Spiritbox (Ex-Iwrestledabearonce) Premiere New Music Video “Perennial”

Spiritbox – featuring various members of Iwrestledabearonce fame – premiere a new music video for their song “Perennial“. Dylan Hryciuk directed the video for that track.

Comments frontwoman Courtney LaPlante:

“‘Perennial‘ was written for our friend that has to spend years in and out of the hospital due to his many severe health battles. Our last release really resonated with him and he was there supporting us every step of the way while we developed our music. I am not a very good communicator but I feel like I can express myself better through my songs so I want him to listen to ‘Perennial‘ and know that I appreciate how much work he puts in to stay positive, and that it’s ok to acknowledge the agony he has been through.”

“I hope other people can feel this as well when they hear the song, and interpret it in a way that makes them feel whatever they want, happy or sad, pain is complicated. I just don’t want them to give up.”

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Manilla Road Founder And Guitarist Mark “The Shark” Shelton Passes Away

Manilla Road has announced that their founder and guitarist Mark “The Shark” Shelton, has sadly passed away. He was sixty years old. A message from the band reads as follows:

“It is with a very heavy heart that we announce the passing of Mark “The Shark” Shelton, founder and guitarist of Manilla Road. We are asking for help from our worldwide group of brothers and sisters to bring Mark’s body back to his family in Wichita, KS in the USA and to pay his hospital expenses which must be done before we can bring him home.

“Mark died in Germany following the Headbangers Open Air Festival. The cost of bringing him home and his hospital bills are more than the band or his family has ready. Please donate to help Mark’s family, any amount will help. Any funds raised beyond our goal will be given directly to his family to help with the additional expenses which will arise from Mark’s death.

“Thank you for your generosity and May the Lords of Light be with you!”

Find the GoFundMe page here, or you can donate through the band’s PayPal account: booking@manillaroad.net.

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The Faceless Perform Without Michael Keene After He Reportedly Suffering Muscle Spasms

The Faceless performed without band mastermind Michael Keene this Wednesday, June 20th, in Winnipeg, MB. Keene reportedly was unable to perform and was taken to the hospital after suffering muscle spasms. No official statement has been released regarding Keene‘s current health condition so far.

In February Keene himself opened up about his substance abuse problems, referring to himself as a “recovering drug addict.”

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Ex-Malevolent Creation Frontman Bret Hoffmann Fighting Stage 4 Colon Cancer – GoFundMe Launched

Former Malevolent Creation vocalist Bret Hoffmann (now of Fire For Effect) is presently fighting stage 4 colon cancer and this GoFundMe has been launched to help out with his medical costs. Comments Hoffmann of his condition:

“Hello Everyone!! I am still in hospital attached to a double pick IV line they installed in me the other day otherwise they have to move the little IV lines every 4 days, and between all the bags of med going in and the bloodwork everyday my hands were bcoming green and blue bruise zonesThe blood thinners help with that.. I will fill in more of this messed up story when I get out.

I have been in Hospital for almost 2 weeks now, I’ve had a MAJOR surgery,many proceedures and tests. Have not eaten that entire time and have not even smelled the outside air in that time. I am however progressing forward. They do want me out so that I can go home and heal and rehab. That may take weeks, after that they have a treatment they are confident in for my cancer, I know I have a long road and life has changed.

I will still finish new album and do music, I just have a bit more important task at hand for the near future. This,so far, has been the most trying ,painful,torturous event that has EVER happened to me. I am on the battle wagon and I’m rolling!!! My wife Kim has been a rock for me!!! I love her with all my heart!!! My very close friends have all been battling with me and I’ve needed that support.

LISTEN if you have not been to a Doctor,especially in years. GET TO ONE ASAP!! Don’t think your too cool or shit won’t happen to you cuz I promise you will find your self in a world of hurt! My shit was huge and they still got it in time to help me.I see older people here dealing with this and they are fucked, mass pain meds and life is a bed for now on in their lives.

Get to a doctor PLEASE! I don’t want to see my Family,friends or fans go through anything like this EVER. I will be back, I will post here and there, I will def let you guys know when they spring me from this hospital,( My Doctors kick ass) Thank you all for the love and I love you all back!!!!!”

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Accident At Live Show Injures Marilyn Manson

Multiple sources are reporting that Marilyn Manson was injured at his gig in New York City tonight (Sept. 30) at the Hammerstein Ballroom. The show was stopped after a stage prop of two giant guns fell on top of Manson while he was performing the Eurythmics cover of “Sweet Dreams.” Check out a clip of the accident below.

There’s currently no word on if Manson has been seriously injured, though he was taken off the stage on a stretcher and has reportedly been taken to the hospital. As more information on Manson’s condition comes out, we will report on it.

Marilyn Manson will release the new album “Heaven Upside Down” on October 6th.

A fan video shows the prop accident (at the 2:00 mark):

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Bruce Corbitt Retires From The Music Scene Due To Health Issues

After being rushed to the hospital earlier this week, Bruce Corbitt has now checked in with bad news about his deteriorating health situation.

Corbitt posted a video here with an update on his condition and announcing his retirement from fronting Warbeast. Following that clip, he then issued the following message online to fans via Facebook:

“Well fuck, more results not going my way. Will be lucky to make it a year, and it will be a miserable year with all they told I’m about to go through. Preparing for first radiation. Wish me luck! Love y’all!”

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Avenged Sevenfold Stagehand Dies After Accident At German Show

Currently out on tour in Europe, Avenged Sevenfold just issued this announcement about one person dying and another being seriously injured during last night’s German show:

“We have some very sad news to report. Last night after our show in Stuttgart, Germany, a 26 year-old stagehand fell from the rafters while breaking down our stage. He fell a very far distance onto a 19 year-old man on the local crew. Tragically, the 19 year-old died from his injuries. The other man is now in critical condition at the hospital.

“This is beyond heartbreaking to everyone in the band and on our crew. We all send our thoughts and prayers to the man in the hospital, both families involved, all of the local Live Nation crew and everyone else whose lives have been affected by this terrible accident.

“We love our crew so much as well as the many local staff who are essential to our show every night wherever we are around the world. This is such a stark reminder of how quickly an accident can happen and lives shattered in the process. When we hear more we will update you.”

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Dillinger Escape Plan Issues First Statement Since Bus Crash

After a serious bus crash in Poland over the weekend, The Dillinger Escape Plan has now issued this update about the situation:

“By now I’m sure many of you have already heard the news, but we wanted to communicate to you all directly. Not just to express the fact that nobody is in critical condition, but to express our gratitude to the fans who have seen us or who were going to see us on this tour, the crew who was also in the accident with us and part of why things have been going so smoothly, the various promoters and venue staff, Live Nation Poland who have been so helpful in the last 38 hours, the many police and medics and emergency workers who came to the scene, the hospital workers, and the friends and family who have reached out to us personally since yesterday morning.

“We were in the middle of playing some of our favorite shows we’ve ever played, and having a better time on and off stage than we have in a long time.

“We were ripped out of sleep at 8:25AM to what still feels like a lucid nightmare. The cacophony of metal bending and things breaking and people screaming and what felt like being hit by a missile. Without going into detail, not everyone is out of the hospital yet, some of us are hurt worse than others.

“Questions like why did this happen, why are we alive and others not, why are the people from the Bay Area fire dead, why at all is anyone here or not. What the hell is all of this. Remember how valuable life is. We are all lucky to be alive. To just have any time at all.

“Anyway, thanks to you all for caring. We were truly having an amazing time and we’re blessed to have you all, such a high caliber group of people. It’s been an honor to play these shows, but we unfortunately have to cancel the remainder of them. We will reschedule every one that we can, and we’ll update more when we can.”

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Dillinger Escape Plan Issues First Statement Since Bus Crash

After a serious bus crash in Poland over the weekend, The Dillinger Escape Plan has now issued this update about the situation:

“By now I’m sure many of you have already heard the news, but we wanted to communicate to you all directly. Not just to express the fact that nobody is in critical condition, but to express our gratitude to the fans who have seen us or who were going to see us on this tour, the crew who was also in the accident with us and part of why things have been going so smoothly, the various promoters and venue staff, Live Nation Poland who have been so helpful in the last 38 hours, the many police and medics and emergency workers who came to the scene, the hospital workers, and the friends and family who have reached out to us personally since yesterday morning.

“We were in the middle of playing some of our favorite shows we’ve ever played, and having a better time on and off stage than we have in a long time.

“We were ripped out of sleep at 8:25AM to what still feels like a lucid nightmare. The cacophony of metal bending and things breaking and people screaming and what felt like being hit by a missile. Without going into detail, not everyone is out of the hospital yet, some of us are hurt worse than others.

“Questions like why did this happen, why are we alive and others not, why are the people from the Bay Area fire dead, why at all is anyone here or not. What the hell is all of this. Remember how valuable life is. We are all lucky to be alive. To just have any time at all.

“Anyway, thanks to you all for caring. We were truly having an amazing time and we’re blessed to have you all, such a high caliber group of people. It’s been an honor to play these shows, but we unfortunately have to cancel the remainder of them. We will reschedule every one that we can, and we’ll update more when we can.”

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Steve Grimmet Medical Fundraising Album In The Works

Jimmy Kay of Canada’s The Metal Voice streamed a live interview recently with Steve and Millie Grimmett to update fans on Steve’s ongoing medical condition. Venom Inc.’s Tony Dolan and former Anthrax vocalist Neil Turbin joined the conversation, and during the near hour-long interview, Kay was announced a special fundraiser show in Grimmett’s hometown of Swindon (England).

Planned for April 1st, the event is being organized by Brian Keene at Riff’s Bar. Bands for the event will be announced shortly. Also announced was a special collaboration of metal artists that are coming together to record Grim Reaper material in an effort to help raise additional funds for Steve’s rising medical and recovery costs.

Spearheaded by Dolan, Turbin, Kay, and Sy Keeler (Onslaught), contributors currently include Gary Holt (Exodus), Tim “Ripper” Owens (ex-Judas Priest), Blaze Bayley (ex-Iron Maiden), Doro Pesch, Lipps (Anvil), Marta Gabriel (Crystal Viper), Neil Turbin (Deathriders), Jonas Hornqvist (Bleed the Hunger), Ross The Boss (Manowar), Sy Keeler (Onslaught), Bobby “Blitz” Ellsworth (Overkill), Jimmy Mantas (Venom Inc.), Nick Bowcott (ex-Grim Reaper), John Gallagher (Raven), Mantas (Venom), and more to be announced soon. The recording will be produced by Chris Tsangarides (Judas Priest, Anvil).

Grimmett’s wife Millie gave The Metal Voice an update on Steve’s medical condition: “He has now had four operations; yesterday he had the latest to clean the wound a bit more. Doctors opened it up and put a drain in to stop any further infections. The infection has now seemed to stabilize. The wound, however, has been left open. He can’t fly until ten days after a big operation so the earliest he could fly home is this Friday. Because of the pressure of the plane, you have risks of blood clotting and renewed bleeding so we have to make sure Steve can actually survive the flight. It is a total of 19 hours door-to-door; it’s a grueling journey for anybody.”

Millie continued, “I have a meeting with the doctor tomorrow morning to discuss how he is doing and other recovery options. There is another treatment using oxygen. We are hoping they might be able to do that over the next few days which could speed up the process. Now that I am here, Steve has perked up a bit and it makes me feel a lot better to see him. We are alone out here and we want to go home.”

“They are very friendly, very nice,” says Millie of the hospital staff, ”even though we don’t speak the same language. We still have a laugh, making Steve laugh, making him smile. They do what they can with what they have. They don’t have the same resources here. Steve said to me the other day that last week he was in a ward downstairs and the gentleman by him had heart failure and they didn’t have a defibrillator so unfortunately the gentleman died. They did all they could. They have done a great job with Steve.”

Lying on his hospital bed, Steve Grimmett shared a few words, “I am very humbled. I didn’t realize that I meant so much to other people. I got no words other than thank you. And when I’m out on my new leg, I’m going to come out and sing for a big party.”

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