Day In Rock 2/24: Puddle of Mudd Arrest- Gene Simmons A**hole- FBI Stick It To Music- Dropkick Fans- Pixies Sellout- Courtney Stalker- Staind Chicken- Jet- Stone Temple Trial- Blasters- Hetfield Helps WM3- Iggy Linkin Korn Metallica Download- A7X Throw Down- Les Gray RIP- Lost Hooba Prophets- 666 DVD- more
by Keavin Wiggins
The Day in Rock Tuesday antiMUSIC.com's look at Today's Top Rock News Stories From Across the Web

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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.- Click Here for the Full Story 

How long until the class action lawsuit from the concertgoers is filed? more details at the full story link. You can check out a video of this story including footage of the show and Scantlin's arrest by visiting this link (thanks Blabbermouth) 

Gene Simmons A**hole
Billboard reports: Kiss bassist/singer Gene Simmons will inaugurate his own label April 20 with the release of his second solo album, "***hole." 

The set is a follow-up to Simmons' 1978 self-titled solo debut, released in conjunction with albums by each of the original members of Kiss -- guitarist Ace Frehley, singer/guitarist Paul Stanley and drummer Peter Criss. Issued on the Casablanca label, "Gene Simmons" peaked at No. 22 on The Billboard 200 albums chart. - Click Here for the Full Story 

FBI Stick It To Music
Aversion reports: The Federal Bureau of Investigation won't be taking the matter of music piracy lightly. In fact, it's such a priority for the bureau, it's developed stickers to help staunch the flood of illegally traded music. 

The FBI announced that soon stickers warning music buyers of the gravity of infringing copyrights will be placed on all CDs. 

The stickers read: "The unauthorised reproduction or distribution of this copyrighted work is illegal. Criminal copyright infringement, including infringement without monetary gain, is investigated by the FBI and is punishable by up to five years in federal prison and a fine of $250,000." - Click Here for the Full Story 

Dropkick Fans
Chart Attack reports: Dropkick Murphy's Al Barr doesn't have a lot of love for fans that talk about his group on the net. When asked by Chart Attack about online discussions about line-up changes for the band, Barr responded, "These f***ing kids with their computers today! I still live in the dinosaur days, but my wife knows how to use them. She tells me about these electronic mails I get. It's crazy. People tell me what's going on in the world. But then everyone gossips! You get these five kids that sit and talk, making themselves sound like an army; like bagpipes in the fog� they seem massive. They make a band think they're the most popular band in the world, but it's a few kids with no life �cause they're on the f***ing computer. If they had a life, they'd be out living it! How about trying to be in a band? See how that grabs ya! These people that judge your life and bitch, 'Oh, I gotta go� my mom just came in!' f*** right off!"- Click Here for the Full Story 

Pixies Sellout
press release: Eleven of the twelve PIXIES' North American reunion headline dates went on sale this past weekend, and all sold out, most within just moments of the box offices opening. All tickets for the Calgary show went in eight minutes; Edmonton, Spokane, Eugene and Boise went clean in five minutes; Winnipeg's tickets were gone in three minutes, two Vancouver shows sold out in seven minutes. Tickets for Victoria and Regina have also all been grabbed up; Saskatoon's 1600 tickets went in minutes, so that venue has been expanded to double attendance, making more tickets available. The tour kicks off on Wednesday, April 14 in Winnipeg, Canada

Courtney Stalker
Rock Dirt reports: Courtney Love tells 'Celebrity Justice' that she missed a recent court hearing in Los Angeles on drug possession because she feared some guy who blames her for the death of Kurt Cobain. As for the bruises and sores on her sleeveless arms when she did show up in court. "She told me she wrote directions and phone numbers on her arms," her spokeswoman explained. - Click Here for the Full Story 

Staind Chicken
The PRP reports: Jimmie's Chicken Shack will be releasing their new album "Re.Present" through Koch on April 27th. The first single from the outing, "Fallin' Out", features guest vocals from Staind frontman Aaron Lewis. - Click Here for the Full Story 

Country Jet
NME.com reports: JET have revealed the follow up to 'GET BORN" may take on a more "country" feel. 

Drummer Chris Cester has admitted that touring with The Sleepy Jackson has had an influence on the band's sound. 

"Is it a country a western album? Well, becoming friends with The Sleepy Jackson and listening to The Beach Boys has really affected our sound", revealed Cester to XFM. 

"We wrote a lot of the record on the back of the bus this year. We had time split up in our own corners of the bus just to work separately, so it's gonna be even more schizophrenic than our last record," he explained. "We haven't been talking much, but hopefully we'll come together and put it all together in December. - Click Here for the Full Story 

Stone Temple Trial
Digital Noise reports: A trial date has been set for Scott Weiland. The former STP frontman and current Velvet Revolver frontman will be heading to court on March 15th. 

The latest court appearance for Weiland stems from his October arrest on charges of driving while under the influence of drugs. - Click Here for the Full Story 

Blasters Reunion DVD
Aversion reports: The Blasters will release a live album shot from their 2003 reunion tour. 

The Blasters Live: Going Home, a DVD/CD package, was recorded Aug. 13 at Orange, Calif.'s Galaxy Theater, hit stores today (Feb. 24) from Klew Media. The release features all the band's original members. - Click Here for the Full Story 

Hetfield Helps WM3
Blabbermouth reports: METALLICA frontman James Hetfield is one of the contributors to Brett Alexander Savory and M. W. Anderson's West Memphis Three anthology, "Last Pentacle of the Sun: Writings in Support of the West Memphis Three", due in early October through Arsenal Pulp Press. 

Sales of "Last Pentacle of the Sun: Writings in Support of the West Memphis Three" will raise money for the defense of the "West Memphis Three", young men tried and found guilty of a murder through "a disturbing pattern of public hysterics, official misconduct, and completely illogical judicial conclusions," according to Savory. "These young men were convenient suspects not because of evidence, but because they wore black, listened to heavy metal music, and liked horror fiction. It is a very disturbing situation." Check out the site created to raise awareness of the case. - Click Here for the Full Story 

For a full list of contributors to this project, click the full story link. 

No Rush To Court
Blabbermouth reports: The Associated Press reports that the Florida State Attorney's Office postponed an arraignment Monday (Feb. 23) for RUSH guitarist Alex Lifeson, but charged his daughter-in-law with resisting arrest. 

It was the third arraignment delay for Lifeson (a.k.a. Alex Zivojinovich) on charges stemming from a New Year's Eve fight with sheriff's deputies at a posh hotel. 

State Attorney's Office spokeswoman Chere Avery said the office needed more time to "evaluate its options," the Naples Daily News reported. His arraignment was rescheduled for March 8. 

The State Attorney's Office did charge Michelle Zivojinovich, 30, with a misdemeanor count of resisting arrest without violence. - Click Here for the Full Story 

Iggy Linkin Korn Metallica Download
siN's metal news reports: Eight bands have now been confirmed for the Download Festival in Donington, UK. Headlining will be LINKIN PARK on June 5 and METALLICA on June 6. Other bands confirmed to be on the bill are as follows: KORN, SLIPKNOT, MACHINE HEAD, IGGY POP AND THE STOOGES, THE HIVES and THE DISTILLERS. BOWLING FOR SOUP and BREED 77 are rumored to also have been confirmed for the bill, but no official word about either band has been made yet. - Click Here for the Full Story 

A7X Throw Down
siN's metal news reports: More information on the AVENGED SEVENFOLD arrest that went on on the night of February 10th outside London's Crowbar has been released! 

An official press release states from vocalist M. Shadows and guitarists Zacky Vengeance and Synyster Gates said that the band stepped in to protect their tour manager, Val, who had become involved in a scuffle outside the popular London night spot. 

"We are having a blast in England making a lot of great new friends. This was just one of those of those things. We never go looking for a fight, but we take care of our own, always. We were attacked by a gang of Samurai warriors whilst helping an old lady to cross the road". 

Zacky continued, "Basically what happened was we were walking this old lady across the street and this group of hooligans showed up on motor cycles and they had guns and knives and a samurai sword, and one of them had a dragon with him which was blowing fire! We were just trying to help this old lady and they were like 'Give us your purse!', so we said 'We're not going to let you take this old ladies' purse', so we put on our suits of armour and away we went." - Click Here for the Full Story 

more at siN's

Les Gray RIP
AP reports: Les Gray, lead singer of the 1970s chart-topping band Mud, died of a heart attack days before he was to make a comeback appearance in Scotland. He was 57. 

Caroline McFarlan, the director of KidsCharities U.K., said Monday that Gray died Saturday in Portugal, where he had lived for 12 years. She said Gray had throat cancer for many years. 

Mud had a British No. 1 single with "Tiger Feet" in 1974, followed up with "Oh Boy" in 1975 and went on to have 10 top 20 hits. Their last album was "Let's Have a Party," released in the 1990s. - Click Here for the Full Story 

Further Seems Forever
RIFTrock reports: The following is a message from Further Seems Forever to their fans: 

"Hello All, After much thought and receiving countless e-mails of support and encouragement from our fans, we (Josh, Chad, Steve and Derick) have decided to continue writing and performing music as Further Seems Forever. We had previously announced our certain disbandment to start a new project but changed our minds when an exciting possibility arose. We began talking to a singer who we greatly admired and after many phone conversations and meeting him face to face to play music, we have decided to continue as Further Seems Forever.' 

see full story link for the rest of the message- Click Here for the Full Story 

In Stores
RIFTrock reports: Hitting stores this Tuesday, February 24th: 

Walls of Jericho, All Hail the Dead
Blindside, About A Burning Fire
God Forbid, Gone Forever
Opeth, Lamentations � Live at Shepherd's Bush Empire 2003 DVD
Apartment 26, Music for the Massive
Scars of Tomorrow, Rope Tied to Trigger
Madcap, Under Suspicion
Orgy, Punk Statik Paranoia
Uphill Battle, Wreck Of Nerves
John Frusciante, Shadows Collide With People
Music As A Weapon II CD/DVD featuring Distrubed, Chevelle, Unloco and Taproot
Cannibal Corpse, The Wretched Spawn
The Ataris, Live at the Metro
The Washdown, Yes To Everything
Primal Fear, Devil's Ground
Hypocrisy, The Arrival
Nailbomb, Point Blank
Decicide, Scars Of The Crucifix
Anata, Under A Stone With No Inscription
Adrenelin O.D., Humungusfungus Amongus
Zebrahead, MFZB
Mute, Sleepers
The God Awfuls, Next Stop, Armageddon
The Adolescents, Live at the House of Blues DVD - Click Here for the Full Story 

Partial list above, check RIFTrock for more new releases and some reissues

Lost Hoobaprophets
VH1 reports: After they finish their tour opening for Linkin Park and P.O.D. on March 6, Hoobastank will head back out to headline this year's MTV Campus Invasion Tour. 

The trek launches March 19 at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and runs through April 24 at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia. Lostprophets and Ima Robot will open all dates. - Click Here for the Full Story 

See full story for dates and more details

P.O.D. Top The Bill
Launch reports: P.O.D. has announced that they'll headline their own theatre tour of 40 cities, beginning on May 1 in Denver, Colorado. Also on the bill will be Blindside, Italian Goth band Lacuna Coil, and Hazen Street, a punk "supergroup" made up of members of New Found Glory, Boxcar Racer, the Bad Brains, and Madball. - Click Here for the Full Story 

666 DVD
I Ate Your Microphone reports: downthesun recently released a limited edition DVD, of which just 666 copies have been pressed. The release includes five new songs along with lyrics and footage culled from three live shows. It is available direct from the band at a cost of $6.66 by e-mailing their bassist KuK (who has not left the group, contrary to earlier rumours) at mentalkuk@hotmail.com.- Click Here for the Full Story 

Revolution Smile Pulled
I Ate Your Microphone reports: Interscope Records have pulled The Revolution Smile's tour support for what were to be their European dates alongside Limp Bizkit. An alternative act to replace the group has yet to be announced.- Click Here for the Full Story 

Train College
Net Music Countdown reports: Train has announced a spring tour to support last year's "My Private Nation." It'll be the first time fans will see the band with new bassist Johnny Colt, formerly with the Black Crowes, who replaced Charlie Colin last fall. 

"Charlie has been an important part of this band and his personality and unique playing style will be missed," the band said in a message posted on its website last fall. "We are parting on good terms and neither party is closing the door on the possibility of someday working together again." - Click Here for the Full Story 

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Rock TV
Rock Dirt reports: Rock acts on television this week include Simple Plan, who perform on 'The Tonight Show with Jay Leno' on Monday and 'Jimmy Kimmel Live' on Thursday; 311, who perform on 'The Sharon Osbourne Show' on Monday; Kid Rock, who performs on 'The Late Show with David Letterman' on Tuesday; The Shins, who perform on 'Last Call with Carson Daly' on Tuesday; Three Days Grace, who performs on 'The Tonight Show' on Wednesday; Ima Robot, who perform on 'Last Call' on Wednesday; Evanescence, who perform on 'The Late Show' on Thursday; and The Stills, who perform on 'The Late Late Show with Craig Kilborn' on Thursday. - Click Here for the Full Story