Quicks: AC/DC, Pearl Jam, Slash, Slayer - Systematic, Soulfly, Filter and Godsmack
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AC/DC’s Still Upper Lip DVD Online AOL Viewing Party a Success.
Over 300,000 unique High Speed AOL users logged on to watch a streamed version of AC/DC’s new home video DVD release “Stiff Upper Lip Live” during the first two weeks of the special launch.
AC/DC teamed up with the online giant to promote the new DVD with AOL creating a special section at keyword AC/DC which currently features live streams from the DVD as well as a “Angus Desktop Buddy” who storms across the users computer desktop shredding AC/DC riffs and dropping his pants. Those who logged on within the first two weeks were able to view the new DVD in its entirety. AOL promoted the special within their AOL Music Space and AOL Hometown to taut the power of the AOL High Speed.
Former Slayer Drummer’s Systematic Future?
Despite several reports to the contrary former Slayer drummer Paul Bostaph has NOT officially joined Systematic. According to a spokesperson from Elektra Records, Bostaph has not been hired on to fill the vacant drummer slot in the band. In a Dec 21st press release Bostaph said that he decided to leave Slayer due to a chronic elbow injury and he felt he was unable to continue performing to his fullest potential and greatest intensity.
Paul Bostaph had played with Systematic’s Adam Ruppell in a previous band and was called upon to play drums with Systematic on New Year’s Eve for a radio-sponsored show in Modesto, California. That appearance touched off rumors that he had joined the group.
At Press Time Systematic is still in search of a replacement for departed drummer Shaun Bannon, who left the group last summer for medical reasons.
Pearl Jam begin work on new album.
Pearl Jam will begin recording their next studio album next month. According to the KNAC report, the band is still undecided on whether to launch a supporting tour for the album. The long awaited “Rarities” album is also on tap for later this year as well as Eddie Veddar’s contribution to the Ramones tribute album.
Veddar’s cover of the Beatle classic "You've Got To Hide Your Love Away" hits stores today on the “I Am Sam” movie soundtrack.
Slipknot retrack “My Plague”
Slipknot were in the studio recently recording a new version of “My Plague”. The KNAC report did not indicate what the reworked track was going to be used for.
Soulfly/Static-X/Soil U.S. tour
The first handful of dates to the Soulfly/Static-X/Soil
U.S. tour have been announced.
1/31 - San Francisco, CA, The Warfield
2/1 - Los Angeles, CA, The Palladium
2/2 - Las Vegas, NV, HOB
2/4 - Phoenix, AZ, Web Theater
2/5 - Albuquerque, NM, Sunshine Theater
2/6 - Denver, CO, Filmore Auditorium
2/7 - Kansas City, MO, The Beumont
2/9 - Minneapolis, MN, BMX Skate Festival
What’s up with Slash?
Slash told Classic Rock Magazine that Slash’s Snakepit is no more. The former Guns ‘N’ Roses axeman is currently working on a new solo album “which will be a much more musically diverse offering than his past efforts”. Blabbermouth also reports that Slash teamed up with his former bandmate Izzy Stradlin before Thanksgiving in a studio and laid down tracks written by Izzy for a future project.
Filter near completion on new album
ThePRP.com is reporting that Filter is currently wrapping up mixing their next album titled “The Amalgamut” in a Los Angeles mixing studio with Ben Grosse. The album is expected to hit stores in late Spring/ early Summer through Reprise Records.
Tentative Track Listing for “The
"You Walk Away"
"The American Cliche"
"Where Do We Go From Here"
"So I Quit"
"It Feels Like That You're With Me And Against Me"
"My Long Walk To Jail"
"God Damn Me"
"I Like The World Today"
Godsmack’s song “I Stand Alone” will be included in “The Scorpion King” soundtrack. “The Scorpion King” is the third film in “the Mummy” series. Scully is heading up the soundtrack effort which is set to hit stores on April 2nd. Godsmack also have a new DVD on the way called “Smack This” which is said to give fans a glimpse behind the scenes of the band on the road.