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Primus’ Les Claypool Thanks Fans For Support In Benefit Auction For His Nephew

Primus vocalist/bassist Les Claypool has thanked fans for their overwhelming support in relation to his benefit auction for his ailing 2 year old nephew. Claypool had the following to say about the situation today, August 09th:

“Hey all,

After watching the Bass for Baby Matthew auction shoot up to nearly $20,000 in one day, I was prompted to reach out and thank some people who helped us launch this thing. While writing and email to a fine fellow from Bass Player
Magazine, who ran a piece on their website, I came to this conclusion:

Only part of this auction is about the money. My brother needs all the financial help he can get but more than anything he needs uplifting elements in his life. Matthew’s situation is so fragile that every week is another roller coaster ride. Unfortunately recent news on Matthew has been not so good and having this auction gives my Bro something exciting to help distract him from the ebb and flow of the emotional tide that comes with watching his toddler son struggle.

Also, I think the more we are aware of this new wave of infant leukemia, the more we all become conscious of our environment and what we choose to expose ourselves to. It REALLY warms my heart and brings a tear to my eye to witness all these folks rallying around this boy via this instrument.

Yesterday was an emotional day for all of us. I’m sure the last 30 minutes of this auction next week will be like watching the Niners (he’s a big SF fan) win the Superbowl for my brother and his family.

Keep watching,

A new six minute trailer for the upcoming heavy metal recording industry-themed documentary “Behind The Suit And Tie” has made its way online below. The feature will see a release in November and feature insight from a wealth of the talent behind the metal industry, including:

Carl Severson (Good Fight Entertainment, previously Ferret Music)
Paul Conroy (Good Fight Entertainment, previously Ferret Music)
Jason Lekberg (Eleven Seven Music, previously Epic Records)
Burt Goldstein (MVD, previously Big Daddy Distribution)
Eddie Trunk (VH1‘s “That Metal Show“)
Rob “Blasko” Nicholson (Ozzy Osbourne)
Adam Watson (Plastic Head Distribution)
Bryan Mechutan (Demolition Records)
Alan Becker (Sony RED Distribution)
Missi Callazzo (MegaForce Records)
Ray Harkins (Century Media Records)
Brian Slagel (Metal Blade Records)
Doug Keogh (Roadrunner Records)
Ed Rivadavia (RCA Music Group)
Al Dawson (Earache Records)
Pat Egan (Relapse Records)
David Ellefson (Megadeth)
Gary Susalis (Music Choice)
Ged Cook (Demolition Records)
Ralph Graupner (Indevent Music)
Lee Barrett (Ascendance Records)
Ryan Forster (Moshpit Tragedy)

Obituary have announced their plans for the “Rotting Slowly In Europe Tour“. The trek will begin November 22nd in Germany and find the band exclusively performing songs from their three early outings: “Slowly We Rot“, “Cause Of Death” and “The End Complete“. Joining them on the bill will be Macabre, Psycroptic and The Amenta.

Dates for the trek shape up as follows:

11/22 Ludwigsburg, GER – Rockfabrik
11/23 Trier, GER – Exhaus
11/24 Leeuwared, NET – Romein
11/25 Deventer, NET – Burgerweeshuis
11/27 Berlin, GER – K17
11/28 Ostrava, CZE – Barrak Music Club
11/29 Wien, AUT – Szene
11/30 Cham, GER – LA Club
12/01 Louvain Le Neuve, BEL – Mass Deathtruction Fest
12/02 Paris, FRA – Divan Du Monde
12/04 Dublin, IRE – Button Factory
12/05 London, UK – Garage
12/06 Essen, GER – Turock
12/07 Geiselwind, GER – Musichall (feat. Cradle Of Filth & God Seed)
12/08 TBA – TBA
12/09 Colmar, FRA – Le Grillen
12/11 Lyon, FRA – C.C.O. Villeurbanne
12/12 Luzern, SWI – Konzerthaus Schuur
12/13 Munich, GER – Backstage Halle
12/14 Eindhoven, NET – Eindhoven Metal Meeting
12/15 Leipzig, GER – Hellraiser

Anthrax frontman Joey Belladonna paid tribute to the troops at the bands August 03rd Mansfield, MA stop of the “Rockstar Energy Mayhem Festival“. Belladonna called a helmet cam clad U.S. soldier who was in attendance to the stage and proceeded to wear the cam while performing the bands track “I Am The Law“.

He later encouraged the crowd to cheer for the military during the songs breakdown before handing the helmet back to the fan. You can watch the resulting footage from the helmet camera below. Meanwhile, the fan himself recounted the experience as follows:

“I was wearing the helmetcam during Mayhem Fest. Then, during the Anthrax show Joey called me to the stage and I gave him the helmet. It was one of the best days of my life. Big shout out to the Shrapnel for making it all possible. I AM THE LAW!”

Neurosis Post Fourth “Electrical Transmission” Teaser

The fourth installment in Neurosis‘ “Electrical Transmission” teaser series has made its way online. The video can be found below. The series is thought to tie into the groups forthcoming new album that is expected out later this year.