Courtney Love $4 Mil in Debt?
Much Music reports: Courtney Love claims in the upcoming issue of Blender magazine that she has been swindled out of millions. Love told the magazine that "... $40 million has been stolen from me and Frances by a fiduciary institution." Love also claims she found out her dog walker was making $100,000, someone charged a BMW on her credit card, and her daughter's trust fund has been stolen. A former business associate who had access to her accounts in the past six months told Blender Courtney is at least "... $4 million in debt." - Click Here for the Full Story
Courtney just can't stay out of the headlines.. see another bad news story for her later on in today's report.
Slayer & Damageplan Plot
Digital Noise reports: In a posting on KFKIndustries.com, the official website of Slayer guitarist Kerry King, King makes reference to a potential 10-date tour of Canada in June with Damageplan prior to Slayer's appearance on this year's Ozzfest tour.
The band are currently in the studio recording their first album with the original line-up of Tom Araya, Kerry King, Jeff Hanneman, and Dave Lombardo. It's expected that the album will see a release later this year though American Recording. - Click Here for the Full Story
New Fuzz for Disturbed?
Digital Noise reports: Disturbed are said to be close to finding a replacement bassist after parting ways with former bassist Fuzz late last year dur to "personality conflicts".
A post on their official website, www.disturbed1.com, reads as follows:
"The band recently completed the call-back process after the open auditions and are close to making their final decision. An announcement on who the new bass player is could be made within a week. The band and management would like to sincerely thank all of you who put in the time and effort of submitting material to us as well as showing up at the open auditions. They would also like to thank everyone for their patience and support through this time consuming and difficult process." - Click Here for the Full Story
Motorhead Announce CD
BW&BK reports: MOTORHEAD's webmaster posted two messages in the forum at the band's official website, www.imotorhead.com:
"Motorhead have settled on FLASH as the title of the new record to be released June 22nd in North America and June 21 in Europe. The cover is again being provided by esteemed cover artist Joe Petagno. I will post the new art as soon as I have clearance from the band."
Only to be followed a few hours later by:
"No sooner do the band settle on a name and tell me to make it public - then they change their minds. I will have the final final name hopefully tomorrow." - Click Here for the Full Story
Real & Apple Vs. Microsoft?
tinfoil music reports: In an email from RealNetworks CEO Rob Glaser to Apple CEO Steve Jobs a tactical alliance was purposed to combine forces against Microsoft¹s dominant Windows Media Player.
Real's move is odd because the company has the only media player, RealPlayer 10, to support a majority of the media formats currently available. Glaser is also known to have dismissed Apple's iTunes Music Store in the past. However, Real is six months to a year away from rolling out their European subscription based music service, Rhapsody, while iTunes is expected to enter the market shortly. - Click Here for the Full Story
Anselmo Lashes Out
siN's metal news reports: A media storm has hit in regards to the recent report published here at SMNnews from an attendee at a SUPERJOINT RITUAL show that took place in Springfield, MO. The report from the show, which SMNnews learned of through fans, quoted Philip Anselmo talking about BLACK SABBATH joining the bill and supposedly stating "We'll [SUPERJOINT RITUAL] be the only band this year bringing you true heavy f***ing metal" (On OZZFEST 2004).
This aforementioned statement at the show was in fact prefaced by praise for those stalwart "Metal Gods" which stand at the top of the billing on this years OZZFEST 2004 - In no way was it reported to be derrogatory, nor slanderous in any manner what-so-ever. ... Philip Anselmo has posted an update on the bands official website, it is as follows:
"This is the most infamous Philip H. Anselmo, writing to you f***s on the computer. Just to clear things up, a few hilariously dick headed (what else?) supposed "truths" out there, about me, the 'zodiac' of music--->-catch me if you can!---> First off, the comment on blabbermouth, about me supposedly saying in my most arrogant spit: "we will be the only true heavy metal band on ozzfest!"
Not only is this THE most asinine comment ever faked, but to even begin to pat yourself on the back when there's bands like SLAYER, JUDAS H. goddamnmutherf***ing PRIEST, and THE undisputed bad ass BLACK SABBATH!!! Not to mention Dimmu as well as the more well thought our, more abrasive 2nd stage. Not only did I get misquoted, it was treachery. Thanks." [see the full story for lots more on this plus more of SMN's clarification on the original report] - Click Here for the Full Story
The Bled Get Warped
siN's metal news reports: THE BLED have now confirmed they will be doing a brief stint on this years Warped Tour from June 25th to July 11th.- Click Here for the Full Story
Pollstar reports: The first two dates of Lollapalooza 2004 have been announced. The traveling festival will kick off near Seattle July 14-15 at Auburn, Wash.'s White River Amphitheatre.
Bluesy Brits Gomez and San Francisco space-garage trio Black Rebel Motorcycle Club have been added to the bill, which also includes Morrissey, The String Cheese Incident, The Flaming Lips, Sonic Youth, Modest Mouse, and The Polyphonic Spree.- Click Here for the Full Story
BRMC Drop Virgin
Reuters reports: Black Rebel Motorcycle Club has severed its ties with Virgin Records, which released the group's two studio albums.
"We've been fighting to get out of our record contract for the last six months and are sorry we couldn't tell anyone about this," bassist Robert Turner wrote to fans on the band's E-mail list, "but it was a very delicate thing that we didn't ever want to become ugly."
A label spokesperson was unavailable for comment. The move comes on the heels of the recent announcement that the trio will join the lineup for this summer's Lollapalooza tour. BRMC is in the midst of a U.S. tour with the Rapture.
"As a lot of people know being off a major record label can be crippling to tours and band's can lose all tour support and funding," Turner said. "But we never had tour support anyway and we've always found ways to get by, so we'll see you soon." - Click Here for the Full Story
New Brian Wilson
Hollywood Reporter reports: Brian Wilson's first new studio album in six years, "Gettin' in Over My Head," will be released by Warner Music Group's Rhino Records on June 22.
The 61-year-old former Beach Boy recently resurrected and finished his legendary "Smile" sessions, which he debuted live in the United Kingdom. Wilson is expected to tour Europe in the summer in support of "Gettin' in Over My Head" and possibly bring the "Smile" concert to the United States in the fall. He is currently in the studio working on the final version of "Smile," which will likely also be released through Warner. - Click Here for the Full Story
Love Ordered To Trial
AP reports: A judge Thursday ordered rocker Courtney Love to stand trial on felony drug charges after hearing testimony alleging that she gave police officers a baggie full of pills.
Superior Court Judge Elden Fox ordered Love to appear for arraignment April 30.
"I'm on tour," the singer protested. But her lawyer conferred with her and said she would be there.
Before the judge took the bench, Love smiled at reporters and pointed to her bare shoulders.
"Strapless," she said, referring to her black dress. "It's a silly case. Silly dress." - Click Here for the Full Story
Velvet Revolver Plot Club
press release reports: VELVET REVOLVER will jump-start the June 8 release of their much-anticipated debut album Contraband (RCA) with their first-ever tour. Launching May 13 in St. Louis, the intimate venue trek will take the band--who've only played one show before (last year in Los Angeles)--across the U.S. into such cities as New York, Los Angeles, Washington, Boston, Seattle, San Francisco and Detroit, among others.
"Slither," the album's first single, exploded at radio in its first week of release, airing on over 130 stations. The song was #1 Most Added at Modern Rock, Active Rock and Mainstream Rock. - Click Here for the Full Story
Eighteen Visions Epic Deal
I Ate Your Microphone reports: Eighteen Visions have reportedly inked a deal with Epic Records, following the completion of their upcoming new album "Obsession", due for a June 01st release on Trustkill.- Click Here for the Full Story
Systematic break up
I Ate Your Microphone reports: Systematic have split up following an announcement at their April 09th show in Livermore, California, though their guitarist Adam Ruppel and drummer Shaun Bannon are expected to launch a new project together. - Click Here for the Full Story
I Ate Your Microphone reports: The new Slipknot outing "Vol. 3: (The Subliminal Verses)" is allegedly going to contain the following tracklisting:
01. "Prelude 3.0"
02. "The Blister Exists"
03. "Three Nil"
05. "The Opium Of The People"
07. "Pulse Of The Maggots"
10. "Before I Forget"
11. "The Nameless"
12. "Vermillion Part 2"
13. "The Virus Of Life"
14. "Danger, Keep Away"
The album is set for a May 25th release through Roadrunner Records.
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Ash in Star Wars Secret
Ananova reports: Northern Irish band Ash are to meet Star Wars director George Lucas next month to discuss "top secret but exciting stuff."
The band, who are all big Star Wars fans, say they'll meet the director at his Skywalker ranch in California.
They're appearing at the Coachella Festival, in Indio, California, on Sunday, May 2. - Click Here for the Full Story
Maybe Lucas hired them to kill Jar Jar Binks in the next SW film?
Ananova reports: Bjork says she's been recording new songs for her new album with Japanese beatbox artist Dokaka.
Dokaka collaborated with the Icelandic singer on tracks for the untitled album at a New York recording studio.
According to Bjork's official website the album is due for release later this year. - Click Here for the Full Story
Beastie Boy Ch-Check It Out
liveDaily reports: On April 28, the new Beastie Boys single "Ch-Check It Out" debuts on radio and will be available from the Apple's iTunes Music Store as a digital download.
The song will be the lead track on the Beasties' forthcoming album, "To the 5 Boroughs," which is expected to hit stores this summer. - Click Here for the Full Story
liveDaily reports: KISS --a group that now features only two of its four original members--continues to forestall its retirement, and will instead hit the U.S. amphitheatre circuit this summer with hair-metal favorites Poison.
The outing--presented by VH1 Classic and dubbed the Rock the Nation tour--kicks off in San Antonio on June 10, and is scheduled to run until early August. Tickets will hit the box office on April 24, according to organizers.
Led by co-founders Gene Simmons (bass/vocals) and Paul Stanley (vocals/guitar), KISS plans to roll out "a new show, new stage and a set list featuring rarely heard gems from the entire KISS catalog along with more fire, more screaming guitars and more spectacle than ever," according to a press release. [see full story for dates]- Click Here for the Full Story
Bow Wow Wow Doubt
press release reports: Modern Rock legends Annabella Lwin and Leigh Gorman of Bow Wow Wow have announced they will team up with Modern Rock superstar drummer Adrian Young of No Doubt for a string of dates this summer. The trek begins on July 16 in New York City. This will mark Bow Wow Wow's return to the east coast in over 6 years.
Bow Wow Wow reformed in the fall of 2003 to help KROQ radio celebrate their 25th Anniversary. Performing alongside The Cure, Hot Hot Heat and Duran Duran at the third installment of KROQ's Inland Invasion concert series, it proved to be the stations fastest selling event ever. After having a blast on stage in front of 30,000 + people, Bow Wow Wow decided to continue doing what they do best…playing killer live shows.
Here are the intial dates of the tour
16 BB Kings New York, NY
17 Middle East Boston, MA
23 Key Club Los Angeles, CA
24 The Galaxy Theatre Santa Ana, CA
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Who wants candy? yippy yo, yippy yah?
Press Release reports: Currently on Tour with The Darkness, The WiLDHEARTS are releasing "The WiLDHEARTS Must Be Destroyed" on May 4th. - Click Here for the Full Story
Song of Glass
Reader Submitted reports: Songwriting partners Shawn Vougeot and Dave Pickell of Stillwater MN were recently selected as Grand Prize winners of the Great American Song Contest.
Judges awarded top honors to the two songwriters for their song "Walls of Glass," entered in the Rock category of the contest.
The annual songwriting event features prominent
music-industry judges and attracts songwriters from around the world. More
than 1200 songwriters competed in last year's event. Most entered from
the U.S., Canada, Australia and England. - Click
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