Archive: Headline News
Former Budgie guitarist John Thomas has passed away at the age of sixty three according to his ex bandmate, Steve Williams. No cause of death has been revealed as of yet except that he died last night. Steve Williams paid tribute to the fallen guitarist by stating:
"My friend and fellow Budgie band member John Thomas sadly passed away last night. My thoughts are with the loved ones he left behind."
Thomas had suffered from health issues in the past, including a stroke which led to him leaving Budgie, whom he first joined in 1979. He recorded three albums with the group, "Power Supply," "Nightflight" and "Deliver Us From Evil," and stayed with the band until they broke up in 1998, as well as taking part in reunions in 1995 - 1996 and then again from 1999 - 2002. More...
Second Update: The Faceless has now issued a statement about the cancellation, available below, and followed by the original article.
The Faceless released this announcement via Facebook: "The Faceless has encountered a very unfortunate situation. We have decided to be 100% honest about what has happened. It would be easy for us to come up with a false excuse to cover up the truth, which is something that people have unfortunately become accustomed to when a band cancels a tour. However, we feel like we owe it to our fans to be honest.
"Two days ago, we were supposed to leave for our tour with August Burns Red and Between The Buried And Me. The day before we were supposed to leave, our fill in vocalist backed out, and told us that he would not be performing with The Faceless on this tour. His other, full time band did not feel comfortable with him touring in another group, and he wanted to respect their wishes.
"With this happening on such extremely short notice, it has left us with our hands tied. We have absolutely no choice but to regretfully drop off of our tour with August Burns Red, Between The Buried And Me, and Good Tiger, as well as our headlining tour with Scale The Summit, Rivers of Nihil, and Native Construct. This is a huge disappointment to us, as we were eagerly looking forward to touring with all of these amazing bands. We ask anyone that was planning on attending the BTBAM/ABR tour to still attend. More...
Slipknot just announced full details of a massive summer headline tour with Marilyn Manson and Of Mice & Men.
The North American trek will see the Grammy Award-winning group bringing an explosive live show across North America, kicking off June 9th at Salt Lake City, Utah’s USANA Amphitheatre (see tour itinerary below).
Slipknot Fan Club ticket presales will begin March 1st at 12:00 PM local time at this location, followed by Citibank presales on March 2nd, local Live Nation and radio presales on March 3rd and general onsale March 4th at 10:00 AM local time.
Slipknot frontman Corey Taylor will be launching a new radio show on Apple Music’s Beats 1. Titled "A Series of Bleeps with Corey Taylor," the first installment is set to air to air Wednesday March 2nd at 7:00 PM PT on Beats 1, with an encore Thursday the 3rd at 9:00 AM PT.
".5: The Gray Chapter," Slipknot’s fifth studio album for Roadrunner Records and first since 2008’s "All Hope Is Gone" made a stunning chart debut upon its arrival in October of 2014. See the band live with Marilyn Manson and Of Mice And Men on these dates: More...
Former Nightwish vocalist Anette Olzon was allegedly assaulted today, posting this message online via Instagram:
"Today changed rapidly from a good day into a horrible day when I got beaten down and robbed by a junkie on my way home from my car.
"In the hospital now cause she hit me hard and I fell backwards in the stony street with my back head and I am quite shaken and bruised and the worst thing of it all was that there were two adult men standing one feet away watching me get beaten doing f-ckin nothing! Cowards!!
"Thank god a girl ran after and then finally two REAL men took the junkie down and she is now with the police! Drugs people are making people really dangerous!! I'll write more after the dr but please be careful out there!"
Following her time with Nightwish from '07 - '12, Olzon released her "Shine" solo album back in 2014. More...
Progressive rock act Riverside announced that guitarist Piotr Grudzinski passed away this morning. No specifics on the death were released, but Grudzinski was just 40 years old. Riverside just released the latest album "Love, Fear and the Time Machine" back in September 2015, having played ProgPower USA in the same month that year followed by a U.S. tour.
In a statement on the band's Facebook page, the band commented: "In our deepest pain and disbelief we would like to inform you that our dearest friend and brother Piotr Grudzinski has passed away this morning. We kindly ask you to respect the privacy of his family and friends."
More information is expected soon. More...
While on tour with Exmortus and Warbringer, Cauldron has been involved in a serious vehicle accident in the U.S. that saw Ian Chains being hospitalized. The band comments:
"Sorry to report the unfortunate news of our accident (not at fault btw) on the highway in Texas last night and that we will have to pull out of the remaining 8 tour dates. Ian is recovering in hospital and is expected to make a full recovery, otherwise everyone is going to be OK. We are just happy to be alive at this point. Thanks for your support and to our tour mates Enforcer, Warbringer & Exmortus; we had fun and wish you all the best. Hope to see you all again soon."
Exmortus also posted this message online: "Our comrades and brothers in arms, Cauldron, have experienced a horrible accident after our show in Dallas last night. We're glad that they're alive. Only shred maniac, Ian, suffered a few fractures in his back and neck, so send all your positive vibes for a speedy recovery! It's unfortunate that they cannot carry on the rest of the tour but again, we're grateful that they're alive. It's a shame we say our goodbyes this way but we wish them all the best! We've had such a great time touring together and we will miss you, dearly! Goodbye brothers! We wish you the best! May our paths cross again!" More...
Looks like I called it: Ghost has taken home the Grammy award for this year's "best metal performance" category.
It's clear by the video below that the band was very out of place, with a perplexed crowd and an odd lack of applause, but that's probably to be expected considering the venue and how little emphasis gets placed on metal at this overblown awards show.
It's nice to see music of this variety breaking into the mainstream consciousness, although of course its odd that a band that's so tenuously connected to metal actually won the award.
Ghost's performance of "Cirice" from the "Meliora" album beat out the other nominees August Burns Red, Lamb Of God, Sevendust, and Slipknot.
We've been posting news on an Iranian outfit titled Confess for a few years, and it appears the band has now gotten into hot water with the authorities. MetalNationRadio.ca posted this message online about the situation:
"Metal Community… On behalf of the band Confess (Iran), I am making this post public in the hope that it will go viral. I have spoken many times and in depth regarding the dangers of being a metal musician from the middle east. I would often use Confess as an example when describing the perils one would face by playing music.
"They are a talented thrash band that risked it all to pursue their hopes and dreams of one day being able to leave their land and share their music/stories with the world. Because of their heavy-handed religious rule, many countries in the Middle East view rock and metal as the devil’s music. In many cases the musicians or those who just listen to the music risk being jailed and in some cases executed for it. I have always feared that one day one of the bands I promote from there would end up in such a position.
"Well… that time arrived for Nikan Siyanor Khosravi and Khosravi Arash Chemical Ilkhani of Confess. This evening I received a message from a friend of the band (who will remain unnamed to protect their identity) that I found to be alarming. According to the message, they have been jailed in their country for playing heavy metal, owning an independent record label and for communicating with foreign radio stations. More...
Read the full article at MetalNationRadio.
Raleigh, NC group Valleys has been gearing up to release debut full-length concept album "Experiment One: Asylum" on February 12th.
Unfortunately on February 5th, just a week prior to the scheduled release, the band received a phone call from the local fire department that a vehicle matching the description of 23-year-old vocalist Mikey Clement had been found wrecked.
It wasn't long after that they received the news that Mikey had passed away from injuries sustained in the accident. An article about the accident from local media can also be read here.
As a group, Valleys made the decision that while they could put a halt on the entire album release, that is not what Mikey would have wanted them to do. He would have wanted the show to go on and for them to release the music that he and the band worked so hard on.
A launch of the track "Choices" takes place today, dedicated to the memory of Mikey Clement. The track was one of Mikey's favorite songs on the album - resonating, soaring and heartfelt - a perfect tribute. More...
The Bilocate and Swallow The Sun show in Dubai has been cancelled, with Bilocate issuing this statement:
"Regretfully, we announce that our show with Swallow the Sun and Aramaic got canceled, due to a complaint issued, falsely claiming the show would include practices unacceptable by the hosting community from a cultural perspective (as per the organizing team).
"We know it's such a disappointment, for us as well, but we'll do our best to make it happen next time. Don't forget to join us all this Friday at The Music Room with the other bands. Please refer to the official organizer page for details."
Swallow The Sun adds: "Today we got some very very sad news. Sadly we can't perform our music to you guys. But some of us are still coming to Dubai to meet you. I guess it's better than nothing? We are so sorry."
Metal East Records also commented: "What we know so far that a competitor has actually filed this complaint mentioning the show was promoting devil-worshiping (which we all know is not the case). The show will continue and since none of the original line up can’t perform, let's fill the bill up with some local talents and celebrate never giving up on the music we love. " More...
Update: Phil Anselmo has now released a video apologizing for what occurred at Dimebash. Watch it here.
The close of the Dimebash event this week was marred by controversy when Phil Anselmo closed out his set by throwing a Nazi salute and screaming "white power!' at the crowd. Anselmo has since responded to video of the incident (available below) by commenting:
"OK folks, I'll own this one, but dammit, I was joking, and the 'inside joke of the night' was because we were drinking fucking white wine, hahaha...
"Of all fucking things. Some of y'all need to thicken up your skin. There's plenty of fuckers to pick on with a more realistic agenda. I fucking love everyone, I fucking loathe everyone, and that's that. No apologies from me. PHA '16."
Not everyone is accepting his statement however, as Machine Head's Robb Flynn has released a video questioning the comment about white wine. Check it out here: More...
Update: Ne Obliviscaris has now lined up several headlining shows to replace the cancelled starting dates of the tour. Full info available here.
The impending Ne Obliviscaris / Cradle Of Filth / Butcher Babies tour will be kicking off later than expected due to (what else?) visa issues. Ne Obliviscaris had this to say about the situation:
"Unfortunately we have received news that the first 4 shows of our tour - Philadelphia, Boston, Baltimore and Raleigh - have been cancelled this week due to a delay in Cradle of Filth's U.S. visas.
"We personally have already landed in LA on our way to Philadelphia tonight and are shattered that we can't play to our fans in these cities... From what we understand, it is expected that this situation will be resolved in the next couple of days so that the rest of the tour goes ahead starting in Charlotte on Jan 31.
"We are so sorry to our fans in these cities who I know will be just as disappointed as we are. We are looking into options at present for any shows in the Pennsylvania tri-state and Mid-Atlantic areas in the meantime in case it's possible to get a show happening on such extremely short notice, and will keep you guys updated as soon as there is more news on our end. Either way, we are here in America, with our Visa's in hand, staying positive and ready to play for you all." More...
The veteran rock and metal bass player Jimmy Bain, best known for his work with Dio and Rainbow, as well as Thin Lizzy, has passed away at the age of 68 according to his friends. He was most recently involved in the band, Last In Line, which featured fellow Dio alumni Vivian Campbell and Vinny Appice, who will release their debut album, "Heavy Crown" on February 20th.
Bain was born in Newtonmore, Scotland and made his presence known first with Rainbow, with whom he recorded the album "Rising" and the live releases, "On Stage" and "Live in Germany," before joining Thin Lizzy, performing on the "Black Rose: A Rock Legend" record, as well as contributing significantly to Thin Lizzy mastermind Phil Lynott's solo material. After working with Gary Moore and forming his own band, Wild Horses, he joined forces with former Rainbow vocalist Ronnie James Dio to help form the singer's eponymous band, and remained a member throughout the eighties, rejoining at the beginning of the millenium to record the albums, "Magica" and "Killing the Dragon." More...
Two days ago, I was sent a message on Facebook by a former member of this website, Kalis Wrath, breaking the news that another of our own, Jason Bradford, perhaps better known to regular visitors of this site as DeathInEye, had passed away the night before at the age of 28, having slipped into a coma a few days prior. As those who knew him will remember, Jason was a both an awesome mind and a spiritual warrior, who excelled as a poet. Every time he'd write poetry, or even discussed it, I felt like I was being educated. Like many other people, poetry was something I would either dismiss outright or shrug off as something anybody could do but I had no idea how much structure and thought went in to the process of crafting poems until Jason talked about them.
There was something else about Jason, something which he dealt with his entire life, which was his struggle against Muscular Dystrophy. This horrible affliction would be too much for most of us to bear, but Jason wasn't like most of us. I rarely knew him to talk about it and when he did, it was either in good humour or just as an aside. I remember what must have been ten years ago now, discussing with him education in Great Britain, because the British education system was better for his needs he said, and true to his word, he did arrive on this little island to study at the University of East Anglia. Another fond memory I have of Jason was a time when people were changing their Facebook pictures to their celebrity lookalikes for one reason or another and Jason, tongue firmly in cheek, said to the effect of, "Well, who else could I pick other than Stephen Hawking?" More...
Eddie Trunk from That Metal Show has released the following statement about the show being cancelled, but potentially still appearing in the future on a different network:
"A message to the loyal fans of That Metal Show from Eddie, Jim & Don: we are sorry to report that VH1 Classic will not continue to make any new episodes of That Metal Show.
"It has been an incredible run of eight years, roughly 125 episodes and some really cool specials. The global response to TMS has been simply amazing, and we will be eternally grateful for the support from the rock and metal fans that have showed us so much love. We truly would have never made it as long as we did without you!
"A huge thanks also to the great crews we had over the years both in NYC and Los Angeles, to our producer Jeff Baumgardner, and to all the executives at VH1. And finally, thanks to the hundreds of artists that joined us on our set, had fun with us, shared their stories and many, many laughs. From the biggest names in rock history, to the up-and-comers: we thank you all for being a part of it.
"Of course we very much want to keep That Metal Show alive, and with the blessing of VH1 Classic, we’ve got the keys to the show and are currently searching for a new home. We’re not sure where we’ll land, but we hope to be back in our studio and your living rooms as soon as possible. In the meantime, keep an eye out for us on the road and come say, 'Hello.'
"Thank you for watching all these years, and we’ll keep you posted as soon as we have news to share." More...
Last week a Metallica tribute band titled Sandman posted online about receiving a cease and desist letter for using the band's logo during live shows.
The story went viral, with the usual Lars/Napster comments dominating any given story or social media post, but as it turns out, Metallica was unaware of the legal action - and has both rescinded the cease and desist and fired the lawyer responsible!
The band has now checked in with Rollingstone.com to discuss the situation. An excerpt from the story follows.
"We hear that a Canadian Metallica tribute band is a little upset with us and with a little digging, figured out why," the band tells Rolling Stone. "It turns out that a certain letter was delivered to the band Sandman that neither we nor our management were aware of until it surfaced online. Lucky for us, the band was kind enough to post it for us to see, and it turns out that we have a very overzealous attorney who sent this letter without our knowledge."More...
Read the full article at RollingStone.com.
After Wayne Static of Static-X passed away back in 2014, his widow Tera Wray Static has now followed him. Michael Fattorosi, an adult entertainment attorney, posted this string of messages via Twitter:
"I'm so sad today. My client & friend Tera Wray, former Pornstar and the widow of Wayne Static committed suicide yesterday. Tera is once again with the love of her life, Wayne, & will be forever. May they both find peace together for all of eternity. Godspeed Tera."
The couple met in 2007 and were married the next year, with Tera working in the adult entertainment industry prior from 2006 through 2008. More...
That vehicle crash took the lives of Khaotika drummer Nick Crisostomo (a/k/a Dyret) and Wormreich members Ian A. McKinney (guitarist/keyboardist) and Paul Truesdel (Bass). An excerpt from the article follows:
An Athens man was charged in an April 2015 wreck that killed three members of two rock bands when their 15-passenger van wrecked along Interstate 85. Sergio Jose Quesada, 28, of Nona Drive, Athens, was charged with DUI, failing to maintain a lane and three counts of first degree homicide by vehicle.
Those killed in the April 6 wreck in Jackson County were Nicholas Crisostomo, 25, of Round Hill, Va.; Ian McKinney, 30, of Madison, Tenn.; and Paul J. Truesdell, 29, of Mableton, Ga. Those injured and killed were members of either Khaotika, an Atlanta-based occult metal band, and Wormreich, a Huntsville, Ala., based band described as black metal.
Quesada was booked into the Jackson County Detention Center on Monday and released on a $17,800 bond.
The crash hasn't stopped the music though, as we recently premiered a triumphant return track from Khaotika, which can be heard below, and an update from the band months after the crash can still be read here. More...
Read the full article at OnlineAthens.com.
After releasing the "Inhabitants of Carcosa" album last year (streaming in full here), German outfit Hackneyed is officially hanging up its hat. The band comments:
"10 years of Hackneyed, dear fans and supporters! A whole decade! It’s almost 10 years ago since Phil and Tim came up with the idea to start this band. From this moment on, everything was different. We wrote our first tracks, rehearsed them together and played our first live shows. We don’t want to lie, it was a beginning with many ups and downs, but it was all worth it.
"And then in 2008: the big bang! Discovered by Achim Ostertag (thank you so much for everything!), we got our first record deal with gigantic Nuclear Blast, followed by two great albums and uncountable shows all over the world. Two years later, our journey went into different directions and we got the chance to release a third album at Lifeforce Records back in 2011.
"The next great step came in 2015: our very own music label, CoMa Tone Records, and a fourth album that we released ourselves - which makes us extremely proud! Furthermore, we toured all over Europe with idols like Morbid Angel, Kataklysm, Nile or Arch Enemy and played at big festivals like Wacken Open Air, Summer Breeze, With Full Force or Barge To Hell. More...
Billboard magazine says that "multiple sources" have told them that Guns N' Roses, featuring vocalist Axl Rose and guitarist Slash, will headline next year's edition of the Coachella Festival, set to take place April 15-17 and April 22-24 in Indio, California.
The band is also in talks to play as many as 25 football stadiums in North America in the summer of 2016. In addition, Guns N' Roses will be one of the first acts to play the new Las Vegas Arena opening April 6, 2016. The band is said to be asking up to $3 million per show, with tickets topping out in the $250-$275 range.
The official lineup for Coachella will be announced on January 5, 2016.