|Soundgarden Reunion On Tap?|
But now there's real reason to get your flannels in a knot: the rumor mill continues to spin that Cornell will be joining his buds for a full-on reunion.
In a recent interview with Kerrang! [via TwentyFourBit], Brent Smith of the band Shinedown dropped hints that he's heard the news, saying, "There's talk of a reuniting of Soundgarden in the States soon. I know actually someone specific who told me that, who is actually specifically in their organization. Kinda told me that they're talking about it."- Another source says it's happening too
|Blink-182 and Weezer Head Up Free Music Festival|
With headliners Weezer and Blink-182, organizers say 35,000 free tickets will be given away to the newly branded Virgin Mobile FreeFest, to be held Aug. 30 at the Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia, Md.
Other acts scheduled to perform on the festival's two main stages and dance tent include Franz Ferdinand, Public Enemy, Jet, the National, Girl Talk, the Bravery, the Hold Steady, Taking Back Sunday- and more
|Hit Songwriter Accused of Craigslist Rapes- Wilco Guitarist Overdosed- Sunny Day Real Estate Reunion- KISSmart- Cowboy Members Signed Metal Record Deal and more|
Authorities say former Wilco guitarist Jay Bennett died of an overdose of the pain killer, and that they're investigating his death as an accident.more
Pioneering Seattle rock band Sunny Day Real Estate will return to the road with its four original members this fall and will reissue its first two Sub Pop albums on Sept. 15.more
Gene Simmons has confirmed that a deal is in the works with Wal-Mart that will result in an "entire section" of the giant retailer's stores across the country (apparently dubbed "KISS Korner") being dedicated to KISS. Maybe they will be selling these?
After cancelling a number of recent festival and tour shows, Thin Lizzy have been forced to drop out of their support slot with AC/DC on their three UK tour dates.more
NFL offensive linemen bang heads all the time. A trio of Dallas Cowboys linemen are now professional head-bangers, too. Leonard Davis, Marc Colombo and Cory Procter have signed a recording contract as part of a heavy metal band called Free Reign. more
He's made documentary films about the Sex Pistols and Joe Strummer. Now director Julien Temple wants to do a full-length feature on the Kinks, according to the band's former front-man Ray Davies.more
The latest episode of Talking Rock, the sister podcast of the #1 metal podcast, Talking Metal, contains an interview host Mark Strigl conducted with singer, actress, model, and wrestler Christy Hemme. Topics include Christy's history as well as new music from her band Hemme. The podcast is available at www.talkingrockpodcast.com as well as on iTunes.
R.E.M. has announced a new two-disc set, Live From The Olympia, due out in October. The release collects songs from the band's five-night "working rehearsals" during the making of Acceleratemore
Led Zeppelin frontman Robert Plant donated a signed acoustic guitar to the Worcester and District branch of the Parkinson's Disease Society (PDS). The guitar was auctioned during a fundraising dinnermore
Counting Crows are planning a collaborative summer tour, dubbed the "Saturday Night Rebel Rockers Traveling Circus and Medicine Show," with Augustana and Michael Franti & Spearhead on board.more
Arctic Monkeys have announced a string of US club shows to coincide with the release of their upcoming third album 'Humbug' . The dates will kick off on August 1 at All Points West in New Jersey, and will feature club shows in New York, Boston and Chicago, as well as festival appearances at Osheaga and Lollapalooza.more
According to a posting on the Van Halen News Desk web site, the Guitar Hero: Van Halen video game will be made available in November/December. An exact release date has not yet been announced.more
Razorcake Records has announced another chapter in their Razorcake Sister Series, this one featuring simultaneous 7" releases from The Arrivals and Grabass Charlestons. The two records feature four new songs from each band — three originals and one cover of the other artistmore
Children Of Bodom will embark on their second North American tour this fall. The Black Dahlia Murder and Skeletonwitch are confirmed for a portion of the trek, with additional support acts yet to be announced.more
Former Megadeth guitarist Jeff Young has released "Always Remember Me",his "haunting tribute" to the late Jeff Buckley via MySpace. more
Members of Atlanta's the Black Lips and Montreal's The King Khan and BBQ Show (featuring Mark Sultan and Khan of King Khan and the Shrines) have formed a new act dubbed the Almighty Defenders. The six-member group will release their self-titled debut on September 22nd via Vice Records.more
Soilent Green and Goatwhore frontman Ben Falgoust has joined the line-up of New Orleans thrash/metal band Suicide War, which also features drummer Craig Nunenmacher (Black Label Society, ex-Crowbar).more
Entombed will NOT perform at U.K.'s Damnation Festival — set to take place Saturday, October 24 at Leeds University Union — despite the fact that the band's participation in the event was announced on the festival's web site.more-
|Deftones Update Fans on Chi's Condition and New Album Progress|
"First and foremost, we are all still praying and hoping for our brother's and bandmate's recovery. He continues to get hospital care, but often it feels as if we're no closer to knowing what is ultimately going to happen to him as he continues to fight off infections as part of an ongoing battle with his condition. We trust all of you have been following his progress at One Love For Chi; we have as well. Whenever we have significant information regarding his condition, we will share it with all of you. In the meantime, we're working on getting a benefit show together for Chi in Los Angeles this fall; details will follow very soon. Let's all continue to channel positive energy into the universe for Chi's recovery.
"There has been a lot of speculation lately about what is going on with the record: Eros for one, and Chi's parts, and this new record that we are currently tracking. The songs recorded for Eros are very special to us as they are the latest with Chi (and we certainly hope not the last); they have history and significant meaning to us. However, as we neared completion on Eros, we realized that this record doesn't best encompass and represent who we are currently as people and as musicians. And although those songs will see the light of day at some point, we collectively made the decision that we needed to take a new approach, and with Chi's condition heavy on our minds while doing so. We needed to return to the studio to do what we felt was right artistically. Our inspiration and unity as a band is stronger than it has ever been before and we needed to channel that energy into our music, and deliver to our fans what you rightly deserve: the best Deftones record that we can make.- more on this story
|The Mars Volta Members Shoot Down At The Drive-In Reunion|
"(The reunion rumors surfaced when) we took time to bury the hatchet with the other members. There had been a lot of ---- talk, at least on my behalf, and I had stuff that I wanted to say. I wanted to be friends with the guys again. (A reunion) couldn't happen any time soon because we have so much Mars Volta material.
"We're smart enough to never say never as you don't know how life is going to happen. It's like your first girlfriend, you learned amazing things together, but do you really want to open that can of worms?"- more on this story
|Tool, Linkin Park, Alice In Chains and More Plan Epic Gig|
|To Live Is To Die: The Life And Death Of Metallica's Cliff Burton|
Written by U.K.-based author Joel McIver and published by Jawbone Press, the book includes a foreword by Cliff's close friend in METALLICA, Kirk Hammett.
Other interviewees who spoke to McIver for this book, many for the first time on the public record, include Cliff's bass teacher Steve Doherty; EXODUS founder Gary Holt; Metal Blade label founder Brian Slagel;Cliff's first guitar tech Chuck Martin; METALLICA's first fanclub manager K.J. Doughton; "Ride The Lightning" and "Master Of Puppets" producer Flemming Rasmussen; the last reporter to interview Cliff, Jörgen Holmstedt; roadie and ex-Metal Church guitarist John Marshall, who was also in the bus crash which ki11ed Burton; Lennart Wennberg, the photographer at the scene of the crash; and Cliff's girlfriend for the last year of his life, Corinne Lynn.- http://HeadbangerNYC.com
|Silversun Pickups, Manchester Orchestra and Cage the Elephant Doing North America|
The quartet is currently touring Europe in support of sophomore LP, Swoon (Dangerbird Records) but will return to the States in August for a round of headline shows and festival appearances. SSPU will receive support from Manchester Orchestra and Cage the Elephant, who will also join the band for their Canadian dates.
Most recently, MTV has added "Panic Switch" into rotation, joining sister stations MTV2 and mtvU. Meanwhile, fan favorite MTV "Unplugged" will make a triumphant return this summer, offering a series of monthly exclusive performances on MTV.com; Silversun Pickups' performance will go live in July.
|Rob Thomas Hitting The Road|
The two-month itinerary is slated to kick off on September 23rd at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Florida and end with a multi-night stand at the famed Beacon Theater in New York beginning on November 12th. The tour will include special guests One Republic and Carolina Liar.
The new tour, dubbed "cradlesong tour '09," is Thomas's second full-fledged solo tour and the first in support of his new Emblem/Atlantic Records release "cradlesong" which hits stores and digital retailers nationwide on June 30th. "cradlesong" is the follow-up to Thomas's record-setting solo album "…Something to Be" which debuted at #1 on the Billboard chart and marked the first time a male artist from a rock or pop group debuted at #1 with his first solo album.- more on this story
The tour kicks off on September 18 in Hollywood and runs through October 11 in Philadelphia. This will probably be the band's final US tour in support of their most recent album, Ultra Beatdown.
Sonata Arctica, as well as DragonForce labelmates Taking Dawn, will serve as support. The band's latest power-riff fueled opus, Ultra Beatdown, was unleashed upon the world last August
|The Feelies Revisited|
Their debut release Crazy Rhythms is a masterwork of perfectly honed minimalist rock that leaps and darts into the corners of the listener's consciousness, a true sonic tour de force that Rolling Stone deemed one of the "100 Best Albums of the 1980s." Fans of the Velvet Underground, Wire and Brian Eno's early solo work will surely appreciate the "forces at work" (to quote a song title!) on this masterpiece.
Their follow-up recording, The Good Earth, came some six years later co-produced by Feelies' co-regents Glenn Mercer and Bill Million with REM's Peter Buck (a Feelies admirer since his days as a record store clerk). The Good Earth was an early release on Coyote Records, the label founded and run Steve Fallon, also the original owner of famed Hoboken indie roc mecca, Maxwell's. This album introduced the line-up that continues to this day.- more on this story
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