GNR Fans Protest
Blabbermouth reports: A number of GUNS N' ROSES fans are protesting the decision by Universal Music to issue a GNR greatest hits album without, what they say is, the approval of the band's lead singer Axl Rose, according to Australia's Undercover News.
The irate fans have started an online petition via the GNR fan site Here Today… Gone To Hell!, claiming the album's projected track listing is simply not strong enough and that it contains no new material.
According to posts in the online forum discussing the release of the greatest hits package, fans also seem to be under the impression that Universal is responsible for holding up Axl's long-awaited new album, "Chinese Democracy", even though the label had the album publicly listed on their release schedule as far back as September 1999 and had to withdraw the release when Rose failed to deliver the master.- Click Here for the Full Story
Billboard also reports:...according to sources, the band did not give its consent for "Greatest Hits" to move forward and may pursue legal action to block its release.
Much Music reports: Outrage over Outkast's performance at the Grammy Awards is making its way online. According to the website Indianz.com, more than 7,500 people have signed their internet petition against Outkast. The performance of "Hey Ya" featured dancers in front of a teepee and a marching band in war paint and feather headdresses. Even though CBS offered up an apology late last week, Native American groups feel that Outkast needs to step up to the plate and apologize for the performance themselves. Outkast's Big Boi is set to play a one-off solo concert in London on March 1, fuelling rumours of strife within the Outkast camp - Click Here for the Full Story
Those that signed the petition didn't see the irony of doing so on a site named Indianz.com? I mean come on if you're gonna be PC, be PC. Then again the double standard is standard PC.
Durst Loses Gigs
MTV reports: A few years ago, Fred Durst, director of videos for Puddle of Mudd, Cold and his own band, Limp Bizkit, was linked to as many as four feature films. Two of them are now moving forward with someone else in the director's chair.
"The Lords of Dogtown," a fictionalized version of the 2001 documentary "Dogtown and Z-Boys," will begin production in April with Catherine Hardwicke ("Thirteen") directing. Heath Ledger ("A Knight's Tale") and 18-year-old John Robinson will star in the film
Click the full story link for more info on the fall of Durst
New York Daily News reports: Hard rock is getting a little soft these days.
Three of the biggest metal acts of the last four years - Limp Bizkit, Korn and P.O.D. - have slumped in sales and shrunk in power, hobbled by a trend in rock radio to favor lighter, artier or more retro-oriented bands.
P.O.D. has suffered the most dramatic fall. The San Diego-based mega-metal band's last release, "Satellite," moved 2.7 million copies in 2002. It's previous work, 2000's "Fundamental Elements of Southtown," went platinum. But the foursome's "Payable on Death" CD has fallen to No. 186 after just 13 weeks, selling just over 400,000 copies, without the momentum to go much further.
Limp Bizkit's "Results May Vary," is lumbering in the low 80s on the chart after 20 weeks. True, in that time the album has sold 1 million copies, but the macho act's last work, "Chocolate Starfish and the Hot Dog Flavored Water," moved that many copies in its first week. - Click Here for the Full Story
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NME reports: AVRIL LAVIGNE's new album will be produced by LINKIN PARK producer DON GILMORE, not THE MATRIX.
The Canadian's new album, due for release later this year, will take on a darker, more angsty feel than the multi-platinum 'Let Go', reports Rolling Stone. However, 'Don't Tell Me', likely to be the first single from the forthcoming release, is closer to debut hit 'Complicated'. - Click Here for the Full Story
AP reports: A civil lawsuit accusing shock rocker Marilyn Manson of sexual assault has been dismissed after the two sides reached a settlement, an attorney for the plaintiff said Tuesday.
Security guard Joshua Keasler was working on the stage during a July 2001 performance in Detroit when Manson allegedly approached him, wrapped his legs around the guard's neck and gyrated against him while wearing only a leather thong and panty hose.
Keasler had sued Manson in U.S. District Court in Detroit for sexual assault and intentional infliction of emotional distress.
Both sides agreed not to release terms of the settlement, Keasler's attorney John D. Nickola said in a statement. The lawsuit was dismissed Jan. 28. - Click Here for the Full Story
AP reports: A judge threw out an arrest warrant for rocker Courtney Love on Tuesday after she appeared for a court hearing.
Superior Court Judge Elden Fox issued the warrant last week after Love failed to appear for a hearing involving felony charges of illegal possession of two painkillers. Her attorney William Genego said Love couldn't make it then because of unspecified "security" reasons.
Superior Court Judge Lisa Hart Cole dismissed the warrant Tuesday and ordered Love back to court on March 16 for a preliminary hearing.
The sometimes outspoken Love, 39, was reserved in court and only said, "Yes, ma'am," when the judge asked if she would agree to the date. - Click Here for the Full Story
Still Filing, Nobody Outsues
AP reports: The recording industry sued 531 more computer users Tuesday it said were illegally distributing songs over the Internet in what has become a routine reminder reminder that college students, teenagers and others can face expensive lawsuits for swapping music online.
The Recording Industry Association of America filed the latest complaints against "John Doe" defendants in lawsuits in Atlanta; Philadelphia; Orlando, Fla.; and Trenton, N.J. It said the defendants were customers of one of five Internet providers based in those cities.
Music industry lawyers identified the defendants only by their numeric Internet protocol addresses and expected to work through the courts to learn their names and where they live. - Click Here for the Full Story
Oliveri Didn't Quit QOTSA
Blabbermouth reports: Former QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE bassist Nick Oliveri has spoken out about his departure from the group, claiming that he "didn't quit" the group and insisting that he wants to continue being in a band with QUEENS mainman Josh Homme. In a statement posted at the web site of Oliveri's MONDO GENERATOR project (MondoGenerator.net), Nick said, "What really happened is he (Josh) came by my house, I hadn't talked to him because he fired Mark [Lanegan, vocals] without me knowing. After two years on the road, I thought my band kicked ass on this tour. I didn't quit the QUEENS. Ya know, we should be so lucky to have fans, I would never puss out on my fans, if we have 'em let's do this. I don't get it. I'm not fighting Josh, he's someone I'd take a bullet for. Ya know, I'm not going away, I'm going to try to talk him into playing music with me. I didn't quit. I just don't get it. Yeah, I get f***ed up, I get real f***ed up, but I show up to play. I just need to talk to Josh, but now I can't get in touch with him. Ya know, I didn't get married to get divorced, and I didn't join this band to quit it. I'm not a quitter, I want to make another f***in' record, I think QUEENS is a great f***in' band. It's crazy the band of no rules now has f***in' rules. I just want people to know because I'm not a f***in' flake and I didn't quit." - Click Here for the Full Story
Blabbermouth reports: QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE frontman Josh Homme has told the U.K.'s NME that his decision to split with bassist Nick Oliveri was the "hardest thing" but that he'd rather stay "brothers" with Oliveri than carry on with the band in its current state.
Homme told NME: "For me it's the hardest thing. I will never talk s*** about my bro or anything like that. Nick and I are still definitely that. I love making music and stuff but it's more important to me to be brothers with Nick.
"Everyone in the band is an individual and that was by design. It was what we were all looking for, to harness the chaos. The thing that always brought Nick and I together is that we have different styles of doing the same thing. Nick is probably one of the most unafraid people I know, and I'm not afraid either. And that's the reason we're friends.
"There's a part of me that goes, 'Man, it's just rock 'n' roll,' but then there's another part that is, 'I've know Nick since I was 14 years old.' I'm the only one that's going to have to deal with that." - Click Here for the Full Story
RIFTrock reports: The following albums will hit streets on Tuesday, February 17th:
The Casualties, On the Frontline
Evergreen Terrace, Writer's Block
Rag Men, Rag Men
Age of Ruin, Black Sands of the Hourglass (re-release)
Challenger, Give People What They Want In Lethal Doses
The Judas Cradle, Too Bad They're All Dead
School for Heroes, Arrivals/Departures
Vext, Cast the First Stone
The Prisoners Dilema, Handshake Hello and Goodbye
Master Plan, Colossus Of Destiny
Evolution so Far, The Armies of Bitterness
My Dying Bride, Songs Of Darkness, Words Of Light
Decapitated, The Negation
Monster Magnet, Monolithic Babies
End Of All, Paradise Burning
The Apers, The Wild And Savage Apers
Nausea, The Punk Terrorist Anthology Vol. 1
Daughters, Canada Songs
The Deal, Cutthroat
Vintersorg, The Focusing Blur
- Click Here for the Full Story
siN's metal news reports: DEVILDRIVER has been confirmed as another one of the openers on the upcoming Jagermeister tour featuring SLIPKNOT, FEAR FACTORY and CHIMAIRA. Their first confirmed date is for May 7 in Phoenix, Arizona at the Marquee Theater.- Click Here for the Full Story
Check siN's for the dates and other opening bands.
Machine Head Rerun
siN's metal news reports: MACHINE HEAD has re-signed with Roadrunner Records and will be releasing their latest CD, Through The Ashes Of Empires, in the US on April 20th, with a Spring tour to follow.
Roadrunner Records previously had a deal with the band that was only for a European/Japanese/Australian release of the new CD, which came out last Fall. The band should be heading into the studio at some point in the coming couple of weeks to record two new tracks for this US release, one original, and one most likely being a cover.- Click Here for the Full Story
Punkbands.com reports: A storm is brewing between the liberal and conservative factions of punk ever since the unveiling this new year of conservativepunk.com, a web site started in an attempt to contest punkvoter.com and it's liberalist views.- Click Here for the Full Story
The comments on the full story link are a lot of fun.
The PRP reports: (hed)p.e. will be making their live debut with their new line-up next week at their February 27th performance at the Gotham/La Luna in San Bernardino, CA. As previously reported, the band recently parted ways with both guitarist Sonny Mayo and drummer Ben 'BC' Vaught. Their replacements have yet to be officially announced. - Click Here for the Full Story
NME reports: LEEDS FESTIVAL has secured a licence for 2004, NME.COM can exclusively reveal.
Last year's event was moved from its original home at Temple Newsam to Bramham Park, just outside the city.
A spokesperson for the festival has told NME.COM that this afternoon in Leeds the licence had been granted for the event, which is scheduled to take place over August Bank Holiday weekend, August 27-29. - Click Here for the Full Story
No Doubt about it, The Living
Digital Noise reports: The Living End have been invited to join the majority of dates on the No Doubt and Blink-182 U.S. tour.
The tour of arenas and outdoor amphitheaters kicks off on June 1st in Indianapolis and will wind up on June 26th in San Bernardino, California. - Click Here for the Full Story
A Perfect Leno
Digital Noise reports: A Perfect Circle will be the musical guests on "The Tonight Show With Jay Leno" on March 15th. The band will be performing their latest single "The Outsider".
Check local listings for exact time and channel. - Click Here for the Full Story
Chister PR reports: Celebrating 21 years in bringing the world the best in refined heavy metal music, Noise Records is proud to introduce a host of new releases, and new artists, for spring 2004. Metal fans can look forward to an exciting year of diverse new releases by the likes of Gamma Ray, Heavenly, Frost (featuring Seven Witches guitarist Jack Frost), Debase, Dragonforce, and debut releases from promising young talent like Persuader, Beyond Surface and Dyecrest.- Click Here for the Full Story
Visit the full story link for more details and release dates
Darkness The Best
Ananova reports: The Darkness have been named Best British group and Best British Rock Act at the Brit Awards.
The band are nominated in four categories.
Frontman Justin Hawkins said: "It's a real privilege, a tremendous honour and a real achievement.
"I have to say we probably are the best British group." - Click Here for the Full Story
Timbaland Disses Hip-Hop
Billboard reports: Billboard has a rather interesting interview with Hip-Hop producer Timbaland. What follows are some highlights but click the full story link to read the full article: If someone compiled a list of the most commercially successful and prolific producers in R&B/hip-hop, Timbaland's name would likely be near the top of the list.
In less than a decade, Timbaland (aka Tim Mosley) has amassed dozens of hit records as a producer and/or songwriter. He is also a performing artist, engineer, remixer and head of a record label, the Interscope-distributed BeatClub Records.
A: I think producers are bigger than the artists. We're responsible for the sound that they have. We give them direction and bring something out of the artists that they may not realize that they have.
When I came, I was one of the people who started bringing the attention back to producers. I bought the flavor back to the meat, and I opened a lot of doors for artists and other producers.
My producing style is this: "I am the music." The artist is the frontman for the producer.
...And I've gotten bored with hip-hop. I'm about to totally change my whole image in 2004. It's going to shock people.
Q: IF HIP-HOP HAS BECOME BORING, WHAT KIND OF MUSIC EXCITES YOU, AND WHAT TYPE OF MUSIC DO YOU THINK CAN HELP THE INDUSTRY OUT OF ITS SLUMP?
A: I like Coldplay -- that's real music to me. I like what the Neptunes are doing. But after a while, everything sounds the same -- even my stuff. - Click Here for the Full Story
No Sell Out for Cash
AP reports: Advertising writers in Florida were planning to pitch hemorrhoid-relief products with a commercial featuring the Johnny Cash classic "Ring of Fire," but Cash's family said there's no way they will let it happen.
"We would never allow the song to be demeaned like that," Cash's daughter, Rosanne, told the Tennessean of Nashville, Tenn.
The hit was written by Cash's wife, June Carter Cash, and Merle Kilgore, who now is Hank Williams Jr.'s manager. Both Johnny Cash and June Carter Cash died in 2003.
TV producer Sula Miller of Big Grin Productions in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., said she thought of the idea when she heard the song on the radio while struggling with the uncomfortable condition. - Click Here for the Full Story
Refreshing to see a family not willing to whore out the work of their loved one.
I Ate Your Microphone reports: Superjoint Ritual have confirmed that they will indeed be playing the main stage of the Ozzfest trek this year in a posting on their official website.- Click Here for the Full Story
antiGUY reports: After tonight Fox may need to rename the show American Butcher. I thought I was watching survivor and waiting for the portion where they vote people off, not on. They all pretty much sucked ass with lackluster or out of tune songs. That includes those that showed promise before.
There were no good ones tonight. Most were ugly. Here is the quick hits.
Matthew Rogers - what's with the metrosexuall B.S.? What'd sad is the guy can sing but he picked a really dull song. But in retrospect after the others, he only lands in the bad camp.
Briana Ramirez-Rial - She might be the next K.D. Lang but you wouldn't know it from this tedious performance. But she is still the dark horse and an unlikely winner, that's why she has a shot.
Noel Roman: Three words- dull, dull, dull. - Kara Master: Bad karaoke with a bitchy attitude to boot. She should get the boot. - Lisa Leuschner: Not impressive at all but if she wins she may be able to see an orthodontist. - Jesus Roman: Forgive him Father for he knows not how to sing. Camile Velasco: At this point I was tempted to flip over to John Kerry's victory speech knowing that would be more exciting. The judges compared her to Lauryn Hill but she sounded more like Lauren Bacall. Marisa Joy: Upbeat? Not even close. Shania doesn't have to worry.
Over all it was like watching bad karaoke, but is a good snap shot at what is wrong with pop music these days. If anyone from Fox is reading this, can I get my hour back? -antiGUY