VH1 reports: Three weeks prior to kickoff, Lollapalooza has been canceled.
Organizers cited poor ticket sales as the reason the 31-date, 16-city trek was called off. This year's lineup was set to include Morrissey, Sonic Youth, PJ Harvey, the Flaming Lips and the String Cheese Incident.
The decision to scrap Lollapalooza was made Monday evening (June 21), when organizers and promoters realized they stood to lose several million dollars. In all markets except New York, advance ticket sales were below estimates. [see full story for more] - Click Here for the Full Story
Pulse Ultra Voiceless
Digital Noise reports: Pulse Ultra singer Zo Vizza has left the band.
In a message posted on the band's official bulletin board, Vizza wrote: "Hey this is Zo ex-lead singer of Pulse Ultra. I am writing this message to let you all know that I am not the singer of Pulse Ultra anymore. I would like to thank all the fans that supported us during the past four years.... [more]- Click Here for the Full Story
Indie Icons Mute
Aversion reports: Mute Records and Rough Trade will release the Rough Trade: Indiepop compilation later this year, featuring several oft-name checked indie staples.
The compilation, the eighth in a series from the famed London record shop, puts its focus on exposing yesteryear's indie icons. Cuts from My Bloody Valentine, The Wedding Present and The Vaselines will be featured on the compliation. - Click Here for the Full Story
Reunion Show Name Game
Aversion reports: In the fine tradition of the Puff Daddy/P. Diddy, Madonna/Esther and Prince/Symbol/Prince name change, The Reunion show has changed its name.
The Reunion Show's done the paperwork at the courthouse: We're now supposed to call it Action Action. Citing numerous membership changes and an update from its sound, it made the announcement of a new name yesterday (June 21). - Click Here for the Full Story
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Cradle of Filth Set Sept
RIFTrock reports: Cradle of Filth will be releasing their new album Nymphetamine through Roadrunner on September 14th. [Don't want to wait to get new music? See the full story link for a list of CDs released Today] - Click Here for the Full Story
Cory Grady Drummed Out of
Black Dahlia Murder?
RIFTrock reports: Rumors are currently circulating that Black Dahlia Murder drummer Cory Grady has left the band. Nothing has been confirmed yet by the band or their label, Metal Blade Records.- Click Here for the Full Story
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Wes Borland Goes Motown
Blabbermouth reports: MELLOWDRONE mastermind Jonathan Bates recently spoke to the Rock N Roll Experience web site about his work on the new solo release from former LIMP BIZKIT guitarist Wes Borland. "Wes is a really sweet friend of mine and he played me some of his new stuff and it's amazing. It reminds me of old PJ Harvey," Bates explained. Asked to elaborate, Jonathan said, "It's like more Motown than anything else. We recorded it live and we rehearsed it and it's like when you listen to an old Motown record, you can't really classify it..." [more]- Click Here for the Full Story
Highway To Helen
Blabbermouth reports: A U.S. production has been documenting the early days of AC/DC frontman Brian Johnson's upcoming musical about "Helen of Troy" for a TV special to be called "Highway To Helen". Johnson has spent the past six years working on the musical.
CRANBERRIES singer Dolores O'Riordan is tipped to play Helen while British actor Malcolm Macdowell ("A Clockwork Orange") has been selected as a narrator. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story
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AFI Do NIN Pt. 2
Day in Rock reports: We received a heads up from one of our readers that the videogame that AFI is covering Nine Inch Nail's "Head Like a Hole" on, just may be Grand Theft Auto: San Andres. We were unable to confirm this at press time, but the game is set for release in October. We'll let you know when we know something official. - Click Here for the Full Story
Top Brit Albums
Observer Music Monthly reports: The Observer Music Monthly has published what they term "authoritative poll of its kind" by polling "100 critics, industry figures and pop stars, asking each for a list of the 10 records they consider the best of British, excluding compilations." The result is their list of the Top 100 Greatest British albums. Below is the top 10, see the full story link for the full list with detailed explainations].
1: The Stone Roses, The Stone Roses
2: Revolver, The Beatles
3: London Calling, The Clash
4: Astral Weeks, Van Morrison
5: Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, The Beatles
6: The White album, The Beatles
7: Sticky Fingers, The Rolling Stones
8: Exile on Main S, The Rolling Stones
9: Blue Lines, Massive Attack
10: Metal box, P.I.L.
- Click Here for the Full Story
Yes, Dexy's Midnight Runners and ABC beat out 'Dark Side of the Moon', 'Paranoid' and 'Goodbye Yellowbrick Road'.
Duff on America's Most Wanted
Here Today Gone To Hell reports: Duff [McKagan] will be on America's Most Wanted on June 26th: Next on America's Most Wanted Guns N' Roses bassist Duff McKagan aids in the search for the killer of a woman who worked with the band. Saturday, June 26, 9:00 p.m This is related to the November 2002 murder of Lori Lepper, webmaster of Loadedonline.com [Duff's previous band]. - Click Here for the Full Story
Free Beer CDs
MTV reports: CDs featuring rare studio and live recordings by Jet, Sum 41, Our Lady Peace and the Tragically Hip will be included with cases of Labatt Blue beer, starting Monday in Ontario and July 1 in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and P.E.I., Canada.- Click Here for the Full Story
Phish Rap With Jay-Z
MTV reports: Following a year in which numerous DJs mixed Jay-Z's vocals with the music of the Beatles, Metallica, Weezer and others, the Brooklyn, New York, rapper tipped his hat back to rock fans by performing at two unlikely concerts over the weekend.
The stranger of the two was Friday night during a set by the jam band Phish in Coney Island in Brooklyn, at the group's supposedly final New York-area show. After the veteran rockers played "Wilson," the second song of their second set, Jay hopped onstage and the group backed him on "99 Problems" and "Big Pimpin'." [see the full story to see where Jay-Z turned up next] - Click Here for the Full Story
Iron Maiden Honored
MTV reports: Iron Maiden received a Special Achievement Award from Nordoff-Robbins on Friday at its 29th gala charity lunch in London. The band was praised for its support of music therapy for people in need. In addition, Iron Maiden have been honored by artist Ray Santoleri, who has created a bobblehead of their zombie mascot, Eddie. [more] - Click Here for the Full Story
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Pocket CDs Coming
Reuters reports: Some of the world's largest record companies are testing a new music format in Europe known as the pocket CD to spin new life into faltering music singles.
At three inches in diameter -- or roughly half the size of a conventional compact disc -- the pocket CD carries a selection of music tracks and mobile phone ring tones from a host of artists ranging from 50 Cent to Black Eyed Peas.
The technology made its debut in Germany last summer with Universal Music, Sony Music and later EMI and BMG, all selling a limited number of the CDs to test the public's appetite. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story
Vivendi Ex-Ceo Arrested
AP reports: Jean-Marie Messier, the former chief executive of Vivendi Universal, was taken into police custody Monday in an investigation into financial wrongdoing during his time at the media and telecommunications giant, police said.
...French investigating magistrates are probing a massive share buyback in which Vivendi allegedly spent over $1.2 billion to prop up its own share price in the weeks following the terror attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.
Messier and his top team are suspected of buying back Vivendi shares well above the authorized volumes even while the company was presenting its financial results — a practice strictly forbidden by stock market rules. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story
Bon Jovi Fire Sale
AP reports: Years ago, Alec John Such provided the backbeat for one of the biggest bands in the world as the bassist for Bon Jovi. But it's been 10 years since he left the group, and he wants to move to a smaller place.
So he decided to auction off a bunch of old memorabilia Sunday, the third such sale he's held in recent years. This time, though, there were not so many buyers.
A few Fender bass guitars sold for $700 to $750, and a 1960 MGA Roadster convertible went for $7,500. All told, the auction netted about $30,000 from 300 items.
Last year, a similar auction sold 1,200 items and made a $300,000 profit, and a 2000 auction took in $400,000. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story
Bowie Popped In The Eye With
Xfm reports: The gig on Saturday (19 June) was already blighted by extreme storms, with Bowie being forced to wear a bright yellow cagoule onstage. 20 minutes into the gig, a member of the audience threw a lollipop at the singer, which (according to The Sun) hit him directly in the eye. Bowie then "winced in agony as the stick shot between his left eyeball and its lid" halting the gig, before a roadie removed the offending piece of confectionary. - Click Here for the Full Story
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Audioventmusic.com reports: Benjamin Einziger of Audiovent announced last week via the band's message board that the group had split. Here is his message: After 12 years of playing music together, we've now decided to part ways. We've kept all our friendships in tact, which I think is the most important thing, and are now interested in pursueing other creative endeavors. Thank you all so much for all the support you've showed us over the years. Just so you know, the music will not stop here. I'm in the process of putting together a new project that I think will be amazing. So you'll definately be hearing from me sometime in the near future. Again, we can't tell you how much we've appreciated you over the years. [see full story link for a message from Jason Boyd about the split] - Click Here for the Full Story
Silly News: Elton Bling-Bling
ArrowFM reports: Piano man Elton John has surprisingly beat out some of hip hop's raunchiest stars to be named the most "bling bling" star of all time... the top 10 poll from cable channel Chase-it TV. John wrapped up the top five with such stars as Elvis Presley and Liberace. [see full story for more] - Click Here for the Full Story
Stones Rock Forbes List
ArrowFM reports: McCartney may have ruled the Forbes list last year, but this time around the Rolling Stones and Mel Gibson took it by storm. This year's Forbes Celebrity 100 list includes the Rolling Stones (No. 5), Bruce Springsteen (8), the Eagles (21) and Fleetwood Mac (28). However, it was actor/director Mel Gibson who took the top spot thanks to his landmark film The Passion of Christ. - Click Here for the Full Story
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Rise Against Z Boys and Siren
RiseAgainst.com reports: Joe Principe from Rise Against posted some big news for fans on the group's website. Here are the highlights, see the full story for more. "The release date of our new record 'Siren Song of the Counter Culture' is August 10th. I just got the mastered version of the record and I couldn't be happier with the results."
"...We just got back from a movie shoot and a show in Los Angeles. The movie is called Lords of Dogtown and we were lucky enough to be asked to play a Black Flag song for a club scene in the movie. It's based on the Dogtown/Z Boys documentary that came out some months ago." - Click Here for the Full Story
Daniel Johnston All Star
reports: Daniel Johnston, one of the first, great lo-fi artists of independent music, will be the subject of an upcoming tribute album. Set to be released on September 21st via Gammon Records, The Late, Great Daniel Johnston: Discovered Covered will be fashioned from two CDs; the first is a collection of 18 Johnston songs covered by various luminaries of the indie rock scene, and the second, Johnston's original versions-- making the result a weird sort of greatest hits album. According to a recent press release, Johnston has been unable to make a living from his music, and as a result, the tribute was planned as a fundraising venture. The man has many fans, as evidenced by the bands that said yes: Beck, Death Cab for Cutie, The Flaming Lips, Tom Waits, TV on the Radio, and Bright Eyes, among many others. [see the full story link for the track listing]- Click Here for the Full Story
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Beverly Knight Goes Metal
Ananova reports: Beverley Knight says fans are going to be shocked by her new rock sound after taking inspiration from Iron Maiden and Led Zepplin.
The R'n'B star releases her new single Come As You Are this week, after an absence of nearly two years. Her fourth album Affirmation is due out on June 28.
"I thought, 'I'm a Midlander'. It's the home of Iron Maiden and Led Zepplin. I grew up with rock music so it was time to bring that into my music," she said. [see full story for more] - Click Here for the Full Story
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Lit Summer on the Road
live Daily reports: Lit's new album lands in stores on Tuesday (6/22), and the group wastes no time hitting the road to support the set.
The Orange County rockers are due to make a release-day appearance at the Tower Records store in Brea, CA, during which they'll perform and sign copies of the new, self-titled CD.
A short break follows before a round of tour dates get underway in early July. So far, the group has booked a mix of headlining dates, festival appearances, and a pair of mid-July shows with Hoobastank. [see full story for more including some dates]- Click Here for the Full Story
Dylan and Willie Nelson Team
Up for Ballpark Tour.
live Daily reports: Music legends Bob Dylan and Willie Nelson are set to team this summer for The Bob Dylan Show, a 22-date tour that will visit 22 Minor League baseball stadiums.
The outing opens on Aug. 6 in Cooperstown, NY--home of the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum--and runs for nearly a month. Tickets for the first 13 shows are set to hit the market on Saturday (6/26), and tickets for the remaining shows will go on sale on July 10, according to a Columbia Records press release. [see full story for more details, including dates]- Click Here for the Full Story
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Linkin Park, Korn Others
Help Save A Life
press release reports: Over sixty collector items have been donated for auction to help save 20-year-old Kelli Jaunsen of Palm Desert, California. From June 21st, 7 PM Pacific, through the 28th, fans will have the opportunity to visit EBay and bid on the special items. Some of the more unique items include: two prime tickets to any one date of Projekt Revolution summer tour, featuring Linkin Park, Korn and Snoop Dogg with passes to meet Linkin Park; an autographed Trapt Limited Edition Robby Gordon Stock Car model, (#1 of 3108); DC shoes poster signed by skateboarding world record holder Danny Way; Dodger balls autographed by catcher Paul LaDuca and former Dodger outfielder Brian Jordan. Also up for auction are items autographed by Adam Sandler, Orlando Bloom, Enrique Iglesias, Randy Travis, Linkin Park, Quincy Jones, Deftones, Korn, Hoobastank, X-ecutioners, Slipknot, Slash, and many others. Those wishing to bid on items can visit EBay and access the charity auction by entering "Kelli Jaunsen" in the search option. [see the sull story link to learn more about Kelly] - Click Here for the Full Story
Today's multimedia pick is a preview for the new Motorhead CD!
This week's update to the Mandatory Media
section includes new media from Sparta, new video from The Cure-
eCards from My Chemical Romance, Breaking Benjamin – new videos from Magna-Fi,
The Roots & Scissor Sisters – Plus mp3s from Unearth, Secret Machines,
Voivod, The Heavils & Trivium – click
this link to check it out