Courtney Freaks Out
MuchMusic reports: Courtney Love gave her fellow rehab center patients a surprise gift over Christmas. Courtney apparently left her room to have her hair and make-up done for a magazine shoot, and preceded to strut around in her birthday suit for three hours. A clinic insider says, "She was totally naked and acting totally off the wall. Nobody knew where to look and she wasn't making a whole lot of sense." Courtney has been staying at Wavelengths since November 21, following reports she overdosed in October.
In more strangeness from Love, RockDirt had this little diddy: Courtney Love get quite defensive when asked about the $185,000 she spent to fix up her teeth, done by Dr. Ronald Goldstien. Courtney wrote (translated): "It's INSANE but it was worth it - clean teeth no cavities - and when I saw the x-ray of my jaw, my overbite was sooooo fu**ing massive it was like bucky buck. Why did my fairly boujie mommy not give any og her kids braces." She added, "All I know is I'm not ashamed to smile anymore. Maybe it changed my face some, I don't really think so- I feel prettier and nicer because I never could smile without feeling ugly. So Ronald Goldstien - genius dentist. He didn't fu**ing cut a piece off my FACE, he fixed my fu**ing TEETH. Does anyone have any understanding of that concept? No, we all got braces here, right? Well, your fu**ing lucky - I ground my teeth into little icky things from teeth grinding and an overbite that was horrific. I can smile now and PEOPLE ARE NICER TO ME. I like when people are nice to me - do you?" Click Here for the Full Story
Those poor patients. It's not bad enough that they are detoxing but to have to see Courtney nude. The humanity!
Pearl Jam Lead Cancer Benefit
Billboard reports: Pearl Jam, Paul Westerberg, Dropkick Murphys, Letters To Cleo's Kay Hanley, American Hi-Fi and the Allman Brothers Band are among the artists who have donated tracks to "Hot Stove, Cool Music," a compilation due Jan. 20 via Fenway Recordings. ESPN baseball reporter Peter Gammons will host an affiliated concert on Jan. 11 at Boston's Paradise, featuring Hanley and Buffalo Tom's Bill Janovitz, among others.
Proceeds from the album and show will benefit the Jimmy Fund, which supports cancer research at Boston's Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.
Here is the "Hot Stove, Cool Music" track
"Rock and Roll (Part 2)," Hot Stove All Stars
"Bu$hleaguer," Pearl Jam (live, 4/1/03)
"Your Summer Baby," Kay Hanley
"Outta My System," Paul Westerberg
"Rock and Roll (Part 1)," Hot Stove All Stars
"The Dirty Glass," Dropkick Murphys with Kay Hanley
"Carol," Peter Gammons
"Hit That," the Gentlemen
"Desdemona," the Allman Brothers Band
"Open Yours," Stickfigure featuring Jack McDowell
"Rockin' in the Free World," Trauser featuring Theo Epstein
"Wrapped in the Arms of Another," Susan Tedeschi
"Past Due," Sandfrog featuring Scott Spezio
"Hoy Hoy," Little Feat
"Hi-Fi Killer," American Hi-Fi
"Summertime Blues," Fabulous Penetrations featuring Peter Gammons
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Bad Religion Return
RIFTrock reports: Bad Religion, along with being one of the biggest bands of the Vans Warped Tour 2004, will release a new (currently untitled) album on Epitaph Records this summer. The band is currently in the writing process of the record, guitarist Brett Gurewitz and singer Greg Graffin have each written a few songs, but the band has yet to really discuss them or begin recording. On the follow-up to The Process of Belief, Greg Graffin said "It's a very good time, and we're poised to make another classic, meaningful Bad Religion album." Keep checking Riftrock for Bad Religion recording updates, album details, Warped Tour dates, and moreClick Here for the Full Story
John Paul Jones Reissued
BW&BK reports: Paper Sleeve reissues of former LED ZEPPELIN bassist JOHN PAUL JONES' solo efforts will be released in Japan through Sanctuary on February 21st. Titles include his 1999 release Zooma (which featured Chapman Stick legend Trey Gunn) and 2001's Thunderthief (which featured guitarist Robert Fripp). Click Here for the Full Story
The Bronx Cheat Death
Punkbands.com reports: This was in The Bronx's recent website update: We almost died, again. rolled our new van 2 times and the trailer snapped off and flew into the fastlane of oncoming traffic on other side of the freeway. this s*** is getting routine. we are keeping Ford in business. photos of the wreck in a few days. if anyone knows a witch doctor in the los angeles area, drop us a line. The band will be taking a break until the end of January when they will embark on a small Californian tour, followed by a trip the UK and Australia. A European tour is set to follow in April Click Here for the Full Story
RockDirt reports: The Ataris will be performing on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno on Tuesday night. Also this week are New Year's Eve celebrations on MTV and ABC on Wednesday night. Hilary Duff, Clay Aiken, Chingy, Ludacris and Simple Plan will be on MTV New Year's Eve beginning at 10:30 PM, while Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve on ABC will feature 'Newlyweds' stars Jessica Simpson and Nick Lachey, The Black Eyed Peas, Bow Wow, Hall & Oates, Jagged Edge, Jason Mraz, Donna Summer and 3 Doors Down, and begins at 11:35 PM.Click Here for the Full Story
Rush To The World
RIFTrock reports: "Rush's Alex Lifeson and Geddy Lee spilled the beans on the band's upcoming tour plans during their recent appearance on radio show Rockline.
The two announced that Rush plans to celebrate its 30 years together with a major, global concert tour next year.
That said, specific dates, cities and even countries where the band plans to play are still being worked out. However, Lifeson and Lee did specify Rush will play North America and Europe, where it's been more than a decade since they've last toured." Click Here for the Full Story
Rob Zombie Busy in 04
siN's metal news reports: ROB ZOMBIE is about to double his cinematic body count to 2000. His script for 'House of 1000 Corpses 2' has been approved, and the horror auteur will start casting the production after the holidays.
In addition to directing 'House of 1000 Corpses 2' ROB ZOMBIE plans to start writing his next solo album early next year. Although he hasn't written any new songs, he's got a game plan. "I really want to make a much heavier, darker record," he said. "I'm not worrying about radio or television or anything. I just want to make a really scary record."
ROB ZOMBIE will once again co-write with Scott Humphrey, who has worked on all of his solo albums, but ZOMBIE's backing band will probably be entirely new. "I want to get some new people in there and just experiment," he said. "But I don't have any timetable. If a bunch of songs come quick, the record will come quicker. If they don't, the record will take longer." Click Here for the Full Story
Cantrell Records with Damageplan
Damageplan.net reports: The record is done and it SMOKES! Killer tracks, front to back. You've only had a small taste of what's headed your way. Seems like everyone that hears this record wants to get involved too. The latest volunteer is Jerry Cantrell. Inspiration hit when J.C. was down for Thanksgiving and heard an unfinished track that we planned on using on the international release. Before we knew it, he locked himself in a room with a microphone and came out with a masterpiece! He wrote the verses and I finished off the tune almost immediately with the charge I got from hearing J.C.'s pipes on there. It's cool as s*** and we're going to pitch it for a big movie soundtrack as well, details to follow.
Blah, blah, blah... this is all just to pass the f***in' time until the devastation begins on Feb. 10th. Then we hit the road and throw down the s*** live! The four of us are chomping at the f***in' bit to go tear it up globally. There is some killer s*** in the works that I can't disclose as of yet, but watch the f*** out! We'll let you know ASAP, so hang in there....
Hope everyone has a safe and rippin' good New Year. We'll see you in '04! Click Here for the Full Story
Slipknot Dum Fux New Year
Blabbermouth reports: SLIPKNOT singer Corey Taylor will perform with a one-off side project called the DUM FUX on New Year's Eve at The House of Bricks in Des Moines, Iowa. Dizzy Draztik (Ryan McMurray, ex-leader of Des Moines punk band THE REJECTS) and other local friends will be joining in on the fun. SLOPSYCLE, THE NILLAS and ON A PALE HORSE share the bill.
"It's a cover thing, all about fun," Taylor explained to the Des Moines Register. "Seventies punk and '80s hair metal. Just good songs, just have-fun songs with attitude. . . . We haven't practiced yet. It's gonna suck really bad, but it's gonna be a lot of fun."
Tickets cost $15 in advance from the bar and are expected to sell out. Click Here for the Full Story
BW&BK reports: SKEW SISKIN's website reports that MOTORHEAD mainman Lemmy Kilmister was in Berlin (between Dec 15th - 18th) for another session with Skew Siskin to record a second track for his upcoming solo album. The track titles are: ‘Stand Upon The Mountain' and ‘Don't Matter To Me', both written by Lemmy and performed by Skew Siskin with Lemmy on bass and vocals.
As previously reported, Lemmy Kilmister recently spoke with Play Louder (www.playlouder.com) about the solo effort: "I have to do it between Motorhead and there isn't much in between Motorhead. Ha ha. I've got 5 tracks so far. I've done two tracks with The Revered Horton Heat, two tracks with the Damned... all originals except a cover of 'Neat Neat Neat' with the Damned - I'm playing the bass on that as well and it sounds pretty f***ing mental. I was talking to Jordan about doing a track with me when I met her in a club in London one night but I never heard from her again. I'd like a really weird mix of people on the album. I'd like to do something with Jeff Beck - see if I can get him into a Yardbirds frame of mind when he was f***ing great."
Lemmy's solo album is expected to be released sometime in 2004 or 2005. Click Here for the Full Story
OZZY OSBOURNE Voted Rock
Star Of 2003
Blabbermouth reports: Injured singer Ozzy Osbourne has been voted rock star of the year in a poll of music fans, according to BBC News. Osbourne, who is recovering from a quad bike crash and recently secured his first U.K. No. 1 single, won the accolade from Virgin Radio listeners. Justin Hawkins, frontman with THE DARKNESS, came a close second in the poll of 3,000 fans. U2's singer Bono was voted into third place, ahead of Robbie Williams and COLDPLAY's Chris Marti. "Ozzy Osbourne is the kind of rock legend we would all secretly love as a dad," said Ben Jones, the presenter of Virgin's "Most Wanted" show. "He's in a massive rock band and has lived the rock 'n' roll lifestyle to the full — the kind of fatherly advice you get from Ozzy Osbourne comes from experience. "And Justin Hawkins from THE DARKNESS has spent the year jumping around in a catsuit when he's not flying around in his space-ship — it's definitely been his year." Other rock stars to make it in to the top ten included two Sixties legends — ROLLING STONES guitarist Keith Richards at No. 6 and THE BEATLES' Sir Paul McCartney at No. 7. WHITE STRIPES' singer Jack White and Pete Docherty of new British band THE LIBERTINES also made it into the top ten. Click Here for the Full Story