German rocker Michael Schenker is on the hunt for three priceless guitars and computers containing recordings for his new album after thieves broke into his studio over the weekend (30-31Aug14) and stole equipment. The star was working on new tracks with former Rainbow singer Doogie White when he took the weekend off and discovered his headquarters in Greven, Germany had been raided.
The theft reportedly took place between Friday evening and Sunday morning at Kidroom Studios - and one of the guitars stolen, a custom-made Dean V, was one of only three ever made.
White tells ClassicRock.com, "We're a bit f**ked and a bit p**sed off. I only got home on Friday after laying down the vocals... The thieves broke in through skylights and stole a bunch of guitars, and also the computers containing the tracks. Then we found they'd also taken the back-ups.
"There's still some confusion over whether we even have rough mixes of the songs. It remains to be seen what, if anything, we have left to listen to and work from."
The singer has warned the thieves they may struggle to sell the items they stole, adding, "The criminal masterminds behind this sorry affair just saw guitars and computers. They have no idea how difficult it may be to offload them. Any reputable dealer will know they're stolen. No fan will buy them - they're more likely to knock the seller out and hand them back. And casual (guitar) players won't want them. A Dean V ain't for doodling on in front of the TV."
Police in Greven have launched an investigation into the burglary, while Schenker is considering what to do next.
White adds, "The temptation is to say, 'Return that which you have taken and you can go free, no questions asked'. However much that sticks in our craw, it may be the course of action to take. We'll see what happens over the next few days.
"I spoke to Michael and he's very matter-of-fact about it all. We agree there's not much we can do, other than knuckle down and get on with what needs to be done. We'll refocus, regroup and have a fresh plan in a day or two."
Iron Maiden, Killswitch Engage and Avenged Sevenfold were among the big winners at the Metal Hammer Golden Gods Awards in London on Monday night (16Jun14). Singer Bruce Dickinson's group was named Best U.K. Band, while Avenged Sevenfold and Killswitch Engage picked up Best International Band and Best Live Band, respectively.
There were also big wins for Devil You Know, Alter Bridge star Mark Tremonti and veterans Michael Schenker and Hanoi Rocks, while Star Wars icon Dave Prowse was handed the Spirit of Hammer Award for his portrayal of Darth Vader.
The Metal Hammer Golden Gods Awards 2014 winners list is:
Best New Band - Devil You Know
Dimebag Darrell Shredder Award - Misha Mansoor of Periphery
Breakthrough Artist - Of Mice & Men
Best Underground Band - Wardruna
Best U.K. Band - Iron Maiden
Best Live Band - Killswitch Engage
Best International Band - Avenged Sevenfold
Global Metal Act - Orphaned Land & Khalas
Riff Lord - Mark Tremonti of Alter Bridge
King Of The Internet - Devin Townsend
Inspiration Award - Hanoi Rocks
Album Of The Year - The Satanist by Behemoth
Icon Award - Michael Schenker
Spirit Of Hammer - Dave Prowse
The Golden God Award - Mikael Akerfeldt of Opeth
Game Of The Year - Grand Theft Auto V
Video Of The Year - Party Like It's The End Of The World by Steel Panther
Singer/songwriter Ray Kennedy has died, aged 67. A member of Dick Clark’s American Bandstand house band, the multi-instrumentalist hit the road as a touring members of groups led by Dizzy Gillespie, Gene Krupa, Little Richard and Otis Redding.
He hit it big in the mid-1960s after signing a deal with Atlantic Records as half of the duo Jon and Ray.
Kennedy and partner Jon Misland worked with producers like Phil Spector and Arif Mardin, but failed to release an album.
The singer went solo after working with Group Therapy on two late 1960s albums, and found success as a songwriter, working with the likes of the Beach Boys (Sail On, Sailor).
He also co-founded KGB with Barry Goldberg and Michael Bloomfield.
Kennedy spent the 1980s as a solo artist and session musician, contributing to the music for the 1988 Olympics and touring with Aerosmith and the Michael Schenker Group.
He also worked with Englebert Humperdinck, Wayne Newton and Mick Fleetwood - he co-wrote These Strange Times for Fleetwood Mac.