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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.”

Thanks to for the click-thru

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.

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

U2 Producer Daniel Lanois Hospitalized In Intensive Care

Posted in news with tags , , , , , , , , on June 9, 2010 by thirteenburn

Grammy award winning producer Daniel Lanois, known mainly for his work with U2, was involved in a motorcycle accident this past weekend and is currently in intensive care.


Daniel Lanois was involved in a motorcycle accident Saturday, June 5th in the Silverlake area of Los Angeles, CA. The famed Grammy-winning producer (U2, Peter Gabriel, Tom Waits, Emmylou Harris, Neil Young, Bob Dylan) and solo artist suffered multiple injuries but is expected to be released from intensive care soon.

Dio’s Widow Asks For Tolerance

Posted in news, opinion with tags , , , on May 25, 2010 by thirteenburn

Via L.A. Times ‘Pop & Hiss’:

Wendy Dio, the widow of heavy metal singer Ronnie James Dio, is asking her husband’s family members, friends and fans to “turn the other cheek” to members of the fringe Westboro Baptist Church of Kansas who have called for a protest at Sunday’s public memorial service for Dio at Forest Lawn Cemetery.

Note to Westboro Baptist Church/Fred Phelps: two words: Zakk Wylde. This man is huge and takes no bullshit, so I suggest you back off or incur the wrath of not only the like-minded musicians who will be in attendance, but also the fans who will most assuredly show up as well, honoring not only the greatest singer in the genre of metal, but in my humble opinion, all of music, period.

I have a feeling that the Westboro Baptist Church has bitten off way more than they can chew and this “protest” could end up being their last.

I’m just sayin’…

God Bless you, Ronnie. May your soul rest in peace. You will be missed.

Can It Get Any Worse For The RIAA?

Posted in news, opinion, recording industry with tags , , , , , on May 21, 2010 by thirteenburn

It seems that every week, another story regarding the gross stupidity of the RIAA comes out and this week is no exception.

According to, the industry suffered the worse week of record sales since 1991.

Coming on the heels of the NARM conference’s news that only 2.1 percent of albums released last year topped the 5,000 units sold marker, last week saw the worst week in record sales since Nielsen SoundScan started doing the tracking back in 1991.

In light of such news, the recording industry desk jockeys want you to believe that these pathetic numbers are strictly the fault of the so-called “pirates” as well as iTunes and other similar sites that sell music by the song; usually for less than a dollar a pop, and has absolutely nothing to do with the industry’s abject refusal to embrace the internet and it’s myriad distribution possibilities. Couple that with the recent battle between the band OK Go and their record company, who felt that it was their (the record company) decision alone as to how the band distributed their own music and through what platform. Needless to say, OK Go immediately severed all ties with said record company and started their own.

It appears that more and more musicians are choosing to do the same: opt out of contract renegotiations and take over full control of all business related issues concerning their own musical output. Makes one wonder just how long before the record company as we know it becomes extinct.

In my opinion, it can’t happen too soon.

“and the recording industry still can’t figure out why they’re going bankrupt…”

Via The Music Industry Report