Josh Homme Bar Brawl
Blabbermouth reports: QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE frontman Josh Homme canceled a concert in Philadelphia after he was injured in an East Village bar brawl early Tuesday (April 6), the New York Post's "Page Six" reports. Homme and girlfriend Brody Dalle of THE DISTILLERS hit Niagara on Avenue A after Homme's side project, EAGLES OF DEATH METAL, played Mercury Lounge. At about 2:30 a.m., Homme had words with a guy at the bar and ended up taking several punches. "Josh is injured," EAGLES publicist Trevor Jones confirmed to the New York Post. Though Tuesday's Philly gig was canceled, Homme and his band taped a performance for "Late Night with Conan O'Brien" Wednesday- Click Here for the Full Story
Geoff Tate ID Theft
Blabbermouth reports: GEOFF TATE guitarist Scott Moughton faces more than 40 counts of ID theft after allegedly stealing mail by breaking into locked mailboxes along the Bothell Everett Highway in Everett, Washington, according to Komo TV.
"Money would just disappear. We'd be like, 'OK, what's going on now?' " said Joey Palomera, one of the ID theft victims.
Moughton, who allegedly had 20 to 40 people bringing him mail every night, had a preference for "bank cards," according to court documents.
After arresting two of his accomplices, the investigators were led to Moughton's apartment, where they say they found 15 bags of mail, according to Komo TV. They also found 40 pieces of ID from California, Oregon, Colorado, and Washington, as well as two picture IDs for the FBI — one with Moughton's picture on it and the name "Wendal Scott." [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story
SJR Drops Deicide?
Blabbermouth reports: DEICIDE have reportedly dropped off the SUPERJOINT RITUAL U.S. trek for reasons that are not entirely clear. Although no official statement has yet been released on the matter, one attendee at SUPERJOINT's show in Huntington, West Virginia Tuesday night (April 6) has told BLABBERMOUTH.NET that SUPERJOINT frontman Phil Anselmo was allegedly heard announcing from the stage that "stupid f***in' DEICIDE have been kicked off the tour." Adding fuel to the reports is a posting on the web site of Annies Entertainment Complex in Cincinnati confirming that SUPERJOINT's show there Wednesday night (April 7) will not include an appearance by DEICIDE. Furthermore, DEICIDE's official web site, www.deicide.com, has removed all references to the SUPERJOINT tour, with no U.S. dates currently listed for the group prior to the start of their European jaunt in early June.- Click Here for the Full Story
Rocky Mountain Dio
BW&BK reports: In a rather bizarre promotional campaign, Coors Brewing has started to used the RONNIE JAMES DIO song 'Man On A Silver Mountain' as the outro for their new TV ads.- Click Here for the Full Story
Judas Priest Sign
BW&BK reports: JUDAS PRIEST frontman Rob Halford has "unofficially" confirmed that the band have re-signed with Sony Music for their much-anticipated reunion album, tentatively due before the end of the year. Asked during an interview on the Phoenix radio station KDKB Tuesday (March 30) if Priest was back on the Columbia label (subsidiary of Sony), Halford said, "Kinda, sorta. There's gotta be, like, this official press release thing, but I think we're gonna end up back with the family that we started out with. That'll be a great way to kind of put the movie together — you know, the final scene is we're back with the label again. So yeah, it's a good feeling to be in that place." - Click Here for the Full Story
MuchMusic reports: Beck is a married man. The singer tied the knot with his eight-month pregnant girlfriend, Marissa Ribisi, the twin sister of actor Giovanni Ribisi. A source told the New York Post that the ceremony in Santa Monica was a low-key affair.
Beck's melancholy 2002 album "Sea Change" was inspired by the end of a relationship with his long-time girlfriend. - Click Here for the Full Story
RIFTrock reports: Midtown will be releasing their new record Forget What you Know through Columbia on June 29th. The album's tracklisting can be found below.
01. Armageddon, Motherf***ers
02. To Our Saviour
03. Give it Up
04. Is it Me? Is it True?
05. God is Dead
06. Whole New World
07. Empty Like the Ocean
08. Nothing is Ever What it Seems
09. The Tragedy of the Human Condition
10. Waiting for the News
11. Until it Kills
12. Help Me Sleep
13. Hey Baby, Dont You Know that Were All Whores?
15. So Long as We Keep Our Bodies Numb Were Safe
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Some of those song titles sound like they belong on a watered down death metal track listing.
Bear Vs. Shark Skinless
RIFTrock reports: Bear Vs. Shark have dropped their drummer. You can read the official statement from the band's website below.
"Sorry for the long delay in updates, but we've been very occupied with a very sad event. Unfortunately, Brandon Moss will no longer be playing drums with Bear Vs. Shark. It's a very sad event for the band, and we've had very many good times with Brandon, but we just felt it was time to move on." - Click Here for the Full Story
MTV reports: Marilyn Manson is tying the knot with longtime girlfriend and burlesque beauty Dita Von Teese. The freaky fiancé popped the question to the 31-year-old Von Teese on March 22, according to the new issue of Us Weekly.- Click Here for the Full Story
Bon Jovi Lampoon
Jam! reports: Rocker Jon Bon Jovi will be starring in the upcoming film "National Lampoon's The Trouble With Frank," Variety reports.
He will play a former lawyer and current loafer who finds himself in court after using credit cards to fund a get-rick-quick scheme. - Click Here for the Full Story
Reuters reports: The music industry received a jarring verdict on Wednesday on its biggest problem: Continental Europe.
The International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI) reported on Wednesday that global music sales fell for a fourth consecutive year to $32 billion, and the pain runs deepest in Germany and France.
The French and German markets, the world's fourth and fifth largest, saw sales plunges of 14.4 percent and 19 percent respectively in value terms last year, the IFPI reported.
Italy, Spain and the Netherlands, which round out the top 10 markets, also suffered sizeable sales declines. Britain was the lone bright light in Western Europe with music sales nudging up 0.1 percent in 2003. - Click Here for the Full Story
Sounds like we need a new Rammstein CD.
Beatles Vs. Apple Trial
AP reports: A High Court judge ruled Wednesday that a trademark battle between Apple Computer Inc. and The Beatles' record company Apple Corps Ltd. should be heard in London.
Judge Martin Mann rejected an argument by California-based Apple Computer that the case should be tried on its home territory. He didn't set a trial date but granted the U.S. technology giant permission to appeal the decision.
Apple Corps Ltd., the Fab Four's record company, is suing Apple Computer, claiming the American company violated a 1991 agreement by entering the music business with its iTunes online store. - Click Here for the Full Story
Zep / Stones Studio Closing
AP reports: The sounds of ABBA, Led Zeppelin and the Rolling Stones have bounced off its padded walls. Now, Sweden's most famous recording studio, Polar Studios, must shut its doors because the owners can't pay the rent.
"It's a mistake being made right now," said Lennart Oestlund, part-owner and one of the studio's original sound engineers. "I see it as a museum of Swedish music history, especially ABBA."
The Swedish pop quartet's record label started the studio in 1978 and the group recorded its last three albums there. But the first big album recorded at Polar Studios was Led Zeppelin's "In Through the Out Door" in 1978.
Hundreds of bands and solo artists followed, including the Backstreet Boys, Genesis, the Beastie Boys, the Cardigans and Roxette — making Polar Studios a hot spot on the international music scene. - Click Here for the Full Story
Vince Neil Dismissed
AP reports: A misdemeanor battery case against former Motley Crue singer Vince Neil was dismissed Wednesday after he completed more than 100 hours of community service, prosecutors said.
Superior Court Judge Richard Stone granted a March 26 request to dismiss the case against Neil, said a spokeswoman for the Los Angeles County district attorney's office.
The charge stemmed from an April 2002 run-in outside a Sunset Strip nightclub. - Click Here for the Full Story
Loud Planet reports: Over the coming weeks at least three of the acts on the bill at the Download Festival are to play exclusive gigs as part of Download 'Unleashed'. No names have been announced as yet but we understand that these will be big name acts. The gigs are part of the build up to the festival which takes place at Glasgow on 2nd and 3rd June and Donington on 5th and 6th June. These events will be announced first via the Download Dog which can be obtained from the festival website, www.downloadfestival.com. There will be no public announcements or advertisements of these gigs. - Click Here for the Full Story
To The Beastie Boys
I Ate Your Microphone reports: The Beastie Boys new album has been titled "To The 5 Boroughs", and will see a release on June 15th through Capitol Records. The effort will be preceded in mid-May by album opener 'Ch-Check It Out', which is the first single to be taken from the release. The tracklisting for the effort is as follows:
01. "Ch-Check It Out"
02. "Right Right Now Now"
03. "The Hard Way"
04. "Time To Build"
05. "Rhyme The Rhyme Well"
06. "Triple Trouble"
07. "Hey f*** You"
08. "Oh Word?"
09. "That It's That All"
10. "All Life Styles"
12. "An Open Letter To NYC"
13. "Crawl Space"
14. "The Brouhaha"
15. "We Got The"
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Jonny Santos Returns
I Ate Your Microphone reports: Former SpineShank vocalist Jonny Santos has resurfaced in a new project dubbed Temper, a few months after leaving his old band behind due to various disagreements about the musical direction they should be heading in. Santos will be performing both singing and guitar playing duties within Temper, backed up by Matt Gieger (drums) and Rob Galvin (bass) who both formerly played in hardcore-punk outfit The Family Dog, as well as a couple of close friends providing beat box and sampling parts. Temper recently completed recording their debut release, a six song demo EP; and two tracks can now be downloaded from the effort at their official website www.tempermusic.com. - Click Here for the Full Story
Big Bird Norah
Net Music Countdown reports: Norah Jones was one of many celebrities paying homage to legendary children's program Sesame Street on a PBS special last Sunday. The special marked the 35th anniversary of the show, and featured historic flashback moments with cast members including Mr. Hooper, Maria, and other faves throughout the show's history. - Click Here for the Full Story
Ananova reports: Elvis Costello is to release two albums in autumn - a rock 'n' roll disc and his first full-length orchestral work.
The British star is recording the rock album with his backup band, the Imposters, in Memphis, Tennessee, and Oxford, Mississippi. It will be released on Lost Highway Records.
The classical album, Il Sogno, was recorded by the London Symphony Orchestra, with conductor Michael Tilson Thomas and will be released on the Deutsche Grammophon label. - Click Here for the Full Story
Crosby, Clapton & Speedwagon
liveDaily reports: Head on over to liveDaily for the lowdown on quite a few classic rock tours including Eric Clapton's North American run, Crosby, Stills & Nash and REO Speedwagon. - Click Here for the Full Story
Press Release reports: Boca Raton based Undecided Records and Films will now be exclusively distributed by Victory Records in North America. Undecided founder Cliff Wiener said, "Working with Victory will offer us numerous opportunities for growth for our artists and filmmakers. We are absolutely ecstatic to be working with a proven label like Victory. Not to mention our long standing relationships with several of Victory's partners." "Cliff has proven himself to me a multi-dimensional indie media entrepreneur. He is a pioneering purveyor of sound and visual entertainment. I look forward to being associated with his music and films," said Victory's Tony Brummel. The initial summer releases include offerings by Every Time I Die, The Big Screen, Further Seems Forever, Shindig, Things in Herds, and Burn the Mountain Down, along with the re-issue of Poison The Well's debut full length. - Click Here for the Full Story