|Van Halen Live DVD?|
Eddie Van Halen recently spoke to People magazine about his health in the wake of the March 2008 announcement that VAN HALEN's ongoing world tour was put on ice after the guitarist was diagnosed with an unspecified medical condition.
There are still no public details on exactly what ailed, or ails, the guitarist, but he says, quote, "I feel excellent. I'm healthier than I've ever been. It's wonderful."- more on this story
|Def Sex Pistols Leppard Supergroup Preview|
Mixing the raw energy of the Pistols mixed with the immaculate pop rock of Def Leppard, Man Raze is a unique clash of 70's simplicity with 80's excess, punk clubs with stadium rock. Whether it's the punk vibrancy of "Turn It Up", the beautiful rock craftsmanship of "Every Second Of Every Day" or the reggae-soaked dub mix of "Runnin' Me Up", Surreal is an album that continuously pumps out the rock hits that these three members are most notorious for.
Recently, Man Raze filmed a private show in Los Angeles that will premiere on VH1 Classic.com later this year. The band plans to launch a U.S. tour in 2008. "The fun part about Man Raze is that musically we can go off in any direction from rock to alternative the next," said Phil Collen. We are looking forward to playing live this fall."- Wanna hear what they sound like? Check it out here.
|Grohl's Open Response To Open Letter To Metallica|
Just wanted to write a quick note to clear up this whole "Open letter to Metallica" fiasco......For the record, I never "wrote" anything to Metallica. I was asked by a journalist, at the end of a long interview (abut the Foo Fighters) to give a quick message to Metallica in the studio.
So, I rattled that quote off the top of my head. No biggie, right? Somehow it became my "open letter" to the band, and now it's been picked up by everyone from Blabbermouth to Rolling Stone (as if anyone really cares!). Now, it's true that I've been a loyal fan of this band for 25 years, and I can't wait to hear the new ----, but an "open letter" to the band?!!?? Nah. Not my style. I'd rather just text 'em- more on this story
|Guns N' Roses Guitarist Offering Free Download|
"I never went along with the way the music industry did things, and have always been rebelliously against it, spouting off how the system doesn't work, and how bands should be DIY and make it just about the music and the fans. 10 years ago I was giving away songs on Napster and releasing my own albums, selling them online. 10 years later, I still do it and still stand by it - ---- the business, connect directly with the fans."
With recording completed and finishing touches being added to the tracks and art work, "Abnormal" will be ready for release In early June, with the free track available for download Monday May 19th, 2008. Along with CD's being available for purchase, the tracks will be available for download on iTunes, and a very special limited edition Fan Pack will be available for diehard fans that want something a bit different in a limited quantity.- More from Ron and more details on the CD
|Joey Ramone Birthday Bash|
This year's headliners are Mary Weiss (the Shangri-La's) and Richard Lloyd (Television) and the SmuftyDogs. The spectacular party will conclude with The Joey Ramone Birthday Bashers featuring Jesse Malin, Cheetah Chrome, Walter Lure, Tish & Snooky, Jean Beauvior, Andy Shernoff, Joe McGinty, JP Thunderbolt, Al Maddy, Ivan Julian, Bobby Steele & Mickey Leigh. Also appearing are Charm School, Semi-Precious Weapons, The Independents, Local H, L.E.S. Stitches and Rachel Newman. In what has become a Birthday Bash tradition, Sean O'Sullivan's Punk Pipers will round out the night on the bagpipes. The night will be MCed by "Little Steven" Van Zandt, Matt Pinfield and Peter Aschner. Additional surprises are expected at the evening's events. - more on this story
|Lollapalooza, Macca Makes Greens See Red, Scary Van Found, Meshuggah's Horrifying Video, Warped, And Another Fest Is Born|
Macca has some of his fellow greens seeing red! Here is part of the Jam! report: Paul McCartney has long been an outspoken advocate of environmental causes and animal rights. He is a vegetarian who won't even wear leather shoes. But now he's being criticized for having a hybrid Japanese car flown to him in Britain rather than having it sent by ship. more
Following the theft of their van and gear, Bryan Scary and the Shredding Tears have finally hit some good luck. First, the van was found (sans engine, transmission, differential, trailer and gear) on the side of the 10 freeway in LA last week. Despite having to cancel a number of shows, the band is still playing the Boston, NY and DC shows, along with a Fearless TV performance. [Side note to publicists: emails that contain quotes from Perez Hilton, Pitchfork or Stereogum will be deleted. While the contradictions between the quotes are humorous, their use for "cred" is about as worn out as "rollercoaster thrill-ride" Movie reviews and end up being counterintuitive to their intended purpose.]
Speaking of publicist emails, we love the uber-adjective and made-up genre name use in this one: It's here, and it doesn't disappoint! After releasing a teaser trailer last week, the Swedish calculatorcore masterminds in Meshuggah have unveiled the video for "Bleed" -- in all of its gory, uber-frightening glory. As previously reported, the clip was produced by Ian McFarland and Killswitch Productions. Directed, written and edited by McFarland and Mike Pecci, "Bleed" boasts a fittingly-cinematic horror flick tone, and some genuine scares. What the directors had to say about the video: "Working with Meshuggah was truly an honor for us. It's extremely cool to work with a band who is willing to allow the music and imagery to speak for itself and who does not insist on themselves being the prominent focus of the video. I think that takes real balls and I admire them as a group for doing so." watch it here
The Shoe Company Warped Tour 2008 Presented By The Villain in 1967 Cult Film "The President's Annalist" Who Now Overcharge for Slow iPhone Service has announced two new additions for a portion of this summer's trek. Matisyahu will join the tour for the July 9 (Atlanta), July 10 (Orlando), July 11 (Tampa) and the July 13 (Jacksonville) shows. Also look for Chiodos to perform a one-night-only show on July 18 in Detroit at Comerica Park.
Bob Dylan, the Raconteurs, the Roots, Gnarls Barkley and Spoon will headline the inaugural New American Music Festival on August 8 & 9 at SouthSide Works in Pittsburgh, PA.- more
|Josh Rouse Wants Your Cash|
The first Bedroom Classics EP (2001) was limited to 750 copies fast becoming a collector's item for his long time fans (currently going for well over $100 on Ebay). Bedroom Classics, Vol. 2 (2005) marked the launch of his own artist imprint and soon caught the ear of John Mayer, who praised it on his own personal blog, ultimately inviting Josh out to tour with him in the winter of 2007. This new installment marks another groundbreaking chapter, as it is truly self released; only available directly from Josh himself, off his newly launched membership based digital download store at www.joshrouse.com
Fans who gain membership access will automatically receive Josh's December 9th, 2007 concert at Shepherd's Bush Empire, as well as the bonus tracks from his KCRW.com Presents: "Guitar and Strings" EP with their copy of Bedroom Classics EP 3.- Membership will cost you between $30 and $100 bucks! more details here
|Thomas Dolby Live Release|
On June 10th Dolby and Invisible Hands Music will release a deluxe live CD and DVD. Called The Sole Inhabitant, material for the discs was culled from Dolby's 2006 US tour of the same name. Previously released in Europe, the two-disc set will now be available to fans in the United States.
Dolby's set includes the powerful yet ethereal "Leipzig Is Calling," folds a sample of Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech into "The Flat Earth," and puts a fresh face on popular favorites "Hyperactive" and "She Blinded Me With Science." On the DVD, the visuals along with Dolby's engaging and informative stage banter, give a rich interpretation of the narrative of each song. The DVD also gives greater insight into Dolby's artistry with a sit-down interview, a detailed explanation of his rig and a personal walk-through of how he creates a song.
|Sugababes, The Feeling and Gnarls Barkley For Secret Fest|
Taking the city by storm will be the Sugababes, The Feeling and Gnarls Barkley. For 2008 the TBA format has evolved; rather than small, secret venue gigs with just one artist, Vodafone TBA 2008 will reveal the location and line up for the multi artist mini "festival" in advance.- more on this story
|New Wedding Present Next Week|
Written while frontman David Gedge was living in Los Angeles, El Rey burns with West Coast sunlight; Hollywood seen through the eyes of a gritty British Northerner. Speaking about El Rey in MOJO Magazine recently, Gedge said: "I've been living in West Hollywood for the last year or so, and while I'm not going to claim that this is my 'L.A.' album, there are some references. I suppose the themes are lust, jealousy, betrayal, regret, obsession, super-heroes. the usual. We chose to record with Steve this time because the new songs were sounding very guitar-ry and quite dark. It's been good. As you'd imagine, really; Albini knows his stuff."- more on this story
|Material Girl Dethroned By Diamond|
Toby Keith's new double "best of" collection sold 103,000 copies last week to claim the No. 2 spot. Last week's, No. 1 from Madonna dropped to No. 3 with a little more than 94,000 people opting for some "Hard Candy".
Then there is Clay Aiken and his second album of new material. Aiken's "On My Way Here" made a respectable No. 4 debut just barely beat out by Madonna. However, the 94,071 units sold is significantly less than his last album, the covers collection "A Thousand Different Ways," which sold over 205,000 copies in its first week of release and landed at No. 2.- more on this story
|Alice In Chains Begin Work on New CD|
"We've been working about the last four months, and there's a good bulk of music and a good body of work so far, and we're having fun, and you know, we're taking our time and trying to figure out where William fits in and where we need to step up, and I have all the confidence in the world in the guys," he said.
"The most important thing to me is that we're all together and, you know, it's been a tough and painful experience at times, but it's been very rewarding at the same time."- more on this story
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