Rock News: October 3rd, 2013
Former MEGADETH Drummer Auctioning Blood-Stained Saw Blade That Nearly Ended His Career
A gruesome power saw accident in 2007 nearly severed former MEGADETH drummer Nick Menza's arm and doctors weren't sure he'd ever play again.
After a long recuperation, which included some reconstructive metal plates and bolts that would make Dr. Frankenstein envious, Menza is back! And he's back with a memoir of outrageous experiences, including his "heinous mishap," as he calls it, in the upcoming book "Megalife: Countdown To Resurrection", by J. Marshall Craig.
To celebrate in the best truly heavy tradition, Menza is offering for one lucky superfan a once-in-a-lifetime rock 'n' roll artifact: the blood-stained, rusty saw blade that nearly chewed through his arm, and the original x-ray of the injuries framed behind museum-quality glass, metal frame, led lighting system and personally autographed to the winning bidder!
The auction is scheduled to launch on October 25 at 3 p.m. PST via www.menzajamz.com.
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Says Menza: "It's Halloween, dude! I have my book coming out, I'm headlining a new South American tour.
"Let's have some fun!
"This stuff has been on one of the walls in my studio since the accident.
"I'm starting a new chapter of my life and career, literally, and it's time to move on from some of that stuff in my past, but the saw blade and x-ray are pretty rad!"
Only one fan will get the blade and x-ray but everyone who buys "Megalife" will get to read about the harrowing experience, the remarkable recovery including the first session Nick recorded after using only one arm! And dozens of other great stories sure to test their heavy meddle!
Menza recently teamed up with Logan Gray (a.k.a. Thrash Wolf), the up-and-coming Australian graphic artist, who has created a 18 x 35 poster of the saw blade artifact, which you could now pre-order for limited time only via Bigcartel.
ROB ZOMBIE Gets Behind Puppy Rescue Mission
During the Rockstar Energy Mayhem Festival tour this past summer, each act worked with a veterans charity and Rob Zombie chose the Puppy Rescue Mission. According to The Pulse Of Radio, Zombie explained to Radio.com, "A lot of soldiers in Afghanistan would find these dogs and bond with them and sneak them on the bases, even though they weren't supposed to have them. It was probably the only moment of sanity for these guys, when they spent time with them."
Zombie added, "Some of the stories I've heard are horrible: people would torture these dogs, and kill them for fun. These guys saved these dogs, and really bonded with them. But they weren't allowed to take them home, and if they could, it was so expensive. That was a cause I could really understand and get behind. Imagine being that far from home and bonding with a dog and then being told to just leave him there and then get on a plane to go home. No way!"
Zombie will next co-headline the "Night Of The Living Dreads" tour with KORN. The 17-date run begins on November 3 in Reno, Nevada and wraps on November 26 in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.
He is also gearing up for the opening of his "Great American Nightmare" Halloween music and horror event, set to begin on October 10. The event will be held every Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday through November 2 at FEARPlex in Pomona, California with 15 nights of music, culminating with a November 2 headlining performance by Zombie himself.
The centerpiece will be one of the most advanced haunted house attractions in the world, with three separate areas each named after a film directed by Zombie.
Zombie is also prepping to direct his next film, "Broad Street Bullies", which will tell the story of the notorious Philadelphia Flyers hockey team of the mid-'70s. Zombie said, "I was always a huge hockey fan. I wanted to be a pro hockey player before I even knew there was music. I was a diehard Bruins fan." Zombie added that he has another movie in the works as well, which is also not a horror film like his five previous efforts.
Kings of Leon’s Mechanical Bull Debuts at #2 on Billboard 200; Dream Theater at #7, Metallica in at #10
Jack White Offers Raconteurs Live Recordings, New Dead Weather Tracks to Third Man Records Vault Series Subscribers
As expected, new releases from Kings of Leon, Dream Theater and Metallica all scored top-10 positions on the Billboard 200 albums chart this week.
Kings of Leon’s sixth studio album, Mechanical Bull, secured the #2 spot on the tally, racking up 110,000 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The successful sales week makes Mechanical Bull the band’s third top-10 album on the list, following 2008's Only by the Night and 2010’s Come Around Sundown.
Dream Theater also scored their third top-10 album on the list this week. The group’s self-titled twelfth studio effort came in at #7 on chart, with 34,000 copies sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Dream Theater’s previous two albums, 2011's A Dramatic Turn of Events and 2009's Black Clouds & Silver Linings, debuted at #8 and #6 their first weeks out, respectively.
Meanwhile, the soundtrack to Metallica’s 3D concert film, Metallica Through the Never, debuted at #9 on the Billboard 200, with 26,000 copies sold. The live compilation is the band’s ninth release to debut in the top 10 on the list. Before Metallica Through the Never (Music from the Motion Picture), the last album Metallica had on the list was their previous record, 2008’s Death Magnetic, which debuted in the #1 slot, with 490,000 copies sold its first week out.
Source: Abc ePrep
Documentary About the 12-12-12 Sandy Relief Concert to Get Theatrical Premiere in NYC and L.A.
Here are two big reasons to become a member of Jack White’s Third Man Records subscription series, The Vault. The 18th installment of the series will include an album of previously-unreleased live recordings from The Raconteurs, and new studio cuts from The Dead Weather.
The package includes a double-disc vinyl album that documents The Raconteurs concert at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, TN, on September 15, 2011. Titled Live at the Ryman Auditorium, the 13-song set includes performances of hits “Steady, As She Goes,” and “Salute Your Solution.” In addition, a DVD of the concert will be included in the package.
Vault subscribers will also receive an exclusive 7-inch vinyl record featuring two brand-new songs by The Dead Weather: "Open Up (That's Enough)" and "Rough Detective." The tracks, along with a number of other new Dead Weather songs, will be available digitally in two-song sets over the next year. The recently-reunited band is expected to drop a full-length studio album sometime in 2015.
Vault package #18 will be available to all subscribing members until October 31. Here's the track list forLive at the Ryman Auditorium:
“Consoler of the Lonely”
“Many Shades of Black”
“The Switch and the Spur”
“Broken Boy Soldier”
“Salute Your Solution”
“Steady, As She Goes”
Source: Abc ePrep
The new documentary about the historic, star-studded benefit concert for the victims of Hurricane Sandy, held last December at New York City's Madison Square Garden, will gets its theatrical release in New York City and Los Angeles in the coming month. The film, titled 12-12-12, offers a behind-the-scenes look at how the musical extravaganza came together, as well as featuring highlights from the show, which took place on December 12, 2012.
The concert's jaw-dropping lineup included Paul McCartney, The Rolling Stones, The Who, Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, Eric Clapton, Billy Joel and Bon Jovi. The event also featured a number of surprise onstage collaborations, such as McCartney performing with the surviving members of Nirvana, Pink Floyd's Roger Waters duetting with Pearl Jam's Eddie Vedder and Coldplay's Chris Martin teaming up with R.E.M.'s Michael Stipe. The show ended up raising more than $50 million for theRobin Hood Foundation, which distributed the funds to those affected by the devastating storm. Proceeds raised by the movie also will go to the organization.
A special premiere event is scheduled to take place on October 28 -- the eve of the one-year anniversary of Hurricane Sandy hitting the Tri-State area -- at the Ziegfeld Theater in New York City. Many of the performers who participated in the 12-12-12 concert, as well as people hit hard by the hurricane, will be invited to attend. Public screenings of the movie will begin on November 1 in New York and L.A.
Jim Dolan, Harvey Weinstein and John Sykes, the benefit show's producers, said in a joint statement, "12-12-12 was one of the most remarkable events Madison Square Garden has hosted in its 134-year history…but if you thought the concert was wild, wait until you see what happened backstage that night. This film takes you behind the walls of Madison Square Garden and into the production areas and dressing rooms of the biggest recording artists in the world to see firsthand how a massive event like 12-12-12 was created."
McCartney is one of the executive producers of the 12-12-12 documentary, which was first shown last month at the Toronto International Film Festival.
Source: Abc ePrep
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