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R-2542972-1500984918-1755.jpegIt is Mötley Crüe week here on Moshpits and Movies where we are celebrating the release of the band’s brand new Netflix biopic The Dirt which was released this past Friday (March 22). We figured that we would cap off Mötley Crüe week by covering one of the band’s albums for the Album Of The Week post and we are giving you two albums for the price of one this week. On November 10, 1981, the band which was made up of Vince Neil (Vocals), Nikki Sixx (Bass), Mick Mars (Guitars), and Tommy Lee (Drums) would self release their debut album Too Fast For Love on their own label Leathür Records. Eventually when the band was signed to Elektra Records, the label would remix the album and re-release it in August of 1982. As far as the track lisiting and artwork is concerned, we are giving you the Leathür Records Edition of the album which features ten tracks as opposed to the nine track Elektra Records release. The original pressing of the album was limited to 900 copies to which the band quickly sold and the re-released version  eventually went Platinum while also peaking at 77 on the Billboard Top 200 charts.

MOTLEY_CRUE_TOO+FAST+FOR+LOVE+-+1ST+ISSUE+2ND+PRESSING+WINSERT+1-951b1. Live Wire– The fierce and ferocious opener kicks off the show with one of the most popular tracks that band performed throughout their careers. I think the track is about when your young you think you’re unstoppable just because what you think you bring to the table is fresh and new. 5/5

2. Public Enemy #1-an awesome track that takes a look at how amazing just being young, wild, and free is because you break all the rules and everyone wants you. The song was co-written with Nikki’s former London bandmate Lizzie Grey who is credited on the song. 5/5

3. Take Me To The Top– an amazing song that has a slight punk rock feel to it at times that is all about fighting those inner demons and temptations as you go to the top. 5/5

4. Merry-Go-Round– a slow and methodical track that apparently is about something that Nikki witnessed as a kid in Seattle when he saw a man refuse to come off a Merry Go Round and was taken away in a straitjacket. 5/5

5. Piece of Your Action– This is the last track on side A and one of two songs that Vince Neil co-wrote on the album that is the original version of Ten Seconds To Love (not really, but as far as lyrical meaning it is). 5/5

Motley Crue - Too Fast For Love (Leathur) - Back Cover6. Starry Eyes-Another amazing song that is musically in the same style as Merry-Go-Round and it’s all about a girl who you are just memorized by because she can do things no other can. The song features one of my favorite builds up to a guitar solo the band has ever done. 5/5

7. Stick to Your Guns– a very Aerosmith like swagger to the track int he beginning before the band launches into overdrive Mötley Crüe style. The track is all about doing what you think is right for you and screw what everyone else says. 5/5

8. Come on and Dance-a cool, raw hard rock classic that is all about a stripper and what this stripper can do that just hooks all the guys in. You have to love the cowbell playing that Tommy Lee includes in this song. 5/5

9. Too Fast For Love-The second best track on the record that is already amazing to begin with and that punk infused rock is awesome in this track that is all about living that rock star life. 5/5

10. On With The Show– Another amazing song and what an amazing track to end an album with. The track is song is almost autobiographical at the time for the year as it chronicles the death of Frank Feranna Jr. and the birth of Nikki Sixx. This is the second song on the album that was co-written by Vince Neil. 5/5

My Final Thoughts– Besides Shout At The Devil, this may be the greatest Mötley Crüe record ever recorded due to the fact of how hungry the band was and how raw their sound was in this track. Shout featured a more polished sound that was provided thanks to Elektra and their resources. I love every single song on this record which is why I am going to give the album 5 stars out of five for a final grade. Welcome to the five star club!!!

51qMElGc5NL._SX334_BO1,204,203,200_It is Motley Crue week here on Moshpits and Movies as we continue to celebrate the release of the new Netflix rock biopic The Dirt which is based off of one of the best selling rock autobiographies The Dirt: Confessions of the World’s Most Notorious Rock Band that was written by Motley Crue’s Vince Neil, Mick Mars, Tommy Lee, and Nikki Sixx alongside Neil Stauss and we are covering here for Heavy Metal Book Report. The way the book works is that each member of the band gets their own chapter to tell some wild and insane stories that also features chapters from Doc McGhee and Tom Zutant as well. The book tells the wild and insane story of the one of the 1980’s most decadent and dangerous bands in the world as they take you on a true journey through sex, drugs, and good ole fashioned rock and roll Motley Crue style. You get to travel alongside the band as they describe all their triumphs alongside all the tragedies that made the band notorious all over the world. It’s a one way ticket through hell and back so you better make sure that your strapped in because it’s a journey that you’ll never forget. Hear all the stories that made the film like the story of Bullwinkle, the tragic death of Razzle and everything that happened while Vince was in jail to the night that Nikki Sixx died and came back to life and so much more.

91S8-v4yBBLFor anyone that has read this book, there is so much that I would have loved to have seen make the film, but I understand how screen writing works versus writing a novel. One of the things that is probably going to happen to you is that if you had a favorite member before, it could possible change during this book. That was one of the things that happened to me when I read this book. I was a huge Vince Neil fan growing up because I thought he was the coolest frontman ever, but after reading the book I instantly became a fan of Nikki Sixx who is the unsung hero of the band. You have to read about his journey as a kid to adult that was toned down heavily in the film because it will shock the hell out of you. There is one story that just tugs on your heart strings and it’s about a sister that he never knew he had and the tragedy behind that story will bring a tear to your eye. One of the things that made me laugh at times was how every member had plenty of pages per chapter and then there’s Mick Mars who at times wouldn’t write much. He lived up to his persona even in the book, but he has some pretty interesting info as far as his backstory is concerned. As I said before in the previous paragraph, this book takes you on one hell of a ride and you’ll feel so dirty when it’s done that you’ll need a shower (just kidding, but seriously though). This is probably my favorite rock autobiography of all time that has never been duplicated and with that being said, I am giving the book five stars out of five for a final grade.

The Dirt SingleThe film that you all have been waiting for since the rumors some years ago and the announcement during their retirement tour press conference is going to drop on Netflix this month. That’s right, I am talking about the Mötley Crüe biopic The Dirt which stars Machine Gun Kelly a.k.a. Colson Baker as Tommy Lee, Iwan Rheon as Mick Mars, Daniel Webber as Vince Neil, and Douglas Booth as Nikki Sixx. To celebrate the film, the band returned to the studio to record four tracks together which includes a cover of Madonnas Like A Virgin and the track we chose for today’s Rock Single of the Week in The Dirt (Est. 1981) featuring Machine Gun Kelly. The track at first has a very Shout At The Devil feel with the intro, but when the band comes in, it’s very Saints Of Los Angeles sounding which is cool because it’s the natural evolution of the Crüe. If you wondering what it sounds like with Machine Gun Kelly, I have to say that his part is not overwhelming as it fits the track perfectly and it doesn’t overtake it. One of the other common questions asked is how is the band getting back in the studio without wanting to reunite and tour? Nikki answered that question in an interview with Classic Rock saying, “Yeah, I miss the guys, and I miss playing with them, and playing that music, but everyone’s fairly busy with their own thing. That’s a whole conversation that we haven’t even had at that point.” He however did not deny nor confirm the rumors, but simple said, “I don’t know if we ever will.” Check out the film on Netflix and check out the single below:

1800256For an album and a time that was super decadent, I feel that I have to set the tone before I can review this week’s album of the week. The year is 1985 and you’re lead singer has served whatever little time that he received for killing your band’s best friend in Hanoi Rocks drummer Nicholas “Razzle” Dingley. What is your band supposed to do at this point in time when all the proverbial sh** has hit the fan? Most bands would crumble without their star lead singer behind the helm and then there are bands that would simply move on and try to find another singer to take his place. That is what 1980’s hair metal legends Mötley Crüe did when lead singer Vince Neil was arrested and charged. Nikki Sixx (bassist) took control of the situation as he started to write new material for the band’s third album Theater Of Pain and then he almost had Ratt lead singer Stephen Pearcy take Vince’s spot. Luckily for the band, that didn’t need to happen as Vince was eventually released and the album was recorded despite the tensions between the rest of the band (guitarist Mick Mars, drummer Tommy Lee) and Vince. The album was pretty successful for the band as it peaked at number six on the Billboard Top 200 as it went well on it’s way to going four times platinum.

Elektra1. City Boy Blues– The first track on the record that kicks off the new, more glam oriented style for the band as Nikki wrote the song about being a country kid now injected into the city life. 4.5/5

2. Smokin’ In The Boys Room– This is the bands cover of the Brownsville Station classic which helped put them back on the map. 5/5

3. Louder Than Hell– Originally written during the Shout At The Devil sessions and known as Hotter Than Hell originally. The song was reworked and turned into this classic about their love for Metal. This is as close as you’ll get to Shout. 5/5

4. Keep Your Eye On The Money– an interesting track that sounds like their singing about gambling, but I think it’s more about the gamble you take in life in the music business. 4.5/5

5. Home Sweet Home– The ultimate 1980’s ballads which was the ballsiest move the band did at the time because no other band had done it. A live staple that begins and ends with Tommy on Piano. It’s about life on the road and in a little side note this track is what made me fall in love with Mötley Crüe. 5/5

Motley Crue - Theatre Of Pain -ak-6. Tonight (We Need A Lover)– interesting track that is all about the backstage festivities that went on during the decadent 80’s. 4/5

7. Use It Or Lose It– An in your face track that is about life in the fast lane and how you better use it before you lose it. 4/5

8. Save Our Souls– Power chord heaven as this track opens up with a bluesy tinge to Mick’s guitar. It’s another track that explores their decadent ways and how their lucky to be alive. 4/5

9. Raise Your Hands to Rock– a track that starts with a more clean channel guitar sound at times in this anthem about never giving up on the dream of becoming a rock and roll star. 4/5

10. Fight For Your Rights– a track that is all about living your life to the fullest no matter what laws or what people have to say. 4/5

My Final Thoughts– I always thought highly of this album even back in 1985 when my brother would play it for me. After all it contains the quintessential ballad of the 80’s which is also my favorite track on the album. Sure, Mötley Crüe did what any band would do and that is they got better with every release. My least favorite track on the album is actually Raise Your Hands To Rock. I am giving the album 4.4 stars out of five for a final grade.

Yesterday I posted an article expressing my feelings on the final chapter of Motley Crue which took place last night at The Staples Center in Los Angeles. It was January of 2014 with the big press conference that took place where it all started for the Crue, they declared that they were going to hang it all up for good signing a cessation of touring. The only way the band could tour together is that all four members of the Crue had to agree on it otherwise the band was no more. What started out as just 7o plus dates on The Final Tour turned into 164 with the 164TH show last night. It must have been a bittersweet moment for everyone at The Staples Center as the most decadent group of the 80’s ran through their classics like Smoking In The Boys Room, Kickstart My Heart, Wild Side, Shout At The Devil, Wild Side, Girls, Girls, Girls, Live Wire, Saints Of Los Angeles, and so many more. The band closed out the show with the one track that made me want to be a rock star and that was Home Sweet Home. Once the show was over Vince tweeted out, “It was a privilege and honor to play with these guys! Rock on!” Nikki simply tweeted a picture of a typewriter with the words The End. I have the performance of Home Sweet Home here for all of you thanks to some fan filmed footage. Check it out, enjoy it, and thank you for the memories. R.I.P. Motley Crue (1981-2015)

Motley Crue, Dec. 31, 2015, Staples Center, Los Angeles, Calif. Set List

1. “Girls, Girls, Girls”
2. “Wild Side”
3. “Primal Scream”
4. “Same Ol’ Situation (S.O.S.)”
5. “Don’t Go Away Mad (Just Go Away)”
6. “Smokin’ in the Boys’ Room”
7. “Looks That Kill”
8. “Mutherf—er of the Year”
9. “Anarchy in the U.K.”
10. “Shout at the Devil”
11. “Louder Than Hell”
12. Drum Solo
13. Guitar Solo
14. “Saints of Los Angeles”
15. “Live Wire”
16. “Dr. Feelgood”
17. “Kickstart My Heart”

Encore

18. “Home Sweet Home”

motley crueTonight is supposedly when all bad things come to an end for hair metal legends Motley Crue as they prepare to play their last show ever tonight at The Staples Center in Los Angeles. It’s kind of a sad moment for yours truly as Motley Crue was the first metal band that I fell in love with when I was a kid. I can remember hanging out with my older brother listening to Shout At The Devil on Cassette at night. I can still feel the electricity I felt the first time I saw all the original members back together again in 2005 at the TD Garden in Boston, MA. I can remember being right in front of Tommy Lee when he shot up to the ceiling to do his drum solo at The Dunkin Donuts Center in Providence, RI the following year. I remember riding the bus to school every day with my walkman listening to Dr. Feelgood which I forced my mother to buy me (I was only 7 when the album came out).

10508181_104158163295753_1280681589_nI remember being blown away by how close to the stage I was when I worked the Pit for Cruefest 2 at The Xfinity Center in Mansfield, MA. Motley Crue has filled my life with so many great moments and memories that I just wanted to take the time to thank the band. I can’t believe that this is the end, but the end is just the beginning of something new. We have solo material to look forward to from Vince Neil, we have Nikki Sixx’s amazing band Sixx AM to look forward to, and whatever Tommy Lee or Mick Mars decides to do in the future. So, for all you lucky Californians that get to see this show, revel in the moment and soak it all up and party like it’s 1985 all over again. Never fear though because the band announced that the final show is being taped for a concert film that will air in theaters and be shown on Pay Per View. The concert side is being directed by Christian Lamb while Jackass director Jeff Tremaine directs the documentary side of the film. Be on the look out for that and stay updated by going here. With all of that being said, R.I.P. Motley Crue (1981-2015) thanks for all the memories.

I know what you’re thinking and it’s probably what the hell is this music and movie blogger doing writing an article about same sex marriage? While I openly admit that I am not gay, I have always believed that they should have the same rights as anyone else who wants to get married. I have always been in favor of human beings being able to enjoy life to the fullest even if it meant approving same sex marriage nationwide which is what the United Sates Supreme Court did today. The US Supreme Court ruled 5-4 in favor that the constitution of the US allow same sex marriage nationwide. Justice Anthony Kennedy wrote the majority opinion that read as follows, “No union is more profound than marriage, for it embodies the highest ideals of love, fidelity, devotion, sacrifice and family. In forming a marital union, two people become something greater than once they were. As some of the petitioners in these cases demonstrate, marriage embodies a love that may endure even past death.” Even United States President Barrack Obama commented on Twitter saying, “Today is a big step in our march toward equality. Gay and lesbian couples now have the right to marry, just like anyone else.” Of course people of the various news media outlets around the country and probably the world are not the only ones to comment on this massive decision as some rockers got involved in the talk. All That Remains Phil Labonte, Tom Morello, and various members of Motley Crue reacted to the news and we have it for you below. This is a huge human rights decision and if you want to read more about it from the Supreme Court, then just go here.

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Portada - Motley Crue amarillaFor this week’s album of the week, I wanted to check out an album that has been sort of in the news as of late, but only because some of the people who made it feel it needs the recognition. The album I m talking about is the 1994 self titled record that featured former The Scream singer/guitarist John Corabi. Corabi took over for Vince Neil who was either fired or quit the band depending on who you talked to in the band. When asked about the record by The Beat,  Tommy Lee has said, “It’s huge. Honestly, dude, it’s one of my favorite Crüe records. Sonically, the songs and the playing on that record is gnarly. We worked our asses off on that record.” He goes on to talk about the mentality the band had after they had fired Neil while approaching the new record, “We had so much to prove: Vince was gone, we had a new singer who also plays guitar and writes and he brought a whole new element to this. But once fans are used to a certain thing, they just didn’t want to know about any other version of Mötley Crüe. That’s understandable, but when you break it down, that record still sounds rad today.” Never fear because Tommy Lee isn’t the only one that feels that way about the album, just ask Mick Mars, “I’ll probably get kicked in the nuts for this, but I thought it was a really great album. It was a great step forward for us, a different style of music. I thought it was much heavier and much more. I don’t even know how to say it. The songs sounded more like songs. … I thought that album was fantastic.” The album of course featured Nikki Sixx (Bass), Mick Mars (Guitars), and Tommy Lee (Drums) with John Corabi on vocals and guitars. The album peaked on the Billboard Top 200 chart at number 7 while being certified Gold for selling 500,000 copies. 

1. Power To The Music– The song starts off with some big monster riffs that was groovin with the best of them at the time. This was a completely different band then what we were used to from the Crue. 4/5

motley crue 1994 back2. Uncle Jack– Another track whose music blows my mind because the riffs were monster and bluesy and it could compete with anything that was out there at the time. The song is actually about Jon’s Uncle Jack who was a convicted child molester. 4/5

3. Hooligan’s Holiday– This was the very first single off the record and the most recognizable song from the Corabi led Crue era. The song mixed a little of old Crue, but bumped it up another notch. 5/5

4. Misunderstood– This is a great track whose subject matter deals with people who have seen their lives pass them by and they are trying to deal with it. The song starts with an acoustic part before the track gets electrified. 4/5

5. Loveshine– An semi-acoustic track that deals with the subject of love if you didn’t guess it by the title. This is no way a ballad, but more in the sense of something we would have heard from Tesla and other bands like that. 4/5

6. Poison Apples– This is a hellraiser of a heavy bluesy rock track that deals with drug use and the kind of decadence the band was used to. 4/5

7. Hammered-This was the first track that Corabi wrote with the band and the track grooves with the best of them because this was 80’s hard rock with a 90’s flair, but it also shows you what adding another guitarist does for your sound. The song features a really cool bass part from Nikki Sixx right before the guitar solo. 4/5

8. Til Death Do Us Part– This was the original working title of the album when they were first recording the album. The starts with a clean channel guitar riff with the distorted guitar riff and it’s very bluesy. 4/5

9. Welcome To The Numb-The Crue must have been influenced by the current scene at the time when they were writing this album because you can hear in the tracks. This is a unique track from the band that seems to be about heroin use, bu the guitar riffs are heavy and laced with grooves. 4/5

Motley-Crue-2-picture10. Smoke In The Sky– Motley Crue’s song about Marijuana use that is hard driving rock and roll madness. 4/5

11. Droppin Like Flies– an introspective track looking back on the LA Riots of 1992 to a very bluesy hard rock riff that is grunge like.  4/5

12. Driftaway- A track that features some amazing lyrics from Corabi and Co. that is almost a track on reflecting and getting lost in the good moments of life. The music that goes along with it is perfect for the track.  4/5

My Final Thoughts– One thing that you have to give John Corabi is that he was in a way a better lyricist than Vince Neil and the album was very good. The only problem is that a lot of us were stuck on the fact that Vince Neil belonged in Mötley Crüe which is true, but I won’t take anything away from this record. MC94 (as it is sometimes referred to) deserves a chance listen from any fan of hard rock and Mötley Crüe because the riffs are heavier than before and the lyrics are great plus Corabi is a good vocalist. I am going to give the album four stars out of five for a final grade.

People are always wondering when did the supergroup craze begin and was this more of a 21ST Century kind of deal? One of the earliest supergroups that I can remember was Asia which was formed in 1981 as it featured members of four different progressive rock groups forming the all star band of Progressive rock. For Wes Craven’s 1989 film Shocker, an all star group of pop rock kind of formed for a one off deal for the horror film’s soundtrack. The band was made up of Paul Stanley of Kiss and Desmond Child on Vocals, Vivian Campbell (at the time he was Ex-Dio and ex-Whitesnake) on guitar, Guy Mann-Dude on Guitar, Rudy Sarzo (Whitesnake/Quiet Riot) on bass, Tommy Lee (Motley Crue) on drums, and backing vocals by Michael Anthony (Van Halen) and Kane Roberts (Alice Cooper) which he also makes a cameo in the film as the buff construction worker. If you ask me this is one hell of a supergroup that they had on their hands. The song is actually pretty good even though it sounds so much like the 80’s, but you got to love it. Desmond Child is actually a really good singer as he keeps up with the talented and my favorite member of Kiss in Paul Stanley. Check out the song below and check out the film as well, I thought it was pretty good. The film stars Michael Murphy, Peter Berg, Mitch Pileggi, Cami Cooper, and so many more in this action packed horror flick.

sammyHey all you metalheads out there, this is your weekly rock and metal news post and the first subject of news concerns a red rocker making an appearance on a legendary animated series this Sunday. That is right, Sammy Hagar is going to be making an appearance on this Sunday’s (November 23, 2014) episode of The Simpsons on season 26. The episode is titled Covercraft and apparently Homer is having a midlife crisis an he decides to start a cover band, but it ends up being a springboard for another artist. This will be the first time that Sammy lends his voice to the show, but not the first time his likeness has been on the show. The episode airs on Fox at 8PM Eastern Time.

Kid Rock, a humanitarium? For all of you that don’t know, the man has worked hard to raaise money and other goods for the troops for a long time now and he is being rewarded for it with an award. Kid Rock has received the 2014 Operation Troop Aid Patriot Award. Loudwire gives a brief synposis on what Operation Troop Aid is: Operation Troop Aid is a nonprofit organization that supports U.S. troops. Every year they give an award to celebrities that champion the men and women of the American armed forces. Rock has performed at numerous military bases around the world and he meets military personnel at every concert in addition to supporting military charities. Past winners have included Hank Williams Jr., Kiss, Gary Sinise, etc. Founder and executive director Mark Woods had this to say about Kid Rock, “Kid Rock is one of the most giving entertainers I have ever met,” says Operation Troop Aid founder and executive director Mark Woods. “He really gets it…  Last year, Kid Rock challenged his fans to help raise money to send care packages to the troops. In one short month, we were able to ship over 500 care packages just in time for the holidays. His art, legacy of family and Spirit of Patriotism is exactly why this award exists. Congratulations to Kid Rock.

Faith-No-More-630x420One of my favorite bands from the late 80’s/90’s Faith No More updated us not too long ago that they were recording a brand new album in 17 years. The band has now unleashed a brand new track for all of us to hear and its awesome. The song is called Motherf***er and Keyboardist Roddy Bottum described the track as, “It feels apt that the first track we’re releasing is ‘Motherfucker,’ a song about accountability. Basically we’ve created, recorded and mixed a new body of work by ourselves and we’re releasing it on our own label. It’s a huge deal for us to only have ourselves to answer to at this point in our career and the song is about that, where the buck stops via the basic imagery of foie gras production, bondage. . .y’know, stuff like that.” To heck out their new song, click here and to check out some early tour dates for 2015, click here.

Randy Blythe is a busy man these days with a book entitled Dark Days coming out soon, a new album in the work, but now the Lamb Of God frontman is going to be appearing on the silver screen in Taiwan that is. The singer is filming a movie that is being made by Taiwanese metal band Chthonic. Here is what Randy wrote on his instagram account about his trip to Taiwan:

First day at a new job. Ok, despite the fact that I love running all over Asia, taking pictures, & eating, I am really here to WORK. This is my friend Doris & I earlier today on the set of a movie that she & her band, Chthonic are making. Chthonic are from Taiwan, & they have been good friends of mine since we did Ozzfest ’07 together. Three years ago they flew me over to sing a few songs with them at a show they held in an ancient temple in the mountains of Taiwan, then me & my wife kicked it here for two weeks on vacation- Taiwan is a beautiful island, one of the hidden jewels of Asia I believe, & I couldn’t wait to come back. Then earlier this year Freddy (Chthonic’s singer) asked me “Hey, do you wanna be in an action movie we are making?” Let’s see, lemme think about tha- UM, YES. So I flew here from Japan after Knotfest & started filming today. The movie is supposed to primarily be a comedy with lots of action & knowing Chthonic, a bit of politics- without giving away too much of the plot, let’s just say there is a bit of civil unrest my character & the star of the movie (who is a really famous actor in Taiwan) participate in. I’ll put some behind the scenes shots up as I get time- early call for the set tomorrow, so I’m gonna crash. PS- these are not my sunglasses- I’m supposed to look “Rock Star-ish” & my regular clothes weren’t rock star enough (I guess the Army surplus store on the Southside of RVA doesn’t carry rock star duds, hahaha)- the sunglasses kinda make feel 1970′s Asian film star though- kinda like late era-Bruce Lee. But a lot taller. And not Asian. And without being able to crush someone’s chest with a one inch punch. Dammit! Ok, so I’m not like Bruce Lee at all, hahaha. Still, it’s gonna be FUN. PPS- no, there is no English title for the movie… YET. I’ll let y’all know when there is one.

At a show in Las Vegas, Kerry King revealed some exciting news about Slayer for 2015 and here is what he said regarding a new album as transcribed by Blabbermouth.net, “We just pretty much got done recording. We’re gonna go in for, like, ten days at the end of this run … and record some more stuff. We’ve got enough for a record now. We’re just gonna go in and record some more, ’cause we have time. And that should be out early next year.”

Billy Corgan may have gotten Tommy Lee to record on the new The Smashing Pumpkins record Monuments to an Elegy, but the frontman has had to look for touring members as Tommy is busy with his Motley Crue final tour thing. Billy has brought Rage Against The Machine drummer Brad Wilk and The Killers bassist Mark Stoermer along with Pumpkins guitarist Jeff Schroeder for their December dates. Check out the new track Tiberius here.

Arch-Enemy-Jeff-Loomis-630x420Jeff Loomis of Nevermore fame has a new gig these days and it’s with Arch Enemy. The guitarist was announced as the new member of the band yesterday as Nick Cordle exits the band. In a statement on Facebook, here is what Jeff had to say, “I’m very excited to be playing with Arch Enemy. Michael Amott and I have stayed in contact over the years since we toured together when I was playing in Nevermore. Not only do I admire his guitar playing and songwriting, but I also consider him a close friend. To be able to share the stage with Michael, Sharlee, Daniel and Alissa is something I’m really looking forward to. 2015 is going to be a great year… See you all on tour!” Exiting guitarist Cordle also released a statement that read as, “With ‘War Eternal’ I believe we wrote an album together which will stand the test of time, and I wish them well for the future.” Chris Amott is currently filling in on guitar for the rest of the remaining dates on the band’s current tour.

Apparently a Guns N Roses biography titled Reckless Road: Guns N’ Roses and the Making of Appetite for Destruction by Marc Carter is going to be made into a feature film. Book Co-author Jack Lue says that they are in talks to get the book turned into a biopic and not a documentary while author Carter says that the film is going to be made, “by people that will do it right…I do have a big say-so on the script which is still being put together now but so far looking cool.” Be on the look out for that.

Here are the following tour dates for the upcoming Marilyn Manson Tour called The Hell Not Hallelujah Tour:

01/21 – Washington, D.C. – The Fillmore
01/23 – Philadelphia, Pa. – Electric Factory
01/24 – Sayreville, N.J. – Starland Ballroom
01/26 – New York, N.Y. – Terminal 5
01/27 – Long Island, N.Y. – Paramount
01/28 – Boston, Ma. – House Of Blues
01/30 – Pittsburg, Pa. – Stage AE
01/31 – Bethlehem, Pa. – Sands Bethlehem
02/02 – Toronto, Ontario – Sound Academy
02/03 – Detroit, Mich. – Fillmore
02/05 – Chicago, Ill. – Riviera Theatre
02/06 – Prior Lake, Minn. – Mystic Lake Casino
02/07 – Milwaukee, Wis. – Eagles Ballroom
02/09 – St. Louis, Mo. – The Pageant
02/11 – Denver, Colo. – Fillmore
02/13 – Tempe, Ariz. – Marquee
02/14 – Las Vegas, Nev. – House Of Blues

Here is a story courtesy of The House Of Hair Online:

Poison frontman Bret Michaels was rushed to the hospital and underwent kidney surgery this past week, causing him to cancel a charity gig in Champaign, IL. Pete Evick, who plays guitar in Bret’s solo band, posted an update on Facebook, saying that Bret had been in and out of six hospitals with kidney concerns over the past two weeks and even performed with two stents in so as not to “let the fans down.”

Eventually, his devotion to performing caught up with him. Said Evick, “I can’t explain the amount of blood or where it came from, but it was horrifying on his bus after [one of the shows Bret performed while ill].  Bret looked at me and said, “Just head to Champaign, we have to makeThursday’s show up. Bret was again taken to a hospital and this time given medication that would keep him down. The doctors basically refused to release him.” Evick also mentioned Bret’s previous health problems that he struggled to overcome, which include “the appendectomy a few years ago, the brain hemorrhage, and recently his scare in Boston with the flu/severe blood sugar on stage earlier this year [Bret is a lifelong diabetic].” Bret is pictured recovering in his hospital bed.