To End the Year we are looking back at some of the top stories of 2008
|. 2008 News Rewind: October|
|Aerosmith Singer To Front Led Zeppelin? - 08 Rewind|
Fans of the legendary rock band have speculated there will be a world tour since they reunited for a one-off show last December (2007).
Singer Plant has frequently denied the band is to hit the road for a string of gigs, but rumors the other three members - Jimmy Page, John Paul Jones, and Jason Bonham - have been rehearsing together have sent gossips into a spin. Now the comeback looks to be a step closer to reality, with reports suggesting Tyler has taken over vocal duties during practice sessions in London.- more on this story
|Marilyn Manson Member Found Dead - 08 Rewind|
The bass player, whose real name was Brad Stewart, played in Manson's band from 1989 until 1993, when he was fired and replaced by Twiggy Ramirez.
Stewart was found dead at his home in Burbank, Los Angeles on Thursday (October 9) after a suspected drug overdose. He was 39.- more on this story
|Injury Sidelines Linkin Park - 08 Rewind|
A statement posted on Linkin Park's official Web site said the band was canceling shows scheduled for October in Beijing, Shanghai, the central city Wuhan and the southern gambling enclave Macau.
The band also canceled its show in Taipei, the capital of Taiwan. The band didn't say Tuesday how Bennington suffered the injury.- more on this story
|Van Hagar Recording Album - 08 Rewind|
"We were very excited about that show," Satriani told Billboard.com. "We had never played together before, and when we walked off stage, we looked at each other like, 'Wow, there's a connection here. We should do something about it.' So last week we were together for five days and we recorded nine tracks.
"As soon as Sammy and myself finish touring our separate solo tours we'll reconvene in Northern California and finish the record," he continued.- more on this story
|Korn Temple Pilot - 08 Rewind|
Ray Luzier (Korn/David Lee Roth/Army of Anyone) will be filling in. The band has issued the following update:
"Due to the unfortunate passing of his father, drummer Eric Kretz will be taking a brief leave of absence from the Stone Temple Pilots tour dates this week in Texas and at the Voodoo Festival in New Orleans. Drummer Ray Luzier will be filling in for Eric and will be performing with the band at these shows."- more on this story
|John Paul Jones Confirms Led Zeppelin Will Ramble On Without Plant - 08 Rewind|
Singer Robert Plant has already announced that he has no plans to join them, as he was committed to his work with Alison Krauss, although they could be reunited with him in "a couple of years."
In the meantime, the rest of the band is looking for a new frontman before hopefully taking to the road. John Paul Jones said during an appearance at this past weekend's Mansons Guitar Show in Exeter, Devon, UK, "As soon as we know who it is, we'll let you know who it is."- more on this story
|Axl in Velvet Revolver? Yeah Right - 08 Rewind|
Slash took time out to speak with MusicRadar to coincide with his latest signature Gibson and Epiphone six-strings being unleashed on the world. And Slash loves Les Pauls. That's for sure: "I've got somewhere between 80 and 90 guitars and I'd say 75 percent of them are Les Pauls. It's ridiculous – but they all have a unique purpose."
Visit MusicRadar on Wed (interview not up at press time but keep checking) to get the skinny on everything from his forthcoming solo album, to how he's been affected by the European smoking ban, to his favorite hat-wearing rock stars.- http://www.musicradar.com/
|Dave Grohl Vs Drunken College Dork - 08 Rewind|
Grohl's rockers were headlining the last day of the weekend festival when an audience member clambered up onto the stage and ran towards the singer.
Initially startled, Grohl played down the drama by telling the crowd, "He's just a drunken college dork."- more on this story
|Artist Plans To Smoke Cobain's Ashes - 08 Rewind|
Now, an Australian artist called Natascha Stellmach claims to have "acquired" the remains, and plans to smoke them in a joint to "release Cobain into the ether from the media circus."
The infamous pile of ash is currently on display in Gallerie Wagner + Partner in Berlin as part of Stellmach's Set Me Free exhibition. [amazing what they are calling "art" these days.]- more on this story
|Bon Jovi Facing $400 Billion Dollar Lawsuit - 08 Rewind|
We recently told you about Boston musician Bart Steele who wrote a theme song for his home town baseball team, The Boston Red Sox, which he believed was later rewritten by Bon Jovi (see story). Steele filed a Federal lawsuit Thursday in the Massachusetts District Court's Boston Office against the veteran rockers and a host of other defendants.
The basic claim (that we could make out) in the lawsuit revolves around a song Steele wrote in September in 2004. In the suit Steele's composition is described as a "love song for his beloved Red Sox and a baseball playoff anthem fans could sing along with. He titled his song '(Man I Really) Love this Team', also known as 'Man I Love this Team.'" Steele says that through local airplay and public performances the song became well known by fans of the team as well as members of the team and their organization.- more on this story and see related follow up stories
|Metallica Top Hall of Fame Poll - 08 Rewind|
"That's really nice to hear!" Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich said by phone from his home in Northern California.
"It's been a great year for Metallica," he said. "There's a lot of love and goodwill from the fans, from the critics, from the peers, from all the sixth-graders over at my son's school. There's a lot of love everywhere I look.- more on this story
|Did Oasis Rip Off Cliff Richard Song? - 08 Rewind|
Noel, Liam Gallagher and company posted the song on their MySpace page last week ahead of Dig Out Your Soul's release today (Oct. 6), and almost immediately, Cliff Richard fans began writing on the singer's website about what they say is an uncanny resemblance.
One user by the name of Rolybunny says, "This is a rip-off. What'll they do next? Remix Mistletoe and Wine?" On the other hand, some Richard fans are elated, viewing the similarities as something of an honor for the aging pop star. Janine Castle, from the International Cliff Richard Movement, says, "I'm astounded Oasis use Cliff as their muse - but delighted. I can hear the similarities. It's about time Cliff's musical genius got some recognition."- more on this story
|Weezer Set World Records - 08 Rewind|
The band's Pat Wilson is also shown in the video playing the World's Smallest Drum Kit in a Video...a record the band is petitioning to get in the book as an official record. No word yet at press time. The video's exclusive 24-hour online premiere will be available on Yahoo!Music beginning at 9:00PM PDT Monday, October 6, 2008.
The "Troublemaker" video is for a song that's been steadily rising up the Modern Rock charts, currently at #2 and looks to follow its predecessor, "Pork And Beans" to the very top of that chart. "Pork And Beans" spent a record eleven weeks on the top of the chart and its accompanying video has been played over fifteen million times.- more on this story
|The Hives Sued for Song Theft - 08 Rewind|
Shapiro claims his song Why You? - recorded by The Roofies in 1997 then again by Three Way in 2002 - was copied by The Hives on their 2007 single Tick Tick Boom,
Shapiro claims that Tick Tick Boom uses a vocal melody and riff from his song. He also consulted a musicologist before deciding to sue.- more on this story
|Moby Porn Video? - 08 Rewind|
The clip, which was directed by Matteo Bernardini, takes us onto the set of a fictional 1970s skin flick – there's definitely a Boogie Nights vibe around the place.
The film features characters with names like Angelica La Lapin, Crystal Menthe, Foxy Candy, Bunny and Big Rob (best not to ask how he got his moniker).- more on this story
|My Morning Jacket Star Takes A Fall During Concert - 08 Rewind|
A Cedar Rapids newspaper reported that James slipped and fell about 30 minutes into the show Tuesday night.
The Gazette says James apparently hit his head in the fall, which happened between songs.- more on this story
|Phish Announce Reunion - 08 Rewind|
The concerts will be the group's first since its August 2004 performance at Newport State Airport in Coventry, Vermont. The band intends to announce additional 2009 tour dates early next year.
Hampton Coliseum is a favorite venue of both the band and its fans. Phish has played a dozen shows there thus far and recorded the GRAMMY®-nominated, six-CD set Hampton Comes Alive at the venue in 1998.- more on this story
|Janet Jackson Postpones Concerts After Hospital Stay - 08 Rewind|
Jackson's representatives said in a statement the singer on Monday night "got suddenly ill during her sound check ... and had to be rushed to the hospital just before showtime."
Jackson checked into Royal Victoria Hospital in Montreal and was discharged two hours later, said Rebecca Burns, a spokeswoman for the hospital.- more on this story
|Did Planned X Rating Kill The Motley Crue Film? - 08 Rewind|
"The Motley Crue thing I was really into and I did a lot of work on it," Charles says. "I wrote a pass on the script and everything, but it was at MTV Films which then got swallowed by Paramount Vantage which then got swallowed by Paramount. All those people were gone that developed it and it got put to the side, so I don't know what's going to happen to it. Also my thing about that which was that I felt it had to be an NC-17 [equal to an X rating] movie, and I thought, 'Well that would be ballsy to do. When was the last time they had a mainstream NC-17 movie?' That'd be a good idea."
"I don't know if you've read the book, but it's really a great read," he continued. "Do you know Neil Strauss at all? He used to work for The New York Times as their pop critic, he wrote the book and he's a really good writer. It's so much better than they deserve, the book, because Motley Crüe is a crappy band but he wrote a really epic book about them. It's really fascinating. What's good about it is how hardcore it is. They've killed people, they've hurt people, they've crippled people, they've done all kinds of crazy things. You'd have to show that for real and I think there was a little bit of reticence about doing that ultimately. But for me, I would do it if it could be done the proper way. If it's going to be sanitized then they don't need me to do it. They could find somebody else to do that."- more on this story
|Former Guns N' Roses Members Form Guns of Destruction - 08 Rewind|
The band features former Guns N' Roses drummer Steven Adler, the Guns in the original Guns N' Rose Tracii Guns (LA Guns/Brides of Destruction), as well as Chip Z'nuff (Enuff Z'nuff / Missing Persons / Adler's Appetite).
Chip Z'nuff spoke with antiMusic on Tuesday and told us that the band is really looking forward to their first show and there might also be some very special guests in attendance.- update
|U2 Penning Spider Man Tunes? - 08 Rewind|
But the two are writing the score for the upcoming Broadway production of Spiderman: The Musical.
Although the lavish production, said to feature state-of-the-art lighting and sets, isn't due to open till sometime next year, it's already making history of sorts.- find out how
|A Street Named Dave Grohl - 08 Rewind|
The former Nirvana drummer is the subject of a successful petition to get Markey Alley in his hometown of Warren, Ohio changed to Dave Grohl Alley.
The impetus for renaming the street came from Warren Police Sgt. Joe O'Grady and an area DJ named Fast Freddie.- more on this story
|Jimmy Page Rejects Fans Walk of Fame Campaign - 08 Rewind|
"There are two letters relating to the above, addressed to Jimmy Page, which have been passed to me.
"I have now had the opportunity of discussing these with Jimmy; he has asked me to thank you for this interest, but he does not feel that this is something that he can endorse."- more on this story
|Big and Rich Star Brawls With Danzig Rocker - 08 Rewind|
Cops were called to the Mondrian Hotel in West Hollywood at 4:20 AM, after John Rich got into it with Jerry Montano, a former bassist of the rock band Danzig. It appears someone got whupped, because paramedics responded to the scene at 4:28 AM. We're told one of the dudes was treated for a bloody nose but no one was transported to the hospital.
Cops say they're investigating the incident but no arrests have been made -- at least so far. Neither guy wanted to press charges against the other.- more on this story
|Hanoi Rocks No More - 08 Rewind|
"All commitments until the end of the year, including the UK tour starting in London on Halloween, will naturally be honoured.
"In addition, the band has decided to say farewell to their fans by doing a final tour of Japan in the spring 2009 and immediately thereafter wrapping things up with a few nights at the legendary Tavastia Club in Helsinki, Finland where their career originally got started in the 80's.- more on this story
|Against Me! Bus Crash - 08 Rewind|
The band is currently touring with Ted Leo and the Pharmacists and Future of the Left. Leo reported in via his website that the members of Against Me! are uninjured but likely delayed
Against Me! frontman Tom Gabel posted a blog about the accident and said in part, "Everyone was asleep when it happened. I didn't want to wake up. Moments before I was sleeping so deeply. I was annoyed. I woke to the sound of my friends screaming, various expletives, inarticulate gasps, the sensation of spinning, and the sound of crashing inside and outside the bus. My eyes opened to blackness. I immediately pressed my hands and feet into the roof of my bunk as hard as I could, bracing for what I did not know."- more on this story
|Jennifer Hudson's Nephew Found Dead - 08 Rewind|
The singer and actress was among seven family members and close friends who cried and held hands as they identified Julian King's body from a live image on a television screen at the Cook County Medical Examiner's office Monday afternoon.
Chicago police spokeswoman Monique Bond said the boy, like his grandmother and uncle, had been shot. The medical examiner's office planned a Tuesday autopsy.- more on this story
|Britney Paris Lohan Sitcom? Must Skip TV! - 08 Rewind|
UK newspaper the Daily Star reports how HBO are eyeing the trio to star alongside one another, in a show that will be a cross between Friends and Ugly Betty. It's even said Marc Cherry (Desperate Housewives) will write the script.
A source tells the paper: "The chemistry between them will be electric. They were all very close and have had their ups and downs in the LA party world. But they have overcome those problems now. And they can draw from their experiences for the sitcom." [We usually doubt many UK press reports based on "sources" but this story just might be stupid enough to be true. Then again.- more on this story
|AC/DC Rule The World - 08 Rewind|
In the US alone Black Ice has sold more than 780,000 units its first week on sale, marking the band's first ever debut entry at #1 on the album charts. Over 5 million copies of Black Ice have been shipped worldwide, combined with close to 5 million in catalog sold this year, the band are poised to sell over 10 million units this year alone.
In the US, Black Ice is being sold exclusively at Walmart, Sam's Club, and www.acdc.com. AC/DC LIVE: Rock Band(R) TrackPack(TM), featuring master recordings from the band's fabled 1991 performance at Donnington Castle, will also be sold exclusively by Walmart and Sam's Club in November and in Europe, Australia and New Zealand beginning in early December. In addition, 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 these cities fast access to the band's newest items. These pop up stores have begun selling the album, AC/DC apparel, the Rock Band video game, and Rock Band branded apparel and accessories.- more on this story
|Monster Mash Singer's Remains Turned into Jewelry - 08 Rewind|
After his death, Nancy had a .44 ct colorless LifeGem diamond created from his cremated remains. She wears it in a white gold solitaire ring. Pickett was diagnosed with leukemia 5 years ago, and he and his daughter Nancy talked openly about death. "I saw a show about turning cremated remains into diamonds," said Nancy, "I immediately called my father and told him that I wanted to make a diamond from his cremated remains; he loved the idea."
On Halloween Pickett used to say "They dig me up every year." This year for Halloween his daughter is wearing him as a LifeGem Diamond Ring. "Bobby was a minimalist, not elaborate," said Huus. Her simple solitaire ring reflects that personality.- more on this story