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Scoop of the Columbus, Ohio radio station The Blitz 99.7 FM has confirmed to Blabbermouth.net that Damageplan drummer Vinnie Paul was uninjured in the shooting incident at a Columbus nightclub which resulted in the death of Paul's brother, Dimebag Darrell. According to Scoop, who attended the concert and briefly saw Vinnie following the incident, Paul was in a complete state of shock and expressed his desire to be with his brother right after the shooting occurred.
A friend of Scoop's, Kevin Minerd, who also attended the concert, told Blabbermouth.net that the gunman entered the stage from the left side and walked over to the right side where Dimebag was standing before grabbing the guitarist and pumping several bullets into him. Additional shots were fired, although it's presently unclear which other member of Damageplan, if any, was killed in the incident.
"A Columbus police officer, when he arrived, engaged the shooter, and the shooter is also dead, and if the officer hadn't acted when he did and how he did, we'd probably be looking at more dead, because this guy was actively shooting," Sergeant Brent Mull, public information officer, told MTV News.
"We have 200-plus patrons that we have sequestered inside three city buses," Sergeant Mull explained. "We are interviewing them one by one. The ones that were inside and witnessed this, ran for their lives and were in fear for their lives. They are victims too, and we want to take care of them."
As news of Dimebag's (born Darrell Lance Abbott in Dallas, Texas on August 20, 1966) bizarre and tragic demise rippled through the metal community, the news was met with shock and sadness.
"I'm speechless," friend and Rob Zombie/Ozzy Osbourne bassist Rob "Blasko" Nicholson told MTV. "This is totally unreal. Dimebag is a fucking legend and this is total bullshit."
"This is insane and this is beyond travesty," Killswitch Engage frontman, and former Damageplan tour partner, Howard Jones said. "This is beyond anything I've ever heard. This shouldn't happen in or outside of the rock and metal community. He will be missed and mourned as a person, as a musician, and as a friend."
Anthrax guitarist Scott Ian, whose band has toured with Pantera and has featured Dimebag guest appearances on their albums, stated in a posting on Anthrax's web site, "I am devastated as I'm sure we all are. All I can convey at this moment are my condolences to Rita and Vinnie and the whole family. My heart is with you."
Motley Crue bassist Nikki Sixx offered the following: "Dime, I will never forget all the times you made us laugh. I'm so happy we got to spend the day together in London recently… We should all live our lives as full as you have. I will miss you, as will all of us... This is a sad day."
Rich Ward (Fozzy, Stuck Mojo): "Darrell was as nice as they come. During the times that I spent with him, I wondered why he played in such a heavy band. Not that he didn't have the ability to school all of us that dared to share a stage with him, but because he seemed like such a gentle and kind man. He had a great sense of humor and was someone that everyone in the room gravitated toward. He never carried himself like the big rock star that he really was, instead he came across humble and appreciative. I consider it a privilege to have known him, as he was one of the 'real' guys in the business and as Zakk [Wylde] would say, 'one of the boys'!"
Shaun Glass (Soil): "Today I am saddened to say I lost my friend and hero it sickens me that someone would take away a person that brought so much joy to so many people. Love ya, Double D."
Jon Dette (ex-Slayer, Testament): "My brother just called to tell me that Dimebag Darrell was shot and killed on stage tonight. Words cannot express the sadness I'm feeling right now and my condolences go out to Vinnie Paul and the Abbott family for their loss. This is a huge tragedy for the music world."
Orange County, California-based sextet Bleed The Sky (recently signed to Nuclear Blast Records): "It's a sad day in heavy metal, Dimebag Darrell formerly of Pantera, was shot and killed while performing with Damageplan in Ohio. We would more than likely not be a band if it wasn't for him, and can't possibly imagine the pain that his brother and his family must be in. RIP, brother, heavy music will never be the same without you."
The raucous rulers of the sex-and-drugs-fueled nightlife on L.A.'s Sunset Strip have returned to their old stomping grounds. All four original members of Motley Crue, the glam-metal gods who've sold more than 40 million albums worldwide and who paved the way for other seminal rock acts, have reunited for the first time in six years, announcing a new world tour — VH1 & VH1 Classic Present "Mötley Crüe: Red White & Crüe Tour 2005…Better Live Than Dead" — and giving their fans a live taste of it. Tickets go on sale this Saturday, December 11 at Ticketmaster and VH1.com.
The event at the Hollywood Palladium began at 6:00 p.m. with a press conference announcing the tour, a new anthology album and the debut of a fresh single and video, "If I Die Tomorrow". The new tour, it was revealed during the press conference, resulted not only from strong demand by homegrown audiences, but was largely fueled by the diligent efforts of Mags Revell, a U.K. promoter with Metropolis Music Group, who launched his own grass-roots campaign in the U.K. designed to get the band to reunite. Taking the unprecedented steps of placing advertising in U.K. media and putting a hold on concert venues in the U.K. for June, 2005, Revell's efforts quickly gained traction with fans all across the world who added fuel to the fire by taking to the Internet and spreading the word.
Said Revell, "I honestly did not know until now whether Motley Crue would respond to our efforts. With the help of tens of thousands of fans in the UK and around the world, I wanted to show the band that there was a real demand for their reunion and I took a big risk. This is the band that we all never thought we'd have the chance to see live again and I strongly admire them for responding to their fans. It is the realization of a dream for so many people for whom Motley Crue represents what rock music is all about.”
"Motley Crue are a gang of musicians that climbed the mountain of rock to success," Allen Kovac, CEO of Tenth Street Entertainment, said in a statement. "This tour and new music delivers to all those who love one of rock's most passionate and aggressive bands." More...
CNN's Larry King conducted a brief interview with all four members of Motley Crue prior to the group taking the stage at The Palladium in Hollywood, California on Monday night (December 6) following the official press conference to announce their upcoming reunion tour. Read on for a transcript. More...
Motley Crue and Brides of Destruction bassist Nikki Sixx posted the following message to the "Diary" section of Crue's official web site: "Today we were hanging out and Tommy [Lee] said something that made a lot of sense to us. He said, 'You know, sometimes you go into something thinking it's gonna be the way it used to be, but when you finally get there, it's not what you expected.' On that note… I think it's fair to say we've been having a good time getting our feet wet. Thanks for the support on 'If I Die Tomorrow'. We feel it's a breath of fresh air for us. We've always been about doing the unexpected. So what's next? Live?"
Motley Crue will tentatively kick off their North American reunion tour on February 17 in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. Although no official announcement is likely to come before the band's press conference in Hollywood, CA on Monday (Dec. 6), these are the dates that are believed to have been confirmed for the tour so far: More...
Motley Crue drummer Tommy Lee shared his lust for Angelina Jolie, perhaps forgetting his abusive history with ex-wife Pamela Anderson might elicit some groans for his remarks. The rocker told Elle magazine for their January issue when asked if he had been with the actress: "I haven't, but if I do, I swear to God I'm going to tackle her and lick her and hit her over the head and drag her back to my house, caveman-style."
Motley Crue and Brides of Destruction bassist Nikki Sixx posted an update on the Diary section of Crue's official web site. Sixx writes, "I've been locked in my home studio writing music for 'The Heroin Diaries'. I've also been hard at work buttoning up the book [autobiography] (of the same name). All this stuff will come out next year. Very exciting project for me. I've turned my back on Pro Tools and have dived head-on into logic pro 7. A must tool for songwriting. The new Crue songs turned out fu**in killer. Not sure where they will turn up, but like any good splinter, I'm sure they will work themselves out and break through to the surface sometime. Who knows, not me. Mick [Mars] is doing great and sends his love."
Vince Neil has cancelled his UK tour. No official explanation has yet been offered. Perhaps this is related to the Motley Crue reunion and tour? More details as they become available.
The Motley Crue re-union moved a step nearer to reality, with the news that the Brides Of Destruction are being put on hold. This will allow bassist Nikki Sixx to fully concentrate on the aforementioned re-formation.
It's nice to hear that fans, bands, promoters and agents would like to see a Motley Crue tour. But right now I know Vince is booking tons of live shows, Tommy is busy promoting a book and doing his reality show and Mick is in rehabilitation after surgery (Who knows when and if he would feel up to it even if there was a tour) It takes four guys to do it. It hasn't happened since 1999.
All I know is all four of us haven't been in the same room in six years. In the world of Motley, I'd say don't hold your breath.
p.s. Props to whoever made the tour ad I saw on the net.
A three-minute video of Motley Crue singer Vince Neil leading the "Chicken Dance" at Cincinnati's Oktoberfest-Zinzinnati on Sunday (September 19) has been made available for download. Check it out at MBony.us.
Here's an update from Nikki Sixx:
Well, Stevo Bruno at Klown Records and I have finished up the production on the Motley demos. I feel real strong about the songs. They're on their way to Bob Rock to get his input. I look forward to re-recording the songs now that everybody will have a clear understanding of the direction of the music.
Next up is finishing the writing for the Brides. Me and Tracii have so much music, now we just need to finish what weve started.
My book deal for "The Heroin Diaries" is done. I changed publishers half way thru the deal and am now with Simon & Schuster. There will be a DVD attached to the release of it which will feature original music. So to say I have a busy next few months is a understatment.
I have hired the top litigator who I am using to sue Vans to dropkick Dragonfly Clothing as well. Can you believe I have to do this shit to get paid? I seem to attract people who believe they can take advantage of me, but like Elektra Records found out.. I have the devil runnin' thru my veins and I will not allow people to rip me off.
You must stand up for yourself if you wanna have any self-respect in business. But to be honest, it really sucks and isnt my idea of being an artist. But artists must stand up for themselves...or these companies will continue to rip off artists.
Nikki Sixx just made the following post on the Motley Crue messageboard:
The final depo in the vans law suit is monday. I'm excited to take them to court. They have offered settlements but they have all been a slap in the face. I can't wait to take them to court and set straight that companies cannot and will not be allowed to use celebrities images without permission.
On other new...Vince smoked the 4 new tunes...He sang the best ive heard in in years.
Names of songs...
Another Bad Day
Of course, these are demos and we're looking at recording them in the very near future. They're very Motley-sounding, I'd say "Feelgood" meets "Shout." I think you're gonna freak out when you hear these. It's true rock n roll. Nothing more, nothing less.
Toronto Star wrote an article about how "evil isn't what it used to be."
Parents groups, conservative politicians and religious wingnuts worried daily that exposure to metal was promoting everything from promiscuity, substance abuse and casual violence among teens to an overall increase in Satan's power over the surface of the earth. Tipper Gore, of the then-notorious Parents Music Resource Centre (PMRC), claimed the music told young people "It's okay to beat people up" and successfully lobbied for warning labels to be affixed to potentially offensive recordings. Geraldo Rivera presided over a straight-faced, primetime "news" special exploring the links between heavy metal and Satanism.
Ozzy Osbourne — already notorious in the midst of his drunken "lost years" for biting the heads off a dove and a bat (the latter, in Ozzy's defence, was accidental) — found himself dragged into California court over the first of two ludicrous legal claims that his song, "Suicide Solution," had convinced an unfortunate teenager to kill himself. British metallers Judas Priest would face a lawsuit of their own in Reno, Nevada a couple of years later when the families of two more suicidal teens claimed subliminal messages on the band's 1978 album, "Stained Class," had coaxed the boys to "do it." Slayer would be next in court in the '90s when three teens who murdered, then raped, a 15-year-old girl in a horrific "virgin sacrifice" claimed the band's blood-spattered lyrics were responsible.More...
Read the full article at Toronto Star.
Former MÖTLEY CRÜE singer Vince Neil sat down exclusively with MuchMoreMusic's Bill Welychka in Buffalo, NY last week and cleared up recent rumors of a possible reunion/farewell tour.
"Two weeks ago in L.A., Tommy (Lee), Nikki (Sixx), myself and Mick (Mars) by phone sat in a room together with all the attorneys to see if we even wanted to do this," said Neil. "The fans are asking for it and I think it's time. It's a good thing and a good time to put a 'period' on the MÖTLEY CRÜE story. After, we'll call it quits and go back to doing what we've been doing for the past few years. It'll be closure for me — and this won't go on to be seven or eight 'farewell tours' like KISS or CHER... Everyone is on board and 95% committed. It's definitely time."
With sales upwards of the 40 million mark, the band battled well-documented years of drug abuse and mounting legal troubles. Neil contends, however, that this is a wiser and healthier MÖTLEY CRÜE.
The last time the four original members toured together was 1999, before personality differences forced the band off the road. MÖTLEY CRÜE toured again in 2000 without Tommy Lee. The upcoming tour is slated to last close to two years, and will most likely commence in February 2005.
Jason Ferguson of Orlando Weekly recently spoke with Motley Crue guitarist Nikki Sixx abou the band's first of three four-CD box sets, 'Music to Crash Your Car To, Volume 1'. Ferguson told Sixx that his "14-year-old self" crossed the band off his cool list in 1985, having determined they had turned into complete sellout pussies. "What do you do after 'Shout at the Devil?'" Sixx laughed. "Are you gonna start chopping up people on stage? We were like, 'Predictable.' So we go in the opposite direction with the lipstick and freak people out. The idea was to shake it up. We never wanted to be one of those bands where the first album looked, sounded and smelled like the fourth album. It was very important to embrace something, envelop it and then abandon it. Our interpretation of art was that we don't want you to know what you're gonna get every time. Although everyone would complain about us changing, soon after we did something, every other band was changing too. And the people that were following didn't have a clue as to what we were representing."
Read the full article at Orlando Weekly.
Former MÖTLEY CRÜE drummer Tommy Lee will sit in behind the kit at SKRAPE's show December 18 at the House of Blues in West Hollywood, California, according to MTV.com. The event will be a returned favor of sorts, since SKRAPE drummer Will Hunt was the touring drummer in Lee's band earlier this year.
SKRAPE's sophomore album, "Up The Dose", is due on January 13 through RCA Records. It was produced by Jimbo Barton (QUEENSRŸCHE, GODSMACK) and was recorded partially in SKRAPE's own Orlando, Florida rehearsal/recording studio.