Bassist Murder/Suicide Victim
Blabbermouth reports: Former SOILENT GREEN bassist Scott Williams was killed Monday night (April 26) in an apparent murder-suicide.
Williams and his roommate were fighting just before midnight at a home they shared in the 600 block of Bannerwood Drive in Gretna, Louisiana, according to investigator sources cited by TheNewOrleansChannel.com.
Neighbors heard gunshots and called police. When officers arrived, they found one man with an apparent gunshot wound to the head and the other with an apparent gunshot wound to the chest. Both men were pronounced dead at the scene. - Click Here for the Full Story
Great White Protest CD Cover
Blabbermouth reports: GREAT WHITE have issued a statement distancing themselves from yet another compilation CD bearing a cover image that appears to refer to the Rhode Island nightclub fire that claimed the lives of 100 people. The group's statement reads as follows:
"Today we were horrified to discover that once again another record company has attempted to profit on the horrible tragedy of February 20th, 2003. Deadline/Cleopatra Records have planned to release a double record called 'Double Dose' on May 11th with a burning shark on the cover. This is a reprehensible and deplorable act for the sole purpose of financial gain. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story
Green Day Death Hoax
Much Music reports: Green Day singer Billy Jo Armstrong is not dead. Contrary reports surfaced on Friday, when an internet rumour surfaced claiming that Armstrong had been killed in a car crash the day before. A posting on the band's official website cleared things up: "Despite what you may have heard rumored on the Internet, Billie Joe did not recently die in a car accident. Billie Joe, Mike and Tre are all fine." - Click Here for the Full Story
Avril Most Hated
Much Music reports: Who doesn't love Avril Lavigne? Well apparently the readers of London's the Evening Standard don't. Avril came third in a recent poll of the most hated music act in the world. The Canadian poster girl ranked just ahead of wild woman Courtney Love, and just behind spandex rockers The Darkness. - Click Here for the Full Story
AC/DC Car Wreck
ArrowFM reports: First he doesn't get acknowledged by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, then he gets into a nasty car accident. Of course, I'm referring to the very anonymous former AC/DC bassist Mark Evans. Evans apparently spent a day in the hospital this week after a taxi he was being driven in was rear-ended. He was taken to the hospital and treated for neck injuries. Evans was the bassist for the famed Aussie band until "Let There Be Rock." - Click Here for the Full Story
Copeland Lose Drummer
Knife Party reports: The drummer of Copeland, Rusty, has parted ways with the band. The band will be playing a few headlining dates with Lovedrug in the southeast.- Click Here for the Full Story
RIFTrock reports: Two more Lollapalooza dates have been announced. July 17 and 18th the 2-day festival will be hitting Mountain View's Shoreline Amphitheatre in California.
The only other dates that have been announced so far are July 14th and 15th at the White River Ampitheatre in Auburn, WA. More dates, bands, and ticket information will be announced soon. - Click Here for the Full Story
Virgin Mega reports: blink-182's Travis Barker is stepping out from behind the drums for some interesting business ventures. This month, Barker opened a franchise of the popular restaurant chain Wahoo's Fish Taco in Norco, California. blink-182 fans and Mexican food enthusiasts were treated to a BMX and pro-skating exhibition, plus an opportunity to meet Barker and Blink member Mark Hoppus.
Barker has also signed two acts, The Kinison and The Nervous Return, to his new label La Salle Records. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story
NME reports: Music giant SONY are the latest company to join the download race.
Sony Europe is hoping to beat off competition from Napster and iTunes when it unveils its Connect MP3 service in June.
Launching in the UK, France and Germany, the service will feature a catalogue of more than 300,000 songs which can be downloaded onto a range of Sony portable devices. - Click Here for the Full Story
Mick Jones' New Gig
NME reports: Former CLASH star MICK JONES has teamed up with his old punk pal TONY JAMES to form a new band - and they're hitting the road next month.
Carbon/Silicon, formed in September 2002, will play four dates in May.
Jones says the music he and James are making "represents our past, present and future in our own style". - Click Here for the Full Story
Cranberries, Lies & Nanny
AP reports: Dolores O'Riordan, lead singer of hit 1990s band The Cranberries, testified Tuesday that her former nanny was telling "downright lies" in a lawsuit alleging breach of contract and false imprisonment.
O'Riordan, 32, took the stand at Dublin's High Court to reject testimony by former nanny Joy Fahy, who claims she was fired and never received a range of promised benefits during her two-month employment in 1999 as nanny to O'Riordan's toddler son Taylor.
Justice Jonathan Quirk said he would deliver his verdict Wednesday - Click Here for the Full Story
Pay Up Piano Man
AP reports: A 93-year-old woman whose house was damaged when Billy Joel slammed into it with his car had never heard of the Long Island singer until the accident, but now she expects him to pay for repairs. - Click Here for the Full Story
Queensryche Rock USS Nimitz
Electric Basement reports: On its spring 2004 tour. Vocalist Geoff Tate, guitarist Michael Wilton, bass guitarist Eddie Jackson, drummer Scott Rockenfield and guitarist Mike Stone of QUEENSRYCHE will visit sailors on the nuclear powered aircraft carrier USS Nimitz at Naval Air Station North Island in San Diego, California, on April 29. The band will tour the ship and conduct a meet-and-greet session with the Nimitz crew. Queensryche's San Diego stop with the USS Nimitz visit and concert at 4th & B is part of the tour promoting the concert DVD 'The Art of Live' now available on Sanctuary Records. [lots more, see full story]- Click Here for the Full Story
Mondo Generator Web Releases
IAYM reports: Mondo Generator have recently released two new discs, both available for purchase via their official website www.mondogenerator.com. The offerings include a live CD entitled "Live At The LA Troubadour and at Cain's In San Diego", and a DVD release named "Live In The U.S. And Europe", which features live and backstage footage from those locations.- Click Here for the Full Story
IAYM reports: The tracklisting for Otep's upcoming new album "House Of Secrets" has been unveiled, it shapes up as follows:
03. "Buried Alive"
05. "House Of Secrets"
06. "Hooks And Splinters"
08. "Autopsy Song"
09. "Suicide Trees"
12. "Shattered Pieces"
[see full story for more on the cd, plus links to song samples- Click Here for the Full Story
Music DVD Sales Up
Drowned in Sound reports: High-profile DVD video releases from the likes of Coldplay, Robbie Williams and U2 have pushed sales of the format up by 95% over the last year.
Of the 6.4 million music DVDs sold, 60% have been live performance releases. The International Federation of the Phonographic Industry commented: "The music industry has both fuelled and responded to consumer demand for DVD music video by providing both quality and quantity. Strong growth is expected again in 2004 as consumers extend DVD buying beyond just their favourite artists and choice is widened." [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story
Pitchfork reports: Kraftwerk have just revealed to the Toronto-based music magazine Now that they're in the midst of an ambitious project to reissue their entire catalog-- including their first three albums, which have been available only via UK import for years. Speaking by telephone from the band's Kling Klang studios in Düsseldorf, Germany, Kraftwerk co-founder Ralf Hütter told the publication, "We've been digitally transferring all of Kraftwerk's original recordings and sound sources from our badly degrading master tapes while our engineers, Fritz [Hilpert] and Henning [Schmitz], have been working in parallel to remaster our early albums for re-release." - Click Here for the Full Story
Dandy Warhols Black Album
Ananova reports: The Dandy Warhols have released their much talked about 'lost' second album, The Black Album, via their official website.
Fans who buy the album are also given an 18-track second CD featuring B-sides and other rarities.
The album can be downloaded for around £17 from www.dandywarhols.com.
The Black Album is made up of tracks recorded in 1996 intended to be included on the band's follow-up to their debut Dandys Rule, OK. [see full story for more- Click Here for the Full Story
Ananova reports: The full line-up for this year's Morrissey-curated Meltdown Festival has been announced.
It includes three performances from Morrissey himself as well as shows by Sparks, The Libertines, the New York Dolls and Nancy Sinatra.
Morrissey will play the Royal Festival Hall on June 11, 25 and 26, , reports XFM.co.uk. - Click Here for the Full Story
Pixies Expand Again
liveDaily reports: The Pixies, who this weekend will wrap up their first round of tour dates since 1992, continue to add shows to a second North American outing that launches in September.
The fall/winter tour so far is scheduled to play a mix of headlining and festival dates in about 20 cities. Tickets for some of the just-announced shows will go on sale in the coming days, according to the band's publicist [see full story for more including dates]- Click Here for the Full Story
liveDaily reports: Elton John, his band and a full symphony orchestra are set to play five July shows at New York's Radio City Music Hall.
The shows are scheduled for July 13, 14, 16, 17 and 18, and tickets are scheduled to go on sale to the general public on May 3, according to promoters.
The symphony and choir will comprise students of London's Royal Academy of Music and New York's Julliard School. At least some of the shows will be filmed by the Bravo cable network for a future television special. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story
liveDaily reports: Radiohead called off its last show in Melbourne, Australia, after frontman Thom Yorke came down with a throat infection.
According to joint press release issued by promoter Michael Chugg Entertainment and Radiohead's manager, Yorke "developed a significant loss of vocal quality" during the band's Monday (4/27) performance in Melbourne, "and was barely able to finish the concert." - Click Here for the Full Story
Cooper Temple Clause Last
press release reports: When the Cooper Temple Clause swept through the States this winter, they brought a version of the UK rock, and a questionable drink concoction known as a "Cooper" (tequila and coke) to a country not yet ready for hair that cool, rock that strange or drinks that nauseating. The fellas will be returning to the States [today] for a taping of Last Call with Carson Daly, making their US TV debut when the show airs May 7. The taping will likely be the last time the Coopers play the east coast for a while. Any fans who would like to catch this taping can click on the [full story] link to request tickets.
After rocking the late-nite show, the Coopers will be jumping coasts to rock Coachella on Sunday with the Flaming Lips and the Cure.- Click Here for the Full Story
The PRP reports: Flaw's new album "Endangered Species" can now be previewed online over at the bands newly overhauled official website, www.flaw.com. "Endangered Species" is slated for a May 04th release date through Republic/Universal.- Click Here for the Full Story
The PRP reports: Deadsy have been dropped by their parent label Dreamworks Records. No official word has been made as to where the bands new album "Phantasmagore" will surface as of yet.- Click Here for the Full Story