Aversion reports: It's a little like American Idol for the punk-rock set.
The Vandals announced that fans can take a shot a strutting their stuff with the band on its Warped Tour dates. Starting June 1, an instrumental track, and a vocals-only version of its album tracks. Fans can then videotape themselves playing along for a chance to join the band on stage at the Warped Tour. [more]- Click Here for the Full Story
Aversion reports: He might not be as hip as The Velvet Underground, but Nick Drake's just as influential, a truth that will drive an upcoming rarities disc.
June 22, Island Records will release Made to Love Magic a collection of 13 rarities and remixes culled from songs recorded between 1968 and 1974. The compliation's crown jewel is "Tow the Line," a previously unreleased track. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story
Source: Aversion also has news on Rehab 86s Libertines Gig, Vandals Start Talent Search, Leftover Crack Goes to Alt. Tentacles, Ignite Plays a Few U.S. Shows, Morrissey Too Shy for Radio and more click here to check it out
Blabbermouth reports: Amid ongoing Atlantic-Elektra roster cuts, money-minting rockers METALLICA choose to leave, causing a stir by opting out of the new WMG East Coast order and heading for Tom Whalley's Warner Bros. How did they pull it off? Buzzers buzzing that the band's tactics involved telling Edgar Bronfman Jr. and Lyor Cohen that they would not deliver another album unless the execs allowed the move — a new METALLICA record clearly being more important to WMG than to the band, given the proportion of METALLICA revenue generated by touring and merch. [see full story for more] - Click Here for the Full Story
Reznor Sues Manager
Blabbermouth reports: NINE INCH NAILS mastermind Trent Reznor has sued his ex-manager (and longtime friend) John Malm, along with business manager/accountant Richard Szekelyi, charging their Ohio-based J. Artist Management (JAM) company with "fraud and breaches of fiduciary duties," and swindling millions of dollars.
The suit reportedly seeks to "undo years of abuse of fiduciary duty … owed to Reznor, undo the numerous unconscionable contractual arrangements and unwind the numerous companies [they] created, confirm rightful ownership of intellectual property and compensate Reznor for the millions of dollars wrongfully taken from him." - Click Here for the Full Story
Source: Blabbermouth also has news on CHILDREN OF BODOM, LACUNA COIL, DEATH ANGEL, AC/DC, RUSH Featured On Upcoming 'Toronto Rocks' DVD, AGENT STEEL, DRUG PIG, DAVE MUSTAINE, CANDLEMASS and more click here to check it out
GNR Riot Cop Testifies
CBC News reports: A Vancouver police officer accused of using excessive force during the Gun N' Roses riot in November 2002 has taken the stand at the police complaints commission inquiry.
Const. Reg Forster is one of two officers who were videotaped striking people with their batons during the altercation.
Forster showed little emotion as he watched a video of himself striking two men with his baton in two separate incidents.
In one case, the video was enhanced, and in slow motion, showed him using both hands to drive a baton into Robert Parent's face.
He said he was scared what might happen if the surging crowd ever got inside the building – and he described using pepper spray to stop people from smashing doors and windows.
"I've been involved in a riot before," he testified. "I know how vulnerable you can be, how things can go wrong in that situation." [see full story for more and video footage]- Click Here for the Full Story
BW&BK reports: According to a post at the official CANDLEMASS website, the Swedish doom legends have called it quits yet again. They have issued the following statement regarding the split:
"We are truly sorry to inform you that Candlemass have disbanded! This is sad news for us and everybody else that love this fantastic band. There will be no more gigs, no new album, no more doom! This is it... finished... zero... nada... out!!! [see full story for the statement]- Click Here for the Full Story
Best Cover Songs
BW&BK reports: Guitar One magazine has listed the 10 Best Covers of rock songs in their July 2004 issue. The Top 10 (in descending order) are:
10. ‘You Really Got Me' - VAN HALEN
9. ‘Love Buzz' - NIRVANA
8. ‘Little Wing' - STEVIE RAY VAUGHN
7. ‘Eight Miles High' - HUSKER DU
6. ‘My Back Pages' - THE BYRDS
5. ‘Star Spangled Banner' - JIMI HENDRIX
4. ‘Knockin' On Heaven's Door' - GUNS N' ROSES
3. ‘Born To Be Wild' - SLAYER
2. ‘Snowblind' - SYSTEM OF A DOWN
1. ‘Cum On Feel The Noize' - QUIET RIOT - Click Here for the Full Story
BW&BK reports: Dave Mustaine from MEGADETH has posted the following in his forum at www.megadeth.com:
I got to review all of the interview footage for the DVD or enhanced CD material regarding the remixes. I had just gotten done doing an interview with John Harrell from Burrn! Magazine and we talked about certain things that he heard and felt from (guitarist) Marty (Friedman) regarding Risk.
I went into the next room and the footage was playing, and lo and behold, Marty said he, the management, and the A & R department of Capitol were the ones responsible for trying to make Megadeth an alternative band. I was blown away that someone stepped up to the plate here.
This was not news to me, but it sure was nice to have him admit it, and y'all to hear from the horse's mouth what really happened. I wish Marty the best and hope some day to play with him again, but if his heart is not into it 101% then there is no sense in doing it. He does shred though, doesn't he? [more]- Click Here for the Full Story
Killswitch Top 40
siN's metal news reports: KILLSWITCH ENGAGE sold roughly 38,000 copies of their new album, "The End of Heartache", in its first week to debut at No. 21 on The Billboard 200 chart. Its the fourth highest Roadrunner Records first week sales ever.- Click Here for the Full Story
Source: siN's metal news also has news on Dokken, Darkest Hour, Lacuna Coil, BTE, Unearth, DeathFest 2004 Lineup, AILD, 18 Visions, Cannibal Corpse fill in Owen spot and more click here to check it out
Linkin Park 2nd Staged
VH1 reports: The Projekt Revolution Tour was launched by Linkin Park in 2002 to showcase a diverse range of acts and to turn the band's fans on to music they might not normally listen to. This year the Revolution will be even more diverse, thanks to the addition of a second stage.
Acts confirmed for the second stage so far include Wu-Tang Clan rapper Ghostface, Welsh emo-metal band Funeral for a Friend and rap-metal veterans Downset, with more to be announced. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story
Kazaa: What Infringement?
Wired reports: Lawyers representing the makers of the Kazaa file-sharing software, Sharman Networks, told the Australian Federal Court on Friday that their client has in no way infringed copyright.
The counsel for Sharman Networks, Robert Ellicott, said the software maker is not the uploader of music files, and therefore isn't liable for file trading on its network. Furthermore, because the courts have yet to show anyone has violated copyright by using Kazaa, an infringement case against Sharman has no merit in law, the company argued.
"There aren't any allegations of actual infringement," Ellicott told the court. "The law is clear that to attack somebody for authorizing an infringement, some infringement has to be proved. Now, they have neither given particulars nor alleged facts which would establish an infringement and it has to be an infringement, of course, in Australia."
The software company has asked the music industry to provide it with the names and addresses of the Kazaa users it alleges have traded copyrighted works. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story
MTV reports: Henry Rollins is starting a new record label focusing on rare and unreleased music from the Washington, D.C., area. "A couple of years ago, it hit me that there was some really cool music from my hometown of Washington, D.C., that was either out-of-print or unreleased and I should do something about that," Rollins wrote in his recent newsletter to fans. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story
He Bangs Canada
Chart Attack reports: On Sunday (May 30), the Blue Jays will take on the Texas Rangers at SkyDome and William Hung will perform during the seventh inning stretch. No, Hung will not be singing everybody's favourite "She Bangs." He'll be performing his own, sure to be unique, version of Jack Norworth's American baseball classic, "Take Me Out To The Ball Game." - Click Here for the Full Story
Yes, it's a slow news day.
Britney Up For Auction
Chart Attack reports: The schoolgirl gone bad girl [Britney Spears] has put herself up for auction in what has been dubbed "The Ultimate Britney Experience," although I am sure there will be limits to how "ultimate" the experience will get. The winner of the auction will get two round-trip tickets to Boston from anywhere in the U.S. in time to claim their front row tickets to Britney Spears' June 23 show at the Tweeter Center For The Performing Arts. With the proceeds going to the Britney Spears Foundation, which donates money to underprivileged children, middle-aged businessmen can justify plopping down their dough. "I did it for the children, Britney, I did it for the children." [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story
It seems like it was just a few years that Britney refused a man's big dollar offer for a night on the town, or rather a night on...
Metallica Pop Award
Reuters reports: In an unlikely double-bill, hard rock band Metallica and folk singer/songwriter Jackson Browne were honored at performing rights groups ASCAP's annual Pop Music Awards on Tuesday.
Perhaps out of deference to the old-skewing black-tie crowd at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, the four members of Metallica opted to deliver heartfelt speeches rather than perform ear-splitting anthems. Browne played three songs, including the timely protest ballad "Lives in the Balance."
ASCAP bestowed its Creative Voice Award on "Lars Ulrich and Metallica," according to the citation, for the group's "artistic career achievements and for their work as advocates for all creatives." - Click Here for the Full Story
Reuters reports: Pop singer Avril Lavigne, who releases the follow-up to her multi-platinum debut album in the United States next Tuesday, will play a free concert the night before in New York, according to sponsor AOL Broadband. - Click Here for the Full Story
Herald Sun reports: A NEW British film, The Wild and Wycked World of Brian Jones, will say Rolling Stones guitarist Brian Jones was murdered in 1969 by East End builder Frank Thorogood.
Thorogood reportedly confessed to the murder on his deathbed in 1993, saying: "It was me that did Brian. I just finally snapped." - Click Here for the Full Story
Bill Ward Speaks Out On Sabbath
IAYM reports: Original Black Sabbath drummer Bill Ward has posted a statement online over at www.black-sabbath.com discussing the reasons why he will not be performing with the band on this years Ozzfest trek, it reads as follows:
"Dear Sabbath People,
This morning I received the very sad news that Mike Bordin is to play drums with Black Sabbath on Ozzfest '04. Black Sabbath is, and always will be an important priority in my life. I support Geezer's, Tony's and Ozzy's decisions to move ahead into Ozzfest '04 without me. I can appreciate they may not be overjoyed with the decision, and I'd really like to be with them. Nothing would please me more than to be a part of the show.
Last week I did receive a proposal which allowed no room for negotiation. It was a cul-de-sac proposal in my opinion, where the only answer was yes or no. I was asked to respond by Friday. May 14th. I wrote a brief letter of decline on Thursday, May 13th. I answered directly at the proposal, and left out any personal comments, other than I was sad to have to decline. What I did not put in my response was this:
I'm willing to be flexible
I'm willing to compromise
I'm willing to negotiate
I'm willing to play.
I understand and believe in a united front when it comes to Sabbath. I can appreciate the fallout from such a decision will upset some people, and I am so sorry. I'm more than willing to support Ozzfest in any way I can. [see full story for more of Bill Ward's statement]- Click Here for the Full Story
Fear Factory Tap Sworn Enemy
IAYM reports: Fear Factory will be heading out on another U.S. tour when they return from Europe, which will be kicking off on July 23rd. Sworn Enemy have been tapped as support, and the trek is expected to extend through August.- Click Here for the Full Story
Maroon 5 Injury
NMC reports: It's doctor's orders. Maroon 5 drummer Ryan Dusick has been sidelined from the current tour.
Dusick must take a temporary break from playing with the band to heal his shoulder. The injury occurred from two years of constant touring, and Dusick's doctor prescribed rest and rehab to mend the hurt shoulder. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story
ArrowFM reports: Southern rockers Lynyrd Skynyrd has been honored by the Florida Chapter of the Recording Academy. The Academy presented the band with one of its Florida Heroes Awards during a June 6th ceremony in Coral Gables. The awards are given to members of Florida's music community who have made great strides and/or improved the atmosphere for other Florida-based artists.- Click Here for the Full Story
Joy Division Movie
Ananova reports: The tragic life of Joy Division singer Ian Curtis is to be made into a film.
Moby will act as musical adviser on the film which is the brainchild of US producer Amy Hobby, reports Variety.
Curtis committed suicide, aged 23 in 1980, shortly before he was due to tour the US. His bandmates evolved into New Order. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story
Silly News: Hasselhoff Rap
Ananova reports: Ice-T is to produce David Hasselhoff's first hip-hop album.
The pair are neighbours in Los Angeles and are said to have struck up a close friendship.
Ice-T: "He's gonna come out as Hassle The Hoff - I promise you. The Hoff will surprise people with his rap skills and humour." [more]- Click Here for the Full Story
Ice we're already laughing! No surprise there.
Henley Flys Solo
liveDaily reports: With the Eagles nearing the end of their spring tour, Don Henley is gearing up for a month-long trek of his own.
The singer/songwriter/drummer's outing launches in Florida in late June and will visit more than a dozen North American cities this summer. He'll play at a mix of theaters, casinos, amphitheaters and festivals. [see full story for more, plus dates]- Click Here for the Full Story
liveDaily reports: Jam-band Phish has unveiled plans to host its latest large-scale camping and music event, which for the first time will take place in the group's home state of Vermont.
The two-day music and arts festival, dubbed Coventry, will take place Aug. 14-15 on the grounds of the Newport State Airport and adjacent fields in the town of Coventry, VT, the band and promoter Great Northeast Productions announced.
Organizers expect the event will draw enough fans to qualify as Vermont's most-populated city for the weekend. [see full story for more details] - Click Here for the Full Story
No showers will be provided for guests, sorry.
Elvin Jones RIP
Reuters reports: Jazz drummer Elvin Jones, who rose to fame as a driving force behind the John Coltrane Quintet ensemble of the 1960s, has died of heart failure, his wife said on Wednesday. He was 76. [see full story for more on Mr. Jones]- Click Here for the Full Story
Jacko To Remain Gagged
AP reports: The California Supreme Court on Wednesday denied the media's request to lift a gag order in the child molestation conspiracy case of pop superstar Michael Jackson. - Click Here for the Full Story
press release reports: JAMM Studios, a New York City based music recording facility, has become one of the few 100% free concert sites on the Internet.
"We are very proud of our accomplishments", elates Larry Menaker. Larry is one of the owners of JAMM, and has played with such greats as The Grateful Dead and Richie Havens as a drummer.
"It all stared about a year ago, when we started mixing both video and audio online", relates Mike Msokowitz, another owner. "At first we had a serious learning curve, but eventually we ironed out all the problems and things have been looking and sounding great for the past 11 months."
There are free concerts mostly every Tuesday and Thursday. Please visit www.jamm.us for further information. - Click Here for the Full Story
Email from Michael Thomas (Beautiful Creatures, Bang Tango etc.) reports: It's already up on the gossip sites so I guess I'll give you guys the update......I'm going to be hitting the road with Adler's Appetite for their European tour this summer! Keri will be playing shows with Vince Neil so I'll be filling in on the lead guitar duties. I'm really looking forward to going out with friends and having fun in some crazy places! The line up is: Steven Adler (Guns'n'Roses),Jizzy Pearl(Love/Hate),Robbie Crane (Ratt),Brent Muscat(Faster Pussycat),and myself. We've got a killer set of some classic songs and both the clubs and the festivals we are playing should be completely 'off the hook' so I hope to see all my friends from Europe going nuts at the shows.
ADLER'S APPETITE: European Destruction
25.06. Duisburg, Germany
27.06. Budapest, Hungary
28.06. Belgrade, Yugoslavia
29.06. Zagreb, Croatia
30.06. Lublijana, Slovenia
01.07. Wörgl, Austria
03.07. Polo Festival Düsseldorf, Germany
05.07. Athens/Greece tbc
06.07. Thessaloniki, Greece
09.07. Bospop Festival, Weert, Netherlands
10.07. Zoetermeer, Netherlands
[see full story link for more info on Michael]- Click Here for the Full Story
Editor note: Just a quick note to acknowledge that today marks the fifth anniversary for antiMUSIC. On May 20, 1999 antiMUSIC was officially launched as the sister site to Rocknworld.com (celebrated 6 years last month) and since then has taken on a life of it's own. I want to thank all of our writers, past and present, for helping to make antiMUSIC successful and also a big thank you to the readers, for putting us on the cyber-map. We wouldn't still be here without either. It's been a wild ride and we hope to continue in the years to come (as long as there are hacks to bash, and cool bands to praise, we'll be keeping the hater spirit alive). So thank you for being a part of the antiExperience! - Click Here for the Full Story