A recap of the this week's Day in Rock stories
|Top 5 stories for first half this week|
|Linkin Park Singer Denies Velvet Revolver Rumors|
In an exclusive interview for this week's Kerrang! magazine, Bennington said, "I'm friends with all the guys in Velvet Revolver and have played with all of them before. I'm friends with Scott too. I think the rumour that I was going to join Velvet Revolver started because Slash asked me if I'd come play a show with them in Vegas right around the time that Scott left the band. Timing-wise, it didn't work out for me, though. Maybe people assumed that invitation meant I was joining the band."
"If I wasn't in Linkin Park anymore and I didn't know Scott, though, I'd say yes," he says. "Who wouldn't? The music is great and it would be a really cool opportunity."- more on this story
|Kid Rock Hospitalized|
The 37-year-old rocker was scheduled to play at the Download Festival, a three-day British music concert that also featured Judas Priest, Incubus and The Offspring.
At the last minute, announcers told the audience that Kid Rock was unwell and wouldn't perform.- more on this story
|Metallica Mystery Solved|
Blabbermouth has more: Metallica has announced the title of its new album — "Death Magnetic" — by posting the finalized/complete version of the image that originally appeared on the band's official web site on Tuesday (June 10) under the headline "???."
The CD is due out in September. A short video clip revealing the new album title and featuring an audio sample of a brand new song can be viewed- here
|Coldplay Deny Song Theft, American Idol Sued, Release Date Game, F**ked Up Deal, They Say Scars on Broadway, Driving While Britney Ok, Testament Honored and more|
The American Federation of Musicians has filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court against American Idol Productions and its subsidiary Tick Tock Productions, who they alleged created an unauthorized orchestral soundtrack for the second season of "American Idol Rewind."
Nine Inch Nails have unveiled details on the CD release of The Slip. The album will be released July 22 in North America as an individually numbered limited edition, with a bonus DVD more
Britney Spears will not be charged over an incident last year in which she allegedly ran over the foot of a paparazzo. According to the LAPD, Brit was not at fault and the evidence doesn't prove that Brit left the scene of an accident more
Scars on Broadway, the long-awaited collaboration between guitarist-frontman Daron Malakian and drummer John Dolmayan, both best known for their work in the multi-Platinum-selling, Grammy-winning band System of a Down, will release their self-titled debut on July 29. But you don't wait until then to get a feel for what the band is all about. They've posted the song "They Say" over at iMeem. You can check it out here
The legendary heavy metal heroes Testament have won the Metal Hammer Golden Gods Award for Album of the Year for The Formation of Damnation. Testament beat out the other worthy contenders in this category: Atreyu, Bullet For My Valentine, Children Of Bodom and Down. Testament will be on the Metal Masters Tour all summer long with Judas Priest, Heaven and Hell and Motorhead.
Are you ready for the next move in the release date game? Originally due June 24 then July 8, the Game's third album, "LAX," is now set for release July 22 via Geffen. more
Canadian hardcore/punk band F**ked Up has signed a deal with Matador Records for the release of an EP titled "Year Of The Pig." Slated for worldwide release on July 22, the EP is an expanded version of the 12" single released by What's Your Rupture?
Aretha Franklin is set to headline this year's Newport Jazz Festival, scheduled to take place August 9 in Newport, RI. The Queen of Soul will join jazz saxophonists Sonny Rollins and Wayne Shorter, trumpeter Chris Botti and legendary composer Herbie Hancock at the event more
Nada Surf have announced that they will play a handful of dates on the west coast this summer. They're set to kick off the west coast jaunt in Costa Mesa, California on August 28. all the details
Christmas seems to come earlier and earlier every year. Faith Hill's first Christmas album, "Joy to the World," will arrive September 16. The first single from the Warner Bros. release is an original track, "A Baby Changes Everything" more
The Rolling Stones have played down a weekend report that the band planned to ditch long-term record company EMI to join concert promoter Live Nation. more
Liverpool has been voted England's most musical city in a national campaign set up by the Arts Council. The home of The Beatles and The Zutons - and current European Capital of Culture - took 49% of the vote in an online poll set up by the funding body.- more
|Live Nation's Latest Scheme To Get Your Money|
Idolator has the tale: From an e-mail blast sent by turmoil-filled concert behemoth Live Nation to New York concertgoers: "Live Nation announced today that effective immediately customers purchasing tickets on livenation.com will be afforded the privilege of entering shows prior to those holding tickets purchased other ticketing services."
Talk about two Americas! Although I guess that's one way to make attendees a bit less grumbly about paying one company's "convenience fees," as opposed to those being demanded by said company's competitors.- more on this story
|The Sh*t Hits The Band, Waters Hasn't Ruled out Pink Floyd Reunion, Gene Rules Out Full KISS Reunion, Coldplay Tops, Macca Knocks Out Ukraine Girls and more|
Pink Floyd's David Gilmour has suggested the original members of the band could get together for another one-off gig in the future. However, the singer and guitarist claimed that a full tour was unlikely. read his comments
Kiss star Gene Simmons has ruled out ever inviting former bandmates Peter Criss and Ace Frehley back onstage with him - because they're not fit enough to cut it live. Criss and Frehley joined Simmons and frontman Paul Stanley in three separate Kiss incarnations, but the bass player insists they won't be back for a third reunion run. more
Sir Paul McCartney has performed in front of tens of thousands of people in the Ukrainian capital Kiev. The former Beatle braved thunder, lightning and torrential rain to perform his first concert in the former Soviet republic. Sir Paul sang a range of Beatles classics and solo material during his two-and-a-half hour set.
Hopefully the Doggfather has some pull at the station. Snoop's wife, Shante Taylor Broadus, was arrested at 12:15 AM PT Saturday morning in Fullerton, Ca. for driving under the influence.
Coldplay have shot straight to the top of the UK albums chart - despite their record having been on sale for just three days. The band's fourth album, Viva La Vida Or Death And All His Friends, has sold 302,000 copies since Thursday. more
Doubtful anyone that visits this site would be interested in this but just in case some undiscerning people happened upon the site: On Tuesday June 24th, join Melissa Reyes of "The Search For The Next Pussycat Doll" fame with Demi Lovato of the Jonas Brothers movie "Camp Rock" at The Crazy Donkey in Farmingdale, NY; doors open at 6pm.
MySpace says it will undergo a major site redesign beginning next week, including a new splash page, search functions, profile editor and overall site navigation. The much-heralded MySpace Music service will not go live as part of the June 18 redesign BUT
Fresh from the news that she cancelled her forthcoming UK tour, MIA called her performance at Bonnaroo her "last show ever" at the weekend (June 13).- more
|Band Yanked Off Stage At Music Festival|
Towards the end of a rowdy show which saw frontman Ginger bantering with the crowd throughout, the rocker began to complain about the lack of objects being thrown forward, chastizing the crowd by saying, "is that all you've got to throw?"
However, the audience took this as encouragement, and a torrent of objects began to come forward. When a sharp object landed at the barrier, the song "29 x The Pain" was stopped in its tracks and the band were removed from the stage.- more on this story
|Guns N' Roses Home For Auction on eBay|
This is a truly exciting opportunity for anyone who wishes to not only live in the heart of Sin City, but to own a piece of and experience rock royalty lifestyle." The starting bid is $750,000.
According to a posting on the eBay auction page, "Deanna is relocating to Los Angeles as she puts the finishing touches on the book 'No Bed of Roses', a much-anticipated tell-all which documents the rise of her son in the most exciting rock band of all time."- more on this story
|Pearl Jam Thrills and Kayne Pisses Crowd Off|
Here are some quick reports about both from AP: Pearl Jam wowed the Bonnaroo crowd with a three-hour performance late Saturday, returning the band to the grand stage of a music festival. In the midst of their concert — which went almost an hour longer than scheduled — lead singer Eddie Vedder acknowledged that the band thought they might never again play such a show — and "with good reason." read about that and more about this performance
Kanye West's late night performance at Bonnaroo was delayed nearly two hours, angering the festival crowd who responded by chanting "Kanye sucks" and pelting the empty stage with glow sticks. The delay was caused by problems setting up West's elaborate stage set, which included an interplanetary landscape of a wavy black platform with a slanted floor in the middle and a video screen above.- Read more about Con Ya's delayed performance
|Live From Abbey Road Season Two|
"Live from Abbey Road" features performances by new and established A-list artists, with each one-hour episode offering three acts and a unique insight into the process of making music as they rehearse, discuss their work, and build towards the final exclusive performance.
Artists on tap for Season 2 include: Mary J. Blige; Def Leppard; Matchbox Twenty; Dashboard Confessional; James Blunt; Rascal Flatts; Kate Nash; Herbie Hancock with Corinne Bailey Rae and Melody Gardot; Diana Krall; Stereophonics; Sheryl Crow; The Black Keys; David Gray, Suzanne Vega, Colbie Caillat, Joan Armatrading, Panic at the Disco; and Manu Chao.- more on this story
|Drowning Pool Making Enemies on the Road|
Drowning Pool's 'Full Circle' has now scanned over 75,000 units and they currently have over 221,000 fans on MySpace and and have averaged over 3,000 spins per day.
The band's single, "Enemy" was recently featured on ESPN's Sports Center.- Here are the latest dates
|Jon McLaughlin Goes Soph in Aug|
Fans are getting a sample with the release of a new single, "Beating My Heart," which impacted at the Hot AC radio format on June 9th.
"Beating My Heart" was written by Jon McLaughlin and produced by John Fields, known for his recent chart-topping work with the Jonas Brothers, Lifehouse, and Switchfoot. The new album is being mixed by Tom Lord-Alge and will feature the soon-to-be hit "Smack In To You," written and produced by the Grammy award-winning team of Tricky and The-Dream.- more on this story
|Grip Weeds Release Show|
The first gig is a short set at the legendary Vintage Vinyl in Fords, NJ. Later in the evening, the band offers a full show at The Record Collector, as part of The Living Room Concert Series. Details follow below:
The Grip Weeds have solidified their reputation as a powerhouse pop-psyche band with ripping guitars, powerful drumming and golden harmonies via a collection of critically acclaimed CDs and live shows. The Grip Weeds mix the spirit of 60's and 70's rock to deliver a sonic concoction of Beatle-esque sensibilities and rock edginess that fit into the modern era. The band has produced all their records in their own studio – House of Vibes – earning the status as D.I.Y. recording stalwarts.- more on this story
|Philly Walk of Fame Honors for Maze|
The induction of these R&B legends signifies a renewed commitment by the Philadelphia Music Alliance (PMA), in harmony with the Rhythm & Blues Foundation and the Avenue of the Arts, Inc. (AAI), to shed new light on the City's cultural legacy and incredible contribution to the world of music – past, present and future. This agenda to recognize more local music greats is part of the community based, not-for-profit organization's overall mission to encourage the creation, celebration and historical preservation of Philadelphia music.- more on this story
|Did You Know That Jim Morrison & Michael Hutchence Were Brothers?|
Jacqueline Murray shares very detailed accounts of the lives and deaths of two of the most charismatic front men in music history. At 732 pages, it's hard to imagine anyone's imagination or eye for detail could be so strong as to author such a book without genuine spirit communication.
In Volume One, "Renaissance Man (The Memoirs of Jim Morrison),"revelations are made about how Jim Morrison of the Door's really died on in the summer of 1971, how he struggled to stay alive and why he was later placed in a bathtub. Learn of the dark secret that caused Jim Morrison to downward spiral into hardcore alcoholism and tore this genius apart from the inside out. Learn what some of the true inspiration was for Morrison's songs and how he views the Door's legacy from the other side.
In Volume Two "Chilled Divine ((The True Essence of Michael Hutchence)," Michael Hutchence (lead singer of INXS) seems to want to end the controversy over his tragic death. Michael also reveals his disdain for reality show "Rock Star" and how INXS sought a replacement for him. Michael's legacy of pain in his final days, his missing millions and his tortured relationship with Paula Yates are revealed in this chilling volume.
|R. Kelly Jurors Explain Verdict|
Five of the twelve jurors met with reporters immediately after handing down the acquittal. They said that as recently as this morning, the vote was split nine to three for a not guilty verdict, but that fell apart as they voted -- on the hour, every hour -- because the alleged victim hadn't testified and refused to cooperate.
The jurors also say they were absolutely disgusted with the tape. They said unlike the bootleg version you can buy on the street corner, what they saw was "clear as day."- more on this story
|R. Kelly Not Guilty, Be Your Own Pet Slam Warped, Lil Wayne Selling Huge Numbers, Winehouse Replaced?|
The magic million is within sight of Lil Wayne's "Tha Carter III." The Cash Money/Universal album continues to lead Nielsen SoundScan's Building chart, released today (June 13). Based on the new tally, the album could sell a million copies by the time SoundScan closes out its tracking week on Sunday night. more
Leona Lewis is reportedly set to replace Amy Winehouse as the singer of the theme of the new James Bond movie. She is said to be in talks with the movie's producers to sing the theme for the 22nd Bond flick 'Quantum Of Solace'. more
Be Your Own Pet's frontwoman took a bit of a swipe at the Warped Tour and the bands that play it. Here it is: I just associate it with a certain look and a certain style and the kind of kids at school that I thought were-- this is really bad, I'm sure-- the kind of kids that were dumbasses wearing Rancid t-shirts who thought they knew what punk rock was and threw things at people in the cafeteria.
So it's like, okay, now we're going to be performing for these people. Our label is under the impression that we're going to play one date and then automatically sell 100,000 more records. All those bands have this very specific look and sound and style. It's like the new hair metal or something. There are like 10 different rules about how you write a song and what everything sounds like and looks like.- Find out how their major label censored their album
|Stone Temple Pilots Respond To Lawsuit|
Despite the allegations in the complaint, the band never threatened anything more than remaining away from the studio until equitable terms could be arranged. The precipitous filing of this action is yet another example of the difficulties facing artists in the new music environment, as relationships between artists and their labels fall further and further apart.
Eric and Scott have not yet been served and hope that Atlantic will allow cooler heads to prevail, and have the courtesy of shelving this action to permit negotiations to continue in a positive spirit rather than under a dark cloud of hostility. Should everyone operate in good faith, STP are certain that a new album from the band will be available soon. Should Atlantic instead pursue this scorched earth policy towards the band, the ultimate victims will be STP's fans, who will never be able to enjoy a new album from the group.
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