The Day in Rock Report:
antiMUSIC.com's look at Today's Top Rock News Stories From Across the Web
Day In Rock 7/20: Ozzfest Artist Arrested- Elton Blast US Censorship- Sum 41 Profane Antics- Bono- Eighteen Visions- NY Dolls- Clash- Lars & Wife Split- Nightwish- Queen- Red Hot Fugazi- Mnemic- Tiger Army- Guided By Voices- Napster U.- Children Of Bodom- Morrissey- Singer 86ed For Getting Political - R.E.M.- The Hives - more
Ozzfest Artist Arrested
Blabbermouth reports: According to the Rock N Roll Experience web site, EVERY TIME I DIE singer Keith Buckley was arrested following the band's Ozzfest 2004 performance at the Nissan Pavilion in Bristow, VA on Sunday (July 18). "Apparently, [Keith] had WAY too much to drink at the Jager tent and at one point was wearing a set of fake boobs with a tank top and the local police arrested [him] for drunk and disorderly conduct, but released [him] in about 30 minutes" [more] - Click Here for the Full Story
New York Dolls Reunion DVD
Blabbermouth reports: Veteran producer Kevin Shirley (IRON MAIDEN, DREAM THEATER) has posted the following update on his web site: "Sad news, the NEW YORK DOLLS bassist and founder, Arthur 'Killer' Kane, died last week, right when I was in the middle of mixing the DOLLS reunion concert, which was filmed for a DVD release just last month at the Royal Festival Hall in London. So, we've been watching the footage of him, and it's sad, and yet thrilling to see how happy he looks, and terrific that the concert has been captured on film, which will be a testament to him, of sorts. The concert is definitely very rough and ready, and very 'punk', but it's a helluva lot of fun to watch!..." [see full story for more including a bit about a Dream Theater DVD]- Click Here for the Full Story
Lars & Wife Split
Blabbermouth reports: METALLICA drummer Lars Ulrich has released the following statement via the group's official web site:
"Lars and Skylar Ulrich are getting divorced after seven years of marriage. The couple has been quietly separated since March. They will share custody of their two children." [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story
Nightwish Score Euro Hit
Blabbermouth reports: Finnish hard rock quintet NIGHTWISH, who topped the European Top 100 Albums chart two weeks ago with their fifth album, "Once", have returned to No. 1 on the pan-European survey, according to Billboard magazine. The follow-up to 2002's "Century Child", "Once" has already been certified gold in Germany for sales in excess of 100,000 copies. In addition, NIGHTWISH have sold more than 30,000 copies of "Once" in Finland — enough for the CD to be certified platinum in the group's home country.- Click Here for the Full Story
Source: Blabbermouth also has news on LOSTPROPHETS Singer Says He Is 'Scared' Of JAMES HETFIELD, CRYPTOPSY: New Live Photos Posted Online, BONED To Release Debut CD In August, Pennsylvanian Hard Rockers CYPHILIS To Open For KISS, FIGHT THE SKY: Audio Preview Of PAPA ROACH Singer's Side-Project Available Online and more click here to check it out
Silly News: Sum 41 Profane
Rockdirt reports: The Calgary Sun reports that Deryck Whibley and his band Sum 41 were onstage in Calgary, performing a reportedly drunken, expletive-filled show at the Stampede's Coca-Cola stage, which saw them forfeit much of their performance fee. Then they followed that up by performing at Camrose's Stage 13, where Whibley proudly exclaimed how hungover and drunk he was and then proceeded to launch a profanity laden verbal barrage at The Tea Party's Jeff Martin. - Click Here for the Full Story
Rockdirt reports: Rock acts on television this week include the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, who perform on 'The Late Show with David Letterman' on Wednesday; the Hives, who perform on 'The Late Show' on Thursday; and Dashboard Confessional, who perform on 'The Tonight Show with Jay Leno' on Thursday. - Click Here for the Full Story
Source: Rockdirt also has news on Alex Band Visits Rick Dees, By Divine Right's 'Soft Machine' Video, The Fitness' 'Day Job' Video, U2's The Edge Forgets Unreleased Album At Photoshoot, Fab And K-Rock's Ben Harvey Hash Out DFP8 Incident and more click here to check it out
Bono's Civil Rights Honor
ArrowFM reports: U2 singer Bono and Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga were officialy named recipients of the National Civil Rights Museum's annual Freedom Awards on Thursday. Located on the site of Martin Luther King Jr.'s assassination, the museum gives only two Freedom Awards each year to those who have advanced civil rights. - Click Here for the Full Story
Elton Blast US Censorship
ArrowFM reports: Rocker Sir Elton John has criticized the current US administration for using what he calls "bullying tactics" to hinder free speech. Specifically referring to stars who are scared of speaking against the war, John compared the current "fear factor" to McCarthyism in the 1950s. "There's an atmosphere of fear in America right now that is deadly. Everyone is too career-conscious," he told the New York magazine, Interview. "There was a moment about a year ago when you couldn't say a word about anything in this country for fear of you career being shot down by people saying you are un-American," he said. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story
Now, Elton censorship is a bad thing but people, especially stars, are not being denied their right to speak their mind. However, with the political split in the U.S. right now, when you say something of a political nature you run the risk of alienating half of your audience. Even Linda Rondstadt was allowed to speak her mind, and then she suffered that backlash. Then again she's also receiving the most press she has seen in two decades. So if a star feels expressing their views is that important then they should be willing to put their money where their mouth is and take the heat from those that disagree with them. That is part of free speech, standing up for your beliefs. Otherwise it's just empty rhetoric and headline grabbing. That standard should stand for people on both sides of the political fence. Would you censor those that disagree with stars that express their political views?
Source: ArrowFM also has news on Angus Young Talks About The Band's New Home, The Doors Have Breakfast with the Arts, Queen's "Greatest Hits" To Be Rereleased, Fogerty Revives Antiwar Protest Song, Was Morrison Murdered? and more click here to check it out
Eighteen Visions Dumps Drummer
Aversion reports: Eighteen Visions has parted ways with its drummer. The band announced that it replaced drummer Jason Shrout with Trevor Whorror. - Click Here for the Full Story
Aversion reports: Stars -- including former Clash partner Mick Jones -- came out in a mass singalong to help raise funds for Joe Strummer's Strummerville charity.
Badly Drawn Boy also turned out for the event, where hundreds joined in a rendition of "Rock the Casbah." The sing-along was held to raise money for Castle House, a building in which Strummerville provides practice space for young musicians. The building, which was the first all-concrete structure in the world, houses practice space, but is falling apart. [see full story for Aversion features on Joe Strummer]- Click Here for the Full Story
Source: Aversion also has news on Love Avoids Sentencing -- For Now, Badly Drawn Boy Joins Astralwerks, Paul Weller's Next Gets Release Date, Tiger Army Drummer Steps Down, SushiRobo Gets Raw on Road and more click here to check it out
Soul Shine reports: On August 17 British rock icons Queen will release yet another "Greatest Hits" album. To date three such albums have been released and all of them have different track listings. This new "Greatest Hits" release is a re-issue of the EMI 1981 album that was released in the UK. The new release will include new music, photos, and liner notes from the surviving members of the band. - Click Here for the Full Story
Source: Soul Shine also has news on New Sarah Slean Album Due, Of Modest Mice and Walkmen, New Sigur Ros Album On Its Way, Five Faces Walk Into A Box-Set, Skye Sweetnam Feels Effect Of Cancelled Spears Tour and more click here to check it out
Red Hot Fugazi
Abrasive Rock reports: Red Hot Chili Peppers guitarist John Frusciante offers the second of his six planned 2004 CD releases Aug. 10 with Automatic Writing -- the debut disc from his Ataxia project. Ataxia also include the Bicycle Thief's Josh Klinghoffer and Fugazi's Joe Lally. [more] - Click Here for the Full Story
Mnemic Set Release
Abrasive Rock reports: The audio injected soulDanish modern thrash metallers MNEMIC will release their new album "The Audio Injected Soul" on September 27th through Nuclear Blast. The record ,produced once again with Tue Madsen in the Danish Antfarm Studios in Aarhus - features ten highly dynamic and fast tracks; furthermore MNEMIC worked a lot with melodies and provided the new songs with strong and catchy refrains. [see full story for track list]- Click Here for the Full Story
Source: Abrasive Rock also has news on Destruction- limited edition version of "Metal Discharge", Anthrax drummer speaks on Greece Fest mess, THE CROWN's re-recorded version of the track..., Dave Navarro and Tommy Lee play Vegas Rock Star Poker?, Shout It Out Loud 'When KISS Ruled The World' on VH1 7/24 and more click here to check it out
Tiger Army Lose Hell
Knifeparty reports: [Tiger Army frontman] Nick 13 writes the following: "We are very sorry to announce that our friend & brother Fred Hell will no longer be playing with Tiger Army, due to heath reasons stemming from his shooting in March '03. Fred's courage and hard work has been an inspiration to everyone, but he's just not physically up to the challenge of touring. There are no hard feelings on the part of anyone, we're all just thankful for the last three years of playing together and the fact that Fred's alive. Best of luck to Fred in his continued recovery and pursuit of musical excellence, he will always be part of the Tiger Army family." Mike Fasano, who drummed on the band's latest album III: Ghost Tigers Rise has graciously agreed to step in for the shows on this summer's Warped Tour, which begin this week. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story
Guided By Voices Long Goodbye
Pitchfork reports: You know half the story by now: On August 25th, Guided by Voices will release their final full-length, entitled Half Smiles of the Decomposed, on Matador Records. On January 1st, 2005, they will cease to exist as a functioning unit. Realistically speaking, this is more or less a retirement of nomenclature-- Bob Pollard has always been the brunt of the band, and the man has already assured the world that it will be a good while yet before he turns in the towel as a solo artist. But let's momentarily disregard realism for a somewhat necessitated bout of rock 'n' roll theatrics: Symbolically speaking, this is the end of an era. [see full story for a brief history of the band and dates for their final tour]- Click Here for the Full Story
Source: Pitchfork also has news on Barsuk to release Travis Morrison solo LP, Leonard Cohen to release 11th studio album, American Music Club ready reunion album, Sushirobo tour the West coast, Elliott Smith's Basement set for October release, tracklist confirmed and more click here to check it out
AP reports: The company behind the Napster 2.0 online music service said Monday it has signed agreements with several universities to offer students its digital song subscription program.
Beginning in the fall, students at Cornell University, The George Washington University, Middlebury College, the University of Miami, The University of Southern California and Wright State University will have access to the service through the schools, the company said. [see full story for more] - Click Here for the Full Story
RockRage reports: Continuing the current trend of celebrity poker tournaments, Tommy Lee, Dave Navarro, and the John Rzeznik will be the first rockers to head the Vegas Rock Star Poker Tournament.
The poker tournament will take off at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas on August 26th. - Click Here for the Full Story
Children Of Bodom EP Delay
IAYM reports: Children Of Bodom's upcoming new EP "Trashed, Lost & Strungout" now appears to have been pushed back to a September release date. [ the disc will contain an Andrew WK and a Alice Cooper cover, see the full story for the track list]- Click Here for the Full Story
Alter Boys Prep Debut
IAYM reports: The Alter Boys (featuring assorted members of Mushroomhead, Dog Fashion Disco and Unified Culture) will be reconvening in the Ohio, Cleveland based Mars Recording Studio in the first week of August in order to finish work on their forthcoming debut album. The effort is expected out in early 2005 via the Fractured Transmitter Record Co..- Click Here for the Full Story
Source: IAYM also has news on Chimaira update, Kittie/Candiria/36 Crazyfists/Twelve Tribes: yet more dates, Powerman 5000: "The Good, The Bad & The Ugly Volume 1", Hot Cross/Suicide Note tour, Mod Flanders Conspiracy update and more click here to check it out
Morrissey Pulls Out of Fest
Ananova reports: The organisers of Japan's largest annual rock festival say Morrissey has pulled out of a planned appearance at the festival due to a "sudden disagreement" about his performance. A statement from the organisers of the Fuji Festival which also features Lou Reed, PJ Harvey, the White Stripes and Ash later this month said: "While we had received official agreement regarding the artist's performance from both Morrissey's management and agent, a sudden disagreement arose between the two parties regarding the terms of the performance, upon which we were notified that Morrissey would not be appearing. - Click Here for the Full Story
Source: Ananova also has news on Thrills announce Cambridge gig, REM's political new album, The Streets accused of nicking music score for new track, Beyonce eyes Chelsea home, Rachel Stevens dumps boyfriend and more click here to check it out
Singer 86ed For Getting Political
liveDaily reports: Linda Rondstadt created a stir at the Aladdin hotel and casino in Las Vegas on Saturday (7/18) when, during a performance there, she dedicated a cover version of the Eagles hit "Desperado" to "Fahrenheit 9/11" filmmaker Michael Moore.
According to a Las Vegas Sun report, the audience responded by erupting "into equal parts boos and cheers." Hundreds of fans walked out of the performance, and some reportedly defaced posters of the singer that were on display in the venue's lobby.
Aladdin President Bill Timmins, who was at the performance, reportedly instructed security to remove Ronstadt from the premises and had her belongings brought from her hotel room to her tour bus. - Click Here for the Full Story
Wow, Linda Rondstadt is still around?
Source: liveDaily also has news on Duran Duran, House of Blues, Montgomery Gentry, Britney Spears, Chimaira, Machine Head to co-headline Road Rage Tour, Guided by Voices hammers out dates for final tour, Live Review: Sarah McLachlan at Glendale Arena, Glendale, AZ, liveDaily Interview: Zac Hanson of Hanson and more click here to check it out
R.E.M. Plot Political CD
Xfm reports: R.E.M. have revealed that their new studio album, the follow up to 2001's critically acclaimed ‘Reveal', will be released later this year, and will feature the band's most politicised material to date.
The band have explained that the new as yet untitled record (the group's thirteenth) will be hitting shops in October, just before the US presidential election, setting the tone for the extremely political nature of the record,.
"For better or worse, the current state of the world has had a profound impact on the way I'm writing," explained frontman Micheal Stipe... [see full story for more] - Click Here for the Full Story
The Streets Rip Off
Xfm reports: Musician Michael Gagliano has sparked controversy with his claims that the new single from The Streets, ‘Dry Your Eyes', has sampled one of his own songs without permission.
Gagliano claims he first wrote the tune last year on a track called 'Yesterday And Today Pt 1' which was released in 2003 on the album 'Sunshine State' under the name EPIC on Revolver Records.
He's now saying that Streets main man Mike Skinner sampled his song (specifically the opening string arrangement) for ‘Dry Your Eyes' without asking permission and is demanding a cut of the profits and Revolver Records is considering legal action. [see full story for more] - Click Here for the Full Story
Source: Xfm also has news on Coldplay's Chris Martin Speaks Out, Foo Fighters Double Up For New Release, Live Aid Released On DVD, List Of Top Earning Touring Acts Revealed, ‘All That You Can't Live Without' - U2 and more click here to check it out
Fuse Goes Corporate This
press release reports: Something Corporate will be appearing on Fuse's Warped Wednesdays this week (July 21).
Tune-in to Warped Wednesdays every Wednesday all summer on Fuse, when the airwaves will be overtaken by the hottest bands on this year's Vans Warped Tour. Bands like Blink 182, New Found Glory, Story of the Year, Sugarcult and more will host blocks of their favorite music videos from 11:00 am – 3:00 pm EST, and will provide updates from life on the road. Later in the day, tune-in to Fuse's live daily studio telecast between 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm EST for a final fix of tour updates, news, exclusive interviews from the road, and much more. - Click Here for the Full Story
The Hives Return
press release reports: Tyrannosaurus Hives, the official sophomore release from the Hives drops today (July 20), and according to singer Howlin' Pelle Almqvist, "You haven't heard our new album, but you already love it." Never one to speak humbly about the band he fronts, the band's first state-side release was a compilation titled Your New Favourite Band, Almqvist explained the title of the album in a recent interview, "Our last album, Veni Vidi Vicious—which was, you know, Caesar's victory cry—was designed to be the record we conquered the world with. I think it worked out quite well, don't you? We called our new album Tyrannosaurus Hives because we are so huge." [see full story for the Hives player to get a taste of the new CD]- Click Here for the Full Story
press release reports: Promising more of the same inspired lunacy that fans have come to expect from the human fruit, SPLIT HAPPENS will again showcase C.C. Banana's unorthodox band interviews, outrageous backstage antics and perhaps even a few of his trademark song parodies!
"All of us here in Bananaland are ripe with anticipation over shooting another video!" raves C.C. Banana. "We'll be hitting quite a few tours this summer and we already have some fantastic interviews lined up!" SPLIT HAPPENS will be shot at live concert events throughout 2004 and participating artists will be announced as they are confirmed. Additionally, SPLIT HAPPENS will include documentation of C.C. Banana's adventures hosting last summer's landmark MSX Tour, which featured Faster Pussycat, Enuff Z'Nuff and Pretty Boy Floyd. - Click Here for the Full Story
One Year Ago Today: File
Traders Beware, The RIAA Is Coming For You.
Day in Rock reports: [Here is one of the Top stories from one year ago today in the Day in Rock - see the full story link to read the full report from a year ago]From BillBoard - The music industry has issued at least 871 federal subpoenas against computer users this month suspected of illegally sharing music files on the Internet, with roughly 75 new subpoenas being approved each day.
The effort represents early steps in the
music industry's contentious plan to file civil lawsuits aimed at crippling
online piracy… The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) has
said it expects to file at least several hundred lawsuits seeking financial
damages within the next eight weeks. U.S. copyright laws allow for damages
of $750 to $150,000 for each song offered illegally on a person's computer,
but the RIAA has said it would be open to settlement proposals from defendants.
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