Day In Rock 12/01: Bizkit Fight Club- Crow Stalker Freed- Ozzy Facelift- NIN Booking?- Metallica Monster Bonus- Bach Covers Maiden- PopPunk RIP?- Duran Duran Illness- Beatles Love Children- The End / Dead To Fall- Nehemiah- Copyrights 101- John Peel- Stray Cats- Idlewild- Busted Sick of Boobs- Elton- Better Than Ezra- American Hi-Fi- Murder Weapon- Sheer Terror- CoF- more
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Bizkit Fight Club
MTV reports: Even though he's been holed up recording the new Limp Bizkit album, you can still catch Fred Durst putting the boots to haters in the new video game "Fight Club," out this week. Durst appears as an unlockable character in the game, which is based on his favorite film and available for Xbox, Gamecube and PlayStation2.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

While it would be cool to beat up Durst, having him in 'Fight Club' doesn't sound that cool. 

Ashlee Tour
MTV reports: Following her "Saturday Night Live" lip-synching snafu, Ashlee Simpson insisted that anyone who had doubts about her ability to sing live should come see her in concert, and now they'll have the chance to do just that. 

The youngest Simpson is embarking on a tour early next year, her record label announced Tuesday (November 30). Over two dozen dates have already been confirmed, starting February 2 in Houston and running through March 26 in Norfolk, Virginia. [see full story for more, including dates]- Click Here for the Full Story 

The report did not state if the tour has a name, might we suggest 'Almost Live'?

Source: MTV also has news on Eminem 'Went Crazy' With Tupac's A Cappellas For Loyal To The Game, New Releases: Kelly Clarkson, Nas, Jay-Z/ Linkin Park, T.I. & More, Rewind: 'Ocean's Twelve' Cast, You're No Rat Pack, Mos Def To Spend December On The Road And The Big Screen, Death Cab For Cutie Play Doctor In New Video and more click here to check it out

Crow Stalker Freed
AP reports: A love-struck fan who ardently pursued singer Sheryl Crow for 15 months was acquitted Tuesday of stalking her. A jury deliberated about three hours before finding Ambrose Kappos, 38, not guilty of burglary and stalking charges. He faced up to seven years in prison if convicted. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 
Silly News: Ozzy Facelift
Blabbermouth reports: ABC ePrep reports: Has Ozzy Osbourne had a facelift? That's one of the questions that editors at Star magazine ponder in this week's issue. In a section called "Knifestyles of the Rich & Famous," the magazine shows photos of a tired, bloated Ozzy, from 2000, and a newer, "sexy" Ozzy. Dr. Wallace Goodstein, an L.A.-based plastic surgeon, says, "He looks like he's had his cheeks lifted." [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

Sexy Ozzy?

NIN Booking?
Blabbermouth reports: According to a posting at The NIN Hotline, NINE INCH NAILS are rumored to be taking part in the upcoming Coachella Festival, set to take place April 30-May 1, 2005 in Indio, California. Other artists believed to be taking part in the two-day event include DAVID BOWIE, PJ HARVEY and R.E.M.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 
Metallica Monster DVD Bonus
Blabbermouth reports: More details have been revealed about the upcoming DVD release of the METALLICA documentary "Metallica: Some Kind Of Monster". Among the more than seven hours of bonus features on the disc are 28 additional scenes, including footage of METALLICA's collaboration with hip hop artist JA RULE and live scenes from the Fillmore shows; festivals and premieres including the Sundance festival and Metclub screenings; an "alternate cut" of the meeting between METALLICA drummer Lars Ulrich and MEGADETH mainman Dave Mustaine and the Raiders show in January 2003. [see full story for more, including full listing of bonus material!]- Click Here for the Full Story 
Bach Covers Maiden
Blabbermouth reports: SEVERED HAND, the New Jersey-based band featuring drummer Paris Bierk (son of former SKID ROW singer Sebastian Bach), will perform at Stockton College in Pomona, NJ on Thursday, December 9. SEVERED HAND are said to "play a style of classic death metal with some IRON MAIDEN and early METALLICA influence." The band will start their set playing some of their originals before introducing singer Walter Figueroa (of the group IMPRECARI). With Walter on the mic, the band will cover IRON MAIDEN's classic "Number of the Beast" album in its entirety.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

Source: Blabbermouth also has news on RAMONES: DVD Signing Session In New Jersey Scheduled, MOTLEY CRUE Press Conference To Be Held In Front Of Hollywood's Whisky Club, CRADLE OF FILTH: TV Report On Neck-Breaking Incident Posted Online, TESTAMENT: 1999 'Bootleg' Live DVD Now Available, ENTOMBED Confirmed For Germany's PARTY.SAN OPEN AIR Festival and more click here to check it out

PopPunk RIP?
New York Daily News reports: Is punk-pop pooped out? It looks that way. Four of the genre's former best-selling bands are falling down the charts. 

Jimmy Eat World, the Used, Sum 41 and Good Charlotte � which all broke through or sold well with their last CDs � have seen their followups flag faster than they can change chords. 

The result not only suggests the waning of this speedy and tuneful style. It points up the weakening power of rock radio to break albums without major help from a pop crossover. 

Some of the groups have enjoyed major support frommodern-rock or mainstream-rock stations � to little avail. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

Duran Duran Illness
NMC reports: Duran Duran's Andy Taylor spent a week at home in bed last month recuperating from exhaustion. Unfortunately, Taylor has become ill again, and doctors are ordering rest for the Duran Duran guitarist. This means Taylor won't be joining the band for its holiday radio show performances in December. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 
Beatles Love Children
Aversion reports: There may be more little Beatles around Northern England than we knew. 

A BBC5 documentary alleges that The Beatles fathered children to prostitutes while living in Liverpool. The alleged paternity stems from charges from the band's publicist from 1963 to 1966, Tony Barrow, that the band's manager, Brian Epstein provided the act with call-girls before their high-profile marraiges. Some of the Fab Four's sex partners became pregnant and, according to Barrow, were paid off by Epstein to keep things quiet. - Click Here for the Full Story 

Source: Aversion also has news on New Coldplay in Spring, U.S. Bombs' Peters Becomes a Daddy, Glassjaw Announces Temporary Lineup, Sub City, Take Action Recruit Volunteers, Ordinary Boys Lose Drummer and more click here to check it out

The End / Dead To Fall Tour
The PRP reports: The End and Dead To Fall will be touring together next year, here's the schedule:
January 24th Port Huron, MI - Noruh Grotto
January 26th Arlington Heights, IL - Knights of Columbus Hall
January 27th Cleveland, OH - Pirate's Cove
January 28th Wallingford, CT - Wallingford American Legion Hall
[see full story for more dates]- Click Here for the Full Story 
Nehemiah Lose 3
Lambgoat reports: Minneapolis band Nehemiah has lost three original members. Details behind the split haven't been disclosed, but Chad Fjerstad (bassist), Steve Klingler (drummer), and Braden Wise (co-vocalist) have all left the group. The current lineup will play one final show together in January in conjunction with the release of their new EP, "Lenore."[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 
Copyrights 101
BBC reports: Lessons on music piracy and copyright issues are to be taught to secondary school pupils in the UK. 

The lessons, aimed at 11 to 14-year-olds, will introduce them to copyright infringement - including downloading from the internet and the illegal copying of CDs - and its role in protecting creativity. 

Music piracy, including illegally swapping music online, costs the UK music industry millions every year and has been blamed for a decline in world-wide CD sales. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

John Peel Bio
BBC reports: John Peel's widow and children are to finish writing the DJ's life story after he left an uncompleted autobiography when he died. 

The late radio legend wrote more than 50,000 words before suffering a heart attack in Peru in October. 

His wife Sheila and their four children will add "biographical material and personal reminiscences" to the book, to be published in October 2005. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

Stray Cats Still Rock
AP reports: The Stray Cats � a band that was new wave and punk and rockabilly rolled into one � had its heydey in the early '80s. But two decades on, it's clear the Cats, which was famous for its repeated dissolutions and reformations, still has the fire and drive of three skinny kids from Long Island trying to make it big in Britain. 

Brian Setzer, Slim Jim Phantom and Lee Rocker are at their peak on this DVD, "Rumble in Brixton," the final show of the band's 2004 European summer tour, and it's evident from the crowd that rumble in Brixton they did � with scorching intensity. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

Idlewild Set Release
DiS reports: Everyone's favourite Scotsmen Idlewild have revealed more details about their forthcoming album #4. 

Scheduled for release on 7th March the follow-up to 2002's The Remote Part is to be called Warnings/Promises. That's all the information we have at the mo', but in his most recent diary entry on the band's official site, frontman Roddy Woomble has described it as 'ragged' and 'noisy', so chances are it's going to be monumental![see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

Source: Dis also has news on TOTP moves to Sunday on BBC2?, Cooper Temple Clause: End of Year Tour, Gold Blade: gigs, lots of, LONDON! The DiS winter warmer BBQ 2004, Ricky does Amsterdam: Split Single & Tour and more click here to check it out

Silly News: Busted Sick of Boobs
Ananova reports: Busted have admitted they are sick of the sight of fans boobs. 

Matt Jay, Charlie Simpson and James Bourne have complained that their legions of female followers can't stop showing their appreciation by flashing their breasts reports The Sun. 

Matt said: "I never knew I'd see so many boobs. At first I was shocked but now it's just like 'Oh look, there's another pair of breasts.' [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

Read whatever you like into that. 

Elton Wants Scissor Sisters
Ananova reports: Sir Elton John has asked the Scissor Sisters to write a song for his forthcoming musical based on the Billy Elliot film. 

The singer has previously admitted he is desperate to work with the New York band reports Femalefirst.co.uk. 

And now he's in charge of the music for the UK stage adaptation of the ballet dancing movie, he wants their help. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

Source: Ananova also has news on Band Aid sells over 72,000 on its first day, The Thrills in demand, Music is better than sex says Tommy Lee, Coldplay announce album release date, Babyshambles forced to stop show and more click here to check it out

Better Than Ezra Ink New Deal
liveDaily reports: Better Than Ezra has signed with Artemis Records, and will release an album of all-new material in the spring of 2005. - Click Here for the Full Story 
American Hi-Fi Hit the Road
liveDaily reports: American Hi-Fi has nailed down a March 2005 street date for its next album, and will pass the time before the set is released by tackling a busy tour schedule that includes shows with Butch Walker and Bowling for Soup. 

The group kicks things off Saturday (12/4) in Raleigh, NC, and will be on the road for a string of co-headlining dates with Walker through Dec. 20. A holiday break follows before the quartet returns to the road in early 2005 for a stretch of January and February shows with Bowling for Soup. 

The roadwork leads up to the March release of "Hearts on Parade," American Hi-Fi's third album, and its first for Maverick Records, with whom the group signed after parting with Island/Def Jam. [see full story for more, including dates]- Click Here for the Full Story 

Source: liveDaily also has news on Briefly: Ruben Studdard, Santana, Franz Ferdinand, G. Love & Special Sauce continue to 'Hustle' during winter tour, Gomez crosses the pond for 10 U.S. shows, Sting to tour North America next spring, George Strait again taps Dierks Bentley as tour opener and more click here to check it out

Murder Weapon Split
press release reports: Murder Weapon has officially decided to disband. This has left everyone at Martyr heartbroken, as for the past 2 years Murder Weapon has been a big part of our family. The guys will be playing one final show in Richmond on Dec. 26th. Below is the official statement about the break up from Scott. 

"It's true. Murder Weapon has decided to call it quits. We've had a great time doing the band, but like they say, all good things must come to an end. There's no 'bad blood' (pardon the pun) between any of the band members. We all are still friends. All of us have a lot of responsibilities (work, school, etc.) outside of Murder Weapon, which essentially led to the break up. We regret not touring as much and not getting a chance to record our new material, but that's how it goes. Our last show is in Richmond on Dec 26th. Come out if you can. It's been real. Thanks to all our friends, Steve at Martyr, all the bands that helped us out along the way. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

Sheer Terror Final Vinyl
press release reports: October 9th & 10th marked the final time Sheer Terror will grace the stage. In coordination with the Thorp Records CD/DVD release of these shows, Martyr will be releasing a limited edition vinyl release documenting these 2 shows. The yet to be titled release will surface in early 2005. More information & MP3s will be available soon.- Click Here for the Full Story 
CoF Reissue Bonuses
press release reports: Controversial Black Metallers Cradle Of Filth are preparing to release an expanded special edition of their Roadrunner Records debut, NYMPHETAMINE on March 1st. The package, which will include new and expanded artwork, will feature a second disc containing 2 new tracks, 3 cover tunes, plus two remixes, one of the album's title track along with the video for the track as an enhanced element. 

Included among the covers is a remake of committed Christian, Sir Cliff Richard's 1976 hit "Devil Woman" with guest vocals by the infamous King Diamond. The band will be creating an animated video for the track based upon the characters created in the Dominator animated movie and comic series (to which lead singer Dani Filth offers his vocal talents). Also included are covers of Ozzy Osbourne's "Mr. Crowley" and "Bestial Lust" from black metal godfathers, Bathory. The two new tracks, recorded in early October specifically for this collection, are entitled "Prey" and "Soft White Throat". Rounding out the collection is a remix of "Nymphetamine" featuring band vocalist Sarah Jezebel Diva ; the original version which featured vocals from Liv Kristine Espenaes of Leaves' Eyes and a remix of "Filthy Little Secret" by Rob Caggiano.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

Alexisonfire HBB debut
press release reports: Alexisonfire's new video for "Accidents" will be premiering on MTV2's Headbangers Ball this Saturday, December 4th at 10:00pm. 

Make sure to tune in and watch the show, then e-mail [email protected] and let them know how much you like the video! [see full story for more info on the show]- Click Here for the Full Story 

Kasabian Plot US Invasion
press release reports: Armed with Top 10 singles, a gold-certified self-titled UK debut that's sold over 200,000 copies (100,000 in the first two weeks alone) and sell-out shows all over England, Kasabian have now set their sights on the US. 

The group will embark on two major tours next Spring coinciding with the release of their album Kasabian on March 8, 2005 here in the States. A month-long national trek supporting The Music is set to kick-off mid-February in NYC and will take Kasabian through cities including Detroit, Chicago, Boston, San Francisco and Los Angeles before winding down in Austin for SXSW. The group will return with Black Rebel Motorcycle Club in May for another run of US tour dates. Kasabian recently rocked NYC's Bowery Ballroom with a sold-out show-their first performance ever in the US-on November 18. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

Clapton and Robert J
press release reports: Earlier this year, Eric Clapton released an album he has spent his whole musical life leading up to: "Me and Mr Johnson." Playing the songs of bluesman Robert Johnson, Clapton was able to fully express his lifelong love of Johnson's incredible music. But like with many things -- once you start them -- he found out he wasn't finished. 

On "Sessions for Robert J," a DVD/CD release coming out December 7th on Duck/Reprise Records, Eric Clapton ups the ante even more, featuring live recordings done in 2004 in four different settings. They capture all the excitement of Clapton's love for one of the blues' greatest artists. On both DVD and CD, this is a unique collection for the ages. 

The DVD, featuring 19 songs written by Robert Johnson, was filmed in rehearsal studios in England and Texas, as well as 508 Park Ave. in Dallas, where Robert Johnson actually recorded in 1937, and ends in a hotel room in Santa Monica, California. The studio tapings feature Clapton's full band, while the Park Ave. songs are performed by Clapton and guitarist Doyle Bramhall II, and the California segment is Clapton performing alone. 

The DVD also includes exclusive interview segments and other rare footage of Clapton and his musicians rehearsing.[see full story to check out a video preview]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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