Rockers from all corners are coming out to share their condolences after the passing of Tommy Ramone, one of the founding members of the breakthrough punk band. Markey Ramone replaced Tommy back in 1978, but that didn’t keep Tommy from being remembered the gentle smart guy he was. Chad Smith from the Chili Peppers says “we’ve lost one of the greats.” After leaving the band’s stage, Tommy continued on co-producing their albums. Andrew W.K. said he was “one of the most groundbreaking drummers and producers ever.” And Garbage calls him “the last of the unique neurotics.” Ramone died Friday at the age of 65.
Hammett doll at Comic Con
Speaking of neurotics—Kirk Hammett will be out at the San Diego Comic Con in a few weeks where he plans to bring out a Famous Zombies Jr. figurine based on his likeness. Only 300 of the little figurines, which shows Hammett with green skin, white-out eyes and zombie scars on his face, will be available.
Ian’s book deets announced
Anthrax fans will surely pre-order the book as details about Scott Ian’s autobiography come out. The book is slated for an October 14th release. The book covers his personal story as he grew up in Queens and the first time he discovered the power of music. Titled I’m The Man, the book will also review his dysfunctional upbringing, and the complete history of Anthrax from the beginning roots to the historic Big Four performance at Yankee Stadium with Metallica, Slayer and Megadeth. Ian says his book is different than other rock and roll books because his story will show that you can come from nothing to accomplish great things.
Change of venue
Were you planning on heading out to Denver for their Riot Fest? The show was going ot be at a farm in Arapahoe County but officials there announced they wouldn’t grant the temporary-use permit, so organizer are scrambling to find place that will host the three-day lineup featuring Rise Against, Weezer, Pimus, Slayer, Die Antwoord and more. Officials said they weren’t comfortable in providing the proper security that would be needed to make it a safe event. Without specifics, event organizers said they will find a nearby alternative location.
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