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.”

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.

Iron Maiden’s Adrian Smith To Release Fishing Memoir “Monsters Of River & Rock”

Iron Maiden guitarist and fisherman Adrian Smith has announced that he will be releasing a new fishing memoir called “Monsters Of River & Rock.” The book will be released on September 3 via Virgin Books.

The following description of the book was posted on ironmaiden.com:

“Adrian got hooked on fishing as a child growing up in East London, plundering ponds and bomb craters on the Hackney Marshes for newts and sticklebacks and catching perch from the Grand Union Canal whilst on outings with his father.

And then things began to get more exotic.

The young angling enthusiast grew up to become lead guitarist in one of the most successful rock bands in history, and started travelling the world playing to millions of fans. But once a fisherman, always a fisherman. The gear went with him, the fish got bigger, the adventures more extreme.

Welcome to the world of Adrian Smith, as he clocks in to his day job furthering the geographical boundaries of hard rock, and clocks off to explore far-flung rivers, seas, waterways, lakes and pools on his fearless quest for fishing nirvana. His first sturgeon was a whopping 100 pounder from Canada’s swirling Fraser River that nearly wiped him out mid-Maiden tour. And how about the close shave with a large shark off the Virgin Islands whilst wading waist-deep for bonefish? Not to mention an enviable list of specimen coarse fish from the UK.

Over to Adrian, to take you on his lifetime’s adventure as a rock pioneer on the final frontier of fishing.

‘Monsters Of River & Rock’ will be released on September 3rd in the UK and Ireland, with more countries to follow. We’re also working on some special editions of the book which we’ll let you know about in due course.”

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.”

Dave Grohl (Foo Fighters) Says He Will “Absolutely” Write A Memoir One Day

During an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Dave Grohl (Foo Fighters) was asked if he would ever consider writing a memoir. The frontman responded by saying he will “absolutely” write a book one day.

Grohl said the following:

“Oh absolutely. You know years ago I was at a barbecue and I met a book agent, and he said, “Have you ever considered writing a book?” and I said, “Well, of course, someday.” And he said, “It’s really easy — you’ll do four or five hours of interviews and someone else will write it in your voice and it will be great.” And I thought, “F— that!”

I come from a family of writers, and granted I’m a black sheep but I’m not that bad, my God. So I figured you know if I were to ever write a book, it would be in my hand. I’ve considered it for f—in’ years but A, I never had the time, and B, I never felt like I was ready because every day something happens that I’d love to write about, and I’d hate to write sort of a typical autobiography. So years ago I thought, “Well maybe it will just a collection of anecdotes — maybe instead of it just being my life in 300 pages it could be just funny stories.”

I mean listen, most rock musicians are great storytellers, this is true. Because most rock musicians have spent more than a few hours in the back lounge of a bus spinning yarns, swapping stories about all the different people they’ve gotten wasted with or jammed with. So there aren’t too many rock musicians that are short on great stories.”

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.”

Anthrax’s Frank Bello Begins Writing His Memoir

Anthrax bassist Frank Bello has revealed that he has started writing his memoir with Joel McIver, the author who previously worked on Megadeth bassist David Ellefson’s “My Life With Deth” and more. Bello told RockSverige the following:

“We started and we’re going to get back to it because we have busy schedules. We started it and I plan to write it with Joel. He’s done great stuff and he knows my history probably better than me. He’s great at what he does, so we’ll probably work that out. He goes deep and he does it right. That’s what I like about Joel. He has a lot of history that I probably have forgotten.”

[via Blabbermouth]

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

Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea will be releasing his memoir “Acid For The Children” on September 25, via Grand Central Publishing. Pre-orders can be found HERE, and an official description can be found below:

“Iconic bassist and co-founder of the immortal Red Hot Chili Peppers finally tells his fascinating life story, complete with all the dizzying highs and the gutter lows you’d expect from an L.A. street rat turned world-famous rock star.”

MC5’s Wayne Kramer Reveals Dates For “Kick Out The Jams” 50th Anniversary Tour Feat. Soundgarden, Fugazi, Etc. Members

MC5‘s Wayne Kramer previously announced that he would be performing the MC5‘s debut album “Kick Out The Jams” in full on a 50th anniversary tour. Now, he has officially announced the dates for the trek. The lineup for the tour will include Kramer along with Kim Thayil (Soundgarden), Doug Pinnick (King’s X, KXM), Brendan Canty (Fugazi), and Marcus Durant (Zen Guerilla).

Tour Dates:

09/05 Ft. Lauderdale, FL – Revolution Live
09/06 St. Augustine, FL – Backyard Stage at St. Augustine Amphitheatre
09/07 Atlanta, GA – Variety Playhouse
09/08 Raleigh, NC – Hopscotch Music Festival
09/09 Nashville, TN – Exit/In
09/11 Washington, DC – 9:30 Club
09/12 New Haven, CT – College Street Music Hall
09/13 Boston, MA – Paradise Rock Club
09/14 Huntington, NY – The Paramount
09/15 Philadelphia, PA – Union Transfer
09/17 New York, NY – Irving Plaza
09/18 Montreal, QC – Corona Theatre
09/19 Toronto, ON – Danforth Music Hall
09/21 Pittsburgh, PA – Mr. Smalls Theatre
09/22 Grand Rapids, MI – 20 Monroe Live
09/23 Cleveland, OH – House of Blues
09/25 Milwaukee, WI – Turner Hall Ballroom
09/26 St. Louis, MO – The Ready Room
09/28 Austin, TX – Mohawk
09/29 Dallas, TX – Granada Theater
10/01 Phoenix, AZ – The Marquee
10/02 Las Vegas, NV – Brooklyn Bowl
10/03 San Diego, CA – House of Blues
10/04 San Francisco, CA – The Regency Ballroom
10/05 Los Angeles, CA – John Anson Ford
10/15 Portland, OR – Roseland Theater
10/16 Seattle, WA – The Showbox
10/17 Vancouver, BC – Commodore Ballroom
10/19 Salt Lake City, UT – Metro Music Hall
10/20 Denver, CO – Gothic Theatre
10/23 Minneapolis, MN – Varsity Theater
10/24 Chicago, IL – Metro Chicago
10/25 Cincinnati, OH – Bogart’s
10/26 Detroit, MI – St. Andrew’s Hall
10/27 Detroit, MI – The Fillmore

In other news, Kramer will be releasing his new memoir “The Hard Stuff: Dope, Crime, The MC5, And My Life Of Impossibilities” on August 14, via Da Capo Press.