Tough news to report, as Black Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi has been diagnosed with lymphoma, which is a cancer that forms in the lymph nodes. The good news is that it’s been caught in the early stages and the guitar deity is currently in discussions with his doctors to determine the best course of treatment to fight the disease.
Nikki Sixx, who doesn’t appear to have a moment of downtime thanks to the fact that he pulls double duty in both Motley Crue and Sixx: A.M. and writes books, posted a Facebook update to share some good news about Sixx: A.M. The group is already writing its third album and is possibly eyeing a 2013 release.
Italian melodic metallers Lacuna Coil have been incredibly generous, sharing updates and footage of the creative process for several months leading up to their new album ‘Dark Adrenaline,’ the release date of which is right around the corner. In the footage posted below, head-turning singer Cristina Scabbia and her mates stand in front of a mic in the studio to discuss the history of the facility and possible paranormal activity that may have taken place during the recording process.
U.K. breakthrough band Bring Me the Horizon will soon be hard at work on their next album, which these deathcore haulers say is influenced by post-rock bands like Explosions in the Sky and This Will Destroy You.
According to Blabbermouth, the former VR lead singer will perform with his ex mates for a good cause – the ‘Love You Madly: A Concert for John O’Brien’ benefit show, which is set to take place Thursday, Jan. 12, at the House of Blues in West Hollywood, Calif. In addition, Rage Against the Machine guitarist Tom Morello will appear on the bill along with Sheryl Crow, Maroon 5′s Adam Levine and others.
Barry Clayton, the man behind the spoken word introduction to Iron Maiden‘s iconic song ‘The Number of the Beast,’ has died at the age of 80. Clayton was a quintessential part of Maiden lore, as his deep, booming voice is forever etched in the minds of headbangers, thanks to the way he spoke those famous, ominous words that start the song:
Metallica may have held four anniversary shows in San Francisco specifically for fan club members earlier this month, but the Four Horsemen are certainly doing their part to engage non fan club members by sharing bits and pieces of the shows. That way, the rest of their massive global fan base can feel a part of the fun. The band has now shared 30 minutes of video footage from the Dec. 9 show, the third of the the four gigs..
If there ever was a time when 140 character nature of tweets were a hindrance, it’s now. Lamb of God singer Randy Blythe used his Twitter feed to speak his mind quite vociferously and at great length about SOPA, which is the Stop Online Piracy Act. He made a lot of valid points and we give him credit for not getting frustrated at Twitter character limits to keep going! Because like a mad ‘n’ metallic Energizer bunny, that’s just what he did!
Dec. 28 marks the second anniversary of the death of Avenged Sevenfold drummer The Rev. The stickman, born James Sullivan, died at the age of 28, due to an accidental overdose of a mixture of prescription drugs. An enlarged heart was suggested as another thing that could have factored into the kit minder’s tragic and untimely death.
Disturbed are taking a well-publicized (and much deserved) break from making music and singer David Draiman plans to use his time off wisely by doing things like procreating. Well, he’ll be trying to, at least.
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