For reasons that are not entirely clear right now, SLIPKNOT cancelled at the last minute their scheduled appearance as the headliner on the 'alternative' stage at the Rock Im Park in festival in Nurnberg, Germany on Friday, June 1st. More info on this as it becomes available.
In an online chat conducted just a couple of days ago, QUEENSRYCHE revealed that they have parted ways with Atlantic Records and have signed a new record deal with an as-yet-unspecified label. The band have also acquired a new manager by the name of Lars Sorenson, and plan on commencing work on new material later this summer.
In related news, more information has surfaced regarding the debut live performance of QUEENSRYCHE vocalist Geoff Tate's solo project, which took place this past Friday, June 1st, at The Catwalk in Seattle. According to various eyewitnesses, the group's musical direction is positively more commercial than that of QUEENSRYCHE, with some of the material taking on a 'Top 40-ish' feel. However, similarities to Tate's main project appear to be quite strong as well, a fact that was emphasized by the presence of several QUEENSRYCHE cuts in the band's set list.
Here is Geoff Tate's full set list for the June 1st show at The Catwalk in Seattle:
01. Gonna Get Close To You
04. Till There Was You
05. Pieces of Everything
06. Every Move You Make
08. Wish (PETER MURPHY cover)
09. Someone Else?
11. The Thin Line
12. Over Me
13. Grain of Faith
14. Della Brown
In the 'Summer Tour' special edition of Rolling Stone magazine, which just hit the stands, MARILYN MANSON addresses his reasons for wanting to play in Denver in the wake of the Columbine shootings and subsequent protests that have caused MANSON's participation at the Denver stop on the Ozzfest tour to be less than 100% certain. According to MANSON, 'I just want to play a show in Denver and put the past in the past. I'm trying to be very respectful to the people of that city because of what happened at Columbine. But I think the church's protest makes this into a media event, which is disrespectful.' MANSON is also quoted as saying that the set list for the band's appearance at the Ozzfest will consist of the group's 'most aggressive and violent' songs. 'The best we have to offer is the ass-kicking, no-holds barred MARILYN MANSON,' he said.
In other MANSON news, it has been officially reported via the Ozzfest street team, that, in hope of promoting GODHEAD's presence on the second stage of the festival (since GODHEAD is signed to MANSON's Posthuman record label), MARILYN MANSON will be making guest appearances during GODHEAD's performance of 'Break You Down'.
Finally, MARILYN MANSON is confirmed to headline this year's Rock am See Open Air Festival, which will take place on September 1st in Constance, in the south of Germany. MARILYN MANSON is listed as the headling act on all promotional flyers, which was announced recently in local German newspapers and on the official concert website. Other acts confirmed for the festival include THE CULT, LAGWAGON, DIE AERZTE, GODHEAD and BACKYARD BABIES.
QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE are preparing to enter the studio in July to begin recording their new album, tentatively entitled Songs For The Deaf, with producer Eric Valentine (SNAKE RIVER CONSPIRACY, SMASH MOUTH). The album, which is scheduled for a late 2001 / early 2002 release through Interscope Records, will be the group's first with longtime band collaborator and former SCREMING TREES frontman Mark Lanegan in the role of the group's official vocalist. Several guest musicians are tentatively scheduled to appear on the album, including FOO FIGHTERS mainman Dave Grohl, who will reportedly play drums on an unspecified track.
Speaking of the FOO FIGHTERS, the band is still demoing new material for the group's fourth full-length album, which they hope to begin recording 'properly' in the near future. According to Grohl, there are 'not many sleepy ballads on this one,' and the frontman claims that they've never been as excited about an album as they are about this one. Grohl is also expected to begin mixing shortly the material for his much-anticipated PROBOT project, which will include appearances from a host of metal's most revered frontmen, including Max Cavalera (SOULFLY/ex-SEPULTURA), Lemmy (MOTORHEAD), Tom Araya (SLAYER), Phil Anselmo (PANTERA), King Diamond (MERCYFUL FATE), Wino (SPIRIT CARAVAN/ex-THE OBSESSED), Snake (ex-VOIVOD), Lee Dorrian (CATHEDRAL), Cronos (VENOM), Eric Wagner (TROUBLE), and Mike Dean (C.O.C.). In a recent interview with Kerrang! magazine, Dave discussed some of the individual tracks that will appear on the PROBOT CD and the meaning behind their lyrical content. Here are a few select quotes from that interview:
Guest vocalist: Snake (ex-VOIVOD)
Grohl says: 'It sounds like something off VOIVOD's Killing Technology. It was the first track that we got back, and it blew us away. The drummer from VOIVOD, Away, is going to do the artwork for the album.'
Guest vocalist: Cronos (VENOM)
Grohl says: 'He had three different ideas for the lyrics to the song, and we're not sure which one he's going to go with. One of them was about sex, the other was about Satan, and one was about war. I was like, 'Just mix them all together.'
Track: 'Access Babylon'
Guest vocalist: Mike Dean (C.O.C.)
Grohl says: 'I chose him because the music for this song was one of the fastest on the album. In 1985 and '86, C.O.C. were one of the best bands in the world. They were among the first to go from being a hardcore band to incorporating metal in their sound.'
Guest vocalist: Wino (SPIRIT CARAVAN/ex-THE OBSESSED)
Grohl says: 'Wino was the only singer that I got to watch record his track. He also put on some lead guitar for the track, which are insane. He's an amazing guitar player, and when he sings, he leans back and grabs his belt-buckle, and looks like such a bad-ass.'
Track: 'Sweet Dreams'
Guest vocalist: King Diamond (MERCYFUL FATE/KING DIAMOND)
Grohl says: 'We knew right from the start that he was going to fill the track with whispering and screams and laughter, and would make it as grotesque as possible. And he did! He told me he's singing about creeping into your dreams at night to steal your soul, so that he can pay his way out of hell. It's f.ckin' awesome! We might have Kim Thayil from SOUNDGARDEN do some leads on it too.'
Track: 'Ice Cold Man'
Guest vocalist: Lee Dorrian (CATHEDRAL/ex-NAPALM DEATH)
Grohl says: 'I think Lee told me that he was singing about prehistoric man watching the world die. Cool.'
BIOHAZARD are rumored to have rejoined forces with guitarist Leo Curley (who replaced Rob Echeverria last year), and are presently awaiting the release of their Uncivilization opus, which is scheduled to be issued in Europe through SPV/Steamhammer Records on September 10th. A US release through Sanctuary Records is expected around the same time.
BROKEN HOPE are in the process of rescheduling their postponed Colombian live date, and are planning on hitting the road in the southeast US before returning to the studio to begin work on a new studio album.
Cleveland's CHIMAIRA are now involved in an important auction to save the life of Chuck Schuldiner of DEATH, who is cited by the group as one of their biggest influences. Interested parties can bid on a package containing an unreleased demo CD of band rehearsals and CHIMAIRA 'f.cking around in the rehearsal room', an unreleased five-minute promotional video for 'Dead Inside', featuring never-before-seen behind-the-scenes and live footage, a signed long-sleeve CHIMAIRA T-shirt and windbreaker, signed Andols Herrick drumsticks, a signed drum head, custom CHIMAIRA guitar picks, a signed This Present Darkness CD and an actual CHIMAIRA laminate pass that will work any time to get into a CHIMAIRA concert and walk around backstage with the band. More information is available via the band's web site: www.chimaira.com
The much-hyped UK act DEFENESTRATION will support MEGADETH on their upcoming UK tour. The dates are as follows:
July 08 - Wolverhampton, UK @ Wulfrun Hall
July 09 - Glasgow, UK @ Barrowlands
July 11 - Nottingham, UK @ Rock City
July 16 - London, UK @ Astoria
BAD RELIGION have begun work on their first studio album since re-signing with Epitaph Records and re-joining forces with guitarist Brett Gurewitz. Among the tracks that are set to appear on the upcoming CD are:
02. Kyoto Now!
03. Bored And Extremely Dangerous
04. The Defense
05. Destined For Nothing
The as-yet-untitled album is scheduled to emerge through Epitaph Records in October.
German progresive metallers VANDEN PLAS will hit the studio in July to begin recording a new album, which is tentatively scheduled for release in February 2002. The band will also play at the Bottom Row Festival during the PopKomm music conference in Cologne, Germany on August 16th on a bill that will also AXXIS, SILENT FORCE and GOTTHARD. Ironically, PINK CREAM 69 have had to cancel their appearance the gig, because their guitarist suffers, Alfred Koffler, is suffering from the Carpal Tunnel syndrome, which is the same condition that the VANDEN PLAS axeman Stephan Lill had been diagnosed with earlier in the year.
Finnish death metallers DEEPRED have announced more confirmed shows for their upcoming September European jaunt with Finland's gore fiends TORSOF.CK. The dates are as follows:
Sept. 05 - Bratislava, SK @ Hellraiser
Sept. 06 - Vienna, AUS @ TBA
Sept. 07 - CZ @ TBA
Sept. 08 - Ludwigshafen, GER @ Deathfest
Italy's RHAPSODY are tentatively scheduled to enter the studio in the coming weeks to begin recording their next studio opus, which is provisionally due to emerge in January/February 2002. Among the working titles that are set to appear on the CD are: 'Aresius', 'Creatures of Frozen Landscapes', 'Power In Our Hands' and 'Braves In The Battlefiels'. A single release is expected to come out a couple of months earlier, featuring cover versions of a classical music number and a movie soundtrack song.