Day In Rock 12/09: Dimebag Murdered- DMX Guilt Plea- Fiona Vs Sony- Mars Volta Preview- Novembers Doom- Tora! Tora! Torrance!-  Dropkick Singles- Ramones Nights Tour- Danzig & Doyle- Joe Perry Solo- Spinal Tap TV- Billboard Awards- Hardcore Vs Fur Tour- Seth Pullman Recovering- Mr. Bungle- Sleater-Kinney- Pink Movie- Linkin Park Beat U2, Eminem- Jay-Z Label Boss- Dick Clark Stroke- more
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Dimebag Murdered
antiMUSIC reports: A fatal shooting occurred at a Damageplan concert on Wednesday night in Columbus, Ohio. Dimebag Darrell (Abbot) was one of the victims. 

Columbus, Ohio's NBC 4 reports that the shooting took place shortly after 10 p.m. at the Alrosa Villa where Damageplan was performing. 

NBC 4's reporter on the scene, David Wayne, reports that two members of the band, including Dimebag, were shot and killed and the gunman also reportedly died on the scene. 

A man reportedly stormed the stage and began shooting as Damageplan began their set, according to an eye witness. The gunman reportedly fired five or six shots at Dimebag before being tackled by a bouncer as he fire on the stage and into the crowd, according to witness accounts. The gunman was then shot and killed by a police officer on the scene, said Columbus police Sgt. Brent Mull. [see full story for more, including updates]- Click Here for the Full Story 

DMX Guilt Plea
New York Post reports: Tough-guy rapper DMX copped a plea to avoid the clink yesterday, but ran into more trouble after he was slapped for a second time with paternity papers outside a Queens courtroom. 

The hip-hop icon and movie star, whose real name is Earl Simmons, stood respectfully with his sunglasses and "Never Die Alone" hat clasped behind his back as he pleaded guilty to reckless endangerment and driving while doped up on Valium. 

Simmons will pay a $1,000 fine and give up his souped-up Ford Expedition. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

Fiona Vs Sony
Free Fiona reports: I thought you might be interested in this. Fans of Fiona Apple have started a protest against Sony/BMG Music. Fiona's new album, Extraordinary Machine, has been complete since May of 2003, but Sony executives have decided not to release it because, in their opinion, it lacks commercial appeal. 

The protest involves mailing thousands of apples to the office of Andrew Lack, CEO of Sony Music, as a symbol of support for the singer. The date of the mailing is January 24th, 2005. Following the week of the mailings, a live protest will take place outside the Sony building on Madison Avenue in New York City.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

Mars Volta Preview
Day in Rock reports: Want to hear the new Mars Volta? Universal Motown have added the track "The Widow" to their latest online jukebox. Click the full story link for the jukebox. - Click Here for the Full Story 
Novembers Doom Drop Bassist
novembersdoom.com reports: Novembers Doom have recently parted ways with bass player Mike LeGros. Mike played bass with the band for the past 2 years, and contributed to the recording of the upcoming CD, The Pale Haunt Departure. 

It was brought to our attention that he was not comfortable in the band, due to creative differences, and the dedication to his instrument we require suffered because of this. Very simply, it was time for a change, on both sides. 

Mike is an amazing person, and we are forever grateful for everything he did for Novembers Doom during his time with us. We wish him nothing but the best with Disinter, Nachtmystium, and any other project he aligns himself with! [see full story for more, details on how to fill the slot]- Click Here for the Full Story 

Tora! Tora! Torrance! Split
Punkbands.com reports: Tora! Tora! Torrance! has officially called it quits. !TTT! was brilliant, innovative, and didn't give a sh*t at all about how they were perceived or thought of. In short, they were punk as f**k. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 
More Dropkick Singles
punkbands reports: On March 8th Hellcat Records will release a second collection of Dropkick Murphys tracks appropriately titled The Singles Collection, Vol. 2. The 22 track CD will feature songs the band recorded in the span of 1998 to 2004 for various singles, compilations or split CDs. [see full story for more, including tracks]- Click Here for the Full Story 
Ramones Nights Tour
Blabbermouth reports: Punk legend Marky Ramone (RAMONES) has once again teamed up with Russia's best-known punk band, TARAKANY!, for a 16-date European tour featuring RAMONES classics as well as original TARAKANY! material. Called the "Ramones Night" tour, the night will first feature TARAKANY! playing a set of songs from their last two albums. The second half of each show, Marky Ramone will join TARAKANY! on drums and will feature classic RAMONES songs.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 
Danzig & Doyle Tour
Blabbermouth reports: DANZIG and DOYLE (featuring ex-MISFITS guitarist Doyle) have added a Dec. 29 show at the Key Club in Hollywood, CA to their itinerary. 

Dec. 28 Las Vegas, NV @ The Joint (Hard Rock Casino)
Dec. 29 Hollywood, CA @ Key Club
Dec. 30 Los Angeles, CA @ The Wiltern Theatre 
[see full story for more details] - Click Here for the Full Story 

Joe Perry Solo Details
Blabbermouth reports: AEROSMITH guitarist Joe Perry will release a solo album inthe spring. Perry said that he's got everything worked out, from the title to the release date to the tour plans. "It's gonna be called 'Joe Perry', and it's gonna come out, probably, March 28th," he told Launch Radio Networks.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

Source: Blabbermouth also has news on Video Report From Scene Of DAMAGEPLAN Shooting, Report: Gunman Sought Out DIMEBAG, Shot Him Five Or Six Times At Close Range, Updated: Former PANTERA Guitarist DIMEBAG DARRELL Killed In Ohio Shooting, ZUUL FX Sign With EQUILIBRE MUSIC, ZAKK WYLDE And 357 CUSTOM CHOPPERS Join Forces and more click here to check it out

Spinal Tap TV To Feature Alanis
MTV reports: Twenty-one years after "This Is Spinal Tap" put the mockumentary genre on the map, the format is being turned into a series. Alanis Morissette will star in and is among the executive producers of the Comedy Central vehicle "We're With the Band," which sheds light on the life of a pop star on tour. - Click Here for the Full Story 
Billboard Awards
BBC reports: R&B star Usher dominated the Billboard magazine music awards in Las Vegas on Wednesday, taking 11 prizes - including artist of the year. 

It was also a good night for another R&B artist, Alicia Keys, who took seven gongs, while triple Grammy winners OutKast were named group of the year. 

Soul legend Stevie Wonder received a lifetime achievement award. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

Hardcore Vs Fur Tour
IAYM reports: H2O, Stretch Arm Strong and With Honor will be hitting the road together in January for a brief string of shows dubbed the "Hardcore Against Fur" tour, the following stops have been confirmed thus far: 

January 13th Farmingdale, New York The Downtown 
January 14th Worcester, Massachusetts The Palladium 
January 15th Buffalo, New York The Buffalo Icon 
January 16th Detroit, Michigan Alvins 
[see full story for more dates]- Click Here for the Full Story 

Seth Pullman Recovering
IAYM reports: Seth Putnam has posted an update via www.sethputnam.com regarding his current health, here is what he had to say: "for anyone who hasn't heard, i had a seizure, which caused me to go into a coma for like two months. i am currently at a rehabilitation hospital trying to get better. i guess my coma was really bad i almost died, and when i survived the doctors wanted to pull the plug on me because they thought i was going to be a vegetable for the rest of my life. i also had really bad pneumonia and i had to be put on dialysis for kidney failure. i overcame all that s***, though, and i am totally fine again mentally. the only problem is i can't walk or use my hands properly, but i am working on all that and coming along well. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

Source: IAYM also has news on Slipknot/Lamb Of God/Shadows Fall Tour, Shovelhook, The Goodwill: "Live From The Red Carpet", Korn: New Video Online, Thrice Delay and more click here to check it out

Avril New Year's
NMC reports: Duran Duran, Avril Lavigne and Maroon 5 are set to take part in NBC's first New Year's Eve special, "NBC's New Year's Eve with Carson Daly." The one-hour show airs at 10 pm, ET on December 31 live from Rockefeller Center[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 
Mr. Bungle Official Split
Aversion reports: It's taken five years on hiatus to make things official, but Mr. Bungle is now no longer a band. 

Front man Mike Patton told Rolling Stone that the alt-funk band's five year hiatus was over, with the band graduating to "broken-up" status immediately. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

Sleater-Kinney Prep CD
Aversion reports: Sleater-Kinney has begun to mix its Sub Pop debut. 

After recording with producer Dave Fridmann in New York's Tarbox Studios last month, the trio has entered the mixdown stage, hoping to have it completed for a late spring/early summer release. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

Rare Lennon
Aversion reports: Two songs written by John Lennon, previously never before heard by the public, will be part of an upcoming Beatles musical. 

Lennon's widow, Yoko Ono, gave permission for two untapped Lennon songs to be included in a musical about The Beatles' life. One, "India, India" was inspired by the band's trip to the subcontinent in 1968. The other, "I Don't Want to Lose You," was marked for an anthology release but never made it due to prodcution problems. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

Source: Aversion also has news on Damageplan Members Murdered on Stage, Unwritten Law Cancels Tour, Fiery Furnaces EP Drops in January, Dropkick Murphys Drop Singles Comp, Punk Voter Rallies After Bush Win and more click here to check it out

Pink Movie
Ananova reports: Pink will expose her innermost thoughts and feelings in a big screen adaptation of her private diary. 

Pink - whose acting experience is limited to a cameo role in Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle - says, "I plan to write a film script based on them. They are shocking, inspiring and, above all, true to my heart." [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

Source: Ananova also has news on Faithless announce tour details, Stars gather from John Peel gig, Duran Duran announce hometown outdoor concert, Stereophonics get new drummer, Lloyd Webber to write songs for Duncan and more click here to check it out

Linkin Park Beat U2, Eminem
liveDaily reports: "MTV Ultimate Mash-Ups Presents Jay-Z/Linkin Park"--on which the rapper and the rock act combine their songs (Linkin Park lyrics were used over Jay-Z's beats and vice-versa)--tops the latest Billboard 200 album chart with 368,000 copies sold during its first week in stores. 

The set's debut pushes U2's "How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb" to No. 2 after just one week at No. 1, [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

Jay-Z Label Boss
liveDaily reports: Rapper Jay-Z reportedly has signed on as president of the Universal-owned hip-hop label Def Jam. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 
Dick Clark Stroke
liveDaily reports: Producer and television/radio personality Dick Clark, who has been a major force in the music industry since he took over as host of the dance program "American Bandstand" in the mid-'50s, is recuperating after suffering a mild stroke earlier this week.

 "The doctors tell me I should be back in the swing of things before too long so I'm hopeful to be able to make it to Times Square to help lead the country in bringing in the New Year once again," Clark said in a statement issued by his publicist.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

Source: liveDaily also has news on Big Head Todd and The Monsters scare up 2005 dates, Gregg Allman and Friends line up more shows, Sarah McLachlan adds stops to 2005 itinerary, Hilary Duff expands early 2005 tour plans, Motley Crue ticket on-sale dates, best-of details emerge and more click here to check it out

Misfit Single Nets $8K on eBay
Day in Rock reports: [a reader tipped us off to this one]One eBayer didn't know what he had on his hands when he decided to list a 45 for The Misfits for auction. The 7' single was for "Horror Business" from Plan 9 records. Only after listing the 7" 45RPM on eBay did the seller learn that it was an ultra-rare collector's item. Reportedly only 25 were ever pressed. Fans from around the globe descended on the auction and the winner bidder walked away with the record after offering up $8,239.00. Check the full story link for the auction page for more details on the record and the auction. - Click Here for the Full Story 
Unwritten Law Cancel Tour
press release (atlantic) reports: Unwritten Law regretfully announce the cancellation of their current U.S. headline tour effective immediately. The band are directly returning to the Los Angeles area as long-time bassist, Pat Kim's father was admitted to Kaiser Hospital earlier this week due to an undisclosed, serious ailment. 

"We're extremely saddened to have to cancel the tour and let down our fans," stated Scott Russo, front man for the veteran San Diego five-piece. "Due to the unforeseeable circumstances and our concern for Pat and his family, we made the right decision to turn the bus around. 

Unwritten Law is planning to reschedule the cancelled dates in early 2005. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

Phantom Planet Sting & Release DVD
press release (epic) reports: On April, 1st, 2005, Epic Recording artists Phantom Planet will return to the road with pop legend Sting for a tour that will hit college campuses and select venues nationwide. The road show, dubbed the "Broken Music Tour," begins at the Events Center at San Jose State in San Jose, CA. 

PHANTOM PLANET is currently available in-stores, while their live DVD CHICAGO, CHICAGOGOING, CHICAGOGONE will be in-stores on December 14th. BOOTLEG '04 and NEGATIVES 2, as well as last year's LIVE AT THE TROUBADOUR can only be purchased online at www.phantomplanetbootlegs.com. [see full story for dates]- Click Here for the Full Story 

Eighteen Visions Tour
press release (sony) reports: After a triumphant tour overseas, where they spent two months tearing up stages as openers for Lostprophets and 36 Crazyfists, Eighteen Visions are returning home for a headlining tour that begins on January 11th in San Luis Obispo, CA. 

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

Nashville Rock Takeover
WKRN (reader submitted) reports: Rock and Roll all night with some of Nashville's favorite rock bands Saturday, December 11 th LIVE on News 2 at 10:35 p.m. For the first time ever in Music City a live rock concert event is being broadcast on News 2. Bob Wolf's Saturday Night Rock: LIVE is a showcase of local rock n' roll talent. Proving Nashville not only plays well it rocks. 

The broadcast will originate from The Hall, located at Gaylord Entertainment Center, where six bands are scheduled to perform: Ligion, Tait including Michael Tait, former member of the nationally acclaimed recording group DC Talk, B. Young, The Beauty School Dropouts, Wichita Stallions, and Bombshell Crush. Each band is set to perform two songs with a four-song encore from Ligion to close the concert. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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