The winning eBay bid of $4,050 on the contract Peter Criss signed for the 1996 KISS Reunion Tour and beyond belonged to that of Stan Penridge, former band mate of Peter Criss and co-writer of one of the KISS' most popular songs, 'Beth'. Penridge was the winner of a 10-day auction that saw autograph-resellers, KISS fans and even two members of the band itself bidding on the 46-page document. When asked what he plans to do with the contract, Mr. Penridge stated that he is unsure of where the document will end up ultimately, but he does plan to have use of it in his upcoming trial lawsuit case against the band and their label, feeling that elements in the contract conflict with information already given to the courts by the defense. The lawsuit, dealing with unpaid royalties on a wide number of songs and submitted to the courts originally on February 28, 2000, has been delayed for over a year due to numerous dismissal attempts and court schedule conflicts. Official meetings to discuss a trial date are to occur between both sides and the judge this next Tuesday, March 19, 2001, in the Superior Court of the State of California and the County of Los Angeles.
Meanwhile, the original Ace Frehley contract signed for the 1996 KISS Reunion Tour is also being offered for auction on eBay. The auction begins today, Friday, March 16th, and ends on Monday, March 26th.
LIMP BIZKIT has confirmed its biggest UK show to date. On June 24th, the band will perform at the 60,000-capacity National Bowl in Milton Keynes, north of London, with support from OUTKAST, DEFTONES, and other guests to be confirmed. LIMP BIZKIT's current album, Chocolate Starfish And The Hot Dog Flavored Water, reached No. 1 in January in the UK, and has reportedly sold over one million units across Europe.
San Francisco's M.I.R.V. are at the halfway point of writing the new record, which they're hoping to release during the summer. M.I.R.V. feature in their ranks guitarist Brian Kehoe, who is one of the back-up musicians in ALICE IN CHAINS' guitarist Jerry Cantrell's current touring band.
Chicago's SOIL, featuring former BROKEN HOPE bassist Shaun Glass (who is playing guitar in the new band), have officially signed with Clive Davis' J Records, via distribution through BMG. SOIL's deal with J Records comes on the back of an intensive bidding war over the group, with Elektra Records CEO Sylvia Rhone reportedly also having taken a strong interest in the band. SOIL are: Ryan McCombs (vocals), Adam Zadel (guitar/vocals), Shaun Glass (guitar), Tim King (bass), and Tom Schofield (drums).
SKID ROW have confirmed their second show of 2001. The band will now be playing Midwest Fireworks in Deerfield, Ohio on June 30th.
THE CULT's upcoming touring schedule is shaping up like this:
March 18 - Austin, TX @ Stubb's BBQ
May 04 - Memphis, TN @ Beale Street Music Festival
May 05 - Atlanta, GA @ Music Midtown Festival
May 06 - Nashville, TN @ Downtown Riverfront Park
May 12 - Dallas, TX @ Smirnoff Music Centre (Edge Fest)
Aug. 02 - Los Angeles, CA @ Universal Amphitheatre
Unconfirmed reports indicate that MONSTER MAGNET may also appear on the bill at the Los Angeles show.
THE HAUNTED's gig at New York City's CBGBs has been canceled by the venue for reasons not known to the booking agency. A new NYC gig is apparently being booked right now. In other THE HAUNTED news, the band has apparently been confirmed for the Hultsfred and Arvika festivals, taking place in June and July, respectively.
THE GATHERING's Downfall—The Early Years CD, featuring an unreleased 7' and the group's two early demos (An Imaginary Symphony and Moonlight Archer), will be released on April 9th. The first 10,000 copies of the CD will be shipped as a double-CD, accompanied by a complete live show from 1991 on CD-ROM. THE GATHERING have just returned home from their European tour and will spend most of the rest of the year writing and recording songs for a new studio album. A short Dutch tour and a few festival appearances during the summer may also take place.
On April 30, 2001, Metal Blade Records will be issuing EIDOLON's Hallowed Apparition CD, the follow-up to the group's 2000 Nightmare World release. As before, EIDOLON's newest effort offers few surprises, containing nothing but '100% total heavy metal,' according to drummer Shawn Drover. 'This is the music we have played since EIDOLON started, I really don't care what is popular on MTV or on radio—it means nothing to us. We play heavy metal, because we love this music. We know the metal fans who like EIDOLON are real fans, and that is all that matters!!!! Musically, this record is a good progression from Nightmare World. It's very heavy, but still has lots of melody as well. This time, we used no keyboards at all, and very little acoustic guitar, for that matter. We really try not to repeat what we have already done on previous records. This time we just wanted to make a total metal record from beginning to the end, and we are very pleased with the result of it. In terms of lyrics, this is again NOT a concept record, but if you read all of the lyrics, you may think it is. Some songs seem to have a connection to them, but this was not something that I tried to do—it just worked out that way. Certain songs are quite sick, lyrically, but again, it's all fictional—not much of it is based on reality at all. Again, we recorded the new record at Eclipse Recording (guitarist Glen Drover's studio). As we have recorded all of our records there, we have added a lot of studio upgrades in the last year, so this time it made for a much easier time recording the new record. This is our best-sounding record yet—Glen did a great job. We are very happy with Hallowed Appariton. We hope the fans of heavy metal will like it as well!!!!!'
SAVATAGE's upcoming touring schedule is shaping up as follows:
US (with Special Guests FATES WARNING):
April 19 - Springfield, VA - Jaxx
April 20 - Old Bridge, NJ - Birch Hill (with EXHIBITION)
April 21 - Poughkeepsie, NY - Chance Theatre
April 22 - Brooklyn, NY - L'Amour
April 26 - Hartford, CT - Webster Theatre
April 27 - Niagra Falls, NY - Evening Star
April 28 - Cleveland, OH - Odeon Theatre
May 03 - Detroit, MI - Emerald Theatre
May 05 - Madison, WI - Kitts
May 06 - 3 Chicago, IL - House Of Blues
May 11 - Dallas, TX - Canyon Club
May 12 - Houston, TX - 19th Hole
May 26 - Dynamo Festival - Holland
June 08 - Austria - Mind Over Matter Festival
June 09 - Italy - Gods Of Metal Festival
June 13 - Glasgow, Scotland - Barrlowlands (w/ J. PRIEST)
June 14 - Manchester, England - Apollo (w/ J. PRIEST)
June 15 - London, England - Astoria (w/ J. PRIEST)
June 17 - Birmingham, England - Academy (w/ J. PRIEST)
June 20 - Pratteln, Switzerland - Z7
June 21 - Munich, Germany - Colosseum (w/ J. PRIEST)
June 22 - Germany - Full Force Festival
June 23 - Belgium - Graspop Festval
June 25 - Cologne, Germany - E Werk (w/ J. PRIEST)
June 26 - Hamburg, Germany - Docks (w/ J. PRIEST)
June 28 - Gelsenkirchen, Ger. - Amphitheat. (w/ J. PRIEST)
June 29 - Balingen, Germany - Bang Your Head Festival
July 01 - Athens, Greece - Rockwave Festival