Day In Rock 8/5: Pink Bomb Scare- Kid Rock Wants More Wars- Weiland Cleared For Tour- Clash Details- Social D CD- Van Zant Father Dies- Macca- Norah Jones- Dio Ripoff- Mnemic 3D- Dee Snider- SYL- Steven Tyler Solo CD- Elton- Badly Drawn Boy- Matthew Sweet- R.E.M. - Jon Spencer- Pete Doherty No Show Part II- Atreyu- Taking Back Sunday- more
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Pink Bomb Scare
MTV reports: Pink fled Prague Sunday after a bomb exploded outside the Royal Casino just hours before the singer was scheduled to perform at the venue. 

Pink had planned to vacation in the city, the capital of the Czech Republic, for a few days before traveling to Denmark for her next concert, according to The Associated Press, but changed her mind and left the city after her concert. She was reportedly staying at a hotel near the site of the explosion. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

Weiland Cleared For Tour
MTV reports: Scott Weiland got good news on Tuesday when he appeared in a Pasadena, California, court — the judge overseeing his probation from two felony charges of drug possession deemed his efforts to stay clean a success and granted the singer permission to leave the country for Velvet Revolver's European tour. 

At his probation status hearing, Weiland received a certificate from Genesis, a nearby treatment facility, for completing a six-month program there. Pasadena Superior Court Commissioner Collette Serio also noted that all of Weiland's drug tests have come out negative. While Velvet Revolver tour Europe, the singer will have to continue periodic drug testing.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

Source: MTV also has news on Dirty Movies: D12 Making Two Films, Including Horror Flick, Dave Matthews Band, Pearl Jam, Springsteen, Others Join Vote For Change Tour No New 'NSYNC Album This Year, Label Says What Tom Cruise Really Wants To Do Is — Yep — Direct Now! 16 Debuts At #1; Taking Back Sunday Take Third and more click here to check it out

Kid Rock Wants More Wars
Rockdirt reports: The New York Daily News reports Kid Rock paid homage to retired four-star Gen. Tommy Franks Tuesday night at Frank's book party on the deck of the aircraft carrier Intrepid. Kid Rock confided that once Iraq is stabilized, "we should go on to clean up the next country, and then the next one." - Click Here for the Full Story 

Source: Rockdirt also has news on Pete Doherty Explains Why He Didn't Play Gig, Pamela Anderson On Coping With Alcoholics, The Hives Perform In Hollywood, Creed Minus Scott Stapp's Debut Video 'Open Your Eyes', Puddle Of Mudd Appear On 'Daily Download' and more click here to check it out

Clash Details
Punkbands.com reports: Rolling Stone has revealed more details on the unreleased Clash material that will be included on London Calling: The 25th Anniversary Edition. Guitarist Mick Jones unearthed the material last March while rummaging through some boxes in his London home. He discovered a set of homemade recording tapes that had been missing for twenty-five years, long rumored amongst fans who dubbed them the "The Vanilla Tapes." They contain demo versions of fifteen songs that would end up on the London Calling, plus six unreleased songs, including a cover of Bob Dylan's "Man in Me." Also included are early versions of "London Calling" (with alternate lyrics) and "Death or Glory." 

The legacy edition of the album is due on September 21st. [more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

Social D CD
Punkbands.com reports: The new Social Distortion studio album now has a title and a release date. Sex, Love and Rock 'n' Roll is listed for release on Tuesday, September 28th by Time Bomb Recordings. Amazon just recently put this info online, an announcement from the band has yet to be made. Also, KROQ is beginning to play what appears to be the first single from the record, titled "Reach For The Sky." - Click Here for the Full Story 

Source: Punkbands.com also has news on Submission Hold's New Record Out On G7 This Fall, Number One Fan E-Card, New Hopesfall song, The Vandals UK Tour Announced The Used - In Stores 9/28 and more click here to check it out

Van Zant Father Dies
Pollstar reports: The Van Zant Southern rock dynasty lost its leader the evening of August 3. Lacy Van Zant, 89 succumbed to chronic pulmonary illness. 

The father of the late Ronnie Van Zant (founding member of Lynyrd Skynyrd), Johnny Van Zant of Lynyrd Skynyrd and Donnie Van Zant of 38 Special, as well as two daughters - Darlene and Marlene - Lacy was well-known as the Father of Southern Rock. 

He died peacefully at home in Jacksonville, Fla. surrounded by his family. Funeral arrangements have not been announced [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

Macca Recreates History for DVD
Sky News reports: Sir Paul McCartney has re-recorded his performance of Let It Be for a special Live Aid DVD. 

The veteran rocker's original performance was supposed to have marked the climax of the 1985 event. 

But due to a technical hitch on the day his microphone went dead. [see full story for more] - Click Here for the Full Story 

Norah Jones Reissue
Reuters reports: Jazz singer Norah Jones' current album "Feels Like Home" will be re-released Sept. 21 as a double-disc package featuring three previously unreleased songs and a DVD. 

The new songs are: the original "Moon Song," a cover of the Felice and Boudleaux Bryant country staple "Sleepless Nights," and "I Turned Your Picture to the Wall," penned by the grandfather of Jones' guitarist, Adam Levy. [see full story for more, including details on the DVD] - Click Here for the Full Story 

Dio Ripoff
BW&BK reports: DIO's tour bus was reportedly broken into on July 26th while the band was in Valencia, Spain. Two of Rudy Sarzo's basses were stolen: a four string walnut funish Peavy Cirrus and a four string burgundy finish Peavy Cirrus with the cereal number 093. Anyone with information regarding the theft is asked to call the police in Valencia at ++34 96 370 0485 or contact Niji Management under nijiwd@aol.com [see full story for current Dio dates]- Click Here for the Full Story 

Mnemic 3D
BW&BK reports: According to the official MNEMIC website, their new album, The Audio Injected Soul will feature three dimensional sound. They are reportedly the first band in the world to use a new technology called Binaural Techniques to record. Binaural recording technology differs from Mono, Stereo and Surround Sound and is most often used in video game development. The Audio Injected Soul will be released on September 27th through Nuclear Blast. [see full story for more, plus a link to a sample of the 3D sound. - Click Here for the Full Story 

Source: BW&BK also has news on VELVET REVOLVER - Matt Sorum's Debut Diary Entry, BILLY IDOL - Back For More, RUSH - Contents Under Pressure Book Released Today, NEVERMORE To Release New Album In Spring, 2005, BLINDED BY FAITH - Merch Section Now Available and more click here to check it out

Dee Snider Lands TV Gig
Blabbermouth reports: [The original Headbanger's Ball host Dee Snider has landed a new gig with VH1 Classic. Here is Blabbermouth's report]Dee Snider, known worldwide as the frontman for the telegenic '80s metal band TWISTED SISTER, is headed back to television. This time, he will be an on-air host on VH1 Classic, the channel now in 33 million homes that plays "none of today's hottest music" by artists of the '60s, '70s and '80s. [see full story for details on some of Dee's first assignments] - Click Here for the Full Story 

SYL Complete DVD
Blabbermouth reports: STRAPPING YOUNG LAD, the brainchild of Canadian musician Devin Townsend, have completed work on their live DVD, "For Those Aboot To Rock" [sic]. The disc reportedly features a full set from the band's sold-out hometown show at The Commodore Ballroom in Vancouver recorded earlier this year, plus some "hilarious" backstage antics and video clips. A late 2004 release through Century Media is expected. [see full story for new CD news]- Click Here for the Full Story 

Aboot! At least Devy has a sense of humor.

Steven Tyler Solo CD
Blabbermouth reports: Roger Friedman of FoxNews.com is reporting that AEROSMITH frontman Steven Tyler is starting work on his first individual album ever. Friedman says that lead guitarist Joe Perry, who has been with Tyler in the group for more than 30 years, wasn't happy to hear the news. "He went crazy," a source cited by Friedman revealed. [more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

Source: Blabbermouth also has news on METALLICA's LARS ULRICH Visits Denmark With New Girlfriend: Photos Available, PHILIP ANSELMO: 'Eat Pussy Until Your Jaw Breaks', RAMMSTEIN: 'Mein Teil' Single Enters German Chart At No. 2, CRYPTOPSY: New Live Video Posted Online Swedish Black Metallers SHINING Call It A Day and more click here to check it out

Elton Goes To China
ArrowFM reports: Rocker Elton John is preparing to head to the Far East in September for a series of first-ever concerts in China. The legendary piano-man is scheduled to play the Grand Stage in Shanghai on September 19th and 21st, and the Convention Center in Hong Kong on September 13th. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

Source: ArrowFM also has news on Springsteen, R.E.M. Rock Against Bush, Zep Defend Decision To Bow Out of Live Aid DVD, Wolfgang Jams With Dad Onstage, Farm Aid Pulls Into Washington Waters Campaigns To Tear Down The Wall and more click here to check it out

Badly Drawn Boy U.S. Tour
liveDaily reports: Damon Gough, the British singer/songwriter better known as Badly Drawn Boy, has unveiled plans for the first round of North American dates behind his new album, "One Plus One is One." 

"Year of the Rat," the new album's first single, is in rotation on MTV and MTV2, according to Astralwerks Records. [see full story for dates]- Click Here for the Full Story 

Double Matthew Sweet
Xfm reports: Matthew Sweet plans to issue two new CDs in the U.S. this fall. The first to drop, on Sept. 7, will be "Living Things," which was written in one evening on a ranch in Santa Ynez, CA, where Sweet was working with Pete Droge and Shawn Mollins on The Thorns' 2003 release. 

The second album, "Kimi," was released last year in Japan; it will be in U.S. stores on Oct. 19. - Click Here for the Full Story 

R.E.M. Set Release
liveDaily reports: R.E.M. will issue a new album, dubbed "Around the Sun," on Oct. 5 in the U.S., and Oct. 4 internationally. 

The set's first single is titled "Leaving New York" - Click Here for the Full Story 

Source: liveDaily also has news on 'Now 16,' Matthew Sweet, festival seating, Joe Satriani sets 'Evening With' tour to follow Deep Purple run, Fall tour dates surface for Tim McGraw, Beastie Boys confirm three new dates, liveDaily Interview: Vigilante Carlstroem of The Hives and more click here to check it out

Jon Spencer Returns
Xfm reports: The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion (now just simply: the Blues Explosion) return with a new single and album in September, and in true Spencer style, the man's still unnaturally enamoured with the blues, "I have moved Heaven and Earth to bring you people this message! These Blues are gonna kill me!" 

Blues Explosion release a new single, the double A side ‘Burn It Off' / ‘Fed Up And Low Down' on September 13 which will precede the band's new album ‘Damage' released on September 27. [see full story for more] - Click Here for the Full Story 

Doherty No Show Part II
Xfm reports: Estranged Libertine Peter Doherty has issued an apology for his Bar Fly no-show on Monday (August 2). As previously reported on Xfm Online, the singer was due to appear at London's Camden Barfly but due to an alleged altercation with security, cancelled the show at the last minute. 

"Pete Doherty would like to apologise to everyone who turned up to The Barfly in Camden last night (Monday the 2nd of August)," a statement to the NME reads, "Pete turned up at the venue at 11pm with his guitar tech and encountered problems at the door. A doorman refused to let the tech in and…a number of fans who had gathered at the entrance." ... 

Doherty was also due to appear with friend Wolfman last night (August 3) at London's Scala. However, a packed out venue were disappointed once more by the singer's no-show. Reports suggest that whilst Wolfman put a great deal into the show, his efforts seemed in vain as at times he was almost drowned out by boos and shouts for Doherty. - Click Here for the Full Story 

Source: Xfm also has news on Legendary Marquee Club Relocates Again, Stop Press: Reading Weekend Tickets Still Available, Last Minute Kasabian Gig Announced, The Beta Band Split, X-clusive: Air Whistle With Wilson and more click here to check it out

Mirror Vision World Domination?
Day in Rock reports: [An interesting submission. This is not edited, what you see is what was sent. Do with it what you will.] Rock stars are going to be putting up huge diamond visions with giant mirrors to reflect more images. It is called Mirror Vision. The huge mirrors are at 45 degree angles, and create 8 more screens. Also Mattel toys is releasing Pink Barbie Mirror Vision for little girls who like Barbie cartoon videos. Dell computers is also considering releasing Mirror Vision for there computers, the small mirrors will create more images, and will complete the screen. This is all prelimanary and I have no real link, and you should print it anyway, but you probably won't, but I thought you might like to know that I am now ruling this world with Mirrors and Mirror Vision, and Pink Barbie Mirror Vision. Have a great summer and life is awesome!!-Garry Hixon Mirror Vision Inc.- Click Here for the Full Story 

Hawthorne Heights Reach New Heights
press release reports: Hawthorne Heights released their debut album, "The Silence In Black And White" in June 2004, and since then the band has taken off - first week's sales were Victory's highest selling debut album, with 3,789. Since then, sales have been in the 2,500 per week range - this week sales rise to 4086, a 61% jump in one week! Total sales top 40,000 units.- Click Here for the Full Story 

Atreyu Selling Strong
press release reports: Atreyu continue to sell strongly, with 8,702 units this week and a total of 81,206 copies of "The Curse" sold in 5 weeks! The band is rocking the second stage of Ozzfest for the rest of the summer - a headlining tour is coming together for the fall now, with Bleeding Through and Silverstein in support. - Click Here for the Full Story 

Taking Back Sunday Take It To The Top 5
press release reports: Independent record company Victory Records is proud to announce that Taking Back Sunday's sophomore release, "Where You Want To Be" has debuted at #3 on Billboard's Top 200, with total sales of 164,088! THE ALBUM HAS ALREADY SHIPPED GOLD. IT IS THE NUMBER ONE ROCK ALBUM IN THE COUNTRY.- Click Here for the Full Story 

Eleni Mandell Planning Tour
press release reports: Eleni Mandell, whose fifth full-length album Afternoon has shipped on the indie Zedtone label, is setting sights on fall tour residencies in the East Coast and the South to help bring awareness of her new album. For the Southern residency, Eleni will be based in Atlanta with stops in Nashville, Athens, New Orleans and more. Dates and details will be announced shortly. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

Nancy Sinatra Gets A Little Help From Her Friends
press release reports: Nancy Sinatra collaborates with a series of talented performers to create her forthcoming self-titled album, NANCY SINATRA, which pairs the music icon with an eclectic group of artists who admire, or feel they were influenced by, her work. 

The first single "Let Me Kiss You," a Morrissey penned tune, is scheduled for a September 2004 worldwide release on the ATTACK label, through Sanctuary Records. This single marks the first joint effort for Nancy and Morrissey, who are friends and mutual fans. Nancy's sensitive interpretation blends beautifully with Morrissey's haunting backing vocals. [The album is set for release on September 28th, other contributions include Jon Spencer, U2's Bono and The Edge, Pete Yorn, Thurston Moore of Sonic Youth and more. see full story for lots more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

15-Year-Old Guitar Virtuoso Recognized
Day in Rock reports: [Normally, we wouldn't run a story of this type, however after having a listen to the young man's playing an exception was made. Thanks to his very proud mother (a Day in Rock newsletter subscriber) for sending the info over because this story shows that there is hope for the next generation of guitar heroes!] A few short weeks after waiting for hours for an audition for his band to land the coveted Ozzfest slot and not being heard because he and his bandmates were 'too young', 15-year-old Ct. guitarist Anthony Lawrence has received recognition from his peers. The online musician community Rock House has named Anthony member of the month and is running a special showcase profile on him. Click the full story link to check out the special, learn more about this guitar hero of the future and better yet, check out a sample of his playing, which should turn any guitar hero seekers head! - Click Here for the Full Story