NOTHINGFACE bassist Bill Gaal has spoken out about the reasons for his return to the band following the departure of ex-THE DEADLIGHTS four-stringer Jerry Montano, who was recently asked to leave the group and has since returned to his native California to form a new project. According to Gaal, 'there are a few reasons why I came back to the band. The first reason was because the guys had asked Jerry to leave, and they needed someone to fill in for a few shows for them. I agreed to do the shows, and during that process, we began talking about the future of NOTHINGFACE and where things were headed. After talking about everything, the guys asked me if I would come back to the band and I said yes. I will still be pursuing my other career in music production and engineering, I will just be doing both things now. The second reason I came back to the band was because the guys are my best friends and I missed them as well as the friends I have made all over the country over the last few years. Jerry and I have been friends for years I guess things just didn't work out with him and the guys. I know he will be back out there soon in a new band, keep your ears open!!! See you guys on the road........'
The long-awaited Ozzfest feature film will screen in select markets this summer, according to an official announcement made by the festival's organizers. Lensed and directed by the renowned Penelope Spheeris (Decline of Western Civilization series and Wayne's World) and produced by Sharon Osbourne, the film features interviews and performances by OZZY, BLACK SABBATH, ROB ZOMBIE, GODSMACK, DEFTONES, SLAYER, SLIPKNOT, PRIMUS, STATIC-X, SYSTEM OF A DOWN, and FEAR FACTORY, in addition to 'a brilliantly captured expose of life on the road and classic backstage stories.'
Here are the confirmed play dates for We Sold Our Souls For Rock'n'Roll:
June 15-21 @ Century Centre Cinemas, 2828 No. Clark Street, Chicago, Ill. (773) 248-7744
June 22-28 @ Tivoli Theatre, 6350 Delmar Boulevard, St. Louis, Mo. (314) 862-1100
June 29-30 (Midnight screenings) @ Mayan Theatre, 110 Broadway, Denver, Colo. (303) 744-6796
June 29-July 5 @ Broadway Market Cinemas, 425 Broadway East, Seattle, Wash. (206) 323-0231
July 4-7 (Midnight screenings) @ Clay Theater, San Francisco, Calif.
More dates/cities/theater information will be announced shortly.
QUEENSRYCHE put on a special performance on Saturday, June 2nd as part of the Seattle 2K festival, which also saw vocalist Geoff Tate play his debut show with his solo band on Friday night. According to the band's official web site, QUEENSRYCHE pulled out a number of surprises for the performance, the bulk of which consisted of earlier material that is considered to be by far the group's finest. The full set list for the show was as follows:
01. En Force
02. No Sanctuary
04. Liquid Sky
05. Right Side of My Mind
06. Take Hold of the Flame
07. NM 156
08. The Lady Wore Black
09. Sacred Ground
11. The Mission
12. Suite Sister Mary (w/ special guest Pamela Moore)
13. Queen of the Reich
Sweden's DIMENSION ZERO—featuring IN FLAMES guitarist Jesper Strömblad and ex-IN FLAMES axeman Glenn Ljungström—are reportedly 'only days away' from signing on the dotted line with an as-yet-unspecified record label, and rehearsals will begin in the coming weeks for the recording of the band's debut full-length album, the group's first release in six years. The DIMENSION ZERO line-up for the forthcoming CD will be as follows: Jocke Göthberg (ex-MARDUK) on vocals, Hasse Nilsson (LUCIFERION, DIABOLIQUE) behind the drums, Glenn Ljungström on guitars and Jesper Strömblad will play guitars and bass. Recording will take place in September when they again return to Fredman Studios in Gothenburg / Sweden were they recorded the 1996 Penetrations From the Lost World EP. The as-yet-untitled album is expected to emerge in early 2002.
TheSTART, featuring former HUMAN WASTE PROJECT frontwoman Aimee Echo, will be shooting a video for 'Gorgeous', the first single off their forthcoming Shakedown! CD—which is due on July 24th from The Label, via distribution from Geffen/Interscope Records—on Tuesday, June 12th at the Whiskey A GoGo on Sunset Blvd. in Los Angeles. The shoot will begin at 4 PM, and participants will receive refreshments along with various giveaways, including CDs and SUGAR RAY/UNCLE KRACKER/TheSTART concert tickets (to a 'lucky few'). For more info, contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
SLIPKNOT is the latest band to have offered their assistance in raising money to help DEATH/CONTROL DENIED mainman Chuck Schuldiner battle a malignant brain tumor that he was diagnosed with two years ago. SLIPKNOT will contribute an as-yet-unspecified item to an ongoing auction that is being held via Allbeat.com for the specific purpose of helping Schuldiner's family pay his medical bills.
'I'm gonna try to find something from my personal collection that maybe nobody can find,' SLIPKNOT vocalist Corey Taylor said. 'When I found out Chuck had cancer I was freaking. Chuck's music was really important to me growing up. It was really intricate and interesting. So I wanna auction something that's really cool that can hopefully bring in top dollar.'
Other items being auctioned to benefit Schuldiner include a Holy Wood (In the Shadow of the Valley of Death) CD autographed by MARILYN MANSON autographed photos and rare vinyl LPs from PANTERA autographed photos and CDs from SPINESHANK and GODHEAD hockey jerseys from GODSMACK, KID ROCK and DISTURBED baseball jerseys from the RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS and KORN and the microphone Rob Halford used to record Resurrection. Allbeat.com has also received commitments for yet-unnamed contributions from PAPA ROACH and CRAZY TOWN, among others.
RAVENOUS, featuring S.O.D./ex-BRUTAL TRUTH bassist Danny Lilker, ex-AUTOPSY/DEATH drummer Chris Reifert and NECROPHAGIA vocalist Killjoy, will be opening for Norway's MAYHEM on Sunday, June 10th at New York City's CBGBs.
MARILYN MANSON has announced several headlining dates that are due to take place during 'off' nights on the forthcoming Ozzfest trek, which kicks off Friday in Chicago. Seven dates have been lined up so far, and they are as follows:
June 14 - Birmingham, AL @ Sloss Furnace
June 15 - New Orleans, LA @ House of Blues
July 01 - Las Vegas, NV @ House of Blues
July 10 - Norfolk, VA @ The NorVa
July 11 - Myrtle Beach, SC @ House of Blues
July 23 - Montreal, QC @ Metropolis
Aug. 02 - Grand Rapids, MI @ DeVos Hall
Acclaimed Canadian hard rockers HAREM SCAREM have officially reformed and have signed a two-album deal with Now & Then/Frontiers Records. According to the label's official statement, the group's line-up for the upcoming reunion album will consist of : Harry Hess (vocals, guitars, keys), Pete Lesperance (guitars, keys), Barry Donaghy (bass) and Creighton Doane (drums). The band will reportedly return to a songwriting style of their earlier melodic rock albums, but is 'not intending to record Mood Swings Part II', and will instead 'endeavor to make an album which reflects the style that made them one of the most popular and important melodic hard rock bands of the past ten years'. Writing for the new album begins this week, with recording to follow in due course. Release is expected to be in Spring 2002.
HBO will be taping a live PETE performance for their show Reverb on Tuesday, June 12 at the Key Club in Los Angeles. This is an all ages show and PETE's representatives have a limited number of tickets to give away. If you would like to see the show, send an e-mail to email@example.com with your name, mailing address, and phone number and wait to be contacted.
The full line up for the show is as follows:
PRIME STH (8:00-8:30PM)
BOUNCING SOULS (9:45PM)
PETE will also perform at the Viper Room in West Hollywood on June 14th and 15th. The show on the 14th will also include performances from BOY HITS CAR and ALIEN ANT FARM.
ProgPower USA 2.0 Festival, which will be held Nov. 9-10 at Earthlink Live (formerly known as Center Stage) in Atlanta, Georgia, has announced more additions to the line-up of artists that are scheduled to perform: NIGHTINGALE (featuring Dan Swano), SYMPHONY X, and KAMELOT. Previously announced performers include ARK, EVERGREY, BALANCE OF POWER, SPIRAL ARCHITECT, and SUPERIOR.
The classic '70s line-up of the SCORPIONS, including guitarist Uli Jon Roth, may reform for the upcoming Wacken Festival, which is being held in Wacken, Germany in early August. As previously reported, Roth, vocalist Klaus Meine and rhythm guitarist Rudolf Schenker were due to appear at the Rock & Blues Festival on June 23rd at Donington Park, but due to various scheduling difficulties, the special event could not be arranged.
VEX RED have completed mixing their debut Ross Robinson-produced album, entitled Start With a Strong and Persistent Desire, in Vancouver, Canada, and are scheduled to release the 14-song CD through I Am/Virgin Records in August/September.
Guitar shredder YNGWIE MALMSTEEN may be forced to cancel his scheduled performances in Indonesia on July 5th and 6th after he and his band received a Travel Advisory from U.S. Department of Foreign Affairs urging travelers 'to defer going to this country'. Tour organizers have advised Yngwie and the band to avoid travel to Indonesia at this time.
Montreal black/death metal band APHASIA have signed with Quebec's Grind It Records for the release of their next album, entitled Arcane in Thalassa, which is due to be recorded in September/October with producer Jean-Francois Dagenais (i.e. KATAKLYSM). Two versions of the CD will be made available: a Canadian version which will be distributed by APHASIA, and a different version distributed by Grind It in Europe and USA.
Acclaimed deathsters NILE have announced a bunch of headlining shows that are due to take place in the UK during November/December. The dates are as follows:
Nov. 30 - Pitz - Milton Keynes, UK
Dec. 12 - Corporation - Sheffield, UK
Dec. 02 - Club Ifor Bach - Cardiff, UK
Dec. 03 - Venue TBA - Dublin, IRE
Dec. 04 - Empire Music Hall - Belfast, IRE
Dec. 05 - Cathouse - Glasgow, UK
Dec. 06 - Trillians - Newcastle, UK
Dec. 07 - Rio - Bradford, UK
Dec. 08 - Mean Fiddler - London, UK
Dec. 09 - Square - Harlow, UK
Dec. 10 - Fleece & Firkin - Bristol, UK
AGNOSTIC FRONT are one of the 26 bands featured on the Oi/punk cover Skins N' Pins Volume 2 CD compilation, which includes the New York band's rendition of the STIFF LITTLE FINGERS track 'Nobody's Hero'. Other featured bands are the ANTI-HEROES, THE TROUBLE, PATRIOT, WRETCHED ONES, and DUCKY BOYS, among others.
Check out the SEPULTURA artwork gallery at Michael Whelan's web site by clicking here.
SEVENDUST have completed recording the drums and bass tracks for their as-yet-untitled third album, which is being tracked at an Orlando, Florida studio with producer Ben Grosse (FUEL, FILTER). The band took a break from recording to play two radio station-sponsored shows in Boston and Washington D.C., where they previewed two new tracks: 'Deadset' and 'Sh.t Comes Out'. SEVENDUST will be performing at Edgefest in Toronto on July 1st.
SICK SPEED guitarist Rich Ward has squashed rumors of a possible rift between him and current STEREOMUD bassist Corey Lowery, with whom he played in the much-missed STUCK MOJO prior to the latter leaving the band to hook up with ex-LIFE OF AGONY members Joey Z and Dan Richardson to form STEREOMUD. According to Ward, 'I see Corey at the gym every once in a while, but the last time was at least six months ago. His band seems to be doing well and we hope he sells a million records.'
THE CULT have reportedly cancelled their scheduled performances in Vancouver, Seattle and Portland. No reasons were given for the cancellations.
The remaining members of RATT have apparently won a court injunction against former vocalist Stephen Pearcy which prevents the singer from using the moniker RATT featuring STEPHEN PEARCY for the summer dates that he has scheduled alongside VINCE NEIL, SLAUGHTER, VIXEN and BRITNY FOX. A full press release on the matter is expected in the next few days.
The full track listing for PRIMER 55's forthcoming The New Release CD, which is due out through Island/Def Jam Records on August 14th, is as follows:
04. All In The Family
05. No Sleep
06. Lou Evil
07. This Life
08. My Girl
ILL NINO's forthcoming Revolution...Revolucion CD has had its release date bumped up to July 31st.
DEFTONES have lined up some European shows before kicking off their US tour on July 12th. The European dates are as follows:
June 22 - Sound Arena Rock Festival, Wholen, SWI
June 23 - Hurricane Festival, Scheesel, GER
June 24 - Milton Keys National Bowl, UK
June 26 - Gorky Park, Moscow, RUS
June 28 - Roskilde Festival, Roskilde, DEN
June 29 - Werchter Festival, Werchter, BEL
June 30 - Waldrock Festival, Bergum, NETH
July 03 - Quart Festival, Kristiansand, NOR
July 04 - Garnier, Lyon, FRA
July 06 - Belfort Festival, FRA
PUDDLE OF MUDD's Flawless/Interscope Records debut will carry the title Come Clean, and it is tentatively scheduled for release on August 21st. The album's first single will be a track called 'Control', the video for which is expected to be directed by LIMP BIZKIT frontman Fred Durst in the coming weeks.
CLUTCH will be playing some end-of-summer shows in the Northeast with CANDIRIA and BELLEVUE. The dates are as follows:
July 26 - Winooskie, VT @ Higher Ground
July 27 - Concord, NH @ Cantrille's
July 28 - Northampton, MA @ Pearl Street
July 29 - Cleveland, OH @ Agora
Aug. 01 - New York, NY @ Irving Plaza
Aug. 02 - Providence, RI @ Lupo's
Aug. 03 - Washington, D.C. @ 9:30 Club
Aug. 04 - Sink's Grove, WV @ Full Moon Music Fest
STONE TEMPLE PILOTS' first European tour since the mid-'90s is set to begin August 16th in Oporto, Portugal and run through an August 26th performance at the Lowlands Festival in Dronten, Holland. The dates are as follows:
Aug. 16 - Oporto, Portugal @ Parades de Coura Festival Aug. 18 - Weeze, Germany @ Bizarre Festival
Aug. 19 - Eruft, Germany @ Highfield Festival
Aug. 21 - London, UK @ Astoria
Aug. 22 - Nottingham, UK @ Rock City
Aug. 23 - Glasgow, UK @ Barrowlands
Aug. 25 - Hasselt, BEL @ Pukkelpop Festival
Aug. 26 - Dronten, NETH @ Lowlands Festival
LYNCH MOB singer Oni Logan is presently laying down vocal tracks for the group's forthcoming studio album with producers Jeff Menke and Jason Gile at Soul 7 recording studios in LA. Meanwhile, guitarist George Lynch is in pre-production and is writing additional material for both LM and his solo project at his new recording studio, Stonehouse. George will also be recording at Expressions for New Media in Oakland, CA, a 30-million dollar complex that teaches recording arts. George will reportedly be working alongside students who will participate in the recording process.
HARDCORE SUPERSTAR's scheduled gig on June 9th in Oshawa, Canada has been cancelled.
According to Inter Sandman, METALLICA was the potentially tying answer on yesterday's The Weakest Link television game show. The show, which is broadcast on NBC, asked the question in the final round: 'This band made an album with the San Francisco Symphony called S&M.' The conestant guessed THE ROLLING STONES and lost nearly $75,000 by one question.
Guitarist Reb Beach has all but confirmed that he will not be appearing on the new DOKKEN studio album, work for which is scheduled to start shortly. In a posting on his web site, Reb says that he hasn't been dismissed from the band, but claims that he has not been asked to be involved in the recording process. Former EUROPE guitarist John Norum is reportedly co-writing the material for the forthcoming album with Don Dokken, and is likely to be the featured guitarist on the CD, which is tentatively due in early 2002. Meanwhile, Reb's debut solo CD, Masquerade, will released in Japan next week with the following track listing:
01. Dark Place
04. Better Shade Of Grey
08. Sorrow Stained Eyes
09. Day Of The Eagle
10. Get Out And Walk
11. Love So True
Finland's LULLACRY have lined up several live gigs in support of their about-to-be-released second album, Be My God. The dates are as follows:
June 14 - Helsinki, FIN @ Tavastia (album release party)
June 21 - FIN @ Nummirock Festival
July 21 - Koria, FIN @ Koria-Roll
Former 'Metal Queen' LEE AARON has lined up a few gigs in Canada in support of her recently-released CD of jazz standards. The dates are as follows:
June 16 - Burnaby, BC @ Nix Pub
July 04 - Kelowna, BC @ Flashbacks
July 06 - Edmonton, AB @ the King's Knight Pub
July 07 - Edmonton, AB @ the King's Knight Pub
July 09 - Calgary, AB @ Morgan's On 17
July 13 - Craven, SK @ Rock'n The Valley
NEUROSIS' brand new full-length album, A Sun That Never Sets, will be released through Relapse Records on August 7th.
Australia's DESTROYER 666 have temporarily re-located to The Netherlands and are searching for a new drummer. The group wish to begin rehearsing for the recording of an upcoming studio album, which is tentatively due to be recorded in October 2001, and they are especially keen on finding someone from The Netherlands or a drummer who isn't bound to his/her country. For more info, write to: deströyer666@season-of-mist.com.