Janet Snubs Courtney
Rockdirt reports: Roger Friedman of FoxNews.com reports that when Courtney Love showed up to Janet Jackson's 'Damita Jo' album release party at Spice Market in New York City, she tried to come into the VIP area, a section of the restaurant hidden by arches and protected by a velvet rope, only to be turned away. "Janet's people didn't want her anywhere near them," one security guard remarked. - Click Here for the Full Story
Train Rolls On
liveDaily reports: Train will soon wrap up the latest leg of its tour support of last year's "My Private Nation," but the group is poised to return to the road for a new batch of spring and summer shows.
The band ends its current jaunt with a three-night stand in Philadelphia on April 7-9, and resumes its road work in mid-May. The new round of shows kicks off with a three-night stand in Seattle on May 13-15, and dates are set through late July. [see full story link for dates and more info] - Click Here for the Full Story
Axl Speaks... Bad News
liveDaily reports: Guns N' Roses--a band that hasn't released an album of original material in well over a decade--have cancelled their May 30 performance at this year's Rock in Rio festival.
In a statement, frontman Axl Rose, the group's sole original member, blamed recently departed guitarist Buckethead--so named because he performs with an empty Kentucky Fried Chicken bucket on his head--for the cancellation.
"The band has been put in an untenable position by guitarist Buckethead and his untimely departure," Rose said. "During his tenure with the band, Buckethead has been inconsistent and erratic in both his behavior and commitment--despite being under contract--creating uncertainty and confusion and making it virtually impossible to move forward with recording, rehearsals and live plans with confidence. His transient lifestyle has made it impossible for even his closest friends to have nearly any form of communication with him whatsoever.
"According to those who have actually spoken with Buckethead, it appears his plans were to secure a recording contract with Sanctuary Records, which I encouraged my management to make available to him, quit GN'R and to use his involvement in the upcoming Guns release to immediately promote his individual efforts," Rose continued. "Nice guy! [see full story link for more]- Click Here for the Full Story
Shock Jock Sues Complainer
MTV reports: Erich "Mancow" Muller, a syndicated shock jock from Chicago, has sued a listener for filing multiple indecency complaints against his morning show. Mancow is accusing Chicagoan David Smith of filing more than 60 FCC complaints and pressuring sponsors to leave the show, and is seeking $3 million and a court order to stop him from filing more complaints.- Click Here for the Full Story
It's Not the Downloads Stupid
MTV reports: While file-sharing continues to be blamed by the recording industry for slumping music sales, a new study conducted by the Harvard Business School shows that downloading has only a negligible effect on CD sales.
"Downloads have an effect on sales which is statistically indistinguishable from zero," concludes the report, conducted with the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill. "Moreover, [the effect of file-sharing] is of moderate economic significance and is inconsistent with claims that file-sharing is the primary reason for the recent decline in music sales."
Unlike many reports that have popped up on both sides of the file-sharing debate, Harvard's study is not a survey. [see the full story link for lots more including tid-bits that the RIAA does not want you to know like "According to the worst-case scenario of the researchers' findings, it takes 5,000 downloads to reduce sales of an album by one copy."] - Click Here for the Full Story
RI Club Fire Case Goes Federal
MTV reports: U.S. District Judge Ronald Lagueux has ruled that all civil suits filed regarding the 2003 Station nightclub fire in West Warwick, Rhode Island, will be handled in federal court.- Click Here for the Full Story
Walkmen on Letterman
press release reports: The Walkmen are set to perform live on The David Letterman show tonigh (Wednesday March 31st) in support of their sophomore release 'Bows and Arrows'. Check your local listing for details. [see full story link for more on the band]- Click Here for the Full Story
Jurassic Rock Still Rocks
Blabbermouth reports: Edna Gundersen of USA Today is reporting that Jamie Horton, 14, considers himself a fairly savvy music-loving teen. The Los Angeles ninth-grader trawls the Internet for rock discoveries and totes an iPod packed with 3,000 tunes.
His favorite band? QUEEN. Not late-'90s rock outfit QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE, not late-'80s metal band QUEENSRŸCHE and certainly not latter-day rap diva QUEEN LATIFAH.
Jamie reveres the glam-metal British quartet that flourished in the '70s with mock operatic "Bohemian Rhapsody" and the anthemic "We Will Rock You".
"I don't like new wannabe punk like GOOD CHARLOTTE," he says. "LED ZEPPELIN was the first old band I liked. Then PINK FLOYD. Now it's THE WHO and QUEEN." [see full story link for more]- Click Here for the Full Story
Clubs of Destruction
Blabbermouth reports: BRIDES OF DESTRUCTION, the new band featuring MÖTLEY CRÜE bassist Nikki Sixx, L.A. GUNS guitarist Tracii Guns, vocalist London LeGrand, and drummer Scot Coogan (ex-PAUL GILBERT, ONI LOGAN/ROWAN ROBERTSON, SINÉAD O'CONNOR), have announced more dates as part of their "Honeymoon From Hell" U.S. tour. The trek is currently shaping up as follows:
Apr. 30 - Clifton Park, NY - Northern Lights
May 01 - Springfield, VA – Jaxx
May 02 - Norfolk, VA - The NorVa
May 03 - Baltimore, MD - Thunderdome
May 05 - New York, NY - CBGB
May 06 - Boston, MA - Paradise Rock Club
May 07 - Hartford, CT - Webster Theatre/Underground
May 08 - Sayreville, NJ - Starland Ballroom
May 09 - Philadelphia, PA - The Trocadero/Balcony Bar
May 11 - Toronto, Ontario - Opera House
May 12 - Pittsburgh, PA - Mr. Smalls Fun House/Theatre
May 13 - Cleveland, OH - Odeon Concert Club
May 14 - Detroit, MI - Majestic Theatre
May 15 - Chicago, IL - Metro
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Much Music reports: There's been a stir in the Avril Lavigne camp this week - and not just because of the paparazzi photos taken of Lavigne and Sum 41's Deryck Whibley over the weekend. Guitar player Jesse Colburn is no longer in Avril's band, according to Nettwerk Management. Jesse, who is also Avril's ex-boyfriend, has gone on to pursue other interests. Nettwerk also has confirmed that Craig from gob has replaced Colburn in Avril's line-up.- Click Here for the Full Story
BW&BK reports: Metal legends Anthrax will attend a very special screening of their long awaited DVD Music Of Mass Destruction on April 7 in Los Angeles. Filmed in December 2003 at the Metro in Chicago, Music Of Mass Destruction captures Anthrax in an unforgettable performance that drummer Charlie Benante describes as 'one of the highlights of our career.' The DVD captures the band performing to an ecstatic crowd of Anthrax faithful performing all of their classics including 'Caught In A Mosh', 'Only', 'Antisocial' and many more! The DVD will come with a companion live CD and will be released on April 20 through Sanctuary Records.
Here are the details for the event:
Wednesday, April 7
Laemmle Sunset Theatre
8000 Sunset Blvd.
[see full story for info including RSVP] - Click Here for the Full Story
Paul Stanley Goes Solo
BW&BK reports: According to the KISS fan site www.kissfanshop.de, during a chat with Swedish fans on the Aftonbladet webpage, vocalist/bassist GENE SIMMONS stated, "We would like to bring more new songs to the set, and we will start rehearsing next week".
Simmons also mentioned that KISS vocalist/rhythm guitarist PAUL STANLEY has begun writing for his upcoming solo album, hopefully to be released after the KISS tour. - Click Here for the Full Story
Strapping New Deal
siN's metal news reports: 'The maniacal Canadian quintet STRAPPING YOUNG LAD have officially re-signed with Century Media Records worldwide and are already hard at work on the follow-up to their critically acclaimed SYL album. The group also just completed their first DVD, which is set for a late summer release. The DVD features a full set from the band's sold-out hometown show at The Commodore Ballroom in Vancouver recorded earlier this year, plus some hilarious backstage antics and video clips. Expect a new STRAPPING YOUNG LAD studio album to surface early next year, which you know will be well worth the wait. - Click Here for the Full Story
siN's metal news reports: SOiL has been bumped up from the 2nd stage at this years Download Festival to the Main Stage. Their set time is TBA, but regardless, they are on the Main Stage of Day 1, along with one other band which is also still to be announced.- Click Here for the Full Story
RIFTrock reports: Geezer Butler will reportedly be joining Ozzy Osbourne's band for this year's Ozzfest. In addition, ex-Black Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi told Launch Radio, "There is negotiations at the moment," when asked about a possible Black Sabbath reunion. He also stated, "there is talk about it." At the moment nothing has been announced or confirmed, but a reunion between one of metal's greatest bands could be hitting an Ozzfest stage near you this summer. Keep checking RIFTrock for updates. - Click Here for the Full Story
McCartney Lounges in Tahoe
Reuters reports: Legendary musician Paul McCartney became a dinner show entertainer when he took the stage at a local restaurant in a California resort town and sang a few songs, the co-owner said on Tuesday. "Of course they were shocked," J.J. Morgan, co-owner of Moody's Bistro and Lounge, said of the 70 diners present when McCartney played on Monday night. - Click Here for the Full Story
AP reports: Every school should be this much fun. Prince is billing his "Musicology" tour as a way to educate audiences accustomed to computer-generated hits about the joys of live music. He made good on that promise Monday at the tour's opener at Staples Center.
But who was he kidding?
This show is really about the history of Prince, especially given his pledge that this tour will be the last time he plays his hits live.
As he started the night with the title track of the upcoming album "Musicology," followed in quick succession by "Let's Go Crazy," "I Would Die 4 U" and "When Doves Cry," audience members had to wonder how long he could keep up the momentum — until they realized he could go all night. [see full story link for the rest of the review]- Click Here for the Full Story
Roots Sly Duet
RTE reports: Hip-hop outfit the Roots will release their new album, 'The Tipping Point', at the end of June.
The album will feature the track 'Everybody Is a Star', described as a "virtual duet" with Sly and the Family Stone. - Click Here for the Full Story
Euro Downloaders Sued
NME reports: Download lawsuits hit EUROPE today (March 30) with hundreds of file-sharers facing legal action.
The first wave of international lawsuits were launched against 247 alleged illegal downloaders in Denmark, Germany, Italy and Canada this morning.
IFPI, representing the recording industry worldwide, made it clear that further lawsuits against major offenders will be launched in different countries in coming months.
The action is being levied at individuals illegally making available hundreds of music tracks for copying, transmission and distribution via file-sharing services. - Click Here for the Full Story
Ryan Adams Churns 'Em Out
Billboard reports: Prolific singer/songwriter Ryan Adams is offering a three-track EP for sale via Apple's iTunes download store. The "Moroccan Role" EP boasts the songs "Ah, Life," "I'm Coming Over" and "Don't Even Know Her Name."
In addition, Adams' two recent "Love Is Hell" EPs will be combined onto a single 15-track disc to be issued May 4 by Lost Highway. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story
Metal Hammer reports: Slipknot have posted the first MP3 from their forthcoming new studio album, 'Vol. 3: The Subliminal Verses' online! Head on over to www.slipknot1.com to download 'The Pulse Of The Maggots'. 'Vol. 3: The Subliminal Verses' will be released through Roadrunner on 24th May in the UK. - Click Here for the Full Story
press release reports: he world will never hear "She Bangs" the same way again. He started off as a reject from American Idol, and now he has a record deal. William Hung, in his own way, has started to take the world by storm. To celebrate the release of his debut album, the Fuse Network will be airing "Idol Worship: The William Hung Story" on April 6th at 9pm EST. This behind the scenes look follows William during his recording of his debut album "Inspiration", and will include the world premier of the music video for "She Bangs". [see full story link for more info on the special]- Click Here for the Full Story