Sabbath Reunion Is On
Reuters reports: British heavy metal pioneers Black Sabbath will reunite for the first time since 2001 for Ozzfest, which begins July 10 in Hartford, Conn., a spokeswoman for the annual road show said on Tuesday.
Ozzfest co-founder and headliner Ozzy Osbourne will revisit such hard rocking classics as "War Pigs" and "Paranoid" along with guitarist Tony Iommi and bass player Geezer Butler. But original drummer Bill Ward will be replaced by Mike Bordin, who backs Osbourne on his solo gigs. - Click Here for the Full Story
Gene Simmons Denies Bashing
BW&BK reports: Reports that GENE SIMMONS attacked the nation of Islam during an interview on Melbourne's 3AW radio last Thursday have been denied by the KISS legend. Here's the posting on his official website: "Hello everyone. Lately, comments that have been attributed to me in the press have been printed. They are false. Please use your own logic and best judgement when reading media. Sometimes media is responsible and sometimes, it is not. You know me. And, I believe your instincts will guide you in determining what is real and what is not." - Click Here for the Full Story
Tyler Duets With Valli
BW&BK reports: AEROSMITH frontman Steven Tyler will perform a duet for the film License To Steal with FRANKIE VALLI. Aerosmith producer Jack Douglas is handling the movie soundtrack. - Click Here for the Full Story
Wonder who will hit the highest notes?
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siN's metal news reports: Four guitars worth more than $150,000 were stolen from the Miami Beach home of one of the members of the rock band CREED, police say. Miami Beach police are asking for the public's help in the search for the missing instruments, which were reportedly taken May 11 from the trunk of a car that was parked in the driveway of the Miami Beach home.
Police say two of the instruments were custom made and have a combined retail value of $150,000. Police have released a description of the two guitars. One is black with the word "prototype" and the numeral "4" written across the back part of the neck. The other guitar is gold with the words "custom built for Scott Stapp" written on the neck. - Click Here for the Full Story
Iced Earth Drummer Quits
To Join the Stern Show
siN's metal news reports: siN's reports on the departure of drummer Richard Christy from ICED EARTH, Christy has posted the following statement in defense of his leaving the band:
"Hello, Richard Christy here.
I just wanted to say a few things about my decision to leave ICED EARTH. First off, it was the hardest decision I've ever had to make. I spent many sleepless nights wondering what to do before I made the final decision to leave the band.
The reason I'm leaving is because at the end of June I will be auditioning to work for a legendary show that I have been a fan of for many, many years, 'The Howard Stern Show'. Howard Stern's show got me through many years of working at a day job that I didn't really enjoy, my electrician job in Orlando, Florida.
When I heard that I was one of the ten finalists to try out for Stuttering John's job I could not believe it, it was a dream come true to even be considered. [see full story for the rest of his statement]- Click Here for the Full Story
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Silly News: The Carbs Made
Avril Do It
AZ Central reports: OK, our obsession with carbohydrates has officially gotten out of control: Avril Lavigne said the lyrics to her songs were so angry because she was eating too many carbs, reports MSNBC.com.
"I was eating bad stuff," Lavigne said. "Lots of sugar and carbs, junk food all the time. It makes you very irritated. I spent some time with a nutritionist and learned I had low blood sugar. Now I eat accordingly."
It would seem that the lack of carbs is now going to Lavigne's head.
"I have always known I was going to be a star," she said. "I knew this was my destiny, so things have fallen into place." - Click Here for the Full Story
Illness Kills Jet Tour
NME reports: JET have been forced to cancel the last dates of their current Australian tour due to a "serious family illness".
A statement released today (May 17) says: "It is with great regret and disappointment that Jet announce the cancellation of the final leg of their current Australian tour.
"Shows scheduled for Adelaide, Dunsborough, Perth and Fremantle will no longer take place as planned due to a serious family illness..." [more] - Click Here for the Full Story
NME reports: COLDPLAY have gone glam rock to celebrate the arrival of singer CHRIS MARTIN's first baby.
Just days after singer Chris Martin and Gwyneth Paltrow became parents to Apple Blyth Alison Martin, the band's official website www.coldplay.com features an exclusive video by spoof band The Nappies, with the group wearing Darkness-style glam rock wigs.
The track features Martin 'rapping' to Gwyneth and baby Apple, claiming "I'll be there through the thin and the thick / I'm gonna clean up all the poo and the sick." [more]- Click Here for the Full Story
NME reports: JANE'S ADDICTION frontman and LOLLAPALOOZA co-founder PERRY FARRELL says he is working on giving the American travelling music festival a UK birth.
Though bringing the stateside event, which resumed last year after an almost decade long break, to Britain has been bantered about for some time, Farrell told NME.COM he has finally begun to talk to interested parties about setting things up.
"I'm starting to begin to speak to people in the UK," he said. "I'm not going to rush it because I want to [bring it over], I'm going to do it because all of a sudden the universe will open up and say, ‘Go over there now! You should go there.'" [more]- Click Here for the Full Story
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EU Objects to Sony/BMG Merge
AP reports: The European Union's antitrust office is preparing to send a broad statement of objections this week to a proposed merger of the music units of Japan's Sony Corp. and Germany's Bertelsmann AG, sources said Monday.- Click Here for the Full Story
AP reports: Morrissey will spend an entire week on late-night television. The pop singer will appear on "The Late Late Show With Craig Kilborn" on May 24 for an interview. He'll then be the musical guest for the rest of that week. - Click Here for the Full Story
Lamb of God Set Album Title
IAYM reports: Lamb Of God have set "Ashes Of The Wake" as the title to their forthcoming Epic debut, which they are currently recording in their hometown of Richmond, Virginia. The outing is now on course for a late summer release. - Click Here for the Full Story
Converge Eye Sept Release
IAYM reports: Converge have finished mastering their new album "You Fail Me" and it will see a release on September 07th through Epitaph.- Click Here for the Full Story
Rush Plan Covers CD
ArrowFM reports: Just because many progressive rock bands such as Rush are considered ahead of their time, doesn't necessarily mean that they weren't influenced by their predecessors. The Canadian trio has announced that they will cover classics by such bands as The Who, Cream, Buffalo Springfield and the Yardbirds on their next album Feedback, which will hit stores on June 29th. Only eight songs in length, this is the first time the band has recorded material by other artists. [more]- Click Here for the Full Story
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BRMC, Franz Score Porn
Drowned In Sound reports: Franz Ferdinand feature in Britain's most sexually explicit mainstream film, ever.
The chart favourites join BRMC, Super Furry Animals and Dandy Warhols on Nine Songs, which is directed by Michael Winterbottom, previously behind 24 Hour Party People. Clips of the bands playing are intercut with the unsimulated sex scenes, which feature fellatio, cunnilingus and ejaculation. It's a first for British cinema. [see full story for more] - Click Here for the Full Story
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Mastodon Done With New CD
The PRP reports: Mastodon have finished work on their upcoming new album "Leviathan" which is presently slated for an August 31st release date through Relapse. The album, which is based in part on Herman Melville's classic novel "Moby Dick", was recorded with producer Matt Bayles (Isis, Botch) in the Seattle, WA area. The finalized track listing for it is as follows: 01 - "Blood & Thunder" - 02 - "I Am Ahab" - 03 - "Seabeast" - 04 - "Iceland" - 05 - "Iron Tusk" - 06 - "Megalodon" - 07 - "Naked Burn" - 08 - "Aqua Dementia" - 09 - "Hearts Alive" - 10 - "Joseph Merrick" - Click Here for the Full Story
Candiria CD & Tour Update
The PRP reports: Candiria are now planning to take out Twelve Tribes, Misery Signals and 36 Crazyfists on their upcoming June/July trek. Candiria's new album "What Doesn't Kill You..." will arrive in stores through Type A on July 13th. - Click Here for the Full Story
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Aversion reports: The Hives will return from under the radar this summer with their first album in four years and an American tour to support it.
The band's still-untitled follow-up to 2000's Vini Vidi Vicious (Epitaph) will hit stores June 20 from Interscope Records. - Click Here for the Full Story
The Vandals Plan 12th Release
Aversion reports: The Vandals will release their 12th full length next month.
The act's Hollywood Potato Chip will drop June 29 from Kung Fu Records, the label owned by the band's bassist Joe Escalante and guitarist Warren Fitzgerald. [more]- Click Here for the Full Story
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Tatu 'Lesbian' Pregnant
Ananova reports: Julia Volkova, who makes up one half of supposedly lesbian pop group Tatu, has admitted that she's pregnant.
The 19-year-old, who once said she'd like to marry her singing partner Lena Katina, said the baby was due at the end of the summer.
Father of the child is long-term boyfriend Pasha Sidorov, a martial arts expert who already has a wife and daughter.
Speaking about their relationship Volkova said: "Obviously we will not be celebrating a wedding." - Click Here for the Full Story
Xfm reports: Radiohead guitarist Jonny Greenwood has landed himself a job at the BBC. His new role as 'composer in residence' requires him to compose and produce modern classical pieces for the BBC Concert Orchestra.
Although he will be composing most of his pieces directly for broadcast on Radio 3, the guitarist is also likely to write for the Proms and may even get involved in writing general theme tunes for the station. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story
Xfm reports: The Libertines' Peter Doherty has been admitted to celebrity rehab clinic The Priory to try and kick his drug addiction. Doherty arrived at the clinic, renown for discreetly treating its famous patients, last Friday (May 14).- Click Here for the Full Story
More Metal Moments
Day in Rock reports: TV producer Mark Strigl checked in again to give us the info on the other segments he produced for the upcoming "100 Most Metal Moments" that begins airing May 31st on VH1. Aside from the two Ace Frehley segments we reported about last week, Mark also produced segments on Jimmy Page joining forces with David Coverdale, Lemmy taking a 15-year-old reporter into the studio and getting him wasted and Tenacious D doing their now (in)famous song about Dio.
Since Mark was so kind to share this info with us, we're gonna pass along a plug for some friends of his-- Ostronomy and Captain T (We reviewed Captain T before at antiMUSIC and he rocks. In fact he did a song about Ozzy that ranks up there with Jack Black's tribute to Dio) There is a link between these artists and Ace, here is what Mark has to say, "John Ostronomy is best know for his musical collaborations with Captain T. Their sound and lyrics are heavily influenced by KISS's theatrics as well as UFO and alien conspiracy theories. Their music has been featured on MTV and VH1 programming, and has also received extensive college radio airplay.
Ostonomy and Captain T are currently in the studio with engineer Karl Cochran (Ace Frehley Band) recording the song "2000 Man" for an upcoming CD which features covers of Kiss covers." [see the full story link to check out Captain T's website. Thanks again to Mark for checkin' in with Day in Rock] - Click Here for the Full Story
press release reports: Northern California band, FAR will be re-releasing their 1998 album, Water & Solutions on June 15th. The cd will be packaged as a double-disc including a DVD of rare footage and live performances along with other bonus material. The album will be released on Immortal Records.
It has been 6 years since the members of FAR originally released the album, which was critically appraised as being a few steps ahead of its time. Recently, this has proven to be true. Water & Solutions has been listed in the Top 50 of Kerrang! Magazine's Most Influential Albums of All Time and snagged the #3 spot on their Most Essential Post Hardcore/Emo Album list. Many of the strongest bands on the current scene site FAR as an influence and cover songs from Water & Solutions. A few of these bands include Thursday and Funeral for a Friend, the first of which had the opportunity to perform the song, "Mother Mary" live alongside FAR lead vocalist, Jonah Matranga.
The DVD included with the re-release will contain the bands own personal footage which includes live shows, a "homemade directors commentary" from Jonah, plus exclusive bonus material, featuring rare photos, videos and never-before-seen footage of the band on the road. They opened the vault with this re-release and pulled only the best recollections to include. - Click Here for the Full Story
Jon Schaffer Boycotts Metal
Iced Earth reports: [Jon's post is rather long, it has been condensed here, click the full story link to read the full text.] Another thing I would like to address is the BWBK "controversy." First let me say that at the time of writing this I have not seen anything on Brave Words site or any "official" statement from them concerning the issue at hand...
Our "boycott" of the magazine has to do with the way they "improvised" my conversation with the journalist for our feature story. There are people out there who blame the United States for all the bad things in the world just the way the Nazi's blamed the Jews for everything. The individual I did the interview with was one of those people. My problem is that the way the interview reads has nothing to do with the way the conversation went. Example: The first question out of this "journalists" mouth was "Don't you think the attacks of 9-11 were warranted?" It was not the big paragraph of text that the "journalist" wrote in the article where he is stating that due to some of the U.S. foreign policies there are those around the world that feel we deserved to be attacked. That was not the way the question was asked. It was "Don't you feel the attacks of 9-11 were warranted?" The questions got worse from there and any fair minded person that would hear the conversation in its true form, I believe, would be offended as well.
I challenged the journalist during our conversation to print the conversation the way it was or that he'd be the one who would have to live with a dishonest conscience and face the consequences. I see the choice that's been made. Why am I surprised? People with these radical views, no matter the ideology, are rarely honest with themselves let alone anyone else.
This "boycott" has nothing to do with the fact that we disagree about certain issues, I believe deeply in free speech, intelligent debate and intelligent dissent... this comes down to taking a stand against s***ty journalism. We've been dealing with this kind of thing for years, like all bands do, but this time the seriousness of the underlying issue warranted a more drastic response.- Click Here for the Full Story