The biggest classic rock stories of the week find us saying sad goodbyes to two highly influential (and very different) guitar players, wishing Foreigner keyboardist Michael Bluestien all the best in his recently revealed cancer battle, and giggle as Gene Simmons’s famous collection of nudie pictures goes up in flames on his terribly corny TV show.
Queensryche‘s publicist has issued a statement in the wake of wild (and unconfirmed) reports stating that singer Geoff Tate physically attacked and threatened two of his bandmates during a recent soundcheck, allegedly even brandishing a knife at one point.
Black Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi has revealed he was “extremely nervous” before the band’s first concert since his recent lymphoma battle, explaining he wasn’t sure he’d have the endurance to make it through an entire set.
Black Sabbath didn’t say much in response to original drummer Bill Ward’s decision not to accept the financial terms offered to him for a reunion tour and album. However, the fact that they’ve removed him from seemingly all of the vintage images on their new website seems to make a pretty clear statement.
Van Halen have postponed over 30 dates on their 2012 North American tour, beginning with their show scheduled for July 7 at Uncasville, Ct. and ending with their planned Sept. 25 performance in Milwaukee.
Black Sabbath have released a brief statement in response to Bill Ward’s lengthy statement from earlier in the week. In his lengthy screed, the band’s original drummer declaring that his “final effort” to reach an agreement that would enable him to join the band’s upcoming reunion shows had failed.
Great White singer Jack Russell was involved in a drunken boat crash recently, but as the now-sober rocker proudly explains, he wasn’t the one causing the damage, and luckily nobody got hurt very badly.
Original Black Sabbath drummer Bill Ward has issued a lengthy statement declaring that a “final effort” to reach an agreement with the management of his former band has failed, and that as threatened back in February, he will not be joining the band’s upcoming reunion shows.
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