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Day In Rock 2/10: MTV Censorship- 50 Cent Shock- Darkness Testi on Tele- Metallica's St. Flaws- White Bunny- Evanescence Grammy Reunion- In Stores- Ozzfest Predictions-  Arena Jovi- Diana Ross Jailed For DUI- Tower Falls- Auf der March- Priest In A Box- Killswitch Heartache- Nirvana- Jet- more
by Keavin Wiggins
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The Day in Rock Monday antiMUSIC.com's look at Today's Top Rock News Stories From Across the Web

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MTV Censorship
Reuters reports: In the aftermath of Janet Jackson's controversial Super Bowl breast exposure, MTV has decided that pop tart Britney Spears may be a bit too "Toxic" for daytime tastes. 

The music channel, which produced Jackson's notorious halftime duet with Justin Timberlake, said on Monday it has moved six of its racier videos, including Spears' video for her new single, "Toxic," from daytime to late-night rotation. 

MTV's decision also applies to offerings from alternative rock bands Blink 182 and Maroon 5 and the rap-rock outfit Incubus, whose video for the song "Megalomaniac" depicts an Adolf Hitler character with angel's wings flying over a crowd. 

In a statement issued by the band's publicist, Incubus guitarist Mike Einziger mocked MTV's play-list alteration, saying, "It's ironic that this MTV scrutiny comes from an incident where someone bared their chest in public, while for the first time, our singer has his shirt on for an entire video." - Click Here for the Full Story 

Wonder if they will show reruns of Undressed and Sorority Life instead?

50 Cent Shock
Rolling Stone reports: Rolling Stone caught up with some stars backstage at the Grammy's. Here are a few quotes from the article. 

Evanescence's Amy Lee on 50 Cent rising when he didn't win Best New Artist: "I was in so much shock already, that that was kind of like, 'What? I expected him to win, as well as I guess he did. I think basically it was a statement for him that he felt he should have won." 

Dave Matthews on the Janet controversy: "There's been tits since before there's been entertainment." 

Weird Al Yankovic on winning Best Comedy Album: "I'd like to thank all the little people I had to step on to get where I am today." - Click Here for the Full Story 

Click the full story link to find out what Joe Perry thinks of Christina and read Yokos word's of nudity.

Metallica's St. Flaws
Rockdirt reports: Metallica frontman James Hetfield has admitted that many of the songs on the group's latest CD, 'St. Anger', are "long-winded" and could have been made shorter without taking away any of their potency. Asked during a recent interview with the Australian radio station Triple J to share some insight with regards to a possible songwriting/production approach on the band's next album, Hetfield said, "Well, songwriting… Now that we've explored writing together — everyone together all the time — I'd like to… You know, we're comfortable with that, I'm comfortable putting a subject out there, everyone writes their thoughts down, collectively, lyrically we get together and do some cool stuff. I'd like to get a little more open with the other aspects, like song arrangement, stuff like that. My opinion is some of the songs are a little long-winded, on 'St. Anger', and they could be shortened up and still be as potent. But it was our message this time to just have an onslaught of, 'OK, it's over. Oh my God, it's not over!' But I feel this way of writing is very inspirational, and it brings us even closer together." - Click Here for the Full Story 

Yes and Lars could have splurged for a proper snare drum instead raiding Bob Rock's kitchen. (no complaints, we haven't had a pots and pans joke in a while)

White Bunny
NME reports: WHIRLWIND HEAT are to release their new single 'PINK' on February 23, featuring MEG WHITE dressed in a bunny suit on the cover. 

The White Stripes' drummer - a friend of the band - posed as a white rabbit for the photo when the two groups were touring together in Japan. - Click Here for the Full Story 

Slow news day.

Shoe Festival.. Opps Warped
Aversion reports: Everyone's favorite shoe commerical, the Warped Tour, announced its routing plans for this summer's festival. 

This year's installment, the tour's tenth year on the road, features appearances by The Alkaline Trio, NOFX, Coheed and Cambria and Bad Religion on its main stage. Ticket sale dates vary by location. - Click Here for the Full Story 

You want the dates huh? Well all it takes is a click. 

Ratt Spatt Over
BW&BK reports: According to sources, the long-running RATT/ Stephen Pearcy litigation came to a merciful closure on February 5th. A United States judge has ordered that WBS Inc.'s motion for summary judgment be denied. 

WBS is the corporation name for band members Warren DeMartini (guitar), Bobby Blotzer (drums) and Stephen Pearcy (vocals) and was at the center of all the litigation. - Click Here for the Full Story 

What in the hell does that mean you ask? Who knows? 

Torie Goes Avion
Avion Music reports: After two successful records as the frontman of the Tories, Steve Bertrand is embarking on a new musical chapter with the band avion. The album is slated for a March 23, 2004 release in a joint venture between the console and Image Entertainment. 

The cd features 13 tracks with guest appearances by Rami Jaffee of the Wallflowers, Sergio Andrade of Lifehouse, and Matt Bissonette of The Ringo Starr Band. The album was produced by Bertrand with four songs co-produced by Stuart Brawley who also mixed the majority of the record. Songs from the forthcoming album have already been featured on NBC's "AUSA", MTV's "Tough Enough, Real World" and NBC's "Scrubs". 

The band features Jamie Wollam (drums), Josh Dunahoo (guitar), Ben Hazlett (guitar,keyboards) and Joey Clement (bass). - Click Here for the Full Story 

I know we have some Tories fans among us. 

In Stores
RIFTrock reports: Hitting stores on February 10th: 
Damageplan, New Found Power
Byzantine, The Fundamental Component
Probot, Probot
Glass Casket, We Are Gathered Here Today... 
Thunderstone, the Burning
Into Eternity, Buried in Oblivion
Red Tape, Radioactivist
Rescue, Volume Plus Volume Plus
Wolverine, Cold Light Of Monday
Tad Morose, Modus Vivendi
46 Short, Just A Liability
Beloved, Failure On
Ann Beretta, The Three Cord Revolution
The HorrorPops, Hell Yeah
Evening, Other Victorians
The Subhumans, Live in A Dive
Break the Silence, Near Life Experience 
Descendents, Merican EP
- Click Here for the Full Story 

Evanescence Grammy Reunion
Blabbermouth reports: EVANESCENCE won "Best New Artist" and "Best Hard Rock Performance" at Sunday's Grammys, months after co-founders Amy Lee and Ben Moody parted ways. 

Their first reunion since breaking up in the middle of EVANESCENCE's European tour was onstage Sunday — and it wasn't a happy one, according to the Associated Press. 

"We didn't really say anything," Lee, the group's lead singer, told reporters backstage. "We just said congratulations. It was kind of strange." 

Moody, sporting long hair, a goatee and silver cane with a skull's head, said he had grown increasingly unhappy being a part of EVANESCENCE, which he created with Lee when they were at a summer camp together. 

"Amy and I spent eight years together, and spent that time at a very early age. By the time we became 22 and 23 we were just entirely different people," the group's former lead guitarist said. "One day I just heard a voice that said you got to leave." - Click Here for the Full Story 

Ozzfest Predictions
siN's metal news reports: The folks over at siN's metal news are once again this year presenting a special Ozzfest section where they not only give your the latest tidbits about the tour but also offer up some predictions (and confirmations) on who will take part. Will Metallica be on Ozzfest 04? Judas Priest? Superjoint Ritual? Britney Spears? Click the full story link to see what it's all about, get the confirmations and predictions. - Click Here for the Full Story 

Darkness Testi on Tele
Launch reports: If you think the Janet Jackson scandal at the Super Bowl was bad, lead singer Justin Hawkins told LAUNCH that, thanks to an overly tight pair of pants, he had his own "coming out" incident not too long ago. 

"We were on a TV show in Wales and I was doing my usual sort of headstand with the splits, and then it sort of split a bit too much and one of my testicles fell out on television," Hawkins said. "Which is always nice, you know, the kids loved it. Kind of hard to justify, but it was a horrendous experience really, for everybody concerned." - Click Here for the Full Story 

Bon Jovi Fills Different Arena
AP reports: Jon Bon Jovi packed the arena, but the big draw wasn't his live music. The singer-songwriter received a mix of cheers and teen-idol screams when his picture was shown on the videoboard before the New Orleans VooDoo beat the Philadelphia Soul 42-34 on Sunday in the first Arena Football League game for both expansion franchises. 

Even with the loss, which ended when the Soul's desperation pass fell short, the Bon Jovi-co-owned team has already been a runaway success off the field. 

The pregame scene resembled something you'd usually need a backstage pass to see. Photographers filled the field as Bon Jovi and guitarist Richie Sambora, who owns a 2-percent stake in the team, walked around. - Click Here for the Full Story 

Diana Ross Jailed For DUI
AP reports: Diana Ross was convicted Monday of driving under the influence and ordered to spend two days in jail. 

The R&B diva, who telephoned into the city court hearing from New York, pleaded no contest to DUI. Two related charges were dropped. 

Tucson Magistrate T. Jay Cranshaw found Ross guilty of DUI and sentenced her to serve 48 hours in jail before March 9 and to complete at least 36 hours of alcohol-abuse treatment by Aug. 9. She also was sentenced to a year of unsupervised probation and fines and fees totaling about $850. 

"She got whatever an ordinary citizen ... would have received," said Ronald Beran, a deputy city attorney. - Click Here for the Full Story 

Got to watch trying to drown those Love Hangovers.

Tower Falls
AP reports: The parent company of Tower Records, the pioneering record merchant that invented the music megastore and became one of the nation's largest music and video retailers, has filed for bankruptcy, the company announced Monday. 

MTS Inc., the privately held parent of the West Sacramento-based chain, said it has filed a prepackaged plan of reorganization and voluntary petitions for reorganization under Chapter 11 as the concluding step in a debt restructuring that began in May 2003. 

The company filed in U.S Bankruptcy Court in Wilmington, Del., the day after the record industry celebrated itself with the Grammy Awards. 

The filing is expected to help clear the way for selling the 93-store chain that suffered from rapid changes in the music business, especially the exploding popularity of downloading music for free from the Internet. Discounters such as Best Buy, Circuit City and Wal-Mart Stores also undercut Tower's prices and hurt the chain's earnings. - Click Here for the Full Story 

Auf der March
Loud Planet reports: Auf der Maur, the band formed by ex-Hole/Smashing Pumpkins bassist Melissa Auf der Maur, will release their debut self-titled album on 1st March 2004 via Capitol Records. Track listing is as follows: 1) Lightning Is My Girl, 2) Followed The Waves, 3) Real a Lie, 4) Head Unbound, 5) Taste You, 6) Beast of Honor, 7) I'll Be Anything You Want, 8) My Foggy Notion, 9) Would if I Could, 10) Overpower Thee, 11) Skin Receiver, 12) I Need I Want I Will. 'Followed The Waves' will be released as a single on 16th February.- Click Here for the Full Story 

Priest In A Box
Rock Fury reports: Judas Priest has officially revealed the details of the new box set titled "Metalogy". It is to be released through Sony Music/Legacy Records on May 4th. The set contains 4 discs, composed of various hits, B-sides, and rare songs. It will also include a full-color book with a timeline, discography, biographies and previously unreleased photos. The initial copies of "Metalogy" will include a bonus DVD of an out-of-print concert previously only available on VHS, from their "Screaming for Vengeance" tour. - Click Here for the Full Story 

Check the full story link for track listing. 

Killswitch Heartache
I Ate Your Microphone reports: Killswitch Engage have chosen "The End Of Heartache" as the title of their forthcoming third album, which is currently due to hit stores on May 11th through Roadrunner Records. A few working track titles which will appear on the effort are as follows: 'Bid Farewell', 'World Ablaze', 'When Darkness Falls', 'Rose Of Sharyn', 'Declaration', 'Take This Oath', 'The End Of Heartache' and 'Break The Bonds'. The album is currently being mixed in the UK by guitarist Adam Dutkiewicz alongside ex-Sabbat member Andy Sneap, and features artwork from Killswitch Engage bassist Mike D'Antonio.- Click Here for the Full Story 

MTV Says Nirvana The Greatest
Net Music Countdown reports: MTV2 has listed their picks for the ten "Greatest Rock Bands in the Modern Era". 

In the same list as Nirvana and Radiohead, are Linkin Park and No Doubt, who are both on the charts this month. 

The top ten are as follows: 
1: Nirvana 
2: Metallica 
3: Guns N'Roses 
4: U2 
5: Radiohead 
6: Linkin Park 
7: Red Hot Chili Peppers 
8: Green Day 
9: Pearl Jam 
10: No Doubt - Click Here for the Full Story 

Near Platinum Jet
Net Music Countdown reports: Jet have sold 800,000 albums and are soaring towards the magical number of "one million". 

If the rock quartet hit one million they will join a handful of Australian bands who have sold that many records; AC/DC, INXS, Savage Garden, John Farnham and Men At Work. 

Elektra, their label, is said to have made Jet their number one priority which will, most likely mean sales, sales, and sales. - Click Here for the Full Story 

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