RANDY BLYTHE's Illness Forces LAMB OF GOD's Las Vegas Concert Cancelation
LAMB OF GOD was forced to cancel its performance at the House Of Blues in Las Vegas, Nevada last night (Thursday, November 1) after the band's lead singer, Randy Blythe, was taken ill.
After support act IN FLAMES played an extended set, the members ofLAMB OF GOD minus Randy walked out onto the stage (see video below) and apologized to the crowd, explaining that the show was being rescheduled for December 12 and that the tickets will still be valid.
Blythe was released from a prison in Prague on August 2, more than a month after he was arrested and incarcerated. Blythe was facing the possibility of conviction and a long-term jail sentence after a 2010 incident in which a fan attending a LAMB OF GOD show died almost a month later, allegedly from injuries sustained when he was thrown off the stage.Blythe's predicament galvanized the heavy rock community, with artists across the hard rock genre pledging their support.
Interviewed by a Czech media outlet before boarding the plane to go home, Blythe said, "I'm relieved to be out of jail but if it's necessary for me to return to Prague to go to this court thing, I certainly will, I'm no flight risk."
Blythe added that he had no memory at all of the incident in question, saying, "I feel very bad that a fan of my band is dead and his family has to go through it, it's terrible, I feel awful for them but it's a tragic coincidence . . . we had no knowledge whatsoever that someone had been injured much less died."
The case is expected to be heard in court in January.
Soundgarden Announces Intimate Concerts, TV Appearances to Promote King Animal
In celebration of the release of Soundgarden’s first album in 15 years, King Animal, the guys have scheduled three intimate North American concerts later this month. The band will make stops at Irving Plaza in New York City on November 13, The Phoenix in Toronto on November 16 and The Fonda Theatre in Los Angeles on November 27.
Fans who pre-order King Animal before 11:59 p.m. PT on November 7 will be sent a password which allows access to a special ticket pre-sale for the concerts that will take place on November 8 at 12 p.m. local venue time. Tickets will be available to the general public at 10 a.m. local venue time on November 9.
If you miss out on getting tickets to the newly-announced shows, the band is giving you a few more chances to see them live. Soundgarden will be taking part in the CBS Interactive webcast series Live on Letterman, which will stream live on November 12 at 8 p.m. ET on CBS.com and VEVO.com. That's the day before their new album, King Animal, is released. The guys also will appear on Late Show with David Letterman later that same night. In addition, the band will be performing tracks from King Animal on ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live! on November 26.
Kid Rock’s New Album, Rebel Soul, to Be Sold on iTunes
After a long holdout, Kid Rock is now on iTunes. The singer’s upcoming album, Rebel Soul, is now available for pre-order on the digital retailer for the first time.
A source tells Billboard.com that Rock decided to put his music up for sale on iTunes because he could "no longer ignore how much money he was leaving on the table."
While it’s unclear whether or not Rock will allow his entire catalog to be sold on iTunes,Rebel Soul will be available starting on November 19. You can purchase the album’s first single, “Let’s Ride,” on iTunes now.
Nickelback's Chad Kroeger's Wedding to Avril Lavigne Will Be "The Most Unique...the Planet Has Probably Ever Seen"
Nickelback's Chad Kroeger and Avril Lavigne and are certainly an unusual couple, so it's not surprising that their upcoming wedding will be out of the ordinary as well.
Speaking to Men's Health magazine, Kroeger says that he has control over "nothing" about the wedding, adding, "I just show up." But he's not worried, he explains, because as he puts it, "[Avril] has traversed these territories before." That means Lavigne's already been married; Kroeger has not.
"It's nice to have her to guide me through this...she's got great ideas. I would have gone a little too traditional, I think, and she's giving it a rock and roll edge," Kroeger explains about Lavigne's concept for their wedding. "Let's just say she's taking the bull by the horns and steering the ship towards what is going to be the most unique wedding that the planet has probably ever seen."
As for whether or not Kroeger approves of his and Lavigne's couple nickname, "Chavril," he tells the magazine, "Oh, we predicted that long ago. We pegged it before we decided we were going to spill the beans. We went through a list." He laughs, "Our other guess was AdChav, which sounds like some sort of jet fuel. Chavril was the better choice, and sure enough, that's what the media went with."
That's not to say that Kroeger and Lavigne dislike the name. He admits, "When one of us is trying to get the others attention from across the room, we'll say 'Hey Chavril!' It's funny how fast your head turns around, followed by a lot of laughter.
As for whether or not Kroeger has stopped his philandering rock star ways since he and Lavigne got engaged, he tells the magazine, "After this many years of being a lead singer in a touring rock band, I've had my fair share of fun. But those days are long behind me...I don't think my libido has changed. I just think that my Rolodex has been confiscated. And I'm okay with that."
Soundgarden to Release King Animal Box Set in 2013; Posts Stream of "Non-State Actor"
Soundgarden has just announced some special configurations of their first album in 15 years, King Animal. In addition to releasing a standard CD, the band will drop a deluxe edition, an iTunes version and a box set.
The deluxe CD version and digital deluxe version of the album will feature the standard album's 13 tracks, as well as demos of “Worse Dreams,” “Black Saturday,” and “By Crooked Steps.” The iTunes deluxe version contains everything from the digital deluxe issue, along with an additional demo of “Halfway There.”
In addition, Soundgarden has put together the King Animal Box Set, which features a vinyl copy of the album, a deluxe CD version of the release, an exclusive live DVD of the band’s performance in Hyde Park, and five exclusive lithographs. That package is slated for release on January 31, 2013. You can pre-order the box set now at the band’swebsite.
In other Soundgarden news, they've posted a stream of another cut from King Animal, “Non-State Actor,” on YouTube. The video features the song accompanied by black-and-white footage of an American flag flapping in the wind.
Muse Releases Lyric Video for "Follow Me"
Muse has released a lyrics video for their next single, "Follow Me," from their recently-released album, The 2nd Law. In the four-minute clip, the lyrics to the song appear on the screen as psychedelic lights and images flash around them.
Frontman Matt Bellamy has said that the track was inspired by a trip to the doctor’s office with his then-pregnant wife, Kate Hudson. “A couple of days before Kate gave birth [to Bingham] we went for a check-up and I recorded [my baby’s heartbeat] on my iPhone as I thought it was an amazing sound,” Bellamy told U.K. newspaper The Sun. “Then I wrote the lyrics about wanting to lead and protect, all the feelings that having a kid evokes.”
Stone Sour’s Corey Taylor Looking to Make Movies Based on House of Gold and Bones
Stone Sour might be getting into the movie business. Frontman Corey Taylor says that he hopes to turn his concept double album, House of Gold and Bones, into two feature films sometime in the future.
“That’s my endgame, really,” the singer tells U.K. retailer Attitude Clothing in a video interview. “I’d love to make these into two movies. I’m kind of in a position where I can do that now, I have the film company with [percussionist Shawn "Clown" Crahan] fromSlipknot.” Taylor adds that while he’s met some “really creative people” with whom he’d like to work on the films, he hasn’t yet talked to them about the project.
The first installment of the album, House of Gold and Bones Part 1, debuted at #7 on theBillboard200 albums chart this week with 31,000 units sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The second installment, House of Gold & Bones Part 2, is expected to be released sometime next year. In addition, a four-issue comic book mini-series based on the album will be available starting April 17, 2013.