Day In Rock 1/27: Marilyn Manson School Teacher?- Kazaa To Sue RIAA- FBI MP3 Warning- Rock TV- The Darkness Censored- Yeah Yeah Tour- Newsted Goes To Hell- Ozzfest On For Ozzy- In Stores- Temple of the Dog- The Muffs- Billy Corgan- Entombed- Dimmu Borgir plus lots more
by Keavin Wiggins
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Marilyn Manson School Teacher?
Digital-Noise reports: Shock-rocker Marilyn Manson has revealed that he has a secret desire to become a teacher.

"Nobody in school wants to learn anything and everybody hates school because it's boring," the God Of f*** told Kerrang!. "My dream is to become a teacher because I think I could encourage kids to learn and become as thirsty for knowledge as I am."- Click Here for the Full Story 

Can you imagine the teacher's pet?

Kazaa To Sue RIAA
Music Dish reports: Kazaa owner Sharman Networks can sue the RIAA and MPAA for copyright-infringement and breach of contract, says US District Judge Stephen Wilson. 

Rejecting arguments by the labels and studios that Sharman's allegations were too vague, Wilson ruled that specificity isn't required at this stage of the case, says a Bloomberg News story here. 

Among other things, the RIAA (Recording Industry Association of America) and MPAA (Motion Picture Association of America) have been posting phony mp3 files on p2p networks as part of their bid to shut down p2p file sharing. 

Sharman says the two Hollywood trade organs also used Kazaa software to track users and send threatening messages, "in a violation of Kazaa's terms for using the network," states the report. - Click Here for the Full Story 

FBI MP3 Warning
VH1 reports: An FBI notice similar to the ones that warn home-video viewers not to make or distribute illegal copies is headed for CDs.

The recording industry and the FBI have struck a deal that allows CD packaging to include the FBI's logo on labels warning consumers about the illegality of file-sharing.

The label is not mandatory, and record labels are free to design the warning however they wish. The Los Angeles Times reports that warnings are expected to appear on the backs of CD packaging and that there are discussions about creating CDs that would display the warning onscreen when played on a PC.- Click Here for the Full Story 

Those damn MP3 and DVD terrorists are keeping the FBI busy these days.

Corgan's Post Zwan Song
Rolling Stone reports: After putting two bands on ice in the past four years, Billy Corgan will go it alone for his next album. The former Smashing Pumpkins and Zwan frontman has begun work on what will be his debut solo recording, though in a Web post he joked, "some would argue that it's not my first, and I wouldn't argue with you there." 

"I am excited to work on this music," Corgan continued, "because for the first time in my life it will be my tunes with no compromises to anyone or anything. It's gonna be loud and beautiful and poetic and dumb. Just the way I like it."

Corgan disbanded Smashing Pumpkins in late 2000, taking drummer Jimmy Chamberlin along with him in Zwan, which he formed a year later. The group released one album, Mary Star of the Sea, before Corgan announced their breakup last fall, complaining that "band members viewed it as something they could decide to do or not to do." - Click Here for the Full Story 

Rock TV
Rockdirt reports: Rock acts on television this week include Phantom Planet, who peform on 'The Late Late Show with Craig Kilborn' on Monday; Rooney, who perform on 'The Sharon Osbourne Show' on Tuesday; the Rapture, who perform on 'Last Call with Carson Daly' on Tuesday; Elefant, who perform on 'Last Call' on Wednesday; Travis, who perform on 'The Ellen DeGeneres Show' on Thursday and 'The Late Late Show' on Friday. - Click Here for the Full Story 

The Darkness Censored
NME reports: THE DARKNESS are pulling no punches in their campaign to break AMERICA – and they've even re-recorded vocal tracks on their album to help them.

According to the Daily Star, certain swear words on the band's album ‘Permission To Land' – which hit Number One in the US – have been re-recorded to avoid offending American audiences.

Singer Justin Hawkins said: "For 'Black Shuck'… I've changed it to ‘duck'! I've got away with it, too. You can either take the nonsensical approach to it all, or you can try doing something that still makes some sense. I prefer the nonsensical approach." - Click Here for the Full Story 

Who gives a duck?

Download Metallica & Linkin Park
NME reports: METALLICA and LINKIN PARK are to headline this summer's DOWNLOAD festival.

The metal giants will also be joined by rock veterans Machine Head at the event, which takes place at Donington between June 5-6.

Also rumoured to be appearing are Slipknot, Audioslave and Korn - Click Here for the Full Story 

Yeah Yeah Tour
Aversion reports: The Yeah Yeah Yeahs are headed to the United Kindom for a tiny tour. 

The band will return to its adoring British audiences in April for a four-show tour of the Kindgom. The trio is still touring on last year's Fever to Tell (Interscope)

The Yeah Yeah Yeah's tour dates are: 
April 11 - Barrowlands, Glasgow
April 12 - Carling Academy, Birmingham
April 13 - Academy, Manchester
April 15 - Forum, London - Click Here for the Full Story 

The Muffs Return
Aversion reports: The Muffs will return to the new-release shelves next month after a five-year absence. 

The act is finishing up its still untitled follow-up to 1999's Alert Today, Alive Tomorrow (Honest Don's), for Five Foot Two Records. The album is tentatively slated for a February release. - Click Here for the Full Story 

Newsted Goes To Hell
Blabbermouth reports: THE GOOD DEVILS, a power-trio consisting of former METALLICA bassist Jason Newsted (a.k.a. Jaylor) on guitar/vocals, Joe Ledesma (a.k.a. Joefus) on bass, and Josh Wisenor on drums, have posted three new tracks recorded in November 2003 at Newsted's The Chophouse studio.

Says Jason: "The DEVIL mixes multiple musical influences to forge a hellish sound."- Click Here for the Full Story 

Sound clips available at the Full Story link

Days of the Newdeal
Blabbermouth reports: DAYS OF THE NEW leader Travis Meeks has reportedly parted ways with Interscope Records and is on the verge of signing a new record deal with an as-yet-undisclosed "small" label.

The following update on Travis' recent activities was Posted by his uncle, Dave Meeks, on the group's official message board:

"Hi everyone and my apologies for not posting in awhile. I have kept news down to a minimum due to the uncertainty of anything concrete. Well, we just signed the release from Interscope. Travis and I really appreciate them releasing us without any complications. Interscope is a pop/rap label and I really believe they where not into Travis' vision and music. One of the heads of Interscope heard the demos and said he didn't like the music. So, they released us, which is what Travis has asked for for the last two + years. So, everyone is happy. It should be final this week (1/30/04). We were under contract with Interscope and they could have made it hard for us, but they didn't and we are thankful. Thanks guys. - Click Here for the Full Story 

Ozzfest On For Ozzy
RIFTrock reports: "Ozzy Osbourne will "definitely" perform at this year's Ozzfest, a spokesperson for Sharon Osbourne Management has told Blabbermouth.net. 

Osbourne will top a main-stage bill that will probably include veteran British heavy metallers Judas Priest. Also expected to appear are Slipknot and Hatebreed, who will likely co-headline the festival's second-stage. Other rumored contenders for the festival include Damageplan and Velvet Revolver.

Ozzy's ability to participate in the 2004 installment of the annual travelling heavy metal festival was placed under a cloud of uncertainty following his all-terrain vehicle accident in December. 

Osbourne, 55, fractured his collarbone, eight ribs and a neck vertebra when the 600-pound vehicle he was riding flipped and landed on top of him at his estate in Buckinghamshire, southern England. He spent a week on a ventilator. - Click Here for the Full Story 

In Stores
RIFTrock reports: Hitting stores on Tuesday, January 27th: 
Bayside, Sirens and Condolences
Remembering Never, Women and Children Die First Premonitions of War, Left in Kowloon 
Helmet, Unsung: The Very Best Of Helmet (1991-1997)
Emery, The Weak's End
No Motiv, Daylight Breaking
Stampin' Ground, A New Darkness Upon Us
Tiamat, Prey
Some Girls, All My Friends Are Going Death
Pop Punk Love You To compilation
Roy, Big City Sin and Small Town Redemption
Fantômas, Delirium Cordia
Casey Jones, The Few, The Proud, The Crucial
Dark Tranquillity, Live Damage DVD
Deathwish, Violence, Blasphemy, Sodomy
Dimension Zero, Penetrations From The Lost World
The Distance, Your Closest Friends
Madball, N.Y.H.C.
Long Since Forgotten, Standing Room only
Split Caravan, The Last Embrace
Djevara, God is White
End of April, If I Had A Bullet For Everyone
Green Day, 1,039 Smoothed Out Slappy Hours
Living Sacrafice, Rebron
Herod, For Whom the Gods Would Destroy Us
The Kiss of Death, The Kiss of Death
- Click Here for the Full Story 

Metallica Get LAed
siN's metal news reports: METALLICA have announced a second Los Angeles show to their upcoming headlining North American tour with GODSMACK. It is set for March 6th at The Forum. - Click Here for the Full Story 

Full tour info available by clicking on the full story link

Indies Fight Sony-BMG Merger
Reuters reports: A contingent of independent music labels vowed on Monday to fight the proposed merger between music giants Sony Music and Bertelsmann's BMG as a crucial deadline for approval by European regulators looms. 

Trade group IMPALA, which represents 2,000 independent European music labels and such artists as The White Stripes and Carla Bruni, said it would take its objections to the European Union this week in an effort to block the merger. 

"Our main point is access. We want to avoid a situation where a combined entity makes it impossible for smaller independent labels and artists to get access to broadcasters and retailers," said Philippe Kern, secretary general for IMPALA. 

Opponents of the deal have until Wednesday to file Article 11 letters with the EU, Kern told Reuters on the sidelines of the Midem Music conference in the French riviera resort of Cannes. 

The EU's Competition Commission is expected to announce on February 12 whether the proposed union will go through or requires additional scrutiny, Kern said. - Click Here for the Full Story 

Temple of the Dog
Billboard reports: The first full-fledged on-stage reunion in 11 years by members of Seattle rock supergroup Temple Of The Dog is spotlighted on the upcoming holiday single for members of Pearl Jam's Ten Club fan organization. 

The single sports Soundgarden/Audioslave frontman Chris Cornell joining Pearl Jam's Eddie Vedder, Stone Gossard, Jeff Ament (news), Mike McCready and Matt Cameron for a 10-minute run through Temple's "Reach Down" at an Oct. 28 benefit concert in Santa Barbara, Calif. 

Temple Of The Dog's self-titled 1990 album was recorded prior to Pearl Jam's 1991 breakthrough, "Ten," and introduced the music world to Vedder via his harmonizing with Cornell on the single "Hunger Strike." The group's members had not played live together since the 1992 Lollapalooza tour. - Click Here for the Full Story 

Who Needs Record Co's?
AP reports: Rock veterans Peter Gabriel and Brian Eno are launching a provocative new musicians' alliance that would cut against the industry grain by letting artists sell their music online instead of only through record labels. 

With the Internet transforming how people buy and listen to songs, musicians need to act now to claim digital music's future, Gabriel and Eno argued Monday as they handed out a slim red manifesto at a huge dealmaking music conference known as Midem. 

They call the plan the "Magnificent Union of Digitally Downloading Artists" — or MUDDA, which has a less lofty ring to it. 

"Unless artists quickly grasp the possibilities that are available to them, then the rules will get written, and they'll get written without much input from artists," said Eno, who has a long history of experimenting with technology. 

By removing record labels from the equation, artists can set their own prices and set their own agendas, said the two independent musicians, who hope to launch the online alliance within a month. - Click Here for the Full Story 

(press release) reports: Jeff Scott Soto (TALISMAN, ex-YNGWIE MALMSTEEN), Tony Franklin (ex-WHITESNAKE, BLUE MURDER, FIRM), Mats Levén (KRUX, AT VANCE, ex-YNGWIE MALMSTEEN) and Mic Michaeli (EUROPE) are among the special guests set to appear on the debut album from CHRISTIAN RIVEL'S AUDIOVISION, the new solo project from NARNIA frontman Christian Rivel. 

According to an official press release, the vision for the project is "to create good heavy metal with strong melodies and lots of harmony vocals like QUEEN & THE SWEET. Everything will be packed in a superb production by producer & guitarist Lars Chriss from LION'S SHARE," who has co-written most of the songs together with Christian Rivel. 

The first chance for anyone to hear AUDIOVISION will come with the release of the band's contribution to the Swedish tribute to THE SWEET titled "The Sweet According To Sweden". AUDIOVISION recorded the album's opening cut, "Love Is Like Oxygen", featuring a duet between Rivel and Jeff Scott Soto. The album is scheduled for release on February 9. (for more info. visit www.rivelrecords.com/sweettribute) 

The AUDIOVISION album will feature contributions from some of the best musicians in melodic hard rock and heavy metal. 

- Click Here for the Full Story 

Click full story link for list of guests, more info.

Big Day Out
Herald Sun reports: WITH tribal tatts and trucker caps, more than 40,000 punters stormed the Showgrounds for yesterday's annual Big Day Out festival.

The sell-out crowd moshed the day away to worldwide superstars Metallica, local rockers Jet and kings of cool the Strokes in an Australia Day weekend tradition. 

It was safety first this year, the only crowd rush coming when organisers opened the gates in the morning to let through a delivery van and more than 30 music fans charged through. 

Security managed to catch a couple of the rebels but most enjoyed the feast of music free. 

The highlight of the day was clearly Jet, their first gig since romping in at number one in the Triple J Hottest 100 and countdown on Sunday. - Click Here for the Full Story 

Entombed Bass Swap
I Ate Your Microphone reports: Entombed have replaced their bassist Jörgen Sandström with former-Terra Firma member Nico Elgstrand. No reason has yet been offered as to why this switch happened.- Click Here for the Full Story 

Dimmu Borgir Lose Drummer
I Ate Your Microphone reports: Following the recent cancellation of their Japanese/Australian tour dates, it transpires that Dimmu Borgir have now lost the services of their drummer Nick Barker. An official comment is yet to be made, and no replacement has thus far been announced.- Click Here for the Full Story