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H.I.M.

Formed: 1995
From: Helsinki, Finland
Last Known Status: Active

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Below is our complete H.I.M. news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.

Note: We began associating news directly with bands in late 2003. Therefore, earlier band news may not be listed on this page.

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McQueen To Support H.I.M. on Australian Tour

UK all-girl band MCQUEEN will support HIM on a tour of Australia and New Zealand later this month. The details are as follows:

March 23 - Perth, Australia - Metro City
March 25 - Sydney, Australia - Big Top
March 27 - Melbourne, Australia - Festival Hall
March 29 - Brisbane, Australia - Tivoli
March 31 - Auckland, New Zealand - Power Station

As previously reported, MCQUEEN has been confirmed as the opening act for VELVET REVOLVER on three dates in March at the "personal request" of VR guitarist Slash, according to a press release. The dates are as follows:

March 15 - Liverpool University
March 16 - Leeds University
March 17 - Manchester Apollo

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H.I.M. Reveal DVD Tracklisting

Finnish "love metallers" HIM have revealed the track listing for their new CD/DVD, "Digital Versatile Doom: Live at the Orpheum Theatre", due on April 1 through Warner. The live portion of the DVD was recorded/filmed at the band's November 14-15, 2007 concerts at the Orpheum Theatre in Los Angeles. According to the HIM newsletter, "you'll go on stage and behind the scenes with Ville [Valo, HIM frontman] and the band as they give one of their most heartfelt shows to date. Also featured on the DVD, watch the journey of HIM's biggest fans as they go to Seattle to meet the band, see the heartagram photo gallery and watch as Ville recounts the journey that was 'Venus Doom'." "Digital Versatile Doom" also features a second disc, with the full live performance from The Orpheum Theater and a 16-page booklet of original art and images.

"Digital Versatile Doom: Live at the Orpheum Theatre" track listing:

01. Passion's Killing Floor
02. (Rip Out) the Wings of a Butterfly
03. Buried Alive By Love
04. Wicked Game
05. The Kiss of Dawn
06. Vampire Heart
07. Poison Girl
08. Dead Lovers' Lane
09. Join Me in Death
10. It's All Tears
11. Sleepwalking Past Hope
12. Killing Loneliness
13. Soul On Fire
14. Your Sweet Six Six Six
15. Bleed Well
16. The Funeral of Hearts

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More Bands Announced For Download Festival

Kid Rock is the latest act to confirm an appearance at this year's K!-sponsored Download Festival.

Tabloid bad boy Rock - who is currently touring the US with his Rock 'N' Roll Revival show - is joined by Bleeding Through, Throwdown, The Black Dahlia Murder and The Subways at the three-day rock spectacular at Donington Park on June 13, 14 and 15.

The Kerrang!-sponsored Download festival will be headlined by: Kiss, The Offspring and Lostprophets.

The full list of other bands on the bill so far is as follows: 36 Crazy Fists, Alter Bridge, Bleeding Through, Children Of Bodom, Chris Cornell, Coheed & Cambria, Disturbed, HIM, Incubus, In Flames, Job For A Cowboy, Jonathan Davis, Jimmy Eat World, Judas Priest, Kid Rock, Motorhead, Rise Against, The Black Dahlia Murder, Throwdown and The Subways.

The Download festival takes place the weekend of June 13 to June 15. Tickets are on sale now. Prices are as follows: a full weekend ticket: £130, standard camping: £20, camper van: £40, family zone camping: £20, lockers: £11, parking £10 in advance or £15 on the day. There will be a variety of ticket packages available to buy, including the RIP packages (a VIP package) from £315. For Club or VIP Experience packages, please call 020 7009 3484 to discuss your requirements.

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H.I.M. Post DVD Trailer Online

Finnish "love metallers" HIM will release their new CD/DVD, "Digital Versatile Doom: Live at the Orpheum Theatre", on April 1 through Warner. The live portion of the DVD was recorded/filmed at the band's November 14-15, 2007 concerts at the Orpheum Theatre in Los Angeles. According to the HIM newsletter, "you'll go on stage and behind the scenes with Ville [Valo, HIM frontman] and the band as they give one of their most heartfelt shows to date. Also featured on the DVD, watch the journey of HIM's biggest fans as they go to Seattle to meet the band, see the heartagram photo gallery and watch as Ville recounts the journey that was 'Venus Doom'. 'Digital Versatile Doom' also features a second disc, with the full live performance from The Orpheum Theater and the package contains a 16-page booklet of original art and images."

An exclusive sneak peek at "Digital Versatile Doom: Live at the Orpheum Theatre" is available at this location.

HIM's latest video, "Bleed Well", which features footage for from the Los Angeles shows, can be viewed below.

HIM frontman Ville Valo recently spoke to Straight.com about his songwriting process. "It's very hard to sing about sunshine and ice cream and birds in fast cars . . . I'm a miserable bastard when it comes to writing music," he said. "I love melancholy music, and I love the darker aspects when it comes to, like, popular music. I've always been a big fan of [BLACK] SABBATH and all that, so obviously they've been a big influence on me, and I wanted to write music that would have a similar kind of gloomy atmosphere to it."

In 2003, HIM released an album called "Love Metal", which featured a gold "heartagram" — a cross between a heart and a pentagram — on the cover. The group has trademarked that yin-yang symbol, which Valo created the day after his 20th birthday, and has taken the "love metal" concept to heart.

"When we started out, a lot of people had a hard time deciding which category we belonged to, because we had the sort of SABBATH-y thing, but at the end of the day we're singing love songs," Ville said. "It wasn't goth and it wasn't rock and it wasn't metal–it was something in between. One of the first songs we ever played was 'Wicked Game' by CHRIS ISAAK, where we put all the really fuzzy, heavy guitars on it, so I guess love metal just sounded good. And you actually have to be a proper man to be able to say that you like love metal." More...

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Five More Bands Announced For Download 2008

The following message has been posted via the Download festival's official Myspace acoount:

"With festival fever firmly underway, we have added another internationally acclaimed batch of artists to our line-up.

With the three headliners already in place - KISS, The Offspring and Lostprophets - You will be thrilled to learn that joining them on the weekend of 13, 14, 15 June in Donington Park will be CHRIS CORNELL, JIMMY EAT WORLD, JONATHAN DAVIS, 36 CRAZYFISTS and JOB FOR A COWBOY

This raft of US acts add to the Download 2008 bill which also sees Judas Priest, Motörhead, HIM, In Flames, Coheed & Cambria, Incubus, Disturbed, Rise Against, Alter Bridge and Children of Bodom appearing."

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Two More Bands Announced For Download 2008

Following yesterday's announcement of Disturbed, Incubus, Alter Bridge and In Flames we have another two bands have been announced.

And they are K! Relentless Energry Drink Tour 2008 headliners Coheed & Cambria and the mighty Children Of Bodom!

For Coheed & Cambria it will be a chance to exorcise the demons from their appearance at Download 2006, a period when the band was close to falling apart.

"We were one man down," explains bassist Michael Todd. "Our drummer didn't make it over, so we were playing with our drum tech as a replacement and it was less than cosy onstage. It was kind of a bum-out as it was one of the biggest shows that we have ever played. "Donington is one of those festivals that if you have a good spot on the bill, you've made it!" he adds. "It's going to be awesome."

"We've wanted to play Download for years," explains Children Of Bodom bassist Henkka SeppÑlÑ. "I can't wait to see Judas Priest. They're a band everybody has to see!"

The Kerrang!-sponsored Download festival will be headlined by: Kiss, The Offspring and Lostprophets

Other bands on the bill include: Alter Bridge, Children Of Bodom, Coheed & Cambria, Disturbed, HIM, In Flames, Incubus, Judas Priest, Motorhead and Rise Against,

The Download festival takes place the weekend of June 13 to June 15. Tickets are on sale now. Prices are as follows: a full weekend ticket: £130, standard camping: £20, camper van: £40, family zone camping: £20, lockers: £11, parking £10 in advance or £15 on the day. There will be a variety of ticket packages available to buy, including the RIP packages (a VIP package) from £315. For Club or VIP Experience packages, please call 020 7009 3484 to discuss your requirements.

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More Bands Confirmed For Download 2008

According to Kerrang.com, ALTER BRIDGE, DISTURBED, IN FLAMES and INCUBUS have been added to the bill of this year's Download festival, set to take place the weekend of June 13-15 at Castle Donington, UK.

The festival billing is now shaping up as follows:

KISS (headliner)
LOSTPROPHETS (headliner)
THE OFFSPRING (headliner)
JUDAS PRIEST
MOTÖRHEAD
RISE AGAINST
HIM
ALTER BRIDGE
DISTURBED
IN FLAMES
INCUBUS

"On behalf of ALTER BRIDGE, I'd like to say that it is a huge honour to share the stage with so many great bands at the Download festival," Myles Kennedy from the band told Kerrang.com. "But, even more importantly, we look forward to re-connecting with old and new fans alike. The Download festival is always one of the highlights of our year."

"We are honored and are looking forward to sharing the stage with so many bands we respect and admire, and playing to one of the most rabid crowds in existence," stated DISTURBED's David Draiman.

IN FLAMES frontman Anders Fridén was equally excited: "We are really happy to play Download again!" he told Kerrang.com. "We played 2006 and that was an amazing show, such a great day. We are really looking forward to doing it again."

Tickets for Download 2008 are on sale now. Prices are as follows: a full weekend ticket: £130, standard camping: £20, camper van: £40, family zone camping: £20, lockers: £11, parking £10 in advance or £15 on the day. There are a variety of ticket packages available to buy, including the RIP packages (a VIP package) from £315.

For Club or VIP Experience packages, please call 020 7009 3484 to discuss your requirements.

Disabled customers can call 0121 767 9729 to discuss accessibility arrangements. Please note, disabled customers will be provided with one free ticket for their helper, where required. Should additional helper tickets be required, please call the disabled access ticket line on 0121 767 9729 or email access@downloadfestival.co.uk

For more details, visit www.downloadfestival.co.uk.

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KISS Members Talk About Download Appearance

KISS members Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley have comented on the band's co-headlining appearance at this year's Download festival, se to take place at Castle Donington, UK the weekend of June 13-15.

Said Simmons: "For 35 years, we have prided ourselves in our opening: YOU WANTED THE BEST, YOU GOT THE BEST, THE HOTTEST BAND IN THE WORLD. We are throwing down the gauntlet. Let those who are faint of heart, take heed. We will take no prisoners."

Added Stanley: "I've always prided myself in living up to and beyond the legend. I can tell you we are ready to seize the moment and add to that legend. We remain KISS to our souls, and that truth will be deafeningly clear this June."

Download festival billing is shaping up as follows:

KISS (headliner)
LOSTPROPHETS (headliner)
THE OFFSPRING (headliner)
JUDAS PRIEST
MOTÖRHEAD
RISE AGAINST
HIM

Tickets for Download 2008 will go on sale on February 8 at 9:00 a.m. Prices are as follows: a full weekend ticket: £130, standard camping: £20, camper van: £40, family zone camping: £20, lockers: £11, parking £10 in advance or £15 on the day. There will be a variety of ticket packages available to buy, including the RIP packages (a VIP package) from £315.

For Club or VIP Experience packages, please call 020 7009 3484 to discuss your requirements.

Disabled customers can call 0121 767 9729 to discuss accessibility arrangements. Please note, disabled customers will be provided with one free ticket for their helper, where required. Should additional helper tickets be required, please call the disabled access ticket line on 0121 767 9729 or email access@downloadfestival.co.uk

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More Bands Confirmed For 2008 Download Fest

According to numerous website posts, KISS have been confirmed as the third headliners of the three day event to be held at the prestigious Donington Park in England, alongside The Offspring and Lost Prophets. Also newly confirmed to perform are Motorhead and Rise Against. Judas Priest and H.I.M. are also scheduled to play. It's believed that H.I.M. will schedule the second stage but which day is yet to be announced.

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First Bands Confirmed For Download Festival

The following is courtesy of Kerrang!

"This year's Kerrang!-sponsored Download festival will take place the weekend of June 13 to June 15 and will be headlined by Welsh rockers Lostprophets, Orange County punkers The Offspring and one other legendary rock band TBC!

Other bands confirmed for this year's festival include metal gods Judas Priest and Finnish love metallers HIM.

Stay tuned to Kerrang! dot com tomorrow afternoon (Tuesday) at 4PM GMT when we will be announcing the fnal headliner and at 7:30PM for another two bands who will be playing Britian's biggest and best rock festival.

Tickets for Download 2008 will go on sale on February 8 at 9AM. Prices are as follows: a full weekend ticket: £130, standard camping: £20, camper van: £40, family zone camping: £20, lockers: £11, parking £10 in advance or £15 on the day. There will be a variety of ticket packages available to buy, including the RIP packages (a VIP package) from £315. For Club or VIP Experience packages, please call 020 7009 3484 to discuss your requirements."

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More Bands Announced For Rock AM Ring

DISTURBED, HIM, CAVALERA CONSPIRACY and DANKO JONES are among the newly confirmed bands for this year's Rock am Ring and Rock im Park festivals, set to take place June 6-7 in the German towns of Nürburgring and Nürnberg, respectively. The festival billing is now shaping up as follows (in alphabetical order):

ALTER BRIDGE
BABYSHAMBLES
BAD RELIGION
BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE
CAVALERA CONSPIRACY
CSS
CULCHA CANDELA
DANKO JONES
DIE TOTEN HOSEN
DIMMU BORGIR
DISTURBED
FETTES BROT
HIM
IN FLAMES
INCUBUS
JUSTICE
KATE NASH
METALLICA
MOTÖRHEAD
NIGHTWISH
PETE MURRAY
RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE
ROISIN MURPHY
SIMPLE PLAN
SPORTFREUNDE STILLER
THE HELLACOPTERS
THE PRODIGY

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H.I.M. Live CD/DVD Due In March

Finnish "love metallers" HIM will release their new CD/DVD, "Digital Versatile Doom: Live at the Orpheum Theatre", on March 11 through Warner. The set was recorded/filmed at the band's November 14-15, 2007 concerts at the Orpheum Theatre in Los Angeles.

HIM's latest video, "Bleed Well", which features footage for from the Los Angeles shows, can be viewed below.

HIM frontman Ville Valo recently spoke to Straight.com about his songwriting process. "It's very hard to sing about sunshine and ice cream and birds in fast cars . . . I'm a miserable bastard when it comes to writing music," he said. "I love melancholy music, and I love the darker aspects when it comes to, like, popular music. I've always been a big fan of [BLACK] SABBATH and all that, so obviously they've been a big influence on me, and I wanted to write music that would have a similar kind of gloomy atmosphere to it."

In 2003, HIM released an album called "Love Metal", which featured a gold "heartagram" — a cross between a heart and a pentagram — on the cover. The group has trademarked that yin-yang symbol, which Valo created the day after his 20th birthday, and has taken the "love metal" concept to heart.

"When we started out, a lot of people had a hard time deciding which category we belonged to, because we had the sort of SABBATH-y thing, but at the end of the day we're singing love songs," Ville said. "It wasn't goth and it wasn't rock and it wasn't metal–it was something in between. One of the first songs we ever played was 'Wicked Game' by CHRIS ISAAK, where we put all the really fuzzy, heavy guitars on it, so I guess love metal just sounded good. And you actually have to be a proper man to be able to say that you like love metal." More...

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H.I.M. Singer To Judge Get In The Ring

HIM's iconic singer, Ville Valo, will be joining us - and many of you - at Get In The Ring II with Kwari at the Forum in London on 11th Dec.

Ville will join Oderus Urungus from GWAR at Metal Hammer's fight night, where four bands get in the ring to see who is the better band.

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H.I.M. Debut 'Bleed Well' Video For Fan Club


Finnish "love metallers" HIM are debuting the video for their new single, "Bleed Well", for the HIM fan club on Heartagram.com today. Imeem will feature the official "world premiere" of the video on Tuesday, November 27.

The band filmed the live footage for the new clip at their Los Angeles shows on November 14 and November 15 at the Orpheum Theatre. The footage from the shows will also be used for HIM's upcoming live DVD, to be released in 2008.

HIM frontman Ville Valo recently spoke to Straight.com about his songwriting process. "It's very hard to sing about sunshine and ice cream and birds in fast cars . . . I'm a miserable bastard when it comes to writing music," he said. "I love melancholy music, and I love the darker aspects when it comes to, like, popular music. I've always been a big fan of [BLACK] SABBATH and all that, so obviously they've been a big influence on me, and I wanted to write music that would have a similar kind of gloomy atmosphere to it."

In 2003, HIM released an album called "Love Metal", which featured a gold "heartagram" — a cross between a heart and a pentagram — on the cover. The group has trademarked that yin-yang symbol, which Valo created the day after his 20th birthday, and has taken the "love metal" concept to heart.

"When we started out, a lot of people had a hard time deciding which category we belonged to, because we had the sort of SABBATH-y thing, but at the end of the day we're singing love songs," Ville said. "It wasn't goth and it wasn't rock and it wasn't metal–it was something in between. One of the first songs we ever played was 'Wicked Game' by CHRIS ISAAK, where we put all the really fuzzy, heavy guitars on it, so I guess love metal just sounded good. And you actually have to be a proper man to be able to say that you like love metal."

HIM's new album, "Venus Doom", has sold 77,000 copies in the United States since its September release, according to Nielsen SoundScan.

HIM still has few dates left on their North American tour before they hit the European soil with the following dates:

28.11.2007 / House of Blues, North Myrtle Bch, SC USA
29.11.2007 / Norva, Norfolk, VA USA
30.11.2007 / Electric Factory, Philadelphia, PA USA
01.12.2007 / Nokia Theatre, New York, NY USA
02.12.2007 / Nokia Theatre, New York, NY USA
07.12.2007 / Guildhall, PORTSMOUTH ENGLAND
08.12.2007 / Civic Hall, WOLVERHAMPTON ENGLAND
09.12.2007 / Apollo, MANCHESTER ENGLAND
10.12.2007 / Barrowlands, Glasgow SCOTLAND
12.12.2007 / Astoria, London ENGLAND
13.12.2007 / Astoria, London ENGLAND
14.12.2007 / Nalen, Stockholm SWEDEN
31.12.2007 / Tavastia Helldone Festival, Helsinki FINLAND
17.02.2008 / Mozartsaal, Mannheim GERMANY
18.02.2008 / Elserhalle, Munich GERMANY
20.02.2008 / Haus Auensee, Leipzig GERMANY
23.02.2008 / Westfalenhalle, Dortmund GERMANY
24.02.2008 / Palladium, Cologne GERMANY
26.02.2008 / Docks, Hamburg GERMANY
28.02.2008 / Paradiso, Amsterdam NETHERLANDS
06.03.2008 / Alcatraz, Milan ITALY
07.03.2008 / Saschall, Florence ITALY
08.03.2008 / Vox Discoteca, Nonantola, MO ITALY
10.03.2008 / X-Tra, Zurich SWITZERLAND

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Paradise Lost To Support H.I.M.

Legendary founding fathers of "gothic metal" PARADISE LOST have been confirmed to support of Finnish rockers HIM on their European tour in February/March 2008. The band will use this great opportunity, which coincides with the band's 20th anniversary in 2008, to further promote their acclaimed "In Requiem" album.

In other news, "Over The Madness – A Diran Noubar Film" — which offers the first-ever, extremely comprehensive and very personal documentary on PARADISE LOST and the genre gothic metal — will be released via Century Media Records on November 26, 2007 as a double DVD set. The film's world premiere was held at the Cannes Film Festival's Market in May 2007 followed by a German premiere at the Wave Gotik Festival in Leipzig the same month. The documentary features first-hand accounts from all current and former band members and many other dramatically influential acts. Furthermore, Noubar accompanied the band from their native Halifax (UK) to tour stops in Mexico and Greece where PARADISE LOST are regarded rock "gods." Watch the trailer for "Over The Madness – A Diran Noubar Film" below.

Upcoming PARADISE LOST shows:

Dec. 02 - Glasgow (UK) @ Garage
Dec. 03 - Manchester (UK) @ Hop and Grape
Dec. 04 - Wolverhampton (UK) @ Wulfrun Hall
Dec. 05 - London (UK) @ Islington Academy

PARADISE LOST supporting HIM:

Feb. 16 - Berlin (D) @ Tempodrom
Feb. 17 - Mannheim (D) @ Mozartsaal
Feb. 18 - München (D) @ Elserhalle
Feb. 20 - Leipzig (D) @ Haus Auensee
Feb. 23 - Dortmund (D) @ Westfalenhalle 2
Feb. 24 - Köln (D) @ Palladium
Feb. 26 - Hamburg (D) @ Docks
Feb. 27 - Hamburg (D) @ Docks
Feb. 28 - Amsterdam (NL) @ Paradiso
Feb. 29 - Tilburg (NL) @ O13
Mar. 03 - Madrid (ES) @ La Riviera
Mar. 04 - Barcelona (ES) @ Espacio Movistar
Mar. 06 - Milan (I) @ Alcatrazz
Mar. 07 - Florence (I) @ Saschall
Mar. 08 - Modena (I) @ Vox
Mar. 10 - Zürich (CH) @ Xtra
Mar. 11 - Wien (AT) @ Gasometer
Mar. 12 - Prague (CZ) @ Lucerna

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H.I.M. LA Shows To Be Filmed For DVD

HIM's November 14-15 concerts at the Orpheium Theatre in Los Angeles will be filmed for an upcoming DVD, tentatively due next year. November 14 is sold out, but you can still claim your place in HIM history on November 15 at the Orpheum Theatre while tickets last. Get your tickets while you still can from Ticketmaster.

As previously reported, HIM will be the featured guests on the nationally syndicated radio show "Rockline", hosted by Bob Coburn, airing Monday, November 12 at 11:30 p.m. EST/8:30 p.m. PST. Fans can talk live with HIM by calling 800-344-ROCK (7625). To find a station near you or to listen to the show live via the Internet, go to www.rocklineradio.com.

HIM's new album, "Venus Doom", sold 38,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 12 on The Billboard 200 chart.

Ville Valo recently told the Finnish newspaper Helsingin Sanomat that the band wanted to make a more minimalist album this time out. Enough time has elapsed from the early '90s when Valo himself was absorbing influences from bands such as CATHEDRAL, PARADISE LOST, ANATHEMA, TYPE O NEGATIVE, MONSTER MAGNET, MY DYING BRIDE and others like them.

"There is no way we could have pulled off that sort of thing at the time when TYPE O NEGATIVE came out with 'Bloody Kisses' [released in 1993]. And you know, by the way, that there's plenty of people today who know nothing about that band, or about the Swedish band CANDLEMASS or PARADISE LOST, even. If we had come out with this sort of material at the same time as them, it would just have come across like a rip-off."

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H.I.M. Frontman Claims To Have Been Beaten By Ex

reports that HIM frontman Ville Valo was almost forced to cancel his band's first major American tour after his ex-girlfriend beat him up.

The 30-year-old rocker was given a black eye by his former partner and suffered a burst ear drum at the hands of the unnamed woman.

He says, "She was a tough girl and she wasn't afraid to show it. She once punctured my ear-drum by screaming so loudly in my ear that it bled from the inside. If the hole in my ear had have been any bigger, I'd have had to go for surgery and our band would have missed their first major American tour.

"Violence is always pretty bad but it doesn't get any worse than being beaten up by a girl, does it?"

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H.I.M. Singer To Record New James Bond Song?

According to the Daily Star, James Bond producers have tapped HIM frontman Ville Valo to record the theme for 2008's "Casino Royale" follow-up flick.

Ville, 30, was approached by the Bond team at the BMI Awards dinner at London’s Dorchester Hotel, where he scooped a gong for his hit "Wings of a Butterfly".

A Daily Star source stated: "[Longtime 007 soundtrack writers David Arnold, 45, and Don Black, 69] were in deep conversation with Ville on the night.

"They love the song that won him an award. They think he has just the right ear to write a classic Bond hit with them." After their discussion, Ville even pulled a few suave 007 poses at his dinner table, aiming an imaginary finger gun at pals.

Former AUDIOSLAVE/SOUNDGARDEN frontman Chris Cornell was the first man since Paul McCartney to sing a James Bond theme song when he recorded his throaty, epic ode to 007, "You Know My Name", for Daniel Craig's debut turn as Bond in "Casino Royale".

"They wanted a voice that fit well with his persona," Cornell said last year. "They were looking for a singer who was unapologetically male, someone with introspection in his voice but not afraid to be masculine."

Cornell cited two of his predecessors as inspirations: McCartney, who wrote and performed the theme to "Live and Let Die" (1973), and Tom Jones, who sang the theme to "Thunderball" (1965).

"I decided that I was going to sing it like Tom Jones, in that crooning style. I wanted people to hear my voice," Cornell said. "And 'Live and Let Die' is a fantastic song. Paul McCartney wouldn't have written it if not for that movie. I [also] wanted to write a song in its own universe. I knew I'd never have it again — a big orchestra — so I wanted to have fun with it."

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H.I.M. Ready For U.S. Tour

H.I.M. are starting their North American tour tomorrow in support of their new album "Venus Doom." I believe support is by Bleeding Through, but the info was not included with the latest tour dates, which are as follows:

10/18 - Sayreville, NJ - Starland Ballroom
10/19 - Washington, DC - 9:30 Club
10/20 - Baltimore, MD - Sonar
10/21 - Worcester, MA - Palladium
10/23 - Detroit, MI - Royal Cat Theatre
10/24 - Toronto, ONT - Docks
10/25 - Chicago, IL - Congress Theatre
10/26 - St. Louis, MO - The Pageant
10/27 - St. Paul, MN - Myth
10/30 - Omaha, NE - Sokol Auditorium
10/31 - Kansas City, MO - Uptown Theatre
11/02 - Denver, CO - Ogden Theatre
11/03 - Salt Lake City, UT - In The Venue
11/06 - Calgary, AB - MacEwan Hall
11/07 - Edmonton, AB - Events Center
11/09 - Vancouver, BC - Creation Civic Center
11/10 - Seattle, WA - Showbox SoDo
11/11 - Portland, OR - Crystal Ballroom
11/13 - San Francisco, CA - Warfield
11/14 - Los Angeles, CA - Orpheum Theatre
11/15 - Los Angeles, CA - Orpheum Theatre
11/17 - Las Vegas, NV - The Joint
11/20 - Dallas, TX - Palladium Ballroom
11/21 - Houston, TX - Warehouse Live
11/23 - Ft. Lauderdale, FL - Revolution
11/24 - Orlando, FL - Hard Rock Live
11/25 - Atlanta, GA - Tabernacle
11/28 - Myrtle Beach, FL - House of Blues
11/29 - Norfolk, VA - Norva
11/30 - Philadelphia, PA - Electric Factory
12/01 - New York, NY - Nokia Theatre
12/02 - New York, NY - Nokia Theatre

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H.I.M. Single Fails To Break Into British Top 40

Helsingin Sanomat reports:

Finnish rock act HIM’s latest single release, a track called "The Kiss of Dawn," failed to break into the official British Top 40 chart on the week of its release. The song entered the British chart at 59, outside the official Top 40 list.

"The Kiss of Dawn" is the first HIM single in four years that has not made it to the Top 40 in Britain. So far the love-metal band's highest UK entries have been with "Solitary Man," which went in at number nine in 2004, and "Wings of a Butterfly," which was ranked tenth on its release in 2005.

"The Kiss of Dawn" is a cut from HIM's new album Venus Doom, which was also released at the beginning of this week in most European markets.

On the more specified UK Top 40 Rock Singles Chart, on the other hand, HIM made it to #1. The band took over the top position from another Finnish group, Nightwish, whose "Amaranth" single now slips down to number two.

Read the full article at http://www.hs.fi.

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