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  23rd April 2010



Batusis, the new rock band formed by Sylvain Sylvain (New York Dolls) and Cheetah Chrome (Dead Boys, Rocket From The Tombs), who were planning on touring the UK in May, have been forced to postpone their dates due to the Icelandic volcanic ash situation.

Frank Mauceri, the MD of Smog Veil Records, who will be releasing the Batusis debut 4-track self-titled EP in the UK on May 4th, said;

"The volcanic ash in Europe has created havoc for live concert touring, especially in the UK. Sylvain and Cheetah were really looking forward to the UK dates; however, flight cancellations have made it impossible to get the band into the UK."

Batusis line-up features Sylvain and Cheetah on guitars, drummer Lez Warner (The Cult) and bassist Sean Koos (Joan Jett & The Blackhearts).

For further information about Batusis' forthcoming 4-track EP, click here or visit to listen to audio clips of the 4 songs.



Here's a fabulous Aerosmith pictorial document as seen through the lens of famed British photographer Tony Mottram. Tony photographed the band over many years for various magazines and now has a monthly column here on MetalTalk.

As was often the case, only one photo ever got published and in the fast moving world of weekly magazines sometimes entire sessions would be done and left undeveloped.

Tony started shooting Aerosmith from towards the end of the period with Jimmy Crespo and Rick Dufay and onwards through the return of original members Joe Perry and Brad Whitford that resulted in the albums 'Done With Mirrors', 'Permanent Vacation' and 'Pump'.


As well as shooting the band several times in England, this collection includes images from a session at the band's rehearsal room in Boston. Littered throughout is a mixture of live and off stage photos including a selection of photos taken at London's famous Marquee club when they were joined on stage by Jimmy Page.

This limited edition hardback book, presented in a flight case and printed on silk paper, is an opportunity to own a unique selection of photos, most of which have never seen the light of day before.

This unique item is presented in an aluminium flight case and will be published in late November. Earlybird subscribers who order by 31st October will have their name printed within a dedicated page in the book.

To be sure not to miss out on this unique, future collector's item, hit the PayPal button here:

Publication date: 31st November 2017
ISBN: 978-1-908724-81-6
Format: Casebound.
Pages: 128 pages, printed on 170 gsm, silk paper.
Size: A4 landscape.


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