|Simon and Paula May Be Leaving American Idol|
Paula Abdul, whose often quirky behavior has been a hot topic for years, told ABC News program "Nightline" that her contract ends after this season.
And acid-tongued Simon Cowell, whom critics call the show's real star, gave several interviews in which he contemplated an exit when his deal ends next year.- more on this story
|More AC/DC Fans Scammed|
Thunderstruck fans, some of them young children, were refused entry to the LG Arena at the NEC after box office officials realized the tickets were not real.
And the resulting crowd chaos led to many missing the beginning of the show, with frustrated queues outside the venue up to an hour after the 7.30 PM start.- more on this story
|Bob Dylan, John Mellencamp and Willie Nelson Team Up For Tour|
All concert tickets are priced at $67.50 and most shows are general admission, allowing fans to grab a seat in the stands or find a place to watch from the field.- more on this story
|Sebastian Bach and DMX Going To Celeb Rehab- Alice In Chains Ink Deal, Eye CD Release- Aerosmith Settle With Free Tickets- Cops Took Rihanna's Jewelry and more|
Alice In Chains have inked a deal with Virgin/EMI and their new studio album is due in the middle of September. more
Rihanna is seeking the return of $1.4 million in jewelry she was wearing the night she was allegedly beaten by Chris Brownmore
Aerosmith will be performing on Maui and providing free tickets to more than 8,000 ticket buyers to settle a class-action lawsuit over its canceled 2007 concert scheduled for War Memorial Stadium. more
Exodus will travel to Japan in September for a few shows, each of which will feature the group performing their "Bonded By Blood" in its entirety.more
As much as the Coachella festival in California last weekend received great reviews, promoters may have to pay fines for the late night performances. Headliner Paul McCartney, The Killers and The Cure all exceeded their set time. more
This year's Dude Fest will take place July 17th, 18th, and 19th at the Emerson Theater in Indianapolis, IN.more
Swedish death metal band Miseration will enter Panic Room studios in late-June with producer Tomas Johansson to begin recording a new album.more
Alice Cooper is taking his shock rock show Down Under more
Kamelot will enter the studio this June 2009 to record the follow-up to the blockbust CD 'Ghost Opera.' Once again enlisting producers Sascha Paeth and Miro, the band plans to use studios in Germany, Norway and the USAmore
Charlie "Chalo" Quintana has announced his departure from Social Distortion. Filling the spot will be Atom Willard, a veteran of bands including Rocket From The Crypt, The Offspring and Angels and Airwaves.more
In they wonder why their sales are down category: Leighton Meester, star of the CW Network's teen drama "Gossip Girl," has signed a deal with Universal Republic through Time-Act Music to release her debut album in the fall.more
John Legend will embark on major U.S. tour this summer in support of his latest album, "Evolver." The trek, which will hit over 50 cities, begins June 27thmore
Viacom's VH1 Soul and BET J Networks are combining channel resources to create a new program outlet called Centric.more. Meanwhile metal outsells R&B and Hip Hop and doesn't have one dedicated station. Rock far outsells all three and it doesn't have its own network. And they wonder why their ratings are down!
Evergrey's rescheduled Atlanta, GA gig, May 29th, at The Masquerade has been cancelled and will not be made up more
Opening statements have begun in a civil trial against Snoop Dogg by a man who says the rapper and his entourage severely beat him in 2005.more
The New York Dolls have announced a tour of the US in support of their upcoming release 'Cause I Sez So'more
Crosby, Stills & Nash have added a string of dates to their upcoming tour of North America, scheduled to kick off June 3 in St. Louis, MO.more
Even though he dismissed the idea of a new album last year, the Circle Jerks' Greg Hetson has announced that they are aiming to record in Junemore
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|Def Leppard Have Officially Gone Country|
It's enough to shatter your achy breaky heart. New Wave Of British Heavy Metal pioneers Def Leppard have received three first-round Country Music Television (CMT) award nominations.
The Leps' duet with Taylor Swift on their song Photograph has been nominated for both CMT Performance Of The Year and Wide Open Country Video Of The Year – whatever that is.- more on this story
|Fear Factory and Threat Signal Supergroup Set Debut|
"Years In The Darkness" was produced by Christian Olde Wolbers and Arkaea and mixed by legendary producer Terry Date, best known for his work with the Deftones, Slipknot, White Zombie, Soundgarden and Pantera. The CD was mastered Ted Jensen of Sterling Sound, who also mastered Fear Factory's gold album, "Obsolete."
"We are truly proud of this record," states Olde Wolbers. "Ironically half of the Arkaea album consists of songs that were intended to be the next Fear Factory record."- more on this story
|Allman Brothers Plan Massive Box Set|
This run was dedicated to the memory of Duane Allman, seminal guitarist and founder of the band, and to help celebrate Duane's legacy, 60 special guests shared the stage with the Allman Brothers Band. The list includes a "Who's Who" of rock, jazz and jams greats, including Levon Helm, Taj Mahal, Buddy Guy, Boz Scaggs, Johnny Winter, Sheryl Crow, Jimmy Herring, John Bell, Stanley Clarke, Kid Rock, Bonnie Bramlett, Robert Randolph, John Hammond, Billy Gibbons, David Hidalgo, Cesar Rosas, Trey Anastasio, Page McConnell, Jerry Jammott, Bernard Purdie, Jimmy Smith, Chuck Leavell, Jimmy Hall, Susan Tedeschi, Bob Weir, Phil Lesh and many others.
Also appearing for two nights with the band was the inimitable Eric Clapton, who teamed with Duane Allman to record Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs in 1970; considered by many critics to be the finest guitar album of all time. This marked the first time Clapton had played with the Allman Brothers Band in a public setting.- more on this story
|Depeche Mode's Dark Progression To DVD|
|Van Morrison To Perform Astral Weeks Live|
Morrison recently released "Astral Weeks Live at the Hollywood Bowl" on Listen to the Lion/EMI, a historic CD and double vinyl recording, performed almost 40 years to the date of the original studio masterpiece. The DVD release of "Astral Weeks Live at the Hollywood Bowl" is slated for May 19th release, exclusively through Amazon.com
Morrison will perform the "Astral Weeks" material "from cover to cover" as well as a number of his classic hits from his extensive repertoire. Joining him on stage will be an orchestral string section and a band composed of world-class musicians, including renowned guitarist Jay Berliner who played with Van on the original "Astral Weeks" sessions 40 years ago. Tracks will include: "Astral Weeks/I Believe I've Transcended," "Beside You," "Slim Slow Slider/ I Start Breaking Down," "Sweet Thing," "The Way Young Lovers Do," "Cyprus Avenue / You Came Walking Down," "Ballerina," "Madame George."- more on this story
|Black Sabbath's Bill Ward Explains Why He's Not Part of Heaven and Hell|
"I've never spoken publicly about this. At the time some things were said about me having other schedules to meet. That wasn't the case at all", Ward says. "There was a misunderstanding with the music, I was uncomfortable with some of the things surrounding the project, and that was it. I moved out.
"I thought Vinny Appice would be a much better choice - he's able to accommodate the kind of things that were being asked, and I'm not. I react. Vinny plays drums. There's a big difference."- More from Bill and Tony Iommi's take on what went down
|Wilco Hitting The Road|
Many dates went on sale Friday including the Los Angeles, Red Rocks, and Brooklyn shows. Conor Oberst and the Mystic Valley Band will join as the opening act at several East Coast gigs while Grizzly Bear will open in Tucson.
While Wilco is a veteran act in larger markets, this summer sees the Chicago natives tapping into newer, off the beaten path places such as Jacksonville, Oregon; Stateline, Nevada; and Wilmington, Delaware including gigs at several minor league baseball parks.- more on this story
|Chimaira Music As A Weapon Tour Blog: Doing Shots With Disturbed|
Well, I have to say, this has been some of the most fun I have ever had on a tour. All the bands are mad cool, the shows have been some of the biggest and best we have ever played, and the fans have been amazing! This week was also very special because our new CD "The Infection" is finally in stores! Please do your best to pick one up.We are more than proud of this record and are very exited that it's out!
Now let's rewind a bit to Tuesday (The day the record came out).....We were in Bridgeport, Connecticut and the day started out with the band going to Best Buy and Target to purchase our CD. The bitter sweet news was only two of us could buy copy's, the reason was the rest were sold out. Thanks to anyone that has picked up our CD! Our fans are and have always been the best! Later on after another great show Disturbed was nice enough to let us share/have their dressing room for a CD release rager! Trust me, it was a rager! Dan from Disturbed was on shot duty and was passing out shots called "Oatmeal Cookies" to everyone on the tour. For those that don't know, an Oatmeal cookie is the kind of shot that tastes great and goes down smooth but Dan said it best when he said "After 4 or 5, you won't remember ---- tonight guys!". Rob Arnold can agree with that for sure. The last thing he remembers from that evening was shot number 5. Good times indeed. We then brought the party to our tour bus. That's probably the last thing I remember (I had 4 or 5 of those shots myself, along with a ---- ton of beer) but the photo's show good times had by all! Thanks again goes out to Disturbed, they have been more than cool to us this entire tour.
Luckily there is another month left in this tour, This is one of those tours a band never wants to end! See you on the road!
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