Day In Rock 3/1: Idol Judge Vs. Sharon Osbourne- Manson Wants Avril's Toes- Jacko Hold Up- $2 Vines- Mars Volta- Brand New- Ryan Adams- GNR Digi Hits- Dimmu Grammy- Voivod- Kill H.I.M.- Trust Part Co.- Grip Inc- Dio- Interpol- SJR, Slipknot, God Forbid for Off-Fest- Sparta- Alice in Motley Cult- more
by Keavin Wiggins
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Idol Judge Vs. Sharon Osbourne
Rockdirt reports: Sharon Osbourne confronted 'American Idol' judge Simon Cowell on her television show, and 'Extra' was there. Sharon introduced Cowell saying, "My next guest thinks that my daughter is fat, not talented, that the Osbournes are over, and that my husband faked an accident to get a number one single." On hearing of Ozzy's ATV accident, Cowell had quipped that at least the he might experience a rise in record sales. Simon told Sharon he hadn't realized the extent of the accident: "Someone told me that he had fallen off a quad bike so I thought it was the same thing as falling off a chair," Simon explained. "I swear, I had no idea!"- Click Here for the Full Story 

Three out of four ain't bad. Sharon dear, even some deaf people realize that Kelly can't sing. Remember denial is a acronym for Don't Even Notice I Am Lying. 

$2 Vines
Press Release reports: MTV2, the 24-hour music network, will hit the road once again for the first installment of its 2$Bill Concert series in 2004 featuring performances by The Vines and Jet in New Orleans, LA. The concert will take place on Friday, March 12th at New Orleans House of Blues. Tickets for the $2 concert will go on sale Saturday, March 6th at 10am at the House of Blues Box Office at 225 Decatur Street. (Limit 2 tickets per person, 18 years of age or older. Cash only box office.) Fans in New Orleans can also win tickets by listening to 106.7 "The End." The 2$Bill concert with The Vines and Jet will premiere on MTV2 Monday, March 22nd at 9pm ET/6pm PT. 

Also, for the first time ever MTV2 is partnering with Infinity Radio across the country for an exclusive promotion, giving one local winner and a guest a free trip to New Orleans for the show, attend a pre-party before the event, and then meet and greet the bands after the concert. Participating Infinity radio stations including Philadelphia's WYSP, Phoenix's KZON, Las Vegas' KXTE, Cincinnati's WAQZ, and Columbus' WLVQ. - Click Here for the Full Story 

Manson Wants Avril's Toes
Rockdirt reports: The Sun reports Marilyn Manson is surprised Avril Lavigne has few bodyguards. He said: "How does she know somebody won't kidnap her, cut off her toes and sell them to someone like me on eBay?" - Click Here for the Full Story 

Come on we need a silly news item for Monday. 

Mars Volta Answer Rumors
Punkbands.com reports: From The Mars Volta website: Some of you have come to us asking about some TMV rumors. So here's information that might be helpful. The band is working on new material for a release possibly due out in the fall. This is all we can say at this point. Keep the lines open, we will communicate with you when we can, with more details. 

TMV dates on this website are correct. TMV have no plans to join APC on any East coast dates. The last date planned with APC is Sunday, April 18 in Moline, IL, as listed on TheMarsVolta.com. 

There has also been chatter about TMV being confirmed on some European festival dates this summer. There is nothing confirmed on this front, so this is a false rumor at this point.- Click Here for the Full Story 

Brand New Single
Punkbands.com reports: Brand New will be releasing a UK single of The Quiet Things No One Ever Knows this May in conjunction with their Incubus dates over there. There will be at least one disc and previoiusly unreleased b-sides.- Click Here for the Full Story 

Ryan Adams Complete
NME reports: RYAN ADAMS will release 'LOVE IS HELL' as a complete album in May. 

The album was originally sold as two mini albums, after record label 'Lost Highway' felt the album "too dark" to release. Adams has since released 'Rock 'N' Roll'. - Click Here for the Full Story 

GNR Digi Hits
Blabbermouth reports: According to CD Universe, GUNS N' ROSES' upcoming "Greatest Hits" CD will be made available as a digipack and will contain "remastered" versions of such GNR favorites as "Welcome to the Jungle", "Sweet Child O' Mine", "Patience", "Paradise City" and a cover of the ROLLING STONES' "Sympathy for the Devil" from the "Interview With a Vampire" soundtrack. 

The album, due on March 23 through Geffen Records, is the third archival GUNS N' ROSES release since last fall, when Geffen issued DVDs of the home videos "Welcome to the Videos" and the two-volume "Use Your Illusion".- Click Here for the Full Story 

Bride Confirms KISS of Poison
BW&BK reports: BW&BK Senior Writer Mitch Lafon spoke with BRIDES OF DESTRUCTION guitarist Tracii Guns this past Thursday, February 26th. Excerpts from that conversation include Tracii saying: 

"We're confirmed on the KISS tour, but there are other things that we are holding onto right now that within the next ten to fifteen days might come through. Then we'll talk about what we're going to do. The KISS thing they just confirmed POISON as the second band on the slot, but that's the easy way out. Sixty dates with KISS in arenas sounds wonderful, but then again you're going on at 6:30 7:00 at night in the summertime. We are, like LA GUNS, a vampire band and don't wanna go on in the daylight. Plus, we wanna see what else we can match up with. There's a lot out there for a new band like us, so we're being patient. We gotta see what happens.- Click Here for the Full Story 

More on the interview with Tracii by clicking on the full story link.

Dimmu Grammy
BW&BK reports: DIMMU BORGIR won the Norwegian Grammy award, Spellemannsprisen, in the metal category for their album Death Cult Armageddon. The ceremony was held in Oslo, Norway on Saturday February 28th and broadcast live on national Norwegian TV. - Click Here for the Full Story 

Ultimate Voivod
RIFTrock reports: Metal Blade Records will re-issue the furious, groundbreaking CLASSIC album of VOIVOD - WAR AND PAIN - in an ULTIMATE DELUXE Edition! 

WAR AND PAIN was originally released in 1984 - this is the official "20th Anniversary edition"! 

The packaging will be the same as for the OMEN box set - meaning this will be a 3-CD-release in a stunning package with loads of bonus stuff - all lyrics and lots of cool photos included as well!- Click Here for the Full Story 

Kill H.I.M.
RIFTrock reports: H.I.M. will be playing shows in the United States beginning in April. The Finnish band will be bringing along Kill Hannah as an opening act. Several dates for the tour have been announced.- Click Here for the Full Story 

The first few dates are posted at RIFTrock

Trust Part Co.
RIFT reports: Trust Company have written 22 songs for their upcoming album True Parrallels, 14 of which have been recorded so far. The band hopes to have their new album out by late April/early May. 

Also, Josh Maotos (bassist) has decided to leave Trust Company and the band is currently seeking a replacement. - Click Here for the Full Story 

RIFT has a juicy tour rumor as well.. so TC fans click on over. 

Jacko Hold Up
Herald Sun reports: SINGER Michael Jackson was pulled over by Colorado police on Tuesday, after being spotted wearing a ski mask at a Wal-Mart store. 

Lt Bill Kimminau said a store employee called police and gave a description of the star's vehicle. Jackson was stopped soon after. 

Police asked Jackson to identify himself, which he did by removing his mask. 

"There were no problems, and that was it," Lt Kimminau said. - Click Here for the Full Story 

Sick Predictions
Herald Sun reports: KEITH Richards should have died eight years ago, an expert says. 

The 60-year-old Rolling Stones guitarist has "eluded death" after years of hard living, claims American gerontologist David Demko. 

Mr Demko investigated the lifestyles of music's biggest names and predicted their death dates in a survey titled "When Will Your Favourite Rock Star Die?" for the music magazine Blender. - Click Here for the Full Story 

Grip Inc
Electric Basement reports: In his first interview in nearly 4 years, GRIP INC. vocalist GUS CHAMBERS spoke with Electricbasement.com Friday morning from Germany, recording segments for the POWER HOUR NET RADIO SHOW, which is World Premiering the band's new album, Incorporated, beginning March 1st. Chambers, whose bandmates include guitarist/keyboardist WALDEMAR SORYCHTA and drummer DAVE LOMBARDO, candidly explained why the band took nearly 5 years to issue a follow-up to Solidify, "To cut a long story short...the band, in 1999, nearly broke up. There were certain things as a musician that I needed to clarify with myself and Grip Inc. to go forward. There was a lot of fighting. Record sales were down. There was a lot of pressure from the record company to join a trend and being Grip Inc, we refused to do that."- Click Here for the Full Story 

Click the full story link for the interview

Dio's Holy Workload.
Electric Basement reports: According to the official RONNIE JAMES DIO site (www.ronniejamesdio.com), DIO will release the live "Sacred Heart" performance on DVD March 23 on Rhino Records. The disc will feature bonus interviews with Ronnie and Craig. 

Meanwhile, Ronnie James Dio and company are hard at work on the new record. Looks like the band will hit the studio in late March to start recording, and the album will be out sometime in June. Tour dates are also in the works, with a European jaunt planned for mid-July until August, followed by a U.S. tour. Dates will be forthcoming as soon as they are confirmed. 

Ronnie has written the foreword to the recently released "Encyclopedia of Heavy Metal", in which he was voted the #1 Heavy Metal Singer. - Click Here for the Full Story 

Be sure to check the full story link for info on a new MTV series and Hear N Aid II. 

Interpol In 04
I Ate Your Microphone reports: Interpol are entering the studio at the end of March to record the follow-up to 2002's "Turn On The Bright Lights". The effort is expected to emerge before the end of the year, with a fall release currently being eyed.- Click Here for the Full Story 

SJR, Slipknot, God Forbid for Off-Fest
I Ate Your Microphone reports: God Forbid will be teaming up with Slipknot and Superjoint Ritual for some off-fest dates in amongst the Ozzfest 2004 trek. More details will be announced nearer the time.- Click Here for the Full Story 

Sparta Soph
I Ate Your Microphone reports: Sparta recently revamped their official site www.spartamusic.com, to reflect the bands upcoming new album "Porcelain". The effort is expected to be available in June, and was mixed by Andy Wallace while production was helmed by Mike Major. The group have a few assorted live dates currently booked- Click Here for the Full Story 

IAYM has the tour dates for you, they are only a click away. 

Euro McCartney
Ananova reports: Paul McCartney has confirmed he'll headline Glastonbury on the finale of his new European tour. 

The 04 Summer Tour will be the first time the 61-year-old has been on the road since becoming a father again. 

McCartney will kick off the month-long tour in May, playing at 12 cities across Europe. 

For the first time the rocker will play in Lisbon, Leipzig, Prague, St Petersburg, Horsens in Denmark and Gijon in northern Spain. - Click Here for the Full Story 

Paul McCartney will also open this year's Rock in Rio festival

Mud Tribute
Ananova reports: Seventies pop stars have paid tribute to glam rock legend Les Gray at a charity gig he had been due to host before his death last week. 

The Mud frontman, whose band topped the charts in the 70s with Tiger Feet, Lonely This Christmas and Oh Boy, died, aged 57, of a heart attack in hospital in Portugal, where he had lived for 12 years. 

[Alvin]Stardust led tributes to his friend Gray, while other performers, including Les McKeown of the Bay City Rollers and Marmalade also remembered the singer. 

David Cassidy was featured via a live link from Florida, in the four-hour event, which organiser Caroline McFarlan, of Kidscharities UK, hoped would raise £10-£15,000. - Click Here for the Full Story 

Alice in Motley Cult
A little bird sent this in: It can be confirmed formally that there is a new Super Group brewing in LA featuring Billy Duffy from the CULT, Jerry Cantrell from Alice in Chains both on guitar, and John Corabi from Motley Crue/The Scream/BOD on lead vocals! 

They have been jamming for about 2 weeks, and have a debut live show tentatively planned for the beginning of march at the Troubador! 

Avril Gets Deep
MTV reports: If the 6 million fans who made Avril Lavigne's first album, Let Go, among the best-selling records of 2002 think they know what makes the 19-year-old rocker tick, they're just scratching the surface. 

As her second album's title, Under My Skin, suggests, Lavigne's about to show them what lies beneath. 

"There are some songs that are really deep," she said. "I have this song called 'How Does It Feel.' It's just a very mature song. Just me stepping back and looking at my life, talking about how I am small and the world is big. I'm a deep person and I think of weird things. 

"[Let Go] was just a few things I went through and wrote about," she continued. "There's so much more to my life now." 

[on her upcoming mall tour Avril told MTV's Joe D'Angelo] "It's kind of funny, because we're just going to randomly show up at malls," she said. "It'll be good practice for me to play my guitar every day." - Click Here for the Full Story 

Ozzy Dis
Blabbermouth reports: Former TESTAMENT/SAVATAGE guitarist Alex Skolnick has spoken out about the experience of auditioning for and ultimately landing the guitarist gig in OZZY OSBOURNE's band, only to be told less than a month later it had been given to someone else. Asked via his message board what was it like playing with Ozzy and how long he played with him, Alex said, "I flew out to London, auditioned, Oz told me he liked me and let's work together some more. Next thing I know, we had this unannounced show at Rock City in Nottingham (where I had played a few years earlier with TESTAMENT). The show [which took place in June 1995 Ed.] seemed to go great (Ozzy choked me at one point to get me to move around more...it worked!) After the show, the crew thanked me and said they hadn't seen Ozzy look so happy in a long time. Ozzy gave me a big hug and hired me on the spot. I was on cloud nine. But what followed was a major lesson in the music business: I go home and don't hear anything for three weeks. Finally I called Sharon [Osbourne]'s assistant, who was surprised that she hadn't called me yet and that I should expect a call from Sharon. I sensed bad news. When Sharon called, she told me they really liked my playing and appreciate the time I put in but they've decided to hire someone else, Joe Holmes. With all due respect to Holmes, to this day everyone I've spoken to has no idea why they (or she) made this decision. I was told it might have been because Holmes was a former student of Randy Rhoads. - Click Here for the Full Story 

Radio Idol
Billboard reports: Now in its third season, Fox TV's "American Idol" has attracted tens of thousands of aspiring superstars to its auditions. Yet Clear Channel Radio and many other stations think there are plenty of diamonds left to be found in the rough. 

Radio Star, an "Idol"-styled contest launched Feb. 16 at 70 Clear Channel top 40 and adult top 40 stations, is a legitimate A&R vehicle, according to its organizers, who are hoping to find the next Kelly Clarkson, Ruben Studdard or Clay Aiken. 

The winner of the contest receives a Sony Music recording contract, a booking agent at William Morris Agency and opening slots at top 40 stations WHTZ (Z100) New York and KIIS Los Angeles' holiday concerts, as well as other prizes. Other stations might participate in the program as well. - Click Here for the Full Story 

Wouldn't it be nice if CC gave a shot to bands that already have CDs out but don't have the big $$ behind them? Nope, an Idol knock off makes more sense. What ever happened to Free Form radio? I know a lot of DJ's subscribe to the Day In Rock, here is a proposal. How about a local idol contest in your markets? An hour a week featuring local talent and let your listeners vote via your website. At the end, the idol winner gets a slot in your regular rotations for x number of weeks and maybe have a live finale at a local venue? I know you're program directors will never go for it. But it could be fun and a great way to find your local idols and future rock stars. But if by some weird chance the idea does fly, let us know, we'll be more than happy to cover it here.