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Stone Temple Pilots Sue Scott Weiland, Vocalist Responds to Band’s Hiring of Chester Bennington as New Lead Singer

Scott Weiland, Stone Temple Pilots

Earlier this year, Scott Weiland was fired from Stone Temple Pilots, a claim he openly disputed. Now, it appears as though the split is becoming increasingly acrimonious.

Last week, STP performed at KROQ’s Weenie Roast accompanied by a new singer, Linkin Park front man Chester Bennington, and debuted a new song entitled “Out Of Time.” Bennington confirmed to KROQ that he would indeed by joining STP as a full-time member.

Scott Weiland responded by penning an open letter to his fans:

Like everybody else out there, I read about my band, Stone Temple Pilots, and their recent performance this past weekend with a new singer. To tell you the truth, it took me by surprise. And it hurt.

But the band that played last weekend was not Stone Temple Pilots and it was wrong of them to present themselves as that. First of all they don’t have the legal right to call themselves STP because I’m still a member of the band. And more importantly, they don’t have the ethical right to call themselves Stone Temple Pilots because it’s misleading and dishonest to the millions of fans that have followed us for so many years.

When I tour on my own, it’s never as Stone Temple Pilots. It’s as Scott Weiland. The fans deserve to know what they’re getting. Like any band that’s stood the test of time and made music for more than two decades, STP had a special alchemy – the four of us together were greater than any one of us apart. So if my former bandmates want to tour with a new singer, that’s their prerogative.

I don’t give a fuck what they call themselves, but it’s not Stone Temple Pilots.

And so I say to you, our fans, I’ll see you out there on the road this summer where I’m touring as ‘Scott Weiland’ with my band The Wildabouts. But don’t give up on STP. I know I haven’t. (via CoS)

It would probably be in his best interests to give up on the band — STP filed a lawsuit accusing Weiland of misusing the band’s name in to advance his solo work, and asked a judge to block him from using the band’s name and their songs.

The lawsuit was filed on Friday in Los Angeles, and claims that Weiland’s chronic tardiness and struggles with addiction had hurt the band’s earning potential when he was a member. It also claims that Weiland has attempted to interfere with airplay of the band’s new single. According to the suit, Weiland’s lawyer had called the head of programming at KROQ and told them that they would be infringing on Weiland’s rights if the station played “Out of Time.”

The band claims in the suit that they own the rights to the name Stone Temple Pilots, as well as all the group’s songs, citing agreements made in 1996 and 2010 that no former members can use the Stone Temple Pilots name. STP has asked the judge to stop Weiland from performing STP songs in his solo career, or even calling himself a former member of the band. (via RS)

Listen: Rabbit Rabbit “Curious One”

Rabbit Rabbit, photo by Elizabeth Friar

Critically acclaimed artist Carla Kihlstedt (Tin Hat Trio, Sleepytime Gorilla Museum, 2 Foot Yard, The Book of Knots) and husband Matthias Bossi (Skeleton Key, The Book of Knots, Mike Patton, Sleepytime Gorilla Museum) have teamed up for their new group Rabbit Rabbit. The first single “Curious One” is available below.

The pair’s first album, Rabbit Rabbit Radio, Volume 1, will be released August 6, 2013 on their own label, Rabbit Rabbit Records. Kihlstedt and Bossi worked with their frequent collaborator, bassist, guitarist, engineer and producer Jon Evans (Tori Amos, Ben Folds, Bill Frisell) on Volume 1, as well as with producer Joel Hamilton.

Tim Curry Suffers Major Stroke, Is Recovering at Home

Tim Curry in "The Rocky Horror Picture Show"

Tim Curry, 67, is recovering after suffering a major stroke at his home in Los Angeles. Best known for his work in 1975′s The Rocky Horror Picture Show, Curry is said to be “doing great” following the collapse, reports the Daily Mail.

The stroke is said to have happened Thursday night.

“Tim is doing great,” says his longtime Los Angeles agent Marcia Hurwitz. “He absolutely can speak and is recovering at this time and in great humor.” (via USA Today)

Deathfix Announce Fall 2013 East Coast Tour With Pinback

Deathfix

In September, Deathfix will join Pinback for a run of East Coast dates. The band — Brendan Canty (Fugazi), Rich Morell (Blowoff), Devin Ocampo (Faraquet, Medications), and Mark Cisneros (Medications) — released its self-titled debut album in February via Dischord Records, and since then, they’ve toured throughout the US and performed at the Coachella Valley Music & Arts festival.

Full dates are below, and all are with Pinback. Click here for our interview with Deathfix’s Brendan Canty, or click here for our review of the band’s debut record.

Deathfix on Tour
9/03 Chicago, IL @ Lincoln Hall
9/04 Detroit, MI @ Magic Stick
9/05 Cleveland, OH @ Grog Shop
9/06 Millvale, PA @ Mr. Smalls
9/07 Toronto, ON @ Lee’s Place
9/08 Montreal, QC @ Cabaret Mile End
9/10 Cambridge, MA @ The Sinclair
9/11 Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer
9/13 New York, NY @ Irving Plaza
9/15 Washington, DC @ 930 Club
9/17 Carrboro, NC @ Cat’s Cradle
9/18 Atlanta, GA @ Terminal West

Eminem Sues Mark Zuckerberg for Copyright Infringement

As posted by the Hollywood Reporter, the Eminem’s company Eight Mile Style has filed a lawsuit claiming a Facebook ad wrongfully used music “substantially similar” to the track “Under the Influence,” off of 2000′s The Marshall Mathers LP. According to the lawsuit, which specifically cites reports of Zuckberg’s Slim Shady-referencing personal childhood web page, the ad agency W+K used the music “in an effort to curry favor with Facebook by catering to Zuckerberg’s personal likes and interests.” Shady alleges that W+K then changed track, demonstrating knowledge of their guilt.

For their part, W+K claims that Eight Mile Style has no standing to file because producer Dr Dre stole the core of ”Under the Influence” from a Michael Jackson track.

Eight Mile Style is seeking as much as $150,000 per infringement which is the maximum in damages available under the law.

Read more about the lawsuit here.

22-Year-Old Gus Wenner Named New Head of RollingStone.com

Gus and bandmate Scout Willis

Following his son’s role in the rebrand of their website and what is probably a healthy dose of nepotism, Gawker reports that Rolling Stone owner Jann Wenner has named his newly graduated son the new head of RollingStone.com.

In an email sent out to Rolling Stone staffers today, the elder Wenner explained:

Dear all:

David Kang and I are very pleased —and I am very proud —to announce that Gus Wenner, after leading the re-launch re-design effort for our website, will now continue by heading up the overall operations of RollingStone.com.

Jann

Gus Wenner, 22, is a graduate of Brown University known for playing in an alt-country band with fellow celebuspawn/Brown student Scout Willis. Listen to what will surely be the future of Rolling Stone by clicking here.

Henry Rollins Addresses Why He No Longer Plays Music

Henry Rollins

With two concurrent Black Flag reunions taking place in the summer of 2013 (Greg Ginn and Ron Reyes’s “official” Black Flag, and the Keith Morris-fronted FLAG), many have wondered whether the band’s longest-tenured and most-recorded vocalist, Henry Rollins, would be taking part in any tours, Black Flag-related or not.

Without specifically referring to either Black Flag incarnations by name, Rollins has addressed his take on reunions and musical performance in general in his latest LA Weekly column:

I got asked by someone if I was going to go on tour this summer and play what at this point is old music. I told the person that I wasn’t because that currently, my future is getting in the way of my past.

I tell you this because in the summer months, you can count on bands that have been gone for years who will reassemble and go onto stages all over the world playing “vintage music.” Perhaps they are on a Proustian mission to recapture that which has been lost. I read the interviews where the musicians claim that now they can really play this music. I don’t doubt them, but therein lies the problem. Musicians should not play Music. Music should play musicians…

This is why I stopped touring with a band. I put up my fists and there was no longer anything there. It was heartbreaking, but it was clear. Music had moved on. Such was my reverence for its limitless power, I faced this truth and moved on in search of new battles… To each their own. This is how I am running my show.

To read the entire article, click here.

Philip Chevron of The Pogues Announces That His Cancer Has Returned

Phil Chevron

Sadly, Philip Chevron, guitarist of The Pogues, has revealed that the head and neck cancer for which he received treatment in 2007 and a clean bill of health in April 2012 has returned.

In August 2012, Chevron and his doctors noticed a new tumor, and this one is in a position whereby treatment is ill-advised and would almost certainly cause a stroke. The cancer is therefore inoperable and will prove fatal in time, though it is at present impossible to measure life expectancy.

Chevron is currently taking a break from both The Pogues and his other band, the Radiators From Space. The Pogues are on a prolonged time out, emerging only in support of matters relating to their 30th anniversary this year. (via soundsxp.com)

Listen: TOKiMONSTA “The Force” feat. Kool Keith

TOKiMONSTA

TOKiMONSTA’s The Force EP is available now and features the title track (with vocals from the legendary Kool Keith), along with remixes from a number of producers, including Star Slinger, A. Chal, Miguel Campbell, Nick Hook, and Branchez. “The Force” is from TOKiMONSTA’s album Half Shadows.

Watch the official video for “The Force” featuring Kool Keith below.

Swingin’ Utters Announce 2013 North American Tour Dates

Swingin' Utters

Swingin’ Utters kick off their summer tour at Punk Rock Bowling 2013 on May 25th. The band is currently supporting their latest album, Poorly Formed, and will cover most of the Midwest, the East Coast, and a few dates in Canada before heading off to Europe. Full US and Canada dates are below.

Swingin’ Utters on Tour
5/25 Las Vegas, NV @ Punk Rock Bowling
5/31 Des Moines, IA @ Gas Lamp w/ Goddamn Gallows, North of Grand
6/01 Chicago, IL @ Cobra Lounge w/ Goddamn Gallows, Anger, The Kominas
6/02 Hamtramck, MI @ Small’s w/ Goddamn Gallows
6/03 Cleveland, OH @ Grog Shop w/ Goddamn Gallows
6/04 Buffalo, NY @ The Waiting Room w/ Goddamn Gallows, The Chosen Ones
6/06 London, ON @ Call The Office
6/07 Toronto, ON @ The Legendary Horseshoe Tavern w/ The Lucky Ones, Skullians
6/08 Montreal, QC @ Katacombes
6/09 Cambridge, MA@t Middle East Downstairs w/ Ducky Boys, Goddamn Gallows, The Welch Boys
6/10 Providence, RI @ Feta Lounge
6/11 Washington, DC @ Rock and Roll Hotel w/ Goddamn Gallows
6/12 New York City, NY @ Bowery Electric w/ Goddamn Gallows
6/12 New York City, NY @ Bowery Electric w/ Goddamn Gallows
6/15 Pittsburgh, PA @ Altar Bar w/ Face to Face, Teenage Bottlerocket, Blacklist Royals, Joshua Black Wilkins, Goddam Gallows
6/17 St. Louis, MO @ Firebird w/ Goddamn Gallows, Scene of Irony

Dropkick Murphys, Bruce Springsteen Release Single to Benefit Boston Marathon Bombing Victims

Rose TattooToday, the Dropkick Murphys announced a special digital release with Bruce Springsteen. The band and Springsteen have reworked the track “Rose Tattoo,” and are also including two live tracks from a performance in California days after the bombings. The release is available for $1.29 at iTunes by clicking here. All proceeds benefit the Claddagh Fund. (via DS)

“Rose Tattoo” appears on the Dropkick Murphy’s latest album, “Signed And Sealed In Blood.”

Additionally, the Dropkick Murphys raised money by selling t-shirts to benefit victims of the bombing.

Former Mars Volta Vocalist Cedric Bixler-Zavala Announces New Band Zavalaz, West Coast Tour Dates

Cedric Bixler-Zavala

Former Mars Volta front man Cedric Bixler-Zavala has announced the formation of his new band, Zavalaz.

The band’s lineup includes Bixler-Zavala on vocals and guitar, former Them Hills/Hella guitarist Dan Elkan, drummer Greg Rogove, and former Mars Volta bassist Juan Alderete. The band will play a dozen West Coast gigs in June, starting June 15th in Las Vegas and wrapping up June 30 in San Diego.

Bixler-Zavala said that three songs on his forthcoming solo LP have been recorded, and promises “lots of desert ballad space jams, lots of harmonies, lots of lap steel and piano. Lots of AM radio love songs. Short bitter sweet luv songs.” He also warned that he’s “not making a rock record. It might lightly rock but not like I’m known for.” (via Antiquiet, Fact)

Following the demise of The Mars Volta, guitarist Omar Rodriguez-Lopez formed the band Bosnian Rainbows. Click here for photos of Bosnian Rainbows performing in New York City, or click here for Jeremy Robert Johnson’s interview with Cedric Bixler-Zavala.

Black Francis to Wrap Up Tour With Acoustic Set May 17th at New York’s Symphony Space

Black Francis

There are few musicans as infamously and important to alternative rock than Charles Michael Kittridge Thompson IV – or, as you may know him, Black Francis, his pseudonym when he was fronting the genre-shattering Pixies, and the name he still often tours by.

On Friday, May 17th, he’ll be wrapping up his spring tour with Reid Paley at New York’s Symphony Space, where under the Black Francis moniker he’ll be performing a very special and intimate acoustic set. VerbicideMagazine.com is going to be there to cover it for all those who couldn’t attend – but tickets are still available, so click here while you can still get them. -Matthew Schuchman

Descendents/All Documentary “Filmage” to Premiere at NXNE 2013 Festival

Filmage

A full year after we first reported on it, The Descendents/All documentary Filmage will finally see it’s worldwide premiere. The film will be shown for the first time at the 2013 NXNE festival in Toronto on Saturday, June 15th.

The documentary chronicles the long history of punk bands ALL and Descendents, and the driving force behind both, drummer Bill Stevenson. The film took two years to make and features more than 40 interviews. Watch the trailer below, or visit the film’s official site for more information.

FILMAGE Teaser 2 from Deedle LaCour on Vimeo.