Fuse was the first outlet to break the story of a Craigslist post purporting to be from a 28 year-old blue-haired lady looking for the guy who knocked her up at the Chicago Gigantour stop. After that, a lot of metal blogs picked up on it (including us), but beyond that, it became a legitimate news story, with CNN, Gawker, the New York Daily News, and many other outlets reporting on it. While it struck a nerve with people, we couldn’t help but be a little skeptical as to whether it was real or not. Well, according to Fuse, it can now be revealed that the story was indeed a hoax.
It turns out that “Crash,” as the woman who responded to Fuse’s David Shapiro code-named herself, was 23, not 28, and from Kansas. Oh yeah, and she totally made the story up. It turns out that “Crash,” a chef, created the post while unable to sleep to impress a boy. She wasn’t at the concert, and can’t name any Megadeth or Motörhead songs. Really Crash? Not even “Ace of Spades?” False metal for sure. At any rate, she randomly picked that show because the date of the post was far enough apart from the show that a pregnancy scare could be believable. Apparently, some sex might have actually gone down at the show, since she stated she got “email responses from a few terrified concertgoers who thought they had impregnated me.”
Until yesterday, only “Crash” and a few friends knew that the story was a hoax. She apologized, saying that it was “just supposed to be a silly thing that was never supposed to get this big,” and was only done to make her friend laugh. Not only did her friend laugh, a lot of other people did, too. Knowing that it was just done as a joke and blew up the way it did, it’s hard to be mad at this girl. Obviously, America had a Megadeth/Motörhead pregnancy scare-sized hole in them that needed to be filled, and “Crash” came along at the right time. If someone’s smart, they’re optioning a script for it right now. And if it wasn’t for the fact that she can’t name a single song by Megadeth or Motörhead, we’d almost totally forgive her.
Former Life of Agony vocalist Keith Mina Caputo has kept relatively quiet since last year, when the singer underwent a transformation from man to woman. Caputo’s gender switch came around the same time that a reformed Life of Agony played their final shows, a development that they said had nothing to do with her transformation. At any rate, Caputo is breaking her silence via a show next month in Philadelphia. The free show, taking place at Northern Liberties bar Gunners Run on Thursday, April 12, will likely be devoid of any LOA music, as Caputo has released a handful of solo albums dating back to 1999, and most recently played in a group called The Neptune Darlings. Also, there’s no mention of LOA in the press release we got.
If you’re looking for us to make snarky jokes about him/her, you’ve come to the wrong place. We may not necessarily understand Mina’s new gender (keeping the penis, has a girlfriend, but identifies as a woman), but it takes tremendous courage for her to do this, and as long as nobody’s getting hurt, Caputo should be able to call himself/herself what he/she wants. And Caputo’s talent cuts through gender, so if you’re an open-minded fan of Caputo’s powerful, yet emotional voice, this free show could be worth making the trip to. Find out more about it here.
Towards the end of 2011, rumors started to spread that Tool had finally started work on a new album, only to find out that it was drummer Danny Carey’s project Volto! that had been in the studio all along. However, hope was reinforced when the band kicked off 2012 with a mini-tour. And as it turns out, Tool is indeed looking to enter the studio this Summer.
Back in January, Vic Firth Drum Sticks filmed an “Artist Spotlight” episode with Carey during the band’s show at the TD Banknorth Garden in Boston. During the chat, Carey revealed that Tool is “hoping to get into the studio by June or July, and start tracking. That’s the plan anyway.” Now before we get over excited about this, let’s remember that it may still be a while till the new album is released. Not only has singer Maynard James Keenan been very vocal about the band taking their time with recording new material, but he’s also been keeping busy on the road with Puscifer. However, Carey’s comments make it even more likely that a new Tool album could come out by the end of the year.
You can watch the first part of Carey’s “Artist Spotlight” episode, where he mentions Tool’s plans for entering the studio around the 3:10 mark, above. Parts 2 and 3 can be seen after the jump. The videos were actually posted online last month, though somehow we completely missed them, which is a shame because in addition to talking with Carey, the episode has great drum cam footage of Tool’s show in Boston (on January 28). Luckily we can make up for lost time and watch the clips now. Read more »
We were devastated when we first heard that the UK warehouse for independent label distributor PIAS and Sony was burned to the ground and looted during the London riots. While we were happy to hear that two people were arrested, the case has taken a turn for the weird.
According to The Telegraph, new evidence is showing that the looting and arson was actually carefully planned by professionals, using the riots as a cover. Apparently, sources close to the security industry have disclosed that the intruders used specialist cutting equipment and spent up to two hours dismantling a high security fence before breaking in. Security also claimed to have seen vans inside the premises used to load the stolen goods. To further cover their tracks, the professionals supposedly attracted other gangs to join in on the looting after they left. Both the Metropolitan Police and Sony reportedly declined to comment on these new details.
It was sad enough to hear that the three-story building was completely gutted of CDs and vinyl (from independent labels, nonetheless) and burned to the ground. But it’s extra depressing to hear that a group of people purposefully used an already unfortunate situation just to steal from labels. Sad anyway you look at it.
While the photo to the right might sum up what some think of major labels, the fire at the warehouse for independent label distributor PIAS and Sony during the London riots was nothing less than devastating. However, there’s a bit of good news related to the arson and looting that occurred in Enfield, North London earlier this week. Two seventeen year-olds and an eighteen year-old have been arrested for the crime, London24reports. The three were held in connection with violent disorder and arson.
The three-story building was completely gutted, as CDs and vinyl records from labels including Victory, Nuclear Blat, and Basick went up in flames. The Beggars Group alone lost 750,000 CDs, and while replacing the stock of CDs will only take about 10 days, the vinyl could take up to three months. The Association of Independent Music suggested that to show their support, fans buy a digital download of an album from any of the UK’s digital retailers, or patronizing any local record stores while stock still exists.
What a difference a year makes. Ozzy Osbourne and Tony Iommi have resolved their dispute over the Black Sabbath trademark. Ozzy Osbourne had sued Iommi, claiming he’d illegally taken sole ownership of the band’s name after filing it with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. He had been seeking 50% of the profits of the band’s recent activity. They appear to have put it behind them, however, and have issued the following statement:
“Ozzy Osbourne and Tony Iommi of the legendary heavy metal band Black Sabbath have amicably resolved their problems over the ownership of the Black Sabbath name and court proceedings in New York have been discontinued. Both parties are glad to put this behind them and to cooperate together for the future and would like it to be known that the issue was never personal, it was always business.”
Of course, this opens things up for a Black Sabbath reunion. The recent death of Ronnie James Dio abruptly put an end to Heaven and Hell, and a Sabbath-headlined Ozzfest next year would be a huge draw. Iommi has stated that he spoke to Ozzy following Dio’s funeral, and wouldn’t rule out a reunion. As far as new music from the re-reunited band, sure, why not? I mean, we’d definitely give it a listen or two, but when was the last time you listened to “Psycho Man” from their 1998 album, Reunion? Yeah, didn’t think so.
While we all know it’s fun to be an asshole when blogging, Metal Insider does try to follow two rules: we’ll always admit when we’re wrong, and we can’t fault artists and the people who work for them for trying.
Epic’s Jason Lekberg sent us a note on Monday morning in response to this post about the marketing behind Mudvayne’s self-titled release (which is in stores now).
Lekberg enlightened us that since the Mudvayne artwork is made by applying one pass of one color (the blacklight reactive ink in question) to a simple white sheet, it’s less expensive than the standard four-color, multiple-pass process.
As for the three-video plan, I did fail to acknowledge filming three clips at once is much, much more cost-effective than doing separate shoots (which is why films like Pirates Of The Carribean shoot their sequels together despite being released over a year apart from eachother).
To be clear to any misguided readers, I never intended to question Mudvayne’s merit or past success in my previous post. My evaluation simply comes from an extremely conservative business perspective. I certainly must give Epic credit for having enough faith in their artists to give them all the support possible. And sometimes, when blessed with passionate employees like Lekberg, that works out: he reminded me that every Mudvayne album has been profitable for the label, including last year’s The New Game, released in a less-than-pleasant business climate.
Also, I’ll proudly add that I own every Mudvayne release since LD 50 and have seen them live at least a few dozen times (Not kidding – I went to almost every one of the Slipknot/Mudvayne shows throughout the Northeast nearly a decade ago).
The first of the three aforementioned films has been released, and you should check out the striking, synergistically blacklight-themed clip for “Scream With Me” below.