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HEAVY MENTAL

Robert Trujillo

ROBERT TRUJILLO TO REUNITE WITH MASS MENTAL AUG. 26 

mass-mental-whiskyMetallica bassist Robert Trujillo is keeping good on a promise made earlier this summer and is heading back to the Sunset Strip to rock the Whisky A Go Go with a reunited Mass Mental on August 26.

The all-ages show will feature Trujillo once again jamming with his funky, pre-Metallica, art-rock bandmates: vocalist Benji Webbe, bassist Armand Sabal-Lecco and drummer Ken Schalk.

Making the historic heavy metal experience even more cool is the addition of guest vocalist Whitfield Crane of Ugly Kid Joe.

The L.A. show is a warm-up gig for Mass Mental’s September 6 slot at Germany’s Warwick Open Day music fest.

Get tickets for the Whisky show here.

Runaways Talk Reunion

Runaways

HELLO WORLD, THEY’RE YOUR WILD GIRLS…AND NOW, THE RUNAWAYS MAY BE COMING BACK TO ROCK YOU AGAIN

Rock fans have already witnessed once-feuding members of iconic superstar bands like Fleetwood Mac and L.A.’s Van Halen and the Eagles bury the hatchet and regroup for sold-out reunion tours.

And now comes word that another great L.A. group once torn apart by personal turmoil within the band is hinting at a reconciliation.

Lita FordHeavy metal vixen Lita Ford (right) mentions in a new Los Angeles Times interview that she has been in recent contact with her former Runaways bandmates Joan Jett and Cheri Currie and is jonsing for a rockin’ reunion with the iconic all-girl band that smashed sexiest stereotypes in music in the ’70s to become a successful hit-making machine that rivaled the best work of their macho rock and roll contemporaries.

“It had been decades,” says Ford in the interview about meeting up with Jett late last year. “It was weird. When I saw her, it was like seeing Joan. Same old. She looked great. We always got along.”

Ford is cited as the main holdout that previously squashed any plans for a Runaways reunion that occasionally surfaced in years past. Now it seems that the fate of a reunion rests in Jett’s hands.

“Now’s a perfect time,” Lita tells the Times. “I’m all for it. I just need Joan’s OK.”

Sandy_WestAlthough a Runaways reunion would be stellar, it, unfortunately, won’t be truly complete. Founding member and the band’s kick-ass drummer Sandy West (right) died of lung cancer in 2006. And no mention has been made as to who would be taking on bass duties in a reformed Runaways, original bassist Jackie Fox or her replacement Vicki Tischler-Blue. The band’s last bass player Laurie McAlister passed away in 2011 due to complications from asthma.

Ford, Jett and Currie, however, are now the holy trinity of the Runaways and their prospective reunion has the potential to make this the biggest and best comeback since David Lee Roth and Eddie Van Halen shook hands again last year and traded in trash talk for an arena tour.