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BEYOND THE EMBRACE Vocalist: IRON MAIDEN's Genius Is Its Musicianship

Sean Mccarthy of the Standard-Times reports that BEYOND THE EMBRACE vocalist Shawn Gallagher is understandably psyched by the new IRON MAIDEN CD, "Dance of Death", which will be released tomorrow (September 9). "[When I first heard IRON MAIDEN at the age of 15], I was listening to mainstream rock li...
September 8, 2003


Joal Ryan of E! Online reports that "We're Not Gonna Take It", the head-banging TWISTED SISTER anthem, denounced nearly 20 years ago as a kiddie-corrupter by a Tipper Gore-led group of Washington, D.C., powermoms, has been reborn as the "unofficial theme song" of Schwarzenegger's California gubernat...
September 6, 2003

NY Times: SATANICIDE Are The Latest Purveyors Of 'Mock Metal'

Hugo Lindgren of The New York Times reports that "stage diving is not an unusual thing to see at a rock concert. Rock gods jump into the crowd and surf on the outstretched arms of their fans because that is what rock gods do. It's part of the protocol. Stage diving is not usually funny. ...
September 6, 2003

VELVET REVOLVER Frontman Co-Writes Song For Rising Singer/Songwriter

Douglas Grean, (co-)producer and musician on several of STONE TEMPLE PILOTS vocalist Scott Weiland's solo projects is currently in the studio with Scott working on new VELVET REVOLVER songs, as well as songs for the up-and-coming singer/songwriter Emma Ejwertz. Click here for a picture of Scott and...
September 5, 2003

Anthems Of Rebellion

Full marks to these Swedish heavyweights for absorbing a female singer into their ranks to replace former, very male, singer Johan Liiva in 2001. Not expected to stand there in a wedding dress and warble sweetly like a songbird (see just about ever other female-led band in Europe),German Angela Gos...
September 4, 2003

SUPERJOINT RITUAL Frontman To Host One Hour Of 'Extreme Music' On MTV2

SUPERJOINT RITUAL frontman Philip Anselmo will host one hour of extreme music on MTV2 this Saturday night (August 30) at 12:00 a.m. — airing immediately after "Headbanger's Ball". Philip "will be laying down some old-school videos for viewers to enjoy," according to a post on SUPERJOINT's web site....
August 29, 2003

THE 69 EYES: 'Best Of' CD, DVD Details Revealed

Finnish goth-metallers THE 69 EYES will release a new "best of" CD and their first-ever DVD on September 26 through Gaga Goodies/Poko Rekords/EMI. "Framed In Blood - The Very Blessed Of The 69 Eyes" is a compilation CD featuring THE 69 EYES' "goth 'n' roll classics," while the "Helsinki Vampires" DV...
August 26, 2003

HASTE To Hit The Road In Support Of 'The Mercury Lift'

Birmingham, Alabama sextet HASTE will embark on their first national U.S. in support of their third release, "The Mercury Lift", on September 11 in Tulsa, Oklahoma. The group will tour alongside AS I LAY DYING and STILL BREATHING with additional support from BETWEEN THE BURIED AND ME, BLEEDING THROU...
August 24, 2003

AEROSMITH Make Impromptu Visit To Michigan Ice Cream Store

AEROSMITH delighted teenage fans during an unexpected visit to an ice cream shop, according to the Associated Press. Band members riding motorcycles stopped Wednesday to ask directions and get custard ice cream at Mr. C's Custom Cone in White Lake Township, Michigan, 45 miles northwest of Detroit. S...
August 22, 2003

Review: No OZZY OSBOURNE At OZZFEST, But The Bands Play On

Kelefa Sanneh of The New York Times reports that Ozzfest organizers announced at 3:00 p.m. on Tuesday (August 19) that Ozzy Osbourne was ill and wouldn't be performing at the PNC Bank Arts Center in Holmdel, New Jersey. "Refunds were available, but most people stayed," he writes. "There were no furt...
August 20, 2003

GUNS N' ROSES Guitarist Talks Real Estate With THE NEW YORK TIMES

GUNS N' ROSES guitarist Richard Fortus (ex-LOVE SPIT LOVE, PSYCHEDELIC FURS) was featured in the "Real Estate" section of the New York Times Sunday (August 17) with a spotlight on his two-bedroom apartment on Grand Street on the Lower East Side in New York City that he shares with girlfriend Jennife...
August 18, 2003

Former LED ZEPPELIN Bassist Joins 'Guitar Wars' Lineup

Former LED ZEPPELIN bassist John Paul Jones has been added to the lineup of musicians performing a couple of shows in Japan at the end of the month under the banner "Guitar Wars". Jones will join guitarists Paul Gilbert (RACER X/ex-MR. BIG),Nuno Bettencourt (ex-EXTREME) and Steve Hackett (ex-GENESI...
August 16, 2003

Review: IRON MAIDEN Continues Love Affair With Heavy Metal Fans

Dave Ferman of the Star-Telegram reviewed the IRON MAIDEN/DIO/MOTÖRHEAD tour when it came to the Smirnoff Music Centre in Dallas, Texas Wednesday night (August 13). "I love the MAIDEN, always have," he wrote. "Virtually alone among the wave of British metal bands that emerged in the early 1980s, the...
August 16, 2003


GQ magazine's U.K. web site is reporting today that Marlon Brando is the unexpected grandfather of former HOLE frontwoman Courtney Love. The widow of Kurt Cobain has just discovered this tidbit of info from her mother, psychologist Linda Carroll, who has taken DNA tests to confirm she is the star's...
August 13, 2003

MR. BIG, EXTREME, GENESIS Guitarists To Battle It Out At Japan's GUITAR WARS

Former MR. BIG/current RACER X guitarist Paul Gilbert will be teaming up with Nuno Bettencourt (ex-EXTREME) and Steve Hackett (ex-GENESIS) for a couple of shows in Japan under the banner "Guitar Wars". However, despite the event's billing, "there will be no actual fighting, only music," Gilbert writ...
August 7, 2003