Metallica Boring?- Courtney Love's Expensive Twitter War- Trent Reznor Vampire?- Duff For Vets- Billy Joel To Tell All- Chimaira Record Charlie Sheen Tribute- more

03/04/2011
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The Day in Rock Digest for 03/04/11: Download Festival booker Andy Copping has branded the backlash over his announcement of Def Leppard as final headliner for the festival as 'unjustified' but admits the list of classic rock bands he considers big enough to headline the main stage one day every year is 'wearing a bit thin.' He also addressed why he skipped over other big names acts like Metallica. He tells RockAAA: "Metallica are a great band but if they went away for three or four years then come back then they'd be even bigger. When they keep coming back they become boring. It can be applied to any band you want to name like U2, the Rolling Stones or Madonna but if they keep touring it does get boring." He had a lot more to say, check it out here

Billboard reports that Courtney Love has settled the lawsuit brought against her by a fashion designer who claims she was defamed in a series of messages posted on Twitter. The settlement which sources say is being finalized today and will be announced next week, will cost Love about $430,000. more

In a new movie, Trent Reznor will be playing a vampire. He will kill Abraham Lincoln's mother. At least one of those things is believable more

Duff McKagan (Guns N' Roses, Velvet Revolver , Loaded) is sharing the proceeds from two of Loaded's new songs, "Fight On" and "We Win", to benefit the general patient fund at the addiction treatment center Veterans Affairs Puget Sound Healthcare System. more

Chimaira has posted a cover of the classic rock song 'Wild Thing' from The Troggs. According to the band, the song is a tribute to the recent escapades of actor Charlie Shee more

All Pigs Must Die have recently signed a deal with Southern Lord Recordings for their upcoming full-length, due to be unleashed this Summer. more

Ratt's Stephen Pearcy "Twits" the following to fans, "RATT w/me involved will not be active 2011, maybe longer. No new record, tour, or life w/me until things R back on track! Until then, M.I.A." more

AP reports that Billy Joel's "The Book of Joel," will be coming out June 14. The memoir will take fans on an "emotional ride" from the writing of such favorites as "Just the Way You Are" and "New York State of Mind" to his broken marriage to Christie Brinkley and his struggles with depression and substance abuse. more

Vital Remains is currently in search of both a lead guitarist and a drummer. more

Jon Oliva will not be part of Trans-Siberian Orchestra's upcoming European tour. more

Six Feet Under have revealed the dates for its upcoming European headline tour. The tour, being dubbed as the 'Wake The Night!' tour, will mark the first live performances for the band with its new lineup. more

Abigail Williams, Thulcandra, and Iskald will be touring Europe in May more

Krakow has announced the departure of drummer Christopher Zibell more

Mother of Mercy and Foundation will team up with Xibalba (on select dates) and Dead in the Dirt for some spring touring. more

On Friday March 4th, The Sin City Sinners will host a last minute benefit show to fight Childhood Cancer. Sin City Sinners will take the stage joined by Jimmy Crepso (Aerosmith), Paul Shortino (Rough Cutt, Quiet Riot), Louie Merlino and Ron Mancuso (Beggars & Thieves), Carol Lyn Liddle (Dangerous Curves) -- also in attendance to lend support to the cause is drum legend Carmine Appice (Vanilla Fudge, Rod Stewart, Ozzy Osbourne). more

On this day in 1977, CBS released The Clash's self-titled debut album in the U.K. CBS in the U.S. eventually released their own version in 1979, after over 100,000 imported copies of the record made the LP one of the biggest-selling imports of all time.

On this day in 1994, Kurt Cobain was rushed to hospital after overdosing in a Rome hotel room during Nirvana's European tour. Cobain had taken 50-60 Rohypnol pills mixed with champagne in a suicide bid; rumors on the Internet claimed that Cobain was dead. Find out what else happened on this date in music history here

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