Sweden's IN FLAMES has cancelled their previously announced US tour with CLUTCH. No reason was given for the cancellation.
North Carolina's BROWN, the new group founded by former C.O.C. drummer Reed Mullin (who plays guitar and sings lead in the new band) and producer John Custer (i.e. C.O.C., DAG, CRY OF LOVE),are taking the month of April off from live activites to record some new material and take care of some “business stuff”. The band are still looking for help with votes on the Farmclub web site, where three of their tracks are presently available for download.
Florida death metal legends DEICIDE have lined up a few scattered, bi-coastal shows during May. The dates are as follows:
May 09 - West Holywood, CA @ Troubadour
May 13 - Seattle, WA @ Graceland
May 19 - Detroit, MI @ Harpos
May 25 - Springfield, VA @ Jaxx
May 26 - Brooklyn, NY @ L'Amour
Germany's DESTRUCTION entered the Abyss Studios in Sweden on April 8th to begin recording a brand new album with producer Peter Tagtgren. All tracking is expected to be completed by May 8th. DESTRUCTION will interrupt the recording sessions to play two gigs in Sweden—a “private party” in Stockholm celebrating the 10-year anniversary of the Swedish metal magazine Close-Up on April 20th, and the Motala Festival on April 21st.
Canadian thrash pioneers EXCITER will follow up their scheduled show at the Metal Meltdown Festival in Asbury Park, New Jersey on April 7th with several other US and European festival appearances. The dates are as follows:
April 07 – Asbury Park, NJ @ Metal Meltdown 3 Festival
June 15-16 - Kalamazoo, MI @ Classic Metal Festival
Aug. 03 – Wacken, GER @ Wacken Open Air Festival
Aug. 04 – SWI @ Metal Dayz Festival
Aug. 05 – BEL @ Eurorock Festival
According to Metal Edge Online, a select group of music industry personnel (including media members and musicians like MOTORHEAD's Lemmy) got a very early sneak preview of the movie Rock Star on Tuesday night in Hollywood. Rock Star, starring Mark Wahlberg and Jennifer Aniston and featuring several musicians in smaller roles (including OZZY guitarist Zakk Wylde, DOKKEN's Jeff Pilson, drummer Jason Bonham, and SLAUGHTER's Blas Elias),won't get a theatrical release until September 14th, but according to the attendees at the preview,  the film is a funny and entertaining fictional tale about a singer's ascent from a cover band to being the frontman of his all-time favorite group—a storyline that is loosely based on JUDAS PRIEST vocalist Tim 'Ripper' Owens' rise to fame.  Lots of '80s music is featured as well, including BON JOVI's 'Livin' on a Prayer', DEF LEPPARD's 'Let's Get Rocked' and 'Rock, Rock 'Till You Drop', MÖTLEY CRÜE's 'Wild Side', KISS' 'Lick it Up', and DAVID LEE ROTH's 'California Girls'.
SYSTEM OF A DOWN are recording 32 songs for their upcoming sophomore album with producer Rick Rubin, with the plans of cutting them down to 12 or 13 that will actually make it onto the finished product.
The weeding out process is something that is “actually going to be tougher to do that than [anything else],' frontman Serj Tankian told MTV News. 'Definitely you want the best songs, but you also want the songs to dance together — it's got to have some kind of common denominator running through.'
According to Tankian, the album, which is expected this summer, is musically 'more classic [sounding]. The heavy is really heavy, and the mellow goes to some beautiful places' — a growth that both Tankian and Rubin attribute to the two years the band spent on the road in support of its debut.
'Something happened over the past two years of singing onstage every night where Serj has become a tremendous singer,' Rubin said. 'There's way more vocal melody on the album. There's lots of harmony with Serj and Daron singing together — these beautiful, melancholic melodies that really expand the vision of what SYSTEM was. It has all the qualities that we liked from their debut, plus this kind of tremendous musical growth. It's really very exciting for me to see. It's worlds apart.'
SYSTEM OF A DOWN are expected to resume touring this summer.
SPINAL TAP are set to return to the US for a series of live dates—the group's first major concert run since 1993. Dates announced so far include:
June 01 - Greek Theater, Los Angeles, CA @ Greek Theater
June 06 – Anaheim, CA @ Sun Theater
June 12 – San Diego, CA @ Humphreys
More shows will be announced soon, including a New York date.
The reunited THE WILDHEARTS have announced the first batch of their comeback gigs. The dates are as follows:
June 16 - Glasgow, UK @ Garage
June 17 - Dudley, UK @ JB's
June 18 - Cambridge, UK @ Junction
June 19 – Nottingham, UK @ Rock City
June 20 – London, UK @ Forum
A Newcastle date will be announced shortly.
In the meantime, Infernal Records will be issuing a series of 12 singles from THE WILDHEARTS mainman Ginger, with all CDs limited in number, and only a certain amount going through retail outlets. At the moment, advance orders are being taken for all 12 releases, with the idea of placing something inside the very first single explaining how it will be possible to order the remaining 11. The first single, “I'm A Lover Not A Fighter”, will be released on June 18th.
Before that, a double live CD, Grievous Acoustic Behaviour, is expected to be issued through Infernal, with June 4th being eyed as the tentative release date for the set. The track listing for the live CD is as follows:
01. Inside Out
02. Reinventing The Wheel
03. If I Had You (KORGIS cover)
04. Church Of The Broken Hearted
05. Hard Luck Woman (KISS cover)
06. Tom Take The Money
07. In Lily's Garden
01. Nita Nitro
02. Bad Time To Be Having A Bad Time
03. Jonseing For Jones
04. Skychaser High
05. 29 x The Pain
06. Dreaming In A
07. Where Did Everyone Go?
08. Geordie In Wonderland
09. Don't Worry 'Bout Me
10. Caffeine Bomb
KING'S X are in the studio putting the finishing touches on their next album. All tracking is expected to be completed by tomorrow, April 6th, before vocalist Doug Pinnick hits the road with his POUNDHOUND project.
Germany's GUANO APES have added a show at Glasgow's Cathouse to their forthcoming UK tour. The complete list of dates is as follows:
May 02 - London, UK @ Mean Fiddler
May 03 - Glasgow, UK @ Cathouse
May 04 - Manchester, UK @ University
Due to “popular demand”, TOOL have added an extra London show on June 12th to their summer tour of the UK and Ireland. The dates are as follows:
June 07 - Dublin, IRE @ SFX
June 08 - Glasgow, UK @ Barrowland
June 09 - Manchester, UK @ Apollo
June 11 - London, UK @ Brixton Academy
June 12 - London, UK @ Brixton Academy
SAVATAGE have added more shows to their upcoming UK itinerary. The newly-added dates are as follows:
April 24 - Commack, NY @ Villiage Pub
April 29 - Hershey Park, PA @ Shakeys
May 02 - State College, PA @ Crowbar
May 04 - Gran Rapids, MI @ Orbit Room
May 05 - St Paul, MN @ The Lab
May 07 - Dekalb, IL @ Otto's
May 13 - San Antonio, TX @ White Rabbit
May 14 - New Orleans, LA @ House Of Blues
May 16 - Atlanta, GA @ Cotton Club
The May 5th show in Madison, WI has been changed to St Paul, MN at The Lab