STONE TEMPLE PILOTS and LIVE will headline this year's Rolling Rock Town Fair, set for August 4th in the brewery's home base of Latrobe, Pennsylvania. DEFTONES, INCUBUS, and OLEANDER will also be on the bill for the event, to be held at the Westmoreland County Fairgrounds, about an hour east of Pittsburgh.
Former JANE'S ADDICTION / PORNO FOR PYROS frontman Perry Farrell's long-delayed solo debut for Virgin Records, Song Yet to be Sung, is finally set for a June 19th release. Described by Farrell as 'ancient global music married to beautiful modern technology,' Song Yet to be Sung includes such tracks as 'Nua Nua' and 'Admit I'.
Former YNGWIE MALMSTEEN vocalist Jeff Scott Soto has confirmed that he will, in fact, be stepping in as the lead vocalist on the remainder of Yngwie's US tour following the well-publicized altercation that caused former singer Jorn Lande (i.e. ARK, MILLENIUM, VAGABOND) to quit the band prior to the group's performance in Cleveland, Ohio on Sunday, April 8th. According to Soto, 'YES, I am finishing Yngwie's US tour, which resumes this Tues. (April 17th) in St. Louis. Yngwie had 'a little' falling out with the guy that was on the last tour [Jorn] & asked me if I could come in. I'll be finishing off the duration.'
Meanwhile, it appears that Jeff may not have been the only former vocalist Yngwie contacted in the hours and days following the aforementioned incident in Cleveland. According to Mark Boals' official web site, Boals received a call from Yngwie at 4:30 AM on Tuesday, April 10th, with the guitarist offering the frontman position to Mark for the remainder of the tour. No details were apparently discussed and no negotiations took place during the initial call, although the business formalities were more than likely addressed during the subsequent phone calls between the guitarist's and the singer's respective managers.
TOOL will be making an appearance at the Edgefest in Toronto, Canada on July 1st.
Here are the CANDIRIA / CRYPTOPSY Canadian dates:
April 13 - Vancouver @ Starfish Room
April 14 - Victoria @ Ice House
April 15 - Nanaimo @ Wellington Hall
April 18 - Calgary @ Bridgeland Riverside Community Hall
April 19 - Edmonton @ Fox & Hound
April 20 - Saskatoon @ Wash & Slosh
April 21 - Regina @ Reilleys
April 22 - Winnipeg @ Royal Albert
April 23 - Winnipeg @ Royal Albert
April 25 - Sudbury @ Double D Rocks
April 26 - Collingwood @ The Force
April 27 - Toronto @ Reverb Room
April 28 - Ottawa @ Molly McGuires
Former KISS and current UNION guitarist Bruce Kulick's solo album Audio Dog can be order via his official web site: www.kulick.net. Bruce will also be making an appearance on KNAC.com this Easter Sunday, April 15th at 2 PM PT, where he will reportedly be playing songs from the aforementioned album in addition to doing a giveaway with prizes.
Sweden's DARKANE have lined up a mini-tour of Holland with fellow countrymen GARDENIAN. Here are the confirmed dates:
May 11 - Arnhem, NETH @ Goudvishal
May 12 - Hengelo, NETH @ Metropool
May 13 - Rotterdam, NETH @ Baroeg
DARKANE will also play a live show at The Tivoli in Helsingborg, Sweden, together with SOILWORK and THE FORSAKEN, on June 1st.
Former ICED EARTH guitarist Randall Shawver has joined forces with ex-GOD GODDESS vocalist Tank in a new 'techno-oriented' metal band called YUHROTT. Demo tunes can be downloaded from this address: www.mp3.com/yuhrott
In addition to the four recently-completed tracks, Germany's GAMMA RAY are reportedly working on another eight new songs — five written by mainman Kai Hansen (guitar/vocals), two by drummer Daniel Zimmermann and one by guitarist Henjo Richter. Apparently, some of the new material has been recorded almost completely, while some of it is still in the early recording stages. The sound of the new tracks is being described as 'close to Powerplant as far as heaviness, power and intensity go, but with a warmer atmosphere and a fair amount of more feel in it — like the strongest elements of the last three studio albums' combined. GAMMA RAY are planning to finish mixing the album in early August, for an early September release. A European tour in late September is currently being planned.
THE WILDHEARTS mainman Ginger will be spending time between acoustic solo performances by playing shows with his SILVERGINGER 5 project, also featuring former ELECTRIC BOYS guitarist/vocalist Conny Bloom. Here are the dates:
June 09 - Leeds, UK @ Joseph's Well
June 10 - Oxford, UK @ Zodiac
June 11 - London, UK @ Underworld
Meanwhile, another WILDHEARTS date has been added to the group's growing upcoming itinerary. The reformed band will now be playing Liverpool University on Wednesday, June 13th.
Swedish 'progressive power metal' band EVERGREY have finished recording their new album at Gothenburg's Los Angered Recordings with producer Andy LaRoque (i.e. KING DIAMOND guitarist).
STENDEC, the new band featuring former WHITE ZOMBIE guitarist J. Yuenger, ex-LOCAL H drummer Joe Daniels, ex-CANDLEBOX / 16 HORSEPOWER bassist Rob Redick and ex-GORDON / DASHBOARD PROPHETS guitarist/vocalist Chris Dye, will be playing shows throughout Southern California in May and June. So far, only one date has been confirmed:
May 01 - Los Angeles, CA @ Spaceland
Detroit's TAPROOT are taking most of this month off from touring to write new material for the follow-up to last year's acclaimed Gift. Tentative song titles include the following:
03. Poem To Self
04. This Time
05. Get Me
06. That I See
As reported here several days ago, Zakk Wylde's BLACK LABEL SOCIETY has officially been moved to the main stage of this summer's annual Ozzfest tour, which begins on May 26th at England's Milton Keynes Bowl and kicks off in America on June 8th and runs through mid-August. 'I think it's kick-ass that Ozzy & Sharon [Osbourne] are giving BLACK LABEL SOCIETY the opportunity to be on the main stage at Ozzfest,' stated Wylde. 'To be anywhere on stage or in the Beer Garden is an amazing experience. If I can bring hardcore metal to that many more people, all the fucking better. Plus I get to see the original BLACK SABBATH beat the shit out of the stage every night.' Zakk Wylde's BLACK LABEL SOCIETY will be performing at 5 PM daily.
BLACK LABEL SOCIETY will be releasing a brand new live album and bonus five-song acoustic disc, Alcohol Fueled Brewtality Live +5, on May 8th.
GUNS N' ROSES have reportedly sold out both nights at London's Docklands Arena on June 9th and 10th. Tickets are still available for the other UK dates, which happen in Glasgow (SECC) on June 12th, Manchester (Evening News Arena) on June 13th and Birmingham (NEC) on June 14th.
The track listing to VISION OF DISORDER's From Bliss To Devastation, due out June 19th through TVT Records, has been finalized. The song titles are as follows:
01. Living To Die
03. Itchin' To Bleed
05. On The Table
06. From Bliss To Devastation
07. Downtme Misery
08. Pretty Hate
09. Without You
11. Done In
13. Walking The Line
Contrary to rampant rumors on the Internet, EARTH CRISIS have NOT split up, nor do they plan to do so anytime in the near future. The band is currently taking a short hiatus from touring, during which they plan to pursue various side projects and experiment with new sounds.
ABORTED's upcoming Engineering The Dead debut is tentatively due for release through Listenable Records during May. The full track listing for the album is as follows:
01. The Holocaust Incarnate
02. Nailed Through Her C.nt
03. To Roast & Grind
04. Engineering The Dead
05. Eructations Of Carnal Artistry
06. Sphinctral Enthrallment
07. Skullf.ck Crescendo
08. Exhuming The Infested (Necro-eroticism Pt. II)
Producer Kevin Shirley has finished mastering the upcoming IRON MAIDEN live CD/DVD (recorded at the group's Rock In Rio performance in January) and has just completed mixing his one-song collaboration with Finland's H.I.M. ('Keep On Pretending')at his studio in New York City.
Chicago's NO ONE, whose Immortal / Virgin Records self-titled debut will be released on June 19th, have now been confirmed for the second leg of Ozzfest. The band will be playing on the second stage at the following shows:
July 13 - West Palm Beach, FL @ Mars Music Amph.
July 14 - Tampa, FL @ TBA
July 17 - Charlotte, NC @ Verizon Wireless Amph.
July 20 - Bristow, VA @ Nissan Pavilion
July 21 - Camden, NJ @ Tweeter Center
July 24 - Toronto, ON, Canada @ The Docks
July 26 - Cleveland, OH @ Blossom Amph.
July 28 - Pittsburgh, PA @ Post-Gazette Pavilion
July 30 - Detroit, MI @ Energy Center
July 31 - Detroit, MI @ Energy Center
Aug. 03 - Columbus, OH @ Polaris Amph.
Aug. 05 - Hartford, CT @ Meadows Music Amph.
Aug. 07 - Mansfield, MA @ Tweeter Center
Aug. 08 - Mansfield, MA @ Tweeter Center
Aug. 11 - Holmdel, NJ @ PNC Bank Arts Center
Aug. 12 - Holmdel, NJ @ PNC Bank Arts Center
Norway's THE SINS OF THY BELOVED have parted ways with vocalist Hege-Marie. According to the group's official web site, 'the reason for this is that the band did not manage to collaborate very well with her, and sadly she could not give TSOTB the little extra they were searching for. But there are no hard feelings about this break up and we all want to give our best wishes to Hege-Marie, and wish her the best of luck in the future.' As a result of this latest development, the recording of the new THE SINS OF THY BELOVED album has been indefinitely postponed.
TYGERS OF PAN TANG will issue their comeback release, Mystical, on September 3rd through Z Records in Europe. Meanwhile, you can catch the band live at the following shows:
Aug. 26 - ZRock2001 - Wigan, UK @ Maximes
Sept. 08 - Mannheim, GER @ Capital
MONSTROSITY's Enslaving the Masses double CD has a release date of May 22nd.
Germany's GUANO APES have lined up a host of European Festival and club appearances during the coming months. Here are the confirmed dates so far:
April 28 - Gent, BEL @ Kulp
May 02 - London, UK @ Mean Fiddler
May 03 - Glasgow, UK @ Cathouse
May 04 - Manchester, UK @ University
May 25 - Moskau, RUS @ Prometheus Festival
June 04 - Wels, AUS @ Spark 7 Festival
June 05 - Piberstein, AUS @ Spark 7 Festival
June 06 - Innsbruck, AUS @ Spark 7 Festival
June 08 - Otepää, EST @ Beach Party Festival
June 30 - St.Gallen, SWI @ St. Gallen Open Air
July 03 - Rimini, IT @ Velvet
July 04 - Arezzo, IT @ Arezzo Wave Festival
July 05 - Turin, IT @ Certosa Reale
July 07 - Rimavska, SLK @ Sobota Open Air
Aug. 04 - Harmont, BEL @ Eurorock
Aug. 17 - Weeze, GER @ Bizarre Festival
Sept. 15 - Prague, CZ @ BRAVO Festival
Sept. 29 - Olbia, IT @ MoTotono Festival