Day In Rock 12/03: Amy Lee Vs Velvet Revolver- Jacko Bloodbath- FBI Question Goldfinger Singer- Nugent & Keith Tour?- Motley Confusion- HIM Voiceless- Slayer Dis Machine Head- Sum 41 Free Shoes- VH1 Train Wreck- Humble Bob- Kevin Coyne RIP- Rollins: The New Ebert- Gimme Gimmes- Satanic Surfers- Yellowcard- Candlemass- Rock Camp- Coldplay Cold Mountain- Nirvana Sets Record- more
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Amy Lee Vs Velvet Revolver
Blabbermouth reports: EVANESCENCE frontwoman Amy Lee recently spoke to Kerrang! magazine about her band's massive success and the possibility of a solo career at some point down the line. Several excerpts from the interview follow: 

Kerrang!: Have you become cynical about your peers? 

Amy Lee: "No way, but theres just so many new bands out there and I'm not motivated to see a single damn one, and a lot of the bands worth listening to are old and tired now. VELVET REVOLVER...I haven't seen them play live yet but that album really bores me! Maybe there's one song that's cool, but to me it's just not worth building a supergroup around." [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

Maybe Amy should catch them to find out what real live guitars sound like.

Nugent & Keith Tour?
Blabbermouth reports: Billboard.com is reporting that Ted Nugent will join country star Toby Keith for about 20 arena dates in the first quarter of 2005. The pair first worked together on a USO tour last summer, according to Keith's manager, T.K. Kimbrell. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 
Motley Confusion
Blabbermouth reports: MÖTLEY CRÜE will apparently be staging a live performance at The Palladium in Hollywood, CA on Monday, December 6 following their press conference to announce a reunion tour by the group's original lineup, according to MajorRockEvent.com, a web site that appears to have been registered by the CRÜE's parent record company, Universal Music. 

Earlier today, MÖTLEY CRÜE's manager at Tenth Street Entertainment told Billboard.com that talk that the group will be announcing a tour Monday (Dec. 6) at a press event on Sunset Blvd. in Hollywood, Calif., is premature. 

"Anyone showing up at the Whisky on Monday will be with a bunch of other people holding a seance trying to will this thing to happen," MÖTLEY CRÜE manager Allen Kovac told Billboard.com. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

H.I.M. Voiceless, Postpone Shows
Blabbermouth reports: Finnish goth-metallers H.I.M. have been forced to postponed their San Francisco and Los Angeles dates after singer Ville Valo was diagnosed with "acute laryngitis," according to a posting on the group's web site. "The symptons started already in Las Vegas and got really bad in San Diego," the posting adds. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 
Slayer Dis Machine Head
Blabbermouth reports: MACHINE HEAD frontman Robert Flynn has posted another installement in his online "diary" at the group's official web site. An excerpt from the entry follows: 

"Played in Paris with SLIPKNOT and SLAYER. MASTODON opened the show, which was really cool..... 

"Spoke with both Tom [Araya] and Jeff [Hanneman] for a while. Both were way cool as usual. Adam [Duce, MACHINE HEAD bassist] and I went into SLAYER's dressing room to talk with Kerry [King], who I hadn't seen or spoken to since our little spat began 2½ years ago... "At this point I decided, 'Hey, I'm gonna try and squash this thing officially, 'bring it up,' and kinda break the ice. So I went up to him a second time, extended my hand to shake and said, 'Hey man, so are we officially done?' He didn't shake my hand, just kinda knocked it, and replied sarcastically, 'Done with what?' I said, 'Done with our little spat,' he said, 'It was never a spat with me,' I said, 'Then shake my hand, and call it a day,' he gave me a smarmy look and said, 'No.…' I said, 'You're not gonna shake my hand?', he pursed his lips, shook his head and said, '...No.' I just stood there for a few seconds, kinda like... what? I took a deep breath, exhaled, and was like 'Alright man, whatever...' I wished him safe travels, he said, 'Thanks...' I left the room. 

[see full story for a lot more and to fill in the ... blanks]- Click Here for the Full Story 

Source: Blabbermouth also has news on PROJECT: FAILING FLESH's KEVIN Comments On Recording Sessions With DECEASED, CURSED To Embark On European Tour, THE PROVENANCE: New Song Available For Download, MARDUK Guitarist Says He Finds Churches 'Fascinating', AMEN: CASEY CHAOS Box Set Available For Pre-Order and more click here to check it out

Jacko Bloodbath Averted
BBC reports: A performance artist has been arrested in Germany after trying to spray blood on a sculpture of Michael Jackson. Istvan Kantor tried to squeeze a capsule of blood onto Jeff Koons' Michael Jackson and Bubbles sculpture at Berlin's Hamburger Bahnhof gallery. 

But Kantor was apprehended by gallery attendants and only managed to spray blood onto an empty gallery wall. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

FBI Question Goldfinger Singer
MuchMusic reports: Goldfinger frontman John Feldman recently had a little run-in with the FBI because of his affiliation with the animal rights group the Animal Liberation Front. Feldman is a huge supporter of animal rights and protests anytime and anywhere he gets a chance, but this time he got a little more than he bargained for. The ALF vandalized the home of Edward Greenwalt, who is in charge of L.A.'s animal shelters, and because Feldman and his wife attended a protest at his home two weeks prior, they were singled out for an FBI raid. Feldman was not charged with any wrong-doing. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

Source: MuchMusic also has news on Usher's TV Movie, Bail For Lohan's Dad, Snoop On Satellite, Coldplay in Nepal?, New Hot Heat and more click here to check it out

Sum 41 Give Away Shoes
MTV reports: Sum 41 are getting into the holiday spirit by giving away 100 pairs of Converse Chuck Taylor sneakers and a Les Paul guitar. Entry forms and details on the two separate contests can be found on the band's Web site, www.islandrecords.com/sum41- Click Here for the Full Story 
VH1 Train Wreck
MTV reports: Wednesday's VH1 Big in '04 awards show was a terrifying example of life imitating art, one that was dreadfully similar to "Saturday Night Live"'s "Train Wreck Awards" skit from a few weeks ago. 

There was Paris Hilton mispronouncing "economic" backstage after winning Big Catch Phrase award for "That's hot." 

There was Michael Moore receiving a mix of cheers and boos while accepting the Big Boat Rocker Award, and comparing his political crusade to that of Rosa Parks, who refused to move to the back of bus 49 years ago this week. [see full story for a lot more, including air times. Hint it's on this Sunday night]- Click Here for the Full Story 

Humble Bob Dylan
New York Post reports: BOB Dylan has a message for his awestruck fans: I'm no prophet. 

"They call [me] that all the time — 'You're the prophet, you're the savior,' " says Dylan of his worshipful public, in an interview with CBS newsman Ed Bradley that will be seen Sunday night on "60 Minutes". 

"I never wanted to be a prophet or a savior," Dylan says. "Elvis maybe. I could see myself becoming him. But prophet? No." 

The interview is Dylan's first on TV in 19 years. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

Kevin Coyne RIP
Launch reports: British singer-songwriter, painter, writer, and rock 'n' roller extraordinaire Kevin Coyne passed away today (December 2) at his home in Nuremberg, Germany. He was 60 years old. While Coyne remained a cult figure in the U.S., throughout Europe he was a revered, legendary, and--with more than 40 releases--wildly prolific artist. Coyne's music was rooted in the blues, but he used it as a jumping-off point to venture into nearly every genre imaginable, from sentimental love songs and full-on rockers to catchy pop songs and twisted ballads. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 
Napster Act II
Reuters reports: Shawn Fanning, once reviled by record labels as the creator of renegade song-swap service Napster, on Thursday launched a new service designed to turn the threat of still popular peer-to-peer services into an opportunity for music companies and artists. 

After registering music and copyright information in Snocap's database, labels and artists can manage online distribution through Snocap's copyright management system, which lets them set rules for each track on a global basis. 

Fanning said Snocap, which received $10 million in funding, will expand the digital music market by giving authorized services the broad selection that makes peer-to-peer services popular. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

Rollins: The New Ebert
New York Daily News reports: The days of the sweater-clad, thumb-ranking, warm-and-fuzzy TV film critic may be at an end: Rocker Henry Rollins is in the movie house. 

The front man for '80s punk band Black Flag, radio talker, spoken-word artist and selfproclaimed "angry man" now hosts his own movie review program, "Henry's Film Corner," airing the first Saturday of every month at midnight on the Independent Film Channel. 

The first episode airs Saturday. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

Beach Boys Musical
New York Daily News reports: It was inevitable that two of America's great repositories for romantic fantasy - California and Broadway - would one day meet. Specifically, the date will be Jan. 27, when "Good Vibrations," a story that incorporates 30 Beach Boys songs, opens on Broadway.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 
QR Live
Abrasive Rock reports: QUIET RIOT will be releasing their live CD "QUIET RIOT Live & Rare - Vol. 1" on January 18, 2005, through Cleopatra/Deadline Records. 

The material is a compilation of live recordings from various concert performances during their 1983 "Metal Health" and 1984 "Condition Critical" world tours. There are also three rare original and previously unreleased studio demo tracks recorded in 1981 which were later re-recorded and appeared on the group's debut record "Metal Health." [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

Gimme Gimmes Do East Side
Aversion reports: It's a little shy of a tour, even by the most generous standards, but Me First and the Gimme Gimmes are headed to the East Coast. 

The band announced it'll play a whopping three shows for Easterners early next year. The tour somewhat ties in with the band's Ruin Jonny's Bar Mitzvah (2004, Fat Wreck Chords), a live album taped, as its title so succintly implies, at a bar mitzvah. [see full story for more, including dates]- Click Here for the Full Story 

Satanic Surfers Plan New CD
Aversion reports: The Satantic Surfers are getting ready to make another album. 

The Swedish punk act won't rush into the studio this time, however, as the act plans to demo all the songs in its home studio. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

Source: Aversion also has news on Coldplay Disputes Secret Tour Claims Mars Volta's 77-Minute Song Nirvana Box Sets Sales Records Billy Idol Returns in March Kills Single Tipped and more click here to check it out

Yellowcard Back To School
Totalrock reports: Pop-punks Yellowcard are plotting to play four surprise high school shows later this month. They'll happen in Denver, Phoenix, Salt Lake City and Seattle. [more]- Click Here for the Full Story 
Stanley Plots Solo KISS
Totalrock reports: According to blabbermouth.net, Paul Stanley will continue work on his second solo album later this month. Joining him in the studio will be his former Kiss bandmate, guitarist Bruce Kulick. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 
Daltrey For Kids
Totalrock reports: Roger Daltrey provides the voice for Argon, a seven-foot green dragon in a new children's animated video called ‘The Wheels On The Bus'. The 60-year-old Who frontman gets to sing three songs, as his character drives the bus in question into a number of adventures. - Click Here for the Full Story 

Source: Totalrock also has news on There's A Riot In The UK, Spreading The Disease, Korn Work On Seventh Album, Halford Record Again, Better Than New Deal and more click here to check it out

Candlemass Bang Your Head 
Electric Basement reports: Sweden's finest (and recently re-reunited) doomheads, CANDLEMASS, are confirmed to play at BANG YOUR HEAD!!! 2005-festival. The event is set to take place in Germany at the Messegelände of Balingen on the 24th and 25th of June. 

The list of artists set to perform at the BANG YOUR HEAD!: 


[see full story for more artists]- Click Here for the Full Story 

Rock Camp
ArrowFM reports: Classic Rockers - and Classic Rocker "wanna-bes" will get together in Hollywood, California early next year for the fourth go-around of Rock and Roll Fantasy Camp. Those serving as counselors this year include: John Anderson of Yes, Colin Hay of Men at Work, Jim Keltner of the Traveling Wilbury's and the Cars' Elliot Easton. Campers will also get tutelage from Roger Daltrey, Dickey Betts of the Allman Brothers and the E Street Band's Nils Lofgen. Camp is Feb 17th- 21st - Click Here for the Full Story 

Source: ArrowFM also has news on Classic Crumbs for Thursday, Sting Strips, Classic Crumbs for Wednesday, Kids to Floyd - Pay Me!, Classic Crumbs and more click here to check it out

Best Song Brits
Ananova reports: The Brit Awards are to gain a new category for best song as part of their 25th ceremony celebrations. 

The search will be hosted by Davina McCall, who will ask listeners of BBC Radio 2 to vote for their top five hits from a list of 25 songs. 

All of the singles must have been performed by a British act since 1977. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

How much on the Spice Girls to win it?

Coldplay Cold Mountain
Ananova reports: Coldplay are set to play their highest concert yet - halfway up a mountain in the Himalayas. 

The group, led by frontman Chris Martin, have confirmed they will headline the concert at Nepal's Kathmandu National Stadium for free reports Femalefirst.co.uk. 

The show, in the shadow of Mount Everest and 1,372m above sea level, will raise money for a local children's charity. [more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

Source: Ananova also has news on Blue's Simon dumps girlfriend, Manilow signs £31m Vegas deal, Madonna earns over £5m for ads, Oasis add extra date to tour, Foo Fighters to headline festival and more click here to check it out

Boss Xmas Plans
liveDaily reports: New Jersey rocker Bruce Springsteen, who has played a series of holiday benefit concerts at his home state's Asbury Park Convention Hall in three of the last four years, has different plans this season. 

Springsteen instead is scheduled to play a Dec. 19 show to benefit Asbury Park shops at the city's Harry's Roadhouse, which has a capacity of about 800. The event is dubbed "Christmas Jam at the Roadhouse - Bruce Springsteen with Bobby Bandiera and Friends." [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

Nirvana Sets Record
liveDaily reports: The new Nirvana box set, "With the Lights Out," sold 105,760 copies during its first week in stores, more than doubling the previous SoundScan-era record for box sets sold in a single week, according to Geffen Records. 

The three-CD/one-DVD compilation surpassed the mark set in 1998 by Bruce Springsteen's "Tracks," which sold 46,516 copies. SoundScan began tracking album purchases in 1991. 

"With the Lights Out" also entered this week's Billboard 200 album chart at No. 19. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

Source: liveDaily also has news on Luciano Pavarotti says farewell with 40-date world tour, Juanes heats up the U.S. during 2005 outing, Moe. rings in the New Year on stage, plots 2005 tour, Brad Paisley, Sara Evans team for winter tour, Briefly: U2, Sheryl Crow, Brian Wilson, Bob Dylan and more click here to check it out

Myspace Picks Jupiter Sunrise
press release reports: Current scientific thought on blinking states that we must do it every few seconds. So don't feel bad if every time you blink you miss the latest internet phenomenon. In your current blink Myspace.com now hosts special pages, not just for individuals, but for groups of individuals called "bands". 

Myspace recently drew a big red heart around lovable California indie-rockers Jupiter Sunrise by sponsoring the band. As a result Myspace will run literally millions of ads related to Jupiter Sunrise and periodically place them in the coveted "Featured Band" section. If the internet becomes the new radio, as the current trend seems to indicate, then perhaps Jupiter Sunrise will be the first band to be broken by a website. History in the making? See for yourself, but be careful not to blink. Sign up at Myspace.com, click on the Music link, hear addictive new tracks, maybe meet new people and fall in "like". [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

Billy Idol Scream'n Returns
press release reports: "Enough!" said Billy Idol,"2005 is the time for an original punk rocker to show his stuff." After taking himself out of the music business "to regenerate, get free of myself and make an album for the right reasons," Billy Idol has completed his first album featuring new songs in over 10 years, aptly titled DEVIL'S PLAYGROUND. The CD, which may or may not be named after a location deep inside the Idol mind, is scheduled for release on March 22, 2005, and is the English rocker's first for Sanctuary Records. The single, "Scream," is a down and dirty love romp featuring the sinister signature guitar of Steve Stevens and Idol's rock and roll holla in the familiar vain of "Rebel Yell." It will go to radio on January 3, with an impact date set for January 24. Widely credited as one of the critical artists responsible for the golden age of Music Television and an early disciple of the art of controversy on the small screen, Idol will attempt to reinvent the video art form by making one for "Scream," which will be completed early next year. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 
John Corabi / Hanoi Rocks Bios
press release reports: "Former Motley Crue singer John Corabi's authorized autobiography is finished, and currently being bid over by several publishers. Expect a summer, 2005 release date. Co-author Jake Brown will begin work in April, 2005 with Hanoi Rocks on the band's authorized autobiography with Michael Monroe and Andy McCoy. In other rock biography news, in March, 2005 Brown-authored 'Behind the Boards Volume 1', the first installment of a 3-volume rock producers anthology will be released. Volume one features interviews with producers Scott Humphrey (Rob Zombie, Motley Crue, Methods of Mayhem) with Tommy Lee, Andy Jonns (Led Zepplin, The Rolling Stones, Van Halen, Joe Satriani), Bob Ezrin (Pink Floyd, Kiss, Alice Cooper), Tom Werman (Motley Crue, Cheap Trick, Poison, Twisted Sister, Ted Nugent), Dave Jerden (Jane's Addiction, Alice in Chains, Social Distortion), and James Michael (Meatloaf, Motley Crue, Sammy Hagar)." - Click Here for the Full Story 

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