50 Cent Brawl
Launch reports: Rapper 50 Cent was involved in a scuffle during a surprise performance at the Hippodrome nightclub in Springfield, Massachusetts early Saturday morning (May 8). The Associated Press reports that 50 Cent and members of his entourage got involved in a shoving match with concertgoers which resulted in two people being arrested on charges of disturbing the peace.
According to authorities, 50 Cent made a surprise performance at an event hosted by Hartford radio station WZMX-FM. About 10 minutes into the rapper's performance someone in the crowd threw a cup of water on him. 50 Cent removed his gold chain and jumped into the crowd. He was followed by his bodyguards and members of his entourage. A scuffle ensued until the rapper and his entourage were forced back on stage by the club's security guards and several off-duty police officers. [see the full story for more details including possible ties to a near by shooting. It is 50 Cent after all] - Click Here for the Full Story
Velozie News reports: Andre 3000, one-half of the chart-topping hip-hop group OutKast, is developing a potential series project with Cartoon Network.
The musician is hashing out ideas for a half-hour special pegged for the cable channel's "Adult Swim" block. If Andre 3000 and Cartoon -- both based in Atlanta -- are happy with the results, the channel will greenlight the special for series treatment. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story
NIN Break Silence
Reuters reports: After keeping a low profile since the 1999 release of "The Fragile," Nine Inch Nails mastermind Trent Reznor has finally begun revealing details about his next album. "Bleed Through" is due later this year via Interscope and will find Reznor "touring extensively" in support of it, according to NIN's official Web site (http://www.nin.com).
"One of the 'rules' of this record has been to orchestrate using only monophonic voices. No chords. Anywhere," Reznor says. "Most of the synthesis has been done with a rather elaborate (and ever-growing) modular rig and recorded live." The set will feature a combination of live and programmed drumming.
Sessions are currently in progress in New Orleans [see full story for more] - Click Here for the Full Story
Weiland Vs. Revolver
Unearthed reports: VELVET REVOLVER frontman Scott Weiland has penned an "open letter" to Revolver writer Andy Langer with regards to Langer's VR article which ran in the magazine's June 2004 issue. Weiland's letter reads as follows: "Dearest Andy Langer, "I would love the opportunity to speak to you further, you f**king kiss-a** pussy sycophant bitch. Do you make common practice of licking the a**holes of rock stars, only to walk away to a safe distance? Wait till a man's back is turned then print a headline like that? Do you? Well, you know what half-man? My studio is in Burbank, the same place where you met me, interviewed me, and kissed my a**, you f**king worthless piece of journalist sh*t. Five days a week! I'll be there bitch! No more interviews, you're all a bunch of f**king kiss-a** pussy turncoats.
"PS: Oh, by the way, you wanna know about f**king drugs? F**king try them yourself!" [The article headline was "Appetite for Dysfunction" with the subheading, "They're clean, sober, and ready to rock. So who did former GN'R members Slash, Duff and Matt Sorum pick to front their new band. Ex-Stone Temple Pilot Scott Weiland. Of Course. The Biggest F*©kup of them all.] - Click Here for the Full Story
Agressive Music Fest
siN's metal news reports: According to the Century Media Records website, CHIMAIRA, CANDIRIA, LIFE OF AGONY and ILL NINO have all been added to the 1st Annual Aggressive Music Festival, held July 17th and 18th, at the Glen Falls Civic Center in Glen Falls, NY(Upstate). [see full story for the festivals confirmed lineup]- Click Here for the Full Story
Brides Not Welcome?
siN's metal news reports: Canadian authorities have denied entrance to their Great White country to yet another band. Last week it was HATEBREED, now BRIDES OF DESTRUCTION have been barred from crossing up North due to "past felonies":
"I'm at a hotel by the airport in Philly. The band is back at the bus, probably on their way to some other hotel. We can't play Toronto due to past felonies in our camp, so I'm flying home for two days to see Donna and the kids. The promoter usually has these legal matters covered and worked out but he dropped the ball and we've been denied entry into Canada. I feel bad for the fans up there. The Fuse has been very supportive of the BRIDES as have the fans and we really wanted to play..." - Click Here for the Full Story
Source: siN's metal news also has news on In Flames, Metallica, Phil Anselmo on Headbangers Ball, Twelfth Gate, Metal Female Voices Fest II, Red Tape, Hatebreed, Shadows Fall, The Darkness and more click here to check it out
NFG Axe Denied
MTV reports: In the punk and indie-rock communities, members of different bands often collaborate on side projects and release them through independent labels. Major labels, however, aren't so hip to the practice, which is why you won't be seeing New Found Glory guitarist Chad Gilbert touring with Hazen Street this summer.
Citing a noncompete clause in the group's contract, New Found Glory's label, Geffen, has forced Gilbert to pull out of the project and relinquish writing and playing credits on Hazen Street's self-titled debut, due in July. Gilbert's contributions will remain on the album: He just won't receive credit for them. [see the full story for more details and the reaction of the members]- Click Here for the Full Story
MTV reports: Judas Priest have announced another non-Ozzfest date during the summer festival. The band will play with Slayer and Hatebreed on July 30 in Marysville, California. The three acts will also perform together on July 26 in Nampa, Idaho; August 4 in El Paso, Texas; and August 18 in Toronto.- Click Here for the Full Story
EU Resumes Sony/BMG Merge
AP reports: The European Commission said Monday it had restarted its antitrust investigation into the proposed merger between the music units of Japanese electronics giant Sony Corp. and Germany's Bertelsmann AG, and set a new July 22 deadline on the case. [see full story for all the details]- Click Here for the Full Story
AP reports: Willie Nelson has canceled concerts for the next two months to have surgery for carpal tunnel syndrome, a promoter said.
The 71-year-old country-western star, whose hits include "Whiskey River" and "On the Road Again," was apparently in so much pain he couldn't finish a show Saturday in Las Vegas. - Click Here for the Full Story
$2 Unearth DVD
IAYM reports: Unearth have released a DVD containing three songs as well as various interview/backstage footage, available for $2 at various stores. The official word can be found on their website www.unearth.tv [see full story for new CD and full length DVD release info]- Click Here for the Full Story
Shadows Fall in Fall
IAYM reports: Shadows Fall have selected "The War Within" as the title to their upcoming new album, tentatively due out in stores in September on Century Media. [see the full store a partial track listing]- Click Here for the Full Story
SOAD Prep New CD
liveDaily reports: System of a Down is "in the late stages of pre-production" for a new album that's expected to hit stores later this year, according to the group's publicist.
The band has been writing and rehearsing new material since January, and hopes to begin recording in early summer.
"The whole world's gone crazy over the past couple of years, so that's brought out a lot of emotions and affected our songwriting," guitarist Daron Malakian said in a statement. "We just want to make a great rock record, a record that will be heavy, but heavy in emotion, not just heavy in riffs." - Click Here for the Full Story
Oasis: Fest, New Drummer
Xfm reports: Noel Gallagher has revealed that Oasis will be playing this year's Glastonbury Festival.
Noel also confirmed rumours that ex Beatle Ringo Starr's son Zak Starkey has been playing with Oasis.
Noel also laughed off the reports that Liam Gallagher has formed a supergroup with John Squire and Dhani Harrison saying, "Chance'd be a fine thing. I don't think he's forming any supergroups he's too busy sorting his court case out isn't he?" [This was just highlights from the full article. Click the full story link to get all the details, including news on the new studio CD.] - Click Here for the Full Story
QOTSA Go Disney
Xfm reports: According to Josh Homme the new Nick Oliveri and Mark Lanegan-less Queens Of The Stone Age are returning to the studio to record their new album, and have reportedly enlisted the help of the Disneyland Marching Band.
Homme recently revealed to ABC News Radio in the US that the group will be supplementing their traditional dirty sound with musical input from the Disneyland Marching Band. [see full story for more and to find out why Homme said "I slept with Goofy"] - Click Here for the Full Story
Source: Xfm also has news on Morrissey openers, Jack And Loretta To Collaborate Again, Phil Spector Lashes Out At Court, X-clusive: Franz Ferdinand On Fame, Festivals and Film and more click here to check it out
The PRP reports: Bloodsimple (Former members of Vision Of Disorder, Downset., Medication) are rumored to have signed a deal with Chad Gray of Mudvayne's new major label imprint. Official word is expected shortly. - Click Here for the Full Story
The Mars Solo
The PRP reports: Omar A. Rodriguez-Lopez of The Mars Volta will be releasing his debut solo album, "A Manual Dexterity - Soundtrack Volume 1", on August 16th through Gold Standard Labratories. - Click Here for the Full Story
New CD For New Order
Aversion reports: New Order lined up a pair of high-powered producers to lend a hand with its next album.
The band recruited John Leckie (XTC, Radiohead) and Stephen Street (Smiths, Promise Ring, Blur) to produce its follow-up to 2001's Get Ready (Reprise).
No street date nor title has been assigned to the set. - Click Here for the Full Story
Saves the Day Cancer Fight
Aversion reports: A former member of Saves the Day has organized an online auction to help raise money for his fight with cancer. Sean McGrath, former guitarist of Saves the Day, was recently diagnosed with cancer in most of his lower organs. To help defray the medical costs, the Sean McGrath Fund opened an online auction to help raise funds. Items on the block include the entire Vagrant Records catalog, skate decks, T-shirts and Saves the Day memorabilia. Interested bidders can peruse the auction here - Click Here for the Full Story
PJ Harvey's 7th
Press Release reports: PJ Harvey's seventh album 'Uh Huh Her' – the follow up to 2001's Mercury Prize-winning 'Stories From The City, Stories From The Sea' – will be released by Island Records on the 31st May 2004, 8th June in the US. The album will be preceded by single 'The Letter', out 17th May.
Track Listing: 1.The Life and Death of Mr Badmouth - 2.Shame - 3.Who The f***? - 4.The Pocket Knife - 5.The Letter - 6.The Slow Drug - 7.No Child of Mine - 8.Cat on the Wall - 9.You Come Through - 10.It's You - 11.The End - 12.The Desperate Kingdom of Love - 13.The Darker Days of Me & Him - Click Here for the Full Story
Josh Todd Expands Tour
Press Release reports: Josh Todd (former singer of Buckcherry) and his new band simply called JOSH TODD--Josh (vocals), Jesse Logan (guitars), Mike Hewitt (guitars), Mark John (bass) and Kent Ross (drums)—are in the midst of U.S. tour in support of their debut album, YOU MADE ME. Now comes word that they're continuing with a new round of East coast and Midwest dates which will include several festival shows and will keep them on the road through June. More dates are being added as the tour progresses.
In July, JOSH TODD will be making their first trip to Japan for two special shows as part of "The Rock Odyssey" festival in Yokohama and Osaka. It's estimated that 66,000 people will attend the July 24 Yokohama Stadium show, while 35,000 will fill the Osaka Stadium on July 25. The band is looking forward to sharing the stage with such prestigious artists as Aerosmith and the Who. [see full story link to visit Josh's official site for dates and to check out video and some tracks from the CD]- Click Here for the Full Story
Chevelle Prep Epic Sophomore
Press Release reports: Chevelle is currently in a Los Angeles studio working on the follow-up to the trio's 2002 Epic Records platinum debut Wonder What's Next. Chevelle will co-produce the as-yet-untitled album with Michael Elvis Baskette, who engineered Wonder What's Next.
One of the songs expected to appear on Chevelle's new album is Still Running, which is currently featured on The Punisher movie soundtrack. We're pretty sure that song will make the new album, explains Sam, but it probably won't be the same version.
Chevelle expects their second album for Epic Records to be out in the fall of 2004 with an extensive tour to follow. - Click Here for the Full Story
Press Release reports: Orange County rockers Lit have been invited to perform their new single, "Looks Like They Were Right" on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno Thursday, June 17. This will be the fourth time Lit has performed on the show and will mark the national tv debut of the new single. In addition, the band will make a return visit to Last Call with Carson Daly on Tuesday, July 6 and ESPN's "Cold Pizza" show on Wednesday, July 7.
"Looks Like They Were Right" is the first single off the bands self-titled album which will be released on June 22. The first 100,000 units of Lit will include a free, limited edition DVD that features never-before-seen live footage and other exclusive material of the band. - Click Here for the Full Story
press release reports: Check it out online this Tonight, May 11th 2004 from 6-7pm EST.
DJ Rossstar's "new" Punk Rock Show on Idobi Radio. There will be a Senses Fail recorded interview, Ace from The Early November will be calling in live, and Adelphi will be live in studio. [see full story to log on and listen]- Click Here for the Full Story
Dream Guitar Contest
Press Release reports: [Normally, we wouldn't run a contest announcement but this appears to be a special kind of contest that should appeal to many of our readers. Hell we might even enter our own design! The press release follows] The July 2004 issue of Guitar World wants to make your guitar dreams come true with its first-ever guitar design contest. Wait, it gets better. * Guitar World and premier guitar-makers Fender Musical Instrument Corporation are not only offering the chance to design a guitar, but also to have it judged by three true hard rock icons Black Sabbath's Tony Iommi (#1 on GW's list of the Greatest Metal Guitarists), Aerosmith's Joe Perry, and Rage Against the Machine's Tom Morello. * Relax, you don't even have to be able to draw. Scrawl your design on a cocktail napkin or map it out on graph paper via CAD engineering. One winning design will be built to spec by the Fender Custom Shop. * Some of the entries will appear in Guitar World during the next several months. The winner will be announced in the October 2004 issue, with the winning entry appearing in the magazine in January 2005. * Submit your entry by August 1, 2004 to: Guitar Design Contest, c/o Guitar World, 149 Fifth Avenue, 9th Floor, New York, NY 10010. - Click Here for the Full Story