Thursday, 23 May 2002
Jerry Del Colliano
Breakthrough rockers, Alien Ant Farm, known best for their hard hitting, street savvy cover of Michael Jackson’s "Smooth Criminal" were involved in a bus accident while on tour in Spain about 100 miles from Madrid. The tour bus crashed into a parked car killing the driver.
Each band member lived with lead singer Dryden Mitchell hurting his back and guitarist Terry Corso breaking his ankle. Drummer Mike Cosgrove had multiple cuts and bruises from the accident as did some of the tour technicians who were on the band.
Today, in solidarity with hundreds of Internet radio Webcasters across America, www.KCRW.com (89.9 FM KCRW in Los Angeles) is joining in a "Day of Silence" by shutting off its three live, 24/7 streams on Real, Windows and Radio@AOL: KCRW.com (a simulcast of the on-air broadcast), KCRWMusic.com, and KCRWWorldNews.com.
Layne Staley, the 34-year-old singer from the Seattle based grunge band, Alice In Chains was found deal on Friday. Staley was known to be a heroin addict but according to multiple internet sources, the cause of death is not certain. Investigators did say that Staley had been dead for several days before he was found on Friday.
The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) announced yesterday that the number of units shipped domestically from record companies to retail outlets and special markets (music clubs and mail order) fell 10.3 percent in 2001.
Specifically, total U.S. shipments dropped from 1.08 billion units shipped in 2000 to 968.58 million in 2001—a 10.3 percent decrease. The dollar value of all music product shipments decreased from $14.3 billion in 2000 to $13.7 billion in 2001—a 4.1 percent decrease, according to figures released today by the RIAA.
After 25 years, 11 albums and one of rock and roll’s greatest success stories, Van Halen and their longtime record label Warner Brothers have parted ways, according to the web master of Van Halen’s official web site, Van-Halen.com.