Clear Channel On Trial
Rolling Stone reports: In a legal setback for the world's largest concert promoter, Clear Channel Communications, a U.S. District Court judge granted a jury trial to a Denver competitor that accuses the company of "monopolistic and predatory practices."
Judge Edward W. Nottingham's 125-page ruling, which mentions Puddle of Mudd, Orgy and the Tattoo the Earth Tour (headlined by Slipknot), says the evidence suggests Clear Channel illegally reduced radio airplay for artists who booked concert tours with competing promoters.
"We feel pretty vindicated," says Jesse Morreale, co-owner of Nobody in Particular Presents, which filed the lawsuit against the San Antonio, Texas, radio-and-concert conglomerate in August 2001. [see full story for more] - Click Here for the Full Story
Corgan Solo Debut
Rolling Stone reports: "This is your chance for immortality," Billy Corgan told a sold-out hometown crowd Monday night at the Metro in Chicago before encouraging crowd members to sing along to a folksy chorus. "Your part is very simple, but, as you know, I have a tyrannical reputation," he said, joshing with fans and friends who assembled to an experience a quiet, acoustic evening.
Performing his first-ever solo concert, Corgan unveiled a low-key twelve-song-cycle of Chicago-themed songs (plus a three-song encore) along with his understated sense of humor. The ninety-minute set included two encores and Corgan performed all unreleased material. The show was also recorded for a DVD to ostensibly accompany a solo album he is preparing to release later this year. [see full story for lots more of the review] - Click Here for the Full Story
36 Crazyfists Rousted By
36 Crazyfists reports: This bit comes from the 36 CRAZYFISTS official site.
"Just passed into Arizona from California en route to Phoenix, 1054 Hrs. Corona show went good, rocked the f***in house and headed for Fresno. There on the other hand we had another good show until afterwards when the Fresno pigs decided it was cool to harass Brock and I while we loaded the trailer with gear. We were loading and enjoying an after show beer when these f***in' beauts rolled up and and gave us everything but a cavity search. Just total disregard for common courtesy, throw their weight around just 'cause they can, f*** 'em. What went down inside was some drunk guy got his ass kicked by some straight edgers and the cops were called and I guess Brock and I looked suspicious enough so there you go. This tour has been the classic metal heads vs. straight edge hardcore crowd. Pure ignorance on both sides. If you don't understand hardcore karate dancing then stay the f*** out of the pit. On the other hand if you are straight edge it's just like religion, keep it to yourself, know one deserves to get dealt on cause they don't have your same beliefs. [see full story for more on the battle of metal vs. straight edge.]- Click Here for the Full Story
Billboard reports: Pioneering Washington, D.C.-based rock act Fugazi has begun selling 20 complete concerts from its archive online, under the banner Fugazi Live Series. Priced at $8 for a single-disc show and $10 for a double-disc, the performances run the gamut from Fugazi's first show on Sept. 3, 1987, in D.C., to a May 7, 1999, appearance in Kilkenny, Ireland. [see full story for more info]- Click Here for the Full Story
Chicks With Attitude
Billboard reports: Liz Phair will headline the Chicks With Attitude Tour, which will visit 18 North American cities from August to early September, Billboard.com has learned. Other artists set to appear include Cardigans lead singer Nina Persson, Katy Rose and Charlotte Martin. Maybelline has signed on to be the tour's sponsor; a preview show will take place May 3 at the Hudson Theatre in New York. [see full story for more details]- Click Here for the Full Story
Sheryl Crow Concert In The
AP reports: Sheryl Crow has performed across the country — but never during one show.
On May 4, Crow is to perform on board a United Airlines flight marking the launch of United's partnership with Sony's new Connect Online Music Service.
Crow, a select group of fans and invited guests will fly from Chicago to Los Angeles. Crow is slated to perform for 40 minutes with a guitar player for an acoustic set.
After landing, Crow will perform again at a party that will also celebrate the launch of a new Sony digital Walkman. - Click Here for the Full Story
Madonna Label A Loser
Reuters reports: Madonna's Maverick Records label, home to the Material Girl as well as Alanis Morissette and Michelle Branch, has lost $66 million since 1999, according to recently unsealed court documents filed by its adversary and partner, Warner Music Group.
The documents relate to the latest spat in the 12-year-relationship between Maverick and Warner Music, which was recently bought from Time Warner Inc. by an investment group led by Edgar Bronfman, Jr.
Last month, Maverick sued Warner Music for $200 million, claiming breach of contract and fraud. The Warner documents were part of a pre-emptive claim filed in a Delaware court asking a judge to find that the company had fulfilled its commitment to Maverick. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story
Lost Testament Guitarist
IAYM reports: Testament have parted ways with their guitarist Steve Smyth as they work to finish writing their forthcomig new studio effort. The band are now seeking a temporary replacement in order to make their planned European tour happen, and at present it is still expected to go ahead.- Click Here for the Full Story
IAYM reports: Staind frontman Aaron Lewis has plans to embark on a solo tour which will see him performing acoustic sets, dates for this include:
May 07th Uncasville, Connecticut The Arena
@ Mohegan Sun Casino
May 13th Tampa, Florida The Theater @ Hard Rock Casino
May 14th Fort Lauderdale, Florida The Theater @ Hard Rock Casino
May 15th Fort Lauderdale, Florida The Theater @ Hard Rock Casino
July 01st Las Vegas, Nevada The Theater @ The Golden Nugget
July 02nd Las Vegas, Nevada The Theater @ The Golden Nugget
July 03rd Las Vegas, Nevada The Theater @ The Golden Nugget
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NMC reports: Although Godsmack is now on tour supporting their latest album, "The Other Side," the band is already working on their next album. So far, two songs have been written, and the band has been recording jam sessions while on the road. Drummer Shannon Larkin indicated that the next album will be "really heavy." He said the group will probably name the next record "Four." Godsmack hopes to have "Four" out by spring or early summer 2005. - Click Here for the Full Story
NMC reports: Time Magazine released its annual listing of the 100 most influential people in the world, naming rap group Outkast in the Arts and Entertainment category. The publication pointed to Outkast's ability to unite people across cultures (rather than divide them) through their unique mix of music.- Click Here for the Full Story
Ananova reports: Oasis are said to be on the verge of splitting up after yet another fight between Liam and Noel Gallagher.
Heat magazine says a row between the brothers over the band's sixth album erupted into a full-on fist fight.
It quotes a source as saying: "Liam and Noel are always fighting but they usually make up. This time though, I think things are different.
"Noel has had enough of Liam's wild antics and just doesn't want to work with him any more." [see full story for more] - Click Here for the Full Story
It's Not Blur Stupid
Ananova reports: Graham Coxon has denied claims that his new single sounds like Blur's Coffee and TV.
The former Blur guitarist told XFM.co.uk that Bittersweet Bundle of Misery was nothing like the earlier track.
He said: "It's not at all a resemblance. Rhythmically it is, but chordally it isn't at all. Most songs are mostly made up of major or minor chords and there's a lot of major chords in this like Coffee and TV, but the shapes of the chord are completely different." [see full story for more] - Click Here for the Full Story
Pink Sues Austria's Foreign
Ananova reports: Pink is suing Austria's foreign minister after she used her name on leaflets handed to fans at a recent concert in Vienna.
Thousands of leaflets were handed out by supporters of Benita Ferrero-Waldner who is standing for election as President of Austria this weekend.
According to lawyers acting for the singer, election campaigners acting for Ferrero-Waldner "broke more than one right of the artist" with the unauthorised campaign. - Click Here for the Full Story
Joey Ramone B-Day Bash
liveDaily reports: This year's Joey Ramone Birthday Bash charity concert--headlined by an all-star group of the late punk-rocker's friends--will also feature Supersuckers, Alkaline Trio, The Dickies, Bebe Buell, Sic F---s and Slashtones.
Ex-Ramones Marky and Tommy will head up a group dubbed Friends of Joey Ramone, which will also feature Cheetah Chrome (Dead Boys), Jeff Magnum (Dead Boys), Andy Shernoff (The Dictators), Richard Lloyd (Television), Walter Lure (Heartbreakers), and Mickey Leigh and Al Maddy (from Joey Ramone's Solo Record).
The concert is set for May 19 at New York City's Irving Plaza, and proceeds will benefit the Lymphoma Foundation - Click Here for the Full Story
Post D Generation
liveDaily reports: Former D Generation frontman Jesse Malin gets busy in June with a tour on the North American club circuit that leads up to the release of his sophomore set.
Malin kicks off the outing in Asbury Park, NJ, on June 6, and wraps things up with a three-night stand in New York City that runs June 24-26. The tour touches down in cities throughout the Eastern U.S., and also makes a pair of Canadian stops.
On June 29, Malin's second solo album, "The Heat," will land on U.S. shelves; the set is scheduled for a June 9 release in Europe. Malin produced the set himself - Click Here for the Full Story
Converge In Studio
The PRP reports: Converge have now entered the studio and are currently tracking their long awaited new album "You Fail Me", here's the official word:
"We have been at Godcity and Magpie Sound Design recording our new album entitled, "You Fail Me". So far the recording process has been going well. Drums and bass tracking has now been completed, and vocal and guitar tracking is now underway. We will be posting a more in depth studio report shortly."
A release through Epitaph later this summer/early this fall is expected. - Click Here for the Full Story
Apex Theory Continue
Digital Noise reports: The Apex Theory have announced that they will carry on as a trio. Guitarist Art Karamian will be now also be handling the vocal duties.
The announcement comes after the band had parted ways with their previous singer, Andy Khachaturian, a while back.
The band are said to be writing new material for their next album. - Click Here for the Full Story
Digital Noise reports: Soilwork have signed an extension of their contract with Nuclear Blast.
A post of the band's official website, www.soilwork.org, read as follows:
"SOILWORK, hottest Swedish Melodic Death Metal export beside IN FLAMES, have extended their contract with Nuclear Blast. Soon Björn Strid & Co will delight the fans with a new album in the vein of killer records like "Natural Born Chaos" or "Figure No. 5" – but before that, SOILWORK are going to shoot a video clip for the track 'Departure Plan' and play at some summer open airs, e.g. the With Full Force Festival." - Click Here for the Full Story
Dead To Fall This Summer
press release reports: Dead To Fall just arrived in New Jersey, where they are recording at Trax East Studios with Eric Rachel who has recorded bands like God Forbid, Hatebreed and Every Time I Die. The new album is to be titled "Villainy and Virtue", singer/songwriter Jon Hunt promises ten songs that are, "Faster, heavier and louder!".
The album is slated for release in August 2004. Immediately following the recording sessions, Dead To Fall hit the road with A Life Once Lost, Shattered Realm- Click Here for the Full Story
Indie Band Makes Major Net
press release reports: Things are happening fast for Burlingame, California's alternative rock band Aphasia. The four members, ranging in age from 18-20, have recently signed an independent record deal with the newly formed Joint Venture Recordings. Since signing, the good news has been coming in at a rapid and consistent pace. The band has signed on with Pinnacle Entertainment, one of the top booking agencies in the country and landed a slot on 3 west coast dates of this year's Sno-Core Tour featuring Trapt, Finger Eleven and Smile Empty Soul. Currently, Aphasia are featured on the home page of www.PureVolume.com and have received approximately 17,000 song downloads just over this past weekend.
Before they head into the studio to record their debut album, the members of Aphasia will continue building on their buzz by joining up with the Sno-Core tour in May. They have been added to the west coast shows in San Francisco, Las Vegas and Los Angeles. - Click Here for the Full Story
Silly News: Jesus Christ
Here We Go Again.
Herald Sun reports: AN evangelical Christian has started legal action against Channel 7 over the use of the name "Jesus Christ" as a swear word in a top crime thriller.
Andre van der Linden claims the use of the name in the British-made series Prime Suspect is insulting and disrespectful to Christians.
"It is high time that television stations like yours be called to account for your defamation of the name Jesus Christ, a practice that insults hundreds of thousands of Christian believers," Mr van der Linden said in his legal documents.
Seven will defend the legal action, saying the TV show is a realistic reflection of day-to-day life. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story
20 second posturing: It's understandable that someone of faith would get upset over this but the easy answer is to turn the set off. People are too quick to sue over everything these days and at the end of the day if things like this keep happening we will find all of our rights taken away, including religious rights.