GNR Vs. Rolling Stone
Rockdirt reports: Guns N' Roses keyboardist Dizzy Reed recently spoke to the Rock Journal about his relationship with the group's notorious lead singer, Axl Rose. Asked how he gets along with Rose, Reed replied, "I think he's one of the coolest, most giving, warmest people I've ever met. Sure he's temperamental, but he's a good friend. Seriously though, he's a good guy." With regards to whether he thinks Rose is being treated unfairly by the media, Dizzy said, "It's ridiculously unfair. It's just total creation of the media. For some reason, when the media turns on someone, they just let him have it and it's completely unfair. The thing is, a lot of it happened when he kind of disappeared for a long time. So he wasn't around. Rolling Stone put out a whole article based on interviews of people that... well, they put him on a cover and never spoke to him at all about anything to sell their fu**ing magazine. They basically just collected a whole bunch of negative comments. [see full story for more, plus a link to the full interview. A side note, Dizzy's side band Hookers n' Blow will be playing at the Cat Club in Hollywood this Thursday night with Slim Jim Phantom's Starf***ers (Dizzy plays with them too). ]- Click Here for the Full Story
Canada Afraid of Metal?
Rockdirt reports: Former Skid Row singer Sebastian Bach has spoken to the Canadian Press about the current resurgence of hard rock with bands like Velvet Revolver and The Darkness finding a welcome place on radio. "To have Velvet Revolver as the No. 1 album on Billboard is great for all rock 'n' rollers," he said. "That's saying rock is back." The only place metal's not welcome, Bach says, is Canada. "Canada's far from the heavy metal capital of the world. They're scared of the word 'heavy metal' here. That's why Sebastian Bach had to move," he said, referring to his departure in 1987 to join Skid Row. "I don't know why that is." - Click Here for the Full Story
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Metal Underground reports: [Don't know how we missed this one, but if you missed it too, here it is] Richard Christy was announced the winner of the contest to replace Stuttering John on the Howard Stern show and will soon begin a three-month tenure as a staff member on the show. Christy left Iced Earth amidst touring a couple months ago so that he could audition for the part on the Stern show. - Click Here for the Full Story
Presidents To Hit The Road
liveDaily reports: The Presidents of the United States will soon drop their first new album in four years, and will usher in the set with a series of live shows.
So far, the Seattle-based trio has lined up a handful of August dates and a pair of September shows, including a Sept. 3 headlining performance at the opening night of Seattle's Bumbershoot Festival.
The roadwork coincides with the Aug. 17 release of "Love Everybody," which is The Presidents' first new set since 2000's "Freaked Out and Small." [see full story for the initial dates]- Click Here for the Full Story
Wilco Map No Am Tour
liveDaily reports: Wilco wraps up a European tour behind its new album, "A Ghost is Born," later this month, and will follow up with a short series of North American shows.
Initially, Wilco planned to play a few summer Lollapalooza shows, but the cancellation of that tour has led the Chicago-based group to make other plans.
The band's North American outing is now scheduled to open in Milwaukee on Aug. 2, and five additional appearances--including three Canadian stops--are set in the week that follows. Details are in the itinerary below. [see full story for more including dates]- Click Here for the Full Story
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Digital Noise reports: Mnemic have "The Audi Injected Soul" for the title to their upcoming sophomore album.
The band are currently recording the follow-up to last year's "Mechanical Spin Phenomena" at AntFarm Studios in Aarhus, Denmark with producer Tue Madsen.
It's expected that the album will see a release sometime in September through Nuclear Blast Records. [more] - Click Here for the Full Story
American Head Charge Eye
Digital Noise reports: American Head Charge are currently in Westlake Studios in Los Angeles with producer Greg Fidelman (who previously engineered their debut album, "The War of Art") to begin recording their new, as-yet-untitled new album, which is tentatively due for release in November through their new label, Nitrus/DRT Entertainment. [more] - Click Here for the Full Story
Rammstein's New Journey
Digital Noise reports: Rammstein have announced details about their upcoming new single, "Mein Teil", which comes from their upcoming album titled "Reise Reise" (which roughly translates to "Journey Journey").
The new single will be released on July 26th in both digipack and maxi-single formats and will include the the original version of the song along with three remixes and an enchanced part.
"Reise Reise" is expected to be released in late September. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story
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Stretch Arm Strong Get UnWarped
Aversion reports: You'll never hear the terms "road hog" and "Stretch Arm Strong" in the same sentence.
The band pulled out of its final four shows on the Warped Tour (July 8-11), citing a need for rest before it begins its upcoming tour. - Click Here for the Full Story
Aversion reports: The sole album from Karelia, the band where Franz Ferdinand front man Alex Kapranos cut his teeth, will soon be re-released.
The album, Divorce at High Noon, which was originally released in 1997, will hit stores in late August from Roadrunner Records. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story
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Grohl Guests On NIN CD
Blabbermouth reports: Former NIRVANA/QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE drummer Dave Grohl recorded a guest appearance on drums for the new NINE INCH NAILS album, "Bleedthrough", during a session at Sound City Studios in Van Nuys, Ca. this past Friday (July 9). - Click Here for the Full Story
Nile On The Behemoth
Blabbermouth reports: Karl Sanders, guitarist and vocalist of the American death metal band NILE, has recorded a guest solo for the song "Xul" off the upcoming BEHEMOTH record, "Demigod". The CD is currently being recorded at Poland's Hendrix Studios and will soon be mixed at Dug-Out studios in Uppsala, Sweden by Daniel Bergstrand (MESHUGGAH, IN FLAMES, STRAPPING YOUNG LAD).
Demigod" is scheduled for a late October release via Olympic/Century Media (North and South America) [see full story for lots more on this item]- Click Here for the Full Story
Metallica 45K Film Opening
Blabbermouth reports: "Metallica: Some Kind of Monster", which follows the heavy metal band through the creation of their latest album, "St. Anger", and group therapy, had the highest per-screen average of the two documentaries that opened in limited release this weekend. The IFC Films release, which is unrated, earned $15,000 at each of the three sites it played for a total of $45,000. [see full story for more including Metallica and the director take on Dave Mustaine's inclusion in the film ] - Click Here for the Full Story
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B.I.G. Death Trial A Go
MTV reports: Ever since the unsolved murder of Notorious B.I.G. seven years ago, there have been numerous theories about what really happened — and one of those theories, which points a finger at the LAPD, is about to get tested in court.
The rapper's mother, Voletta Wallace, and his widow, singer Faith Evans, along with other heirs filed a wrongful-death suit two years ago in federal court against the city of Los Angeles as well as former and current LAPD police chiefs, and it's just been cleared to go to trial.
The lawyers representing the estate of the rapper, whose given name was Christopher Wallace, just prevailed in a hearing held on June 21, with the court denying a motion to dismiss the case. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story
POD & Stapp Give Gibson's
MTV reports: P.O.D. are writing for G-O-D ... and Mel Gibson. The spiritual rockers will contribute a track to the album of tunes inspired by the film "The Passion of the Christ," due August 31. Former Creed frontman Scott Stapp's solo offering, "Relearn Love," will serve as the album's first single. - Click Here for the Full Story
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Rare White Stripes
Pitchfork reports: Jack White took time out of his busy Renee-banging, Stollsteimer-punching schedule to chat with fans in an online Q&A hosted by fansite whitestripes.net.
During the chat, White revealed that the band will soon be issuing a slew of material to tide over fans until their next release hits the streets-- which, incidentally, won't be for a while, as the band reportedly hasn't even entered the studio to begin laying down tracks yet. The most anticipated of these forthcoming releases is sure to be a collection of the White Stripes' B-sides and rarities, which is presently in the works.
Though no release date or tracklist has been announced as of press time, it's a good bet that the compilation will include the bulk of the band's early 7-inches, originally released through their pre-V2 label Sympathy for the Record Industry [see full story for a lot more details including a rumored live disc]- Click Here for the Full Story
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IAYM reports: Mondo Generator recently completed their new EP entitled "3", which they will be releasing through frontman Nick Oliveri's own label Tornado Records later this year. [see full story for a minor update on the full length release]- Click Here for the Full Story
Lostprophets Turn Cover Band
IAYM reports: The Lostprophets will be issuing a few releases in the UK on August 23rd in support of their current single 'Last Summer'. Two CD singles will appear containing the title track, and in addition; one will include a cover of Rachel Stevens' 'Sweet Dreams My L.A. Ex', whilst the other will feature covers of both The Strokes' 'Reptilia' and Phil Collins' 'In The Air Tonight'. [see full story for info on a 7" release with a Cure cover]- Click Here for the Full Story
Danzig Fest 04
IAYM reports: This fall's edition of the "Blackest Of The Black" tour, which is organized by Glenn Danzig, is expected to see Danzig teaming up with Mayhem, DevilDriver, Death Angel, Doyle and Eyes Of Fire. Dates and venues will be announced shortly, with tickets due to go on sale on July 25th.- Click Here for the Full Story
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Love Misses Court, Rushed
To The Hospital
antiMUSIC reports: Courtney Love was scheduled to spend her 40th birthday in a Los Angeles court on Friday, instead she ended up in a New York Hospital. Just hours after a judge issued a warrant for her arrest for failing to appear in court, Love was taken to a New York City area hospital.
Rumors spread quickly when it was learned that Love had been taken to the hospital. Speculation ran the gambit but her attorney was quick to answer those charges, "It is not a suicide attempt, not drug-related, not drug-overdose-related," said Love's attorney Michael Rosenstein. "It's a gynecological medical condition for which she is receiving treatment."
Earlier in the day, Love was scheduled to appear in a Los Angeles Superior Court for arraignment on an assault with a deadly weapon charge, when she failed to show up a bench warrant was issued for her arrest.
Superior Court Commissioner Dennis E. Mulcahy said that Love had forfeited her $55,000 bail and issued a bench warrant and a new bail amount of $150,000. [see full story for more] - Click Here for the Full Story
U2 For Spider-Man Musical?
Ananova reports: U2's Bono and the Edge are reportedly interested in writing the songs for Spiderman the musical if plans to put the hit movie onstage get off the ground.
Irish filmmaker Neil Jordan, The Crying Game, is also said to be onboard to write the musical with Julie Taymor as director. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story
Lost Clash Tracks To Be Released
Xfm reports: [For those that missed this a couple weeks ago, big news for Clash fans]A new reissue of the classic Clash album ‘London Calling' is set to feature a selection of previously unreleased tracks from the band that were presumed lost for over 25 years since they were first recorded.
Over 20 tracks, now known collectively as the ‘The Vanilla Tapes' were recently discovered by Clash co-frontman Mick Jones in his storage room. According to bassist Paul Simonon the songs - including ‘Working And Waiting', ‘Heart And Mind', ‘Canalside Walk' and ‘Revolution Rock' - come from a point in the band's history when they were at their creative peak.
"At the time we were constantly moving forward and as soon as something was done we were onto the next thing," he explained, "You can really hear us bouncing ideas around." [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story
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Floyd Sued By Backup Singer
ArrowFM reports: Even though it's been twenty-one years since Pink Floyd released their opus Dark Side of the Moon, a back-up singer on the album thinks the time is right to sue the band for unpaid royalties. Singer/songwriter Clare Torry claims she wrote track four, "The Great Gig in the Sky" - however on the LP sleeve, the lyrics are credited to band members Roger Waters and Richard Wright. However, if you listen to the song it's actually just Torry belting away without any discernible lyrics. Pink Floyd and their record label EMI are being sued for damages and for unlawful copes of the track to be destroyed. Torry maintains she was only paid $54 for her contribution.- Click Here for the Full Story
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Canadian Stoner Rock
press release reports: Vancouver, British Columbia, July 10, 2004 — Canadian stoner rock band, Hezzakya are currently in the processes of recording their debut ten-song album. The tracks are being laid locally in Vancouver at Komrad Studios. The album is set for release in early august.
Said guitar player Mike Steiger, "We are about 3/4's of the way done. We just finished vocal tracks for 5 songs. It's gonna be really heavy. I must admit, I can't wait for everyone to here it." - Click Here for the Full Story
press release reports: Aphasia's self titled debut album, produced by Chris Brown of Trapt, will be available on July 18th.
Tracklisting: 1. Release (this we end tonight) - 2. Compromise - 3. Flatline - 4. Clarity at Heights - 5. We all - 6. Push for new - 7. Embers to ashes - 8. Everything or nothing - 9. Blue beneath your skin
You can now pre-order the album for just
8 dollars at Smartpunk.com, and at Smartpunk.com you can download an MP3
of "Flatline." Hit the full story link for that.- Click
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