Archive: Headline News
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!"
The July 24 Raleigh date has been cancelled, with the rescheduled Pittsburgh date will take place then. The August 15 Cincinnati date has been cancelled, with the Bristow, Va. show being rescheduled then. Ozzfest.com has also posted the full day's schedule by city (times are approximate and subject to change without notice).
Those of you who were at Monsterfest this past weekend and were surprised to find that event organizer Simon Brody and his band Drowningman never made it to the stage now know why as Drowningman has broken up. Yesterday evening we were sent this statement from Andrew of Drowningman. We delayed posting it in order to verify its authenticity (you wouldn't believe some of the stuff we get), which we have now done, so here goes:
Unfortunately, after almost 7 years we have decided to part ways with our vocalist Simon Brody. Our working relationship with Simon deteriorated greatly in the past few weeks and we decided with haste, but with great relief and assurance, that we have made the right decision to separate. Our two paths were quickly dividing and the motives not anywhere near the same in the sense of the goals of the band. We wish Simon only the best of luck in the future and may he find happiness in his future endeavors. The remaining four members will be forming a new band under a different name that has yet to be decided on. Currently we are working on new material and might release the new demo in the next few months. Anyone who is interested in trying out for vocals is encouraged to do so and should contact Davejoyaldm@aol.com. We might be posting a song on the web for anyone who would like to download it and add their vocals to send to us. We are looking for serious inquiries only and they must be ready to tour. The new material we are working on is centered more on aggressive singing and less on full on screaming. Drowningman would like to say thanks to anyone who has helped us in any way and to all the kids for coming out and supporting us. More info to come and please contact Andrew for any interviews at Sorrowsage6@aol.comMore...
According to Kerrang!, Motörhead’s legendary frontman Lemmy will release his memoirs, White Line Fever - Lemmy: The Autobiography, on November 4th through Simon & Schuster. The hardback version will be priced $16.99.
The first two Ozzfest 2002 dates, in Bristow, Virginia on July 6th, and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on July 7th, have been postponed in order to allow Ozzy Osbourne's wife/manager Sharon Osbourne to undergo surgery for a treatable form of cancer, her publicist announced late Tuesday.
Family spokesman Lisa Vega would not identify what type of cancer Osbourne has or where the surgery would take place, other than to say she "is expected to make a full recovery," according to CNN. "I spoke with Sharon today, and she seemed to be in good spirits. The doctors are very, very positive about the outcome," Vega said.
We, of course, wish Sharon a speedy recovery, although with the horribly hot and muggy weather here (DC area) lately, I am not disappointed to have the opening dates postponed.
Overkill frontman Bobby "Blitz" Ellsworth collapsed onstage about 30 minutes into the band's headlining performance in Nürnberg, Germany on Thursday, June 27th after suffering a "minor stroke", according to a message posted on the group's web site.
"As most of you know, Blitz collapsed on stage at a show in Nürnberg and was taken to the hospital by paramedics," reads the group's official statement on the matter. "After some tests he was diagnosed as having had a minor stroke. He was held for 2 days for tests and was released. He is currently still in Europe where he is taking it easy for a few weeks. Doctors said he we make a full recovery and will be 100%! He needs to take some time off for the next few weeks and then Overkill will be in pre-production for a new studio release in February of next year."
The speed metal act Hades has called it quits - in the words of Dan Lorenzo: "We THINK we've decided to stop playing indefinitely - too much work for too little reward. If a great European festival offer came around I'm sure we'd consider it though." - while they think: Ed started a new band called Ten Ton Truck, Ron is in a cover band called Southern Shift and Dan is writing tons of non-Hades type stuff on his digital 8 track.
Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich may soon find himself in some hot water over the $5.5 million he received for the Basquiat paintings that were auctioned off at Sotheby's in May, if the following report in the New York Post (as it appears in today's edition of the paper) is to be believed: More...
Murder One frontman Johnny Morrow has died in his sleep, due to kidney complications; he was 28. Morrow made his name with cult extremists Iron Monkey.
Similar to Metallica's recent predicament, but without that band's clout, Machine Head aim to record their next album as a three-piece, with no intention of finding a permanent replacement for recently departed guitarist Ahrue Luster. However, the band will be using Phil Demmel as an extra guitarist on their upcoming European tour.
There once was a day when Metallica would not even consider doing commericals and soundtracks. Now, after doing both of those, aswell as collaborating with rapper Ja Rule, Metallica’s James Hetfield guests on a remix of the song ‘So Complicated’ by country star Caroline Dawn Johnson. The new version is simply called ‘Complicated’. The only other thing that would surprise me now is if they actually played some goddamn METAL!
The "Long Live Rock'n Roll" Open Air Festival 2002 in Moscow is cancelled because of conflicts between the soccer (known as football to the rest of you) fans, administration and the police of Russia.
Killswitch Engage frontman Jesse Leach has temporarily left the band for personal reasons. The remaining members are currently auditioning potential replacements before resuming on the road in support of acclaimed album ‘Alive Or Just Breathing’. Leach is expected to return to the fold eventually.
Chicago's Serpent Crown have disbanded. The reason for the split, according to the band, is "irreconcilable personal differences." There has been no word on what the members of the band will do in the future.
New Jersey metalcore outfit God Forbid pulls out of Kittie's tour with Shadows Fall to focus attention on writing the follow-up to last year's lauded Determination album.
"God Forbid unfortunately had to pull out of its mini-Midwest tour with Shadows Fall and Killswitch Engage to concentrate on writing the follow-up to our debut, Determination," guitarist Doc Coyle said. "God Forbid apologizes to anyone who was looking forward to seeing us on this tour, and will make it up." More...
Swedish thrasher Hypnosia have officially called it a day after seven years of plying the metal underground.
"Hypnosia R.I.P. 1995-2002," said the band's official website. "Hypnosia has gone back to Hell, and is no longer! I would like to take this opportunity to thank all those true to the underground and who supported Hypnosia for these last 7 years, HAIL!!! [Guitarist/vocalist] Cab [Castervall], on behalf of Hypnosia, June 11, 2002. No e-mails, interviews etc., will be answered!"