Johnny Ramone RIP
Aversion reports: The Ramones' founding guitarist, Johnny Ramone, died Wednesday (Sept. 15) after a five-year battle with cancer.
Ramone, passed away Wednesday night in his Los Angeles home in his sleep Wednesday night. He was 55.
Johnny Ramone became the third Ramone to pass away. Singer Joey Ramone died of lymphoma in April 2001. Founding bassist Dee Dee died of a drug overdose in 2002. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story
Aversion reports: He's a loser, baby, at least when it comes to getting his albums on shelves on time.
Beck's next album, which was originally planned for an October release, has been pushed back to 2005 because Beck hadn't finished work on it. Because of his label, Interscope's, heavy fall release schedule -- which features releases by U2 and a Nirvana boxed set -- Beck fans must wait until a calmer quarter to hear from the singer. - Click Here for the Full Story
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MTV reports: Ex-Creed frontman Scott Stapp is being sued by a former business associate for failing to repay $60,000 he borrowed to pay Beverly Hills, California, doctor David Kipper — known for his controversial rehab techniques — for services rendered in 2002. [see full story for more and the Ozzy connection]- Click Here for the Full Story
MTV reports: Phish's 2003 two-day festival known as IT is coming to DVD on October 12. Half of the double-disc set was recorded at the show in Limestone, Maine, while the other half features interview clips, a photo gallery and the 90-minute TV special that aired on PBS in August.- Click Here for the Full Story
Sum Avril Wedding Rumor
MTV reports: Don't go searching for an Avril Lavigne/ Deryck Whibley wedding registry just yet.
Contradicting reports out of the U.K., Whibley's camp denies that the Sum 41 frontman is engaged to Lavigne. "Deryck Whibley of Sum 41 is not engaged," Sum 41's management said in a statement issued Wednesday (September 15). [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story
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Top Rock Deaths
Blabbermouth reports: The Associated Press is reporting that Cliff Burton (METALLICA), Randy Rhoads (OZZY OSBOURNE), John Bonham (LED ZEPPELIN) and Kurt Cobain (NIRVANA) are among the musicians that made Maxim magazine's list of rock stars that have been the most "rock-starrish" even in death.
Cobain's suicide just makes the list at number 25.
Interestingly, number seven on the death list isn't even deceased — MÖTLEY CRÜE bassist Nikki Sixx makes the list because he was technically dead for two minutes after a heroin overdose. [see full story to see who was no. 1]- Click Here for the Full Story
DK Punk Hendrix
Blabbermouth reports: DEAD KENNEDYS drummer D.H. Peligro (ex-RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS, NAILBOMB, SSI) will release a "punk" version of the JIMI HENDRIX classic "Purple Haze" this fall through the Los Angeles-based record label Dirrty Records.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story
Amen Lose Guitarist
Blabbermouth reports: AMEN guitarist Matt Montgomery has quit the band, branding the group's leader Casey Chaos "a fraud."
In a statement posted at the Metal Hammer web site, Matt writes, "If I joined AMEN to be famous or be a 'rock star', I joined for the wrong reasons. I joined it purely for an intense love and passion for what Casey Chaos led me to believe he stood for.
"I had two AMEN tattoos before I joined, and moved myself to L.A. to join one of my favorite bands. Now after 2 long years I can say I've had enough and learned a hard lesson.
"I've made a lot of friends and had some great experiences which I'm grateful for. However, living on just under 2800 dollars (that is my full take-home pay) from over two years has put me in extreme debt, and caused so many problems for me.[see full story for the rest of his statement]- Click Here for the Full Story
Pearl Jam Fake Busted
Blabbermouth reports: TheDenverChannel.com is reporting that a man who claimed to be a guitarist for PEARL JAM was arrested in Denver Wednesday after a suspicious fan found a story about the scam on TheDenverChannel.com.
The man's undoing started Wednesday when he walked into the Wells Fargo in Cherry Creek North, saying he was Mike McCready, with the band PEARL JAM, and was setting up an account for his mother, who was moving to Denver.
Witnesses said the man then claimed the band was doing a benefit concert this weekend at Red Rocks and he was selling tickets worth $1,000 for only $20. A bank employee called her husband, who is a PEARL JAM fan, and the husband called a friend in Seattle, Wash.
The friend in Seattle mentioned that he remembered reading a story about a PEARL JAM ticket scam on the Internet and a Google news search pulled up the original story on TheDenverChannel.com. The husband then called his wife to give her the news and she called police.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story
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Bacharach Rap With Dr Dre
NME reports: One of the most prolific songwriters of the 20th century has teamed up with DR DRE to bring some ‘cutting edge' to his music.
The hip-hop producer has created the beats to three tracks on Burt Bacharach's next album, which is due for release in 2005.
Bacharach - who has a songwriting career of over 50 years – told the Denver Post: "It's a challenging, freeing feeling to take an existing format — like these rigid, four-bar loops — and to see what you can write on top of it."
He added: "It's hard and challenging too, because it does have some restrictions." [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story
Thom Yorke, REM Jam
NME reports: RADIOHEAD frontman THOM YORKE joined his pals REM onstage at their secret LONDON show tonight (September 15).
Yorke appeared onstage at the St James' Church halfway through the set to join Michael Stipe on vocals for a version of the US band's 1996 UK Top Five hit 'E-Bow The Letter', Yorke taking the part Patti Smith sang on the studio version.
REM had to restart the song after Stipe claimed "I was so excited I f***ed up the beginning", before going on to apologise for swearing in church. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story
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Variety reports: XM is going online.
Radio satcaster is launching an Internet offering that streams its 68 commercial-free music channels and several of its talk, comedy and other stations to paying subscribers.
Service will cost $7.99 per month, with XM satellite radio subscribers paying $3.99 per month. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story
Madonna's Pilgrimage to Israel
AP reports: Israel was abuzz with excitement Wednesday over the arrival of Madonna, its biggest celebrity visitor in years. The pop star came to the Holy Land on a spiritual quest, including visits to the graves of revered rabbinical sages.
Yet some were perplexed by the raunchy diva's interest in the esoteric Jewish mysticism called cabala or Kabbalah, and rabbis said she had no business studying holy texts. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story
Busted Vs Cowell
Ananova reports: Busted have lashed out at Simon Cowell and his new TV talent show The X Factor.
The chart-topping trio, responsible for hits like Crashed the Wedding and What I Go to School For, accused Cowell's ITV1 show of "making a mockery of the British music industry".
The X Factor sees Sharon Osbourne and Louis Walsh join Cowell on the judging panel, and there is no upper age limit on those who audition.
Busted frontman Charlie Simpson said: "I just watched this and thought, 'This is most ridiculous thing I have ever seen'."
He said: "It was like they were sat in a meeting and thought, 'How can we make it more interesting, seeing as we've had two bullsh*t Pop Idols that no one likes anymore?'." [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story
Elton Goes Postal
ananova reports: Sir Elton John has been honoured by the Post Office in Gilbraltar with his face on a stamp commemorating the pennisula's 300 years of British rule.
The 57-year-old singer and his band performed a concert at the colony's Victoria Stadium last week as part of its celebrations.
Elton releases a new studio album, Peachtree Road, on November 8 [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story
IAYM reports: Slipknot's next single 'Vermilion' will be sent for U.S. radio adds the week of October 04th. Meanwhile, their label have unveiled further details relating to the video clips created for both 'Vermilion' and its numerical follow-up 'Vermilion Pt. 2', which were both shot in Los Angeles, California late last month. These are expected to surface simultaneously in early October.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story
Fear Factory CD/DVD
IAYM reports: Fear Factory have now locked down a November 16th release date for their "Bite The Hand That Bleeds" CD/DVD EP through Liquid 8 Records. The effort is slated to contain the following items: 01. "Bite The Hand That Bleeds"
02. "Cyberwaste" (Video)
03. "Archetype" (Narrative Video)
04. "Archetype" (Performance Video)
05. "Archetype" (Anime Video)
06. "Bite The Hand That Bleeds" (Video)
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Dylan on Campus
liveDaily reports: Bob Dylan recently wrapped up a tour of minor-league baseball parks with Willie Nelson, but the rock legend will continue his roadwork this fall with a trek that touches down at college campuses.
A handful of dates in California and the Midwest have already surfaced, and more shows will be announced in the coming days and weeks, according to Dylan's camp.
On Oct. 1, Simon & Schuster will release the Dylan-penned book "Chronicles: Volume 1," the first in a series of his personal histories. [see full story for more including dates]- Click Here for the Full Story
Metallica Expand Tour
liveDaily reports: With the launch of its next round of North American tour dates less than a week away, Metallica continues adding dates to the run.
The group, which resumes its tour with a Sept. 21 performance in Cleveland, has now added second shows to its October stops in Philadelphia and Boston, and has also penciled in November concerts in the Ft. Lauderdale area; Jacksonville, FL; and Nashville. Tickets for all five shows are set to hit the box office on Saturday (9/18), according to Metallica's website.
Boston-based rockers Godsmack open on all dates. [see full story for more including dates]- Click Here for the Full Story
Telsa & Scorpions Tour
liveDaily reports: Tesla and Scorpions, two hard-rock outfits that rose to fame in the '80s, join forces this fall for a run on the U.S. arena circuit.
The trek kicks off in late October, and dates so far stretch through early December.
German-based Scorpions are supporting their May release, "Unbreakable," which is the group's first new studio set since 1999's "Eye II Eye." [see full story for more including dates]- Click Here for the Full Story
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siN's metal news reports: SUFFOCATION, BEHEMOTH and SOILENT GREEN will all be hooking up for tour of the United States in early 2005. Confirmed dates are as follows:
January 23 - Atlanta, GA @ TBA
January 26 - San Antonio, TX @ Sanctuary
January 27 - Dallas, TX @ Trees
January 29 - Albuquerque, NM @ Launch Pad
January 30 - Tucson, AZ @ The Rock
January 31 - Phoenix, AZ @ Mason Jar
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Something Corporate Spinoff
press release reports: Something Corporate guitarist/songwriter, Josh Partington, has spent the summer fully developing his side project "Firescape". Known for crafting Something Corporate's staples including "Hurricane", "Fall", "Only Ashes" and North's lead single, the hit "Space", this project was written, performed and produced by Partington and is being engineered by long-time friend Kyle Homme (Sugarcult, Days Away, Lit). When asked about the direction of the new band, Partington stated "The Firescape stuff definitely has a harder edge to it. I wouldn't characterize it as hardcore or metal by any stretch of the imagination, but it is certainly a hard rock album."
Firescape's official website has just gone live where fall tour dates will be posted as they are confirmed. Please visit www.firescapemusic.com for more information.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story
Breaking Benjamin Find New
press release reports: Following the recent departure of Jeremy Hummel, BC, formerly of (Hed) PE, will be taking over drumming duties for Breaking Benjamin. Recent rumors have suggested that Breaking Benjamin will be heavily involved in the upcoming video game Halo 2 - we'll have more info on that as it becomes available.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story
press release reports: Welcome to Brazzaville, a compilation album of fifteen songs by Los Angeles band Brazzaville, will be released Tuesday, November 2, 2004 on Mimicry Records. Upon discovering Brazzaville's catalog of three independently-distributed albums, Mimicry opted to re-release the select tracks on Welcome to introduce the band to a wider audience. Welcome to Brazzaville spans the band's seven-year, bi-continental career and culls fan favorites from the pretty multi-lingual murmurings of 1998's deceptively titled Brazzaville 2002, the guitar-heavy straight-ahead rock of 2000's Somnambulista and the smoky Brazilian-flavored melodies of 2002's gorgeous Rouge on Pockmarked Cheeks. The album also includes two previously unreleased tracks, "Love Sky" and "Christmas in E.C.," which will not be available on any other records.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story
Howie Day Receives 4 BMA
press release reports: The categories for this year's Boston Music Awards have been announced and Epic recording artist Howie Day received four nods: "Album of the Year," "Male Vocalist of the Year," "Song of the Year" and "Act of the Year." In the latter, Day was nominated alongside Rock & Roll Hall of Famers Aerosmith, alt-rock legends The Pixies, multi-platinum metal act Godsmack and pop darlings Fountains of Wayne. This year's winners will be announced on September 29th. Last year, Day won BMAs for "Debut Album of the Year" and "Outstanding Male Vocalist."
Day is currently touring in support of Album of the Year nominee STOP ALL THE WORLD NOW, the record Guitar World Acoustic praised for being "reminiscent of British bands like Verve and Coldplay" and The Chicago Tribune described as "lush and dramatic enough to suggest U2." Day, who recently wrapped dates with O.A.R., is embarking on a headlining solo acoustic tour, beginning October 1st at Georgetown University in Washington, DC. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story