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SCOTT COLUMBUS – MANOWAR drummer dead at 54 – 2011-04-04

According to a posting on Ross “The Boss” Friedman‘s Facebook page, ex-MANOWAR drummer Scott Columbus died earlier today (Monday, April 4) at the age of 54. This information was corroborated by Scott‘s girlfriend of almost four years, Nancy, who wrote on the drummer’s Facebook page:

“For all you to know, this is Scott Columbus‘s girlfriend of over 3 1/3 years… and I cannot get the words out, but he died today… Please send your thoughts and prayers. I can’t believe he is gone. He was the absolute love of my life.”

MANOWAR has released the following statement regarding the passing of the band’s former drummer, Scott Columbus:

“With great sorrow we announce the passing of our brother Scott. A rare talent, equally a rare individual, a father, friend and a brother of metal.
“All the great moments we spent together are burnished in our hearts and memories forever. We know he is in a good place and at peace. He will never be forgotten.”

In the months prior to this death, Columbus was working on an instrumental project called INSTRUMETAL. He described it as “very heavy, very rhythmically driven. I call it heavy metal elevator music; you pop the CD in your car and before you know it, you’re driving 125 miles an hour!”
Scott Columbus was only 54 years old.


LION MUSIC – Benefit Album For Japanese Earthquake Relief – 2011-03-18

Progressive/neo-classical metal label LION MUSIC have stepped up in the aftermath of the earthquake that devastated Japan last week with a benefit effort. They have issued the following update:

“Millions have been affected by the tsunami following the massive earthquake off the coast of Japan. All at Lion Music have been deeply saddened by the terrible recent and ongoing events to have hit the country.

Instead of sitting watching events unfold and doing nothing we are in the process of putting together a benefit album from which all artist royalties and the label profits shall be donated to the Red Cross benefit for the victims of the March 2011 Earthquake and Tsunami in Japan.

If you’d like to make a donation to the Japanese Red Cross Emergency Relief NOW visit this location.

Alternatively, search online for Red Cross and your country name, from there you should be able to find out how to make a donation in your country’s arm of the charity for the Japan earthquake and tsunami appeal.

Full details of the benefit album (artists/tracks) are currently being worked on and will appear here very soon. Pre-orders will also be taken shortly so please keep checking back here.”


MARTY FRIEDMAN – An auction of MEGADETH-era guitars for victims of Japanese earthquake – 2011-03-17

Former MEGADETH guitarist Marty Friedman, who moved to Japan in 2003, has released the following statement:

“Thank you all for your support and prayers. I am 100% fine, 100% healthy and in better shape than ever. However, there are many, many people here in Japan that are facing an unbelievable tragedy.

“It’s time to go to the next step. I will be auctioning ALL of my guitars from the MEGADETH era and will donate 100% of the proceeds to the earthquake relief.

“I am going to L.A. right NOW to the climate controlled lockup where all the guitars have been in their cases since January 2000. All guitars I used on all the MEGADETH recordings, tours, videos, everything WILL be auctioned off.

“When I get to the lockup, I will do my best to sort out which was used for what (I suck at that…I’m sure many of you guys know better than I do) and notate as many details as possible. Pictures, descriptions and how to bid will all be up on my U.S. website as well as my Japanese website within 2-3 days.

“I have NEVER sold ANY of my guitars before; this is the only way these guitars will leave my possession. I urge you to please spread the word and most of all BID HIGH. You will be putting a huge deposit in the ‘karma bank’ and have some pretty cool guitars to show for it. DO IT!”


BEHEMOTH’s Nergal – “I Have Been Finally Released Home In Pretty Fuckin’ Good Condition” – 2011-01-19

BEHEMOTH frontman Nergal has left a Polish hospital, three weeks after undergoing bone marrow transplant surgery. He left the hematology division of Uniwersyteckie Centrum Kliniczne (UCK) in Gdansk on Monday, January 17th, four weeks after he underwent a bone marrow transplant procedure.

Nergal has issued the following statement:

“Hey! What’s up! At last – one could say. After almost half a year of treatment in various hospitals, several cycles of chemotherapy, irradiation and a bone marrow transplant, I have been finally released home in a pretty fuckin’ good condition. I’m feeling ok, taking the intensity of treatment under consideration. That was not an easy period of my life, but, as I envisioned, I left the hospital victorious. I never considered any other options, but anyway, there were rough moments too… At this point I must express my thanks to the people who made all of those downs fairly bearable. My parents – thank you. You deserve a monument for all your love and patience. Dorotka (Rabczewska; girlfriend and Polish pop star Doda), thank you for your heroic attitude, love and support. I can’t forget Doda’s fans, who made a gigantic effort for me and other ill people. You rule! Absolutely fantastic Behemoth fans from all over the world were organizing various events to make people aware of what leukemia is. To all of you out there – my deepest respect! Thank you – the real heroes – Prof. Hellmann, Dr. Piekarska, Dr. Knopinska, Doc. Giebel, Prof. Ho?owiecki and all the nurses of the hematology division of the Medical Academy in Gdansk and the Oncology Clinic in Gliwice for all the professionalism and great hearts. My band mates for all the friendship and never-ending support. All my friends for sticking to me throughout the whole period of my illness. The list is too long to mention you all, but remember, you have special place in my heart.”

Nergal will now go through a recovery which will last for several months. During this time he will stay in his flat in one of the Gdansk’s districts.

“Although the whole treatment went really good, as well as the bone marrow transplant and the post-transplant period, the next several months is the time when I must really take care of myself. Of course I will have plenty of time to recover, think about the strategy and my return to the stage – which approaches imminently (laughs). First of all however I must rebuild my physical condition… apart from that, I hunger for playing, I haven’t been playing the guitar for a half of year now! Really much to catch up, but also a huge motivation and a desire to work again at the same time. This year will be a really important one for me and the band!”


FRONTIERS RECORDS sings distribution agreement with EMI MUSIC for North American market!

Frontiers Records has announced the signing of a new distribution agreement for its label products with EMI Music distribution in North AmericaEMI Music will distribute physical product from Frontiers Records in the United States of America and Canada. Plans are already underway to expand the territorial areas of partnership.

Frontiers Records full statement:

Frontiers Records is proud to announce the signing of a new Distribution Agreement for its label products with EMI Music Distribution in North America.

The new Agreement will be effective from January 1st 2011 and marks a “huge step forward in the label’s expansion strategy” – as stated by Frontiers President, Serafino Perugino.

EMI Music will distribute physical product from Frontiers Records in the United States of America and Canada. Plans are already underway to expand the territorial areas of partnership.

“We are happy that Frontiers Records have chosen us to partner with to release some of the greatest rock bands of all time – on their label you will find greats such as Whitesnake, Asia and Yes” said EMI’s Executive VP / General Manager Mike Harris. “True classic rock artists that have sold millions of records worldwide. We look forward to a very rewarding relationship and know we will see true success in 2011.”

Frontiers has recently announced the new partnership with Derek Shulman and 2Plus Music Entertainment who will oversee the label development and marketing over the North American market in conjunction with the EMI team in New York. Shulman said: “Our friends at EMI are all real music enthusiasts and we are looking forward to a long and fruitful relationship with them. The North American Frontiers team is gearing up for the first quarter release, which includes new music from Mr. Big, Nelson and Whitesnake”.

The first releases which will be distributed with the new set up in January 2011 will be the recent YOSO debut “Elements”, the ALLEN LANDE hit album “The Showdown”, along with NELSON’s recent comeback “Lightning Strikes Twice” and MR. BIG forthcoming “What If…”. The first quarter release plan shall be officially announced shortly.

From L to R:
Mike Harris, Serafino Perugino, Derek Shulman, Mario de Riso, Sid McCain
at EMI’s Head Office – NY



The 53rd Annual Grammy Awards will take place in Los Angeles at Staples Center on Sunday, February 13th, 2011, and will air live on the CBS Television Network from 8 – 11:30 PM (ET/PT). As a result of last year’s earlier show and Awards process dates, this year the eligibility dates for the 53rd Annual Grammy Awards are September 1st, 2009, through September 30th, 2010. (This year will mark a 13-month eligibility period.)

Following are the nominations in the Best Solo Rock Vocal Performance, Best Hard Rock Performance and Best Metal Performance categories:

Best Solo Rock Vocal Performance
ERIC CLAPTON – ‘Run Back To Your Side’
JOHN MAYER – ‘Crossroads’
PAUL MCCARTNEY – ‘Helter Skelter’
ROBERT PLANT – ‘Silver Rider’
NEIL YOUNG – ‘Angry World’

Best Hard Rock Performance
ALICE IN CHAINS – ‘A Looking In View’
OZZY OSBOURNE – ‘Let Me Hear You Scream’
SOUNDGARDEN – ‘Black Rain’
STONE TEMPLE PILOTS – ‘Between The Lines’

Best Metal Performance
IRON MAIDEN – ‘El Dorado’
KORN – ‘Let The Guilt Go’
LAMB OF GOD – ‘In Your Words’
MEGADETH – ‘Sudden Death’
SLAYER – ‘World Painted Blood’

Best Long Form Music Video
BLUR – No Distance Left To Run (Will Lovelace, Dylan Southern & Giorgio Testi, video directors; Thomas Benski, Laura Collins & Lucas Ochoa, video producers)
THE DOORS – When You’re Strange (Tom Dicillo, video director; John Beug, Jeff Jampol, Peter Jankowski & Dick Wolf, video producers)
ARIF MARDIN – The Greatest Ears In Town: The Arif Mardin Story (Doug Biro & Joe Mardin, video directors; Doug Biro & Joe Mardin, video RUSH – Rush: Beyond The Lighted Stage (Sam Dunn & Scot McFadyen, video directors; Sam Dunn & Scot McFadyen, video producers)
THE WHITE STRIPES – Under Great White Northern Lights (Emmett Malloy, video director; Ian Montone & Mike Sarkissian, video producers)

A complete list of nominees can be found at this location.


LAST RITES GALLERY – Halloween into the spotlight with renowned artists

On Friday, October 29th at 7pm, Last Rites Gallery presents it’s third annual 13th Hour group exhibit, celebrating the Halloween season. The show features renowned artists from around the globe, working in an array of mediums including painting, photography, and sculpture. Among the talent included in this exhibit is Chris Mars, known for his deeply psychological, meticulously layered oil paintings; David Stoupakis, a gothic surrealist painter who’s been profiled by media including Rolling Stone, Juxtapoz, and Spin Magazine; and Chet Zar, who’s dark vision has been featured in films including “The Ring”, “Hellboy II”, “Planet of the Apes”, as well as for the band Tool.  From gothic elegance to finely crafted grotesquery, the beauty within the darkness is embraced and brought into the spotlight.

The 13th Hour opens on Friday, October 29th, 7-11pm at Last Rites Gallery, 511 W. 33rd Street, between 10th & 11th Avenues (3 blocks from Penn Station), 3rd floor, New York, NY 10001.  Show runs October 29th through November 21st, 2010.  More info at www.lastritesgallery.com.

Participating Artists include: Paul Booth, Scott G. Brooks, Caniglia, John Cebollero, David R. Choquette, Christopher Conte, Brendan Danielsson, Jason D’Aquino, Pedro De Kastro, Paul Gerrard, Fred Harper, Naoto Hattori, Charlie Immer, Sarah Joncas, Laurie Lipton, Travis Louie, Michael Mararian, Chris Mars, Richard Meyer, Chris Peters, Anthony Pontius, Pooch, Paul Rumsey, José Manuel Schmill, David Stoupakis, Brian M. Viveros, Jasmine Worth, and Chet Zar.


Established in 2008, Last Rites has become a premiere gallery for the Dark Art movement and a haven for artists who prefer to explore the ominous, uncomfortable, and eccentric in their work. Striving to showcase some of the most thought-provoking art in contemporary surrealism, Last Rites creates an atmosphere where the artist can harness limitless expression and the observer can reflect inward, inspired to understand that which resides in us all. Since it’s inception, media accolades now include Juxtapoz, Inked Magazine, Tattoo Society, Hi Fructose, NY Post, and the Channel 11 News. Paul Booth, featured by Rolling Stone as “King of Rock Tattoos”, opened Last Rites after 20 years of contributions to the tattoo art community.  Networks including Discovery, TLC, MSNBC, and MTV, continue to share Paul’s reputation with the world. The uniqueness of Last Rites, aside from its focus on such work, is the collaborative effort between founding director, Genevive Zacconi and Paul Booth. The fact that they are accomplished artists as well, allows for a stronger relationship with the exhibited artists, and a more understanding and creative approach to the overall presentation of their work- enhancing the experience for everyone who visits Last Rites Gallery.


Movie News: Colin Farrell to play Ozzy Osbourne?

Colin Farrell attending the premiere of his new fantasy flick  'Ondine' during New York City’s 9th Annual Tribeca Film FestivalColin Farrell has reportedly agreed to star as Ozzy Osbourne in a upcoming biopic of the rock legend’s life.

Despite the 61-year-old Black Sabbath frontman’s desire to be played by an unknown from his home city of Birmingham, Perez Hilton reports that the 34-year-old Crazy Heart star has signed on for the role.

A source said: “At least Colin and Ozzy are on the same page when it comes to using four-letter words! Colin drinks, he smokes, he womanises. He’s just a sleeve tattoo away from being a real rock star.”

Hilton went on to express his approval at the casting, saying: “The more we think about it, the more we think that he’ll nail it!”
Osbourne revealed last month that Johnny Depp had been lined up to play him back in 2003.

Source: Digital SPy


REVEALED: How Today’s Twitter Bug Was First Discovered

According to an e-mail we received this morning, the Twitter bug and ensuing 0 followers/0 following fiasco was inadvertently started by a Turkish fan of heavy metal band Accept. When this young man tweeted “Accept pwnz,” he found that the user @pwnz was suddenly following him.

The fellow, who says he doesn’t have any Twitter-related programming knowledge, wrote a blog post about the accidental exploit. At least one commenter said he tried to contact Twitter employees about the bug but got no response.

As most of us are now aware, a ton of other users started exploiting this bug and a few tech blogs got wind of it, as well. Twitter was working to fix the force follow bug this morning, which made it appear that all follower and following counts had been reduced to zero. This was a temporary measure; follower counts have since been restored.



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