Gays Vs Reggae in LA
AP reports: A gay and lesbian advocacy group is urging a West Hollywood nightclub to cancel the concert of dance hall reggae star Capleton, who has recorded songs that advocate violence against homosexuals.
Lorri Jean, head of the L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center, sent a letter to the L.A.-based House of Blues company, writing that the group was "shocked and disgusted" about the scheduled appearance Monday of the Jamaican native, whose lyrics have suggested gays be hanged, drowned, burned or shot. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story
Indystar.com reports: Beyonce injured her leg rehearsing dance moves with Destiny's Child, and her injury could delay some of the group's plans, reports The Associated Press.
The singer tore her right hamstring while practicing Tuesday in Los Angeles for an upcoming TV special.
"She overdid it," said Columbia Records spokeswoman Yvette Noel-Schure. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story
New GNR Guitarist
Blabbermouth reports: Guitar shredder Ron Thal of the New York City-based alternative-rap-metal project BUMBLEFOOT has been asked to join GUNS N' ROSES as the replacement for Buckethead, according to a posting at www.bumblefoot.com. "Since, the rumors are already flyin', I might as well say," Ron writes on the site. "I was asked to join GUNS N' ROSES two months ago. It's not definitely happenin', we're just feelin' it out. When decisions have been made, I'll let y'all know." [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story
Silly News: Hanoi Rocks Vs
Kiss & Motley
Blabbermouth reports: [Band fights are fun and here is some good clean fun for a Friday! Hanoi Rocks Michael Monroe goes after Nikki Sixx and Gene Simmons in a recent interview. Blabbermouth printed quite a bit but here are some excerpts of their excerpt. Hit the full story link for more fun!] RockUnited.com: Michael, you recently did an interview with MetalSludge.com and it concerned a lot about (MÖTLEY CRÜE/BRIDES OF DESTRUCTION bassist) Nikki Sixx…
Michael: "It didn't concern about Nikki Sixx, I just merely stated that… the only reason I said anything was that they have that stupid album title 'Music To Crash Your Car To', the compilation album…"
Andy: "I thought it was rather tacky and tasteless…We all have our right to have an opinion of our own. I thought it was a shameful and tasteless title."
Michael: "I can sum it up in one line: that gave bad taste a bad name. The fact that I described his character as a… you know, self-centered or whatever, superficial and pretentious… the day after [HANOI ROCKS drummer] Razzle got killed he shows me phone numbers of all these girls that can come and do whatever you like. He was like 'You wanna get laid, man?' and I said 'Are you serious, my best friend just died!' I was never into groupies, but to say that the day after Razzle died, that's just the kind of people they are and there's a lot of people like that in Hollywood and in rock bands. It's embarrassing and I think they're really a no contribution to humanity."
[later in the interview] Michael: "I said that Gene Simmons was that he's the most conceited, fat, chauvinist pig I've ever encountered. He probably has a small weenie problem because he seems to really need to brag about how many thousands of women he's conquered. And he would probably say, 'Thank you Michael.' " [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story
APC Live DVD
Blabbermouth reports: According to a posting at the A PERFECT CIRCLE fan site APerfectCircle.net, the group intend to put together a proper live performance DVD compiled from footage from both the "Mer De Noms" and "Thirteenth Step" eras of touring. "It may be awhile though; the band will take their time with it and first let these upcoming releases ('eMOTIVe' and 'aMOTION') run their course," the posting adds.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story
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AP reports: Rocker Courtney Love was sued Thursday by a travel agency that claims she ordered nearly $50,000 in airline tickets, but wouldn't pay.
The lawsuit says Love asked the company to book tickets, hotel reservations and other travel arrangements for herself, her family, agents and staff last year. She authorized payment to her credit card, but later withdrew authorization and sent checks, the lawsuit alleges.
One check was connected to a closed bank account and she allegedly canceled a second. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story
Aversion reports: Mired in legal problems, Courtney Love now faces another opponent outside the courtroom: creditors.
The City of Los Angeles has levied a $37,477.09 lein against Love's New York condo, for unpaid payroll taxes stemming from her personal employees, while a travel agency filed a suit claiming Love owes it more than $50,000 in travel expenses, according to Reuters. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story
Ramones Benefit Expands
Aversion reports: A host of artists have signed on to play at a show to benefit cancer research in the name of two Ramones.
Sonic Youth, Andrew WK, Suicide's Alan Vega, New York Doll David Johansen and Sean Lennon join a bill of Blondie and the Strokes. The benefit show, which was begun by Ramones guitarist Johnny before his death of prostate cancer earlier this month [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story
Corgan Solo CD
Aversion reports: Billy Corgan has finished tracking his solo debut.
According to an update on his web site, Corgan finished the recording phase of his solo debut. The album, produced by Corgan and Nitzer Ebb's Ben Harris, is now being mastered. Corgan hopes for a spring release from Warner Bros. for his still-untitled solo effort. - Click Here for the Full Story
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Britney To Bilk Fans For
MTV reports: Britney Spears plans to post a letter to her fans on Friday, but you'll have to pay to read it. She and said that she would be setting the record straight on a number of items, such as whether or not she's pregnant. She's calling it "The Letter of Truth: I Hope You Can Handle It" and says that this "life-changing" letter took her a week to write. "I owe it to my fans, they need to read it," she said. Accessing the letter will cost $24.98. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story
$25 to read a letter? The sad part is that some people will actually pay up.
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Stone Roses Reunion
NME reports: Former STONE ROSES bassist MANI has said he wants to record new material with his old bandmate IAN BROWN.
Speaking on Sky One's Tim Lovejoy And The Allstars last night (September 29), Mani praised Brown's work on new solo album ‘Solarized' and said that the pair had been talking recently.
"I was speaking to Ian last night," he revealed, "And I'd rather play with him on some new tunes (than previous material)."
Brown played a full set of Roses material at a show in August, having not played any of the old tunes since the band's split in 1996. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story
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Chuck Speaks About Sum 41
Jam reports: Chuck Pelletier, the now infamous UN peacekeeper after whom Sum 41 named its forthcoming album, "Chuck" (due Oct. 12), is looking forward to sharing a cigar and a scotch with the rock band when he returns home to Canada in December.
Speaking from Bukavu, where he is camp manager at the United Nations Organization Mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo (MONUC), in Africa, Pelletier has yet to hear a Sum 41 song, but plans on buying the new album and the back catalogue. [Sum 41 was in the Congo filming a documentary when conflict broke out. Pelletier helped the group escape. In appreciation, they named their new CD after him. Click the full story link for an extensive interview with Pelletier]- Click Here for the Full Story
Cat Stevens Investigation
BBC reports: The decision to include British singer Yusuf Islam, formerly known as Cat Stevens, on a US terrorism "watch list" is now under review.
"I think we have that obligation to review these matters to see if we are right," said US Secretary of State Colin Powell.
The 57-year-old was refused entry to the US last week. Authorities said it was on national security grounds.
Mr Powell said the review of the case was not because of the publicity surrounding it, saying he undertook reviews, "not only with celebrities such as Mr Stevens, but for the average citizen coming across who gets stopped".
"We want to secure our borders but we want also to make sure that we remain an open nation," he added. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story
Peter Gabriel DVD
Reuters reports: Peter Gabriel has wrapped work on a career-spanning DVD collection, "Play."
The project is due Nov. 16 in North America via Rhino.
"Play" will sport 23 videos, including such iconic clips as "Sledgehammer" and "Shock the Monkey," and new 5.1 audio mixes by Gabriel and Daniel Lanois. [see full story for more, including tracklist]- Click Here for the Full Story
Lennon FBI Files
AP reports: The FBI must turn over the remaining secret files on Beatle John Lennon to a professor who has waged a more than 20-year legal battle to get the documents, a judge ruled.
U.S. District Judge Robert Takasugi rejected government arguments Tuesday that releasing the last 10 pages would pose a national security risk because a foreign government secretly provided the information. The government was not publicly identified.
Jonathan Wiener, a professor at the University of California, Irvine, sued the U.S. government for the documents in 1983 under the Freedom of Information Act. He received 248 pages in 1997 as part of a settlement. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story
More MP3 Suits
Reuters reports: The recording industry launched a new round of lawsuits against illegal downloading Thursday (Sept. 30), the same day negotiations intensified between copyright industry executives and high-tech industry representatives on legislation aimed at companies that encourage copyright piracy via peer-to-peer networks.
As part of a legal salvo against 762 allegedly illegal file sharers, 32 individuals at 26 schools were sued by the major record companies for using their university networks to illegally distribute copyrighted sound recordings on unauthorized P2P services. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story
Wouldn't it be funny if some record company bigwig's kid ends up getting sued one of these times?
Alanis' American Dream
NMC reports: Alanis Morissette will make an appearance on the NBC TV show, "American Dreams." In the episode, to air later this season, Morissette will appear as a folksinger from the 60s era. According to the ContraCosta Times, Morissette also plays an original song during the show. No air date has yet been set for the episode, so stay tuned. - Click Here for the Full Story
Good Charlotte Leak
NMC reports: Good Charlotte's back and MTV's got 'em.
The Maryland band releases its new album, "The Chronicles of Life and Death," this Tuesday, October 5. About the new tracks, singer Joel Madden tells MTV, "The songwriting is very different from anything we've done before. It's much darker; there are a lot of mid-tempo songs."
Can't wait 'til Tuesday to hear Good Charlotte's latest? Head over to MTV.com's "The Leak." Right now, fans can preview the entire new album for free before the release date. [see full story for more, including the link and tracklisting]- Click Here for the Full Story
Modest Mouse Tour
NMC reports: Modest Mouse will be back for a mini-tour this November and December. The band is scheduled to play shows in New York, London, Chicago and Portland, Oregon, and more dates will likely be added.
The first stop on the Modest Mouse road trip is November 6, when the band curates and plays the All Tomorrows Parties music festival. Afterwards, Modest Mouse heads to New York to play Radio City Music Hall on November 9. Tickets for the New York show go on sale this Saturday, October 2, through Ticketmaster. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story
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Electric Basement reports: In whetted anticipation of the forthcoming NUCLEAR ASSAULT studio effort, Screaming Ferret Wreckords/Escapi Music has delved into the vaults and, on January 4th, is issuing a re-mastered edition of Attitude, the extremely rare sophomore solo effort by Nuclear Assault's legendary drummer Glenn Evans under the moniker CIA.
Originally released to limited capacity in 1992, Attitude displays both Glenn's amazing musical prowess, and his humanity. According to Glenn, "The CIA Attitude album was recorded in a period of my life when things were beginning to fall apart…my marriage, Nuclear Assault, and life in general. Everyone has those periods in their life at one time or another. I had a lot of emotions flowing through me and the easiest way to get them out was through music. I was proud of it then, and I'm proud of it now. It never really had a proper release, and this time around it will." [see full story for more, including a link to an mp3 track]- Click Here for the Full Story
Final Beastie Date
liveDaily reports: New York-based rap trio Beastie Boys will wrap up their in-progress tour of North American arenas on familiar ground.
The group has announced plans to cap the run with a Nov. 12 performance at Nassau Coliseum on Long Island. Tickets for the show will hit the box office on Saturday (10/2), according to organizers.
Subscribers to Beastie Boys' official email newsletter have access to an online ticket pre-sale [see full story for more, including dates]- Click Here for the Full Story
Killers Club Tour
liveDaily reports: MTV break-out act The Killers have paired up with New York mood rockers Ambulance LTD for a joint club run this fall.
Both acts have drawn solid reviews for their respective 2004 releases, loosely categorized as retro-influenced rock. In the case of The Killers' dance-focused material, they proudly hoist the glam torch, citing influences from Ziggy Stardust-era David Bowie to The Smiths to U2.
Ambulance LTD has been championed more at college radio than on MTV, drawing comparisons to The Beatles, Stone Roses and psychedelic-era Rolling Stones. [see full story for more, including dates]- Click Here for the Full Story
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Vanity Fair Allstar Charity
press release reports: DKNY JEANS PRESENTS VANITY FAIR IN CONCERT
Artists like CAMP FREDDY, featuring Dave Navarro of Jane's Addiction and Red Hot Chili Peppers & Donovan Leitch, and Chris Chaney of Jane's Addiction, Macy Gray, Lou Reed, The Roots, and others will take the stage to benefit Step Up Women's Network. NEW YORK, THURSDAY, OCTOBER 21 AT IRVING PLAZA LOS ANGELES, SATURDAY, OCTOBER 23 AT THE WILTERN
Tickets go on sale to the public in New York on September 29th and in Los Angeles on September 30th at http://www.ticketmaster.com [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story
Red Hot Bio
press release reports: The Red Hot Chili Peppers, against all odds, have become one of the most beloved bands in the world with their own unique brand of cosmic hard-core mayhem funk/punk. And for more than twenty years, Anthony Kiedis, the group's lyricist and lead singer, has continually bared his soul in his lyrics and helped drive the band's outrageous live shows. His ability to write lyrics by tapping into his most painful experiences while also expressing his views on a range of social and political issues has resonated with fans and critics alike for their emotional intensity, openhearted honesty, and pure, raw power.
But his extraordinary life has been a constant series of dizzying highs and crushing lows, all mired in a decades-long addiction to drugs. Now, in SCAR TISSUE (Hyperion; October 6, 2004; 24.95; Hardcover), Kiedis recounts his remarkable life story in an unflinching, painfully honest memoir. It is the story of a life lived on the razor's edge-at times a dark and emotionally jarring journey into a world of drug abuse, meteoric success, and rock-star decadence that could be told only by a man who has headlined Woodstock and Lollapalooza, and shot speedballs with Mexican gangsters under a bridge in the barrio of Los Angeles. Brilliantly written and remarkably candid, SCAR TISSUE is far beyond a typical rock biography: it is a riveting account of one man's passion for life, for music, and of a lifelong battle against the personal demons that nearly destroyed him. [see full story to preorder a copy]- Click Here for the Full Story
Frontman Launches New Project
press release reports: Former ATHEIST/NEUROTICA Frontman Launches New Project - Sep. 24, 2004 Former ATHEIST/NEUROTICA singer/guitarist Kelly Shaefer has teamed up with ex-BURIAL frontman Mike Callahan in a brand new Southern Florida-based project called UNHEARD. The quintet, which sees Shaefer concentrating solely on guitar-playing duties, is rounded by Donny Jaurols (guitars), Mike Fiscina (bass) and Dave Budbill (drums). Five songs from a recently completed demo can currently be downloaded at ISound.com. Check out the tracks "Toybox", "Good Riddance", "I'll Follow", "Immortal" and "A Million Miles" by clicking on the full story link - Click Here for the Full Story
Stroke 9 Return
press release reports: With a new CD packed with sure-fire listener satisfaction, STROKE 9 is ready to get back into the game with their brand new release, ALL IN, due out November 9 in conjunction with Rock Ridge Music through ADA/Sixthman Distribution.
After parting ways with Universal Records in 2003, the band spent six months writing and recording songs in their bedrooms and makeshift home studios. With the new sense of unlimited creative freedom, they began experimenting with new instruments and dabbling in different styles.
The resulting sound of ALL IN is not a complete departure from previous work, but rather a more developed version of the youthful energy, melodic hooks and quirky-yet-tangible lyrics that defined their style in the past. [see full story for more including tour dates]- Click Here for the Full Story
ISC Deadline Coming
press release reports: The October 15 deadline for the third annual International Songwriting Competition (ISC) is only two weeks away. If you are an artist, songwriter or band member looking to gain exposure in the music industry, ISC is the perfect opportunity for you. "In addition to great prizes, ISC offers the unique opportunity to have your music heard by the most impressive group of judges from a variety of industry backgrounds in any songwriting competition. This makes ISC the songwriting competition to take note of." - Robbie Woliver, New York Times[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story
Brian Johnson Rocked antiMUSIC
On Wednesday night AC/DC frontman Brian Johnson rocked Happenin' Harry's Hollyweird, the weekly party at the Joint in LA sponsored by antiMUSIC.
Brian played to a packed house and roared through a short but sweet set that included "Route 66", Led Zeppelin's "Rock and Roll" and the AC/DC classic "You Shook Me All Night Long".
Another AC/DC alum also performed on Wednesday night. The 9 Inch Chili Pumpkins, the all-star jam band fronted by Happenin' Harry was joined by drummer Chris Slade (AC/DC, The Firm, ASIA).
A good time was had by all. Click the full story link to check out some photos and get some links to find out about the next party. - Click Here for the Full Story
C'mon, Get Sappy!
[It's Friday, time for Chuck DiMaria to give us his 2 Cents. This week Chuck takes a look at VH1's resurrection of the Partridge Family.]
You want to know why the Partridge family worked? Because of Keith and Laurie, that's why. All the girls wanted Keith, all the guys wanted Laurie.
Because let's face it, Greg Brady came across as kind of a pussy and Marsha Brady was way too high maintenance for my taste.
And the Partridge family had way better songs. I never quite forgave the Brady's for that homage to puberty, "Time to Change".
"I Can Feel Your Heartbeat" blows that song away.
And let's not forget that Shirley Partridge had to raise those kids all by her self. No husband, no housekeeper. And Reuben Kincaid wasn't exactly bending over backwards to help out around the house, now was he? Was that woman a pro-feminist iconoclast or what? (And she had to drive the freakin' tour bus as well.)
And I mentioned Laurie was a hottie, right?
So will someone please explain to me why they ("They" being VH-1) are scouring the face of the Earth to find the "New" Partridge Family? Are you kidding me?
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