Day In Rock 12/31: The Year in Rock Special
Compiled by Keavin Wiggins
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Best of 2004
Over the last three weeks of 2004 we unveiled our writers' picks for the best of 2004. 

Each day we posted a new Top 5 list from one of our writers, selected at random. Now at the conclusion we are please to present the master list comprised of the top picks from all of our writer submissions. Plus we also want to let the readers take part and asked for submissions for a readers' choice list. 

antiMUSIC Top 10 of 2004. 
(3 - 10 tied with two nominations each. Listed alphabetically) 
1. The Dillinger Escape Plan- Miss Machine. (6 nominations) 
2. Mastodon - Leviathan (3) 
3. Bigelf - Hex(2) 
4. The Blood Brothers -Crimes(2) 
5. Clutch/Blast Tyrant. (2) 
6. Converge - You Fail Me(2) 
7. Fantomas - Delirium Cordia (2) 
8. Interpol- Antics(2) 
9. Lamb Of God- Ashes Of The Wake. (2) 
10. Slipknot- Volume 3: The Subliminal Verses(2) 

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   Year in Rock Special

Here are some of the top stories reported on in the Day in Rock during 2004 (as they originally appeared in the report) 

Jan: Ryan Adams Injured
NME reports: RYAN ADAMS could lose 20 per cent of the movement in his wrist following a horrific fall in LIVERPOOL that has forced the cancellation of his NME AWARDS SHOW next month. 

On Sunday (January 25) Adams called NME.COM to give his only interview about the accident, which happened at the Liverpool Royal Court (January 22). Adams fell six feet into the orchestra pit and fractured his left wrist during ‘Shadowlands'. His leg is also injured and his microphone smashed his lip as he fell. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

Jan: Rush Guitarist Police Brutality Suit
MTV reports: Rush guitarist Alex Lifeson may sue Naples, Florida, authorities for police brutality following a New Year's Eve fight with cops at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel restaurant, according to a source close to the normally mellow Canadian rocker. 

During the melee, police broke the 50-year-old Lifeson's nose and zapped him four times with a stun gun. After being treated for his injuries, Lifeson (born Alex Zivojinovich) was taken to Collier County Jail, where he was photographed in a black jacket and blood-spattered tuxedo shirt. The guitarist spent two nights behind bars before posting $14,500 bail on Friday. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

Feb: Janet's Nipple
AP reports: Janet Jackson apologized Monday for an incident in which one of her breasts was bared for a moment as she sang with Justin Timberlake during the Super Bowl halftime show Sunday night. 

In a statement released Monday night, Jackson said it was a last-minute stunt that went awry. 

"The decision to have a costume reveal at the end of my halftime show performance was made after final rehearsals. MTV was completely unaware of it," Jackson said. "It was not my intention that it go as far as it did. I apologize to anyone offended — including the audience, MTV, CBS and the NFL." 

Jackson's performance with Timberlake sparked a federal investigation and set new standards for raunch in an entertainment industry that seems to be setting new highs — or lows — every day. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

Feb: Bono F**ked?
NME reports: As the furore grows in the US over JANET JACKSON's breast flash on live TV, it has emerged that BONO is under fresh attack from conservative politicians for saying ‘f***' over a year ago. 

At the 2003 Golden Globe Awards, the U2 frontman described the gong for ‘The Hands That Built America' from ‘The Gangs Of New York' as "really, really f***ing brilliant". 

Like Jackson's flash, his remark caused outrage. But in October last year, Bono was cleared of causing offence by US broadcast regulators the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) who ruled his speech "did not describe sexual or excretory organs or activities." 

However, Michael Powell, President of the FCC, announced in late January that he would seek to have the decision on Bono reversed. 

Rolling Stone reports that eleven Republicans have sponsored a resolution that asks the FCC to revoke the license of television stations that repeatedly air indecent material. And there is bill proposed by two other congressmen - Doug Ose and Lamar Smith> - that aims to completely ban, from all radio and network television broadcasts, the words: s***, piss, f***, c***, cocksucker, motherf****r and a**hole. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

Feb: Priest Drummer Gets 8 Years 
AP reports: The former drummer for heavy metal band Judas Priest was jailed Friday for eight years for the attempted rape of a 17-year-old boy whom he was giving drum lessons. 

David Holland was convicted last month of one charge of attempted rape and five counts of indecent assault on the teenager, who has learning difficulties, at the drummer's rural English home in 2002. 

Sentencing Holland in Northampton Crown Court, Judge Charles Wide said the drummer had planned the abuse and must never again be allowed to work with children. Holland, 55, denied the charges. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

Feb: Puddle of Mudd Arrest
Vh1 reports: Fans at a Puddle of Mudd show in Toledo, Ohio, got a lot less than they bargained for Sunday night when frontman Wes Scantlin cut the band's set short, announced he was too wasted to play and eventually found himself in police custody facing a disorderly conduct charge. 

Those in attendance said that a scant four songs into the band's performance at Headliners club Scantlin's bandmates walked off the stage, leaving a stumbling, hostile Scantlin alone. According to concertgoers, Scantlin was, by his own admission to the crowd, "too f---ed up" to perform. Still, he remained onstage for half an hour after the band's departure, shouting insults and profanity at the audience and singing songs that he seemed to make up as he went along. 

After incurring the wrath of the crowd, which hurled flotsam and profanity toward the stage, Scantlin headed back to his dressing room, where he was arrested by Toledo police for disorderly conduct-intoxication, according to The Blade. Charges of criminal mischief and misconduct involving a public transportation system were reportedly added when Scantlin spit in the Toledo police cruiser en route to his booking. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

March: Van Halen Reunite
liveDaily reports: Van Halen, a group that has been virtually dormant since its 1998 world tour ended, has finally announced that it is gearing up for its return to the road. 

According to information posted at the band's official website, the group is making plans for a tour that will include stops in Detroit; East Rutherford, NJ; Greensboro, NC; Hershey, PA; Kansas City, MO; Las Vegas; Philadelphia; St. Louis; St. Paul, MN; Wilkes-Barre, PA; and Worcester, MA. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

March: Bizkit Bomb Threat
Blabbermouth reports: LIMP BIZKIT were forced to cancel a concert in Poland on Monday night (March 22) after a bomb threat was called in two hours before the band were to take the stage. According to Onet.pl, the police received an anonymous phone call at 8:00 p.m. claiming that there was a bomb in the Spodek Sports Hall in Katowice, where the concert was to take place. Over 4,500 people, who came from all over the country, were evacuated. In order to keep everybody calm, the organizers informed the crowd that one of the band members was very ill and could not play. Many unhappy fans stood outside the venue for hours while the police searched it and found nothing.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 
April: Kelly Osbourne Drug Bust
Blabbermouth reports: Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne announced during their live appearance on CNN's "Larry King Live" Friday night that their 19-year-old daughter Kelly has entered the Promises drug and alcohol rehabilitation center in Malibu, California to treat an addiction to painkillers. 

According to Sharon, her publicist received a phone call from a British tabloid Friday morning asking for comment on a photo showing Kelly doing a drug deal. Sharon then confronted her daughter, who at first denied doing drugs. 

"Being a drug addict and alcoholic myself, I know telling the truth doesn't come easy," Ozzy said. "It's a family illness. It's in the genes. In this day and age, the availability of getting drugs is amazing." 

"I can't believe we were buying into it," he said. "The amount of pills I found in her bag was astounding." 

Sharon said that Jack Osbourne brought his sister to the rehab facility on Friday. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

April: Jacko Indicted
AP reports: Pop star Michael Jackson was indicted Wednesday by a Santa Barbara County grand jury investigating child molestation allegations, according to news reports. 

The Santa Barbara News-Press cited county sources but had no details about the indictments, nor was there any official confirmation or announcement. Similar reports by ABC, CNN, MSNBC and Web sites for The New York Times and USA Today cited sources that were not identified. 

Grand jury indictments are usually secret until a defendant is arraigned. The grand jury proceedings in the Jackson case replaced a preliminary hearing, which determines whether there is enough evidence for the case to go to trial. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

April: Bassist Murder/Suicide Victim
Blabbermouth reports: Former SOILENT GREEN bassist Scott Williams was killed Monday night (April 26) in an apparent murder-suicide. 

Williams and his roommate were fighting just before midnight at a home they shared in the 600 block of Bannerwood Drive in Gretna, Louisiana, according to investigator sources cited by TheNewOrleansChannel.com. 

Neighbors heard gunshots and called police. When officers arrived, they found one man with an apparent gunshot wound to the head and the other with an apparent gunshot wound to the chest. Both men were pronounced dead at the scene. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

April: Weiland Threatens Critic 
Blabbermouth reports: VELVET REVOLVER singer Scott Weiland has slammed Maxim magazine writer Jon Caramanica over his review of the group's debut album, "Contraband". 

[Weiland's comments are below - see full story for the review] 

"In his review of our album 'Contraband', Jon Caramanica of MAXIM knows about as much about me and my legal situation as he does about our music. The article mentions my legal status which states that I will be eligible for release from rehab in July. Sorry to break your heart and take the wind from your sails but I was sprung from rehab on the 22nd of April. Now Jon, Jon, Jon — come on now — my 'boozy' charm? Unless you were born yesterday you would know I was a dope fiend, not a boozer. Let's just get down to it Jon, this album sounds nothing like 'Appetite' and you know nothing about me, so if you're gonna make a record 'Album of the Month' then stop the punk-ass back-handed comments! 

"Let's meet up face-to-face and see just how 'boozy' I am in person — when I get 'manic' on your ass motherf***er!" [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

May: Courtney Meltdown
New York Daily News reports: Courtney Love outdid herself in Atlanta with a rambling set that left fans wondering whether she'll be able to pull out of her spiral. 

"I'd like to thank the Academy of Hell and the Devil for [messing] up my life," she told a crowd Sunday at the Music Midtown festival. 

A spywitness tells us: "She started crying and was saying, 'Give me back my kid and my money.' Everyone thought that it was very disturbing." 

At another point, recalls our source, "She undressed on stage and pulled out her boobs, then barely could get her bra back up." 

Love eventually pushed through security to jump into an SUV full of fans who had offered to give her a lift. Says the source: "The SUV returned her to the site shortly afterward. She was a mess!" [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

May: KISS Angers Muslims
News.com.au reports: KISS bass player Gene Simmons has caused an uproar among Australia's Muslim community by launching an attack on Islamic culture while in Melbourne. 

The lizard-tongued rock god who is touring Australia with the world's most enduring glam rock band launched an attack on Muslim extremists during an interview on Melbourne's 3AW radio. 

"Extremism believes that it's okay to strap bombs on to your children and send them to paradise and whatever else and to behead people," he said yesterday. 

The Israeli-born US musician went on to say Islam was a "vile culture" that treated women worse than dogs. 

Muslim women had to walk behind their men and were not allowed to be educated or own houses, he said. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

May: Nikki Sixx Attacks
Blabbermouth reports: Former MÖTLEY CRÜE bassist Nikki Sixx is said to have injured a fan at a BRIDES OF DESTRUCTION show in Las Vegas Saturday night (May 22) after allegedly hurling his bass guitar into the crowd during the band's performance. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 
June: Muse Glastonbury Tragedy 
Skynews reports: The father of the drummer of Muse, a headline act at Glastonbury, has died of a suspected heart attack at the festival shortly after the performance. 

Bill Howard, father of drummer Dominic, collapsed near the main Pyramid stage in the early hours of Monday morning. 

The 62-year-old, from Teignmouth in Devon, was pronounced dead soon afterwards. 

Police said the death was not being treated as suspicious and the family of the deceased are asking to be left in peace at this "dreadfully difficult" time. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

June: DMX Arrested
AP reports: Rapper and actor DMX was arrested on charges that he and another man tried to steal a car in a parking lot at Kennedy Airport, authorities said. 

DMX, whose real name is Earl Simmons, and Jackie Hudgins were arrested Thursday night after Port Authority police interrupted a dispute between the two and another man whose car they allegedly tried to steal, authorities said. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

June: Lollapalooza Canceled
VH1 reports: Three weeks prior to kickoff, Lollapalooza has been canceled. 

Organizers cited poor ticket sales as the reason the 31-date, 16-city trek was called off. This year's lineup was set to include Morrissey, Sonic Youth, PJ Harvey, the Flaming Lips and the String Cheese Incident. 

The decision to scrap Lollapalooza was made Monday evening (June 21), when organizers and promoters realized they stood to lose several million dollars. In all markets except New York, advance ticket sales were below estimates. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

Year in Rock Continued -  July / Dec


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