Written by: Ingrid Newton
Upon opening my email today I came across the unsettling news of Bruce Dicknson's very recent bout with cancer. From what I know of Bruce's character, he is a fighter, and will not let this beat him. I wish him a very speedy recovery, and hope to see and hear him in Toronto with Iron Maiden in the near future. UP THE IRONS!
Please read the official statement released on the Iron Maiden facebook page:
"Just before Christmas, Maiden vocalist Bruce Dickinson visited his doctor for a routine check-up. This led to tests and biopsies which revealed a small cancerous tumour at the back of his tongue. A seven week course of chemotherapy and radiology treatment was completed yesterday. As the tumour was caught in the early stages, the prognosis thankfully is extremely good. Bruce’s medical team fully expect him to make a complete recovery with the all clear envisaged by late May. It will then take a further few months for Bruce to get back to full fitness. In the meantime we would ask for your patience, understanding and respect for Bruce and his family’s privacy until we update everyone by the end of May. Bruce is doing very well considering the circumstances and the whole team are very positive."
I would like to take this time to acknowledge and salute a fellow metal head, a former online metal warrior and founder at Metal Maniacs, and a vegan; Katherine Ludwig. She passed away January 30, 2015 in Ithaca, New York with her family and friends surrounding her. Ms. Ludwig had been battling non-Hodgkin's lymphoma as reported in 2014.
Unfortunately I did not have the opportunity to meet or chat with such a legend in the metal music world. From what I have read, many bands, and industry related folks remember her with fondness, respect, and friendship. I have come to know this very fine lady better through kind words shared by many at Blabbermouth.net. Her work, and lifestyle choices will continue to inspire many folks, including myself.
People can donate HERE to a memorial fund created by her friend Sarah. Money is being raised for her son Max, and family.
Horns high to a true metal heart!
Author & interviewer: Chris Jones.
This video was filmed on location at Casino Rama, Ontario CANADA on October 30th, 2014.
An hour or so after Alice Cooper and his band left the stage playing to a sold-out audience, I had the privilege of sitting down for an informal interview with Alice Cooper's Lead Guitarist Ryan Roxie. I think as I do, that you will find this to be both informative and inspirational on several levels, and I hope you enjoy watching it as much as I did spending the time talking with Ryan.
I definitely have some individuals to thank, as It was made possible through the combined efforts of these three people:
Many thanks to Jenna Hunter, the Director of Public Relations at Casino Rama, who not only provided us with a gorgeous suite to film this interview in, but who also went "above and beyond" to make sure that everything went smoothly from the time we entered the Casino until the moment we left.
Killitorous gear and personal items as well as damaging both of the bands vans. It was the last day of the tour. According to the Police who filed the report with the bands management, this happens everyday to people in Montreal (20-25 people DAILY), and ESPECIALLY to bands with license plates not from the province of Quebec. Shocking amounts of bands have been robbed and ripped off in Montreal when leaving their vans un-attended. We ourselves have heard so many horror stories, and have had a ton of friends in bands who have ALSO been robbed in Montreal and to be honest, the police were not very helpful in helping to find any suspect (they more so felt like insurance men handing us forms). We send out a warning to all bands touring in Canada: NEVER EVER LEAVE YOUR VAN ALONE IN MONTREAL... which sucks so much because it is one of the best places for bands to play in the whole Country. But they get shit on like this while they are playing... in some cases literally (like ours).
more impossible. We only have one thing to say to the motherfucker who does not know us, but destroyed all our hard work, the motherfucker who ruined a completely successful tour: You can never stop us.
Visit our store, come to our next shows(we have a special show tonight at the Centre Culturelle in Beloeil, Quebec) & Spread the word!
You guys are the best,
Killitorous" - excerpt from post on the bands fb page
Help Killitorous raise funds to replace lost items, and to help fix their van by donating to Indiegogo here.