Day In Rock 12/27: Manson Teen Murder- Concert Tax- Terror Squad Car Crash- John Mayer Expelled From School- Prince Top Tour of 04- Bono Backs America- Worst Rock Actors- Black Label Society- Ill Nino- Dum Fux- Lacuna Coil - Top Metal Vids of 04- Danzig Tour- Chris Goss Hospitalized - Hoobastank- 3 Doors Seger- Emperor Reissues- more
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Manson Teen Murder?
NME reports: MARILYN MANSON's DVD 'THE GOLDEN AGE OF GROTESQUE' was played in court yesterday (December 23) in the trial of a teenager accused of murdering schoolgirl JODI JONES. 

The DVD - which shows two girls tied together near a track and struggling as hoods were placed over their heads - was seized by police from the home of Luke Mitchell, 16, who denies murdering Jodi on June 30 last year. 

He told detectives he bought the DVD two days after 14-year-old Jodi's naked and bloodstained body was found in woods near her home in Dalkeith, near Edinburgh. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

Source: NME also has news on Band Aid 20 sees off 'X Factor' winner in UK singles chart battle, Mean Fiddler attack new government plans, Ed Harcourt's lonely Valentine, The Zutons announce extra London show, Goldie Lookin' Chain's smokin' Christmas and more click here to check it out

Concert Tax
BBC reports: One of the UK's biggest music festival promoters has attacked government plans to impose new licence fees for outdoor concerts and other events. 

The Department for Culture, Media and Sport wants to levy fees of up to £50,000 to cover the cost of health and safety inspections. 

Mean Fiddler, the firm which runs the Reading and Leeds festivals, said it was "disappointing". 

The DCMS said it wanted to ensure the public were safe at festivals. 

The charges would apply for events which attract 6,000 people or more, and would start at £5,000, rising to a £50,000 levy on events which held more than 75,000 people. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

Terror Squad Car Crash
NMC reports: Christmas wasn't so merry for Terror Squad's Remy Martin. 

On Friday morning, December 24, Martin was involved in a car accident that sent her to the hospital. According to MTV, Remy was driving in her new BMW 645i Coupe in Fort Lee, New Jersey when her car was struck head-on by another vehicle. 

Remy sustained minor injuries and was sent to the hospital. [more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

John Mayer Expelled From School
AP reports: Grammy Award-winner John Mayer returned to his alma mater to be inducted into its Hall of Fame and wound up in the headmaster's office. 

The 27-year-old guitarist and singer, a 1995 graduate of Fairfield Warde High School, decided to attend the induction ceremony but was barred because of what school officials said were security concerns. They said they had not expected the pop star to attend. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

Prince Top Tour of 04
Reuters reports: In a dismal year for the touring industry, with ticket prices soaring and seats going unsold, music fans in North America partied like it was 1989 as Prince and Madonna topped the concert box office. 

According to freshly tabulated estimates provided by concert trade publication Pollstar, Prince sold $87.4 million in tickets in 2004, while Madonna earned $79.5 million. Prince also worked a bit harder for his payday, playing 96 shows, compared with 39 for Madonna. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

Bono Backs America
Rockdirt reports: ContactMusic.com reports U2 frontman Bono gets upset when he hears about other musicians complaining about having to travel to America to perform. "Waking up in Memphis, Tennessee, where Stax was born, or where Elvis Presley cut 'Mystery Train' or where Martin Luther King was shot dead is not crap. America is just full of possibilities. Nobody buys their cars anymore so it gets angry and Eminem happens - one of the great writers of the age comes out of Detroit." - Click Here for the Full Story 
Worst Rock Actors
Blabbermouth reports: KISS bassist/vocalist Gene Simmons has been named one of the worst rock-star actors of all time [in a new Blender list]. 

Ozzy Osbourne landed in 21st place, THE SPICE GIRLS at 19th, Mick Jagger at 17th, and Sting at 24th. 

The top 10 is as follows:
01. Madonna
02. Bob Dylan
03. Mariah Carey
04. Jon Bon Jovi
05. Elvis Presley
06. Britney Spears
07. Vanilla Ice
08. Neil Diamond
09. Gene Simmons
10. Master P
- Click Here for the Full Story 

Black Label Society Tour
Blabbermouth reports: BLACK LABEL SOCIETY have announced more dates in support of their upcoming CD, "Mafia", due on March 8, 2005 via Artemis Records. 

Jan. 22 - West Hollywood, CA @ House Of Blues 
Mar. 11 - Anaheim, CA @ House Of Blues 
Mar. 12 - Las Vegas, NV @ House Of Blues 
[see full story for more, plus a preview of the new CD]- Click Here for the Full Story 

Ill Nino Go Heavier
Blabbermouth reports: ILL NINO drummer Dave Chavarri has posted the following message on the band's official web site: "We're home now writing new music for our third CD, which is sounding f***ing brutal, and will be much heavier than our past two efforts. We start recording our third CD in February 2005, and is to be released in the summer of 2005!" [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 
Dum Fux New Year's
Blabbermouth reports: ON A PALE HORSE (featuring ex-SLIPKNOT guitarist Josh Brainard), MOORE and KNUCKLEBONE have been confirmed as the opening acts for SLIPKNOT singer Corey Taylor's "goofy cover band" DUM FUX on New Year's Eve (Dec. 31) at The House of Bricks in Des Moines, Iowa. Doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets cost $15 in advance or $20 at the door.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

Source: Blabbermouth also has news on Dallas Magazine Apologizes For Running DIMEBAG 'Casket' Photo, RAZORWIRE: Live Video Available For Download, VALE Part Ways With Former DEAD TO FALL Drummer, Seek Replacement, TORCHE: Debut Album Preview Posted Online, RUDRA Complete Work On New Album and more click here to check it out

Lacuna Coil Best Seller
siN's metal news reports: Here's from the official LACUNA COIL site: 

"'Comalies' is Century Media America's top-selling album of 2004. It sold nearly 150,000 copies in the U.S. over the last 12 months. 'Comalies' broke every C.M. sales record and it remains the best-selling C.M. release ever to this day."- Click Here for the Full Story 

Top Metal Vids of 04
siN's metal news reports: As voted on by the people, the top videos of 2004 on Headbangers Ball, were as follows:

 5. Killswitch Engage- End of Heartache
4. Korn- Y'all want a single
3. Shadows Fall- What Drives the Weak
2. Converge- Fault and Fracture
1. Slipknot- Duality 
[see full story for 6-18]- Click Here for the Full Story 

Danzig Tour
siN's metal news reports: SMNnews.com can reveal that DANZIG will be heading out on tour next year, and in tow will be KATAKLYSM and TRIVIUM. The first dates we have are: 


February 25 - Cleveland, OH @ Agora Theater
February 21 - Chicago, IL @ House of Blues 
February 22 - Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue
[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

Source: siN's metal news also has news on Leaves' Eyes - Final tour report and pictures; Eastern European, North, Central and South American tours in 2005, Merry Christmas From SMNnews.com, 4Q Radio - Christmas Edition Online, Life Eternal - Demo Online for Download, Glastonbury - UK Festivals Leeds/Reading - 'Tax on Fun' and more click here to check it out

Chris Goss Hospitalized 
Totalrock reports: Masters Of Reality mainman Chris Goss has been hospitalized with an undisclosed illness. No details have been revealed, but he is thought to be in a critical condition.- Click Here for the Full Story 
Hoobastank In June
Totalrock reports: Hoobastank confidently expect to have their third album recorded and ready for release by June.[more]- Click Here for the Full Story 
3 Doors Seger
Totalrock reports: Bob Seger guests on the new 3 Doors Down album, 'Seventeen Days'. He lends his vocals to the song 'Landing In London'.[more]- Click Here for the Full Story 
Emperor Reissues
Totalrock reports: Classic black metal band Emperor are to have their back-catalogue re-released by Candlelight next year, between March and June. Each record will have bonus material. The details are: 'Wrath Of The Tyrant' (this includes very rare, exclusive early rehearsal footage, plus live outtakes from the band's first tour), 'In The Nightside Eclipse' (this features edited material from a live show in Oslo for the song 'Towards The Pantheon', plus clips from live recordings in 1997)[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

Source: Totalrock also has news on AFI Cover NIN, Leaves' Eye Star Signs Solo Deal, Bled Recruit Bassist, Turbo-charged DVD, Satyricon Pair Deny Rape Charge click here to check it out

Doug Gillard Goes Top 10
press release reports: Well this really made our day. Amazon.com just named Doug Gillard of Guided By Voices's excellent debut solo LP "Salamander" on our BT-associated label Pink Frost/Big Takeover Records, as their #8 PICK in their TOP 10 ALTERNATIVE ROCK ALBUMS OF 2004!!!! Holy Moly!! It's even two spots ahead of Elliott Smith's final LP, ">From the Basement on the Hill," which came in at #10. Not that we don't agree, of course, but we are totally honored, and hope that this tidbit will cement the idea that this is a truly special, ambitious, and completely realized LP and not some solo LP spare-time knockoff. [see full story for hear why]- Click Here for the Full Story 
NY Deli Launch
press release reports: A new magazine, The Deli, focused on the New York City music scene launched in early December 2004. The Deli focuses on the underground rock, pop and folk bands that fill the city's bars, clubs and concert venues as well as the studios, producers, promoters, equipment retailers and manufacturers who help bring the NYC indie sound to the wider public. The first magazine of its kind focused wholly on New York City, The Deli is available free of charge at music-oriented locations across the city.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 
2 Cents: Closing the Door On 2004
[It's time for Chuck DiMaria to give us his 2 cents on 2004. One cent is below, click the full story link to get the other!] 

Well, as the New Year inches closer and closer to us all, I think we should take a moment and reflect on some of the wonderful things 2004 gave us:

 Let's see, where shall we begin? Well, there was Janet Jackson's nasty ol' boob flopping out all over the Superbowl. To this day, I'm still amazed at the uproar, the indignation, and the heavy fines levied in the wake of Boobgate. That just doesn't seem right to me. Where is all of this righteous indignation when you really need it? (Like when Ashlee Simpson got her own reality show?) 

Speaking of poptarts with over-inflated egos (among other body-parts), we recently discovered that neither Ashlee nor Lindsay can sing live. (How come nobody gives their kids normal names anymore? Those two names got "Stripper" written all over them. So does "Tara", but I digress.) I'm a fan of Pop Music, but it's in pretty sad shape recently. As a matter of fact, let's make it official; Pop Music is dead. 

Speaking of dead, ODB died and I'm not sure how I feel about that one, yet. I'm not entirely sure exactly what his contribution to hip-hop was and how his passing is going to change the landscape of rap music. However, like most dead rap stars, ODB is still putting out albums, so it may be a while before we know exactly what it's like not having him around. 

Speaking of not having someone around, Ray Charles also passed on. The man was a genius and there's no question about that at all. I'm sorry he died before he got a chance to see the biopic "Ray", starring Jamie Foxx. (Same thing goes for Rick James. I miss ya, Rick.) In the words of The Lemonheads, it's a shame about Ray, but since he wasn't really going to see the film anyway, no big loss there. 

Speaking of no big loss, Courtney Love hasn't been seen flashing her boobs or flapping her lips in NYC lately, so there's hope that maybe, just maybe, that fifteen minutes of fame is coming to a long-overdue end. [That's 1 cent, click the full story link to read the other!] - 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 Hobo 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!) 

Hobo's Top 5 of 2004: 

1. Mastodon - Leviathan 
2. Dillinger Escape Plan - Miss Machine 
3. Aborted - Gormageddon 
4. Converge - You Fail Me 
5. Pig Destoryer - Terrifyer 

Special mention
Napalm Death - Leaders Not Followers, Part 2
Meshuggah - I 
Blood For Blood - Serenity 

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