Entries tagged with: KISS
Another piece of Brooklyn rock history is being documented. From the Amazon listing:
During the disco drenched year of 1978, 62nd Street in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, was home to L'Amour, a small, unassuming discothéque thriving on a local dance crowd. "Rock Nights" on Thursdays were first brushed off as a bad joke. But in less than a year, blindsided by scores of disgruntled heavy metal misfits, the punch-line of that bad joke swelled into a quarter-century-long tsunami of hell-raising mayhem that turned a faceless disco into the world's most famous heavy metal mecca.and About the Author:
L'Amour: Rock Capital of B'klyn is a large format book jammed with over 1,000 full-color photographs, ticket stubs, and memorabilia representing the rich music history of the Brooklyn venue. Hundreds of full-color performance photos of the bands that hit the L'Amour stage are featured prominently in the book, as well as interviews with many of the musicians. Venue staff, club regulars, and show attendees contribute slices of club life. L'Amour: Rock Capital of B'klyn tells the story in stunning images and words of the famous heavy metal venue and its important contributions to the scene. If you are a heavy metal fan, or just a music history buff in general, this book is a must have.
Born and raised in Brooklyn, NY, DJ Alex Kayne started out as a mobile DJ spinning dance music in the mid '70s. His club DJ career began when he beat a multitude of other DJs, winning a turntablist "Battle of the DJs" mixing contest at the Night Gallery Discothèque in Brooklyn. Word on the street about the winner of this battle spread quickly and Kayne began DJ-ing in several local clubs. Over the years he has worked at various venues large and small in and around the New York City area. He is considered New York City's first ever hard rock/heavy metal club DJ.L'Amour: Rock Capital of Brooklyn is out December 15.
Kayne came to work at the world famous Heavy Metal Venue L'Amour in 1979 and his residency at L'Amour lasted on and off until the venue closed. He is the venue's original metal DJ and its longest resident DJ. He is widely credited as the first club DJ in New York to spin Metallica, Biohazard, Y&T, The Rods, TNT, Queensryche, Anthrax, Megadeth, Manowar, White Lion, Helix, Talas, Motorhead, Metal Church, Tygers of Pan Tang, and Slayer, among many others, breaking and expanding their notoriety on the east coast.
With a career spanning more than 35 years, including live performances at over 65 venues performing on the same bill with Metallica, Megadeth, Slayer, Anthrax, Iron Maiden, Rob Halford, Anvil, Raven, Twisted Sister, Biohazard, Type O Negative, Lacuna Coil, Kiss, Ace Frehley, Exodus, Kix, Queensryche, Warrant, Bullet Boys, Overkill, Ratt, Warrior Soul, Life of Agony, Venom, Manowar, White Lion, Motorhead, and hundreds more, DJ Alex Kayne is still actively working the Eastern Seaboard club scene where he is highly regarded and respected as a legend among rock and heavy metal DJs.
by Bill Pearis
In 1978, hard rock megastars KISS thought it'd be a good idea to star in a made-for-TV movie called KISS Meets The Phantom of the Park in which they use superpowers to save an old amusement park from an evil inventor. Needless to say it was terrible (but kinda fun terrible...kinda) and is basically their equivalent to the Star Wars Holiday Special (which came out the same year). Never heard of it? You can watch it in full below.
KISS treated it as an embarrassment for forever, if they acknowledged it at all, but it seems like they're starting to have at least a little sense of humor about it as they're lending their name and voices to the upcoming Scooby-Doo! And KISS: Rock & Roll Mystery whose plot has at least a few parallels:
Scooby-Doo and the Mystery Inc. Gang team up with the one and only KISS in this all-new, out-of-this-world adventure! We join the Gang at KISS World - the all-things-Kiss theme park, as they investigate a series of strange hauntings. With help from KISS, they discover that the Crimson Witch has returned to summon The Destroyer from the alternate dimension of Kissteria! The evil duos ghastly plan, to destroy the earth! Can the Gang's cunning and KISS's power of rock save the day?! Tune in to this Rock and Roll Mystery for some thunderous, heavy FUN!Wonder if Shaggy and the gang will mention the time "Mama" Cass Elliot helped the gang solve the mystery of The Haunted Candy Factory? (It's actually their second run in with the band.) We'll have to wait until July, when this straight-to-home-video title comes out on DVD, Blu-Ray and digital download. But you can watch the trailer below.
You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows, but here are some highlights...
Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade @ Thanksgiving Day Parade Grounds
It's your annual chance to brave the crowds at this Thanksgiving tradition, or maybe just watch your couch as you're nursing your Thanksgiving Eve hangover (or maybe not at all). This year's musical performers include KISS, Sting, Taylor Swift, Meghan Trainor and more.
Jonathan Toubin @ Daddy's
There's really not much in the way of live music on Thanksgiving night, but masterful DJ Jonathan Toubin will be partying it up this holiday evening "with a supreme cast of secret guest djs from around the world" at Daddy's in Brooklyn (435 Graham Ave). The fun goes from 10 PM to 4 AM.
Le Rug, Caddywhompus, The Due Diligence, Jack Donovan @ Baby's All Right
If you gotta go see live music tonight -- and some of us are like that -- Baby's actually has a pretty good lineup tonight featuring headliners Le Rug who make whacked-out hyperspazzy indie pop. You can stream their Dead in a Hole EP below. $5 for this one.
For all of tonight's shows, and tomorrow's, check out our NYC concert calendar.
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(photo by @1908club)
Machine Head, Children of Bodom, Epica and Battlecross are playing Terminal 5 on October 16. Tickets for that show go on AmEx/Machine Head Ticketmaster presale today at noon with general on sale Friday (8/1) at noon.
J. Roddy Walston & The Business and Fly Golden Eagle are playing Stage 48 on November 7. Tickets for that show go on AmEx presale today at noon with general on sale Friday (8/1) at noon.
Shakey Graves is playing Bowery Ballroom on October 26. Tickets for that show go on AmEx presale today at noon with general on sale Friday (8/1) at noon.
This year's Fashion Rocks concert happens September 9 at Barclays Center. It will be headlined by Jennifer Lopez and also among the lineup is KISS, Duran Duran, Usher and others. Tickets for that show are on AmEx presale now. General on-sale begins Friday (8/1) at 10 AM.
Browse our 'Tickets On Sale' tag for more recently announced NYC shows.
We've had no lack of posts about Black Anvil's new album Hail Death that they'll be playing in its entirety at Saint Vitus in Brooklyn this Sunday (7/20), and earlier today we did a big KISS roundup that included news related to the Melvins and White Lung. Hours later we find out Black Anvil are streaming a KISS cover! So here's another KISS post. Listen to the cover of "Under The Rose" (which appears on the deluxe version of Hail Death), and the original, below.
Black Anvil kick off a tour with Skeletonwitch and Ghoul in Chicago in September. Skeletonwitch play their own Saint Vitus show in October while on the road with Amon Amarth who play Best Buy Theater in NYC that same night.
All Black Anvil dates are listed below...
by Rob Sperry-Fromm
"As far as I can tell, Ace Frehley and Peter Criss are fucked-up alcoholic junkie guys. So I don't think Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley should let those two fuck-ups ruin them. Why should they? Okay, they chose to be alcoholics and fuck-ups, now in doing that they have to face the consequences. Gene Simmons didn't do it, why should he face the consequences? That's what I think!"Keeping up with the zeitgeist as always, KISS have been in the news a lot lately. We already told you that they're currently touring with Def Leppard in support of our military, but so much else is happening in the world of KISS that it warrants further discussion.
- King Buzzo, to the Missoula Independent
"Fucked-up alcoholic junkie guy" Ace Frehley is releasing a new solo album called Space Invader in August on eOne. He's already released a song called "Gimme a Feelin", which is streaming here.
Second of all, we'd like to remind you of the existence of 4th annual KISS Kruise which sets sail on Halloween and runs through November 4th and also involves Cheap Trick and, oddly enough, Purson, among some other acts. This places them in the rarefied air of artists like Weezer and Flogging Molly who have their own sea-bound carnivals. Full lineup below.
Immediately upon returning to land, the band will set up shop in the desert for the most appropriate Vegas Residency in the history of Vegas Residencies. KISS Rocks Vegas will run from November 5-23 at The Joint at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino. "What happens in Vegas will not stay in Vegas, not if we have anything to do with it," says Gene Simmons, with some trenchant commentary on the digital age. Tickets go on sale Friday (7/18) at 10 AM.
Meanwhile, avowed KISS fan King Buzzo of the Melvins, who has been touring in support of his recent solo release, has, as you can see above, gotten involved in the discussion about KISS's new, Frehley and Criss-less lineup, which is apparently controversial in some circles. After receiving some hatred from Kiss fans who were upset about his "junkie" comments, Buzz was none too pleased, and retorted via his Vice-published tour diary. "So, for the record, you Kiss fan fuckheads who are giving ME shit for saying as it turns out, the exact same thing as Gene can KISS my ass!" There are a number of similarly wonderful quotes in both Buzzo articles, so I'd recommend reading them in full.
And in a final bit of musicians-talking-about-KISS-in-Vice-news, White Lung's Mish Way has apparently turned into Chuck Klosterman and is now writing about how great it is to get stoned at a KISS concert and the relative differences between rock decades. The 21st century, man.
White Lung are touring in July and September.
Buzz was just in NYC for two shows. We caught the 2nd one which was at The Wick.
Below check out the Melvins classic cover of "Goin' Blind," so you can understand where King Buzzo is coming from. Kiss dates and Kruise lineup are down there too.
by Wyatt Marshall
Croatian Amor in Moscow (image via @suicidalwench)
The Danish ambient/droning electronic band Croatian Amor (basically Loke Rahbek of Lust for Youth, Var, Damien Dubrovnik et. al) is releasing a new album titled The Wild Palms, but you can't buy it with money. In what (I think?) has got to be a first, you can only score the tape-only album, available only from June 22 until July 22, by sending the band a fully frontal nude photo. Here's how the band sent out an email blast:
"The Wild Palms" is only obtainable through trade for a private, fully frontal nude self-portrait. Send a nude to Thewildpalms1989 @ gmail.com together with your address and you will receive the album in the mail. To verify your-self portrait, we ask you to include the text "The Wild Palms" either written on your body or in some way present in your photo.Not sure about how reassuring that last bit is, but if you're willing to do what it takes to hear new Croatian Amor, start snapping and try not to think about where that selfie ends up. The band has an established prurient nature and have featured erotica on album artwork in the past. Croatian Amor were supposed to play Baby's All Right for Northside Fest with Lust For Youth but got taken off the bill at the last moment.
The Project promises full discretion; only Croatian Amor will see your photo. In return we ask that you keep the recording private as well, the music is for you and is not meant to be shared with anyone, just as your photo will not be shared.
Speaking of accepting nude pics, a blog called My Favorite Rock Group Kiss, where supposedly members of Kiss review indie rock, wants to see you naked, too, at least according to their righthand nav bar. Their most recent review is of Brick Mower, who just premiered a video.
by Klaus Kinski
"I CAN'T HEAR YOU!" - KISS @ Jones Beach, 2010 (more by Matthew Eisman)
You may remember that rock Gods KISS and Def Leppard would be teaming up for something called the 2014 Heroes tour. Being 'hailed' as THE classic rock mega tour of the summer, the party lands in our neck of the woods (and just slightly out of our neck of the woods) for several dates, including July 26 at the PNC Bank arts Center in Holmdel, NJ; August 8 at Saratoga Performing Arts Center in Saratoga Springs, NY; August 6 at Jones Beach, and August 10 at the XFINITY Theatre in Hartford, CT. Tickets to those shows are still avialable. With any luck, we will somehow manage to get our man Dave Hill on the ground at one of these shows and provide us with a review as compelling and incredible as his review of Def Leppard, Poison, and Lita Ford, which recently (randomly) got some love on StreetCarnage.
In order to get you mofos PUMPED for these shows, I thought I'd share something with you that I recently stumbled upon: 60 minutes of Paul Stanley Stage Banter:
In 2005, a bootleg CD began circulating entitled People, Let Me Get This Off My Chest: The Very Best of Paul Stanley's On Stage Banter. The fan-made disc compiled 70 tracks worth of Stanley's distinctive song introductions and on-stage banter.This stuff is amazing and immediately brings to mind Dr. Rockso from Metalocalypse (video below). You can listen to the whole damn thing below. Trust me: you will wish this thing was eight hours long.
Before this summer's mega-tour -- that should probably be called "The Panty Dropper Tour 2014: Not a Dry Seat In The House" -- Kiss will be honored (begrudgingly?) at the 29th Annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony (4/10) at Barclays Center in Brooklyn which is sold out.
Paul Stanley's awesome stage banter compilation and Metalocalypse clips below...
KISS @ Jones Beach, 2010 (more by Matthew Eisman)
Stadium rock powerhouses KISS and Def Leppard are teaming for the '2014 Heroes' tour. (Dave Hill has been alerted.) This double-fisted bill of pure rock hits the NYC area on July 26 at NJ's PNC Bank Arts Center and August 6 at Nikon at Jones Beach. They'll also play Atlantic City's Boardwalk Hall on August 2, Camden, NJ's Susquehanna Bank Center on August 3, and Hartford, CT's Xfinity Theatre on August 10.
This tour is in support of our troups and all military personnel will be given exclusive access to discounted tickets. Tickets go on sale to the general public on Saturday (3/22) at 10 AM local time, with military presale beginning today (3/19) at 10 AM, a Citi Cardmember presale beginning LiveNation presale beginning Thursday (3/20) at 10 AM.
As mentioned, this year's Rock and Roll of Fame induction ceremony happens in NYC on April 10 at Barclays Center with Nirvana, Kiss, Peter Gabriel, Hall and Oates, Cat Stevens and Linda Ronstadt all being inducted. Since we last spoke, ticket info has been announced, and if you'd like to go, you can get tickets on Saturday, March 1 at 10 AM. There's also a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member presale starting Friday (2/21) at 10 AM and AmEx/VIP package presales starting Monday (2/24) at 9 AM.
Meanwhile, Paul Stanley of Kiss doesn't care much about being inducted. He slammed the Rock Hall in a recent interview with Classic Rock Magazine:
Did you feel honoured at being inducted in the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame?Read more of his feelings on it at Classic Rock Magazine.
No, it was done begrudgingly and because it had become absolutely ludicrous that they were choosing to ignore us. At the end of the day most people don't realise that the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame was a privately created establishment and that it has a self-appointed board. It's a perfect case of perception becoming reality. People heard 'Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame' and gave it credibility. So whether it deserves the title has to be weighed against who it inducts.
Courtney Love also discussed the ceremony in a recent interview with Access Hollywood. She brought up her ongoing feud with Dave Grohl, saying "We're going to go to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and I think we're all sitting at the same table." She said she would say hi to Grohl, but that it'd be awkward. You can watch the video of that interview below.
The Rock and Hall of Fame 2014 nominees were announced this past October, and now the inductees have been announced. Rolling Stone reports that Nirvana, Kiss, Peter Gabriel, Hall and Oates, Cat Stevens and Linda Ronstadt will all now be rock hall of famers. Additionally, The E Street Band will be presented with the Award for Musical Excellence, and Brian Epstein (Beatles manager) and Andrew Loog Oldham (original Rolling Stones manager) will both receive the Ahmet Ertegun Award for non-performers.
The induction ceremony takes place in Brooklyn on April 10 at Barclays Center, yet another high profile event happening at the new arena which also hosted the MTV Video Music Awards this year and which just announced a big show with Red Hot Chili Peppers. Tickets will be available in January, and it will air on HBO in May.
Nirvana's MTV Unplugged performance celebrated its 20th anniversary over the weekend. Watch that in full below...
The Replacements at Riot Fest Chicago in September (more by Cory Dewald)
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame announced its 2014 nominees (via Rolling Stone), and the list includes Nirvana who are finally eligible (your first single or album had to come out 25 years ago, and their "Love Buzz" cover came out as a single in '88), plus The Replacements (!), Peter Gabriel, The Zombies, Link Wray, Hall and Oates, Yes, Linda Ronstadt, and Cat Stevens, in addition to artists who have been previously nominated, N.W.A, LL Cool J, Chic, The Meters, Kiss, Paul Butterfield Blues Band, and Deep Purple.
From now until December 10, you can vote for nominees on Rolling Stone, and the winners will be inducted at the ceremony in NYC this April.
KISS in Dumbo this afternoon (via @mikegermano / Mrs. Klaus Kinski)
New York's greatest makeup'd rock band, KISS, are currently (as of this posting) in DUMBO shooting... something outside the Etsy offices. We're not sure what it's for. Maybe something related to their new book, Nothin' to Lose: The Making of KISS (1972-1975), which follows the band's formative years, culminating in the release of their breakthough single "Rock n' Roll All Nite." That book is in stores on Tuesday (9/10). Cover art for that is below.
"Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons, co-founders of KISS, have an ambitious worldwide restaurant strategy for their co-owned franchise, Rock & Brews. The dynamic rock titans recently opened their third restaurant and second Los Angeles area location in a year, furthering their plans to open an impressive 100 more in five years.Room service, baby I could use a meal.
tanley is excited about the rapid expansion of the Rock & Brews brand.
"We are spreading our tentacles!" Stanley said. "It's a family friendly place where you don't have to compromise your palate. Most of the time when you bring your kids to a restaurant, you are eating cardboard pizza or dried out macaroni and cheese. This is really your place where you can hang out, choose from one of our 80 craft beers, hear quality rock music and have a great night with your friends." [Hollywood Reporter]
This letter, signed by a ton of artists and pictured above, is set to appear in an ad in Billboard:
We are big fans of Pandora. That's why we helped give the company a discount on rates for the past decade.Pink Floyd, Down, Primus, Dead Kennedys (with our without Jello?), Nas, Alabama, Sheryl Crow and many more big major label names signed this (or someone signed it on their behalf). Check out the full list below, and head to fairpayforartists.com for more information on their point of view..
Pandora is now enjoying phenomenal success as a Wall Street company. Skyrocketing growth in revenues and users. We celebrate that. At the same time, the music community is just now beginning to gain its footing in the new digital world.
Pandora's principal asset is the music.
Why is the company asking Congress once again to step in and gut the royalties that thousands of musicians rely upon? That's not fair, and that's not how partners work together.
Congress has many pressing issues to consider, but this is not one of them. Let's work this out as partners and continue to bring fans the great musical experience they rightly expect.
The issue is that Pandora is supporting the Internet Radio Fairness Act which they say will "help end the long-standing discrimination against internet radio". Artists are mad because that possibly means less money for them, but Pandora and other Internet radio providers argue they can't stay in business the way things are now.
photos by Matthew Eisman
Boston Herald: I'm thinking about the Dr. Pepper commercial that's everywhere. Many bands in the so-called indie community think it's abhorrent to sell songs to advertisers, what do you say to those bands?Kiss played Jones Beach last night, Saturday, August 14th. More pictures and the setlist from their show, and a few videos, below...
Paul Stanley: Wake up and smell the coffee. If those indie bands keep that philosophy they'll be flipping burgers soon enough. There's a reason that it's called the music business. Putting your song in a commercial doesn't negate your creativity.
Boston Herald: The concept of selling out is meaningless to KISS, right?
Paul Stanley: Success isn't selling out. We've never had to sell out because we've always done things on our terms. I didn't get into this to have a fan base of 100. I will gladly fly in the private jet to the show and make no apologies for being loved worldwide. Hold on a second. Listen to this from Rolling Stone: "KISS proved why they are the reigning kings of theater rock, delivering an electric two-hour, 21-song set of glam-rock smashes, newer tunes, over-the-top pyrotechnics." Regardless of what the naysayers say, I didn't have to sell out to get these kind of reviews.
Minus the Bear @ Sasquatch 2010 (more by Chris Graham)
Kiss play Jones Beach and PNC Bank Arts Center in August. Tickets are currently on a bunch of presales.
We are Scientists are playing Bowery Ballroom on July 14th and Music Hall of Williamsburg on June 17th after Siren. Tickets are on sale for both shows.
Dragonette play Bowery Ballroom on August 13th. Tickets are on sale.
Queensryche are playing Nokia Theatre on August 20th. Tickets are on AmEx presale.
No ticket info yet for Spiritualized at Radio City Music Hall.
by Ryan Barkan
Tracy Morgan & Stevie Wonder (picture via Hipster Runoff)
Super Bowl XLIV (44) took place Sunday night in Florida between the Indianapolis Colts and the New Orleans Saints. The Saints semi-upset the Colts to win the big game for the first time in the franchise's history. This post is a special edition of the long lost "Week In Music Licensing" post and as such, that's the last you will hear about the game. Grizzly Bear, Arcade Fire, many videos and more below...
No password necessary for the "Meet & Greet Experience" tickets which will only set you back $995 a person (plus fees). But it's worth it. In addition getting to meet Tommy Thayer and Eric Singer, it includes:
- Personal photograph with KISSAll dates HERE.
- Autographed 8X10 photo
- Official KISS Concert Shirt
- Collectible KISS Tour Poster (limited edition, numbered)
- KISS Tour Program
- Official Meet and Greet Laminate
- Set of KISS guitar picks
- $100 voucher to the official KISS on-line store
KISS bassist/vocalist Gene Simmons has posted a brief review of NINE INCH NAILS' August 10, 2009 concert at Fort Canning Park in Singapore.Nine Inch Nails played Webster Hall in NYC last night (8/23). Their next show is Tuesday at Terminal 5. I'm sure Gene will be happy to see them go (sort of, maybe).
Simmons, who was in Singapore on business, wrote in an apparently sarcasm-filled posting on his Facebook page, "Went to see Trent Reznor's [NINE INCH NAILS mainman] band. About 1,000 people attended the outdoor event. On other days (it's a three-day festival), it's LADY GAGA and KEANE. Band was solid. Good lights. Lots of smoke in every song. Couldn't see the band. But, boy, was there a lot of smoke. Terrific drummer, who played in perfect time with the tape loops. Good stuff... I loved it."
Kiss have announced a North American tour...
This incredible show will feature a new stage set, pyro effects that only the "hottest band in the world" could deliver, and all-new costumes. KISS ALIVE 35 North America also marks the first leg of the world's first fan-routed tour - in which more than 10,000 individual cities across Canada and the U.S. mounted their own unique campaigns to bring KISS to their towns.Exclusively at Wal Mart... Rock!
SONIC BOOM - KISS' highly-anticipated album, and its first new material in 11 years - will be released exclusively at Walmart, Walmart.com and Sam's Club retail locations beginning October 6.
Tickets for shows at MSG & Nassau Coliseum & other shows go on sale Saturday, August 29th at 10:00 AM. There are also about a zillion presales (my favorite is the "Buckcherry Presale"). All dates below...
Trent also said that, "What I specifically said or meant to convey is that NIN as a touring live band or live band that's on the road all the time is stopping. I've just reached the point ... where it has invaded every other aspect of my life. Also I think creatively, my time would be better spent on other stuff that could be NIN or outside NIN. Some of it may be collaborative things. I have a number of projects that are not music-related which I have put on the back burner for a long time..." [said Trent Reznor to Inquirer.net (via)]
photos by Ryan Muir
1349 is a black metal band hailing from Oslo, Norway. The band's music is purposely similar in style and construction to that of bands from the Second Wave of Norwegian black metal of the early 1990s, and does not incorporate synthesisers. As a result, 1349 have been compared to the early incarnations of Enslaved, Emperor, Burzum, Gorgoroth, Darkthrone, Immortal, and Mayhem, being described as much heavier than most other black metal bands. The band has so far, rejected the more commercial style of black metal exhibited by some bands.I saw them at SXSW, at night in a field which was also a VICE party with not many people, but with very drunk people. The band takes the scary act to the next level. The scary faces never leave their faces, so between the scariness on stage and the scariness in the crowd, it was overall kind of scary scary (but very entertaining). Now the band is on tour with Carcass and that brought them from their lair in Norway to the heavily guarded and corporate Nokia Theater in NYC on Saturday night (Sept 6). Black Bubblegum was at the show and his full review is coming soon, but I can tell you now that he was less than impressed with 1349. Ryan also found them hard to take seriously, but did admit they do a good scary (and a good Kiss). More pics below...
The name 1349 comes from the year the Black Death reached Norway. [Wiki]
Okay, so the blood part is just a rumor (that I just started)....
The American Music Awards are on tonight, The White Stripes (friends of Beck) are up for Favorite "Alternative Rock Music" Artist. Their competition? Linkin Park and My Chemical Romance (only three artists are nominated in each category). Nickelback, Maroon 5 & Linkin Park are competing for "Favorite Band, Duo or Group". I guess there's no reason to watch that one. Performers include Duran Duran (who were recently affected by the Broadway strike) and Rihanna (who appears on a new disc of Def Jam rarities). Slash (who has a new book out) and Gene Simmons (who doesn't care about Radiohead) are both presenting awards.