|Top 5 stories for second half this week|
|Guns N' Celeb Rehab|
Similar to the first cycle, the second season of "Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew" will follow Jeff Conaway as he checks back into rehab after a series of back surgeries, setbacks and subsequent reliance on pain medications.
Joining him in rehab are Sean Stewart ("Sons of Hollywood"), Amber Smith (model/actress), Rodney King, Nikki McKibbon ("American Idol"), Adler and Kitaen. Gary Busey, who is 13 years sober from his cocaine addiction, will also be joining the cast to take the journey with the others and to share his experiences on the recovery process.- more on this story
|Metallica Now Magnetica?|
Blabbermouth speculates that this just might be the artwork to their new album "Silence The Critics, Even The Ones That Praise Us" (not really the title), which is expected to street in September.
The mysterious artwork features two back to back magnets shooting out the M in Metallica's logo. It was posted on the Metallica website under the headline "???". Our guess is that it was sent in by a fan and they liked it enough to post it, but it could be the artwork (if they have $50 budget for such things).- Check it out here
|Nine Inch Nails TV Show Planned|
The article does not go into much detail about the project, except to say that Reznor is working on it with producer Lawrence Bender, who is Quentin Tarantino's partner
The rest of the Times interview, which took place at Reznor's home "on the outskirts of Beverly Hills," touches on his abandonment of the major label system, his recent online album releases, and his own struggle to reinvent himself in the age of music downloading.- more on this story
|Don't Give Drugs To The Rockstar|
Scotland Yard said John Blagrove, 34, and his 22-year-old girlfriend Cara Burton, both of Queensbridge Road, east London, had been charged with conspiring to supply cocaine and a form of ecstasy.
The charges follow a police investigation in which officers seized a computer memory stick from the couple reportedly containing footage showing Miss Winehouse smoking a substance and Bob Geldof's 19-year-old daughter Peaches handing cash to a man.- Why hasn't Bob been charged with child abuse for naming his daughter Peaches? Find out what happened to Winehouse.
|Slash Working on Solo CD|
"I'm working on it pretty aggressively right now while I have the time cause as soon as Velvet finds its singer, then it's going to be off the races with that," he tells Spinner. "I'm using this little period to be able to do as much on my solo record as possible. I'm not sure exactly when it will come out, but hopefully it will come out before the Velvet record."
"It'll be my first solo record," he" continues. All the other ones were just me putting other bands together and going out and just jamming. This will actually be a little bit more personal."
|Sister Hazel Week: Day 3|
"Champagne High": I wrote this song about going the wedding of my ex-girlfriend and also about inviting exes to my own wedding.
It's a weird thing to do either way, but they were interesting opportunities for a lot of "what if" thinking
Learn more about the new CD, preview some tracks and grab tour dates- here
|Coolio Busted in the Gansta Paradise|
Law enforcement sources tell TMZ that the rapper (real name: Artis Leon Ivey, Jr. -- yes, we're serious) was pulled over in a 1996 Hummer for a minor traffic violation.
That's when the po-po discovered that there was a warrant for Coolio's suspended license. They took him into custody, and his bail has been set at $10,000.- more on this story
|More Music Biz Stupidity, Diddy Smash Up, Streaming Priest, Willie, Wynton, and Jay, BRMC Lose Member, As I Lay Dying Pull Out, Guys Has Lots of Buddies and more|
A guy got passed-out wasted and plowed into a fleet of super-pricey whips in NYC the other night -- too bad for him, that $400,000 Maybach he hit belonged to Diddy. Diddy reportedly wasn't there, he was too busy standing next to some rapper's car. more
MTV.com's The Leak is currently streaming Judas Priest's upcoming concept album, Nostradamus. Go here
Black Rebel Motorcycle Club drummer Nick Jago has split with the band for a second time, just prior to the launch of a European tour. However, core members Robert Levon Been and Peter Hayes insist Jago is not "fired." more
Willie Nelson and Wynton Marasalis are confirmed to perform on The Tonight Show July 10th
As I Lay Dying have issued the following update: "Due to an unforeseen family emergency we regret to inform you that we have no choice but to cancel our performance this Friday June 13th at Ichthus Festival in Wilmore, KY. more
Guitar legend Buddy Guy has Eric Clapton, Robert Randolph, Susan Tedeschi and Derek Trucks in his corner on "Skin Deep," his next Silvertone/Zomba album. more
Download Festival organizers have issued the following update: "Join us for our world-record attempt for the 'most people made up as KISS' — taking place at Download on Friday, where KISS will rock the Festival! Only you can help make it happen... We hope to be able to set a record for over 400 faces painted within three hours. more
Happy 98th Birthday, Howlin' Wolf. Gison tells you how this musical pioneer took the Blues from the Delta to the World. check it out here
Irmin Schmidt, founder member of the legendary German avant-garde rock group Can, and breakbeat pioneer, producer and Professor Of Popular Music, Kumo (aka Jono Podmore) release "Axolotl Eyes" July 22, 2008.
HARD Summer Festival is nearing and the already impressive line-up is growing. LA Riots, DJ Momjeans (Danny Masterson) and Squeak E. Clean (NASA) have been added to the bill featuring N*E*R*D, MSTRKRFT, Spank Rock, Kid Sister and other favorites from the hip-hop and electro worlds. The second event, from the folks who brought you HARD NYE with Justice and Peaches, will take place under the summer night sky Saturday, July 19 at the Shrine Expo Hall in downtown Los Angeles.
The remaking of EMI continued today (June 10) with the announcement that Lee Trink will step down as Capitol Music Group president at the end of June.- more on this story
|Coldplay Tour Delay|
The first few dates of the North American tour have been rescheduled due to production delays. "We're very sorry, but we promise you a show worthy of your patience and understanding when we start in mid-July," said Coldplay. Tickets already purchased for these shows will be honored on the new dates.- more on this story
|Best Fake Bands|
The band employed top tier writers including Neil Diamond and a team of Brill Building all-stars. When the band decided they wanted to play their own instruments it was the beginning of the end, although the album Head is an undisputed psychsploitation classic. Steven Stills was even in the running to become one of the original Monkees. He was turned away because producers felt his receding hairline didn't bode well for a future made-for-TV teen idol.
Spinal Tap – Set your amp all the way to 11! Nigel Tufnel, David St. Hubbins, Derek Smalls, and a literal army of drummers and keyboardists (some of whom have even been known to spontaneously combust mid-set!) are the high watermark of faux-bands. Tap had roots all the way back to the skiffle scene of late '50s Britain and dabbled in flower power before settling into heavy metal.- grab all the fake fun here
|Wishbone Ash Announce AshFest|
Join Andy Powell, Bob Skeat, Muddy Manninen and Joe Crabtree from Sept. 4 through 7 at the Sandpiper Club Med in St. Lucie, Florida. Relax at this all-inclusive resort and enjoy two private concerts with your favorite band. Organized by OceanConcerts, this very special AshFest is a unique way to bring together Wishbone Ash and their fans in a soothing atmosphere.
"AshFest provides a great opportunity for music fans to hang out with the band and meet like-minded music lovers," says guitarist/singer Andy Powell. "We held similar events on exotic cruises in previous years and they were a huge success. This year we decided to move to dry land and chose Club Med for its glamorous location, all inclusive hospitality and huge array of activities. We want families to be able to get the best of both both worlds - vacation and concert - to provide the experience of a lifetime."- more on this story
|104,000 People Journey To Wal*Mart For Music|
"We are thrilled with the early success of Journey's 'Revelation' music project, and clearly our customer is excited about it too," said Jeff Maas, Divisional Merchandise Manager, Entertainment, Wal-Mart U.S. "We believe that if we continue to find innovative products, priced to showcase the value, our customers will show their excitement by purchasing the product. Journey has been great to work with and clearly this reflects a win for them and for our customer."
The first disc consists of 11 new songs, the second is filled with 11 re-recorded classics, and the third is a live, in-concert DVD. All of the music on Revelation was produced by Kevin Shirley (who previously worked with Journey on their Platinum-certified Trial By Fire album). - more on this story
|Sigur Ros Time Warp Pisses Off Fans|
While no one has yet come up with a ticket plea as creative as that dude who was willing to trade expensive Champagne for an Arcade Fire ticket last year, that's made up for by the fury and bile emanating from Brooklyn Vegan's commenters who got locked out of the show and who were either utterly offended by the fact that BV put up a reminder post about the onsale this morning or utterly baffled by the MoMA site's information design and loose concept of time.
The tickets were supposed to go onsale at noon, but they apparently went up about five minutes earlier; the show is actually part of the exhibition "Take Your Time," so perhaps MoMA's Web site was given an off-kilter internal clock as part of the artist's overall statement. Some people were getting "sold out" messages before the show's official on-sale time, a bit of Internet sleight-of-hand that resulted in one commenter quipping, "i ordered 25 tickets, you can email me about them at email@example.com."- more on this story
|Alexisonfire's Dallas Green Releasing Acoustic Previews of City And Colour CD|
"MySpace Transmissions" invited City and Colour into their studios earlier this year to record a solo acoustic set and exclusive interview. The performance will begin streaming worldwide on MYSPACE.COM/TRANSMISSIONS, today, June 10 and the audio portion will be sold exclusively through Amazon mp3 in the US and in the rest of the world through mymerchtable.com.
Beginning June 24 (June 17 in Canada) a special "iTunes Session" acoustic performance will be available on iTunes worldwide. The session features six tracks that Green recorded in Canada in April 2008.- more on this story
|The Veronicas In Wireless Stores|
Lisa and Jess are eager to meet their fans, so check the schedule below to see if they will be in your city and be sure to go say hello.
Their electro-beat driven album, Hook Me Up, is now available on iTunes in the US
Monday, June 16
2220 W Oregon Ave.
|Joshua Radin and Vanessa Carlton Tour|
Radin's debut, "We Were Here," which came out in 2006 received a four-star review from Rolling Stone, who hailed the album as "understated, poignant and refreshingly frank." [don't hold that against him]
In February, Radin released an iTunes-only digital EP "Unclear Sky", which included a duet with songstress, Ingrid Michaelson as well as debuted in the top 10 at iTunes.- dates
|Guy That Sang for AC/DC for about Five Minutes Releasing New Album|
Evans recorded 'Judgement Day' in Brisbane with producer Mark Tinson. It will feature 10 tracks, including a cover of 'House of the Rising Sun'.
The first single will be 'We Don't Dance To Your Song'. A live video will be made for the single. Evans will release 'Judgement Day' on July 14 through MGM.- more on this story
|F**ked Up Plans|
Though their post did not specify a label or a release date, guitarist 10,000 Marbles (Mike Haliechuk) stated in a recent interview with Don't Panic Magazine that the record will be released sometime in October on Matador Records.
The band also announced most of their summer tour plans. The band will spend the majority of the summer months in Europe though they did promise some yet-to-be-determined U.S West Coast dates.- dates be here
|Dear Life Added To The Acacia Strain Tour|
Dear Life will be joining the tour in support of their highly anticipated debut album Framework that will be released on June 24 on Uprising Records.
The album was produced by Roger Camero (The Warriors, No Motiv) and was mixed and mastered by Paul Miner (New Found Glory, Thrice, Atreyu).- more on this story
|Martha and the Muffins Revisited|
The fourth album from the Muffins canon, the second of three production collaborations by the now legendary and critically acclaimed producer Daniel Lanois (U2, Peter Gabriel), Danseparc will be reissued by Cherry Red for the very first time on CD in the UK and Europe on Monday 4th August 2008.
The digitally remastered 25th Anniversary edition of Danseparc will be the first of two major releases from the Muffins this year. In November, the band will release their brand new studio album Delicate, mixed by David Bottrill (Peter Gabriel, King Crimson, Tool).- more on this story
|Alice Cooper's Killer Concept Album Details|
'A dark and menacing album for dark and menacing times' is perhaps the most fitting description for Alice's 25th studio album overall, as a chilling conceptual thread runs through the songs, which are told through the voice of a serial killer named Spider - one that Alice describes as "an arachnophobic psychopath" (in the song "Catch Me If You Can"). Alice, the master storyteller, weaves a web of danger, intrigue and death that rivals his best work.
Co-produced by Danny Saber, Greg Hampton and Alice himself, 'Along Came A Spider' manages to marry both vintage and modern day Alice. As theatrical as ever, the album is a sonic combination of familiar Alice musical elements from albums as diverse as 'Billion Dollar Babies' and 'Brutal Planet,' with the storytelling of "Welcome To My Nightmare," capturing the historic dark side of Alice in peak form, an instantly recognizable presence that will be welcomed by his fans.- a lot more info and tour dates
|Marillion Somewhere on DVD|
This special 2 DVD Extended Edition includes a feature-length concert film, plus an extra disc of the remaining songs played during the 2 nights at the Forum, plus a featurette of competition winners' visit to an exclusive tour rehearsal from Marillion's Racket Club studio.
Also included are 4 surround sound mixes of 'Somewhere Else' album tracks. Directed and edited by Tim Sidwell, the soundtrack is presented in both stereo and 5.1 surround sound, mixed by Michael Hunter
|Fiddy Not Allowed To Sell Burnt Crib|
The rapper has also been ordered to put any insurance money he gets from the toasted house in a trust account until his fight with ex-GF Shaniqua Tompkins is resolved.
When we caught up with her after the hearing, baby mama Tompkins maintained that the house was still hers, but didn't go so far as to blame Fiddy for the fire.
|Eddy Grant Gonna Rock Down To Electric Ave on Tour and with new Hits CD|
Spanning his solo career from 1979 to 2005--from his second album, Walking On Sunshine, to his latest, Reparation--the collection includes 11 classic tracks selected by Grant himself. Notable among them are his two biggest hits in the U.S. (the #2 pop "Electric Avenue" and Top 30 pop "Romancing The Stone") and three U.K. Top 10s ("Gimme Hope Jo'Anna," "Do You Feel My Love" and #1 "I Don't Wanna Dance).- more on this story
|Back Door Slam Digital EP|
Captured during recent live performances, the four bonus songs are John Hiatt's "Ridin' with the King," Jimi Hendrix' "Red House," Robert Cray's blues classic "Back Door Slam," (from which the band took their name) and the Doors' "Been Down So Long." The video—of the song "It'll All Come Around"—was shot and edited by the band's record producer Dave Armstrong. Back Door Slam's Blix Street Records debut CD, ROLL AWAY, was released last summer.
The group is currently on a nationwide tour of the U.S., which includes upcoming appearances at the popular Bonnaroo Music Festival in Manchester, Tennessee, the Safeway Waterfront Blues Festival in Portland, the Jackson Hole Jazz & Heritage Festival, the Outside Lands Festival in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park, the Telluride Blues & Brews Festival and an encore appearance at the Austin City Limits Festival.- more on this story
|First Authorized Heart Book Coming Out Sometime This Month|
Written by biographer Jake Brown (and sometime antiMusic columnist), with exclusive interview contributions from Heart principles Ann and Nancy Wilson, fellow band members, as well as all of the group's producers, chronicling the behind-the-scenes story of the hit-making process which produced such classic-and-pop-rock staples as 'Magic Man,' 'Crazy On You', 'Barracuda', 'Straight On,' 'These Dreams, 'Alone', 'All I Wanna Do (Is Make Love to You)', and countless others over 3 decades and 30 million+ albums sold.
Heart is still beloved by rock fans worldwide, and this summer is co-headlining a tour with fellow classic-rock legend Journey, as well as working on material for a new studio album, due in 2009, in time with the band's rumored pending-induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. To learn more about this exciting title or place a review request, please visit- www.myspace.com/heartinthestudiobook
|Air Supply For Kids|
The world premiere of "Petalbump" is scheduled to run for five shows October 27-31 at The Rose Wagner Theatre in Salt Lake City, Utah. The 500-seat opera house is located at 138 W. Broadway. Russell envisions these performances as the first of many different productions of his show that will take place in various cities throughout the U.S.
Originally conceived as a ballet, Petalbump has been refashioned to also include elements of hip-hop, ballroom and other styles of dancing. Two of the participating dancers from Vibe recently won the national title for Under-14 Ballroom Dancing on ABC-TV's "Dancing With The Stars." Russell co-wrote some of the classically oriented music for the show with Jed Moss, longtime keyboardist with Air Supply who is also a concert pianist with the Utah Symphony and Ballet West. - I'm all out of lines.. read more here
|Morgan Heritage Tour|
Renowned worldwide for their riveting live shows from the reggae circuit to the WARPed Tour, Morgan Heritage is sure to bring the power of their stage performance to the cities they plan to hit throughout both the United States and Canada. Their US tour comes on the heels of the group's massively successful tour of Africa, where they were welcomed by the President of Gambia and played to crowds of 40,000 people in Senegal.- more on this story
|Timmy Curran Surfing for Fans|
Fast forward to 2008, Curran is still a professional surfer, although he has decided to take some time off from competing. Along with surfing, he's now doing what he's always dreamt of doing: becoming a musician...a touring musician who's hit the road with Foo Fighters, Switchfoot and Eisley over the course of the last year. Timmy Curran's debut album Word Of Mouth will be released July 22nd on Adeline Records.
Timmy is playing a handful of West Coast shows with The Beautiful Girls at the end of June and will then head out for an acoustic tour of Surf Shops around the country (See below). More dates to be announced soon. Stay tuned for the premiere of his debut video for the first single "Blue Eyes."
|Innerpartysystem Debut Coming in Sept|
The album release caps Innerpartysystem's non-stop summer tour grid, which began several weeks ago on fellow Island group ASHES dIVIDE's first tour ever, the band formed by lead guitarist, singer and songwriter Billy Howerdel (of A Perfect Circle). On June 23rd, IPS kicks off a dozen UK club and festival shows (with one side trip to Düsseldorf), their second visit across the pond.- more on this story
|Asia Featuring The Guy That Took The Place Of The Guy That Sang All The Hits USO Show|
Classic prog rock, hitmaking band ASIA Featuring John Payne will perform at the upcoming Concert for the Troops to celebrate Independence Day on July 4, 2008. The event will be held at the Los Angeles Sports Arena from 4-9PM and will be full of surprises, including military flyovers, and over 1500 uniformed men and women on the concert floor as Los Angeles celebrates those who serve our country. A spectacular fireworks show will follow the event. The concert will be recorded and will be shown overseas in Iraq and Afghanistan.- more on this story
|Dutch Stadium Folkers Hospital Bombers Returning To US|
The band are returning for their second US visit within a four month period, where they previously did a small tour prior to their performance at SXSW in Austin TX.
The Dutch will return to perform at NXNE in Toronto, Canada. Hospital Bombers will also play in New York City (June 10 - Lit Lounge), Cleveland, Boston (June 15) and again in New York City (June 17 - Piano's).
|Brimstone Debut Reissue|
When it comes to traditional metal, not many bands dare to go beyond the boundaries of a given genre. But once in a while there emerges a group that tries to redefine the standards of metal and simply introduce something new. Brimstone did this with classic power metal, confronting it with harsh death metal vocals. The result? One of Sweden's most inspiring musical projects ever to invade the contemporary metal scene…
The content of their debut album was quite a surprise for many unaware listeners who expected a typical power metal offering. Brimstone came up with a thrilling combination of classic metal in the likes of Hammerfall and brutal death metal growls instead of the regular high-pitched vocals. This alone made "Carving a Crimson Career" a truly unique release, showing that not all have been said when it comes to classic metal.