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U.S. shock rocker Marilyn Manson is the target of a criminal inquiry in Switzerland, after a religious group made a formal complaint about his stage act.
Zurich District Prosecutor Michael Scherrer told The Associated Press on Tuesday that the artist was under investigation for allegedly breaching Swiss law protecting religion as well as making incitements to violence during a concert in the city in February 2001.
Scherrer said he interviewed Manson ahead of another sellout concert Sunday at a Zurich stadium, part of the artist's ongoing European tour. Christian groups and lawmakers in Zurich had tried unsuccessfully to have the latest concert banned on grounds that Manson's views were offensive to a majority of the population.
The rocker rejected the accusations, Scherrer said. Manson cited artistic freedom and said his act was meant to provoke a debate about violence and religion, the official added.
Read the full article at Yahoo News.
Ozzy Osbourne has revealed in an interview that he was sexually abused as a child by two boys who regularly waited for him as he walked home from school in Birmingham. "Two boys used to wait for me to come home after school. Then they would fu** around with me," Ozzy told The Mirror. "They didn't fu** me but they messed around with me. They would force me to drop my pants and all that sh**. They felt me and touched me and... it was terrible. The first time it happened was in front of my sister and that affected me even more. It became a regular thing on the way home from school. It seemed to go on forever."
Read the full article at Mirror.co.uk.
Three years after going on hiatus, hard rock hell-raisers Mötley Crüe plan to reunite for a tour and possible album in 2004. And, for the first time in five years, all four original members will be on board for the ride.
"Three years ago, we decided to take time off to recharge," bassist Nikki Sixx said. "We put the movie deal in place and planned on a tour when all the original bandmembers were ready to work together again. Everything is pretty much right on time."
Sixx said the 2004 world tour will coincide with the release of the big-screen version of "The Dirt," based on the band's over-the-top 2001 autobiography of the same name. The tour will feature singer Vince Neil, Sixx, guitarist Mick Mars and drummer Tommy Lee.
The reunion is surprising given the notoriously bad blood between Lee and Neil — Sixx said the two still have not spoken to each other about the dates.
"We plan on recording new music as well," Sixx said. "I'd like to see us go heavier. When the four of us are together, something magical happens. That's something I've never felt before. All the drama and bullsh-- aside ... I love playing in Mötley Crüe."
Metallian.com is reporting that the members of the defunct punk/metal fusion band Excel are considering legal action against Metallica over the latter's song "Enter Sandman" (Windows Media, Real Audio), which they claim borrows heavily from the Excel track "Tapping Into The Emotional Void" (Windows Media, Real Audio).
"Tapping Into The Emotional Void" was originally included on Excel's "The Joke's On You" LP, which surfaced in 1989 — two years prior to the release of Metallica's self-titled CD.
"Enter Sandman" currently stands as the biggest hit of Metallica's career, having peaked at No. 16 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart back in August 1991. Metallica's self-titled "black album" has sold more than 13 million copies in the U.S., according to the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).
Rock stars are coming out in numbers to support a "real-life" School of Rock. Little Kids Rock, an innovative non-profit that teaches low-income kids how to play and compose their own, original rock songs announced today that it will be kicking off a unique recording project this Thursday, November 20 at the fabled Plant Recording studio in Sausalito, Ca. from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. The CD project, entitled "Little Kids, Big Fans: Stars United For Music Education", will feature high profile artists doing cover versions of songs written by Little Kids Rock students.
To launch the project, Tom Johnson (Doobie Brothers), JASON NEWSTED (Metallica, Ozzy Osborne), blues guitarist Roy Rogers and singer Austin Willacy will join Little Kids Rock's student songwriters for a kick-off recording session this Thursday. Other musicians on board for the project include Liberty DeVitto (Billy Joel) and Kerry Livgren (Kansas).
In the coming weeks, The Manhattan Center Studios in New York City will be the site of similar sessions featuring artists from the East coast. Both The Plant and The Manhattan Center Studios are donating their time and services to the project.
"Our program is restoring music education in our public schools," says David Wish, Little Kids Rock' Executive Director and Founder. "We do this by providing children with free instruments and dedicated teachers. We also teach our kids how to write their own music. This is resonating with professional musicians and other folks in the music industry." Last month Bonnie Raitt and Tom Waits paid a visit to some Little Kids Rock classes in San Francisco last month. More...
Nirvana co-founder and bassist Krist Novoselic, who announced in August that he was fed up with the music industry, says he may run for Washington state lieutenant governor, according to the Associated Press.
Already active in Democratic party circles, Novoselic indicated he was wary about challenging two-term Lt. Gov. Brad Owen, also a Democrat and occasional rock musician, but does not want to remain on the sidelines in 2004 and has been talking to party leaders.
"I've been really contemplating how I want to get involved next year and make a contribution," Novoselic told The Seattle Times. "It's going to be a big year and I'm trying to find a way to fit into it." More...
CNET Networks, Inc announced that it has acquired certain assets of MP3.com, Inc. On Tuesday, December 2, 2003 at 12:00 PM PST the MP3.com website will no longer be accessible in its current form. CNET Networks, Inc. plans to introduce a new MP3 music service in the near future. If you would like to receive email updates on this service, including an invitation to a special members-only preview, sign up here. MP3.com is not transferring personal information to CNET Networks, Inc. or any other third party.
This has a HUGE effect on the metal and underground communities, as MP3.com has been host to thousands of metal band's music samples for a long time. Hopefully what this means is that aspriring artists will still have a place to post their music for download, but we will keep you up to date on this situation as we find out more.
Former Limp Bizkit and current Eat the Day guitarist Wes Borland has posted the following message on Eat the Day's web site, explaining why he's put Eat The Day on hiatus: More...
GUY SPERANZA, the original lead vocalist for RIOT, passed on in a Florida hospital due to pancreatic cancer last weekend. Speranza fronted the band from their beginnings in Brooklyn, New York in early 1976. His unique vocal style can be heard on Rock City (1977), Narita (1979) and the unsurpassed gem Fire Down Under (1981). Speranza was 47 years old.
Sweden’s Opeth were involved in harrowing experience in Oslo – they were caught in a shoot-out between bank robbers and the police. Their tour bus was parked dangerously close to the bullet-riddled encounter, but fortunately nobody was hurt. The band issue their first DVD, ‘Lamentations – Live At Shepherd’s Bush Empire’ through Music For Nations on November 24. Presumably, they now have a new slant on shooting a show!
Just one week after being congratulated by a judge for staying clean, SCOTT WEILAND has been arrested for driving under the influence of drugs. The former STONE TEMPLE PILOTS frontman/current VELVET REVOLVER singer, who turned 36 on the day of this most recent arrest, was apprehended Monday morning in Los Angeles at 6:37 a.m. An L.A. police spokesperson said that an officer was dispatched at 6:07 a.m. to the corner of Melrose and Genesee, where Weiland's 2001 BMW allegedly struck a parked van. No injuries were reported.
MTV News reports that after determining that his arrest for a DUI earlier this week violated his probation, on Thursday a Pasadena judge ordered Stone Temple Pilots frontman/ Velvet Revolver singer Scott Weiland to undergo detox immediately. Weiland has been ordered to report to Grandview in Pasadena for a six month residential program, according to a court clerk. Starting at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday.
Read the full article at MTV.com.
As previously reported, Metaalica are cancelling their South American tour, but the new word is that they plan to keep their plans for the Japanese tour afterall.
Here's The post that was made on Metallica.com about the situation.
We're really sorry we've kept you hanging over the last few days. Here's the real deal - we've been going non-stop for the last 18 months with recording 'St. Anger', press, touring, and all the stuff that goes with that, and honestly, we're fried. To top it off, Lars has a rotator cuff injury that dates back to the 'Black' album touring days and it's flared up again in the last couple of weeks. So unfortunately we will have to miss out on touring in South America. Big time apologies go out to our friends in Brazil, Argentina, Chile, and all of you who were planning to travel there.
We know we've been unusually quiet, but before we announced anything, we wanted to make sure that we would 100% be able to keep our commitment to our Japanese friends. We are really psyched that with the extra rest and treatment that Lars and everyone else will get over the next few weeks, we will now be able to head over to Japan as scheduled.
Thanks for all your concerns and well wishes while we sorted this all out. We'll be back on the road soon.
Here is the official press release: More...
BRUCE KULICK (Kiss, Grand Funk Railroad) is at home and recovering from two gunshots after a show at the Rainbow in Hollywood Wednesday night.
He had been to a Vince Neil event at the Rainbow, and left with a friend at 1:30 a.m. As he walked down the strip, he heard gunshots. He looked down to see a hole through his leather pants, right above the knee. Next thing he noticed blood was coming down his leg. He heard a second bullet whiz past his ear and realized he’d been grazed in his head by it. Immediately the EMS crews arrived, took him to the hospital.
This was a random shooting, and the assailant was wrestled to the ground by the crowd.
“I’m very grateful for the immediate response of both the crowd and the doctors, and --obviously-- the EMS crews,” says Bruce Kulick. “I’m fine and very thankful to be alive, and I’m back on the road with Grand Funk.”
This past weekend Bruce and his band Grand Funk played two shows in California. On November 8th they’ll be performing at a benefit for Safe Harbor Animal Rescue and Hospital-- a no kill facility in Grand Funk drummer Don Brewer’s hometown of Jupiter.
Bruce has plenty of time to recuperate, as the band is taking time off for the holidays. And they’ll be back on the road to do 40 or 50 shows in the new year.
Reuters reports that heavy metal icon Ozzy Osbourne said on Tuesday that he was being treated for a nervous tremor he blamed for almost destroying his life and had scrapped a planned European tour in order to recover.
The Glasgow Daily Record reports Ozzy Osbourne is having checks for Parkinson's disease in a Boston hospital. A source said: "He's worried about his shaking and wants to know what's causing it."
The British-born rocker said he had been undergoing tests for the past three weeks for an involuntary shuddering that had become "markedly worse over the last two years."
"I was at the point where it felt as if this problem was practically destroying my life along with my self-esteem," said Osbourne. "I was no longer comfortable being around people, which, as you can imagine, is not the best trait for a performer."
Dr. Allan Ropper, the chairman of the neurology department at Tufts University in Boston and Osbourne's physician, said tests had showed Osbourne did not have Parkinson's disease and that his tremor was "coming under control with medication."
"Unfortunately, one of the side effects of the medication is dry mouth, which greatly impairs the voice. This problem usually subsides after three to four weeks, but the downside is that this will definitely affect Mr. Osbourne's ability to sing at this time," Ropper said.
Osbourne's European Tour, which had been scheduled to begin in Dublin on Oct. 22, will be rescheduled for early 2004, the statement from the performer said. The tour, which had been rescheduled once after a previous cancellation, had been set to run through Dec. 5 in Munich.
Hell on Earth played their Sunday night gig, but the suicide of a terminally ill fan on stage didn't happen, again. The concert at the Liar's Club, 6416 N. Florida Ave, attracted about 20 fans. Outside, police and television crews waited for the suicide that didn't happen.
The band grabbed headlines when it promised to broadcast the suicide of a terminally ill fan during a concert Oct. 4 in St. Petersburg. The band played that night, but no suicide was reported.
Billy Tourtelot, the band leader, instead used Sunday's concert to declare his candidacy to the St. Petersburg City Council.
"I want your vote," he declared, saying his candidacy was "the only way to change things."
The band was scheduled to play at the Brass Mug on Sunday, but the bar's owner canceled the show.
Well, I think that's it. Hell On Earth has earned their 15 minutes of fame. If they can't muster more than 20 fans from a stunt that has received international attention, then the gig is up. Back to grinding dead rats.
J.D. Kimball, the former lead singer of OMEN, passed away on October 3rd, 2003 after a three-year battle with cancer.
OMEN guitarist, Kenny Powell, wrote the following:
"He was a great writer, one of the true innovators in the early years of power metal. I am extremely proud of the records that we did together, Battle Cry, Warning Of Danger, Nightmares and The Curse. I hope everyone will remember J.D. for all of his truly great contributions to the world of Heavy Metal. My condolences go out to his family and friends. Sincerely, Kenny Powell".
The Haunted, have parted ways with singer Marco Aro and have replaced him with their original singer Peter Dolving. The band is currently taking a break after touring a lot for their latest release "One Kill Wonder". They will be working on a new album that they hope to release by Summer of next year.
Here's more from Blabbermouth.net More...
The Internet broadcast of the HELL ON EARTH concert in Florida that was supposed to feature the suicide of a terminally ill person did not happen last night. Frontman Billy Tourtelot had planned to hold the concert and suicide at a local theater but the theater manager canceled the performance. Tourtelot then said the concert and suicide would be shown on the internet from separate undisclosed locations in St. Petersburg.
Thousands of internet users logged onto the Hell On Earth website for the Saturday night show in St Petersburg, Florida, overloading the web server. Some sources report this failure as being due to an “Internet attack”, but in all likelihood, the server simply could not handle the massive amount of traffic that the press frenzy had generated, as in most such cases. (Wake up, the story has been carried by hundreds of news site small and large around thye world).
There are mixed reports of whether the concert did in fact go off without a hitch. Some sources report that neither the concert nor the suicide took place and that both events had been postponed for a week.
Others claim that Tourtelot said Saturday night that his group performed at an undisclosed St. Petersburg location as scheduled and that he was unaware of the Internet problems until after the show. Tourtelot said the suicide was scheduled to take place at a separate location, which he also refused to reveal. It was not shown on the band's Web site as planned, but that did not necessarily mean it didn't happen, Tourtelot said.
“I don't know if that was done tonight,” Tourtelot told The Associated Press in a telephone interview.
That’s pretty anticlimactic for all the press this story has received, showing how whether or not it was meant as a publicity stunt, that’s exactly what it’s been.
ARCH ENEMY have had to cancel the remainder of their European tour with NEVERMORE. The following is an official statement on the matter from ARCH ENEMY guitarist Michael Amott:
"Hello to all ARCH ENEMY fans hoping to see us in Austria, Hungary, Italy and Switzerland with NEVERMORE. I am very sorry to say we will not be playing the last few shows. Unfortunately our tour bus became infested with a plague of bloodsucking bugs, (seriously!) causing several band and crew to become sick not to mention exhausted from lack of sleep......More...
Continuing the saga of the Hell On Earth publicity stunt/controversy, the leader of the rock band Hell on Earth said Monday that an onstage suicide will be conducted during a private St. Petersburg concert this weekend in defiance of a new city law designed to stop the act.
"The show will go on," Billy Tourtelot said. "It will be available on the Internet and it will be in the city limits (of St. Petersburg)."
Earlier Monday, the St. Petersburg city council unanimously approved an emergency ordinance that makes it illegal to conduct a suicide for commercial or entertainment purposes, and to host, promote and sell tickets for such an event.
"While I still think it's a publicity stunt, we still couldn't sit idly by and let somebody lose their life," council member Bill Foster said. More...