|Machine Head Guitarist Collapses On Stage|
Although he had to be helped off stage, he exclusively told Team Sonisphere that he is now feeling okay.
"Basically I want to apologies to all the fans for cheating them of their last song," he said. After breaking the news on Twitter, Team Sonisphere was inundated with messages from worried fans.- more on this story
|Blink-182 Kick Off Profanity Filled Reunion Tour|
After sets from openers Valencia and Motion City Soundtrack, who played songs off their excellent 2007 release, Even if It Kills Me (Weezer, Fall Out Boy and others will join the tour later), Blink singer/guitarist Tom DeLonge walked onstage and spit the first words to a sold-out crowd: "Motherf**ker, f**k, sh*t, cocks**ker."
That's it, just a random string of profanities that served as a potty-mouthed precursor for what was to come over the next 90 minutes or so. "Good point," singer/bassist Mark Hoppus chimed in, playing the eye-rolling straight guy to the fount of snark that is his bandmate.- What about the music? Find out here
|Phish Fest Goes West|
Festival 8 marks several additional firsts: it is Phish's first three-day festival, its first held on the West Coast and it will be the first time that a single band has played consecutive dates at the venue.
"We are pleased to support this event," said Glenn Southard, Indio City Manager. "It will bring thousands of visitors to the City of Indio and to the Coachella Valley and will provide a much-needed boost to our local economy. We look forward to a great event!"- more on this story
|Zakk Wylde Discusses Status With Ozzy|
When asked about the recent reports that Ozzy was auditioning other guitarists for his solo band, Zakk said, "Everything's cool, man. I mean, Ozzy's always jammed with other people — since we did 'Down To Earth' and all that other stuff. So it's no big deal. If Ozzy's gonna play with someone else, what am I gonna do anyways?
"At the end of the day, when we did the 'Down To Earth' record, Oz had other people coming in and writing with him. [I was like], 'Boss, knock yourself out,' you know what I mean?! What we're supposed to do is there's this date in August — August 20, I guess, down in Anaheim [at the BlizzCon convention] — and then after that, we're supposed to finish the [new Ozzy] record up in September or something like that. We did 16 or 18 songs or something like that, so we'll write some more, finish the record, and then we're supposed to do like a year[-long] world tour."- Watch the chat in three parts here.
|Slayer and Megadeth Go Down- System of a Poet- Burst Live Up To Their Name and Disband- AC/DC TV- Metal Murderer Sentenced-|
System Of A Down's Serj Tankian has announced he is writing his second book of poetry, with art from Roger Kupelian more
Burst has announced plans to disband following their upcoming U.S. tour and several European shows. " "Following a band meeting at the end of June, we have decided that it is time to let Burst sleep. We will honor our commitments, play the planned No Budget fest in Larissa, Greece as well as the US tour, and a possible best-of show in Sweden in late fall. But after that and for the foreseeable future, Burst will lay down its arms." more
Brian Johnson, the lead vocalist of hard rock legends AC/DC, made an appearance on an episode of the hugely popular BBC show Top Gear. You can check out a clip from the show here. In the video, Johnson shares some memorable stories from his time with AC/DC as well as giving an insight into his love of cars, before taking part in the show's "Star in a reasonably priced car" challenge
A San Bernardino, California man was sentenced on Friday (July 24) to nearly 60 years in prison for murdering a member of the California heavy metal bands Contortion and Prolific with his car battery more
Director Chris Weitz has confirmed rumors that a new solo recording from Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke is slated to appear on the soundtrack to New Moon, the anticipated sequel to Twilight.more
Arctic Monkeys have announced plans to stream a special online gig showcasing tracks from their forthcoming album 'Humbug'. The Sheffield four-piece will perform the one-off show through a web transmission via their official site this Thursday more
Billy Joel and Elton John have postponed a second upstate New York concert on their top-grossing tour after Joel fell ill with flu-like symptoms.more
Tom Jones has been forced to cancel a series of US dates after falling ill with bronchitis.more
The band that launched the career of Dino Cazares (Fear Factory, Brujeria, Divine Heresy, Asesino) has recently resurfaced. THE Douche Lords were formed by Dino (his first actual band) with childhood friend Tony Cortez (vocals). more
Jorn Lande has confirmed that he has been in talks with his former band Masterplan about laying down the lead vocals on the group's new CD. "We have discussed recording an album together and it's looking pretty good that it will work out," he told Germany's Rock Hard magazine.more
Sunn O))) has lined up a two-week tour of the East Coast, once again sharing the stage with Eagle Twin. Grab the dates here
Dredg added a second show to their L.A. itinerary. They're now performing Sunday, August 30 as well as Monday, August 31 at the El Rey with RX Bandits and As Tall As Lions. They're currently criss-crossing the U.S. in support of their new album, The Pariah, The Parrot, The Delusion, which came out June 9 on their Ohlone Recordings through Warner Music Group's Independent Label Group. dates
Alice In Chains will headline this year's Buzzfest on September 11 at the Riverfront Park in Downtown Nashville, Tennessee.more
The Raveonettes has announced the dates for a fall tour in support of its fourth studio album, Billboard.com can exclusively reportmore
Thick As Blood and Venia will hit the road together in late-August for a full U.S. tour that will also feature Endwell and Lionheart on select shows.more
Yngwie Malmsteen's Rising Force Records will release "The Genesis", a collection of Malmsteen's early recordings, in the U.S. on August 25, 2009.more-
|Foreigner Hope To Match AC/DC and Journey Success|
The album (Foreigner's first since 1995's "Mr. Moonlight") has much in common with Journey's 2008 Wal-Mart-only release, "Revelation." Like its predecessor, "Can't Slow Down" will be a three-disc set that features a CD of new material, a concert DVD and a best-of collection. But whereas "Revelation" included a CD of rerecorded Journey favorites, Foreigner remixed the band's original master recordings to make its hits sound more contemporary.
Perhaps most noticeable to longtime fans of both bands, each release features a replacement lead singer -- in Foreigner's case, Kelly Hansen, who takes the place of original frontman Lou Gramm.- more on this story
|Monsters of Folk Hitting The Road|
Throughout each show of the tour, the four members will be switching instruments and trading roles, maintaining the freewheeling and highly collaborative spirit of their work together thus far.
Pre-sale tickets for the US and Canada shows will be available beginning Tuesday, July 28, followed by the public on-sale beginning Friday, July 31.
|Guns N' KISS In Chains Jam|
Ace jammed out the KISS classic "Rock and Roll All Night" with original Guns 'N Roses drummer Steven Adler and the video has made its way online.
Other artists participating in the event included Mike Starr of Alice In Chains, Kyle Gass of Tenacious D, Shifty from Crazy Town, Bob Forrest from Thelonious Monster, Dr. Drew, and the kids from the School Of Rock- Check out the video here
|Grateful Dead Songwriter Dies|
Dawson died Tuesday from stomach cancer in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, where he had retired several years ago, said Rob Bleetstein, archivist for the band.
With the Grateful Dead's Jerry Garcia, Dawson co-founded New Riders in 1969 to showcase his songs along with Garcia's pedal-steel guitar playing.- more on this story
|New John Lennon Song?|
Now it has been revealed his son Julian is working on a project to write music for the song and to publish it.
The lyrics are part of a private collection which Julian acquired after his father was killed on December 8 1980.- more on this story
|Mnemic Guitarist Undergoes Surgery|
There has maybe been some speculations regarding our last show, which featured an unknown guitarist handling the duties as a stand-in for our very own Rune Stigart. To clarify the situation, Rune had to undergo surgery for an old wrist injury, in which the doctor advised not to perform over a specific period of time.
The band had already been booked in advance to headline the Sardinias Heavy Sands festival, which was impossible to postpone. The band's and Rune's decision was to carry on with a stand-in guitarist. His name is Victor Ray Salomonsen. Some of you might recognize his mom, Sanne Salomonsen, the great and famous Danish rock mama.- more on this story
|Previously Unreleased Jeff Healey Album Set For Release|
The recordings were done over a 15 month period at the famous Notodden Blues Festival in Norway (8/5/06), the Islington Academy in London (5/20/07) and Jeff Healey's Roadhouse in Toronto (11/15/07). Germany-based Ruf Records is distributed in the U.S. by the Allegro Corporation, and will also release the album internationally, except in Canada, where Songs from the Road will be released by Stony Plain Records.
'Songs from the Road' is the follow-up to 'Mess of Blues', which was released just weeks after Jeff's untimely death from cancer at age 41 on March 2nd of last year.- more on this story
|Singled Out: Pennan Brae|
I finished writing the songs for my debut CD, 'Shaded Joy' last fall and headed into the studio. I recorded on a small island in Canada, which is actually a province, Prince Edward Island (P.E.I.). I hooked up with some fantastic musicians; there's a lot of talent on that Island. We recorded the music in a restored 19th Century farmhouse, with views of the Atlantic. The air was fresh, the leaves were changing colour & you could taste winter in the air; a nice time of year.
I wrote 'Something's Missing' when I moved from the East to West Coast of Canada. I was feeling a bit down at the time & wasn't with a girlfriend or anything. I recall seeing lots of other guys with their girlfriends & I think just the sight of that provided motivation, inspiration…due to my frustration!
I'm happy with the recording of it; Nat on drums is a very creative drummer. He doesn't just keep the beat, but changes things up which adds to the songwriting process. Remi, handling the bass, is as good as they come. He's played across North America & Europe; he's the most talented bass player I've had the opportunity to play with. Last but not least, Phil on guitar is a real gem; he comes up with parts out of left field, which is great; he doesn't remind me of anyone I've heard before & that to me is a nice quality to have. As for myself, I had fun laying down the keyboard & vocals.
If curious, the name 'Pennan Brae' is named after a small Scottish village, Pennan, along the North Sea. My grandfather was born there and I've had a chance to visit twice. I always have a special affinity for Scotland in my heart and the band's name is in its honour.. Cheers & thanks for listening, Rob of Pennan Brae.
Hearing is believing. Now that you know the story behind the song, listen for yourself and learn more about the album- right here!
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