Courtney Meltdown At Midtown
New York Dialy News reports: Courtney Love outdid herself in Atlanta with a rambling set that left fans wondering whether she'll be able to pull out of her spiral.
"I'd like to thank the Academy of Hell and the Devil for [messing] up my life," she told a crowd Sunday at the Music Midtown festival.
A spywitness tells us: "She started crying and was saying, 'Give me back my kid and my money.' Everyone thought that it was very disturbing."
At another point, recalls our source, "She undressed on stage and pulled out her boobs, then barely could get her bra back up."
Love eventually pushed through security to jump into an SUV full of fans who had offered to give her a lift. Says the source: "The SUV returned her to the site shortly afterward. She was a mess!" [the story is abridged, see the full story link for more] - Click Here for the Full Story
New Prodigy CD Coming
Ananova reports: Prodigy have confirmed that their much-awaited new album will finally be released this August.
Always Outnumbered, Never Outgunned will be the follow-up to 1997's The Fat of the Land.
Tracks on the album will include Girlz, Get Up Get Off, Wake Up, Ice, 220.127.116.11. and Hotride, reports XFM.co.uk. [see full story for the lowdown on the CD from Liam Howlett] - Click Here for the Full Story
Oasis Drug Bust?
Ananova reports: Prosecutors investigating a brawl in Munich involving Oasis star Liam Gallagher said that tests showed he and another band member tested positive for drugs.
"The test revealed substantial quantities of alcohol and drugs," prosecutor Anton Winkler said. "It is possible he used cocaine."
Gallagher, four other members of Oasis and the band's entourage were detained for questioning following a fight at a Munich hotel on December 1, 2002 that left Gallagher with several broken teeth.
Witnesses told police at the time that the clash began in the disco of the hotel where the band was staying, and that drunken jostling between band members started a fight with other patrons. [see full story for more details]- Click Here for the Full Story
Stone Temple Brawl
Blabbermouth reports: Former STONE TEMPLE PILOTS singer Scott Weiland has admitted to Launch that the group's breakup wasn't quite as amicable as previously reported. Weiland, who is currently fronting VELVET REVOVER, told Launch that he and guitarist Dean DeLeo nearly came to blows while on tour behind their final album, "Shangri-La Dee Da".
"We had really imploded at the end of our last tour," Scott said. "Things sort of ended in a backstage brawl between Dean and I. It was rather nasty. The last show of the tour, Dean and I got into a fight backstage, and I threw a punch at his face, and it was stopped about an inch from his nose by our tour manager."
The members of STONE TEMPLE PILOTS went their own ways after that, but Weiland told Launch that he and DeLeo made peace after running into each other earlier this year in Hollywood, California. [more]- Click Here for the Full Story
Metallica Movie Release Date
Blabbermouth reports: METALLICA have set a July 9 theatrical release date for their much-anticipated $4-million documentary, "Some Kind of Monster". The film is initially expected to be released in small theaters in such cities as New York, Los Angeles and San Francisco, with plans to show the movie in other U.S. markets by the fall. - Click Here for the Full Story
Blabbermouth reports: Singer Vince Neil "officially" confirmed the 2005 MÖTLEY CRÜE reunion/farewell tour in a live interview Wednesday (May 5) with L.A.'s XTRA Sports Talk 690 Cannon Talk to promote Thursday's Sklyar Neil Memorial Golf Tournament and ZRock Crüe for the Cure's online rock-a-thon.
"Today MÖTLEY CRÜE confirmed sixty dates for next year for our new tour with all the original members," Neil said. "It's basically our farewell/reunited tour."
When told that "farewell is never really farewell," Vince replied "I think one more year with these guys and I'm out...everybody always says that...we'll see what happens." [more]- Click Here for the Full Story
Day in Rock reports: Megadeth frontman Dave Mustaine made a rather long post to the official site recently about religion, his faith etc. Among the writing he gave a little tid bit that Megadeth fans will love to hear-- "The best is yet to come. We are over 1/3 of the way done with the mix for the new record.
"And the release date is, um . . . say in September?" [click the full story link to read his full post. Blabbermouth will hook you up]- Click Here for the Full Story
Judas Priest Off-fest
siN's metal news reports: Another date has been confirmed for JUDAS PRIEST's upcoming Off-date from Ozzfest touring run. Here are all of those gigs, and the message on the bands official site:
July 26 - Nampa, ID @ Idaho Center Amphitheater
July 30 - Marysville, CA @ Sleep Train Amphitheatre
August 4 - El Paso, TX @ Don Haskins Center
August 18 - Toronto, Ontario @ TBA
"We are in the process of adding a few extra dates during the Ozzfest - so far we have confirmed the following shows. As soon as we confirm anymore we'll announce them!"- Click Here for the Full Story
As I Lay Dying Drop Warped
siN's metal news reports: AS I LAY DYING have officially dropped off of this years Warped Tour. The band was supposed to be playing dates just before the SHADOWS FALL tour.- Click Here for the Full Story
MuchMusic reports: Canadian music downloaders will soon have more options to obtain legal music files. Canadians will soon be able to use the new Napster music service. - Click Here for the Full Story
High (Priced) Tunes
Wired reports: As iTunes, Rhapsody and other song-download sites take off with consumers, it's easy to think that the record industry finally "gets it" when it comes to selling music in the digital age.
Not so fast, says Rob Glaser, chairman and chief executive of Real Networks, owner of the Rhapsody service.
At the Future of Music Coalition Policy Summit in Washington, D.C., Glaser recounted his general frustration in getting the record labels to offer creative pricing beyond the 99-cents-per-download model. In fact, some labels -- emboldened by consumers' apparent willingness to pay a buck a song -- are talking about raising per-song fees rather than lowering them to increase volume. [more] - Click Here for the Full Story
AP reports: Spending $12.8 million on a concert series featuring the Rolling Stones to lift spirits after a SARS outbreak may not have been cost-effective, said Hong Kong's financial secretary.
"We may have overestimated the impact of organizing 16 concerts," Henry Tang told a legislative panel investigating the government's handling of last year's event.
The Rolling Stones drew a good turnout, but overall the concerts were plagued by poor ticket sales and lineup flip-flops.
A recent government audit report said surveys showed the event "was on the whole not perceived by the public as good value for (the) money." [more]- Click Here for the Full Story
Lennon For Sale
AP reports: John Lennon memorabilia, including a leather collar he wore during the 1960s, was auctioned by Christie's for a total of $400,500.
The auction house called it the "most significant collection of Beatles' memorabilia to come on the market in over 10 years."
The items included a colored felt-pen drawing by Lennon ($17,800), a letter with his signature ($9,800) and "Happy Fish," a pen-and-ink drawing ($17,000). [more]- Click Here for the Full Story
Silly News: Mimes The Word
Herald Sun reports: A BRUNETTE Britney Spears is still refusing to comment on claims she mimes every song on her tour.
She is ignoring her accusers and still manages to sell out concert after concert in Britain. - Click Here for the Full Story
IAYM reports: Seether have a new release planned through Wind-Up for June 15th entitled "Disclaimer II", which features their major label debut "Disclaimer" in remastered form as well as eight additional audio tracks including four brand new songs amongst them. [more]- Click Here for the Full Story
IAYM reports: Meshuggah are said to be eying a June 22nd release date for their new one song/20 minute EP through Fractured Transmitter Records.
The band's new full length album "Catch 33" is tentatively set for an October 11th release on Nuclear Blast. [more]- Click Here for the Full Story
Funeral For A Friend Join
IAYM reports: Funeral For A Friend have now been officially added to the bill for the forthcoming "Projekt Revolution" trek, which also features Linkin Park, KoRn, Snoop Dogg, The Used, Ghostface Killah, downset. and Less Than Jake. - Click Here for the Full Story
Behind the Guns [N' Roses]
ArrowFM reports: VH1 is reportedly working on a "Behind the Music" -kind of documentary dealing with the early years of LA glam rock bad boys Guns N' Roses. Among the folks expected to contribute to the film, include original band members Slash, Duff McKagan and Steven Adler, plus Tom Zutaut (former A&R executive at Geffen Records), Josh Richman (video director), Teddy Andreadis (keyboard player), Dave Navarro (Jane's Addiction), Warren De Martini (ex-Ratt), Gilby Clark (ex-Guns n' Roses) and Mick Clink (GNR producer). Of course, there's no sign of lead singer Axl Rose contributing to the project. Freak! Anywho, the documentary will air the first week in June.- Click Here for the Full Story
ArrowFM reports: As you know (unless you lived in a cave for the last year or two, which I envy you for), that movie star Johnny Depp modeled his Pirates of the Caribbean character "Jack Sparrow" after Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards. Well, the word on the street is that Depp is now trying to persuade the veteran rocker to play the role of "Sparrow's" father in the Pirates sequel. [more fun by clicking on the full story link]- Click Here for the Full Story
Drowned in Sound reports: Bob Dylan's people have apparently been in contact with bosses of American Idol (that's the US version of Pop Idol, d'uh), saying that the mumbling rock legend wanted to appear as a guest judge on the show.
Wannabe pop star: So, Mr Dylan, how did
you like my take on Anastacia?
Bob: mummmmummmmummmmummm, um, huh?
Simon Cowell: Oh knob off you useless tart. No, not you kid, this bag of bones here. For the record kid, I think you've a great voice, and you're through to the last 50. Awwww look! He's wet himself now... - Click Here for the Full Story
press release reports: Sweden's Hammerfall has become world renowned in a relatively short time. Releasing 4 studio albums and one double-live album since the band's 1997 origin has led the band not only to much critical acclaim, but to countless world tours, including full North American treks with legendary acts Death and Dio respectively. The attention has led vocalist Joacim Cans to become highly recognized in the scene. However, during the band's downtime, Cans began sowing the seeds for a side project, one that would expand his musical boundaries beyond the niche Hammerfall had benevolently carved for itself.
Released on May 11th through Sanctuary/Noise Records under the moniker CANS, Joacim and an all-star lineup of friends & associates composed a more visceral, poignant album entitled Beyond The Gates. The lineup for the album consists of Cans on vocals, Hammerfall co-conspirator Stefan Elmgren on guitar, Matt Sinner (Primal Fear, Sinner) on bass, Mark Sonder (Fates Warning) on drums, and Metal Mike Chlasciak (Halford, Painmuseum, Testament) on lead guitar. Cans explains the composition of the album, "Hammerfall is a trademark that represents a very specific style of music, that's just the way it is. That was mainly why I wanted to do this album "to be able to try some fresh ideas and not be locked into a certain way of writing." His plan worked, with dynamic results. [see full story for more info]- Click Here for the Full Story
Wilco Tour Plans
liveDaily reports: With the release of a new album titled "A Ghost is Born" quickly approaching, Wilco is beginning to lay out some tour plans.
After warming up with a pair of May shows in their hometown of Chicago, the group is scheduled to play a festival and five club dates in June.
Also on the band's North American schedule are three August appearances on the Lollapalooza tour and a stop at Rhode Island's Newport Folk Festival. [see full story for more plus dates]- Click Here for the Full Story