According to MORBID ANGEL's management, vocalist/bassist Steve Tucker will not be appearing with MORBID ANGEL on their upcoming US and European tours due to family and personal problems. The bass and vocal duties at all upcoming dates will be handled by Jared Anderson of the Florida band HATE ETERNAL. MORBID ANGEL will be heading to Europe the week of April 9th for a five-week European tour with ZYKLON and CADAVER INC. in support. As previously reported, the band will also be taking part in the Extreme Steel tour along with PANTERA, SLAYER, STATIC-X and SKRAPE.
Further to our report on former METALLICA bassist Jason Newsted's first public performance since leaving the group, several METALLICA fans that attended the MOSS BROTHERS gig at Ashkenaz in Berkeley, California this past Sunday  (April 1st)  have offered first-hand accounts of the post-show meet-and-greet session that took place at the small bar where the concert was held. According to those that were present at the scene, Jason didn't appear until after brothers Moss, Reuben and Evan, had a chance to sign stuff for everyone first, in a clear attempt to play down his involvement and avoid stealing the limelight from the duo. When he did eventually come out to chat with everyone, he reportedly sat down on the stage and signed the MOSS BROTHERS CD, shirts, set lists and anything and everything people put in front of him. When asked about his immediate plans, Newsted reportedly replied that “I am going to live my life. I couldn't live my life until now,” in what appeared to be a not-so-subtle jab at his former bandmates. Jason also indicated that his long-awaited solo project ECHOBRAIN, the one that allegedly led to his departure from METALLICA, would be released in August, adding 'I hope, I hope, I hope.' Jason seemed quite enthused about this project and reportedly smiled at the mention of it. When a fan asked him to sign the FLOTSAM & JETSAM CD Doomsday For The Deceiver CD, he reacted with amusement at seeing his old photo and was eager to show it to Reuben and Evan Moss. Asked whether he was the same age as Evan (15) at that time, Jason laughed and said 'Nah, I was about 20 or 21.' Jason then said that he wasn't as good as Evan when he was that young.
MARILYN MANSON will make an appearance on Politically Incorrect this Friday, April 6th. Check local listings for show details.
Grindcore pioneers NAPALM DEATH have canceled their appearance at the New Jersey Metalfest in Asbury Park this coming weekend due to an illness contracted by drummer Danny Herrera. The band issued the following statement: 'Shortly before boarding the plane at the conclusion of our Asian tour, our drummer Danny Herrera became ill. As of this morning, Danny is still quite sick and it is apparent that he will not be able to travel for at least several days. Unfortunately, this means that we will not be performing at this weekend's Metalfest in New Jersey. We were very excited to finally return to the States to play and see all of our old friends. We would like to send apologies to the fans and to the staff of the Metalfest and thank them for their support of the band. We are looking forward to coming back in May…see you then!'
American fans of the band will not have to wait much longer to see NAPALM DEATH in action, as the band have announced details for their long-awaited North American return. The band will launch a 19-date tour, with support coming from SOILENT GREEN and ISIS.
Here are the dates:
May 29 - Toronto, ONT @ The Reverb Room
May 30 - Montreal, QC @ Foufounces Electriques
May 31 - South Amboy, NJ @ Krome
June 01 - Worcester, MA @ The Palladium
June 02 - Burlington, VT @ Memorial Auditorium
June 03 - New York, NY @ CBGB's
June 04 - Baltimore, MD @ Fletchers
June 05 - W. Springfield, VA @ Jaxx
June 06 - Philadelphia, PA @ The Rounds
June 07 - Cleveland, OH @ Agora Theatre
June 08 - Detroit, MI @ Harpo's
June 09 - Chicago, IL @ Fireside Bowl
June 11 - Houston, TX @ Fitzgeralds
June 12 - Austin, TX @ Backroom
June 14 - Albuquerque, NM @ Launch Pad
June 15 - Tempe, AZ @ Bostons
June 16 - Santa Ana, CA @ Galaxy Concert Theatre
June 17 - Los Angeles, CA @ Whiskey A Go Go
June 18 - San Francisco, CA @ The Pound @ Pier 69
ANATHEMA guitarist Danny Cavanagh has offered the following song-by-song rundown of the 11 tracks appearing on the group's forthcoming, as-yet-untitled studio effort, which is currently being recorded at Chapel and Windings Studios in the UK with producer Nick Griffiths.
We like this one. Last thing to be written and first thing you'll hear. Still untitled as yet. Description? False sense of security.
The difficulties encountered by people with low self-esteem who rely on others with even less self-esteem. The dangers of falling in love then failing in life. The optimism that true expression can bring.
03. Looking Outside Inside:
Searching for something, anything that can stop the avalanche. You created it - you deal with it. It's difficult to talk. We need things.
Even if you're a millionaire on a paradise island, or the Pope in the Vatican, or even the drummer in a band, the one thing you can never escape is who you are and what you have done.
Trying to escape this and thinking that you are succeeding. Well you do don't you? Some people analyze themselves more than others. Some people just can't. Ego/concience/ego/concience ad infinitum.
Being lost then found and managing to get lost again. Trying to break through to the other side of everything that is wrong with you. Doing it with honesty and wisdom.
07. A Fleeting Glimpse:
Somewhere right at the back of your mind, underneath all the layers of personality and disharmony, there is a beautiful world. The essence of your precious existence. I caught it when I was a child. Out of the corner of my eye. Turned to look but it was gone.
I eat my hands, 'cos my legs are crying.
09. Levity (working title):
Difficult to comment on this one as the words were changed last minute and I've not read the new ones. Hard to say what the old words were about too. Musical track ala JEFF BUCKLEY but not as gut-wrenching.
10. A Fine Day To Exit:
The only way is forward. Can't go backwards. A great up tempo track with great down beat lyrics! (And the lowest played guitar solo ever recorded - Dave)
11. Temporary Peace:
At the end of the day, if you've got your slippers on and you're sitting by the fire with some longbottom leaf and good company... all's well that ends well, isn't it?
HENRY ROLLINS is no longer recording for Dreamworks Records. No word yet as to what label the next release will be on.
KORN guitarist Brian “Head” Welch and Ryan Shuck from ORGY have started a clothing company. The company—called Replicant—is “American ROCK clothing”. According to an official statement, the guys “wanted to offer kids cool clothes that were affordable, and the result was Replicant. Not just phat, and not just futuristic, the line has something for everyone, and can be found online at ReplicantClothing.com or exclusively at Hot Topic stores.”
MOTLEY CRUE is very much alive and well, according to a recent online posting from bassist Nikki Sixx. According to Sixx, the band is in the middle of an extended break, which will see the group's members pursuing other projects before regrouping to record a new CRUE album, due out in late 2002 at the earliest. 'The book is done, the cover is in final approval stages,” stated Nikki. “[Guitarist] Mick [Mars] is working on his solo blues/funk project. [Former drummer] Tommy [Lee]'s new stuff sounds cool. More guitars, and I think the songs are more suited to his voice, so his stuff will appease. [Current drummer] Randy [Castillo] is doing much better. He's a strong mofo with a huge heart. Me? Writing lots, lots of production offers.”
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
BIOHAZARD IS BACK! AND STRONGER THAN EVER
New York, NY– Get your ear-plugs ready because veteran hardcore rockers BIOHAZARD have just put the finishing touches on their next hip-hop fringed thunder punch, Uncivilization, due out June 2001. A pioneer in fusing hip-hop and hardcore metal, BIOHAZARD are staying true to their roots and promise to deliver more sweat, loud guitars and screaming vocals than ever before. In late June BIOHAZARD will set off on a cross-country journey playing cities such as New York, Boston, Chicago and Los Angeles.
The new album, Uncivilization, which was recorded in their Brooklyn, NY studio, Rat Piss, will include the usual assault on all of your senses playing along with a few unique collaborations with, among others, Sen Dog of CYPRESS HILL. On “Last Man Standing” Sen Dog lends his nasal toned rhymes to the versus of the track while DJ RIZZ scratches in the mix, creating another dimension to their already full sound. Other appearances have been made by Treach of NAUGHTY BY NATURE and members of SEPULTURA and HATEBREED.
The American release of Nostradamus, guitarist Nikolo Kotzev's rock opera about the famous Michel de Nostredame (which features appearances by a number of hard rock's most revered vocalists), is scheduled for May 22nd through SPV Records.
PRIMER 55 have been joined by former DOPE drummer Preston Nash.
Legendary NWOBHM act DIAMOND HEAD are looking to arrange more gigs at JBs, Dudley and the Bass Museum in Burton on Trent later in the year following their successful performances there at the end of 2000 and earlier this year. The trio of Brian Tatler (guitars), vocalist Sean Harris and Floyd Brennan (guitars/occasional bass) will be recording some acoustic numbers and there will be a limited release of this product via the band's upcoming shows and the group's official web site.
DIABOLICAL MASQUERADE, the “solo project” of KATATONIA guitarist Blackheim, has just had its Death's Design CD issued through Avantgarde Music in an exquisite digipack format with a two-sided poster of the cover as an insert. As for the U.S. market, Avantgarde Music are still negotiating with different labels about the official U.S. license, so in the meantime all interested parties can obtain a copy of the CD through mailorder for the low price of $10 (U.S. funds) via www.darksymphonies.com.
THE WILDHEARTS mainman Ginger has added another solo acoustic date to his upcoming schedule:
June 07 - London, UK @ Borderline
Norway's HADES ALMIGHTY have signed to Psycho Bitch Records and will be releasing the long-awaited new album, The Pulse Of Decay, later this month (April). For more information and to order your copy, go to www.psychobitchonline.de.
Former GUNS N' ROSES guitarist Gilby Clarke has lined up more gigs with his STARF.CKERS project, also featuring STRAY CATS' Slim Jim Phantom, L.A. GUNS' Tracii Guns and L.A. GUNS' Stefan Adika:
April 21 - Paladino's - Tarzana, CA
May 09 - The Lab/4th St. Station - St. Paul, MN
May 10 - JJ Kelley's - Lansing, MI
May 11 - Blind Lemon - Lakewood, OH
May 12 - The Ritz - Indianapolis, IL
May 19 - Hogie Barmichaels - Newport Beach, CA
JUDAS PRIEST have announced the release date for the first phase of The Re-Masters series, consisting of reissues of British Steel, Point Of Entry, Screaming For Vengeance, and Defenders Of The Faith, along with bonus, previously unreleased tracks. The collection will be released on May 7th everywhere except the USA and Japan, where they will be released at the end of May.
Finland's LULLACRY will be performing with countrymen TO/DIE/FOR on April 20th at Lutakko in Jyväskylä. LULLACRY have just completed work on their second album, entitled Be My God.
HELLION vocalist Ann Boleyn will soon begin auditions for her touring band. For more information please contact Talon Music at (818) 487-9391 during business hours. Ann has just completed work on her new solo CD, which, according to the singer, is “the best thing I have ever done!”