Worst Songs Of All Time
KRON4 reports: They may be catchy, and they may have been big hits - but they're also just plain bad.
Blender magazine has come out with its list of the worst songs ever.
Topping the list - "We Built This City," by Starship. Billy Ray Cyrus' "Achy Breaky Heart" was second, followed by Wang Chung's "Everybody Have Fun Tonight."
"Rollin'" by Limp Bizkit ranks fourth, followed by "Ice Ice Baby." - Click Here for the Full Story
siN's metal news reports: Rumor has it that LIMPBIZKIT has been dropped from Interscope Records. No other information is known at this time and is strictly a rumor at this point.- Click Here for the Full Story
Kelly Skips Rehab?
NME reports: Talk about a quick recovery, NME reports that Kelly Osbourne was spotted at the Darkness concert on Sat. Night in Los Angeles along with her brother Jack. That works out to less than two weeks since she reportedly entered rehab. The Promises drug and alcohol rehabilitation center must have some kind of miracle program going! - Click Here for the Full Story
John Lennon's Last Autograph
ABC reports: A signed sketch believed to be the last thing John Lennon wrote before being assassinated about half an hour later is on sale for $US325,000
The former switchboard operator to whom he gave it, Rabiah Seminole, said she was working at the Record Plant recording studios in Manhattan on December 8, 1980 when Lennon left the building with Yoko Ono at about 10:25pm.
She asked him for an autograph and he dashed off a sketch of two faces, signing it "for Ribiah, love, John". Ono also signed it.
The former Beatle was shot and killed by Mark Chapman when he arrived back at his apartment just before 11:00pm.
Ms Seminole said she had decided to sell the sketch to raise money for a horse rescue centre she runs in Chesapeake, Virginia. - Click Here for the Full Story
Rock Radio Changing
Rolling Stone reports: Heavy bands such as Godsmack, Nickelback, Linkin Park and Trapt have had a stranglehold on modern-rock radio for years. But another punk revolution may be in the works, as stations around the country are squeezing songs by bands such as the Darkness and Modest Mouse into playlists alongside harder stuff.
Years after R.E.M., Nirvana, Pearl Jam and Stone Temple Pilots invented alt-rock radio, could the sound be coming back? At many influential big-city stations, such as Los Angeles' trendsetting KROQ and New York's K-Rock, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, the Strokes and Modest Mouse have all hit the Top Ten. - Click Here for the Full Story
The Darkness is punk? I thought calling Blink-182 punk was a really pushing it but this.. Anyway click the full story link for more.
NME reports: THE LEMONHEADS are rumoured to be playing their first shows together in seven years.
According to various website sources, Evan Dando's legendary grunge-pop band have reformed to play a series of dates in South America this May - their first shows since they split up shortly after playing Reading Festival in 1997.
However Evan Dando's UK press office said they had not heard the news and could only confirm that Dando would play a string of solo shows in the US beginning later this month. - Click Here for the Full Story
Coldplay World Tour?
NME reports: COLDPLAY have hinted that they will embark on a major tour in the new year. According to Echo And The Bunnymen singer Ian McCulloch, his band have been asked to support them. "The stuff we've been doing is amazing, mega, fantastic," explained frontman Ian McCulloch to Gigwise. "But Chris (Martin) has asked us to support them on a massive tour in the New Year." - Click Here for the Full Story
In which New Year?
Chart Attack reports: Not only will Slayer be playing in Moncton on June 11, but the metal legends will be doing four more dates in Eastern Canada, alongside Damage Plan and Otep. And while the bill hasn't been completely solidified, it has been rumoured that Newfoundland's Bucket Truck have also been asked to open all five shows.
For those of you who are unfamiliar with metal, Slayer are one of the world's fastest, heaviest and darkest bands, and have been so for more than 20 years. Also, for the first time since 1992, they're touring with their original lineup and they're said to be working on a new album right now.
Alongside Ozzy Osbourne and Judas Priest, Slayer are headlining Ozzfest this July and will be joined on the road on some of the dates by Otep. Damage Plan, on the other hand, is the brainchild of Pantera's Dimebag Darrell and Vinnie Paul, and they're currently crossing America with Drowning Pool and Hatebreed, as part of MTV 2's Headbanger's Ball Tour. [see full story for dates]- Click Here for the Full Story
Metallica's 2nd Leg
Launch reports: Metallica kicks off the second leg of their North American tour Tuesday (April 20) in Long Island, New York, after taking a three-week break. Drummer Lars Ulrich told LAUNCH that the band likes to shake things up musically every night just to keep the show fresh: "You know, basically when we started the St. Anger touring cycle, we started just changing the set every night. Up through the '90s, we got a little stuck, and it got a little rigid, and we started to go out and play the same set list for six months every night. So we're really trying to just play different stuff every night, and it's awesome when you do doubles, like we will in New York, and you get a chance to really just play different shows. It's pretty cool." - Click Here for the Full Story
Also keep an eye out for those new Metallica skate shoes. No word yet on the kitchenware.
GNR Top UK
Billboard reports: Guns N' Roses' "Greatest Hits" made it to No. 1 on the albums chart in its fifth week.
The Guns N' Roses compilation replaced Anastacia's self-titled third Epic album at the top. The American rock band's only previous U.K. best-seller was "Use Your Illusion II," which spent a solitary week at the top in September 1991. - Click Here for the Full Story
Creed Land Greed
Billboard reports: Creed frontman Scott Stapp is embracing the red-hot real estate market with arms wide open.
Stapp became an active investor when he founded Lion's Share Holdings to pursue properties on the Hawaiian island of Maui -- where he resided for one year -- and other locales.
"We have about $15 million in properties right now," Stapp says. "We are actively pursuing real estate that we plan to let appreciate and then turn over in three years or so." Other cities that Stapp has his sights on include Orlando, Fla.; New York; and Los Angeles. - Click Here for the Full Story
ZZ Top 35th
Billboard reports: ZZ Top will celebrate its 35th anniversary with a North American summer tour.
The shows begin June 25 at Kay Yaeger Coliseum in Wichita Falls, Texas, and will include visits to arenas, amphitheaters, fairs, festivals and casinos.
The recent Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees have dates on the books through September [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story
RIAA Drops Amnesty
AP reports: The music industry's trade group has ended a program that offered to prevent people from being sued by recording companies if the downloaders admitted to illegally sharing music online, according to court documents.
The Recording Industry Association of America launched the "Clean Slate" program in September, when it embarked on a strategy of suing individual computer users for copyright infringement.
The program required individuals to acknowledge in writing that they shared music files online and then remove the files from their computers. In exchange, the RIAA pledged not to target them in its lawsuit campaign.
While hundreds signed up, critics dismissed the program, saying the trade group could not possibly guarantee that anyone who admitted to file-sharing would not be the target of a lawsuit. - Click Here for the Full Story
Timo On Stratovarius
Electric Basement reports: Ex-STRATOVARIUS frontman TIMO KOTIPELTO told Electricbasement.com about his experiences with volatile guitarist and band visionary TIMO TOLKKI, "It's been going on for many years. Because I remember when we had the Destiny tour six years ago, he was drinking very heavily. He had some problems with his ex wife at that time. When we came back to Helsinki, he disappeared for two weeks and we had no contact at all.
Then I heard from one friend who had seen Tolkki. He told me Timo was already about to fire the whole (band) then. He was depressed, then started doing therapy. He'd been seeing this one therapist. I'd never seen this guy, but he told me he'd seen him once a week. I don't personally trust in this type of therapy. I'd rather talk to my brothers."
Kotipelto did say it was mostly a positive experience in the band, "...I spent more than 10 years in that band, so most of the experiences are very good like playing live and touring around the world. I always try to remember those and not all the bad things." [click the full story link to read the entire interview- Click Here for the Full Story
IAYM reports: MuDvAyNe have lined up Toby Wright (Alice In Chains, Sevendust, Soulfly) to produce their upcoming third full length for Epic Records/Sony Music. The outing is tentatively due to hit stores in fall.- Click Here for the Full Story
IAYM reports: Some of the tracknames set to feature on Sparta's upcoming sophomore effort "Porcelain" include: 'Breaking The Broken', 'Guns Of Memorial Park', 'La Cerca', 'Hiss The Villain', 'While Oceana Sleeps' and 'Lines In Sand'. An article outlining a recent live performance at which some new material was played can be found here. "Porcelain" is set to hit stores on July 13th.- Click Here for the Full Story
Students Doc 3DD Bassist
Net Music Countdown reports: Four eighth-grade students at Ocean Springs Middle School (OSMS) in Ocean Springs, Mississippi have made a documentary featuring 3 Doors Down bassist Todd Harrell. In the spirit of "MTV Cribs," the students interviewed Harrell as he toured them through his home. Said Harell, "I was honored to be chosen by the students to do the film. You don't ever realize that you're a celebrity until people in your hometown want to interview you."
Students Katherine Zwerg, Drew Jenne, Chelsea Blackmon and Kelsey Reid entered the film in the Gulf Coast Film Festival. The annual festival, hosted by OSMS, is open to schools along the Gulf Coast.- Click Here for the Full Story
But did they document him going postal on that 53 year-old paperboy?
Sevendust Bus Fire
Blabbermouth reports: SEVENDUST had their tour bus catch on fire en route to a show. The band were scheduled to perform in McAllen, Texas Sunday night, but on the way "they noticed flames coming out from under the bus. A store clerk helped them put out the flames with a fire extinguisher."- Click Here for the Full Story
siN's metal news reports: PITCHSHIFTER are all ready to release a special DVD later this year. The DVD, which has a release slated for October, will be released through the bands own PSI Records, and will be titled 'P.S.I.entology'.
The DVD will feature exlusive interviews, video clips, remixes, tour diaries, and much more.- Click Here for the Full Story
Skinlab Lose 2
siN's metal news reports: The Bay Area's SKINLAB have officially parted ways with drummer Paul Hopkins and guitarist Scott Sargeant. The band is currently looking for suitable replacements for the recently departed. Email your stuff to firstname.lastname@example.org - [click full story link for all the details]- Click Here for the Full Story
RIFTrock reports: The following new discs will be hitting shelves on Tuesday, April 20th.
Fear Factory, "Archetype" Machinehead, "Through the Ashes of Empires"
Martyr A.D.," On Earth As It Is In Hell"
Reggie & The Full Effect, "Greatest Hits '84-‘87"
Unholy Ghost, "Territorial Reign"
Vomitory, "Primal Massacre"
Alkaline Trio/One Man Army split
Skinlab, "Nerve Damage"
Zakk Wylde's Black Label Society, "Hangover Music Vol. IV"
Drowning Pool, Desensitized"
Queens Of The Stone Age, "Stone Age Complication"
Decahedron, "Disconnection Imminent"
Bad Acid Trip, "Lynch the Weirdo"
Wolf, "Evil Star"
W.A.S.P., "The Neon Gold"
[see full story for more] - Click Here for the Full Story
Rockdirt reports: Rock acts on television this week include the Darkness, who perform on 'Jimmy Kimmel Live' on Tuesday; Live, who perform on 'The Sharon Osbourne Show' on Wednesday; the Polyphonic Spree, who perform on 'The Tonight Show' on Wednesday; and the Von Bondies, who perform on 'Last Call' on Wednesday. - Click Here for the Full Story
Today's Courtney Break Down
Coverage:Debbie Harry Says Love's Music is Nothing
Rockdirt reports: Debbie Harry, who knew how to be a messed-up blonde when Courtney Love was still a toddler, has mixed reviews for Love. "She's an incredible performer, and her madness is such a great part of that," Harry tells Rolling Stone. "But the band, musically, was really very ... nothing." - Click Here for the Full Story