Just two weeks before its slated August 28th release date, Powerman 5000 have pulled the plug on their much-hyped third album, Anyone for Doomsday?. The group also cancelled their forthcoming tour with Machine Head, Saliva and Stereomud, a five-week trek that was to begin September 6th in Kansas City, Missouri. Also aborted are PM5K’s August 27th record release party at the Paradise in Boston and a series of nationwide in-store appearances planned for later this month.
The band plans to re-enter a Los Angeles area studio right away to begin work on a handful of new songs that frontman Spider One has penned since the completion of Anyone for Doomsday? earlier this year, eyeing a very late 2001/early 2002 release for the revamped album.
The eleventh hour decision to put Doomsday on hold comes as the band has already cut a high-budget video for the first single, “Bombshell,” a song that’s been at radio for the past few weeks. The clip has yet to enter steady rotation at MTV but, as of this article, Powerman are still streaming it at their official Web site, www.powerman5000.com. The song will however be featured on the soundtrack for MTV’s musclemen-in-Speedos show, WWF Tough Enough. Due October 2nd, the compilation features thunderous cuts from Mudvayne, Godsmack, the Deftones and Disturbed, as well as a live version of Papa Roach’s “Dead Cell.”
Officials at Roadrunner Records, home to Machine Head, say that that band will be filling in the cancelled dates with a September/October tour of their own, a jaunt that will not include either Saliva or Stereomud. Machine Head have just completed their fourth full-length, Supercharger, and scheduled an October 2nd release date. The first single, “Crashing Around You,” should hit airwaves come mid-September.