As reported by Billboard.com, Federal authorities say they have arrested a blogger suspected of streaming songs from Guns N’ Roses unreleased album, “Chinese Democracy,” on his Web site.
FBI agents arrested 27-year-old Kevin Cogill this morning (Aug. 27) on suspicion of violating federal copyright laws. Federal authorities say Cogill posted nine unreleased Guns N’ Roses songs on Antiquiet.com in June. The songs were later removed but spread quickly across the Internet.
According to an arrest affidavit, Cogill admitted to agents that he posted the songs on his Web site.
“Chinese Democracy” has been in the works for more than a decade, with frontman Axl Rose the only remaining original member of the once mighty group. Rumblings that the album may finally be out this fall, possibly as a Best Buy exclusive, have not been confirmed by Guns N’ Roses or its management.
‘Rock N Roll Train’ is the first single from AC/DC’s 15th album Black Ice, due out via Columbia Records on Tuesday, October 21st.
Black Ice is the first full-length studio album of all-new material from AC/DC since the release of Stiff Upper Lip in 2000. Produced by Brendan O’Brien at the Warehouse Studio in Vancouver, BC, Black Ice premieres 15 new AC/DC compositions and performances including ‘Rock ‘N’ Roll Train’, slated to arrive at radio around the world on August 28th with a video debuting in September.
AC/DC will embark on a major world tour, the group’s first since 2001, beginning late October.
Black Ice features the following tracklisting: ‘Rock ‘N Roll Train’, ‘Skies On Fire’, ‘Big Jack’, ‘Anything Goes’, ‘War Machine’, ‘Smash ‘N Grab’, ‘Spoilin’ For A Fight’, ‘Wheels’, ‘Decibel’, ‘Stormy May Day’, ‘She Likes Rock ‘N Roll’, ‘Money Made’, ‘Rock N Roll Dream’, ‘Rocking All The Way’, ‘Black Ice’.
Talk about detonating on impact. The Illusion of Progress, the new album from Flip/Atlantic recording artists Staind, rocketed onto the Billboard 200 this week at #3, making it the fourth consecutive album of the band’s career to debut in the top 3.
News of the album’s explosive arrival follows a flurry of headline-making moves for the multi-platinum band, who recently teamed with online retailer Amazon.com for an innovative pre-release promotion, and have been on a worldwide summer tour, to be followed by a run in Europe with Nickelback in September, and headlining dates with special guests Seether and Papa Roach beginning October 4th at the Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia, MD. Fans can go to www.staind.com for ticket information.
The Illusion of Progress is being propelled by chart-topping lead single “Believe,” currently #2 at Modern Rock, #5 at Active Rock, and #4 at Mainstream Rock. The song has already begun crossing over to the Hot AC charts with a debut at #34. “Believe” is Staind’s fastest-growing hit since “It’s Been Awhile.”
The Illusion of Progress is Staind’s sixth album and the follow-up to 2005’s certified platinum Chapter V. The album was produced by Johnny K and recorded in Lewis’ home studio with guitarist Mike Mushok , drummer Jon Wysocki, and bassist Johnny April.
Tour dates for STAIND are as follows (additional dates to be confirmed)
DATE VENUE CITY
With 3 Doors Down and Hinder
8/27 WaMu Theater Seattle, WA
8/29 Mandalay Bay Las Vegas, NV
8/30 Konocti Field Amphitheater Kelseyville, CA
8/31 Verizon Wireless Amp Irvine, CA (Aaron Lewis solo show)
With Nickelback in Europe
9/8 Cologne Arena Cologne
9/9 Schleyerhalle Stuttgart
9/12 Odyssey Arena Belfast
9/13 RDS Simmonscourt Dublin
9/15 MEN Arena Manchester
9/16 Sheffield Arena Sheffield
9/18 The NEC Birmingham
9/19 o2 Arena London
9/21 Wembley Arena London
10/3 Turning Stone Verona, NY (Staind only)
With Seether and Papa Roach
10/4 Merriweather Post Pavilion Columbia, MD
10/7 Greensboro Special Events Center Greensboro, NC
10/9 Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Hollywood, FL
10/10 St. Augustine Amphitheater St. Augustine, FL
10/12 Hard Rock Live Orlando, FL
10/14 Heritage Park Simpsonville (Greenville), SC
10/15 Freedom Hall Civic Center Johnson City, TN
10/17 The Amphitheater at the Warf Orange Beach, AL
10/18 Snowden Grove Park Amphitheatre Southaven, MS
10/19 Lakewood Amphitheater Atlanta, GA
10/21 Black River Coliseum Poplar Bluff, MO
10/22 Rockford MetroCentre Rockford, IL
10/24 Tulsa Convention Center Arena Tulsa, OK
10/26 Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion Houston, TX
11/12 Mohegan Sun Casino Uncasville, CT (with Papa Roach only)
11/14 Sovereign Center Reading, PA (with Papa Roach only)
11/15 Asbury Park Convention Hall Complex Asbury Park, NJ
11/16 Tsongas Arena Lowell, MA
11/18 Hammerstein Ballroom New York, NY
Sound and Fury are continuing their rock n’ roll freight train of excess with the group’s Fall US tour alongside Boston based ‘80s enthusiasts Bang Camaro.
“Bang Camaro are really great and we’re really excited to be touring with them and its gonna be a kick ass party,” commented Sound and Fury frontman Luke Metcalf.
Toronto’s Sound and Fury are flying high off their self-titled debut full-length album, which was released through Rebel Youth Records/MRI-RED Distribution. The band’s refreshing approach to modern rock combines the thunderous riffing of AC/DC with the raw energy of the Ramones. The band’s explosive live show has been converting loyal fans opening for everyone from pop-punkers Sum 41 to Aussie rockers Airbourne. Sound and Fury’s unbridled power can be witnessed in the group’s brand new video for “Teenage Rampage”, which can be seen online at www.soundandfury.com.
Boston based Bang Camaro are the perfect tour companion to aid Sound and Fury’s whiskey rawk show. The band consists of three guitar players, a bass player, a drummer, and anywhere from ten to twenty singers. The songs remind the listener of arena rock from the mid to late 80s, but with a strange twist. This band has no lead vocals, only guitar solos and choruses sung by the band and the mob of extras. The group is touring in support of their self-titled debut album, which has drawn attention from MTV and Billboard magazine.
Sound And Fury Tour Dates w/ Bang Camaro:
Sep 12 2008 Northampton, MA @ Pearl Street
Sep 13 2008 Portland, ME @ The Asylum
Sep 25 2008 Chicago, IL @ Double Door
Sep 26 2008 Madison, WI @ The High Noon Saloon
Sep 27 2008 Minneapolis, MN @ 7th Street Entry
Oct 03 2008 Seattle, WA @ King Cobra
Oct 04 2008 Portland, OR @ Dante’s
Oct 05 2008 San Francisco, CA@ Bottom of the Hill
Oct 08 2008 Los Angeles, CA @ The Roxy Theatre
Oct 09 2008 Las Vegas, NV @ Beauty Bar
Oct 10 2008 San Diego, CA @ The Casbah
Oct 11 2008 Tucson, AZ @ Plush
Sound And Fury Tour Dates w/ Airbourne:
Nov 01 Cardiff University Cardiff, UK
Nov 02 Bristol Academy Bristol, UK
Nov 05 Birmingham Academy Birmingham, UK
Nov 06 Sheffield Octagon Sheffield, UK
Nov 07 Liverpool Academy Liverpool, UK
Nov 08 Manchester Academy Manchester, UK
Nov 10 Dublin Ambassador Dublin, IRE
Nov 11 Belfast Mandela Hall Belfast, IRE
Nov 13 Inverness Ironworks
Nov 14 Dundee Fat Sams
Nov 15 Glasgow Barrowlands Glasgow
Nov 17 Newcastle Academy Newcastle, UK
Nov 18 Leeds Met University Leeds, UK
Nov 19 Stoke Victoria Hall UK
Nov 20 Nottingham Rock City Nottingham, UK
Nov 22 Oxford Academy Oxford, UK
Nov 23 Norwich UEA
Nov 24 Cambridge Junction Cambridge, UK
Nov 26 Folkestone Lees Cliff Hall UK
Nov 27 Astoria London, UK
Dec 1 Laiterie Strasbourg, France
Dec 2 Trabendo Paris, France
Dec 4 Apolo 2 Barcelona, Spain
Dec 5 Theatre Barbey Bordeaux, France
Dec 6 Rolling Stone Milan, Italy
Dec 7 Rohstofflager Zurich, Switzerland
Dec 8 Flex Vienna, Austria
Dec 15 Small Vega Copenhagen, Denmark
Dec 18 Grunspan Hamburg, Germany
Dec 21 Backstage/Werk Munich, Germany
Dec 28 Colas-Saal Ascahffenburg, Germany
Today is the 18th Anniversary of Steve Ray Vaughn’s unfortunate death. Check out SRV in the video for “Texas Flood” below.
Cruefest came to Cincinnati on Tuesday August 19th. Trapt took the stage shortly after 5 P.M. and played a collection of songs including “Headstrong”, “Still Frame”, “Stand Up”, “I Believe” and their new single, “Who’s Going Home with You Tonight”.
I thought Trapt was good, but their music is more on the alternative rock side, than hard rock. Out of all of the bands on the Cruefest bill, I thought Trapt seemed a little out of place. They were the least heavy act in Cruefest. Their sound wasn’t the only thing that seemed to greatly differ from the other acts on Cruefest.
The members of Sixx A.M. Papa Roach, Buckcherry and Motley Crue, have more tattoos on their skin than most bands I have seen live. Trapt looked like a clean cut bunch of corporate rockers. Their image has nothing to do with their sound. They were good live, but when comparing them to the rest of the acts on the Cruefest bill, they were nothing more than an o.k. warm up act. They didn’t have the energy of the other bands on this bill. I was glad that I got to see them, and I did enjoy hearing a couple of their songs. Their live performance wouldn’t draw me to another show.
From a business perspective, putting Trapt on this bill makes sense. The band has a solid fan base, and have sold a ton of albums. I hope for Cruefest 2009, they pick some bands that better fit the hard rock genre.
The slideshow below are some of the pictures I took during the Trapt set. Enjoy!
Stockholm, Sweden’s Heave have released a brand new disc, “Final Day”. Unlike the majority of the acts from Sweden that have been moving in the glam metal direction, “Final Day” is a heavy metal record.
The music on “Final Day” is pretty good. The guitar work is often in a heavy doom laden style, that I didn’t expect to hear from this band. The problem with Heave’s sound, is the vocals of Anna Olsson. This girl can sing, and truly belt out the notes. On “Final Day” Anna Olsson hits some extremely high notes with her high pitched screams that makes the hair stand up on my arms. It is really cool, and from a metal perspective this is the type of thing that I like to hear from a singer. From this listener’s ears, the pitch of her voice doesn’t match up well with Heave’s bass heavy music.
This is an example of a talented band with a good singer, but the two pieces of a puzzle that don’t seem to fit together very well. I believe Heave has a lot of potential, but Final Day is a release that they will need to grow from if they are to succeed.
If female fronted metal is your thing, you ought to give Heave a look.
Rating:Out of 10
Heave performing Emptiness Live
1. The End
3. Stand My Ground
4. Fears Come Alive
6. In Control
7. On And On
11. Final Day
Anna Olsson – Vocals
Marcus Sundquist – Guitars
Pasi J Lappi – Bass
Patrik Nikolic´- Drums