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METAL MESSAGE OF THE DAY(Matt Sorum, Cherie Currie, Helix, Van Halen, New Mr. Big)

Velvet Revolver/ex-GUNS N’ ROSES drummer Matt Sorum is putting the finishing touches on the new album from Cherie Currie (THE RUNAWAYS), tentatively due next spring. The CD will feature additional contributions from Nick Maybury (PERRY FARRELL, MINK) and Grant Fitzpatrick (MINK) and is described by Sorum as “a very rock and roll record” featuring “great tones in a classic sense.” Sorum says, “[We] have 11 tracks [recorded], some overdubs and vocals to do and maybe two more after the New Year. [Then we will] mix, master and get [the album] out to the world.” He adds, “[it’s] a great rock n’ roll record, I must say. Many guests as well to be included.”

At the end of August, Sorum and Currie were interviewed by Kade of the Los Angeles radio station 98.7 FM. You can now listen to the chat in three parts below.

Sorum performed with Currie when she supported her former THE RUNAWAYS bandmate Joan Jett and THE BLACKHEARTS on August 11 at the Pacific Amphitheater in Costa Mesa, California as part of this year’s Orange County Fair. Joining Sorum in Cherie’s backing group were Maybury, Fitzpatrick and Cherie‘s son, Jake Hayes, on guitar and vocals.

Canadian hard rock veterans HELIX recently inked a a licensing deal with EMI in Canada for the release of their new acoustic album, “Smash Hits Unplugged”. Two songs from the effort will be released to radio: “That Day is Gonna Come” (rock radio) and “Dream On” to Hot AC (hot adult contemporary).

Due on January 18, “Smash Hits Unplugged” was recorded at A Studios in London, Ontario with co-producer Aaron Murray and is comprised of “all our hits plus the JAMES LEROY song ‘A Touch of Magic’ which I’ve always wanted to record,” states singer Brian Vollmer. The artwork for the CD was executed by Matt Brooks of Babyjack Design, who also designed the cover for the last HELIX”Vagabond Bones.

“Smash Hits Unplugged” track listing:

* Rock You
* Heavy Metal Love
* Gimme Gimme Good Lovin’
* Make Me Do (Anything You Want)
* Wild In The Streets/No Rest For The Wicked
* Deep Cuts The Knife
* The Kids Are All Shakin’
* Dream On
* That Day Is Gonna Come
* Good To The Last Drop
* A Touch of Magic (JAMES LEROY cover)

As previously reported, HELIX is putting together a compilation album consisting of songs that were released between 2000 and 2010, including three tracks that originally appeared on singer Brian Vollmer‘s solo album.

The track listing for this CD is tentatively as follows:

* I’m A Live Frankenstein
* X-Ray Eyes
* King Of The Hill
* Get Up!
* Fill Your Head With Rock
* Cyberspace Girl
* The Animal Inside
* Make ‘Em Dance
* Hung Over (But Still Hanging In)

Bonus tracks:

* The William Tell Overture
* It’s a Long Way To The Top If You Wanna Rock N’ Roll (AC/DC cover)

HELIX‘s latest album, “Vagabond Bones”, was released in Canada via Universal/Fontana and in the U.S. through Perris Records. Vocalist Brian Vollmer collaborated with Sean Kelly (CRASH KELLY) on material for the CD, which was mixed by engineer Aaron Murray.

An extremely rare 1978 local news report from the first Texas Jam festival has been published online to promote the Melodic Rock/Heavy Metal themed auctions of eBay seller EliteWorks. The 32-year old segment is centered on Van Halen’s stunning performance from their very first tour and showcases the earliest known live footage of the band.

Included in the auctions; everything from dozens of signed items, master studio reel to reel tapes, drumsticks, guitar picks and a massive collection of 1970/80s rock merchandise from the following artists:

Van Halen, Sammy Hagar, Led Zeppelin, Queen, Metallica, KISS, Aerosmith, Journey, Styx, Judas Priest, Scorpions, The Faces, Cheap Trick, Tesla, Whitesnake, Ratt, Queensryche, Great White, Stryper, Megadeth, Michael Monroe, Buckcherry, Hurricane, Black ‘N Blue, Uriah Heep, Molly Hatchet, Krokus, Tora Tora, Keel, Warlock, Aldo Nova, Helix, Yngwie Malmsteen, Glenn Danzig, W.A.S.P., Skid Row and many more.

The auctions can be seen at

In another interesting ALICE COOPER story, he tells Detroit Free Press that he’d probably not be in the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Class of 2011 if it weren’t for his made-in-Detroit history. “We weren’t about peace and love; we were too abrasive for L.A.,” said Cooper, who was born Vincent Furnier in Detroit, but grew up mostly in Arizona before he and his band headed back to metro Detroit in the 1970s and developed their heavy, classic rock sound. “We thought the whole world should be about Ferraris, switchblades and blondes and it was in Detroit that people were screaming for us to turn it up. And we did,” said Cooper, who talked to the Free Press on Wednesday while rehearsing for his annual Phoenix-based Christmas Pudding concert with members of his classic lineup including drummer Neal Smith, Michael Bruce and Dennis Dunaway. Cooper and his bandmates will be inducted into the Rock Hall during a ceremony March 14 at the Waldorf-Astoria hotel in New York City. “I am so proud to say I’m from Detroit, but more than that — it’s where we belong,” he said. “When I heard bands like THE STOOGES, MC5 and TED NUGENT’s AMBOY DUKES, we were among kindred spirits. It was a brotherhood. And outsiders, although they may take a step backward when they see us, they definitely respect Detroit artists.”

ALICE COOPER owes JIMI HENDRIX his career – because the guitar legend introduced the shock rocker to his longtime manager The rock legend has been represented by Shep Gordon since the 1960s – and it was only because of Hendrix that the pair met in Los Angeles, launching Cooper’s band’s career. He told Britain’s Daily Express: “My manager for the last 40 years has been Shep Gordon. In the late Sixties, Shep met Jimi at an L.A. hotel pool with (soul band) THE CHAMBERS BROTHERS. When Jimi asked Shep what he did he replied he didn’t know yet. Jimi replied: ‘Are you Jewish? You should be a manager.’ “One of The Chambers Brothers then said, ‘There’s a rock band living in our basement and they need a manager.’ If Jimi hadn’t been sunbathing that day who knows where we all might have ended up?” The ALICE COOPER BAND will be inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame with his band March 14.

TESTAMENT is gearing up to record their tenth studio album. According to Chuck Billy: “We’re working on it right now. We’re still in the writing process. It’s gonna be what it’s gonna be. We definitely want it in the root and in the vein of the last record. We felt very positive about the last record. If we can just write ten more songs as if we were writing “The Formation of Damnation” still. I would love to put some more elements of blast beat drumming in the new stuff, like in The Gathering.”

MR. BIG‘s new studio album, entitled What If…, will be released on February 8th, via Frontiers Records. The European release of the album will be on January 21st also by Frontiers Records. What If… is Mr. Big’s first all original album since the reunion of the four original members, Eric Martin, Paul Gilbert, Billy Sheehan and Pat Torpey back in early 2009. Guitarist Paul Gilbert comments: “This is the first Mr. Big album I have been a part of, since 14 years and it was done in a snap. It was fun and we had really a good time in making this one.” What If… tracklisting includes: ‘Undertow’ ‘ American Beauty’ ‘Stranger In My Life’ ‘Nobody Takes The Blame’ ‘Still Ain’t Enough For Me’ ‘Once Upon A Time’ ‘As Far As I Can See’ ‘All The Way Up’ ‘I Won’t Get In My Way’ ‘Around The World’ ‘I Get The Feeling’ ‘Unforgiven’ (exclusive bonus track for Europe / North America – not on vinyl edition). The DVD will include the videoclips of ‘Undertow’ and ‘All The Way Up’ plus a documentary “Making of” the album including interviews and exclusive behind the scenes features of the four members.

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