OutKast Goes Postal
Net Music Countdown reports: Outkast's Andre 3000 emceed an event this week for Declare Yourself, an organization created to encourage voting among young people. The event was held at the Beverly Hills Post Office and guests were invited to view an original copy of the Declaration of Independence and register to vote. In addition to Andre 3000, the place was packed with superstars, all eager to join the movement toward getting out the vote. - Click Here for the Full Story
Reznor & Manson Thieves?
Blabbermouth reports: PRONG guitarist/vocalist Tommy Victor has revealed to RollingStone.com that NINE INCH NAILS mastermind Trent Reznor briefly enlisted him for a side project called TAPEWORM that never materialized.
"Actually, that's one of the reasons I threw in the towel for a while," Victor told the magazine. "I was promised so much by that whole camp — not to sound bitter or anything. I went down to New Orleans and worked on some stuff, but I never heard any finished product. But some of that stuff I worked on appeared on some MARILYN MANSON stuff. I was ripped off — that's happened several times."
PRONG have just issued their sixth studio album, "Scorpio Rising", in the U.S. through Locomotive Music.- Click Here for the Full Story
In the rumor department, Blabbermouth had a story that Reznor is forming a band with Ian from The Cult. They clearly labeled it a rumor but check out more at the full story link above.
Van Hagar New Deal
BW&BK reports: "MONSTERS OF ROCK: In non-restructuring-related business, Warner Strategic Marketing is said to have negotiated a deal with Van Halen for a new greatest-hits package featuring three new songs. A tour to support the album is also said to be in the works, reportedly to include SAMMY HAGAR. While still unconfirmed, some close to the action confide that they think the album and tour will happen."- Click Here for the Full Story
The PRP reports: Slipknot will be posting a track from their upcoming as-yet untitled new album online for download on March 30th. The bands new effort is presently expected out through Roadrunner/Island/Def Jam on May 25th. - Click Here for the Full Story
Now pretend that Roadrunner doesn't always post free mp3s.
Local H April
Aversion reports: Grunge duo Local H will return to new-release lists next month.
What Ever Happened to PJ Soles, is due out April 6 from Studio E Records. It follows up last year's The No Fun EP (Thick) - Click Here for the Full Story
Click the full story link to see what the band has to say about all these California songs... they have some words about New York too.
More Fun With Sebastian Bach
Blabbermouth reports: Former SKID ROW frontman Sebastian Bach has issued a statement refuting reports that he is currently looking for a new record label.
Bach's statement comes one day after BLABBERMOUTH.NET re-published an online posting from Trustkill Records owner Josh Grabelle in which Grabelle implied that Bach had semi-seriously inquired about signing with Trustkill during an office visit with his doctor (who just happens to be Josh's father).
Writing on his official web site, SebastianBach.com, Sebastian responded to Josh's posting, saying "[This is] complete & utter BULL----. I am really, really pissed off right now.
[blabberings about hurting his back and the Dr bragging about his son's record co... see full story, it is entertaining]
"For the record: NO I AM NOT LOOKING FOR A NEW RECORD LABEL. I am completely happy & content with the record label [Spitfire Records] I am signed to right now. You will see how happy I am on May 18 when the first-ever Sebastian Bach DVD hits the stores — the 'FOREVER WILD' DVD is something which I am %100 proud of & you will see why on May 18!
"Oh yeah — Dr. Grabelle — me & my 'super-hot wife' will not be requiring your 'services' anymore." - Click Here for the Full Story
Happy with Spitfire? And he wonders why people call him a stupid mother trucker.
System of a Benefit
RockRage reports: Multi-platinum metallers System of a Down have been confirmed to headline the "Souls, 2004" benefit concert taking place in Los Angeles, CA on April 24th at the Greek Theatre.
Proceeds from the benefit concert will go towards" organizations that work to eradicate the atrocities of all genocides across the globe, including the Armenian National Committee of America (ANCA), an organization that supports legislation in the U.S. Congress to recognize the Armenian Genocide that was perpetrated by the Ottoman Empire during World War 1. - Click Here for the Full Story
Blabbermouth reports: In a celebration of the Oakland-based SKINLAB's decade-long career, they will release a double-disc set, entitled "Nerve Damage" on April 20 through Century Media Records. This set comprises 34 tracks, including two new cuts, "Losing All" and "Beneath The Surface", alongside previously unreleased demo tracks, alternate mixes of such classics as "When Pain Comes To Surface" and "Slave The Way", covers, video clips and the sought-after, deleted "Eyesore" EP.- Click Here for the Full Story
Blabbermouth can hook you up with the full track listing and more info.
Rolling Stone reports: BOB DYLAN's MTV Unplugged appearance will be released on DVD on March 30th. The DVD will include four songs that did not air on the 1995 broadcast and one that wasn't on his Unplugged album- Click Here for the Full Story
Mellowdrone.com reports: Mellowdrone will hit the road later this month supporting Phantom Planet.
The band has recently completed recording their full length debut which should be released later this year via Radar Records. But before then a new EP "go get 'em tiger" should hits stores (you can get some mp3s by clicking on the full story link).
Mellowdrone dates with Phantom Planet.
march 17, wed Lawrence, KS - granada
march 19, fri New Orleans, LA - the parish
march 20, sat Birmingham, AL - zydeco
march 21, sun Tallahassee, FL - beta bar
march 23, tue Tampa, FL - masquerade
march 24, wed Jacksonville, FL - jack rabbits
march 25, thu Orlando, FL - the social
march 27, sat Athens, GA - 40 watt
march 28, sun Nashville, TN - exit in
more to come
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No EFF for RIAA
Tinfoil reports: The RIAA rejected a new plan offered by the EFF that would strike a balance between consumers, content creators, and big biz. The EFF's plan, called the voluntary collective licensing system, was unveiled last week at the Music Law Summit West (a conference sponsored by the Future of Music Coalition). - Click Here for the Full Story
White Stripes Shuffle
RIFTrock reports: The White Stripes have changed the single for their limited edition vinyl There's No Home For You Here. The vinyl only release will be available on March 15th. In addition to the song There's No Home For You Here, I Fought Piranhas and Let's Build A Home will also appear on the seven-inch.- Click Here for the Full Story
Jurassic Rock Hot Down Under
Reuters reports: In this digital era, the aging rock stars of the vinyl years are making a comeback in Australia.
Tickets for concerts by aging rockers such as Bryan Ferry, Fleetwood Mac and David Bowie are selling fast as Australia's baby boomers give the music heroes of their youth another lease of life on stages "Down Under."
Australia may be geographically at the bottom of the world, but for many acts it is now the hot spot to tour after Europe and the United States.
Concert promoter Paul Dainty, who recently brought out Cliff Richard and Tony Bennett, estimates that ticket sales for pop and rock concerts in Australia are in excess of A$100 million ($78 million) a year. - Click Here for the Full Story
Jacko For Sale
AP reports: ASBURY PARK, N.J. - A mammoth collection of stage costumes, photographs, documents and props belonging to Michael Jackson and his famous family was loaded into shipping containers Wednesday after spending 18 months under wraps in this gritty shore city.
The collection, whose seller contends it is the largest accumulation of Jackson memorabilia in the world, is to be shipped to a European buyer. Henry V. Vaccaro Sr. declined to name the buyer or the price he paid, but said the man intended to display the collection in Europe and Japan. - Click Here for the Full Story
But did it include the Beat It glove?
Free Music at SXSW
Wired News reports: Citizens of Austin, Texas, have free wireless Internet access in nearly 30 restaurants and coffee shops around the city. Thanks to the South by Southwest music festival, patrons also enjoy the added benefit of free music.
The city's well-known independent music festival, also known as SXSW, is providing this year's library of music for free through an iTunes shared music playlist. The music library will be available during the festival, and possibly after the festival ends. Music fans can access the collection at free wireless hotspots around the city, whether lunching at Guero's Taco Bar or sipping coffee at the Triumph Café. - Click Here for the Full Story
Peter Criss is Pissed
PeterCriss.net reports: KISS drummer Peter Criss has issued a statement to his fans about why he wasn't asked to play on the upcoming KISS tour. (Eric Singer will get the cat paint instead). Below is the statement from Criss:
I have been receiving thousands of fan mail as to what is going on with KISS. Today, my contract ran out. No one, again no one has called me, or my attorney about an extension for future touring. As a founding member I find this to be disrespectful to me, and to the fans that have made us one of the biggest bands in the world. You will always get the truth from me, I have no reason to lie to the people that gave me such a wonderful life. And that's the god's honest truth.
This is the stuff that breaks my heart. - Click Here for the Full Story
Kelly Osbourne DVD
NME reports: KELLY OSBOURNE is to release a live DVD of her recent show at the LONDON ELECTRIC BALLROOM.
'Kelly Osbourne: Live at the Electric Ballroom', will be released on April 5.
Filmed on June 25 2003, the release will feature 12 tunes including her singles ‘Shut Up' and ‘Come Dig Me Out'. - Click Here for the Full Story
Kelly's 300 fans are really excited about hearing her suck in surround sound. She is also rumored to be working on a new heartfelt ballad called "blah, blah, blob". Something tells me that our Ozzfest access will not be forthcoming this year.
Sonic Youth Nurse
NME reports: SONIC YOUTH have finished their new album in time for a summer release.
‘Nurse' is the follow-up to 2002's ‘Murray Street' and is due for release on June 7.
Meanwhile, the alt.rock veterans are appearing at this year's All Tomorrow's Parties festival on April 3, and will be co-curating the event. - Click Here for the Full Story
Anyone Can Remix
MTV reports: Just a week after one online group protested EMI Music's clampdown on The Grey Album by organizing "Grey Tuesday," another group is providing fans with tools to make their own Jay-Z remix albums.
The Jay-Z Construction Set was created by a pair of anonymous 23-year-olds to give people the tools to create their own Black Album remixes and to compare them with several other popular ones already circulating on the bootleg circuit. The kit includes Jay-Z's The Black Album a cappella vocals, hundreds of classic music samples and simple audio editing software that will allow users to make their own instrumentals.- Click Here for the Full Story
Adrift in Solo
I Ate Your Microphone reports: More details have emerged on the side project of Cannibal Corpse guitarist Jack Owen, which is known as Adrift. A website has been launched for the project at www.adrift.cc, and the band recently completed a self-titled EP which will be on sale shortly. Downloads of the songs 'Empty Dreams', 'Broken Mirror' and 'Fear Of Day' can currently be checked out at the site, and a video is currently being filmed for the track 'Empty Dreams' which will be made available in coming weeks. Finally they are planning a sizeable U.S. tour for the not-too-distant future supporting a major act, more on which will be revealed as it happens.- Click Here for the Full Story
For the Benefit of Mr...
Ananova reports: A painting of The Beatles - which the Fab Four refused to sign when they saw the end result - is one of 600 works that has been donated to the nation.
Artist Peter Blake took five years to complete the painting, which he started in 1963, using photographs of the band taken in 1962 as source material.
But by the time Blake had finished the canvas in 1968, The Beatles' had undergone a change in image.
Blake, famous for creating the cover design of The Beatles Sgt Pepper album, had used pictures from the year the band, seen in suits and pudding bowl haircuts, released their first single, Love Me Do. - Click Here for the Full Story
Metal's Nu Wave
Metal Hammer reports: "We're witnessing the birth of the new Metallicas, the new Panteras and the new Slayers" announce Chimaira's Mark Hunter and Hatebreed's Jamey Jasta in our New Wave Of American Heavy Metal cover double hitter in the March issue of Metal Hammer.
And from the new school we also talk to: Sworn Enemy, Terror, Most Precious Blood, E-Town Concrete, Walls Of Jerico, Atreyu, Haste and Darkest Hour. Soil dish the dirt on their awesome new studio album 'Redefine' and Killswitch Engage bassist Mike D shows us his art work in Art Of Darkness.
And from the old school there's the return of Dime Bag and Vinnie with Damage Plan, Anthrax's Scott Ian tells us His Life Story, Monster Magnet's Dave Wyndorf faces YOUR questions in The Spanish Inquisition and we talk to Sepultura in The Story Behind... 'Chaos AD'. - Click Here for the Full Story
The new Poison's, the new Warrants and the new Slaughters.
New Megadeth Music
Metal Hammer reports: As previously reported, Megadeth mainman Dave Mustaine is working on new Megadeth material with onetime Megadeth guitarist Chris Poland. And for all you MD fans out there, uncle Dave has posted a sample of his new work online!
Log on to www.megadeth.com/btu/pop.html to check it out. - Click Here for the Full Story
P.O.D. To The Lead
Live Daily. reports: P.O.D., which this weekend wraps up its stint on the road with Linkin Park, heads back out in May for a headlining theater run.
The group kicks things off in Denver on May 1, and dates so far are set through mid-June. More shows are expected; last week, the band announced plans to hit a total of 40 cities.
Registered members of the band's mailing list have access to tickets before the general public via online pre-sales, and also have a crack at meet-and-greet passes. - Click Here for the Full Story
Get more details and dates by clicking on the full story link