De La Rocha MIA
Blabbermouth reports: Former RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE frontman Zack de la Rocha's long-promised debut solo album appears to be in limbo, according to project collaborator DJ Shadow. "After our session . . . Zack was supposed to finish the rest of the album with another producer," Shadow explains in a post on his official web site. "He apparently never showed up to those sessions . . . Why? No one seems to know." [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story
Bassist Sues MTV/Venue Over
Blabbermouth reports: Former HANOI ROCKS and current JOAN JETT AND THE BLACKHEARTS bassist Sam Yaffa (real name Sami Takamaki) has filed an $85 million lawsuit against Roseland Ballroom, MTV Corp. and others, saying his hands and career were hurt when ballroom bouncers jumped him while he was fending off a purse snatcher, according to the Associated Press.
Takamaki, 40, says in court papers that he was at an MTV-sponsored Iggy Pop concert at Roseland on Aug. 7, 2003, when a man tried to snatch his girlfriend's purse. Court papers identified the man as Ian Mackee, a 39-year-old electrician from Brooklyn.
Takamaki and girlfriend Karmen Guy were in the front row balcony of the West 52nd Street ballroom when Mackee attacked them, hitting them in their faces and bodies and grabbing Guy's purse, all while the concert was going on, court papers say.
...When bouncers arrived to break up the fight, court papers say, they thought Takamaki was the "bad guy," said the guitarist's lawyer Stuart R. Shaw, "and they beat the living daylights out of him." [see the full story link for all the details] - Click Here for the Full Story
POD Singer Injured
Blabbermouth reports: P.O.D. have cancelled their show in Columbus Saturday night (May 15). The promoter for the concert, Promo West Productions, claims P.O.D.'s lead singer Sonny Sandoval hurt himself in a fall, and is unable to perform. - Click Here for the Full Story
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No Press Type Thing For Weiland
BW&BK reports: VELVET REVOLVER vocalist Scott Weiland (ex-STONE TEMPLE PILOTS) has issued the following update:
"I feel that I can no longer be a part of the rock "Press Type Thing".
Although I greatly appreciate the respect our album has been given in review, it has become increasingly clear that in "respect" to me, the word journalism' is blurred with tabloid sensationalism and untruths. I will not stoop to the level of these mosquitoes in order to simply sell records. I won't play your f***ing game. [see full story for more] - Click Here for the Full Story
New Crowbar Lineup
BW&BK reports: CROWBAR have posted the following at their official website, www.crowbarmusic.com:
"New lineup for European tour and beyond:
Kirk Windstein - Guitar and Vocals
Patrick Bruders - Bass
Steve Gibb - Guitar and Vocals
Tommy Buckley - Drums and all that sh*t!!!" [see full story for dates]- Click Here for the Full Story
BW&BK reports: According to Australia's Entertainment News, distributors of the Australian film Thunderstruck have had to put on extra screenings to cope with overseas interest at the Cannes Film Festival (which runs until May 23rd) and the film has good chances of being picked up by overseas buyers.
Thunderstruck is a film about five mates who make a pact at the Sydney concert of AC/DC's Australian tour in 1991. They agreed that the first of them to die will have their ashes scattered in the grave next to their idol - Bon Scott. The film will be screened three times during the two-week festival and Clark is hoping to capitalise on AC/DC's international popularity to secure buyers. - Click Here for the Full Story
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36 Crazyfist To Tour with
siN's metal new reports: 36 CRAZYFISTS will be heading out with KILLSWITCH ENGAGE on a Fall tour kicking off in August. [see full story to read siN's new interview with 36CF Brock Lindow. ] - Click Here for the Full Story
WB Drop 85 Bands
siN's metal news reports: Pay-cuts for execs and 20% of a 5,300 employee workforce was the 1st step in cost cutting at Warner Music Group. Now - 85 bands are set to lose the privilege of being on a major label.
New York based Atlantic Records Group, which recently merged with sister labels Elektra and Lava, is cutting 1/2 its roster of "mostly little-known new artists or underperformers". The ultimate goal is to cut $250 million in costs, sources said.
The biggest act to get the chop thus far is THIRD EYE BLIND. - Click Here for the Full Story
Wanna Play Ozzfest?
siN's metal news reports: The first episode of OzTV has been put online. The first episode is a written message explaining how an unknown band will be able to play this year's Main Stage at Ozzfest. Details will be coming on Thursday, May 20th to discuss more.
Though this announcement did not mention anything of a possible BLACK SABBATH reunion, it is worthy to note that the file name for this video is "SabbathAnnouncement.mov", so something may be coming soon. [see full story for links and more info - in related news Darkest Hour have been added to the tour's lineup]- Click Here for the Full Story
siN's metal news reports: A July 27th release date has been set for the forthcoming re-issues of MEGADETH's catalogue. The following titles will be released:
1. "Peace Sells ...But Who's Buying" -
2. "So Far, So Good, So What" - (1988)
3. "Rust In Peace" - (1990)
4. "Countdown To Extinction" - (1992)
5. "Youthanasia" - (1994)
6. "Cryptic Writings" - (1997)
7. "Risk" - (1999)
8. "MD45 - The Craving" - (1996) - Click Here for the Full Story
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An email from a fan reports: Cinderella didn't die, they just branched out into new things. Tom Keiffer, lead singer, is making his own album. Eric Brittingham, bass player, and Jeff LaBar, guitarist, have formed a new band called "Naked Beggars". They will be touring this summer. And last but not least Fred Coury, drummer, has a long list of new achievements, EFCEE,(dance music), remixing, he also produces bands, and is acting! - Click Here for the Full Story
Poison The Well Album Update
IAYM reports: Poison The Well have returned to writing mode in order to prepare new material to put towards their next album, and currently have some 30 songs in progress from which to select for the effort. The as-yet-untitled outing will be produced by Pelle Henricsson and Eskil Lövström (Refused, Meshuggah) as per their last album "You Come Before You", and is tentatively set for release in early 2005 through Velvet Hammer/Atlantic. - Click Here for the Full Story
IAYM reports: KoRn are said to be planning a greatest hits compilation release through Epic in the fall, which will wind up their contract with the label.- Click Here for the Full Story
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Elton Plans Fall Release
ArrowFM reports: Elton John plans to release his next studio album Peachtree Road in November. The album will feature such tunes as "Freaks in Love" and "Turn the Lights Out When You Leave." The album's title refers to the famous thoroughfare in John's home base of Atlanta. [more]- Click Here for the Full Story
Bon Jovi Leading Man
ArrowFM reports: Bon Jovi's website reports that the rocker just started filming the movie National Lampoon's The Trouble With Frank in North Carolina. The movie is about Frank Hopper (played by Jon Bon Jovi), a lovable loser who acquires a bunch of credit cards and runs up a massive amount of charges, in order to create the first ever all women's hockey league. Hmmm. This will Bon Jovi's first starring role. The movie also stars Nora Dunn, Cary Elwes and David Faustino. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story
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Morrissey Attacks Bowie
Ananova reports: Morrissey has used his first television interview for 17 years to launch a scathing attack on David Bowie.
He labelled Bowie "showie" and claimed his artistic career was a "business", in the interview on tonight's Jonathan Ross Show.
"Now he gives people what he thinks will make them happy, and they're yawning their heads off. And by doing that, he is not relevant. He was only relevant by accident." [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story
New York Dolls Repeat
Xfm reports: Xfm Online can exclusively reveal that due to overwhelming popular demand Meltdown festival curator Morrissey has asked the New York Dolls to play a second show at the Royal Festival Hall.
As previously reported, the former Smiths singer persuaded the legendary ‘70s proto glam punk band to reform for the Meltdown Festival (of which he is Artistic Director) where they have been confirmed to play on Friday 18 June.
Tickets sold out within minutes of being available, but now Xfm Online can exclusively reveal that the band will be playing a second date. [See full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story
Black Eyed Peas & The
MTV reports: The Black Eyed Peas plan to collaborate with none other than catsuit-clad Justin Hawkins of the Darkness.
"We toured with them in Australia, for Big Day Out [festival]. Justin is one of the people we gravitated toward, hung out with, partied with," Will.I.Am said. "It'll be something similar to ['Walk This Way' from] Run-DMC and Aerosmith and [BEP's] 'Let's Get Retarded.' " - Click Here for the Full Story
MTV reports: Producer Phil Spector, on bail and awaiting trial for the murder of actress Lana Clarkson, was arrested Friday after a scuffle with his chauffeur at his Los Angeles area mansion. Spector and his driver, Toby Wheeler, were reportedly arguing about business when a fight broke out and the two placed each other under citizen's arrest.- Click Here for the Full Story
RIAA Stole Gold Record Idea?
tinfoil reports: In an ironic twist, it seems the idea for the gold record belonged to RCA Victor...but was STOLEN by the RIAA!
In 1941, RCA Victor released "Chattanooga Choo Choo" by Glenn Miller. The record, famous from a movie the song had been heard in, quickly sold over a million copies. In a bid to continue strong sales, RCA came up with a publicity stunt: Paint a record gold and award it to Glenn Miller, which they did on April 10, 1942 during a radio broadcast.
About a decade later, the RIAA (Recording Association of America) took the idea AND trademarked it! They awarded their first official gold record in 1958 to Perry Como...and have been awarding artists in this manner ever since. - Click Here for the Full Story
Rockdirt reports: Gwyneth Paltrow has given birth to a bouncing baby girl, who weighed in at a hefty 9lb 11oz, and called her Apple. The 31-year-old actress and her husband, Coldplay singer Chris Martin, said last night that they were "900 miles over the moon" with their first child. - Click Here for the Full Story
Rockdirt reports: Rock acts appearing on television this week include Slipknot, who perform on 'The Tonight Show with Jay Leno' on Monday; Yellowcard, who perform on 'Late Night with Conan O'Brien' on Tuesday; New Found Glory, who perform on 'The Sharon Osbourne Show' on Tuesday and 'Jimmy Kimmel Live' on Wednesday; Incubus, who perform on 'The Late Show with David Letterman' on Wednesday; the Killers, who perform on 'Last Call with Carson Daly' on Thursday; the Strokes, who perform on 'The Late Show' on Friday; Finger Eleven, who perform on 'Jimmy Kimmel Live' on Friday; and Camp Freddy, who perform on 'The Late Late Show with Craig Kilborn' on Friday. - Click Here for the Full Story
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Corporate Avenger Born Again
The PRP reports: Corporate Avenger, who now feature former members of 20 Dead Flower Children and Spike 1000 within their line-up, are planning to release their new CD entitled "Born Again" on June 13th.- Click Here for the Full Story
The PRP reports: Helmet are said to now be eyeing an August release date through Interscope for their new album. At present, work on the effort has been completed with band frontman Page Hamilton handling most of the production duties with help from Charlie Clouser of nine inch nails fame.- Click Here for the Full Story