Day In Rock 11/24: Durst Stabbed By Fan- Metallica Sued- Creed Plan KISS-like 04- University Agents of RIAA?- MP3.com Leaves Bands Hanging- Diary Of Desperate Musician- New NIN in 04- plus Dream Theatre- Feeder- Coldplay- Matchbox-20- Puddle of Mudd- Sevendust Il Nino- more
by Keavin Wiggins
The Day in Rock Monday- antiMUSIC.com's look at Top Rock News Stories From the past 72 Hours

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Durst Stabbed By Fan
siN's metal news reports: This might come as good news to some, or simple travesty to others. Yesterday at KoRn / LIMP BIZKIT's New York show at the Hammerstein Ballroom, ol' Fred Durst whilst singing in the pit was bludgeoned in the face by some sort of hard or sharp projectile. He was quickly sent off to New York's St. Luke's Hospital for stitches, true meaning to "break yo' f*ckin' face tonite!" - Ironic, eh? - Click Here for the Full Story

The New York Daily News review of the show says that Fred got cut in the chin during "Break Stuff". Wonder if Fred will encourage fans to "break stuff" in future concerts now that it appears that stuff includes his face? 

Metallica Sued for Copyright Infringement
From Blabbermouth: Metallian.com is reporting that the members of the defunct punk/metal fusion band EXCEL are considering legal action against METALLICA over the latter's song "Enter Sandman", which they claim borrows heavily from the EXCEL track "Tapping Into The Emotional Void".

"Tapping Into The Emotional Void" was originally included on EXCEL's "The Joke's On You" LP, which surfaced in 1989 - two years prior to the release of METALLICA's self-titled CD.

"Enter Sandman" currently stands as the biggest hit of METALLICA's career, having peaked at No. 16 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart back in August 1991. METALLICA's self-titled "black album" has sold more than 13 million copies in the U.S., according to the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).
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Sounds like it might be another hoax. Why wait so long to sue? "The Joke's On You" was released originally in 1986 according to the All Music Guide but most online retailer show a release date of 1989. 

Creed Plan KISS-like 04
(press release) Creed, who have sold in excess of 23 million albums in the U.S. alone, have announced plans for a number of releases in 2004. A street date before the end of 2004 is in the works for a special package consisting of previous hits, unreleased material, and new Creed compositions the band plans to record in 2004. Additional content culled from collaborations will be considered for this anthology as well. In addition, both Mark Tremonti and Scott Stapp are working on solo projects for release in the next year..-Click Here for the Full Story

Yes Virginia, they are still around. 

University Agents of RIAA?
The Tallahassee Democrat reports: University of Florida officials say they're simply enforcing the law. But civil libertarians say the school has itself become an enforcer for the recording industry.

In the annals of the online music wars, the university may well go down as one of the Recording Industry Association of America's most loyal allies.

Chris Russell, an 18-year-old freshman, and some of his dorm  buddies got their lesson this fall. As he was downloading Metallica tunes in his room, Russell suddenly lost his Internet connection.

Logging onto a university site, he was informed by a pop-up message that he'd violated the school's downloading policy and his Internet service would be suspended for 30 minutes.

Russell was collared by new university software called ICARUS, or Integrated Control Application for Restricting User Services.

Last spring, the pressure from record companies hit critical mass at UF. The school was getting about 40 notices a month asking it to disconnect students for illegal downloading. About 1,000 cases involving violations of copyright rules were clogging the school's  judicial system. An estimated 40 percent of dorm residents were downloading illegally.

So network administrators went to work on ICARUS, which debuted over the summer and affects the 7,500 of Florida's 48,500 students who live on campus - and are thus on its high-speed network.

More than 100 students have been caught downloading twice, the school says, and so far there are no three-time violators.- Click Here for the Full Story 

Wait there is more. Rockdirt had this little tid bit.. : The Offspring frontman Dexter Holland talks to Radio 1's OneMusic and was asked about if he could see the internet radically changing the way music is distributed. "The internet will eventually change the way people distribute and listen to music," Holland said. "There needs to be a middle ground that makes the advantages of the internet work for everybody - for example, streaming new music allows the public to sample a band's music, and if a record label can provide a convenient and economical way of selling that band's music online, then everyone's best interests are served. We're starting to see that with Apple iTunes."- Click Here for the Full Story 

"Listen! We're not just doing this for money... We're doing it for a SH*T LOAD of money!"

Feeder Online Song
NME reports: FEEDER are to release a new single, only available online or at their forthcoming UK arena shows.

The band will release a new version of album title track 'Comfort In Sound'. The single has been re-mixed by Oasis producer Mark 'Spike' Stent

The single also features a video for the track, an arena tour brochure, and a 'Comfort In Sound' ringtone.

The single will be available to download from the bands website feederweb.com from December 15..-Click Here for the Full Story

"Blessed are the cheesemakers"

MP3.com Leaves Bands Hanging
Last Voice reports: What does this mean for the artists? Well, for starters, their work won't be transfered [sic] over. Everything that's currently owned by MP3.com will be lost / destroyed on the transfer over on December 2nd, 2003. Now artists have to quickly scramble to get back any of the work that they own.

There's also another part that will leave a sour taste in your mouth. Any artist that they owe at least $25.00 will get the money that they deserve. So if they owe you $24.99 or less, you get non of the money they owe you. Doesn't this sound like copyright infringement to you? They claim that they will settle these accounts if you contact them, but they seem to never do so (according to some artists who never got the money that they tried to get).

From this deal, Vivendi will walk away with hundreds of thousands of dollars from musicians that they owe money, but will probably never settle with. Wouldn't this fall under copyright infringement? After all, they're recreating and selling works of other musicians without compensating them. Odd isn't it? Vivendi goes around suing teens, college students, and grandmothers for copyright infringement, yet they're doing the same thing.

Perhaps I am wrong on the side of copyright infringement. Even if I am wrong, they still could be sued for breach of contract. Either way, they're screwing a lot of musicians out of money. On top of that, now musicians who made a decent amount of money from MP3.com have to try and migrate their material to somewhere else where they might recieve[sic] less exposure. Though, finding a place to do so shouldn't be difficult. There are plenty of sites out there like IUMA and Garage Band. ..Click Here for the Full Story 

Diary Of Desperate Musician
Chart Attack reports: A couple of years ago - 2001, to be exact - a little independent movie came out called Southlander: Diary Of Desperate Musician. It featured a few music acts you may have heard about. Like Beck. And Beth Orton. Hank Williams III and Union 13. Or Billy Higgins (who died the same year the film was made). And the recently deceased Elliott Smith. 

Touted as a "comically uncanny rock 'n' roll adventure," Southlander tells the tale of Chance (Rory Cochrane, who's film credits include Empire Records and Dazed And Confused), a California musician who relies on his keyboard - a Moletron - for just about everything. But when it goes missing, he's forced to comb through a classified paper (The Southlander) in hopes of reclaiming his treasured instrument. Along the way, he runs into a number of interesting and bizarre characters, hence all the rock star cameos. Also appearing in the film are actors Ione Skye (Say Anything), Laura Prepon (Donna from That '70s Show) and ex-musician-turned actor Richard Edson (who was also in Ferris Bueller's Day Off). Oh, and there's a mechanical dinosaur. .- Click Here for the Full Story

 I don't want to sell anything, buy anything, or process anything as a career. I don't want to sell anythingbought or processed, or buy anything sold or processed, or process anything sold, bought, or processed, or repair anything sold, bought, or processed. You know, as a career, I don't want to do that. 

New NIN in 04
Blabbermouth reports: NINE INCH NAILS are rumored to have set "Bleedthrough" as the title for their forthcoming album, tentatively due in early 2004 through Nothing/Interscope Records.

The follow-up to 1999's "The Fragile" will reportedly feature a more "stripped down and raw" direction than that on its predecessor and will include co-production contributions from Rick Rubin (SYSTEM OF A DOWN, RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS, AUDIOSLAVE), Atticus Ross (12 ROUNDS, TAPEWORM), and Leo Herrera (NINE INCH NAILS).. Click Here for the Full Story 

"There he goes. One of God's own prototypes. Some kind of high powered mutant never even considered for mass production. Too weird to live, and too rare to die." 

Dream Theatre #50
BW&BK reports: DREAM THEATER's latest album, Train Of Thought, has hit the #50 position on the Billboard charts. The disc SoundScanned just over 28,000 copies. The first single from the album is 'As I Am'..-Click Here for the Full Story

Coldplay Off The Hook
E! reports: Coldplay crooner Chris Martin is in the clear. 

Australian police on Friday dismissed charges against the Brit band frontman stemming from an alleged attack on a paparazzo's car over the summer. 

Oz's finest decided to toss charges of malicious damage and property damage after consulting with the offending shutterbug, Jon Lister. Martin had previously offered an apology to Lister for vandalizing the photog's car and footed the repair bill. 

"Investigations indicated there was a degree of provocation causing the 26-year-old [Martin's] actions," News South Wales police said in a statement. "Further basis for not proceeding was the 26-year-old man is a person of prior good character who admitted his guilt when spoken to police, expressed his contrition and has since paid reparations for the damage." 

Martin was rung up on the vandalism charges on July 20..  Click Here for the full story

Rumor has it Michael Jackson is trying to hire Martin's attorney. 

Solo Matchboxes 
Billboard reports: Once Matchbox Twenty gets off the road next month, the pop/rock combo plans to take time to pursue solo ventures. 

Rob Thomas will continue work on a solo album, while guitarist Kyle Cook is working on an album with his band the New Left. Drummer Paul Doucette is making a solo album as well, while guitarist Adam Gaynor "has been talking to some people about writing," according to Thomas. 

"In between records, that's our time to have another musical identity than just the five of us together," he says. "In between records, everybody's gone out and worked with other people and done something else. Whenever we came back, we brought those new experiences back with us, and we became a better band." 

Thomas is excited that he and his colleagues are devoting their time to non-Matchbox pursuits. "I think that the next plateau for us is to see what we'll do on our own," he admits." It's nice, because on our iPods we're all listening to each other's demos, and we're all big supporters of each other's projects." 
.-Click Here for the Full Story 

"I am your father's brother's nephew's cousin's former roommate"

Puddle of Mudd Dropped
Billboard reports:  Puddle of Mudd will guest on the debut episode of music video network Fuse's "7th Avenue Drop." Premiering Tuesday (Nov. 25), the show will feature interviews and performances by major artists, on the day their new albums are released, in Fuse's street-front New York studios. 

Adding an interactive element, the Fuse Web site (http://www.fuse.tv) will solicit questions from fans and votes for what songs will be performed. Audiences for "7th Avenue Drop" tapings will consist of artist fan club members and Fuse Web site visitors. Each episode will re-air throughout the week. 
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Sounds a bit like a weekly version of TRL. Wonder if Wes Scantlin will ask the host to smack his ass? 

Sevendust Il Nino Team Up
siN's metal news reports: It's been confirmed that ILL NINO and SEVENDUST will be teaming up for a tour starting in December. The tour will run until mid-February, playing the Southeast, East Coast, Mid West, and the Southwest.

SEVENDUST will headline as ILL NINO is the special guest. Dates so far include.

Sun 12/14/03 Albuquerque, NM Sunshine Theatre 
Tue 12/16/03 Anaheim, CA House Of Blues 
Wed 12/17/03 Modesto, CA Modesto Centre Plaza 
Thu 12/18/03 Sparks, NV New Oasis 
Sat 12/20/03 Denver, CO Ogden Theatre 
Wed 12/31/03 Lake Buena Vista, FL House Of Blues
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DIY In The Digital Age
(press release - edited) Chicago area musician/indie recording artist Robert Kramer, in the studio working on tracks for his next album, tentatively titled "The Legacy Of Love", is going against the norm to get his music heard.

His do-it-yourself formula for success flies in the face of commonly accepted procedures in the music industry. "Submitting demos to record labels or industry people looking for a record deal is a waste of time and postage.." says Kramer, whos' strategy is to ignore trying to get any labels' attention at all.

Kramer says he stopped looking for a record deal years ago after a slew of rejection letters left him dismayed. Using whatever resources he had at hand, he started networking instead, and reached out to other indie artists who had similar problems getting heard. 

Finding internet radio stations gave Kramers' music the ability to get exposed globally with minimal cost. And using the popular CDBABY for online distribution, he now reaches millions.

"I now have worldwide airplay and distribution, and just got a licensing deal with an online music publishing firm...and all without a major label sticking their hands into my pockets...not too shabby..." Kramer says. 

With his music now being heard and sold worldwide as a result of the internet, the industry that ignored him is starting to pay attention, stating he's already got some of his music licensed for film and video, with more offers on the table. "They're calling me now, because I made waves, and they heard about me..that's what every musician serious enough about their career needs to do." .-Click Here for the Full Story 

Cannibal Corpse Rules
Metal Blade reports: It's Official: CANNIBAL CORPSE Are The Top-Selling Death Metal Band Of The SoundScan Era CANNIBAL CORPSE have sold more albums in the U.S. during the SoundScan era than any other death metal band, according to the figures obtained by BLABBERMOUTH.NET. 

Although the SoundScan numbers are generally indicative of the bands' overall popularity, they are misleading in the sense that many of the veteran death metal groups' early efforts were issued prior to the start of the SoundScan era (May 25, 1991).

The following are the total sales figures for several of the genre's forerunners, according to Nielsen SoundScan (all numbers include any DVD and VHS releases, where applicable):

DEICIDE: 481,131
OBITUARY: 368,616
DEATH: 368,184
NAPALM DEATH: 367,654 
CARCASS: 220,734
ENTOMBED: 198,764

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It was songs like "A Skull Full of Maggots", "Covered With Sores", and "Meathook Sodomy" that put them over the top. Like our very own DeadSun once said, imagine a late night TV commercial hawking a Cannibal Corpses greatest hits CD and titles like that scrolling up the screen. 

Buzzcocks USA
Pollstar reports: The Buzzcocks just can't get enough of the U.S. of A. Or maybe it's the other way around. Either way, the seminal punk rockers are headed back to North American clubs for a quick - and we mean quick - run.

Blitzing through Chicago, Cleveland, Detroit, Toronto, Montreal, New York City, Philadelphia and Washington, D.C., the Buzzcocks will play from November 28 through December 6. After that, they hop a quick plane and barely have time to figure out what time zone they're in before they hit the stage in Bristol, England.

A trek throughout England, including one stop north of the border, will keep the group busy through the rest of the year.

.-Click Here for the Full Story 


From Troy: Last week you put some lyrics as a comment after an article. 'I've been up, I've been down'.  I have the song stuck in my head and it won't go away and I can't figure out where it came from. What was it? 

Response: That was from the movie The Idol Maker, it was Tommy's big debut song. 

From anonymous: Who in the hell is Felt 5? 

Response: You never heard the greatest, most thunderous rock band to ever pick up a guitar and bash drums. You mean to say you've never wrapped your ears around the flaming guitars of Ed Jollimore, the massive beats of John Aldrich and the blitzkrieg basslines of Sir Paul Rutherford? A band that makes Tenacious D sound like the Pointer Sisters? That sent Lars off to bang on pots because he couldn't compete? The band that single handedly launched grunge while Kurt Cobain was still going to Sammy Hagar concerts? You never heard them? That's ok, neither have we. But they are supposed to have a pretty cool bass player that Courtney Love is hot for.

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