Much Music reports: Someone else is trying to make some cash from the Janet Jackson boob incident. A lawyer from Utah is suing the parent company of CBS and MTV, saying Viacom is guilty of false advertising for not making clear the nature of the Super Bowl halftime show. Eric Stephenson says they billed the program for general audiences, but that it contained "inappropriate, lewd, offensive, violent and degrading adult content." Unlike an earlier lawsuit - since dropped - that sought over a billion dollars over the Superbowl incident, this suit only seeks $5,000 US. - Click Here for the Full Story
Love Injures Another
AP reports: A photographer says she was hurt when Courtney Love (news) dove off a stage, less than a day after the rocker was arrested for allegedly throwing a microphone stand at an earlier performance that injured a fan.
Freelance photographer Dara Kushner says she was injured when Love bodysurfed through the crowd during her performance at a Manhattan music venue late Thursday night. Kushner was treated for a bruised and swollen neck at Beth Israel Medical Center and released. - Click Here for the Full Story
Band Arrested at SXSW
Chart Attack reports: Members of the Latin rock band Ozomatli were arrested Thursday night in Austin, Texas when their SXSW performance hit the streets.
The band members got off the stage of the Exodus nightclub and continued playing while they walked through the crowd, a stunt that the band has become known for. Fans followed the band as they moved the performance outside the club.
Police greeted the band and the fans outside and told them to move the show back inside. That triggered some roughhousing and police used pepper spray to subdue the mob of fans. In the end, Ozomatli percussionist Jiro Yamaguchi, bassist Willy Abers and the band's manager Amy Sue Blackman-Romero were arrested. - Click Here for the Full Story
Ananova reports: Rocker Ozzy Osbourne has been named the nation's favourite ambassador to welcome aliens to planet earth.
The bat-eating rocker has pipped Prime Minister Tony Blair and presenters Ant and Dec as the face people want to represent them to alien life.
The poll of 1,000 Internet users was carried out following the discovery of signs of water on Mars.
Ozzy, the 55-year-old Black Sabbath star who has been recovering from a near fatal fall from his quad bike, won 26% of the vote. - Click Here for the Full Story
Digital Noise reports: Details for the upcoming Slipknot video shoot for "Duality" have been announced and are as follows:
Who: All SLIPKNOT fans - ages 16 and over
WHAT: Open auditions for maggots across the country to be a part of the filming of Slipknot's new video, "Duality."
WHEN: Wednesday, March 24th, 12:00pm - 8:00pm CST (fans coming from out of state or those who are otherwise unable to attend casting call must call Kathy at 515-770-6539 on Tuesday, March 23rd between 9am-5pm)
WHERE: Fairfield Inn & Suites - 7225 Vista (I-80 & 74th St. in West Des Moines) - Jordan Creek Room - Click Here for the Full Story
GNR Hits a Hit
Blabbermouth reports: More chart positions have been reported for the GUNS N' ROSES "Greatest Hits" collection, which was issued in Europe last week, one week ahead of its U.S. release. In addition to debuting at No. 6 in Finland, the CD has topped the album chart in Ireland and has landed at an impressive No. 2 in the U.K., where it is said to have moved 25,000 copies in its first day of release.
GUNS N' ROSES' classic 1987 debut, "Appetite For Destruction", is also making appearances on various charts. In Sweden it went from No. 8 to No. 6 on the hard rock chart, while in Calgary, Canada it's at No. 9 on the local hard rock chart and at No. 12 on the national one. - Click Here for the Full Story
Grohl Emo Free
Blabbermouth reports: FOO FIGHTERS frontman/ex-NIRVANA drummer Dave Grohl has "reviewed" some of his current favorite recordings for the "Playlist" column in the "Arts" section of today's New York Times. Among the bands Grohl covered were THE PIXIES, THE DARKNESS, MY MORNING JACKET and YEAH YEAH YEAHS. This is what he had to say about THE DARKNESS: "Show of hands: who here misses the days of extended guitar solos, striped leotards, falsetto vocals and songs demanding, 'Get your hands off my woman'? Yeah, me too. THE DARKNESS is here to put that hickey back on your neck, fire up the Camaro and party down at the nearest parking lot like it's 1979. Is the band for real? Yes. Does it rock? Yes. Is it hard to get around the multiple-octave range that Justin Hawkins is ripping in every song? Well, a little, but the band is gaining speed here in the States after selling more than a million copies of 'Permission to Land' (Atlantic) in its native Britain. I'll take THE DARKNESS over those whiny emo bands any day. At least they're getting chicks."- Click Here for the Full Story
KISS on Mars
BW&BK reports: In a recent update, NASA's official website reports that the Opportunity Rover, currently exploring Mars, used KISS' 'X-ray Eyes' and JANIS JOPLIN's 'Try (Just A Little Bit Harder)' as wake-up music recently.- Click Here for the Full Story
Can we send Gene to Mars?
Sabbath Radio Reunion
BW&BK reports: BLACK SABBATH will be on the syndicated radio network Rockline on March 31st. OZZY OSBOURNE and TONY IOMMI will take calls from fans during the broadcast at the following number: (800) 344-ROCK (7625). To find out when Rockline airs in your area check out the website http://www.rocklineradio.com/- Click Here for the Full Story
Trail of Dead
Billboard reports: Rock quartet ...And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead has begun work on its fourth studio album at its own Mob House studio in its Austin, Texas, homebase, Billboard.com can exclusively reveal. The group is tentatively eyeing a fall release for the set, which will be the follow-up to its 2002 Interscope debut, "Source Tags & Codes." [see the full story for a lot more details]- Click Here for the Full Story
Death Angel Exodus
siN's metal news reports: We can reveal that EXODUS and DEATH ANGEL will be teaming up for a North American tour together. More information and dates set to be released soon.- Click Here for the Full Story
Wired reports: Some independent music stores are thriving despite the competition from illegal downloads on the Internet.
The stores are finding that file sharing can help create a buzz online that can lead to more sales, according to a panel of independent music store owners who spoke at the South by Southwest Music Conference & Festival here Friday.
Take Hoodlums Music, located on the Arizona State University campus, which opened during the heyday of Napster. One might think Net-savvy students would ignore the shop in favor of free downloads.
"It's a myth," said Steve Wiley, co-owner of the store. "We see them wanting to buy music."
High prices, rather than file sharing, are what usually stop a kid from buying a CD, Wiley said. - Click Here for the Full Story
Library of Sgt. Pepper
Rolling Stone reports: Johnny Cash's legendary concert album At Folsom Prison and the Beatles classic Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band are among the fifty recordings selected for the second annual induction into the Library of Congress' National Recording Registry.
The recordings are selected by Librarian of Congress James H. Billington for being "culturally, historically or aesthetically significant," and must be at least ten-years old. - Click Here for the Full Story
Green Days Ahead
Rolling Stone reports: Green Day are at work in Los Angeles with longtime producer Rob Cavallo. They plan to release a new album late this summer or early this fall.
"We've got about thirty-five songs we're going to record," says frontman Billie Joe Armstrong. "It's a lot of material. We're trying to get one theme throughout the album, because we're in the album business, not in the business of making singles." [see full story for more] - Click Here for the Full Story
Chart Attack reports: Back In 2002, ABKCO Records re-released The Rolling Stones' 60s albums in beautiful recreations of the original packaging this year, they'll follow that up with three box sets of the band's early singles.
On May 4, the label will put out the first set, consisting of singles originally released between 1963 and 1965. The set will consist of 12 individual CDs, all packaged to mimic the original U.K. 45s. Highlights from the set will include some of their earliest R&B covers like Chuck Berry's "Come On" and Muddy Waters' "I Want To Be Loved," plus a cover of The Beatles "I Wanna Be Your Man" and classics like "Time Is On My Side" and "Play With Fire." In additional to the 45s, the set will also include three EPs, each featuring four or five different songs. - Click Here for the Full Story
New York Daily News reports: He was, arguably, the first major American deejay to spin records by the Sex Pistols, the Ramones, Oasis, Coldplay and the Strokes.
And he served as the ringmaster for L.A.'s glam-rock scene in the '70s, and punk-rock movement of the '80s.
But do those credits qualify Rodney Bingenheimer as a fit subject for a two-hour documentary?
The surprising answer is yes, as evidenced by the new film "The Mayor of Sunset Strip," an improbably rich and complex portrait of not just Bingenheimer, but the whole culture of celebrity the filmmaker feels that he epitomizes and propagates. - Click Here for the Full Story
press release reports: FastLane Records and CD Smash Records proudly announce their upcoming tribute to one of the most influential bands of the Rock and Roll era - THE NEW YORK DOLLS. The tribute will be aptly titled Jetboys of Babylon. Nina Antonia (author of the book 'Too Much, To Soon) will be writing the liner notes. The Dolls have their place in musical history and were just mentioned as possible upcoming candidates for the prestegious Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Information on the tribute or consideration of submitting a band please contact one of the following: email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org - Click Here for the Full Story
I Ate Your Microphone reports: Skrape drummer Will Hunt recently made an online posting airing his comments on people who said negative things about the band and confirming Skrape's plans to make another album shortly, it reads as follows: "There are two things that I would like to say. First, I'm not mad or upset (nor should our loyalists be) at the people that slag our band. THATS WHAT ROCK-N-ROLL is all about. Its the same as me cussing Clive Davis.......rock-n-roll is about saying what you wanna say to who you want to say it and if they dont like it they can GO f*** THEMSELVES. So to all the haters, thanks for keeping the spirit alive, and for being honest. This tells me theres fuel still left for the fire. Next, big thanks to all our loyalists out there.ThereWILL BE ANOTHER SKRAPE RECORD VERY VERY SOON!!! WE WILL CONTINUE TO SOUND HOW WE WANNA SOUND AND SAY WHAT WE WANNA SAY AND AS LONG AS WE WANT TO......and if some people dont like it, well refer to the "GO f*** YOURSELF" part of this letter.
Long live rock-n-roll and Skrape- Willi$"- Click Here for the Full Story
I Ate Your Microphone reports: 311 will be releasing a DVD around November/December 2004 documenting their concert of March 11th, dubbed the "3-11 Day Concert DVD". Sixty-eight songs in all were performed taking up some five hours, the setlist can be viewed here and all will feature on the DVD. The band are currently planning a tour for the summer, details will be announced in coming weeks.- Click Here for the Full Story
3 Door Charity
Ananova reports: Rock band 3 Doors Down is hoping to raise at least $125,000 (£68,000) for charities at its March 26 concert.
The money raised in Mobile, Alabama, will be shared among 16 non-profit organisations, including the Mulherin Custodial Home, Ronald McDonald House, Gulf Coast Women's Centre for Non-violence and Habitat for Humanity.
Band members are donating the money they would make from the show, although this doesn't include production costs such as the payroll for the stage crew.
"We're making zero," said guitarist Matt Roberts.
"We've got some surprises, some things people have never seen before," said vocalist Brad Arnold. - Click Here for the Full Story
Rockdirt reports: Rock acts on television this week include Live, who perform on 'The Ellen DeGeneres Show' on Monday; Yellowcard, who perform on 'The Sharon Osbourne Show' on Monday; Pennywise, who perform on 'The Late Late Show with Craig Kilborn' on Tuesday; Super Furry Animals, who perform on 'Last Call with Carson Daly' on Tuesday; Butterfly Boucher, who perform on 'The Sharon Osbourne Show' on Tuesday; and French Kicks, who perform on 'Last Call' on Friday. - Click Here for the Full Story
This Day In...
BW&BK reports: ... 1961 (March 21), THE BEATLES debut at the Cavern Club.
... 2000 (March 21), SATYRICON embark on their first-ever U.S. tour at the Whiskey in Hollywood.
... 197? (March 21), Your not so humble Day in Rock reporter was born.
... 2000 (March 21), OLD MAN S CHILD release their fourth album, Revelation 666: The Curse Of Damnation.
... 2002 (March 21), HEAVENLY receive the award for Best National Act from France's Hard Rock Magazine.
... 2002 (March 21), to help promote the Clive Burr MS Trust, IRON MAIDEN perform their charity single, Run To The Hills', on Top Of the Pops in London.
... 1975 (March 22), LED ZEPPELIN's Physical Graffiti reaches #1.
... 1993 (March 22), IRON MAIDEN release the album, A Real Live One.
... 2000 (March 22), AC/DC have a street in the Leganes district of Madrid, Spain, named in their honor.
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