Rockn The News – September 14, 2004

****** KMFDM 20th Anniversary Tour ******

liveDaily reports: KMFDM marks the 20th anniversary of its formation with an ambitious North American tour, and a collection of archived music.

The outing kicks off in Canada in early October, and is scheduled to wrap up with a mid-November, two-night stand in Seattle.

Concertgoers will have an opportunity to purchase the two-disc set “KMFDM 84-86: The 20th Anniversary Edition” at the shows. The album features a mix of rare and previously unreleased tracks, according to the bands website. [see full story for more, including dates]

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****** Prodigy Vs. Madonna & Beastie Boys ******

Ananova reports: The Prodigys Liam Howlett has admitted he thinks Madonnas music is s**t.

Liam accepted Madonnas invitation to DJ for her when she played at Wembley Arena last month.

Howlett, whose band are signed to Madonnas Maverick label, says he did it for the money.

He also says that the Beastie Boys asked him to DJ before their Reading Festival performance telling him what he could and couldnt play.

He told the San Francisco Chronicle, “I think Ive still got a little bit of an issue with the time the Beastie Boys called me up at home before the Reading Festival and said, `You cant play Smack My Bitch Up. You cant do this, you cant do that.

“I hate their new record. Its weak and dated. But, I mean, I dont ring them up and tell them their albums crap, do I.?” [see full story for more]

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****** Marky Leave Adema ******

IAYM reports: According to, Adema have parted ways with their frontman Marky Chavez. Auditions for a replacement vocalist are currently being held, and the process of locating a new singer for the group is reportedly being filmed in a reality TV type of way. [see full story for more]

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****** Apartment 26 Split ******

IAYM reports: Apartment 26 have made the decision to break up. An official statement released earlier today cited reasons including the state of the record industry and the loss of bassist Louis Cruden earlier this year as the main reasons for calling it a day…[see full story for the statement]

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****** Death Angel Support Deftones ******

IAYM reports: The legendary Death Angel, who reunited in 2002, have been tapped to support the Deftones on their upcoming club tour of North America, which commences on September 27th running through until October 30th.[see full story for more]

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****** Costello DVD ******

Aversion reports: Elvis Costello will tape a couple upcoming shows for a live DVD.

Costellos shows Friday (Sept. 17) at Memphis Hi-Tone Café will be filmed for an upcoming video release. Costello and the Imposters next album, The Delivery Man is due the following Tuesday (Sept. 21). [see full story for more]

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****** Lacuna Coil Catching On ******

BW&BK reports: Italian newcomers LACUNA COIL are fast-approaching the 150,000 sales mark for their recent album Comalies. The album, which reached #9 on Billboards Heatseekers chart, has sold 147,000 copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan

“Were really proud to be considered a breakout band, but Im really scared about those names, because its kind of like a bad luck thing,” vocalist Cristina Scabbia told at a recent Ozzfest stop outside Pittsburgh.[see full story for more]

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****** Ramones 30th Anniversary Party ******

Reuters reports: There is a flurry of Ramones activity going on right now as the 30th anniversary of the legendary New York punk-pop band is in full swing.

The bands former tour manager has written a book about his experiences, “On the Road With the Ramones”; a film documentary titled “End of the Century: The Story of the Ramones” is in theaters; ex-Ramones drummer Marky Ramone has overseen the recent DVD release of “Ramones Raw”; and Sunday night saw friends and family members get together in Hollywood to perform a lengthy concert tribute to the band.

Sadly, Joey, Dee Dee and Johnny Ramone were not there to share in the abundant love and respect that flowed freely, though host Rob Zombie did read a letter from Johnny that expressed his thanks and appreciation. At one point, Zombie also made an onstage phone call to Johnny, ill with cancer, who had to be heartened by the Zombie-led crowd chants of “Hey ho, lets go!” that resounded through the hall. [see full story for a lot more]

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****** Sixx Wants Vans To Pay ******

Metal-Rules reports: Nikki Sixx just made the following post on the Motley Crue messageboard.

The final depo in the vans law suit [was] monday. Im excited to take them to court.They have offered settlements but they have all been a slap in the face.I cant wait to take them to court and set straight that companies cannot and will not be allowed to use celebrities images without permission.

on other new…Vince smoked the 4 new tunes…He sang the best ive heard in in years. [see full story for more]

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****** Papa Roach Murders The Charts ******

press release reports: Papa Roach is back on familiar ground: the upper reaches of the Billboard album charts, thanks to the big debut of “Getting Away With Murder,” the bands new Geffen release. The CD, which premiered at #17 on The Billboard 200 chart, sold in excess of 50,000 copies in its first week.

The CDs release comes on the heels of the hit title track, which was #1 most added at Active Rock radio and #2 at Alternative radio. The achievement is all the more impressive is that the track was already in the Top-20 at Active Rock before the official radio add date. [see full story for more]

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****** Bullets and Octane Debut Out Today ******

press release reports: Southern California 5-piece Bullets and Octane have quickly become a major club draw with their incendiary live shows led by charismatic front man Gene Bullets. On their forthcoming debut full-length The Revelry they have managed to brilliantly capture the raw, dynamic energy of their live set.

Bullets and Octanes turbo-charged sound has been described as falling somewhere between the Misfits and Rebel Yell-era Billy Idol and on such crunchy, punk-fueled rock anthems as “Pirates”, “Sweet Dreams” and “Save Me Sorrow” it would be hard to argue with that.

The Revelry is set for release on Sept. 14 on burgeoning indie, Criterion Records (Story of the Year, Hot Like (A) Robot).

On Saturday September 18, Bullets and Octane will open for the Supersuckers at the Roxy on the Sunset Strip. Also watch for the band on tour with Eagles of Death Metal in October. [see full story for more]

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