Please Keep in Mind that Today is April Fool' Day when reading some of the following stories. Yes, some of the sources for The Day in Rock have a sense of humor.
Bizkit Snub Africa
Blabbermouth reports: LIMP BIZKIT have officially cancelled their scheduled dates in South Africa and United Arab Emirates. According to the Dubai-based music web site Phride.com, "LIMP BIZKIT were supposed to arrive in Dubai [Thursday] morning [Apr. 1] but apparently DID NOT board the airplane and cancelled the show for no reason whatsoever. The cancellation came less than 48 hours before the show.
"Over 7,000 people bought the tickets to the show. [The fans in] Dubai are EXTREMELY DISAPPOINTED in LIMP BIZKIT. The thousands of people who [bought] the tickets demand an explanation from Fred Durst. If he is a man, let him contact us on the email [addressed provided on Phride.com] and explain why he cancelled the show. We will post it on our main page for the thousands of (ex)- LIMP BIZKIT fans to read."- Click Here for the Full Story
Priest Box Delayed
reports: JUDAS PRIEST's much-anticipated four-disc box set, "Metalogy" (Sony Music/Legacy Records), will arrive in the U.S. and Canada on May 11 — one week later than the originally announced May 4 release date. Europe and Australia/New Zealand will receive the set on May 10 while Japan has scheduled a release on July 22.
As previously reported, the 65-song collection comprises hits, favorites, B-sides and rarities recorded by the veteran heavy metal act between 1972 and 2002.
The box will include a full-color book with the band's discography and a biographical essay will also feature a timeline and previously unpublished photos. [see full story for track listing and more details] - Click Here for the Full Story
Ozzy Confirms Sabbath Talks
Blabbermouth reports: Ozzy Osbourne has confirmed in a radio interview that talks are underway for BLACK SABBATH to perform at this year's Ozzfest. Asked during an appearance on the nationally syndicated radio show "Rockline" Wednesday night (March 31) if there is any truth to the reports that SABBATH are in negotiations to reunite for a headlining performance at the next installment of the traveling music festival, Osbourne replied, "I believe so." Ozzy did not confirm or deny the rumor that Geezer Butler was once again a member of his solo band (as reported exclusively by BLABBERMOUTH.NET on March 30), explaining that he didn't want to say anything because he wanted to avoid getting yelled at by his wife/manager Sharon.- Click Here for the Full Story
3DD Member Acquitted
Jam! reports: The bass player for the rock group 3 Doors Down was acquitted Tuesday of a single assault charge.
Todd Harrell, 32, had been charged with hitting the husband of a newspaper carrier. The couple had accused the rocker of stealing newspapers from a vending machine outside an Escatawpa gas station on March 5.
Ronnie Boulware, 53, said Harrell kicked him in the groin and punched him. Boulware's wife, Janice, 58, is an independent carrier for the Mississippi Press.
Harrell said Boulware provoked him and he acted in self-defence. Harrell testified that Boulware cocked his fist back as if to punch him. - Click Here for the Full Story
Jam! reports: Recording giant EMI said Wednesday it is outsourcing its CD and DVD operations in Europe and the United States, cutting 1,500 jobs, and is reducing its artist roster by 20 percent.
The job cuts amount to about 20 percent of the staff in EMI Group PLC's recorded music division.
The company didn't identify which performers would be cut, but said they are "niche and underperforming artists" mainly in continental Europe.
The London-based company whose more popular artists include Norah Jones, Coldplay and Radiohead said the decisions were part of a "continuing drive to maximize efficiency and effectiveness in the changing global music marketplace." - Click Here for the Full Story
P2P Ruled Legal
Chart Attack reports: It's a decision that sure to infuriate anti-piracy activists and please piracy advocates and those naughty, naughty kids who download music for free.
Today, a [Canadian]Federal Court judge ruled that downloading and sharing files on a peer-to-peer system does not constitute copyright infringement. The ruling came after the Canadian Recording Industry Association (CRIA) sought a court order that allows them to access personal information for 29 people who were targeted for downloading and sharing hundreds of songs through peer-to-peer (P2P) networks like Kazaa. - Click Here for the Full Story
Black Crowes Reunion... of
Billboard reports: Former Black Crowes frontman Chris Robinson gets a lift from the group's one-time guitarist Audley Freed on "This Magnificent Distance," his debut for Vector Recordings. Due June 29, the set features one Robinson/Freed co-write plus several tracks featuring Freed on guitar. In addition, Freed has joined Robinson's backing band New Earth Mud, which now features bassist George Reiff, drummer Steve Distanislao and keyboardist Rob Barraco, who until recently was a member of the Dead. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story
Sonic Youth Gets Bamboozled
Billboard reports: Sonic Youth, My Morning Jacket, moe. and On The Speakers are among the bands confirmed to play the Great Bamboozle, to be held June 4-6 at the Stone Pony in Asbury Park, N.J. [see full story for more details] - Click Here for the Full Story
Vines Bomb in Chicago
Rockdirt reports: Bob Gendron of the Chicago Tribune was on hand for The Vines concert Friday (March 26) at the sold-out Vic in front of a dissatisfied audience, many of whom booed and stormed the exits before the group's brief 45-minute set came to a merciful end. Gendron writes, "From the moment he set foot onstage, vocalist Craig Nicholls sounded and acted out of sorts. Though he later played martyr by claiming he was sick and yet still chose to perform, his prima donna antics and cavalier attitude were more indicative of desperation and drunkenness. Nicholls' voice was in tatters, and his sloppy guitar playing came off like an obnoxious prank. He slurred words, intentionally sang out of tune, bleated like a sheep, laughed at himself and made up nonsensical lines. During a few songs, he failed to sing any actual lyrics. All the while, his bandmates looked on in disgust. Trying to stave off further embarrassment, the rhythm section tried to keep a steady beat and some sense of composure."- Click Here for the Full Story
John Kerry Loves Rap, Hates
Rockdirt reports: MTV News spoke with Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry and asked the part-time guitarist if there were any trends in music that have piqued his interest. "Oh sure. I follow and I'm interested," Kerry responded. "I don't always like, but I'm interested. I mean, I never was into heavy metal. I didn't really like it. I'm fascinated by rap and by hip-hop. I think there's a lot of poetry in it. There's a lot of anger, a lot of social energy in it. And I think you'd better listen to it pretty carefully, 'cause it's important. I still find the musicians of our generation are appreciated and extraordinarily relevant to most of the young people I talk to today. When I go to a Bruce Springsteen concert or when I did go to the Grateful Dead, when Jerry Garcia was still alive, or when I'd go to the Rolling Stones, for instance, it's all gens — there's a lot of people there of all generations.- Click Here for the Full Story
TSOL & Duane Peters Rock
LA For Free
Punkbands.com reports: This Sunday, APR. 4th, 6PM @ The Key Club in Hollywood, CA TSOL and Duane Peters & The Hunns will be playing a free show! Fuel TV is going to be taping a show for one of their action sports specials. This special will feature Duane Peters (pro skater, head 'Hunn') and TSOL. Where Fuel TV will be filming 'the musicians in the action sports world' performing with their heroes on stage together.
If you'd like to come down and meet us in the pit, all you have to do is RSVP at the link below, and that will put your name on a guestlist to get into the club for the show...and filming...so wear something nice for cryin' out loud!
E-Mail your RSVP here: email@example.com - Click Here for the Full Story
Amen Open Brides
Digital Noise reports: Amen have been chosen as one of the two opening bands for the upcoming Brides Of Destruction tour "Honeymoon From Hell" which begins in late April. The second band has not yet been named. [see full story for dates] - Click Here for the Full Story
Velvet Underground Expanded
MTV reports: The Velvet Underground's 1972 album, Live at Max's Kansas City, will be re-released in an expanded edition on June 8. The LP, culled from a 1970 audience recording of the Velvets' last show (until they briefly reunited in the 1990s), will feature a bonus disc of previously unreleased material. ... - Click Here for the Full Story
A Postponed Circle
MTV reports: Both A Perfect Circle and the Darkness have had North American tours temporarily derailed due to illness.
Maynard James Keenan, singer for A Perfect Circle, got sick before a Monday show in Las Vegas and was forced to postpone that gig and one on Wednesday (March 31) in Sacramento, California. [several more dates are involved, see full story for details]- Click Here for the Full Story
I Ate Your Microphone reports: Marilyn Manson have parted ways with their guitarist John 5 as they work in the studio preparing new material, some of which is tapped to appear as bonus cuts on an upcoming "best of" release due in the fall. The album is expected to include a version of Depeche Mode's 'Personal Jesus' [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story
Boy Hits Car Dropped
I Ate Your Microphone reports: Boy Hits Car have officially parted ways with their label Wind-Up Records. A statement from bassist Scott Menville on the matter and their future reads as follows:
"Many of you have been wondering and speculating and even asking so here is the official word. Boy Hits Car is no longer signed to Wind-Up Records. Label and band have parted ways. Everything is on the up-and-up with both sides wishing the other well. We are grateful for all of the cool things Wind-Up has done for us including continuing to host www.boyhitscar.com for us at this point in time.
We are now in the process of looking for a home at a new record label that holds the same vision for the band that we do. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story
I Ate Your Microphone reports: Billy Corgan of Smashing Pumpkins/Zwan fame co-wrote three of the songs tapped to appear on Breaking Benjamin's upcoming sophomore effort, "We Are Not Alone Here", due out on June 29th through Hollywood Records. Frontman Ben Burnley commented on the teaming up as follows, "It was the experience of a lifetime. He stressed 'thinking outside the box' and that's how we came up with 'Forget It', which moves up a half-step every verse and chorus. Structurally and melodically, it's very cool."- Click Here for the Full Story
MTV Signs Indies
Ananova reports: A dispute between MTV and independent record labels has ended after both parties signed up to a new deal.
The row broke out last year when the music channel's European arm attempted to get independent record companies, whose stars include Craig David, Travis and The White Stripes, to a new five-year deal.
The deal would have halved the amount independent record labels such as Telstar and Ministry of Sound receive from video rights but allowed MTV to use the material over more of its channels.
Now a deal has been struck between MTV Networks Europe and Video Performance Limited, which represents smaller labels, to show the videos.
The deal involves 167 record labels whose artists include stars such as Franz Ferdinand, Mis-Teeq, So Solid Crew, The Strokes, Basement Jaxx, Prodigy and Dizzee Rascal. - Click Here for the Full Story
Darkness Sue AC/DC
Metal Hammer reports: In a shock turn of events, Brit glam rockers The Darkness are taking AC/DC to court over alleged "riff thefts".
"They just couldn't help themselves could they?" exclaimed The Darkness' singer Justin Hawkins. "'Back In Black'? That's just 'Black Shuck' with a different title innit? As for 'Highway To Hell', well that's just 'Love Is Only A Feeling' speeded up!"
The writ was filed this morning after The Darkness successfully sued Queen on similar grounds. - Click Here for the Full Story
... Remember today's date when you read this.
Kid Rocks On
liveDaily reports: Detroit rocker Kid Rock continues to add shows to his ongoing tour in support of his self-titled, 2003 album.
The latest batch of dates to surface stretches the run into early June. Ticket pre-sales for a number of the new May and June shows take place beginning Thursday (4/1). The pre-sales are open to "premier" members of Rock's official fan club, according to his website. - Click Here for the Full Story
siN's metal news reports: For immediate release: "Initial Records annual music festival, Krazy Fest, which was slated for its seventh year this summer has been indefinitely postponed. It may be completely dead and gone forever. We don't really know for sure at this point. We're trying to save it, but it's not looking good. One thing we do know for sure is that it will not be happening May 28-30, 2004. So cancel those flights and tell your boss you will be available to work that weekend.
Perhaps Krazy Fest 7 will take place at the end of the summer or in the Fall. Maybe it ill never happen. We'll see. We'll let you know any updated information as soon as have some."- Click Here for the Full Story
Now it would suck is this was an April Fools joke and some people actually cancelled their flights.. can you say lawsuit? Speaking of April Fools, you gotta check out siN's new Emo 'pink' look and tagline 'tehSMN.com - becos my mum cuts my hair for me and im stil 19 yrz old!.'
(press release) reports: Orange County rockers Lit have put the finishing touches on their forthcoming self-titled release slated for June 22. The first single "Looks Like They Were Right" will ship to modern rock radio in early May. The first 100,000 units of Lit will include a free, limited edition DVD that features never-before-seen live footage and other exclusive material of the band.
Lit will perform at the Zoo Brew Stew show at the Zoo Amphitheater in Phoenix, AZ on April 23 and at Barracuda's in Portland, OR on May 29. A full itinerary for their summer long nationwide tour will be announced shortly. Here's the complete track listing for Lit. - Too Fast For a U-Turn- Looks Like They Were Right- Needle & Thread- Times Like This - Throwaway - Forever Begins Right Now - Moonshine - Allright- Lullaby - Hard To Find - All or Nothing- Pictures of You - Bulletproof- Click Here for the Full Story
L7 Still Shocking
(press release) reports: Jennifer Finch formerly of the controversial all-girl group L7 has once again managed to create some more hoo-ha upon retuning to the UK with new group THE SHOCKER. On March 26, 2004 at 11:30am, The band was denied entrance to the UK supposedly of some mishap with work papers. Detained for 24 grueling hours in a holding cell with other deportees and criminals awaiting removal, the group was repeatedly searched and intimately questioned before they were forced to return to Geneva. The former vocalist and bassist had not been in the UK since the 1995 fatal tour when a roadie for L7 died of a drug overdose on their tour bus and made international news when one of the L7 members chucked a tampon into the audience at the Redding Festival. Finch brought her new band to the UK with the intention of shopping for a UK label, since as she exclaims, 'most US record companies suck'. The band expects to have all paper work sorted and the tour to continue as scheduled and the search for a UK label will continue!- Click Here for the Full Story
Satriani Live.. In Stores
(press release) reports: Is There Love In Space? will be released on April 13, 2004 through Epic Records, making this Satriani's 11th solo album. With eleven new songs, Satriani expands from his usual all instrumental formula to include two vocal tracks on this album. Since the late 80's, the self-taught virtuoso has been winning over fans and musicians alike with his groundbreaking style and legendary sounds.
On the day of the album's release, Satriani will begin a trek across the U.S. making special in-store appearances including, for the first time ever, a live performance at each stop.
IN-STORE APPEARANCE WITH LIVE PERFORMANCE:
Tuesday April 13 Tower Records in Concord,
Wednesday April 14 Dimple in Sacramento, CA
Thursday April 15 Tower Sunset in Los Angeles, CA
Tuesday April 20 TBD, Chicago, IL
Saturday April 24 Looney Tunes in West Babylon, NY
- Click Here for the Full Story
Vines Open Incubus
RIFTrock reports: The Vines will be supporting Incubus on their upcoming U.S. headlining tour. [see full story for dates]- Click Here for the Full Story