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Judas Priest have become the latest targets of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), according to EntertainmentIdaho.com. PETA fired off a letter to band members last week, asking that they change their 1978 album Hell Bent for Leather to Hell Bent for Pleather.
"Actually, I'm a big Judas Priest fan," spokeswoman Lisa Franzetta stated. "The idea is not to give them hell, so much, but to encourage them and their fans to make a more compassionate choice." To make her point, Franzetta, 24, enclosed a video of slaughterhouse footage — along with a convincing photo of herself in a black pleather dominatrix outfit.
PETA's letter to Judas Priest follows: More...
The following article appears in today's edition of The New York Times:
Here is a scene viewers won't see on the MTV show The Osbournes: Ozzy Osbourne handing over millions in royalties to his onetime bass player and drummer.
The bass player, Bob Daisley, and the drummer, Lee Kerslake, sued Mr. Osbourne in federal court in Los Angeles in 2000. They said he owed them about $20 million for writing the songs on two heavy-metal albums from his pre-reality-television, pre-household-name days.
Judge Christina A. Snyder dismissed the case last week, saying that the statute of limitations had long since expired. She also said that the two men had failed to explain why they believed they had been improperly credited on record labels. More...
The brother of Jimi Hendrix filed suit Friday to gain what he considers his fair share of Hendrix's estate, according to Hits Daily Double. Hendrix's legacy was controlled by his father, Al Hendrix, who died in April at age 82, leaving nearly everything to his adopted daughter. In the father's will, Janie Hendrix was given control of Experience Hendrix LLC and the Hendrix estate, worth about $150 million to $240 million. His brother, Leon Hendrix, got a souvenir gold record. The suit argues the will and living trust are invalid because Al Hendrix signed them under Janie's undue influence.
There is to be a public funeral for Drowning Pool frontman Dave Williams, who died on August 14. This happens on Sunday, August 18 at 2pm (local time) at The Plano Centre in Plano, Texas. Anyone wishing to send flowers should send them c/o Turrentine-Jackson Morrow, Hwy 75 @ exit 38, McKinney, TX 75069. Anything other than flowers should go to: Dave Williams, P.O. Box 1007, McKinney, TX 75070.
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The following item appeared in today's edition of the New York Post:
Dan Quayle, who was ridiculed when he criticized Murphy Brown for glorifying single motherhood, is a huge fan of Sharon and Ozzy Osbourne. "Here you have two adults who are madly in love with each other, dedicated to each other," Quayle tells T&L Golf. "The language is an issue but they do have certain restrictions . . . And Ozzy is always saying no to drugs, no to drinking . . . If you look at Ozzy, can there be a better walking billboard for why not to do drugs?"
Drowning Pool singer Dave Williams was found dead on the band's tour bus Wednesday afternoon. The quartet from Dallas, Texas has been performing as one of the main stage attractions on Ozzfest. The cause of death has yet to be determined.
This is really a shame. I heard about it at Ozzfest today (Thursday) in Bristow, VA all day. It was really a downer on the show. Not only was one of the most energetic headlining bands not playing, but everyone who was playing had it on their minds. R.I.P. Dave Williams!
HAMMERFALL frontman Joacim Cans was assaulted with a beer glass at a bar in the group's hometown of Gotheburg (a.k.a. Göteborg), Sweden on Saturday, August 10th and ended up with a cut around his right eye that required 25 stitches to close. As a result, the band have postponed the filming of the video for the track "Hearts On Fire", taken from their forthcoming Crimson Thunder opus, which was scheduled to take place tomorrow, August 14th.
Here is an official statement on the matter from guitarist Oscar Dronjak: More...
Guns n' Roses will release their long-awaited new album, Chinese Democracy, in November, according to promoter Tommy Pratama, who is in negotiation to bring GNR to Indonesia early next year.
Pratama told Australia's Undercover that he was initially talking about touring the band next month but they have decided to move dates to January/February 2003 to promote the new album. Tommy will not be handling the Australian leg of the tour but he will be in charge for the Indonesian concert following the Australian dates.
Guns n' Roses have shows scheduled in Hong Kong and Japan next week and England and Belgium later this month.
Former Judas Priest and current halford frontman Rob Halford has sensationally revealed to Revolver magazine that he has aspirations to collaborate on an album with ex-Emperor singer Ihsahn.
"I'd like to make a black metal record with Ihsahn from Emperor," Halford responded when asked to name a musical project he'd like to do that he hasn't yet done. "I don't know when or how it's going to happen, but I'd really like to do that at some point. It'd be something different."
Paul Samson (49), guitarist/founder of the NWOBHM band SAMSON, passed away from cancer on Friday, August 9th. News stories spread this week about his battle, expecting him to have weeks left on his life. The band Samson featured Bruce Dickinson on vocals prior to Dickinon's exodus to IRON MAIDEN. Paul Samson was reportedly working on a new album, due out later this year.
Police in Beverly Hills have issued a warrant for the arrest of Mötley Crüe singer Vince Neil, who allegedly attacked a record producer in a nightclub parking lot, according to MTV.com.
The warrant, issued Wednesday, stems from an April 28th incident involving Michael Schuman, who accuses Neil of taunting him outside of a club and then punching him numerous times in the face, knocking him to the ground. Neil faces misdemeanor battery charges, a spokesperson for the Los Angeles County district attorney's office said. More...
Former Judas Priest and current Halford frontman Rob Halford is suffering from exhaustion and has asked for time off to recharge his batteries, according to a posting by Rob's longtime personal manager John Baxter on Halford's official web site.
Says Baxter: "After recently crisscrossing the planet twice within a three-month period, conducting promotional interviews, in-store appearances, 'live' show engagements, etc., Rob has asked for time off to recover from exhaustion." More...
With no reason given for their speculation, Total Rock say that it seems highly likely that Helmet will reform in 2003. Right now, frontman Page Hamilton is trying to get a deal for his new band Gandhi, drummer John Stainer is with Tomahawk and guitarist Chris Treyner is with Bush.
A TV watchdog group denounced The Osbournes as one of the ten "worst" shows on cable television in a new report released yesterday, according to Billboard.
MTV programs like The Osbournes and The Real World comprise half of the Parents Television Council's (PTC) "Worst" list, which is rounded out by offerings on FX, TNN, and Comedy Central.
L. Brent Bozell III, founder and president of the PTC, feels that MTV's plethora of salacious programming targeted at teen viewers can no longer be ignored. "One of the things we're looking at is making a much bigger deal about MTV," he said. "Parents don't watch MTV, and I suspect they don't know what's on it."
Other MTV shows on the PTC's list are Undressed, Celebrity Deathmatch and The Andy Dick Show. The other spots are filled by FX's The Shield, which topped the list, TNT's Witchblade, TNN's WWE Raw Is War, and two series from Comedy Central: South Park and The Man Show. MTV declined comment on the PTC report until it could be reviewed.
Ozzy Osbourne will return to his post as the headliner of Ozzfest 2002 sooner than expected, according to MTV.com. Ozzy will resume his headlining slot on August 7th in Clarkston, Michigan, an Osbournes spokesperson has told MTV.
Last week when Ozzy Osbourne first announced his departure from the trek to be with wife/manager Sharon during her first chemotherapy session in her battle with cancer, he said he planned to rejoin the tour on August 22nd in Denver. However, it now appears that watching his wife undergo the often grueling treatment was so overwhelming that he almost passed out and had to be taken to a recovery room, the family's spokesperson said. It was after that incident Sharon thought it best that he return to the road
The last-ever studio recording by Godflesh, a song entitled "If I Could Only Be What You Want", can be downloaded in MP3 format from this location. According to the group's official web site, the song "was recorded during the Hymns session but didn't make it to the record," and has previously appeared on the Music for Nations Records compilation Loud Music for Loud People alongside tracks from such artists as Opeth, Anathema, and Entombed.
Ozzy Osbourne will leave his post as the headliner of his annual Ozzfest for three weeks to be with his wife Sharon as she battles cancer, according to MTV.com.
Osbourne plans to leave the tour after Sunday's show in Atlanta to join his wife as she begins chemotherapy treatment. He hopes to return for the tour's August 22nd stop in Denver. "This is one of the hardest decisions I've ever had to make in my life, but I'm sure that everyone out there will understand," Ozzy told an MTV film crew on Thursday. More...
‘The Osbournes’ has been nominated for an Emmy in the ‘Outstanding Non-Fiction Reality’ category. The Emmys are America’s most prestigious TV awards, and the ceremony will be held on September 22 in Los Angeles.
Nevermore frontman Warrel Dane posted the following at the band’s website, www.nevermore.tv, regarding the cancellation of their Warped Tour appearances: “We regretfully have to cancel the Warped dates due to the fact that Century Media will not give us the tour support to do the tour. Our A&R at CM was VERY helpul, but eventually higher ups decided to play power games that we feel are not appropriate treatment for a band that they expect to resign to their label. All this after they got us on this tour and already have done a lot of promotion for it. We would have to pay for this tour from our own pockets at this point and unfortunately this will not work because of our financial situation. For any Nevermore fans that had planned to attend please know that the band did all we could do to avoid this cancellation.”
Anthrax's recently-completed We've Come For You All CD will likely be issued in the US via Beyond Records following a breakdown in negotiations between the latter and Sanctuary Records over a buy-out of the band's contract, informed sources have told Blabbermouth.net. No official word has yet come down on the matter, but it is believed that Beyond Records was in the process of selling their entire catalog to Sanctuary, an arrangement that is said to have fallen through once Beyond had gotten their operation up and running again.
Anthrax, who are signed directly to Beyond, were to be included in failed deal, and are said to be less than pleased with the company's decision to pull the plug on the negotiations so close to the album's projected release date. As a result of this most recent setback, Nuclear Blast Records have announced that the European release date of We've Come For You All has been pushed back to early 2003. A US release through Beyond is now expected around the same time.