DEE SNIDER Says DIO 'Wouldn't Move Any Of Their Equipment' When TWISTED SISTER Opened For Them In 1984

In a new interview with Zoran Theodorovic of MetalgodZradiO, Dee Snider looked back on TWISTED SISTER’s 1984 tour with IRON MAIDEN. “That’s when tours were tours and men were men,” the singer said. “There was no ‘hair metal’ — it was just ‘metal.’ In ’84, when we toured with MAIDEN, it had not been branded ‘hair metal.’ So MÖTLEY CRÜE toured with Ozzy [Osbourne]. And that tour [with MAIDEN] was one of the great tours. Five nights sold out at the Long Beach Arena. We were the opening band, and it was packed. When we hit the stage, it was packed. Usually, the opening band, people show up late. No — everybody was there to see TWISTED; they were there to see MAIDEN.”

According to Snider, TWISTED SISTER’s 1984 tour with DIO was a far different experience. “DIO — and I love DIO and I love Ronnie [James Dio] — but when we toured with DIO, they wouldn’t move any of their equipment, so we were forced onto the lip of the stage in front of the lights so you couldn’t see us,” he said. “We got no spotlights. They reduced the P.A. That’s the way a lot of those old bands did it.”

In 2016, TWISTED SISTER embarked on one final trek, titled “Forty And Fuck It”, in celebration of its 40th anniversary. These shows featured the band’s “core lineup” of Snider, guitarist Jay Jay French, guitarist Eddie Ojeda and bassist Mark Mendoza, along with drummer Mike Portnoy. The band’s last-ever concert took place in November of that year — 20 months after the passing of TWISTED’s longtime drummer A.J. Pero.

TWISTED SISTER’s original run ended in the late ’80s. After more than a decade, the band publicly reunited in November 2001 to top the bill of New York Steel, a hard-rock benefit concert to raise money for the New York Police And Fire Widows’ And Children’s Benefit Fund.

The surviving members of the classic lineup of TWISTED SISTER — Snider, French, Ojeda and Mendoza — reunited virtually on March 20 for a special episode of Mendoza’s Internet TV show “22 Now”. The hour-and-a-half-long program was a tribute to Pero, who died exactly six years earlier at the age of 55 while on tour with the band ADRENALINE MOB.

Prior to this past March’s virtual reunion, the four surviving members of TWISTED SISTER reunited for two days and nights in November 2019 to celebrate the 35th anniversary of the band’s classic album “Stay Hungry”.

TRIP THE WITCH Feat. STONE TEMPLE PILOTS' DEAN DELEO: Watch Music Video For 'Saturn We Miss You'

Dean DeLeo, guitarist and songwriter from STONE TEMPLE PILOTS, and renowned Nashville session player Tom Bukovac have joined forces for a collaborative project, TRIP THE WITCH. Their self-titled debut album, which is out now, is a collection of 10 dynamic, mostly instrumental songs, with a myriad of sounds and styles — ethereal soundscapes, crunching power chords, vocal-like guitar melodies, kaleidoscope atmospherics and jazz elements all with a cosmic connectivity.

Meeting via e-mail through a mutual friend, Dean and Tom were both huge fans of each other’s work. They began chatting on the phone, hit it off immediately and decided to make a record.

The album was written and recorded entirely online during the pandemic, with the pair sending videos back and forth, building ideas. “I’d send him a riff and he’d send me a riff back,” says Tom. “After a while, we had a million riffs and started assembling them into songs.” Dean adds: “It was such a thrill to have a track, send it to the other person, and then have anticipation and excitement of getting it back and hearing what the other had done.” The two have still not met in person.

The album’s astral opening track, “Saturn We Miss You”, is highlighted by the inimitable vocals of legendary YES frontman Jon Anderson. As two avowed YES fanatics, they e-mailed Jon the instrumental track with the songtitle and were beyond ecstatic when a few days later Jon responded, writing lyrics and recording his vocals on the track.

The official music video for “Saturn We Miss You” can now be seen below.

As for what comes next for TRIP THE WITCH? “We’d love to take this on the road,” says Dean. We’ve talked about it quite a bit, and I think it would be an incredible amount of fun.” Tom adds, “There’s a wealth of material left over from our sessions, so we could easily make a second album.”

“Trip The Witch” track listing:

01. Saturn We Miss You
02. Dressed To Kill Myself
03. Wall Of Sound
04. Fell From The Floor
05. Planet TD1
06. Surfside Lounge
07. We Lived Here
08. Space Wagon
09. The Bird Returns
10. Black Light / Reclaim My Time

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Tom Bukovac photo credit: Tom Bukovac

Watch JANE'S ADDICTION Perform At 'MMR*B*Q' Concert In Camden

JANE’S ADDICTION performed at the MMR*B*Q concert sponsored by Philadelphia radio station WMMR (93.3 FM) on Saturday, September 25 at the BB&T Pavilion in Camden, New Jersey. Fan-filmed video footage of the performance is available below.

Last November, JANE’S ADDICTION singer Perry Farrell told Classic Rock magazine that fans could expect to hear new music from the band in 2021. Asked if there might be another album from JANE’S ADDICTION in his future plans, the 62-year-old singer said: “I wouldn’t think albums, I’d think songs.

“We’ve got so much JANE’S material in the can,” he explained. “We’ll be releasing a couple of tracks, maybe writing some new ones.”

In August 2020, JANE’S ADDICTION played two songs during Lollapalooza’s Lolla2020 livestream, a free four-night broadcast event which took place on the original dates of the Chicago-based festival. Farrell, guitarist Dave Navarro, drummer Stephen Perkins and bassist Chris Chaney reunited for their first public appearance in three years to perform “I Would For You” and “Stop!”

JANE’S ADDICTION released its last album, “The Great Escape Artist”, back in 2011.

“The Great Escape Artist” sold around 24,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to land at position No. 12 on The Billboard 200 chart.

“The Great Escape Artist” was JANE’S ADDICTION’s first all-new studio effort since 2003’s “Strays”, which opened with more than 110,000 units to enter the chart at No. 4.

“The Great Escape Artist” was only JANE’S ADDICTION’s fourth album of original material in 20 years.

The current JANE’S ADDICTION lineup features original members Perkins, Farrell and Navarro.

Although founding bassist Eric Avery initially returned to the band when it reactivated in 2009, he quit the following year.

Dave Sitek of TV ON THE RADIO played bass on and co-produced “The Great Escape Artist”, while Chaney has returned as touring bassist.

STATUS QUO's FRANCIS ROSSI Pays Tribute To ALAN LANCASTER

STATUS QUO’s Francis Rossi has paid tribute to the band’s original bassist Alan Lancaster who died earlier today (Sunday, September 26) at the age of 72.

Rossi wrote in a statement: “I am so sorry to hear of Alan’s passing. We were friends and colleagues for many years and achieved fantastic success together as the Frantic Four alongside Rick Parfitt and John Coghlan. Alan was an integral part of the sound and the enormous success of STATUS QUO during the 60s and 70s. Although it is well documented that we were estranged in recent years, I will always have very fond memories of our early days together and my condolences go to Dayle and Alan’s family.”

STATUS QUO manager Simon Porter added: “This is such sad news and my sincere condolences go out to Dayle and the family.

“It was an absolute pleasure to be able to reunite the original line up for two sell-out tours in 2013/2014 and to give STATUS QUO Frantic Four fans a final legacy and such a lasting memory. Although Alan was not in the best of health even then, he got through the tours with determination and grit and was a pleasure to work with.”

Lancaster was a member of STATUS QUO since the band’s inception in 1967 until 1985. He appeared on 16 STATUS QUO studio albums, from 1968’s “Picturesque Matchstickable Messages From The Status Quo” through to 1983’s “Back to Back”. Nearly 30 years later, he reunited with Rossi, Rick Parfitt and John Coghlan in 2013 for the STATUS QUO “The Frantic Four” reunion tour in Europe.

Lancaster’s wife Dayle confirmed his passing in a statement. She said: “We are all heartbroken. Alan had a wonderful wit and a fabulously dry sense of humour. He was a devoted and adoring husband, father and grandfather. Family was always his focus.”

Alan Lancaster – R.I.P

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DISTURBED Returns To Live Stage For First Time In Nearly Two Years (Video)

DISTURBED performed live for the first time in nearly two years last night (Saturday, September 25) as one of the headliners of the Louder Than Life festival in Louisville, Kentucky.

After the show, DISTURBED guitarist Dan Donegan took to his Instagram to share a backstage photo of him with his bandmates, and he wrote in an accompanying message: “I’m so grateful for this opportunity to come back and perform again for all of you disturbed ones after being away for two years! Thank you @louderthanlifefest @dannywimmer for giving us back what we all need! I’m still on a high from the adrenaline that I can’t sleep! Hope to see you again in Nov. Much Love & respect @disturbed #areyouready #theinfectionmustdie #downwiththesickness #indestructible #holdontomemories #louderthanlifefestival”.

DISTURBED’s setlist was as follows:

01. Are You Ready
02. Prayer
03. The Vengeful One
04. Stupify
05. The Game
06. The Infection
07. A Reason To Fight
08. Fear
09. Indestructible
10. Inside The Fire
11. The Sound Of Silence (SIMON & GARFUNKEL cover)
12. The Light
13. Stricken
14. Down With The Sickness

In March, DISTURBED’s “The Sickness 20th Anniversary Tour” was officially canceled. The amphitheater tour, with very special guest STAIND and BAD WOLVES, was originally slated to take place in the summer of 2020 but was rescheduled to 2021 due to the coronavirus pandemic. It was eventually scrapped altogether.

“The Sickness 20th Anniversary Tour” was supposed to celebrate the 20th anniversary of DISTURBED’s seminal album “The Sickness”. On this tour, the band was expected to perform songs off the album, as well as tracks from DISTURBED’s latest album, “Evolution”, and its extensive catalog.

DISTURBED had great commercial success with its orchestral treatment of “The Sound Of Silence”, which appeared on 2015’s “Immortalized” album. The band also previously covered TEARS FOR FEARS’ “Shout” in 2000 and GENESIS’s “Land Of Confusion” in 2005, the latter of which landed at position No. 1 on the Mainstream Rock chart.

“The Sound Of Silence” earned DISTURBED its highest Billboard Hot 100 chart position ever (No. 42 in 2016).

In September 2020, DISTURBED’s “No More” landed at position No. 1 on Billboard’s Mainstream Rock Songs airplay chart. The track, which was the third single from “Evolution”, marked DISTURBED’s seventh straight No. 1 on the chart.

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Here Is Video Of MEGADETH Jamming Backstage During 'The Metal Tour Of The Year'

MEGADETH guitarist Kiko Loureiro has uploaded a video of him jamming backstage at a recent stop on “The Metal Tour Of The Year” with the band’s touring bassist James LoMenzo as well as MEGADETH’s production assistant (and MIND FLOW drummer) Rafael Pensado. Kiko wrote in an accompanying message: “Backstage Moments. This is what we do just before getting on stage @bassmonsterr bass @rafaelpensado drums”.

Rounding out the lineup for “The Metal Tour Of The Year” are LAMB OF GOD, TRIVIUM and HATEBREED. Produced by Live Nation, the rescheduled trek kicked off on August 20 in Austin, Texas and will conclude on September 28 in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

LoMenzo joined MEGADETH in 2006 and appeared on two of the group’s studio albums, 2007’s “United Abominations” and 2009’s “Endgame”. He was fired from the band in 2010 and replaced with returning original MEGADETH bassist David Ellefson.

In addition to MEGADETH, LoMenzo has played with Ozzy Osbourne, Zakk Wylde and WHITE LION. For the past eight years, LoMenzo has been performing with iconic rocker John Fogerty.

Dave Mustaine has yet to reveal who played bass on the new MEGADETH album after Ellefson’s tracks were removed from the LP following his dismissal from the band in late May.

Ellefson laid down his bass tracks on MEGADETH’s sixteenth LP in May 2020 at a studio in Nashville, Tennessee.

In July, Mustaine announced during an episode of his Gimme Radio program “The Dave Mustaine Show” that Ellefson’s bass tracks would not be used on the new MEGADETH LP.

In early May, on the same day that sexually tinged messages and explicit video footage involving Ellefson were posted on Twitter, he released a statement on Instagram denying all social media chatter that he “groomed” an underage fan.

On May 24, Mustaine — who formed MEGADETH with Ellefson in 1983 — announced the bassist’s departure from the band.

Ellefson was in MEGADETH from the band’s inception in 1983 to 2002, and again from 2010 until his latest exit.

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Watch THE BLACK CROWES' Entire Camden Concert From 'Shake Your Money Maker' 30th-Anniversary Tour

Fan-filmed video footage of THE BLACK CROWES’ entire September 23 performance at BB&T Pavilion in Camden, New Jersey can be seen below. The band played its debut album, “Shake Your Money Maker”, in its entirety to celebrate the LP’s 30th anniversary, along with “all the hits” from the rest of their catalog.

Featured songs:

00:00 Twice As Hard
04:45 Jealous Again
11:16 Sister Luck
17:23 Could I’ve Been So Blind
21:48 Seeing Things
29:56 Hard To Handle (Otis Redding cover)
33:37 Thick N’ Thin
36:28 She Talks To Angels
43:00 Struttin’ Blues
47:56 Stare It Cold
54:04 Oh! Sweet Nuthin’ (THE VELVET UNDERGROUND cover) (sung by Rich Robinson)
1:03:10 No Speak No Slave
1:08:37 Sting Me
1:13:27 Soul Singing
1:18:10 Wiser Time
1:26:30 Band Intro
1:28:10 Thorn In My Pride
1:38:50 Remedy

Produced by Live Nation, THE BLACK CROWES’ 37-date “Shake Your Money Maker” tour ended last night (Saturday, September 25) at Bethel Woods Center for the Arts in Bethel, New York.

Joining Chris and Rich Robinson in the new BLACK CROWES lineup are longtime bassist Sven Pipien, who played with the band live from 1997 up until the band’s hiatus in 2015, along with Brian Griffin on drums, Joel Robinow on keyboards and Isaiah Mitchell on guitar, plus backup singers Mackenzie Adams and Leslie Grant.

Rich told Cleveland.com that he and his brother wanted to re-start THE BLACK CROWES with a clean slate. “There was a strong agenda in the band [previously] to keep Chris and I apart and keep Chris and I fighting,” he said. “We just didn’t want to have to deal with any of that negative [stuff], so it had to be this way in order for it to be what we want.”

“Shake Your Money Maker” was re-released in multi-formats sets in February through UMe/American Recordings. The album, fueled by singles “Jealous Again”, “Twice As Hard”, “She Talks To Angels” and a cover of fellow Georgian Otis Redding’s “Hard To Handle”, has sold over five million copies.

Chris Robinson recently confirmed to SiriusXM’s “Trunk Nation With Eddie Trunk” that there are tentative plans to record a new BLACK CROWES album.

Former IRON MAIDEN Singer PAUL DI'ANNO Is Still Waiting For His Knee Surgery: The Situation Is 'Only Getting Worse'

Kastro Pergjoni, operations director of the Cart & Horses pub in Stratford, London, England where IRON MAIDEN made its live debut in 1976, who recently raised £13,100 (approximately $18,000) so former MAIDEN vocalist Paul Di’Anno can undergo his long-delayed knee surgery, has posted a new photo of the 63-year-old musician, saying that the “situation is only getting worse the longer it goes.”

Di’Anno has battled a number of health issues in recent years. He reportedly underwent an operation in 2016 to remove a “rugby ball-sized abscess” on his lungs and required a knee-replacement operation on both knees after getting involved in several motorcycle accidents over the years. As a result, Di’Anno was forced to sit down while performing at his most recent shows.

In the latest photo, Paul, who has reportedly waited for seven years to get this surgery done, can be seen with massive swelling (edema) on both his knees, with one physician from Bangladesh speculating in the comments section that Di’Anno is suffering from advanced untreated diabetes and hypertension, thereby complicating his treatment.

Pergjoni, who has been behind Cart & Horses since 2016, leasing the pub from the building’s owners who are converting the beer garden and car park into flats, discussed his fundraising efforts during a 2020 appearance on the “Uncle Steve’s Iron Maiden Zone” podcast. Asked if he has approached the members of IRON MAIDEN themselves to contribute in some way to the Di’Anno campaign, Kastro said (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET): “Myself, no, I haven’t, to be honest, because I don’t wanna put things… What’s the best way to say it now? It’s not up to me to go to them, because I have no connections with IRON MAIDEN themselves. Even when I [need to approach] Steve [Harris, IRON MAIDEN bassist and founder], I go through his friends or his sister sometimes or close friends that he’s got to get stuff from him. But to go to MAIDEN for something that is related to MAIDEN, I don’t think that it is me personally, or Cart & Horses, the ones to contact them. I’d love if they come forward and just cover whatever is left or say whatever, but I don’t think it’s down to me to go to MAIDEN. Because [Paul’s] got friends and he’s got connections with MAIDEN more than I have, so if MAIDEN wanted to, or if somebody else wanted to, they would have done it. But so far, nothing, unfortunately, no.”

Di’Anno recorded two classic albums with IRON MAIDEN — a self-titled effort in 1980 and “Killers” in 1981 — before being fired and replaced by Bruce Dickinson. He went on to front a number of other bands, including KILLERS and BATTLEZONE, and released several solo records.

In March 2011, Di’Anno was sentenced to nine months in a U.K. prison after he falsely collected government benefits by claiming he suffered nerve damage to his back that prevented him from working.

Di’Anno completed his first North American tour in early 2010, 17 years after he was deported following a prison term for guns and drug offenses.

In a December 2019 interview with the Spanish web site Mariskalrock.com, Di’Anno said that he was lucky to be alive after developing a deadly infection several years ago. “I nearly died four years ago,” Paul revealed. “I had sepsis in Argentina. I was very, very sick. I just about made it home to England and then straight to hospital. I’ve been in and out of the hospital for four years now. I had operations done on both legs. I [haven’t been able to] walk for four years. It’s been very, very tough for me at the moment. Because of the sepsis, I keep getting infections, so they can’t do the operations on my legs and stuff like that when they want to do them. And it’s been very difficult. At the moment, I’ve only got one knee. The other knee has been taken out, but there’s no new knee put in, so it’s been a cement thing. But I wanna play, obviously, but I can’t do that until I’m fixed. I haven’t stopped playing music, and I’ve got no plans to retire — I wanna keep playing — but I need to get well.”

Elaborating on his recovery process, Di’Anno said: “I’m not getting better and better — not yet, until I’ve had both of my knees operated on. The next operation is gonna be to take my left knee out and then put a replacement straight away, which then I’ve gotta do rehab to try to stand up on that one leg. And then I can sort of move about on crutches after a while, which would be fantastic. I may have to sit down on the stage, but if I can get up on one leg, it makes it easier for flying and things like that. I still may have to travel around on a wheelchair a bit, but if I’m playing on stage in a wheelchair, at least I can hop about on the crutches and then maybe sit down and sing. But I caught another infection two weeks ago, which they will not operate on you while you’ve got an infection. Unfortunately, this is gonna be the rest of my life, because of sepsis. I was so lucky. The sepsis really hits you hard, and on the London plane home from Argentina, everyone was saying to me, ‘Hello, sir. Are you okay? Are you okay?’ And I’m, like, ‘Yeah, why don’t you fuck off and leave me alone?’ sort of thing. I didn’t realize I was actually dying. And when I actually got home and I collapsed on the floor, I had my cell phone with me. I was on my own, ’cause my wife and kids were over in America. I got the ambulance people. They came down and they kicked my door in and took me to the hospital. I spent eight months in that hospital… And you’ve got 45 minutes to pump you full of antibiotics or you’ll die. I just about made that. Eight months recovery there, then into a care home for another three months, and then I moved into this new house of mine, which is adapted for wheelchair users at the moment… And then it’s been unlucky with the infections; otherwise I would have been up and running by now. But they won’t operate on me for two years, with sepsis, because you have to make sure it’s completely clear of you. And now I’ve got this other thing called MRSA, which you get from being in hospital, which is unfortunate. But, anyway, at the moment, I’m clearing out very well, so I’m waiting for the next call I get, which will be for surgery, and get things done”.

Pressed about whether he is optimistic that he will be able to return to the stage someday, he told Mariskalrock.com: “Yeah. Fuckin’ damn right. If I can’t play music, I might as well fuckin’ kill myself. So, yeah, I’m fine. As I said, once they have taken the left knee out and then put the replacement one in, I’ve got rehab to do. And the rehab will be learning to stand up and use crutches and move around with one leg, ’cause the other one, it’s a very complicated operation on the right leg… I’m waiting for the surgeons to call me in. This operation will take about three hours to put the knee in, and then it’s all rehab, rehab, rehab to strengthen my leg and [be able] to stand up on that one leg, ’cause the other one, I can’t put it down on the floor, ’cause it’s only got cement inside of it. There’s no knee in the right one either, so that will be taken out. That one is a complicated operation — about nine hours. But this first one, if I can stand on crutches and get used to it after… I’ll be in hospital for two weeks, and then it’s all rehab, rehab — strengthen the left leg up, so I can hop about on the crutches and move around. It makes it easier for me to fly, and then I can go on stage. I may have to sit down on the stage in a chair, but at least I can go back on stage… And then, when they do the right leg, then I’ll be all right to do everything. It’s gonna take time. Unfortunately, it’s two years where they will not operate on anything ’cause of the sepsis. And that’s a two-year gap. And now all these infections are fucking me up.”

More than a decade and a half ago, Di’Anno told The Jersulam Post that leaving the MAIDEN juggernaut behind was the best thing that ever happened to him, and that he had no bitter feelings toward his former bandmates. “I absolutely have no regrets about leaving MAIDEN — I wasn’t right in the head at that time to be in the middle of all that,” he said. “I was fed up and disillusioned; it would have been cheating the fans and myself if I had stayed. It was easy to walk away from, and I’m very happy the band got bigger and bigger.”

Several years ago, Di’Anno told Metal Thunder Radio that he wasn’t as involved with MAIDEN’s songwriting as he would have liked. “Steve had most of the words and the lyrics [to the band’s first album] all written. That was some of the bones of contention that we had in the band — that I didn’t get to write as much as I wanted to. ‘Cause I am actually quite a prolific writer, but a lot of my songs were not accepted. ‘Cause it’s Steve’s band, obviously.”

He continued: “That first album was a revelation, I’ve gotta tell you. It was amazing. And the second album, for me, not so much. That’s when I started to lose interest a little bit. But [we] still [had] great times — really great times.”

At times, Paul has also publicly displayed his anger toward his former bandmates, most notably during a 2009 press conference in Argentina where he was asked about the rumors that his drug use had something to do with his split with MAIDEN. “Where the fuck do you people get this from?” he asked. “I left IRON MAIDEN because they were going too heavy metal, and IRON MAIDEN is a money-making machine, and I don’t give a fuck about it. It was not about drugs; it was nothing like that. Me and Steve… I [wrote] the song ‘Killers’. Steve had [what he thought] were better songs. I thought his songs were shit. Nothing to do with drugs; nothing whatsoever. Check your facts or otherwise this interview is over… I hate that! I fucking hate that! Because people… You say something but you don’t know. Well, I’m telling you. IRON MAIDEN is Steve Harris’s band. It doesn’t matter about anybody else — whether it’s Dave Murray, Clive [Burr], me… it’s Steve Harris’s band and all it is is money, money, money, money — nobody else counts. And I wrote fuckin’ 20-times better songs than his, but I only got one song on the ‘Killers’ album because it’s Steve’s — he must have this. Fuckin’ Adolf Hitler. I’m not interested. So there you go. But you need to take drugs when you’re with IRON MAIDEN because they’re so fucking boring. And the only drugs were aspirin, because Steve [making hand gesture as if someone is speaking into his ear]… Fuckin’ headache.”

Those wishing to help Di’Anno with medical costs associated with his treatment can donate to the crowdfunding campaign at this location.

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Founding STATUS QUO Bassist ALAN LANCASTER Dead At 72

Former STATUS QUO bassist Alan Lancaster has died after a battle with multiple sclerosis. He was 72 years old.

The news was broken by Australian broadcaster Craig Bennett, who wrote on Facebook: “At the request of his loving and deeply cherished family, I am heartbroken to announce the passing of Alan Lancaster, British born music royalty, guitar God and founding member of iconic band, STATUS QUO.

“Alan Lancaster passed away this morning at his Sydney home, surrounded by family. Alan had been dealing with Multiple Sclerosis. He was 72.

“STATUS QUO began Rockin’ All Over The World in 1967. The legendary band amassed decades of hit songs, including ‘Down Down’ and ‘Whatever You Want’. Alan married his beautiful wife Dayle Lancaster in 1978. They met when Alan and STATUS QUO, along with SLADE and LINDISFARNE, toured Australia in 1973.

“Alan, who was a dear and special friend, is survived by Dayle, his children Alan Jr, Toni and David, plus five grandchildren. Dayle said this morning that Alan loved his life in Australia. His mother and father, plus his brother and sister also moved to Australia. Dayle said: ‘We are all heartbroken. Alan had a wonderful wit and a fabulously dry sense of humour. He was a devoted and adoring husband, father and grandfather. Family was always his focus.’

“Despite having MS and issues with his mobility, Alan participated in hugely successful reunion tours in the UK & Europe in 2013 and 2014. He bravely played to thousands of adoring fans… and loved being back with the band and his loyal QUO army.”

Lancaster is the second original member of STATUS QUO to pass away. Guitarist Rick Parfitt died in December 2016 at the age of 68 after suffering from a severe infection.

In 2016, Lancaster told Australia’s Studio 10: “It was a cocaine thing that broke STATUS QUO up. Cocaine was endemic in the business around the time. It makes you feel as if you’re better than everybody else, superior. I think that’s when we started to lose our brotherhood. Once [drummer] John [Coghlan] went, it was easy to start getting rid of us. And it’s all to do with money as well — once one member leaves, you make more money if you don’t pay them.”

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At the request of his loving and deeply cherished family, am heartbroken to announce the passing of Alan Lancaster,…

Posted by Craig Bennett on Saturday, September 25, 2021

LIVING COLOUR Drops Off 'Summerland Tour 2021' Due To 'Transportation Issues'

LIVING COLOUR has pulled out of the last six shows of the “Summerland Tour 2021” with EVERCLEAR, HOOBASTANK and WHEATUS “due to continued transportation issues.”

Earlier today, LIVING COLOUR announced that it will no longer perform in Post Falls, Idaho (September 28); New Haven, Kentucky (October 1); Portsmouth, Virginia (October 2); Mableton, Georgia (October 3); Clearwater, Florida (October 5); and Jacksonville, Florida (October 6).

LIVING COLOUR wrote in a statement: “It is with deep regret that we will not be performing on the remainder of the ‘Summerland Tour’ Fall 2021 + select headlining shows after September 25th due to continued transportation issues.

“We apologize for any inconvenience and disappointment. EVERCLEAR, HOOBASTANK and WHEATUS are new additions to our family and we want to wish everyone a safe and healthy 2021 and beyond!”

In June 2020, LIVING COLOUR released a video for its classic song “This Is The Life” featuring footage of the peaceful protests that swelled across the U.S. and around the world over the death of George Floyd at the hands of police. The original version of “This Is The Life” appeared on LIVING COLOUR’s 1990 album “Time’s Up”.

LIVING COLOUR’s latest album, “Shade”, was released in September 2017 via Megaforce Records.

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