Limp Justice: Durst Wins
Blabbermouth reports: LIMP BIZKIT were cleared of any liability for injuries suffered by a paramedic who was kicked in the head after frontman Fred Durst invited concertgoers to come down to the main floor, the Michigan Court of Appeals said.
In a unanimous decision released Wednesday (June 30), the appellate court said Durst didn't have a responsibility to keep from inviting concertgoers to come down to the main floor during a performance at the Palace of Auburn Hills.
An eyewitness said someone in the crowd kicked the paramedic, Christopher Dickinson, as if he were a soccer ball.
"The thug who kicked (Dickinson) in the head violated his duty to (Dickinson) and, if caught, should be held accountable," the appeals court said. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story
Great White Sues Publicist
Over Charity Flap
Blabbermouth reports: The Associated Press is reporting that GREAT WHITE singer Jack Russell has sued a former publicist for slander.
Russell alleges that spokesperson Charrie Foglio threatened to tell charity organizations associated with the 2003 nightclub fire that killed 100 people in Rhode Island that the singer and his manager, Obi Steinman, were withholding money they promised for a fund set up to benefit survivors.
The lawsuit was filed Wednesday (June 30) in Los Angeles County Superior Court. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story
Blabbermouth reports: MINISTRY's new album, "Houses of the Molé", has sold 5,081 copies in the U.S. during its first week of release, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Meanwhile, SCORPIONS' latest, "Unbreakable", shifted 4,541 units, while MOTÖRHEAD's "Inferno" registered a first-week sales tally of 3,178. [see full story for how the GNR demo CD did... hint it wasn't pretty]- Click Here for the Full Story
Illness Delays Paradox
Blabbermouth reports: Veteran German power metallers PARADOX have announced that they will not be able to proceed with the songwriting process for their new album due to "a serious sickness" suffered by frontman Charly Steinhauer. "Charly has composed about 30 minutes of great music last year but now couldn't go on," the band write on their web site. "At the moment he [is taking] a complete timeout and we will see when/if we will continue..." [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story
Source: Blabbermouth also has news on KITTIE Announce First Tour In Support Of 'Until The End', Virtuoso Acoustic Guitarists To Release EP Of METALLICA Covers, GOD FORBID: OZZFEST Off Dates Announced, STRATOVARIUS Confirmed For Finland's ANKKAROCK Festival, NOVEMBERS DOOM Sign With THE END RECORDS and more click here to check it out
Tom Waits Drops Piano
MTV reports: Gravelly voiced crooner Tom Waits has finished work on his forthcoming album, Real Gone. The LP, slated for an October 5 release on Anti Records, was written and produced by Waits and his wife, Kathleen Brennan. For the first time in Waits' career, there will be no piano on the album.- Click Here for the Full Story
Jimmy Eat World Rocktober
MTV reports: Jimmy Eat World's still-untitled fourth album will come out in October. The follow-up to the band's self-titled 2001 disc was again produced by Mark Trombino. - Click Here for the Full Story
Source: MTV also has news on Why Britney Popped The Question, Jadakiss' Kiss Of Death Is Anything But, Debuting At #1, Usher, Outkast, Jay-Z, Beyonce Clean Up At BET Awards, Howard Stern Taking His 'Radio Jihad' To Nine New Markets Green Day, Avril Lavigne, Jennifer Lopez, A Perfect Circle & More click here to check it out
Rock School Deal
Variety reports: Newmarket has acquired worldwide rights to Dan Argott's docu "Rock School," which follows a group of Philadelphia kids learning to become rock stars from a failed performer (Paul Green) with a tough-love teaching style.
Pic, which exhibits some uncanny similarities to Paramount's recent comedy "The School of Rock," starring Jack Black, reps the first doc acquisition for Newmarket as well as the U.S. distrib's first worldwide rights deal. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story
Music Sales Up
Variety reports: At the half-way mark of the year, the beleaguered music industry has something to smile about: Sales are up 19.8 million units -- about 7% -- from last year's midway point and digital downloads are on track to break 100 million songs sold this year. - Click Here for the Full Story
ISP's Win MP3 Case
AP reports: Canada's Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that Internet service providers do not have to pay royalties to composers and artists for music downloaded by Web customers.
Companies providing wide access to the Web are merely "intermediaries" who are not bound by Canadian copyright legislation, the court said in a 9-0 ruling. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story
More Incubus Bootlegs
The PRP reports: Incubus have announced the second volume in their ongoing series of live bootlegs. The latest is entitled "Live In Sweden 2004" and tracks from it can be heard at www.incubusbootlegs.com. The effort will be released through the aforementioned website on July 13th. - Click Here for the Full Story
Silly News: Mud For Sale
NME reports: GLASTONBURY mud has appeared for sale on the Internet and is fetching bids of up to £360.
Several festival goers have scraped their wellie boots clean and put the mud - which was in abundance at this year's event (June 27-29) - on the online auction site, eBay. [see full story for more] - Click Here for the Full Story
Source: NME also has news on Libertines and GLC support new talent!, The Killers return with new single, T In The Park - new headliners revealed!, Hope Of The States follow Glasto triumph with new single, Libertines to continue - but without Pete and more click here to check it out
Converge Plan Tour
RIFTrock reports: Converge are currently planning a tour titled You Fail Me Tour 24k to begin in October with opening acts Between the Buried and Me and Cave In. [see full story for the first couple of dates]- Click Here for the Full Story
CYK Cancel Tour
RIFTrock reports: Due to CKY bass player Vern Zaborowski leaving the band, CKY have cancelled all of their summer tour dates and plan to head back to the studio to record their follow-up to Infiltrate.Destroy.Rebuild. The band plans to begin searching for a new bass player soon. - Click Here for the Full Story
Source: RIFTrock also has news on Converge plan new tour, God Forbid "off-fest" dates, Blindside announce headlininig tour, Slipknot sabotaged , Chat with Saves the Day and more click here to check it out
Drowningman Release Date
IAYM reports: Drowningman's forthcoming unreleased/rarities CD "Learn To Let It Go" will officially arrive in stores on August 24th through Law Of Inertia. - Click Here for the Full Story
Direct A Perfect Circle
IAYM reports: A Perfect Circle have decided to allow one of their fans the chance to direct the video for their next single, 'Blue'. Assuming the video meets the contest's standards, it will also be included on the band's forthcoming DVD release, due out on November 11th through Virgin. - Click Here for the Full Story
Source: IAYM also has news on Blindside: "Internal Storm Tour", God Forbid tour update, Lamb Of God: new song online, In Flames/Chimaira Australian tour, cKy lose bassist / Foreign Objects re-release and more click here to check it out
Badly Drawn Boy Sets July
Pitchfork reports: What do you get when you add one to one? Pitchfork's score for the new Badly Drawn Boy album? Let's hope not! Especially since we've kind of dropped the ball on reporting on Damon Gough's musical exploits; we probably owe him a favor or two. If you've yet to be informed, let us inform you-- Gough is releasing his new album on our nation's Independence Day, and it bears the questionable title, One Plus One Is One, but let's forget the math (we were never very good at it anyway)- Click Here for the Full Story
Source: Pitchfork also has news on Sonic Youth also rebound from Lollapalooza cancellation with headlining tour, Wolf Eyes ready Sub Pop debut, tour, Gooom Disques secures U.S. distribution, Modest Mouse rebound from Lollapalooza cancellation with headlining tour, ready single and more click here to check it out
Darkness Step In To T
Sky News reports: Rock legend David Bowie has pulled out of next weekend's T in the Park music festival.
The superstar had been due to headline Saturday night's main stage bill at Scotland's biggest music festival.
He will be replaced by The Darkness, who will now headline the main stage. [see full story for more] - Click Here for the Full Story
Libertines Sans Pete
Ananova reports: The Libertines are to play their scheduled festival dates in July - but without co-frontman Pete Doherty.
NME.com reports the rest of the band came to the decision "with regret" to play the dates without Doherty.
A statement reads: "It is with regret that The Libertines announce they are to continue without singer and guitarist Peter Doherty due to his well-known addiction problems, specifically with crack cocaine and heroin." [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story
Britney In Love, Not Expecting
Ananova reports: Britney Spears has spoken about her engagement to Kevin Federline - and says this time it's true love.
"Marrying Kevin was the last thing I was thinking about doing," Spears tells People magazine in its July 12 issue.
"But then I said 'You know what? This is my life and I don't care what people think. I'm going to get married. I'm in love with him'."
... The singer also wants children of her own. "I'm not pregnant but I definitely want to have some kids. I see myself with four or five." [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story
$550K Nipple-Gate Fine
AP reports: CBS could face a fine of $550,000 for airing Janet Jackson's breast-baring performance during the Super Bowl, a person familiar with the matter said Wednesday.
According to the source, who spoke only on condition of anonymity, a staff recommendation to the Federal Communications Commission suggests each of the 20 CBS-owned stations be fined the maximum indecency penalty of $27,500 for the incident.
The staff did not recommend fining CBS affiliates that aired the Super Bowl show but are not owned by Viacom Inc., the parent company of CBS, the source said. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story
Media Ownership Town Hall
Reuters reports: The Federal Communications Commission should get out of Washington and hear what ordinary citizens have to say before its rewrites media-ownership rules, one of the commission's two Democrats said on Wednesday.
Commissioner Michael Copps said he has asked FCC Chairman Michael Powell to hold town meetings across the country to gain a wider perspective as the agency attempts for a third time to craft ownership limits that can withstand legal scrutiny. [see full story for more] - Click Here for the Full Story
Bowie Cancels Tour
Reuters reports: David Bowie has cancelled the remaining performances of his European tour due to a trapped nerve in his shoulder.
A statement on Bowie's official website, www.davidbowie.com, said on Wednesday the singer had been advised by his doctors to cancel the 11 performances scheduled for July.
"Due to the unpredictable nature of the condition and in an effort to give fans as much warning as possible... David very reluctantly agreed to take the advice," the statement said. [see full story for more] - Click Here for the Full Story
Avenged Sevenfold Get Warped
Press release reports: After a short break following their spring headlining tour, Avenged Sevenfold are ready to hit the road again as part of this summer's Vans Warped Tour.
A7X join the tour for a month-long trek, beginning July 20th in Milwaukee, WI and wrapping up in Boston, MA on August 19 (see full story for dates).
Avenged Sevenfold's breakout album Waking
the Fallen, is in-stores now on Hopeless Records.- Click
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