Girl Dies At Slipknot Show
Blabbermouth reports: Danielle Quisenberry of Central Michigan Life reports that Alecia Holst had no idea when she left for Detroit Friday night (April 16) to attend a SLIPKNOT concert at Harpos Concert Theatre that it would be her last.
Holst did not return to Mount Pleasant. While at the concert, she went into sudden cardiac arrest, her heart failed and she was rushed to St. John Hospital and Medical Center in Detroit where she died Tuesday night. She was 21.
Doctors are unsure what caused the arrest. Drugs or alcohol were not a factor.
Her friends at CMU, the same friends she had at Thornapple Kellogg High School in Middleville, where she spent her young life, will remember her as the smiling, but stubborn girl who kept them grounded. - Click Here for the Full Story
Testament Axe Joins Nevermore
Blabbermouth reports: Former TESTAMENT guitarist Steve Smyth has officially joined NEVERMORE as the group's second guitarist. Smyth, whose departure from TESTAMENT was exclusively reported here last weekend, took part in the filming of NEVERMORE's video for the track "I, Voyager", off their most recent album, "Enemies Of Reality". [see full story for more including a link to photos from the video shoot.] - Click Here for the Full Story
Anselmo Ready To Bury The
Blabbermouth reports: After months of trading verbal jabs with his former bandmates, frontman Philip Anselmo appears to have finally softened his stance with regards to one day sharing the stage again with ex-PANTERA guitarist Dimebag Darrell and drummer Vinnie Paul (both currently in DAMAGEPLAN). Asked in a live phone interview on the "Friday Night Rocks" show on New York's Q104.3 Friday night (April 23) if he could ever see himself collaborating again with the other former members of PANTERA, Anselmo replied, "I think I see it more than they see it. I would have no problem at all, if we were in the same town and their band was playing and they wanted to play some PANTERA songs, I'd be a man and suck it up and [go up on stage and] do some PANTERA songs [with them]." - Click Here for the Full Story
Nine Injured At Earth Day
Boston.com reports: Nine spectators were rushed to local hospitals after a 20-foot sound tower and VIP tent collapsed onto a crowd that had gathered for the WBOS-FM Festival for the Earth concert on the Charles River Esplanade, officials said yesterday.
One person was knocked unconscious and another complained of severe pain after the tower pitched forward onto a large group of people crowded in front of the concert stage, said Bob Haley, supervisor of special operations for Boston's Emergency Medical Services.
The other seven people taken to hospitals were treated for bruises and lacerations, and none of the injuries were life-threatening, Haley said.
The scaffolding was holding several large speakers when it fell into the crowd, said oranizers of the concert, which was part of Boston's traditional Earth Day festivities at the Hatch Shell. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story
Billy Joel Car Wreck
Fox News reports: Singer Billy Joel was involved in his third car accident in two years Sunday when he slammed into a house on a wet road on Long Island. No one was seriously injured.
There was no evidence that alcohol or drugs were involved and Joel was not suspected of any crime, said Nassau County police Officer Joan Eames.
Joel suffered a small cut on a finger but refused medical attention, Eames said.
Joel was alone in the car, and no one in the house was injured, police said. [see full story for more] - Click Here for the Full Story
Weiland Trial Postponed
BW&BK reports: Scott Weiland got a breather on Friday when his DUI trial was postponed. He's next due in court on May 11, two days before his band VELVET REVOLVER are set to launch their tour in St. Louis.
As previously reported, VR's forthcoming Contraband album is due out on June 8th through RCA. - Click Here for the Full Story
BW&BK reports: FastLane Records and CD Smash Records are finishing up their tribute album to the NEW YORK DOLLS titled Jetboys Of Babylon. In doing so, they have acquired the services of The New York Dolls frontman himself, the legendary David Johansen.
Johansen has re-recorded 'Babylon' with NJ's FRANKENSTEIN 300 featuring Keith Roth. The band FLIPP with Steve Jones from THE SEX PISTOLS cover 'Personality Crisis' and THE ALARM take on 'Jet Boy'. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story
RIFTrock reports: Early albums from The Cure will be re-issued and released by Rhino Records on August 17th. Re-issues include Three Imaginary Boys, Seventeen Seconds, Faith, and Pornography.- Click Here for the Full Story
RIFTrock reports: The Strokes will be releasing a special edition of their debut RCA album Is This It with a bonus DVD. The DVD will include the band's performance on MTV2's $2 Bill and their music videos. The CD has already been released in the U.K., no word yet on when a U.S. release date will be set for the special edition. - Click Here for the Full Story
Slipknot + Slayer & Metallica
siN's metal news reports: In an interview with SLIPKNOT bassist Paul Grey that will appear this Monday on Maniac Radio (88.1 FM, WCRX Radio in Chicago from 9pm to Midnight, and live streaming on the internet at WCRX.net) it has been revealed to SMNnews that SLIPKNOT will be supporting METALLICA later this year on their Fall US tour, and then will also be providing support for SLAYER in an "overseas" tour. You can listen to the whole interview this Monday at the aforementioned time and place.- Click Here for the Full Story
Suicide Band Sue Promoter
siN's metal news reports: Milwuakee Metalfest, New Jersey Metalfest, and recently Florida Metalfest organizer Jack Koschick is being sued by suicide-organizers HELL ON EARTH. Here's the story:
"John C. Koshick (a.k.a. Jack Koshick), organizer of several underground heavy metal festivals, including the long-running Milwaukee Metalfest, was reportedly served with court papers on Monday, April 19 in connection with a dispute over industrial rock band HELL ON EARTH's removal from the lineup of this year's Sun n' Steel Metalfest. According to a posting on the band's web site, HELL ON EARTH hired a processor to "hunt down" Koshick (doing business as Jack Koshick Presents) 1,300 miles away as Koshick had avoided being served earlier in Florida by Pinellas County Deputies. HELL ON EARTH are claiming that Koshick breached a contract signed by the band and the promoters insuring them a spot at the early March event, which included appearances by TESTAMENT, OBITUARY, PRONG and M.O.D., among many others. [see full story for more] - Click Here for the Full Story
Silly News: Partridge Family
Herald Sun reports: It's the news David Cassidy fans have dreamed of for 30 years - The Partridge Family are making a comeback.
The hit '70s show is returning to TV and Cassidy will be in it. The former teen heart-throb, now 53, said on UK TV: "The Partridge Family is coming back. And yes, I'll be in it. We just made the deal two days ago." - Click Here for the Full Story
Auf Der Offspring
MTV reports: Auf Der Maur, the band fronted by former Hole bassist Melissa Auf Der Maur, will support their self-titled debut, due June 1, by opening up for the Offspring. - Click Here for the Full Story
MTV reports: D.C. punk band Fugazi have begun selling CDs of their live shows dating back to their maiden gig on September 3, 1987, via their Web site www.fugaziliveseries.com. In keeping with the band's ethos, the albums are reasonably priced at $8 for a single disc and $10 for a double-disc set. - Click Here for the Full Story
Marillion Top Charts
Drowned In Sound reports: In this week's 'shock' result, Marillion have scored their first Top 10 hit in over 17 years - and their first big hit with Steve Hogarth on vocals - with 'You're Gone' entering the chart at No. 8, one place above Franz Ferdinand's third single, 'Matinee'. Hogarth had left a message on Marillion's website telling their loyal fanbase: "If you'd like to make an old dog very happy, you could dig deep, get into eight quid's worth of debt and buy three copies or more of our single. We'd almost certainly go top 10 and I'd have my first ever top 10 single just before my 45th birthday!"
Happy birthday, Mr Hogarth. [see full story for more UK chart news] - Click Here for the Full Story
Guided By Voices Split
Drowned In Sound reports: After 20 years in the game, the uber-prolific Robert Pollard's Guided By Voices last night announced that his band are to split. The band's final gig will be their traditional New Year's Eve show, in NYC. As yet, there are no plans for any European shows before then.
Speaking onstage at last night's show at New York's Bowery Ballroom, he said: "You can't be the Rolling Stones. You've gotta quit while you're relatively handsome."
Posting the news on their official website, Pollard, aged 47, describes how "This feels like the last album for Guided By Voices… I love the guys in the band, but I'm getting too old to be a gang leader."
The band's final LP, tentatively titled ‘Half Smiles of the Decomposed', is slated for release on August 24th. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story
Jacko Drops Geragos
AP reports: Michael Jackson is replacing high-profile attorneys Mark Geragos and Benjamin Brafman in his child molestation case, the lawyers told The Associated Press on Sunday.
The pop superstar's new lawyer will be Thomas Mesereau Jr., another well-known criminal defense attorney who represented actor Robert Blake in his murder case until they recently parted company, citing irreconcilable differences.
"Based on recent developments and discussions with various persons in the Jackson camp, it became clear that it would be best if Mark and I decided to step down," Brafman said. "And that's what we elected to do." [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story
Lamb of God Machine
IAYM reports: Production on Lamb Of God's upcoming Epic Records debut will be helmed by Machine (Pitchshifter, White Zombie). The band begin pre-production on the effort tomorrow in Richmond, Virginia at the Sound Of Music Studios, whilst tracking is set to take place from May 05th, assuming they stay on schedule. The album is tentatively due to hit stores before the end of 2004. [more]- Click Here for the Full Story
Slapshot's Final Days
IAYM reports: Slapshot have postponed their planned European tour until spring 2005. This is reportedly to be their last outing before they call it quits for good; however there will be one more studio offering from the band before this occurs, in the form of an MCD on Thorp Records. Slapshot will be recording this in July.- Click Here for the Full Story
Jet Launching New CD
Ananova reports: Jet have claimed they have an "album's worth of material" for the follow up to their debut album.
The band are now back in Australia, having just toured in the US with fellow Australian band The Vines.
According to NME Chris Cester said the band feel under pressure to follow the success of Get Born, but they're well on the way to writing enough songs.
"We have an album's worth of material lined up and ready to go. The only thing for me is whether we have time between albums to sit back and layer the songs, work them out, figure them out, so they're really comfortable."
He added: "It looks like we're gonna have that kind of time, because we've been successful enough to tell the record company how long we wanna spend in the studio. A lot of bands don't get that privilege" [see full story for more] - Click Here for the Full Story
Ringo Has Surgery
Ananova reports: Former Beatles drummer, Ringo Starr, is reported to have undergone surgery on his shoulder in the US.
Friends of the 63-year-old says he underwent the operation for bone spurs. It's a painful condition in which there's abnormal bone growth on joints.
The operation took place in California and forced him to cancel his All Starr band's schedule of gigs, says the Sunday Mirror. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story
Rockdirt reports: Rock acts on television this week include Puddle of Mudd, who perform on 'Last Call with Carson Daly' on Monday; Horrorpops, who perform on 'Jimmy Kimmel Live' on Tuesday; Kid Rock, who performs on 'The Tonight Show with Jay Leno' on Wednesday, while Sharon and Ozzy Osbourne appear on the program as guests the same night; Flaming Lips, who perform on 'Jimmy Kimmel Live' on Friday; and Bright Eyes, who perform on 'The Late Late Show with Craig Kilborn' on Friday. - Click Here for the Full Story
Rockdirt reports: Blur frontman Damon Albarn has opened the door for Graham Coxon to return to the group when they head back into the studio in the autumn. "Blur is like a family with one brother no-one talks to," Albarn explained. "He'd be welcome back - it is a realistic prospect. We're totally capable of making music together." But Damon still took a swipe at Coxon's first solo album 'Happiness In Magazines'. He said: "It sounds like Blur and he said he didn't want to be like that. Why waste that energy?" - Click Here for the Full Story
Taking Back Sunday Soph CD
press release reports: Taking Back Sunday and Victory Records are pleased to announce that a July 27th release is planned for their sophomore album, "Where You Want To Be". After wrapping up recording on the east coast this week, Taking Back Sunday will start a month of dates supporting Blink-182 and Cypress Hill. - Click Here for the Full Story