Day In Rock 1/23: Avril Folk- Sharon Osbourne Fired- Lars: We're not Metal- No Doubt Blinks?- Love Sued By Lawyers- Lollapalooza 04- HoobaLostRobot- Clutch- Supergrass Coldplay- Zombie Gold- Opeth- EvaDefault- Rolling Rock Disturbed- Strat-adios- Sigur Ros- Ministry- Abortion Concerts- Rare Marley
by Keavin Wiggins
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Avril Folk
Ananova reports: Avril Lavigne has teamed up with a Canadian folk singer to write songs for her new album. 

She has been working with Chantal Kreviazuk. 

According to Teenmusic.com, Avril says: "We're like best friends and we'd go get a chai tea latte and write a song together every night for two weeks in a row. 

"We had so much fun because I didn't tell my manager or record company." - Click Here for the Full Story 

Translated Avril wears a tie and drinks tea and Chantal writes a song. So very punk rawk!

Sharon Osbourne Fired?
Blabbermouth reports: People magazine is reporting that word out of the National Association of Television Program Executives conference in Las Vegas is that Tribune is canceling "The Sharon Osbourne Show" and is already in search of a replacement, according to Hits Daily Double. The article notes that Sharon's style hasn't connected with daytime audiences the way "The Osbournes" did with MTV's nighthawks. Among the rumored successors: Jane Pauley, Tony Danza, J. Lo's sister Lynda Lopez and Ambush Makeover. - Click Here for the Full Story 

Lars: Metallica not Metal
Blabbermouth reports: More than half a year after the release of "St. Anger", METALLICA drummer Lars Ulrich makes no apologies about the album's raw, underproduced nature, calling it a "powerful" statement that "continues to blow my head off." 

In the same interview, Ulrich spoke about the continuing debate in the heavy metal community over whether METALLICA are maverick geniuses or sell-out pussies who have forgot the monochromatic testosterone rule of metal badness. 

"I would claim and I'll try it with a straight face here," Ulrich said, "that that's one thing we've been fighting all these years. 

"I hear myself sometimes saying, 'METALLICA's not a heavy metal band' and all this other nonsense, and of course METALLICA is a heavy metal band in a musical (sense). But we always worked hard to fight preconceptions about what heavy metal is. 

"What you're supposed to look like, how you're supposed to behave, I always found that stuff way too limiting. I always found it a great contradiction, because if rock 'n' roll is about freedom and escapism and individuality, then isn't there a paradox in the conservative mind-set within the heavy metal world?"- Click Here for the Full Story 

No Doubt Blinks?
RIFTrock reports: According to NDIFC.com has 100% confirmed an upcoming tour with Blink 182 and No Doubt! Here is how it's worded: 

Tour Confirmed! 
No Doubt will be touring with Blink 182 in June. No Doubt will co-headline with Blink 182. There are no dates or venues or other info at this time. Rebel Waltz will give us the info as soon as it is set. Rebel Waltz is still working on the routing,etc. 

No plans for an international tour at this time.- Click Here for the Full Story 

Love Sued By Lawyers
E! reports: Looks like Courtney Love's dug herself a new hole. 

The rocker-actress, best known of late for her legal-blotter antics more than her rocking or acting, has been blasted by her lawyers, who claim she's failed to pay up in her highly publicized battle to leave her former label, Universal Music Group. 

In court papers obtained by the Smoking Gun (thesmokinggun.com), the law firm of Cappello & McCann claims the 39-year-old ex-goddess of grunge stiffed the legal eagles $228,926 for work on her lawsuit against Universal, which was filed in 2001 and settled out of court in late 2002. 

According to the complaint filed last month in Santa Barbara Superior Court, Love intially paid $50,000 to retain the legal services of Cappello & McCann, but ignored subsequent bills from the firm. 

The lawsuit seeks to recoup the six-figure tab Love allegedly rung up between January 2001 and November 1, 2002, as well as 10 percent interest. - Click Here for the Full Story 

Lollapalooza 04
Billboard reports: Jane's Addiction frontman Perry Farrell and the William Morris Agency are putting together a package for Lollapalooza 2004, tentatively scheduled to go out in July and August. 

Last year, Lollapalooza returned after a five-year absence, and grossed $13.7 million from 25 shows reported to Billboard Boxscores. 

High production costs led to the cancellation of two shows at nontraditional venues on the 2003 route, but most dates performed well. The lineup featured Jane's Addiction, Queens Of The Stone Age, Incubus, Audioslave, the Donnas and A Perfect Circle. - Click Here for the Full Story 

The PRP reports: Hoobastank, The Lostprophets and Ima Robot will be touring together as part of the MTV Campus Invasion Tour. The trek will run from March 17th through till May 01st and dates and venues will be announced shortly. - Click Here for the Full Story 

New Clutch
The PRP reports: Clutch have set a March 30th release date for their upcoming new album "Blast Tyrant" which will see a release through DRT Entertainment; the track listing for it is as follows: 
01 - "La Curandera"
02 - "Mercury"
03 - "Swollen Goat"
04 - "Weather Maker's Delight"
05 - "Worm Drink"
06 - "Army Of Bono"
07 - "Ribonucleic Acid Freak Out"
08 - "Ghost"
09 - "The Regulator"
10 - "Spleen Merchant"
11 - "Cypress Grove"
12 - "WYSIWYG"
13 - "Promoter" - Click Here for the Full Story 

That sound you hear is antiMUSIC's Dr Fever celebrating this news. 

Supergrass Coldplay
NME reports: COLDPLAY, THE MUSIC, THE POLYPHONIC SPREE, IDLEWILD and SUPERGRASS are all set to feature on a new compilation album tracking the ten-year history of the independent record label, FIERCE PANDA. 

'Decade: Ten Years of Fierce Panda' will be released on March 1 and features 20 tracks, including ones unavailable on any other label. 

Rare early versions of top ten hits sit alongside long-deleted singles, including the exclusive 1999 debut 'Brothers & Sisters' from Chris Martin and co.- Click Here for the Full Story 

Check the full story link for track listing

Zombie Gold
Digital-Noise reports: Less than 4 months after being releases, Rob Zombie's "Past, Present & Future" has been certified cold by the RIAA for sales of more than 500,000 copies in the U.S. 

This is the seventh consecutive gold record for Zombie. 

The two-disc set, which was released in September by Geffen Records, contains a CD of 19 digitally remastered selections, including two brand new recordings, as well as a DVD which includes 10 music videos, including three which were previously unreleased. - Click Here for the Full Story 

Short Opeth
Blabbermouth reports: Sweden's OPETH reportedly played a five-song set in Calgary, Alberta Wednesday night (January 21), with a drum technician filling in behind the kit for Martin Lopez, who is said to be still at home in Sweden recovering from a recent bout of panic attacks. OPETH frontman Mikael Åkerfeldt reportedly repeatedly apologized for the abbreviated performance and said that their next show in the area "would be the heaviest show ever." OPETH's next show is scheduled to take place Friday, January 23 at the Commodore Ballroom in Vancouver, British Columbia. - Click Here for the Full Story 

A follow up to yesterdays report.

RIFTrock reports: Evanescence have announced that Default will be opening rescheduled shows this February. The dates that have been rescheduled for Evanescence's tour can be found below. 

Wed 02/11/04 Los Angeles, CA The Wiltern LG 
Thu 02/12/04 Las Vegas, NV House Of Blues 
Fri 02/13/04 San Jose, CA Event Center Arena 
Sun 02/15/04 Reno, NV Reno Hilton 
Tue 02/17/04 Denver, CO Fillmore Auditorium 
Wed 02/18/04 Wichita, KS The Cotillion 
Fri 02/20/04 Saint Cloud, MN Halenbeck Hall 
Sat 02/21/04 Madison, WI Alliant Energy Center 
Sun 02/22/04 Fort Wayne, IN Allen Co. Mem. Coliseum 
Tue 02/24/04 Champaign, IL Assembly Hall 
Wed 02/25/04 Chicago, IL Congress Theatre 
Fri 02/27/04 New York, NY Roseland 
Sat 02/28/04 Washington, DC DAR Constitution Hall 
Sun 02/29/04 Boston, MA Avalon - Click Here for the Full Story 

Rolling Rock Disturbed
siN's metal news reports: DISTURBED have announced plans that they will be playing this years Rolling Rock Town Fair Festival in Pittsburgh, PA this Summer. This could possibly indicate no Ozzfest 2004. 

The Rolling Rock Town Fair rock music festival will celebrate its fifth anniversary by returning to its original location at the Westmoreland County Fairgrounds in Pennsylvania on Saturday, July 31, 2004. In addition, regional Town Fairs will be held in Boston, Philadelphia, Minneapolis, Atlanta and Seattle in summer 2004, leading up to the main event in Westmoreland County. 

Negotiations for the festival's line-up are currently underway. The five regional Rolling Rock Town Fairs will be staged in outdoor locations utilizing a mobile amphitheatre with a large stage surrounded by a "village" of tents filled with country-fair-style attractions and vendors. Specific dates and venues are currently being negotiated.- Click Here for the Full Story 

siN's metal news reports: STRATOVAIUS's new drummer Anders Johansson (HAMMERFALL) has quit after one week in being the band, he's the statement from frontman Timo Tolkki: 

"Anders gave me a call and said that he doesn't want to join the band permanently and that he is happy to be in HAMMERFALL playing True Metal. 

Since I am looking for a permanent member, we agreed in good spirits to go separate ways. 

I am very disappointed that he didn't want to join STRATOVARIUS permanently, but at the same time I wish him and the HAMMERFALL guys well and best of luck with their career. 

I suspect that the decision of Anders has something to do with my reputation. I can understand him very well, I wouldn't join a band in which I would be playing in. 

I have already contacted a Finnish drummer and I hope I can announce his name very soon." 

In Metal, Timo Tolkki"- Click Here for the Full Story 

Sigur Ros Rock On
Billboard reports: Icelandic rock act Sigur Ros is working on its next studio album, with an eye on finishing up in the fall. 

So far, "the foundations of six songs" have been recorded, according to the group's official Web site (http://www.sigur-ros.com). 

"The band is enjoying a different kind of creative process this time around and having fun with writing songs in the studio as they record as opposed to having written the songs long before recordings start, as was the case with . - Click Here for the Full Story 

Spector Mystery
AP reports reports: The lawyer for music legend Phil Spector has a mystery piece of evidence in the murder case but is refusing to turn it over, a prosecutor said Thursday. 

Deputy District Attorney Douglas Sortino discussed the dispute as Spector and defense attorney Robert Shapiro made a brief court appearance. 

He said Shapiro was contacted by authorities months ago about "an item of physical evidence that was overlooked at the crime scene and his investigators found" within 48 hours of the Feb. 3 shooting. 

Sortino said prosecutors have tried to convince Shapiro since last September to disclose whatever he has. The prosecutor said he believes there is no attorney-client privilege covering the item. 

But Shapiro was unswayed. "We disagree that there's any obligation we have to turn over any such item if we have it. We're not saying we do or don't," he said. - Click Here for the Full Story 

Ministry Lose Bassist
I Ate Your Microphone reports: Ministry have parted ways with their bassist of the past eighteen years, Paul Barker. Personal issues involving the recent death of his father are thought to be behind his reasons for leaving the group, who have hired John Monte (ex-Mind Funk, M.O.D.) to replace him as they continue to work in the studio in Tornillo, Texas on their forthcoming new album "Houses Of The Molé".- Click Here for the Full Story 

Abortion Concerts
Net Music Countdown reports: Sheryl Crow will join Melissa Etheridge, Ben Harper and other celebs performing a series of Rock for Choice concerts scheduled for 2004. The shows will coincide with voter registration campaigns. 

This Friday, the show will be at the legendary Hollywood Palladium in Hollywood, California. 

Other celebrities attending will be Laura Dern, Brittany Murphy, Ellen DeGeneres, Amy Brenneman and Camryn Manheim.- Click Here for the Full Story 

Rare Marley
Ananova reports: Previously unheard tracks from Bob Marley's early years are to get official releases for the first time. 

The rights to 211 songs recorded from 1967-72 - before Marley found global fame - have been bought by Universal from reggae label JAD. 

The catalogue includes six previously unreleased songs, with the possibility of more being discovered. 

Marley, who died in 1981, became a reggae legend with album sales of more than 17 million around the world. 

Many of the 211 songs had only previously been released on unofficial albums - with no royalties going to the musicians or their families. 

The first release will be a 71-track, three-CD set, which will hit shops in March. - Click Here for the Full Story