Blabbermouth reports: ANDREW W.K. recently stopped by Playboy's Chicago photo studios to take pictures of a nude female model for the magazine's online edition. "It was really insane and amazingly weird", said Andrew, "Taking pictures like that was one of the craziest things I've ever gotten to do, for sure!" - Click Here for the Full Story
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Columbine Repeat Averted
Blabbermouth reports: Two Southeast Louisiana heavy metal fans were arrested Monday (Jan. 12) on charges of terrorizing for what detectives say was a plan to re-create the bloody massacre at Columbine High School in Littleton, Colo., according to the Associated Press.
Dutchtown High School students Christopher Levins, 17, of Prairieville and Addam Sinclair, 19, of Geismar each was booked on one count of terrorizing, a felony punishable with up to 15 years in prison, said Sheriff Jeff Wiley of Ascension Parish, a rural and suburban area east of Baton Rouge. The two remained in jail Tuesday.
The investigation started Friday with an anonymous call to the school indicating some kind of disturbance involving weapons was being planned on the campus, Lt. Kevin Hanna, the chief investigator, said. "During the weekend, we came up with information that told us this was way beyond gossip and there was credibility with the threat," Wiley said.
Warrants were issued for detectives to search the school lockers, book bags, computers and homes of Levins and Sinclair on Monday. Once detectives began looking through the students' homes and personal belongings, deputies realized the gravity of their plan, Hanna and Wiley said.
The two apparently were obsessed with the April 20, 1999, school shootings in Littleton, Colo. - Click Here for the Full Story
Good Hip-Hop Charlotte
Aversion reports: Where can you find a mall punk act collaborating with a hip hop act? Only in video games, at least for now.
Good Charlotte mixed it up with turntabilists X-Ecutioners for a track, "Let's Go" for the upcoming NFL Street video game from EA Sports. As of now, the song is only available on the game. - Click Here for the Full Story
Idol Simon All Wet
Ananova reports: Simon Cowell has been drenched with water by a disgruntled contestant on American Idol.
The soaking happened in the new series of the show - and Cowell had not even uttered a word.
The unnamed contestant had just finished belting out a tune when Cowell, apparently lost for words, stood up and put his head in his hands, reports the London Evening Standard.
The contestant walked towards the desk, where Cowell was sitting with fellow judges Randy Jackson and Paula Abdul, and appeared to be reaching to shake his hand.
But Cowell realised he was trying to grab a cup of water and desperately tried to grab it back.
After grappling for a few seconds, the young man pulled the cup away and threw the water all over him.
The scene will be shown in the third series of American Idol which begins next week. - Click Here for the Full Story
Finally a reason to watch the show!
Jack White Pleads
AP reports: White Stripes lead singer Jack White, who's accused of repeatedly punching the lead singer of another band in the face, pleaded innocent Wednesday to a misdemeanor aggravated assault charge and was ordered to stand trial on March 9.
The Dec. 13 fight between White and Von Bondies lead singer Jason Stollsteimer began shortly before midnight at the Majestic Theater Center, where both men were in the audience for another concert.
Stollsteimer, 25, of Detroit, told police that White punched him seven times in the face. Police said Stollsteimer's right eye was bruised and swollen, and he was bleeding from his nose.
White, also of Detroit, went to the police after the fight and gave a statement saying he struck Stollsteimer in self-defense.
White faces punishment ranging from no jail time to a maximum of a year in prison and a $1,000 fine if convicted. - Click Here for the Full Story
BW&BK reports: Dave Grohl, in conversation with BW&BK recently about Probot, his so far pretty much universally acclaimed metal album out soon on Southern Lord Records, had the following to say about his strange and brief experience as a potential Ozzy collaborator.
"Well, you know, that's interesting, because a friend of mine from Epic Records called and asked if I would like to contribute some songs for the Ozzy album. And I said sure. So I recorded a couple songs, just old school riffs that I thought would sound great with some Ozzy vocals. I sent them to them and never heard one word from them again. Still, to this day, I haven't heard anything back from them. I'm sure that none of them made it on the record, but evidently they recorded one, maybe for a b-side or something. I don't know; I've never heard back from them. But I recorded a couple songs that were really like old school Ozzy, stuff that sounded like it could've made sense on the first two albums. I thought that would be a really cool direction for him to go in, instead of some massive orchestrated ballad that sounded like it was written by the same guy who writes Aerosmith songs. I thought it would be cool to go back to the lo-fi of the first two albums, the old school riffs. So I gave those to them, and never heard back." - Click Here for the Full Story
siN's metal news reports: Dave Mustaine of MEGADETH has checked into the official site with the following message:
I am also working on other material that
everyone seems to know about, so I will confirm this:
1) Yes, I am in the studio working on MEGADETH material old and new.
2) Yes, I did contact previous MEGADETH band members Marty Friedman, Nick Menza, and David Ellefson about making a new record.
3) I was unable to accommodate Friedman and Ellefson, and sadly Nick, who was the most gracious and ready to rock, will not be playing on this new record I am doing.
4) Any talk of a reunion is wishful thinking.
New MEGADETH Record
I started last year in October working on a new record and was unsure if it was going to be a MEGADETH record or the first record of my career-post MEGADETH.
But there was too much good music that was written during the MEGADETH era that was left incomplete and unreleased that I had written and I decided to assemble that music first. It is frikkin' heavy and most people that have been around are surprised it was never released.
Regardless of being unable to come to an agreement with the RIP line-up, I am excited to say that Chris Poland is in the studio with me in Arizona, working on this new record. Vinnie Colaiuta and Jimmy Sloas played drums and bass with me on this record and I should be done somewhere around the end of March. Don't worry, they rip!
I have heard the rumors and I don't pay them any mind; I know that the people who are saying they are "insiders" or have "inside info" are talking out their asses, and that some of them have been right by way of "a guess," but that's it. If these people say they are friends of mine and are disclosing private information about me, then I can tell you they are not considered a friend by me. - Click Here for the Full Story
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A Perfect Auf Der Maur
Rockfury.net reports: Melissa Auf Der Maur, former bass player from Hole and Smashing Pumpkins, is going to be supporting A Perfect Circle on the UK leg of their tour this year. The tour dates are as follows:
02 Birmingham, Academy
03 London, Hammersmith Apollo
04 Cambridge, Corn Exchange
06 Glasgow, SECC
07 Manchester, Apollo
08 Nottingham, Rock City
09 Southampton, Guildhall
- Click Here for the Full Story
Duran Duran Go Queer
Chart Attack reports: Back in November, the people behind cultural phenomenon Queer Eye For The Straight Guy announced that they'd hooked up with Capitol Records to produce a series of records loosely related to the show. As promised, the first disc in the series — a Queer Eye soundtrack called What's That Sound — is on its way and it packs a few surprises.
In addition to songs by Liz Phair, OK Go, Sting and Elton John, What's That Sound will feature a new Duran Duran song. "Sunrise" is the band's first new track since reforming their original line-up. The song acts as a teaser for the Duranies' upcoming studio album, which is expected later this year. - Click Here for the Full Story
Ultimate Fakebook No More
Aversion reports: Ultimate Fakebook is going the way of the hair metal it so adored: The band announced it will throw in the towel later this year.
No reasons were given for the band's end, the Manhattan, Kans., band faced its share of ups and downs over its career. A major-label deal proved unproductive, as Sony's 550 Music only re-released This Will Be Laughing Week before giving the band the shove. After regrouping from the Sony disaster, Ultimate Fakebook put out 2002's Open Up and Say Awesome and last year's Before We Spark EP on Initial.
"We never would have even gotten anywhere at all without the amazing support so many of you gave us, and we want you to know how much we deeply appreciate how kick ass our fans are," the band said in a statement. "The music will always be there, and the coolest thing ever for us would be for it to inspire anyone out there to go for it, 'quit yer day job' and hit the road for the love of rock. We sure as hell had fun doing it, we have no regrets, and we're damn proud of the records we made." - Click Here for the Full Story
Gene Simmons Goes Solo
Blabbermouth reports: KISS bassist/vocalist Gene Simmons is busy readying his highly anticipated solo record, "Firestarter", the debut release on Simmons Records/Sanctuary Music Group, and is looking for the best and most creative designer to come up with the image for his alter-ego. "We want to leave the creative vision to the individual designer, but as a point of reference we see 'Firestarter' as the Dark Knight to Gene Simmons," reads a post on Gene's web site.
If you think you have what it takes to create the "Firestarter", submit your ideas to firstname.lastname@example.org. The winner will receive a choice of a cash prize or a trip to see KISS and meet Gene Simmons.- Click Here for the Full Story
At least Disco isn't the hot thing at the moment like it was when he did his last solo album.
The PRP reports: Trapt have been tapped to headline this years SnoCore trek which is slated to kick off in Washington, DC on March 04th. Also on board for the trek are Smile Empty Soul, finger eleven and Strata. Dates and venues will be announced shortly. - Click Here for the Full Story
Digital Noise reports: Radiohead are in the studio in Oxford working on new material.
Jonny Greenwood told Billboard: "I was in the Radiohead studio just a couple of hours ago. Phil (Selway) was there drumming and recording and Thom has been in and out. We don't take time off very well. We're enjoying it still, so why just go home and do nothing?
"I guess we're just going to record and work. We don't plan so far ahead anymore." - Click Here for the Full Story
Blabbermouth reports: DAMAGEPLAN, the new band featuring former PANTERA members Dimebag Darrell (guitar) and Vinnie Paul (drums), ex-HALFORD/DIESEL MACHINE guitarist Patrick Lachman (on lead vocals), and bassist Bob Zilla, will be hosting MTV2's "Headbanger's Ball" this Saturday, January 17 at 10:00 p.m. EST. The group's video for "Breathing New Life" has been named the "Headbanger's Ball" "Bang of the Week" and can be viewed at this location. - Click Here for the Full Story
RIFTrock reports: Goldfinger have just finished recording their new album due out later this year.
The band is currently looking for someone to help them make a video for one of the record's new tracks I Want to Marry my Stalker. On their website Goldfinger posted the following message regarding the search, "If you are a filmmaker, artists, etc... Goldfigner want yug to send in your work (doesn't have to be relevant to Goldfinger, they want to see what you have done in the past) - if they guys like your skills you will be asked to make a video for the song "I Want to Marry my Stalker" from their new cd due out later this year. Deadline January 20th. Please send all submissions to...
I want to marry my stalker
2337 Roscomare Road #2-227
LA, CA 90077"
- Click Here for the Full Story
My Dying Bride
siN's metal news reports: English doom metallers MY DYING BRIDE have set March 9th as the release date for their forthcoming album, "Songs Of Darkness, Words Of Light". MY DYING BRIDE are currently completing work on their first video in nearly five years, for the album track "The Price of Beauty".- Click Here for the Full Story
Electric Basement reports: HAMMERFALL's vocalist JOACIM CANS signed with Sanctuary Records.
His first album called 'Beyond The Gates' was recorded with a notable line-up including Matt Sinner (Sinner), Metal Mike Chlasciak (Halford), Stefan Elmgren (Hammerfall) and Mark Zonder (Fates Warning) and is due to be released on Noise Records on April 26, 2004.- Click Here for the Full Story
Melvins Turn 20
I Ate Your Microphone reports: In celebration of their forthcoming 20th anniversary, which will be this March, the Melvins are releasing a coffee table book entitled "Neither Here, Nor There" on March 2nd. It will highlight artwork from all their releases, as well as comments from the band and associated friends, and an exclusive CD compilation including tracks from all of their output to date. In addition, the Melvins will be embarking on a miniature celebration tour of the U.S. West Coast.- Click Here for the Full Story
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Radiohead, Pixies Co-firmed
Billboard reports: Radiohead, the reunited Pixies and pioneering German rock act Kraftwerk will perform on the first day of the fifth Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival (May 1-2) in Indio, Calif., organizers said Wednesday.
The lineup will also feature Air, Prefuse 73, the Thrills, Electric Six, Sahara Hotnights and the (International) Noise Conspiracy.
The Pixies will be playing their first show since abruptly disbanding in 1993. It is unknown if all four original members -- guitarists Frank Black (news) and Joey Santiago, bassist Kim Deal and drummer David Lovering -- will be present, or if the show will dovetail into a tour or new recording project. - Click Here for the Full Story
FCC F'n Fines
AP reports: Federal Communications Commission Chairman Michael Powell asked Congress Wednesday for a tenfold increase in the amount of fines the panel can levy against broadcasters for indecent or obscene programming.
Powell said the current maximum fine of $27,500 per incident was not enough to persuade broadcasters to watch their language.
"Some of these fines are peanuts," Powell told a National Press Club luncheon. "They're just a cost of doing business. That has to change."
The two largest fines were $1.7 million against Infinity Broadcasting in 1995 to settle several cases against Howard Stern, and $357,000 in October against Infinity for a radio segment in which a couple was said to be having sex in New York's St. Patrick's Cathedral. - Click Here for the Full Story
Bono had f'n no comment at press time.
UK Music Sales Up
Ananova reports: Album sales in the UK hit a record high in 2003 after increasing by 7.6%.
An industry report said the rise was fuelled by falling CD prices - in spite of piracy fears.
Almost 121 million artist albums, which exclude compilations, were sold - according to Official UK Charts Company figures quoted in Music Week magazine.
Dido had the year's best-selling album with Life For Rent, followed by Justin Timberlake and Christina Aguilera, reports the BBC.
In the singles market, the Black Eyed Peas had the biggest seller of 2003.
But there was no good news for the singles market as overall sales continued to slide, with a drop of nearly 30%. - Click Here for the Full Story
Sounds like the perfect time to sue filetraders!
Metal Blade reports: BOLT THROWER are currently writing new material for their 8th (as yet untitled) studio album. They plan to go into the studio in May, and the album will be released around October/November on Metal Blade Records. The band plan to promote the release with a full European tour and hopefully their first US tour for 10 years! - Click Here for the Full Story
All For Annihilator
Blabbermouth reports: Long-running Canadian metallers ANNIHILATOR have set "All For You" as the title of their forthcoming CD, tentatively due this spring through AFM Records.
"All For You" track listing, according to ANNIHILATOR guitarist Jeff Waters (not in correct sequence):
01. All For You
02. Weapon X
03. The Nightmare Factory
04. The One
05. Demon Dance
06. Rage Absolute
07. Both Of Me
09. Dr. Psycho
10. Holding On
11. The Sound Of Horror
- Click Here for the Full Story
The PRP reports: Now former Spineshank frontman Jonny Santos has issued his official statement regarding his recent departure from the group. In a posting on the bands official web forum, Santos went on to say:
"Hello everyone. First off i would like to thank everyone who has stuck by spineshank over the years. you are the single most important people to myself and the rest of the guys.i am sorry that this has happened but it was inevitable at this point. this was not an easy descision for me but one that i felt i needed to do. it is true that we have had ceative differences over the last several years but i always tried to be positive and contribute my part as a vocalist for the band. i am very proud of what we've acomplished as a band and will never harbor any regrets. it was my life for the last 8 years and it is something i will hold close to my heart forever. i feel that it is time for all of us to move on. tommy mike and rob are amazing creative people and i have no doubt that they will make an awsome next record for you guys. i wish them only the best luck in wherever they go. as for myself i am currently in the studio tracking demos for a new project that ive been working on for a while. we have 15 songs and i hope to be in the studio by this summer.as soon as we have a name you will be the first to know. i can understand that so many of you may be hurt by this split but the bottom line is that i just wasnt happy anymore. i hope that all of you can understand that. you guys are so important to me and hope you guys will stay true to spineshank. i will have somethin new for you guys real soon. i hope this has cleared up a lot of unanswered questions for everyone. i love you all very much and i will continue to create music for all of you. jonny" - Click Here for the Full Story