FEAR FACTORY bassist Christian Olde Wolbers will be going on tour with CYPRESS HILL at the end of January when the latter band embark on a month-long US trek as the support act for LINKIN PARK. As previously reported, Olde Wolbers recently made an appearance in CYPRESS HILL's latest video, for the track �Trouble�, one of the two songs (�Trouble� and �Catastrophe�) off the group's latest album, Stoned Raiders, for which Olde Wolbers laid down the bass tracks. In related news, KUSH, the long-running project of Olde Wolbers, FEAR FACTORY drummer Raymond Herrera, DEFTONES guitarist Stephen Carpenter and CYPRESS HILL frontman B-Real, will perform at the Viper Room in Hollywood, California tonight, December 29th. Also appearing on the bill will be SERIAL RHYME KILLAZS and THE SUPER DANK BROTHERS.
GUNS N' ROSES Fans Take Out LA Weekly Ad On Eve Of Concert Appearance! - Dec. 29, 2001
GUNS N' ROSES fans from around the globe came together to show their support for Axl Rose and his revamped backing crew by taking out a full-page ad in the current issue of LA Weekly welcoming the singer's return to the concert stage (GNR is scheduled to play Las Vegas on December 29th and 31st). The advertisement, which contains a message of support signed by each person that contributed towards covering the cost of running the ad, can be viewed at this location. In related news, former GUNS N' ROSES axeman Slash has indicated that he may spend his New Year's Eve in Las Vegas checking out Rose and the boys in concert at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino at the second of their two performances there. "After all, I have never gone to a GNR concert before,� the guitarist joked when asked about it at www.snakepit.org.
STABBING WESTWARD Split With Koch, Begin Work On New CD! - Dec. 29, 2001
STABBING WESTWARD have confirmed that they have parted ways with Koch Records after a one-album collaboration with the label, which resulted in the release of the group's self-titled CD in May. According to an official statement from the band, �things did not work out as well as expected on both sides, so this departure was in the best interest for both parties. Although STABBING WESTWARD is no longer on the Koch label, this is not the end of SW. In fact, SW is currently working on songs for an album slated for release in 2002! A promotional tour will be planned to accompany the release of the new album.�
TWISTED SISTER's Snider To Play Himself In PMRC Docudrama! - Dec. 29, 2001
Former TWISTED SISTER frontman Dee Snider has signed a deal with VH1 to play himself in the upcoming docudrama about the 1985 PMRC hearings. Filming begins in February in Texas. A summer air date is expected.
MARILYN MANSON Faces Reduced Charges In Michigan! - Dec. 29, 2001
A Michigan judge on Friday dropped criminal sexual misconduct charges�a fourth-degree felony that carries a maximum penalty of two years in prison�as well as a misdemeanor count of assault and battery charges against MARILYN MANSON for his concert antics during the July 30th stop of Ozzfest at the DTE Energy Music Theater in suburban Detroit. According to the original complaint, MANSON allegedly approached 25-year-old security guard Joshua Keasler, spit on the man's head, wrapped his legs around the guard's head and neck, and rubbed his crotch against him. Although Keasler explicitly described the events to Judge Gerald E. McNally, the judge agreed with MANSON attorney Walter Piszczatowski that the singer's actions were purely for the shock value of the frontman's act and not for sexual gratification. McNally reduced the sexual-misconduct charge to one of misdemeanor disorderly conduct and let stand the assault and battery charge. Both counts carry $2,000 fines but no jail time. MANSON, who has pleaded innocent to all charges, is currently free on a $25,000 personal bond.
METALLICA's Hammett Receives Award, Discusses ANTHRAX! - Dec. 28, 2001
METALLICA guitarist Kirk Hammett has been selected by the readers of Guitar World magazine as the first recipient of the annual Hall of Fame Award, the group's official web site, www.metallica.com, has announced. The March issue of the publication (on newsstands February 1st, 2002) will include an interview with Kirk tracing the history of METALLICA, as well as covering the present with a look into the future. The piece will include new pictures along with never-before-seen earlier photos (a picture of Kirk taken at the Guitar World photo session, which took place earlier this month, can be viewed at this location). According to Guitar World editor Brad Tolinski, the readers made a great choice with Kirk, saying "he's really contributed something significant to modern music."
In other news, Hammett was recently interview by VH1 for an upcoming Behind The Music special focusing on the band ANTHRAX. As many fans will undoubtedly know, ANTHRAX and METALLICA were formed around the same time and have a great history together. Kirk was one of the guests to be interviewed for the episode. The interview took place at Kirk's house on Dec 18th (check out a photo taken at the interview session here) and it covers many interesting and funny memories METALLICA shared with the guys from ANTHRAX. No air date is yet set but it is expected to be broadcast sometime in February/March.