April 23rd, 2002


Contrary to rumors flying far and wide Ozzy has not been
invited by President George W. Bush to the White House for a
what-would-be most unusual summit of the minds. The story
started in England in one of that country's infamous tabloids
but the real story is that Ozzy and Sharon have been invited by
one of their new fans, Fox News Channel talking head Greta Van
Susteren, to the White House Press Correspondents Dinner
May 4. And yes, the President WILL attend the dinner, along
with a host of other politicos and journalists.

Entertainment Weekly, Rolling Stone, The Rosie O'Donnell Show,
20/20, cover of USA Today, Regis and Kelly, Tonight Show with
Jay Leno--the list goes on! It is the highest profile Ozzy has
ever had in his illustrious 32-year career and it goes without
saying this is the funniest era: dog shit,
bubbles, "pimpmobiles", vacuum cleaners (AKA vac sabbath). Who
isn't laughing? Apparently very few Americans between the ages
18 and 34 as "The Osbournes" episode 7 (air date: April 16) was
the sixth highest rated show on all of televsion in that
demographic group and the highest rating *ever* for MTV. Second
season? We're betting on it.

That's right, hot off the success of the series Epic Records
has begun to assemble an Osbournes soundtrack, to be executive
produced by none other than everyone's favorite 16 year old
mogul, Jack Osbourne! No information on acts or tracklisting as
of yet but Jack's sister Kelly will make her recording debut
with her spunky version of "Papa Don't Preach", the 1986
Madonna classic. More details as they become available.

Ozzy has been tracking several songs for the last couple weeks
in a Hollywood studio, three of which will make the final cut
as bonus tracks to Ozzy's eagerly anticipated "Live at Budokan"
CD, coming this summer on Epic. More info soon.

Pick up your dog's dung with your very own Ozzy pooper scooper!
Pit Jack & Kelly against each other with Osbournes action
figures! And of course let everyone know you'd rather be living
with the Osbournes with a custom t-shirt. The Osbournes merch
is coming. Click here to sign up for the Osbournes mailing
list and get the first updates on all the fun stuff that's
coming down the pike very, very soon:

SOLD-OUT SHOWS: Detroit, Aug. 7; Holmdel, N.J., July 19;
Camden, N.J., July 12. Second shows added in Boston, Mass.
(July 17) and Holmdel, N.J. (July 20). St. Louis, Mo. on-sale
moved to this weekend. Click here to get the latest on sold-
out dates, reschedule on-sale dates, and more.



Rain When I Die
As more details are released regarding the circumstances of Alice In Chains frontman Layne Staley's unfortunate death, it seems more and more likely that the cause of death was related to his much publicized struggle with heroin addiction. According to recent Associated Press reports, heroin related drug paraphernalia was found around his body and he had passed away around two weeks ago, only to recently be discovered after worried relatives called the police to check on the residence. However, despite such findings an official cause of death has yet to be determined and could take up to a few weeks depending on how long the tests conducted by the coroner take. In the meantime, various musicians including the remaining members of Alice In Chains themselves have commented on the loss, for the full article check here.

Where Do We Shoot From Here
Filter have lined up the track "Where Do We Go From Here" as the first single from their upcoming new album, "The Amalgamut". The group will shoot a video for the song this coming Saturday, April 27th in the Los Angeles, CA area. For more information on the shoot, check out the bands official website located here. Meanwhile, the new album itself is due out in stores on July 02nd.

Dead Queens
The Queens Of The Stone Age have announced that they will be hitting the road with ...And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead in tow this summer. No schedule has been finalized for the trek as of yet, though it is expected to commence around July/August. In the meantime, the new Queens Of The Stone Age album "Songs For The Deaf" is currently eyeing a mid-July through Interscope.

A New Toxic Release
System Of A Down will be releasing a limited edition CD/DVD package version of their latest effort "Toxicity", on April 23rd. The limited edition will come with a bonus DVD which will feature the video for the album's title track along with live footage from the groups Pledge Of Allegiance tour which took place late last year. For now, you can check out a clip of the band performing their track "War?" live at http://www.subversionmedia.com

Ozzy Osbourne has been busy in a Hollywood, CA area studio for the past couple weeks, recording 7 new tracks. Three of the songs are slated to show up on his upcoming "Live At Budokan" release, due out this summer through Epic.

Flying Bats
Soulfly guitarist Mikey Doling is said to currently be in Japan, producing the upcoming new CD from Roadrunner Japan recording artist, Batcave.

An Awkward Group
Former OTEP guitarists Dave Aguilera and Tarver Marsh have joined forced with ex-gODHEAD drummer James O'Connor and Methods Of Mayhem bassist Marty O'Brien in a new group dubbed Awkward. For more info on the band, including an mp3 download of some of their material, check out their official website at http://www.awkwardmusic.com

Fiendish Viewing
Coal Chamber have posted the video for their latest single "Fiend" online, you can check it out here. The song comes from the bands upcoming new album "Dark Days", due out in stores on May 07th through Roadrunner/Island/Def Jam. In other news, despite the bands recent blowup on stage in Lubbock, TX, they apparently plan to continue on playing together, for now at least.

Papa Rap
Papa Roach are expected to hit the road with Eminem, Ludacris and the X-ecutioners this summer for a trek slated to begin in July. Papa Roach's upcoming new album "Lovehatetragedy" is due out on June 18th through Dreamworks.

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The soundtrack to the upcoming film "Spider-Man" will see release on April 30th. The album features "Bother", the first solo offering from Slipknot singer Corey Taylor. The film itself, starring Tobey Maguire and Kirsten Dunst, will hit theaters on May 3rd. The soundtrack isn't exactly rock oriented, but here is what you can expect:
01 - Theme From Spider-Man
02 - Chad Kroeger featuring Josey Scott - Hero
03 - Sum 41 - What We're All About
04 - Black Lab - Learn To Crawl
05 - Bleu - Somebody Else
06 - Alien Ant Farm - Bug Bytes
07 - Default - Blind
08 - Corey Taylor - Bother
09 - Greenwheel - Shelter
10 - The Strokes - When It Started
11 - The Hives - Hate To Say I Told You So
12 - Theory Of A Dead Man - Invisible Man
13 - Pete Yorn - Undercover
14 - Macy Gray - My Nutmeg Phantasy (Morello Mix)
15 - Injected - I-IV-V
16 - Jerry Cantrell - She Was My Girl
17 - Danny Elfman - Main Titles
18 - Danny Elfman - Farewell
19 - Aerosmith - Theme From Spider-Man


Nickelback File Suit
Just two months after members of Nickelback were slapped with a lawsuit claiming they had broken a contract, three members from the band have filed their own lawsuit against their former manager. A writ was filed last week in the B.C. Supreme Court, claiming that Amar II Canada Productions Inc. and Clyde Hill, one of Amar�s principals, are illegally holding the master copy of an album called, �Curb� and that they plan to sell it to a third party. Chad and Michael Kroeger and Ryan Peake from Nickelback allege that they have lost income because the defendants have deprived them of using the album. According to Nickelback�s Canadian label, their most recent album �Silver Side Up� has sold more than six million copies worldwide.

Eminem Pays To Look Tough
Eminem has reportedly just paid �100,000, that�s over $225,000 Canadian, to keep Slim Shady looking real. According to dotmusic.com, next month�s edition of the Face magazine featuring Eminem had the rapper in a pink T-shirt on the front cover. Apparently the original photo had the rapper wearing a red T, but it ended up being digitally altered so as not to clash with the colour scheme of the front cover. Reports say Em bought every copy of the May edition in order to get them all destroyed before hitting newsstands next week. Reprints will now have to be made with a tougher looking Slim on the cover. According to worldpop.com, Eminem took the issue very seriously. He reportedly threatened to never enter the UK again if the copies weren�t destroyed.
He might look gay if he had a pink shirt on?