Day In Rock 8/24: Phil Anselmo Vs. al Qaeda - Spears Reality TV- Helmet Injury- Nirvana Book Tour- Von Auf der Donnas Tours- Godsmack- Air Lennons?- Phish Amends- Avril on Nirvana- Codeseven- Linkin Records- Starsailor- New York Dolls New CD- Double Foos- Finns Tour- Page Walk of Fame- Prodigy Bootleg- AHC To Open For God- Motorhead- more
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Phil Anselmo Vs. al Qaeda 
Blabbermouth reports: Cleveland, Ohio's "The Metal Show" (TheMetalShow.com), which airs on 92.3 FM WXTM (Xtreme Radio), recently asked former PANTERA and current SUPERJOINT RITUAL frontman Philip Anselmo to record a message for the troops overseas. A transcript of the audio message follows: "You guys, overseas... My Lord, this is Philip H. Anselmo from SUPERJOINT RITUAL. And I do nothing - nothing - as of late but write about our situations in a military light, in a political light. We are backed into a corner, and the reason I say 'we' is because there's a lot of people out there that want to protest the war, and this and that, what-not… Look, the Middle East has been a pile of s*** for over… seven decades? I don't know, I have no idea [maybe] it's longer than that. I guess all we're trying to do is show them… first of all, there is a way, there is a way to make your country work. Secondly, if you don't catch on to the way, we'll kick your ass some more. And as far as your terrorists and that [goes]. Only that, and pretty much that only, is going to get even deeper and deeper into the Middle East, and WE - WILL - KICK - YOUR - ASS. Deep into the Middle East. I suggest you take heed - any of you - and if you are out there, and you're a plotter, and you're with the al Qaeda, you are my enemy, and I dare you to face me one on one - EVER! 'Cause I will f***ing destroy you. Thank you." [see full story for a link to the audio of the message] - Click Here for the Full Story 

Nirvana Book Tour
Blabbermouth reports: Former NIRVANA bassist Krist Novoselic will embark on a book-signing book to promote his personal and political memoir, "Of Grunge And Government, Let's Fix This Broken Democracy!" In his first book, Novoselic tells his the story of his own musical, and political coming-of-age. From his relationship to Kurt Cobain to his evolution as a political activist, Novoselic's passion, intelligence, and integrity come shining through in this moving and inspirational book. [see full story for dates]- Click Here for the Full Story 

Source: Blabbermouth also has news on TRIVIUM Select Producer For ROADRUNNER Debut, LAMB OF GOD: Another New Song Posted Online, AEROSMITH: DVD Version Of TV Special To Include Bonus Tracks, WINDIR: Final CD Details Revealed , CRADLE OF FILTH Bassist Talks About 'Nymphetamine' Video Treatment and more click here to check it out

Spears Reality TV
NMC reports: When Britney Spears ties the knot in November with Kevin Federline, it won't just be a marriage – it may also be a career move. 

Australia's Undercover Music News reports that Spears and fiancé Federline are meeting with MTV about becoming the next stars of "Newlyweds." Current Newlyweds stars Jessica Simpson and Nick Lachey have said they will discontinue the show after three years. [see full story for more] - Click Here for the Full Story 

Will they have "Chicken of the Sea" at the wedding? Or will they bringing in something special from "overseas",like Canadian Bacon?

Helmet Injury
liveDaily reports: [a follow-up to a story from yesterday]Helmet's Page Hamilton suffered a broken collarbone during a recent mountain biking expedition, forcing the band to postpone its planned tour. 

The release date for "Size Matters," Helmet's new album, has been pushed back to Oct. 5 from its planned Sept. 14 release. [more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

Von Auf der Donnas Tours
liveDaily reports: The Von Bondies have laid out plans for a two-legged fall tour that will feature Auf der Maur during the first stretch of dates and The Donnas during the other. 

Things get started with a two-week string of shows that kicks off in mid-September, during which Auf der Maur--featuring namesake bassist Melissa Auf der Maur(Hole, Smashing Pumpkins)--holds down the opening slot. 

A month-long break follows before The Von Bondies return to the road with The Donnas in tow for a full contingent of November dates. [see full story for more, including dates]- Click Here for the Full Story 

Godsmack the Movie
liveDaily reports: The new Godsmack concert film "Changes," which will be available on DVD on Sept. 14, will debut at 50 Regal Entertainment Group movie theaters on Sept. 13. [see full story for a link to showtimes- Click Here for the Full Story 

Source: liveDaily also has news on R.E.M. unveils opening acts for fall tour, Keith Urban sets up fall headlining tour, Wilco tour sprouts a West Coast leg, Live Review: Toby Keith in Glendale, AZ, Kid Rock tour keeps chugging along and more click here to check it out

Air Lennons?
MTV reports: John Lennon will be the focus of a new line of Nike shoes after his widow, Yoko Ono, gave the company her blessing. As part of the ad campaign for the new shoes, Nike is re-creating the cover of the Beatles's 1969 album, Abbey Road, on which Lennon wore white shoes. His signature will be featured on the heel of the sneakers, and lyrics from his song "Imagine" will be written on the toes. All profits from the line will be donated to charity. - Click Here for the Full Story 

Phish Amends
MTV reports: Phish's manager and the chief organizer of the troubled Coventry festival released separate lengthy apologies Monday and offered fans who were turned away from the band's final show compensation for their misfortunes. 

Fans with unripped tickets to the event are not only entitled to a full refund, but also a free download of the entire weekend (including the soundcheck) and a book of photos compiled by longtime Phish photographer Danny Clinch made specifically for the thousands of Phish-heads who never made it into Coventry, according to manager John Paluska. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

Source: MTV also has news on Backstage With Usher: Flying Fruit, Autographs And Nap Time, Miami After Hours: Jamie Foxx's Unusual Bartending Skills, Linkin Park Offer No Warning From Their Machine Shop, Hot Sounds, Hot Rides Rock Miami At VMA Kickoff Jam , Warped Tour Just Ended, But Next Year's Trek Is Already Taking Shape and more click here to check it out

Avril on Nirvana
Rockdirt reports: In Rock magazine of Japan recently caught up with Avril Lavigne for a Q&A and shared her thoughts on Nirvana. "Kurt Cobain's lyrics are sincere; they're a real rock star band, 'Ok, their concerts being so dirty and mess up', but that was part of the music and the fans, was not their fault," she remarked. [see full story for her comments on Fred Durst and a link to the full interview]- Click Here for the Full Story 

Source: Rockdirt also has news on Courtney Love Outside Lulu's, Velvet Revolver's 'Fall To Pieces' Video , The Killers Visit 'TRL' UK, How Linkin Park Thrives While Korn, Limp Bizkit Struggle, Projekt Revolution Tour Hits Tampa and more click here to check it out

Codeseven Release
The PRP reports: Codeseven have set "Dancing Echoes / Dead Sounds" as the title to their upcoming new album which will see an October 05th release date through Equal Vision. [see full story for tracklist] - Click Here for the Full Story 

Linkin Records
The PRP reports: Linkin Park have started a new Warner imprint label dubbed Machine Shop and their first signing is Canada's No Warning. - Click Here for the Full Story 

Source: The PRP also has news on More Ashes, Haunted Shadows Damaged, Get Down This Winter, Seven Echoes, Big Tour Eyed, The Freak Opener, Machines Parked and more click here to check it out

Starsailor Live Album
NME reports: STARSAILOR are to make a mini-live album available online. 

The downloads will be made available from today (August 23) from the band's official website, starsailor.net All live tracks have been recorded over the summer. [see full story for tracklisting]- Click Here for the Full Story 

New York Dolls New CD
NME reports: NEW YORK DOLLS have announced details of a new live album, set for release in September. 

'Pre-Crash Condition' was recorded during the band's comeback shows at the MorrisseyMeltdown festival in London earlier this year. 

A DVD commemorating the shows will also be released later on this year. [more] - Click Here for the Full Story 

Source: NME also has news on Reading Festival weather warning!, REM announce more tour news, Take part in NME's Great V Festival Poll 2004, Goldfrapp pull festival shows, Pete Doherty attacked in London, and more click here to check it out

Double Foos
Much Music reports: Dave Grohl has over five hours worth of brand new The Foo Fighters material for the band's upcoming double album. Grohl says he's hoping to assemble one disc of quiet, acoustic material and another of heavier material from the recordings. Grohl is heading into the studio soon to complete the mix-down and editing of the sessions soon. - Click Here for the Full Story 

Source: Much Music also has news on Courtney Pleads Innocent, Linkin Park Go Canuck , MJ Death Threat, Storm-Aid and more click here to check it out

Finns Plan Tour Down Under
Herald Sun reports: NEIL and Tim Finn will tour Australia in November. 

The tour will include songs from their latest collaborative album Everyone Is Here, and the singers' solo works and previous collaborations with Crowded House and Split Enz. - Click Here for the Full Story 

Page Opens Brit Walk of Fame
Scotsman.com reports: LEGENDARY Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page yesterday became the first artist to be immortalised in the British Walk of Fame. 

The rocker officially opened the new attraction, which is by the Virgin Megastore on London's Piccadilly, by casting his handprints in cement. Based on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, the British version will feature music icons. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

Elvis Has Left The Building: RIP Al Dvorin
WIStv.com reports: He's credited with a phrase that pays tribute to Elvis Presley and that means an event is over. 

Concert announcer Al Dvorin died Sunday in a car crash. Dvorin is believed to have originated the line, "Elvis has left the building." [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

Bowie DVD
Reuters reports: Two Dublin stops on David Bowie's recent world tour are the basis for the upcoming DVD "David Bowie -- A Reality Tour." 

Due Oct. 19 via ISO/Columbia, the 30-track collection was shot Nov. 22-23, 2003, at the Point Depot, a former train depot with a capacity of about 8,000. [see full story for more] - Click Here for the Full Story 

Prodigy Bootleg
Day in Rock reports: The new Prodigy CD isn't even out yet but that hasn't stopped it from being remixed and bootlegged. The website prodigyremixed.com is offering fans a change to download a digital album of remixes entitled "Always Outsiders, Never Outdone". Here is a little bit of what they have to say on their site. Click the full story link to check out the remixes. 

"Always Outsiders, Never Outdone is about evolving just that little bit further... 

"This online album features unofficial remixes and mash-ups by some of the UK's best bootleggers, giving you a chance to hear the Prodigy's new album as you've never heard it before. The album is free to download but if you enjoy it and wish to keep it you are encouraged to make a donation to our nominated charities." - Click Here for the Full Story 

Saul Williams Is Back
press release reports: The past decade has seen Saul Williams emerge as one of the world's most recognized poets as well as a rising actor and a highly acclaimed musician. In the music world, Saul made noise with some tracks in the mid to late 90's on the Eargasm and Lyricist Lounge compilations, to name a few. The songs he released during this time period were grounded in hip-hop but were a far cry from the traditional rap that was gaining popularity at the time. He released 2001's Amethyst Rockstar, which was co-produced by Rick Rubin and won him critical acclaim all over the world (The Times of London named it best album of the year), leading to him touring with Blackalicious, Cursive and The Mars Volta. 

On September 21st, The FADER LABEL will release his latest album, simply titled Saul Williams. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

AHC To Open For God
press release reports: Nitrus/DRT recording artist American Head Charge will hit the road with the legendary Motorhead beginning September 10 at the House of Blues in Los Angeles. 

A new song from the band, "Cowards," is currently the first single and video (featuring UFC fighter Chuck Liddell) off the Ultimate Fighting Championship's compilation album Ultimate Beatdowns Vol. 1, which in-stores August 24. The song will also be included on the band's new album, The Feeding, due in November. [see related story in Today's report for dates. Click the full story link to learn more about AHC]- Click Here for the Full Story 

Ben Kweller Lands Incubus Tour
press release reports: Having already spent most of this year criss-crossing the globe in support of his sophomore album On My Way (ATO/RCA), BEN KWELLER is forging onward with Fall dates extending into November. Currently in the midst of a headlining run of west coast club shows, Ben is slated to open for Incubus on the band's "The Crow Left of The Murder Tour" beginning September 24 in Memphis, TN. His three-week stint, ending October 12 in Richmond, VA, will segue into a series of international dates in Europe. [see full story for more on Kweller and to get all the upcoming dates!]- Click Here for the Full Story 

More Motorhead!
press release reports: [More dates have been announced, here is the press release]The Motörhead legend roars on in 2004 with the unleashing of the new studio album 'Inferno.' U.S. tour dates are now scheduled to promote this Metal-Is/Sanctuary Records release. It's the first album of new, skin-peeling material from vocalist/bassist Lemmy, guitarist Philip Campbell and drummer Mikkey Dee since 2002's 'Hammered' and it's the first Motörhead release since last year's critically acclaimed, five-disc, career-spanning box set 'Stone Deaf Forever!' 

Guitar legend Steve Vai makes a guest appearance on two tracks. 

Tour Dates
09/10 - West Hollywood, CA - House of Blues
09/11 - San Francisco, CA - Warfield Theatre
09/12 - Anaheim, CA - House of Blues
09/14 - Tempe, AZ - Marquee Theatre
09/17 - Austin, TX - Backroom
09/18 - Houston, TX - Meridian
09/19 - Dallas, TX - Gypsy Ballroom
09/21 - Chicago, IL - House of Blues
09/24 - Minneapolis, MN - First Ave
10/02 - Philadelphia, PA - Trocadero
10/03 - Sayerville, NJ - Starland Ballroom
10/05 - Baltimore, MD - Thunderdome
10/06 - New York, NY - B.B. Kings
10/08 - New York, NY - B.B. Kings
10/09 - Hartford, CT - Webster Theatre - Click Here for the Full Story 

Slapped: Rock The Vote
[Despite the outpouring of hatred from Motley Crue fans last week, Scott Slapp returns this week to slap someone else. Actually this week he slaps a concept. Read on as Scott slaps Rock for Change.] 

This election year is a bit surreal. I turn on the news and I get the feeling I'm watching 'Nick At Night' or a religious infomercial. On one hand, we have a guy that looks like Herman Munster and is so dull that he'd put insomniacs fast to sleep. His running mate looks a bit like an overgrown Bobby Brady and has that disingenuous smile that only a trial attorney can master. You know the one, the cat that ate the canary. On the other hand, the President reminds me of that guy on the 700 Club; you know the guy that implores you to say a prayer and then send a "love gift". What really bugs me is when the President gives an unscripted speech he has more pauses than Pauly Shore. I feel like screaming "spit it out!" at the TV. 

Needless to say, I'm not supporting either side this year. But there are some organizations out there that are trying to get young people excited and involved. Which is noble cause, young people should become engaged in politics, because we have the biggest stake in the future. The problem I have is that these groups tend to just be schlock fronts for either major party (primarily the Democrats). They want young people to get excited over this election but they give us these two choices? Give me a break. 

And it's nothing new, every four years we are offered up two varieties on the same theme. Sure they may talk a different game but when it comes down to it, once elected they do what's in the best interest of retaining their power, not the people. The choice usually boils down to "the lesser of two evils". Not very inspiring. 

[That was the first part of Scott's column. Click the full story link if you want the read the rest or to sound off in opposition or agreement with Scott's opinion. ] - Click Here for the Full Story