A petition has been launched online calling for the removal of Metallica as headliners at this month’s Glastonbury Festival in the U.K. after it was announced that frontman James Hetfield will be hosting a new series about bear hunting on the History channel.
According to Blabbermouth, a Facebook page titled “Remove Metallica From Glastonbury Festival For Their Support Of Bear Hunting” has generated nearly 10,000 “likes” since it was created on May 25th. A post at the page reads, “This page is an appeal to Glastonbury to remove Metallica from their lineup. We believe James Hetfield’s support of big-game hunting is incompatible with the spirit of Glastonbury and brings its good name into disrepute.”
Slash has launched a new web series called “Ask Slash” in which he answers fan questions about his upcoming new album, World On Fire. The third installment has been posted online now. World On Fire is due out on September 16th and is the second Slash solo effort to feature his touring band, Myles Kennedy & The Conspirators. In other news, Slash and Kennedy played five songs on Monday night (June 1st) at the House of Parliament in London as part of a program to bring music to the British seat of government.
Gwar frontman and mastermind Dave Brockie, a.k.a. Oderus Urungus, died in March of an accidental heroin overdose. That was the final ruling by the Chief Medical Examiner of Virginia, who said that the 50-year-old Brockie was felled by “acute heroin toxicity,” adding, “The manner of death is accident.” Brockie was found dead in his apartment on March 23rd, but the cause of death wasn’t finalized until toxicology tests were completed. The band will hold a memorial for him in late August.
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