|Top 5 stories for second half this week|
|Axl Sics FBI On GNR Leaker|
Skwerl — who used to work in the distribution department of Universal Music and is now a Web designer — runs the blog Antiquiet, and says he received the tracks from "an anonymous online source."
Yesterday Skwerl was surprised to find himself face to face with two FBI agents who paid a visit to his day job. "It was kind of an ambush," Skwerl tells Rolling Stone. "When I came back from lunch they were waiting in the lobby for me. It's a little creepy they know where I work." Two young FBI officers, who Skwerl describes as "Mulder and Scully types," questioned him for 15 minutes about where he got the tracks and made plans to visit his house at 7:00 a.m. this morning.- more on this story
|Teen Arrested For Wearing Rock T Shirt|
The boy, 16, was stopped by police in Biggera Waters after he was spotted wearing a t-shirt which claims "Jesus is a Cunt" and depicts a nun masturbating.
It is a t-shirt for English extreme metal band Cradle Of Filth. The teen was charged with offensive behaviour under the Summary Offences Act 2005 for public nuisance on Monday.- more on this story
|Mini Me Sextape|
Yes, that's Mini-Me Verne Troyer in a sex tape shot with his former live-in girlfriend at the couple's apartment. A third party has snatched up the tape and although no deal has been made, we hear dealer Kevin Blatt, who brokered the deal for Paris' video, is entertaining a $100k offer from SugarDVD to distribute the nastiness.
We would have thought the tape was worth at least ONE BILLION DOLLARS. A rep for Troyer could not be reached for comment.- Watch the TMZ video
|AC/DC Set Summer Release|
As previously reported, AC/DC will sell its new album only through Wal-Mart Stores Inc in the United States. It is still unclear if the same distribution deal has been negotiated in Canada.
According to Wikipedia, singer Brian Johnson revealed that for the first time since the 1988 album Blow Up Your Video, he would be handling lyrics. He also said that Angus Young has written harder riffs than those on their last album, Stiff Upper Lip (2000).- more on this story
|McGraw Gives Fan A Smackdown|
Tim's rep told TMZ us: "While Tim was performing at the White River Amphitheater in Auburn, Washington last night, he watched a man rush to the front of the stage. This overly aggressive fan attacked a female fan and Tim witnessed this incident.
"Tim called for security, but when they could not respond quick enough Tim and several crew members removed the fan from the audience where he was then turned over to the local authorities."- Watch the video, it's worth the click
|DMX Arrested Again, Bee Gees May Reunite, Vines Set US Release, Trail of Dead Records, Smashing Gish Box, Forgotten Idol To Marry and more|
Robin Gibb has said he and brother Barry may return to the stage as The Bee Gees, five years after their brother and bandmate Maurice died. Robin Gibb told the BBC he is "very open" to a comeback if Barry "feels comfortable with it". more
The newly reformed legendary progressive art-rock band Curved Air have released a new CD entitled 'Reborn'. It was recorded during preparation for their international concerts that commenced with a highly successful concert on June 13th 2008 at Isle of Wight festival. Dates for Curved Air are still coming in and include Malta's Jazz-Rock Festival in Grand Harbour, Valetta, Malta on July 20th., and the Rock and Roots Festival at Ross on Wye UK on Saturday August 24th. Further Scandinavian, UK and Italian dates are being set for a European tour in October /November and the band are planning to visit Japan and the US in 2009.
Get Loaded for free. Duff McKagan's band Loaded are offering up their 2001 Dark Days album as a free download. You know you want it. And the price is just right! Grab it here
And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead is launching its own label, Richter Scale Records, in association with Justice Records, which is distributed by Fontana/Universal. The band's next album is due in January 2009 more
SmashingPumpkins.com has another small byte of information for you regarding your favorite first Smashing Pumpkins album: plans are currently underway that will lead to the eventual release of a pre-Gish/Gish box set! What is to be included on here, no one knows for sure but it should be noted that its release is expected to coincide with the Gish tour sometime in 2008... more
BS Update- Why anyone would possibly care about this is beyond us but here is the latest in the drama that is Britney Spears: TMZ has learned the Commish has awarded Britney overnight visitation with her boo boos. more
At least one person still loves Ruben Studdard: He won the affection of millions of people on "American Idol," but this weekend, Ruben Studdard is giving his heart to one woman. A representative for the former "Idol" confirmed to The Associated Press on Tuesday that Studdard, 29, plans a Saturday wedding. more
Chavis Records is thrilled to announce the signing of DC4 featuring Jeff Duncan (Armored Saint, Odin), Rowan Robertson (Dio), Shawn Duncan (Odin), and Matt Duncan. EXPLODE, the latest effort from DC4 saw a very limited release by the band earlier this year and now with an all new package design, and new artwork on the inside, will see a full scale release later this year.
Swedish rockers The Windupdeads will release their self-titled debut October 7th, 2008 on One Eleven Records. The Windupdeads is a collection of deliciously moody, artful and emotionally forthright indie-rock songs, each one instantly ingratiating, earnest and sharply-performed. more
About 3,000 tickets are still unsold for this year's Glastonbury Festival, a day before gates are due to open. It is likely to be the first time for 15 years that the legendary Somerset event has not sold out in advance. more
A new Beatles movie depicts surviving band members, widows and their producer reuniting to rise above a reputation for discord and collaborate on a lavish stage show with Cirque de Soleil. more
The Jesus And Mary Chain, The Killers, Iggy and the Stooges and Gang Of Four are among the bands that will headline the US Download Festival this summer. The festival is set to take place in three cities with a slightly different lineup at each location.- more
|Winehouse Has A Big Mouth Dad, Not Emphysema|
But that's all nonsense - even though her father Mitch spent the weekend telling anyone who'll listen that Amy Winehouse has been struck down with emphysema, it actually turns out that Amy hasn't so much got emphysema as might get it one day in the future if she doesn't stop smoking - something that could probably be said for all smokers everywhere.
Turns out that Amy Winehouse doesn't have emphysema after all - she's got the easily-reversible first traces of something that could potentially lead to something like emphysema. The sniffles, basically.- more on this story
|Coldplay Viva La Hit|
Coldplay will perform on Comedy Central's "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart" tomorrow, June 25th, and on the "TODAY" show on NBC this Friday, June 27th. The band will also appear on "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno" on July 17th.
Already the biggest album pre-order in iTunes history, Viva La Vida also set the record for highest first-week album sales ever on the iTunes® Store worldwide. Today the album's title song surpasses "Clocks" as the band's biggest-selling single to date on the iTunes Store.
"Viva La Vida" hit No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 last week, marking Coldplay's first Hot 100 No. 1 single ever, and it debuted this week at No. 1 on the U.K. Singles chart.- more on this story
|Singer Denies Joining Velvet Revolver|
During a brand new interview with MusicRadar.com, Velvet Revolver drummer Matt Sorum revealed that the band "tried out a couple of guys," adding, "We have a guy right now that we're still...sort of checking it out, feeling it out, letting him work with us. I'd rather not (say who it is) — just because I don't want it to get out that he might be the guy. I mean, we like him, he's awesome."
After Internet speculation started gaining strength that he may be the "guy" Sorum is talking about, Isaacs posted the following message on his official blog: "I got an odd email congratulating me about singing for the Velvet Revolver guys, which took me by surprise 'cause, well… I'm not.- more on this story
|Fans Rejecting Madonna Bilking|
The Post's Brian Garrity pays particular attention to Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, which holds 43,000 people but has only sold 27,000 tickets to her November date there so far. (Spot checks of Ticketmaster pages for shows in Boston and Houston also showed that tickets were still available in those markets as well.) Sure, one could cite this as more evidence that the lousy economy is resulting in even those artists who can charge $575 for a VIP package not being as able to make the "earn your money on the road" strategy work as well as it has in the past.
So with sales of her final Warner album, Hard Candy, stalling in the mid-500k range and ticket sales to her road spectacles faltering in the U.S., what does this mean for Live Nation, which shelled out $120 million to have Madonna in its back pocket a few months back?- more on this story
|More Info on Ex Korn Head's Solo CD|
Save Me From Myself was produced by Head, who recorded the music off and on for the past two years in Phoenix, Arizona. It features renowned musicians Tony Levin (Peter Gabriel, David Bowie) and Josh Freese (A Perfect Circle, Nine Inch Nails), and was mixed by Ralph Patlan and Bob Clearmountain.
The album is a testimony of Head's life as he battled with drug addiction and leaving Korn, and finding spirituality. It will leave no doubt in everyone's mind that Head, as a founding member of Korn, has not lost his passion for the heavy sound that originally helped make his former band famous. The album will remind listeners of Head's dominant influence in the nu-metal sound that projected Korn to the top of the music charts for over a decade. Save Me From Myself can only be described as a heavy metal epic, with a positive message.- more on this story
|Staind CD To Be in Malls Soon|
"The Illusion of Progress" was produced by Johnny K (PLAIN WHITE T'S, KILL HANNAH, DISTURBED) and recorded in the home studio of STAIND vocalist Aaron Lewis, with the original band lineup, including Mike Mushok (guitar), Jon Wysocki (drums, percussion) and Johnny April (bass, vocals).
The band calls the new project the "most musical CD" it's recorded to date, and has been treating its fans to a series of intimate, behind-the-scenes "webisodes" documenting the recording process.- more on this story
|Limp Solo Release|
Packed with reinterpreted songs of bands including Duran Duran ("Hungry Like the Wolf"), The Jesus Lizard ("The Art of Self Defense"), Sisters of Mercy ("Lucretia My Reflection") and PJ Harvey ("Rid of Me"), Cover Your Heart is a deconstruction and reconstruction of music that the band has loved and appreciated.
"This is a short list of just some of our favorite songs," Wes explains. "It was really a culmination of years of ideas for cover songs and never getting around to doing it. But as soon as the thought of a covers album came about, it was like pulling a cork out of a dam. We had to stick it back in as fast as possible because we were soaked in like four seconds."- more on this story
|King of Bling Going to the Clink|
43-year-old Jacob Arabov copped a plea last October to doctoring records and lying to the Feds. Prosecutors had asked that he get three years, but a judge, citing Jacob's work with charities, gave him a break. He was also ordered to pay a $50,000 fine and pay a $2 million forfeiture payment to the government.
In court Jacob said "I feel ashamed that I broke the laws of this country, a country that has been so good for me. I will carry this shame for the rest of my life."
|Sevendust Tour Lineup Expands|
Supporting their debut album, Children of Chaos, Soulidium have already garnered raves from the Horror community for their video for "The Light" which was also included on the Saw IV soundtrack.- dates
|Phantom Planet Map Out Summer Plans|
The headline dates will kick off on July 8th at Seattle, Washington's El Corazon, with additional stops in Seattle, Portland, and Orangevale, California. Next, Phantom Planet will pair up with Paramore for the "The Final RIOT – Paramore Summer Tour '08," beginning on July 29th at Henderson, Nevada's Henderson Pavilion. The multi-act bill – which also includes Jack's Mannequin and Paper Route – will then travel North America through an August 30th finale at the Chevrolet Theatre in Wallingford, Connecticut.- more on this story
|The Ataris Working on New Music, Announce More Dates|
The songs are coming along awesome! Have about 10-15 new songs and hope to write a handful more before finally recording in the fall. Still working on a bit more lyrics, Have a lot written but just need to piece them all together now. The music is just very melodic, raw, catchy, upbeat, sing along rock songs... Kinda like Minneapolis in a train wreck with early 90's Chapel Hill passed out drunk in the alley behind Gilman ST. ...Something like that. whatever. It's just flowing naturally and feels pretty great so far.
Heading out for the Canada leg of the "Blue Skies, Broken Hearts..." acoustic tour in July then possibly taking the tour to Europe / U.K. in late August - September. - The Canada dates are listed below. Keep checking back at myspace.com/theataris - you may log on soon and see some new demos posted. So if you have not added us yet. Make sure that you do!! Things are just beginning...- more on this story
|Horse The Band Buck Their Record Deal|
In 2005, Horse The Band signed a deal with Koch imprint Combat Records. However, when the person running Combat became ill shortly thereafter, the imprint was shelved, and its artists were dropped.
Since Horse The Band had been somewhat profitable though, the group was moved over to the Koch Records roster. Since then, Koch's support for the band has reportedly been inconsistent and at times, problematic.- more on this story
|Bryan Adams Plans Tours With Foreigner and Rod Stewart|
Adams will also hit select cities during the run with his critically acclaimed acoustic shows, 'A Very Special Solo Performance.' Adams will perform selections from his current release, 11 (exclusively available at Wal-Mart stores and Sam's Club nationwide), as well as classic hits, tour begins July 15th in Augusta, Maine.- more on this story
|Seven Weeks of Tristan Prettyman|
Tristan's second Virgin Records album Hello has been her career breakout, debuting in the Top 30 of Billboard's Top 200 albums chart, and at No. 2 on its Top Digital Albums listing. The album has sold nearly 40,000 copies in its first two months of release – as many as her debut album twenty-three sold in its first year on the market.
Prettyman has recently appeared on The Tonight Show With Jay Leno and Last Call with Carson Daly, Fox Business Network's Happy Hour, E!'s Daily Ten and Extra.
|A Band of People Who Played With Fu Manchu, The Cult, Ozzy, Mick Jagger, Elton John, Eels and More|
"Michael-Louis is a diamond in the ruff," says Dobbs, "Songwriters with a real raw talent and lyrics of substance are such a rare find these days. I believe in his music and vision wholeheartedly!"
The first album, La musique du Jardin, slated for release October 21, 2008, was produced by Brian Dobbs, and features musicians: Chris Wyse (The Cult, Ozzy, Mick Jagger), Shon Sullivan (Elliot Smith, Eels, Neil Finn), Scott Reeder (Fu Manchu), and Danny Jacob (Elton John, Brian Adams). Every track brings you unmatched talent that undoubtedly is a true testament to the musical capacity of these artists.- more on this story
|Free Knifeman From The Bronx|
The featured track, "Knifeman," continues the band's tradition of creating blistering, white-hot rock that kicks you in the loins to make you move, and slaps you in the head to make you think. Look for the band's new studio album in early September 2008.
This summer marks The Bronx's first-ever appearance on the Van's Warped Tour, which began last week in Pomona, CA and ends on August 19th. Log on to www.warpedtour.com for specific dates.- Free track is here
|Kate Nash, Herbie Hancock, and Rascal Flatts Live From Abbey Road|
Academy Award-winning jazz pianist Herbie Hancock takes center stage at the Abbey Road studio while uniquely embracing elements of rock, soul and jazz in songs such as "River" and "Edith and the King-Pin" which can be found on the album River: The Joni Letters that won the 2008 Grammy Award for Album of the Year.
Rascal Flatts, a Grammy-nominated group appears in the Abbey Road studio this week, discussing their experiences, as well as performing a cover of Tom Cochrane's "Life Is a Highway" and number one single on Billboard's Hot Country Song chart "What Hurts the Most".- other upcoming guests
|Kulick On Not Being Asked To Rejoin KISS|
Maul Stanley: Other than Vinnie Vincent, you are the only living member of Kiss never to have been asked to rejoin the band. They even dressed Eric Singer as Peter Criss and hired their tour manager to play Ace Frehley before giving you a call. Do you think they're trying to tell you something?
Bruce Kulick: Well, if you ask me, it totally made sense to have Tommy Thayer join the band. Tommy and I are friends and I understand the whole situation. It actually had more to do with Ace's dysfunction than who they should use to replace him. There were more than few nights when it wasn't clear whether or not Ace would be showing up for a gig. Naturally, it's very hard for a band to function like that. Since Tommy was already on the road with them, it just made sense to say, "Put on the outfit, we don't know if Ace is coming." Plus, Tommy is an excellent musician and he was great in his Kiss tribute band. So once Ace left for good, it just made sense to have Tommy replace him.- more on this story
|Black Label Speed Talking|
Topics include Speed X, Mike Stone, Zakk Wylde, High Voltage, Paul Stanley, Washburn Guitars, and the late musicians, Dimebag Darrell, Michelle Meldrum, and Dave Williams.
Additional podcast topics include Judas Priest, Iron Maiden, and Guns N' Roses' forthcoming album "Chinese Democracy." The 65-minute podcast can be downloaded at this- location
|Drudgery Preview Debut Online|
Drudgery is the new project spearheaded by drummer Matt Connell (F*Ck The Facts, Exhumed) and features ex- Dear Black Diary bassist Steve Ferraro on vocals. The group's debut EP was recorded at Frozen Solid Studios in Guelph, Ontario by Matt Connell.
"One of the ultimate goals for any band is for as many people to hear the music as possible, and in this day and age it's great how easy it is to be able to make your material so accessible to the listeners," says drummer Matt Connell. "We worked really hard on 'Rust', from the writing stages, to the last stages of the recording process, and wound up making a disc that we feel delivers some pretty raw and adrenaline pumping grind. We're stoked for people to check it out."- Myspace page
|Grand Magus Return with an Iron Will|
Drawing hefty influence from the hand-on-heart grandeur of the NWOBHM and the inspirational mythology of their forbears, Grand Magus are steeped in pre-Christian tales of triumph, vengeance, betrayal, romance and death.
Backed by unrelenting riffs, atmospheric bass solos and soaring howls, Iron Will is the timeless sound of a plastic sword being snapped, an idiot being kicked in the face and the rich heritage of true steel reclaimed.
|The Gates Of Slumber Plan to Conquer|
Weaned on Black Sabbath, Saint Vitus, the melodic might of Iron Maiden and a host of classic bands from Thin Lizzy to Rainbow to Mercyful Fate, tGoS have garnered waves of acclaim while being called "a breath of fresh air within the doom / true metal underground."
Produced by Sanford Parker (Nachtmystium, Lair of the Minotaur, Pelican) and brimming with crushing riffs, wailing solos and a storming rhythm section, The Gates Of Slumber's Conqueror is a mighty plunge that proves true heavy metal doubles as a powerful art form!- Myspace page
|Dennis Rodman Sentenced for Spousal Battery|
Right now if we are sent a sports related story, we're running it in the Day in Rock. So obviously these are of the more controversial nature. But the antiSports Report will be far more balanced. We'll also put out a call for contributors closer to the launch.
Now with all that said let's play ball! Here is the story from TMZ: Dennis Rodman pleaded "no contest" to spousal battery in an L.A. court this morning. In exchange for his plea, the Worm was sentenced to 36 months of probation, 45 days of roadside graffiti removal, one year of domestic violence counseling, and six months of drug and alcohol treatment.- more on this story
|Arrest Made in NFL Assault Case|
Cops say Arfat Fadel will be charged with robbery and assault. Walker initially said three men came to his room at the Bellagio hotel, knocked him over the head, dragged him out of the hotel and robbed him -- and then left him on a Vegas street.
Police now say Walker got into Fadel's car on his own, and surveillance video reportedly shows the baller walking out of the hotel "in good health."- more on this story
|Officer Shaq Carries On As A Bi-Coastal Crime Fighter|
TMZ has learned that Shaq will not face any disciplinary action in the other two cities where he was sworn in as an officer of the law -- Miami Beach and Los Angeles.
According to a statement from Miami Beach Chief of Police Carlos Noriega, "Shaquille O'Neal is a member in good standing of the Miami Beach police Dept. He is a valuable asset to our organization and the city of Miami Beach."- more on this story