Velvet Revolver Banned
Blabbermouth reports: According to the U.K.'s Daily Star newspaper, "VELVET REVOLVER are on a collision course with TV bosses over an explicit video. The promo to new single 'Fall to Pieces' is set to be banned because of its graphic content — the video recounts their singer Scott Weiland's battle with heroin and features scenes of drug-taking and nudity. A source close to the band said: 'They really didn't hold back and it gets pretty gory.'" [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story
Van Halen Go Platinum
Blabbermouth reports: VAN HALEN's two-CD retrospective, "The Best of Both Worlds", has been certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), signifying shipments of more than 1,000,000 units.
A 36-track overview of more than 25 years of VAN HALEN recordings, "The Best Of Both Worlds" contains three brand-new recordings with VH's second singer, Sammy Hagar, back on board.[see full story for details about an upcoming home video release]- Click Here for the Full Story
Novoselic & Rollins To
Blabbermouth reports: According to The Internet Nirvana Fan Club, former NIRVANA bassist Krist Novoselic will be part of The New Yorker Festival 2004 which takes place October 1 to 3 in New York City. On October 2, there will be "a day of talks, interviews and panel discussions" featuring Krist Novoselic and Henry Rollins in the "Political Rockers" category. They will be speaking at the New York Public Library beginning at 1:00 p.m.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story
Scorpions: MP3s Killing Music
Blabbermouth reports: SCORPIONS guitarist Rudolf Schenker recently spoke to the Malay Mail Online about his views on illegal music downloading and bootlegging.
"People don't really understand," he said. "Piracy is killing the whole music industry and new bands. Why? Because of piracy, record companies don't want to spend any money on good bands that they come across. I mean, no one in their sanest mind would want to take the risk of putting money into a band and wait for three or four years for the band to really get happening.
"Like it or not, record companies are the ones depended on to nurture talents. When there's no talent, you won't get quality music or even artistes. The public have to understand that when you pay peanuts you'll only get monkeys." [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story
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Green Day Leak
Day in Rock reports: Green Day's entire new album, "American Idiot," is currently being featured on MTV.com's The Leak. It hits stores on Sept. 21st. [see full story link to check it out]- Click Here for the Full Story
U2 Batman Theme
NME reports: U2 guitarist THE EDGE has taken time out from making the band's new album to compose his second 'BATMAN' theme.
Back in 1995, U2 wrote ‘Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me, Kill Me' as the theme for ‘Batman Forever'.
Now The Edge has recorded the theme music to new a new animated series ‘The Batman' on the American WB network. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story
Verve Rare Preview
NME reports: A previously unheard song from THE VERVE is available online now.
‘This Could Be My Moment' dates back to the band's 1997 ‘Urban Hymns' sessions, and is included on their best of compilation ‘This Is Music: The Singles 92-98', out November 1.
However, you can listen to an exclusive sample of the track from today at thiscouldbemymoment.com. [see full story for more, including tracklisting for the disc]- Click Here for the Full Story
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Breaking Benjamin Fire Drummer
Digital Noise reports: Breaking Benjamin have parted ways with drummer Jeremy Hummel. The band have no released a statement regarding the situation.
Hummel has posted his own statement though at Breaking Benjamin fan site, www.shallowbay.com. His statement reads as follows:
Dear Breaking Benjamin fans, "I write to you on this day, September 12, with news of both good and bad nature. Yvette and I gave birth to a beautiful baby boy on Wednesday, Sept. 2. His name is Julian Raymond Hummel and he is absolutely amazing.
Tuesday afternoon, Sept. 7, I received a phone call from Ben Burnley informing me that the band has decided my services are no longer needed. What I cannot tell you is exactly why this has happened. There was no definitive reason. What I CAN tell you and assure you of is that I have done nothing to warrant this decision. My actions nor my words have determined this fate. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story
No Death Angel for Deftones?
Digital Noise reports: Despite the official press release issued by Nuclear Blast Records, it appears that Death Angel won't be opening for the Deftones on their U.S. tour afterall.
No support act has been confirmed for the tour as of yet. - Click Here for the Full Story
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Chevelle Stream New CD
Digital Noise reports: Chevelle have posted their new album, "This Type Of Thinking Could Do Us In" online in its entirety. It can be heard by going to their website, www.chevelleinc.com.
The album is scheduled release on September 21st through Epic. - Click Here for the Full Story
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Helmet Push Back Release
BW&BK reports: Due to a broken collar bone injury sustained by band leader Page Hamilton while mountain biking, Helmet have been forced to revise their tour dates and will now launch their first tour in seven years in early October. This news also affects the release date of Size Matters (Interscope), which has been moved to October 5 from its original September 14 release. Stay tuned for full details about the rescheduled tour dates. [see full story for more including dates]- Click Here for the Full Story
Gene on Third Watch
BW&BK reports: KISS legend GENE SIMMONS has posted the following message at his official website:
"This coming Friday (September 17th) the premier episode of Third Watch is coming to you on NBC. Yours truly will be featured, playing Donald Mann - Crime Lord. Check your papers for times..." [see full story for more of Gene's self promotion efforts]- Click Here for the Full Story
siN's metal news reports: To further add on to our previous news posting, more reports are filtering in that frontman Waylon from North Carolina based 3 QUARTERS DEAD will be filling the shoes of J-Mann in MUSHROOMHEAD. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story
Auf H.I.M. Magnet Dates
siN's metal news reports: Here are all of the confirmed dates for the upcoming H.I.M., MONSTER MAGNET, AUF DER MAUR US tour:
November 12 - Worcester, MA @ Palladium
November 13 - Philadelphia, PA @ Electric Factory
November 14 - New York City, NY @ Irving Plaza
November 15 - New York City, NY @ Irving Plaza
November 18 - Pittsburgh, PA @ The Rock Club
[see full story for more dates]- Click Here for the Full Story
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BRMC Drummer In Question
Billboard reports: Despite rumors to the contrary, rock act Black Rebel Motorcycle Club has not split up and is at work on its third studio album, according to bassist/vocalist Robert Turner. However, drummer Nick Jago's status with BRMC is on shaky ground, stemming from an argument with guitarist Peter Hayes during the band's summer European tour.
Turner did not specifically confirm Jago has left the band, and did not address whether he'll be behind the drum kit for future recording sessions. "Nick might take some time off and even play drums in other groups here and there, but the doors always open for him to play with BRMC," he said. [see full story for more including details on the new cd]- Click Here for the Full Story
The PRP reports: (hed)p.e. have scrapped the previously completed mixes for their upcoming new album "Raise Hell". The effort is now being mixed from scratch by band frontman Jahred. "Raise Hell" is due out in stores on February 22nd via Koch.- Click Here for the Full Story
Static Lullaby Prep New CD,
The PRP reports: A Static Lullaby are now in pre-production for their new album with producer Lou Giordano (Sunny Day Real Estate, Taking Back Sunday). The group will start recording it soon with plans to have the process completed by late October. They then plan to hit the road in November for an 18-day trek with Hawthorne Heights and The Break. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story
At The Drive-In Reissues
The PRP reports: At The Drive-In's "In/Casino/Out", "Vaya", "Acrobatic Tenement" and "Relationship Of Command" are now set to see a re-release through Fearless on November 09th. The "Relationship Of Command" re-issue will come complete with the bonus tracks "Extracurricular" and "Catacombs". [see full story for news on a new anthology set]- Click Here for the Full Story
Chino's Side Band
The PRP reports: Team Sleep, the long-delayed side project of Deftones frontman Chino Moreno and friends, have launched a new official website at www.teamsleep.com. The site features a new video for the bands track "Death By Plane". The groups debut album will see a release through Maverick on November 02nd.- Click Here for the Full Story
IAYM reports: The forthcoming North American issue of Nightwish's latest effort once will feature two bonus tracks not found on the original European edition. The cuts in question will be 'White Night Fantasy' and 'Live To Tell The Tale', as well as a multimedia portion including the video for 'Wish I Had An Angel'. "Once" will land in stores via Roadrunner on October 05th.- Click Here for the Full Story
Eighteen Visions Tour
IAYM reports: Eighteen Visions will be taking to the road with Boys Night Out, Remembering Never and It Dies Today between November 06th and December 10th. Dates and venues will be announced shortly.- Click Here for the Full Story
Limp Bizkit Plot New CD
IAYM reports: Limp Bizkit have enlisted the assistance of producer Ross Robinson (Korn, Chase Pagan, Slipknot) to helm their upcoming new album, which is tentatively slated for a February 2005 release date through Interscope.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story
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Cash Auction Big Success
Reuters reports: An auction of items from Johnny Cash's estate took in $1.24 million on its first day as collectors paid as much as 15 times the expected amount for the late country music star's belongings.
Bidding topped out at $131,200 for a custom-made guitar used by Cash on his tours. The Grammer model guitar had been expected to bring in $10,000 to $20,000.
Country music's "Man in Black," Cash died last September after complications from diabetes. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story
Yahoo To Buy Musicmatch
Reuters reports: Yahoo Inc. said on Tuesday it will buy music software company Musicmatch Inc. for about $160 million in cash, bolstering Yahoo's offering as online music providers prepare to go head-to-head in the download market.
Privately-held Musicmatch, of San Diego, offers "jukebox" software that lets users buy and download songs from its online store and manage digital music on a personal computer, as well as listen to Internet radio stations. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story
Foxx Nails Ray Charles, Give
That Man An Oscar
New York Daily News reports: September is way too early to declare an Academy Award winner, but the Oscar engraver would do well to remember the spelling of Taylor Hackford's star in the biographical drama "Ray."
It's Jamie Foxx, with two Xs.
The talk of the town over the first half of the festival was Foxx. He gives such a complete performance as the late Ray Charles that you almost immediately forget you're watching a performance by anyone other than Charles himself.
Foxx's physical mannerisms and his voice are dead-on, but his performance is much more than an impersonation. He seems to be reliving another man's life, from the inside out. It's a truly remarkable bit of work. "Ray" opens in theaters in the U.S. Oct. 29. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story
Top 10 Rock Roadie Reads
Day in Rock reports: Pitbull Publishing LLC checked in to let us know that two of their titles made the Roadie.net Top Ten Roadie Book list. ("Rock and Roll War Stories" and "KISS & Tell")Here is the list, click the full story to read more (including the honorable mentions):
01)ROADIE - A True Story (at least the parts I remember)
02)Tales from the Rock N Roll Highway
03)Life on the Road: The Incredible Rock and Roll Adventures of Dinky Dawson
04)The Roadie Guidebook
05)Backstage Passes & Backstabbing Bastards: Memoirs of a Rock 'N' Roll Survivor
06)Rock and Roll War Stories
07)Backstage Passes: Life on the Wild Side With David Bowie
08)Running Your Rock Band: Rehearsing, Financing, Touring, Succeeding
09)Kiss and Tell
10)Life on the Road: A Beginner's Guide
to the Stage Production Industry
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Avril Maps Out Tour
liveDaily reports: Months after Avril Lavigne's plans to embark on a fall tour first surfaced along with a handful of confirmed shows, the teen singer's schedule is starting to shape up.
Organizers have now confirmed more than a dozen shows for October and November, starting with an Oct. 26 gig at San Antonio's SBC Center. Tickets for many shows will hit the market in the coming days, according to promoters.
Lavigne is supporting her sophomore album, "Under My Skin," which was released in late May. [see full story for more, including dates]- Click Here for the Full Story
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Switchfoot Tour and DVD
press release reports: San Diego rock group Switchfoot will embark on their fifth nationwide tour in support of the platinum-plus breakthrough CD The Beautiful Letdown. The two month trek will hit mostly theatre size venues and is set to kick-off at The Grove in Anaheim, CA on October 7.
Switchfoot also have a brand new DVD in-stores titled Live in San Diego. Live in San Diego was recorded at San Diego's fabled punk rock venue Soma and features a scorching set of tunes from The Beautiful Letdown as well as some of their earlier recordings. The DVD takes fans behind-the-scenes of the "Meant To Live" video shoot and features exclusive & candid interviews with the entire band, as well as exclusive photo galleries. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story
press release reports: Following up their recent stint on the Main Stage at Ozzfest 2004, Philip Anselmo and company are gearing up to unleash their latest installment of raw, unbridled chaos unto the world. Directed by Denise Korycki, the DVD was filmed at New York City's legendary CBGB¹s on May 3rd, 2004. Live At CBGB features a virtually uncut viewing of the band¹s performance along with an up close and in your face look at Superjoint Ritual before and after the show, making this a must have for metal fans young and old.
Live at CBGB 2004- Changing the Face of Music through Uncompromising Anti-Image will be released on Sanctuary Visual Entertainment on October 5th, 2004. In the words of metal¹s favorite son, 'Raise your hands in the air.'
Tracks: 1. Antifaith - 2. F**k Your Enemy - 3. The Introvert - 4. Personal Insult - 5. The Destruction Of A Person - 6. Permanently - 7. The Alcoholik - 8. Waiting For The Turning Point - 9. One Song/Ozena - 10. Stealing A Page Or Two From Armed & Radical Pagans [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story
Crossfade Rock Charts, Conan
press release reports: From a garage-based home studio in Columbia, South Carolina to the roster of Columbia/FG Records, Crossfade's story is one of timeless American ingenuity. And right now, a new chapter has begun. Having just recently toppled Velvet Revolver to grab the #1 spot on the R&R Active Rock chart with "Cold," the first explosive single from their self-titled debut album, the band has been invited to perform the standout song on NBC's Late Night with Conan O'Brien on Tuesday, September 14. [see full story to check out a live video]- Click Here for the Full Story
MTV2 "Video Mods"
press release reports: MTV2 "Video Mods" Recreates Music Videos From Lil Jon, Black Eyed Peas, Evanescence, New Found Glory & More With Popular Video Game Characters From Sims 2, BloodRayne 2, Tribes: Vengeance, Outlaw Golf 2 & Many More
Expanding the boundaries of music and video, MTV2, the 24-hour music network, announced the premiere of a one-of-a-kind new series, "Video Mods" on Saturday, September 18th at 9:30pm ET/ 6:30pm PT. Morphing music videos and video games into an entirely new music viewing experience, each half-hour episode of MTV2 "Video Mods" will showcase some of today's most popular video game characters and environments as they perform videos by artists of all genres including Lil Jon, Black Eyed Peas, Evanescence, New Found Glory and more. "Video Mods" will air every other Saturday beginning September 18th at 9:30pm ET/ 6:30pm PT only on MTV2.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story