Rock Dirt reports: The Rochester Democrat and Chronicle reports that Rochester resident Michael Sudore alleges in two separate lawsuits one in federal and another in state court that Sum 41 videotaped his confrontation where band members pelted him with a hot dog and taunted him at a Rochester Red Wings game in April 2002. Then, without his permission, they included the video on their 2002 DVD, 'Cross the T's and Gouge Your I's', which accompanied the band's CD, 'Does This Look Infected?'. "They decided to mock him," according to his lawyer, H. Todd Bullard, who is a Monroe County legislator. "What they really did was they incited him so they could get him on the film. There's a lot of maliciousness in this actually." - Click Here for the Full Story
Avril Mall Tour
MuchMusic reports: Mallrats are in luck. Avril Lavigne will begin a series of surprise concerts in shopping malls across the U.S. and Canada beginning next week on March 4th. No tour schedule has been announced, but fans can get forty-eight hours notice before Avril hits their town by signing up for bulletins through her website. Avril will also be among the performers at this year's Juno Awards in Winnipeg. Nickelback and Nelly Furtado will also be on hand to play the show, while Alanis Morissette will host the festivities. - Click Here for the Full Story
That's like so punk rawk.
AP reports: The nation's largest radio station chain announced Wednesday it was suspending shock jock Howard Stern's show after issuing new rules to limit indecency and address criticism of what airs on television and radio. - Click Here for the Full Story
BW&BK reports: BIOHAZARD vocalist/bassist Evan Seinfeld has adopted a new name, Spider Jonez, which he will use while performing in hardcore porn films with his wife, adult film superstar Tera Patrick (www.officialterapatrick.com).
The couple are currently shooting a reality show, Rockstar/Pornstar, for Epicenter Films. Also, the pair will release their first film, Tera.Tera.Tera, in May via a joint venture between adult movie leader Vivid, and Patrick's own company, Teravision.- Click Here for the Full Story
The PRP reports: Flaw have chosen "Recognize" as the first single from their upcoming new album "Endangered Species". The track will impact at radio on March 30th while the album will land in stores on May 04th through Republic/Universal. - Click Here for the Full Story
Punk Bands reports: The Ernie Ball Company is giving your band a chance to play the Vans Warped Tour. Go to www.ernieball.com and sign up for the Ernie Ball Battle of the Bands 8. Four local bands a day will be selected to play the Vans Warped Tour on the Ernie Ball Local Heroes Mobile Stage.
Battle of the Bands will showcase the very best local bands at the 10th anniversary of the Vans Warped Tour. Four bands from each venue will be selected to play live on the Ernie Ball Local Heroes Mobile Stage. Equipped with a 24,000 watt sound system, Ernie Ball's Local Heroes stage has featured over 5,000 unsigned bands including national acts Bowling For Soup, Nonpoint, and Story of The Year. - Click Here for the Full Story
MuchMusic reports: If you're an Oasis fan and you're dying waiting to hear new material from the boys, you're going to be waiting a while. Noel Gallagher has admitted that the new album is "going a bit slow." So I guess this means the idea of the disc coming out this summer has be squashed? According to Noel, Oasis is taking a break from the record and says that now the album may be out by the end of the year, but it depends how well it goes. - Click Here for the Full Story
Juliana Hatfield Returns
Aversion reports: Juliana Hatfield will return in May with her first album since 2000.
The singer/songwriter's In Exile Deo will hit stores May 18 from Zoe/Rounder Records. The effort was mostly produced by Hatfield with producers David Leonard and David Way manning the mix in a few places. - Click Here for the Full Story
RIFTrock reports: The soundtrack for the upcoming superhero film The Punisher will be avaliable to purchase on March 23rd. Wind-Up will be releasing the CD; the track-lisitng can be found below.
01 - Drowning Pool "Step Up"
02 - Puddle Of Mudd "Bleed"
03 - Nickelback "Slow Motion"
04 - Chevelle "Still Running"
05 - Queens Of The Stone Age "Never Say Never"
06 - Seether "Broken" (Feat. Amy Lee of Evanescence)
07 - Smile Empty Soul "Finding Myself"
08 - Trapt "Lost In A Portrait"
09 - Damageplan "Ashes To Ashes" (Feat. Jerry Cantrell)
10 - Hatebreed "Bound To Violence"
11 - Seether "Sold Me"
12 - Edgewater "Eyes Wired Shut"
13 - finger eleven "Slow Chemical"
14 - Ben Moody "The End Has Come"
15 - Strata "Piece By Piece"
16 - Seven Wiser "Sick"
17 - Submersed "Complicated"
18 - Atomship "Time For People"
19 - Mark Collie "In Time"
- Click Here for the Full Story
NE Metal Fest
siN's metal news reports: The bands for this year's New England Metal And Hardcore Fest have been announced, they are as follows:
Killswitch Engage, Arch Enemy, Machine Head, God Forbid and Every Time I Die confirmed as headliners for Friday night. Saturday's headliners will include Iced Earth, Children Of Bodom, Zao, Throwdown and Bleeding Through.
The show will once again be at the Palladium in Worcester, MA, on April 30 and May 1st.- Click Here for the Full Story
Check the full story link for a listing of all the support bands. Far too many to list here! Plus ticket info.
siN's metal news reports: SEVENDUST is putting together an acoustic DVD/CD and wants your feedback. TVT wants to know about your experiences at the acoustic shows, and if you have pictures with the band from the acoustic tour send them in! Take pictures of your signed swag, and rant about what it means to you. Send it all. And if you're lucky enough, maybe it will be included in the album art or release package!
"Please send all pictures in JPEG format and email everything to firstname.lastname@example.org -- get it in NOW this is only going on til Wednesday March 3rd!!!"- Click Here for the Full Story
get the upcoming dates at siN's
Velvet Revolver Tracks
siN's metal news reports: The VELVET REVOLVER fansite www.velvet-revolver.com has posted the tracklisting to their forthcoming album, "Contraband". It is as follows:
1. Big Machine
2. Do It For The Kids
4. Falling To Pieces
5. Illegal Eye
6. Loving The Alien (Sometimes)
7. Set Me Free
10. Suckertrain Blues
12. You Got No Right "Contraband" will be released on May 18th through RCA Records.- Click Here for the Full Story
GNR, Aerosmith, Sex Pistol
Billboard reports: Old rock stars don't die. They perform golden oldies at corporate fashion shows.
Such was the case on Tuesday when Aerosmith singer Steven Tyler, Sex Pistols guitarist Steve Jones and former Guns N' Roses bass player Duff McKagan belted out old chestnuts at a high-wattage Hollywood fashion event.
With a "GM" logo shimmering brightly in the background, and sharply dressed security officials stalking the stage to make sure no one got too exuberant, Tyler belted out Led Zeppelin's "Whole Lotta Love,' with Guns alumnus Matt Sorum and the Red Hot Chili Peppers' Chad Smith filling in for the late John Bonham on a pair of drum kits. - Click Here for the Full Story
Beck Spotless Cover
Billboard reports: Beck has covered the 1980 Korgis track "Everybody's Gotta Learn Sometime," for the soundtrack to the upcoming Jim Carrey film "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind."
Due March 16 via Hollywood Records, the disc also features material by the Polyphonic Spree and Electric Light Orchestra. - Click Here for the Full Story
Billboard reports: Christian band Sixpence None The Richer, famed for the pop hit "Kiss Me," is calling it quits.
In a letter to fans published in CCM Magazine, principal members Leigh Nash and Matt Slocum announced that the group is disbanding after 10 years together. Nash recently had a baby and plans to devote time to her family. Slocum says he wants to travel and may go back to school. - Click Here for the Full Story
Stax Founder Dies
AP reports: Estelle Axton, co-founder of the famed Stax Records Co., which generated hits from acts including Sam and Dave, Otis Redding Jr. and The Staple Singers, has died. She was 85.
Axton died of natural causes Tuesday at the hospice at Saint Francis Hospital, said her son-in-law, Fred Fredrick. - Click Here for the Full Story
Clear Channel Censored
AP reports: Radio giant Clear Channel Communications Inc. on Wednesday announced a "zero-tolerance" broadcast policy designed to keep indecent material off the airwaves of its 1,200 or so radio stations.
The policy comes the day after the San Antonio company announced the firing of a DJ whose sexually explicit morning show antics prompted a proposed $755,000 fine from the Federal Communications Commission last month.
"Clear Channel is serious about helping address the rising tide of indecency on the airwaves," Mark Mays, president and chief operating officer, said in a statement. "As broadcast licensees, we are fully responsible for what our stations air, and we intend to make sure all our DJs and programmers understand what is and what is not appropriate on Clear Channel radio shows." - Click Here for the Full Story
Nonpoint In The Air
I Ate Your Microphone reports: Nonpoint are currently recording three songs to supplement their upcoming new album, which they finished mixing earlier in the month. One of the additional cuts has been revealed to be a cover of Phil Collins' 'In The Air Tonight' while the others are original compositions from the band. These extra tracks are intended for inclusion on soundtracks and compilation releases in the next few months.- Click Here for the Full Story
I Ate Your Microphone reports: RA have mixed five of the songs which will appear on their new effort "Duality", tentatively due for a release in the first half of 2004 through Universal Records. Some track titles which will be used on the album include 'Fallen Angels', 'Far Enough', 'Take Me Away' and 'The Only One'.- Click Here for the Full Story
Net Music Countdown reports: Outkast's Andre 3000 is reportedly in final talks to portray James Marshall Hendrix in a biopic on the late rock legend. Andre is currently at work in "Be Cool," Elmore Leonard's sequel to "Get Shorty."
The Hendrix picture will be directed by the Hughes brothers, and will follow Jimi's rise to fame to his drug related death at the age of 27 in 1970.- Click Here for the Full Story
Net Music Countdown reports: Grey Tuesday was a success, according to Downhill Battle, the group responsible for staging the 170 website download-fest of DJ Danger Mouse's "Grey Album." According to Downhill Battle, tens of thousands of people are now listening to the album EMI doesn't want you to hear. After issuing a blanket cease-and-desist to record shops around the world to prevent them from selling the unauthorized remixed Beatles/Jay-Z tracks, EMI set about shutting down Grey Tuesday as well, to no avail. Says DJ Danger Mouse in his statement regarding the web event: "It's flattering. I did this project because I love the Beatles and Jay-Z. I knew when I produced the Grey Album that there might be questions and issues that this project would bring up, but I really don't know the answers to many of them. It was not meant to be anything but an artistic expression, and I still hope that that is the way it's perceived". - Click Here for the Full Story
Angie Aparo Road
Press Release reports: In support of his latest album, FOR STARS AND MOON, critically praised singer/songwriter/performer ANGIE APARO will set out on tour beginning this March with initial dates throughout the Mid-West, Northeast and South.
Aparo is a rising and compelling force in contemporary music and songwriting, who first garnered national acclaim with his major label debut The American on Melisma/Arista and most recently with Faith Hill's GRAMMY award winning and moving rendition of the Aparo penned "Cry", which reached #1 on both the Billboard Adult Contemporary and Country Charts.
FOR STARS AND MOON will be made available at Aparo's upcoming tour dates and online at Awarestore.com.
03.03 - Columbus, GA - The Loft
03.04 - Athens, GA - 40 Watt Club
03.06 - Charleston, SC - The Warehouse
04.14 - Quincy, IL - Quincy University, The Hawk's Nest
04.15 - Berwyn, IL - Fitzgerald's
04.16 - Chicago, IL - Martyr's
04.17 - Milwaukee, WI - Northern Lights Theater - w/Willy Porter 04.20 - Ann Arbor, MI - The Ark 04.22 - Oshkosh, WI - The Ballroom, Reeve Union -
04.23 - Eau Claire, WI - University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire -
04.24 - Madison, WI - Luther's Blues -
05.12 - Alexandria, VA - The Birchmere -
05.14 - Baltimore, MD - The Funk Box -
05.15 - Philadelphia, PA - North by Northwest -
05.19 & 05.20 - Cambridge, MA - Club Passim
05.21 - New York City - Crash Mansion -
06.02 - Birmingham, AL - Work Play Theatre -
06.03 - Nashville, TN - 12th & Porter
06.05 - Atlanta, GA - The Roxy Theatre -
06.10 - Greenville, SC - The Handlebar -
06.11 - Charlotte, NC - Amos' Southend -
- Click Here for the Full Story
Ananova reports: The Damnwells first full-length album,Bastards of the Beat, will be released on Epic Records on April 6, 2004. Bastards is the Brooklyn four-piece's much anticipated follow-up to their two self-released EPs, known as the Poor Man's Records PMRs.
Bastards of the Beat was initially slated to be released on an indie label, but just days before its street date, the band made a deal with Epic Records. With a new label came a new plan and the street date was pushed back until April. Now, The Damnwells will release Bastards of the Beat exactly as it was, in all its Manhattan Mini-Storage recorded glory: including thirteen studio tracks and a video for Sleepsinging. Bastards Of The Beat hits stores on April 6.- Click Here for the Full Story
Boy George Damages
Ananova reports: Boy George has agreed to pay £10,000 libel damages to a man he punched in a nightclub over allegations that his victim was to blame for the incident.
A judge in the High Court heard that on June 20, 2002, Andrew Thompson was working at the Sweet Suite nightclub in London's Soho as membership secretary when he was punched by Boy George, whose real name is George O'Dowd.
Mr Thompson's solicitor, Hanna Basha, told Mr Justice Tugendhat, sitting in London, that the defendant, Mr O'Dowd, had "accepted that he should not have assaulted the claimant (Mr Thompson) and paid him substantial compensation for the injury and distress caused". - Click Here for the Full Story
Ananova reports: A new Best Of the Who album due next month will contain two new songs, the first from the band for more than 20 years.
Billboard says Then and Now! 1964 - 2004 will include the new tracks Real Good Looking Boy, featuring Greg Lake on bass and Zak Starkey on drums, and Old Red Wine together with 18 classic tracks.
A DVD-audio version of the band's 1969 rock opera Tommy is due in April. - Click Here for the Full Story