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Formed: 2000
From: Los Angeles, CA, United States
Last Known Status: Active

Latest Otep News

Below is our complete Otep 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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Mustaine "Narrows Down List" Of Gigantour Bands

Megadeth mainman Dave Mustaine has posted the following Gigantour update in the "Forums" sections of the band's official web site:

OK, now here is some dirt on the first and second stage: I wanted to have the first stage be powerful and the second stage be a glimpse into the future bands that are either influenced, fans, or friends of mine and Megadeth. I did say that I had 'this band' or 'that band' in my sights, but I have seriously narrowed down the list.

I am still interested in Dry Kill Logic, Overkill, Dead New Day, Re:Ignition, Life Of Agony, Children Of Bodom, The Agony Scene, Diecast, Symphony X, Otep, and believe it or not, Anthrax and Testament. There are a lot more bands still trying to get onboard, but I think I will just have to make a list for next year.

My dilemma is this; the West Coast run will not have The Dillinger Escape Plan on for the first several shows. I am still deciding to either fill that slot or just go on as a four band show for the main stage. I would love to have Anthrax or Overkill on the main stage with us all, but I don't want to offend Anthrax by offering them that slot unless they really want to take it, and I don't know if Overkill are available yet.

After that, there will be more shows at the end of the tour where Dream Theater will have finished and I need to fill that slot (If I do) at that time.

This tour will run from mid-July to mid-September and will also include Texas, Georgia, and Florida this time, as well as another stint across Canada at the end of the tour.

We have been made offers to go to Mexico City and Monterey, Mexico on the Gigantour run; and Santiago, Chile; and Sao Paolo, Brazil in October on our own. I will not go down to South America without playing Argentina or Columbia too, so don't worry. We just have to work out the details.

Please stay tuned so that I can give you more of the official news real soon.

Meanwhile, the first two dates have been announced for Gigantour. Confirmed dates so far are as follows:

08/23 - Wantagh, NY @ Tommy Hilfiger At Jones Beach Theater
08/24 – Holmdel, NJ @ PNC Bank Arts Center

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Mustaine Considers New Additions To Gigantour

Lead shredder and singer Dave Mustaine of Megadeth is considering several new additions for an upcoming North American tour; including Diecast, Dry Kill Logic, Otep, Overkill, Pain of Salvation, Taproot, and Symphony X.

Megadeth's "Gigantour" is set to begin in late July with Dream Theatre, Fear Factory, Dillinger Escape Plan and Nevermore. Dillinger Escape Plan will join the tour late, according to Mustaine's forum announcement, and the slot is as-of-yet still open. "There are still many more bands to review, and now I am waiting for their music to be sent."

The band also reports a possible Australia visit. Mustaine said, "It may not be with any of the current line-up of other bands, but at least we are starting the preliminary footwork."

A website for the tour -- named after a 1960's cartoon "Gigantor" -- will be launched next month. This six-week trek will likely be the band's final tour under the Megadeth name.

The thrash metal band were founded in 1983 by former Metallica guitarist Dave Mustaine.

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Otep to Tour with Slipknot

Otep is tour with Slipknot starting in April. Dates are as follows and can be reached at ticketmaster or either band's site. The first dates are as follows:

4/26 Resch Arena- Green Bay, WI
4/27 Prairie Capital Convention Center- Springfield, IL
4/29 Mid-American Center- Council Bluffs, IA
4/30 Alliant Energy Center Memorial Coliseum- Madison, WI

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Few More Subliminal Verses Tour Dates Added

More dates are coming in as Slipknot prepares to hit the road on March 4th to embark on The Subliminal Verses Tour. The arena outing will also feature metal heavy hitters Lamb of God and Shadows Fall as well as a variety of support acts.

Fuse has signed on a sponsor for the tour and you can expect some heavy coverage of the outing on the cable music channel. According to Roadrunner Records, Slipknot will appear on Fuse's Daily Download on March 1st and the channel plans to air a tour special in early April on Uranium. Fuse will document the first three stops of the tour for the special.

Latest tour dates (with Otep):

Apr. 26 Green Bay, WI - Resch Arena
Apr. 27 Springfield, IL - Priarie Capital Convention Center
Apr. 29 Council Bluffs, IA - Mid-America Center
Apr. 30 Madison, WI - Alliant Energy Center

In other Slipknot news, the band has just confirmed an appearance on NBC's Late Night with Conan O'Brien on March 1st.

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Otep Bassist Has Bass Stolen

Otep bassist, eViL J had his fretless bass stolen at the bands gig in Idaho the other night, the following is taken from the official OTEP message board:


evil j's fretless bass was stolen at last night's show in Idaho.

this is the bass he plays 'my confession' on.

he is hoping that we can help him locate his instrument and see that it
gets returned to him soon.

PLEASE keep your eyes and ears open for anything being offered on ebay or any other similar site selling used musical instruments.

the bass is a 4 string Carvin fretless bass, 13 years old, brown Koa wood body, no fret markings on the fretboard. he'd modified several items on the bass, so it is unique and should be easy to recognize.

if you were at the show and saw anything suspicious or have any information about the whereabouts of evil j's bass, please contact me

message me thru the message board or email me at ossian@otepsaves.com

THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR YOUR SUPPORT, ENCOURAGEMENT and hopefully, the expeditious return of an important piece of evil j's arsenal. "

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Otep To Headline Ozzfest 2005?

I stumbled upon this article via Google that mentions Otep headlining this year's Ozzfest (likely referring to headlining the second stage) as well as an interview with frontwoman Otep Shamaya. Here's a bit from the interview:

AE: Is this your first band ever?
O: This is my first band. I tooled around with musicians, but I was never formally trained. Equipment, timing, different time signatures, I didn’t know any of that stuff. I sat with musicians, learned a little bit by osmosis. It’s a completely different mental process from writing.
When I started the band I found a manager and I brought my books over, my journals and all my illustrations in this big pile. “This is what I want, I want to turn this into music”. And he looked at me and said “OK, let’s try it, let’s find some musicians.”

What we do is a little different, it’s not just your typical metal show. It’s not hair metal or glam or anything of that nature. It’s sort of a dissident cabaret, its theater and in the highest respect to someone like Antonin Artaud. It’s delivering the experience of the topic of the song versus just singing about it, we actually live every moment of the song onstage. Without fire or any sort of theatrics or anything. It’s all through the act of performance.

AE: How did Capitol [Records] find you guys?
O: We were doing local shows around LA and the buzz started and all of a sudden we start noticing suits in the corners watching us and on their phones and their little Blackberries. A friend of ours was our manager at the time and he started coming over and saying “Hey they want to showcase you.” It was a bunch of major labels which was really bizarre, because I never thought we’d get that.

(Be warned that the interview is on a lesbian/bisexual site focused on women in entertainment and the media. And yes, I really did find it via Google...not part of my everyday reading ;-)

Read the full article at Afterellen.com.

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More Alliance of Defiance Tour Dates

More dates for the Alliance of Defiance tour, featuring OTEP, AMERICAN HEAD CHARGE, CANDIRIA, THE AUTUMN OFFERING have been announced. The dates are as follows:

February 28 - Farmingdale NY @ Downtown
March 3 - Atlanta GA @ Masquerade
March 4 Tampa FL @ Boiler Room
March 5 - Daytona Beach FL @ Fuel
March 6 - Ft Lauderdale FL @ Culture Room
March 8 - New Orleans LA @ Twiropa
March 10 - San Antonio TX @ White Rabbit
March 11 - Austin TX @ Backroom
March 12 - Odessa TX @ Dos Amigos
March 15 - Gallup NM @ El Morro Theatre

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Otep Singer Has Altercation With Nick Carter?

Recently, when Nick Carter, the former Backstreet Boy, was dating Paris Hilton, they were reportedly in an altercation with the singer from OTEP at an EMI party. Apparently, Nick got jealous when Paris and Otep Shamaya seemed to buddy up and a fight started.

Nick was said to be so drunk, that he was easily pushed to a couch by Otep who was heard saying, "break it down for me backstreet". Nick was led away by his members of management. Several Paparazzi took photos of the incident but, mysteriously, none have surfaced.

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Initial Dates For Otep And Friends

The first batch of dates for the upcoming Otep, Candiria, American Head Charge and The Autumn Offering tour have been announced and are as follows:

January 25th Reno, NV - The New Oasis
January 26th San Francisco, CA - The Pound
January 29th Seattle, WA - The Catwalk Club
January 30th Spokane, WA - The Big Easy
February 01st Boise, ID - The Big Easy
February 03rd Englewood, CO - Gothic Theater
February 04th Omaha, NE - Ranch Bowl
February 05th Davenport, IA - Quad City Live
February 15th Detroit, MI - Harpo's

In addition, American Head Charge have re-launched their official website, you can check it out at www.headcharge.com

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Otep To Tour In 2005, Possibly Headlining

OTEP have confirmed via their personal online diary that they will be hitting the road in early 2005, possibly as part of a headlining stint, the posting reads below:

"yes, the rumors are true ... our mgmt called and they have confirmed preparations and negotiations for touring in early 2005 have begun and are underway. no details or specifics are availble as of yet, but the term "headlining" is most popular among the suits and creative types who are involved in the planning stages of this next assault on the flesh and minds of the angry american sub-nation."

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Kittie, Otep, Crisis Philly Show Report

I recently attended the Kittie, Otep and Crisis show in Philadelphia on October 10th, 2004. I was supposed to have a photo pass but due to circumstances out of my control that didn't happen, so I apologize to all for not having any pictures to share with you. Anyway, here's my report of the night: More...

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Cristina Scabbia Tops List Of Fave Female Singers

InsidePulse.com's Tom D'Errico and Gloomchen recently compiled a list of the top 10 female metal vocalists as part of the web site's "Opposing Elements" column. "Keeping with the theme of the column (Opposing Elements), we can't agree on everything," Tom writes. "So, while we each offered up three picks unopposed, we'll have to argue about the last four slots on the list."

Top 10 female metal singers, as selected by InsidePulse.com's Tom D'Errico and Gloomchen:

01. Cristina Scabbia (Lacuna Coil)
02. Angela Gossow (Arch Enemy)
03. Anneke van Giersbergen (The Gathering)
04. Tanja Lainio (Lullacry)
05. Anita Auglend (Sins of Thy Beloved)
06. Candace Kucsulain (Walls of Jericho)
07. Otep Shamaya (Otep)
08. Morgan Lander (Kittie)
09. Jonna Enckell (The Project Hate)
10. Amy Lee (Evanescence)

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Metal Movement Tour Dates Announced

Canadian metal band Kittie will be teaming up with Otep and Crisis for the Metal Movement Tour beginning on September 27 in Farmingdale, NY.

Kittie were forced to cancel several dates on their North American headlining tour last month after the band's drummer, Mercedes Lander, was hospitalized due to severe dehydration and exhaustion.

The group are touring in support of their latest album, "Until the End," which released in July through Artemis Records. The follow-up to 2001's "Oracle" was recorded during the month of March at Longview Farm Studios in Massachusetts and was produced by Steve Thompson (Korn, Anthrax).

Upcoming Kittie tour dates: More...

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Otep Partners With Rock The Vote & More News

Otep has partnered with “Rock The Vote” to bring voter registration through software on the band’s new enhanced CD, House of Secrets (released July 27). Listeners will be able to click over to a website and access voter registration info within seconds. Thus, making registration a hassle free process for new voters and banishing the red tape that usually discourages citizens from future voting.

In making the announcement, Otep stated: “We are very pleased to be a part of the new American movement; to be informed, to be involved and to take action in something that means so much to our youth. We are happy to be joining in alliance with ‘Rock The Vote’, an organization that reaches out to young voters and lets them know that they can make a difference this political year.”

Along with offering easy access to voter registration, House of Secrets is also enhanced with videos, exclusive poetry, drawings, photographs and 3D artwork. Listeners with the limited edition version of the album will be able to use the red and blue CD case as glasses through which to view the album’s 3D artwork and lyrics.

On the tour front, Otep is reporting from the road during this summer’s Ozzfest tour on XM Satellite Radio, the nation’s leading provider of satellite radio. The band’s lead singer (and namesake) Otep and bassist Evil J’s program, entitled “The Front Line,” gives listeners a weekly, first hand perspective on life on the road. The show appears on XM Liquid Metal, XM’s 24-hour uncensored hard-metal channel, as well as the hard-alternative-rock channel Squizzz and Boneyard.

Along with being on the OZZFEST tour, Otep will also be featured on MTV2’s Headbangers Ball on Saturday, August 7th at 10PM EST.

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Dimmu Borgir Report - July 26 in Vancouver, BC

One of the disadvantages of living in Vancouver is that we get snubbed by Ozzfest every year. The good thing is that Ozzfest comes close enough (Auburn, WA) for some of the bands on the bill to perform here on one of their Off-fest dates. Three of such bands happened to be God Forbid, Otep, and Norway's Dimmu Borgir this year. More...

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Otep On Headbanger's Ball

OTEP will be guests on MTV2's Headbanger's Ball, Saturday, August 7th at 10PM EST with a repeat on Tuesday, August 10th at 4AM EST.

OTEP's video for "Warhead" is now in rotation on MTV's Headbanger's Ball and on Fuse TV's Uranium.

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Bristow, VA Ozzfest Photos Online

I've finally got my photos from the second stage of Ozzfest on Sunday July 18 in Bristow, VA posted. You can check them out in the photo gallery.

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Ozzfest Report - July 18 in Bristow, VA

On Sunday, July 18, 2004 I enjoyed one of the best Ozzfests I've witnessed at the Nissan Pavilion in Bristow, Virginia, despite a day that started off pretty bad. To put it all in perspective, I'll start at the beginning. I awoke to prepare for the day and immediately noticed that my right eye which was slightly irritated the day before was swollen half shut. After 30 minutes or so of being awake, I was developing a serious headache from the pressure of my swollen eyelid being open. Although I had fully intended to arrive at Ozzfest by 9:30 and see every band perform, I quickly resigned to going in to the hospital to have my eye checked out. The decision was an easy one because the headache was already terrible and I could only imagine the situation worsening throughout the day as dust, rain, sweat, and/or sun screen got into my eyes.

After two hours in the hospital to get some antibiotic eye drops, I was on my way. One side effect of the eye infection was that I was forced to wear glasses instead of contacts, which totally sucks - it's kind of hard to headbang with glasses on.

Factoring in travel time, I arrived at Ozzfest just two hours into the show. The weather was overcast and comfortably cool 70's. They were calling for a 60% chance of rain, but the weather was holding, despite passing through some rain on the drive to Bristow. More...

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Official Pigstock Website Updated

The official website for Pigstock 10 has been updated, and is full of information regarding the 4-stage, multi-band festival that takes place on Friday, August 13 in Davenport, Iowa. Head to www.pigstock10.com to check it out.

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Ozzfest Report - 12 July in Mansfield, MA

So, after quite some time and many doubts I have finally decided to share my thoughts about this year's Ozzfest. Actually, it's my first time on this festival since I'm from Europe and I've only been living in U.S. for two years now. Please, do consider this as you read along :)

I got to the Tweeter Center around 10:15 in the morning. Being my first time there, I wasn't sure how the whole thing was gonna go. The first thing that looked very weird were all those people on the parking lot who had brought BBQs and coolers and were hanging out by their cars. Very American, I thought. More...

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