|Top 5 stories for first half this week|
|Bryan Adams Offers To Shoot Obama|
Adams is also an acclaimed photographer whose work is currently on display as the official lensman for Hear the World (www.hear-the-world.com), a global initiative that raises awareness about the importance of good hearing and the impact of hearing loss. The exhibit opened in New York on May 1, then will travel to Berlin and Zurich in June.
One of Adams' most viewed photographs is a recent portrait of Senator Hillary Clinton, which is currently being used as a campaign poster. "I'm flattered that Senator Clinton would use one of my images for such an important time in American politics," says Adams. "As a Canadian and an impartial observer, I'd be pleased to take Senator Obama's portrait."- more on this story
|Suge Knocked Out in Bar Fight|
Lowdown: A TMZ source was there last night [Sat], and witnessed Suge talking to a guy -- and the convo was friendly enough at first. Then it turned. Suge shouted, "I want my money!" Suge then rushed the guy with the help of his posse, and began hitting and kicking him. Get this -- during the fight, Suge put a random guy in a headlock, demanding his cellphone.
People outside the club broke up the fight, and as the beatee got up, he landed a right hook to Suge's face, knocking him out cold. We're told Knight was out for nearly three minutes.- more on this story
|Motley Crue Delay Album to Record New Song|
A cynic might conclude that they went back to the drawing board to produce a new song with bigger hit potential, as has been known to happen from time to time in rock n roll. The title track from the effort has reached No 10 on Billboard's Mainstream Rock chart after 3 weeks.
Motley bassist Nikki Sixx discussed the new track in a press release, "Before our performance at the press conference, we were firing on all cylinders at sound check just jamming out, and that's when the new idea came. We quickly laid it down and went to the studio to record it, and liked it so much we pushed back the release one week so that we could get it onto the album – it now has 13 tracks. It's the ultimate song to end the record with and begin the new chapter of our career."- more on this story
|Led Zeppelin World Tour|
Yesterday (May 9th), David Coverdale, the frontman of Whitesnake and a long-term friend of the band, said the tour was "very likely".
"I'm expecting a call from Jimmy any day asking my band Whitesnake to support them on their world tour. Am I on board? You bet. Probably worth billions," he said.- He later denied these statements
|Look Who's Whoring Miley Cyrus Now- Velvet Revolver Get Schooled- R2D2 Directs 36 Crazyfists- P. Diddy- Zappa Live CD- Free Longwave- Metalmania 09- Hatebreed|
Frank Zappa fans can soon enjoy a previously unreleased 1972 concert recording, the latest material from the deceased rock star's archives to be unveiled. "Wazoo," a two-disc set documenting Zappa's September 24, 1972, show at the Boston Music Hall, will be released May 27 more
Velvet Revolver/ex-Guns N' Roses drummer Matt Sorum went to Saddleback College in Mission Viejo, California on May 3 to speak to a full house of students. The event was hosted by music instructor Terry Newman as a special treat for students taking his history of rock classes. Sorum grew up in Mission Viejo and attended Mission Viejo High School before graduating from Silverado High School. He recalled his musical career starting at a very young age when in 1966 he saw The Beatles perform on "The Ed Sullivan Show". After seeing Ringo Starr play drums, he immediately asked his mother for a set of his own. more
P. Diddy has praised the actors in the upcoming biopic about slain rap star Notorious BIG. The rapper/business mogul said that actor Jamal 'Gravy' Woolard's portrayal of Notorious BIG is "eerie". He also has praise for the actor that plays him. Of course it doesn't take that great of acting chops to portray someone standing around in other people's videosmore
After a very successful Metalmania Festival 2008 the event's organizers are proud to announce the dates of the 2009 edition. As every year, the Festival will take place in Poland and in Czech Republic. Friday, 6th March 2009, Zlin (CZ), Novesta Hall and Saturday, 7th March 2009, Katowice (PL), Spodek Hall The 23rd edition of the Metalmania Festival - the biggest metal fest in Central-Eastern Europe – will guest over 20 bands that will perform for thousands of metal freaks.
36 Crazyfists will proudly see the Exclusive debut of their first single, "We Gave It Hell", this coming Saturday, May 10 on Mtv2's Headbanger's Ball (at Saturday, 11:00pm EST). The band tapped director XD2X (Behemoth, Unearth, Maylene And The Sons Of Disaster, C3PO) for the video. The track is off of the band's Ferret Music debut, The Tide And Its Takers which releases on May 27.
Hatebreed had this news to share: We are gearing up to headline the Jäger tour and we're VERY excited to get back out in the states and play for everyone. Please keep in mind this will probably be OUR LAST TOUR IN 2008. We really want to go work on a new studio album and we plan on taking most of the end of the year off besides Stillborn Fest which will still be December 26th - 30th like it has been for the last 7 years!
New York band Longwave is offering a free download of their new song "Sirens In The Deep Sea." The song the first single from their Peter Katis (Interpol, The National) can be downloaded here
Feel the Sleaze! It's Friday, time to unwind a bit and get ready for the weekend, so we have this video treat for you: The Worlds Greatest Gypsy Flamenco Sleaze Glam Rock n Roll group Gypsy Pistoleros ( The real Gypsy Kings ) album 'Para Siempre' will be out in the US in July, but if you feel the need for some sleaze right now, then- click here for a video assault.
|Coldplay Viva La World Tour|
Before kicking off the "Viva La Vida" tour, Coldplay will play free concerts in London (June 16th at the Brixton Academy) and New York (June 23rd at Madison Square Garden). Information on how to win tickets to these shows will be available at http://www.coldplay.com beginning today. The contest will run May 9th through June 1st. Winners will receive notification on June 5th.
Viva La Vida, Coldplay's upcoming album, will be released by Capitol Music Group on June 17th. Produced by Brian Eno and Markus Dravs, the record is the follow-up to 2005's X&Y, which debuted at #1 in 32 countries and has sold 10 million copies worldwide to date.
The album's lead single "Violet Hill" was downloaded by two million people during the recent one-week period in which the band made the song available to fans for free.- more on this story
|Metallica Recording Epic Songs, Plan Behind The Scenes Site|
First Encycmet.com has a cool story about running into the band's former producer Bob Rock at a movie theatre. Here is part of what they had to say about the encounter, " [Bob Rock] says that he actually just spoke to Lars and that he's heard 8 of the new songs and that they are: around 8 minutes long, have really long solos, and that the songs sound awesome and very old-school!! I ask him if we'll hear some new songs during the upcoming summer tour, and he says that we should actually hear the first SINGLE in a matter of weeks." read the full report
Encycmet.com also reports: Lars Ulrich told a Los Angeles radio station on Monday that the new site, MissionMetallica.com, will showcase a "making-of-the-album" like what was available on the DVD in the St.Anger package.. Ulrich explained, "We thought, instead of doing the DVDs and all that, why don't we just do it on the Internet and people can kind of tune in every day, watch clips, contests, get updates for what's going on with the record and kind of watch the last couple of months of song titles, album titles, final mixes...So it's kind of a little bit of a countdown type of thing. It should be fun."- full report
|Get Blitzed With Sweet|
Popular rock band Sweet led by bassist /vocalist Steve Priest will begin their "Are You Ready Steve?" 2008 tour their first in many years, it was announced today. The original Sweet was formed by Priest along with vocalist Brian Connolly, drummer Mick Tucker and guitarist Frank Torpey (later replaced by Andy Scott) in the UK and rose to fame with such hits as Ballroom Blitz, Fox on the Run, Love is Like Oxygen, Little Willy, Hellraiser, Teenage Rampage, Blockbuster, Action and many others. The 2008 Sweet tour will be a tribute to Connolly and Tucker whose tragic deaths were terribly pre-mature.
According to Edna Gundersen's story on the cover of the Life section in USA Today on May 2, 2008: "A blitz may be coming to your local ballroom. Bassist Steve Priest, a founding member of Sweet, has reconstituted the glittery fuzz-rock band that ignited U.K. and U.S. charts with such '70s hits as Ballroom Blitz, Little Willy, Fox on the Run and Love Is Like Oxygen. The Are you Ready Steve? Tour kicks off June 12 at The Whisky in Hollywood, with guitarist Stuart Smith, singer Joe Retta, drummer Richie Onori and keyboardist Stevie Stewart…Priest's reconfiguration plans to revisit all the historic Sweet spots, including Blockbuster, Action, Hellraiser and Teenage Rampage."- more on this story
|John Mellencamp Set For Life, Death, Love and Freedom|
Mellencamp has characterized the album as a collection of "modern electric folk songs." With backing from his legendary touring band, the album's 14 tracks were recorded at his studio in Bloomington, Indiana and mixed in Los Angeles with Burnett behind the boards for all of the sessions. Mellencamp cites Burnett's production as key to "finding the soul of each song." As far as singing to Hear Music is concerned, he noted, "In today's business environment, each artist needs to pursue his own path and determine what works best. For me, Hear is the right way to go for this album. I'm glad to be working with a team of open minded people who seem to be interested in what the music is about and what it sounds like."
The album will be the first ever release in the ΧΟΔΕ (CODE) format. T Bone Burnett and his team of engineers developed CODE, a proprietary audio technology that creates high-definition audio files that are virtually indistinguishable from the original master tapes. The resonance, warmth and presence that has been realized with CODE is unprecedented in the digital era. The CODE version of "Life, Death, Love and Freedom" is a DVD that will come packaged with a standard CD version of the album, available at all retail outlets, at no additional cost to the consumer. The CODE disc is playable on virtually all DVD machines including stand-alone players and drives integrated into computer systems. The DVD's content can be copied into most computer music software including iTunes and can, then, be downloaded onto personal music players such as the iPod. The standard CD is included to answer all possible compatibility questions. Mellencamp commented, "When T Bone introduced me to CODE, it was a remarkable experience. I could hear the music the way it was intended to be heard. I'm very happy the people are going to be able to share this experience in a way that's so true to our original intent."- more on this story
|Poison Rape Response|
In the video, available at www.tmz.com, Rikki states that he will hold a press conference "hopefully Monday" to discuss the rape charge filed against him. Rikki also says the he doesn't know who the girl is and says that he is "doing a press conference next week, this whole thing is going to be over. It will be the end of it."
In March Rikki was arrested on a rape warrant out of Mississippi as he got off a flight from New Zealand at LAX. 46-year-old Rikki Rockett was busted by the Airport Division of the LAPD as he was going through customs.- more on this story
Addressing the audience, Madonna told fans that they were "going to have to start ----ing it up out there 'cos I need to feel some love."
She later said: "I'm going to do an old song. But not too old. ---- the present. Let's live in the past."- more on this story
|Guns N' Roses Guitarist Explains It All|
Live-Metal.net: When do you think you will be releasing [your new solo album] "Abnormal"? Bumblefoot: Well, I would like to get it out there as soon possible. It's a plus and a minus that I am doing things all by myself. It's a plus in the sense that I don't have to organize and wait and work it out. I can just put it out as it comes out, which is also a minus because there is no big bang when it comes out. Suddenly it is just there, but I kinda like that. So I am just making it available as I can and hopefully people will discover it and they have the option of deciding whether they like it ot not when it is there.
Live-Metal.net: A lot of people might have become familiar with you by way of GUNS N' ROSES. How did your involvement with the band come about? Bumblefoot: It was about four years ago that we started talking. Joe Satriani recommended me and then I got a funny email from Chris Pitman, the keyboard player, and we all just started talking. It took a minute for us to get it together but we started touring in 2006. We just started jammin' and the next thing you know we are doing it in front of people, then we are doing it in all different places, then I am laying guitar tracks on the album and then here we are in New Jersey!
Live-Metal.net: Do you ever tire of being asked what is slowly turning into the million-dollar rock journalism question, "When is 'Chinese Democracy' going to be released?" Bumblefoot: How can you not ask that question? It's like, "Doesn't anyone notice that elephant in the room?!" We have new management and they are good guys, and it's in negotiations.- read the full interview
|Lit Cancer Battle|
Unfortunately, we will not be able to make the shows this week in the UK and Europe. We were all so excited to come. At this point we have to just stay put and be by Allen while he goes through this difficult time. We will make it up to you as soon as we can. We know some fans who made travel plans from other countries to see us and we apologize for the inconvenience. Our West Coast dates right now are on hold until we know what is going on.
We will post another update soon. Allen sends his thanks for the well wishes and he's sorry we had to cancel these shows. We'll be showing Allen the Lit myspace page with your comments of support. Thanks for your understanding. [our thoughts and prayers go out to Allen and his family, you can post your comments to him- here]
The Stone Temple Pilots frontman surrendered at 8:55 a.m., according to the sheriff's inmate web site. Weiland was sentenced on April 28 to 192 hours in jail for a November 2007 DUI in Los Angeles. The singer also received four years' probation, was fined $2,000, and was ordered to take part in an 18-month alcohol program.
He was potentially looking at a year behind bars for DUI with a prior conviction. At the time of his November arrest, Weiland had just finished a previous three-year-probation for a 2004 DUI arrested.- more on this story
|Miley Cyrus Gets Playboy Offer and May Sing With Pulp Fiction Star|
TMZ has the Playboy story: Hugh Hefner doesn't get what the big deal is about 15-year-old Miley Cyrus showing a little skin. The Playboy founder told "Extra" (via NY Daily News) that he's open to having Miley really bare all and stop being a tease when she turns 18.
And Marc Malkin of E! Online has the Travolta story: "Not only are they both voicing characters in the upcoming animated flick Bolt, but Travolta's wife, Kelly Preston, tells me they could be making music together. 'Johnny may sing with Miley,' Preston said at last week's Step Up Women's Network's Inspiration Awards luncheon at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel."- Which offer should she take? While you think about it, read the rest of the E! article
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