Ozzy 'Died Twice' After Accident
Ananove reports: Ozzy Osbourne has revealed that he "died" twice after his quad-bike accident.
The former Black Sabbath frontman was saved by his bodyguard Sam Ruston, who gave the singer mouth to mouth when he stopped breathing.
"If it wasn't for Sam I probably wouldn't be here. He had to bring me back to life twice," Ozzy told the Sunday Mirror.
The 55-year-old Brummie rocker who has battled addictions to drink and drugs admitted the crash had finally made him "grow up".
He was in a coma for eight days after the accident at his Buckinghamshire mansion in December.
"I'll never go near one of those damn bikes again. I've finally grown up," he said.
"The bloody thing nearly killed me. I am lucky to be here today and not paralysed." Click Here for the Full Story
Jack Black: Jacko Shouldn't
Be Able To Buy Kids
Rockdirt.com reports: Blender magazine caught up with Tenacious D stars Jack Black and Kyle Gass and asked who they thought were crazier between Michael Jackson or Courtney Love. "Oh, I'd say Michael Jackson," Gass said. "Courtney Love wants to be the bad rocker, but Michael -- he seems, like, a step beyond." Black added, "Yeah. He's not doing any heroin. He's just really fu**in' fu**ed up. He's certifiable. You shouldn't be able to buy kids. Just because you're rich enough to buy them doesn't mean you should be allowed to have them." Click Here for the Full Story
Not really news but it's always fun to hear what Jack Black has to say.
The Sophomore Volta
RIFTrock reports: The Mars Volta will begin recording their follow-up to 2003's De-Loused in the Commitorium in January. Look for an LP of the band's new material to hit stores sometime this year along with an EP full of "leftovers" from the recording process.Click Here for the Full Story
Courtney Love's 2004 Resolutions
Herald Sun reports: TROUBLED rocker Courtney Love is determined to make 2004 her year - by cleaning up her act while turning her new album into a smash hit, reports IMDB.com.
The former Hole frontwoman wants "America's Sweetheart" to mark a turning point in her life when it is released February 9, as she recovers from her alcohol and drug addictions.
"This coming year will be an opportunity for me to get my life back together," says Love, 39. "I am a musician and that is how I want to be remembered. Carrying on with my music will mean that I have something to focus on and do well with. I know have been labeled as a bit of a waster in the past. All that I want to say is from now on all will be well. Click Here for the Full Story
Illegal MP3 Trading Down.
Forbes reports: The music industry's controversial lawsuits against online song swappers appear to have forced U.S. computer users to severely curb their free music downloading habit, according to new research released on Sunday.
The percentage of Americans who downloaded music from the Internet fell to 14 percent over the four weeks ended Dec. 14, from 29 percent in a 30-day sample conducted in March, April and May, according to a telephone survey of 1,358 Internet users conducted by the Pew Internet & American Life Project.
Since September, the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) has filed about 400 lawsuits against music downloaders, claiming "egregious" copyright infringement and seeking up to $150,000 per violation.
The number of downloaders fell to about 18 million people in the winter period, from 35 million in the spring, the Pew study found.
The steepest drops in usage were found among women, people with some college education and parents with children living at home. Students and broadband users also showed large drops in downloading. Click Here for the Full Story
Chimaira: Andy Who?
The PRP reports: Now former Chimaira drummer Andy 'Andols' Herrick has issued his official statement regarding his decision to leave the band, it is as follows:
"As many of you might know by now, I have decided to leave my brothers in Chimaira to pursue other interests. This was a very difficult and emotionally taxing decision, and it was something I had been pondering for quite a while. Basically, I am really burned out on the touring lifestyle. It takes a special kind of person to be on the road 3/4 of the year, performing night after night. You have to live it and love it 100% or it will break you down. Unfortunately, the schedule got the best of me. I got to the point where I wasn't having fun performing anymore, and that is extremely hard to deal with.
I plan on returning to college to finish my degree that's been on hiatus for 5 years. As far as drumming goes, right now all I know is that I have been very unhappy with my playing for a while, and after some time off I want to really improve in every aspect and become more well rounded as a musician. Perhaps even some session work could be in order in the future. Music has been a major part of my life, ever since I first started music lessons in 1986, and more so when I first picked up a pair of drumsticks in 1988, so we will see what happens in the future. I just want to take everything one day at a time.
Chimaira is in good hands now, with Richard Evensand taking over. I had the pleasure of watching him play on two tours with Soilwork, and he is incredible. Trust me, you will all be saying "Andy who?" when you hear him!
I'd like to thank my Chimaira bros for five years of great memories and accomplishments, my family and girlfriend for their support, Roadrunner Records, Scott Koenig, Stick Shefrin, Ian Friedman, our road crew, all the great drum companies I've worked with, all the great friends I made on the road, and all the great fans.
I am fully confident in the continued success of the band, and I will be there supporting them 100%, just like you all should!
Best wishes to everyone,
Andy Herrick" Click Here for the Full Story
HEDrocks.com reports: message from (hed) frontman Jahred "hey what the fks up...it's jahred here to set the record straight!!! there's been alot of gossip, so i wanted to personally fill you all in on what's going on with hed. finally we've been released from Jive...now its time to get back to some real dirty-ass s***!!
"hed is very much alive...myself, deejay product and mark...have hooked up with some other fools, and there's definitely no bad blood with my former band mates...we wish them all luck!!!"
see the full story link to read Jahred's complete message.
Rush Guitarist: Arrest Unfair
AP reports: The lead guitarist for the rock band Rush said his arrest at a New Year's Eve party was unfair.
Alex Zivojinovich - known on stage as Alex Lifeson - was arrested for what police described as drunken, violent behavior at the Naples Ritz-Carlton hotel. He faces six charges, including four felonies, the most serious of which carries a maximum sentence of 30 years.
"This gives new meaning to dinner at the Ritz," Zivojinovich, 50, said as he left jail Friday on $14,500 bond, wearing the same black suit he wore to the New Year's Eve bash.
Zivojinovich said he didn't believe his arrest was fair. "They didn't like the way we were dancing, apparently," he said.
Also arrested were his son Justin Zivojinovich, 33, and his son's wife, Michelle Zivojinovich, 30.
According to authorities, the scuffle began when Justin Zivojinovich refused to leave the stage where the house band was performing. His father spat blood on a deputy's face and pushed a deputy down a hotel stairwell during the struggle, police said.
Justin Zivojinovich disputed that account and said deputies broke his father's nose. Click Here for the Full Story
Thrice Prep New CD
RIFTrock reports: Thrice are using their holiday break to work on new material for a follow-up to 2003's The Artist in the Ambulance. The band's drummer Riley Breckenridge told NME.com Thrice's holiday plans.
"We're all writing on our own. Once we get a break, which is right now we're going to start working on new stuff and we're all really, really excited about writing. The way we do it is everyone has a little pocket recorder and you just kind of sneak off into some private area and start writing parts and everyone compiles the parts they've been writing and when we get together as a band we'll kind of hash it out." Click Here for the Full Story
AP reports: Willie Nelson has premiered his new anti-war ballad at an Austin fund-raising concert for Democratic presidential candidate Dennis Kucinich.
"(Nelson) brought down the house," said Kucinich's media coordinator Susan Mainzer of the Saturday performance. "People were on their feet applauding."
Nelson has said he wrote "What Ever Happened to Peace on Earth" on Christmas Day at the Lake Elsinore, Calif., home of his in-laws.
"There was nothing but bad news, and here it was Christmas Day," Nelson told the Austin American-Statesman last month. "I said, 'There sure are a lot of babies dying and mothers crying,' and Annie said, 'That sounds like a song.'"
The song asks questions such as, "How much oil is a human life worth?"
It is the second protest song Nelson has written. He often performed his Vietnam-era protest song, "Jimmy's Road," at peace rallies during the 1991 Gulf War. Click Here for the Full Story
Taking Back Sunday
RIFTrock reports: Taking Back Sunday are currently in Long Island, NY writing material for their new upcoming album. So far it looks as though the band will be releasing the record sometime in the Spring (before they jump on the main stage of the Vans Warped Tour) on Victory Records. The new CD will the long awaited follow-up to the band's debut Tell All Your Friends and will be the first recorded material that features their new guitarist and bassist. Click Here for the Full Story
Phantom Planet instores
(press release): Phantom Planet kicks off the New Year with instore performances & signings across the U.S.
Self-titled CD in stores January 6 - band stops by Letterman to perform their first single "Big Brat" on January 22
Following are the details for Phantom Planet's in-store events.
Please note all events are full band performances followed by cd signings except where otherwise noted:
Tuesday, January 6 - 7PM - Tower Records
- San Diego (La Jolla store)
8657 Villa La Jolla Drive, La Jolla, CA 92037 - 858.452.2566
Buy the CD at Tower for priority to meet the band after the show (hold on to your receipt)
Wednesday January 7 - 7PM - Fingerprints
- Long Beach
4612 East 2nd Street Ste. B - Long Beach, CA 90803 562.433.4996
Join Alex and Sam from Phantom Planet for a special acoustic performance at Fingerprints
Friday, January 9 - 7PM - Virgin - Ontario
Ontario Mills Mall - 4522 Mills Circle - Ontario, CA 91764 - 909.481.8585
Purchase the CD at Virgin Ontario to gain priority in line to meet the band after the performance.
Saturday, January 10 - 2PM - Tower Sunset
- Los Angeles
8801 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, CA 90069 - 310.657.3910
IMPORTANT INFORMATION for TOWER SUNSET EVENT: This is a special outdoor parking lot concert with Phantom Planet! Come down to Tower Records on Sunset beginning on Tuesday January 6th and purchase the new cd from PP. When you do, you will receive a wristband that guarantees you admittance into this special show. Wristbands are issued on a first come first serve basis.
Wednesday January 14 - 6PM - Virgin - San
2 Stockton Street, San Francisco, CA 94108 - 415.397.4525
Friday, January 16 - 7PM - Easy Street
20 Mercer Street, Seattle, WA 98109, 206.691.3279
Saturday, January 17 - 2PM - Music Millennium
801 NW 23rd, Portland, OR 97210 - 503.248.0163
Tuesday, January 20 - 6pm - Newbury Comics
332 Newbury St., Boston, MA 02115 - 617.236.4930
Wednesday, January 21 - 6pm - Virgin Union
Square - New York
52 East 14th St., New York, NY 10003 - 212.598.4666
Friday, January 23 - 6pm - Tower Records
100 South Broad St. - Philadelphia, PA 19110 - 215.568.8001
Saturday, January 24 - 3pm - Olssons Dupont
Circle - Washington D.C.
1307 19th St. NW, Washington DC, 20036 - 202.785.2662
Thursday, January 29 - 12 Noon - Hoodlums,
on the campus of Arizona State University ASU Memorial Union - Tempe, AZ
Special outdoor performance outside The Union Click Here for the Full Story