Day In Rock 6/23: Boss To Rock GOP?- Ozzfest Scam- Tommy Lee 86ed For Bad Music- Hot Water Music Injury- Velvet Revolver iProtest- HBO Signs OutKast- Beastie Boys- Eels Dropped- More RIAA Lawsuits- Ministry Punk Voters- Apartment 26 Evicted- Wilco- Elvis Mini Series- No Drugs for Oasis- Sharon O Beat Satan- more
by Keavin Wiggins
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Boss To Rock GOP?
liveDaily reports: Concert promoter and Democratic Party activist Andrew Rasiej claims he has reserved a date at New Jersey's Giants Stadium in hopes that he can lure Bruce Springsteen to play a concert to demonstrate opposition to President George W. Bush during the Republican National Convention. 

Rasiej has launched the website DraftBruce.com, where he is collecting signatures from fans who support his effort to stage the show. 

Other artists will be lined up if Springsteen signs on, Rasiej told Reuters. He said he's approached R.E.M, the Dave Matthews Band, Bob Dylan and Carlos Santana as well. [see full story for more] - Click Here for the Full Story 

Source: liveDaily also has news on Usher, Kanye West join forces for The Truth Tour, Kansas marks 30 years with box set, reissues, tour, Metallica readies EP as documentary heads to theaters, Dr. John, Shemekia Copeland top B.B. King Blues Festival and more click here to check it out

Ozzfest Scam
Ozzfest.com reports: Something is brewing in Denver and it isn't beer. Metalheads in Colorado beware; someone is selling counterfeit Ozzfest passes! First off, Ozzfest DOES NOT SELL passes so if you are approached, please don't be conned! These will not be honored at any Ozzfest locations. Tickets are available for purchase on Ozzfest.com and at Ticketmaster outlets. Please save yourself some cash and buy tickets from these locations, not on the street! There are still tickets available for several venues so get them now!- Click Here for the Full Story 

Tommy Lee 86ed For Bad Music
Blabbermouth reports: The Las Vegas Sun is reporting that former MÖTLEY CRÜE drummer Tommy Lee was at Light (Bellagio) in Las Vegas, Nevada on Sunday (June 20) to play DJ for a Father's Day party when things got a bit out of hand, and Lee was removed from the club by security, according to the club's Sean Christie. "He was playing lousy music," Christie said. "Some of it was his own and most of it was totally unrecognizable, and the bottom line is, the crowd didn't dig it. The last thing we were trying to do was embarrass the guy, so we told him to wrap up his set and make a graceful exit. When he refused, we said we would just pull the plug on him, which is what we ended up doing." [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

Tommy also reportedly cleared out the Key Club recently when he attempted to jump on the dance music bandwagon there. A lot of the crowd reportedly went downstairs to hear a real DJ after a few minutes of Lee. according to what an audience member has told the Day in Rock.

Slayer, Damageplan and more for Ultimate Fighting Championship CD
Blabbermouth reports: SLAYER, DAMAGEPLAN, SEPULTURA and ICEPICK (the new band featuring HATEBREED frontman Jamey Jasta and SKARHEAD singer Lord Ezec) are among the artists featured on the "Ultimate Fighting Championship: Ultimate Beatdowns, Volume 1" compilation, due on August 24 through Nitrus Records. [see full story link for full track listing]- Click Here for the Full Story 

Source: Blabbermouth also has news on FOZZY, KISS/POISON: Five Shows Added To 'Rock The Nation 2004' Tour, GEORGE LYNCH Unleashes New Instrumental CD, STRATOVARIUS Singer KOTIPELTO To Appear At PROGPOWER USA V, BRIDES OF DESTRUCTION: 'Here Come The Brides' To Be Released On DVD-Audio, NIGHTWISH and more click here to check it out

Hot Water Music Injury
RIFTrock reports: Hot Water Music announced, in a posting, that guitarist Chuck Ragan seriously injured his left hand and has to get reconstructive surgery. It happened while the band was on the Honda Civic Tour with Dashboard Confessional, Thrice, and the Get Up Kids. If all goes well, Chuck should be done with physical therapy and ready to go by the time they hit the road again this fall. - Click Here for the Full Story 

Source: RIFTrock also has news on Audio Karate e-card online, Atreyu launch new e-card, theSTART and The Aka's summer tour, Stream the new Cure record, MewithoutYou album update , Warped and Ozzfest Give Ticket Warning and more click here to check it out

Velvet Revolver iProtest
Variety reports: Velvet Revolver's "Contraband" may be the No. 1 album in America, but you won't see many hipsters bopping their head to it on an iPod. 

That's because "copy management" software that BMG installed on the CD to help combat piracy also prevents users from playing it in Apple's popular iTunes media player or transferring it to the iPod... 

That's left plenty of music fans angry about the industry's latest attempt to fight illegal copying. On Amazon.com, for instance, product reviews are primarily not discussions of the actual music by the band (made up of ex-members of Guns N' Roses and Stone Temple Pilots), but complaints about the copy management with subject lines such as "Great music, horrible technology." [see full story for more] - Click Here for the Full Story 

HBO Signs OutKast
Variety reports: HBO will start production in late summer on its first musical, an original period tuner starring OutKast's Andre 3000 and Big Boi. 

The musical was written and will mark the feature directing debut of Bryan Barber, who helmed the band's memorable videos for "Hey Ya" and "The Way You Move." [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

Beastie Boys Sales Hit
Sohh.com reports: The Beastie Boys' To The Five Boroughs is flying off the shelves. According to early reports, the Long Island trio is likely to earn next week's top slot as the LP is on pace to sell up to 400,000 units in its first week.-Click Here for the Full Story 

Eels Dropped
MTV reports: Eels are the latest artists caught in the constrictive net cast by major-label mergers. After an eight-year, six-album career on the DreamWorks label, the band is leaving parent company Universal, whose Interscope Records imprint inherited most of the artists on the now-defunct DreamWorks. - Click Here for the Full Story 

Weiland Delays Again
MTV reports: Scott Weiland has until the end of the month before he'll have to stand trial for driving under the influence of drugs in Los Angeles. His court date, which has already been pushed back several times, was postponed once again on Tuesday, to June 30.- Click Here for the Full Story 

Source: MTV also has news on Britney's Fall: The Never-Before-Seen Footage, Lil' Flip To T.I.: 'If You Make A Leprechaun Mad, You Gonna Feel The Wrath' Mary-Kate Olsen Seeks Treatment For Eating Disorder Lollapalooza Canceled; Organizers Cite Poor Ticket Sales Yellowcard Are Ready To Unleash Their 'Chick Song' and more click here to check it out

More RIAA Lawsuits
AP reports: The music industry filed copyright infringement lawsuits against 482 computer users Tuesday, the latest round of litigation by recording companies against suspected online music file-swappers. 

The cases were filed against 213 people in St. Louis, 206 in Washington D.C., 55 in Denver and six in New Jersey, according to the Recording Industry Association of America. [see full story for more] - Click Here for the Full Story 

Clapton Rehab Auction
AP reports: British rock star Eric Clapton will auction off 56 of his guitars in New York on Thursday to raise money for a new drug treatment facility in Antigua and Barbuda, a manager of his center said. 

Proceeds from the event at Christie's auction house will go toward the recently completed 16-bed Bevon House, a center for recovering patients that is an expansion of Clapton's Crossroads Center, said Kim Martin, the center's marketing manager. [see full story for more] - Click Here for the Full Story 

Senate Vote For Stiffer Indecency Fines
AP reports: Faced with public ire over racy language, explicit scenes and skin-baring outfits, the Senate overwhelmingly agreed on Tuesday to fine radio and television broadcasters and personalities as much as $3 million a day for airing indecent entertainment. 

After the uproar stoked by Janet Jackson and Justin Timberlake's "wardrobe malfunction" at this year's Super Bowl, the Senate rushed the bill through on a 99-1 vote without floor debate. [see full story for more] - Click Here for the Full Story 

Will the fines apply to news outlets reporting on politicians 'racy' exploits?

Ministry Punk Voters?
IAYM reports: Ministry are to head out on tour with Skinny Puppy come Labor Day (September 06th)... The trek is said to be tied in with the punkvoter.com organization.. [more] - Click Here for the Full Story 

The Crown DVD
IAYM reports: The Crown will be bundling a bonus DVD in with their upcoming posthumous outing "Crowned Unholy", which will feature a full live show recorded in Karlsruhe, Germany on November 24th last year. Metal Blade will be releasing the offering in Europe on August 09th. - Click Here for the Full Story 

Apartment 26 Evicted
IAYM reports: Apartment 26 have confirmed that they are no longer signed to Atlantic Records, and are currently working out a new deal with an as-yet-unannounced label. Additionally, the band's bassist Louis Cruden has decided to take some time off from the band, although his departure is not necessarily permanent at this point in time. [more] - Click Here for the Full Story 

Source: IAYM also has news on "Dreadlock Tour 2004", Amon Amarth: "Fate Of Norns", Cathedral: UK dates, RoadRage DVD, Roadburn webcasts, Nonpoint tour update, Dream Theater/Yes tour dates and more click here to check it out

Wilco Picture Book
Pitchfork reports: Wilco is currently working on a picture book, with an accompanying CD, to be released by PictureBox, Inc., a visual-culture studio based in New York. PictureBox's design, editing, and writing team, Dan Nadel and Peter Buchanan-Smith, worked closely with Wilco for over a year on the project, which is described as "a visual equivalent of the band's music." 

To this end, the 160-page book will feature contributions from, among others, author Rick Moody (The Ice Storm), artist Fred Tomaselli (paintings and stuff), and photographer Michael Schmelling (Spin, Wired), alongside archival material from Henry Miller (oversexed author of Tropic of Cancer, among others). Additionally, the band provides background to the book's images in the mode of long-form captions about such topics as touring and recording-- you know, all that band stuff that most of us know nothing about. 

Additionally-- and here's the really good news-- a full-length 40-minute CD of unreleased material will be included in the package. [see full story for lots more including news on how a sample got the band in trouble, info on the CD and their latest tour dates] - Click Here for the Full Story 

Source: Pitchfork also has news on Breaking news: Lollapalooza cancelled!, Pixies, Modest Mouse to play Austin fest, Sloan to open for Jet on U.S. tour, Court & Spark release new music, tour, and more click here to check it out

Elvis Mini Series
Ananova reports: A major new documentary series on Elvis Presley, similar to The Beatles' Anthology, is being planned for the 30th anniversary of his death. 

The Elvis Presley Estate which runs Elvis' business affairs and includes his widow Priscilla, is presently working on the series which will include never-before-seen footage. 

According to the New York Post, the Elvis anthology is due out in 2007 - 30 years after Presley died aged 42 on August 17, 1977 [more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

No Drugs for Oasis
Ananova reports: Liam and Noel Gallagher have reportedly insisted on a drugs free zone when they play Glastonbury this week. 

The Oasis frontmen told organisers they do not want any trace of illegal substances backstage. - Click Here for the Full Story 

Sex, What? and Rock and Roll... 

Source: Ananova also has news on England match to be shown at Glasto, Eavis wants U2 and Prince for Glasto 2005, Avril announces more UK dates, Spears "panic-stricken" after accident, Rapper turns Einstein quote into song and more click here to check it out

Sharon Osbourne Beat Satan
Xfm reports: Ozzy's wife Sharon Osbourne has beaten the Lord of all Evil, Satan, to be voted the most important person in the world of rock. Readers of rock weekly Kerrang! deemed the wife and manager of the Prince of Darkness to be more important to the spirit of rawk than Justin Hawkins, Kurt Cobain and even Avril Lavigne. 

The full top ten reads as follows: 
1. Sharon Osbourne 
2. Satan 
3. Brian Becker 
4. Justin Hawkins 
5. Rick Rubin 
6. Michael Moore 
7. Kurt Cobain 
8. Rod Smallwood (founder of Sanctuary Records) 
9. Lars Ulrich 
10. Avril Lavigne 
[see full story for more] - Click Here for the Full Story 

Source: Xfm also has news on Share A Pint With Badly Drawn Boy, V Festival Supports New Talent, Major Festival Cancelled At Last Minute, Glastonbury Weather: Update 22.06.04, Metallica Enter Forbes Rich List and more click here to check it out

Clutch Jam Room
Metal-Rules reports: Clutch will release Jam Room, on August 3, 2004. It is a highly-anticipated release since it showcases Clutch's aggressive and genre-bending side. It will differ from the European release, which has 12 tracks and a different sequence. 15 studio tracks representing Clutch at their most adventurous are captured by producer Uncle Punchy. - Click Here for the Full Story 

Source: Metal-Rules also has news on George Lynch Unleashes FURIOUS GEORGE, Special Guest Atlanta ProgPower V: Timo Kotipelto, Hubi Meisel - Studio News and Album Release, Century Media Schedules A Pure Death Release Day and more click here to check it out

VH1 Has The Cure
Day in Rock reports: Want to hear The Cure's new self-titled CD? VH1 has a preview right now of the entire album. Click the full story link to check it out. The CD hits stores next Tuesday.- Click Here for the Full Story 

Kittie, Candiria, 36 Crazyfists & Twelve Tribes Tour Dates
press release reports: Here are some new dates for Kittie w/ Candiria, 36 Crazyfists and Twelve Tribes: 

Fri 07.16.04 Lubbock, TX The Pavilion
Sat 07.17.04 San Antonio, TX White Rabbit
Sun 07.18.04 Austin, TX The Backroom
Tue 07.20.04 McAllen, TX La Villa Real Special Events Center
Sat 07.24.04 Tallahassee, FL Floyd's Music Store
Sun 07.25.04 Lake Buena Vista, FL House of Blues
Thu 07.29.04 Atlanta, GA The Masquerade
Fri 07.30.04 North Myrtle Beach, SC House of Blues 

Kittie's "Until The End" will hit stores on July 27th.- Click Here for the Full Story 

Ultimate Survivor
press release reports: 'Ultimate Survivor': The most comprehensive Survivor collection ever assembled, with 18 classic tracks and more than 75 minutes of music,to be released July 13th by BMG Heritage. 

Not only is Ultimate Survivor the most comprehensive Survivor collection ever assembled, but for the first time ever these classic songs have been digitally remastered from the original tapes. Along with the massive radio hits "Eye of the Tiger," "High On You," "The Search Is Over," "Burning Heart" and many others, this collection includes the ultra-rare "Rebel Girl" which makes its long-awaited CD debut. Also debuting on Ultimate Survivor is the original version of "Rockin' Into The Night," which became the career-igniting hit for 38 Special but originated with Survivor. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

Fuse Gets Warped
press release reports: Fuse, the nation's only viewer-driven, all-music network, jumps in the mosh pit and takes music fans front and center at the Van's Warped Tour, the longest-running music festival tour in the United States. Fuse kicks off the network's exclusive national media sponsorship of the 10th Anniversary Van's Warped Tour with Warped Wednesdays � a slate of weekly programming premiered on June 16th. 

Every Wednesday all summer long between 11:00 AM and 3:00 PM (EST), Fuse's air will be overtaken by the hottest bands on the tour, hosting hours of their favorite music videos and sharing their Warped road stories. Later in the day, fans can then tune-in to Fuse's live daily studio telecast between 6:00 � 7:00 PM (EST) for a final fix of tour updates, news, exclusive interviews from the road, and much more. 

The summer-long Warped Wednesdays will culminate with an exclusive 90-minute 10th Anniversary VANS WARPED TOUR Concert special on Friday, September 24th, at 7:00 p.m. on Fuse. The special will highlight exclusive footage from the tour that features more than 30 bands in the line-up such as Good Charlotte, New Found Glory, Simple Plan, Yellowcard and Taking Back Sunday. 

This week features Story of the Year. - Click Here for the Full Story 

Wednesday Media
Today's multimedia pick is the new song from Sparta 

Sparta - "Breaking the Broken" 
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This week's update to the Mandatory Media section includes a new video from The Cure-  eCards from My Chemical Romance, Breaking Benjamin � new videos from Magna-Fi, The Roots & Scissor Sisters � Plus mp3s from Unearth, Secret Machines, Voivod, The Heavils & Trivium � click this link to check it out