Slash Sues Axl
MTV reports: [Former Guns N' Roses and current Velvet Revolver guitarist Slash and bassist Duff McKagan] are suing Axl [Rose] for at least $1 million, according to "Celebrity Justice."
In the suit, Rose is accused of rejecting requests to use old Guns N' Roses songs in major motion pictures even though he lacks controlling interest in the material. Slash and McKagan added that they weren't consulted when their ex-bandmate nixed lucrative offers from the makers of "We Were Soldiers," "Death to Smoochy," "Old School" and "Just Married." - Click Here for the Full Story
Labels To Pay Up
AP / Houston Chronical reports: Some record companies that have owed tens of millions of dollars in royalties to thousands of artists — including Gloria Estefan, Dolly Parton and Sean "P. Diddy" Combs — have agreed to take steps to pay them.
As part of a settlement announced Tuesday, the recording corporations involved will create Web sites and work with industry groups to find the artists owed money.
New York Attorney General Eliot Spitzer said $25 million in royalties has been paid since his office began investigating two years ago. Another $25 million is expected to be paid out. [see full story for more] - Click Here for the Full Story
Love Plea Deal
Rockdirt reports: The New York Daily News reports Courtney Love is negotiating a plea deal over an October bust when she tested positive for cocaine, say Los Angeles prosecutors. Love also faces separate charges of possessing of illegal painkillers. - Click Here for the Full Story
Silly News: Kidrock F**khead
Rockdirt reports: The New York Post reports Anna Nicole Smith had nothing nice to say to Kid Rock at the Kentucky Derby. Rock approached Smith and tried to strike up a conversation with her son, Daniel. "He asked her son if he liked being on TV and being followed by cameras," a spy revealed, "and Daniel wouldn't answer." But something must have set Smith off: "She called him a fu**head, and stormed away." - Click Here for the Full Story
Cinco de Mayo Roadrunner
Reminder: antiMUSIC and HappeninHarry.com are co-sponsoring a listening party tonight in Los Angeles for Roadrunner Records. Here are the details.
antiMUSIC.com, HappeninHarry.com & RoadRunnerRecords.com Present a listening party for SLIPKNOT, CRADLE OF FILTH, MACHINE HEAD, SOULFLY, CHIMAIRA, KILLSWITCH ENGAGE & DEVILDRIVER. The listening party starts at 7:00 PM and will feature new music from these artists plus screenings of their latest videos on the big screen. Free giveaways and special guests!
The listening party will be followed by live entertainment featuring original Anthrax vocalist NEIL TURBIN with special guest - So Cal metal powerhouse JUGULUR! Followed by an All-Star Jam!
7:00 PM TONIGHT - Wed May 5, 2004 - @ THE JOINT - 8771 West Pico Blvd. (Just East of Robertson) - Los Angeles, California - (310) 275 2619 - http://www.thejointla.com - See the full story link for more details. - Click Here for the Full Story
You never know who is going to show up. (see the Keef Rocks The Joint Story below).
Wilco & Pixies Palooza
Aversion reports: The Pixies and Wilco will breifly join Lollapalooza this summer.
Neither band will tour for more than a few days. Wilco is slated to join the bill on three stops, Aug. 3 in Detroit, Aug. 6 in Toronto and Aug. 12 in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio.
The Pixies will take the stage at Ventura, Calif., on July 22-23, and Aug. 16-17 in New York. - Click Here for the Full Story
Van Hagar Tracks
Blabbermouth reports: The first single from the retooled, Sammy Hagar-fronted VAN HALEN will be "Up for Breakfast", one of three tracks produced by Glen Ballard. The other two are "Learning to See" and "It's About Time". All three cuts are expected to surface on the band's upcoming best-of set, tentatively due this summer.- Click Here for the Full Story
Black Metaler Prison Sentence
Blabbermouth reports: GORGOROTH singer Gaahl was sentenced Tuesday (May 4) to 18 months in a Norwegian prison on charges that he beat a 41-year-old man in what the victim called a ritual attack.
The 28-year-old black metal vocalist, who has several prior convictions including one for assault and battery, was sentenced at Sunnfjord court in Forde, Norway. In addition to the prison term, Gaahl was ordered to pay 75,000 NOK (approximately $11,000) to the victim, plus an additional 29,000 NOK (approximately $4,300) in damages. [see full story for lots more]- Click Here for the Full Story
Dream Theater To Tour with
BW&BK reports: According to DREAM THEATER's website, they will be teaming up with YES for a North American summer tour throughout August and September 2004. More information will be revealed soon.- Click Here for the Full Story
Marines Get Metal July 4th
BW&BK reports: CAGE vocalist Sean Peck has contacted BW&BK with the news that Cage will be performing at Camp Pendelton on July 4th. Camp Pendelton is the huge base where most of the Marines stationed in Iraq come from.
The performance will take place on a fifty foot stage at Del Mar beach, known to be one of the most pristine beaches in the world. On the 4th of July the area turns into a party zone, packed full with the military and their families. - Click Here for the Full Story
Somehow Hollow Break Up
RIFTrock reports: Somehow Hollow has broken up. A statement from the band is below.
"The music, the band and the scene regret to inform you that we have decided to call it quits. When we started this band back in 2000 the thought never crossed our heads that we would make it this far, we will never forget the fun and wonderful experiences we had doing SH... The reason for the split is not an issue and should not be an issue for anybody, We hope you keep us in your hearts as we will you. This in no way shape or form means that the members of SH will not be pursuing musical endeavors, we love music and we love to play it, and honestly the Scene has changed alot in the past couple years." [see full story for the full statement- Click Here for the Full Story
Dope Still Wants Mushrooms
siN's metal new reports: To refute all rumors and talk regarding DOPE dropping off the current MUSHROOMHEAD, SOiL, INDEX CASE tour. Despite missing 4 dates in a row, the band will in fact be back on the road and will be back for the May 5th show in Fort Wayne, IN. [see full story for their statement]- Click Here for the Full Story
WMD Tour Curse?
siN's metal news reports: Here's from the official GOD FORBID site, Godforbid.com:
"The Weapons of Mass Destruction tour is proving to be an interesting one for GOD FORBID. ARCH ENEMY has completely withdrawn from the tour due to medical and/or visa complications to singer Angela Gossow.... MACHINE HEAD have posted an eyebrow-raising press release about this cancellation on their website. ARCH ENEMY have promised to release a statement about why they cancelled within a few days.
Then last night (Monday 5/3) opener 36 Crazyfists had to drop off the bill in Maryland because singer Brock Lindow also became ill, possibly strep throat.
There's no truth to the rumour that Byron is now wearing a Michael Jackson-style surgical mask in public to keep from being the next frontman victim. MH and G4B are playing extended sets to make up for the loss of ARCH ENEMY & 36 CRAZYFISTS. GodForbid.com wishes a speedy recovery to both Angela & Brock!"- Click Here for the Full Story
Lacuna Coil Have 15
siN's metal news reports: LACUNA COIL guitarist Cristiano Migliore has confirmed to F5: Wichita's Alt News that the band has written roughly 15 new tracks which they plan on working with for their follow up album to 2002's 'Comalies.' LACUNA COIL will begin the recording process toward the end of this year. The new album is projected to be out in early 2005.- Click Here for the Full Story
No Solo Liam
NME reports: Reports in The Sun newspaper over the weekend suggested that the Oasis singer was teaming up with the former Stone Roses guitarist and Dhani Harrison, son of late Beatle George Harrison.
A spokesperson for Gallagher vehemently denied the rumours in a statement.
"Liam is already in a supergroup called Oasis, and far from taking a break in London, as The Sun story would have us believe, he is busy and recording and mixing the next Oasis album, due for release later this year." [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story
Tragically Hip Summer Release
Chart Attack reports: It's been a couple years since the release of the last Tragically Hip album, In Violet Light, and the I Am Canadian set are starting to twitch. But, knowing that no summer is complete without the sounds of Bobby Baker's guitar riffs ringing through cottage country, the Hip fellas have decided to release a new album before summer's end.
The Tragically Hip's new album, In Between Evolution, will be in stores on June 29. \ [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story
No Breakup For No Doubt
AP reports: No worries: No Doubt isn't breaking up. "I thought it would be a good publicity stunt to say we were breaking up, but really we're not," the group's lead singer, Gwen Stefani, tells Cosmopolitan magazine for its June issue.
"We decided after our album 'Rock Steady' that we were going to take some time apart to pursue independent projects," she says. [see fulls story for details on her film career] - Click Here for the Full Story
Dr. Alice Cooper
AP reports: School's in for Alice Cooper. The rock star, whose hits include "School's Out," is being awarded an honorary doctorate by a Christian liberal arts college. The 56-year-old will receive the honorary degree at Grand Canyon University's commencement ceremony Saturday.
Cooper, whose classic albums include "Killer," and "Welcome to my Nightmare," has been a financial supporter of the school, university officials said. - Click Here for the Full Story
Dillinger Escape Plan Plot
Pitchfork reports: Dillinger Escape Plan, whose music induces all of the aural pleasure of jamming a power drill into your ear canal, but without all of the pain and hearing loss (most of the time), have announced Miss Machine as the title of their long awaited new album. Relapse Records will be releasing the LP, which the band recently began recording with producer Steve Evetts, who, in addition to playing bass on Vanilla, I mean V-Ice's Bi-Polar, has worked with a variety of acts such as The Cure, Earth Crisis, M.O.D., and Sick of It All.
Miss Machine is currently slated for release on July 20th. - Click Here for the Full Story
Sevendust Keep Busy
liveDaily reports: Sevendust supports its just-released acoustic album with a series of headlining dates and a slot on this summer's Rolling Rock Town Fair tour.
The Florida-based quintet, which kicked off the headlining jaunt early last month, continues the run through late May, and caps things off with a May 28 performance at Wisconsin's Riverfest festival. Cold, Apartment 26 and Atomship open on most dates, while the Riverfest stop will feature performances from a number of groups, including Papa Roach and Fear Factory.
Sevendust then returns to the road in mid-June for a handful of shows that comprise the Rolling Rock Town Fair tour. - Click Here for the Full Story
Fuse Gets Loaded
Press Release reports: Tune-in to Fuse on May 8th at 3pm EST to see 3 hours of solid music videos.
Fuse kicks it off with a half hour block of Linkin Park videos, followed by Blink 182, Green Day, Sum 41, Rancid, and wrapping it up with Simple Plan.
Airtimes: Saturday, May 8th @ 3pm EST
Linkin Park – 3pm EST
Blink 182 – 3:30pm EST
Green Day – 4pm EST
Sum 41 – 4:30pm EST
Rancid – 5pm EST
Simple Plan – 5:30pm EST
- Click Here for the Full Story
Keef Rocks the Joint
publicityoutlet.com reports: One thing that's certain in Los Angeles is you never know what music industry legend will just show up and play a surprise set! Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards took stage @ The Joint on Pico Monday night and rocked out w/ Terry Reid and the guys. [see full story link for photos] - Click Here for the Full Story
Magna-Fi Set Release
IAYM reports: Magna-Fi, one of the more recent additions to this years Ozzfest tour, are eying a June 15th release date for their debut album "Burn Out Slow" on Aezra Records. More information on the band and some audio clips can be found at www.magna-fi.com.- Click Here for the Full Story