|AC/DC Out Sell The Beatles - 08 Rewind|
Additionally AC/DC are the first band to release an entire album for video game play with the release this week of The AC/DC LIVE: Rock Band Track Pack. Also sold exclusively at Walmart and Sam's Club in the US, AC/DC LIVE: Rock Band Track Pack, gives music fans a whole new way to experience rock's hardest hitting act with access to 18 live recordings from AC/DC's epic, live performance at Castle Donington.
Columbia Records have partnered with Walmart and MTV to create "AC/DC Rock Band Stores" in New York's Times Square and in Los Angeles to give fans in the these cities fast access to all AC/DC music and merchandise.- more on this story
|Page and Plant Member Dies - 08 Rewind|
Michael drummed for Robert Plant beginning with the recording of his 1993 album Fate of Nations. He can be heard on that album's 'Memory Song (Hello Hello)' and 'Network News'. Robert Plant asked him to go on tour as the drummer for his tour.
A keen sense of timing is one thing a good drummer should have. Michael's was great since Robert Plant's next career move was to reteam with Jimmy Page. Half of Led Zeppelin was playing regularly for the first time in 15 years and, Michael was along for the ride. He drummed for the Unledded sessions and promoted the No Quarter album release with Page and Plant. [* According to Wikipedia Lee also played with Little Angels, The Cult, Echo & The Bunnymen and Thin Lizzy.]- more on this story
|Deftones Star In A Coma - 08 Rewind|
Details are limited thus far, but Deftones frontman Chino Moreno has issued the following statement:
"It deeply saddens me to inform you all that our brother Chi Cheng was involved in a terrible car accident last night. He is currently in a Northern California Hospital in serious, but stable condition."- more on this story
|Stone Temple Pilots Future In Doubt - 08 Rewind|
Q: Are you planning to make a Stone Temple Pilots album now that you've toured? ** Weiland: "I don't know how things are going to go with STP. It was sad to find out that we're still in some way locked into a contract with Atlantic Records, which is a travesty, actually. When we signed to them it was a great label. It was a beautiful time in music. Now if you say, 'We're going to do this song as the first single,' they go, 'OK, we're going to do some radio testing.' What the ... ?
"When we first talked about putting STP back together, it was, 'Do this tour and then see about doing a creative deal with another company.' So if it ends up being we have to make a certain amount of records for Atlantic in order to be free, then I don't know if I have that in me."- more on this story
|T.I. A Murder Target - 08 Rewind|
Flanked by some serious security, the self-proclaimed King of the South took the stand Friday as a witness for the prosecution in the murder trial of an Ohio man accused of killing a member of T.I.'s entourage—and the rapper told a packed courtroom that he believed he was the intended target.
T.I., whose real name is Clifford Harris, spent 40 minutes testifying against Hosea Thomas. The 34-year-old defendant faces a litany of charges, including murder and felonious assault, for a May 2006 shooting following a post concert bash in Cincinnati.- more on this story
|AC/DC Frontman Calls Rock Legend An A**hole - 08 Rewind|
When one fan asked if he has ever asked anyone for an autograph, Brian responds "I asked Chuck Berry once in 1975. He was the biggest piece of sh*t I ever met in me life. The rudest man I ever met."
When asked if Chuck's reaction was the reason Johnson signs so many autographs today, Brian answered "Well I don't want to be an ---hole like he was."- more on this story
|Metallica May Release Online Album - 08 Rewind|
The band recently came to the end of their record deal, and are weighing up all the options, which could include a regular label release.
"We're free of our record contract," Ulrich told Rolling Stone. "We have that element of complete freedom with the next record, so we can do whatever we want. We could do an Internet thing or even put it on Andy Greene's record label."- more on this story
|China Vs Guns N' Roses - 08 Rewind|
Delayed since recording began in 1994, "Chinese Democracy" hit stores in the U.S. on Sunday, although it is unlikely to be sold legally in China, where censors maintain tight control over films, music and publications.
In an article Monday headlined "American band releases album venomously attacking China," the Global Times said unidentified Chinese Internet users had described the album as part of a plot by some in the West to "grasp and control the world using democracy as a pawn." The album "turns its spear point on China," the article said.- more on this story
|Beatles iTunes Talks Stalled - 08 Rewind|
"The last word I got back was it's stalled at the whole moment, the whole process," the former Beatle said. "I really hope it will happen because I think it should."
McCartney, who was speaking at the launch of his new album, Electric Arguments, added: "It's between EMI and the Beatles, I think."- more on this story
|Platinum Blonde Bassist Found Dead - 08 Rewind|
He was found Monday morning by his sister and it is thought he passed away sometime during the night after the event.
"Kenny had his party at the Mod Club on Friday and he was really excited," local musician Angel Marr said in a brief phone interview.- more on this story
|Creed Reunion Coming? - 08 Rewind|
Now, if that wasn't scary enough, in a double whammy, the article goes on to say that if Kennedy leaves Alter Bridge, it would clear the way for a Creed reunion with Scott Stapp, which would be an unintended consequence the music world simply must not tolerate.
From the article : "There may be one unintended side effect should Kennedy bolt Alter Bridge, which has released an album each for Wind-Up and Universal. That band features the non-singing members of Creed, who split with frontman Scott Stapp in 2004. But sources indicate there would be big bucks in a Creed reunion tour and that the band may indeed rise again"- more on this story
|Punk Pioneer Dies - 08 Rewind|
His bandmates made the announcement: "We're very sorry to announce that founding member of The Descendents, and close friend Frank Navetta passed away on October 31, 2008 after becoming ill over the course of a few days.
"This is obviously a huge loss for the Descendents family. His contribution to the band, and to music in general can not be overstated. Frank will be truly missed. We will share information about memorial services when we find out."- more on this story
|Death Cab Singer Stung By Scorpion - 08 Rewind|
The singer reportedly had just changed into his show trousers when he felt something sting him on his thigh. Writing on his blog about the incident, bassist Nick Harmer explained what happened:
"So tonight in San Diego, Ben got stung by a SCORPION. Twice. I couldn't make this stuff up if I tried, file this under 'things that really happen on rock tours,'" he wrote.- more on this story
|Miley Cyrus Wig Catches Fire - 08 Rewind|
But the teen pop star failed to try out her new look because her wig caught fire, she has revealed.
Talking to British chat show This Morning, Miley told presenters: "I had the idea [for the disguise] so I got a wig and it was really short - a tomboy cut - and I decided to straighten it. I'm sitting down and all of a sudden I start smelling smoke.- more on this story
|You Won't Believe What The Biggest Selling Digital Song Is - 08 Rewind|
According to Soundscan, it is the first catalog song to sell over 2 million downloads, achieving double-platinum status. (It is categorized as a 'catalog' track because it was released before MP3s were invented and available for sale online through venues like the iTunes store. It was placed in the iTunes Store catalog on April 28, 2003.)
Why is it so popular? Good question, and like "What makes water wet?" it's somewhat unanswerable. However, the fact remains that, since it was first released on the 1981 Journey album Escape, Don't Stop Believin' resonated with fans.- more on this story
|Coldplay Crowned Top Selling Act of 2008 - 08 Rewind|
Their latest album "Viva La Vida or Death and All His Friends," released mid-year, topped charts in the United States, Britain, Japan, Germany, France and elsewhere.
Sales apparently benefited from Coldplay's marketing strategy, including giving away the first single free over the Internet for a week and staging a series of free concerts before embarking on an international tour.- more on this story
|Kaiser Chiefs Member Hospitalized - 08 Rewind|
Peanut had his appendix removed on Thursday, and has been ordered to recuperate in Brazil for a few more days before traveling on a plane.
With commitments to meet in Los Angeles, including a show at the Henry Fonda Theatre and an appearance on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno, the remaining band members flew to LA, and will go ahead with the performances as planned.- more on this story
|Bon Jovi Sued Over Golf Cart Assault - 08 Rewind|
The 37-year-old lady has said in legal papers that she suffered a fractured knee, ligament damage and severe internal injuries after Kevin McDonnell "deliberately" ran over her in a golf buggy.
She claimed that she was working to prevent backstage access after a fire broke out in the VIP area, and that's when she was approached by McDonnell, a member of Bon Jovi's personal security team. [Wait, she supposedly first tried to sue in the U.S. but that case was rejected- More details ]
|Blind Melon Lose Another Singer - 08 Rewind|
The group initially hoped to be able to play some of the shows with vocalist Chris Shinn, who formed Unified Theory with Blind Melon's Christopher Thorn (guitar) and Brad Smith (bass), filling in, but those plans were eventually abandoned.
[FMQB reported on Tuesday: "Warren claims that he was fired from the group because of vocal problems, but the band says that it was he who walked out on them"]- more on this story
|Mastodon Guitarist Hospitalized - 08 Rewind|
At the moment, Mastodon has decided to continue on the tour as a trio. Doctors and Bill are hopeful that he will rejoin his bandmates in time for their headlining tour of Europe which begins November 30th, in Utrecht, Holland and will end on December 7th, at the All Tomorrow's Parties Festival in Somerset, England.
More details to follow as they develop. [end band statement] There is no word on why Bill was hospitalized, but Relapse sent out this totally unrelated press release: A collectors edition Mastodon vinyl box set is set to be issued on November 18th via Relapse Records. This box set will be a one-time pressing strictly limited to 1,000 copies and include nine 180-gram LP's encapsulating the legendary band's entire history of recordings.- more on this story
|Ticketmaster Experiments With Dropped Fee - 08 Rewind|
"We're already testing the program on certain upcoming tour on-sales," Moriarty said, noting that concertgoers who use Ticketmaster electronic delivery system TicketFast would not be charged with additional service fees.
"We look to lead the way with this dramatic new approach, and fundamentally change the way tickets are sold in the live entertainment industry."- more on this story
|Faces Plan Reunion - 08 Rewind|
Frontman Rod Stewart told Raysgigs.com that all the original members aside from late bassist Ronnie Lane, who died in 1997, were set to reconvene on Monday (November 17) to run through their old hits.
The band includes Rolling Stones' guitarist Ronnie Wood, but plan to use Stewart's touring bassist to fill in for Lane.- more on this story
|Jimi Hendrix Experience Drummer Mitch Mitchell Dead At 62 - 08 Rewind|
Janie Hendrix, CEO of Experience Hendrix, LLC commented, "We're all devastated to hear of Mitch's passing. He was a wonderful man, a brilliant musician and a true friend. His role in shaping the sound of the Jimi Hendrix Experience cannot be underestimated. Over the course of the recent tour, he seemed delighted with the interchange with the other musicians and the audiences. There is no question that he was doing what he loved."
Mitchell began working with Experience Hendrix, the family owned company established by James "Al" Hendrix shortly after its inception. He had been featured in many of the documentaries and programs issued by the company over the years.- more on this story
|Billy Corgan Has It Out With Fan On Stage - 08 Rewind|
Sick of the catcalls he was receiving and from watching audience members leave in droves, Billy Corgan eventually invited a particularly vocal heckler onstage to have it out with him.
"Last night's show ----ing sucked, man!" the young man yelled into Corgan's microphone to an abundance of cheers. Corgan appeared to stay calm and asked the fan if he wanted his money back, but then told him to leave. And while the man walked off the stage, Corgan let loose with this gem: "By the way, I liked that song you wrote. I heard it was Number 1. Wasn't it Number 1 in Europe? It's called Take Your Dick Out Of My Ass And Stick It In My Mouth."- more on this story
|New Led Zeppelin Band Won't Be Called Led Zeppelin - 08 Rewind|
Jones revealed last month that the former Led Zeppelin stars planned to tour minus their frontman after Robert Plant ruled himself out of any further performances.
When asked about the collaboration, an unnamed spokesperson for Page's management company, Qprime, told Rolling Stone: "Whatever this is, it is not Led Zeppelin. Not without the involvement of Robert Plant."- more on this story
|Man Beaten Over Karaoke - 08 Rewind|
According to a River Falls Police Department report, Drinkwine throttled singer James Mischler, 28, and his friend Cyrus Kozub, 29, "over one's ability to sing karaoke."
Though cops did not specify which song set Drinkwine off last week, Kozub told TSG that Mischler was performing "Holy Diver," the title cut on Dio's 1983 debut album (the band is fronted by Ronnie James Dio of Black Sabbath/Heaven and Hell/Rainbow fame).- more on this story
|Nine Inch Nails Lineup Change - 08 Rewind|
Here's the announcement from Trent Reznor: "With great pride and excitement I announce the addition of Ilan Rubin to the lineup beginning next year. I had the chance to see Ilan playing his ass off at Reading and Leeds a couple summers ago and he blew me away.
"We recently invited him out to rehearse with us and he blew US away - the perfect guy to pick up the sticks after Josh leaves us at the end of the year.- more on this story
|McCartney Wants To Release Lost Beatles Track - 08 Rewind|
The band played the recording for an audience just once, at an electronic music festival in London.
It reportedly includes distorted guitar, organ sounds, gargling and shouts of "Barcelona!" and "Are you all right?" from McCartney and John Lennon.- more on this story
|Mental Health Issues Sideline Vines Tour - 08 Rewind|
Nicholls, 31, was diagnosed four years ago with Asperger's Syndrome, a highly functioning form of autism, after his behavior became increasingly erratic.
"Craig Nicholls' mental condition has deteriorated extremely rapidly over the past month to the point where he requires immediate help over an extended period of time," the band said in a statement on their website.- more on this story
|Eurythmics Sex Toys - 08 Rewind|
Working in collaboration with JimmyJane, he's created special editions of the Little Something model, and also written a song called Let's Do It Again. This will be offered as a free download to anyone who buys one of the vibrators.
"The project is a multi-faceted mashup of design, luxury, sex and music," says JimmyJane [Sweet Dreams indeed!]- more on this story
|U2 Reinventing Rock N' Roll On New CD? - 08 Rewind|
In an interview with the Boston Herald, Lanois discussed his history with U2 and how, in his words, they have "reinvented" rock 'n' roll with the upcoming record.
What's U2's new stuff like? "The president of the company is singing better than ever and the tracks are wildly innovative. I would never have thought things would have gone this way. I believe, well, rock 'n' roll has been reinvented one more time." [laughs]- more on this story
|Metallica Diss Guns N' Roses - 08 Rewind|
While James was complimentary towards Axl Rose as an artist, he did take the opportunity to take a little swipe at Rose with some 'dis'missive remarks about "Chinese Democracy". Here is that part of the exchange. The Houston Chronicle asked James "You guys have an uneasy history with Guns N' Roses. Have you heard Axl Rose's new record? Do you even care?"
Hetfield responded: I'll certainly listen to it. But I haven't lost sleep waiting for it. I thought we took a long time to make an album. But you know he's late for everything so it makes total sense. We saw him play at a festival in Germany two years ago. He's a good frontman. He's eccentric, but all artists are. If they don't show that they're quirky, they're lying to you. They're either pretending they're not or they're pretending they're an artist.- Check out the full interview for James hindsight feelings about St. Anger and more.
|Vinnie Paul Denies Cashing In On Dimebag - 08 Rewind|
"I don't even know where to go with that other than, you know… They're not in the same position I'm in or had to go through what I've gone through here," Vinnie replied. "It's really none of their business where it goes, so I don't know how else to address it — I really don't even think about it; it doesn't cross my mind."
"I'm doing this for the fans and for them to enjoy what Dime was all about and give them more than what they already had — to increase his legacy and to make him larger than life forever. And he'll outlive all of us. I'm beyond letting things like that pick at me or irritate me. I just have to look past 'em and keep rolling."- more on this story
|Chris Cornell and Linkin Park Collaboration On CD - 08 Rewind|
You can now own those never-before-released performances on "Songs From The Underground". The new CD, previously only available through the Linkin Park fan club Linkin Park Underground, will be sold at selected Best Buy locations starting Thanksgiving Day!
This limited-edition CD includes "Hunger Strike" (live from Projekt Revolution 2008 featuring Chester Bennington) and comes with a free one-month trial membership for LPU and access to a FREE download of "Crawling" (featuring Chris Cornell).- more on this story
|Blink-182 Reunion? - 08 Rewind|
On his blog, group member Mark Hoppus says the recent death of Blink producer Jerry Finn and drummer Travis Barker's survival of a plane crash brought the threesome back in contact.
"We're just reconnecting as friends after four years of not talking," he says. "It's a good thing. Obviously the first question for a lot of people will be, 'Does this mean a Blink-182 reunion?' The answer is none of us know. "- more on this story
|Taco Bell Claims 50 Cent's A Poser Gansta - 08 Rewind|
The company responded in court documents to the suit filed by the star in June for trademark infringement. Taco Bell say that the rapper is trying to embellish "his gangsta rapper persona by distorting beyond all recognition a bona fide, good faith offer".
They called him a "self-described former drug dealer and hustler" in notes to Manhattan Federal Judge Naomi Reice Buchwald, reports the New York Daily News.- more on this story
|Metal Guitarist Killed In Crash - 08 Rewind|
"As many locals would know a huge storm hit Sydney last night and Greg was riding his motorbike home and hit a greasy wet patch on Parramatta road North Strathfield. Greg's death will be a huge loss to the Australian metal scene and of course the international black metal scene.
"The new Nazxul album had just been completed and Greg was really looking forward to getting back out on the road and we had also talked about the possibility of heading over to Europe for some shows next year. Greg explained to me that the new album was sounding like they finally wanted to sound like, and was really proud of what he had achieved."- more on this story
|Roots Bus Crash - 08 Rewind|
The Philadelphia band, who were heading to the French capitol to perform at a gig with Kanye West tonight, reportedly came out of the accident with nothing more than minor injuries.
Blogging from the ambulance on the way to the hospital, Ahmir '?uestlove' Thompson described what happened. Read that- here
|Copyright Law Unconstitutional? - 08 Rewind|
The professor, Charles Nesson, has come to the defense of a Boston University graduate student targeted in one of the music industry's lawsuits. By taking on the case, Nesson hopes to challenge the basis for the suit, and all others like it.
Nesson argues that the Digital Theft Deterrence and Copyright Damages Improvement Act of 1999 is unconstitutional because it effectively lets a private group - the Recording Industry Association of America, or RIAA - carry out civil enforcement of a criminal law. [interesting enough, soon after this the RIAA stopped their practice of suing fans]- more on this story
To start the new year we are looking back at some of the top stories of 2008
|. 2008 News Rewind: November|