Metallica Suicide Hoax
Blabbermouth reports: Several news agencies have falsely reported a rumor that METALLICA frontman James Hetfield took his own life by swallowing a dozen sleeping pills. The rumor has manifested onto METALLICA message boards and across the world. These reports are FALSE. Here is a statement from Metallica.com concerning this issue:
"Contrary to what you may have read on message boards or heard from news agencies, James Hetfield is alive and doing extremely well. Thank you for everyone's concern."- Click Here for the Full Story
Ian Astbury Solo Plans
Blabbermouth reports: Former THE CULT frontman Ian Astbury has worked on series of demos with producers such as Gordon Raphael (THE STROKES, THE WILDHEARTS) and James LaVelle (U.N.K.L.E.), and he hopes to release a solo album, tentatively titled "Warriors of the Mystic Plains", on a yet-to-be-determined label sometime in 2005, according to Billboard.
"My sound will be a mash-up," he said. "Songs that are melodically and rhythmically driven. Like a car crash between LED ZEPPELIN, THE DOORS, PRIMAL SCREAM, BLONDE REDHEAD and NINE INCH NAILS. It's a combination of different elements."
Astbury told Billboard that he was inspired by his work with two-thirds of the surviving members of THE DOORS when it came to writing his own solo material. - Click Here for the Full Story
Andrew WK Advice Show
Punkbands.com reports: MTV2 announced today that the new series "Your Friend, Andrew W.K.," a weekly advice/video show where Andrew W.K. will dispense advice, wit, and wisdom interspersed with music videos will premiere on Saturday, May 22nd at 9pm ET/6pm PT. In "Your Friend, Andrew W.K.," Andrew will answer emails from viewers and fans submitted via MTV2.com, helping them with their problems and giving his unique brand of advice. In every episode, Andrew will connect directly with individual fans to help them solve their particular problem.
"Whenever I need advice or I need to get out of a jam I have a hot line in my office that connects me directly with Andrew W.K.," said Tom Calderone, EVP, Music and Talent Programming, MTV & MTV2. "Not only is Andrew an incredibly talented musician and spirited live performer, but he has formed amazingly strong connections with his fans and MTV2 viewers, that's why we are so happy to present 'Your Friend Andrew W.K.'" [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story
How much you wanna bet that Andrew's advice to solve all problems will involve the word 'party'?
judaspriest.com reports: We are pleased to announce that Sony Music U.K has re-signed the giants of Heavy Metal Judas Priest to a worldwide deal. Returning to the home of their classic albums, the definitive Judas Priest line-up of vocalist Rob Halford, lead guitarist Glenn Tipton, lead guitarist K.K. Downing, bassist Ian Hill and drummer Scott Travis are back.
The long-awaited reunion of Judas Priest will thrill fans around the globe, and once again provide them with the opportunity to see and hear the band that defined Heavy Metal as we know it today.
The band will be embarking on a World tour in June 2004 starting in Europe then on to the Ozzfest in the USA with further shows planned in South America, Japan, UK and all corners of the planet!
This years reunion tour and album will also celebrate the bands 30th anniversary.- Click Here for the Full Story
siN's metal news reports: According to Jameyjasta.com, THROWDOWN will be playing on Ozzfest. The post on Jameyjasta.com reads as follows:
"An inside source tells us that THROWDOWN has been added to this year's Ozzfest."
With the addition of THROWDOWN, that leaves one spot open still on the tour.- Click Here for the Full Story
One spot open? Will Sharon announce Kelly at the last minute?
INTL Piracy Sweep
siN's metal news reports: Attorney General John Ashcroft announced today the most far-reaching and aggressive enforcement action ever undertaken against organizations involved in illegal intellectual property piracy over the Internet. Beginning yesterday morning, law enforcement from 10 countries and the United States conducted over 120 searches worldwide to dismantle some of the most well-known and prolific online piracy organizations.
Dubbed Operation Fastlink, it attacks the illegal software, game, movie, and music trade online, which is commonly referred to as the "warez scene." [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story
MC5 World Tour
NME reports: MC5 have unveiled plans for a world tour under their new name MC5/DKT .
The new name denotes the three members of the band, Michael Davis, Wayne Kramer, and Dennis Thompson.
The tour will coincide with the release of the band's DVD 'Sonic Revolution: A Celebration of the MC5', which charts the band's success. The film also includes footage of the band's 2003 London 100 Club gig, which featured guest appearances from artists such as Motorhead's Lemmy. - Click Here for the Full Story
AC/DC Rock Iraq
NME reports: US marines in IRAQ are reportedly blasting AC/DC at high volumes in an attempt to drive MUSLIM rebels from their homes.
Troops in Fallujah have been broadcasting AC/DC's 'Shoot To Thrill' alongside insulting messages in Arabic by loudspeaker in an attempt to break the nerves of their enemy. [see full story to read Lars bitching about Metallica's music being used in a similar fashion last year.]- Click Here for the Full Story
Libertines Fans Riot
MTV reports: Music fans rioted during an impromptu show by the Libertines at Stoke-on-Trent, England, leading to the destruction of the venue in which the band was booked. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story
MTV reports: A Perfect Circle will release the DVD "Lost in the Bermuda Triangle" on May 4. The disc, a companion to the band's single "The Outsider," features an extended and unedited version of the song's video [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story
Today's Courtney Break Down
Coverage: Love Skips on Rent
MTV reports: Courtney Love's got more legal trouble on her hands — the managers of her New York condo have filed a lien against her, claiming she owes nearly $18,000 in common charges, late fees and other costs. The singer paid $2.64 million three years ago for her 4,123-square foot apartment in SoHo but told Rolling Stone recently that she's facing foreclosure on both this home and the one she has in Los Angeles.- Click Here for the Full Story
EMI Sues Gamer
Reuters reports: EMI Group Plc, one of the world's largest music companies, has filed a federal lawsuit against Electronic Arts Inc., the world's largest video game publisher, over claims of copyright infringement in EA's highly successful sports games.
The suit, filed in federal court in New York on Wednesday, says a number of EA's recent sports titles, like "Madden NFL 2004," "Tiger Woods PGA Tour 2004" and "MVP Baseball 2004" use songs that "embody copyrighted musical compositions that EMI owns, co-owns, administers or otherwise controls."
"This entire lawsuit is related to a single song that samples lyrics from another song," Electronic Arts said in a statement. "Our use of that song was licensed directly from the artist. We have agreements for every song used in our games." [see full story for more] - Click Here for the Full Story
Jimmie's Chicken Shack Track
IAYM reports: Jimmie's Chicken Shack have lined up a large quantity of North American tour dates in support of their new album "re.present", which hits stores on April 27th through Koch Records. Full details can be found on their official website www.jimmieschickenshack.net. [see full story for more including mp3 of the new single] - Click Here for the Full Story
IAYM reports: dredg plan to spend one more week finalizing material for their upcoming third full length album, before heading to Seattle, Washington to record the effort alongside Terry Date (Deftones, Helmet, Pantera). A late 2004 release through Interscope is expected. [see full story for more] - Click Here for the Full Story
Cheap Trick DVD
ArrowFM.com reports: On June 15th, Cheap Trick will release From Tokyo To You, a DVD featuring live performances, interviews, behind the scenes footage from the band's 2003 Japanese tour. - Click Here for the Full Story
Stones Sue Label
ArrowFM.com reports: Apparently, Mick Jagger, Keith Richards and Charlie Watts of the Rolling Stones have filed a lawsuit against their record label over royalties of their last album. The British High Court must decide whether Decca Records owes the veteran rockers money for their greatest hits album Forty Licks.- Click Here for the Full Story
liveDaily reports: Fellow Canucks Alanis Morissette and Barenaked Ladies are set to traverse the U.S. amphitheater circuit together this summer during a month-long, co-headlining tour that opens in mid-July.
According to a press release, the two acts will alternate spots on the bill throughout the 22-city outing, which has been dubbed the Au Naturale Tour. [see full story for lots more]- Click Here for the Full Story
Warrant Issued for Jackson
CNN reports: A bench warrant has been issued for Michael Jackson following his indictment by a grand jury investigating allegations that the pop star molested a 12-year-old boy, a source close to the case said Thursday.
Such warrants are routine, and Jackson won't be arrested unless he fails to appear in Santa Barbara Superior Court for an arraignment April 30, the source said. His attorneys said he would plead not guilty. No trial date has been set. - Click Here for the Full Story
zakkwylde.com reports: Zakk Wylde posted a picture to his website and is asking fans to pass it on. The photo shows an American Sgt. with an American flag patch on his arm, just underneath is a patch that proclaims "Doing the work of" followed by patches of the Russian, French and German flags. Below the photo is a caption that proclaims "OUR MILITARY IS GREAT! PASS IT ON! - Zakk Wylde" - Click Here for the Full Story
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Red Hot Solo
press release reports: John Frusciante, the acclaimed guitarist for the Red Hot Chili Peppers and a highly regarded vocalist and songwriter in his own right, is offering both acoustic and demo versions of key tracks from his latest Warner Bros. Records solo album, Shadows Collide With People. The songs will be made available exclusively as full-length audio streams on his website, http://www.johnfrusciante.com.
"I'm releasing these versions because there was so much production on the record," remarked Frusciante, whose Shadows Collide With People is his fourth solo album. "I thought it would be nice for some of the fans who prefer a more raw, stripped down sound. For the same reason I wanted to include the original demos. Some people actually prefer hearing things this way and I really pushed my little 8-track cassette to the limit. I figured I'd do a performance in my living room and put it on the internet so people could hear me doing these songs as if it were a live acoustic show."- Click Here for the Full Story