Former METALLICA bassist Jason Newsted will be performing an entire set with the MOSS BROTHERS at Ashkenaz, San Pablo Avenue in Berkeley, California on Sunday, April 1st at 2:00 PM, according to the official web site for the MOSS BROTHERS. Newsted played bass on the MOSS BROTHERS' second CD, to be released next month, and has made previous live appearances with the group. The MOSS BROTHERS, Reuben and Evan, are just 12 and 15 years old, respectively, but have already made a name for themselves in the business with their brand of “old-fashioned rock”.
JUDAS PRIEST's Demolition is scheduled for release in Europe through SPV / SteamhammerRecords on May 28th.
SPYS4DARWIN is the name of the new band featuring ALICE IN CHAINS members Mike Inez (bass) and Sean Kinney (drums),along with former QUEENSRYCHE guitarist Chris DeGarmo. The group's debut EP, entitled Microfiche, will be available through the band's soon-to-be launched web site (spys4darwin.com) in May. It is not yet clear as to whether the recording will also be sold through the more traditional retail outlets.
QUEENSRYCHE will be making several festival appearances this summer. Confirmed dates so far are as follows:
July 19 - Salt Lake City, Utah @ Rocky Mountain Speedway
July 20 - Cadott, Wisconsin @ TBA
U.D.O., featuring former ACCEPT frontman Udo Dirkschneider, will soon be embarking on a Russian tour, where they will be recording a double-live-CD entitled Live In Russia, tentatively scheduled to be issued on September 10th. The CD is expected to contain 25 songs, and its release will coincide with the release of a live video recorded on the same tour.
U.D.O.'s Russian dates are as follows:
April 21 – Rostov, RUS @ Don Sport Palace
April 23 – Volgograd, RUS @ Sport Palace
April 25 – Saratov, RUS @ Sport Palace Ledovi
April 26 – Samara, RUS @ Sport Palace Air Force
April 28 - Nizhni Novgorod, RUS @ Sport Palace Nagorny
April 30 – Moscow, RUS @ Sport Palace Luzhniki
May 01 – Moscow, RUS @ Tochka Club
May 02 - St. Petersburg, RUS @ Sport Palace Jubilee
In other Udo Dirkschneider news, Udo recently recorded a song with the Russian metal band ARIA, entitled 'Shtill', to be included on the latter group's forthcoming CD.
As previously reported, LIMP BIZKIT will be starting work on their next studio album shortly after returning from their European tour in late June. According to frontman Fred Durst, LIMP BIZKIT's forthcoming third CD will be “the heaviest album you've ever heard' and “totally opposite” from last year's Chocolate Starfish and the Hot Dog Flavored Water effort, even going as far as to call it 'anti-Chocolate Starfish.'
Lawyers representing the parents of a 15-year-old girl who was brutally killed by three boys claiming SLAYER made them do it filed a third amended complaint for damages in San Luis Obispo (California) Superior Court on Friday, March 23rd, following the judge's ruling in January that cited insufficient evidence for the case to proceed to a civil trial. Lawyer Allen Hutkin and the girl's parents, David and Lisanne Pahler, are accusing SLAYER, their label and other industry and label entities associated with the group of intentionally marketing and distributing 'death metal' to minors. The revised 50-page document provides additional studies and research showing the destructiveness of the music and how it's targeted to youth, particularly citing claims made in a September 2000 Federal Trade Commission report about the marketing practices of music, movies and video games. The new complaint also offers further examples of SLAYER's lyrics and quotes from the band explaining alleged 'satanic practices' in previous interviews.
As previously reported, KUSH, the “supergroup” project featuring CYPRESS HILL rapper B-Real, DEFTONES guitarist Stephen Carpenter, FEAR FACTORY bassist Christian Olde Wolbers and FEAR FACTORY drummer Raymond Herrera, have recorded 17 songs for inclusion on their upcoming debut album, which is not expected to surface before next year. According to those who have heard the material, the songs vary in style from driving CYPRESS HILL-style hip hop with heavy guitars to “monstrous metal with rap rhymes”, with Herrera abandoning his trademark ultra-fast double-bass drumming style in favor of a more tribal, Igor Cavalera-like approach.
Tentative song titles set to appear on KUSH's forthcoming debut CD include:
01. Poisonous Ritual
02. Punchdrunk + Dazed
05. Light It Up
06. Middle Slideriff
07. Psycho Killer
08. U Can't Change Me
According to Olde Wobers, KUSH (named after a slang word for marijuana) will not be promoted like a regular band effort, although a few key shows might take place shortly after the album's release.
THE MISFITS have confirmed the line-up of special guests that are set to appear with the band at their 25th anniversary gig at New York's Roseland Ballroom on April 18th. Scheduled to get up on stage and jam with the band are Robo and Dez from BLACK FLAG, Marky Ramone of THE RAMONES, Kenny Hickey from TYPE O NEGATIVE, and others. Robo, Dez and Marky will also be appearing with the group at their Hollywood, CA show on May 5th.
Here are the upcoming MISFITS live dates:
April 08 - Philadelphia, PA @ The Electric Factory
April 18 – New York, NY @ Roseland
April 29 - Chicago, IL @ House of Blues
May 05 - Hollywood, CA @ The Palace Theatre
Other, unconfirmed guests for the Hollywood show include Fat Mike from NOFX and Tim and Lars from RANCID.
Finland's THE BLACK LEAGUE, featuring former SENTENCED vocalist Taneli Jarva, will have a new EP, entitled The Doomsday Sun, released on May 2nd. The Doomsday Sun includes four previously unreleased original tracks, a cover of NICK CAVE's “City Of Refuge”, and a remix of the song “The Everlasting Pt. III”, which was previously only available on the vinyl version of Ichor (the group's full-length debut).
Here is the full track listing:
01. Monster Truckin'
02. City of Refuge
03. Black Java
04. Many A Good Man
05. Sanguinary Blues
06. The Everlasting Pt. III (remix)