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All Aboard The Rock Train!

The Wyrd Ways Rock Show welcomes Kev and Tosh’s Rock Train to The Web Of Wyrd

Following another rather successful SOS Festival (their 10th, believe it or not!), I had a chat with Kev from Rock Train.  He’s agreed to joining the Web Of Wyrd, which is a group of podcasts I’m giving pages to on The Wyrd Ways Rock Show website.  So far, that means we’ve got the Bloodstock podcast, Kev and Tosh’s Rock Train and James’ Metal Ashes alongside Dani’s Powerzone! show.

I’ll be talking to a couple of other people to see who else fancies joining in.  All it really needs is a Mixcloud account with a player I can embed on a page on this site.  If you click on the Outer Limits dropdown menu at the top of the page, you’ll see all those mentioned.

If you’re a podcaster and you fancy becoming another strand in The Web Of Wyrd, get in touch by clicking HERE

AC Promotions Join WWRS Shitlist

So it’s Bloodstock next weekend.  And thanks to those fucking twats at AC Promotions, I won’t be there for the second year running.  Going by their “reasons”, there’s no point me bothering applying next year, since I’m apparently not big enough for the festival I’ve been covering very positively and working my arse off at since 2009.

So much for loyalty.

Making no bones about it, Bloodstock is my absolute favourite outdoor festival.  It’s actually the only outdoor festival in the UK I’d even think about going to.  Up until three years ago, the atmosphere in the media area was very jovial, with musicians, journos and togs interviewing, writing and chatting.  Three years ago, that changed.  For one thing, it became difficult to get contact details for bands and managers.  It was, so I understand, difficult for managers and bands to get contact details for potential interviewers.

That year, the atmosphere in the media area wasn’t as friendly.  It wasn’t as much of a fun place to be.  The next year, despite it being almost empty, I was told it was full and I would just be allowed access to VIP.  Pretty much everyone I encountered (who were all either videoing interviews or had shows on FM radio, unlike me, who was “just” a podcaster) was asking me why I was outside media.

I was offered the same thing last year, despite me reminding AC Promotions that the media area was (according to several people I trust and call friends) virtually empty for most of the three days, and stressing that the quality of interview I was able to get thanks to the conditions THEY set had decreased.

I turned them down, stating that I would be unable to give Bloodstock the coverage it deserved (to a larger audience than several of the media outlets that DID get access, by virtue of them being on a radio station of some kind, despite them being highly local community stations) if I was not able to access the media area.

This year, I applied and was turned down.

So my message to Oli Walkers and Austin Collins is this: fuck you and the horse you rode in on.  I fervently hope that the Gregorys notice the decrease in Bloodstock coverage across the audio media (because from what I understand, Cosa Nostra PR are doing a pretty damned good job with the print media) and realize it’s because you’re alienating many of us because you can’t be arsed doing the job you’ve been employed to do – spread the word about the best Metal festival in the UK.

This, by the way, is a PR agency who don’t even answer their phone.  There’s a message on their answering machine telling any callers to ring Oli on his mobile.  Yes, you did read that correctly.  It’s a wonder they’ve got ANY clients at all, since the person who’s supposed to be running things is doing it in absentia.

Next year, I’m seriously considering getting myself a VIP ticket and setting up my own media area for podcasters and small press.  I may even message Adam Gregory on Facebook to ask about setting up my gazebo in VIP so I can do interviews under some kind of cover.

So yes… I’m angry, I’m disappointed and I’m not going to take their shit anymore.  Any bands left on their roster, I’ll be contacting through their record company or through Cosa Nostra, who seem to share many of them.

AC Promotions?  Fuck off and die.

Chester Bennington RIP

Chester Bennington hanged himself.

His depression finally managed to get past his last defences and managed to do the same thing to him that it had done to Chris Cornell, Robin Williams and hundreds of other people across the world.  It’s tragedy.

But you know what’s worse?  Especially for those of us who are, right at this moment, very much aware that one day, that could be us?  The whole “he was selfish” narrative.

No.  Let’s just end that here.  No.  Definitely not.  No matter what they say, these people have never, ever had even an hour of REAL depression in their lives.  For which they should be eternally grateful.

Depression is that constant companion whispering in your ear so it gets into your subconscious.  It tells you that you’re not worth it.  That your friends aren’t really your friends, they’re just taking pity on you.  You don’t really matter to them at all.  It will also attempt to convince you that your family would be better off it you weren’t there anymore.  They’d be better still if you were dead.  Then they wouldn’t have to worry about you coming back and fucking up their lives yet again.

Another thing I get sick of hearing is “why didn’t they get help?”

Part of going really deep into depression is that you believe that there is no help for you.  It doesn’t even occur to you to try and get it because you don’t actually think there’s anything wrong with you.  Looking back, before I started getting treatment, I said and did some awful things to various people for literally just being somewhere I didn’t want them to be.

We need to have friends who will stick by us.  People who will be there to drag us out of the house and just be there to make sure we don’t do anything stupid in the guise of making everyone’s life better.  We won’t ask for help.  You’ll never know how badly a person with depression is because we’re experts at hiding it from the outside world.  We don’t want to burden anyone else with our problems.

Sorry friends and loved ones.  It’s down to you.  You’ll have to push us to get help.  Don’t stop until the treatment is underway and keep pushing.  We may not think we’re worth the hassle, but so long as there’s someone there to care enough, we might just get through this.

Possible new treatment for prostate cancer

New blood test results reveal potential of liquid biopsies to deliver precision medicine for prostate cancer.

Researchers at the Institute of Cancer Research have created a powerful new three-in-one blood test, which could help doctors monitor whether a treatment is working and how a man’s cancer is responding. We examine the results and find out why it’s another step in the creation of targeted treatments for prostate cancer.

A new blood test has revealed the potential for liquid biopsies to help select patients for treatment and monitor their response for early signs of treatment resistance.

Professor Johann de Bono [pictured above] and his team at the Institute of Cancer Research have unveiled the results of blood sample analysis from men with hormone resistant prostate cancer, who were taking part in a clinical trial of a drug called olaparibThis work, published today in the journal Cancer Discovery and funded in part by Prostate Cancer UK, revealed that changes in the amount of cancer DNA circulating freely in the men’s blood was closely linked to how well the treatment was working for them.

After eight weeks, the total concentration of cancer DNA in the blood had dropped by nearly 50 per cent in men for whom the treatment worked, while it increased by around two per cent in men who did not respond to treatment. This in turn corresponded to the men’s survival time. Those whose levels of circulating tumour DNA dropped after eight weeks survived an average of seven months longer than the men whose levels didn’t fall.

A potentially powerful three-in-one test

What this all suggests is that a blood test – or liquid biopsy – could routinely be used in the future to tell how well a man is responding to treatment much earlier than is currently possible, so he can make a timely switch to a treatment that might work better.

“Our study identifies, for the first time, genetic changes that allow prostate cancer cells to become resistant to the precision medicine olaparib,” says Professor Johann de Bono, who led the research. “From these findings, we were able to develop a powerful, three-in-one test that could, in future, be used to help doctors select treatment, check whether it is working and monitor the cancer in the longer term.

“We think it could be used to make clinical decisions about whether such PARP-inhibitor drugs, like olaparib, are working within as little as four to eight weeks of starting therapy. Not only could the test have a major impact on treatment of prostate cancer, but it could also be adapted to open up the possibility of precision medicine to patients with other types of cancer as well.”

Creating targeted treatments to save more men’s lives

The researchers also did a more detailed analysis of the DNA to look at what had changed at the point that the men’s cancer progressed. They found a number of new genetic changes, including mutations in some cases that directly cancelled out the effect of the drug. This sort of in-depth analysis could not only help tell researchers when the disease stops responding to treatment, but more importantly why it is no longer responding. In turn, the identification of new gene alterations could suggest new treatments that might work better.

“To greatly improve the survival chances of the 47,000 men diagnosed with prostate cancer each year, it’s clear that we need to move away from the current one-size-fits-all approach to much more targeted treatment methods,” says Dr Matthew Hobbs, Deputy Director of Research at Prostate Cancer UK. “The results from this study and others like it are crucial, as they give an important understanding of the factors that drive certain prostate cancers or make them vulnerable to specific treatments.

“However, there is still much more to understand before the potentially huge benefits of widespread precision treatment for prostate cancer will reach men in clinics across the UK. That is why Prostate Cancer UK is investing so heavily in this area, including supporting this research released today. We can only do this, and continue to fund the next steps of research like this, through the hard work and generosity of our supporters.”

Wyrd Ways Rock Show 5th July 2017


You have to admit this is better.

Hasn’t been a month this time!

Anyway… this week’s Wyrd Ways Rock Show is a packed show yet again. Then again, isn’t it always? Rammed to the gunwhales with brand new music, including stuff from Alestorm, Iced Earth, Venom Inc, Helstar and Rex Brown.

Yes, THAT Rex Brown!

Not only that, but there’s also THREE tracks from the brand new album by the Italian Metal maestros, Arthemis.

Scott Stapp’s wife pregnant

Scott Stapp is set to become a father again.

The Creed and Art of Anarchy frontman’s wife Jaclyn is expecting his fourth child, two years after appearing on U.S. reality show Couples Therapy in a bid to work out their marriage woes following the singer’s bipolar diagnosis in 2015.

This is such a gift,” Stapp told People.com. “We truly couldn’t be happier or more excited.

The baby will be the couple’s third child, as the parents already share daughter Milan, 10, and seven-year-old son Daniel together, but Jaclyn admits the pregnancy wasn’t planned.

This is a huge surprise, and a blessing, and a miracle,” she says. “We thought we were done with diapers and pacifiers. This surprise fell into our lap, and we are just on cloud nine!

Scott adds, “It’s amazing. We just bought a new home and moved in. We were getting settled, and then we found out about the baby. The kids were jumping up and down. It’s so cute to see them. Every day, our seven-year-old runs up to Jaclyn and puts his head on her belly and talks to the baby!

The child is due in late November, after Stapp completes an upcoming tour with Art of Anarchy, and he cannot wait to spend quality time at home with his growing family.

We’re ready,” he shares. “I’ll be home a lot, writing music. So I can spend time with the baby every day. I’m really proud of the fact that I’m a hands-on dad. Changing diapers, getting up at night, giving the baby a bath, all of that. I love that role of being a dad.

The new start is particularly poignant for Stapp after his troubled 2014, during which he displayed months of erratic behaviour and split from Jaclyn, eventually losing custody of their kids.  He was then placed on a 72-hour involuntary psychiatric hold in November, 2014, when police in Florida found him wandering at the side of a road babbling incoherently.

He checked into a rehabilitation centre in early 2015 and reconciled with his wife, and now life couldn’t be better.

I can’t tell you how happy everyone is about this,” he says. “This is a wonderful gift. I feel very, very blessed.

Stapp is also dad to an 18-year-old son named Jagger from a previous marriage.

He and Jaclyn wed in 2006.

Nikki Sixx hints at touring retirement

Nikki Sixx has “kind-of, sort-of” retired from touring.

The former bassist for Mötley Crüe and leader of Sixx:A.M. wrote a note to fans on Facebook last Monday (26th June), saying that he’s been on the road for forty years and, unless something drastic happens, has no plans to do it again.

That doesn’t mean he is retiring from music all together.  In just two short paragraphs, he has listed a number of projects:

  • Writing music
  • Recording with other artists
  • Taking vocal, bass and guitar lessons
  • Working on photography
  • Readying two new Sixx:AM releases
  • Getting two books ready for release
  • Continuing his Sixx Sense radio show
  • Working on The Dirt for Netflix
  • Working on a theatrical version of The Heroin Diaries

As Sixx so succinctly put it, “YUP, I AM RETIRED. HAHA

Nikki’s full statement:

For those of you asking,Ive been playing in bands and touring the world for 40 years…I have no immediate tour plans unless I get a wild hair up my ass or something or somebody really inspirational comes along…Since Ive been home Ive just been writing music non stop,recording with other artists,taking vocal,bass and guitar lessons and focusing on photography….Money has never been and isn’t a driving force for me…Let the chips fall where they fall…So I guess I’m unofficially retired or maybe just expired at this time…Nice to give 100% of my time to my wife and kids….

Got a couple SixxAm albums coming out soon and 1 book this year…Sixx Sense radio is the biggest syndicated radio show in the world and that going on 8 years….I got 2 books in the works and I am in talk’s to develop a TV show ( not reality) as well as The Dirt for Netflix and The Heroin Diaries Play….YUP,I AM RETIRED..HAHA

Rare Kurt Cobain pieces to show at Seattle Art Fair

Art collectors have unearthed two never-before-seen paintings by Kurt Cobain to display at the Seattle Art Fair this summer.

Bosses at the United Talent Agency (UTA) will show pieces crafted by the late Nirvana musician at the upcoming event as part of a UTA Artist Space exhibit.

Cobain‘s two paintings have been out of sight for over 20 years – the works were locked away in storage after the rocker tragically died at 27 in 1994.  Grunge icon Kurt’s paintings, which have never been displayed in public before, will also be shown alongside a selection of his notebooks at the creative gathering.  One of the canvasses to be put on view was used as the cover art for Nirvana‘s 1992 compilation album Incesticide.

The rocker’s artworks will be on display among works by other noteworthy artists such as Mike Kelley, Joe Bradley, Nate Lowman, Elizabeth Peyton and Raymond Pettibon at the Seattle Art Fair, which takes place from 3rd to 6th August.

However, fans outside of Washington state may have the opportunity to see Cobain‘s work in-person at other venues, with The New York Times reporting his exhibition in Seattle may lead to more showings thanks to a developing partnership between UTA executives and the rocker’s widow Courtney Love.

Joshua Roth, the head of UTA Fine Arts, says there has been talk about creating a “touring exhibition” of Kurt‘s art, which includes dozens of sculptures, illustrations and paintings the musician made before he died.

Chris Cornell’s widow vows to make addiction awareness a priority

Chris Cornell’s widow has vowed to raise awareness about the dangers of addiction after overlooking the warning signs which led to the tragic rocker’s death.

The Soundgarden star committed suicide by hanging in a Detroit, Michigan hotel room on 17th May, but the coroner’s toxicology report also revealed seven different drugs were found in Cornell’s system, including a heavy dose of anti-anxiety medication Lorazepam, aka Ativan.

Although drugs were not officially deemed to be a contributing cause of his death, the singer’s wife Vicky maintains the recovering addict would never have decided to end his life had he not taken a double dose of the Ativan in the hours leading up to his passing.

She believes the drug “altered his state of mind“, and is now planning to spend her spare time helping others pick up on key signs which could prevent similar tragedies.

Addiction is a disease,” she told People magazine. “That disease can take over you and has full power.

Noting how devastating the loss has been for the couple’s two kids, 12-year-old daughter Toni and 11-year-old son Christopher, Vicky Cornell added, “I’m going to do everything in my power to make sure other children don’t have to cry like mine have cried.

In the new interview, Vicky, who wed the rocker in 2004, admits she “missed” the signs indicating Chris was struggling with his sobriety.

My Chris was happy, loving, caring and warm,” she shared. “(He) was humble, sweet, kind and good, with the patience of saint… This was not a depressed man – it wasn’t like I missed that. What I missed were the signs of addiction.

Looking back, she remembers the musician was often restless and sleep-deprived, despite taking the Ativan he had been prescribed to help him sleep, but she only spotted the issue when it was already too late: “That was a sign something was off,” Vicky said.

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