Greg Shaw RIP
Bomp.com reports: "I guess I'd most like Bomp to be remembered as a label utterly dedicated to the people who care most about music: the fans and collectors."
We have some very sad news to report-- Bomp's founder, Greg Shaw, died on Tuesday, October 19, from heart failure at the age of 55. Greg's lifelong devotion to discovering, raving about and releasing authentic -albeit obscure- rock & roll, and promoting rock fandom over four decades was extraordinary. Among his many accomplishments were fanzine publisher, magazine editor, band manager, author, indie label owner, and rock historian. Though his roles often varied, two things were absolutely consistent: his impeccable taste in music and the ability to be there first.
Though we grieve for him now, please know that Greg's legacy is the Bomp/Voxx records he was so proud to release, as ever they will be in print and available to inspire music lovers everywhere through the efforts of his business partner, Suzy Shaw, and Alive/Total Energy's Patrick Boissel.
However you choose to honor Greg's memory-- do it with anything but a moment of silence.[see full story for Greg's full biography to see just how much of a visionary he was ]- Click Here for the Full Story
Ludacris Vs O'Reilly
MTV reports: Apparently Luda isn't over his beef with the conservative political commentator, as he calls out the host of "The O'Reilly Factor" and his recent sexual scandal on the song "No. 1 Spot." The Red Light District hits stores December 7. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story
Outkast Football Aftershow
MTV reports: Outkast's Big Boi is trying to single-handedly save the struggling football program at Middle Tennessee State University. According to NCAA rules, in order for a football program to remain in the top I-A division, it must average 15,000 fans a game. MTSU has averaged only about 14,000 for their first two home games. So the college scheduled a free Big Boi concert immediately following this weekend's home game against Idaho. The only catch — students must first sit through the entire game.- Click Here for the Full Story
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Ashlee Lip-synch Bust on
AP reports: Singer Ashlee Simpson's "extra help" may have been exposed when a "Saturday Night Live" audience heard her voice — singing the wrong song — while she held a microphone at her waist.
Her record company blamed a computer glitch and she blamed her band for Sunday morning's incident, which cut off her planned performance of the song "Autobiography" on the network comedy show. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story
Kravitz Toilet Suit
Reuters reports: Four-time Grammy Award winner Lenny Kravitz is being sued for more than $300,000 (164,000 pounds) by an insurance company that claims the rocker let his toilet overflow into a neighbour's apartment, causing "catastrophic water damage."
The suit, filed in a New York City court and made public on Friday, claims a commode in Kravitz's lavish Manhattan condominium "became blocked, clogged and congested with various materials" on August 1 and that the musician's "negligence and carelessness" were solely to blame. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story
MSN Radio Theft?
Reuters reports: MSN Radio, operating within the Microsoft Windows Media Player 10, offers more than 1,000 Internet stations patterned after terrestrial stations. Additional stations are being quickly added.
MSN is using the call letters and often even the slogans of broadcast stations to describe its Web offerings, all of which are free. (A premium version can be purchased for $4.95 per month.)
Web browsers, for example, can choose stations that are described as being "just like" adult-contemporary outlet WLTW New York or modern rock KROQ Los Angeles. Using monitored airplay data licensed from Nielsen Broadcast Data Systems, the Web stations play virtually the same songs as the stations they are modeled after. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story
Lost U2 Lyrics Returned
Reuters reports: A briefcase containing lyrics for songs meant to be used in U2's 1981 album "October" has been returned to the group's lead singer Bono, 23 years after it was stolen at a Portland concert, the band said on Friday.
Cindy Harris of Washington state found the briefcase in the attic of a rental home in Tacoma, Washington, in 1981, but said she did not learn that it had been stolen until years later. She contacted the band recently. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story
The PRP reports: Limp Bizkit guitarist Wes Borland has posted an update on his forthcoming solo effort, it is as follows: "We've finished recording about 75% of all the music for the record. Recording will be put on hold until mid January because I'll be leaving town for a few months recording the Limp Bizkit record. When we pick back up, we'll jump right into finishing guitar tracks, and starting vocals (myself, and a few others). With any luck, we'll be finished right as I'm getting ready to go out on tour with Bizkit. We expect to be ready for release sometime in the spring/summer of 2005." [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story
Ice Cube Cartoon
Much Music reports: Ice Cube has teamed up with the one of the creators of "Futurama" for a new animated series about the world of old school hip hop. The rapper will provide the voice for one of the characters. "Grandmaster Freak and The Furious 15" is set in the early 80's, and follows the adventures of a seventeen-year-old aspiring rapper. The show will feature a musical performance every week. - Click Here for the Full Story
Weiland Vs Writer
Blabbermouth reports: VELVET REVOLVER frontman Scott Weiland has posted the following message on the group's web site:
"To Jeffy: Just when I thought it was safe to go back into the shark-infested waters of the once respected world of rock and roll journalism, I meet Jeffy. At the end of the interview, I give him a rare compliment about the integrity of his magazine, saying how much I like Classic Rock; it's an actual music magazine for music fans. Jeffy took this as a sign of weakness. He uses it as my final quote to close his piece on me, alleging that due to my 'nice boy' demeanor, I must not be quite the legend that he was hoping to talk to. I live my life: 'musician', 'junkie', 'artist', 'friend', 'ex-felon', 'father', 'husband', 'rock star'. Who are you? A man so desperate to take a sincere rare compliment after the completion of an interview and use it against me? I still like Classic Rock magazine, and Ross Halfin, legendary photographer, way out of your league, but as for you? Where's that f***ing fly swatter?" - Click Here for the Full Story
New Doors DVD
Blabbermouth reports: THE DOORS OF THE 21ST CENTURY, featuring former THE CULT singer Ian Astbury, are prepping a live DVD, according to Launch Radio Networks. It was recorded in Japan when the band played there in early August of 2003, and it was originally shown on MTV there. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story
Def Lep Skip US
Blabbermouth reports: The release of the new DEF LEPPARD compilation album, "Best of Def Leppard", outside Europe/Japan has been put on hold and that there are no immediate plans for any future release, according to a posting on the band's official web site. This also applies to the DVD release. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story
Slayer Cancel Dates
Blabbermouth reports: According to a posting on the SLAYER fan site SlayerSaves.com, SLAYER have cancelled the first two dates of the Jägermeister Music Tour "due to health (vocal) problems" suffered by frontman Tom Araya. Two other gigs have also been cancelled to avoid the same issue from recurring. The affected dates are as follows: [see full story for the dates in question]- Click Here for the Full Story
No official word on this yet, the dates still appear on Slayer's
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Reuters reports: The Grammy Awards are not until Feb. 13, but the ceremony will get a big kickoff Oct. 25 when more than 145 million 7 Up cans roll off the assembly line touting the 47th annual Grammy telecast.
The cans feature artwork from participating musicians of the Grammys' famed gramophone logo. In exchange, 7 Up has made a $60,000 donation to the Grammy Foundation's Signature Schools program. Signature Schools supports music and arts education and recognizes high school music programs nationwide. The cans note that a portion of proceeds go to the foundation. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story
E! Online reports: Gwen Stefani's not only "Just a Girl" but an angry one at that.
The No Doubt star's husband, rocker Gavin Rossdale, may have aged Stefani a few years with the revelation that he's the father of a 15-year-old girl.
Rossdale, frontman for Bush, announced this week that DNA tests have confirmed he is the biological of teenage London model Daisy Lowe. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story
DMB Crap Dump Amends
AP reports: The Dave Matthews Band said Friday it wants to make amends after one of its tour bus drivers was accused of dumping human waste on sightseers on the Chicago River, but it stopped short of accepting responsibility for the incident.
The band said it had contacted the boat owner and tour operator to try to identify the affected passengers. The band also said it has suspended the driver and donating $50,000 each to the Chicago Park District and a nonprofit group that protects the Chicago River. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story
Some more cynical people said they were not surprised by the incident because DMB have been dumping crap on the public for years.
Spacey As Darin
Reuters reports: The weight of the Bobby Darin biopic "Beyond the Sea" rests greatly on Kevin Spacey's shoulders. Not only did the Academy Award-winning actor direct, star and co-produce the movie, he also had the challenge of singing Darin's songs in the film and on the soundtrack. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story
Stones Lead Digital Awards
Reuters reports: The Rolling Stones are finalists for two of Billboard magazine's inaugural Digital Entertainment Awards. The veteran U.K. rock band's "Four Flicks" (TGA Entertainment) is up in the music DVD of the year and best use of technology by an artist categories. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story
Hey Scott we have a new awards show for you!
Plant To Rock SxSW
Reuters reports: Former Led Zeppelin frontman Robert Plant will deliver the keynote address at the South by Southwest Music and Media Conference in Austin on March 17.
He will also perform during the conference, marking his first shows in the United States since his opening slot on the Who's summer 2002 tour. Next year will also bring reissues of Plant's solo catalog via Rhino/Atlantic. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story
Keenan Says Censorship Inspired
New York Daily News reports: Maynard James Keenan noticed something troubling every time he gave an interview in the wake of 9/11.
"Anytime I spoke my mind about politics or this administration, it was edited out," he claims. "Nothing I had to say on those subjects was ever used."
That the subject of the interviews was his art-metal band A Perfect Circle and not the state of the world may have had something to do with this. But the result made Keenan angry enough to find another way to get his views out.
His tactic? To create a full album of political songs, timed to hit stores at an opportune moment - Election Day. [see full story for rather extensive article and interview]- Click Here for the Full Story
HammerFall Almost Done With
Day in Rock reports: [Oscar Dronjak passed on the following good news to HammerFall fans on Friday]
As I write this, we have only half a day of recording left, doing the backing vocals. For the past seven weeks, we have been hard at work on this, our fifth studio effort, and it's wonderful to be finished! When I have a bit more distance to the recordings, I will try to describe the contents so you will know what to expect in March. However, I can safely say that if you are a fan of HammerFall, you will not be disappointed this time around, either. We poured our hearts and souls - as well as blood, sweat and tears, mind you - into the production of this record, and I definitely think it shines through: the music is more alive than it ever has been before. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story
Metal Hall of Fame?
Electric Basement reports: In a recent interview with MaximumMetal.com, MARTIN POPOFF, the author of multiple metal books and writer for Brave Words & Bloody Knuckles, mentions some of his favorites for 2004 and says that a Heavy Metal Hall of Fame should happen...
"Yeah, we've talked about it, me and some guys, and it's a pie-in-the-sky idea, but it's something that could happen and should happen somewhere and chances are there will be a virtual one first. Somebody could run one with strict voting and similarities to how the regular Hall of Fame works. It's a good idea and I think it should happen. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story
Classic Who Live CD
ArrowFM reports: Who guitarist Pete Townshend plans to release an expanded double-CD version of Deep End Live! as the next release off his "Signature" series. Recorded at a pair of sold-out November 1985 performances in London, the show features such backing musicians as Pink Floyd's David Gilmour. The double album will be available on Townshend's official website and the proceeds will benefit the guitarist's Double O Charity. - Click Here for the Full Story
ArrowFM reports: REO Speedwagon are currently working on songs for a new album. The band has been recording the new material in a Los Angeles studio, where singer Kevin Cronin reports that the tracks include "You, and You Alone," which the band previewed at the Arrowfest 2004. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story
Elton Vs Madonna Pt II
ArrowFM reports: Piano man Elton John came close to apologizing for his recent tirade against Madonna, whom he accused of lip-synching her live performances, caller her an "artist of the video age." "I do regret hurting her feelings because she's a major artist," John said in a recent interview with Television New Zealand. However, John pulled back his apology at the very last minute by adding: "But she's a major artist of the video age and she's not the same kind of artist as U2 or Bruce Springsteen or Prince or Sting, or someone like that." [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story
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Ananova reports: The tracklisting for Eminem's long-awaited new album has leaked.
Encore is released on November 15 in the UK, and despite attempts to keep the tracklisting secret due to fears over file-sharing, it has been published.
The tracklisting runs: Curtains Up - Encore
Yellow Brick Road
Like Toy Soldiers
My 1st Single
[see full story for more song titles]- Click Here for the Full Story
Xtina Does Homer
Ananova reports: Christina Aguilera is to appear in an episode of The Simpsons.
The singer features as a pop star wannabe when Lisa enters a Pop Idol-type show, reports The Sun. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story
Queen Lose Case
Ananova reports: The three surviving members of Queen have lost a court case concerning copyrights in Germany because they failed to convince the court that they were British citizens.
Brian May, Roger Taylor and John Deacon sued a German record company and its manager after the label granted a licence to a third party to release a 1977 live recording of the song We will rock you.
The band claims the company had no authority to grant the licence.
The band members should be able to sue the company under German law because as EU citizens they must be treated the same as Germans - but the court in Cologne threw out the case and said the three men had not presented "suitable evidence" that they were British. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story
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Razorlight Supporting JEW
press release reports: The hottest new band out of the UK, Razorlight just released their debut album "Up All Night." NME is practically s***ting themselves over them and here's what they had to say:
"'Up All Night' bristles with passion, energy and, most importantly, amazing songs. Razorlight's debut packs more tunes than Franz, more spirit than The Strokes and more balls than nearly every band out there right now." -NME
Right now they are on tour supporting Jimmy Eat World. You can experience them here:
11/4 @ Lee's Palace in Toronto
11/5 @ the Main Hall in Montreal
11/6 @ the Avalon in Boston
11/7 @ Maxwell's in Hoboken
11/8 @ Webster Hall in NYC
11/10 @ the Stone Pony in Asbury Park
[see full story for more dates]- Click Here for the Full Story
Before the Dawn 4:16 am
press release (kayos) reports: Locomotive Music presents the third album from dark metal masters Before the Dawn with 4:17 am, a whimsical and melancholy creation out October 12, 2004.
Looking to move forward from "4:16 am," the last track on My Darkness, 4:17 am sees Before the Dawn's musical progression while still displaying their talent for creating powerful, emotionally charged songs. BTD is a band touted for their ability to "play the pain of their souls away." Their music has been described as "immense sorrow-filled, dedicated, very melodic, gorgeous and unique dark metal." [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story
Joseph Arthur Tour
press release reports: Joseph Arthur is going on tour to support his new CD Our Shadows Will Remain, which came out October 12th. His live shows feature him looping samples on the spot as he creates them. Tourdates are as follows:
28-Oct - Boston, MA - Paradise Club
30-Oct - Burlington, VT - Club Metronome
4-Nov - Providence, RI - Century Lounge
5-Nov - Uncasville, CT - Mohegan Sun
6-Nov - Philadelphia, PA- World Café Live
7-Nov - Pittsburgh, PA - AJ Palumbo
[see full story for more dates]- Click Here for the Full Story
Godsmack Rock Sox
press release (v entertainment) reports: resh off a 7th game win, and headed to the famed World Series, several members of the Red Sox team joined Boston's own Godsmack [Thurs] night, at a special invitation only party hosted by the band at Lucky Strike on Lansdowne next door to Fenway Park. A limited number of lucky fans who had won tickets through local Boston rock station, WAAF, watched in awe as ball players Johnny Damon (who hit the grand slam the night before), Mark Bellhorn, Kevin Millar among others, joined Godsmack on stage and sang along during the finale "I Stand Alone" from Godsmack's multiplatinum release "Faceless" (Universal/Republic). "For us, its all about Boston right now," said frontman Sully Erna "and having them perform with us was just simply amazing." Godsmack is currently on tour with Metallica, was just nominated for several Radio Music Awards and has just released a new Feature film on DVD, "Changes" (Coming Home Studios/Rounder-Zoe)[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story
Breaking Benjamin EP
press release (total assault) reports: Breaking Benjamin will be releasing a new 5 song EP on November 23rd. The track listing is as follows:
1) So Cold (acoustic)
2) Blow Me Away (from Halo 2)
3) Lady Bug
4) Ordinary Man
5) Breakdown (Live)
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