AS I LAY DYING Frontman's Attorney Says TIM LAMBESIS Initially Faced Life Sentence
AS I LAY DYING frontman Tim Lambesis' attorney believes his client may have been the victim of a setup in connection with the singer's alleged attempt to hire someone to kill Lambesis' estranged wife.
Tim was arrested without incident on Tuesday (May 7) around 2 p.m. at aBarnes & Noble bookstore in Oceanside, California and was ordered held on $3 million bail during his arraignment hearing on Thursday. He faces nine years in state prison if convicted.
Prosecutors initially requested that Superior Court Judge Martin Stavenset Lambesis' bail at $20 million, saying the singer remains "substantially motivated to kill his wife."
Speaking to Artisan News (see video below), Tim's attorney, Anthony Salerno, revealed that Tim's charges were a lot heavier initially, with the potential consequences being life in jail.
"He was arrested for conspiracy to commit murder, which carries a life sentence, as well as being booked for soliciting murder," Salerno said. "I won't necessarily get too deep [in the details of] the law surrounding conspiracy, but I came to believe very strongly that there is absolutely no way that he could be even charged with conspiracy, much less convicted of it. [So] one of the first things I did was to reach out directly to the [district attorney] that was assigned to the case and had some conversations with her. And she, in fact, did decide for Tim not to be charged with conspiracy, which was a big victory, 'cause that took a potential life sentence off the table before he was even charged. That's something that jumped out at me right away — that I needed to do that early intervention — so we did that."
Salerno also said that Lambesis was originally being held without bail before the attorney was able to intervene.
"At the point Tim was first arrested, the Sheriff's Department asked for and received permission to hold him with no bail," he said. "They got that permission from a judge and I knew that that was well in excess of what the bail schedule in San Diego County calls for. So my next order of business was to try to see what we could do to get that bail… well, first of all, to get a bail, and then to get it set as low as possible. That, of course, was what the bail hearing was about [on Thursday]. I was a little bit disappointed; I thought the bail should have been much lower. The scheduled amount for the charge that he ultimately has now is just $250,000. And, in fact, the scheduled amount for even solicitation to commit murder is a million [dollars]; and the judge set it at three million. So I was a little disappointed that it was that high. On the other hand, the D.A. was asking that the bail continued to be set at no bail whatsoever, and then she said — [which] I thought [was] kind of over the top — that as a backup, it ought to be set at $20 million. I think the fact that an earlier judge had said 'no bail' kind of must have influenced our judge, and that's [why] he set the three million. So right now the gameplan is to try to work on getting Tim out at that three million or possibly to have it lowered."
The lawyer added that someone may have given false information aboutLambesis to authorities in order to "save his own skin."
"I would anticipate myself asking for quite a bit of additional discovery, particularly on this person I strongly suspect is a snitch and is an informant for the police and was really creating this whole scenario and sort of setting Tim up," he said. "I believe there's a good probability he may be a police informant. And that information is only available internally with the police department, or in this case the San Diego Sheriff's Department, and through the D.A.'s office, and that's something I'm gonna have to explore as well."
He added: "There's one other element to this, too, which is… I don't want to start to make accusations on this one unless I have some more information, but I will point out that Tim's wife's brother, I understand, is a San Diego Sheriff's deputy, and I think I would be remiss if I didn't fully explore that, 'cause that is a litte bit… it's at the bare minimum very coincidental, and it may be more than that."
According to the San Diego Sheriff's Department web site, as of Friday afternoon (May 10), Lambesis had yet to post bail one day after pleading not guilty to a charge of solicitation of murder. The singer remains behind bars at a Vista, California detention facility and his next court date is set for June 10.
Lambesis was ordered to wear a GPS monitor and turn in his passport and was warned by the judge that, if he is released from jail, he must stay away from his immediate family.
DEFTONES Frontman Says Shelved 'Eros' Album Will Finally See Light Of Day
DEFTONES frontman Chino Moreno says that it is now more likely than ever before that the band's shelved 2008 album "Eros" will see the light of day.
In late 2008, the group was putting the finishing touches on the CD when their bassist, Chi Cheng, suffered major injuries and was left in a coma following a November 2008 car crash in Santa Clara, California.
After the accident, DEFTONES decided to scrap the project and later recruited Sergio Vega, formerly of QUICKSAND, to play bass. They have released two albums since.
Cheng, who formed DEFTONES with singer Chino Moreno, guitaristStephen Carpenter and drummer Abe Cunningham in 1988, died last month at the age of 42.
Speaking to Artisan News (see video below) on the "black carpet" at the fifth annual Revolver Golden Gods awards on May 2 at Club Nokia in downtown Los Angeles, California, Moreno was asked if "Eros" will ever come out. "It will," he said. "I think [the chances of that happening are] more so now probably than ever [before]." He added: "I actually went back and listened to some of it recently and… you know, I don't know when [we will put it out] or… but I feel it's a little more appropriate now for us to think about that [than it has been] in the last few years to think about."
In a June 2009 online posting announcing their decision to scrap "Eros"and start anew and begin tracking an entirely new album, the band explained: "The songs recorded for 'Eros' are very special to us as they are the latest with Chi (and we certainly hope not the last); they have history and significant meaning to us. However, as we neared completion on 'Eros', we realized that this record doesn't best encompass and represent who we are currently as people and as musicians.
"The decision to hold off on releasing 'Eros' has no connection with Chi's condition or anything associated. This was, and is, purely a creative decision by the band to write, record, and deliver an amazing product."
Cheng was performed on DEFTONES' first five albums. His final release was 2006's "Saturday Night Wrist".
SOIL: Performance Footage Of New Song Available
Video footage of Chicago heavy rockers SOIL performing a brand new song, "My Time", on May 2 at Offsides Sports Bar & Grill in Woodstock, Illinois can be seen below. The track will appear on the band's new album,"Whole", which is due in August. The CD was recorded with longtime producer Ulrich Wild. The band recently worked on 13 songs in pre-production with engineer Don Byczynski at BOTA Studio in Lake In The Hills, Illinois.
Ulrich previously produced SOIL's 2006 album "True Self" and co-produced the band's last effort, 2009's "Picture Perfect".
SOIL's forthcoming CD will mark the band's first release with singer Ryan McCombs since 2004's "Re.De.Fine".
"This new album has a very classic SOIL feel to it," bassist Tim Kingpreviously said.
"We [are] calling all the shots on this one," said King. "Every decision will be made by myself, Adam [Zadel, guitar], and Ryan."
Distribution in North America will be handled through Sony RED/MRI viaPavement Entertainment, in which SOIL has an interest. Europe/rest of world will go through SOIL's long time partner AFM Records. Pavement Entertainment president Mark Nawara, welcomes the experience. "I am happy to be a part of the new SOIL album," he says. "We have structured an innovative and unique business venture that lets the band stay 100 percent independent while giving them access to the many resources they require to release an album successfully."
In a recent interview with Metal Forces, McCombs stated about the band's next CD: "This is the first time Adam, Tim and I have been writing together since 'Re.De.Fine', so you have the key component of what made those records. I was always the lyric writer of those albums, and if I stumbled somewhere, Adam was always there to give me a little boost, and give me a little direction here and there. You've got us back together as far as the lyrics that I write go. You've got Adam too; he was 98.9% of the music on those records, and if he ever had any struggle with whatever — if he ever had any questions — I was always there to help with the arrangement of the songs. We really got the key components of those albums back together again, and I feel like the material that we're coming up with is that perfect anchor to where you had 'Scars' and'Re.De.Fine'. I think this album is the next stage, the next album in line for SOIL."
Avenged Sevenfold Begins Recording New Studio Album
Good news for Avenged Sevenfold fans: the band is in the studio working on their follow-up to 2010’s Nightmare.
The group delivered the announcement on their newly-redesigned website, which features a TV/radio device on the homepage. When you click on channel 13 on the radio, frontman M Shadows can be heard discussing the upcoming release through a mess of static and traffic sounds.
“Writing this album took about six to seven months,” he notes. “I know we promised the fans that we’d be back in the studio in January, but the reality is we had a bunch of good songs and we just wanted to beat those out…[and] make sure every song is as good as the next.”
Shadows goes on to say that he knew the group would be ready to begin recording the new material as soon as he was “completely drained of all creativity” from the songwriting process. “Once we got to that point we knew we had the best material that we were going to get,” he explains. “It’s all about laying it down, so right now that’s what we’re doing.”
If that isn't enough to assure you that A7X's got new music on the way, the band has posted a 26-second trailer that features footage of the band working in a recording studio.
A title and release date for the album has yet to be announced.
Guitarist Stone Gossard Says Side Projects Help “Challenge” Pearl Jam to Make Better Music
Pearl Jam’s tenth album is taking a long time to finish, which is probably due to the fact that all of its members have been working on side projects. Guitarist Stone Gossard says that the delay in getting fans the new material is a positive thing, because their experiences experimenting on music outside of the band is helping the guys to reach new heights on their forthcoming album.
“I think that you bring your whole skill set to Pearl Jam,” he tells ABC News Radio. “When you are trying to make a record and you want it to be cool, something you might have learned on one of your solo songs or one of your side projects, you’re gonna bring that skill back to the band. So it’s a win-win for Pearl Jam to have everybody exploring outside of the band.”
Gossard adds that the album will be worth the wait, and that fans can expect the band to explore some new creative avenues on the upcoming release. “If we were just doing the same thing over and over again it would get a little stale,” he reveals. “I think everyone really continues to wanna push themselves and be challenged and to challenge other people in the band to kind of continue to get better and hopefully that’s reflected in the music.”
The guitarist notes he's hopeful that the album will arrive in stores sometime this year, but fans shouldn’t count on it. “I’m optimistic that it’ll be [released] this year, but you never know,” he notes. “We’re not done yet, so until we’re actually done -- and done means not only is the music done but then the artwork’s done and then the marketing plan is done and all of that stuff -- so I’m guessing it’ll be out this year but it could be next.”
RHCP’s Chad Smith to Launch Podcast Interview Series; First Episode to Feature Rush Guitarist Alex Lifeson
If your life doesn't allow you to talk to rock stars, maybe rock stars talking to rock stars will help ease the pain. Chad Smith has partnered with MusicRadar.com to invade the Internet with his own signature podcast. Titled In Conversation with Chad Smith, the series will feature the Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer chatting with a number of rock acts about their music and their personal lives.
"The invisible interview -- that's what I call it," said Smith about the podcast in a statement. "Friends, thoughts, information -- why do you do what you do? Admiration, respect, insight and maybe a surprise."
The first episode of the podcast will feature a conversation with Rush guitarist Alex Lifeson. Check it out Monday at MusicRadar.com.
Black Sabbath Members Promote This Wednesday's CSIAppearance in Preview Video
In advance of Black Sabbath's appearance on CBS' CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, which airs this Wednesday, a behind-the-scenes preview video of the episode has been posted online. The three-minute clip features footage of Sabbath rocking out on stage and brief interviews with frontman Ozzy Osbourne, guitarist Tony Iommi and bassist Geezer Butler, as well as with CSI star Ted Danson.
As previously reported, Black Sabbath will appear as themselves and will be seen in concert giving a world-premiere performance of their new song, "End of the Beginning," from their upcoming album, 13. The episode, titled "Skin in the Game," will focus on a serial killer who has used 14th-century Italian poet Dante's Inferno as inspiration for a series of murders.
In the preview, Butler reveals that he's a big CSI fan, noting, "I've watched every episode since it started, 'cause I like crime stuff and it was real realistic."
Osbourne, meanwhile, says he felt a bit out of his element shooting the show. "I'm not an actor," he declares. "It's like a 'hurry up and wait,' you know."
The singer adds, however, that he feels it was a good idea for Black Sabbath to appear on the program. "It's a good way of letting everyone know we're back together," he maintains.
Osbourne also chats a bit about 13, his first studio album with Sabbath since 1978, which will be released on June 11.
"It's been a long time, but the wait's been well worth it because the album's really, really good," says Ozzy. "I'm pleased with the outcome."
Iommi, meanwhile, reports that he's quite happy with how the Sabbath reunion is going. "We've enjoy being together and playing, and it's been good fun," the guitar legend points out. "And we've been able to record the same way we did in the early days, where we all play live and Ozzy sings. It was a good way doing it."
As for Danson, he shares a bit about the plot of the episode and also reveals that the band's performance on the show was his first Black Sabbath concert. CSI: Crime Scene Investigation airs at 10 p.m. ET/ 9 p.m. CT.
Metallica's Kirk Hammett Reveals "Epic" Upgrades for Kirk's Crypt at Second Annual Orion Music + More Festival
Horror movie fans will be happy to hear that Kirk Hammett is adding some new features to Kirk’s Crypt, an installation filled with his personal collection of horror memorabilia, which will be available to those who attend Metallica’s upcoming Orion Music + More Festival.
“This year it’s going to be so much better,” said the guitarist in a video interview. “This year in the Crypt there will be some items that appeared in my [Too Much Horror Business] book that came out last year…[and] we’re going to try to recreate certain scenarios that are in the book.”
In addition to the exhibits, Hammett adds that he’s booked a number of special guests to hang out at the Crypt. “We’re going to have special effects artists, we’re gonna have actors that were in prominent horror films [and] we’re gonna have a little area where you can go and talk to your favorite guests and get autographs and pictures and whatnot,” he reveals. “We’re gonna make it as epic as possible.”
The second annual Orion Music + More festival will take place June 8-9 at Belle Isle Park in Detroit, Michigan. In addition to headlining sets by Metallica and Red Hot Chili Peppers, the event also includes performances from Rise Against, Deftones, Silversun Pickups, Dropkick Murphys and Foals.
Guitarist Brian "Head" Welch Says Upcoming Release Is “Best Korn Album Ever”
Since reuniting with Korn, guitarist Brian "Head" Welch has been spending his time in the studio with the guys working on their upcoming eleventh album. Welch says that the recording process is going well and that he likes what he’s heard so far.
“This is the best Korn album ever,” he tells ARTISTDirect. “[Frontman] Jonathan [Davis] is completely blowing my mind, and he's going to blow everybody else's mind when they hear it. His vocals are way out of the park, man.”
Guitarist James "Munky" Shaffer notes that the time Welch spent apart from the band didn’t affect their chemistry in the studio. “There wasn't really a learning curve,” he explains. “When we picked up our instruments, it was super natural. Having us all go through our individual trials and tribulations, we can come to this point, make a great record, and look at it as a real achievement instead of just another album.”
Shaffer adds that while the band currently has 25 songs ready for the album, only 15 will make it on the record. While a release date has yet to be announced, Shaffer had previous stated that the band hopes to release the album by the end of the summer.
Megadeth Wants You to Premiere New Single, “Kingmaker,” on Your Twitter Account
Want to increase your Twitter followers by over 420,000? It just may happen if you take part in Megadeth’s “Rock My Track” contest, where the winner will get the opportunity to post a link to a new song from the band's upcoming album, Super Collider.
To enter the contest, you’ll need to fill out a form at RockMyTrack.com. Once the grand prize winner is selected, that person's Twitter handle will be posted on Megadeth’s Facebook and Twitter page -- which currently has about 420,000 followers -- along with a message to fans to follow the winner. The band will then provide the winner with a link to “Kingmaker,” a new cut from Super Collider. Super Collider is scheduled to arrive in stores on June 4. It will feature guest vocals by Disturbed/Device frontman David Draiman on two tracks: “Forget to Remember” and “Dance in the Rain.”
Saving Abel to Perform at United We Stand Festival in June
Saving Abel has signed to perform at an event aimed at reforming the U.S. electoral process. Dubbed the United We Stand Festival, the event will feature a variety of speakers and performers who will be calling for “an end to the failed status quo of the [American government’s] two-party system.”
In addition to a set from Saving Abel, the lineup for the event includes a performance byGolden State, as well as speeches by TV host and former politician and wrestler Jesse Ventura and former presidential candidate Ralph Nader.
The United We Stand Festival will take place on June 22 at the Verizon Arena in Little Rock, Arkansas. To see the full lineup for the event and to purchase your tickets, visit UnitedWeStandFestival.com.