Archive News May 11, 2001

Thrash Of The Titans publicist Jerry Allen has contacted BLABBERMOUTH.NET to clarify that, despite our postings to the contrary, no official date, venue or line-up has yet been set for the planned benefit concert for TESTAMENT vocalist Chuck Billy, who was recently diagnosed with cancer. More information as we receive it.


MARILYN MANSON has issued the following response to the religious protesters in Denver who are demanding the cancellation of the group's Ozzfest performance at Denver's Mile High Stadium on June 21st:

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'I am truly amazed that after all this time, religious groups still need to attack entertainment and use these tragedies as a pitiful excuse for their own self-serving publicity. In response to their protests, I will provide a show where I balance my songs with a wholesome Bible reading. This way, fans will not only hear my so-called 'violent' point of view, but we can also examine the virtues of wonderful 'Christian' stories of disease, murder, adultery, suicide and child sacrifice. Now that seems like 'entertainment' to me.'


GUNS N' ROSES' planned 15-date European tour is in limbo due to health concerns relating to guitarist Buckethead. Conflicting statements have reportedly been issued by the group's management, with one spokesperson having stated that the band is waiting to receive results of Buckethead's medical tests before making a decision about the tour — which is set to begin June 1 at the Rock Im Park festival in Nuremberg, Germany — while a European management representative has stated that the entire tour has been cancelled and no decision has been made as to whether the dates will be rescheduled.

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Guitarist Buckethead has suffered hemorrhaging and has missed rehearsals, and doctors have thus far been unable to determine the hemorrhaging's cause, though the guitarist is said to be going through extensive testing in California.

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According to reports, Buckethead was healthy enough to play a solo show late last month in San Francisco, and is due to release a solo album, Somewhere Over the Slaughterhouse, next month on Stray Records.

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The following two GUNS N' ROSES-related items were originally published in the New York Post and are reprinted here for comedic reasons:

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Item #1 (originally published a couple of weeks ago):

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'Axl Rose may not want to take off his trademark bandana anytime soon. The mercurial GUNS N' ROSES frontman has secretly undergone a series of hair transplants that left him with 'big, scarred patches on the back of his head,' a source tells us. Rose has consulted a doctor, and enlisted a hair restoration specialist to thicken his thinning locks with extensions before the band tours Europe. Besides injuring the swaggering rocker's fragile ego, his botched transplants have been 'incredibly painful' and 'highly damaging to his scalp,' says our source.'

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Item #2 (posted today, May 11th):

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'Hard-rocking GUNS N' ROSES drummer Steven Adler hasn't been to town in three years — so he was surprised to learn he'd spent an expensive week at a midtown hotel last month and been seen at various nightspots. Alleged con man John Harlin did such a good job impersonating Adler, he even fooled the staff at hip Morgans hotel, where Harlin is charged with racking up thousands of dollars in expenses using a stolen credit card. Morgans general manager Debbie Riga would say only that no one had checked in under Harlin's name. But on April 30, he was arrested in midtown and charged with stealing an estimated $14,000. Harlin, who hasn't entered a plea yet, was indicted for grand larceny, and faces up to seven years. His lawyer, Carol Abromowitz, could not be reached. Adler's manager, Greg Ehrlich, says he won't pursue impersonation charges. 'Years ago, everyone wanted to be Steven Adler. Now someone finally got to be him, for a few weeks anyway,' quipped Ehrlich.'


Former SKID ROW frontman Sebastian Bach has posted the following response to an article published in the current issue of Metal Edge magazine, in which the singer's commercial accomplishments as a solo act were questioned:

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'Something in Paul Gargano's new Metal Edge column kinda pisses me off. In it, he uses me as an example of how he needs to put EVERCLEAR in his magazine for some reason known only to himself, &amp I must clarify the unfair statement in his editorial. Paul is a good friend of mine, but when someone is off base I am only too happy to rectify the situation.

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'Paul says, 'In 1991 , SKID ROW's Slave To The Grind debuted at #1 on the Billboard Chart. Sebastian Bach's latest solo album, released two years ago, didn't even crack the top 200.' TRUE. But nowhere does Mr. Gargano point out the fact to you, the reader, that Slave To The Grind was released by ATLANTIC RECORDS. My latest solo album was released by SPITFIRE RECORDS.

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'To compare Atlantic Records to Spitfire Records is unfair &amp ridiculous in terms of record distribution. You can go to the record store yourself &amp see how hard it is to find Bring 'Em Bach Alive! Yes, it is in some record stores , but for every copy of Bring 'Em Bach Alive! that I have personally seen in a store, there are 10 or 20 copies of every SKID ROW Atlantic Records release . There is no way you can get on a record chart if your album is not in the store in the first place.

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'Now I like being with Spitfire, they are a great company that is getting bigger every day, but as far as I know, Spitfire Records has yet to put ANY ALBUM AT ALL on the Billboard chart, Paul Gargano. Not to mention the fact that I was BOOTED OUT of SKID ROW, dropped from McGhee Entertainment, dropped by Atlantic in the USA (although this situation is being debated all the time by Atlantic), had the #1 video on MTV for the 3 weeks prior to the release of Slave To The Grind ('Monkey Business'), &amp was on tour with GUNS N' ROSES in STADIUMS for the month preceeding the release of Slave To The Grind!

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'Did I have any video at all for Bring 'Em Bach Alive!? No. Was I playing stadiums with GUNS N' ROSES for the month preceeding the release of Bring 'Em Bach Alive!? Um, no. Did anyone like Doc McGhee help me out with the solo CD? No. It's just me, my fans , &amp my band — I'm a man of simple pleasures , always have been.

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'Did Paul mention that the CD was released a year earlier around the world (except for the USA) by Atlantic &amp bought by my fans through Amazon.com before it was ever even released in America? Oops! Forgot that, too.

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'As far as 'waning interest' goes, the fact is that I headline the EXACT same places with my solo band that I did with SKID ROW, &amp in some cities , BIGGER places than I played with SKID ROW on the Subhuman Race tour. Not to mention being the first heavy rock singer to ever be on Broadway, &amp selling tickets for $85 a pop, 6 nights a week, for 4 months, &amp getting my Broadway contract EXTENDED, is not exactly a sign of 'waning interest', brutha!

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'By the way, sales of Bring'em Bach Alive! at this point are around 20,000 in the USA &amp 70,000 around the world. 90,000 records sold, for Atlantic Records, sucks . For Spitfire Records, it is par for the course &amp to be expected.&nbsp

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'Things are growing every day at Spitfire, but to assume that somehow I should be the first artist they EVER have to get on the Billboard chart is a compliment in some weird way, but not realistic in lieu of the fantastic artists they have on their roster, some of whom have been around decades longer than myself as solo artists already.

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'I was FORCED to be a solo artist by circumstance &amp instead of sitting around trying to turn into EVERCLEAR , I honored the bond I forged with my fans over the years &amp hit the road &amp made a solo CD. If the CD didn't hit #1 on the chart, do I consider it a failure? F.CK NO ! (Like hitting #1 ONCE in your life isn't ENOUGH fer chrissakes!!!) I am happy as hell with the CD &amp so are my fans &amp that is good enough for me! Like the song says , 'I'll NEVER Turn My Back On Rock'N'Roll'! What part of NEVER don't you understand?'


We have received the following update from EXHORDER/FLOODGATE vocalist Kyle Thomas about the status of the reformed EXHORDER, the 'on-hiatus' FLOODGATE, and Thomas' rumored studio collaboration with Chicago's TROUBLE, with whom the singer performed a couple of live shows a few years back:

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'Hey there! EXHORDER is back together, although not in touring mode. We've done some reunion shows here not just for performance's sake, but to fund new recordings. More than likely, we will release this album on our own via exhorder.com, which is under construction, with maybe a distribution deal somewhere as well. This is the 'f.ck labels' approach. They probably wouldn't be interested, anyway, unless they wanted to do a one-off since we're not touring (we're not touring due to complications it would cause in our real lives). Look for new EXHORDER to pick up where The Law [the band's classic second effort] left off, minus the frenetic arrangements. A little old school, but overall less thrashy.

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'FLOODGATE is not dead only sleeping...

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'I have not spoken business with TROUBLE in well over a year, so I cannot give any real viable info there.'

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In related news, rumors abound that various members of TROUBLE are working on the material for another studio album, but that singer Eric Wagner continues to be disinterested in taking part in the project, thus making it unlikely that a new album will emerge anytime in the near future.


Sweden's IN FLAMES have cancelled their show in Umeå, Sweden 'due to mistakes being made by the promoters, which made it impossible for us to perform'. The band's upcoming live album, The Tokyo Showdown, has been mixed and is scheduled for release 'sometime during this summer'.


QUEENSRYCHE will be taking part in a live audio/video interactive chat, hosted by KNAC.COM's Long Paul, on Thursday, May 31st.


Sweden's SOILWORK have lined up a few Japanese and Swedish shows during the month of June. The dates are as follows:

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June 01 - Helsingborg, SWE @ The Tivoli

June 09 - SWE @ Parkrocken

June 21 - Osaka, JAP @ Banana Club

June 23 - Tokyo, JAP @ On Air East


Former RAINBOW/YNGWIE frontman Joe Lynn Turner will be starting pre-production on a new solo project, featuring Japanese guitarist Akira Kajiyama, on June 5th. Due to be finished by the middle of July, the upcoming album will reportedly be musically similar to the singer's last solo effort, Holy Man. After the completion of said effort, Joe will go off to LA to begin recording the long-awaited 'duet' album with Glenn Hughes, which should be completed by September.


Florida's NEUROTICA, featuring former ATHEIST frontman Kelly Shaefer, will be opening for JACKYL on Thursday May 17th at Frankies Patio in Ybor City.


SAVATAGE mastermind Jon Oliva will be participating in a chat on May 15th via rockonline.com. The chat will be taking place at 8 PM EDT/ 5 PM PDT.

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SAVATAGE will be making the following 'in-store' appearances this weekend:

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May 12 (6-8 PM) @ Diamondhead Records, Spring, TX

May 13 (2-4 PM) @ CD Trader, San Antonio TX


Guitar-shredder TONY MACALPINE will be issuing his latest all-instrumental CD,&nbsp Chromaticity, on August 7th. The album features guest appearances by drummer Steve Smith (VITAL INFORMATION, JOURNEY) and bassist Barry Sparks (ULI ROTH).


France's AD INFERNA have been joined by vocalist Vicomte Vampyr Arkames from the band SETH. The group will be entering Holland's Excess Studio on July 13th to record a brand new album, due out at the end of the year.


STONE TEMPLE PILOTS have revealed the track listing to their much-anticipated fifth album, Shangri-La Dee Da, which is now scheduled for a June 19th release through Atlantic Records.

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The full track listing is as follows:

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01. Dumb Love

02. Days of the Week

03. Coma

04. Hollywood Bitch

05. Wonderful

06. Black Again

07. Hello, It's Late

08. Too Cool Queenie

09. Regeneration

10. Bi-Polar Bear

11. Transmissions From A Lonely Room

12. A Song For Sleeping

13. Long Way Home

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The first single from the Brendan O'Brien-produced album, 'Days of the Week', will hit rock and alternative radio in early June.

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