Yesterday was a slow "legitimate" news day, so following our top stories we have some highlights from April Fool's for your enjoyment.
Cobain: Suicide or Murder?
Rockdirt reports: On a special two-hour 'Dateline NBC' Friday (April 2) at 8 PM ET/PT, they will explore what really happened to Nirvana singer Kurt Cobain ten years after his apparent suicide. The website's preview states that "Courtney Love faces new controversy."
[April Fool's? Dateline does have a special planned but the promo says nothing about Courtney at presstime. It talks about an interview with the authors of a controversial book. ]- Click Here for the Full Story
Blabbermouth reports: LIMP BIZKIT have apologized for canceling their South African tour and have promised to re-schedule.
The group have issued a statement, saying: "LIMP BIZKIT are regrettably unable to fulfill their touring obligation to South Africa at this time for undisclosable personal reasons.
"LIMP BIZKIT would like to apologize to their South African fans, 5fm, Edgars and Big Concerts for any, and all inconveniences caused by the cancellation. The band intend to re-schedule the tour."
On Thursday Big Concerts said they intend to sue the band for breach of contract. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story
Lars: Cobain No Fan of GNR
Blabbermouth reports: On the eve of the 10-year anniversary of Kurt Cobain's passing, NME.com has posted a short testimonial to NIRVANA penned by METALLICA drummer Lars Ulrich. It reads as follows:
"In 1991 there was a kind of shift in rock music in America — it was shifting away from all the hair bands in L.A. And with Kurt Cobain you felt you were connecting to the real person, not to a perception of who he was — you were not connecting to an image or a manufactured cut-out. You felt that between you and him there was nothing — it was heart-to-heart. There are very few people who have that ability.
"I never met him but our guitarist Kirk Hammett had a relationship with him. We were doing this tour with GUNS N' ROSES in the US in 1992 and we wanted NIRVANA to come out and join us. Kirk asked Kurt, but while Cobain said he would play with METALLICA anywhere in the world, at any time, on any stage, he would not step up on the same stage as GUNS N' ROSES — obviously he felt that Axl was the antithesis to what he was.
"As I said, I never met Kurt, and he's probably the only guy in rock'n'roll that I have never met that I really wanted to — other than Bon Scott maybe. What a sad thing we can't hear the fourth NIRVANA album. It would have been so great to be able to see how that would have evolved." - Click Here for the Full Story
Blabbermouth reports: FLAW have set a May 4 release date through Republic/Universal Records for their sophomore album, "Endangered Species". The follow-up to 2001's "Through The Eyes" features twelve new tracks, including "Endangered Species", "Medicate", "Wait For Me", "Many Faces", "All The Worst", "Final Cry", "Worlds Divide", "Turn The Tables", "Not Enough", "You've Changed", "Decide", and the first single, "Recognize". [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story
Darkness Burn Out?
RIFTrock reports: The Darkness have postponed their U.S. tour dates due to lead singer Justin Hawkins losing his voice. No word yet on if the shows will be made up. RIFTrock will keep you posted.- Click Here for the Full Story
Songwriters Hall Inductees
Reuters reports: Charles Fox, Al Green, Daryl Hall & John Oates, Don McLean and Motown songwriting duo Norman Whitfield and Barrett Strong will be inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame, organizers said Wednesday. - Click Here for the Full Story
MTV reports: A U.S. district court judge in Florida has issued Slipknot a court order that temporarily bans them from selling their own hats and T-shirts on the Jägermeister Tour. The band was sued by San Francisco merchandising company Signature Network, which has a licensing deal with Jäger to sell hats, T-shirts and other band-related items on the tour. Signature Network filed the suit after Slipknot, who were selling their own merchandise, booted the company from a venue in Orlando, Florida, on Tuesday night.- Click Here for the Full Story
Tears For Cures
Ananona reports: A former manager of 80s chart-toppers Tears For Fears is facing jail for siphoning off a fortune meant for a miracle sober-you-up cure.
Paul King, 52, promised his business partners he would use his music industry contacts to help raise money to market the volcanic ash preparation.
Instead, he pocketed £458,000 of investors' cash which could have seen the revolutionary product - originally discovered by drunken Chechen rebels - becoming a "big success" in Britain.
King, who tried to hide his dishonesty behind claims of sloppy accounting, was convicted at London's Southwark Crown Court of one count of fraudulent trading between August 20, 2000, and July 5, 2002.
He was remanded on bail for pre-sentence reports until May 7. [see full story for more] - Click Here for the Full Story
Taking Back The Lama
Victory Records reports: When Taking Back Sunday completed their fall tour with Saves The Day, there were high fives all around. After they bid farewell to their tight bro's, they began to look to the future. The obvious next step was to have their bodies cryogenically frozen and genetic doubling completed, so that they could move on to phrase three. The men of Taking Back Sunday emerged from their pods refreshed, with a new sense of purpose. Secure in the knowledge that should mid-air disaster occur, their cryogenic replacements would march to the fore, they boarded a plane bound for Bombay. Once on the ground in the ancient city, Taking Back Sunday made a beeline for the hottest producer/re-mixer/lifestyle coach of the moment. Of course, you guess correctly, the Dali Lama himself. As spiritual as he is fresh, the DL brings mad beats and lessons of karmic balance to Taking Back Sunday. Despite his vow to change the band completely and alienate their entire fanbase, the new songs are said to be both spiritual and hard partying. With great joy, the band announces that the new record will be in your presence in July, 2004.- Click Here for the Full Story
Pearl Jam Honored
liveDaily reports: Pearl Jam will be honored with the 2004 IMPACT Award, in recognition of the band's "significant contributions to both the Northwest's rich musical legacy and the international music community," according to the band's official website.
The April 9 event is expected to mark the band's first live performance of 2004. - Click Here for the Full Story
liveDaily reports: The Oxygen Network will air eight hours of live original programming--from 2 p.m. through 10 p.m. on May 18--to celebrate the release of Alanis Morissette's forthcoming album, "So-Called Chaos." - Click Here for the Full Story
Cave In Live on DVD
The PRP reports: Cave In will be selling a live disc entitled "Live Airwaves" at their upcoming April/May tour dates. Here's the official word: "We've assembled a little something out of a couple of our favorite live recordings to sell at our upcoming shows in April and May. The disc is called "Live Airwaves" and it features excerpts from two live performances we did for radio broadcasts. The first set of tunes was recorded at Jupiter Studio in Seattle, WA in the summer of 2003 and features "Inspire", "Anchor", "Joy Opposites", "Youth Overrided (acoustic)", and "Beautiful Son". The second set of tunes was recorded at New Alliance Studio in Boston in the winter of 2000 and features "Jupiter" and "Innuendo And Out The Other". Copies of this disc will be available at the upcoming MacRock festival via The Magic Bullet Record Co."- Click Here for the Full Story
of April Fool's
Yesterday was a slow "legitimate" news day but some of our sources made the best of the April Fool's Day. What follows are some of the highlights from the fun and games from yesterday. - Click Here for the Full Story
GNR Go Mallcore?
BW&BK reports: According to a posting on Roadrunner UK's website, they have inked a deal with GUNS N' ROSES!? Here's the full posting:
"Roadrunner Records are pleased to announce the signing of the almighty Guns N' Roses. World famous, and indeed a household name, Guns N' Roses have sold millions of records across their many year career and we are extremely proud to have them as part of the Roadrunner family! The recent, widely reported, legal dispute with Universal has been resolved in an undisclosed out of court settlement. The first release under the new deal will be the very long awaited Chinese Democracy - currently penciled in for a Christmas 2004 release, allowing the band time to replace ex-member Buckethead, and finalize work in the studio. Several cover art concepts are already being discussed, and a new photo shoot is planned for early Summer. Office staff here are already dribbling in anticipation of hearing the new tunes. Official touring plans for the UK are not yet confirmed, but the headline slot of a much enlarged Roadrage 2005 tour is under discussion."- Click Here for the Full Story
Korn Change Name
I Ate Your Microphone reports: Recent reports indicate that as a result of the dying nü metal scene, one of it's founding bodies KoRn have mutually decided within the group that a name change is in order, as a misspelt miscapitalized moniker apparently no longer makes them the coolest kids in town. The band will hereafter be known as Corn; posters advertising their planned appearance on the upcoming Projekt Revolution trek are currently being reworked. - Click Here for the Full Story
Digital Noise Shutdown by
If you tried to surf to the Digital Noise Network on Thursday you were greeted with a screen that announced the site was shutdown by the FBI and the RIAA for illegal distribution of music. It was a hoax and the real site came up after a minute. But they did a good job in making it look official with contact info to the RIAA anti-piracy department and FBI and RIAA logos etc.- Click Here for the Full Story
Slayer Dump Ozzy
siN's metal news reports: Sources close to RMN have informed us that SLAYER has dropped off of Ozzfest, only to be replaced by tIN FLAMES.
*UPDATE* Hey guys it's TUFFKid here with an exclusive update for you!!
Kerry King has made an update with the following message:
"I regretfully have to announce that SLAYER will be dropping off this years Ozzfest. The stress and heart-ache of putting on my own clothing line, KFK Industries, has become increasingly difficult, and has required more work than initially thought. With this, me and Tom, who will now be the companys internal design manager, have decided to pull SLAYER off this years Ozzfest tour.
The good news is now we can start production on the new clothing line as a full-time job now. I have hired some other participants in the metal scene to help with production and ideas. MORTIIS (picture) has been hired on to head the makeup department whie Dani Filth (picture, CRADLE OF FILTH) and Lord Ahriman (picture 1, picture 2, DARK FUNERAL) will take over all spandex, fishnet and face paint operations. More big name announcements will come soon. - Click Here for the Full Story
they had a hell of day over at siN's with their emo alter-egos taking over. This was one of the funniest stories.
Metal Underground reports: The Metal Underground really went to town. With stories like "RIAA Admits To Misrepresenting Statistics", "Dino Cazares To Take Fear Factory To Court", "Slayer Officially Break Up", "Fred Durst Legally Changes Name to fredurst", "Cradle Of Filth Possessed?", "Metallica And Megadeth To Tour In 2005", "Phil Anselmo Found Dead In Bus While On Tour". Then the drama played out with the reporter that posted these comments was fired, but he then went and killed the editor. Of course they did announce this year's "Summer Sanitarium" tour lineup and it didn't seem too far fetched. See the full story link to read all the insanity. - Click Here for the Full Story