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Day In Rock 12/29: Rocker Shot In Parking Spot Dispute- Townshend Suicidal Over Porn- Weiland Blasts Rolling Stone- Randy Rhodes Rock Walk Induction- Van Hagar II Doubtful- Plus 3 Doors Down- The Vandals- Henry Rollins- Lostprophets- Murderdolls- Skrape- Unfaith
by Keavin Wiggins
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The Day in Rock Monday- antiMUSIC.com's look at Top Rock News Stories From the past weekend.

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Rocker Shot In Parking Spot Dispute 
Punkbands.com reports: Cris Kirkwood, bassist of the influential rock band the Meat Puppets, is currently in critical condition after being shot by a security guard at a Phoenix, AZ post office. AZCentral.com is reporting that Kirkwood was arguing with a fellow customer over a parking space, screaming obscenities and threatening violence. 

When approached by the security guard on duty, Kirkwood shoved the man twice and took his baton, striking the guard in the head once. In response, Kirkwood was shot in the abdomen once as a self-defense measure.

Kirkwood, whose wife died of a heroin overdose in 1998, was taken to Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center and was rushed into surgery. The injuries are not expected to be life threatening. - Click Here for the Full Story 

Townshend Suicidal Over Porn
The Guardian reports: Rock star Pete Townshend reveals today how he contemplated killing himself after he confessed to downloading child pornography. 

'If I had had a gun, I would have shot myself,' he tells The Observer in an exclusive interview. 'And if I had shot myself, it would have been f*****g awful because it would have confirmed what everybody thought.' 

Townshend was arrested last January after it was disclosed his name was on a list of suspects gathered by the FBI as part of an international investigation into child pornography on the internet. He subsequently confessed he had once used his credit card to access child pornography.. Click Here for the Full Story 

Not mentioned in this account, Scotland Yard cleared Townshend of possessing child pornography. However, he was placed on the UK's Sex Offenders Register for five years. Police said that Townshend had visited a child porn website but had not downloaded the images to his computer. Investigators said that the rocker fully cooperated with them during their investigation. 

Weiland Blasts Rolling Stone
Rock Dirt reports: VELVET REVOLVER frontman Scott Weiland (ex-STONE TEMPLE PILOTS) has posted the following message on the band's official web site:

"First of all let me say that Rolling Stone magazine's gossip columns exist only so rich college boys can wipe their f***ing asses with the rag. As for the lad that interviewed me and then printed that I was drunk driving... get your facts straight you moron paparazzi f*ck." .Click Here for the Full Story

In related news, there are reports that Velvet Revolver hav completed recording their debut album, which in tentatively scheduled for release on April 27, 2004 by RCA. 

Randy Rhodes Rock Walk Induction
Great news about the legendary guitarist that helped put Ozzy on the map as a solo artist and has been one of the most influential guitarists in rock history with his mix of traditional rock guitar with classical music.  siN's metal news has this report: One of metal's most famous guitarist's Mr. RANDY RHOADS (R.I.P) will finally be getting some sort of recognition for what he did best. Rhoads will be posthumously inducted into Hollywood's Rock Walk of Fame on March 18th of next year, just one day before the 22nd anniversary of that fateful plane crash that ultimately took his life back in 1982. 

He was 25 years old. 

The induction will take place in front of Guitar Center Hollywood on Sunset Boulevard in Hollywood, California. The exact time will for the induction will be announced at a later date. . -Click Here for the Full Story

Van Hagar II Doubtful
Blabbermouth reports: Former VAN HALEN frontman Sammy Hagar was featured in the "At Home" section of the Friday, December 26, 2003 edition of the USAToday national newspaper. Asked about a VAN HALEN reunion, Hagar said it's not on the horizon, but he reiterated a posting he made to his web site about a recent dinner in Los Angeles with drummer Alex Van Halen.

"We had a lot of fun times together," said Hagar, who after replacing David Lee Roth spent a decade with the band, before himself being dismissed when the band briefly took back up with Roth. "So after years of carrying anger around on both sides, it was really nice to be able to feel like we were once again focusing on the friendship." -Click Here for the Full Story

3 Doors Down Charity Show
AP reports: Rock band 3 Doors Down plans a concert March 27 in Mobile to benefit children's charities along the Gulf Coast. 

Guitarist Matt Roberts, one of two band members with homes in the Mobile area, said the show "is a very special thing for us because it's always great to give back to this city." 

Mayor Mike Dow said he hopes the outdoor concert at Cooper Riverside Park will draw 30,000 people. He said the concert will be followed by a fireworks tribute to the armed services. 
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The Vandals Live
RIFTrock reports: The long awaited DVD from The Vandals titled The Vandals Live at the House of Blues is scheduled for release on January 27, 2004. The live CD will be released two weeks later on February 10th. Kung Fu Records will release the DVDs and CDs in double format, meaning a bonus DVD will come free with the CD, and a bonus CD will come free with the DVD. The track listing for The Vandals Live at the House of Blues is as follows: 

1. 43210-1
2. Appreciate My Honesty
3. It's A Fact
4. Idea For A Movie
5. Pizza Tran
6. Cafe 405
7. Soccer Mom
8. The New You
9. Marry Me
10. Oi To The World
11. N.I.M.B.Y.
12. My Brain Tells My Body
13. People That Are Going To Hell
14. Too Much Drama
15. Disproportioned Head
16. Take It Back
17. The Unseen Tears Of The Albacore
18. And Now We Dance
19. I've Got An Ape Drape
20. Behind The Music
21. My Girlfriend's Dead
22. I Have A Date

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Henry Rollins Speaks
Pollstar reports: Henry Rollins likes to speak his mind. Next year, he's saying Shock And Awe My Ass.

 Yup. Rollins is getting ready to give audiences an insight into his mind as he embarks on another speaking tour. It's going to be a packed six weeks for the musician-turned-author as Rollins launches the afore-named outing in mid-January.

 Right around the time he'll be in Portland, Maine, Rollins' "Live At Luna Park" DVD will hit shelves. The DVD features material culled from his two-month stint of weekly speaking performances at the West Hollywood nightclub in March and April of 1999.

 And if all that weren't enough to keep a person busy, the former Black Flag frontman has also just released a new book, "Broken Summers," and a CD of spoken word, Nights Behind The Tree Line.
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Lostprophets Start Something
The PRP reports:  The Lostprophets have finalized the track listing to their upcoming new album "Start Something", it is as follows:
01 - "We Still Kill The Old Way"
02 - "To Hell We Ride"
03 - "Last Train Home"
04 - "Make A Move"
05 - "Burn, Burn"
06 - "I Don't Know"
07 - "Hello Again"
08 - "Goodbye Tonight"
09 - "Start Something"
10 - "A Million Miles"
11 - "Last Summer"
12 - "We Are Godzilla You Are Japan"
13 - "Sway"

The album will land in North American stores on February 03rd through Columbia. In related news, a Japanese version of the album will see a release next month and will feature the aforementioned track listing along with the following two bonus tracks: 
"Lucky You" 
"Like A Fire"

.-Click Here for the Full Story

Murderdolls For Sale
MTV reports: Murderdolls singer Wednesday 13 will launch a line of merchandise next year that will include shirts, bags, stickers and patches. The product line will feature "The Thirteen Dead Kids" logo, cartoon renderings of 13 dead children drawn in red and black. Wednesday 13 came up with the idea during the downtime that followed this year's tours with Iron Maiden and Stone Sour. - Click Here for the full story

In related news Murderdolls are going to squeeze a couple of live shows in before Slipknot puts the band on hold. – 
1/15 - Hollywood, CA - Key Club
1/17 - Corona, CA - The Showcase Theater

Dose of Skrape
The PRP reports: Skrape have finalized the track listing for their upcoming new album "Up The Dose", it is as follows:

01 - "Bleach"
02 - "Stand Up (Summer Song)"
03 - "Up The Dose"
04 - "In The End"
05 - "My Life"
06 - "I Can't Breathe"
07 - "The Ocean"
08 - "Searching For Home"
09 - "Syrup"
10 - "Habit"
11 - "No Respect"

The album will see a release on January 13th through RCA.
-Click Here for the Full Story 

Unfaith Say Hello 
Metallica hoaxsters Unfaith have come up with another unconventional cover song. In the past they have rocked out songs by Duran Duran and New Order, now they have set their cover-lust on the former Commodores vocalist Lionel Richie and his 1983 solo hit ballad "Hello". 

The band wrote in their online news letter of the cover, "It's been 20 years since the original hit the airwaves, and we thought it would be fun to celebrate that anniversary by paying our own tribute to it. Taking a break from our usual seriousness, we put together an unassuming, up-tempo, high-energy version of the song that is not without recalling last summer's ‘Boys of Summer', by the Ataris." -If you wish to check out the song then Click here

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