Day In Rock 2/27: Creed Breakup?- Jacko Cleared- Ozzy Accident Video- Van Hagar Booking- $5 Solution- Fuel- Metallica St. KaChing- Nevermore- KISS Singer Poison Sixx- Ozzfest Tickets & Incubus Dates- God Forbid Machine Head's Arch Enemy- Clapton- Auf Der Debut- Abloom- Sly Tribute- Exodus- 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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Creed Breakup?
Much Music reports: According to Wind-Up Records, Creed's Scott Stapp and Mark Tremonti are both working on solo projects. According to the rumour mill, the band has broken up. Tremonti is said to have inked his solo deal soon after the now infamous Chicago concert where Stapp rolled around the stage before stopping the show short. Apparently Tremonti told Stapp after 10 years he needs to move on. Stapp's solo album is due out by the end of the year. Tremonti anticipates a late summer date for his solo effort. When contacted, Wind-Up records denied the break-up of Creed. 

"Creed has not broken up," reads the Wind-Up statement. "Scott Stapp and Mark Tremonti are currently dedicating themselves to their respective solo projects, but the band is very much together.- Click Here for the Full Story 

Jacko Cleared
E! reports: Of copyright infringement, that is. A federal judge has removed the embattled pop star from defendant status in a seven-year-old lawsuit involving an early compilation album of Jackson 5 songs. - Click Here for the Full Story 

Ozzy Accident Video
Rock Dirt reports: For the first time, video of Ozzy Osbourne's ATV accident in December has been released, shown in the 5th episode of 'The Osbournes'.- Click Here for the Full Story 

Click the full story link to watch the clip from L.A. TV station KTLA

Van Hagar Booking
Blabbermouth reports: "VAN HALEN with Sammy Hagar" are listed as one of the potential upcoming performers in an e-mail survey recently sent by the Sioux City Orpheum concert venue to its mailing list. The list includes performers that are "to perform at the Orpheum and some at the new Tyson Event Center, which opened for concerts this week." Also on the list is "KISS (with POISON)." No further information is currently available. - Click Here for the Full Story 

$5 Solution
Wired News reports: Can $5 a month solve the file-sharing problem? 

Perhaps, according to the Electronic Frontier Foundation. The digital-rights group recently proposed the idea of having file sharers pay a monthly surcharge in exchange for the right to share away. The charge would be voluntary and could be levied through the sharers' Internet service provider, software client or university dorm fee. And the money would go to the artists. - Click Here for the Full Story 

Read more on the debate at Wired.

Go Fuel?
Pollstar reports: Got Fuel? The alternative hard rockers are revving up for a spring headlining tour of the U.S., beginning March 16 in Indianapolis. The tour winds down and around the South, Midwest and East Coast, and includes an appearance in downtown West Palm Beach, Fla., for the SunFest 2004 festival on April 28. 

They'll finish up right where they started with an appearance at Indianapolis' Jammin' On Jersey celebration May 15.- Click Here for the Full Story 

Pollstar will hook you up with dates for this and just about every other tour.

Metallica St. KaChing
Blabbermouth reports: METALLICA have made it to No. 5 on Rolling Stone magazine's "2004 Rock Rich List", with an estimated income last year of $39.1 million. 

"METALLICA rank with THE BEATLES in the top five catalog sellers of the year, with 1.6 million copies of their old albums moving in the U.S.," the magazine writes. "The band's new album, 'St. Anger', did alright, too, selling more than 1.5 million in the U.S. With catalog sales so strong, their label, Elektra, has no chance to drive down royalty payments with the usual record-company charge-backs for marketing and unsold units. When their deal came up for renewal, METALLICA negotiated a royalty rate well above two dollars a unit. The Summer Sanitarium Tour grossed close to $50 million in the U.S. Gigs at big European festivals earned the band close to $1 million a night." 

01. THE ROLLING STONES - $84.1 million
02. BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN - $81.7 million 
03. THE EAGLES - $62.9 million 
04. DIXIE CHICKS - $39.8 million 
05. METALLICA - $39.1 million 
06. TOBY KEITH - $38.7 million 
07. BON JOVI - $36.1 million 
08. SHANIA TWAIN - $36.1 million 
09. SIMON AND GARFUNKEL - $35.8 million 
10. CHER - $33.8 million 
- Click Here for the Full Story 

Blabbermouth has the complete Top 50 list.

Nevermore Deal
Blabbermouth reports: NEVERMORE frontman Warrel Dane has posted the following message on the band's official message board: 

"We're doing a video for 'I, Voyager' within the next month, we just signed a new record deal [believed to be with Nuclear Blast Records � Ed.], [and] we're working on a headline U.S. tour at the moment and we're writing a bunch of new tunes." With regards to which label the group are now signed to, Warrel said, "we will announce that when all the paperwork is processed." 

NEVERMORE's most recent studio album, 2003's "Enemies Of Reality", marked the final album under the group's previous contract with Century Media Records. - Click Here for the Full Story 

KISS Singer Poison Sixx
BW&BK reports: As reported here first, KISS are expected to hit the road this summer with two other acts on a massive summer shed tour of North America. Joining KISS (complete with drummer Eric Singer and guitarist Tommy Thayer) on the road will be openers BRIDES OF DESTRUCTION (featuring with MOTLEY CRUE's Nikki Sixx and L.A. GUNS Tracii Guns) and POISON. The package tour is set to be announced on April 1st.- Click Here for the Full Story 

Ozzfest Tickets & Incubus Dates
siN's metal news reports: On sale dates for Ozzfest have been announced. Plus a way to buy your chance to "party like a rockstar" siN's has all the dates plus details on the promo.. and.. the Incubus North American dates (sorry too long to reprint here.. click the full story link for all the info.)- Click Here for the Full Story 

God Forbid Machine Head's Arch Enemy
siN's metal news reports: MACHINE HEAD, ARCH ENEMY and GOD FORBID will be hooking up for a massive US tour. Here's the official post from MACHINE HEAD's official site, Machinehead1.com: 


Yeah, you read that right. MACHINE HEAD, ARCH ENEMY and GOD FORBID will be hitting the road together this Spring for the "Weapons of Mass Destruction" tour, a monster outing that is currently set to attack most major U.S. cities in its path starting this April and continuing on into May.- Click Here for the Full Story 

Under The Milky Way Again
Billboard reports: Veteran Australian rock act the Church, famed for the 1980s hits "Unguarded Moments" and "Under the Milky Way," will begin a U.S. tour March 3 in Atlanta. 

The tour comes in support of the band's album, "Forget Yourself," which was released Feb. 4 in the United States via SpinArt, and as the precursor to a European tour. - Click Here for the Full Story 

Billboard has US and some European dates for the tour.

Clapton Rehab
Billboard reports: Eric Clapton will stage a three-day music event in Dallas to raise funds for the Crossroads Center, a rehab facility that the famed guitarist founded on the island of Antigua in 1997. 

Set for June 4-6 at Fair Park, the Crossroads Guitar Festival will climax on the final day with an all-star concert featuring Clapton, B.B. King, Carlos Santana, Queen's Brian May, Pat Metheny, Jimmy Vaughan and Joe Walsh, among others. - Click Here for the Full Story 

Billboard has some more info on this event and charity, it's just a click away.

Auf Der Debut
Billboard reports: Melissa Auf Der Maur has settled on her last name as the title for her debut solo album, slated for a May 18 release via Capitol. 

The former Hole/Smashing Pumpkins bass guitarist used her life savings to make the album, which she produced with Chris Goss (Kyuss, Queens Of The Stone Age). 

The video for the first single, "Followed the Waves," can be streamed from Auf Der Maur's official Web site (http://aufdermaur.com/). - Click Here for the Full Story 

Lots more info plus some QOTSA tidbits at the full story link.

Songs Abloom
I Ate Your Microphone reports: Abloom have spent some time in the studio alongside System Of A Down's Shavo Odadjian recently, recording a selection of demos which they have been using for industry purposes. Back on January 02nd, the group uploaded two tracks on their website for 24 hours only. This stunt is being repeated again on March 01st with a little more advance warning this time; so if you're looking to experience their new song 'After The Quiet', check out www.abloommusic.com on that date.- Click Here for the Full Story 

Sly Tribute
Net Music Countdown reports: Maroon 5 will record a cover of Sly & the Family Stone's "Everyday People" for a tribute album, "Sly2K," to be released this spring. Says singer Adam Levine of Maroon 5's version of the song, "It's a little rougher around the edges. (It's) more synthetic in the Daft Punk kind of vein." - Click Here for the Full Story 

You know how to get more info...

Half A Buck
Net Music Countdown reports: Those of you who saw this year's Grammy Awards may have noticed something odd going on onstage during the presentation of the Best New Artist Award. As Evanescence singer Amy Lee began her acceptance speech, she was visibly startled by the appearance of the 50 Cent onstage, and confusedly asked, "Oh, what did I do?" 50 Cent might have jumped the gun by walking onstage without being announced, but he blames the Grammys. 

"I feel like I got jerked at the Grammys because I'm aggressive," he said in a London interview. "I don't understand how (Evanescence) get best new artist. I will never go back to the Grammy Awards ever in my career." - Click Here for the Full Story 

Velvet Meditation
Ananova reports: Lou Reed is planning to release an album of meditation music. 

He said: "I'm going to put together a CD of some meditation music I made. Good for doing the various chi's to and/or meditation. 

"These things reflect our interests and we hope those of you with similar tastes might enjoy these creations." 

Reed says he hopes to include a meditation instruction from Dr S Peng. - Click Here for the Full Story 

Touring Exodus
siN's metal news reports: EXODUS guitarist Gary Holt has stated in the band's official forum that a tour is being planned. "It's in the works, three week major market tour in April" said Holt in a reply to a fan asking about a US tour. 

EXODUS has also delayed the release on their new album, "Tempo Of The Damned", to a March 23rd release in the US.- Click Here for the Full Story 

Killing The Music
Dodge Globe reports: Don Henley, a longtime outspoken critic of the music biz, recently wrote an editorial about what ills popular music. The first few paragraphs are included below, you can click the full story link to read the full article. 

When I started in the music business, music was important and vital to our culture. Artists connected with their fans. Record labels signed cutting-edge artists, and FM radio offered an incredible variety of music. Music touched fans in a unique and personal way. Our culture was enriched and the music business was healthy and strong. 

That's all changed. 

Today the music business is in crisis. Sales have decreased between 20 and 30 percent over the past three years. Record labels are suing children for using unauthorized peer-to-peer (P2P) file-sharing systems. Only a few artists ever hear their music on the radio, yet radio networks are battling Congress over ownership restrictions. Independent music stores are closing at an unprecedented pace. And the artists seem to be at odds with just about everyone -- even the fans. 

Contrary to conventional wisdom, the root problem is not the artists, the fans or even new Internet technology. The problem is the music industry itself. It's systemic. The industry, which was once composed of hundreds of big and small record labels, is now controlled by just a handful of unregulated, multinational corporations determined to continue their mad rush toward further consolidation and merger. Sony and BMG announced their agreement to merge in November, and EMI and Time Warner may not be far behind. The industry may soon be dominated by only three multinational corporations. - Click Here for the Full Story 

Mail Bag

Full Story
A couple of emails that have come in about the "Full Story" links. 

From Nichole: I check your daily news [Day In Rock] every day and think its awsome but why do you only put part of the stories up and tell us to go to another place?  Why can't you just print it all on your page? 

Answer: Here is the long answer to your question Nichole; the Day in Rock is set up to be a brief glimpse into the top rock news stories of the day, taken from some of the best rock news sources on the web. The reasons for the excerpts and full story links are many. One is to give credit where credit is do. The Day in Rock sets out to benefit both readers and the sources we use by giving readers a one stop place to get an overview of the rock news but also to encourage those same readers to go to the source for the full story. Hundreds of new rock related stories are printed each day and because of size restraints we can't feature them all, only excerpts of the top stories. So chance are good if you click on the full story link for more details you just might also find more rock news that interest you.  The Day In Rock is a really an outgrowth of the newswire concept, which simply links the top headlines from a bunch of sites. To compliment that we take a dozen or so stories each day and summarize or excerpt them. We have our own newswire here at antiMUSIC that focuses on rock (http://www.rocknews.info) and you will find one of the most comprehensive newswires on the web that covers most styles of music over at ARTISTdirect (http://ubl.artistdirect.com/music/ubl/news/general/0,,,00.html)

From Slave4dope: 

[excerpt]� why do you have to put click on the full story link under all of the articles? I think we can figure that out ourselves�.

Answer: While we do have a lot of regular readers, we get a lot of new readers each day that may think that what's printed is in fact the "full story". We include a source link with every story (even those taken for antiMUSIC) so the readers can click over and get the full story. In some cases, a note is added to encourage people to click over if there are tour dates etc at the full story link, so they know to click over.  

Side note: The Day In Rock works because of the source sites. We don't have the resources to write up all of these stories each day. So while some may find it annoying to have to click over to get more info, it's the only way that this could work and benefit both the reader and the sources of the news.  So click away! Plus check the newswires linked above for even more daily news from sources used for the Day In Rock and other sites. 

Hope those answers was longwinded enough for you! See you all on Monday - Keavin