Day In Rock 12/17: Ashlee Not Gay- Osbourne Vs Cowell- Love Shack Fire- Motley Warrant- Ja Rule Sued- Doherty Live Breakdown- Mom: Dimebag Killer Deranged- Nine Inch U2- Johnny Ramone- Whitney Hits Bus- FTC P2P- P.O.D. Want Jay-Z- Darkthrone- Hoobasick- Modest Mouse- Elvis Sold- Hatebreed Add Hardcore Dates- The Kennefit- Journey Walk of Fame- Free Razorlight- Le Peta- more
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Ashlee Not Gay
Ananova reports: Ashlee Simpson's manager and father Joe Simpson has changed the gay plot in her movie debut, because he's uncomfortable with her playing a lesbian. 

The former Baptist minister fears the star's chances of breaking into Hollywood would be hampered if she played a homosexual in Wannabe, so he ordered movie producers to alter the romantic comedy's script, reports American gossip site Pagesix.Com. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

place your own wisecrack with the word 'tongue-tied' here.

Source: Ananova also has news on James Brown has surgery, Busted to play charity gig, Madonna asks fans to pray for peace, Coleen wants to be a pop star, The Thrills announce tour details and more click here to check it out

Osbourne Vs Cowell
siN's metal news reports: Jack Osbourne has branded Simon Cowell a "slimeball" for the way he has treated his family. The reality TV star is furious with the music guru after he labelled father OZZY's quad bike crash last December a "publicity stunt", and is angry over his recent comments about the break-in that occurred at the Osbournes' UK home. 

Jack, 18, claims he begged Mum Sharon not to appear as a judge on TV talent show 'The X-Factor' alongside Cowell because of his hurtful remarks. He is quoted by Britain's The Sun newspaper as saying: "Simon Cowell is a slimeball. I didn't want my mom to do the show. It was pretty yellow-bellied to go on a programme with a guy who has said so many nasty things about her family and kids. But she went on." [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

Source: siN's metal news also has news on New Metal Injection Online - Dimebag Tribute , Wednesday 13 - New Tunes Online - E-Card Up, Trustkill - Compilation DVD - Bonus Live Footage, and More., Roadie.net - Two Vivid Personal Accounts of the Ohio Tragedy, Extol - "Blueprint" Complete - Release Date Set - Tours on the Way and more click here to check it out

Love Shack Fire
AP reports: The tin roof and a burned-out frame are all that remain of a cabin believed to have inspired the B-52's '80s party hit "Love Shack." 

Athens-Clarke County fire officials said Thursday they considered the fire that gutted the unoccupied five-room cabin set back in a field "suspicious" and hadn't ruled out arson. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

Motley Warrant
antiMUSIC reports: An arrest warrant has been issued for Motley Crue singer Vince Neil. Neil allegedly knocked out a soundman at a Dallas nightclub while on a solo tour in October. 

Dallas authorities issued an arrest warrant for Neil on Wednesday on a charge of misdemeanor assault. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

Ja Rule Sued
Sohh.com reports: Barely a month after his manager's arrest, Ja Rule is now being sued by a Miami, Florida woman who alleges he trashed her mansion while shooting a 2001 "MTV Cribs" episode. 

Owner Jeanette Varela was reportedly angered upon returning to the Star Island mansion she leased to Ja. Varela says she uncovered significant structural damages as well as empty condom wrappers and syringes littering the property. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

Doherty Live Breakdown
NME reports: PETE DOHERTY was pulled off the stage by his management and "completely lost it" as part of a chaotic gig at the BLACKPOOL EMPRESS BALLROOM last night (December 15). 

Doherty's new group Babyshambles played at the venue as part of a UK and Irish tour which has already visited London, Belfast, Dublin and Glasgow. 

Fans at the show have contacted NME.COM, concerned at Pete's physical state at the gig. They say he was forgetting songs and at times could barely stand. Things got so bad that the rest of the band walked off stage. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

Dimebag Killer Deranged, Says Mom
E! Online reports: The mother of Nathan Gale, the man who gunned down founding Pantera guitarist Dimebag Darrell Abbott and three others at an Ohio nightclub last week, says her son was mentally ill. 

In an interview with Columbus, Ohio, television station WCMH Wednesday, Mary Clark revealed that her son was diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia while he was serving in the Marines, leading to his discharge in 2003. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

Nine Inch U2
Blabbermouth reports: NINE INCH NAILS mainman Trent Reznor's remix of U2's "Vertigo" is scheduled to be included on U2's upcoming single, "Sometimes You Can't Make It On Your Own", according to NME.com. The single will also include the title cut, Bono singing "Ave Maria" with Pavarotti, and a DVD with a live performance of the single. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 
Johnny Ramone Book
Blabbermouth reports: Former RAMONES drummer Marky Ramone has posted the following message on the group's official web site: 

"I'm getting letters from fans about Johnny's [Ramone] book (that he didn't finish), I want to say a few words about that. Johnny was writing his book, but unfourtunately it wasn't finished. His writer called me for an interview, about four months ago, and was very professional. I just hope that there isn't going to be someone else completing Johnny's book, it wouldn't be accurate, and we definitely don't need another book of quotes. He did tell me that he was going to make a book that included posters, backstage passes, old photos and other interesting things to look at. I'd like to see that, it sounds cool!"[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

Source: Blabbermouth also has news on DAMAGEPLAN's Bodyguard Laid To Rest: Video Tribute Available, ROBERT PLANT To Give Keynote Speech, Perform At SOUTH BY SOUTHWEST, Norwegian Pop Singer Explains NIKKI SIXX Collaboration, DIMEBAG Killer's Mother Talks About Her Son: Video Available, STRAPPING YOUNG LAD Mainman Discusses Upcoming Album 'Alien' and more click here to check it out

Whitney Hits Bus
MuchMusic reports: Whitney Houston found herself in a fender bender yesterday. The singer rear-ended a city bus near her home north of Atlanta, Georgia.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 
Wired reports: The Federal Trade Commission officially entered the brawl over peer-to-peer software Wednesday as it hosted the first day of a two-day P2P workshop in which both sides accused each other of trying to deceive government regulators. 

Representatives of P2P software companies charged that content interests have tried to demonize P2P in an attempt to effectively kill it. Content providers, meanwhile, argued that they merely want to make P2P networks more responsible to consumers and more respectful of copyright holders. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

Label Settles
AP reports: The owner of the renowned avant-garde music club the Knitting Factory reached an agreement with artists on its record label to pay damages for underreporting royalties, disposing of unsold CDs and not allowing artists to retain the rights to their work. 

Knitmedia Inc., which runs the Knitting Factory clubs in New York and Los Angeles and Knitting Factory Records, agreed to pay $1,250 in back royalties to each musician who signed on to the settlement, said David Lennon, president of Local 802 of the American Federation of Musicians. The company also agreed to return to the approximately 80 artists all rights to their work and the master recordings. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

Slipknot US Tour
antiMUSIC reports: Slipknot has announced their Spring North American tour. The masked fun kicks off on March 4th at the Meadows Music Theatre in Wallingford, Ct and will run for three weeks before concluding in Tampa. 

They aren't hitting the road alone, they are taking Lamb of God and Shadows Fall along as special guests. [see full story for dates and onsale info]- Click Here for the Full Story 

P.O.D. Want Jay-Z
Totalrock reports: P.O.D. hope to persuade top hip hopper Jay Z to guest on one track for their new, as yet untitled album. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 
Darkthrone Reject Award
Totalrock reports: Norwegian black metal icons Darkthrone have turned a nomination in the ‘Best Metal' category of the Norwegian ALARM Awards. The band were cited for the ‘Sardonic Wrath' album, but after making it clear how underwhelmed they were by the whole event, their nomination was withdrawn. - Click Here for the Full Story 
Totalrock reports: Hoobastank have been forced to cancel several shows leading up to the Christmas period, because singer Doug Robb has been diagnosed as suffering from bronchial pneumonia. The band will now resume touring in February.- Click Here for the Full Story 

Source: Totalrock also has news on Extol Name Album, Maiden Announce More Euro Dates, Kiss In Hyde-ing, Converging On Planes, Dirty Americans: New Deal, King For A 'Side', Disaster Strikes and more click here to check it out

Modest Mouse 05 Tour
liveDaily reports: Portland alt-rockers Modest Mouse, who are currently wrapping up 2004 with a series of sold-out hometown gigs, will be back on the road in the New Year.

 The group already has lined up more than a half-dozen shows for January and February as it continues to ride the success of its breakthrough album, "Good News for People Who Love Bad News," which hit stores in April and is certified platinum. [see full story for more, including dates]- Click Here for the Full Story 

Elvis Sold
liveDaily reports: A majority stake in Elvis Presley Enterprises, the business arm of the famed rocker's estate, has been sold to businessman Robert F.X. Sillerman in a deal valued at about $100 million. 

Sillerman, who founded concert promoter SFX Entertainment and--through a massive acquisition spree--grew it into a national firm before selling it to Clear Channel Entertainment, has agreed to purchase 85 percent of Elvis Presley Enterprises' assets. Presley's only child, Lisa Marie Presley, inherited the estate. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

Hatebreed Add Hardcore Dates
liveDaily reports: Hardcore rockers Hatebreed have hammered out more dates for their current tour, which now stretches into mid-January. 

Dubbed the Heavyweights of Hardcore Tour, the 2004 shows feature support from Terror, Full Blown Chaos, No Warning and Sick of It All. 

The 2005 leg--tagged as the Heavyweights of Hardcore Tour 2, and featuring Agnostic Front, Diecast, Love Is Red and The Autumn Offering--has grown to encompass a number of new stops, including a two-night stand in the Phoenix area, and shows at two Southern California House of Blues clubs. [see full story for more including dates and ticket onsale info]- Click Here for the Full Story 

Source: liveDaily also has news on Keller Williams fills up early 2005 tour schedule, Gavin DeGraw sets up winter headlining tour, Briefly: James Brown, Ludacris, Erasure, Jimmy Chamberlin, Something Corporate plots more shows for winter tour, liveDaily Interview: Billy Martin of Good Charlotte and more click here to check it out

The Kennefit
press release reports: Solace, one of the premier doom bands, were dealt a near-fatal blow when their drummer, Kenny Lund, was diagnosed with cancer this past spring. The band had every intention of following up on the success of last year's "13" (MeteorCity), having played to unanimous raves at 2004's Emissions from the Monolith and Stoner Hands of Doom festivals and releasing a split CD with Albany's Greatdayforup. But with Kenny going in for treatment, the band's plans were put on hold. 

While it's fortunate that Kenny's recovering quicker than expected, there are still a considerable amount of medical bills involved. As such, friends of Solace are getting together to help raise money. The StonerRock.com sponsored 'Kennefit' is an all day show in New York City, taking place at both the Pyramid and at the legendary CBGBs on Saturday, December 18, 2004. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

Nick McAlister Debut
press release reports: Nick McAlister, a singer and bass player from Fredericksburg, VA will release his debut album "‘Bout Time" on December 16. The album contains 12 tracks of original classic rock, R&B, bluesy vocals and acoustic guitar harmonies. As the name suggests, this release was a long time coming. "The quality on this CD would fall in the premium category," Mary Rudy of Musik Reviewz Magazine writes. "I found myself trying to figure out which part of his talents he succeeded on more than others. Well, the more I listened to the 'Bout Time' CD the more I was convinced that McAlister is an superb songwriter, singer, musician."[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 
Journey Walk of Fame
press release reports: Having sold seventy-five million records since 1973, legendary rock-and-roll hit-makers, Journey, have earned their eternal star in Hollywood history on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. The ceremony will begin at 11:30am, January 21, 2005, in front of the Musician's Institute at 6750 Hollywood Boulevard. 

Journey was announced in early 2004 as one of only four other music artists chosen to receive a star on the famed boulevard of immortals. Helpful in fulfilling this honor are members of the band's Past & Present Committee and Journeydigest.com. 

To "Faithfully" celebrate this historic and momentous occasion, the band-Neal Schon (guitar), Ross Valory (bass), Jonathan Cain (keyboards), Steve Augeri (vocals) and Deen Castronovo (drums)-will be performing at the House Of Blues in West Hollywood, CA. Surprise guests, spontaneous jam sessions, and over three decades of hit songs should leave no doubt that this will be a show to remember. Tickets go on sale Saturday, December 18 at 10am Pacific Time via Ticketmaster and other usual outlets. - Click Here for the Full Story 

Free Razorlight
press release reports: "Calling all Razorlight Fans!" Razorlight will be performing on MTV2's new show "Discover&Download." MTV2 is looking for Razorlight fans in the New York area to be a part of it's audience. Tickets are FREE, to get them you must send an e-mail to "discover&download@mtvstaff.com". Please include your name, age, phone number and a picture. You must be between the ages of 16 and 24 You must provide your own transportation, MTV Will Not Be Paying For Travel. "- Click Here for the Full Story 
Le Peta
press release reports: Le Tigre and Peta2.com are teaming up for an online contest where fans can win hard-to-get autographed vinyl, featuring the song "New Kicks," off their newest album, This Island, Le Tigre t-shirts, and singles of "TKO". Visitors to Peta2.com can enter to win the contest and check out an exclusive interview with bandmember Johanna Fateman, who sticks up for bunnies and speaks out against fur. Contest ends February 14, 2005.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 
Doves Land in March
press release reports: Capitol Records will release Doves' Some Cities, the long-awaited follow-up to the British trio's epic 2002 breakthrough album The Last Broadcast, in the U.S. on March 1st. 

1. Some Cities
2. Black & White Town
3. Almost Forgot Myself
4. Snowden 
5. The Storm 
6. Walk in Fire
7. One of These Days
8. Someday Soon 
9. Shadows of Salford
10. Sky Starts Falling
11. Ambition
[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

A Static Release Date
press release reports: A Static Lullaby will release their new album, "Watch The Sunlight Burn," on April 5th on Columbia Records. A Static Lullaby have been confirmed for the entire Taste Of Chaos tour.- Click Here for the Full Story 
Best of 2004 Countdown
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. 

Today Mathew Schnake gives us his Top 5 of 2004. (click the full story link to read his comments on the CDs and for related links for release and to submit your picks for the readers choice list - and see past days lists you may have missed!) 

Mathew Schnake's Top 5 of 2004: 

1. Squarepusher - UltraVisitor 
2. Fantomas -Delirium Cordia 
3. Trevor Dunn - Sister Phantom Owl Fish 
4. Hives - Tyrannosaurus Hives 
5. Dillinger Escape Plan - Miss Machine 

- Click Here for the Full Story 

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