STONE TEMPLE PILOTS FIRE WEILAND, HIRE BENNINGTON
Stone Temple Pilots officially fired singer Scott Weiland last February, with the band issuing a terse statement that simply read, “Stone Temple Pilots have announced they have officially terminated Scott Weiland.” This was the second time that the band parted ways with its often troubled frontman, following a split in 2002. Although Weiland insisted that STP could not perform under that name without all four original members, the remaining band members went ahead and made the surprising announcement that they had recruited Linkin Park frontman Chester Bennington to sing for the group.
The revamped STP recorded a new EP with Bennington on lead vocals, called High Rise, and embarked on a short tour in the fall on which they performed new material as well as old favorites. Bennington told us at the time that coming up with music was not a problem: “After our very first initial kind of ‘let’s sit down, you know, officially kind of shake hands and say we’re doing this,’ I think by the time we got home, we were already like coming up with ideas. Within a couple of days we had nine or 10 demos that we were kicking around and I knew the second that I got the memo from Robert (DeLeo, bass), he was playing ‘Out Of Time,’ the main riff, and it was like, I mean melodies just started coming.”
- The new STP’s first single, “Out Of Time” was released over the summer and vaulted to the top of the Active Rock radio chart, although the High Rise EP only sold 12,000 copies in its first week of release in October.
- STP sued Weiland, claiming that he had inflicted harm on the band’s career with his erratic behavior and promotion of his solo ventures. The singer fired off a countersuit, claiming that they could not use the band name without his involvement.
- Stone Temple Pilots had yet to announce new live dates at press time. while Bennington has returned to the studio with Linkin Park.
METALLICA MAKES A MOVIE
Following more than a year of speculation and curiosity, Metallica‘s movie, Metallica Through The Never, was released in 3D IMAX on September 27th, expanding to more screens around the country on October 4th. The film, a blend of concert movie and fictional narrative, starred Dane DeHaan as a member of Metallica’s road crew sent on a mysterious mission while the band performs at a sold-out arena and events outside grow more bizarre.
Frontman James Hetfield told us in July how the idea for the movie came about: “We had wanted to make a 3D movie, and then we had wanted to tour this stage that was a ‘best-of,’ that had all of the greats of all of our other tours, and then they morphed together. It’s like, ‘Well, why not film it before you tour it?’ And then it became this whole other thing: ‘If we’re gonna make a movie, I want it to be this,’ and ‘Why don’t we have a story in there?’ And then we just started to run with it, and it became more unique than we had ever thought.”
- Hetfield, bassist Robert Trujillo, drummer Lars Ulrich and guitarist Kirk Hammett co-wrote the movie with director Nimrod Antal, whose previous films included Vacancy and Predators.
- The concert sequences for the movie were shot in August 2012 at two shows in Vancouver, Canada and featured a massive stage containing elements of many of Metallica’s previous live productions from the past 30 years.
- The soundtrack, which came out shortly before the movie, was the first official release on Metallica’s own label, Blackened Recordings.
- In other Metallica news, the band successfully staged the second annual edition of its Orion Music + More festival, moving the June event to Detroit and drawing 40,000 people to see the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Rise Against, Silversun Pickups, Deftones and many more in addition to the headliners.
- It was also revealed in early December, however, that Metallica would skip doing Orion in 2014 as the band will be playing in Europe.
- Metallica also confirmed its first-ever concert in Antarctica, which was scheduled at press time for December 8th.
NINE INCH NAILS REACTIVATED BY TRENT REZNOR
Nine Inch Nails released its first new album in four years, titled Hesitation Marks, on September 3rd after recording it in secret over the previous 12 months. For this album, NIN main man Trent Reznor returned to the major label side of the music industry and signed with Columbia Records, six years after his Nine Inch Nails contract with Interscope Records expired and he became an independent artist.
Prior to reactivating NIN, Reznor started another band, How To Destroy Angels, with his wife Mariqueen Maandig and collaborator Atticus Ross, while he and Ross also composed and performed the scores for the films The Social Network and The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo. The duo won an Oscar for the former.
- Reznor explained how those projects helped him find his way back to making Nine Inch Nails music again: “It was refreshing to get away from being the actor on center stage, that also wrote the dialogue and dressed the set and held the camera, to being in a more supportive role. And it was fun being in that role; it was fun not having the burden of everything being on your shoulders and also playing a supporting role and enjoying that role. But at the same time, it made the idea of stepping back into center stage and writing music for me, to be sung and delivered by me, interesting.”
- Reznor officially put Nine Inch Nails on hiatus after the final shows by the last version of the group in September 2009.
- He debuted a new lineup of Nine Inch Nails at various festivals throughout the summer, and completed a full North American tour at the end of November.
KORN OFFICIALLY REUNITES WITH FOUNDING GUITARIST
Korn officially welcome original guitarist Brian “Head” Welch back into the lineup of the band in 2013 after eight years apart. Welch left Korn in 2005 after he converted to Christianity and got off drugs. He rejoined them for a handful of live performances last year before officially becoming part of the lineup again in early 2013.
With Welch back, the group recorded its 11th studio album, The Paradigm Shift, which arrived in October and followed up 2011’s dubstep experiment, The Path Of Totality. Singer Jonathan Davis told us that Welch’s return was a good balance to Davis’ own continued fascination with electronic music: “We wanted to make a record that everybody was happy with, and Head coming back I think was great ’cause me and him butted heads. ‘Cause he really is on the rock side and I was on the electronic side, and it was good having the compromise on both sides. It was just good for the creative process, I think.”
- Welch told Rolling Stone that the new album had “the old Korn vibe, but with a new twist . . . The end product is a really good mix of old Korn mixed with some new elements. It’s got a fresh new Korn 2013 sound.”
- The disc debuted at Number Eight on the Billboard album chart with first-week sales of 46,000 copies.
- Davis also revealed that he had dealt with personal issues during the early stages of the new disc, including his son being diagnosed with diabetes and his own struggle to kick an addiction to anti-depression medication.
PEARL JAM THUNDERS BACK WITH LIGHTNING BOLT
Pearl Jam released its 10th studio album, Lightning Bolt, on October 15th, making it the band’s first collection of all-new material since 2009’s Backspacer. The veteran group recorded the album in two sessions, coming up with a few songs back in 2012 before taking a break and finally finishing the disc earlier this year.
While Lightning Bolt touches on different eras of the band’s sound, guitarist Mike McCready told us that the band didn’t plan it that way: “You know, I think there’s some looking back and some looking forward in this record. When you sit down to write a record, it’s not — we kind of never go, ‘This is what our thoughts are on what it should be.’ The recording process itself and the songs will tell you as it goes on what it is, so we don’t know exactly what we have when we first start out.”
- Pearl Jam notched its fifth Number One record on the Billboard 200 album chart with Lightning Bolt, as the record sold 166,000 copies in its first week of release to debut at the top of the survey in October.
- The band’s previous chart-toppers were Backspacer, 1996’s No Code, 1994’s Vitalogy and 1993’s Vs.
- The group has also reached Number Two four times, with Ten in 1992, Yield in 1998, Binaural in 2000 and a self-titled effort in 2006. All 10 of Pearl Jam’s studio albums have reached the Billboard chart’s Top 10.
- Pearl Jam just completed a North American tour in support of Lightning Bolt that found the band playing three-hour shows that mixed classics, hits, deep album cuts covers and rarities.
Other established acts that released new albums in 2013 included Avenged Sevenfold with Hail To The King, Rob Zombie with Venomous Rat Regeneration Vendor, Volbeat with Outlaw Gentleman & Shady Ladies, Phoenix with Bankrupt!, Skillet with Rise, the Strokes with Comedown Machine, Alter Bridge withFortress, Queens Of The Stone Age with . . . Like Clockwork, Panic! At The Disco with Too Weird To Live, Too Rare To Die, Sick Puppies with Connectand Kings Of Leon with Mechanical Bull.
As for no-shows on the album front, Tool continued to mystify fans with cryptic clues about new music being made but extended the long break since its last album, 10,000 Days, was released in 2006. Slipknot also stayed away from the studio following the 2010 death of bassist and key songwriter Paul Gray, but all signs point to the band finally starting work on the follow-up to 2008’s All Hope Is Gone in early 2014. And with all their time taken up by filmmaking, festival launching and other ventures, Metallica put off working on its first new studio effort since 2008’s Death Magnetic, although the group will get down to business early in the new year as well.
MY CHEMICAL ROMANCE CALLS IT QUITS
My Chemical Romance disbanded in March 2013 after 12 years together. A statement issued by the band said, “Being in this band for the past 12 years has been a true blessing. We’ve gotten to go places we never knew we would. We’ve been able to see and experience things we never imagined possible. We’ve shared the stage with people we admire, people we look up to, and best of all, our friends. And now, like all great things, it has come time for it to end. Thanks for all of your support, and for being part of the adventure.”
Although the band has yet to publicly disclose the reasons for the split, lead singer Gerard Way wrote in a long statement shortly after it was announced that “there are many reasons My Chemical Romance ended . . . I can assure you there was no divorce, argument, failure, accident, villain, or knife in the back that caused this, again this was no one’s fault, and it had been quietly in the works, whether we knew it or not.”
- A greatest hits package is scheduled to come out in January 2014.
- My Chemical Romance was formed in New Jersey in 2001 and issued its independent debut, I Brought You My Bullets, You Brought Me Your Love, was issued in 2002.
- The group signed a major deal with Reprise Records in 2003 and issued its second album, Three Cheers For Sweet Revenge, the following year.
- The disc was the band’s commercial breakthrough, yielding the singles “I’m Not Okay (I Promise),” “Helena” and “Ghost Of You,” while selling more than a million copies.
- 2006 saw the release of a rock opera called The Black Parade, which reached Number Two on the Billboard album chart.
- In early 2010 the band began recording its fourth studio album, only to scrap the sessions and start from scratch. The disc that eventually arrived was Danger Days: The True Lives of Fabulous Killjoys. The scrapped sessions were released online earlier this year as Conventional Weapons.
While there were no other major band splits in 2013, Hinder parted ways with founding vocalist Austin Winkler, Buckcherry said goodbye to longtime bassist Jimmy Ashhurst and Adelitas Way split with guitarist Keith Wallen.
ROCK WORLD LOSES CHI CHENG, LOU REED
Deftones bassist Chi Cheng died on Saturday, April 13th, 2013 at the age of 42, more than four years after a November 2008 car accident left him in a semi-comatose state. His mother posted a statement online shortly after his death, saying, “Our dearest family: This is the hardest thing to write to you. Your love and heart and devotion to Chi was unconditional and amazing. I know that you will always remember him as a giant of a man on stage with a heart for every one of you.”
- The bassist was riding in a car driven by his sister Mae that flipped three times after a collision with another vehicle on a road in Santa Clara, California. Cheng was not wearing a seat belt and was ejected from the car.
- He underwent surgery to remove part of his brain after the accident, although he was strong enough to come off life support seven months later.
- Although Cheng never recovered full consciousness after his accident, he was gradually able to emerge for brief periods of time from his coma and see and hear things happening around him, although he could not respond verbally.
- Cheng was also in and out of hospitals for various infections over the course of four years, as his family struggled with mounting medical bills. Cheng was dropped by his insurance company just months after his accident.
- Deftones and other acts held benefit concerts to raise money for Cheng’s medical bills, and Deftones continued to donate money from the band’s own tours as well.
- Sergio Vega stepped in to play for the band on tour after Cheng’s accident, staying on to record 2010’s Diamond Eyes and 2012’s Koi No Yokan.
- The last Deftones record that Cheng worked on, an abandoned project called Eros, remains unreleased.
- Cheng told us many years ago how his goal for Deftones albums was always just to write good songs: “I just want to write an album that I’m happy with 10 years from now, 20 years from now, when I’m an old grandpa or something and I can be like, ‘Cool, I’m still happy with it.’ Like, I’m not gonna look back on some song and gonna be, ‘Oh, Jesus, what was I thinking?’ You know? Like, as long as I can feel proud about it, you know, put it on for my grandkid or something and be like, ‘Well, you know, it’s kind of goofy and it’s sorta, you know, this or that, but I was happy with it, and I’m still happy with it,’ that’s what’s important to me.”
Meanwhile, the death of legendary rock poet and Velvet Underground frontman Lou Reed from liver disease at the age of 71 on October 27th sent shock waves throughout the music world and elicited tributes from the many rock, metal and punk acts influenced by Reed’s music. Guitar icon Slash tweeted, “Haven’t really accepted the reality of the loss of Lou Reed,” while Bush frontman Gavin Rossdale wrote that Reed was “one of the first poets to speak to me.” Device‘s David Draiman, punk band Rise Against and Rage Against The Machine‘s Tom Morello also noted or remarked on Reed’s passing.
- Reactions to the death of the rock pioneer poured in from around the globe from other musicians, actors, celebrities and artists.
- The last recorded work released by Reed was Lulu, his collaborative effort with Metallica that was issued in late 2011 to disastrous sales and a negative response from fans and critics.
- Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich said in the U.K.’s Guardian that he was “shocked” and “crushed” by Reed.s death, adding, “The way he was so unfiltered is what I will remember most, and his fragility, and how I’ve never met anybody who, no matter what he was saying, he was always speaking his truth.”
- Ulrich called Reed “the most accomplished poet within the world of rock ‘n’ roll over the last four decades.”
DISTURBED SINGER LAUNCHES NEW BAND: DEVICE
Disturbed frontman David Draiman introduced his new band Device to the world in 2013, with the group releasing its self-titled debut album on April 9th. Draiman announced the formation of Device in 2012, after Disturbed went on hiatus in late 2011. Draiman told us how he thought the two bands differed from each other: “There’s a definite distinction between the two. Certainly the greater presence of the electronica is one distinction, but there’s a style distinction. The textures, the range of vocal delivery in terms of the note range, the soft moments and the atmospheric moments and just the stylistic departures from time to time are very, very different from Disturbed.”
- The lineup of Device also featured Evanescence drummer Will Hunt and Dope guitarist Virus.
- The Device album featured guest appearances from Avenged Sevenfold singer M. Shadows, System Of A Down vocalist Serj Tankian, Rage Against The Machine guitarist Tom Morello, Halestorm singer Lzzy Hale, Black Sabbath bassist Geezer Butler and ex-Deep Purple bassist Glenn Hughes.
- Device’s debut CD entered at Number 11 on the Billboard album chart, selling 35,000 copies in its first week of release.
- Device embarked on an ambitious tour schedule to support its debut album, but pulled off the road in late August so that Draiman could return home to be with his wife, model, actress and wrestler Lena Yada, during the latter stages of her pregnancy.
- Yada gave birth to a boy named Samuel Bear Isamu Draiman on September 12th. Although Device briefly returned to the road in mid-October, the band pulled out of a European tour in November so that Draiman could spend more time with his family.
- Meanwhile, Disturbed guitarist Dan Donegan and drummer Mike Wengren got together with Evans Blue singer Dan Chandler.to form Fight Or Flight earlier this year. The band’s debut disc, A Life By Design?, came out in July but sold just 4,200 copies to enter the Billboard album chart at Number 87 in its first week of release.
BLACK SABBATH ENDS 35-YEAR WAIT AS 13 ARRIVES
After 35 years, three original members of Black Sabbath released a new disc on June 11th called 13. It was the first Sabbath record since 1978’s Never Say Die! to feature Ozzy Osbourne on vocals, along with guitarist Tony Iommi and bassist Geezer Butler. Ozzy told us why, after two previous attempts in 1998 and 2001, a Sabbath reunion album finally happened: [“It was kind of like a case of now or never, because we attempted it on a couple of occasions before and it fell to pieces for one reason or another. But we knew this was probably our last attempt at doing a reunion album. We had a mission on this album and for whatever reason it worked out great, you know.”
- The new disc did not feature founding drummer Bill Ward, who sat out the reunion over contractual issues.
- Brad Wilk of Rage Against The Machine played drums on the record while Ozzy’s solo drummer Tommy Clufetos got behind the kit for live work.
- 13 sold 155,000 copies in the U.S. in its first week of release to land at Number One on the Billboard 200 album chart, giving the legendary group its first chart-topper ever in America. The record also entered the U.K chart at Number One, the first Sabbath disc to do so since 1970’s Paranoid.
- The reunion — which also included a successful North American tour — was not without its drama. In addition to Tony Iommi’s continuing treatment for the cancer he was diagnosed with in 2012, Ozzy admitted in an open letter to fans that he relapsed into drug and alcohol abuse during the making of the album.
- Ozzy’s wife and manager Sharon moved out of their house after she discovered that Ozzy had relapsed and threatened to divorce him, although after Ozzy went into rehab earlier in the year and got sober, the couple reconciled.
HALESTORM WINS HARD ROCK GRAMMY
Halestorm launched its year in style when it won the Grammy Award for Best Hard Rock/Metal Performance on February 10th at the 55th annual Grammy Awards. Halestorm won for the track “Love Bites (So Do I)” from the band’s 2012 album The Strange Case Of . . . , beating out long-established acts like Marilyn Manson and Iron Maiden.
- Singer Lzzy Hale said backstage at the Grammys that heavy rock acts deserve recognition because they usually work hard for a long time before achieving success: “It’s an incredible genre to be a part of because, you know, rock isn’t always the most popular genre. Sometimes it dips up, it comes, you know, most times we’re underground, but we all work really hard on the road and we’ve been a band for over 10 years, so this is really huge.”
- Halestorm put together a solid year of touring in 2013 as the band continued to support The Strange Case Of . . . . The group hit the trail with Young Guns, Bullet For My Valentine, 3 Doors Down, Daughtry and others.
- The band also scored its third hit off its sophomore album with “Here’s To Us,” while also releasing its second collection of covers, ReAniMate 2.0: The CoVerRs eP, a six-song EP featuring tracks originally written and recorded by Judas Priest, AC/DC, Pat Benatar, Fleetwood Mac, Marilyn Manson and Daft Punk.
- Lzzy Hale also launched her own clothing, jewelry and accessory line in early December called Scissor Happy.
FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH DOUBLES ITS IMPACT
2013 was the year of the double album for heavy rock acts. While Stone Sour issued part two of its House Of Gold And Bones concept effort in April of this year, Five Finger Death Punch also delivered the ambitious two-record set, The Wrong Side Of Heaven And The Righteous Side Of Hell. Guitarist Zoltan Bathory told us how the band came up with the idea after finding itself with 25 new songs to record: “Generally you pick your best 12 and the rest of them become bonus tracks and this and that, or you keep it for next record, whatever. But you know, when we tried to take away songs, we realized, no, no, no, we don’t want to take this one or that one. And when we went to the label, they said the same thing: ‘Well, keep 11.’ And so we were like, ‘OK, well, here’s 25, you pick it,’ and they couldn’t pick it either. So we were like, ‘OK, now this is gonna be a double record.’ That’s how pretty much that happened.”
- The first volume sold 113,000 copies in its first week of release in the U.S. to debut at Number Two on the Billboard album chart when it came out in July, while the second volume, issued in November, landed at the same position after selling 77,000 copies during its first week.
- The first single from Volume 1, “Lift Me Up” featuring Judas Priest singer Rob Halford, hit Number One on the Active Rock chart, while the first single from Volume 2, “Battle Born,” reached the same mark.
- Five Finger Death Punch’s three previous albums have all gone gold for sales of 500,000 copies or more.
- Five Finger Death Punch will next appear on the five-day Shiprocked cruise, scheduled to depart from Miami, Florida on January 26th, 2014. The band may also launch a second edition of its Trespass America festival tour, which premiered two years ago, sometime in 2014.
DAVE GROHL TAKES EVERYONE TO SOUND CITY
Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl made his debut as a feature documentary director in 2013 with Sound City:Real To Reel, a film about Sound City Studios, the now-closed recording facility in the Los Angeles area that was known for the superb acoustics of its recording room as well as the sheer number of classic albums created there, including discs fromTom Petty, Neil Young, Fleetwood Mac, Nine Inch Nails, Rage Against The Machine, Metallica and many others.
Grohl, who was a member of Nirvana for the recording of its 1991 milestone Nevermind at Sound City, was inspired to make the film after the studio closed and he bought its famous Neve 8028 analog recording board for his own home studio.
- Although the studio went out of business as digital recording technology took over music, Grohl told us that it was a “misconception” that the movie was about analog vs. digital recording: [“The movie is really about the human element of music. Now, the human element of music can survive in a world that’s analog or a world that’s digital. What we tried to explain in the movie is that the most important thing is the person that’s behind the computer or the person that’s behind the old analog board. The most important thing is that there’s a human element to what you’re doing.”] SOUNDCUE (:23 OC: . . . what you’re doing.)
- The film, which Grohl produced as well as directed, premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in January before premiering on DVD, VOD and in select theaters the following month.
- Grohl and an ensemble of musicians he interviewed in the film, dubbed the Sound City Players, played shows in Park City, Utah during Sundance, New York City, Los Angeles and London. The lineup included artists like Stevie Nicks, Rick Nielsen, Corey Taylor, Rick Springfield and members of both Nirvana and Foo Fighters.
- The surviving members of Nirvana recorded a song called “Cut Me Some Slack: with Paul McCartney for the film’s soundtrack.
- Grohl and Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins also got to induct Rush into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame last spring, and Grohl announced in the fall that work was beginning on the eighth studio album from Foo Fighters, which he planned to record in a way that “no one’s ever done before.”
COMEBACK OF THE YEAR: FALL OUT BOY
Fall Out Boy was pretty much left for dead back in 2009 when the emo-rock act announced it was going on “indefinite hiatus,” but the quartet came back in 2013 in a big way: its fifth studio album, Save Rock And Roll, debuted at Number One on the Billboard album chart in April, selling 154,000 copies in its first week of release. That was the third biggest sales week ever for the Chicago-based group and its second Number One debut after 2007’s Infinity On High.
- The band’s last album, 2008’s Folie a Deux, sold 150,000 copies to debut at Number Eight on the chart.
- Although Fall Out Boy did not release a new album for four years, singer Patrick Stump told us that he never wanted to rest on the band’s laurels: “It’s one of those things where there are too many people that get celebrated for something and then stop doing it and revel in the fruits of their one-time labor. I don’t have time for that. I’m a musician and that’s why I got into music, so if I’m not making music, no one should celebrate me.”
- Many observers thought that the one-time emo darling would not return from its extended, self-imposed hiatus. Yet with all four members of the group embarking on other projects that failed to gain the same kind of traction as their original band, a Fall Out Boy eventually became inevitable.
- Save Rock And Roll featured guest appearances from Elton John, Courtney Love and Louisa Rose Allen, the singer also known as Foxes, among others.
- Fall Out Boy first broke through to mainstream success with its second album, 2005’s From Under The Cork Tree.
BREAKOUTS OF THE YEAR: LORDE, IMAGINE DRAGONS, YOUNG GUNS
There were many breakout artists that emerged in 2013, but none caught the music world by surprise like New Zealand singer/songwriter Lorde. The 16-year-old artist came out of almost nowhere this year when a song called “Royals” from her initial EP, The Love Club, steadily climbed the Modern Rock chart until it reached the top and stayed there for weeks, marking the first time a song with female vocals had done that since 1996.
Lorde, whose real name is Ella Yelich-O’Connor, released her debut album, Pure Heroine, in September. It sold 129,000 copies in its first week of release to debut at Number Three on the Billboard album chart. Lorde was the fourth female artist to see her first major-label full-length album debut in the Top 10 this year, following Ariana Grande, K. Michelle and Kacey Musgraves.
- Lorde began touring this past fall and ended her year with four Grammy Award nominations, including Song of the Year, Record of the Year, Pop Solo Performance and Pop Vocal Album.
Other breakout acts in the Modern and Active Rock formats included:
- Imagine Dragons, whose debut album Night Visions sold more than 1.4 million copies to date and spawned the alternative rock radio hits “Radioactive” and “It’s Time.”
- Young Guns, the British band who reached the Number One spot on the U.S. rock radio chart last March with “Bones,” the title track from the band’s second studio album. The song spent 32 consecutive weeks climbing the chart, making the group record-holders for the longest unbroken rise to the top.
- Fellow Brits Bastille, whose current single, “Pompeii,” was Number One on the Modern Rock radio chart for four straight weeks. The track was taken from Bastille’s debut album, Bad Blood, which arrived earlier this year and became the top-selling debut British album of 2013 in the U.S., with more than 100,000 units sold.
- Fitz And The Tantrums, who hit Number One on the Alternative radio chart in October with “Out Of My League,” the first single from the band’s second album, More Than Just A Dream. The song climbed the chart steadily for more than 30 weeks.
- Capital Cities, whose debut disc In A Tidal Wave Of Mystery, yielded the massive Modern Rock chart-topper “Safe And Sound,” which sold more than 1.3 million singles in the U.S.and was heard in commercials for Nike, HBO and Smart Car.
- Los Angeles act The Neighbourhood, who issued their debut album, I Love You, in April and scored a Modern Rock Top 10 smash with “Sweater Weather.”
LAWBREAKERS: LOSTPROPHETS, 3 DOORS DOWN, PUDDLE OF MUDD
Of the rockers who ran afoul of the law in 2013, no one’s case was more horrific and truly unforgivable than that of Ian Watkins, former lead singer of the Welsh band Lostprophets, who pleaded guilty late last month to a series of child sex abuse charges that included the attempted rape of an 11-month-old baby.
The 36-year-old Watkins, who had previously denied the charges, was due to begin standing trial when he pleaded guilty to attempted rape and sexual assault of a child under 13, three more counts of sexual assault involving children, six counts of taking, making or possessing indecent images of children and one of possessing an extreme pornographic image of a sex act on an animal.
- Two women aged 21 and 24 were charged along with Watkins in the case and also pleaded guilty to the same charges. In an even more horrific turn, the two women sexually abused their own children and made them available to Watkins for him to abuse.
- The musician reportedly also planned to give the children drugs and get them addicted.
- Many of the incidents of abuse and sexual assault against the children were filmed by Watkins at hotels in London and Wales. They were retrieved by police from computers, laptops and mobile phones.
- One detective said outside the courtroom that the investigation had “uncovered the most shocking and harrowing child abuse evidence I have ever seen.”
- Lostprophets, who formed in 1997 and released five albums, broke up earlier this year after the allegations against Watkins were revealed. The band members issued a statement shortly after Watkins admitted his guilt, saying they were “heartbroken, angry and disgusted” and that Watkins’ activities would “haunt us for the rest of our lives.”
3 Doors Down bassist Todd Harrell was arrested and charged with vehicular homicide last April 19th in Nashville. Police said Harrell was allegedly speeding when his auto clipped a pickup truck and sent it spinning out of control. The truck hit a guardrail, went down an embankment and flipped over. The driver, Paul Howard Shoulders, Jr., was not wearing a seatbelt and was ejected from his truck. He was pronounced dead at a local hospital.
- Harrell allegedly showed signs of impairment during a field sobriety test and admitted to the police on the scene that he had been drinking hard cider in addition to taking Xanax and a prescription painkiller called Lortab.
- Deputies also allegedly discovered a plastic bag in Harrell’s sock later on that contained more Xanax pills along with Oxycodone and Oxymorphone.
- Harrell was charged with vehicular homicide by intoxication, unlawful possession of a controlled substance, violation of the implied consent law and possession of contraband.
- The bassist was previously charged with DUI in July 2012 after crashing into another car at an intersection. Previous run-ins with the law included assault charges in 2002 and 2004 as well as a disorderly conduct charge in 2005.
Puddle Of Mudd frontman Wes Scantlin continued his downward spiral in 2013, getting arrested on July 24th for allegedly vandalizing a neighbor’s property with a buzz saw and a sledgehammer. According to TMZ, Scantlin, claiming a neighbor’s wall infringed on his property at his Los Angeles home, struck the wall with a sledgehammer. Scantlin also apparently caused some sort of damage on the neighbor’s patio with a circular saw, although it is not clear what was destroyed.
- Police arrested the 41-year-old Scantlin on charges of felony vandalism. The singer/guitarist had reportedly been feuding with the neighbor for a while.
- The arrest was the latest in a long line of legal hassles for the musician. Back in May, he was arrested twice within the space of a week — first on warrants stemming from his 2012 cocaine possession case, then on charges of domestic violence when he became physically abusive with his ex-wife Jessica outside a West Hollywood business.
- The rocker also made news in February, when Jessica claimed that he stole her car. It was returned hours later although Scantlin’s manager denied that the singer took it.
- He was also charged with public intoxication last year after being thrown off a Jet Blue flight from Boston to Los Angeles, although he was later cleared.
- Wes has also had problems with back tax payments in addition to last year’s ugly divorce battle with Jessica.