FANS HAVE SPOKEN: SLAYER COMES OUT ON TOP IN READERs' POLLs
Having won their first-ever Grammy Award last month — "Best Metal Performance" for the track "Eyes of the Insane" — thrash icons SLAYER have just picked up a handful of even more awards, and these are from the fans.
Revolver magazine's 2007 "Readers' Poll" singled out SLAYER's Kerry King and Jeff Hanneman as "Best Guitarist/Guitar Team," and also named Dave Lombardo as "Best Drummer." SLAYER also placed Top 5 in the categories "Best Band Ever," "Best Live Band," "Album of the Year" (for "Christ Illusion"), and Band of the Year."
In its brand new issue, Spin's 2006 Readers Poll named SLAYER the "Best Live Band," coming in ahead of PANIC! AT THE DISCO and THE KILLERS.
VELVET REVOLVER TO PERFORM FOR AND INDUCT VAN HALEN INTO ROCK & ROLL HOF
Launch Radio Networks reports: VELVET REVOLVER has been tapped for VAN HALEN's induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The band will perform in VAN HALEN's place, and singer Scott Weiland and guitarist Slash will speak on VAN HALEN's behalf. For now, it doesn't look like David Lee Roth and Sammy Hagar will join VELVET REVOLVER onstage, and Michael Anthony hasn't commented yet. It's still unknown whether Eddie and Alex Van Halen will attend the ceremony.
VELVET REVOLVER just finished recording their new album, titled "Libertad". It should be out this summer, and the band has South American dates with AEROSMITH in April and a possible U.S. tour in May.
Hagar had originally told Launch that he thought the job of inducting VAN HALEN into the Rock Hall would go to his friend and sometime drummer Chad Smith's group. "I was told that they were gonna get the CHILI PEPP — trying to get the (RED HOT) CHILI PEPPERS to induct us. And I shouldn't, maybe shouldn't be saying this (chuckles), but... letting the cat out of the bag... I said, 'Chad, I think they're gonna ask you guys to do it.'He's going, 'Great, man!'(laughs)"