Rush’s Geddy Lee Planning To Release His Memoir In Fall 2022

Rush’s Geddy Lee has confirmed that he is working on a memoir. The book is expected to be released in fall 2022.

Lee said the following:

“So, how did I kill time during the pandemic? Little did I know that as of March 2020 I’d be locked down for over a year and a half—the longest time I’d spent in Toronto since I was nineteen and hit the Northern Ontario bar circuit with Rush.

Although Nancy and I had to cancel a bunch of adventures we’d been planning, there were some shiny silver linings to be found at home: teaching my grandson the finer points of baseball and birdwatching, tending to my pups (one of whom was quite ill) and spending the evenings with my lovely better half, glass of Armagnac in hand, as we watched every European mystery show ever produced. Oh, and another thing: I began to write. Words, that is.

My friend and collaborator on the Big Beautiful Book of Bass, Daniel Richler, saw how I was struggling in the aftermath of Neil’s passing, and tried coaxing me out of my blues with some funny tales from his youth, daring me to share my own in return. So I did—reluctantly at first, but then remembering, oh yeah, I like wrestling with words. It’s a less physical version of arguing with musical notes, without a Ricky doubleneck breaking my back! And soon my baby-step stories were becoming grownup chapters. Being the nuclear obsessive that I am, I’d write and re-write them, reassessing perspectives in the narrative not just by scouring my memory banks but my diaries and piles of photo albums too. I was piecing together a mystery of a different kind.

I’d then send these improved and even illustrated stories to Daniel, who’d clean up some of the grammar and remove a lot of the swearing (I love to fucking swear), and presto! In a voice that sounded, well, just like me, a presentable, epic-length account of my life on and off the stage was taking shape: my childhood, my family, the story of my parents’ survival, my travels and all sorts of nonsense I’ve spent too much time obsessing over. And Daniel said, “I think you’re writing a book. An actual memoir, in fact.” To which I replied, “Hmm… I guess I am.”

I’m rounding third on this as-of-yet untitled memoir, which will be published by HarperCollins, edited by Noah Eaker, and is scheduled for release in Fall 2022.”

Ex-Nightwish Singer Tarja Turunen To Tell Her Story In “Singing In My Blood” Book

Ex-Nightwish singer Tarja Turunen is planning to release a new book, titled “Singing In My Blood,” later this year via Rocket 88. You can find more details regarding that HERE. Turunen commented:

“Singing is in my blood. Ever since I was a little girl, I have enjoyed performing … but not being able to be on stage in 2020, I spent a lot of time looking through photo albums, seeing all those happy scenes of childhood, growing up and making music, getting to know my fans and travel the world recording and performing, having fun; those memories fill this book. In ‘Singing In My Blood’, I tell my story about making music and share lots of personal photos. It’s a big, 200-plus-page hardback filled with photographs that comes in two, deluxe versions.”

Mötley Crüe’s Nikki Sixx To Release New Memoir “The First 21: How I Became Nikki Sixx”

Mötley Crüe’s Nikki Sixx has announced a new memoir called “The First 21: How I Became Nikki Sixx.” The book was edited by Brant Rumble and it will be available on October 19 via Hachette Books.

The following was said about the memoir in a press release:

“Nikki Sixx is one of the most respected, recognizable, and entrepreneurial icons in the music industry. As the founder of Mötley Crüe who is now in his twenty-first year of sobriety, Sixx is incredibly passionate about his craft and wonderfully open about his life in rock and roll, and as a person of the world. Born Franklin Carlton Feranna on December 11, 1958, young Frankie was abandoned by his father and partly raised by his mother, a woman who was ahead of her time in some ways and deeply troubled in others. Frankie ended up living with his grandparents, bouncing from farm to farm and state to state. He was an all-American kid—hunting, fishing, chasing girls, and playing football—but underneath it all, there was a burning desire for more, and that more was music. He eventually took a Greyhound bound for Hollywood.

In Los Angeles, Frank lived with his aunt and his uncle—the president of Capitol Records. But there was no short path to the top. He was soon on his own. There were dead-end jobs: dipping circuit boards, clerking at liquor and record stores, selling used light bulbs, and hustling to survive. But at night, Frank honed his craft, joining Sister, a band formed by fellow hard-rock veteran Blackie Lawless, and formed a group of his own: London, the precursor of Mötley Crüe. Turning down an offer to join Randy Rhoads’ band, Frank changed his name to Nikki London, Nikki Nine, and, finally, Nikki Sixx. Like Huck Finn with a stolen guitar, he had a vision: a group that combined punk, glam, and hard rock into the biggest, most theatrical and irresistible package the world had ever seen. With hard work, passion, and some luck, the vision manifested in reality—and this is a profound true story finding identity, of how Frank Feranna became Nikki Sixx. And it’s a road map to the ways you can overcome anything, and achieve all of your goals, if only you put your mind to it.”

Sixx commented:

“You’ve heard the tales of excess and debauchery. All the peaks and the valleys that came with rock and roll stardom and my life in one of the world’s biggest bands. This is the story that you haven’t heard. The one that led up to those stories. It’s the intimate, personal story of how an innocent Idaho farm boy with a burning dream and desire—for music, for love, and for fame— became the notorious Nikki Sixx. I believe our first twenty-one years have a lot to do with shaping who we become. These are my first twenty-one, and it’s my hope that they thrill and inspire you to invest in your own, biggest dreams.”

Mary Ann Naples, VP and Publisher of Hachette Books, added:

“Whether you’re a Mötley Crüe and Nikki Sixx fan or not, if you’re looking for a memoir that transports you back to the ‘70s and early ‘80s, and that—for those who lived it—will reacquaint you with the vinyl collection your parents threw out in the ‘90s, then this is your book and the larger themes of getting to know who you are and taking control of your identity certainly resonate now in the still-new 2020s.”

Anthrax’s Frank Bello To Release His Memoir “Fathers, Brothers, And Sons: Surviving Anguish, Abandonment, And Anthrax” In October

Anthrax”s Frank Bello has announced that he will be releasing his memoir, “Fathers, Brothers, And Sons: Surviving Anguish, Abandonment, And Anthrax,” on October 12 via Rare Bird Lit. The bassist worked on the book with Joel McIver and it will feature a foreword by Gene Simmons (KISS). Pre-orders can be found HERE.

Bello commented:

“I was one in a family of five, growing up in challenging circumstances. When my father took off and abandoned us, my mother and family moved heaven and earth to keep us fed and educated. As I had no male role model, I found inspiration in – believe it or not – heavy metal bass players, and began to forge a career with Anthrax, first as a guitar tech, and then as the group’s bass player.

When I was in my mid-20s, Anthrax experienced international success, but then the roof caved in again in 1996, when my brother was murdered. And although the case went to trial, the only witness to the killer withdrew his testimony. I write this not for you to feel sympathy for me, but because, now as the father of a young son, I ask myself about the meaning of fatherhood and how to do the job well, something that’s so important to me for my son.

This is the wisdom that my book, ‘Fathers, Brothers, And Sons‘ dives into. It’s actually a funny, entertaining read, it’s not preachy, and again, I’m not looking for sympathy, I just wanted to pass on the wisdom that I gained from a lifetime of turbulence, and by paying tribute to loved ones in a way that will resonate with them.”

AC/DC’s Brian Johnson To Release “The Lives Of Brian” Autobiography In October

AC/DC’s Brian Johnson has announced that his autobiography “The Lives Of Brian” will be released on October 26. Pre-orders can be found HERE.

Here’s description of the book:

“Brian Johnson’s memoir from growing up in a small town to starting his own band to ultimately replacing Bon Scott, the lead singer of one of the world biggest rock acts, AC/DC. They would record their first album together, the iconic Back in Black, which would become the biggest selling rock album of all time.

Brian Johnson was born to a steelworker and WWII veteran father and an Italian mother, growing up in New Castle Upon Tyne, England, a working-class town. He was musically inclined and sang with the church choir. By the early ’70s he performed with the glam rock band Geordie, and they had a couple hits, but it was tough going. So tough that by 1976, they disbanded and Brian turned to a blue-collar life.

Then 1980 changed everything. Bon Scott, the lead singer and lyricist of the Australian rock band AC/DC died at 33. The band auditioned singers, among them Johnson, whom Scott himself had seen perform and raved about. Within days, Johnson was in a studio with the band, working with founding members Angus and Malcolm Young, Cliff Williams, and Phil Rudd, along with producer Mutt Lange.

When the album, Back in Black, was released in July—a mere three months after Johnson had joined the band—it exploded, going on to sell 50 million copies worldwide, and triggering a years-long worldwide tour. It has been declared “the biggest selling hard rock album ever made” and “the best-selling heavy-metal album in history.”

The band toured the world for a full year to support the album, changing the face of rock music—and Brian Johnson’s life—forever.”

Original Black Sabbath Drummer Bill Ward Is Working On Autobiography

Original Black Sabbath drummer Bill Ward has revealed that he is currently working on an autobiography. However, the release date is still pending.

Ward said the following about the book on SiriusXM’s “Trunk Nation With Eddie Trunk”:

“It’s not [going to be], like, ‘In 1968 we became famous, and then we did this and then we did that.’ In the book, I’m trying to be as careful about what I’m saying in order not to harm anybody — either the reader or anybody else that I’ve ever made contact with in my life. And right in the front of the book, there’s a great big notice to self, which is do not discriminate or do not say undignified things about your fellows or anything else. So it’s not gonna be a dirt book that puts me right down way below everything else, where the publishers — or some publishers — like it to be. I’m trying to write something that’s dignified.”

He continued:

“There are [things in the book that are] more pinpointed rather than all the other things about rock and roll — things that are, to me, distasteful now. I have grandchildren, so I’m writing it, more or less, for the grandchildren, so they can understand that I worked with some great men, some great players, some great musicians — I’ve worked with so many good musicians. And so far, I still continue to do that. So I hope it’ll be a book about being honorable and being worthwhile to other musicians and to interested readers.”

Ward added that he has also completed work another book, which already has a publisher. On top of that, the drummer is also “writing two or three other books”:

“I write all the time. Some of them are very personalized things. Some of them are sarcastic looks at life.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Ronnie James Dio’s Long-Awaited Autobiography “Rainbow In The Dark” Receives Official Release Date

The late Ronnie James Dio’s long-awaited autobiography, “Rainbow In The Dark: The Autobiography,” will finally be released on July 27. Pre-orders are available via simonandschuster.com.

Here’s a description of the book:

“The long-awaited autobiography by one of heavy metal’s most revered icons, treasured vocalists, and front man for three legendary bands—Rainbow, Black Sabbath, and Dio.

Prior to his tragic death in 2010, Ronnie James Dio had been writing his autobiography, looking back on the remarkable life that led him from his hometown in upstate New York to the biggest stages in the world, including the arena that represented the pinnacle of success to him—Madison Square Garden, where this book begins and ends.

As Ronnie contemplates the achievement of a dream, he reflects on the key aspects that coalesced into this moment—the close gang of friends that gave him his start in music, playing parties, bars, frats, and clubs; the sudden transition that moved him to the microphone and changed his life forever; the luck that led to the birth of Rainbow and a productive but difficult collaboration with Ritchie Blackmore; the chance meeting that made him the second singer of Black Sabbath, taking them to new levels of success; the surprisingly tender story behind the birth of the Devil Horns, the lasting symbol of heavy metal; his marriage to Wendy, which stabilized his life, and the huge bet they placed together to launch the most successful endeavor of his career…his own band, Dio.

Everything is described in great detail and in the frankest terms, from his fallout with Blackmore, to the drugs that derailed the resurrection of Black Sabbath, to the personality clashes that frayed each band.

Written with longtime friend of thirty years and esteemed music writer, Mick Wall, who took up the mantle after Ronnie’s passing, Rainbow in the Dark is a frank, startling, often hilarious, sometimes sad testament to dedication and ambition, filled with moving coming-of-age tales, glorious stories of excess, and candid recollections of what really happened backstage at the hotel, in the studio, and back home behind closed doors far away from the road.”

Andy Biersack (Black Veil Brides) Releases Audiobook Version Of “They Don’t Need To Understand”

Black Veil Brides frontman Andy Biersack has released an official audiobook version of his memoir “They Don’t Need To Understand: Stories Of Hope, Fear, Family, Life, And Never Giving In.” You can find that everywhere audiobooks are sold including Audible.com. Biersack commented:

“I am so thankful for the incredible reception the book has had and it means the world to me to know that my story has resonated with so many people all over the world. This whole experience has been a dream come true.”

Ronnie James Dio’s Long-Awaited Autobiography Is Tentatively Set To Be Released In July

During a recent interview with RockSverige, Ronnie James Dio’s widow Wendy Dio offered an update on the singer’s long-awaited autobiography. According to her, the book is tentatively set to be released on July 10.

Wendy said the following:

“I have the book, Ronnie’s autobiography, finally finished with [rock journalist] Mick Wall, and I think it’s coming out on Ronnie’s birthday July 10th. Ronnie had written half of it, and Mick Wall and I got together and found lots of interviews, so I wanted it to still be in Ronnie’s voice. I’m very pleased with that.”

On another note, Wendy also offered an update on the new Ronnie James Dio documentary:

“It’s probably coming out next year. We’ve been working on that, and then it had to stop for a little bit because of them having to go to Europe to interview more people, and because of the travel bans [due to the coronavirus pandemic], they haven’t been able to do that. Hopefully it will come out in 2022.”

“We’ve been working on this for a couple of years. I’m not supposed to talk about it because they said they don’t want me to blow everything now and then there won’t be anything to talk about when it comes out. [Laughs]”

[via Blabbermouth]

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]