POM A Public Safety Hazard
Net Music Countdown reports: Following Puddle of Mudd frontman Wes Scantlin's arrest in Toledo last week, Minnesota State University officials have cancelled the band's March 29th show at the on-campus Taylor Center. Scantlin appeared onstage in Toledo drunk, hurled epithets at the crowd, and was ultimately arrested on disorderly conduct-intoxication charges.
Earl Mack of the Ohio Department of Public Safety says officers feared Scantlin's conduct would spark a riot, and Minnesota State President Richard Davenport said, "Clearly that kind of behavior is disconcerting, to say the least." - Click Here for the Full Story
No Doubt About Break-Up
Net Music Countdown reports: Gwen Stefani dismisses all rumors that she's quitting her band No Doubt to pursue a solo career. Although Gwen is recording a solo album, she insists the record is nothing more than a "side project." Bandmates are reportedly unthrilled by Gwen's solo album, but what can they do?
Gwen refuses to entertain the notion that her solo debut is anything more, saying "We're calling mine a side project, because I'm not going anywhere. It's taken me out of my comfort zone, but it's awesome to do what we want to do and step out of ourselves." Which could be an existential way of saying, "Adios, Amigos!" but we'll have to wait and see. - Click Here for the Full Story
Offspring Spring Tour
Live Daily reports: The Offspring, whose latest album landed in stores late last year, heads out next month for a round of North American shows that support the set.
So far, the group has booked a mix of headlining shows and radio-station festival performances that kick off in Vancouver, British Columbia, on April 10, and stretch through the end of the month. More shows are expected. - Click Here for the Full Story
Avril Mall Tour
Live Daily reports: Arista Records has unveiled the list of cities that Avril Lavigne will visit during her upcoming promotional tour of North American malls, which precedes the May 25 release of her sophomore album.
The teen pop-rocker is scheduled to appear at 21 malls during the six-week outing, which opens in Minneapolis on Thursday (3/4).
The tour--dubbed "Avril Live and By Surprise: Presented by AOL for Broadband"--will feature acoustic sets by Lavigne with guitarist Evan Taubenfeld. - Click Here for the Full Story
Why does the name Tiffany come to mind? - get the schedule by clicking on the full story link.
Henry Rollins To Rock Again
Blisterning reports: Punk rock icon Henry Rollins has told Lawrence.com that he is currently in the process of putting together a new band, with tentative plans to launch it later in the year. "I have another project planned for this summer, and all the people are in place and everyone's on board," he said. "I've just got to corral everyone together and throw 'em in a practice room and say, 'Okay, incubate.'"- Click Here for the Full Story
Punkbands.com reports: Having recently finished tours across Europe, Japan and New Zealand, Yellowcard will embark on a co-headlining U.S. tour with Something Corporate beginning March 18th in San Francisco, hitting markets including Chicago, Denver, Seattle and Dallas, among others. A full list of confirmed tour dates is below. Yellowcard has also been confirmed as a headliner for this summer's Vans Warped Tour. the band will perform "Ocean Avenue" on NBC-TV's "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno" tomorrow, Wednesday, March 3rd. - Click Here for the Full Story
Fun with Sebastian Bach
Blabbermouth reports: Trustkill Records owner Josh Grabelle has posted the following message in the "Journals" section of the label's web site:
"Some of you might know that my dad is a doctor. Well, one of his patients is 'Sebastian Bach' of SKID ROW fame, now of some hipster Broadway show fame, whatever. He was in the office this past week with his super hot wife (I know because I met them when I used to work at his office when I was in high school) and my dad and him were shootin' the s***. He was telling my dad how he wanted to get back in the music biz and put a new record out but he needed a new record label. My dad was all, 'You ever hear of Trustkill Records?' I'm actually surprised that my dad remembered the name of my label, he sometimes forgets my own name, I'm not kidding here folks. So Sebastian goes, 'Oh yeah, EIGHTEEN VISIONS and POISON THE WELL and stuff?' and my dad is like, 'Yeah, that's the one, that's my son's record company, he owns it.' And then he gave him my phone number to have Sebastian call me. ha ha ha. So I might get a call from Sebastian Bach. Maybe I'll put out a new SKID ROW album or something. Maybe a SKID ROW/BON JOVI split 7" on colored vinyl, that would be sweet." - Click Here for the Full Story
QOTSA Online Firing
Blabbermouth reports: Former QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE bassist Nick Oliveri has spoken to Kerrang! magazine about the reasons for his departure from the group. "I had a blow out in Barcelona," he said. "I was pissed and did some stupid s***. I freaked out, did some Absinthe or something and we had a big fight that night. We've known each other long enough and that's what happens, a brother fight, you know?
"Josh [Homme, guitarist/vocalist] came to my house and said, 'I don't know if I can do this anymore.' It sounded to me like he was quitting and one of the excuses he gave was he said I'd hit my girlfriend, which is totally untrue. To me it seemed like he was trying to justify that he was quitting. Then I read on the internet I had been fired!" - Click Here for the Full Story
BW&BK reports: ABORTED have posted the following message at their official website (www.goremageddon.be):
"Some of you might have seen it coming, but yes, we have parted ways with longtime skinsbeater Frank. The reason of the break up with Frank is mainly due to musical reasons, he is a great guy and we wish him the best of luck in his further musical and non musical career. Who the replacement will be will be announced soon. Dirk (drums on Goremageddon and the Haematobic EP) will be filling in on the European tour with Cannibal Corpse."- Click Here for the Full Story
Nikki Sixx KISS Ass
BW&BK reports: BRIDES OF DESTRUCTION bassist Nikki Sixx has posted the following in his diary at www.motleycrue.com:
On the tour front, yes KISS's manager told me we had the tour if we wanted it. I did explain to them it would depend on who is the special guest. We really appreciate such a cool offer, but it's important for us to feel comfortable with the package. Sometimes you tour for the betterment of the package, but as a new band we are trying to *like* the packages. I freaked when I saw it was announced that POISON was part of the tour because I told them that was not an option for the BRIDES. As far as my opinion, it isn't personal. They're cool guys and I have no beef with them as people. I JUST DON'T wanna tour with the band.- Click Here for the Full Story
So they didn't fit on a tour featuring two bands past their prime?
RIFTrock reports: Breaking Benjamin will be releasing their currently untitled sophomore effort on May 11th through Hollywood Records. The band's first single off the new album So Cold will be hitting the radio on April 27th. Breaking Benjamin currently have plans to hit the road with Fuel on their U.S. tour in the coming months.- Click Here for the Full Story
Billboard reports: Following in the footsteps of bands such as Pearl Jam and Phish, Metallica (news - web sites) will begin offering unedited soundboard recordings of shows from its upcoming North American tour for sale via the Internet.
The trek begins Tuesday in Phoenix; audio files will be available for download about four days after each show from LiveMetallica.com (http://www.LiveMetallica.com).
"This is the next logical step in a process that began back in 1991 when we first implemented the 'Taper Section' at our shows, where the fans were encouraged to bring in their own gear to record the show, and then take home their very own 'bootleg' of the concert they had just seen," drummer Lars Ulrich said in a statement.- Click Here for the Full Story
Disney Banish Janet
AP reports: The Walt Disney Co. has quietly shelved a life-size statue of Mickey Mouse inspired by singer Janet Jackson, who was roundly criticized for a risque Super Bowl halftime performance.
The 6-foot, 700-pound statue was one of 75 unveiled at Walt Disney World in Orlando last fall to celebrate the 75th birthday of Mickey Mouse. The statues were inspired by celebrities such as tennis star Andre Agassi, actress Jamie Lee Curtis and comedian Ellen DeGeneres.
The statue inspired by Jackson was clad in a tight black outfit similar to one she wore in 1990 after the release of her album, Rhythm Nation 1928. It was replaced by a spare statue designed by Luis Fernandez, an in-house Disney artist. - Click Here for the Full Story
Blink & Cypress
Pollstar reports: Blink-182 and Cypress Hill are planning a spring tour together.
The worlds of rock-flavored stoner rap and newly mature brat-punk will converge April 29, when the two acts descend on Nampa's Idaho Center. From there, they'll hit amphitheatres in and around the Midwest through May 16, when the jaunt wraps in Bonner Springs, Kan.- Click Here for the Full Story
WB Cut 1K Jobs
Canoe reports: Warner Music Group announced 1,000 job cuts and a shake-up of top management on Tuesday, one day after Edgar Bronfman Jr. closed a deal to buy the company from Time Warner Inc.
The job cuts, equivalent to 20 per cent of Warner Music Group's global work force, will take place over the next month.
Warner Music said in a statement it was taking the steps to better compete in the "challenging business environment of today's music industry." - Click Here for the Full Story
BRMC April Road
Chart Attack reports: Last month, we told you that Black Rebel Motorcycle Club guitarist Peter Hayes broke his left thumb and that the injury forced the band to cancel the last five dates of their European tour. But it seems that a broken digit can't keep Black Rebel Motorcycle Club down for long.
Hayes' thumb must be healing well, because the band have decided to follow through with plans for a month-long North American tour this April with special guests The Rapture. The 23-city tour will include two Canadian stops — one on April 6 in Montreal, QC at Le Spectrum De Montreal and the other on April 7 in Toronto, ON at the Kool Haus. - Click Here for the Full Story
Primal Fear No Priest
Electric Basement reports: In an EXCLUSIVE interview with Electricbasement.com, PRIMAL FEAR guitarist STEFAN LEIBING shakes his head at people suggesting the band is concerned that Rob Halford rejoining JUDAS PRIEST will steal their thunder, "Yeah. We appreciate that Rob Halford is back in the band. Many people say, 'Oh, aren't you afraid that the Judas Priest reunion will have an effect on your career?' but we don't think so. To be honest, we don't actually understand so much this comparison with Judas Priest. The only thing, I think personally, is that the voice of Ralf [Scheepers] is a little bit similar to Rob Halford. Ok, you can see the roots; our roots are also Judas Priest, but the music is different, more modern." - Click Here for the Full Story
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Stratovarius Guitarist Attacked.
Electric Basement reports: Timo Tolkki was assaulted in the centre of Granada on Sunday as he was having a walk. According to Stratovarius keyboard player Jens Johansson, who witnessed the attack, the man was extremely agitated and had "a Hispanic looking appearance". As he attacked, he shouted "Tolkki". He was armed with what seemed to be a box cutter.
Tolkki was taken to a nearby hospital, where Dr. Fernandez treated him. He was admitted to emergency care. He had two stab wounds on his left arm and a facial contusion. His wounds were cleaned and bandaged and he was released from hospital care.
We would like to ask anybody with any information about the attacker to contact the police. - Click Here for the Full Story
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I Ate Your Microphone reports: Prime STH's sophomore album "Beautiful Awakening" is currently on schedule for an April release in Europe through Rebelution Entertainment/Nuclear Blast Records.
An American release for the album is pending a label being found, with talks currently being held on the subject. - Click Here for the Full Story
I Ate Your Microphone reports: Chimaira have been added to the long list of bands expected to contribute tracks to the upcoming tribute to deceased Death frontman Chuck Schuldiner, which will tentatively see a release in June on Mascot Records. The compendium CD will be titled "Within The Mind", and is currently tapped to include contributions from members of cky, King Diamond, Pissing Razors, Malevolent Creation, Suffocation, Kataklysm, Slipknot, Six Feet Under and Hypocrisy; with more names expected to be added as the record becomes finalized.- Click Here for the Full Story
I Ate Your Microphone reports: Having returned from Chicago where they recorded two songs for their forthcoming new album alongside Billy Corgan of Smashing Pumpkins/Zwan fame, Taproot drummer Jarrod "Jrod" Montague commented on the sessions and their upcoming plans as follows: "It was an absolute amazing experience. He has a great sense of music and caught onto what we were trying to accomplish with our sound right away, then helped us try to get the most power out of that. He basically showed us how to build the parts of a song musically so that the parts of the song that you want to hit hard, like say a chorus or bridge hit harder when you get to them if that makes sense.- Click Here for the Full Story