Mikey Welsh, Weezer's bassist from 1998 to 2001, was found dead Saturday of an apparent drug overdose in his Chicago hotel room. An autopsy Sunday was inconclusive, pending toxicology tests. The 40-year-old Welsh was in Chicago to see his former bandmates play at Riot Fest Sunday night. Weezer decided to play Sunday night, saying on their website, "As sad as it is to think about, we know Mikey would never want the rock stopped on his account -- quite the contrary in fact. While we won't see him, we know he will be there rocking out with us!"

Welsh joined Weezer in 1998 after being in Juliana Hatfield's band for a couple of years. The only Weezer album that featured his playing was the band's 2001 self-titled "Green" album. Welsh had a nervous breakdown in August 2001 and checked into a mental hospital. Current Weezer bassist Scott Shriner filled in on the band's fall 2001 tour and was named a full-time replacement for Welsh by the end of the year.

Ozzy Osbourne has confirmed what we first reported in August -- the original Black Sabbath lineup is working on new material. He says, "Yes, it's a very, very strong possibility. It's in the very early stages, so we haven't recorded anything yet. If it works out, it'll work out. If it doesn't, I'll keep doing my thing."

The last studio album by Sabbath's original lineup was 1978's Never Say Die, and the band last toured in 2005.

Chevelle has picked Hats Off To The Bull as the title for their sixth studio album, which is due out December 6th. The album was produced by was produced by Joe Barresi, who's worked with Tool and Queens of the Stone Age.


In Stores Tomorrow…FINALLY!!  Five Finger Death Punch: “American Capitalist”.  Gonna get this album AND see Dave Grohl play his guitar tomorrow.  Not too damn bad for a random Tuesday in October.

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