Archive: Headline News
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.
Anthrax guitarist Scott Ian has confirmed to Blabbermouth.net that the band have ended their brief association with Sanctuary Records before they'd released even a single album through the label. However, the group are currently involved in negotiations with another record company and things are "working out just fine", said Ian.
Although speculation has run rampant that the release date of the band's already-completed new album We've Come For You All will be pushed back to early 2003 as a result of this most setback, the guitarist appears confident that the CD will surface in October, as previously planned. A European release through Nuclear Blast Records is expected around the same time.
In other news, Anthrax are tentatively scheduled to support Motörhead on their European tour from October 13th through November 8th. Exact dates and venues will be announced shortly.
Widespread Panic guitarist Michael Houser has been diagnosed with terminal cancer. Houser has been forced to take a break from touring with the band, who’ve drafted in old friend George McConnell to help them out.
Finnish rockers H.I.M. (His Infernal Majesty) have been forced to change their name if the group plans on releasing albums in North America, according to the band's official website, www.heartagram.com
In fact, H.I.M. has literally become HER, when the Finns were threatened with legal action from a Chicago-based outfit of similar name. The incident was prompted by the band's first single to U.S. radio, "Join Me," which as of now is under the name, HER.
"I'm about to get embattled with the evil HIM — from Finland," exclaimed frontman Doug Sharin of the Chicago act. "They're sort of a death metal band, but it's a little more glam — they have songs like "Love Affair 666" and "Join Me In Death" and all this shit. And they're apparently really big in Germany. Their HIM stands for His Infernal Majesty. I'm seriously opposed to it, man, and as far as I can make out, we had the name first." It's unclear at this moment if HER will revert back to H.I.M., as Sharin appears aggressive about keeping the band's name in their court. However, the members of H.I.M. have shot back at Sharin and company by saying this: "The 'evil HIM' have registered the name in Europe and Sharin & co won't be able to tour or release records here unless they change their attitude." More...
The collaboration between Chris Cornell and Rage Against The Machine looks to be back on the agenda. The foursome had apparently finished an album earlier this year, only for the project to be scrapped. But now it looks like they have regrouped and plan not only to release the album, but also to tour. Whether they’re still called Civilian, as previously expected, remains to be seen. Too bad they cancelled on Ozzfest, as that would have been cool to see them there.
The Crown will be playing the Tuska festival in Finland next week and also the Party. San Open Air (August 8-10) in Bad Berka, Germany, both with their original singer Johan Lindstrand. After the split with Tomas the band was not sure if they would find a replacement in time, but luckily Johan offered his services for these two shows - for these two shows only! So don't miss The Crown in their old line-up for the last two times!
Anthrax are "once again experiencing some obstacles in getting the new record out," drummer Charlie Benante revealed in his latest posting on the band's official web site. "We are dealing with these 'obstacles' as quickly as we can. It's all very frustrating. We would've loved to have this record out by now and possibly be on Ozzfest, but it just didn't happen. Please be patient, we will deliver a great Anthrax record to you... I promise!"