No Nirvana Governor
AP reports: Former grunge rocker Krist Novoselic has changed his mind and decided not to run for lieutenant governor but says he wants to remain active in politics.
Novoselic said he would keep working with Music for America to boost voter participation among young people and continue his efforts for election reform but concluded, "the whole thing about running a campaign and being a public servant isn't the way to do it."
Novoselic was the bass player and one of the founders of Nirvana, which broke up after the suicide of co-founder Kurt Cobain in 1994. Novoselic had some later musical projects but is now retired from performing and lives in southwest Washington state. - Click Here for the Full Story
Silly thought that running for office and getting the job is a good way to change things. Better to run silly commericals on MTV and try to "rock the vote".
Thursday Almost Crash
RIFTrock reports: The following message is from Thursday regarding a plane crash that involved both them and Poison the Well on the way home from their overseas tour:
"Hey everyone, So real quick, we are back from our trip overseas with buddys, Poison The Well. although I will tell you that we almost didnt make it. I began to realize, after the lightning/ van incident a few months ago that one of may not be so lucky, and that all of us were in danger of reaping all of this person's misfortune simply by being stuck in a van/ airplane/ backstage room/ car all the time. what happened? you ask. well, lets just say that we alongside PTW almost dies in a plane crash in Austrailia. Feeling a huge guse of wind at 20 feet from landing, I looked out the window and saw the left wing less than a foot off the ground. Then, a second gust of wind rotated the plane so we were landing sideways on the runway."- Click Here for the Full Story
Canadian MP3 Traders Beware
AP reports: Canada's biggest music producers asked the courts on Monday to order Internet service providers to identify customers who swap songs illegally on the Internet as the Canadian firms try to match a U.S. crackdown on music piracy.
The music companies, including the Canadian units of giants Universal Music and EMI Music, asked the Federal Court of Canada to order the providers to disclose the identity of 29 large-volume song swappers as they try to stem the illegal downloading of music.
"It's long established in Canadian law this process of releasing information, and we don't expect there to be any surprises," said Richard Pfohl, general counsel for the Canadian Recording Industry Association. - Click Here for the Full Story
Finch Lose One
I Ate Your Microphone reports: Finch have reportedly parted ways with their sticksman Alex Pappas, as a result of musical differences between the band members. Joining the group in his place for the remainder of their recording sessions at present will be Marc Allen of Counterfit fame -- it is not known currently whether he will be moving into the position full time.- Click Here for the Full Story
Ananova reports: Motorhead are to play a gig at the Royal Opera House.
Lemmy and his band will rock the refined Covent Garden venue with hits like Ace of Spades.
The concert hall is more used to staging classic opera and ballet.
But for one night only it will play host to Motorhead - who are entered in the Guinness Book of Records as the loudest band ever and whose songs include Iron Fist and Killed by Death.
The one-off gig this Sunday at the Vilar Floral Hall is part of One Amazing Week, a series of events showcasing London's cultural life. - Click Here for the Full Story
Blabbermouth reports: JUDAS PRIEST Management Co-ordinator Jayne Andrews has responded to persistent media reports that PRIEST are all but confirmed for the 2004 edition of Ozzfest.
Writing to JUDAS PRIEST's official Noticeboard, Andrews said, "How many more times do I have to say that until WE make any announcements nothing is confirmed - just because people get hold of certain information and decide to make it public does not always mean it is confirmed! We will make announcements when we have finalised any tour dates."
The press conference to announce the exact lineup for this year's Ozzfest will take place on Friday, February 20, at Avalon (1735 N. Vine Street) in Hollywood, California. - Click Here for the Full Story
NME reports: Tickets for THE CURE's one off charity gig at LONDON's CAMDEN BARFLY are going for over £1,600 online.
Organisers of the event, which supports War Child and Shelter, have put four pairs of tickets up for auction on Ebay to raise more money for the charities. The highest bid currently stands at £1,650, with over four days to go.
The gig, which will be performed to just 200 people, takes place on March 5. - Click Here for the Full Story
That's three grand U.S.
Nickelback Juno Dishonor
Jam reports: Red-faced Juno organizers added Nickelback to the list of five nominees in the album of the year category late Thursday, admitting the group was mistakenly omitted when the nominations were initially announced.
"This nomination results from the discovery of a data-entry error," said the Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences. "Due to this, the album of the year category will, for 2004 only, contain six nominees." - Click Here for the Full Story
Was it really a mistake?
Muchmusic reports: Courtney Love called radio host Howard Stern twice last week to engage in on-air battles that Stern described as an "intervention". Love claimed that her current legal battles were the result of being targeted because she was a "controversial rock star" and "the only female rock star who is a single mother". Stern reprimanded that singer for failing to show up in court saying, "Losing your kid is your own fault." The call concluded with Love promising to show up for her upcoming court date on Tuesday. - Click Here for the Full Story
Slipknot Love or Hate
Digital Noise reports: Slipknot frontman Corey Taylor recently spoke to Billboard about the band's upcoming as-yet-untitled third album.
This is what he had to say:
"People are either going to love this or hate it, We've never been a middle of the road band, and we're either going down in history or going down in flames with this." Having enlisted Rick Rubin to produce the album, the band is working for the first time without producer Ross Robinson. Taylor said the difference between the two producers has been noticeable."- Click Here for the Full Story
Maggots click the full story link for more from your fearless leader.
Aversion reports: The Cardigans' fifth album will finally be released in the States.
Long Gone Before Daylight will hit stores May 25 from Koch records. The set was released internationally last year. Rewarding American fans for their patience will be a bonus DVD that contains two music videos and a live set, plus two bonus tracks on the album. - Click Here for the Full Story
No Rush To Tour
Blabbermouth reports: RUSH will reveal the details of their 30th Anniversary Tour on Wednesday, February 18 — one day later than previously expected. According to the group's official newsletter, the tour date announcement has been delayed in order to finalize and confirm all of the necessary details. - Click Here for the Full Story
BW&BK reports: NECA (www.necaonline.com) announced their new Iron Maiden line today :
- Iron Maiden - A series of 7" action figures is planned along with limited edition large size resin statues and an 18" Eddie
- 7" Iron Maiden Eddie Assortment - The first two figures planned are Piece Of Mind and Somewhere In Time versions of Eddie complete with accessories and diorama bases. Expected Release Late Summer 2004
- 18" Somewhere In Time Eddie w/ motion activated movement and lights
- The futuristic cyborg style artwork presented as an 18" figure. Eddie will feature a light up eye and motion activated movement that allows him to raise and lower his gun. At the time of posting, pictures of the figures are not available. - Click Here for the Full Story
BW&BK reports: The following message has been posted at POISON frontman BRET MICHAELS' official website (www.bretmichaels.com):
"Due to numerous rumors, posts floating around the internet and the deluge of e-mail that we have received; we felt it necessary to put this subject to rest right now.
There are currently no confirmed plans for a Poison summer tour in 2004.
Bret is hoping that the band will be able to work on a box set to mark the 20th anniversary of the bands formation, later this year after he returns from his solo tour. The box set is tentatively scheduled to include not only new material from the band but rarities from the early days of Poison and even a DVD with exclusive behind the scenes footage.
Should any tour be confirmed, we will let you know as soon as possible." - Click Here for the Full Story
Pack up your lipstick and spandex no Poison this summer. That goes for the girls too.
MXPX Animal House
RIFTrock reports: MXPX have re-recorded the Animal House theme song along with a brand new version of Shout to be placed on the Universal special edition DVD release of Animal House. The DVD will be released on August 26th to commemorate the film's 25th anniversary.- Click Here for the Full Story
siN's metal news reports: The fourth band for the upcoming Headbanger's Ball Tour with HATEBREED, DAMAGEPLAN and DROWNING POOL will be SOIL.- Click Here for the Full Story
Sonic Youth Unsilenced
AP reports: Sonic Youth's "silence" was being restricted, but now you can buy it for about a dollar.
Apple Computer's iTunes Music Store, where users download songs for 99 cents, was refusing to sell the track called "Silence," which is 63-seconds of dead air, on its own. Users could download it only by buying the entire 1995 album called "The Whitey Album," which was released under the name Ciccone Youth, a side project of the alternative rock band.
Apple had told the New York Times that such decisions were up to the artists. Band members claimed they didn't request the change.
"We are very happy for the track to be sold to anyone who wants it as an individual download," guitarist Lee Ranaldo wrote on Wednesday in an e-mail message to Apple, the Times reported. - Click Here for the Full Story
Paying a buck for silence may be a better investment than paying for some of what passes for music these days.
Honoi Indie Rocks
Electric Basement reports: In an EXCLUSIVE interview with Electricbasement.com, HANOI ROCKS frontman MICHAEL MONROE explains how the band got their recent recording, 12 Shots on the Rocks, issued in the U.S. on Liquor and Poker Music, "Well, this person who was working with us who did the deal, and who is not working with us anymore, [Laughing] he actually just went ahead and did it when I told him not to sign anything. It was kind of like, hopefully, a happy accident, because they [Liquor and Poker] seem like they're cool and stuff. We were gonna shop the album and this guy just went ahead and did the deal. Just like that! Obviously, he's not working with us anymore, but he had signed some fax deal that they could have the record, and they're putting it out, so we're not gonna go to court for this. It's our first move back in the states and we have a dispute over the record [Laughs]. That's gonna do wonders for our careers, with our reputation being that everyone thinks Andy is this half-dead junkie and probably think I'm dead or whatever. Screw that. But they seem like an up-and-coming, new, possibly a hot label in the future. At least now there is a buzz. It's great to have somebody that is really excited about the record than to be on a major label where you get lost. It's like, 'sorry, we don't have time for you now, we've got J-Lo.' Until you sell a million records is when they start listening to you and by that time you don't want to have nothing to do with them anyways. But it seems like they're [Liquor and Poker] really into it and I think it could be good for both if everything goes well and everybody does the right thing. I'm hopeful, optimistic." - Click Here for the Full Story
Click the full story link for the interview
RockFury.net reports: New projects following the break-up of Nothingface have been launched. Matt Holt and Bill Gaal have formed a new band called Perfect Enemy, and Tom Maxwell and Tommy Sickles have formed ColdWhiteChrist, along with Jerry Montano (Danzig).- Click Here for the Full Story
RockDirt reports: Rock acts on television this week include Starsailor, who perform on 'The Late Late Show with Craig Kilborn' on Monday; Elefant, who perform on 'Last Call with Carson Daly' on Monday; the Shins, who perform on 'Late Night with Conan O'Brien' on Tuesday; Jane's Addiction guitarist Dave Navarro and wife Carmen Electra, who appear on 'The View' on Tuesday; Super Furry Animals, who perform on 'Last Call' on Thursday; and Story of the Year, who perform on 'Jimmy Kimmel Live' on Thursday. - Click Here for the Full Story
Little Stevens Garage Dream
Billboard reports: Little Steven Van Zandt -- guitarist for Bruce Springsteen's E Street band, gangster actor on HBO's "The Sopranos" and host of the syndicated "Little Steven Underground Radio Show" -- has grand plans to spread the good word of garage rock'n'roll.
"It has taken a little longer than I would have liked but we're trying to put together a circuit of clubs around the country that all of our bands can plug into and play and keep playing," Van Zandt told Billboard.com. "We would have 'Underground Garage' nights in each club. And we would work it out on a circuit, where every week we would just put another two bands on the road."
Van Zandt said he's also close to announcing the details for a three-day garage rock festival, featuring upwards of 70 bands, slated to take place somewhere in the Northeast in August. - Click Here for the Full Story
Wilco Ghost Born
Reuters reports: Roots-rock band Wilco is at London's Abbey Road Studios mastering the follow-up album to its acclaimed "Yankee Hotel Foxtrot."
"A Ghost Is Born," due June 8 via Nonesuch, was recorded in New York and will feature contributions from multi-instrumentalist Leroy Bach, who left the group last month. - Click Here for the Full Story