Metal News for May 27, 2005
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5 news articles posted on this day.
MTV has issued a statement in response to NINE INCH NAILS' decision to drop out of the "2005 MTV Movie Awards" following a dispute over NIN's plan to incorporate an image of George W. Bush into their performance of the song "The Hand That Feeds".
NIN's decision to pull out of the show was announced Thursday (May 26) via a statement posted by NAILS frontman Trent Reznor on NIN.com.
"NINE INCH NAILS will not be performing at the 'MTV Movie Awards' as previously announced. We were set to perform 'The Hand That Feeds' with an unmolested, straightforward image of George W. Bush as the backdrop," Reznor wrote. "Apparently, the image of our president is as offensive to MTV as it is to me. See you on tour this fall when we return to play in America."
In a brief statement, MTV expressed disappointment in NINE INCH NAILS' decision to drop out of the broadcast.
"While we respect NINE INCH NAILS' point of view, we were uncomfortable with their performance being built around a partisan political statement," the statement reads, according to MTV.com. "When we discussed our discomfort with the band, their choice was to unfortunately pull out of the Movie Awards."
MTV announced that the FOO FIGHTERS would be taking NIN's spot on the show.
The "2005 MTV Movie Awards" air Thursday, June 9 at 8:30 p.m.
Manheim, Pennsylvania metal/hardcore outfit August Burns Red has signed with Solid State Records. According to the group, "This is a dream come true for every member of the band. We've all been fans of this label for years and we're honored to be getting a chance to work with them." The band will record their debut full-length at Dark Horse Recording in Nashville, TN this summer with producer/engineer Adam D. (of Killswitch Engage).
Bassist Matt Deis has left All That Remains for undisclosed reasons. The group is now in search of a replacement and has lined up several try-outs.
NASUM drummer Anders Jakobson has posted the following message on the group's official web site:
"Many things have happened since the identification of Mieszko's [Talarczyk, NASUM guitarist/vocalist, victim of the Southeast Asian tsunami] body on February 17, 2005, the day we closed down Nasum.com. I wrote, 'You know why' on the page that met the visitors. Truth is that you don't know the whole truth. We closed the webpage down to pay respect to the memory of Mieszko, but we also closed it down to escape the fans.
"Between the day of the tsunami and the day of the identification we were virtually overwhelmed by support and comfort to the point that it suffocated us. At least I felt that I hadn't space to breathe and think and cry and feel, something that I needed to do. Every time I looked in the guestbook there were 10-15 new posts with wonderful words from people who cared, and as time went by it became harder and harder to read these posts, especially since we were quite assure that Mieszko was dead as early as mid-January. More...
MEGADETH mainman Dave Mustaine has posted the following message in the "Forums" section of the band's official web site:
"You have spoken, and being a band of the people, by the people, blah, blah, blah. . . it is my privilege to welcome LIFE OF AGONY to Stage 2 of Gigantour.
"Some of you may remember when [MEGADETH] toured with LOA back when Whitfield Crane was subbing for the estranged original singer, but they have reformed, have a new disc coming, and I have a friendship with the boys, and I think will be great to have them around.
"I really like this band and I hope you do too.
"Tomorrow I should be confirming my 'new school band that does old school metal,' and this is prolly going to be the last band on the tour if we don't move a Stage 2 band to Stage 1."
Gigantour is a six-week festival trek co-headlined by MEGADETH and DREAM THEATER. Other main-stage acts include FEAR FACTORY, THE DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN and NEVERMORE. Also scheduled to appear on the second stage are DRY KILL LOGIC, SYMPHONY X and BOBAFLEX.
LIFE OF AGONY will be releasing their new album, "Broken Valley", on June 14 via Epic Records.