METALLICA and THE DEFTONES were among the winners at the first ESPN Action Sports & Music Awards, held on Saturday (April 7th) at the Universal Amphitheatre. METALLICA took home the 'Artist Contribution Award' for 'raising the enjoyment of action sports,” while THE DEFTONES were voted 'Artist of the Year' by BMX riders.The event — which included performances by BLACK SABBATH (on a reportedly stunning rendition of “Paranoid”), INCUBUS and CRAZY TOWN — will air on ESPN today, April 10th.
The Los Angeles Times has reported that THE CULT will perform at the eighth Tibetan Freedom Festival, to be held in the UK in September. Although unconfirmed, the rest of the bill will reportedly include RADIOHEAD, ROBERT PLANT and PEARL JAM's Eddie Vedder.
TOOL have added an Atlanta show to their upcoming US mini-tour. Here are the only known US dates so far:...May 15 – Atlanta, GA @ The TabernacleMay 17 – Chicago, IL @ The RivieraMay 18 – Detroit, MI @ State TheaterMay 20 – New York, NY @ Hammerstein Ballroom
According to A PERFECT CIRCLE's official web site, work has already begun on a second APC album, with guitarist Billy Howerdel having reportedly started writing music and vocalist Maynard Keenan due to provide the words in the coming weeks. Meanwhile, drummer Josh Freese will reportedly be working on several projects, including “one super exciting one that I can't disclose right now, but I can tell you they're one of the coolest 'newish' bands on the scene right now,” according to Josh. “Another one is the MARTINIS, which is Joey Santiago's (the guitarist from THE PIXIES) new band. I am also going to be going on the Warped Tour this summer with THE VANDALS.' As for bassist Paz Lenchantin, she will be going to Argentina to collaborate with friends/musicians and to finish her upcoming solo project. She will also reportedly be doing some shows with her brother's bands, BIG MILK and CAMERATA TANGO. Lastly, guitarist Troy Van Leeuwen will resume work with his brand new project ENEMY, who are said to be receiving loads of label interest at the moment.
The next installment of VH1's Rock Show, airing this Friday at midnight and hosted by ANTHRAX guitarist Scott Ian, was taped at Los Angeles' infamous Rainbow Bar & Grill and will feature special guests MOTORHEAD and POWERMAN 5000. Also look out for clips of ANTHRAX in the studio with director John Carpenter recording new music for inclusion in Carpenter's Ghosts Of Mars picture, due out August 24th.
CANNIBAL CORPSE have completed nine new songs for their forthcoming studio album, which is tentatively scheduled to be recorded during May/June.
Before heading to Europe for their previously announced tour, SLIPKNOT will play four US “warm-up” shows in early May. The dates are as follows:...May 04 – Cedar Rapids, IA @ Five Seasons CenterMay 05 - Peoria, IL @ Civic Center ArenaMay 07 - Duluth, MN @ Duluth Ent. Convention Cent. ArenaMay 08 - Fargo, ND @ Fargo Civic Auditorium....Meanwhile, producer Ross Robinson has spoken out about the musical content on the sophomore SLIPKNOT CD — which is rumored to be titled Iowa and which is currently being mixed in New York City with Andy Wallace — describing it as 'super, super, super perfect and extreme and kick-ass'. According to Ross, 'It is so full-on. [Vocalist] Corey [Taylor] sang for a month straight, every single day, and we kept the best, most destroying syllables of his singing.'...Robinson went on to say that 'I fractured my spine doing motorcross during the first couple of weeks of the record. I was producing [the SLIPKNOT record] on Vicodin and I was showing up to the studio with extreme pain and when I got to the studio, the body would fall away and I was totally up all night for those guys. It was a really, really good thing for the record. Nobody was allowed to hold back because I was in that condition.'
Bassist extraordinaire Steve DiGiorgio (i.e. TESTAMENT, SADUS, ICED EARTH, CONTROL DENIED) has posted the following update on his official web site:...“The ICED EARTH album, Horror Show is done and awaiting a mid June release on Century Media. I am no longer working on [WATCHTOWER guitarist Ron Jarzombek's] SPASTIC INK project... Don't ask. CONTROL DENIED's newest recording is still in limbo because of some weird scheduling problems. But some of it is done, and we'll be finishing it up in the coming months. We're right in the middle of the recording of DRAGONLORD [featuring TESTAMENT's Eric Peterson on guitar/vocals, plus most of the remaining TESTAMENT members, minus vocalist Chuck]. Drums and most of the guitars are done. I'll be starting bass this week sharing time with Lyle's keyboards. TESTAMENT hasn't officially pulled out of the shows coming up at the end of May/early June [in Europe]. We're waiting on Chuck [Billy]'s word and condition. For those of you who don't know about what's befallen Chuck, you can read all about it on www.testamentlegions.com. Writing is still going on between me and Darren for the new SADUS album. Slowly, but slowly.”
BIOHAZARD are still in negotiations with several US labels for the release of the group's forthcoming Uncivilization CD, which is scheduled to be issued in Europe through SPV / Steamhammer Records on June 25th. The album, which features guest appearances from PANTERA's Phil Anselmo, TYPE O NEGATIVE's Peter Steele, SEPULTURA's Igor Cavalera and Derrick Green, members of HATEBREED, NAUGHTY BY NATURE and CYPRESS HILL, is reportedly the group's most diverse effort to date, with several of the tracks marking a return to the group's hardcore roots while others are said to be unlike anything the band had ever done before....In an interview with Bravewords.com, lead singer Evan Seinfeld had this to say about the upcoming album:...'I think there are a lot of changes. Honestly, as a guy who is almost never at a loss for words, I'm almost at a loss for words. There are a lot of different tunings on this album, to really ultra ultra low tunings, and regular BIOHAZARD tunings which are different anyway. There are no normal quote unquote tunings in BIOHAZARD anyway. We have five songs mixed and I was listening to them last night full volume in my truck. I have a big fucking system in my truck, enough to curdle your milk. There is a variety of stuff. Some of it is so rock, like heavy metal, hard rock with dramatic verses and vocals. It seems like we've taken everything we've ever hinted at and fucking nailed it. There's one song that is the embodiment of BIOHAZARD, the embodiment of hardcore and metal and hip-hop. There's an element of the album you really haven't heard from BIOHAZARD in many years. We have incredible guitar solos, like guitar hero guitar solos. There are singalongs, there are anthems. There are songs to pile on and sing, you know? There are the huge machine-like grooves. There is melody but it's really hardcore. [Guitarist] Billy [Grazidei] and I are doing our trading vocals but we have the lead guitar in there now and it really sounds great. I think the best thing with the album is that we produced the whole thing ourselves, in our own studio, so it sounds very comfortable.'...BIOHAZARD is also looking to join PANTERA on tour this summer, “but we need to have our album out to have that make sense and be relevant to everybody,” according to Seinfeld. “So right now we're trying to nail the U.S. deal shut. By far this is our best body of work and we don't want it to get wasted. Not that any music gets wasted, but we had two albums that didn't get heard because of two fucked-up major labels in Universal and Warner Brothers who really didn't give us a fair shake. Just hardcore fans knew about them. They were happy but we want that army to be growing constantly. We think there are another few million BIOHAZARD fans who are BIOHAZARD fans but they just don't know it yet.'
SEVENDUST are due to enter the studio next month to begin work on their as-yet-untitled third effort with producer Ben Grosse (i.e FILTER, FUEL). All the bass and drum tracks will reportedly be laid down at OUTKAST's Stankonia Recordings in Atlanta, while the guitars, vocals and additional overdubs will be recorded at Orlando's Trans Continental Studios....SEVENDUST are said to have written more than a dozen songs for the album, which is tentatively scheduled for release in October....'A lot of it is heavy, 'let's get crazy' SEVENDUST,' vocalist Lajon Witherspoon told MTV News. 'But then there is a mature level of music coming from us as a group of guys that has been together for seven years. This album is going to have a lot of honest emotions.'...Working song titles include 'Deadset', 'Useless as Tits on a Boar” and 'Crucified', with the latter apparently having been penned about the ugly fallout the band had with former manager Jay Jay French (ex-TWISTED SISTER guitarist)....'The situation he put us in was very bad,' Witherspoon said. 'Jay Jay opened our eyes to a music industry where you can work so f.cking hard to make this dream you've always had real, and when you finally have time to relax and see what you have, you realize that this cat who has been sitting in a New York office has all the money.'...SEVENDUST eventually settled out of court with French and are now handled by Jeff Hanson Management & Promotions, who also represent CREED, FULL DEVIL JACKET and VIRGOS (formerly VIRGOS MERLOT).
MEGADETH mainman Dave Mustaine has reacted angrily to postings on the group's official web site from apparently irate Portuguese MEGADETH fans, who have verbally lashed out at the band for having omitted Portugal from the group's upcoming European itinerary. In one of his more emotionally charged postings, Mustaine offers the following explanation for the exclusion of certain countries from MEGADETH's upcoming touring schedule:...“I have noticed some post lately by various fans asking why we were not playing in certain areas, and why we were playing so much in neighboring countries....“First, let me explain that before the last tour we were experiencing a lack of interest from promoters around the entire world....“Now, with the pending release of a strong record and having signed to a 'better fitting' label for us, the demand is back and increasing....“Sadly, we can't play all places at the same time. Even the sun can only be on one side of the planet at a time. However, there are little flecks of dung here that are saying I have turned my back on their country, and that I have just lost a fan, etc. I have a question for you....“When is the last time you came to Arizona? Well, Punk?...“Why is it that the Australians have had absolute decency while waiting ten years and the Southern French and Finnish are equally as understanding? Yet two or three morons from Portugal are speaking for the entire country saying we turned out backs on our Portuguese fans?...“I can tell you this. I will turn my back to you now....“To all of our Portuguese fans that deserve an update, (this would not include dip-shits like '______' or 'mustaine-portugal') you know that Portugal is important to us. That is why we came there to do promotion. ...“It was a matter of choice by the promoter, NOT US and the only date left possible would have fallen in-between a show in Holland and a show in England. This is impossible for us to do. We would never forget our fans, regardless of where they are, unless they were complete babbling idiots like the previously mentioned retards....“So, without further adieu, we will 99% be coming to Australia and New Zealand in August, and we will play Finland once already this tour and hopefully more later this year or early next year. The same goes with the rest of France and our beloved Portugal.
“Lastly, to the many Portuguese fans here. I know that these turds do not speak for the rest of you. I will never forget you and I still think that Cascais is one of the most beautiful places in the world. I love you all (except, you know who)....Mustaine”
CLUTCH will be performing at the KBPI Radio Show at Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Denver, CO on May 11th on a bill that will also feature THE OFFSPRING.
The annual Dutch Waldrock Festival, taking place on June 30th near the town of Bergum-Friesland, has added a few more acts to its line-up of scheduled performers. Here is how the bill is shaping up right now:...DEFTONES