Archive for June, 2010

Slipknot Bassist Death Ruled Accidental

Posted in news, obit with tags , , on June 21, 2010 by thirteenburn


An autopsy report released today reveals Slipknot bassist Paul Gray’s death was caused by an accidental overdose of morphine and fentanyl, a narcotic analgesic that is 100 times more potent than morphine. According to the Polk County, Iowa Medical Examiner’s Office, the toxicology report and final autopsy showed that Gray also had “significant heart disease” at the time of his death on May 25th at age 38.

Another passing that possibly could have been prevented. How sad…


Slash Knocked Down On Stage By Fan

Posted in live shows, news with tags , , on June 17, 2010 by thirteenburn

According to, ex-G ‘N’ R and current Velvet Revolver guitarist Slash, was knocked to the stage during a show in Milan. The guitarist was in the process of shredding the solo in Sweet Child ‘O Mine when a over-excited fan got past security. Tragically the guitar didn’t survive, but Slash was none the worse for wear.

“The guy who nailed me didn’t take me down but he busted my poor guitar. Ah well, it was a kick ass rock show.”

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Smashing Pumpkins Headline Sunset Strip Fest

Posted in news, tours with tags , , on June 17, 2010 by thirteenburn

Via the L.A. Times music news:

Excepting a Lohan domestic spat at Chateau Marmont, it takes a lot to shut down the Sunset Strip for a weekend. But the Smashing Pumpkins will have a go of it when they headline this year’s installment of the Sunset Strip Music Festival on Aug. 28.

Music Streaming Site Grooveshark Wins Discovery Hearing vs. Universal Music Group

Posted in legal, mp3, recording industry with tags , , , , on June 11, 2010 by thirteenburn

According to an article posted on, internet start-up Escape, owners of the streaming site won an important ruling in which discovery will be shared by both sides in the case, which should level the playing field in terms of monetary outlay via each sides lawyers.

Thanks to The Music Industry Report for the click-thru.

Are You KID-ing Me?

Posted in interview, new music with tags , , , on June 11, 2010 by thirteenburn

Back when Def Leppard first hit the stage, they were known for their age; or lack thereof, actually and had been tagged as being the “youngest metal band” at that time. Over the years, there have been a plethora of bands where the average age seems to be that just shy of being able to obtain a driver’s license.

Now come The Thrashers, whose album title, Nine, pays respect to their youthful exuberance.


While most tots are finding complacency with a Toy Story DVD or their trusty playground swing set, one group of young boys were blazing a very different trail at their local day care. They were planting the roots of metal.

Being just a few weeks short of my 47th birthday and remembering back to what I was doing at their age, I feel really old, not to mention this begs the question of just of how “young” is “too young” to rock?

Tom Petty’s ‘Mojo’

Posted in interview, news with tags , , , on June 11, 2010 by thirteenburn

Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers have a new album, Mojo, hitting the shelves Tuesday, some seven-plus years since the last Heartbreakers album, The Last DJ.

Head over to the L.A. Times Entertainment section for an excellent interview in which he discusses his life as leader of the Heartbreakers, the new album and what’s in store for the future.

Thanks to the L.A. Times

New Pearl Jam Tune Leaked

Posted in mp3, new music with tags , , , , on June 10, 2010 by thirteenburn

According to the website, a new tune from Pearl Jam was posted on the bands record label website, (when going to the site, a login request came up) and thus, released to the rest of the world via the ‘net.

We’re not exactly sure who Pete is, but he just posted a song online on behalf of Pearl Jam’s manager Kelly Curtis. A Pearl Jam song. An unreleased one. Called Better Days. I suppose it wouldn’t hurt if we listened, too. A few minutes ago it was posted here, with the message “Gary, Kelly wanted you to hear this please give it a listen.”

That’s all we know. Rumor has it this is a b-side from Backspacer… or the self-titled album. No one claims to be sure it’s from the Riot Act sessions. But we kinda like it.

Update, sort of: For whatever it’s worth, Johnny thinks this recording is much newer than the Riot Act sessions.

Thanks to for the click-thru…