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Bassist Killed By Lover
Blabbermouth reports: [a follow up to a story in yesterday's Day in Rock]...former SOILENT GREEN bassist Scott Williams (a.k.a. James Scott Williams) was shot to death by his companion late Monday (April 26) after an argument at a restaurant. Williams' companion, Tracey Terry, then turned the gun on himself.
About 11:50 p.m., Terry shot Williams in the head with a .38 caliber revolver, then killed himself, said Col. Robert Garner of the Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office. The men had moved in with Williams' mother in the 600 block of Bannerwood Drive about two months ago, neighbors said.
Neighbor Rachael Jackson said the men had dinner with two other men Monday night. Those men told her Tuesday morning that Terry left the restaurant angry because Williams had been talking to another person. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story
GNR Demo CD
Blabbermouth reports: According to Navarre.com and Amazon.com, Cleopatra Records has set a June 1 release date for "The Roots of Guns N' Roses", a collection of the very first demos recorded by Axl Rose and Izzy Stradlin before they became GUNS N' ROSES.
The album features five demo recordings that haven't been heard in decades, plus new remixes by former GN'R member Gilby Clarke. These rare tracks showcase the raw talent of Axl and Izzy that was just beginning to blossom into GN'R.
The story of GUNS N' ROSES began when L.A. GUNS founder Tracii Guns introduced guitarist Chris Weber to Izzy Stradlin in the parking lot of the Rainbow Bar And Grill. After jamming together at Izzy's place, the two decided to form a band and recruited a vocalist, Bill Bailey, better known to most as Axl Rose. Together, they drew inspiration from the diverse musical scene emerging in Hollywood and, with the help of drummer Johnny Kreis, recorded a demo under the name HOLLYWOOD ROSE. [see full story for track listing and album art link]- Click Here for the Full Story
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Jail For Black Metal Beating?
BW&BK reports: GORGOROTH vocalist Gaahl is facing jail time as he is being accused of beating a 41 year old man in what the victim called a ritual attack. Gaahl, 28, faced up to a nine-year sentence for threats and violence, but the prosecution asked for 18 months as the lurid trial headed to a close on Wednesday.
The Aftenposten English Web Desk adds the following to the story:
The victim, who has been on sick leave for the past two years after the alleged attack, accused the black metal singer of performing ritual violence that included tapping off his blood and drinking it, newspaper VG reports. Gaahl's mother testified during the trial and found the accusation of blood drinking particularly hard to believe.
"My son is a vegetarian and very fussy about food. He eats absolutely no innards. That is why I do not believe this at all," Gaahl's mother told the court. - Click Here for the Full Story
Britney Stalker Busted
AP reports: A Canadian man who entered the property of pop star Britney Spears' father was arrested on charges of criminal trespassing and stalking.
Daniel J. Lachance, 25, was being held on $150,000 bond in the Tangipahoa Parish jail on Wednesday, Sheriff's spokeswoman Patti Giannoble said.
Lachance's arrest Tuesday night was his second since April 12 for being on Spears family property, Giannoble said. [see full story for more] - Click Here for the Full Story
siN's metal news reports: Here's how DROWNING POOL, FEAR FACTORY, BLACK LABEL SOCIETY and MACHINE HEAD all ranked on the Billboard Top 200 charts:
band - album - units sold - chart position)
DROWNING POOL - Desensitized - 42,425 - 17
FEAR FACTORY - Archetype - 31,898 - 30
BLACK LABEL SOCIETY - Hangover Music Vol. VI - 24,345 - 40
MACHINE HEAD - Through the Ashes of Empires - 11,420 - 88
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Arch Enemy Cleared For Tour
siN's metal news reports: To all ARCH ENEMY fans in the United States, here is the positive news regarding Angela's visa problem and a one-off headline show in Reno. (announced by Sanctuary Management. Edited by ArchEnemy.net):
"Confirmation has been received today that ARCH ENEMY singer Angela Gossow will be able to collect her visa paperwork on Thursday morning (the 29th). Assuming there are no further delays, it is anticipated that she will be able to fly to the US late tomorrow, allowing ARCH ENEMY to start the tour on Friday 30th at the New England Metalfest in Worcester, MA, and then continue on the MACHINE HEAD tour, playing all dates as advertised. It is a huge relief that this looks to be finally cleared up, but naturally the band are very disappointed not to be able to play the show at the Irving Plaza in NY tomorrow night.... - Click Here for the Full Story
siN's metal news reports: DOPE are set to change a few things in the coming weeks, and months. SMNnews can inform you that 2 members are going to change/be replaced relatively soon. On top of that, the band wants you the fan to help them buy a new tour bus. - Click Here for the Full Story
Source: siN's metal news also has news on Eighteen Visions, SOiL, Dog Fashion DVD, GORGOROTH singer faces jail, SJR & Damageplan cancels, Deadsy Dropped, Chad Lee, Be in a God Forbid video and more click here to check it out
Kittie Set Date
The PRP reports: Kittie are now eyeing a July 27th release date through Artemis for their new album "Until The End". - Click Here for the Full Story
God Forbid Vid
The PRP reports: God Forbid will be filming a video for their track "Antihero" at CBC Media in Islandia, NY on May 02nd with director Dale Restigini (Hatebreed, Most Precious Blood). The group are looking for extras to attend to the shoot and info for those interested in doing so can be found at www.godforbid.com. - Click Here for the Full Story
Electric Basement reports: FUSE TV's metal maniac and host of the URANIUM metal program, spoke candidly about some of the more prominent heavy bands. On THE DARKNESS, "f*** THAT ----!!!! f***ing gay! First I thought it was funny, but know I want to rip his annoying vocal cords out of his damn throat!"
PUDDLE OF MUDD received a less positive response as well, "They are very boring and whiny. And again man, to each their own, but I'd be embarrassed to call myself rock if I sounded like that. Where's the force? The rebellion? If I wanted to hear whining and horrible music I'd f***in' listen to country damnit."
Find out what she thinks about rap music and much more by clicking on the full story link. - Click Here for the Full Story
IAYM reports: The upcoming batch of remastered Megadeth albums plus bonus tracks (that's "Countdown To Extinction", "Craving", "Cryptic Writings", "Peace Sells...But Who's Buying", "Risk", "Rust In Peace", "So Far, So Good...So What" and "Youthanasia") have all been pushed back two weeks, and are now expected to see a release through Capitol Records on July 27th. - Click Here for the Full Story
IAYM reports: Ringer; the new project featuring former members of Orgy, 16 Volt, Deadsy, Coal Chamber & Chemlab; are currently in a Los Angeles based studio working on their upcoming debut album. Clips of six songs from the outfit are available at their official website www.ringer-music.com.- Click Here for the Full Story
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Final Elliot Smith
Pitchfork reports: Elliott Smith's final studio release is currently in the final mixing stages, with tentative plans for a fall release. In an update on Smith's official website, Gary Smith, Elliott's father, has announced that there are tentative plans for a September or October release, with more specs to follow. Smith began the album From the Basement on the Hill two years before his tragic death late last year, and many have speculated as to what would happen to the music now that he has been unable to see it through. Before his death, the album had been shopped around to various indie labels before Dreamworks came on board to release it. Whether or not Dreamworks will still be releasing Basement is unclear, as apparently the label gave the material back to Smith to release however he chose. Now, it seems, that decision is up to his family. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story
liveDaily reports: Lollapalooza --which unveils its new, two-day format this summer-- will feature a headlining set from Morrissey on the event's first day, and String Cheese Incident will top the bill on day two.
Rounding out the day-one roster are Sonic Youth, Le Tigre, Modest Mouse, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Broken Social Scene, The Walkmen, Danger Mouse, The Datsuns and Sparta.
Day two will feature The Flaming Lips, Gomez, The Polyphonic Spree, The Coup, Sound Tribe Sector 9, Elbow and Wheat. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story
Stern Out / Trump In
Hollywood Reporter reports: The syndication arm of radio giant Clear Channel Communications is getting ready to play the Trump card this summer.
Riding the wave of success of his NBC hit show "The Apprentice," real estate mogul Donald Trump will use the Clear Channel network to launch a national radio show, "Trumped!" starting June 15, the company said Wednesday.
Nationally syndicated by Clear Channel Radio's Premiere Radio Networks, the weekday show will span business and nonbusiness topics, including thoughts on the media and entertainment world as well as politics. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story
Cranberries Singer Off The
Guardian reports: The lead singer of the Cranberries, Dolores O'Riordan, emerged triumphant from a Dublin courtroom yesterday after a judge largely dismissed a lawsuit brought by her former nanny.
The Irish pop star and her husband, Don Burton, were ordered to pay Joy Fahy €1,500 (£1,050) to compensate for clothes "mislaid" when she unexpectedly bolted from her job as O'Riordan's nanny in 1999.
But the judge ruled Ms Fahy had failed to prove her more serious allegations that Mr Burton had falsely imprisoned her or that the couple had been in breach of contract. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story
RIAA Sues 477 More
Forbes reports: A U.S. music industry group said on Wednesday it sued 477 more people for online copyright infringement as part of its effort to stop music piracy, blamed for a prolonged sales downturn.
Since January, the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), employing the "John Doe" litigation method, has sued more than 2,000 people. - Click Here for the Full Story
Forbes reports: In its first year, Apple Computer Inc.'s online music store has sold more than 70 million songs and the computer maker is offering a free song to customers for the next eight days to mark the store's anniversary, the company said Wednesday. - Click Here for the Full Story
Pretty Things Invasion
press release reports: For those who thought the '60s British Invasion started with The Rolling Stones and ended with Led Zeppelin, Come See Me is a startling revelation. With this comprehensive 25-song CD, Shout! Factory re-introduces American audiences to one of the UK's most influential rock 'n ' roll bands, The Pretty Things. Come See Me is the first "best-of" compilation that spans The Pretty Things' entire career - over a decade of songs reflecting the change in rock music from the mid-'60s to the mid-'70s. Come See Me hit stores April 20th.
Led by vocalist Phil May and guitarist Dick Taylor (who was also in an early incarnation of The Rolling Stones), The Pretty Things were revered by acts like the Stooges, The Sex Pistols and David Bowie, but fans never really discovered their punk infused, bluesy rock. Although they were pioneers of the Invasion sound, their music continued to evolve over the years, dabbling in psychedelia, R&B, and later, rock opera. In fact, their S.F. Sorrow has been credited as the inspiration for The Who's Tommy. - Click Here for the Full Story
Satriani / Deep Purple
press release reports: Fresh off the heels of his latest release, Is There Love In Space?, guitar legend, Joe Satriani announces his Summer tour plans. Joining Deep Purple and Thin Lizzy, Satriani will perform his rockin' live show across the U.S. starting August 13 in Gilford, NH and ending September 10 in Seattle, WA. Before setting out on his nationwide trek, Satriani will join fellow G3 veteran, Steve Vai, for a European G3 jaunt, adding Robert Fripp to round out the trio.
Fri 8/13 Meadowbrook Farms Gilford, NH
Sat 8/14 FleetBoston Pavilion Boston, MA
Sun 8/15 Jones Beach Amphitheatre Wantagh, NY
Tue 8/17 Saratoga Performing Arts Center Saratoga Springs, NY
Wed 8/18 PNC Bank Arts Center Holmdel, NJ
Fri 8/20 Erie County Fairgrounds Hamburg, NY
Sat 8/21 Molson Amphitheatre Toronto, ONT
Mon 8/23 Marcus Amphitheatre Milwaukee, WI
Wed 8/25 Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre Kansas City, MO
Fri 8/27 Verizon Amphitheatre San Antonio, TX
Sat 8/28 Cynthia Woods Pavilion Houston, TX
Sun 8/29 Smirnoff Music Centre Dallas, TX
Tue 8/31 Universal Lending Pavilion Denver, CO
Thurs 9/2 Reno Hilton Pavilion Reno, NV
Sat 9/4 Greek Theater Los Angeles, CA
Sun 9/5 Sleep Train Amphitheatre Marysville, CA
Mon 9/6 Chronicle Pavilion Concord, CA
Thurs 9/9 The Amphitheater at Clark County Ridgefield, WA
Fri 9/10 White River Amphitheatre Seattle, WA
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press release reports: Master musicians John Petrucci (guitar) and Jordan Rudess (keyboard) of progressive rock heroes Dream Theater have come together to tantalize our ears with an adventurous instrumental album, "An Evening with John Petrucci and Jordan Rudess." The CD is set for release on May 18th.
The two performed together as a duo for the first time in 2000 at the intimate Helen Hayes Performing Arts Center. They performed 9 songs which they composed during a Dream Theater tour just a few weeks prior. These 9 songs from the concert were previously released on the internet and are included on the album along with three unreleased tracks. - Click Here for the Full Story
press release reports: Versailles Records has founded a new subsidiary label, Nu-Metal Records, devoted exclusively to millennium metal and related rock sub-genres. The first project launching the label will be a double-CD featuring all original music from the hottest unsigned, up and coming Nu-Metal Bands around the United States. Bands from Europe and Canada are also welcome to submit material for consideration. Due in stores in September, 2004, this two-disc compilation offers up and coming bands a unique opportunity to gain national retail exposure and introduce their sound to thousands of Nu-Metal fans around America! Entitled "Nu-Metal Records Presents: The Best of Nu-Metal Volume 1" . [click the full story link for more info on the disc and how to submit music.]- Click Here for the Full Story
press release reports: Orange County rockers Lit have put the finishing touches on their forthcoming self-titled release slated for June 22. The first single "Looks Like They Were Right" will ship to modern rock radio in early May. The first 100,000 units of Lit will include a free, limited edition DVD that features never-before-seen live footage and other exclusive material of the band.
With well over 30 songs in the can, A.Jay, Jeremy, Kevin and Allen hit the road last October and asked their fans to help them pick which songs should make it on the new album. After narrowing the list to 13 tracks, some of the standout tracks that made it on Lit include the crunching "Needle and Thread" with guitar work by Jon Devoto of The Matches, "Bulletproof" and the tender ballad, "Lullaby" which was written by guitarist Jeremy Popoff for his son Jake. Gabe McNair of No Doubt lends his keyboard talents to the track.
Track Listing for Lit: Too Fast For a U-Turn - Looks Like They Were Right - Needle & Thread - Times Like This - Throwaway - Forever Begins Right Now - Moonshine - Allright - Lullaby - Hard To Find - All or Nothing - Pictures of You - Bulletproof - Click Here for the Full Story