Despite previous reports to the contrary, it now appears that COAL CHAMBER have selected former SAIGON KICK guitarist Jason Bieler (NONPOINT, SW1TCHED) to produce their third full-length effort, which is tentatively scheduled to be released in the fall. Pre-production for the as-yet-untitled album is set to begin in Los Angeles on April 9th, with the band flying to Boca Raton, Florida shortly thereafter to begin recording the CD at Bieler's Elysian Studios. Although unconfirmed, there is a possibility that the album will be mixed in L.A. by Jay Baumgardner (i.e. PAPA ROACH, ALIEN ANT FARM, DROWNING POOL), who had previously worked with the group on their self-titled debut. Along with the previously announced new songs—“Three Steps”, “Drove” and “Beckon”—COAL CHAMBER are said to be considering for inclusion on the forthcoming CD a reworked version of the track “Who Is God?”, which was originally co-written and recorded by vocalist Dez Fafara and guitarist Meegs for the English artist OVERSEER a few months back (a recording that was produced by MOTLEY CRUE bassist Nikki Sixx).
CRAZY TOWN and INCUBUS have been added to the line-up of bands performing during the entertainment portion of the inaugural ESPN Action Sports & Music Awards, held April 7 at Universal Amphitheatre in Los Angeles. The two acts join the previously announced performers BLACK SABBATH, BEN HARPER and THE INNOCENT CRIMINALS, and DE LA SOUL featuring BUSTA RHYMES. Presenters include Rob Zombie, CYPRESS HILL's B-Real, and members of PENNYWISE.
WITHIN TEMPTATION, DISTURBED and SYMPHONY X are the latest acts to have signed on to perform at this year's Dynamo Open Air festival, which will take place May 24th – May 26th in Nijmegen, Holland.
MOTÖRHEAD are scheduled to perform their new single 'The Game' as part of WWF's Wrestlemania X-7 this Sunday, April 1st. Held at the Houston Astrodome, the event will feature MOTÖRHEAD playing the tune as wrestling superstar Triple H approaches the ring for his match against The Undertaker. The performance will be broadcast on pay-per-view this Sunday, April 1st at 8:00pm. MOTÖRHEAD previously appeared with Triple H two weeks ago on the WWF program Smackdown.
The long-awaited first solo album from JANE'S ADDICTION / ex-RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS guitarist Dave Navarro will reportedly be released this summer through Capitol Records. Due to be issued under the band name SPREAD, the CD was originally scheduled to be released by Clean Slate Records, run by artist manager Andy Slater (FIONA APPLE, MACY GRAY, WALLFLOWERS), through Sony Music. However, with Slater having just been appointed president of Capitol Records, SPREAD will now be a Capitol release. In addition to Navarro, SPREAD features former SOULFLY / current MEDICATION drummer Roy Mayorga and ex-JACK OFF JILL guitarist Clint Walsh.
The German With Full Force Festival is shaping up to be yet another monster, with 59 acts having already confirmed their appearances at the event, which will be taking place June 22 – 24, near the town of Delitzsch. Here is a partial list of the artists that have signed on to perform at the festival:
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Rumors continue to abound that MOTLEY CRUE have split up, with MEGADETH frontman Dave Mustaine adding fuel to the fire by insisting in a recent interview that the band was 'finished'. MEGADETH guitarist Al Pitrelli also contributed to the speculation by stating that Mick Mars was the first to leave the band, with Vince Neil following suit in an attempt to revive his solo career. As previously announced, the latter part is definitely true, as Neil has already lined up a 17-date tour, which kicks off April 18 in St. Louis and wraps up July 27 in Ionia, Mich. MOTLEY CRUE's label, Beyond Records, is also planning to re-release Neil's two solo albums as soon as it has secured the rights to do so.
Here are the confirmed VINCE NEIL solo dates so far:
April 18 - St. Louis, MO @ Pageant
April 19 - Wichita, KS @ Rita's Uptown
April 20 - Columbia, MO @ Biggest Bar and Grill
April 21 - Kansas City, MO @ The Beaumont Club
April 24 - Topeka, KS @ Remington's
April 25 - Omaha, NE @ Guitars and Cadillacs
April 27 - Medina, MN @ Medina Entertainment Center
April 28 - Chicago, IL @ Joe's
April 29 - Mount Clemens, MI @ Emerald Theater
April 30 - Louisville, KY @ Belevedere Park
May 11 - Fort Lauderdale, FL @ Metal Factory
May 12 - Boynton Beach, FL @ The Orbit Room
May 26 - San Antonio, TX @ South Texas Amphitheatre
May 27 - Houston, TX @ Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
June 09 - Las Vegas, NV @ Sunset Station Casino
June 30 - Bottineau, ND @ Rockin' the Hills
July 27 - Ionia, MI @ Free Fair
In other MOTLEY CRUE news, the band will be releasing a 96-minute DVD in June, featuring a full CRUE show filmed in Salt Lake City on July 5th, 2000 on the Maximum Rock tour supporting the release of New Tattoo, along with almost twenty minutes of bonus, never-before-seen footage, including the making of New Tattoo, backstage moments on tour, the video of “Hell On High Heels', and various computer “treats”.
SILENT FORCE, featuring former ROYAL HUNT vocalist D.C. Cooper, will enter House of Music Studios in Winterbach, Germany in early April to record their second full-length effort, tentatively titled Infactuator. The album is tentatively scheduled for a November release. SILENT FORCE will also be embarking on a short US tour, beginning May 19th, in Pittsburgh, PA at the Kings Court Theatre. More dates will be announced shortly.
Australia's SILVERCHAIR are still in the process of finalizing a producer for the recording of their next album, which is scheduled to be released before the end of the year. The group are presently demoing material and sending it around to interested parties with a view toward commencing the recording process sometime in May.
DOG EAT DOG have lined up more dates on their upcoming European tour. This is how the itinerary is shaping up right now:
April 27 - Enterrock Festival, Genk, BEL
April 28 - Krakrock Festival, Avelgem, BEL
April 29 - De Nirwana Club, Lierop, NETH
May 23 - Strange Noise Festival, Dietzenbach, GER
May 24 - Wallsbüll Open Air, Flensburg-Wallsbüll, GER
June 06 - Uniparty Bielefeld, Bielefeld, GER
June 08 - Open Air Am Berg, Eichstätt. GER
June 30 - Veltsin Open Air, Sauerland, GER
Aug. 18 - Alive Festival, St. Vith, BEL
Aug. 19 - Popkomm WDR 1 Live Bühne, Köln, GER
UK rockers BUSH have parted ways with Trauma Records and are in talks with Atlantic, according to Billboard magazine. Trauma, which issued BUSH's first four albums, sued the band for breach of contract in 1999 for $40 million. The suit was settled out of court, and BUSH renegotiated its deal with Trauma before releasing its last album, The Science Of Things, in 1999. The latter CD debut at No. 11 on The Billboard 200 and sold 900,000 copies in the U.S., according to SoundScan, compared to 2.8 million units for 1996's Razorblade Suitcase. BUSH is currently in the studio recording a new album with producer Dave Sardy (MARILYN MANSON, HELMET, VISION OF DISORDER).
The debut CD from DEVIN TOWNSEND's latest project, TERRIA, will feature artwork from graphic artist Travis Smith, whose style is “exactly what DEVIN was looking for” in the TERRIA theme: “spacious and stark”. In the meantime, more DEVIN TOWNSEND European gigs are continuing to pour in. Here are the confirmed dates so far:
June 22-24 – With Full Force Festival, GER
June 27 – Brest, FRA @ Le Family (may be moved to July 1)
June 28 – Lyon, FRA @ Rail Theater
June 29 – Paris, FRA @ Elysee Montmartre
June 30 - Waldrock Festival, NETH
MTV2 News will be airing a news piece on Earache Records' Norwegian black metal act CADAVER INC. today, Friday March 30th. Here are the scheduled air times:
AEON SPOKE, featuring former CYNIC members Paul Masvidal and Sean Reinert, will be performing at The Mint in Los Angeles on Thursday, April 5th at 10 PM.
Former POISON guitarist Blues Saraceno will be appearing with his band TRANSMISSION OK at the Key Club in West Hollywood, California on Wednesday, April 4th.