Courtney Love Song Rip-off?
MSNBC reports: Is Courtney Love a rip-off artist?
...A radio producer is saying that he helped write a single from her new CD, "America's Sweetheart" — and she didn't give him credit for his work.
Rich Shertenlieb, a producer on the syndicated show Kidd Kraddick In the Morning, is telling people that two years ago, when he was a DJ in Atlanta, Love came in with the lyrics and some music to a song. Shertenlieb is also a musician, and the two of them finished the song together.
He claims he was stunned when he later heard the song as the new single, "Hold On To Me," without any credit given to him. "There were plenty of witnesses and much of it was taped," says a source. "Lawyers have been brought in." - Click Here for the Full Story
Blabbermouth reports: Industrial-metal pioneers MINISTRY have set a June 22 release date through Sanctuary Records for their new album, "Houses of the Molé".
The follow-up to 2003's "Animositisomina" was previously described by MINISTRY frontman Al Jourgensen as "all MINISTRY, all the time, with a dash of sinister Southwest flavor and half the carbs." - Click Here for the Full Story
Peter Criss Vs. Gene Simmons
Blabbermouth reports: Former KISS drummer Peter Criss has slammed KISS bassist/vocalist Gene Simmons over his allegations that Criss' drug and alcohol abuse is the reason Criss is no longer a touring member of the group.
Writing to his official web site, PeterCriss.net, Criss said: "Some people love hearing themselves talk, Gene Simmons is one of them. I read online what he said to the Iowa and German press. Now let me tell you what's really important. I have never been so happy in my whole life. I can finally be free to be an artist again.
"I surround myself with people who love me and respect me. My endearing and supporting wife Gigi, true friends, and a loving family, and always God. If not for him there would be nothing. These are things that make me a rich man, Mr. Simmons.
"I sang and drummed my heart out on the AEROSMITH tour, FACT. The really fans know that, END OF STORY. And I also missed Ace on the tour.
"I am in excellent health, wealthy and working on being wiser. I just wanted you fans to know that. I won't even comment on what Mr. Simmons had to say, because it's NOT TRUE, and I don't need to justify his lies.- Click Here for the Full Story
RIFTrock reports: Taproot have nearly finished writing songs for their new album, the follow-up to 2002's Welcome. The band will be entering the studio to record the new material on Aprill 15th with producer Michael Beinhorn. Expect to see the new record hit stores later this year. - Click Here for the Full Story
RIFTrock reports: The Deftones are planning to enter the studio to record new material in June. The band has been writing new songs in Sacramento, California for their fifth record, the quick follow-up to the band's self-titled 2003 release. - Click Here for the Full Story
siN's metal news reports: SLIPKNOT will be performing on 'The Tonight Show' come Monday night, May 17th, at 11:35pm. They will be playing the track 'Duality' from their upcoming release, "Vol. 3: (The Subliminal Verses)". - Click Here for the Full Story
No Ozzfest For The Bled
siN's metal news reports: After trying to get funding support THE BLED have chosen to not play Ozzfest after all. Heres a statement from the band:
"Thank you all for your support in helping us try to get The Bled on Ozzfest. But, they have made the decision to NOT play Ozzfest this year. Please do not Paypal anymore money, or send money orders or checks via the mail. All money that was donated via Paypal will be reimbursed by the end of the week.- Click Here for the Full Story
Reuters reports: Formerly Weezer member Matt Sharp is preparing to release his first solo album, a plaintive country affair in stark contrast to his past work.
The self-titled release is due April 15 through online retailers and May 4 via traditional outlets on the independent In Music We Trust label. - Click Here for the Full Story
Spears Tour Bus Police Chase
AP reports: A bus driver from Tennessee transporting crew and equipment for Britney Spears concert tour led police on a brief pursuit Monday and later failed to appear in court on charges of speeding and disobeying police, authorities said. - Click Here for the Full Story
Alanis Nude Protest
NME reports: ALANIS MORISSETTE has appeared 'nude' at the 'CANADIAN GRAMMYS' to protest about censorship in the US.
The singer, who was hosting the Juno Awards in Edmonton on Sunday (March 4), stepped onstage wearing a cartoonish 'nude suit' before commenting on the Janet Jackson Super Bowl scandal.
She told the audience after slipping out of her dressing gown to reveal the costume: "We can't show nipples on national TV. I am proud to be able to stand here and do this." - Click Here for the Full Story
Kerry Rap Pandering
MTV reports: On his Web site, Rush Limbaugh blasted John Kerry and the MTV Choose or Loose half-hour special he appeared on. Specifically, Limbaugh accused Kerry of pandering when he claimed to have listened to hip-hop. "Can't you just see old J.F. Kerry and Teresa Heinz riding around in the Range Rover at one of their mansions with hip-hop playing? You really think Eminem is their CD player right now?"- Click Here for the Full Story
MTV reports: Fans on the East Coast and in the Midwest wondering if a reunited Pixies would ever come to their town can breathe easy. The Pixies announced plans Monday for a proper North American fall tour that will begin September 4 in Bend, Oregon. Most dates and cities are still being booked, but some are already final: September 18 (Austin, Texas), October 14 (Atlanta), November 11 (Minneapolis), November 13 (Chicago) and November 24 (Toronto). - Click Here for the Full Story
Layne Staley Remembered
MTV reports: Surely it's just a coincidence, but it's worthy of mention: On April 5, 2002, exactly eight years after Kurt Cobain killed himself, another tragedy hit the Seattle music scene.
After years of drug abuse, Alice in Chains singer Layne Staley fatally overdosed on a combination of heroin and cocaine at the age of 34. But where Cobain's death was met with a massive public outpouring of grief, Staley's was greeted with a general shrug of indifference and a complete lack of surprise. His band had been inactive for so long, and he'd been written off by so many, that it almost seemed like he'd already died. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story
I Ate Your Microphone reports: The upcoming batch of remastered albums from Megadeth will all see a release on July 13th, through Capitol Records. Discs receiving the treatment, which will also be backed with four bonus tracks apiece (bar "Risk") include:
"Countdown To Extinction"
"Peace Sells...But Who's Buying?"
"Rust In Peace"
"So Far So Good... So What?"
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I Ate Your Microphone reports: Godsmack plan to film their upcoming concert in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania on April 09th, which sees them supported by Ill Nino and Dropbox, to include on a DVD release that they are putting out later in the year. In other news, they plan to reissue their latest acoustic offering "The Other Side" as a super audio disc on May 04th via Republic/Universal Records.- Click Here for the Full Story
Net Music Countdown reports: One of Hobastank's favorite pastimes is inventing stories to explain their made-up name. One such yarn involves a drunk at a ball game, standing up and slurring, "Man! Who butt stank!?"
As lead singer Doug Rob explains, it's all a bunch of hooey. "The first year we were out we probably gave out a hundred different answers to that question to have fun with it. We try not to take ourselves too seriously. But really, the name doesn't mean anything to us other than it being the title of the band." - Click Here for the Full Story
Love Case Moves On
Ananonva reports: A motion to suppress drugs evidence in the case against rocker Courtney Love has been rejected.
Had Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Patricia Schnegg upheld the motion, prosecutors would not have been able to introduce key evidence - including urine samples and some of Love's statements - into evidence at the trial, set for April 16.
"It would have killed our case," said Assistant City Attorney Jerry Baik after the hearing. "This was a vital ruling." - Click Here for the Full Story
In related news - it only took Love's solo debut "American Sweetheart" one month to drop out of the Billboard Top 200. To date the CD has sold less than 70,000 copies. Half of what Kelly Osbourne sold. Could it be that Courtney's 15 minutes of shame are almost up?
The Dead Live On
liveDaily reports: The surviving members of The Grateful Dead once again will return to the summer amphitheater circuit under the moniker The Dead, this time with a slightly revamped supporting cast.
Joining core members Phil Lesh, Mickey Hart, Bill Kreutzmann and Bob Weir on this summer's outing will be vocalist/guitarist Warren Haynes of Gov't Mule, who made his Dead debut during the Feb. 9 Winter Jam concert at San Francisco's Warfield. [see full story for more including dates] - Click Here for the Full Story
liveDaily reports: Wilco frontman Jeff Tweedy reportedly has checked himself into a Chicago rehab clinic for treatment of an addiction to painkillers that he developed while battling migraine headaches.
The Chicago Tribune reported this week that Wilco has called off a promotional trip to Europe so that Tweedy can undergo treatment.
Nonesuch Records has postponed by two weeks the release of the band's forthcoming album, "A Ghost is Born," to June 22. - Click Here for the Full Story
press release reports: W.A.S.P. The name is legend, having become associated with such controversial and mind numbing releases as The Headless Children, The Crimson Idol, K.F.D., Unholy Terror, and the notorious self-titled debut. April 20, 2004 will see the band evolve further with The Neon God: Part One – The Rise, a conceptual rock opera that explores the tragedy and consequences of one boy's search for acceptance and purpose in his existence.
Opening with the line, "Oh tell me my lord, why am I here?" The Neon God delves into such deeply emotional (and personal) inquiries, such as where does one fit into the great cosmic enigma? How does love fit into the equation? Should I use my gifts and talents for good or for evil? These are the primary thoughts all people have regarding their existence at one time or another. When addressed by a youth and coupled with an extreme dose of fear, a lethal combination develops.
Part One – The Rise tells the story of an abused and orphaned boy who finds that he has the ability to read and manipulate people. By utilizing his gifts, he is able to build a following whose devotion and allegiance create a loyalty so intense that he is poised to become a dark Messiah for the 21st Century.
Part 2 of The Neon God story will be released by Sanctuary/Metal-Is Records over the summer and will complete the awe-inspiring and jaw dropping story.- Click Here for the Full Story
press release reports: Quiet Riot vocalist Kevin DuBrow hits the road this week to begin his first ever solo tour. He'll be performing all the Quiet Riot classics and songs from his soon to be released CD. He will be on tour all through the summer in support of his upcoming solo album titled "In For The Kill" coming out on Shrapnel Records in May.
April 9 Caledonia, OH- The Wet Spot
April 10 Girard, OH- The Dome
April 22 Hudson, WI- Dibbo's
April 23 Hurley, WI- Studio To The Stars
April 24 Lake Lillian, MN- Horseshoe Bar
April 30 Watertown, NY- Club 342
May 1 Buffalo, NY- Rock And Roll Heaven
May 20 Worcester, MA - Lucky Dog Music Hall
May 21 Orange/New Haven, CT -Corner Pocket
May 22 Springfield, MA -TBA
May 23 Hartford, CT.- Webster Theater