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Evanescence Singer Strikes Back

EvanescAmy Lee‘s back from her honeymoon, and she’s pissed. Writing on her band’s official message board, Evanescence‘s lead singer is finally discussing the departure of her former bandmates. After two weeks away, Lee says she returned home to find "I was unable to defend myself for a week and was taken advantage of quite a bit." Lee then shares with her fans her version of Rocky Gray and John LeCompte‘s departure, claiming they were "miserable" and planning to leave, and that she simply relieved them of their duties a little sooner than they’d anticipated. "I treated both John and Rocky with nothing but kindness and respect, and I got nothing but jealousy and resentment in return…I love this band too much to see it driven into the ground." This is not the first time the band’s had some personnel issues. In 2003 LeCompt took over after co-founder Ben Moody suddenly quit, due to a rift with Lee.

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Stapp Attacks Wife With Orangina Bottle!

Stapp_2 Former Creed frontman Scott Stapp spent yesterday night in jail following a domestic complaint filed by his wife Jaclyn, a former Miss New York, on Monday morning. According to The Orlando Sentinel, Stapp returned home at around 8 a.m. on Monday after a night out partying with friends. When his wife asked him if he’d been using drugs, she claims he threw an Orangina bottle at her. He doesn’t dispute this business with the bottle, but says that it landed at her feet and that it wasn’t aimed at her. His lawyer told the press, "The allegations are not accurate. He’s sad the allegations were lodged." Stapp was charged with misdemeanor assault and ordered to have no contact with his wife, nor to enter his home except to use the recording studio there. So the judge almost got the sentence right.

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Genesis: Set-List, Tour Dates, and Reissues

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When our Rock Honors bash premieres on Thursday night, it will be the first time in many years that lots of Genesis fans are able to see their heroes on stage. So the quesion is, what tunes are they tackling? The mid-80s line-up of Tony Banks, Phil Collins, and Mike Rutherford have a unique rapport, and their spins through "No Son of Mine" and "Turn It On Again" should whet the appetite of anyone planning on seeing them when their world tour brings them to America in the fall. Those fans will also get a kick out of Keane‘s marvelous salute to the veterans with an update of "That’s All."

Those familiar with the superb remastering job that the Rhino label does might want to celebrate the band’s 40th anniversary with the far-reaching, 12-disc Genesis collection, 1976-1982. Between a wealth of rarities and the enhanced sound, it’s hard to resist. Speaking of rarities, check VSPOT in the next couple of days to see the on-line only performance of "Los Endos."

What’s your fave Genesis tune?

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Mandy Moore Gets Kinky

Mandy_moore_07 Mandy Moore‘s all grown up, and she wants you to know it. In anticipation of her June 19th release Wild Hope, a single from Moore’s latest effort was included in the Museum of Sex’s goodie bags, right next to a vibrator and a book on being a dominant diva. But the bizarre promotional move might fit with Moore’s mature new image. She’s made no secret of her disdain for her "Candy"-era image, and she’s left behind record labels for EMI and more autonomy. Moore also penned much of the songs on this album, meaning she’s responsible for lyrics like "I?m the one who likes Gardenia/I?m the one who likes to make love on the floor." Maybe the Museum of Sex wasn’t such a bad fit after all…

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Avril vs. Hilary and Haylie

AvrilvsduffsRumor has it that Avril Lavigne was miffed when she arrived at the same time as her arch-nemeses Hilary and Haylie Duff at last Wednesday’s Maxim Hot 100 Party in New York. Avril has a longstanding rivalry with Hilary, and by extension, her sister. Unfortunately, though, no blows were thrown over the intersection of "talent": Avril is said to have threatened to leave and otherwise could be seen "driving everyone crazy." The Duffs were seemingly less affected.

We expect this sort of behavior from the Sisters Duff. Horses are, after all, docile creatures. But for would-be bad-ass princess Avril to merely steam and stew over girls she didn’t like entering the venue, that’s like sooooo whatever! She could do so much better! She didn’t so much spit or even flip the bird. Not very punk, of her, is it? [MSNBC]

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Brit Has Lip, Near-Nip Slips

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This weekend, Britney Spears performed two shows in Florida, hitting Orlando on Saturday and Miami on Sunday with the same damn 14-minute set she’s been playing since she kicked off her bizarre, overpriced club "tour" earlier this month. Brit’s recent performances have been so cookie-cutter that the smallest variations provide newsworthy details. At the Orlando gig, Brit inadvertently pulled a Milli Vanilli when the CD she was lipping along to had a skip fit. Girl you know it, girl you know it, girl you know it…didn’t matter at all. People ate up her performance anyway. Meanwhile, during the Miami show, Brit’s bejeweled outer bra popped open to expose her sheer, pink inner bra. She ran off stage, saving face and, presumably, breast.

Now, aren’t you sad you missed those shows? That kinda stuff only happens once… [Image credit: Getty]

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Road Tales: Tommy Tattles On Ozzy

Our ramp-up to Rock Honors (this Thursday night at 9 pm) always includes revealing chats with the music’s stars. Road Tales focuses on some the antics that go down when artists are on tour.

There’s no scenario where a tour that consists of Ozzy Osbourne and Motley Crue isn’t going to be bonkers, so when Motley’s Tommy Lee recounts how the party-hearty king of heavy metal would show up in Gestapo boots and a nurse’s outfit, consider it business as usual. And as you’ll find out, there’s a reason Mr. Osbourne was always trying to jump on the Crue’s bus.

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Tour Survival Guide: The Bravery

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Now and then our Tour Survival Guide will check in with rockers on the road. Here’s The Bravery singer Sam Endicott on the power of Red Bull, Tokyo bathroom etiquette, and disappointing methods of birth control.

Semper Fi, Guys
We asked for extra-large condoms [on our tour rider]. Like the largest condoms possible. I was hoping we’d get XXL condoms or something, but I guess they don’t really make those. The biggest you can get are Trojans. They max out at Trojan Magnums. That’s as exciting as it gets.

No Caramel Macchiato For You!
I basically live off Red Bull. I wake up in the morning and drink a Red Bull. I need as much caffeine as possible, and I can’t drink coffee, because coffee is just disgusting to me. I hate the taste of it. Like whenever I walk into a Starbucks I want to vomit. So I drink Red Bull all day. We actually have a Red Bull sponsorship. We call and they’ll send cases of Red Bull anywhere we want.

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Simpson and Mayer Split?

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Extra TV is reporting that multiple sources have confirmed Jessica Simpson and John Mayer have parted ways after nine undoubtedly musical months. Awwww. But they seemed to have so much in common and looked so happy together!

Because of the shocking nature of this story, we have nothing to add. Really: a national tragedy is what this is. [ExtraTV.com / Image credit: Getty]

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Road Tales: Nasty Army Girls

Our ramp-up to Rock Honors (Thursday, May 24) always includes revealing chats with the music’s stars. Road Tales focuses on some the silliness (and sex) that goes down when artists are on tour.

Luther Campbell is no stranger to sexual hijinks. But even the boss of the infamous 2 Live Crew had to shake his head when a swarm of ladies in uniform jumped on stage and started rocking the wild thing at a club gig. Let him explain it to you…