Social Distortion frontman Mike Ness is penning his autobiography, titled Story Of My Life after the band's hit song. The legendary punk singer told a Los Angeles radio station that he hoped to have the book published in 2014, saying, "It's been a pain in the ass. I would never want to do it again. You have to go back and revisit painful periods in your life . . . It's not like writing songs. It's been much more in-depth and personal." Amazon currently has a February 11th publication date listed for the book.
I wonder if he'll write about the day he met me. :-P
The first photos of Godsmack singer Sully Erna in his feature film acting debut have surfaced online at Facebook, according to Blabbermouth. The movie, called Army Of The Damned, started production on April 22nd and follows the crew of a hit reality TV series who tag along with a team of local cops in a small town. When the cops are summoned to a house on a "domestic disturbance" call, they suddenly are faced with a situation in which they either must survive or join the "army of the damned," a horde of warriors from hell. See the pics here.
Durex plans to release vibrating underwear, that can be controlled with an app, for couples who are looking for a way to get intimate when they're apart. The company announced Fundawear with a YouTube video that has already racked up more than two million views in just four days. While the product isn't available yet, the video shows how the underwear and the app work together to allow someone to stimulate their partner remotely.
The long national nightmare for Breaking Benjamin fans is apparently over: frontman and founder Ben Burnleyissued a statement at the band's Facebook page on Friday saying that he had resolved his dispute with two former members of the group and, most importantly, was free to use the band name again. Burnley wrote, "I am pleased to finally put this matter behind me and focus on the future for Breaking Benjamin. I wish to express my never ending love and gratitude to the best fans in the world for their undying love and support. Words cannot express my love to you all! Thank you!!"
A filmmaker, wondering what a Disney-owned Star Wars will look like, has made his own Episode VII.
Today (4/17) Stone Sour’s Corey Taylor releases the first of his 4 issue comic book series, House of Gold & Bones, and I have copies to give away! Sign up to win the comic book courtesy of Texas Toyz, a Corey Taylor autographed print of the cover art and a C101/Stone Sour “Keep Calm and Rock On” t-shirt. (Monte and mask not included.)
Deftones bassist Chi Chengdied on Saturday (April 13th) at the age of 42, more than four years after a November 2008 car accident left him in a semi-comatose state. His mother posted the following statement online:
"Our dearest family: This is the hardest thing to write to you. Your love and heart and devotion to Chi was unconditional and amazing. I know that you will always remember him as a giant of a man on stage with a heart for every one of you.
"He was taken to the emergency room and at 3 a.m. today his heart just suddenly stopped. He left this world with me singing songs he liked in his ear.He fought the good fight.
"You stood by him sending love daily. He knew that he was very loved and never alone."
His mother also wrote, "Please hold Mae and Ming and the siblings, and especially Chi's son, Gabriel, in your prayers. It is so hard to let go. With great love and much respect, Mom J (and Chi)."
Our deepest condolences to the family, friends and bandmates of Chi Cheng.
Here's Cheng in 2000, on how his goal for Deftones albums was always just to write good songs: ["I just want to write an album that I'm happy with 10 years from now, 20 years from now, when I'm an old grandpa or something and I can be like, 'Cool, I'm still happy with it.' Like, I'm not gonna look back on some song and gonna be, 'Oh, Jesus, what was I thinking?' You know? Like, as long as I can feel proud about it, you know, put it on for my grandkid or something and be like, 'Well, you know, it's kind of goofy and it's sorta, you know, this or that, but I was happy with it, and I'm still happy with it,' that's what's important to me."]
Cheng loved to perform live and told us many years ago about a particular show in Columbus, Ohio that was unforgettable for him: ["It was just one of those shows where there was some kind of magic there and everyone walked off stage and it was just so beautiful, such a great thing. I think that that's the kind of show that we love to have, where everyone is just on the same page and the audience is out of their minds. Nobody was thinking about anything but the music. Every tour I have a couple shows where I'm like, 'Oh, man, that's why I play music. That's right. That's why I do it.'"]
ROCKERS REACT TO THE DEATH OF CHI CHENG:
Corey Taylor (Stone Sour/Slipknot): "My friend Chi passed away. My heart goes out to his family, and to my friends in @deftones. This is indeed a sad day..."
Marcos Curiel (P.O.D.): "#RIP @deftones podband Never Forgotten :( He was a cool ass dude. He's in a better place."
Gerard Way (My Chemical Romance): "So incredibly heartbreaking to hear the news of Chi's passing. My thoughts are with his family, and all of you."
Duff McKagan (Velvet Revolver): "RIP Chi. Awful news. Condolences to the Cheng family and @deftones.... from the McKagan's."
David Draiman (Device/Disturbed): "RIP CHI CHENG OF @deftones, YOU HARBORED A SWEET BRILLIANCE, AND WILL BE REMEMBERED AND LOVED."
Theory Of A Deadman: "RIP chi cheng.....will be missed."
Nonpoint: "Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family and friends of Chi Cheng. RIP brother, see you on the other side."
Papa Roach: "RIP CHI... WE LOVE YOU MAN!"
INTERNET COMMENTS at Blabbermouth and Loudwire:
IHMC wrote: "A sad day indeed. Words cannot express how devastating this is. he fought long, even when we thought he was getting better, he sadly didn't. I also hope his family can cope with this loss."
Melissa Bearden wrote: "RIP your contribution to Deftones music will never be forgotten. You helped make being a fan fun and will always be remembered."
Brian Rodgers wrote: "I knew this was the most likely outcome, but I was hoping he'd beat the odds and fight his way back. Maybe not back on stage, but at least back to being able to interact more with the people who loved him. I'm sorry to hear it didn't come to pass. Hope he's found peace now."
radar150 wrote: "RIP Chi - you're a fighter and will be greatly missed."
BlackWater Park wrote: "Oh no, this is devastating news!!! One of the nicest guys I've ever met in my life. RIP Chi."
Shakezulah wrote: "Unreal. I can't believe he fought so hard for four and a half years for it to just end like this. Music just lost a true great. RIP Chi...your music meant the world to me and it just won't be the same without you."
Stern Pinball has made more details available about the Metallica pinball machine that the company has now put on sale. In addition to playing 12 classic Metallica tracks, the game includes features such as an electric chair, a snake, a grave marker and "unparalleled magnetic action." The machine is available through authorized Stern distributors and dealers in three editions: a pro version for $4,995, a premium "road case" version for $6,995, and a limited-edition Master Of Puppets version for $7,595. See photos of the three different tables at http://tinyurl.com/cfas4es (Blabbermouth)
Black Sabbath will make a rare television appearance when the band performs a new song on the season finale of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation. The episode is set to air on Wednesday, May 15th at 9:00 p.m. CT on CBS-TV. The band will world premiere a song called "End Of The Beginning" from their upcoming album 13. The episode's plot follows the CSI team as they investigate a series of murder that resemble the sins in Dante's Inferno, with the trail leading the detectives played by Ted Danson and Marc Vannto attend a Sabbath concert.