Slayer Guitarist Jeff Hanneman Dead at 49 | Billboard

Founding member of pioneering thrash metal band dies of liver failure.


Just over two years after contracting a rare skin tissue disease, Slayer guitarist and songwriter Jeff Hanneman died on Thursday from liver failure at Hemet Valley Medical Center, near his home in Southern California’s Inland Empire area.

Slayer made the news public on Thursday afternoon, announcing that the band “is devastated” and calling Hanneman, who was 49, their bandmate and brother. Twitter quickly filled with messages from fans and fellow musicians, many of whom were in Los Angeles for the 5th Annual Revolver Golden Gods Awards show at Club Nokia. Disturbed/Device frontman David Draiman was among the very first, posting “RIP TO A TITAN OF METAL,” while drummer Mike Portnoy wrote, “WOW…I’m in shock…RIP Jeff Hanneman.”

Dave Mustaine, frontman of Megadeth, tweeted: “Tonight one less star will be shining and sadly, the stage got just a little bit darker. Jeff Hanneman 1964-2013.”

Hanneman has been off the road since early 2011, when he contracted necrotizing fasciitis — most likely from a spider bite — a quick-progressing disease that literally eats away at the flesh from deep layers of skin and tissue. Exodus’ Gary Holt stood in for Hanneman starting in February of 2011, while Pat O’Brien joined the band when Holt returned to Exodus during 2011.

It’s not known what role the disease played in Hanneman’s liver failure.

Throughout the ordeal, Hanneman’s bandmates expressed optimism that he would one day return to the group full-time. Bassist-singer Tom Araya told Billboard during last year’s Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival tour that Hanneman was “free of the disease” and was “working on his playing ability…He’s working on strengthening his arm and his ability to play.” He predicted that Slayer would “probably get together and start writing together and start making a new album,” the group’s first since 2009’s “World Painted Blood,” with Hanneman contributing material.

But in February guitarist Kerry King told Australian press that “we don’t know when Jeff’s gonna be able to play guitar. Jeff’s kind of like a wait-and-see thing.”

Born in Oakland, Calif., and a devoted Raiders fan, Hanneman was raised primarily in Long Beach and became fascinated with wars and military campaigns — themes he’d bring to Slayer’s music — via his father, a World War II veteran, and brothers who served in Vietnam. He met King in 1981 and decided to form their own band, mixing heavy metal and punk influences and signing with Metal Blade Records for Slayer’s first two albums, “Show No Mercy” in 1983 and “Hell Awaits” in 1985. The group made an eyebrow-raising move to the hip-hop label Def Jam in 1986 for the covers album “Undisputed Attitude and the classic “Reign in Blood.”

A spokesperson for “Blood” producer Rick Rubin told Billboard he was “very sad” and “shocked” by the news of Hanneman’s death.

Slayer has released ten studio albums and two live albums, as well as a pair of EPs. They’ve sold 4.9 million albums in the SoundScan era (1991-present), with the classics “Reign in Blood” (1986), “South of Heaven” (1988) and “Seasons of the Abyss” (1990) accounting for over 2 million of that tally. Ten of their albums have charted on the Billboard 200, with 2006’s “Christ Illusion” being the highest debut at No. 5.

Hanneman had a hand in crafting most of the group’s best-known thrash anthems. Begin typing “Slayer” on YouTube and the songs “Raining Blood,” “Angel of Death,” “Seasons in the Abyss” and “South of Heaven” appear first — all of them written or co-penned by Hanneman. “Raining Blood,” a blistering track off “Reign in Blood,” stands as the band’s biggest selling song with 205,000 sold to date.

Hanneman, an ardent collector of World War II memorabilia, was at the center of the controversy over Slayer’s supposed Nazi sympathies, stemming from the resemblance of the group’s eagle logo to a Third Reich image and the shape of the S in the group’s typography, and from songs such as “Reign in Blood’s” “Angel of Death,” about German doctor Josef Mengele and his horrific “experiments” at the Auschwitz death camp. But Hanneman frequently explained that the song was in no way intended to glorify Mengele. “I know why people misrepresent it,” he told one radio interviewer. “It’s because they get a knee-jerk reaction to it. There’s nothing I put in the lyrics that says necessarily he was a bad man because to me — well, isn’t it obvious? I shouldn’t have to tell you that.”

Hanneman’s songs have been recorded by groups such as Hatebreed, Children of Bodom, Hellsongs, Cradle of Filth and others, and sampled by rapper Styles-P. He’s survived by Kathy, his wife of 16 years, sister Kathy and two brothers, Michael and Larry. Funeral arrangements are pending.

via Slayer Guitarist Jeff Hanneman Dead at 49 | Billboard.

Beastie Boys Co-Founder Adam Yauch Dead at 47 | Music News | Rolling Stone

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Adam Yauch, one-third of the pioneering hip-hop group the Beastie Boys, has died at the age of 47, Rolling Stone has learned. Yauch, also known as MCA, had been in treatment for cancer since 2009. The rapper was diagnosed in 2009 after discovering a tumor in his salivary gland.

“It is with great sadness that we confirm that musician, rapper, activist and director Adam ‘MCA’ Yauch, founding member of Beastie Boys and also of the Milarepa Foundation that produced the Tibetan Freedom Concert benefits, and film production and distribution company Oscilloscope Laboratories, passed away in his native New York City this morning after a near-three-year battle with cancer,” reads an official statement from the Beastie Boys. “He was 47 years old.”

Yauch sat out the Beastie Boys’ induction to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in April, and his treatments delayed the release of the group’s most recent album, Hot Sauce Committee, Pt. 2. The Beastie Boys had not performed live since the summer of 2009, and Yauch’s illness prevented the group from appearing in music videos for Hot Sauce Committee, Pt. 2.

Yauch co-founded the Beastie Boys with Mike “Mike D” Diamond and Adam “Ad-Rock” Horovitz in 1979. The band started off as a hardcore punk group, but soon began experimenting with hip-hop. The band broke huge with their first proper album, Licensed to Ill, in 1986; it was the biggest-selling rap album of the decade and the first to reach Number One on the Billboard chart. Further albums Paul’s Boutique, Check Your Head and Ill Communication cemented the Beasties as a true superstar act.

In addition to his career with the Beastie Boys, Yauch was heavily involved in the movement to free Tibet. A founder of the Milarepa Fund, Yauch was instrumental in the first Tibetan Freedom Concert in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park 1996, which drew 100,000 people – the largest U.S. benefit concert since 1985’s Live Aid. After 9/11, Yauch and the Beastie Boys organized New Yorkers Against Violence, a concert benefit for some of the victims least likely to receive help from elsewhere.

Yauch also directed many of the Beastie Boys’ music videos under the pseudonym Nathaniel Hornblower. In 2002, he launched the film production company Oscilloscope Laboratories. As a filmmaker, he directed the 2006 Beastie Boys concert film Awesome; I Fuckin’ Shot That! and the 2008 basketball  documentary Gunnin’ for That #1 Spot, and his production company released the acclaimed Banksy movie Exit Through the Gift Shop.

via Beastie Boys Co-Founder Adam Yauch Dead at 47 | Music News | Rolling Stone.

Axl Rose Turns Down Guns N’ Roses Rock Hall Induction – Music, Celebrity, Artist News | MTV

Ever since Guns N’ Roses were announced as Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees in December, speculation has swirled about just who from the band’s lengthy list of current (and former) members would show up at the ceremony.

Well, now we know who won’t: mastermind Axl Rose, who announced Wednesday (April 11) that not only does he have no plans to attend Saturday’s induction ceremony in Cleveland, but he wants nothing to do with the Hall at all.

“I won’t be attending … and I respectfully decline my induction as a member of Guns N’ Roses to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame,” Rose wrote in a Facebook message. “I strongly request that I not be inducted in absentia and please know that no one is authorized, nor may anyone be permitted, to accept my induction or speak on my behalf. Neither former members, label representatives nor the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame should imply, whether directly, indirectly, or by omission that I am included in any purported induction of ‘Guns N’ Roses.’ ”

Rose added that his reasoning behind the message was “personal” and “neither meant to offend, attack or condemn” any GN’R members who decide to attend the induction. He also hinted that, since Guns were announced as inductees, he’d worked with Hall officials to find an appropriate solution to the very real problem of who would be inducted under the name of Guns N’ Roses, hoping to avoid “a complicated or awkward situation.”

But, apparently, no solution could be reached.

“I feel we’ve been polite, courteous and open to an amicable solution in our efforts to work something out,” Rose wrote. “Taking into consideration the history of Guns N’ Roses, those who plan to attend, along with those the Hall — for reasons of their own — have chosen to include in ‘our’ induction … and how those involved with the Hall have handled things … [it] doesn’t appear to be somewhere I’m actually wanted or respected.”

A spokesperson for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame did not respond to MTV News’ request for comment by press time.

Rose also used his open letter to (once again) put to rest any and all speculation of burying the hatchet with former members — like guitarist Slash or drummer Steven Adler, to name a few — and launching a full-scale reunion tour, writing:

“Time to move on. People get divorced. Life doesn’t owe you our own personal happy ending, especially at another’s — or, in this case, several others’ — expense,” he wrote. “Maybe we can get the ‘no show, grandstanding, publicity stunt, disrespectful, he-doesn’t-care-about-the-fans crap out of the way … no one’s taking the ball and going home. … From my perspective, in regard to both the Hall and a reunion, the ball’s never been in our court.

“In closing, regardless of this decision and as hard to believe or ironic as it may seem, I’d like to sincerely thank the [Rock Hall] board for their nomination and their votes for Guns’ induction,” he added. “More importantly, I’d like to thank the fans for being there over the years, making any success we’ve had possible and for enjoying and supporting Guns N’ Roses’ music. I wish the Hall a great show, congratulations to all the other artists being inducted, and to our fans, we look forward to seeing you on tour!”

via Axl Rose Turns Down Guns N’ Roses Rock Hall Induction – Music, Celebrity, Artist News | MTV.

Soulfly Stream New Track ‘Gladiator’ – Metal Hammer

Soulfly Stream New Track ‘Gladiator’

Max Cavalera’s groove metal titans Soulfly have unleashed another cut from new album ‘Enslaved’! is released March 12 via Roadrunner.

Max Cavalera and Soulfly feature in the brand new Metal Hammer issue, in which Max talks candidly about the inspiration behind some of the darker moments behind new Soulfly album ‘Enslaved’, and why he decided to make the heaviest Soulfly album of his career so far.

The new issue also features Ghost, a free Iron Maiden mini mag, Killswitch Engage, Meshuggah, Cancer Bats.

via Soulfly Stream New Track ‘Gladiator’ – Metal Hammer. | News | Orion Music + More

Orion Music + More

March 8, 2012

Take a look about an inch (depending on your monitor, mobile device, tablet, etc.) up on the home page at our brand spankin’ new Orion news ticker… we’re so excited about our upcoming festival, and so many new cool things will be added in the coming weeks, that we wanted to always have the latest news right here on top of

If you click on the banner, you’ll go right to the Orion Music + More site and see that a lot has happened since we last met in our online video announcement. We’ve added the Damage Inc. stage which will headlined by our friends Suicidal Tendencies and Sepultura and will feature lots of cool, heavy, thrash and punk bands that many of you have not had a chance to experience yet including Torche, Red Fang, Kyng, Landmine Marathon, and more. We’ve added to the current the line-up Eric Church, our 30th anniversary partner in crime, Jim Breuer and his Heavy Metal Comedy Tour, Wooden Shjips, and our other Fillmore buddies, the Soul Rebels… they’ll be joining Arctic Monkeys, Avenged Sevenfold, Modest Mouse, The Gaslight Anthem, Lucero, The Sword, and many others all listed on the site. There is a lot more information for you about the festival in the new FAQ section, and an awesome new video to watch with clips from many of the artists who will be joining us in Atlantic City on June 23 and 24, 2012.

Finally, we’ll make it easy for you to count the days to Orion Music + More with the handy count-down clock in the upper right corner.

Lots more to come… keep watching here and

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Guitarist Ronnie Montrose Dead at 64 | Music News | Rolling Stone

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Ronnie Montrose, who is best known for his fiery guitar work as a member of the band Montrose, died Saturday. It is believed that the cause of death was prostate cancer, which he had been battling for the past few years.

“A few months ago, we held a surprise party for Ronnie Montrose’s 64th birthday,” a statement said on Montrose’s official website. “He gave an impromptu speech, and told us that after a long life, filled with joy and hardship, he didn’t take any of our love for granted. He passed today. He’d battled cancer, and staved off old age for long enough. And true to form, he chose his own exit the way he chose his own life. We miss him already, but we’re glad to have shared with him while we could.”

Born in Denver, Colorado, Montrose got his first break when he was invited to play on Van Morrison’s 1971 album, Tupelo Honey. Additional appearances on recordings by Herbie Hancock, Boz Scaggs, and the Edgar Winter Group soon followed before he formed his own band, Montrose, in 1973. In addition to the guitarist, the band consisted of a then-unknown Sammy Hagar on vocals, as well as bassist Bill Church and drummer Denny Carmassi.

The quartet issued one of rock’s all-time great debuts that year, their Zeppelin-esque album, Montrose, which spawned such soon-to-be hard rock standards as “Rock the Nation,” “Bad Motor Scooter,” “Space Station #5,” “Rock Candy” and “Make It Last,” all of which featured Montrose’s tasty guitar playing. Hagar, however, would only remain with the band for one more release (1974’s Paper Money) before exiting the group.

Still, the two Hagar/Montrose albums proved influential to subsequent bands, as evidenced by all the rock acts covering Montrose tunes, including Iron Maiden, who covered “I’ve Got the Fire” and “Space Station #5.” Interestingly, Van Halen (the group Hagar would eventually front for two separate stints) would cover the songs “Rock Candy” and “Make It Last” during their early club days.

Montrose the group (with singer Bob James filling Hagar’s spot) would soldier on for a few more releases in the Seventies before the guitarist issued an all-instrumental solo album, 1978’s Open Fire. He went on to form Gamma, which issued three albums between 1980 and 1983. From the Eighties onward, Montrose would alternate between issuing additional recordings from Montrose, Gamma, and as a solo artist.

Ronnie Montrose and  Sammy Hagar appeared to eventually bury the hatchet, as the original Montrose line-up appeared on the singer’s 1997 solo effort, Marching to Mars, for the song “Leaving the Warmth of the Womb,” and even played together again on stage several times afterwards. For the past few years, Montrose had played solo shows throughout the U.S.

via Guitarist Ronnie Montrose Dead at 64 | Music News | Rolling Stone.

Rush to Release New Album, Clockwork Angels, in May

Rush to Release New Album, Clockwork Angels, in May

Anne Erickson | 03.08.2012

Ready for some new Rush? Good! According to Blabbermouth, Rush’s highly anticipated new album, Clockwork Angels, is set to drop on May 29 in the U.S. on Roadrunner Records and in Canada via Anthem/Universal Music. The CD also is slated to be released in Japan on May 23 on Warner Music.

Clockwork Angels is the follow-up to 2007’s Snakes & Arrows, and the guys of Rush went to the production team of Nick Raskulinecz (Foo Fighters, Stone Sour) and engineer Richard Chycki (Aerosmith, Dream Theater) for the recording.

Rush drummer Neil Peart recently checked in with Modern Drummer to talk about his dedication to the art of creating sick rhythms and beats. “I made a comment somewhere about drumming in one of my stories, and Doane Perry remarked on it. I said that when I’m sitting at a light with my turn signal on, that’s a click track, and my fingers start playing. You don’t ever stop being a drummer – that’s absurd psychologically,” he said. “And Doane said, ‘I do the same thing. I play a little cadenza on the steering wheel.’ Of course. We all do. I’m constantly thinking about rhythms, and there’s always music in my head.”

Peart added that he has a goal that he “absolutely will practice every day. There’s no other way to get it,” he said. “It’s not like I’m being lazy. Buddy Rich, for example, hated practicing, would never do it, would never rehearse with the band. Well, he was that good. [laughs] That’s all. I know I need to practice, and I do, for whatever purpose – if I’m rehearsing for a tour, if I’m just playing for fun, or if I’m practicing exercises that a teacher gives me.”

via Rush to Release New Album, Clockwork Angels, in May.

Paul McCartney to Tour Into His 80s?

Paul McCartney to Tour Into His 80s?

Bryan Wawzenek | 02.15.2012

Paul McCartney will turn 70 this year, but the former Beatle tells Rolling Stone that he doesn’t think he’ll be retiring anytime soon. Macca said he’d like to keep touring into his 80s.

“I can imagine it,” he said. “As to whether my imagination will come true, I don’t know. The last couple of years, I’ve gotten into guitar – so there’s all sorts of little things that crop up that entice you forward, and you go, ‘Hmm, I’d like that.’”

Elsewhere in the interview, McCartney said he’s in a bit of denial about his age.

“I’m never going to believe I’m 70, I don’t care what you say,” he said. “There’s a little cell in my brain that’s never going to believe that… You get the argument, ‘Make way for the young kids.’ And you think, ‘F–k that, let them make way for themselves. If they’re better than me, they’ll beat me.’ Foo Fighters don’t have a problem, they’re good. They’ll do their thing.”

via Paul McCartney to Tour Into His 80s?.

Guns N’ Roses Will Reunite at Hall of Fame

The classic lineup of Guns N’ Roses will reunite for their induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in April. The band is being inducted along with The Faces/Small Faces, Red Hot Chili Peppers and Beastie Boys, among others, at the ceremony in Cleveland on April 14.

It’s keyboardist Dizzy Reed who has said that all those who contributed to the band’s seminal album Appetite For Destruction will be present.

Speaking to Billboard, Reed – who joined the band in 1990 after Appetite – and remains in the lineup to this day, said when asked who would be attending the ceremony: “I know that all the original band is going to be there. I don’t know exactly what’s going to go down. It’s one of those things I’m sure will all come together and be really cool.”

Reed added though that no talks had taken place about the band’s classic lineup actually playing together on the night. He said he and frontman Axl Rose had not contacted former members Slash, Duff McKagan or Steven Adler about the possibility of performing together at the ceremony.

“Honestly, we haven’t spoken about it. I don’t know when or why or how to bring it up. It’s not an everyday sort of thing. So we haven’t really talked about it, but I’m sure we’ll have to at some point.”

Reed also said that he believed Guns’ current lineup would continue to work on new material after a summer tour of Europe.

“There are some clamouring and rumours that we might be getting some material together here after we do this run, so we’ll see what happens. There was so much material that didn’t make it onto Chinese Democracy. From what I remember there were a lot of really cool songs. I can only hope that some of that stuff does resurface and get worked out.”

via General Music, Industry and Guitar News.