Keith Richards has been released from a New Zealand hospital where the Rolling Stones guitarist was admitted with a head injury after he reportedly fell out of a palm tree.
Richards, 62, suffered a mild concussion while on vacation in Fiji Thursday. Several Australian and New Zealand media outlets reported the fall from the tree.
New Zealand's Sunday Star-Times also reported that Richards got on a Jet Ski after the fall and had another accident.
Richards was treated in a Fiji hospital before being airlifted to Auckland's Ascot Hospital for observation. It was not immediately clear exactly when he was released or where he went afterward.
"I can categorically confirm Mr. Richards ... is no longer a patient in this hospital," hospital duty manager Geoff Sparks told The Associated Press on Tuesday. "He has been discharged.
Band spokeswoman Fran Curtis has said only that Richards was injured earlier this week and flown to New Zealand with his wife, Patti, for observation. Her statement Saturday did not comment on Richards' condition or how he was injured.
Richards and his wife were staying at the exclusive Wakaya Club resort on a small Fijian island when he was injured.
Ya know, I love tool as much as any fan can, but I'm not sure about this new single. It's got their trademark "sound", but it sounds a little cluttered to me. Too many riffs and things happening at the same time. I really do like the middle riff though. Don't get me wrong, I'm excited to hear the rest of the album, but this particular song just has too much going on for me to really get into it.
The new album is self-titled. I saw (ie: Newsweek) "reluctant rockers", and they confuse me, too
"World Wide Suicide," the first single from the CD and an instant hit, is a swirling whirlwind of political frustration and anger, with Vedder doing one of his signature muddled, clenched-mouth vocals, which makes it hard to understand what he's singing. Despite its seething intensity, the song is eminently danceable and sure to be a concert favorite.
...I think the bassist is new, and something with Jeff Amnent? Stone remains?
"In an OZZfest first, OZZY OSBOURNE has decided not to perform on the main stage at the festival’s July 8 stop at San Bernardino, CA’s Hyundai Pavilion of Glen Helen. Instead, the rock icon has chosen to get right in the face of fans on the front line by headlining the down and dirty second stage located in a field adjacent to the venue’s proper amphitheatre. For each of the last ten years, OZZfest’s founder and namesake has headlined the main stage of the summer’s premiere touring concert festival. At this time, OZZY is scheduled to headline the main stage at his other nine OZZfest performances slated for this year"
He will NOT be headlining in San Antonio. (No big surprise there.)
In other related Ozzfest news:
"With Ozzfest 2006 coming up fast, we've got your latest dose of Ozzfest news below including a shocking announcement from System Of A Down, Check it out!
System Of A Down to go on 'hiatus'
'We've done System for over 10 years, and I think it's healthy for us to get away from it for a while and come back to it later on. So, this is probably going to be ... well, it's not a farewell tour, but it's going to be a little while before we go out again.
-Daron Malakian, System Of A Down
Yes, the rumors are true! In a press release issued week, System Of A Down said that this will be their last tour for some time. Make sure to get your tickets to see them on Ozzfest before the band goes on hiatus."
I don't know...it's just not Ozzfest without Ozzy! As much as I wantto see System of a Down, especially if they're going on an indefinite hiatus, I can't decide if I really want to spend another day getting burnt to a crisp to see a bunch of bands that don'timpress much....SOAD vs Ozzfest w/o Ozzy...tough decision!
It is a tough decision, and I don't like this 'indefinete hiatus' thing with SOAD, oh well://.
Hell I'm still waiting for my Queensryche tix, and getting a bit pissed at Ticketmaster .
Meanwhile, Radiohead, and at Yorke isn't talking silly smack...
NEW YORK - Radiohead lead singer Thom Yorke will release his first solo album, "The Eraser," in July.
Yorke says he doesn't want to hear rumors of a rift with the band — or even the word "solo."
"This was all done with (the band's) blessing," he says. "And I don't want to hear that word solo. Doesn't sound right."
Yorke released a statement this weekend to various Radiohead fan sites disclosing the album, which he played on and wrote. Independent label XL Recordings said it would release the disc in the United Kingdom on July 10 and in the U.S. on July 11.
"The elements have been kicking round now for a few years and needed to be finished," says Yorke, 37. "I have been itching to do something like this for ages. It was fun and quick to do."
The album was produced and arranged by frequent Radiohead producer Nigel Godrich. Yorke says the music is "more beats and electronic," adding, "but it's songs." A track list of nine songs was released, as was the cover art by Stanley Donwood, who has frequently worked with Radiohead.
Radiohead is now touring Europe and, according to Yorke, writing new songs. After the tour concludes in late August, they plan to return to the studio to record their seventh album.
Normally, obviously, we would never even think about anyone from Am Idol as a singer for Fuel. However, ever since Chris sang Hemorrhage on the show, we began paying attention. Sorry, the show's not my thing, but at least most of the finalist can sing and aren't Britney Spearing it up there. However, Chris in my opinion has carried himself well on the show and has stayed true to his rock side, which is a serious credit to him considering the format. We have found some great guys through the audition process and in fact, were already headed in other directions when Chris unexpectedly got voted off the show. The phones started ringing. So now what? I think anyone would say that we would at least have to entertain the idea of Chris and Fuel. The websites have been flooded with support for the idea ever since he sang Hemorrhage from most of you. So that is what we are doing. We are entertaining the idea and the offer to Chris was that we would be willing to entertain him as an option. However, there is a lot to discuss and be decided. Is it right for us? Would it be the right thing for Chris? Would he even be able to get out of the contractual obligations to Am Idol? Would we be able to get things squared with Sony? So nothing is cut and dry, even if both camps thought it was right thing to do, it still might be impossible to work out all the details. Chris and I have discussed the possibility before and we are still entertaining the idea. Either way, never fear, we are coming with a great lead singer very soon who we are very excited about and rolling out a record this year.
Posted by CarlBell May 12, 2006 4:51 pm
May 15, 2006 - 5:43PM
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I didn't even know Fuel was looking for a new singer. When did Brett leave the band? That would be an interesting turn of events if they hired someone who sang one of their songs on American Idol...kinda funny
Dude...that's bad ass. Chris sings his ass off and he has a strong stage presence. More power to him! Now if they only wanted a fat guy...
May 18, 2006 - 5:37AM
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Nick Lachey between the RHCP and TOOL??
Chili Peppers Chill Lachey on Charts
05/17/2006 3:36 PM, E! Online
Nick Lachey might be hot, but he's not red hot like the Peppers.
After nearly 23 years together, the Red Hot Chili Peppers finally landed a number one album with the double-disc Stadium Arcadium. Three other albums also opened in the Top Five, including Lachey's latest, but it was Stadium Arcadium's first-week sales of more than 442,000 copies, according to recent Nielsen SoundScan numbers, that earned it the top spot.
The disc's lead single, "Dani California," had opened at number one on the Modern Rock chart last month, a feat not previously accomplished since by a lead single since R.E.M.'s "What's the Frequency, Kenneth" in 1994. The Peppers also hold the record for the longest single-song run ("Scar Tissue" at 16 weeks) and the most total weeks (over 60) in the Modern Rock top spot.
The Peppers' last studio album, 2002's By The Way, sold 282,000 copies to open at number two--setting band highs for debut sales and chart position at the time--behind Nelly's powerhouse Nellyville. The band's all-time bestsellers, 1991's Blood Sugar Sex Magik and 1999's Californication, both peaked at number three.
Across the pond, Stadium Arcadium also opened at number one, yet this marked the band's third U.K. chart topper. They previously hit the top spot with By the Way and 2004's Live In Hyde Park.
Last week's chart leader, Tool's 10,000 Days, slipped down to number three on 157,000 copies. The R&B pop quartet Jagged Edge sold 115,000 copies of its new self-titled disc to cut in behind Tool in fourth place, while the Isley Brothers' Baby Makin' Music loved its way to number five on 111,000 first-week copies sold.
In its 32nd week, James Blunt's unstoppable Back to Bedlam climbed back into the Top 10 at number 10.
Considering there were 15 Top 10 bows in the past three weeks, only the strongest selling albums could keep their places in the chart's upper echelon. They include Rascal Flatts' Me and My Gang at six, the High School Musical soundtrack at seven, Pearl Jam's self-titled album at eight and Now That's What I Call Music! 21 at nine.
The chart's next best bows pitted two legends against each other. Separately by just over 500 copies, Paul Simon's Surprise topped Neil Young's Living With War at numbers 14 and 15, respectively. Surprise sold just under 61,000 discs.
Gnarls Barkley--a collaboration between Danger Mouse (Gorillaz, The Grey Album) and Cee-Lo (Goodie Mob)--followed at 20 with its debut disc St. Elsewhere selling a gnarly 50,000 copies. Teena Marie's Sapphire entered at number 24 and Snow Patrol's Eyes Open made it to 34, while Korn's meaty Live and Rare disc stalked the competition at 51.
Other notable debuts included the retrospectives Best of Chris Isaak and Diamond Rio's Greatest Hits, Vol. 2 at 54 and 62, respectively, and Harry Connick Jr.'s curtain-raising Harry on Broadway Act 1 at 97.
The Top 10 albums for the week ended Sunday included:
1. Stadium Arcadium, Red Hot Chili Peppers
2. What's Left of Me, Nick Lachey
3. 10,000 Days, Tool
4. Jagged Edge, Jagged Edge
5. Baby Makin' Music, Isley Brothers
6. Me and My Gang, Rascal Flatts
7. High School Musical soundtrack, various
8. Pearl Jam, Pearl Jam
9. Now That's What I Call Music! 21, various
10. Back to Bedlam, James Blu
Ozzy is playing the second stage at Ozzfest HERE...just announced (man, now I wanna go!!):
OSBOURNE--who recently announced an OZZfest first with his decision to headline the second stage at the festival’s July 8 stop at San Bernardino, CA’s Hyundai Pavilion of Glen Helen--has elected to headline two additional shows on the second stage on this summer’s trek (July 11 in San Antonio, TX at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre and July 22 in East Troy, WI at the Alpine Valley Music Theatre). The move will place the festival’s founder and namesake directly into the outstretched hands of his devoted fans.
Interesting item about Hermes music this morning, for all of us who spend a LOT of time and money there!
Buyout spells the end for Hermes Music stores
Web Posted: 05/25/2006 12:00 AM CDT
Express-News Business Writer
Guitar Center Inc., a leading national retailer of musical instruments and recording equipment, has agreed to acquire Hermes Trading Co., the U.S. subsidiary of Hermes Music Mexico.
The buyout, expected to conclude in the second quarter, marks Guitar Center's entry into the San Antonio and South Texas market.
Hermes Music has stores in San Antonio, Laredo, Brownsville and McAllen. Based in Pharr, it was started in 1982 by Alberto Kreimerman. He will continue to distribute and sell musical instruments in Mexico and South America.
In a statement, Kreimerman indicated his intent to focus on his charity work involving underprivileged and homeless children in U.S. Hispanic communities and in Mexico. Kreimerman operates the Hermes Music Foundation and Proyecto de Amor.
He is also producer and director of "Why We Love Music," a Spanish-language television program that supports their efforts.
Guitar Center CEO Marty Albertson said the company expects to assist Kreimerman's charity work.
On the buyout, Albertson said: "We're excited about the acquisition of these four Hermes Music stores, which cater largely to the Hispanic market. This transaction will enable us to strengthen our service to this important customer base."
There are 12 Guitar Center stores in Texas and 176 in the United States. The company, based in Westlake Village, Calif., will rebrand and remodel all Hermes stores to the Guitar Center format.
Albertson expected that the acquisition would offset Guitar Center plans for other store openings this year.
The agreement includes the purchase of all existing inventory, and the final price, which was not disclosed, may be adjusted based on final determination of its value. The transaction is being funded through Guitar Center's available cash and credit arrangement.
Anthony -Guitar Zone -Nemesis-Euphoria-TBA
May 25, 2006 - 1:54PM
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I hope they hire people that give a crap at Guitar Center.
Hermes was just horrible sometimes in providing good customer service. Great products ! bad service!
I worked at Heremes about 10 years ago part time for fun and it was just a bad feeling knowing how shitty the managment was there.
I thought this happened last month. Has it been changed over yet.
May 25, 2006 - 3:42PM
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I got burned there twice by their customer service and swore to NEVER shop there again. Hopefully in addition to changing the signage to "Guitar Center", they'll either clean house with their current staff, or train them in some simple people skills.
A new name means I'll go back in there. But if I run into the same ol' BS attitude, it'll still be on my "avoid" list.
Anthony -Guitar Zone -Nemesis-Euphoria-TBA
May 25, 2006 - 4:06PM
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I will bring Triumph the insult comic dog to make sure of that Keith.
yeah, they're going to have to get some knowledgable people in there and MUCH better management...not just people who are there to fluff their mullets!!
They have great prices, but too many employees think they are rock stars.
May 27, 2006 - 5:03PM
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Was just in Hermes today. According to an employee they are becomming Guitar Center on June 19th. The employee also said that most of them will be staying on. You never know if it is true or not that they are staying on. Usually managment never wants you to know when you are going to lose your job, because that's when employee's start stealing and breaking stuff.
They are liquidating all of the stuff guitar center will not carry, which is mostly junk.
And in case you don't already know Guitar Center is in league with Musicians Friend. Also Sam Ash owns the Sampson/Hartke/Zoom line which is why they have so much of that stuff.
You guys are right about the staff at Hermes. Most of them were downright rude and ignored you. The only guy I had a real postive experience with was the older gentleman with a ponytail in the pro audio dept.
Anthony - /guitar zone & TBA
May 27, 2006 - 7:42PM
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I hate to say it but unless you get off a tour bus full tejano musicians and ask for a freakin accordain Hermes acts like we dont exist. or so seemed like it ! hahaha I know I saw it first hand on the weekends I worked. ( nothing againist Tejano or Spanish music my family played in bands at Mission county park and in the Valley in the 70's)
Oh thats what I get for trying to plug my old band and that store! I did meet David Robison a few times which was cool.. but I guess who hasnt?
Jun 3, 2006 - 7:19AM
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Have you heard Tool's new single "Vicarious" yet? I haven't bought the album, but this song is pretty cool. His voice sounds really odd in parts, but also somewhat like APC.
Haven't heard the rest, of course only the 'single'
PS: I guess with GC taking over Hermes, watch for some damn good grand opening sales
As I speak I'm listening to "Mind's Eye", they have a Myspace account at http://www.myspace.com/wolfmother, definitely worth the ck. The singer musically reminds me of a cross between Tom Petty and Robert Plant.
Korn singer falls ill, band cancels UK tour
June 12, 2006 12:51 PM
by Jon Zahlaway
liveDaily Senior Writer
Korn (tickets | music) frontman Jonathan Davis has contracted a rare blood ailment that will keep him sidelined for several weeks and has forced his band to cancel the remaining dates of its in-progress UK tour.
"This is the short version of what happened," Davis wrote in a letter posted at Korn's website. "I started getting these weird bruises all over my body about two weeks ago. I was getting very weak after the shows so I saw a doctor in London on Friday. He took some blood tests and when the results came in they rushed me to [a London-area] hospital.
"It turned out I have ITP [Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura]. It's too hard to spell, but basically it's a blood infection where because of an allergic reaction, my blood platelets--the stuff my bone marrow produces to help my blood clot--were really low. I mean, way low. Most humans have between 140 and 400 in their cells. I had 5 ... no joke ... FIVE. If I continued to headbang on stage I could have had a brain hemorrhage and dropped dead on the spot."
Davis went on to say that his platelet count has been going up and that his doctors have told him that he should be able to resume performing in "a few weeks," but that he is unable to perform or travel right now. Doctors should "know more in a day or two," he added.
According to a press release from the band's publicist, "plans call for the band to come back to Europe as soon as possible when their schedule permits.
"I want everyone to know that we will do our very best to come back soon to play dates we are unable to play this tour," Davis added.
On Saturday, Davis' bandmates--bassist Reginald "Fieldy" Arvizu, guitarist James "Munky" Shaffer and drummer David Silveria--performed as scheduled at the UK Download Festival. The trio played an abbreviated set that featured guest vocalists Corey Taylor (Slipknot, Stone Sour (tickets | music)), Dez Fafara (Devildriver), Jesse Hasek (10 Years), Benji Webbe (Skindred), M. Shadows (Avenged Sevenfold) and Matt Heafy (Trivium).
Korn has been on the road to support last year's "See You on the Other Side," which features the hit singles "Coming Undone" and "Twisted Transistor." Last month, the band issued "Live on the Other Side," a DVD that captures its Nov. 25, 2005 performance at New York City's Hammerstein Ballroom.
Despite Davis' current condition, Korn still expects to headline this year's Family Values Tour
STOCKHOLM, Sweden (AP) -- Guns N' Roses frontman Axl Rose was arrested in Stockholm early Tuesday after allegedly biting a security guard in the leg outside his hotel, police said.
Rose -- who performed in the Swedish capital on Monday evening -- was being held on suspicion of attacking and threatening the guard, as well as causing damage to the Berns Hotel where the alleged scuffle took place, police spokeswoman Towe Hagg said.
Hagg told The Associated Press that Rose was intoxicated during the confrontation, which broke out around 8 a.m. (0600 GMT), and would face questioning after he sobers up.
"He was deemed too intoxicated to be questioned right away," she said.
A prosecutor will then decide whether to press charges against him, Hagg also said.
It was unclear what caused the fight, but Swedish tabloids said the guard tried to intervene when Rose started arguing with a woman in the hotel lobby.
Fredrik Nylen, one of the police officers who helped arrest Rose, was quoted by the daily Aftonbladet Web site as saying that the singer acted aggressively toward police and had to be "handcuffed and restrained" in the hotel.
"He kept a high profile, so to speak," Nylen was quoted as saying.
Guns N' Roses played a concert in Stockholm's Globe Arena Monday night, and had been partying at a well-known night club before the scuffle, Aftonbladet said.
AH HA I KNEW IT! Love and Corgan...all the way back to Nirvana days!
"Billy Corgan has moved in with Courtney Love, according to reports.
The pair, who have been friends for some time and are understood to be working on material for Courtney's new solo album, are apparently sharing her Hollywood mansion.
However, it is unclear if the couple's relationship is purely plutonic. Love commented: "Not many people know this, but Billy's been living with me for the last four months. Billy has one wing, Frances [Bean--her teenage daughter with former husband Kurt Cobain] has another, and I have one."
Courtney's new album has not yet been scheduled but is due out later this year, while Corgan is also thought to be working on new Smashing Pumpkins material."
LONDON - Syd Barrett, the troubled genius who co-founded Pink Floyd but spent his last years in reclusive anonymity, has died, a spokeswoman for the band said Tuesday. He was 60.
The spokeswoman — who declined to give her name until the band made an official announcement — confirmed media reports that he had died. She said Barrett died several days ago, but she did not disclose the cause of death. Barrett had suffered from diabetes for many years.
Barrett co-founded Pink Floyd in 1965 with
David Gilmour, Nick Mason and Rick Wright, and wrote many of the band's early songs. The group's jazz-infused rock made them darlings of the London psychedelic scene, and the 1967 album "The Piper at the Gates of Dawn" — largely written by Barrett, who also played guitar — was a commercial and critical hit.
However, Barrett suffered from mental instability, exacerbated by his use of LSD. His behavior grew increasingly erratic, and he left the group in 1968 — five years before the release of Pink Floyd's most popular album, "Dark Side of the Moon." He was replaced by David Gilmour.
Barrett released two solo albums — "The Madcap Laughs" and "Barrett" — but soon withdrew from the music business altogether.
He spent much of the rest of his life living quietly in his hometown of Cambridge, England, where he was a familiar figure, often seen cycling or walking to the corner store.
Despite his brief career, Barrett's fragile, wistful songs influenced many musicians, from
David Bowie — who covered the Barrett track "See Emily Play" — to the other members of Pink Floyd, who recorded the album "Wish You Were Here" as a tribute to their troubled bandmate.
The band spokeswoman said a small, private funeral would be held.
Remember when you were young, you shone like the sun.
Shine on you crazy diamond.
Now there's a look in your eyes, like black holes in the sky.
Shine on you crazy diamond.
You were caught on the crossfire of childhood and stardom,
blown on the steel breeze.
Come on you target for faraway laughter,
come on you stranger, you legend, you martyr, and shine!
You reached for the secret too soon, you cried for the moon.
Shine on you crazy diamond.
Threatened by shadows at night, and exposed in the light.
Shine on you crazy diamond.
Well you wore out your welcome with random precision,
rode on the steel breeze.
Come on you raver, you seer of visions,
come on you painter, you piper, you prisoner, and shine!
It's been almost 25 years since the Who blasted their way through a major concert tour, so they should be ready. This fall, they'll give it another go, band members Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey announced Thursday.
Opening date will be Sept. 12 in Philadelphia.
The legendary band will then wind its way through the U.S. and Canada before jumping next year to South America, the Far East, Australia and Europe.
North American destinations include New York, Chicago, Boston, Detroit, Seattle, Portland, Ore., Vancouver and Toronto.
The Who will perform songs from their upcoming album, "Wire and Glass," which will be released Oct. 23. It's the group's first studio recording since 1982's "It's Hard."
"I don't think I've ever looked forward to a tour as much as this one," Townshend said. "Roger and I are both fit and well, ready to rock."
Daltrey said he and Townshend plan to perform "some rarities that we've not played for a long time." They will be joined by keyboardist John "Rabbit" Bundrick, bassist Pino Palladino, drummer Zak Starkey and singer-guitarist Simon Townshend.
Tickets go on sale for the public July 17. Who fan club members can pre-order tickets through Saturday night.