Blabbermouth reports: Simmons Records/Sanctuary Music Group has pushed back the release date of KISS bassist/vocalist Gene Simmons' highly anticipated sophomore solo album, "---hole", to June 8 from the previously announced May 18 (and before that April 20).
If you're in the Los Angeles area and would like be the first to be officially certified by Simmons as an "a**hole", please apply to LosAngelesfirstname.lastname@example.org. 20 winners will be chosen at random to be the first to attend the "world premiere" of "---hole" at the Key Club in Los Angeles on April 22. Party is by exclusive invitation only.- Click Here for the Full Story
Society 1 Hate
Blabbermouth reports: SOCIETY 1's latest video, "Hate", will premiere on MTV2's "Headbanger's Ball" this Saturday, April 17.
Directed by award-winning director Spencer Susser (renowned for his commercials for Nike and Snapple and his videos for such artists as OPM and THE OFFSPRING), "Hate" is "bound to go down as one of the most memorable videos of the year," according to an official press release. "A fanatical kid, a wildly gyrating stripper, and [singer] Matt 'The Lord' Zane compete for the camera's attention as SOCIETY 1's driving industrial-metal glam-shock rages forth like a Satanic bullet train!"- Click Here for the Full Story
Aversion reports: Some say Iran is part of the "Axis of Evil," though its punk bands are now getting their first chance to help change the world's mind.
All politics aside, France's Tien An Man 89 Records announced it will release the first ever collection of punk bands from Iran. It contains a bunch of bands you can't even pretend you've ever heard of. No word on when the as-yet-untitled effort will hit stores in the States. - Click Here for the Full Story
Andre Vs Big Boi
Net Music Countdown reports: Outkast's Andre 3000 hasn't made any secret of his desire to can the music biz and get on with his life as a movie star, but now he's actually hinting that mate Big Boi is actually kind of a drag.
"If we weren't doing music, I don't know if would still be friends," says Andre. "In a perfect world, this would be the last Outkast record." - Click Here for the Full Story
Net Music Countdown reports: The Arena Football League and Universal Music Enterprises have teamed up to release a compilation CD that is inspired by arena football. The limited-edition CD, called "There's a Rumble in the House," is available only at Best Buy and features songs by 3 Doors Down, Bon Jovi, Nickelback, Hoobastank, KISS, Godsmack, Black Eyed Peas, and others. - Click Here for the Full Story
Spinal Tap Darkness
Rockdirt reports: Hear/Say's Jeff Niesel spoke with The Darkness bassist Frankie Poullain for a Q&A and asked if the group is tired of being compared to Spinal Tap. "Comparisons? We're not a spandex, hair metal band," Poullain responded. "We happen to have curly hair. All rockers used to have long hair. It's strange they have shaved heads now. I think the true part of Spinal Tap is in people who take themselves very seriously. I don't want to name names because it's a bit cruel to do that. I don't want to get into any sparring matches with anyone. If you watch MTV, for example, about the making of a certain band's video, you see a tyrant, overbearing egotistical lead singer shouting at the camera man and all that kind of stuff. If you see that kind of thing, you see Spinal Tap. It's someone in a crap band releasing crap music and with crap sentiments on a massive ego trip. That's Spinal Tap not us. We're happy to embrace the ridiculousness of what people think is ridiculous. One man's meat is another man's poison, basically. We like to think we're changing the rules."- Click Here for the Full Story
Sparta Pushed Back
The PRP reports: Sparta's upcoming new album "Porcelain" has been pushed back to a tentative July 13th release date. - Click Here for the Full Story
Tour Factory USA
The PRP reports: Fear Factory will be touring the west coast with Flatbrush next month, dates are as follows:
May 15th Sparks, NV - New Oasis
May 17th Seattle, WA - Graceland
May 18th Vancouver, BC - Commodore Ballroom
May 19th Portland, OR - Roseland Theater
May 21st Ventura, CA - Ventura Theatre
Fear Factory's new album "Archetype" will see a release next week on April 20th. - Click Here for the Full Story
Blabbermouth reports: According to MaidenFans.com, IRON MAIDEN singer Bruce Dickinson announced during an appearance on MTV2's "Headbanger's Ball" that bassist Steve Harris would shortly begin work on a "Dance of Death Tour" DVD. In addition, Bruce mentioned that he would be releasing a solo "Best Of" DVD (including live footage) sometime before the end of the year. - Click Here for the Full Story
Injured Muse Plays On
Muse reports: Muse are pleased to announce that their show in the Bowery, New York on the 14th April will go ahead. Matt's injuries to his mouth have been seen by a specialist and after receiving treatment, Matt feels he is still able to play the show.- Click Here for the Full Story
Radiohead, System, Cure Auction
NME reports: RADIOHEAD, THE CURE, BLINK 182, and SYSTEM OF A DOWN are amongst the artists joining in AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL's MUSIC FOR HUMAN RIGHTS online auctions.
Also donating exclusive prizes for the campaign are Bright Eyes, The Sleepy Jackson, and Cypress Hill. [see full story for more details]- Click Here for the Full Story
He Bangs A Hit
MTV reports: Fifty million Elvis fans can't be wrong, as the King's 1959 greatest-hits album professes, but most people probably wouldn't say the same about the nearly 38,000 folks who nabbed a copy of William Hung's debut album last week.
His inability to at least sing in the general direction of the right key didn't stop the atrocious "American Idol" contestant from bowing into next week's Billboard albums chart at #34 with his album, Inspiration, according to SoundScan figures. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story
Meat Puppet Trial Delay
MTV reports: Meat Puppets bassist Cris Kirkwood's trial was adjourned until May 10 in order for the judge to consider a motion filed by his attorney, who hopes statements Kirkwood made immediately following his arrest in December can be suppressed. Kirkwood faces charges stemming from an incident outside a Phoenix post office, in which he assaulted a security guard, who then shot him.- Click Here for the Full Story
Dick Clark Has Diabetes
AP reports: Dick Clark, renowned as "America's oldest teenager," has diabetes. Clark, 74, has had type 2 diabetes, formerly called adult-onset diabetes, since 1994, but kept it a secret from everyone except close friends and family, according to the Ogilvy public relations firm, which is promoting his new role as a spokesman for the American Association of Diabetes Educators and the pharmaceutical maker Merck & Co.
Clark is working with the firms to launch "Diabetes: Know the Heart Part," a national public education campaign to alert Americans to the link between diabetes and heart attack and stroke. - Click Here for the Full Story
I Ate Your Microphone reports: In the news from Shadows Fall, the band currently has a lot going on. They will headline on the Strhess Tour this summer around the USA with As I Lay Dying, Himsa, and Remembering Never just after a European tour with Killswitch Engage, Chimaira, and God Forbid. Until then, the band will be recording their next album from present for about a month at Planet Z Studios as a followup to their 2002 "The Art of Balance". This album will be released in fall after they tour their new stuff. To wrap up their last tour, their new DVD The Art Of Touring: Drunk And ----ty In Every City is complete and will be available in the summer as well.- Click Here for the Full Story
Le Chic Tour
Ananova reports: Chic, the Pointer Sisters, the Three Degrees and Boney M have announced a UK arena tour called The Best Disco in Town.
Candi Staton, Evelyn "Champagne" King, and the Emotions will also be on the bill.
Between 1977 and 1979, Chic enjoyed six
Top 20 hits in the UK including Le Freak, Dance, Dance, Dance, I Want Your
Love and Good Times. [see full story for dates etc] -
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And we thought disco was killed.
Morrisey, Pixies and Cure
Ananova reports: Morrisey, The Pixies and The Cure are to play Manchester's Move Festival in July.
Other bands confirmed for the four day event include Stereophonics, Madness, Ocean Colour Scene and Elbow, with more acts still to be announced.
This year's Virgin Trains Move Festival takes place from July 8-11 at the Lancashire County Cricket Ground in Old Trafford, Manchester. [see full story for all the details] - Click Here for the Full Story
liveDaily reports: Phish has assembled a relatively light touring schedule for the summer, with plans to visit a total of seven cities in June and August.
The popular jam band will play two outdoor shows each in Brooklyn, NY; Saratoga Springs, NY; Noblesville, IN; East Troy, WI; and Mansfield, MA; as well as a single show in Camden, NJ.
A limited number of tickets for the tour
will be sold through the band's ticketing system beginning on April 21;
tickets go on sale through traditional outlets on the weekend of May 15,
according to the band's website. [see full for dates etc]-
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deodorant is optional
liveDaily reports: Wilco has called off its planned eight-city tour of North America, which was scheduled to get underway on April 21.
According to Wilco's official website, refunds for the band's seven canceled headlining shows are available at their point of purchase.
Wilco has also dropped from the May 1 bill of Southern California's Coachella festival, but promoters aren't offering refunds for that show. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story
3 Nickel Mudd
liveDaily reports: Nickelback and 3 Doors Down have unveiled the itinerary for their summer co-headlining tour, and have tapped alt-rockers Puddle of Mudd to open the show.
The co-headliners launch the outing with a June 30 performance at Milwaukee's Summerfest, and dates run through the end of July. Puddle of Mudd joins the bill on the tour's second stop, set for July 3 in Botineau, ND. - Click Here for the Full Story
Flaw are getting ready to release their sophmore album, "Endangered Species", on May 4th. We have a sneak peak at the first single "Recognize". Click the full story link to listen in Real Audio.- Click Here for the Full Story
press release reports: Original Humble Pie drummer Jerry Shirley has given his stamp of approval to Quiet Riot vocalist Kevin DuBrow's version of the 1970 Humble Pie song "Red Light Mama Red Hot". It's featured on DuBrow's upcoming "In For The Kill" solo album on Shrapnel Records. Commenting on an advance copy, Shirley had this to say. "It's really strange to hear someone do a song from this part of Steve Marriott's career. People usually cover either Small Faces tunes or they do '30 Days In The Hole' from Humble Pie. You've been faithful to the original and it really has balls. I give it the thumb's up!" Shirley told DuBrow. DuBrow had this to say about Shirley's endorsement. "Being that ‘Red Light Mama' is the centerpiece of the album and Humble Pie was always my favorite band, his comments mean the world to me. I'm ecstatic!" The album comes out sometime next month.
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