Day In Rock 2/6: Nipplegate Lawsuit- Bono F**ked?- Beck's Rabbit Trouble- Cold Guitarist- Obituary Reunite- Ryan Adams- Rotten Resigns- Reznor Recording-  AC/DC- Slipknot & Fear Factory Tour?- Pay Song-Swappers?- Trouble in Margaritaville- Tower Falls?- Bad Religion - Rap Violation- Rollins- More
by Keavin Wiggins
The Day in Rock Friday antiMUSIC.com's look at Today's Top Rock News Stories From Across the Web

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Laws End Beck's Rabbit Giveaway
Aversion reports: Those pesky animal rights laws have put a stop to the stupidest promotion in rock history. 

Because of a California penal code that prohibits using rabbits or fowl as an inducement to enter a contest, Beck's plans to give away his pet rabbit to promote the DVD release of Sea Change. - Click Here for the Full Story 

California lawmakers have nothing better to do than pass laws about giving away bunnies? The next thing you know they'll ban smoking in bars. 

Cold Guitarist
Blabbermouth reports: COLD have announced the addition of guitarist Eddie Rendini (ex-DARWIN'S WAITING ROOM) to the group's ranks. Rendini joins the band as the replacement for Terry Balsamo, who recently left COLD to hook up with EVANESCENCE.

"I just wanted to thank everyone for this amazing welcome into an amazing family!" Eddie said in a statement posted on COLD's official message board. "Destiny has a funny way of working itself out… and it was just meant to be that I would be writing and performing with these brilliant musicians. So, I would just like to take this opportunity to let you all know that I will do the very best that I can to not let you guys down.. and thanks for the very warm extended welcome. With every page that is turned.. there is a new one that follows.. And the story does not end here! Scooter, Kelly, Jeremy, Sam and I… we're gonna blow this s*** up! Thanks again!"- Click Here for the Full Story 

Obituary Reunite
siN's metal news reports: The reunion of OBITUARY is now confirmed on the Metalfest.com website for the 1st annual Sun N' Steel Florida Metalfest, held March 6th and 7th at Pinellas Expo Center in Tampa, Florida. Other bands added are THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER, ENTOMBED, ANAL BLAST, 3 INCHED OF BLOOD and other locals. Also confirmed are the "NWOBHM ALLSTARS" featuring AL ATKINS (JUDAS PRIEST), JESS COX (TYGERS OF PAN TANG) and, DENNIS STRATTON (IRON MAIDEN, PRAYING MANTIS).- Click Here for the Full Story 

Nipplegate Lawsuit
AP reports: Terri Carlin wants to make Janet Jackson's bare breast into a federal case. 

Carlin filed a proposed class action lawsuit in U.S. District Court Wednesday against Jackson, singer Justin Timberlake, broadcasters MTV and CBS and their parent company, Viacom. 

Carlin alleges that she and others who watched the halftime show during Sunday's Super Bowl were injured by the performers' lewd actions when Timberlake ripped off part of Jackson's costume, exposing her breast. - Click Here for the Full Story 

It was bound to happen--you can sue over anything these days. On a positive note, think of the headlines if she wins? Woman injured by Breast Wins Suit!

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. - Click Here for the Full Story 

Ryan Adams Surgery Success
NME reports: The surgery on RYAN ADAMS' broken left wrist has been "successful", according to doctors. 

As previously reported. Adams has undergone surgery to repair a broken left wrist after a fall from the stage at the Liverpool Royal Court. All shows in Europe and the US were cancelled as a result. - Click Here for the Full Story 

Rotten Resigns
Chart Attack reports: Last month, with much disdain, we told you that punk-rock-star-turned-self-parody John Lydon had signed on to appear on British reality TV program I'm A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! 

Earlier today, Lydon left the show, but not because the nation gave him the boot — he actually requested to be relieved of his duties. ITV, the British station that carries the show has not offered a reason for Lydon's request. 

Lydon's exit comes after the singer let off a string of swear words on Tuesday when it was revealed that the public did not vote him off. Yet, while the exile in Australia didn't seem to be to Lydon's liking, it did do wonders to his career at home in England. According to the BBC, sales of The Sex Pistols' Never Mind The Bollocks have gone up by 168 per cent in the last week. - Click Here for the Full Story 

Cure For Retirement
Aversion reports: Cure founder Lol Tolhurst will rejoin the music world in March. 

Joining forces with singer Cindy Levinson, Tolhurst combines electronic and organic sounds in the act's debut, Perfect Life, due out in March from Full Contact. 

Tolhurst cites musical trends such as the new wave revival that's made his early work with The Cure chic again as the inspiration for his return to music. - Click Here for the Full Story 

Reznor Recording
Blabbermouth reports: NINE INCH NAILS mastermind Trent Reznor is in Los Angeles writing songs for his next record, the follow-up to his 1999 double album, "The Fragile", according to MTV.com. Veteran producer Rick Rubin will likely work with Reznor on the record, which was previously rumored to be titled "Bleedthrough". - Click Here for the Full Story 

Join Henry Rollins
Blabbermouth reports: Punk rock icon Henry Rollins, currently in the middle of a spoken-word tour, has revealed to The Ithaca Journal that he is in the process of looking for new group members to back him up. 

"As far as my musical pursuits, I am a mediocre talent," he said, "But at least I give it my all and I always have great musicians around me. 

"I want to play strange, discordant music with people who are dedicated," he added. "Playing in a band with me is like boot camp." - Click Here for the Full Story 

AC/DC DualDisc
BW&BK reports: Sony Music have released a few titles on a new form of CD/DVD disc called DualDisc. 

Included in the 13 titles that have been released in the test market of Boston and Seattle is AC/DC's Back In Black album. 

DualDiscs are double-sided discs, with one side being an audio CD and the other side being a DVD. 

The AC/DC album proclaims the DVD side contains the "Entire Album In Superior Sound", which in this case means it has two-channel 48kHz PCM. - Click Here for the Full Story 

BW&BK will hook you up with links to get more info on this new format

Zakk Release
RIFTrock reports: Ozzy Osbourne sidekick and guitarist Zakk Wylde has set the release date of Black Label Society's forthcoming album, Hangover Music: Volume 1 for April 20th. The disc is said to comprise of material mainly on piano and accoustic guitar, much in the vein of Wylde's 1996 solo album Book of Shadows. No tracklisting was given. - Click Here for the Full Story 

Dez Vs...
siN's metal news reports: KATAKLYSM frontman Maurizio Iacono has given a response to Dez Fafara's latest comments: 

"First off, how can you have bought my new album when it only comes out in March? ...Anyways, I find it weird for someone to realize after 8 years of playing nu-metal with COAL CHAMBER that he hates everything he ever was during that time...it took you a damn long time to realize it, I guess it's never too late. 

Where I come from (the underground) touring is not about money to support your family, you just didn't get my point.. so you're wrong about my so called bitterness towards that situation. Yes, it's an ok sideline of course but you do it because you love it and because its what you believe in. So you didn't get it right or you're in it for the wrong reasons. 

With this said.. I have a proposal for you, KATAKLYSM is presently working on a Headlining tour with MISERY INDEX and ALL THAT REMAINS for may..there's still a spot available, put your money where your mouth is and join the tour. Let's see if you can handle a true underground tour..but warning: this ain't SEVENDUST so bring a helmet!"- Click Here for the Full Story 

Slipknot & Fear Factory Tour?
siN's metal news reports: According to the Cleveland, OH Clear Entertainment site, FEAR FACTORY is listed as playing as one of the bands under SLIPKNOT on the upcoming Jagermeister tour. 

No word on if they will be on the entire tour. Other rumored acts include: 


 The tour will feature 6 bands in total, with some rotating off and on over the duration of the tour. Expect an OFFICIAL PRESS RELEASE next week!- Click Here for the Full Story 

Pay Song-Swappers?
Reuters reports: Internet users could collect paychecks rather than lawsuits when they share music through "peer-to-peer" networks like Kazaa, under a proposal outlined by an industry trade group on Thursday. 

Rather than losing millions of dollars in potential sales to online song swappers, the recording industry should give them a cut of the revenues when they distribute songs in a protected format, the Distributed Computing Industry Association said. 

The scenario follows two others put forth by the trade group in an effort to forge peace between peer-to-peer networks and the major record labels that have hounded them and their users in court. 

DCIA chief executive Marty Lafferty said record labels could see sales grow by 10 percent over the next four years if they embraced the new technology, much as movie studios increased their market when they embraced the videocassette recorder in the 1980s. - Click Here for the Full Story 

Trouble in Margaritaville
AP reports: Some people may claim the indoor smoking ban is to blame, but others think, it could be his fault. 

Singer Jimmy Buffett has filed a federal lawsuit seeking to prohibit a Hockessin restaurant from calling its outdoor bar "Margaritaville," the name of his 1970s' ode to the frozen tequila drink. 

In a lawsuit filed Monday, Buffet claims the outdoor bar at Samantha's Cafe violates a trademark he holds on the Margaritaville name, which is used at Buffet-approved nightclubs in Jamaica, Mexico, Las Vegas, New Orleans, and Key West and Orlando, Fla. 

Restaurant owner Mark Chew, 41, said he would not fight the world-famous singer in court and is changing the bar name to Samantha's Patio. - Click Here for the Full Story 

We heard Chew originally offered Jimmy a salt shaker to replace the one he lost. Obviously, that wasn't good enough.

40 Years Ago Today...
AP reports: Just after 1 p.m. on Feb. 7, 1964, a Pan Am flight from London landed at New York's Idlewild airport. It was carrying a revolution, in the shape of four shaggy-haired musicians from Liverpool. 

Over the next two weeks The Beatles stormed America, appearing three times on "The Ed Sullivan Show" and playing concerts in front of thousands of fervid fans. By the time they flew home, the Fab Four were the most famous band in the world, and the nature of celebrity had changed forever. 

The Maysles brothers' film of the visit, shot originally for British TV, is being rereleased on DVD to coincide with the 40th anniversary of the birth of Beatlemania in the United States. 

"The Beatles: The First U.S. Visit" was filmed with handheld camera in the brothers' influential "direct cinema" style, giving — even four decades on — a remarkably fresh and intimate portrait of the band on the cusp of its biggest fame. 

The Beatles' first appearance on "The Ed Sullivan Show" on Feb. 9, 1964, was watched by more than 70 million people — 40 percent of the U.S. population. A second appearance a week later drew similar figures. - Click Here for the Full Story 

Before you write complaining that it was 40 years ago on Saturday (7th) remember we don't publish on the weekend. So don't get all anal on us.

Tower Falls?
AP reports: Tower Records, the pioneering record retailer that invented the music megastore, is likely to file for bankruptcy to aid a potential sale, a source close to the matter said Thursday. 

A filing could involve swapping debt for equity in a move to reduce Tower's debt burden and clear the way for a potential buyer, the source said, speaking on condition of anonymity. The bankruptcy was likely to come within a week, the source said. 

MTS Inc., the privately held parent of the West Sacramento, Calif.-based record retailer, declined to comment on the possible Chapter 11 filing. Such a filing would be nearly a year after MTS decided to sell Tower because it could not pay $5.2 million in debt on $110 million in bonds sold in 1998. - Click Here for the Full Story 

Justin Turns on Janet
Herald Sun reports: POP star Justin Timberlake yesterday said he was shocked, appalled and embarrassed that Janet Jackson's breast was flashed to 100 million US television viewers when he ripped off her bodice on stage. 

"When what happened, happened, I was completely shocked and appalled," he told Los Angeles' CBS 2 News. 

The all-American singer said that, according to a plan devised by Jackson and her choreographer earlier Sunday, he was to pull on the bustier and expose her red lace bra, not her naked breast, covered only by an ornate nipple-cap. 

"It was, 'Oh my God, oh my God'. I was completely embarrassed. I don't feel like I need publicity like that and I wouldn't want to be involved in a stunt, especially not a stunt of this magnitude," he said. - Click Here for the Full Story 

Hey it was a slow news day. 

Bad Religion To Strike
I Ate Your Microphone reports: Bad Religion have set "The Empire Strikes First" as the title for their forthcoming new album, which is expected to hit the stores on June 08th.- Click Here for the Full Story 

Click the full story link for more info on the upcoming reissues and DVD

Fleetwood Sues BBC
Ananova reports: A founding member of Fleetwood Mac is suing the BBC for millions over the release rights to recordings by rock bands including the Beatles and The Who. 

Bee Load, jointly owned by Mick Fleetwood, claims BBC Worldwide reneged on a seven-year-old music licensing and distribution agreement. 

Bee Load claims that it had an agreement with BBC Worldwide to produce and market CDs culled from archive tapes, which include 14 hours of unreleased music by the Beatles. 

Bee Load claims that BBC has released records without sharing the profits, in violation of the contract. - Click Here for the Full Story 

Rap Violation
Ananova reports: A US man has been ordered to listen to Verdi's La Traviata after playing 50 Cent's music too loud in his car. 

Michael Carreras was driving with friends with the sunroof and windows open while listening to the rapper's music on his CD player. 

A police officer stopped him and gave him a ticket for violating the city's strict noise laws, reports ITV.com. 

The incident occurred near Miami Beach, where if your stereo can be heard from 100 feet away, you can be charged. 

Carreras was ordered to listen to two hours of the opera. 

Judge Jeffrey Swartz told him: "You've imposed your music on me and now I'm going to impose my music on you." - Click Here for the Full Story 

Not rock related but pretty funny so it's included here.