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Why Jason Left Metallica

Encyclopedia Metallica posted a summary of Jason's interview with KNACK FM yesterday where he talked a lot about Metallica, his past and present. If you're wondering [like me] what exactly what all of this talk of "the toll it took on me" as a reason for leaving is, here's your answer:

He has severe cervical spine damage from the headbanging and the heavy basses. No surgery yet, just Accupuncture and Phys Therapy.

I didn't find anything else very shocking, but it's a good read if you're a Metallica fan.

Read the full article at Encyclopedia Metallica.

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Bogus French Festival

It seems there's some dishonest festival promoters in France. Here's the scoop from the Cradle of Filth mailing list:

A so called festival has been said to take place this summer in France on the 20,21, & 22 of July. The festival claims to have Cradle of Filth and Anathema doing the festival. The band are definitely not doing this festival and nor are Anathema. We know nothing about it. Do not under any circumstances buy tickets for this, as it is not happening. And in fact the police will be contacting the guy behind this as he is attempting to gain money under false pretences. Of course Cradle of Filth cannot be doing it as they are on North American tour at that point.

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(No) More Grief

Boston's Grief have decided to call it quits after almost 10 years. Jeff Hayward (guitars), Terry Savastano (guitars) and Eric Harrison (bass) are reportedly in the process of putting together a new band, for which they are currently seeking a drummer and a vocalist.

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RoadRunner May Be In Trouble

The Roadrunner may finally be beat by the Coyote? Doh!, wrong Roadrunner...

According to an article published via HitsDailyDouble.com, Roadrunner Records, is actively seeking to enter a joint-venture agreement with a major label for the release of Slipknot's new album, Iowa, which is tentatively scheduled to be issued on August 7th. The article states that as a result of Roadrunner distributor/partner Edel Music's recent financial troubles, and Roadrunner's substantial debt to the company based on a loan that the German music company provided them with recently, a possible sale of Roadrunner itself by RR head Cees Wessels could take place. Wessels is said to be talking to "every label in the business" about a possible arrangement, and the label head's biggest bargaining chip is undoubtedly the masked nine-piece outfit's future recorded output, which will likely include a multi-platinum certification for the group's aforementioned Iowa opus and a possible #1 debut on the Billboard Top 200 Pop Album chart. SLIPKNOT's manager.

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MP3 Gone from WinXP

It seems that native MP3 support will not ship with Microsoft Windows XP, the first consumer edition of the Windows OS using the 32-bit NT kernel. It first appeared that Microsoft would ship a low-quality encoder with XP to make their WMA format look better, but they claim that this is not the case and the low-quality codec was only for testing. Windows XP should accept external 3rd party codecs for encoding MP3s, which you must install yourself, however.

Read the full article at The Register.

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Dissed By DIST 2001

Sweden's DIST 2001 Festival, which was scheduled to take place July 20-21 and was set to feature live appearances by In Flames, Dark Tranquility, The Crown and Evergrey (among others), has been cancelled. According to the festival's organizers, the cancellation is due to several reasons, including a "lack of interest from visitors at similar events during the spring, organizational problems within the festival management, and that it should be fun to organize an event especially if it is on voluntary basis, which it apparently was not.

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Launch Media, Webcasters sue RIAA

I'm glad to see this news. As I previously expressed, I think the RIAA went a little too far in it's suit against Launch.com.

"Several major Webcasters including Launch Media Inc., MTVi Group, MusicMatch Inc., and Listen.com on Friday struck back at the recording industry by filing a countersuit in a music licensing dispute they say threatens their livelihoods.

The suit was filed in federal court in San Francisco in response to a lawsuit filed by the recording industry last week against music portal Launch Media for allegedly failing to seek proper licenses for its personalized Web radio service, the companies said."

Read the full article at CNET.com.

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Kirk Hammett To Play With Exodus

Blabbermouth.net reports that according to Testament guitarist Eric Peterson, Kirk Hammett has been approached about making an appearance with the reunited Exodus at the upcoming Thrash Of The Titans benefit concert for vocalist Chuck Billy, who was recently diagnosed with cancer. Kirk's appearance with Exodus would mark the first time he's shared the stage with the group since early 1983, when he left Exodus to join Metallica.

Legacy (pre-Testament), Exodus, Vio-lence, Laaz Rockit, Forbidden evil (pre-Forbidden) and Heathen have all verbally agreed to reunite for the show, tentatively scheduled to take place in July at a large-capacity venue in San Francisco or one of the surrounding cities, which may include additional live performances by Skinlab and Sadus among others.

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Anthrax to Headline Thrash of the Titans

Anthrax has been added to the Thrash of the Titans bill as headliner. Event beneficiary Chuck Billy has offered to split proceeds from the concert with Death's Chuck Schuldiner who is also battling cancer.

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Atheist tries to Believe Again

Atheist, the technical death act is re-releasing their three albums. The first, 'Piece Of Time,' is already available through Seasons of Mist. They are also looking at starting back up, with all three of the original members, but they are having a hard time finding a bassist good enough to
fill the late Roger Paterson's spot.

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Bertlesmann Buys MyPlay.com

Wired reports that Bertlesmann, who owns CDNow, BMG, and has a stock in Napster, has purchased MyPlay.com.

"We are going to create a single music destination site with subscriptions, retail, e-tail, and clubs that we hope will become the leading music destination site," said Andreas Schmidt, president and CEO of the Bertelsmann e-Commerce Group (BeCG). "The digital music brands will still be operating intact, but we want to build one site to come to. The real potential comes in the cross-marketing with the customer base to make sure that core customers get digital and physical offers."

Read the full article at Wired.

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Sepultura Not Tatooing the Planet

Contrary to earlier reports, Sepultura will not be involved with the Tattoo The Planet tour of the UK and Europe. According to Total Rock, the band put this down to their label Roadrunner refusing to put up the necessary money for them to join Pantera, Slayer, Static-X and Cradle Of Filth.

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Chuck Schuldiner Update

As you may know, Chuck Schuldiner (of Death and Control Denied) has been battling a brain tumor for the past two years. Right now it is necessary for Chuck to have a very specific and immediate surgical treatment which is being denied to him based on a lack of funds. In order to make this treatment possible, Hammerheart America, in conjunction with labels, magazines, radio stations and bands worldwide, is organizing an online auction of rare collectibles, autographed musical keepsakes and custom-made instruments. You can find more information about the auctions and how you can help here.

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MP3.com Unveils Pay-to-Play

MP3.com, after have recently been bought by Vivendi Universal, unveiled it's plans to offer a pay-to-play service.

Seven pricing plans are available, ranging from $4.95 a month for 50 megabytes (MBs) of storage to 500 MBs of bandwidth to $999.99 a month for 10 GBs of storage and 200 GBs of bandwidth, but larger packages can easily be negotiated, according to the company.

It really can't get much simpler than piggybacking on a company's flagship technology and that is essentially what MP3.com is allowing enterprising people to do -- become a mini-MP3.com. Some simple math reveals that it isn't as altruistic as it seems. If MP3 gets a hundred of those customers who want 10 gigs of storage/200 gigs of bandwidth, that's a cool $100,000.

Read the full article at InternetNews.com.

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Chris Cornell and Rage Enter Studio

And by Rage, I mean Rage Against the Machine - it's just too damn long to fit in the headline and unfortunate for the other band named Rage.

Following up on a previous report, CDNow Allstar News reports that former Rage Against the Machine guitarist Tom Morello, drummer Brad Wilk, and bassist Tim Commerford have written 20 songs with ex-Soundgarden singer Chris Cornell and will enter a recording studio as an as-yet-untitled new band with producer Rick Rubin next week, according to a spokesperson for the band at Epic Records.

Read the full article at CDNow Allstar News.

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MP3.com Acquired by Vivendi Universal

BandRadio reports that Vivendi Universal acquired MP3.com in a move to strengthen their digital distribution capacity and audience. The article is very heavy on stock-related info.

Update: there are also stories on the acquisition on IDG.net and Media Guardian (and now on about every other news/tech site you can pull up on the web...).

Read the full article at BandRadio.com.

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Inez to Replace Newstead?

According to Encyclopedia Metallica, UK metal mag Kerrang! reports that Alice In Chains bassist Mike Inez is on his way to joining Metallica. The magazine claims that Inez is currently in a Los Angeles studio auditioning for the job. Inez, 35, joined Alice in Chains in 1993 replacing original bass player Mike Starr. Before that, he played in Ozzy Osbourne's band after beating out 50 other bass players at an open audition.

While Alice in Chains are on "open hiatus" drummer Sean Kinney and Inez have been working with ex-Queensr├┐che guitarist Chris DeGarmo on demos for a potential new project.

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Announcing MP3Pro

There are a couple of new articles about MP3Pro, a new and improved MP3 format due out later this year, and whether or not it has already been beaten by the smaller, better sounding (than MP3) Windows Media format. There are articles on ZDNet and another on C|Net for your reading pleasure.

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Iommi Talks Sabbath Reunion

Black Sabbath's 4 original members - Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi, Bill Ward and Geezer Butler - have begun work on a new album, their first since 1978's Never Say Die.

"We're having great fun," says Iommi. "Even in rehearsals, it's like we're kids again." After headlining this summer's Ozzfest Tour, the band will reconvene in London to continue writing songs. In November, they will begin recording with producer Rick Rubin. They plan to release the album next spring.

Read the full article at RollingStone.com.

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Crisis @ Earth Crisis

According to Digital Metal, straight-edge band Earth Crisis have decided to call it quits.

"Many rumors have been circulating about what has happened to Earth Crisis, and for the most part we have kept our distance from this dialogue. We apologize for our silence, but we felt it was necessary to keep quiet until we decided what we definitely wanted to do," said a statement on the band's website, www.earthcrisis.cc. "It is now time to let you - the people who have been with us throughout our career - know where we are at. We have chosen to dissolve Earth Crisis."

Read the full article at Digital Metal.

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