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1-3-11 Metal Message (January 2011 Hard Rock and Metal Releases, SIXX A.M. WENDY DIO TALKS LAST DAYS WITH RONNIE, NUGENT ON ANDERSON COOPER, FOZZY)

  • 01/4 Dreams of Death by Flotsam and Jetsam
  • 01/18: Mr. Big – What If…
  • 01/18: TNT – A Farewell To Arms
  • 1/18 Gregg Allman, ‘Low Country Blues’
  • 1/18 Social Distortion, ‘Hard Times and Nursery Rhymes’
  • 1/18 Times of Grace, ‘The Hymn of a Broken Man’
  • 1/18 Testament – Live At The Fillmore (Prosthetic)

  • 1/25 Motorhead – The World Is Yours (EMI)
  • 1/25 Twisted Sister – Club Daze: Vol. 1 Re-Release (Eagle Rock)
  • 1/25 Twisted Sister – You Can’t Stop Rock ‘N Roll Re-Release (Eagle Rock)
    A new teaser clip for MÖTLEY CRÜE/SIXX: A.M. bassist Nikki Sixx‘s new book, “This Is Gonna Hurt: Music, Photography And Life Through The Distorted Lens Of Nikki Sixx”, can be viewed below. The title is tentatively due on April 12, 2011 via the HarperCollins imprint William Morrow. The clip includes the first audio sample of SIXX: A.M.‘s new album, which will be released in May in conjunction with “This Is Gonna Hurt”. Some of the songs were inspired by the author’s photographs; others inspired photographs of their own.

    “This Is Gonna Hurt” is part photo, part journal — but all Nikki Sixx. It is a collection of compelling snapshots and stories that capture the rage, love, optimism, darkness, and determination that shape his work. Told with the raw authenticity that defined his New York Times bestseller “The Heroin Diaries”, “This Is Gonna Hurt” chronicles Sixx‘s experience, from his early years filled with toxic waste to his success with MÖTLEY CRÜE, his death from an OD and rebirth to his addictions to music, photography, and love.

    In the interview, Sixx stated about “This Is Gonna Hurt”, “We’re working on the book right now. It’s 99 percent finished. It’s exciting for me because it’s probably got about 150 of my photographs in it as well, so you start to see the tie-in between who I was as a kid and who I am as an adult and then what happened in that journey and how this fucked up brain of mine works.”

    The New York Times bestselling author of “The Heroin Dairies”, Sixx refuses to become a sanitized PSA for suburban mothers; instead, he has found strength and inspiration in his pain and sobriety, and in this raw and powerful book gives us a glimpse inside his sick and dirty mind.

    “I’ve always had an eye for the oddities in life,” said Sixx. “Even as a kid I saw the world in my own way and thought most things that were different were beautiful and magical. Even things that other people thought were horrifying and disgusting and weird. . . . People say I have a distorted lens. I think I see things as they really are.”

    Love story, bad-ass rock tell-all, social commentary, family memoir, “This Is Gonna Hurt” offers the compelling insights of an artist and a man struggling to survive, connect, and find a happy ending — a search that fuels Sixx‘s being. “I want to take you on the journey I am on, in real time,” Sixx writes. “If you don’t deal with your demons, they will deal with you, and it’s gonna hurt.”

    “This Is Gonna Hurt” includes a foreword by Sixx‘s ex-girlfriend, 28-year-old tattoo artist Kat Von D (born Katherine Von Drachenberg) on “Love and Inspiration.” The book will include more than two dozen of Nikki‘s images. He will incorporate the stories behind the pictures and how they came to be, including interviews with the subjects so readers can see “what life is like for those whom society has labeled as freaks.”

    Kory Grow of Revolver magazine 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). A couple of excerpts from the chat follow below.

    Revolver: We were really honored to have [Ronnie] at the Revolver Golden Gods award show [in April 2010]. How were his spirits after that?

    Wendy: “I really thank you for that. Very, very special. I mean, he fought [the cancer] so hard. And he didn’t let it get in his way. Because he didn’t think it was going to conquer him. And nor did I, we just thought, ‘We’re gonna beat it.’ And that was the attitude he had through the whole time, right until the end.”

    “I was actually leaving that Friday morning [on May 14, 2010, two days before Ronnie‘s passing] to go to, I think it was, Chicago. And he wasn’t feeling well. And I was like, ‘You know what? I think we should go see the doctor.’ The doctor said, ‘I think we should take him to the hospital.’ So we went to the hospital and Ronnie says, ‘Go, go. I’ll be fine.’ And I’m like, ‘No, no. I’m staying.’ And thank God I didn’t go, because that was the Friday, and then he got these incredible pains. Incredible pains which he hadn’t experienced before that strong. And they gave him a bunch of morphine, and once they’d given him, like, three shots of morphine, he was almost in a coma. He came in and out of it a few times, and then he passed away on the Sunday.”

    Revolver: Could you communicate with him before he passed away?

    Wendy: “No. Ronnie… I mean, I held his hand the whole time, and I’d ask him things and he’d squeeze my hand. In between the shots, I’d wait — just when the morphine was wearing off, they’d give him another shot — and he could communicate for a few seconds. But it was really hard. Really, really hard. There were, like, 30 people there, all of his really good friends were there that day.”

    Revolver: What’s your fondest memory of Ronnie?

    Wendy: “Oh, there’s so many fond memories, you know. Every day there’s a memory of something. I remember when we’d go to Houston to get the chemo, ’cause it’s a long walk in the hospital, we’d skip along and go, ‘OK, one more down to getting better.’ You know, that’s what we’d do. We’d go there with a positive attitude. And that was Ronnie‘s attitude on life.

    “You know, I met Ronnie in 1975. I had a long, long time with him, and I have so many happy memories. Much more than any sad memories. I have those to live with.”

    The cover of the new issue of Revolver magazine features a stunning painting by legendary comic-book artist J.G. Jones (Superman, Batman, Wanted). Jones depicts Ronnie James Dio, SLIPKNOT‘s Paul Gray, AVENGED SEVENFOLD‘s The Rev, TYPE O NEGATIVE‘s Peter Steele, PANTERA‘s Dimebag Darrell, METALLICA‘s Cliff Burton, NIRVANA‘s Kurt Cobain, OZZY OSBOURNE‘s Randy Rhoads, QUEEN‘s Freddie Mercury, and ALICE IN CHAINSLayne Staley rocking together in heaven. The cover painting also appears as a free poster with the issue.

    Inside the issue, Revolver remembers the cover artists and many of hard rock and metal’s other fallen heroes via exclusive interviews with members of SLIPKNOT and TYPE O NEGATIVE, Dio‘s wife and manager Wendy Dio, Ozzy Osbourne, METALLICA‘s Lars Ulrich, AVENGED SEVENFOLD‘s M. Shadows, JUDAS PRIEST‘s Rob Halford, ALICE IN CHAINSMike Inez, BLACK LABEL SOCIETY‘s Zakk Wylde, RAMONESMarky Ramone, MELVINSBuzz Osborne, rapper Ice-T, and more.

    As a tie-in to the issue and a special tribute to PANTERA‘s Dimebag Darrell, Revolver has produced a highly limited-edition commemorative coin in his honor. The coin comes free with the magazine when purchased at Barnes & Noble. Otherwise, it is available with the issue and an antiqued metal coin holder at this location, where a portion of the sale proceeds will go to the Ronnie James Dio Stand Up And Shout Cancer Fund.

    Catch legendary rocker Ted Nugent on “Anderson Cooper 360°” for a series of interviews January 5-7 at a special time — 9 p.m. EST — on CNN. The award-winning journalist hosts Nugent live, in studio, and gets Ted‘s take on what we can expect in 2011, breaking news and more.

    Anderson Hays Vanderbilt Cooper is an American journalist, author, and television personality. He is the anchor of the CNN news show “Anderson Cooper 360°”, an unconventional, wide-ranging news program airing on CNN weekdays. The program is broadcast live from New York City studio, and Cooper often broadcasts live on location for breaking news stories.

    FOZZY — the band featuring WWE wrestling superstar Chris Jericho and STUCK MOJO mastermind Rich “The Duke” Ward — will perform at the Whisky A Go Go in Hollywood, California on Thursday, January 13. Support at the gig will come from JEFF SCOTT SOTO and ZO2.

    FOZZY‘s latest album, “Chasing The Grail”, sold around 2,200 copies in the United States in its first week of release. The CD landed at position No. 6 on the Top New Artist Albums (Heatseekers) chart, which lists the best-selling albums by new and developing artists, defined as those who have never appeared in the Top 100 of The Billboard 200.

    “Chasing the Grail” was released on January 26 via Australia’s Riot! Entertainment.

    In a recent interview with Australia’s Loud magazine, Jericho stated about “Chasing The Grail”, “We made such advances with ‘All That Remains’ that we really wanted to make ‘Chasing the Grail’ something that would take us to the next level ’cause we knew we had a chance to gain prominence, gain credibility and gain success for the band. That’s why we took so much time on doing ‘Grail’… the songwriting, the recording, putting together the right team to promote it and it’s been a huge success worldwide. It’s got the best reviews we’ve gotten, the most airplay we’ve gotten, the best sales we’ve had.”

    “It really is a diverse record for us. There’s a lot of different styles of music. It’s still FOZZY, but there’s ‘Under Blackened Skies’ or ‘Friday the 13th’ which are very fast, thrashing songs, but you also get ‘Wormwood’ a 14-minute song, ‘Broken Soul’ is like a Southern ballad and ‘New Day’s Dawn’ is a European, CANDLEMASS, LACUNA COIL type of a song. So there really is a lot of diversity on the record, and I think that’s something else that’s taken the band to a different place. I know doing a 14-minute song is not something that every band tries and the ones that do don’t always succeed, so just having that track on the album put us into a good place as well. We really, really took a long time to make this record something that people would consider to be a classic, and so far so good!”

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