Monday, 31 March 2008

Metallica UK show "SSSSSHHHHHHHHHHH......"
Don't tell anyone, but another tour announcement is coming Monday. Stay tuned!

Could this have anything to do with the Reading and Leeds Festival tickets going on sale today?

Saturday, 29 March 2008

Scars on Broadway track

System of a Down's guitarist, Daron Malakian, has made the 1st track from his new band, Scars on Broadway, available on the band's website. It is called 'They Say'. System's drummer, John Dolmayan, is also in the band.

Tuesday, 25 March 2008


I shall be putting this on my wish list for my birthday.

Friday, 21 March 2008

Sabbath reunion. Is it on or off?

Kerrang! Ozzy on the Sabbath reunion
You know what, if it happens, it happens, if it don't, it don't," he told the Sydney Morning Herald. "They're [saying], 'I'll be able to do it', then a week after, you get a phone call, 'it's off'.

I'm glad at the end of the day we all made friends again.

And so am I.

Wednesday, 19 March 2008

"All you can eat" iTunes

MacUser: Apple to offer "all you can eat" iTunes with premium iPods
In return for paying a premium price for iPods, Apple is set to offer customers unlimited access to the iTunes store.
Apple executives claim customers would be willing to pay $100 (around £50) extra for their iPod or iPhone if it gave them "all you can eat" access to the iTunes library for the "lifetime of the device", according to a report in the Financial Times.

The report also says that it is believed that Apple is considering a monthly subscription for iPhone owners:
who could have a $8 (£4) fee added to their monthly phone bill. Subscription customers would be allowed to keep "40 or 50" tracks per year, even after their subscription has lapsed.

Negotiations between Apple and leading record labels is currently taking place.

Tuesday, 18 March 2008

Mac News

On MacWorld UK today
The Open University has promised to be more Mac and Linux friendly, following protests from students and a petition demanding support for non-Microsoft systems. The OU says:
The Open University is committed to supporting Mac users and also users of other platforms such as Linux in all future activity.

Apple has filed patents that suggest it is considering a smaller clamshell iPhone.
The newly-disclosed patent application waas filed in the US in September 2006. It shows a device that’s around half the size of current generation iPhones, featuring a transparent dual-si touch sensitive trackpad cover. The patent says both sides of the cover can be controlled at once.

And on AppleInsider
Apple snags 14 percent of US-based PC retail sales in February

Friday, 14 March 2008

'A Silly Man In A Silly Wig'




I had hoped that by West Coast they meant Devon. So, no dates in the UK at the moment. Shame really, as I saw them in Brighton in the '80s and thought they were really rather good.

Wednesday, 12 March 2008

Ozzfest 2008 to hit London in July?

Kerrang! reports that there is strong rumour that Ozzfest will be coming to London's O2 Arena on 19 July.

Tuesday, 11 March 2008

Serj interview on NZ TV3

Blabbermouth - interview with Serj Tankian on New Zealand's TV3.

The Tygers are back!

Blabbermouth reported on the Tygers of Pan Tang's forthcoming new album, Animal Instinct, with tentative track listing and some footage from a recent gig:

Looks like Rob Weir on guitar is the only original member left.

Thou shalt not get stoned - researcher claims Moses was stoned when he set Ten Commandments.
According to Benny Shanon, a professor of cognitive psychology at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, psychedelic drugs formed an integral part of the religious rites of Israelites in biblical times.

Speaking about his article on Israeli public radio, he added: "As far as Moses on Mount Sinai is concerned, it was either a supernatural cosmic event, which I don't believe, or a legend, which I don't believe either. Or finally, and this is very probable, an event that joined Moses and the people of Israel under the effect of narcotics."

Metallica album in September

BLABBERMOUTH.NET - Lars Ulrich says new Metallica Album 'should' be released in September. Interviewed on Bruce Dickinson's weekly BBC 6 Music radio show, Ulrich said:
We're just finishing up a record, we've got six weeks left and it should be out in September, that's the idea right now.

I like it and I'm one of METALLICA's harshest critics. So far it feels pretty good but there's still plenty of time to fuck it up, so let's see what happens.

Friday, 7 March 2008

Metallica to reissue on vinyl

Metallica are going to reissue their back catalogue. On vinyl!
While we're finishing up the new album, we told the dudes at the record company we thought it might be cool to dust off the old tapes and get all retro with some vinyl re-releases...

The first two albums, Kill 'Em All and Ride the Lightning are scheduled for release on 15 April in the US and soon after the rest of the world.
There will be two like the original on a single disc spinning at 33 1/3, the other a two disc, 180 gram vinyl, 45 rpm package all in a double gatefold. The music was half speed mastered from the original analog tapes at Mobile Fidelity to bring you audiophile quality.

I still have all the early Metallica albums on vinyl, sitting in a box in our wardrobe, including a double gatefold reissue of Master of Puppets.