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Day In Rock 12/16: Fear Factory Murder?- ODB OD'd- U2 World Tour- Anselmo Retiring?- Radiohead Orchestra- Ludacris O'Reilly Dis Tame- MTV World- A Perfect Murder- SYL- Alex Soria R.I.P.- Anti-Flag- Danzig- Hammerfall- Satyricon Cancels Tour- Dimebag Memorial Video Report- GNR Tops Best List- Motley Train Wreck- Accept No Tour- Stingless Police with Incubus- Chevelle- Libertines Split- more
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Fear Factory Murder?
Rocky Mountain News reports: Westminster police have identified a murder victim found naked with her hands severed as Catrina Renee Powell. 

The night before Powell's body was found, four heavy-metal bands played at the Ogden Theater near where she was last seen. 

Detective Sgt. Tim Carlson said Monday that police have explored which bands were appearing at the concert venue at the time and were aware of the heavy-metal show. 

One of the bands in the show, Fear Factory, was promoting a new song titled Bite the Hand that Bleeds. 

That song's lyrics contain the refrain: "One more drop of blood I spill/ one more drop you take/ one more drop and I will spite/ and bite the hand that bleeds." 

When asked about that song Monday, Carlson said investigators were not aware of the Fear Factory song and didn't know if it could have any connection to the case. 

"To say it might have some significance - perhaps. I couldn't discount it. 

"Perhaps, at the same time, maybe it was just a coincidence. To say it's actually tied in, who knows?" Carlson said. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 
 

ODB OD'd
liveDaily reports: Rapper Ol' Dirty Bastard's death last month was caused by an accidental overdose of legal and illegal drugs, according to autopsy results. 

ODB--born Russell Jones--had a lethal mixture of cocaine and the prescription painkiller Tramadol in his system at the time of his death, which has been ruled an accident, according to the New York Medical Examiner's Office. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 
 

U2 World Tour
liveDaily reports: Irish rockers U2 will launch a 10-month world tour early next year, starting with a U.S. leg that kicks off in March. 

According to the group's official website, band manager Paul McGuiness has confirmed that a March 1 tour launch in Florida is planned. A subsequent European tour will get underway in June, and the group will then return to North America in the fall of 2005 before finishing out the year with a run through Japan and Australia in November and December.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

Source: liveDaily also has news on Something Corporate plots more shows for winter tour, liveDaily Interview: Billy Martin of Good Charlotte, Queen plotting reunion with Paul Rodgers behind the mic, New Tina Turner best-of set features some new material, Soulfly and Morbid Angel link up for co-headlining tour and more click here to check it out
 

Anselmo Retiring?
MTV reports: In response to the killing of Dimebag Darrell, ex-Pantera singer Phil Anselmo has issued a rambling, emotional statement saying he's devastated by what happened, and calling the slain guitarist "the most beautiful person, one of my best friends in 

"I love Dimebag Darrell because there was not one mother----er like him," he said. "I love him like a brother loves a brother." 

...Anselmo planned to attend Darrell's public memorial service Tuesday night in Arlington, Texas, but was told that Darrell's family didn't want him to attend (see "Thousands Gather To Mourn Dimebag Darrell"). "I never got a chance to say goodbye in the right way and it kills me," he said. "I wish to God I could've gone to his funeral, but I have to respect his family's wishes, and they do not want me there. I believe I belong there, but I understand completely, I'm so sorry." 

Not only did Darrell's death dash the hopes of a Pantera reunion, Anselmo said the incident has made him question his own career as a musician. "This has changed the entire world, and this is the last you'll be seeing of me for a long time," he said. "I hope you're happy, heavy metal music magazines, media, I hope you're happy. I'm done." [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 
 

Radiohead Orchestra
MTV reports: New music written by Radiohead's Thom Yorke and Jonny Greenwood will debut at the London Ether Festival in March. Their experimental compositions will be incorporated into a larger piece performed by the London Sinfonietta orchestra at the London Royal Symphony Hall.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

Source: MTV also has news on Jay-Z Speaks Out About Def Jam Job, Linkin Park And Nas, Ol' Dirty Bastard Died From Drug Overdose, Medical Examiner's Office Says , Nelly Tells Chingy To Calm Down And Pay Him More Respect, Ludacris' Red Light District Gives Him Another #1 Debut, Studio Where Eminem Worked On Shady LP Up For Auction and more click here to check it out
 

Ludacris O'Reilly Dis Tame
Reuters reports: Rapper Ludacris has decided to take the high road with his nemesis, Fox News anchor Bill O'Reilly, who cost him a lucrative endorsement deal two years ago by denouncing his lyrics as "garbage." 

His new album, "The Red Light District," which opened at No. 1 on the U.S. pop charts on Wednesday, mostly ignores O'Reilly's recent legal battle with a woman television producer over telephone sex calls she says he made to her. 

"Hi, Mr O'Reilly," Ludacris raps near the beginning of the album. "Hope all is well, kiss the plaintiff and the wifey." 

And that's it. No tidings of ill-will or hopes for a grisly death. Eminem could have wrung several albums out of it. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 
 

MTV World
NY Daily News reports: MTV is broadening its multicultural niche with three new digital channels. The first, MTV Desi, will launch before the end of the year and cater to U.S. viewers who trace their heritage to India. Channels aimed at Korean- and Chinese-Americans will debut early next year. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 
 
Tom Dowd DVD Grammy Nod
Palm Pictures reports: Palm Pictures, Chris Blackwell's audio/visual entertainment company is pleased to announce that TOM DOWD & THE LANGUAGE OF MUSIC has been nominated for a 2005 Grammy Award for Best Long Form Video. The award-winning, critically-acclaimed film is a compelling look at the life, times, and accomplishments of Dowd, a recording business pioneer who produced some of the most important R&B, rock, and jazz records ever made. Dowd's personal history and contributions shaped the evolution of modern music and recording technology. TOM DOWD & THE LANGUAGE OF MUSIC features appearances and music by Eric Clapton, Aretha Franklin, Ray Charles, John Coltrane, Thelonious Monk, The Allman Brothers Band, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Otis Redding, Les Paul, and countless other music giants, that Dowd engineered, produced, and inspired.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

Anyone interested in rock history should check out the DVD. They did a great job on it.
 

A Perfect Murder New Line-Up
IAYM reports: A Perfect Murder have now completed their band once again following the October departure of three of their membership. The group's entire line-up now looks as follows: 
Carl Bouchard - Lead/Rhythm Guitar
Pierre Rémilliard - Lead/Rhythm Guitar
Kevin Randel - Vocals
Dave Bayreuther - Bass
Yan Chausse - Drums[more]- Click Here for the Full Story 
 
SYL Tour
IAYM reports: Strapping Young Lad will be touring North America next April/May with The Agony Scene, Misery Signals and Reflux in tow. Initial dates for the trek are as follows: 

April 10th Minneapolis, Minnesota Ascot Room @ Quest Club
April 12th Chicago, Illinois House Of Blues 
April 17th New York City, New York B.B. King's Blues Club 
[see full story for more dates]- Click Here for the Full Story 

Source: IAYM also has news on Soilwork/Dark Tranquillity/Hypocrisy Tour Update, 36 Crazyfists UK Tour, All That Remains/Acacia Strain/It Dies Today/Trivium Tour, Arch Enemy: "Dead Eyes See No Future" Video , Eighteen Visions UK Tour and more click here to check it out
 

Alex Soria R.I.P.
MuchMusic reports: Alex Soria of influential Canadian rockers The Nils was killed when he was struck by a train earlier this week, according to a a spokesperson for Mag Wheel Records. Bob Mould reportedly cited The Nils as an early influence on Husker Du, and their sound was key to the development of Canadian bands such as Change of Heart, The Doughboys, and Sloan.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 
 
Anti-Flag Down Under
Punkbands.com reports: That's right! This coming February Anti Flag will embark on their first Australian tour! 

Here are the confirmed dates:
2/16 Amplifier - Perth
2/17 Unibar - Adelaide
2/18 Hi Fi Bar - Melbourne
[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 
 

Danzig Completes CD
danzig-verotik.com reports: Danzig recently announced on the 103.1 Chaos Radio Show in L.A. that recording for Black Aria II has been completed and it is now in the mixing stages. Release is set for Spring/early Summer 2005. 

Danzig is also considering a short US/European Tour in the late Feb./Mar. time period. With the Blackest Tour being pushed back to Fall 2005 that would leave 'no' Danzig Circle Of Snakes Tour. 

Danzig has added another L.A. New Years Date on Wed. DEC. 29 at The Key Club. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 
 

Hammerfall Tracks
siN's metal news reports: HAMMERFALL have announced and finally revealed more intimate details regarding their forthcoming release "Chapter V: Unbent, Unbowed, Unbroken", including the revelation that VENOM's Cronos made a special appearance on the album. 

"As promised, elesewhere on the site you will find the cover to our upcoming single "Blood Bound", to be released worldwide at the end of January. Now, onto the details about the album. Here's the complete and final tracklist: 

Chapter V: Unbent, Unbowed, Unbroken: 1. Secrets - 2. Blood Bound - 3. Fury Of The Wild - 4. Hammer Of Justice - 5. Never, Ever - 6. Born To Rule - 7. The Templar Flame - 8. Imperial - 9. Take The Black - 10. Knights Of The 21st Century

 [see full story for a lot more]- Click Here for the Full Story 
 

Satyricon Cancels Tour
siN's metal news reports: According to an email recieved today from SATYRICON's management (EatUrMusic/Columbia Records), SMNnews.com can confirm that the rest of the tour dates... have all been cancelled. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

Source: siN's metal news also has news on Strapping Young Lad - To Debut New Material at Century Show, Killswitch Engage - Artwork for Limited Edition Re-Release Online, Philip Anselmo - Questioning His Own Career - I hope you're happy. I'm done.", Cannibal Corpse - Remembers Dimebag, 4Q Radio - Video Interviews, New Show Online! and more click here to check it out
 

Dimebag Memorial Video Report
Blabbermouth reports: Dallas-Fort Worth's WFAA-TV has posted a video report from the public memorial service Tuesday night (Dec. 14) for slain DAMAGEPLAN/ex-PANTERA guitarist "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott. [see full story to watch the video]- Click Here for the Full Story 
 
GNR Tops Best List
Blabbermouth reports: GUNS N' ROSES' "November Rain" has been honored as the No. 1 song ever by the listeners of the Dutch radio station Veronica. 

Top 20 songs of all time, according to the listeners of Veronica: 

01. GUNS N' ROSES - "November Rain"
02. QUEEN - "Bohemian Rhapsody"
03. EAGLES - "Hotel California"
04. PHIL COLLINS - "In The Air Tonight"
05. LED ZEPPELIN - "Stairway To Heaven"
[see full story for the rest of the list]- Click Here for the Full Story 
 

Motley Train Wreck
Blabbermouth reports: MÖTLEY CRÜE performed their hit songs "Girls, Girls, Girls" and "Dr. Feelgood" during an appearance on the Spike TV's second annual "Video Game Awards 2004" show on Tuesday, Dec. 14. According to one BLABBERMOUTH.NET visitor, "It was hilarious! During their second song, 'Dr. Feelgood', the pre-recorded background vocals (chorus) came in to the song way to early and interrupted the first verse causing one hell of a train wreck! The band didn't recover really 'till the end of the song...[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 
 
Accept No Tour
Blabbermouth reports: ACCEPT will kick off their summer tour with an appearance at the Rock Hard Festival, which takes places at the Amphitheatre in Gelsenkirchen, Germany on May 1315, 2005. 

"Besides the Rock Hard Festival we will only play Wacken in Germany. A [full-fledged] tour is definitely not planned," Udo revealed. "We will play at the Sweden Rock festival as Scandinavia was one of the biggest markets for ACCEPT ever, and perhaps at two or three more open airs in Europe. Afterwards I'll focus on U.D.O. again completely."[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

Source: Blabbermouth also has news on CINDERELLA, RATT, QUIET RIOT, FIREHOUSE To Team Up For U.S. Tour, Could More Guns Have Saved DIMEBAG DARRELL?, Funeral Services Set For DAMAGEPLAN's Bodyguard JEFFERY 'MAYHEM' THOMPSON, DIMEBAG's 'Uranium' Video Tribute Posted Online, DIMEBAG Killer's Mother Speaks Out: 'I Bought Him That Gun' and more click here to check it out
 

Stingless Police with Incubus
Billboard reports: Incubus got a lift from Police drummer Stewart Copeland and guitarist Andy Summers last weekend in Los Angeles, when the pair joined the modern rock act for renditions of the Police's "Roxanne" and "Message in a Bottle" at KROQ's Almost Acoustic Christmas concert. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 
 
Chevelle Goes SnoCore
NMC reports: Chicago rockers Chevelle are set to headline the SnoCore 2005 concert tour. The band's drummer, Sam Loeffler, recently told MTV, "We're going to be headlining SnoCore 2005, which starts in January in Vail, Colorado.... we're going to be playing with Helmet and Crossfade."[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 
 
Get Up Kids Turn Ten
Aversion reports: The Get Up Kids will celebrate their 10th anniversary as a band next month by recording a live album. 

The Kansas band will celebrate its first decade as a band Jan. 7 at the Granada Theatre in Lawrence, Kans. The show, which also features Veda and Murder By Death, will be taped for a potential live album. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 
 

Libertines Split
Aversion reports: Libertine singer/guitarist Carl Barat looks to be making good on his promise to dissolve his acclaimed band by the end of the year, organizing a high-profile band for a one-off show. 

Barat teamed with Charlatans singer Tim Burgess, Razorlight drummer Andy Burrows and Primal Scream keyboardist Martin Duffy to play as The Chavs last week in London's Tap and Tin pub [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

Source: Aversion also has news on Dinosaur Jr. Albums Reissued, Pete Doherty Fights on TV, Jane's Survivors Start New Band, H2O Readies Compilation, The Explosion Tours Next Month and more click here to check it out
 

Beecher's Earache
DiS reports: Manchester-based hardcore mob Beecher have put pen to paper on a deal with Midlands label Earache, which will see the group's debut album, Breaking The Fourth Wall earn a re-release. The deal is one of those worldwide jobbies, so expect the band to hop across the Channel in the not too distant future. The re-release will include new artwork (the original featured artwork by Isis and Hydrahead Records mainman Aaron Turner) and a few new tracks. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 
 
Bowie Reissues
ArrowFM reports: David Bowie is re-releasing some of his live albums. "David Live " and "Stage" have been refurbished and the 2-disc set will contain new mixes, unreleased material and new liner notes. Both CD's will be done in DVD-Audio format and will be available for you hard earned money on March 1st. - Click Here for the Full Story 

Source: ArrowFM also has news on Grandpa Tyler, Classic Crumbs for Wednesday, Mick's a Golden Oldie, Classic Crumbs for Tuesday (Springsteen, Dylan, Skynyrd, J. Geils, U2 & Pretenders to the Hall and more click here to check it out
 

Yellowcard Platinum
press release reports: Yellowcard's first ever DVD, Beyond Ocean Avenue: Live At The Electric Factory, has been certified PLATINUM by the RIAA[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 
 
Best of 2004 Countdown
Over the next three weeks we will be unveiling our writers' picks for the best of 2004. 

Every day we will be posting a new Top 5 list from one of our writers, selected at random. At the conclusion we will reveal the master list. We also want to let you take part and will be accepting nominations for a readers choice list. 

Today Chuck G gives us his Top 5 of 2004. (click the full story link to read his comments on the CDs and for related links for release and to submit your picks for the readers choice list - and see past days lists you may have missed!) 

Chuck G's Top 5 of 2004: 

1. Magna-Fi - Burn Out The Stars
2. The Used - In Love And Death 
3. Brides Of Destruction - Here Come The Brides 
4. Green Day - American Idiot 
5. U2 - How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb 

- Click Here for the Full Story 
 

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