Legendary Metal producer Martin Birch has died

Sad news coming out of the heavy metal community today as legendary producer Martin Birch has died.

Birch 71 work with such band’s as Iron Maiden (Killers, Number of the Beast) , Black Sabbath (Heaven and Hell) , Whitesnake (Snakebite) , just to name a few.

The song “Hard Lovin’ Man” from the Deep Purple album Deep Purple in Rock is dedicated to him : “For Martin Birch

He retired in 1992, after producing Iron Maiden’s Fear of the Dark album. Birch appears in Iron Maiden’s music video “Holy Smoke“.

We will sadly miss him!!!

Great White band performs concert in North Dakota without fans wearing face coverings

Popular 80’s Glam Metal band Great White performed a concert in North Dakota and social media is buzzing about it. Some people say the band was wrong to do this while others are glad the show went abead.

Is it too early for concerts as fans are eager to see their favourite band’s perform live again?

Late Saturday night, the group issued a statement that emphasized that emphasized that the show went well while saying they consider themselves “far from perfect” and offering an apology “to those who disagree with our decision to fulfill our contractual agreement.”

“We understand that there are some people who are upset that we performed this show, during this trying time,” the group said. “We assure you that we worked with the Promoter. North Dakota’s government recommends masks be worn, however, we are not in a position to enforce the laws

Here’s some video from the concert

Mötley Crüe, Def Leppard, Poison Set 2020 Stadium Tour

Mötley Crüe are ripping up their “cessation of touring agreement” and hitting the road next year for a U.S. stadium tour with fellow hard rock acts Poison and Def Leppard, sources confirm to Rolling Stone. While specific dates and venues have yet to be announced, the three acts will perform at stadiums around the country.

Mötley Crüe played 158 shows on their 2014/15 Final Tour, wrapping up with a hometown show at the Forum in Los Angeles on December 31st, 2015. Prior to the tour, the band claimed to sign a “cessation of touring agreement,” which they said was a binding document that would prohibit them from ever playing again after the tour ended. At the time, the group’s management failed to produce this alleged document despite repeated requests.

“Legally, we can’t play again,” bassist Nikki Sixx claimed to Rolling Stone backstage at a 2014 show in Denver. “The only loophole is if all four band members agreed to do it, we could override our own contract. But we know that will never happen. There are people in this band who will refuse to ever do it again, and you’re talking to one of them. There is no amount of money that would ever make me do it again because I have such pride in how we’re ending it.”

Reports of a possible Mötley Crüe reunion have been circulating the past few weeks, with the official Mötley Crüe Twitter account sharing a fan petition calling for the band to reunite and adding “This is interesting…” (The Tweet was later deleted.) Reps for Mötley Crüe, Def Leppard and Poison did not immediately reply to requests for comment.

Article courtesy of Rolling Stone magazine.

Judas Priest and Motörhead among others for Rock Hall fan voting

The 2020 nominees are:

  • Pat Benatar
  • Dave Matthews Band
  • Depeche Mode
  • The Doobie Brothers
  • Whitney Houston
  • Judas Priest
  • Kraftwerk
  • MC5
  • Motörhead
  • Nine Inch Nails
  • The Notorious B.I.G.
  • Rufus featuring Chaka Khan
  • Todd Rundgren
  • Soundgarden
  • T.Rex
  • Thin Lizzy

From Oct. 15 through 11:59 p.m. EST Jan. 10, fans can search “Rock Hall Fan Vote” or any nominee name plus “vote” to cast a ballot vote via Google. Votes can also be logged on RockHall.com or in person at the museum in Cleveland.

The top five artists, as selected by the public, will comprise a “fans’ ballot” that will be tallied along with the other ballots to choose the 2020 inductees.

Filming Has Started For Official RONNIE JAMES DIO Documentary

Wendy Dio, wife and longtime manager of Ronnie James Dio, plans to produce a documentary that will cover Dio‘s career from his early days with ELF to his final project, HEAVEN & HELL.

“We just started shooting,” she said (hear audio below). “We did interviews last week — a few with me, with some technical people, with Geezer Butler [of BLACK SABBATH and HEAVEN & HELL] — and we will continue that in between the [‘Dio Returns’ hologram] tour, we’ll continue on with that. And then, hopefully, that should be out by next year — probably latter part of next year.

“We started with Geezer Butler, who’s obviously Ronnie‘s best friend from BLACK SABBATH,” she continued. “And I think we’ll probably do some of the [DIO] band while we are on tour. And other people — all the people close to Ronnie, people that played with Ronnie or were influenced by Ronnie and also his childhood years and going all the way through his time with ELF, with RAINBOW, with BLACK SABBATH. And I have so much footage — stuff that people have never seen. I’ve got some Super 8 stuff. I found a whole huge box of stuff — stuff from his childhood, stuff from the RAINBOW days, behind-the-scenes stuff. I’m getting it now transferred, so that we can actually view it.

Petition to have the Black Hole Sun named after Chris Cornell

When the first-ever photograph of a black hole emerged earlier in the week, the internet was (understandably) rife with various Soundgarden/Black Hole Sun jokes – with the band themselves even getting involved. 

Now things have happily gone one step further, with an online petition launched to get the black hole actually named after Chris Cornell. 

The petition’s creator on Change.org, Giuliana Jarrin, says of the decision to start up this genius idea:

Thanks to the Event Horizon Telescope Collaboration, we have been able to see the first ever image of a black hole at the center of a galaxy known as M87.

Almost two years ago, we lost Chris Cornell. He was the lead singer for Soundgarden and Audioslave, and above all, the voice of an entire generation. He was one of the most beloved figures not just in rock, but all of music, by people from all over the world. His music, his voice and his personality inspired, influenced, changed and even saved the lives of thousands of people. Chris left a heavy legacy for a new generation of musicians who follow in his footsteps. His memory will remain forever alive in the hearts of all his family, friends, fans and all the people who love him, and his music will do the same in each record, song or video we play.

Black Hole Sun, written by Chris Cornell is without a doubt Soundgarden’s most recognizable and most popular song, and one of the biggest anthems of the ’90s. For this reason, and the impact Chris Cornell had in the lives of so many and music itself, I ask NASA, the Event Horizon Telescope Collaboration and all the astronomers and scientists involved in this discovery, to name this black hole after Chris Cornell. This would be a “surreal” and amazing way to honor his life and his contribution to music. 

I hope this petition is taken into consideration and with the respect with which it was created to honor a man loved by many. Thanks to all who sign, I hope we can achieve it!

Seems like a pretty valid argument to us. Sign the petition here…

https://www.change.org/p/national-science-foundation-name-the-black-hole-after-chris-cornell