Bootleg Law Axed
AP reports: A federal judge Friday struck down a 1994 law banning the sale of bootleg recordings of live music, ruling the law unfairly grants "seemingly perpetual protection" to the original performances.
U.S. District Judge Harold Baer Jr. dismissed a federal indictment of Jean Martignon, who runs a Manhattan mail-order and Internet business that sells bootleg recordings.
Baer found the bootleg law was written by Congress in the spirit of federal copyright law, which protects writing for a fixed period of time — typically for the life of the author and 70 years after the author's death.
But the judge said the bootleg law, which was passed "primarily to cloak artists with copyright protection," could not stand because it places no time limit on the ban. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story
AP reports: Shock rocker Marilyn Manson's drummer broke his wrist and suffered a slight concussion in a fall from the stage at an event in Germany, organizers said Saturday.
Drummer Ginger Fish was taken to a hospital in Cologne for treatment after the incident Friday night and was released Saturday, the Viva television channel said in a statement. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story
Damageplan Vs Cold
Blabbermouth reports: In the latest installment of his "Ask Vinnie" column in Revolver magazine, DAMAGEPLAN/ex-PANTERA drummer Vinnie Paul was asked which bands he used to get into fights with on the road, and which ones he would want to fight if he had the chance. "We always made friends with all the bands we ever toured with," Vinnie responded. "The only a**hole I ever had to throw out of my house was Scooter Ward of COLD. The night manager had to kick his ass. Then I was nice enough to send him his cell phone the next day, but he gave me a bogus Federal Express number and I wound up taking that bill in the head. Thanks Scooter — jackass!" - Click Here for the Full Story
Queens of the Horn Age?
Blabbermouth reports: The QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE web site recently posted a picture of the group's frontman, Josh Homme, conducting a horn section, presumably for the band`s forthcoming follow-up to "Songs for the Deaf".
When asked "Why horns?", Homme replied, "Do you know how heavy and intense it is to be in the presence of three or four tubas yelling at once?"
QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE's new album is tentatively scheduled for release in early 2005 via Interscope Records. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story
Blabbermouth reports: SLIPKNOT's "samples and media" guy, Craig Jones #133 (a.k.a. #5), has been forced to sit out the early portion of the group's current European tour due to a "medical emergency." The band's official statement on the matter reads as follows:
"We've made it thru 10 years without a member of SLIPKNOT missing a single show, but due to emergency medical reasons one of our brothers has been forced to return to Des Moines, IA.
"Craig Jones #133 ( #5), has been suffering incredible pain during the first week of our European tour and has been unable to eat or sleep properly. Therefore, a decision was made for him to return to the States for emergency dental surgery. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story
Fights Kill Unearth Show
Blabbermouth reports: UNEARTH's scheduled performance at the Cricket Club in Irvington, NJ on Saturday (Sept. 25) was cancelled after "a ton of fights" broke out during openers TERROR's set, causing the show to be shut down. "We sincerely apologize to everyone who paid money to see us play," UNEARTH write on their web site. "We will do our absolute best to come back and make it up to everyone in Jersey."[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story
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AC/DC Rocks Charity
News Press reports: The American Red Cross of Collier County received a $69,000 boost this week from a local radio broadcast company.
Beasley Broadcast Group Inc. presented the check to Red Cross officials Tuesday. The money was raised through a benefit concert on Sept. 10 which featured members from hit bands such as AC/DC, Bad Company and Foreigner. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story
Rotten TV Bugs
The Sun reports: ROCK wildman John Lydon has signed up to front a wildlife show all about INSECTS.
Lydon, 48, who fronted the Sex Pistols as Johnny Rotten, is already presenting two wildlife shows for Five about gorillas and sharks.
Now he will be revealing his love of creepy-crawlies in a Discovery Channel documentary. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story
Free Electric Six
NME reports: ELECTRIC SIX are to release their next single as a free download.
The ‘Gay Bar' stars will unleash ‘Vibrator' on the public on October 11. The song is the first material since 2003's debut album ‘Fire', and can be downloaded from their official website electricsix.com.
The band will follow the single with their cover of the Queen classic ‘Radio Ga Ga', released on December 13. [see full story for more, including UK dates]- Click Here for the Full Story
Courtney Love Plans Tour
NME reports: COURTNEY LOVE is heading back out on the road.
The singer, who is currently facing legal battles in Los Angeles and New York City, has announced she will be touring in October with her band The Chelsea.
Love will head down to San Diego on October 24 to play at 4th & B. The following week she will play Santa Cruz venue The Catalyst on October 28 and The Majestic Theatre in Ventura on October 29. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story
Green Day No. 1
NME reports: GREEN DAY's 'AMERICAN IDIOT' has shot straight to the top of the UK album charts tonight (September 26).
The punk trio knocked Embrace's 'Out Of Nothing' from the number one position to two, while The Music's second LP 'Welcome To The North' entered the run-down at eight. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story
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Zap2it reports: Is Michael Jackson black or white? A genius, eccentric or wacko? Straight, gay or merely effeminate?
Brilliant minds have bent their brainpower to address these questions and more at a conference on Thursday and Friday (Sept. 23 and 24) at Yale University, reports the AP.
In the first academic meeting to study the pop star, 18 scholars gathered in Connecticut to dissect aspects of Jackson's life and how they've affected views in America.
"[Jackson] in many ways is the black male crossover artist of the 20th century," says Seth Clark Silberman, who teaches about race and gender at Yale. "He has grown up in front of us, so we have a great investment in him, even though some people today may find his image disturbing." [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story
And they say education is on the decline.
Variety reports: Following Elvis Presley, John Lennon and the Beach Boys this season, the latest music icon to be lionized in a new Broadway musical will be late country singer Johnny Cash.
Tony-winning director Richard Maltby Jr. ("Ain't Misbehavin'") has signed on to direct "Ring of Fire," a celebratory journey through the Man in Black's experience of life, love, loss and faith.
The show will feature more than 40 songs by Cash and his wife, June Carter Cash [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story
Sinead: Don't Make Fun of
AP reports: One-time pop sensation Sinead O'Connor was back in the news Friday — by taking out a full-page ad pleading for people to stop making fun of her.
O'Connor, who shot to international fame in 1990 with her biggest hit "Nothing Compares 2 U," claimed she had been "consistently ridiculed, lashed and called mad" for decades, particularly in her native Ireland.
"I don't think there can be any person male or female from this country who has been as consistently lashed as I have been and always am no matter what I set out to do," she complained during her 2,000-word essay published in the Irish Examiner newspaper. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story
No Money For Hendrix Brother
antiMUSIC reports: Jimi Hendrix brother is not entitled to any money from rock legend's estate. That was ruling of a Seattle judge this week. When Jimi Hendrix died in 1970 his $80 million estate went to his father Al Hendrix. Al Hendrix died in 2002 and left the majority of the estate to his stepdaughter, Janie Hendrix. The brother of the guitarist, Leon Hendrix and other family members went to court seeking to invalidate their father's will.
Leon Hendrix and other members of the family filed suit, claiming that Janie Hendrix had unfairly influenced Al Hendrix to cut the other members of the family out of the will. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story
The Cure Icon Special
Punkbands.com reports: Highlights from the Deftones, Blink 182, AFI's performance at the recent "MTV Icon" tribute to The Cure can now be viewed online [see full story for link]- Click Here for the Full Story
Snapcase on Pause
Punkbands.com reports: Earlier we posted that Snapcase might in fact be going on hiatus. Frank from Snapcase posted this message on the bands website recently. As some of you may have heard by now, three of the members of Snapcase(Ben, Dustin and Frank) have been working on a side project for a few months now. Well, this side project is in the process of looking to add another guitarist and a vocalist to the lineup and will begin tryouts within the next couple weeks. If you or anyone you know is interested in trying out, please contact us at email@example.com.
Snapcase still exists. (in stasis for the most part, though a few projects are in ! still the works like the DVD and an EP of new material) [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story
Slayer DVD Tracks
The PRP reports: Slayer have firmed up the tentative track listing to their upcoming live DVD effort "Still Reigning", here's how it looks:
01 - "Angel Of Death" - 02 - "Piece By Piece" - 03 - "Necrophobic" - 04 - "Altar Of Sacrifice" - 05 - "Jesus Saves" - 06 - "Criminally Insane" - 07 - "Reborn" - 08 - "Epidemic" - 09 - "Postmortem" - 10 - "Raining Blood"
Bonus Tracks: 11 - "War Ensemble" - 12 - "Hallowed Point" - 13 - "Necrophiliac" - 14 - "Mandatory Suicide" - 15 - "Spill The Blood" - 16 - "South Of Heaven"
The DVD release on October 26th. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story
The PRP reports: The Melvins have unveiled the schedule of dates for their upcoming European/UK run, it looks as follows:
November 04th Zurich, SWI - Rote Fabrik
November 05th Fribourg, SWI - Fri-Son
November 08th Graz, AUT - Orpheum
November 09th Linz, AUT - Postof
November 13th Amsterdam, NET - Melkweg
[see full story for more dates]- Click Here for the Full Story
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Project 86 Theft
Digital Noise reports: Project 86 recently had $7000 worth of gear stolen while in Phoenix, AZ.
The band were not insured for the equipment and are asking for donations to an equipment replacement fund, please make checks payable to Project 86 and make a note on the memo line for equipment.
Checks can be sent to:
2525 Perimeter Place Dr. Suite 112-A
Nashville TN 37214 - Click Here for the Full Story
Digital Noise reports: The Offspring will be releasing a greatest hits album in early 2005.
The band says that the album will also include a cover of a Police track. Frontman Dexter Holland won't divulge which one, though admits whether he can reach Sting's high notes has played a part in choosing which one.
"I've been messing around with it in the car, like, 'Can I hit that?'" he said. "We're not doing 'Roxanne'. That's really up there." [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story
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siN's metal news reports: Here's from the official HAMMERFALL site, HammerFall.net: [skipped over a bunch, click the full story for it] For those of you who are too lazy to read the diaries and put together the tracklist for the album, here are the titles of all ten songs (in no particular order):
Born To Rule - Hammer Of Justice - The Templar Flame - Take The Black - Fury Of The WIld - Secrets - Never, Ever - Blood Bound - Imperial - Knights Of The 21st Century
As I have mentioned before, the single will be out on January 31st (still haven't decided which song), and the full length album on March 7th (most of Europe), 8th (U.S.A.) and 9th (Sweden). [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story
Metallica on Jane Pauley
siN's metal news reports: METALLICA, along with "Metallica: Some Kind of Monster" producers Joe Berlinger and Bruce Sinofsky, will be on "The Jane Pauley Show." Show date and time are still TBA. [see full story for the latest dates, yes even new ones]- Click Here for the Full Story
Brand New Sin Deal?
siN's metal news reports: We've got some great news regarding BRAND NEW SIN. The band is confirmed to sign to Century Media records! Congrats go out to all of them. The band plans to hit the studio immediately to record their next album. The "official" announcement will be made next week. You heard it here first... - Click Here for the Full Story
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McDonald Does Motown... Again
Reuters reports: Vocalist Michael McDonald will on Oct. 26 release "Motown 2," his second album of tracks made famous by stars of the Motown label.
The track listing includes such favorites as "Reach Out, I'll Be There" (the first single), "Baby I Need Your Lovin'," "Nowhere to Run," "Mercy Mercy Me" and "The Tracks of My Tears." [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story
James Taylor Xmas
Reuters reports: James Taylor will release a new Christmas album Nov. 1 that will be available exclusively through Hallmark stores.
The project is Taylor's first since 2002's "October Road," his last album for Columbia Records. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story
Franz Sell Out
NMC reports: It's official. Franz Ferdinand has completed phase one of its plan for world domination by selling out all US shows on the current tour. In light of America's demand for the Scottish four-piece, many of the stateside concert promoters obtained special permits to allow them to increase the audience capacity for the shows. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story
NMC reports: Yellowcarders will be happy to know that Yellowcard is releasing its first DVD on November 2. "Beyond Ocean Avenue: Live At The Electric Factory" captures the band performing at Philadelphia's Electric Factory during a sold-out show in May 2004. The DVD also includes a documentary on Yellowcard, with behind-the-scenes footage. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story
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Megadeth Top 20
Electric Basement reports: Metal icons MEGADETH have triumphantly reclaimed their place on the Billboard chart, with their new album The System Has Failed (Sanctuary Records) entering the Top 200 Albums chart at #18, selling over 45,000 copies. The new album features the first single "Die Dead Enough," which is being played on 116 stations nationwide, with a companion video directed by Thomas Mignone. [see full story for more, including tour dates]- Click Here for the Full Story
Elton Honors Himself
Ananova reports: Elton John is to present a TV show paying tribute to himself.
The singer has invited celebrities to join him for the BBC1 programme, Elton John: An Ivor Novello Tribute, reports The Sun.
A BBC insider tells the paper: "Not many stars are big enough, but what Elton wants, Elton gets." - Click Here for the Full Story
liveDaily reports: "American Idol" reject William Hung who has risen to fame because of--rather than in spite of--his inability to carry a tune, will release a Christmas EP titled "Hung for the Holidays" on Oct. 19, according to KOCH Records.
"Inspiration," Hung's debut album, has sold over 200,000 copies in the U.S., according to the label. - Click Here for the Full Story
Velvet Revolver Plot Fall
liveDaily reports: Velvet Revolver have begun unveiling a new U.S. tour, expected to route them around the country through the fall and possibly into the winter.
The itinerary at this point begins in mid-October, concentrating on the southern U.S. A Halloween show in Little Rock, Ark. was set to go on sale Saturday, (9/25) at press time. The band is also reportedly working to reschedule the Austin show they missed in June when frontman Scott Weiland was forced to rest his voice to avoid damage to his vocal cords after singing a few shows with bronchitis. [see full story for more including dates]- Click Here for the Full Story
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Falconer Hire New Axe
press release reports: After auditioning several guitarists, Falconer have now found a new lead player to complete their line-up. His name is Jimmy Hedlund, and he totally outshone the rest of the applicants.
He nailed every note in each of the three songs that were tested, and possesses some amazing solo skills as well!
FALCONER will start recording their new album in late December for an early May release. The title of the fourth album will be "GRIME VS. GRANDEUR"- Click Here for the Full Story
The Heavils Jager Dates
press release reports: The Heavils have announced several Midwest tour dates including the dates they are opening on the Jagermeister Tour with Slayer, Killswitch Engage and Mastodon.
10/01 Rockford, IL Elixir
10/02 Des Moines, IA House of Bricks
11/02 Minneapolis, MN Quest Club Jagermeister Tour
11/03 Milwaukee, WI Eagles Ballroom Jagermeister Tour
11/04 Rockford, IL Kryptonite
- Click Here for the Full Story
press release reports: [not really news, more of a promo but what the hell, it's Monday] "Beret! is the notorious group of American's that became so angry, they had no American means of expression and were forced to be reborn by their hate into a world of moustaches, wine, cigarettes, and stripes. The Frenchest thing to come out of America since taste, Beret! is a three-piece with singer Jacques Merde, bassist and singer Albert Fausse-Couche, and drummer Henri En Coule. Proclaiming that "only Americans need guitars", Beret! is simply bass, drums, and a few Frenchmen screaming as loud as they can. Combine that with an angry mob of French hooligans at the show for the sole purpose of being the hardcore-dancing fist to back Beret!'s words of anger, and there you have Beret! The stripes, the smoke, the anger...va'ten coule."- Click Here for the Full Story
AHC Still Touring
press release reports: After the cancellation of the Motorhead tour, American Head Charge have lined up the following dates:
10/13 Quad City Live - Davenport Iowa
10/16 Hairy Mary's - Des Moines Iowa
10/19 Engine Room - Houston , Texas
10/20 Backroom - Austin, Texas
10/21 Trees - Dallas, Texas
10/22 Bricktown Brew - Oklahoma City
10/26 Bluebird theater - Denver, Colorado
10/27 Mason Jar - Phoenix, Arizona
10/30 1st avenue - Minneapolis, Minnesota
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The Phenomenauts Announce
press release reports: Hailing from "earth's capitol," otherwise known as Oakland, CA, East Bay Rocker's The Phenomenauts will launch a west coast tour in October in support of the band's Nov. 16 release "Re-Entry," (Springman Records). With a moniker that means, "to pilot an unusual experience," The Phenomenauts will unleash their progressive commando-style performance to "cadets" up and down the west coast.
Already making headlines in the bay area and landing on the cover of The East Bay Express, The Phenomenauts are galactic pioneers on a mission to entertain with their unique brand of "rocket-roll." Fresh off the heels of this year's Vans Warped Tour, The Phenomenauts have been racking up critical acclaim for their futuristic and rollicking live shows. The band will hit the road in the now infamous "Phenoma Bomber," an '83 Dodge Van littered with gadgets of the 21st Century ranging from remote controls and stereo components to the motherboard of an old Macintosh. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story
Army of Freshmen on the Road
press release reports: Ventura, California's pop-punk band, ARMY OF FRESHMEN completed a summer of hard work, fun and sunburns on the Vans Warped Tour which came to an end last month in Boston. The band played their way through clubs and in-stores back across the country in support of their 33rd Street Records debut, Beg, Borrow, Steal. They arrived home just in time to do some laundry, play a much anticipated Los Angeles show and catch a flight overseas. Deemed "the hardest working band around", AOF are currently touring the UK and have just landed a spot touring the United States with Lucky Boys Confusion, The Matches and The Plain White Ts. This tour, entitled The Suburban Curse Tour kicks off on October 12th in Minneapolis and will take the bands through Chicago, Denver, Seattle, San Francisco, San Diego and Phoenix. More dates will be announced shortly. For photos, video, tour dates, etc see full story link- Click Here for the Full Story