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Rock Report May 6th, 2013

by Otto Man

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Mötley Crüe guitarist Mick Mars was knocked over by a fan on stage during the band's concert in Canada. As the group was performing "Primal Scream" Saturday night in Saskatchewan, a fan rushed the stage, bumped into Mars and grabbed Vince Neil before being tackled by security. Drummer Tommy Lee shouted expletives as the man was being dragged off the stage. Neil then told the audience, "We might be back," before the band left the stage. They later returned to close out the set. Mars, who suffers from a painful medical condition called ankylosing spondylitis, turned 62 years old Saturday. Mars Tweeted after the show: “Thank all of you for your concerns about me being knocked down last night I’m alright nothing broken. My body guard Rhyno got 2 busted ribs.” More and more and more and more and more and more and more and more and more and more

Last Friday was METALLICA night at AT&T Park in San Francisco. Prior to the Giants vs Dodgers game, James Hetfield and Kirk Hammett performed 'Star Spangled Banner' and drummer Lars Ulrich threw out the ceremonial first pitch. The band would love to make this an annual thing, and appreciated the Giants’ invite, according to Hetfield: ‘‘Extremely grateful. I think the GRATEFUL DEAD have their day. ‘And we have a pretty loyal following ourselves. So I think we might be in the territory of the Dead as well. We’re very grateful to be a part of this. Hopefully it can continue and we'll do it as long as we can.’’ And bassist Robert Trujillo said: ‘‘I think we could be starting something here. Maybe this transitions into other bands uniting with their local team and representing and bringing that kind of excitement into the sport.’’ More and more and more and more and more and more and more and more

In honor of the event, San Francisco Giants pitcher Barry Zito came by Metallica HQ to jam with the band.

Led Zeppelin frontman Robert Plant claims a delusional, love-struck, female fan is harassing him, so he got a temporary restraining order to keep her away. Robert claims Alysson Billings has been harassing him for three years because she believes they're in a relationship even though he's never met her. Plant claims the woman leaves hotel keys for him, sends flowers, random packages and constantly shows up to his concerts all over the world. Also, Robert says ever since he started dating his new girlfriend, Patty Griffin, the woman's obsession have taken a darker turn and she has been sending him threatening messages. Plant has also hired a security assessment team and they agree he is in danger. More and more and more and more

Aerosmith canceled a show this week in Indonesia over security issues. The announcement came a day after news about a bomb plot at the US embassy in Myanmar . Aerosmith was scheduled to perform this coming Saturday to a sold-out crowd in the capital of Jakarta. Aerosmith didn't confirm if the cancellation was directly related to the terror plot or if there was some other threat. The band also apologized to fans. More and more and more and more

Meanwhile Aerosmith is joining Boston bands New Kids on the Block, James Taylor and country singer Jason Aldean to headline a concert to benefit the victims of last month's Boston Marathon bombing. The concert will take place May 30th at the city's TD Garden arena. Other artists set for "Boston Strong: An Evening of Support and Celebration" include Jimmy Buffett and Carole King, the band Boston and the J. Geils Band. The show is also aimed at showing support for the people of Boston after the bombing that killed three people and injured 264. All proceeds from the concert will go to The One Fund, which was set up by Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick and Boston Mayor Thomas Menino. Tickets range from $35 to $285 and go on sale today. More and more and more

Kansas-based Westboro Baptist Church has announced plans to picket the funeral of SLAYER guitarist Jeff Hanneman, claiming that it will sing its "parody" of OZZY OSBOURNE's "Crazy Train" "at full voice" at the event. More

The NHL’s Los Angeles Kings, which is currently in the first round of the playoffs, paid tribute to SLAYER guitarist Jeff Hanneman on Saturday by playing the song "Spirit In Black" from the band's "Seasons In The Abyss" album as the warmup music for their game. Hanneman, who died last Thursday at the age of 49, was a hockey fan. More

More tributes also came in from across the metal world over the weekend. Here and here and here and here and here and here and here and here and here 

This past Friday, The Rolling Stones kicking off their "50 and Counting" tour at Los Angeles's Staples Center and they were joined onstage and in the audience by some famous fans. More

The crowd was sold out, but reportedly that was only after websites slashed ticket prices and the band released cheap seats at the last minute. It turns out the band is slashing the ticket price of thousands of premium seats to avoid playing to half empty arenas. A source told The London Observer: "Total disaster, too expensive and no vibe." No comment from the Stones or their management. More and more

Former GUNS N' ROSES drummer Steven Adler recently checked into an undisclosed rehab center, forcing his band ADLER to postpone its summer tour. Commented Steven: "I picked up a bottle and drank. This occurred a few times and that is a few times too many. I knew that this had to permanently stop. That is the moment I picked up the phone, before it got out of hand, to get help. I had kicked hard drugs several years ago and now it is time to get rid of the urges of drinking alcohol. I am at a great facility and will stay here until I am comfortable to be home to work the program on my own. I love you all for understanding, being patient and supporting my decision. Like my peers, I will beat this too, so I can return to music and beat my drums!" More and more

"All Lips Go Blue", the new video from HIM, was posted online over the weekend. The band also bowed out of their North American trek due to illness, as frontman Ville Valo has been ordered to rest. They had been scheduled to start the North American trek Friday night in Los Angeles, but the group has issued a statement: “HIM’s North American tour (which was due to kick off in Los Angeles on May 3rd at the House Of Blues) has been cancelled due to unforeseen medical circumstances. HIM’s lead vocalist Ville Valo has been diagnosed with severe asthma with presumptive pneumonia. Tickets for all dates will be refunded at the point of purchase. HIM will be back later this summer as part of the Rock Allegiance tour.” More and more and more and more

There was extensive coverage of and video from Thursdays Revolver Golden Gods awards over the weekend as well. Here and here and here and here and here and here and here and here and here and here and here

Supposedly, it was a contractual dispute that supposedly kept Black Sabbath drummer Bill Ward from joining the band for their current reunion tour and album, but Ozzy Osbourne says there is another side to the story. Here and here and here

HALESTORM frontwoman Lzzy Hale joined DEVICE — the new band fronted by DISTURBED singer David Draiman — on stage on May 4 at Carolina Rebellion festival More

Sepultura have just revealed that they are about to enter the studio once again, vocalist Derrick Green announced the band’s intent to release a new full-length album before the end of 2013, most likely during October or November. More

Ultimate-Guitar.com recently caught up with VOLBEAT frontman Michael Poulsen Here

Garbage singer Shirley Manson seemed to praise, then slam Beyonce for recently banning photographers from her world tour. Here

According to The Courier, a bid to raise £50,000 to erect a bronze statue of legendary AC/DC singer Bon Scott in Kirriemuir, Scotland — his birthplace and home of his family in his early years — was launched this past weekend at the annual BonFest celebration. More and more

 

A new version of the HALESTORM song "Here's To Us" featuring guest appearances by a number of well-known hard rock and heavy metal musicians has surfaced online. Joining the band on the song are Slash, SHINEDOWN's Brent Smith, ALTER BRIDGE's Myles Kennedy, SIXX: A.M.'s James Michael, THEORY OF A DEADMAN's Tyler Connolly, DISTURBED and DEVICE's David Draiman and IN THIS MOMENT's Maria Brink.

A three-minute video clip of MEGADETH mainman Dave Mustaine talking about this year's edition of Gigantour has been posted online

Eddie Van Halen and LL Cool J talked about their new collaboration on last Fridays CNN's "Piers Morgan Live".