Ozzy Wins GQ Award
Blabbermouth reports: Ozzy Osbourne was honored with the Editor's Special Award at the annual GQ Men of the Year awards, held Tuesday (Sept. 7) at the Royal Opera House in central London. [see full story for more and links to photos]- Click Here for the Full Story
Maiden Drummer Goes To Court
Blabbermouth reports: According to a posting at the IRON MAIDEN fan site MaidenFans.com, MAIDEN drummer Michael "Nicko" McBrain is due to make another court appearance in Long Island, NY this morning (Sept. 8) in connection with a July 2003 incident where McBrain was arrested for allegedly hitting a parking lot attendant — on purpose — with his black Jaguar after a disagreement over McBrain's VIP credentials before a concert at Jones Beach Theatre in Wantagh, New York. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story
Scorpions Vs. Islamic Fundamentalist
Blabbermouth reports: HindustanTimes.com is reporting that Islamic fundamentalists urged the Malaysian government on Wednesday (Sept. 8) to bar a concert by the German rock group SCORPIONS, claiming the band would corrupt Malaysian youths.
"Concerts like these are the catalysts for hedonism and vice in society," Salahuddin Haji Ayub, a youth leader of the Pan-Malaysian Islamic Party, said in a protest note to the Religious Affairs Department.
"Research has shown how the crumbling of self-worth, morals and dignity in young people begin from deviant programmes like these," said the statement.
There was no immediate response from the government of this moderate, predominantly Muslim Southeast Asian country and promoters said that they planned to go ahead with the concert Sept 13 at a 50,000-seat stadium. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story
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Jet Diss Britney & Jessica,
Plan New CD
MTV reports: When your debut album goes platinum and you win a Moonman for Best Rock Video at the 2004 MTV Video Music Awards, you've got to come back with a big-time second record. And that's exactly what Jet has planned for the follow-up to Get Born.
"We want to get Britney Spears and Jessica Simpson to guest on the album — as many talentless people as possible," joked drummer Chris Cester. "We want as many people who don't write their own songs as possible. That's the whole point. What the world needs are more talentless people."
All kidding aside, Cester said that the band will play a "smattering" of dates on the East and West Coasts between now and December, then head back to Australia to "sleep for a month." After the nap, they'll begin recording their new album, which — depending on which member of Jet you speak with — is shaping up to be either quite similar to, or a vast departure from, the lo-fi leanings of Get Born. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story
Elliott Smith DVD
MTV reports: A posthumous release from Elliott Smith is about to hit shelves this fall. The DVD "Elliott Smith - Olympia, Washington" features the late musician's solo set on the closing night of the five-day Yoyo A Go Go festival in 1999, including such songs as "Independence Day," "Stupidity Tries," "Easy Way Out," and "See You Later." It's due on November 30.- Click Here for the Full Story
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50 Cent USO?
MuchMusic reports: 50 Cent says he plans to perform for American troops in the Middle East. "There's no place I'm not going to go because of what's going on," the rapper said at a press conference following a show in South Africa this week. "It's the same thing that's going on in Kuwait is going on in my neighbourhood. It's the same situation, the arts are the same and I'm going to perform for the troops, so that'll be interesting." - Click Here for the Full Story
Lamb of God Helping Kill
Chart Attack reports: Metal is big now.
And Lamb Of God are now part of a handful of extreme metal bands to receive major label contracts recently, along with Shadow's Fall, Killswitch Engage and Hatebreed, which is recognition this type of music has never gotten before.
"Nu-metal sucks, so that's why that's dying off," Lamb of God vocalist Randy Blythe says. "And I think with the socio-political and economic climate of the States, which of course affects the rest of the world — even Canada — people are ready for angrier music. I think people are ready for something that's real, not, you know, 'I did it all for the Nookie.'" [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story
Aversion reports: Ash may be planning a radical departure from teh rockin' Meltdown.
The band told XFM Online that it was kicking around the idea of an acoustic album. The record would serve to put new material out while the act plays the States in the spring. It would also give a home to several low-key songs that didn't fit on the band's last, high-powered album. [more]- Click Here for the Full Story
Tiger Army Lose One
Aversion reports: Tiger Army has parted ways with its bassist, effective immediately.
The band announced that Geoff Kresge left the band at the conclusion of the Warped Tour. Replacing him will be Roffredo (Cosmic Voodoo). Rofedo becomes the fourth to play the stand-up bass in the act. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story
MxPx Land New Deal
Aversion reports: MxPx has found a new home to replace its major-label business arrangement.
The pop-punk act announced it had signed with Side One Dummy Records. The band ended a six-year stay with A&M Records earlier this summer, but didn't find a new label until this week. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story
Type O Negative Tour
IAYM reports: A wealth of dates for the upcoming Type O Negative/Amorphis tour have been announced, here is how the trek looks to date:
October 07th New Haven, Connecticut Toad's
October 08th Worcester, Massachusetts The Palladium
October 09th Johnson City, New York Magic City Music Hall
October 11th New York City, New York Irving Plaza
October 12th Allentown, Pennsylvania Crocodile Rock
October 13th Wantagh, New York Mulcany's Rock And Roll Sports Bar
[see full story for a lot more dates] - Click Here for the Full Story
Circle Jerks, G.B.H. add
Red Tape To Tour
IAYM reports: Red Tape have been added to the bill for the upcoming Circle Jerks/G.B.H. tour, stops include:
September 13th Seattle, Washington Showbox
September 14th Portland, Oregon Roseland Theatre
September 15th Boise, Idaho The Big Easy
September 17th Salt Lake City, Utah The Velvet Room
September 18th Denver, Colorado The Ogden Theatre
[see full story for more dates] - Click Here for the Full Story
Dimmu Borgir DVD
IAYM reports: Dimmu Borgir are currently assembling footage for a DVD release, which will chronicle their recent stint on Ozzfest amongst other goings on when it eventually surfaces in 2005. Additionally, the group have returned home to their native Norway where they will be writing new material to put towards their next full length effort.- Click Here for the Full Story
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Mobo Drop Anti Gay Groups
Reuters reports: Two Jamaican reggae singers have lost nominations for the Music of Black Origin awards after failing to apologize in writing for anti-gay lyrics, organizers said on Tuesday.
"We'd asked them for written confirmation of their apology and that they'd moved on and this was not forthcoming," said a MOBO spokeswoman.
The artists, Elephant Man and Vybz Kartel, were nominated for the category of Best Reggae Act at the awards due to take place on Sept. 30 at London's Royal Albert Hall. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story
McCartney, RHCP Added To
Reuters reports: Paul McCartney, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Tony Bennett, Sonic Youth, Ben Harper and the Innocent Criminals, Los Lonely Boys and Tegan & Sara will join event founder Neil Young on the bill for the 18th annual Bridge School Benefit. The shows will be held Oct. 23-24 at Shoreline Amphitheater outside San Francisco. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story
Ray Charles Hits No. 2
reuters reports: Soul music legend Ray Charles returned to the U.S. pop charts on Wednesday three months after his death as his final studio album, a collection of duets with fellow recording stars, opened at No. 2.
The posthumously issued "Genius Loves Company," featuring collaborations with such performers as Elton John, Norah Jones and Willie Nelson, sold 202,000 copies its first week in stores to outpace new releases from hip-hop artists Jill Scott and LL Cool J, according to sales tracker Nielsen SoundScan. [see full story for more] - Click Here for the Full Story
Pixies Mix Up Tour
liveDaily reports: The Pixies continue to tweak the schedule for their successful reunion outing, adding new shows in several markets, and juggling some previously scheduled stops.
The Boston-bred group's itinerary now includes two Massachusetts stops: Nov. 30 in Amherst, and Dec. 1 in Lowell. Tickets for both dates are due to hit the box office on Sept. 11, according to organizers. [see the full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story
Stray Cats Get Rolling Again
liveDaily reports: The Stray Cats have recorded "The Mystery Train Kept a Rollin'"--their first new song since 1992--for inclusion on their forthcoming live CD, "Rumble in Brixton," due on Nov. 9.- Click Here for the Full Story
Source: liveDaily also has news on Dolly Parton's tour to visit more than 35 cities, Briefly: Tim McGraw, Franz Ferdinand, Mike Keneally, liveDaily Interview: Frank Black of Pixies, Nintendo Fusion Tour schedule continues to grow, Paul McCartney, others join Neil Young for Bridge School benefit and more click here to check it out
press release reports: Sanctuary Records will pay homage to one of America¹s greatest rock bands with the release of UNDER THE INFLUENCE - A JAM BAND TRIBUTE TO LYNYRD SKYNYRD, out October 5th, 2004. For the special 11-song disc, Sanctuary recruited some of the top names in guitar-driven rock to re-interpret their favorite classic Lynyrd Skynyrd tunes, including Gov't Mule ('Simple Man'), Blues Traveler ('Free Bird'), Big Head Todd and The Monsters ('Sweet Home Alabama'), Les Claypool of Primus ('Call Me The Breeze'), North Mississippi Allstars ('Whiskey Rock a Roller') and Drive-by Truckers ('Every Mother's Son').- Click Here for the Full Story
press release reports: In celebration of his debut solo album "My Evolution," hitting stores on October 5th, Griz is giving away a Harley Davidson Sportster XL 883 in conjunction with Ragin' Grace Records and TheCelebrityCafe.com. Griz is so excited about the contest he will fly the winner and a friend to New York City to attend his record release party where he will personally deliver the motorcycle to the winner. [see full story for more on the contest] - Click Here for the Full Story
Green Day CDRs
press release reports: Green Day have announced a special limited edition 5-pack of custom printed blank CD-Rs, that feature the color artwork of four Green Day albums: Dookie, Nimrod, Warning, and American Idiot, as well as a rare photo of the band. Each pack of CD-Rs is available for $7.99. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story
Franz on Fuse
press release reports: This years Mercury Prize winner Franz Ferdinand is confirmed to appear on Fuses' Daily Download Friday September 10th. Don't miss it. See what the hype is all about!
The Daily Download is a live, daily countdown of the top 10 legally downloaded songs in the country, airing weekdays from 6pm – 7pm EST on Fuse. Merging live television with real-time downloading, the show offers the chance for viewers to download and stream music, exclusive downloads and bonus tracks, ring tones, artist voicemail messages, desktop wallpaper, mobile phone graphics, animation, video game demos, movie trailers and more on www.fuse.tv. The Daily Download is hosted by Fuse VJ's Steven and Marianela. - Click Here for the Full Story
Rare Powerman 5000
press release reports: While fans of Powerman 5000 eagerly await a new studio album, they can load up on previously unreleased material courtesy of the good, the bad, and the ugly vol. 1, due out October 26 on Megatronic Records (owned by founding member/singer/songwriter Spider One and distributed by iMusic).
The 20-track CD is a collection of original songs, released as B-sides and rarities, recorded between 1991-1996 at the very beginning of the Boston band's career with the band's original members. One notable inclusion is their unique take on Bjork's "Army of Me" recorded in 1996. - Click Here for the Full Story
New York Dolls Reunion DVD
press release reports: Morrissey Presents the Return of the New York Dolls: Live from Royal Festival Hall 2004 documents this historic night on CD and DVD for everyone who missed it in person. While the CD highlights the set, the DVD features bonus materials including their sound check, live rehearsal footage, interviews with the band and other goodies. If you're a longtime fan, you know to expect nothing short of perfection from a performance that left the British music press with their jaws on the floor. If you¹re only now catching on to the New York Dolls Live from Royal Festival Hall 2004, with its stellar live performance on CD, and its all access pass on DVD, will truly amaze you.
"Morrissey Presents THE RETURN OF THE NEW
YORK DOLLS: Live from Royal Festival Hall 2004" out September 28th on CD
and DVD.- Click
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