Hello each and everyone! As promised, we've prepared something special for you to read during the Christmas/New Year Holidays -- you will learn what are The Most Essential Events Of 2004 in the world of Rock music. The list was made according to the amount and significance of news reports -- the number of visitors' comments wasn't taken into consideration at all. And it's very sad to admit that in the picked ten there are less positive rather than sorrowful news reports.
Metallica To Begin Work On New Album In January
In their March interview, Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich said that the band planned to get back to the studio in January '05. He revealed that the ideas and inspiration for new songs came up from pre-show jam sessions, that being always recordered. "So there's some pretty crazy stuff that comes up every night, and I definitely look forward to shifting through some of that stuff," declared Lars. To put it mildly, January is close -- just relax and watch out for news reports on UG on the subject -- read full story.
Wes Borland Returns To Limp Bizkit
In August Limp Bizkit frontman Fred Durst confirmed the departure of guitarist Mike Smith from the group's ranks. This meant Wes Borland was back in the band and started to work on Bizkit's next studio CD, of course along with Durst. The album was tentatively due in 2005, although Fred said "it will be released as soon as it is finished." Now work on it is in a full swing -- read full story.
Vines Singer Has Asperger's Syndrome
On November 19 Craig Nicholls, frontman of Australian rockers the Vines, revealed that he had been diagnosed with a mild form of autistic disorder -- Asperger's Syndrome. The problem for him as a singer bacame a fact that large social events and stressful circumstances can aggravate symptoms of the condition. And the symptoms are not too sweet for an artist. Individuals with Asperger's, although of normal intelligence, have difficulty with two-way conversations. They often talk "at" others, read social situations accurately, have lack of desire to interact with peers. But now we know where singer's funny faces come from -- read full story.
Ten Years Since Kurt Cobain's Death
The 5th of April was the 10th anniversary of Kurt Cobain's death. On that day, in far 1994, the leader of Nirvana barricaded himself into the greenhouse of his mansion, injected himself with a massive dose of heroin, put a 20-gauge shotgun against the roof of his mouth and pulled the trigger. Just before that he wrote a suicide note, in which he said he couldn't stand to think of his daughter becoming "the miserable self-destructive, death rocker that I've become." It was one of the biggest losses in the music history -- read full story.
Rock Against Bush
What connection has rock music and politics? Seems like very immediate. Passed year's political scene was very hot due to President Election in the US and rock musicians participated with a bit unusual for this type of cultural workers interest. On April 20 the first volume of Rock Against Bush compilations was released. It's included Sum 41, Anti-flag, Offspring and New Found Glory among other "anti-Bush" bands. Later the movement was joined by a massive number of big names like the Foo Fighters, Green Day, Bad Religion, The Used, No Doubt and Yellowcard. And every band had been slamming and blaming Bush all around, having, by the way, quite good success in this. Anyway, their tries didn't lead them on to a victory. You know the rest -- read full story.
Ozzy Osbourne Under Threat Of Ending Up His Career
In February Ozzy and all of his mates and fans were frightened. Frightened of his health and ability to perform in the future. Ozzy, 55, came close to death in his quad bike accident on Buckinghamshire estate, when his four-wheel vehicle flipped over and landed on him. He suffered eight broken ribs, a punctured lung, a smashed collarbone and a crushed vertebra in his neck. Not everyone could stay alive after such! But Ozzy did -- read full story.
Creed Break Up
After nearly 10 years together and over 30 million albums sold, Creed had decided to put an end to their string of multiplatinum records and chart-topping singles. Personal issues, mostly between singer Scott Stapp and the rest of Creed, caused an irreparable rift that ultimately led to the band's demise. Guys just stopped being able to work together. As guitarist Mark Tremonti said, they "knew that it would take [them] years to get a record out" -- read full story.
Velvet Revolver's Birth
Following the constant dissension between ex-bandmates Axl Rose and Slash (with original group members Duff Mckagan and Matt Sorum in alliance), the Slash camp united with singer Scott Weiland and guitarist Dave Kushner and organized a new band called Velvet Revolver. While Rose kept the name for his group (though it's still called GN'R, it isn't the same as it used to be), Velvet Revolver became popular very soon. Until our days they have been thriving, releasing debut album Contraband, touring around the world and being the object of unceasing discussions and rumours -- read full story.
Johnny Ramone Dies
On 15th of September the world lost yet another great rocker. Ramones guitarist John Cummings, a.k.a. Johnny Ramone, died in the age of 55 in his sleep in Los Angeles. Johnny had been fighting with prostate cancer for five years. Ramones singer Joey Ramone died in 2001 of lymphatic cancer, and bassist Dee Dee Ramone died of a drug overdose the following year. Cummings was the third founding member of the seminal punk band -- read full story.
Damageplan Guitarist Dimebag On-Stage Murder
The year 2004 was ending up when this happened. Thrilling and shocking accident took place on a Damageplan concert on December 8 in Columbus, Ohio. A man, lately identified as Nathan Gale, ran onto the stage during the first song of the group's set and began firing a gun. By the time he was shot by a police officer, he had killed guitarist Dimebag Darrell and three other people. The world of rock was deprived of the unique person that inspired thousands of people -- read full story.
R.I.P. Kurt, Johnny and Dimebag.