Saxon’s Glockler undergoes brain surgery for aneurysm

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Saxon drummer Nigel Glockler is to undergo a second operation today to repair a brain aneurysm.

The musician was rushed to hospital on Monday night after falling ill, with Saxon having to postpone all their remaining tour dates. It was later discovered that Glockler was suffering with bleeding on the brain.

Glocker’s wife Gina gave an update on his condition via the band’s official Facebook page saying that the first operation was unsuccessful:

“Nigel had surgery today for the brain aneurysm, but unfortunately it was not successful with the first option, so he will be undergoing another operation tomorrow,” she said.

“I’ve been reading him all of your messages and posts, and he is so very touched by them. Thank you all for the love and support, it means the world to us.

“Please keep the good vibes, prayers and juju coming his way.”

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Megadeth’s Mustaine ordered to rest

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Megadeth frontman Dave Mustaine has been ordered to rest by his doctor.

The band have had to cancel a string of live shows in the wake of the news, which comes as a result of Mustaine experiencing “complications” following spinal surgery back in 2011.

The cancellations include Megadeth’s appearance at Motorhead’s Motorboat Cruise. Organisers of the Florida event have confirmed that they have lined up something of a metal supergroup to fill the vacant slot however. Metal Allegiance, which includes Megadeth’s David Ellefson and Chris Broderick, alongside Phil Anselmo, Scott Ian, Mike Portnoy and Joey Belladonna, will play in Megadeth’s place.

Megadeth have said in a statement: “Due to complications arising from a previous cervical spine surgery, and upon his doctor’s strict recommendations, Dave Mustaine has cancelled all performances for the next eight weeks.”

“With rest and treatment, he is expected to recover and resume performing soon. The band was looking forward to the concerts and cruise, and is disappointed that they will not be able to see their fans. Megadeth expects to return to the road and will see their fans soon.”

Phil Anselmo, who will also perform on the cruise with his band Down said: “I always love getting together with my brothers and throwing down. The Allegiance jam is sure to be the best jam I’ve been involved with yet.”

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Primus, Puscifer drummer suffers heart attack

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Tim “Herb” Alexander, drummer with both Primus and Puscifer, has suffered a heart attack.

It was confirmed in a statement that the sticksman is to undergo open heart surgery sometime in the next 48 hours.

Speaking via a short statement, Alexander’s Puscifer bandmates said: “Rough news – Tim suffered a heart attack. Global positive thoughts, por favour. We need our Herb the Ginseng Drummer aka Peter Merkin alive and thieving.”

Primus bandmate Les Claypool said: “Herb is a strong Herculean fellow, and we all expect him to be up and around in no time. But with all surgical endeavours we want to make sure he has the best energy working for him.

“So let’s all throw our coins in the nearest fountain, wish on the first star of the night, blow out the birthday cake candles with him in mind, pray to whichever deity seems appropriate and generally send good thoughts his way so we can soon experience the glory that is the magnificent percussive rhythm of the mighty Tim Alexander.”

Alexander began his third term playing with Primus last year and has appeared on seven of the band’s albums. He recorded alongside Maynard James Keenan in A Perfect Circle, playing on their Mer de Noms album, before recording parts for both of Keenan’s albums as part of Puscifer.

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