Music Tonight: The greatest Metal band to ever come out of Athens, Ohio, Skeletonwitch, performs at the Southgate House in Newport in support of its latest internationally-released album, Forever Abomination (well, Japan doesn't get it until next week), on Death/Doom/Hardcore Metal label Prosthetic Records, home to releases by All That Remains, The Acacia Strain and Testament. Check out two cuts from the new release below, as well as the video for "Submit to the Suffering" off of the group's previous album, Breathing the Fire. The band plays with two superb local acts — Beneath Oblivion (which recently put out its much anticipated From Man to Dust album) and Winterhymn (which just released its debut, Songs for the Slain). Tickets are $13 and showtime is 9 p.m.
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Momentous Happenings in Music History for October 13 On this day in 2002, Brit Rock band Museannounced they would sueCeline Dion if she went ahead with plans to name her Las Vegas show revue "Muse." It was such a perfect fit, though — when I think of Celine, the first thing I think of his how much gambling, prostitution, excessive drinking/drugging, neon vomit and all things Vegas inspire her work.
Rather than fight the power of Matt Bellamy and Co., Dion's management first tried to buy rights to use the name for $50,000. The band declined, telling the BBC they fully expected that their next album would help them break into the U.S. market. And, said Bellamy, "We don't want to turn up (in the U.S.) with people thinking we're Celine Dion's backing band."
Celine ultimately called her show "A New Day …" (and somehow avoided lawsuits from Days of the New, British Hardcore band A New Day or Salt Lake City business, A New Day Spa) and it had a successful (and costly) four-year run in LV. And Muse was correct in their career assessment — the band's 2003 release, Absolution (they should have called it Celine), was indeed a successful introduction of the band to U.S. audiences and set the table for their ultimate smash success in this country. The band couldn't stay out of court that year, though — they also sued Nestle for its use of their Nina Simone cover, "Feeling Good," in a commercial without permission. Muse won the case and donated their earnings to Oxfam.
Born This Day: Musical movers and shakers sharing a Oct. 13 birthday include: Jazz bassist Ray Brown (1926); wildly overrated singer/songwriter Paul Simon (1941); and legendary Pakistani singer/songwriter Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan (1948).
Nusrat — who died in 1997 — was one of the best known performers of the Sufi Muslim devotional music known as Quwwali, and he crossed over to U.S. audiences through his work with Peter Gabriel (who released Nusrat albums through his Real World label and put him on his WOMAD tours) and Eddie Vedder, who recorded the track "The Long Road" for the Dead Man Walking soundtrack with Nusrat and legendary guitarist Ry Cooder. The song also popped up on the soundtrack to the recent Julia Roberts flick Eat Pray Love and Vedder preformed the tune for the post-9/11 Tribute to Heroes telethon with Neil Young. Here's the original version: