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by 99Rock - Rock Blog posted Aug 29 2014 11:33AM

99Rock Music News:  R.I.P. Suicidal Tendencies Bassist Tim ‘Rawbiz’ Williams Has Died

Suicidal Tendencies perform during the Warped Tour at Randalls Island on July 16, 1999. (Scott Gries/ImageDirect)

By Annie Reuter

Tim ‘Rawbiz’ Williams, known best for his skills as a bassist, drummer and producer, has died.

Williams most recently had played bass for thrash metal act Suicidal Tendencies, who released the news via a post on Facebook.

“It’s with complete sadness that we have to announce the passing of bassist Tim ‘Rawbiz’ Williams,” the Facebook post read. “Tim played bass for Suicidal Tendencies for almost four years until recently.

“Tim was a monster on bass, running around on stage in the pit, giving his all, even when his body wasn’t at its best. We will always remember him and appreciate all the kind words by those that were touched by his bass playing and him personally.”

Williams contributed bass to a song on Suicidal Tendencies’ most recent album 13 and had also played with Boyz II Men and Toni Braxton, among others.

A cause of death has not been confirmed.
by 99Rock - Rock Blog posted Aug 28 2014 11:14AM

99Rock Music News:  The Killers’ Brandon Flowers Plans to Release Second Solo Album Next Year

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Open up your eager eyes: Mr. Brightside is coming back with his second solo release.

Brandon Flowers, frontman of The Killers, announced today (Aug. 27) he’ll release his sophomore solo album in 2015, NME reports.

Little is known about the album so far, but Flowers did reveal that he’s working withproducer Ariel Rechtshaid (Vampire Weekend’s Modern Vampires of the City, Sky Ferreira’s Night Time, My Time) for it, as well as the band HAIM. The latter’s Danielle Haim sat in with the band on drums during a recent show.
“He’s taking me out of my comfort zone,” Flowers said of Rechtshaid. “Normally I make demos and they’re pretty similar to how the song ends up. but he’ll take a song and be like, ‘I hear this’. It’s incredible — his palette and his range, what he’s able to say. At first we were butting our heads together, but now we’re hitting it off.”

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by 99Rock - Rock Blog posted Aug 27 2014 11:41AM

99Rock Music News:  Gerard Way Books First-Ever Solo Tour Across U.S.

Photo Courtesy: Eric Ray Davidson

By Philip Cosores
For those still reeling from My Chemical Romance‘s split in 2013, this year has eased the pain with the announcement of frontman Gerard Way‘s first ever solo album, Hesitant Alien, due on September 30 via Warner Brothers.
And, that’s not all. Following performances at last weekend’s Leeds and Reading Music Festivals in the UK, Gerard Way has announced a batch of U.S. shows in support of the eight-song collection. This is Way’s first ever solo tour of America.
The trek isn’t long. Way will be playing intimate venues in only San Francisco, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Boston, New York and Sayreville, N.J. Should that last location seem strange, remember that My Chemical Romance hailed from Jersey city and Way was raised in Belleville.
In a press release, Way describes the new solo material’s influences. “I looked to Britpop poets like Jarvis Cocker and Damon Albarn, drawing upon everyday life. I also experimented with the abstract, and looked at Frank Black’s work both with the Pixies, and as a solo artist. There was no concept and no call-to-arms.”
The tour dates are listed below, with ticket information available on Way’s Facebook.
Gerard Way 2014 tour dates:
10/12 — San Francisco, CA @ The Fillmore
10/13 — Los Angeles, CA @ Troubadour
10/14 — Los Angeles, CA @ Fonda Theatre
10/17 — Philadelphia, PA @ Trocadero Theatre
10/19 — Boston, MA @ Paradise Rock Club
10/20 — New York, NY @ Irving Plaza
10/22 — Sayreville, NJ @ Starland Ballroom
10/23 — New York, NY @ Webster Hall

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by 99Rock - Rock Blog posted Aug 26 2014 8:04AM

99Rock Music News:  Weezer Delays New Album, Shares ‘Everything Will Be Alright in the End’ Tracklist

(Photo by Theo Wargo/Getty Images for Firefly Music Festival)

Two things happened overnight for Weezer fans. One’s pretty solid; the other, not so much.

The band announced on their Facebook page that the release date of new album Everything Will Be Alright in the End has been pushed back from Sept. 30 to Oct. 7, one week later. Weezer did not give a reason for the delay, but noted that it was a “bummer” it had to happen, despite, by their reports, finishing the album on time.
To try to make up for the delay, the band revealed that a track from the new album would be given on the original release date to those who had pre-ordered the record. No word on which song that will be.

Additionally, according to Exclaim, the band released the tracklist for Everything Will Be Alright in the End.

The album will feature 11 songs, including lead single “Back to the Shack.” The final song, “The Futurescope Trilogy,” is listed in three parts: “The Waste Land,” “Anonymous” and “Return to Ithaca.”

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by 99Rock - Rock Blog posted Aug 25 2014 9:18AM

99Rock Music News:  Scott Weiland Locked Up In the Studio, Not Jail, Contrary to Previous Reports

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By Radio.com Staff

UPDATED: After Scott Weiland posted a Facebook video from a recording studio, titled “Scott Weiland Locked Up…In the Studio TMZ” explaining that not only had he not been arrested, but has been touring and recording for the past four months, contrary to a police report issued July 26, 2014 and a report from TMZ, which alleged that Weiland was in possession of methamphetamine and had stolen razor blades.

In the video Weiland tells fans, “don’t worry, don’t fret, it’s a lie,” letting TMZ know “you’ll be hearing from my attorneys.”

Upon receiving this news from Weiland himself, the Beverly Hills Police Department issued the following correction.

Beverly Hills Police Department has released new information On Thursday, August 21, 2014, Beverly Hills Police discovered through an FBI Fingerprint Return that the subject arrested was not Scott Weiland. The fingerprint return positively identified the individual as Jason Michael Hurley (44 years of age). Beverly Hills Police will be requesting an additional criminal filing on Hurley for 148.9 (a) P.C. – Furnishing False Information to a Peace Officer. Records will be updated to properly reflect this information.
Scott Weiland has landed himself in hot water once again.

The former Stone Temple Pilots frontman was arrested on July 26 after Beverly Hills police received a call of from the local Rite Aid reporting a shoplift, Radio.com has confirmed via a police report.

According to Lieutenant Renato Moreno, police units checked the area and located a possible suspect. After an investigation was conducted, the 46-year-old Weiland was taken into custody for burglary and possession of a controlled substance.

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by 99Rock - Rock Blog posted Aug 22 2014 2:29AM

99Rock Music News:  NFL Asks Coldplay, Katy Perry & Rihanna to Pay to Play 2015 Super Bowl Halftime Show

Photo Courtesy:  Coldplay performing at UCLA Royce Hall (by Cody Black)
By Philip Cosores
For most bands, the Super Bowl halftime show is pretty much the best gig on earth.

It would be easy to assume that artists are awarded big bucks for scoring that coveted slot, but not exactly. In fact, the three artists in the running for the 2015 Super Bowl are being asked to pay the NFL for the right to perform their music during what is usually the biggest TV broadcast of the year, much like the high-profile (and expensive) commercials that often generate as much interest as the game itself (the 2014 Super Bowl earned 111.5  million viewers in the U.S. alone).
The Wall Street Journal is reporting that the considered acts for this season’s Super Bowl are being asked “if they would be willing to contribute a portion of their post-Super Bowl tour income to the league, or if they would make some other type of financialcontribution, in exchange for the halftime gig.”
by 99Rock - Rock Blog posted Aug 21 2014 12:56PM

99Rock:  FXX’s Marathon Of Every Simpsons Episode Ever To Begin Today!

(Photo by Stephen Shugerman/Getty Images)
By Adam Bookbinder (radio.com)

If you’re a huge fan of The Simpsons and have some extra vacation days from work you can spare, then put in for August 21st through September 1st.

Why you may ask?

Well because that is when every single episode of The Simpsons, all 25 seasons, will be airing on the FXX Network.

Yes, all 552 episodes.  From the first episode “Simpsons Roasting On An Open Fire” to the latest “Secrets of a Successful Marriage.”

Of course there will be people who are live tweetingevery episode using #EVERYSIMPSONSEVER.

If you’re planning on watching, then be sure not to forget the cases of Duff Beer.

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by 99Rock - Rock Blog posted Aug 20 2014 12:44PM

99Rock Music News:  Foo Fighters Reenact ‘Carrie’ for ALS Ice Bucket Challenge: [Watch]



By Jay Tilles (courtesy radio.com)

Dave Grohl has taken the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge to a whole new level.

With the help of his fellow Foo Fighters and a little movie magic, Grohl takes on the role of Carrie White, from the classic horror movie Carrie based on Stephen King’s first novel.

But before embarking on the cinematic role of a lifetime, Dave Grohl passes the challenge along to Jack Black, John Travolta (who played a supporting role in the original film) and appropriately enough, King himself.

The Foos’ three-minute remake finds Grohl playing Sissy Spacek’s prom queen character from the 1976 film, with drummer Taylor Hawkins filling the roll of the prom king in order to reenact the movie’s pivotal scene when a reprehensible prank is pulled on Carrie (Spacek’s character). Gallons of blood are poured over her head in order to embarrass the teenager.

Pat Smear and Nate Mendel assist in the prank, hiding behind the curtain, letting go of the ice bucket just at the right moment.
Grohl’s footage is brilliantly cut together with shots from the original film.


by 99Rock - Rock Blog posted Aug 19 2014 12:51PM

99Rock Music News:  The Killers Turn Iggy Azalea’s ‘Fancy’ Into Piano Ballad [Watch]

The Killers’ Brandon Flowers (Photo Courtesy: Stuart Wilson/Getty Images)

By Shannon Carlin (courtesy radio.com)

At a recent show in England, The Killers gave fans a taste of something they’ve been working on. No, it wasn’t a new original song, it was their piano cover of Iggy Azalea’s “Fancy,” complete with a few finger wagging interpretive dance moves done by none other than the Las Vegas band’s drummer, Ronnie Vannucci.

Their more somber take even featured a little lyrical switcheroo as Flowers sang, “From Vegas to Staffordshire” instead of “L.A. to Tokyo.” The few second cover ended with Vannucci stretched out on the floor underneath Flower’s lightening bolt keyboard.

“What do you think?” Flowers asked. “I think it’s a hit.”
by 99Rock - Rock Blog posted Aug 5 2014 12:47PM

99Rock Music News:  Foo Fighters Announcing Something Big on Monday

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By Philip Cosores

Yeah, announcements of announcements are inherently lame. Like, just announce what you want to announce already?

But, with bands of a certain stature, the announcement of the announcement has become a part of the tradition. So, the Foo Fighters posting on Facebook that Monday will see big news is just part of the game. So let’s play!

At this point, we know Foo Fighters have a new album coming. It is expected in November, in fact. We also know that there will be an HBO series chronicling the creation of their 8th studio LP, and it will make its premiere on October 17, titled Sonic Highways.

The most obvious speculation for what will be announced will be the album title and release date. But, it could also be a fall tour. The release timeframe would also make sense with corresponding radio station Christmas events, but those announcements usually come way later.

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by 99Rock - Rock Blog posted Aug 4 2014 12:50PM

99Rock Music News:  Stream The Gaslight Anthem’s New Album ‘Get Hurt’

Photo Courtesy - Chelsea Lauren Photography
Get Hurt, the fifth studio album from The Gaslight Anthem, is still a week away from its official release.

But that isn’t stopping the band from streaming the new record a little early, via iTunes Radio.

The four-piece act from New Jersey has already revealed a handful of new songs from Get Hurt, including the title track, “Rollin’ and Tumblin'” and, most recently, “Stay Vicious.”

Frontman Brian Fallon has called the record “completely different” from previous Gaslight releases in a May interview with Rolling Stone.

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by 99Rock - Rock Blog posted Aug 3 2014 12:53PM

99Rock Music News:  Man Was Attacked and Bitten During Arctic Monkeys Set at Lollapalooza 2014

Photo Courtesy Arctic Monkeys (Courtesy Domino USA)

By Shannon Carlin

One man got much more than he bargained for during Arctic Monkeys‘ set at this year’s Lollapalooza.

The man took to Reddit yesterday (August 4) to detail his horrifying experience, which included being attacked and then bitten by another festival-goer. Biting unfortunately seems to be a theme at recent concerts. (See: Beyoncé and Jay Z’s Saturday night show at the Rose Bowl where a man’s finger was bitten off.)

The victim says he was watching the Arctic Monkeys at about 9:35 pm perfectly sober (“All subsequent police and medical professional even remarked how odd it was dealing with someone so sober,” he wrote) when a man, which he describes as being “between 5’7″ and 5’11,” dark skin (maybe Hispanic, but not black), 170-210 pounds” body slammed his friend and started choking him.

“I come from the other side and place my right arm on his right arm and my left arm on his right shoulder trying to pull him off,” he wrote. “The attacker then turns his head and clamps his teeth into my arm for a good 5 seconds. He’s not nipping at me. He’s trying to bite through my arm.”

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