January 23, 2017
From Ultimate Classic Rock (http://ultimateclassicrock.com)
Peter Overend Watts, original bassist for Mott the Hoople, has died of throat cancer. He was 69.
Ex-Mott the Hoople frontman Ian Hunter confirmed Watts’ passing.
“Oh dear,” he said via Twitter. “My extremely eccentric, lovely mate – Peter Overend Watts – has left the building. Devastated.”
Watts helped start the Buddies with Mick Ralphs, a band that evolved into Mott the Hoople after periods in which it was known as the Doc Thomas Group, the Shakedown Sound, then Silence. They became Mott the Hoople after Hunter joined in 1969.
Born near Birmingham, England, Watts began his musical career on guitar before switching to bass. He reportedly assumed the name “Overend” at the suggestion of manager Guy Stevens, then went on to participate in a string of subsequent variations on Mott the Hoople when the band morphed into Mott and then into British Lions as their personnel shifted.
Ralphs, who is also battling health issues, Verden Allen and Ian Hunter now remain from the classic Mott the Hoople lineup, best known for their 1972 No. 3 U.K. hit “All the Young Dudes.” Drummer Dale “Buffin” Griffin died last January after being diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer’s.
January 22, 2017
The original line-up of The Smithereens will play on Friday, January 27, 2017 at the State Theater in Falls Church, Va. Doors open at 7 p.m.; show starts at 9 p.m. Tickets are $21. Call 703-237-0300 for more information.
Scorpions drummer Mikkey Dee confirmed that the band will release a brand new studio album in early 2018.
Eagles of Death Metal vocalist Jesse Hughes has reportedly been instructed via a restraining order to stay 100 yards away from former friend Andrew Julian Vega and Vega’s daughter, claiming that the singer made a death threat against him.
Vega, reportedly a former friend of the singer, sought protection from Hughes after they allegedly bickered over a woman. In the documents filed, Vega stated that Hughes threatened to shoot him and blow his lungs through his back. Vega additionally claimed that a voodoo doll was glued to his gate and had been stabbed with a knife.
“Sweet Child Of Mine: How I Lost My Son to Guns N’ Roses” by Deanna Adler, the mother of classic-era Guns N ‘Roses drummer Steven Adler, will be released on January 24th through Monarch Publishing.
In the book, Deanna writes of her son’s descent into drug addiction while a member of the now-infamous band, giving an honest look at the pain and suffering caused by the self-destructive abuse. It is reportedly a gripping display of the dangers of drug addiction overcome by the persistence of a mother’s love.
The book also promises “to take readers on a rollercoaster of emotions from the highs of being a key member of Guns N’ Roses to the lows of legal battles, financial ruin, two heart attacks, multiple suicide attempts, a debilitating stroke, and numerous stints in rehab.”
Skid Row’s Rachel Bolan allegedly told fans via a concert performance in Halifax, Nova Scotia that ZP Theart is the band’s official singer and will soon begin recording a new album with the vocalist.
The band recruited the former DragonForce singer at the end of 2015 to replace Tony Harnell (TNT), who was in the band briefly following the departure of longtime frontman Johnny Solinger.