LOUDMOUTH: August 2012

Published on August 9th, 2012

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* IT seems the illness which placed Van Halen guitarist Eddie Van Halen in hospital is not as recent as the band has made out.

Reports emerged on August that Van Halen had undergone “emergency surgery” for diverticulitis, an inflammation and infection of the intestines. That statement gave the distinct impression this was a breaking story.

But the latest news indicates that EVH was in hospital for three weeks recovering from the surgery and is already home. The band has indefinitely postponed its November Japanese dates and Edward has to spend six months recovering.

* KINGS Of The Sun drummer Clifford Hoad has announced he will be the band’s new singer.

Hoad has been searching for around two months for a vox to replace that of his brother Jeffrey, who is no longer interested in show business. He announced on the band’s Facebook page he would be assuming the duties himself.

The band is to be relaunched shortly.

* MOTLEY Crue drummer Tommy Lee is being sued over his rollercoaster drum kit.

Lee invites fans onstage to ride the kit, which performs a 360 degree  manouvre on a rollercoaster-like circular track. But engineer Scott King says Lee stole the idea, which he first pitched to him in 1991.

King says Lee turned down the idea 21 years ago and then used it in 2012 without any recognition or payment. He’s threatening to sue.

* ROSE Tattoo have been confirmed as support for Slash on his Australian tour this month.

Evidently, Angry Anderson is going to take a break from his burgeoning political career to renew an alliance with the former Guns N’Roses guitarist.

The third band on the bill is I Am Giant. The tour kicks off in Brisbane and moves onto Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide and Perth. Slash is supporting his Apocalyptic Love opus.

THURSDAY 23 AUGUST BRISBANE, THE RIVERSTAGE– Lic A/A
www.ticketmaster.com.au w/ I AM GIANT

SATURDAY 25 AUGUST SYDNEY, ENTERTAINMENT CENTRE – Lic A/A
www.ticketmaster.com.au w/ ROSE TATTOO

SUNDAY 26 AUGUST MELBOURNE, HISENSE ARENA – Lic A/A
www.ticketek.com.au w/ ROSE TATTOO

TUESDAY 28 AUGUST ADELAIDE, THEBARTON THEATRE – Lic A/A
www.oztix.com.au / www.venuetix.com.au w/ I AM GIANT

THURSDAY 30 AUGUST PERTH, METRO CITY – 18+ – Sold Out!
www.oztix.com.au w/ I AM GIANT

GUNS N’Roses have announced a residency at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, involving 12 shows from Halloween, October 31

Dubbed Appetite For Democracy, the run follows a similar commitment with the rock-themed hotel from Motley Crue earlier this year. The run will end on November 24.

“We are ecstatic to announce Guns N’ Roses as our newest residency at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino,” said the hotel’s vice-president of entertainment, Paul Davis.“This is what The Joint is all about, bringing fans up close and personal with one of the most iconic bands in the world. It will be a truly unique Guns N’ Roses experience!

AEG Live VP Bobby Reynolds added: “This past New Year’s Eve, Guns N’ Roses tore the roof off The Joint with two sold-out shows.

“Immediately following, AEG Live and Hard Rock began turning our fantasy of having them as a resident artist into a reality. To hear one of the biggest bands in the world rip through their catalog of hits is going to be amazing. There is no better way to celebrate the anniversary of their iconic album Appetite for Destruction than to present Appetite for Democracy at The Joint.”

Previously, guitarist DJ Ashba said recording a follow-up to 2008’s Chinese Democracy was the band’s “priority”.

* ANGRY Anderson says he’s interested in running for Australian federal parliament, representing a seat on the New South Wales south coast.

The Rose Tattoo front man is a member of the conservative National Party and has told reporters he is interested in running after a local Liberal member, Joanna Gash, retired. The Liberal and National parties have an agreement they can both run for a seat if there is a retirement, although in other circumstances they avoid running against each other.

Anderson told Sky News that Midnight Oil frontman-cum-politician Peter Garrett encouraged him to become involved in politics.

“We used to have lots of round-the-coffee-table discussions in the old days, and I said, ‘No, I’m not (interested)’,” Anderson said.

“I said, ‘You’ll be in there shakin’ and makin’ and breakin’, and I will be the bloke on the outside chucking the stones on the roof to get attention’.

“I never saw myself (as a politician) but the more I thought about it I thought, well, he’s right; the best way to change things is to get in and get amongst it.”

Anderson already has an Order Of Australia Media (OAM) for his services to underprivileged children and will soon star in a television series about Immigration called Go Back To Where You Came From.

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* METALLICA will headline next year’s Soundwave touring festival in Australia, with support from Anthrax, Duff McKagan’s Loaded and Danko Jones, it has been announced.

And if you’ve heard there are other bands on the bill not mentioned above, then you can take it as read they are not Hot Metal acts! We’re keeping it pure here baby – classic commercial metal, hard rock and hair metal!

You can go to other sites for pop-punk, grunge and electro-rock (that describes the bands we considered putting in this news item but who failed the leather and/or hairspray test).

Still, it’s a festival worth getting along to. Here’s the dates:

23 February, 2013 Soundwave – BrisbaneBUY TICKETS Brisbane QLD QLD
24 February, 2013 Soundwave – SydneyBUY TICKETS Sydney NSW NSW
1 March, 2013 Soundwave – MelbourneBUY TICKETS Melbourne VIC VIC
2 March, 2013 Soundwave – AdelaideBUY TICKETS Adelaide SA SA
4 March, 2013 Soundwave – PerthBUY TICKETS Perth WA

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* THE ANGELS will include a bonus live disc with their first new studio album for 14 years, Take It To The Streets.

The live recording was made at Brisbane’s QPAC Theatre in January. Taking It To The Streets will be released on August 31. The track listing for the studio album and bonus disc are as follows.

Disc 1:

  1. To The Streets
  2. Wounded Healer
  3. Waiting For The Sun
  4. Life Gets Better
  5. Telephone
  6. No Sleep In Hell
  7. The More You Give
  8. When The Time Comes
  9. Pump It Up
  10. There Comes A Time
  11. Small Price
  12. Getting Free
  13. Some Kinda Hell In Here
  14. Free Bird


Disc 2:

  1. Ivory Stairs (Live)
  2. After The Rain (Live)
  3. Wounded Healer (Live)
  4. No Secrets (Live)
  5. Marseilles (Live)
  6. Outcast (Live)
  7. I Ain’t The One (Live)
  8. Mr. Damage (Live)
  9. Face The Day (Live)
  10. Take A Long Line (Live)
  11. When The Time Comes (Live)
  12. Shadow Boxer (Live)
  13. Am I Ever Gonna See Your Face Again (Live)
  14. Waiting For The Sun (Live)

* WOLFMOTHER frontman Andrew Stockdale has become embroiled in an ugly spat with government-funded Australian national alternative rock station Triple J.

Opening for Smashing Pumpkins at Sydney Entertainment Centre on July 31, Stockdale rapped from the stage:

“Left-wing conservatives sitting up in their offices on their Government paid wages … Triple J can go f— themselves.”

The feud continued in cyberspace, where apparently it had started during the Splendor In The Grass Festival at Byron Bay when the station Tweeted that Wolfmother’s audience was “99.95% male, 0.05% other”. This prompted the band’s account to respond that the station was “100% consistently lame”.

The last Loudmouth heard, Stockdale had called a Triple J DJ an “arsehole” on Twitter. We await further developments impatiently…

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* THE Motley Crue/KISS tour has been hit by flooding in Birmingham, Alabama.

MC drummer Tommy Lee posted photos of the deluged Oak Mountain Amphitheatre on Twitter, saying the bands could mount their own Olympic swim teams.

Despite the conditions, the shows went on – with gates opening a little later than scheduled

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