Day In Rock 3/8: Puddle of Excuses- Avril + Sum 41- Beatle Rap Protest- Hot Van Halen Announcement- White Stripes Wedding- The Mars Solo- Slipknot- Fear Factory- Control Denied- No Megadeth Reunion.- Kazaa Raid- Metallica Book- Velvet Denied- Matchbox Solo- dredg- PM5K- Strokes- A.F.I. - more
by Keavin Wiggins
The Day in Rock Monday antiMUSIC.com's look at Today's Top Rock News Stories From Across the Web

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Puddle of Excuses
Digital Noise reports: Puddle Of Mudd singer Wes Scantlin has spoken about his drunken antics that occurred during a show in Toledo, Ohio on February 22nd. 

Scantlin appeared drunk during the show and afer preforming only four songs, his bandmates left him alone on the stage. Scantlin remained slurred his way through another half-hour of virtually unrecognizable material. When he finally walked off the stage, he was arrested by police. 

"I guess they wanted to make an example out of somebody, so they picked me," he told MTV.com. "But I didn't do anything violent. I wasn't possessing any type of substances. I just got a little too buzzed to play my guitar and sing at the same time. And I apologized to the crowd 10 times before I walked offstage." 

The singer says that the police arrested him because they thought he had thrown a glass beer bottle at the crowd. He says when realized they were mistaken, they dropped the charges. "I dumped a plastic bottle of water on my head, and then I just tossed it into the crowd," the singer said. "You could hit yourself in the kneecap 100 times with that bottle and it wouldn't do anything." 

[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

Avril + Sum 41
Rockdirt reports: Rita Zekas of The Toronto Star reports Avril Lavigne and Sum 41's Deryck Whibley have been getting cozy at This Is London. - Click Here for the Full Story 

A match made in Hot Topic Hell.

White Stripes Wedding
Rockdirt.com reports: A source tells Star magazine Renee Zellweger and Jack White of the White Stripes are talking about getting married. A source revealed that while White was doing a photo shoot in New York City on February 19th, Renee "just showered him with attention, fussing over him the whole time. It's clear who's in charge of that relationship - and it's not Renee. She said, 'Jack keeps me in line, and I love it!' They were talking openly about marriage, and Renee said, 'Part of me does want to get married as badly as Bridget Jones'."- Click Here for the Full Story 

The Mars Solo
Punkbands.com reports: The Mars Volta guitarist Omar Rodriguez-Lopez has been working on a solo effort under his own name entitled "A Manual Dexterity - Soundtrack Volume 1". The album is the first half of a series of collaborative recordings created to accompany Omar's ongoing film project of the same name. A July release date through Gold Standard Labs is currently being planned for the outing- Click Here for the Full Story 

Slipknot Single
The PRP reports: Slipknot have chosen the track "Duality" as the first single from their upcoming new album. The song will impact at radio on May 04th while the as-yet untitled new album will follow, arriving in stores through Roadrunner/Island/Def Jam on May 25th. - Click Here for the Full Story 

The PRP also has a rumored track listing.

Fear Factory Listening Party
Digital Noise reports: Fear Factory will be holding a listening party of their upcoming album "Archetype" on Monday, March 22nd at 8:00pm at The Cat Club at 8911 Sunset Blvd. in West Hollywood, CA. For more information, call (310) 657-0888. 

"Archetype" is scheduled for a release in the U.S. on April 20th through Liquid 8 Records (parent company of D3 Entertainment). - Click Here for the Full Story 

Control Denied Final
BW&BK reports: Karmageddon Media have set March 22nd as the release date for CONTROL DENIED's upcoming album of unfinished recordings by the late DEATH legend Chuck Schuldiner. The recordings, which are only 75% complete, were recorded by Jim Morris at Morrisound Studios in Tampa, FA 

As previously reported, Jane Schuldiner, Chuck's mother, has responded to label Karmageddon Media claims by stating that any "any demo of Chuck's released by Karmageddon will be put on EmptyWords (www.emptywords.org) by the Schuldiner family, to download for free." 

Chuck passed away in December 2001 after losing his battle against a rare type of brain tumor. 

...[A bit more info at BW&BK] - Click Here for the Full Story 

No Megadeth Reunion.
BW&BK reports: MEGADETH guitarist/vocalist Dave Mustaine has posted the following in the forum at www.megadeth.com: 


One question that keeps coming up that I have already answered, but still remains, is the reunion. 

People, it is not going to happen. Especially after seeing claims that I am unfair and inconsiderate. Who gives a f*** about why it isn't happening, it just isn't. And to tell people personal s*** about 'what' happened or to say things like this about each other (note I didn't say s***) only solidifies my decision. 'What happens on the mile, stays on the mile.' 

It just makes me nauseous to see someone pouring out their guts over something that is as unlikely to happen as that. 

Remember, (drummer, Nick) Menza was ready to go, and like I said, I was unable to accommodate the others. The reasons don't matter. And as respectfully as I can say this, it is not anyone else's business but the people I talked to. And . . . they know the number to my management if they reconsider.

 [click the full story link for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

Kazaa Raid OKed
Wired reports: The makers of Kazaa, the peer-to-peer file sharing software, failed to quash a court order Thursday that allowed the music industry to raid its Sydney-based offices, prompting a furious response from its chief executive. 

In February, the music industry was granted an Anton Piller order, which grants copyright holders the rights of search and seizure, allowing it to raid 12 sites across Australia to seize documents and data. Sites raided included the offices of Sharman Networks, the home of its chief executive, several universities and other companies that were believed to be holding information relating to Kazaa. - Click Here for the Full Story 

Metallica Book
MTV reports: Joe Berlinger, the co-creator of the Metallica documentary "Metallica: Some Kind of Monster," can't get enough of the boys in black. In November, he'll release the book "Metallica: This Monster Lives," which will chronicle the three years he spent making the movie and will address many issues that were impossible to explore in a two-and-a-half-hour film.- Click Here for the Full Story 

Velvet Denied
MTV reports: Velvet Revolver were all set to shoot their first video, "Slither," on Sunday in Los Angeles with Kevin Kerslake slated to direct. But during Scott Weiland's probation progress report hearing on Friday (March 5), a Pasadena judge denied the singer's request to join his bandmates for the shoot, which has since been postponed. - Click Here for the Full Story 

Beatle Rap Protest
MTV reports: On February 24, more than 100,000 people downloaded DJ Danger Mouse's Jay-Z/Beatles hybrid The Grey Album, according to music activists Downhill Battle, who organized the Grey Tuesday online protest. 

Two weeks earlier, EMI, which owns the Beatles' catalog, had served Danger Mouse with a cease-and-desist order to halt production and distribution of The Grey Album. He complied and left the issue alone, but Downhill Battle picked up the fight. 

They conceived of Grey Tuesday as a way to fight what they call EMI's "corporate censorship" denying the public the chance to hear a work they felt had great artistic merit. - Click Here for the Full Story 

That last line is pretty funny. Stealing classic Beatles songs and mixing them with a mediocre rapper has 'artistic merit'. Guess if you have low standards than everything has merit, but using their logic than record engineers and mixers should get equal credit for all albums. And protecting their music isn't 'censorship'. If Danger Mouse created the music, not simply cut and pasted it and EMI stopped it, then that would be censorship. End of rant. But John and George are surely spinning in their grave. Jay-Z? What an insult. 

Matchbox Solo
Billboard reports: Matchbox twenty frontman Rob Thomas has begun work on his debut solo album. "I've started the writing, but it's such a long step between even having the songs and knowing what I want them to sound like and how I want to be represented," he tells Billboard. "I think I'm not going to know until me and [producer] Matt [Serletic] get into the studio and start fresh." 

...Thomas says he expects the album to come out at the end of 2004 or the beginning of 2005 via Atlantic.- Click Here for the Full Story 

Re Lit
Billboard reports: Modern rock act Lit will reappear with a new album in June on a new independent label, DRT Entertainment. Fronted by vocalist A. Jay Popoff and his brother, guitarist Jeremy Popoff, Lit made a splash with its 1999 RCA album "A Place in the Sun," which sold 1.4 million copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan. But the Fullerton, Calif.-based quartet's 2001 follow-up "Atomic" couldn't match its predecessor's success, moving just 165,000 copies.- Click Here for the Full Story 

Lots more at Billboard. 

dredg prep
I Ate Your Microphone reports: dredg are entering the studio in Seattle, Washington in May to begin recording their third full length, which will see a release through Interscope Records. The effort will be conceptual in nature like their past releases, with photography being the main theme -- vague comments surrounding this and more can be checked out in our recent interview with band bassist Drew Roulette which you can read [by clicking on the full story link]- Click Here for the Full Story 

Rare PM5K
I Ate Your Microphone reports: Powerman 5000 are planning on issuing a rarities collection on CD later in the year, which will include unreleased material spanning their career. It is thought that the disc will see a release through Megatronic Records as an online-only venture, which would be the same way they released their canned album "Anyone For Doomsday?" late last year.- Click Here for the Full Story 

Crown Splits
I Ate Your Microphone reports: Sweden's The Crown have made the decision to call it quits. Janne Saarenpää, the outfits drummer had the following to say: "I'm sure every member in the band can still come up with 10 reasons for continuing and 10 reasons for giving up, but after some heavy consideration we have decided to finally find out what life is like without playing in The Crown. It's been a blast writing/performing together all these years, taking this band to levels that we never even knew of. Also getting to know other people in other bands on the road has been amazing. Seeing new places and getting to see and hear new, great bands has totally blown us away we sure had our share of fun! Too many tours gone bad due to not at all professional tour arrangements is maybe the main reason for giving up. (We do indeed have stories about tourmanagers/agencies and the business in general, the best ones would surely make a bestselling book...) 

Coming home from tours with empty pockets, equipment falling apart and having a pile of bills on the doorstep is simply 'horns down'. Paying the bills with tour memories and floorscores is just not possible. We do love standing on stage but we don't know much about the business part, and that's a bad combination. Trust me on that one. - Click Here for the Full Story 

More of the at statement to be had by clicking on the full story link.

Strokes Extended
liveDaily reports: The Strokes, who launch a U.S. club tour next week, have added more dates to the run, and have tapped The Sounds and The Raveonettes to open. 

The outing--which now stretches into mid-May--will feature The Sounds in the opening slot from the March 9 kick-off through April 2, and The Raveonettes from April 8 through April 28. 

The group has not announced an opening act for the new May dates. - Click Here for the Full Story 

Click the full story for all the dates.

A.F.I. Cut Short
liveDaily reports: A.F.I.--also known as A Fire Inside--has canceled the remainder of its recently launched U.S. tour. 

Doctors have ordered singer Davey Havok to "start immediate voice rest or risk serious damage to his vocal cords," according to a press release. 

"We have never cancelled any shows and are deeply disappointed to have to cancel these shows," the group said in a statement. "Unfortunately our only course of action is clear. We truly regret any inconvenience to our fans." - Click Here for the Full Story 

More info at liveDaily. 

Great White Remorse
Blabbermouth reports: GREAT WHITE lead singer Jack Russell recently told the Houston Chronicle that he has kept the group active following the Rhode Island club fire that killed 100 fans to make money for the Station Family Fund, a nonprofit organization benefiting the victims and survivors of the fire. 

"I'm out here on the road and talking to you against the advice of my lawyers, but this is not about protecting my ass," Russell said. "Material things don't mean crap to me anymore. This is about supporting the people whose friends and families supported us for so many years. 

"I'm not saying I'm a monk now, but my life has changed forever. 

"There hasn't been a day since that I haven't shed a tear," he continued. "I wake up and see a sunrise and start to cry because there are 100 people that aren't going to see that.- Click Here for the Full Story 

Hot Van Halen Announcement
BW&BK reports: VAN HALEN bassist Michael Anthony is about to unleash his own brand of hot sauce. You've been warned... details are as follows: 


Mad Anthony's Hot Sauce is just about ready for prime time and let us tell you this stuff is not for the faint of heart! 

Bottling is expected to begin in approximately two weeks! You'll have first crack at owning your own bottle of Mad Anthony's Hot Sauce shortly thereafter at Mad Anthony's Online Store which will be making it's debut at the ALL NEW madanthonycafe.com! 

Adds Michael, 'Try my hot sauce and make sweatin' it out on the can the next morning part of your every day ritual!' 

Mad Anthony's Hot Sauce will also be available at various hot sauce stores and websites throughout the globe!" - Click Here for the Full Story 

So this is the big announcement we have been waiting for? If KISS didn't beat him to it, I'd expect DLR to follow up with custom condoms. 

Mail Bag

Opps Not Politically Correct

Friday's Silly News sparked quite a debate, or rather fired up quite a few people. Here is a sampling of the emails sent in. 

From Trisha M: I can't believe you antichoice radicals are now on a music page. Die! 

From George:That silly news was the funniest thing I've seen in a while and I loved the commentary about bias in the media! But why didn't you take a side on the real issue? 

Response: George, it seemed like a fun way to end the week and show how bankrupt political correctness has become. There is a reason I didn't take a stand on the actually issue of abortion. It is totally irrelevant to the issue at hand. What a music site editor feels about that issue doesn't really matter does it? I just wanted to show something I noticed a while ago in mainstream media reporting and that's the use of loaded language to push a view point, under the guise of being unbiased. Abortion is the perfect issue to use since the reporters often will use biased or loaded language. But a host of any other number of issues you will find similar problems (both left and right). I for one don't care if a reporter is biased but I'd rather they be upfront about their bias, so we know that their reporting might be skewed to one side of any given issue. But I won't hold my breath. 

From Darin P: I don't know exactly who to email about this but I wanted to let someone know my opinion of the Day in Rock mailing list. 

It is most incredible, life enhancing mailing list I have ever belonged to. In fact, it's the only mailing list that i have ever found to be worth a damn! 

And of course, the music news it what makes it all worth it for me, and thus I will be a faithful subscriber. I would probably pay for this service, though I hope I never have to. 

I've been enjoying it for a while, but I had to specifically praise the newsletter and its contributors after I read today's "silly" political correctness issue involving "pro-life" terminology. I love it that stuff like that gets thrown in, along with a little side editorial...it's just what I need to remind me that I'm not alone in my sarcastic view of the world around me. Without jumping on either side of the issue, the writer pointed out the folly of P.C. quite humorously. It is also funny how such brilliant reporting finds an outlet on an rock music e-newsletter instead of a T.V. show. I guess that further illustrates the state of the media. But hey....could there ever be a Day In Rock TV show, maybe syndicated??! :) 

So, my compliments to the entire Antimusic team and anyone else who works on Day in Rock. I really enjoy it. 

Response: Not sure if this was sarcasm or not but thanks either way! You have to take a sarcastic look at the way things are or you'd get mighty depressed. Glad you enjoy the Day in Rock. But most of the credit for it goes to the sources of the news. So be sure to click on those full story links! 

But if you really want to pay for it, you can always send us a check! It's not a tax write-off but buying antiGUY a case of beer is it's own reward. 

As for a Day in Rock TV show? I don't see that happening. Although a Daily Show like program based on the music world and pop culture would be fun.
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