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Canadian multi-instrumentalist, singer, songwriter and producer Devin Townsend was interviewed on the March 7-9 edition of Full Metal Jackie‘s nationally syndicated radio show. You can now listen to the chat using the Podbean widget below.

To see a full list of stations carrying the program and when it airs, go to FullMetalJackieRadio.com.

The cover artwork for the forthcoming debut album from the CASUALTIES OF COOL project from Devin Townsend can be seen below.

Devin recently launched a three-month-long crowdfunding campaign on PledgeMusic for CASUALTIES OF COOL since the album will be released without record-label backing.

In a 2013 interview with BluntMag.com.au, Devin stated about CASUALTIES OF COOL: “If there’s anybody who’s new to what I do, who maybe heard ‘Liberation’ or some of the songs off ‘Epicloud’ and thought, ‘This is really cool, I could get into this,’ you’re going to hate CASUALTIES. [laughs] I mean, really, it’s as opposite of ‘Epicloud’ as ‘Ghost’ was to ‘Deconstruction’. It’s this weird, dark, not evil but verging on it, bluesy, Johnny Cash-y, strange, quiet folk record. But I love it, it’s the one record that I’ve done over the past 10 or 15 years where I can truly say, ‘This is where I am right now.’

“You know, the other things that I’ve done have been as well in their own right, ‘Epicloud’, ‘Deconstruction’ and ‘Addicted!’, but there was an agenda with those, I was trying to say something with them or I was trying to prove a point, make a statement about the past or whatever. CASUALTIES is something that I’ve done without any pressure, without anybody telling me what to do, without showing it to anyone, it’s just what evolved when I wasn’t thinking about it. As a result of that, I’m incredibly proud of it, but it remains to be seen whether or not other people will resonate with it. I think they will, man. I think it’s fucking awesome, and I mean, I haven’t smoked weed in a long time but I can’t imagine that it wouldn’t be awesome while you’re smoking. [laughs]”

Asked where CASUALTIES OF COOL will fit into the Devin Townsend discography in terms of sound — among his more traditional-sounding albums, or a bit more removed like his ambient albums, Devin said: “Somewhere in the middle, you know, somewhere in the middle. It’s like, if you took the weird elements of ‘Ki’ and the weird elements of ‘Devlab’ and added a vintage sort of vibe.

“My management had a suggestion, which I think is pretty cool, which was, ‘You shouldn’t call it DEVIN TOWNSEND PROJECT, you shouldn’t even put your name on it, just call it CASUALTIES OF COOL and put it out as its own thing.’ It’s got a different singer, I sing on like half of it right, but it’s got this lady [Vancouver artist Ché Aimee Dorval, who also appears on ‘Ki’] who’s just this brilliant singer, she’s a young, despondent-sounding bluesy vocalist and it’s creepy. I think that that might be a way for me to get away with it, putting it out without it being part of the DTP [DEVIN TOWNSEND PROJECT] or whatever.

“I don’t know what to tell you, man. I just go where it feels the most honest to go, then I deal with people thinking it’s weird afterwards. [laughs]”

Regarding whether there is a particular atmosphere he wants to create or a story he wants to convey with CASUALTIES OF COOL, Devin said: “Yeah there’s a story, definitely. It’s going to take a little longer than what we’ve got for me to explain it, but you’ll hear it eventually. I want it to be something you listen to quietly, by yourself, in the middle of the night, with a big old full moon outside. It’ll work perfectly.”

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KISS frontman Paul Stanley has confirmed via Twitter that his much-anticipated autobiography will be released next spring.

During an appearance on the “Sixx Sense” radio show hosted by MÖTLEY CRÜE/SIXX: A.M. bassist Nikki Sixx last November, Stanley, 61, was asked if he has read some of the other rock and roll autobiographies out there and whether he has plans to write a book of his own.

“This will come back to haunt me, because, of course, mine is in the works,” Stanley said.

“Autobiographies, for the most part, to me, are like writing a love letter to yourself,” he continued. “I mean, George Orwell said that the autobiography is the most outrageous form of fiction. How objective can you be when you are writing about yourself.

“I’ve seen people around me write books and somehow they’re always in the center of everything that happened, they were the one who made it happen. There’s been a lot of those books that didn’t really interest me much. I thought Duff‘s [McKagan] book was great. I think a book that just says, ‘Gee, aren’t I the greatest thing?’ And ‘I was smarter than everyone else.’…”

Asked how his book will be different from the other rock and roll autobiographies and whether his book will be “a history lesson in music,” Stanley said, “Well, everybody will tell you the same thing: ‘Well, my book is brutally honest.’ It’s a history lesson in music, but it’s also a history lesson in somebody taking themselves and making themselves into something they weren’t — taking a not-so-great deck of cards and winning at poker. So it’s good. I think it’s terrific. Especially, it’s funny, at this point, with the three other guys from the original lineup having written books. It’s kind of like, ‘OK, have you all said your piece? OK? Now let me tell you what happened.’”

In a 2007 interview with Australia’s TheAge.com.au, Stanley stated about the prospect of writing an autobiography, “Show me anyone who writes about themselves and doesn’t find themselves in the center of the universe? I have seen other people’s autobiographies and I had some questions about those.

“Tooting my own horn is of no interest to me … it takes you away from real life. It’s a waste and I don’t find a need to sing my own praises.”

Original KISS drummer Peter Criss‘ memoir, “Makeup To Breakup: My Life In And Out Of Kiss”, landed at position No. 7 on the New York Times “Hardcover Nonfiction” best-sellers list. The book arrived last October via the Simon & Schuster imprint Scribner.

Former KISS guitarist Ace Frehley‘s book, “No Regrets: A Rock ‘N’ Roll Memoir”, debuted on the New York Times “Hardcover Nonfiction” best sellers list at No. 10. The book, which was described as a look back at Ace‘s “life of sex, drugs, and rock and roll,” arrived on November 1, 2011 via Gallery Books, an imprint of Simon & Schuster.

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Ozzy Osbourne was a guest on Billy Morrison‘s (BILLY IDOL, THE CULT, CAMP FREDDY) radio show, “Billy Morrison’s Dirty Little Secrets”, last Wednesday, September 18 on TradioV.com. You can now watch the program below.

BLACK SABBATH will release a new DVD, “Live… Gathered In Their Masses”, on November 26 via Vertigo/Republic. The set will contain footage of the band’s April 29 and May 1, 2013 concerts in Melbourne, Australia in support of SABBATH‘s long-awaited reunion album, “13″.

The disc, which came out this past June, became the first SABBATH album in the band’s 43-year history to debut at No. 1 on the Billboard chart. RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE drummer Brad Wilk played drums on the CD after Bill Ward sat out the sessions. While money was believed to be an issue, Ward was reportedly also upset that the group wanted another drummer around anyway to back him up if he was physically unable to get the job done.

Ozzy told The Pulse Of Radio that Ward being out of shape was the main reason he’s not on the record. “Bill Ward has got the most physically demanding job of the lot of us, ’cause he’s the timekeeper. I don’t think personally he had the chops to pull it off, you know. The saddest thing is that he needed to own up to that, and we could have worked around it, whether we had a drummer on the side with him or something. But I suppose it was something to do with finances as well.”

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Ozzy Osbourne will guest on Billy Morrison‘s (BILLY IDOL, THE CULT, CAMP FREDDY) radio show, “Billy Morrison’s Dirty Little Secrets”, next Wednesday, September 18 at 7 p.m. PST / 10 p.m. EST on TradioV.com. The show can be heard live via the Internet at this location.

BLACK SABBATH release a new DVD, “Live… Gathered In Their Masses”, on November 26 via Vertigo/Republic. The set will contain footage of the band’s April 29 and May 1, 2013 concerts in Melbourne, Australia in support of SABBATH‘s long-awaited reunion album, “13″.

The disc, which came out this past June, became the first SABBATH album in the band’s 43-year history to debut at No. 1 on the Billboard chart.

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Former MEGADETH guitarist Marty Friedman was interviewed by Aniruddh “Andrew” Bansal on the fourth episode of the “Metal Assault” radio show on the Los Angeles-based station Razor KXRZ. You can now listen to the program using the Mixcloud widget below. (Note: The Friedman interview begins around the 55-minute mark.)

On what he is currently doing:

Friedman: “I’m actually here in L.A. recording my new album, which is gonna come out around January. I’ll be working on this album for the next month and a half or so, and then it will be done. And I can’t wait for everybody to hear it.”

On the musical direction of his upcoming solo CD:

Friedman: “[This is] by far the most intense and the most heavy and the most… How do you say this…? It’s the most… If you like any of my stuff, this would be the most ‘Marty‘ of anything. So if you hate my stuff, you’re gonna really hate this record a lot. It’s very uncommercial.

“I wanted to make a record that, there’s no dispute that, when people say they’re a fan of my music, or they like my music, that this is the representative of my whole musical sound.

“I rarely listen to my previous stuff, but sometimes I listen back to it and see what was going on. And a song called ‘Forbidden City’ kind of made me think, ‘I’m really still happy with this song, even though it was recorded a long, long time ago. I wanted to do something, not along the lines of ‘Forbidden City’, but much more intense, because that was a long time ago, and I’ve come so far since then, and I can do so much more, and I know how to do that kind of thing so much better than I did back then. So I wanted to do kind of like the 2014 version of just the deeper, heavier, more intense version of that kind of ‘Forbidden City’ kind of mood. And I remember, that type of mood was very, very uncommercial at that time, so it’s probably way more uncommercial now, but it’s just like, the hell with it, I’m just doing it my way. So that’s kind of the theme of whole album — just all abandon, all bets off, just go crazy.

“I’m constantly evolving, so for better or for worse, this is the most evolved, most intense version of myself as a guitarist and as an artist and as a songwriter and all that. But this time, probably more of a metal spirit than ever before, so that might be a little bit different.”

On making his new album for the American market:

Friedman: “This is the first time that I’m doing something with America in mind — to really kind of give America what I would like to represent myself with. ‘Cause a lot of the stuff I’ve done since… I did a very small tour in 2003 — a solo tour — and that’s it. So I’ve done so much stuff in Japan, and I really haven’t considered doing something in America. I always thought, if I’m gonna do something in America, it’s gotta be something that is really, really super special, to make it worth coming back. So that’s what this album and this new tour cycle is going to be.”

On whether there are any metal musicians he would like to collaborate with:

Friedman: “On my new album that’s coming out next [year], there’s a lot of people I’m collaborating with in metal; they’re people all metal people definitely know and love. And I’m not gonna tell you who they are yet. But, really, kind of the idea that got me into doing this American thing is this record company, Prosthetic, put together kind of a list of the people who have said good things about me in the press in America. And I don’t really follow what’s going on outside of Japan, so I kind of really didn’t know. The Prosthetic guys made this big list of all these people and they wrote this wonderful stuff about me. And I was literally drawn to tears with what these guys were saying, and how they were influenced by me, and just the stuff that they were saying about my music in detail and my playing. And I was really blown away, ’cause I really don’t follow a lot of that — what people say in the press. And it was just so nice to see it in print and to check out the guys who were saying it. And there’s so many great musicians in metal nowadays — more so than back in the ’90s. Metal has really evolved into something cool, and I’m really interested in it much more now than when I was playing in MEGADETH. When I was in MEGADETH, I thought we were the best, and that was it. Now there’s a lot of great bands, and when some of these new bands come back and say, ‘I listen to a lot of Marty‘s stuff,’ really, it’s a big deal for me. So that kind of got me inspired to do collaborations with some of these great people, as well as doing the most intense, revved up version of Marty‘s stuff. So a lot of these great people that I’ve wanted to collaborate with, I’m actually collaborating with them on my new record.”

Pictured below: Marty Friedman with Aniruddh “Andrew” Bansal of the “Metal Assault” radio show

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DEVILDRIVER and COAL CHAMBER singer Dez Fafara was interviewed on the latest edition of the “Maximum Threshold” radio show. You can now listen to the chat in the YouTube clip below.

DEVILDRIVER‘s sixth album, “Winter Kills”, sold around 11,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 32 on The Billboard 200 chart. This figure is in line with the opening number of DEVILDRIVER‘s fifth CD, “Beast”, which also shifted 11,000 units back in February 2011 to land at No. 42.

“Winter Kills” first-week chart positions:

Germany: #24
Finland: #24
Austria: #26
USA: #32
Switzerland: #45
UK: #71
The Netherlands: #87

The instrumental parts for “Winter Kills” were recorded at Audiohammer Studios in Sanford, Florida while the vocals were laid down at Dez Fafara‘s home studio, with Mark Lewis (THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER, WHITECHAPEL, ALL THAT REMAINS) handling production duties. The album’s cover artwork features a photograph by Dean Karr. The layout was done by Ryan Clark of Invisible Creature.

“Winter Kills” was made available in four configurations, including a deluxe digibook with CD (including two bonus tracks, “Shudder” and “Back Down To The Grave”) and live DVD (featuring 45 minutes of live raw DEVILDRIVER power — no studio overdubs at all, just the band at their best — and including fan favorites “Clouds Over California” and “The Wretched”), standard CD version, digital version and, for the first time in DEVILDRIVER history, a 2LP gatefold edition.

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Guitarist/vocalist Matt Heafy of Florida metallers TRIVIUM was interviewed on the September 6-8 edition of Full Metal Jackie‘s nationally syndicated radio show. You can now listen to the chat using the audio player below.

To see a full list of stations carrying the program and when it airs, go to FullMetalJackieRadio.com.

Full Metal Jackie: There’s a new TRIVIUM album coming out in October called “Vengeance Falls”. Matt, each TRIVIUM album gets closer and closer to sounding timeless. Especially this new one. What’s the biggest factor in evolving to the point of being able to do that?

Matt: I think it comes with time. I guess some bands can pull off their sound, looks and image, everything that is that brand on the first record. I think SLIPKNOT did that incredibly well with their self-titled record. I think you see that every once in a while. RAMMSTEIN, it immediately had what their vision was and what they are as a band all figured out on one record. For us, yeah, we had a huge part of our music figured out. I know with our second record, we had a huge part of the music figured out, but we didn’t really know what we were going to look like. We had to grow up in the public eye, we had to figure out how we were supposed to dress and perform onstage. A lot of other bands had years to figure that out in their local scenes. Our local scene was spent 12 years old, 16 years old, playing bars in Orlando and instantly starting touring the world. So, I guess with every record we’ve figured out more and more of what we are. What we do best as a band. If I had to be very critical of “Vengeance Falls”, it captures the best key ingredients of the previous five records. Speaking in terms of everything that can be done on the record: lyrics, visuals, songwriting and instrumentation. All of that, I think, every key ingredient from the past five records is present in “Vengeance Falls”. I think it came with time.

Full Metal Jackie: “Vengeance Falls” is going to be out October 15. David Draiman, best known as the singer for DISTURBED and DEVICE, is the producer. What initially attracted you to him to produce “Vengeance Falls”? What was the biggest impact he made on the finished album?

Matt: The first time I met him was in 2005. TRIVIUM was second of five for the DANZIG tour; I forgot the name of the tour. We played the Chicago show and after the set we were walking around, David came up to us and said, “Hey, I’m David from DISTURBED and I want to let you know I’m a fan of your band.” It blew our minds because we were such fans of DISTURBED. I remember seeing the first DISTURBED show in Orlando in 1999 or 2000 when they were supporting bands. DANZIG, SIX FEET UNDER. DISTURBED was the first band. We ran into him at least once or twice a year over the next few years at festivals here and there. We had the opportunity to go over to Australia with DISTURBED and AS I LAY DYING. We got to know them a little more, then we did Mayhem together. I gave David a copy of “In Waves” to listen to in the middle of the tour. At the end of the tour, he approached us and said, “Never before did I feel you guys are ready to make the jump you’re about to make right now and I would love to help you guys do that.” When we heard that, we were stoked, but we weren’t sure what he meant. We started digging in and finding out he had been doing the production work for DISTURBED and then he showed us what was going to be DEVICE. Right when we heard DEVICE, we said, “Yes, this guy is our producer.” All the ingredients that we loved as fans of DISTURBED songs and production were present in DEVICE. We knew there and then that he was not only a singer/songwriter but also a producer.

Full Metal Jackie: You’ll be on the road with DEVILDRIVER in September. On tour with other bands, are you a student of what they do? What band that you’ve toured with has made the longest-lasting impact?

Matt: You can always learn something from every kind of band in every kind of genre. Whether a new band or an old band, legendary or not legendary. You can always learn something. Even on this last run, the very first show was in Bucharest in Romania. We were playing with RAMMSTEIN for the first time. RAMMSTEIN has been a huge influence on me and what I try to do creatively. If you look at all the story line videos from “In Waves”, that was taken a huge note from what RAMMSTEIN did and the way they do it. The way they do videos, mini films. Same thing with, not trying to make it the way they do it but learning from the way they do it. Their music videos, live shows, uniforms was kind of what I was going for in “In Waves” What I felt this time in Bucharest inspired me even more down to watching how he’s a frontman and how the band approaches performance. Outside of all the pyrotechnics and all the theatrics, you can still learn a lot from what they’re doing for a band, like who’s capable of doing without all the pyrotechnics and all the insane stage production. It gives us something to work towards. I was just talking to one of the main promoters who runs Wacken in Germany, and I was saying we got to see RAMMSTEIN and it reminded me once again that when we can, and as soon as we can, I want just as much pyro as they have and just as crazy of a stage show as they have. I won’t be buggering any of our band members off a 20-foot ramp into a ring of fire or anything, but everything else.

Full Metal Jackie: Disney World is the first thing that comes to mind generally when someone says Orlando. Mickey Mouse, not necessarily metal. What about that area made the biggest impact on you as a musician both growing up and now?

Matt: Yeah, whenever I mention that, other bands and journalists usually assume we’re from Europe, which is strange. “Oh, you guys are from the U.K., right?” Can’t you tell by our accents that we’re not from the U.K.? We’re from Orlando. Disney is about 40 minutes or so south of where I live in a city called Kissimmee. But it’s easier associated with Orlando. Growing up in Central Florida, it was known for boy bands and pop punk. Goth. Country is pretty big. A lot of radio rock. I think it was from being surrounded by all of that from that being what the majority accepted that drove me into doing the furthest thing from all of that, which was metal. When European bands think of their favorite bands, a lot of the Swedish bands in the Gothenburg scene were very influenced by the Tampa death metal scene. So they know that. It was something I really missed out on. It was in the early ’90s to the mid-’90s when that was around, so I wasn’t really aware of what death metal was until after I had gotten into the original gateway metal bands: PANTERA, METALLICA, SLAYER, MEGADETH, TESTAMENT. Then trekking onto the extreme stuff. I think it was the indentation of kids being into pop punk, ska and then soon to I guess whatever they became that you can call it what it is now. Stuff that incorporates dance, dub step and all that weird stuff. I know pop punk, which is fine if that’s your thing, it’s just not my thing. That made me want to stick to metal.

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Former SKID ROW singer Sebastian Bach says that MÖTLEY CRÜE bassist Nikki Sixx‘s “memory is wrong” regarding whether Bach was once asked to replace Vince Neil as the frontman of MÖTLEY CRÜE.

Earlier this week, Bach responded to a question on Twitter, saying he was asked to join MÖTLEY CRÜE more than two decades ago. But Sixx disputed that account, telling the listeners of his “Sixx Sense” radio show that Bach‘s claim that was “absolutely not true. At the time that Vince left MÖTLEY CRÜE in 1990… ’89… ’90.. somewhere in there… ’91… [Sebastian] was in SKID ROW and SKID ROW was on top of the world,” Sixx said. “And [Dave] Snake [Sabo], their guitar player, was one of my very best friends. So I think I would remember that.

“I don’t know where Sebastian got this. I think maybe Sebastian wanted to be in MÖTLEY CRÜE and just forgot to tell us that he wanted to be in MÖTLEY CRÜE when we were looking for a singer. Which I don’t think we would have taken him anyway, just because of our friends from SKID ROW.”

Sixx added, “Sebastian Bach was never part of this master plan, that’s for sure. So I wanted people to know that.”

Earlier tonight, Bach posted the following lengthy statement on his official Facebook page:

“Well, it’s not every day you wake up to one of your childhood heroes calling you a liar. Either that, or Nikki Sixx‘s memory needs some serious ‘refreshing.’

“What the fuck is Twitter? Twitter is the new rock magazine of the modern age.

“When I was a kid, we had magazines and journalists and interviews and articles and pinups and posters to follow our favourite artists. Nowadays? Twitter is actually the new rock magazine.

“Last week I answered one tweet with three words. Some fan asked me if I was ‘ever approached to join MÖTLEY CRÜE.’ My tweet, in response to this, was: ‘not approached. asked.’ Literally three words.

“The next day I woke up and saw that my tweet had actually become headline news on every single rock music website. Every single rock music radio station. Every single rock news outlet, radio, web, or print, was reporting ‘Sebastian Bach asked to join MOTLEY CRUE.’

“I laughed that all of these supposed ‘news outlets’ have nothing better to do then go to my Twitter page to manufacture ‘news’ stories.

“None of these ‘news stories’ had any actual quotes by me. Or anything that I actually said. Every single article just copied and pasted my tweet.

“It is incredible to me that my Twitter feed is a source of ‘news’ for every rock news outlet around the world.

“Everybody knows that Nikki Sixx is in control of MÖTLEY CRÜE.

“When I woke up that next day and saw every headline of every news outlet ‘Sebastian Bach asked to join MÖTLEY CRÜE‘, ‘MÖTLEY CRÜE Sebastian Bach blah blah blah blah blah,’ I was laughing, because this is extremely old news. I could envision Nikki Sixx seeing his band’s name ‘MÖTLEY CRÜE‘ in every single news article and saying, ‘Hey, I am MÖTLEY CRÜE! What the fuck is all this?’

“And now today I wake up to the headline that Nikki Sixx himself is on his radio station actually talking about my tweet.

“It is incredible to me that Nikki Sixx, one of my childhood heroes, would go on his radio station to talk about one single tweet that I made. I did not realize that my tweets were this newsworthy. It blows my mind that Nikki Sixx is on his radio station talking about one tweet that I made in response to a fan.

“Why people are constantly fixated on what happened in 1991 is completely beyond me. But that’s just the way it is.

“What did they say about the ’80s? If you remembered it, you weren’t really there? A perfect example of this would be Nikki Sixx‘s book ‘The Heroin Diaries’. In his ‘diary,’ Nikki tells a story about the ‘Theater Of Pain’ tour and how I kicked in the window of the CNE Stadium door on the afternoon of the show and let all of the fans in at three in the afternoon. Being that his book is a ‘diary,’ you would think that this would be accurate information. But in actual fact, this whole incident did not even happen on the ‘Theater Of Pain’ tour. In fact, this incident occurred on the ‘Shout At The Devil’ tour. About 3 or 4 years before ‘Theatre Of Pain’.

“So does that mean Nikki Sixx‘s ‘claim’ that his ‘book’ is a ‘diary’ is ‘absolutely not true?’ Do I think Nikki Sixx is actually ‘lying?’ Not really. I am sure that all of the heroin and partying and drinking would affect a man’s memory. The simple fact is that, I did indeed kick in the doors… on the ‘Shout At The Devil’ tour. Not the ‘Theater Of Pain’ tour.

“Who even cares? What does this even matter, anyways?

Vince Neil is the singer of MÖTLEY CRÜE. He always has been, and he always will be. Vince Neil is the voice, frontman, and singer of MÖTLEY CRÜE. Now and forever.

So, Nikki Sixx is either calling me a liar, or his memory is wrong in this instance. I am willing to assume the latter.

“The fact of the matter is I was not only asked to join MÖTLEY CRÜE… I actually REHEARSED with the band MÖTLEY CRÜE.

“I was driven to rehearsal by Tommy Lee [MÖTLEY CRÜE drummer] and I spent a full day singing the MÖTLEY CRÜE set with the band MÖTLEY CRÜE. In front of their whole road crew.

“I remember the songs that Nikki asked me to sing that day. I remember the whole road crew’s ecstatic reaction to us jamming together all day. And I remember Nikki‘s very generous, kind offer, at the end of our rehearsal, for me to join the band MÖTLEY CRÜE. I remember his exact words, that he said to me in front of his whole road crew, Tommy, and Mick [Mars, MÖTLEY CRÜE guitarist] as well.

“It’s not every day that your hero asks you to join his band.

“I remember everything about that day…. including what kind of sandwich Tommy Lee had for lunch.

“I will tell this complete story in my upcoming book.

“This was not just a simple offer to ‘join a band.’ I rehearsed with the band. I spoke to their management on the phone days later about Nikki‘s offer. It was a big deal involving record companies, management companies, and all sorts of business dealings.

“Maybe Nikki doesn’t remember that day. But I find it hard to believe that I would spend a day rehearsing with the band, at their official rehearsal hall, do the set with them, in front of their whole road crew, and Nikki doesn’t remember this?

“Oh, well.

“I will tell the complete story of Nikki offering me to join MÖTLEY CRÜE in my upcoming book, which will be arriving on bookshelves soon.

“I am not simply ‘making this up.’

“Thank you all for enjoying my Twitter page so very much.

“I am not a liar.

“I am working on my book right now and I look forward to you all reading it.

“I plan on my book having even more information in it than one of my tweets does.”

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MÖTLEY CRÜE bassist Nikki Sixx has dismissed as “absolutely not true” Sebastian Bach‘s claim that the former SKID ROW singer was once asked to replace Vince Neil in MÖTLEY CRÜE.

Neil was fired from MÖTLEY CRÜE in 1992 due to personal differences and was replaced by John Corabi. With Corabi on vocals, MÖTLEY CRÜE released one critically acclaimed full-length CD, which ended up being a commercial failure in the wake of grunge despite a Top-Ten placing on the album chart.

Asked by a fan on Twitter if he was ever considered to replace Vince in MÖTLEY CRÜE, Bach replied that he was not just “considered” but that he was actually “asked” by CRÜE if he wanted to join the band as its new lead singer. He then added that the story of how close he came to becoming a member of MÖTLEY CRÜE might be included in his upcoming autobiography, which he is currently working on and for which he recently revealed that he had “a big offer from a big book company.”

When another fan pressed Bach on why the singer turned down the offer to join MÖTLEY CRÜE, Bach replied: “The short answer is that I actually thought at the time this band SKID ROW was better.” Sebastian then added, “Gee, I sure know how to pick ‘em.”

Speaking on a recent edition of his “Sixx Sense” radio show, Sixx addressed Bach‘s comments, telling his listeners (hear audio below): “I read something online. It’s not true, and I wanna talk about it a little bit.

Sebastian Bach, who was the lead singer from SKID ROW — and I still think he should still be in SKID ROW, and I’ve talked to all of them about that many times; they just can’t along — he says that MÖTLEY CRÜE wanted him to replace Vince Neil. And I’m just gonna say right now that is absolutely not true.

“At the time that Vince left MÖTLEY CRÜE in 1990… ’89… ’90.. somewhere in there… ’91… [Sebastian] was in SKID ROW and SKID ROW was on top of the world. And [Dave] Snake [Sabo], their guitar player, was one of my very best friends. So I think I would remember that.

“I don’t know where Sebastian got this. I think maybe Sebastian wanted to be in MÖTLEY CRÜE and just forgot to tell us that he wanted to be in MÖTLEY CRÜE when we were looking for a singer. Which I don’t think we would have taken him anyway, just because of our friends from SKID ROW.”

Asked by his “Sixx Sense” co-host Kerri Kasem if it’s possible that one of the other members of MÖTLEY CRÜE may have drunkenly told Bach at a bar somewhere that Sebastian “should be” the new lead singer of MÖTLEY CRÜE, Sixx replied: “We were all sober at the time. That was part of the problem — that Vince wasn’t sober and we all were. And that’s kind of part of what the big blowup [with Vince] was all about.

“In the end, we should have worked through our differences — MÖTLEY CRÜE should have, with Vince, and been where we are today — but we didn’t. We were young, and we didn’t have managers at the time who were strong enough to say, ‘Hey, guys, this is the wrong thing to do.’ But Sebastian Bach was never part of this master plan, that’s for sure. So I want people to know that.”

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