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‘The Conjuring’ Actress Vera Farmiga Covers Slipknot’s “Duality” At Rock Academy

While Vera Farmiga may be known for being a horror icon on the silver screen in ‘The Conjuring’ film franchise and ‘Bates Motel’ TV series, she also has a deep-rooted passion and connection to the music industry. Farmiga’s husband, Renn Hawkey, rose to prominence as the synthesizer player of the nu-metal group Deadsy in the mid-90s. The group worked alongside several major players within the genre including a feature with KORN’s Jonathan Davis on the track “The Key to Gramercy Park” as well as Limp Bizkit’s Fred Durst directing the music video for the same single. Read more: Looks Like… Read more »


Puddle Of Mudd Ready To Smack Next LP

Puddle of Mudd are planning the follow-up to Come Clean, only they won’t do that with the details. While the producer and song ideas are “top secret,” singer Wes Scantlin revealed the schedule for recording the album, which should be released early next year. “After the European tour, we’ll be back in September and doing a lot of just jammin’,” Scantlin said backstage at KROQ Weenie Roast. “We have a lot of new songs and they are ready to go, and we can’t wait to get back in the studio [in October].” Puddle of Mudd, whose Come Clean has scored… Read more »


Korn Promise To Be 'Even More Brutal And Awesome' On Tour

Even without a name, Korn’s upcoming tour looks to be a wicked, three-tiered assault on the senses, complete with crowd participation, a revolving stage and a mic stand with breasts. The Tour With No Name is scheduled to begin June 20 in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, and run through 26 gigs before wrapping up July 29 in Denver. For concertgoers already familiar with Korn’s new album, Untouchables, released Tuesday, they can expect the songs’ already vicious rumblings to become even more so. “These songs are just awesome,” singer Jonathan Davis said none too modestly, “and they’re even better live. The album’s great,… Read more »


P. Diddy Outpaces Cam'ron, Weezer, Moby To Debut At #1

New releases will comprise half of the top 10 on next week’s Billboard albums chart, with P. Diddy leading the pack of debut entries. Right behind Diddy’s top-slot finish, albums by Cam’ron, Weezer and Moby will bump the former chart champ, Musiq, down to #5. P.Diddy & Bad Boy Records Present… We Invented the Remix will lay claim to the #1 position after selling more than 255,000 copies, according to SoundScan figures released Wednesday (May 22). Cam’ron’s Come Home With Me, the New York rapper’s first album for Roc-A-Fella Records, will come in second by about 30,000 fewer copies, thanks… Read more »


Aaron Lewis Assists STP, Linkin Park On Family Values CD

Aaron Lewis owes much of his recent success to the Family Values Tour 2000 album, which featured his acoustic “Outside” single, so it’s fitting that the Staind singer is all over the record from the 2001 outing. Family Values Tour 2001, due May 7, features Lewis solo again on “Black,” with Staind on “Fade” and “It’s Been Awhile,” with Stone Temple Pilots on their classic “Creep,” and with Linkin Park on “One Step Closer,” according to Elektra Records. The album, the third spawned from the Family Values tour, also features a notable collaboration between Stone Temple Pilots, who slammed rap-rock… Read more »


'Family Values Tour 2001' Live Album Due In May

Elektra has set a May 7 release date for the “Family Values Tour 2001” live album, the third such release to document the rock-oriented trek. The set sports a variety of tracks from last year’s tour participants Stone Temple Pilots, Linkin Park, Staind, Static-X, and Deadsy. STP’s “Wonderful” will serve as the first single and will be sent next week to U.S. radio outlets for airplay consideration. A video treatment is being developed and may include live footage from the tour. STP’s other tracks are “Vasoline,” “Wicked Garden,” and “Creep,” the latter with a guest spot by Staind frontman Aaron… Read more »


Stone Temple Pilots Slam Rap Rockers At Family Values Stop

The 2001 Family Values Tour boasts two acts – Linkin Park and Staind – with triple-platinum albums currently in the Billboard top 10, though neither group is the headliner. That distinction goes to Stone Temple Pilots, who met the challenge at the tour’s second stop Friday, at the Allstate Arena near Chicago. Led by Scott Weiland, Stone Temple Pilots played like a band with something to prove to the young crowd of some 15,000 fans, which – nearly a decade after the release of their debut album, Core, and in an era dominated by rap-rock and nü-metal – they do.… Read more »


Durst, Aguilera, Stefani Hope To Open People's Eyes With 'What's Going On' Videos

Christina Aguilera’s golden locks, Fred Durst’s backward ball cap, Gwen Stefani’s rainbow makeup and Justin Timberlake’s freshly grown peach fuzz took a back seat Thursday to a look unprecedented even in popular music – blindfolds. “I feel like I’m playing pin the tail on the donkey,” Aguilera quipped in between takes during the first day of shooting proper videos for three all-star remakes of Marvin Gaye’s “What’s Going On.” Many of the artists who contributed to the project – from Ja Rule to Staind’s Aaron Lewis to Alicia Keys – will don blindfolds for the video shoot, which heads to… Read more »

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