7 items from 2009
If you're in Los Angeles, swing by Nikki Sixx's house to wish him a happy birthday, as the Mötley Crüe bassist turns 51 years old today. Of all the self-destructive rock stars who emerged from the '80s hair metal scene (and there were no shortage of casualties), Sixx's survival is nothing short of miraculous. While most of his bandmates in the Crüe were content to drink too much Jack Daniel's and crash expensive cars, Sixx spent most of his quality time experimenting with heroin. According to his excellent book The Heroin Diaries, Sixx believes he overdosed at least six times in his life, with one of those incidences coming on December 23, 1987, when he was legally dead for two minutes before paramedics revived him with a pair of adrenaline shots directly to his heart (this incident is memorialized in the Crüe hit "Kickstart My Heart").
But Sixx is sober now, »
- Kyle Anderson
Ozzy Osbourne turns 61 years old today. The godfather of modern metal, Ozzy first grabbed attention as the creepy, theatrical frontman of Black Sabbath, still one of the heaviest bands in rock history. Of course, Ozzy is probably best known to modern audiences as a reality show star (MTV's smash hit "The Osbournes") and as a solo artist (his hit "Crazy Train" remains a staple at sports arenas, rock-themed karaoke bars and air guitar contests worldwide).
It's nothing short of miraculous that Ozzy has made it this far. He had a legendarily massive drug and alcohol habit during his youth, and though he's clean now, it remains a constant struggle. In one of the great rock and roll stories of all time, Osbourne was on tour with Mötley Crüe when he spied a row of ants following the trail of a melted popsicle. In a stunt that seems apocryphal but appears to be true, »
- Kyle Anderson
In honor of a new book by Scott Weiland’s ex recalling the couple’s drug-fueled rock and roll escapades, Fox News takes a look at musicians who fought addiction and won: Slash, Guns N’ Roses: Addicted to heroin, booze, and women; was scared straight after running down the street naked. Anthony Kiedis, Red Hot Chili Peppers: Started doing drugs at 12; cleaned up for the first time after the original Chili Peppers’ guitarist overdosed in 1988, and again in 2000. Nikki Sixx, Motley Crue: Once a heroin addict, he now helps teenage addicts through his charity. Eric Clapton: Started using heroin »
Yes, we all knew it would come to this (har har). In the darkest recesses of the Internet, people have been writing slash-fiction for years -- fantasies of what fans wished would happen between Sam and Frodo, Willow and Tara, and yes, even Kirk and Spock. A quick search for slash fic will give you more info on the hobby than you probably ever needed or wanted to know.
Of course, the adult industry picked up on this trend, offering up plenty of XXX take-offs of franchises like Pirates of the Caribbean, Star Trek, and the tongue-in-cheek horror-porn take on Re-Animator, cheekily called Re-Penetrator. Local NYC "cinema of transgression" filmmaker Nick Zedd even made a film that took its name from Lord of the Rings, in a play on words that I'm sure you can decipher or Google for your edification. Let's not even discuss the adult parody of Edward Scissorhands. »
- Jenni Miller
No matter what sort of musician you are or what kind of band you're in, your musical personality tends to match up with one of the Beatles. Are you the strong-headed leader type? You're probably John. Do you prefer the sweeter side of music, and of life? You're likely a Paul. Is spiritualism more your thing? It's George for you. Are you the underrated goofball? Hello, Ringo. Whenever there's a quartet with distinct personalities, it always ends up that way. In Kiss, Paul is John, Gene is Paul, Ace is George and Peter is Ringo (note that the instrumentation lines up there exactly). In Mötly Crüe, Nikki Sixx is the Paul, Mick Mars is the George and Tommy Lee is Ringo. (Are there any drummers who aren't Ringo? Towards the end when Nirvana was a quartet, Pat Smear was sort of brought in to be the Ringo, with Kurt as the John, »
- Kyle Anderson
I’ve been going to Mötley Crüe shows since their heyday in the 80s, and this might just be the best the band has sounded since the Dr. Feelgood tour. It’s often hit or miss with singer Vince Neil, but on this night, he was dead on, leading the band through an adrenaline-infused set of the band’s biggest hits. Featuring a very similar “Los Angeles” themed stage set to the one the band used last summer on the inaugural Crüe Fest tour, Neil, drummer Tommy Lee, guitarist Mick Mars, and band leader/bassist Nikki Sixx absolutely rocked the house (or casino), with spot-on performances for what appeared to be a sold out audience that just couldn’t get enough. The band blew the doors off the joint right at the beginning, slamming into the night with Kickstart my Heart, followed by Wild Side. Moving into the classic Shout at the Devil, »
On March 17th, Static-x will unleash their sixth studio album, Cult Of Static on Warner Bros. Records. Last week the band posted the first single from the album, "Stingwray" on their MySpace page, quickly racking up over 17,000 plays (as of this writing).
Inspired by the Corvette Stingray often driven by Tera Wray Static (wife of frontman Wayne Static), Fangoria Musick just got the heads-up that the video for the song has been revealed, which you can view after the jump.
After premiering the video on their Headbangers Blog this evening, MTV will air the clip tomorrow night on Headbangers Ball, 2-3am on MTV 2.
Cult Of Static was produced by Static and John Travis (Social Distortion, Suicide Silence, Buckcherry). The album also features Megadeth’s Dave Mustaine who adorns “Lunatic” with legendary guitar work. Fans who pick up the album on Amazon.com (Pre-Order Here) will be treated with Static-x »
7 items from 2009
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