ROB ZOMBIE is scheduled to enter the Jim Henson Studios on Saturday, August 4th to record with a 30-piece orchestra for an as-yet-unspecified track on the singer's forthcoming follow-up to 1998's Hellbilly Deluxe CD, which is due to be released on October 30th through Geffen Records. As previously reported, a host of guests are expected to appear on the upcoming effort, including SLAYER guitarist Kerry King, METHODS OF MAYHEM mainman Tommy Lee, LIMP BIZKIT's DJ Lethal, and the BEASTIE BOYS' Mix Master Mike.
CANNIBAL CORPSE have confirmed via their official web site that they're currently working with producer Neil Kernon (i.e. NEVERMORE, QUEENSRYCHE, JUDAS PRIEST, MACABRE) at El Paso's Sonic Ranch Studios (formerly Village Recorders) on their forthcoming, as-yet-untitled effort (as reported here a couple of days ago), which is due through Metal Blade Records in January 2002. According to the band, “after the grueling trek from Tampa to El Paso ([guitarists] Pat [O'Brien] and Jack [Owen] drove the gear, everyone else flew) we set up the gear and started getting sounds. We tweaked the drums for a couple of days and started tracking late last week. The drum sounds are brutal to say the least. Paul [Mazurkiewicz] is finished with his drum tracks and we're messing with EQ's and sh.t to make them sound perfect. Guitar sounds will soon be blasting out of studio A as Pat and Jack prepare the twin guitar assault.” CANNIBAL CORPSE are due to complete work on the upcoming album on August 28th, after which they will have a couple of months off before they're due to head over to Europe for a tour with KREATOR, KRISIUN and DISBELIEF, to be followed by the Xmas Fest 2001 trek, which is also set to include VOMITORY, KREATOR, MARDUK, NILE, DARK FUNERAL and KRISIUN.
An MP3 of the track “Left Behind”, the first single off SLIPKNOT's forthcoming Iowa opus, can be downloaded via the Roadrunner Records web site at this location. The group are presently in Los Angeles filming the video for the song with director David Meyers (i.e. LIMP BIZKIT, KID ROCK), which is expected to begin airing in the next couple of weeks. In other news, Roadrunner Records have now posted the final cover art for the aforementioned album, which is due to be issued through the label via distribution through Universal on August 28th, at this location.
According to Allstar, Canada's KITTIE have indeed parted ways with guitarist Fallon Bowman, a rumor that began circulating last month when the group appeared at a one-off radio station concert in Albuquerque, NM with 25-year-old guitar technician/roadie Jeff Phillips assuming Bowman's customary second-guitarist slot. No official announcement has yet been made, but sources indicate that either Phillips or fellow London, Ontario resident, 30-ish Boris Novosel will be incorporated into the group's line-up when they make an appearance at the Beast Feast Festival in Japan on August 26th and at the Highbury Garage in London, UK on September 10th. KITTIE have been recording their sophomore album, entitled Oracle, with producer Garth (GGGarth) Richardson for the past two weeks in their hometown of London, Ontario and will move to Vancouver later in the month, where Randy Staub will reportedly be handling the LP's mixing duties.
SEPULTURA guitarist Andreas Kisser will be Mad Maz's special guest on TotalRock today, August 2nd. Tune in from 6-9 PM (UK time) to hear Andreas talking about the band's recent split with Roadrunner Records. You may access TotalRock via the web at: www.totalrock.com
JUDAS PRIEST have announced the details of their forthcoming South American tour. The dates are as follows:
Sept. 01 - Buenos Aires, ARG @ Obras Sanitarias
Sept. 04 - Porto Alegre, BRA @ Bar Opiniao
Sept. 05 - Rio De Janeiro, BRA @ Atl Music Hall
Sept. 06 - Sao Paulo, BRA @ Credicard Hall
Sept. 07 - Sao Paulo, BRA @ Credicard Hall
Sept. 09 - Mexico City, MEX @ Teatro Metropolitan
BIOHAZARD have made available for download an MP3 of the track “Sellout”, taken from the group's forthcoming Uncivilization CD, which is due through Sanctuary Records on September 11th, at this location.
In a fresh statement posted on the group's official web site, MEGADETH mainman Dave Mustaine has addressed the recent criticism of the band's “decision” to play smaller venues during their upcoming American tour, many of which are the smallest the band has played in over a decade. Here is Mustaine's posting in its entirety:
“I have noticed a lot of excitement [on the band's official message board] regarding the upcoming shows, and as usual some grumbling, too. Let me start with the fact that we are very happy to see how many people are responding to our new approach to our set-lists. I need to clear up something right now before we go on. After listening to the first four records, MEGADETH has been blessed with many unbelievably talented musicians.
“From the sometimes imitated but never emulated dynamic duo of drum god Gar Samuelson (RIP) and guitar genius Chris Poland, through the ranks of sledge hammer drummer Chuck Behler and GIT technician Jeff Young, and most remarkably the technical precision of Nick Menza and the wizardry of Marty Friedman, we are now at what we feel is our most happiest of times with my favorite drummer of all Jimmy DeGrasso and our new wunderkind Al Pitrelli.
“So, having said that, please in no way interprets our enthusiasm as being a negative reflection on any of our previous honorable members.
“We have decided, as I previously posted, to play in smaller venues so that we can not only rebuild our loyal fan base with intimate shows, but also to rebuild our standings with our promoters in the USA after last summers Maximum Rock disappointment.
“There are going to sadly be a few places that are not 'all-ages' shows, but we have tried our very best in every market to find venues that are. The criteria that our manager has set for the concerts is as follows:
1. All Ages (where possible)
2. 1,500 capacity approximately (excluding radio shows and festivals)
3. No seating (excluding radio shows and festivals)
4. Alcohol served with ID
“We have been able to meet three to four of these stipulations in almost every market the only one not being met is the all-ages condition.
“And while you may have heard that we have specified on-sale dates for tickets to shows you may be interested in, please be advised that tickets can sometimes be reserved in advance over the internet. So check in your area for changes in on-sale dates or early releases of tickets for sale. There have already been many incidents where either hard tickets, or reserved tickets have been released. And once they are gone, they are gone.
“***This would mean that you would not be able to get a ticket if you wait. ***
“We will not be upgrading venues on this first leg because we want to stay in small places like we did in Europe during our headlining tour.
“We are also excited to tell you about the interactivity and your involvement with our shows. That will be coming up soon so stay tuned.
“Lastly, the opening band ENDO is our choice for this leg and even though we have not heard them, we have heard that they are a good young band and should be able to entertain you.
“I will get back to you after getting the last few days exhaustion and plane food out of my system. I am tired and there is a really big bed right next to me sneaking up to swallow me.
“Mustaine sez, GOODBYE DROOGIES!”
TEETH OF LION RULE DIVINE is the name of a brand new stoner rock “supergroup”, featuring in its ranks CATHEDRAL frontman Lee Dorrian, BURNING WITCH's Steve O'Malley, GOATSNAKE's Greg Anderson, and IRON MONKEY's Justin Greaves. The group's as-yet-untitled debut album was recorded during July and is to be mixed in August by Billy Anderson. A release is expected later this year through Dorrian's Rise Above Records.
PUDDLE OF MUDD's Fred Durst-directed video for the track “Control”, the first single off the band's Flawless/Interscope Records debut Come Clean, is available for viewing online in Real Video format at this location and in Windows Media format at this location. Come Clean is scheduled to be released on August 28th.
Stockholm, Sweden's MELDRUM, who feature in their ranks former PHANTOM BLUE guitarist Michelle Meldrum, are scheduled to release their self-titled debut album through Record Heaven Records at the end of October.
Metal Masters, 'Florida's Premier Rock'n'Roll Video/Interview Show', has posted the following item on its web site regarding the status of the funds from the deceased ex-SLAUGHTER guitarist Tim Kelly's Memorial Tribute Trust, which has now apparently gone missing: “I hate to start out with on a sad note, but I think this should be known. I sincerely think some people are trying to hide the facts. Immediately after the death of SLAUGHTER guitarist Tim Kelly [who was killed in a car accident], a memorial trust fund was established to purchase a lasting memorial tribute to Tim to be placed somewhere in Las Vegas, the city Tim called 'home'. Tim's brother has informed me that, several months ago, someone went to the Bank Of America in Las Vegas, emptied and closed the account these funds (approximately $5,000-$6,000) were being held in. It took two signatures to withdraw the money. As far as I know, it seems that no one within the SLAUGHTER camp has spoken out and informed Tim's fans on this tragic matter nor have they tried to replaced the money. Things that make you go...hmmmmm. In the meantime, Tim's fans are wondering what happened to the money they donated and where this memorial tribute is so that they can go see it. I'm sure they've been getting hit with e-mails from his fans regarding the fund because I know I have been getting them also. If someone who could do something as disheartening, mean and cruel as stealing money from a memorial tribute trust funds bothers you as much as it does me, please contact any member of SLAUGHTER when you see them on the road this summer and ask them what the status of the Tim Kelly Memorial Fund is.”
During his appearance on the The Late Late Show this past Monday, former GUNS N' ROSES guitarist Slash told host Craig Kilborn that a reunion of the original GUNS N' ROSES line-up was unlikely to take place, especially in light of the continuing internal and management problems that have plagued the band for much of the group's existence. As previously reported, Slash is keeping busy preparing for his upcoming involvement in the Michael Jackson 30th Anniversary Celebration at New York's Madison Square Garden on September 7th and 10th, where the guitarist will perform with Jackson on 'Beat It' and 'Black & White' and will also take the stage with the reunited JACKSON 5. Both concerts will be filmed for a two-hour CBS TV special, which set to air later this year.
Canada's NICKELBACK will be releasing its brand new album, entitled Silver Side Up, through Roadrunner Records on September 11th. The group's previously announced headlining tour of Germany will be followed by a three-week trek with 3 DOORS DOWN, after which the group are expected to begin their headlining tour in October, which will include dates in Mexico and Australia.
Following their successful Ozzfest appearance, NONPOINT will be heading out on their first headlining tour in late August with REVEILLE, DARWIN'S WAITING ROOM, and SW1TCHED. Tour dates will be announced shortly.
METHODS OF MAYHEM mainman and former MOTLEY CRUE drummer Tommy Lee no longer has to undergo random drug and alcohol testing, according to a court ruling this week. Lee will donate a drum set to charity as part of his court-mandated community service.
Former SKID ROW frontman Sebastian Bach will be the “special guest MC” at the 101 WRIF/MGD Battle to the Triangle in Detroit on August 5th and 6th. Bach will not be performing at the event, but he will be helping to pick the best local band in Detroit. The winner of this battle of the bands competition “scores the opportunity to open for BUCKCHERRY at the Emerald Theater on Friday August 10th for the local MGD Blind Date show. Then, that same lucky band will go on to play at the main MGD Blind Date in the Bermuda Triangle!” The 101 WRIF/MGD Battle to the Triangle will take place at Hayloft Liquor Stand, which is located at 140 North Main Street Mt. In Clemens, Michigan. Tel. #: (810) 468-1010. There will be 20 bands performing over three days (August 4-6).
The revamped SKID ROW, now featuring former SOLINGER vocalist Johnny Solinger, opened for BON JOVI during the taping of the latter band's appearance for the MTV special that aired yesterday evening.
Finland's SINERGY, featuring CHILDREN OF BODOM mainman Alexi Laiho and American vocalist Kimberly Goss, have entered Studio Fredman in Gothenburg, Sweden to begin recording their third full-length CD, entitled Suicide By My Side, which is tentatively scheduled to be released on January 14th, 2002. During the album's recording sessions, SINERGY will lay down a cover version of IRON MAIDEN's 'Number Of The Beast', which will appear on a tribute album to be released by Nuclear Blast Records next year, and a rendition of FAITH NO MORE's 'Falling To Pieces', which will be used as the Japanese bonus track for the upcoming CD.
Sweden's TRANSPORT LEAGUE have split with their label Pavement Music and are currently looking to sign with a new company. The group is presently putting the finishing touches to the material for their upcoming CD, tentatively entitled Multiple Organ Harvest, which they will reportedly be ready to record during September, pending the outcome of the upcoming contract negotiations. Interested labels should send an e-mail to: email@example.com
ARCH ENEMY's show at the 2,000-capacity Tokyo Akasaka Blitz on August 29th is now sold out.
INSANE CLOWN POSSE road manager William Dail pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct for a fight with a fan of rap rival EMINEM. Dail was reportedly accused of choking the EMINEM fan until he blacked out after an INSANE CLOWN POSSE concert in Omaha, Nebraska in May. The incident allegedly occurred when a 24-year-old man held up an EMINEM T-shirt and threw a few M&M candies at ICP's two clown-faced rappers, Shaggy 2 Dope and Violent J.
BACKYARD BABIES have announced several more festival appearances during August/September. The dates are as follows:
Aug. 31 - Two Days A Week Festival, AUS
Sept. 01 - Rock Am See Festival, GER
Sept. 02 - Independent Days Festival, ITA
RAGING SPEEDHORN will be gearing up for their dates on the Tattoo The Planet tour with an eight-date headlining tour of the UK. On this tour the band have specifically chosen to play places that they haven't played before or have not played for some time. The dates are as follows:
Sept. 04 – Liverpool. UK @ Lomax
Sept. 5 – Leeds, UK @ Rocket
Sept. 6 – Exeter, UK @ Cavern
Sept. 7 – Plymouth, UK @ Cooperage
Sept. 8 – Newport, UK @ TJ's
Sept. 9 – Portsmouth, UK@ Wedgewood Rooms
Sept. 10 – Leicester, UK @ Princess Charlotte
Sept. 11 – Oxford, UK @ Zodiac
Support will come from Kettering's SCURGE, who were handpicked by RAGING SPEEDHORN for this tour. A main support act has not yet been confirmed.
Former IMPELLITERRI vocalist Rob Rock will be performing at The Green Parrot in Largo, Florida, on Saturday, August 11th on a bill that will also include 'Members of SAVATAGE' in the headlining slot, and local act SMACKHEAD as the opener. In other news, “due to unforeseen circumstances”, Rob Rock and his touring band will not be appearing at this year's Ultrasound 2001 festival, which is scheduled to take place September 7-9 at the Hilton Burbank Airport & Convention Center (aka The Burbank Hilton) in Burbank, CA. No reason was given for the band's non-appearance.
Philadelphia's TAPPING THE VEIN will issue their brand new CD, entitled The Damage, through Caipiranha Records (a division of Nuclear Blast) in January.
AKERCOCKE have announced several headlining shows in addition to their upcoming support gig with Sweden's ARCH ENEMY. The confirmed dates are as follows:
Aug. 16 – Camden, London, UK @ The Underworld
Sept. 28 – TBA, FRA @ TBA
Sept. 29 – Amsterdam, NETH @ TBA
Nov. 08 – Birmingham, UK @ The Custard Factory
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