Day In Rock 9/1: Guns N' Roses Song Leak- Rare John Lennon, Ramones- Anthrax- Nickelback- Thrice and Thursday- Ozzy- KMFDM- The Doors- Elton- Pay For Play- Slipknot- The Cure.

08-28-03 Keavin Wiggins
The Day in Rock Monday antiMUSIC.com's look at Top Rock News Stories From the past Weekend.

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Guns N' Roses Song Leaked?
siN's metal news reports: The new GUNS N ROSES might indeed be coming out. Rumor has it that people are claiming that Q104.3 in New York City played a new GN'R track called I.R.S when Mike Piazza of the New York Mets stopped by.

The story about how the song was played on the show goes something like this:

Three weeks ago, New York Met's catcher, Mike Piazza, was sorting through fan mail when something caught his eye. It was a cd that had "Guns N' Roses, I.R.S." written on it. He listened and when he was invited to come on the air Friday night, he brought the CD with him. They played the song at about 12:15 am.

After the song, the DJ and Piazza were both joking around saying lines like "Boy, does that sound familiar" and "Is that a local band?" Finally, the DJ announces, "That is a new song from Guns N' Roses, it is called I.R.S."

One listener described the song as having a rock/techno feel to it. The guitar work was definitely not that of the Slash era. That was definitely not a bad thing. 

Axl's vocals sound clear and although he doesn't scream, as in "Welcome to the Jungle," he reaches high notes, like those heard on "Madagascar" and "The Blues." It fits in with those newer songs and the rock sound was similar to that in "Oh My God." 

The song was supposedly played on Saturday the 30th at 12:15 am.

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Rare Lennon, Ramones, Police, Marley Clips Unearthed for DVD
Billboard reports- The U.K.'s legendary '70s and '80s live rock-performance TV series "The Old Gray Whistle Test" (BBC Video) arrives on DVD Sept. 16. But getting consumers to look past its name to its treasure trove of classic performances will be a challenge. 

The $24.98 disc contains 28 performance clips from such varied talents as John Lennon, U2, the Police, the Ramones and Bonnie Raitt, along with interviews with such luminaries as Lennon, Elton John, Mick Jagger, Keith Richards and Robert Plant.

Also included is an Artists Gallery of stills of the artists on the show, an audio commentary by series producer Mike Appleton and sleeve notes by DVD producer Jill Sinclair, who joined the show in 1977 as a production assistant. 

"It was devised as the antidote to 'Top of the Pops,"' she said of the show. "In the early '70s, lots of bands like Led Zeppelin were emerging that didn't want singles and wanted to be seen as 'album bands.' But there was nowhere on television you could be unless you had a hit single until 'Whistle Test."'

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Anthrax Blame "Stupid Americans"
Blabbermouth reports: ANTHRAX drummer Charlie Benante recently spoke to Brendan Manley of the Long Island Press about the disappointing U.S. sales performance of the band's latest CD, "We've Come For You All". "We're very happy with [the record]," Benante said. "We just want it to start selling more. Whoever has it loves it. It's just [a matter of] reaching these other people that are just sleepin'." 

Benante says that the blame for the low sales of ANTHRAX latest CD can be attributed to the current trends in American pop music, which he claims place a premium on hit singles and star quality. "I think that people [in America] are just stupid," he said. "They are not like the Europeans. The Europeans f***in' love it, ya know? They love their music they're loyal. See, over there, it's about the record, it's about the band. Over here it's about the f***ing song. ... It just doesn't make sense to me sometimes. What happened here? It's sad."- Click Here for the Full Story

don't blame us, we gave the disc 5 stars! It couldn't possibly be from poor label support? I mean we had to get our review copy directly from a member of the band!

Nickelback and Friends Tour
Digital Noise reports: Three Days Grace will be hitting the road with Nickelback and Trapt beginning October 14th. Currently the band is wrapping up a very successful tour with Trapt and Smile Empty Soul.

Here are the dates for the upcoming Nickelback/Trapt/Three Days Grace Tour:

10/14 Lubbock, TX - West Texas Canyon Amphitheatre
10/16 Grand Prairie, TX - Next Stage in Grand Prairie
10/17 Corpus Christi, TX - Concrete Street Ampitheater
10/18 Shiner, TX - Shiner "Boctoberfest" Music Festival
10/20 Houston, TX - Verizon Wireless Theater
10/21 Biloxi, MS - Mississippi Coast Coliseum
10/22 Atlanta, GA - Gwinnett Center Arena
10/24 Nashville, TN - AmSouth Ampitheatre
10/25 Cape Girardeau, MO - Show Me Center - Missouri State University
10/26 Champaign, IL - Assembly Hall - University Of Illinois
10/28 Akron, OH - Rhodes Arena
10/29 Grand Rapids, MI - Deltaplex
10/31 Atlantic City, NJ - Borgate Events Center
11/01 Utica, NY - Utica Memorial Auditorium
11/02 Lowell, MA - Tsongas Arena
11/04 Pittsburgh, PA - A.J. Palumbo Center
11/06 Pontiac, MI - The Palace Of Auburn Hills
11/07 Villa Park, IL - Odeum
11/08 Minneapolis, MN - Target Center
11/09 Cedar Falls, IA - Uni Dome @ University of Northern Iowa

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Thrice and Thursday 
Billboard Reports: Up-and-coming Island labelmates Thrice and Thursday will kick off a U.S. tour Oct. 17 at the Staircase in Pittston Township, Penn. The trek, sponsored by MTV2 and Alternative Press, extends through a Nov. 4 show at the Marquee Theatre in Tempe, Ariz., and includes and already sold-out Halloween show at the 3,500-seat Palladium in Hollywood, Calif. Additional dates will likely be added.
Here are Thrice/Thursday's confirmed dates: 

Oct. 17: Pittston Township, Pa. (Staircase)
Oct. 18: Cleveland (Agora Theatre)
Oct. 19: Detroit (State Theatre)
Oct. 21: Minneapolis (Quest)
Oct. 25: Salt Lake City (Bricks)
Oct. 27: Seattle (Showbox)
Oct. 28: Portland, Ore. (Roseland)
Oct. 29: San Francisco (Warfield Theatre)
Oct. 31: Los Angeles (Palladium)
Nov. 1: Las Vegas (House of Blues)
Nov. 2: Anaheim, Calif. (Grove)
Nov. 3: San Diego (Soma)
Nov. 4: Tempe, Ariz. (Marquee Theatre)
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Ozzy Dates
siN's metal news reports: OZZY OSBOURNE will be postponeing the entire European tour due to a foot operation. He's rescheduled the UK part of the tour for October. The dates are:

10/22 The Point Dublin, Ireland
10/24 SECC Glasgow, Scotland
10/26 Arena Newcastle, England
10/29 Wembley Arena London, England
10/31 NEC Birmingham, England

In other OZZY news, VOIVOD has replaced GODSMACK on the European tour in September. Also on the bill are love metallers H.I.M.. Dates were:

9/9 Ahoy Rotterdam, NET
9/10 Konig-Pilsener Arena Oberhausen, GER
9/13 Hartwall Arena Helsinki, FIN
9/15 Stockholm Globe Arena Stockholm, SWE
9/16 Oslo Spektrum Oslo, NOR
9/19 Hallenstadion Zurich Zurich, SWI
9/20 Stadion Salzburg, AUT
9/22 Schleyerhalle Stuttgart, GER
9/24 Stadthalle Vienna, AUT
9/25 Olympiahalle Munich, GER
9/27 Amphitheatre Plzen, CZR
9/29 Messehalle Leipzig, GER
9/30 Arena (in Treptow) Berlin, GER

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KMFDM Returns
The PRP reports: The track listing for KMFDM's upcoming new album "WWIII" has been revealed and is as follows:
01 - "WWIII"
02 - "From Here On Out"
03 - "Blackball"
04 - "Jihad"
05 - "Last Things"
06 - "Pity For The Pious"
07 - "Stars & Stripes"
08 - "Bullets, Bombs & Bigotry"
09 - "Moron"
10 - "Revenge"
11 - "Intro"
The effort will be released through Sanctuary on September 23rd.

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The Doors March On
AP reports: The Doors are trying to light a fire among audiences  minus the Lizard King, and they don't care if people disapprove of their attempt to revive the group without Jim Morrison.

"I suppose there's always going to be those hardcore naysayers who believe that if it's not Jim Morrison, it's not the Doors," said Robby Krieger, one of two original band members in the new Doors. 

"I don't really care what those people think," the 57-year-old guitarist added. "If they don't want to come to the show, they don't have to. It's not a problem. Believe me, those who have come to see us have loved it." 

Krieger and Ray Manzarek, also an original member, formed the group again last fall, more than 30 years after Morrison's death in Paris. 

The Cult's Ian Astbury filled the Morrison role at a weekend concert, leather pants and all.

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Elton Back On Top
Hopefully this doesn't encourage KISS to reissue "I Was Made For Loving You". 

Reuters Reports: Elton John topped the British pop charts Sunday with a single that flopped on its first release nearly 25 years ago. 

The singer's catchy disco track "Are You Ready for Love" peaked at No. 42 in 1979, but hit the No. 1 spot second time round. 

British DJ Fatboy Slim re-released the song after it became a surprise nightclub hit over the summer. A television station boosted sales by using it as the soundtrack for a high-profile publicity campaign. 

John's latest No. 1 comes more than 30 years after his first British hit, "Your Song," which reached No. 2 in 1970. 

"Are You Ready for Love" was one of five new entries in this week's top 10, according to chart compiler The Official UK Charts Company.
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Has Pay For Play Seen It's Day 
A very interesting story that may have lasting effects on what we hear (and more often than not, don't hear) on commercial radio. 

Reuters reports: Any effort to rewrite the latest federal rules for radio must include a broad investigation into such issues as "pay-for-play" and artist intimidation, according to music and artists' groups. 

Michael Bracey, director of government relations for the Future of Music Coalition, says his group wants the Federal Communications Commission to examine "pay-for-play and vertical integration" in the radio industry. The group opposes FCC rule changes that were enacted June 7. 

And Jay Rosenthal, co-counsel of the Recording Artists' Coalition (RAC), wants the commission to follow up on reports of artist intimidation. 

"The FCC can no longer ignore evidence of radio conglomerates using heavy-handed tactics in their relationship with recording artists," he says. 

Under attack from many quarters of the radio industry for June's rewrite of the station ownership rules, FCC chairman Michael Powell announced Aug. 20 the formation of a task force to determine how the FCC can foster more local control of radio content. 

The FCC received more than 2 million comments opposing the loosened ownership caps it passed in a June vote. The agency increased the number of cities in which a single firm can own two or more television stations, erased a rule that barred a single entity from owning a television station and a newspaper in the same community and allowed a single company to own enough television stations that reach as much as 45% of the national audience, up from 35%. 

Interest groups from both sides of the political spectrum opposed those changes, saying that loosening the ownership caps would lead to a tidal wave of media consolidation that would leave communities nationwide without locally driven programing[sic]and content. 

In addition to addressing the localism issue, Powell's new initiative also calls for the licensing of more low-power FM stations and scrutiny of voice tracking's effect on community service.- - Click Here for the Full Story

**Press Releases**
Snippets from some of the press releases that have come in over the past 24 hours

The Cure Co-Founder Goes Solo 
From Green Galactic: Lol Tolhurst, co-founder of The Cure and original percussionist for many years is set to release his new album Perfect Life on October 28th.  His new outfit is called Levinhurst and is comprised of him and Cindy Levinson. 2003 marks the 25th anniversary of The Cure and this is the first time they are eligible for the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.

Slipknot Update
From Roadrunner Records: Slipknot took a break from recording their upcoming release to stalk the red carpet at the Freddy vs. Jason movie premiere recently in Los Angeles, CA.  The band is currently in L.A. recording their next album with world-renowned producer Rick Rubin, whom they are working with for the first time.  Slipknot changed the face of hard rock music in 1999 with their self-titled debut album, and "Snap", the track featured on the Freddy vs. Jason soundtrack, is a rare track that dates from those sessions.   All of Slipknot's previous releases - the albums Slipknot (1999) and Iowa (2001), and the home videos Welcome To Our Neighborhood (1999) and Disasterpieces (2002), have achieved Platinum sales status, as well as Grammy nods in the Best Metal Category for tracks from both albums.

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