MASTODON's BRENT HINDS Added To 'Mad Monster Party'
Brent Hinds of MASTODON will make an appearance at Mad Monster Party 2013 on March 22-24 in Charlotte, North Carolina. Also scheduled to appear are METALLICA guitarist Kirk Hammett, original KISS drummer Peter Criss and '80s hard rock queen Lita Ford.
Mad Monster Party is a three-day monster convention with celebrity guests, horror memorabilia vendors, monster exhibits (this year features the world's biggest collection of "Jaws" original screen used props and memorabilia), the Crypt Critter exhibit with live snakes, arachnids and insects (with a rare photo op with wrestling superstar Jake "The Snake" Roberts with a live Burmese python sponsored by Cold Blooded Encounters), a vintage Midnight Spook Show, macabre magic acts and more!
LOSTPROPHETS Frontman 'Furiously Denies All Of The Charges And Allegations Made' Against Him
According to BBC News, singer Ian Watkins of the Welsh rock band LOSTPROPHETS has issued a statement denying child-sex-offense charges brought against him at the end of last year.
The statement, issued on behalf of Ian Watkins by his solicitor Sarah Williams-Martin of Watkins & Gunn Solicitors, reads: "Mr. Watkinsfuriously denies all of the charges and allegations made. He intends to fight to the bitter end to clear his name. He wishes to thank the fans, family and friends for the constant love and support they have given and continue to give throughout this testing time."
The 35-year-old musician, who is accused of conspiracy to rape a one-year-old girl along with other charges, appeared earlier today (Monday, March 11) via video link from Parc Prison in Bridgend, and will appear in court again in May.
LOSTPROPHETS members Lee Gaze (guitar), Mike Lewis (guitar), Stuart Richardson (bass), Jamie Oliver (keyboards) and Luke Johnson (drums) released a statement on their official web site expressing their shock at the charges against Watkins.
LOSTPROPHETS has sold more than three million albums worldwide and topped the U.K. chart with 2006's "Liberation Transmission".
The band's most recent CD, "Weapons", came out in April 2012.
Pearl Jam’s Mike McCready Says He’ll Push Band Mates to Get New Album Released This Year
Pearl Jam guitarist Mike McCready says that he’s going to do his best to make sure that the band’s tenth studio album gets released sometime before the end of the year.
“I don’t know that everyone in the band feels that way, but I’m going to do my damndest to move it along if I can have any kind of say in it,” he tells Premier Guitar. “I would really like to get it out this year because we would really like to do some touring and things like that.”
McCready adds that an upcoming recording session with the guys next month will determine whether or not the album drops in 2013. “We all decided to pull back a little bit after we had done about seven songs, which I think are going to be on the next record,” he explains. “I’m not really sure. It all depends upon how this next session goes.”
The Smashing Pumpkins Schedule Spring Tour Dates
The Smashing Pumpkins aren’t through promoting their latest album, Oceania-- the band has just added another leg of North American tour dates to their calendar this spring. The trek begins on April 29 at the King Center for the Performing Arts in Melbourne, Florida, and will make stops in Raleigh, NC; Atlanta, and Dallas, among other cities.
In addition, the band recently revealed that they will be performing at a number of upcoming festivals including SunFest in West Palm Beach, Florida, on May 1, the Beale Street Music Festival in Memphis, Tennessee, on May 5, and Rock on the Range in Columbus, Ohio, on May 18.
Here are the tour dates:
4/29 -- Melbourne, FL, King Center for the Performing Arts
5/1 -- West Palm Beach, FL, SunFest
5/2 -- St. Augustine, FL, St. Augustine Amphitheater
5/3 -- Tampa, FL, Funshine Music Festival
5/5 -- Memphis, TN, Beale Street Music Festival
5/7 -- Raleigh, NC, Red Hat Amphitheater
5/8 -- Charlotte, NC, Time Warner Amphitheater
5/10 -- Atlanta, GA, Chastain Amphitheater
5/11 -- Gulfport, MS, Gulfport Music Festival
5/14 -- Dallas, TX, Palladium
5/18 -- Columbus, OH, Rock on the Range
Lamb of God’s Randy Blythe Pays Tribute to Deceased Fan & His Family in Open Letter
On March 5, Lamb of God singer Randy Blythe was acquitted of manslaughter by a Czech court in connection with an incident that took place during the band’s 2010 concert at Club Abaton in Prague. Blythe was accused of roughing up a fan named Daniel Nosekafter he leaped onto the stage during the show. Czech Republic authorities alleged that the incident caused injuries that led to Nosek's death 14 days later.
In an open letter posted on Instagram.com, the singer explains that while he feels that Prague is a “wonderful place,” it is also one of “great sadness” for him. “While I am relieved that my innocence was proven and apparently I shall not be going to prison, I am in no way shape or form a happy man right now,” he writes. “A young man is still dead, and his family still suffers.”
Blythe adds that Nosek’s family was “very kind” to him during the trial and that they showed him “great kindness - with silence, with actions, and finally with words.”
“They spoke on my behalf to the court, and we had a private talk afterwards,” he writes. “They just want to get on with their lives the best they can. I wish them only the best, and will keep them in my thoughts and prayers.”
The end of the letter asks that fans send “healing thoughts” to Nosek’s family.
3 Doors Down, fun., and Of Monsters and Men Donating Items to Music for Newtown Auction
A few rock stars are stepping up with items for an auction to benefit those affected by the Sandy Hook school shootings last December in Newtown, CT.
The auction features a guitar autographed by 3 Doors Down, as well as signed memorabilia from fun. and Of Monsters and Men. In addition, Gotye and Florence + the Machine are donating items to the auction that will be announced later.
The Music for Newtown Auction runs from March 25 through 27 at MusicforNewtown.org.
30 Seconds to Mars Frontman Jared Leto Headed to SXSW
30 Seconds to Mars singer Jared Leto has signed on to participate in a series of events at this year’s South by Southwest festival.
First, Leto will host a discussion about how bands and brands can use Twitter to help promote their projects and products. That'll take place Tuesday at 12 p.m. at the Sonos Lounge in Austin, Texas. Shortly after that, Leto will be a part of a “creative conversation” with founder of Buzzfeed Jonah Peretti at the Fast Company Grill at The Cedar Door at 2 p.m.
Wednesday, Leto will be interviewed at the Austin Convention Center on 2 p.m. Then at 4:30 p.m., the singer will host a screening of his documentary, Artifact, which won the People's Choice Award at the Toronto International Film Festival last year. The film tells the story of 30 Seconds to Mars’ legal battle with record label EMI, which slapped the group with a $30 million lawsuit when it tried to leave the label in 2007. The lawsuit was eventually dropped and the band wound up releasing its 2009 album, This Is War, through EMI.
In other 30 Seconds to Mars news, the band will digitally release “Up in the Air,” the first single from their upcoming fourth studio album, on March 19.
Slash Records New Version of Angry Birds Space Theme Song
Rovio Entertainment, creator of the Angry Birds app and video game franchise, has teamed up with Slash to create a new version of the theme song for Angry Birds Space.
The former Guns N’ Roses guitarist explains that he’s enjoyed the Angry Birds franchise ever since someone showed him the game while he was on the road in 2010. “The game is addicting but at the same time it’s an ingenious game basically of physics…which just fascinates me,” he says in a video interview. “So I became an instant fan of Angry Birdsand still am. A lot of people think I’m a real geek for it.”
Users who download the latest update for Angry Birds Space on iTunes will get to check out Slash’s version of the theme song, along with a picture of a character inspired by the guitarist, named SlashBird.
Drowning Pool Guitarist C.J. Pierce Promises ResilienceWill Be a Heavier Record
Drowning Pool guitarist C.J. Pierce says that fans can expect the band to tackle some heavier themes on their upcoming fifth album, Resilience.
"I would say [Resilience] has the staple Drowning Pool sound," he tells Billboard. "We wanted to do more of a heavy record, a metal record, but we try to mix it up. There's a lot to choose from. It's definitely more of a heavy record than we've done before, though."
Pierce adds that while he “went through a little bout of depression” after former frontman Ryan McCombs left the group in 2011, he’s happy with the band’s new lead singer, Jasen Moreno.
"We've always known Jasen," explains Pierce. "I had no idea he was going to audition for us, but he came in and learned every song off every record, and then we sent him a bunch of new songs and he sounded great on them. It was like we'd worked together for ten years.”
Drowning Pool is currently trekking across North America promoting Resilience, which is due in stores on April 9. Visit DrowningPool.com to view the full itinerary.