WEDNESDAY’S METAL MESSAGE (Wendy Dio, Nirvana members, Joe Perry, Stone Sour Video)
Argentinean rock journalist Lucas H. Gordon, who currently resides in Hollywood, California, recently conducted an interview with Wendy Dio, the widow and manager of legendary heavy metal singer Ronnie James Dio (BLACK SABBATH, HEAVEN & HELL, DIO, RAINBOW, ELF). You can now watch the chat below.
According to 39 News, Wendy Dio was back in Houston, Texas on December 8 to present a $117,000 check to Ronnie‘s physician, Dr. Ajani, at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center for his esophageal cancer research program.
“We are honored that Wendy Dio has chosen to establish a foundation in Ronnie‘s memory,” said Michelle Moore with external communications at M.D. Anderson. “[She] is determined to create more awareness to the community about early detection [and] screening, and to further research in this area.”
Speaking to 39 News photojournalist Scott Goldsmith, Wendy said about her late husband, “Every day it’s so… little things happen and I go, ‘Oh, I’ve gotta tell Ronnie.’ And then it’s like, ‘I can’t tell him, I can’t talk to him.’ I sort of talk to him — maybe I’m crazy, but I do. But that’s what’s really, really hard. I can never hug him again, I can never talk about whatever… That’s very, very, very hard. Very hard.”
According to Wendy, Ronnie‘s battle with stomach cancer “made [Ronnie and I] much, much closer — ’cause we were so determined to beat it. We would say, ‘Oh, we’re gonna kill this dragon.’ ‘Cause he had an album called ‘Killing The Dragon’, so we decided this cancer was a dragon and we were gonna slay it.”
Regarding her decision to form the Stand Up And Shout Cancer Fund, a charity in memory of Ronnie James Dio to help find a cure for stomach cancer, Wendy said, “We decided, when Ronnie passed… ’cause his goal was he wanted to get well and do a charity and raise money for cancer research. And so when he passed away, I decided I would carry on and do that — giving it to M.D. Anderson, giving it to T.J. Martell [Foundation for Leukemia, Cancer and AIDS Research], helping kids out with things. We have a choice of what we can do with that money and it’s gotta go to the right place.”
On what advice she would give to other people in the wake of Ronnie‘s passing: “I think what you have to do is make every day as if it was your last. Give your children a hug. Don’t argue. It’s pettiness — there’s no point. You might not see that person the next day. You don’t realize that life is short.”
Three-quarters of NIRVANA‘s “In Utero” touring lineup — Krist Novoselic (bass), Dave Grohl (guitar, vocals) and Pat Smear (guitar) — reunited on stage for the fist time since 1997 during last night’s (Tuesday, December 21) “secret” concert by Grohl‘s post-NIRVANA band FOO FIGHTERS at Paladino’s in Tarzana, California. The trio performed the song “Marigold”, which was written and composed by Grohl and was first released on “Pocketwatch”, an album Grohl issued under the pseudonym LATE! in 1992.
“Marigold” (originally titled “Color Pictures of a Marigold”) is perhaps best known for the version that was recorded and released in 1993 by NIRVANA as a B-Side to the “Heart-Shaped Box” single. A live version was later featured on the FOO FIGHTERS‘ release “Skin And Bones” in 2006, garnering “Marigold” the notable distinction of being the only song released by both NIRVANA and FOO FIGHTERS, two of Grohl‘s most distinguished bands.
Novoselic recently recorded a guest appearance on the next album from FOO FIGHTERS, due out in 2011. The CD is being produced by Butch Vig, who helmed NIRVANA‘s landmark 1991 album, “Nevermind”, which also marked Grohl‘s recording debut with the alternative trio.
Grohl and Novoselic had not recorded together since NIRVANA cut its final song back in 1993, “You Know You’re Right”.
The new FOO FIGHTERS set will follow up 2007’s “Echoes, Silence, Patience & Grace”, which won a Grammy for album of the year. The band went on hiatus after touring behind the disc, as Grohl worked with THEM CROOKED VULTURES.
Back in December of 2008, AEROSMITH guitarist Joe Perry recorded a cover version of “Run Rudolph Run”. This year you can listen to a remix of that recording.
“This is my favorite Christmas song and one I’ve always wanted to cover,” Perry said. “I was in the studio working anyway and when I couldn’t find my copy of the CD, I decided to just give the song a try. Four hours later, we had the song and decided to give it away.
“I hope everyone enjoys it and this makes the holidays a little happier this year.”
Perry recorded “Run Rudolph Run” at his Boston home studio with Boneyard studio engineer Paul Santo on drums and piano on the track.
Listen to a remix of Joe Perry‘s cover of “Run Rudolph Run” using the audio player below.
“Hesitate”, the new video from STONE SOUR — the band featuring SLIPKNOT members Corey Taylor (vocals) and Jim Root (guitar) — can be viewed below (courtesy of AOL‘s Noisecreep). The clip was filmed on September 20 in Los Angeles with director Paul Brown (JACK WHITE/ALICIA KEYS, AVENGED SEVENFOLD, JOHN MAYER) and directing collective Beta Movement/Skulley FX. Taylor previously stated about the clip, “[It] should come out pretty amazing. [I am] super-stoked. This will be THE video of our career.”
Taylor said that “Hesitate” is one of the standout tracks on the latest STONE SOUR album, “Audio Secrecy”, for him. “It’s a bittersweet song, ” he said. “It’s about letting go of something that you want with all your heart that you know is just gonna do nothing but damage to you. And it takes a special kind of heart and a special kind of courage to do that. And not a lot of people have that kind of courage.
“They would rather sit in a relationship for years and wallow in it because they’re afraid of being alone. And this is about having the courage to say, ‘You know what, I’m getting away. I’m gonna be on my own, and I’m gonna be OK.’ And those first few steps are the worst, but once you get each foot in front of the other, it’s a lot easier.”
STONE SOUR is giving members of its fan club, the Dead Generation, an exclusive glimpse into the evolution of “Audio Secrecy”.
STONE SOUR has posted the first of several early demo recordings of the songs that would go on to become “Audio Secrecy” inside the members-only Dead Generation section of StoneSour.com. Available nowhere else, these pre-production recordings show how the songs grew from their original conception to their fully realized album form.
“Audio Secrecy” has sold 119,000 copies in the United States since its early September release, according to Nielsen SoundScan.
STONE SOUR, AVENGED SEVENFOLD and HOLLYWOOD UNDEAD will join forces for “The Nightmare After Christmas” tour in January/February.