DEADSY, who feature in their ranks guitarist/vocalist Elijah Blue Allman (the son of actress Cher), will play the House Of Blues in Orange County, California on Thursday, June 28th. HATE DEPT. will be the support act at the show. Currently signed to KORN's Elementree imprint (via Dreamworks Records) after failed stints with Elektra and Warner Bros., DEADSY are scheduled to release the long-awaited CD, entitled Commencement, during the summer. Commencement includes such tracks as 'Anti-Pop', 'Cruella' and 'Sleepy Hollow' (a duet with KORN's Jonathan Davis), plus the band's rendition of the RUSH 1981 classic 'Tom Sawyer'.
JUDAS PRIEST's British Steel — Classic Albums DVD, documenting the making of the album, was released in the UK and Europe on 28th May, while the US release is not expected until the fall. According to reports, the DVD is code-free, and it will play on all DVD players worldwide. Running time is 110 minutes. To see the front and back of the DVD, click here and here.
SUPERZERO, the New England-based act featuring Markus Cherone (the brother of former VAN HALEN/EXTREME vocalist Gary Cherone) on guitar, are going to be on the FNX Radio Network tonight, Sunday, June 10th. People in the New England area can hear this broadcast on 101.7 FM in Boston 91.1 FM in Maine and New Hampshire and 103.7 FM in Rhode Island and Southern Mass this event will also be made available via the Internet at FNX Radio Network. SUPERZERO is going to be performing a 20-minute set and will be interviewed at around 9:00 PM EST. In other SUPERZERO news, the band has a new CD coming out, entitled Hogwash. To commemorate this release, SUPERZERO is having a big CD release party on Friday, June 15th at Bill's Bar in Boston.
HALFORD guitarist Mike Chlasciak has had a couple of selections from his solo albums utilized in several upcoming movie releases. 'Stripped and Naked, But Not Dead' and 'Stale Water's Up My neck' (both from Mike's latest release The Spilling) appear in Open Mic, a Penny Films/Christopher Tuffin production that also includes appearances from Jackie Martling (Howard Stern) and Bobcat Goldthwait (Police Academy). Additionally, the track 'Manipulation/ Drown The Ignorant' (also from The Spilling) appears in another up-coming movie release that stars Brian Austin Greene (Beverly Hills 90210) and Alan Scott (Startrek: First Contact), among others. Mike is currently in Los Angeles working with HALFORD on some 'new exciting studio material', which is unlikely to be released before early 2002.
RAGING SPEEDHORN were apparently banned form ever signing/playing at Tower Records again due to the total carnage that erupted at the group's signing at Tower Records in Piccadilly, London. According to reports, SPEEDHORN were signing copies of their brand new single, 'The Gush', which had just been released, when the band started throwing beer over the gathered audience, accidentally breaking a security camera which was directly above the stage and defacing the display erected behind them during the signing session displays. To add insult to the injury, an angry parent apparently called Tower Records to complain that his child's face had been drawn on by the band with permanent marker pen and was apparently less than pleased by the fact that the word 'c.nt' was written on his forehead at the child's request. The parents of said child have now threatened action against Tower Records, SPEEDHORN's record label (ZTT), management and the band themselves. A spokesperson for the band's label ZTT commented: 'Obviously, we regret any damage to Tower Records and to the boy involved but RAGING SPEEDHORN are the leading UK nu-metal act and with a band like this no performance is ever going to be quiet and clean. Hearsay they are not.' The band themselves commented 'They (Tower) were the one's providing us with the alcohol, so what did they really expect from a band called RAGING SPEEDHORN??? The security camera breaking wasn't meant to happen, I only tried to headbutt it and it fell apart! And the kid we wrote on... well, we didn't want to write c.nt' on his forehead, we wanted to put 'Scunthorpe Utd', but there wasn't enough room.....'
Norwegian deathgrind metal act SOUL FORSAKEN have signed a deal with the London-based Rage Of Achilles Records for the release of the band's debut album, Nerve Of War, which features 'eight tracks of pure energy & aggression.' SOUL FORSAKEN have already finished composing four songs for their sophomore effort, which will be entitled Beneath The Surface, and is scheduled to be recorded later in the year.
Long Beach, California's BIRD3 are presently on the road with VERUCA SALT and are scheduled to perform several shows on the ongoing THE CULT / STABBING WESTWARD / MONSTER MAGNET tour later in the month. The dates are as follows:
June 11 - Traverse City, MI @ Union Street Station
June 12 - Indianapolis, IN @ The Patio
June 13 - Chicago, IL @ House of Blues
w/THE CULT, S. WESTWARD and MONSTER MAGNET
June 17 - Sacramento, CA @ Memorial Auditorium
June 19 - San Diego, CA @ SDSU Open Air Theatre
June 21 - Phoenix, AZ @ Web Theater
June 25 - W. Valley, UT (SLC) @ E Center
June 26 - Denver, CO @ Magness Arena
June 28 - Kansas, MO @ Uptown Theater
June 29 - Chicago, IL @ Congress Theater
June 30 - Chicago, IL @ Congress Theater
BIRD3's self-titled debut was just released through the newly-formed Immergent Records (DISHWALLA), and it includes 13 songs (plus bonus track) that were recorded in late 2000 and early 2001 at A&M Studios in Los Angeles and at producer Nick Didia's Monkeyboy home studio near Atlanta. Didia (PEARL JAM, STONE TEMPLE PILOTS) also mixed the album, at nearby Southern Tracks.
LIT are presently in the studio with producer Don Gilmore working on the follow-up to the group's platinum major label debut, A Place in the Sun. According to a press release from the Orange County hard alt-rockers, they plan to spend just six weeks recording and producing the as yet untitled new album and are shooting for a late summer release on their RCA Records vanity imprint Dirty Martini Records. A new LIT home video, 'Stuck In The Middle of Everywhere', is also coming in August from Dirty Martini. According to the press release, the home video will feature, 'never-before-seen live clips, backstage shots, and historical footage from the band's archives. In addition, the video will include brand new videos for their songs 'Four' and 'The Best Is Yet To Come Undone'.
Chicago's DITCHWATER have replaced vocalist Bill Mathhews with Eric Chez. According to the group's web site, DITCHWATER amicably parted ways with Matthews due to 'musical, creative and personal' differences, and the band insist that Chez's addition has brought 'new dynamics' and a 'much-needed spark' to the group. DITCHWATER will be playing their debut show with the new vocalist on July 21st at Champ's, after which they will enter the studio with producer Neil Kernon (i.e. QUEENSRYCHE, NEVERMORE, etc.) to record two or three new songs for promotional purposes.
Denmark's THORIUM are preparing to enter the studio to record their second full-length album, tentatively entitled Unleashing The Demons, for which they've completed nine songs so far. A cover of CANCER's 'Cancer F.cking Cancer' will also be included on the upcoming release. The band have also recently parted ways with bassist Jakob Hansen, who was kicked out of THORIUM due to having recently been sentenced to four years in jail for 'rape and drunken boxing'. Although not yet confirmed, a possibility exists that Unleashing The Demons will be produced by VADER guitarist/vocalist Peter at Red Studio in Poland, where VADER's Litany was recorded. THORIUM will also be performing at this year's Nuclear Storm Open Air Festival, which will be held on July 20-21 in the Czech Republic. For more info on this festival, go to: nuclear.dynamix.cz
Sweden's TAD MOROSE will enter the studio on Tuesday, June 12th to begin work on the follow-up to last year's Undead CD.
Guitar hero YNGWIE MALMSTEEN will play two dates in Taipei, Taiwan: on June 30th (Yngwie's birthday!), the guitarist is scheduled to perform his Concerto Suite with the Kaohsiung City Symphony Orchestra, and on July 1st, YNGWIE will play a regular rock show with RISING FORCE.
INCANTATION is preparing to enter the Mars recording compound in Cleveland, Ohio to record their next album, which is scheduled to emerge in the fall.
DANZIG is tentatively scheduled to embark on a US tour in August. In the meantime, the band will be entering the studio shortly to record a couple of new songs that mainman Glenn Danzig just finished writing as well as to re-do vocals on a couple of tracks for Danzig 7: Kiss The Skull, which is provisionally scheduled for release during September. The tracks that are presently set to appear on Danzig 7… include the following:
01. Black Mass
02. Kiss The Skull
03. Dead Inside
04. God Of Light
05. Angel Blake
06. Wicked Pussycat
07. Halo Goddess Bone
08. The Coldest Sun
09. Dying Serph
10. Dark Secret Side
11. Soul Eater
12. Malefical Bride of Hell
Bassist extraordinaire Tony Franklin (i.e. BLUE MURDER, THE FIRM) will be performing at the Troubadour in West Hollywood, California on Sunday, June 17th with BANYAN, which also features in its ranks JANE'S ADDICTION/METHODS OF MAYHEM drummer Stephen Perkins, GERALDINE FIBBERS guitarist Nels Cline and BEASTIE BOYS keyboardist Money Mark. BANYAN will play at 10:30 PM.
Former RATT vocalist Stephen Pearcy has shot down as false reports of a court injunction against him for using the name RATT featuring Stephen Pearcy, claiming that the court has instead decided to award him the right to perform under the aforementioned moniker for the foreseeable future and accusing the remaining members of the group of an attempt to deceive the public. Pearcy is presently on the Voices of Metal tour, which also features SLAUGHTER, VINCE NEIL, VIXEN and BRITNY FOX.
In related news, former RATT guitarist Robbin Crosby, who is HIV positive and who has reportedly experienced other health-related problems in the recent years, has posted a message via the web site of former RATT bassist Juan Croucier, with whom he is said to be working on a musical project. Here is Robbin's message in its entirety: 'God bless you friends, fans, soul brothers and sisters. First of all I'd like to apologize for not answering your e-mails over the years sooner, but I've been in some very serious situations with my health, but I'm working right now and finally coming back 100%. This is the first time I've responded personally by computer, or that I apologize from the bottom of my heart. However, I'm working as we speak on a project that will blow your minds. I'm not going to tell you anymore except that I'm working with my old partner in crime and best friend Juan Croucier. I can almost guarantee that if this doesn't knock you out, nothing will. I can't tell you how much I appreciate your love and support over the years, I love you all. If you'd like to contact me by mail, I'm at Hancock Park Convalescent and Rehabilitation Center, 505 N. La Brea, Los Angeles, California 90036. I love you all!!! And look forward to hearing from you all!!! Love, Robbin Crosby.'
Swedish pop-punkers MILLENCOLIN will be supporting THE OFFSPRING at the following dates:
July 14 - Los Angeles, CA @ Universal Ampitheatre
July 15 - Los Angeles, CA @ Universal Ampitheatre
July 17 - Bakersfield, CA @ Stramler Complex
July 18 - Fresno, CA @ Rainbow Ballroom
July 20 - Ventura, CA @ Ventura Theater
July 21 - Las Vegas, NV @ The Joint
July 24 - Boise, ID @ Bank Of America Center
July 25 - Jackson, WY @ Snow King Center
July 27 - Bozeman, MT @ Haynes Pavillion
July 28 - Calgary, Alberta @ Calgary Corral
July 29 - Edmonton, Alberta @ Agricom
July 31 - Kelowna, British Columbia @ TBA
Aug. 02 - Anchorage, AK @ Egan Center