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Farewell Chester Bennington

It seems unreal, but the news broke yesterday afternoon that Chester Bennington, lead singer of Linkin Park, had taken his own life. He was 41.

I'm not sure what it is going to take, but we need to have a real conversation about mental health in America. I'm not sure how other countries handle mental health, but the way it is approached in America is a joke. Issues like depression, anxiety and mental illness are met with derision and stigma. People are afraid to reach out for help. Or if they do want help, paying for counseling is often a barrier.

When a person like Chester: young, famous, wealthy and loved by a family can't overcome his sadness, what does that say for the odds of average folks which have a whole different set of pressures they face daily? Add addiction into the mix and forget it. We're in a national crisis here - we're drowning and no one seems to care.

I wish Chester's family members well. This is a nightmare for them.



Nikki Sixx Announces 'The Heroin Diaries' Graphic Novel

From my inbox:

SAN DIEGO CA, JULY 19, 2017 – This year marks the 10th anniversary of the release of Nikki Sixx’s drug-soaked NY Times bestselling memoir, THE HEROIN DIARIES. Chronicling the year of decadence and depravity that almost cost Sixx his life during the recording and tour for Mötley Crüe’s seminal 1987 album GIRLS GIRLS GIRLS, the book not only became a worldwide bestseller but also spawned the band Sixx:A.M., Sixx’ nationally syndicated daily iHeart Media rock radio show “Sixx Sense with Nikki Sixx” and soon, 10th anniversary editions of THE HEROIN DIARIES book and Sixx:A.M.’s soundtrack by the same name (to be announced next month and coming out this fall), as well as the forthcoming THE HEROIN DIARIES play, amongst many other ventures. 

Now, Nikki Sixx and HEAVY METAL are proud to announce a graphic novel adaptation of this powerful book that gives both insight and understanding to the deadly trap and temptation of addiction. THE HEROIN DIARIES graphic novel will be the first release under HEAVY METAL’s new 12 X 12 imprint, a new line of music-themed art books and graphic novels that will explore the songs and experiences of the most exciting musical artists. Fans visiting Comic-Con San Diego can get an exclusive first preview of the interior pages when visiting the HEAVY METAL booth #1529 at the convention between today and Sunday, July 23. 

Working in close collaboration with Sixx, the HEROIN DIARIES is being adapted by Rantz Hoseley, known for his award-winning work with Tori Amos on the graphic novel COMIC BOOK TATTOO, along with acclaimed artists Danijel Zezelj, Andy Kuhn and Kieron Dwyer. Hoseley summed up the development experience by saying, “Getting to work with Nikki and his team at 10th Street Entertainment to bring this story to life in a new way has been incredible. It’s been a fantastic collaboration focused on the sole goal that when the fans pick it up, it blows their hair back like a power chord through a stack of Marshalls.”

The 150 page graphic novel will be presented in a 12”x12” prestige “album” format and come in different collector’s editions, details of which will be revealed in the near future. Those interested should sign up now  at Pledge Music to guarantee the opportunity to purchase a copy, receive an exclusive 10% discount on their order when the graphic novel becomes available for purchase next month and also, to get exclusive news about the the forthcoming 10th anniversary editions of the book and soundtrack first. 


Reunited Nitro Makes Hilarious Video Begging For Money

It's 2017, so that means someone - or a group of someones - is begging for money online. Today, that group of someones is the reunited Nitro. The reunited Nitro now also features Chris Adler on drums (he is in Lamb of God and about 12 other bands, which is part of the joke here). So here's a highly-produced six minute clip, starring Nitro and hyping up a new album and asking you for cash to pay for it. Enjoy.

Here's the crowd-funding link in case you want to donate. You have to admit, the video is hilarious.

H/T to MetalSucks for this!

New Steelheart Music Soon!

We hardly talk about Steelheart around here and that's a shame because Miljenko Matijevic has one of the best voices in rock. Steelheart will release Through Worlds Of Stardust on September 15. The first single is "Got Me Runnin" and you can hear it below. What do you think?


'Defying Gravity' With Mr. Big

Mr. Big are back with new music. The band will release Defying Gravity on July 21. To celebrate this new album, the band just released a video for the title track. This is the first Mr. Big album since the 2014 release The Stories We Could Tell.


Tom Keifer Takes Time Away To Rest Vocal Cords

Flag this: Tom Keifer canceled a few solo shows over the past few days due to vocal cord issues. He has famously battled vocal cord paralysis and is seemingly doing much better.

Apparently, this past week his vocal cords were so strained a doctor advised him not to sing. Presumably Tom is better now as his official Facebook is promoting the Loud n' Lima gig coming up next weekend. I wish him well and I know you do, too. 


25 Years of Jackyl

If you can believe it, the guys in Jackyl are celebrating the 25th anniversary of their first album. To mark the occasion, they are releasing a compilation called 25, which comes out July 28. This is basically a greatest hits package with two previously unreleased songs. You can pre-order the album now on the band's website. Here's the tracklisting: 

01. Down On Me
02. When Will It Rain
03. The Lumberjack
04. Push Comes To Shove
05. Secret Of The Bottle
06. Dumb Ass Country Boy
07. Cut The Crap
08. Kill The Sunshine
09. My Moonshine Kicks Your Cocaine's Ass
10. Just Like A Negro (featuring DMC) 
11. Screwdriver
12. Encore
13. Favorite Sin
14. Rally
15. Just Because I'm Drunk
16. Redneck Punk (new release)
17. Hot And Nasty (new release)