Day In Rock 4/12: Datsuns Singer Hospitalized- Andre To Quit OutKast?- Labels Hiking Prices- Izzy n' NY Dolls- Courtney Face-lift Suit- Stratovarius Leader Hospitalized- Homme Claims K.O.- Iced Earth - Motley Plea- Anthrax- Killswitch- SJR Only True Metal?- Orgy- Siouxsie- Primus- At The Drive-In - more
by Keavin Wiggins
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Datsuns Singer Hospitalized
NME reports: THE DATSUNS' singer DOLF DE DATSUN has been hospitalised during the video shoot for the band's new single 'BLACKEN MY THUMB'. 

The band have been shooting a video for the clip, which is the first to be taken from their highly anticipated second album 'Outta Sight / Outta Mind', released on June 7. 

A spokesperson for the band told NME.COM the singer fell during filming, split his head, and has had to have stitches. 

She said: "There was blood everywhere. It was like a zombie movie or something!" - Click Here for the Full Story 

Source: NME also has news on The Libertines, Franz Ferdinand, McFly, The Vines, Blur and more click here to check it out

Andre To Quit OutKast?
Net Music Countdown reports: Outkast's Andre 3000 says that once he's completed the two records left on his contract with Big Boi, he's outta there. The rapper says that he wants to commit himself fully to acting, and then after that, move on to something else. - Click Here for the Full Story 

Source: Net Music Countdown also has news on Jay-Z, Jack White, Nickelback and 3 Doors Down plus more click here to check it out

Labels Hiking Prices
MTV reports: The Wall Street Journal reported Wednesday that the major music labels are looking for ways to increase the prices of legitimate digital-download services, from 99 cents per song up to $1.49 or even $2.49 per song. WSJ also found that despite being freed of manufacturing and distribution costs, albums such as those recently released by N.E.R.D., Bob Dylan and Shakira actually cost more to download ($14.99 at iTunes) than to buy as a CD in stores ($13.49 at Amazon.com). - Click Here for the Full Story 

Source: MTV also has news on Outkast, Avril, Usher, Tool and more click here to check it out

Homme Claims K.O.
Rockdirt reports: Queens of the Stone Age frontman Josh Homme insisted to The New York Post he was the victor in his buzzed-about bar brawl in the East Village the other night, despite his publicist's confirmation that he was "hurt" during the brawl at Niagara. "The guy was talking sh** to my girlfriend and her friend, so I asked him to leave. When he didn't, I knocked him out," Homme said. As for claims of his injuries, Homme scoffed, "Look at me, I don't have a scratch on me. Clear my dirty name!" - Click Here for the Full Story 

Courtney Face-lift Suit
Rockdirt reports: Courtney Love wound up in court for refusing to face up to a bill for a face-lift-like procedure. "Courtney had a 'Diamond Dermabrasion' face-lift to try to get rid of sun damage as well as drug and alcohol damage to her skin," an insider explained. "Diamond Dermabrasion is an ingenious treatment using diamond-shaped crystals. It's a combination of scraping and suction that Courtney's beauty therapist, Regina Knobel, described as 'sandblasting the skin.' Courtney said she loved the way she looked afterward but blew off paying Knobel her fees. Knobel's office tried repeatedly to collect $3,304 from Courtney but she ignored the statements as well as the calls from the collection agency. So as a final resort, Knobel decided to file a lawsuit in small claims court and won fees plus court costs."- Click Here for the Full Story 

Source: Rockdirt also has news on Anthrax, Gwen Stefani, Fred Durst, Josh Homme, Nirvana Interviews click here to check it out

Stratovarius Leader Hospitalized
Blabbermouth reports: STRATOVARIUS webmaster Fred Derf has posted the following message on the band's official web site:

"Unfortunately I have received news that Timo Tolkki was hospitalized on April 10th due to suicidal feelings and chronic depression.

"He is currently being treated in Mehiläinen, a private hospital in Helsinki, Finland.

"If anyone wants to send recovery wishes to Timo, you can send them directly to timorecovery@stratovarius.com ...All the recovery wishes will be delivered to Timo to the hospital." - Click Here for the Full Story 

Iced Earth Unearthed
Blabbermouth reports: Former ICED EARTH members Gene Adam (vocals), Dave Abell (bass), and Mark Prator (drums), along with Bill Owen (guitar) of the pre-ICED EARTH band PURGATORY, have formed a brand-new project tentatively dubbed UNEARTHED. The group have just completed a two-song demo containing the tracks "Fire In the Sky" and "Unearthed" and are preparing to begin shopping around for a record deal.

Commented Gene in a posting to the ICED EARTH fan site Iced-Realm.de: "The band is called UNEARTHED because me, Dave and Bill have been away from this whole scene for so long. Well now we have resurfaced, like being unearthed. Also this name ties in with the concept of our songs."

Although Mark played drums on the group's demo, UNEARTHED will likely utilize a different drummer during the band's upcoming live appearances. - Click Here for the Full Story 

Source: Blabbermouth also has news on Evergrey, Steel Prophet, Bill Ward, Gene Simmons, Josh Homme and more click here to check it out

Living Things Brides
BW&BK reports: According to a posting in the Diary section of MÖTLEY CRÜE's website, bassist Nkki Sixx has revealed that LIVING THINGS will also open up for the BRIDES OF DESTRUCTION. AMEN were confirmed as openers last week.- Click Here for the Full Story 

Izzy n' NY Dolls
BW&BK reports: THE NEW YORK DOLLS are going to reunite at MORRISSEY's request.

The group, which in the early-to-mid 1970s combined glam looks with proto-punk attack, has accepted an invitation to perform in June at London's Meltdown festival after an invitation from the event's artistic director for this year, legendary British singer Morrissey.

Johansen will be joined by original rhythm guitarist Sylvain Sylvain and bassist Arthur Kane, as well as former GUNS N' ROSES guitarist Izzy Stradlin (standing in for the deceased Johnny Thunders) and LIBERTINES drummer Gary Powell (assuming a similar role for the late Jerry Nolan). Hill hinted at the possibility that other guests might join the band, including Chrissy Hynde and members of PRIMAL SCRREAM. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

Source: BW&BK also has news on Primal Fear, Vince Neil, God Among Insects, Bill Ward, Gene Simmons and more click here to check it out

Motley Plea
AP reports: A day after a misdemeanor battery case against him was dismissed in California, former Motley Crue frontman Vince Neil pleaded no contest to battery on a Moonlite BunnyRanch prostitute. 

The 43-year-old singer declined to comment when the judge asked whether he had anything to say. 

"We wanted to resolve this as quickly as possible," attorney Scott Freeman said after the brief hearing Thursday in Dayton Justice Court, 12 miles east of Carson City. "Mr. Neil personally appeared out of respect for this court and this county. Now he's moving on." 

Prostitute Andrea "TrixXxie Blue" Terry said Neil choked her and threw her against a wall when the two met at the Mound House brothel where Neil stopped July 10, 2003, after a concert in Reno. - Click Here for the Full Story 

In Stores
RIFTrock reports: The following new releases will be hitting stores on Tuesday, March 13th:

Name Taken, "Hold On"
Autopilot Off, "Make A Sound"
Satyricon, "Volcano"
Sugarcult, "Palm Trees and Powerlines"
Crossfade, "Crossfade"
- Click Here for the Full Story 

Source: RIFTrock also has news on Tiger Army, Vader, Cannibal Corpse, Every Time I Die and more click here to check it out

Vera Anthrax
siN's metal news reports: ARMORED SAINT/FATES WARNING bassist Joey Vera will be going on tour with ANTHRAX filling in for the recently departed Frank Bello. The band has asked Joey to do their upcoming tour of Japan and Australia, which they have had booked for some time. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

Killswitch Preview
siN's metal news reports: For those of you keen on hearing some new KILLSWITCH ENGAGE, the band's entire album has been put online for previewing. The E-Card for 'The End of Heartache', due out May 11th, is available for download here.- Click Here for the Full Story 

SJR Only True Metal?
siN's metal news reports: A recent attendee to a SUPERJOINT RITUAL show last night in Sprinfield, MO has reported that frontman Philip Anselmo has been saying on stage that BLACK SABBATH will in fact be playing this years OZZFEST 2004, but not to worry as "We'll [SUPERJOINT RITUAL] be the only band this year bringing you true heavy f*cking metal". - Click Here for the Full Story 

Source: siN's metal news also has news on Philip Anselmo, Zakk Wylde, Nightwish, Dry Cell and more click here to check it out

Orgy Tour
Pollstar reports: Self-described "death-pop" outfit Orgy has returned with Punk Statik Paranoia, their first album in four years, and they're setting out to pulverize the planet. 

Their new U.S. tour kicks off with a week of Texas shows, beginning in San Antonio April 20. Kidneythieves, Classic Case, and Godhead will share support duties on the trek, which wraps June 4 in West Hollywood. [see full story for more info and dates]- Click Here for the Full Story 

Pollstar reports: Original punk rock queen Siouxsie Sioux has announced new dates for a string of performances during which she'll play two hours' worth of material spanning her vast 25-year catalog with the Banshees and the Creatures. 

"An Evening With Siouxsie: Creatures & Banshees" was originally scheduled for late spring, but had to be postponed due to complications following Siouxsie's sinus surgery. 

The tour now begins at House of Blues in Chicago September 2 [see full story for more info and dates]- Click Here for the Full Story 

Source: Pollstar also has news on TV On The Radio, Bonnie "Prince" Billy, Twista and more click here to check it out

CD Sales Up
Jam! reports: Online file-sharing and other digital piracy persist, but a gradual turnaround in U.S. music sales that began last fall picked up in the first quarter of this year, resulting in the industry's best domestic sales in years. 

Overall U.S. music sales -- CDs, legal downloads, DVDs -- rose 9.1 percent in the first three months of the year over the same period in 2003, according to Nielsen SoundScan. - Click Here for the Full Story 

Source: Jam! also has news on Rufus Wainwright, Bowie, George Clinton and more click here to check it out

Primus Tour
I Ate Your Microphone reports: Primus have confirmed the first dates of their summer tour 2004, with more to be announced soon: 

June 8 Minneapolis, Minnesota Orpheum Theatre 
June 11 Columbus, Ohio Promowest Pavilion 
June 15 Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Chevrolet Amphitheatre at Station Square 
June 16 Philadelpia, Pennsylvania Festival Pier 
- Click Here for the Full Story 

At The Drive-In
I Ate Your Microphone reports: Fearless Records will soon put an enhanced CD anthology for deceased At The Drive-in containing "greatest hits, exclusive unreleased tracks, rare b-sides, covers, videos, and exclusive live footage from one of indie rocks' most influential music groups." 

As well as this new compilation, "Relationships of Command" and "Acrobatic Tenement" will be reissued on the label. - Click Here for the Full Story 

Source: I Ate Your Microphone also has news on Megadeth, Killswitch Engage, Cannibal Corpse, The Rabbit and more click here to check it out

Foo Fighters Replace GNR
liveDaily reports: Foo Fighters have signed on to take the place of Guns N' Roses at Lisbon's Rock in Rio festival on May 30. 

GN'R announced last month that it was backing out of its scheduled appearance at the event due to the departure of guitarist Buckethead. - Click Here for the Full Story 

Mandy Moore Teams With Stipe
liveDaily reports: Mandy Moore and R.E.M. frontman Michael Stipe have collaborated on a cover of The Beach Boys' "God Only Knows." 

The song will appear in the upcoming movie "Saved," which stars Moore and was co-produced by Stipe. The movie hits theaters on May 28.- Click Here for the Full Story 

Source: liveDaily also has news on Johnathan Rice, John Hiatt, Van Halen and Todd Rundgren. click here to check it out

J.J. Cale Returns
press release reports: To Tulsa And Back is J.J. Cale's first new studio album since 1996's Guitar Man. But as he says, "It doesn't seem that long." You just can't rush the good things in life and that includes Cale, who, for his Sanctuary Records debut, went back to his hometown of Tulsa to record. 

Set for a street date of June 8, the album is at once different than albums before it while reassuringly retaining the trademark sound that has made Cale an American music legend for more than 30 years. Cale is best known for his compositions -- some of them hits for Eric Clapton and others for himself -- including "After Midnight," "Cocaine," "Call Me The Breeze," and "Crazy Mama." His songs have been covered by everyone from Lynyrd Skynyrd, Deep Purple, the Allman Brothers Band, Johnny Cash, The Band and Santana to Captain Beefheart and Bryan Ferry. Beyond the songs, his style profoundly influenced Dire Straits, Clapton and many others. 

Fittingly, the album will be released right in the eye of Eric Clapton's Crossroads Guitar Festival which will take place June 4-6 in Dallas. Cale will perform at the festival alongside B.B. King, Joe Walsh, Brian May, Robert Cray, Jimmie Vaughan, Robert Randolph, Steve Vai, Buddy Guy and, of course, Clapton himself.- Click Here for the Full Story