From: NJ, United States
Last Known Status: Active
This space-rock band was formed in New Jersey, USA in 1989 by David Wyndorf (vocals/guitar, ex-Shrapnel), with John McBain (guitar), Joe Calandra (bass) and Jon Kleiman (drums). After a couple of self-released tapes and a rather self-indulgent debut album, Monster Magnet suddenly found broad press and public support with Spine Of God, despite the back cover disclaimer that "It"s a satanic drug thing . . . you wouldn't understand'. The sound and songs drew on Wyndorf's obsession with late 60s psychedelia, music and culture, producing a hypnotic set that blended Space Ritual -era Hawkwind -style with an MC5 / Black Sabbath guitar barrage and a liberal sprinkling of drug references, all played with a 90s venom.
The band were quick to capitalize, touring almost non-stop around Europe and the USA, and, following a US tour with Soundgarden, they lost McBain but gained a contract with A&M Records, who were happy to give the band creative freedom. The resultant Superjudge, with new guitarist Ed Mundell, was, if anything, more intense, and saw Monster Magnet pay tribute to Hawkwind with an affectionate blast through "Brainstorm".
Their live shows remained an experience in themselves, with lighting engineer Tim Cronin's astral projection backdrop proving to be an essential component as the band whipped up a frenzy on stage, touring Europe with Paw and the USA with Raging Slab in 1994. Dopes To Infinity and Powertrip honed their space rock sound to perfection and established them as arguably the leaders of the genre. Guitarist Phil Caivano was brought into the line-up in 1998 to augment the band's live sound and help record God Says No.
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On Saturday, April 9, 2005, the Dutch Roadburn Festival is celebrating its 10th anniversary edition with a stunning variety of space/stoner/doom rock bands on three different stages with Brant Bjork & The Bros, SUNN O))), ELECTRIC WIZARD (the first ever show with the We Live line-up), and HIGH ON FIRE, amongst others, at 013-Tilburg.
Monster Magnet lead guitarist Ed Mundell has been confirmed to jam live on stage with headliners SPACE RITUAL. That band was formed in 2001 to revive the lost magic, the truly interstellar spirit of Hawkwind, of which the band were all members, and this will be Space Ritual`s first ever gig on the European mainland. Check roadburn.com for the complete line up. Holland’s major network, VPRO 3voor12, will pull off a live webcast of the 10th Roadburn Festival.
In other news, VPRO 3voor12 will re-broadcast last year`s "Monster Magnet Live at the 9th Roadburn Festival" webtv webcast. The webcast will run on April 6, 2005 at 7:00 p.m. GMT at www.3voor12.nl (click on webtv).
Tuska Open Air Metal Festival has added more international and Finnish acts to the 2005 roster. The line-up is almost complete with only 1 more artist to be added for Saturday afternoon as well as the winner from the band contest at Rotonde-Festival, France, which is to be held later this spring. This year's Tuska-Festival is more international than ever, with nearly half of the artists coming from abroad. The evening clubs will most likely see some international action as well.
New additions in Finnish professionalism will be represented by Apocalyptica, whose cello metal is witnessed way too rarely on their native soil. Apocalytica just recently supported Rammstein on their European tour and appeared stateside on a few selected dates.
German precision and universal greatness is brought to you by the mighty Gamma Ray. The band last appeared on the bill at Tuska 2000 and have since built their fanbase by selling out club shows on a regular basis.
Other additions include up-and-coming death metallers Amoral, Finnish-singing Stam1na and Viikate, as well as Callisto who are about to embark on a European tour in a few weeks.
The search continues for one more, either domestic or foreign artist.
Ticket sales for Tuska 2005 start on Friday April 1st. Three-day ticketcosts 67 euro, one-day ticket 32 euro. Go to www.lippupalvelu.fi to purchase tickets.
Current Tuska 2005 line-up reads as follows: More...
MONSTER MAGNET mainman Dave Wyndorf has posted the following message on the band's official web site:
"I'm announcing with deep regret that Phil Caivano, guitarist, singer and my longtime friend, has decided to 'move on' from MONSTER MAGNET.
"Phil joined the band in 1998 and has been a solid contributor since day one. No one I know has ever been more dedicated to his craft. He is a unique and talented individual who excels at everything he does and I wish him all the best.
"Phil himself will let you know what he's doing in his own good time, but for the record, this is an amicable split.
"Needless to say, there is only one Phil Caivano so replacing him is impossible. However, MAGNET is auditioning guitarists to fill the rhythm slot and I'll let you all know what's up. In the meantime, I'll be playing guitar. This change in line up will in no way effect the output of MONSTER MAGNET, as I am writing the new album now and things are on schedule.
"Phil is and will always be welcome as a member of the MONSTER MAGNET family.
"Rock is alive! Love, Dave."
Dimmu Borgir, Monster Magnet, Sentenced, Destruction, Primal Fear, Bal-Sagoth, Lake of Tears and Wintersun are the latest bands confirmed for the eighth annual Tuska Open Air Metal Festival, set to be held July 15-17 at Kaisaniemi Park in Helsinki, Finland. The 2005 festival will once again present more than 30 bands from different styles of metal, several of which will be announced at a later date.
Saturday, July 16 will be headlined by the infamous Norwegian black metallers Dimmu Borgir. Their Tuska performance will be one of few selected festival shows the band will do next summer. Dimmu Borgirwere originally scheduled to play at Tuska 2004 but after being offered one of the headlining slots at Ozzfest, they obviously had to cancel their appearance.
In addition to the already confirmed acts, more Finnish and international artists will be added to the roster.
Tickets for Tuska 2005 will go on sale April 1 through Lippupalvelu. The three-day ticket costs 67 euros and one-day tickets cost 32 euros.
Tuska 2005 confirmed bands so far: More...
Hater, the '90s band featuring the Soundgarden pair of bassist Ben Shepherd and drummer Matt Cameron, will finally have their second album released. Simply called 'The 2nd', it's due out through Burn Burn Records in late April. The record, which also features Mark Lanegan, former Monster Magnet guitarist John McBain and Ministry drummer Bill Rieflin, was originally due for release a decade ago.
According to the Rock N Roll Experience web site, MONSTER MAGNET bassist Jim Baglino was arrested following the band's September 30, 2004 concert in Lancaster, PA. Baglino told the web site, "We had a really crazy show and there was no barricade and I swung my bass and hit a guy in the head and the next thing I knew he was being carried out and was bleeding, and after the show I was arrested and I sat in a cell for 15 hours." Added Rock N Roll Experience webmaster Bob Suehs, "I'm not quite sure what happened in terms of a settlement, but I do know that the entire band was in New York and that their label reps flew from California to New York to make settlement and get this ordeal over with...the band actually did not get to the venue until like 15 minutes or so before show time...Their drummer Bob and Jim both summed it up saying that this entire tour had been really crazy and that they look forward to their last show for this leg of the tour on Oct. 2 in Virginia so they can take a brief break before the next leg of the tour starts. As far as the charges go, it's also not clear if the charges were dropped, or what charges he was arrested on."
Monster Magnet frontman Dave Wyndorf lost his voice prior to the group's scheduled performance at Peabody's in Cleveland Thursday night (Sept. 16). According to a BLABBERMOUTH.NET source at the show, "the band opened their set with a 20-minute version of the instrumental 'Tab...'. Dave played guitar with his back to the crowd through the whole song. After the song ended, it was announced on stage by one of Dave's bandmates that Dave would be unable to sing tonight under doctor's orders due to problems with his throat. The lead singer from Cleveland band RED GIANT (www.redgiant.net), Alex, filled in on vocals for the next 6 songs. RED GIANT were one of the local bands sharing the bill. Alex did a good job of keeping the crowd entertained and actually sounded very good job singing the songs, especially on such short notice. Unfortunately, Alex relinquished his microphone for the final two songs of the set and the band invited crowd members to come up on stage and sing. The ending of the show turned into a giant, unorganized Monster Magnet 'karaoke' session, with multiple people on stage stumbling their way through 'Powertrip' and 'Space Lord'. Dancing female audience members also jumped up to adorn the stage and dance with Dave. The crowd was definitely not amused and voiced their displeasure as the show came to an abrupt end. Boos and the chants of 'refund, refund' filled the club." The set list for the show was as follows:
04. Nod Scene
05. Snake Dance
06. Evil (Is Going On)
07. Spine Of God
09. Space Lord
Monster Magnet are scheduled to perform at the Bowery Ballroom in New York City Friday night (Sept. 17).
The first dates have been announced for H.I.M.'s upcoming U.S. tour — the band's first since inking a worldwide recording contract with Sire Records. Support at all dates is expected to come from Melissa Auf Der Maur (ex-Hole, Smashing Pumpkins) and Monster Magnet. The dates are as follows:
Nov. 12 - Worchester, MA @ The Palladium
Nov. 13 - Philadelphia, PA @ Electric Factory
Nov. 14 - New York, NY @ Irving Plaza
Nov. 15 - New York, NY @ Irving Plaza
Nov. 18 - Pittsburgh, PA @ The Rock Club
Nov. 19 - Detroit, MI @ The State Theatre
Nov. 21 - Minneapolis, MN @ Quest Club
Nov. 24 - Denver, CO @ The Fillmore
Nov. 26 - Las Vegas, NV @ House Of Blues
Nov. 27 - Tempe, AZ @ Marquee Theatre
Dec. 02 - Los Angeles, CA @ The Avalon
As previously reported, H.I.M. singer/main songwriter Ville Valo has been working on new material over the summer and the band hope to start producing their next album in January or February.
Despite rumors to the contrary, MONSTER MAGNET have not called off the remainder of their U.S. tour following the cancellation of their scheduled performance at Jaxx in Springfield, VA Saturday night (August 28). A representative at the group's record label, SPV Records, has told BLABBERMOUTH.NET that the Springfield gig was "postponed due to a bus/trailer problem" and that the band are currently on their way to Chicago for Tuesday night's (Aug. 31) show at the Double Door venue. Support at the shows will come from Relapse Records recording artists BONGZILLA.
The video for Monster Magnet's new single 'Monolithic' can be viewed online on Launch.com.
More tour dates have been announced for the forthcoming Monster Magnet, Bongzilla tour in September. Dates so far are as follows:
August 27 - Seaside, NJ @ Green Room
August 28 - Springfield, VA @ Jaxx Nightclub
August 29 - Virginia Beach, VA @ Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
August 31 – Chicago, IL @ Double Door
September 1 – Minneapolis, MN @ Fine Line Music
September 4 – Portland, OR @ Dante's
September 5 - Seattle, WA @ Neumos
September 7 - San Francisco, CA @ Independent
September 8 - Los Angeles, CA @ Monster Garage TV
September 9 - Los Angeles, CA @ Troubadour
September 10 – Phoenix, AZ @ Mason Jar
September 12 – Denver, CO @ Cervantes
September 13 - Lawrence, KS @ Bottleneck
September 14 - St. Louis, MO @ Mississippi Nights
September 16 - Cleveland, OH @ Peabodys
September 17 - New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom
September 18 - Little Falls, NJ @ Yogi Berra Stadium
September 19 - Philadelphia, PA @ Northstar
September 21 - Hartford, CT @ Webster Theatre
September 22 - Clifton Park, NY @ Northern Lights
September 24 - Manchester, NH @ Liquid
September 25 - Rochester, NY @ Steel Music Hall
September 26 - Boston, MA @ WAAF
September 27 - Allentown, PA @ Crocodile Rock Cafe
September 29 - Poughkeepsie, NY @ The Chance
September 30 - Lancaster, PA @ The Chamelon
October 1 - Baltimore, MD @ Rechter
October 2 - Huntington, WV @ Harris Riverfront Park
October 7 - Detroit, MI @ St. Andrews
October 23 - Miami, FL @ Bayfront Park
(Note: not ALL dates are with Bongzilla)
Locobazooka 2004 is returning to the Fitchburg Municipal Airport this year for 2 full days of music lasting from September 25th through the 26th. Confirmed so far are the following artists:
...with more TBA.
SLAYER, SUM 41, CRADLE OF FILTH, MONSTER MAGNET, ILL NINO and GODSMACK have all been confirmed for the main stage of this year's Download Festival, and LOSTPROPHETS have just been added to the event in Glasgow. The current lineup is as follows: More...