Former OZZY OSBOURNE and current BILLY IDOL drummer Brian Tichy recently commented on the addition of YNGWIE MALMSTEEN/ex-DREAM THEATER keyboardist Derek Sherinian to IDOL's summer touring line-up. Said Tichy: "There's a new keyboardist in the mix... It's none other than...the keyboardist's keyboardist... the hardest working keyboardist in the music business... the keyboardist with the full page add in Keyboard magazine showing off his new keys for 3 months in a row!... a man all too friendly with Mother Nature... a man that should be hired as a solo analyst to Edward Van Halen if he ever needs to refresh his memory on his DLR-era solos... Mr. DEREK SHERINIAN!!!! When I found out that Billy needed a new keyboardist, I thought Derek was probably going to be too busy. (I think he's in 14 bands or so). But, upon mentioning it, he was ready to go. 2 days later, he came down and took over! And now that he's got the job and everybody digs him, I take full credit for getting him in the band!!!!!!! It was all me!!!!!! And from this point on, I take full credit for anything positive that happens in his career! So, come see the BILLY IDOL tour, BillyIdol.com if we get near your neck of the woods. Derek adds yet another element of excitement to the power that is BILLY IDOL!!!"Meanwhile, Tichy's main project BALL are still shopping an already-completed new album to various labels. "[The problem is that] we're too good looking," joked Tichy about the reasons for the band's failure to land a record deal. "That's the problem. So I'm starting a boy band. .... BALLBOY... We're gonna take all the distorted gtrs. out of the mix, and then we're gonna add nice airy harmonies on top of all the vocals. We might have to change some song titles though. 'Trapped Like A Rat' will become 'Trapped In Your Love'. 'Backslide' will become 'Loveslide'. 'Sweet Goodbyes' will become...(well I guess that can stay the same). And of course, 'Surfrider' will become 'Loverider'. Oh, and 'Bleed Defeat' will become 'And I Kiss Her Feet'. This is getting stupid.... "I'm writing a bunch of new stuff. If you order the new BALL CD, A Study In Persistence, it now comes with two new songs, 'Pool Of You' and 'Killing Time'. If you don't like these, then you probably don't own Physical Graffiti or Mob Rules. And that's a real problem. But what do I know, I dig SUPERTRAMP! BALL will continue listening to every excuse in the book while we continue to secure a deal. I mean, what else are we gonna do, break up? We haven't been dropped yet. We haven't done enough drugs. We haven't kicked anyone out of the band yet. We haven't even written a disco-type hit. We haven't changed direction, put on war-paint and called ourselves new 'character names'. None of our wives or girlfriends manage the band yet. Shit, we have plenty of bridges to cross. I haven't yet ordered an 18' chrome ball which drops center stage, trashing all around it. But when it comes, it's only 18" and it merely bounces off stage like an empty plastic Aquafina bottle! All these things to look forward to."
To comment on a BLABBERMOUTH.NET story or review, you must be logged in to an active personal account on Facebook. Once you're logged in, you will be able to comment. User comments or postings do not reflect the viewpoint of BLABBERMOUTH.NET and BLABBERMOUTH.NET does not endorse, or guarantee the accuracy of, any user comment. To report spam or any abusive, obscene, defamatory, racist, homophobic or threatening comments, or anything that may violate any applicable laws, use the "Report to Facebook" and "Mark as spam" links that appears next to the comments themselves. To do so, click the downward arrow on the top-right corner of the Facebook comment (the arrow is invisible until you roll over it) and select the appropriate action. You can also send an e-mail to blabbermouthinbox(@)gmail.com with pertinent details. BLABBERMOUTH.NET reserves the right to "hide" comments that may be considered offensive, illegal or inappropriate and to "ban" users that violate the site's Terms Of Service. Hidden comments will still appear to the user and to the user's Facebook friends. If a new comment is published from a "banned" user or contains a blacklisted word, this comment will automatically have limited visibility (the "banned" user's comments will only be visible to the user and the user's Facebook friends).