We all know what the "big" story was for Monday, so we'll dispose of that first off for those that are interested and then get on with the Day In Rock.
Super Bowl Breast Staged
AP reports: Janet Jackson apologized Monday for an incident in which one of her breasts was bared for a moment as she sang with Justin Timberlake during the Super Bowl halftime show Sunday night.
In a statement released Monday night, Jackson said it was a last-minute stunt that went awry.
"The decision to have a costume reveal at the end of my halftime show performance was made after final rehearsals. MTV was completely unaware of it," Jackson said. "It was not my intention that it go as far as it did. I apologize to anyone offended including the audience, MTV, CBS and the NFL."
Jackson's performance with Timberlake sparked a federal investigation and set new standards for raunch in an entertainment industry that seems to be setting new highs or lows every day. - Click Here for the Full Story
The big story? It was staged. No way? You mean that wasn't the shocking performance promised? Maybe they meant shockingly bad lip syncing? Ok, with that out of the way, now on to what happened in music today.
Metallica Spring Leaks
siN's metal news reports: Our ever reliant old-school correspondant Dean has checked in and unearthed a few more METALLICA second-leg dates. Here's all the confirmed dates (WI, MO, NE, OK dates are all up at Pollstar.com now):
April 20- Long Island, NY @ Nassua Coliseum
April 26- Norfolk, VA @ Scope
April 28- Lexington, KY @ Rupp Arena
May 01- Cincinnati, OH @ Firstar Center Arena
May 02- Madison, WI @ The Coliseum at the Alliant Energy Center
May 11- Kansas City, MO @ Kemper Arena
May 12- Omaha, NE @ Qwest Center
May 14- Norman, OK @ Lloyd Noble Center
- Click Here for the Full Story
Dio For Prez.
Dio For America reports: if you're evil or devine, you're the last in line but you do have a choice this election year. Do you want a rockin candidate for President? Forget Dean, Kerry, Sharpton, Clark, Joe and that other guy. Look no further than Ronnie James Dio, a candidate for the Democratic nomination for President. (Ok, he may not know about it but there is a website dedicated to making him President. Check it out by clicking on the full story link below).
Unfortunately, our dream candidate Lemmy, can not run because he wasn't born in the U.S. So we throw our endorsement behind Dr. Dio at least until antiGUY/Dr Fever announce their candidacy on the anti Party platform. antiGUY/Fever managed a surprise 666 votes in 2000, but 642 were due to a confusing ballot in Florida, the voters really meant to vote for Gary Coleman as a write in. - Click Here for the Full Story
Legit Net Leak
MTV reports: Even when adopting the most drastic measures, record labels seem helpless to prevent albums from surfacing online before their release dates. So now one label is taking the "if you can't beat 'em, join 'em" approach. Four months before the debut album by New York trio the Secret Machines hits stores, Reprise Records, a Warner Bros. subsidiary, is making it available for sale online. In a campaign tied to Reprise's online marketing campaign, the label is trying to make sure fans have a legal way of acquiring new music they hear about on the Internet.- Click Here for the Full Story
You know where to click for more info on this.
MTV reports: Courtney Love, who once laid bare the diary entries of her late husband, Kurt Cobain, now proposes to publish her own.
The former Hole singer, in the hope that readers will have the same desire to peek into her private life as they did
Cobain's, is shopping around a book about her life and loves. Like Cobain's "Journals," which debuted at #1 on The New York Times best-seller list for hardcover nonfiction in November 2002, the book will be an emotional biography in scrapbook form.
But Love's literary agent, David Vigliano, who also brokered the "Journals" deal, said that while comparisons between the two books are inevitable, Love's project "couldn't be more unlike Kurt's."
"The book features Courtney's legendary writings that have been whispered and wondered about for years," Vigliano said, "but that no one has ever seen. They're like the literary equivalent of Bob Dylan's Bootleg Series."- Click Here for the Full Story
Rock Dirt reports: Rock acts on television this week include the Thrills, who perform on 'The Late Show with David Letterman' on Monday; Fountains of Wayne, who perform on 'The Late Show' on Thursday; Jon Bon Jovi, who appears on 'Live with Regis and Kelly' on Thursday; the Walkmen, who perform on 'Late Night with Conan O'Brien' on Friday; and Living Colour, who perform on 'Last Call with Carson Daly' on Friday. - Click Here for the Full Story
The PRP reports: Avenged Sevenfold have scrapped the recently filmed video for their track "Unholy Confessions" and are planning to re-shoot it. The official word is as follows:
"As most of you can tell by now there is definitely something wrong with the video for Unholy Confessions. We shot it over a month ago and just like most creative things, sometimes it turns out good and sometimes it turns out not so good. In this case we were not happy enough with the video to release it. For any of you that are disappointed, trust us we are 100 times more disappointed then you are. So we have decided to re-shoot the video for Unholy Confessions, this time there will be no concept, just a solid live performance and a lot of Avenged Sevenfold fans."- Click Here for the Full Story
Click the full story link to find out how to participate in the reshoot.
A Perfect Extension
Digital Noise reports: More dates for the upcoming A Perfect Circle Tour have been announced and are as follows:
April 17th Indianapolis, IN @ Pepsi Colisium
April 18th Moline, IL @ Mark of the Quad Cities
April 20th Cincinnati, OH @ Taft Theater
April 22nd Toronto, ON @ Ricoh Center
April 23rd Cleveland, OH @ Tower City Ampitheatre
April 24th Auburn Hills, MI @ Palace of Auburn Hills
April 30th Worcester, MA @ Centrum Center
May 1st Holmdel, NJ @ PNC Arts Center
The tour kicks off on March 18th. The Mars Volta are confirmed as the opening act. - Click Here for the Full Story
Clapton Goes To Source
Chart Attack reports: Rock legend Eric Clapton will be paying homage to the artist that undoubtedly is his biggest inspiration.
"It is a remarkable thing to have been driven and influenced all my life by the work of one man I am talking, of course, about the work of Robert Johnson," Clapton said in a statement.
Throughout his career, Clapton has done several Johnson covers, but his new album, Me And Mr. Johnson, will mark the first time he has dedicate an entire album to his work. - Click Here for the Full Story
Ryan Adams Update
NME reports: RYAN ADAMS will have surgery this week on his damaged wrist.
The singer's world tour has been pulled following the incident in Liverpool (January 22) when he fell from the stage during a show at the Royal Court.
Now back in New York, NME.COM understands the surgery is scheduled for this week. - Click Here for the Full Story
Click the full story link for more details on the accident and Ryan's explanation of what happened.
Blabbermouth reports: The following item came to us from a BLABBERMOUTH.NET reader in Chihuahua, Mexico:
"I just wanted to inform you that a local radio station here where I live (Chihuahua City, in Chihuahua, Mexico) announced the postponement of the MISFITS concert for [Sunday], Feb 1st due to an altercation the MISFITS (Jerry / Dez / Marky lineup) had with some 'fans' in Mexico City [Saturday, January 31].
"I have no more information for you except that the altercation seemed so severe that Jerry Only was vomiting blood and had to be transferred back to the U.S. (they didn't say where exactly).
"I do not know if the altercation was before, after, or during the show, and I don't know what is his condition currently." - Click Here for the Full Story
Please note there has been absolutely no independent confirmation of this and no word from the Misfits camp when this went to press. So reader beware.
RIFTrock reports: Hitting stores on February 3rd:
Incubus, A Crow Left of the Murder
Lostprophets, Start Something
Off the Record, Nothing New EP
The Dillinger Escape Plan, Calculating Infinity deluxe edition
Voice of Generation, The Final Oddition
Ritter, Six Degrees of Variation
- Click Here for the Full Story
BW&BK reports: Amidst IRON MAIDEN's Dance Of Death world tour, frontman BRUCE DICKINSON has been secretly putting together material for the anxiously-awaited full-length followup to his highly-praised Chemical Wedding release (from 1998). Dickinson and guitarist/producer Roy Z have been working on a number of songs including a track that was meant for the much-hyped THREE TREMORS project (which also featured JUDAS PRIEST frontman ROB HALFORD and QUEENSRYCHE singer Geoff Tate). Dickinson says three songs total have been written and to expect the album in late 2004/early 2005. - Click Here for the Full Story
RIFTrock reports: The following is a message from William, who has left Something Corporate:
"I just want to clear up all of the rumors that have been flying around. It is true, I have left Something Corporate. We have all been friends for a long time, and they've always known that I would likely leave to work on my own music. Andrew and Josh are amazing and prolific songwriters, and their writing arrangement was already in place when I joined the band, so I put my own songwrtiting efforts on hiatus for a while. I've been writing and singing songs since I was a little kid, and I knew that at some point I'd have to go back to that. It's what makes me feel complete. I've had an incredible time touring the world with my friends. I couldn't have asked for more. But, now I have to follow my heart. Leaving Something Corporate was one of the most difficult decisions I've ever made in my life. Thankfully, they are my friends and they have been completely understanding and supportive." - Click Here for the Full Story
RockFury.net reports: To coincide with the release of their 6th album, A Crow Left Of The Murder, Incubus have today announced a set of tour dates for the UK. The band will be hitting the British shores for the first time since 2002 on the following dates:
May 12th - Glasgow, SECC
May 13th - Birmingham, NIA
May 14th - Manchester, MEN Arena
May 15th - London, Wembley Arena
American tour dates are likely to follow quite shortly.- Click Here for the Full Story
I Ate Your Microphone reports: Taproot are reportedly heading to Chicago in the not-too-distant future in order to lay down a couple of songs in collaboration with Billy Corgan. These are expected to feature on their forthcoming new album, which will also include a guest appearance from Stephen Carpenter of the Deftones when it sees a release later in the year through Velvet Hammer Music/Atlantic.- Click Here for the Full Story
Reuters reports: BMG, the world's fifth largest record company, on Monday said it named Clive Davis to head its North American music operations, returning one of the most powerful executives to the upper strata of the industry.
The 70-year-old Davis, credited with signing Janis Joplin, Whitney Houston and Alicia Keys to the various labels, will assume responsibility for the company's four labels: Arista, RCA, Jive and J Records.
The promotion comes more than three years after BMG management, which is owned by Bertelsmann AG, unceremoniously asked Davis to relinquish control of Arista, the label he founded in 1975.
Davis previously ran the BMG's RCA Music Group, which consisted of RCA and J Records, a label he founded after he left Arista. BMG's combined operations boast a catalog that includes Elvis Presley, Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera. - Click Here for the Full Story
Billboard reports: An album Paul Simon recorded in 1965 that has never seen the light of day in America will get its first official release here this spring.
"The Paul Simon Songbook," previously only available as an import and long out-of-print even in that form, is due March 23 via Columbia/Legacy.
The original 12-track album was recorded in the wake of the lukewarm response afforded Simon & Garfunkel's 1964 debut, "Wednesday Morning 3 A.M." Simon moved to London, building an audience while honing his material at coffeehouse performances. Entering the studio in June 1965 with producers Stanley West and Reginald Warburton, he offered solo acoustic takes on such future staples as "I Am a Rock," "April Come She Will" and "The Sounds of Silence." - Click Here for the Full Story
Billboard reports: Sting, Dave Matthews, Vince Gill and the Neptunes' Pharrell Williams have signed on for a Grammy tribute to the 40th anniversary of the Beatles' first U.S. television appearance on "The Ed Sullivan Show."
They join Prince, Beyonce Knowles and Black Eyed Peas with Justin Timberlake as newly confirmed performers for the Grammys, to be held Feb. 8 in Los Angeles. - Click Here for the Full Story
Rumor has it that this will be followed up by Celine Dion, Britney and Missy Elliot performing a tribute to Janis Joplin.
Follow up to a story in yesterday's Day In Rock. AP reports: Singer Barry Manilow was back home Monday after a brief hospital stay for stress-related chest pains. - Click Here for the Full Story
5 Year Aversion
Aversion reports: One of the sources for news used in the Day in Rock report, Aversion.com, celebrated their 5th anniversary on Sunday. The Day in Rock wishes to extend congrats to Aversion.com and their staff who have "wracked up more than 225 full-length band features and nearly 1,500 reviews" over the past 60 months covering rock, punk and indie music! - Click Here for the Full Story
Equal Time for LP
We printed a not so stellar review of Linkin Park in yesterday's Day In Rock under the heading "Linkin Park Sucks". In the interest of equal time, we are reprinting a rebuttal sent in by one of their fans where we discover that the review printed was wrong because that review obviously missed the fact that Chester is "so hot" simply because that reviewer was "jelos"[sic] of LP's "mad money".
-From chestersgurl1698: OMG like you so suck. You are just jelos cuz Linkin Park is so hot. They put on the best concert ever. Chester is so hot. You are just jelos and I don't see you making all that mad money or making hit songs. So shut up you jelos loser.
Response: You are right, we are all just jealous haters that wish we were as hot and rich as Chester. It has nothing to do with the music. Thank you for setting us straight.
-This one comes from HSoul and was posted in the Fan Speak on Day in Rock.com: I find it very odd that the overwhelming majority of Linkin Park's concert reviews have been praising the band, yet you pick one of the few bad reviews regarding them. It's especially hilarious when it's from some unknown journalist who wants to give the appearence he knows how to critique music....oh well, whatever gives Keavin Wiggins the best title for the Day In Rock, right? albeit unimaginative.....
Response: What can I say? I put about as much imagination into that headline as LP did into writing "new" music for the follow-ups to "Hybrid Theory". As for the obscurity of Mr. Riemenschneider, I'm sure the editors at the Star Tribune will beg to differ since they publish his column covering the Twin Cities music scene every week in their newspaper. Not to mention the Austin American Statesman where he wrote for six years covering such obscure bands as U2. And I won't mention the other obscure little publications that he contributed to like the Village Voice and Rolling Stone Magazine.
In response to Ananova's report of the Rolling Stone Magazine's "Best Albums of All Time" list. Zeppster writes: that list has been out for several months.
Response: You are correct. We checked antiCat's litter box and there it was. Sorry about that. For those interested in checking out the full list, you can visit Rolling Stone.com's special section (posted Dec 11, 2003). Or if you want to read a different take on that list from the obscure journalist mentioned above visit this link .