01-07-10

LED ZEPPELIN

TMZ.com reports that Jimmy Page is being sued by a folk singer who claims the LED ZEPPELIN guitarist "copied" the 1967 folk song "Dazed and Confused" for the 1969 ZEPPELIN classic of the same name.

According to the federal lawsuit (court documents in PDF format) obtained by TMZ.com, folk singer Jake Holmes says he snagged a copyright for "Dazed and Confused" in 1967, two years before ZEPPELIN recorded its version that sounds suspiciously similar.

According to TMZ.com, even if a court decides Page "ripped off" Holmes, the folk singer can only sue for damages from the last three years, because of statute of limitations.

 

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POISON

According to People.com, POISON singer Bret Michaels is still suffering side effects from his April 21 brain hemorrhage and warning stroke.

"While Bret may be out on the road and performing, he is still not 100 percent," Janna Elias, V.P. of Michaels Entertainment said Tuesday. "He still has pain from the chemical meningitis, short term memory loss and gets fatigued quicker than normal."

Michaels, 47, however, hasn't put his health in jeopardy by hitting the road. Instead, he "simply feels that music is a powerful healer," adds Elias.

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MOTORHEAD


One of Finland's greatest musical exports, legendary rocker Michael Monroe, will be the "special guest" on MOTÖRHEAD's 35th-anniversary tour in November.

For a complete list of shows, go to imotorhead.com.

Michael Monroe has long been at the forefront of breaking music barriers. The Finnish musician and multi-instrumentalist rose to fame as the singer for HANOI ROCKS and has served as the frontman for many all-star collaborations, including GUNS N' ROSES and DEMOLITION 23 with Little Steven. Coming off the HANOI ROCKS reunion from 2002-2008, Michael returns with his highly anticipated new group. Together they will perform an assortment of material ranging from HANOI ROCKS and DEMOLITION 23 classics, Michael Monroe solo favorites and some brand new songs the band has written over the last few months.

The band features bassist Sami Yaffa, who has played with a remarkable variety of bands including HANOI ROCKS, NEW YORK DOLLS and JOAN JETT & THE BLACKHEARTS, and guitarist Ginger, who has dazzled audiences over the world with his band THE WILDHEARTS. Also on guitar is Steve Conte, the NEW YORK DOLLS master fretman who has played with Willy DeVille and his own bands THE CRAZY TRUTH, CROWN JEWELS and COMPANY OF WOLVES. Rounding out the band is drummer Karl "Rockfist" Rosqvist, whose resume includes providing rhythm for the likes of CHELSEA SMILES and DANZIG.

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EINDHOVEN METAL MEETING

FINNTROLL, SAMAEL, ROTTING CHRIST, VARG, ALCEST, CARACH ANGREN, GORATH, METSATÖLL and NOTHNEGA have been confirmed for the Eindhoven Metal Meeting, set to take place December 17-18, 2010 at the Effenaar in Eindhoven, The Netherlands.

Due to the success of the previous installment of the festival (which was sold out a couple of weeks before the event), this year's Eindhoven Metal Meeting will be a two-day event.

The festival billing is shaping up as follows (in alphabetical order):

ALCEST
CARACH ANGREN
DEATH ANGEL
EXODUS
FINNTROLL
GORATH
HELSTAR
IMMORTAL
IZEGRIM
KATATONIA
KREATOR
MAEL MORDHA
MAYHEM
METSATÖLL
NOTHNEGA
PARADOX
PESTILENCE
REPUGNANT
ROTTING CHRIST
SAMAEL
SEVERE TORTURE
THE 11TH HOUR
THE VISION BLEAK
TRIDENT
VARG
VICTIMIZER


More bands will be announced soon.

Pre-sales for the Eindhoven Metal Meeting started Saturday, May 1. There will be a so-called combi ticket for the whole event plus separate Friday and Saturday tickets. These give you access to both festival days, including the afterparty.

For more information, visit www.eindhovenmetalmeeting.com.

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VINCE NEIL

Fan-filmed video footage of MÖTLEY CRÜE frontman Vince Neil performing the title track of his new solo album, "Tattoos & Tequila", on June 23, 2010 at Meadowbrook in Gilford, New Hampshire can be viewed below.

Vince Neil was arrested Sunday night (June 27) in Las Vegas, Nevada on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol, police said Monday..

Neil, 49, was booked at the Clark County Detention Center and faces one count of DUI-Liquor, Las Vegas police spokesman Bill Cassell told CNN. He was arrested at about 11:15 p.m. Sunday.

The singer was also allegedly involved in an incident in front of a Hilton Hotel where a fan said her camera was broken, Cassell said. Police are investigating that incident.

"Tattoos & Tequila" (Eleven Seven Music) is a compilation of genre-defining hits that have been given the Vince Neil rock renewal treatment. Neil's refreshed collection of classics consists of nine hand-picked, influential covers including "No Feelings" (SEX PISTOLS), "Nobody's Fault" (AEROSMITH), "Bitch Is Back" (ELTON JOHN), "Viva Las Vegas" (ELVIS PRESLEY), "He's A Whore" (CHEAP TRICK), "Long Cool Woman" (THE HOLLIES), "Another Piece of Meat" (SCORPIONS), "Who'll Stop the Rain" (CREEDENCE CLEARWATER REVIVAL), "AC/DC" (THE SWEET) and two new tracks — "Tattoos & Tequila", the hard-rocking first single, and Another Bad Day", which was written by Nikki Sixx and was originally to be included on MÖTLEY CRÜE's 2000 release "New Tattoo".

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DISTURBED

Chicago hard rockers DISTURBED will release their new album, "Asylum", on August 31 via Reprise Records. The CD will follow up the group's 2008 release, "Indestructible", their fourth million-seller in a row and third No. 1 album.

As with "Indestructible", DISTURBED self-produced "Asylum", which the band began writing in September 2009 and recording in February of this year. Frontman David Draiman describes it as "still identifiably DISTURBED, but showing more maturation. We feel this is one of the strongest bodies of work we've ever put together. It definitely goes in familiar areas, but with new levels of precision and skill."

Lyrically, Draiman says, the themes "range from very personal and introspective, to the political and provocative. What would you expect? No songs about puppy dogs or rainbows here."

"We want this record to be a shining example of how the years have made us stronger," Draiman says. "We want it to be an album that helps people get through their own trials and tribulations, as always."

The first single from "Asylum", "Another Way To Die" deals with some very timely subject matter, as Draiman told The Pulse of Radio. "Obviously it's referring to the global catastrophe that we know as global warming, and the effects that it continues to have on our planet, and our irresponsibility in doing what we do as a species, and our constant appetite, our constant consumption at all costs, you know, no matter what is destroyed, no matter what is laid to waste," he said. "And certainly what's happening in the Gulf now is, you know, horrific."

"Another Way To Die" went on sale at iTunes on June 15.

DISTURBED will hit the road ahead of the album's release, and will be anchoring this summer's new Uproar Tour with AVENGED SEVENFOLD and STONE SOUR.

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EVERGREY

RMP conducted an interview with Swedish metallers EVERGREY at this year's Graspop Metal Meeting, which took place June 25-27 in Dessel, Belgium. Watch the chat below.

EVERGREY recently parted ways with Henrik Danhage (guitar), Jonas Ekdahl (drums) and Jari Kainulainen (bass) and replaced them with Marcus Jidell (ex-ROYAL HUNT), Hannes Van Dahl and Johan Niemann (ex-THERION, MIND'S EYE), respectively.

In an official statement posted at the band's web site, guitarist/vocalist Tom S. Englund explained the decision, saying "The last tours, recordings and just hanging with each other has not been as fun and giving as earlier AND before it would go too far, resulting in a collision in between friends, which could ruin everything we have built up during the years, we decided to call it quits.

"It's sometimes both smart and foreseeing to end situations before they get out of hand and create something that is totally unnecessary and irreparable. To be in a band must be experienced as fun, giving and fulfilling. There is SO much time during a life as a touring musician that is boring that if you don't even enjoy yourself while playing then it's better to do something else."

EVERGREY's new lineup:

* Tom S. Englund - Guitar/Vocals
* Rikard Zander - Keyboards
* Marcus Jidell (ex-ROYAL HUNT) - Guitar
* Johan Niemann (ex-THERION, MIND'S EYE) - Bass
* Hannes Van Dahl - Drums

EVERGREY has a full album written and partially recorded. A tentative October release is expected.

The band added, "As with ANY change, when you give it time you realize that it's turned out for the better. So far in this EVER-LASTING changing of members in EVERGREY, it's always turned out great and brought fresh blood and motivation into the band, and the level of wanting to prove ourselves as a band is higher than EVER before."


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