August 23rd, 2001

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Van's Out Of Existence...

Chimaira have been forced to cancel their appearance in Allentown, PA, which was originally set to take place today, Thursday August 23rd. The reason for the cancellation stems from the groups touring van breaking down and catching fire. They are now expected to return to the tour on the August 25th stop in Old Bridge, NJ. The group will release their Roadrunner/Universal debut "Pass Out Of Existence" on October 2nd.
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Broken Downer...

In a recent interview with University Of Anarchy, Downer frontman John Scott confirmed that the band will be breaking up in the very near future, here's what he had to say:
"As far as the current state of Downer......Literally, as we speak, we are breaking up and ending the misery of doing this forever. It is ending bitterly for all involved. Friendships are ending and new eras in our lives are beginning. You are hearing it first right hear. Downer is officially no more. Bet you didn't expect to hear this, huh???"
In the interview, John goes on to blame their label Roadrunner for the parting of ways and throws many a barb their way. When asked why their debut CD for the label, which was in release limbo for quite a months, took so long to be released, he said the following:
"Because Roadrunner sucks my cock. They have no fucking idea what the hell they're doing sometimes. If you wear masks and look scary, you get top priority. If you put out a record that can go to radio and still retain hardcore integrity, They forget how to do their jobs and force you to scratch and claw for everything you can get. They've been fucking us since day one and it won't end until we are gone. Hell, we signed a 5 record deal and I'm still answering these questions from work. We can't tour because the majority of the band is sitting at desks working their jobs to pay rent. Every band on that label is fucked....even if they don't know it yet. They'll get screwed one way or another. How's that for honesty?"
You can check out the full interview here.
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The Height Of Asthma...

Spineshank are said to be eyeing the track "Asthmatic" as the next single off of their latest release "The Height Of Callousness". At present, a digipak re-release of the aforementioned album which features 4 tracks which were previously unavailable in North America, is slated to hit stores through Roadrunner/Universal on September 25th.
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Schottenstein Family...

One date for this years Family Values Tour has been announced, it is as follows:
October 19th Columbus, OH - Schottenstein Center
The trek is slated to feature the Stone Temple Pilots, Staind, Linkin Park, Static-X and Deadsy, while a few more acts are rumored to be playing specific legs of the tour. More information is expected to be made available later this week on the tour's official website
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In The Impact...

Linkin Park's new single "In The End" is set to impact at radio on September 11th. A video for the track was shot recently with band DJ, Joesph Hahn co-directing alongside Nathan "Karma" Cox (Orgy, System Of A Down), and is expected to begin airing shortly.
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Metal Gets Metals...

Recent rumors suggest that a handful of upcoming releases will be shipping massive amounts of copies to stores during their first week of sales, instantly certifying them gold or platinum. At present, Slipknot's impending new release "IOWA", which is due out on August 28th through Roadrunner/Universal, is expected to ship platinum (1 million copies), while System Of A Down's "Toxicity" (due out September 04th through American/Columbia) and P.O.D.'s "Satellite" (due out September 11th through Atlantic) are both slated to ship gold (500,000 copies).
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Metallica Tell Wheel Company: Don't Tread On Me...

Metallica have discovered some new competition, and we don't mean Slipknot or Disturbed.

The hard-rock band, going beyond the usual T-shirt and poster sidelines, now markets automotive products and has run into a California company that two years ago introduced a shiny, edgy wheel called the Metallica. No fair, the rockers say.

"We've already expanded into the automotive industry by selling Metallica tire wheel covers," the band's lawyer, Jill Pietrini, said. "Part of our natural expansion [includes selling wheels], and they're trying to usurp the market, which isn't right."

Never mind that MHT Luxury Alloys of Torrance, California, discontinued its Metallica wheel after only one season on the market. The band has asked the company to recall all Metallica products from its customers and to enter a settlement, or face a lawsuit.

"My boss is 48 years old and doesn't know much about the music industry," MHT sales manager Steve Anderson said. "The wheels were metal, so he called it the Metallica. That's all there was to it."

In a letter sent to MHT, Metallica gave the company until August 9 to respond to a settlement proposal that neither party would detail. Pietrini said she hasn't heard back from MHT but still wishes to settle the case without filing suit. Anderson said his company is likely to comply with Metallica's demands.

The wheel incident is just the latest in a series of actions Metallica have taken against companies using the band's name without permission. In January 1999, the group sued slinky-lingerie company Victoria's Secret for producing Metallica lip pencils (see "Metallica Sues Victoria's Secret"). That case was settled out of court, but Pietrini wouldn't discuss the terms.

That same month, the band filed suit against two other companies: West Mill, a tuxedo-manufacturing licensee of Pierre Cardin, which used the band name in its advertisements, and nail file manufacturer Cosmar, which embossed file sleeves with "Metallica" (see "Metallica Pushing Ahead With Multiple Trademark Lawsuits"). Both cases were settled.

In another case, the band sued French perfume maker Guerlain and the Neiman-Marcus and Bergdorf Goodman department stores for selling a Metallica perfume (see "Metallica Raise A Stink Over Perfume Name"). The legal papers were filed in December 2000, and a trial will likely be set for April or May of next year, Pietrini said.

The most easily resolved case involved a wrought-iron furniture manufacturer in Waco, Texas, who is a huge fan of the band. After receiving a cease-and-desist order from the band in December, he changed his outfit from Metallika to JKL Metalsmiths.

As evident from irate bulletin-board postings across the Internet, many fans can't see why a wealthy, multiplatinum band is so quick to file suit against anyone who uses the name Metallica, regardless of how far removed the products are from the band.

"I know that perception [of Metallica as a greedy, lawsuit-crazy band] is out there," Pietrini said. "I just don't think it's accurate. We always try to resolve things without litigation."

Pietrini added that Metallica get involved in more than 10 copyright infringement cases per year and usually resolve them without going to court. "It's just a matter of a company having the right to protect its name," Pietrini concluded. "I couldn't start up a Coca-Cola record company."

�Jon Wiederhorn

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MuchMusic warns of contest security breach

MuchMusic has warned Web site contest entrants that their personal information may
now be in the hands of hackers, has learned.

MuchMusic intends to speak about the issue at 4 p.m. EST.

Early Thursday morning, the music television station sent out a mass security advisory e-mail to all contest entrants saying that they had reason to believe their contest databases had been compromised.

Read the memo

The contests are open to people under the age of majority, providing that the prize is accepted on their behalf by their parent or legal guardian.

When entering contests at MuchMusic's Web site, people must provide a home or e-mail address, phone number, and age.

"Keeping your personal information confidential and secure is very important to us and we have taken the appropriate steps to ensure that all such data remains private," the advisory read.
"However, as the Internet is not a 100 per cent secure environment, there is potential for your personal data to get into the wrong hands."

The release also says that contest entrants have received "prank" phone calls from people pretending to be MuchMusic employees.

"We are taking these complaints very seriously and have launched an investigation," the release said. "If you receive a call from anyone telling you they are from MuchMusic and they ask you to do anything other than to dial our headquarters hang up. This is a prank phone call."

Ed Arditti, a lawyer and vice-president of Wyndham Hall Consulting in Windsor, Ont., said Thursday that he got four copies of the e-mail to different addresses at his house. His children, who are in their 20s, had entered contests.

Mr. Arditti is upset MuchMusic didn't post a message on their homepage about the security breach.

"After they sent the e-mails out, I went to the site and there wasn't a damn thing about it, and it annoyed me," Mr. Arditti said. "If they send out e-mails to everybody in the world who's entered their contests, you'd think they'd be up front about it on their Web site. It's just so bizarre." has added a warning to the site on its contest page. Once users click to enter a contest a section of the warning e-mail comes up on the screen.

"With all the scares about viruses and trojans and hackers and things, and especially because they're dealing with kids, I would have thought that they would have a pretty secure system in place." he said.

Mr. Arditti said the release didn't give enough information.

"It's also not clear to me from that e-mail whether someone broke into their Web site, or whether someone like an employee just downloaded a database and took it with them," he said.

With a report from Ian Johnson

Copyright 2001 The Globe and Mail
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