Day In Rock 12/28: Singer Missing in Thailand- Liza Hospitalized - Naughty Children's Toys eBayed- Nirvana Docu DVD- Jimmy Eat Liz- In Flame Tribute Dimebag- Modest Mouse TV- Alone in The Dark- Movielife Reunion- Hair Ballads- Union Reunion- Bon Jovi Complete CD- Incubus Solo Project- Bobby Vinton Nixes Tribute- John Doe Plans CD- Sodom Mayhem- more
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Nasum Singer Missing in Thailand
Blabbermouth reports: NASUM singer/guitarist Mieszko Talarczyk is among the 800 Swedes still missing in Thailand following the massive undersea earthquake measuring 8.7 on the Richter scale and resulting tsunamis along South Asia's coasts. 

The latest estimates are that over 23,000 have perished in the region. 

The remaining members of NASUM have posted the following message on their web site: 

"It's very hard for us to make this announcement, but since rumours are already out on the Internet we must make an official statement: Mieszko Talarczyk is missing in Thailand. 

"Mieszko and his girlfriend went to Thailand to spend the holidays. They left a few days before Christmas and were scheduled to return right after New Year's Eve.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

Nirvana Docu DVD
Blabbermouth reports: Canadian NIRVANA fan and documentary filmmaker Steven James May has announced the release of his documentary, "The Nevermind Year", on DVD. Told from the perspective of aging NIRVANA fan, "The Nevermind Year" explores the relationship between the suicide of punk-rock icon Kurt Cobain, and May's own quest for fulfillment in his 28th year. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 
In Flame Tribute Dimebag
Blabbermouth reports: IN FLAMES performed a cover of PANTERA's "f***ing Hostile" as a tribute to both "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott (PANTERA, DAMAGEPLAN) and the victims of the recent undersea earthquake and resulting tsunamis along South Asia's coasts during their headlining appearance at Monday night's (Dec. 27) "Hammered at Xmas" concert at London's Hammersmith Apollo. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

Source: Blabbermouth also has news on WINTERSUN Announce New Guitarist, TRAIL OF TEARS: New Album Release Pushed Back To February, Former ARCH ENEMY Singer JOHAN LIIVA Talks About NONEXIST, POISON, SCORPIONS, QUEENSRŸCHE Featured On Compilation Of Biggest Hard Rock Ballads Of All Time, SACRIFIST: 'The Well Of Sacrifice' Video Posted Online and more click here to check it out

Liza Minnelli Hospitalized 
ABC reports: Liza Minnelli was hospitalized early Monday after falling out of bed at her residence, police said. 

Minnelli was taken to a Manhattan hospital, according to Sgt. Gerry Falcon, a police department spokesman. A message left for Minnelli's publicist was not immediately returned. Her lawyer could not be reached for comment. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

Silly News: Naughty Children's Toys eBayed
HoustinChronicle reports: [Since it is an incredibly slow news day, this story might pick things up] An Antigua-based Internet casino Sunday paid $5,300 to a Pasadena man who decided to auction his sons' Christmas presents on eBay. 

The Pasadena man said last week that he decided to auction the three Nintendo DS game systems because he deemed his sons, ages 9, 11, and 15, undeserving of the gifts. The family's decision made national headlines, intriguing the online gambling casino, Kerr said. 

The money raised from the game system sale will pay for a new heater at Trinity Baptist Church, where the family worships in Pasadena. Kerr said the game systems will be donated to needy children selected by the Pasadena parents and the church. [see full story for a lot more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

Jimmy Eat Liz
NMC reports: Liz Phair makes a guest appearance on the latest Jimmy Eat World album, "Futures." Phair joins the band on its next single, "Work." [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 
Modest Mouse TV
NMC reports: This January, Modest Mouse is bringing the "Good News" to a TV screen near you. First, the Grammy-nominated group heads to "The O.C.," where Isaac Brock and bandmates perform a song off their latest album, "Good News For People Who Love Bad News." Modest Mouse will appear on "The OC" on January 6 at 8:00 pm ET / 7 pm CT on FOX. 

Then tune in to your local PBS station on January 22 to see Modest Mouse perform on the live music show, "Austin City Limits." [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

Alone in The Dark Soundtrack
The PRP reports: The track listing has been revealed for the upcoming soundtrack to the film "Alone In The Dark", it is as follows: 
Disc 1:
01 - Dimmu Borgir - "Vredesbyrd"
02 - Shadows Fall - "What Drives The Weak"
03 - Fear Factory - "Cyberwaste"
04 - In Flames - "Touch Of Red"
05 - Strapping Young Lad - "Devour"
06 - Agnostic Front - "Peace"
07 - God Forbid - "Gone Forever"
08 - Chimaira - "Down Again"
09 - Dark Tranquility - "Lost To Apathy"
10 - Exodus - "Blacklist"
11 - Machine Head - "Imperium"
12 - Soilwork - "Stabbing The Drama"
13 - Lacuna Coil - "Daylight Dancer"
14 - The Dillinger Escape Plan - "Panasonic Youth"
15 - Meshuggah - "Rational Gaze"
16 - Nightwish - "Wish I Had An Angel"
17 - Cradle Of Filth - "Mother Of Abominations"

[see full story for second disc listing]- Click Here for the Full Story 

Movielife Reunion
Punkbands.com reports: Northstar will be taking some time off, and has cancelled all upcoming shows through the end of the year. The band posted the following message on their site: We have cancelled all of our upcoming shows for this year. We need some time to take a step back for a while. Hopefully you somewhat understand. Thank you for your support. This has been a rough year. Replacing them at their December 27th show on Long Island at The Downtown will be labelmates and subsequent headliners As Tall As Lions. Of note are one of the openers, former MovieLife members Brandon Reilly (guitar) and Vinnie Caruana (vocals), who will reunite for a one time-only performance to play an acoustic set of songs.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 
Hair Ballads
BW&BK reports: On February 8, 2005, Sidewinder Music is releasing VH1 Classic Metal Mania: Stripped, an acoustic compilation of the biggest hard rock ballad hits of all time. The compilation features the following tracklisting: 'Every Rose Has Its Thorn' (POISON), 'Sister Christian' (NIGHT RANGER - new recording) 'Wind of Change' (SCORPIONS), 'Don't Know What You Got (Till It's Gone)' (CINDERELLA - new recording), 'Silent Lucidity' (QUEENSRYCHE), 'More Than Words' (EXTREME), 'I Saw Red' (WARRANT), 'The Way It Is' (TESLA), 'Miles Away' (WINGER), 'Ballad of Jane' (L.A. GUNS - new recording), 'When The Children Cry' (WHITE LION new recording), 'When I Look Into Your Eyes' (FIREHOUSE), 'Fly To The Angels' (SLAUGHTER), 'More Than Words Can Say' (ALIAS) and 'Save Your Love' (GREAT WHITE - new recording). - Click Here for the Full Story 
Union Reunion
BW&BK reports: BW&BK sources have learned that KISS drummer Eric Singer will replace Brent Fitz (VINCE NEIL) in the upcoming UNION reunion shows. Singer joins guitarist Bruce Kulick (ex-KISS), singer John Corabi (ex-MOTLEY CRUE), and bassist Jamie Hunting (ex-VINCE NEIL). Union's first official DVD is scheduled for release this spring. There is no news at this time if the band will do more shows or record a new album. [see full story for more, including dates]- Click Here for the Full Story 

Source: BW&BK also has news on WINTERSUN - Second Guitarist Found, TRAIL OF TEARS - Free Fall Into Fear Release Bumped Back, BW&BK Top 66 Of 2004 - The Countdown Begins!, ROUGH SILK - "Rough Silk Is Dead - Long Live Rough Silk!", NASUM Singer/Guitarist Feared Dead In Asian Disaster and more click here to check it out

Bon Jovi Complete CD
MTV reports: Bon Jovi want to give love a good name. The New Jersey rockers recently finished recording their ninth studio record, and singer Jon Bon Jovi calls it their most upbeat album ever. 

"After these trying times in the States this last year, we're trying to get back to some optimism, people accepting each other," Bon Jovi said. 

Telling of their optimism is the title of the first single, "Have a Nice Day," which the band performed at the American Music Awards last month. 

"It's a big rock record that I think is gonna surprise a lot of people," Bon Jovi said. "It's a very contemporary sound, a real rockin' record."[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

Incubus Solo Project
MTV reports: Incubus bassist Ben Kenney is keeping busy while his band is between touring and recording a new album. He's just completed a solo record titled 26, which is available through his Web site (www.BenKenney.com), and he's lined up a few live shows with his side project, the Division Group, which features Incubus turntablist DJ Kilmore. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 
Rockin New Year's
MTV reports: Forget loved ones ring in 2005 with Scott Weiland, Jadakiss, Mariah Carey or the Killers. Las Vegas is the New Year's Eve party mecca, but there are also shows being staged in Los Angeles, New York and even Connecticut. To help you avoid spending upward of $100 to experience New Year's Eve in a sweltering, crowded club while the DJ spins C+C Music Factory and dance remixes of adult contemporary tunes, here are some live music options taking place across the country 

Velvet Revolver In Las Vegas 

Jadakiss In Las Vegas 

Mariah Carey In Las Vegas 

The Killers In Los Angeles 

Wilco, Flaming Lips And Sleater-Kinney In New York [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

Source: MTV also has news on Mixtape Monday: The Year-End Spectacular , Moviegoers Spend A Record-Setting Christmas With 'The Fockers', John Mayer Sent To Principal's Office For Being Famous, Jenny McCarthy's 'Dirty' Movie Features Sum 41 Frontman, Tweet's Forthcoming LP: A Self-Help Guide To Romance, With Beats click here to check it out

Bobby Vinton Nixes Tribute
AP reports: Roses are red, my love, violets are blue. Sugar is sweet, my love, but a $100,000 tribute is too much ado. 

That's the message Bobby Vinton has for Canonsburg, the crooner's former hometown, in nixing plans for a statue and tribute to him. 

A group led by borough Councilwoman Jean Popp, who graduated from Canonsburg High School with Vinton in 1952, had hoped to raise $100,000 $70,000 for the statue and another $30,000 to publicize its dedication, including banquets, printed materials and souvenirs. 

But the 69-year-old Vinton, a '60s pop idol perhaps best known for the love song "Roses Are Red," e-mailed borough manager Terry Hazlett saying he wouldn't support the effort. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

John Doe Plans CD
Aversion reports: X singer/bassist front man John Doe calls on a slew of friends to lend a hand on his next solo effort. 

Doe's next, Forever is set to hit stores March 22 from Yep Roc Records. It's his first for the album, and the follow-up to 2002's Dim Stars, Bright Sky (iTunes). 

The veteran rocker shows off his networking skills with a mountain of guest appearances. Blasters and sometime X guitarist Dave Alvin joins Doe on "The Losing Kind," which also features Grant Lee Phillips. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

Source: Aversion also has news on Erasure Readies Album, Tour, Manson Video is Murder Evidence, Gatsby's Records Fearless Debut, Westerberg Recruits Band for Tour, New Crooked Fingers Coming and more click here to check it out

Sodom Mayhem
press release reports: Legendary German Thrashers SODOM has been confirmed to perform at next years Minneapolis Mayhem 2 Metalfest May 7, 2005. This will be their only North American performance. Also, will appear is Las Vegas, NV thrashers Avenger Of Blood.[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 Josh Kruk 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!) 

Josh Kruk's Top 5 of 2004: 

1. Slipknot- Volume 3: The Subliminal Verses 
2. Killswitch Engage- The End Of Heartache 
3. The Dillinger Escape Plan- Miss Machine 
4. Lamb Of God- Ashes Of The Wake 
5. Fear Factory- Archetype 

- Click Here for the Full Story 

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