August 2003

Primus Announces Fall Tour Dates

Primus has announced the dates of their fall tour, their first tour since winter of 2000. The tour begins October 15th in Las Vegas and runs through November 23rd in Toronto. This edition of Primus features Les Claypool, Larry LeLonde, and Tim Alexander.
For full fall tour date information visit Primussucks.com.

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Rage To Release CD/DVD Of Final Shows

Rage Against The Machine’s final shows are the subject of the upcoming “Live at the Olympic Auditorium” CD and DVD, due Nov. 18 via Epic. The Sept. 12-13, 2000, gigs at the Los Angeles venue found Rage tearing through tracks from throughout its career, as well as covers of the MC5’s “Kick Out the Jams,” Devo’s “Beautiful World,” Cypress Hill’s “How Could I Just Kill a Man,” EPMD’s “I’m Housin'” and Eric B & Rakim’s “Microphone Fiend.”
“Live at the Olympic Auditorium” was originally intended as a companion piece to the 2001 DVD “The Battle of Mexico City,” but never saw the light of day.
Just a month after the Olympic Auditorium gigs, Rage frontman Zach de la Rocha quit the group, citing a “decision-making process [that] has completely failed.” He has been working on his solo debut with numerous collaborators ever since, although no release date has been set. The remaining members of Rage (guitarist Tom Morello, bassist Tim Commerford and drummer Brad Wilk) went on to join forces with Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell to form Audioslave.
The track list for the upcoming DVD is not yet finalized. A limited amount of CD/DVD combo packs will also be available.
Source Billboard.com.

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R.E.M/Wilco Announces Free Webcast

The official Web sites of R.E.M. and Wilco will host a free Webcast of a concert by both bands Sunday (Aug. 31) in Missoula, Mont. The show is the first U.S. date on R.E.M.’s 2003 world tour, which kicks off its North American leg Friday (Aug. 29) in Vancouver.
The Webcast will begin at 9 p.m. ET and will be accessible to fans at Remhq.com and Wilcoweb.com.
Wilco is supporting R.E.M. through a Sept. 14 show at Morrison, Colo.’s Red Rocks Amphitheater. Other opening acts on the include Sparklehorse, Ed Harcourt and Pete Yorn.
Source Pollstar.com.

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Cake: Sunshine Unlimited Again (INTERVIEW With John McCrea)

Over the course of four records, Sacramento, California based rockers Cake, have fashioned their knack by releasing intelligent, cynical, offbeat and one hundred percent eclectic rock and roll. From the hit singles, “The Distance” and “Short Skirt/Long Jacket” to their quirky arrangements of well known tunes, to continually surprising the ears of their listeners with novel sounds, Cake always remains fresh.

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Grandaddy To Tour Nonstop Thru December

California heartland indie rockers Grandaddy just keep announcing those dates. They’ve been touring since spring behind their latest release, Sumday, and plan to stay on the road until mid-December.
With guitarist Jim Fairchild on the mend after a May run-in with a tractor-trailer, the band will set out on the latest leg September 18 in San Francisco. They’ll have Super Furry Animals in tow through October 4, after which Starlight Mints will take over for the remainder of the U.S. dates. Then in November it’s off to Europe, where the Grandaddy fever knows no borders. They’ll make stops in at least a dozen countries, with extensive runs in France and the U.K., before finishing off at London’s Brixton Academy December 10.
For a complete list of dates visit Pollstar.com.

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Dave Matthews To Make Acting Debut

Dave Matthews will make his major studio film acting debut in “Because of Winn-Dixie.” Director Wayne Wang will direct the 20th Century Fox feature. Also in negotiations to join the cast of the dramedy are Jeff Daniels and Eva Marie Saint.
Due to start shooting in late September, the film tells the story of a 10-year-old girl who moves to the small Florida town of Naomi with her preacher father (Daniels). Lonely and friendless, the girl grows close to a big, ugly, suffering dog, Winn-Dixie, whom she names after the supermarket where she finds him. Because of the dog, she winds up meeting and befriending a colorful cast of characters that becomes her extended family, including a drifter (Matthews) and a librarian (Saint).
Co-producer Joan Singleton adapted the screenplay based on the novel “Because of Winn-Dixie,” by Kate Dicamillo.
Source Billboard.com.
Matthews’ past acting credits include the independent feature “Where the Red Fern Grows.

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Helmet To Release Best Of; No Reunion

Fans of seminal New York hard rock act Helmet will have a little something to celebrate later this year, when Universal releases a retrospective of the group’s three studio albums for Interscope. The set is due Nov. 4, although it’s unknown whether any rare or unreleased tracks will be included.
Contrary to a published report, the group, which split in 1999, has no plans at present to reform for a tour in conjunction with the retrospective. A management spokesperson for Helmet frontman Page Hamilton was unsure how the rumor began, but confirmed to Billboard.com that Hamilton is working on a new project with late period Helmet guitarist Chris Traynor, among others. The two musicians recently played together on tracks intended for Bush frontman Gavin Rossdale’s solo debut.
According to the spokesperson, Hamilton is no longer pursuing his band Gandhi, which featured former White Zombie drummer John Tempesta and Rob Zombie bassist Rob Nicholson.
Source Pollstar.com.

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100 Greatest Guitarists Named

Late rock musicians Jimi Hendrix (news) and Duane Allman (news) lead the list of the 100 greatest guitarists of all time in the upcoming issue of Rolling Stone magazine.
Hendrix, who invariably tops such polls, received a glowing tribute from Who guitarist Pete Townshend (news), who wrote that he “made the electric guitar beautiful.”
Allman was hailed by the magazine for transforming “the poetry of jamming” with the Allman Brothers Band, the Atlanta rock group he founded with younger brother Gregg in 1969.
B.B. King, who turns 78 next month, came in at No. 3. “His string-bending and vibrato made his famous guitar, Lucille, weep like a woman,” the magazine said.
Clapton landed at No. 4, followed by Delta bluesman Robert Johnson. Rounding out the top 10 were Chuck Berry, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Ry Cooder , Jimmy Page and Keith Richards.
The No. 100 spot went to Kim Thayil of defunct Seattle rock band Soundgarden. Townshend himself was No. 50. Two women made the list: Joni Mitchell (news) at No. 72 and Joan Jett (news) at No. 87.
The survey is featured in the next issue, which hits streets on Friday.
Source Yahoo.com.

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Station Nightclub Fined Close to $100K

Six months after the Station nightclub fire killed 100 people in West Warwick, Rhode Island, and injured hundreds more, the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration fined the club’s owners nearly $100,000, and Great White, the band whose pyrotechnics ignited the February 20th blaze was fined $7,000.
Station owners Michael and Jeffrey Derderian were cited for one “willful” violation — installing an exit door that opened in — and six “serious,” including covering the walls with flammable foam for soundproofing.
Great White’s guitarist Ty Longley was among those who died in the fire.
Source Rollingstone.com.

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