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Devin Townsend Talks About Retreat From Performing

In a recent interview with an underground metal magazine out of Paraguay, Devin Townsend revealed his real reasons for disbanding Strapping young Lad and The Devin Townsend Band and vowing to no longer play music live. Townsend says that he planned to shave his head in an effort to not scare his children with his "skullet" (mullet with the top of his head being bald).

"I remember how I felt when Metallica cut their hair. Betrayed. Confused. They went on to make some of the worst music in their careers from that point on. I don't want to be a freak in the eyes of my kids and I don't want to be viewed as a sellout by my fans, so I have chosen to forego the performing aspect of music at least until I'm fully bald and have a legitimate excuse for how I look. In the meantime, you can expect more crazy videos of Ziltoid the Omniscient instead of seeing my face..."

Townsend announced his departure and dissolution of Strapping Young Lad and The Devin Townsend Band, and his decision to continue on with solo music during a "Ziltoid the Omniscient press conference" early last year. The audience initially took the statement from Ziltoid as a joke and Devin had to reiterate it himself.

Devin's son is now nearly two years old.

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Lee and Rock To Settle Their Beef In The Octagon

In an obvious move to draw viewers to the rising sport, UFC (Ultimate Fighting Championship) owner and president Dana White has announced that Tommy Lee and Kid Rock will settle their beef once and for all in the Octagon in a free televised event on Spike TV. The fight is to take place this Wednesday, April 2 in Broomfield, CO as part of Spike TV's UFC Fight night, which preceeds the kick-off of a new season of the MMA reality show, The Ultimate Fighter.

Kid Rock and Tommy Lee weren't too interested when Las Vegas entertainment maven Jeff Beacher offered them $1 million to settle their feud with a winner-take-all boxing match. They didn't even bite when he upped the pot to $5 million. But Spike TV and the UFC have reportedly offered the rockers 10 million dollars each for the one-off bout. The event is expected to garner massive ratings for Spike TV and introduce even more people to the world of MMA and UFC, and has been promoted to the main event of the evening.

UFC President Dana White commented: "You don't know how happy I am to finally get a public fight between these two on the air. We may not see any martial arts, but I think we will see a good old fashion down and dirty brawl, with both guys having so much pent up anger at each other. The sport has been growing, and is on the verge of an explosion, and this may just be the catalyst it needs."

The "fighters" (we use the term loosely) were given two week's notice for the fight, and the entire UFC organization has remained tight-lipped about the event until now.

Rock and Lee got into fisticuffs during the VMAs in Vegas last September, fighting over their mutual ex, Pamela Anderson.

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Patton, Owens and Newsted Record EP at SXSW

Like planets aligning once in a few hundred years, rock and metal icons Tim "Ripper" Owens (Yngwie Malmsteen, Beyond Fear, ex-Judas Priest, ex-Iced Earth), Jason Newsted (Voivod, Rock Star SuperNova, ex-Echobrain, ex-Metallica, ex-Flotsam and Jetsam), and Mike Patton (Mondo Cane, Crudo, Peeping Tom, Mr. Bungle, Tomahawk, Fantomas, ex-Faith No More) found themselves at the same place at the same time last month at the SXSW music and interactive convention in Austin, TX. The icing on the cake is that the trio ended up talking shop and recording together.

Patton joked about the situation: "I think we all needed another project to our names, because none of us is busy enough, you know? So we like formed a band for a day and recorded some new songs in a friends' studio. We all took turns on various instruments as the need arose, so needless to say between this and our schedules, no one will ever see us play live together."

The unnamed "band" reportedly recorded five songs - an EP's worth of material - but there's no word of what will become of them at this point. Rumor is that they could be released under Patton's label, Ipecac Records.

As previously reported, Tim "Ripper" Owens is participating in a contest with Sadie Rene's nightclub in North Canton, Ohio and Canton/Akron's Rock 106.9 to form Northeast Ohio's "ultimate band," in which Owens will be the lead singer. The contest will search for three instrumentalists to join him - a bass player, a guitar player and a drummer. Owens was also involved with a recent all-star line-up that created a memorial/tribute song to the late "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott.

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Metallica Announce Breakup

In a move that's sure to shock the metal community the world over, Metallica have called it a day. Apparantly, all the criticism they've been receiving from metal fans on the internet and beyond has finally struck a chord and the group have decided it's just not worth putting another album out.

Says drummer Lars Ulrich, "Whatever we do, it seems it's just not good enough for the elitist metal community. We tried experimenting with our music and became metal public enemy number one. We did a stint with an orchestra and were accused of being self indulgent (but hey, I guess it's a different story for Deep Purple and Kiss huh?). We even released a collection of covers from some really cool bands like Mercyful Fate and Discharge but that still wasn't good enough for everyone out there in metal land. Then when we finally decide to try and go back to our roots, people proclaim it as our worst album to date. The reason our new album has been taking so long was because we've been keeping close tabs on websites such as Blabbermouth to see what people are saying and already people are panning us. So we decided that no matter what we do, our best efforts just aren't worth it anymore. I don't know when metal became so facistic about what is and isn't metal but as of now, there isn't a Metallica. We're done. We would however like to thank our fans who were still loyal enough to stick with us, you made a long trip worthwhile."

None of the other members have made announcements regarding the split but it's believed that frontman James Hetfield will be busy working on a new project featuring Corrosion Of Conformity/ Down member Pepper Keenan. There also rumours that he and guitarist Kirk Hammet will revive their 80s side project Spastik Children. There have been no rumours on what any of the other members will embark on next.

Obviously this announcement comes with the news that all of the bands tour dates have been cancelled. There is no word yet on who will replace them at the Reading/ Leeds festivals and other festival shows.

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The History of Metal In One Minute

After covering goth in one minute and even emo in one minute, Spinner's The DL has finally given metal the one-minute treatment (video also embedded below). Here's the intro to the video:

"All right, you little spawns of Satan, it's time to dust off that old Napalm Death T-shirt and sacrifice a small animal to the demon god of METAL! This ain't no indie, prog or alt-country bulls---. This is where the rubber meets the road ... or where the flesh meets the gnashing teeth of an eternal life of hellfire doom raining over the bloodied bodies of those who rocked before you! Or something like that. Throw some goat, you Anton LaVey wannabes -- it's Metal in One Minute. Bruuuuuuuutal!!!!!"
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Zakk Wylde Takes Out Marshall Stack

In a hilarious video posted at YouTube, BLACK LABEL SOCIETY/OZZY OSBOURNE guitarist ZAKK WYLDE, takes out a Marshall amp mini-stack during an appearance at MusicStop in Halifax, NS

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'N Sync Return As Death Metal Band, Post Video

The Daily Rock has posted a new video of the latest incarnation of ‘N Sync, who have reunited with all the original members and have announced a new musical direction. Ok, not really, but check out the video here or below. More...

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Watch a Metal Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer Video

The Daily Rock and UVTV have brought to us a heavy metal rendition of Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer by HemorRhage. You can check out the video here.

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The History of Goth In One Minute, Emo As A Bonus

Spinner has a quite entertaining series going on in which they cover a music genre's history in a minute. Their latest treatment is Goth, which (as they do point out) bled over into other genres such as industrial and metal.

Their first treatment was on Emo, which many of our readers could surely learn a bit from. The introductory blurb about sums it up, but the video is a must-see as well:

Tired of people name-dropping rock genres and not having a clue what they're talking about? We sure are, so we put together the first in an ongoing series of edumacational, one-minute videos that'll drop a knowledge bomb on all unsuspecting ignoramuses. The first out of the gate is the much-maligned Emo, a genre that arguably jumped the shark almost a decade ago, yet continues to lurch onward like a zombie. You know, a zombie that whines like a bitch and wears its little sister's pants.

At a minute each, they won't even kill as much time as, say, a video of a horrible band covering butchering a classic metal song. More...

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Puscifer Fan Gets "V Is For Vagina" Tattoo

A "huge" fan of TOOL frontman Maynard James Keenan purchased a copy of the debut album by Maynard's new band PUSCIFER, "V is for Vagina", on the day of its release and had its title promptly tattooed "in the most appropriate place." A three-and-a-half-minute video clip capturing all the action can be viewed on YouTube or below.

"V is for Vagina" sold 27,000 in the United States in the first week of release to debut at position No. 25 on The Billboard 200 chart. The record, which was released through Maynard's own label, features contributions from a number of artists, including PRIMUS drummer Tim Alexander, ex-NINE INCH NAILS member Danny Lohner, producer Alan Moulder and actress Milla Jovovich.

Keenan also has a merchandise company under the Puscifer banner, and plans to make several short films as part of the project.

TOOL will begin a new North American tour on November 14 in Austin, Texas and issues a DVD called "Vicarious" on December 18. More...

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Rock Classics Performed As "Handfarts"

Gerry "Jerry" Phillips, a self-described "manualist" or "hand musician" who has been playing songs on his hands for 38 years, has posted his rendition of the OZZY OSBOURNE classic "Crazy Train" on YouTube. Watch that clip, along with some of Gerry's other "classics," below.

Phillips writes on his YouTube page: "People ask me why I play music on my hands. The answer is, because I can! When I was 9 years old, I went to a party. The photographer (to keep us quiet) farted with his hands. I could do it right away. I soon found notes, then simple songs, now I can play just about everything. I'm happy making videos and featuring them on YouTube where people like you can see them! I don't expect everyone to like what I do, but if you think about it, there is no new music. Everything has been done in one way or another. But I am new and different. Singing, humming, whistling and playing an instrument are not the only ways of making music. The only people who have ever truly appreciated what I do are musicians. They tell me in terms I don't understand what I have just done. I just play the song! I think what they think is cool is that i don't have to pack up and drag equipment! What I am interested in doing is performing to a large live audience just to see their reaction and to play a song with some of my heroes who wrote and performed my favorite songs." More...

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Metal, Rock Frontmen Talk Halloween Plans

The Pulse of Radio reports: Wednesday (October 31) is Halloween, one of the biggest and most increasingly popular holidays on the calendar. The day is normally filled with costumes, parties, haunted houses, horror movies, trick-or-treating and all kinds of spooky and entertaining events and activities, and we asked several of our favorite musicians how they'll be spending the day:

DISTURBED's David Draiman has one objective in mind for the holiday: "Gonna go somewhere with a gorgeous lady friend of mine, and get her to wear her wonderful costume, and get me to take off her wonderful costume, and that's pretty much my intention for the night (laughs). I'm gonna probably go somewhere and drink a bunch of things I shouldn't, and feel entirely too horrible about it the next day and tell myself I'm never gonna do it again, and like always, I've never been a good liar."

KORN frontman Jonathan Davis is a family man these days and plans to make the trick-or-treating rounds with his younger sons, Pirate and Zeppelin: "I think Pirate's gonna be a spider, and I'm not sure, I think Zep's gonna be a little mummy. I'm not sure yet. But we can't wait. We're gonna go trick or treating and just have a good time. I don't know what I'm gonna be yet. We all get in the spirit at the house, we all dress up."

SYSTEM OF A DOWN singer Serj Tankian told The Pulse of Radio the best idea for a costume we've heard in a long time: "My favorite Halloween costume is a lamp. I like just wearing this long, long thing and having, like, a shade on my head and going to the corner of the room and having this light on my head, and just standing there not talking to anyone. And if someone comes up to me and says, 'Hey, Serj, how are you doing?' I always ask them, 'Do you talk to lamps often?' And if they say yes, then I say, 'Then you need help,' and if they say no, then I say, 'Don't talk to me then.' No, I'm just kidding. I've wanted to do that for years, but I've never done it."

Halloween is not as big a deal in South Africa as it is here, but that didn't stop South African natives SEETHER from getting into the spirit, as frontman Shaun Morgan told The Pulse of Radio: "About two years ago, I put on a fat suit, biker chick suit (laughs). Dale (Stewart, bassist) actually was, I think, the worst part about it. Dale was wearing the cheerleader outfit with just enough belly revealed, and Johnny (Humphrey, drummer) played in a fat suit. So that was kind of cool. I think that might have been the first time I remember actually dressing up for Halloween."

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Metallica's Lars Ulrich For Mayor?!

Each day until voters go the polls November 6, The Examiner lays odds on local figures that could take on San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom (who has absolutely no real competition). Today's candidate is none other than METALLICA drummer Lars Ulrich.

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Gene Simmons' Sky High Misfire

Richard Johnson of The New York Post's "Page Six" reports: "Gene Simmons is still a pick-up artist, but his moves aren't working as well as they did when KISS ruled the radio. A fellow first-class passenger aboard Wednesday's American Airlines flight 114 from LAX to Newark saw Simmons pass a note to a tall, blond stewardess before takeoff. 'Later, I overheard the flight attendants talk about what he wrote in the note — 'Would you like to get together???' with three question marks.' The move misfired. 'I guess he failed to notice the wedding band on her left hand,' said our witness. 'Other than that he seemed like a pleasant passenger.' Simmons lives in Beverly Hills with Playboy Playmate Shannon Tweed."

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Spinner Rates Top 20 "Worst Band Fueds"

Spinner is running a top 20 of "Worst Band Fueds," of which hard rock and metal bands make several appearances including:

Marilyn Manson vs. My Chemical Romance (18)
Red Hot Chili Peppers vs. Mr. Bungle (15)
Nirvana vs. Pearl Jam (14)
Dwarves vs. QOTSA (13)
Metallica vs. Megadeth (4)

Of course the list is topped primarily by rappers, but I don't recall when individual rappers constituted a "band."

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Unearth Fan Gets Ken Susi's Face Tatooed On Butt

An Unearth super-fan from Texas trekked all the way to Boston to get a tatoo of guitarist Ken Susi's face on his ass-cheek. Ken Susi himself was on hand to witness, sign and film the event. You can watch the video here (or below). More...

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Tony Blair Could Never Master Black Sabbath Riff

Tony Blair has admitted he could never master BLACK SABBATH on guitar. The former British Prime Minister, who was in a band at university called UGLY RUMOURS, confessed to frontman OZZY OSBOURNE that he could never get the band's track 'Iron Man' right.

"I met Tony Blair a couple of years ago, and he said to me, 'I was in a band once, and I could never get the riff to 'Iron Man' right,'" recalled Osbourne. "I thought, 'Why are you telling me about 'Iron Man' when there's a war going on?'"

Osbourne made the comments while DJing for Radio 1 as part of the station's 40th birthday celebrations. His show airs tonight (September 27) at 9pm.

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The 10 Weakest Songs by Badass Bands

"When Badasses Go Soft: The 10 Weakest Songs by Badass Bands" is a recent feature on Cracked.com detailing their list of some of the biggest cases of hard andheavy bands wussing out. Metal is of course well-represented on the list with the following spots:

#10. "Until It Sleeps" - Metallica
#8. "All of My Love" - Led Zeppelin
#6. "Mama, I'm Coming Home" - Ozzy Osborne
#4. "I Don't Want to Miss a Thing" - Aerosmith

You have to read the original article to get the complete details.

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Roadrunner Petitioned To Change 3 Inches Of Blood

Ladd Everitt, editor of Transcending the Mundane, recently posted an open letter/petition to Roadrunner Records on the subject of 3 Inches of Blood.

The open letter begins, "We, the undersigned, hereby request that the name of Roadrunner Records artist 3 Inches of Blood be changed, effective immediately, to '6 Inches of Blood.'

We believe this proposal to be a modest and reasonable one for the following reasons:

1) Because three inches of blood hardly crests the ankle of a man of average height, and surely the blood has risen higher given the band’s many famous victories in battle against both Orc armies and Goatrider hordes."

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Japan Toy Makers Turn Air Guitars Into Reality

Reuters reports: Air guitars just got real. Japanese toy makers unveiled "air guitar" gadgets at the annual Tokyo International Toy Show that, thanks to heat and motion sensors, actually make music.

"This is a toy that allows anybody to sound and feel like a rock star," said Keishi Abe, who was demonstrating Takara Tomy Corp's "Air Guitar Pro."

The gadget has 10 songs, including Deep Purple's "Smoke On the Water," programmed to play automatically and is set to hit the market next month. It can also be connected to an MP3 music player or a speaker system, the manufacturer says.

Manufacturers also showcased air guitars that could be attached to your wrist and which blasted music as you moved.

"You just put it on your wrist and shake your arm once so it will play one phrase. In order to play an entire song, you just keep moving your arm so even children can easily play music," said Nana Kaneko, who was playing "Air Musician" by Tokyo-based toy maker Mega House.

The air guitar, an imaginary instrument used when pretending to play the guitar, has become popular in Japan in recent years. Ochi "Dainoji" Yosuke of Japan won the 2006 World Air Guitar Championships held in Finland.

Even robots toys seemed eager to join the craze: at the show were three small humanoid robots who were playing air guitars.

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