News In Brief
Come inside for the latest news on Exodus, Ozzy Osbourne, Michael Schenker, Rob Zombie, Pearl Jam, Neil Young… and find out why monkeys like Metallica.
- EXODUS GET BLOODY FOR JAPAN
Veteran Bay Area thrashers Exodus are to play the whole of their classic debut album Bonded By Blood when they tour Japan later this month. The band are part of the Thrash Domination 2009 Tour, alongside Testament, Kreator and Heathen. However, plans for Exodus to perform in China have been scrapped. They were due to play a club date in Beijing on September 25, but have hit visa problems.
- SIMIAN KIND OF MONSTER
Believe it or not, Metallica have a calming effect on monkeys. According to a study just published in the Royal Society Journal Biology Letters, 14 cotton top tamarin monkeys were exposed to 30-second blasts from various different types of music, including songs by Nine Inch Nails, Tool and a classical piece. But amazingly, the only time the monkeys reacted was when they heard Of Wolf And Man from Metallica – and that soothed them!
- OZZY GETS STRIPPED
Ozzy Osbourne is to play the final set of this year’s Sunset Strip Music Festival, which will happen from September 10-12. This will be the first time that Ozzy has played a solo show on the world famous strip. It’ll also be his first appearance since Black Sabbath played five nights at the Whisky A-Go-Go in November 1970.
- MSG: NEW LINE-UP
The new line-up for the Michael Schenker Group is now in place. Joining guitarist Schenker, vocalist Gary Barden and bassist Chris Glen are guitarist/keyboard player Wayne Findlay and drummer Pete Holmes. The band are to play London’s Underworld on September 16 and Pontypridd Muni Arts Centre the next night.
- MRS WEILAND TELLS ALL
Mary Forsberg Weiland, estranged wife of Stone Temple Pilots frontman Scott Weiland, is to publish her memoirs on November 10, through the HarperCollins imprint William Morrow. The 304-page hardback edition is titled Falling To Pieces: A Memoir Of Drugs, Rock ‘N’ Roll And Mental Illness, which says it all. Written with journalist Larkin Warren, Forsberg (a successful fashion model) tells of her diagnosis with bipolar disorder and battle against drug addiction. Interesting that the book’s title comes from the Velvet Revolver song of the same name – and Velvet Revolver were the band who fired her husband.
- HALLOWEEN 2 MAKES MONEY BACK
The movie Halloween 2 (written and directed by Rob Zombie) took more than $17 million at the box office on its opening weekend in America. This made it the third-best grossing film of that weekend, behind The Final Destination and Inglourious Basterds. This might seem to be something of a failure, as Halloween opened by taking over $30 million on its debut weekend two years ago. However, the Weinstein Company (who backed the film) are happy enough, as the sequel has more than covered its production costs. There are now plans for Halloween 3, which is to be released next Summer in 3-D.
- NEW YORKE SONGS
Radiohead mainman Thom Yorke is preparing to release a 12-inch single at the end of September. According to Rolling Stone, this will feature the songs The Hollow Earth and Apart By Horses. Either, or both, songs might be featured on the soundtrack for the upcoming movie New Moon. As you’d expect from Yorke, there’s very little information available, but it is thought that Apart By Horses might be closely related to the track Reckoner (Pulled Apart By Horses), which was performed live a couple of times by Radiohead, before morphing into Reckoner, which was on 2007′s In Rainbows album.
- DREAMIN’ OF THE MOON
There’s no stopping Neil Young. The veteran Canadian rocker is to release a new live album in early November. It’s to be called Dreamin’ Man, and features the entire Harvest Moon album, drawn from solo acoustic performances in 1992.
It’s being labelled Neil Young Archive series #12, which is odd as only numbers one to three have so far been released. But then Young is a man who enjoys confusing everyone.
- PEARL JAM’S TARGET PRACTICE
Pearl Jam have been defending their decision to do an exclusive deal with US retailer Target for new album Backspacer. The band say the deal passed their ‘moral barometer’. It still allows them to do something special for diehard fans whenever they want to do so. It will also get Pearl Jam on to iTunes, and give them more bucks per CD. “We’ve put a tremendous amount of thought into this, and we’ve done it in a way that we think will be good for everybody,” vocalist Eddie Vedder told Billboard. “I can’t think of anything we’ve ever done without putting it through our own personal moral barometer. Target has passed for us. The fans just have to trust us.”