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  • Former MANOWAR Guitarist KARL LOGAN Is Facing Time In Federal Prison On Child Pornography Charges
    According to WSOC-TV, former MANOWAR guitarist Karl Logan will make a first court appearance on child pornography charges as early as Tuesday. Logan, 54, was arrested last August in Charlotte, North Carolina and charged with six counts of third-degree exploitation of a minor. According to arrest warrants, the offenses took place between June 18, 2018 and August 2, 2018. The warrants say Logan was in possession of several videos which depicted girls between the ages of four and 12 years old engaged in a variety of sexual acts with unidentified men. Each video is described in graphic detail, including one scene where a girl age 10-12 "chokes and becomes visibly upset." Logan's attorney, Brad Smith, told WSOC-TV his client has been "extremely cooperative with the investigation from the beginning, and he'll continue to do that." Smith went on to say that there could be an explanation for the acts that Logan is accused of committing. "You oftentimes do see with those that do end up pleading, there's a direct correlation to something that happened in their childhood," Smith said. Following his arrest, Logan was reportedly released on a $35,000 bond. A few days after Karl's arrest was made public, MANOWAR issued a statement saying that he would no longer perform with the group. He has since been replaced by E.V. Martel, who previously played in a MANOWAR tribute band. Karl joined MANOWAR in 1994 as the replacement for David Shankle. Prior to hooking up with MANOWAR, Logan played several bands in northeastern Pennsylvania, including ARC ANGEL and FALLEN ANGEL. MANOWAR is in the middle of its "The Final Battle" farewell world tour.
  • VINNY APPICE Says It Would Be 'Freaky' To Play With A Hologram Of RONNIE JAMES DIO
    Veteran drummer Vinny Appice (LAST IN LINE, BLACK SABBATH, DIO, HEAVEN & HELL) was recently interviewed by Jay Conroy of "Rock Hard With Jay Conroy". The full conversation can be streamed below. A few excerpts follow (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET). On playing with John Lennon as a 16-year-old: Vinny: "The band I had at the time was kind of like a funk-rock band. We had four horn players, and the guitar player was good friends with Jimmy Iovine, who worked at [the New York City recording studio] The Record Plant producing. He was a big producer before all the Interscope and BeatsAudio thing he did. He was producing John Lennon at the time, and he heard us and brought us into the studio. Basically, that led to a management contract, so we were there all the time. We had our own rehearsal room for free, which is killer in Manhattan. One night, he said, 'Can you guys come down and do some hand claps?' We said sure, so we went down the studio. We walk in, and there's John Lennon. We're, like, 'Holy shit. I can't believe it.' Then we put on headphones, [and] now he's talking to us. You go, 'This is amazing.' We did hand claps on the song 'Whatever Gets You Through The Night'. That's me and my band on that doing hand claps. Then we left. A couple days later, we're rehearsing and John comes walking in our room [and] watches us rehearse. We got to know him pretty well — he would come up a lot, and we would even play pool with him. Then he asked us to do some videos with him — we did three videos as the band that were on some of his DVDs. He also produced the owner of The Record Plant's wife — she was a singer — so we went in and recorded eight songs with him as producer, which was really cool. The last thing we did, he asked us to do a live show that was broadcast all around the world on TV. It was taped at the New York Hilton. I found out a couple years ago, that was his last live appearance. I [had] to go to school the next day, because I was only 16. I was still in high school." On being courted by both OZZY OSBOURNE and BLACK SABBATH: Vinny: "I got a call from Sharon Osbourne, [who] said, 'Ozzy's putting a band together. We heard about you, and we want to fly you to England and hang out with Ozzy, see how it goes, see if you guys get along.' I was young — I'd never been out of the country, except for Canada — and then I asked my brother [drummer Carmine Appice], 'What about Ozzy? I've heard he's pretty nuts. Is he nuts?' Carmine [goes], 'Yeah, he's pretty crazy,' so I didn't do it — I turned it down, believe it or not. About a month later, I get a call from SABBATH. It was like, 'Oh, man — what a good year.' It was easy for me to go down — I just drove into Hollywood and met Tony [Iommi] the night before at the hotel, and we got along great. He said, 'All right, come down to rehearsal tomorrow.' That's when I met Ronnie [James Dio], Geezer [Butler] and Geoff Nicholls on keyboards." On the falling out between Dio and guitarist Vivian Campbell, and how the DIO band changed after "Holy Diver": Vinny: "Unfortunately, there was a guitar player change. Vivian did the first three albums with us [in DIO]. Then Ronnie and Vivian weren't seeing eye to eye because of business things that were promised that never materialized. They replaced Viv with Craig Goldy. Craig's a great player; he's a great guy; he's a good friend; but as the years went on, the band changed. The sound changed a bit, and there were more keyboards added. It was not a good idea to do that. 'Holy Diver', which was hugely successful and still is, that album, we went into Sound City — we rehearsed there and recorded there. We used to go in there and just smoke a lot of pot and jam and have a great time — just fuck around and try all sorts of shit. It was, like, anything goes, and we made a great album. 'Last In Line', we went up to Caribou Ranch in Colorado to do the album, so we were secluded, and then Ronnie started taking too much control of the production and stuff, and the word 'can't' came into the equation — 'Well, we can't do that'... Then we had keyboards at that point too — Claude Schnell was on keyboards — and then we started bringing in more keyboards, which mellowed it out some. There's not the raw riffs of 'Holy Diver'. Then the next album was about the same thing – it got a little more planned-out rather than a crazy bunch of guys on fire in the room, so the sound changed." On the DIO hologram tour, and whether he would ever play with a hologram himself: Vinny: "In my opinion, I don't know if Ronnie would dig that or not. I can't answer that — I don't even know what it looks like. I think it would be very strange for me to do that, because I'm used to seeing Ronnie in front of me. I've seen Ronnie's ass for 30-something years in front of me. Now I'm going to see the back of a screen? It would be freaky for me." Appice performed on six of the first seven DIO studio albums, as well as the live albums "Intermission" and "Inferno – Last In Live". He also appears on two BLACK SABBATH studio album (1981's "The Mob Rules" and 1992's "Dehumanizer") and the sole studio album by HEAVEN & HELL, 2009's "The Devil You Know". Currently, Appice is a member of LAST IN LINE, whose latest album, "II", was released in February via Frontiers Music Srl.
  • ALL THAT REMAINS Guitarist's Death Remains Unsolved
    According to the Hartford Courant, the death of ALL THAT REMAINS guitarist Oliver "Oli" Herbert remains unsolved, more than six months after he was found dead at the edge of the pond on his Stafford Springs, Connecticut property. He was reported missing by his wife about 3 p.m. on October 16, and his body was found by police face down at the edge of the pond where the water was only a few inches deep. Attorney Anthony Spinella, who is representing Elizabeth Herbert, previously said that his client initially cooperated with the state police after her husband's death, allowing them to search the couple's home and giving them an interview. But he said he has now informed police that any further requests should come through him. Last week, a judge dismissed the foreclosure case involving the Herberts' home, leaving the property under control of Oli's wife. The Herberts purchased the home in 2013 for $135,000, according to town records. It is appraised at about $200,000, the records show. The Connecticut State Police Eastern District Crime Squad is investigating Herbert's death, which is being treated as suspicious. They are looking at the will he signed a week before his death as well as a life insurance policy mentioned in the will. The will names Elizabeth Herbert as executor and sole benefactor. It says that Oliver Herbert's sister, Cynthia Herbert, should not become executor or receive anything from his estate. The will also states that Elizabeth Herbert should get all "property as well as any current or future earnings." ALL THAT REMAINS singer Phil Labonte recently called Elizabeth Herbert a "garbage human being" who was "never allowed" to join the band on tour. "She would come to the local shows, because we couldn't stop her from showing up," he explained. "[But] she wasn't allowed because she's a garbage human being." According to the singer, he tried unsuccessfully to convince Oli to get a divorce for a long time. "I can't tell you exactly why he wouldn't do it or what the circumstances [were] surrounding his resistance," he said. "I don't know. But I can say that I personally talked to him multiple times and said, 'Look, if you need a place to stay, I've got plenty of room. Come to my house." Asked if he had an opinion on how Oli died, the singer responded: "I do have an opinion on it, but I'm not gonna say. There is an ongoing investigation by the Connecticut state police." Some fans have espoused various theories surrounding Oli's death and a Facebook page, Justice For Oli Herbert, has more than 12,000 followers. Herbert began playing guitar at 14. He co-founded ALL THAT REMAINS with Labonte in 1998. The surviving members of ALL THAT REMAINSLabonte, Mike Martin (guitar), Jason Costa (drums) and Aaron Patrick (bass, backing vocals) — have recruited guitar virtuoso and YouTube personality Jason Richardson (ALL SHALL PERISH, CHELSEA GRIN, BORN OF OSIRIS) to replace Herbert.
  • ANTHRAX's SCOTT IAN Critiques Five Classic MOTÖRHEAD Albums (Video)
    A lifelong MOTÖRHEAD fan, ANTHRAX guitarist Scott Ian recently critiqued five classic albums from the Lemmy-fronted band's catalog for the official MOTÖRHEAD YouTube channel. Check out the clip below. Last fall, Ian spoke to Landry.Audio about his friendship with Lemmy, who died in December 2015 at the age of 70 shortly after learning he had been diagnosed with cancer. Asked if it became obvious to him that Lemmy was starting to get quite ill in the months leading up to his death, Scott said: "No, he wasn't really that ill yet at that point. He wasn't as healthy as he has been. He had been diagnosed with diabetes at some point, if I remember correctly, so he was battling that. I remember at some point [hearing that] Lemmy switched to vodka. Like, that was news. In the rock world, that was major headline news. I remember hearing that, like, 'Lemmy's got diabetes, and no more Jack-and-Cokes, because of the sugar content. He switched to vodka.' I was, like, 'Wow! After 50 years, that's a big deal.'" Ian continued: "Look, when a guy like that hits the wall, living the life that he has been living since he was a teenager… The guy had been hitting it hard for 50-odd years already by the time the early two-thousand-teens rolled in. So, eventually you're gonna hit the wall. I don't care who you are — everyone hits the wall. No matter how healthy you are and no matter how fucked up of a life you led and how hard you lived, and when you've lived as hard as Lemmy did, when you hit the wall, it's gonna be worse than the average human." The guitarist added: "I did spend a lot of time with him over the years; lucky enough for me, it was a privilege to have spent 30-odd years or something knowing him and being friendly with him. And I asked him one time about smoking: 'Do you think you'll ever quit?' or this or that. These are questions he just… there wasn't even an answer to. He wasn't gonna quit smoking; he wasn't gonna quit drinking." Ian also relayed a story about Lemmy that illustrated how the late MOTÖRHEAD frontman was always willing to deal with the effects of an extreme lifestyle if it meant living his way. "He literally almost lost a couple of toes because when he was in the throes of figuring out the diabetes and all that, a couple of his toes went black from bad circulation and all this," the guitarist said. "And he saw some doctor in L.A., and they were, like, 'Oh, [you must go under the knife] immediately. You're gonna lose the toes,' and this and that. And he was, like, 'I need a second opinion.' And he flew back to London and saw a doctor there. And it was the same kind of thing: 'We need to get these off. It's an emergency.' And it comes to… He goes to have the surgery done and he's sitting in this office and he's smoking a cigarette. And someone tells him, 'You're not allowed to smoke in here. What are you — crazy? You can't smoke in this office.' And he said, 'Well, if I'm gonna fucking lose a toe, I'm gonna have a fucking cigarette.' And long story short, they said, 'You can't smoke in here.' And he said, 'Well, then I won't be in here.' And he left. And he ended up seeing another doctor, and they literally told him, 'You just need to change this or this in your diet, and your feet are gonna be fine.' And he changed his diet, and he didn't have to have his toes cut off. So a cigarette literally saved him from having a part of his body amputated." Scott added: "That's when he started using Diet Coke instead of regular Coke in his Jack-and-Cokes, I believe. The doctor literally told him: 'Switch to Diet Coke, and you don't have to lose your toes.' [Laughs]" Lemmy had dealt with several health issues over the last few years of his life, including heart trouble, forcing him to cut back on his famous smoking habits. MOTÖRHEAD had to cancel a number of shows in 2015 because of Lemmy's poor health, although the band did manage to complete one final European tour a couple of weeks before his death.
  • CHEVELLE Frontman Looks Back On Split With Bassist Brother: 'I Never Saw That Coming'
    CHEVELLE vocalist/guitarist Pete Loeffler appeared on the May 19 edition of "Whiplash", a weekly program hosted by Full Metal Jackie that airs on the Los Angeles radio station 95.5 KLOS. The full conversation can be streamed below. A few excerpts follow (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET). On the origins of the musical partnership with his brother, CHEVELLE drummer Sam Loeffler: Pete: "Brothers hang out all the time [and have] similar interests. As kids, we skateboarded. We were into '80s biking — a whole bunch of neon colors, all that crap. As far as music goes, we centered around the punk scene — the post-punk, MINUTEMEN, FIREHOSE stuff. That's where we bonded musically, and then it branched out from there and went to other things like metal and rock." On struggling to feel "confident" as a songwriter: Pete: "That's something we're going through right now. We're still in demo mode [for a new album]. I've written about 18 songs, so we're getting ready to go in and record part of that in June. That's not that far away. When do I feel confident? I think I feel confident when we're hitting record and we've talked it out. I'm not there yet — I'm definitely not there yet — but soon. About a month from now, I'll be confident." On when he started to feel "comfortable" in the studio: Pete: "It was probably around [2002's] 'Wonder What's Next'. We did [1999's] 'Point #1', which was like an indie album. That was kind of a throw-and-go experience with [producer] Steve Albini. It was all live — you do one take, and that was all he wanted, and that was all you go. The second record, we knew that we didn't want to do that again. That record, right around there, my eyes were opened to a whole new experience and I soaked that all up. Right after that album, I knew what I needed to do from then on." On overcoming obstacles: Pete: "When you start out, you're young [and] you really don't know what to expect. Some of the bigger things were brothers leaving, never speaking again — that sort of thing. Originally, we were a band of three blood brothers. I never saw that coming — probably should have, from experience. That was probably the biggest one. Later on down the road, there's smaller things that you try and tackle more and more as you go, because you want to take the reins more. We did an album called 'Sci-Fi Crimes', and that record, we did basically without any help from anybody other than an engineer. I basically produced that record. I guess I didn't expect to be that far down the line and then to be thrown the reins, but it had to happen. Now, we're back to working with a producer, but that was a good experience. It was just tough — tough as nails." On how he's able to tell if a live performance is "memorable": Pete: "There's a lot of factors there, but clearly, we're looking at the crowd as they're looking at us, so we can read the front few rows pretty well. For the most part, if you can connect with the first row, it kind of sets you at ease and makes everything a little bit smoother right out of the gate. Every show is different. When you connect with your bandmates — something funny happens; maybe there's a mess-up and you laugh about it — that kind of sets you at ease as well. Playing so many shows, you don't want to take it so seriously. I'm now in my 40s, so the last thing I want to do is take all this too seriously. We're glad to still be here doing it in this rock landscape." On other memorable tour moments: Pete: "When you get to stand side-stage before or after you play, if you're watching a band that you love, that you get a chance to play with, that's the romantic part that comes back. You become a fan again, and you're singing along with them, only you're not in the crowd — you're tucked away by the guitar boat. That's magical. I remember doing that in Germany [when] we toured with AUDIOSLAVE many years ago. We were side-stage [in a] massive stadium, [and] Tom Morello comes over and he turns to my friend and I — we were just hanging out on stage — and he kind of solos for us for a second and then turns back to the crowd... Those are cool memories." CHEVELLE will tour this summer alongside BREAKING BENJAMIN, THREE DAYS GRACE, DOROTHY and DIAMANTE. The group will start recording its ninth studio album — the follow-up to 2016's "The North Corridor", which debuted at No. 8 on the Billboard 200 — next month.