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I don't usually report on "this kind of metal", but I found it interesting that Kiss have parted with Mercury Records. That relationship had lasted more than 25 years. The band hope to sign a new deal soon, and the first release could be ‘Alive IV’.
S.O.D. frontman Billy Milano has issued a follow-up statement in response to the growing criticism over his decision to seek out replacements for guitarist Scott Ian and drummer Charlie Benante, both of whom are widely viewed as integral members of the group.
First off, as far as Ray [Herrera] is concerned, he said to me at the Fear Factory show in Dallas last year that when I was ready to get a 'REAL' drummer in S.O.D. to call him and let him know," Milano said. "END QUOTE!!! TRUTH!!!!! Secondly, I will do what I want with S.O.D. Charlie and Scott are fired!!!!! They never gave a fuck about the S.O.D. fans anyway. So I am going to find two guys to do it from somewhere and [Danny] Lilker will do it if he chooses to do it. But, This still is not going to help Charlene [a.k.a. Charlie] and Dimebag Ian [a.k.a. Scott]. They called Lilker to ask if we were gonna do S.O.D. without them, But didn't call Lilker to apologize for fucking him on the VH1 special. These guys know I am serious and the real deal. Maybe the next guy I hang out a window on the second floor will be you, Scott. For real."
Legendary heavy metal trio Motörhead played Club Townsend in San Francisco, CA, on Friday, May 17, 2002, as part of its U.S. tour to promote the Metal-Is/Sanctuary CD Hammered and, unfortunately, the distinctive hat owned and worn by vocalist/bass guitarist Lemmy was stolen from the backstage area. The theft occurred during a 30-minute window between the beginning of the encore and the end of the show. He'd worn the hat on stage for the main set.
The black hat — a cross between a pirate hat and cowboy hat — is of great sentimental value to Lemmy. He bought it at a truckstop while on tour many years ago, and he personalized it with his own original decorations and designs. The hat is made of brushed, soft cloth although it is "hard" and maintains its shape.
Lemmy would like to have his hat back, and the person or persons who took it are asked to return it. Individuals who have information about the hat's whereabouts may send an e-mail to Ace Trump, the webmaster of Motörhead's official web site — www.imotorhead.com. Tips should be e-mailed to Trump at: email@example.com. Tip providers may remain anonymous.
New Jersey outfit Burnt By The Sun have officially split with guitarist Chris Rascio.
"During the Candiria tour, it became apparent that Chris and BBTS were not "all on the same page" about certain very personal issues," said bassist Teddy Patterson III to DigitalMetal. "After BBTS returned from completing the tour, Chris was asked to leave BBTS."
"We really were disappointed in what happened and we all felt let down," continued Patterson. "Chris is a great guy and an excellent guitarist, he was a perfect fit for us, but certain things cannot be overlooked or excused. BBTS wishes Chris the best in all his endeavors and hope in the long run that everything works out for him.
Presently, Burnt By The Sun are looking for a replacement guitarist. The ideal candidate will have a flexible schedule, a valid U.S. passport and drivers license as well as possess solid songwriting skills. Serious parties can contact for more information.
Pat Magrath, drummer of Prototype for over 4 years, has announced his departure from the band. The band are seeking to fill his position immediately and potential candidates or persons knowing of potential candidates should either contact Prototype at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (818) 406-3001 to schedule a meeting/audition. The band are currently in the process of writing new material for our next album. Dave Chedrick of New Eden will stand in on drums until a permanent drummer has been found.
Machine Head’s Ahrue Luster has left the band, on the eve of their upcoming European tour. Although no reason has been given foe the guitarist’s decision, it’s being stressed by official sources that the parting is amicable, and that the band intend to play all previously announced dates.
Holland's Centurian have officially broken up. It appears drummer Wim van der Walk was prematurely excited about continuing Centurian, but as co-founder and guitarist Rob Oorthuis points out, the band is dead.
"Hello, this is Rob Oorthuis here, I am the founder and guitar player of Centurian. I would like to set something straight. Centurian split up. There will be no continuation whatsoever. There has been serious shit going on in my band and I would like to state that that has been because of troubles between all four of the Centurian band members. I am not going to piss off my ex-fellow bandmembers, because there is no reason to. We made a good death metal record of which I am proud and I am proud I made it together with Jerry and Oscar and Wim. However, the right chemistry amongst us is gone."
TotalRock has posted an update on new information about Layne Staley's death. A coroner’s report has officially established that Alice In Chains frontman Layne Staley died from a mix of heroin and cocaine. Staley actually passed away on April 5, although his body wasn't found until the 19th.
According to Drudge Report, Vice President Dick Cheney's wife Lynne Cheney told associates she was "embarrassed" by the commotion surrounding Ozzy Osbourne's appearance at this weekend's White House Correspondence Dinner in Washington.
"He's hardly someone we should be applauding... not a role model, I am rather embarrassed," Cheney reportedly said after the dinner, according to sources cited by Drudge Report. More...
Sentenced's brand new single, "No One There", taken from the group's upcoming The Cold White Light CD, has entered the Finnish Singles Chart at position #2.
Guitarist Jason Daunt has left Flaw due to ‘personal and musical differences’. However, the band still intend to carry touring as a four-piece.
Seminal industrial music artists Godflesh has officially called it quits following the group's sudden cancellation of their North American tour with California's High On Fire and Australia's Halo.
"Justin suffered a nervous breakdown prior to boarding his flight to the US. Unable to make the trip, nevermind perform a two month long tour, Justin has decided to call it quits," a statement on the Godflesh website reports. "Godflesh is done for." More...
Finnish death rock outfit Gandalf has officially broken up after founding member and drummer Nalle Österman decided to leave the band.
"It's with sorrow and regret I write this following statement. After nine years of hard work and dedication one era has come to an end," Nalle Österman revealed recently. "Under the circumstances I find it impossible to continue being the leader for the band I have put my whole heart and soul into. Too much stress and bullshit has made it not to be fun to play in this band anymore. And if it's not fun to play then what's the point of continuing. I want to thank everyone who has supported Gandalf over the years but life goes on." More...
Breed 77 guitarist Danny Felice has flown home to Gibralter suffering from a collapsed lung and pneumonia. The band will carry on touring in the short term without him.
The Osbournes, the reality sitcom about former Black Sabbath frontman Ozzy Osbourne and his colorful family life, is officially the biggest hit series in MTV's 21-year history, according to CNN. “Just under 6.3 million people watched last Tuesday's episode, up from 6 million the week before," the cable channel reports. "No MTV series — even cultural touchstones like Beavis & Butt-Head and Real World — has reached such heights. MTV has been trying to take advantage of the hit, playing series episodes 15 times a week. The Osbournes has pushed aside professional wrestling as cable television's biggest show, according to Nielsen Media Research."
As per the original agreement, MTV has prepared three more original episodes before its season ends. However, according to the report, it may try to use footage to create up to three additional ones.
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.
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...
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."
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.
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.