DAYS OF THE NEW frontman Travis Meeks has slammed former business partner Jonathan Hay over the latter's decision to issue a press release exclusively to BLABBERMOUTH.NET announcing Meeks' audition for the new band formed by ex-GUNS N' ROSES members Slash, Izzy Stradlin, Duff McKagan and Matt Sorum.
In a chat held with fans in an online 3-D world (www.spid3r.com), Meeks stated that Hay was "out of the picture" as his partner in Distillery Music Group LLC and claimed that he had no idea a press release had been issued until a friend informed him about it. He was said to be extremely upset that the information about his audition was leaked, as he feels it has now actually damaged his chances to land the gig. When Meeks was asked about the ex-GN'R project, he simply replied "no comment."
With regards to the forthcoming DAYS OF THE NEW album, titled "Purple", Meeks stated that "it's going to be very acoustical, but very blues and jazz oriented … kinda swampy and mellow". Travis also revealed plans to release a full-on metal album with NOT OF THIS WORLD, a band he formed with Chuck Mingis (SPANKY LEE, EDENSTREET, DAYS OF THE NEW), Ray Rizzo (KING KONG, JAVA MEN, DAYS OF THE NEW), and David "Sailor" Bryant (MY OWN VICTIM).
In a press release from January 2002, Mingis had this to say about NOT OF THIS WORLD: "For the past few weeks, I've been locked away in the studio with Travis. He has been working on several different projects all at once. New material for DAYS OF THE NEW and the UNGODLY HEAVY NOT OF THIS WORLD. The new stuff kicks ass!!! I can't until everyone hears [it]." Sailor added that NOT OF THIS WORLD is "PANTERA, DOWN, SLAYER, DAYS OF THE NEW, MY OWN VICTIM, SOULFLY, old-school METALLICA, SYSTEM OF A DOWN, and some of today's new school metal and some mid eastern influences. Stir well for an hour or two, simmer for five minutes and you get N.O.T.W."
In addition to the above-mentioned projects, Travis is also writing a movie and plans to construct the score for it.
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