Blabbermouth reports: According to a posting at www.kisskollector.com, LIMP BIZKIT are strongly rumored to have landed the opening slot on some of the dates currently being finalized for the remainder of KISS' World Domination 2003-04 Tour. "Although management says nothing has been confirmed yet as far as the 'rumored' tours of Australia, Japan and the USA go (and currently there are no plans at all anymore for a European tour!), it is more than likely that the next leg of the tour will indeed kick of Down Under because the very first KISS Store is scheduled to open in Australia in April," the message on the site reads.
"Meanwhile, word has it [drummer] Peter [Criss] might not be in the band anymore by then as apparently his contract has run out once again. So, could it be that the December 20 show in Fresno was the last show for Peter, who celebrated his birthday on stage that same night?!" - Click Here for the Full Story
That's all we need, Gene teaching Fred how to milk the fans out of their money. Rumor has it... next up Britney will be opening for the joint KISS / 50 Cent / Eminem / Blink-182 tour!
NME.com reports: OASIS drummer ALAN WHITE has reportedly left the band.
According to yesterday's The Star newspaper (January 11), the drummer has decided to leave the group because of an ongoing problem with tendonitis.
An official spokesperson for the band is unable to confirm the reports to NME.COM today, and there has been no official comment. - Click Here for the Full Story
Is 2004 the year of the break up?
Blabbermouth reports: TWISTED SISTER frontman Dee Snider has joined fellow hard rockers Ted Nugent and Gene Simmons in saying the war against former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein was justified.
Speaking to Insight magazine's John Berlau, Snider said, "Weapons of mass destruction or not, he [Saddam] was asking for it, and he got it. As far as kicking his ass, he deserved it.
"I feel for the United States in what's going on here, because I liken it to my own experience in life," Snider continued. "I'm a big , fairly powerful guy and an intense guy. From time to time, less intense, less powerful, small people will take their shots at me or pick on me, and I'll lay back and I'll be nice, nice, nice, nice, nice, and they keep going and they keep bugging me or whatever. I'm talking about on a business level, not just fisticuffs, although that happens as well. And finally, I'll go, 'You know what? [Forget] this,' and I'll destroy them. And all of a sudden, they'll fall back and say, 'What are you doing?' And people will look around and go, 'Hey dude. You just beat the crap out that guy, verbally or whatever.' And I'll go, 'Wait a minute - this guy has been bugging me, asking for it forever, and now I gave it to him and I'm the bad guy?'
"And that's what's happened in Iraq. Iraq was poking at us, annoying us, acting like they're tough, and then bam — we hit them, and they fell down, and the world is looking at us saying, 'Hey, what did you do that for?' [Saddam] was driving us nuts for years, the sword-rattling was insane, and all of a sudden we beat him up and we're the bad guy."- Click Here for the Full Story
Island Rec. Mobbed Up?
MusicDish reports: Move over Morris Levy and Berry Gordy. There's a new bust coming to the Music Sleaze-Bag Hall of Fame and you guys may have nothing on him: Lyor Cohen, head of the Island Def Jam Music Group.
Lyor was forced to testify in what many are calling one of the ugliest legal hassles in the history of the music business: Conspiring with Platinum rapper Ja Rule, his alleged connection to mob money and a deliberate attempt to block the sales of Ja Rule records by Ja Rule's former label TVT.
Island Def Jam owned 50 percent of Ja Rule's record label, Murder Inc. which is under investigation for money laundering with one of New York's most infamous drug dealers.
It should be noted that Lyor Cohen is only one man and not representative of Island as a label. After all, no man is an island. - Click Here for the Full Story
White Stripes Grammys
MTV reports: Whether or not they wind up winning any of the four Grammy Awards for which they're nominated, Jack and Meg White will take the stage anyway.
No, the red-and-white-clad duo aren't planning on pulling an Ol' Dirty Bastard or "Soy Bomb"-style bum rush as seen at the 1998 ceremony. Rather, the White Stripes are the first performers announced for the 46th annual Grammy Awards, set for February 8 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. - Click Here for the Full Story
One Man Army Ex-Enemy
Punkbands.com reports: Dead To Me is the new band featuring Chicken (ex Enemy You) singing and playing bass. Jack D (current One Man Army) playing guitar. Brandon (ex One Man Army drummer) playing guitar and a kid from Kansas named Ben who is going to blow peoples minds playing drums. First show is late January with recording and touring plans very soon. - Click Here for the Full Story
With the names of their original bands, they were meant to work together
antiMUSIC reports: For those that missed our report on antiMUSIC over the weekend, here is a recap: It appears that Wes Borland may catch a rising star with Evanescence. Borland jumped ship from Limp Bizkit as that group's popularity started to fall but now it appears he may have "Fallen" for a new gig with Evanescence. Whether he becomes an official member of the group is anyone's guess. At this point Evanescence frontwoman Amy Lee says that she and Borland are contemplating working together on the next Evanescence studio album.
Evanescence guitarist and Lee's co-writer for the group, Ben Moody, quit the band back in October and former Cold guitarist Terry Balsamo has been filling in while the band tours in support of their triple-platinum debut.
When asked by Australian publication The Age if the rumors were true that Evanescence was contemplating working with Borland, Lee answered, "Wes is a friend and we're talking about writing together on the next record."
The band is currently on tour Down Under. - Click Here for the Full Story
Slow news day.. but this was an interested story, so regurgitated it.
Curse of Blondie
Billboard reports: Blondie's next studio album, "The Curse of Blondie" has landed at Sanctuary for North American release and will hit stores on April 6. The set was issued internationally by Epic last fall and debuted at No. 36 on the U.K. album chart.
Cuts on "The Curse of Blondie" include opener "Shakedown," the Joey Ramone tribute "Hello Joe," an update of the Okinawan folk song "Magic (Asadoya Yunta)" and "Desire Brings Me Back," described as "free-jazz tinged."- Click Here for the Full Story
NME reports: ALANIS MORISSETTE is to release the follow-up to 2002's 'UNDER RUG SWEPT' on April 12.
'So-Called Chaos' was recorded in one of Jackson Browne's studios in Santa Monica and produced by John Shanks (Sheryl Crow, Pink ). The album is set to include the tracks, 'Eight Easy Steps', 'The Grudge', 'Knees Of My Bees' and the first single 'Everything'.
'Everything' will be released on April 5. - Click Here for the Full Story
I At Your Microphone reports: Brandon Reilly, former guitarist for The Movielife, has formed a new group dubbed Nightmare of You. The Long Island, New York-based group have written some fifteen songs since forming in October 2003, and three demo recordings are currently available for download from Nightmare Of You's website http://www.nightmareofyou.com/- Click Here for the Full Story
siN's metal news reports: The new SOULFLY album 'Prophecy' is set to be a limited edition 2-CD special package. The tracklisting is set as follows:
2. Living Sacrifice
3. Execution Style
4. Defeat U
6. I Believe
8. Born Again Anarchist
10. Soulfly IV
11. In The Meantime
Recorded live at the Hultsfred Festival, Sweden, June 15, 2001
1. Back To The Primitive
2. No Hope = No Fear
4. Jumpdaf***up/Bring It
6. The Song Remains Insane
7. Arise/Dead Embryonic Cells
9. Quilombo/Fire/Umbabarauma/Drum Jam
12. Roots Bloody Roots
13. Eye For An Eye
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Billboard reports: The fifth Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival will be held May 1-2 at the Empire Polo Field in Indio, Calif., organizers said Monday.
Although they are still a ways off from announcing the lineup, Billboard.com can reveal that Air, Prefuse 73, the Thrills and Electric Six are confirmed to play. Radiohead and a reunion of the Pixies are strongly rumored as headlining acts. - Click Here for the Full Story
Sheriff to Rush Fans, Bugger
AP reports: The sheriff investigating the arrest of Rush lead guitarist Alex Lifeson is telling fans of the rock band to let him complete his probe.
Don Hunter, a sheriff in Collier County, Fla., wrote a commentary in the Naples Daily News about Lifeson's arrest New Year's Eve at the Naples Ritz-Carlton hotel. Lifeson, whose real name is Alex Zivojinovich, was arrested for what police described as drunken, violent behavior.
Charges against Lifeson include aggravated battery on a law enforcement officer, resisting an officer with violence and disorderly intoxication. He faces a total of six charges, including four felonies, the most serious of which carries a maximum sentence of 30 years.
Hunter said some of Lifeson's fans have spoken in his behalf and have attacked his agency, the deputies, the hotel, the city and the community.
"None of the fans appear to have been present as witnesses," Hunter wrote in the newspaper.
Hunter said he's reviewing reports of the incident and warns against premature statements about the case. He said hotel staff was asked to remove Lifeson's 33-year-old son, Justin Zivojinovich, from a stage where a house band was performing because he wouldn't leave after a warning.
He said Lifeson's son challenged people at the party to protest his ejection, which escalated the situation. Justin Zivojinovich and his wife Michelle, 30, were also arrested. - Click Here for the Full Story
The Darkness Brit Favs
Ananova reports: The Darkness lead the field for next month's Brit Awards with four nominations.
They are up for best British group, best British breakthrough, best British rock and best British album for Permission to Land. - Click Here for the Full Story
Gathering of Leppards
(Press Release) reports: LEPCON, a Def Leppard fan gathering, is non-profit charitable event being held this year at the Sahara Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, NV on May 15th, 2004. All proceeds directly benefit the Raven Drum Foundation (http://www.ravendrumfoundation.org), a non-profit organization founded by Def Leppard drummer Rick Allen which provides free educational programs in the arts and opportunities for personal growth during times of adversity. - Click Here for the Full Story
RIFTrock.com reports: The following new releases will hit stores on January 12th:
Broken Bottles - In the Bottles
The Crumbs - Last Exit
The WPP - The Baam Jaam
The Mr. T Experience - Yesturday Rules
The Pale - Gravity Gets Things Done
Long Shot Hero - Old Enough to Know Better EP
Left Behind - Welcome To West Chester EP
The Crystal Method - Legion of Boom
Skrape - Up The Dose
Rammstein - Lichtspielhaus DVD
January 16th: Converge - Unloved and Weeded
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