Motorhead star Lemmy has credited fellow rocker SLASH with helping him through his recent health crisis. The band axed a European tour last year (13) due to the veteran rocker's health scare, and he subsequently underwent heart surgery. Lemmy was left out of action for months as he recovered, and a planned comeback at the beginning of the year stalled when he fell ill again.
The veteran rocker is now bouncing back with a number of summer gigs with Motorhead, and he has credited former Guns N' Roses star Slash with helping him through the difficult times.
He tells Rolling Stone magazine, "He was at my house more than he's ever been before, encouraging me. He's a really f**king good guy."
Lemmy goes on to insist he is prepared to give up his music career if he finds himself unable to perform properly, adding, "You should deliver. But if I can't deliver, I'm never going to be a figurehead up there and just play for money. I could never do that. I've seen people do it, and it's just frightful. I'm old, you know. In two years I'm 70, which is ridiculous. How did that happen to me?"
"I don't judge Duff. He's cool. He just has a way more amicable, neutral relationship with Axl than I do. It's a different dynamic than my relationship with Guns or Axl." SLASH on pal and former bandmate Duff McKagan's decision to rejoin their old band Guns N' Roses on tour in South America, as a replacement for bassist Tommy Stinson.
Firefighters were called to a Cheap Trick gig in Pennsylvania on Friday night (06Jun14) after a sound speaker reportedly caught alight. The band had reportedly finished performing at the American Music Theater in Lancaster when the drama unfolded. Online reports suggest venue staff attempted to put out the blaze with fire extinguishers before emergency services arrived on the scene.
The fire is believed to have been sparked by musical equipment. No injuries have been reported.
Rocker Slash shared a picture from the incident on his Twitter.com page showing a group of firefighters backstage holding one of guitarist Rick Nielsen's instruments, adding in a caption, "Lancaster PA Fire Department saves Rick Nielsen's 5 neck gtr (guitar) after fire alarm went off after show last night."
"I would imagine at this point, since both bands are relatively sober, it will probably just be getting ready for and doing the gig, and any superfluous stuff is whatever. I toured with Aerosmith back in the day when they first got sober and that was when we were abusing chemicals and alcohol pretty heavily at the time." SLASH expects his upcoming tour with Aerosmith to be a sober affair.
"I keep them in a locker. It's exceeded 100, it's somewhere around 200 guitars. I have about 100 classical guitars and guitars I've used for years and years, and then I've accumulated all these new guitars." SLASH on his massive collection of axes.
Rocker SLASH performed the oddest gig of his career in London on Monday (02Jun14) when he played for U.K. politicians at the House of Commons. The guitarist and his longtime collaborator Myles Kennedy played a five-song acoustic set in the Terrace Bar after Hove & Portslade Member of Parliament (MP) Mike Weatherly invited him to perform as part of the Rock The House series.
The duo concluded the gig with a performance of Guns N' Roses' Sweet Child O' Mine, and the stars were then treated to a tour of the Houses of Parliament.
Aerosmith star Steven Tyler, SLASH and Julian Lennon have joined forces to cover songs by Sting and The Police for a new child slavery awareness album. Set Them Free will also feature tracks recorded by Journey's Neal Schon and Arnel Pineda, Heart, Glenn Hughes and En Vogue.
Proceeds from sales of the compilation will benefit Rock Against Trafficking, a new nonprofit group dedicated to raise awareness about child slavery worldwide.
Reports suggest many of the stars on the record will appear at a concert in the U.K., which is being planned for later this year (14).
Guitarist Schon, who recorded the Police's Synchronicity II with bandmate Pineda for the album, tells Billboard.com, "All kinds of artists are on this record... Hopefully (there will be) a live show that will be filmed."
"Slash did a drawing of Aerosmith before he got into rock and roll and I asked him if I could buy it and he said 'No'. I said, 'Can we rent it?' So we put it in the inside cover of our last album." Rocker Steven Tyler on using former Guns N' Roses guitarist SLASH's fan art for their 2012 record Music from Another Dimension! Aerosmith and Slash are joining forces for a joint North American tour this summer (14).
SLASH and Aerosmith are heading out on the road together this summer (14) after announcing plans for a huge North American tour. The Let Rock Rule trek will begin in New York on 10 July (14) and end two months later (Sep14) in Canada.
The two acts confirmed dates during a press conference at the Whisky a Go Go in Los Angeles on Tuesday (08Apr14), during which Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler told fans and the media, "Looking forward to inciting a riot and building the tribal bonfire even higher - it's a win win with Slash."
The former Guns N' Roses guitarist added, "Aerosmith is one of my all time favourite bands, and one of the greatest rock 'n' roll bands of all time. It's an honour for me to go out and tour with them and keep the rock 'n' roll banner flying high."
Reports of the tour first surfaced last week (ends04Apr14) when Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry took to the streets of Los Angeles with graffiti artist Risk and 'tagged' various buildings with his band's logo, and the tour announcement date of 4.8.14. Drummer Joey Kramer hit buildings in Downtown Austin, Texas for a similar stunt with artist Chunk.
Slash and Aerosmith aren't the only big-name double act hitting the road in America and Canada this summer - Linkin Park will join 30 Seconds to Mars for a string of dates; KISS and Def Leppard have teamed up, and last week (ends04Apr14), Jeff Beck and ZZ Top announced plans for a co-headlining tour.
Rocker Joe Perry appeared to risk arrest earlier this week (beg31Mar14) by scrawling graffiti promoting Aerosmith's upcoming tour all over a Los Angeles building. The guitarist was joined by a local street artist at a production studio in the early hours of Thursday morning (03Apr14) and tagged the building's wall with the slogan 'Aerosmith Let Rock Rule 8.4.2014'.
The guerilla marketing campaign was carried out to promote the rock act's upcoming trek with Slash, and it is believed the full details of the dates will be released on Tuesday (08Apr14).
However, one person who wasn't too happy about the street art was the building's owner, who tells TMZ.com he had to hastily paint over the graffiti before a photoshoot on Thursday.