Islamists Vs Iraqi Band
Blabbermouth reports: Popbitch.com is reporting that the Iraqi metal band ACRASSICAUDA have fled to Jordan after threats by radical Islamists in Iraq, prompting the web site to remark, "So U.S. and U.K.: well done for the new, free, liberal Iraq."
Back in August, The Wall Street Journal published an article describing ACRASSICAUDA's difficulties of reviving culture and entertainment in a society ripped apart by war. A short excerpt from the article, which appeared in the WSJ's August 17 edition, follows:
The members of ACRASSICAUDA honed their English by singing along to black-market MEGADETH and METALLICA CDs. They developed their stage moves by copying what they saw on pirated videotapes of American rock concerts. Now they're learning a different lesson: the difficulties of reviving culture and entertainment in a society ripped apart by war. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story
Blabbermouth reports: MARILYN MANSON has told MTV.com that he prefers to call his upcoming greatest-hits collection, "Lest We Forget: The Best of Marilyn Manson", "a farewell compilation."
"You get frustrated sometimes when you know that your heart is really buried in your art, and you know more success equals being more mediocre," Manson said. "So you have to redefine success, and you can't compete with people who don't do what you do. It's not really a 'greatest hits' because I was never really a top-40 artist." [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story
Priest CD Delay
blabbermouth reports: JUDAS PRIEST have postponed the release date of their new studio album to January 4, 2005 from the previously announced December 28, 2004. The release date was moved the request of the band's record label, Sony/Epic Records, according to a posting on the group's official web site. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story
Source: Blabbermouth also has news on KORN: 'Another Brick In The Wall' Audio Clip Posted Online, A PERFECT CIRCLE: 'aMOTION' CD/DVD Details Revealed, FEAR FACTORY: 'Bite The Hand That Bleeds' Video Posted Online, SOULFLY Mainman Apologizes For WINDOW FEST Cancellation, Suggests New Show, THE KILL Hard At Work On Material For Sophomore Album and more click here to check it out
OutKast Legal Battle Update
MuchMusic reports: Lawyers representing Rosa Parks say their client is suffering from dementia. The civil rights pioneer is pursuing a long-running defamation lawsuit against Outkast's label over the duo's song entitled "Rosa Parks". Parks' attorneys say that her condition will not allow her to testify in the court case. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story
New Fugees CD?
MuchMusic reports: The Fugees may be following up their recent surprise reunion show with a new album. The group performed a special "block party" show in Brooklyn last weekend, and they're reportedly all on good terms again. Allhiphop.com reports that Pras says that the group is looking to collaborate on another album, but it could be at least a year and a half before they begin work on it. - Click Here for the Full Story
REM To Play South Africa
NME reports: REM have announced details of their first ever live shows in SOUTH AFRICA.
The band play there in March as part of their world tour, which kicks off in North America in October.
The South African dates are at:
Cape Town Bellville Velodrome (March 3)
Durban ABSA Stadium (8)
Johannesburg Coca-Cola Dome (10)
[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story
Snow Patrol For 05 Release
NME reports: SNOW PATROL have revealed that they will start recording their next album in the spring and aim to release the follow-up to this year's 'FINAL STRAW' by autumn 2005. The band are currently on tour in the US until December and singer Gary Lightbody said that life of the road means the group have not been able to write enough material yet for the LP. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story
Lostprophets Extend Tour
NME reports: LOSTPROPHETS have added five more dates to their forthcoming winter tour of the UK and Ireland. Nearly all the band's previously announced dates have sold out so the band will now play three more dates in England and a further two in Ireland. The band will be coinciding their next single release with the tour, with the currently undecided track hitting the shops on November 22. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story
Source: NME also has news on The Ordinary Boys cause a storm in their hometown, Buju Banton banned from playing Manchester show, Franz Ferdinand being chased by debt collectors!, Phil Spector's lawyer fears for star, Razorlight to play new songs on NME Rock'N'Roll Riot tour and more click here to check it out
Reggae Ban UK
BBC reports: Jamaican dancehall singer Buju Banton has been banned from playing a concert in Manchester after protests over his allegedly homophobic lyrics.
The reggae artist was due to perform at the Bierkeller in Piccadilly on Thursday night.
Greater Manchester Police cancelled the gig as previous performances "suggest a likelihood of public disorder". [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story
Lil Kim Guard Sentenced
AP reports: A bodyguard for Lil' Kim who admitted firing a gun at least 20 times in a shootout as the rapper left a hip-hop radio station was sentenced Wednesday to 12 years in prison.
U.S. District Judge Gerard Lynch said Suif Jackson, 34, deserved a harsh sentence because society had to be protected from a machine gun-toting man convicted five times of criminal charges, including three times for crimes of violence. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story
Elton Vs Pigs
AP reports: Sir Elton John warmed up his vocal chords for a concert Thursday in Taiwan by telling photographers they're a bunch of "rude, vile pigs."
The media ambushed the rock star after he arrived by private plane Thursday shortly after midnight at Taipei's Chiang Kai-shek International Airport. John was angry that police allegedly did not properly restrain the pack and protect him "from the ensuing chaos," a statement issued by the singer said. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story
Jacko Assistant Raided
AP reports: Authorities raided the Los Angeles area home of Michael Jackson's personal assistant as part of their investigation into allegations the entertainer molested a boy at his Neverland Ranch, a newspaper reported Thursday.
The person's name was blacked out in court documents released Wednesday, but the Santa Barbara News-Press identified her as Evelyn "Evvy" Tavasci of suburban Sherman Oaks. Tavasci has worked for Jackson, 46, for more than a decade. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story
Cat Stevens Claims 'No Ties
AP reports: Puzzled and angry at being barred from the United States, the singer formerly known as Cat Stevens returned to London on Thursday vowing to find out why.
Surrounded by a throng of reporters at Heathrow Airport, Yusuf Islam said it was ludicrous that he was on Washington's no-fly list for having suspected ties to terrorists, and he said he would challenge the decision to block him from entering the country.
"Half of me wants to smile, and half of me wants to growl. The whole thing is totally ridiculous," said Islam, whose string of hits in the 1960s and 1970s included "Peace Train," "Wild World" and "Morning Has Broken."
"Everybody knows who I am. I am no secret figure. Everybody knows my campaigning for charity, for peace. There's got to be a whole lot of explanation." [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story
A Perfect Lennon?
All Access reports: Wanna hear A Perfect Circle's take on John Lennon's "Imagine"? Click the full story link to take a listen, the track will be on the new APC album 'eMOTIVE', which is set to hit stores Nov 2nd.- Click Here for the Full Story
Endo Update... Sort of
The PRP reports: Endo currently have around 16 new songs written for their next album which they have been working on as of late. At present, plans are being made for a small regional tour around their native Florida. - Click Here for the Full Story
Darkest Hour Tour
The PRP reports: Darkest Hour have confirmed a number of dates for their upcoming tour with Between The Buried And Me and Fear Before The March Of Flames, the schedule is as follows:
November 12th Harrisonburgh, VA - Captin T's (Feat. Kylesa)
November 13th Spartanburg, SC - Ground Zero (Feat. Kylesa)
November 14th Atlanta, GA - Masquerade (Feat. Kylesa)
November 15th Tampa, FL - The Orpheum (Feat. Kylesa)
November 16th West Palm Beach, FL - The Factory (Feat. Kylesa)
[see full story for more dates]- Click Here for the Full Story
The PRP reports: Jimmy Eat World have lined up a number of shows, here's where you can catch them:
September 30th Riverside, CA - U.C.R. Recreation Center
October 15th Brooklyn, NY - The Warsaw (Feat. The Oranges Band, Robbers On High Street)
October 19th Pomona, CA - The Glasshouse
October 23rd Tempe, AZ - Tempe Beach Park
October 24th Tucson, AZ - Club Congress
October 26th Las Vegas, NV - House of Blues
[see full story for more dates]- Click Here for the Full Story
Metallica Add West Coast
siN's metal news reports: We have 3 new West Coast METALLICA dates for you all, including San Jose and Los Angeles shows. Again, all dates are with GODSMACK:
November 22 - West Valley City, UT @ E-Center
November 27 - Anaheim CA @ Arrowhead Pond Arena
November 28 - San Jose, CA @ HP Pavilion
- Click Here for the Full Story
Amen Lose Another
siN's metal news reports: AMEN bassist Scott Sorry has now left the band. Hes the third member to leave this month and the 2nd to leave in a week. Heres his statement regarding the decision:
"O.K. bitches here is the deal. I have decided to leave Amen. The first person I met when I joined Amen was Matty. He, Rich, Luke, and even Poochy, became my family. I love them all dearly and we spent a lot of time in the trenches together. They are my best friends and the only family I knew for two years.
Staying in Amen would be like staying in a band only for the money without them. They are my brothers and I don't give a f*** about money. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story
Vader Drop Tour
siN's metal news reports: This time there has been an injury, unfortunately to traveling Poles VADER who have announced their immediate dropping off of the forthcoming CANNIBAL CORPSE, NAPLAM DEATH tour. A public statement reads as follows:
"We are sorry to inform everyone that during Scandinavian tour (October 2004) Peter has suffered from a minor spinal injury (vertebra-related) and will have to undergo a procedure to set things right (1 week at hospital and 2 weeks of rehabilitation). The only possible date to enter the hospital and fix it is in October, so we have decided on not going on our US tour! Our first idea was to schedule the procedure at hospital next year, but it would be big risk for Peter's health. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story
Source: siN's metal news also has news on Rikets - Debut EP news , Hopesfall - Name Icarus as 1st Single/Video , Bleeding Through - 3 Live Tracks Added to re-release , Walls of Jericho - Theres No I In f*** You, Wednesday 13 - Adds 'Pig' to his ranks and more click here to check it out
Enuff Z'nuff ? Perris
Day in Rock reports: Perris Records/Stoney Records is set to release Enuff Z'nuff's latest album "?" on October 12th. The 11 track CD was released earlier this year in Japan. Apart from founding members Donnie Vie and Chip Z'nuff and longtime drummer Ricky Parent, original drummer Vik Fox and guitarist Derek Frigo contributed to the disc. Frigo passed away earlier this year just as the band was discussing a reunion tour.
Tracklisting: 01. Gorgeous - 02. Home Tonight - 03. Help - 04. No Place Like Home - 05. Harley - 06. Hang On For Life - 07. Man With A Woman - 08. How Are You? - 09. Joni Woni (Likes To Ride The Pony) - 11. Stone Cold Crazy (Queen cover)
In other Enuff Z'nuff news. The band has set up a benefit concert to raise money for drummer Ricky Parent who is currently undergoing treatment for cancer. The benefit show will take place at The Metro in Chicago on October 17th. So far Enuff Z'nuff, D'molls and the Love Hammers are confirmed with more bands expected to join the bill. All proceeds go to the Ricky Parent Foundation to help him cover his medical costs. [see full story for more info]- Click Here for the Full Story
Traver & Appice Tour
Electric Basement reports: Legendary rockers PAT TRAVERS & CARMINE APPICE, with TM STEVENS, have begun a major tour of Europe, Scandinavia, Russia, Lithuania, and the Czech Republic in support of their new CD release It Takes A Lot Of Balls, on SPV Records. Opening for T&A is hard rock sensations THE LIZARDS (featuring Mike DiMeo of RIOT, and Bobby Rondinelli of BOC/Sabbath/Rainbow fame). [see full story for more, including dates]- Click Here for the Full Story
Ananova reports: Franz Ferdinand are being persued by a debt collector over an unpaid £676 restaurant bill.
Restaurant owner Any Steel clamis they still owe him that amount for a celebration wedding meal in April.
The Glaswegian foursome, whose hits include Take Me Out and Michael, recently scooped the £20,000 Mercury Music Prize and vowed to hand it over to charity.
Andy, 32, reckons they should use some of the cash to pay his bill. He said: "I just got fobbed off so I've got a debt collector trying to pursue it." [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story
Oasis Set Date
Ananova reports: Noel Gallagher has revealed the release date of the new Oasis album.
He said the band had set themselves a deadline of May 26 next year to release the long-overdue album.
Noel told Sky One: "May 26. We've got a release date now, which is why it's been meandering for a bit because we've not had a date to work to because we're extremely successful.
"So they just say: "Alright, finish when you finish" - but it's kind of been rambling on and not working too hard on it but now we have to have it finished by May 26." [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story
Saliva on the Road
liveDaily reports: Armed with material from its recently released album, "Survival of the Sickest," Saliva continues working the road this fall.
The band's schedule features a mix of headlining club shows and radio-station festivals, dates for most of which are set in October. A handful of late-September stops and a lone November performance are also confirmed.
"Survival of the Sickest," Saliva's third full-length, landed on shelves in mid-August. The set follow's 2002's "Back Into Your System." [see full story for more including dates]- Click Here for the Full Story
Tsunami Bomb DVD and new
press release reports: After wrapping a U.S. headlining tour, TSUNAMI BOMB are garnering critical acclaim for their breakout album THE DEFINITIVE ACT--just released September 21 via punk indie Kung Fu Records--and volcanic live shows.
Fans can look forward to the group's first-ever solo concert DVD for the Kung Fu Records live DVD series "The Show Must Go Off." Filmed at a recent show outside Los Angeles, the DVD will be released later this year. A new limited-edition white vinyl 7" featuring "Safety Song" and "My Machete" from THE DEFINITIVE ACT are now available on the band's website, www.tsunamibomb.com. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story
press release reports: Fuse, the nation's only all-music, viewer-influenced network, is the exclusive broadcast of the Vans Warped 10 Year Reunion Tour. Fuse will be celebrating the 10th anniversary of the tour with an exclusive 90-minute concert special airing on Friday, September 24th at 7 PM (ET). The special was taped at Boston's Gillette Stadium Parking on August 20th, and the all-star roster of acts includes: New Found Glory, Yellowcard, Good Charlotte, Less Than Jake, Taking Back Sunday, Story of the Year, Sugarcult, The Used, Bad Religion and My Chemical Romance. Fuse will build up to the concert special with "Warped Week" programming at 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM and again at 7:00 – 8:00 PM, featuring Warped artist interviews and recapping the highlights from the summer-long tour. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story
Liars Academy Equipment Stolen
press release reports: Early this Morning, Liars Academy had all their equipment stolen out of their trailer in the Roland Park area of Baltimore, MD, the band's hometown.
This comes right on the heels of the release of the band's new album, "Demons" and in the middle of their east coast tour.
Liars Academy will be posting a complete list of the stolen equipment, which is valued in the neighborhood of $15,000, on http://www.liarsacademy.com very soon.
The band will unfortunately have to cancel their performance in New York City tonight and New Jersey tomorrow, although they still definitely plan to play their hometown Baltimore show on Saturday. A decision will be made regarding the remainder of the tour shortly.
In an effort to get Liars Academy back on their feet and out on the road, the band is accepting donations via Paypal to the account: LiarsAcademy@equalvision.com.
If anyone has information or leads that they think could be helpful in any way please email LiarsAcademy@equalvision.com [see full story link to for the Paypal donation page] - Click Here for the Full Story
Bullets And Octane Touring
with Eagles of Death Metal
press release reports: Bullets And Octane released their album "The Revelry" on Criterion Records last week.
They are promoting the CD by touring with The Eagles of Death Metal. Here are the latest date:
10/08/04 Phoenix, AZ @ Big Fish Pub
10/09/04 Silverlake, CA @ Spaceland
10/10/04 San Francisco, CA @ Cafe Du Nord
10/11/04 Petaluma, CA @ Phoenix
10/13/04 Seattle, WA @ Chop Suey
10/14/04 Portland, OR @ Dante's
10/15/04 Vancouver, BC @ Red Room
10/16/04 Victoria, BC @ Lucky Bar
10/17/04 Eugene, OR @ WOW Hall
10/19/04 Santa Cruz, CA @ The Catalyst
10/21/04 San Diego, CA @ Casbah
10/22/04 Santa Barbara, CA @ Velvet Jones
10/23/04 Long Beach, CA @ Alex's Bar
[see full story for an mp3 of the first single "Sweet Dreams"]- Click Here for the Full Story
Wanna Be A Slunt?
press release reports: SLUNT NEEDS YOU!!
FANS & TALENT NEEDED FOR LIVE PERFORMANCE SCENES FOR OUR DEBUT VIDEO BEING DIRECTED BY DALE RESTEGHINI (HATEBREED, CANDIRIA, SHADOW FALL).
WHO: YOU... DRESSED UP IN YER FINEST ROCK DUDS!
WHAT: COME ROCK OUT IN THE CROWD & GET YER FACE IMMORTALIZED IN SLUNT'S FIRST VIDEO!
WHEN: WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 29TH (12-4PM)
WHERE: CONTINENTAL – 25 THIRD AVE (& ST. MARKS) NYC
MAKE SURE TO COME ON DOWN AROUND NOON & BRING ALL YER FRIENDS... THE EARLIER YA GET THERE, THE BETTER CHANCE YOU HAVE OF GETTIN' ON CAMERA![see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story
Jackyl Live CD/DVD
reports: What do you get when you combine the hardest working, hardest rocking band in the world with the legendary annual biker rally in Sturgis, South Dakota? You get Jackyl's 'Live at the Full Throttle Saloon' scheduled for separate CD and DVD release on Sanctuary Records on September 28, 2004.
Vocalist Jesse James Dupree led his band of guitarist Jeff Worley, bass guitarist Roman Glick and drummer Chris Worley through a raucous set of no-holds-barred hits in front of 15,000 maniacal fans at the Full Throttle Saloon in summer 2003. The venue always hosts some of the most popular events in Sturgis.
The tracks on the CD and DVD vary slightly. The CD tracks are "The More You Hate It," "I Stand Alone," "Mr. Evil," "You Want It Heavy," "Push Comes To Shove," "Down This Road Before," "Down On Me," "Dirty Little Mind," "Redneck Punk" and "The Lumberjack." The DVD tracks are: "The More You Hate It," "Mental Masturbation," "I Stand Alone," "Mr. Evil," "You Want It Heavy," "Push Comes To Shove," "Secret Of The Bottle," "When Will It Rain," "Down On Me," "Dirty Little Mind," "Redneck Punk," "She Loves My Cock," "Billy Badass" and "The Lumberjack."[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story
[Happy Friday, Scott Slapp is checking in this week to get you in the mood to avoid the box office this weekend. Hollywood has Scott fuming, so he decided to go outside of music this week and Slapp an entire industry for using some of the tricks of the music trade.]
Some people suggested that I slap myself this go around, but I'll leave that to them in the Fan Speak. This week I have to get something off my chest. Something that has been bothering me for a while and I just can't hold it in any longer: Hollywood is becoming like the modern music business.
I'm not just talking about them shoveling entertainment for the lowest common denominator down our throats. The music business has been doing that for years and Hollywood has been plying us with mindless blockbusters and popcorn movies since they discovered that sitcom audiences also go to the movies. My bitch is that Hollywood is following the music industry's policy of OVER filling the market with rehashed material.
I used to go to the movies almost every weekend. There was always something cool coming out. It may have been a cool indie movie or a big studio film. But I spent my money and most of the time I walked away having been entertained. Then about the same time that tickets jumped to $10 a pop, Hollywood appeared to stop trying to come up with new and interesting stories. Instead the started mining "Nick at Night" for ideas and came up with the brilliant idea to produce bad remakes of bad 70s TV shows.
"Pulp Fiction", "Donnie Darko" and "Fight Club" were replaced with "Charlie's Angels", "Starsky and Hutch" and "Scooby-Doo". The originals sucked so what gave Hollywood the idea that big budget movie adaptations would be any better? And you know what is worst? The films aren't better, they are worst!
Has Hollywood ran out of ideas? Or are they just lazy? Even Spielberg can't come up with a decent movie these days. What is alarming is this trend seems to be picking up speed. There is no shortage of bad 70s show slated for big screen remakes. Do we really need to revisit "Hawaii 5-0"? What's next? "Good Times", "Welcome Back Kotter", and "The Jeffersons"? Or will they try and screw up "All in the Family"?
Wait! They have another stupid trick of late, adapting video games to the big screen. And should I mention bad sequels? Could we have lived without a "prequel" to "The Exorcist"? And why make a sequel to a really bad movie--"Anaconda" is a good recent example of this.
I know that Hollywood adapting TV shows is a common practice but over the past few years it seems to be more and more common. They take things to an even worst level with all of the film remakes. "Manchurian Candidate", couldn't even compare to the original. Did you hear they are actually remaking "King Kong"… again! If some Hollywood bozo gets the bright idea to remake "Citizen Kane", I'm gonna go postal!
[Click the full story link to read the rest of Scott's Slapp against Hollywood] - Click Here for the Full Story