Leda Baker told the outlet (via UCR) "Dad called the day after his surgery to say he's okay," she said. "Albeit a rather disorientated and unintelligible conversation, he was at least awake and aware." She added, "Ginger is on the road to recovery. After open-heart surgery and a bad fall, he is miraculously recovering well."
Baker revealed back in February that he planned to have open-heart surgery following a fall at his home. He said at the time, "There are two options for surgery.
"Depending on how strong my old lungs are, they may do both. The doctor says he's going to get me playing again."
Last year Ulrich's bandmate Kirk Hammett confirmed it, saying: "We were unhappy, and we might have grumbled something to someone." Now Ulrich tells Metal Forces: "It's certainly not something that I was ever aware of.
"When you have a collective entity like Metallica that's been together for 35 years, there are times on that journey where the idea of what to do next has brought different options.
"There were times when Kirk was kind of floating out there, and there were a couple of times Hetfield was floating out there, and there were times when I was floating out there.
"So it was very possible. I'm sure Scott Ian knows something that I don't - and I'm fine with that. It was just not something that was ever on my radar." Read morehere.
But with the situation showing no signs of improvement, and facing the possibility of the total removal of his tongue, the sticksman chose an experimental immune therapy called immunotherapy - a treatment which stimulates the immune system to fight cancer. As a result, the tumor has almost been completely eradicated.
Rockett tells the San Diego Union-Tribune: "I just didn't feel right. This should be getting better, not worse. I should be eating better, I should be swallowing better - what the hell's going on?"
He underwent a scan which showed that the original tumor was still present. "The lymph nodes on my right side lit up, the lymph nodes on my left side lit up, and on the side of my tongue there was stuff," Rockett says.
He then put his name forward to Dr. Ezra Cohen at the UC San Diego Moores Cancer Center - and waited to hear if he'd be accepted for the trial. Read morehere.
Topping a new list of the Top 60 biggest UK records in sync with this month's 60th anniversary of the Official Albums Chart, the project stands alone as the first and only album to have sold over 6 million copies in the UK, with 6.1 million sales to date.
"What a great bit of news to wake up to!", says guitarist Brian May. "The most popular album? Well, I always thought the band showed promise, but this is beyond our boyhood dreams! Thanks folks!"
Drummer Roger Taylor added: "Incredible... marvellous... humbling... thank you... I feel good!" See the Top 10 listhere.
Lenchantin of A Perfect Circle and Zwan fame began working with the group for their 2014 tour, taking the place of original bass player Kim Deal and Paz has now been confirmed as the group's official bassist.
"I was very nervous in the beginning when I went to that first rehearsal," said Lenchantin in the announcement. "There were these shoes I felt I had to fill and I tried to do the best I could for the fans, to make the live performances sound true to the originals.
"I spent three years learning to understand what being a Pixie meant, and now, my heart, spirit, and love for their music is embedded in me and I feel like I have become a Pixie. We had been more about the history of the Pixies, but now, we are about going forward."
The group's new album was produced by Tom Dalgety (Killing Joke, Royal Blood)and will be entitled "Head Carrier" and is set for released on September 30th. The first single from the effort, "Um Chagga Lagga" can be streamed here.
The band also revealed that they will be offering a special limited edition deluxe box set of "Head Carrier" via their website that will include the album on CD, a heavy-weight/180 gram black vinyl version, a 24-page book featuring the lyrics and Vaughan Oliver's cover art.
Pixies will be launching a world tour in support of the new album with the first leg set to hit Europe this fall. The trek will be kicking off on November 15th at the Stadthalle in Austria.See the tour dates and album tracklisting here.
Twisted Sister performed on the Jagermeister stage at the festival on June 24 and Sapp says the band faced a two-and-a-half hour trip from their hotel to the site before being given too few backstage passes to accommodate their entire crew.
It was Twisted Sister's last ever performance in Canada before they draw the curtain on their 40-year career. He goes on to talk about the dressing room, which he says was a 10x10 space for 23 people. And Sapp says that the rider for that number of crew consisted of "a dozen small water bottles, five bags of chips, three granola bars, a couple of tiny toffee candies and a pack of something... I think it was gum." Read morehere.
Tickets for the special event will be limited to two per customer and only available in person Banquet Records in Kingston from 10am on July 8th (Friday).
Biffy's seventh album Ellipsis is also released on July 8 and they are scheduled to perform at the Reading and Leeds festivals next month, as well as a show at Glasgow's Bellahouston Park on August 27 with Fall Out Boy and Cage The Elephant.
The band recently issued a video for their track Animal Style and all of the tracks on Ellipsis can be previewedhere.
The Word Alive are currently touring the US in support of their latest album Dark Matter. Frontman Tyler 'Telle' Smith said of the record: "Dark Matter is the result of our most in-depth writing and recording session we've done, and is something we consider to be our most dynamic and expansive album to date.
"This record completely defines and expresses who we are, and where we are going, taking the listener to the darkest and most honest places our band has dared to venture." Check out the coverhere.
That comment moved Tyler to say that "jealousy runs deep in this family," but Kramer doesn't feel threatened by the frontman's desire to branch out. The drummer tells Eddie Trunk Live (via Blabbermouth): "If he's doing a couple of songs off his album and the rest Aerosmith songs, you put two and two together and it's not what you would call a solo career.
"But he's having a good time and he's got a passion for it, and I think that that's what counts even more. If you're having a good time doing what you're doing and you love it, it's gonna come out good. It's gotta be a positive thing." Read morehere.
He tells One On One Mitch Lafon: "We're pencilled in to reconvene in December and begin writing, so that's the plan. We'll start writing at the end of this year, we'll possibly have something out by 2017. We'll see how the process goes when we get under way in December."
Portnoy recently announced he'd perform his 12 Step Suite in full for his 50th birthday at the Cruise To The Edge festival in Florida in October - a concept piece which details his experience with alcoholism. He recalls how his longtime collaborator and friend Morse supported him during his road to recovery in the early 00s following Dream Theater's Scenes From A Memory tour. Read more and stream the full interviewhere.
Sounds From The Heart Of Gothenburg was recorded in November 2014 during the band's performances at Hovet in Stockholm and Scandinavium in Gothenburg, Sweden.
The Swedish metal outfit split with drummer Daniel Svensson last year and have yet to announce his replacement. In Flames are lined up to perform at Knotfest in Japan on November 6. Watch the DVD trailerhere.
The night will "pay tribute to Kate Bush, one of the most influential songwriters of our time" and features Pollock along with other artists including Roddy Hart, Twilight Sad's James Graham, Admiral Fallow's Sarah Hayes and Field Music's Peter Brewis.
The special concert forms part of the Aberdeen's True North festival of music and song which is set to take place from September 22-25. Read morehere.
The band said: "This album is as much yours as it is ours. We wouldn't be here doing what we love right now if it weren't for the endless support we've received from our friends and fans across the world over the last two years.
"We hope you love this record as much we do, and can't wait to play these songs for you the next time we make it to your city." Watch the new music videohere.
Singer/guitarist Chris Theor tells TeamRock: "Elderflower is the title track to the EP and really encapsulates the main thematic thread that ties all the tracks together, that of change in the face of resistance.
"In this case it tells the story of someone seeking to come to terms with their gender identity later in life. It's one of our favorite tracks because the music marries so well with the story, and despite its relative structural simplicity, it takes you on an emotive journey that spans resignation, anger, acceptance and regret, all in the space of three short minutes." Stream the songhere.
The band had the following to say about the anniversary trek: "This year sees us celebrate 20 years of being InMe, so we're heading out in October with some friends of ours."
The run of dates get underway at The Key Club, Leeds, on the 17th of the month and wrap up at Brighton's Patterns on the 28th and come after the band play this year's Macmillan Fest in Nottingham on September 3. See the dateshere.
The pair had been touring in the months before Renbourn's passing and recorded 13 songs - one of them an original piece called Balham Moon. Jones says: "It was always a great pleasure to meet up with John and play the odd gig together over the 50 plus years that we've known each other, so when the opportunity arose about three years ago for us to tour together - I jumped at the chance.
"It proved to be a truly wonderful experience which ended all too soon. With a giant personality and sense of humor that endeared John to everyone, he was a joy to be with and in those final few years we became bosom friends as never before." Read morehere.
It was originally a watch and clock repair shop, but its watchmaker and musician founder Jacques Albert began selling instruments and sheet music in store, before expanding into publishing, recording and artist management.
Outgoing CEO David Albert tells Billboard: "It's positive for the business and for the future. But the other emotion is, all the family feels there's a sense of sadness that it's the end of a 131-year era.
"What makes it a bit easier from the family's perspective is we made it together. But there couldn't be more mixed emotions." Read morehere.
"Wake Up" was written at a pretty tough time for me. My home life was at its lowest point and the only way to really vent my frustrations, was through music. The band, at the time, was at a standstill. Constant line-up changes and problems arising just made being in the band even more difficult than it was.
Me being a huge guitar nerd, I love melodies and intricate playing of all sorts. So when it came to writing "Wake Up", it was quite difficult to find the right melody to set the song off. After about 4-5 hours of noodling on the guitar, I came across what would be the chorus of the song. The "IT" riff. And right then and there, every problem that I had in life seemed to have vanished and that's when the song started to take shape. I spent the next few days constructing the song, figuring out arrangements and what not but I felt uncertain about the song. I wasn't sure stylistically if this was a song that really represented the band and myself as a player. I was hesitant at first to show the rest of my band, but it had hit me.
There's no boundaries in metal; or music for that matter for what you can do or sound like. And at that point I was content with the musical direction I was heading. I knew right there at that moment; this is the rebirth of this band.
Hearing is believing. Now that you know the story behind the song, listen for yourself here and learn more about the EP, and grab the tour datesright here!