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MÖTLEY CRÜE Singer Rushed To Hospital For ‘Internal Pain’

MÖTLEY CRÜE was forced to play an abbreviated set earlier today (Sunday, March 10) at Allphones Arena in Sydney, Australia during the band’s tour with KISS and THIN LIZZY. CRÜE bassist Nikki Sixx writes on Twitter: “Sorry, Sydney, for a short set tonight but Vince [Neil, MÖTLEY CRÜE singer] had to be rushed to the hospital for internal pain. Will update you on his progress.”

Neil played a show with CRÜE in Toronto last September after sustaining two fractures in his foot during the previous night’s concert in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio.

MÖTLEY CRÜE last year released a brand new song called “Sex” to coincide with the launch of the band’s North American co-headlining tour with KISS.

Written when the group was together during their residency in Las Vegas in February 2012, “Sex” was the first studio track from the CRÜE since their June 2008 release of “Saints Of Los Angeles”.

MÖTLEY CRÜE Drummer Explains His Absence From Fan Meet-And-Greets

MÖTLEY CRÜE drummer Tommy Lee, who is currently on the road with his bandmates in Australia, says that he is no longer taking part in the band’s paid meet-and-greet sessions with the fans because he “doesn’t agree with doing it under certain circumstances.”

CRÜE is offering several “VIP packages” to Australian fans via the band’s web site, including the “Kickstart My Heart Meet And Greet Package” for $899, the “Wildside VIP Package” for $425 and the “Crüe Teaser Package” for $295. Only the “Kickstart My Heart” package includes an opportunity to meet and take a photo with the band.

Writing on MÖTLEY CRÜE‘s official Facebook page, Continue reading MÖTLEY CRÜE Drummer Explains His Absence From Fan Meet-And-Greets

New SLAYER, ANTHRAX Touring Drummer JON DETTE: BENANTE And LOMBARDO Are My Biggest Influences

Eric Blair of “The Blairing Out With Eric Blair Show” conducted an interview with drummer Jon Dette (TESTAMENT, SLAYER, ANTHRAX, ANIMETAL USA) at this year’s NAMM (National Association Of Music Merchants) show, a massive music-products convention that took place January 24-27 at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, California. You can now watch the chat below.

On how he came to play with ANTHRAX:

Dette: “Actually, Jason Bittner from SHADOWS FALL, who was filling in for Charlie [Benante, ANTHRAX drummer] on this last ANTHRAX run last year, couldn’t do one of the tours that was coming up and called me and asked me if I would be available to do it. And I said, ‘Of course. It would be great.’ And the next day Charlie called me — which, Charlie is one my biggest influences ever, next to [Dave] Lombardo [of SLAYER], so it was kind of a surreal moment for me to get a call like that, saying, ‘Hey, can you help me out?’ Which, of course, I said, ‘Absolutely.’ I just went and did a Europe tour with ANTHRAX and MOTÖRHEAD, and now I’m getting ready to actually head off to India and Australia with them in February and March.”

On how it feels to be playing with ANTHRAX:

Dette: “It’s amazing, man. The first day that I started playing drums — a lot of people may or may not know this — the first album I ever got from the day I got my drum set was ‘Fistful Of Metal’ [by ANTHRAX], and literally, the first song I ever tried playing on drums was ‘Metal Thrashing Mad’. Actually, I [was] hanging out with Charlie and I told him that this morning, and he was, like, ‘Really?’ And I’m, like, ‘Yeah, really.’ [laughs] ANTHRAX, METALLICA and SLAYER, they were such a foundation of my style growing up, and I’ve been privileged now to actually play for two of those bands. It’s a very natural thing for me to play, but at the same time, seeing the back of their heads on stage, and Joey [Belladonna] is looking at me and he’s singing, and I’m just, like, ‘This is great.’ I guess you can say that I play with a lot of passion when I’m with those bands, ’cause it’s just absolutely passion and just an amazing experience.”

On how he got the call to be in SLAYER:

Dette: “Well, I was playing drums for TESTAMENT at the time, and my attorney was also SLAYER‘s attorney, and I got a call from, actually, a crew member in the SLAYER camp that said, ‘[Paul] Bostaph just left and you should try out.’ So, I asked my attorney and, long story short, he put us in touch together and I went down and auditioned. Again, SLAYER is one of those bands I’ve been playing forever, and so it was so natural, and I think we really felt that when we were in a room together. We rehearsed for two days and it just felt right, and they asked me to join the band at the end of our rehearsal the second night.”

On what he took away from the experience of playing with SLAYER:

Dette: “Well, so many things. I mean, one, it’s like my first experience playing with one of my true idol bands. Again, to temporarily replace Dave Lombardo, basically, even though I was replacing Paul, who, Paul‘s an amazing drummer in his own right. So many business things that I got to learn — just the music business in general, good and bad. But, again, just to have the opportunity to play for one of my all-time favorite bands and see the back of their heads every night… People would ask, ‘Was there anything bad about playing for SLAYER?’ And I would say, ‘Yeah, every time I go to a SLAYER show, I have to look at the back of their heads now. I can’t enjoy the show anymore.’ ‘Cause I would always be at SLAYER shows rocking out. I’d like to think I did it justice at the time I was with the band and it was just an amazing experience.”

SLAYER: We Do Not Agree With DAVE LOMBARDO’s Substance Or Timeline Of Events

SLAYER has released the following statement to BLABBERMOUTH.NET regarding the band’s decision to replace drummer Dave Lombardo for the upcoming Australian tour:

SLAYER confirms that Jon Dette will drum for the band on its Australian tour that starts this Saturday, February 23 in Brisbane. As regards Dave Lombardo‘s Facebook post, SLAYER does not agree with Mr. Lombardo‘s substance or the timeline of the events, except to acknowledge that Mr. Lombardo came to the band less than a week before their scheduled departure for Australia to present an entirely new set of terms for his engagement that were contrary to those that had been previously agreed upon. The band was unable to reach an agreement on these new demands in the short amount of time available prior to leaving for Australia. There is more to the account than what Mr. Lombardo has offered, but out of respect to him, SLAYER will not be commenting further. SLAYER is grateful to its Australian fans for their understanding of this unfortunate last-minute change, and very much looks forward to seeing them at these shows.”

Lombardo released a statement last night indicating that he was being replaced for SLAYER‘s Australian dates after he requested access to detailed information and the necessary backup documents regarding how the band’s tour income was being distributed. According to the drummer, 90% of SLAYER‘s tour revenue is “being deducted as expenses, including the professional fees paid to management, costing the band millions of dollars and leaving 10% or less to split amongst the four of us.”

Shortly into the tour for SLAYER‘s 1986 album “Reign In Blood”, Lombardo left the group, citing financial concerns. Tony Scaglione of WHIPLASH was recruited to replace Lombardo; however, this lineup was short-lived, as Lombardo returned in 1987. In 1992, Lombardo left the group again due to friction with the other band members, particularly King. Paul Bostaph of FORBIDDEN took over as the band’s drummer for 1994’s “Divine Intervention” and 1996’s “Undisputed Attitude”, the latter being an LP of cover tunes. Following the recording of “Undisputed Attitude”, Jon Dette replaced Bostaph, who left to concentrate on other projects. Dette was fired a year later and Bostaph returned to the fold. In 2001, Bostaph left SLAYER for good and was replaced by a returning Lombardo. Although this reunion was initally announced as temporary, Lombardo has remained with the band ever since.

SLAYER has spent the past two years touring without guitarist Jeff Hanneman, who is still recovering from necrotising fasciitis, a flesh-eating disease, which he is believed to have gotten from a spider bite. Hanneman is being temporarily replaced on the road by EXODUS guitarist Gary Holt.

Prior to joining SLAYER, Dette appeared on TESTAMENT‘s “Live At The Fillmore” album, which came out in 1995.

Dette is currently playing with ANTHRAX as a temporary replacement for the band’s longtime drummer Charlie Benante, who “is dealing with personal issues right now and can’t leave” the U.S., according to ANTHRAX guitarist Scott Ian.