Ex-Coheed and Cambria Bassist Battling Cancer + More News
Former Coheed and Cambria bassist Michael Todd is battling a resurgence of testicular cancer.
Todd, 23, made headlines last year after he held up a drug store while trying to obtain painkillers for his addiction. He left the band after that drama and was sentenced to home confinement and a drug program.
Now, he faces the fight of his life, as his cancer has spread and his medical costs are mounting. His supporters have launched a fundraising campaign to help defray some of his increasing medical bills.
You can donate here.
For Today guitarist Mike Reynolds has left the band after last week's torrent of tweets condemning homosexuality as a sin. The band issued the following statement about why he left.
"Mike Reynolds is no longer a part of For Today. He has decided that now is the time for he and his wife to put their plans in motion to enroll in bible college, and to begin working toward full-time missions work in the Middle East. Mike will be replaced by long-time friend of the band, and former In The Midst of Lions guitar player, Sam Penner, who will be appearing with the band as they headline their upcoming Fight the Silence tour."
The band issued this video featuring Mattie Montgomery discussing the controversy.
Motorhead frontman/bassist Lemmy Kilmister has just revealed his Motorheadphones. They will emphasize the bass thud, bringing out mid-range sounds, as opposed to burying them in bass. The Leminator said that too much bass takes the soul out of rock and makes it sound like you're listening to music "through a towel." The listening devices are constructed of metal and come in three designs. They will set you back between $50 and $130, so if you're an audiophile, it'll be worth the spend. Additionally, two of the models even have a microphone remote control in them called "The Controlizer." The phones will be available this April. [VH1 Classic Radio]
Rammstein's Videos 1995-2012 has been delayed until February. It was originally due out on January 15, but a manufacturing error has forced a new release date, to ensure high quality and proper packaging; the new date which will be announced imminently. The DVD features the band's video discography, along with two new videos for the song "Mein Herz Brennt," and is available on standard DVD and Blu-ray. Videos 1995-2012 contains over seven hours of material featuring 25 music videos, 24 behind-the-scenes clips of the making-of-the-videos and a 56-page booklet. It's available on three DVDs or two Blu-rays. [Via Press Release]
Black Sabbath will release their new album '13' this June. The exact release date of the band's 13th album is TBA. It features the original lineup, save for drummer Bill Ward, who chose to sit this one out due to some legal wrangling. Rage Against the Machine's Brad Wilk filled in as the session drummer for the Rick Rubin-produced album. [Via Press Release]
Topps has added a metal specific insert to its 2013 Topps Archive packages, called "The Heavy Metal Autographs" series. There are just 25 copies of the cards, printed on metal! Autographs from Tommy Lee, Scott Ian, Lita Ford, Stephen Pearcy of Ratt and Kip Winger are included. The set is available on May 29.
Anthrax are not holding auditions to replace departing guitarist Rob Caggiano, who is moving on to focus on his career as a producer. Shadows Fall guitarist Jon Donais will step in and play with the band at some upcoming shows. [Anthrax Facebook]