Gus G: Ozzy Osbourne helped me afford jeans and french fries

June 5, 2018 // 0 Comments

GUITAR whiz Gus G says the most immediate impact of being recruited by Ozzy Osbourne was “I could afford a pair of jeans and some french fries”. The 38-year-old became a part of Osbourne’s touring band in 2009 after being head-hunted by the Black Sabbath singer. He dropped out of Osbourne’s line-up with the return of Zakk Wylde last year. Asked on the White Line Fever podcast for the impact of this chapter of his career, Gus G says: “Well, first of all I could afford a pair of jeans and some french fries. Secondly, I could pay the rent finally. “No, I mean, it was great, the exposure. Everything was happening very fast. When [read on]

LA Guns singer: We dangled promoter from seventh floor balcony

June 1, 2018 // 0 Comments

FRONTMAN Phil Lewis has apparently admitted LA Guns threatened the life of a promoter’s business partner in Australia during a disastrous 2011 tour. The glam metal outfit has just returned from a trip Down Under that appears to have gone without a hitch – much unlike an earlier visit which, Lewis said, saw them stranded in Melbourne with no way home. “We ended up getting the promoter’s partner and we literally did, we hung him off a balcony, from the hotel, from the seventh floor window, until he came up with the 10 grand, so we could change our flights,” Lewis told the White Line Fever podcast. “Or else we would have been [read on]

Gene Simmons doesn’t know the difference between good music and sales figures, says Little Caesar singer

May 29, 2018 // 0 Comments

GENE Simmons believes rock is dead because he can’t tell the difference between good music and good sales, according to Little Caesar frontman Ron Young. Young was responding to Simmons’ now-infamous 2014 proclamation that the art form of rock’n’roll had expired. It caused such a kerfuffle that Canadian band Helix subsequently released a song called “(Gene Simmons says) Rock Is Dead”. “Rock’s not dead – big huge business of rock is dead so Gene Simmons laments,” Young says on the latest episode of White Line Fever podcast . “It’s ridiculous. Rock is never going to go away. It’s just a [read on]

Glenn Hughes slams millennials

May 23, 2018 // 0 Comments

LEGENDARY singer/bassist Glenn Hughes says working with guitarist Andrew Watt showed him “millennials want all the power and all the money of people who’ve already got it without working for it”. California Breed, a project in which now-65-year-old Hughes worked with 27-year-old Watt along with drummer Jason Bonham, broke up after one album in 2015. “It was a very stressful band for me to be in,” Hughes told the White Line Fever podcast “I was, you know, bamboozled into forming this band with a young man, Andrew Watt – a very talented young man – but it was the wrong move for me. “The guy is a millennial. The guy [read on]

Adrian Vandenberg: How I introduced Angus Young to his wife

May 22, 2018 // 0 Comments

FORMER Whitesnake guitarist Adrian Vandenberg has recalled how he introduced AC/DC’s Angus Young to his wife of 38 years, Ellen. Speaking on the White Line Fever podcast, Vandenberg says: “What you probably don’t know is I brought Angus and his wife together and they’re still married. “Ellen, Angus’ wife, was a friend of mine when I was studying at university in the Dutch city of Arnhem. “We always saw each other at rock shows and in bars.” Mrs Young’s maiden name is Ellen Van Lochem “I was 21 or 22 and I had a rock band put together called Teaser and we had one album. We were invited to be support act to AC/DC on [read on]

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

April 17, 2018 // 1 Comment

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]