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Day In Rock 11/10: Tommy Lee Underwear- Avril "Growing" As A Songwriter- Walmart MP3's?- Disturbing Fuzzy End- Hooba-Linkin P.O.D. Story-  New Slayer in 04- Royal Gilmour-  Pink Salutes Joplin- Iron Maiden- Pearl Jam- Kittie De-Clawed- Riot Vocalist Dies- Black Label- Manson Plays Games- more 
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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Tommy Lee Underwear
Us Weekly spoke with Tommy Lee's rep who says the rocker is planning to launch his own lingerie line in spring 2004. "It's going to be from classy-to-trashy fun in bed," the rep said. The former MÖTLEY CRÜE drummer attended the Frederick's of Hollywood fashion show on business, checking out his future competition, on October 28.- Click Here for the Full Story

Wonder if he plans to sell wife-beaters too? (relax T-bone, it was a joke)

Walmart MP3's? 
tinfoil music reports: Not to be left out in the cold, Wal-Mart is set to lauch[sic] an online music service by the end of 2003. Already the world's top seller of compact discs, Wal-Mart sees opportunities in the new market effectively opened by Apple.

Wal-Mart currently makes up for roughly 14% of worldwide music sales, though the number is falling amid claims of illegal downloading and file-sharing.

'Having an alternative makes an awful lot of sense for these retailers who are already losing sales to illegal downloading and facing competition from digital services,' said Russ Crupnick, vice president of NPD Group, a market-research firm.Click Here for the Full Story

Yes, you'll find the generic pot holders on isle 4. But for the bland censored corporate product rock you'll have to visit isle 10. 

Disturbing Fuzzy End
siN's metal news reports: DISTURBED's Bass player Fuzz has quit the band. Here are two messages from management about it:

The management would like to confirm that Disturbed and Fuzz have parted ways. The band has yet to start the process of finding a replacement. They are currently in the studio writing new material for their upcoming third record and the process is going very well. Projections for the release of the third record are fall of 2004 or spring 2005. The Music As A Weapon DVD/CD has a tentative release date of Feb. 4th, 2004. The final touches are being put on that project as we speak. The band is also hoping to organize a charity softball game and live performance in Chicago sometime in the spring with all of the proceeds being donated to a local female cancer research foundation. More details on that will be available after the new year. The band appreciates the contributions Fuzz had made to the band and they wish him the best in any and all future projects. -Click Here for the Full Story

Guess Fuzz is down with the sickness no more. 

Story of the Hooba-Linkin P.O.D. Tour. 
Launch reports: Linkin Park and P.O.D. will hit the road together in the new year. LAUNCH has learned exclusively that Hoobastank and new band Story Of The Year will also be on the bill. The four acts will team up on a massive package tour that kicks off in early January and ends in late February. The final show is said to be slated for Little Rock, Arkansas, but more details, exact dates, and venues will be announced shortly. - Click Here for the Full Story 

For twenty dollars I can tell you a lot of things. For thirty dollars I can tell you more. And for fifty dollars I can tell you *everything*.

Avril "Growing" As A Songwriter
NME reports: AVRIL LAVIGNE says she's "growing" as a writer as she records the follow-up to her massive selling 2002 debut 'LET GO'.

The teenage star is currently holed up in a Los Angeles recording studio working on her second LP, expected in spring 2004. And she insists that when she returns, she'll be a lot less naive.

She told MTV: "I'm a lot wiser now. Now I know what the business is like - what you have to do and how to work it. As a writer, I'm growing and my guitar playing is getting better. I know what it's all about now, so I'm ready to go back out there and do it all again."

Despite saying she's grown up, the star claims her soul remains relatively unchanged.

She added: "I'm still human. I still get my feelings hurt and get pissed off at things, and I'm still inspired by music. I love to create and I come up with melodies and it's easy for me.".-Click Here for the Full Story

"Like I've like gotten so much better ya know. Like I can play like four whole chords now!"  Yes, Advil writes her own songs, just like Pam Anderson does her own stunts. 

New Slayer in 04
BW&BK reports: Slayer drummer Dave Lombardo and singer/bass player Tom Araya have updated BW&BK on all current activities.
 
On the new record, Araya says: "Kerry and Dave have six songs written, and Jeff has five done. We're going into the studio after this tour and then we'll start recording. It should be out by spring."

"So far it's been pretty intense," Lombardo adds. "Kerry's material is definitely balls-out. Once Jeff gets involved in the song-writing, he'll bring in a different angle. I can't wait to work with him so we can blend the two styles, we'll make it a really killer record." .Click Here for the Full Story 

Royal Gilmour 
AP reports: Pink Floyd guitarist Dave Gilmour received an honor from Queen Elizabeth II, before joking that the monarch was probably not his greatest fan. 
   
"I suspect that if she has listened to Pink Floyd it has been one of her children or grandchildren playing it and she is more likely to be the one to say `turn it off,' but I do not know her taste in music," said Gilmour, 57, after he was made a Commander of the Order of the British Empire, or CBE, in a ceremony Friday at Buckingham Palace. 

Gilmour received the honor from the queen for his services to music after a 30-year career with the rock group, which recorded classic albums including "Dark Side of the Moon" and "The Wall." 

"She said Pink Floyd had been doing it for a very long time and I had to agree," he said. 

Gilmour also has recently turned to charity work, donating $7.5 million to the homeless charity Crisis. .- Click Here for the Full Story

He was the patron saint of quality footwear.

Pink Salutes Joplin
AP reports: Pink's favorite song on her new album salutes a rebellious rocker of years past: Janis Joplin. 

Lyrics on the track "Unwind" are a nod to the late 1960's singer, for whom Pink says she has a great affection. 

"The song's about being tough on the outside and vulnerable on the inside, and I see now that I am also talking about myself," says Pink, a Philadelphia-area native. "I was a very defensive kid `cause I was really sensitive underneath and didn't want people to know." 

The album, set for release Tuesday, is expected be another top seller from a singer who isn't afraid to buck music industry trends. Click Here for the Full Story 

I would first like to say that I know Jack Kennedy, Jack Kennedy is a friend of mine, and you, sir, are no Jack Kennedy

Iron Maiden Producer Speaks Out
Kevin Shirley the producer of Iron Maiden's new one "Dance of Death" had this to say to those complaining about the production of the CD. 

"I have been getting all sorts of e-mails (yeah I read 'em, but don't reply to them all) about the sonic quality of Dance of Death. Now, I don't need to qualify anything, except it sounds like that 'cos it's meant to sound like that! The band love it! Nicko prefers the energy of the drum/guitar balance to Brave New World, which actually featured more drums (which he liked). Steve says the bass finally sounds like his rig sounds. The three amigos (Dave Murray, Adrian Smith and Janick Gers) love the guitars - including the odd amp crackle and distortion which is the sound of them live. And that, my friends, is Bruce (Dickinson) singing like he sings! Not coaxed, and digitally enhanced, tuned and corrected. Iron Maiden captured. The songs are great, but not necessarily reflective of nu-metal themes because THEY ARE NOT NU-METAL! That is Iron Maiden, and no one is stopping you filling up your CD players with LINKIN PARK, LIMP BIZKIT or CHEVELLE, or whatever the hell you think is a fine sounding record. They all sound sonically pretty similar to me, whereas NO-ONE else sounds like Maiden. I love the album. So, Up the Irons - and for the know-it-all detractors = Up yours! Phew - glad that's off my shoulders." .-Click Here for the Full Story 

The mind plays tricks on you. You play tricks back!

Pearl Jam Go Digital
Chart Attack reports: The timeless and enterprising Pearl Jam have done it again. They've rewarded their very loyal fan base by continuously keeping their music and concert costs to a minimum while allowing their material to be readily available to the majority of their following. 

Director Tim Burton's upcoming flick "Big Fish" will feature an original song from PJ, "Man Of The Hour," which will be exclusively released through the bands official website. Although the soundtrack album won't be in stores until December 23, the band has made the song accessible to their fans by allowing them to pre-order the CD single for a mere five dollars. The plan is to sell the self-released single, which includes a full-band studio version of the track as well as Eddie Vedder's home demos. All of this will be available to their fans beginning Monday (November 10). But, keep in mind that the extended single won't actually be shipped until November 26. 

The single should also be ready for downloading a little later in the month through legal download sites.  Click Here for the Full Story

Single for a "mere" five dollars.  No doubt that the PJ fans will buy it but come on, how can you spin selling a single for $5 and insinuate that it's a deal? Oh well, is this the same site that wrote a week or so ago about how much they loved Kelly Osbourne's CD? That aside, PJ fans are gonna have a lot of other cool stuff to purchase coming up this week..  rarities CD "Lost Dogs" and a double DVD "Live at the Garden "   

Kittie De-Clawed
KNAC.com reports: Last night at The Live Room in Abilene, Texas, Kittie's set was cut short by local law enforcement due to alleged multiple complaints of profanity and loud music. The tour manager was allegedly threatened with arrest if he did not end the show. Kittie had to stop in the middle of "Brackish" and one eyewitness reported that security had to bulk up the barricade in front of the stage to stop fans from destroying it. "The police told the tour manager " End it, end it now, or you go to jail. I will put the cuffs on you right now," the eyewitness said. "He (the tour manager) went to the stage and said, "We are done! Now!" and the band stopped in mid-song. Click Here for the Full Story

That's what I love about these High School girls man. I get older, they stay the same age. Yes they do. Yes they do.  - Show of hand, how many of you laughed the first time you heard Kittie's vocals? 

Riot Vocalist Dies 
Blabbermouth reports: The original voice of RIOT, Guy Speranza, reportedly passed away Saturday morning (Nov. 8) after a battle with pancreatic cancer. 

Speranza, who was often regarded as the best RIOT vocalist, sang on the group's first three full-length albums - "Rock City" (1977), "Narita" (1979) and "Fire Down Under" (1981) - before being replaced by Rhett Forrester for the next two releases (Forrester left in the mid-'80s to pursue a solo career and was eventually murdered on January 22, 1994 in Atlanta).
 Click Here for the Full Story

Black Label Followup
Blabbermouth reports: OZZY OSBOURNE guitarist Zakk Wylde will enter the studio on November 19 to begin recording the next BLACK LABEL SOCIETY album, tentatively due next spring through Spitfire Records. Wylde will spend approximately five weeks working on the follow-up to this year's "The Blessed Hellride", which has sold 126,960 copies in the U.S., according to Nielsen SoundScan. . Click Here for the Full Story

Manson Plays Games 
Billboard reports:  A track from Marilyn Manson's recent Nothing/Interscope album, "The Golden Age of Grotesque," will be featured on the new "Spawn Armageddon" videogame, Billboard has learned exclusively. 

"Use Your Fist, Not Your Mouth" will be included in the game, which arrives in stores Nov. 26. 

"If any artist epitomizes my antihero Spawn, it's Marilyn Manson," says Todd McFarlane, creator of the noir comic character and head of McFarlane Enterprises. Manson previously contributed "Long Hard Road out of Hell" with the Sneaker Pimps to the 1997 "Spawn: The Movie" soundtrack. 

Software company Namco Hometek is using one minute of the song in a demo trailer that is being offered for kiosk and monitor play in such chains as GameStop and FYE.  Click Here for the Full Story

I don't make monkeys, I just train them

Aid For Chic Drummer 
[Press Release]: Drummer Tony Thompson, whose firm but funky beat added a wallop to such groups as Chic and Power Station as well as records by Madonna and David Bowie, is suffering from renal cell cancer and has no health insurance. A website has been set up at www.tonythompsonfund.com where contributions can be made to defray his medical expenses.  Click Here for the Full Story

Willard Grant Conspiracy 
(press release) Willard Grant Conspiracy, the band fronted by Robert Fisher with as many as 31 rotating members throughout the world, has completed its fifth full-length album, Regard The End, kicking off its relationship with Kimchee Records . The album is slated for a February 17, 2004 release. The band with a truly global following will accompany their album with an extensive U.S. tour.  
 
The album also marks the move of Fisher from Boston, where he spent the past 23 years and established the band, to his boyhood home of the high desert communities just north of Los Angeles. From there Fisher co-ordinates the band members, who reside in disparate locales including Boston, Holland, U.K. and Japan. Fisher devotes nearly all his time to the band, announcing its plans and seeing who raises their hands to participate. Additionally, the band enlisted Kristen Hersh (Throwing Muses), Blake Hazard, and Jess Klein, all of whom contribute vocals on the new album. Click Here for the Full Story

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