All the shows for the upcoming Tattoo The Planet European tour—featuring PANTERA, SLAYER, CRADLE OF FILTH and STATIC-X—have been announced. The dates are as follows:
Sept. 14 - Birmingham, UK @ NIA Academy
Sept. 15 - London, UK @ Wembley Arena
Sept. 16 - Glasgow, UK @ S.E.C.C.
Sept. 18 - Leuven, BEL @ Brabanthal
Sept. 20 - Milan, ITA @ Palavobis
Sept. 22 - Boblingen, GER @ Sporthalle
Sept. 23 - Dusseldorf, GER @ Philipshalle
Sept. 25 - Katowice, POL @ Spodek Sporthall
Sept. 26 - Chemnitz, GER @ Eissporthalle
Sept. 28 - Paris, FRA Palais @ Omnisports
Sept. 29 - Den Bosch, NET @ Bratanthallen
Sept. 30 - Hamburg, GER @ Sporthalle
Oct. 02 - Stockholm, SWE @ Horvet
Oct. 04 - Helsinki, FIN @ Ishallen
Oct. 06 - Berlin, GER @ Arena
QUEENSRYCHE vocalist Geoff Tate performed his debut solo gig last night (June 1st) at The Catwalk in Seattle, Washington, and by all accounts, it was a memorable show in front of a near-capacity crowd. According to eyewitnesses, the band's sound bears quite a few similarities to the singer's main group, but the new project—which is presently just named GEOFF TATE—has an identity of its own. Evidently, several QUEENSRYCHE tracks were aired as well, including opener 'Gonna Get Close To You', 'Spool', 'Hero', 'Someone Else?', 'Della Brown', and a 'more upbeat' version of 'The Thin Line'. More information as it becomes available.
Chicago's SOIL, who feature in their ranks former BROKEN HOPE/SINDROME bassist Shaun Glass on guitar, have begun tracking their J Records debut with producer Johnny K at his Groovemaster Studios. No album title has decided upon yet, but songs that are set to appear on the CD include 'Breaking Me Down', 'My Own', 'Inside Out', 'Need To Feel', and potential first single 'Halo', a demo version of which has apparently 'begun its own life on Active Rock stations in Orlando, Madison, Phoenix, Tampa and Sacramento,' according to Glass.
SKID ROW were forced to postpone the first four dates of their previously-announced US tour due to unspecified 'scheduling issues'. The affected gigs include shows in Mt. Clemens, Flint and Valparaiso. New dates will be announced shortly.
Former SKID ROW vocalist Sebastian Bach will be appearing on the Sally Jessy Raphael Show on June 15th. The show's topic will be 'Celebrity Dads Father's Day Special', and boxing legend Sugar Ray Leonard will also appear, among others. It tapes this Tuesday, June 5th at 12 noon in Manhattan. For tickets and more information, call 212-244-3595.
A message from ARMORED SAINT (featuring ANTHRAX vocalist John Bush):
'Hello again, fellow metalheads. As usual, we apologize for the delay in getting you updated information. But we now have some new stuff to share with you, so here it goes:
'We have completed a new two-disc set of material from our collective archives. Nod to the Old School is a collection of songs from the present and the past, which we feel represents the entire history of the band. The two-disc set contains live tracks, cover tunes, our original three-song EP, four-track demos with Dave Prichard, an acoustic version of 'Tainted Past', CD-ROM live videos and two brand new songs. Nod to the Old School is being released on June 11 in Europe and July 24 in the US on Metal Blade Records.
'You'll want to check out the photos in the booklet also, which include live pics from our recent tours, our Jr. High school portraits, liner notes by rock journalist Jon Sutherland and of course some old school pics from the past.
'The American and European versions of disc 2 are slightly different containing a few different songs and CD-ROM files from one another.
'On Friday, June 29, 2001, the SAINT will be performing at the Bang Your Head Festival in Germany. We were originally supposed to play at last years BYH Festival but had to cancel due to John's obligation to ANTHRAX and last summer's MOTLEY CRUE tour. So, we are making up for it this year by attending with lots of Crown Royal in tow. JUDAS PRIEST are headlining and SAVATAGE are also on the bill.
'We want to thank those of you who came out to support us on the last DIO tour. We had a blast touring with Ronnie and his crew and also the LYNCH MOB boys were much fun to hang out with. We wish we could of played longer for you guys but that's how it goes when you're on an opening slot. We apologize for the few shows that had us booked as playing second and as a result some of you missed us. It was the fault of the promoters and we never would find out about it until it was too late. Not our faults! Also, Joey wants to thank all of you who came out to see him on the SAVATAGE/FATES WARNING TOUR.
'At the moment, we're not too sure if SAINT will do any touring for this new CD as John will be beginning writing a new ANTHRAX record with the guys and Joey will be working on a new ENGINE record with Ray Alder from FATES. But you never know, if there is something that comes up, we'll be in touch!
'Until next time, get ready for the Old School collection Nod to the Old School coming out June 11 in Europe and July 24 in the USA! SEE YA!'
NAPALM DEATH have made some minor adjustments to their current US schedule, and a host of European gigs were announced for the remainder of the summer. Here are all the confirmed dates so far:
June 02 - Burlington, VT @ Memorial Auditorium
June 03 - New York, NY @ CBGB's
June 04 - Baltimore, MD @ Fletchers
June 05 - Springfield, VA @ Jaxx
June 07 - Cleveland, OH @ Agora
June 08 - Piqua, OH @ Little Moss
June 09 - Chicago, IL @ Fireside Bowl
June 11 - Houston, TX @ Engine Room
June 12 - Austin, TX @ Backroom
June 14 - Albuquerque, NM @ Launch Pad
June 15 - Tempe, AZ @ Bostons
June 16 - Santa Ana, CA @ Galaxy
June 17 - Los Angeles, CA @ Whiskey
June 18 - San Francisco, CA @ The Pound
June 21 - Tholey, GER @ Hard Rock John
June 22 - Leipzig, GER @ Full Force Festival
June 23 - Bremen, GER @ Circus Maximus
June 24 - Bielefeld, GER @ Falkendom
June 25 - Reutlingen, GER @ Zelle
June 29 - Cork, IRE @ TBA
June 30 - Dublin, IRE @ Red Box
July 07 - Dour, BEL @ Festival
July 08 - Gierle, BEL @ Shock Festival
July 13 - Joensuu, FIN @ Iiosaarirock Festival
July 14 - Joensuu, FIN @ Iiosaarirock Festival
July 28 - Rostock, GER @ Force Attack Festival
Aug. 01 - Poznan, POL @ Dziedziniee
Aug. 03 - Wacken, GER @ Open Air Festival
Aug. 07 - Hamont, BEL @ TBA
Aug. 10 - Carvicais, POR @ Rock Festival
Germany's GRAVE DIGGER have signed a new deal with Nuclear Blast Records. The group's already-completed new album, entitled The Grave Digger, will be released in the fall.
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PITTSBURGH, Penn. - An online auction is currently being held to raise money for Chuck Schuldiner, founder and leader of the seminal Florida death metal band DEATH, who was diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor two years ago.
Schuldiner, 33, was diagnosed on his 31st birthday after experiencing headaches and unusual symptoms while in the studio working on an album for his current full-time band, CONTROL DENIED. With the generous help of family, friends, and organizations such as MusiCares, Schuldiner was able to moderately control the cancer with various treatments and previous operations. In recent weeks, Schuldiner's condition has worsened. Both live and necrotic cancer tissue has built up in his brain and has started to infiltrate the cerebellum, causing Schuldiner's health to decline rapidly.
Schuldiner is presently at Cedar Sinai Comprehensive Care Center awaiting word from doctors to begin a fairly new and still relatively experimental drug called Vincristine (VCR). Vincristine belongs to a class of naturally occurring chemotherapy agents, which are extracted from the periwinkle plant and, unlike many chemotherapy drugs, bears practically no toxic side effects. Should this course of action be approved, treatment will begin immediately. At this time Schuldiner's surgical team in New York City feels that surgery is not an option.
Schuldiner is rightfully considered the forefather of the death metal genre and a major innovator within heavy metal overall. DEATH formed in 1983 when Schuldiner was a teenager and has released seven albums worldwide. The band's early albums, including Scream Bloody Gore and Leprosy, are cited by many as being the most influential albums in death metal. Schuldiner's later work took on a more technical approach, cementing DEATH's status not only as one of the most brutal, but also as one of the most technically proficient bands in metal history. After retiring DEATH in 1999, Schuldiner began concentrating 100 percent of his creativity on CONTROL DENIED, which he feels strongly is an extension, or natural maturation, of what DEATH has been for over a decade. He had, in fact, been working on the new CONTROL DENIED album, When Machine and Man Collide, when he was taken aback by this illness once again.
In addition to the benefit auction, upon hearing about Schuldiner's situation from bassist Steve DiGiorgio (whose resume includes DEATH, CONTROL DENIED and TESTAMENT), TESTAMENT vocalist Chuck Billy, who has also recently been diagnosed with cancer, volunteered to share the proceeds of a planned mid-August benefit concert in his honor with Schuldiner.
'Obviously, this act of selfless consideration has touched us immensely,' said Schuldiner's mother, Jane. 'Words really can't express the gratitude we feel toward Chuck Billy and his family for doing such an amazing thing for someone else in need when he, himself, is going through such a hard time, as well. He must be an amazing young man.'
The online auction features an assortment of rare music memorabilia kindly donated by the music and metal communities, and also includes one of Schuldiner's own guitars and a bass autographed by Steve DiGiorgio, as well as rare items from rock 'n' roll's more mainstream artists such as GODSMACK, STAIND, DISTURBED, and the RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS. The auction, hosted through eBay and allbeat.com, may be accessed through Hammerheart America's website (www.hammerheartamerica.com) by following links to the Charles Schuldiner Medical Fund Benefit. Donations to the fund are also accepted and may be wired, transmitted via PayPal, or mailed in care of Hammerheart Records. All funds will go to the Charles Schuldiner Medical Fund, and donations are tax deductible.
Information to transfer donations directly into the bank is as follows:
Washington Mutual Bank
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Altamonte Springs, FL 32701
Bank routing number: 321180748
Account number: 3513564696
Account name: Charles Schuldiner Medical Fund
Checks and money orders should be payable to Charles Schuldiner Medical Fund and mailed c/o Hammerheart America, P.O. Box 42323, Pittsburgh PA 15203
Items for the auction are welcome. Artists willing to donate can email firstname.lastname@example.org or call the Hammerheart office directly at (412) 390-4088.
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SLASH'S SNAKEPIT, the new band of former GUNS N' ROSES guitarist Slash, will be returning to L.A. after the completion of their current headlining trek (which ends in Pittsburgh, PA on June 29th) to begin work on a new studio album, for which about 20 songs have been demoed so far. The as-yet-untitled effort is tentatively due to be recorded at the end of the year for an early 2002 release.
Former IRON MAIDEN vocalist Paul Di'Anno is currently writing material for a new KILLERS CD with guitarist Cliff Evans, and the duo hope to begin recording the new album shortly. If all goes according to plan, the upcoming CD will coincide with the release of a home video, featuring material from the recent KILLERS dates in Scandinavia and some earlier gig footage as well.
Long-running UK rock legends TANK are still hard at work on their new album, entitled Still At War, which is tentatively due to be released in the fall. The full track listing for Still At War is as follows:
01. Conspiracy Of Hate
02. The Blood's Still On Their Hands
03. Return Of The Filthhounds
04. The World Awaits
05. Light The Fire (Watch Em Burn)
06. When The Hunter Becomes The Hunted
07. Seeing Double
08. The Fear Inside
10. And Then We Heard The Thunder (new version)
11. In The Last Hours Before Dawn (new version)
12. Still At War
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KORN frontman Jonathan Davis and renowned filmmaker and artist Clive Barker (Hellraiser) have joined forces with composer Richard Gibbs to create a unique interactive DVD, set for release on Sony later this year.
The disc will feature 12 original paintings by Barker with musical compositions by Davis and Gibbs. The music will be mixed in 5.1 Surround Sound in order to create a full three-dimensional experience that will redefine that way the world looks at art.
Davis notes: 'We've set out to create a new medium unlike any other, combining the elements of art, beauty, music and horror with state-of-the-art technology—a post-millennium coffee table book for your DVD player.' Barker elaborates: 'This is a ground-breaking project unifying state of the art music with paintings pulled from the depths of my unconscious.' Meanwhile, Gibbs says: 'Jon [Davis] is definitely the most musically twisted brain I have ever worked with. And now for us to collaborate with a multi-demented soul like the one and only Clive Barker...I don't know what's going to happen, but I hope the authorities have been alerted.'
This interactive work will transform a television or computer into a new artistic medium. Each Barker image will be displayed while Davis and Gibbs' music leads the viewer on a journey through the landscapes of their combined imaginations. Viewers can also experience commentary from Barker, Davis and Gibbs while looking at an image. In addition, they'll have the unique opportunity to watch Davis and Gibbs compose music to one of the paintings and can conversely watch Barker paint while listening to Davis and Gibbs' music. This project marks the first time Davis, Barker and Gibbs have worked together. Davis and Gibbs have a longstanding relationship and recently wrote and produced songs featured in the forthcoming film Queen Of The Damned. The film—set for release by Warner Brothers next year—is based on the third novel in Anne Rice's Vampire Chronicles and was directed by Michael Rymer. Davis is currently in the studio with KORN, recording the follow-up to 1999's triple-platinum Issues with producer Michael Beinhorn. The band's CD is due out later this year on Immortal/Epic.
ProgPower USA 2.0 Festival, which will be held Nov. 9-10 at Earthlink Live (formerly known as Center Stage) in Atlanta, Georgia, has added two more acts to the line-up of artists that are scheduled to perform: ARK and EVERGREY. Other confirmed acts include BALANCE OF POWER, SPIRAL ARCHITECT, and SUPERIOR.
Guitarist John Sykes (WHITESNAKE/THIN LIZZY) has shot down the persistent rumors of an impending BLUE MURDER reunion (featuring drummer Carmine Appice and bassist Tony Franklin) by stating that, at this point, there are no plans to reform the band.
On August 13th, Germany's Nuclear Blast Records will be re-issuing the classic Strappado CD and an unreleased 1988 album entitled Paranormal from Toronto's legendary SLAUGHTER. Both CDs will be re-mastered and will come with special booklets, vintage photos and band liner notes. A host of bonus tracks and surprises are also planned. The full track listing for the two CDs is as follows:
03. Nocturnal Hell
04. F.ck Of Death
05. Tortured Souls
07. The Curse
09. Maim To Please (bonus)
10. One Foot In The Grave (bonus)
11. Tyrant Of Hell (bonus)
12. Death Dealer (bonus)
13. Tales Of The Macabre
14. Disintegrater/Incinerator (live 1985)
15. One Foot In The Grave (live 1985)
16. Shadow Of Death (live)
17. Massacra (live)
18. Death Dealer (live)
19. Tales Of The Macabre (live)
20. Maim To Please (live)
21. Strappado (live)
22. Eve Of Darkness (live)
23. Tyrant Of Hell (live)
24. Witching Hour (VENOM cover—live)
25. Bloody Karnage (live)
(plus a surprise, bonus, hidden track!)
01. Astral Projector
04. Galactic Dynamics
05. Coffin Of Ice
06. Threshold Of Pain
07. The Fourth Dimension
08. The Dark
09. Telepathic Screams
10. Not Dead Yet
12. Timewarp (alternate version)
13. Death Comes Ripping Through You
14. The Dark (alternate version)
15. Astral Projector (alternate version)
16. Telepathic Screams (alternate version)
17. The Curse (live)
18. Tortured Souls (live)
19. Nocturnal Hell (live)
20. Incinerator (live)
The upcoming solo album from former DEEP PURPLE / TRAPEZE / BLACK SABBATH vocalist Glenn Hughes will be entitled Building The Machine, and it is set for a European release on August 20th.
British heavy rockers THE ALMIGHTY have recorded a new album, entitled Psychotic Narcotic, which is scheduled for release in Japan on July 18th and Europe in late September/early October. The full track listing for the album is as follows:
02. 427 Freak Horsepower
04. Soul On A Roll
06. Hate The World That Hates You
07. Waiting For Earthquakes
08. If I Knew What I Wanted
10. Big Idea Idiot
11. Mondo Balordo
12. Blowout Kit For The Underdog
13. Witness Relocation Programme
14. Million X Nothing
According to Metal Edge Online, STEELHEART vocalist Mike Matijevic is planning to put together a new incarnation of the band—same name, different sound—and is seeking a guitarist, bassist, drummer, keyboardist and producer/DJ with background in techno/electronic/trance/progressive world beats. 'The sound will consist of fusing the past, the present and the future together,' says Matijevic, who invites musicians to send a portfolio 'that best represents who you are and your talents' to STEELHEART, P.O. Box 36, Charlottesville VA 22902, or call 804-610-1964. 50 hopefuls will be invited to audition in Florida on July 31.
The touring band for former VAN HALEN frontman Dave Lee Roth's upcoming solo dates will include guitarist Bart Walsh, drummer Ray Luzier and former WHITE LION bassist James Lomenzo.
TRIBE OF JUDAH, featuring former VAN HALEN/EXTREME vocalist Gary Cherone, Steve Ferlazzo on synths/programming, Leo Mellache on guitar, Tim Bissonette on guitar, Pat Badger (ex-EXTREME) on bass, and Mike Mangini (ex-EXTREME/ANNIHILATOR) on drums, are scheduled to perform at at Lillies (formerly Club 3) in Somerville, MA on Tuesday, June 19th.
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June 1, 2001 - Guitarist Ron Jarzombek (WATCHTOWER, GORDIAN KNOT) is looking for a suitable vocalist to complete the second SPASTIC INK album, Ink Compatible, which features brother/drummer Bobby Jarzombek (HALFORD) and bassist Pete Perez (RIOT), as well as guest appearances by keyboardist Jens Johansson (STRATOVARIUS) and bassists Ray Riendeau (HALFORD), Michael Manring (ATTENTION DEFICIT, JIM MATHEOS), and Sean Malone (GORDIAN KNOT).
Ink Compatible is set to feature 6 songs with vocals along with several instrumental tracks. Potential candidates 'must be familiar with odd time signatures and have a melodic yet aggressive voice' (no Geoff Tate clones, please!). Interested parties can e-mail email@example.com for more info or send a package to:
San Antonio, TX 78265-4772 USA