Chart Attack reports: [Korn frontman Jonathan] Davis hopes to follow in the footsteps of Snoop Dogg and Lil' Jon by getting into the porn industry. Davis has already signed with adult film company Vivid Video to direct a line of films. Davis' porn star wife, Deven, has also signed on to be a part of the project, but in what capacity we don't really know. Previously, Davis has made guest appearances in such highbrow adult fare as the Backstage Sluts series. - Click Here for the Full Story
Beastie Eminem Silliness
Chart Attack reports: Eminem stopped by the Beastie Boys' dressing room to show respect to the white rappers who paved the way for him. There was a mix-up, which, for the Beastie Boys, could turn out to be deadly.
"It was actually funny, ‘cause there was a little misunderstanding when he came to the dressing room," explains the group's MCA (a.k.a. Adam Yauch). "Because we'd been joking around, saying that we should have called our album Still Doin' It, Huh? and we kept on saying that. And so, when Eminem came into our dressing room, he was like, ‘Yo, what's up, just wanted to say what's up to everybody‚' and we shook his hand and stuff. And then he said to us, like, ‘Still doin' it, man, still doin' it.' And we all just burst out laughing. He kind of looked puzzled and walked out." - Click Here for the Full Story
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'Real World' Masturbation
MTV reports: Dan Renzi from "The Real World" Miami was arrested on Wednesday and charged with indecent conduct.
According to Sergeant Tony Sanders of the Kansas City, Missouri, police department, Renzi was masturbating during a movie in the Strand Theatre, an adult bookstore and movie theater, when he was spotted by undercover vice-squad officers. [see full story for lots more]- Click Here for the Full Story
Garbage Pop Kids
MTV reports: Garbage Pail Kids, the tasteless trading-card series from the '80s, are back, and some pop stars are in their satirical crosshairs. When the second generation launched in the fall, it featured a character by the name of Brittney Spews. A second series that came out in March included Scuzzy Ozzy and Justin Timberleg. And in September, we'll meet Christina Ugliera. - Click Here for the Full Story
AP reports: The former manager of the band Tears for Fears was sentenced to three and a half years in jail Friday for defrauding investors in a purported cure for drunkenness made from volcanic rock.
Paul King, 52, was convicted of fraud at London's Southwark Crown Court. Prosecutors said he took $823,000 from business partners in Soba International Ltd., a firm set up to market the remedy in Britain.
King told partners he would use his music-industry contacts to help raise money to market the product. Instead, he set up a shadow company with the same name and siphoned off money to start other businesses and maintain a luxury lifestyle. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story
WB Cut CD Prices
AP reports: Warner Music Group, the company behind Madonna, Missy Elliott and Rod Stewart, is reducing the suggested retail price on more than 1,700 albums beginning next week in a bid to spur CD sales.
The initiative, which was outlined in a letter sent by the recording company to retailers this week, lowers the suggested retail price on 1,776 titles that have been in stores for at least 18 months.
The company's suggested price on more than 1,200 of the so-called back catalog titles will change from between $18.98 and $13.98 to $9.98. The roughly 500 other titles will have a suggested price between $13.98 and $11.98. [see full story for more] - Click Here for the Full Story
Joel's Wreckage Auctioned
AP reports: Busted-up pieces of the grill from the car Billy Joel was driving when he skidded into a house on Long Island last month have sold at a charity auction for $1,075. - Click Here for the Full Story
Buffett Too Loud For Town
AP reports: GULF SHORES, Ala. - City officials say they are going to crack down on loud music at Lulu's, the coastal restaurant owned by singer Jimmy Buffett (news) and his sister, Lucy Buffett.
"It sounds like we need to have some serious discussion with them about what is expected over there," said Mayor David Bodenhamer at a city council work session.
Jason Newsom, manager of Lulu's, said the restaurant has made compromises to accommodate its neighbors, including limiting outdoor performances to the daytime. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story
HMV Exit US
Reuters reports: British retailer HMV has finally admitted something the entire industry could see four years ago: it is pulling out of the U.S. market.
The chain issued a press release April 29 stating it would close its three remaining U.S. stores by year's end. Sources say two stores -- in New York's Harlem and Southpark, Ohio -- are holding going-out-of-business sales and likely will close by mid-May. That leaves the Fifth Avenue store in Manhattan. [see full story for more] - Click Here for the Full Story
Megadeth Preview MP3
IAYM reports: Megadeth have posted a new track online entitled 'Kick The Chair', a song which is set to appear on their as-yet-untitled new album, for which they are currently eyeing a September release date through Sanctuary. The cut can be downloaded here. http://www.megadeth.com/ktc/kickthechairascap-doesnt-want-labels-to-promote-their-artists-go-with-bmi-next-time- Click Here for the Full Story
Red Tape Hit Deer, End Tour
IAYM reports: Red Tape have been forced to pull out of their last few dates alongside Atreyu and From Autumn To Ashes, following a crash on the road involving a "stupid suicidal f***ing deer". - Click Here for the Full Story
Tool/NIN Project Over
IAYM reports: Trent Reznor (Nine Inch Nails) has made an official statement with regards to the status of long-fabled project Tapeworm, which now appears to be defunct:
"Tapeworm is dead for the forseeable future. Let me try to explain as honestly as possible.
Tapeworm wound up being about Maynard [James Keenan], Danny [Lohner], Atticus [Ross} and me working collaboratively together. I provided some music I'd been working on as a starting point and we began. Atticus and I would work on music, Maynard and Danny would show up when Maynard could around Tool's tour. We worked on a number of tracks and had Josh Freese play drums.
Eventually however, things got in the way. Managers, lawyers, record companies, APC needs and frankly my own enthusiasm for the material came into play to work against the project seeing the light of day. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story
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Rob Thomas Honored
NMC reports: On June 10, Rob Thomas will be swinging on a star.
The Matchbox Twenty frontman will receive the first-ever Starlight Award at the annual Songwriters Hall of Fame show. The award honors gifted songwriters in the early years of their careers who make a significant impact in the music industry through original songs. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story
Avril + Darkness?
NMC reports: Avril Lavigne is desperate to work with Brit-metal rockers The Darkness.
At least that's what music magazine NME reports. The teen pop-rocker apparently thinks The Darkness is incredible. Of the "Permission to Land" band, Lavigne gushes, "Their power is breathtaking and they are the one band in the world I now want to record with. I just can't stop singing their songs."- Click Here for the Full Story
Free Hoobastank, Boppers
Need Only Apply
NMC reports: On May 11, Hoobastank will perform a free show at Pepsi Smash in Los Angeles, California.
The band announced the "special, club-sized show" on its web site. Only 700 people will be allowed in, and you must live within 100 miles of Los Angeles to attend. You also need to be between ages 16 and 25. But the band says, "If you are over 25 but look younger, you can probably trick us and get in." The event goes from 6-10 p.m., and Hoobastank hopes to pack the show "with all our friends and fans." To register, go to http://www.1iota.com.- Click Here for the Full Story
Rockdirt reports: Rock acts on television this week include the Living End, who perform on 'The Late Late Show with Craig Kilborn' on Monday; Elefant, who perform on 'The Sharon Osbourne Show' on Monday; Modest Mouse, who perform on 'The Late Show with David Letterman' on Thursday; Michael Stipe of R.E.M., who appears on 'The Late Late Show' on Thursday; Apollo Sunshine, who perform on 'Last Call with Carson Daly' on Friday; and Ben Kweller, who performs on 'The Late Late Show' on Friday.- Click Here for the Full Story
siN's metal news reports: "MTV has officially lifted the ban on the zombie infested promo clip for the song "What Doesn't Die" off of Anthrax's latest record, We've Come For You All.
Initially banned by the network for violent content, the decision was overturned for undisclosed reasons. When reached for comment ANTHRAX guitarist Scott Ian said, "This video needs to be seen. People need to know that this zombie menace, left unchecked, will be the death of us all!"
"The decision to air this terribly stereotypical and racist anti-zombie propaganda is deeply upsetting" said Arthur Breakstone, chairman of PETZ (People for the Ethical Treatment of Zombies). "In this day and age for the living impaired to be portrayed as shuffling shambling flesh eating monsters is an outrage. We plan on boycotting MTV and all its affiliated products and I urge all of you to let your voices be heard! PETZ will prevail in this matter and all others that slander such beautiful creatures."- Click Here for the Full Story
siN's metal news reports: The DVD for METALLICA's 'Some Kind of Monster' has been pushed back to February 2005 release. No other information is available at this time. [see story for some fun reader comments]- Click Here for the Full Story
siN's metal news reports: SUPERJOINT RITUAL have released information via CD Universe regarding the title and street date for their brand new album. The upcoming record has been dubbed 'One More Reason to Destroy', and will hit streets June 22nd through Sanctuary Records.- Click Here for the Full Story
Pollstar reports: Classic rockers Boston have announced dates for their 2004 summer tour. The band will play concerts in 21 cities they were unable to reach last year, when they embarked on their first tour in six years.
Founding songwriter/guitarist/producer Tom Scholz will once again reunite with original lead singer Brad Delp on the trek, which commences July 13 at the Civic Center in Glens Falls, N.Y. [see full story for more, plus search for dates]- Click Here for the Full Story
ArrowFM reports: So, you think you know Heart? Not until June 29th, when Epic/Legacy releases new and expanded versions of three classic Heart albums: 1977's "Little Queen," 1978's "Dog & Butterfly" and 1980's "Bebe Le Strange." "Little Queen" includes a new cover of Zeppelin's "Stairway to Heaven." Also, remember that Heart will release their new album "Jupiter's Darling" on June 22nd. - Click Here for the Full Story
Sigur Rós Solos
Pitchfork reports: According to reports from Pitchfork's Scandinavian bureau, two members of Icelandic space-rock quartet Sigur Rós have formed solo projects. Frontman Jonsí Thor Birgisson has been hard at work for some time writing songs for a project he calls Frakkur, while keyboardist Kjartan Sveinsson has formed a band called The Lonesome Traveller with Sigur Rós drummer Orri Páll DýRason and María Huld Markan of the string quartet Amina.
In related news, a documentary has been made which follows Sigur Rós throughout their 2003 summer tour. Cleverly titled Sigur Rós on Tour, the film will premiere this fall, and is said to feature new original music by the band-- some of which should appear on their forthcoming fourth full-length, which is presently slated for a 2005 release. [see full story for more details on the solo projects]- Click Here for the Full Story
Ben Kweller Live
press release reports: When Ben Kweller was in NYC in April, he swung by an "intimate" NYC studio with an acoustic guitar, a leather jacket and some new songs. Live versions of "The Rules" and "On My Way" have been added to MTV.com, in addition to a stream of the official video for "On My Way." BK's charm is undeniable live, check out the live streams [by clicking on the full story link] - Click Here for the Full Story
Jason Mraz Tour
press release reports: Elektra/Atlantic recording artist Jason Mraz will return to the road 5/14 for a special cross-country concert series dubbed "The Tour of the Curbside Prophets." This one-of-a-kind trek takes its name from "Curbside Prophet," the latest single from Mraz' debut album, "WAITING FOR MY ROCKET TO COME," which is rapidly nearing the RIAA platinum mark.
"The Tour of the Curbside Prophets" will be a unique roadshow, bringing together a diversity of artists in what promises to be a powerful live experience. Inspired by Mraz's beginnings as a hard-working street musician, the show will create a street corner atmosphere - with Mraz "busking" for the audience as a solo acoustic performer, and inviting an array of fellow "Curbside Prophets" to join him in entertaining the crowd.
Joining Mraz on "The Tour of the Curbside Prophets" are artists who span musical worlds, including acclaimed Manhattan/EMI singer/guitarist Raúl Midón, Hawaiian slack-key guitarist/vocalist Makana, and DJ Bob Neck Snapp. All the players will perform individually as well as with each other, creating an organic musical camaraderie that can only happen on the spur-of-the-moment. [see full story for dates] - Click Here for the Full Story
Kevin DuBrow Kills Covers
press release reports: Shrapnel Records will release QUIET RIOT vocalist Kevin DuBrow's first ever solo album titled "In For The Kill" on May 25. The album is a collection of DuBrow's favorite songs from the 1970's. The track listing is as follows:
Burn On the Flame- Sweet / Good Rocking Tonight-Montrose / Black Sheep Of The Family- Quatermass/Rainbow/Chris Farlowe / Speed King-Deep Purple / Stay With Me-The Faces / Red Light Mama, Red Hot-Humble Pie / Gonna Have A Good Time- The Easybeats / Drivin' Sister-Mott The Hoople / Razzmatazz- Nazareth / 20th Century Boy- T- Rex / Rollin' With My Baby-Silverhead
"I know that like myself many people are apprehensive about an album of cover songs, and usually for good reason. But I think that this CD has it's own unique sound, personality, and still kicks ass. I feel that we stayed true to the original songs while at the same time did our best to make them our own. It's not a ‘Karaoke Kevin' album!" says DuBrow. The players are Kevin DuBrow-Vocals, Kevin Curry- Guitars, Gunter Nezhoda-Bass, Jeff Martin-Drums and Michael Lardie- Keyboards and Harp. The album was produced by Kevin DuBrow and Michael Lardie. - Click Here for the Full Story