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|Joe Perry Clueless About Tyler's Relapse|
Now guitarist Joe Perry is breaking the silence ... not that he knows (or will reveal) much about the situation. "I actually haven't talked to [Steven] in a while," Perry tells Blender during in an interview to promote the upcoming Guitar Hero: Aerosmith game.
"We spend most of our time off the road split up -- that's just how it goes." Does he know what Tyler's in rehab for? "I'm not sure, but I hope he's doing OK."- more on this story
|Rolling Stone Sued for Topless Photo|
The Chicago women were topless, kissing a man, and they say the publication of that picture in the May 2007 issue was humiliating.
The two filed suit Friday in Cook County Circuit Court, seeking unspecified damages for the "reckless disregard" for their feelings and harm to their reputations.- more on this story
|Clay Aiken To Be A Father|
Here's what we know. Multiple sources tell us the mother is Jaymes Foster, a record producer and Clay's best friend. He lives at her home when he's in L.A.
We're told 50-year-old Foster, who produced several Aiken CDs, is due in August. We're told Foster was artificially inseminated. But Clay is a lot more than sperm -- we're told he will have an active role in raising the child.- more on this story
|Aerosmith Rehab Explained|
Tyler tells TMZ "The doctors told me the pain in my feet could be corrected but it would require a few surgeries over time. The 'foot repair' pain was intense, greater than I'd anticipated. The months of rehabilitative care and the painful strain of physical therapy were traumatic.
"I really needed a safe environment to recuperate where I could shut off my phone and get back on my feet. Make no mistake, AEROSMITH has no plans to stop rocking. There's a new album to record, then another tour."- more TMZ
|Radiohead & Prince Creep Controversy|
In a recent interview, Thom Yorke said he heard about Prince's performance from a text message and thought it was "hilarious." Yorke laughed when his bandmate, guitarist Ed O'Brien, said the blocking had prevented him from seeing Prince's version of their song.
"Really? He's blocked it?" asked Yorke, who figured it was their song to block or not. "Surely we should block it. Hang on a moment." Yorke added: "Well, tell him to unblock it. It's our ... song."
|Xzibit's Baby Dies|
"Xavier passed away this morning at 3:30am and I must tell you this, It is unnatural for a parent to bury a child. I am telling you this because of the same reason I tell you when I'm having great times, life is too short to be fake.
"Hold on to your kids if you have them, protect them and show them you love them everyday you wake up and see them, them, don't take a second you get to hug them teach them and care for them for granted. You can have all the material wealth in the universe but it is NOTHING compared to having your family. I am thankful for all of my blessings and I'm not one to question God's perfect plan, so I leave you with great love and thanks for the love that was sent earlier on my pervious blog to my son. Of course I need to take some time and handle my loss, STAY FOCUSED PEOPLE. Its not promised to any of us."
On behalf of everyone at antiMusic we too offer our heart felt condolences. Fans can post messages to Xzibit- on his official forum.
|Johnny Rotten To Save Britney?|
The punk pioneer - also known as Johnny Rotten - empathizes with Spears' personal problems and admits he feels inspired to collaborate with the singer.
Lydon insists he would love to give Spears' musical career a boost. He says, "I haven't written a song for Britney yet but I would love to. I'd like to help out because there's a girl who needs some help.- more on this story
|My Chemical Suicide Denial|
It was also revealed that the girl had a history of self-harm, her father said that Bond had hurt herself before and claimed that it was an emo initiation ceremony. The coroner Sykes testified, "the emo overtones concerning death and associating it with glamour I find very disturbing." The girl reportedly told online friends of her plans to hang herself and live on in the afterlife as a member of "The Black Parade" - the title of a My Chemical Romance album.
The band has responded to this story with this statement: "We have recently learned of the suicide and tragic loss of Hannah Bond. We'd like to send our condolences to her family during this time of mourning. Our hearts and thoughts are with them. My Chemical Romance are and always have been vocally anti-violence and anti-suicide. As a band, we have always made it one of our missions through our actions to provide comfort, support, and solace to our fans.- the rest of their statement plus some commentary about these charges and some real stats on teen suicide
|Godsmack, Sevendust and Alter Bridge Tour|
The tour would mark a change in plans for Godsmack, which went on hiatus at the end of last year after touring for much of 2006 and 2007 behind its "IV" album.
Singer Sully Erna planned to work on a solo record, while the other members of the group released a CD under the name Another Animal.- more on this story
|Music Causes Violence? University Studies Cause Stupidity!|
Blabbermouth has the story: Times Online reports that researchers from Glasgow University, who monitored the playlists and outbreaks of fighting at eight pubs and bars in Glasgow city centre, found that loud rock and rap music encouraged customers to drink more, increasing loutish behaviour that often spilt over into violence. The pounding rhythms also made it difficult for customers to hear one another, causing misunderstandings.
Rock music such as AC/DC's "Highway to Hell" and The Rolling Stones' "Brown Sugar" was found to encourage macho posturing and aggressive behavior among male customers. However, researchers also discovered that Sonny And Cher's "I Got You Babe" and Robbie Williams's hits could be used to defuse potential disputes. Easy listening and "slushy" romantic songs were sometimes used to deter gangs of young men from entering pubs. [The key word there is "entering". But what happens if they are already in the pub and the owners turned on Sonny and Cher? You would think that would turn them violent in a hurry.]- more on this story
|Band Challenge Miley Cyrus Over Song Theft|
Initially, it was the many legions of Lustra fans that discovered the similarities with Ms. Cyrus' music. Hence, Lustra believes that the fans should decide if the copyright problem does exist. "We don't want anything other than credit for the music we worked so very hard on," declares Nick Cloutman, Lustra's guitarist. "We don't believe for a second that Ms. Cyrus knew what was happening and was only following instructions."
Disney has admitted publicly that Ms. Cyrus' does not write her own music but rather plays the songs that are selected for her. Lustra is well aware of that and realizes Ms. Cyrus' dilemma and that she much like them, is a victim of corporate behavior. - more on this story
|Sex Pistols Reunion Tour and DVD|
Here is the 411 from John Lydon's site: The Sex Pistols will release a full-length DVD from last years triumphant Brixton Academy shows. 'There'll Always Be an England' was filmed by director Julien Temple and will also include an additional 80 minute interview feature where the band members visit parts of London. John travels on an open top bus. The DVD is set for a June 30th 2008 release via FremantleMedia Enterprises.
The news about the tour: 30 years ago Russia was the enemy of the British establishment. So were the Sex Pistols. Now, in 2008 the Pistols travel to Russia for the very first time. The June shows in St Petersburg and Moscow promise to be THE event of the 'Combine Harvester Tour'. Mr Rotten can't wait to get to the Russian Front and he knows the Russian people are equally as excited about finally getting to see the Sex Pistols!- more on this story
|Wentz Confirms Ashlee is Knocked Up|
When rumors first surfaced that the lip-synching poptard was with child, Wentz told MTV he saw a great media conspiracy at work and denied she had a bun in the oven. He also make some remarks about a conspiracy about his relationship being a shame to cover up homosexuality. But it turns out that at least the pop Wentz denial was bogus as this blog posting makes clear:
"While many have speculated about this, we wanted to wait until after the first trimester to officially confirm that we are expecting our first child. "This is truly the most joyous time in our lives and we are excited to share the happy news and start our family." - Pete and Ashlee Wentz- the blog
|3 Doors Down Top The Charts Again|
The tireless rockers will be rolling out several songs from the new 3 Doors Down album on a brand new tour this summer. The 3 Doors Down Summer Tour With Staind and Hinder presented by Wrigley's Extra Fruit Sensations is scheduled to kick off on July 9 in Maryland Heights, MO.
In a show of gratitude to all rock n' roll fans, 3 Doors Down will be taking on the hard-hit economy on this year's summer jaunt, creating flexible, fan-friendly ticket prices that will vary in price, starting at $25 at most venues.- dates
|Phish Reunion?, Metallica Leaving Label, Chris Cagle Arrested, T.I. Reality Show, Ozzfest Tix, Winehouse U, Motley Response, Rush, Def Leppard and more|
Metallica's future at Warner may be short-lived. The band already sells recordings of its concerts over the Internet. The company lost MADONNA to Live Nation Inc., which signed her last year. Other popular artists, such as JAY-Z, NINE INCH NAILS and Radiohead, have also abandoned major labels in this decade. more
Country music singer Chris Cagle has been arrested for domestic assault in Nashville after police said he and his girlfriend got into a drunken fight. Corrections officials say Cagle and his girlfriend, Jennifer Tant, have been jailed on misdemeanor domestic assault charges. more
Rapper T.I. is turning his legal woes into an eight-episode MTV documentary series. Ish Entertainment will follow the hip-hop star while he performs more than 1,000 hours of community service before starting a one-year prison sentence more
Amy Winehouse's lyrics have been used in a Cambridge University exam question. One of the institution's final exams asked English students to compare Winehouse's words to the 'Back To Black' track 'Love Is A Losing Game' to works by another writer. more
The Cribs are set to play a one-off gig consisting solely of B-sides when they support Stephen Malkmus And The Jicks at the London Shepherd's Bush Empire on June 5. more
Motley Crue has a message for Sarnia [Ontario, Canada] councillor Dave Boushy and his objection to their upcoming performance at Sarnia Bayfest [music festival taking place this July in Sarnia]. Speaking via conference call Wednesday, rock's bad boys jumped at the opportunity to comment on Boushy's claim their off-stage antics are pornographic. "He's right," said bass player Nikki Sixx. "People like him are always out to attack rock and roll, you know. God bless them, man. They keep our name in the press and re-ignite our passion to hold up our middle finger to all those people who really don't understand." more
The members of Canadian rock band Rush have donated $100,000 from the sale of tickets to last weekend's Winnipeg concert to the Canadian Museum for Human Rights.more
Ozzfest 2008 takes place at Pizza Hut Park in Dallas, Texas on Saturday, August 9th. The MySpace Ozzfest ticket pre-sale takes place this Friday, May 30th. more
After a six-year absence, Def Leppard returns to Japan in 2008 to play two shows at the Nippon Budokan in Tokyo on October 23 and October 24. more
Psyopus has issued the following update: "Psyopus is happy to announce the enlisting of new vocalist and Rochester, NY native Matt Dalberth. Matt is replacing vocalist Harrison Christie. more
Robert Pollard's first release on his own label, Guided By Voices Inc., is out June 3 and early reviews are some of the best of recent releases. His first book, "Town of Mirrors," a collection of the many collages Pollard has worked on over the years (some have graced the covers of GBV and his solo releases) is due out Aug. 6 on Fantagraphics.
Deborah Harry has released a new track, "Fit Right In" which was produced by the Brooklyn based team, Super Buddha, which consists of Barb Morrison and Charles Neiland.check it out here
Sony has just set up a stream for an unreleased live version of "Just The Way You Are" from the upcoming The Stranger 30th Anniversary releases. The album is being released as a two-disc Legacy Edition and a two-disc and DVD Deluxe Limited Edition set. The second disc (which this track comes from) is of Billy's June 3, 1977 performance at Carnegie Hall, which has never been released before.- Check it out here
|Arrest at Fiddy's Crib After Woman Assaulted|
Police said Dwayne McKenzie, 27, was arrested Tuesday after they received a call from the 22-year-old New Britain woman.
McKenzie was charged with assault, strangulation, breach of peace and unlawful restraint.- more on this story
|David Cook Officially Inked|
"David Cook is an extraordinarily versatile and talented artist with an impressive sense of musicality," says Tom Corson, Executive Vice President and General Manager, RCA Music Group. "He is a natural performer and a true star. We are thrilled to welcome him into our family."
Cook, who's first single, "The Time Of My Life" skyrocketed to #1 on iTunes, will be recording his album over the summer while on the road with the American Idol's Live tour. The tour kicks off on July 1st in Glendale, AZ and wraps on September 13th in Tulsa, OK.
|Only 37 Bucks For New Metallica CD|
For $25, you'll get MP3s of the album on the street release date. (At midnight! How awesomely retro is that!) And for $12 more, they'll throw in the actual CD. (Shipping included!)
But true fans will cough up another $90 for a 5-LP box set of God knows what, and a Mission: Metallica lithograph. (Ow!)- Before you fire up your favorite P2P program, you need to find out what else is being offered.
|Limp Cube Movie, How Sean Levert Died, Britney's Back Up Plan?, Manson Terminator, Bumbershoot Expands, L.A. Guns Chaos, Liz Adds Dates and more|
A coroner ruled Thursday that R&B singer Sean Levert died of natural causes after falling ill in jail, and his family reacted by saying his death possibly could have been prevented. more
TMZ has learned Britney Spears took a meeting yesterday with a big time producer and may be headed to the small screen in a starring role. Sources say Britney and her team met with Roy Bank, President of Merv Griffin Entertainment, and discussed several TV projects in which Brit would star in and possibly produce. We're told one of the projects is a music show. more
Shirley Manson is set to pursue a full-time acting career, having landed a regular role on a US TV series. The Garbage lead singer will appear in a recurring role on 'Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles' which airs on Fox. more
The 38th annual Bumbershoot music, arts and comedy festival just announced a few more additions to their already stellar line-up. Joining in this years festivities will be Minus The Bear, Battles, Sondre Lerche, T.I, Thao and The Get Down Stay Down, Langhorne Slim and The Whigs - to name a few. more
The L.A. Guns version featuring guitarist Tracii Guns has parted ways with vocalist Paul Black. An as-yet-undisclosed replacement singer with "blond" hair has already been found and will be officially announced soon. [Is Tracii still looking in beauty shops for singers?] The band has also enlisted a new guitarist, Alec "Big Al" Bauer. more
In celebration of the 15th year anniversary of the groundbreaking album, Exile in Guyville and its long awaited reissue on June 24th, Liz Phair will perform the entire album at two additional performances on June 23rd at the Fillmore in San Francisco and on the day of release, the 24th at The Vic Theatre in Chicago.
On Tuesday, June 3, Current's weekly music series, "Fix Extended Play," will be graced by the presence of music's very own Renaissance man, Mark Ronson. The episode will feature a few of the artists with whom Ronson has made beautiful music (literally) including Santogold and Wale. In addition, the show will air a "Daily Fix" segment with the "godfather of alternative rock" Lollapalooza founder, and Jane's Addiction, Porno for Pyros and Satellite Party frontman Perry Farrell as he chats up British indie/electronic sensation Ting Tings, who last week knocked Madonna out of the number one spot on the UK charts with their single, "That's Not My Name." more info
Little Big Town hosts the second annual Ride For A Cure motorcycle ride on Sunday, June 8, 2008 benefiting the T.J. Martell Foundation. The ride will kick off at the Harley-Davidson of Cool Springs and end at the future location of Harley-Davidson of Columbia for a post-ride barbecue lunch followed by a special jam session with Little Big Town and friends.
Can you imagine an American Idol winner that can actually sell music? Looks like the latest winner is breaking the trend. David Cook's "American Idol" win is already paying dividends on the music charts. The 25-year-old singer raked in 942,000 digital downloads in just a week, according to figures released Thursday by Nielsen SoundScan. The numbers are from the week ending Sunday. more
Santogold will make a special appearance, performing live at the Hollywood & Highland central courtyard (6801 Hollywood Blvd), followed by a CD signing in the Virgin Megastore at Hollywood & Highland on Monday, June 9th at 6pm. Fans can purchase the CD at Virgin Megastore to receive a wristband and have it signed by Santogold. This will be Santogold's first performance in Los Angeles since the release of her smash self-titled album on Downtown/Lizard King in April.
New Jersey-based metal band Delian League is proud to announce that they have changed their identity for their upcoming EP, Before The Body Gets Cold, and will henceforth be known as The New Affliction. The EP will feature five brand-new songs, and introduce a new lineup. Three tracks from Before The Body Gets Cold will be available on their official MySpace site which will launch May 30.
Moby is holding a special global video contest in which a winner will scoop a $10,000 prize - as well as having their video used for his next single, 'Ooh Yeah'. more
Live Nation unveiled a Facebook application that lets users search for and buy concert tickets directly from their profile on the popular social networking site. The application is simply an extension of the My Live Nation Web site, which lets users create customized concert searches- more
|Trey Anastasio Sets Live Return at Music Fest|
On July 4th weekend 2008, Rothbury emerges as a new American celebration. For this next generation of the rock and roll music festival, Rothbury sets forth as a huge party with a purpose. Hosted at the one-of-a-kind Double JJ Ranch in Rothbury, Michigan, the unique festival site offers trails, forests, fields, lakes and beach fronts, and even on-site lodging, bars and eateries. The four day, environmentally sustainable music and camping festival promises to be an inspiring cultural assembly; one where music fans, artists and progressive thinkers gather to celebrate much more than music.
Music is the soul of Rothbury. Confirmed musical acts include Dave Matthews Band, Widespread Panic, John Mayer, 311, Phil Lesh and Friends, Modest Mouse, Primus, Snoop Dogg, Michael Franti and Spearhead, Thievery Corporation, STS9, Colbie Caillat and many others.- rothburyfestival.com
|Eric Clapton, Ben Harper, Jesse Harris, and Keb Mo For Solomon Burke CD|
The songs on Like A Fire are based on Burke's reflections on life, and his concern for the state of the world. A spare, honest and emotionally raw album, Like A Fire was produced by Grammy-winning master drummer Steve Jordan, who has worked with Bob Dylan, Keith Richards, Stevie Wonder, John Mayer and countless other greats, and who also wrote three tracks for the album.- more on this story
|Rare Beach Boy Reissue|
In 1977, Dennis Wilson's Pacific Ocean Blue became the first solo LP to be released by a member of the legendary Beach Boys. Dennis, the band's surfer, drummer and free spirit, emerged from the shadow of his older brother, pop genius Brian Wilson, and shocked the industry with a sound and style unlike any other. Over thirty years later Pacific Ocean Blue remains arguably the greatest solo work by a Wilson.- more on this story
|Lonn Remembers Michelle Meldrum|
As referenced in the Metallica chapter of Life on Planet Rock, I picked up James Hetfield one evening during Metallica's Black sessions and while he was cracking my windshield with a rough mix of "Holier Than Thou," I suggested we check out this all-girl metal band, Phantom Blue, playing at the Roxy. Former Elektra Records publicist, Byron Hontas, PR point man on Ride the Lightning and Master of Puppets, touted them. What I have never written anywhere are the circumstances under which Byron and I met. I was an editor at HUSTLER, not sure what my exact title was at the time but I had my content hands in just about everything (except the photo shoots – I know…lame). I get a call from the Elektra publicity department which was perhaps the first time I ever spoke to someone who worked at a record company. I had longed to share time and ramble with musicians.... Bryon pitches me this idea; "Metallica, a big thrash band from San Francisco, and has a new LP coming out called Master of Puppets," says the man nicknamed Poca Hontas. "I was thinking how cool it would be to shoot the band with four hot HUSTLER models on strings." Get me more chips, I'm all in. Fortunately for the legacy of the band I would later come to know as 'family' (or fairly close), Q Prime management put a screeching halt to our misogynistic marionette fantasy. The project's death birthed a friendship with Byron that's thrived to this day.
Four songs into the Phantom Blue set, the mighty Hetfield giggles, "Chicks shouldn't play this sh*t." No one heard the comment, especially the blonde on lead guitar named Michelle Meldrum.... As time and tide passed, chops were honed, new bands were formed, and life in studio and on the road was experienced full scale. As Michelle's rock got harder and more focused on her 'shred', she caught the eye of her testosterone driven peeps. Opinions on the woman's role in metal have evolved. Didn't Avril Lavigne perform at Metallica's MTV Icon ceremony? The shift is on.- Read the full article for some more cool Michelle stories
|50 Cent House Fire 'Suspicious'|
The blaze occurred just days after a heated confrontation inside the woman's attorney's office over the home. 50 Cent does not live in the home and apparently wasn't there at the time.
Investigators from the Suffolk County arson squad were called to the scene after Dix Hills Fire Chief Larry Feld deemed the blaze suspicious.- more on this story
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