Day In Rock 12/23: JA Rule Shooting- Bjork Brawl- Lee Vs Crue- EPA Vs Korn- 2Pac No 1- MC5 Lawsuit- Ska is Dead- Maiden America?-  50 Cent Sued- Doors Cover Suit- Freddie Perren RIP- Sabbath Recovery- Son Seals RIP- Overkill Set Release- Iha Does Ivy- FoW Bsides- Queen Reunion Debut- Staind Name Suit- Doherty Tells All- more
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Tomorrow (Christmas Eve) we will have a shorter edition of the Day in Rock due to the holiday. 
JA Rule Shooting
MTV reports: Police in Peoria, Illinois, are investigating a nightclub shooting that occurred during an afterparty for Ja Rule, who had just finished performing at the Peoria Civic Center. 

According to a police report, Ja Rule was standing near the dance floor at Club Ignition around 1 a.m. on Monday, speaking to a crowd of people when someone approached him and threw a drink at him. A scuffle broke out between several males on the dance floor, but it was broken up by the time police reached the area. 

…As the crowds exited, a gunshot rang out in the vicinity of Club Ignition's stairwell entrance. Hundreds of partygoers began to panic, pushing and shoving their way out onto the street or back into the club. … a short while later officers did locate a victim outside the club, Peoria resident Marshall Payton, who had suffered a small-caliber bullet wound to his left hip. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

Source: MTV also has news on Jay-Z, 50 Cent, Nelly, Ludacris Get Into The Holiday Spirit, Mariah Carey's Dreaming Of A Disney — And Broadway — Christmas, Snoop Dogg Sues Unnamed Woman For Extortion, With Assist From Eminem, Tupac Takes Top Slot On Albums Chart, Chingy Bringing Powerballin' On The Road In January and more click here to check it out

Bjork Brawl
Ananova reports: A fight broke out in a New York nightclub after a man accidentally doused Icelandic singer Bjork with ice water. 

The fashion designer known as KAI had been attempting to balance a champagne bucket on his head when the accident happened. 

A soaked Bjork quickly left the club with a friend as bouncers at the club tried to control the mayhem. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

Source: Ananova also has news on Madonna's 'bad behaviour' at Oscars exposed, Single success for X Factor's Steve, Robbie plays down drugs comments, McFly to release Red Nose single, Usher and Naomi 'on the rocks' and more click here to check it out

Lee Vs Crue
BW&BK reports: Rocker Tommy Lee has killed fans' excitement over MOTLEY CRUE's reunion - by announcing the music they're currently making is "kind of wack". 

And while fans look forward to the re-teaming, Lee, who is still on unfriendly terms with Neil after the two had a fistfight six years ago, remains unenthusiastic. 

He tells Blender magazine, "This whole thing's kind of wack. I'm not sure any of (the songs) are that great. 

He adds, "One thing I don't miss about Motley Crue is seeing Vince's bloated, disrespectful ass every day." [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

Maiden America?
BW&BK reports: According to the IRON MAIDEN bulletin board at Ironmaiden.org, a Finnish press release says that the band will tour North America from June to August next year. Iron Maiden's last European tour date is in July 9th (at Ullevi Stadium in Gothenburg, Sweden). The press release also mentions that if Maiden headlines Ozzfest 2005, tour dates won't be revealed until February.- Click Here for the Full Story 

Source: BW&BK also has news on MEGADETH Guitarist Glenn Drover - "Taking It One Day At A Time", NAPALM DEATH - Road Warriors Head Home For X-Mas, SATYRICON Rape Case Update, More Dates Confirmed For SOILWORK, DARK TRANQUILLITY, HYPOCRISY Tour, Venue Revealed For Bloodstock Open Air and more click here to check it out

EPA Vs Korn
Blabbermouth reports: The Environmental Protection Commission of Hillsborough County filed a lawsuit Tuesday in connection with a Dec. 7 concert by KORN at the open-air Ford Ampitheatre at the Florida State Fairgrounds, which generated higher noise levels and more complaints than any other concert, according to the St. Petersburg Times. The EPC is asking for a temporary halt to amphitheater events and hefty fines against Clear Channel Entertainment and the Florida State Fair Authority for past noise violations. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 
2Pac No 1
liveDaily reports: 2Pac's "Loyal to the Game" was the top-selling album in the U.S. over the last week, marking the late rapper's third posthumous No. 1 album. 

According to Billboard, Tupac Shakur's album sales have topped 18 million units since his 1996 murder. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

Source: liveDaily also has news on New Found Glory hits small venues on 2005 headlining tour, Snoop Dogg goes on the prowl with winter tour, New band to back Paul Westerberg on Western swing, Briefly: Sevendust, 3 Doors Down, Son Seals, Fountains of Wayne, Canada's Sum 41 tours home country this winter and more click here to check it out

MC5 Lawsuit
DiS reports: The three remaining members of Detroit rock legends, The MC5, are to be sued by the widow and children of MC5 lead singer Rob Tyner over rights to the group's recordings, compositions and the MC5 trademark. 

Rob Tyner's widow, Rebecca Derminer and her children with Tyner - son Robin Derminer and daughters Elizabeth Derminer and Amy Vallandi - have filed suit against Wayne Kramer, Michael Davis, Dennis Thompson and their related businesses. Tyner died of a heart attack in September 1991. The fifth member the MC5s, Fred (Sonic) Smith, died in 1994. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

Source: DiS also has news on FoW do American Football ad and plan new discs, DiScussion: Pete Doherty Newsnight, Pixies plan new DVDs, and Frank Black and Breeders return... Hal and The Magic Numbers strike out in February. Hand in hand, Mars Volta fans: "What you're doing is f*cked" and more click here to check it out

Ska is Dead... Again
Pollstar reports: Skankers must not have taken the title literally when the Ska Is Dead tour did its maiden voyage this spring, because another one is on the way. The only thing that's same is the Web site, www.skaisdead.com. The four bands that toured in 2004 (Mustard Plug, Catch-22, Big D & The Kids Table, and Planet Smashers) will be replaced by ska vets Voodoo Glow Skulls and MU330.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 
50 Cent Sued
Gigwise reports: 50 Cent has appeared in court to issue official statements for a civil law suit that stems from an allegation from New York Post photographer, James Alcorn, who claims that the rappers entourage assaulted him. 

Alcorn is suing 50 Cent for $21 million alleging that the rapper appointed 7 men to attack him, reports AllHipHop. 

Alcorn has said he suffered "severe and serious injuries, mental shock, and psychological trauma" from the attack that occurred in August 2003. 

The G Unit rapper has testified that he was not associated with the men who allegedly attacked Alcorn. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

Doors Cover Suit
AP reports: Forty tenants of the Morrison Hotel — which is pictured on the cover of The Doors' 1970 album of the same name — filed a "slumlord" lawsuit against the residential hotel's owners. 

The 90-year-old downtown hotel is best known for its depiction on the album cover, which features members of the band looking out a window bearing the hotel's name. 

A civil lawsuit filed Tuesday in Superior Court claims Hope Pico Co., which owns the hotel, and Sauli Danpour, the hotel's manager, failed to "repair the unsafe, unsanitary and uninhabitable conditions." [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

Freddie Perren RIP
AP reports: Grammy Award-winner Freddie Perren, who produced records for Gloria Gaynor, the Jackson 5 and the "Saturday Night Fever" album, has died. He was 61. 

Perren, who lived in Chatsworth, died Dec. 16 after a long illness, said his wife, Christine Yarian Perren. He suffered a major stroke 11 years ago, she said. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

Sabbath Recovery
AP reports: Stolen gold and silver discs won by Ozzy Osbourne's band Black Sabbath were recovered after thieves dumped them behind trash cans. 

The discs were reported missing last week after a burglary at the home of Osbourne's former manager Patrick Meehan, in Edenbridge, Kent, southeast England. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

Son Seals RIP
Reuters reports: Blues singer-guitarist Son Seals, one of the most distinctive voices to emerge in the genre during the 1970s, died Monday in Chicago of complications from diabetes. He was 62.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 
Overkill Set Release
Metal-Rules reports: Long-running New Jersey thrashers OVERKILL have set "Relix IV" a the title of their new album, tentatively due in March 2005 via Spitfire Records in the U.S. and Regain Records in Europe. [see full story for more including tracks]- Click Here for the Full Story 
Iha Does Ivy
NMC reports: A Perfect Circle and former Smashing Pumpkins' guitarist James Iha will make a guest appearance on the forthcoming album from New York alternative act Ivy. Ivy's new album is called "In The Clear," and will be released sometime in March, according to the band's web site. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 
FoW Bsides
Aversion reports: The Fountains of Wayne are rounding up their B-sides for a compilation due in spring. 

The band is scraping the vaults to collect nearly every B-side it's issued in its eight-year recording career, according to Billboard. The still-untitled compilation is in the works for a 2005 release from S-Curve Records. - Click Here for the Full Story 

Source: Aversion also has news on Snuff Retrospective in the Works, Turbonegro Makes DVD, Ani DiFranco Preps 13th Album, The Explosion Loses Guitarist, My Chemical Romance Shoots Video, Social Distortion Tours On in 2005 and more click here to check it out

Queen Reunion Debut
Totalrock reports: Queen are to make their live debut with new vocalist Paul Rodgers in South Africa. They're playing at an AIDS benefit show on March 19. The event is called 46664, and is organised by Nelson Mandela.- Click Here for the Full Story 
Staind Name Suit
Total Rock reports: Staind are taking legal action against John C. Stainbrook, claiming trademark infringement and breach of contract. They're also looking to get a legal commitment that their trademark registrations are valid. The band say they're being forced to take such action, because Stainbrook himself is suing them, insisting that they acquired the rights to the name in 1999 through fraudulent means. - Click Here for the Full Story 

Man all this legal action for the holidays. At least the lawyers will have a happy New Year. 

Source: Totalrock also has news on Pentagram Blast London, Overkill: New Album, Satyricon Guitarists On Rape Charge, Apocalyptica Support Rammstein, Thunder's 'Seventh' Album, Priest Add Dates and more click here to check it out

Doherty Tells All
Gigwise reports: Pete Doherty appeared last night in a special Newsnight interview in which he spoke about his rocky road to success. 

Everyone knows the story, his drug addictions led to him being kicked out of the band he co-founded with Carl Barat, The Libertines. After forming his new band Babyshambles, Doherty has led an extremely haphazard and chaotic life from travelling to Thailand to beat his addictions to a string of no-shows at his own gigs that last weekend led to massive stage invasion by angry audience members. [see full story for more details]- Click Here for the Full Story 

Chiodos Sign with Equal Vision
press release reports: Equal Vision is proud to welcome Michigan's Chiodos to the roster. 

With members between the ages of 18-20, they not only bring tremendous amounts of youthful energy to their live show, but also show an amazing amount of determination to bring their music to the masses. 

Chiodos will be recording their EVR debut in early 2005. To hear a new demo for the upcoming album click the full story link- Click Here for the Full Story 

Chevelle SnoCore
press release reports: Epic recording artists Chevelle will headline this year's Winterfresh SnoCore tour presented by MTV2. The platinum trio will amplify a lineup that features heavy hitters Helmet, Crossfade, Epic labelmates Future Leaders of the World and Strata. The trek begins January 22 at 8150 in Vail, Colorado. 

"When people look back at the music of 2004, they'll remember it as the year of lip-synching and 'wardrobe malfunctions,'" says Chevelle drummer Sam Loeffler. "So what better way to launch 2005 than with a tour featuring real rock bands? There won't be any gimmicks or fake vocals--just a huge show featuring a killer lineup. That's called starting the year off right." "We're really psyched about this tour," adds vocalist Pete Loeffler. "SnoCore has supported a lot of great bands and this year's bill is one of the best. Plus," he laughs, "It's a chance for us to rock out with our snow boots on." [see full story for more, including dates]- 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 Marie Braden gives us her 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!) 

Marie Braden's Top 5 of 2004: 

1. Prince - Musicology 
2. Loretta Lynn - Van Lear Rose 
3. Tesla - Into The Now 
4. Bon Jovi - 100,000,000 Bon Jovi Fans Can't Be Wrong 
5. Bret Michaels - Right Now, Right Here/All I Ever Needed 

- Click Here for the Full Story 

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