US rockers Unwritten Law have been forced to exploit legal loopholes to produce their Best Of album, after releasing their last six records on different labels.
The SEEIN' RED group formed in 1990 and have built up a huge back catalogue of hits.
However, efforts to release a single CD of their best tracks were almost thwarted when their succession of record labels raised objections.
Singer SCOTT RUSSO explains, "Because we've been on so many labels, there was no way to contractually get them to agree to let us release these songs. So instead of fighting with people, trying to get the masters from them, we found loopholes where we could re-record the songs. This way it makes it fresh for us, and makes it fresh for our fans. It's a lot cooler to us to do it this way, and is fun.
"We get to go back and rehash these songs and re-record them like we play them live. It all came together organically, but was inspired by legal issues with the record companies."
Guitarist ROB BREWER has been kicked out of Unwritten Law on the eve of the punk group's US tour with SUM 41.
In a statement from the group's record label, it seems the parting was far from amicable, and the band plans to continue with the tour, which starts in Buffalo, New York tonight (12APR05) without a replacement.
The LAVA RECORDS statement reads, "Volatile circumstances involving disputes (between bandmates), as well as interaction between Brewer and the fans" led to the decision to ask him to leave the group.
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Unwritten Law frontman SCOTT RUSSO is so superstitious, he refuses to masturbate or frolic with groupies when he's on tour.
The SAVE ME rocker is convinced any sexual activity that doesn't involve his girlfriend Aimee Allen is bad luck, along with a string of other things he resists while on tour.
He says, "I had this thing where if I touched a girl, my next three shows would suck. I have all these crazy rules like that.
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Californian punk band Unwritten Law have been forced to scrap the remainder of their current US tour after bassist PAT KIM's father was hospitalised with an undisclosed serious ailment.
The group was seven dates shy of completing the roadshow when Kim's father was taken ill.
In a statement, frontman SCOTT RUSSO says, "We're extremely saddened to have to cancel the tour and let down our fans. Due to the unforeseeable circumstances and our concern for Pat and his family, we made the right decision to turn the bus around."09/12/2004 21:24