Day In Rock 12/13: Dimebag Services- Jacko Smoking Gun- Queen Reunion- Ozzy Musical-  P2P Supreme- D12 Dissed By Aussie Gov- James Brown Cancer- Wal-mart Lyrics Suit- Korn Too Loud- T.S.O.L. - Switched- Smashing Pumpkins Tribute- Glassjaw Split- Bono- Skinlab- Green Day Movie- Jake E Lee- Nikki Bride No More- Classic Metal DVDs- Soul SirkUS- Lindsay Lohan Lipsync- more
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Before we get to the regular report we have several updated stories about Dimebag's murder.  
Dimebag Services
Star-Telegram reports: The family of "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott, former guitarist for heavy metal band Pantera, has requested that his funeral arrangements remain private, according to officials at Moore Funeral Home in Arlington. 

A public memorial service is being planned for a later date, according to Moore Funeral Home. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

Vinnie Paul Statement
antiMUSIC reports: Damageplan made the following statements (Friday): 'With all his greatness and accomplishments on the guitar, DIME will be missed more for his giving personality, charisma, caring for others, love and most of all his HEART!! Twice as big as the state of TEXAS!!!!!!!!!!!! DIME gave it all everyday to each and every one of us and our lives have forever been hollowed without him...Thanks to all of you for reaching out to us in this time of our immeasurable loss. REST IN PEACE BROTHER DIME!!!!!!' - Damageplan drummer Vinnie Paul, brother of Dimebag Darrell [see full story for more from Damageplan and Atlantic, including comments from a spokesman for Phil Anselmo]- Click Here for the Full Story 
Victim Tried To Save Dimebag
AP reports: While most concertgoers rushed for the exits after Abbott was shot by a longtime fan of his former group, Pantera, Nathan Bray jumped up on stage, held Abbott and tried to perform CPR, said Adam Vanover, 45, of Bellefontaine. 

"When (Bray) looked up at the shooter that's when the shooter shot him," Vanover said. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

Killer Obsessed With Pantera
ABC reports: The man who shot former Pantera guitarist "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott and three other men to death at a nightclub was obsessed with the popular heavy metal band and made bizarre accusations against it, a onetime friend said in reports published Friday. 

Jeramie Brey said gunman Nathan Gale once showed up at a friend's house saying he wanted to share songs he had written. The pages of lyrics were copied from Pantera, but Gale claimed he had written them, Brey said. 

"He was off his rocker," Brey told The Columbus Dispatch. "He said they were his songs, that Pantera stole them from him and that he was going to sue them." 

He later told Brey that he planned to sue Pantera for stealing his identity. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

Jacko Smoking Gun
AP reports: Fingerprints belonging to both Michael Jackson and the boy accusing him of child molestation were found on pornographic magazines seized from Jackson's Neverland ranch last year, the Santa Barbara News-Press reported Saturday, citing sources it did not identify. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 
Queen Reunion
Day in Rock reports: Queen's Brian May made a major announcement on his website on Friday, Queen will be touring. Brian said they are currently looking for venues for a Spring tour and said that Queen and Paul Rodgers will most likely be on the road in April 2005. See the full story link for Brian's post as well as touching tribute he made to Dimebag. (also check back tomorrow for your chance to ask Brian May a question. We'll have details in tomorrow's Day in Rock)- Click Here for the Full Story 
Ozzy Musical
Blabbermouth reports: According to Ireland On-Line, Ozzy Osbourne is in talks with theatre producers to star in the London production of "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang". 

The BLACK SABBATH frontman, 56, is desperate to play the evil Child Catcher in the West End show, currently being performed by former BOYZONE singer Stephen Gately. 

Osbourne enthuses: "I love the show and I think that I would be great in that role. [more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

Mustaine Inspired by Dimebag To Mend Relationships
Blabbermouth reports: MEGADETH mainman Dave Mustaine has posted the following message on the group's official message board: 

Tonight I had the honor and priveledge to host a special [MTV2 'Headbanger's Ball'] tribute to the life of Darrel 'Dimebag' Abbott. 

I went out to NYC Thursday at 9:30 PM on a redeye to do this, and during the period since then, I have had a good amount of time to reflect on my own life... I would like to, in honor of Darrel's life, learn from him and how many friends he apparently had made. Over my career I have a lot of cleaning up to do on my side of the street as well as letting things go, for once and for all; I need to apologize to many people and also to forgive and quit holding grudges. 

Having said that, if there is something I did to you or someone you know, please give me the opportunity to make this right. To SLAYER and METALLICA: I am sorry for whatever I may have done in the past and wish to make it right, to put it behind us. Please let me know how and when we can talk this out. To previous bandmembers and managers: I say the same to you. To all the MEGADETH/METALLICA fans: from this day forward, there will never be another unkind word from my mouth perpetuating this silly 22-year-old feud. [see full story for the full post]- Click Here for the Full Story 

Source: Blabbermouth also has news on Eyewitness Account Of DIMEBAG's Murder: Audio Available, Former 24-7 SPYZ Drummer Remembers DIMEBAG DARRELL, GREEN CARNATION: New Album Cover Posted Online, Funeral Services Scheduled For Man Killed While Working At DAMAGEPLAN Concert, EVANESCENCE Members Pay Tribute To DIMEBAG DARRELL and more click here to check it out

P2P Supreme
MTV reports: Although the courts ruled in August that peer-to-peer file-sharing networks such Kazaa, Morpheus and eDonkey were legal, their demise may once again be imminent. The Supreme Court said Friday (December 10) it would hear an appeal in March of the case brought against Grokster by MGM. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 
D12 Dissed By Aussie Gov
Herald Sun reports: AUSTRALIAN immigration officials gave Eminem's rap crew D12 a bizarre offshore behaviour lesson before authorising their tour. 

Immigration Department officials in Tokyo demanded access to the D12 show and outlined behaviour codes before allowing them entry. 

"The consulate was worried D12 would incite young Australians," tour promoter Arash Madden said yesterday. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

James Brown Cancer
Xfm reports: A statement released today (December 10) had confirmed that James Brown (71) has cancer of the prostate. It's believed he was diagnosed two weeks ago, but kept the fact secret while he completed his Canadian tour, the last date of which took place last night (December 9). 

Brown is set to go into hospital for surgery on December 15, with approximately three weeks of recovery time expected. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

Wal-mart Lyrics Suit
AP reports: Wal-Mart Stores Inc., which promotes itself as a seller of clean music, deceived customers by stocking compact discs by the rock group Evanescence that contain the f-word, a lawsuit claims. 

The hit group's latest CD and DVD, "Anywhere But Home," don't carry parental advisory labels alerting potential buyers to the obscenity. If they did, Wal-Mart wouldn't carry them, according to the retailer's policy. 

But the lawsuit claims Wal-Mart knew about the explicit lyrics in the song, "Thoughtless," because it censored the word in a free sample available on its Web site and in its stores. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

Korn Too Loud
AP reports: TAMPA, Fla. - The volume of a concert by the heavy-metal band Korn left Hillsborough County commissioners fuming and briefly had them considering getting a court order to halt future concerts at the amphitheater that hosted the group. 

More than 50 residents — some living miles away — complained of booming noise and profanity-laced lyrics coming from the open-air Ford Ampitheatre at the Florida State Fairgrounds during this week's concert. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

T.S.O.L. Hits
IAYM reports: Nitro have released an update regarding the recent events pertaining to Californian punk legends T.S.O.L., heres the official word: "TSOL- Just wrapped a week in the studio recording a few tracks for their upcoming release. It will feature tracks from all of their release, a few new tracks, plus a few surprises for you avid fans. So stay tuned! More info as we get it." 

As previously reported, T.S.O.L.'s new 'best of' album "Who's Screwin' Who? - 18 T.S.O.L. Greatest Non-Hits" is tentatively scheduled to see a January 25th release through Anarchy Music. [see full story for more, including tracks]- Click Here for the Full Story 

Re Switched
IAYM reports: Cleveland's Switched (SW1TCHED) have signed a new deal with Corporate Punishment and will be re-releasing their major label debut effort "Subject To Change" through the label next April. The newly repackaged outing will feature bonus material.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 
Smashing Pumpkins Tribute
IAYM reports: Details of more bands scheduled to feature on the forthcoming "The Killer In You: A Tribute To The Smashing Pumpkins" release from Law Of Inertia Records have been unveiled. Currently confirmed groups who will contribute tracks to the effort include Vaux, Murder By Death, 32 Leaves, A Static Lullaby, Poison The Well, Hopesfall, Roses Are Red, Hawthorne Heights, Underoath and Mae.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

Source: IAYM also has news on Electric Wizard Update, Diamond Head to support Megadeth, AHC/Candiria/Otep/TAO Dates, Atreyu/Unearth/Norma Jean/Scars Of Tomorrow Dates, CKY: "The Butcher's Hand" and more click here to check it out

Glassjaw Split
Aversion reports: After booting out most of the band, Glassjaw's remaining members are finally calling it quits. 

In a curious Flash animation on the band's site, Glassjaw announced its demise and the cancellation of its December shows. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

Bono News Job
Aversion reports: Bono already fancies himself a politician, so why not let him try his hand at playing news editor? 

The BBC doesn't see any reason why not to, as it named Bono as one of several guest editors. The U2 rocker will.. edit the BBC's most respected news service the week following Christmas. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

Source: Aversion also has news on James Brown Battles Cancer, Police Name Damageplan Shooter, Dropkick Murphys Plan St. Patty's Shows, Deathwish Signs Modern Life is War, TSOL Plan Retrospective and more click here to check it out

Skinlab New Old Line-Up
Totalrock reports: Skinlab have a new line-up…of old friends. Guitarist Mike Roberts and drummer Paul Hopkins are back in the band, and Skinlad are now working furiously on a new record. - Click Here for the Full Story 
Green Day Movie
Totalrock reports: Green Day will definitely turn their punk opera ‘American Idiot' into a movie. However, their exact involvement in the project has yet to be determined, as this is still in the planning stages.- Click Here for the Full Story 

Source: Totalrock also has news on Di'Anno Attacked, Damageplan: Vinnie Paul Issues Statement, Glassjaw: All Over?, Damageplan Shooting: Final Victim Named, Mars Underwear Auctioned Off and more click here to check it out

Jake E Lee CD
BW&BK reports: MICHAEL SCHENKER GROUP singer Chris Logan has posted the following update at his official: "I just completed tracking vocals for the new Jake E. Lee album today. The album will include several influential cover songs from the '70's classic rock era. We're doing songs from CACTUS, FREE, JAMES GANG, JOHNNY WINTER, TRAPEZE and more. ... It should release sometime in the first half of 2005 on the Shrapnel Records label."[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 
Nikki Bride No More
BW&BK reports: [from a Nikki Sixx statement] As far as heart and soul... I put it into the Brides too... I used every connection of mine for the band (got us a record deal. merch deal and world tour on my name), pulled favors and funded it myself. 

So do I believe in it?? F**k yes. Or I wouldn't of done that for us. Do I believe they can go on without me?? Hell yes... and trust me when I say it will rock. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

Classic Metal DVDs
BW&BK reports: EagleVision have announced release dates for three new Classic Album DVDs: JIMI HENDRIX EXPERIENCE - Electric Ladyland (February 22nd), MOTORHEAD - Ace Of Spades (March 22nd) and NIRVANA - Nevermind (March 22nd). The popular series features in-depth interviews, access to behind-the-scenes footage, explanations of the songs and "unlocks the minds of the people responsible for some of the most influential music ever created." - Click Here for the Full Story 

Source: BW&BK also has news on ALICE COOPER Set to Host Weekday Evening Show In Oregon, 3 INCHES OF BLOOD To Appear At The Chicago Music Factory Tonight, QUIET RIOT - Live & Rare Samples Available, December 12 - 18: THIS WEEK IN..., December 12 - 18: THIS DAY IN..., Brave Birthday Wishes Go Out To The Following This Week... and more click here to check it out

Former Maiden Singer Attacked 
antiMUSIC reports: Former Iron Maiden lead vocalist Paul Di'Anno was reportedly attacked by a crazed fan during his appearance Friday at the Heavy Metal Monsters melodic metal festival in Tel Aviv, Israel. 

TotalRock.com reports that the fan jumped onstage during Di'Anno's performance and "lashed out" at the singer. Di'Anno reportedly only suffered minor injuries and was able to complete his set. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

Soul SirkUS Release
press release reports: The highly anticipated debut album from Soul SirkUS, WORLD PLAY, has finally been made available exclusively at the band's website (www.soulsirkus.com) starting this week. 

Soul SirkUS is a group of legendary talents born out of the ashes of Planet US, a band originally featuring guitarist Neal Schon and drummer Deen Castronovo of Journey along with Sammy Hagar and Michael Anthony of Van Halen. 

When Hagar and Anthony left the band to return to their roles in Van Halen, Schon and Castronovo joined forces with former Yngwie Malmsteen and Talisman singer Jeff Scott Soto (who also provided lead vocals for the feature character in the movie "Rock Star") and bassist Marco Mendoza (Ted Nugent, Whitesnake) to create Soul SirkUS which picks up where Planet US left off. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

Glenn Evans Reissue
press release reports: n whetted anticipation of the forthcoming Nuclear Assault studio effort, Screaming Ferret Wreckords/Escapi Music has delved into the vaults and, on January 4th, is issuing a re-mastered edition of Attitude, the extremely rare sophomore solo effort by Nuclear Assault's legendary drummer Glenn Evans under the moniker CIA. 

Originally released to limited capacity in 1992, Attitude displays both Glenn's amazing musical prowess, and his humanity. According to Glenn, "The CIA Attitude album was recorded in a period of my life when things were beginning to fall apart…my marriage, Nuclear Assault, and life in general. Everyone has those periods in their life at one time or another. I had a lot of emotions flowing through me and the easiest way to get them out was through music. I was proud of it then, and I'm proud of it now. It never really had a proper release, and this time around it will." [see full story to check out an mp3]- Click Here for the Full Story 

Crue Connect With Sony
press release reports: Motley Crue made a special live performance on Jimmy Kimmel Live on Friday. The next day Sony Connect gave fans the hook up to purchase the songs they performed on Kimmel (on camera and off) including their new single "If I Die Tomorrow". Sony Connect will be the only place you can own Motley's new single along with the other tracks they perform as a group for the first time in a very long time. [see full story to check it out and more exclusive songs from Kimmel Live]- Click Here for the Full Story 
Drist Find Indie Success
press release reports: As listed on AOL Music Charts, "Push Me Off" from independent rock band Drist currently sits as the #2 Top Downloaded song of the week ahead of U2, Nelly, Jay-Z and others. This comes 3 weeks after the "Stripped" EP release. 

Drist on Itunes NEW ROCK DECEMBER 2004 compilation CD. Released 12/7/04. 1. Rammstein - 2. A Perfect Circle - 3. Papa Roach - 4. Drist - 5. Crossfade - 6. Breaking Benjamin - 7. Skillet - 8. Magna-fi - 9. Candiria - 10.Fear Factory - Click Here for the Full Story 

Early November Preview
press release reports: The Early November go back into the studio with Chris Badami in mid-February to begin recording their second full-length due out July 2005. In the meantime, this demo of the song "Five Years" should tide you over. Click the full story link to check it out- Click Here for the Full Story 
Lindsay Lohan Lipsync
lipsync.us reports: Lipsync.us, a site dedicated to uncovering fraudulent pop stars has posted a video of Lindsay Lohan's lip-sync performance on Good Morning America last week. Click the full story link to check it out, pay special attention to the bridge portion of the song. - Click Here for the Full Story 
Best of 2004
We decided to do something a little different this year for our Best of roundup. Instead of a master list compiled of submissions from our contributors and writers, we wanted to give our writers a chance to pick their own Top 5 list of the best of the year in music. Over the next three weeks we will be unveiling our writers' picks for the best of 2004. 

Every day we will be posting a new Top 5 list from one of our writers, selected at random. At the conclusion we will reveal the master list. We also want to let you take part and will be accepting nominations for a readers choice list. 

To kick things off antiMUSIC critic Mark Hensch gives us his Top 5 of 2004. (click the full story link to read Mark's comments on the CDs and for related links for release and to submit your picks for the readers choice list) 

5. Bigelf - Hex
4. Mastodon - Leviathian
3. The Dresden Dolls - The Dresden Dolls
2. The Blood Brothers -Crimes
1. Shadows Fall - The War Within
- Click Here for the Full Story 

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