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from Tim Henderson
of BW&BK Magazine
edited by HardRadio

10/4/17 Page 2

As previously reported, Metal Church drummer STET HOWLAND (ex-W.A.S.P.) was fighting a mystery illness and in a Massachusetts hospital undergoing tests. Howland has checked in with the following update: "Three hospitals and almost two weeks later we have a diagnosis. I have Diffuse Large B-cell Lymphoma. In layman's terms, its essentially a form of cancer in my blood. And while it is a very aggressive form of cancer, it is also very treatable with an 80% cure rate. In my case I'm one of the lucky ones whom my doctors are confident of knocking this shit completely out of me! ... We started treatment based on the doctors' initial diagnosis, as they were confident of what they were dealing with. They knew I had a form of Lymphoma but the actual details didn't rear their head until yesterday as we had to await test results. ... I Will be discharged next week and heading back to Vegas, where I will begin tracking the new Metal Church record with a vigor and thankfulness that I don't know if I've ever felt in my life. The 2018 Metal Church calendar is already starting to fill up, and I'm going to be out there whooping ass at every single one of them!"

Last week Aerosmith cancelled the last four shows of their South American tour after frontman STEVEN TYLER suffered "unexpected medical issues" and was advised by his doctors not to perform. Tyler returned to the US for treatment. Tyler has just issued the following statement, clarifying the rumors floating around: "It breaks my heart to have left this tour early... the band has never played better... just watch the 100,000 people at Rock In Rio. I give you all an A+ for creative speculations but I certainly did not have a heart attack or a seizure (unless Joe Perry is takin' a rippin' lead). Sorry to have cut the tour short but I had to have a procedure that only my doc in The States could perform. We've been to Tel Aviv, to Russia, to Rio, and all the in-between... I guess it's true what they say... that life's a pisser when Eu're A Peein'..."

Rock legends Scorpions will be honored by the Los Angeles City Council this Friday, a day ahead of the band's concert at The Forum. The group plans to be on hand to accept the honor at the council meeting to be held at Van Nuys City Hall. Councilman Jose Huizar introduced a resolution to declare Friday as "THE SCORPIONS DAY" in Los Angeles, recognizing the group for "52 years of excellence in rock 'n roll, including making records in Los Angeles, the entertainment capital of the world." The resolution notes that the group has ties to L.A., where the band recorded three albums and has frequently performed over the years.

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