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GENE SIMMONS Talks To PLAYBOY Online

KISS bassist/vocalist Gene Simmons recently spoke to Playboy.com about his most memorable and most unusual sexual experiences. When asked if there is one experience he remembers above all others, Simmons said, "No, but one incident made my heart beat like nothing else. In the Seventies, we kept being invited to bizarre parties. There was a ...

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ALICE COOPER Rejects Stage Role

Veteran rocker ALICE COOPER has turned down the chance to star in a play based on classic children's book "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang", World Entertainment News Network reports. Cooper was set to replace ballet dancer Wayne Sleep as the Child Catcher in the production in London's West End, but ended up declining the offer after ...

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MONSTER MAGNET Re-Name New Album, Switch Producers

MONSTER MAGNET have changed the tentative title for their forthcoming studio album to "Monolithic Babies" from the previously announced "Radiation Day". In addition, the band appear to have switched producers for the project, with the original choice of Joe Barresi (LIMP BIZKIT, BUCKCHERRY, QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE, KYUSS) having been jettisoned in favor of ...

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New Hampshire Woman Sues TED NUGENT For Child Support

A New Hampshire woman says Ted Nugent fathered her 8-year-old son and she's suing the 1970s rock star for child support and legal custody, according to the Associated Press. Karen Gutowski, 42, of Dover, has filed petitions in Strafford County Superior Court against Theodore Nugent of Concord, Mich., according to court documents. Her lawyer, Jeffrey ...

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Former NINE INCH NAILS Man To Remix P.O.D. (Again)

Former NINE INCH NAILS member Chris Vrenna has signed on to create his third remix for P.O.D. for the track "We Will" from their upcoming CD, "Payable On Death", according to Undercover News. Vrenna has worked with P.O.D. previously on movie soundtracks, remixing "Set It Off" for "The Scorpion King" soundtrack as well as "The ...

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NIGHTWISH Single Certified Double Platinum!

NIGHTWISH's "Over The Hills And Far Away" (2001) single has been certified double platinum in Finland for sales in excess of 20,000 copies. As previously reported, NIGHTWISH will issue a DVD, entitled "End Of Innocence" (view cover here), at the end of the month through Spinefarm. The disc will consist of 12-14 tracks ...

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NIGHTWISH: 'End Of Innocence' DVD Cover Posted Online

Finland's NIGHTWISH have posted the cover art for their upcoming DVD, "End Of Innocence", at this location. "End Of Innocence", due in September through Spinefarm, will consist of 12-14 tracks of music, including promo videos and various self-recorded live tracks, and about 60 minutes of behind-the-scenes material. The documentary portion will have a ...

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SINERGY To Record New Album In February

Finland's SINERGY will enter the studio on February 1 for at least six weeks to begin recording their fourth full-length album, tentatively due in June 2004 through Nuclear Blast Records. "Me and [guitarist] Alexi [Laiho, also in CHILDREN OF BODOM] spent the first two days I was back in Finland [after a recent two-month trip ...

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JEFF PILSON Completes Work On New WAR AND PEACE CD

Former DOKKEN bassist Jeff Pilson has posted the following message to his official web site: "Basically the last several weeks have been spent finishing up the WAR AND PEACE record, and I just turned the demo version in to management this morning. I ended up playing guitar solos (which is such fun for me!), and ...

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GODSMACK To Release All-Acoustic Album In November

GODSMACK will release an all-acoustic record on November 18 featuring stripped-down versions of hits like "Voodoo" and "Serenity" as well as new tracks, according to MTV.com. "We decided to do an acoustic record because we have always messed around with acoustic versions of our music and gotten great reactions to it," frontman Sully Erna said ...

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FALCONER Complete Work On 'The Sceptre Of Deception'

Sweden's FALCONER have finished the recordings for their third album, "The Sceptre Of Deception", due on October 6 through Metal Blade Records. Says mainman Stefan Weinerhall, "This album is a concept album about greed, falseness and megalomania in the 1300s in Sweden. It is based upon a true story. Actually, a concept album to me ...

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OZZFEST Incident Leads To Charges Of Child Abuse

Gina Mace of Ohio's Beacon Journal is reporting that two men accused of abusing a 3-year-old child on the grounds of Cleveland's Blossom Music Center during Ozzfest 2003 this week were arraigned Thursday (July 24) on assault and child endangering charges. Scott Hart, 24, the child's father, and Carl Evanoff, 22, the child's uncle, pleaded ...

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Original AC/DC Singer Prepares To Tour Europe

Original AC/DC singer Dave Evans is about to embark on a three-month tour of Europe with the German AC/DC tribute band OVERDOSE. Dave Evans was the singer on AC/DC's debut single, "Can I Sit Next To You Girl". The song was later re-recorded with Bon Scott's vocal for the group's "TNT" album. According to Undercover ...

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NIGHTMARE Finalize Track Listing For 'Silent Room'

French power metallers NIGHTMARE have finalized the track listing for their fourth studio album, "Silent Room", due on October 13 through Napalm Records/SPV. "Silent Room" is a concept album featuring 12 songs in five "chapters". A limited-edition version of the CD will include the group's cover of VICIOUS RUMORS' "Ship Of Fools", a video clip, ...

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NIGHTWISH: 'End Of Innocence' DVD Delayed (Again)

NIGHTWISH's upcoming DVD, "End Of Innocence", has been pushed back to a September release through Spinefarm. As previously reported, the DVD will consist of 12-14 tracks of music, including promo videos and various self-recorded live tracks, and about 60 minutes of behind-the-scenes material. The documentary portion will have a projected total running time of 134 ...

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No METALLICA — Just Child Porn

An Australian university student who said he believed he had received photos of METALLICA in his email — but who had, in fact, been sent child pornography — was given an 18-month suspended sentence in a Perth court, according to NEWS.com.au. Despite being found guilty of possessing the photographs, Matthew Bounds, 22, claimed ...

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CHILDREN OF BODOM, NIGHTWISH Sign American Deals With CENTURY MEDIA

Following a fierce label bidding war, Finnish melodic thrash titans CHILDREN OF BODOM have officially signed a U.S. deal for their upcoming album "Hate Crew Deathroll" with Century Media Records. The label has also secured North American licensing rights for the "Century Child" album by Finnish neo-classical operatic goth sensations NIGHTWISH. Both albums are scheduled ...

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MANDYLION: Video Posted Online

Norway's MANDYLION, the new band featuring former members of SACRALIS, OLD MAN'S CHILD, PECCATUM and DIMENSION F3H, have posted a video for the track "Nina" via their official web site at this location. "Nina" comes off the group's latest demo recording, "Exorcise", which can also be downloaded in its entirety from the group's ...

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EVANESCENCE Top U.K. Singles Chart For Fourth Week Running

EVANESCENCE continue their reign at the top of the U.K. charts for the fourth week with "Bring Me To Life". The track comes off the group's major-label debut, "Fallen", which moves into No. 2 this week after being bumped from the top spot by former DESTINY'S CHILD singer Beyonce's solo debut, "Dangerously In Love". As ...

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OZZY OSBOURNE To Sue Groupie Over Love-Child Claims

Bill Zwecker of the Chicago Sun-Times reports that Ozzy Osbourne is planning to sue Sheron Lutz, who claims her 6-year-old son (whom she calls "Ozzy Jr.") is the son of the former BLACK SABBATH singer. Lutz says the child was born after she had a 1996 fling with Osbourne and points to the boy's speech ...

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OZZY OSBOURNE Says He's Not The Father Of Child

A woman is claiming that Ozzy Osbourne fathered her child six years ago, but the BLACK SABBATH singer said he has proof the child is not his, according to the Associated Press. Osbourne told People magazine that he had a vasectomy 17 years ago. "The most precious thing I have in my life is my ...

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Infant Gets An Earful At Noisy AC/DC Concert

An official inquiry into child neglect has been opened against a German couple who took their nine-day-old baby with them to a concert by ear-blasting heavy metal rockers AC/DC, according to Independent Online. Other fans at Sunday's (June 22) gig at the Hockenheim Formula One motor-racing ring in south-western Germany warned police after seeing the ...

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BLACK CROWES Singer Expecting First Child

BLACK CROWES singer Chris Robinson and wife/actress Kate Hudson ("Almost Famous") announced Thursday they are expecting their first child. The couple has been married since December 2000. The child is due sometime early next year, according to the couple's publicist, Brad Cafarelli. He refused to say how far along the pregnancy is. Hudson, 24, currently ...

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HALFORD Guitarist To Play National Anthem At Soccer Match

HALFORD/PAINMUSEUM guitarist Metal Mike Chlasciak will be playing tribute to the red, white and blue when he handles the national anthem duties at the MetroStars MLS soccer match on Wednesday, July 2, 2003 at Giants Stadium in New Jersey. "I wanted to do something to show my support for all those young metal heads in ...

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NIGHTWISH Announce New York City Gig

Finland's NIGHTWISH will follow up their appearances at the ProgPower Festival in Atlanta (Sep. 5) and at The Medley in Montreal, Canada (Sept. 6) with a one-off gig at L'Amour in Brooklyn, New York on Sunday, Sept. 7. NIGHTWISH's upcoming DVD, "End Of Innocence", is due on Aug. 4 through Spinefarm. As previously reported, the ...

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