Clapton Speed Bust
antiMusic reports: Eric Clapton may be called "Slow Hand" for his guitar playing but behind the wheel he is a speed demon. The legendary guitarist/singer was busted for speeding in France on Tuesday. French police pulled Clapton's Porsche 9-11 over after reportedly clocking him at 134 miles per hour. The police confiscated Clapton's British drivers license, revoking his right to drive in France.
Clapton reported paid a fine that was close to $1000 U.S. and left the police station with his secretary. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story
MTV Won't Whack-o anti-Jacko
antiMusic reports: Michael Jackson has urged all video channels to ban the new Eminem video which parodies him, but MTV have decided that the show must go on. Eminem pokes fun at Jackson in the single and video for "Just Lose It," the first single from his forthcoming CD "Encore," which hits stores on November 16th. The Jackson camp has lost it as a result, or at least their tempers.
The video features Eminem as Jackson and he is seen on a king sized bed with a group of young boys dressed in their pajamas jumping around the satin sheeted bed, his nose falls off and his hair bursts into flames, mocking Jackson's famous accident on the set of a Pepsi commercial.
Most music video outlets began airing the video last Tuesday but BET readily agreed to remove the video from their rotation after Jackson protested. BET issued a statement saying they made their decision "out of respect for our longstanding relationship with Michael Jackson that dates back more than a decade." MTV has other plans. In an article on MTV.com about the controversy, the music video giant states that MTV, MTV2 and MTVU continue to air the "Just Lose It" video. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story
The PRP reports: Slipknot are now planning a February 10th release date via Roadrunner/Island/Def Jam for their as-yet untitled new DVD release.- Click Here for the Full Story
Every Time I Day Plan Benefit
The PRP reports: Every Time I Die will be playing a benefit show on November 06th at The Showplace Theatre in Buffalo, NY for their roadie/merch man Jeff Strannahan who currently remains in critical condition after suffering from a mystery ailment.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story
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Cat Stevens Returns
BBC reports: Yusuf Islam, the singer formerly known as Cat Stevens, is favourite to have the British Christmas number one single with a duet with Ronan Keating.
Islam, who recently hit the headlines after being refused entry to the US, has not released a single for 30 years.
But the pair have now recorded a version of his 1970 song Father and Son, which was a hit for Keating's former band Boyzone in 1995. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story
Bowie Rocks Space
ArrowFM reports: What's cooler than listening to David Bowie in space? Uhhh... Nothing!! That's probably why David Bowie's popular tune "Space Oddity" has been chosen as the first track to be played on the first commercial space trip for tourists. Originally released in 1969, the song topped a poll to find the ultimate play list for the trips which are due to start within the next three years. The songs will be heard on the new three-hour Virgin Galactic flights which will cost nearly $200,000 per person. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story
ArrowFM reports: Former Rolling Stones bassist Bill Wyman recently announced that he will completely retire from touring. The 67-year-old musician said that he wants to spend more time with his family: "While I love playing live, it is a huge call on my time, which means I cannot devote myself to all the other many projects that I have." [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story
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Velvet Revolver Fall
liveDaily reports: Rock supergroup Velvet Revolver has unveiled a slew of new stops for a fall tour that kicks off on Saturday (10/16).
The headlining trek now stretches through the end of the year. So far, most shows are set in October and November, with a handful of December stops also planned. The itinerary is currently due to wrap with a two-night stand at The Joint in Las Vegas on New Year's Eve and New Year's Day. [see full story for more, including dates]- Click Here for the Full Story
Godsmack Add Unplugged Shows
liveDaily reports: Godsmack continues to roll out more acoustic headlining shows that fall on the group's off-days from Metallica's ongoing tour.
New to the band's unplugged schedule are three late-October shows--including a Halloween performance in Cincinnati--as well as a pair of November stops that bring that month's total of acoustic shows to five. [see full story for more, including all the dates]- Click Here for the Full Story
Simple Plan Club Tour
liveDaily reports: Montreal-based pop-punk act Simple Plan will support its forthcoming album with a club tour that gets underway later this month.
The band is warming up with a long series of October charity shows in Canada; details are on the group's website. That outing will be followed by the U.S. club tour, which launches Oct. 30 in Denver. [see full story for more, including dates]- Click Here for the Full Story
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Cirque du Beatles
Ananova reports: The Beatles and theatre group Cirque du Soleil are teaming up to produce a Las Vegas show which will replace the famous Siegfried and Roy act.
The £55m 90-minute show should be ready in 20 months' time and will feature acrobatics and Beatles music.
Sir Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr will not be appearing in the production reports BBC online. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story
Isley Bro Tax Bust
Reuters reports: Ronald Isley, lead singer of the legendary R&B band the Isley Brothers, has been indicted on tax evasion charges, tax authorities said on Thursday.
Isley, 63, who suffered a minor stroke in August, was named in a six-count indictment returned on Wednesday by a federal grand jury in Los Angeles.
He is charged with five counts of tax evasion for failing to report income from royalties and performances by the band and one count of failing to file an income tax return, the Internal Revenue Service said. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story
E. Town Concrete CD Release
Digital Noise reports: E.Town Concrete's upcoming new album "Made For War" will see a release on November 16th through Ironbound Records.
According to frontman Anthony Martini, the follow-up to 2003's "The Renaissance" "...is a very raw, angry album, and we are all very excited. . . I think a lot of people are gonna be really surprised at the direction we took." [see full story for more including tracklist]- Click Here for the Full Story
Bruce Dickinson To Host Discovery
Blabbermouth reports: Dickinson's name might not jump out to pop music fans, but the mechanics knew him as the voice of heavy metal band IRON MAIDEN.
Dickinson, 46, was lead singer on seven consecutive IRON MAIDEN albums that went platinum or gold during the 1980s and early 1990s.
He's also a commercial airline pilot with an intense interest in aviation, which explains why one of the gods of metal was inside Boeing's cavernous 747 assembly building on Wednesday. Dickinson is the host of a documentary series tentatively titled "Flying Heavy Metal" that's scheduled to air next year on the European version of the Discovery Channel. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story
Metallica Up For IDA Award
Blabbermouth reports: METALLICA's $4.3 million documentary "Some Kind of Monster" has been nominated in the "Feature" category at the 20th Annual IDA Distinguished Documentary Achievement Awards competition. The film will be going up against 13 other nominees: "Aileen: Life And Death Of A Serial Killer", "Being Dorothy", "Born Into Brothels", "Control Room", "The Corporation", "Fahrenheit 9/11", "Hiding and Seeking", "Home of the Brave", "Juvies", "La Vie Comme Elle Va (As Life Goes By)", "Music From the Inside Out", "The Take", and "Word Wars". The winning nonfiction films and filmmakers will be feted at the IDA Awards Benefit Gala on December 10 at the Directors Guild of America Theatre in Hollywood. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story
Ozzfest Battle Plans
Blabbermouth reports: MTV.com has revealed the acts that will be featured in "Battle for Ozzfest", a new, weekly, unscripted series, chronicling the intense nationwide search for eight hard rock bands competing for the chance to perform on stage on Ozzfest's worldwide 10th Anniversary tour. In addition to the opportunity of a lifetime by sharing the stage with Ozzy Osbourne himself as well as other rock superstars, the winning band will receive touring money, brand new band gear and a possible record deal.
The eight groups that have been selected to compete for the prize are as follows:
A DOZEN FURIES - CYNDER - BEYOND ALL REASON - FINAL DRIVE - GUILT BY ASSOCIATION - TRAUMA CONCEPT - MANNTIS - SICKS DEEP [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story
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Nirvana Box Named
Pitchfork reports: It would be nice to be able to tell you, a mere month or so away from its release, that we know exactly what will be on the upcoming Nirvana box set. We can't. However, there are some stirrings behind the curtain, as NME has recently confirmed both the release date, title, and some other details for the three-CD/one-DVD set. Entitled With the Lights Out, the much-anticipated gathering of the band's unreleased output will be released in the US on November 23rd, and according to NME, 68 of the box's 81 tracks are previously unreleased. Which is a whole damn lot. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story
UK MP3 Victory
BBC reports: The British music industry has been granted a court order forcing internet service providers (ISPs) to reveal the names of illegal music swappers. ISPs have 14 days to hand over names and addresses of 28 alleged uploaders - those who make music available to share with others - to the BPI trade group. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story
Jacko Still On the Hook
AP reports: A judge Thursday rejected a defense request to throw out the indictment against Michael Jackson, saying prosecutors had presented enough evidence of child molestation and an attempt to silence the alleged victim's family for the case to go forward.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story
Reuters reports: Controversial rapper Eminem will launch his widely expected satellite music radio channel called Shade 45 on Oct. 28 with a live broadcast of a concert from New York, the Sirius network said on Thursday.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story
Aversion reports: A pair of Rancid principals will play an acoustic set next month.
Singer/guitarists Tim Freeman and Lars Frederiksen will play an acoustic set at Seattle's Fenix, Nov. 6. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story
Aversion reports: Yet another attempt has been made to sort out the legend from the fact about The Clash in an upcoming biography.
Passion is a Fashion: The Real Story of The Clash, written by recent Mojo editor Pat Gilbert, takes a look at the legendary band's career.
Passion is a Fashion: The Real Story of The Clash will hit stores Nov. 11 [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story
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AC/DC Opt To Record
Electric Basement reports: According to the Australia's BEAT MAGAZINE, AC/DC would not be performing at the Big Day Out Festival because they "will be in the studio in January." [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story
Parent Benefit This Sunday
Day in Rock reports: This is reminder for all of our readers in Chicago land. The Ricky Parent Benefit show will take place this Sun night at the Metro in Chicago. Proceeds will go to the Ricky Parent Fund. Enuff Z'nuff drummer Ricky Parent has been in New York for the past several months being treated for cancer. The fund was set up to help pay for his treatment. Enuff Z'nuff will be playing the show with a guest drummer (yes Chip Z'nuff will be flying in from his gig with President Bush to attend and perform), Also appearing will be D'Molls, Lovehammers, American Motherload, and The Steepwater Band. Special guests are expected and a memorabilia auction is also planned. See the full story for more details. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story
Transcendence Release Clothing
press release (TMG Records) reports: The old-school-meets-alternative rock band Transcendence (TMG Records) are making quite a buzz these days with their catchy alt-rock radio hit Superhero Girl, and the flurry of anticipation over their soon to be released CD Nothing is Cohesive. But the band has found a new slant in their rock 'n' roll marketing plan; a combination of something old and something new, much like their music. T-Shirts have always been part of the package for a band, only this time you can choose from an entire line of over 20 shirt designs. From their provocative What Can I Do To Sleep With You shirt, taken from the title of their current album Sleep With You, to a politically unnerving camouflage T, lets put it that way, this band knows how to get to the heart of the matter without any fluff.
The band's flamboyant singer Ed Hale, (who has lately been spotted dressed up as an army general protesting the war in Iraq), says that the Sleep With You shirts are the most popular while the Superhero Girl (the current hit off their new album) shirts are selling faster than the band's record label can sell them. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story
Halos Hot Carl Fund
Halos newsletter reports: [Johnny Jones checks in] Last week Bryan & I are taking a smoke break outside our studio lyre and we found a cat. His neck had been slashed open, either from a fight or just some sick a**hole, we don't know. He had been left for dead. He was a mess. So rather than sacrificing him or eating him we decided to be good Samaritans and get him some medical attention. He was supposed to die but the little bastard is going to make it. His voice box is ruptured so he will never meow again, he grunts & rasps like a cross between a pig & a crow. And he's going to have a nasty scar. Other than that, he's bad ass. Needless to say, we have all become very attached and the Halos now have a studio cat. His name is Hot Carl and Hot Carl needs your help. Hot Carl needs to eat. Hot Carl racked up some vet bills. Hot Carl wants more cat toys, because he shreds them to pieces. Buy our CD and we will make a contribution to the Halos' Hot Carl fund in your name.
Or you can send those furry mice thingys
Hell Company/Johnny Jones & The Suffering Halos
3553-a Atlantic Ave POB #131
Long Beach, CA 90807
Attn: Hot Carl
[Johnny Jones and the Suffering Halos CD came out last month and already they sold out of the first printing. Big buzz about these guys going right now and the CD rocks, but it also good to know that they have heart. that's why we posted this story. So if you want some kick ass rock n roll and want to help Hot Carl, click the full story link to buy the CD (or just to hear the samples)]- Click Here for the Full Story
Chevelle Rock Leno
press release (epic) reports: [Tonight on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno]Sibling power trio CHEVELLE will perform their smash hit single "Vitamin R (Leading Us Along)," currently riding high in the top ten on Billboard's Modern Rock Tracks Chart. With the "Vitamin R" video in rotation on MTV and Fuse and an explosive first week (in which THIS TYPE OF THINKING (COULD DO US IN) debuted on Billboard's Top 200 at No. 8 and on the Top Hard Music Albums Chart at No. 1), the brothers Loeffler (Sam, Pete and Joe) are picking up where they left off with 2002's blockbuster album Wonder What's Next, a platinum-plus-selling record that spawned three chart-topping singles. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story
press release (Fan2Fan) reports: The hard-rocking female glam metal band Vixen roughed LA's club circuit throughout most of the 1980s before signing with EMI Music in 1987. Known as ‘the female Bon Jovi,' Vixen enjoyed national exposure with the 1998 release of their self-titled debut album and MTV's embrace of the band's first mega-hit, "Edge Of A Broken Heart." The band's long out-of-print EMI albums, Vixen and Rev It Up, are set for reissue by EMI Music Catalog Marketing on November 2. The two albums have been fully remastered and will be in stores in time for the reunion of all of Vixen's original members on VH1's popular show, "Bands Reunited."
Next month, Vixen's original members, Janet Gardner (vocals), Jan Kuehnemund (guitar), Share Pedersen (bass) and Roxy Petrucci (drums) will all appear together on VH1's "Bands Reunited" to reminisce about their start on LA's Sunset Strip and their rise to fame in the late 1980s, before the onset of grunge in the early 1990s displaced metal at the top of the charts. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story
Dry Kill Logic HBB Debut
press release (Repossession Records) reports: Now ain't this some sh*t! We're proud to announce that DKL will debut the video for 'Paper Tiger' on this Saturdays edition of Headbangers Ball! The video was directed by Dale Restighini (Hate breed, Fear Factory, Shadows Fall) and it came out sick! Be sure to check it out, then make sure you go to mtv.com and tell them you want to see it ALL THE TIME!!! [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story
Why I Hate Eminem
[It's Friday, time for Chuck DiMaria to give us his 2 Cents. This week Chuck tells us why he hates Eminem.]
I hate Eminem.
You know why? Because he gets to say whatever he wants and laughs all the way to the bank doing it.
Oh, that makes me so mad. I hate that guy!
I wish I could do that, too.
I mean, think about it; if I shoot my mouth off here, all I can look forward to is 5Against1, Mama Cass and LithiumBliss giving me a cyber-wedgie. (Sorry, had to give a shout out to all my peeps!) But I'm not gonna make a million off of it, that's for damn sure.
But Eminem is in the rather enviable position of being able to say whatever he wants in exactly the way he wants and is getting away with it.
And making a profit.
And, profit margin aside, there is a lot to be said for Em-Squared to be able to do this. It helps to keep certain people in line.
I'll give you a recent example of just what I'm talking about here: While most others in the media and the entertainment community are rallying behind that pedophile - oh, excuse, alleged pedophile - Michael Jackson, Eminem gets to tell it like it is.
He puts out a video lambasting this piece of garbage - oh, excuse me, alleged piece of garbage - and dear old MJ actually got BET to pull the video.
Which, of course, is absolutely wonderful news to Eminem because it gives him even more publicity and makes him even more money and causes even more people to see that video.
The guy's practically a superhero here.
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