Day In Rock 11/13: MP3 Jail, It's For Real- More Durst Whining- Borland On Hold- Foo Fighters DVD- Courtney Weirdness- Beasties Win- Van Cancellation- Take Action- Phil Collins Hearing Loss- Opeth Mix It Up- AC/DC & Stones Jam- Static-Soil- Tommy Thompson RIP- Slick Return- Hate Mail. 
by Keavin Wiggins
The Day in Rock Wednesday- antiMUSIC.com's look at Top Rock News Stories From the past 24 Hours

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MP3 Jail, It's For Real
tinfoil reports: Three university students in Australia are facing serious consequences to their alleged piracy: jail time and hefty fines.

All three students were associated with MP3WMAland, a website operated on borrowed webspace. Charles Ng operated the site, Peter Tran assisted Ng in website operations and Tommy Le for distributing compilation tracks. Le will not face jail time and Tran will likely get a light sentence.

Ng is to face up to AUS$60,500 and up to 5 years in jail.

The fines are light because the prosecutors in the case did not ask for costs, something the recording industry thinks it is entitled to."- Click Here for the Full Story

Why does the phrase "Kangaroo Court" come to mind? 

More Durst Whining
Rockdirt reports: Fred Durst is again insisting a romance with Britney Spears did occur in the new issue of GQ magazine. "I fu**ing fell for this girl," the Limp Bizkit frontman admitted. "I really thought, 'Wow, I am going to be with someone who's in the same business, someone who's going to understand my life.' I really felt that this was going to be something major. I was open to it because it was so bizarre. I was like, 'What the fu** am I doing at Britney Spears' house?' The first time we kissed, I was going, 'This is too weird.' We started hanging out every day. We went out a couple of times to really crowded places - paparazzi places - and I was just going, 'Wow, everyone is going to know.'" .Click Here for the Full Story

Look at you: member of the honor roll, assistant to the assistant manager of the movie theater. I'm tellin' ya, Rat, if this girl can't smell your qualifications, then who needs her, right?

Borland On Hold. 
Now we hear from the brains of Limp Bizkit. 

Blabbermouth reports: Former LIMP BIZKIT and current EAT THE DAY guitarist Wes Borland has posted the following message on EAT THE DAY's web site:

"Hi everyone, We think it's time that you knew what's really going on with [EAT THE DAY]. We originally opened up the singer search to try and find someone that was unknown. We didn't want a 'supergroup' at that point in time. We went through many auditions and there were a couple of moments in which we thought we had found someone who could fill the slot, only to decide later that the people weren't right for us. At this point we moved on to phase 2, which was trying to look for someone that was a known singer. This too yielded no results. Then we decided to try something else. We thought we might be able to combine EAT THE DAY with THE DAMNING WELL, having Richard Patrick [FILTER] as the singer. Everyone agreed that this might be a good idea, and we began to write together. 4 weeks later, we realized that our creative differences were too great to be able to produce an entire album's worth of material that we felt good about. So here we are. 2 years after I walked away from LIMP BIZKIT, we have loads of great instrumental material, and no singer. We think it's time for something to give. So here's what we're doing: This project will go into indefinite hibernation and we will all be working on other projects, coming together again whenever we cross the path of someone who may be an option to fill the vocalist position. (On a personal note, I feel like I have been absent from the music scene for too long, and I need to be participating again. I will be writing with a couple of very cool bands, and producing other various projects. I also plan on possibly joining a band on tour as a full time guitarist next year.)-Click Here for the Full Story

Foo Fighters DVD
NME reports: FOO FIGHTERS are to release nearly three hours of live footage from their 2002/2003 'ONE BY ONE' world tour on the 'EVERYWHERE BUT HOME' DVD.

Other features will include in-studio and on-tour photo galleries and 45 minutes of extra performance footage hidden within the DVD. An audio-only version of the band's cover of Prince's 'Darling Nikki' is also set feature.

The tracklisting runs:

'All My Life' 
'Doll' (acoustic) 
'Everlong' (solo acoustic) 
'For All The Cows 
'Have It All' 
'Hey Johnny Park!' 
'Learn To Fly' 
'My Hero' 
'See You' (acoustic) 
'The One' 
'Times Like These' 
'Times Like These' (semi-acoustic) 
'Tired Of You'
- Click Here for the Full Story 

Courtney Weirdness 
Perhaps Courtney should be checked in to Hotel California instead of Chino Prison. This AP report is a case in point: Courtney Love pleaded innocent Wednesday to two felony drug counts after ridiculing the charges in a rambling monologue to reporters before the court appearance. 

She called the charges "retarded." 

"I didn't even break a law. I didn't even shoplift," Love said before the hearing at Beverly Hills Municipal Court.

…Carrying her pet beagle, Molly, and a bouquet of red roses, Love rambled to reporters Wednesday about missing money, an affair with a married man and throwing a sleeping pill at a police officer. 

…"Don't tell," said Love, whose past heroin use was widely reported. "It's a big secret I used to do drugs."

…"Do I have to live in this weird hell?"
.-Click Here for the Full Story

 People on 'ludes should not drive.

Beasties Win
MTV reports: A Los Angeles U.S. Court of Appeals judge has determined that the Beastie Boys won't have to pass the wallet to composer James Newton, who sued the band in 2000 for looping his flute recording "Choir" in the 1992 song "Pass the Mic." Last year, the Beasties won the original case when a California court determined that the group paid ECM Records sufficiently to sample Newton's six-second, three-note sequence, and was therefore not guilty of copyright infringement. The appeals judge upheld the decision. .Click Here for the Full Story 

Van Cancellation
Billboard reports: A London court on Tuesday ordered Van Morrison to pay 40,000 pounds ($67,000) in damages to a hotel owner over the cancellation of a scheduled gig. However, a personal claim against the singer was dismissed..- Click Here for the Full Story

Axl, are you paying attention? 

Take Action 
This year's Take Action Tour was the annual trek's best year ever. The 27-city outing, which featured headliners Poison the Well as well as the Dillinger Escape Plan, Further Seems Forever, Avenged Sevenfold and Shadows Fall,, took in more than $367,000, of which $37,000 benefited the National Hopeline Network 1-800-SUICIDE, a suicide prevention hotline  . Click Here for the Full Story 

Looks like 10% went to the cause, which is great but where did the rest of the money go?

Phil Collins Hearing Loss
Phil Collins says he has lost a considerable amount of hearing in his left ear. The former Genesis drummer told LAUNCH his viral infection has gotten so bad, he's been forced to trust his producers now more than ever. 

"I've come to realize that maybe I'm not my own best producer," Collins said. "I have a hearing problem. My left ear is, about three years now, 60 percent gone. Viral infection, sudden deafness. Don't know what it is, but that's the way it is. It's not going to come back, probably. So I've been forced into using other pairs of ears."  .-Click Here for the Full Story 

Can you hear me now? Good. 

Opeth Mix It Up
siN's metal news reports: Since OPETH have been in North America 3 times in support of Deliverance and Damnation there will be some drastic changes in the band's live set list for the upcoming 2004 tour. To keep the interest from the fans the band will pull out a series of never before played numbers from albums past and present. Some songs up for rehearsals are "The moor", "Nectar" and "Blackwater park" amongs others. We'll see which songs that make it to the stage.  Click Here for the full story

AC/DC & Stones Jam On DVD
Blabbermouth reports: THE ROLLING STONES' new 4-DVD box set "4 Flicks" includes a four-minute twenty-second piece on the jams with AC/DC guitarists Angus and Malcolm Young, with snippets of the jams in Sydney, Leipzig & Hockenheim, as well as comments from the STONES and AC/DC. Also included is a report from the Toronto SARS concert with some AC/DC footage. "4 Flicks" was released in the U.S. on Nov. 11 and will be available in Europe between Nov. 18 and 24, depending on the territory. - Click Here for the Full Story

They should do an album together. Maybe a concept album? "Sympathy for the Devil" does tie in nicely with "Highway To Hell".

siN's metal news reports: STATIC-X and SOiL have added more dates to their tour with SKRAPE and TWISTED METHOD. The trek is now set to go through November and into December with the last date being on December 18th in Hollywood, CA. Here are the dates remaining for the tour:

11/12 Rochester, NY - Water Street Music Hall
11/13 Cleveland, OH - The Odeon
11/14 Cincinnati, OH - Bogarts
11/16 Pontiac, MI - Clutch Cargo
11/17 Milwaukee, WI - The Rave
11/18 Lincoln, NE - Royal Grove
11/20 Colorado Springs, CO - 32 Blue
11/21 Denver, CO - Gothic Theatre
11/22 Salt Lake City, UT - DV8
11/24 Seattle, WA - Showbox
11/25 Portland, OR - Roseland
11/26 Vancouver, BC - Commodore
11/28 Spokane, WA - Fat Tuesday's
11/29 Boise, ID - Big Easy
12/01 Fargo, ND - Playmakers
12/04 Flint, MI - The Machine Shop
12/12 San Bernardino, CA - Gotham
12/16 Ventura, CA - Ventura Theater
12/17 Anaheim, CA - House Of Blues
12/18 Hollywood, CA - House of Blues

Click Here for the Full Story

Tommy Thompson RIP
Here is a follow up to a story we ran a few days ago. Very sad news comes from Blabbermouth: Renowned drummer Tony Thompson, who performed with LED ZEPPELIN's Jimmy Page, Robert Plant and John Paul Jones during the 1985 Live Aid reunion, and who also rehearsed with the members of ZEPPELIN for a short-lived project in 1986, passed away earlier today after a battle with renal-cell cancer.. Click Here for the Full Story

Slick Return
(press release) Acclaimed guitarist EARL SLICK will release his new solo album ZIG ZAG (Sanctuary Records) December 9. His first album of new material in 12 years features collaborations with vocalists David Bowie, the Cure's Robert Smith, Def  Leppard's Joe Elliott, Spacehog's Royston Langdon and Martha Davis, each of whom wrote their own melody and lyrics.  The album's first single-"Believe", a collaboration with Smith-reaches radio in January.  SLICK is currently touring the globe with Bowie's band on "A Reality Tour," which touches down in the U.S. December 6.

The ZIG ZAG album marks SLICK's return as a solo performer, after having taken a few years off before returning to play with Bowie on his 2002 Heathen tour. The collaboration with Bowie on the track "Isn't It Evening (The Revolutionary)" features mesmerizingly subtle guitar shadings which SLICK described as "weird," saying, "For once, I'm on the other side of the glass and he's playing on a track for me.  He nailed his vocals in one or two takes and it came out great-that's the beauty of working with David."  Meanwhile, Bowie describes SLICK's technique as "earthly, timeless and never less than stellar."

ZIG ZAG was produced by Mark Plati (Bowie, Duncan Sheik, Natalie Imbruglia) and includes four instrumentals. "After years of constant work, I took a much-needed break and spent some time hiding out in the High Sierras. But then I did some dates with David and felt inspired and started to write again, which I hadn't done in a long time." Word got out, and SLICK co-wrote songs with the album's guests. 

Mail Bag
Since it was a rather slow news day, I thought it would be fun to delve into the mailbag and see what's up. 

From Regina: Why do you make fun of MTV and then use them in your stories? Isn't that a bit hypocritical on your part? 

Response: Are your sure you are not confusing Rolling Stone for MTV? Yes it is true that from time to time I may take a jab at MTV when it is warranted like last week when the head of MTV Europe blasted "talent" programs on other stations for not "furthering" music. That I felt was a bit hypocritical. BUT and I mean a big BUT, while I have issues with some of MTV's programming issues, I do think they have a world class team of news writers at MTV.com, who do an excellent job of researching most of their stories as well as breaking stories. Unlike the narrow musical focus you see on the actual television station, MTV's news team does offer pretty broad news coverage on their associated websites that isn't limited to just the best selling hip-hop and pop stars. Some of those stories are of interest to our readers, so we will include excerpts in the day in rock. Hope that answers your question.   (Before anyone flames me, I am aware that Gil Kaufman also writes for RollingStone.com). 

From Chuck C.: I found your coverage of the Christian Slater article [where his wife beaned him in the head with a glass] in very poor taste. If the roles were reversed you wouldn't be making fun with your silly jokes. Husbands are battered too. I am sick of this smug chauvinistic attitude in our society towards a real problem that effects thousands of men. I find it unconsciencable that you would make light of an issue of abuse. 

Response: First time to our site I see. I pose a question to you; How could we not make light of this story?  We weren't making light of the tragic issue of "husband battering", which plagues our society, emotionally castrating men that won't stand up to women who abuse them or simply walk away. We were only making light of this story. By the way Mr. Slater does have a history of the roles being reversed. I won't apologize for the story offending you as it would be counter productive to your "issues" and would enable your problem. We are an entertainment publication and are known to include silly or tasteless humor in our reporting from time to time. I won't apologize for that either. You might do better with a politically correct publication or some touchy-feely self-help group.  But this does pose a question about a real problem in modern society, the fact that people are so thin-skinned that they get offended by everything.  That my friend will make living in this world indefinitely more difficult, apart from your wife using you as a punching bag. But I have to say, I still think that Mr. Slater will think twice the next time his wife asks him to bring her a glass of water.   (Those offended by this can rant and cuss me out in the fan speak below. For our newsletter subscribers, you can do so at http://www.dayinrock.com - but keep it civil, I don't want to be forced to send my grandmother over to rough you up.) Have a nice day and duck the next time your wife throws a right hook.   P.S. effects does not mean the same thing as affects. 

Got this one from Real Mother frontman Jeremy Knedler
(sorry forgot to post his actualy message with the photo in yesterday's report. Here is the message and once again the photo)

I was inspired by the pots and pans comments (and the new Met album) to whip up this little ad. I thought you might get a kick out of it.

Now that is funny!  Thanks Jeremy...  Ok be sure to check out his band at http://www.realmotheronline.com

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