SLAYER guitarist Kerry King has confirmed the reports that the band plans to embark on a three-week European tour with PANTERA in September.
KREATOR's recently-completed Violent Revolution CD is tentatively scheduled to be released at the end of the summer. Among the tracks that are set to appear on the Andy Sneap-produced effort are the following:
01. The Patriarch
02. Reconquering The Throne
03. Bittersweet Revenge
04. Of The Same Blood
05. Ghetto War
06. King In Hell
07. Mind On Fire
08. Replicas Of Life
09. Slave Machinery
10. System Decay
KREATOR will premiering some of the new material at a free Open Air concert, to be held August 31st in their hometown of Essen, Germany. As previously reported, Violent Revolution represents a return to the band's thrash glory days, featuring a direction that is being described as a modern version of the group's Coma Of Souls album.
The upcoming benefit show for TESTAMENT vocalist Chuck Billy, who was recently diagnosed with cancer, will reportedly carry the name Thrash Of The Titans, according to benefit organizer and Chuck's roommate Walter Morgan. As previously reported, the show will be tentatively taking place in San Francisco, California during the first week of July, and it may include reunion sets from LEGACY (pre-TESTAMENT), VIO-LENCE, and LAAZ ROCKIT, plus performances by SKINLAB and SADUS, among others.
V.O.D. (VISION OF DISORDER) will be supporting SLAYER (on a bill that will also be featuring SKRAPE) at the following confirmed shows:
June 14 - Chattanooga, TN @ The Bay
June 15 - Spartanburg, SC @ Ground Zero
June 16 - Winston-Salem, NC @ Ziggy's
In other news, V.O.D. have announced that, contrary to previous reports, they will not be going on tour with NOTHINGFACE this summer, but it is possible that the two bands will hook up for a package tour later this year.
Sharon Osbourne, wife and manager of Ozzy Osbourne, has issued an open apology to STEREOPHONICS following recent remarks she made about the band. In an article originally posted by NME.com and then picked up by other various Internet sources, Sharon had blasted the STEREOPHONICS, labeling them 'STEREO-whatever-the f.ck-they're-called' for booking Donington and in so doing preventing Ozzfest from reclaiming the site as the 'the home of metal'. She also added at the time that '[the STEREOPHONICS] have a clause in their f.cking contract preventing anyone else from playing there this summer.'
However, in a complete about-face,  Sharon has now apologized for her 'big f.cking mouth and crass attitude'.
Her apology, as published via NME.com, reads in full:
'Dear Kelly, Stuart and Richard,
'In response to the article in NME dated May 5, now you know why everyone calls me the 'Queen Of Evil'. It's because I have a big f.cking mouth and a crass attitude. I absolutely did make the comments that were printed in the NME. However, on this occasion, I feel what I said was taken out of context. You ARE the STEREO-f.cking-PHONICS, one of the best bands in the world, and I have the greatest respect for your band and what you've achieved and you certainly have the right to put whatever you want in your contracts. It's none of my business.
'My sincere apologies for my crassness. Sincerely, Sharon Osbourne.
'P.S.: After Ozzy heard what had happened, I had to go to hospital to have his foot taken out of my ass.'
SEPULTURA bassist Paulo Jr. is selling his 1993 Chevy Silverado Blazer for $14,000. The details on the vehicle (photos of which can be viewed here) are as follows:
4 wheel Drive
Full stereo [Clarion System, Boston speakers, sub woofer, etc]
Interested parties can contact Eric Bush at telephone number: (602) 540-2717 (Phoenix, Arizona)
Veteran Canadian metallers ANVIL have regained the rights to their early recordings (Hard 'N' Heavy, Metal On Metal, Forged In Fire and Backwaxed) as a result of Attic Records (who originally issued the titles) having been bought out by Song Entertainment awhile ago and Song Entertainment going into receivership on May 4, 2001. What this means is that some of these early recordings may get reissued at a later date, possibly with bonus tracks. More info as it becomes available.
More information has surfaced about the upcoming French acoustic performances by ARK, the Norwegian act who feature in their ranks former YNGWIE MALMSTEEN vocalist Jorn Lande, ex-CONCEPTION guitarist Tore Østby, and former MALMSTEEN drummer John Macaluso. John, Jorn and Tore will perform approximately 30 minutes sets, featuring material from both of the group's albums, to be followed by signing sessions, at the following locations:
May 17 - Lyon @ Raid Rock Cafe (9:00 PM)
May 18 - Paris @ Virgin Megastore (6:00 PM)
May 19 - Paris @ Elysee Montmartre (6:00 PM)
A PERFECT CIRCLE bassist Paz Lenchantin has made her solo album, Yellow mY skYcaptain, available for purchase via aperfectcircle.com (in the $tuff section). The album is reportedly a compilation of music Paz has been writing since she was a teenager.
Kissonline.com has posted QuickTime audio excerpts of an interview with Paul Stanley that was conducted during the band's recent stop in Melbourne, Australia. Go to www.kissonline.com/features/index.html, click 'Features' and then 'Talks With...' to hear Stanley talk about Eric Singer in Peter Criss' make-up, their recent onstage jams, future tour plans, and more. The site also has information on the upcoming KISS box set, to be produced by Tommy Thayer, and the VH1 KISS documentary, The Hottest Band In The World, also to be produced by Thayer.
In related news, MTV News has reported that (former?) KISS drummer Peter Criss will guest star on the fifth season of the HBO prison series Oz in the role of the convict Martin Montgomery, who will have beef with Dean Winters' character, Ryan O'Reily. Criss has reportedly already filmed two episodes and may do more in the coming weeks.
German veteran rockers THE SCORPIONS are going to do a live Interview on German AOL Live! on Tuesday, May 15th at 9:00 PM Central European Time. The transmission will be streamed with picture and sound via the Real Player software, which is offered free of charge on the AOL download pages. AOL members can find the interview under the Keyword, 'AOL Live.' Web Surfers that are not currently using AOL can access the Live Interview by going to www.aollive.de. All spectators to this event will have the possibility of asking question and a large selection of the contributed questions will be part of the transmission.
CRISIS frontwoman Karyn Crisis wishes to dispel a rumor that has been going around about her dreads. Contrary to the rumor, she has NOT cut off her dreads or shaved her head. Her dreads are 'still long and beautiful, and very much a part of her'. Glad we sorted that one out!
MTV2 will be airing a 30-minute special on COLD. The premiere air date will be May 18th @ 12 AM, with repeat airings set to take place on on May 22nd @ 12 PM May 30th @ 2:30 AM June 2nd @ 8:30 AM and June 10th @ 11 PM. Check local listings for the specific times and dates in your area.
DOKKEN vocalist/mainman Don Dokken has posted the following update on his upcoming activities:
'Hi THERE! Yes, I will be doing the festival In Sweden [Sweden Rock], but without [bassist] Jeff [Pilson] and [guitarist] Reb [Beach]. They're both still working on there solo efforts, so I'm GOING OVER JUST TO HAVE SOME FUN. John Norum will be Playing guitar and MY friend Mikkee D [not from MOTORHEAD] will be playing bass.
'The new DOKKEN LP should be out in September and my solo effort by Christmas. The new LP is coming along well, but I'm NOT rushing it, even though the label wants it this summer. It will come out when it's perfect and NOT before. Jeff has a lot on his plate right now with the movie and his solo LP both coming out in September. Reb's LP is slated for a June 17 release, and there's some talk of a fall WINGER tour, so I'm just plugging away at writing and letting the chips fall where they may. My own web site will be up in about a week [DonDokken.com]. It will have a few soundbytes from the new LP. HOPE YOU ALL LIKE IT.
'There's already an offer for one of the new songs to be in a new major movie. The song is called 'Little Girl', and it's VERY cool.
'Anyway, thats about it. The next few months should be VERY interesting. There's also some talk of a WHITESNAKE/DOKKEN tour in South America. As soon as I know what's up, you'll be the first to know. Oh, yeah… the DOKKEN Live From The Sun video just won two awards. There were over 4,000 entries, including CBS, NBC, ESPN, etc. etc., as well as 14 other countries. Cool, huh?! Sorry it's taken so long to post, but I'm TOTALY obsessed with the new LP.
'Gotta go, the tape machine awaits.
GRAVE DIGGER skinbasher Stefan Arnold had completed recording the drums to nine tracks for the group's upcoming album, tentatively titled The Grave Digger, by this past Monday, May 7th. According to Arnold, the track 'King Pest' features his 'fastest' double-bass playing ever.
The Grave Digger is due for release at the end of the summer, and it will feature the following track listing:
01. Son Of Evil
02. The Grave Digger
04. Scythe Of Time
05. Spirits Of The Dead
06. The House
07. King Pest
08. Black Cat
09. Haunted Palace
Finland's ISENGARD have posted clips of their latest demo via their official web site.
CORNERSTONE, the project featuring ROYAL HUNT bassist Steen Mogensen and ex-RAINBOW vocalist Doogie White, have been writing material for the follow-up to the acclaimed Arrival release. According to Mogensen, 'We are not in any panic over the new album. The material is very strong and coming together very quickly.' No projected release date for the as-yet-untitled effort has been announced.
Sweden's DEFACED, featuring DARKANE bassist Jorgen Lofberg, DARKANE guitarist Klas Ideberg, and SOILWORK drummer Henry Ranta, hope to have their long-completed debut CD released through Scarlet Records at the end of the summer.
Southern California's CORPORATE AVENGER, who feature in their ranks former MINDFUNK vocalist Pat Dubar, will be issuing their self-titled debut album through Koch Records on July 10th.
Australia's PSI.KORE are seeking a replacement for the recently-departed lead guitarist Andrew Lilley. Interested parties can e-mail the band at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Pennybridge Pioneers, the latest studio effort by Swedish pop-punkers MILLENCOLIN, has been certified gold in Australia—the group's first gold album ever.
Sweden's GARDENIAN has pulled out of their scheduled Dutch mini-tour with fellow Swedes DARKANE, which was to begin May 11th in Arnhem. DARKANE are still planning on fulfilling their commitments and will play the scheduled dates with local support acts.
EIDOLON's Hallowed Apparition CD was voted the #9 CD of the month by the writers of the influential German metal magazine Rock Hard.
Sweden's MELDRUM, featuring former PHANTOM BLUE guitarist Michelle Meldrum, shot a video for the track 'Aspartamine' with director Michael Johansson yesterday, May 8th. The track comes off the group's self-titled debut, for which MELDRUM are still seeking worldwide distribition.
STEREOMUD, featuring former members of LIFE OF AGONY and STUCK MOJO, will headline the Pain & Sufering tour starting May 21st in New York City, The package tour will also include ENDO, SPIKE 1000 and FLYBANGER.
GARBAGE have completed the recording process for their upcoming third full-length album. The as-yet-untitled effort is currently being mixed in drummer Butch Vig's Smart Studios in Wisconsin, and is due for release this summer.
Norway's RED HARVEST have signed a merchandise deal with Plastichead. Check out www.plastichead.com for ordering and info.
Ex-MOTLEY CRUE drummer Tommy Lee and CRUE bassist Nikki Sixx will appear on The Howard Stern Radio Show on May 22nd at 7:30 AM to chat about the upcoming CRUE biography The Dirt.
Alaska's 36 CRAZYFISTS are currently at Millbrook Studios with Scrap 60 Productions laying down their Roadrunner Records debut, Bitterness The Star, which is tentatively due for release in October. 13 tracks are slated to appear on the effort, which will include a guest appearance by SKINLAB frontman Steev Esquivel on an as-yet-unspecified cut.
STENDEC, the new band featuring former WHITE ZOMBIE guitarist J. Yuenger, ex-LOCAL H drummer Joe Daniels, ex-CANDLEBOX / 16 HORSEPOWER bassist Rob Redick and ex-GORDON / DASHBOARD PROPHETS guitarist/vocalist Chris Dye, will be playing two more shows later this month. The dates are as follows:
May 16 - Los Angeles, CA @ Linda's Doll Hut
May 27 - Phoenix, AZ @ The Mason Jar