Rock/Metal Musicians Pay Tribute To The Late Eddie Van Halen

As previously reported, Van Halen’s Eddie Van Halen has sadly passed away following a battle with cancer. A number of rock/metal musicians have since taken to social media to pay tribute to the legendary guitarist and some of the various posts can be found below:

David Lee Roth (Van Halen):

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What a Long Great Trip It’s Been..

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Michael Anthony (ex-Van Halen, etc.):

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No words…Heartbroken, my love to the family💔

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Sammy Hagar (ex-Van Halen, etc.):

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Heartbroken and speechless. My love to the family.

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Metallica:

AC/DC:

Gene Simmons (KISS):

Black Sabbath’s Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi, and Geezer Butler:

Pantera:

Mark Morton (Lamb Of God):

Slash (Guns N’ Roses):

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RIP #EddieVanHalen

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Brian May (Queen):

Scott Ian (Anthrax):

John 5 (Rob Zombie, etc.):

Zach Myers (Shinedown):

Nita Strauss (Alice Cooper, etc.):

Dave Lombardo (ex-Slayer, etc.):

Nickelback:

Mike Portnoy (ex-Dream Theater, etc.):

Vernon Reid (Living Colour):

Jamey Jasta (Hatebreed):

Mötley Crüe’s Mick Mars, Vince Neil, Nikki Sixx, and Tommy Lee:

Alex Skolnick (Testament):

Gary Holt (Exodus, etc.):

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I am CRUSHED. Loss of words. RIP. One of my hero’s. FUCK 2020

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Robb Flynn (Machine Head):

Phil Demmel (ex-Machine Head, etc.):

Bret Michaels (Poison):

Flea (Red Hot Chili Peppers):

Mick Mars (Mötley Crüe) Is Reportedly “Almost Done” With His New Solo Album

It looks like Mick Mars (Mötley Crüe) is nearly finished with his new solo album. Jacob Bunton, who sings on the record, confirmed the news to AL.com.

Bunton said the following:

“I can tell you that I’m involved and the past several months we wrote and recorded a record and Michael Wagener produced it. The great Michael Wagener from [mixing 1986 METALLICA album] ‘Master Of Puppets’ and all that kind of stuff. He worked with MÖTLEY CRÜE on their very first record ‘Too Fast For Love’, when they did it themselves they recorded the record and then Michael Wagener mixed, and then when they got the record deal with Elektra, [QUEEN producer] Roy Thomas Baker ended up going back and remixing it. But on all of their self-released copies, it’s Michael. But to make a long story short, Michael’s producing the record because that was the first producer Mick worked with in MÖTLEY CRÜE, so he wanted to do his solo album, so it’s been really cool. We’ve been recording it in Nashville and we’re almost done.”

He also added:

“The songs are really cool, the record is really cool. He’s such an inventive player and his riffs are insane and it’s definitely going to be what people are expecting. When they hear it … It’s really cool.”

Mick Mars (Mötley Crüe) Appears To Be Planning An April Release For His New Solo Album

It looks like Mick Mars (Mötley Crüe) is planning to release his new solo album in April. The guitarist revealed the news while responding to a fan on Twitter:

[via Blabbermouth]

Mick Mars Issues Statement Regarding Free Mötley Crüe Tickets “Joke” On 2014 Episode Of “That Metal Show”

During a 2014 appearance on “That Metal Show”, Mick Mars claimed that he would “invite the world to come for free” if Mötley Crüe ever decided to make a comeback after their final tour. Now, with the band having reunited, the clip has gone viral, prompting the guitarist to issue this statement:

“While I was clearly joking about the free tickets that night on TMS, I was also deeply convinced that we would never ever be touring again. I would never have expected to be facing a whole new generation of fans demanding to see us play. In fact, touring with Mötley Crüe comes at a weird place in time, since my solo record is almost complete after such a long time of writing and recording. But, I put our fans first. Anyways, I am eating a lot of crow and humble pie this Thanksgiving for those remarks and accept that some of you see this as me being dishonest. I said what I said and I was wrong. Peace.”

Mötley Crüe’s Mick Mars Guests On New Black Smoke Trigger Song “The Way I’m Wired”

Mötley Crüe guitarist Mick Mars is featured on Black Smoke Trigger’s new song “The Way I’m Wired.” This track appears on the band’s recently released EP “Set It Off.”

Ivan Moody (Five Finger Death Punch), Mick Mars (Mötley Crüe), & Travis Tritt Guest On New Cory Marks Song “Outlaws & Outsiders”

Five Finger Death Punch’s Ivan Moody, Mötley Crüe‘s Mick Mars, and country singer Travis Tritt are all featured on Cory Marks‘ new song “Outlaws & Outsiders.” You can find an official video for that below:

Chris Fehn (Ex-Slipknot), Dee Snider (Twisted Sister), & Mick Mars (Mötley Crüe) Guest On Motörhead Guitarist Phil Campbell’s New Song “These Old Boots”

Phil Campbell (Motörhead) has premiered a new song titled “These Old Boots.” This track features Chris Fehn (ex-Slipknot), Dee Snider (Twisted Sister), and Mick Mars (Mötley Crüe) and it will appear on Campbell’s new solo album “Old Lions Still Roar.” That effort will be released on October 25 and it will also feature: Judas Priest’s Rob Halford, Alice Cooper, Danko Jones, Nick Oliveri, Joe Satriani, Skindred‘s Benji Webbe, Ugly Kid Joe’s Whitfield Crane, Orange Goblin‘s Ben Ward, etc.

“Old Lions Still Roar” Track Listing:

01. “Rocking Chair” (feat. Leon Stanford)
02. “Straight Up” (feat. Rob Halford)
03. “Faith In Fire” (feat. Ben Ward)
04. “Swing It” (feat. Alice Cooper)
05. “Left For Dead” (feat. Nev MacDonald)
06. “Walk The Talk” (feat. Danko Jones, Nick Oliveri)
07. “These Old Boots” (feat. Dee Snider, Mick Mars + Chris Fehn)
08. “Dancing Dogs (Love Survives)” (feat. Whitfield Crane)
09. “Dead Roses” (feat. Benji Webbe)
10. “Tears From A Glass Eye” (feat. Joe Satriani

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Mick Mars Says His New Solo Album Will Be “A Bit Harder” Than Mötley Crüe

During a recent interview with Talking Metal, Mick Mars talked a bit about his upcoming solo album. According to the guitarist, the new material will be “a bit harder” than Mötley Crüe.

Mars said the following about the record:

“I’ve been working on this for years, trying to get it right in my way of thinking. I just don’t want to put out a record to put out a record. It has to be right — for me. I mean, people wanna hear my music — it needs to be right. I’m not cutting corners to just, like I said, put out a record to put out a record. I just can’t do it. So it’s taking me a while.”

He also added the following when asked if the album will still feature guest appearances by Andy Biersack (Black Veil Brides) and John Corabi (ex-Mötley Crüe):

“Those [collaborations] went away. I’m looking for a singer that’s gonna be with me in the recording studio, and if it blows up, by any chance — which I hope it does — to be on tour. ‘Cause how many times have you gone, say, to a concert and it’s, like, not the same singer [as on the record]? So it’s one of those kind of things. I would like to have a few different singers — different sounds, but musician singers. This is gonna sound crazy — like with THE BEATLES. The three guys sang all these harmonies, and you could have John [Lennon] sing on a song, or Ringo [Starr], or whoever. But that kind of a thing is kind of what I’m going for. I’d like to do it. If it happens, cool, and if it doesn’t, that’s cool too. Because no matter what, this record ain’t going out until I’m really satisfied with it.”

Mars also talked about the progress he has made in the studio:

“I have drum tracks laid down, some bass tracks. My guitar tracks all scratch tracks. No singers yet. I’m searching. [Laughs] It’s just got to be this certain element that he has, or she has, that I’m hearing in my head. It has to be that, ’cause, like I said, I just don’t wanna put out a mediocre thing, even though people might think it might be. [Laughs] I don’t know. I set my goals high, and if it works, cool, and if it doesn’t, that’s okay too.”

He then added the following about the musical direction:

“Well, I guess it’s my own style. It isn’t really blues. My playing has a blues element to it, of course, but it isn’t what you would call a blues record. It’s more of a heavier rock thing, but I don’t wanna even try to ‘outheavy’ the heavies, you know what I mean? It’s just something hopefully just a little different than what’s going on now. You’re not gonna hear a MÖTLEY-flavored song, except for the guitar, [because] that’s me. They’re gonna be a bit harder than that, but not as hard as the heavies, like MINISTRY and some of those guys.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Mick Mars (Mötley Crüe) Featured In New Episode Of “Ernie Ball: String Theory”

Mick Mars (Mötley Crüe) is featured in the new episode of Ernie Ball’s “String Theory” series. The episode sees the guitarist “dive into his early inspirations, his creative process, and how he gets his signature tone with Ernie Ball strings.” He also talks a bit about his upcoming solo project as well.

KnuckleBonz To Release New Mötley Crüe Statues

KnuckleBonz will be releasing “Shout At The Devil”-era Rock Iconz statues of Mötley Crüe’s Nikki Sixx, Mick Mars, Tommy Lee, and Vince Neil this summer. The 8.5 inch tall figurines are officially licensed, hand-painted, numbered, and they come with a certificate of authenticity. They will be limited to 3,000 and can be pre-ordered HERE.