JUDAS PRIEST THREATENED
ENGLISH heavy metal Gods Judas Priest are under threat because of a court case in the United States.
The five piece group is still in a southern district court charged with influencing two teenage boys to attempt suicide.
Last year, allegedly after listening to Judas Priest’s music, two US boys shot themselves. One died instantly, the other receiving massive head injuries.
Lawyers for the surviving boy are alleging Judas Priest’s music contains Satanic messages which encourages members of their listening audience to commit acts of violence upon themselves and others.
KK Downing one of two Judas Priest lead guitarists (the other is Glenn Tipton), told Hot Metal News that the court case is causing members of the band “great distress”.
“Obviously we hate to hear about the boys doing that to themselves,” KK. told us, “but at the same time, how can music influence someone to take their life? There was obviously a problem with their mental health before they listened to our music.”
KK Downing said violent messages can be found in anything.
“Look, I sympathise with the parents of these boys, but, let’s face it, they could have been reading Shakespeare or watching a television show and that might have triggered off something inside them.
“I do not consider Judas Priest violent,” KK added.
“If anything, our music takes out the aggression. The kids come to a show and any frustration is taken out because they can dance, bang their head and have a good time.”
ONE MAN BAND
Guitar hero Vinnie Vincent’s band Invasion has not broken up, according to Chrysalis Records. This is despite the fact three of the four-man Vinnie Vincent Invasion have officially left the group, leaving only Vinnie himself.
WATCH OUT – IT’S CINDERELLA!
DON’T be surprised to hear some Night Songs belting from your local club next year. Cinderella, whose second album, Long Cold Winter, surprised a lot of people by charting here this year, want to come Down Under. A PolyGram spokesman told Hot Metal that Tom Keifer and the boys were keen to break themselves as a live act in Australia. And what a tour it would be!
“Obviously at this stage they wouldn’t be playing the larger halls”, said the Polygram person”, but they want to get things moving out here. They’re looking to do some press very soon in an attempt to drum up some interest.”
Cinderella, along with Bon Jovi and Poison, were one of the acts to pioneer the hard rock revival in the US a couple of years back with Night Songs, a striking record that made the top two of almost every album chart in that country.
A song called “Shake Me”, reminiscent of the very best AC/DC, remained on maximum rotation for yonks on US MTV and if it had been released as a single there’s little doubt it would have topped the charts. Singles “Somebody Save Me” and “Nobody’s Fool” scored well in the US seven inch league and received some play on Aussie MTV.
Their current single, “Gypsy Road”, was just begging to be picked up by radio when we went to press. And the next cut in line for release is the ballad “Don’t Know What You Got (Till It’s Gone)”. Look out for it!
THE BARNES AND SWAN ROADSHOW
JIMMY BARNES and his older brother, John Swan, will team for a national pub tour next February and March.
Swan, who has just started playing live with his own band after a year-long-stay with The Party Boys, said the double-header should be one of the best pubs tours of the last few years.
“It’s going to be great,” Swan told Hot Metal News.
“Jimmy really wants to take it back to the pubs and that’s where I’m happiest playing. They should be great nights of sweaty rock’n’roll music.”
Your dates will be announced early next year, and we’ll be there to keep you informed.
This isn’t Hot Metal News for nothing, ya know?
PINK FLOYD DOUBLE LIVE
PINK FLOYD, one of the world’s most successful bands over the last 20 years, will release its first live album this month. The album has been produced by Pink Floyd’s guitarist and lead vocalist, David Gilmour, respected in rock ‘n’ roll circles as one of the finest lead guitarists in the world.
Delicate Sound Of Thunder features a variety of songs from the band’s 20 year history, taken from the albums Medal, Dark Side Of The Moon, Wish You Were Here, The Wall and Momentary Lapse Of Reason.
The double set will be released on record, music cassette and compact disc. Meanwhile, the compact disc boxed set of Pink Floyd’s collected works has also been released through CBS Records. The boxed set, which features Pink Floyd’s music from 1975 to 1987, is selling fast for $99.99.
THE father of garage hard rock, Iggy Pop, plans to tour Australia in February, he told Hot Metal‘s Scott Howlett last fortnight. Iggy, lead singer of The Stooges, one of the most influential rock bands of the 70s, said he would follow his dates in Japan with a national tour of Australia. It will be a great tour because I’m doing some of the best stuff I’ve ever done. The shows are long, tight and I’m putting the most into them. I’m really proud of what I’m doing now, I’ll definitely be coming down. We’ve just finalised the Japanese dates which are at the end of January, so I’ll see you all down there early in February.” Iggy will be promoting his new album, Instinct, through Festival Records.
THOSE purveyors of everything tasteful and decent, KISS, have a new album coming up called Smashes, Thrashes And Hits and a single, “Let’s Put The X In Sex”. The album, due out early next year, is a collection of the original glammers’ most…er, arousing music, along with some new bonkrock.
KISS, whose current line-up is Paul Stanley on rhythm guitar, Gene Simmons on bass, Bruce Kulick on lead guitar and Eric Carr on drums, made a considerable comeback just about everywhere but here with last year’s Crazy Nights LP. The track listing for the new album is as follows: Side One: “Lets Put The X In Sex”; “Crazy, Crazy Nights, “I Love It Loud”, “Deuce”; “Lick It Up”, Side Two: “Heaven’s On Fire”; “Strutter”, “Beth”, Tears Are Falling”; “I Was Made For Loving You”, “Shout It Out Loud”; and another as yet undisclosed track. (Wotsabet it’s “UH’ All Night?”)
Apparently the new, re-recorded version of “Beth” features Carr on vocals instead of the long-since-departed Peter Criss. The single of “Let’s Put The X In Sex” back with ’70s classic, “Calling Dr Love”.
As for the long player, it saw the light of day stateside on November 21.
KISS finished an arduous European Tour last month, but are expected to hit the road again in support of the new opus. Meanwhile, their “Crazy Nights” video will not be produced locally because of high overheads. It has just three songs: “Crazy, Crazy Nights”, “Reason To Live” and “Turn On The Night”. But PolyGram Australia is looking at importing a batch of the videos. The last KISS long-form video, KISS Exposed, was an international smash, while the first video Animalize Live Uncensored was not released here.
EUROPE START WORLD TOUR
EUROPE will start its world tour in India this month, lead singer Joey Tempest told Hot Metal News last week.
Joey gave us a call and also told us the five piece Swedish band would be touring the world for at least the next year in support of its new album, Out Of This World. But why India?
“Well, we want to take our music to all parts of the world, not just the big places like England, America and Europe,” Tempest said from the band’s office in Sweden.
“We know it’s going to be a long and hard tour but we have been working towards this for a lot of years and we’re determined to make it work.”
VAN HALEN SPLIT RUMOUR
SAMMY HAGAR has left Van Halen and the band is no more, according to rumours received by Hot Metal News. The story so far: When former Van Halen lead singer David Lee Roth was touring Australia last month, his publicist, Arlette Vereekee, received a telephone call from the US informing her that Van Halen had split.
In celebration, champagne was opened, according to Hot Metal News sources in Melbourne.
Lee Roth would be thrilled to hear about the band’s demise. He walked out of Van Halen four years ago displeased with the way the band, he said, had become a corporation rather than a hard rock beast. Lee Roth claimed Van Halen did not tour enough to keep him creatively satisfied.
He was replaced by Sammy Hagar, ex-Montrose and Sammy Wild And The Dust Cowboys.
Van Halen has recorded two albums with Hagar, 5150 and QU812. They have been the biggest selling Van Halen albums yet, but internal difficulties between Hagar and lead guitarist Eddie Van Halen have been reported. Van Halen’s US record company, Warner Brother, remains tight-lipped about the rumours, saying everything is fine in the Van Halen camp, but an executive of WEA Records in Melbourne confirmed the call from the US to Lee Roth’s publicist was genuine.
Stay tuned to Hot Metal News…
MOSS ROLLS BACK
ONE of Australia’s best lead guitarists has made his long-awaited comeback to rock ‘n’ roll.
Ian Moss, the former guitarist and backing vacalist with Cold Chisel, played his first live gig in two years in Sydney last fortnight, and he will release his debut studio single, “Tucker’s Daughter”, early next year.
The song was co-written by Moss and another member of Cold Chisel, keyboard player and principal songwriter Don Walker, now with Catfish.
Moss told Hot Metal News that it was a “definite possibility” other members of Cold Chisel will help him record his debut solo album, and Chisel singer Jimmy Barnes might be involved in a “backing singer capacity”.
AUSTRALIA’S OWN BOSS
AUSTRALIA’S hottest young hard rock singer has formed a new band and bounced back on the scene after a two year absence.
In launching his new band, BB.Steal, Craig Csongrady rejected a recent offer from Bill Idol’s guitarist, Steve Stevens, to join his new band!
Formerly of the Sydney-based Boss, Csongrady told Hot Metal News he refused Steven’s offer because he wanted to get his own band on the world hard rock map.
“It was certainly a nice offer but I have been working hard on this band for the last two years and I’m really excited about what we’re doing,” Csongrady said.
B.B Steal’s debut single is called “I Believe” and has been released through PolyGram Records.
One of the crew which helped Csongrady get his new band together was America’s Jesse Harmes, the keyboard player and songwriter in Sammy Hagar’s band before he joined Van Halen.
Jesse said of B.B.Steal: “There is a frightening lack of good, honest, accessible hard rock bands in Australia, comparable with bands such as Aerosmith, Def Leppard and Cinderella – the climate is now ready for B.B.Steal.”
An album will be released next year and the band will soon start a national tour in support of Daryl Braithwaite.
BB Steal also features some of Australia’s finest hard rockers, including ace lead guitarists Warren Mason and Kevin Pratt, bass guitarist Peter Watertank and on drums, big bad Peter Heckenberg.