Day In Rock 1/21: Ugly Kid DMC- Staind Nickelback- Amy Lee's Cold Apology- Metallica Sundance- RHCP-UK- Iced History- TSOL Tour- Arch Zyklon- Nine Inch Rumor- + Velvet Revolver- Coachella Cure- Thursday- Further Seems Voiceless- Lou Reed Outkast- Dark British Invasion- The Who- Kittie more
by Keavin Wiggins
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Ugly Kid DMC
MTV reports: As if his latest collaborator weren't enough of a shocker, Darryl "DMC" McDaniels is taking her down a surprising path paved by none other than Ugly Kid Joe. 

"Me and Sarah McLachlan did a remake of 'Cat's in the Cradle' by Harry Chapin," the Run-DMC rapper said recently of the track famously covered in 1992 by rockers Ugly Kid Joe. "It's awesome." 

DMC wrote new verses for his version, the first single from his upcoming solo album, but he's keeping the details on the down low. 

"It's very personal," he said. "It has to do with stuff I'm going through in my life, stuff I found out about. You gotta hear the record." 

The veteran rapper also worked with the late Jam Master Jay, Kid Rock DJ Lethal and Napoleon from the Outlawz on the album titled Checks, Thugs, and Rock 'n' Roll. But he considers McLachlan the ultimate get. 

"She's like my favorite artist of all time," he said. "Her music changes people. I called her up and she said yeah. A lot of people in the business be frontin'; they don't call you back. She called me back and we made the record. She's real." - Click Here for the Full Story 

Rewrote verses for Cats in the Cradle? Nothing is sacred in hip-hop.

Staind Nickelback
Chart Attack reports: As Nickelback embark on a massive Canadian tour to promote their blockbuster 2003 album, The Long Road, fellow rockers Staind will be along to add their sound to the show. 

"We played a couple of shows recently in California and Washington, but we haven't really done anything to get ready for the upcoming tour," says Staind drummer Jon Wysocki. 

Although Staind may have not done much by way of preparation for the biggest Canadian tour of the winter, Wysocki reports that the group is confident that the tour and his band's performances will be great. Besides Staind, Nickelback will also be accompanied by opening groups like Trapt, Thornley and The Trews at different legs of the tour. Wysocki is especially excited to play with Nickelback and another band he really digs, Three Days Grace. - Click Here for the Full Story 

This is how you remind me of... everything I can't remember. 

Amy Lee's Cold Apology
Blabbermouth reports: EVANESCENCE singer Amy Lee has apologized online for disparaging remarks she made about COLD last week, when she revealed that COLD's former guitarist Terry Balsamo had permanently joined her band. Writing to COLD's official message board, Lee said, "Dear COLD fans, I'm sure the last thing you want to hear right now is more of me running my mouth, so I'm going to make this short and simple. It was not my place to make any statements about the status of COLD COLD is not my band. I apologize. I've never claimed to be perfect and I'm not too proud to admit when I'm wrong. To the band: Sorry guys, I didn't mean to hurt anything for you. I'm new at this and I still sometimes forget that the world is listening." In a separate posting to the EVANESCENCE forum EvBoard.com, Lee wrote, "In an interview recently I spoke out of turn about the status of COLD. I just wanted to say that really sucked of me. I didn't realize that COLD hadn't made any statements about the future of their band and we don't really know anyway. COLD's fans hate me now. My bad. If you're a COLD fan, I left an official apology at the COLD website. Sometimes you forget you have a microphone in your hand." - Click Here for the Full Story 

For those who wondered what Cold was talking about in yesterday's report.

Metallica Sundance
siN's metal news reports: METALLICA will appear live via satellite at a press conference held on Thursday at the Sundance Film Festival to promote their film documentary made about them called 'Some Kind of Monster'. As previously reported, the film will also open in selected theaters around the U.S. in March.- Click Here for the Full Story 

Mellowdrones On
The PRP reports: As a result of the relative dead in the water status of their former label ARTISTdirect, Mellowdrone will now be issuing their first full-length outing through Radar Records later this year. The band will be entering the studio this week to begin work on a number of new songs for the aforementioned effort. - Click Here for the Full Story 

NME reports: RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS have confirmed three massive UK summer shows. 

The band , who have already confirmed a show at Dublin Phoenix Park (June 12) will play gigs in Manchester, London and Edinburgh following their Irish date. 

Edinburgh Murrayfield Stadium (June 13) 
City of Manchester Stadium (18) 
London Hyde Park (19)

Tickets go on sdale at 9am on Saturday (January 24). - Click Here for the Full Story 

Kittie Litter
Metal Underground reports: Canadian metal band KITTIE have decided to release two brand new song clips from their latest demo to give everyone a chance to sample some of their new material before it is recorded and released. 

KITTIE are currently writing and rehearsing material for their next CD. The band plan to have their follow-up to 2001's "Oracle" released by the summer. - Click Here for the Full Story 

Click full story for the songs

Iced History
Blabbermouth reports: Christina Kauffman of York Sunday News reports that for those who like to serve their Civil War history with a dose of heavy metal music, Indiana-based ICED EARTH has released "The Glorious Burden", a 12-track compact disc that highlights historic moments using an electric guitar. 

A self-proclaimed history buff from an early age, ICED EARTH mainman Jon Schaffer said that he expects people to criticize the album's unconventional nature, "but I think people who are intellectually honest will look at it and think it's OK because the goal is to get people interested in history." 

"I'm always looking for music that's relevant to (students)," said Marta Robertson, a musicologist and associate professor of music at Gettysburg College. "You definitely do think of the more military type of marching music (in relation to Gettysburg.) I guess it shows the universality of the story, that people can set it to all different kinds of music. The event inspired a lot of music across time."- Click Here for the Full Story 

Not to burst Jon's bubble but Iron Maiden have covered history and and literature in their songs for years.

RIFTrock reports: Fri 01/30/04 San Diego, CA The Casbah 
Sat 01/31/04 South Gate, CA Allen Theatre 
Sun 02/01/04 San Luis Obispo, CA SLO Brewing Company 
Tue 02/03/04 San Jose, CA Blank Club 
Wed 02/04/04 Santa Cruz, CA Veterans Hall 
Thu 02/05/04 San Francisco, CA The Pound SF 
Fri 02/06/04 Sacramento, CA Blue Lamp 
Sat 02/07/04 Portland, OR Ash Street Saloon 
Mon 02/09/04 Seattle, WA Chop Suey 
Tue 02/10/04 Eugene, OR W.O.W. Hall 
Wed 02/11/04 Ashland, OR The Q 
Thu 02/12/04 Sparks, NV New Oasis
Fri 02/13/04 Fresno, CA Big Game Studios 
Sat 02/14/04 Mammoth Lakes, CA Mammoth Mountain Ski Resort 
- Click Here for the Full Story 

Arch Zyklon
(press release) reports: Candlelight Records confirms Zyklon as support for Arch Enemy on their upcoming European tour. The dates, scheduled to begin February 17 in Cologne, Germany marks the band's first European tour in support of their current album, Aeon, and will follow their first trip to Japan as headliners for the nineth Extreme the Dojo festival. 

Zyklon guitarist Samoth says, "Needless to say we are very excited about Japan. We never even got to go there with Emperor so this is definitely a big highlight for us. And after several attempts we have finally finally confirmed a full European tour, and it's a good one too. Stampin' Ground will also be on the bill with us and Arch Enemy, so it should make a strong package, covering several aspects of metal. 

Zyklon's Aeon and World ov Worms are available in stores from Candlelight Records worldwide.- Click Here for the Full Story 

Nine Inch Tour Rumor
siN's metal news reports: NINE INCH NAILS have been rumored to be a doing a number of shows across the United States in the coming months. Two locations so far mentioned are The Agora in Cleveland, Ohio, and also at the Coachella Music Festival in May (1st-2nd) in Indio, CA. - Click Here for the Full Story 

Velvet Revolver CD & Tour
siN's metal news reports: VELVET REVOLVER have set the track "Slither" as their first single off their debut album "Contrabond". In the meantime the band has lined up a club tour. - Click Here for the Full Story 

Click the full story link for the tenative dates

Fistful of Pro-Pain
siN's metal news reports: PRO-PAIN will be releasing a new album, entitled Fistful of Hate through Candlelight Records on April 6. A US tour with follow in early Summer. Their European tour and US tour will be the first with new drummer JC Dwyer (PAINGOD).- Click Here for the Full Story 

Motown 45th
Launch reports: Justin Timberlake and Lionel Richie will host an ABC-TV special celebrating the hit singles of the legendary record label Motown this May. The working title of the special is Motown 45, and it will feature two hours of non-stop performances. The special will be taped at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles on April 4. - Click Here for the Full Story 

Primus Extended
Billboard reports: Reunited rock trio Primus has extended its touring plans with a new slate of U.S. dates. 

Shows get underway Feb. 24 in Kansas City, Mo., and run through March 13 in Washington, D.C. As with shows on the band's fall trek, fans can purchase authorized soundboard recordings of each upcoming gig via PrimusLive.com (http://www.primuslive.com). - Click Here for the Full Story 

Coachella Cure
Billboard reports: Cure will headline the second night of the Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival on May 2 at the Empire Polo Field in Indio, Calif., according to a post on the group's official Web site (http://www.thecure.com). 

Event organizers confirmed the report to Billboard.com. 

The site also reports the addition of the Flaming Lips to the event lineup, which will also feature Radiohead, Kraftwerk and the reunion of the Pixies, as well as Air, Prefuse 73, the Thrills, Electric Six and LCD Soundsystem, among many others yet to be confirmed. - Click Here for the Full Story 

More details by clicking on the full story link

Thursday Free
I Ate Your Microphone reports: People who pick up the latest issue of "Revolver" magazine (the March edition) will notice a free Thursday CD attached, containing five live cuts from their Oct-19-2003 show in Detroit at the State Theater. The songs featured on the disc (entitled "Live In Detroit", if you couldn't guess) are: 'For The Workforce, Drowning', 'Division St.', 'Steps Ascending', 'Signals Over The Air', and 'War All The Time'.- Click Here for the Full Story 

Further Seems Voiceless
I Ate Your Microphone reports: Further Seems Forever have parted ways with their singer Jason Gleason. An official statement on the departure from the band and label is expected to emerge in the next couple of days. It is unknown at this point whether they will continue.- Click Here for the Full Story 

Lou Reed An Outkast
Net Music Countdown reports: Lou "Animal" Reed recently revealed that the OutKast smash, "Hey Ya!", was his favorite song of 2003. On his official web site, Reed said "The reason I love rnr - Hey Ya! by Outkast". 

Lou Reed, who had a fan club headed by a young Penn Jillette many years ago, will be releasing a double CD from his most recent world tour. - Click Here for the Full Story 

Dark British Invasion
New York Daily News reports: The singer struts around the stage in a body-binding cat suit that would make even the front man from Quiet Riot blush, and squeals in an operatic falsetto that sounds like Geddy Lee being attacked by rabid gerbils. 

Can this be the new face and voice of rock 'n' roll? 

It is in Britain, where Justin Hawkins fronts a band, the Darkness, whose retro-corny antics helped shoot its debut CD, "Permission to Land," to No. 1 last summer. 

For a while, it looked like the attempt by the Darkness to revive the mousse-metal of '80s bands like Winger and White Lion would threaten only Europe. But now the scourge is spreading stateside and fast. 

While the Darkness' debut came out here in September to a dim reception a sudden rush of radio play in the last four weeks has helped it bolt a jaw-dropping 159 places on Billboard's Top 200 Album list. Last week, when overall sales plummeted 30%, the Darkness' figures went up 30%, flinging the CD to No. 39 with a bullet. 

As a result, the group is the first major breakout act of 2004. - Click Here for the Full Story 

Let the campiness begin!

The Who's Tough Goings
Ananova reports: Roger Daltrey has spoken of the "pain" he experienced when The Who bandmate Pete Townshend was cautioned over child porn. 

Last year was "horrible" because of the death of the band's bassist John Entwistle and the controversy surrounding Townshend, the singer said. 

But the 59-year-old believes that guitarist Townshend's "very stupid mistake" had made both band members rethink life. 

Daltrey told London's Evening Standard newspaper: "It was very painful. We both re-evaluated our life completely after that. 

"With Pete, I have watched a friend being brutalised for making what I think was a very stupid mistake - and I think there was nothing more to what he did than that. That was all very painful." 

He said bass player Entwistle's death in June 2002, following a cocaine-triggered heart attack, was a "huge loss". 

But he said: "It's kind of rekindled my belief that music transcends life. When we play live, John is alive in the music - the same way Keith (Moon) is. We can still feel the both of them there when we play." - Click Here for the Full Story