Forbidden’s Russ Anderson Opens Up About Rehab Stint For Alcohol Abuse

Forbidden’s Russ Anderson has taken to social media to open up about a recent rehab stint. The singer checked into a facility six months ago to get help for alcoholism.

Anderson said the following:

“To my fans and friends. Yes, I’m still alive!

October of last year I was put into a rehab and alcohol abuse center after drinking heavily most of my life. This was made possible by Craig Locicero and Mark Hernandez kicking my ass and picking me up off of rock bottom.

Between those guys and a few other amazing people that know who they are, I’m here today and not something much worse. Thanks to all of them and my counselors who helped coach me through the hardest time in my life.

I’m here to tell all my friends in bands that I’m on my way back now.

I can still remember David Vincent from Morbid Angel saying (in a helpful way) to stop smoking and drinking. To be “the guy” that did the first couple of Forbidden albums!

Another time, Matt Barlow from Iced Earth told me I was his mentor as I was sitting there slamming my second bottle of Jack Daniels. Then I watched him go out there and blow doors!

I can’t tell you how much I regret I have about my choices the last few years with Forbidden.

Now, I have been clean going on 170 days with one slip up. An wrong turn on my long road to sobriety.

There are actually some amazing things that have happened to me since I went into rehab. I’ve lost 119 pounds and now feel like screaming! I’m up for wherever the journey takes me.

I also need to say that my heart goes out to Jason Rainey, his family and the guys from Sacred Reich. It was back in the thrash metal heyday. They were the first band that Forbidden ever toured and shared a bus with. The news about Jason hit me hard.

Such a sad thing to lose the friends and bandmates we’ve made over those years. I’m teary eyed just thinking about it.

We know how that feels. Forbidden also lost Tim Calvert.

That’s it for now.

Thanks to our fans that continue to support Forbidden after all these years. It keeps me and our legacy going.

Russ Anderson”

Glen Alvelais (Ex-Forbidden/Testament) Premieres New Song “Slow Down”

Former Forbidden and Testament guitarist Glen Alvelais has premiered a new song titled “Slow Down.” You can check that out below:

Alvelais commented:

“I have about nine [or] 10 songs that I will be releasing for free and the plan is to do one heavier song for the thrash metal fans every other month and a Joe Satriani/Allan Holdsworth rock/jazz style in between. So stay tuned for about nine to 10 singles, and towards the end, I plan to package all the songs up and include the new unheard songs along with a full CD packaging of artwork by the one and only Travis Smith.

I’ve written and recorded so many songs and ideas and just never got around to recording them properly because of working with my other band projects but I am now able to track at my own time and send off the music to be mixed and mastered. So stay tuned as I’m prepping music from BIZARRO, DAMAGE, HATEFX and LD/50. I am still taking on recording guest solos as well as doing my own. In the past, I had the honors of recording solos for bands like WAR CURSE, EVERSIN, KLANK, MOCCASIN CREEK, LIPSHOK and MOSHPIT JUSTICE and EARTH CRAWLER, and I absolutely love diving into new music, so keep the music coming.

As well as releasing singles and recording, I am getting ready to start doing videos for my YouTube channel that is just getting started. In the past, I’ve been asked from fans to do videos of me playing various songs and solos, and with technology getting better and easier, I am taking on the challenge. Who knows — maybe even some online guitar lessons.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Robb Flynn (Machine Head) Shares Behind The Scenes Look At Recent “Stars To The Rescue XXVIII” Fundraiser

Robb Flynn (Machine Head) has shared a behind the scenes video from the “Stars To The Rescue XXVIII” fundraiser. That event took place on January 26 at the Lesher Center For The Arts in Walnut Creek, CA and it found Flynn performing with Craig Locicero (Dress The Dead, ex-Forbidden), Andy Galeon (ex-Death Angel), Harald O. (ex-D.R.I.), and Kayla Dixon (Dress The Dead, Witch Mountain). Proceeds from the fundraiser went towards Tony La Russa’s Animal Rescue Foundation.

Tony Iommi Is Remixing Black Sabbath’s “Forbidden”

Tony Iommi has revealed that he is remixing Black Sabbath’s “Forbidden” for a 2019 re-release. He said the following about that:

“Next year will be the ‘Forbidden’ album coming out, which we’re remixing at the moment — [engineer] Mike Exeter an myself. And it’s been interesting to pull that apart and at least try and get some bigger sounds on it, as it should be. I know Cozy was never happy with his drum sound, and none of us were really happy with the sound of that album. So hopefully now it will be sounding better.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Former Forbidden & Nevermore Guitarist Tim Calvert Dead At 52

Former Forbidden and Nevermore guitarist Tim Calvert has sadly passed away at the age of 52. His death follows a battle with an aggressive form of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). R.I.P.

Calvert’s sister, Vicky Calvert-Hawkins said the following:

“Heaven has gained another 😇 angel, my big bro, Tim Calvert. Tim passed away peacefully, Monday morning, after a long battle with ALS (Tim chose to keep his illness private). Myself, and my husband Bret, (along with several wonderful doctors, and hospice providers) are so honored to have been able to be Tim’s care giver, in our home, for the last 5 months. We are so incredibly thankful to have had this time to spend with Tim. November 7, 1965 – April 30, 2018. Note the dash “-“ in the dates. Life is all about how you live your dash “-“….. And you, my dearest Timothy, did one hell of a bad ass, bang up job, living your dash to its fullest. Well done! Incredible musician 🤘🏼🎸, airline Captain 👨🏻‍✈️ ✈️ , world traveler 🌎 , lover of nature 🐞🌲 and animals 🐶🦇🐱, faithful Oakland Raiders 🏈 & Oakland A’s ⚾️ fan, comedian 😆, and supreme master guru of WW II military/aviation history and memorabilia. I love you, big bro❤️ Cheers, until I see you again 😘🍺”

Forbidden guitarist Craig Locicero also commented:

“Beyond sorrow. We just found out Tim Calvert has passed. Some have known he was battling an aggressive form of ALS for a while now. It was all very private as per his wishes.

The greatest songwriter, musician and guitarist I have ever had the pleasure or creating music with has left the building. Tim’s genius will live on forever in the 3 Forbidden records he helped create with us.

🤘🏼💔🤘🏼”

Forbidden bassist Matt Camacho added:

“The great Tim Calvert passed away quietly this morning with his family present. It’s so like Tim to request we keep it quiet because he was such a humble soul, I believe he just didn’t want anyone to make a fuss over him.

Everyone who knows Tim is a better person for it. He was the kinda guy who had no enemy and was extremely talented at everything he did. Always really funny, the kind of guy who always had the witty come back and could talk Shit with the best of them, which when living on a tour bus was essential to be able to put band members in their place.

When he joined Forbidden I barely knew how to play, and Bostaph and Locicero didn’t have allot of patience to show me the songs. I would spend many of hours as Tim walked me through all of the painstaking details and putting in his own time making sure I wouldn’t get booted from the band.

Not allot of people know this about Tim, but after he stepped away from Nevermore who was an even bigger band than Forbidden, he went on to become a Pilot and became a Captain at United….what a bad ass Mother Fucker….dude left a legacy of incredible guitar playing and became an expert in a field people spend their whole life trying to achieve.

What a fine job you did Tim Calvert…..Life well lived!!!!!

The Good ones Die Way fucking to Young….This one is gonna be tough to get through”

Ex-Nevermore guitarist Jeff Loomis also commented:

“Truly a sad day today to learn about the passing of my dear friend and fellow bandmate Tim Calvert. Not just an incredible guitarist and songwriter, but one who followed his love and passion for aviation to become an airline captain. To this day I’m blown away by all of his accomplishments. ALS is a horrible disease and took my friend away far too soon. May you Rest In Peace Tim.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Watch Footage Of Vio-Lence, Testament, Exodus, Death Angel, Forbidden, Etc. Members Performing At Benefit Concert For Sean Killian

On January 20, members of Vio-Lence, Testament, Exodus, Forbidden, Machine Head, Death Angel, KAOS, Ill Niño, Fang, Attitude Adjustment, Valor & Vengeance, Dokken, Psychosomatic, D.R.I., Annihilation, Mercenary and Sacrilege BC played a special benefit concert for Vio-Lence’s Sean Killian, who was diagnosed with stage four liver cirrhosis. That show, which took place at The Midway in San Francisco, CA, featured the above mentioned musicians playing a night of Vio-Lence tracks. Mordred and Dress the Dead (ex-Forbidden, Witch Mountain) served as the supporting acts. The full event was streamed via the BB TV YouTube channel.

[via Blabbermouth]

Benefit Concert For Vio-Lence’s Sean Killian Moved To A Bigger Venue

As previously announced, members of Vio-Lence, Testament, Exodus Forbidden, Death Angel, KAOS, Ill Niño, Fang, Attitude Adjustment, Valor & Vengeance, Dokken, Psychosomatic, D.R.I., Annihilation, Mercenary and Sacrilege BC will play a special benefit show for Vio-Lence’s Sean Killian, who was diagnosed with stage four liver cirrhosis, on January 20. Now, it has been revealed that the concert has been moved from the Oakland Metro Operahouse in Oakland, CA, to The Midway in San Francisco, CA, due to high ticket demand. With the venue change, it will now be an 18-and-over event. The night will feature the above mentioned musicians playing a night of Vio-Lence tracks. Mordred and Dress the Dead (ex-Forbidden, Witch Mountain) will serve as the supporting acts, while DJ Will of KNAC Los Angeles will serve as the host. Katon De Pena (Hirax) will also be on hand spinning metal vinyl. Other things at the show include a raffle featuring prized items from Slayer, Machine Head, etc., a show room playing old Vio-Lence footage, and a display of Vio-Art. Tickets can be purchased HERE.

Kayla Dixon (Witch Mountain) Joins Dress The Dead

Dress The Dead, the band featuring ex-Forbidden guitarist Craig Locicero, have announced the addition of singer Kayla Dixon (Witch Mountain) to the group. She is taking over for Peter Dolving (ex-The Haunted) who left the band in March 2017. A new song with Dixon on vocals, titled “There Goes The Sun,” can be heard below:

Locicero commented:

“We are happy and proud to announce Kayla Dixon as our new singer in Dress the Dead!

It has been a long and bumpy road getting to this point for a lot of reasons. The main thing is finding the right fit after losing Peter Dolving so unexpectedly. That took us by surprise, to say the least.

After many months of listening to submissions and not feeling we had the proper replacement, Kayla literally dropped out of the sky with a random text to me on October 9th. She basically said she was turned onto DtD through a mutual friend and loved our song ‘1969.’ She wanted an audition.

I had actually witnessed Kayla playing with her other band Witch Mountain almost a year to the day she texted me. I had literally walked away from watching her perform that night and thought to myself ‘That girl is going to be a STAR!’

At that same time, we’d already had Peter so there was no thought of ever having a chance to play and write music with Kayla. In fact, I never even saw myself being in a band with a female lead vocalist. Let alone a super Bad Ass like Kayla. We all could not be happier that it happened!

Fate is a strange beast and we can not always see what’s coming around the bend.

Needless to say when she arrived at our studio from Portland (where she lives) a few days later to audition, it completely knocked us sideways! From the very first note she sang with us every one of us played better. There was the excitement and chemistry we’d been looking for! Kayla was our new front-WOMAN and we had all found each other in the most appropriate and organic way possible. Through the appreciation and love of music. That’s what it’s ALL about.

Our first show with Kayla will be supporting the Killian on Command (All Bay Area thrash stars VIO-LENCE tribute) for the Sean Killian benefit at the the Midway in San Francisco on January 20th. It’s an honor to be included in such an important event to help our Bay Area Brother.

The first song we are releasing is called ‘There Goes The Sun.’ Produced by Robb Flynn and recorded by Zack Oren at Sharkbite Studious. It seemed appropriate as our first selection because it shows how massively diverse Kayla is. This girl can hit ALL the gears, intensity, emotion, guttural, melodic and every register. Kayla simply has it all and TGTS shows it.

Now DtD can finally be a band again. Grow together, play shows, record our music and find the home that best fits us.

It’s really all we ever wanted and it’s an exciting time.

Please share ‘There Goes The Sun’ with all of your friends. Let them know Dress the Dead is alive and well!

Cheers!

Craig Locicero”

Dixon added:

“A mutual friend reached out to me about Dress the Dead. One of my first thoughts was, ‘I don’t know if I’m ready or even at an appropriate talent level to be replacing someone like Peter Dolving for these guys.’ I’d battled with the idea in my head for several months before finally reaching out. I had listened to and loved 1969 but what really hit me hard was when I heard the other songs that are still unreleased that they sent me. I had no idea how musically diverse this band would turn out to be!”

Mordred Added To Upcoming Benefit Concert For Vio-Lence’s Sean Killian

As previously announced, members of Testament, Exodus, Death Angel, Forbidden, Mordred, Vio-Lence and more will play a special benefit show for Vio-Lence’s Sean Killian, who was diagnosed with stage four liver cirrhosis. Now, Mordred have added as one the opening acts. The event, which is called “Killian On Command: An Evening Of Vio-Lence,” will take place on January 20 at the Oakland Metro Operahouse in Oakland, California, and it will feature musicians playing a night of Vio-Lence tracks.

Testament, Exodus, Death Angel, Etc. Members To Play Special Benefit Concert For Vio-Lence’s Sean Killian

Members of Testament, Exodus, Death Angel, Forbidden, Mordred, Vio-Lence and more will play a special benefit show for Vio-Lence’s Sean Killian, who was diagnosed with stage four liver cirrhosis. The event, which is called “Killian On Command: An Evening Of Vio-Lence,” will take place on January 20 at the Oakland Metro Operahouse in Oakland, California, and it will feature the musicians playing a night of Vio-Lence tracks.

Killian is in need of a live donor transplant, and will only be able to get one if he stays healthy enough. A donor will be required to have either type O+ or O- blood. The show will hopefully help him find a donor and make money for medical costs.

The following statement was issued:

“When our Bay Area thrash family first heard about Sean Killian’s stage four liver condition, it sent shockwaves through our community. There was no more commanding stage presence back in the late ’80s into the early ’90s in the Bay. Sean took a crowd by the throat and never let go for the duration of any show, any time, any place!

“So far there have been some incredible acts of kindness shown to Sean and his family by his ex-bandmates. Phil Demmel [VIO-LENCE and MACHINE HEAD guitarist] and Ray Vegas [VIO-LENCE guitarist] pulled together a very successful golf tournament that raised over $26,000 for Sean and his family. Robb Flynn [former VIO-LENCE guitarist and current MACHINE HEAD frontman] has made a custom ‘Killian & Kings’ shirt that he is donating ALL of the proceeds to the Killians.

“Now it’s our turn as Sean’s peers to do something special.

“Our main goals are…

A: Find a liver match and donor for Sean ASAP!
B: Make more much-needed money for the Killians to help them get through this most difficult time.
C: Honor Sean and his legacy with a giant thrash metal party!”

[via Blabbermouth]