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(Rock News Desk) Jack Black says he has no plans to make a sequel to 2003 movie School of Rock – because it would be unlikely to match the quality of the original. “It’s my favorite,” he comments. “It was tailor-made for me, and so brilliantly written and directed." more
(The Music's Over) Members of the hard rock group Flannelette were driving home from a gig on the Gold Coast Saturday when their van was reportedly struck by a semi-trailer as they were attempting to pull off the road after experiencing engine trouble. Mick Fisher (age 30), guitarist Tyler Gunn (age 24), and a female companion died as a result of their injuries. more
(Rock News Desk) Great White guitarist Mark Kendall has confirmed the band’s current singer Terry Ilous is just standing in for Jack Russell: “Jack’s had a ton of health issues that’s made it literally impossible for him to perform. He was doing it with the aid of stools and we were getting ridiculed." more
(Punknews.org) Drummer Scott Gursky has parted ways with Obits. The band issued this statement on their Facebook page: "Ladies & gents, we are very sad to announce that our youngest & handsomest member has decided to move on from this tawdry Obits cacophony." more
(Rock News Desk) Iron Maiden frontman Bruce Dickinson says he became a commercial airline pilot because he’s not rich enough to own a jet plane. more
(Metalrage) Systematic, the Bay Area hard rockers and former protégés of Metallica's Lars Ulrich, will play a reunion show on August 20 at Slim's in San Francisco. The concert will celebrate the 10-year anniversary of the "Somewhere In Between" album and will feature the band's original lineup of Tim Narducci, Adam Ruppel, Nick St Denis and Phillip Bailey. more
(Rock News Desk) If AC/DC tour again they won’t stage a two-year extravaganza, says frontman Brian Johnson – and in fact, they didn’t intend to do so with their Black Ice world trek. “It just got bigger and bigger, and we were like, ‘What the hell is happening?’” Johnson reports. more
(Metalrage) Onslaught have been forced to cancel their previously announced appearances at the Metalfest festivals in Germany and Austria due to the fact that the band's lead vocalist, Sy Keeler, was diagnosed with viral laryngitis. more
(Rock News Desk) Korn bassist Fieldy says his bandmates have been surprisingly noncommittal about his side-project Stillwell, who are opening on the nu-metal outfit’s current tour. “They watch us every night, but they don’t seem very animated about things,” he comments. more
(Metalrage) Xerath will embark on a 14-date tour of China in the fall. The trek will kick off on October 2 in Zhang Jiang and will conclude on October 16 in Shang Hai. more
(The 1st Five) Broadway Calls have announced on their Tumblr blog that they will be recording a new EP next month at Atomic Garden Recording Studio that they hope to release in time for The Fest this fall. You can read their statement here
On this day in 1968, working on what will become “The White” album. The Beatles add overdubs of bass and vocals on “Revolution.” After numerous overdubs have been added, the final six minutes of the song evolved into chaotic, jamming, with Lennon repeatedly shouting "alright” and Yoko Ono speaking random phrases. The jam becomes the basis for “Revolution 9,” and this session is the first that Yoko attends.
On this day in 1977, the BBC announced a ban on the new Sex Pistols single “God Save The Queen” saying it was, "in gross bad taste." And the IBA issued a warning to all radio stations saying that playing the single would be in breach of Section 4:1:A of the Broadcasting act. The single reached #2 on the U.K. chart.
On this day in 1980, the Theme from M*A*S*H* (“Suicide Is Painless”) by Mash was at #1 on the U.K. singles chart, 10 years after it was first recorded after being championed by BBC Radio 1 DJ Noel Edmonds. Mike Altman the son of the original film's director, Robert Altman, was 14 years old when he composed the song's lyrics.
On this day in 2004, U.S .guitarist Robert Quine was found dead of a heroin overdose in his New York City home. He worked with Richard Hell And The Voidoids,Lou Reed, Brian Eno,Lloyd Cole, Marianne Faithfull, Tom Waits and They Might Be Giants. Find out what else happened on this date in music history here