Day In Rock 10/14: Onstage Suicide Hoax Gets Stupider- The Darkness- REM Reunion- New This Week- Hendrix Action Figure- Unfaith- Devil Drivin' Preview- Get Final Strummer Now!- Alice Cooper- Luther Vandross- This Week In Rock TV- Silverchair Taking Break, Not Breaking Up- more
by Keavin Wiggins
The Day in Rock Tuesday- antiMUSIC.com's look at Top Rock News Stories From the past 24 Hours

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Onstage Suicide Hoax Gets Stupider
Blabbermouth reports: Florida shock-rockers HELL ON EARTH played Sunday night (October 12), but the promised suicide of a terminally ill fan on stage still didn't happen. 

The concert at the Liar's Club in Tampa attracted about 20 fans. Outside, police and television crews waited for the suicide that didn't happen. 

The band grabbed headlines when it promised to broadcast the suicide of a terminally ill fan during a concert Oct. 4 in St. Petersburg. The band played that night, but no suicide was reported. 

Billy Tourtelot, the band leader, instead used Sunday's concert to declare his candidacy to the St. Petersburg City Council. 

"I want your vote,'' he declared, saying his candidacy was "the only way to change things."

The band were scheduled to play at the Brass Mug on Sunday, but the bar's owner canceled the show.
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Tourtelot is looking to take Fred Durst title of "media whore". He's got the assmonkey part down but the difference is a few million in albums sales.

The Darkness Realize Their Destiny
Rockdirt.com reports: Top of the Pops caught up with Frankie and Ed from The Darkness. Asked when they realized they were destined for super stardom, Ed responded, "The moment we entered a room together." Frankie added, "The moment I realized was two years ago when we wrote a song called 'Love On The Rocks With No Ice'. We wrote it in Justin's bedroom and thought 'this sounds okay'. Justin had an idea for a yodelling chorus which sounded a bit outrageous and we went in the rehearsal studio a few days later to record it. When his voice hit that beautiful falsetto crescendo it sent shivers down my spine and made me smile at the same time. That combination is like gold dust."- Click Here for the Full Story

First of all, Papa Smurf didn't create Smurfette. Gargamel did. 

REM Reunion
NME reports: REM founding member and original drummer BILL BERRY has rejoined the band onstage.

Berry, who quit the band in 1997, had come to see his old band on the penultimate show of their North American tour on Friday night (October 9) at the show in Raleigh, North Carolina's Alltell Pavilion. 

During the encore, he gave his old friends a hand in the encore by singing backing vocals on their first ever single, 'Radio Free Europe' followed by a quick stint on the drums for unreleased oldie 'Permanent Vacation'.

Berry has been onstage REM once before since his departure - in August 1999 in Atlanta the band got him on for a wave, but this was the first time he had performed live with the band. Since his departure, he has become a trained sushi chef, as revealed on NME.COM earlier this year.

REM completed their tour at the Philips Arena in Atlanta on Saturday  (October 11). Their set included a ten-song encore packed with old favourites including 'Life And How To Live It', 'Sitting Still' and 'Wolves, Lower'. 

The band visit the UK this week to promote their forthcoming best of compilation 'In Time', released on October 27. The jaunt includes an show for invited guests and competition winners at the tiny Bush Hall in west London  on Thursday (October 18).- Click Here for the Full Story

New This Week
RIFTrock reports: New releases in stores this Tuesday include: The Distillers' Coral Fang, Mushroomhead's XIII, Christiansen's Stylish Nihilists, The Frisk's Audio Ransom Note, Crime In Stereo/Kill Your Idols split CD, From Ashes Rise Nightmares, and Ensign's Love the Music, Hate the Kids. 

Next week look for new releases from Something Corporate and Anti-Flag, plus more.
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Hendrix Action Figure
Blabbermouth reports: Experience Hendrix L.L.C., the family company dedicated to the preservation and promotion of the Jimi Hendrix legacy has joined forces with McFarlane Toys to create a collectible figure of Jimi Hendrix. Working to keep the spirit of Jimi alive through music, education and community involvement, Experience Hendrix sees this venture as an opportunity to create a tangible memento for Hendrix enthusiasts to enjoy. The figure is to be released in November 2003, 37 years after the formation of the JIMI HENDRIX EXPERIENCE in London on Oct. 12, 1966. The release also comes in celebration of what would have been Jimi's 61st birthday, Nov. 27.

This beautifully rendered and intricately detailed, six-inch action figure will come in a deluxe box set and a standard blister pack. The box set includes a replica of Jimi's six-string guitar and a custom base, memorializing Jimi's iconic stage presence at the historical Woodstock concert in August of 1969. The life-like figure recreates the persona of Jimi, dressed in his blue velvet pants and white fringed shirt, with the familiar scarf tied around his hair and another wrapped around his left leg. With his left-handed guitar strapped around his neck, the performer is leaning back from his mic stand in front of two amplifier stacks. The message spoken by this rendering is made clear by the hand of the guitarist raised, giving the "peace" sign to his adoring crowd. The base replicates an authentic section of the wooden stage with metal framing and a cloth awning. The scene is made complete with guitar effects pedals placed on the stage. The standard figure will include a guitar, smaller stage section, one amp stack, mic, mic stand and guitar effects pedals.
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"People always get the words wrong, I thought Hendrix sang 'excuse me while I kiss this guy'" - Ozzy

Unfaith Wants Your Help
The band that hoaxed Metallica is calling on fans to help name their new song. Unfaith frontman Eric Ashley has been a friend to antiMUSIC for sometime and wanted to let us in on this: "When we were retooling ‘Alia' for the re-opening of the website a couple of weeks ago, we came up with an entirely new and heavier riff for the song that would have changed it in no small way. Not wanting to mess with success (Alia being the most downloaded song on our playlist), the riff wasn't used. However, we dug it so much that we just wrote a new song based on it.

"A sharp contrast with the easy-listening flavor of ‘Your Jesus (2004 Edition)', this follow-up is something of a departure for the band, in a concerted effort to head in a slightly more intense direction, while hopefully not losing any of the band's signature infectuousness. 

"The song, however, remains untitled. We're leaving it up to you to find a name for it. We've been hesitating between ‘Living The Lie', ‘Never Give Up', ‘Feel This Way', or none of the above. You tell us. Take a listen, and send your suggestions by replying to this email, or via the contact page on Unfaith.net.
Click Here to listen and then submit your name suggestions 

Both of the songs Erik mentioned (‘Alia' and ‘Your Jesus') will be aired in the antiSHOW radio edition which officially launches on the 15th. But since we like you so much, we'll let you check it out now. The show also features new music from A Perfect Circle, Don E. Vie, Puddle of Mudd, plus interview and music from Twisted Method and 3 Doors Down and more. Dial Up- Broadband

Devil Drivin' Preview
The PRP reports: DevilDriver's entire upcoming self-titled debut can now be sampled online at http://www.devildriver.com/album. The effort will be released through Roadrunner/Island/Def Jam on October 28th. .- Click Here for the Full Story

Get Final Strummer Now!
The new album, "Streetcore" will not be in retail stores until next Tuesday, but you can buy the entire thing right now from the Apple iTunes Store, just in case you wanted to know... Epitaph have a third full-length song for you to listen to from this record, and this one really is moving. It is a cover of the all-time classic "Redemption Song" and it is incredible! 

Hit the links below to check it out, as well as the other two we have up! 

Joe Strummer and the Mescaleros - "Redemtion Song" 

Joe Strummer and the Mescaleros - "Coma Girl" 

Joe Strummer and the Mescaleros - "Get Down Moses"

Turn off that Blink and Sum41 and hear the real deal from this legendary punk pioneer!
Alice Cooper is fed up with rock
Indystar reports: Alice Cooper is fed up with rock 'n' roll.

Well, that's not exactly true. He's fed up with the current state of rock 'n' roll and all its pretentiousness.

"When I got into a rock band, it was so I didn't have to hear about my parents talking about tax cuts and who was going to get elected and all that stuff," he said from his home base in Phoenix. "It was the music that took you away from all those things.

"So I hate it when rock is used as a responsible tool. Rock 'n' roll should be very irresponsible."

It might seem ironic that the man who made rock concerts theatrical events would complain about the commercial state of the business. But during Cooper's heyday of the early '70s, the music was as stripped down as the stage props were abundant. Albums such as "Killer," "School's Out" and "Billion Dollar Babies" were gritty, unpolished gems that contrasted with the prog-rock that dominated FM radio, and was as much a personification of the Detroit sound as the MC5 and the Stooges.

Now that garage rock is popular again, Cooper is returning to his roots. .-Click Here for the Full Story 

Thanks to our good friend Pagan Raygun for sending this one in. 

Luther Vandross Recovering
MTV reports: Nearly six months after suffering a serious stroke, Luther Vandross is showing slow, steady signs of progress. Music has become a central part of his therapy and the R&B singer has been testing his voice daily as he regains his strength, according to his longtime assistant. 

"Every day he's a little bit stronger," assistant Max Szadek said. "From the beginning, he's been much more responsive to anything that has to do with music. He has been singing for awhile now and his band and backup singers have been coming in to take part in his therapy. He is a long way from where he was, but he is taking it slowly and making strides every day."- Click Here for the Full Story

This Week In Rock TV
Rockdirt reports: Rock acts on television this week include Hot Hot Heat, who perform on the Late Show with David Letterman on Tuesday

Dashboard Confessional, who perform on Late Night with Conan O'Brien on Tuesday

Stereophonics, who perform on Last Call with Carson Daly on Wednesday

Switchfoot, who perform on Last Call on Thursday

Tommy Lee, who reports from Fashion Week on the Sharon Osbourne Show on Thursday

Good Charlotte, who appear on MTV's Total Request Live on Thursday

Radiohead, who appear on the Late Show on Friday

Fountains of Wayne, who perform on Last Call on Friday.

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Silverchair Taking Break, Not Breaking Up
Silverchair.com reports: A Sydney newspaper ran a story yesterday which has created all sorts of false rumors about SILVERCHAIR. Its sensationalised headline has given some people the impression that the band is not going to work together again. SILVERCHAIR and their management would just like to set the record straight.

The situation right now is exactly the same as it was after the band finished touring 'Neon Ballroom'. It is also exactly the same as the group announced when they finished their world tour a few months ago – i.e. they are simply taking a break for an indefinite period of time.
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No Duh. Duh is a product of fear.

Rocktober Song of the Day

Rocktober 14th:
The Fever - "Lady Fingers"
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**Press Releases**
Snippets from some of the press releases that have come in over the past 24 hours

Steve Vai DVD'd
From Chipster PR: Steve Vai is on the short list of the greatest guitarists ever, and his musical vision is captured on this two-DVD set 'Live at the Astoria London' scheduled for release on November 18, 2003, on Favored Nations.

'Live at the Astoria London' is Vai's first-ever live performance DVD, and it clocks in at more than 2 1/2 hours. It was filmed at the Astoria in London, England, on December 6 and 7, 2001, while on tour promoting Vai's 'Alive in an Ultra World' album.

Vai's all-star band includes bassist Billy Sheehan, drummer Virgil Donati, guitarist/keyboardist Tony MacAlpine and guitarist Dave Weiner.

The 21 tracks on 'Live at the Astoria London,' many of which were performed live for the very first time at this concert, include: "Shyboy," "Giant Balls of Gold," "Erotic Nightmares," "Blood & Glory," "Dave's Party Piece," "Blue Powder," "Crying Machine,"
"The Animal," "Bangkok," "Tony's Solo," "Bad Horsie," "Chameleon," "Down Deep Into the Pain," "Fire," "Little Wing," "Whispering a Prayer," "Incantation," "Jibboom," "For the Love of God," "Liberty" and "The Attitude Song." 

Special DVD features include a 5.1 Surround Sound audio mix, backstage footage, interviews, a commentary track by Vai and band members, band member biographies and Vai's discography. 

"The audio commentary is interesting because I have basically the whole band with me and we are discussing the show, the songs and each guy gets to talk a bit about their solos, what they were thinking etc.," says Vai. "The backstage footage is just hilarious. We worked out a few skits and there are interviews with some of the crew."

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