First, the good news: Billy Howerdel of A Perfect Circle fame formed the new band Ashes Divide and released a new album. Click the title to hear the first single - the album as a whole is pretty solid - similar to A Perfect Circle, but with Howerdel on vocals instead of Maynard. They're gonna be playing Crew Stadium with the Rock on the Range tour on March 17th-18th (they play on the 17th) along with: Kid Rock, 3 Doors Down, Disturbed, Staind, Papa Roach, Seether, Serj Tankian, Flyleaf, Shinedown, Killswitch Engage, Finger Eleven, Alter Bridge, Filter, Theory of a Dead Man, Sevendust, Default, 10 Years, Bobaflex, Red, Airbourne, Black Tide, Revelation Theory, Drive A, and more. I could be talked into going to this.
On the bad news front, if you haven't heard, 99.7 The Blitz is now 99.7 "The Rock." The end of an era. Their first five songs:
Def Leopard Photograph
G&R Sweet Child o' Mine
Now, nevermind that there are *two* songs titled "Photograph" in their first five, I know Jim *loves* Nickleback (even if they do steal their song titles from Def Leopard) and Eddie *loves* Bush (especially the songs with no drums), but Def Leopard?? Before I started my 99.7 "The Rock" boycott, I heard lots of AC/DC and Van Halen too. I think their new theme is: "99.7 The Rock, playing the most played out classic rock, the most played out 90s rock, and only the most mainstream pop-rock from this decade: Don't worry, you'll never hear a song you haven't already heard 100 times." No word on what Mark the Shark thinks about this whole ordeal.