Cobain Wanted To Quit Nirvana?
Rockdirt reports: Uncut magazine reports Nirvana singer Kurt Cobain planned to leave the band and join wife Courtney Love's band Hole, according to a previously unseen interview. "To tell you the truth, I would rather just quit my band and join Hole," Cobain is quoted as saying in the interview originally intended for French TV.- Click Here for the Full Story
Net Music Countdown reports: Outkast will soon appear on a new series for Playboy TV called "Buckwild." The premise of "Buckwild" is a raw and uncensored look at some of today's hottest hip-hop acts as they go about their business. Don't look for Outkast at the pharmacy or Snoop Dogg getting his car washed, however, the "business" the guys get down to is mostly pretty racy, as is the rest of the show's content. Look for them at strip clubs, lingerie shopping for their girls or engaging in their favorite extreme sport. In addition, uncensored music videos (read: dirty) will be interspersed with special features such as "Sex Tip of the Day," "That's Ass," and "Eye Candy." [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story
Jacko's Ex Speaks
Ananova reports: Lisa Marie Presley has told an Australian talk show that she saw things she "couldn't do anything about" during her brief marriage to Michael Jackson, who has been charged with child sex offences.
In an interview with Australian Broadcasting Corporation's respected Enough Rope show, Elvis Presley's daughter said she felt powerless during her 1994-1996 marriage to the self-styled King of Pop, but refused to elaborate.
Presley said she felt "powerless in a lot of ways, in terms of ... realising that I was part of a machine, and seeing things going on that I couldn't do anything about," she said.
"And don't ask me what sort of things, because I'm not going to answer. But just stuff." - Click Here for the Full Story
Disturbed Vs. Darkness
Blabbermouth reports: DISTURBED frontman David Draiman has slammed THE DARKNESS as "a joke" and has taken issue with the British rock band's characterization of DISTURBED as a band that symbolizes "this whole wave of nu-metal that is near its death."
Speaking to Metal Edge magazine for its May 2004 issue, Draiman said, "To be perfectly honest with you, I think that THE DARKNESS is a joke, and that's, unfortunately, exactly what the world wants. The world wants rock bands to be idiots. The world wants rock bands to be these bumbling buffoons, these morons who made fun of themselves and their music and their art and don't take themselves seriously in any way. It's all supposed to be a joke. It's all supposed to be a joke. It's unfortunate. I think that there's always a time to be tongue-in-cheek, and there's always time for humor, but there's a time to be serious and a time for emotional content. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story
Slipknot Ties The Knot
Blabbermouth reports: SLIPKNOT/STONE SOUR frontman Corey Taylor has posted the following message at StoneSourBoard.com:
"On March 11th, 2004, [longtime girlfriend/fiancée] Scarlett and I became Mr. & Mrs. Corey Taylor in a small ceremony @ the Botanical center in Des Moines, Iowa. The wedding was small, attended by family, both bands and a few friends. The reception was held @ the house, with karaoke carrying on well until 4AM (we tried to get [SLIPKNOT guitarist] Mick [Thomson] to sing 'Safety Dance', but he threatened to kill us all). "Just wanted to post a little something about it and say the wait is over, we did it, now we can fight like a normal couple — happily ever after in holy matrimony."- Click Here for the Full Story
BW&BK reports: Melodicrock.com have revealed the full tracklisting for DEF LEPPARD's forthcoming UK covers album, due out through Mercury later this year. Def Leppard have not yet finished the recording process, but are close. The track listing is as follows: ‘The Rocker' (THIN LIZZY), ‘Heroes' (DAVID BOWIE), ‘Icicles' (BADFINGER), ‘Stay With Me' (SMALL FACES), ‘I'm the Leader Of The Gang' (GARY GLITTER), ‘Sheer Heart Attack' (QUEEN), ‘Ballroom Blitz' (SWEET), ‘Under The Roof Of Love' (GEORDIE), ‘Lock Up Your Daughters' (SLADE), ‘Let's Stick Together' (BRYAN FERRY), ‘Slider' (T.REX), ‘Hypnosis' (MUD), ‘It's All Over Now' (ROD STEWART), ‘Thunderbuck Ram' (MOTT THE HOOPLE). - Click Here for the Full Story
Axl Demo Hold
BW&BK reports: A representative from Cleopatra Records has informed BW&BK that the previously announced album, Hollywood Rose - The Roots Of GUNS N' ROSES is on hold and may not come out until November.
As previously reported, the CD is historical and monumental musical document of the very first demos recorded by singer Axl Rose and guitarist Izzy Stradlin, before they became Guns N' Roses.
The album features five demo recordings that haven't been heard in decades, plus new remixes by former GN'R member Gilby Clarke. For years these demos have remained in the vault, never appearing on CD. As a special bonus, Gilby Clarke took these recordings back to the studio and polished up the rough edges. - Click Here for the Full Story
Metallica Not For Fans
RIFTrock reports: Lars Ulrich spoke to Organion to defend the band's album and all the recent criticism behind it. Everyone from fans, to ex-Metallica bassist Jason Newsted, and Korn front man Jonathan Davis have voiced their disappointments with their newest album St. Anger, and Ulrich decided to speak out against them and defend the band's ‘change,' "We needed to make a record that was under produced, and I think we succeeded!"
"I understand that it's challenging, that it's a very long pummel. It's not for everybody. But it was really important for us to make it. We make music for ourselves, and we always have. No radio programmers would play us for our first eight years. Then all of a sudden we were everyone's darling. And now we make one record that doesn't fit in with Nickelback or whatever, and. . . . It's an idea that I think people have, especially in the hard-rock world, that once you do a certain thing for a while, it's like you owe people something. We don't owe people (the same thing we've done before). We're not selling toothpaste here."- Click Here for the Full Story
RIFTrock reports: Blink 182 have cancelled the remaining dates on their Australian tour due to their drummer Travis breaking his foot. So far no dates on their upcoming U.S. tour have been cancelled. - Click Here for the Full Story
Scantlin Pleas No Contest
Launch reports: Puddle Of Mudd frontman Wes Scantlin says that he feels exonerated after most charges were dropped against him following an aborted performance last month in Toledo, Ohio. He pled no contest to a reduced charge of disorderly conduct after cutting short Puddle Of Mudd's February 22 show at a club called Headliners. - Click Here for the Full Story
Billboard reports: ...As file-sharing companies have used technology to avoid complicity, other technology companies have come up with their own software that now turns their defense on its head.
Leading the pack is a company called Audible Magic, which has been written up in the New York Times, among other publications.
The company has built a digital database of 4 million songs and has developed software that can recognize the digital audio files of those songs. In effect, such audio files are like fingerprints. Since no two songs are alike, no two audio files are the same.
Using the software gives P2P services the ability to precisely identify music that is being traded over its network by comparing their audio files against the database of copyrighted songs. With that capability, it's a snap to block illegal file swapping. - Click Here for the Full Story
Reuters reports: There's opportunity in chaos, say executives at several independent record labels that are prospering amid the market turmoil that has engulfed the world's largest music companies.
Several of these companies -- whose overhead is far lower than their larger rivals' -- say sales are increasing as they benefit from the chance to hire executives and recruit artists whom big labels have cut.
In the latest industry bloodletting last week, the new owners of Warner Music, led by Edgar Bronfman, Jr., moved to slash 1,000 jobs at the home of Madonna (news - web sites) and Kid Rock.
But independent TVT Records says its artists, who include the Ying Yang Twins and Sevendust, are reaching more people than ever.
"Our market share this quarter is up dramatically from last year, and we expect to have very robust growth this year," said Chief Executive Steve Gottlieb. "And we aren't the only independent that had a record-breaking 2003," - Click Here for the Full Story
AP reports: The daughter of blues artist Muddy Waters was arrested on murder charges Friday in the 1996 shooting of a man during a drug deal.
Rosalind Morganfield, 34, surrendered to police after a warrant was issued for her arrest.
Timothy Harrington, 19, was shot during a deal involving three pounds of marijuana, authorities said. His remains were found in 2000. - Click Here for the Full Story
AP reports: Kid Rock will present friend and fellow Michigander Bob Seger at Seger's induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on Monday.
Kid Rock says he counts Seger among those who influenced him. And Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm is planning to issue a proclamation naming Monday Bob Seger Day.
"I'm going to shoot from the heart, and make this fun for his fans, his friends, his family, his band," Kid Rock told the Detroit Free Press for a Friday story. - Click Here for the Full Story
NME reports: THE SMITHS are the subject of an unlikely tribute from the heroes of emo and post-hardcore.
New compilation ‘How Soon Is Now?' sees acts like Hundred Reasons, Million Dead, Cursive and Instruction tackle the hits of Smiths and Morrissey.
The idea came about when Nigel Adams from the Sorepoint label realised that the new wave of bands overwhelmingly cited the Manchester legends as an influence. Work began on the project six months ago, and the album is due for release in May. - Click Here for the Full Story
MTV reports: 311 celebrated 311 Day (March 11) Thursday in New Orleans with a colossal five-hour performance. The band played 68 songs, including rarities like "Juan Bond," "Let the Cards Fall" and "Right Now" and covers of the Clash's "(White Man) In Hammersmith Palais," the Cure's "Love Song" and Led Zeppelin's "D'yer Mak'er." The show, which featured burlesque dancers, stilt walkers and fire eaters, and other events tied into the celebration (including a tailgate and pre-party) were recorded for a DVD due at the end of the year. - Click Here for the Full Story
MTV reports: The launch of the Pixies' reunion tour will no longer be in Winnipeg, Manitoba, on April 14 — the first date of the trek is now April 13 in Minneapolis, where the band is currently rehearsing. Tickets for the "secret" show at the Fine Line Music Cafe sold out in four minutes on Thursday, when it became a secret no more. ... - Click Here for the Full Story
Herald Sun reports: WORLDWIDE outrage has forced Britney Spears to remove scenes from a new music clip that depict her committing suicide.
The pop star had planned to release a clip for the song, Everytime, that showed her taking pills and slipping under the water in a bath. - Click Here for the Full Story
I Ate Your Microphone reports: Paradise Lost have parted ways with their drummer Lee Morris due to "personal and musical differences". The band are currently set to begin recording their new album in April alongside producer Rhys Fulber.- Click Here for the Full Story
I Ate Your Microphone reports: The upcoming debut album "Contraband" from Velvet Revolver has been pushed back to a June 08th release through RCA Records. The band are currently planning to shoot a video for their first single 'Slither' in early April, which will be hitting radio airwaves around that time.- Click Here for the Full Story
FCC's Teen Comedy
New York Daily News reports: In case you hadn't noticed, much of the hysteria over "indecency" on television and radio has the same infrastructure as any number of goofy teen comedies.
Parents step out, warning their kids to be responsible. The kids promptly throw a party and the house is trashed. Think "Risky Business," in which Tom Cruise's pals rip up his parents' house, then sell the contents.
For our purposes, the role of the parents in this indecency script is played by the Federal Communications Commission. The kids are radio and TV stations. And for the past 15-20 years, the FCC has largely trusted them to keep the house of broadcasting orderly.
The outcome, critics say, is a disaster, with food on the ceiling, busted china and God knows what going on in the basement.
Others, of course, say, "Great party, dude!"
But when Janet Jackson flashed the Super Bowl, the critics seized the floor, and Congress is now ordering the FCC to hold those darned kids accountable.
Some kids, like Infinity Broadcasting, are trying to talk their way out of it, saying it's not as bad as it looks. Other kids, like Clear Channel Communications, say they're really sorry — and if they can please, please get another chance, from now on they will eat all their vegetables. [click the full story link for the rest] - Click Here for the Full Story
liveDaily reports: Todd Rundgren on April 6 will release his first album of all-new material in nearly a decade. Titled "Liars," the set is "an orchestral, complex, and cleverly witty collection of songs all built around an ambitious central concept that weaves seamlessly throughout the album," according to a press release. - Click Here for the Full Story
A Perfect Extension
liveDaily reports: As the launch date of the group's North American arena tour nears, A Perfect Circle extends the run well into the spring.
Dates for the outing, which kicks off in the Salt Lake City area on March 18, now stretch into mid-May. Tickets for most shows are on sale now.
The mood-rockers are touring in support of their sophomore set, "Thirteenth Step," which debuted at No. 2 on The Billboard 200 album chart last fall. The album features the lead-off single "Weak & Powerless," and follow-up track "The Outsider." - Click Here for the Full Story
Rockdirt reports: Rock acts on television this week include A Perfect Circle, who perform on 'The Tonight Show with Jay Leno' on Monday; Brides of Destruction, who perform on 'The Late Late Show with Craig Kilborn' on Monday; the Star Spangles, who perform on 'Last Call with Carson Daly' on Monday; Butterfly Boucher, who perform on 'The Late Late Show' on Tuesday; the Shins, who perform on 'Last Call' on Tuesday; Switchfoot, who perform on 'On Air with Ryan Seacrest' on Tuesday; The Vines, who perform on 'The Late Show with David Letterman' on Wednesday; Ambulance LTD, who perform on 'Last Call' on Wednesday; Dropkick Murphys, who perform on 'Jimmy Kimmel Live' on Wednesday; and the Living End, who perform on 'Late Night with Conan O'Brien' on Thursday. - Click Here for the Full Story
Blabbermouth reports: CANNIBAL CORPSE singer George "Corpsegrinder" Fisher recently spoke to MetalReview.com about the group's decision to include audio "beeps" on the promotional copies of their new CD, "The Wretched Spawn", distributed to press and other media personnel ahead of the album's release. "The reason we did that is our worst nightmare came true," Fisher said. "Someone got a copy of the album with the beeps on it and immediately put it out on the Internet. And it got us thinking that we were gonna start screwing people out of promotional copies and we're just gonna give them one song and that's it. That's not the way to do it, but now it's out there and every kid has it. Yes it's got the beeps but that's why they have to be there because people can't be trusted. If people could just get the album, review it and keep it and not do anything stupid with it until the album comes out. If we sell less records, I mean we're not doing it for the money, I think that's pretty obvious. But we don't have to work, we don't have jobs, this is our job if you will. So we make enough money to support ourselves from touring and merchandise. Now take a bunch of that money away. Now I can't go on tour this month because I've gotta work. I've got a house with my wife and a mortgage and all this piracy screws me, and that's coming from a band that's actually making it, not a band that's trying to. And these people don't get it, thinking we're rock stars. f*** you, rock star my ass. I don't make that much money, and besides should you not make as much money as you possibly can if you work hard? But I'm not talking about everybody, just a few out there who get the album early then don't buy it. [see full story link for more]- Click Here for the Full Story