Rocker's Terror Scare
Blabbermouth reports: [abridged.] ICED EARTH guitarist Ralph Santolla demanded to be let off a flight to England earlier today (March 17) after he spotted two fellow passengers behaving strangely while boarding the plane. The following is Ralph's detailed account of the whole experience, as provided exclusively to BLABBERMOUTH.NET: "I was leaving today for the Manchester/Liverpool area of England... At the gate in Tampa, there were two Arab dudes getting on the plane… One guy was dressed in a suit, the other like a college student. They were acting (?) like they didn't know each other. They seemed very nervous… I noticed that the guy next to me, the one in the suit, had, at a minimum, his hands and wrists shaved. I thought that was weird, in a disturbing kind of way (shaving one's body hair is a religious obligation often observed by would-be suicide bombers so that they are 'clean' before entering heaven). They both noticed that I was watching them closely. The college-looking guy kept looking back and making eye contact with the other guy and then looking away… I called the flight attendant. I told him there was something not right about these guys, and I wanted off. They had to bring the jetway back out to get me off the plane!..." [see full story link for Ralph's full story - pun intended] - Click Here for the Full Story
DMB Diss Durst
VH1 reports: The Dave Matthews Band is regrouping this month to do something that, surprisingly, it has never done before — write an album in the studio.
"We always write as we go along [on tour] and then just make a record, so really it's very new," Matthews said recently. "I'm more excited about this record than anything — even though we have absolutely nothing — so that's good. And that's kind of scary."
"I don't know what I would do as a producer," Matthews said. "If I just sat there and pointed, maybe I could be a producer, but if it required any technical proficiencies, I'd be an utter failure. Mastering my cell phone is my greatest technical achievement, and after that, I fall short. But maybe not — who knows? Doesn't Fred Durst produce things? How much skill can he have?" Matthews pauses, then adds: "When I say that, I mean it in a really good way." [see the full story for lots more on Dave Matthews including his film career]- Click Here for the Full Story
Blabbermouth reports: The previously published list of songs that was alleged to be the track listing for DEF LEPPARD's upcoming CD of classic British rock covers has been exposed as a hoax.
The track listing, which originally appeared on the MelodicRock.com web site on March 12, has been designed to spell out "This Is Bulls***" using the first letter of each songtitle.
Speaking to RockDetector.com editor Garry Sharpe-Young, DEF LEPPARD singer Joe Elliott called the "leaked" track listing "definitely not right". He continued, "This supposed album we're making (or not making...) has been talked about in various chat rooms for weeks." Then the LEPPARD frontman added "You gotta have fun, eh?"- Click Here for the Full Story
I Ate Your Microphone reports: Plans are afoot for an unauthorized book chronicling extensively the history of Weezer, which is expected to be released in June under the title "Rivers' Edge: The Weezer Story". Authour John D. Luerssen has spent over a year preparing the tome, which is being put out by ECW Press. - Click Here for the Full Story
AP reports: A native of Romania who claims to have written the source code to the popular file-sharing software Kazaa is suing the program's distributor over the rights to the software and seeking $25 million in compensation.
In the federal lawsuit, Fabian Toader, who now lives in Redmond, Wash., claims he wrote the computer code for the Kazaa program in 2000 while working in Romania on a freelance basis for Kazaa B.V., which sold the rights to the software in 2002 to Sharman Networks Ltd.
Toader, now a programmer for Microsoft, seeks a judgment confirming his rights to the program and $25 million in damages. - Click Here for the Full Story
Rockers Battle Congress
NY Daily News reports: Recording artists joined radio hosts yesterday in blasting proposed broadcast indecency legislation that could subject "nonlicensees" - including hosts, artists, guests and callers - to huge fines for inappropriate utterances.
Current House and Senate bills would let the FCC fine individuals up to $500,000 per violation. FCC rules now place most of the burden for violations on stations and owners, with a ceiling of $11,000 for individuals.
[abridged] Besides raising the ceiling on fines for individuals, SB 2056 would remove provisions for a warning and a hearing.
Don Henley of the Eagles told George Taylor Morris of XM Satellite Radio that the indecency debate "scares the Devil out of me. ... I'm not one of those artists who usually has these problems, but it's pretty weird to talk about fining an artist when we aren't regulated by the FCC." [see full story for a lot more details] - Click Here for the Full Story
Frisco Honors Metallica
BW&BK reports: According to METALLICA's official website (www.metallica.com), the San Francisco music community gathered on March 15th to honor the band with the Governors Award for Creative Excellence and Outstanding Achievement.
Presented by the San Francisco Chapter of the Recording Academy (the folks that bring you the Grammy Awards), the night also honored CHANTICLEER, MICKEY HART and JOSHUA REDMAN.
Metallica received their award from well know local concert promoter Gregg Perloff, who has no shortage of stories about live Metallica shows in the Bay Area and managed to tell a few at the ceremony.
Band friend and neighbor, CARLOS SANTANA, performed in a tribute to Mickey Hart while a local all star band including Chino from the DEFTONES saluted Metallica.- Click Here for the Full Story
BW&BK reports: A VENOM fan site recently claimed that vocalist Cronos was reforming the band for a new album.
The following statement regarding the reunion has been issued on behalf of former Venom guitarist Mantas:
"To end current speculation, Mantas himself is not recording any new Venom material. Nor does he intend to, at least with the last line-up. Abaddon is also not involved in the project as far as we've been told. There will be special Venom additions to the Mantas live appearances, so be there!"- Click Here for the Full Story
RIFTrock reports: Fear Factory are currently planning out dates for a headlining tour that will follow shows with Slipknot and Chimaira on the Jagermeister Tour. So far two dates have been announced:
May 17 - Seattle, WA @ Graceland
May 19 - Portland, OR @ Roseland Theater
More dates and opening bands should be announced sometime soon. - Click Here for the Full Story
John 'Radiohead' Mayer
MTV reports: When people purchase [John Mayer's] Heavier Things at participating retailers, they'll be handed the bonus disc, which features two recordings of Mayer's current single, "Clarity" (an acoustic take and a radio edit), live versions of "Come Back to Bed" and "Neon," and a track that's been a component of Mayer's live show for a few years.
" 'Kid A' is this little funny thing that happened while we were making [2001's] Room for Squares," Mayer explained of his Radiohead cover. "John Alagia, who was producing the record, had to go away for the weekend. So myself and Jeff Juliano, the engineer, just started messing around. I tooled up this version of 'Kid A' because I love the song, I really do. And within an hour and a half or two hours, it was all done." [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story
Queens of the Solo Age
MTV reports: Ex-Queens of the Stone Age bassist Nick Oliveri began a solo acoustic tour on Tuesday in Boston. Dates run through April 3. Meanwhile, Queens' Josh Homme will play four shows with his side project the Eagles of Death Metal starting April 2 in Boston and ending in Philadelphia on April 6. - Click Here for the Full Story
Gov't Mule Win 4
MTV reports: Gov't Mule were the only multiple winners at Tuesday's fourth annual Jammy Awards in New York. The group took home trophies for Live Album of the Year for The Deepest End and Live Performance of the Year for the New Orleans show that yielded the album.- Click Here for the Full Story
Bachelor Allowed To Rock
E! reports: Bachelor Bob is ready to rock again. A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit filed by the producers of ABC's The Bachelor/Bachelorette series that aimed to stop the former reality star Bob Guiney from hyping his latest CD. The company, And Syndicated, sued its former suitor over his desire to try to parlay his 15 minutes of reality show fame into a music career with the album 3 Sides, claiming he never ran it by producers first. - Click Here for the Full Story
Insults of the Year
Chart Attack reports: Believe it or not, there's more to St. Louis than Nelly. The city is also home to Story Of The Year, who were scouted by Goldfinger frontman John Feldmann for Maverick Records. Feldmann also worked closely with the band in producing their major label debut, Page Avenue. ChartAttack sat down with Dan Marsala and Josh Wills to talk smack.
What band would you like to beat up?
Josh Wills: The Baha Men. DM: I would have
to say Disturbed, for doing that "Oo-wah-ah-ah-ah!" voice.
JW: I'd like to change my answer to Staind. Mostly the singer because he's so sad. He just needs to get his ass kicked. He stands up on stage and the whole band's rockin' and he's just… I don't get it. [see full story]- Click Here for the Full Story
Corgan Solo Debut
Billboard reports: Billy Corgan will play his first-ever solo acoustic show in his Chicago hometown April 19 at the Metro.
The performance will be filmed for possible inclusion on an upcoming DVD, which will also feature footage from April 12-17 recording sessions for the artist's Warner Bros. solo debut.
[see full story for show details and more info] - Click Here for the Full Story
Taproot Still Heavy
I Ate Your Microphone reports: Taproot drummer Jarrod Montague recently addressed fans concerns that the band were making their style more melodic with the following comments:
"I am promising you that there will be plenty of heavy material on the new record which is still melodic and still Taproot. I think some of the material is much darker and heavier than any of our other stuff, but we still want it to sound good. I think alot of the reason that everyone thinks "Gift" is so much heavier is because alot of the mixes are muddy and pretty raw whereas on "Welcome" we wanted to be able to hear Steve's harmonies and Phil's basslines, many of which were lost on some parts of "Gift". Heavy is definitely different to every person, but we are making a conscious effort to have some very heavy stuff on the record which we'll all love playing live, as we usually enjoy playing our heaviest stuff most unless we're in a special kind of mood when we feel like playing Art or something. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story
My Chemical Romance Tracks
I Ate Your Microphone reports: My Chemical Romance have revealed titles for eight of tracks which will be on their upcoming new album "Three Cheers For Sweet Revenge". These are as follows:
'Cemetary Drive', 'Give 'Em Hell, Kid', 'It's Not A Fashion Statement, It's A f***ing Deathwish', 'I Promise It's The Last Time', 'The Ghost Of You', 'You Know What They Do To Guys Like Us In Prison', 'Hang 'Em High', 'Black Angel In The Desert Sun' [ see the full story for some upcoming UK date]- Click Here for the Full Story
Jet Damage Control
Net Music Countdown reports: Nic Cester, singer/guitarist of Australian band Jet is only two years older than his brother, Chris, but he understands the ways of the world a bit better. The band as a whole are on the loudmouth, who-cares-what-you-think, we'll-bloody-well-say-what-we-bloody-well-please tip, openly trashing other bands and proudly going unbathed for days at a time. Athough it's not the B.O. Nic's gotta run damage control for, it's little brother Chris's comments to the press.
Chris recently spoke out in a British magazine interview against rapper 50 Cent and techno artist Moby, which made Nic cringe. "I'm a bit older than Chris and a bit wiser for it," he says. He adds that having been out in the real world for a couple of years versus Chris's neat step from mommy and daddy to rock stardom has helped his perspective. - Click Here for the Full Story
Hatebreed Spawns Icepick
The PRP reports: Members of Hatebreed and Skarhead are said to be involved in a new group dubbed Icepick, more info is expected soon- Click Here for the Full Story
Blabbermouth reports: TESLA's first collection of new material since 1994's "Bust a Nut", entitled "Into the Now", sold 30,284 copies in the U.S. during its first week of release to enter The Billboard 200 chart at No. 31. Meanwhile, BRIDES OF DESTRUCTION's debut album, "Here Comes The Brides", moved 13,694 units to debut at No. 92. At the more extreme end of the metal spectrum, KATAKLYSM's "Serenity In Fire" sold 682 copies in its opening week, according to Nielsen SoundScan, while DECAPITATED's "The Negation" registered a first-week tally of 831. - Click Here for the Full Story
682? And Kataklysm wondered why Devildriver got the Opeth gig.
GNR Bucket Free
[a follow-up from a posting yesterday] Blabbermouth reports: As BLABBERMOUTH.NET exclusively reported here yesterday, guitarist Buckethead has officially left GUNS N' ROSES. According to MTV.com, Buckethead became fed up with GUNS' inability to complete an album or tour and stopped working the group late last year, his manager said.
Although Buckethead appeared on the green carpet at the Grammy Awards last month and was introduced by PARLIAMENT/FUNKADELIC bassist Bootsy Collins as a member of GUNS N' ROSES, he had already told GUNS frontman Axl Rose he no longer wanted to be in the band, the manager told MTV.com.
The guitarist will now focus on numerous projects, including two solo albums — "Population Overdrive" and "Cuckoo Clocks of Hell" — which are due this summer.- Click Here for the Full Story
Ray Davies Rocks On
Ananova reports: Godfather of Britpop, Ray Davies, has promised fans he will be back on stage as soon as he recovers from being shot in the leg by a mugger.
Limping and using a walking stick, the singer was collecting a CBE from the Queen at Buckingham Palace.
He told his fans not to fret and vowed to be back on stage as soon as possible, but admitted the wound to his leg had been more serious than he first feared. - Click Here for the Full Story
liveDaily reports: The bill for the fifth edition of the Latrobe, PA-area's Rolling Rock Town Fair will feature Staind, Disturbed, N.E.R.D., The Crystal Method, Hoobastank, Sevendust, Finch, Finger Eleven, Three Days Grace and others. And for the first time, the festival will travel to other citiesl.
Town Fairs are also set for Boston, Philadelphia
and Seattle. The Boston show takes place at Suffolk Downs on June 12, and
will feature Sevendust, Finch, Three Days Grace and more. On June 19, the
festival moves to Philadelphia's Penn's Landing for a show featuring Sevendust,
Finch, Finger Eleven, Three Days Grace and others. Seattle's King County
Fairgrounds hosts the event on June 26, with Sevendust, Finch and Finger
Eleven confirmed so far. [see full story for more info] -
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