The rock and metal music world that I love so much has had its fair share of controversies recently.
The most recent, is finding out that Jeff Hanneman’s liver failed due to alcohol related cirrhosis. With so much focus on the flesh-eating bacteria, everyone forgot Jeff’s love of the demon alcohol.
We all have those little demons that can either gives us the edge or destroy us. Ozzy Osbourne has been battling them his whole life. Nikki Sixx has gone to war with them and it looks like at the moment he has come out on top. Robb Flynn from Machine Head has been more than open with his alcohol battles and depression. Steven Adler the original GNR drummer is back in rehab. Anthony Kiedis, Slash, Kurt Cobain, Duff and the lists just go on and on.
Randy Rhoads battled his whole life to become famous and when he got it, he wanted to walk away from it. It didn’t satisfy him, the touring, the bus trips and the hotel rooms. Randy found solace in his instrument, others find solace in drugs and alcohol. Surrounded by enablers and yes people, it’s very easy for people to get caught up in a culture that thrives on drugs and alcohol.
Then you have the bad break up’s – Phil Anselmo still trying to reach out to Vinnie Paul with all that forgive and forget self-help mumbo jumbo. To me it’s all just B.S. My motto is to move on but never forget. Let’s put the facts into context, if Pantera stayed together, Damageplan would not have been playing at the small crappy venue with terrible security, where Dimebag was killed.
Bad break up number 2 – Geoff Tate and Todd LaTorre both operating as Queensryche. They are further diminishing the great name of the band, with two incompetent releases. What a dead set joke?
Bad break up number 3 – Even though Jon Bon Jovi goes on to Ellen and says that Richie is still in the band and that he is just taking time out to deal with personal issues, it’s over. The famed Bon Jovi Circle is broken. Thanks Richie for writing some of the best songs, and I still think you got robbed by Jon for not getting a writing credit on Dry County. The song was handed in by Jon at 4 minutes long, Richie made it a 9 minute epic however only Jon was listed as the songwriter.
Bad Break up number 4 – this one happened a while back, however it came back into the news a few weeks ago when the Breaking Benjamin band name was returned back to vocalist and main songwriter Benjamin Burnley. This break up aired a lot of dirt, especially the recording contract type of dirt and the inner workings of a BAND AGREEMENT.
On the other side of the spectrum, Tim Lambesis, the lead singer of As I Lay Dying, has just entered a not guilty plea for his alleged involvement in trying to hire a hit man to kill his estranged wife. This one came from left field. It was a WTF moment. How stupid can someone be? Has anyone seen how this dude looks. I am sure he could have gotten any other chick. I know it’s not a joke, but I couldn’t stop making comparisons to the Horrible Bosses movie.