Apple Vs. Beatles
Variety reports: Beatles fan Steve Jobs could lose a large bite of his Apple to his idols.
The Beatles' company, Apple Corps., is involved in a legal battle with Jobs' Apple Computer, claiming the hardware manufacturer is in breach of a 1991 agreement that that forbids it from using the trademark for any application "whose principle content is music." The two companies have been involved in a number of court battles over the years involving the use of the Apple trademark.
Word among the legal community is that an out of court settlement could be imminent and that it will massively dwarf the $26.5 million paid to the Fab Four's company in 1991 in a row over trademark use.
One lawyer told Daily Variety, "People are expecting this to be the biggest settlement anywhere in legal history, outside of a class action suit. The numbers could be mind boggling." [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story
Ernie Ball RIP
AP reports: Ernie Ball, a pioneer maker of rock 'n' roll guitar strings used by legions of artists from the Rolling Stones to Merle Travis, has died. He was 74.
Ball died at his home Thursday after an ongoing illness, the mortuary handling services announced.
His strings and instruments were used by music stars over the past four decades, from B.B. King to Metallica. Beginning with a small music shop in the San Fernando Valley, Ball built a business with annual sales of $40 million and a worldwide reputation. Along the way, he bucked traditional thinking in the music business.
"He changed the way people thought of guitar accessories, and how they sold and marketed them, and to this day the Ernie Ball way is the industry standard," his son, Sterling Ball, said in a statement. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story
MTV reports: New Found Glory, Something Corporate and the Mighty Mighty Bosstones are among the bands banging out Christmas-themed tunes for A Santa Cause: It's a Punk Rock Christmas. A portion of the proceeds from the compilation, due November 2, go to the Pediatric AIDS Foundation.- Click Here for the Full Story
All Tomorrow's Parties Fest
MTV reports: It's Modest Mouse's party and they'll bring the indie-rockers if they want to. Despite some minor setbacks last year, the All Tomorrow's Parties festival has rallied and the Pacific-Northwest rockers are curating the event. Set for November 6 and 7 in Long Beach, California, Modest Mouse will headline the first night while the Flaming Lips and the Shins will perform the following day. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story
Jackass of Hazzard
MTV reports: Move over, Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson: Two young film stars are reprising the roles of another legendary small-screen duo. Johnny Knoxville and Seann William Scott are slated to play Luke and Bo Duke, respectively, in the film version of the 1980s TV series "The Dukes of Hazzard." Jessica Simpson has screen-tested for the role of Luke and Bo's cousin Daisy, and comedy troupe Broken Lizard ("Super Troopers") will write the film. While plans are in motion, the studio has not yet officially green-lighted the film ...[see full story for film news from MTV]- Click Here for the Full Story
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GNR CD in 05, The Sky is
Blabbermouth reports: GUNS N' ROSES bassist Tommy Stinson promises that the group's long-awaited new album, "Chinese Democracy", will appear before there are democratic elections in the People's Republic.
"It's really close," he tells the Toronto Sun newspaper in today's edition. "There are a few small things to finish up, and some negotiating with the record company. So I'm guessing it'll be released sometime in the New Year, and of course we'll tour the world afterwards."
Stinson says "Chinese Democracy" sounds "a little like the old GUNS, but a lot deeper lyrically. There's more introspective and socially minded stuff, and musically it takes a lot more risks than they ever took. It's going to be amazing." [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story
Bastards of Metal Tour To
Feature Anthrax, Ratt Singers
Blabbermouth reports: Stephen Pearcy (ex-RATT), Joey Belladonna (ex-ANTHRAX), Marq Torien (BULLETBOYS), Ron Keel (KEEL, IRON HORSE) and Jason McMaster (DANGEROUS TOYS, WATCHTOWER) will be teaming up for this fall's "Bastards of Metal" tour...[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story
Dio's Bizarre Gardening Accident
Blabbermouth reports: The exact details of Ronnie James Dio's gardening accident of 2003 have come to light in an interview with Rockdetector.com editor Garry Sharpe-Young.
Rockdetector.com: Last year, Internet rumours surfaced that you had severed your thumb in a gardening accident. While I'm sure a lot of fans initially brushed this off as unlikely, it then transpired to be true. What actually happened on that day?
Ronnie James Dio: "It was a killer garden gnome. I'm not joking, although I certainly wish I was. What happened was that I was in my yard trying to place this garden gnome on a slope. This is a seriously heavy piece of garden ornament, probably 60lbs or so. Anyway, it fell over, I fell into the shrubbery and then began to slide down to the bottom of the hill. I was trying to stop myself with my feet but put my hand out at the wrong moment. You can understand this all happened in a split second. My hand landed on a rock, and the gnome landed on it, squashing my thumb between the rock and the gnome. Basically it was crushed and took the end of my thumb off. I just looked at my hand and the first thought that flashed into my mind was, 'How on earth am I going to make my devil horn sign now? That's my trademark!' I wasn't worried about the injury, more concerned with my career." [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story
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Life of Agony Epic Deal
siN's metal news reports: LIFE OF AGONY have reportedly signed a deal with Epic Records. The band is getting ready to head into the studio to record the follow up to "Soul Searching Sun".- Click Here for the Full Story
Headbangers Ball Tour
siN's metal news reports: Tonight on Headbangers Ball it was announced that the 3rd Edition of the tour will be CRADLE OF FILTH headlining with support from ARCH ENEMY, BLEEDING THROUGH, and HIMSA. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story
Mushroomhead Drop Tour, Vocalist
siN's metal news reports: Although not fully confirmed by MUSHROOMHEAD, it's apparant that vocalist J-Mann has left the band, and that the group will no longer be taking part in the upcoming ICP tour.
The first floating rumor of a replacement is that Waylon from North Carolina based 3 QUARTERS DEAD will be filling the shoes of J-Mann. 3 QUARTERS DEAD have opened for MUSHROOMHEAD on a mini Northern state tour, as well as on various off shows. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story
Source: siN's metal news also has news on Chacopa - A new style of Chicago Metal, Cadaver - Calling it a day..., Buried Inside - Full Announcement of signing to Relapse, From A Second Story Window - Tour Update, God Dethroned - The Lair of the White Worm..DONE! and more click here to check it out
Cave In Leave RCA
IAYM reports: Cave In have now officially confirmed their long-suspected departure from RCA Records, and have not as of yet found a new label home for themselves. Frontman Stephen Brodsky recently weighed in on how the groups upcoming new album is coming along, suggesting that Cave In are "two or three songs away from having a solid record...[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story
Homme Exits Eagles
IAYM reports: Josh Homme now looks set to exit from his position as drummer for the Eagles Of Death Metal, with Joey Castillo replacing him in the line-up. An official statement of sorts explaining the rather complex situation as far as drumming duties for their upcoming tour go can currently be found online at the Queens Of The Stone Age's official website www.qotsa.com. - Click Here for the Full Story
De La Rocha MP3
IAYM reports: A rough quality mp3 of former Rage Against The Machine frontman Zack De La Rocha's new track 'We Want It All' has been posted online over at fansite www.zdlr.net. The track looks to have been produced by nine inch nails' Trent Reznor. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story
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Silly News: When Dogs Shoot
New York Daily News reports: [We haven't had a real silly news story in a while, so here you go]PENSACOLA, Fla. - A man who tried to shoot seven puppies was shot himself when one of the dogs put its paw on the revolver's trigger.
Jerry Allen Bradford, 37, was charged with felony animal cruelty, the Escambia County Sheriff's Office said Wednesday. He was being treated at a hospital for a gunshot wound to his wrist.
Bradford said he decided to shoot the 3-month-old shepherd-mix dogs in the head because he couldn't find them a home, according to the sheriff's office.
On Monday, Bradford was holding two puppies — one in his arms and another in his left hand — when the dog in his hand wiggled and put its paw on the trigger of the .38-caliber revolver. The gun then discharged, the sheriff's report said. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story
Midtown Team With Anti-Flag
For Punkvoter Tour
Knifeparty reports: Midtown will be heading out on the Punkvoter.com tour with Anti-Flag. Once they finish up with that they will be heading to Europe and Australia. The dates can be found [by clicking on the full story link]. Forget What You Know will be available in those countries on September 24th. - Click Here for the Full Story
Europe Ink Sanctuary Deal
Metal Rules/ Nosie Records reports: We are proud to annouce that Europe, the biggest Scandinavian rock band, has signed with Sanctuary. The new studio album "Start From The Dark" will be released 27.09. on T&T!!! [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story
Megadeth Snatched Iced Earth
Metal Rules reports: James MacDonough has quit ICED EARTH to become the touring bassist for MEGADETH. He has summarized the switch in the following posting (coutesy of iced-realm.de):
"Hey guys, A while back I had heard that Megadeth might need a bassist so I contacted them via email and much later got a response to my surprise. Before I knew it I was on a conference call with Dave (Mustaine). I sent in some video of me playing a couple Megadeth songs and I got a call a couple days later.
Everything with IE has been up in the air as far as touring so I told Jon (Schaffer) about this when I got the first email back and being my older bro, he told me to go for it. Unfortunately I won't be able to play with IE in the future because this will be a very lengthy tour, but we'll see what happens down the road. I am keeping in touch with Jon and [Glen Drover has been hired on as guitarist - see full story for more of James' statement]- Click Here for the Full Story
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Pixies In No Hurry To Record
Xfm reports: After the furore surrounding the internet-only release of their first new material in thirteen years, ‘Bam Thwok', Pixies frontman Frank Black hasn't ruled out the idea of writing more new songs.
Speaking in a new interview, Black has reiterated his claims that while he's in no hurry to record an album of new Pixies material (and his loathing of record companies remains) the idea can't be ruled out.
"I think we're aware of the fact that the material would have to be creme de la crème." he explained to Rolling Stone, "But we're not really in a rush to go there yet for a few different reasons: we're in the middle of doing a tour, we've got to write some good songs, and the record business being what it is right now it's not like we can sell millions and millions of records. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story
Tom Waits Sells Out
Xfm reports: Just 30 minutes after they'd gone on sale, all the tickets for Tom Waits London date (his first show in the capitla for almost 20 years) were snapped up by rabid fans,
All 3400 tickets for Tom Waits' London show were sold in just 30 minutes of the box-office opening this morning (September 10) making it one of the fastest concert sell-outs in UK music history. [see full story for more] - Click Here for the Full Story
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Tragically Hip Expand Tour
press release reports: The Tragically Hip will be hitting the road in the United States this fall. The tour was originally scheduled to stop in twenty-one cities, but nine additional tour dates have been added to the schedule, giving even more fans the opportunity to experience The Hip live (see full story link for dates). Their trek kicks off on September 18th in Detroit, and all dates after October 16th in Chicago are newly-added. As a band known well and perhaps loved best for their live shows, the legendary live act has been making vibrant, gritty rock ‘n roll for over 20 years and has also sold over 6 million albums worldwide. The Hip will be touring in support of their latest album, In Between Evolution, which was released on June 29th on Zoë/Rounder Records. The album was produced by Adam Kasper (Foo Fighters, Queens of the Stone Age, Pearl Jam). - Click Here for the Full Story
Sammy Witness the anti Avril?
submitted news reports: Sammy Witness is a sixteen year old girl, who has been writing and performing music for the last four years. Sammy is separating her self from the pack by not only writing her own music, but delivering it based on the music and not her appearance. Sammy Witness will also separate her self from the mainstream image by giving twenty percent of her profits from the CD to a non profit foundation dedicated to the prevention of domestic violence. For more info or to get involved, check out the official website.- Click Here for the Full Story
Reacter Go Commercial
press release reports: In an age when competition is extraordinarily fierce for young rock bands to bring attention to themselves and achieve desirable promotion, bands are more frequently being forced to look ‘outside the box' for early recognition. The Internet became the initial tool for immediate promotion, and through various networking schemes, new acts were becoming involved with video game soundtracks, radio promotions, and relentless local touring. Television can now be added to the list of promotional possibilities, as Britain's REACTOR are quickly making a name for themselves by supplying the music to a rather memorable television commercial for the new AXE Deodorant Body Spray (www.theaxeeffect.com) which airs nationwide on Spike TV. The music is also featured on the website's news page.
Making waves in a similar method to Andrew WK's origins (who was launched via Expedia.com and Kit Kat commercials) is all part of REACTOR's plan for growth. The band was entered into a painstaking process of elimination that began with nearly 1,000 artists which was whittled down over the course of 8 weeks. REACTOR was eventually chosen for their originality and dramatic flair to be the ‘spokes-band' for Axe's debut multi-million dollar worldwide advertising campaign. - Click Here for the Full Story
Alice Offers Sweet Relief
press release reports: Two tickets for Alice Cooper's concert at the Mid-Hudson Civic Center in Poughkeepsie, New York on Sunday, September 26, 2004, are up for auction on Ebay at www.ebay.com/sweetrelief. The tickets also include passes to meet Cooper after the show. The auction ends Monday, September 20, 2004 at 1:08 p.m. PDT.
This auction was sanctioned by Alice Cooper and all proceeds go to the Sweet Relief Musicians Fund. Sweet Relief was founded in 1994 by Victoria Williams to provide assistance to all types of career musicians who are struggling to make ends meet while facing illness, disability, or age-related problems. It is funded by the music community and a variety of individual donors, as well as through benefit concerts, auctions and albums. For more information on the organization, please visit www.sweetrelief.org.- Click Here for the Full Story