Stabbing At Rocker's Home
Los Angeles Times reports: A man housesitting for a rock musician was in serious condition Thursday after being stabbed by an intruder in the singer's Encino home, police said.
Carlos Canton, 44, was stabbed numerous times Wednesday night in an attack at the home of Five for Fighting lead singer John Ondrasik, said Los Angeles Police Det. Rick Swanston. [see full story for more - may require free registration]- Click Here for the Full Story
Nick Oliveri Attacks Soundman
Xfm reports: Bearded nutcase and former Queens Of The Stone Age bassplayer Nick Oliveri seems to have finally lost it. Following his dismissal from Queens for being seemingly too intoxicated even for Josh Homme, he's been concentrating on his other band Mondo Generator, but even they seem to have had enough…
The problems seem to have begun when Oliveri took a disliking to what he thought was a bad sound and jumped off the stage, fought through the audience to take up his grievance with a soundman. Unfortunately letting his fists do the talking, he was finally pulled away, but not before he managed to break the nose and teeth of the engineer. [see full story for more] - Click Here for the Full Story
Jude Law Joy Division Role?
Xfm reports: As previously reported on Xfm Online, as work is set to begin on a new film about the life of the late Ian Curtis, Jude Law is rumoured to be playing the Joy Division frontman. Ex-Joy Division and New Order bassplayer Peter Hook has been speaking to the Macclesfield Express about the forthcoming movie revealing, "The whisper I've heard is that Jude Law will probably play the role. It's not a bad choice. The film is being made by Hollywood, but what's important is that they get the story right." Other possible contenders for the role could be Irish-born actor Colin Farrell, Ewan McGregor or Mancunian Max Beesley, though Hook said he didn't think any of them would be suitable for the role. - Click Here for the Full Story
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Sharon Would Have Shot Ozzy
BW&BK reports: A tearful Sharon Osbourne said on Thursday that she would have shot her husband, rocker Ozzy Osbourne, when he tried to strangle her in 1989 if she had had a gun in their English home. While interviewing female inmates who had killed abusive boyfriends or husbands, Osbourne told guests on her U.S. daytime talk show that she had been a victim of domestic violence.
"He (Ozzy) was drinking and he was taking drugs and it got to the point where he got violent with me, and he nearly choked me to death and I called the police on him," Osbourne said, on the verge of tears. "He's a gift from God but if I'd have had a gun I would have used it," she said.
Ozzy Osbourne was arrested in 1989 at the couple's home in Buckinghamshire, northwest of London, on charges of threatening to kill his wife, and for a time he was barred from the family home or from contacting Sharon, then 37. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story
Nightfall Follow Up Jesus
BW&BK reports: Black metallers NIGHTFALL have reentered the studio to record the follow-up to their I Am Jesus album.
Due for release later this year through Black Lotus Recordings, the 11-track album is expected to bare the title 'Lyssa/Rural Gods And Astonishing Punishments'. [see full story for comments from vocalist/bassist Efthimis Karadimas about the new cd]- Click Here for the Full Story
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Love Seeks Plea Deal
Reuters reports: Two days after being ordered into drug treatment, Courtney Love returned to court on Thursday as her lawyer sought a plea bargain to settle the second of four criminal cases the rock star has faced in recent months.
Attorney Michael Rosenstein told reporters he was trying to work out a deal with prosecutors to dismiss two felony counts of illegally possessing prescription painkillers in exchange for Love's guilty plea to a lesser charge that would keep her out of jail. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story
3 More Metal Murders Arrests
Blabbermouth reports: Italian police have arrested three more members of a Satanic black metal sect, "Beasts of Satan", after accusing them of ordering the murder of at least five young people in the Milan area since 1998.
Paolo "Ozzy" Leoni, 27, Eros Monterosso, 27, and Marco Zampollo, 28, were charged with ordering the ritual murders of Chiara Marino and Fabio Tollis, whose bodies were found in shallow graves in Northern Italy last month.
The revelations began in early June when two shallow graves were uncovered in woods near Somma Lombardo, north-west of Milan. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story
Darkness Cancel Beer Show
Blabbermouth reports: British rock sensation THE DARKNESS have cancelled their previously announced participation in the upcoming Miller Brewing Company concerts celebrating 50 years of rock and roll. THE DARKNESS will not be returning to the United States this fall and therefore will be unable to appear at the event, according to an official statement.
"We will miss THE DARKNESS in New York City, but our line-up remains impressive and just got stronger with ALICE COOPER, BEN FOLDS and MELISSA AUF DER MAUR being recently added to the bill," said Peter Laatz, manager of entertainment marketing at Miller. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story
AC/DC Lane Deferred
Blabbermouth reports: News.com.au is reporting that a council decision on renaming a Melbourne central business district laneway in honour of legendary band AC/DC has been deferred until later in the year.
Melbourne City Council said last month it was considering changing the name of Corporation Lane, a narrow alley which runs off Flinders Lane, to AC/DC Lane as a tribute to the band. A decision had been expected last night.
But Lord Mayor John So said the council last night deferred making a decision on the renaming to allow the council to consider public submissions.
He said the council had received 30 submissions in favor of the proposed renaming and four against it. [see full story for more] - Click Here for the Full Story
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Aversion reports: The Cramps are getting ready to show their seamy side in a two-disc compilation.
The band announced plans to release How to Make a Monster hits stores Sept. 22 from Vengance Records. The two-disc set of all previously unreleased material features demos and live cuts that date back to 1976. [see full story for more] - Click Here for the Full Story
Watashi Wa Split
Aversion reports: Watashi Wa has thrown in the towel.
The band didn't give reasons for its breakup, though issued a statement confirming rumors that had circulated around the Internet: It's done for. [more] - Click Here for the Full Story
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Slipknot Kimmeled Tonight
RIFTrock reports: Slipknot will be performing "The Blister Exists" and "Duality" Friday July 30th on the "Jimmy Kimmel Live Show". [see full story for single news]- Click Here for the Full Story
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Terror Singer To Return
siN's metal news reports: Injuring his neck at the Aggressive Music Festival in Glen Falls, NY, TERROR frontman Scott Vogel expects to be back on stage in time for Saturday's show in Seattle, WA as a part of the tour with SICK OF IT ALL, CHAMPION, and TIME IN MALTA. [more]- Click Here for the Full Story
Metallica Go North
siN's metal news reports: Three new METALLICA dates have filtered in. They are all for Canada and here they are:
Oct. 4th @ Bell Centre, Montreal
Oct. 6th @ Air Canada Centre, Toronto
Oct. 7th @ Coral Centre, Ottawa- Click Here for the Full Story
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Singer Wins Tabloid Suit
NME reports: PRIMAL SCREAM singer BOBBY GILLESPIE has been awarded damages from the NEWS OF THE WORLD after claims by the newspaper that he had an affair with supermodel KATE MOSS.
The publication apologised for the "distress and injury" caused to Gillespie and fiancée Katy England, and agreed not to repeat the allegations.
The article, with the headline 'It Moss Be Love', wrongly claimed that Moss was comforting Gillespie after a split with England. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story
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MTV reports: Everclear will release a best-of album, titled Ten Years Gone - The Best of Everclear 1994-2004. The 21-track LP, slated for a September 28 release, will include such hits as "Wonderful," "AM Radio," "Everything to Everyone" and "I Will Buy You a New Life," as well as two previously unreleased songs. - Click Here for the Full Story
Green Day & New Found
Glory Plan Fall Tour
MTV reports: Pop-punk heavyweights past and present will collide in October when Green Day and New Found Glory hit the road together.
The North American tour is set to begin October 19 in Ft. Worth, Texas, according to a Warner Bros. Records spokesperson. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story
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Maritime Wasting No Time
Pitchfork reports: Holy cow! Their debut may have only been on shelves for one month and 29 days, but Maritime-- the new band featuring ex-Promise Ring frontman Davey von Bohlen, ex-Dismemberment Plan bassist Eric Axelson, and ex-Promise Ring drummer Dan Didier-- have already begun recording the follow-up. The band entered Milwaukee's Polish Moon Studios upon returning from their recent Japanese tour, and have thus far laid down five tracks, with two more to be recorded in the very near future. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story
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Camper Van Return
AZ Central reports: Camper Van Beethoven has reunited to record its first studio album in 15 years. A rock opera of sorts, "New Roman Times" is due Oct. 12 via Pitch-A-Tent/Vanguard and features all five original members of the infamous quasi-folk rock band.
Leading the band is guitarist/vocalist David Lowery, who went onto form the commercially successful modern rock act Cracker following CBV's demise in 1990. Bassist Victor Krummenacher and drummer Chris Pederson formed Monks Of Doom after leaving Camper, while guitarist Greg Lisher joined Swingin' Utters side project Filthy Thevin' Bastards. [see full story for more details]- Click Here for the Full Story
Lamb of God Tracks
IAYM reports: The track listing for Lamb Of God's forthcoming Epic debut "Ashes Of The Wake" has been unveiled, here's how the effort shapes up: 01. "Laid To Rest" - 02. "Hourglass" - 03. "Now You've Got Something To Die For" - 04. "The Faded Line" - 05. "Omerta" - 06. "Blood Of The Scribe" - 07. "One Gun" - 08. "Break You" - 09. "What I've Become" - 10. "Ashes Of The Wake" - 11. "Remorse Is For The Dead"
The album will arrive in stores on August 31st in both CD and vinyl editions [see full story for bonus disc info and a link to the cover art]- Click Here for the Full Story
Candiria & Shadows Fall
IAYM reports: Candiria have announced that they will be touring with Shadows Fall this September. [a couple days ago we carried a story from siN's metal news, where All That Remains announced on Headbanger's Ball that they plan to play some dates with Shadows Fall this September. No indication at press time if this relates to the Candiria dates or not. But you can find All That Remains dates for August by clicking on the full story link]. - Click Here for the Full Story
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Rivers Cuomo Reborn?
Day in Rock reports: Weezer's Rivers Cuomo has post a rather revealing letter at his My Space website. He posts that he wrote the letter for 'readmission to school'. In the letter he talks about some of the mistakes he has made over the past few years, especially relating to direction of his music and the reasons behind them. Then he describes a spiritual rebirth of sorts and how he is looking to focus his life and music in a different direction, including going back to school (Harvard this Fall). [Click the full story link to read the letter. Thanks to liveDaily]- Click Here for the Full Story
Bowling For Soup
press release reports: Strap on your bowling shoes and get out the big balls….. BOWLING FOR SOUP is back!
'The Hangover You Don't Deserve', In Stores 9/14/04
Single: "1985" Impacts Top 40, Alternative & Video 7/26 [see full story link to check out a stream of the song]- Click Here for the Full Story
press release reports: Northern California's DECONSTRUCT has released a limited edition 5 track EP of songs from the band's forthcoming full-length release "The Human Condition." Entitled "The Human Condition - Act I," the EP was produced by DECONSTRUCT guitarist Joe Fraulob, and mixed by Grammy Award winner Michael Rosen (Tesla, Santana, AFI, Rancid, Testament). The EP features the last tracks recorded by the now departed Darren Minter (Heathen) and tracks with new drummer Frost, formerly of Luxt. THC - Act I is available on the DECONSTRUCT website at http://www.deconstructmusic.com. The Human Condition full length will see a national release in early fall. - Click Here for the Full Story
Maria Mena #1 Debut
press release reports: Released to stores on July 20, 2004, White Turns Blue, the Columbia Records debut album from singer/songwriter Maria Mena, has debuted at #1 on the Billboard Heatseekers best-selling new albums chart.
"You're The Only One," the first single from White Turns Blue, was added to Top 40 radio outlets nationwide while a video for the song became a staple on MTV's "TRL." "Fragile (Free)" is the new single from Maria's album.
Critics across the country have been falling in love with Maria Mena and White Turns Blue. "At 18, Mena offers a tender contrast to the extremes of sass, silliness and sophistication put forth by other post-adolescent female artists," wrote USA Today in its three-star review of the album. - Click Here for the Full Story
Uli Jon Roth Defies Genre
Labels With New CD
press release reports: "METAMORPHOSIS" is the title of a new state-of-the-art production by the enigmatic guitar genius ULI JON ROTH & SKY ORCHESTRA recently released in the US on SPV Records. Beautifully packaged with a stunning 64-page booklet of artwork designed by the man himself, METAMORPHOSIS is one of those rare albums which defies categorization.
A soundtrack featuring narration is separating the various movements and helps to achieve a feeling of a magical journey into another time and age. Additionally, Uli Jon Roth has written extensive poetry depicting the more metaphysical aspects of the Seasons. The quality of the prose poems is on a par with that of the artwork, which is simply stunning.
The overall result is a very rounded, totally unique concept album, where music, poetry and artwork are forming an organic whole. RothÕs artistry on all three levels is of the highest calibre throughout. ÒMETAMORPHOSISÓ is simply a must for all guitar aficionados and lovers of intensely magical music. [see full story to learn more about CD and Uli Jon Roth's musical projects past and present. He will be kicking off his first U.S. tour in years next month. We should news and dates for that posted here next week]- Click Here for the Full Story
Number One Fan "Come On"
press release reports: NUMBER ONE FAN's video for "Come On" is now available for viewing online at: [see full story link]
The video is from the band's debut album, COMPROMISES, due out this coming TUESDAY AUGUST 3 on Pat's Record Company/Universal Records. The clip, produced by Shane Drake & Darren Doane (AFI, Deftones, Jimmy Eat World, Saves The Day), was filmed in Los Angeles recently and features a cameo by The Juliana Theory's Chad Alan.- Click Here for the Full Story
Too Young To Rock
reports: [It's Friday, time for Chuck DiMaria to give us his 2 cents. This week Chuck takes on the latest trend in music, how the biz is turning to younger and younger people to make the next stars and why Chuck thinks this is a really bad idea.] This is something that's been bothering me for a while, so I thought I'd get it off my chest and then see what the masses have to say about it.
Ready? Here goes: What the hell is up with children becoming rock stars?
I've got a real problem with this for a couple of reasons. First off, and contrary to what a lot of people might think, rock 'n roll isn't about art, it's about sex.
Go back and read that again, kids. I said sex. The term rock 'n roll itself is a euphemism for "getting' it on".
Now I'm sure that we're all going to have to suffer through all the posters who are going to talk about their favorite artists and how they have worked so hard on their art and craft and seek only to create music with a pure and untainted heart.
Uh, yeah…sure. It's about sex.
It's a primal urge set to four-four time, plain and simple. That's rock 'n roll.
Take JoJo, AKA Joanne Levesque, as an example. She's got an MTV VMA nomination and a debut album at the top of the charts.
Oh, and one other thing: the girl is thirteen. She is thirteen years old. My God, she's barely in high school. And thirteen-year-old CHILDREN have no business playing in this sandbox.
Whose idea was this? When you're that young, the only thing you should be doing is studying for your driver's license exam and worrying about the SAT's. But the record companies, in their infinite wisdom, have decided to take children and make them rock stars.
One executive actually said that they were currently looking for acts between the ages of fifteen and twenty-five. (Seems they got the jump on JoJo - no pun intended.)
At fifteen years old, the kid can't even drive himself to band practice and you want to make him or her so rich that they can own a freakin' Lamborghini?
Does anyone else think this is a bad idea?
You barely start cutting your teeth on stage until you hit your mid-twenties, anyway. How else are you gonna get your act together if you don't put it on a stage? And the best place to do that is in the bars.
We were all playing the bars in our early twenties, gunning for record deals. Back in Buffalo, there were these three bands that used to all record in the same studio. We all kinda hung out there together; dreaming our dreams and listening to each other's demo tapes. There was my cousin's group, Beat Goes Bang (You probably never heard of them, but they did the title track for a movie called "Don't Tell Mom The Babysitter's Dead.) There was my band, Dragon-Fly (You never heard of us, but we got close.) And there was a little band called Goo Goo Dolls (You probably heard of them.)
We were all playing the clubs in Buffalo, trying to be rock stars, and then we'd all go to Trackmaster Recording Studio and lay our songs on tape.
Needless to say, the Goos came out on top.
But if then was now, we'd all be out of luck because no one at a label wants to return the phone call of a guy who's twenty-five because that's a little too old by their standards. (I mean, why would they want us when there are twelve-year-olds running around?)
And if that were the case, that means there would never have been a song called "Iris". (Or "Cause You're Gone", for that matter.) And that, my friends, would be a damn shame.
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