Former Marilyn Manson guitarist John 5 and Van Halen's David Lee Roth have teamed up to record a new album. The heavy rocker, real name John William Lowery, landed his big break when Lee Roth hired him for his 1998 album DLR Band and now the two old friends have reunited in the studio to work on a new California Sessions project.
John 5 tells Canadian blogger Mitch Lafon, "It's 11 of the greatest songs you'll ever hear, and it's just me and Dave, and we had Gregg Bissonette play drums on it. And it's unbelievable.
"There's a song called Somewhere Over The Rainbow Bar & Grill and just great, great songs. And hopefully sometime it'll see the light of day. But he's (Lee Roth) busy with Van Halen, all that stuff. But it's an incredible record.
"I would just go over to his house during the day and write this music and then he would book the studio at night. So we would go into A&M Studios... and we'd record. It sounds like just Dave from that Van Halen I or II or Women And Children First era."
And Lee Roth isn't the only rock god John 5 has been working with - he has collaborated with Judas Priest frontman Rob Halford on the 2WO project. The guitarist is also currently working with Rob Zombie.
Australian singer/songwriter Sia has scored her first number one album in the U.S. The star's new release 1000 Forms of Fear has shot to the top of the Billboard 200, despite the fact Sia promoted it by performing with her back to the camera on a series of U.S. chat shows as dancers interpreted her hit single Chandelier.
The album is Sia's first U.S. top 10 - her previous releases have failed to break the top 20.
The Frozen soundtrack is on the rise again at two, while Sam Smith's In the Lonely Hour holds at three and fellow Brit Ed Sheeran falls to four with X.
Last week's number one, Trey Songz's Trigga, drops to five and veteran rockers Judas Priest score their highest-charting album ever, as Redeemer of Souls debuts at number six.
Meanwhile, on the singles chart, Canadian pop/reggae group MAGIC! have ended Iggy Azalea's seven-week reign atop the Hot 100.
The group's Rude topples rapper Azalea's Fancy, making MAGIC! the first all-Canadian act to top the U.S. charts in over a decade.
MAGIC! frontman Nasri Atweh is not new to the top 10 - he co-wrote Justin Bieber's As Long as You Love Me, Pitbull's Feel This Moment and New Kids on the Block's Summertime.
Azalea's Fancy falls to number two on the new chart, while her Problem collaboration with Ariana Grande stays put at three. Nico & Vinz's Am I Wrong and Sam Smith's Stay With me are also unmoved at four and five.
"I love Bruce. He's a great friend of mine. And he's very outspoken.... These things are said in many ways, and I'm sure he didn't mean it in any other way than Bruce sometimes goes off in one of his rants... I use a teleprompter now because I do so many things. I can't remember." Judas Priest frontman Rob Halford refuses to get upset about Iron Maiden star Bruce Dickinson's criticisms of the bald rocker's use of a teleprompter during gigs.
Judas Priest frontman Rob Halford is holding out hope for a collaboration with Lady Gaga after meeting the pop superstar backstage at a recent gig. The Breaking the Law rocker met Gaga for the first time when he was a guest at a recent concert in San Diego, California - and now the odd couple is making plans to hit the studio together.
Halford says, "I've been a huge fan of Gaga since she first burst on the scene. I just love everything that lady represents. First and foremost, her voice is extraordinary. I love her voice. She's an accomplished musician, she plays piano really well, she's just a great songwriter. And she's a beacon of hope for a lot of people in the world.
"(Meeting her) was a real moment come true. We didn't really have much time to talk. She's busy. I'm busy, but we've agreed to get together at some point and just hang out and maybe do something. I don't know if that will ever happen, but I love her to death."
Iron Maiden star Bruce Dickinson has accused other singers of cheating fans by using Autocue technology onstage. The frontman has criticised stars who can't remember the words to their own songs and insists he is proud not to rely on a teleprompter to get through a gig.
He tells Britain's The Guardian, "We still don't have an Autocue. Yay! I never realised that people were using Autocues. What the f**k is that all about? People pay good money and you can't even remember the s**ding words. The daftest one I ever saw was (Judas Priest) hit Breaking the Law. It's on the f**king Autocue. 'Breaking the law, breaking the law/Breaking the law, breaking the law/Breaking the law, breaking the law/Breaking the law' - guess what? - 'breaking the law.' It's ludicrous."
Pharrell Williams' Happy and songs by Beyonce, Foo Fighters and Radiohead have been turned into lullabies for the first compilation album in the Rockabye Baby series. Good Baby, Bad Baby will also featured reworked tracks by U2, Pink, Maroon 5, Judas Priest and Amy Winehouse.
Judas Priest frontman Rob Halford is to undergo hernia surgery before the group's upcoming world tour. The rocker is keen to get himself fixed and healthy before the band hits the road to promote new album Redeemer of Souls.
He tells ABC News Radio, "It looks like the alien just burst forth! My doctors always said, 'We can take care of it', and I said, 'I’ll get around to it'... It’s not very appealing to look at."
Halford, who underwent back surgery last year (13), insists he isn't experiencing any pain, adding, "That’s life. The wonderful thing about heavy metal music is that it’s immortal. The music is immortal, but the creators are not bestowed with that attribute.”
Heavy rock heavyweights Corey Taylor, Duff Mckagan and Rob Halford paid tribute to late peer Ronnie James Dio at an album listening party in Los Angeles on Monday night (17Mar14). The VIP bash at the Avalon offered those with golden tickets the chance to hear Dio's new all-star tribute album, This Is Your Life, two weeks before the project is released.
Anthrax's Scott Ian, Tim 'Ripper' Owens and former Dio stars Jimmy Bain and Rowan Robertson also joined in the festivities by performing, while Judas Priest star Halford was honoured with a Metal God award.
Dio lost his battle with stomach cancer in 2010.
Judas Priest frontman Rob Halford will appear in an episode of The Simpsons in America this weekend (05Jan14). The rocker has been animated for the cult cartoon series and will appear in an episode alongside director Judd Apatow, Channing Tatum, Paul Rudd and Seth Rogen.
According to The Simpsons executive producer Matt Selman, Halford performs a parody of Judas Priest hit Breaking the Law to highlight cartoon stars Bart and Homer Simpson's pirated movie viewing operation.
Selman tells Entertainment Weekly, "Even though Homer is stealing, he's doing it for the community, he’s doing it out of the goodness of his heart."
Meanwhile, a lost script Apatow wrote over 20 years ago, will air as an episode of The Simpsons later this year (14).
The filmmaker tells EW.com he wrote the script for TV show Get a Life and when producers passed, he learned that The Simpsons creators were interested, and they hired Apatow to work on the cartoon The Critic.
A Simpsons producer revisited the director's script recently after Apatow mentioned it in an interview.
The moviemaker recalls the episode revolves around a hypnotism show that leaves Homer Simpson believing he is 10 years old.
Judas Priest have signed up to 'teach' fans all they need to know about heavy rock at Las Vegas' first all-metal Rock 'n' Roll Fantasy Camp. Frontman Rob Halford, guitarist Richie Faulkner, bassist Ian Hill and drummer Scott Travis will serve as counsellors alongside former Queensryche singer Geoff Tate, Lita Ford and Vinny Appice at the four-day head-bangers school next spring (27Feb-02Mar14).
Halford tells Billboard.com he can't wait to meet the fans who pay to play with him and his pals: "I'm sure some of those Rock 'n' Roll Fantasy Campers will be full-on. I will be interested to see if there's some Metal God, Rob Halford lookalikes wandering around Vegas in metal and studs and whatnot - although I'm sure you can find that in Vegas on any given day, right?"
But he thinks many of those who sign up for the camp will already be good players looking for tips to become great: "I think they're just looking for some professional tips and want to hear from the voice of experience.
"It's one thing to sing in the shower and it's another thing to sing on stage. They're two totally different worlds. So it'll be an opportunity for me to do the best I can to answer questions: 'How do you sing this note? How do you manage to scream like that? How do you breathe? How are you able to keep up that type of intensity?'
"I'll try to explain myself as best as possible and give some insight into what it's like to be a metal singer."