Incubus Singer Arrested
AP reports: The lead singer of the rock band Incubus was arrested for a carrying a switchblade in his bag while trying to board a plane on his way to a concert in North Carolina.
Brandon Boyd, 28, was stopped Wednesday at LaGuardia Airport when baggage screeners spotted the knife in his carry-on luggage.
Boyd was charged with criminal possession of a weapon but was able to continue on to Raleigh, N.C., in time for the concert. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story
U2 Ticket Scam
NME reports: U2 representatives have taken action to stop an internet shop selling tickets for a tour the band claim is not happening.
Earlier this week it was possible to buy tickets online for huge stadium shows in Dublin (Croke Park, June 26-27), London (Twickenham Park, July 2) and Paris' Stade De France (early July, 2005). [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story
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Fans Sue Jacko
MTV reports: Some Michael Jackson fans who attended the singer's 30th anniversary concert in 2001 got a little less than they bargained for, and one of them is suing Ticketmaster and the venue, Madison Square Garden, for allegedly selling fans seats with an obstructed view of the stage. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story
Ja Rule Trial Set
MTV reports: Ja Rule will return to Toronto in March to stand trial on a charge of assault causing bodily harm.
The rapper's court dates were tentatively set for March 7-11 in Ontario Court, at a pretrial hearing on Wednesday.
Ja Rule is accused of taking part in an altercation at La Rouge nightclub in Toronto's entertainment district on June 5. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story
Warped Deaths on DVD
MTV reports: Two years of murder and mayhem on the Warped Tour are finally coming to life. "Punk Rock Holocaust," which was shot on the road over the last two summers, will make it to DVD on November 23. With a body count of more than 110, the film claims to have the most onscreen deaths of any slasher flick. - Click Here for the Full Story
Source: MTV also has news on 'Get Back,' Ludacris Commands, Or He'll Take You Down, Beyonce Healing Fast Thanks To Serena Williams, 'O.C.' Star Mischa Barton Lands Role In Voodoo Thriller, Nick Lachey Forging Ahead With Solo Career, Says 98 Degrees Reunion In The Cards, Are You A Teen Who's Had Cosmetic Surgery? We Want To Hear About It and more click here to check it out
Tommy Lee Reality TV
AP reports: Multi-tattooed rocker Tommy Lee, a high school dropout, plunged into life as a University of Nebraska student Thursday — for reality TV.
NBC spokeswoman Susan Ross said the network hopes to get six episodes worth of footage for a series set to air next summer. Lee will have a tutor and live off-campus. [see full story for more, including some info some people that are angry that Lee got this gig]- Click Here for the Full Story
Melissa Etheridge Has Cancer
AP reports: Singer Melissa Etheridge has been diagnosed with breast cancer and has canceled upcoming tour dates to undergo treatment, her publicist said Thursday.
Etheridge, 43, will undergo surgery and a "speedy and complete recovery" is expected by her doctor, publicist Marcel Pariseau said in a statement.
The cancer was detected early and Etheridge has been receiving treatment, Pariseau said. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story
Tom Petty Sued
E! Online reports: A California songwriter has filed a $4.5 million breach of oral contract lawsuit against Tom Petty and Los Angeles-based disc jockey Jim Ladd, claiming they swiped his concepts for the basis of Petty's 2002 title track and album, The Last DJ.
The suit, filed in Los Angeles Superior Court by Jim Wagner, alleges the musician sent a demo tape of his song about the deejay titled "The Last Great Radio DJ" to Ladd in 2000. Ladd liked what he heard and asked to use it as the theme to his nightly radio program at L.A.'s KLOS. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story
Drowningman Lose One
Lambgoat reports: Drowningman guitarist Denny Donovan quit the band following the group's show in Chicago on Tuesday night. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story
MuchMusic reports: Billboard reports that Eminem's "Encore" will be available as a collector's edition box set. The album will be packaged with a bonus disc of songs that have leaked online, 25 photo inserts, album lyrics and a free ringtone. "Encore" is due in stores on November 16. - Click Here for the Full Story
Telsa Guitarist Back
Blabbermouth reports: TESLA guitarist Tommy Skeoch will be rejoining the group for their upcoming tour with the SCORPIONS, which is scheduled to kick off October 21. "We would like to thank all of our fans for their tremendous show of support during the last few months," the band write on their web site. "We'd also like to extend a special thanks to Scott Johnson for filling in during Tommy's absence."
Skeoch had temporarily left the group in early July in order to enter an undisclosed facility to seek treatment for addiction. [more]- Click Here for the Full Story
Blabbermouth reports: THE WILDHEARTS will be embarking on a U.K. tour in December. Commented THE WILDHEARTS frontman Ginger: "We are going to put together a killer bill, and we are also hoping to film the London show for a DVD. [see full story for more, including dates]- Click Here for the Full Story
Rammstein Intl Hit
Blabbermouth reports: "Reise Reise", the fourth studio album from German industrial metallers RAMMSTEIN, has entered the national album charts in the following countries:
No. 1: Switzerland
No. 1: Finland
No. 1: Austria
No. 2: Holland
No. 3: France
No. 4: Norway
No. 6: Belgium [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story
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Rock Hall Fest
Jam reports: The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum will celebrate its 10th anniversary with a four-night music festival.
The rock hall, located alongside Lake Erie, plans to bring more than 100 bands to town for the festival June 8-11 in partnership with the CMJ (College Media Journal) Network. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story
Nashville City Paper reports: The next Queen project will be a DVD release of the 1982 concert at Milton Keynes Bowl slated for 2005 release. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story
Sonic Youth Tour
Pitchfork reports: Well, I'll be goddamned if it isn't Sonic Youth. A touring Sonic Youth, even. Still? Well, "again" is perhaps slightly more accurate. A mere month after wrapping up a headlining tour (in lieu of Lollapalooza), the seminal New York art-rockers are venturing out for a few more shows in support of Sonic Nurse-- including one show with renowned torch vamp PJ Harvey (who, awesomely, was spotted by a Spin reader recently wearing her own vintage "50 Ft. Queenie" t-shirt). The tour commences tonight in-- lucky guess!-- New York City, where they'll be rocking the previously-reported-upon Johnny Ramone benefit. [see full story for more, including dates]- Click Here for the Full Story
Source: Pitchfork also has news on Manitoba forced to change name by ex-Dictators frontman, chooses Caribou. M83 ready new album for January release. Brent DiCrescenzo's Corey & Corey hits NYC. The Flaming Lips to issue The Soft Bulletin in Dolby 5.1 surround; 7" boasts two new songs. Sufjan Stevens plans North American tour and more click here to check it out
IAYM reports: Fear Factory recently completed work on a track entitled 'Harder Than Hardcore', which will serve as the theme song for WWE wrestlers the Dudley Boyz. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story
Thursday Still Going
IAYM reports: Thursday have refuted long running rumors that they were to break up, instead announcing that they will be spending this Winter writing a new album, expected out sometime in 2005.- Click Here for the Full Story
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Train Live CD
NMC reports: On November 2, pop-rockers Train release "Alive At Last," the group's first ever live album. The album was recorded in Birmingham, Alabama during 2004 and includes the Train hits "Drops of Jupiter" and "Meet Virginia." The new studio tracks "Ordinary" and "New Sensation" also appear on the album, along with a cover of "Stay With Me" by the Faces. [see full story for more, including tracklisting]- Click Here for the Full Story
New Guitarist for Poison
Aversion reports: Poison the Well has settled on a new guitarist to replace the one it parted ways with last month.
The band announced that Jason Boyer officially signed on with the band, replacing Derek Miller, who parted ways with the band last month [more]- Click Here for the Full Story
UK P2P Suits
Aversion reports: Following the footsteps of its American counterpart, Britain's British Phonographic Industry announced it was bringing suit to 28 file-swappers.
The movement was the first time British officials targeted peer-to-peer users. The BPI added teeth to its recent claims that British cyber-pirates would face the same sort of justice imposed by the Recording Industry Association of America, dropping a list of 28 names of users of the KaZaA, Grokster, Imesh, Bearshare and WinMX peer-to-peer networks. No word on what sort of penalties the defendants, users recognized by the BPI as "major uploaders," will face in court was announced. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story
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Jethro Tull Announce Tour
Electric Basement reports: Classic rock artists JETHRO TULL will be treating American audiences to a unique show this November at some of the finest performing arts centers in the Mid West and East Coast.
The band's show will be in two parts (or two acts, as many diehard fans appreciate the conceptual artistry of Tull.) The first part will feature acoustic works by the band. According to Ian Anderson, "Some familiar, some less so. Some never even played before at a theater near you!" There'll be some solo songs from Ian's recent collection, Rupi's Dance, as well as original and traditional Christmas tunes heard on The Jethro Tull Christmas Album. [see full story for more, including dates]- Click Here for the Full Story
Happy Anniversary to DiS
Day in Rock reports: A quick congrats go out to one of the sources used for the Day in Rock, UK based Drowned in Sound turned 4. If you haven't checked out the site they feature some great music coverage written by a very scene savvy staff. They are holding a special Anniversary party tonight in London (tickets sold out already), more info on that and the special guests click the full story link. Congrats to DiS and keep up the great work. You guys are a perfect example of what indie music coverage on the web is all about!- Click Here for the Full Story
Britney Dumps Manager
Ananova reports: Britney Spears has parted company with her longtime manager Larry Rudolph, according to US reports.
The 22-year-old popstar told Rudolph this week that she would not be renewing her contract with him when it runs out at the end of this month, reports the New York Daily News.
Rudolph has handled the singer's career since she was 15. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story
Maybe Sharon Osbourne will step up to the plate?
Hives Hit The Clubs
liveDaily reports: Retro garage-rockers The Hives will again depart their Swedish homeland for a November/December jaunt on the U.S. club circuit.
The quintet is backing its third album, "Tyrannosaurus Hives," which hit stores in July. "Walk Idiot Walk" is the set's first single. [see full story for more including dates]- Click Here for the Full Story
BRMC Getting Closer
Xfm reports: Following the recent departure of drummer Nick Jago, bassist/vocalist Robert Turner has been speaking candidly about the current state of Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, their split with Virgin records and how he Peter will move forward alone.
While the band have firmly denied their third studio album will be an acoustic record, Turner has not ruled out the inclusion of a number of "uncluttered" songs and even a new drummer on the forthcoming record.
While the record is nearing completion at Sandbox Studios in Los Angeles, Turner explained that the band hope to put out a new record in the first quarter of 2005. But with no live shows currently planned, the band are in no hurry to replace Jago just yet. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story
Flaming Lips Reissue
Xfm reports: The Flaming Lips have confirmed that they will be re-releasing their seminal 1999 LP ‘The Soft Bulletin' in 5.1 Surround Sound. Critically acclaimed and arguably their most accomplished record, fans will now be able to experience ‘…Bulletin' from five different angles at the same time, no less.
The surround sound remix of ‘Yoshimi…' featured unreleased and alternate versions of tracks as well as a DVD containing video clips. However, it has not yet been confirmed whether the ‘…Bulletin' version, set for a release early next year, will contain equivalent treats. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story
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Queen Latifah Talks Rasism
on 60 Minutes
press release (CBS News) reports: She's a star of music, movies and television, but that doesn't shield her from the same racism that hurts other African Americans, says Queen Latifah. The queen of hip hop speaks candidly to Bob Simon in an interview to be broadcast on 60 MINUTES Sunday, Oct. 10 (7:00-8:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.
Vying for a taxi is one place the racism comes out, says Latifah. "Every time I try to flag down a cab and it goes past me and picks up that white lady instead of me, that's racism," she tells Simon. "I hate it."
Taxi drivers who see only the color of her skin aren't the only ones who slight her; employees in stores can be worse, even stereotyping her as a potential shoplifter. "I'm nobody until you see that credit card…with that name on it," complains Latifah, "Or until the person next to you says, 'Do you know who that is? It's Queen Latifah.' Oh, now I'm somebody. Now, you going to stop following me around this damn store?"[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story
Palm Pictures reports: You might've heard Earlimart on one of the many radio shows where they've been guests (KCRW, KEXP, etc), or you might just know them from the sounds you're hearing in every record store. Either way it's clear that Earlimart's latest - TREBLE & TREMBLE has been taking off nationwide. [They are supporting the CD with the following dates]
Fri Oct 08 - Bellingham, WA - Night Light
Sat Oct 09 - Missoula, MT - Area 5 Gallery
Mon Oct 11 - Salt Lake City, UT - Kilby Court
Tue Oct 12 - Denver, CO - Hi Dive
Wed Oct 13 - Albuquerque, NM - Launchpad
Thu Oct 14 - Tucson, AZ - Plush
Tue Oct 19 - Los Angeles, CA - Star Shoes
[see full story for more dates and to hear the entire CD]- Click Here for the Full Story
Unearth Selling Out
press release (metal blade newsletter) reports: So far almost every show has sold out on the Unearth, Black Dahlia Murder, Terror, and Remembering Never U.S. tour. If you plan on seeing this tour, make sure to buy tickets in advance because venues have been turning kids away by the hundreds. In other news, since the start of the tour in late September, The Black Dahlia Murder has seen a 15% increase in sales and Unearth has seen a 14% increase. Unearth also moved up 15 spots on the BILLBOARD HEATSEEKERS (NEW ARTISTS) CHART coming in at #126 this week and landing the #37 spot on the BILLBOARD Hard Music Albums Core Stores chart. - Click Here for the Full Story
Six Feet Under Enter Studio
press release (metal blade) reports: Tampa Florida death-metalers Six Feet Under headed into Morrisound studios Friday, October 1st to start laying down tracks to their next full length follow-up to Bringer of Blood. Right now the band is recording all the music and then Chris Barnes will head over to the Hit Factory to lay down the vocals. Once again Chris Barnes will be the producer and Chris Carroll will be handling engineering and mixing. [see full story for more including the latest from Metal Blade on their artists (yes, mp3s too)]- Click Here for the Full Story
Your Own Hits
[It's Friday and Scott Slapp has his hand out and is ready to go to town on a few people with a new slapp. This time around Scott takes on another recent trend in entertainment (and a few related topics). Below is the first part, but be sure to click the full story link to get the full slapp!]
This week I have to get something off my chest. I could have selected another topic to piss off bisexual pedophiles and ranted on and on but I've seen another resent trend that has really gotten under my skin.
What is up with this trend of bands throwing new cover tunes on their greatest hits cds? We are seeing this more and more lately with "best of" cds from The Offspring, Marilyn Manson, Korn… just to name a few. This new bright idea of marketing genius deserves a slapp.
If you don't have enough hits of your own, then you shouldn't be putting out a greatest hits CD. That goes double for artists that count covers as their biggest hits. Do we really need a Limp Bizkit greatest hits CD? Should "Nookie" be held up as a shining example of songwriting? The lack of self-made hits may be one reason that this trend has popped up.
Another is the selling point argument. They have to put something extra on there to attract their core fanbase who already own the songs from the CD catalog. I like the old trend of putting on a couple rarities, b-sides or even new songs. Those make the CD more attractive but to put out a greatest hits CD and put other people's hits on it as a selling point just rubs me the wrong way. In most cases, good songs from the band's past releases are ignored in favor of these cover tunes.
I think this trend really demonstrates the decline of music standards over the past few years. Think about it. Are they using someone else's hit to "cover-up" their lack of songwriting ability? This isn't just seen on greatest hits CDs. Some questionable artists have actually used other people's hits on their debut albums as singles to break out. Alien Ant Farm and Limp Bizkit are prime examples. Could Fred Durst have made it without using "Faith" to get peoples attention? Would we even know the name Alien Ant Farm if they hadn't covered "Smooth Criminal"?
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