Day In Rock 12/20: Nugent Vs Bono- Mean Charlotte- DMX Arrested Again- Boss Ripoff- Jacko Ranch o'Kids- Cadillac Tramp Dies- Linkin Park Delay- SnoCore- iPod Tax- Devildriver - Dimebag Foundation- Labels Vs Red Cross- PJ Harvey Quits- Geezer Butler- C.O.C.- Withering Surface Split- Ernie Cortez RIP- Stryper Break 8th Commandment?- Wilson to Smile on Glasto- more
Compiled by Keavin Wiggins
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Nugent Vs Bono
Blabbermouth reports: Conservative rocker Ted Nugent recently told Launch Radio Networks that he disagrees with U2 singer Bono about the Irish singer's campaign for Third World debt relief, as well as his support for total civilian disarmament. Asked what he would say to Bono in a conversation, Nugent replied, "I'm sure I would be civil, but I would bring those subjects up and go, 'Come on. Come on! What part am I missing here?' In Rwanda they have total disarmament. In the Sudan they have total disarmament. About 6,000 (people) died yesterday. Come on! It's unbelievable. It's the hippie, get high, drop out, as long as I feel good cult. It's just embarrassing." - Click Here for the Full Story 
Linkin Park Delay CD Plans
Blabbermouth reports: LINKIN PARK's Mike Shinoda recently told Launch Radio Networks it might be a while before the group gets around to making their next studio album. After more than a year's worth of touring to promote 2003's "Meteora" and their other recent projects, "We are trying to change up the pace a little bit," he said. "We'll probably be working on a lot of other projects before we get started on the next LINKIN PARK album. We want to give our fans some different stuff, so as not to be redundant. Everyone is looking for great creative avenues to explore. It's no secret that we like to keep working, so it's safe to say that you can expect a number of things from us in the coming months." [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 
Rock Never Stops 05
Blabbermouth reports: More information has been revealed regarding the upcoming Rock Never Stops 2005 tour, featuring headliners CINDERELLA, RATT, QUIET RIOT and FIREHOUSE. 

According to CINDERELLA's management, dates for the trek will begin in late May and run through August, and will include amphitheaters, festivals, fairs and theaters. The actual routing is being worked on and will be announced in the not-too-distant future. - Click Here for the Full Story 

Source: Blabbermouth also has news on WITHIN Y Part Ways With Guitarist, ADAGIO Finish Recording New Demo, JON OLIVA'S PAIN: Greek Set List Revealed, ORPHANED LAND: 'Ocean Land' Video Posted Online, REDEMPTION Complete Work On Sophomore Album and more click here to check it out

Mean Charlotte
Rockdirt reports: Hilary Duff's boyfriend Joel Madden of Good Charlotte made rival teen queen Lindsay Lohan's little brother cry at last Friday's Z100 Jingle Ball. Told that one boy was Lohan's brother, Duff whispered to Madden, who snapped: "Get me your mother!" When Dina got to the dressing room, Madden told her: "Until your daughter publicly apologizes to [Hilary], you're not getting any autographs!" The spy revealed, "Cody started crying, he was so upset. Dina was just appalled." [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 
DMX Arrested Again
MTV reports: DMX, who pleaded guilty last week to driving under the influence and reckless endangerment, was arrested Wednesday for charges including speeding, driving an unregistered vehicle and third-degree aggravated unlicensed operation. The rapper, whose real name is Earl Simmons, was driving 104 mph in a 65 mph zone on Interstate 684 in North Castle, New York, according to The Associated Press. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 
Boss Ripoff
AP reports: A benefit concert by the Boss is bringing out big bids on eBay. But some people offering tickets at several times their face value for an intimate performance Sunday by Bruce Springsteen may be running afoul of anti-scalping laws. The face value of the tickets is $100 each. 

Three pairs and one single ticket to the sold-out shows were listed recently at prices ranging from $750 to $2,000 for the pairs and $780 for the single seat. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

Jacko Ranch o'Kids
AP reports: Christmas came early for some 200 children who got to play at Michael Jackson's amusement park and meet Santa Claus. "I hope you have a wonderful day. Merry Christmas. I love you," the pop singer called out to the children Friday from the driveway of his estate. 

Jackson, who faces trial next year on child molestation charges, appeared happy during the few minutes he spoke to the arriving throng. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

Cadillac Tramp Dies
Aversion reports: Cadillac Tramps guitarist Mike "Mad Dog" Combs was found dead after an extensive search at a Colorado ski resort. 

Combs, an avid snowboarder, became the state's first ski-related fatality. Searchers located his body in clump of trees at the base of Vail mountain, the resort just west of Denver. It is unclear how he died. [more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

Source: Aversion also has news on Franz Ferdinand Plays Secret Gig, Unseen Record With Dropkicks Bassist, Pete Doherty Goes to Pot on Stage, Victory Signs Aiden, B-52s' Love Shack Burns and more click here to check it out

SnoCore Dates
The PRP reports: The first blast of dates have been announced for the 2005 edition of the "Winterfresh Sno-Core Tour", which will feature Chevelle, Helmet, Strata, Crossfade and Future Leaders Of The World, they are as follows: 
January 22nd Vail, CO - 8150 Club
January 23rd Salt Lake City, UT - In The Venue
January 24th Las Vegas, NV - Hard Rock Hotel - The Joint
January 25th Tempe, AZ - Marquee Theatre
January 27th San Diego, CA - SOMA
[see full story for more dates]- Click Here for the Full Story 
iPod Tax
tinfoil reports: Canada's Copyright Act allows the Copyright Board of Canada to apply levies to blank media such as blank CDs, DVDs and cassettes. Unfortunately, the wording of the act is ambiguous and the board has since included digital devices that could be used to store music, including MP3 players and memory cards often used in digital cameras. 

This decision now calls into question the legality of copying MP3s to iPods and other devices. By paying the tax, Canadians were granted the right to copy their music to their MP3 players. Now that the judge has declared that the MP3 players were not a recording medium, Canadians may not be allowed to copy their music to their MP3 players, if they purchased the device after December 15th. The Copyright Act clearly defines media that legally can be used for private duplication of copyrighted material and MP3 players no longer meet that criteria. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

Devildriver Soph Release
Digital Noise reports: DevilDriver have tentatively set May 17th as the release date for their upcoming as-yet-untitled sophomore album. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 
Dimebag Foundation
Digital Noise reports: For those people wishing to make a donation in Dimebag's name, two special memorial funds have been established. The Dimebag Darrell Memorial Fund has been set up to cover bereavement and medical expenses for John 'Kat' Brooks, Chris Paluska, and Jeffrey 'Mayhem' Thompson. Please make checks payable to 'The Dimebag Darrell Memorial Fund.' Donations can be sent to the mail-only address: 

Dimebag Darrell Memorial Fund
110 SW Thomas
Burleson, TX 76028
[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

Source: Digital Noise also has news on Trent Reznor Remixes U2's "Vertigo", Sworn Enemy Post Two New Tracks Online, The Dillinger Escape Plan's Video for "Setting Fire To Sleeping Giants", More Dates Announced for Upcoming American Head Charge, Otep, Candiria and The Autumn Offering Tour, Dates Announced for Upcoming Slipknot, Lamb Of God and Shadows Fall Tour and more click here to check it out

Labels Vs Red Cross
Wired reports: The recording industry will ask the International Red Cross to freeze a trust fund allegedly controlled by the owners of Sharman Networks, an Australian software company. 

The music industry maintains that Sharman, the maker of the Kazaa peer-to-peer software, is owned by several companies through a trust fund registered in the Pacific island nation of Vanuatu. The Red Cross is the only beneficiary specifically named in the trust, so the recording industry, which is suing Sharman, is asking the organization to voluntarily freeze the fund until a verdict is reached in the Australian Federal Court. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

PJ Harvey Quits
NME reports: PJ HARVEY sensationally revealed onstage in PARIS last night (December 17) that she is quitting playing live. The star was performing in front of 350 competition winners at Studio 287 in northern France when she announced: "This is the last show I will ever play." The comment came in the wake of the likely last ever live show from The Libertines on the same bill. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 
Beatle Guitar Sells Big
AP reports: A classic Gibson guitar played by George Harrison on the Beatles' "Revolver" album and by John Lennon during the recording of the "White Album" sold Friday to an anonymous bidder for $567,500, Christie's auction house announced. 

The cherry-red SG Standard guitar belonged to Harrison from 1966 through 1969, and holds a special place in Beatles history. Harrison used the guitar in recording sessions and in several of the band's increasingly rare public appearances, and loaned the guitar to Lennon during sessions for the "White Album," according to Darren Julien, whose Julien Entertainment co-sponsored the auction. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

Geezer Butler Release Date
IAYM reports: Black Sabbath bassist Terrence "Geezer" Butler's forthcoming new solo album "Ohmwork" is said to be eyeing a tentative April 19th release date through Sanctuary.- Click Here for the Full Story 
C.O.C. Release Date
IAYM reports: Corrosion Of Conformity have set an April 05th release date via Sanctuary for their long awaited new album "En Los Brazos Del Dios". - Click Here for the Full Story 

Source: IAYM also has news on Sinch: "Clearing The Channel", Plot To Blow Up The Eiffel Tower: "Fascist Brothel" Tracklisting , Shootyz Groove: "Heard That All Before", Sno-Core 2005 Tour Dates, GWAR: 2005 U.S. Tour and more click here to check it out

Withering Surface Split
Metal-Rules reports: After 10 years in action, Withering Surface have decided to call it a day. 

Since the foundation of the band in 1994, Withering Surface committed them selves to melodic death metal. Seen by many as the Danish pioneers of the genre, they gained a large following from the early stage. 

However, in December 2004 the five current members, Nikolaj Borg (drums), Jacob Krogholt (guitar), KB Larsen (bass), Allan Tvedebrink (guitars) and Michael H. Andersen (vocals) jointly decided to split up the band. 

The most obvious reasons for the split are lack of inspiration and different opinions on the mission for the band. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

Ernie Cortez RIP
Lambgoat reports: For those that haven't heard the sad news, Powerhouse bassist and West Coast hardcore stalwart Ernesto "Ernie" Cortez passed away earlier this week following a battle with cancer. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 
Stryper Break 8th Commandment?
ElectricBasement reports: A few bands and some Mexican Christian concert promoters have launched a website (http://www.stryper-pay-back.tk) calling into question STRYPER's business practices, claiming the band unfairly asked for $100,000 to do a Christian metal show which they originally agreed to do for less. The issue is that the band did not show up for the gig yet still kept over $50,000 according to the website. The event also included the bands MORTIFICATION, NARNIA, SAVIOUR MACHINE. Stryper has issued few statements on the matter and, as of this writing, are only planning on reimbursing the promoters with internet sales of T-shirts that would have been featured at the event. - Click Here for the Full Story 
Wilson to Smile on Glasto
DiS reports: According to an article on efestivals.co.uk, it says, according to an article on the Bristol Evening Post website, that Michael Eavis has said that ex-Beach Boy Brian Wilson is to bring his ‘Smile' show to Glastonbury next June.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 
Ultimate Collectable?
Ananova reports: A pair of Bryan Adams' sweaty socks have been sold for nearly £600. 

The unwashed socks that the 45-year-old rocker wore before his Children In Need appeal performance in Wrexham last month sold on eBay for £551. 

The black Armani socks were auctioned by Bluestone Cars after Adams left them behind in the back of one of their vehicles when he changed costumes for his performance. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

Joe Burns New CD
press release reports: Joe Burns, a singer and guitar player from Houston, TX will release his new album "Things Ain't What They Seem" on December 21. The album contains 13 tracks of Texas alternative, acoustic slide, chunky guitars and strong melodies. Joe Burns takes the elements of alternative rock crossover acoustic and electric blues and blends it to forge a new aural frontier. Musicdish.com writes. "The diversity of his unique guitar licks make it difficult to figure out what section of the music store this should go in."[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 
Electric Frankenstein Prep New Release
press release reports: By paying homage to the architects of street-smart rock by fiercely supporting DIY labels, Electric Frankenstein champions rock for the masses, freeing it from its oppressive corporate stranglehold. ElectricFrankensteinand VMS Records have joined forces to release the band's most raucous and over-the-top effort to date, Super Kool. Featuring 8 new tracks of neckthrottling, guitar-thrashing punk rock gems, including a suitand-tie-massacring version of the Sex Pistols rare cut "Satellite," Super Kool takes its place as yet another rock‘n'roll masterpiece for this fiercely creative band. Augmented further by subversive original artwork courtesy of Johnny Ace, Super Kool reaffirms Electric Frankenstein's unwavering commitment to ear-splittingly high energy punk rock ‘n' roll. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 
Metal Blade Red Death
press release reports: Metal Blade Records has officially inked a worldwide deal with the upstate New York metal band The Red Death! Having previously released a six-song EP with Crooked Halo Records, this will be the bands first full-length album due to hit stores in the Spring/Summer of 2005. The Red Death just finished up recording at Indie Audio in Syracuse, NY to record their Metal Blade debut with producer Jason "Jocko" Randall (Ed Gein). [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 
Best of 2004 Countdown
As we close in on the New Year, 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 antiMUSIC Editor Keavin Wiggins 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!) 

Keavin Wiggins's Top 5 of 2004: 

1) Angie Aparo - For Stars and Moon
2) Anthrax - The Greater of Two Evils
3) Nirvana - With the Lights Out 
4) The Blood Brothers - Crimes
5) Gary Jules - Trading Snakeoil For Wolftickets 

Rank hath its privilege, so I decided I needed to do a separate Top 5 list of Indie releases 

1) Twelvehourmary - Blowing Over
2) Johnny Jones and the Suffering Halos - Johnny Jones and the Suffering Halos
3) Bigelf - Hex 
4) Cyber-Jack - The Great Red Spot
5) mellowdrone - go get em tiger 

- Click Here for the Full Story 

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