Wendy Dio Offers Updates On Upcoming Ronnie James Dio Documentary And Autobiography

During an interview with WSOU, Ronnie James Dio’s widow and manager Wendy Dio offered updates on the frontman’s new documentary and autobiography. You can read what she had to say below. However, it’s worth noting that both projects are “on hold” at the moment.

Wendy said the following about the documentary:

“We started working with BMG on that, with these directors that have done quite a lot of things. And I’m quite happy with them. Of course, everything’s on pause now right now [because of the coronavirus pandemic]. But it will go from Ronnie’s childhood all the way through [to the end of his life]. I think they interviewed Jack Black, and I think they interviewed all of Ronnie’s bandmembers and Doug Aldrich and, I think, Jeff Pilson. They were getting ready to go to Arizona to interview Rob Halford and Lita Ford. And then they were going into England to interview Tony Iommi. They already did Geezer [Butler]. So there will be very interesting stories from different people. I found loads of Super 8 old movies and things, so it will be very, very interesting… I think it’ll be a great thing, and it’ll show people a lot of things that people have never seen before.”

She continued when asked how BMG is planning to release the documentary:

“Well, we were hoping to take it to [the] Sundance [festival] as a movie. So we are waiting, because, obviously, everything’s on hold right now. So we were hoping it would come out early ’21. I think it will come out in ’21, but I’m not sure exactly when now because of the hold-up. It depends on when they can go back to work. They’re sorting through photographs at the moment. I’m still sending them lots of different things for them to sort through. But I think it’ll be really a good documentary.”

Wendy also added the following about the autobiography:

“That is also on hold. I’m working with Mick Wall, who’s quite famous for working with everybody in the industry. If you Google him, you’ll see he’s done almost everybody, books on everyone. I’m working with him. This will be completely different from the documentary. It will be written in Ronnie’s own words, because Ronnie had written up to the end of RAINBOW, and then we found some other stuff after that, little bits and pieces. So we’re putting it all together. Mick and I have been very busy looking for interviews during all the different periods of time. And so we’ll continue on — we’ll finish it and continue on in Ronnie’s own words. Ronnie writes up to that point, and then after that, it’ll be interviews, so it’ll still be his own words of what he’s saying at that particular time in his life… The way he writes is very magical, and it’s very interesting. The stories he tells are very interesting in the book.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Andy Biersack (Black Veil Brides) To Release “They Don’t Need To Understand” Memoir In December

Black Veil Brides frontman Andy Biersack has announced that he will be releasing his memoir, “They Don’t Need To Understand: Stories Of Hope, Fear, Family, Life, And Never Giving In,” on December 8 via Rare Bird Books. You can pre-order that book HERE and read a description of it below:

“Before he was the charismatic singer of Black Veil Brides and an accomplished solo artist under the Andy Black moniker, he was Andrew Dennis Biersack, an imaginative and creative kid in Cincinnati, Ohio, struggling with anxiety, fear, loneliness, and the impossible task of fitting in. With his trademark charm, clever wit, and insightful analysis, Biersack tells the story of his childhood and adolescence. The discovery of the artistic passions that would shape his life, and his decision to move to Hollywood after his 18th birthday to make his dreams come true, even when it meant living in his car to make it all a reality. It’s the origin story of one of modern rock’s most exciting young superheroes, from building miniature concerts with KISS action figures in his bedroom to making the RIAA gold-certified single “In the End” and connecting with passionate fans worldwide.”

K.K. Downing To Release Paperback Edition Of “Heavy Duty: Days And Nights In Judas Priest” In September

K.K. Downing (ex-Judas Priest) will be releasing a new paperback edition of his memoir “Heavy Duty: Days And Nights In Judas Priest” on September 1 via Hachette Books. You can pre-order that HERE. The book, which was co-written by Scottish author/journalist Mark Eglinton, was originally released in September 2018.

Rob Halford (Judas Priest) To Release His Autobiography “Confess” In September

Rob Halford (Judas Priest) has announced that he will be releasing his autobiography “Confess” on September 29 via Hachette Books. The book, which was written with Ian Gittins, can be pre-ordered on Amazon. Here’s a description of the memoir:

“Known as ‘The Metal God’ by his devoted, global fan base, Rob Halford has always subverted the norm, and Confess will offer readers a compelling and honest look at the struggles he has faced with addiction and his sexuality as well as exploring his music and his many brushes with controversy. There have been few vocalists in the history of heavy metal whose singing style has been as influential and instantly recognizable as Halford’s. Confess, published to coincide with the 50th anniversary of Judas Priest — and described by Halford himself as ‘exciting, fun, disturbing, and terrifying’ — will celebrate five decades of the guts and glory of rock-n-roll.”

Skunk Anansie’s Skin To Release “It Takes Blood And Guts” Memoir In September

Skunk Anansie’s Skin has announced that she will be releasing her memoir, “It Takes Blood And Guts,” on September 24 via Simon & Schuster. The book was co-written with music journalist, biographer and broadcaster Lucy O’Brien and it can be pre-ordered HERE.

Here’s a description of the book:

“Skin, the trail-blazing lead singer of multi-million-selling rock band Skunk Anansie, is a global female icon. As an incendiary live performer, she shatters preconceptions about race and gender. As an activist and inspirational role model she has been smashing through stereotypes for over twenty-five years. With her striking visual image and savagely poetic songs, Skin has been a groundbreaking influence both with Skunk Anansie and as a solo artist.

From her difficult childhood growing up in Brixton to forming Skunk Anansie in the sweat-drenched backrooms of London’s pubs in the ‘90s, from the highs of headlining Glastonbury to the toll her solo career took on her personal life, Skin’s life has been extraordinary. She also talks powerfully about her work as social and cultural activist, championing LGBTQ+ rights at a time when few artists were out and gay. Told with honesty and passion, this is the story of how a black, working-class girl with a vision fought poverty and prejudice to write songs, produce and front her own band, and become one of the most influential women in British rock.”

Skin herself added:

“It’s been a very difficult thing being a lead singer of a rock band looking like me and it still is. I have to say it’s been a fight and it will always be a fight. That fight drives you and makes you want to work harder . . . It’s not supposed to be easy, particularly if you’re a woman, you’re black or you are gay like me. You’ve got to keep moving forward, keep striving for everything you want to be. It’s been a fight, and there has been a personal cost, but I wouldn’t have done it any other way.”

Poison’s Bret Michaels To Release “Auto-Scrap-Ography” Autobiography In May

Poison’s Bret Michaels will be releasing a new autobiography titled “Auto-Scrap-Ography Vol. 1” on May 12. The singer “reinvented the autobiographical blueprint” with the book, which takes the reader on “his journey even up to and including his battle with diabetes and the coronavirus.” Pre-orders can be found HERE and a description can be found below:

“Marrying classic hard copy with digital technology – and featuring short stories handwritten by the artist himself – Auto-Scrap-Ography evolves the autobiography into a groundbreaking new format, sharing the roller-coaster ride of Michaels’ epic underdog journey as never before, with time-stamped pictures in every chapter to prove it. With a blend of hard-copy digital and digital ebook – and a never-before-seen audio/visual biopic read by Michaels, with both still and moving images – the Auto-Scrap-Ography is handwritten by the artist.”

Bad Religion’s Autobiography “Do What You Want” To Be Released In August

Bad Religion’s autobiography “Do What You Want: The Story of Bad Religion” is set to be released on August 18. The band co-wrote the book with Jim Ruland and it can be pre-ordered HERE.

Here’s a description of the book:

“DO WHAT YOU WANT: The Story of Bad Religion reveals the ups and downs of the band’s 40-year career. From their beginnings as teenagers jamming in a San Fernando Valley garage dubbed “The Hell Hole” to headlining major music festivals around the world, DO WANT YOU WANT tells the whole story in irreverent style.

While DO WHAT YOU WANT tracks down nearly all of Bad Religion’s members past and present, the chief storytellers are the four voices that define Bad Religion: Greg Graffin, a Wisconsin kid who sang in the choir and became an L.A. punk rock icon while he was still a teenager; Brett Gurewitz, a high school dropout who founded the independent punk label Epitaph Records and went on to become a record mogul; Jay Bentley, a surfer and skater who gained recognition as much for his bass skills as for his onstage antics; and Brian Baker, a founding member of Minor Threat who joined the band in 1994 and brings a fresh perspective as an intimate outsider.

With a unique blend of melodic hardcore and thought-provoking lyrics, Bad Religion paved the way for the punk rock explosion of the 1990s, opening the door for bands like NOFX, The Offspring, Rancid, Green Day, and Blink-182 to reach wider audiences. They showed the world what punk could be, and they continue to spread their message one song, one show, one tour at a time-with no signs of stopping.”

David Vincent (Ex-Morbid Angel) To Release “I Am Morbid” Autobiography In February

David Vincent (ex-Morbid Angel, etc.) will be releasing his autobiography “I Am Morbid” on February 11 via Jawbone Press. Pre-orders are available via Amazon.

Here’s a description of the book:

“‘I Am Morbid” tells the astounding story of David Vincent, former bassist and singer with Morbid Angel, and now outlaw-country performer and leader of the I Am Morbid supergroup. Written with the bestselling author Joel McIver, it’s an autobiography that transcends the heavy metal category by its very nature. Much more than a mere memoir, I Am Morbid is an instruction manual for life at the sharp end—a gathering of wisdom distilled into ten acute lessons for anyone interested in furthering their fortunes in life.

Morbid Angel redefined the term pioneers. A band of heavy-metal-loving kids from all over America who broke through a host of music industry prejudices and went on to scale huge commercial heights, they introduced a whole new form of extreme music to the world. Formed in 1984, and breaking into the limelight in 1989 with their devastating first album, Altars Of Madness, the Florida death-metal legends became the first band of their genre to sign to a major label, from which point they came to dominate the worldwide metal scene for two decades and beyond.

David left Morbid Angel in 1996, and again, following a reunion, in 2015. For the first time, I Am Morbid explores the reasons behind his departure, and the transformation of his life, career, and music in the years since. This is a classic but never predictable tale of a man who has fought convention every step of the way—and won.”

Rob Halford (Judas Priest) Planning To Release His Autobiography “Confess” In October 2020

Rob Halford (Judas Priest) has announced that his autobiography “Confess” will be released on October 20, 2020 via Headline Publishing Group/Hachette Book Group. Pre-orders can be found HERE.

Here’s a description of the book:

“Known as ‘The Metal God’ by his devoted, global fan base, Rob Halford has always subverted the norm, and Confess will offer readers a compelling, heartfelt and honest look at the struggles Rob has faced with addiction and his sexuality as well as exploring his music and his many brushes with controversy.

Written with Ian Gittins, co-writer of the New York Times bestseller, The Heroin Diaries by Nikki Sixx, this autobiography will celebrate the guts and glory of rock-n-roll from the late eighties up to the staggering 50th anniversary of Judas Priest in 2020, and is sure to be a bestseller across the globe.”

Halford commented:

“‘Confess‘ is a unique once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for me to expose every facet of myself. Digging deep with nothing to hide and nothing to fear was in many ways exciting, fun, disturbing, terrifying and cathartic. I’ve held nothing back. It’s time for me to Confess…”

Red Hot Chili Peppers Bassist Flea To Release “Acid For The Children” Memoir In November

Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea will be releasing his memoir “Acid For The Children” on November 5 via Grand Central Publishing. Pre-orders for the 400-page book can be found on Amazon.

Here’s a synopsis:

“In Acid for the Children, Flea takes readers on a deeply personal and revealing tour of his formative years, spanning from Australia to the New York City suburbs to, finally, Los Angeles. Through hilarious anecdotes, poetical meditations, and occasional flights of fantasy, Flea deftly chronicles the experiences that forged him as an artist, a musician, and a young man. His dreamy, jazz-inflected prose makes the Los Angeles of the 1970s and 80s come to gritty, glorious life, including the potential for fun, danger, mayhem, or inspiration that lurked around every corner. It is here that young Flea, looking to escape a turbulent home, found family in a community of musicians, artists, and junkies who also lived on the fringe. He spent most of his time partying and committing petty crimes. But it was in music where he found a higher meaning, a place to channel his frustration, loneliness, and love. This left him open to the life-changing moment when he and his best friends, soul brothers, and partners-in-mischief came up with the idea to start their own band, which became the Red Hot Chili Peppers.”