of my solo records – he does not to do guest appearances,” Sherinian told Sirius XM Volume in speaking about Malmsteen. “I was savvy enough, from learning from Gene, (to know) that everything is negotiable. “He wanted me to go do the tour and obviously he didn’t [read on]

Glenn Tipton: I have not left Judas Priest

February 12, 2018 // 0 Comments

A PREVIOUSLY secret diagnosis of Parkinson’s Disease for Glenn Tipton has resulted in the Judas Priest guitarist standing down from touring. In a Facebook post, the seminal English heavy metal band said Tipton, 70, had first been told he was suffering from Parkinson’s 10 years ago. He had continued to tour but now found playing some songs too difficult. Producer Andy Sneap will replace him for the upcoming Firepower tour. Sneap produced the upcoming album of the same name. “Right now Glenn is able to play and perform some of the Priest songs that are less challenging but due to the nature of Parkinson’s progression he [read on]

Robert Fleischman reluctant about a fully electric Vinnie Vincent Invasion reunion

January 29, 2018 // 0 Comments

VOCALIST Robert Fleischman says he “can’t see” himself being part of a fully electric Vinnie Vincent Invasion reunion. In an new interview with Podcast Rock City, Fleischman also described being reunited with the reclusive Vincent at the Atlanta KISS Expo earlier this month as akin to meeting someone you thought was dead. Fleischman likens his replacement in VVI, Mark Slaughter, to Milli Vanilli but adds he has come to the conclusion Slaughter is “a good guy”. Responding the Vincent’s announcement after they performed together spontaneously at the expo that there would be a reunion, Fleischman tells the [read on]