Kind of a slow news day in rock.. Here is what we have for you.
Durst Vs. Critic
Ananova reports: Fred Durst has challenged a rock journalist to stand near the stage at a Limp Bizkit concert after being "insulted" in a one-to-one interview with the reporter.
The frontman says he became furious after Jordi Meya, from Rock Sound magazine, asked him: "You have a knack for pissing people off, why is that?"
In a message on the Limp Bizkit official website Durst said: "It not only amazes me that this guy was picked to interview me, but that he is a journalist for one of the most popular music magazines in Europe.
"Jordi, since you don't have any regard for constructive or objective journalism, kiss my ass and try to be front and centre at the concert next month." - Click Here for the Full Story
If he got that worked up over a question like that, imagine if Meya had asked about the truth behind all of those not so hidden hints in Limp album titles like "3 Dollar Bill", "Significant Other", and "Chocolate Starfish.. Hot Dog Flavored Water". A word about objective journalist, Fred most journalist simply object to you on almost all levels. But to be fair, if you read Fred's entire statement he seems to have a reasonable complaint. But that doesn't change the album title issue.
Metallica Riot Averted
Blabbermouth reports: Police were called in to stop unruly fans who attempted to force their way into METALLICA's sold-out show in Melbourne, Australia Wednesday night (Jan. 28), according to Undercover.
The fence surrounding the Myer Music Bowl was pushed over at one stage with one fan telling Undercover about four people ran through before being pursued by security.
Police were called and lined about 20 squad cars around the fenced off area to successfully block further attempts of a break through and diffuse a potential riot, according to Undercover. They patrolled the fenced off area throughout the gig stopping any chaos brewing. - Click Here for the Full Story
MTV reports: Coldplay entered a London studio Tuesday to begin work on their third album, the follow-up to the triple-platinum A Rush of Blood to the Head. The band is again working with producer Ken Nelson, who helmed both Rush of Blood and the British quartet's 2000 debut, Parachutes.
Nelson, frontman Chris Martin and guitarist Jon Buckland recorded demos for the album last fall in Chicago.- Click Here for the Full Story
Sharon Show Dropped
Blabbermouth reports: A spokesperson for Sharon Osbourne has confirmed to Billboard.com that "The Sharon Osbourne Show", the syndicated daytime talk show hosted by the wife/manager of Ozzy Osbourne, has been cancelled (as first reported here on Jan. 22). Time Warner's Telepictures, the show's producers, denied that the talk show was officially cancelled, although several sources involved with the show confirmed to Billboard that it is ceasing production.
Sharon herself has yet to publicly comment on the cancellation. However, in an interview with USA Today, Osbourne said she asked to be released from her contract in December following husband Ozzy's near-fatal ATV crash. - Click Here for the Full Story
Hum, is this like Kelly asking to be released from Sony instead of being dropped?
Kelly Breaks Down
Rockdirt reports: Kelly Osbourne revealed on Thursday that she suffered burn-out in 2003 after "12 months of hell." Not only did she deal with her mother Sharon's cancer, but her father Ozzy's struggle with booze, her brother Jack's struggle with drugs and alcohol, the loss of her record deal, and the split from her boyfriend Bert McCracken from The Used. "My mum nearly died, somebody who I thought I was in love with broke my heart, my brother went into rehab, my dog Lulu died and I got dropped by my record company," she said. "It just seemed to be getting worse and worse and to be honest with you, it gave me a nervous breakdown in the summer. I got sent home from Europe because I was so exhausted and emotionally fu**ed. I've had to deal with having every single person in the whole world judging me."- Click Here for the Full Story
Seems like fame hasn't agreed with Ms. O, maybe she should consider giving up show biz. But it is nice to see her being honest, but Sharon will have a cow when she see's Kelly admitted being dropped by Sony. Looks like the party is almost over, hopefully Ozzy can then go back to being Ozzy. In all seriousness, it does sound like the Osbourne clan is having enough drama that they don't need all the extra pressures of fame. Maybe it really is time to drop it.
Bad Religion Revisited
Punkbands.com reports: The official Bad Religion site announces what we already know: "Get ready -- this April, Bad Religion will be re-releasing completely re-mixed and re-mastered versions of How Could Hell Be Any Worse, Suffer, No Control, Against The Grain, AND Generator! Also coming is a re-issue of the Along The Way video on DVD. It all hits stores on April 6th!" - Click Here for the Full Story
Stereo Death Ballad
Aversion reports: The Stereo's Jamie Woolford wants you to be impressed with his versatility. To do it, he wrote a death metal ballad.
The song, "Thine Blood Thou Shall Claim," is available for download from the band's web site. It moves away from The Stereo's power-pop for an over-the-top take on black metal.
"As a fun little experiment & to showcase my award winning sense of humor (ha ha), I wrote you guys a death metal song," Woolford wrote of the song on the band's website. "Part of me was curious to see if I could actually do something like this. I might need to put a rippin' solo in there for good measure. Either way, I hope this brightens you day a little as it did mine,... or fills it with unbridled evil,... depending on how you look at it!" - Click Here for the Full Story
Brings a new meaning to death by stereo.
The PRP reports: Nonpoint have finished the basic tracking for their upcoming as-yet untitled new album. The group will begin mixing the effort alongside Jason Bieler (Slaves On Dope, Switched) this week, with a late spring release date being eyed. - Click Here for the Full Story
Black Eyed Darkness
NME reports: THE DARKNESS have been collaborating with the BLACK EYED PEAS Down Under at Australia's BIG DAY OUT festival.
Spandex-clad singer Justin Hawkins has been jumping onstage with the 'Where Is The Love?' hip-hop collective during their festival appearances to add his vocal gymnastics to the track 'Retarded'.
Black Eyed Peas Will I Am said: "At first there was a bit of weirdness between us and them in London. Our songs were at radio at the same time and we kept them out of the Number One spot for about seven weeks. They are from the UK. It felt kind of weird. We didn't gel at first."
However, the collaboration may not stop when the Big Day Out festival - which hits Adelaide tomorrow (January 30) - wraps up in Perth on Sunday (February 1). According to rapper Taboo, the Black Eyed Peas may add The Darkness' frontman to their wish-list for their fourth album 'Monkey Business' - due out in November 2004.- Click Here for the Full Story
Bach Go Wilco
Chart Attack reports: On the brink of completing their fifth album, Wilco have just lost their keyboard player.
On their official website, Jeff Tweedy & Co. have announced that keyboard, piano and guitar player Leroy Bach has left the band. Wilco has yet to mention the particular reasons for Bach's departure, but according to a statement on the band's site it appears to have been an amicable parting.
"As Wilco wraps up work on their next record, Leroy Bach has decided to leave the band. We'll all miss working with him and of course wish him the best in what comes next," reads the post. - Click Here for the Full Story
Aversion reports: An upcoming DVD will celebrate the reunion of Iggy and The Stooges.
Live in Detroit is due out March 23 from Music Video Distributors. The video, which was taped Aug. 25, was the first time the band had played Detroit in 29 years. - Click Here for the Full Story
I Ate Your Microphone reports: Fantômas will be heading out on tour from March 25th in North America, culminating with a date in Los Angeles on April 22nd. Following this, the group will be heading to Europe for a four week stint, which will be their lot as Dave Lombardo will have to return to his main project Slayer. - Click Here for the Full Story
Blabbermouth reports: GRIP INC., the forward-thinking metal outfit featuring Dave Lombardo (SLAYER, FANTOMAS), will release "Incorporated", their fourth studio album, on March 16 in the U.S. through SPV Records. The GRIP INC. lineup is rounded out by guitarist/composer/in-demand producer Waldemar Sorychta (LACUNA COIL, MOONSPELL) and vocalist Gus Chambers. - Click Here for the Full Story
Is Lombardo the new hardest working man in show biz? Check the full story link for track listing.
Tribute to Death
Blabbermouth reports: Former DEATH/TESTAMENT guitarist James Murphy has reportedly secured a deal with Holland's Mascot Records for his upcoming all-star tribute to album being put together in memory of DEATH mainman Chuck Schuldiner.
The CD, said to be titled "Within The Mind", is tentatively scheduled to include contributions from SLIPKNOT guitarist Mick Thomson and bassist Paul Gray, MALEVOLENT CREATION/ex-SUFFOCATION drummer Dave Culross, ex-MALEVOLENT CREATION vocalist Brett Hoffmann and CKY guitarist Deron Miller. A late 2004 release is expected. - Click Here for the Full Story
Adler's Tour Appetite
BW&BK reports: Adler's Appetite, formerly known as SUKI JONES, features drummer Steven Adler (ex-GUNS N' ROSES), vocalist Jizzy Pearl (RATT, ex-LOVE/HATE), guitarist Keri Kelli (ex-SLASH'S SNAKEPIT), guitarist Brent Muscat (FASTER PUSSYCAT) and bassist Robbie Crane (ex-VINCE NEIL, Ratt).
Pollstar (www.pollstar.com) have posted upcoming dates for ADLER'S APPETITE in February. Confirmed dates include:
19 - Electric Cowboy - Little Rock, Arkansas
20 - Headliners - Texarkana, Texas
21 - The Annex - Nacadoshes, Texas
26 - TopGun - Monroe, Louisiana
27 - Crystal Chandelier - Lancaster, Texas
28 - Hurricane Harry's - College Station, Texas - Click Here for the Full Story
siN's metal news reports: AMEN guitarist Rich Jones has hit back out at rumors of the band being part of OZZFEST 2004 after a fan relayed his dissapointment of the band supposedly being part of this Summer's bill. Replying to the topic Jones stated quite succintly, "definitely just a rumour".
Details of the bands new single are finally starting to come out as well. March 15th will see the release of 'California's Bleeding' in the UK. The single will be released as 2 CDs and one coloured vinyl 7" and all formats will feature exclusive tracks.
The single will be followed up on March 29th by the release of the new album 'Death Before Musick'. - Click Here for the Full Story
See full story link for track listing
Garfunkel Pot Fight
E! reports: He is a rock, indeed.
Art Garfunkel has decided to fight his marijuana charge.
The tall half of Simon and Garfunkel could have simply paid a $100 fine and been done with the case. But he has decided to contest the charge.
Apparently not wanting to leave fans with the impression that he was feeling more than a little groovy, Garfunkel had his attorney Michael Federoff appear in an upstate New York courtroom in his stead on Wednesday and persuade Judge Athena Groelle to set a February 11 hearing on the case - Click Here for the Full Story
Foo Jazz Grammys
Reuters reports: Performances by rapper 50 Cent, the highly unusual pairing of modern rock act Foo Fighters and jazz pianist Chick Corea, and a two-song tribute to Luther Vandross featuring Celine Dion, Alicia Keys and Richard Marx have been added to the Grammy Awards telecast.- Click Here for the Full Story
AP reports: Yes has announced it will kick off a tour April 15 in Seattle with the classic lineup of Anderson, Steve Howe, Chris Squire, Rick Wakeman and Alan White. This week, Yes also released a two-CD set of hits called "Ultimate Yes," as well as a DVD called "Yesspeak." - Click Here for the Full Story
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