On this day…in 1979

To the New York City Police Department and Medical Examiner’s Office, he was John Simon Ritchie, a 22-year-old Englishman under indictment for murder but now dead of a heroin overdose in a Greenwich Village apartment. To the rest of the world, he was Sid Vicious, former bassist for the notorious Sex Pistols and the living … [Read the full story]

Primal Scream bring the house down at Clockenflap

Primal Scream brought the first day of Hong Kong’s Clockenflap festival to a close last week, with a greatest hits set at the Kowloon Waterfront Park. The show marked the band’s first appearance in Asia with new permanent bassist Simone Butler, who was officially anounced as Mani’s replacement in October. After Bobby Gillespie greeted the … [Read the full story]

Mickey Mouse’s ‘Unknown Pleasure’ T-shirt

A representative from Disney has said: “As soon as we became aware there could be an issue, we pulled it from our shelves and our online store to review the situation further.” Peter Hook recently spoke to the press to say that he felt it was “quite a compliment” that Disney used Joy Division’s ‘Unknown Pleasures’ … [Read the full story]

“Rick Rubin is over-rated”, says Corey Taylor

Slipknot’s Corey Taylor has made a public attack on producer Rick Rubin, saying that he considers him to be “overrated” and “overpaid”. The frontman, who worked with Rubin on Slipknot 2004 album ‘Vol 3: The Subliminal Verses’, told an audience at a Q & A session in Texas that the producer was a “thin shadow” … [Read the full story]

If you understand ‘Lulu’…then you’re on drugs

Trivium bassist Paolo Gregoletto has spoken about his band’s reaction when they heard Lou Reed and Metallica’s collaboration album ‘Lulu’, saying that he reckons you “must be on drugs” if you think you understand the record. The album, which is based around German playwright Frank Wedekind and his play in 1913 about the life of an abused dancer, … [Read the full story]

Weezer rocker Mikey Welsh twitters his own death

Mikey Welsh, the former bassist of Weezer, has passed away from a suspected drug overdose at the age of 40. The father-of-two was found in a hotel room in Chicago yesterday; he was in the city to watch his old band headline the Riot Fest. He predicted the exact location and time of his own … [Read the full story]