Metal Fan Kills Priest
Blabbermouth reports: A Chilean black metal fan killed an Italian Catholic priest two weeks ago, slitting his throat just after the priest had finished giving Mass at Santiago's Metropolitan Cathedral.
Horrified churchgoers heard Father Faustino Gazziero scream as he was attacked, but most did not actually see the killing as the priest had already walked away from the altar.
Authorities identified the assailant as Rodrigo Orias Gallardo, 25. Orias smeared his face with the victim's blood and then stabbed himself several times in the chest and neck with the same knife, several witnesses said.
Orias, who admitted that he made the 1,900-km journey to Santiago from his parents' hometown of Coyaique with the intention of murdering a priest, was rushed to a hospital and underwent surgery. He was under arrest.
He was reportedly not under the effect of drugs or alcohol at the time of the July 24 attack. [see full story for a lot more. For the truly morbid there are links to photos]- Click Here for the Full Story
Feds Raid KISS Expo
Blabbermouth reports: According to several postings at TommyThayerSucks.com, the KISS Expo in Charlotte, NC on Sunday (August 8) was raided by federal marshals and a lawyer representing KISS bassist/vocalist Gene Simmons. Several thousand bootleg DVDs were confiscated in the raid but no one was arrested. Some Expo attendees even had DVDs that were given away as door prizes taken from them by the marshals. The crowd in attendance was shocked and outraged as bootlegs videos are a traditional part of all KISS Expos and Gene Simmons had allegedly been well aware of this for some time. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story
Blabbermouth reports: LIMP BIZKIT fan site TheArmpit.net has posted a link to a radio-broadcast-quality MP3 of the first single taken from the solo project of BIZKIT's DJ Lethal. The track, entitled "State of the Art", features a guest appearance by LINKIN PARK frontman Chester Bennington. [click the full story link for the mp3]- Click Here for the Full Story
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AP reports: Former Eagles bassist Randy Meisner, who co-wrote and sang the rock group's classic "Take It to the Limit," has been hospitalized for chest pains, his manager said.
Meisner, 58, was taken to Providence St. Joseph's Medical Center in Burbank Friday morning, his manager, Kevin White, told The Associated Press.
"He's resting comfortably. He's not experiencing any pain," White said Sunday. "He's doing well." [see full for more] - Click Here for the Full Story
Microphone Bomb Scare
AP reports: The next time Brian Teasley gets on a plane, he promises he'll ship his custom-made microphone. That same device shut down five gates at Dallas Fort Worth-International Airport last week.
Teasley, a member of Dallas-based pop-rock band Polyphonic Spree...had planned to do some recording at home, so he put the microphone in his suitcase...
A terminal area and several gates were closed briefly after a routine baggage screening detected the device, which raised concerns because of the wires and threading caps running through it. A bomb disposal robot removed it. [see full story for more, including his interesting homecoming]- Click Here for the Full Story
Libraries Ban CDs
Kansas.com reports: Kansas Attorney General Phill Kline's office this spring pulled more than 1,600 CDs out of shipments headed for state libraries because officials said they promoted violence or illegal activity, such as drug use or attacks on law enforcement.
The head of the Kansas Library Association said the group had no problem with the action. But Dick Kurtenbach, executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union in Kansas and Western Missouri, said it was censorship.
Kline on Friday denied that he had censored the list, saying libraries can still buy the CDs rejected by his office. He said the settlement made clear that no explicit albums were to be sent to libraries, but some were included anyway.
The CDs were part of 51,000 given to states as part of a national consumer protection settlement. [see full story for more] - Click Here for the Full Story
Wilco Expands Tour
liveDaily reports: Wilco continues to add shows to its late-summer/early-fall headlining tour, with new stops in Maryland, Vermont, Massachusetts and New York among the latest to be confirmed.
The Chicago-based group has been adding shows to the outing over the last few weeks. Calexico will support Sept. 14-17, and The Fiery Furnaces will be on the bill Sept. 27-Oct. 5. [see full story for more, including those new dates]- Click Here for the Full Story
Clapton Rock Walk
liveDaily reports: Eric Clapton was inducted into Hollywood's RockWalk this morning (8/9) in Los Angeles. Clapton received a commemorative plaque and had his hands and signature imprinted in terrazzo marble during the private ceremony. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story
liveDaily reports: Immortal/Epic Records has set an Oct. 19 release date for Korn's "Greatest Hits Vol. 1," which collects 16 previously released tracks, two cover songs and a remix.
The album's first single is a cover of Cameo's 1986 single "Word Up!" It also features a cover of Pink Floyd's "Another Brick in the Wall, Parts 1, 2, 3," and a Dante Ross remix of "Freak on a Leash." - Click Here for the Full Story
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Former Queen Plans Solo CD
The PRP reports: Now former Queens Of The Stone Age (and of course Screaming Trees) vocalist Mark Lanegan will be releasing his new album "Bubblegum" through Beggars Banquet this Tuesday, August 10th. The outing, which is expected to feature guest appearances from members of Queens Of The Stone Age, Greg Dulli of Afghan Whigs, Duff McKagan and Izzy Stradlin of Guns N' Roses fame, PJ Harvey, and more [see full story for more including tracklisting]- Click Here for the Full Story
40 Below Summer New Music
The PRP reports: 40 Below Summer recently took a break from touring and in that time they wrote and recorded 10 new tracks. The band are now gearing up to hit the road once again with plans for a headlining tour with Slitheryn in September, followed by an Army Base tour alongside Ill Nino. [more]- Click Here for the Full Story
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Lamb of God Extra
Digital Noise reports: Lamb Of God have recorded an extra song during the recording sessions for their upcoming new album, "Ashes Of The Wake".
The track, titled "An Extra Nail In Your Coffin", is expected to be used as a B-Side or included on an upcoming soundtrack.
As previously reported, "Ashes Of The Wake" is due for a release on August 31st through Epic Records. - Click Here for the Full Story
Digital Noise reports: The release date for Omar A. Rodriguez[Mars Volta/ATDI]'s solo album, "A Manual Dexterity - Soundtrack Volume 1" has been bumped back.
The album, which was originally scheduled for a release on August 17th, will now be released on August 31st through Gold Standard Labs. - Click Here for the Full Story
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Death Cab For EP
Aversion reports: Death Cab For Cutie's march of releases continues with the release of a online EP through Apple's iTunes.
The band's upcoming Studio X Sessions collects four cuts culled from the band's shows in Seattle's Studio X this spring. The EP offers more than just live versions of studio favorites, however, as the act trades its guitars for a grand piano, manned by front man Ben Gibbard or guitarist Chris Walla. [see full story for more, including tracklist] - Click Here for the Full Story
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Rick James Funeral
Jam reports: Funeral services were announced for Rick James, the funk singer best known for the hit Super Freak, who was found dead Friday at age 56.
A public viewing will be held Wednesday from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Forest Lawn Memorial Park-Hollywood Hills. A memorial service will be held there at 11 a.m. Thursday. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story
Canada Fest A Success
Jam reports: A made-in-Canada themed music festival, which featured some of the country's hottest up-and-coming and veteran rock acts, drew thousands of fans to Olympic Island on Saturday.
More than 8,000 nouveaux slackers converged on the Lake Ontario island, a short ferry ride from Toronto's mainland, to take in the all-day lineup which included little-known indie acts such as Arcade Fire and Death From Above 1979, Juno-winners Broken Social Scene and East Coast rapper Buck 65, local boys Pilate, and headlining heavyweights Sam Roberts and Sloan. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story
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Lars: Napster Suit Was About
Electric Basement reports: In an interview appearing at Electricbasement.com, METALLICA drummer LARS ULRICH talked about the band's controversial fight against NAPSTER, the company that allowed users to share songs illegally over the internet. "I wish that I had, I wish that I had known more about what we were getting into. We were really caught, we were ambushed, you know. Metallica, and I'm, this is what I'm proud of. Metallica always jumps, and we just jump and we don't stop and think much about where we are going to land. That was not one of our smoother landings on that one. And so I don't regret it, I am proud of the fact that we just jumped like we always did, and it was like okay, we'll go after these guys, but then once your out there you have to put your game face on and you can't kind of, you've got to stand out there for a while and that was pretty difficult to stand out there for two months going Bad Napster, can I go now? And so, it's just difficult. It's a difficult thing to do.
When asked if he felt the band was ambushed by negative feedback, he responds, "No, I think we were, no we were ambushed by um, we were ambushed by the lack of knowing what we had sort of got ourselves involved in. We were ambushed by not being aware of what this meant to people at grass roots, and being ambushed by maybe that we always felt in our selves that the points were clear but I think that ultimately, I don't' think, nobody really ever really understood that the only thing it was ever about was control. It was never about money, it was never about downloading, it was never about… It was just about control. [see full story for the complete interview with Lars, including his thoughts on Megadeth Dave] - Click Here for the Full Story
Electric Basement reports: According to the Official GLENN HUGHES website, the long talked about and often bootlegged "8th Star" album from BLACK SABBATH guitarist TONY IOMMI and Hughes may see the light of day. Hughes posted this:
I had dinner with Tony Iommi on Sunday night. We are pleased to announce that the album which was originally bootlegged (ele tá falando do 8th Star) will be officially released with an extra track called "Time is the Healer". It has been re mixed and mastered. It will be out on Sanctuary this fall. I will be going to the UK in October to write with Tony for a future project. [see full story for more] - Click Here for the Full Story
Steven Tyler Solo Dispute
ArrowFM reports: Aerosmith has responded to a report last week from FoxNews.com's Roger Friedman that suggests guitarist Joe Perry is embittered over Steven Tyler's alleged plan to record a solo album. The Boston Herald recently spoke to band insiders regarding the report that Perry went "crazy" when he heard the news. "Why would he?" a friend of Tyler's told the paper. "Because if Steven is going to put out a solo album, it won't be for a while. Steven's been saying he's going to do a solo album for 10 years now, and Joe is always saying he's got enough music for a solo album. But they've got another Aerosmith album to put out after their break, and then they head out on tour again." [see full story for more, including Joe Perry's reaction to this rumor]- Click Here for the Full Story
Bon Scott Best Frontman
ArrowFM reports: Late AC/DC crooner Bon Scott has taken first place on the list as the number one (out of 100) frontman of all time, according to England's Classic Rock magazine. The Australian singer, who died of a barbiturates and alcohol overdose in 1980, beat out such heavyweights as Ozzy Osbourne, Freddie Mercury and Jim Morrison. You can find the new issue of Classic Rock at various newstands now. - Click Here for the Full Story
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My Ruin Dropped?
IAYM reports: My Ruin are said to have parted ways with their label Century Media as of late, although no official word has come down on the situation at present. - Click Here for the Full Story
IAYM reports: The Deftones, who recently wrapped up writing their next album in Malibu, California, will be heading out on tour in October/November (according to their official website www.deftones.com). [see full story for more] - Click Here for the Full Story
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Pixies CD Coming?
Xfm reports: According to reports, reformed legendary alt rock outfit Pixies are planning on recording an album of brand new material and frontman Frank Black has explained he has a rather unlikely producer in mind for the project.
The band, featuring the full original line up of Black, bassist Kim Deal, guitarist Joey Santiago and drummer David Lovering last released an album (‘Trompe Le Monde') back in 1991, two years before their split.
Now Black has stated they intend to record a new album, and has stated he would like equally legendary songwriter Tom Waits to produce the new record because "I like the way his records sound." [see full story for more] - Click Here for the Full Story
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Napalm Death Plan Next CD
BW&BK reports: NAPALM DEATH are booked in Foel Studios in Wales during September and October to record their currently untitled, 11th studio album.
Vocalist Mark "Barney" Greenway shared some new song titles with BW&BK. "One's called ‘All Hail The Great Dawn'. Another one's called ‘Diplomatic Immunity'. And one's called ‘Pay For The Privilege Of Breathing'. There's three for ya."
As far as a projected release date goes, "It's going to come out in February (2005) hopefully," says Barney. "Basically, if you take the last two studio albums, Order Of The Leech and Enemy Of The Music Business, it's going to be even more manic than those. Definitely that's the way the material is shaping up."
Russ Russell, who produced Leaders Not Followers Part 2 (due out on October 5th), will likely produce the new album as well. [see full story for a lot more]- Click Here for the Full Story
BW&BK reports: Karmageddon Media (www.karmageddonmedia.com) have issued the following report:
[under the heading: CHUCK SCHULDINER Zero Tolerance II] "No, this is not the new CONTROL DENIED album, no this is not a new DEATH recording. These are the Deaths first demo called Death By Metal and the second called Reign Of Terror in the best possible sound quality.
As bonus a really cool Death live-show (soundboard), recorded at the After Dark Club in Texas during the Spiritual Healing tour in 1990... [no release date yet, but see full story for more] - Click Here for the Full Story
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Silly News: Stupid Drunk
New York Daily News reports: [It's been a while since we've had a true non-music related silly news item. This one should get your Tuesday going in the right direction] VERNON, Vt. - It's not too often that the police get pulled over by a drunk driver. But that's what happened recently to Police Chief Ian McCollin.
McCollin was heading south on Route 142 when he noticed a driver at the Broad Brook Road stop sign, slowly edging forward into the intersection. As he passed the car, McCollin saw a confused look on the motorist's face.
"I figured it might be somebody looking for help, possibly lost or something," he said.
When McCollin pulled his cruiser to the shoulder, the man pulled alongside, rolled down his passenger-side window and made an astonishing proclamation: He was looking for a police officer to arrest him because he was drunk. [see full story for more, including more silly news stories like the invention of the century! Clue the words cold, beer and keg play a part!]- Click Here for the Full Story
Todd Rundgren DVD
press release reports: On August 10th[Today!] Todd Rundgren will release Utopia: Live in Boston 1982, the second DVD from his successful archival series that was launched in association with Sanctuary Records two years ago. Culled from Rundgren's personal library of footage he amassed during his 40 year career, the DVD not only includes a 90 minute concert, but an additional 90 minutes of completely new interview footage with all band members and has been remixed in 5.1 channel surround sound.
Utopia: Live In Boston 1982 was filmed during the band¹s concert to promote their latest album, Swing To The Right. Songs from Swing were rarely performed after that tour, making this concert footage highly coveted among Rundgren fans. Although "Hammer In My Heart" and "Princess Of The Universe" became staples of later tours, many of the other fine songs were performed infrequently, if at all, after 1982. Rarities include, "Libertine," "I'm Looking At You," "Say Yeah," and "Infrared & Ultraviolet."- Click Here for the Full Story
The Hives Vespa Contest
Day in Rock reports: When you think of the Hives, the first image in your mind is probably their classic Black and White attire. The fellas have teamed up with Vespa and have a classic B&W Vespa PX Scooter to hook a lucky fan up with a brand new ride. Check out the contest page and listen to tracks from the new record while entering to win your very own Vespa. Perhaps not the safest bet for scooting over the Brooklyn Bridge, but it sure beats a Schwin. You can also score some fantastic Hives vinyl and signed swag. [see the full story link to visit the contest page]- Click Here for the Full Story