After six years and some frustratingly close brushes with the big time, Akron modern rockers Cyde have called it quits.
"I decided to put that horse down," says frontman-guitarist Shawn Hackel. "She was breathin' from the nose. That's it."
The band formed in 1998 when Hackel, then guitarist of the regional funk-rock band Java Bean, wrote a solo song called "Rock Star." It landed on WENZ radio's top 10 and soon garnered national airplay, prompting four of Hackel's Beanmates to join him in Cyde. The band regularly sold out local venues like the 800-capacity Odeon, and it drew more than 2,000 fans for the 2000 release of its second album, Drawn to the Sun.
Cyde recorded a third album for the New York City label Boxing Buddha, which later went bankrupt and refused to relinquish the master tapes. Hackel says that Kiss bassist Gene Simmons has expressed interest in releasing it on his Simmons Records label, but has not agreed to terms with Boxing Buddha.
The same lineup that composed Cyde will continue as God, Guns, and Glory. The new group is managed by Bill Aucoin, who guided Kiss, Billy Squier, and Billy Idol to fame.
"Instead of continuing this never-ending battle that never went anywhere, we're moving on," says Hackel. "It was an absolute blast. And it's not over -- it just morphed into something new. It's more straight-ahead rock. The name says it all."
· Following its split with frontman J. Mann, Mushroomhead dropped off its scheduled fall tour supporting Insane Clown Posse, but signed on to Dope's American Apathy tour. Mushroomhead issued this statement on the fan site for its offshoot project, (216):
"With [J. Mann leaving] so close to the upcoming ICP tour, we unfortunately had to withdraw from the tour. We are currently working on new material and finishing up the DVD home video for a fall/winter release. Although J. Mann will be missed we realize that this is just another part of the constant evolution that is Mushroomhead."
· Modern rockers Prism Theory will open for the Indians, playing WMMS's college night at Jacobs Field on Thursday, September 24.
· Akron blues-rock monsters the Black Keys' third album, Rubber Factory, landed at No. 143 on Billboard's Top 200. Rolling Stone gave the disc three stars. Spin magazine ranked the Keys' 2002 The Big Come Up in its September list of 10 essential garage-rock albums. And a two-night stand October 9 and 10 at the Beachland Ballroom (15711 Waterloo Road) will mark the conclusion of a national tour, which includes a set at the October 4 ACLU Freedom Concert in New York City, alongside Mos Def, Wyclef Jean, Edie Brickell, and Maggie and Jake Gyllenhaal.
· Akron soundscapists Six Parts Seven were featured on NPR's All Things Considered Thursday, September 16. The segment is available at www.npr.org.
· Disengage singer Jason Byers will co-host 92.3 Xtreme Radio's Metal Show Sunday, September 26, from 8 to 10 p.m.
· The Allman Brothers' Dickey Betts and Great Southern will be filming footage for a live DVD Tuesday, September 28, at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (1 Key Plaza).
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