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Government Fights Goth

A youth-outreach program in Missouri expected to spend $273,000 to combat "Goth culture" was among the $20.1 billion that Congress doled out for pet projects in fiscal year 2002, according to the "Pig Book" released today. I'm sure there are better places even such a small sum of money could be spent...

Read the full article at Blue Springs.

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Layne Staley Found Dead

ALICE IN CHAINS frontman Layne Staley has been officially declared dead after The King County Medical Examiner positively identified Staley's body following an autopsy earlier today (Saturday, April 20, 2002), CNN has reported. Exact time and cause of death are pending, as laboratory results could take several weeks.

Here are some more details about Staley's tragic death, as reported by MTV: “Police responded to a call to check on a person's well-being at Staley's address in Seattle's University District at 5:41 PM PT on Friday, according to the police report. Upon discovering the body, which is presumed to have been there for several days, officers called investigators from the medical examiner's office, who arrived on the scene at approximately 7:30-8:00 PM, a spokesperson said. The body couldn't immediately be identified as that of Staley, whose longtime battle with drug dependency was a central component of his band's music — a dark and bombastic sound that continues to influence artists some 15 years after the group first formed.”

Here are some various quotes from Layne Staley: More...

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Lord Of Ominous Lost At Sea

Stephen of Khante talks about Anubi member Martynas Meskauskas, who was recently lost at sea:

"In an unfortunate accident March 30th our friend Martynas Meskauskas (also known as Lord Ominous of the Lithuanian group ANUBI), a multi-talented and inspired visual artist and musician, was lost at sea during a fishing excursion on Lake Michigan. After an exhaustive and large search by the coast guard and family & friends, the vessel was found but the fisherman remain missing. I wanted to have a moment of silence for our friend and his comrades. Our condolences go out to their families."

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Godflesh Cancel North American Tour

Godfleshhave cancelled their previously-announced North American tour with High On Fire and Halo tour due to frontman Justin Broadrick's failing health, according to a spokesperson for the band's US label Koch Records.

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Soilent Green in Another Accident

On April 11, 2002 New Orleans' Soilent Green were involved in yet another vehicle accident that left vocalist Ben Falgoust and stand-in tour bassist Jon Model injured.

According to sources close to the band, Falgoust and Model were the most affected by the accident while the remaining members of Soilent Green, guitarist Brian Patton and drummer Tommy Buckley, escaped the crash with only minor scrapes.

As a result of the accident, Soilent Green are effectively off GWAR's "Blood Drive 2002" tour and will spend time at home recouperating.

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Savatage Welcome Back Pitrelli

Legendary metallers Savatage have officially announced the addition of former guitarist Al Pitrelli. With Pitrelli back in the fold, current Seven Witches guitarist Jack Frost is now no longer part of the band. Here's what Pitrelli had to say joining the band.

"Me and the boys have remained friends in the past couple of years, touring together on a lot of the same bills last summer. I was also fortunate enough to work closely with Paul, Jon, and Bob as their musical director on one of the touring companies of Tran-Siberian Orchestra this past season. I can't wait to get back in the studio with the all the boys and make a great Savatage record!"

Read the full article at Digitalmetal.

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Haste Pull off Tour

Hardcore group Haste has officially pulled off the Candiria/Burnt By The Sun tour due to vehicle problems on their previous tour.

"We are really upset about this and hope we can go out with them at a later date," said a post on the Haste website. "We deeply apologize to anyone that was coming out to see us. We will make these shows up, we promise. Please don't hold it against us, we tried to think of every way possible to do the tour. Once we can save up here at home we will be back on the road."

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Manson Hit With Wrongful Death Suit

Marilyn Manson has been hit with a ‘wrongful death’ lawsuit, filed by Maria St. John, the mother of Jennifer Syme, a former girlfriend of Keanu Reeves. She accuses Manson of giving Jennifer cocaine and encouraging her to drive while drunk; St. John’s daughter died after a party at Manson's house on April 1, 2001. The lawsuit seeks undisclosed damages. Commenting on the situation, Manson himself says:

“Words cannot express the pain that I feel over the loss of Jennifer Syme’s life. After Jennifer was sent home safely with a designated driver, she later got behind the wheel of her own car for reasons known only to her. Her death is sad and tragic.”

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Karma To Burn Out

Acclaimed West Virginia instrumental heavy rockers Karma To Burn have split up, according to www.stonerrock.com. Bassist Rich Mullinses has reportedly joined Texas aggro-rockers Speedealer, while guitarist Will Mecums and drummer Rob Oswalds are said to be planning a new project, the details of which have not yet been divulged.

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My Dying Keyboardist

My Dying Bride have recruited a new keyboard player. She’s Sarah Stanton, who replaces Yasmin Ahmed who felt she couldn’t give the time commitment the band required.

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Megadeth Disbands

Dave Mustaine,founder, vocalist, and lead guitarist of metal pioneers, Megadeth, suffers serious injury, announces departure from Megadeth; group disbanding after nearly 20 years together.

"During the first week of January 2002, while Megadeth was on hiatus, in Texas, I suffered an injury that caused severe nerve damage to my left arm and hand. It was diagnosed as Radial Neuropathy - specifically, a "compressed radial nerve." My doctors tell me it will take about a year to make as complete a recovery as I can, and even then, we don't know how complete that is going to be. I am working hard with a great team of doctors and physical therapists daily, and God willing, someday I hope to play guitar again. In the meantime, while I work on rebuilding my arm, I will take this opportunity to reappraise my career and my future. For the time being I have decided to exit Megadeth, and explore other areas of the music business where I might make a contribution without being able to play my instrument. I have had a terrific time singing and playing for you while I was in Megadeth. I am truly grateful for all of the numerous Gold, Platinum, and Multi-Platinum Records I have been warded, as well as the many International Record Awards. And I can never thank you, our fans past and present, enough for your loyalty and affection over the years. My immediate goals now are to do what I can to make something good come out of this terrible situation. First and foremost, I want to use this opportunity to devote more time, energy and attention to my wife Pam and my two children, Justis and Electra. Pam has done a wonderful job carrying the load while I was a long-distance husband and father in the studio or criss-crossing the world on tour, but in terms of being a Gold or Platinum parent, I have a long way to go, and I'm eager to get started. In closing I would like to depart with the beautiful French words I wrote on the record Youthanasia: "A tout le monde, a tous mes amis, Je vous aime, Je dois partir." (To all the world, to all my friends. I love you, I have to leave)"
- Dave Mustaine, April 3, 2002

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Universal buys stake in Spinefarm

Finland's Spinefarm Records has announced Universal Music Oy, the Finnish arm of Universal Music, has bought "controlling interest" in the company.

Spin-Farm Oy, the parent company of Spinefarm Records, Spikefarm Records, Ranka Recordings, Odor, Freeride and Hawaii Sounds, says the deal won't affect domestic or foreign relations, which include licensing deals to Century Media and Nuclear Blast in Germany and Century Media and Relapse Records in North America.

Spin-Farm Oy states that the buyout won't affect president Riku Pääkkönen's position or the labels' employees and that the whole staff is able to stay on as part of the deal.

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Guitarist Leaves American Head Charge

American Head Charge have parted with guitarist Wayne Kile, because of increasing creative tensions. Kile is already working on new material, and if you want to contact him then e-mail jesus665@hotmail.com.

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Randy Castillo Passes Away after Cancer battle

Former Ozzy Osbourne/Motley Crue drummer Randy Castillo passed away yesterday due to complications stemming from his long-running battle with cancer. Castillo was 51 years old.

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Earthtone 9 To Split

British underground metallers Earthtone 9 are to spit up following their upcoming British tour. The band feel they’ve taken things as far as they can. Fans can say farewell to them at Newport TJ’s April 4, Chelmsford Army & Navy 5, Oxford Zodiac 6, Plymouth Cooperage 7, Exeter Phoenix 8, Bristol Fleece & Firkin 9, Southampton Nexus 10, Gloucester Guild Hall 11, Hartlepool Studio 12, London Highbury Garage 13.

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Iscariah Leaves Immortal

Norwegian black metallers Immortal have officially confirmed the departure of bassist Iscariah. The following is the bassist's statement on the matter.

"Well, so this day came to an end despite its long and joyful hours. The statement I doubted would be written for a long time is here, and if you asked me directly why, I would not be able to give you a direct answer...because there is no definite reason why. I have basically followed my instincts and my gut feeling and come to the conclusion that I am leaving Immortal. This band has basically been my life for three years, and it feels like some strange divorce is being processed."

"The band is getting bigger and with that follows complete dedication to the force. If not, you are bound to fall on your ass. To prevent this event, I quit. It is of my beliefs that if you have a single doubt, then leave. Do not try to shape the band to your benefit..."

Read the full article at Digitalmetal.

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Led Zeppelin Sue Atlantic Records over Royalties

Over 30 years after Jerry Wexler signed them to the label, Led Zeppelin are suing Atlantic Records for copyright infringement, according to Rock's Back Pages. Jimmy Page, Robert Plant, John Paul Jones, and the heirs of late drummer John Bonham contend that the U.S. label has refused to pay increased royalty fees — currently almost four times the amount specified when the contract was signed — on 42 Zeppelin songs from the band's first five albums. If an agreement is reached, the settlement will likely run in the millions.

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Danny Leaves Anathema

Daniel Cavanagh has left Britain's Anathema, according to a statement from the guitarist posted at the group's official web site.

"I suppose it's time to tell you this now... I have left Anathema for various resons," said Cavanagh on the official Anathema site. "The best reason is because I now play songs with Duncan Patterson and Michael Moss in Antimatter. This is a good situation and I want you all to know that I am much happier doing this. There is a lot less tension and pressure and there is no "frontman". Our songs are going to be very good, and a lot closer to the true Anathema of Alternative 4, Eternity and songs like "Temporary Peace..." The other guys will carry on without me and I say good luck to them, though I feel a change of name would be more appropriate as they are now a totally different band altogether! You'll hear from us soon..."

The brother to guitarist/vocalist Vincent Cavanagh, Daniel was one of the founding members of Anathema and considered by many of the group's fans to be virtually irreplaceable.

No announcement has yet been made by the rest of the group—Vincent Cavanagh, drummer John Douglas and keyboardist Les Smith—with regards to Anathema's future plans or the exact reasons behind the split, which appear to be largely rooted in the age-old “musical differences”.

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Kittie Lose Guitarist

Kittie have parted with bassist Talena Atfield, for reasons which have not been disclosed. But they’ve already lined up a replacement, former Spine four stringer Jennifer J. Arroyo. The band will head out on an American tour next week with Flaw, My Ruin and Skinlab. The trek has now been dubbed the ‘Run Like Hell’ tour, instead of the more contentious ‘F**k Your Label’.

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Danzig Signs To Spitfire

Danzig has recently signed with Spitfire Records.

“The new material is arguably the strongest offering from DANZIG yet,” says Spitfire Records founder and president Paul Bibeau. “The first two singles, ‘Wicked Pussycat’ and ‘Dead Inside’, while at opposite ends of the musical spectrum in terms of approach and tempo, are unmistakably DANZIG. And ‘Black Mass’ is honestly one of the best metal songs I’ve heard in quite some time.”

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