SLIPKNOT have issued the following press release explaining the reasons behind the cancellation of their US tour with IN FLAMES and 40 BELOW SUMMER: “Regrettably, SLIPKNOT have had to postpone their headlining U.S. tour which was set to kick off November 21 in Fargo, ND and wrap December 21 in their hometown of Des Moines, IA. The dates will be rescheduled in 2002. Earlier this week, the wife of percussionist Shawn (#6) Crahan had surgery at the Mayo Clinic for Crohn's Disease. Since her difficult recuperation is expected to take six weeks, Clown will remain at home in Iowa to care for his wife and three young children. The band apologizes to their fans and hope that they will understand this decision. SLIPKNOT—DJ Sid Wilson, drummer Joey Jordison, bassist Paul Gray, percussionist Chris Fehn, guitarist James Root, sampler Craig Jones, percussionist Crahan, guitarist Mick Thomson and lead singer Corey Taylor (also known as 012345678, respectively)—expect to embark on their European tour January 20 in Helsinki, Finland as planned in connection with the ongoing success of their platinum, critically acclaimed Iowa album (Roadrunner Records). The band will tour Japan, Australia and Canada before returning to the U.S. for the rescheduled dates (TBA).”
After consulting with his physicians in Los Angeles, Ozzy Osbourne has been given the green light to resume his Merry Mayhem tour on November 29 in Grand Forks, N.D. Doctors are confident that the stress fracture in Ozzy's leg will be healed enough for him to begin performing again however, he may have to wear a leg brace. Ozzy is currently recuperating at home. No word yet on when the postponed dates will be rescheduled.
The mother of LIMP BIZKIT frontman Fred Durst, Anita Durst, has posted the following note at www.limpbizkitfan.com: “I got a call from Fred last week. He was in Germany and he was with [former LED ZEPPELIN guitarist] Jimmy Page. They were rehearsing a song he sang at the EMAs and Fred was star struck. It was so good to know that he gets that 'fan' feeling every time he meets someone like Jimmy. Fred is humbled and it makes me proud of him. He was so excited that he called me so I could meet Jimmy over the phone. You know I was lovin' that! You can look for me on MTV next month. I will be making an appearance and will let all of my BIZKIT Babies know when to tune in. I will try to say hello to you and NOT make a fool out of myself too much! Let me hear from you. You can now send me letters and pics too at: PO Box 3515555 Jax., FL 32235. Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I love you so much and enjoy hearing from you whenever you feel like talking with your peep! Love, Mom Durst”
MEGADETH guitarist Al Pitrelli will be rejoining TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA on the road this year at the following dates:
Nov. 23 - Minneapolis, MN @ Northrop Auditorium
Nov. 24 - Green Bay, WI @ Brown County Vet. Mem. Arena
Nov. 25 - Milwaukee, WI @ Riverside Theatre
Nov. 27 - Chicago, IL @ Oriental Theatre
Nov. 28 - Madison, WI @ Alliant Energy Center
Nov. 29 - Omaha, NE @ Omaha Music Hall
Nov. 30 - Wichita, KS @ The Cotillion
Dec. 01/ - Kansas City, KS @ Memorial Hall
Dec. 03 - Colorado Springs, CO @ World Arena
Dec. 04 - Denver, CO @ Magness Arena
Dec. 06 - Boise, ID @ Bank Of America Center
Dec. 07 - Spokane, WA @ Spokane Opera House
Dec. 08 - Seattle, WA @ Paramount Theatre
Dec. 09 - Portland, OR @ Rose Garden Arena
Dec. 11 - San Francisco, CA @ The Warfield
Dec. 12 - Sacramento, CA @ Memorial Auditorium
Dec. 13 - Bakersfield, CA @ Fox Theater
Dec. 14 - Los Angeles, CA @ Universal Amphitheatre
Dec. 15 - Las Vegas, NV @ Cox Pavilion
Dec. 17 - Tempe, AZ @ Gammage Auditorium
Dec. 18 - Albuquerque, NM @ Kiva Auditorium
Dec. 19 - El Paso, TX @ UTEP Special Events Ctr.
Dec. 20 - Amarillo, TX @ Coliseum Theatre
Dec. 21 - San Antonio, TX @ Municipal Auditorium
Dec. 22 - Houston, TX @ Aerial Theatre at Bayou Palace
Dec. 23 - Dallas, TX @ Bronco Bowl
Dec. 26 - Nashville, TN @ Ryman Auditorium
Dec. 27 - Atlanta, GA @ Tabernacle
Dec. 28 - Orlando, FL @ Bob Carr Per. Arts Ctr.
Dec. 29 - Tampa, FL @ Tampa Bay P.A.C.
Dec. 30 - Fort Pierce, FL @ Sunrise Theatre
FATES WARNING vocalist Ray Alder has confirmed that the recording sessions for the much-anticipated second album from his side project ENGINE album will begin on December 12th. 'We're going to record in LA again,” alder stated.” I think people will dig the new stuff. It may be a bit heavier than the last one but it still has the melody involved with just a tad bit of aggression.”
NEVERMORE and SHADOWS FALL are strongly rumored to be in line for the opening slot on the upcoming JUDAS PRIEST/ANTHRAX US tour, which is scheduled to begin on January 17th in Las Vegas, Nevada and which will conclude on February 17th in Washington D.C. Contrary to previous reports originally posted at www.melodicrock.com, classic Aussie rockers HEAVEN will NOT be joining the package in the US, but will still support PRIEST in Australia, where the latter group is scheduled to land at the end of this month. In other news, there are strong rumors that JUDAS PRIEST are going to film the London Brixton Academy gig on December 19th for a possible live DVD, to be issued sometime in 2002.
According to TotalRock, drummer Brant Bjork has quit FU MANCHU to join the QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE, thereby effecting a reunion with his former KYUSS bandmates Josh Homme and Nick Oliveri. QOTSA are still in the recording studio, working on their new album, entitled Songs For The Deaf, with producer Eric Valentine for a mid-2002 release.
Contrary to repvious reports, CATHEDRAL will NOT be playing NAPALM DEATH at their forthcoming London gig at the Astoria on November 26th.
THE SCORPIONS frontman Klaus Meine recently gave an interview to Germany's Bild Zeitung Hannover, in which he revealed that the band will celebrate their 30-year recording anniversary in 2002 by releasing a very special CD Box Set containing previously unrelased recordings and other rare material that will be compiled with the help of longtime producer Dieter Dierks. A DVD with footage shot around the globe over the years will also be included. Meine also revealed that THE SCORPIONS will set up their own record label, Wild Child Records, that will sign new artists in a wide variety of genres. According to the frontman, “after 30 years it is a logical step. We will take over responsibility and pass our international experience on to a new musician generation.”
Sweden's RAISED FIST will enter the studio during January with producer Daniel Bergstrand (i.e. STUCK MOJO, STRAPPING YOUNG LAD) to record their brand new CD for Burning Heart Records, to be issued during May.
The recently-reunited Y&T are offering newly-printed “Reunion” merchandise for purchase via this location.
Terrorizer magazine's Christmas Show is scheduled to take place on December 21st at the Camden Underworld in London, UK, and it will feature the following acts:
IMPALED NAZARENE (FIN)
THE ENCHANTED (UK)
SOLACE DENIED (UK)
Tickets are priced at £10 (GBP) in advance. Doors are to open at 6 PM. Tickets are available from The World¹s End pub (next door to The Underworld) or by credit card from Stargreen 020 7734 8932 / www.stargreen.com or Ticketweb 020 7771 2000 / www.ticketweb.co.uk
THE WILDHEARTS bassist Danny McCormack has announced the following tour dates for his new band THE CHASERS:
Nov. 27 – Newcastle, UK @ Cellar Club
Dec. 15 – London, UK @ Ruskin Arms
Dec. 16 – London, UK @ Borderline 16
THE CHASERS recently issued their debut EP, entitled Onwards & Upwards, through the Changes One label.
According to Encyclopedia Metallica, a Polish METALLICA fan convention will be held on December 2nd in Proxima, Warsaw and will begin at 18:00. The evening will include performances from such Polish “heavy metal stars” like KAT, ACID DRINKERS, DRAGON, GENESIS OF AGGRESSION, GANG OLSENA, TESTOR and many others. Although the event is supposed to last 3.5 hours, it is likely that it will carry on for much longer, if past experience is anything to go by. A lot of competitions will take place, such as best 'Enter Sandman' vocal performance from members of the audience, and best underground band to play a METALLICA cover. During the party, one can buy CDs and T-Shirts, not only having to do with the festival, but also related to METALLICA itself. The party is connected with the 3rd anniversary of the 'Makakofonia', radio show of 'Radiostacja' radio station. For more information, send an e-mail to email@example.com.
Axe-shredder Joe Stump has lined up the following tour dates during December:
Dec. 13 – Cincinnati, OH @ Never on Sunday's
Dec. 14 – Lexington, KY @ Blue Max
Dec. 15 – Charlotte, NC @ Fat City
Dec. 20 – Worcester, MA @ Lucky Dog
Denmark's PRETTY MAIDS will enter the studio on December 1st to begin recording their new album, due out in mid-2002.
SILENT FORCE vocalist D.C. Cooper will be live on Seismic Radio this Sunday evening, November 18th, from 7:30 to 9:30 PM. Seismic Radio host Teri Gorlick will be interviewing D.C. and debuting tracks from the new SILENT FORCE CD, Infatuator. D.C. will also be answering questions from listeners via a simultaneous, live IRC chat. You can hear the show using RealPlayer which can be downloaded from the Seismic Radio site. The IRC software can also be downloaded from Seismic Radio.
SAXON have had their Rock 'N' Roll Gypsies live album re-issued in Europe through the Connoisseur Collection label. The CD features 12 remastered tracks including two bonus songs, 'The Eagle Has Landed' and 'Just Let Me Rock', which were not on the original vinyl release. First released on the Roadrunner label in 1990, the album has been updated with new artwork and comprehensive sleeve notes. Rock 'N' Roll Gypsies was recorded in Eastern Europe during the band's year-long promotional tour for their last EMI album Destiny. During that year the band experienced various personnel changes with both Paul Johnson (bass guitar) and Nigel Durham (drums) leaving the band. This recording captured the new line up of Biff Byford (vocals), Graham Oliver (guitar), Paul Quinn (guitar), Nibbs Carter (bass guitar) and Nigel Glockler (drums).
According to Chart Attack, US hard rock label Metaledge Records is currently seeking submissions for its upcoming tribute to Neil Young, and the proposed collection has already allegedly received the blessings from Young's Lookout Management. The current plan for Metaledge is to feature songs from eight different up-and-coming bands and have the disc drop into stores in time for a late 2002 release. The label is petitioning hard rock and metal fans from around the world to send in their submissions for consideration. All acts interested in appearing on the CD have to call Metaledge's A&R department at the following toll-free number: (888) 924-4790 ext. 83. From there, mail your package (CD/tape, press kits, clippings) to the following address, marking it clearly as a 'demo' or a Neil Young submission:
304 Newbury Street
Boston, MA 02115-2836
Alternatively, you can always e-mail a song (for the Internet-savvy) to firstname.lastname@example.org. Make sure that it's in MP3 format and at least 128K in terms of quality.
Britain's AREA 54 will perform a gig at the King's Head in Fulham tonight, Friday November 16th to raise money for Children In Need (a raffle will be held and the lucky winners will get some great AREA 54 merchandise). The support bands for the night are AKIRA and MARSHAN. Doors open at 8:30 PM.
One of the most popular college stations in the Chicago land area, WRRG-River Grove 88.9 FM has added an unsigned band show on Friday mornings from 8-10 AM. The unsigned show features some of the best unsigned metal rock, punk, hardcore, experimental etc. bands. Send your band's CD or minidisc to the DJ Tom Mukite directly at:
P.O. Box 2133
Alternatively, you can e-mail him at: email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org or call the show at 708.583.3110.
French black metal band SETH will record their new album, tentatively titled Divine X, in December at Holland's Excess Studio. However, contrary to previous reports, vocalist Vampyr Vicomte Arkames, whose departure from the band was announced earlier in the year, will not partake in the upcoming recording sessions. No replacement for Arkames has yet been announced.
British melodic power metallers POWER QUEST will be entering the recording studio in December to put together a 2-track promo for their upcoming debut album. Recording will take place at Thin Ice Studios in Surrey (http://www.thinice.i12.com/), which is owned by Karl Groom (THRESHOLD) and Clive Nolan (ARENA). Karl himself will be overseeing proceedings. In other news, POWER QUEST is still searching for a permanent drummer in the European power metal vein. Any interested parties should contact either SteveW@power-quest.co.uk or Manager@power-quest.co.uk. Candidates must be able to rehearse in London or Southampton. Auditions will be held in London.
The Finnish “classic heavy metal” band BURNING POINT have launched an official web site at www.mastervox.fi/burningpoint. The group's latest release, Salvation By Fire, is out now via Limb Music.
DIABOLICAL will issue A Thousand Deaths, the follow-up to the group's acclaimed Synergy effort, in February/March via Italy's Scarlet Records. The group's new material is said to be “faster, harder, more brutal” than the band's previous recordings.
Century Media Records have signed German melodic black metal act SUIDAKRA. SUIDAKRA will be recording their fifth album and the follow-up to 2000's The Arcanum with longtime producer Andy Classen at Stage One Studio in Germany between December 3rd and December 23rd. Entitled Emprise To Avalon, the new CD will be released via CM during the spring and will be followed by a full European tour, including an appearance at the Summer Breeze Festival.