jonathan-davis in - CD Reviews, DVD Reviews, News

FU MANCHU To Record New Material For Possible EP

FU MANCHU will enter the studio shortly to record "5 or 6 new songs," according to the latest online post by singer/guitarist Scott Hill. "3 or 4 [of the tracks] and maybe a cover song will be released soon. We want to release a few new songs before we sign to a new record label. ...

Read more

Posted in: News

DEF LEPPARD Percussionist Leads Drum Circle In Thousand Oaks

Sue Davis of InsideVC.com reports that DEF LEPPARD drummer "Rick Allen knows the healing power of drums and came to share it in Conejo Valley on Sunday afternoon [September 7]. "Allen's nonprofit organization, Raven Drum Foundation, sponsored a drum circle at Chumash Interpretive Center in Thousand Oaks that was attended by about 70 people. "The ...

Read more

Posted in: News

WEILAND, Ex-GNR Members Were Free Agents Prior To Signing With RCA

Hits Daily Double reports that last week's announcement that the Immortal-managed VELVET REVOLVER were inking with RCA/J Records Group ruler Clive Davis and RCA A&R kingpin Ashley Newton sparked some questions as to the bandmembers' past label obligations. According to inside sources, STONE TEMPLE PILOTS owe Atlantic one record — but the band will be ...

Read more

Posted in: News

Former TESTAMENT Axeman To Teach At AMERICAN INSTITUTE OF GUITAR

Former TESTAMENT/SAVATAGE guitarist Alex Skolnick has joined the distinguished faculty of New York's premier guitar school, American Institute Of Guitar (AIG). Alex will be teaching the Jazz Soloing Workshop this fall. "Learn the essential scales, arpeggios and techniques of jazz soloing," reads a post on Skolnick's web site. "Hands-on with lots of playing. In addition, ...

Read more

Posted in: News

VILE Split With Longtime Guitarist, Seek Replacement

Californian brutal death metallers VILE have announced the departure of longtime guitarist Aaron Strong. "Our last tour was quite successful and hinted at what the future holds for VILE," reads a post on the band's web site. "It was this realization that caused vocalist Juan Urteaga and now Aaron Strong to leave their positions in ...

Read more

Posted in: News

TED NUGENT Comments On California Recall Election

Ted Nugent was a guest on MSNBC's "Scarborough Country" on Tuesday (August 12). Asked by guest host Steve Malzberg about the upcoming California recall election of Governor Gray Davis, and his thoughts on Arnold Schwarzenegger's liberal beliefs, which include gun control and pro choice regarding abortion, Nugent said, "That doesn't disturb me, because it's early ...

Read more

Posted in: News

DAVE GROHL Ties The Knot

People magazine reports that FOO FIGHTERS frontman Dave Grohl, 34, and former MTV producer Jordyn Blum (photo), 27, wed at their Los Angeles home Aug. 2. Hundreds of guests, including label honcho Clive Davis and Grohl's former NIRVANA bandmate Krist Novoselic attended the nuptials. It is the first marriage for Blum, the second ...

Read more

Posted in: News

OIL Announce New Bassist

Long Beach, California-based Christian metallers OIL, featuring DARK ANGEL frontman Ron Rinehart, have announced the addition of bassist Jonathan Thiemens to the group's ranks. "Jonathan has made a huge difference in our sound and [the fans] won't be disappointed," the band write on their official web site. OIL recently issued their first-ever live album, "Choice ...

Read more

Posted in: News

DEADSY: New Song Posted Online

DEADSY, the Los Angeles-based band featuring frontman P. Exeter Blue I (a.k.a. Elijah Blue, son of actress/singer Cher and Gregg Allman), have posted a demo snippet of the new track "Better Than You Know" in streaming audio format at their official web site. Check it out: Windows Media (56K, DSL/Cable),

Read more

Posted in: News

MORBID ANGEL/NOCTURNUS Guitar To Be Auctioned Off

Former NOCTURNUS bassist Emo Mowery is currently auctioning off via eBay a guitar owned and used by both Mike Davis of NOCTURNUS and Trey Azagthoth of MORBID ANGEL. Says Emo: "[The guitar] was used by Mike on the first two NOCTURNUS albums ('The Key' and 'Thresholds') and all three NOCTURNUS tours. After the first demise ...

Read more

Posted in: News

COURTNEY LOVE Sets Release Date For Solo Debut

Former HOLE frontwoman Courtney Love has reportedly set an October 28 release date through Virgin Records for her solo debut, "America's Sweetheart". A U.S. tour is scheduled to begin on November 10, with a European trek to follow in January. The singer is expected to tour Japan and Australia beginning in March. As previously reported, ...

Read more

Posted in: News

The Press-Enterprise: Metal Fans' Journey Leads To OZZFEST

Matt Surman of The Press-Enterprise reports in the paper's Sunday edition that the Ozzfest concert Saturday (July 5) at the Hyundai Pavilion at Glen Helen in Devore, California was attended by thousands of people representing various classifications of metal fans: the black-wearers, the muscled and tattooed, the shockers with dyed hair and piercings, the women ...

Read more

Posted in: News

NEPENTHEAN: Undulating Doom

NEPENTHEAN, the new doom metal project featuring MORGION's Rhett Davis (drums) and Justin Christian (bass), ex-TRENCH guitarist Ron Slater, and TORTURE WHEEL vocalist E.M. Hearst, are due to record their debut demo, "The Suffering", in September. The demo will feature appearances by "special guest musicians and will contain three tracks of undulating doom," according to ...

Read more

Posted in: News

Ex-TESTAMENT Guitarist: New METALLICA 'Represents Everything Wrong With The Music Business'

Former TESTAMENT guitarist Alex Skolnick, whose previous group was once considered to be among the natural successors to the San Francisco Bay Area metal throne held by METALLICA, has slammed his one-time heroes, calling their latest opus, "St. Anger" a "sloppy mess" and insisting that Hetfield and Co. "represent everything wrong with the music business." ...

Read more

Posted in: News

OZZFEST 2003 Kick-Off: The First Report

Hector Saldana of San Antonio Express-News has filed an early-afternoon report from the inaugural date of Ozzfest 2003, which kicked off this morning at Verizon Wireless Amphitheater in Selma, Texas. "By noon, nearly 7,000 fans had arrived, said a Verizon spokesperson," he writes. "But thousands had been there since the gates opened at 9 a.m. ...

Read more

Posted in: News

KORN Singer Gives 'Thumbs-Up' To ADEMA's New Album

KORN singer Jonathan Davis has reportedly given the "thumbs-up" to "Unstable", the forthcoming album by ADEMA, whose vocalist is his half-brother Marky Chavez. "Yeah, he likes it," Chavez said. "He really... My brother has been the type not to really comment on any work that we've done, and he really thought this record was a ...

Read more

Posted in: News

DAYS OF THE NEW Singer Enters Rehab

DAYS OF THE NEW frontman Travis Meeks is in the process of completing a month-long stint in a California rehabilitation center for treatment of a crystal methamphetamine addiction. Immediately following his July 1 release, he will return to his hometown of Louisville, Kentucky, where he is scheduled to play his first concert of the year ...

Read more

Posted in: News

DEADSY Name New Album

DEADSY, the Los Angeles-based band featuring frontman P. Exeter Blue I (a.k.a. Elijah Blue, son of actress/singer Cher and Gregg Allman), have reportedly set "Phantasmagore" as the title for their sophomore album, tentatively due in late 2003/early 2004 through Dreamworks Records. Among the tracks set to appear on the CD are the following: 01. Comforter ...

Read more

Posted in: News

No LOVE For POPTONES

Despite previous reports to the contrary, former HOLE frontwoman Courtney Love has not signed a U.K. record deal with Poptones/Telstar. According to an article published in Saturday's (June 14) The Times, the label's plans to ink a deal with Love were abandoned for undisclosed reasons. As previously reported, Love is believed to be in advanced ...

Read more

Posted in: News

Former DREAM THEATER Keyboardist Announces Solo Dates

Former DREAM THEATER and current YNGWIE MALMSTEEN keyboardist Derek Sherinian has announced the following tour dates during June: Jun. 09 - Montreal, QC @ Cafe Campus Jun. 11 - Clifton, NJ @ Connections Jun. 12 - Somerville, MA @ Johnny D's Jun. 14 - Clifton Park, NY @ Northern Lights Jun. 16 - New York, ...

Read more

Posted in: News

COURTNEY LOVE Pulls Out Of U.K.'s CARLING WEEKEND

Former HOLE frontwoman Courtney Love has pulled her appearances at Britain's Carling Weekend in August. Love blamed "recording commitments" for her decision to scrap her sets at Leeds on August 22 and Reading on 24. She is currently putting the finishing touches to her forthcoming debut solo album, "America's Sweetheart". A spokesperson for Love said: ...

Read more

Posted in: News

Former HOLE Frontwoman Lands 'Fantasy Violinist'

Former HOLE frontwoman Courtney Love has recruited "fantasy violinist" Emilie Autumn, a ravishing, classically trained musician, for her new solo band, which is scheduled to make its live debut this summer. Last month, Love placed a classified ad in the Village Voice, seeking a guitarist and drummer for a new project, with the requirement that ...

Read more

Posted in: News