The metal community was rocked earlier this week by the revelation that Black Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi was suffering from lymphoma. His diagnosis came right in the middle of Black Sabbath’s comeback trail, which includes a new album and touring. A flood of support from fans and fellow musicians followed the announcement of his illness. Now, the legendary axeman has issued his first personal statement on the matter.
Call it a comeback of a comeback! After Alice in Chains‘ 2009 effort ‘Black Gives Way to Blue’ landed Grammy nominations and enjoyed healthy sales amid the debut of new singer William Duvall, who replaced the late, great Layne Staley, the band is currently writing new material and working on the follow up. AIC should enter the studio early this year.
Godsmack singer Sully Erna has found a way to pass the time while rehabbing his knee, on which he recently had surgery. He has been busy Tweeting photos of his recovering joint and of his physical therapists. Erna had been quiet on Twitter for the past few months, but he’s back in action, killing time while healing.
If there ever was a time you will feel like you stumbled onto an intimate and private Van Halen soundcheck, it’s during the band’s video for their new song ‘Tattoo,’ the first single off their upcoming album, ‘A Different Kind of Truth,’ due Feb. 7.
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.
Demon Hunter have a few new members in their ranks, with former Showdown bassist Jeremiah Scott taking up the guitar and joining the band. Radio station KFMX got the exclusive scoop from Scott about his new gig.
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.
The track listing for Van Halen‘s much anticipated ‘A Different Kind of Truth,’ the first album fronted by David Lee Roth in three decades, has leaked to the web. It was only a matter of time before song titles were revealed, given all the hoopla surrounding the album, due out Feb. 7. In the past few days, VH have shared details about their upcoming tour and album. It’s starting to feel like we live on Planet Van Halen and that’s never a bad thing.
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