Day In Rock 3/5: Van Hotair- Sat Night Boob- Linkin Korn Snoop Dates- Otepfest- Eagles of Death Metal- Motley Screwed- Sabbath Tease- Deicide- Fear Factory- Gripping Preview- Strokes in the Park- Aparo Jules- The New Wilco- Kravitz- Gold Diggin' Ex Richie- Anthrax- Sea Lion Fizzle- more
by Keavin Wiggins
The Day in Rock Friday antiMUSIC.com's look at Today's Top Rock News Stories From Across the Web

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Slow news day today but here are the top rock stories.

Van Hotair
Melodic Rock reports: Los Angeles radio station KLOS-FM have been running a Van Halen teaser campaign all day, promising exclusive Van Halen news, also adding a teaser banner to their website: www.955klos.com/home.asp

Sadly the station hasn't made any announcment after teasing fans all day. Were they asked not to, or are they just dicking fans around? The next 24 hours should bring some answers.

The facts however, are clear. Sammy Hagar is back in the band - as I said in November last year when first contact was initiated and a plan for 2004 put in place.- Click Here for the Full Story 

Huge news would be DLR back in the band. Van Hagar reunion is 'ok, that's cool' news. 

Linkin Korn Snoop Dates
Day in Rock reports: We now have some confirmed dates for the upcoming Projekt Revolution 2004 Tour featureing Linkin Park, Korn, Snoop Dogg and The Used. 

07/23 - Cincinnati, OH - Riverbe - Music Center
07/24 - Columbus, OH - Germain Amphitheatre
07/26 - Clarkston, MI - DTE Energy Music Theater
07/27 - Darien Center, NY - Darien Lake Performing Arts Center
07/29 - Mansfield, MA - Tweeter Center for the Performing Arts
07/30 - Holmdel, NJ - PNC Bank Arts Center
07/31 - Hartford, CT - ctnow.com Meadows Music Centre
08/02 - Wantagh, NY - Jones Beach Amphtitheatre
08/03 - Camden, NJ - Tweeter Waterfront at The Waterfront
08/05 - Cuyahoga Falls, OH - Blossom Music Centre
08/06 - Noblesville, IN - Verizon Wireless Music Centre
08/07 - Tinley Park, IL - Tweeter Center
08/09 - Burgettstown, PA - Po - Gazette Pavillion
08/10 - Bristow, VA - Nissan Pavillion at Stone Ridge
08/11 - Virginia Beach, VA - Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
08/13 - Atlanta, GA - HiFi Buys Amphitheatre
08/14 - Charlotte, NC - Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
08/17 - We - Palm Beach, FL - Sou - Advice Amphitheatre
08/18 - Tampa, FL - Tampa Bay Amphitheatre
08/20 - Dallas, TX - Smirnoff Center
08/21 - Selma, TX - Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
08/22 - Spring, TX - Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavillion
08/24 - Bonner Springs, KS - Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
08/25 - Maryla - Heights, MO - UMB Bank Pavillion
08/27 - Ea - Troy, WI - Alpine Valley Music Theater
08/28 - Somerset, WI - Float-Rite Park
08/30 - Englewood, CO - Fiddler's Green Amphithatre
08/31 - Albuquerque, NM - Journal Pavillion
09/01 - Phoenix, AZ - Cricket Pavillion
09/03 - Chula Vista, CA - Coors Amphitheatre
09/04 - Devore, CA - Hyundai Pavillion at Glen Helen
09/05 - Mountain View, CA - Shoreline Amphitheatre

The PRP reports: According to the bands official website www.otep.com, Otep have officially been added to the Second Stage of this years Ozzfest trek. The band will be playing a rotating afternoon slot.- Click Here for the Full Story 

Eagles of Death Metal
NME reports: QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE mainman JOSH HOMME's new side project EAGLES OF DEATH METAL will release their debut album 'PEACE, LOVE, DEATH METAL' on March 22.

The trio are also joined on the record by sometime Queens collaborator Alain Johannes as well as Homme's current squeeze, The Distillers' Brody Dalle.

Eagles' singer Jesse 'The Devil' Hughes said: "Brody did handclaps and general rock & roll inspiration. It was like guerrilla warfare. The whole band is set up like a militia unit. Whoever's there and can do it, will do it."

The band, who played a low-key invite only gig at London's swanky Met Bar last month (February 10), formed five years ago in California's Palm Desert as part of a "joke". - Click Here for the Full Story 

Motley Screwed
Blabbermouth reports: Former MÖTLEY CRÜE drummer Tommy Lee stands to lose his $1 million-plus Malibu pad if he can't cough up nearly $600,000 in delinquent mortgage payments, federal and state taxes. Tommy's "Notice of Default and Election to Sell Under Deed Of Trust" says his crib "may be sold without any court action" unless he pays pronto! - Click Here for the Full Story 

Sabbath Tease
Blabbermouth reports: BLACK SABBATH drummer Bill Ward has decided to release another one of the songs from his long-awaited "Beyond Aston" solo album free online as a "teaser" of sorts for the CD, which he hopes to complete soon. The name of the song Bill will be making available is "The Dark Half Hour". More details as to exactly when fans will be able to download this file, along with further details regarding the album's release, will be available soon on Bill's official web site, BillWard.com.- Click Here for the Full Story 

Deicide Goes Mainstream
BW&BK reports: DEICIDE's latest album, Scars Of The Crucifix, has landed a #18 debut on Billboard's Independent Albums Chart and a #24 debut on Billboard's Heatseekers Chart. Deicide frontman Glen Benton commented: "This is just the beginning."

In other news, Deicide will also be hitting the road this spring with Superjoint Ritual. The tour kicks off April 6 in Louisville, KY with more tour dates coming soon.- Click Here for the Full Story 

BW&BK has got a ton of dates for you. 

Sat Night Boob
Reuters reports: She may not be ready for prime time just yet, but Janet Jackson has been booked on NBC's "Saturday Night Live" next month, her first planned network TV performance since baring her breast at the Super Bowl. - Click Here for the Full Story 

Fear Factory 04
Electric Basement (Press Release) reports: Experimentation and innovation are concepts rarely undertaken and even less frequently immediately accepted by the masses. With Los Angeles' genre-defying FEAR FACTORY, it is expected. Having sold more than 1.2 million albums over its career (with albums charting in the Billboard Top 100 and Top 40 respectively), the pioneering force known as FEAR FACTORY continues in the groundbreaking style many have emulated but none have duplicated on its upcoming fifth full-length release, Archetype. 

April 20th through Liquid 8 Records...[usual record co blathering... partial tracklisting, tour dates and a whole lot of blathering can be had by clicking on the full story link. - Click Here for the Full Story 

Gripping Preview
Electric Basement reports: GRIP INC, the acclaimed metal power trio featuring superstar drummer DAVE LOMBARDO (Slayer), guitarist/keyboardist WALDEMAR SORYCHTA and vocalist GUS CHAMBERS, returns after four years with Incorporated, to be released on SPV in the U.S. March 16th. Electricbasement.com's POWER HOUR NET RADIO SHOW is WORLD PREMIERING the album now, including an interview with Chambers. The Power Hour is pre-recorded and then streamed on demand for free, allowing users to tune-in to the current show whenever they want. No sign-ups or hassles. Listen now (by clicking on the full story link)- Click Here for the Full Story 

Strokes in the Park
Net Music Countdown reports: The Strokes, the Darkness, and David Bowie will headline this year's T in the Park festival in Scotland. The event will take place over July 10th and 11th and organizers are expecting a crowd of about 120,000 people. Other acts scheduled to perform are Muse, the Pixies, the Chemical Brothers, and N*E*R*D.- Click Here for the Full Story 

The New Wilco
AZ Central reports: In the wake of multi-instrumentalist Leroy Bach's recent departure, Wilco has confirmed two new members to join the band on tour this spring. Filling in on keyboards and guitar will be Pat Sansone, who has released two albums with Wilco bassist John Stirratt as the Autumn Defense, while veteran axeman Nels Cline will join in on guitar. 

The new lineup will debut April 21 in Columbia, Mo. - Click Here for the Full Story 

Check the full story for dates and festival news. 

Kravitz Baptism
AZ Central reports: Lenny Kravitz will return to the spotlight this spring with his seventh studio album, "Baptism." The set is due May 18 via Virgin and will be preceded by the single "Where Are We Runnin'?," which will be delivered March 29 to U.S. radio outlets for airplay consideration. - Click Here for the Full Story 

More info and track listing at AZ Central

Gold Diggin' Ex Richie
AP reports: The estranged wife of singer Lionel Richie wants $300,000 a month in child and spousal support, saying she had "no limit on what I could spend" during their nearly seven years of marriage. - Click Here for the Full Story 

Not important news unless you are Lionel. It's doubtful that Rob Zombie duet will help keep up with this price tag of an ex. 

Anthrax Lose Bottom Axe
I Ate Your Microphone reports: Anthrax have parted ways with their bassist Frank Bello, though the reasons for his departure have not been explained. The position will be filled in by Joey Vera of Armored Saint fame on their upcoming tours of Japan and Australia alongside Killswitch Engage and Soilwork. - Click Here for the Full Story 

See the full story for the dates.

Sea Lion Fizzle
Ananova reports: DaimlerChrysler AG is reducing Celine Dion's role in the advertising for its Chrysler unit. 

The singer has a three-year, $14 million (£7.67 million) contract with Chrysler. She appeared in an ad campaign widely used in the United States last year. 

"We're just moving into an exciting new direction," Chrysler spokesman David Barnas said. - Click Here for the Full Story 

Blues Invasion
liveDaily reports: British-blues godfather John Mayall and his current crop of Bluesbreakers are set to play more than a month of U.S. concert dates this spring, starting on March 11 in Arlington, MA.- Click Here for the Full Story 

Aparo Jules
Just got these dates over from i.e. marketing for Gary Jules (Mad World) and Angie Aparo. Two artists that are making some serious waves right now but really do stand out from the crowd. 

Gary Jules 

3/11 - Sacramento CA - Harlows
3/19 - Austin TX - Texas Union Theater
3/21 - Los Angeles CA - Troubador
3/23 - San Diego CA - Canes Bar & Grill
3/25 - San Francisco CA - Great American Music Hall
3/26 - Portland OR - Fez Ballroom
3/27 - Seattle WA - Neumo's
3/30 - New York NY- Mercury Lounge
5/29 - George WA - Gorge Amphitheater

 Angie Aparo

 03.06.04 - Charleston, SC - The Warehouse
04.14.04 - Quincy, IL - Quincy University, The Hawk's Nest
04.15.04 - Berwyn, IL - Fitzgerald's
04.16.04 - Chicago, IL - Martyr's
04.17.04 - Milwaukee, WI - Northern Lights Theater 
04.19.04 - Lansing, MI - Creole Gallery
04.20.04 - Ann Arbor, MI - The Ark
04.22.04 - Oshkosh, WI - The Ballroom, Reeve Union
04.23.04 - Eau Claire, WI - University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire
04.24.04 - Madison, WI - Luther's Blues 
05.12.04 - Alexandria, VA - The Birchmere
05.14.04 - Baltimore, MD - The Funk Box 
05.15.04 - Philadelphia, PA - North by Northwest 05.19.04 - Cambridge, MA - Club Passim
05.20.04 - Cambridge, MA - Club Passim
05.21.04 - New York City - Crash Mansion 
06.02.04 - Birmingham, AL - Work Play Theatre
06.03.04 - Nashville, TN - 12th & Porter
06.04.04 - Chattanooga, TN - Rhythm and Brews
06.05.04 - Atlanta, GA - The Roxy Theatre
06.10.04 - Greenville, SC - The Handlebar
06.11.04 - Charlotte, NC - Amos' Southend
06.12.04 - Asheville, NC - Grey Eagle Tavern & Music Hall

Silly News For the Week. PC Overload.
Some silly news to end the week--This one is an illustration of political correctness run amuck. Reuters reports: This might not end 'til the plus-sized lady sings. 

A Los Angeles Times music critic who wrote that a Richard Strauss opera was "pro-life" -- meaning a celebration of life -- was stunned to pick up the paper and find his review changed by a literal-minded copy editor to read "anti-abortion." 

Music critic Mark Swed said the copy editor was adhering to a strict Times policy banning the phrase "pro-life" as offensive to people who support abortion, and didn't seem to realize that the epic Strauss opera "Die Frau Ohne Schatten" had nothing to do with that politically charged issue. 

"Its about children who aren't born yet screaming to be born -- not abortion," Swed said. "Somebody who didn't quite get it got a little bit too politically correct ... and we had a little breakdown in communications." - Click Here for the Full Story 

But they don't think the term "anti-choice" (which they use) offends people that oppose abortion? Talk about a double standard. But that's to be expected with such a contentious issue. This story is here because 1) it's pretty funny and 2) to demonstrate the silly hypocrisy of political correctness, not as a debate on abortion. But abortion is one of those issues where you can clearly see editorial bias just by looking at the words used. Although Fox has yet to say the word anti-life to describe the pro-abortion movement, you often do hear the word anti-choice on the other networks, which tips their hands on where they stand. Just goes to show you that there is no such thing as unbiased reporting, just ask those homicide/suicide bombers a.k.a. holy martyrs on Al-Jazeera.) In a perfect world we could get the facts from news outlets (excluding these silly comments on the Day in Rock) and thus armed with the facts, make up our own mind instead of getting reports with loaded language that shows the reporters bias. But we don't live in a perfect world, so we must live with bias on both sides and silly comments here at the Day in Rock, especially on slow news days. Now that people on both sides of the abortion debate are offended and outraged, it is time to call it a week. That concludes this edition of fun with loaded words and the downfall of political correctness in America. Stay tuned next time when we de-hyphenate a nation and simply become "Americans".