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CNet Acquires Certain MP3.com Assets

CNET Networks, Inc announced that it has acquired certain assets of MP3.com, Inc. On Tuesday, December 2, 2003 at 12:00 PM PST the MP3.com website will no longer be accessible in its current form. CNET Networks, Inc. plans to introduce a new MP3 music service in the near future. If you would like to receive email updates on this service, including an invitation to a special members-only preview, sign up here. MP3.com is not transferring personal information to CNET Networks, Inc. or any other third party.

This has a HUGE effect on the metal and underground communities, as MP3.com has been host to thousands of metal band's music samples for a long time. Hopefully what this means is that aspriring artists will still have a place to post their music for download, but we will keep you up to date on this situation as we find out more.

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Wes Borland's Eat The Day Eat It Some Other Day

Former Limp Bizkit and current Eat the Day guitarist Wes Borland has posted the following message on Eat the Day's web site, explaining why he's put Eat The Day on hiatus: More...

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Guy Speranza, Original Riot Singer, Passes Away

GUY SPERANZA, the original lead vocalist for RIOT, passed on in a Florida hospital due to pancreatic cancer last weekend. Speranza fronted the band from their beginnings in Brooklyn, New York in early 1976. His unique vocal style can be heard on Rock City (1977), Narita (1979) and the unsurpassed gem Fire Down Under (1981). Speranza was 47 years old.

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Opeth Caught In Crossfire

Sweden’s Opeth were involved in harrowing experience in Oslo – they were caught in a shoot-out between bank robbers and the police. Their tour bus was parked dangerously close to the bullet-riddled encounter, but fortunately nobody was hurt. The band issue their first DVD, ‘Lamentations – Live At Shepherd’s Bush Empire’ through Music For Nations on November 24. Presumably, they now have a new slant on shooting a show!

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Scott Weiland Arrested For Drugs, Goes To Rehab

Just one week after being congratulated by a judge for staying clean, SCOTT WEILAND has been arrested for driving under the influence of drugs. The former STONE TEMPLE PILOTS frontman/current VELVET REVOLVER singer, who turned 36 on the day of this most recent arrest, was apprehended Monday morning in Los Angeles at 6:37 a.m. An L.A. police spokesperson said that an officer was dispatched at 6:07 a.m. to the corner of Melrose and Genesee, where Weiland's 2001 BMW allegedly struck a parked van. No injuries were reported.

MTV News reports that after determining that his arrest for a DUI earlier this week violated his probation, on Thursday a Pasadena judge ordered Stone Temple Pilots frontman/ Velvet Revolver singer Scott Weiland to undergo detox immediately. Weiland has been ordered to report to Grandview in Pasadena for a six month residential program, according to a court clerk. Starting at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday.

Read the full article at MTV.com.

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Metallica Cancels South America, Plans To Do Japan

As previously reported, Metaalica are cancelling their South American tour, but the new word is that they plan to keep their plans for the Japanese tour afterall.

Here's The post that was made on Metallica.com about the situation.

We're really sorry we've kept you hanging over the last few days. Here's the real deal - we've been going non-stop for the last 18 months with recording 'St. Anger', press, touring, and all the stuff that goes with that, and honestly, we're fried. To top it off, Lars has a rotator cuff injury that dates back to the 'Black' album touring days and it's flared up again in the last couple of weeks. So unfortunately we will have to miss out on touring in South America. Big time apologies go out to our friends in Brazil, Argentina, Chile, and all of you who were planning to travel there.

We know we've been unusually quiet, but before we announced anything, we wanted to make sure that we would 100% be able to keep our commitment to our Japanese friends. We are really psyched that with the extra rest and treatment that Lars and everyone else will get over the next few weeks, we will now be able to head over to Japan as scheduled.

Thanks for all your concerns and well wishes while we sorted this all out. We'll be back on the road soon.

Here is the official press release: More...

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Bruce Kulick Recuperating From Random Shooting

BRUCE KULICK (Kiss, Grand Funk Railroad) is at home and recovering from two gunshots after a show at the Rainbow in Hollywood Wednesday night.

He had been to a Vince Neil event at the Rainbow, and left with a friend at 1:30 a.m. As he walked down the strip, he heard gunshots. He looked down to see a hole through his leather pants, right above the knee. Next thing he noticed blood was coming down his leg. He heard a second bullet whiz past his ear and realized he’d been grazed in his head by it. Immediately the EMS crews arrived, took him to the hospital.

This was a random shooting, and the assailant was wrestled to the ground by the crowd.

“I’m very grateful for the immediate response of both the crowd and the doctors, and --obviously-- the EMS crews,” says Bruce Kulick. “I’m fine and very thankful to be alive, and I’m back on the road with Grand Funk.”

This past weekend Bruce and his band Grand Funk played two shows in California. On November 8th they’ll be performing at a benefit for Safe Harbor Animal Rescue and Hospital-- a no kill facility in Grand Funk drummer Don Brewer’s hometown of Jupiter.

Bruce has plenty of time to recuperate, as the band is taking time off for the holidays. And they’ll be back on the road to do 40 or 50 shows in the new year.

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Ozzy Osbourne Treated for Tremor, Scraps Euro Tour

Reuters reports that heavy metal icon Ozzy Osbourne said on Tuesday that he was being treated for a nervous tremor he blamed for almost destroying his life and had scrapped a planned European tour in order to recover.

The Glasgow Daily Record reports Ozzy Osbourne is having checks for Parkinson's disease in a Boston hospital. A source said: "He's worried about his shaking and wants to know what's causing it."

The British-born rocker said he had been undergoing tests for the past three weeks for an involuntary shuddering that had become "markedly worse over the last two years."

"I was at the point where it felt as if this problem was practically destroying my life along with my self-esteem," said Osbourne. "I was no longer comfortable being around people, which, as you can imagine, is not the best trait for a performer."

Dr. Allan Ropper, the chairman of the neurology department at Tufts University in Boston and Osbourne's physician, said tests had showed Osbourne did not have Parkinson's disease and that his tremor was "coming under control with medication."

"Unfortunately, one of the side effects of the medication is dry mouth, which greatly impairs the voice. This problem usually subsides after three to four weeks, but the downside is that this will definitely affect Mr. Osbourne's ability to sing at this time," Ropper said.

Osbourne's European Tour, which had been scheduled to begin in Dublin on Oct. 22, will be rescheduled for early 2004, the statement from the performer said. The tour, which had been rescheduled once after a previous cancellation, had been set to run through Dec. 5 in Munich.

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Sunday Hell On Earth Show Went On, No Suicide

Hell on Earth played their Sunday night gig, but the suicide of a terminally ill fan on stage didn't happen, again. The concert at the Liar's Club, 6416 N. Florida Ave, attracted about 20 fans. Outside, police and television crews waited for the suicide that didn't happen.

The band grabbed headlines when it promised to broadcast the suicide of a terminally ill fan during a concert Oct. 4 in St. Petersburg. The band played that night, but no suicide was reported.

Billy Tourtelot, the band leader, instead used Sunday's concert to declare his candidacy to the St. Petersburg City Council.

"I want your vote," he declared, saying his candidacy was "the only way to change things."

The band was scheduled to play at the Brass Mug on Sunday, but the bar's owner canceled the show.

Well, I think that's it. Hell On Earth has earned their 15 minutes of fame. If they can't muster more than 20 fans from a stunt that has received international attention, then the gig is up. Back to grinding dead rats.

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Omen Singer J.D.Kimbell Loses Battle With Cancer

J.D. Kimball, the former lead singer of OMEN, passed away on October 3rd, 2003 after a three-year battle with cancer.

OMEN guitarist, Kenny Powell, wrote the following:

"He was a great writer, one of the true innovators in the early years of power metal. I am extremely proud of the records that we did together, Battle Cry, Warning Of Danger, Nightmares and The Curse. I hope everyone will remember J.D. for all of his truly great contributions to the world of Heavy Metal. My condolences go out to his family and friends. Sincerely, Kenny Powell".

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The Haunted Get Old Singer Back

The Haunted, have parted ways with singer Marco Aro and have replaced him with their original singer Peter Dolving. The band is currently taking a break after touring a lot for their latest release "One Kill Wonder". They will be working on a new album that they hope to release by Summer of next year.

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Hell On Earth Suicide Broadcast Failed

The Internet broadcast of the HELL ON EARTH concert in Florida that was supposed to feature the suicide of a terminally ill person did not happen last night. Frontman Billy Tourtelot had planned to hold the concert and suicide at a local theater but the theater manager canceled the performance. Tourtelot then said the concert and suicide would be shown on the internet from separate undisclosed locations in St. Petersburg.

Thousands of internet users logged onto the Hell On Earth website for the Saturday night show in St Petersburg, Florida, overloading the web server. Some sources report this failure as being due to an “Internet attack”, but in all likelihood, the server simply could not handle the massive amount of traffic that the press frenzy had generated, as in most such cases. (Wake up, the story has been carried by hundreds of news site small and large around thye world).

There are mixed reports of whether the concert did in fact go off without a hitch. Some sources report that neither the concert nor the suicide took place and that both events had been postponed for a week.

Others claim that Tourtelot said Saturday night that his group performed at an undisclosed St. Petersburg location as scheduled and that he was unaware of the Internet problems until after the show. Tourtelot said the suicide was scheduled to take place at a separate location, which he also refused to reveal. It was not shown on the band's Web site as planned, but that did not necessarily mean it didn't happen, Tourtelot said.

“I don't know if that was done tonight,” Tourtelot told The Associated Press in a telephone interview.

That’s pretty anticlimactic for all the press this story has received, showing how whether or not it was meant as a publicity stunt, that’s exactly what it’s been.

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Arch Enemy Cancel European Shows Due To Bugs!

ARCH ENEMY have had to cancel the remainder of their European tour with NEVERMORE. The following is an official statement on the matter from ARCH ENEMY guitarist Michael Amott:

"Hello to all ARCH ENEMY fans hoping to see us in Austria, Hungary, Italy and Switzerland with NEVERMORE. I am very sorry to say we will not be playing the last few shows. Unfortunately our tour bus became infested with a plague of bloodsucking bugs, (seriously!) causing several band and crew to become sick not to mention exhausted from lack of sleep......

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Hell On Earth To Defy Assisted Suicide Law

Continuing the saga of the Hell On Earth publicity stunt/controversy, the leader of the rock band Hell on Earth said Monday that an onstage suicide will be conducted during a private St. Petersburg concert this weekend in defiance of a new city law designed to stop the act.

"The show will go on," Billy Tourtelot said. "It will be available on the Internet and it will be in the city limits (of St. Petersburg)."

Earlier Monday, the St. Petersburg city council unanimously approved an emergency ordinance that makes it illegal to conduct a suicide for commercial or entertainment purposes, and to host, promote and sell tickets for such an event.

"While I still think it's a publicity stunt, we still couldn't sit idly by and let somebody lose their life," council member Bill Foster said. More...

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Great White Drummer In Car Accident

GREAT WHITE drummer Derrick Pontier was involved in a three-car collision in Whitehall, Pennsylvania, Saturday afternoon September 29, 2003 that left one woman in serious condition. Pontier was driving near a club in Allentown, where the band was scheduled to play a Station fire benefit concert, when Sandra Tepes, 56, from Whitehall Township crossed the center line and hit Pontier's car head-on, according to the police report.

Derek was hit head-on in a collision when a woman lost control of her car and crossed the center into oncoming traffic. Derek was on his way to meet with the band when he was struck, after which he was rear-ended from a car in his lane. The jaws-of-life had to be dispersed to cut Pontier out from his vehicle. He was rushed to the hospital and held in critical care unit for testing. Pontier was released with cuts and bruises. The show in Allentown, PA went on as scheduled.

Read the full article at VH1.

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Death By Death By Stereo

A DEATH BY STEREO show in Blacksburg, Virgina turned tragic yesterday when six people fell from a third-story window at Blacksburg duplex. Roughly sixty people were inside the building during the show when some attendees became too rowdy (reportedly partaking in the "wall of death") and a window gave way, causing the people who were being pushed against the window to fall roughly 20 feet to a concrete patio below. Two people were airlifted to nearby hospitals, including a 19-year-old Virginia Tech student who later died. Several others were also injured during the fall. The duplex, often referred to as the Solar Haus, is frequently used as a venue for small musical events. The fire marshal and a local building inspector are currently investigating.

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Max, Soulfly Get Replacements

SOULFLY mainman Max Cavalera has officially parted ways with the rest of his band — bassist Marcello D. Rapp, drummer Roy Mayorga, and guitarist Mike Doling. According to informed sources, the mass exodus was prompted by the firing of Rapp by Max and SOULFLY manager Gloria Cavalera (Max's wife), which in turn led Mayorga and Doling to quit in protest.

Cavalera will be joined by guitarist Marc Rizzo (ex-ILL NINO), drummer Joe Nunez (who played on the group's "Primitive" release and subsequent world tour), and bassist Bobby Burns (ex-PRIMER 55 guitarist) at the group's live appearances in California and Arizona, scheduled to take place later this week. It is not presently clear if the trio will be named permanent replacements.

Roy Mayorga and Mike Doling have reportedly joined forces with bassist Tumor (Amen), vocalist Jason Radford (Onesidezero) and guitarist Levon Sultanian (Onesidezero) to form a new band called Mothra.

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Ironfire Split In Two

Danish metallers IRONFIRE have split in two "due to overwhelming musical differences," according to a post on the band's web site. Vocalist Martin Steene and guitarist Mads Andersen will continue IRONFIRE as you know it. And guitarist Jeff Lukka, bassist Jose Cruz and drummer Steve [Mason] are pursuing new musical pastures.

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Onesidezero On Hiatus

ONESIDEZERO frontman Jason Radford has left the following message on the bands message board:

hey everyone, as most of you know, onesidezero has been working hard, non-stop for the past 2 years since leaving maverick. so much has been accomplished in that time, because of you guys, your support kept us a band, pushed us to work harder, so it leaves me with a heavy heart to say that after october 23rd onesidezero will be taking a break........ this does not necessarily mean the end of oneside, but we are going to take a good look at whats going on, reassess our situations, individually and collectively. we feel that thats the only way to be honest with you and most importantly, ourselves. we hope that we can all come together and make this last show a great one! its great that people are flying in, i hope all of you can come for this. please dont take this as a bad thing...........change is good. again we say thank you for everything, without you non of this could have been possible..............jasan

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Hell On Earth's Suicide Show Cancelled/Moved

HELL ON EARTH's hyped show in Florida where they were going to let someone kill themselves has been pulled by the owner.

David Hundley, owner of the State Theater in St. Petersburg, said he was certain the suicide was either a publicity stunt or would be an "illusion," but said he was worried of what some other "nut case" might do during the show.

"We couldn't allow anything to happen," Hundley said at a news conference.

"We deal with a lot of kids here and we don't want their parents to think anything bad or that their kids are ever at risk."

The owner of Club Venom, a Pinellas Park venue where the band said would be the new location of the show, also said he won't allow them to play if a suicide is going to be part of the act.

"We're going to nip it before it happens," owner Matt Mullins said.

Obviously it was a "publicity stunt" and there were already lots of "nut jobs" involved.

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