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Ahmet Zappa Fuels Family Drama With Public Statement



You can read Dweezil’s blog posts and follow the back-and-forth here. We don’t suggest it.

Listen to some new music or watch a few videos instead.

“Hey Dweezil and everyone else reading this, I’ve been pretty quiet since you began this negative narrative about me and our family business, but when I heard that you once again went back to our father’s fans for more money or “200%,” I felt the need to speak up.

“Let me start by saying, I would rather be sitting face to face with Dweezil and figuring things out privately and respectfully–like I think families should do. Frank would have wanted that. That fact has never changed on my end. I have repeatedly said my door is open. The truth is, before Dweezil ever decided to take our UNFINISHED family business public, I asked for a family meeting in February 2016 with our estate attorneys to discuss everything and Dweezil wanted his outside lawyer in attendance. We were fine with that, even though we were confused as to why he felt it necessary to bring an outside attorney. What was important to me was sitting down with my siblings, finding clarity, resolving outstanding issues and having a mutual understanding of our new roles since our mother passed. We went back and forth trying to schedule the meeting between the four siblings and before the meeting was set, Dweezil went to the New York Times with a skewed version of our family business and started this distorted campaign against the ZFT (which is bizarre, since he is one of the four beneficiaries of the ZFT and had no problem recently cashing a check from the trust).

“For those searching for some better understanding, when Gail passed away, each of us received a significant, identical amount of money, in the millions of dollars. At the same time, the ZFT’s terms (created by Frank and Gail) gave to Dweezil, along with my sisters and myself, money from the ZFT on any Frank Zappa related project. I repeat…ANY FRANK ZAPPA PROJECT. And the percentages were not decided by me, but are legally set forth in the trust. This means that I can’t give money to whomever I choose, but that Diva and I, as co-trustees of the ZFT, MUST follow the rules set forth in the document or we can be held accountable.

“While I do not want to argue with Dweezil, I am compelled to let you all know again and again that the ZFT has no issue with Dweezil performing under his full name DWEEZIL ZAPPA. The ZFT has never had an issue with it. The ZFT and its lawyers have repeated this to Dweezil and his different lawyers multiple times. For him to say that we have tried to stop him from using Dweezil Zappa is untrue and misleading. Additionally, Dweezil is representing that the ZFT owns rights in the DWEEZIL mark but this is absolutely false. Dweezil owns four U.S. registration marks for DWEEZIL. The first since 1998, originally filed in 1995. You can look up the registrations (2214878, 2214879, 2272497, 2270908). The ZFT owns no DWEEZIL marks and doesn’t want to own any of them. Our family business is about Frank Zappa. Beyond that, this gets into the minutiae of Frank’s trademarks since the 1970s. For me on a personal level, I think it’s disgraceful that Dweezil, a guy who has received millions of dollars, would mislead and manipulate Zappa fans into thinking he cannot afford to handle his own, again in my opinion, completely absurd lawsuit against the ZFT (of which he is a beneficiary), collecting money from many people who may have far less than he does…to fight a battle that if he TRULY wanted to resolve, he could have tried communicating directly with his little brother.

“Regarding his latest posts about the ZFT lawyers not responding…Dweezil is correct, because I reached out personally instead. What is even more confusing is that Dweezil should be aware that we have a mutually confirmed mediation date to try and settle all of this in early November (a date he chose and which we accommodated, due to Dweezil’s schedule). We wanted to have the mediation in October. So again, I don’t understand all of this drama.

“To explain further, before his September 29 post, I sent Dweezil an email asking to sit down, walk through everything together and figure it all out one-on-one rather than waiting for the mediation in November. He has still not responded to that note. Through our back and forth (via one of Dweezil’s representatives), whom I also reached out to, I was optimistic that we were making good progress (which I am grateful for). His rep suggested I reach out to Dweezil personally and I did. When I spoke to this same rep the next day, he informed me then that Dweezil would not speak directly to me. So his post from September 29 is once again completely misleading and untrue. On Tuesday, in a new statement on his website, Dweezil asks, “Why haven’t you even replied to the offer?” My question to him, why hasn’t he responded to my personal outreaches so we could talk about the offer? Why won’t he sit down with me instead of continuing the narrative that I am wasting money on lawyers? This is crazy. Dweezil–I have been speaking to your representative and we have been making progress. I have reached out to you directly to sit down with me and discuss not only family business, but whatever is underneath all of this for you AND we have scheduled a mediation hopefully to settle all of this in November. So the need to incite the fans and create this public outrage makes no sense to me since I believe the comments are untrue and consistently misleading, but as the co-trustee and fiduciary my lawyers have advised me I cannot speak to this in depth publically. Let me assure you, it has been beyond frustrating.

“What everyone needs to understand is that this is not a black and white situation. But it is certainly solvable. I have an emotional responsibility because he is my brother and I care about him–despite what he continues to say publicly about me. But I also have a legal and fiduciary responsibility to do the right thing as a co-trustee of the Zappa Family Trust (along with our sister Diva), a position we never asked for but were given by our mother. And to set the record straight once and for all about Dweezil’s narrative of me or Diva making money, while stopping him from making his–I have not taken one dime for my day to day work as the co-trustee. Neither has Diva. I have the difficult role of honoring what is legally spelled out in the trust, as well as trying to make everyone in our family happy which is really…really hard…apparently.

“I ask anyone reading this that enjoys speaking up on this family situation to encourage Dweezil to sit down with me once and for all…and by all means wish us well as we navigate and protect the legacy of FZ. Because what I think is obvious common ground is that we both have a passion and love of our father. What I think should be happening is Dweezil should be out kicking ass playing Frank’s music on the road, while we are kicking ass here creating different outlets of our father’s work, both new and unseen for generations current and those to come. Dweezil, this is all a sad waste of time and money…if you really wanted to resolve everything and be part of this family, you’d sit down with me like I have asked. I don’t want to keep doing this in public. Let’s get back to having respect for our family, our father’s legacy and what we have been given…you were raised better than this. And we have a lot of amazing things ahead of us. There are so many things we could be doing together as a family as, I think, our parents would have wanted. We were raised in an epic way and truly wanted for nothing. Considering everything going on in the world today, I feel shame that we are discussing this publically. Again, with communication, these are super easy problems to solve. Your call bro. I am here. You want to resolve everything sooner, I am here. Or you can keep writing blog posts, wasting time and money on lawyers. And then I’ll see you in November.”


Dave Sabo Explains Why Reunion With Sebastian Bach Didn’t Happen

The guitarist has once again shot down the possibility of a reunion with Sebastian Bach, saying that the chances of the singer coming back to the band are “slim to none.”



Skid Row guitarist Dave “Snake” Sabo has once again shot down the possibility of a reunion with Sebastian Bach, saying that the chances of the singer coming back to the band are “slim to none.”

Bach fronted Skid Row until 1996, when he was fired. Instead of throwing in the towel, the remaining members took a hiatus and went on to play briefly in a band called Ozone Monday.

In 1999, Skid Row reformed and, after a bit of shuffling over the years, featured a lineup consisting of original bassist Rachel Bolan and guitarists Sabo and Scotti Hill, alongside drummer Rob Hammersmith and singer Johnny Solinger.

Skid Row fired Solinger over the phone in April 2015, a few hours before announcing ex-TNT vocalist Tony Harnell as his replacement. Eight months later, Harnell exited the band and was replaced by South African-born, British-based singer ZP Theart, who previously fronted Dragonforce, Tank and I Am I.

During an appearance this past week on the “Trunk Nation” show on SiriusXM channel Volume, Sabo confirmed that “there was definitely dialog that was going back and forth and there was talk” last year about a possible reunion with Bach. “I think everybody was entertaining the idea,” he said. “And I think, really, what it ended up being was we realized that whatever it was that tore us apart years ago still existed.

“We got offered a lot of money,” he continued. “There was a lot of stuff that’s been said about what happened and tours being booked… That didn’t happen — tours were not booked. Any offers that came in came through to me and Rachel, ’cause it’s our band. So there was a good amount of money being offered. And then with the dialog that went back and forth, it got ugly again.”

According to Sabo, the disagreements between Skid Row’s core members and Bach about a possible reunion “had nothing to do with money. I’ll tell you straight up — no one was making was more than anybody else,” he said. “That was one of the things that we said… Rachel and I and Scotti, we were, like, ‘This is easy from that perspective.’ I’m not gonna sit there and do it any other way. It was more about control, I think. Other people having a desire to have more control over this thing than we were willing to give. And it was not about anything other than this is our band.

“This is not ego-driven, I promise you,” Sabo reaffirmed. “It wasn’t about me making more money than you, or you making more… it wasn’t about that at all. I guess it was the personality conflicts that existed before, 20 years ago [that are still there].”

When host Eddie Trunk pointed out to Sabo that Motley Crue managed to complete an 18-month final tour while traveling on separate buses and barely speaking to each other, the guitarist responded: “Yeah, but they were miserable — they were all miserable. And see, that’s the thing, man… I don’t know… I guess I look at it differently. I really like my life, man. I really like being happy. I have great joy playing Skid Row music now. Not to say that I didn’t before, but in this moment in time, I’m extremely happy. My life is awesome, my friends are awesome, the people I make music and jam with, they’re all awesome. And so, I’ve gotta say, yeah, the idea, the romantic notion of a reunion and the monetary aspect of it is all well and good, but at the end of the day, man, I really enjoy the space that I’m in. I just wanna be a good guy, I wanna be a good husband, a good father, a good friend, a good brother. The way that we existed towards the end, after ‘Subhuman Race’ and when everything fell apart, it was misery for everybody — not just me; for everybody.”

Despite his lack of interest in being in a band with Bach again, Sabo will not completely rule out a reunion with the charismatic singer. “I always never say never,” Sabo said. “I guess that’s like my way of not committing to saying, ‘No, it will never happen.’ The chances of it happening, I mean, I would say they’re slim to none, but I never say never. But I will say this: in this day and age, we live in the moment, man. I mean, I’m living right here, right now in the moment. And I love having ZP in the band.”

Sabo said that he looks back on all periods of Skid Row fondly. “I’m so proud of everything that’s existed between 1986 and now,” he said. “A lot of people, if they’re in a similar situation like we are — we have a new singer and new drummer we’ve had for a while — they tend to hide from their past and almost brush it aside. I embrace it. I’m so proud of what we created — the five original members. We had a period of nine, ten years that was… it was furious and crazy and awful and amazing and every adjective you can come up with, and it burned brightly. And then it died out. And sometimes that happens — it happens to athletes, it happens to artists, and it happens to bands. It happened to us — we burned out. And so when Rachel and I and Scotti started… We took a couple of years [to do] Ozone Monday; that was like a bridgegap. We wanted to play those [Skid Row] songs again; we just didn’t wanna put the band back together as its previous form was. And so for us, it was really… it wasn’t about money — never has been.

“Happiness has always been paramount to me,” he added. “And music, to me, is what has always brought me just this incredible amount of joy. It’s what fuels my life — creating music, being around music. I wanna create music and play music with people that I enjoy doing it with. And I enjoyed doing it with a bunch of people throughout our career, and then it stopped being enjoyable; the joy was ripped out of it — for a myriad reasons, whatever they may be. Everyone’s got their own stories. I take responsibility for my end, for whatever that might be. But at the end of the day, for better or for worse, Rachel and started the band, it’s our band. Love us or hate us, it is ours, and we’re gonna do with it what we want to do to make our lives happier.

“Being in a band, creating music, writing music is a very selfish thing — it’s selfish act,” he said. “The greatest songs are written from a selfish point of view — you’re doing it to gratify your need and your desire to emote something. And songwriting, first and foremost, is selfish. And then you hope you can connect with people, but by and large, it’s selfish. And so if that seems selfish how we conduct our band business, so be it — it is ours.

“I love the fact that people care enough and have a history with the band that they would wanna see that exist again — I really do; I think it’s amazing, and I’m supremely flattered by that — I just can’t give it to ’em right now, and that’s just the way that it is.”

Asked why things fell apart so quickly with Harnell, Sabo said: “We had known each other — Rachel, Scotti and I had known Tony for a long time. Obviously, a great singer. Some things just aren’t meant to work… they just don’t work together. Knowing him before and then working with him, it was two separate… it really was two different things. A lot of conflict, a lot of butting heads, and it just… it never meshed, it was never right. We knew him for a long time, [but we] never worked with him — never worked in a band situation, in a band environment with him. And, again, you know what — for better or for worse, this is our band; it belongs to us. And so if someone is gonna come in and work with us, we have a certain way that we do things, and that may not work for some people. It didn’t work for him. Look, [he’s] a talented guy; it just wasn’t right for us.”

By contrast, Sabo couldn’t speak in more glowing terms about Theart, who was officially named Skid Row’s new singer in January 2017. “He’s from Dragonforce,” the guitarist said. “I was always familiar with the band and their reputation. Their music was never in my wheelhouse, so to speak. Rachel had become really good friends with him, and when things fell apart with Tony… We had previously done shows in the U.K. where his band after Dragonforce [I Am I] had opened up for us. And I saw him, and he’s a great singer. But I never thought about him being with Skid Row. As soon as everything fell apart with Tony, Rachel was, like, ‘Let’s just give ZP a call.’ And I’m, like, ‘Okay. Cool.’ And so we did. And he flew in.”

“Look, first of all, he’s an excellent person — a really good guy,” Sabo continued. “Blue collar, hard worker, gets his hands dirty. If he sees the crew guys having a problem with one of the road cases, he’s over there helping ’em. He wants to get in the trenches, he wants to work. And he respects the history of the band. He doesn’t attempt to do something so different to shy away from what our catalog is. He came in knowing… he came in and auditioned and did, like, 15, 16 songs. He used to warm up to our stuff. He’s really, really well versed and familiar with it. So this has been a really, really easy fit, and it’s been a pleasure to be on stage with him.”

Sabo also talked about the fact that Bach’s current live set still consists primarily of classic Skid Row songs, despite the fact that Sebastian has no less than three full-length solo albums under his belt.

“I’m cool with it,” Sabo said. ‘Again, we had nine or ten years of history together that were pretty phenomenal from a success standpoint. And we had a lot of good times — we did — but, unfortunately, the bad times outweighed the good times, and that’s why the band stopped in that form. But as far as going out there and doing Skid Row songs, he has every right to — he sang ’em. I’m honored, to be honest with you. Some people might look at it differently. It doesn’t bother me. It helps keep our history alive. I’m cool with that.”

Bach has consistently expressed his desire to reunite with his former bandmates, telling Loudwire last year: “I don’t have any reason why not to do that. I have no animosity towards anybody in Skid Row, and the fact that we’re all, five of us, still alive in this world is a pretty amazing feat. So I would someday definitely like to hear the five guys who made those records play live together again. Yes, I would. ‘Cause I’m a fan too.” He added: “I’m up for it, if they are.”

Hill in August also ruled out the possibility of a reunion with Bach, explaining he and his bandmates don’t want to “put ourselves in a volatile situation and be unhappy and destroy what we have now.”

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Dee Snider Working On ‘True Metal’ Solo Album With Jamey Jasta

The Twisted Sister frontman is currently in the studio working on the album, which is being produced by Hatebreed vocalist Jamey Jasta.



Twisted Sister frontman Dee Snider is currently in the studio working on a new solo album, which is being produced by Hatebreed vocalist Jamey Jasta. The as-yet-untitled disc is due out in the spring.

Earlier this week, Jasta posted a clip on Instagram of Snider tracking vocals at an East Coast recording studio. He also recently revealed on Twitter that former Killswitch Engage and current Light The Torch frontman Howard Jones will contribute to the album.

In an interview with Poughkeepsie radio station 101.5 WPDH on October 31, Snider discussed how his pairing with Jasta came to be. “I decided to do a very aggressive metal record — a true metal record. I start recording the album today for release next spring,” he said. “Jamey is a fan of mine, and I was on his podcast, and he literally challenged me on the air. He said, ‘Dude, you’re iconic. I think you need to do a true metal record. Think Rob Halford’s ‘Resurrection’, think in that direction. I go, ‘Well, what do you got in mind?’ He goes, ‘Dude, I will produce it, and I’ve got songs, and I’ve got people stumbling over each other to write a song for Dee Snider.’ Then he just started sending me music. The new stuff is powerful; it’s great; and I’m excited about the next tour, which will start next spring.”

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Corey Feldman Says Someone Just Tried To Kill Him

WATCH: Feldman says his life has turned into utter chaos and is actually at risk.



TFTP – As a veritable torrent of sexual abuse victims continues to come forward, Americans are quickly learning that Harvey Weinstein was just the tip of a depraved and disgusting iceberg that is Hollywood. After years of secrecy and gag orders, victims of Hollywood’s sexual predators are setting a new norm of no longer remaining silent.

Last week, Feldman told the world that he had a plan to take down Hollywood’s elite child predators. And now, this week, he’s revealed that plan. He’s also revealed that he believes his life is in danger.

In regard to the last few days since he said he was going to expose Hollywood’s despicable pedophiles, Feldman says his life has turned into utter chaos and is actually at risk.

“I’ve experienced things like never before. I’ve been silenced my whole life, but just in the last few days, since I made that announcement, I’ve been arrested,” said Feldman as he then explains an alleged attempt on his life. “I had a near-death experience last night where I thought I was almost going to be killed. Two trucks came speeding up to me at the same time in a crosswalk.”

Feldman then explained that it is not only him who is scared for his life but he said some of his band members quit over their fears as well.

“Several of my band members decided to quit because they are afraid for their lives. I don’t know what got into their heads, I don’t know what they’re afraid of all of the sudden, they just left,” Feldman explained.

Feldman then goes on to unveil his plan of how he intends to expose Hollywood’s depravity.

“I believe that I can also bring down, potentially, the pedophile ring that I’ve been aware of since I was a child. Right off the bat, I can name six names—one of them is still very powerful today — and a story that leads all the way to the studio.

“I am not alone, I know that there are thousands of others who’ve experienced what I have in the entertainment industry,” said Feldman.

“I have lived in shame and fear for my entire life and so have millions of others. And now, we have the ability to let our voices be heard and break the dam of silence.”

How, exactly, will Feldman let the voices of the victims be heard? He plans on making a movie.

Feldman announced that he is taking donations to produce a movie to expose these monsters.

According to Feldman, he’s created an Indigogo campaign to finance this movie.

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Kid Rock: ‘Of Course I’m Not Running For Senate.”

Rock adds, “Who couldn’t figure that out? I’m releasing a new album. I’m going on tour, too.”



Kid Rock said Tuesday he’s not running for U.S. Senate.

“Fuck no, I’m not running for Senate. Are you kidding me?” Rock said on Howard Stern’s SiriusXM show. “Who couldn’t figure that out? I’m releasing a new album. I’m going on tour, too. Are you fucking shitting me?”

Rock said the Senate idea — which he publicly toyed with for months — was a mixed blessing.

“It’s the worst advice I ever gave myself, but it’s been the most creative thing I’ve ever done,” he said. “And I’ve gotten to see everyone’s true colors.”

Rock said as public hype grew around the Senate talk this year, even people in his circle who were “in on the joke” started to take it seriously.

“No, we’re not doing it,” he said he’d tell them, “but let’s roll with it for a while.”

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Nikki Sixx And Tommy Lee Don’t Like Steel Panther

Steel Panther drummer Stix Zadinia says that his band “really felt unwelcome” during its tour with Motley Crue back in 2011.



Steel Panther drummer Stix Zadinia says that his band “really felt unwelcome” during its tour with Motley Crue back in 2011.

Speaking to Music Life Magazine, drummer Stix Zadinia had this to say: “Tommy Lee and Nikki Sixx did not like it when we went on tour with them in 2011. And that was the only time that we really felt unwelcome. The thing with those guys is I think they thought we were actually making fun of them directly. And I just gotta chalk that up to their egos being too big, because nothing that we do has anything to do with them directly. But we ended up doing the tour and it went off great and everything was totally fine,” he said, adding that it was a European tour and that Def Leppard was actually the top billed band on the jaunt.

“Leppard was fully supportive of it. They were amazing dudes and I am not kidding you that on the first day of the tour they knew every single one of our names. And when you’re Def Leppard you don’t have to do that. It’s just a testament to the kind of dudes those guys are, all of them. They and their crew were very, very generous. And I think we’re very accepted now. I mean, Judas Priest took us on tour with them and now we’re out with Stone Sour, which is a heavy band that is taken pretty seriously. We have worked to become sort of a rock and roll staple. Corey is a huge fan and all those guys in Stone Sour are super cool. If a dude like Corey Taylor, who is in Slipknot and Stone Sour can appreciate what Steel Panther does, then I think even the most hardcore metal fan should at least give it a shot. We may not be your cup of tea, but you can’t just write us off before you’ve given us a fair shake.”

Sixx told Australia’s Music Feeds last November that he didn’t care for Steel Panther’s music. “You know, it’s not my thing,” he said. “That’s just me personally. I don’t know. It doesn’t feel… I guess a lot of people think it’s funny and they’re kind of a joke band and that’s cool. But that’s not my cup of tea. I kind of take my music a little more seriously.”

Back in June 2015, Steel Panther frontman Micheal Starr revealed in an interview with the Daily Bulletin that Lee “was pretty upset over the fact we poked fun at Vince Neil. He didn’t like it. He just thinks we’re just a joke, like a stupid joke band that shouldn’t be playing with them. But all their fans like us.”

Starr went on to say that members of Motley Crue simply “take themselves a little too serious,” except for Vince Neil, who “totally loves it.”

“You know, he told me, ‘Hey, Michael, when we retire, you can have all our fans,'” Starr said.

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