No Breast For Pro Bowl
Much Music. reports: Canadian singer FeFe Dobson until today was planning to perform at the half time show at this weekend's NFL Pro Bowl game in Hawaii. But, according to a posting on www.fefe.ca: "Fefe has been unfairly canceled from performing at the Pro Bowl because of Janet Jackson's performance at the Super Bowl!" Fans are urged to send an email to NFL Commissioner Paul Tagliabue at firstname.lastname@example.org to express their disapproval. According to Rollingstone.com, *NSync's J.C. Chasez has also had his performance cancelled. Instead, fans watching the game will be treated to a spectacle celebrating 25 years of the NFL Pro-Bowl in Hawaii. The NFL commissioner says the move is the first example of a policy change. - Click Here for the Full Story
In related news the Grammy's have told Janet they no longer need her to attend. See the full story link for more info.
Rotten TV Controversy
Aversion reports: It's too bad a bared boobie at this year's Superbowl's drawing all the attention for live broadcasts, as John Lydon's up to his old tricks -- swearing on live broadcasts -- on British television.
Lydon, who is appearing on the show I'm a Celebrity ... Get Me Out of Here, uttered the phrase "F*cking c*nts" when he wasn't voted out of the rainforest and back to civilization.
It's not the first time Lydon's potty mouth has made it past the censors because of a live broadcast. He and Sex Pistol guitarist Steve Jones were egged on by Bill Grundy on Today to utter a longer, more obscene burst of obscenities in December 1976. The outburst made the Pistols national villians, put them on the front page of most British newspapers and cemented punk rock in the public consciousness. - Click Here for the Full Story
Much Music reports: The release date has been announced for the long-awaited follow-up to Avril Lavigne's 2002 smash "Let's Go". The new disc is scheduled to hit stores on May 25. - Click Here for the Full Story
Consider yourself warned.
MTV reports: After Aerosmith's Steven Tyler and Joe Perry present a Grammy on Sunday, they'll return to Boston to put the finishing touches on their long-promised blues album, Honkin' on Bobo, due March 30.
The band hasn't yet decided on a single, and Perry said finding one that will work on modern radio is difficult. "I don't know if there's a top-40 radio hit in there," he said. "I'd like to see something with a hard bluesy vibe get played, but I don't know if there's anything like that on the charts right now. What we're doing definitely isn't hip-hop."
It also isn't exactly the blues — at least not your grandfather's style of blues. While Honkin' on Bobo will include covers of songs by Muddy Waters, Fisher/Hopkins and Blind Willie McTell, the tunes have been reinterpreted in a way that's distinctly Aerosmith.- Click Here for the Full Story
Oasis Busted for Noel Walking
Chart Attack reports: Oasis' Gallagher brothers may be getting softer in their old age, but they're still reckless lawbreakers. According to the BBC, Noel Gallagher was questioned by police after he was photographed breaking the law.
The senior Gallagher has been questioned and may be fined for… walking near railway tracks. That's right, he took a stroll by the tracks and now he may get dinged for up to 1,000 pounds sterling.
Noel was busted after a picture of him walking by the tracks appeared in a British newspaper on Monday (February 2). Noel was pictured near Cornwall, where Oasis are currently working on their new album. When local police questioned him, Gallagher fully admitted to the crime. The cops are currently mulling over whether or not they want to charge him. - Click Here for the Full Story
No stupid comment needed, the story speaks for itself.
AP reports: Forget Janet Jackson (news): The Veterans of Foreign Wars is peeved at Kid Rock.
The VFW is upset that media outlets are ignoring the poncho Rock wore during the Super Bowl halftime show, which was made by cutting a slit in an American flag. Rock later tossed the flag into the crowd.
The VFW's commander in chief, Edward Banas Senior, says Rock's outfit was "in poor taste and extremely disrespectful." Banas lamented that the NFL, MTV and CBS have issued apologies for Justin Timberlake's ripping Janet Jackson's clothes but have said nothing about Rock. - Click Here for the Full Story
But isn't there an outcry of the lameness of p.diddy's selfserving rap? Who cares who writes the checks? Isn't the fact that this guy made millions with raps like this and standing around in other peoples videos offensive to anyone? If we're gonna get offended at everything, let's get offended by every bling!
Evanescence Keeps Selling
Blabbermouth reports: EVANESCENCE's major label debut album, "Fallen", has been certified quadruple-platinum by the Recording Industry Association Of America (RIAA) for sales of four million copies.
EVANESCENCE, who recently acquired former COLD guitarist as a permanent replacement for departed axeman Ben Moody, are nominated for "Album Of The Year" and "Best New Artist" at the 46th annual Grammy Awards, taking place Sunday (Feb. 8) in Los Angeles.- Click Here for the Full Story
River City Biker Riot
Blabbermouth reports: Veteran hard rock band RIOT have been moved into one of the headlining slots at the second annual River City Biker Fest on the Poteet Fairgrounds in San Antonio, Texas between April 29 and May 2. According to a posting on the group's web site, "it seems that one of the bands had to cancel for Saturday and the promoter has been getting a lot of phone calls and emails from all [the RIOT fans] and because of that he would like RIOT to headline the festival on Saturday May 1st, 2004. So we are now going to play a headlining show (90-100 minutes) with a very nice lighting show, including video screens. This will help celebrate RIOT's 25th anniversary and you should be a part of this show as we may be recording it both in video and sound. More [details] to come very soon."- Click Here for the Full Story
BW&BK reports: Spitfire Records have revealed that TESTAMENT plan to issue their new album through the label in June. The band, who are currently working on material for the album, also plan to release a new DVD in September. Stay tuned for more details. - Click Here for the Full Story
BW&BK has some live dates and some more details on the CD.
BW&BK reports: According to their website, BUDGIE entire back catalog is being remastered. Their site adds: "Each CD will have notes from interviews with the band about their recollections of the albums and will have bonus tracks of previously unreleased versions of songs and some single edits. The first five CD's, Budgie (1971), Squawk (1972), Never Turn Your Back On A Friend (1973), In For The Kill (1974) and Bandolier (1975) will be released in the near future. In addition a CD called The Last Stage is set to be released that contains 16 tracks of material that is mainly taken from the 1983 - 84 period when the band were working on ideas for what would have been the third album for RCA. The album was never released and many of the tracks were never finished but they give an insight into the period and the band working on ideas in the studio." - Click Here for the Full Story
RIFTrock reports: Mar. 30 - Hard Rock Live - Orlando, FL
Mar. 31 - Sound Advice Ampitheater - West Palm Beach, FL
Apr. 02 - Sloss Furnace - Birmingham, AL
Apr. 03 - Tabernacle - Atlanta, GA
Apr. 04 - House of Blues - North Myrtle Beach, SC
Apr. 09 – Nation - Washington, DC
Apr. 12 - Roseland Ballroom - New York, NY
Apr. 13 - Electric Factory - Philadelphia, PA
Apr. 14 - ESL Sports Center - Rochester, NY
Apr. 16 - Harpo's - Detroit, MI
Apr. 23 - Congress Theatre - Chicago, IL
Apr. 24 - Eagles Auditorium - Milwaukee, WI
May 04 - The Fillmore - Denver, CO- Click Here for the Full Story
Grohl Bangs Head
siN's metal news reports: PROBOT will be hosting the Headbanger's Ball this Saturday, and with it some different videos. Here's the statement:
"Probot did an in-studio performance (a first for Headbanger's Ball) of 'My Tortured Soul' featuring Eric Wagner of TROUBLE.
Besides Eric on vocals and of course Dave Grohl smashing the skins, the band's lineup for this particular track included the almighty Wino (HIDDEN HAND/ST. VITUS/THE OBSESSED/SPIRIT CARAVAN) on guitar, studio genius Nick Raskulinecz (prod. GOATSNAKE, FOO FIGHTERS, DANZIG, PROBOT, etc.) on bass and Greg Anderson (THORR'S HAMMER/Goatsnake/ SUNN0)))/owner Southern Lord Records) on guitar. Also in attendance was Snake from VOIVOD, just there to be part of the action. - Click Here for the Full Story
Doobie Brother Passes
AP reports: The former saxophonist for the classic rock group the Doobie Brothers has died.
Cornelius Bumpus died Tuesday of a heart attack while on a flight from New York to Los Angeles, said his family. He was 58.
In a statement on Bumpus' Web site, his family said the plane made an unscheduled stop in Sioux City, Iowa to try and get help for him.
"Cornelius was a man of great modesty and simplicity," Bumpus' wife, Linda, also said in the statement. "His life was music, family and church. He never liked giving talks or speeches (he always felt more articulate with a horn in his mouth), so in that spirit I will keep this brief." - Click Here for the Full Story
More on Mr. Bumpus by clicking on the full story link.
CD Sales Up
Reuters reports: U.S. album sales rose 10.4 percent in the first month of 2004, Nielsen Soundscan reported, welcome news to the music industry after a three-year slump marked by costly litigation, rampant piracy and consolidation.
The uptrend began late last year, a development hailed by Sanford Bernstein analyst Michael Nathanson in a recent report. But he said he was hesitant to say declines were over. - Click Here for the Full Story
The sky isn't falling? But I bet Sky's downloading! Calling the lawyers.
Spector's Smoking Nail?
AP reports: The defense in music producer Phil Spector's murder case has refused to turn over a torn piece of the victim's fingernail, blackened with gunpowder residue, prosecutors said in court documents released Wednesday.
Deputy District Attorney Douglas Sortino demanded that attorney Robert Shapiro turn over the evidence, which he said was collected by the defense after sheriff's deputies overlooked it in their investigation of the crime scene.
Prosecutors had earlier said the defense had a mystery "item of physical evidence," but identified it in the motion filed Monday as the fingernail of actress Lana Clarkson - Click Here for the Full Story
Press Release reports: Look for JOSH TODD (former singer of BUCKCHERRY) and his new band simply called Josh Todd--Josh (vocals), Jesse Logan (guitars), Mike Hewitt (guitars), Mark John (bass) and Kent Ross (drums)—to release their highly anticipated debut album, You Made Me, March 9 through a partnership between TODD Entertainment, LLC. and XSRecords. It's being distributed by the Navarre Corporation.
You Made Me was produced by Chris Johnson (Evanescence, Masters of Reality) and mixed by Rob Chiarelli (Madonna, Public Enemy).
The first single, "Shine," was already a "Most Added" at Active Rock radio stations across the country its first two weeks out. A video for the song was recently shot in Los Angeles and can be seen on Launch.Yahoo.com. - Click Here for the Full Story
Click the full story link for lots more info and tour dates
Coheed & Columbia?
I Ate Your Microphone reports: Recent rumours suggest that Coheed & Cambria have signed with Columbia Records. This is not confirmed at present by either the band or the label so should be treated only as a rumour for the meantime. In other news, the group have lined up a plethora of tour dates alongside AFI. Second support on the bill will be provided by A Static Lullaby up until the 24th, when they will be replaced by Thursday. Further to these, a new batch of dates have just been announced from March 28th through to April 10th which will see the band supported by Rainer Maria, Funeral For A Friend and Brazil.- Click Here for the Full Story
Click full story link if you want to see the dates.
I Ate Your Microphone reports: Thursday have been confirmed to appear on the forthcoming Coachella festival, which takes place between May 01st-02nd in Indio, California. More acts will be announced in the near future at Coachella.com.- Click Here for the Full Story
Ananova reports: The Beastie Boys say they will release their first studio album for five years this summer.
Adam Yauch and Mike D said the follow up to 1998's Hello Nasty would be "all hip-hop".
But Mike D told the BBC: "This record is all hip-hop. We've been working for a little while in a secret location, but there's light at the end of the tunnel and we're mixing now so its almost complete.
"The record that we're making is like a hip-hop record, but that doesn't mean we're only checking for hip-hop right now. Everything we like, that's cool, is going to enter the arena." - Click Here for the Full Story
Ananova gots more 411 so click that full story link
Purple Haze Law
Ananova reports: UK-based indie record label Purple Haze Records is suing the lawyers of the Jimi Hendrix company Experience Hendrix LLC and the company itself.
Purple Haze Records says it has launched the legal action over rights to a 1966 Jimi Hendrix concert in Stockholm, which it released in the UK in January as a CD.
They say the legal action will allege malicious interference with a third party contract and say they went out of their way to clear the issue of ownership of the recording before the release of the album.
The firm says it has also reported three lawyers from Eversheds to the Attorney General of the UK. - Click Here for the Full Story
Billy Talent Knock Out
Much Music reports: Billy Talent are known for impressing audiences with their no holds barred live show, but last night in Edmonton the band left their own drummer knocked out cold literally. Lead singer Ben Kowalewicz tossed a broken mic stand during their hit "Try Honesty" and accidentally struck drummer Aaron Solowoniuk in the head. The show was immediately stopped and Aaron was rushed to the hospital where he received 18 stitches. According to a spokesperson for the band's label, "Ben feels awful about the whole incident but Aaron is feeling much better today." Billy Talent's US tour will go ahead as planned beginning next week. - Click Here for the Full Story
Jack White's Elephantitis
Ananova reports: Jack White says he's "done with" promoting Elephant and wants to take time off to write new material.
The White Stripes frontman reckons it's time to move on despite the success of the album.
He told Radio One's John Peel: "We're done with Elephant, and we're not touring any more on that album so, I just need a break.
"We've toured the world on it, so I guess I got to get inspired again. When you keep playing every night, every night, and we put so much energy every night into it." - Click Here for the Full Story
Jack might soon be getting a break courtesy of the state of Michigan
when he goes to trial next month.