What’s been making the news in the rock and metal world’s this week.  Donnie knows……….

Zakk Wylde

Guitar hero, master of metal, friend of Maximum Volume and all round great bloke Zakk Wylde has started his own guitar, amp & accessories business by the name of Wylde Audio.
Folks attending the NAMM show in Anaheim, California this weekend will be the first to see some of the new gear, including a Master 100 amp head and a bullseye finish guitar.

Steve Harris

Iron Maiden founder and bassist, Steve Harris, is a man who rarely puts a foot wrong and has a worldwide army of fans who hang on his every word and watch his every move. It’s not all plain sailing for the metal legend though as all the gold discs and fame in the world can’t seem to enable him to shift his country house .

After already cutting the price a year or two ago, presumably due to lack of interest, on his 11,000 square foot, grade II listed mansion he has now been forced to knock it down again, this time by nearly a million pounds as it’s now up for grabs at £4,950,000.  Maiden fans start saving your pennies.

Jake E. Lee

Former Ozzy Osbourne/Badlands guitarist Jake E. Lee has been forced to postpone three shows this week in California and Washington due to suffering a back injury. No details were given as to the cause of the injury but his Red Dragon Cartel bandmates put out a statement which read:

Jake and the band wanted to play very much and apologize to their fans. Jake is now receiving treatment and he hopes to be back in action shortly.”

Get well soon Jake.

Rush

Canadian Prog Rock masters Rush have announced a North American tour in support of their 40th anniversary entitled “R40 Live”. The tour will begin in early May and go through to the start of August and take in 34 cities.

The shows are said to be made up of tracks from their illustrious history so expect plenty of classics.

Tickets can be obtained through Ticketmaster.com and LiveNation.com.

Marduk

This week saw the release of Swedish black metallers Marduk’s latest album, number 13, entitled “Frontschwein”, which came out via Century Media Records.

“Frontschwein” is the band’s first war-themed album since 1999’s awesome “Panzer Division Marduk” and it is every bit as good. Look out for Donnie’s review next week.

Daniel Johns

Silverchair leader Daniel Johns performed a piano version of the Nirvana classic “Smells Like Teen Spirit” at a “Beat The Drum” event in Sydney, Australia to 25,000 fans.

The electic frontman has been out of the spotlight since putting Silverchair on indefinite hiatus in 2011 but his appearance at the event has raised hopes that some new music is just around the corner. That music may well be a new single called “Aerial Love” for which the cover art was posted to his Facebook page.

California Breed

Another project goes upo in smoke for legendary bassist/vocalist Glenn Hughes as his California Breed band has disbanded after Hughes advised his bandmates that he “could not commit” to doing another album.

Hughes explained his decision to fans on his Facebook page posting:

“On June 2 [2014], Jason left California Breed. We had just gone on sale with tickets for the USA and Europe tours. I felt it necessary to commit to these shows, as we had recorded an album and we needed to play and promote our work.

Joey C (Castillo) came in and played drums and helped us out on tour, and I am supremely grateful for this. What I couldn’t commit to was a second album.

“[California Breed] was Jason (Bonham), Andrew (Watt) and myself, and there was no way moving forward without all three original members.

“Over the past four decades, I have built a very loving and loyal fan base, where I know most of you, through touring, signing autographs for all, or on social networks, where I see your photographs or avatar, and answer you, in whatever you wish to ask or share with me.

“I am currently working on three projects, two musical and one movie… I will give more details as I move forward.