Joining the ranks of many musicians, including The Heroin Diaries scribe Nikki Sixx, as well as Velvet Revolver bandmate and axe guru Slash, alt-rock statesman Scott Weilandhas inked a publishing deal to write an autobiography, but his eventfulrock’n’roll lifestyle has begun to overwhelm his effort towards thebook. “It’s a weird thing,” the Velvet Revolver frontman said backstageat the American Music Awards. “You make a lot of records, write a lotof songs, but all of a sudden you go into a whole different vein, andit’s a little bit scary to dive into.”
According to Reuters.com,Weiland, 40, will collaborate on the book with David Ritz, author ofthe lyrics to Marvin Gaye’s tune “Sexual Healing,” who has alsoco-written autobiographies for Gaye, Aretha Franklin, and Ray Charles,among others. He did not reveal the name of the publisher. But Slash,present during the interview, had a little advice for Weiland and hisnew project: “Just jump in, and once you get going you can’t stop.”
Kate Nash’s ‘Bricks’ U.S. Bound
Due to her ever burgeoning stateside popularity, Brit songbird Kate Nash — featured in the November issues of Spin — will finally release debut LP Made of Bricks in the U.S. The album, which Nash recently discussed with SPIN.com,will arrive to store shelves Jan. 8 via Geffen. The album, produced byPaul Epworth (Muse, Babyshambles, Bloc Party), will preface asoon-to-be detailed U.S. tour in 2008.
Fall of Troy Bassist Leaves Tour
Tim Ward, bassist for Seattle-bred hard rockers Fall of Troy (watch a video interview!), has departed the band’s current tour opening for Coheed and Cambria in support of Manipulator, states a band website post.”We have been in a band with Tim for almost six years now and we lovehim very much, but he is burnt out on touring right now,” read themessage from frontman Thomas Erak and drummer Andrew Forsman. “So he isgoing to drop off of this tour with us to go home and take some timeoff. No hard feelings from us.”
Filling in will be the band’sclose “friend Frank,” who the post calls an “amazing musician, person,and someone that has been close to us as a friend, and around the bandthe entire time we’ve been playing.” Furthermore, the post confirmsFall of Troy is not breaking up: “This is NOT the end of this band, inANY, way, shape or form!”