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LA Guns frontman: trust us over line-up changes

September 10, 2018 // 0 Comments

LA GUNS singer Phil Lewis says fans should trust him and guitarist Tracii Guns to employ “the best players available” as the number of musicians who’ve been in various iterations of the band approaches the half-century. Guitarist Michael Grant was sacked from the Sunset Strip outfit this year and replaced by Johnny Monaco, who only lasted 12 shows. Some estimates had Monaco as member 49. Adam Hamilton, a former bass player with LA Guns, has now returned as guitarist. “I think it’s pretty much accepted now that if it’s me and Tracii playing together, then that’s LA Guns,” Lewis, 61, tells the latest episode of White Line [read on]

Scottish rockers recall blazing studio rows with INXS star

July 11, 2018 // 0 Comments

SCOTTISH rockers Gun have recalled “a lot of friction in the studio” with INXS keyboardist Andew Farriss during the making of their poorly-received 1997 album, 0141 632 6326. Farris was brought on as producer for the album and guitarist Jools Gizzi tells the White Line Fever podcast: “Whatever songs we had, Andrew just came and disected them. “The demos were really up there. We just wanted him to add to the demos but he just went a complete left-field with it and then it caused a lot of friction in the studio – with myself especially. But Gizzi insists there are no bad feelings towards the 59-year-old. “It’s in the past,” [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]

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]

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]

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]

LA Guns’ Phil Lewis posed as a psychic and worked as a magician’s assistant to pay the bills

January 27, 2018 // 0 Comments

LA GUNS frontman Phil Lewis has revealed he posed as a psychic and worked as a magician’s assistant during the band’s lowest ebb. Speaking in the latest edition of Classic Rock magazine, the 61-year-old Englishman – now reunited with guitarist foil Tracii Guns – says he took several odd jobs to make ends meet in the late 1990s. “I was recording a solo album at the time and I had my baby girl in the other room, watching her on the video monitor,” Lewis is quoted as saying. “Every now and then the phone would go, this three-ring alarm, which indicated it would be from the psychic hotline. “It was [read on]

Rikki Rockett wants fans to send in videos of themselves making out

January 25, 2018 // 0 Comments

POISON drummer Rikki Rockett has made a bizarre public request for fans to film themselves “making out” and send the footage to him. In his third video blog, 56-year-old Rockett says his other band, Devil City Angels, wants to include publicly-submitted video in the clip for a new song called “Testify”. “Think about making out, throwing your girl on the bed, making out with her, holding hands,” he told viewers. “Or just testifying to the fact that you just love somebody to death. “That’s kind of what we want to do the video about.” Rockett says he and fellow members of the band came [read on]