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Ugly Kid Joe

Formed: 1989
From: Isla Vista, CA, United States
Last Known Status: Regrouped

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Below is our complete Ugly Kid Joe 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.

Wacken Open Air 2013 Live Stream Details Revealed

The 2013 installment of the Wacken Open Air Festival kicks off today, but you don't have to be there to catch some of the action over the course of the weekend. Select bands from the festival will be shown via live stream at this location. There is no guarantee that the broadcast will be available in every country.

According to the schedule, highlights of the Wacken Metal Battle with Annihilator will be shown today at 18:30 (CET), 12:30pm (EST), 9:30am (PST). In addition, for Friday and Saturday, bands broadcast will be:

Friday, 2 August 2013 - Start: 18.30 CET (12:30pm EST)

Agnostic Front @ Black Stage
Ugly Kid Joe @ Party Stage
Corvus Corax @ Party Stage
Pretty Maids @ True Metal Stage
Amorphis @ Party Stage

Saturday, 3 August 2013 - Start: 16.45 CET (10:45am EST)

Black Messiah @ Headbangers Stage
Legion Of The Damned @ Headbangers Stage
Ihsahn @ Black Stage
Candlemass @ Party Stage
Sonata Arctica @ Party Stage
DevilDriver @ Party Stage
Lingua Mortis feat. Rage @ Black Stage

In addition, on August 3, 2013 beginning at 8pm CET (2:00pm EST), Wacken will be broadcast live at this location. At this point, the following artists will be streamed live:

Trivium
Alice Cooper
Deep Purple
Doro More...

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The Rockstar Ramblings: Friday Old School

This week a look at new videos from Ugly Kid Joe, Chris Holmes (W.A.S.P.), Izzy Stradlin (ex-Guns N’ Roses), and Great White; for those keeping a timeline at home, Ugly Kid Joe would be considered the “new” band of this group. More...

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The Rockstar Ramblings: Videos From Hell

This week Fuel From Hell offers up a new video, Ugly Kid Joe returns with “Devil’s Paradise” (as does the NEW Great White), and in the name of charity, a bonus SIXX:A.M. video makes an appearance. More...

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Sunday Old School: Ugly Kid Joe

For many, the band Ugly Kid Joe was the group on MTV with videos for “Cat’s In the Cradle” and “Everything about You,” but there was more, trust me. They landed in a strange time (right at the start of the grunge nineties) and had a song picked up by a major movie, giving them immediate success. Then, despite this good fortune, the band was unable to keep their momentum (again, blame the nineties – damn you Cobain!) and flamed out rather quickly, leaving us with a limited catalog of three full albums. However, that may change soon... SPOILER ALERT: Ugly Kid Joe is coming back!

Initially, the band used the name Ugly Kid Joe as a parody of the band named Pretty Boy Floyd, and then it just stuck so they kept it. Their first EP was titled “As Ugly as They Wanna Be,” again another parody, this time a take on 2 Live Crew’s “As Nasty as They Wanna Be.” It was clear from the start that this band wouldn’t take themselves too seriously; the music was a mix of hard rock, funk, and glam, though mostly hard rock as they were heavily influenced by Black Sabbath. The current lineup of Ugly Kid Joe is Whitfield Crane (vocals), Klaus Eichstadt (guitar), Cordell Crockett (bass), Dave Fortman (guitar), and Shannon Larkin (drums). More...

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Five More Bands Confirmed For Download 2012

The organisers of Britain's Download Festival has announced a further five bands for this years edition of the event. Metalcore outfit Killswitch Engage has confirmed, as have NOFX, Nightwish, Shinedown and Black Veil Brides. The festival will take place June 8th - 10th at Donington Park in the United Kingdom.

The lineup is now as follows:

The Prodigy (Headliners)
Metallica (Headliners)
Black Sabbath (Headliners)
Anthrax
As I Lay Dying
August Burns Red
Biffy Clyro
Billy Talent
Black Label Society
Black Veil Brides
Chase and Status
Devildriver
Devin Townsend Project
Fear Factory
Five Finger Death Punch
Ginger Wildheart
Killswitch Engage
Kyuss Lives!
Lamb Of God
Little Angels
Machine Head
Nightwish
NOFX
Periphery
Reckless Love
Shinedown
Slash
Soundgarden
Steel Panther
Tenacious D
Trivium
Ugly Kid Joe
You Me At Six

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Fourteen More Names Confirmed For Download 2012

The organisers of Britain's, Download Festival has confirmed a further twelve acts for this year's edition of the event. Among the new acts are American thrash metal legends Megadeth, former Guns N Roses guitarist, Slash and industrial metal veterans Fear Factory, as well as Steel Panther, Billy Talent, Kyuss Lives!, Rise Against, Black Label Society, As I Lay Dying, Five Finger Death Punch, Terrorvision, Ginger Wildheart, Periphery and Reckless Love. The festival will take place June 8th - 10th at Donington Park in the U.K.

The lineup is now as follows:

The Prodigy (Headliners)
Metallica (Headliners)
Black Sabbath (Headliners)
Anthrax
As I Lay Dying
August Burns Red
Biffy Clyro
Billy Talent
Black Label Society
Chase and Status
Devildriver
Devin Townsend Project
Fear Factory
Five Finger Death Punch
Ginger Wildheart
Kyuss Lives!
Lamb Of God
Little Angels
Machine Head
Periphery
Reckless Love
Slash
Soundgarden
Steel Panther
Tenacious D
Trivium
Ugly Kid Joe
You Me At Six

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Fourteen More Bands Confirmed For Download 2012

A flyer posted online by reunited grunge outfit Soundgarden has revealed a further fourteen more bands for this years edition of Britain's Download Festival. Amongst the new confirmations are Tenacious D, drum and bass favourites Chase and Status, American thrash metal legends Anthrax and Californian metal veterans, Machine Head. The festival will be held at Donington Park from 8th-10th June.

The current lineup is as follows:

The Prodigy (Headliners)
Metallica (Headliners)
Black Sabbath (Headliners)
Anthrax
August Burns Red
Biffy Clyro
Chase and Status
Devildriver
Devin Townsend Project
Lamb Of God
Little Angels
Machine Head
Soundgarden
Tenacious D
Trivium
Ugly Kid Joe
You Me At Six

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Another Animal Ready New Single

ANOTHER ANIMAL — the band featuring GODSMACK members Tony Rombola on guitar, Robbie Merrill on bass and Shannon Larkin on drums — will release the second single from its self-titled debut album, "Fade Away," on May 13.

ANOTHER ANIMAL also includes original GODSMACK guitarist Lee Richards and former UGLY KID JOE frontman Whitfield Crane. Larkin told The Pulse of Radio that he personally wanted to bring Crane into the band to repay him for giving Larkin a job with UGLY KID JOE during the peak of that band's success. "He took me out of one of the darkest places in my life, when I was ready to just quit the music business," he said. "Well, Whit was in his own dark place, so I got to call him and say, 'Dude, guess what? I have this side project, so I'm offering you a chance now to be back on a major label and get your voice on the radio again. I was able to return a favor that was life-changing for me."

"Another Animal" has sold sold 23,000 copies in the United States since its October 2007 release, according to Nielsen SoundScan.

ANOTHER ANIMAL last year completed a U.S. tour with labelmates ALTER BRIDGE.

Fan-filmed video footage of ANOTHER ANIMAL performing the song "Broken Again" at the Irving Plaza in New York City on October 16, 2007 can be viewed below. More...

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Potentially Satanic Ozzy Memorabilia For Sale

People who find themselves watching reruns of The Osbournes and wondering where they could possibly get their own skull and crossbones cufflinks or backstage pass to Ozzfest 2002 may be in luck.

Julien's Auctions, who specialize in high-profile celebrity auctions will be selling off more than 500 items from the Ozzy Osbourne and family's personal collection, many of which were prominently displayed on episodes of The Osbournes. The auction, which is scheduled to take place on Nov. 30 and Dec. 1, features a wide range of products from rings to cars and everything Ozzy in-between.

Some items will likely have no problem finding buyers. The Dark One's bat cloak, his velvet bath robe and trademark wire-frame glasses are all available, as are the family's Teen Choice Award and 2006 Bentley Continental. While items from Ozzy's wardrobe come too late for Halloween, they are certainly coveted items amongst those who still request "Crazy Train" at weddings.

On the other hand, some items, while sure to sell, may go to buyers who wish to remain anonymous, such as a pair of Ozzy's used leather pants and a signed and inscribed 8x10 photo of David Hasselhoff circa Baywatch.

Also available for auction is Ozzy's Yamaha "Banshee" ATV, the very one he crashed in 2003 leading him to sporting a neck brace, which unfortunately isn't up for grabs. Bidding starts at $2,000 for the neck-smashing quad.

Many of the items may be of little interest to Ozzy fans at all and may instead end up in the hands of gothic furniture collectors, such as carved changing screens, lamps and a log bin.

Fans of other celebrities may want to take note as well. The auction features gold records from Pantera, Ugly Kid Joe, System Of A Down, Static X and more.

The auction seems to be the real deal and not a police sting similar to one used by Fargo, North Dakota police earlier this month in which people with outstanding warrants were invited to meet the singer, only to be led away in handcuffs upon arrival.

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Whit Crane Denies Anthrax Rumours

The Classic Metal Show, heard Saturdays from 9PM-3AM EST exclusively at www.cmsradionetwork.com, recently conducted an interview with vocalist Whit Crane (ex-UGLY KID JOE, MEDICATION, LIFE OF AGONY) to talk about his new project ANOTHER ANIMAL, which also features members of GODSMACK and DROP BOX. During the interview, Crane was questioned as to the rumors that he is the next vocalist of ANTHRAX, which he denied. He also admitted that he has never in his life touched a computer. Below is an excerpt."

The Classic Metal Show: You are obviously out on tour right now with Another Animal. Is this your warmup for taking the gig in Anthrax?
Crane: "Ha! These are my first interviews I've ever, ever done. I did one before this one. The guy before said there's this thing called Wikipedia out there that says that I'm the Anthrax singer."

The Classic Metal Show: It was out there on (the internet) that you did have the gig, then you didn't have the gig, then Corey Taylor had the gig. So we're just curious.
Crane: "Well, I'll tell you. I'm in a band with Scott Ian called Hossie DC, which is a tribute to AC/DC's Bon Scott era, but we dress up like Hassitic Jews. So they might have gotten that mixed up. We play in New York about two times a year. Scott's one of my closest friends, but I think I would know if I was in the band. I can categorically say that, as of yet, I am not in Anthrax."

The Classic Metal Show: Would you consider being in Anthrax?
Crane: "I don't think so. I think I've got my band, for now. I think it's my destination."

The Classic Metal Show: Where can people find out about you on the (world wide) web?
Crane: "You know, I think there's a MySpace presence. I think you would go to the myspace and then go to the music area of that and put in Another Animal. I think that's how you find that. You know, I'm pretty much computer illiterate. You know, I guess I could ask somebody. I've never been on a computer before."

The Classic Metal Show: Really?
Crane: "Yeah. I've never touched a computer key on my earthly visit."

The Classic Metal Show: Wow! Is there any reason why? Do you just not like them?
Crane: "No no no. I'm not anti-computer. It's just a cumbersome item. I travel really light. I've got a backpack. You know, I do have the telephone, which I guess is a form of a computer something. I think you can even get the internet on this thing. I'm pretty much down with my telephone. Text messages is enough for me to make it through the day."

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Another Animal Announce Tour Dates

Another Animal and Alter Bridge will be going on tour together next month. Here are the tour dates:

October
2 - Tallahassee, FL – Floyds Music Store
4 - N. Charleston, SC - The Plex
5 - Chattanooga, TN - Club Fathom
6 - Noblesville, IN – X Fest - Verizon Wireless Music Center
8 - Chicago, IL - House Of Blues
9 - Cleveland, OH - House Of Blues
10 - Cincinnati, OH - Bogart's
12 - Hampton, VA - Mill Point Park
13 - Sayreville, NJ - Starland Ballroom
14 - Boston, MA – The Roxy
16 - New York, NY – Irving Plaza
17 - Hartford, CT - Webster Theatre
19 - Hampton Beach, NH - Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom
21 - Philadelphia, PA - Electric Factory
27 - Corpus Christi, TX – Concrete Street Amphitheater
28 - The Woodlands, TX – Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
30 - Dallas, TX - The Palladium Ballroom
31 - Amarillo, TX - Midnight Rodeo

November
2 - Tempe, AZ – The Marquee
3 - Las Vegas, NV – House Of Blues

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Godsmack Celebrating 10th Birthday With Boxed Set

Billboard.com reports: A 10th anniversary box set and a side band will be rocking Godsmack's world later this year.

The Boston headbangers -- currently on a theater run continuing to promote their 2006 release "IV" --plan to commemorate the 10-year celebration of their first album with a package that gathers together its four studio albums, the acoustic EP "The Other Side" and a DVD featuring mini-documentaries about the making of each album. There will also be some live footage and possibly the group's 2004 acoustic performance in Las Vegas.

"We're just gonna try to make it really special," drummer Shannon Larkin tells Billboard.com. "Basically Universal, who we've been with since day one, said to us, 'You tell us what you need and we'll write the check. We want this to be special, too.' We wanted to make it a road case, but as we were doing some research we saw that Metallica made one of their box sets look like a road case, so that's out. If anyone has any suggestions, we're open..."

Larkin says Godsmack doesn't have much in the way of unreleased material but has been taping all of its concerts since 2004, so it may expand some of the albums with appropriate live material. He hopes to put a version of the band's nightly drum solo, which he plays together with frontman Sully Erna, in the collection as well.

Meanwhile Larkin, guitarist Tony Rombola and bassist Robbie Merrill are planning a summer launch for Another Animal, their side band with former Ugly Kid Joe singer Whitfield Crane. A single may come out in July or August as Godsmack finishes its tour, with an album following in the fall.

The impetus for the group, Larkin says, was an excess of material the instrumentalists wrote for "IV." "Basically we caught fire and wrote almost 40 songs, about four or five of which got picked for the album" -- including the No. 1 Rock track "Speak." "So we were left with over 30 songs that we really, really love and still wanted to get out there, so we ended up starting another band."

But Larkin hastens to add that Another Animal in no way threatens Godsmack's future. "It's simply a side project that has nothing to do with Sully," he explains. "There's no weirdness, no drama, no imminent break-up. We'd be foolish to end something that has such a nice history. Hopefully (Another Animal) is something the Smack fans will like, too."

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Godsmack, Ugly Kid Joe Singer Form Another Animal

Roo TV has issued the following report:

GODSMACK are soon to be releasing their latest album, "IV", which easily demonstrates the band's growth as songwriters. But after an initial writing block from lead singer Sully Erna, the rhythm section of Shannon Larkin (drums), Robbie Merrill (bass) and Tony Rombola (guitar) spent countless hours in the studio writing and re-writing tunes for the album. But with close to 40 songs written and only so much space on GODSMACK's "IV", Shannon, Robbie and Tony have taken a few leftover songs and formed ANOTHER ANIMAL. Roo TV caught up with drummer Shannon Larkin to talk about ANOTHER ANIMAL and how the band was extremely productive while Sully was away.

"It wasn't really productive for GODSMACK, but for Tony, Robbie and me, it was very productive, 'cause we found each other's niche in songwriting," Larkin explained. "In fact, so much so that even after Sully had… We had like 30 something songs, including Sully's songs and the songs that the band wrote together — it was 38 songs or something ridiculous like that. A bunch of music — a bunch of really good music. And you can only have so many songs on a record. So we had all this leftover music that we think is kick-ass. So we started this other band — me, Tony and Robbie — it's called ANOTHER ANIMAL."

Larkin went on to discuss adding his old bandmate from UGLY KID JOE, lead singer Whit Crane, and where he thought the music would be going with ANOTHER ANIMAL.

"So anyway, we called the band ANOTHER ANIMAL and got Whit Crane — he's my buddy from UGLY KID JOE — to sing," he said. "And he's awesome. The music is… it's like… There's definitely some [BLACK] SABBATH [influences], but with like [touches of] 'Angel Dust' FAITH NO MORE-era."

Although Larkin insisted ANOTHER ANIMAL was a side project from GODSMACK, the band does plan on getting in the studio to make a record in 2006. But with the GODSMACK tour certainly on the horizon, it seems ANOTHER ANIMAL might not make it to the stage until GODSMACK takes a break from the road.

You can watch Roo TV's video interview with Shannon Larkin at this location.

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