Elton Vs Madonna
antiMusic reports: Elton was in London, accepting a song-writer award from Q magazine when he went on the warpath against Madonna who was nominated for "Best Live Act" award (she lost out to Muse).
Sir Elton's temper was on display when he launched into his tirade, "Anyone who lip-synchs in public on stage when you pay 75 pounds to see them should be shot."
Then Elton turned up the heat with and outburst that makes Bono's accidental "f-bomb" blurt at an awards show seem like child's play. "Madonna, best f***ing live act? F*** off! Since when has lip-synching been live?"
"That's me off her f***ing Christmas card list but do I give a toss? No," Elton concluded. [see full story for more, including the Madonna camp response]- Click Here for the Full Story
Silly News: Britney Rap
Ananova reports: A rap by Britney Spears is about to be released in the US.
A Boston DJ called Clinton Sparks has put her on an underground compilation mix CD reports Radio 1.
He reckons despite her label not being happy about it, he's going to try and persuade her to do more. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story
Will she lip-synch that one live too?
Country Music Causes Suicide
tinfoil reports: You just can't make up stuff like this, people. Steven Stack of Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan, and James Gundlach of Auburn University in Alabama, published an investigation into the effect of country music on suicide. The study found that country music, with its emphasis on marital discord, alcoholism and social alienation, can be linked with an increased suicide rate.
"The results of a multiple regression analysis of 49 metropolitan areas show that the greater the airtime devoted to country music, the greater the white suicide rate," the two researchers found. - Click Here for the Full Story
Lennon Killer Petition
BBC reports: An online petition by John Lennon fans opposing parole for his killer Mark Chapman has grown to more than 3,000 signatures as the deadline approaches.
Chapman, 49, is due to go before a US parole board this week for the third time since murdering Lennon in 1980.
Fans have mounted an internet campaign to try to persuade the authorities to refuse his release.
A petition addressed to parole officials in New York says Chapman "committed a heinous crime, unprovoked and without remorse".
"He should not be free to harm anyone else," the petition states. It adds: "Please do not let this man back on the streets." [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story
Sony Drops Protection
BBC reports: Sony is abandoning its copy-protected CDs that use built-in technology to limit copying them.
The CDs allow users to copy their music once for free onto a personal computer, but use the internet to charge a fee for subsequent copies of the same disc.
Sony Music Entertainment said it would stop producing the CDs because its message against illegal duplication has widely sunk in. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story
Talk about spin!
AT&T Enters MP3 Biz
Forbes reports: In the first foray by a U.S. wireless carrier into the online music market, AT&T Wireless is launching a service that lets subscribers buy songs using their cell phones and later download them to a computer.
Until now, mobile music sales have centered on ringtones, the song snippets used to customize ringer and other sounds on mobile phones.
At Tuesday's launch, mMode Music Store will offer roughly 750,000 tracks priced at 99 cents each. Full albums will start at $9.99. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story
Punkbands.com reports: Pennywise are preparing to hit the studio in the next few months to record a new album. The follow up to From The Ashes is expected in the early summer of next year. [see full story for a couple of announced dates]- Click Here for the Full Story
Arch Ememy Sooner Than Expected
archenemy.net reports: We've just had confirmation that Century Media (US) have been able to move the date forward to coincide with the Headbanger's Ball III Tour (alongside CRADLE OF FILTH, BLEEDING THROUGH and HIMSA). The release date (US/Canada only) is now 2nd Nov, in stores. The European release date is still 15th Nov[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story
Europe Still Stars in Sweden
Blabbermouth reports: Reunited Swedish hard rockers EUROPE have entered the Swedish album chart at position No. 2 with their comeback studio album, "Start from the Dark".
[see full story for more, including links to the new video]- Click Here for the Full Story
Anthrax Goes Hip-hop Again
Blabbermouth reports: ANTHRAX guitarist Scott Ian joined PUBLIC ENEMY on stage during their appearance at VH1's inaugural "Hip Hop Honors", which was taped Sunday (Oct. 3) at the Hammerstein Ballroom in New York City. Also present at the taping was ANTHRAX drummer Charlie Benante. [see full story for more, including links to photos]- Click Here for the Full Story
NIN Bonus Reissue
Blabbermouth reports: NINE INCH NAILS' two-disc deluxe edition of 1994's "The Downward Spiral" will be released on November 23.
Disc Two (CD) — Remixes, b-sides, demos, and non-album tracks:
01. Burn - 02. Closer (Precursor) - 03. Piggy (Nothing Can Stop Me Now) - 04. A Violent Fluid - 05. Dead Souls - 06. Hurt (quiet) - 07. Closer to God - 08. All the Pigs, All Lined Up - 09. Memorabilia - 10. The Downward Spiral (The Bottom) - 11. Ruiner (demo) - 12. Liar (Reptile demo) - 13. Heresy (demo)
[see full story for a lot more including info on the DVD Audio release and the tracklisting for disc 1]- Click Here for the Full Story
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Sigur Rós Bring Debut
Pitchfork reports: Sigur Rós, Iceland's Sigur-rocking band of would-be linguistic elitists are finally-- after more than five years of screaming, violent, murderous demand-- preparing to give their 1997 debut, Von, its first-ever North American release.
Once available exclusively from Iceland's Bad Taste Records, Von is now scheduled to hit the states (and provinces) on October 26th via One Little Indian [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story
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Jacko Tries To Remove DA
AP reports: Michael Jackson's lawyers filed a motion Monday to remove the Santa Barbara County district attorney's office from his child molestation case, but the reasons were kept secret.
Jackson's lawyers have claimed that District Attorney Tom Sneddon had a personal vendetta against the music star after failing to get charges filed against him in a 1993 allegation of child molestation. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story
Reuters reports: The original members of Cleveland-based pop-rock act the Raspberries will reunite next month as the doors open on a new House of Blues venue in the city.
There are plans to film and record the Nov. 26 concert, the band's first in 31 years. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story
IAYM reports: The previously reported Nirvana 3CD/DVD boxset which will see a release on November 23rd is to be titled "With The Lights Out". - Click Here for the Full Story
IAYM reports: Korn are presently said to be lining up dates for a one month "Greatest Hits" tour in support of their "Greatest Hits Vol. 1" effort which will arrive in stores tomorrow, October 05th via Epic. Chevelle and Breaking Benjamin have been rumored to be serving as opening acts for the trek [see full story for more, including the first date]- Click Here for the Full Story
Norma Jean Recording
IAYM reports: Norma Jean plan to enter the Studio Litho in Seattle, Washington in mid-November to begin work on their new album "O God, The Aftermath", with producer Matt Bayles (Mastodon, Isis, Botch) at the helm. A March 2005 release date through Solid State is tentatively being eyed for the effort at present. - Click Here for the Full Story
18 Visions Nix Tour
IAYM reports: The previously announced tour which was to feature Eighteen Visions, Remembering Never, Boys Night Out and It Dies Today has now been cancelled. Eighteen Visions will instead be heading over to the European continent for a 'massive tour', whilst Remembering Never have altered their plans to incorporate a co-headlining run across the U.S. with Most Precious Blood, taking along It Dies Today and Dead To Fall in tow.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story
Source: IAYM also has news on The Rise: Release Date Set , Ultraviolence: "Blown Away", Fear Factory/No Warning/Trivium Dates, Saosin/Strung Out Tour, Flaw Live, Dark Tranquillity: "Lost To Apathy" EP, killwhitneydead: "So Pretty So Plastic" and more click here to check it out
DEP Guitarist Injured, Skips
Aversion reports: Fans heading out to see The Dillinger Escape Plan on this tour won't be seeing its guitarist.
The band announced that guitarist Brian Benoit suffered an undisclosed arm injury, keeping him off the stage as he recouperates. No word was given to Benoit's projected return to the stage. - Click Here for the Full Story
Liars Kill Tour
Aversion reports: Liars have canceled their tour with Blonde Redhead.
Last week, the art-rock act announce that, due to problems securing financial and organizational support, it had to nix its plans to play with Blonde Redhead. The act was set to tour in support of its sophomore album, They Were Wrong, So We Drowned (2004, Mute) [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story
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Strokes For Charity
Ananova reports: Fans of The Strokes can get their hands on a song from their new album nearly a month early.
The End Has No End, the third single to be taken from the band's second album Room On Fire is released on November 1. The single comes backed with a live cover of Clash classic Clampdown reports NME.com.
The live track can be downloaded almost a month in advance from the War Child charity website warchildmusic.com on October 7. [more]- Click Here for the Full Story
Billy Idol Lands Deal
Billy Idol.com (fan submitted) reports: Billy Idol has just finalised his deal with Sanctuary Records. The new album is due for release in March 2005 and will be called 'World Comin' Down' [see full story for a photo of the hardwritten tracklisting]- Click Here for the Full Story
Brian Jones Movie
Reuters reports: The life of the Rolling Stones' original guitarist, Brian Jones (1942-69), is headed to the big screen in the British independent movie "The Wild and Wycked World of Brian Jones."
Leo Gregory will play Jones in the movie, which will be distributed by Intandem Films.
"Jones" marks the directorial debut of longtime producer Stephen Woolley. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story
Alter Bridge Extend Tour
liveDaily reports: Creed spin-off Alter Bridge has added more stops to its inaugural headlining tour, which kicked off last month.
The new dates extend the band's itinerary into mid-November. Tickets for most shows are on sale now, though recently added stops in Seattle and Grand Rapids, MI, will hit the box office in the coming days.
Alter Bridge's Wind-up Records label-mate Submersed and Sony artist Crossfade hold down the tour's two opening slots. [see full story for more, including dates]- Click Here for the Full Story
Launch Holiday Tour
liveDaily reports: As it has done for the past several years, Trans-Siberian Orchestra will break into two touring units for an ambitious holiday tour that will canvas North America.
The massive undertaking begins in mid-November and is scheduled to run through the end of December.
The outing marks Trans-Siberian Orchestra's sixth annual holiday tour, and follows the Oct. 12 release of the group's new album, "The Lost Christmas Eve." [see full story for more, including dates]- Click Here for the Full Story
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Music Vet Says Industry is
Day in Rock reports: We recently conducted an interview with veteran guitarist Stuart Smith (Heaven & Earth, Sweet) for our Inside Track series. In the interview Stuart not only gives us the inside track on the new Heaven & Earth EP but also delved into a lot of different areas. While he is currently getting his own record label off the ground, we had to ask a rather loaded question about his take of the current state of the rock music business and if he thinks kids are being cheated. Stuart offered a rather insightful answer. Here is that portion of the interview. Be sure to click on the full story link for more on related topics and also learn more about Stuart's new EP and future plans.
Inside Track: What do you think of the current state of rock? Are the kids being short changed by the current crop of "rock stars"?
Stuart: It's a mess. People who have no right even being on a stage are getting signed and having huge amounts of money put behind them simply because they have a famous sister or are seen on television on a regular basis. I was watching the one of these entertainment shows on television last night and they were interviewing the ex-wife of the guy that Britney Spears is going to marry. She said at the end of the interview that she was now going out as a singer. I can guarantee that by the end of next week she'll have been offered a record deal and will have all kinds of press weather she has talent or not. Just wait and see. The industry is such a joke at the moment. If the major labels would actually get behind someone who could really sing or play and put the massive amounts of promotion and publicity at their disposal into them as they do with half the yo-yo's they sign we'd have some half decent music out there. The trouble is that the industry is run by a bunch of lawyers and accountants and not by people who really have a love of music like Ahmet Ertegun with Atlantic Records did in the old days, they're signing people who have no talent but a high profile for whatever reason.
Yes, I think the kids are being short changed when it comes to the current crop of rock stars. There's no-one really out there right now that's going to be remembered in ten years the way that bands like Led Zeppelin, Deep Purple, Free, Yes, Pink Floyd and Robin Trower are today. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story
Jimmy Buffett Turns CBS Into
press release (CBS) reports: When he first started out, Jimmy Buffett couldn't make it in Nashville, so he drifted to Key West, Fla., created a fictitious place called Margaritaville and built a cult-like fan base of frozen-drink-sipping parrot heads. Now, more than 30 years later, Buffett tells correspondent Steve Kroft how he was able to bring his career full circle. Kroft asks, "Did country music rediscover you or did you rediscover country music?" Buffett responds, "...I think they rediscovered me….I really don't think I changed much. I'm not 20 years old anymore and I don't need to…have an image created…." Kroft's interview with Buffett will be broadcast on 60 MINUTES Wednesday, Oct. 6 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story
There are some rumors about secret documents that prove President Bush was actually in Margaritaville back when he was supposed to be at a military base for service. When questioned about the rumors, a Bush spokesperson said that Lt. Bush was only there looking for his lost shaker of salt.
Citizen Cope Headlining
press release reports: Citizen Cope will be headlining some shows out West starting in November.
November 1 - Big Fish Pub - Tempe, AZ
November 2 - The Casbah - San Diego, CA
November 4 - The Knitting Factory - Los Angeles, CA
November 5 - Red Devil Lounge - San Francisco, CA **Two Shows! There will be a limited number of discounted 2 show tickets available.
November 6 - The Pyramid Ale House - Berkeley, CA *Opening for Built to Spill
November 9 - John Henry's - Eugene, OR
November 11 - The Red Room - Vancouver, BC
November 13 - The Pyramid Ale House - Seattle, WA *MAKTUB to close
[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story
Adam Bomb The UK
press release reports: Just when you thought it was safe, New York City rock guitarist Adam Bomb is returning to the UK for a 55 date tour. The Adam Bomb Get Animal 2004 Tour is starting on September 8th and will be running through November 11th. Adam along with his three piece band consisting of new drummer Bobby Reynolds & bassist Gorka Alegre, are touring to support the career compilation release Bone Yard on Liverpool based Z Records.
Known for his work with Led Zeppelin bassist John Paul Jones and collaborations with other superstar musicians such as Mick Taylor of The Rolling Stones & Cliff Williams of AC DC, Adam Bomb is one of the hardest working rock acts in the world, playing over 100 shows in the UK during 2004. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story
Take Action Again
press release reports: On October 5th, Sub City Records (an imprint of Hopeless Records) will release Take Action! Volume 4, a 2-disc compilation featuring unreleased and album tracks from such acts as NOFX, Taking Back Sunday, Coheed and Cambria, Against Me, Shadows Fall, The Dillinger Escape Plan, Underoath, Rufio, Pedro The Lion and The Early November.
The Take Action! compilation and tour is created and organized annually by Sub City (www.subcity.net) and serves as an extension of the Sub City concept of raising funds and awareness for non-profit organizations through music. The label and tour's mission is "to create a better world; one voice and one action at a time" by empowering people to make educated choices.
Once again, the artists on the compilation are teaming up to support and raise funds for The National Hopeline Network, a suicide prevention and crisis hotline network. This year proceeds will go to benefit a new feature of the Hopeline, The National Youthline Network 1-877-YOUTHLINE (968-8454) which offers a peer-to-peer line for youth.
[see full story for more, including the list of record release parties]- Click Here for the Full Story
Dry Kill Logic Release CD,
press release reports: Dry Kill Logic and Repossession Records present "The Dead And Dreaming".
Dry Kill Logic's first new album since 2001's "Darker Side Of Nonsense" is in stores now! And the band is on tour now!
Go to www.drykilllogic.com for an exclusive sweepstakes and tour details.
10/5 - Knoxville, TN - Blue Cats
10/6 - Raleigh, NC - Martin St. Music Hall
10/8 - Spartanburg, SC - Ground Zero
10/9 - Atlanta, GA - The Masquerade
10/10 - Richmond, VA - Alley Katz
[see full story for more dates]- Click Here for the Full Story